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QUICK TAKES: Prince, Yara Shahidi, Anthony Weiner, Beyonce, Keke Palmer [VIDEO]

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It’s taken a little over a year, but Minnesota Judge Kevin Eide has finally named the heirs to Prince’s estate. They are his sister and five half-siblings.

A spinoff of ABC’s hit show, Black-ish, will soon be coming to a television near you. The tentatively titled, College-ish, will debut on Freeform (formerly known as ABC Family) sometime next year. The series, starring Yara Shahidi, will kick off with 13, 30-minute episodes.

Katherine Johnson, an engineer, better known as the human computer and subject of the movie, Hidden Figures, delivered the commencement speech at Hampton University.

Anthony Weiner, a former congressman from New York repping Brooklyn, pleaded guilty to exchanging sexually explicit online messages, including violent rape fantasies, last year with a teen girl he knew to be underage. He is likely to get 21 to 27 months behind bars at sentencing in September and he must register as a sex offender.

According to Radar Online, Jay-Z has hired an around-the-clock, live-in nurse and a team of doctors to care for Beyonce until the babies are born. It seems that Bey’s pregnancy is high-risk and the family wants to take precautions to ensure a smooth birth.

Actress/singer Keke Palmer cut her hair and social media has gone crazy.

 

Enjoy the holiday and skip Baywatch this weekend [MOVIE REVIEW]

 

The elite Baywatch lifeguard team sets up to hold tryouts for the new season. Mitch Buchannon (Dwayne Johnson) leads the team. Among those trying out is two-time Olympic Gold Medalist, Matt Brody (Zac Efron). Brody has struggled recently and being one of the lifeguards is part of his rehabilitation plan. However, the old school Buchannon and the new arrival Brody don’t see eye-to-eye on much which leads to what might be called a shark fight. Against this backdrop, there are also bodies being found in the Baywatch waters.

Baywatch ultimately drowns in a sea of implausible story lines. But there is enough of an entertainment value to eke out a Rent It rating.

First, the idea of a two-time Olympic Gold Medal winner trying out for a lifeguard crew is so amusing that no matter how hard the writers try to breathe life into that plot line, it flounders. Next, there’s the Baywatch team investigating a crime ring, complete with going undercover. There is also dubious dialogue. One of the characters explains that if the owner of a seaside restaurant were to die, the property would go to the city. What? If he is truly the owner then it would be a part of his estate and go to his heirs. But why let well-known facts get in the way of telling a story that has no credibility anyway?

Great bodies are not enough to save this movie. Great bodies are all over TV, the internet, magazines and on the big screen. They are no longer unique or special.

Baywatch does make a few splashes. Like Buchannon’s constant run-ins with the nerdy police sergeant Ellebe (Yahya Abdul-Mateen II). Sometimes the officer simply can’t tell whether he’s being complimented or insulted when talking to Buchannon. It’s good to see Johnson, who is also a producer of Baywatch, looking massively muscular at the age of 45; he’s a walking, talking example of the age is just a number theory.

The music is eclectic but fitting: Beach Boys, Chi-Lites, Commodores, and the Bee Gees.

Baywatch gets an “A” for cast diversity. The cast looks like America – at least racially. Other cast members include Priyanka Chopra, Alexandra Daddario, Kelly Rohrbach, and Ifenesh Hadera. It should be noted that there are very few old folks in the film.

Baywatch is rated “R” for language throughout, crude sexual content, and graphic nudity; it is 116 minutes in length. There’s not enough here to justify going to the theater to see Baywatch, this Memorial Day weekend. But later if you have a chance to Rent It, please do.

Russell Wilson Posts Sweet Mother’s Day Note to Ciara on Instagram

Push Back on Russell Wilson's Mother's Day Note is Fast and Furious primarily from rapper Future’s fans, for two words, “our kids” [VIDEO DISCUSSION]

This past weekend was Mother’s Day and Seattle Seahawks quarterback, Russell Wilson, posted a sweet Mother’s Day note on Instagram to his wife, Ciara, and rapper Future’s fans came for Wilson’s head. The note said:

“Nothing better than spending time with you. You are an amazing mom & I'm so grateful I get to spend the rest of my life with you & raising our kids. I love you! #HappyMothersDay Weekend my love. @Ciara

Surprisingly (or, perhaps, not), people objected to Wilson saying “our kids.”

Should Wilson have not said, “our”?

Are those who objected to Wilson stating “our kids” out of line?

Barack Obama's Big Payday from Speaking Engagement

[VIDEO DISCUSSION] Why are so many people upset with Barack Obama making money?

When word got out that former President Barack Obama will receive $400,000 for a speaking engagement via Wall Street firm, Cantor Fitzgerald, it rubbed some people the wrong way.

Even we raised an eyebrow when we learned that the Obamas will receive $60 million for their memoirs.

 

Phaedra Parks Fired from The Real Housewives of Atlanta [NEWS]

Did Phaedra Parks Get A Raw Deal With Firing From RHOA?

By now, the news that Phaedra Parks was officially fired from the Real Housewives of Atlanta, for violating a morals clause.

