Has anyone seen the new Jenny From the Block video on MTV? The video is primarily her and Ben Affleck being spied on by paparazzi. The song is about how she’s the same person she’s always been since she was living in Bronx, NY (a point she more than covered in the I’m Real song). Maybe it’s just me, but I don’t understand how this video proves that she’s just like everyone else. I mean she’s driving a Bentley, cruising on a yacht, and traveling around town with her movie star boyfriend. She’s Jenny from the block alright. I think that block is located somewhere in the Hollywood Hills. Of course, the video deals with how upset she is because people in the media are constantly talking about her personal life. Okay, so if you don’t want people to talk and speculate, why put your boyfriend in your music video? Why have cameras follow you around “behind the scenes”? Why discuss your private life with Diane Sawyer, Oprah, and everyone under the sun? Meanwhile, if you’re really a REAL person, do you have to tell people that? Wouldn’t everyone just know. She claims people make up stuff about her being a diva, but there are other celebrities who are said to be down-to-earth. Maybe she is the same person she’s always been, a self-absorbed poser.
Apart from Harry Potter, i was able to see an enchanting movie called Frida this past weekend. Frida chronicles the all too short life of Frida Khalo, legendary Mexican artist….whose touch on canvas is chaotic, beautiful, and heartbreaking.
Salma Hayek effectively brings to life Frida Kahlo. her vision and her life were one, and Hayek does an amazing job filling a canvas of her own. Hayek wraps herself in the life of Frida, going to such lengths as to learn to paint and draw effectively…one can see her passion for the subject mirrored on screen. Sadly, such passion cannot even come close to that of the real Frida Khalo’s…but then…in whatever medium, i’m not sure such representation could be expected.
Hayek works with some fantastic co-stars….Alfred Molina as the philandering artist Diego Rivera to name the most important. Paramount in Frida’s life was her marriage to former mentor, Rivera. The relationship is painful, heartwarming, and at times, cool and reserved. Hayek and Molina work in tandem here, the love of two who are almost too alike…becoming reality before us.
Geoffrey Rush as Leon Trotsky, Ashley Judd, Antonio Banderas and Ed Norton as Rockefeller’s son Nelson all add their very credible talent to support Hayek in her work of passion.
Frida is a riveting story of love, loyalty, individuality and undying strength. Excellent movie…for not only its performances, but also the impressive welding of Khalo’s work with the movie itself. Brilliant work here.
November 14 2002
The creative force behind Spider-Man, the Incredible Hulk and Daredevil filed a $10 million lawsuit on Tuesday, charging his old comic book company is cheating him out of millions of dollars in movie profits.
Stan Lee, who crafted a menagerie of superpowered heroes with very human flaws, now claims Marvel Entertainment Inc. has tried to shut him out of the “jackpot” success of this year’s Spider-Man movie.
Lee’s attorneys filed court papers in Manhattan federal court, claiming that Marvel signed a deal to give their client 10 percent of any profits from his characters used in films and television shows.
Spider-Man has been the year’s biggest hit in the US, grossing more than $400 million domestically – but the 80-year-old Lee says he hasn’t seen a penny.
“Despite reaping enormous benefits from Mr. Lee’s creations, defendants have failed and refused to honour their commitments to him,” the lawsuit charges.
Marvel has reported millions of dollars in earnings from the film but has told Lee the company has seen no “profits” as defined by their contract.
Lee hopes a judge will intervene and make sure he gets a percentage of profits from the Ben Affleck movie Daredevil, scheduled for release in February.
He also seeks a share of profits from the upcoming movie The Hulk, and the sequels to X-Men and Spider-Man.
The lawsuit demands damages and a court order forcing Marvel to turn over Lee’s share in any profits from movies about characters he created.
Marvel issued a statement saying Lee “continues to be well-compensated” for his contributions to the industry. It said the company is “in full compliance with, and current on all payments due under, terms of Mr. Lee’s employment agreement.”
Spider-Man stars Tobey Maguire as the teenage superhero, Willem Dafoe as the villainous Green Goblin and Kirsten Dunst as love interest Mary Jane Watson. A sequel is due out in 2004.
