April 23, 2014

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‘For Colored Girls’ from the world’s only (?) white, Jewish Tyler Perry fan.

By Scott Mendelson
hollywoodnews.com: For the record, I have not seen the original play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf. This is my first exposure to this material and should be treated as such. Anyway, as a film, For Colored Girls represents only a token departure for Mr. Perry. The film is basically the classic Perry melodrama. Again we are treated to African-American women who have been beaten down by life, but like most Perry stories, these tales have little to do with race and only a token amount to do with class. But this one is stripped down to its bare essentials. There is no real comic relief of any kind. There are no religious overtones and reassuring gospel music. There are no knights in shining armor to save the proverbial day. In fact, there isn’t really much of a narrative beyond the establishment of each woman’s respective crisis and whether or not there is any resolution at the end. It is a tone poem, and thus works best as a piece of performance art.
Perry’s neat trick is to turn the film into a quasi-musical, with the monologues from the show serving as ‘musical numbers’. Each actress gets one or two of these little monologues, and it’s a clever way to insert the overly obtuse original text into a conventional piece of narrative fiction. Yes, the film kinda stops in its tracks whenever someone starts into their respective poem, but it indeed feels like a conventional film musical, where a character stops in their tracks to sing about their feelings. This allows the rest of the film to generally avoid over-the-top melodrama and hysterics. Yes, there are moments of emotional grandstanding and spirited arguments, but they are relatively rare and always life-size. There’s a great scene in the otherwise mediocre Why Did I Get Married Too when Tyler Perry and his wife (Sharon Leal) have an argument involving fidelity that never rises above a whisper. Perry seems to have taken that moment to heart, as many of the more openly emotional moments are delivered as low-key as possible. Of course, this makes the third-act moments of full-bodied emotion that much more potent. Even a second-act scene of shattering violence is staged more for tension and suspense than emotional manipulation.
If it needs to be said, all of the actresses are relatively superb. Janet Jackson is [...]

This Week In Movies – “Megamind,” “Due Date,” “For Colored Girls”

By Pete Hammond
HollywoodNews.com: For the third time this year Dreamworks Animation has scored strongly at the boxoffice in their continuing challenge to Disney and Pixar to top the ‘toon parade. “Megamind,” a really funny twist on the superhero genre featuring the voices of Will Farrell, Tina Fey , Brad Pitt and Jonah Hill scored an estimated $47.7 million to lead all comers, following in the footsteps of DWA’s early 2010 hits, “How To Train Your Dragon” and “Shrek Forever After” which between them have earned over 1.2 billion dollars worldwide. One of the distinguishing secrets to the success of the Dreamworks formula, if there is one has been in the voice casting of their animated movies. Using comedians in key roles has provided those stars with film vehicles for some of their best work. It’s a conversation I had with DWA chief Jeffrey Katzenberg recently in which we both said it’s interesting that stars like Eddie Murphy, Jerry Seinfeld. Robin Williams, Mike Myers, Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, Jack Black, Jim Carrey, Steve Carell and others have had some of their biggest box office and critical success going the ‘toon route. I told him I thought Will Farrell’s work as the inept villain-turned-hero, “Megamind” was the best thing I have ever seen him do in movies to date and Katzenberg agreed there is something about the animation process that frees these great comedy talents to really let loose and deliver. I caught up with Katzenberg at DWA’s DVD release party for “How To Train Your Dragon” where he also mentioned that the company is now beginning work on a sequel and has a sequel to “Kung Fu Panda” coming in 2011. A sequel to “Megamind” would also seem to be a no-brainer if it continues to perform at the boxoffice this holiday season and its A- Cinemascore rating bodes well for that happening even with intense upcoming competition from “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1″ and Disney’s Thanksgiving ‘toon release, “Tangled.”

Sunday morning I also got the opportunity to moderate a Q&A at the DGA with Zack Snyder, the director of another of the Fall’s animated entries, “Legends Of The Guardians: The Owls Of Ga’hoole,” a stirring beautifully made 3D adventure based on a series of well-known children’s books. Snyder who made his first foray into animation with the picture [...]

Hollywood Movie Roundup: ‘Megamind’ rules over ‘Due Date,’ ‘Colored Girls’

HollywoodNews.com: Paramount’s DreamWorks Animation title “Megamind” about a super-villain gone good topped the Friday box office with $12.5 million at 3,944 locations. The PG-rated film looks to hold the top spot throughout the weekend, ultimately making a three-day take in the low 40s. Rotten Tomatoes gives the film a 67% fresh score, so the majority of critics do like it. Hollywood Reporter’s Todd McCarthy praises, “The second big animated feature of the year, after ‘Despicable Me,’ to center on an arch-villain who sees the error of his ways, ‘Megamind’ is snappy good fun.”

