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[REVIEW] A Campy, Girls Night Out in Gotham! “Birds of Prey & The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn” Has the Makings of a Cult Classic!

Sometimes girls really do just want to have fun–while fighting for their lives! Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) is back and SINGLE! After a literally explosive break up with The Joker, Harley is ready to be her own woman and be in charge of her own life–if she can keep it. Harley soon learns that not being The Joker’s girl leaves her vulnerable to anyone she’s wronged in the past and places her in the crosshair of Black Mask (Ewan McGregor), a deranged crime lord determined to use a mob family’s fortune to take over Gotham City. Meanwhile a few other Gotham ladies; detective Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez), bar singer turned driver, Dinah Lance/Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), and Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) all have their own reasons to take down Black Mask. The task is anything but easy, but when one teen pickpocket, Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco) unwittingly finds herself on Black Mask’s hit list it will take the unlikely team up of four very different women to save her life and stop Black Mask and his goons for good in “Birds of Prey and The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn!”

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Sometimes girls really do just want to have fun–while fighting for their lives! Harley Quinn (Margot Robbie) is back and SINGLE! After a literally explosive break up with The Joker, Harley is ready to be her own woman and be in charge of her own life–if she can keep it. Harley soon learns that not being The Joker’s girl leaves her vulnerable to anyone she’s wronged in the past and places her in the crosshair of Black Mask (Ewan McGregor), a deranged crime lord determined to use a mob family’s fortune to take over Gotham City. Meanwhile a few other Gotham ladies; detective Renee Montoya (Rosie Perez), bar singer turned driver, Dinah Lance/Black Canary (Jurnee Smollett-Bell), and Huntress (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) all have their own reasons to take down Black Mask. The task is anything but easy, but when one teen pickpocket, Cassandra Cain (Ella Jay Basco) unwittingly finds herself on Black Mask’s hit list it will take the unlikely team up of four very different women to save her life and stop Black Mask and his goons for good in “Birds of Prey and The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn!”

Grade: B+

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“Birds of Prey and The Fantabulous Emancipation of One Harley Quinn” (Birds of Prey) has all the making of a cult classic–not a blockbuster! The film has all the feels we have seen in previous films and shows where an unlikely group of women band together by circumstances and forces beyond their control, but not the over the top strong start action we are use to now seeing in traditional superhero films. The film begins rather slow, narrated by Harley, telling the story midway from the beginning, allowing us to eventually catch up to present actions involving all the characters.

Margot Robbie is excellent as Harley giving us all the mayhem, anarchy, and craziness we love from the character. However, Renee and Black Canary seemed largely weakened and depowered. Both characters should have been depicted as much better fighters, especially Canary. In the comics her character is comparable to Batman in fighting skills and prowess AND she does not faint from using her sonic scream (The Canary Cry). Her backstory is also not so convoluted. Huntress is rather one dimensional, and none of her ties to the Batman Family are even hinted at. Lastly, the costumes need some work. Where are Black Canary’s fishnet stockings, and Huntress’ mask, cape, and hood are needed.

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Birds of Prey core team line up; (l-r) Black Canary, Batgirl, Huntress

However, this film works largely because of Harley Quinn and Black Mask. They give us exactly what we need for over the top Batman villains. You get the gist of the kind of criminal element being dealt with in Gotham City, and why a vigilante like Batman is needed. If another “Birds of Prey” film is depicted more notable female villains and heroes native to Gotham City would be amazing. Can someone please get Lady Blackhawk, Power Girl, Batgirl, Poison Ivy, Catwoman, or even Batwoman on the line!

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Bend & SNAP! “Legally Blonde 3” Set for May 2022 Release Date!

It’s officially the “Perfect Day!” 2020 might have just done its own “bend and snap” with the announcement that “Legally Blonde 3” has been set to debut in May 20, 2022!

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It’s officially the “Perfect Day!” 2020 might have just done its own “bend and snap” with the announcement that “Legally Blonde 3” has been set to debut in May 20, 2022!

via Collider.com

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[Reese] Witherspoon will return as the starring role [of “Elle Woods”] and will produce the film through her Hello Sunshine production company, alongside returning producer Marc Platt. While no director nor other returning cast members have been announced (although Luke Wilson has told us he’s ready for the call), we know that TV comedy writers extraordinaire Dan Goor and Mindy Kaling will be writing the script together.

We are ecstatic about the news of a new sequel for the Legally Blonde franchise! We hope all the cast members will return, especially Jennifer Coolidge. A few ladies from the cast reunited virtually to raise money for a noteworthy cause.

via USA Today

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…the cast of the hit romantic comedy “Legally Blonde” reunited virtually on Tuesday,19 years after the film came out in July 2001, to raise money for World Central Kitchen.

