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 Okay, here’s my opinion.  If Paula Deen withheld information about a two year drug addiction all her so-called celebrity friends would rally around her and visit her at the rehab center.  But a food addiction?  A CRAVING for butter and fried chicken and German Chocolate cake, that’s as gripping as meth is supposed to be?  Now that’s intolerable. The upturned noses, the backlash, the finger wagging, the how could she, she has no control.  Wow.  In America, people have NO tolerance for people who are overweight or have issues with craving fatty foods.  Any other addiction is coddled and embraced, but cooking with oil and deep frying turkey, that’s just the diabetic’s fault.  Okay.  We all know we should not overeat and make the best food choices, just like we all know we should not smoke, drink too much, do drugs, or throw up our food once we’ve eaten it, but in every instance all are met with compassion except for overeating.  Think I’m exxagerating?  Ask Demi Moore.  Demi allegedly inhales a substance to get high and has a bad reaction resulting in a ride in the ambulance and everyone has pity, because well, Demi is at least super SKINNY whereas Paula inhales a cheeseburger, risking a similar trip and everyone points their judgmental finger at her and says, your fault Paula.
Here are some articles below about Deen:

By ABC News

Jan 26, 2012 10:05am

Paula Deen Caught Eating a Cheeseburger

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Last week, TV chef Paula Deen announced that she’s been suffering from type 2 diabetes for the past three years.  She acknowledged that a person has “to make changes in your life” but apparently, Deen hasn’t apparently changed all that much.  TMZ posted a photo of Deen woolfing down a cheeseburger on Monday while on a 7-day Caribbean cruise.  The 65-year-old chef was hosting her annual Party at Sea vacation for 400 fans.  TMZ says Deen also had fries on her plate.

Paula Deen Diabetes Debate Misses the Point

We’ve got some healthy tips to avoid developing the blood sugar condition.

The discussion of whether the Krispy Kreme Burger did it, or if a paid endorsement of a diabetes drug is OK, or whether Paula Deen waited too long to tell the world that she had been diagnosed with type-2 diabetes is an exercise in asking and answering the wrong questions. Instead, let’s talk about how to avoid joining Deen and the nearly 26 million Americans who have type 2 diabetes.

Are You At Risk?

The American Diabetes Association reports that 79 million American have pre-diabetes—blood glucose levels that are higher than normal, but not high enough to be diagnosed as diabetes. People with pre-diabetes may already experience long-term damage to the heart and circulatory system. But because pre-diabetes usually has no symptoms, many people don’t realize they have it.

Pre-diabetes is diagnosed based on test results that may include the A1C blood test, the fasting plasma glucose test (blood test taken after you have fasted), or the oral glucose tolerance test (blood samples taken before and after you drink a sweet liquid containing glucose).

Know Your Numbers

Knowledge marks the first step in avoiding diabetes. In all the kerfuffle about Paula Deen, I haven’t heard yet whether her doctor ever warned her that she had pre-diabetes. But here’s what you need to know: If your A1C level is between 5.7 percent and 6.4 percent, you have pre-diabetes, according to the American Diabetes Association. A fasting plasma glucose level between 100 mg/dl and 125 mg/dl also indicates pre-diabetes, as does an oral glucose tolerance test result between 140 mg/dl and 199 mg/dl. If you have concerns about diabetes, or if these tests and numbers sound unfamiliar, talk with your doctor about your risks and the tests that you may need.

Diabetes Is Preventable

The good news: Even if your test results indicate pre-diabetes, it’s not inevitable that you will go on to develop type-2 diabetes. Findings from the Diabetes Prevention Program, a large clinical study sponsored by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Disorders, revealed that about 11 percent of people with pre-diabetes developed type-2 diabetes each year during the average three years of follow-up. Other research demonstrates that many people with pre-diabetes develop type-2 diabetes in 10 years. You don’t have to be one of them. Simple, small, steady changes can help you sidestep developing this chronic disease. Here’s what you can do.

  1. Lose weight, even a little. Don’t despair, thinking you have to do a dramatic, Oprah-style weight loss and drag around a wagon with 100 pounds of fat in it. Losing just 7 percent of your body weight can make a big difference. Say you’re tipping the scale at 165, more than you’d like. Shedding 11.5 pounds will drop your risk of diabetes. If you weigh 200, taking off just 15 pounds is a tremendous step in the right direction.
  2. Get active, just a bit. No marathons required. If you take a 10-minute walk three times a day, five days a week, your risk of diabetes will go down. You can gradually increase the length and speed of your walks as you feel comfortable.
  3. Swap drinks. Replacing soda, sports drinks, sweet coffee, sweet tea, and fruit juices with water cuts your calories, helps to manage your blood glucose levels, and serves as one more strategy to dodge diabetes.
  4. Choose good food. Boost the amount of fiber you eat every day by enjoying meals and snacks of whole-grain toast, oatmeal with berries, crisp apples, crunchy carrots, lentil soup, and spinach salad, to name a few. These high-fiber foods help you feel full longer and provide slow, steady fuel for your body, which can avoid blood sugar spikes and crashes. Aim for 25 to 35 grams of fiber daily. Opt for low-fat milk and cheese, and add healthy sources of unsaturated fat to your meal plan with nuts and olive oil. As for sweets, it’s best to step away from the two-sticks-of-butter, half-a-cup-of-heavy-cream variety. Layer yogurt, granola, and fruit in a parfait glass, nibble a handful of low-fat vanilla wafers, or have fruit salad as dessert.
  5. Watch your portions. “Even when you eat the right foods, eating too much of them can raise your blood sugar,” says Richard Oluoha, director of food and nutrition services at Los Alamitos Medical Center. Oluoha speaks from experience. He was diagnosed with diabetes five years ago, but controls it now with a healthy diet and exercise, and without using insulin.

