Monday, July 27, 2015

Chris Tucker Is In Full Effect

BY: GURU JAY


There is a method to the madness of comedy. Madman Chris Tucker started his career addressing poverty, drugs, and crime. Now, as one of the richest celebrities, the Money Talks star can’t complain about money anymore. Or can he?

If you want to know what happened to his finances, watch Chris Tucker Live. Tucker fell in the same trap as thousands of other celebrities. He bought two houses right next door to each other. Like most celebs, Chris wasted his hard earned cash.

Still, the crafty comic finds a way to laugh at his mistakes. All the greats fall short of glory. When fans glorify celebrity money, they don’t take expenses in account. All those exotic women, trips, and Lamborghinis cost money. Because of his experiences, Chris not only laughs it off, he writes it off on his tax forms.

I love comedy. And so, I keep track of the best comedians. I believe Tucker is one of the greatest to ever perform. Everyone has seen his movies. But, have you seen his standups?

First, I analyze his most recent standup. Then, I discuss the Rush Hour trilogy and Friday. I conclude with my final thoughts about his career. So, sit back and relax, because at GuruJay.com Chris Tucker is in full effect.

Chris Tucker Live

Right now, you can watch Chris Tucker’s new standup special on Netflix. Chris Tucker Live proves why he is still one of the best comics. If you want original comedy, then check this out. You won’t want to miss this exciting ride along.

His opening routine is crazy, wild, and fun. Initially, Chris joked about marriage, sex, and dating. Then, he discussed his family life, in particular the challenging nature of raising his son as a single father. As Chris matures, so does his story. Although the comic is admittedly foolish, he’s wiser now.

Later on in Chris Tucker Live, he explains dealing with trust issues. The McDonald drive thru window skit is hilarious. There is nothing like Chris Tucker’s euphoric stage presence. Before he utters a word you want to chuckle.

Chris Tucker talks about everything including his love life and financial problems. As usual, he mocks Wesley Snipes, who was sentenced for tax evasion. Clearly, the comedian channels greats Richard Pryor and Eddie Murphy.

Old Man Tucker is a comedic scholar. If they were awarding PHDs in comedy, Tucker would receive the first one. Only Dave Chappelle is more knowledgeable on this subject matter. As great as Chappelle is, Dave hasn’t achieved Chris Tucker’s level of movie stardom.

A Familiar Scene

While coming to the stage, Chris Tucker starts dancing suggestively. After a few grooves he’s awed the crowd, particularly the young ladies. Everyone keeps laughing all night long. You see Chris can make anybody crack a smile.

A comedian is only as good as his jokes. And Tucker has outstanding material. Maybe, he hired Chappelle’s writers to write his lines. More importantly, he was comfortable and prepared for battle.

Nonetheless, he tickled those funny bones nonstop. I doubt anyone asked for a refund because it lasted more than 1 hour and 30 minutes. Normally, standup is edited for 1 hour, but this was a special occasion. Mr. Tucker had to set the record straight, because rumors of all kinds were circulating worldwide.

When reputations are on the line, people automatically assume the worst things. Despite a media spanking, Chis Tucker brought his butt back to comedy in extraordinary fashion. Was he wearing a custom fitted suit? Believe me, all the single ladies were paying close attention to his wardrobe and ring finger.

Upcoming comics should take notice of how revealing Tucker was about his personal pitfalls. At the same time, he was unapologetic because you grow from your mistakes. In a sense, he took everybody to church.

Make no mistake; Chris Tucker made a momentous comeback. Your funnyman demonstrated why he’s worth watching. Hopefully, he can uses this momentum to fuel more blockbusters. Who wants to see Friday 4 or Rush Hour 4?

Of course, the BET Awards host presented many Michael Jackson jokes. As you may know, he and the King of Pop were friends. This time he brings Barry Gibb into the mix.

Let me paraphrase his joke for you. Michael and Chris went over to the Bee Gees singer’s house to watch the Oscars. Out of nowhere Barry Gibb and Michael Jackson start singing How Deep Is Your Love. That’s when Chris comes in, and Michael instantly stops him.

He tells him, “Chris no, Chris- stick with the jokes.” If you are a music/comedy fan this was one of the event’s highlights for you.

Although Tucker didn’t talk about Jackie Chan, he described their relationship in several interviews and past standups. One reason Tucker owed all those taxes is due to his financial success with the Rush Hour trilogy. 

You know Rush Hour lovers are waiting for this unique pair to reprise their defining roles. He did, however, discuss Ice Cube and the remote possibility of filming another Friday movie.

Fortunately, Chris stated he is current on his taxes. You must respect how comics willingly discuss their personal lives. Most people are embarrassed to owe the IRS. But, the courageous Chris Tucker could care less about what people think.

Furthermore, Chris Tucker is a tough comic. There isn’t a tougher entertainment business than comedy. You won’t get far without paying your dues. I’m certain in the past Chris got booed off stage. Even Dave Chappelle occasionally hears boos from his crowds.

