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REVIEW: Pitch Perfect 2 | The SceneCast

by Micah Haley on May 15, 2015

Pitch-Perfect-2--Super-BowlMicah, David and Beth review Pitch Perfect 2, the new film that stars Anna Kendrick, Hailee Seinfeld, Rebel Wilson, Brittany Snow, Skylar Astin, Adam DeVine, Anna Camp, Ben Platt and more, including Elizabeth Banks, who is also making her directorial debut.

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0:54 – Intro
2:07 – A Look Back at Pitch Perfect
7:15 – Pitch Perfect 2 review
18:05 – Spoilers for Pitch Perfect 2

The Pitch Perfect 2 soundtrack can be found in iTunes here.

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Scenecast-logo1400When Tom Magliozzi died, I didn’t feel anything. Condolences were popping up on Facebook and Twitter, but I didn’t know who he was. Until I heard his voice. For decades, he was half of “Click and Clack, the Tappet Brothers,” the fake names of two real brothers who hosted NPR’s Car Talk.

I knew exactly who he was. The sound of his voice carried with it so many memories. Of working on cars and tractors with my dad. Of painting houses with my brothers. Of trekking across the country on vacation with my family. Of stacking boxes during my summer job. I could repeat twenty jokes Tom told over the years and rattle off the fake credits at the end of his show without even trying. He was someone I had a strong connection with, and yet, I didn’t know his name and had never seen his face.

When Tom died in November, we’d already been developing the SceneCast for months. But his death reminded me of how powerful the spoken word can be. I invited him into my childhood, my teenage years and on vacation with my brother only a few weeks ago.

MBirbiglia-Hi-Res-Photo-Credit-Kyle-Ericksen-300dpi-webNow I want to invite you into Scene Magazine. I want you to be there when I interview Meghan Trainor. I want you to be there when I interview Kevin Costner. I want you to hear how Mark Wahlberg and Craig Robinson struggled to make it early in their careers, and how Mike Birbiglia treated our interview like it was a one-man show with a one-man audience.

Everyone at Scene wants you to hear how screenplays are written and movies are made. How sets are built and music is recorded. How actors stay in shape and films are financed. How to get a job in the entertainment industry and what you really need to study in school.

And we also want to talk about what’s actually worth watching! We want to share the music, movies, television series and more that are inspiring us. On the SceneCast, we’re going to talk about all of that, and we’re going to invite the entertainment industry into the conversation. You never know who’s going to pop up as a guest.

The best part is this: it’s free and you can take it with you. If you’ve got a smart phone, you can stream the SceneCast wherever you go. Take celebrity trainer Aaron Williamson with you while you’re at the gym. Take Shane West with you to Mardi Gras. Bring me, Beth Burvant and David Draper with you while shopping. Whether working, mowing the lawn or avoiding your in-laws, the SceneCast is the best way to get you through the day until you can get to the movie theater, or curled up on the couch to knock out some Netflix.

During our launch week, we’ll be debuting a slew of awesome launch episodes! Although Meghan Trainor is really great, we couldn’t limit it to just one episode. So enjoy all of the great content and make sure to leave a review and subscribe in iTunes. It’ll ensure you get every new episode right on your phone.

Go to to get started. We’re already there, eagerly awaiting you. So, listen up.


dd1bce56-webSeveral years in the making, Weezer’s new album Everything Will Be Alright In The End is finally available today. Their first new single “Back to the Shack” was released back in July. It was the band’s first new song since 2010.

Weezer formed back in 1992, releasing a plethora of chart-topping albums and selling over thirteen million records. The guys decided in 2010 that, after some extremely successful years, it was time to slow it down. Singer/guitarist Rivers Cuomo said that this gave him more time to spend working on the songs that he wanted to use for the new album. When time came for Weezer to start recording, they reunited with Cars frontman Ric Ocasek, who helped the band create their most iconic album-length work. After all the hard work,Everything Will Be Alright In The End was born.

The album will feature eleven songs including “Back to the Shack.” Get your copy of Everything Will Be Alright In The End today.


Current Scene cover Mike Birbiglia dropped by The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon last night. The Sleepwalk With Me star can’t keep it together for three minutes before he has to exit stage left and reenter. Pretty funny stuff. You can read our exclusive interview with Birbiglia in the current issue of Scene Magazine or online here.

Birbiglia also gave a web exclusive to The Tonight Show talking about his first summer job. Check out the video below.


finnwittrockheadshot1-webThe latest member to join the cast of Ryan Murphy’s FX anthology series American Horror Story: Freak Show is Finn Wittrock, an alum of All My Children. The fourth season of the successful horror series will once again return to New Orleans to film, although the story will be set in 1950s Florida. Returning cast members include Sarah Paulson, Kathy Bates, Evan Peters and the adored Jessica Lange for her last season on the show.

Murphy made the announcement via Twitter writing, “Thrilled to announce the very talented FINN WITTROCK has joined the cast of Freak Show!” The two have worked together before in Murphy’s HBO adaption of Larry Kramer’s The Normal Heart, in which the actor appears. Wittrock is also known for appearing in Showtime’s Masters of Sex. Other newcomers include Michael Chiklis, the veteran star of the excellent FX drama The Shield.

As with most AHS casting announcements, there were no details released regarding his character, although he’ll likely be a freak. Nevertheless, an AHS fan page on Facebook has published what is believed to be a leaked call sheet for the new season revealing a few character details. Apparently Lange will play Elsa Mars while Bates and Peters play the duo Ethel and Jimmy Darling. The sheet may not be completely reliable – sometimes productions play with details to fool the gullible – but it also reveals that Naomi Grossman will reprise her role as microcephalic Pepper from the show’s second season Asylum. On the other hand, Paulson’s role has already been made official as conjoined twins Bette and Dot Tattler.

American Horror Story: Freak Show is filming in New Orleans at Second Line Stages now.


IN THEATERS: ‘Lucy’, ‘Hercules’, ‘Wish I Was Here’

by Rachel McMullen

Lucy Starring Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman, Lucy is a sci-fi thriller about a woman who is awakened to a laceration in her abdomen. After a man explains to her that he wants her to transport, presumably drugs, across U.S. borders, she is forced to do so. However when the bag starts to secrete the […]

Essence Fest 2014

by Susan Ross

Tomorrow, Essence is back, bringing Prince, Mary J. Blige, Lionel Richie and more with it. Held every year over the Fourth of July weekend every year New Orleans, Essence Fest brings some of the best acts in the world to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome and surrounding area in the heart of the summer heat. On Friday, […]

TRAILER: Dominic West Has ‘Pride’

by Arthur Vandelay

A group of gay and lesbian activists set out to help raise money for the families of miners on strike in the upcoming film Pride. Set in the UK in 1984, the group is far from ordinary, facing many challenges on their quest. The Union is ashamed to accept their donation, so the group road trips […]

New Orleans Fashion Week – Schedule of Events

by Catie Ragusa

The countdown to New Orleans Fashions week has begun! Saturday, September 28 through Friday, October 4 will be filled with fashion shows, workshops and other social events, highlighting the upcoming seasons’ top trends. Here is a schedule of NOLAFW’s 2013 events! Saturday, September 28: 10am – 12pm – Workshop: Basic Pattern Making International House Hotel: Teutonia […]