Blinking back tears and with her chin wobbling a bit, Paula Deen stoutly declared on the Todayshow, “Diabetes is not a death sentence.” While that is correct, the rest of the story is that unmanaged diabetes leads to cardiovascular disease including heart attack and stroke, loss of vision, and circulatory problems that can result in infections, ulcers, or gangrene that may end in amputation. Not a death sentence, but a potential living hell you can avoid with smart choices.

For more information and resources, contact the American Diabetes Association in Orange County.

Related Topics: Paula Deen and Diabetes and dealing with diabetes

Have you been diagnosed with pre-diabetes? What helps you to manage your blood glucose? Do you think Paula Deen waited too long to tell the world about her condition? Tell us in the comments.
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First Mediatakeout ignored the progress of RED TAILS, the first all African-American action movie about the historic Tuskegee Airmen that George Lucas spent more than 20 years struggling to bring to the big screen.  Tyler Perry sent an email urging his fans to support the movie on opening weekend and spoke of the near “extinction” of all black casts as highlighted in his movies.

After completely IGNORING any box office success achieved by the movie, which scored an impressive $6 million Friday and 2nd place weekend opening, the supposedly black run blog BLASTS the movie, attempting to torpedo it, with a NEGATIVE, completely discouraging headline instead of promoting its positive achievement:

RED TAILS Loses At The Box Office . . . To UNDERWORLD AWAKENING!!!

IS IT MEDIATAKEOUT OR MEDIASELLOUT?  Is this website Countelpro?  Like what took place back in the 1960s Civil Rights movement, an attempt to infiltrate and destroy African-Americans within their own organizations and culture?  Is Mediatakeout code for TAKE THEM OUT and their foreign born brainchild is on the payroll to make sure it happens?  The thought crossed my mind with all the swirling talk and light skin versus dark skin provocative articles to pit blacks against each other.  I don’t know, I’m just asking.  You be the judge.  The above headline was taken STRAIGHT FROM MEDIATAKEOUT’S website.  It was a link to a Huffington Post article that put a POSITIVE OUTLOOK on the film’s performance, but Mediasellout chose to ignore it.  Here’s the excerpt from the Huffington Post article:

‘Underworld Awakening’ Wins Box Office With $25 Million, ‘Red Tails’ Makes $19 Million

Opening in second place was “Red Tails” from executive producer George Lucas, about the Tuskegee Airmen who were the first black fighter pilots to serve in World War II. It made an estimated $19.1 million, according to 20th Century Fox, which was well above expectations; the studio had hoped to reach double digits, said Chris Aronson, executive vice president of domestic distribution.

“I believe what George Lucas has stated all along: This is an important story and a story that must be told. It is a true story of American heroism and valor and audiences have really responded to this message,” Aronson said. “People want to feel good about themselves, they want to be uplifted. We have enough hard crud going on in this country right now. Times are tough, and if we look back and are told a story of some really fantastic deeds, that’s really compelling moviegoing.” analyst Paul Dergarabedian said a grass-roots effort to get groups of people into the theaters to see “Red Tails,” along with positive word-of-mouth, helped its strong showing. The film saw an uptick from about $6 million on Friday to $8.65 on Saturday.

Here are some of the headlines and articles from other news outlets.


‘Red Tails’ Proves All-Black Cast Can Soar At Box Office

‘I feel like this was a matter of just proving them wrong,’ Ne-Yo tells MTV News of the George Lucas-produced flick.

By Rob Markman

It wasn’t easy getting “Red Tails” into theaters, but singer/actor Ne-Yo believes that after opening at #2 at the box office, it was well worth the fight.

“I feel like we definitely did what we set out to do, which was make sure these incredible men, the Tuskegee Airmen, got the recognition that they deserved for the incredible things that they did for this country,” Ne-Yo told MTV News of the George Lucas-produced film on Wednesday. “And [we] proved to Hollywood that an ensemble cast of black faces can put asses in the seats, basically,” he laughed. “So I feel like we served our purpose.”

“Red Tails” tells the story of the Tuskegee Airmen, a group of African-American fighter pilots who battled deep-rooted racism, while fighting in World War II. Both Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr. star in the flick, while Ne-Yo, Method Man and Tristan Wilds have supporting roles. The historical piece hit theaters January 20, the Friday before Martin Luther King Jr. Day and opened second behind “Underworld: Awakening.” Not bad for the singer/songwriter, who was also named senior vice president of A&R at Motown Records.

Considering the movie wasn’t especially well-received by critics, “Red Tails” did well in its first weekend, surpassing initial expectations. Lucas appeared on “The Daily Show With Jon Stewart” earlier this month and claimed that major studios showed no interest in the film when he went to pitch it.

“It’s because it’s an all-black movie,” he said. “There’s no major white roles in it at all. It’s one of the first all-black action pictures ever made.”

“We’ve come a long way from when Martin was marching in the streets and getting rocks thrown at him. We’ve come a very, very long way,” Ne-Yo said. “However, even with that being said, we got a long way to go. As a black person, period, we’re kinda constantly in a state of proving, which is something that I came to wraps with a long time ago.”

Despite the studios’ lack of interest in the film, Ne-Yo decided to let the success of “Red Tails” speak for itself. “At the end of the day, you complain about it, or you prove them wrong,” he said. “I feel like this was a matter of just proving them wrong.”

