Pittsburgh’s ‘Movie Scene Queen,’ Merecedes J. Williams, celebrates seven years in business

The New Pittsburgh Courier’s film critic, Merecedes J. Williams, will celebrate seven years in business by being a guest bartender at Stanley’s Lounge in Homewood, 7403 Frankstown Ave., on Jan. 22 from 6 to 8 p.m. She will be joined by WAMO 100.1 FM’s Portia Foxx. All tips will directly benefit Williams’ Single Parent Project, an initiative that provides free movies, concessions and transportation to single-parent families, families with incarcerated parents, and foster families.

State Rep. Edward C. Gainey will present Williams with a state proclamation at Stanley’s Lounge to celebrate the business milestone and the corresponding community-based work.

In 2019, Williams distributed more than 4,200 free movie tickets, raised over $2,000 to send local high school students to see the movie “Harriet,” and sent 144 families to the movies via the Single Parent Project.

UPDATE: Movie Scene Queen raised $545 for the Single Parent Project. 

Read more at the New Pittsburgh Courier, Pittsburgh’s ‘Movie Scene Queen,’ Merecedes J. Williams, celebrates seven years in business

Name a better comedy duo than Martin Lawrence and Will Smith. I’ll wait. ‘Bad Boys for Life’ delivers

After 17 years, Will Smith and Martin Lawrence finally grace us with the third installment of the “Bad Boys” series. The infamous Mike Lowery (Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Lawrence) are still chasing bad guys and causing trouble when an old case resurfaces in “Bad Boys for Life.”

I thought Martin Lawrence’s weight gain and Will Smith’s age were going to be a distraction. And clearly, movie makers were thinking the same thing. However, instead of covering up their flaws with great makeup and advanced technology, they made it part of the storyline. Genius!

Each “Bad Boys” installment has been consistent with the right balance of comedy, action, and drama. That’s a testament to the on-screen chemistry Smith and Lawrence have built over the years. In my opinion, there’s no better comedy duo in any film series.

WILL SMITH AND MARTIN LAWRENCE star in the new movie, “Bad Boys for Life.”

The third installment of a film series is difficult to overcome. It establishes whether a movie has longevity and success over an extended time span. A good example of how you can royally destroy a film series is “Home Alone 3” (1997). If Macaulay Culkin, who was 17 at the time, no longer fit the little kid mold, then just let it go. On the other hand, there are great movie series like “Fast and Furious” and “Friday” where the third time really was a charm.

As for “Bad Boys for Life,” it truly delivers in this latest chapter. It is a guaranteed ticket of nostalgia and good entertainment. Many of the stars from the original cast, like Joe Pantoliano and Theresa Randle, have returned, making it that much more enjoyable.

Read more at the New Pittsburgh Courier, Name a better comedy duo than Martin Lawrence and Will Smith. I’ll wait. ‘Bad Boys for Life’ delivers

New movie ‘Like A Boss’ has great chemistry between Haddish, Byrne

Tiffany Haddish and Rose Byrne are an unlikely best friend duo in the year’s first comedy, “Like A Boss.” Mel (Bryne) and Mia (Haddish) are in major debt with their cosmetic company when a makeup mogul (Salma Hayek) tries to buy them out and take over the company.

The movie overall seemed to be missing something and I can’t quite put my finger on it. I think the promotion and marketing was grand. Maybe too grand, because I thought that the movie was going to be gut-busting hilarious. In reality, “Like A Boss” gave me a couple chuckles at most. I was definitely expecting more.

Salma Hayek’s character, Claire Luna, was cliché, almost satire. Not only was the character not believable, but it put a huge damper in the storyline. It was a poor attempt at “Devil Wears Prada” (2006). The orange wig and porcelain teeth was too much.

The film’s biggest takeaway was the value of a long-lasting friendship. What seemed like a strange pair, Haddish and Bryne actually meshed well together and brought the key messaging to life. Their chemistry was evident and rubbed off as authentic. Haddish was over the top and loud, while Bryne was bland and reserved. The pair was an out-of-the-box balance.

A small piece of Pittsburgh was in “Like A Boss.” Pittsburgh native Billy Porter plays Mia and Mel’s spicy production assistant, Barrett. He was wonderful. The “Kinky Boots” star almost played himself—bubbly, zesty, and quick-witted.

