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Popcorn Love: Storks Hits Theaters Nationwide in September!

August 4th, 2016 - By Kay Hudson
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Hey moms,

On September 23, 2016 – get ready for Storks in theaters nationwide. Don’t forget to check out Jason Derulo’s new song, “Kiss the Sky” which is featured in the trailer! This animation seems like it’s going to be a big hit!

Storks deliver babies…or at least they used to. Now they deliver packages for a global internet retail giant. Junior (Andy Samberg), the company’s top delivery stork, is about to be promoted when he accidentally activates the Baby Making Machine, producing an adorable, and wholly unauthorized, baby girl.

Desperate to deliver this bundle of trouble before the boss gets wise, Junior and his friend Tulip, the only human on Stork Mountain, race to make their first-ever baby drop – in a wild and revealing journey that could make more than one family whole and restore the storks’ true mission in the world.

The animated adventure “Storks” stars Andy Samberg (“Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs,” “Hotel Transylvania”), Katie Crown (Cartoon Network’s “Clarence”), Kelsey Grammer (“Toy Story 2,” “The Simpsons”), Jennifer Aniston (“We’re the Millers,” “Horrible Bosses”), Ty Burrell (“Finding Dory,” “Modern Family”), Keegan-Michael Key (“The Angry Birds Movie,” “Keanu,” “Key & Peele”), Jordan Peele (“Keanu,” “Key & Peele”) and Danny Trejo (“The Book of Life”)

This film is rated PG for mild action and some thematic elements.

3 Reasons You’ve Got To See Ghostbusters This Weekend

July 15th, 2016 - By Kweli Wright
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Summer is known for a few things: BBQs with the fam, relaxing poolside or at the beach, and hitting your local cineplex to catch a movie…or three! This weekend, consider adding Sony Pictures’ “Ghostbusters” to your list of to-dos. 

“Ghostbusters” is a reboot, not a remake!, of the uber-successful “Ghostbusters” from 1984 and focuses on four ladies who ain’t afraid of no ghosts. Melissa McCarthy who plays Abby, the fun-loving scientist out to prove to the world that ghosts exists. Kate McKinnon plays Holtzman, a quirky woman who knows her gadgets and creates all the weapons to bust those ghosts. Kristen Wigg is Erin, the science professor who really believes in ghosts but has been trying to keep that in her past. Leslie Jones plays Patty, who happens upon the ladies and is down to join the Ghostbusters. 

From the T-rex to Napoleon, audiences learn the minions have served all of history’s most evil villains, but by the time we catch up to them in the 1960s, they’re looking for another leader.

Enter Scarlet Overkill, the best outlaw in the world. After making it to New York City and spotting Scarlet Overkill on a commercial for VillainCon, the minions set off on yet another adventure to find their new boss. But of course, things don’t always turn out as planned.

I won’t spoil the movie, but here are three reasons you should take the family to see “Ghostbusters” this weekend.

Elle magazine covers featuring the "Ghostbusters" cast.

Elle magazine covers featuring the “Ghostbusters” cast.

1. The cast

Each of the own hold their own on the comedy front, they’re among the best in the business. From the first scene you’ll literally be laughing out loud. It was shocking that people had negative comments to make about the film, before it even debuted, just based on the all-female cast. They’re women that girls (and boys) can look to for inspiration.

credit: Kweli Wright. "Ghostbusters" movie snacks

credit: Kweli Wright. “Ghostbusters” movie snacks

2. It’s a movie for all ages (with discretion)

As producer Ivan Reitman shared with Mommynoire, the original movie wasn’t intended for kids, but it easily became a classic family film. Why? Because the Ghostbusters actually aren’t afraid of the ghosts and they are able to capture them. Pretty awesome, right? Not only does this quell kids fears of ghosts, it makes them feel empowered. The movie is PG-13 and there’s hardly any bad language.  The film’s jokes are smart enough to keep adults entertained without being too grown up. I would really recommend only taking ages 12 and up (depending on the child) because there are parts of the movie that will make you, ahem, I mean them jump, and it gets a little scarier towards the end. If your child is easily spooked, you might want to see it first with the adult crew and then decide if the kids can handle it.

