In this scene from Tyler Perry's new movie I Can Do Bad All by Myself, I was struck by the great use of pattern in the curtains in this loft apartment. Not only are the two different patterns complementary, but the differing weights of the curtains also works out well. The more sheer curtains can be used for privacy during the day, while still letting sunlight filter in. At night, pull both sets of curtains for maximum privacy and comfort. Have you tried mixing curtain patterns at your home?
- U2 will join Megan Fox on the season premiere of Saturday Night Live. — Rolling Stone
- Bella Thorne will have a recurring role on the next season of Big Love. — The Hollywood Reporter
- Tron: Legacy will be released on Dec. 17, 2010. — Coming Soon
- Tyler Perry will write, direct, and produce an adaptation of the 1975 play For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf. — Variety
- Up in the Air, Bright Star, and Life During Wartime are among the films that will be screened at the Telluride Film Festival this weekend. — Variety
- Michael Jackson was laid to rest in a private ceremony last night. — The Hollywood Reporter
- Susan Boyle is already topping charts thanks to preorders for her upcoming album. — People
- Big Brother brought in big ratings for CBS last night. — Zap2it
It's a shame when narrow minded people make the world an ugly place for children. Earlier this month, a private Philadelphia swim club was accused of discriminating against youngsters from an inner-city Summer camp who paid to swim at the facility. After some racist comments were made by pool patrons, the camp's check was returned and the 65 participants were told they were no longer welcome there. Parents like to believe the world is a better place for their kids, but incidents like these taint that vision.
Actor, writer and producer, Tyler Perry decided to step in and turn this negative situation into something positive for the children involved. The talent has offered to send the campers to Disney World and treat to all of the expenses — transportation, hotel, admission and food. He said:
"This is awful, and for anyone that has grown up in the inner-city, you know that one small act of kindness can change your life. I want them to know that for every act of evil that a few people will throw at you, there are millions more who will do something kind for them. This is all about the kids."
A trip to visit the Mouse sounds much better than a dip in the pool.
Jada Pinkett Smith brought Will along to the Turner networks' Upfronts in NY earlier today. She was the life of the party in her short cocktail dress, running around and chatting with other actors like Kyra Sedgwick and Tyler Perry. Jada's starring alongside Michael Vartan in a new medical show called Hawthorne, which premieres next month. Meanwhile, Will has news of his own to celebrate — his production company just acquired the rights to a true story about an ex-Marine dealing with the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina.
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Zack Snyder's long-awaited screen adaptation of Watchmen finally hit theaters over the weekend and scored the best opening of the year with an estimated $55.7 million. Apparently that's actually a bit of a disappointment to the studio which, according to Variety, "had hoped Watchmen would match, or even best, the $70.9 million domestic opening of Zack Snyder's previous film, 300, which bowed on the same weekend in 2007."
The rest of the top five at the box office was all mixed up with Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail coming in second place, followed by Taken in third, Slumdog Millionaire in fourth, and Paul Blart: Mall Cop in the fifth spot. Oh, Paul Blart. America just can't seem to quit you.
So what did you see over the weekend? Did you venture out into the world of Watchmen?
Photos courtesy of Warner Bros.
Even when competing with a Jonas Brothers 3-D extravaganza thingy, Tyler Perry's Madea Goes to Jail did not falter during its second weekend in theaters and scored the top spot at the box office again.
Disney's Jonas Brothers: The 3D Concert Experience was expected to win the weekend partly because of the extraordinary success of last year's Hannah Montana/Miley Cyrus: Best of Both Worlds Concert Tour. The Jonas Brothers' movie earned an estimated $12.7 million and is considered a disappointment in comparison to the estimated $29 million that Miley's movie debut earned.
Meanwhile, Variety reports that Slumdog Millionaire "enjoyed the biggest post-Oscar bounce since Titanic at the domestic box office, grossing an estimated $12.2 million as it boldly expanded to 2,943 runs in its 16th sesh."
Photo courtesy of Lionsgate
Global warming, the collapse of economies, nations stockpiling nuclear weapons. It's enough to make those who believe that the apocalypse is upon us pretty jittery. But pop culture gives us clues, too. David Hasselhoff still has the tatters of a career, and we all know who Heidi Montag and Spencer Pratt are. Maybe we need more pop culture signs that the apocalypse is nigh. What fourth horseman of the apocalypse will truly signal that the End Times are here?
All of the new DVD releases hit stores (and Netflix) on Tuesdays. So each week in What to Netflix: New DVD Tuesday, I sort through the best of the batch and tell you what to add to your queue. In addition to the selections below, you can also add Kevin Costner's Swing Vote to your queue.
Here's a movie I never got around to seeing in '08, which makes it my favorite kind of new DVD release! This lavishly costumed period drama starring the wonderful Emma Thompson sort of gives me an Atonement vibe except it didn't get nearly as much critical or box office attention.
Based on the bestselling novel, the movie follows "the memoirs of Captain Charles Ryder who is stationed at Brideshead Castle during WWII and remembers his involvement with the owners of the Brideshead estate: The aristocratic yet Catholic Flyte family and in particular brother and sister Sebastian and Julia."
Special features include deleted scenes, filmmakers' audio commentary, and a segment titled "The World of Brideshead."
Two more up next, so read more
Oprah Winfrey brought both Stedman Graham and Gayle King to the opening gala for Tyler Perry's new movie and TV studio in Atlanta on Saturday night. While Oprah is dealing with a defamation lawsuit from the former headmistress of her South African Girls school, it was the history-making event that had Oprah so emotional. Tyler is the first African-American to own his own studio and there were a few tears in the crowd as he took the stage to announce that he's named three sound-stages after the legendary actors Ruby Dee, Cecily Tyson and Sidney Poitier. Sidney was there to accept the honor, saying, "I spent 56 years making movies and this is the reward that I have that means the most to me." With a supportive crowd including Will Smith, John Legend and many others, it was truly an event worth celebrating.
- Frasier's John Mahoney is joining the cast of Burn Notice. — Entertainment Weekly
- Liev Schreiber and Helen Hunt will play a couple in a troubled marriage in the upcoming drama Every Day. — Variety
- David Strathairn and Catherine O'Hara are among the new additions to HBO's Temple Grandin film, which already stars Claire Danes. — Hollywood Reporter
- Feist is turning her Fall tour into a charity drive. — Pitchfork
- AMC is developing a TV series about a human colony on Mars. — TV Guide
- Salma Hayek will reportedly guest-star on 30 Rock. — New York Post
- Tyler Perry's in trouble with the Writers' Guild for firing four writers. — Variety
- Live tracks from Ben Folds' tour will be available almost immediately on iTunes. — Billboard