Check out everything we’ve got on “Red Tails.”

I can’t call it. But I can see it.


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It’s Saturday afternoon, the day after the first ever all black action hero movie hit the theaters and neither one of the major African-American driven gossip websites posted one word about RED TAILS, beating expectations and scoring in a victorious 2nd place hit in box office sales!  MEDIATAKEOUT led with the Heidi Klum, Seal breakup story, while Bossip’s front page ran with a stale story about Snoop having a private screening of the movie with George Lucas, but not one word about the film’s successful Friday opening, Tyler Perry’s letter to his fans to go support the movie, or the need to keep word-of-mouth going so the film makes its money back so we can have the prequel and the sequel.

Bossip, which stands for Black Gossip, has posts about the worst church singer ever and Pauly D, but is silent when it comes to a history making film, about African-American history, that needs its support.  Hmmm.  In the words of the neighborhood.  Trifling.

Here’s an article from the Huffington Post:

‘Red Tails,’ Tuskegee Airmen Film, Earns $6 Million At Box Office On Friday, Is Celebrated Nationwide

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First Posted: 1/21/12 01:50 PM ET Updated: 1/21/12 02:09 PM ET

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“Red Tails” flew into theaters on Friday, as the George Lucas-produced film about the Tuskegee Airmen earned $6 million at the box office.

The film earned an A CinemaScore from moviegoers, and was buoyed by a enthusiastic African-American support that included communities sending busloads of eager viewers to theaters. It received a screening at the White House, with the director, Anthony Hemingway, and a cast that included Terrence Howard and Cuba Gooding Jr., presenting the film for President Obama; and was screened at an event that honored the real life Tuskegee Airmen, the crew of all-black World War II pilots.

Also drawing publicity for the film was Lucas’s appearance on “The Daily Show,” in which he told Jon Stewart that Hollywood studios were unwilling to finance a war picture with an all-black cast. He financed the film entirely on his own, putting nearly $100 million into production and marketing.

The film has been called by many as crucial to the future of black filmmaking — Tyler Perry has said that all-black casts are on the verge of extinction — and if it succeeds at the box office, Lucas believes that it will help black filmmakers get the green light on their pictures more easily. He also told the New York Times in a recent profile that the movie was important for its celebration of black history, and that it served to give African American filmgoers heroes like those that were portrayed in mostly white WWII movies.

“They have a right to have their history just like anybody else does,” Lucas said. “And they have a right to have it kind of Hollywood-ized and aggrandized and made corny and wonderful just like anybody else does. Even if that’s not the fashion right now.”

But SUNDAY, while MEDIEATAKEOUT AND BOSSIP were sleeping, Euroweb and Hollywood Reporter and plenty of other sites were providing up-to-date numbers.  Needless to say, I have the feeling Mediatakeout and Bossip are going to be like the Urban radio stations were doing the massive earthquake that hit L.A. County in ’94, playing music and talking about fashion while buildings crash to the ground and people drive off the edge of fallen freeways! Here’s the latest, via euroweb.

Box Office Report: ‘Red Tails’ Flies to #2 with $19.1 Million

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The film did far better than expected (by the Hollywood establishment that is.)

*According to the Hollywood Reporter, “Red Tails” did far better than expected (by the Hollywood establishment that is.)

In its opening weekend “Red Tails” brought in $19.1 million for a solid number 2 placing at the box office behind “Underworld Awakening” with $25.4 million.

The back story behind “Red Tails” is that Producer George Lucas spent 20 years pursuing the project, and recently revealed he couldn’t get any studio to finance the film because of an all-black cast. He finally decided to put up the money himself, and spent $58 million on the production budget and another $35 in distribution costs.

Weekend/Domestic Box Office Jan. 20-Jan. 22

Title/Weeks in Release/Studio/Theater Count/Three Day Weekend Total/Cume

1. Underworld: Awakening (1), Sony/3,078, $25.4 million

2. Red Tails (1), Fox/2,512, $19.1 million

3. Contraband (2), Universal/2,870, $12.2 million, $46.1 million

4. Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close (5), Warner Bros./2,630, $10.5 million, $11.2 million

5. Haywire (1), Relativity Media/2,439, $9 million

6. Beauty and the Beast (3D) (2), Disney/2,625, $23.5 million, $33.4 million

7. Joyful Noise (2), Warner Bros./Alcon/2,735, $6.1 million, $21.9 million

8. Mission: Impossible — Ghost Protocol (6), Paramount/2,519, $5.5 million, $197.3 million

9. Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows (6), Warner Bros./2,485, $4.8 million, $178.6 million

10. The Iron Lady (4), Weinstein Co./1,076, $3.7 million, $12.6 million.



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Cheers to the filmmakers of RED TAILS for creating a picture that was an entertaining, heroic, thrill ride.  I saw the movie at THE GROVE.  I was a little nervous at the outset that Lucas and Hemingway would focus so much on creating awesome action sequences that it would be like going to a 90s blow ’em up explosion movie, but they proved me wrong.  There was a story and although many topics were painted with a light brush, it was enough to get the point and keep the journey moving forward.  Was it a perfectly made, Oscar worthy effort, no, but there were great moments and once I got past the shoddy opening credits – which I admit perhaps only an industry person would cringe at  and allowed myself the art of suspending disbelief at NeYos character – I was able to honestly enjoy the journey.  Some sofa critics complained the action sequences FELT FAMILIAR, but not for African-Americans, because for African-Americans it was the first time seeing fighter pilots since Will Smith and Independence Day.  Anyhoo, the theater was packed and applause erupted at various times during the movie.  Definitely a must see.

