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We’ll Never “Let It Go!” “Frozen 2” (@DisneyFrozen) Takes Us To Arendelle & BEYOND!

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Like many other curious movie-goers, I saw Frozen in theaters only after being relentlessly pelted with hype. I found, despite its rather half-baked storyline, it was thoroughly enjoyable. Idina Menzel’s soaring Broadway vocals were as genuinely as thrilling as Kristen Bell’s delicate melodies. The finale of true love saving the day being the familial bond between sisters subverted the dozens of Disney animated antecedents and was legitimately refreshing.

However, even after my many, many sessions of trying my best to “Let It Go” as the soundtrack played in my car, I still could not get over the plot holes. Why did Elsa have magic? Why didn’t Anna? Why did their parents leave? Why did they go to the trolls only to completely ignore their advice and purposefully traumatize their own children?

Like any respectable sequel, “Frozen 2,” not only attempts answers some of these questions, but also expands on the world of Arendelle. We’re treated to more magical lore and a deepening of Arendelle history, and storylines with character development for our three favorite humans and singular magical snowman. We are witness as each of our main cast begins to experience growing pains.

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Like many other curious movie-goers, I saw Frozen in theaters only after being relentlessly pelted with hype. I found, despite its rather half-baked storyline, it was thoroughly enjoyable. Idina Menzel’s soaring Broadway vocals were as genuinely as thrilling as Kristen Bell’s delicate melodies. The finale of true love saving the day being the familial bond between sisters subverted the dozens of Disney animated antecedents and was legitimately refreshing.

However, even after my many, many sessions of trying my best to “Let It Go” as the soundtrack played in my car, I still could not get over the plot holes. Why did Elsa have magic? Why didn’t Anna? Why did their parents leave? Why did they go to the trolls only to completely ignore their advice and purposefully traumatize their own children?

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Like any respectable sequel, “Frozen 2,” not only attempts answers some of these questions, but also expands on the world of Arendelle. We’re treated to more magical lore and a deepening of Arendelle history, and storylines with character development for our three favorite humans and singular magical snowman. We are witness as each of our main cast begins to experience growing pains.

Elsa (Idina Menzel) is a ball of nerves, always trying to what is best for the kingdom, but ignoring what is best for her. She hears a call of magic and does everything she can to deny the pull. Anna (Kristen Bell) is so constantly worried for her sister and her powers she’s afraid to have her own life away from Elsa. Kristoff (Jonathan Groff) is coming to the realization that his feelings for Anna are something more and he struggles to find the right way and time to propose marriage. Olaf (Jonathan Groff), the closest to any child character, begins to wonder about the permanence of things and if any of what he’s experiencing will make sense when he’s older.

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While many of the questions from “Frozen” are answered, “Frozen 2″ presents us with a new avalanche of questions and themes. What do you do when you find out your ancestors committed horrific acts of betrayal? How do you handle new, negative emotions in the confusion of growing up? How do you push through the grief after a devastating loss? How do you deal with the vulnerabilities of being in love and how can you be a good partner and model healthy behavior when your loved one needs help with a situation that doesn’t center you? These themes and questions are undoubtedly more mature than than those presented in “Frozen,” but in the six years since its release the audience has matured as well. And as I’m sure all parents are very aware of, there will be repeat viewings, during which these themes and answers will hopefully stick.

Much like the themes and characters, the music of “Frozen 2″ is more complex than that of its predecessor. These songs do far more with melody, lyric, humor, and heart. Elsa’s duet with the forest spirits on “Into the Unknown,” is nothing short of magical. Kristoff’s “Lost in the Woods,” a send up of 80’s rock ballads, complete with hair tossing and guitar riffs had the audience in stitches and “The Next Right Thing” will definitely make it on to more than a few adults’ playlists. As a whole and as separate pieces they’re all much stronger and more satisfying, but there isn’t one clear, immediate stand out that could dethrone “Let It Go.”

We may need a “Frozen 3” just to give our favorite set of sisters a proper send off! Catch “Frozen 2” in theaters everywhere this Friday, November 22nd!

Written By: Maria Jackson

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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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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).

ma rainey chadwick boseman netflix ma rainey's black bottom

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.

ma rainey chadwick boseman netflix ma rainey's black bottom

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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