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Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam – Live from Sin City (a J!-ENT DVD Review)

May 6, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

“Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam – Live from Sin City” may not be for everyone, but for those who are entertained by vulgar, profane and not overly sensitive, then definitely give this latest DVD a chance! You may enjoy it!

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DVD TITLE: Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam – Live from Sin City

YEAR OF FILM: 2017

DURATION: 91 Minutes

DVD INFORMATION: 1:78:1 Presentation, 16×9 Widescreen, English 5.1 Dolby Digital, Subtitles: Spanish

COMPANY: Lionsgate

RATED: Not Rated

AVAILABLE ON: May 23, 2017


Executive Produced by Shaquille O’Neal, Mike Parris, Quincy Newell, Jeff Clanagan

Producers: Anthony C. Hall, Tamra Goins, Leslie Small

Produced by: Valarie Benning Barney

Edited by Julian Gooden, Leslie Small


Starring:

Shaquille O’Neal

Lavell Crawford

K-Dubb

Cocoa Brown

Donnell Rawlings

Earthquake


Shaquille O’Neal presents host Lavell Crawford (”Breaking Bad,” MIKE AND DAVE NEED WEDDING DATES, and AMERICAN ULTRA) with special guests K-Dubb, Cocoa Brown, Donnell Rawlings, and Earthquake to deliver one of the funniest nights of comedy yet. SHAQUILLE O’NEAL’S ALL-STAR COMEDY JAM: LIVE FROM SIN CITY was filmed live at the Penn & Teller Theater in Las Vegas.


From the ’80s “Kings of Comedy” to the ’90s of “Def Comedy Jam” and in recent years of Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy”, each have provided a venue to see up-and-coming or established African American comedians.

With “Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy – Live in Sin City”, Lavell Crawford (“Breaking Bad”, “Mike and Dave Need Wedding Dates”, “American Ultra”) now takes the stage as the host and joining him are comedians K-Dubb, Cocoa Brown, Donnell Rawlings and Earthquake.

Filmed live at the Penn & Teller Theater in Las Vegas.


VIDEO & AUDIO:

Picture quality is presented in 1:78:1 and English 5.1 Dolby Digital Audio with Spanish subtitles.

Picture quality is good as it can get on DVD and overall soundtrack is crystal clear.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy – Live in Sin City” comes with no special features.


For those who grew up watching “Def Comedy Jam”, “Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam” takes the similar path of featuring established or up-and-coming African American comedians and letting them go full-force in unabashed rawness and profanity.

Sure, there are those who may have a problem with some of the comedy content, may it be too adult in content (ie. discussion of sex) and there are some who feel that the comedy may be demeaning to people who are African American, but this debate has gone long and for some performers, comedy is an outlet to express themselves and how they grew up.

For “Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam – Live from Sin City – Live in Sin City”, the host is a much slimmer Lavell Crawford.  Discussing everything from growing up with a cranky grandma, Black Lives matter, the killing of Harambe at the Cincinnati Zoo, the light-skinned Golden State Warriors and more.

K-Dubb’s comedy routine talks about relationship, Cocoa Brown tears it up with her comedy about an ex-boyfriend, getting back into dating, men and female body parts and more.

Comedian Donnell Rawlings talks about ISIS, wanting to be light-skinned, reading out loud in school and more.

The show ends with Earthquake talking about Lamar Odom, Bill Cosby his love for women.

The latest offering of “Shaquille O’Neal Presents” is no doubt humorous, but at the same time, I know that there has been a growing resistance towards this form of adult comedy and it’s the same arguments that existed when “Def Jam Comedy” was often profiled in media.

Is “Shaquille O’Neal Presents” vulgar?  Yes.  Are people going to find the comedy routines to be insensitive.  I’m sure there are people that are.  But it all depends on the people watching it.  If you don’t like this type of comedy, then don’t watch.

One thing that I did notice watching this latest “Live from Sin City” is seeing audience reactions.  There are those who are laughing hard and you’ll see someone barely laughing, almost like they didn’t get the joke or didn’t care for it.  This is how comedy is and there are those who dig it and some who don’t.

