Priah Ferguson—An inspiration to young Black girls

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THE COURIER’S MERECEDES J. WILLIAMS interviews Priah Ferguson, left, who plays Erica Sinclair on the Netflix show “Stranger Things.”

There’s clearly no age requirement for Black Girl Magic. In recent months, we have seen a 14-year-old movie producer (Marsai Martin) and a 94-year-old icon grace the cover of Time magazine (Cicely Tyson). Now, to join the ranks and sprinkle her own magic around the world is 12-year-old Priah Ferguson.

The breakout Netfl ix star is on the verge of appear-ing in her second season on the hit show, “Stranger Things,” which will be released on Independence Day. On June 21 here in Pittsburgh, I had a chance to sit down with Ferguson and chat about some things we can expect from her in the near future.

Ferguson also threw out the first pitch at PNC Park, where the Pittsburgh Pirates beat the San Diego Padres, 2-1. Ferguson might have been a good luck charm because the Bucs went on to sweep the three-game series.

On a press tour for the third season of the science fi ction thriller, Ferguson says viewers “can expect a bigger role” from her character, Erica Sinclair. This season, Ferguson de-clares that Erica and her group of friends are “on a mission.”

Ferguson, who has also appeared in the Em-my-award winning series “Atlanta,” prepared for this role. From listening to ‘80s music to rummag-ing through her grand-mother’s photo albums, she got a pulse of what it means to be a kid 35 years ago. “I have a little bit of Erica in me,” she said.

Read more at the New Pittsburgh Courier, Priah Ferguson—An inspiration to young Black girls (Merecedes’ column July 3)

Mortal Engines Passes

In Mortal Engines, a mysterious young woman named Hester Shaw (Hera Hilmar) joins forces with Anna Fang (Jihae), a dangerous outlaw with a bounty on her head, and Tom Natsworthy (Robert Sheehan), an outcast from London, to lead a rebellion against a giant predator city on wheels.

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Movie Scene Queen is hosting a screening of MORTAL ENGINES on Tuesday, December 11 AM at the AMC Waterfront 22!  Please comment below with your interest, and we’ll send you two tickets!

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Movie Scene Queen

Morgan Passes

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A corporate troubleshooter (Kate Mara) is sent to a remote, top-secret location, where she is to investigate and evaluate a terrifying accident.  She learns the event was triggered by a seemingly innocent “human,” who presents a mystery of both infinite promise and incalculable danger.

The screening of 20th Century Fox’s new horror film, MORGAN, will be at the AMC Waterfront 22 on Wednesday, August 24th at 7:30 PM. Please comment below with your LEAST favorite science fiction movie or TV series.  The X-Files was corny.  As hard as I tried, I just couldn’t get into it.

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Movie Scene Queen

The Martian Passes

When astronauts blast off from the planet Mars, they leave behind Mark Watney (Matt Damon), presumed dead after a fierce storm. With only a meager amount of supplies, the stranded visitor must utilize his wits and spirit to find a way to survive on the hostile planet. Meanwhile, back on Earth, members of NASA and a team of international scientists work tirelessly to bring him home, while his crew mates hatch their own plan for a daring rescue mission.

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20th Century Fox and Movie Scene Queen brings you an opportunity to see The Martian at AMC Waterfront 22 on Monday, September 21st at 7:30 PM. If interested, please comment below with your favorite Matt Damon moment.  To be completely honest, (and please don’t kill) I think Matt Damon is okay.  If I had to choose, I’d have to say any movie where he played Jason Bourne.

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Movie Scene Queen

Jurassic World Passes

Visitors at the Jurassic World theme park run for their lives when the genetically engineered Indominus Rex and other dinosaurs go on a rampage.

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Jurassic World will be showing privately in the Waterfront on Tuesday, June 9th at 7:30pm.  Please comment below with your favorite part of the Jurassic Park film series.  The code will be emailed the morning of the screening.

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Movie Scene Queen

EDGE OF TOMORROW “On The Edge Of Tomorrow” Day 5 Sweepstakes- LAST CHANCE

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Everyday this week MSQ will be giving out two FREE passes to see Edge of Tomorrow, which hits theaters this Friday, June 6th.

