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Top-Grossing Films of 2010

Published by Clay Cane on Thursday, December 30, 2010 at 8:25 am.

Check out the list of the top films of 2010 according to domestic grosses from BoxOfficeMojo.com.

10. THE KARATE KID
Domestic Total Gross: $176,591,618

9. HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON
Domestic Total Gross: $217,581,231

8. SHREK FOREVER AFTER
Domestic Total Gross: $238,395,990

7. DESPICABLE ME
Domestic Total Gross: $250,588,005

6. HARRY POTTER AND THE DEATHLY HALLOWS – PART 1
Domestic Total Gross: $274,392,000

5. INCEPTION
Domestic Total Gross: $292,517,082

4. THE TWILIGHT SAGA: ECLIPSE
Domestic Total Gross: $300,531,751

3. IRON MAN 2
Domestic Total Gross: $312,128,345

2. ALICE IN WONDERLAND
Domestic Total Gross: $334,191,110

1. TOY STORY 3
Domestic Total Gross: $415,004,880

Other notable mentions: Book of Eli ranked at #27 with $94.8 million, Unstoppable at # 36 with $78 million, Tyler Perry’s Why Did I Get Married Too? at #50 with $60 million and Takers at #54 with $57.7 million.

The Smiths and Taraji P. Henson did it big with The Karate Kid and clearly Denzel Washington is still one of America’s most loved stars with two of his films in the top 40.

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Movie Review: ‘The Karate Kid’

Published by Clay Cane on Wednesday, June 16, 2010 at 12:00 am.

Summary: Loosely based on the 1984 original, Jaden Smith is Dre Parker, a 12-year-old from Detroit who moves to Beijing because of his mother’s (Taraji P. Henson) job. Not fitting in with the kids in Beijing and being harassed by bullies, Dre takes up karate, taught by Mr. Han (Jackie Chan).

Review: Remakes are risky territory. Very few films get it right. Sometimes the era of that particular film is gone no matter how good the script. But, judging by the $56 million the flick brought in opening weekend, The Karate Kid overcame the remake curse.

While the 2010 version doesn’t have the heart of the original, this is a joyride flick that establishes Jaden Smith as a star in his own right. Expect several sequels, however, beware; the original Karate Kid was a box office and pop culture success that garnered an Oscar nod for Pat Morita, while the Karate Kids that followed were commercial and critical bombs. Read the rest of this entry »

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Guest Blogging: J’Nara Corbin on ‘The Karate Kid’

Published by Clay Cane on Friday, June 11, 2010 at 12:00 am.

karate-kid-jaden-smithHaving written about films like Good Hair, The Princess and the Frog, Just Wright and Sex and the City 2, I have enjoyed sharing my movie experiences, showing how what I witness on the silver screen mirrors my life. Prior to the lights going down in the Times Square theater for the advanced screening of The Karate Kid, I asked myself, “What in the world do I have in common with a 12-year-old boy who needs to learn Kung Fu to defend himself from bullies?” By the time the closing credits rolled, I answered that question with an unequivocal yet grossly understated “A lot!”

We all have had our share of bullies pop up in our lives; whether they struck fear into you on a playground during your younger years, or they never grew up and followed you into adulthood in the form of unrelenting bosses, bad boyfriends or “frenemies.” We have all had to show restraint by refraining from stooping to their level and slapping their mothers for not doing a better job of rearing these Neanderthals. A true Ultimate Fighter knows that the best fights are the fights we avoid… however, if you should find yourself backed into a corner, it would not hurt to have a Jackie Chan of your own to teach you some moves.

I am sure we all remember The Karate Kid of 1984.  Ralph Macchio and Pat Morita affixed the iconic “wax on, wax off” to the list of the ever-eclectic ’80s totally tubular terminology.  Will and Jada stepping in as producers proved to kick the action up a notch and brought this universal-themed tale of the triumph of the underdog to the 21st century!

Triumph is what this movie is all about. Grown men were yelling at the young boys on screen during the very grown up fight scenes. You would have thought they were in Las Vegas watching a title fight that held their child’s college tuition in the balance!

With punch after punch, kick after kick and Taraji P. Henson yelling, “That’s my baby!” — The Karate Kid left me with an unmistakable life lesson that leaps over all cultural barriers. Life will knock us down, but we can choose to get back up.

I tucked away “wax on, wax off” and replaced it with a mental note to start practicing the seemingly simplistic art of hanging up and picking up my jacket (you’ll get that line when you see it!).  So, I hit the streets of the Big Apple with a lil’ Sex and the City in my step, keeping my eyes open for my Mr. Just Wright and ready to do a quick “Hi-yah!” if the wrong man gets in my way!

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J’Nara Corbin is a New York City-based actress and model. She is starring in the film, Finding Me, which is available  on DVD.  To read more of J’Nara’s work click here for Good Hair: Am I Good Enough?

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‘The Karate Kid’ Trailer

Published by Clay Cane on Wednesday, May 19, 2010 at 12:16 pm.

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I am sure you’ve seen the promotion for The Karate Kid has already started from Oprah to Ellen DeGenres. The film opens June 11th and stars Jaden Smith, Taraji P. Henson and Jackie Chan. This will more than likely be a monster blockbuster for the Smiths.

Check out the trailer below!

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Taraji teaming up with Will Smith

Published by Clay Cane on Wednesday, June 10, 2009 at 12:00 am.

atarajiYou may have heard rumblings of Will Smith doing a remake of the ’80’s classic The Karate Kid. Well, now it’s official – Taraji P. Henson told MTV that she is starring in the remake, along with Jaden Smith — Henson will play his mother. The original 1984 Karate Kid was a media sensation, making Ralph Macchio a star and grossing over 90 million at the box office.

Published reports claim the movie will be renamed The Kung Fu Kid. Here is what Henson told MTV:

A new actor has signed on to star alongside Smith’s son and she’s a red-hot Oscar nominee coming off “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.”

“I’m off to Beijing [soon] to work on a film,” actress Taraji P. Henson revealed to us Sunday afternoon on the red carpet of the MTV Movie Awards. “They’re remaking ‘The Karate Kid.’”

Jackie Chan is also in talks to be part of the project.

Gotta love Taraji, she is steadily working. According to IMDB.com, she has several films in the works: Hurricane Season (Forest Whitaker, Lil’ Wayne), I Can Do Bad All by Myself (Tyler Perry, Mary J. Blige), Peep World (Sarah Silverman) and now The Karate Kid.

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