Hollywood Highlights

Thursday, March 5, 2009

Two more Tyler Perry movie projects on the fast track

Super successful filmmaker Tyler Perry ‘s latest film is on top of the Box Office, but that’s not slowing his pace. Today distributor Lionsgate announced it has acquired the rights to two more Perry movies, according to Variety. One film, “I Can Do Bad All By Myself,” is based on a Perry play and stars Oscar-nominated actress, Taraji P. Henson. The actress received […]
Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Actor Ed Begley, Jr. to speak on living the eco-friendly life

Now that most of us are trying to live greener, simpler, and more cost efficient lives, we’re paying more attention to Earth-friendly folks like actor, Ed Begley, Jr.  A well known environmentalist for more than 30 years, Begley shares his experience on what works and what will save you money in his book, “Living Like Ed: A Guide to the Eco-Friendly […]
Monday, March 2, 2009

“Rape: A Love Story” headed to the big screen

   The novella, “Rape: A Love Story” (2003) by acclaimed bestselling author Joyce Carol Oates, is getting the Hollywood treatment. A film based on the work is scheduled to go before the cameras in June, according to the website Done Deal. The cast reportedly includes Maria Bello, Abigail Breslin, and Samuel Jackson. The screenplay was written by John Mankiewicz. Harold Becker is […]
Sunday, March 1, 2009

“Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail” still tops at the Box Office

“Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail” held onto the number one spot at the Box Office for a second week, despite being challenged by the teen heartthrobs the Jonas Brothers. The broad comedy earned an estimated $16.5 million to bring its two week total to a huge $64.8 million in the U.S.  Disney’s rock documentary,  “Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience,” debuted in […]
Thursday, February 26, 2009

Samuel Jackson signs super deal with Marvel films

Google Image   Actor Samuel Jackson has signed a major multi-picture deal with Marvel films, according to The Hollywood Reporter. Jackson and Marvel reportedly have been haggling for weeks, but now it’s a done deal for the actor to play Nick Fury, a spy in the comic book agency S.H.I.E.L.D.  The deal calls for Jackson to appear as Fury in an unprecedented nine Marvel […]
Wednesday, February 25, 2009

Win a role on a popular TV show

    “NUMB3RS” cast/ Google Image   If you’re a fan of the popular CBS series, “NUMB3RS” or looking for that 15 minutes of fame or a jump start for an acting career, then you might want to place a bid in an auction on eBay. The Writers Guild Foundation is auctioning off a walk-on role on “NUMB3RS.”  It’s a fundraiser for charity. I first read about […]
Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Screen Actors Guild rejects producers’ last, best and final offer

Hollywood is once again facing a real life cliffhanger now that the Screen Actors Guild has turned down the producers’ so-called last, best and final offer. Remember a few weeks ago, the hard line negotiator in SAG  was tossed out by moderates who felt they could better work a deal with the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers. Well, what the moderates got was a […]
Monday, February 23, 2009

Big Oscar winners: “Slumdog,” Penn, Winslet & Ledger

Heath Ledger as the Joker wins best supporting actor Oscar.   The late Heath Ledger, a talent that left us much too soon, was honored for his incredible performance as the “Joker” in the blockbuster, “The Dark Knight, ” at the 81st Academy Awards last night in Hollywood. Ledger was found dead in his New York apartment a year ago last […]
Sunday, February 22, 2009

Tyler Perry’s “Madea” kills the competition at the Box Office

Critics slammed it, but movie fans packed the theaters this weekend to see, “Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail.”  The new over-the-top comedy racked up a huge $41 million to easily become the number one film in the country.  Variety reports that this is the seventh Perry film distributed by Lionsgate. So far those films have grossed $300 million at the domestic Box Office. Perry is a writer/producer/director/actor. The […]