The box office is about to hit an all time low. Steve Harvey's book, Act Like a Lady, Think Like a Man, is being turned into a movie and who has been selected to star in this film? None other than American's favorite convicted felon, Chris Brown (because clearly we want men thinking like him). Talk about a blockbuster bust. And his leading lady co-star? Casey Anthony! Just kidding, but seriously how does this guy keep getting work? This Rihanna-beating rapper has gotten so much bad press he should be treated like a leper. But even Justin Bieber is working with him!
This upcoming book-turned-movie will be a comedy that follows four friends who find their love lives turned upside down when their girlfriends start taking advice from Harvey's book. Once the guys figure out what caused their girlfriends to act so differently, the men start to adapt the book's teachings for themselves. Sounds....thrilling. No woman should view that book as anything more than obnoxious and utterly ridiculous. Harvey has said of his book, "Men are not bad people. But women think we're bad because they don't get us at all. We're very, very simple. We all think alike. We all basically think alike when it comes down to commitment, love, relationships, money, sex, whatever it is. We all about basically think the same." You hear that guys? Apparently you're all like Chris Brown. Way to go. Harvey has been married three times by the way, yet he thinks women are the complicated ones.
For those of you who haven't read Harvey's book, here's an excerpt -- "Men aren't in the talking business; we're in the fix-it business. From the moment we come out of the womb, we're taught to protect, profess, and provide. Communicating, nurturing, listening to problems, and trying to understand them without any obligation to fix them is simply not what boys are raised to do." So men are supposed to protect, profess, and provide....I'm still trying to figure out why they cast Brown in this flick (unless they need him to protect no one, profess anger, and provide headaches). Basically, this movie is doomed for failure and adding Brown to the mix is just the cherry on top of an already bad idea.
Sequels and adaptations are generally types of films that are most susceptible to harsh criticism. Fans of the original movies or source materials often take issue with liberties taken by the filmmakers, unjust representations of characters or events, or a failure to capture the essence of the story. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 has defied all odds and become one of the most well-reviewed movies I’ve ever encountered. No one seems to have a bad thing to say about the film. We’ve compiled a small list of a few of our colleagues’ thoughts on Deathly Hallows Part 2, all singing its unabashed praises.
Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
"It ends well. After eight films in 10 years and a cumulative global box-office take of more than $6.3 billion, the most successful franchise in the history of movies comes to an obligatory -- and quite satisfying -- conclusion in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2.…This is an exciting and, to put it mildly, massively eventful finale that will grip and greatly please anyone who has been at all a fan of the series up to now."
The Young Folks
"The best word to describe the second part of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows is epic. But even that is an understatement. I was blown away by the movie, and it was only the test screening! The final Potter film is a tour de force, with enough momentum that I think it will ride in victoriously during awards season. (Finally!)"
"Non-fans might find it strange at times, but who cares? They shouldn’t have come to a seventh sequel in the first place. This movie is the close-enough-to-perfect cherry on top of a franchise that will be remembered for years to come. It’s ripe, beautiful, and you’ll be sad – but satisfied – when you’re done with it."
Peter Bradshaw, Guardian
"Sensational, satisfying, surreal ... an explosive final chapter puts the magic back into the Harry Potter franchise."
Justin Chang, Variety
"With its accelerated rhythm, relentless flow of incident and wizard-war endgame, Part 2 will strike many viewers as a much more exciting, involving picture than the slower, more atmospheric Part 1."
Helen O'Hara, Empire Magazine
"A worthy farewell that packs in as much action as its seven predecessors combined and manages not to stint on the emotional beats. Harry Potter leaves us as a quiet, bespectacled, corduroy-wearing hero for the ages."
Sean Munro, What Culture
"Bear with the slow start and what you get in this bookending installment's latter two acts is more pathos, exhilaration, and sheer entertainment value than anything else in the entire eight-film, ten-year saga. Potter has certainly saved the best for last."
"All too soon, in the words of the tagline, 'It All Ends'. Spectacularly. Emotionally. And Wonderfully."
