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John Textor Continues to Redefine Corporate Leadership

John Textor has played a lot of roles such as CEO, Producer, Executive Producer and the list will continue to grow with the success that he continues have. He is a graduate of Wesleyan University where he earned his Bachelors of Arts in economics in 1987. Ten years in later, (1997) he co-founded Wyndcrest Holdings which is a private equity firm based that centers around entertainment, telecommunication and internet. He also served as Managing Partner for the firm.

He continued to move up the ladder and in 1999; he became director of The Parent Company and Baby Universes which has an online store that sells children’s products. He later became chairman in 2002 and moved up to chief executive officer (CEO) in 2005. Lydian Trust Company/Virtual Bank.com is one of Textor’s greatest accomplishments because he became the founding director of this company.

In 2006, he worked as chairman and CEO of Digital Domain and Digital Domain Media Group which does visual effects for over 80 big feature films, in which 25 of them were under Textor’s leadership.
Some films under his leadership that he produced include: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End, Transformers, Tron: Legacy, Real Steel, and Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End. Textor has made several accomplishments within the film industry and has the lead Digital Domain to receive the Achievement in Visual Effects award in 2009 for creating the first digital human actor in The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. Textor currently is Chairman at Pulse Evolution Corporation which is a digital production that specializes in computer-generated human likeness.

The company emphasizes on visual effects with a focus on computer-generated imagery for Holographic Virtual performances, Family-focused Animation Feature Films and Live-action Feature Films to name a few.

Besides being a CEO, Textor was a producer and executive producer for movies such as Ender’s Game which is a science fiction fantasy film that was released in November 2013. He also has been involved in other big movies such as: Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, Transformers. A great accomplishment that he has done has been to produce virtual versions of well-known artist Michael Jackson for the 2014 Billboard Music Awards. He also produced virtual versions for Tupac Shakur, Marilyn Monroe, as well as Elvis Presley for the Coachella Valley Music Festival 2012.

John Textor is currently active in the entertainment development properties that involve many avenues and technology platforms. Textor’s success will continue as he reaches for higher heights in the film and entertainment industry.

Guys Will Love Magic Mike XXL

Magic Mike XXL is no doubt one of the biggest, and most loved movies of the summer. Women everywhere are obsessed with the movie, and this second installment was just what we all have been waiting for. Channing Tatum managed to effortlessly slide back into his role as Mike and show the world that he still has the moves and the bod, to make women go wild. Most people believe that Magic Mike is the ultimate girl’s night flick, but after watching the film, you can easily see that it is just as much of a “bromance” movie as it is a chickflick.

In the second Magic Mike film, we learn that Mike needs his dancing buddy’s support when he turns to them during a low point in his life, and embarks on an epic road trip. You get a much deeper understanding of just how close Mike and the guys are, as they coach each other and offer encouragement to one another during a series of intimate discussions and pep talks. While the focus of the movie may be hot guys, Magic Mike XXL actually shows the more vulnerable sides to each member of the crew, and shines a light on their tight bond.

With a perfect balance of humor and smoking hot moves, Magic Mike XXL takes the movie a step further and becomes more than a girl’s night film. As Mike and the crew drive to Myrtle Beach for their final dance competition, they run into some interesting scenarios. Eventually Mike meets up with his old friend Rome played by Jada Pinkett-Smith and her brother Andre, who is played by Donald Glover. Actress Andie Macdowell also makes a cameo, as well as Crystal Hunt, best known for her role on the daytime soap opera, Guiding Light. The new additions to the cast are welcomed, and very much adored by Magic Mike fans old and new.

According to CrystalHunt.com, so far Magic Mike XXL has earned over $65M at the box office, and the reviews are proof that this is one sequel that outshines the original movie. If you are new to Magic Mike films, you can dive right in with XXL or start with the first movie, both are satisfying as standalone movies or as a pair. One thing is for sure, you don’t want to miss out on this adventure. Whether you are looking for a date night movie, a girl’s night film or something to watch with the guys, Magic Mike has something for everyone.

Magic Mike is proof that women and men are all vulnerable, we all need love, passion, excitement and adventure. Don’t let the summer end without catching this movie, it is a must see thrill ride for everyone in your crew.