Books to Prison: Giving the Incarcerated the Gift of Knowledge

Getting books to the incarcerated has long suffered many problems, and things got even more challenging during the pandemic. There are dozens of programs in the United States that work to establish prison libraries to ensure the incarcerated population gets access to books. Most of these programs are supported by donors and volunteers. Carrying out the program is not an easy task since prison systems have varying and ever-changing rules.

Why are the Books to Prison Initiatives so Important

The program’s goal is to transform the role of libraries in the lives of the incarcerated. Many people in prisons will go back to the community, and they need to be able to thrive. Getting these books and education is a vital step to reentering society.

Also, like other people, anyone in prison has a right to education and entertainment. Many activists are fighting to improve the prisons’ conditions, and getting books into the prison is a crucial step. Libraries lower the recidivism rates. According to the Department of Corrections, even basic education may decrease recidivism.

Prison libraries also reduce idleness. Inmates spend quality time reading books. In most cases, idleness leads to involvement in destructive behaviors and violence, and it is most rampant in prisons. Hence, the books to prison initiative help inmates utilize their time studying and reading.

Inmates also get a chance to understand state and federal law through law books and other legal publications. The knowledge they get from the law books helps them receive fair and just judgment or treatment. Some inmates have used the knowledge to overturn their convictions which could not have been possible without prison libraries.

Giving Incarcerated Population the Gift of Reading

A new law school library’s initiative is giving the inmates the pleasure of reading books. The Yale Law School Library program is one of the initiatives that is affording this privilege to inmates. The program that started in 2020 was halted by the COVID-19 but resumed in late February 2022.

The Yale Law Library program led by Julian Aiken, assistant director for Law Library’s access and faculty services, has donated more than 1,300 books to various prisons and correctional centers. Aiken started the books to prison initiative after inspiration from (at that time) a law Ph.D. candidate, Dwayne Betts. Betts was a former prison inmate who understood better a sense of freedom after reading poems while in prison.

Aiken’s first book donation was to the Cheshire Correctional Institute, where 700 books were given. According to Aiken, the initiative delivered recent casebooks to help inmates with appeals and other legal questions. With the help of the senior administrative assistant at Yale Law School, Miriam Benson, the initiative continues to grow. The program has expanded to other local jails, including women’s shelters and homeless service providers in New Haven. Apart from prisons, shelters for domestic violence victims in Ansonia, CT, have benefited from the book’s initiative.

According to the Law Librarian and law professor Femi Cadmus, the books to prison initiative is just one way of breaking the barriers to literacy and access to information, even for inmates. Since they are intended to be temporary living spaces, many prisons have no books for the inmates. People in prisons also have no resources to buy books. That’s why prison libraries are the only way they have to access knowledge and entertainment.

Most Challenged Books of 2021 

The American Library Association recently released its annual State of America’s Libraries Report, detailing the top 10 most challenged books in 2021. Below are the books and the reasons for their bans:

1. Gender Queer: Maia Kobabe

Maia Kobabe writes a memoir about eir journey of self-discovery and life experiences. This story is told in a graphic and detailed manner. It was banned for the graphic sexual content found in the book, with the inclusion of personal sexual experiences.

2. Lawn Boy: Jonathan Evison

Written as a semi-autobiography, Jonathan Evision details the life experiences of Mike Munoz, a young Mexican American who goes through a journey of self-discovery, dealing gender-identity that are coupled with the existing challenge of adolescence and self-identity. The novel also touches on racial prejudices that a brown person experiences in America. This novel was banned by many schools and challenged by parents due to the amount of obscenities and sexual content found.

3. All Boys Aren’t Blue: George M Johnson

Written by journalist Geore M Johnson, All Boys Aren’t Blue is a personal memoir about the challenges that a black queer boy experiences in the society of America. George M Johnson’s story related to many young queer adults who are going through a similar experience. It was banned due to its LGBTQI+ content and explicit content and language.

4. Out of Darkness: Ashley Hope Perez

This novel is one of historical nature in which the author focuses on the romantic relationship between a teenage Mexican American girl and a teenage African American boy in the early 1900s. Challenges from parents and bans from school came because of the sexual content and physical abuse illustrated in the book.

