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Sneak Peek At ‘The Wiz Live!’ With Queen Latifah
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NBC is keeping up with its now annual holiday tradition of live musical theater with The Wiz Live! The special, an adaptation of the 1975 Broadway musical, which later became a movie starring Diana Ross and Michael Jackson, puts an urban spin on The Wizard of Oz. This event airs live Thursday, December 3rd at 8:00pm ET on NBC, and stars Queen Latifah as The Wiz, and David Alan Grier as The Cowardly Lion.

Check out the sneak peek and preview videos below.

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Spike TV’s ‘Lip Sync Battle’ Renewed For Season 2!
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Spike TV’s biggest show ever, Lip Sync Battle, has just been renewed for a second season, after just four episodes. This viral sensation, which started out as a Jimmy Fallon bit, first on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, and then on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, got its own show that premiered on Spike on April 2nd, 2015. That was quick, right? It is no surprise though. The show is mindless fun.

The game pits two celebrities (not B, C, or D-listers either) against each other for two rounds of songs. The audience picks the winner. It is not just lip syncing to songs that are sometimes incongruous to the person performing. The production goes all out, with costumes, props, backup dancers, and sometimes guests.

Check out some of those videos below.

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Lip Sync Battle: Jimmy Fallon vs The Rock, Common vs John Legend (Video)
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Lip Sync Battle Jimmy Fallon vs The Rock Spike TV

Spike TV has turned one of Jimmy Fallon‘s best bits into its own show with Lip Sync Battle. Hosted by LL Cool J, the object of the game is to out lip-sync your opponent, with as much accuracy and excitement as you can.

Check out the videos below.

My personal favorite of all time, back on Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, was when Joseph Gordon Levitt did “Superbass” by Nicky Minaj. That was magic.

And this new Spike show recreates this magic. Because who doesn’t want to see Dwayne Johnson lip-sync to Taylor Swift’s “Shake It Off”?

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Movie Review: LUV
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LUV posterLUV
Directed by Sheldon Candis
Starring: Common, Michael Rainey Jr., Dennis Haysbert, Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton, Meagan Good, Michael Kenneth Williams, Clark Johnson, Anwan Glover
Indomina Releasing
Rated R | 94 Minutes
Release Date: January 18, 2013

Directed by Los Angeles-based filmmaker Sheldon Candis, LUV features Michael Rainey Jr. as Woody, an 11-year-old boy who gets a crash course in what it means to be a man when he spends a day with his Uncle Vincent (Common).

With his mother in rehab and his father out of the picture, Woody Watson lives with his grandmother (Lonette McKee) in Baltimore, Maryland, and longs to visit his mother in North Carolina at her drug treatment facility.

His charismatic Uncle Vincent has recently returned home to the inner-city streets of Baltimore after eight years in prison, determined to straighten out his life by starting his own business and providing for his family.

Unfortunately, Vincent soon finds himself caught up in the violent world he’s trying to escape – and Woody has to decide whether to follow his childhood hero – or become his own man. LUV features an impressive ensemble of African-American actors including Danny Glover, Charles S. Dutton, Dennis Haysbert, Meagan Good, and Michael Kenneth Williams.

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Spoiler Talk: Date Night
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Date NightIs your life monotonous? Do you feel like you are bored of your partner. Well stop whining and go watch Date Night!

I really did not know what to make of this movie when I first saw the preview. I really like Tina Fey and Steve Carell and their comedy style. I really cannot think of an instance where these two have worked together, at least if there was one I never saw it. So I was extremely interested to see what kind of chemistry they have.

The most exciting pull of the whole movie though is definitely the cast. When I watched the preview and saw stars like Mark Wahlberg, James Franco, Mila Kunis, Jimmi Simpson, and Common, I knew this movie would have star power at the very least.

Well being that this is a slow weekend for movies this was a nice little story that I really enjoyed. It’s a somewhat unoriginal premise but then takes that and spins it with a more realistic couple and more realistic reaction to a crazy situation. The comedy was great and the improvisation stands out because it really was quite hilarious. Anyways, I am ready to get to the SPOILER TALK, how about you?

