Thelma e-mailed to say she loved the 2023 film THE COLOR PURPLE (I did too) and that it's still at the movies and could make $100 million. No.
No, Taraji P. Henson killed the enthusiasm for the film. Her non-stop bitching and whining drove people away. It's not a surprise. If I'm excited about a new movie with Ryan Gosling and Halle Bailey and they go on to give interviews whining that this happened and that happened? They're not selling the movie, they are turning people off. I don't care about your trailer, Taraji. I don't cry that they wanted you to drive yourself to work. I'm not losing my s**t because you -- a failed film actress -- 'only' got paid $150,000 for the film.
She destroyed the film. She should never be cast in a film again.
Thelma, it's over THE COLOR PURPLE. I wish that wasn't the case. The musical is a better film than the original -- it's also truer to the novel.
But it's over for the film. Yes, it's still in theaters. This past weekend? People continued to pay to see it -- a small group of people. The film came in number 23 for the weekend. Number 23. It made $200,279 dollars -- that's less than $70,000 each day. It's days are over.
Taraji destroyed the film. She's got a bit part in a PEACOCK limited series about Muhammad Ali. The stars are Samuel L. Jackson, Kevin Hart, Don Cheadle, Myles Bullock and Terrence Howard. She's a little nothing begging for roles now. She should keep begging and she should be denied. There was so much beauty in THE COLOR PURPLE but all she could was bitch and moan and destroy the film's prospects. Her ego was an attack on Black America and she can take her fat, saggy, old ass back to the ghetto because we don't need her. Middle aged failure.
Number one film of the weekend was ARGYLLE grossing $17 million. MEAN GIRLS has dropped to number six and has made $66 million in four weeks. Worldwide, it's at $92 million. And, remember, UNIVERSAL made this for PEACOCK. This wasn't a planned theater film. they made it for $36 million to be online product. Then they saw the excitement over the project and -- after getting slammed for previously leaving money on the table with other PEACOCK offerings that should have been released in the theaters -- they released it.
Going out with C.I.'s "Iraq snapshot:"
"The partnership is based on a request from the Japan's defence ministry for the purpose of importing defence equipment for the Self-Defense Forces necessary for Japan's security, and is not in any way related to the current conflict between Israel and Palestine," Hachimura told an earnings press conference.
"Taking into consideration the International Court of Justice's order on January 26, and that the Japanese government supports the role of the Court, we have already suspended new activities related to the MOU, and plan to end the MOU by the end of February," he said.
The Palestine Red Crescent Society (PRCS) says that hundreds of people who had been taking shelter at its headquarters in Khan Younis and the nearby Al-Amal hospital have begun to leave.
On Friday, the aid group called for a humanitarian corridor to help evacuate those wounded and wishing to leave Al-Amal Hospital in Khan Younis where it said Israeli tanks were “firing live ammunition” and four people had been killed.
Alarms have been raised for days over the hospital as a site of “relentless bombing and direct gunfire,” PRCS said in a news release, with the group also sayings its medical workers were living in a “state of terror and panic.”
The aid group said on Monday: “This comes after the International Committee of the Red Cross informed the PRCS of the occupation's approval to provide a safe passage, allowing the displaced individuals to exit Al-Amal Hospital and the PRCS's headquarters towards the Mawasi area in Khan Younis.”
“Hundreds of displaced individuals have begun leaving the PRCS's headquarters and Al-Amal Hospital after being besieged for over two weeks,” it added.
At the same time, the PRCS said the Israeli military had taken the General Manager of Al-Amal Hospital, Dr. Haider Al-Qaddura, and the hospital's Administrative Director, Maher Atallah, “to an unknown location.” CNN has reached out to the IDF for comment on whether the two officials have been detained.
The Royal Jordanian Air Force worked with the Dutch Air Force Sunday to successfully airdrop aid and medical supplies twice in the vicinity of the Jordanian field hospital in northern Gaza, according to officials in both countries.
The drop included humanitarian and medical supplies, delivered using GPS-guided parachutes, according to a statement from the Jordanian Armed Forces Sunday.
The Dutch Ministry of Defense confirmed the successful humanitarian mission, and chef José Andrés, founder of the NGO World Central Kitchen, said he was also part of the effort.
The Hamas-run Health Ministry in Gaza said on Saturday that 107 people were killed over the past 24 hours, bringing the wartime total to 27,238, with more than 66,000 people have been wounded.
Scotland Yard estimated around 10,000 demonstrators had marched through the West End of London on Saturday, with the crowd doubling to 20,000 for the speeches in Whitehall.
Demonstrators carried banners which read “end the killing” that were accompanied by harrowing images of the bloodshed since the conflicted erupted.
Other banners declared “free the children”, “freedom to Palestine” and “Boycott Israel”.
At least 200,000 people marched for Palestine in London on Saturday, a sign of the continuing mass anger against Israel’s genocidal assault in Gaza. Some speakers at the march rally said it was 250,000.
At the same time around 10,000 people were on the streets in Edinburgh (see below). It was the biggest march in the city since the start of the Israeli assault on Gaza.
In London, Amara, a young Muslim woman from Tower Hamlets, told Socialist Worker, “Israel needs to give Palestine its land back. And those who were forced to leave Palestine have to be allowed back.
“Just like the British Empire was forced to give land back—the Israeli state has to do the same. It’s not theirs to keep.”
Marchers chanted, “Rishi Sunak you can’t hide, we charge you with genocide,” and, “Keir Starmer, you can’t hide, you support a genocide.”
Farah, who lives in London but is from Iraq, said, “I have no words for what Israel is doing except genocide. But I’m not shocked at the response from the West, or Arab leaders. They care about their own interests.”
Safa and Meenal from west London said, “Cutting Unrwa aid funding is unacceptable and the accusations against it are bullshit—respect to Spain for actually upping their funding. The labelling of Houthis as terrorists is ridiculous—the British and US armies are two of the world’s biggest terrorist organisations.
“Police trying to scare people into silence and off the streets won’t work. We know what we’re standing for, everyone protesting today is on the right side of history.”
Sophie from Northampton said, “In Yemen the Houthis are standing up for what’s right, Britain needs to stop bombing them.”
The police were noticeably more aggressive than previously on the demonstration. They had issued a ban on face coverings—a studied insult to Muslim women—in advance. They arrested a protester for this at one point.
And later they pushed into the Socialist Worker Student Society (SWSS) section of the march, seized the lead banner with its slogan, “Victory to the resistance”—but then returned it.
There were at least 31 trade union banners in the special section of the march, and many others sprinkled throughout the rest of the demonstration.
The workplace and student day of action on Wednesday, 7 February, is now a chance to deepen the movement among workers and students. Pete from King’s College London UCU union branch said, “We need more direct action targeted at the arms industry.”
On 7 February, he said, “We are doing a staff and student lunchtime walkout for Palestine.”
Thousands of people gathered in France, Switzerland, and Germany on Saturday to call for an immediate ceasefire in Gaza.
In Paris, hundreds of protesters, carrying Palestinian and South African flags, denounced the ongoing Israeli attacks on Gaza. Criticising the French president for “complicity” in Israel’s attacks on Palestinians, the protesters urged the government to work towards peace in the Middle East.
In Geneva, thousands marched through the city centre in support of the people of Gaza. In Berlin, 2,000 Palestinian supporters rallied at Potsdamer Platz against the attacks.
More rallies are planned across the world on Sunday to call for an end to the war that has seen more than 27,000 Palestinians killed by Israeli attacks on Gaza since October 7.