Daddy’s Home 2 Passes

More Daddies.  More Problems.

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In the sequel to the 2015 global smash, father and stepfather, Dusty (Mark Wahlberg) and Brad (Will Ferrell) have joined forces to provide their kids with t he perfect Christmas. Their newfound partnership is put to the test when Dusty’s old-school, macho Dad (Mel Gibson) and Brad’s ultra-affectionate and emotional Dad (John Lithgow) arrive just in time to throw the holiday into complete chaos.

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Movie Scene Queen is teaming up with Paramount Pictures to bring some much needed laughter with a Daddy’s Home 2 special screening.  The screening will be held on Tuesday, November 7th at 7:30pm at the AMC Waterfront 22.  Please comment below with your favorite moment of Daddy’s Home (2015)

Wanna check out the official Daddy’s Hoem 2 trailer? Visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=38z-xuYhGnA

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Get Hard Passes

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The prison-bound manager, James King (Will Ferrell) of a hedge fund asks a black businessman, Darnell Lewis (Kevin Hart) — who has never been to jail — to prepare him for life behind bars.

Warner Brothers Pictures and Movie Scene Queen are hosting a March 23rd screening in the Waterfront.  The screening begins at 7:30 PM.  Please comment with your best jail/prison story.  I’ll start with mine…

When I was in high school, my mom put my friends and I in a Scared Straight program at Allegheny County Jail.  Even though we weren’t juvenile delinquents, we brewed our own share of mischief and trouble like most teenagers.  We spent an entire afternoon in the women’s pod.  We were everything but scared.  I was actually freaked out.  The inmates kept talking about the possible lesbian rape.  It was kinda creepy to say the least.

Much Love,

Movie Scene Queen

The Lego Movie

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Will Ferrell, Chris Pratt, Elizabeth Banks, and Morgan Freeman lend their voice talents for Warner Brothers Pictures’ newest animated flick, “The Lego Movie”. Emmet Brickowski (voice by Pratt) is an ordinary Lego land citizen who finds out he is destined to be the ultimate Master Builder. Emmett, with the help of his new female friend, Wyldstyle (voice by Banks), has to save his universe from an evil dictator, Lord Business (voice by Ferrell).

The trickiest part of “The Lego Movie” is identifying some of the other familiar voices like Will Arnett, Shaquille O’Neal, Billy Dee Williams, Liam Neeson, Channing Tatum, and Jonah Hill.

“The Lego Movie” is a family friendly movie that taps into the inner childhood of everyone. Even the adults who did not play with Legos as children, like me, are reminded of the playful sprit of every adolescent.

The movie is also evenly balanced for families with both boys and girls. Disney’s “Frozen” is more geared towards little girls, and while most viewers would assume “The Lego Movie” is tailored to young boys, it has the excitement and engagement for the entire family. Similar to the “Shrek” series, the movie has adult like humor and even jokes that only adults would be able to comprehend.

The cinematography is top notch! Visually the movie sucks you right into an actual Lego world. Cinematographer Pablo Plaisted, who also worked on the visual effects of the “Happy Feet” series, manages to show the complexity of making water and food, still his work comes off as simplistic and effortless in the film. The use of 3D effects are very detailed and attention grabbing.

I never imagined Morgan Freeman and Will Ferrell would be such an awesome comedy duo. But it worked so well! Both actors were outrageously hilarious yet clean and appropriate for the younger audience. Will Ferrell, who voiced one of the main characters, also makes an actual cameo in the movie. The creative twist brings the movie all together.

With almost 80 movies under his belt, Morgan Freeman has surpassed all seasoned acting veterans. Freeman is currently 3 filming three movies (“Life Itself”, “Dolphin Tale 2”, “Lucy”). It’s safe to say that any acting role he commits to from now on will only strength his already established legacy. His father-like, soothing voice has become the coined narration of several documentaries, movies and used for many commercial advertisements.

Members of the Steel City LUG ( Lego User Group) and other Lego lovers gathered in the Waterfront on Saturday, February 1, 2014 for the Pittsburgh premiere. Iva Freeman, 35, was one of the Pittsburgh parents who brought her family to get a first glimpse of the movie. “The movie was great family fun and although it starts off with funny children things, the movie ends with a lesson for all ages.” The movie’s lesson is that “everyone is different in their own way and that’s what makes them special.”

3.5 Lego Stars

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December 2013 Throwback Movie of the Month- Elf

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In light of the recent release of the Will Ferrell’s Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues, it’s only right to choose Elf as this month’s throwback movie.

An orphan accidentally climbs into Santa Claus’ bag and is carried away to the North Pole. Head elf, Papa Elf (Bob Newhart) takes the baby and names him Buddy. Papa Elf raises Buddy like he’s an elf. But it’s clear that Buddy is different than the rest of the elves.

