Wednesday, December 31, 2008
Well before I roll out of 08 into 09 let me give you my Top 20 films for 2008!!
19. Street Kings
18. Sex and the City: The Movie (This proves that tv shows can be movies too!)
16. The Bank Job (One of those films follks been sleeping on, ya betta wake up!!)
15. Quantum of Solace
13. Vicky Cristina Barcelona
12. Burn After Reading
11. Tropic Thunder
10. Kung Fu Panda (Great for the kids AND adults)
9. The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian
8. The Secret Life of Bees (It steals your heart and makes you look within your own soul)
7. Gran Torino
5. The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
3. Incredible Hulk (Shout out to Marcus!!) (Thank God they did a second follow-up it truly redeemed itself)
2. Iron Man
1. The Dark Knight (This movie sets your soul on fire!! Heath Ledger plays the hell out of this role that its scary!!)
I am truly excited about what the new year has to bring for us in the film category!! Cause I am truly anxious, especially for the New Transformers installment as well as the new Star Trek!! Either way we are a in store for some true treats!! Get READY!!
Happy New Year!! May this be a prosperous one for you!!
Monday, December 29, 2008
The couple, who met at an audition two years ago, were surrounded by family and friends when Gross went down on his knee
Actor Lance Gross got on bended knee and proposed to girlfriend and costar Eva Marcille in front of their families on Christmas Eve to propose.
“I knew the day I laid eyes on her because I just got that feeling,” says Gross who said he fell in love with Marcille instantly. “She took full control of my heart and is the only woman that has ever made me feel that way—that’s how I knew she was special.”
Surrounded by family and friends, Gross got on bended knee and presented Marcille with a 3.36 1895 Pave Cartier ring.
“I cried. It was totally unexpected. I’m still in shock,” says Marcille. “I could not even sleep because I was afraid that I might wake up from the most beautiful dream ever.”
The two haven’t set a wedding date but are strongly considering a summer wedding in 2010.
And here are a few of my favs on the docket:
*Best Motion Picture - Drama
The Curious Case Of Benjamin ButtonWarner Bros. Pictures and Paramount Pictures; Warner Bros. Pictures and Paramount Pictures
*Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture - Drama
Meryl Streep – Doubt
*Best Motion Picture - Musical Or Comedy
Burn After ReadingWorking Title/Releasing Company; Focus Features in association with Studio Canal
Vicky Cristina BarcelonaMediapro; The Weinstein Company
*Best Performance by an Actor In A Supporting Role in a Motion Picture
Heath Ledger – The Dark Knight
*Best Animated Feature Film
Kung Fu PandaDreamWorks Animation SKG; Paramount Pictures
*Best Mini-Series Or Motion Picture Made for Television
A Raisin In The Sun (ABC)Sony Pictures Television, Storyline Entertainment, and Bad Boy Worldwide Entertainment
*Best Performance by an Actor in a Supporting Role in a Series, Mini-Series or Motion Picture Made for Television
Jeremy Piven – Entourage (HBO)
Blair Underwood – In Treatment (HBO)
“The 66th Annual Golden Globe Awards” to be telecast live on NBC Sunday, January 11 (8 – 11 p.m. EST) at The Beverly Hilton.
Saturday, December 27, 2008
"Doubt, a status between belief and disbelief, involves uncertainty or distrust or lack of sureness of an alleged fact, an action, a motive, or a decision. Doubt brings into question some notion of a perceived "reality", and may involve delaying or rejecting relevant action out of concerns for mistakes or faults or appropriateness."
This Broadway play turned movie is sure to gage your attention as well as ask your own personal and moral questions. Set in 1964, St. Nicholas a catholic school in the Bronx is introduced to a charismatic priest, Father Flynn, who is trying to adjust and change the schools' strict customs; which have long been fiercely upheld by Sister Aloysius Beauvier, the iron-gloved Principal who believes in the power of fear and discipline. Now with a political change sweeping through the community, the school has just accepted its first black student, Donald Miller. Throughout the school year one of the fellow nuns Sister James, a hopeful innocent nun, shares with Sister Aloysius her guilt-ridden suspicions that Father Flynn is paying too much personal attention to Donald. From that moment, Sister Aloysius sets off on a personal crusade to unearth the truth and to expunge Flynn from the school. Now, without an ounce of proof other than her moral certainty, Sister Aloysius locks into a battle of wills with Father Flynn which threatens to tear apart the community with irrevocable consequence.
