Sunday, June 8, 2008

latest from HOLLYWOOD- Sunday, 8th June 2008


Being one of the guys never looked so good

By Kate Brennan

NEW YORK, NY (Hollywood Today)
6/6/08 –
“It’s a recurring theme in my life to be the one girl among a lot of guys,” says Emmanuelle Chriqui who stars with Adam Sandler in ‘You Don’t Mess With The Zohan’
“When the guys are as funny as Sandler, it’s not so bad.
There was a lot of teasing.”

Ranked #6 on ‘FHM’s 100 Sexiest Women of 2008’ list, Chriqui is known for heating up the small screen on HBO’s hit series ‘Entourage’.

“Emmanuelle was very good, very relaxed,” says Adam Sandler.
“On the day she wasn’t shooting she was hanging out watching and encouraging us.
She was a great presence on the set.”

“I learned so much,” says Chriqui.
“Adam is such a giver.
He made it safe to be comfortable and to play and take risks.
I would love nothing more than to work with him again.
And I told him that! It was heartbreaking when it was over.”

“My mother was a very fiery, unbelievably Moroccan woman,” says the stunning Canadian who looked to her mother as inspiration for the role.
“So I tapped into that energy to play a strong Palestinian woman.”

“Dalia’s got a ton of energy,” says Chriqui of her character in ‘You Don’t Mess With The Zohan’.
“She’s edgy, she’s funky, and she’s strong.
It takes a lot of guts for someone to immigrate to America and be running a business just four or five years later.”
Chriqui worked hard with a dialogue coach to perfect a Palestinian accent.

Adam Sandler is an Israeli commando and hero who fakes his own death so he can fulfill his dream of becoming a hairstylist in New York.
Chriqui is a Palestinian immigrant who gives Sandler a job sweeping the floor in her New York hair salon.
“She gives him a chance even though at first she thinks it’s really a bad idea,” says Chriqui.
“He ends up helping her and making her business flourish,”
Chriqui began acting at age ten in a McDonalds commercial.
She guest-starred in television series including ‘Are You Afraid of the Dark’, ‘Psi Factor: Chronicles of the Paranormal’ and ‘The O.C.’
Chriqui is filming in Louisiana for ‘Cadillac Records’, a period piece about Chuck Berry and the rise and fall of R&B record label Chess Records (to be released by Sony in 2009).
In 2002 Chriqui ranked #90 on ‘Stuff Magazine’s 102 Sexiest Women in the World.’
She climbed to #81 on ‘Maxim’s Hot 100 List’ in 2007.
In 2008 she took the #40 spot on’s ‘Top 99 Most Desirable Women of 2008’.

‘You Don’t Mess with the Zohan’
Running Time: 1 hr. 53 min.
Release Date: June 6, 2008 (USA)
Rating: PG-13 for crude and sexual content throughout, language and nudity
Distributor: Columbia Pictures (Sony)


By Brian Frederick

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today)

6/6/08 - -

Once the darling of the democratic party a year ago, a sure bet to win, Hillary Rodham Clinton is reported to be throwing in the towel and concede defeat to Barrack Hussein Obama tomorrow morning.
It was hers to lose and lose she did with all sorts of political campaign blunders throughout the year.
Bringing up assassinations as a reason to, “stay in a campaign just in case,” while you are running for president is just one example.

Apparently she was not paying attention when her husband ran for President 16 years ago.

The Democratic Party’s favorite candidate with the majority of the popular vote, Hillary Clinton failed to understand that it’s the delegates that get you a party’s nomination, not the popular majority

Whether its delegates or electorates, the public is more aware now then ever before how candidates win elections.
It appears that Clinton did not learn this before campaigning for President of the United States.
She should have learned from the 2000 presidential general election between George Bush and Albert Gore.

In her speech tomorrow, Clinton will stand by her family and call for a time of healing.
She will declare “the people have spoken” for Obama and that he is the right choice to lead the nation, all along biting her lip while saying it.

She will no doubt continue the anti-Bush rhetoric, still not realizing that America would like to move on but some how she just can’t let that go.

We will hear how hard we must support Obama because he has so much to do because of…, and again we will hear…, Bush.
It’s what we heard in her campaign speeches, preparing the public for her impending failure as President if she were elected because Bush messed things up so much.
We will hear her call on the people’s support for Obama because he will have to be the one to clean things up from the previous administration.
It is not clear if she was referring to the time when she and her husband left the White House eight years ago and left the residences and oval office in shambles, turning over furniture, destroying computers, stealing artifacts that belonged to the people and littering trash throughout the nations home for the presiding President.
Some of those items were eventually returned after much negative press coverage.

She will tell the crowd of supporters she will continue to fight for universal healthcare and that healthcare will be her number one priority.
She and Barrack will raise their hands together in support of the cause and then once again we will her bring up Bush again for some reason or another.

She will never move on from Bush.
Instead of telling the people during her campaign that she would make America better and stronger and that America is a great and proud nation with brave diverse Americans fighting for the cause to expand freedom and liberty everywhere in the world, all the people got to hear was, “there’s so much work to do because of Bush.”

