Monthly Archives: November 2010

The 83rd Annual Academy Awards – The Hosts

James Franco and Anne Hathaway will serve as co-hosts of the 83rd Academy Awards®, Oscar telecast producers Bruce Cohen and Don Mischer announced today. Both have previously appeared on the telecast but not in hosting capacities.

James Franco and Anne Hathaway personify the next generation of Hollywood icons— fresh, exciting and multi-talented. We hope to create an Oscar broadcast that will both showcase their incredible talents and entertain the world on February 27,” said Cohen and Mischer. “We are completely thrilled that James and Anne will be joining forces with our brilliant creative team to do just that.” Franco, who currently can be seen in “127 Hours,” will be making his second appearance on an Oscar telecast. His other film credits include “Eat, Pray, Love,” “Date Night,” “Milk” and “Pineapple Express.” Franco is also known for his portrayals of Harry Osborn in the “Spider-Man” trilogy.

Hathaway will be making her fifth appearance on an Academy Awards telecast. She was recently seen in “Alice in Wonderland” and currently can be seen in “Love and Other Drugs.” Hathaway’s other film credits include “Bride Wars,” “Becoming Jane,” “The Devil Wears Prada” and “The Princess Diaries.” She was nominated for an Oscar in 2008 for her lead performance in “Rachel Getting Married. The Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2010 will be presented on Sunday, February 27, 2011, at the Kodak Theatre at Hollywood & Highland Center, and televised live on the ABC Television Network. The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 200 countries worldwide.

Leslie Nielsen

Actor Leslie Nielsen, star of such comedies as “Airplane” and the “Naked Gun” series, died Sunday of complications from pneumonia, a nephew told a Canadian radio station. Nielsen was 84.

Nielsen died in hospital in Fort Lauderdale with family and friends by his side, Doug Nielsen told CJOB radio in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Nielsen, a native of Regina, Saskatchewan, had been hospitalized for nearly two weeks, his nephew told CJOB.

The actor had major roles in such films as “The Poseidon Adventure” and “Forbidden Planet” and appeared in many television shows, including the cult hit “Police Squad.”

One of my favorite lines of all-time

RIP Leslie Nielsen

Jackson 5 – Ultimate Christmas Collection

My favorite Christmas CD this year is…..drumroll

The Jackson 5 – Ultimate Christmas Collection

The Ultimate Christmas Collection is a reissue of The Jackson 5 Christmas album released in 1970 on Motown, with ten bonus tracks. This is a pleasing combination of holiday classics, with not so classic, but still enjoyable, original tunes. I love the bonus cuts exclusive to this compilation, such as the spoken seasons greetings from Michael, Jermaine, Tito, and Jackie, originally issued on a 1973 promotional single; “Little Christmas Tree,” from A Motown Christmas, also from 1973; and remixed and a cappella versions of “Up on the House Top,” “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer,” “Someday at Christmas,” “Give Love on Christmas Day,” and “J5 Christmas Medley.”

I got this album last year and I listen to it over and over. This is a wonderful holiday album for any fan of The Jackson 5.

Box Office 11/28/2010

The Thanksgiving weekend was a very good one at the box office if you happened to be a kid-friendly movie. Otherwise, not so much.

“Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I” and “Tangled” dominated the holiday period, earning a combined $145.3 million between Wednesday and Sunday (Nov. 24-28). “Deathly Hallows” stayed at No. 1 on its second weekend, earning an estimated $50.3 million in the Friday-Sunday timeframe and an additional $26 million at the start of the long weekend for a total of $76.3 million.

Disney’s “Tangled,” meanwhile, outperformed expectations by a mile in earning $49.1 million from Friday to Sunday and $69 million over the five-day period. It had been projected to come in at $40 million or so for the five days, but it hit that mark by the end of Friday and kept going.

There was a huge dropoff from “Tangled” to the third-place finisher, “Megamind” (estimated $12.85 million for the weekend, $17.55 million Wednesday-Sunday). But the DreamWorks Animation movie only fell 20 percent compared to last weekend, a very respectable showing for a movie in its fourth week.

The weekend’s other new releases had mediocre showings at best. “Burlesque” earned $17.2 million from Wednesday to Sunday, a little below its forecast of $20 million. “Love and Other Drugs” earned an estimated $14 million over five days, and “Faster” took in $12.2 million.

Thanksgiving weekend’s top 10 movies, based on five-day box office totals, are:

1. “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part I,” $76.3 million
2. “Tangled,” $69 million
3. “Megamind,” $17.55 million
4. “Burlesque,” $17.2 million
5. “Unstoppable,” $16.2 million
6. “Love and Other Drugs,” $14 million
7. “Faster,” $12.2 million
8. “Due Date,” $10.25 million
9. “The Next Three Days,” $6.3 million
10. “Morning Glory,” $5.5 million

Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark

CBS’ “60 Minutes” will air the first in-depth, behind-the-scenes look at Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark Nov. 28.

That same evening the eagerly awaited musical begins previews at the Foxwoods Theatre.

The “60 Minutes” piece, according to press notes, is the product of nearly two years worth of “exclusive access into the creative and rehearsal processes of the biggest musical production in Broadway history. For the piece, correspondent Lesley Stahl interviewed composers Bono and The Edge and director and co-book writer Julie Taymor, among others associated with the production. The story will also feature never-before-seen footage of the actual show.”

“60 Minutes” airs Sundays at 7 PM ET on CBS; check local listings.

Here is a preview of the show.

Chris Henry’s Legacy Lives On

In the lead-up to the Patriots-Lions 2010 Thanksgiving NFL game on CBS’ “NFL Today” Nov. 25, there was a moving story about four lives touched by late Bengals player Chris Henry. NBC Sports reports that, after the wide receiver tragically died in December of 2009, his mother Carolyn Glaspy arranged to have his organs donated.

Nearly a year later, CBS honored his memory with a video showing a first-time meeting Glaspy had with three men and one woman who received her son’s organs.

This is their story.

RIP Chris Henry

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