Certain things come with the territory. Making your mark requires patience. Luckily, Chris Tucker persevered. His experience as an entertainer is on full display in Chris Tucker Live. If you want to see more of his standups, check out his Def Comedy Jam specials.

Before becoming famous, he might have been funnier. When a man is hungry for success, he digs deep down because his stomach aches. Chris’s earlier work will have your guts cramping. I don’t believe he knew how successful he would ultimately become.
                                                         
Tucker should trademark his high-pitched voice, which disguises his Southern accent. Did you know he filmed his latest special in front of his hometown Atlanta, Georgia? That’s why the audience is screaming like little bitches. Still, he would have received great responses any place. He is applauded everywhere, because he is an international sensation.

Whose star shines brighter in comedy than Chris Tucker’s? What is more, he built a durable brand. Don’t you like how he organizes his jokes? He feeds his fans like chocolate craving spoiled toddlers. Chris is elite because he mastered crowd control and gives you what you love.

Rush Hour


I was still in elementary school when Rush Hour released. It’s one of the first Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan films I recall watching. Moreover, the first Rush Hour was action-packed because of Jackie Chan, and comedy-filled because of Chris Tucker. Give credit to casting for securing this dynamic combination.

Every director desires to duplicate Rush Hour, because it represents popular culture. Think about how many drivers get stuck in rush hour traffic everyday. This fast-paced society constantly searches for shortcuts in everything. Plus, saving time is invaluable.

Also, the movie introduces other civilizations to Chinese beliefs, customs, and traditions. In a way, Chris Tucker is an unofficial comedy ambassador to China. What is more, China likes him as an individual, not just as Jackie Chan’s sidekick. They think he’s Kobe Bryant.

Chris Tucker doesn’t need Jackie to walk the streets of Hong Kong, Beijing, or Songhai. Chinese people acknowledge Chis Tucker alone.

The following movie line is internationally known. “Do you understand the words that are coming out of my mouth?” Instantly, movie lovers recognize that line from Rush Hour. There’s no need to play charades or Whose Line Is It Anyway?. Chris Tucker may not be an original king of comedy, but he’s a president.

I highly recommend watching Rush Hour again. After that, why not watch part 2 and 3? Make it a marathon. Trust me, it’s a great idea.

Rush Hour is about bonding and brotherhood. Chris’s character LAPD officer James Carter doesn’t want a partner. But he finds a friend for life in Chinese policeman Lee played by Jackie Chan. Emotions run high as they attempt to rescue the Chinese council’s young daughter, who was kidnapped. They make a mess of Los Angeles in the process.

If you’re interested in martial arts, you’ll appreciate its fight scenes. Everyone realizes Jackie Chan’s mastery, but Chris surprisingly throws a few blows. You see, Chan does most of the work but Tucker receives all of the praise. Furthermore, this flick establishes Chris Tucker as a mega movie star.

Among my top 10 favorite comedy movies, Rush Hour ranks 2nd. It is an original script involving Chinese politics. In 1997, Hong Kong gained sovereignty from British imperial rule. The movie critiques diplomacy and foreign policy.

Meanwhile FBI Special Agent Ross assigns Chris Tucker to escort Jackie Chan away from it all. But Jackie travelled 10,000 miles, because the Council wanted his help in this matter. It takes time, but eventually Chris and Jackie team up together and solve the case. There are many memorable scenes. What are your favorites?

Rush Hour 2

In, Rush Hour 2 these two cop buddies think they’re working with the Secret Service. Once again, proper authorities try to keep Lee and Carter at a workable distance. “Fool me once, shame on you. Fool me twice, shame on me.” This time Roselyn Sanchez’s character pulls a wooly mammoth over their eyes.    

Chris Tucker’s Rush Hour legacy is a lot like Eddie Murphy’s Beverly Hills Cop’s legacy. As expected, Tucker doesn’t slow down in Rush Hour 2. Although the original film was superior, the sequel is by no means a substandard production. This movie has incredible action!

The massage parlor scene is one my favorites. With all accounted for, there were 28 masseuses to choose from. Also, I won’t forget when officer Carter smashes gangster Ricky Tan’s laptop computer. After Lee and Carter kick all that ass, the mob still captures them.

Do you remember the karaoke scene? Does Chris Tucker sing and dance in every one of his movies? You see comedy combined with music produces wonders. Furthermore, Chris Tucker’s much-admired movies separate him from his contemporaries. 

Irrespective of genres, the best movies have twists. In this installment, Ricky Tan fakes his death. Plus, for about 15 minutes Lee believes Carter died in a police station bombing. Gratefully, Lee and Carter secure the gold plates before the Triads flee to China.

Rush Hour 3

I saw Rush Hour 3 twice in theaters. I believe it’s one of the top 50 comedy movies of all time. Also, it’s one of the most well written scripts I’ve ever seen. The first Rush Hour is better than this one only by a slim margin.

Unity is the underlying theme of Rush Hour 3. In the words of Peaches & Herb, the excited Chris Tucker and Jackie Chan are “reunited, and it feels so good.” By now, Carter (Tucker) and Lee (Chan) have built a decade long friendship on the silver screen and in real life.