Sam Reynolds, Digital Spy
"It's Harry Potter as a full-tilt action picture, yet unlike the mind-numbing action of Transformers, here you feel totally invested in the protagonists' plight."
Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.com
"Defined by darker mood and greater gravity than previous chapters, this film concludes the series on a high note that should please viewers and get serious attention as Oscar contender."
30 Rock creator Fey and co-stars Alec Baldwin and Tracy Morgan claimed their third consecutive trophy for Outstanding Comedy Series, while Mad Men was a repeat winner for Outstanding Drama Series.
Fey's series was an Emmy favourite, landing a whopping 22 nominations in 2009 after stealing the show at last year's (08) ceremony.
Baldwin defended his title as the Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy, although Fey failed to secure a second win for Outstanding Lead Actress after United States Of Tara's Toni Collette took home the prize.
The funnywoman later redeemed herself after 30 Rock beat out Entourage, Family Guy, Flight of the Conchords, How I Met Your Mother and The Office to reclaim the prize for Outstanding Comedy Series.
Thanking her patient cast and crew, Fey said: "That was a real nail biter... I want to thank the family and loved ones of all the people who work on the show... for almost four years now."
Another repeat winner, actress Glenn Close, claimed victory for her lead role on TV drama Damages for the second year running.
Meanwhile, veteran actress Jessica Lange was gracious after her name was called for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie for her role in TV movie Grey Gardens.
The 60 year old praised co-star Drew Barrymore for helping to reignite her career: "This part was a gift and they don't come around that often for me anymore... and above all (I thank) the other half, Drew Barrymore, for her extraordinary talent, for her brilliance, for her determination."
The spectacular ceremony, held at Los Angeles' Nokia Theater, also featured a performance from Sarah McLachlan, who paid tribute to recently deceased entertainers with a rendition of her ballad I Will Remember You.
This year's show was hosted by How I Met Your Mother star Neil Patrick Harris, who opened with a song and dance number. Harris ended his musical routine with a light-hearted jab at MTV Video Music Award stage invader Kanye West, warning nominees to keep an eye on celebrities looking to crash their acceptance speeches.
Harris joked, "Here's hoping Kanye West likes 30 Rock."
The full list of Emmy Award winners is as follows:
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series: Jon Cryer - Two And A Half Men
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series: Kristin Chenoweth - Pushing Daisies
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series: Michael Emerson - Lost
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series: Cherry Jones - 24
Outstanding Writing for a Variety, Music or Comedy Series: The Daily Show With Jon Stewart
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Miniseries or a Movie: Brendan Gleeson - Into The Storm
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Miniseries or Movie: Jessica Lange - Grey Gardens
Outstanding Variety, Music or Comedy Series: American Idol
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series: Ellen Burstyn - Law & Order: Special Victims Unit
Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series: Tina Fey - Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Director in a Comedy Series: Jeff Blitz - The Office
Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series: Matt Hubbard - 30 Rock, The Reunion
Outstanding Made for Television Movie: Grey Gardens
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Miniseries or Movie: Ken Howard - Grey Gardens
Outstanding Directing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Series: Dearbhla Walsh - Little Dorrit
Outstanding Writing for a Miniseries, Movie or a Dramatic Special: Andrew Davies - Little Dorrit
Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Miniseries or a Movie: Shohreh Aghdashloo - House of Saddam
Outstanding Reality-TV Competition: The Amazing Race
Outstanding Miniseries: Little Dorrit
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series: Michael J. Fox - Rescue Me
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series: Justin Timberlake - Saturday Night Live
Outstanding Directing for a Drama Series: Rod Holcomb - ER
Outstanding Writing for a Drama Series: Kater Gordon, Matthew Weiner - Mad Men
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series: Alec Baldwin - 30 Rock
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series: Glenn Close - Damages
Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series: Bryan Cranston - Breaking Bad
Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series: Toni Collette - United States Of Tara
Outstanding Host for a Reality Competition Show: Jeff Probst - Survivor
Outstanding Comedy Series: 30 Rock
Outstanding Drama Series: Big Love
Outstanding Original Music & Lyrics: 81st Annual Academy Awards - Song Title: Hugh Jackman Opening.