Amazing Movie & Awesome Cast! Power Rangers (@ThePowerRangers) FOREVER!

Lionsgate knew it had a hit on its hands when it greenlit the reboot for Saban’s Power Rangers movie.

This film plays off our nostalgia for the simpler, cooler time of 1992 when “five teenagers with attitude” were granted amazing powers and even more amazing costumes and vehicles (Zords) to save the world from the evil sorceress, Rita Repulsa (Elizabeth Banks). Flash forward twenty-five years to the rebooted film and Jason (Dacre Montgomery), Zack (Ludy Lin), Billy (RJ Cyler), Trini (Becky G), and Kimberly (Naomi Scott) are still teenagers, but rebels and outcasts as well. We officially have “The Breakfast Club meets super-heroism” in the latest addition of Power Rangers!

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Much of the series is the same. The Power Rangers are still defending Angel Grove, they still have their dino-themed zords (The Tyrannosaurus, Mastodon, Triceratops, Sabertooth Tiger, and Pteradactyl), Zordon, and Alpha 5. However, Rita, Goldar, and the Putty Patrol are bigger, badder, and deadlier than ever. This time around the The Power Rangers are a freshly chosen team of recruits brought together by mischief and happenstance rather than true friendship. Just as they learn of their amazing new powers, Rita Repulsa, a former Ranger a resident villainess, has been reanimated a hungry for the power of The Zeo Crystal; a rock that apparently ceded Earth with the ability to create life. It is up to the Rangers to overcome their own insecurities and teenage angst to stop Rita from retrieving the crystal and destroying all life on Earth.

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“Tale As Old As Time…” Disney’s “Beauty & The Beast” (@beourguest) Is EPIC!

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Disney has truly found itself a new niche with these amazing live action films over the last few years.

Maleficent definitely led the way, but the company’s current live action feature, Beauty and The Beast takes the cake!

This film is nothing short of epic and does an amazing job of adapting the original animated film to a live action format!

The film is based on Belle (Emma Watson), a “funny girl,” and inventor who shares her love for art, learning, and invention with her doting father, Maurice. Belle tires of her “provincial life” in her little village where everything is the same day to day. She longs for adventure and something more than a regular life. Beautiful and intelligent, her attributes earn her the affections of the arrogant and narcissistic village “hero,” Gaston (Luke Evans). However, Belle soon gets more than what she bargained for out of life when she finds her father has been imprisoned by The Beast (Dan Stevens) and selflessly takes his place. Whereas Belle sees herself as his prisoner, she is single-handedly the last best hope The Beast and his servants have to regain their humanity.

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Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning attending #BeOurGuestATL’s screening of Disney’s Beauty and the Beast

A special screening of the film, the #BeOurGuestATL event, was hosted by Rolling Out correspondent, Romeo International, with artist and dancer, Saidah Nairobi; who has performed with mega artists including Beyoncé, Ciara and Usher. Saidah Nairobi recently released her debut single “We Are” available now.

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[VIDEO/TRAILER] HBO’s (@HBO) “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” Starring Oprah Winfrey (@Oprah)!

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Have you heard the story of Henrietta Lacks?

If not you definitely should be doing some research as there is not a single person in the world who has not benefitted from her “immortal cells.”

via NewYorkTimes.com

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The story began in January 1951, when Mrs. Lacks was found to have cervical cancer. She was treated with radium at Johns Hopkins, the standard of care in that day, but there was no stopping the cancer. Her doctor had never seen anything like it. Within months, her body was full of tumors, and she died in excruciating pain that October. She was 31 and left five children, the youngest just a year old. She had been a devoted mother, and the children suffered terribly without her.

Neither Mrs. Lacks nor any of her relatives knew that doctors had given a sample of her tumor to Dr. George Gey, a Hopkins researcher who was trying to find cells that would live indefinitely in culture so researchers could experiment on them. Before she came along, his efforts had failed. Her cells changed everything: they multiplied like crazy and never died.

A cell line called HeLa (for Henrietta Lacks) was born. Those immortal cells soon became the workhorse of laboratories everywhere. HeLa cells were used to develop the first polio vaccine, they were launched into space for experiments in zero gravity and they helped produce drugs for numerous diseases, including Parkinson’s, leukemia and the flu. By now, literally tons of them have been produced.

Starring Oprah Winfrey, HBO has produced a biopic detailing Henrietta’s life and her unwitting contributions to medical science. Check out the trailer below!

This is almost like a medical version of Hidden Figures! It represents yet another contribution of African-American women to the world and their worth. You can catch The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks on Saturday, April 22nd!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning

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[VIDEO] HeyMikeyATL Exclusive: Shock, Craze, & Horror! Jordan Peele (@JordanPeele) Lands a Mega-Hit w/ “Get Out” Movie (@GetOutMovie)!

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You have seen the trailers, questioned the plot, and even questioned if you want to see the film that everyone is talking about–Jordan Peele’s Get Out!