Oddly enough, the Chinese council became an ambassador. Apparently, there was a governmental change. Politics, specifically corruption, is an important subplot of this lucrative trilogy. Brilliantly, the 3rd installment incorporates France into the story. For the first time, Rush Hour 3 is filmed in French and Japanese along with English and Mandarin.

Noticeably, Chris Tucker has adopted the Chinese lifestyle onscreen and off. However, his love interest French model Noemi Lenoir has foolish Chris speaking French at times. Lee is holding a grudge, because Carter caused his breakup with Sanchez. There is a lot of tension and unanswered questions.

In summary, the Rush Hour series is Chris Tucker’s magnum opus. In total, Tucker made $20 million for Rush Hour 2, and $25 million for Rush Hour 3. After an eight-year layoff, I believe there will be another installment. Who knows what screenwriters will come up with next?

Friday

Real Chris Tucker fans prize the comedian’s contribution to Friday. This breakthrough movie made Tucker famous. Chris plays Smokey, who is a drug dealer with a marijuana addiction. Ice Cube stars as Craig, who loses his job on his day off. Faizon Love (Big Worm) demands payment from Smokey or else.

And then there’s Dee Bo, the main antagonist. He has the whole neighborhood terrified because he’s “some kind of super thug.”

If you enjoy stoner comedies, you’ll like Friday. Whenever Chris Tucker travels, he is always reminded about his Smokey part. Without Tucker, Next Friday features Mike Epps, famous for playing cousin Day Day.

Although in the end, Craig is still unemployed; he gets the girl- none other than Nia Long. Finally, Smokey pays his debt to the Menace 2 Society. This shows success stories are possible. Stepping out on faith, man can conquer his lifetime quest. Moreover, Chris Tucker’s comedy has changed, because he’s spiritually conscience now.

Without Friday, his legacy would be different. Chris gives a piece of himself in every character. That’s why reprising the role of Smokey could be difficult for him. However, money talks, and Chris likes greenbacks and talking.

Career Path

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Throughout his entire career, Chris Tucker demonstrated that less equals more. The funnyman actually turned down valuable roles in pursuit of a bigger payday. Here’s an interesting read about it. 

Isn’t it unforgettable whenever Tucker appears in a movie? Chris negotiates like Samuel L. Jackson in the Negotiator. ‘Compromise’ isn’t a word in his vocabulary. Yes, he missed out on prime opportunities but he kept his dignity.

Even in an economic recession, Chris was highly selective. You must know your market value, and never settle for less. Those CEOs want to pay you as little as possible. Educate yourself about the entertainment business. That’s exactly what Chris Tucker did.

Plus, by holding out celebs can amass fortunes. How many athletes wait until the deadline before signing $100 million contracts? In the 2015 NBA offseason DeAndre Jordan cancelled arrangements with Mark Cuban’s Dallas Mavericks.

Calculative Chris Tucker has his dominoes lined up in rows. All he needs to do is push it. You see the entertainment industry is peculiar. That’s why great entertainers are peculiar.

Moreover, Tucker made bold moves from the start. He’s pitching to himself, because he’s in a league of his own. This comedian has amazing velocity. With momentum on his side, he is unstoppable. Chris Tucker is in full effect.


I am Guru Jay launching into orbit in 5-4-3-2-1!

Tuesday, July 14, 2015

How Celine Dion Became A Motivational Singer

BY: GURU JAY

      

When was the last time you listened to Celine Dion? I want to tell you a brief story about one of my first encounters with her music. Afterwards, I’ll pay tribute to the expert performer. Crowd-pleasing is one of Miss Dion’s fortes. 

First Experience

I can recall watching the Titanic on videotape, nonetheless. You see I was a regular Blockbuster customer until college. I saw the light simultaneously with the creation of Netflix. Neither any American nor I rent BluRays from the former giant franchise.

So, I was lying on the den couch like Daniel watching the gigantic ship sink on the 40-inch TV screen. At that time I was a high school freshman. I remember all the media hype surrounding the James Cameron movie. And, I tried not to feed into this manmade frenzy.

But right after baseball practice, I was hungry for entertainment. That’s when I came across the movie my sister had rented. After viewing 30 minutes of what seemed like a 9 hour long film, I concluded the media blew this story way out of proportion. So the love story didn’t initially impress the 13 year-old Guru until he woke up at the end, and heard Leonardo’s last words along with Celine Dion’s legendary song.

For me I felt like Christopher Columbus upon discovering Celine Dion. A lot of you all, like me, treasure Celine’s talents. After all, what is the Titanic movie without My Heart Will Go On? Let’s not stop there though.

Let’s examine Celine Dion’s complete career, which is still going strong. We’ll first praise her French accolades. Then, we’ll discuss her life and legacy. Next, we’ll converse about her English singing accolades. Finally, I’ll show you how Celine Dion became a ‘motivational singer.’