5. The Hate U Give: Angie Thomson

Angie Thomson tells the story a 16-year-old African American girl who witnesses a police officer kill her childhood friend. It’s major themes are police brutality and the racial prejudices in America. It was banned as educational bodies believed that it promoted a certain social and slightly political agenda.

6. The Absolutely True Diary of A Part-Time Indian: Sherman Alexie

A 1st person perspective of Native American teenager, detailing his childhood. The author touches on bullying, racism and violence. It has been consistently challenged over the last decade due to the presence of homophobic slurs and the amount of violence present in the book.

7. Me and Earl and the Dying Girl: Jesse Andrews

A book that received a film adaptation, this novel focuses on the relationship between three high school seniors and the tribulations that they face. The novel faced much criticism due to its misogynistic nature and sexual content.

8. The Bluest Eye: Toni Morrison

A fictional tale of an 11-year-old African American girl, the bluest eye gives an eye-opening perspective of life from a girl who experiences abuse in its different forms. Parents and educational bodies have found the book to be inappropriate due to its sexual content.

9. This Book is Gay: Juno Dawson

As an informative guide, this book aims to educate young people about the LGBTQ community as well as sexual identity. It was banned and challenged for those particular reasons.

10. Beyond Magenta: Susan Kuklin

Susan Kuklin interviews six people that identify as transgender and gender-neutral. These interviews give insight on the experiences of people of the LGBTQI+ community. Parents called for the book to be banned due to the LGBTQI+ content and nature.

ALA will continue to advocate for free speech by launching an “Unite Against Book Bans” campaign.

10 Must-Watch Movies Streaming in April

As the year turns to April, many excellent new movie releases are available to stream on various platforms. However, finding the movie that best suits your needs on streaming services may be overwhelming. This article delved through the collection to compile a selection of ten of the best movies accessible for streaming in April, ranging from classics to recent releases.

Netflix

Her

“Her” is a sci-fi romantic thriller starred by Joaquin Phoenix, who plays Theodore Twombly, who falls for an artificial intelligence operating system, Samantha. Spike Jonze’s artistic tribute to the interlocking influences of love and technology, set in an unsettling future, is a comic and touching encounter whose clarity will linger with you even after the movie ends.

Apollo 10½: A Space Age Childhood

In the stunning rotoscope animation style of Richard Linklater, Apollo 10½ tells the history of the first lunar landing mission from two viewpoints: the astronaut and command center and a Texas kid following as it all unfolds on TV. The movie is based on Linklater’s personal experiences and acts as a soothing, often provocative glimpse of 1960s America.

Inception

This April, Christopher Nolan’s mind-bending film “Inception” returns to the screens. Leonardo DiCaprio helms the cast as a sad widower charged with penetrating a billionaire’s brain to commit a dream robbery. The movie’s intricate dream-diving concept makes watching extremely satisfying.

Nightcrawler

“Nightcrawler” is Dan Gilroy’s harrowing depiction of greed, morality, and ethics, starred by Jake Gyllenhaal, who plays Lou Bloom, a freelance video journalist. The robber-turned-journalist captures the attention of a local Los Angeles TV news outfit hungry for lurid content with his recordings of crime scenes.

Hulu

Eyes Wide Shut

Tom Cruise and Nicole Kidman play husband and wife in a crisis in Stanley Kubrick’s erotic psychological drama. Cruise becomes fascinated with seeking his random sexual encounters outside of marriage after the wife confesses to having desires about a serviceman she met over a year ago. The movie is a beautiful blend of overwhelming stateliness and occasionally great intimacy.

Compliance

“Compliance,” Craig Zobel’s spine-chilling thriller, explores issues concerning the atrocity of authority, the police mentality, women exploitation, and consent. The movie is centered on the true story of a man who pretended to be a policeman over the phone and persuaded restaurant management to conduct illegal treatments on an employee.

Looper

“Looper,” an action-thriller starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt, who plays Joe, tells the story of a hitman working for a crime syndicate who time-travels back to execute his future self (Bruce Willis). The movie is an intriguing and profoundly captivating action drama with a core that matches the concepts that power it.

