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And the lists keep acoming…
This time, it’s a list of the “black films” with the highest theatrical box office grosses.
For the sake of this post, I’m defining “black films” as those in which a person of African descent stars.
They don’t have to be the only lead, but their story must be pivotal to the overall film.
Here they are, along with their grosses:
2. Law Abiding Citizen – $72,677,191
4. Obsessed – $68,261,644
5. The Princess and the Frog – $66,750,505
6. The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3 – $65,452,312
8. Precious: Based on the Novel “Push” by Sapphire – $42,004,270
9. Notorious – $36,843,682
10. The Soloist – $31,720,158
Some quick observations:
- Tyler Perry apparently rules mainstream black cinema, with 3 of the films having his stamp on them.
- And wherever Tyler Perry’s name shows up, you can »
From trashing the Terminator to praising the baboon – here's a selection of the stories you chose as your favourite in 2009
Anything by Lucy Mangan, because of the hooting hilarity that invariably ensues (Wookey Hole wants to hire a witch. Well, I can cackle ... G2 shortcuts, 9 July) – Sadie Clifford, Stockport
The greatest named place in Britain is inviting applicants for possibly the country's greatest job – to become the modern-day counterpart to the legendary witch of Wookey Hole.
The Somerset caves have long been home to a witch turned to stone in the middle ages by a Benedictine monk with a flair for that kind of thing called Father Bernard. Now, however, the popular tourist attraction is in need of someone with a wider skill set than that possessed by the average vaguely person-shaped rocky outcropping, and is advertising for a living witch to take up residence in the caves at weekends, »
- Guardian readers
I'm trying to avoid declaring an end-of-year window closing bankruptcy, wherein I just close every window and never look back, and then keep no more than ten tabs open.
Stop me before I ctrl-click again.
I love this take on GI Joe and Cobra. Via Rob MacDougall.
How repetitive humor works.
And we shall call this Moff's Law: Of all the varieties of irritating comment out there, the absolute most annoying has to be “Why can’t you just watch the movie for what it is??? Why can’t you just enjoy it? Why do you have to analyze it???” If you have posted such a comment, or if you are about to post such a comment, here or anywhere else, let me just advise you: Shut up.
How repetitive humor works.
How not to get comics work: make an idiot of yourself in public while insulting »
- Glenn Hauman
Nashville native Lance Smith joined Cmt as its first VJ in 2001, and has now hosted more than 400 episodes of Cmt Top 20 Countdown. We phoned Smith last Friday, the morning after he taped his final Countdown — which premieres today at 11: 30 a.m. Et and includes multiple trips down memory lane and a blooper reel — to chat about his favorite moments, the interviews he wishes he could have back, the one clip we never got to see, and what's next (a sitcom with Reba?). Entertainment Weekly: How are you feeling? Lance Smith: You'll have to excuse my voice this morning. »
- Mandi Bierly
Whether you loved or hated that alien voice, you've got to admit that Ellenore Scott gave it her all on the dance floor week after week. She might have only placed in fourth, but the quirky jazz dancer had one of the most identifiable dance styles of the season. This morning, she called up EW to talk about what last night was like behind the scenes, the moment she thought she hadn't made the top 20, and to set the record straight about exactly why her family moved to New York (hint: she didn't force them to). You finished fourth, is that what you were expecting? »
- Joseph Brannigan Lynch
Get your Christmas Bond marathon started early: YouTube is running all of the 1967 version of Casino Royale.How the Muppets made us all Bergman experts.Steve Bunche chases hairy, so to speak. He also shows the original ad for the book, to which all I can say is "Who put those words into Spider-Woman's mouth?"Kate Beaton explains early science fiction.The birthplace of fandom is found.The Morgan Freeman chain of command. For what it's worth, I think COO of Wayne Enterprises should be in there in the second tier.The best (and best-selling) graphic novels of the year, from Amazon and Barnes & Noble.
Anything else? Consider this an open thread. »
- Glenn Hauman
· Here is your important IMDb comment thread of the day, concerning Mel Gibson's upcoming take on the British miniseries Edge of Darkness: "Will He Kiss His Daughter's Dildo in the Remake?"
In the last of The Hollywood Reporter's annual Awards Roundtable series, THR's Elizabeth Guider and Matthew Belloni gathered six A-list directors -- Kathryn Bigelow ("The Hurt Locker"); James Cameron ("Avatar"); Lee Daniels ("Precious"); Peter Jackson ("The Lovely Bones"); Jason Reitman ("Up in the Air"); and Quentin Tarantino ("Inglourious Basterds") -- for a candid discussion of filmmaking at the highest level.
