Super 8 Does Super Well At The Box Office

In: Movies, Patrick

Steven Spielberg’s Super 8 has exceeded expectations in its opening weekend, with tickets sales $37 million. This is the film synopsis: “After witnessing a mysterious train crash, a group of friends in the summer of 1979 begin noticing strange happenings going around in their small town, and begin to investigate into the creepy phenomenon.” I’ve heard mixed reviews so far, but apparently that didn’t stop people from making a night of it this weekend. This opening weekend puts the film in line with it’s “alien movie” predecessors, District 9 and Battle: Los Angeles that did about the same in their opening weekend. Super 8 had a budget of $50 million, so they’re not too far from being profitable already.

X-Men First Class held the top spot last weekend, but this weekend the film was “second class” dropping 52% into the number two spot. They’ll be facing even more competition next weekend when Green Lantern comes out as well. I just saw a preview for that last night and it looks a lot better than I expected.

Three films in the Top 10 list are now over the $200 million mark. Find out which ones they are below.

Check out the Top 10 list after the jump…

EFFEN Black Cherry Vodka: Deliciously Fruity

In: Charge It, Donovan

About a month ago, I wrote about EFFEN’s tasty cucumber-flavored vodka. Being the thorough person that I am, I thought I’d check out what else they offered and see how it stacked up. I decided to go with EFFEN Black Cherry and their non-flavored one for taste comparison. Once again, I thought I’d offer it to a few friends while I cooked dinner. At least that way, if my meal wasn’t the most delectable, my guests wouldn’t notice because they were a little inebriated. I kid, my meal was a culinary delight. I’m turning into quite the chef as of late, if I do say so myself.

The one thing I loved about EFFEN Cucumber was it was the perfect summer adult treat. It tasted like summer in a bottle but with a kick. With such a great first impression to the EFFEN brand, I was worried EFFEN Black Cherry wouldn’t live up. Fear not, the black cherry flavor was absolutely tasty as well. Almost too good if you ask me. I ended up drinking more than my fair share because it went down so smoothly. That was especially true when I paired it with Coke. Not kidding, it tasted exactly like Cherry Coke but 70 proof. If you’re a bit more high brow and like your cocktails a little fancier, check out this drink recipe provided by EFFEN.

view tasty drink recipes after the jump

Ahead of schedule, Katy Perry’sLast Friday Night” music video has leaked and we have your first look at the full version. The 26 year old recently gave us a little teaser of the 80s “Teenage Dream house party” music video, and let me tell you… the full version does not disappoint.

We were informed that Rebecca Black, of the infamous “Friday” single, was enlisted to be in the video (which is SUCH a brilliant idea), but I had no idea how big her role would be. To my delight, Black is essentially with Perry the whole time in the video, helping her transform from the goofy “Kathy Beth Terry” with head head gear, to the more sexy “Kathy Beth Terry” with braces. Rebecca Black doesn’t look as “awkward teenager” in this video and plays a much more confident, sexed up version of herself.

Other familiar faces in the video include Kevin McHale (who plays a nerdy character that is head over heals for Kathy), Hanson, and Kenny G. In my opinion, the whole 80s themed video was done really well and Katy Perry played an awkward geek amazingly. In fact, I actually laughed out loud a few times at her goofiness. One last thing, keep your eyes peeled for a hot guy with amazing abs in the video! Enjoy!

Watch the video after the jump…

First things first, I like to stay in shape. I think it’s something that most gay men struggle with, and feel particular pressure around Pride season. Call it whatever you want, but every Men’s and Fitness magazine plugs the same thing, but calls it “Summer” or “Beach” body programs.

The guys over at have put two of their boys through a rigorous 6 week program with trainer Jeremy Foreshew who is also their latest featured bachelor. You can even follow their program along on Jeremy’s website, which is kinda cool to see exactly what these two guys are doing, and seeing their results. Keep it up guys!

Oh, and try to catch the bit about what drinking alcohol does to your body. It’s enough to make any lush shed a tear.

Check out the video on the next part of the post.

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Last year, with the help of my sister-in-law Dawn, I wrote an article to increase awareness about Autism. My niece Brooke has autism, and it’s something that has changed Steve and Dawn’s lives forever. Going to many different doctors, it took my brother Steve and his wife Dawn a long time to receive a diagnosis on why Brooke was different. When they finally did learn that she had autism, it was an uphill battle learning about her needs, and dealing with people (both strangers as well as family and friends) who didn’t understand the disorder. They also realized how hard it was to find support for the people who have it and their families. Now they are very involved in an organization called Autism Speaks.