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Preacher Leads ‘Harry’ Shredding
Friday November 15 1:46 AM ET
LEWISTON, Maine (AP) A preacher led a group in shredding copies of Harry Potter books on the eve of the release of the movie “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.”
“I feel like I’m in a cutting mood tonight,” the Rev. Douglas Taylor told 30 supporters before bringing out the scissors.
Taylor said he had wanted to burn the Potter books in protest, but the city would not issue him a permit. He settled for the book-chopping party Thursday night at the Ramada Inn.
The movie was to open Friday. Adapted from the second of J.K. Rowling’s best-selling books, “Chamber of Secrets” follows Harry through year two at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, where he has a rematch with the evil conjurer who killed his parents.
“It’s no secret that I enjoy what I’m doing right now,” Taylor said, ripping up a book. “Hallelujah,” said supporter Walter Stradt as he tore and tossed a page out.
About 25 Harry Potter fans waved signs in a counter-protest outside the hotel. One of them, wearing a black trench coat and sporting an orange-and-pink mohawk, went inside and told Taylor, “You shouldn’t be cutting it up. It’s a kid’s book.”
Taylor charges the Potter books were full of witchcraft and pagan religion.
“You get involved in this,” he said, gesturing toward a Potter book. “It’s gonna make you dirty.”
well most of you knew this already…
Potter’ continues telling fortunes with US$87.7 million debut
1 hour, 47 minutes ago
By DAVID GERMAIN, AP Movie Writer
LOS ANGELES – The “Chamber of Secrets” has been opened, and Harry Potter (news – web sites) has found a fortune inside.
Slideshow: Movies: ‘Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets’
“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” the second installment in the fantasy franchise based on J.K. Rowling (news – web sites)’s novels, took in US$87.7 million, the third-best debut weekend ever, according to studio estimates Sunday.
“Chamber of Secrets” came in behind the record $114.8 million that “Spider-Man” grossed in its first three days last spring and the $90.3 million haul of “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” a year ago.
Though “Chamber of Secrets” opened in a record 3,682 theaters on a record 8,515 screens, distributor Warner Bros. had not expected the movie to set revenue records. Anticipation had been greater for “Sorcerer’s Stone” because it was the first big-screen adaptation of Rowling’s tales, said Dan Fellman, Warner head of distribution.
But with generally better audience and critical reaction for the new movie, Fellman said the studio hopes “Chamber of Secrets” will surpass the $317.6 million total of “Sorcerer’s Stone.”
“The kids have gotten better, the reviews have gotten better. The overall franchise is just growing,” Fellman said.
Last weekend’s No. 1 film, rapper Eminem (news – web sites)’s semi-autobiographical “8 Mile,” dropped steeply after a huge debut. The movie came in at No. 2 with $21.3 million, down 58 percent from its opening weekend of $51.2 million and pushing its 10-day total to $86.4 million.
The weekend’s only other new wide release, Steven Seagal’s action thriller “Half Past Dead,” opened in fifth place with $8.2 million.
The overall box office rose, with the top 12 movies grossing $165.2 million, up 8.5 percent from the same weekend last year.
In “Chamber of Secrets,” Daniel Radcliffe returns as boy wizard Harry, who faces new evil unleashed when a mysterious chamber is opened at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry.
The movie opened to a smaller audience on Friday than “Sorcerer’s Stone,” but Warner said its Saturday and Sunday ticket sales slightly exceeded those of the first film.
“It’s obvious people have not gotten this character out of their system,” said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Exhibitor Relations. “Despite all the books, the first movie and the DVD of the first movie, people can’t enough of him.”
The year’s surprise blockbuster, the low-budgeted romance “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” is expected to hit $200 million by Tuesday. The film was No. 6 over the weekend, grossing $4.7 million to lift its total to $199.6 million.
The horror hit “The Ring” became the 17th movie of 2002 to top $100 million. The movie was No. 4 for the weekend with $11 million, raising its total to $101.6 million.
“Frida,” Salma Hayek’s film biography of Mexican artist Frida Kahlo, expanded to more theaters and broke into the top 10 in its fourth weekend. The film grossed $2.9 million, coming in at No. 9.
Director Atom Egoyan’s “Ararat” opened strongly in limited release, taking in $162,000 at five theaters for an impressive $32,400 average.
