Grammy Night is always an exciting time for fans and music memorabilia collectors, and tonight’s awards show has no shortage of headlines.
After his untimely passing last year, Michael Jackson will be awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award that will be accepted by his children Paris and Prince Michael. As one of the most popular and unforgettable musical acts in history, it’s no wonder that many celebrity autograph investors set spending records for Michael Jackson memorabilia over the past six months.
With over a dozen combined nominations, three of music’s top women; Beyonce, Taylor Swift and Lady Gaga, will all share the spotlight tonight. It looks to be a big night for Taylor Swift, who just two weeks ago was given the nod as the highest-selling digital artist in music history with over 24.3 million downloads.
Already one of the music memorabilia and entertainment merchandise industries’ must-have autographs, Justin Timberlake will soon have a new honor to call his own. The 28-year old will be named Harvard’s Hasty Pudding Man of the Year early next month, joining actress Anne Hathaway who won the female counterpart of the award just two weeks ago. Known around the world as both a hit-maker and a pop culture icon, Timberlake entered the realm of Hollywood with his major movie debut in 2006’s Alpha Dog. When fans from his days as lead singer of boy band N’SYNC were stealing Hollywood movie posters from cinemas around the country, the demand for Justin Timberlake autographs steadily increased as the performer made numerous appearances on Saturday Night Live and even a voice role in Shrek.
Based on the popularity of Avatar movie items, it comes as no surprise that the blockbuster movie has become a major hit around the globe. The James Cameron-directed blockbuster has now reeled in a record $1.24 billion outside of the United States, passing Cameron’s 1997 hit Titanic by almost $46 million. While Avatar remains a hit amongst movie goers and movie memorabilia collectors looking for original cinema posters, the science fiction film still trails Cameron’s Titanic by $50 million for the highest-grossing movie in domestic box office sales.
After three weeks of very public bickering and amidst gargantuan ratings, NBC and soon-to-be-ousted Tonight Show host Conan O’Brien have reportedly agreed to terms on a separation. After boiling down the fates of Conan’s characters like Triumph the Insult Comic Dog and Pimpbot 5000, the two sides spent much of the past four days hammering out severance packages for many of the nearly 200 employees currently employed on the Tonight Show. While Robin Williams joked about NBC having a yard sale for the set’s couches and desk on Thursday’s show, there’s no word if the network will hold an auction or sale for the show’s television memorabilia. When Leno left the Tonight Show in May of last year, there was a bevy of celebrity autographs made available through a private auction in the following weeks.
What more can be said about Avatar that has not been said already. Not much, but I want to put my two cents in.
When this film first came out and I saw that the title was Avatar it immediately piqued my interest. I had been familiar with that word for as long time having immersed myself in the “spiritual” movement for many years.
So I went and saw the film and was so entranced by it, I knew that this was going to break all kinds of box office records and be a film known as a breakthrough.
I immediately thought of Star Wars and the comparison between the two. I thought that this wasthe 21st Century Star Wars and I think that will prove to be true.
Every aspect of this movie is so well done and it is very noticeable that the director took painstaking care in making sure of that.
The special effects were phenomenal, creating a whole other world in which to explore.
The animals and plant life as well as the inhabitants on this planet were created with such breathtaking images as to make it so possible to believe that it really exists somewhere.
The story, the editing, lighting and the acting all come together in the same quality as the special effects to give amazing credence to the film.
It took the director a long time to manifest this movie and you can see that although the budget was huge for this film, the message and the story came through in a simple way. Usually when a film has such a big budget, you can see the “Hollywood” formula at work, but even though James Cameron, the director, has a crew of a thousand the film doesn’t suffer the usual “slickness” that comes with that kind of enormous amount of talent at work. The vision remains intact.
I think that Avatar will go down in the history of film as a landmark and become the high quality standard in which other films will need to rise up to.
Pulp Fiction in my opinion is one of the best movies made. It crosses so many Genre’s and has some of the most potent, sarcastic and eclectic dialogue of any movie I have seen.
It’s the kind of movie that holds up after even ten or fifteen viewings!
It has an incredible mix of humor and violence and the storyline is non-linear and still makes great sense.
There are so many excellent and intense characters in this movie, basically centered around and in Los Angeles.
Different critics have different views as to what genre this film is. Some critics consider it a “Black Comedy”, some call it “Neo-Noir” and then some call it more “gangland camp.”
Whatever the genre, Pulp Fiction was an amazing breakthrough in independent cinema, breathing new life into that genre and convincing producers and studio heads alike that this kind of film can make money and makes sense to back them.
There is so much Pulp Fiction Memorabilia generated since the film was released anyone who collects it, will find a great assortment of memorabilia.
I love the entire film but one part stands out above the rest. It is the scene that is so hard to watch but is one of the most potent scenes I have ever seen in a movie. It is when Marcellus and Bruce Willis’s character come charging into the pawn shop fighting with each other. The events that take place after that, the visual of both of them strapped to a chair with a leather bound strap with an apple in the middle fitting into their mouths in eerie yet visual masterpiece.
Once you’ve seen that and the events that follow I don’t think one can ever get those images out of their minds.