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Toy Story 3 an inevitable box office smash


									                                                                                                                                                                                                                           aLWatan DaiLY
   entertainment                                                                                                                                                                                              thursDAY, june 10, 2010

Toy Story 3                    In death,
an inevitable box office smash Gary Coleman’s life takes strange turns
                                                                                                                           LOS ANGELES: Actor Gary Coleman              fortune.                                                  According to on tuesday, the
                                                                                                                      may have lived a life of strange and often sad         Years later, he found himself working as a      actor asked in his 1999 will for a wake “con-
                                                                                                                      twists, but in death his legacy seems to have     shopping mall security guard, and attempted          ducted by those who have had no financial
                                                                                                                      taken even stranger turns.                        to recapture his celebrity by running for Cali-      ties to me and can look each other in the eyes
                                                                                                                           reports of death photos for sale, multiple   fornia governor in a 2003 election.                  and say they really cared personally for Gary
                                                                                                                      wills, and a canceled funeral due to family            “People like that are so stimulated by          Coleman.”
                                                                                                                      bickering have added to the drama of a once       fame that when they are alone, they feel they             Price, who is now said to be locked out of
                                                                                                                      promising child star on Diff’rent Strokes who     don’t exist,” said Walter. “they are devastated      the home the couple shared, is expected to
                                                                                                                      peaked too soon and was never able to stage       if they are not perpetually approved.”               contest any will. she also claims that the two
                                                                                                                      a successful comeback.                                                                                 planned to renew their vows.
                                                                                                                           Yet, pop culture and hollywood watch-               Bizarre Deeds After Death                          But in the past two days, numerous re-
                                                                                                                      ers say that the events are not so strange for        In late May, the former star was hospital-       ports say Price was involved in the sale of
                                                                                                                      people who find fame at a young age and           ized after falling in his utah home and suf-         photos of Coleman in the hospital -- taken
                                                                                                                      crave it for the remainder of their lives after   fering a brain hemorrhage. One day later, he         before and after his death.
                                                                                                                      it’s gone.                                        slipped into a coma and on May 28, 24-year                Victor Perillo, Coleman’s former agent
                                                                                                                           richard Walter, a screenwriting profes-      old shannon Price decided to take him off life       said in a statement tuesday he was “person-
                                                                                                                      sor at the uCLA school of theater, Film and       support.                                             ally appalled” to hear of the pictures.
                                                                                                                      television said Coleman is likely somewhere           soon it was revealed that Price and Cole-             “this is unconscionable and despicable,”
                                                                                                                      watching the drama unfold and enjoying “the       man were not married as believed, but were           said Perillo. “I would like to praise all the rep-
                                                                                                                      fuss and bother” his death is causing.            divorced at the time of his death. the couple,       utable news organizations that declined the
                                                                                                                           “Wherever Gary is now, he would pre-         who were secretly wed in 2007, broke up a            offers. I hope others will do the same out of
                                                                                                                      fer this kind of attention rather than a quiet    year later but were living together when he          respect and human decency.”
                                                                                                                      death,” said Walter. “throughout his life, he     died. Price was authorized to make medical                robert thompson, professor of television
                                                                                                                      continued to crave the kind of attention he       decisions on his behalf.                             and Pop Culture at syracuse university cited
                                                                                                                      once had and was unable to close that chapter         Yet that was only the beginning of the           similar post-death dramas with Michael jack-
                                                                                                                      of his life and move on. Otherwise, why all       posthumous drama.                                    son and Anna nicole smith. thompson sees
                                                                                                                      the antics?”                                          Coleman’s estranged parents, sue and             Coleman’s life in three phases: tV superstar,
                                                                                                                           For fans, however, it seems a sad ending     Willie Coleman said they learned of their            followed by mockery and self-mockery, and
                                                                                                                      for the 42-year-old actor whose life got off to   son’s death through media reports. they              a surreal afterlife where everyday there ap-
                                                                                                                      bad start when he suffered a congenital kid-      planned a funeral, then canceled it amid bick-       pears a new wrinkle in death.
                                                                                                                      ney disease that halted his growth and led to     ering with Price.                                         “For people like Gary, the real stories are
                                                                                                                      two kidney transplants later in life.                 A 1999 will said Coleman’s ex-manager,           not the movies or the shows they star in,” said
                                                                                                                           Coleman found fame and riches as the di-     Dion Mial, is the executor of Coleman’s es-          thompson. “It’s the outrageous off-screen
                                                                                                                      minutive star of hit sitcom Diff’rent Strokes     tate, but todd Bridges, who starred with Cole-       drama that seems to maintain their careers
                                                                                                                      (1978-1986), but he had to sue his parents in     man on “Diff’rent strokes,” has claimed he           long after the peak of performance - in some
                                                                                                                      1989 after they had squandered much of his        has paperwork to a secret will.                      cases long after they die.” -reuters

