The National Bank of Facebook won’t be setting up branches on the corner anytime soon, but the world’s largest social network is apparently moving further into financial transactions than just facilitating the purchase of virtual cows for Farmville players. According to a report in the Financial Times, the California-based social media giant is only a few weeks away from receiving approval to operate as an “electronic money institution” (EMI) in Ireland. Because of European Union regulations, this would allow Facebook to offer transactional and payments services across the EU. According to the Central Bank of Ireland, electronic money is “value stored on a technical device such as a chip card or indeed, a computer memory.
Film director Michael Bay has confirmed that "Transformers: Age of Extinction" will indeed mark the start of a new trilogy. Crucially, and unlike the rest of the robotic race, Lockdown isn't allied to the Autobots or the Decepticons. And that opens up a whole other gigantic world for Transformers.” And if you see "Transformers 4" upon its mid-July release, look out for Lockdown-related hints about the next two films, especially inside Gun Face's ship.
The 33-year-old French filmmaker will preside over the juries dedicated to emerging talents during the International Critics' Week (May 15-23), one of the main parallel sections of the Cannes Film Festival, organizers announced Monday. The director behind "Dear Prudence" (2010) and "Grand Central" (2013), Rebecca Zlotowski will follow in the footsteps of Mia Hansen-Løve as the head judge in the competition for the Discovery Prize (Prix Découverte), awarded to a short film, and the Visionary Award (Prix Révélation), given to a feature. Zlotowski will be joined on the jury by British filmmaker Andrea Arnold, who was named president of the Grand Prize jury in late March.
"Star Wars" and "Blade Runner" actor Harrisson Ford conducted an Ask Me Anything on Reddit over the weekend and answered a few choice questions about his past career and future aspirations. "The set for Blade Runner was maybe the hardest set I've ever worked on because I think we worked 50 nights in a row, and it was always raining," he recalled. That said, Ford still retains interest in a rumored sequel. "I'm quite curious and excited about seeing a new script for Blade Runner if in fact the opportunity would exist to do another," he revealed.
The Scottish actor is attached to headline the sci-fi adventure movie, The Hollywood Reporter indicates. According to the website, Gerard Butler will play an engineer specialized in satellite design. Produced by Skydance Productions in tandem with Warner Bros, "Geostorm" will be directed by Dean Devlin. One of Roland Emmerich's frequent collaborators, Devlin was a writer and co-producer on "Independence Day" (1996) and "Godzilla" (1998).
The actor and producer will take part in "Tusk," the forthcoming feature from the director who gained a cult following in the 1990s with "Clerks" and "Mallrats." News of Johnny Depp's involvement was revealed by Justin Long, the star of "Tusk," in an interview with Long-island.newsday.com. According to Thewrap.com, the 50-year-old actor will likely play a French Canadian police officer, Guy Lapointe, in this off-beat suspense movie. Slated for release in late 2014 in the US, "Tusk" revolves around the investigation led by a journalist (Justin Long) into the intriguing life of Mr. Howe, an adventurer with a bizarre fascination with walruses.
The second installment of "The Hunger Games" saga dominated the MTV Movie Awards Sunday, with a best-film trophy and best actor awards for Josh Hutcherson and Jennifer Lawrence. Hutcherson accepted the movie of the year trophy on behalf of "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" while paying tribute to Philip Seymour Hoffman, who died in February and played the role Plutarch Heavensbee in the dystopian film series. "I know that if Phillip were here, he would really think that this is very cool," Hutcherson said. Hutcherson also took home the trophy for best male performance, while co-star Jennifer Lawrence, who was not present, won for best female.