Creed Passes

Adonis Johnson (Michael B. Jordan) never knew his famous father, boxing champion Apollo Creed, who died before Adonis was born. However, boxing is in his blood, so he seeks out Rocky Balboa (Sylvester Stallone) and asks the retired champ to be his trainer. Rocky sees much of Apollo in Adonis, and agrees to mentor him, even as he battles an opponent deadlier than any in the ring. With Rocky’s help, Adonis soon gets a title shot, but whether he has the true heart of a fighter remains to be seen.

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Rocky returns to Pittsburgh for an advanced screening on Wednesday. November 18 at 7:30 PM at AMC Waterfront 22.  Please comment below with your favorite boxing movie.  I’ll start with mine– The Hurricane (1999).

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Movie Scene Queen

Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 Passes

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Fathom Events, O’Reilly Auto Parts, Mayweather Promotions, Golden Boy Promotions and Showtime bring you the highly anticipated rematch between eleven-time world champion Floyd “Money” Mayweather and the dangerous, power-punching Marcos “El Chino” Maidana. After their thrilling fight earlier this year, which left sports fans clamoring for more, the two prizefighters will face each other again when Mayhem: Mayweather vs. Maidana 2 is broadcast LIVE from the MGM Grand in Las Vegas to select movie theaters nationwide on Saturday, September 13th at 8:00 p.m.

This exciting rematch will undoubtedly test the skill and will of both fighters in this electrifying showdown that is set to finish that which was started the first time they met. Despite the brutal nature of their first meeting, Mayweather has chosen to give Maidana a chance to redeem himself and rightfully earn a victory against the undefeated champion by facing off in a rematch that is sure to bring mayhem to the ring!

Don’t miss it LIVE and on the Big Screen – where every seat is ringside!

I have tickets for the fight’s LIVE showing at Cinemark Robinson Twp.  If you’d like a pair of tickets, please comment below with your favorite boxing movie.  In true MSQ tradition, I’ll start with mine: The Hurricane (1999)

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Movie Scene Queen

Grudge Match

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Warner Brothers Pictures has been on a consistent roll in 2013 with great movies like Gravity, Prisoners, and The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, but the movie production company fell short with boxing movie, Grudge Match. Pittsburgh retired boxing rivalries Billy “The Kid” McDonnen (Robert De Niro) and Henry “Razor” Sharp (Sylvester Stallone) settle their 30-year grudge with one last fight.

Funny man Kevin Hart also stars in the movie as the modern day Don King, Dante Slate, Jr., who sets up and promotes the long awaited fight. No matter the role, Kevin Hart always seems to plays Kevin Hart. I think we have put Kevin Hart in this funny box and now it is almost impossible for him to get out. In Grudge Match, he was trying really hard to be funny. And while I chuckled at some of his redundancy, I also wonder how great he’d be in a more serious role.

The most disappointing part of the movie is that although it claimed to be based in the Steel City, the movie was actually filmed in New Orleans. A real Pittsburgher, like myself, can not be easily fooled. The movie has a couple of quick still shots of Downtown Pittsburgh and the steel mills. Other than that, it’s clear that Grudge Match was no where near here.

I’m predicting a box office flop. The movie isn’t great and Grudge Match will be up against some other great contenders on Christmas Day. Martin Scorsese’s The Wolf of Wall Street, starring Leonardo DiCaprio as a New York stock broker, is a raunchy and high speed story about a wealthy lifestyle that leads to Wall Street corruption, mob association and federal indictment.

Also coming out on December 25th is the Secret Life of Walter Mitty. Director Ben Stiller stars as Walter Mitty, a LIFE magazine employee who’s facing being laid off as the magazine suspends it’s hard copies issues and goes completely digital. Walter Mitty’s spacey imagination causes him to zone out and after an unforeseen circumstance, he must come back to reality. Ben Stiller is serious yet still laughable. The movie is different, cool and can be enjoyed by the entire family.

2 STARS: I expected more from Grudge Match, but nothing was exciting about two old rivalries boxing in their 60s.

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Grudge Match Passes

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Warner Bros. Pictures’ “Grudge Match” (PG-13) stars award-winning movie legends Oscar® winner Robert De Niro (“Raging Bull,” “Silver Linings Playbook”) and Oscar® nominee Sylvester Stallone (the “Rocky” films, “The Expendables”) as old boxing rivals who come out of retirement for one final match. Peter Segal (“Get Smart”) directs the comedy.

Director Peter Segal tells the story of Billy “The Kid” McDonnen (De Niro) and Henry “Razor” Sharp (Stallone), two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight. Each had scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983, on the eve of their decisive third match, Razor suddenly announced his retirement, refusing to explain why but effectively delivering a knock-out punch to both their careers. Thirty years later, boxing promoter Dante Slate Jr., seeing big dollar signs, makes them an offer they can’t refuse: to re-enter the ring and settle the score once and for all. The film opens December 25, 2013.
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But if you want tickets to an advance screening, please comment with your email address, preferred screening date AND favorite Pittsburgh pastime. In order to be considered for the passes, your comment must contain all three items mentioned above. The Grudge Match screenings will take place at the following times:

Tuesday, December 3, 2013 @ 7:30PM AMC Waterfront 22

Wednesday, December 11, 2013 @ 7:30PM AMC Waterfront 22

Monday, December 16, 2013 @ 7:30PM AMC Waterfront 22

GOOD LUCK!!!

Much Love,

The Movie Scene Queen