Wonder Woman has been the most famous super heroine on the planet for the last seventy-five years. Yet, unlike her DC heroic compatriots, Batman and Superman, she has not had a single film. Some have attributed it to female superhero films not being in hot demand after flops like Elektra and Catwoman. Thankfully the movie gods realized the interpretations of those characters do not live up to the iconography that is Wonder Woman; and that the Amazon Princess deserves her time to shine. As you may already know, filming for Wonder Woman began earlier this week for its 2017 release date! What we know from the official announcement, is the film will be related to the DC Cinematic Universe. We also know it will be part period piece as Diana (Gal Gadot) will be dealing with past and present threats and that Ares, god of war, will be the villain.
LGBTQ cartoons are definitely on the rise, surprisingly in mainstream cartoons for children. Steven Universe, Clarence, and Sailor Moon are just a few popular animated series with prominent LGBTQ characters. However, McTucky Fried High, a web series that deals with serious issues that affect LGBTQ youth with a comedic twist. The series resembles a socially conscious Aqua Teen Hunger Force meets some zany high school drama. Initially when the series came to my attention I was skeptical. As an avid viewer of animation I wanted to see the norm. However, after giving the series and its motley crew of characters a chance I found myself enlightened as well as entertained!
Just when you thought it was not possible the Marvel Cinematic Universe just got a whole lot more exciting! Just when we thought Batman and Superman were the only superheroes clashing in 2016, it looks like fellow Avengers and pals, Captain America and Iron Man are going “indestructible shield to repulsor ray!” Why? Well, officially the world governments have tired of superhumans and their vigilantism that may have saved the world, but also caused a lot of collateral damage in the form deaths, near global catastrophes, and an untold amount of destruction. The government wants all of them to register just as Cap and Falcon locate The Winter Soldier, the former’s former sidekick. Although he is seemingly rehabilitated, and ready to become the hero he was meant to be, the government wants him handed over. They seemingly send Iron Man and the Avengers loyal to him after Cap and his defected Avengers. Hence, the “Civil War”a superhero on superhero smack down like we have never seen before.
When it comes to films nowadays so few are inspiring are worthwhile. Perhaps the film industry finally realizes that and decided to “revive” and old Rocky fan favorite in Creed. As you know the film stars Michael B. Jordan as Adonis Johnson, the youngest and illegitimate son of Apollo Creed. Born after his father’s death he was raised in foster care until being taken in by Apollo’s widow, Mary Anne (Felicia Rashad). Although she tries to steer him away from the world of boxing, his desire to follow his father’s footsteps are great. Against his adoptive mother’s wishes he moves from Los Angeles to Philadelphia to pursue his dreams. However, he soon realizes he will need some special and major help to make it in the professional titles and seeks out his unknowing “uncle,” Rocky Balboa! This film will make you laugh, cry, and most of inspire you. You will even find that little voice inside asking, “What are you fighting for?”
Michael B. Jordan is an amazing actor. He more than made this movie, he has possibly revived the Rocky Franchise. Having Sylvester Stallone also star in the film and have Rocky train him sort of passed the torch of greatness to him by training him. In a way it makes his character, Adonis, the child of Apollo and Creed, the two greatest fictional boxers ever. This is undoubtedly the quintessential Thanksgiving movie for 2015. I am going to see it again! You be sure you catch it in theaters nationwide beginning Thanksgiving day! “Gobble, gobble!”
It’s Mary Jane’s birthday and the girl begins the latest episode of Being Mary Jane with some major splurging! First her stylist manages to find her the pink Berkin bag she has been looking for. She checks herself out with it on and finally decides to buy it for a whopping $30K! Then she buys her a new Tessler! Patrick calls to tell her their mother has had a flare up with her lupus and fell and bumped her head, but she was released from the hospital and is home resting. MJ, still feeling good, goes to visit her mother, but Patrick tells her she just went to sleep. There, MJ sees Patrick is making a double chocolate cake for Deja, which is her favorite and that PJ has flown in town from Los Angeles allegedly to check on their mother. She believes they have planned a surprise party for her and are only pretending they forgot her birthday. She promises to watch their mother overnight and return later.
MJ drives past Mark’s house and finds it is up for sale. She tells him how angry she is with him for leaving, but understands why he is doing it and that she will miss him. At the mall, Neicy tries to sell a customer a designer flat iron. The girl feels they are too expensive, but comments that she should be doing hair. Neicy’s friends who also work at the mall invite her to lunch, but she tells them she has brought hers from home to save money. They poke fun at her clothing and tell her she should “work” the mall and use each other’s discounts to get clothing. At work Patrick takes a doughnut break where he and a few coworkers smash and snort pills that help them focus and up their energy. He attributes it to his recent success at work. At SNC, the crew brings MJ a cake and gifts for her birthday. One of them also informs her of the federal investigation into the company PJ is working at, accusing them of big rigging. Kara fixes her boys a snack and leaves them to their homework, feeling proud of balancing her work life and kids. Later, she shows Mark the package for his trip to Nigeria. She tells him to be careful, and he tells her how much he will miss her. That night, MJ shows Kara her new car and the two talk about her life.
Sometimes when it’s time to go and move on to better things, you just have to say bye and that looks to be exactly what Tyra Banks is doing.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Tyra will be leaving her new daytime talk show The FABLife to focus on her cosmetics lin, TYRA Beauty:
This is a very difficult decision, but necessary. I will be devoting more time to my new, growing cosmetics company, TYRA Beauty, which is expanding faster than anticipated, as well as overseeing my company’s other entertainment ventures. I will however continue to support the growth and success of FABLife and greatly admire my fellow co-hosts and the talented production team behind the show.
Reportedly, Banks will remain as executive producer throughout the month of December. There are no plans to date, for a replacement and co-hosts and contributors – including Chrissy Teigen, fashion editor Joe Zee, interior designer Lauren Makk and YouTube star Leah Ashley will stay on.
Tyra also posted the following on Instagram:
Who do you think will be a good stand in for Tyra? Leave your thoughts below.
By Monique C. Tillman
The story we love, the characters we empathize with, and a girl armed with a bow and arrow that started a revolution are all back–one more time. Yep, The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 2 has finally arrived, picking up right where Part 1 left off from, with Katniss recovering from injuries, literally from the hands of Peeta. The film shows Katniss as the Mockingjay, now more than ever before, she has become the face of the rebellion and the hope of the people. This time around Katniss must not only deal with President Snow and the forces of The Capital, but enemies within her own ranks, one of them being a brainwashed Peeta.
I have to admit this had to be one of the slower films out of the franchise. Perhaps this is why it opened at a franchise low, at 102 million dollars. That is still a hit in the box office, but many attribute it to blockbuster fatigue. Fans were simply ready for something new. Action may have also played a part. Whereas in the book there seemed to be non-stop action, this film began slow and did not pick up until over halfway in the film. However, when things did pick up the victors of the Hunger Games, Peeta, Finnick, and of course, Katniss, shined! The girl has moves that would make Green Arrow smile. Coincidentally there’s an homage to the DC superhero in the film. See if you can spot it. Still, this is the end of an era. Katniss proved that one girl can make all the difference in the face of tyranny. Still we wish we could have learned more about PanAm and the rest of the world. It just seems like Katniss’s heroic days should not be over. We wonder how the districts and capital of PanAm would do in an international war. Think about it. There has to be more to the world than just them. Be sure you catch the finale of Hunger Games in theaters nationwide!