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Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul – Take This Trip! [MOVIE REVIEW]

The Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul movie cast centers on the Heffley family: dad, (Tom Everett Scott); mom, (Alicia Silverstone); Greg, the diary writer himself, (Jason Drucker); older brother, Rodrick (Charlie Wright); and younger brother, Manny (Dylan and Wyatt Walters) take off from their middle class abode to travel to Grandma Meemaw’s 90th birthday celebration. The multi-day journey in the family auto turns into an endurance and even a test of survival.

The key to any successful book, movie or play is conflict. What the characters have to overcome in the story being told. And the screenwriter of Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long HaulJeff Kinney, and director David Bowers, take every opportunity to place hurdles in the way of the Heffley family trying to make it to Meemaw’s. This is conflict overload.

They start with battles between Greg and his brothers, parents listening to old folks music (in this case it’s The Spice Girl’s wannabe) road rage, vomit, a pig passenger, attacks by birds and so much more. And it all works! Dairy of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, gets a See It! rating.

The cast is solid; however, the older son doesn’t look like he’d be the kid of these parents. If this was real life, I would suggest that the dad book a date on one of Maury Povich’s paternity test shows.

At 91 minutes, it moves at just the right pace and will entertain kids and adults alike.

As to cast diversity, this movie gets a “B” no major roles for people of color but a strong presence in minor slots and background scenes.

Dairy of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul, shot in Atlanta, is rated PG for rude humor.

Dairy of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul is a See It!

Kia Motors USA Shows Off the Stinger at NY International Auto Show

Reliability, Design, Fuel Efficiency, and Overall Attractiveness Propelled Kia to JD Power Award Winner Status

James Bell, Director of Corporate Communications, Kia Motors USA, discussed with What's The 411Sports' Nikolai Jackson, the factors that led to Kia's accomplishments.

In general, there were four factors that helped Kia gain consumer acceptance and ultimately success for Kia.

First, Kia was a leader in providing a 100,000-mile powertrain warranty to put the consumers' mind at ease.

Kia's design confidence has set it apart from other vehicles in its class and with the introduction of the Stinger, Kia Motors USA hopes the Stinger will further separate it from the competition.

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Coach Wooden and Me Among Recommended Books for May 2017

Making Rent in Bed-Stuy and Desserts LaBelle: Soulful Sweets to Sing About are also books that make the cut

In this conversation, Troy Johnson, President and Webmaster, AALBC, offers some books that are coming out between the end of April through June 2017, that we might want to put on our bookshelves: Making Rent in Bed-Stuy by Brandon Harris; Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court by NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; Desserts LaBelle: Soulful Sweets to Sing About, by singer and dessert entrepreneur, Patti LaBelle.

Rediscovering Historic African-American Authors

As Troy Johnson, President and Webmaster, AALBC.com, undertakes the massive upgrade and overhaul of the AALBC.com website, he talks about re-discovering the works of several historic African-American authors namely, John Henrik Clarke, Amos Wilson, Chancellor Williams, Walter Rodney, and more.

How Europe Underdeveloped Africa by Walter Rodney was another great find. Ruth J. Morrison added that a companion book to How Europe Underdeveloped Africa is The Mis-Education of the Negro by Carter G. Woodson, a historian, founder of Black History Month, and one of the first African-Americans to graduate from Harvard.

 

Troy Johnson Recommends Book Events for May 2017

In this conversation, Troy Johnson, President, AALBC, talks with Ruth J. Morrison, CEO and Executive Producer, What's The 411TV, about the upcoming book and literary events in New York City during the latter part of April and May 2017:

  • PEN World’s Festival a week-long celebration of authors from all over the world
  • Queens Book Festival
  • Bronx Book Festival
  • BookExpo America, North America’s largest book industry event, May 31 – June 2, 2017
  • BookCon immediately follows BEA in New York City on June 3-4, 2017. Kevin Hart is one of the headlining authors scheduled to attend BookCon 2017.

 

What’s The 411TV Partners with AALBC

Celebrating African-American 2017 Pulitzer Prize Winners

Troy Johnson, President, African-American Literature Book Club (AALBC.com), one of the largest repositories of Black books, literature, book news, authors, partnered with What’s The 411TV to bring information about Black books, authors, events, and book news from the United States and globally, to the What’s The 411TV audience via its media properties of television, websites, podcasts, social media, and online video distribution platforms. The relationship will be an opportunity to be a platform for sharing stories, celebrating, and uplifting the Black community via Black Literature.

