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HANCOCK Movie Review: Good Film… Sequel Should be in Order

By Monica Peters Medina

Starring: Will Smith, Jason Bateman, Charlize Theron

Directed by Peter Berg

I attended the advanced private screening of Hancock tonight (Monday June 23). I know what you’re thinking: Will Smith in another science fiction movie— another “Men in Black” type deal. But, Big Willie has outdone himself with another summer blockbuster hit in the new action pack humorous superhero flick, “Hancock.” This is not a typical science fiction movie. The film has a solid plot that will leave moviegoers anticipating a Hancock sequel. Will Smith’s character “Hancock” is not your average superhero flaunting his arrogant care-free attitude with a bottle of liquor as his constant companion of choice to ease his pain of loneliness. He is a recluse who lives in isolation in the hills wondering about his past and why he has no family. Hancock doesn’t even have a clue as to how he inherited his powers. His character is timeless and ageless and adapts to whatever era or century that he exists. The movie starts with non-stop action and laughs as Hancock is the unofficial hero of Los Angeles that comes to save the day and stop potential tragedies and crimes in progress—much to the chagrin of the Los Angeles police department who often look bad and inadequate. His reckless but well intentioned heroics costs the city millions of dollars as the collateral property damage Hancock often leaves behind is enormous. Hancock’s mysterious presence is met with bittersweet reaction as folks either love him or hate him. The fact that Hancock refuses to talk to the press and prefers to hang out in bars doesn’t help.

However, this is only a portion of the story line. The film takes unexpected twists and turns which pushes it into the realm of a bona-fide science fiction film with credibility. Hancock’s chance meeting with business executive Ray Embrey played by Jasonn Bateman unknowingly sets him on the path to discovering his past and origin of his powers. Hancock accidentally finds his soul mate–literally through his chance meeting with Ray and that is where things get VERY interesting. Besides revamping Hancock’s public image and convincing him to do some time in prison for some of his misdeeds, Ray saves Hancock’s life in more ways than one. Ray’s wife played by Charlize Theron is less than thrilled by Hancock’s presence in her husband’s life. Let’s just say you never know where your true soul mate is hiding or even if they are standing right in front of you! I’ll stop here because you’ll be too mad if I give away the film.

Let’s just say a well anticipated Hancock sequel is in order.

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June 27, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Monica Peters Medina Hits the “Catwalk”: Best-selling author Deborah Gregory Does Book Release Party in FABULOUS STYLE

Monica Peters Medina

Best-selling author Deborah Gregory, author of the best-selling series Cheetah Girls has done it again with her newest book release “Catwalk.” The “Catwalk” book release party held in NYC at the FashionOpolis Lounge was nothing short of spectacular and FABULOUS– done in Deborah’s true purrrfect style with models, cat costumes, growl-icious goodies and awesome accessory giveaways. The fashion styles and costumes of friends, supporters, and party goers absolutely rocked.

Celebrities on hand to celebrate the event with Deborah were model Melvin Van Peebles, Beverly Johnson, actress Lynn Whitfield, author Terry McMillan, model Veronica Webb and many more.

Catwalk is about four friends who attend a fashion high school and vie for entry into the Catwalk competition which includes winning college scholarships and modeling contracts. Wake and smell the catnip. Deborah Gregory’s Catwalk just hit bookstores nationwide this week.

Photo: Melvin Van Peebles (l), Deborah Gregory (m) and Monica Peters Medina (r)

*Photo gallery of the event will be posted on soon.

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June 25, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , | Leave a comment

Monica Peters Hits New York City Public Schools

Monica Peters hit the NYC Public School System in Harlem to speak with high school students.

The day’s activities consisted of Peters speaking to students from 9th-12th grade including at risk youth about life choices and career options.

Peters three hours visit, of going to various classrooms was a memorable experience. She spoke in intimate settings with honor students as well as teens who have lost interest in graduating high school sharing her own personal experiences about challenges she had to overcome in life. Peters also discussed priorities in life and pressed the importance of graduating high school and charting their career path despite what they see in their neighborhood or obstacles they may be facing at home. Some students expressed their fear about entering the workforce or having a 9-5 job because they may not be able to live a comfortable lifestyle they wish. It is clear that these students are concerned about having a quality life in the future not just surviving.

Since many of the kids already were familiar with, it laid the groundwork for Peters to be very open. “I want them to know that success come from hard work, and to know the obstacles I had to overcome to be here today.” The principle also had Peters go over her website so students can read the daily post for the day and get insight on what it takes to run on a daily basis.

Peters also took the time to inform students not to believe the hype of the glitz and glamour they see on popular television mediums. “Many rappers you see on TV are flat broke or in debt to their record labels. They can’t even afford to buy a home.”

“I’m honored to have been invited, and viewed as someone who is relevant to our youth. Hopefully I changed lives and made a difference.”

Peters will be in New York for more upcoming speaking engagements. Details developing.

April 30, 2008 Posted by | monica medina, thegritsncheesedish, Uncategorized | , , , | Leave a comment

India and Whoopi Hitting Broadway

By Monica Peters Medina

India Arie will be hitting Broadway this summer starring in Ntozake Strange‘s “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.” The revived production originally on Broadway back in 1976 will be produced by Oscar winner Whoopi Goldberg and DreamTeam Entertainment.

The play is a collection of choreopoems that touches on the realities and hardships of being Black and female delving into topics such as rape, abandonment and abortion. The original Broadway version starred Lynn Whitfield, Alfre Woodard, Laurie Carlos and Sarita Allen. and Monica Peters Medina highly recommend you go see this play. In the meantime, the original version is available on DVD.

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April 10, 2008 Posted by | thegritsncheesedish | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Breaking News: Controversial Oscar Winner Charlton Heston Passes

By Monica Peters Medina

Charlton Heston passed away Saturday night in his Beverly Hills home with his wife of 64 years Lydia at his side. Heston was 84 years-old. The actor announced in 2002 that he was suffering from Alzheimer’s. He won an Oscar for his leading role in “Ben Hur” in 1959.

Heston was also a controversial figure as the President of the National Rifle Association from 1998-2003. Although Heston marched with Dr. Martin Luther King during the Civil Rights movement, he was perceived by many as a racist due to his controversial comments in Michael Moore’s documentary “Bowling for Columbine”, where he attributed America’s murder rate to “mixed ethnicities” in America.

Photo credit: Reuters

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April 5, 2008 Posted by | Uncategorized | , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

“Trekky” Tyler Perry can’t talk about it!


Tyler Perry will be starring in the new Star Trek movie hitting theaters spring of 2009. Rumor has it he has to stay tight lipped about the film. It will be the first film that Tyler will star in that he has not directed or written.

Right now Tyler is directing and filming his new movie “The Family That Preys” starring Oscar winner Kathy Bates, Alfre Woodard and Sanaa Lathan.

March 16, 2008 Posted by | American Film, Black Film, thegritsncheesedish | , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment