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Yes folks the world is turning upside down again. I believe it was a week ago that Obama was bragging about ending foreign wars and now he submits a request to Congress to go back into Iraq! Manly men Charlie Sheen and Mark Wahlberg come out of the closet. Cats marry dogs...well not yet but don't be surprised if someone wants to marry their dog, or sister, or suitcase. These are crazy times and there are some crazy folks out there, not the least of which are the politicians we elect. Even Joe Biden was talking about one of his “butt buddies” in Iowa this week.
On this week's ScreenPicks Movie Show, we review four new films. First, we'll discuss the sequel with everyone's favorite talking bear, Ted 2, starring Mark Wahlberg and Seth MacFarlane. Then we review the military dog movie Max with Thomas Haden Church and Lauren Graham. Next up it's the boxing film Glass Chin starring Corey Stoll and Billy Crudup. Finally, we'll review the new FIFA-sanctioned film United Passions, starring Tim Roth, Sam Neill, and Gérard Depardieu.
Do you have to be high in order to laugh here? No, but for a whole lot of this movie it sure feels that way. It’s really too bad MacFarlane relies so much on the weed breaks he slots so often in this movie. Not only do they slow the fun, they feel repetitive and lazy. And, as we have seen in so much of his work, when MacFarlane tries, he really can deliver some very funny and, as is his signature, topically targeted stuff.
Maurice Starr is an American musician, songwriter, and record producer. Though trying his hand at a solo career, he's best known for his work creating songs and albums with pop and soul bands such as Con Funk Shun, New Edition, and the New Kids on the Block.
Originally from Deland, Florida, Johnson moved to Boston, Massachusetts, in the early 1970s. As an artist, Johnson was a member of The Johnson Brothers (not to be confused with The Brothers Johnson from Los Angeles, California) and the seminal electro group known as the Jonzun Crew with brothers Michael Jonzun and Soni Jonzun. In 1980, Johnson changed his name to Maurice Starr and recorded two R&B albums, Flaming Starr and Spacey Lady. Unsuccessful as a solo artist, Starr decided to create a band to perform the songs that he wrote.
In 1982, Starr discovered the band New Edition on his talent show. The group produced a number of U.S. Top 10 R&B hit singles and a Top 5 hit in the Billboard Hot 100. Differences between Starr and New Edition caused the two to go their separate ways. Eventually the band split up. Two of the members, Bobby Brown and Ralph Tresvant, went on to have a successful careers as a solo act, while the three others formed the award winning group, Bell Biv DeVoe.
After losing New Edition, Starr needed a new band to record his songs. In 1984, he created New Kids on the Block, a band consisting of five male teenagers, brothers Jordan Knight and Jonathan Knight, with Danny Wood, Donnie Wahlberg and Joey McIntyre. Starr produced New Kids on the Block to be a white version of New Edition as he stated I honestly believe that if they'd been white, (the group) would have been 20 times as big. With New Kids on the Block as Starr's "voice", Starr won Songwriter of the Year in 1989.
In addition to New Edition and New Kids on the Block, Starr also formed the boyband Perfect Gentlemen and discovered solo artist, Rick Wes.
Cleo King remarkably transforms from vivacious diva to the wise-cracking “Nana” on the hit CBS television sitcom, Mike & Molly. Viewers can also catch Cleo in the TV Land sitcom, Jennifer Falls with Jaime Pressly.
Cleo is in the just released DVD/Blue Ray of Transformers 4: Age of Extinction with Mark Wahlberg and directed by Michael Bay, executive producer Steven Spielberg's Big Leaf with Russell Simmons and Just Before I Go directed by Courteney Cox. She has appeared alongside some of Tinsel Town's greatest stars with all-around standout performances as "TSA Supervisor Daisy Bell" in Vanlentine's Day with Ashton Kutcher.
Paid your debt to society? Think again and keep paying.
Our literary and cinematic clichés include felons reinventing themselves after prison. Our society actively discourages reintegration. We are more like Valjean/Javert or Hester Prynne. You will wear your mistake and pay for it so long as you live.
Most obvious are CORI-style criminal-records files that give employers an excuse to hire someone other than an ex-convict. That keeps the former felon struggling and poor.
Even among rich celebrities, there can be pushback. Lately Mak Wahlberg has asked for a pardon from an old conviction for a racist assault (one of several in his teens and early 20s). Seems as a convicted felon, he has problems getting liquor licenses for his burger restaurants. Consider the harm and hopelessness if you aren't a wealthy, famous music and movie star.
At a base level though, why do the feds encourage states to bar former felons from the number one civic duty of voting? Only two New England states let incarcerated criminals vote absentee. Quite a few permanently ban participation in elections.
There is some logic to preventing ex-convicts from getting gun permits...but only if they had committed vioent offenses. But honestly, why separate the paid-their-debt crowd from the rights of citizenship?
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H5, Stacie Face, and Nikold Blooded are locked and loaded with the latest and greatest in Pop Culture news tonight on The Filthy Dish! Tonight we will be discussing everything from Mark Wahlberg and his mission to expunge his hate crime past, to Congressional Staffers walking out in protest, to Jay-Z's meeting with Gov. Cuomo and much more! Tune in especially as we discss the Sony Execs who were put on blast after their email was publicly leaked revealing racist statements about President Obama and various celebs! We go live tonight at 9pm EST so lock us in!!!
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