Day 1- 6/2/14 True or False? The screenplay for Edge of Tomorrow is based on the novel entitled All You Need is Kill by Hiroshi Sakurazaka. Answer: TRUE
The Winner: Shavonne James

DAY 2- 6/3/14: Name the actor. Edge of Tomorrow also stars this actor, known for his roles in Alien, Titanic and HBO’s Big Love. Answer: BILL PAXTON
The Winner: Erricka Hager

DAY 3- 6/4/14: Name the director. Edge of Tomorrow is directed and produced by the same filmmaker behind the Bourne trilogy and Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Name the director. Answer: DOUG LIMAN
The Winner: Lauren Glaze

DAY 4- 6/5/14: In Edge of Tomorrow, this actress plays the role of Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski. She is best known for her spit-fire role in The Devil Wears Prada, and won a Golden Globe award for her supporting role in the TV movie Gideon’s Daughter. Name this actress.
The Winner: Lisa Y

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The epic action of Edge of Tomorrow unfolds in a near future in which an alien race has hit the Earth in an unrelenting assault, unbeatable by any military unit in the world. Major William Cage (Tom Cruise) is an officer who has never seen a day of combat when he is unceremoniously dropped into what amounts to a suicide mission. Killed within minutes, Cage now finds himself inexplicably thrown into a time loop—forcing him to live out the same brutal combat over and over, fighting and dying again…and again. But with each battle, Cage becomes able to engage the adversaries with increasing skill, alongside Special Forces warrior Rita Vrataski (Emily Blunt). And, as Cage and Rita take the fight to the aliens, each repeated encounter gets them one step closer to defeating the enemy.

Please comment below by answering the daily trivia:

DAY 5 (June 6, 2014): In Edge of Tomorrow, this actor, who was nominated for Oscars® for his performances in Born On the Fourth of July, Jerry McGuire and Magnolia, plays Major William Cage. He is also known for his starring role in the Mission Impossible films. Name this actor.

The daily grand prize includes:

· 1 (Admit Two) – EDGE OF TOMORROW Hollywood Movie Money

Don’t forget to check back EVERY DAY this week for a new trivia question! It doesn’t get any easier than this!

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Movie Scene Queen

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Riddick

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Vin Diesel stars in Riddick, the third installment of the Chronicles of Riddick film series.

Written and directed by David Twohy, Riddick (Diesel) is left for dead on a foreign planet after being framed for murder. Draped in rugged night-vision googles and animal skin disguised as clothes, Riddick must find a creative way to get back to his homeland, Furya, and fight off mythical creatures in the meantime. Riddick sets a trap to lure bounty hunters to his current location and slowly gets revenge all who are seeking him.

Without previously watching the first two Riddicks, one would think it would be difficult to catch on, but it’s not. The movie quickly sets the scene with background information about Riddick’s previous misfortunes. Not to mention, the first 45 minutes is almost in complete silence due to Riddick’s limited interactions with other human life.

The sexiest surprise is national recording artist, Keri Hilson, who played a soiled, murky prisoner. The 2-minute cameo is refreshing but who knew the R&B diva could cut it in thr mainstream movies spotlight. She is feisty, tough and longing for freedom. My Keri Hilson love meter went up just a couple more notches after this movie.

Just like Idris Elba saved Pacific Rim for me, Vin Diesiel did the same thing in Riddick with revenge on his mind and barely any clothes on his body. On the other hand, I was a little bothered by the depiction of women in this movie. All the White women were crisp, serene, strong and flashing their perky bosoms, while the only Black woman in the entire movie (Hilson) was a dusty captive. I’m confused! In science fiction films, why are Black women either obsolete or portrayed as defenseless, bottomless slaves?

This opens up a deeper discussion as to why African Americans just don’t support science fiction movies. There’s nothing realistic about humans fighting make-believe animals and aliens to save a fictious planet. African Americans are not present in most science fiction films. I guess we can chalk this one up as a mere piece of entertainment because I can’t see Tyler Perry making a science fiction flicks with Madea, Loretta Devine and Tamela Mann.

3 Stars: Another long science fiction movie bites the dust! Long movies must be in because it was a full two hours of partially-naked Vin Diesel (but I wasn’t complaining).

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