Monthly Archives: December 2007


To those we lost in 2007
Columnist, Art Buchwald
Denver Broncos cornerback Darrent Williams
TV writer Bob Carroll Jr
Author Sidney Sheldon
Spinners singer Billy Henderson
Funk Brother Joe Hunter
Archie comics artist Joe Edwards
Former NBA star and coach Dennis Johnson
Comedian Richard Jeni
Former Grambling coach Eddie Robinson
Actor Roscoe Lee Browne
Film industry lobbyist Jack Valenti
Comic-actor Tom Poston
Boxer Diego Corrales
Actor Carl Wright
Actor Charles Nelson Reilly
Pro wrestler Chris Benoit
Film critic Joel Siegel
R&B singer Bill Pinkney
Former talk show host Tom Snyder
Pro Football Hall of Fame coach Bill Walsh
Entertainer-business mogul Merv Griffin
Baseball Hall of Famer Phil Rizzuto
Jazz percussionist Max Roach
Opera singer Luciano Pavarotti
Actress Jane Wyman
Comedian Joey Bishop
Singer Robert Goulet
Donda West, mother of Kanye West
Writer Norman Mailer
Washington Redskin Sean Taylor
Motorcycle daredevil Evel Knievel
Rapper Pimp C
Poker star David ‘Chip’ Reese
TV executive Roger M. King
Musician Ike Turner
Singer-songwriter Dan Fogelberg
Former TV host Jack Linkletter
Jazz pianist Oscar Peterson
Pakistan opposition leader Benazir Bhutto
On Eddie Robinson:
 I never knew Coach Robinson. I knew of him, I was aware of his many accomplishments and how he was a great Coach. To me, to be a great Coach is a great teacher and then some. Relationships between players and Coaches are much more than those of your average teacher. Eddie Robinson, from all I’ve ever heard and seen was one of very few men who "walk the talk", he led by example and set an example for a great many young men. He did it with hard work, honesty and humility.
You were a Man among Men






The highest grossing films at the box office this year.

1.Spider-Man 3


Total Gross$336,530,303 Spidey’s third spin shattered the wall crawlers own previous box office records, grabbing the
biggest opening weekend of all time.


2.Shrek the Third

Total Gross: $321,012,359

The green one returned to reclaim his crown, drawing the largest opening weekend crowd ever for an animated movie.



Total Gross: $319,071,806

Autobots and Decepticons waged battle to break out as the biggest non-sequel moneymaker of the year. Naturally, a sequel is in the works.


4.Pirates of the Caribbean: At World’s End

Total Gross: $309,420,425

The third Pirate installment looted less box office booty than last year’s "Dead Man’s Chest," but still plundered the highest worldwide gross of 2007.


5.Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix

Total Gross: $292,004,738

Harry Potter’s fifth year at Hogwarts made the series one of the most-sucessful movie franchises of all time — second only to Star Wars.


6.The Bourne Ultimatum

Total Gross: $227,471,070

Matt Damon’s third turn as Jason Bourne beat out James Bond, Mission: Impossible and Austin Powers as the top spy movie of all time.



Total Gross: $210,614,939

In a bulging battlefield of sequels, the mighty Spartans held their own, conquering the box office with the biggest spring opening ever.



Total Gross: $206,445,654

While not standing quite as tall Pixar’s previous features, this rat tale still cooked up big numbers as the biggest G-rated movie of the year.


9.The Simpsons Movie

Total Gross: $183,132,370

Propelled by a devoted fan base, TV’s favorite family landed in the top 10 — a 2-D powerhouse in a sea of computer-generated spectacles.


10.Wild Hogs

Total Gross: $168,273,550

Defying all expectations, this biker comedy managed to beat out big franchises like "Die Hard," "Rush Hour" and "Fantastic Four."

Hellboy II: The Golden Army


Hellboy II: The Golden Army teaser trailer!


Written and directed by Guillermo del Toro, the anticipated comic book adaptation opens in theaters on July 11.

Ron Perlman, Selma Blair, Luke Goss, Thomas Kretschmann, Doug Jones, Anna Walton, Brian Steele, Roy Dotrice and John Hurt star in the action-adventure.

With a signature blend of action, humor and character-based spectacle, the saga of the world’s toughest, kitten-loving hero from Hell continues to unfold in "Hellboy II: The Golden Army." Bigger muscle, badder weapons and more ungodly villains arrive in an epic vision of imagination from Oscar®-nominated director Guillermo del Toro ("Pan’s Labyrinth," "Hellboy").

After an ancient truce existing between humankind and the invisible realm of the fantastic is broken, hell on Earth is ready to erupt. A ruthless leader who treads the world above and the one below defies his bloodline and awakens an unstoppable army of creatures. Now, it’s up to the planet’s toughest, roughest superhero to battle the merciless dictator and his marauders. He may be red. He may be horned. He may be misunderstood. But when you need the job done right, it’s time to call in Hellboy (Ron Perlman).

Along with his expanding team in the Bureau for Paranormal Research and Development–pyrokinetic girlfriend Liz (Selma Blair), aquatic empath Abe (Doug Jones) and protoplasmic mystic Johann–the BPRD will travel between the surface strata and the unseen magical one, where creatures of fantasy become corporeal. And Hellboy, a creature of two worlds who’s accepted by neither, must choose between the life he knows and an unknown destiny that beckons him.




NBC’s “Clash of the Choirs” has come to a conclusion.

Congratulations to Team Lachey!!!

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center has something to sing about, thanks to Nick Lachey and the hometown choir he put together. They were declared the winners on Thursday night’s finale of NBC’s "Clash of the Choirs," taking home $250,000 for the hospital.

Lachey’s choir beat four other choirs led by music celebrities who went to their home areas to find talent. The choirs performed live in four airings from New York City this week. The winner was determined by viewer voting.

Patti LaBelle’s Philadelphia choir placed second, while Blake Shelton’s Oklahoma City choir was third. Also competing: Michael Bolton’s New Haven, Conn., choir and Kelly Rowland’s Houston choir. The show surprised these choirs with a $50,000 donation from GE to each of their charities.




This is Will Smiths new teaser for the movie "Hancock," where he plays a tortured superhero (Smith) who has fallen out of favor with the public enters into a questionable relationship with the wife (Charlize Theron) of the public relations professional (Jason Bateman) who’s trying to repair his image.

He tries to transform himself by romancing this alluring housewife, causing chaos in the city.

Hancock is set for a July 2, 2008 release.


Batman raises the stakes in his war on crime. With the help of Lieutenant Jim Gordon and District Attorney Harvey Dent, Batman sets out to dismantle the remaining criminal organizations that plague the city streets. The partnership proves to be effective, but they soon find themselves prey to a reign of chaos unleashed by a rising criminal mastermind known to the terrified citizens of Gotham as The Joker.

Video: The Dark Knight Trailer


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