Thank you to all the soldiers of WWII and a special thank you to the Tuskegee Airmen!  A special hurray for all the wonderful actors who were in the film.  Job well done.


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How unbefitting is it to talk about racism flourishing in American on Martin Luther King Day, however, it is necessary to bring our country’s unsightly undercurrent of racial bigotry to light, in the hopes of bringing about change.  To that end, it’s newsworthy to note that luminary and Hollywood powerhouse filmmaker, visionary, icon, George Lucas just blew the lid off of one Tinseltown’s dirty little secrets.  Most people who work in Hollywood already know the truth.  IN 2012, HOLLYWOOD IS MORE SEGREGATED than the Jim Crow South!  Movie and television sets are usually one or the other: mostly black or nearly all white.

If you walk onto ANY Hollywood set, you can find yourself expecting to see a WHITES ONLY sign or a COLOREDS ONLY water fountain.  That is the hard core fact of the matter.  Oh, Hollywood scrambles to blow their bullhorns for President Obama and practically got him elected – along with Oprah’s endorsement, you say, huh?  Ummmm, here’s the secret that’s been whispered in a low, embarrassed, almost ashamed manner the past three years:


It’s as if Hollywood’s Caucasian elite donated tons of cash and clout to ensure the election of President Obama and said, see black folks?  We’re not racist, now go somewhere, anywhere but our sets and movie theaters and leave us to our business.


Lucas was not only telling the hard bold truth about movies, but look at network and cable t.v. There are hardly ANY black shows on television that don’t start with Tyler and end with Perry!  I guarantee you, if you come to Hollywood right now and walk over to Sunset and Gower studios, or Sony, or Fox, or anywhere else, YOU WILL NOT FIND more than two black writers on ANY MAINSTREAM STAFFED TELEVISION SHOW, if you find one!  PERIOD.  George Lucus told the truth.  Hollywood has been, is, and probably, always will be an exclusive, hard to crack, white’s only boys’ club.

WAIT, you say, “I saw the Golden Globes and there were blacks.”  REALLY?  How many were working on currently aired t.v. shows?  Are you referring to the cut aways of Chris Tucker?  Or Sydney Poitier or Morgan Freeman who are both well-over 60 years old and movie stars?  Are you speaking of the TWO BLACK LADIES from THE HELP?  And let’s not open that can of worms (excuse my cliche) of talking about how many black folks are upset over THE HELP and it being held up as a standard of victory for giving talented black actresses leads as shoe shiners who yessuh mam and no suh for 90 minutes!   I’m certainly not complaining, I’m saying what everyone who is a person of color in Hollywood already knows.  I have my suspicions that the Golden Globes honored Morgan Freeman and invited Sydney Poitier so there would be more than two black people at the event.  Hmmmm.

Anyhoo, RED TAILS, like EIGHTH WONDER, the true story of Thomas Bethune, the blind prodigious slave who began playing Mozart at three, is an important and bound to be entertaining film.  So go out and see it when it premieres on Jan. 20th.


After all, Martin Luther King had a dream that little black boys and black girls would be able to join hands with little white boys and white girls as sisters and brothers.  I have a dream that one day grown black men and black women will be able to make movies on sets integrated with grown white men and white grown women as great artists.  Hmmm.  We can dream can’t we?

A.M. Cal

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Cover of Lethal Weapon 3 (Director's Cut)

It’s funny how things happen.  I was a little irritated surfing through various blogs when suddenly advertisements for the movie “The Devil Within” would pop up with dark imagery and a demonic looking figure staring back at me.  Ugh.  Irritating, I thought.  Then, while taking a break from writing, I turned the volume up on Wendy Williams and saw the enduring and endearing Rosie Perez on the couch saying exactly what I had been thinking earlier that morning. It’s not cool to believe in God anymore, Perez was saying, but made it very clear that she still did believe in God. (at the 3:11 mark)

STANDING OVATION for Rosie.  I believe in God as well and I’m not perfect.  I was a Producer on a multimillion dollar thinly written horror flick entitled (7eventy-5ive) DEAD TONE starring Rutger Haur (Blade Runner/Batman) and it was super creepy.  It attracted a lot of elements that I didn’t even know existed to the project and proud pagan worshippers who spoke of the Christian mafia?  Never again.  I’d rather stay at home and eat popcorn while watching reality t.v.

I thought to myself, where is society moving toward.  Let’s look at the top movies over the past thirty years.

SOME OF THE TOP TEN MOVIES OF 1992 (in no particular order)