Prime Video

Con Air

“Con Air” is an action-thriller that stars Nicolas Cage, who plays Cameron Poe, a recently paroled and former Army Ranger. Poe helps authorities reclaim a flight taken over by prisoners following a prison break onboard.

HBO Max

The Raid: Redemption

This action film significantly revolutionized the game and impacted many subsequent entries in the genre, notably the John Wick franchise. Iko Uwais plays a novice recruit of a special force charged with penetrating a high-rise building and bringing down a brutal drug kingpin. This movie is still one of the most exhilarating, imaginative, and brilliant action films in 2022 and is a must-see for this genre enthusiasts.

Beetlejuice

“Beetlejuice” is based on a couple, played by Alec Baldwin and Geena Davis, that perish in a car crash and become ghosts locked within their home, where they are doomed to witness its selling and makeover by a sleazy city family. The movie offers a vibrant and creative take on the afterlife, with a darkly humorous twist on the living dead.

Warner Bros. is Becoming an Entertainment Giant Again

The Fall of Golden-Age Hollywood Studios

By 2018, nearly every studio from the golden era of Hollywood had been overrun by outside influences. For decades, Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer had been thrown around by unscrupulous owners, never completely recovering. Columbia Pictures was sold in 1982 to Coca-Cola and later to Sony in 1989. Universal had survived five hostile takeover attempts during a 21-year period. Sumner Redstone, a struggling company, had stripped mined Paramount Pictures for cash.

Warner Bros. was the sole bastion of Hollywood, a beige-walled stronghold of filmmakers led by officials with entrenched Hollywood expertise.

AT&T Revives Warner Bros.’s Hopes of Dominating Entertainment Once Again

AT&T acquired Warner Bros. in June 2018 as part of a move to “bring a fresh perspective to how the media and entertainment firm operates”, as AT&T’s then-CEO Randall L. Stephenson phrased it at the time. AT&T chopped and burned its way through Warner Bros.’s ranks, installing CEOs with little or no Hollywood expertise in a bid to create a service like that of Netflix. They reduced expenses, stunning stars with unexpected distribution choices, and forced Warner to behave more like a technology firm than an entertainment one: This is the future!

Warner Bros. was divested by AT&T to Discovery Inc. as part of a $43 billion deal.

The 99-year-old film studio, which produced Harry Potter, Batman, and Bugs Bunny, will now refocus on its historic sweet spot as an entertainment corporation, or so Hollywood’s newest tycoon has pledged. David Zaslav, Discovery’s chief executive, will lead the new firm, which will be branded Warner Bros. Discovery, with no little degree of significance.

Message from David Zaslav

According to Mr. Zaslav, the CEO of Discovery, success is about artistic skill, both in front of the screen and behind the screen, and about struggling and struggling to establish a culture that supports that artistic imaginative and psychic. For the better part of the last year, he has waxed lyrical about the studio’s illustrious heritage, regularly paying honor to Jack, Harry, Sam, and Albert Warner, the brothers who started it all.

Mr. Zaslav expressed his desire to “dream big and dream daringly” in an e-mail to his new team. “Hallelujah,” a Warner Bros. supervisor wrote in a subsequent text message. Another studio executive, speaking on the phone, stated she was on a crazy spending spree for a good time, adding that Hollywood is once again a baby.

The Takeover has also been Met by Criticism

Others, on the other hand, were less enthusiastic. Mr. Zaslav is a leisure expert, having spent 15 years running Discovery, a cable television juggernaut, and before working at NBCUniversal. He does, however, lack film knowledge. Additionally, the acquisition carries a staggering amount of debt — almost $55 billion — that must be paid down as content prices climb. Mr. Zaslav may need to make some difficult decisions about asset allocation. How much money should be invested in film production and promotion? To what extent should a studio produce pictures for a one-time theatrical release? Should the primary objective be expanded to include film distribution for HBO Max, the company’s streaming service?

Hollywood as a whole is in the same frame of mind, exuberant one minute and gloomy the next. There is an indication that the theater industry is finally recovering from the coronavirus pandemic. The PG-rated “Sonic the Hedgehog 2” grossed a massive $71 million in North America over the weekend, the highest opening total for a film made by Paramount since 2014

No Russian Economy, No Movement

Russia now bears the brunt of a crumbling economy as the over 141 countries in the United Nations impose crippling sanctions not only on its banking system but on various other systems and wealthy citizens.