French Beginnings


She was a small town girl but did not live in a lonely world. Growing up she had 13 older siblings. All of her family members began singing at any early age. However, Celine received more admiration from the family tradition because she was simply the best. Why is the youngest usually the most talented?

Throughout the 1980s until 1990, Celine Dion performed and recorded exclusively in French. Furthermore, the Canadian French-girl earned rewards and awards, while serving the Francophone. In 1982, she placed first at the Yamaha World Song Festival in Tokyo. Then in 1983, ironically the newly minted gold medal winner received a Gold record in France. She’s the first Canadian to achieve this feat.

Interior decorators are jealous of this highly decorated entertainer. In her humble and short French career, she’s achieved more than several great American singers. You see Celine has heart. She shows the upside of having a competitive spirit.

Before America and the Anglophone embraced her, the world recognized her gifts. Winning the World Song Festival in Japan demonstrated her prodigious skills. You can’t auction off Celine Dion’s priceless vocal chords.

Science can’t comprehend her supernatural powers. Anatomically, Celine’s throat appears slightly abnormal. Like a Geisha, the gorgeous superstar sports an elegant neck. Unlike a Geisha, she uses it to flip around her hair.

Did you know Celine periodically performs and records in the French language? As recently as 2012, Celine compiled and remastered an entire French album. It’s admirable how attached she is to her French-Canadian roots. Moreover, Canada can do no better than Celine Dion as her ambassador.

English Language Career


Doesn’t she always seem dignified? When singing she struts the stage like a runway model. I wonder if Tyra Banks lent her some moves or loans. Obviously, she keeps tricks up her sleeves. When she’s wearing a tank top, she stashes them in her bra.

In a nice way, Celine Dion pushes herself to the optimal point. She never crosses the line. She stops before reaching the point of no return. Currently, she’s on a hiatus and will reactivate like Optimus Prime next month in Las Vegas at Caesars Palace. There will be particularly intimate shows starring Celine. Caesars Palace actually constructed customized stages and seating for her concerts.

Listen, she is a multiple Platinum superstar for good reason. During the height of her fame, she relocated permanently to Las Vegas. For 5 consecutive years, Celine sang at the palace in front of multimillions. Thus, she is literally one of the most recognizable and loved celebrities on the planet.

I also believe her voice is heard in space, by astronauts of course! Plus, French-speaking Africans listen to Celine Dion’s music everyday. In every sense of the word, she is an “international” sensation.

What is more, Celine Dion inspires others to excel. I call her a ‘motivational singer’ because her music moves you.” Zola surit starts soft like most of her songs, and finishes forcefully. That’s how we should live our lives. As they say in Texas, “go out with a bang in full force.”

Celine Dion became a motivational singer, because people identify with her incredible journey. Elite singers are natural storytellers. And the elitist has a message for everyone. 

Celine Dion’s music captivates and mesmerizes spectators and listeners. There isn’t a wrong way to experience this singer’s passionate song making. Whether you’re at a concert or at your home, invite Celine Dion to your party.

The Canadian musician creates Mozart-type classics. Without question her hit songs should last multiple lifetimes. 100 years from now, people on Mars will be blasting Celine’s melodies inside their Apple cars. Imagine Judy Jetson playing Because You Loved Me as theme music for her reality TV show.

What other artist comes close to Celine Dion’s constant domination? Mariah Carey and Alicia Keys can’t deny Dion inspires and motivates them, because Celine affects everybody. She is critical in popular culture conversations.

Remember, the singer composes selections in French. This makes her accomplishments more meaningful. And she has remained active since the 1980s. Though Celine took a short break around 2001, she never missed a beat.

At age 47, she has the body of a 35 year old and a face of a princess. I’ve seen performances where the crowd chants encore 99 times. What is more, record shattering Celine Dion stands for unbreakable principles. Did you know she is Patron for Cystic Fibrosis Canada?

Her Ongoing Heart


When she isn’t working she gives back to communities through philanthropy. People need to stop harassing celebs, because corporations and CEOs control trillions, while a celeb only has millions. Gratefully, generous Celine isn’t selfish or obnoxious.

Although the celeb caters to fans, she caters to her man first and foremost. Celine realizes when family needs her. You see her husband René Angélil discovered Dion, and subsequently managed the music artist. She wouldn’t be where she is today without him, and vice versa.

As someone whose studied law, I can build a case that Celine Dion influences society more than Elvis Pressley, Michael Jackson, and Taylor Swift. There wasn’t YouTube, social media, or even the Internet when Celine became famous. Yet, the I Surrender songstress has amassed millions of loyal and supportive followers. I’ve spent a tremendous amount of time on her website. Everything a fan could want is right there at a button’s click.

Every generation can appreciate Celine’s excellence. Her music unites people, a rarity nowadays. Music stars must compete to become “super.” And only 20 music superstars per year get treated royally.

Show business has never been more cutthroat and shady. In all fairness, music wasn’t ever transparent. If you’re knowledgeable about music history, you’ve heard of covering from the 1950s through the 1980s. Amazing artists like Little Richard saw their songs repackaged. As a result, popular singers died penniless.

