Gris Gris Film Opens Amidst Protest

Belgian Cat and Director Gris Gris’ new film, “Een Buitengewone Werk van Schoonheid,” has Opened in America to the Tune of about $36,000, but angry Protests may have either Disrupted Business for the Movie – or they may have Added to its Appeal (Analysts are Loathe to Guess which).

The Film, which has spawned a Boycott Effort which among other things incorrectly claims that the Title can be Translated to mean “America is Devil-Spawn,” opened over the New Years Holiday Weekend in four Theaters in New York and Los Angeles in order that it might Qualify for Possible Oscar Contention. It is not likely to Qualify in the Foreign Film Category of the Oscars, as Belgian Representatives are considered unlikely to Submit it as the Nation’s Entry for an Award.

In addition to the Boycott’s ire at what they perceive to be Gris Gris’ anti-American Views, they are also concerned about what they have dubbed the “Veg Agenda” – referring to the Fact that Gris Gris is a Vegetarian. Helping their Efforts to Block Citizens from Viewing the Film, Critics have mostly Panned it. Still, it has managed to gain a Reputation as Something to See as a Curio at the very Least; and distributor Magnolia Pictures seems to be Clinging to the Notion that Gris Gris Himself should be Considered for a Writing or Directing Oscar: the Company has taken out Advertisements in Variety Magazine making just such a Recommendation to Academy Voters.

—The Minister of Culture—

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Gris Gris Applauds ‘JCVD’

Belgian Film Director Gris Gris, whose forthcoming Film “Een Buitengewone Werk van Schoonheid” hits American Theaters this Winter, has given the “Thumbs-Up” to the International Hit ‘JCVD‘ starring Action Star and Brussels Native Jean-Claude Van Damme.

The Film, shot in Brussels and Directed by Mabrouk El Mechri features Van Damme portraying Himself – an Action Hero struggling with a Divorce and a Messy Custody Battle, and willing to accept Any Terrible Film Role in order to Pay his Attorney’s Bills. Amidst it All, Van Damme becomes caught up in a Real Life Action Film Scenario as he stumbles upon a Bank Robbery and is Suspected by the Police to be the Robber.

Gris Gris said he Loved the Post-Moderne Nature of the Film, and felt Particularly Pleased that “mijn vaderland Brussel zal worden gezien door een internationaal publiek.”

Earlier this Year, Gris Gris expressed Disdain over the Negative Portrayal of the Belgian City of Brugge in the British-Produced Film, “In Bruges.”

–The Minister of Culture.

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Panettiere PSA Directed By Gris Gris

American Actress Hayden Panettiere has appeared in a Satirical New Public Service Announcement which was directed by Belgian Cat and Film Director Gris Gris.

In the Spot, Panettiere, known for her Role in the Television Show “Heroes” as well as for her Activism relating to Progressive Causes, jokingly Suggests that Viewers vote for Republican Presidential Candidate John McCain, in particular because he is generally considered Elderly. She also Predicts that McCain’s Policies would not Stray from the current Policies of President George W. Bush, who is suffering from Record Levels of Unpopularity in the Country. No Mention is made of McCain’s Democratic rival Barack Obama, nor any other Presidential Candidates.

Gris Gris, whose latest Film has come under Fire with a Threatened Boycott by Right-Wing Activists in America, is known to be a Close Acquaintance of Jet-Set Socialite Murray Malone – who has been Romantically Linked with Panettiere in recent Months.

**The Minister of Culture**

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Gris Gris Film Embroiled in Controversy

The upcoming Release of the new film by Belgian Cat and Film Director Gris Gris has come under Fire from an American Group called “No More Gris Gris” which is attempting to Block its Release.

The Film, entitled “Een Buitengewone Werk van Schoonheid,” is set for a December Release by Magnolia Pictures, which Acquired the Rights to the Film after a controversial Bidding War following the Sundance Film Festival earlier this Year.

No More Gris Gris claims that the Film is Anti-American and Disgusting, among other Criticisms, and they are calling on a Boycott of any American Theatre which elects to Exhibit the Movie. They are also planning a Campaign to involve American Politicians in the Matter, although such Efforts at Film Censorship have been largely Avoided by the US Government in recent Decades.

-*-The Minister of Culture-*-

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Belgian Coffee

We at the Belgian Institute for the Culinary Arts were somewhat Dismayed to unearth the Experience had by this Blog Poster regarding the Origins of Belgian Coffee.

The Author’s Experience is somewhat Disappointing to those of us attempting to Spread the Culinary Experience of the Nation of Belgium to the World; however, such an Experience is perhaps not entirely Unusual.

Belgian Cat and Coffee Expert Cinnamon Calhoun has written in to us regarding the True Nature of Belgian Coffee. The owners of the Norwegian Cafe in the Blog Article stated that Belgian Coffee is made with Cointreau and Bailey’s Irish Creame, which is Incorrect. In fact, Belgian Coffee is traditionally served in a Glass similar to that of an Irish Coffee, and warm, with Whipped Creame atop it – therefore, the connection with Bailey’s, a standard ingredient in Irish Coffee, can be understood. In fact, however, Belgian Coffee contains no Irish Creame. It also contains no Cointreau – which is a form of Triple Sec originating in the City of Anvers, France. Again, this is an Understandable Mistake, as the correct Liqueur to be Used in a Belgian Coffee is Elixir d’Anvers, which comes not from Anvers, France but from Antwerp, Belgium (called “Anvers” by French-Speaking Walloons within Belgium).

