Regina Hall is transformed into her 13yr old self just when her company is in jeopardy of folding in the new comedy “Little”.
Jordan Sanders (Martin) is the nerdy girl in school and is bullied by the popular cheerleaders resulting in a disaster at the talent show at school. Suffering a broken arm Jordan vowed to be the boss and get back at all those who treated her badly.
Temperatures are in the 70’s, flowers are blooming and superheroes are walking around downtown St. Louis……IT’S WIZARD WORLD 2019!
The annual pop culture convention that is Wizard World rolled into Saint Louis this weekend and the people of the city came out by the thousands. Wizard world features special guests from television and movies in addition to artists, video games and anything you are searching for in pop culture.
Comic-con visitors were greeted by Wizard Worlds Master of Ceremonies, Kato Kaelin who fired up the crowd before releasing them onto the show floor. A quick scan around the floor had vendors Wild Bill’s Ol’ Fashion Soda Company with delicious flavors of soda offering a bottomless cup you can purchase. Thrones fans can get a sword and padawans’ can pick up a light saber for Jedi training. There are t-shirts, POP figures, comic books, artists that will draw you as a caricature or you can have Phil Ortiz “Simpsonize” you! Some of the more unique items I saw were a vendor that made custom frames perfect for that photo op you purchased with Aquaman, another vendor that had sheet music from TV and movies that had the stars images printed on the music and Twisted Wires makes statues of superheroes out of colored electrical wire….Super Cool!
Smack dab in the middle of your buying frenzy is the autograph area that features the original Hulk, Lou Ferrigno, Holly Marie Combs and her co-stars Brian Krauss & Drew Fuller from the TV series “Charmed”, American Pie party goers Thomas Ian Nicholas & the “Sherminator” Chris Owens and SNL comedian Chris Kataan. Fans immediately began to line up for an autograph and selfies with movie stars Ernie Hudson (Ghostbusters, the Crow) and original Goonie Sean Astin (Lord of the Rings trilogy, Rudy) with the crowd screaming “Goonies never die!”
Wizard World programming was so diverse that you could get help on sculpting, learn animation, get caught up with the latest fan theories on Dr. Who with the members of St. Louis CIA (Celestial Intervention agency) and listen to your favorite stars tell stories from their careers. I made the Charmed panel with Holly Marie Combs playing “den mother” to Brian Krauss and Drew Fuller as they bantered back and forth with their fans. Sean Astin was fired up on his 3rd trip to St. Louis in 4 years and he still hasn’t been up in the Arch! Astin answered question about his long and epic career from questing a ring of power to making a single play for Notre Dame and playing the “good guy parent” in Stranger Things season 2 and a similar role in his new Netflix series “No Good Nick”.
Sunday is family day and kids get their cos-play on and are able to play the latest video games in the Wizard World gaming area, meet and have a picture with Detective Pikachu, train a dragon or win a prize in the kids costume contest! Sunday was also “Aquaman Day” with Jason Momoa making his first trip to Saint Louis! Jason was delayed until Sunday due to a filming conflict but Momoa greeted the thousand in attendance and put in a full day of autographs and photo ops for all his fans. People showed a wide range of emotions after meeting the star of Game of Thrones, Justice League and Frontier from jubilation to tears of joy and a few ladies actually collapsed outside the booth!
Every star was happy to be in St. Louis and enjoyed meeting their fans. I was fortunate to be able to talk to Sean Astin, Ernie Hudson and Chris Owens (Hear the interviews below) and talked to Jason Momoa in his booth as he autographed my 6’ Aquaman poster. Jason told me “I have never seen this! WoW!” I asked him about Frontier and his character Declan Sharpe. He said Frontier is over but he was happy how the series wrapped up and asked me if I liked the way it ended? I said I loved it but I also love the show and will miss his character. Momoa told me Declan was destined to end up alone and he was pleased with the end of the series. Jason Momoa continued to sign autographs well after the show floor closed down and Wizard World 2019 was a “Wrap!”
Every fan I spoke with loved the comic con and is waiting to see who will be in St. Louis for Wizard World 2020! With Game of Thrones ending and Marvel moving on to the next phase of films has a large amount of sci-fi and action film stars available to join Wizard World for the 2020 comic-con in St. Louis!
