WGCI Sprite Lounge “Who is Mike Jay?”

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Who is Mike Jay? I have absolutely no idea.

I saw the invite on WGCI website and thought he looks like a nice young man that MY DAUGHTER would like to meet and greet. Did I have any ulterior motives to play match maker for my baby girl up?! Of course not! wink…

She stood me up….

I decided to honor the invite so I could find out who this Mike Jay really was. He’s a cute young man and we share the same birthday.
Welcome to the June5crew Mike Jay!

MY DAUGHTER should have joined me. I’m sure she would have enjoyed him. I did. He’s made some outstanding accomplishments in the music business thus far. He’s even written for my #CougarCrush Mr. Chris Brown.

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I now know who Mike Jay is!
He is very talented. He gave a great performance. If YOU don’t know who Mike Jay is, I’m believing you will very soon. He’s one to watch!!

@whoismikejay

Enjoy!

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Quick Views: Hot Male Edition!

Sam Claflin “The Quiet Ones”
Paul Walker “Brick Mansion”
Tom Hardy “Locke”
Nicholas Cage “Joe”

Wrap them altogether and you’ve got a quadruple decker man sammich, topped with scruffy rugged goodness. A touch of sensitivity and a heart to protect. Add an accent or two, some baby blues….ooo perfection. I’m stuffed!

Buuuut are their movies worth the big screen???

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Tucked away in an estate outside of London, Professor Coupland along with a team of university students conduct an “experiment” on Jane Harper, a young girl who harbors unspeakable secrets **totally cut n pasted**

I really had not planned to see this movie. As I’ve mentioned before, I’m not really into scary/horror but my son really wanted to see it. Despite my inner desire to go home and vegetate, we headed to Icon. This time, I was the one that fully expected to nod off. I closed my eyes a few times but only because I didn’t want to see what was coming next. It held my attention and it wasn’t as boring as I thought it was going to be. It had a few catcha off guard moments. It’s a movie inspired by actual events, The Phillip Experiments so it was interesting to see comparison footage at the end.

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Sam Claflin as Brian McNeil, shy film student. Cutie alert!! Hadn’t realized he’s been in quite a few popular movies. (Hunger Games, Snow White and the Huntsman….) He’s a versatile actor.

I really like the “The Quiet Ones” image. I wish I could have one of those t-shirts. Surprising, I think its worth the big screen. It’s just one of those movies that if you watch it on the big screen it draws you in. If you Redbox it, you may be tempted to wash dishes or do laundry. screening April 24th

Enjoy!

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In “Brick Mansions” Paul Waller is Damien Collier, undercover narcotics cop. He could have been guy crossing street, I still would watch. This movie has lots of action right from the start. Not all of it is necessarily believable but it’s action nonetheless. David Belle as Lino Dupree is entertainingly acrobatic. I wasn’t really familiar with RZA but I did catch his appearance on Wendy Williams. That thick NY accent is pretty hot but in the movie I was confused. Was his character, Tremaine Alexander, from Detroit or did he move there as a child because there is no mistaking that dialect.

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I think I’m the only person in the world that refuses to believe that Paul Walker is really gone and I’m ok with that. I mean, I just saw him in “Brick Mansions”, right? This movie is dedicated to his memory.

IF you are interested in action and supporting the movie because of Paul, then check it out on the big screen. If not, then it’s ok to save this one for Redbox. screening April 23

Enjoy!

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I was really looking forward to seeing this movie. I’m a huge Tom Hardy fan…huge! I avoided reading too much about it because I wanted to be objective. However, I did find out that the entire movie takes place in his car. So now I’m wondering….how’s that going to work for 85 min?

I’m such a nosy, spoiled movie watcher. I want to know, I need to know, darn-it! Give me everything and leave nothing to my imagination but the sheer brilliance of this film is that it gives you just enough and leaves you to create, Ivan’s journey is your journey as well.

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Tom Hardy is Ivan Locke. I had to ask, is it me or is his accent different and his character demeanor completely hypnotic? I found myself agreeing with his actions even though they’re obviously questionable. Hardy delivers an engrossing performance.

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The live Q&A following the film with director Stephen Knight was a bonus.

**Not sure how I felt about the Chicago reference but I forgive**

I really enjoyed this film on the big screen. However, I would have enjoyed it just as much had I Redboxed it, watched with mood lighting and a chilled beverage while relaxing on my comfy chaise. screening April 13th

Enjoy!

Last but certainly not least….
OH “Joe”

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“Joe” is an amazing film. I believe Nicolas Cage fully deserves an Oscar nomination and win for his performance.

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Nicholas Cage as Joe Ransom is unlike I’ve ever seen him before. A mature hard working man caring about the lives of others while struggling with his own personal demons. Tye Sheridan is Gary Jones, a homeless teenage boy carrying the burden of caring for his highly dysfunctional family. Kindred spirits meet in this film and take you on a roller coaster ride of emotions.

Nicholas all scruffy and down to earth is extremely sexy. Nothing like a mature man with a little salt n pepper, ragged jeans and the willingness to get his hands dirty. Hard on the outside with a heart of gold on the inside? Yes! This movie is gritty and intense. Tye Sheridan is very convincing as a southern young man. Truly an up in comer. We should see more and more of him.

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The live Q&A with Director David Gordon Green and Tye Sheridan was a real treat. Green has a wicked sense of humor. It was fun.

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Definitely worth the big screen. I will Redbox it just because I’d like to see Cage deliver such a grand performance again. Shirtless works too. screening April 2

Enjoy!

