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  1. Tom Cruise was joined by his friends, family and costars on the red carpet at the premiere of Lions For Lambs in LA last night. Katie looked great in Berlin, but she went even more glamorous last night. Also there to support Tom was his stylish BFFs Will and Becks. It's Tom's time to show off his movie, but he recently took the time to gush about his wife. He said, "I have a lot of respect for [Katie] as an artist, as a woman. She's a very strong, gracious woman. She's very funny, a great comedian." Some of you don't have a lot of faith in Katie's acting skills, but it sounds like Tom can't say enough kind words about her. Of course, being the mother of his adorable little girl may make him a bit biased but we can't blame him.



  2. Submitted by INF Daily on Mon, 2007-10-22 13:52.


    Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith got behind their son Trey as he played in a high school football game in LA at the weekend. Jada looked especially excited when Trey - whom she adopted as her own, but whose real mom is Will's first wife Sheree Zampino - was involved in the winning score in the match. Wide receiver Trey helped his team romp home to a victory by, err.. One point.





    Well done Trey! :thumbsup:

  3. Writer-actor-director wants to shatter the stereotype that African American-themed films don't click overseas.

    By Lorenza Muñoz, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

    October 22, 2007

    Tyler Perry debunked the Hollywood myth that movies and television shows about family, relationships and God were too narrow and folksy to resonate with a large audience.

    His latest film, "Tyler Perry's Why Did I Get Married?" has pulled in nearly $40 million in only two weeks and outdid such films as George Clooney's "Michael Clayton" in its opening weekend.

    But can Perry take on the rest of the world? The Atlanta-based writer-actor-director wants to build an international following, shattering a Hollywood stereotype that African American-themed movies have little currency abroad.

    He's taking a page from the global success stories of such stars as Will Smith and Denzel Washington and the gospel-inspired play "Mama I Want to Sing!" which has toured the world for more than a decade.

    Today, Smith is one of the world's most popular stars, grossing hundreds of millions of dollars here and abroad not only from action films but dramas such as "The Pursuit of Happyness."

    "We are challenging the status quo," said Charles King, Perry's agent at the William Morris Agency. "We do not believe that there is not an international audience for Tyler's movies."

    Several major studios are now courting Perry, promising to push him internationally. These offers are particularly appealing because his current distributor, Lions Gate, has had a disappointing track record abroad.

    Only two of Perry's four movies have opened internationally. The films, released in such countries as Poland, Iceland, South Africa and Brazil, grossed a pittance there.

    Lions Gate declined to discuss its international plans for Perry. Perry declined an interview request.

    But taking a place on the world stage is no small endeavor and does not depend entirely on a studio's distribution muscle. Stars must work overtime giving countless publicity interviews in new territories with newspapers, TV shows and magazines, not to mention the obligatory appearances at premieres.

    Certain genres do better than others. American comedies, for instance, are a tough sell. Although "The Wedding Crashers" grossed $209 million domestically, it brought in only $75 million abroad. "Knocked Up" took in only $58 million internationally, compared with $149 million here.

    Films with African American themes tend to struggle internationally, even when they include global stars. For instance, the 2002 hit "Barbershop," starring Ice Cube, grossed $76 million domestically and only $1.3 million abroad, according to Box Office Mojo. "Dreamgirls," with Eddie Murphy, Jamie Foxx and the internationally famous Beyonce, grossed $51.2 million abroad while bringing in $103.3 million at home.

    "You have to make sure you have a relatable emotion through the movie," said James Lassiter, Smith's business partner, who has traveled the world with the star. "You have to check your ego and go into a territory and recognize that nobody knows you. You go back again and again and by the third time, you are a star."

    Smith began building an international base early on. In 1995 Smith and Lassiter (with the help of producers Don Simpson and Jerry Bruckheimer) convinced the studio behind "Bad Boys" to send them to the Cannes Film Festival, where the world's media congregate every year. What was going to be a two-day trip turned into two weeks of interviews and stops throughout Western Europe. The film grossed $75 million abroad, far exceeding the studio's initial projections of $5 million, Lassiter said. "Bad Boys" was Smith's first breakout hit internationally, and was followed by the hugely successful "Independence Day."