The second wide release in the market is the Todd Phillips R-rated buddy road comedy “Due Date” starring Zach Galifianakis, Robert Downey Jr. and Jamie Foxx. “Due Date” logged a Friday take of $12.3 million at 3,355 theaters and should pull in a weekend haul that’s in the mid 30s. The reason why “Megamind” looks to outstrip “Due Date” is because it will benefit from matinees. Adults typically flock to R-rated fare in the evening. The critics don’t get “Due Date,” lobbing it with a 39% rotten score. But they never do get comedies and “Due Date” isn’t for that crowd that reads reviews. USA Today’s Claudia Puig gets the funny: “It’s Downey’s signature sarcasm and distinctive slow burn that make the movie. Galifianakis, in a perm that makes for comic gold, plays an expanded version of his ‘Hangover’ character.”

Tyler Perry enters the award season fray with his all-star “For Colored Girls” starring Whoopi Goldberg, Thandie Newton and Janet Jackson. Based on Ntozake Shange’s Obie-winning stage play, “Each of the women portray one of the characters represented in the collection of twenty poems, revealing different issues that impact women in general and women of color in particular” per IMDB.com. Critics have also turned their nose up on Perry’s pic with 32% rotten, but Perry’s fans could care less what reviewers think. Moviegoers made the film third, shelling out $7.4 million at 2,217 venues. Betsy Sharkey of the L.A. Times says, “It is a film destined to polarize. Many will hate it. Hopefully more will love it, or at least allow room for it, for its raw brutality, its extremes, its difficult truths.”
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Tyler Perry’s ‘For Colored Girls’ gets first official trailer

By Sean O’Connell
Hollywoodnews.com: Though it just recently crossed our radar, Tyler Perry’s “For Colored Girls” seems to be coming together at a rapid clip.
First, there was the rumor that Lionsgate might movie Perry’s adaptation of Ntozake Shange’s 1975 stage play from 2011 to the thick of the Oscar race … a rumor that was later confirmed when the studio claimed a Nov. 5 release sate. Shortly after that, the studio released posters from the film, showcasing Janet Jackson, Whoopi Goldberg and the rest of Perry’s cast. And now, we have a full-length trailer for “For Colored Girls,” giving us our first view of Perry’s ensemble drama.
Here’s an official synopsis of the film:
“For Colored Girls” brings to the screen Ntozake Shange’s Obie Award-winning play, a poetic exploration of what is to be of color and a female in this world. It stars Janet Jackson, Loretta Devine, Michael Ealy, Kimberly Elise, Omari Hardwick, Thandie Newton, and more.
Watch the trailer below:

“For Colored Girls” opens Nov. 5.
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Labor Day glance at celebrities’ pre-fame jobs

By Emily-Fortune Feimster
HollywoodNews.com: They may be making the big bucks now — but it wasn’t that long ago that these super stars were at the bottom of the barrel.
P. Diddy, one of the most well-known money makers of his time, started his career working for free. That’s right! He was an intern for the now-defunct Uptown Records and did everything from washing cars to fetching coffee. This bad boy worked his way up to being a dancer in Father MC’s video “Treat Them Like They Want to be Treated” while attending the prestigious Howard University, majoring in Business. He now owns his own record label and is worth over $300 million. Guess working for free really pays off!
The Material Girl Madonna worked at a Dunkin Donuts in New York City’s Times Square before becoming an international pop icon. Donuts anyone? Having a whopping IQ of 140, Madonna also won a scholarship to the University of Michigan for excellent grades and studied modern dance and drama for 3 semesters.
Singer Elvis Costello was another closet smarty pants and wears his trademark glasses because in a former incarnation he strained his eyes working as a computer programmer.
But no lowly beginner is as surprising as Tom Cruise, who at the age of 14 attended a Franciscan seminary for one year while thinking of becoming a priest. Katie Holmes must be glad that didn’t work out. In high school, he also had a brief stint as a paper boy for the Louisville Courier-Journal.
Funny lady Ellen DeGeneres had a variety of jobs as a house painter, an oyster shucker in New Orleans, a vacuum cleaner saleswoman, and a paralegal.
Whoopi Goldberg also worked hard for the money. Before her stardom, she applied makeup to corpses in a funeral parlor, and worked as a bricklayer and a bank teller.
Suave secret agent 007 Sean Connery can relate — having earned a living polishing coffins. Kind of creepy!
Danny DeVito preferred to work with the living and was a qualified hairdresser (or stylist as they like to say). He was trained at the Wilfred Academy of Hair and Beauty in NYC before snagging a role in “Taxi.”
Mariah Carey tried her hand at beauty school but didn’t make the cut and dropped out after only one day on the job. She claims to have held several waitressing jobs and [...]