Doubt will amaze audiences because of its powerful acting and writing, these elements we don't see too often in Hollywood. Doubt has a great amount of intensity, but there are moments that you almost suffocate due to its powerful subject matter. Meryl Streep does an excellent job of portraying the Principal/Head Mistress of the school. She is able to capture the idea of unemotion with perfect ease. Its almost as though you could feel the tension in her eyes. Streeps character is a natural "force of nature" which may come off a little cold or even robotic. Now Hoffman is a bit more calm in his role which makes you wonder his true character as a man and priest in this film. At times during the movie one may see moments when true emotions shine through, and these are mostly the responsibility of the marvelous supporting cast, as Amy Adams (Sister James) and Viola Davis (Mrs. Miller) show their vulnerability and sympathy to Streep's superior and implacable director. One part in particular, is Streep's street scene with the child's mother this scene all by itself will trigger hundreds of conversations as the mother pleads the case of her son. Doubt may have very few minimal flaws but it does a very good job at exposing the rationale behind many of the emotional and flawed actions of humans today. By the end of the film most people will doubt who is truly responsible in their own perception; yet in still will express their own doubts about what they are about to say or do.
The combination of two Oscar winning actors and actresses (Streep and Seymour Hoffman) brings about a film that regardless of your religion, faith, or belief your heart just pours out to the children in the film. And it may even get you to thinking "do I have doubt?" What or who do you believe?
Friday, December 26, 2008
In sad news, legendary star Eartha Kitt passed away on December 25th, 2008.
"EARTHA KITT was an international star who gives new meaning to the word versatile. She had distinguished herself in film, theater, cabaret, music and on television. Miss Kitt is one of only a handful of performers to be nominated for a Tony (three times), the Grammy (twice), and Emmy Award (twice). She would regularly enthrall New York nightclub audiences during her extended stays at THE CAFE CARLYLE and these intimate performances have been captured in her newest recording, Eartha Kitt, Live at The Carlyle. Miss Kitt's distinctive voice has enthralled an entirely new generation of fans. Young fans loved her as YZMA, the villain, in Disney's animated feature THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE, (2001 Annie Award for Best Vocal Performance / Animated Feature). Miss Kitt was also featured in the sequel, THE EMPEROR'S NEW GROOVE II and reprised the role in the popular Saturday morning animated series THE EMPEROR'S NEW SCHOOL for which she received a 2007 and 2008 Emmy Award for Outstanding Performer in an Animated Program and a 2007 and 2008 Annie Award for Best Vocal Performance in an Animated Television Production.
At an early age Eartha Mae Kitt was ostracized because of her mixed-race heritage. At eight years old, she was given away by her mother and sent from the South Carolina cotton fields to live with an aunt in Harlem. In New York her distinct individuality and flair for show business manifested itself, and on a friend's dare, the shy teen auditioned for the famed KATHERINE DUNHAM DANCE TROUPE. She won a spot as a featured dancer and vocalist and before the age of twenty, toured worldwide with the company. During a performance in Paris, Miss Kitt was spotted by a nightclub owner and booked as a featured singer at his club. Her unique persona earned her fans and fame quickly, including Orson Welles, who called her "the most exciting woman in the world". Welles was so taken with her talent that he cast her as Helen of Troy in his fabled production of DR. FAUST.Back in New York, Miss Kitt was booked at The Village Vanguard, and soon spotted by a Broadway producer who put her in NEW FACES OF 1952 where every night she transfixed audiences with her sultry rendition of Monotonous. Her show stopping performance in NEW FACES, which ran for a year, led to a national tour and a Twentieth Century Fox film version.Broadway stardom led to a recording contract and a succession of best-selling records including Love for Sale, I Want to Be Evil, Santa Baby and Folk Tales of the Tribes of Africa, which earned her a Grammy nomination. During this period, she published her first autobiography, THURSDAY'S CHILD. Miss Kitt would then return to Broadway in the dramatic play MRS. PATTERSON, and received her first Tony nomination. Other stage appearances followed, as did films including THE MARK OF THE HAWK with Sidney Poitier, ANNA LUCASTA with Sammy Davis, Jr. and ST LOUIS BLUES with Nat King Cole.In 1967, Miss Kitt made an indelible mark on pop culture as the infamous CATWOMAN in the television series, BATMAN. She immediately became synonymous with the role and her trademark growl became imitated worldwide.Singing in ten different languages, Miss Kitt has performed in over 100 countries and was honored with a star on The Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1960. In 1966, she was nominated for an Emmy for her role in the series, I SPY. In 1968, Miss Kitt's career took a sudden turn when, at a White House luncheon hosted by Lady Bird Johnson, she spoke out against the Vietnam War. For years afterward, Miss Kitt was blacklisted in the U.S. and was forced to work abroad where her status remained undiminished. In 1974, Miss Kitt returned to the United States, with a triumphant Carnegie Hall concert and, in 1978, received a second Tony nomination for her starring role in the musical, TIMBUKTU. In December 2006 she returned to Washington and lit the National Christmas Tree alongside President and Mrs. George W. Bush.