By positioning itself as an aggressor whose tyrannical expansionism and fervent, unjustified imperialism that impinges on the sanctity of a neighboring, democratic country, Russia has now fallen prey to the following harsh economic measures:

  • A 25-40% reduction in the value of the ruble, from ca. 60 rubles/USD to 104.54/USD
  • Doubled interest rates for Russia’s central bank
  • Abrupt closures in the Russian Stock Exchange
  • Citizens’ desperate needs for access to money
  • The barring of several Russian banks from SWIFT, a global exchange system for international transactions
  • Paralysis of assets of oligarchs both unaffiliated – and recently, affiliated – with Vladimir Putin and his agenda
  • Paralysis of 1/2 of Russian reserve money, nullifying part of Putin’s safety net of $630 billion

All of these measures affect millions of ordinary Russian citizens, many of who staunchly oppose the war. Home purchases are falling through; there is a drastic reduction in the basic ability for people to eat, spend, and earn decently; and many other measures are directly reducing people’s basic needs. This may indeed prompt a revolt against Putin and his madness. The problem is that in his autocratic seat, he would stifle such dissent immediately. Every day, benevolent Russian citizens are in a huge catch-22.

These stringent sanctions that so many nations across the globe are imposing on Russia’s economy also address another key factor: natural resources. Russia’s position as the top exporter of oil in the world has fallen as more countries are refusing to purchase its oil and gas, even before these resources have been the direct target of sanctions.

Russia’s banks are now failing. The Russian Central Bank now has no choice but to turn to other currencies as theirs has dropped so much in value. This creates a possibility for increased value in such currencies’ countries, further leveraging them as more prominent economic powers with more control of Russia’s economy. Another company that UN countries have targeted is Sberbank, Russia’s biggest lender. The European Central Bank has now predicted that Sberbank is likely to completely go under as it had less and less ability for liquidation. Two other major players in Russia’s economy, Gazprom (large gas company) and internet provider Yandex can no longer trade.

This is war of the most egregious kind. Because Ukraine is not a NATO ally, no country can violate the terms of the treaty to only send troops to those within its ranks. Nevertheless, the world is coming together in solidarity to provide A) as much resources, economic, humanitarian, and militaristic as it can to Ukraine, and B) for the purposes of this article, defeat Putin’s authoritarian agenda by preventing Russia’s economic ability to function as a country. These countries recognize – rightly so – that an economy is one of the central factors that gives a nation its power. Once that factor is taken away, Russia may not be able to move. That is precisely what the world is seeing now.

Oil Companies Moving Out of Russia

As public pressure mounts, businesses in all industries have started to sever ties with Russia following their invasion of Ukraine. Major oil companies seem to have begun following suit. With more and more companies pulling out of the nation, it’s likely to cause a cascading effect on the nation’s economy.

BP, First of Many?

Following Russia’s attacks in Ukraine, BP, the UK-based oil company, became one of the first in its industry to pull out of the oil-rich nation. Initially, when Russian troops first began amassing at the border between the two nations, BP CEO Bernard Looney stated that there were no plans to reduce or eliminate their holdings in the state-owned oil company Rosneft. However, as Russian troops began to march into Ukraine, BP soon set into motion its plan to exit its investments in the nation. Both the CEO, Bernard Looney, and the company’s former CEO, Bob Dudley, stepped down from their positions on Rosneft’s board of directors. In its announcement, it attributes its move both to the Russian attacks on Ukraine and to their continued involvement in the nation no longer being in alignment with the long-term interests of the company. This move also seems to be an incredibly costly one for BP, as its partnership with the nation was estimated to produce a potential $25 billion for the company.

Shell Oil Joining BP

Shell, another UK-based oil company, followed suit shortly after BP’s announcement. In a public statement, it announced plans to exit from its investment in the Sakhalin-II project an oil and natural gas development located on the Sakhalin Islands. In his statement, CEO Ben van Beurden expressed shock at Russia’s attack on Ukraine, denouncing their military aggression. Shell will also be exiting several development projects located in Siberia. Included in the announcement, Shell also said it would likely incur financial losses from its exit of more than $3 billion in assets in the region. This comes at a time when the world seems united in an effort to isolate the Russian economy from the rest of the world’s trade and banking systems.