When Buddy becomes of age, he branches off to the city to find his real family. Buddy has some troubles getting accumulated to the fast paced life of New York City. More importantly, he has a difficult time establishing a relationship with his biological father, Walter (James Caan), keeping a job, and finding his first love, Jovie (Zooey Deschanel). Eventually it’s up to Buddy the Elf and his mate, Jovie, to save Christmas.

Will Ferrell has such a lively, juvenile sense of humor. I know it was a piece of cake for him to be an elf. Buddy’s naive, candy popping attitude made the film that much more adorable. And he never took the large green Elf costume off.

This cute holiday movie included great music, classic Will Ferrell lines and all of the natural components of addictive season traditions from beginning to end.

As a Christmas classic, Elf joins Borrowed Hearts (1997), I’ll Be a Home for Christmas (1998), Home Alone (1990) and Home Alone 2 (1992), The Santa Clause film series with Tim Allen, Jingle All the Way (1996), and A Christmas Story (1983) as holiday necessities in my house. Elf is no doubt the Donny Hathaway-This-Christmas of movies.

5 Stars: Elf is family friendly, funny and full of child-like antics, Will Ferrell’s second best movie behind Stepbrothers (2009).

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MERRY CHRISTMAS EVERYONE!

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues

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Will Ferrell returns as Ron Burgundy in the highly anticipated sequel Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues. Ron Burgundy and his beautiful news anchor wife, Veronica Corningstone-Burgundy (Christina Applegate) faces divorce after Ron is fired and Veronica is promoted to primetime news anchor. Ron travels across San Diego to reassemble the Channel 4 news team to take over a new 24-hour news channel, Global News Network (GNN).

Led by news executive Linda Jackson (Meagan Good), Ron Burgundy, the gullible weatherman Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), the cat loving investigative reporter Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd), and racist sportscaster Champ Kind (David Koechner) must redeem themselves on a national news market.

Any movie with Will Ferrell and Steve Carrell is a simple combination for idiotic humor. The movie was everywhere. Although there was a definite plot, the scenes were sporadic and sometimes, did not make sense. The broad, goofy outlook is a testament to the type of work Will Ferrell produces. Anchorman Man 2 is very similar to the other Ferrell movies such as Anchorman: The Legend of Ron Burgundy (2004), Blades of Glory (2007), and Stepbrothers (2008).

Meagan Good serves as the token Black woman for the first Anchorman lacked diversity. The only problem is her character was corny and pointless. Linda Jackson’s sole purpose is to provide a great seaway to the epic Black dinner scene. And I am no MAC cosmetic consultant, but I’m certain that her eyebrows were drawn on by an infant. I was afraid. In the 1970s, did women wear their eyebrows like that?

Despite Good’s questionable presence, this movie review could have easily been dedicated to the other numerous, awesome cameos. In the first few second of Anchorman 2, multiplatinum rapper and former Degrassi star, Drake, makes a special appearance that will make you chuckle. Acting is what put Drake on the map and I’ve always wondered why he can’t continue to utilize that craft in addition to rapping. Other memorable cameos include Will Smith, Vince Vaughn, Kanye West, Amy Poehler, Tina Fey, Liam Neeson, and Jim Carrey.

2013 was a big year for sequels. Earlier in the year, I projected the success of animated sequels but it seems as if all eleven sequels of 2013 made a significant impact on the film industry.

Sequel Box Office Opening Weekend Gross:
Movie Release Date Opening Weekend Gross
1.) Monsters University 6/21 $82.4 million
2.) Despicable Me 2 7/3 $83.5 million
3.) Red 2 7/19 $18 million
4.) Smurfs 2 7/31 $17.5 million
5.) Kick Ass 2 8/16 $13.3 million
6.) Insidious Chapter 2 9/13 $40.3 million
7.) Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 9/27 $34 million
8.) Thor: A Dark World 11/8 $85.7 million
9.) Best Man Holiday 11/15 $30.1 million
10.) The Hunger Games: Catching Fire 11/22 $158 million
11.) The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug 12/13 $73.6 million
(Courtesy of Box Office Mojo, an IMDb company ©)

We will have to wait to see if Anchorman 2: the Legend Continues will also have a strong sequel box office opening weekend. Ninja 2 is this year’s last sequel and it will be released on New Year’s Eve.

3 STARS: Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues is stupid funny! It takes a special person, including myself, to understand the dynamics of Will Ferrell’s senseless comedy.

Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues Passes

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The Movie Scene Queen will randomly select five (5) winners to grab a pair of tickets to the special, advance screening of Anchorman 2. The screening will be held on Monday, December 16, 2013, two days prior to the opening of the film, at AMC Waterfront 22, 7:30 PM. Winners will be announced Monday at 10:00 AM.

For your chance for tickets, please comment below with your favorite moment from the first Anchorman (2004).

