GIVEAWAY: Blu-Ray/DVD/Digital HD combo for CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE

MMT Fam, hold onto your capes! We’re giving away a “Hero Edition” of CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE courtesy of our friends at Dreamworks Animation! Based on the bestselling book series by Dav Pilkey, this film has been heralded as “one of the funniest, most heartwarming films of the year” (William Bibbiani, Crave Online).

Certified Fresh on RottenTomatoes.com, the outrageous family comedy tells the story of two overly imaginative best friends, George (Kevin Hart) and Harold (Thomas Middleditch), who hypnotize their principal (Ed Helms) into thinking he’s the hero from their comic books: Captain Underpants. The movie also features the voice talent of Nick Kroll as Professor Poopypants.

The epic adventure continues with 30+ minutes of action-packed special features on CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS HERO EDITION. From engaging features, such as “The Really Awesome Adventures of Captain Underpants” Motion Comic and “The Professor Poopypants (Totally Original and Supercool) Guide to Being a Villain,” to riotous deleted scenes, to a lyric video from “Weird Al” Yankovic and a Q&A with the film’s stars, the hilarity never stops!

CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE Special Features Include:

  • Featurettes:
    • The Really Cool Adventures of Captain Underpants Motion Comic
    • The Captain Underpants Guide to Being a Hero
    • The Professor Poopypants (Totally Original and Supercool) Guide to Being a Villain
    • Kevin Hart and Ed Helms Surprise Fans
    • Lunch Lady PSA with Kristen Schaal
    • Sock Puppets Real Stars
  • Deleted Scenes
  • Lyric Videos:
    • Captain Underpants Theme by “Weird Al” Yankovic
    • “A Friend Like You” by Andy Grammer
  • Tighty-Whitey Q&A with the Stars – Part 1 and Part 2
  • Gallery
    • Comic Book Covers
    • The Art of DreamWorks CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE

So, who wants to put their name in the hat to win it? You must be subscribed to musicmoviesthoughts.com and send an email, with your full name and address in the body, to contests@musicmoviesthoughts.com with the subject line “Underpants.” If you follow MMT on FacebookTwitter or Instagram, you always increase your chances!

The winner will be selected at random and notified no later than Sunday, October 1.

CAPTAIN UNDERPANTS: THE FIRST EPIC MOVIE “Hero Edition” is available now wherever Blu-Ray/DVDs and Digital HD are sold.

Good Luck!

GIVEAWAY: advanced screening for KEVIN HART: WHAT NOW on Tuesday, October 11 (Philly, PA)

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Happy Wednesday MMT Fam! MMT has secured 40 admit-two passes for next Tuesday night’s advanced screening of KEVIN HART: WHAT NOW? in Center City. Billed as the comedy event of the year, the show was filmed last summer in Hart’s hometown of Philly in front of a sold-out crowd at Lincoln Financial Field.

To try your luck at a pass, you must be a subscriber of this website and send an email to contests@musicmoviesthoughts.com with your full name in the body and the subject line “Homegrown Hart.” Winners will be selected at random and notified by Sunday, October 9.

PLEASE NOTE: pay close attention to the entry instructions! Some are eliminated because of missing info or an incorrect subject line. We receive a lot of giveaway responses, and omissions make it easier to narrow down the selection, so make sure your entry counts!

You can watch the trailer below and get additional info at the film’s official website here.

Good Luck!

 

MMT Quick Review: THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS (with junior contributor Jayla)

The Secret Life of_Pets (photo: Universal Pictures)

Happy Saturday MMT Fam! Little Miss Jayla joined me last week to check out the new feature film THE SECRET LIFE OF PETS, which opened on Friday, July 9. The movie is from the same creative team behind the hit animated film “Despicable Me”and, with an expected 95 million draw (as of Saturday morning) this weekend, seems to be well on its way to living up to its predecessor.

“The Secret Life of Pets” follows lead character Max (comedian/writer Louis C. K.), a terrier who is living the life when his owner is home but especially when she’s gone – with pets in his apartment building and others in the neighborhood visiting, partying and getting into antics frequently. Max’s happy life is interrupted when his human brings home the most unexpected – and unwelcome – thing, another dog named Duke (actor/writer Eric Stonestreet). Duke is (at least) three times the size of Max, and is a rescue from the local pound. The rivalry between Max and Duke boils over during a walk to the park, and leads the pair on a hilarious chase, capture, and rescue caper.

