Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again Hits Theaters – Movie Magic with ABBA All Over It
Head to the theaters this weekend for ABBA and acting!
If you loved Mamma Mia when it was a hit in 2008, the past ten years must have gone by at a snail's speed. But summer '18 just picked up the pace with the sequel to the song-and-dance, star-studded sensation hitting theaters today, back with the original cast including Meryl Streep, Amanda Seyfried, Pierce Brosnan, and the rest of the bunch. To add even more flair to the Greece-based goodness…welcome the one-and-only Cher, playing grandma! Mamma Mia indeed!
The storyline is as fun as the first, this time taking us along on Sophie's (Seyfried) journey as she finds herself pregnant in the very same place her late mom once was with her. A fresh-faced Lily James plays a younger version of Streep, giving audiences the background as to how things all began. And as entertaining as the tale is, the upbeat ABBA soundtrack makes this movie amazing.
The original film featured plenty of hits from the Swedish pop group, intertwining lyrics and beats into unforgettable scenes. The pairing was so powerful that
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again will be full of even more ABBA selections, some which weren't in the first film and others that are back to delight audiences yet again. Oh, and Cher? Watch as she belts out "Fernando" as only Cher can. Some other selections you'll hear in the sequel include "Dancing Queen," "Waterloo, "The Name of the Game," "Mamma Mia," (of course), and more ABBA favorites that will have viewers singing along from their seats.
Mamma Mia: Here We Go Again be another hit? The first film grossed more than $600 million worldwide. Ten years later, a stellar cast, a summer release, and even more ABBA indulgence? Mamma Mia is looking at millions and millions more!
Belting Out the Best of ABBA
The acting is amazing but the ABBA tunes will be in your head long after you leave the theater. You'll be "having the time of your life..." with the stars of this summer sequel.
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The ice cream company released a powerful statement this week.
With Black Lives Matter protests popping up left and right, lots of well-known public figures and companies are taking a stand against police brutality.
Celebrities are putting their lives on the line protesting, childrens' toy companies are donating tens of thousands to organizations like the NAACP, and even infamous YouTube stars are hitting the streets. But Ben & Jerry's—yes, the ice cream brand—have made the most detailed statement of all.
"The murder of George Floyd was the result of inhumane police brutality that is perpetuated by a culture of white supremacy," reads a lengthy statement on the Ben & Jerry's website. "What happened to George Floyd was not the result of a bad apple; it was the predictable consequence of a racist and prejudiced system and culture that has treated Black bodies as the enemy from the beginning."
The statement continues: "Four years ago, we publicly stated our support for the Black Lives Matter movement. Today, we want to be even more clear about the urgent need to take concrete steps to dismantle white supremacy in all its forms."
Ben and Jerry then outlines a four-step plan to end white supremacy. First is calling on President Trump to disavow white supremacy, instead of calling on the military to shoot American protesters. Second is calling on Congress to pass H.R. 40, a bill with instructions to study racism, its deep roots in American history, and how antiquated beliefs are still prevalent today. Third is creating a task force to help increase police accountability, and fourth is a "call on the Department of Justice to reinvigorate its Civil Rights Division as a staunch defender of the rights of Black and Brown people." Trump has never made plans even half that detailed!
It's a little sad that ice cream companies are more adamant about ending centuries of white supremacy than our own government officials even at the state level. Especially when other companies have issued statements that attempt to overshadow their previous racist actions, Ben & Jerry's commitment to justice is admirable. Ben and Jerry are officially the two coolest white boomer men we know, and we will be celebrating by vacuum-inhaling three pints of Chunky Monkey.
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