Overall, “Shaquille O’Neal Presents: All Star Comedy Jam – Live from Sin City” may not be for everyone, but for those who are entertained by vulgar, profane and not overly sensitive, then definitely give this latest DVD a chance! You may enjoy it!


Grown Ups 2 (a J!-ENT Blu-ray Disc Review)

October 25, 2013 by · Leave a Comment 

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I had a lot of fun watching “Grown Ups 2” and yes, it’s a Happy Madison film that I enjoyed!   But for those who never enjoyed Happy Madison comedy films or are too serious of an individual, then this film is not for you!  But if you are one who just wants to laugh at something that may be stupid but yet hilarious and fun, then “Grown Ups 2” may be worth your time.

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TITLE: Grown Ups 2

FILM RELEASE: 2013

DURATION: 101 Minutes

BLU-RAY DISC INFORMATION: 1080p High Definition, 1:85:1, English DTS-HD MA 5.1 and Dolby Digital 2.0, English Subtitles: English, French, French, Spanish

COMPANY: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment

RATED: R

Release Date: November 5, 2013

Directed by Dennis Dugan

Written by Fred Wolf, Adam Sandler, Tim Herlihy

Based on the Characters Created by Adam Sandler and Fred Wolf

Produced by Jack Giarraputo, Adam Sandler

Co-Producer: Kevin Grady

Associate Producer: Daryl Kass

Music by Rupert Gregson-Williams

Cinematography by Theo van de Sande

Edited by Tom Costain

Casting by Roger Mussenden

Production Design by Aaron Osborne

Set Decoration by Jennifer M. Gentile

Costume Design by Ellen Lutter

Starring:

Adam Sandler as Lenny Feder

Kevin James as Eric Lamonsoff

Chris Rock as Kurt McKenzie

David Spade as Marcus Higgins

Salma Hayek as Roxanne Chase-Deder

Maya Rudolph as Deanne McKenzie

Maria Bello as Sally Lamonsoff

Nick Swardson as Nick

Steve Buscemi as Wiley

Colin Quinn as Dickie Bailey

Tim Meadows as Malcolm

Jon Lovitz as Squats Fitness Janitor

Shaquille O’Neal as Officer Fluzoo

The all-star comedy cast from “Grown Ups” returns with some exciting new additions! After moving his family back to his hometown to be with his friends and their kids, Lenny (Adam Sandler) finds out that between old bullies, new bullies, wild bus drivers, cops on skis and 400 costumed party crashers, sometimes crazy follows you.

In 2010, the Happy Madison comedy “Grown Ups” was released in theaters.

Featuring a story of the lives of friends in their 40’s, the film was known for featuring an all-star cast which includes Adam Sandler (“Happy Gilmore”, “The Waterboy”, “Big Daddy”, “Saturday Night Live”), Chris Rock (“Down to Earth”, “CB4″”Death at a Funeral”, “Saturday Night Live”), Kevin James (“The King of Queens”, “Hitch”, “Paul Blart: Mall Cop”), David Spade (“Just Shoot Me!”, “Joe Dirt”, “Saturday Night Live”), Rob Schneider (“Deuce Bigalow”, “50 First Dates”, “Saturday Night Live”), Salma Hayek (“Desperado”, “Frida”, “Once Upon a Time in Mexico”), Maria Bello (“Payback”, “Secret Window”, “World Trade Center”), Maya Rudolph (“Bridesmaids”, “Gattaca”, “Saturday Night Live”), Steve Buscemi (“Fargo”, “Reservoir Dogs”, “The Big Lebowski”), Colin Quinn (“Saturday Night Live”, “A Night at the Roxbury”), Tim Meadows (“Mean Girls”, “The Ladies Man”, “Saturday Night Live”) and many other talent.

The film would gross over $271 million in the box office and that would guarantee a sequel titled “Grown Ups 2” directed by Dennis Dugan  (“Grown Ups”, “You Don’t Mess with Zohan”, “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry”).