Since our last outing, Jayla has turned a year older – so you are now officially receiving the opinion of a four-year-old! And, as with Kung Fu Panda 3, she was really engrossed in the story. It’s always a pleasure to watch her reactions to various themes in a film, and the more emotional a scene became in this one, the more immersed she was. “The Secret Life of Pets” is playful, and at one point a bit melancholy, with its highlight of lost, unwanted, and “throw away” pets – and Jayla certainly was able to pick up on that.

Speaking of throwaway, certainly one of the biggest thrills of the movie is the bunny Snowball, who leads an underground gang of pets (The Throwaways) and is hilariously voiced by actor/comedian Kevin Hart. I think the voice-over casting is one of the things that worked very well for this film, especially having the aforementioned comedians/comedy writers in addition to comedians Hannibal Buress  (Buddy), Dana Carvey (Pops) and actor Albert Brooks (Tiberius) – the latter whose voice is more readily recognizable as Marlin from “Finding Nemo” fame.

The natural timing of the actors, along with the silly gags, is enough to make “The Secret Life of Pets” fun and enjoyable for people of all ages – although I did feel the film became overly silly at points in the latter half, which works well for kids but not so much for the big kids, aka adults, as it errs on the side of corny.

And even though I felt the dogs anecdotes were spot on, I’m still waiting for a film that truly gets cats right! Yes, I’m proud cat lady, and the movie does the Western-view feline thing – you know, cats aren’t really interested in their humans, yada, yada, yada – but I can’t honestly say that wasn’t expected. So, consider this an invitation to meet my “furry gangsters” to writers of the next animated film with cats- as I’m sure you will walk away with a completely different experience, trust! 😉

Overall, I thought “The Secret Life of Pets” was an enjoyable watch, and would recommend it for kids of all ages. And at the end of the movie, Jayla gave her four-year-old thumbs up by saying that she enjoyed, “All of it!”

 

MMT contributor Jayla (photo: M. Noll)
MMT contributor Jayla (photo: M. Noll)

Jayla is MMT’s kid contributor, and Thomasena’s self-described “littlest Gemini bestie.” Her favorite colors are purple and pink, and she enjoys Minnie Mouse and Snoopy.

GIVEAWAY: advance screening for CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE on Monday, June 13 (Philly, PA)

 

Central Intelligence (Warner Bros. Pictures)

What’s new MMT Fam? If you’re following the Facebook page (or me on Instagram) you had a heads up for this one! We’re giving away passes for the Philadelphia advance screening of CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE starring Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Kevin Hart. The screening is this Monday night at the Pearl Theater in North Philly.

To try your luck at an admit-two pass, click here and follow the “Get My Passes” prompt. Passes, like theater seating, are not guaranteed and are on a first-come, first-served basis.

You can read the synopsis and watch the movie’s trailer below and get additional information at the official website here. CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE opens in theaters nationwide on June 17.

Good Luck family!

Until next thought, Thomasena

CENTRAL INTELLIGENCE synopsis

Dwayne Johnson and Kevin Hart star in the action comedy “Central Intelligence,” for New Line Cinema and Universal Pictures. 

The story follows a one-time bullied geek, Bob (Johnson), who grew up to be a lethal CIA agent, coming home for his high school reunion.  Claiming to be on a top-secret case, Bob enlists the help of former “big man on campus,” Calvin (Hart), now an accountant who misses his glory days.   But before the staid numbers-cruncher realizes what he’s getting into, it’s too late to get out, as his increasingly unpredictable new friend drags him through a world of shoot-outs, double-crosses and espionage that could get them both killed in more ways than Calvin can count.

IN THEATERS JUNE 17TH

MMT QUICK REVIEW: RIDE ALONG 2

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Happy Friday MMT Family! This is officially my first review of the new year – but we’ve had a couple of giveaways and quick looks, so I’ve been around! 🙂 I was able to screen RIDE ALONG 2 earlier this week – shout out to some of the subscribers I spoke with, including Carrie O’Berry, Sakinah Parks, Terry Williams and Ade Bolden. I also read what a few advanced screening winners shared either online or via email about the film, but here’s my take.

First of all, let me share that I’ve just recently started working back in a physical office last week – after working from home for 15 months – so Tuesday was day one of this week, and it was long. Needless to say after arriving to the theater from work, and dealing with a minor miscommunication issue with seating arrangements, I was in bad need of a good laugh. And on that note, the movie didn’t disappoint.  Although not as funny as the first, “Ride Along 2” still displays the awkward, but great chemistry between Kevin Hart and Ice Cube – and that brings several great jokes along with it.