Whether you like Phaedra Parks or hate her, many have lots of questions about her firing from the RHOA on Bravo TV:

  • Is Phaedra Parks really fired from the Real Housewives of Atlanta or is this just drama for a set-up for something else?
  • Was Andy Cohen in on this rumor?
  • Are these so-called reality shows fake like wrestling and we the viewers are being taken in by all the drama?

French Government Bans Ultra-Thin Models

Could a ban on ultra-thin models take hold in the U.S.?

Against the backdrop of a global movement to rid the fashion industry of emaciated-looking models, France has become another country to ban the practice. The French government recently passed legislation to ban ultra-thin models. Instead of using BMI as some advocates wanted to determine the health of a model, in France a doctor’s examination is the final say in whether a model is healthy enough to work.

Marisol Touraine, France's Minister of Social Affairs and Health, stated:

"Exposing young people to normative and unrealistic images of bodies leads to a sense of self-depreciation and poor self-esteem that can impact health-related behavior."

France is not the first country to introduce legislation of this kind. Similar laws are in effect in Italy, Spain, and Israel all of which require a minimum BMI.

QUICK TAKES: Remy Ma, Nicki Minaj, Rihanna, Carson Huey-You [VIDEO]

First Mother's Day for Jurnee Smollett-Bell and Janet Jackson, Lawsuits Mounting Against Fyre Festival organizers

Rapper Remy Ma Says She's Moving on from Nicki Minaj

Rapper Remy Ma was on The Real and she says the feud with Nicki Minaj is over, but in announcing that the feud is over, Remy took another swipe:

“The dust has settled. Some people don’t get that the dust has settled. But I can understand. It’s kinda hard to see the dust settling when you’re in the grave under the dirt.”

 

Rihanna Comes For Nicki Minaj Over False Met Gala Best-Dressed List

It seems like everyone is coming after Nicki Minaj, pop star, Rihanna, smacked down Nicki Minaj for posting on her Instagram account fake Met Gala best-dressed lists that included her on the lists. Nicki pulled the posts once she realized they were fake.

 

Nicki Minaj to the Rescue

It seems like the world is coming for Nicki Minaj’s edges. However, with an act of kindness and generosity, Nicki finally gets a break and is rising above it all. A Nicki Minaj fan reached out to Nicki on Instagram for help with her education expenses. Nicki said she would help her if she saw all A’s; the fan received the financial help and others came out the woodwork. Now Nicki plans to create an educational fund to help students in need.

 

Carson Huey-You Graduates from College at Age 14

Fourteen-year-old Carson Huey-You became the youngest person ever to graduate from Texas Christian University (TCU). Get this, he majored in physics and double minored in Math and Chinese.

 

Celebrity First Mother's Day

Actress Jurnee Smollett-Bell and pop star Janet Jackson were among the celebrity moms celebrating their first Mother’s Day.

 

More Lawsuits Against Fyre Festival Organizers

The lawsuits against the organizers of the Fyre Festival keep piling up. A recent case filed in the Manhattan Supreme Court alleges that the festival’s co-founders Ja Rule (née Jeffrey Atkins) and Billy McFarland have defaulted on their $3 million loan to New York–based EHL Funding LLC, which put up the funds.

3 Reasons Everything, Everything is EVERYTHING! [MOVIE REVIEW]

Her world is the inside of a beautiful, contemporary home, her mother who is also her doctor (Anika Noni Rose) and her nurse (Ana de la Reguera). She is Maddy, (Amandla Stenberg) an 18-year-old, whose fragile immune system requires that she stay indoors in a controlled environment. Maddy’s knowledge of the outside world comes from books, the internet and looking through the big windows in her house.

It’s through those windows, she first sees her new neighbor, Olly (Nick Robinson). At first, they exchange glances, then notes (placed against the window), finally cell phone numbers which lead to a steady stream of texts. It’s through her relationship with Olly, Maddy finds the courage to venture out.

Everything, Everything, directed by director and screenwriter, Stella Meghie, a Black woman from Canada, is an amazing movie; and it’s a huge See It!

Its starts with the leads Amandla Stenberg and Nick Robinson; they’re captivating. This film wouldn’t work if they weren’t magical together. And they are. They have to make viewers believe and understand that what they have Maddy would risk her life for. They believe and they understand.

Writers J. Mills Goodloe and Nicola Yoon create two sympathetic characters (Olly has trouble at home) but not pitiful characters that you’ll embrace and cheer for.

Goodloe and Yoon do fall into a common screenwriters trap: writing dialogue which doesn’t make sense other than to try to convey information to viewers. Maddy’s father and brother were killed in an accident when she was a baby. There’s a family photo in Maddy’s room. Her mother picks up the photo and discusses all the details surrounding that photo. Maddy should already know that stuff. But the viewers don’t, so the writers use that device to inform them.

Some of the scenes are not thought through thoroughly. When Maddy does venture out, she goes into a shop, takes an item off the rack and goes straight to the fitting room. This is not the behavior of someone who has never been out her house and has never been in a store.

As to racial diversity, this cast gets an “A”. It’s a small group but diverse in that blacks, whites, Hispanics, and Asians play prominent roles. This is a love story between a black woman and white man. But it’s not about race. In fact, race is not mentioned at all. This story could have been about a man and woman of any race.

Everything, Everything is rated PG-13 for thematic elements and brief sensuality and is 96 minutes in length. If you haven’t seen a movie this year, see this one.

 

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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