In the words of Celine Dion, “a new day has come,” and she has billions of pennies to show for it. According to Celebrity Net Worth, the entertainer is worth over $630 million. She proves why musicians must become astute business people as well as creative artists.

Moreover, music lovers adore her pleasant personality and modesty. She’s quiet and stays out of trouble. That’s hard to do when you live in Vegas. Still, relocating there was genius on her part. You can bet every casino in a 300 mile radius desires a night with the skillful showgirl.

Celine Dion teaches a class filled with exceptional students- figuratively speaking. Also, she could sing opera because her vocal capacity is beyond belief. We can’t ignore the universal nature of the superb singer’s selections.

Pop Icon


What Cher is to disco, Celine Dion is to pop. Celine Dion’s strong influence is felt through music and society. American Idol, the Voice, and X Factor contestants frequently redo Celine’s arrangements. People imitate her commanding vocals, because she controls her tempo better than most famous pop stars. For what it’s worth, Katy Perry could become the next Celine Dion.

Clearly the Eyes On Me singer has studied the law of attraction. The magnificent music artist has collaborated with global phenomenon. From Canada to South Africa, Celine has left her impressive global mark. Right now, I guarantee somebody is listening to her albums and viewing her video performances.

Did you know Celine sings in Spanish too? In fact, at the 1996 Olympics she performed in the language. Future celebrities should read her biographies and stories. You’ll find she’s a dedicated artist whose completely dominated music. In retrospect, Celine Dion conquered the 1990s both musically and artistically.

We’ve prized her music in movies. Her powerful voice on the Titanic soundtrack is everlasting. 1000 years from tomorrow, when humans finally discover how to navigate the circumference of Saturn’s rings, undoubtedly brides will walk down the aisle to Celine’s love songs.

In a violent world, music creates harmony. If time travel is possible and we could go back in history with ‘I Surrender,’ perhaps many precious lives would be saved and wars prevented. Though world peace will take time, happiness is a click away. With Spotify, Google Play, and Apple Music you can enjoy her songs.

I am inspired whenever I listen to Celine Dion’s songs. A higher power must guide her because she’s inspired billions throughout her career. I believe Celine Dion singlehandedly changed the state of music.

Celine Dion is not only a superstar but what I coin a ‘motivational singer.’ While motivational speakers give uplifting speeches, Celine Dion gives enriching music. Dion’s English hits are grander because French is her native tongue. What are your favorite Celine Dion songs?

Great musicians compose a variety of noteworthy lyrics. That’s why ‘on top’ is Celine’s favorite position on Billboard’s charts. Furthermore, Celine Dion always produces premium quality. That’s why record labels, moguls, and fans respect the artist. Celine has an amazing career because she is professional.

Writing is my life. Music is her life. I can only hope to achieve half of Celine Dion’s achievements in my career. Maybe, I’ll learn how to write in French. You see, Celine not only inspires musicians, she motivates lawyers, nurses, and teachers. If you practice for perfection, then you’ll at least be good. There’s nothing mediocre about Celine Dion or you. Reading this story means you’re above average.

Have you seen Celine’s luxurious homes? Her properties are valued at more than $100 million. Picture how much maintenance and property taxes this totals to. Celebrities love splurging on real estate.

I would advise Miss Dion to convert her homes into private museums like Graceland. That way they are investments instead of liabilities. If you ever get your hands on endless cash like Celine, don’t allow your expenses to spiral out of control. Remember to maintain a positive cash flow and save funds for rainy days. Sometimes it thunders, so prepare for when lightning strikes.

Can you imagine if celebrities started intelligently investing, saving, and living frugally like Warren Buffett? Warren Buffet still lives in a home he purchased 50 years ago for about $100,000. I recommend celebs stay balanced. With all these precautions taken, doesn’t the prospect of living in a mansion motivate you to go for it?

How Celine Dion Became A Motivational Singer

 Photos By: Wikimedia Commons

Might Celine Dion officially retire soon? She’s climbed atop music’s Mount Everest twice. After 25 years, Oprah ended her popular talk show. CNN host Larry King walked away into the sunset as well as Late Show host David Letterman. The Water From The Moon singer will be remembered as one of the greatest.

To humidify her vocal chords Celine Dion undergoes Saline Water Treatment. Paying attention to minor details separates the great from the good. It is important to do anything in your power to keep the top position.

You see Celine Dion has perfected her sound. That’s why the singer is on top of the totem pole. Plus, she works hard for her money, so they better treat this diva right. Who would like to read a story about music legend Donna Summer written by yours truly?

There’s no one else like Dion. I understand the reason for her comeback. It would be nice to watch Celine live in concert. Though, I only want her to keep performing if she’s happy.

Music benefits us in more ways than one. Yogis love Celine’s music because it’s meditative. We can release stress by hearing her fine-tuned vocals. If you want to improve your body, mind, and soul listen to Celine Dion.