A Traditional Cup of Belgian Coffee consists of six parts Hot Black Coffee to one part Elixir d’Anvers, blended together with a teaspoon of Sugar and topped with a dollop of Whipped Creame. As already stated, it is often served in a Glass Mug not unlike those used for Irish Coffee. Belgian Chocolate is also often Sprinkled atop the Creame for a touch of Visual Flair.

As an Aside, we have been asked to Point Out that the film “Elixir d’Anvers” was an early Work of the Controversial Belgian Film Director Gris Gris. He served as an Assistant Director on that Film under the pseudonym “Guy Goossens.”

*The Belgian Institution for the Culinary Arts*
& -The Minister of Culture-

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Reviews of Gris Gris-Produced Show

Belgian Cat and Film Director Gris Gris co-Produced a Theatrical Performance at this year’s Hub City Theatre Festival in Acadiana, Louisiana, USA, entitled “The Exile of Joe Gagliano.” The Performance took place on Friday, July 11th, and here are some of the Reviews as posted by Ordinary Citizens in Attendance. Readers of this Blog who also Attended are Encouraged to post their Own Reviews.

-The Minister of Culture-

Gris Gris to Co-Produce Theatrical Show about Hurricane Katrina Survivors

Belgian Cat and Film Director Gris Gris will be putting his Talents to the Stage next Month at the Hub City Theatre Festival in the American Towne of Acadiana, Louisiana. The Towne is located just West of New Orleans, site of the famous Hurricane Katrina three Years ago, and it was also greatly Affected by that Storm.

Gris-Gris Productions will be co-producing a Play with the Assistance of the Festival Leadership, entitled “The Exile of Joe Gagliano.” It is Written by Chere Coen and involves a Family Affected by Katrina and forced to Re-Locate to another Towne.

Gris Gris said in a Statement that the images from that Storm “hebben spookt me voor drie jaar” and that he has been seeking an opportunity to put his Creative Talents into this sort of Endeavour for some time. “Het is een lokale productie over de gevolgen van de orkaan op de plaatselijke bevolking,” he said. “Dit is het soort van artistieke exploratie dat interesseert me.”

The Hub City Theatre Festival shows July 10th through the 12th in Acadiana.

—The Minister of Culture—

Gris Gris Film Picked Up by Magnolia Pictures

Magnolia Pictures picked up the latest Film by Belgian Director Gris Gris, “Een Buitengewone Werk van Schoonheid,” for American Distribution. The Film debuted at the Cannes Film Festival last Month to much Critical Panning, which was Followed by a Short-Lived Bidding War for Distribution Rights. Few Companies attempted to Buy the Film, and Bidding went Nowhere after Gris Gris and his Producers presented what were described as “Ridiculous Terms” to those Attempting to Make Bids. The Distributors then Universally Walked Away from Negotiations, and the Film was left for Dead.

A Magnolia spokesperson said that the Company was able to Negotiate the Deal after the Festival had Concluded, and that they intend to Release the Film in the U.S.A. late this Year in Hopes of giving Critics and Audiences a “Fresh Look at it” – and to make a Case for some Manner of Academy Awards Consideration.

Gris Gris said that he was “overwonnen met vreugde en geluk” to know that the Film would be Able to Find a Wider Audience. Two of Gris Gris’ Films have Previously been Released into Theatres in America.

-+-The Minister of Culture-+-

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Murray and Justine Spotted Again!

Tennis Superstar Justine Henin and Jet-Set Socialite Murray Malone were Spotted once Again by Eagle-Eyed Celebrity-Watchers, this time on the French Riviera. Reports have them Cuddling, but not necessarily Kissing, and some Photographs have Surfaced.

Rumours have also Surfaced that the two showed up at a Party thrown by Belgian Film Director Gris-Gris in Cannes after the Film Festival there – but those in Attendance were strictly Close Friends of the Director (As Murray is Known to Be), and they have all been Quite Mum about whom or what they may have Seen.

And so, These Blurry Photos are the Best Evidence we can Give you at the Moment. Justine’s Publicist has decried them as “Inconclusive” – but you be the judge!

This Couple appears to be attempting a Get-Away from the Papparazzi - is it Justine and Murray?Arms Around one Another - that sure looks like Justine and Murray to us.We\'re not as Convinced on This One, but it was Submitted by a Viewer who seemed Quite Positive about the Subjects...

–The Minister of Gossip–

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Gris Gris Film Debuts at Cannes

Gris Gris, Film DirectorBelgian Film Director Gris Gris has created a new Film entitled “Een Buitengewone Werk van Schoonheid” which is generating much Buzz at this year’s Cannes Film Festival. The Buzz, however, is somewhat difficult to Decipher.

Though the Film has not yet been Screened for Viewing by the Publick at Large, Critics have seen it and made the following Declarations about its Merits:

“Opaque.” –Dallas Morning News

“Completely unwatchable nonsense.” –Chicago Tribune

“Revolting and offensive.” –New York Daily News

“Vacuous, with nothing to look at or make sense of.” –European Voice

“I would not recommend this movie to anybody, period.” –Los Angeles Times

“Self-righteous rubbish, an insult to everyone in the theater wasting their valuable time on it, and an instant addition to my list of all-time worst films.” –The Guardian

“If the film cans filled with the only copy of this film had lit fire in front of me at the exact moment that I had a sudden desperate need to urinate, I would not have bothered wasting my water to put it out; rather, I would have wet my own trousers in order to ensure that the film had been successfully disposed of.” –Le Monde

“A surefire hot commodity on the indie film circuit.” –Variety

Nevertheless, the Film is in the running for the Palm d’Or, as the Festival Jury has stated that a Film “need not be good to be beautiful.”

-+-The Minister of Culture-+-

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