3. Dare we say… it’s better than the original! 

Whether or not you were a fan of the original “Ghostbusters,” go into this knowing that this is not supposed to be a remake of the 1984 blockbuster. It is a reboot and definitely going to be a blockbuster on its own. It’s a film with a modern-day storyline, characters that reflect who we are today (it was exciting to watch the ladies take on the ghosts to show them who’s boss!) and the special effects are amazing. The film is a fun way to escape for a few hours, scream and laugh. Also, if you can, go see it in 3-D.

You’ll love all of the references to the original films plus all the fun cameos featured in this new film.

Once you’ve seen it, come back and tell us your favorite part!

Mommynoire Goes Behind The Scenes Of The New Ghostbusters Movie

July 11th, 2016 - By Kweli Wright
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“Ghostbusters” is back for a new generation and Mommynoire got to experience all the excitement of the upcoming blockbuster and so much more last week in Los Angeles.

Our day started with a trip to the Sony Lot, what an awesome place. Television shows were filming, we got a tour of the lot and all of the history there was amazing. Just like in the movies, but real!

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credit: Kweli Wright

credit: Kweli Wright

credit: Kweli Wright

That rainbow is a work of art we learned that it was commissioned for Culver City to bring a bit of light to anyone who sees it from miles away. It also references the “Wizard of Oz”which was filmed at what used to be the MGM lot now the Sony Lot. We all made sure to get a snap of that!

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credit: Kweli Wright

Couldn’t resist a snap of the Ecto 1, the actual vehicle featured in the original “Ghostbusters.”

The trip was with a great group of other writers (#ghostbloggers) and our first mission was to tour the Sony Lot and Ghost Corps, the corporation founded by Ivan Reitman with whom all the magic of Ghostbusters started. Reitman was the director of the original “Ghostbusters” movie in 1984, as well as the new movie, and it’s easy to see that the franchise remains close to his heart.

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Kweli Wright

Mr. Reitman greeted the group and was so gracious…and really curious about our opinions on the film. In fact, he turned the tables and interviewed us.

“I’m going to ask you relatively direct questions instead of the other way around,” he said to laughs. His first question for the group of mostly moms who had seen a screening of the film the night before was: How do you think [“Ghostbusters”] is in terms of appropriateness for kids, what age?

Our answers ranged from”middle school” and “12 and up” to “some of it was terrifying” to “it depends on the child and if they can handle the ‘ghost’ aspect” of the movie. The general consensus was that parents should use their best judgement when deciding whether or not to take a child under 12 to see the movie. It’s full of jokes and excitement and there are so many fun scenes, but there are also ghouly ghosts and big action scenes.

“You know, the first one, which I did in 1984…we never  thought of it as a kids movie at all, or a family movie,” Reitman explained. “The film I had done before was “Stripes” and it was an R-rated comedy. We started hearing that parents were bringing their kids which really surprised me. Now, some 30 years later, it’s know as this classic family movie.”

“What young kids got out of it, at least what I heard from parents, is that kids are really scared of ghosts and dying and all these kinds of unknown issues,” Reitman said. “There was something about the fact that the Ghostbusters were able to contain the ghosts and got them under control and didn’t seem to be afraid of them that somehow made the issue a little more reasonable for kids.”

Reitman is very excited about the 2016 version of “Ghostbusters” hitting theaters on Friday, July 15, especially the fact that it features four awesome women. “I know the humor and the role models of the four women being so in charge and such a lovely combination of characters, that’s what we’re counting on.”

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credit: Kweli Wright

“Ghostbusters” toys from the old movie, and swag from new movie that kids are going to go crazy for!

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credit: Kweli Wright

 

#ghostbloggers at the Ghost Corps offices with producer Ivan Reitman

#ghostbloggers at the Ghost Corps offices with producer Ivan Reitman

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credit: Kweli Wright, in the Ghost Corps offices

Reitman shared that he set up Ghost Corps last year to expand the Ghostbusters franchise. Ghost Corps is under Sony and now they are able to creatively expand the brand.