However, the sequel reaches a little too hard in some areas to get laughs, and thus becomes a bit more “lampoonish” than even the first – and not in a good way – so it loss me a little there. But I must admit, “Ride Along 2” is one of those rare films where I actually laughed harder in the theater at one scene that was heavily promoted in the trailers. Oft times, when too much is shown, it takes away from the scene. Not so in this case! And you know I don’t do spoilers, so I’ll just say look out for the “first” bulletproof vest scene!

And there weren’t as many cool cameos like in the first – see my review on Ride Along for a few of those names – but we did have two very prominent supporting players in actor/comedians Sherri Shepard and Ken Jeong. And the oh-so-handsome Benjamin Bratt was a pleasure to view on-screen, even as the bad guy!

All-in-all, “Ride Along 2” offers several good laughs and, like the first, is a great date film and/or night out with the guys/girls type of comedy. If there is a third to be made, I hope it redeems itself in the vain of a Lethal Weapon 4. Rush Hour 2 rocked, but we really didn’t need that third one – so let’s not go out like that Universal!

Can’t wait to hear your thoughts when you see the film family, so please share them in the comments. 🙂

Until next thought, Thomasena

 

 

 

2nd GIVEAWAY: RIDE ALONG 2 on Tuesday, January 12 (Philly, PA)

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Happy Saturday MMT Fam! Notices have been sent to our 10 reserved admit-two pass winners for next Tuesday’s screening of RIDE ALONG 2 here in Philly – so check those emails to see if you’ve lucked up! But in case you didn’t, here’s your chance to score an unreserved admit-two pass for Tuesday night!

Make sure you’re subscribed to this site (don’t forget to use the link in the confirmation email if you’re a recent sign up) and send an email with the subject line “2nd chance” to thinkmusicmovies@gmail.com, with your full name in the body.  Winners will be selected at random and notified on Monday, January 11.

Good luck Family!

Thomasena

MMT Quick Look and Giveaway: RIDE ALONG 2

Ride Along 2 (photo: Universal)

Back with the follow-up to last year’s hit comedy and an MMT faveRIDE ALONG, Kevin Hart and Ice Cube are sure to pack the theaters again when RIDE ALONG 2 opens everywhere next Friday. Check out this hilarious ride-along the duo took with CONAN host Conan O’Brien and his intern, Diana Change, as the three “prepare” her for a driver’s license exam (caution: R-rated and NSFW)!

Thought that was funny? Well you know the movie is going to take things to the next level! And guess who has 10 pair of reserved passes to next Tuesday’s advance screening here in Philly?

Now you know the rules, we save reserve seats to offer to our most active followers – those who comment, share and interact with us on Facebook and/or Twitter! If that’s you, send an email to thinkmusicmovies@gmail.com with the subject line “Ride” and your full name in the body. Ten winners will be selected and notified by Sunday, January 10.

Check out the trailer and read the synopsis to RIDE ALONG 2 below, and get additional information at the official website here.

Good Luck!

RIDE ALONG 2 synopsis

Kevin Hart and Ice Cube lead the returning lineup of Ride Along 2, the sequel to the blockbuster action-comedy that gave us the year’s most popular comedy duo.  They are joined in the film by Ride Along co-stars Bruce McGill and Tika Sumpter, as well as those new to the series, including Ken Jeong, Benjamin Bratt and Olivia Munn.

The behind-the-scenes team also returning for the next chapter are director Tim Story, as well as Cube’s fellow producers —Will Packer, Matt Alvarez and Larry Brezner.

CAST
Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Ken Jeong, Benjamin Bratt, Olivia Munn, Bruce McGill, Tika Sumpter.

Directed by: Tim Story
Written by: Phil Hay & Matt Manfredi
Based on Characters Created by: Greg Coolidge
Produced by: Will Packer, Ice Cube, Matt Alvarez, Larry Brezner
Executive Producers: Nicolas Stern, Ron Muhammad,
Scott Bernstein, Chris Bender, JC Spink

GIVEAWAY: advanced screening for ‘GET HARD’ on Tuesday, March 24 (Philly, PA)

Get Hard (photo: Warner Bros.)

Happy Sunday MMT Family!  We’ve partnered with Allied-THA to giveaway advanced screening passes for the new Kevin Hart and Will Farrell movie GET HARD – out in theaters on March 27, but several lucky readers will see it a few days early!