     FILE - A set of Jessie and Woody talking figures from the animated film Toy Story 3 are shown in
     this undated publicity photo released to Reuters June 1, 2010. (Reuters)

         LOS ANGELES: After a decade-plus absence,          and his mom (Laurie Metcalf) forcing him to first
     the toys are back in town, and boy are they a sight    sort through his stuff.
     for sore, 3D-beaten eyes.                                  After a perilous brush with the garbage truck,
         Toy Story 3 might not carry that eye-popping       Woody, Buzz and company find themselves en-
     dazzle of 1995’s milestone original that put Pixar     sconced at a day-care center where they’re at the
     on the map, but, in the absence of groundbreak-        mercy of terrifying preschoolers.
     ing innovation, there’s a greater depth that isn’t         But there turns out to be an even more sin-
     solely attributable to those now-ubiquitous goofy      ister force behind all the chaos, as personified
     glasses.                                               by the aforementioned Lotso, a bear bearing a
         Playing with more darkly complex emotions          grudge bigger than his belly. As with last year’s
     than the previous two installments, incoming di-       Up, there’s nothing cheap or showy about the 3D
     rector Lee unkrich (co-director of Toy Story 2         here, which has been incorporated to heighten
     and Monsters, Inc.) and screenwriter Michael           and enrich the vibrantly lit animation.
     Arndt (“Little Miss sunshine”) manage to add               Despite striking trademark emotional chords,
     nice substance without noticeably weighing down        Toy Story 3 takes full advantage of its main at-
     the beloved characters.                                traction - those larger-than-life toys.
         speaking of which, in addition to all the fa-          returning along with tom hanks’ and tim Al-
     miliar faces, there’s no shortage of entertaining      len’s now-iconic Woody and Buzz in the toy box
     new arrivals to this particular playdate, most no-     are Mr. and Mrs. Potato head (Don rickles and
     tably the seemingly gregarious Lotso (effectively      estelle harris), jessie (joan Cusack) and hamm
     voiced by ned Beatty), a jumbo pink plush teddy        (john ratzenberger).
     with something bitter and unpleasant festering             Welcome additions, aside from Lotso (who
     beneath his strawberry scent.                          could have escaped from a tennessee Williams
         In a season filled with underperformers, ex-       play), include a preening, short-shorts-wearing
     pect Toy Story 3 to rise to the occasion upon its      Ken (a terrific Michael Keaton), a pompous, the-
     june 18 release, handily extending Disney/Pixar’s      atrical Mr. Pricklepants (timothy Dalton) and the
     winning streak.                                        truly disturbing (in a tragic way) Big Baby.
         shamelessly hitting empty-nesters where                It might no longer be the sparkling new thing
     they live, the new adventure finds an all-grown-       on the block, but Toy Story 3 still has a few fresh
     up Andy (john Morris) heading out for college          tricks up its warm, fuzzy sleeve. -reuters                          FILE - In this June 8, 2008 photo, actor Gary Coleman performs at the TV Land Awards in Santa Monica, Calif. (AP)