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credit: Kweli Wright

Mr. Reitman let us walk around the offices but we all headed for the conference room to see some great “Ghostbusters” memorabilia and new promotional products. We also saw posters from the movies he’s made over the years. I was shocked that I had seen almost every one.

 

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credit: Kweli Wright

After our tour of Ghost Corps we headed onto the tour of the Sony Lot.

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credit: Kweli Wright

We stages and sets and sound studios and even the set of Wheel of Fortune, my personal favorite since my daughter and I was this show religiously every night while we have dinner.

“Ghostbusters” hits theaters nationwide on July 15.

Stay tuned for my interview with the cast that is posting this Wednesday and my review of the Ghostbusters movie this Friday!

I was invited on an all expenses paid trip to LA by Sony to cover the #Ghostbusters movie, all opinions are my own.

How Meeting Men Happens In Movies Versus In Real Life

May 3rd, 2016 - By Julia Austin
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A “meet cute” is that moment in a movie where two characters, who will eventually fall in love, meet for the first time. It’s always quirky—you can usually guarantee the characters won’t like each other at first—and has some air of fatefulness. There’s usually a skating rink, an endearingly opinionated elderly person or a dog involved. You get the idea. But if you ask long-term couples how they met, their “meet cute” was rarely as cute as they are in the movies. In life, the stars rarely align well enough for your “meet cute” to not be totally awkward. Part of that is because, in real life, we wouldn’t respond so coolly to a single dad’s baby spilling our drink on us or a cute guy rear ending us that a relationship would never have a chance. So here is a look at how “meet cutes” take place in movies, versus how they go down in real life.

From Olivia Pope & Associates To Central Perk: TV And Movie Hangouts You Can Visit In Real Life

February 19th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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As the weather starts to warm up, we’ll all be thinking about using up some of those well-earned vacation days. But instead of the usual cruise or wine tour, why not switch things up this year by visiting one of these TV and movie hangouts?

From Craig’s house from Friday to the bar from Grey’s Anatomy, these accessible locations will make you feel like you’re really on set. Or, at least, they will give you some Instagrammable moments when you post up outside. But be sure to plan ahead. Some of these locations require appointment times to actually get inside.

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Image Source: BET

Mary Jane’s House from Being Mary Jane

If the BET show Being Mary Jane gave you serious house goals, you’re not alone. And you’re not the only person dying to see this beautiful house in person. You can drive by the gated home, called the Ridgewood House, in Atlanta. But it’s privately owned and it’s unlikely that you’ll be invited inside. However, you can take a virtual tour from the comfort of your own living room.

Why The 2016 Academy Awards Might Be The Most Controversial One Yet

January 19th, 2016 - By Meg Butler
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As the #OscarsSoWhite tweets come pouring in, once again, the 2016 Oscars seems to be under fire more than ever before. But between the Academy president’s apology and the actors boycotting, here’s why the 2016 Academy Awards might be the most important Oscars yet. Will you be tuning in?

Lucy Liu On Balancing Parenting, Her Career, and Kung Fu Panda 3

January 13th, 2016 - By Chad Milner
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After defeating Lord Shen and coming to grips with his past, Kung Fu Panda 2 teased that Po’s long-lost father is seen living in a land in which pandas live in a hidden enclave and senses that his son is still alive.  On January 29, Po and the gang return pick up where the cliffhanger left off in Kung Fu Panda 3.

Po (voiced by Jack Black), now a highly revered hero and fulfillment of the prophecies of the Dragon Warrior/Warrior of Black and White, reunites with his father (Bryan Cranston), who takes him to the secluded land in which pandas live in peace and harmony…just to realize that he doesn’t fit in there.  In order to defeat an ancient evil spirit, Kai, Po and his friends must train his newfound family and equally clumsy compatriots into an army of kung fu pandas.

 

On a recent afternoon at the Ritz-Carlton in Battery Park, we had an opportunity to screen the film and ask Lucy Liu-the voice of Viper-about the film and her most coveted role as a new mother.

