Monday, December 17, 2007


While Gabrielle Union's new movie The Perfect Holiday hit rock bottom in this weekend's final box office sales, netting a measly $3.6 million since opening last Wednesday, the actress extended her cape crusade for celebrity blogger Perez Hilton and once again expressed her disdain and dislike towards Black bloggers who she says post vicious and false truths about her and other Black celebrities. And although she made some really good points, she totally missed the mark when she said Perez never dogs his fellow Latinos. But what I want to know is what's the use of continuing to exert your energy by dwelling on something when you know nine times out of ten nothing's going to change? To each his own. But still...just let it go. She spoke to about it. Check out the excerpt below.

VIBE.COM: In your recent ESSENCE.COM interview, you touched on the media, mainly black-run blogs that spread rumors without checking facts. What can these outlets do differently if they don't have you or any entertainer per se to reach out to correctly?

GABRIELLE UNION: It's like if you wrote for a major newspaper or a major magazine. If you can't substantiate your claims, you don't write them. We don't have enough black voices, [and] we certainly don't have enough people in entertainment who are trying to do good things for our community, so anytime you try to attack someone's character, you negate their voice for all the things that they're trying to do. I come out and speak about African American sexual assault survivors and what we can do to provide support and help to those survivors. I talk about African Americans and breast cancer. But people aren't going to listen to those things if you are spreading lies and rumors, you know what I mean? It kinda negates all the good things that you do. It makes me want to just work harder and do more good, but it's frustrating and it makes a lot of people in my industry say, "Screw it! If I can't even get my own people to listen and not talk ill of me, what hope do I have for mainstream media?"


If you look at what Perez [Hilton] does - and I don't advocate for Perez, you know, he can write hurtful things about a lot of people - but what he does as a man of color, as a Latino, is he never dogs Latinos, ever. He actually breaks artists on his website. They can go from "Who the hell is that?" to Number One on iTunes in a day, just from what he says. So he's trying to uplift his own people. I mean, he dogs everybody else, but as a man of color, I applaud you. I can't dog you for not dogging your own people. He never says anything negative about Latinos, ever, and I just wish that we had more of that kind of "raise up" mentality and pulled each other up instead of dragging each other down.

Especially like... If I got arrested, say whatever you want to say. If I had kids and left them in the car while I partied, or I got out of cabs showing all my private parts, you have every right to dog me. If I came out and dogged my own people, kill me in your blogs. But don't make things up! I do enough, and if you really got spies everywhere you'd know what I was doing, you wouldn't have to make things up. And if you don't know your facts, then just don't print them.



For the last man on Earth, Will Smith sure has a lot of friends. The Warner Bros. tale I Am Legend, starring Smith as a plague survivor who may be the last living human, debuted with $76.5 million, the biggest December opening ever and a personal best for one of Hollywood's top box-office champs, according to studio estimates Sunday. "It's no wonder Will Smith feels so lonely. Everyone else on Earth is in the movie theater," said Paul Dergarabedian, president of box-office tracker Media By Numbers. The 20th Century Fox family flick Alvin and the Chipmunks, starring Jason Lee in a big-screen take on the cartoon critters, opened a strong No. 2 with $45 million. The two films combined to give Hollywood a year-end surge after a drowsy fall season.

I Am Legend smashed Smith's personal debut record, easily exceeding the $52.1 million opening weekends of I, Robot and Men in Black II, his previous bests. I Am Legend outdid the $72.6 million premiere of 2003's The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King, the previous best December opening.

Based on the Richard Matheson novel filmed twice before as Vincent Price's The Last Man on Earth and Charlton Heston's The Omega Man, I Am Legend casts Smith as a scientist trying to find a cure and fighting off the vestiges of humanity, people transformed by the plague into vampire-like creatures.


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