Miss Kitt's second autobiography, ALONE WITH ME, was published in 1976 and I'M STILL HERE: CONFESSIONS OF A SEX KITTEN was released in 1989. Her best-selling book on fitness and positive attitude, REJUVENATE! (IT'S NEVER TOO LATE), was released by Scribner in May 2001.Live theater is Miss Kitt's passion. In 2001, Broadway critics singled her out with a Tony and Drama Desk nomination for her role as Dolores in George Wolfe's THE WILD PARTY. Over the last few years, she has starred in National Tours of THE WIZARD OF OZ and Rogers & Hammerstein's CINDERELLA. In December 2003, Miss Kitt dazzled Broadway audiences as Liliane Le Fleur in the revival of NINE, THE MUSICAL. In December 2004, she appeared as The Fairy Godmother in The New York City Opera production (Lincoln Center) of CINDERELLA. She also starred in the off-Broadway production of MIMI LE DUCK (2006) and The Westport County Playhouse production of THE SKIN OF OUR TEETH (2007).Miss Kitt remains devoted to performing in front of live audiences, from intimate cabarets to concert halls with local symphonies. Recent engagements include appearances with The Atlanta Symphony, The Portland Symphony, Detroit's Music Hall, D.C.'s Blues Alley, Seattle's Jazz Alley, Palm Beach's Kravis Center for the Performing Arts, The Mohegan Sun, Sarasota's Van Wetzel Center for the Performing Arts Festival. She is especially proud to have brought her one-woman show to the 51st Annual JVC Newport Jazz Festival and the Miami Beach JVC Jazz Festival.In February 2007, Miss Kitt returned to London after a 15 year absence for a remarkable series of sold-out performances at The Shaw Theater. She returned to Great Britain in 2008 to critical raves at London‚Äôs Place Pigalle and to headline the prestigious Cheltenham Jazz Festival .
On January 17 2007, Miss Kitt turned eighty years old and marked the occasion at Carnegie Hall with a celebratory concert, JVC Jazz presents EARTHA KITT AND FRIENDS."
At the time, she was living in Connecticut dealing with colon cancer. Ms Kitt 81, is survived by her daughter Kitt and a granddaughter.
Thursday, December 25, 2008
Wednesday, December 24, 2008
All I know is Denzel betta be on this list...lol...You be the judge...
30. Nick Cannon, 28
29. Don Cheadle, 44
28. Jesse L. Martin, 35
27. Richard T. Jones, 36
26. Phillip Michael Thomas, 59
25. Common, 36
24. Mekhi Phifer, 33
23. Hill Harper, 42
22. Ron O'Neal 67 (at time of death)
21. Taimak, 44
20. Taye Diggs, 36
19. Henry Simmons, 38
18. Leon, 46
17. Terrence Howard, 39
16. Richard Roundtree, 66
15. Blair Underwood, 44
14. Harry Belafonte, 81
13. Tupac Shakur, 25 (at time of death)
12. Boris Kodjoe, 35
11. Jim Kelly, 62
10. Columbus Short, 26
9. Dwayne Johnson, 36
8. Michael Jai White, 41
7. Morris Chestnut, 39
6. Billy Dee Williams, 71
5. Dijmon Hounsou, 44
4. Shemar Moore, 38
3. Denzel Washington, 53
2. Idris Elba, 36
1. Will Smith, 40
Featured Story: http://www.blackvoices.com/entertainment/top-30-sexiest-actors
Hmmmm.... I would have to adjust the Top 3 but nonetheless the list looks pretty good to me. Nice mix of ol school and new school!!
Top 30 Sexiest Black Actresses
30. Thandie Newton
29. Tracy Camilla Jones
28. Vivica A. Fox
27. Robin Givens
26. Paula Patton
25. Nichelle Nichols
24. Eartha Kitt
22. Lauren London
21. Stacey Dash
20. Tamara Dobson
19. Kerry Washington
18. Lisa Raye
17. Lynn Whitfield
16. Diahann Carroll
15. Zoe Saldana
14. Nia Long
13. Janet Jackson
11. Vanessa L. Williams
10. Sanaa Lathan
9. Gabrielle Union
8. Jada Pinkett-Smith
7. Lela Rochon
6. Angela Bassett
5. Josephine Baker
4. Meagan Good
3. Halle Berry
2. Dorothy Dandridge
1. Pam Grier
Now this list could have been different in many ways some of these young ladies could have been taken off but who am I!
Featured Story: http://www.blackvoices.com/entertainment/top-30-sexiest-actresses
"Seven Names...Seven Strangers...One secret"
Academy Award nominee Will Smith reunites with the directors and producers of The Pursuit of Happyness for the emotional drama . In addition to a great cast (Rosario Dawson, Woody Harrelson, Micheal Ealy) this film is definitely one for the books.
First I will start out by saying that I was a little hesistant to see this film. But I had to see it so that it would kill the curiousity. The movie trailer is one that that does not leave much to the imagination it somewhat had a lackluster approach. You just have to see it to satisfy the yearning.
One thing that I must say about this film is that the symbolism was quite interesting that fact that the number 7 was used represents "new beginnings". Thus the giving of "7 pounds of flesh" to seven deserving individuals to make up for the seven lives he destroyed is quite a powerful move. And I think that might be somewhat of its downfall, it was a little overworked and overdone. However, keep in mind the film was still good.
Throughout the majority of the movie it had a mysterious and somewhat confusing plot many times I was guessing during the film trying to figure out what's going to happen next. Seven Pounds was somewhat of a miracle considering all the loose ends that were tied up as it nears its ending, but it does, and it does so gracefully. All comes together though in its magnificent ending, which will make you want to tell everyone and anyone you meet to go see this movie now!
Now although this was a good solid movie, I'm not sure if this will be Oscar bound for Mr. Smith. It just needs a little more inspiration and maybe it might have a chance. The message however is very clear with this movie, sometimes people deserve a second chance to make things right, and why not start out by helping someone else. Maybe after watching it for a second time it will have a more powerful effect. All in all, I will say I was not disappointed with this film at all and I'm glad I was able to see it.
Francis Xavier "Frank" Cross (Bill Murray) is a conceited, cynical television programming executive. He has found great success and wealth, but has become coldhearted and cruel. In the opening scenes he can be seen working out in a room with a wallpaper border that reads "Cross: A thing they nail people to".
Next on the docket is a true Christmas movie for all generations!! It's a Wonderful Life (1946) is an American film produced and directed by Frank Capra and loosely based on the short story "The Greatest Gift" written by Philip Van Doren Stern. The film is regarded as a classic and is a staple of Christmas television around the world, although, due to its high production costs and stiff competition at the box office, financially, it was considered a "flop." The film's break-even point was actually $6.3 million, approximately twice the production cost, a figure it never came close to achieving in its initial release. An appraisal in 2006 reported: "Although it was not the complete box-office failure that today everyone believes … it was a major disappointment and confirmed, at least to the studios, that Capra was no longer capable of turning out the populist features that made his films the must-see, money-making events they once were.
In 1990, It's a Wonderful Life was deemed "culturally, historically, or aesthetically significant" by the United States Library of Congress and selected for preservation in their National Film Registry.
In 2002, Channel 4 ranked It's A Wonderful Life as the seventh greatest film ever made in their poll, "The 100 Greatest Films" and in 2006, It's A Wonderful Life reached #37 in Channel 4's "100 Greatest Family Films" poll. It's A Wonderful Life currently ranks 30th on the IMDB's top 250.