1. Lethal Weapon 3

2. White Men Can’t Jump

3. Sister Act

4. Aliens 3

5. Patriot Games

6. Batman Returns

7.  The Player

8. The Bodyguard

9.  Unforgiven

10. Malcolm X

1. Aladdin Disney voices of Scott Weinger, Robin Williams, and Linda Larkin Ron Clements and John Musker $504,050,219 $28 million
2. The Bodyguard Warner Bros. Kevin Costner and Whitney Houston Mick Jackson $410,945,720 N/A
3. Home Alone 2: Lost in New York Fox Macaulay Culkin, Joe Pesci, Daniel Stern, Catherine O’Hara, Tim Curry, and John Heard Chris Columbus $358,994,850 $20 million
4. Basic Instinct TriStar Michael Douglas, Sharon Stone, Jeanne Tripplehorn, and George Dzundza Paul Verhoeven $352,927,224 $49 million
5. Lethal Weapon 3 Warner Bros. Mel Gibson, Danny Glover, Joe Pesci, and Rene Russo Richard Donner $321,731,527 $35 million
6. Batman Returns Warner Bros. Michael Keaton, Michelle Pfeiffer, Christopher Walken, Michael Gough, Pat Hingle, and Danny DeVito Tim Burton $266,822,354 $80 million
7. A Few Good Men Columbia Tom Cruise, Demi Moore, Kevin Pollak, Kevin Bacon, Keifer Sutherland, and Jack Nicholson, Rob Reiner $243,240,178 $40 million
8. Sister Act Touchstone Whoopi Goldberg and Maggie Smith Emile Ardolino $231,605,150 N/A
9. Bram Stoker’s Dracula Columbia Gary Oldman, Winona Ryder, Keanu Reeves, and Anthony Hopkins Francis Ford Coppola $215,862,692 $40 million
10. Wayne’s World Paramount Mike Myers and Dana Carvey Penelope Spheeris $183,097,323 $20 million

Some of the top movies of 2002

1. Narc

2. Scooby Doo

3. Signs

4. Sweet Home Alabama

5. A Walk To Remember

6. Men In Black II

7. Changing Lanes

8. Antwone Fisher

9. The Sum of All Fears

10. John Q

11. XXX

12. Ice Age

From Wikepedia, the top grossing movies of 2002

Please note that following the tradition of the English-language film industry, these are the top grossing films that were first released in the United States and Canada in 2002. The top ten films of 2002, by worldwide gross in $USD, as well as the US & Canada, UK, and Australia grosses, are as follows:

2002 Rank Title Studio Director(s) Actors Worldwide Gross U.S./Canada Gross U.K. Gross Australia Gross
1 The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers New Line Cinema Peter Jackson Elijah Wood, Ian McKellen, Liv Tyler, Viggo Mortensen, Cate Blanchett, Sean Astin, Sean Bean, Orlando Bloom, John Rhys-Davies and Christopher Lee $925,282,504 $341,786,758 $91,914,687 $26,850,032
2 Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets Warner Bros. Chris Columbus Daniel Radcliffe, Rupert Grint, Emma Watson, Richard Harris, Alan Rickman, Maggie Smith, Robbie Coltrane, Kenneth Branagh and Jason Isaacs $878,643,482 $261,988,482 $88,104,108 $20,857,535
3 Spider-Man Columbia Sam Raimi Tobey Maguire, Kirsten Dunst, Willem Dafoe, James Franco, J. K. Simmons, Rosemary Harris and Cliff Robertson $821,708,551 $403,706,375 $45,780,340 $16,890,782
4 Star Wars Episode II: Attack of the Clones Fox/Lucasfilm George Lucas Ewan McGregor, Natalie Portman and Hayden Christensen $649,398,328 $310,676,740 $58,762,764 $18,632,998
5 Men in Black II Columbia Barry Sonnenfeld Will Smith, Tommy Lee Jones, Lara Flynn Boyle, Johnny Knoxville, Rosario Dawson and Rip Torn $441,818,803 $190,418,803 $34,571,702 $9,698,146
6 Die Another Day MGM Lee Tamahori Pierce Brosnan and Halle Berry $431,971,116 $160,942,139 $59,182,873 $10,520,593
7 Signs Touchstone M. Night Shyamalan Mel Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, Rory Culkin and Abigail Breslin $408,247,917 $227,966,634 $25,004,129 $6,475,864
8 Ice Age Fox/Blue Sky Chris Wedge voices of Ray Romano, John Leguizamo and Denis Leary $383,257,136 $176,387,405 $21,425,322 $10,869,472
9 My Big Fat Greek Wedding IFC Films Joel Zwick Nia Vardalos, John Corbett, Lainie Kazan, Michael Constantine and Joey Fatone $368,744,044 $241,438,208 $20,927,227 $15,168,243
10 Minority Report DreamWorks/Fox Steven Spielberg Tom Cruise, Colin Farrell, Samantha Morton and Max Von Sydow $358,372,926 $132,072,926 $31,388,860 $6,584,824

These numbers are taken from Box Office Mojo, including their 2002 Yearly Box Office Results.


1. Fright Night

2. Super 8

3. Thor

4. Captain America: The First Avenger

5. Contagion

6. The Adventures of Tintin

7. Midnight in Paris

8. The Descendants

9. Warrior

10. Bridesmaids

11. The Girl with the Dragon Tatoo

12. Mission Impossible

13. Planet of the Apes

14. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2

15. Monsters

Just missed the cut: Zookeeper, Sherlock Holmes 2, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Hugo Cabret, Transformers: The Dark Side of the Moon and Cowboys and Aliens.

10. The Muppet Movie ($185 million): Jason Segel’s Muppet Movie was a huge Thanksgiving weekend hit this year, opening with $65 million and demonstrating that there is still a lot of box-office power in Jim Henson’s creations, although there was considerable help from the solid script and the multitude of celebrity cameos. Like a good Pixar flick, it really was a movie that both kids and their parents gravitated toward. There’s even some talk of Oscar nominations.

9. X-Men: First Class ($195 million): Matthew Vaughn’s directorial effort turned into a massive improvement over X-Men: Wolverine, although it was still both somehow too convoluted and too simple. Stylistically, though, it was a fun summer movie, even if January Jones almost single-handedly ruined it.