The Hollywood Reporter: Do you guys consider yourselves outsiders or insiders?
James Cameron: If we're all outsiders, who's on the inside?
Quentin Tarantino: Well, actually, that's a very interesting question to start off with because I did my first movie in '92, so this was the year I actually counted how long I've been in the business. Officially as a director, that's 17 years, and I think for the first 10 years I did consider myself an outsider. But if you last this long »
SpongeBob SquarePants may be one of the hardest shows to quantify critically. The entire purpose of the show is to defy description beyond the simplest tagline of “A pants-wearing sponge has loads of adventures undersea with his friends”. That’s it. That’s the show. Anything else and you’re diving into episodic particulars. It can’t claim any sense of continuity or really, any sense at all. Can you believe it then, that this show about nothing at all (like Seinfeld…but for the Adhd-afflicted among us) has made it into and through its sixth season? Typical of children’s programming, the season has split between two volumes and this release marks the first half.
The unfortunate part of this release is there’s a good chance, being the doting parent that you are, that you’ve already purchased part of it as one of the many 4-episode samplers »
- Lex Walker
When the Waking takes place, be warned -- all those with sin will be punished. Taking zombie comics to the next level, Zenescope Entertainment's latest series will be following a pack of police officers as they investigate a series of brutal deaths. We caught up with writer Raven Gregory for more.
Fangoria: Raven, just to start -- for those who don't know about the The Waking, what is this book about?
Raven Gregory: The story follows four detectives investigating two random murders as they begin to discover clues that the victims of these heinous crimes may actually be returning to avenge their own deaths. Now, in a race against time they must discover those responsible for the murders and uncover the supernatural source behind the “wakings.”
Fangoria: You can't have a good horror book without characters to stand behind. Raven, you took a little bit of a different approach with »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (David Pepose)
Terrence Malick's The New World doesn't have fans, just fanatics – John Patterson among them. He explains the purity and beauty of this bottomless movie, which came and went in a month in the middle of the decade
This decade hasn't been up to much, movie-wise, but I am more than ever convinced that when every other scrap of celluloid from 2000-2009 has crumbled to dust, one film will remain, like some Ozymandias-like remnant of transient vanished glory in the desert. And that film is The New World, Terrence Malick's American foundation myth, which arrived just as the decade reached its dismal halfway point, in January 2006.
It's been said that The New World doesn't have fans: it has disciples and partisans and fanatics. I'm one of them, and my fanaticism burns undimmed 30 or more viewings later. The New World is a bottomless movie, almost unspeakably beautiful and formally harmonious. »
- John Patterson
After losing 230 pounds, Danny Cahill not only became the winner of the eighth season of "The Biggest Loser," but with a 55.58 percent weight loss, he is officially the biggest loser in "Biggest Loser" history.
The lovable land surveyor and musician was a fan favorite because of his caring attitude towards his fellow contestants, determination and frequent emotional breakdowns. In a conference call Wednesday following his win, he even called himself "the biggest crier."
Check out what else Danny shared:
What was your regimen from the time you left the ranch to last night's win?
Danny Cahill: I did exactly what I did on the ranch. I kept my diet exactly like I did. I was a stickler for what I put in my body. I kept the workouts the same I did on the ranch. I did that with the help of my family. They supported me wholly in the process. »
As you may have noticed, I will not be done with my Decade in Review until sometime into the new year. Hopefully we'll wrap up shortly after the Oscars; You know how distractingly all-consuming the Oscars can be! I hope you'll stay with it even though the rest of the media will move on any second now. They're always in such a rush. No stopping and smelling of the flowers. I've still got to update that "Actors of the Aughts" project for final compilation/statement. For now, let's move on to 2003. What follows is my original top ten list, based on films released in NYC in 2003. If I have anything new to say that'll be in red after the original text.
Special Mentions: The Cremaster Cycle and Angels in America
- NATHANIEL R
"FlashForward's midseason finale aired Thursday (Dec. 3) and there were certainly some surprises and reveals, the biggest perhaps being that the show will not return until March of next year.
This, however, isn't just news to the audience. Co-creator/executive producer David Goyer tells Zap2it the network presented his team with the option only a couple of days ago. But the decision wasn't difficult.
If "FlashForward" returned in January it would've suffered through four schedule interruptions due to holidays, the Olympics and other various conflicts in the way. Coming back in March allows the show to avoid that mess and run all of the season's remaining episodes without break.