In June 2008, AFI revealed its "Ten top Ten" — the best 10 films in 10 "classic" American film genres — after polling over 1,500 people from the creative community. It's a Wonderful Life was acknowledged as the third-best film in the fantasy genre.
A more iconoclastic viewpoint was expressed by Wendell Jamieson in a 2008 New York Times article, which posited that the film "is a terrifying, asphyxiating story about growing up and relinquishing your dreams, of seeing your father driven to the grave before his time, of living among bitter, small-minded people. It is a story of being trapped, of compromising, of watching others move ahead and away, of becoming so filled with rage that you verbally abuse your children, their teacher and your oppressively perfect wife.
Friday, December 19, 2008
And in other movie news, for those that forgot Ms. Beyonce is slated for another movie coming out Spring 2009, with the handsome and debonair Idris Elba, the new thriller movie Obsessed. Here's the trailor for your viewing:
Thursday, December 18, 2008
Just watching this trailer I got chills because its just that REAL!! Definitely a great film to start of the New Year right!! Also a great film for the Hip-Hop heads!!
Here's is also another lil peek "behind the set" with the Notorious cast. Some deep stuff, words to live by.
Notorious hits theaters on January 16th, 2009
Well it has been a minute since we have seen Madea showcased in Tyler Perry's film series but it seems like it was well worth the wait. I have always been a fan of Tyler Perry's movies and his stage plays as well. So this was a treat for me to see that one of my favorite stage plays will be on film, Madea Goes to Jail. Well here's a brief synopsis as well as the trailer for your viewing.
Wednesday, December 17, 2008
"A Tribute to the Original, Traditional, One-Hundred-Percent, Red-Blooded, Two-Fisted, All-American Christmas..."
A Christmas Story is a 1983 film based on the short stories and semi-fictional anecdotes of author and raconteur Jean Shepherd, which also includes material from his books In God We Trust, All Others Pay Cash and Wanda Hickey's Night of Golden Memories. The movie takes place in the early 1940's in the fictional northern Indiana town of Hulman (based on real-life Hammond, IN). 9-year-old Ralph "Ralphie" Parker (Peter Billingsley) wants only one thing for Christmas – "an official Red Ryder carbine-action 200-shot range model air rifle (BB Gun) with a compass in the stock, and this thing which tells time."
This is one of those movies that you gotta watch every year just to get your funny bone stirring. Its just that timeless!! The character of Ralphie can be seen even in today's society with that one little needy kid who just wants one thing for Christmas, and hoping they get it. With this film the critics pretty much had favorable comments to say about the film. Famed critic Roger Ebert would proclaim it "Funny and satirical...a sort of Norman Rockwell crossed with MAD magazine. On December 24, 2007, AOL ranked the film their #1 Christmas movie of all time.
Due to the increasing popularity of the film, in 1997 TNT began airing a 24-hour marathon dubbed "24 Hours of A Christmas Story," consisting of the film shown twelve consecutive times beginning at 7 or 8 p.m. on Christmas Eve and ending Christmas Day.In 2007, new all-time ratings records were set, with the highest single showing (8 p.m. Christmas Eve) drawing 4.4 million viewers. In 2007 the marathon continued, and the original tradition was revived. In 2008, the 24-hour marathon will continue, on TBS, for the twelveth overall year, starting at 8 p.m. eastern on Christmas Eve.
Here's one of my favorite scene's:
Monday, December 15, 2008
X-Men Origins: Wolverine
Hits Theaters May 1st 2009
Check out this link below for an even more exclusive look into this film!!
Will Smith has sequel fever. The box-office magnet is in talks to finalize follow-ups to both "Hancock" and "I Am Legend." A Hollywood insider said, "He is ready to do both. Producers are just trying to get Charlize Theron to sign on for the 'Hancock' sequel." As for "I Am Legend," it will be more of a prequel as Smith's character died at the end of the zombies-take-Manhattan movie. "It will be about how the disease spreads and the fall of the last great American city. It will also develop the relationship between Will's character and his wife." A rep for Smith said, "There have been talks about both of these projects."
Thursday, December 11, 2008
Wednesday, December 10, 2008
would be the third installment in the National Lampoon's Vacation film series.