Like clouds bring rain, Celine brings tears with her heartfelt ballads and love songs. Some will focus on her inward and outward beauty. But I concentrate on her intelligence. This smart bombshell has a beautiful mind for music. 

Whenever Celine Dion hits high notes like the lengthy one in Power Of Love, I’m in heaven. Who wouldn’t want to be her man? If she were your lady she would do all that she can.

If William Shakespeare could invent 1,700 words and terminology over 400 years ago, I can invent one today. Give credit to Celine Dion for inspiring my new term: motivational singer. She inspires the world with her music. I hope my stories can inspire you all in a similar fashion.

In all honesty, Celine Dion has more money than she can spend. Imagine you had it like that. You don’t have to worry about paying bills because you’re collecting income like a Hollywood landlord. Does Celine Dion motivate you? Check out 33 Motivational Quotes, Photos and Videos for more great reading on this topic.

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I am Guru Jay launching off into orbit in 5-4-3-2-1!

Monday, July 6, 2015

A Discussion On the Excellence of Scarlett Johansson

BY: GURU JAY


If you would like a lesson on film appreciation, cherish Scarlett Johansson’s awesome movies. She’s helping make masterpieces with directors, producers, and fellow actors. Everywhere actresses are taking classes subtitled: How to be like Scarlett Johansson.

When Scarlett started, she had to audition like most aspiring actors. Her family wasn’t well connected like Drew Barrymore’s kindred. Going from the bottom to the top, right now she ranks high on Hollywood’s hierarchy.

In order to succeed, envision arriving at your destination. Scarlett would have stopped altogether if she allowed her nightmares to flourish opposed to her dreams. Beware of dream stealers, and protect your thoughts.

This superstar dreamt of acting in movies since she was three years old. Unlike undeclared college majors, Johansson knew exactly what courses to take. What is more, the expert performer established her presence on the world’s stage at the number 1 spot.

Europeans are appreciating the showgirl’s skills. In fact, many Johansson movies are set overseas in countries such as: the United Kingdom, Germany, the Netherlands, and Belgium. Whether romantic comedies, action, or suspense- Scarlett delivers high-grade performances.

I would like to see her share the screen with Tom Cruise or Robert De Niro. Perhaps, the brilliant actress would outshine elite entertainers today. Obviously, Scarlett Johansson isn’t deficient of confidence.


Everybody appreciates her body. Did you know Scarlett Johansson has natural brunette hair color? That explains why several of her notable characters are brunettes. Scarlett plays redheads and blondes too.

Have you heard the old adage: “sex sells?”  Simply, Scarlett’s sex appeal sells movie tickets. I bet Kim Kardashian pays close attention to Johansson’s style and fashion. 

What do you give a breathtaking beauty that has almost everything at her disposal? Furthermore, she shows unbelievable talent. Those Marilyn Monroe and Katherine Hepburn comparisons are warranted.

If film students don’t appreciate this dazzling performer, I sure will adorn her art. This past 9 years, we’ve seen Scarlett erupt onscreen like a volcano. The hot working blonde goes outside her comfort zone. Barriers do not confine her spectacular artistry.

I sincerely believe Scarlett is one of the best actors, because she shines in spite of substandard conditions. When this tigress crouches, dragons go hide. Let’s discuss Scarlett Johansson’s appealing filmography including award-winning performances along with interviews, and articles.

I’ll analyze her roles, hash out tidbits, and present my original perspective. But first, we’ll discuss the Scarlett Johansson brand.

Brand


The major actress has signed lucrative endorsement deals with numerous companies. There is a good explanation why luxury brands treat Scarlett Johansson like royalty. Prestigious magazine Esquire named Johansson sexiest woman twice. As the only entertainer to hold this honor, she routinely cashes in on her fame.

Supermodels secretly envy Scarlett’s contracts with Louis Vuitton, Calvin Klein, and Dolce & Gabbana. With her popularity, she can name her price. All these corporations can’t lowball the celebrity because everybody wants her.

What do Heidi Klum, Cindy Crawford, and Kate Upton think about Scarlett’s endorsements? Models must diet and exercise to the extreme. Certainly, Hollywood celebs workout but not as strenuous as fashion models.

Moreover, they have to give her at minimum her market value. Not since Marilyn Monroe, has an actress attracted this much attention. Except for Jennifer Lawrence, no other Hollywood celeb has achieved ultimate sex symbol status.

How can directors shoot films without highlighting Scarlett’s sexiness? It’s unfair to the audience to gloss over her glamor and her striking features. Additionally, the actress has endorsements with L’Oreal, Mango, Moët & Chandon, Selfridges, and Sodastream.

Since the beginning of her career, the celebrity has carefully molded her image and successfully promoted her brand worldwide. Marketing and promotion comprise the lion share of entertainment profits. Does Johansson even need to make a movie to collect over $10 million annually?

At this stage in her legend worthy career, Scarlett can stay out of the spotlight and star in movies only if it fits her goals. Remember, she desires to go down in cinematic history as one of the greatest. I believe she is almost there, which is telling since she’s only 30 years old.