In this first segment, Johnson recognizes this year’s African-American Pulitzer Prize winners. The Pulitzer Prize dates back to 1917. Gwendolyn Brooks was the first African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize, which she won in 1950 for her book of poems, Annie Allen. James Alan McPherson became the second African-American to win a Pulitzer Prize and the first to win for fiction, when he won in 1978, for Elbow Room.

Fast-forward to this year (2017), four African-American writers won Pulitzer Prizes in their respective areas. Tyehimba Jess, who teaches at the College of Staten Island (CUNY), won the Pulitzer Prize in poetry for Olio, a collection of his sonnets, songs, and narratives that highlight the lives of "unrecorded African-American performers" before the Civil War up to World War I.

Colson Whitehead won the Pulitzer Prize for fiction for his 2016 novel, The Underground Railroad. The novel tells the story of a teenage heroine, Cora, in 1850s Georgia who tries to escape a cotton plantation and start her journey toward freedom. Whitehead also won a 2016 National Book Award for fiction for The Underground Railroad.

Lynn Nottage joins the ranks of writers like August Wilson, who have won multiple Pulitzer Prizes. Nottage won the Pulitzer Prize for drama for her Broadway show Sweat. According to Playbill, Nottage is the first female playwright to win the Pulitzer Prize twice. On the day of this taping, Nottage also received a Tony nomination for Sweat, which is her Broadway debut.

Hilton Als, a theater critic for the New Yorker, won a Pulitzer Prize in criticism. Als’ work often focuses on the intersections of theater, race, identity, sexuality and class in the United States.

The Dinner, skip this meal for now.

Paul (Steve Coogan) and his wife, Claire (Laura Linney) are surprised by Paul’s brother, Stan (Richard Gere) and his wife, Katelyn’s (Rebecca Hall) abrupt invitation to have dinner at a posh local restaurant with difficult-to-get reservations. The brothers are not close and Stan, a congressman, is running for governor. Paul knows something is going on for Stan to meet with them at this key time in the campaign. As the couples dine, recollections of past family interactions unfold until the conversations lead to a very troubling story about the couples’ sons.

Based on Herman Koch’s international bestseller with the same title, the film, The Dinner, is not very appetizing. Movies simply cannot capture the nuance, character depth and the complexity of situations the way a book can.

The characters are enigmas but not in a realistic way, but in more of an implausible way. Claire is a strong, well-organized woman; Paul is unstable and angry about real or perceived childhood slights. Claire loves Paul but you’ll find yourself wondering why. He has very little appeal unless her affection is based on sympathy.

Stan tries to indulge his brother’s tantrums, as he goes from sympathetic to patient, but eventually becoming annoyed. Stan initially appears to be a person of character until he shows he can be talked out of his convictions with relatively little effort by his wife.

As the couples discuss past events, the adult characters look the same in the scenes revisiting the past, some taking place as long as a decade earlier. Their children are used as time markers. Their sons at the time of this dinner are 16-years-old but are shown in scenes of the past as six or eight-years-old. Again with the parents looking the same during all of the time periods. This reflects on the director, Oren Moverman’s lack of attention to details.

The Dinner does boast a five-star cast. Veteran performers Gere and Linney, as well as, lesser known actors Coogan and Hall are excellent individually as well as a group. But hard as they try, they cannot give authenticity to the dialogue and poorly developed characters of Moverman who is also the screenwriter.

As to cast diversity, The Dinner gets a B+. Black performers, Adepero Oduye who plays the congressman’s blindly loyal aide, Nina, and Judah Sandridge is Beau, his adopted son, both have very important roles in the film. Additionally, there are many other African-Americans with smaller parts and in background scenes; however, there are few other individuals of color featured.

The Dinner serves up just enough entertainment to get a Rent It rating; it’s two hours long and rated “R” for disturbing violent content, and language throughout.

Is NeNe Leakes Returning to the Real Housewives of Atlanta?

Nene Leakes is the epitome of someone who went from nothing to something!