Russia’s Economy Suffers as Sanctions Pour In

While Russia’s oil industry may be suffering, it’s certainly not the only part of Russia’s economy under heavy scrutiny. During the first wave of sanctions levied against the nation, Russia’s stock market was paused, likely in an attempt to stymy the bleeding as the markets began to crash. While the market’s pause is still ongoing, it’s already surpassed all others as the longest pause in the market’s history. Russian oligarchs are feeling the pain as well, as the sanctions have begun hitting them exceptionally hard. Governments around the world have also begun shutting out the oligarchs from their personal bank accounts and seizing their property, most notably with western nations impounding their superyachts. Western nations also seem to be moving forward with isolating Russian banks from the SWIFT system, or The Society for Worldwide Interbank Financial Telecommunication, the main platform banks use to trade back and forth over international lines. A full-scale block-out would be unprecedented, with sanctions only having ever been applied against individual banks, generally for ties to terrorist groups in the middle-east.

How to Transition From Brick and Mortar to Online

If you’re a small business owner, then you know just how hard the pandemic hit local shops. While many businesses shut down for good, some were capable of adapting their business from a brick-and-mortar location to one focused almost entirely on online sales. So how did they do it, and how can someone replicate their success?

Using Social Media to Generate Sales

While many often lament the impact Facebook has on society at large, a business owner looking to create buzz around their product or service would do well to give it a chance. Facebook especially has become a great marketing tool for savvy business owners around the country. Kim Livengood, owner and operator of a local indoor Bazaar, found success on the platform after being forced to shut down her brick-and-mortar establishment. She turned to live streaming on the site, starting a show called The Bazaar Shopping Network. Bringing her unique brand of charm to the internet at large, she was able to bring attention to the products of merchants that had previously sold their wares at her physical location. This isn’t the only way social media can help to generate sales either. Facebook also offers a marketplace feature, allowing local sellers the opportunity to list their own creations and products directly on the platform. For marketing, Twitter and Instagram can be invaluable tools for reaching key demographics, although depending on what good or service you provide, your mileage may vary.

Creating Your Own Website

Another option many turned to after the restrictions were put in place, creating your own website can bring many benefits to a business. Before the creation of the modern website builder, designing and building your own from the ground up was squarely in the domain of expert web designers. Now, however, companies like Wix or Squarespace have given small business owners the ability to make their own marketplaces themselves. Offering up a number of different tools, these websites make it easy for someone without a working knowledge of things like HTML, CSS, or JavaScript, to create a stylish and functional website to help bolster their online image. One of the major perks of owning your own site is being entitled to all of your profits. When it comes to sites like eBay or Amazon, a cut out of each sale goes directly to the company you’ve listed on, but when you list products on your own site, you get to reap all the rewards.

Building a Better Connection With Clients

Modern technology also lends itself well to business owners that need to see their clients face to face, like teachers or private tutors. Once a rare spectacle, video calling services like Zoom, Skype, or FaceTime are now ubiquitous throughout the country. Allowing you full access to your clients without violating any of the COVID restrictions put in place. This can also be a benefit to your pocketbook, without the need to travel to and from your client’s homes, you’ll save both money and time. Adapting to the changing landscape of the business world can be difficult. But for a business to survive, and thrive, it’s an incredibly important skill to have. Especially in a world growing increasingly reliant on technology in all aspects of life.

Monica Vitti, the Italian Cinema Heroine, Passes on at 90

Monica Vitti, the multi-talented cinema star of Michelangelo Antonioni’s “L’Avventura” and other 1960s Italian alienation films, and later a prominent comedy actress, has passed on. Vitti was 90 years old at the the time of her demise.

Her death was revealed on Wednesday on Twitter by a former culture minister, Walter Veltroni, who stated that he had been urged by her husband, Roberto Russo, to announce her demise.

“Goodbye to the queen of Italian cinema,” current culture minister Dario Franceschini said in a statement.

The Works of Monica Vitti

In the 1960s, she was most recognized for her major performances in Antonioni’s films “L’Avventura,” “La Notte,” “Eclisse” (“Eclipse”), and “Red Desert.” The two were perpetual paparazzi targets.

