Ice Cube and Kevin Hart reteam for a sequel no one really asked for, following up their lacklustre 2014 action-comedy with a film that's even lazier. While the first one at least had a sense of pacing, with humour that sometimes tipped from idiotic to mildly funny, this movie wastes its cast and premise on a series of witless action sequences, dopey slapstick and contrived relational touches. It's only watchable because Hart is able to make the most undemanding audience members chuckle now and then.
After proving that his video-gaming skills were useful in police work, Ben (Hart) has completed police academy and is working as a rookie, shadowing tough-guy detective James (Cube), whose sister Angela (Tika Sumpter) is marrying Ben in just a week. But before that happens, James and Ben head to Miami to follow a lead in a drug case they're working on. Alongside local tough-girl detective Maya (Olivia Munn), they track down a hacker (Ken Jeong) who has proof that local philanthropist Antonio (Benjamin Bratt) is actually a notorious global black market dealer. To prove that, they have to dive into a series of car and boat chases, plus heists and shootouts that never seem to go the way anyone expects.
The underlying story is exactly the same as the first film: James is trying to prove that Ben is an idiot, while he is actually softening James' rough edges. The difference here is that they know each other a bit better, so are more effective at getting under each others' skin. This means that they're even less likeable than before, and even Hart's non-stop comical chatter is more annoying than it is amusing. There are moments when Hart adds a tiny detail that elicits a smile from viewers, and some of his physical antics are so ridiculous that it's difficult not to giggle, but most of that is simply because it's unbelievable that the filmmakers thought any of this was genuinely funny.
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Tony Nathan becomes a part of a new era of humanity in 1973 when the Woodlawn High School in Birmingham, Alabama becomes a multi-racial institution for the very first time. The move allows this remarkably gifted African-American aspiring football player to join the Woodlawn Colonels, led by an open-minded and welcoming coach named Tandy Gerelds. However, Gerelds has got his work cut out; the government may be changing to make the world a more equal place, but there's still a lot of racism throughout the city which is rife with riots. The animosity doesn't stop at the school gates and Gerelds has the task of trying to diffuse the racially motivated hostilities within his team. And so, he enlists the help of Christian revivalist Hank to bring some peace to the game and hopefully help the community to learn to love each other again.
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These guys give a new meaning to the term brother-in-law. After an eventful case that left James and Ben lucky to be alive, James relaxes his attitude about Ben and finally gives him his blessing to marry his sister Angela. Not only that, but Ben is now officially able to join James in Atlanta's police department having just graduated from the police academy. However, Ben hasn't changed much, and still makes dumb decisions, bringing a lot of embarrassment on to James. He's as jumpy on the trigger as always, with his nerves making him a bumbling but formidable partner, but you can't really blame him this time around when he's got a wedding to plan. If life wasn't stressful enough, the soon to be brothers are forced to team up with Miami PD to uncover a major drugs operation. The only question is, can Ben keep his cool long enough to solve the case? Or will his mistakes screw everything up this time?
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The cast of Cinderella bowed out alongside former star Sherri Shepherd.
It was a sad day for fans of Broadway's most extraordinary rendition of Rodgers + Hammerstein's 'Cinderella', as the show finally bowed out in its final curtain call on Sunday. Actors looked tearful as they neared the end the previous night (January 3rd 2015).
The cast of Broadway's Cinderella (Credit: Mike Coppola at Getty Images Entertainment)
The Tony award winning musical saw 'Joyful Noise' actress Keke Palmer in the role of Ella; a stunning choice, and she became the first ever black actress to land the role when she signed on for it in 2014. The show marks her debut in theatre and she certainly looked the part as she showed off her huge white princess dress on stage, her eyes brimming with tears as Cinderella finally lands the future of her dreams.
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Former 'The View' co-host Sherri Shepherd was spotted signing autographs outside a Broadway theatre in New York, during her run of a new 'Cinderella' show in which she plays the eponymous character's wicked stepmother. She stars alongside Keke Palmer, who was named the very first black woman to play the popular fairytale princess on Broadway.
The 47 year-old TV personality will play the evil stepmother in the Broadway production.
It seems Sherri Shepherd will not be out of work for long, once she has left her co-hosting duties on 'The View,' the 47 year-old comedienne will be headed to the stage to make her Broadway debut in 'Cinderella.'
Shepherd will play the evil stepmother in the Broadway play
On Tuesday's episode of the ABC daytime talk-show, the departing host announced that she will be starring as Madame, the evil stepmother in Roger and Hammerstein's version of 'Cinderella,' with showings scheduled to begin on September 9th.
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Despite the criticism, O'Donnell also has some very powerful supporters.
Since the first mention of Rosie O’Donnell for one of the free chairs on The View next season, controversy has raged. Not because of O’Donnell’s presence, ethical or political beliefs, mind you, or at least not directly. Mostly, it was based on O’Donnell’s minor disagreement with former co-host Elisabeth Hasselbeck, which led Hasselbeck to publicly slam O’Donnell on her return announcement. Hasselbeck that O’Donnell “spit in the face of our military” and “the face of her own network”. Since then, O’Donnell has found a supporter in the face of Sherri Shepherd, who is leaving The View next season and most recently, in fellow comedian, actress and host, Jenny McCarthy.
McCarthy voiced her enthusiastic endorsement this week.
McCarthy had some particularly kind words for her colleague and felt that The View would benefit from the new addition.
The former co-host of the talk show was initially "shocked" by her close friend's decision to walk away from the position she has had since 2007.
Elizabeth Hasselbeck, who co-hosted the daytime program from 2003 until 2013, was also "shocked, in some ways," at her former colleague's departure.
The 37 year-old TV personality spoke of Shepherd's sudden career move while hosting 'Fox & Friends' on Friday morning (June 27th), and explained, "you know, I'm sure, even though you think that might happen someday, I'm sure it would come across to be a shock."
Elisabeth Hasselbeck is "shocked" at the news of her former co-host Sherri Shepherd's departure from ABC's 'The View'.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck, who left ABC's The Viewlast year, told her Fox & Friends co-host Steve Doocy that she is "shocked" at the news of Sherri Shepherd's departure from the morning talk show, as US Weekly reports.
Elisabeth Hasselbeck left The View last year.
The 37-year-old discussed her former The View co-host's departures on Friday (27th June) during Fox & Friends. Of Shepherd's departure from the show after seven years, Hasselbeck said "I was shocked, in some ways."
The two stars confirmed their departures from the daytime talk show via Twitter, leaving Whoop Goldberg as the only host left.
Whoopi Goldberg is now the only host 'The View' has.
ABC Officials announced on Thursday night (June 26th) that the daytime talk show is going through a huge transitional period. "The View will be moving in an exciting new direction next season and ABC has made decisions to evolve the show creatively," the television network's statement read.
Shepherd has been a host on 'The View' since 2007
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