All I could think when a new “Transformers” movie was announced for Christmas 2018 was “oh no, here we go again!” After the massively-successful “Kubo and the Two Strings”, Paramount placed Travis Knight at the helm; and man are they happy they did! “Bumblebee” follows our titular hero (voiced by Dylan O’Brien) after escaping from Cybertron, being sent to Earth by Optimus Prime (voiced by Peter Cullen) as the only hope of the Autobots’ chance of survival. Once on Earth, he encounters a sergeant (John Cena) and his platoon during a Continue reading
Gary Oldman is amazing as the British Prime minister responsible for holding back the Nazi invasion in the new war drama “Darkest Hour”.
It is the early days of WWII, Hilter and his Nazi soldiers are invading France on their way to England. The Governing body has lost faith in the Prime Minister Neville Chamberlain (Ronald Pickup) and plan to appoint the stern cigar smoking, drinking politician Winston Churchill (Gary Oldman).
Churchill is trust into leadership with Hitler preparing to kill the entire English army on the shores at Dunkirk. He must also deal with a monarch King George VI (Ben Mendelsohn) who doesn’t trust him and placed Viscount Halifax in his war council to keep tabs on Churchill.
The only support Winston has is from his wife Clementine (Kristin Scott Thomas) and his new secretary Elizabeth Layton (Lily James) and the people of England. Two of my favorite scenes from “Darkest Hour” are the mission Churchill has to save the English army from Dunkirk using local fisherman and the other was Winston jumping on the underground and talking with the locals on his way to Buckingham Palace. It was charismatic as Churchill met with each person and gauged their fears and concerns about the war. Churchill then blindsides Halifax and talks of peace, with a rousing speech to the house that has England ready to fight!
Oldman and Thomas are spectacular and will be brought up during award season for the roles of Winston and his wife Clementine. Darkest Hour is a fabulous war drama and is a must see this winter!
Starring: Taron Egerton, Colin Firth, Mark Strong, Julianne Moore
Director: Matthew Vaughn
Eggsy and the Kingsmen are reloaded to save the world again!
Eggsy (Egerton) is a Kingsman agent after taking down Valentine and his killer cell phones, Eggsy is accosted outside the Kingsman shop that serves as a secret base by a familiar face. Charlie (Edward Holcroft), a Kingsman recruit that washed out and was working with Valentine, shows up with some goons to take out Eggsy. A car chase ensues and runs through London to Hyde Park where Merlin (Strong) tells Eggsy to take them out. Eggsy beats Charlie, crashes his car throwing Charlie through the front windshield leaving only a mechanical arm.
Charlies mech arm plugs into the car and downloads all the Kingsman information. Charlie is now working for a new psycho, a drug kingpin named Poppy that runs the golden circle. Poppy brands her people with a 24-karat circle hence “the Golden Circle” name, she puts her enemies through a meat grinder. Poppy’s plan is to lace her drugs with a disease that will kill the users in a few days without the antidote. Poppy also attacks all the Kingsman agents and bases killing everyone except Merlin and Eggsy who were not at their homes.
Merlin and Eggsy launch disaster protocol that takes them to Kentucky and recruiting their fellow agents called the Statemen. Tequila, a problem agent smokes some pot and comes down with Poppy’s “blue rash”. The Statesmen also had another surprise, Galahad (Firth) is alive and after Eggsy triggers a memory, he is back in action. Galahad and Eggsy must find the antidote before millions die.
Just like the 2014 original, The Golden Circle features a ton of action and jaw dropping special effects. The opening car chase and a sky tram used in a downhill ski slope are just a couple of examples of the action in this installment. Moore is great as the homicidal drug dealer. There are supporting roles by Halle Berry, Jeff Bridges and Channing Tatum as the Statesmen that are very good. The best highlight is a cameo by Elton John who plays himself, a captive of Poppy that is there to play for her and help the Kingsman.
Kingsman: The Golden Circle is a fun follow-up to the original. It is easy to see it is based on a graphic novel, but has enough action and humor to entertain for 3 hours.