Mommynoire: How do you balance being a parent and the many projects that you have going?  Do you have a schedule or do you just find a way to make it work?  

Lucy Liu:  The reality is that my work was crazy before.  My schedule was 16 to 18 hour days and very little sleep.  And then, when I did have free time, I was learning my lines or doing publicity or whatever it was.  

And so, when I had my son, it wasn’t really significantly different.  He wasn’t messing up my schedule, you know?  He’s already on a schedule even though he’s very young.  But, he gets up every four hours and he eats.  And he’s already sleeping, like, seven hours overnight, which I don’t understand.  I’m like *pantomimes feeling his head* Is he alive?  Is his head warm?  

Enjoy it, yes.  

I know.  He’s sleeping way more than I am. But, he wasn’t really in any way fostering more stress for me.  I already had a very rigorous and intense schedule.  So I knew that when I took the job that I was considering having a family.  So, I was kind of like, okay, so the best thing to do is lay the groundwork and have a job that is in one place, which would be television and something that is secure for the time being.  

Since the schedule wasn’t necessarily a shock, how else did you prepare for this new little person in your life?

I’m honest with myself and I tell myself that I’m not going to be able to do it alone, period.  I’m not going to do that.  I’m not going to sacrifice his health and well-being because my schedule is so crazy.

So I have one person that helps me on a regular basis.  And I have a team of people that I’ve been working with since my initiation into this business 20 plus years ago who I trust and rely on.  But, you know, my schedule even without him has been crazy.  And I’ve asked for the ability to cut down on my lines or something like that but that hasn’t happened.  

It’s never going to be easy.  And if I acknowledge that, I’m aware of what I’m doing.  And I know a lot of people want to be there every second.  But, now since he’s fairly portable I take him to location and to set with me.  And if it’s going to be a night shoot, I don’t take him.  I’m realistic about it.  

Are you one of those guilty moms who feels bad about working?

I’m always going to be connected to him.  I have to trust that, and I know that.  I don’t ever feel like, “Oh, my gosh!  I haven’t seen him all day.”  I’m not that kind of mother.  I’m somebody who really trusts that our connection was meant to be in the way that it is and he’s going to know that I’m always going to be with him no matter where he is.  And his job in life is to become the best person that he can be in his life.  And it’s not going to be me, like, hovering over him necessarily.

I think that sometimes as parents, for some reason people guilt each other into feeling like you have to be there at absolutely every single second, you know?  I think that it can be smothering and it also can create an unhealthy environment for yourself, because eventually your child is going to go to school and they’re going to break away from you.  That’s their job, to be independent.  And you have to allow them to be that, because they’re going to be who we are, like here in this room having a conversation without your parents with you.

You have to be able to socially engage with other people and go to work, get a job, have confidence in yourself.  You should always have them in your heart and your spirit, but you have to really be aware of that.

What do you love most about your son?  

I’m not going to pretend that I know everything about him.  He’s getting to know himself every day, what his quirks are.  And, if you listen, you really understand what it is that he needs, because he doesn’t need a lot right now.  Those are the things I can absolutely provide.  It makes you feel good that you can.

But down the road when he’s feeling sad or has gotten heartbroken, you can’t provide anything but your security.  That’s down the road, but I’m going to be in the present moment now.

And I’ve been hearing a lot, “You’ll see.”  And I’m like, “You know what?  Let me see then.  Let me just be here now.”

Everything that we do as parents, I think, is the right thing, you know?  

 

Kung Fu Panda 3 can be seen in 3D at theatres nationwide on January 29.

Chad Milner is a New York-based writer who founded the blog Single Dadventures, where he pens his (mis)adventures with his daughter, Cydney. He regularly contributes to Madamenoire, as well as various websites, giving insight on parenting, dating, relationships and music from the perspective of a young, single black father. Follow him on Twitter and Instagram.

Ever Seen That Awful Coming To America Pilot? Movies That Sparked TV Spinoffs

December 23rd, 2015 - By Meg Butler
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Image Source: Paramount Pictures

Would you want to see a Coming to America spinoff on TV? You would probably say no if you saw the pilot. But it’s not the only classic movie that has had either tried to have a spinoff or currently has one on television.