8. The Green Lantern: ($205 million): Ryan Reynolds solidified his place on the A-list, even if The Green Lantern was a little on the slight side. It was more comedic than most were expecting, but it took better advantage of Reynolds’ timing. I think Double-R’s abs sold $100 million in tickets alone, although I don’t think anyone is going to forgive Blake Lively for her messy role in the film. She was embarrassing.

7. Super 8: J.J. Abrams Super 8 (produced by Spielberg) ended up being this summer’s Inception, a blockbuster on the smart side. The secrecy that shrouded the project up nearly until its release certainly helped sell tickets, but in the end, there were more than a few disappointed people walking out of theaters and shaking their heads, “That was it?” Yes, that was it? What’d you expect? Movies can’t actually melt your mind.

6. Thor: ($251 million): All that hype. Round-the-clock trailers and an advertising blitz that put every other superhero movie to shame. If only they’d spend some of that money on the script. Kenneth Branagh is a decent director, but the man needs to understand his strengths and limitations, Thor is not Shakespeare, but if you treat it like Shakespeare, what you end up with is an overblown, overly acted disasterfuck of a film. Not that it would stop audiences from attending the first blockbuster of the summer, starved for entertainment by most of the Spring offerings.

5. The Hangover 2 ($260 million): Todd Phillips sequel to the highest-grossing R-rated comedy of all time managed to be funnier than the first movie, but not as fresh. They definitely pushed this one to the its Jackass limits (and how they got a former President to be involved is a hilarious mystery), but, in its narrative structure, it was mostly a remake of the first film. Not a bad way to spend a Saturday afternoon, though.

4. Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides ($302 million): Ugh. What an overblown, overcooked boring piece of shit this was. But then again, so were the last two Pirates movies, proving that — if you put Johnny Depp in a pirate costume — people will watch. But, man that was a bad movie.

3. The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn (Part One) ($310 million): Is it over yet? No? There’s a part II? Oh, fuck me. At least I didn’t have to review this one (sorry, SLW).

2. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II ($325 million): You know, this franchise has been with us for a full decade. It was a fitting end to the series: Neat enough while you were watching it, but it completely evaporated from our memories the second we walked out of the theater. I think they’re designed that way to force us to revisit them to gain some traction in our memory. These movies are like cotton candy — they just dissolve in our minds.

1. Cars 2 ($370 million): Another year, another Pixar movie tops the box-office. Cars 2 didn’t quite generate the $415 million that Toy Story 3 did, but Cars isn’t the franchise that Toy Story is. Who knew, however, that Cars 2 would actually end up being a better movie than Toy Story 3 and that those who predict the quality of films before they see them would end up spending the entire summer eating crow. We will never doubt Pixar again. At least until 2012 because Monsters Inc. 2 looks dumb.


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Horror Movies 2011 – Guide

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Top 20 Best Horror Movies 2011 - Let’s take a look at the biggest and best horror movies of 2011. The scary list features the usual mix of follow ups (Paranormal Activity 3), redos (Fright Night), and original fare (Insidious). Quite honestly it’s not been a great year for the genre but I’ll help you find the handful of stuff worth watching.

We’ll go through the good and the bad. Here’s our definitive guide to the best horror movies, 2011 :

Season Of The Witch
Release Date: 7 January 2011 (U.S.)
Starring: Nicolas Cage, Ron Perlman, Stephen Graham, Christopher Lee
Director: Dominic Sena

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Not the long awaited remake of Halloween III, this period horror sees Nicolas Cage as a medieval knight who agrees to transport a devious witch to an abbey where her powers can be destroyed. Even though he’s playing a Crusader, Cage is sporting an American accent. Expect more of such silliness from director-of-the-ridiculous Dominic Sena (Swordfish, Gone In 60 Seconds). The movie has an old-school Hammer Horror vibe which could lead to unintentional laughs but at least it feels kinda different thanks to its unusual concept.
[Critics (via Rotten Tomatoes): 10%] [Public (via IMDB): 5.4/10] = {Ranked: 5th Worst Of The Year}

The Rite
Release Date: 28 January 2011
Starring: Anthony Hopkins, Colin O’Donoghue, Toby Jones, Alice Braga, Rutger Hauer
Director: Mikael Håfström

Best Horror Movies 2011
A young American priest enrols at the Vatican’s exorcist school but has his doubts so is put in the care of Anthony Hopkins. The two go on a series of exorcism adventures, that will no doubt involve scenes copied from other exorcist movies. Hopkins has been on low-effort cruise control for years. The director helmed the excellent 1408, but advance word on The Rite is mediocre.
[Critics: 19%] [Public: 6.0/10] = {Ranked: 19th Best Of The Year}

The Roommate
Release Date: 4 February 2011
Starring: Leighton Meester, Minka Kelly, Cam Gigandet
Director: Christian E. Christiansen

Best Horror Films 2011
Sara (Kelly) is a college student randomly assigned to a freshman dorm with a stranger named Rebecca (Meester). They start off as friends but things turn deadly as Rebecca becomes obsessed with Sara and begins to target people in her life. So this is basically a remake of Single White Female, with less edge. The director has no real experience in the thriller/horror genre. Has bland written all over it.
[Critics: 4%] [Public: 4.5/10] = {Ranked: Worst Of The Year}

Black Death
Release Date: 4 February 2011
Starring: Sean Bean, Kimberley Nixon, Carice van Houten, Eddie Redmayne, John Lynch
Director: Christopher Smith

