Some interesting things happened over the weekend.
Sony’s No Good Deed goes No. 1
No Good Deed, the Sony Screen Gems thriller starring Idris Elba (The Wire) and Taraji P. Henson (Think Like A Man), topped the box office this weekend with a take of nearly $25 million. Typical of a film with serious interest among African Americans, Deed’s success is being hailed by some as “a surprise.”
Kanye West’s sensitivity severely disabled
This hubbub seems to be finally winding down just short of being dubbed “WheelchairGate.” But, in case you missed it: Rapper and future presidential hopeful Kanye West (Ego Party) halted his concert in Australia on Friday night to demand that everyone stand for the next song. When one seated man did not comply, West harangued him for a long, awkward moment until discovering that said man was confined to a wheelchair. Oh, there’s video:
Actress — not whore — cuffed by LA cops
On Thursday, African-American actress Daniele Watts (Django Unchained) was handcuffed and detained by the LAPD essentially for PDA. While making out with her boyfriend, who is white, Watts was asked to present identification by two Studio City police officers. When she refused, she was cuffed and made to sit in the back of a police car while the officers questioned her boyfriend about her identity. Both Watts and her boyfriend, chef Brian Lucas, believe she was detained because the officers mistook her for a prostitute — not a particular prostitute, mind you, just any ol’ hooker operating in broad daylight. What the heck is going on over there in Studio City?
(via The Huffington Post)
David Letterman wanted to hear The Eagles
Thanks to friend, David Letterman fan, and occasional Playboy contributor Ken Tucker for posting this clip from Friday night’s Late Night on his Facebook feed. On the evening in question, the grumpy talk show host had a hankering for some music by the Eagles. When told he couldn’t commission a tune from Paul and the in-house band because of legal reasons, Letterman launched into a wonderfully improv show of curmudgeonly rebellion that the audience in stitches for minutes. Dave, you will be missed.