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‘About Last Night’

michaelealy 600If you're planning to do anything for Valentine's Day you should at least make plans to check out "About Last Night," which opens in theatres this Friday (Feb. 14th).

"About Last Night" is somewhat of a remake of the 1986 film, which starred Rob Lowe and Demi Moore and was a film version of the 1974 off-Broadway play "Sexual Perversity in Chicago." This particular adaptation stars Kevin Hart and Michael Ealy...and yes, it's a great film.

Ealy was in Memphis this past weekend promoting the film at a second sneak screening at the Malco Paradiso. The Red Carpet premiere was set to take place last week before the weather in Atlanta caused all of the flights to be cancelled and his appearance to be postponed.

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"About Last Night" (PG-13 for profanity, sexuality and brief drug use) A modern reimagining of the 1986 romantic comedy based on "Sexual Perversity in Chicago," the David Mamet play following two couples (Kevin Hart and Regina Hall, and Michael Ealy and Joy Bryant) whose relationships are put to the test as they venture from the bar to the bedroom. With Paula Patton, Christopher McDonald and Terrell Owens.

"Endless Love" (PG-13 for sexuality, profanity, partying and partial nudity) Remake of the romance drama about the star-crossed love affair between teens (Gabriella Wilde and Alex Pettyfer) from opposite sides of the tracks. With Bruce Greenwood, Joely Richardson, Robert Patrick, Emma Rigby and Dayo Okeniyi.

"RoboCop" (PG-13 for sensuality, drug use, brief profanity and pervasive intense violence) Sci-fi remake, set in Detroit in 2028, about a police officer (Joel Kinnaman) who is turned into a bionic crime-fighting killing machine equipped with state-of-the-art gadgetry after being critically-injured by a car bomb. Talented cast includes Oscar-nominees Samuel L. Jackson (for "Pulp Fiction"), Marianne Jean-Baptiste (for "Secrets & Lies"), Gary Oldman (for "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy"), Jackie Earle Haley (for "Little Children"), along with Michael Keaton and Jay Baruchel.


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‘Not bad looking and lonely’ seeks dating-site info

Yvette-George 600Dilemma & Question: "I met a man online. We talked for months before we met. We lived in separate cities but close enough to visit. Well I dated him for 9 months. He finally asked me to marry him. I'm apprehensive, don't know why. Because he treats me well. But my gut tells me no! ... I want to do a background check on him but don't know how. (I did Goggle him) but found nothing. I live on a fixed income but I need to know about this man. I feel a dark spirit around him sometimes; he chalks it up to having a bad day. He wants me to move in and leave my hometown, where I have no one/family.

"Are these online dating sites safe or scams? Most men wanted a one-night stand. I'm too old & don't want to end up dating a crazy man or serial killer. Since I don't get out much online dating allows me to meet men & makes me feel wanted. I'm African American, 62, not bad looking, and lonely! Can you tell me of any legitimate dating sites? And do they really work?"

Dear 'not bad look, and lonely': Some people swear by these dating sites and have been successful. I tried a couple as an experiment for my TV show; 95 percent wanted "booty calls." That was six years ago. Since then, several others have popped up specializing in older singles, Christian singles, etc. Times have changed and we must change with it.

But have you tried traditional methods, such as asking friends if they know any single men, volunteering, and attending social events? I doubt "prince charming" will knock on your door. You must get out and enjoy life and meet people.

The Internet is full of sites where you can do a background check and I suggest you follow through. I certainly wouldn't leave town with a man I've only known for nine months. Do you know his friends and/or family?

Intuition is a great asset! It has served many people well and kept them alive when they listened to that little voice, gut, or that uneasy feeling. I understand you may be lonely. But, I'd rather be alive and feeling lonely than with a companion that may mean me harm. Slow down, get to know him better. Ask yourself, why is he in a hurry? Has he been married before? How much do you really know about this man?

If he loves you and he is the guy for you, he will wait and give you the space you need. Continue to date him. Listen to that inner voice.

Dating sites may be the way of the future. If so, go on more dates before you decide to marry a guy you just met. To be honest, it's a double-edge sword. He may be OK. I know people that dated for three months and have been married 50 years. (Rare).

Then there's the flip side.

So my advice is to go with your gut! You don't have to be lonely, date! Is he the only man you met on the site? I know plenty of married people that are lonely in their marriage. Enjoy life on your own and with the friends you have.

(Stuff Happens, Then What? is an advice and relationship column that answers questions about life issues, situations and challenges. Send questions and dilemmas to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. . All parties will remain anonymous.)

New charter schools mean more choices for Memphis families

tate 600You've probably known of a business that, for whatever reason, had a reputation for bad service, or sold a product that didn't meet your expectations.

Maybe you've noticed a place like that with a sign outside that says "under new management." It's their way of saying they're turning things around to offer the very best.

Well, I am pleased to say that six of our schools in Shelby County that, for whatever reason, haven't met our expectations will make the changes they need to offer our kids a world-class education in Memphis.

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Rape kit backlog a ‘systematic failure,’ says Wharton

rapekit 600"Every day that a sexual assault kit goes untested is delayed justice, and justice delayed is justice denied," said Mayor A C Wharton Jr., referencing the over 12,000 untested rape kits in the City of Memphis.

Wednesday morning in the Hall of Mayors at City Hall, Wharton addressed what he referred to as a "systematic failure." He plans to develop a cross-functional team with representatives from law enforcement, and legal and victim advocate groups to address the rape kit-testing debacle.

To jumpstart those efforts, Wharton announced a partnership with the Joyful Heart Foundation, a national organization that has conducted groundbreaking research in identifying the nation's backlog of rape kits and best practices for eliminating rape kit testing delays.


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