“A Haunted House 2” LOL 2

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Did you see “A Haunted House”?? If you did, then you know what to expect…..gross humor. I saw the first one so I mentally prepared myself for more of the same but I have to say that this one may have been a little less gross and more humor. Raw humor that pushes the envelope but funny.

**Parents this movie is rated R for a reason so please beware***
I really debated about allowing my son to see it but he did see the first one and he’s a fan of Jaime Pressly. I covered his eyes a few times. Well at least I tried.

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Yes….yes I was thiiiissss close.

I really love and completely admire actors, producers, directors and/or writers that actually take the time to meet and greet with fans. Q&A’s are the absolute best and if you’re fortunate enough to grab a good photo or even a selfie, awesome! This was the best Q&A yet. Marlon with Gabriel Iglesias and Affion Crockett was super funny. They looked good and even stopped to take a few pictures with the crowd. My son and I really enjoyed it.

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Marlon Wayans is even more sexy in person than he is on TV or the big screen. He is tall and you can tell he works out. Really nice especially in this photo with my son.

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I don’t normally have a rating system but I’ve decided to let you know if a movie is:

Worth the Big screen
Redbox or Netflix it
Just wait for Cable

A Haunted House 2 is worth the big screen for a twisted, good belly laugh and hot shots of Marlon’s toned bod.

Enjoy!

Aahnoold is Back! “Sabotage”

Seems like only yesterday, Arnold, Joe and I were enjoying our time together. We watched a movie, shared a laugh or two…..then I woke up.

What wasn’t a dream was their surprise visit to Chicago on Sunday, March 2 before the screening of “Sabotage”.

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“The last time I was in Chicago, I said… I’ll be back!” Opening quote from Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Action hero legend, former governor of California here? in Chicago? in person? speaking?  [jaw drops]

I DID NOT know he was going to be at the screening and certainly DID NOT know Joe Manganiello would be with him. I would have worn my good push up bra! No, I take that back, I would have bought a brand new push up bra! Heeey Joe!! I did hear rumors last minute but I didn’t believe it.
It was really great of them to surprise the audience, such an honor.

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Arnold Schwarzenegger in the tabloids with personal life on blast, not interested…Arnold Schwarzenegger action hero kicking butts and taking names, Luuuv it! and he does not disappoint as John “Breacher” Wharton in Sabotage. This character is mature, easy going, mysterious maybe yet still delivers the action.

Breachers team:

The sexy Joe Manganiello as “Grinder”

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And yes a few “grinding” references do come to mind, I will keep those to myself but as you stare at his picture, please know what I’m thinking.

Terrence Howard as Sugar although not as sweet as his name suggests; Sam Worthington as Monster, I didn’t recognize him at the beginning; Mireille Enos as Lizzy, the only female; Josh Holloway as Neck and Max Martini as Pyro.

This movie surprised me. I expected cheesy but entertaining action but it was really good. It actually had my full attention trying to figure out what was going to happen next.

Ahhhhnold is definitely back with this movie.

****Sabotage in theaters this weekend, I thought I’d wear my t-shirt****

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Are you using those “Bad Words”??!!

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Chiartica or Chiberia what ever you chose to call Chicago experiencing this arctic blast, these single digits make you want to use a few choice “Bad Words”. However, a nice warm spot was the live Q&A after the movie with Jason Bateman in the house. Yay!

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Jason Bateman live and in living color, wearing all black. He was amazing! I’ve been a fan of Jason for a long time. I always thought he had that preppy, I’m better than you, kind of dry humor but I really like the way he seems to have re-invented himself. His Q&A conversation was witty, humorous and informative. He’s come into his own and “he gets it” now. You know? When an experienced actor “gets it”, their flow is easy and their skill is apparent in the characters they bring to life. Can’t wait to see more from Jason.

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I read some where that Kathryn Hahn should be in every movie. Might be over kill but I do understand why.
She’s another experienced actress that “gets it”. She is so wonderfully versatile. She wasn’t at the Q&A, good thing, I may have squealed like a little girl and would have lost all cool points.

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“Bad Words” is dark, inappropriate, slightly twisted but funny with a bit of heart. I may have chuckled a little louder than expected a few times. Thankfully the audience drowned me out. They were clearly much more twisted. A few scenes may have caused my son to grow up a little quicker than I would have liked but it is rated R, so parents beware.

Soooo if that’s your kind of humor by all means plan a movie night out, use those “Bad Words”. If not, catch Arrested Development on Netflix.

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Prescreening 2/26 via GoFoBo

Today is a Good Day to see “Ride Along” so Let me Explain….

You’ve got tickets in hand, popcorn, drinks…..my son prefers nachos with melted cheese. You find your seat and get ready to laugh.

Movie ends, exit screen left. BUUUUT, what if the stars of the movie stepped off the screen and right into the theater? Exciting right?!!

That’s exactly what happened at the Universal Pre-Screening  live Q&A with Producer, Will Packer, as the moderator at AMC Theaters. Yes!

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I started my movie going experiences for 2014 off on a total high. It was really nice and so much fun. How the rest of my year will transpire after this event has yet to be seen but it would be a little hard to beat.

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Since this is not the typical movie review, I won’t add details that would spoil your experience, however, I will say that you get what you would expect from Kevin Hart, lots of laughs and from Ice Cube, that same cool, rarely crack a smile demeanor, that is his name.

Tika Sumpter is sweet.

John Leguizamo is surprising.

Laurence Fishburne is strong.

You’ll laugh, you’ll cry. Ok, you won’t cry but you will enjoy your “Ride Along” with Kevin Hart and Ice Cube.  I sure did!!

Thanks to Universal and AMC Theaters. I am a proud STUBS card member.

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