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Chicago businesses celebrate upcoming release of 'The Princess and the Frog' with mother-daughter Princess Coronation Weekend

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Message from Montie

Shamontiel is the author of two novels: "Change for a Twenty" and "Round Trip." Check her out at shamontiel.com.

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In this film publicity image released by Disney, Princess Tiana, voiced by Anika Noni Rose, left, and Prince Naveen, voiced by Bruno Campos, are shown in a scene from the animated film, "The Princess and the Frog." (AP Photo/Disney)

On December 11, Walt Disney Animation Studios presents "The Princess and the Frog," and Diamonds & Lace EventScaping plans to honor more African-American princesses next Friday too with their Princess Coronation Weekend in Chicago.

 

"'The Princess and the Frog' was more or less the inspiration for the Princess Coronation Weekend," said Relana Johnson, co-owner of Diamonds & Lace EventScaping. "An affiliate of ours is handling the private screening of the film, and we felt that this was just too historical of an event to just limit it to the private screening. Everyone in the community is excited about it."

 

The film, "The Princess and the Frog," is about an African-American young lady named Tiana who meets a frog prince trying to become human again. Their chance encounter and a kiss lead them into the lively Louisiana bayous.

 

"The Disney princess franchise is a billion-dollar franchise, and for them to take note that the African-American buying power of women, children, parents, grandparents is worth giving us a princess that people in our community can identify with makes it a big deal," Johnson said.

 

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Online movies versus theater movies, are we cheating the film industry?

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Shamontiel is the author of two novels: "Change for a Twenty" and "Round Trip." Check her out at shamontiel.com.

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Was the film really worth $9.50

For my birthday I got an AMC gift card for $10, so I went to Orland Square Mall to see "2012." Had I not received that gift card, I'd have gone to The New 400 Theater because instead of paying $9.50 for any movie after 3:30 p.m., I'd have paid $7.50 after 6 p.m. or $5 before 6 p.m.

 

The Suntimes' Kara Spak recently wrote an interesting column called "Online movie free-for-all," and I agree with most of the comments. There are some movies that flat out are not worth paying $9.50 for. Was "2012" worth paying $9.50 for? Absolutely. Was "Paranormal Activity," a film I saw on my birthday? No. I liked it, but it wasn't worth $9.50, and I didn't even pay to see the film. It was another gift.

 

I miss dollar theaters and drive-in movies. The prices at concession stands weren't as high, and at drive-in movies, you could bring as much popcorn and drinks as you wanted to. In dollar theaters, the price for food was about as cheap as going to the grocery store. And with the movies being $1 or $2, I really didn't mind spending a little more. Even The New 400 Theater has free popcorn Tuesdays. These are the kinds of perks that drive me to go to movie theaters.

 

Many times when I want to see a film, I go to D'PUC Credit Union to purchase their movie tickets for $8 so I can at least get a little bit of money off if the film is not showing at The New 400 Theater. But how many people in Chicago do you know that know about this credit union's movie deal?

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Chicago's The New 400 Theater releases Michael Jackson's 'This Is It' but crowd numbers are mediocre

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Shamontiel is the author of two novels: "Change for a Twenty" and "Round Trip." Check her out at shamontiel.com.

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Shamontiel thinking she's "bad" (R.I.P. MJ)

I kept hearing the buzz about Michael Jackson's "This Is It," and initially I was not going to see the film. It seemed like a way for other people to get rich instead of honoring the King of Pop's final footage after 10 years of being silent. But The New 400 Theater (located at 6746 N. Sheridan in Chicago's Rogers Park) had the film, and oftentimes I have to go to more expensive and bigger theaters to see the mainstream films. Free popcorn Tuesdays. Evening films are only $7.50, and the first release was tonight at 11:00 p.m. How could I miss out on a deal like that?

 

I bought my ticket as soon as the theater opened today at 4:30 p.m. to beat the crowd and left an hour early to get a good parking spot in the Rogers Park area, where parking spots after 7:00 p.m. are almost pointless. I got my free popcorn and munched on it in my car before "This Is It" started, but when I went back inside, there was only a small crowd. I thought that was so strange because friends and family were telling me "This Was It" was sold out at theaters around them. I figured I was going to have to fight for a seat, but there were full rows with no one in them. What gives? Did others have the same suspicious beliefs I originally did about not supporting a film trying to get rich off of MJ's legacy, were you as surprised as I was that the film made it to The New 400 Theater, or did you just not want to go on a weeknight?

 

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