“Maze Runner,” A Game & Movie of Confusion!

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The future is post-apocalyptic and teeming with teenagers apparently, as yet another young adult book series has made its way to The Silver Screen. Yep, “The Maze Runner” made its cinematic debut. Falling in line with “The Hunger Games” and “Divergent” series the film explores the curious nature of humanity as well as the ethics of human experimentation. The film is very “Ender’s Game” meets “Lord of The Flies!” Unlike these other films, The Maze Runner just does not measure up.

 

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As aforementioned, the film is set in the future where The Sun has scorched the Earth causing widespread death, famine, and destruction. The surviving humans develop a brain disease that causes paranoia, insanity, and finally death. Interestingly, the young seem to be immune to its affects, prompting a group of scientists to test their minds using a complex experiment. There, the maze comes in.  Over the course of three years a group of teenage boys are sent into the center of a giant maze, where a lush forest grows called “The Glade.” There they are given everything they need to survive via a mysterious monthly box of supplies that also bring a new boy along with it. They are stripped of all their memories before arriving in the maze, eventually they remember their names, but are referred to as “greenies” until they do. The boys form a community with with rules and a society where everyone does their part. Some of the boys become “Maze Runners,” mapping the maze hoping to find away out. The problem is the maze is constantly shifting and rotating. Anyone caught outside the glade as the sunsets is hunted and killed by “Grievers.” Grievers are large bio-mechanical, spider-like creatures with a taste for human flesh. When the last boy, Thomas arrives, and unwittingly kills one of them, the normal happenings of the maze begin to go awry. The boys become restless trying to find a way out and answers as to why they were brought to the maze in the first place. Thomas seems to be the key to their escape, but he will have to gather the boys and the final arrival, a girl named Teresa together to brave the maze and find a way home.

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I Wanna Be Like Mike—Shouhed! The “Shahs of Sunset” Star Keeps it Real with Life, Love, & Laughter!

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It is hard to believe, but it has been an amazing four years since Bravo’s “Shahs of Sunset” debuted! Since then we have been treated to the lives—and antics—of its amazing cast. The show has been groundbreaking, not just with its ratings, but its concept. Never before have the lives of Persian Americans been so lightheartedly portrayed, let alone in a reality television setting. Since its inception, fans everywhere have been enamored with all of The Shahs, but one in particular is a crowd favorite—especially when he smiles– meet Mike Shouhed, real estate tycoon, businessman, son, brother, fiancé, and sex symbol!”

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Reality television is by far the most controversial genre on television. This is largely due to its muckraking and drama. However, Mike brings a righteous fury and humor to his show. Besides being an all around great guy, he admits to being completely authentic, especially when the cameras are rolling. “What you see of me on the show is one hundred percent real…This is my life so I’m going to keep it real, be authentic, and have fun while I’m doing it…that’s what it’s all about in the end…” Indeed, “Keeping it real” is what Mike does even to his detriment at times. He has had altercations with most of his cast mates, but declares he genuinely loves each and every one of them. “We’re friends and we’re a family…you know families fight, but they make up too…” Most of his most dramatic scenes involve Reza Farahan and Mercedes Javid (MJ). He cannot reveal where he currently stands with his cast mates, but reveals a lot happens in the upcoming fourth season of the show. “Asking me which one of them [his cast mates] is my favorite is like asking a father who is his favorite child?”

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Meet Your New Sweet “Hart!” Torrei Hart dishes on Life, The Hustle, & Atlanta Exes!

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Love. That four letter word that brings so much pleasure and so much pain. You meet the person of your dreams, you date, they get on one knee and propose, you get married, have a baby or two (or three, or four), and live happily ever after! NOT! The course of true love never did run smoothly nor is it always “happily ever after.” The fairy tale is nice and fluffy, but the reality is that most marriages do not make it. In fact, having an ex-husband or wife seems to be a rite of passage in the entertainment industry. Whether you are the ex-girlfriend of some local rapper, or the first ex-wife of a billionaire many women know that drama, hardship, and a new beginning can come from the demise of a relationship. Few women know this better than Torrei Hart! Torrei is a woman with many hats. “…I’m a mother, spiritual person, a woman, a mother, a businesswoman, an actress, and a director…Oh and just an all around great person…” Indeed she is, and she just so happens to be the ex-wife of famous comedian and actor, Kevin Hart. You have heard the rumors, and you think you know the drama get ready to meet your favorite “Atlanta Ex.”