2011 Top Horror Films
Journey to an apocalyptic medieval world during the first outbreak of the bubonic plague. A band of brothers are on a quest to hunt down a necromancer, rumoured to have made a pact with the forces of darkness and raised the dead in a small village. From the British director of Creep and Severance. Black Death has already been released in the UK where critics gave it an impressive 72% on Rotten Tomatoes, calling it a well-acted, twisty Gothic horror, with grisliness that’s a tad too over the top.
[Critics: 73%] [Public: 6.5/10] = {Ranked: 6th Best}

The Resident
Release Date: 18 February 2011
Starrring: Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Christopher Lee
Director: Antti Jokinen (his first movie)

Horror Movies To Watch 2011
Hammer’s first film for over 30 years stars Hilary Swank, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, and Hammer veteran Christopher Lee. Swank plays a doctor who moves to a, er, swanky apartment in Brooklyn only to slowly realise that the landlord (Morgan) is developing a dangerous obsession with her. A terrifying game of cat and mouse ensues as she fights to rid herself of his sinister intentions. The plot doesn’t read like a Hammer Horror movie at all. It’s clearly just a brand name that was bought by the highest bidder.
[Critics: 37%] [Public: 5.2/10] = {Ranked: 17th Best}

Vanishing On 7th Street
Release Date: 18 February 2011
Starring: Hayden Christensen, Thandie Newton, John Leguizamo
Director: Brad Anderson

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A massive power outage plunges Detroit into darkness, and almost the entire population vanishes into thin air. A small group of survivors gather in an abandoned tavern, where they realise the darkness itself is out to get them and only the diminishing light sources can keep them safe. Director Brad Anderson (Session 9, The Machinist, Transsiberian) makes thoughtful, suspenseful horror/thrillers. He’s the reason to be excited about this. Except advance buzz, again, isn’t very good.
[Critics: 52%] [Public: 4.9/10] = {Ranked: 16th Best}

HURRAY FOR ROSIE PEREZ!  Seriously, the devil movies, the Saturday Night Live skits blaspheming Jesus, and all the atheist billboards.  It seems like an all out attack on God in my opinion.  When I heard what Bill Maherer said about Tim Tebow and his blasphemous talk, as well as Saturday Night Live’s skits mocking Christ, my first thought was this:  CHANGE EXACTLY WHAT WAS SAID AND SAY IT ABOUT THE MUSLIM PROPHET MUHAMMED and see if it goes over well!

YES, evangelicals and charismatics and prosperity preachers and all the shepherds who have fallen have made MILLIONS of people skeptical of church and of God.  But all I want to say, as I make Much Ado about my Nothings is this:  Humans, WE ARE FALLIBLE.  WE ARE SINNERS.  WE ARE WEAK.  WE MAKE MISTAKES, but the Lord, who presides in heaven HE, Jehovah, the Creator, the Supreme, the Most High, the Alpha and the Omega, HE DOES NOT.  So when you are maligning Christians and our many failures, remember, it is not “US” that you persecute, it’s Yeshuah, the Messiah, the Christ, the Prince of Peace.  Don’t abuse, berate, and commit blasphemy against the Son of Jehovah, just because we as man have failed.

As for a “Joyful Noise,” I may see it on video.  Something about it doesn’t seem authentic and maybe I’m wrong, but as of right now, I plan on renting it when it comes out.  Maybe…

That’s it.  RED TAILS is coming…


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Earlier this month, on December 10th to be exact, my nephew, the handsome #6 and the Oaks Christian Lions won the CIF CHAMPIONSHIP. The Lions beat Westlake, the same team that crushed them like Miami and Lebron did Kobe and the Lakers on Christmas day.  I know I’m sports switching, but that’s neither here nor there. I’m proud of my handsome nephew who I believe had one catch the entire game. Being the showman that he is, he caught THE MOST IMPORTANT CATCH of the game. (My blog, my opinion.)  Let me set up the picture.  Oaks Christian is down by 7 with 3:03 seconds left in the game. The Lions receive the ball on their own 20.  It’s cliche time.  It’s do or die.  Must win. Take no prisoners.  Go hard or go home. On THE FIRST PLAY of the must score, must win drive, Richie Harrington, Oaks Christian’s quarterback, drops back for a quick, short pass.  BAM, straight to number six.  My nephew. Trey “ICE COLD” give-me-the-ball-when-it-counts, when-I-haven’t-seen-the-ball-all game, with-5,000 people-watching-and-the-game-on-the- line Smith.  He did it looking very handsome, lol, runs for SEVEN YARDS! HE sets up the winning drive!  YOU GO BOY! All the boys did their thing on the team. EVERY SINGLE ONE contributed.  It was an awesome game and came down to a :03 second field goal miss by Westlake.


My nephew Jonathan, whom I do not have a picture of on TMZ, lol, got accepted by two of his top four college choices. He’s wants to stay in Dallas, shunning Yale and Cornell, hoping to get into his top choice, the storied and highly ranked Rice.  I’m so proud of my other handsome nephew.  His plans are to help the world by finding a way to use water to replace oil as an energy source!

J WOODZ My nephew Josh graduated high school and is attending college.  I’m so proud of his entrepreneurial spirit.  J Woodz Clothing is blowing up.  Some of his designs are featured below.   Jaden Smith rocked a pair of J Woodz during Justin Bieber’s concert.


My other handsome nephew Landon is finishing up his second year at Bellevue College and is getting letters from the University of Idaho and Warner Pacific College in Oregon. He’s hoping to get into Washington State University or a university back home in Texas.  I’m proud of him and my thing is, get your B.A. in basket weaving or choir if you have to, just get the darn thing!  🙂

To all my nephews, I love you!


What a KRAZY November.