During the event, the panel, which included WitherspoonJennifer CoolidgeSelma Blair and other cast members, reminisced about shooting the movie — and shared some behind-the-scenes secrets about an iconic scene. 

We do, however, hate we have to wait until May 2022 to reunite with Elle ourselves. However, we understand COVID-19 may have played a role in its delay in release. We will keep you posted as more on Legally Blonde 3 becomes available. Now to find something PINK!

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Blumhouse’s “Black Box” is Filled w/ Second Chances!

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Dear Blumhouse, we are forever your fans! Blumhouse is set to release a series of horror films and thrillers–each riveting, thought provoking, and original!

Blumhouse’s latest film, “Black Box,” starring Mamadou Athie and legendary actress, Phylicia Rashad, delves into a experimental technology gone horribly awry.

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Phylicia Rashad and Mamadou Athie

In the film, Nolan (Athie) is a man who struggling to recover his memory after a tragic accident which also left his wife dead. He is helped through his daily functioning by his kind, but parentified and patient daughter. Wanting to get back to a normal life as a respected journalistic photographer he finds that his brain injuries have affected the quality of his work. After the urging of a friend he goes to see a brilliant doctor, Lilian (Rashad), who through the use of an experimental treatment attempts to restore his memories. The procedure, however, has some frightening side effects as a menacing force in his subconscious attempts to emerge!

This film is eerie and in all actuality highly plausible. We have seen so many times where people who were pronounced brain dead emerged from comas and or traumatic brain injuries whole, but slightly different. The film plays on age old fears of human experimentation and “skin wallking”–all too often experienced and feared in the African-American community. (Think “night doctors,” or how it is a common belief by many medical professionals that Black people feel less pain than other races)

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We snagged an interview with the film’s star, Mamadou Athie, and he revealed his own takes on “Black Box.” The actor states the film was scary to him in some surprising ways. “Man just to have that happen and not be in control is terrifying…it really just makes you wonder and think like is there technology being developed to do that? How could someone really get out of that? And what about their families? It’s just a lot.”

Mamadou’s role as “Nolan” marks his first time portraying a father on screen. “It was surreal man, especially since I don’t have any children of my own..I feel like it just adds a new layer to the story because Nolan was literally fighting to reclaim what was left of his life–the most important being his daughter…that was just a lot…”

Black Box is the latest entry in the horror/science fiction/thriller genre with a predominantly Black cast. With films like Get Out and Us, and series like Lovecraft Country; more and more diversity is pouring onto the screen. “Traditionally, Black people have just been tokens here and there [in the horror genre] but now we are finding our places in these tales and stories…it really expands the imagination of what Black people can do and also creates more opportunities and roles for people of color…”

We love Black Box and cannot wait for all of you to see it! Be sure to stream the film airing exclusively on Amazon Prime

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[PHOTOS] First Look at Viola Davis & Chadwick Boseman in “Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom!”

Tensions and temperatures rise over the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago as a band of musicians await trailblazing performer, the legendary “Mother of the Blues,” Ma Rainey (Academy Award® winner Viola Davis).

Late to the session, the fearless, fiery Ma engages in a battle of wills with her white manager and producer over control of her music. As the band waits in the studio’s claustrophobic rehearsal room, ambitious trumpeter Levee (Chadwick Boseman) — who has an eye for Ma’s girlfriend and is determined to stake his own claim on the music industry — spurs his fellow musicians into an eruption of stories revealing truths that will forever change the course of their lives.

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Tensions and temperatures rise over the course of an afternoon recording session in 1920s Chicago as a band of musicians await trailblazing performer, the legendary “Mother of the Blues,” Ma Rainey (Academy Award® winner Viola Davis).

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Late to the session, the fearless, fiery Ma engages in a battle of wills with her white manager and producer over control of her music. As the band waits in the studio’s claustrophobic rehearsal room, ambitious trumpeter Levee (Chadwick Boseman) — who has an eye for Ma’s girlfriend and is determined to stake his own claim on the music industry — spurs his fellow musicians into an eruption of stories revealing truths that will forever change the course of their lives.

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Adapted from two-time Pulitzer Prize winner August Wilson’s play, MA RAINEY’S BLACK BOTTOM celebrates the transformative power of the blues and the artists who refuse to let society’s prejudices dictate their worth. Directed by George C. Wolfe and adapted for the screen by Ruben Santiago-Hudson, the film is produced by Fences Oscar® nominees Denzel Washington and Todd Black. Colman Domingo, Glynn Turman, Michael Potts, Taylour Paige and Dusan Brown co-star alongside Grammy® winner Branford Marsalis’ score.

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We are really excited to see this biopic on Ma Rainey. She is such a legendary woman! Besides that the cast is stellar. Viola Davis is perhaps the greatest actress of our times and the late and great Chadwick Boseman graces us with his presence in one of his last roles.

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