“Ararat” centers on an ensemble of contemporary characters to examine the legacy of Egoyan’s Armenian heritage and the dispute over whether Turks were responsible for genocide against Armenians during World War I. Armenians say 1.5 million of their people were killed, but Turkey says the number is inflated and that Armenians were killed or displaced as the Ottoman Empire tried to quell civil unrest.
Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at North American theaters, according to Exhibitor Relations Co. Inc. Final figures will be released Monday.
1. “Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” $87.7 million.
2. “8 Mile,” $21.3 million.
3. “The Santa Clause 2,” $15.1 million.
4. “The Ring,” $11 million.
5. “Half Past Dead,” $8.2 million.
6. “My Big Fat Greek Wedding,” $4.7 million.
7. “Jackass: The Movie,” $4.03 million.
8. “I Spy,” $4 million.
9. “Frida,” $2.9 million.
10. “Sweet Home Alabama,” $2.4 million.
‘Potter’ Conjures $28M on First Day
Sat Nov 16, 2:22 PM ET
By DAVID GERMAIN, AP Movie Writer
LOS ANGELES (AP) – Harry Potter (news – web sites) is working box-office magic again, though the boy wizard couldn’t quite conjure up a revenue record.
“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” the second movie based on the fantasy book series by J.K. Rowling (news – web sites), took in $28.86 million domestically on opening day Friday, distributor Warner Bros. estimated Saturday.
That’s about 11 percent behind the $32.3 million the first film, “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,” grossed on its opening day last year.
“We’re a little bit under that, but we’re still going to be in the stratosphere,” said Dan Fellman, Warner Bros. head of distribution. “We’re on our way to a fantastic weekend.”
For the full weekend, “Chamber of Secrets” is expected to take in less than the $90.3 million gross of “Sorcerer’s Stone,” which was then a record debut, Fellman said.
“Spider-Man” set a new record last spring, grossing $114.8 million in its first three days, but Fellman said “Chamber of Secrets” is on track for the third-best debut weekend ever, ahead of the $80 million gross of the current No. 3, “Star Wars: Episode II Ã¢â‚¬â€? Attack of the Clones.”
If the estimate holds when final numbers are tallied Monday, the Friday gross of “Chamber of Secrets” would be the ninth-best single-day haul ever for a movie.
“Spider-Man” holds the top two spots on that list, taking in $43.6 million in its second day and $39.4 million on opening day. “Sorcerer’s Stone” places third and fourth with $33.5 million in its second day and $32.3 million in its first.
The studio’s expectations were lower for “Chamber of Secrets” than they were last year, when fans feverishly awaited the first movie.
“The first movie was really part of a cultural event,” Fellman said. “I think `Potter’ at that moment was truly at its peak. The anticipation of that film went way beyond what you’d see for a normal movie.”
“Chamber of Secrets” again stars Daniel Radcliffe (news) as Harry and Emma Watson (news) and Rupert Grint (news) as his chums at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Director Chris Columbus (news) and the adult cast also returned for chapter two, including the late Richard Harris (news) as Hogwarts headmaster Dumbledore. Harris died last month after finishing the filming.
With reviews and early fan reaction indicating the new movie is better than the first, Fellman said the studio hopes “Chamber of Secrets” will have a longer theatrical life and eventually exceed the $317.6 million total gross of “Sorcerer’s Stone.”
OkayÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ keep your sleeves down but place your betsÃ¢â‚¬Â¦ 😉 Ã¢â‚¬Â¦. Which one do you think will take the box office crown this yearÃ¢â‚¬Â¦. [b]Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers[/b] or [b]Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets[/b]Ã¢â‚¬Â¦.
Rumors are going around that the star Matt Damon is going to follow in his friend Ben Afflect’s footsteps. Apparently he might be getting engaged to Ben Afflect’s assistant. Do these two have to do everything together…
A Mexican road trip to the coast leads to frank discussions and even more frank explorations of sexuality in director Alfonso Cuaron
You all should check out Rotten Tomatoes. Motown the film that I’ve been raving about for months now. Appears to be the best reviewed film of the year on Rotten Tomatoes. Garnering 94 percent overall and 93 percent on the cream of the top. And our very own Tiffany has done an exclusive interview with the original members of the band. So hopefully we’ll have that interview in the next few days