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“The Wedding Ringer”
Director: Jeremy Garelick
Cast: Kevin Hart, Josh Gad, Kaley Cuoco
Rating: Me + 2 (that’s three stars on a four star scale for those who are confused)
I must start by saying that I was fortunate enough to attend the preview screening in the presence of Kevin Hart and Josh Gad live and in person in my city Houston, Texas. They were both there to introduce the film and sat down for a Q&A afterwards. So, I’m going to do my best not to be biased in this review. When celebrities take the time to show my city and the fans love, I really get excited.
This is a comical bromance between Doug Harris (played by Josh Gad) and Jimmy Callahan (played by Kevin Hart) who are trying to pull off the wedding stunt of a lifetime.
Doug is desperately in need of a best man and groomsmen as he prepares to marry the hot chick (played by Kaley Cuoco). Jimmy Callahan is hired as the best man and talent scout for the groomsmen. Jimmy channels Bic Mitchum and pulls out all the stops to make this friendship as believable as possible, but the antics he uses to prove it are quite hilarious with a touch of kindness.
What I really liked about this film was the balance in characters. Kevin and Josh’s on screen connection was so organic that neither out shined the other, nor did any of the supporting characters seem unnecessary.
My favorite scene – Doug and Jimmy’s dance was so freakin’ funny!
My least favorite scene – The dog issue was a little over extended.
Viewing party recommendation – couples (straight/gay) who like to have fun, brothers, guy pals/buddies, females 23-43, college students
Review by Petrice Douglas
Last night I watched the BET Hip Hop Awards with family ranging between the ages of fourteen and twenty-three. No need to tell how old I am, just know that I am a very grown woman. Ha, I set you straight!
There were some very good points and a lot of not so good points in the show; however, most of the good came from more seasoned/old school hip hop artists. I watched the faces as the younger ones in the room smiled and made that “ooooo” sound during the cyphers when Treach of Naughty by Nature, David Banner, and even Remy and Papoose did their thing. I also watched them look in awe as Doug E. Fresh made his acceptance speech, and then get their groove on as he and Snoop took the event to that level of entertainment that we all love. The conversation was also brought up how Brandy, MC Lyte, Yo-Yo, and Queen Latifah “turnt up” without showing their booty cheeks and brought a REAL sense of sisterhood and empowerment to the stage. When was the last time you saw that among females in Hip Hop? I must admit that there were a couple of newcomers that were able to keep us all on the same page…..notice I said a couple. I find it sad that the new ones we all did like were in the cypher but are not heard on main stream radio.
My point – Houston may have finally got it right when it comes to Hip Hop.
On this past Monday, what was News 92 became BOOM 92 (92.1FM on your Houston dial). This is a 24/7 Old School Hip Hop station!!!!!!! Why am I so excited? I can finally turn on my radio when I need a Hip Hop fix and not have to figure out what the artist is saying or feel violated. THANK YOU RADIO ONE! Believe me when I say it’s not just me who is overly excited about this new station. A co-worker of mine who is a white male in his early twenties told me that he and his team (different races and ages) on his other job have been listening to it nonstop during their shift. This is what the heads at Radio One wanted, a station that can have people of all races and ages to tune in and enjoy the music and culture of TRUE HIP HOP.
Boom there it is!
You may be wondering why I’m three days late putting up this review? Well, that ain’t yo bizness!
Here’s the business:
Yaass! Let’s start with that all the way turned up DJ Mister Rogers. He had the crowd going crazy no matter where you were from or when you were born. My new favorite deejay played requested music, gave shout outs, and mixed it all together just right while keeping up with Twitter requests. I’m talkin’ from Al Green, Betty Wright, TPac, We Are Toonz, Biggie, Miley Cyrus, Drake, and Lorde. I honestly thought he was only going to mix a few minutes until an opening act came out, but it turned out he was the opening act. I was so happy, and if you were there you saw my happy dance.
The show was a sell out and had been sold out as early as April of this year. I cannot count how many disappointed people I saw at the ticket booth begging for a ticket. So a note to Tamar’s staff to book a larger venue the next time she comes to the H, cause we be in there (smack lips).
