Monthly Archives: December 2010

R.Kelly – Love Letter

I just picked up the new R.Kelly album “Love Letter” and it is amazing. He is arguably one of the greatest singer/songwriters of my generation and there are songs on this album that will make you wave your hands, sway, slow dance, and think.

Just when R&B artists think they can duplicate the R. Kelly sound; he changes it ,and to all those young/new artists on the charts today…Take notes. Take lots of them.

You can listen to the title track of the album “Love Letter” below.

In Memoriam 2010

Teena Marie

Teena Marie has passed away at the age of 54.

She was an Grammy Award-nominated singer–songwriter–producer. Marie, nicknamed Lady Tee, (sometimes spelled Lady T), was a protegée of late funk legend Rick James, and was notable as one of the few successful white performers of R&B. She played rhythm guitar, keyboards and congas. She also wrote, produced, sang and arranged virtually all of her songs.

I had the honor of seeing her in concert years ago. The woman was an amazing musician and will be dearly missed.

RIP Teena Marie

Box Office 12/26/2010

Universal’s Little Fockers may have topped the Christmas box office with an estimated $48.3 million five day debut, but it was Paramount’s True Grit that saw the grittiest grosses, earning an estimated $36.8 million to come in No. 2 domestically.

Both pics debuted on Wednesday. Estimates are through Sunday.

True Grit, drawing rave reviews and delivering the Coen Brothers their best opening ever — scored a surprise win over 3D fanboy pic Tron: Legacy, which came in No. 3.

Excluding True Grit and several other awards contenders, domestic results weren’t spectacular for holiday titles, putting intense pressure on the coming week. Christmas weekend box office grosses were down 44% from 2009, although comparisons are virtually impossible because of the holiday falling on a Saturday this year.

Twentieth Century Fox’s Christmas Day opener Gulliver’s Travels grossed a soft $7.2 million from 2,546 theaters on Saturday and Sunday to come in No. 7 for the weekend.

Gulliver’s got beat by Fox’s own The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader, which grossed roughly $8.5 million from 3,550 theaters Saturday and Sunday in its third weekend.

Rolling out in 15 international markets, Gulliver’sgrossed an estimated $12.4 million for a global bow of $19.6 million.

Overseas, Fockers won the Christmas race, opening to $27 million from 3,933 locations in 37 territories for a worldwide bow of $75.3 million. In key markets including the U.K., France and Russia, Fockers came in ahead of sequel Meet the Parents, which opened over the same frame in 2004.

Domestically, however, the threequel fell well short of the $70 million opening for Meet the Parents. Studio had predicted a $60 million bow.

Little Fockers did see an uptick in business, with Saturday grosses up 188% over Friday. For the weekend itself, Fockers grossed roughly $34 million from 3,536 theaters.

As with True Grit, Fox Searchlight’s Black Swan and the Weinstein Co.’s The King’s Speech were bright spots on the box office chart, with Black Swan narrowly edging out Focus Features’ The Kids Are All Right to become the top 2010 specialty film.

Black Swan grossed an estimated $6.6 million for the weekend from 1,466 theaters for a cume of $29 million in its fourth week in release. Searchlight still hasn’t done official exits, but the film’s core demo is between the ages of 20 and 40, according to anecdotal evidence.

Expanding to 700 theaters on Christmas Day, King’s Speech — which received the most Golden Globe and SAG nods of any film — grossed $4.6 million on Saturday and Sunday for a location average of $6,511 and cume of $8.4 million.

Focus’s Somewhere, directed by Sofia Coppola, scored the best location average of Christmas weekend, grossing an estimated $142,257 from seven theaters for an average $20,322. Film, which opened Dec. 22, scored a five day cume of $196,168 and five day location average of $28,024.

Merry Christmas

Happy Holidays to everyone and their families, and to the troops, our Brave Men and Women, for their Bravery, Dedication and Unbelievable Sacrifices to ensure our Safety and Comfort here at home. Your courage and honor can never be exceeded and my thoughts are with you and your families who have to carry on here without you. Please come home happy and safe.

HBO Documentary “Lombardi”

It has been 40 years since Vince Lombardi died, but his legend lives on, first in a Broadway play and now in an upcoming HBO special.

Longtime Green Bay Packers coach Vince Lombardi's legend lives on in a new HBO documentary

“Lombardi,” a 90-minute documentary that explores the life and career of the Green Bay Packers coach debuted on HBO on Dec 11 and they are re-airing it on a regular basis.

NFL Films helps by providing rare footage of Lombardi, while HBO mixes in interviews with former coworkers, classmates and family members, including son Vincent, daughter Susan and brother Harold.

Hall of Famers Frank Gifford, Bart Starr and Sonny Jurgensen are among the former players who offer their memories.

Whether you are a football fan or not, check it out. They did a remarkable job with this documentary, and it’s an amazing and inspiring piece of work about a great man, who relentlessly pursued perfection in order to achieve excellence.

Here is the teaser trailer

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