Friday, February 25, 2011

"The Bodyguard" redux WTF?!

Warner Bros is rebooting its 1992 hit The Bodyguard, the film that paired Kevin Costner with Whitney Houston and became for its time one of the biggest global hits in studio history with a $411 million worldwide gross.

The film will be scripted by Jeremiah Friedman and Nick Palmer, whose action comedy script Family Getaway made the 2010 Black List and is a priority project at Warner Bros. Dan Lin will produce through his Lin Pictures banner, and Mark Bauch is co-producer.

Scripted by Lawrence Kasdan and directed by Mick Jackson, the original was a fairly straight ahead tale of a Secret Service agent (Costner in a Steve McQueen homage, down to his hairstyle) drafted to protect a singing diva whose life has been threatened by a stalker, then falling for her in a way he fears is a distraction from his job. 

The new version is similar, including the love story, but here the bodyguard will be a former Iraq war veteran who gets the job protecting the star as his first gig after leaving the Army. 

He discovers that the world of Twitter, Google Maps and TMZ has made access to celebrities easier than ever, making the job more difficult than ever. The goal is to take a young female singer with global appeal and give her the platform that The Bodyguard did Houston.

It becomes the second music-driven remake for the studio, which just got a commitment from Clint Eastwood to direct Beyonce. The studio is in the process of landing the male star.

Why, oh why must Hollywood continue to remake movies that do not need one (Dirty Dancing Havana Nights comes to mind). 

Why not try working on a decent sequel of a movie that could really use one.  Personally I'm still waiting for True Lies 2.  (though I realize that at this point it will not happen at least not with it's original cast). 

How about Finding Nemo 2?.  

Like Dirty Dancing, The Bodyguard is a classic that should not be touched no matter who you cast, or who rewrites the script.

I miss the days when Hollywood came up with original scripts, rather then trying to relive the glory days by ruining the good ones.

Monday, February 21, 2011

Doing it the Federer way

Sorry for the sparse updates lately here's a little something to make up for it ;).

Roger talking about success to the business people at Credit Suisse:

Unfortunately I have no way to embed the video so you'll have to settle for the link.

Friday, February 18, 2011

Wozniacki takes back #1 ranking from Clijsters

(CNN) -- Caroline Wozniacki has regained the women's world number one ranking from Belgium's Kim Clijsters, after beating Shahar Peer to reach the semifinals of the Dubai Tennis Championships on Friday.

The Dane eased past the ninth seed 6-2 6-4, and will now replace Australian Open champion Clijsters when the new WTA rankings are published on Monday.

Clijsters, who skipped the hard-court event in the United Arab Emirates, will have held the number one ranking for just seven days.

The 27-year-old rose to the top spot again -- having first done so in 2003 --when she reached the last four of the Paris Open, but left Wozniacki with a chance to reclaim the position when she lost to Petra Kvitova in the final.

CNN International

Well, that certainly didn't last long *LOL*. 

It's like a game of musical chairs I'm sure Kim will take the ranking back again with the next big tournament she wins. 

That's the women's game for you these days, full of unpredictability.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Martina Hingis & Kim Clijsters join forces for WTT this summer

NEW YORK, NY, USA - Martina Hingis will be among 10 current or former world No.1s competing in this summer's World TeamTennis Pro League, it was confirmed after the marquee player draft was held on Tuesday. 

The Swiss Miss joins a starry co-ed line-up that collectively boasts some 765 professional tour singles and doubles titles, including 122 Grand Slam championships and six Olympic gold medals.

Hingis returns to the New York Sportimes, the team she helped lead to the WTT title in 2005. Last year the 30-year-old played for Albany-based New York Buzz, which merged with the John McEnroe-led Sportimes earlier this week. Joining Hingis and McEnroe on the team will be current world No.1 Kim Clijsters.

Elsewhere, Serena and Venus Williams will compete for the Washington Kastels and 2010 WTT Female Most Valued Player Lindsay Davenport joins ever-popular Russian Anna Kournikova at the St Louis Aces. US rising star Melanie Oudin makes her WTT debut for the Philadelphia Freedoms, having been drafted as their first pick.