The film would bring back all talent (except Rob Schneider and those who played his family) including reuniting the stars with former “Saturday Night Live” alumni but also starring Nick Swardson (“Just Go With It”, “Grandma’s Boy”, “The Benchwarmers”), Taylor Lautner (“Twilight” films), Milo Ventimiglia (“Hero”, “Rocky Balboa”), Alexander Ludwig (“The Hunger Games”, “Race to Witch Mountain”), Oliver Hudson (“Rules of Engagement”, “The Breed”), former WWE wrestler Steve Austin, Shaquille O’Neal (“Steel”, “He Got Game”, “The House Bunny”), David Henrie (“Wizards of Waverly Place”, “How I Met Your Mother”) and may more.

And similar to the first film, the sequel would earn over $238 million in the box office.  And now, “Grown Ups 2” will be released on Blu-ray+DVD+Digital HD UltraViolet in Nov. 2013.

“Grown Ups 2” takes place three years after the first film.  Former Hollywood agent Lenny Feder (portrayed by Adam Sandler)and his family have moved to his hometown of Connecticut where he grew up.  Lenny and his wife Roxie (portrayed by Salma Hayek) wake up to a wild deer urinating on him, while his children Greg (portrayed by Jake Goldberg), Keithie (portrayed by Cameron Boyce) and his daughter Becky (portrayed by Alexys Nycole Sanchez) are getting ready for school.

At Eric Kamonsoff’s (portrayed by Kevin James) home, his wife Sally (portrayed by Maria Bello) is trying to teach his son Bean (portrayed by Frank Gingerich) math.  Bean is getting every answer wrong but Sally believes that she should not tell him he’s wrong and ruin his confidence, while Eric just watches.  Meanwhile, his daughter Donna (portrayed by Ada-Nicole Sanger) has created light-up sneakers to wear at school.

At Kurt McKenzie’s (portrayed by Chris Rock) home, Kurt surprises his wife Deanne (portrayed by Maya Rudolph) with an anniversary gift by putting it inside his baby’s diaper, making his wife think their son Ronniie (portrayed by Kaleo Elem) had pooped in his diapers.  As Deanne is surprised about the anniversary gift, she forgets to give Kurt an anniversary present which she gets flack from Kurt and their kids Andre (portrayed by Nadji Jeter) and Charlotte (portrayed by China Anne McClain).

For Marcus Higgins (portrayed by David Spade), he meets the 17-year-old son that he never knew he had but finds out that his son Brad (portrayed by Alexander Ludwig) is a really bad kid with tattoos and carries a knife.  Marcus tells his kid that he will be taking him to the last day of school and he will be gone working at a soup kitchen.

With his children taking a bus, he finds out that the driver Nick (portrayed by Nick Swardson) is out of it and depressed, so Lenny offers to drive the school bus.  But he finds out that his oldest kid, Greg is in love with another girl, his middle child Keithie is getting bullied.  So, as Lenny tries to be there for his children, he ends up picking the guys up and all decide to visit a lake where they used to party and have fun as teenagers.

Now knowing that Lenny’s son Greg, Kurt’s son Andre and Marcus’ son Brad are pretending to be college students to hang out with the drunk college kids.

But while there, the guys are ganged up by a frat led by Andy (portrayed by Taylor Lautner) and are told that old people have no business on their lake and anyone who stays (or returns back) in their hometown are losers.

They end up making the grown up men dive into the lake naked.  Leaving the guys humiliated, but as for their sons, they are mortified of seeing their father nude, while Brad is upset that his father lied to him and said he was going to work at a soup kitchen.

Later on in the day, the frat arrive to their frat house and find their home demolished and spray painted, leading them to believe that the grown ups were responsible and now want to pummel them.

Not knowing that the frat are looking for them, Lenny is about to throw a big ’80s party for his family and friends.

VIDEO:

“Grown Ups 2” is presented in 1080p High Definition (1:85:1 aspect ratio) and the film looks great on Blu-ray.  There are a lot of closeups that show great skin and cloth (clothing) detail and colors are vibrant. But with many shots outdoor, these scenes look fantastic and the indoor scenes are well-lit.

I didn’t notice any artifacts, banding or any issues during my viewing of the film.

