Saturday, March 10, 2007
Weekend Whassupdate with a MultiCultClassics Monologue…
• Walt Disney Co. announced its next animated musical fairy tale will star the studio’s first Black princess. “The Frog Princess” will have a New Orleans setting and its heroine will be named Maddy. Randy Newman is slated to score the film. Guess Disney isn’t ready to consider the obvious notion of tapping a Black music artist for the project.
• Earlier this week, the New Jersey town of Bloomfield denied a permit to the creators of HBO’s Sopranos, who wanted to film in the area. Bloomfield’s mayor and council originally said they were concerned that the popular mob series portrayed Italian Americans in a disparaging style. As it turns out, the officials did not have authority to block the filming request, and the town clerk has granted permission. Don’t mess with Tony Soprano.
• Coca-Cola Company CEO E. Neville Isdell received $32.3 million in salary, stock options and performance-based awards last year, as the soft drink leader posted a 20 percent jump in sales. The Coke Side of Life is more like Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous.
• Chrysler announced a recall of over 489,000 vehicles — the second such action by the automaker in two weeks. Dr. Z is starting to look like Dr. Kervorkian.