Every Friday, I take time out from rewriting my historical novel Eighth Wonder to watch my nephew play football.  He’s the handsome wide receiver (#6) for Oaks Christian High School.  Does being handsome have anything to do with athleticism?  Anyhoo, I’m watching the game, having vaguely noticed that Trey’s little brother  is bouncing off the walls.  His little brother is always animated and upbeat so I didn’t pay too much attention to his constant standing and looking over toward the entrance, although he seemed to be a bit anxious.


Halfway through the second quarter, the reason for the edginess became evident as a huge black dude made his way through the crowd followed by a fresh-faced white kid with his hair swooped to the side like the Beatles of old, followed by a slim pretty girl who appeared to be his sister and more bodyguards. Behind them, a SWARM of teenage girls began to point and started standing near the rail beneath the two stars, their cellphones pointed upward.  I’m assuming one of those amateur photogs sold this photo to TMZ.

How in the WORLD do teenagers get news so quickly? Justin and his “sister” were barely in their seats before a mass of young bodies began to head in our direction.  Can you see me? I’m to the left of the girl I thought was Justin’s sister.  Darn.  I got cut out!  LOL!  Behind Justin’s “sister” is the bodyguard.  Behind him in the red baseball cap is Trey’s mom and uncle. Beneath him is Trey’s father. And what happened to me? My new boots got stepped on quite a bit, until Justin’s bodyguards apparently finally got the memo from watching Trey’s father’s bodyguards and stopped the madness by politely asking autograph seekers to allow Justin, his “sister” and Trey’s little brother to watch the game, so well, everyone could watch the game!


Anhoo, before fortune landed me right next to the young lady who looked like Justin Bieber’s sister at the game, I had NO IDEA who this young girl was at all. But when the CUTEST little tweens and early teens started stepping on my boots to ask her for her autograph, IGNORING Justin and Trey’s brother, it occurred to me, she probably wasn’t his sister.  I texted Trey’s mom and a few other parents and said WHO IS THIS GIRL?  I was born in the morning, but not yesterday morning, so I deduced she was probably some teen t.v. or foreign star.  A parent texted me back saying that I was sitting next to SELENA GOMEZ.  Who is she, I asked?  A Nickelodeon or Disney star?  The parent texted back, yes.  A Disney star. OOOOOOhhhh.  I’m so out of the loop.  The kids said she’s more famous than Justin and Jaden.  Okay.  Go figure.  The girl whom I DON’T KNOW is more famous than the next Elvis and current Karate Kid.  Well, now I’m up.  FYI, Oaks Christian won the game and Trey had a few receptions.

That was the nascent of my crazy November experience.

At the beginning of November, I was caught in the eye of the storm of three of the planet’s hottest teen sensations. Then, here I am at the end of November, experiencing the rebirth of a former teen star seeking redemption and a second chance at life – El Debarge, 49, and still fine.


On Wednesday, (November 24) Jeff, the former on air personality and music director for L.A.’s KJLH, invited a friend of mine who invited me, to see Fantasia.  Well, I was writing and the call came last minute, so by the time I got to the Fox Hills Mall, Fantasia was on her way out and I missed her.  Oh well.  Jeff invited us to see El Debarge. Hmmm.  Normally, I would pass, preferring to rush back home and write. But there’s recent history to consider here, although I won’t start that story in the present. No, let’s first go back two decades.

In the 80s, El Debarge was as much a part of my consciousness as Michael Jackson and Prince.  So much so, that as a teen, if a boy didn’t look like El Debarge, Michael Jackson – or Al B Sure for that matter – I wouldn’t give him any consideration, much less the time of day.  I wouldn’t call myself a huge El Debarge fan, but he had some hits I definitely appreciated, AND, there is a lot of buzz around him right now.

So when Jeff mentioned El Debarge would be in the valley, I jumped at the opportunity to hear him because of the positive buzz I’d recently heard. Rumors have been flying that El was better than ever. He opened for Mary J. Blige in the Bay Area and people who attended the concert flooded the internet with tweets and facebook messages about how great a performance El Debarge gave.  Most of us were like El debarge? Really?  But the reports kept coming about El Debarge really making a strong comeback and his voice being better than ever.

It was less than two weeks ago, when I caught wind of his performance in L.A., where he again opened for Mary J.  I asked about El and the concertgoer went bananas.  He said El sang hit after hit after hit after hit after hit after hit after hit and sounded better then ever.  Wow.  Better than ever?  That keeps coming up.  Okay.  So that’s why I pushed my night of writing and baking for Thanksgiving aside and went to the Romanov on Ventura and Laurel Canyon to see the aging legend myself.

El was phenomenal! I was surprised by the large number of 20-somethings there to see El.  Most said they knew of him and had been introduced to his music by their parents.  My thinking was, that bodes well for El.  As for his voice?  Better than ever!  LOL.  He sounds just as good, as he did twenty years ago! Unlike Whitney Houston, he was spared the devastation of losing the gift of his God-given instrument due to drug abuse. He was extremely charismatic, seemed to be truly thankful to Interscope/Geffen for giving him a second chance, and appeared to be truly delivered from his crack addiction.  His new music is current in feel, with great tracks steeped in traditional R&B vain, which may prove to be a winning combination, especially since many who grew up with his music are starving for great R&B singers with their own, unique, non autotune sound.

ALL THE BEST TO YOU EL! I look forward to BUYING the CD when it drops Nov. 30th. Here is the music video with Faith Evans, featuring the single, Lay With You.  Click on the message inside and you’ll be taken to youtube.


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