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Elysium – A Sci-fi Film not so Fictional Afterall

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By Gunner Glam

Coming this weekend from the director of District 9 (2009) comes Elysium, an action-packed thriller starring Matt Damon and Jodie Foster.

Elysium is an American science fiction action film written, co-produced and directed by Neill Blomkamp. It was released on August 9, 2013 in both conventional and IMAX Digital theaters. Elysium is a co-production of Media Rights Capital and TriStar Pictures.

In the year 2154, the very wealthy live on Elysium, a Stanford torus high-tech space station governed by President Patel (Faran Tahir), in a utopian setting which includes access to private medical machines that offer instant cures, while everyone else lives below on the overpopulated, disease ridden, ruined, “Third World slum” Earth has become. Those who maintain Elysium will stop at nothing to enforce anti-immigration laws and preserve their citizens’ lifestyle, even destroying ships that attempt to get there. After an industrial accident exposes him to a fatal dose of radiation, 36-year-old factory-worker and ex-con Max DeCosta (Matt Damon) has only five days to get from Los Angeles to Elysium in order to be cured. Max straps into a powerful exoskeleton and attempts to kidnap a rich businessman (William Fichtner) in order to steal his identity and hijack his way into Elysium. This pits him against Elysium’s Secretary of Defense Delacourt (Jodie Foster) and her violent secret police forces, led by Agent Kruger (Sharlto Copley).

The film takes place on both a ravaged Earth and the luxurious space habitat called Elysium. It will explore political and sociological themes such as immigration, health care and class issues. When asked whether the film reveals how he sees Earth turning out in 140 years, director Blomkamp responded “No, no, no. This isn’t science fiction. This is today. This is now.”

Elysium re-unites Blomkamp with some of his District 9 crew, such as editor Julian Clarke, production designer Philip Ivey, cinematographer Trent Opaloch, and actor Sharlto Copley playing one of the film’s villains.

In January 2011, independent studio Media Rights Capital met with major studios to present Elysium, and Blomkamp shared art designs of his proposed science fiction film. The art designs won over the executives at Sony Pictures, who bought the film after making a more attractive offer than the other studios.
With a budget of $90 million, production began in July 2011. The film’s Earth-bound scenes were shot in a dump in the poor Iztapalapa district on the outskirts of Mexico City, while the scenes for the space city Elysium were shot in Vancouver and the wealthy Huixquilucan-Interlomas suburbs of Mexico City. Matt Damon shaved his head for the role of Max, and also worked out four hours a day with personal trainer Dr. Sae-ung.

The main role was offered to rapper Eminem, but he wanted the film to be shot in Detroit. That was not an option for the two studios, so Blomkamp moved on to Damon as his next choice.

The futuristic designs were executed by Philip Ivey after long periods of researching and studying older science fiction films. Ivey has continuously cited Syd Mead as a substantial influence for the film. Complicated visual effects were handled by Industrial Light and Magic and Image Engine, the latter of which collaborated on District 9. Re-shoots took place through October 2012.

The film’s “organic” music score was composed by newcomer Ryan Amon and recorded at Abbey Road Studios with the London Philharmonic Orchestra.

Go check it out!

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SB Revolution

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By Gunner Glam

Get ready to RISE up with Studio Brow Revolution. If you’re looking to begin a career in the beauty industry, Studio Brow is the place for you.

Opportunities are limitless with the Cosmetic Ultralounge, from being a certified Browstar, to management and franchising.

Employment with Studio Brow begins with completing our featured i.B.R.O.W. Training course.

Through this we teach our services and necessary techniques that are necessary to become a certified Browstar. We will prepare and compensate interested individuals who are accepted into our training program.

Studio Brow’s career opportunities are endless for people looking to join our staff as full-time or part-time Browstars, management and franchisees of future stores.

Studio Brow’s management and franchising opportunities provide for those with exceptional leadership qualities looking to own a location.

As our company continues to grow our sponsorship program is growing with it as well. Keith Rocco, a Nascar-Whalen Modified Race car Driver, has been racing with Studio Brow as a sponsor since March 2012.

Michael Moore, a Cleveland, Ohio-native and Star Promotions fighter joined the Studio Brow Boxing Team in January 2013. Moore brought in a victory at the Mohegan Sun Arena on March 24 against Dowel Carrasquillo in a unanimous decision.

In addition to sponsoring a wide variety of athletes, Studio Brow gives back to the community with sponsorships to local sports training centers.

Strike Zone, a Connecticut-based baseball training facility for all ages, has partnered with Studio Brow since January 2013. Studio Brow is giving back to the community by sponsoring Strike Zone to provide for the kids who join their training program.

A premier baseball league sponsored exclusively by Studio Brow, known as the Connecticut Storm, corresponds with Strike Zone and competes locally.

We have manifested a movement unlike any other as the Cosmetic Ultralounge.

The possibilities are endless and we will transcend all imaginable boundaries.

The revolution has begun!


