This film looks at life in the Bedford-Stuyvesant district of Brooklyn on a hot summer Sunday. As he does everyday, Sal Fragione opens the pizza parlor he's owned for 25 years. The neighborhood has changed considerably in the time he's been there and is now composed primarily of African-Americans and Hispanics. His son Pino hates it there and would like nothing better than to relocate the eatery to their own neighborhood. For Sal however, the restaurant represents something that is part of his life and sees it as a part of the community. What begins as a simple complaint by one of his customers, Buggin Out - who wonders why he has only pictures of famous Italian-Americans on the wall when most of his customers are black - eventually disintegrates into violence as frustration seemingly brings out the worst in everyone. Written by garykmcd
But that’s not what a movie star is. A movie star — Russell Crowe, Brad Pitt, Julia Roberts — has a quality of soul. He or she has character , and the rare ability to project it. Hollywood is still mining true stars (Ryan Gosling is one), but when it comes to the movies that genuinely make the money, more and more of the energy is consumed with putting together packages that transcend stardom. The new interwoven superhero movies, in which every film seems to be a sequel to every other film, are connect-the-dots matrixes that, to an increasing degree, are bigger than anyone in them. How many different actors can play Batman (there have been four since Michael Keaton) before we forget who Batman is? That’s the thing about movie stardom: It’s not just something out there, beyond us. It’s our mirror — it shows us who we are. It does no one any favors (not the audience, not the industry) when a movie like “Ben-Hur” bombs, but in this case there may be a valuable lesson (beyond the obvious one of don’t make lousy movies ). The lesson is that movie stars still matter. Because without them, we’re just staring up at movies that are big glittering empty shells.
I think the salary for Shrek 2 was more of a product of the popularity of the first Shrek movie. They wanted to keep the familiarity via the voices of the main characters. Toy Story was the first animated movie I can think of that had huge stars in it. It seemed at the start of the animated films stars were aprehensive. As the success of the animated movies grew, more stars were willing to lend there voices because basically anything Pixar touched turned to gold. It's a two way street with a movie star doing a voice for an animated film; The film benefits from the stars name value, and if the film is successful (which most animated films are) the star gains notoriety for being apart of the successful film, which, in turn translates into a better looking resume and more calls for rolls they may not have been offered previously. I would also imagine that stars realize the value of getting a voice roll in one of these animated films. They might settle for smaller pay day now, knowing that they can use the rising value of there name to negotiate a larger payday for a future roll.