Wednesday, June 29, 2005

TV: Crash: The Series?

In development at cable network F/X is a series based on the Lions Gate film from Paul Haggis, Crash. The television production will be produced by Lions Gate Television, and conversations are ongoing with film cast members to reprise their roles if the film is made into a series.

Lions Gate releases Crash on DVD & UMD September 6

Friday, June 24, 2005


Wednesday, June 22, 2005

Snub a Hermes pocketbook issue to Oprah

Oprah Winfrey wants to hit Hermès where it hurts - in its fine leather wallet.

You may have heard that the talk queen was denied entry to the luxury-goods store's Paris branch last weekend at closing time. According to one report, Hermès staffers rebuffed Winfrey because they didn't recognize her and because they'd been "having a problem with North Africans lately."

But friends of Oprah say that's bunk.

"They knew exactly who she was," a pal tells us. "They specifically said, 'We know who you are.'"

The source says Oprah arrived just after 6:30 p.m., when there were still shoppers inside the store. According to the source, Oprah politely asked an Hermès sales clerk if she could dash in. She knew what she wanted: a specific watch for Tina Turner, her dinner partner that evening.

Now if the No. 1 celebrity on Forbes' power list - a woman who earned $225 million last year - knocked on their doors, many shopkeepers would carry her in on a litter, even if it was midnight.

Instead, she was rebuffed - first by the clerk, then by a store manager.

Though Oprah hasn't accused the Gauls of racism, her friend suggests, "If it had been Celine Dion or Britney Spears or Barbra Streisand, there is no way they would not be let in that store."

Hermès' brusque treatment understandably came as a shock to someone who recently bought a dozen of the store's Birkin bags, which can run $6,500. In fact, Oprah had just ordered another one.

After last weekend, she canceled that order.

We also hear she's called Robert Chavez, president of Hermès in America, to inform him that, although she has long enjoyed his stores, she will no longer be shopping there.

We also hear she may share the incident with her 22 million-plus viewers.

"We are calling it Oprah's 'Crash' moment," says the friend, recalling the new movie about race in America.

Our calls to Hermès weren't returned yesterday.

This isn't the first time Oprah is alleged to have gotten a hard time in the luxe lane. In 1994, a former employee of Bulgari alleged in a lawsuit that the jewelry store hiked its prices for Oprah and other celebs. The store denied the charge.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Reads: The Interruption of Everything

Since Terry McMillan's breakout novel Waiting To Exhale surged onto the bestseller lists, critics and readers alike have been captivated by her irreverent, often-hilarious take on the issues faced by contemporary women. With The Interruption of Everything she picks up, pitch-perfect, the dilemmas of midlife: an empty nest. Hormones gone wild. Too many irrelevant demands and too little room to breathe.

Marilyn Grimes is about ready to jump out of her skin. She's the consummate wife and mother of three grown kids. She's got a no-great-shakes-but-a-good-provider of a husband, Leon; and a live-in mother-in-law, Arthurine, who comes with a bingo-playing beau, Prezell, and an elderly pooch, Snuffy. Marilyn's two best friends, Paulette and Bunny, are the quintessential take-no-prisoners, vintage McMillan girlfriends who will be there when Marilyn jumps, but . . . she's just not sure exactly where that will be . . . or when. First, she needs to remember what she used to love and call back some of her own postponed dreams. But just as Marilyn's plans for making changes are taking shape, life comes up with a few twists of its own. Suddenly Marilyn must reinvent just about everything: marriage, friendship, family-and not least of all, herself.

The Interruption of Everything is a triumphant testament to the fact that the detour is the path, and living life "by the numbers" never quite adds up.