But will the storyline dates match up with real life dates? Will Demetri (John Cho)'s March 15th D-Day actually match up with the week of March 15, 2010? No. March 15th in the "FlashForward" world will actually play out at some point in April. »
How can ITV improve matters in the lacklustre world of breakfast television now it has complete control of GMTV?
Morning! What would you like to wake you up on a dark and rainy winter's day? Probably something a little more appealing than the current choice of breakfast television. There's the increasingly drippy GMTV; the profoundly depressing Everybody Loves Raymond on Channel 4; BBC One's Breakfast and something called Pinky Dinky Doo on BBC Two. (Or there's Chris Moyles on the radio, but you're not an animal, are you?)
But change may be afoot. GMTV – which was last week fully acquired by ITV - is facing an editorial review. What changes could await? ITV could try to follow the BBC Breakfast route – currently probably the best option, but even then it's essentially the televisual equivalent of a loveless marriage: you're happy to go through the motions with it, but you wouldn't really »
- Stuart Heritage
New Moon newcomer Jamie Campbell Bower plays Volturi member Caius. EW spoke with the 21-year-old British actor about what it takes to play a vampire, his craziest fan encounter and what powers he wished his character had. Entertainment Weekly: Tell me about what it’s like entering this crazy phenomenon. Jamie Campbell Bower: Bizarre. You know it’s funny, we go in and do our job and never really expect anything else, as long as you’re happy with what you’ve done that’s all you really want. And then you do a movie where it has such »
- Lesley Savage
Congratulations to Lj Summers our member of the month winner for November.ScreenName Lj SummersReal Name Lets just stick with Lj... lolDoes your screen name mean something? Yep! What? Bits and pieces of names that could have been mine. Where do you live in the world? South FloridaAge Would you believe 43? Yep... Im a TwiMomFavorite Color Forest greenFavorite Animal TortoiseFavorite Ice Cream flavor Chocolate chipFavorite Place in the world My imaginationFavorite Hobby Writing Reading Fan FictionThing that annoys you the most People slewing about colorful language to no good purpose.What are you good at? Not telling people everything Im good at... Random Fact about you I live over three thousand miles from my point of origin.Whats the last Non Twilight thing you read? Confessions of Mr. DarcyWhats the last movie you saw? King Arthur with Clive Owen and Keira KnightleyDate you joined Ta 21 July 2009 according to my profile. »
Chicago – There was a time when a Woody Allen film starring Larry David would have been an obvious slam dunk. Both men have created comic personas so vivid and indelible that it’s hard for viewers to pinpoint the line separating “performance” from “personality.” They have mastered the art of neurotic kvetching, though their similarities are skin-deep at best. While Allen’s persona has exuded a Chaplinesque charm since the early days of “Bananas,” David’s is aggressively misanthropic, as his monstrously petty obsessiveness digs him into one hole after another in the uproarious HBO series “Curb Your Enthusiasm.” “Whatever Works” marks the first time these two comic titans have forged a close collaboration, and that’s why the film is ultimately one of the year’s most heartbreaking disappointments.
Blu-Ray Rating: 2.0/5.0
I’ve never actually hated any movie by Woody Allen. Even his weakest efforts have a few witty »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
All the quick news while shooting at the moon and waiting for stories from Baltimore Comic-Con to come in...
Alan Moore is launching Dodgem Logic, "the 21st century’s first underground magazine from his home town of Northampton, a community that is right at the geographical, political and economic heart of the country; one which has half its high street boarded up and is at present dying on its arse, just like everywhere else." Josie Long, Graham Linehan, Kev O'Neill, Melinda Gebbie, Steve Aylett, Leah Moore and John Reppion will be contributing. (Hat tip: Cory Doctorow.)Dark Horse Comics just announced that, in honor of their imminent publication of Drawing Down the Moon: The Art of Charles Vess in December, they are offering the entire book online for free viewing for an indefinite time. All two hundred-plus pages of Drawing Down the Moon can be found on the Dark Horse website. »
- Glenn Hauman
Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Just want to say hi? You can send any/all of the above to firstname.lastname@example.org Question: There's speculation that Izzie cheats on Alex on Grey's Anatomy. Is it true? —Molly Ausiello: No, but the newlyweds will be dealt a major blow at the end of next week's episode (the best of the season, Imho). In fact, the crisis is so big that Izzie disappears for roughly five non-consecutive episodes. Btw, even though I knew Katherine Heigl's mini-hiatus was coming, Izzie's exit was no less powerful or emotional. »
- Michael Ausiello
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