It's Christmas time and the Griswolds are preparing for a family seasonal celebration, but things never run smoothly for Clark, his wife Ellen and their two kids. Clark's continual bad luck is worsened by his obnoxious family guests, but he manages to keep going knowing that his Christmas bonus is due soon.
A classic scene from the movie.
For many people this is a favorite Christmas movie for all time! It's so funny and it has an excellent cast as well as great acting! You are sure to have non-stop laughs and I highly recommend all people who love comedies to rent this or better yet buy it! Its really that funny! This is one of those films that you gotta have in your collection. I remember we use to watch this every Christmas back in the day. Even to this day I can still watch this movie over and over again.
The movie would debut at #1 at the box-office while grossing $11,750,203 during the opening weekend. It would then go on to gross a total of $71,319,546 in the United States while showing in movie theaters. Not only did it profit in its box-office performance, the movie has made $34,800,000 in rental profits.
Another great scene of this movie.
A true classic Christmas comedy!!
Tuesday, December 9, 2008
With this Punisher film we somewhat fast-forward to Frank Castle (Ray Stevenson) beginning his vigilante rampage over those that have killed his family. He is now six years into his revenge mission when he is alerted that one of the main killers Billy Russoti (Dominic West) has escaped to his recycling plant hideout. From there Castle infiltrates Russoti's hideout and murders Nicky Donatelli as he is exiting the bathroom. The ensuing gunshot alerts Russoti, and a brief fire fight between he and Castle ensues, ending in Russoti being thrown into a glass-crushing machine which only ends up hideously disfiguring the overeager gangster. At the same time another gun fight takes place between Frank and Russoti's men. And Castle, who has taken cover behind the body of Donatelli (Romano Orzari), realizes that the man he killed was wearing a wire. This one incident opens his eyes and knotches a brief flaw that could be come fatal. He know feels indebted to the Donatelli family and adds that to his mission of revenge.
Forced back into the war, the Punisher now faces off against Jigsaw's formidable army in order to save the lives of an innocent family as a result of his actions putting them on the firing line.
One thing that many can say if nothing else is that it stays true to the comics and the origin. The actual physical appearance of Frank Castle is much more accurate out of the three films combined, but that is one of the few pluses. Unfortunately, the plot was a little thin, but it does give viewers one loud action packed, violent film. Saddly, with this film the acting was a little too much, Dominic West charcter "Jigsaw" was really killing me with the NY Italian accent. To a degree this film is a tad bit gory and over violent for my taste. It seemed as though every other scene was someone getting their head blown off or being bitten. From the minute that the film starts one might be grossed out if you have a weak stomach. About 20 mins into the film, I could have walked out but I had to see how this was going to maybe get better, or potentially worse. One thing that I will say is that All in all, I will admit it was definitely action-packed but maybe just not in the way that truly assisted the movie. Even with its twist an turns of the pseudo "Punisher Task Force" and the crazy nut of a brother Looney Bin Jim, and the lil girl being named Grace (excellent choice, by the way) this movie was somewhat of a flop. But hey they tried right....I guess.And if there is not more insult to injury, on its opening weekend Punisher: War Zone only grossed $4 million in 2,508 theaters in the United States, ranking at #8 at the box office, this would be Marvel's third box office flop with the first being Howard the Duck and second being Elektra. Now as it relates to a sequel this is what Ray Stevenson had to say, "I have expressed interest in sequels, hinting Barracuda as a possible villain. At the 2008 San-Diego Comic-Con, when asked if he signed on for more Punisher, he said, 'If I had my wish, it's going to run and run. It's up to the fan base. If this works, we get to do it all again.'" Well we will just have to see how the masses take to this film. Go at your own risk.
This 2008 musical biopic film explores the musical era from the early 1940s to the late 1960s, chronicling the life of the influential Chicago-based record-company executive Leonard Chess, and the legendary singers who would record for Chess Records.
Upon going to watch the film I was bit hesistant to go see it, because I just had the funny feeling that it was going to be something I had already seen. (And to a degree it was, but that's ok.) What this movie lacks in dialogue it makes up in the music...maybe this should have been a Broadway musical...naw maybe not...lol. The music overall sets it apart from other films based on singers/musicians. Oddly enough, there were several times that I lost focused just kind of going in and out. But then again I would get a jolt every now and then. Now I can say this, it does a heck of a job showcasing the high's (no pun intended...too many to count from every direction) and the low's of these Blue's legends.
