GHOSTBUSTERS

Baby, the Ghostbusters are back with girl power for days.  Whoever thinks girls aren't funny, I'm here to tell you that you are wrong as two left shoes!!! If Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, Leslie Jones and Melissa McCarthy are bringing the funny, proton packs, special gadgets and lighting up the Manhattan sky for the reboot of the 1984 megabit Ghostbusters.

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Two childhood science geeks/authors/former besties reunite over paranormal sightings in New York City.  Sounds familiar right?  Of course, this time its in 3D, the green screen special effects are ramped up a notch and when those ghosts are unleashed it's an experience one is not likely to soon forget.

Abby (Melissa McCarthy) and her business partner Jillian Holtzman (Kate McKinnon) team up with Erin (Kristen Wiig) and former MTA token booth clerk Patty (Leslie Jones) to become 'ghostbusters'.

They take on a male receptionist - Kevin (Chris Hemsworth), who is wonderful to look at, but dumb as a box of rocks...lol.  However, when Kevin's body is inhabited by building janitor Rourke (Matt Walsh), things really get a little slow.  Only for a few moments and then the girls are off and running ready to save New York from impending ghostly doom.

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There are some classy and creative star cameos from Andy Garcia as the Mayor to all the Original Ghostbusters cast (Dan Aykroyd, Bill Murray, Sigourney Weaver, Annie Potts, Ernie Hudson).  Of course, those missing are the late Harold Ramis and Rick Moranis (who has retired from acting).

Having collaborated with McCarthy for the fourth time, director Paul Feig really did his best along with producer and Original Ghostbuster creatives Dan Aykroyd and Ivan Reitman to keep the integrity of the first version in tact.  As an enormous Ghostbuster fan, I really appreciated that.  Even the theme song by Ray Parker, Jr., was  fused with a brand new version from Fall Out Boy featuring Grammy winning artists Missy Elliott called "I'm Not Afraid".

I got a little tickled when after posting a few pix last week this young man sent me his version of the Ghosbusters theme with his little toddler pretending to "haunt" Daddy!

Leslie Jones is "laugh out loud" funny and a real smart cookie as Patty.  Her knowledgable history of NYC, it's buildings and subway tunnels make her a force to be reckoned with.  It's so incredibly refreshing to see a black woman in an onscreen comedy who is not just there for the jokes, but to enhance the plot alongside with her co-stars.

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Kate McKinnon as Holtzman is a strange as hell, but in a nerdy, freaky, fun sort of way that just leaves you shaking your head with a smile on your face.

Kristen Wiig is the "straight man" of the quartet and relentless in her sexual harassment of Kevin.  Pure Comedy for sure!!!

Of course, anyone who has EVER read my blog in the past knows that I adore Melissa McCarthy!!!!  She is a "comedy goddess" and can do no wrong in my book and along with her cohorts!  Kudos to Amy Pascal for bringing some girl power to the producing team and I am totally looking forward to the sequel. "I ain't 'fraid of no ghost!!!"

Ghostbusters opens nationwide TODAY - July 15th in a theatre near you!  Don't miss it!!!

FYI...Had the opportunity to attend a special press conference for bloggers and here is an excerpt...

Los Angeles, Ca-- July 8,2016: Bloggers attend a Press Conference at the Press Junket for Columbia Pictures' GHOSTBUSTERS at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Carla Renata:  Hey Y'all How you doing!

Leslie Jones:  Hey!

Los Angeles, Ca-- July 8,2016: Bloggers attend a Press Conference at the Press Junket for Columbia Pictures' GHOSTBUSTERS at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Carla Renata:  Hey Girl...it's Carla Renata from CarlaRenatasCorner.com soon to be CurvyCritic.com (massive laughter). But, anywhoo...we were talking a little bit about empowerment.  Being a curvy girl myself I understand challenges that people may have getting dressed for a red carpet or a special event...so I just want you to speak to that if you don't mind.

Leslie Jones:  I've been six feet tall since the 6th grade and had a size 10 foot in 7th Grade.  It was always hard for me to find clothes.  So, for the industry not to make clothes for me, that average woman who actually goes into the store and buys...it kind of pisses me off a little bit.

I'm not saying there's anything wrong with being curvy.  I'm a size 10 and I use to be a size 14. (based on her look we burst into laugher).  I mean I need y'all to know a b*&%h been working out.  ( more laughter)  It takes a real designer to design for real women who buys your clothes. I know that there's the Kardashians and all that, but there's on ly a small percentage of them.  The big percentage is us the real people.

We have to say something.  You have to speak up.  You have to!  You're spending the money.  You have to say something.  I mean...I don't know... maybe I should shut up (uproarious laughter)

Melissa McCarthy:  It's a very strange thing.  I've always been bewildered.  I think 72% of the American population is I think a size 14 and above.  (To Leslie)  You don't fall in that.  Most stores do not offer it or if it is it's up by the tires.

Leslie Jones:  Um...hmm

Melissa McCarthy:  I'm always bewildered.  What other business goes Oh it's the majority....ok I'm for sure gonna keep you out.  Mean I started a clothing line because I couldn't shop.  I couldn't get stuff.  I had to have stuff made and I thought this is madness.