Don’t think for a moment she is going away.
If she is not offered the VP position, expect her to be back in four years running again for President or eight years after accepting the VP position under Obama, either way she is still going to run for the presidency one-way or another…again.

But for now she will step aside and let a man who refuses top wear a pin of the American flag on his lapel, refuses to salute the American flag, admits to using cocaine eight years ago and is the most liberal senator on Capital Hill be her party’s choice for President of the United States.
A nominee with less popular vote then she, a nominee whose wife just a few months ago stated for the first time in her life “she is proud to be an American.”

At Barrack Obama’s press conference he will talk about change, lots, and lots of change and begin his attack on John McCain and McCain on him.
And so the process of American politics will roll on, like it always has.
This has not changed for 232 years. The people will have an election, the people will vote, someone will win and the constitution will remain in-tack…, as long as we have a President who loves America more then they hate Bush.


Saturday, June 7th, 2008

Sandler’s PG-13 comedy has shot at overtaking DreamWorks Animation PG-rated panda

By Robin Rowe

HOLLYWOOD, CA (Hollywood Today)


Paramount is reportedly expecting a $60+ million weekend for ‘Kung Fu Panda’.

That would put it in ‘Finding Nemo’ territory ($60 million).

Despite an impressive $20 million Friday, expect ‘Kung Fu Panda’ to lose steam.

Look for a $50 million weekend like ‘Ratatouille’ ($47 million).

The ‘Kung Fu Panda’ animation is beautiful, and Po seems likable.

But, Jack Black’s pot-bellied panda is the same “decade of the zero” flabby slacker we keep encountering in films such as ‘Knocked Up’.

The loser hero is popular with critics lately.

Not so great for kids is the it’s-ok-to-be-a-glutton message and violence of ‘Kung Fu Panda’.

Worse, it’s not funny enough or deep enough to hold adults.

Columbia’s ‘You Don’t Mess with the Zohan’ is Adam Sandler’s farcical comedy about an Israeli commando who fakes his own death in order to pursue his dream of being a hairdresser in New York City.

‘Entourage’ hottie co-star Emmanuelle Chriqui looks great on screen and was “a presence” on the set, according to Sandler.

Look for an opening weekend of $45 million, coming close to ‘Kung Fu Panda’. Sandler’s ‘Anger Management’ opened at $42 million.

Paramount’s ‘Indiana Jones’ continues to dominate theater counts in its third week.

Last week it drew $45 million to bring its take to $215 million.

Look for ‘Indiana Jones’ to add another $20 million this weekend.

New Line’s ‘Sex and the City’ surprised many last weekend with it’s $57 million opening, tracking very strongly with female audiences of all ages.

Look for ‘Sex and the City’ to add another $30 million this weekenD

Rogue Pictures’ Liv Tyler slasher, ‘The Strangers’, did a better than expected opening last week with $21 million.

Being poorly lit apparently didn’t hurt this horror film, as Liv Tyler fans flocked to see her first picture in years.

The big openings next week are Universal’s ‘The Incredible Hulk’ and Fox’s ‘The Happening’.
Lee Angst’s ‘Hulk’ in 2003 opened at $62 million, before retreating to a domestic total of $132 million.
That sounds good until you take into account that film’s $137 million production budget.

‘The Incredible Hulk’ 2008 stars Ed Norton, Liv Tyler and Tim Roth.

Fox’s R-rated thriller ‘The Happening’ stars Mark Wahlberg.

Friday June 6 Box Office

Kung Fu Panda (Paramount (DreamWorks)) $20 million

You Don’t Mess with the Zohan (Sony Columbia) $14.9 millioN

Sex and the City (New Line) $7.3 million

Indiana Jones (Paramount) $6.5 million

The Strangers (Rogue Pictures) $3.1 million

Iron Man (Paramount) $2.2 million

Narnia: Prince Caspian (Buena Vista) $1.7 millioN

What Happens in Vegas (Fox) $1.1 million

Wide Release Theater Counts June 6

Indiana Jones (Paramount) 4,190 (-74) 3

Kung Fu Panda (Paramount (DreamWorks)) 4,114

You Don’t Mess with the Zohan (Sony Columbia) 3,462

Sex and the City (New Line) 3,325 (+40)

Narnia: Prince Caspian (Buena Vista) 3,065 (-736) 4

Iron Man (Paramount) 2,931 (-719) 6

The Strangers (Rogue Pictures) 2,477 (+11) 2

What Happens in Vegas (Fox) 2,366 (-720) 5

Dropping from Wide Release

Baby Mama (Universal) 921 (-863) 7

Speed Racer (Warner Bros.) 855 (-1215) 5

Made of Honor (Sony Columbia) 740 (-1165) 6

Wide Release Theater Counts Opening June 1

The Incredible Hulk (Universal) 3,400

The Happening (Fox) 3,000

Data Source: Box Office Mojo


The unemployment rate surged to 5.5 percent in May from 5 percent -- the sharpest monthly spike in 22 years -- as the economy lost 49,000 jobs, registering a fifth consecutive month of decline, the Labor Department reported Friday.