I will also give big “kudos” for Martin showcasing a label that started out selling albums at the back of a Cadillac, and would then launch the careers of legendary musical personalities such as blues singers and harmonica and guitar players Little Walter and Howlin' Wolf, blues musician Muddy Waters, soul legend Etta James and guitarist singer-songwriters Chuck Berry and Bo Diddley. One can tell that writer-director Darnell Martin has a great respect for this genre of music and the fact that this story needs to be told to the world. I will say this Cadillac Records presents a story that we have seen before (ex. Dreamgirls), however the music in this film is enough to knock your socks off (in a good way…lol). It gets your souls stirring, body shaking, and fingers snapping to a feel good beat.
If there is anything that this movie highlights it is the cast. Each character for the most part exemplifies the original character, sometimes almost perfect. Eammon Walker (Howlin' Wolf) kind of makes you think you are actually seeing the real thing here in 2008. Now Etta James (Beyonce) is probably close to depicting her, even though the real Etta James had a bit of hesistation. Jeffrey Wright (Muddy Waters) said it best, "For me, the intriguing way into the character was through the music. There is a specific cultural and historical place that the music comes from and it's also specific to personality. Not a lot of affectation. Folks aren't out there in the middle of the fields in Mississippi under that midday sun putting on airs. It's an expression of their experience and it's coming through relative to community but as I said, also relative to the personality so there really is a lot of information encoded in the music." It takes a bit of a transformation to pull this all together.
One idea that I may put in question is whether or not there was a TRUE love for the music from the Leonard Chess character (Adrian Brody) or the money, Martin leaves me in a bit of limbo. In the end, maybe even Cedric the Entertainer could get a deal as a voice-over in the future, there's always hope.
This all-star cast is enough in itself to at least go and watch the film, and then draw your own conclusions. Just know this, "If you take the ride, you must pay the price!"
Saturday, December 6, 2008
Ledger, 28, who died of an accidental overdose of painkillers and other medicines in his New York apartment 11 months ago, was posthumously awarded the AFI (Australian Film Institute) international award for best actor .
Guests at a packed awards ceremony in Melbourne's Princess Theater rose to their feet clapping, but with some in tears, to pay tribute to the actor who was nominated for an Oscar for his role as a taciturn gay cowboy in 2005's " Brokeback Mountain ".
The AFI, celebrating its 50th-annual award ceremony, paid tribute to Ledger, describing him as "ground-breaking actor trapped in the body of a leading man ".
"He was the untamed spirit many of us wish we could be. May the legend live on," an AFI tribute said.
*(Reporting by Belinda Goldsmith, Editing by Michael Roddy )
Friday, December 5, 2008
The Hollywood Reporter also ranks the industry's highest-paid actresses each year. Angelina Jolie is No. 1, commanding more than $15 million a movie, followed by Julia Roberts and last year's top earner, Reese Witherspoon .
On the Net: http://www.hollywoodreporter.com
Check out what my fellow blogger "Remarkable Fashion" (http://remarkablefashion.blogspot.com/) had to say:
It takes a lot of work to sit on your ass, be held by world class models, and wear fly suits.....Of course, Diddy should be considered for the next bond role. Forget, being able to take direction rather than giving it, have an ability to do most of your own stunts, like say the current Bond Daniel Craig and --god forbid-- be able to ACT!!
Thursday, December 4, 2008
EDINBURGH (Reuters) - Author J.K. Rowling said on Thursday that it was demand from Harry Potter fans that prompted her to publish her latest work " The Tales of Beedle the Bard ."
Proceeds from the collection of fairy tales , which has a global print run of 7.5 million copies, will go to a charity for vulnerable children in Eastern Europe co-founded by Rowling.
The 43-year-old originally hand-wrote and illustrated seven copies of Beedle the Bard, six of which she gave away as gifts and one which she sold at auction for the charity. It fetched $4 million a year ago.
"The idea actually came from you, by which I mean Harry Potter fans," Rowling told around 200 primary school children gathered at Edinburgh's Parliament Hall for a tea party that officially launched Beedle the Bard.