    "The fact that we traveled earlier in our careers gave us the sense that America is not the world," said Lassiter, noting that Smith's music albums and his hit TV show "The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air" in the early 1990s took him to the world stage before he was in movies. "Tyler Perry's movies can double what they do domestically with the right plan for selling them around the world," he said.


  4. "So, I know Will Smith is kind of dated, but for my money, it doesn't get any better than 'Wild Wild West.' "

    "Is that so?"

    "I just like the lyrics. Sometimes, I like to tell girls I'm a buffalo soldier … like, you know, from the song ... six gunnin' this… pew pew?"

    Finger pistols are made at this point.

    "I'm going to be going now."

    It never fails. I meet somebody, conversation is marginally less than awkward, and oh my God, is this friendship being formed? We seem to have similar tastes, and it seems as though the stars are aligned. This is truly a remarkable event.

    And then the topic of music taste comes up, and everything goes awry. People love to assume that, based on how I dress, I must listen to a certain type of music. This really isn't the case.

    The assumptions are made, corrected by me, and in the process of making this correction, the other party is alienated. Silence then blankets the landscape.

    Skirting the topic of music would be the best way to avoid the issue, but I realize this is impossible. People believe that learning of a person's musical tastes is tantamount to using a crystal ball to scry into the innermost depths of a person's psyche.

    If this were the case, Will Smith fans would have been alone and miserable in the '90s, and they would now be relegated to flipping burgers or something equally shameful, like being Will Smith. Sadly, this utopian world does not exist, proving the assumption false.

    Failing this, the best way to avoid the situation would be for people not to make assumptions about musical tastes based on appearance alone.

    I consistently find myself a victim of this assumption, but the blame doesn't rest solely on the presumptive populace. For one, I wear box-framed glasses, and I am rarely found without a man purse - an honest-to-God man purse.

    These fashion choices mean I listen to emo, right? That man purse means I'm in touch with my feminine side. Perhaps I was at that Dashboard Confessional show last week.

    Or perhaps not. The box-framed glasses suggest an aura of conceit. Upon the utterance of Dashboard Confessional, maybe I'll spout off something pretentious. Perhaps I'll reference a Velvet Underground lyric and walk away with my head held high in the air.

    Or maybe I chose my glasses because I'm fond of right angles, and the man purse is with me at all times because it contains the oxygen canisters I so desperately require to breathe.

    But really, appearance is merely an inkblot test; the viewer sees whatever he or she wants.

    Regardless of what my appearance may suggest, I don't judge others based on their taste in music. Good music is good music, and people should listen to it and appreciate it regardless of what stigma is attached to it. Good music should be loved without shame and without thought to those who are willing to turn it into something it isn't.

    At the end of the day, music is nothing more than music, and that is why it's so perfect.

    I say all this because I have a dark secret, and I am trying to protect myself from the pretentious powers that be.

    Were I to mention this secret, the gavel would surely strike down harshly, and I'm certain my box-framed glasses and man purse would be confiscated. It is a secret that causes me much shame.

    But in the spirit of journalism, I'll bare my soul.

    In the conversation I used to introduce this column, the person espousing the ideals of Will Smith was I.

    I'm a buffalo soldier. Look, it's like I told ya.


  5. DJ Jazzy Jeff, the turntable master who popularized the “transformer scratch” and the “chirp scratch,” will play in Whistler this weekend. After releasing his first album, Rock the House, in 1987, as half of DJ Jazzy Jeff and The Fresh Prince, the master has never looked back. DJ Jazzy Jeff became the first corporately sponsored DJ and also designed the first mixer for scratching — the Gemini 2200 or the Jazzy Jeff Signature Series.

    Since branching out from long-time friend and collaborator Will Smith, Jazzy Jeff established his own production company, Touch of Jazz, based in his hometown of Philadelphia. This year alone, Jazzy Jeff has released two new EPs, The Return of the Magnificent and The Return of Hip Hop.

    You can catch DJ Jazzy Jeff doing what he loves to do best on Saturday (Oct. 20) at Moe Joe’s, with supporting sets by DJ Rosco. Advance tickets are available for $15 at the Glacier Shop, Moe Joe’s and The Circle. Tickets will be available at the door for $20.


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