For your chance at an admit-two pass, click here.  All passes, like theater seating, are not guaranteed and are first-come, first-served. It is highly recommended that you arrive at the theater as early as possible.

You can watch a trailer and read a synopsis of GET HARD below, and get additional information about the film at the official website here.

Good luck family!  Until next thought, Thomasena

GET HARD synopsis

When millionaire hedge fund manager James (Will Ferrell) is nailed for fraud and bound for a stretch in San Quentin, the judge gives him 30 days to get his affairs in order.  Desperate, he turns to Darnell (Kevin Hart) to prep him for a life behind bars.  But despite James’ one-percenter assumptions, Darnell is a hard-working small business owner who has never received a parking ticket, let alone been to prison.

Together, the two men do whatever it takes for James to “get hard” and, in the process, discover how wrong they were about a lot of things – including each other.

MMT Quick Review of new TOP FIVE movie trailer

Top Five (photo: Paramount Pictures)

Happy Monday MMT Family!  I wanted to share the new trailer for the Paramount Pictures film TOP FIVE because it looks hilarious! TOP FIVE will open in theaters on December 5, 2014 (limited release) and December 12, 2014 (wide release).  My initial thoughts from the trailer? The movie looks smart and funny, with an amazingly talented cast of heavyweights – including Chris Rock (who wrote, directed and stars), Kevin Hart, the legendary Whoopi Goldberg, J.B. Smoove, Cedric The Entertainer, and I am really looking forward to seeing Tracy Morgan – whom I hope is recovering well. And that’s just counting some of the comedy all-stars. This movie has a really nice all-star line-up, not to mention being produced by Jay-Z and Kanye West – with Philly homegrown musical legend in the making Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson serving as executive musical producer. Listen, I have about 15 reasons I want to see this one! LOL! 🙂

Checkout the below trailer and synopsis for yourself, and let me know your thoughts in the comments.  And don’t forget to stop back and leave comments when you see the movie!

Until next thought, Thomasena

TOP FIVE synopsis

Written, directed by, and starring Chris Rock, “TOP FIVE” tells the story of New York City comedian-turned-film star Andre Allen, whose unexpected encounter with a journalist (Rosario Dawson) forces him to confront the comedy career—and the past—that he’s left behind.  Starring Chris Rock, Rosario Dawson, Kevin Hart, Tracy Morgan, Cedric The Entertainer, J.B. Smoove, Sherri Shepherd, Anders Holm, Romany Malco, Leslie Jones, Michael Che, and Jay Pharoah.  The film is produced by Scott Rudin and Eli Bush.  The Co-Producers are Shawn “Jay Z” Carter and Kanye West; the Executive Music Producer is Questlove.

Follow the official social channels:

http://Facebook.com/TopFiveMovie

http://Twitter.com/TopFiveMovie

http://Instagram.com/TopFiveMovie

MMT Quick Review of ‘Think Like A Man Too’ and interview with Meagan Good & Michael Ealy

Think Like A Man Too (Sony Pictures)

Happy Saturday MMT Family!  So I wanted to post this last night, but to be honest I was, as the old folk used to say, “dog tired!”  I don’t even know what that reference means, but I was it! 🙂 Anyway, I hope that everyone who went to the Think Like A Man Too red-carpet advanced screening here in Philly not only enjoyed the film, but told others to get out and see it opening weekend! Funny with a good dose silly, this sequel to the 2012 romantic comedy finds the all-star cast back together, but this time in Las Vegas celebrating the pending nuptials of Candace (Regina Hall) and Michael (Terrence J.) with the obligatory bachelor and bachelorette parties – that go horribly wrong!

In town earlier this month for the red-carpet, and press interviews the following day, were stars Meagan Good and Michael Ealy. I wrote about their red-carpet quotes on Examiner (click link for article), but also asked them a few questions the next day as well (Michael via telephone due to illness) including which musical artists they would love to portray in a feature film.

MMT: You’ve both demonstrated a variety of range with respect to roles (from the dramatic like Eve’s Bayou and Video Girl, Sleeper Cell, For Colored Girls, and Jellysmoke to the comedic like Roll Bounce, Barbershop and the Think Like a Man movies). How do you go about selecting your roles and do you prefer one genre over another?