The WTT Pro League presented by GEICO was co-founded by Billie Jean King in the 1970s. Dates for the marquee player appearances will be announced when the league schedule is released in March. Competition begins on July 4, concluding with the WTT Finals on July 24.

So glad to see both of my favourite players participating in this again. 

Really glad Martina is doing it (hope it will be televised once again).

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

French Open staying at Roland Garros

PARIS (AP)—The French Tennis Federation voted to keep the French Open at its traditional Roland Garros venue and renovate the existing site by making it considerably larger, more attractive and modern, rather than moving it elsewhere.

Three other venues were bidding to host the clay-court Grand Slam tournament by 2016.

The proposed new sites at Versailles, close to the hugely popular Versailles palace, and in the suburbs at Gonesse and Marne-La-Vallee were much more expensive because they would have required building from scratch.

The FFT said Sunday that it had chosen the option of renovating Roland Garros, located in western Paris for more than 80 years, by making it 60 percent bigger while preserving its “unique history.”

“The Federation decided to stay on its original site at Porte d’Auteuil,” the FFT said Sunday. “It chose an ambitious, prestigious project resolutely looking to the future.”

The new-look Roland Garros will feature 35 outside courts, a new press center and a center court with a retractable roof so that matches could go ahead when it’s raining, and where night sessions could be played.

“Our ambition was to offer a project with a real future and of a very high quality,” FFT president Jean Gachassin said. “To improve the reception and the comfort of the players and spectators.”

Kim Clijsters, who will become the No. 1 player in the world on Monday, welcomed the news.
“I would have thought that it was sad to see it go away from the place where I know (the French Open) should be. … It has a lot of great memories for me even as a junior,” Clijsters said.

But former top-ranked player Amelie Mauresmo, now director of the Open Gaz de France tournament, thinks it should have moved.

“I hope they (the French Federation of Tennis) won’t get in trouble by taking this decision,” Mauresmo said. “I don’t know if the tennis aspect prevailed in that decision. I have some doubts. I clearly said that I was more in favor of a development, of an ambition, that is, to move.”

Cost issues also appear to have played a crucial part in the decision making.

The FFT said that renovation costs at Roland Garros are expected to be $370 million, compared to an estimated price tag of between $630 million and $1 billion for the three other potential venues.

Gonesse was eliminated in the first round of voting and Versailles in the second. In the final round, Roland Garros received 70.13 percent of the votes to eliminate Marne-La-Vallee.

“I would like to congratulate all the participants … most particularly (Paris) Mayor Bertrand Delanoe,” Gachassin said. “(Delanoe) has done an absolutely remarkable job to present a project in keeping with the international dimension of Roland Garros.”

Roland Garros is the smallest of the four Grand Slam venues that also include the Australian Open at Melbourne, the U.S. Open at Flushing Meadows in New York, and London’s traditional grass-court event at Wimbledon.

Fans and players have regularly complained about the congestion at Roland Garros because of its narrow walkways and the stiflingly limited size of the complex.

Plans call for an extension of the current site from 21.3 acres to about 33.8 acres.

Among the renovation options are a new adjacent stadium with a capacity of 8,000, and the use of other local infrastructure, such as the land at Stade Jean Bouin, where Stade Francais rugby club played its home games until the stadium was knocked down two years ago.

Local residents, wildlife enthusiasts and municipal authorities in Paris’ leafy western hub have all previously voiced their anger at the plans to refurbish Roland Garros.

Mauresmo has reservations that the pledge to mix modernity with tradition can work.

“If you can keep the history of the tournament in a place that is big enough to have the crowd happy, the players happy, night matches perhaps, matches when it’s raining, then that’s the perfect situation,” she said. “If you can keep tradition in these conditions, then it’s great. I’m not sure that’s the case with Roland Garros.”

Trung Latieule in Paris contributed to this report.

Yahoo Canada Sports

I blogged about this in March of last year at the time it looked like it was going to be cheaper to move it to a new venue. 