Read more at the New Pittsburgh Courier, New movie ‘Like A Boss’ has great chemistry between Haddish, Byrne

Dolittle Passes

Dolittle stars Robert Downey Jr. with an ALL-STAR voice cast of supporting actors. After losing his wife seven years earlier, the eccentric Dr. John Dolittle (Downey), famed doctor and veterinarian of Queen Victoria’s England, hermits himself away behind the high walls of Dolittle Manor with only his menagerie of exotic animals for company.

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The screening will be Saturday, January 11 at 10:00 AM at AMC Waterfront 22. Please comment below with your favorite animal movie. For me, it’s easy! I love Monkey Trouble (1994) and Dunston Checks In (1996).

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Underwater Passes

Directed by William Eubank, a crew of underwater researchers must scramble to safety after an earthquake devastates their subterranean laboratory in Underwater.

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Movie Scene Queen and 20th Century Fox are celebrating the upcoming release UNDERWATER, in theaters January 10th. We are hosting an advance screening of the film on Wednesday, January 8th at the AMC Waterfront at 7:30pm. Please comment below with your interest.

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Like A Boss Passes

Best friends Mia and Mel run their own cosmetics company — a business they built from the ground up. But they’re also in over their heads financially, and the prospect of a buyout offer from an industry titan proves too tempting to pass up. The beauty business is now about to get ugly as the proposal puts Mia and Mel’s lifelong friendship to the ultimate test.

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Calling all my bosses to the Pittsburgh advance screening of Like A Boss next Tuesday on the South Side. Please comment below with your favorite Tiffany Haddish or Billy Porter moment for a link to tickets. I had the pleasure of meeting Mr. Porter at CMU a few years ago, and he was the sweetest man ever. He let the students sing for him. He took photos. He signed autographs. A real treat!

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Movie Scene Queen 7-Year Anniversary and Bad Boys for Life Screening

We’re celebrating our seven-year anniversary with a special screening of Bad Boys for Life! Old-school cops Mike Lowery (Will Smith) and Marcus Burnett (Martin Lawrence) team up to take down the vicious leader of a Miami drug cartel. Newly created elite team AMMO of the Miami police department along with Mike and Marcus go up against the ruthless Armando Armas.

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The special screening will be held on Tuesday, January 14, 2020 at South Side Works Cinemas. For your chance to join the party, please comment below with your favorite Bad Boys moment. In Bad Boys 2, the date scene where Marcus and Mike interrogate the teenager.

“You ever make love to a man?”
“No!”
“You want to?”
“No sir.”

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Queen & Slim Passes

Slim and Queen’s first date takes an unexpected turn when a policeman pulls them over for a minor traffic violation. When the situation escalates, Slim takes the officer’s gun and shoots him in self-defense. Now labelled cop killers in the media, Slim and Queen feel that they have no choice but to go on the run and evade the law. When a video of the incident goes viral, the unwitting outlaws soon become a symbol of trauma, terror, grief and pain for people all across the country.

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Your chance to win two tickets to the November 21st screening of Queen & Slim comment below with your worst date (and you don’t have to go into detail). I’ll start with mine– Picture it.  Penn Hills. 2011. I was supposed to meet a guy at a local bar for a dinner date.  Not only did we never make it to the restaurant.  The bar was the restaurant.  He wanted to sit there all night and “hang out”. Nope! I was gone!

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

21 Bridges Passes

If you’re a Chadwick Boseman fan, then here’s your opportunity to catch the advance screening of his new movie, 21 Bridges.

After uncovering a massive conspiracy, an embattled NYPD detective joins a citywide manhunt for two young cop killers. As the night unfolds, he soon becomes unsure of who to pursue — and who’s in pursuit of him. When the search intensifies, authorities decide to take extreme measures by closing all of Manhattan’s 21 bridges to prevent the suspects from escaping.

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We are hosting a screening for 21 Bridges on Wednesday, November 20, 2019 in the Waterfront.  Please comment below with your favorite Chadwick Boseman film. 

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

Harriet Passes

From her escape from slavery through the dangerous missions she led to liberate hundreds of slaves through the Underground Railroad, the story of heroic abolitionist Harriet Tubman is told.

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Movie Scene Queen is hosting a special advance screening on Monday, October 28, 2019 in the Waterfront.  For tickets, please comment below with your favorite historical movie.  Although it’s sometimes hard to watch, my favorite historical movies are Rosewood (1997) and Titanic (1997).

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

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