Happy Earth Day!

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By Gunner Glam

Studio Brow supports Earth Day and encourages our friends to do their part in keeping the world clean and green.

Here are some ways you can do that =)

  • Switch all your lightbulbs to CFLs (or at least switch a few).
  • Switch one appliance to an energy efficient model (look for the “energy star” label).
  • Stop using disposable bags. Order some reusable bags.
  • Buy an inexpensive reusable water bottle, and stop buying plastic disposable bottles.
  • Wash laundry in cold water instead of hot.
  • Turn off lights when you leave the room.
  • Don’t turn on lights at all for as long as you can—open your curtains and enjoy natural light.
  • Drive the speed limit, and combine all your errands for the week in one trip.
  • Support your local economy and shop at your farmer’s market.
  • Pay your bills online. Not only is it greener, it’s a sanity saver.

Just to go over a few.

Enjoy April 22 this year!

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The iBrow Times: A Studio Brow Exclusive

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By Gunner Glam

News Flash!

Studio Brow now features a quarterly news letter; The iBrow Times.

Four times a year, an issue is written and published to keep everyone who visits in the loop about company news, Architecture Cosmetics products, the certified Browstars, company sports sponsorship, Studio Brow TV and the official story of Studio Brow from the founder and president himself.

Available in all Studio Brow locations, pick up a free copy on your next visit.

Questions? Please email Media@studiobrow.com.

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Studio Brow Meriden to Reopen March 20, 2013

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By Gunner Glam

Studio Brow would like to extend our sincerest apologies for the unexpected temporary closing of our Meriden, CT location. We will be reopening on Wednesday March 20, 2013 and to show our appreciation we’ll be offering complimentary services to our existing Meriden members. We’ll also be extending a complimentary service to new members for a limited time.*

Please be sure to visit Facebook.com/Studiobrow for updates.

On behalf of the Studio Brow staff we appreciate your patience and continued loyalty.

*This offer is for a limited time only and is only valid at our Meriden, CT location. This offer will start on the official reopening date of March 20, 2013.

Please read the following terms and conditions:
PROMO 1: (2 week promotion) All existing Meriden members will receive a complimentary eyebrow shaping via wax or threading.
Starte date: (upon opening of business) Wednesday March 20, 2013
End Date: (until closing of business) Wednesday April 3, 2013
A valid membership cards must be presented at time of service. Limit one per customer.

PROMO 2: (30 day promotion) Any NEW customers that become members will receive their first eyebrow shaping compliments of Studio Brow Inc.
Start Date: (upon opening of business) Wednesday March 20, 2013
End Date: (upon closing of business) Saturday April 20, 2013
A membership card must be purchased in order to receive the complimentary shaping.

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Check Studio Brow Out on Facebook

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By Gunner Glam

To our friends and readers,

We want to hear from you!!!

Studio Brow is currently expanding our reach on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest as well.

When friends visit our stores, we want everyone to feel the full experience, vibe and energy. Our certified Browstars deliver only the highest quality service to get you ready for this Holiday season.

Come check us out on Facebook.com/Studiobrow. Leave a comment, send a Like and check out our world! =) This way you can stay in touch with us and we can share everything with you!

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All-Time Action Heroes

By Gunner Glam

When it comes to movies, some will make people laugh and some will make people cry. Studio Brow would like to share the top characters who make adrenaline rush and keep folks on the edge of their seats.

Alien – Ellen Ripley (played by Sigourney Weaver) – Ripley is introduced in Alien (1979) as a warrant officer aboard the Nostromo, a spaceship from planet Thedus returning to Earth. Placed in stasis, she awakens after receiving a transmission of unknown origin from a nearby planetoid. Following their landing, an unknown creature infiltrates the ship, and kills every member of the crew. Ripley is the only member to escape from the Nostromo prior to its explosion, which she deliberately commenced to kill the monster. However, she discovers that the Alien is also aboard the ship’s shuttle, but expels it into space before putting herself in stasis for the return trip to Earth.

Tomb Raider – Lara Croft (played by Angelina Jolie) – Although she had not been a fan of the character, Jolie considered the role as a “big responsibility,” citing anxiety about fans’ high expectations. Producer Lawrence Gordon felt she was a perfect fit for the role. Jolie trained rigorously for the action scenes required for the role, occasionally sustaining injuries. Her training focused on practising the physical skills necessary to perform the film’s stunts. The difficulty of the training and injuries discouraged her, but she continued working through production. Jolie also encountered difficulties when working the guns, bungee jumping, and manoeuvring with the braid. West had not anticipated that Jolie would do her own stunts, and was impressed, as was stunt coordinator Simon Crane, by the effort she put into them.

Underworld – Selene (played by Kate Beckinsale) Beckinsale stated that it was markedly different to her previous work and  said she was grateful for the change of pace after appearing in “a bunch of period stuff and then a bunch of romantic comedies.” Beckinsale said, “It was quite a challenge for me to play an action heroine and pull off all that training when [in real life] I can’t catch a ball if it’s coming my way.”

