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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.

Happy New Year!

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Taraji and Ving Rhames Reunite For ‘Rough’

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, August 16, 2010 at 12:15 pm.

Of course we all know Taraji P. Henson and Ving Rhames were in John Singleton’s Babyboy. They will reunite on screen for Henson’s upcoming film From the Rough. The film will also include NYPD Blue star Henry Simmons (also, Eva Marcille’s ex). According to The Hollywood Reporter:

Pierre Bagley is producing and directing the project, which stars Taraji P. Henson as Cassandra Turner, a women’s swim coach at an African American university who gets a shot at rebuilding the men’s golf team. The real-life story is inspired by Dr. Catana Starks, the first female head coach of an NCAA Division I men’s team, as the golf coach at Tennessee State University.

Simmons will play the upper-class director of the school’s athletic department that bumps up against Turner’s blue-collar approach. Rhames will play Roger, a veteran maintenance man at the college who knows everything about everyone on campus. And Felton, who is an avid golfer in real life, will play Edward, a British golf hustler whom Turner recruits for the team.

Taraji truly has her hustle on.  In the past few years she’s had an Oscar nod, starred in the blockbuster The Karate Kid and now a lead in her own film.  Congrats!

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Taraji Will Be Getting Rough

Published by Clay Cane on Friday, August 6, 2010 at 10:08 am.

Fresh off the success of The Karate Kid, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that Taraji P. Henson landed a lead role in From the Rough:

In “From the Rough,” the Oscar-nominated “Curious Case of Benjamin Button” actor will take on a role inspired by Dr. Catana Starks, the first female head coach of an NCAA Division 1 men’s team. Gyre Entertainment is producing the sports drama, which begins filming in New Orleans in early October.

Taraji is steadily working.  The Washington, D.C. native has four upcoming films to her name: Peep World, Once Fallen, Tom Hanks-directed Larry Crown,e and The Good Doctor, which also stars Orlando Bloom.  Congrats Taraji!

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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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‘The Karate Kid’ Trailer

Published by Clay Cane on Thursday, January 21, 2010 at 9:13 am.

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The Karate Kid trailer has hit the web.  The film opens June 11th and stars Jaden Smith, Taraji P. Henson and Jackie Chan.  Only thing is — from the trailer, the movie looks nothing like the original Karate Kid from 1984. I am not sure if this is a remake or a completely different movie.  Even Jackie Chan was recently confused and told MTV.com, “I don’t know [what it’s going to be called].  Probably ‘Kung Fu Kid’ in China and ‘Karate Kid’ in America. Maybe a different title? I don’t know. But mostly we’ve called it ‘The Kung Fu Kid.’”

Nonetheless, check out the trailer below!

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Taraji is a rose…

Published by Clay Cane on Thursday, July 2, 2009 at 12:00 am.

tarajibadbymyselfThe movie poster for Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself is on the Internet and it features Taraji’s face in a rose (see above).  Not sure how I feel about this image – it reminds me of something from Glamour Shots in the ’90’s!  Here is the plot summary:

Plot summary: When Madea, America’s favorite pistol-packing grandma, catches sixteen-year-old Jennifer and her two younger brothers looting her home, she decides to take matters into her own hands and delivers the young delinquents to the only relative they have: their aunt April. Initially wanting nothing to do with the kids, April learns along the way that she can change her old ways and become a better person. But it takes a lot of work and the help of a handsome Mexican immigrant who moves in with April to push her to change.

I Can Do Bad All By Myself stars Taraji, Tyler Perry and Mary J. Blige in her first role since Prison Song.  The movie is in theatres September 11th, 2009.  I know you are looking forward to this movie but are you feeling this teaser image?

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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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Taraji In the Nude

Published by Clay Cane on Friday, May 29, 2009 at 12:00 am.

taraji-p-henson-naked-photoIn the photography world there is a difference between being “naked” and “nude.”  The image above of Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson is what you call “nude.”

The artsy picture is from InStyle Magazine for the sexy celebrity edition.  Congrats to the photographer — everything about the picture is beautiful, classy and elegant. Furthermore, (this is no insult to King, Maxim and other booty magazines), but isn’t it great to see a Black woman posing (versus sticking her butt out) in such a graceful manner?  Plus, it’s a black and white, you can see the angles of her body – wow!  Black women in the media are rarely presented in such a demur manner when it comes to their bodies.

Hooray for Taraji!  Oh -  she is 36 years old!  She is sitting down girls who are 20 years old.  Gotta love her!  We are all eagerly anticipating I Can Do Bad All By Myself and Hurricane.

What do you think of the image?

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Tyler Perry Teaser Trailer for ‘I Can Do Bad All By Myself’

Published by Clay Cane on Friday, May 22, 2009 at 12:00 am.

tyler_perry_mary_j_blige_taraji_p_henson_Check out the teaser trailer for Tyler Perry’s new film I Can Do Bad All By Myself,  which stars Taraji P. Henson, Mary J. Blige and Brian White.

The plot summary:

When Madea, America’s favorite pistol-packing grandma, catches sixteen-year-old Jennifer and her two younger brothers looting her home, she decides to take matters into her own hands and delivers the young delinquents to the only relative they have: their aunt April. A heavy-drinking nightclub singer who lives off of Raymond, her married boyfriend, April wants nothing to do with the kids. But her attitude begins to change when Sandino, a handsome Mexican immigrant looking for work, moves into Apri’’s basement room. Making amends for his own troubled past, Sandino challenges April to open her heart. And April soon realizes she must make the biggest choice of her life: between her old ways with Raymond and the new possibilities of family, faith… and even true love.

The movie is due in theaters September 11, 2009.

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