Carla Renata:  What's the name of your clothing line

Melissa McCarthy:  It's under my name...Melissa McCarthy.  It's  a crazy thing and I think the more you speak out and say like it's NOT the exception.  They're expecting everyone to be the exception.  It's like...NO!  We come in every shape, size, color, height and everything and they should serve that.

Los Angeles, Ca-- July 8,2016: Bloggers attend a Press Conference at the Press Junket for Columbia Pictures' GHOSTBUSTERS at the Four Seasons Hotel.

Leslie Jones:  I believe that the craziest, wrongest...(chuckling) wrongest.  The most wrong statement that can be made is that's just how it is.  That's just gonna kill us.  There's no such thing as that...stop saying that.  The worst thing that can happen is they say no.

Carla Renata:  Well, alright then (laughter)

Los Angeles, Ca-- July 8,2016: Bloggers attend a Press Conference at the Press Junket for Columbia Pictures' GHOSTBUSTERS at the Four Seasons Hotel.

THE PHENOM

Review by Carla Renata for UBNRadio.com, On Air With Tony Sweet and Carla Renata's Corner Phenom-Movie-1

Can you imagine being barely out of elementary school and being declared a phenomenal baseball player breaking all sorts of records and myths?  Neither did Hooper Gibson (Johnny Simmons), which is one of the reasons his short-lived good luck was on the skids along with his self-esteem, his relationship with his Dad and his relationship with himself.

Initially, I was interested in tis film because I love baseball and thought I would be seen something in the lane of MoneyBall or Field of Dreams.  What I witnessed was a film is that felt more like an August Wilson play with white people than it did a feature film.  There were mostly two-person scenes with a ton of dialogue executed perfectly by each actor casts.

Ethan Hawke, however, was on a whole other level for this role.  I'm not used to seeing him be a bully, but I kinda liked it.  He is sporting a Marine Corps still buzz cut and his attitude is just as hard-core.  If Boyhood couldn't bring home major mantel candy for Hawke last season, it's a safe bet that this performance can not be ignored.  It's simply marvelous.  No wonder Hopper was having an identity crisis.  Johnny Simmons had the most difficult role to attack with Hopper.  He had to be a bird with a broken wing, but still let you know that the apple really doesn't fall too far from the tree - involuntarily so.

The Phenom is a journey in self-loathing, self-discovery, self-awareness and how our parents can affect our spirit whether we want them to or not.  The Phenom is in theaters NOW!

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CHELSEA DOES

Review by Carla Renata for UBNRadio.com and CarlaRenatasCorner.com I have to admit...I have a little girl crush on Chelsea Handler.  She's hot, hilarious and mad-honest...not to mention that she dated 50-Cent!  I know right??!!!

Well, nowadays, Chelsea teamed up with Netflix to do a four-hour documentary series on the subjects of Marriage, Silicon Valley, Racism and Drugs. As we have all come to know Chelsea over the years, we know that she holds no prisoners...including herself!   She shoots straight from the hip and delves into each category with both barrels blazing!

CHELSEA DOES MARRIAGE...

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Marriage and relationships are looked at from every angle possible...gay, straight, lesbian, adulterers and even gets some advice for herself from some pre/middle schoolers.  Some of my favorite moments were her officiating at the Little White Chapel in Las Vegas to her grilling her Dad on liking black women to interviewing the owners of the controversial Ashley Madison.

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CHELSEA DOES SILICON VALLEY...

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Like most people nowadays with technology it can be über overwhelming!  Chelsea is no different.  She's confused, frustrated and hates streaming...anything.  Not to mention the fact that she's convinced gadgets never work when they are in her possession...lol.

An intimate, yet engaging conversation with friends about what age they all felt their kids should be given cell phones was hilarious to say the least with some really good points made along the way.  The Silicon Valley installment is complete with explanations of algorithm's, kids who know how to code, App development class and even a Digital Detox retreat.  All of it teaches us the lesson of the more technology increases, so does the expectation of one's productivity level.

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CHELSEA DOES RACISM...

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What can I say?  Racism for all practical purposes its just plain stupidity magnified in every living human being ignorant enough to give it energy.  This is the major reason I loved the fact that this installment was included.  It points out the obvious while throwing the facts right tin your face!  Complete with Al Sharpton interviews, a visit to the Middleton Place Plantation to meetings with leaders from all the races and organizations that fight against all racism and stereotypes.

How far have we come?  Not far.  There are actually southerners who believe that not all slaves were treated badly or whipped.  Black Americans who are relieved that they can complement a white woman without fear of being jailed or lynched.  What was most heartbreaking was a montage of all the black teens killed over the years with President Obama singing Amazing Grace in the background.

Chelsea doesn't stop there.  She goes to an Indian reservation, speak with her Dad and a former Israeli President regarding the percussion of Jews throughout history.  Most importantly, the point is made that millions of people have come to America only to have their heritage lost, miscommunication and misunderstood.

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CHELSEA DOES DRUGS...

Only Chelsea Handler would start out a docuseries chapter with the most infamous cannabis speaker of all time...Willie Nelson!  I loved it and I will just leave it there to infuse your curiosity for the remainder in the series.  I, for one, would love to see her do another docuseries in this format.  It was fun, enlightening, scary, but most of all hella educational.  I wish there were more humans on this earth as enlightened, honest and curious as Chelsea Handler.  She gives me hope that humanity has the potential to do better in this world.

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