Tyler Perry generating Oscar buzz ‘For Colored Girls’?

HollywoodNews.com: Oscar pundits are warming up to Tyler Perry. The director, who has been a staple at the Lionsgate box office with his urban family dramas during the fall, winter and spring has a new title expected to bow in January, “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow is Enuf.”
While it is quite early in awards season, it’s believed by some that the film could be given an Oscar run before the end of the year.
In Contention describes “Enuf” as “Perry’s filmization of Ntozake Shange’s landmark 1975 stage study of the African-American female experience. The play, a poetry-based piece taking on issues of abuse, rape, abortion and eventual empowerment, is pretty strong medicine; it’s difficult to imagine how it might work on film, and how it’ll mesh with Perry’s brash creative sensibility.”
It is assumed that “Enuf” could have the dramatic heat of last year’s “Precious,” however that film was propelled by the acclaim it received on the festival circuit. Perry raised his profile among Oscar voters last year by serving as the executive producer on “Precious.”
“Enuf” headlines an-all star wattage cast: Whoopi Goldberg, Thandie Newton, Kerry Washington, Janet Jackson, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Kimberly Elise, Loretta Devine and Macy Gray.
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Neil Patrick Harris receives a third Emmy nomination

By Greg Hernandez
HollywoodNews.com: Neil Patrick Harris, already nominated for 2010 Emmys for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series (How I Met Your Mother) and outstanding guest actor in a comedy series (Glee) has belatedly received a third Emmy nomination for hosting last year’s Tony Awards.
Awards expert Tom O’Neil who does the Gold Derby blog for the Los Angeles Times explains why the third nomination comes a little late: Harris’ name was missing from the list of Emmy nominees in the race for best special-class program when bids were unveiled last month. Hosts of award shows used to compete in the old Emmy category of best performance in a variety special (Hugh Jackman won for hosting the Tonys in 2005), but that contest was eliminated last year. Award-show hosts are now grouped with the producers of the kudocasts. If the award show wins best special-class program, then the host wins along with its producers.
Although 2008 host Whoopi Goldberg was included in that year’s nomination and Oscar hosts Steve Martin and Alec Baldwin are included in the Emmy nod for the Academy Awards, NPH’s name was ommitted.
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‘Housewife of D.C.’ facing lawsuit

HollywoodNews.com: After rumors that Michaele Salahi would be suing ‘The View’ and Whoopi Goldberg, she may be too busy dealing with her own lawsuit filed against her and her husband.
‘The Real Housewives of D.C.’ star and her husband, Tareq, are being sued by their former PR firm, reports RadarOnline.com. The couple was served the papers at their viewing party that they held instead of appearing at Bravo’s official party.
The firm of Brotman-Winter-Fried Communications is claiming that the Salahis have not paid them the $15,000 they are owed for a polo event they were hired to promote. They will have to appear in court on this matter.
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Whoopi Goldberg admits “choice words” with ‘Housewife’

HollywoodNews.com: Although she stands by her claim that there were no physical altercations between the two, Whoopi Goldberg is admitting that she used some harsh language when speaking to ‘Real Housewives of D.C.’s’ Michaele Salahi, and she isn’t taking it back.
According to OMG!, Whoopi got upset after hearing that the White House gatecrasher was claiming she hit her, so she went to talk with her. ‘The View’ co-host then used some “choice words” with Michaele and her husband, Tareq, after he “got in [Whoopi's] face, had his BlackBerry out and started taking pictures of [her].”
Michaele is now claiming that she never accused the talk show host of hitting her, but that Whoopi’s behavior was “very uncivilized.”
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‘The View’ denies Whoopi hit ‘Housewife of D.C.’

HollywoodNews.com: More drama is heading Whoopi Goldberg’s way as an assault claim is being made by one of the ‘Real Housewives of D.C.’
Michaele Salahi, the housewife who infamously went to The White House, is allegedly accusing ‘The View’ host of striking her during her appearance on the show, reports Access Hollywood. The View is backing the talk show host, responding that Whoopi lightly touched Salahi to get her attention as shown on the recording of the show.
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