Below are some of my spoiler filled thoughts about the film. Don’t forget to add your input at the bottom in the comments section!

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Movie Review: Date Night
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Date NightDate Night
Directed by Shawn Levy
Starring Tina Fey, Steve Carell, Mark Wahlberg, Jimmi Simpson, Common
Rated PG-13
Release date: April 9, 2010 )

It seems like good comedies are increasingly hard to come by these days. Why bother with decent writing and actors with skilled comedic timing when you can just make pop culture references and poop jokes? Yes, I’m looking at you Friedberg and Seltzer.

Date Night, on the other hand, will probably be remembered as the best comedy of 2010. While the film is already be called this year’s The Hangover, I’m going to just say something that will probably bring me ridicule and debate. Date Night is better than The Hangover. Obviously comedic values are very subjective, but I personally find awkward, fish-out-of-water comedy much more entertaining than drunken wackiness. Each has their place, but I think in the long run Date Night will appeal to more people as The Hangover is more of the definitive “guy movie.”

Date Night stars a powerhouse of comedic talent in Tina Fey and Steve Carell. Carell has proven himself to be a strong comedic lead with The Office and The 40-Year-Old Virgin, and Fey may just be the most talented comedic writer in television today. While they don’t have much romantic chemistry between them on screen, the plot only requires that they have comedic chemistry, of which they have plenty.

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Movie Review: Terminator Salvation
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Week of Geek: Terminator Salvation

Terminator Salvation
Directed by McG
Starring Christian Bale, Anton Yelchin, Sam Worthington, Bryce Dallas Howard, Moon Bloodgood, Common
Rated PG-13
Release date: May 21, 2009

The future is not set. There is no fate but what we make for ourselves.

Being a big fan of the Terminator film series ever since I was in elementary school I always took those words to heart. Time is always in a state of flux and the most minor action could set forth a series of events that could impact future events greatly or simply peter out. The message was that we are all in complete control of our individual destinies and the possibilities are endless. The Terminator movies were not the kind most parents would usually allow their children to watch but my mom did not really care. Her and I, we had a trust. The concepts of time travel and how the slightest mistake in the past can have large scale consequences in the future have been explored in popular fiction for more than a century by authors such as H.G. Wells and Ray Bradbury. The Terminator movies took these concepts and melded them with moral and philosophical ideals and hard-driving action under an umbrella of eternal darkness and storms of fire and rain. They made a movie star out of a Hitler-admiring bodybuilder from Austria, gave a prolific directing career to a former truck driver and Roger Corman protégé from Canada, and raised the bar for cinematic science fiction. Even the unnecessary third entry, Rise of the Machines, had its moments.

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DVD Review: Wanted (Blu-ray)
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Wanted
Wanted
Directed by Timur Bekmambetov
Starring James McAvoy, Angelina Jolie, Morgan Freeman, Common, Thomas Kretschmann
Universal Home Entertainment
Release date: December 2, 2008

There is a line of dialogue that is as sharp, lethal, and beautiful as all the extreme violence in Mark Millar and J.G. Jones’ comic book to movie adaptation Wanted: “He can conduct a symphony orchestra with a pistol.” Russian-born director Timur Bekmambetov does exactly that in stylish fashion to produce a creation that’s the zestiest and sexiest movie of the summer. It’s the first movie in a while to deal with self-worth in such an inventive way. Let’s just say Wanted is a mix between Fight Club and Matrix. But in severe risk of having his movie lean on the fringe of mindless action banter and pointless shoot ’em up sequences , Bekmambetov weaves a gut-wrenching story where the action scenes double as pristine pieces of adored art work.

We become involved with a miserable office worker named Wesley. As each day passes he becomes more of a drone. He’s played with an emotional vigor that goes through the roof by James McAvoy who, for his first action film, succeeds very well after playing a totally different character in last year’s Atonement. Dealing with a ignorant fat lady as a boss who always tries to evoke his vulnerability, which is his high anxiety that leaves him in a state of panic, to his best friend who also doubles as Wesley’s girlfriend’s sex toy, he needs a revelation to happen to him. By God he gets just that. His revelation also happens to be the movie’s revelation as Angelina Jolie shows up.

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