Steve and Dawn have become very active in the fight against autism and they really inspire me. They’ve sacrificed so much for their family and especially for Brooke, and they are so passionate to in helping to make sure that there will be support for other families like theres, for children with autism when they become adults, and for further research into the disorder. One in 150 people are diagnosed with autism.

Every year there is a fundraiser that takes place called “Walk Now For Autism Speaks” and this year, even though I am unable to walk with them in Edmonton when it takes place, I want to be on their team and help support them as if was going to be there. If you can help me do that, I would be very grateful, as would Brooke and the family. CLICK HERE to donate to “Brooke’s Champions”. You’ll see a photo of her and I there from a few years back.

See Brooke and the family in a video below from previous year’s fundraisers…

SWV (YAY) Makes A Comeback With Chris Brown (UGH)

In: Donovan, Music

The Sisters With Voices aka SWV are back. Hell, yeah. Coko, Taj and LeLee made up this successful trio during the early 90s, which was arguably a golden age for modern R&B girl groups. SWV along with TLC, En Vogue and Jade served up hot tracks on a consistent basis. Ahhhh, the good old days. I know, I’m not alone in welcoming these talented singers back.

Chris Brown sampled the girls’ 1993 hit track, “Right Here“, for his new single, “She Ain’t You” off his “F.A.M.E.” album. “Right Here” was the title track from the “Free Willy” soundtrack. Memba that? How bout the remix of “Right Here” which sampled Michael Jackson’s “Human Nature“? So friggin’ hot. For a new remix of “She Ain’t You“, Brown has invited the ladies back to provide their signature harmonies and vocals to the track.

For once, Brown has done something I can get on board with. The result is a wicked collaboration that has the potential to become a summer anthem in the urban markets. I absolutely love it and it makes me yearn for those summers from years ago. Check it out below.

listen to the track after the jump

Which Snow White Movie Would You Rather See?

In: Donovan, Movies

Who knew Snow White and her seven dwarfs were such a hot commodity? Not only is there a big screen adaptation on the way in 2012, but there will be two. To boot, only a couple of months will separate the two. As you can see in the picture above, Twilight’s Kristen Stewart and Phil Collins’ daughter Lily Collins have been cast as heroine in their respective movies. Question is, which of the two will become the fairest of them all? Or at least bring in more dinero at the box office.

As I reported a few months ago, Stewart will star in “Snow White and the Huntsman” which hits theaters on June 1, 2012. This version will be a retelling of the classic fairy tale, that portrays the Huntsman as Snow White’s mentor and protector. Together they will go on a quest to vanquish the Evil Queen.

Rising star Lily Collins will headline “The Brothers Grimm: Snow White” and beat the other film to the cineplex. It is scheduled to open on March 16, 2012. Here’s a little fun fact. Collins is currently dating Taylor Lautner, Stewart’s co-star in the “Twilight” flicks. Collins’ version will put a dark twist on the classic fairy tale. White and her seven dwarfs look to reclaim their destroyed kingdom. Sources say, Collins’ was born to play White. She can play innocent and sweet, then flip it just like that to become a fierce warrior when she has a sword in her hand.

Now that you have the lowdown on both flicks, see what other big names are attached to each project. Then, don’t forget to place your votes on which cast you predict will have the upper hand at the box office.

check out the rest of the cast after the jump

Warner Brothers Lays Off 50 Employees

In: Movies, Random Reads, Tyrell

Earlier this week, Disney announced they’d be cutting back almost 250 jobs in their distribution division due to a decrease in domestic DVD sales with the increase in popularity of online streaming programs like Netflix.

It looks like Disney isn’t the only one feeling the heat from a decline in hard copy sales. Now Warner Brother’s is also cutting back. While the number of jobs lost remains only in the double digits (50) and only represents 1% of the WB’s total domestic workforce, it’s still terrible to see job loss in a time where so many are hoping for the economy to turn around.

With an increase in the online streaming popularity, wouldn’t it make sense to find a way to somehow transition these employees from DVD sales and distribution to promotion of online sales? Other studios have had to cut back as well including Lionsgate who recently released 10 employees and FOX who cut 12.

Warner Brother’s official statement after the jump

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