Every time I see a movie that has archive footage in the middle mixed, you can immediately tell, and it kills my illusion. It’s like you’re watching something and it has a film star shot in super 35mm, or high end HD, and then you cut to this old video format or stock footage and it just looks so different. – See more at: http://www.bringthenoiseuk.com/201210/music/interviews/film-interview-pablo-larrain#sthash.c0tJDaQP.dpuf
Every time I see a movie that has archive footage in the middle mixed, you can immediately tell, and it kills my illusion. It’s like you’re watching something and it has a film star shot in super 35mm, or high end HD, and then you cut to this old video format or stock footage and it just looks so different. – See more at: http://www.bringthenoiseuk.com/201210/music/interviews/film-interview-pablo-larrain#sthash.c0tJDaQP.dpuf

AUDIO & SUBTITLES:

“Grown Ups 2” is presented in English and French 5.1 DTS-HD MA and also has an English – Audio Description Track.  The film is primarily center and front channel driven as dialogue is crystal clear, but the soundtrack also features a lot of music which sounds fantastic in HD.  There are some moments of ambiance but for the most part, this is a film that is dialogue and musically driven.

Subtitles are in English, English SHD, French and Spanish.

SPECIAL FEATURES:

“Grown Ups 2” comes with the special features:

  • Deleted Scenes – Featuring a total of eight deleted scenes.
  • Look Who Stopped By – (4:26) The stars that make an appearance in “Grown Ups 2”.
  • Mr. Spade’s Wild Ride – (2:10) The making of the hilarious tire rolling scene.
  • Shaq and Dante: Police Force – (1:53) A look at the behind-the-scenes antics of Shaquille O’Neal and Peter Dante as police officers.

EXTRAS:

“Grown Ups 2” comes with the Blu-ray, DVD and UltraViolet code for the Digital Copy version of the film.  Also, the Blu-ray comes with a slipcover.

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Hilarious, fun and just all-out crazy, “Grown Ups 2” is one of the better Happy Madison films I have watched and made me laugh continuously!

I know that I am starting to sound like a broken record by saying this often but I feel as I need to repeat it.  If you enjoy Happy Madison films, you know what type of comedy film you are going to get.

Often I read from film critics that try to compare Sandler’s latest films with “Big Daddy” or “50 First Dates” and really, they shouldn’t.  Adam Sandler and this goes with a lot of the cast members of the film such as Chris Rock, David Spade and Kevin James films.  These are films that are not meant to be taken seriously but you often watch to have fun, have a few chuckles and just enjoy the popcorn comedy.

And “Grown Ups 2” is a comedy that made me laugh for its stupid yet hilarious humor and I couldn’t help but laugh and enjoy this film.

From the opening scene of a deer peeing in Lenny’s mouth, Eric belching, sneezing and farting (a.k.a. burpsnarts) and others trying to learn the combo, Marcus dating a female bodybuilder who is teased for her masculinity and Kurt, in hilarious Chris Rock fashion, delivering the one-liners!

Nick Swardson delivers one of the most creepiest character roles ever as Nick.  Always being mistreated by Lenny and friends but a man trying to figure out his sexuality, after being dumped by his wife for putting a banana up his bum (at her mother’s home).  Swardson has a way of delivering these unusual character roles (that are so wrong but you can’t help but laugh) and he does it perfectly.

The film also has many special appearances by former Saturday Night Live talent.  Tim Meadows reprising his role as Malcolm and his one word “Whaaaat?” which make you laugh. Jon Lovitz as the perverted janitor.  Cheri Oteri as Penny, the obsessed wife of Wiley (portrayed by Steve Buscemi) who dated Lenny back in sixth grade and can’t let go.  So, much that she wears the beret that she wore back in sixth grade decades later.  Andy Samberg and Will Forte as male cheerleaders having a little too much fun giving Eric and Sally’s car a cleaning to the tune of Warrant’s “Cherry Pie”.

Even Shaquille O’Neal has a role as a police officer who likes to have fun with Lenny and friends. Stone Cold Steve Austin as Lenny’s childhood rival, Dan Patrick playing a role in which he wears tight shorts that exposes his butt cheeks, Norm Crosby is even in the film as a K-Mart employee and more.

Yes, there is a lot fart and masturbation jokes and a lot of puking, including a deer urinating in Lenny’s mouth.   As juvenile the film is, it’s so crazy that I found myself laughing at the antics and also rooting for the grown ups.  And immediately, it’s one of those films that film critics will hate and yet, scratch their head and wonder how these Happy Madison films continue to make a lot of money.