Interestingly it turned out to be the opposite.

Looks like unsurprisingly a lot of players are split on this decision.  The only thing I care about is whether they'll be able to implement all the changes and actually help improve it.

Although having only one retractable roof will make match scheduling a nightmare during rain delays.  But the 35 outside courts will be a great addition.

Hopefully more details will be released once they actually get closer to finalizing everything. 

Personally I'm still pulling for big screens outside the center court (ala Aussie Open/Wimbledon).

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Happy B-Day Ren


Happy Birthday to Renee O'Connor who turns 40 today.  All the best!.

Monday, February 14, 2011

Kim Clijsters rise to top exposes weaknesses in WTA?

Alec Baldwin is hot for her sweaty body. Todd Woodbridge is focusing on her breasts. Serena Williams' mom thinks she has a scary, Medusa eye.

Not only that, but
Kim Clijsters also has won the past two major tennis championships. And when she officially reached No. 1 in the rankings Monday, she became the first Mommy to get there.

has already done much more than I thought she could during her comeback, not so much on the court, but off, bringing attention to women's tennis. Her play, and now her ranking, has brought credibility.

Did she just solve women's tennis No. 1 problem? She is more like a Band-Aid, temporarily covering up the real issues of women's tennis:

The game is moving backward. And
Serena Williams, who had been holding up the sport during majors when most people are watching, suddenly is completely unreliable.

"I am proud that I was able to achieve it (No. 1) in my second career,'' Clijsters wrote on Twitter. "Never expected it to happen.''

She has restored an order to the game, finally bumping out
Caroline Wozniacki from the No. 1 ranking. No one thought Wozniacki, who hasn't won a major, was deserving.

The problem is that while Clijsters is a little better than she was her first time around on tour, her rise to the top isn't so much about catching up to all the champions as it is that the champions have all disappeared. And no one has come to replace them.

She has not caught up to the great players on top of the game because there aren't any there.

Clijsters can hold the spot for a while, but even she is saying that by the end of next summer, she isn't planning to be on tour full time anymore.

Then what? Well, the great thing about a Band-Aid is that it gives the body time to heal. Maybe women's tennis can develop a champion in the next year and half? Mostly, that will be on Wozniacki, who reached No. 1 before her time. Before developing a weapon.

Maria Sharapova can rediscover the nerve in serve?

For now, it's a relief for women's tennis to have someone at No. 1 who actually seems to belong there. Clijsters, 27, replaces a group that can't win a major, cries on court, forgets how to toss the ball for a serve, or, shows so little regard for the tour that she doesn't bother trying or showing up unless it's a major.

Now that Clijsters is back, she is relentless, "tough and indefatigable,'' Baldwin told the
New York Times in a story about famous people's crushes. "And I like fit, sweaty women.''

Don't think of Clijsters as a seat-warmer for Serena. Williams has spent the past few years trying only in the majors, and winning plenty of them. But now she has been out for seven months with a foot injury that comes with alternating explanations. She does not seem motivated anymore.

Not only that, but Clijsters and Williams have played one time since Clijsters' comeback, at the 2009 U.S. Open. Clijsters broke down Williams mentally in that match, winning when Williams got a point penalty on match point for threatening a line judge with multiple f-bombs.

Williams, once the only force on the tour, has become a void herself.

Ana Ivanovic
was ready to be a champ, but then fell apart the minute she reached the mountaintop. Dinara Safina can't even win one game off Clijsters. Jelena Jankovic is comfortable having dropped back to the second tier.

In her first time on tour, Clijsters was the undeserving No. 1, getting there the first two times without a major title. The real champs were the
Williams sisters, Jennifer Capriati, Lindsay Davenport and Justine Henin.

Clijsters was always in the shadow of
Henin, as they are both from Belgium. On Monday, Henin had a press conference talking about her re-retirement. She said she is in mourning, that she had to go this time because of a ligament injury in her elbow, which makes it not by choice but by sentence.

