November 06, 2008

International audiences Bond with ‘Quantum of Solace'

Although it won't open in the United States until Nov. 14, "Quantum of Solace" is already breaking international records.

Daniel Craig's second tour of James Bond duty made an estimated $38.6 million overseas in the weekend ending Nov. 3, despite playing in only three markets.

According to media reports, "Quantum of Solace" made a whopping $25.3 million in the United Kingdom, easily breaking the three-day premiere record held by "Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire." The Bond film began its run with a record-breaking $8 million Friday.

In France, "Quantum of Solace" added another $10.6 million, the market's best-ever Bond debut, beating out "Casino Royale." And in Sweden, the film's $2.7 million take was the fourth biggest launch ever.

Playing in 32 markets, "High School Musical 3" was second in foreign box office, bringing its overseas total to $85 million with a $25.9 million weekend.

Third place went to "Madagascar: Escape 2 Africa," which premiered to record-breaking takes in Russia and Ukraine and did $17.8 million.


November 05, 2008

Africans elated by first black U.S. president

Celebrations erupted in Barack Obama's ancestral home in Kenya and across Africa as the U.S. Democratic candidate made history by being elected America's first African-American president.

In K'Ogelo, a small village of less than 1,000 people where Obama's late father was born, nicknamed the "epicenter for Obamamania," cheers and dancing broke out when Obama's victory was announced shortly after 7 a.m. local time.

Obama's grandmother, half-brother and relatives eagerly watched the election results, while in the capital Nairobi, revelers marched and danced through the streets to sirens and whistles, singing Obama's name and carrying and waving American flags.

Residents picked up the president-elect's half-brother Malik and carried him through the village, The Associated Press reported. "Unbelievable!" Malik shouted, leading the family in chanting, "Obama's coming, make way!"

Kenyan President Mwai Kibaki called Obama's election "a momentous day not only in the history of the United States of America, but also for us in Kenya. The victory of Senator Obama is our own victory because of his roots here in Kenya. As a country, we are full of pride for his success."


" President Barack Obama as America's first black president-elect really
etched his name in the American history."

November 04, 2008

Obama's grandmother dies after battle with cancer

Sen. Barack Obama's grandmother, Madelyn Dunham, has died following a bout with cancer.

At a rally in Charlotte, North Carolina, Monday night, the Illinois senator said "she has gone home and she died peacefully in her sleep with my sister at her side."

"I'm not going to talk about it long because it's hard to talk about," he added.

Obama remembered her as "one of those quiet heroes we have across America, who aren't famous ... but each and every day they work hard. They look after their families. They look after their children and their grandchildren."