With the 70′s behind him, San Diego’s top rated newsman, Ron Burgundy (Will Ferrell), returns to the news desk in “Anchorman 2: The Legend Continues.” Also back for more are Ron’s co-anchor and wife, Veronica Corningstone (Christina Applegate), weather man Brick Tamland (Steve Carell), man on the street Brian Fantana (Paul Rudd) and sports guy Champ Kind (David Koechner) – All of whom won’t make it easy to stay classy…while taking New York’s first 24-hour news channel by storm. (courtesy of GOFOBO.com)

Anchorman 2 opens nationwide on Wednesday, December 18th.

Anchorman 2 SuperTickets are available exclusively at AMC Theatres and the ticket includes your movie ticket plus DigitalHD movie copy and bonus extras! Available now at participating AMC box offices or fandango.com. To purchase Anchorman 2 SuperTicket & SuperTicket Premiere: http://www.fandango.com/anchorman2superticket

*Please note: Winners of this promotion will only receive guaranteed access to the theater with their guest at the advance screening; they will not receive the SuperTicket package.

GOOD LUCK

The Internship (5.23.13)

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If you thought Wedding Crashers was hilarious, then you’ll equally enjoy as Owen Wilson and Vince Vaughn team up again to star in the comedy, The Internship.

The economy is bad and with new age technology, no one’s wearing watches anymore. If you want to know the time, you just look at one of your many devices such as an iPad, computer, or cell phone. Two watch salesmen, Nick (Wilson) and Billy (Vaughn) feels the wrath of the digital age as their watch company closes. They spend their jobless days creating a plan to find other employment. Billy comes up with a brilliant plan. GOOGLE! (Yes, the search engine.)

The most pleasant surprise was Will Ferrell. After Step Brothers, I am convinced that he is a comedic genius. With his guest appearance in the Internship he served as Nick’s sister’s boyfriend who also happens to be a manager at a local mattress store. When Nick’s company goes under, his sister snags him a job at the store. Will Ferrell’s character was the inappropriate, irrelevant boss that everyone hates. You know the type of boss! The boss where they don’t get much work done, they are not particularly great at managing, and they are complete jerks. Although, we don’t like personally dealing with that type of boss, Will Ferrell was enjoyable for his 90 second cameo.

Billy eventually convinces Nick to quit his mattress slinging job and interview for the Google internship. One of my favorite parts of the movie was the actual interview. The interview was via Skype. Of course, Nick and Billy had to use the local children’s library to Skype their interview. All of the information on their resume, such as being Physics majors at the University of Phoenix, was completely false. They bomb on their interview yet they still manage to get the internship. The duo moves to California to start their new journey at Google.

Because I’ve already given you too much, once they get to Google Headquarters, it’s ageism at its finest. The large group of interns mostly consisted of egotistical 20 year olds and they are confident that Billy and Nick too old and ignorant to be capable of working at Google. But where Nick and Billy lack in technology knowledge, they pick up in customer service, sales, and life experience. You’ll have to check out the Internship to get the ending. I would tell you to “google” it but The Internship is in theatres June 7th.

4 STARS: Granted, the movie was very funny! It just was NOT on the same caliber or level as Hangover, Super Bad, and Step Brothers.

Throwback Movie of The Month- SUPERSTAR (April 2013)

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Derived from Saturday Night Live, Molly Shannon plays awkwardly built and socially challenged high schooler Mary Katherine Gallagher in the 1999 movie, Superstar.  After many tragic accidents, Mary Katherine Gallagher (and you have to say her full name) realized that she wants to be a SUPERSTAR.  She never really channeled what kind of star she wants be.  In several horrible attempts, Mary Katherine Gallagher experiments with singing, dancing, and acting.  After a vicious fight with the most popular girl in school, Evian (Elaine Hendrix), Mary Katherine Gallagher stuns everyone at her audition for the school talent show.

Her immediate motivation for stardom and fame is to get the attention of the most popular guy in school, Sky Corrigan (Will Ferrell).  To Mary Katherine Gallagher, her superstar status would be solidified with one Hollywood style kiss (with Sky of course).  Just in true love story fashion, Sky falls for Mary Katherine Gallagher after she wins the talent show.  He plants a big wet one on her and it’s a complete DUD!  After enduring 7 seconds of torture, Mary Katherine Gallagher receives a better kiss from someone as equally unique as her, Eric Slater (Harland Williams).  Eric is the weirdo from special education class whose silence, due to a speech impediment, makes the entire school thinks that he’s a murderer.  At the beginning of the movie, you find out that Eric is the little boy that Mary Katherine Gallagher saves at the swimming pool. (He has the birth mark that looks like shit!)

This distorted storyline and unrealistic antics only makes the movie better.  Although critics have given Superstar some of the worst reviews ever, similar to Norbit, it’s good comedy with no real plot. It’s definitely a $5 Wal-Mart Bin winner!!!

4.5 STARS: It’s stupidity at its finest!!!

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