But even before she got hurt, she had lost some of her game. Clijsters, meanwhile, has turned into a rock. Partly, though, that's because the tour lacks the kind of players to put pressure on her.

The women's game is skewing older, and the accepted reason is that tennis is getting more physical. Young bodies aren't strong enough, the theory goes. Maybe there is something to that, but I think young players are mostly all taught to blast away on every shot, play the same style as everyone else. Tennis should have a personality.

So no one is there to take the baton from the older players. But some of them, such as
Venus Williams, Francesca Schiavone and now Li Na, aren't going to last long.

So tennis fans can celebrate Clijsters' rise to the top today. But just know exactly what it is you're celebrating.

This article makes a lot of the same points I've been making for months, the biggest one being what will happen to the WTA once Clijsters leaves again.  
That's still anyone's guess at this point.  Personally it just means I'll be paying a lot more attention to the ATP.

Friday, February 11, 2011

Kim Clijsters becomes #1!

PARIS (AP) -  Kim Clijsters has regained the No. 1 ranking.

The Belgian took another big step in her return to tennis by defeating Jelena Dokic of Australia 6-3, 6-0 on Friday to reach the semifinals of the Open Gaz de France.

Clijsters will take the top spot from Caroline Wozniacki of Denmark when the new rankings are released Monday.

Clijsters has been the most dominant player on the WTA Tour of late. She won the Australian Open last month for her fourth Grand Slam tournament title while Wozniacki is still chasing her first major.

Well with the way she has been winning the majors it was only a matter of time.

Well deserved Kim, congrats!.  If she continues to stay healthy, I really think she's got a shot at grabbing all 4 majors.

Thursday, February 03, 2011

How well does Kim Clijsters know herself?

When Kim Clijsters won her first Australian Open title on Saturday, her Wikipedia page was updated within seconds. 

With this in mind we decided to quiz Kim on a range of topics to find out how well the world No.2 knows herself (according to the internet)!

Based on her answers looks like that Wikipedia page will have to be updated again! *lol*.

Wednesday, February 02, 2011

Kim Clijsters confirms 2013 will be her last year on WTA tour

The former world champion Kim Clijsters has announced her intention to quit tennis in 2013. Winner of the 2011 Australian Open, the Belgian said “it’s not going to be for another 10 years, maximum two years.” 

Clijsters, who will turn 27 this summer, became one of the most successful tennis players of the last decade, claiming nine grand slam trophies, last occasion in January, plus other 41 WTA titles. Mother of a child, the Belgian had to take a one-year break between 2006 and 2007. She also became the first mother to win a major since Evonne Goolagong claimed the British grand back in 1980.

“That’s why we tried to enjoy a lot of the things as well and Jada is a good kid, she likes to travel and she enjoys just being in different part of the world. She really takes it all in now, she is at a good age, she really learns a lot,” she said. Clijsters won the Aussie major last week, her first in career.

Her showcase includes in the same time three US Open trophies (2005, 2009, 2010) and three WTA Championships (2002, 2003, 2010). As for the other two grands, Clijsters played the French Open final back in 2001 and 2003 and reached Wimbledon’s semi finals in 2003 and 2006, but won the two tournaments in doubles, both in 2003.

Her impressive record resumes 476 wins and only 113 defeats, producing a 80 percent efficiency. Kim claimed the WTA top spot in August 2003, ending the last year second in the WTA rankings. The Belgian has earned $21,430,000 to become the sixth richest women.

Concerning her doubles career, Clijsters reached the US Open quarter finals in 2002 as well as the Aussie last eight round one year later. She has a 131-54 doubles record, managing to claim 11 WTA titles and 3 ITFs. 2003 remains one of her best years, if not the best.

Nothing we didn't know already, just more of a confirmation. 

Let's enjoy it while it lasts 'cause once Kim leaves the women's field is probably gonna take a while to find the next big star.

Tuesday, February 01, 2011

Roger Federer's twin girls enjoy watching their daddy do what he does best

Too cute for words ♥♥.  Can't wait till they're older and can actually understand what it is he does.