The film definitely hits a nostalgic tone for those who grew up in the ’80s and it tries to make a connection for the grown ups but also the young adults/teenagers with the casting.  One of the few comedies where you see older adults vs. the college young adults in a fight.  But once again, one shouldn’t look at this film for anything deep or politically correct.

As for the Blu-ray release, picture and audio quality are fantastic.  Picture quality is vibrant and full of detail, while lossless audio features crystal clear dialogue and music.  Special features are a bit minimal for this Blu-ray release and was expecting to hear an audio commentary or even to see see how much improvisation was used in the film.  But for the most part, the Blu-ray PQ and AQ are very good for this release!

Yes, Adam Sandler has done films that are very good such as “Anger Management”, “The Wedding Singer”, “50 First Dates” but when he brings along David Spade, Kevin James, Chris Rock and a lot of the SNL alumni, you pretty much know what you’re going to get.  And as critics keep writing “Sandler can do better” reviews, the fact is that juvenile or self-deprecating humor has been a staple of his Happy Madison comedy films for decades.

And as these films continue to make money, by no means should it reflect on society with troglodyte behavior, but more as people wanting to get away from reality, stress, the economy, whatever and just need a dose of something so different or against the norm, and sometimes something so stupid and funny.

While there is quite a bit of crappy films that have come from Happy Madison Productions, I have to say the “Grown Ups 2” film was entertaining.

Overall, I had a lot of fun watching “Grown Ups 2” and yes, it’s a Happy Madison film that I enjoyed!   But for those who never enjoyed Happy Madison comedy films or are too serious of an individual, then this film is not for you!  But if you are one who just wants to laugh at something that may be stupid but yet hilarious and fun, then “Grown Ups 2” may be worth your time.

NBA LEGEND SHAQUILLE O’NEAL JOINS JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE: GAME NIGHT ON SUNDAY (6/12)

June 10, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

SHAQUILLE O’NEAL JOINS “JIMMY KIMMEL LIVE: GAME NIGHT”
PRIMETIME SPECIAL NO. 6, SUNDAY, JUNE 12 AT 7:00 P.M., ET ON ABC

“Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night” primetime special airs its sixth installment on SUNDAY, JUNE 12 at 7:00 p.m., ET, when Kimmel welcomes NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal in his first late-night television interview after the recent announcement of his NBA career retirement. Shaq recorded a short video of himself with “JKL” security guard Guillermo, found here: www.tout.com/jvkcex. Tune in Sunday night for the full exclusive interview. “Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night” also premieres a special segment featuring Academy Award nominated actor James Caan as he coaches athletes to enhance the appearance of their pain when fouled on the court. In addition, Kimmel will try his luck to win big for the “Jimmy Kimmel Live” studio audience, playing three hands of blackjack at the San Manuel Indian Bingo & Casino.

“Jimmy Kimmel Live: Game Night” Primetime specials schedule:

Sunday, June 12 at 7:00 p.m., ET
Tuesday, June 14 at 8:00 p.m., ET (if necessary)

Jimmy Kimmel and Jill Leiderman serve as executive producers and Jason Schrift and Douglas DeLuca serve as co-executive producers. Emmy Award-winning “Jimmy Kimmel Live” is shot live in front of a studio audience and produced by Jackhole Industries in association with ABC Studios.

For more go to www.jimmykimmellive.net.

Shaq retires from basketball

June 1, 2011 by · Leave a Comment 

In many ways, many have sensed that NBA future hall-of-famer, Shaquille O’Neal would be retiring from basketball. Having won championships in Los Angeles and Miami, Shaq has been fighting injuries for several seasons and unable to play.

So, Shaq has taken to Twitter and posted the following video on Youtube:

In an interview with espn.com, Shaq said, “I really, really thought about coming back but this Achilles is very damaged and if I had it done the recovery would be so long we’d have same outcome as this last year — everyone sitting around and waiting for me.”

Thank you Shaq for the many memories you have given us and most of all, for me, I thank you for bringing us those championships to Los Angeles!

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