The Brave One – Erica Bain (played by Jodie Foster) As radio show host Erica Bain (Foster) and her Indian fiancé, David (Naveen Andrews), are walking their dog at Stranger’s Gate in New York’s Central Park, they are attacked by three violent criminals. David dies from his injuries, but Bain survives. Angry and traumatized, she attempts to purchase a gun. Unwilling to wait the month required to obtain a notice of approval, she acquires a pistol illegally, and is drawn into a world of vigilantism, killing random criminals and attempting to track down the thugs who killed David.

Machete – She’ (played by Michelle Rodriguez) Also called Luz, a taco-truck lady with a rebellious spirit and revolutionary heart. Rodriguez was the first actor to be cast in the film who wasn’t in the film’s original trailer. Machete (played by Danny Trejo), with the help of Luz (Rodriguez), the leader of an illegal immigrant aid movement known as the Network, recruits Padre (Cheech Marin), Machete’s “holy” brother.

First Blood – John Rambo (played by Sylvester Stallone) was deployed to South Vietnam in September 1966. He returned to the U.S. in 1967 and began training in the Special Forces (Green Berets) at Fort Bragg, North Carolina. In late 1969, Rambo was re-deployed to Vietnam. In November 1971, he was captured by North Vietnamese forces near the Chinese-Vietnamese border and held at a POW camp, where he and other American POWs were repeatedly tortured. Rambo escaped captivity in May 1972, but was then re-deployed. At some point in his military career he also apparently received training in flying helicopters. Rambo received his military discharge on September 17, 1974. Upon his return to the U.S., Rambo discovered that many American civilians hated the returning soldiers from Vietnam, and he claimed himself along with other returning soldiers were subject to humiliation and embarrassment by anti-war “hippies” who throw garbage at them, call them “baby killers,” and exclude them from society. His experiences in Vietnam and back home resulted in an extreme case of post-traumatic stress disorder. At the same time, inner questions of self identity cause Rambo to lash out at society rather than handling difficult situations in a “civilized” manner. This is where First Blood picks up from.

Die Hard – John McClane (played by Bruce Willis) In the first Die Hard film in 1988, John McClane is an Irish-American detective with the New York City Police Department and has been an on the force for 11 years. At the beginning of the first film, he is recently separated from his wife Holly Gennero (Bonnie Bedelia), who is using her maiden name. Holly moved to Los Angeles several months earlier to pursue a career, leading to their separation when McClane stayed behind (to officially cope with some open cases but unofficially because he didn’t expect her to last). They have two children, Lucy and John. On Christmas Eve, McClane visits his wife at her workplace at the Nakatomi Plaza. Simultaneously, Hans Gruber (Alan Rickman) initiates his plan to steal $640 million in bearer bonds and takes the Nakatomi Company employees, including Holly, hostage, posing as terrorists to draw attention away from the theft, their final plan being to blow up the building and make it appear as though they died with the hostages in the explosion. McClane escapes detection and manages to hide throughout the building, killing the terrorists one by one.

They Live – John Nada (played by Roddy Piper) After a budget of approximately three million dollars was raised, Carpenter began casting the film. For the crucial role of Nada, the filmmaker cast professional wrestler Roddy Piper, whom he met at WrestleMania III earlier in 1987. For Carpenter it was an easy choice: “Unlike most Hollywood actors, Roddy has life written all over him.”  A nameless unemployed drifter, referred to as “Nada” (Piper), finds construction work in Los Angeles and befriends fellow worker Frank Armitage (Keith David), who leads him to a local shantytown soup kitchen. There Nada notices strange activity around the church and procures an untouched, hidden box. At an alleyway he opens it to find it contains black sunglasses and takes a pair, which reveal the true look of an alien race controlling what people see and think, while disguised as human beings.

Army of Darkness – Ash Williams (played by Bruce Campbell) created by director Sam Raimi. Ash has faced off against his loved ones inside an abandoned cabin as they are possessed by “deadites,” the evil souls of the dead. He was named the 24th Greatest Movie Character of All Time by Empire Magazine. In the film, Ash is accidentally transported to 1300 A.D., where he must battle an army of the dead and retrieve the Necronomicon so he can return home. Ash must also defeat his alter-ego known as “Bad Ash” who is leading the Army of Darkness to steal the Necronomicon (Book of the Dead).

 Terminator 2 – T-800 (played by Arnold Schwarzenegger) A Cyberdyne Systems Model 101 Terminator, is the main antagonist in the original Terminator film. An identical Series 800 Model 101, having been reprogrammed by the resistance in the future, is one of the protagonists in Terminator 2: Judgment Day. In Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines, Schwarzenegger plays an updated T-850 unit, with the same outward appearance as the Series 800. His character is destroyed at the end of each of these films. The fourth installment, Terminator Salvation, reveals the origin of the 101 Model.

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