TMZ is reporting that television personality and actress, NeNe Leakes, is getting closer to striking a deal for her return to The Real Housewives of Atlanta. And, it gets better! It might lead to a starring role on a new show. Can you say spinoff! The word is that Bravo is trying to sweeten the deal by working with NeNe on a spin-off similar to Kim Zolciak's, Don't Be Tardy.

The sticking point? NeNe wants to be paid as much as, if not more than Kim Zolciak.

So, if the deal gets done, look for NeNe Leakes in Season 10 of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and beyond!

Aspiring actors and personalities, take notes!

NeNe Leakes went from nothing to something!

What’s The 411 Networks' Editorial Policies

What's The 411 General Editorial Policies

WhatsThe411.com is the companion website to its award-winning entertainment and lifestyle news and information television show, What’s The 411. Not all of the content from the television show will appear on the WhatsThe411.com, and vice versa. What's The 411 Networks' editorial policy is to serve as a guideline to our readers, talent, and writers.

How We Select Stories to Cover

What’s The 411’s primary editorial focus for its website, TV, and podcast is entertainment and lifestyle, which includes film, fashion, TV, theatre, music, books, authors, health and wellness, beauty, tech, money and business, travel, relationships, cars, food and dining, college, and pertinent global stories.

We select stories within these sectors that match the interests of our audience, which is primarily sophisticated, multi-cultural college-educated young women, who are tech savvy and trendsetting. She cares about her health and wellness; physical appearance; the environment; watches movies and goes to the theatre; and loves to read and may be in a book club. She also loves to travel alone or with friends; enjoys a variety of dining experiences both inside and outside of the home including adult beverages; a good party; and oh, yeah, experiences to improve her career.

With this focus in mind, we write about, cover events, partner with, and interview people that can provide news and information that will be meaningful to the What’s The 411 audience.

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By visiting and using this website, you expressly agree that exclusive jurisdiction for any dispute with What’s The 411 Networks, Inc., or in any way relating to your use of WhatsThe411.com or What’s The 411Sports’ website, 411SportsTV.com, resides in the courts of the State of New York and you further agree and expressly consent to the exercise of personal jurisdiction in the courts of the State of New York in connection with any such dispute including any claim involving What’s The 411 Networks, Inc., or its affiliates, subsidiaries, directors, officers, employees, contractors, and content providers.

These Terms and Conditions are governed by the internal substantive laws of the State of New York, without respect to its conflict of laws principles. If any provision of these Terms and Conditions is found to be invalid by any court having competent jurisdiction, the invalidity of such provision shall not affect the validity of the remaining provisions of these Terms and Conditions, which shall remain in full force and effect. No waiver of any of these Terms and Conditions shall be deemed a further or continuing waiver of such term or condition or any other term or condition.

 

Last updated, February 18, 2017

What’s The 411 Episode 107: Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, Tupac

Freddie Jackson gives an extended interview, Ridley Scott hopes Idris Elba will be James Bond, stars come out for Dress for Success and more

On this episode of What’s The 411, we are talking about former US First Lady and Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton, and US Senator Bernie Sanders are coming to Brooklyn to give separate commencement addresses. Hillary Clinton will give a commencement address at Medgar Evers College, while Senator Bernie Sanders, who was born in Brooklyn, will speak at Brooklyn College’s graduation ceremony.

Minnesota courts have whittled down the number of heirs to the estate of the deceased pop star, Prince.

Film director, Ridley Scott, told BBC Radio One that he hopes that actor Idris Elba would be the next James Bond.

Ifeoma White-Thorpe, a senior at Rockaway High School in Morris Hills, New Jersey. Ms. White-Thorpe received acceptances to all eight Ivy League colleges and Stanford University.

Dress for Success, an international not-for-profit organization that empowers women to achieve economic independence by providing a network of support, professional attire and the development tools to help women thrive in work and in life, held its annual fundraising gala at Cipriani Wall Street.

Popular rapper, Snoop Dogg, gave a heartfelt tribute to deceased rapper Tupac Shakur who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

We also have an extended interview with R&B singer Freddie Jackson, who has a new album, LOVE SIGNALS, with an expected release date in June. The album’s first single, One Night, will be released on May 1st.

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