Meagan Good (photo by: Robert Mendelsohn)Meagan Good: I select by what’s in my heart, whatever I get excited about.  I like to play anything that’s complicated and seems interesting. Comedic is way harder than drama for me. I’ve done a bit in the past, but I was always the kid who told a joke and everyone’s like, “Stop!”  So, I was almost insecure about it. The first “Think Like A Man” is what opened me up; and a huge part of that is Tim (Story, the director) being so amazing, helping me to “take the training wheels off,” and allowing me to be more fearless. I felt like I got my first taste of trusting my instincts in that space, so when I went on to do “Anchorman 2” the training wheels were off and I wasn’t ashamed to try new things.  And with “Think Like A Man Too” I was like let’s go for it, and into the idea of physical comedy because I don’t think women get to do it enough.  Often times it’ll be “just stand there and look pretty,” and I’m like, “No, I want to fall over the side of a chair like Lucille Ball so write it in!”

Michael Ealy: Barbershop and that role of Ricky was very impactful.  Ricky represents a lot of brothers out there.  And that was important in terms of picking that role, because I haven’t been a thug a day in my life!  In terms of picking a role like Darwyn in “Sleeper Cell,” again it’s a role of impact. You have a Muslim, post-911, working for the FBI.  It was a great concept. With “For Colored Girls,” I had my reservations about throwing children out of a window. But when I did the research on Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), I realized that there were soldiers out there suffering, the VA was overrun and they weren’t getting help in time. And I thought there was not a more timely issue. That’s pretty mMichael Ealy (photo by: Robert Mendelsohn)uch how I pick roles, based on how much impact I will have on the story. I don’t have to be the lead.  And I definitely prefer drama over comedy. When I do drama, I just go to certain levels that stretch me as an individual that I don’t get in comedy.

MMT: So this question is for my site’s music fans.  If you could portray any artist, past or present, who would it be and why?

Meagan Good: Whitney (Houston).  I feel very much like a kindred spirit to her.  I understand the probability to be so incredible, love so hard, and give so much.  And also be self-destructive, in pain and feel like nobody really gets what you’re feeling. Also, our birthdays are one day apart and I spent a good amount of time with her.  She was just so incredible, and it’s unfortunate that people forget everything that came before the things that happened more recently. And it’s also sad that people forget that she was a human being.  She deserves to have her story told and I think she was a queen.

*Side note – because I was on limited time at a round table with two other journalists, I didn’t follow-up with Meagan and ask her opinion on the Lifetime TV movie project; that is being directed by Angela Bassett and starring Yaya Alafia as Whitney Houston.  Also, I’m still praying for a big screen version and who knows, Meagan might certainly snag the lead on that! Now, how did Michael answer?

Michael Ealy: (to Meagan) You would kill that! For me, it would be Prince. I think that’s such a far stretch for me.  A total musician. A guy who has been clouded in mystery his entire life. He’s so private about his life that he made “Purple Rain,” which was his story, and he made it himself and didn’t let another actor do it. The mystery that surrounds Prince has always fascinated me because he is an artist that is iconic, but no one knows much about him at all.

Well all of the round table certainly agreed with the latter choice, and Ms. Good described it best when she mentioned that Michael carried that “mystique” similar to Prince and would be a great choice for the role.  It was really cool to see the camaraderie displayed between these two during our interview, even with Michael sick and over the phone, and I’m sure that the entire cast had a blast reuniting for this sequel.

"Think Like A Man Too" Philly round table with Meagan Good (photo by: Sean Sanders)

All in all, I really enjoyed Think Like A Man Too, but I do still have a sweet spot for the original. No longer a story about the “love battle of the sexes,” it’s a battle to have the best time in Las Vegas, with big laughs and some surprises added to the mix. If you enjoyed the first, you should really be entertained by the sequel.

“Think Like A Man Too” opened nationwide Friday, June 20.  The films stars Michael Ealy, Jerry Ferrara, Meagan Good, Regina Hall, Taraji P. Henson, Terrence J., Romany Malco, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Gary Owen, Gabrielle Union, LA LA Anthony, and Philadelphia native son Kevin Hart. To get additional info about the film, go the official website here.

Oh, and Mr. Ealy was sick the next day, but don’t think I didn’t get my pic the night before! 🙂 Shout out to LeAnne Lindsay (Tinsel & Tine) for holding my camera and getting a great shot!

"Think Like A Man Too" Philly red-carpet with Michael Ealy (photo: Thomasena Farrar)

Until next thought family, Thomasena