The film entails a young Black man, Chris Washington (Daniel Kaluuya) who after months of dating goes to visit his White girlfriend, Rose Armitage’s (Allison Williams), family at their estate. There, Chris finds her family and their neighbors to be kind and accommodating, but a bit over the top. He soon discovers there is far more to Rose’s family and community than he bargained for. Insidious, shocking, and unheard of, Chris will have to use all his wits to “Get Out” of this horrifying nightmare!

After viewing this film we see why it has earned a solid, and virtually unheard of, 100% on Rotten Tomatoes! “Critics Consensus: Funny, scary, and thought-provoking, Get Out seamlessly weaves its trenchant social critiques into a brilliantly effective and entertaining horror/comedy thrill ride.” We “100%” agree with their assessment. You have never seen or heard of a movie with a plot like this. Playing off old notions of night doctors , this film actually takes skin walking to a whole new level. At first glance you might accuse this film of race baiting, but that would only mean you have not actually seen it. Go with a group of friends and see just how much you will reel, churn, and at times laugh at this spectacle of a film. Is it outlandish–maybe, is it plausible–God we hope not!

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[VIDEO] Rubble! Matt Damon’s “The Great Wall” (@thegreatwall) Bombs Opening Weekend!

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Matt Damon is definitely one of the biggest stars in Hollywood. However, even a film starring him can take at the box office. That is exactly what happened with his latest film, The Great Wall! The film did horribly its opening weekend, only earning 25 millions dollars–its budget was 150 million dollars, however! YIKES!

To be fair a few other films had horrible debuts. Ice Cube’s Fist Fight only earned 14.6 million and a Cure For Wellness earned under 5 million. These numbers are odd considering this is a long weekend when you include President’s Day. Fifty Shades Darker is the exception (unsurprisingly) taking in 20.9 million in its third weekend!

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Ice Cube Hosts Fist Fight Prescreening in ATL

Several members of Atlanta’s press had the pleasure of attending the pre-screening of comedic movie, Fist Fight, starring hip hop legend Ice Cube and Horrible Bosses star, Charlie Day. Ice Cube, along with other celebs including Ed Lover, Gary Owens, Karli Redd and ATL’s radio personalities, Ryan Cameron, Reec Swiney, and HeadKrack were all in attendance to watch Cube’s upcoming comedy.

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The film takes place on the last day of school, where eager graduating seniors are throwing classic pranks on the faculty. The mild-mannered high school English teacher Andy Campbell (Day) is trying his best to keep his head above water through while dealing with a dysfunctional administration, and budget cuts that put jobs on the line. But things go from bad to worse when he accidentally crosses his much tougher and deeply feared colleague, Ron Strickland (Cube), who challenges Campbell to an old-fashioned throw down after school.

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Though Cube and Day are the stars of the show, comedians Tracy Morgan and Jillian Bell are the best supporting actors, leaving the audience in hysteria with their snarky comments, inappropriate behavior and all around hilariously funny charm. Fist Fight is definitely one to see if you’re in need of a good laugh. The lesson many can take from this movie, is when life knocks you down, you must roll with the punches and get back up.

Fist Fight debuts worldwide today, February 17th. Check out the trailer below.

[VIDEO] All Laughs! It’s “Lego Batman” (@LEGOBatmanMovie) & The Bat Family To The Rescue!

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Batman is back–but not in the way you would think so!

The Caped Crusader has taken on Lego form to bring us yet another action packed and humorous adventure as he takes on the criminals of Gotham City. In Lego Batman, the Dark Knight has yet again saved the day, defeated most of rogues’ gallery, and managed to break The Joker’s heart. “Hell has no fury like a ‘Clown Prince of Crime’ scorned” as the maniacal villain plots Batman’s demise after seeing Superman’s Phantom Zone Projector in action. Meanwhile, a new commissioner, Barbara Gordon, assumes her father’s mantle and wants to work with Batman to eradicate crime from the city. When the Joker invades the city with a horde of new villains at his command, it will take more than Batman to save the day, but can he face his deepest fear in time to save the day?

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Normally we look at humorous Batman movies and cartoons with contempt, but this one was actually worthwhile. Where else do we get to see The World’s Greatest Detective take on villains like the Krakken, The Wicked Witch of The West, Sauron, and flying monkeys. It defies logic, but Batman will always find a way. More importantly we loved the inclusion of other members of The Bat Family–Robin (Dick Grayson), Alfred Pennyworth, and Batgirl (Barbara Gordon)–albeit with convoluted background stories in this tale (LOL)–who are highly important to the characters’ mythos no matter what story or genre he is in.

You will laugh so hard your sides burst, but like me will find yourself wanting a Lego Batman of your own! Be sure you catch this hilarious and heartwarming. You might just walk away a lot happier and a lot more appreciative of the family you have. Lego Batman is in theaters everywhere today!

Written By: Michael “Hey Mikey” Fanning