Published by Clay Cane on Monday, November 15, 2010 at 12:00 am.
Oprah is making her 25th and final season huge. She’s already landed interviews with Michael Jackson’s children, the first interview with Ricky Martin after he came out and now she is bringing the entire cast of The Color Purple together, which airs today.
The Color Purple is one of the greatest films of all time. Based on the book by Alice Walker and directed by Steven Spielberg, the movie received 11 Oscar nominations and lost all of them. Nonetheless, the flick has been praised for its powerful acting, perfect cast and emotionally charged scenes that have kept fans entertained for years.
Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, July 6, 2010 at 12:10 am.
Sequels twenty years later can be risky but the Predator franchise can takethe risk. The original was a huge hit in 1987, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and grossing over 60 million at the box office. Predator 2 was in 1990 and starred Danny Glover.
Now, we have the third installment in the franchise and includesLaurence Fishburne and Adrien Brody. The movie is in theaters July 9th – check out the trailer!
Published by Clay Cane on Monday, April 19, 2010 at 11:02 am.
The stars of The Color Purple(and Beloved!) are in the news this week. First, there is Danny Glover. The 63-year-old is a respected actor and Academy Award nominee, but he is also a passionate activist. Glover, who starred inDeath At A Funeral which opened on Friday, protested at a U.S. food company in Maryland along with 11 others. According to E!, all 12 of them were “busted by local cops as they rallied against Sodexo, a French food company over the level of wages workers were being paid in the cafeteria.” Glover tweeted on Saturday that he was fine and asked those who are interested in the cause to go to www.seiu.org for more information.
Kitty Kelley’s unauthorized biography on Oprah Winfrey has gotten some buzz but mainly blasted by the media because it doesn’t reveal anything no one already knows about the media queen. Kelley claims the man that Oprah thinks is her father is not her father. Now, Norh Robinson, an 84-year-old World War II veteran, claims he is Oprah’s real father — not Vernon Winfrey, who raised Oprah along with her mother, Vernita Lee. According to the New York Post, Robinson wrote Oprah but she never responded.
Ugh — why can’t folks just let Oprah be? She is busy trying to change the world, not respond to tabloid rumors.
Published by Clay Cane on Friday, April 9, 2010 at 12:00 am.
Next Friday, Chris Rockreturns with his first non-documentary film since 2007’s I Think I Love My Wife. The flick has an all-star cast that includesTracy Morgan, Zoe Saldana, Danny Glover, Columbus Short, Loretta Devine, Martin Lawrence and of course Chris Rock. The Screen Gems film is directed by Neil LaBute, who is known for films like Lakeview Terrace and produced by Mr. Rock.
Death at a Funeral is about a chaotic funeral service that reveals secrets, scandals and full blown comedic drama. Funeral is sure to be a huge hit. Check out this web site http://dielaughingnow.com/ and watch the trailer below.
Published by Clay Cane on Thursday, December 18, 2008 at 12:10 am.
On December 18th, 1985, The Color Purple was released in the U.S. The movie would feature an unknown Whoopi Golderg in the starring role of Celie, an already established actor with Danny Glover as Albert/Mister, and a local news anchor named Oprah Winfrey as Sofia. Directed by Steven Spielberg, The Color Purple was originally met with bad reviews. Critics bashed Spielberg for straying far from the book and making the film too “soft.” Nonetheless, The Color Purple garnered eleven Oscar nominations and the fans spoke — this film was a classic.
The Color Purple was based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel by Alice Walker. The book dealt with complex issues such as domestic abuse, homosexuality, sexism, and racism. When Walker gave permission to remake the film, she insisted on three things: approval of the script, approval of the director (an already famous Steven Spielberg had to audition for Walker) and that the crew behind the scenes be at least 50% people of color. All of these requests were met.
Famously, after eleven Oscar nominations, including Goldberg for best actress and Winfrey for best supporting actress — The Color Purple lost every single Oscar, even down to best makeup. Spielberg didn’t even receive a best director nod.
The Color Purple would gross over 94 million dollars at the box office and was #4 in the yearly rankings for 1985. The film goes down in history as one of the few films with an African-American cast and a high production budget. Twenty-three years later, we still haven’t seen anything quite like it.