July 19, 2005 $25.95 Hardcover 384pp

Monday, June 20, 2005

Summer Grooves

Naked - Marques Houston
Rolling Down My Face - Amerie
So Seductive - Tony Yayo
Feels Just Like It Should - Jamiroquai
Portuguese Lover (Phil Asher's Restless Soul Mix) - Bah Samba
Come To Mama - Lina
Higher - Cruna
Put Our Hands Together (Joey Negro Re-edit) - The O'Jay's
My World - Erick Morillo ft S "P. Diddy" Combs
Back For More - Shawn Desman
Late Registration - Kayne West
Tony Sunshine

Saturday, June 18, 2005

SK Copy Cat....I like it cuz of the touch screen :-)

Peep this new Sidekick-esque Windows Mobile-powered Pocket PC Phonefrom Samsung. We'll say straight up that we don't know much about theSCH-M7000, like when or if it might ever be released over here, but wedo know that it's compatible with EV-DO, runs Windows Mobile 2003 SE,and has a 520MHz processor, WiFi, a 320 x 240 pixel, 262,000 color LCDtouch screen, and an SD memory card slot

Sunday, June 12, 2005

A Different World Season 1 DVD

From the creators of the top-rated THE COSBY SHOW comes A DIFFERENT WORLD, a fresh funny situation comedy that follows the triumphs, trials, and tribulations of students of Hillman College. This half-hour spin off of the top rated THE COSBY SHOW, was the first ensemble situation comedy to immerse America in student life at a historically black college. Enjoying a successful 6-run season run on NBC, from 1987 to 1993, A DIFFERENT WORLD bas been widely honored for its sensitive, intelligent treatment of contemporary issues.

Originally planned to be a spin-off to The Cosby Show, A Different World made its debut in 1987 and ended production in 1993. Starring Jasmine Guy (Whitley), Kadeem Hardison (Dwayne), Dawn Lewis (Jaleesa) and Lisa Bonet (Denise). A Different World was set at the historically black Hillman College and chronicled the struggles to make it through college.

The Emmy-nominated A Different World debuted as the #1 new show of the season, staying at #1 in its time period for the first five seasons of a six-season run, achieving the highest first-season household rating in the 1980s and 1990s.

Available November 8th from Ventura Entertainment Enterprises/Urbanworks, the 3-DVD set will include the 24 episodes from season 1 (575 mins), and will retail for $39.99.

Special features include:
  • Cast interviews
  • Out-takes
  • A retrospective overview of the series with cast members
  • An un-aired, "lost" episode featuring the legendary Tupac Shakur and Jada Pinkett-Smith

Thursday, June 09, 2005

TV: The Cut

As you know I am a reality junkie; My lastest is THE CUT. More after the episodes continue

Sunday, June 05, 2005


BARBERSHOP, the new single-camera half-hour comedy series features a talented cast of rising stars including Omar Gooding (ESPN's "Playmakers") in the lead role. Joining Gooding will be an ensemble cast including Gbenga Akinnagbe ("The Wire"), Anna Brown ("If Tomorrow Comes"), John Wesley Chatham (UPN's "Girlfriends"), Leslie Elliard (Broadway's "The Lion King"), Barry Shabaka Henley ("Collateral"), Toni Trucks and Dan White ("Ali").

The series begins where the MGM movie franchise left off, with most of the same endearing characters and a few new memorable ones added to the shop, set in a gradually gentrifying Chicago neighborhood. The cast of characters is headed by Calvin (Gooding), the soul of this close -knit community who runs the barbershop he inherited from his father which serves as the local hangout. There, with every snip of the scissors, hilarious conversations and heated discussions about the trials and tribulations of everyday life on Chicago's South Side take place. But unlike the original films, the series goes further as it delves humorously into issues of all kinds relating to these characters -- no subject is off-limits in the shop.

The lively banter and funny wisecracks don't stop in the shop either. The series will further explore the personal lives of this multi-ethnic group of haircutters. BARBERSHOP will be distributed by MGM Television Entertainment Inc. and will be executive-produced by prolific writer and showrunner, John Ridley along with the feature films producing team of Robert Teitel, George Tillman Jr. and executive producer and star of the original films, Ice Cube.

Series Premiere: Wednesday, August 10 at 10pm ET/PT Showtime