"There was quite a lot of high feeling from Harry Potter fans that only someone who had two million pounds could afford to read the book. I thought 'fair point', so I thought 'I'll publish it and then the charity can have that money too'."
Only one of the five stories -- "The Tale of the Three Brothers" -- was recounted in the Potter book, and the volume contains clues that were to prove crucial to Potter's final mission to destroy Lord Voldemort .*
Well Harry Potter fans should be very excited about this news. Hmmmmm maybe some Christmas gifts in the making!! I must admit, I was not one of the first HP fans but after watching the movies and reading the books, I got hooked. I am interested to see what is in store!!
*(Writing by Mike Collett-White; Editing by Matthew Jones)
Wednesday, December 3, 2008
For this month on the Director's Cut we will be showing some throwback holiday flicks in honor of the Holiday season. So today's Rewind Wednesday is none other than Home Alone.
This 1990 Christmas film would catapult young Macaulay Culkin into a household name. Not only did it create a successful sequel, but other studios were left to duplicate its winning formula to lesser degrees. An 8- year-old, who is accidentally left behind while his family flies to France for Christmas, has to defend his home against idiotic burglars. Directed by Chris Columbus, the film also featured Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, and the late John Candy. This film would result into the third highest grossing film of all time.
Now after this film did you not have the sudden urge to want to be with your family? I sure did even despite all of the stress and commotion. Well lets see what other's think as well:
Do you enjoy spending the holidays with your family?
__ No, its too stressful
Let us know what you think!!
Tuesday, December 2, 2008
It all started with a few records sold out of the back of Leonard Chess's Cadillac. During two turbulent decades of history, the music machine Chess Records oversaw the rise of such legendary artists as Muddy Waters, Chuck Berry, Etta James, and Bo Diddley. In this true-life musical drama, writer-director Darnell Martin chronicles not only the life of Leonard Chess, but also the racial issues of the day and the stories of the many colorful personalities who contributed to the company's success. *
Adrian Brody and Beyonce smile for the camera at the LA premiere for Cadillac Records, due out in theaters on Friday Dec. 5th.
With that all said and done here are Three Good Reasons as to why you should see this film:
2) Oscar winner Adrien Brody is joined by a veritable "Who's Who" of modern African-American acting and musical talent including Jeffrey Wright, Beyonce Knowles, Cedric the Entertainer, Gabrielle Union and Mos Def.
3) Costume designer Johnetta Boone's 1950s fashions are a nostalgic delight, and make the men and women of the cast look equally fabulous.
Gabrielle Union looking fab at the "Cadillac Records" premiere in LA.
Monday, December 1, 2008
This time the rules are the same...Except one...Do not step away from the vehicle.
All I can say about this film is that its ACTION JAMMED-PACK!! Director Olivier Megaton did an excellent job with the third installment of the Transporter film series. Both Jason Statham and Francois Berleand reprised their roles, as Frank Martin and Inspector Tarconi, respectively.
Once again, Frank Martin (Jason Statham) has been pressured into transporting another "package", Valentina (Natalya Rudakova) but there is a bit of a twist both of them have a device (attached to their wrist) which prevents them from moving 75 feet from the car or a bomb attached to them will explode. Keeping in mind Valentina who is the kidnapped daughter of Leonid Vasilev (Jeroen Krabbe), the head of the Environmental Protection Agency for Ukraine, must be transported from Marseilles through Stuttgart and Budapest until he ends up in Odessa on the Black Sea.
On his journey of course he is assisted with the help of Inspector Tarconi (Francois Berleand), Frank has to contend with the people who strong armed him to take the job, agents sent by Vasilev to intercept him, and the general non-cooperation of his passenger. Frank has now reached a whole new level of transporting. And of course we have to have some soft scene, it would only be right!! Now despite Valentina's cynical disposition and Frank's resistance to get involved, Frank and Valentina fall for each other, while escaping from one life-threatening situation after another. Viewers can also check out Statham again driveing an armored Audi A8 W12 in the film. I wonder if Audi gets any money for the use of the car, considering this is the third time.
If action film is not your forte you need not attend this film unless you would like a change of pace. This film definitely had me on the edge of my seat, trying to figure what's next. While others may have felt it was a bit watered down, I personally think the film did an excellent job of sticking to what we know best ACTION-PACKED scenes from beginning to end!!