Collecting paychecks from luxury companies, as a mother, might be wiser than filming 4 movies per year as a movie star. Plus, L’Oreal product lines are valuable and so are Moët’s. And being an actor demands a lot of your time.

Although Scarlett Johansson is becoming brand ambassadors for a variety of expensive brands, she still appears approachable and down-to-earth. We can keep grabbing burgers with the Brooklyn babe, because she hasn’t lost touch. Many people forget their roots, but Johansson hasn’t forgotten anything.

I admire how Johansson leaves her watermark on every piece. Clearly, customers and business owners agree with that statement. Calvin Klein actively seeks the best celebrities. Therefore, Scarlett is in the upper echelon.

Hence, her talent is recognized and she’s fairly compensated whether she’s on a movie screen or TV placement. Will Johansson ever transition into television acting? Or will the actress become the new and improved Meryl Streep?

I Love Lucy


All Scarlett Johansson lovers must see Lucy. In her most defining moment to date, Scarlett proves all her doubters wrong. There aren’t many actresses capable of starring as a strong female lead.

As one of Hollywood’s finest and hottest, always expect the star to play acts with pure passion. Surprisingly, Scarlett Johansson and costar Morgan Freeman have great interaction. Like a pendulum they go back and forth, each time giving and taking just a little bit.

Their contributions to this film will be remembered forever. Fortunately, casting chose the best talent instead of the cheapest. There are plenty of terrific underpaid actresses they could have chosen but didn't.

If you would like to ride on a rollercoaster, watch Lucy. As Lucy, a synthetic drug called CPH4 is released in Scarlett’s bloodstream. It gives her the ability to access complete cerebral capacity. In other words, this lady can use 100 percent of her brain compared to a 10 percent human average.

Lucy has more power than superwoman better known as Black Widow, and Black supermodel Tyra Banks. There is so much focus on Scarlett’s physical appearance, people forget she is “smart, kind, and important.” (Viola Davis, The Help) I would like to believe Scarlett’s real-life personality favors her character Annie in the Nanny Diaries. But Lucy seems more like a realistic Johansson.

While accessing untapped areas of her brain, blood splatters all over people’s faces. Although the scenes aren’t horrific in nature, it is still violent. To shorten a longer story, the Korean Mafia picked the wrong woman as their drug mule. They treated Lucy inhumane, and she comes back for them with a vengeance.

Limitless starring Bradley Cooper contains a similar theme. I recommend watching both films, one after another. You don’t need to be a rocket scientist, astronaut, or robotics engineer to use your head.

At 20 percent cerebral capacity, Lucy starts controlling other people. All over Europe and Asia, from Berlin to Beijing, Lucy’s wanted by police. It’s too late before they realize no one can stop the American from taking over the universe.

If you’re a science student, Lucy brings hypotheses and theories involving evolution, neurology, and astronomy to the forefront. After unlocking her brainpower, Lucy literally starts locking down hospitals, universities, and police headquarters. With a hand wave she can push away mobsters, crooked police officers, and soldiers.

Next year Scarlett Johansson stars in her own Black Widow movie. Hopefully, this film empowers women and combats Hollywood’s sexism. Captain America and the Avengers franchise have helped the actress gain global recognition. Furthermore, Chris Evans and Scarlett Johansson possess perfect chemistry.

Despite Avengers: Age of Ultron dropping to the historic Mayweather-Pacquiao fight, the movie still set records in large part because of Scarlett’s excellent delivery. Because comic book movies are a fabric of popular culture, in a sense Scarlett Johansson is a pop-culture icon.

She has a similar effect on society as Taylor Swift and Katy Perry. That’s why many music videos popularize plots from Marvel movies, and glorify their characters. Make no mistake that Scarlett is in control of her career.


Who else has her type of autonomy? Who else but Scarlett is the center of Hollywood’s galaxy? Some could argue for Channing Tatum and Jennifer Lawrence. However, Hunger Games can’t compete with Avengers’ numbers and track record.

If you want to see an amazing movie with a unique theme and original plot, I highly recommend Under the Skin. While playing an alien, Scarlett’s character seduces clueless Scottish men and tourists into her van.

Back at home she harvests their bodies for energy purposes. Under the Skin received rave reviews because literally there isn’t anything quite like this. Truly strong female leads are a rarity in sexist Hollywood.

For a moment, I thought Vincent Van Gogh directed Under the Skin but I remembered he died centuries ago. Seriously, the film is majestic and inspiring. This Scarlett Johansson masterpiece deserves the highest acclaim.

Furthermore, the seasoned actress uses her sexuality freely and unrestricted throughout the film. It is important to showcase a variety of viewpoints, if we want to change the trajectory and course of theatre. It isn’t enough to host panels and voice concerns.

Following discussions, there must be concrete actions. I applaud Scarlett Johansson for consciously deciding to take roles historically reserved for men. Scarlett serves as a prime example of what could happen if you don’t give up and try harder.

