Annie Definitely Worth Seeing After Sony Troubles

Christmas came early for illegal downloaders as hackers infiltrated Sony Pictures during Thanksgiving weekend by leaking “Annie” and other 2014 movies. Annie modernizes the classic Broadway musical and breaks barriers with the world’s first Black Annie, played by Quvenzhané Wallis.

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Also starring Jaime Foxx, Cameron Diaz, and Rose Byrne, Annie is a movie the entire family can enjoy.  This seasonal musical is filled with age-appropriate laughter and impressionable song. But, it is 11 year old Wallis that holds the film’s fate in the palm of her small hands.

Wallis is fun, adorable, and most important, relate-able. Little Black girls and children without families around the world can easily gravitate towards the shining presence that Wallis has on screen.  She has so many notches on her belt; however, the Academy Award nominee can add most adorable to her resume too. 

Every child will leave the theaters mimicking little orphan Annie’s tunes and dance moves- just like they did with Frozen! 

Cameron Diaz should scratch musicals, singing, and anything that requires harmony, pitch, and rhythm off her bucket list.  The There’s Something About Mary star sang like her life did not depend on it.  Even in the movie, the plot purposely pokes fun at her character’s bad musical talents.

Digital hacking and piracy has reached an all-time low.  In this case, the attack has created diplomatic turbulence and financial loss. The FBI has identified North Korean ties to the cyber attack on Sony Pictures. President Obama held a press conference on December 19 disagreeing with Sony’s decision to pull ” The Interview” – a comedy about a plot to kill North Korean Supreme Leader Kim Jong-un.  President Obama claims the Asian country was “imposing censorship”.

Sony Pictures released an official statement: “Those who attacked us stole our intellectual property, private emails, and sensitive and proprietary material, and sought to destroy our spirit and our morale – all apparently to thwart the release of a movie they did not like.”

The problem with Sony’s adversity and setback is the multi-billion dollar entity is basking too much in their sad ambiance.  Instead of moving quickly and diplomatically, they have created a huge domino affect of unnecessary, rash decisions.  

I agree with President Obama. However, Sony should have never created this chaos by initially supporting such a movie with such controversial topic.  Don’t run scared now, Sony!

4 Stars: Unfortunately, Annie is a harmless bystander deeply effected by recent events.  This cyber attack should not deter audiences from witnessing this excellent, holiday film.  Quvenzhané Wallis as Annie is a true inspiration, making an historical, timeless impact on every young girl across the globe. 

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The Other Woman

“Cheaters never change!” – Carly (Cameron Diaz)

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The number one movie in America this weekend (4/25-4/27) hails from the Director of The Notebook and John Q, Nick Cassavetes. Ironically, in ‘The Other Woman’, a Connecticut housewife, Kate King (Leslie Mann) and her husband’s clueless mistress, Carly Whitten (Cameron Diaz), join forces to confront the sleaze ball. The plan backfires when they find more victims like a younger, sexier woman, Amber (Kate Upton). The ladies quickly form a sisterly bond and create a plan to seek revenge.

Leslie Mann keeps the movie alive. She played a totally different role in Knocked Up (2007) and its sequel This Is 40 (2012), but she remains amusing and animated. I even enjoyed her mild, satirical character in Adam Sandler’s Big Daddy (1999). Mann has upheld my comedic expectations in every big screen appearance. But she could not save the movie all by her lonesome.

Cameron Diaz was ok and even Kate Upton was baby doll adorable. On the contrary, Nicki Minaj was an abomination to all rappers turned actors across the world. Her role was limited. But, even the few dozen words she uttered was an exaggeration. It’s hard to support Nicki Minaj’s acting career because we have yet to see her as a sincere entertainer. Yes, she’s accumulated overwhelming success, but she is currently going through an identity crisis. On social media and in recent appearances, she has claimed to wear her real hair and denounce her excessive makeup, colored weaves, and enhanced buttocks.. If that look, which is displayed in the movie, is not who she is then, who is she? As Eminem would say, will the real Nicki Minaj please stand up?

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Yes, the movie is filled with attractive, witty woman. But, under no circumstances does The Other Woman compare to the awesomeness of Bridemaids (2011). I recently watched an ad for the movie, which was released on April 25th, where a critic claimed that the film is just as great as Bridemaids. Without identifying detailed specifics, The Other Woman lacked the consistently comical hysteria of Bridemaids and an all-star comedic lineup including contemporary sidesplitting women like Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph.

The idea of women banding together after all sleeping with the same man is delusional. The movie wasn’t realistic and captures the fairy tale essence of ego-less, simple-minded women. If my husband participates in several extra martial affairs, I doubt I would be in a sweet-Mary Poppins, Carrie Bradshaw-friendly mood. It’s not time for a girl’s night out. It’s time to move on.

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2 Stars: The Other Woman is a mediocre movie for the ladies and an awkward attempt to make it socially acceptable to join forces as the wife and the other woman.

Ladies’ Night Out: The Other Woman Passes

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Ladies (Sorry Fellas),

If you are in the Greater Pittsburgh area, please join Blonde Girl Nok and the Movie Scene Queen tomorrow at the Waterfront for Ladies’ Night Out. The two female bloggers have acquired an entire movie theater to get together, socialize and watch Cameron Diaz’s new movie, The Other Woman.

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After discovering her boyfriend is married, a woman (Cameron Diaz) tries to get her ruined life back on track. But when she accidentally meets the wife he’s been cheating on (Leslie Mann), she realizes they have much in common, and her sworn enemy becomes her greatest friend. When yet another affair is discovered (Kate Upton), all three women team up to plot mutual revenge on their cheating, lying, three-timing SOB.

If you are down for Ladies’ Night Out, just comment below with your first and last name and how many guests you plan to bring. REMEMBER, NO GUYS!

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

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