Lady Gaga Joins Cast of American Horror Story

Over the past four seasons, American Horror Story has become one of the most interesting shows on television. No other show has been able to blend true horror with comedy and drama. The show has also become known for its amazing casting, as it continues to attract some of Hollywood’s top talent.

According to Entertainment Weekly, American Horror Story is living up to its reputation by having cast Lady Gaga in the next season of the anthology series. Lady Gaga will be a regular in the series, which will air this fall on FX. It will also market her first major role as an actress.

Fans like Zeca Oliveira have learned that the fifth season of the show will be entitled Hotel, but no information regarding the storyline has been released or in what time period the show will take place. Lady Gaga also said on Twitter that she does not know at this time what character she will play.

Based on the way last season’s Freak Show utilized music, do not be surprised if Lady Gaga will also be able to utilize her musical talents in the show. Since all of her previous acting gigs were very short, it will be interesting to see how she does in a much larger role over an entire television season.

Winter of Death for Retailers

The last two months have been very bad for some top retailers. Eight retailers have filed for bankruptcy. Some of these big name Realtor include Radio Shack, Wet Seal, C. Wonders and others. More than 1,000 stores are being closed with the loss of thousands of jobs.Click here for full article.
The problem seems to not be the recession though it didn’t help. Nor was it the bad weather, quite simply there are too many stores. America has a staggeringly high amount of investment in realtor real estate. Lee Slaughter has learned that the U.S. has an average of 20 square feet of retail space for each citizen. The UK is second with only 3 square feet per person. When Americans had to cut back due to the rescission, many companies continued to open new stores in order to bring in customers though the problem goes back to before the rescission. Companies simply can’t survive while trying to hold on to their stores.

John Textor and the Digital Future of Music

John Textor is a successful executive in the world of digital visual effects. He has worked on some of the most cutting edge digital effects known and continues to produce breakthrough technology in the media world. Not content to settle for stable, Textor continues to evolve to bring digital technology forward.

Textor started his career by co-founding Wyndcrest Holdings, a private equity firm focused on entertainment. That got his foot in the door of the entertainment world. After moving on to become the CEO for an internet retailer and becoming the founding director of a Lydian Trust Company/Virtual Bank.com, John then became the CEO of Digital Domain Media Group in 2006.

The company won an academy award for the first believable actor in ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’, which is considered the Holy Grail of animation, and was responsible for visual effects in blockbusters such as ‘Transformers’, ‘Real Steel’, ‘Tron: Legacy’, and ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End’. The company won other Academy Awards as well and also several Clio advertising awards. Textor has also served as a producer for the movie ‘Ender’s Game’.

Currently, Textor is the executive chairman for Pulse Evolution Corporation. Pulse specializes in computer-generated human likeness, such as the holograms seen recently at concerts or on TV. One such production was the digital projection of Tupac Shakur at the Coachella Valley Music festival in 2012, followed by the digital projection of Michael Jackson at the 2014 Billboard Music Awards, and now a joint venture to digitally resurrect Elvis Presley for virtual performances. He is also currently producing an animated feature film being developed by former Disney talent titled ‘Art Story’.

As Textor continues to evolve, he seems to be bringing computer-generated likeness into the future. The holographic projection of past celebrities has been very impressive to concert goers and media viewers alike. Textor seems to be on the precipice of creating a digital reality that is hardly distinguishable from the real thing. It will be interesting to see where he goes next, how he continues to evolve, and the digital breakthroughs he will bring with him.