The Parents Guide To Watching Star Wars: The Force Awakens With Kids

December 18th, 2015 - By Chuck Creekmur
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The new Star Wars movie is a must-see for the family. Some people – my myself – are going gaga over the series that spawned a culture of science fiction. Star Wars: The Force Awakens is the latest movie that will collectively convene, unify and enthrall fans of all walks, colors and creeds. Now, you may not be into the pageantry of nerd-dom the way some of us are, but you are likely to go see this movie.  The kids, the significant other…you are going to see this movie. My daughter and I are here to assist you so we put together a guide on how to “survive” the potential mayhem of opening week for all parents and kids too.

Prep The Kids

I attempted to get my daughter to watch the original Star Wars trilogy before The Force Awakens and she kept falling asleep. It was a mission aborted. You have to go into the movie and prep your kids about the concepts and characters in this movie. It is a continuation of the original series with Return of the Jedi being the last one. Give them some insight on the concepts of good versus evil. Tell them about the characters lightly so they at least have a clue. My daughter asked a lot of questions even though she was loosely familiar with the characters. She absolutely wants to watch all the prequels to Star Wars now. By the way, I know plenty adults who are not into Star Wars like that so this applies to you too.

Snitch

When we went to the movie, there were a lot of snitches. Why? People in the movie were talking a lot. I had to get gangsta on some 11 or 12-year-olds in the movie theater, because they were chattering a lot. It was simply disrespectful to everybody around. Now, I didn’t snitch but somebody did because the cops and other forms of security came into the theater in an effort to quell the nonsense. I simply told them, “You’re too loud” and we did not have any further issue. You are welcome to wait a week or so and risk the social media spoilers. I could not take that risk. Plus, my daughter recently got Honor Roll in school. She deserved it.

Get There Early

Now, this is relative. Star Wars: The Force Awakens has already sold over $100 million in pre-sales so you may have trouble getting tickets at this time. However, I did not, because I went in the middle of the boonies. I have friends with kids going to a 5 a.m. viewing of this movie. After the movie, they will drop their kids off at school. I might add these are all highly-motivated and reasonable people. Get the tickets early and get your seat even earlier even if you have to sit for a bit. #boutthatlife.

Snacks

I am not one of these people that likes to spend crazy money on popcorn. Its not particularly good for you and its also criminally overpriced. Some people, somewhere aren’t going to want to hear this, but bring snacks. Star Wars is a really good movie and you cannot leave once the movie starts. Bring you and the family some snacks and ration them out accordingly. My daughter and I ran through ours before the movie was half over. All the suspects of The Force Awakens had us eating like savages. If we had gotten popcorn, we would have ripped through that large bucket during the previews.

Common Sense

I drank a big cup of coffee before I went to see Star Wars: The Force Awakens, because I needed an insurance policy that would keep me awake. You may need to do something else, but think it through. Use the bathroom before the movie starts. Make sure the kids do the same. If you’re going with a group of six people, you already know you’ll have difficulty getting seats in a row. Think things through. All of these minor details will help you have a great experience at one of the best movies series of all time.

First Look: Spike Lee’s “Chiraq” Trailer Released

November 4th, 2015 - By Jazmine Denise Rogers
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First Look: Spike Lee's "Chiraq" Trailer Released

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Amazon has debuted Spike Lee’s Chiraq trailer exactly one month before the film’s December 4 release. The project, which has attracted its share of controversy, is described by IMDB as “a modern day adaptation of the ancient Greek play Lysistrata by Aristophanes, set against the backdrop of gang violence in Chicago.”

The film’s stars include Nicki Cannon, Teyonah Parris, Wesley Snipes, Samuel L. Jackson, Angela Bassett, Jennifer Hudson, and Lala Anthony—just to name a few.

In the satirical film, Parris plays Lysistrata, who spearheads a sex strike among women in the Chicago, Illinois community in hopes of putting an end to gun violence.

Chiraq‘s limited release is scheduled for December 4, after which, it will be made available via Amazon Instant Video.

Peep the trailer below.