“L’Avventura” brought her international recognition and acclaim for her portrayal of an icy calm woman who falls in love with the boyfriend of her missing girlfriend. In the final installment of the cycle, “Red Desert,” she portrays a lady who struggles with a profound, enigmatic psychosis as she struggles to cope with an altered industrial world.

Vitti’s blond hair and blue eyes set her distinct from other classic Mediterranean cinema actresses, such as Sophia Loren, who had dark hair.

Antonioni paid tribute to her performance during a special showing at New York’s Museum of Modern Art in 1999 to commemorate the completion of an Italian film restoration effort.

“The protagonist, Giuliana, goes through a profound personal crisis because of her inability to adapt,” he explained in statements read by his wife, Enrica.

Vitti and Antonioni did not collaborate again until 1980, following the termination of their partnership. At that moment, she shifted gears dramatically and began directing comedies, collaborating with top directors and some of Italy’s greatest actors, notably Alberto Sordi, a tragi-comic actor, in films in which Italians’ strengths and flaws were frequently represented.

While many of her films did not receive international release or critical recognition, her performances were well received domestically.

Vitti co-starred in Ettore Scola’s romantic comedy “Dramma della gelosia” with Marcello Mastroianni in 1970. (“The Pizza Triangle”). In 1974, she won the Italian Oscar’s equivalent, the David di Donatello, for best actress in Sordi’s “Polvere di Stelle,” one of five such awards she earned throughout her career.

In 1974, she starred in Luis Bunuel’s “Le Fantome de la Liberte,” a surrealistic examination of middle-class hypocrisy that is widely regarded as her final significant picture.

An Actress Different From the Rest

Her versatility set her apart from other actresses throughout her era.

She and Sordi roll on the sand in a notable scene from “Amore mio aiutami” (“Help me, my love”), exchanging slaps and blows. In one of her two English-language films, “Modesty Blaise,” she co-starred with Terence Stamp and Dirk Bogarde in an espionage parody.

Early and Personal Life

Vitti was born in Rome in 1931 as Maria Luisa Ceciarelli. As a teenager, she performed in amateur theatre performances before enrolling in Rome’s National Academy of Dramatic Arts to study acting. In 1954, she made her cinematic debut in Scola’s “Ridere Ridere Ridere” (“Laugh Laugh Laugh”). Her most recent film was 1989’s “Scandalo Segreto,” which was written and directed by her. She also starred in the film.

Her isolated lifestyle generated considerable curiosity about her health. In 1988, Le Monde stated that she died of a barbiturate overdose. In France, she was extremely popular, and her admirers were upset.

Her most recent public appearance occurred in 2002, during the world premiere of “Notre Dame de Paris.”

The Venice Film Festival honored her with the Golden Lion award for career accomplishment in 1995.

Italian Prime Minister Mario Draghi lauded Vitti as “a woman of tremendous irony and extraordinary talent who won generations of Italians over with her personality, bravura, and beauty.” She elevated the status of Italian cinema on a global scale.”

Are Mattel Movies on the Verge of Dominating Hollywood?

Everyone has probably wished that they had the ability to be Marvel. Armed only with B-grade intellectual property and superhuman levels of fortitude, a small comic book firm gradually worked its way into an unbreakable grasp on the cinema industry. However, a decade and a half later, Marvel has established itself as the established order. It is past time for another valiant upstart to stage a revolution. That newcomer? Mattel, the toy people.

Barbie, The Live-Action Film Star

Barbie has been the hardest-working lady in the toy aisle for 62 years, sliding from one occupation to the next wearing a dizzying number of clothing and accessories — and, more recently, altering body shapes and skin tones. Barbie the astrophysicist, Barbie the ballerina, Barbie the Chicken Farmer. Barbie the Firefighter

However, she has now accomplished the ultimate transformation: Barbie, the live-action film star.

Plans for Cinematic Domination

Robbie Brenner, president of Mattel Films, did a Variety interview this weekend in which she laid out her audacious goals for cinematic dominance. Brenner, who produced Dallas Buyers Club in 2013, announced a lineup of films that is stunning in scope and talent.