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Torrei’s story began long before her marriage. As a kid she was always the class clown and had dreams of being in Hollywood. She was apart of the drama club in school and over the years has worked on honing and perfecting her craft. “I’m always working on building myself and doing that by constantly researching…I work even when I’m partying…Red Carpet events are fun but I realize what they’re for too!” She met Kevin in college and after becoming pregnant decided to focus on her family and support him as he achieved his dreams. Now it is her turn to be the limelight–and the light was never this radiant, transparent, or sweet. Torrei may be doing big things now thanks to her own merits and “Atlanta Exes,” but she maintains her realness and authenticity at all times. Whereas many reality television stars have claimed to be “victims of editing,” Torrei defends her portrayal thus far on the show. “To me that ['victims of editing'] is a bunch of BS…take responsibility for how you acted when the camera was rolling. If you want to avoid being a victim as you claim then don’t do certain things and control your behavior…it’s a reality TV show they’re [the viewers] gonna want to see arguing and drama that brings ratings…” She goes onto admit there were a few instances she found hard to watch on the show. “…you know when Tameka and I were arguing I cringed a little watching it….but anyone who knows me also knows I don’t pull punches…I have a vicious tongue and when I get angry I see red and it gets to going…”

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If Loving You Is Wrong- “Alex Is Pregnant”

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Edward drives to Esperanza’s home to intimidate her. She questions him about what he did to Julius. Three days have passed and she has not heard from her boyfriend. He mocks her and pretends not to know what she is talking about. They both threaten one another until he hints that he killed him. She does not believe him and admonishes her for liking “girly boys” now. She tells him she will go to his bosses if she does not here from Julius by the following night. He promises her there will be repercussions if she does and none of his peers will believe her.

The next morning Alex emerges from her bathroom suffering from morning sickness. She manages to pull herself together and come downstairs where she and Brad awkwardly face off about her pregnancy. She believes he is just upset about her being pregnant. His suspicions of her cheating begin to boil to the surface and gets angry as she asks about his work schedule for the day. Outside, he runs into Randal who invites him to happy hour. Brad asks him does he ever see anyone hanging around his home for an extended period of time. Randal becomes suspicious of his questioning and watches him as he drives off. At Burger Fest, Natalie is late to work having to bring her daughters in after her sister flaked on watching them. Her employee admonishes her for doing so, and tells her to allow Joey to come back home to help her like he use to. She resists, but gives in when she realizes the girl is right. She gives in and calls his parole officer to tell him her son will have a place to stay and a job at her restaurant.

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“My Guiltiest Pleasures…”- Ariana Grande

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Whoever said a girl cannot make you fall in love with her voice alone must have been deaf, dumb, and blind! Lately, one such girl with a voice has been taking the music scene by storm. Ariana Grande is racing her way to the top! From a goofy Nickelodeon teen to a worldwide sensation–we are witnessing a new diva on the scene. As scary as that is to say, it is just as enjoyable!

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Most of you out there met Ariana via the primarily kids’ network, Nickelodeon. There she co-starred on “Victorious” and later headlined “Sam & Cat,” alongside her former friend and co-star Jeanette McCurdy. Although their relationship has since soured (and publicly at that click here to read more: http://heymikeyatl.com/2014/08/16/twitter-girl-fight-jennette-mccurdy-has-nothing-but-shade-for-ariana-grande-and-her-brother/ ), Ariana’s fame has only climbed. In the last year she has performed on the Video Music Awards, American Music Awards, released her debut album, ‘My Everything,” and is currently on an international tour! Quite a whirlwind of success right? Still, there is something about this girl beyond her music that just draws you in. Perhaps it is the fact that she is the living embodiment of the girl next door. She’s beautiful and yet seemingly attainable.

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Taraji Vs. Idris! “No Good Deed” is just Good Indeed!

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The box office can be a tricky place, especially when a new entry is up against late summer blockbusters. However, “No Good Deed” has managed to shake Tinsel Town with a number one debut and amazing reviews. Possibly one of the most well marketed films of the year; this suspense thriller stars Taraji P. Henson and Idris Elba. Both stars are considered cinematic gold, but never in films where they are the main stars. All this changed when they ceased being Taraji and Idris and temporarily donned the roles of Terri and Colin. Terri is a former prosecuting attorney turned housewife and Idris is a murderer on the run. Through a surprising plot twist their paths are unwittingly crossed. Murder, danger, betrayal and drama are rife in this thriller as both struggle to take the other down!

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9/13/14- “Because I Loved Myself More”

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Hey Mikey,

I’m lost right now. I’ve always put my husband’s career and needs before own. He’s a lawyer and at times I’ve functioned as his wife/personal assistant/secretary. Now, I’m ready to go back to school try and become a businesswoman in my own right. He’s completely against it saying I won’t be able to perform my “wifely duties.” I got accepted to Spelman and instead of being happy for me he filed for separation. I can’t understand why he doesn’t understand I am trying to better myself and in the long run it will be good for us and any children we have?

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***Shaken, don’t find yourself “shook.” Wanting to better yourself is always admirable and noble. This is the only life you have, live it as best you can. If your husband does not understand that loving yourself more does not mean you love him any less; then he’s the one with the problem. Congratulations Spelman is a great school! Get that degree and become the woman you were always meant to be. Remember a woman is more than a wife or help mate. In fact she’s more than what any man would make her to be.

☆Need advice? Simply leave your question in the comments section of this post, or email me at  HeyMikeyATL@gmail.com. Be sure to pick a pen name! Thanks for checking me out! -Mikey ♡