Now for all the Tamartians (smack lips), I don’t really need to tell you that she did her thang! Tamar opened with “She Did That” and was gettin’ down with the get down along with her dancers. Her set list was combined with relationship advice. If you are single, beware of the scallywags and those cool talkers who can talk the drawers off Jesus (smack lips). My heart smiled as she displayed her undeniable love for Vince and how he makes her feel like the “Prettiest Girl” in the world while video clips of the happy couple and others played in the background. The fun part of the night was when seven fans from the audience got a chance to get their shine on and sing “Love and War” on stage with Tamar to close the show. Not to crush anyone’s dream, but some of them may want to start dreaming about taking voice lessons (smack lips).
Set design – Rotating background stage that doubled as a video screen.
Band’s look – No band, but dancers. Two guys and two girls that were well in sync and never out shined each other. The guys did a nice “make me want to scream while I ask the Lord to forgive me for these ungodly thoughts” dance.
Sound – Sound system was a little choppy and off, but Tamar did not let it hold her back. Her vocals were powerful and passionate.
Side note – Tamar is real with the fans, and gave hugs to everyone that attended her sound check and meet and greet. She took time with them to let them know how much she appreciates their support and never rushed anyone along.
(Smack lips) I just had to do that one more time! True Tamartians understand, so you betta get in on this.
Yep, that is what I said when I heard the new single “Rewind” by Rascal Flatts while sitting in the conference room at The New 93Q for their up close and personal.
The Q Morning Zoo’s Tim Tuttle, Kevin Kline, and Erica Rico hosted the event with some Q&A for the group to get things started. That’s when I realized these guys are as comical as they are talented. I found out that Gary’s wife thinks he’s a speed demon, Jay is guilty of texting while eating, and Joe could have hugged me a little tighter cause he is grown-man sexy.
One listener got her birthday wish by having the guys sing “My Wish”. They gave us a quick sample of what a medley of their songs could sound like at a concert. I was like, “YEAH!” (in my Lil Jon voice) until I found out they were only joking about doing a concert full of medleys. All shucks, they had me going. They took a pause from playing live so that we could hear the new single on CD. At first I thought that was kind of strange, but a couple of seconds into the song I totally understood. We would not have been able to fully appreciate the instrumentation of the song if they would have played it live with only two guitars. The song started out with a simple groove as Gary’s magical voice wooed us. About 30 seconds later, I was in a trance. My ears were trying to grasp every riff and strum from the guitars, the cadenced madness of the drums, and the harmonic voices from the guys that exploded into a melodic change. This happened more than once throughout the song, and to say I was impressed would be an understatement. Rascal Flatts has done it again y’all!
I asked the station’s Music Director when we would start hearing “Rewind” on air, and guess what? I heard it today! This is the reason The New 93Q is known as the best country station and recipient of the 2013 Marconi Award. Now I can really say, “YEAH!” in my best Lil Jon voice.
photo by Marc Baptise
Janelle Monae had the house all the way turned up, electrified, and funktified all at the same time. Leaving no doubt in the minds of anyone who thought this small sized beauty couldn’t hold her own. Though she came in peace, her music caused some rhythmic (and not so rhythmic from the looks of the guy dancing next to me) convulsions.
Set design – all black and white.
Band’s look – Musicians dressed in white lab jackets while her background vocalists dawned black and white striped 60’s styled tops with black legging.
Music/Sound/Sight – All the instruments were well blended. I did take issue with the lighting during some of the songs because they seemed like they were out of place from time to time, but that’s just me. Hell, those kind of things really don’t matter when the rest of your body is movin’ and groovin’. I will say that the electric guitar player was so freakin’ awesome that I wondered from time to time if he was that purple paisley man…….you know who I’m talking about. He put the jaaaaaaaaam in jaaaaaamin’ (that was not a typo!). Janelle’s vocals were powerful yet sweet and majestic. She stopped to diffuse a situation that was happening in front of the stage, and asked the parties involved to hug. They did, and the party kept on going. GIRL POWER ROCKS!!!
She did all of my favorites Cold War, Electric Lady, Tightrope, Dance Apocalyptic, Q.U.E.E.N, and more. I’m sorry for not listing her set, but I was jammin’ so don’t judge me.
Opening Act – Roman GianArthur. Another new force in the industry. He started out with a song that was a blend of Prince and James Brown, sprinkled in a cover of “Bag Lady”, and hit us with a seductive bassy tune called “I-69”. The only downfall was him ending with a cover song. I would suggest ending with “I-69”; however, I honestly can’t wait to hear more from this guy.
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