Heidi Montag files for Japanese pundits protest                                                                                                                            Car reportedly owned by
separation from co-star dolphin film cancellation                                                                                                                          Kanye West stolen, wrecked
                                                                        TOKYO: Fifty-five journalists, academ-              Distributor unplugged said it was nego-            HONOLULU: Police are trying to
                                                                    ics and film directors in japan condemned          tiating with dozens of theaters throughout          determine who stole a pricey sports car
                                                                    intimidation and threats that led movie            japan, but no showing has been scheduled            that reportedly belonged to rapper Kanye
                                                                    theaters to cancel screenings of The Cove,         so far. the film was shown at the tokyo In-         West, and crashed it into a honolulu
                                                                    a documentary about the slaughter of dol-          ternational Film Festival in October, but has       house.
                                                                    phins in a japanese village.                       not yet opened to the japanese public.                  honolulu police said tuesday a black
                                                                        three movie theaters that had been                  Movie director hirokazu Koreeda, jour-         Porsche Panamera rammed into the unoc-
                                                                    scheduled to show the film later this month        nalist soichiro tahara and feminist Chizuko         cupied house near Waikiki early saturday,
                                                                    canceled their plans last week after receiv-       ueno were among the 55 public person-               creating a large hole in the side of the ga-
                                                                    ing a flood of angry phone calls and warn-         alities who signed a protest letter in which        rage and crumpling the sedan.
                                                                    ings of protests by nationalists, who have         they said they were alarmed by the intimi-              Witnesses reported seeing two men
                                                                    been screaming slogans outside the tokyo           dation tactics used to pressure theaters to         walk away from the car after the crash,
                                                                    office of the japanese distributor in recent       cancel the planned screenings.                      and police are still trying to identify the
                                                                    months.                                                 “this is a film that has been widely           suspects. no arrests have been made.
                                                                        Protesters criticize the film as a betrayal    shown abroad. If the work, which is about               KItV and the honolulu star-Adver-
                                                                    of japanese pride.                                 japan, cannot be shown in japan, it only            tiser reported the car is registered to West,
                                                                        the American movie, this year’s win-           underlines the weakness of the freedom of           who had been in hawaii while recording a
                                                                    ner of the Academy Award for best docu-            speech in japan,” they said in the statement        new album.
                                                                    mentary, features undercover footage of            sent to media and unplugged on Monday.                  Police spokeswoman Michelle Yu
                                                                    the dolphin hunt in a japanese village and              they said that opinion may be divided          wouldn’t confirm who owns the car, and
                                                                    documents efforts by ric O’Barry, a former         on the film, but that meant it should be            West’s agent didn’t immediately return a
                                                                    trainer for the Flipper tV series, to stop the     shown to a wide audience to encourage de-           phone message seeking comment. -AP                            FILE - Kanye West
                                                                    slaughter of dolphins for food.                    bate. -AP

                                                                                                                                                                    Doctor Who,
                       FILE - Heidi Montag                                                                                                                          Kick-Ass stars join Fright Night
          LOS ANGELES: More than The Hills may be ending
     for two of its stars - heidi Montag has filed for separation                                                                                                       LOSANGELES: Davidtennant, best known               but when the teen turns to him for assistance,
     from spencer Pratt. she cited irreconcilable differences                                                                                                       for starring in the BBC series Doctor Who, and         he’s less than helpful.
     in a court document submitted tuesday in santa Monica,                                                                                                         Christopher Mintz-Plasse are joining the cast of            Mintz-Plasse is playing evil ed, Yelchin’s
     Calif.                                                                                                                                                         Fright Night, a remake of the cult 1985 film.          friend who feels slighted that Charlie has left his
          Montag and Pratt are stars of the MtV series The                                                                                                              Anton Yelchin stars as Charlie, a teen con-        nerdy past behind and thus joins the vampire’s
     Hills and have been married since last April. the series is                                                                                                    vinced that his new neighbor (Colin Farrell) is a      coven. the DreamWorks movie marks the first
     in its final season.                                                                                                                                           vampire. toni Collette is the teen’s disbelieving      real foray into America for tennant. he starred
          Montag’s two-page handwritten filing does not offer                                                                                                       mom, who falls under the vampire’s spell.              in the nBC pilot “rex Is not Your Lawyer,” but
     any more details on the couple’s breakup. An e-mail sent                                                                                                           tennant will play Peter Vincent, a character       it did not get picked up.
     to an MtV spokeswoman seeking comment was not im-                                                                                                              who in the original movie was played by roddy               Mintz-Plasse, meanwhile, is continuing to
     mediately returned.                                                                                                                                            McDowall as the host of a late-night horror            show that there is life after McLovin, the char-
          the filing also doesn’t indicate whether Montag in-                                                                                                       show. In the remake, he’s a Las Vegas magician         acter he played in his acting debut in Superbad.
     tends to file for divorce, which would formally end their                                                                                                      whose show revolves around horror-movie im-            he recently was onscreen as the red Mist in
     marriage. -AP                                                               FILE - Screen grab of Doctor Who showing David Tennant                             agery. Vincent claims to be a vampire expert,          Kick-Ass. -reuters

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