She won over millions with her Lost in Translation performance directed by Sofia Coppla. People began noticing the New Yorker’s potential as an adult actress for the first time. Actor/comedian Bill Murray was in his prime. Without question, he cultivated the hot Hollywood starlet’s talent.

Also, Sofia Coppla’s was given a $4 million budget. Incredibly, her breakthrough film generated $120 million. When you want entertainment, leisure, and pleasure, go check out Lost in Translation.

Before I recognized Scarlett Johansson as a good actress, I studied Lost in Translation. She was 17 when the movie debuted in theaters. Since then, she hasn’t missed a beat like Questlove- the Roots drummer for the Tonight Show starring Jimmy Fallon. 

Did you know the actress attended Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute? Now, the great actor can teach Hollywood starlets how to act better. Honestly, great actors can learn from Johansson’s teachings.

Actors should realize education is a lifelong process, and isn’t necessarily formal in nature. Some secrets can’t be taught in classrooms. You must learn some things on set and behind scenes. How many employers don’t interview potential candidates because of an “experience requirement?”

Another groundbreaking movie is ScoopScarlett Johansson works with Woody Allen and Hugh Jackman in this romantic comedy. You know Woody doesn’t follow Hollywood’s formula.

You see I worked as a journalist for some time. I learned how to be objective. Plus, I found my voice. Fellow writers should watch Scoop because it’s all about mass communication. Not to mention, Johansson and Hugh Jackman under Woody Allen’s direction is a dynamic and intriguing prospect.

Essentially, professionalism and ethics are journalism’s cornerstones. In the film, Scarlett favors a young Barbra Walters and Katie Couric. Struggling reporters can identify with the pitfalls of integrity versus sensationalism.

Why does Woody Allen play characters in all of his movies? This time Woody plays a prestidigitator also known as a magician. There is magic surrounding the Tarot Card Murder Case. Further, Johansson and Allen go on a foxhunt while trying to connect the multimillionaire to serial killings.

They downplay Johansson’s hotness by giving her round framed glasses and big braces. Also, they have her wearing shabby clothes, which is uncharacteristic of Scarlett’s characters usually. Every once in a while, it is crucial to compose a different kind of script.
                                                              
Once again, Don Juan flaunts Scarlett Johansson’s beauty and perky personality. A pornography addicted pickup artist can’t handle the truth of Victoria’s Secret. It’s easily one of the actress’s worst movies. But it’s still watchable because she’s in it.

Like Halle Berry’s Catwoman, the nail biter Don Juan falls short but let’s acknowledge it wasn’t Johansson’s fault. First off, Johansson should have been the main character. Secondly, while the script was promising, the casting department neglected their duties to secure more talent in addition to Scarlett.

All told, in that situation they went with the cheapest instead of the best. It is possible to make great movies on a low budget. If you’re curious, look no further than Quentin Tarantino’s Pulp Fiction. But, in order to do so, everyone needs to execute flawlessly.

I don’t blame Scarlett, because actresses have hard times finding parts. Ideally, it shouldn’t be that complicating. Unfortunately like the majority of industries, movies create more low waged jobs than high paying ones. Scarlett clearly took a pay cut to do Don Juan.

Did you know Scarlett Johansson has a twin brother? Plus, Scarlett has four other siblings. Coincidentally, most actors come from large families.

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Have you’ve noticed, this celebrity doesn’t voluntarily disclose information about her private life? She’s not starving for publicity like every reality TV star. Classy and elegant are two adjectives that describe how she carries herself.

What would happen if more entertainers stop feeding the paparazzi’s hunger? Aren’t you sick of these salacious stories? Wouldn’t you like substantial information?

I don’t gossip because bullshit begets nastiness. I bet major fans don’t even know many minor details about their favorite celebrities’ lives. But, they know everything about their living arrangements.

In summary, Scarlett Johansson has dethroned Angelina Jolie as Drama Queen. Johansson has become a premium name in the action movie genre. This actor conducts herself with grace.

She’ll be one of the richest actors in show business for many years to come. Moreover, Scarlett deserves to be considered a future legend. Don’t get wrapped up in her beauty and forget she’s an amazingly talented thespian.

Remember Scarlett has limitless branding opportunities. In the next few years, other corporations will jump on Johansson’s bandwagon because they know it’s going toward greatness.

I passionately watch films. In fact, I analyze every nook and cranny of movies. If plausible, I read scripts the same way as screenwriters, actors, and directors.

We’ve watched Scarlett mature into a phenomenal person. This hot Hollywood starlet has transformed into a universal movie star. Thank goodness, she chose acting as an occupation instead of being a dental assistant.

I would pay premium price for an acting class instructed by the Lucy actress. She became famous the old-fashioned way. And her methods have produced astonishing results.


Trust me, this actress hasn’t peaked. She isn’t done climbing mountains, achieving milestones, and fulfilling her aspirations. Furthermore, Scarlett Johansson has only scratched the surface of her excellence.

I am Guru Jay launching off into orbit in 5-4-3-2-1!

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