The weak jobs report coupled with a staggering rise in the price of oil -- up a record $10.75 a barrel to more than $138 -- unleashed a feverish sell-off on Wall Street, sending the Dow Jones industrial average down nearly 400 points.
The dollar plunged against several major currencies.

Oil prices made their biggest single-day leap ever Friday--clearing $139, dragging the Dow Jones industrials down nearly 400 points and raising the once-unthinkable prospect of $150 oil and even higher gas prices by the Fourth of July.

The meteoric rise of nearly $11 for the day piled atop an increase of almost $5.50 the day before, taking oil more than 13 percent higher in just two days, easily a record on the New York Mercantile Exchange.


***The U.S. and Asia expressed ``serious concern'' over record oil prices one day after the market posted its biggest dollar gain ever, and urged consumer-nations to shift to alternative sources of fuel as energy costs rise.

Oil prices have reached ``unprecedented'' levels, officials from Japan, China, India, South Korea and the U.S. said in a joint statement issued after a meeting in Aomori in northern Japan today.

Crude oil climbed $10.75 in New York yesterday to settle at $138.54 a barrel, its biggest one-day increase.

***Online retailer Inc said its U.S. website was down for about 2 hours on Friday but said it was unsure what had blocked access to the world's biggest online store.

An Amazon spokeswoman said the site was unavailable for a couple of hours starting at around 10:25 a.m. California time (1725 GMT).

Web monitoring company Keynote put the outage at 2-1/2 hours and said the site was fully back up just before 1 p.m. in California (2000 GMT).

***Metalworkers from India say they were tricked into paying as much a $20,000 for visas they believed would provide permanent U.S. residency.


A global legal battle between the two largest makers of computer processors took an abrupt turn this week when the Federal Trade Commission opened a formal antitrust investigation of the Intel Corporation.
For years, Advanced Micro Devices, a smaller rival of Intel, has been scouring the world in search of regulators in Europe, Asia and the United States who would agree to prosecute Intel for what A.M.D. maintains are anticompetitive pricing practices.


It is the most amazing thing that a young black man who was just a few short years ago unknown to most of his countrymen--really, unknown--could, this week, win the presidential nomination of one of our two great political parties.

It is even more amazing that this historic news could be overshadowed by the personal drama and spite of the woman who lost to him.


My Take On Obama by Sean Combs: In this video blog I talk about Obama becoming the first African American presidential nominee and how it will change the future.


***Vanity Fair is standing by its story insinuating that Bill Clinton had an affair with Gina Gershon.

In a statement to TMZ, V.F. honcho Beth Kseniak says, "Todd Purdum's article does not indicate that former President Bill Clinton had an improper relationship with Gina Gershon.
The story merely examines the concerns of some of Clinton's aides about reports of his behavior.

We don't believe that any correction is warranted."


***Nicky Hilton in a short-short skirt and crippling 6-inch heels, breezing in and out of Da Silvano in NYC for a cigarette break.
***LA Clipper Elton Brand making an early exit from the launch of Lucid Absinthe at Crown Bar in LA, saying, "I work out every morning at 6 a.m.",
***Formula One racing legend Sir Jackie Stewart signing autographs while dining solo at table No. 1 at Le Cirque in NYC.

***Dina Lohan and charismatic CariDee English at the Project Cuddle benefit in Sands Point, playing with some of the abandoned babies rescued in the last six months.

***Disgraced former New York Governor Eliot Spitzer and his wife, Silda, appeared to be quite happy together Thursday at the Horace Mann School in NYC, where parents celebrated their kids' completion of the eighth grade and middle school.

***Prominent L.A. banker Steve Shapiro having lunch yesterday at Sparks Grille on Pico Blvd. in L.A.


Cutting through all the fog, there are two primary reasons behind Barack Obama's stunning victory over the Clinton machine: authenticity and the war in Iraq.



The latest fire, I hope, will prompt Universal Studios and its fellow majors to better preserve their theatrical prints and inventories.


***Over 100 winners of the Academy Award.

***6 U.S. Senators.

***Over 300 winners of the Grammy Award.

***Over 500 published authors.

***3 Nobel Prize winners.

Along with approximately 295,000 other "influencer" in all 50 of the United States and 23 foreign countries.


***Clint Eastwood has fired back at Spike Lee, who criticized the multiple Oscar winner for not employing any black actors in his two World War II movies, "Flags of Our Fathers" and "Letters From Iwo Jima."

"A guy like him should shut his face," Eastwood told Britain's The Guardian.

"Has he ever studied history?"

***The actress who played Wonder Woman on TV in the 1970s says she didn't do anything extraordinary when she discovered a body this week on the Potomac River in Washington.

Lynda Carter tells The Washington Post she was alone in a boat when she saw the body Wednesday.

She says she didn't have a cell phone with her, so she yelled to some fishermen and asked them to call police.

Carter waited until rescuers arrived and directed them to the body.

"As long as people are going to be in debt, there's going to be a need for collectors.

"BRENDA DAVIS, who lost her job in the Sallie Mae collections department, on her prospects for a new job


On June 7, 1929, the sovereign state of Vatican City came into existence as copies of the Lateran Treaty were exchanged in Rome.

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