Greta Gerwig has added Margot Robbie and Ryan Gosling to the ensemble of her Barbie film, which she will direct from a script she co-wrote with Noah Baumbach. Lena Dunham is now working on a Polly Pocket film with Lily Collins, which she is also directing. Major Matt Mason is currently being adapted into a film by Akiva Goldsman, starring Tom Hanks. This is a significant change, as the people mentioned in this paragraph have won three Academy Awards (and have been nominated for another 14) and seven Emmy Awards (and been nominated for another 15). They’re also working on a toy-related films

Additionally, a He-Man picture, a Hot Wheels film, a Rock ‘Em Sock ‘Em Robots film, a Big Jim film, a Magic 8 Ball horror franchise, and films based on Chatty Cathy and Betsy Wetsy are in the works.To be honest, in three years, we will all be drowned in Mattel films.

Isn’t this remarkable? Due in part to Marvel’s glut of superhero movies, there is no longer a commercial market for theatrically produced low-budget material. And the filmmakers behind those films – the Oscar contenders, the romantic comedies, and the renowned indie classics – have been left homeless. Until now, these individuals had two options: either rely on the streamers’ deep finances or bite the bullet and enter the realm of television. Both options imply a compromise of ideals in some sense. However, Mattel, delightful, has galloped to the rescue with a lovely third option.

Netflix to produce Mattel’s ‘Masters of the Universe’ movie

Mattel Inc and Netflix are adapting the 1980s toymaker’s “Masters of the Universe” concept into a live-action film with filming set to begin in summer 2022.

The film, which was previously in production at Sony, will be directed by the Nee Brothers and will star Kyle Allen (West Side Story) as Prince Adam, or He-Man, according to both companies.

The film will follow Adam, an orphan who discovers he is a prince whose life purpose is to save a distant nation.

Mattel began with a line of action figures in 1982, a year before the broadcast of the animated series “He-Man and the Masters of the Universe.”

In recent years, American toymakers like Mattel and Hasbro have started competing with Hollywood studios for big contracts. Mattel has also reached agreements with Disney to acquire the “Toy Story,” “Cars,” and “Lightyear” franchises from Pixar Animation Studio.

Mattel bought the rights to produce dolls based on Disney royalty, including Elsa and Jasmine, from archrival Hasbro Inc. earlier last month.

Frequently Asked Questions Regarding Amazon Shutting Down Their Publishing House

For the people that have purchased books by Westland through Amazon, they may have heard the news that Amazon is shutting it down. This brings up a lot of questions. Their readers want to know more details. This decision seems as though it came out of nowhere. People want to know where, why, and how this happened.

Who is Westland?

The people who do not live in India may not know who Westland is. Westland Books is a publishing house that has been contracted with Amazon India. It is one of the biggest publishing companies in the World. Many people are familiar with them and have bought their books. They have some of the best-selling authors in the World, and they carry nonfiction and fiction books. Before siding with Amazon, they were with Trent Ltd. At that point, they were known as East West Books.

Did They Already Shut Down the Publishing House?

This was an unexpected decision that was made on February 1, 2022, after Westland has been with Amazon for five and a half years. Yes, it is already closed, and people are no longer able to order books by Westland through Amazon.

Where do the Writers Go?

Amazon has been working with the staff of the publishing house and their authors to help them figure out a plan on where to go next.

What do the Customers Think?

This news mostly affects the people of India. These people are shocked to find out this news. The authors have established a connection with their publishing house and are disappointed to be leaving Amazon as their main seller. It can be scary for the authors to have to start over with a new company.

Why did They Shut Down Westland Books?

Amazon India will not comment on why they shut down Westland books. Even though it is for an unknown reason, many people begin to speculate on why it was shut down. Many people seem to think it was because books have gone digital, and they don’t have a reason to keep publishing companies on staff. Other people believe it was because they weren’t making any sales. Amazon claims they have done a review on the company and decided to shut them down. The review may have shown poor results, but Amazon still wants to help everyone involved with the transition. Few people may think it’s because the publishing company switched names.

After looking over the questions, people may have more questions. Unfortunately, right now it looks like not much is being revealed but customers are distraught over this news. People will have to follow up with this story to see if Amazon releases any more comments.