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‘The Secret Life of Pets 2’: Not a good dog, but an okay one

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All mutts are great pooches. Gracious, beyond any doubt, yours strength crap in a shoe now and again, or grab a nibble from the counter. In any case, in general, humankind would be much better on the off chance that we as a whole endeavored — tenaciously — to be somewhat more, er, doggish. “The Secret Life of Pets 2,” an enlivened film about canines (and other trained critters), doesn’t exactly satisfy the standard set by genuine pooches. Consider it a truly decent pooch.

Getting the latest relevant point of interest, this continuation fixates on a terrier named Max (Patton Oswalt, carrying out substitution voice responsibility after Louis C.K. was dropped from the establishment in the wake of sexual unfortunate behavior allegations). Max is as yet living joyfully in New York City with his proprietor, Katie (Ellie Kemper), and his lummox of a closest companion Duke (Eric Stonestreet). Be that as it may, at that point all of a sudden, in a concise montage, we see everything change: Katie meets a person, gets hitched and has an infant, none of which Max likes. Inevitably the infant turns into a baby, and he and the mutts start to get along so well that Max feels he should shield the kid from everything. The most ideal approach to do that is to not give him a chance to do anything.

Meanwhile, in another apartment, Snowball the rabbit (Kevin Hart) has come to think of himself as a superhero, thanks to the costume that his owner dresses him in. Gidget (Jenny Slate), a pampered puffball of a Pomeranian, still has a crush on Max.

The main story, such as it is, kicks in when Max and his family take a trip to the country. That’s where Max meets Rooster (Harrison Ford), a cattle dog who actually works for a living and who disdains Max — as much for his life of leisure as his nervous nature. Additional story lines focus on a favorite toy of Max’s that goes missing while he’s away and an attempt by Snowball and his new Shih Tzu pal, Daisy (Tiffany Haddish), to rescue an abused circus tiger from his evil owner (Nick Kroll). We know the circus owner is evil because he dresses in black and has a Russian accent.

See the problem here? There are so many subplots, it’s like herding cats.

The animation style of “Pets 2” is similar to that of the first film — the Manhattan skyline is rendered in softly bright and busy colors — but also more haphazard. Daisy’s hair looks so silky that you’ll want to stroke it and tell her that she’s a good girl (yes she is). And Gidget looks like a cotton ball with legs, But the rest of the pets aren’t rendered with such detail. Their eyes all have a weird glassiness, and their mouths appear disconnected from their faces.

Oswalt’s voice work is, as in “Ratatouille” and other energized ventures, extraordinary. Same with Slate and Haddish, whose characters are adequate to warrant a spinoff. Portage might not have very their ability, yet he passes on Rooster’s blunt disturbance such that fits the character.

The greater part of the motion picture’s jokes land unequivocally, which, incidentally, just serves to feature different shortcomings of the film. “Pets 2” feels less like a convincing, full-length highlight than like three good short movies, every one of which is just ambiguously identified with the other, and all of which exist only to get starting with one joke then onto the next. Anticipating that us should keep an eye out for another felines are-jerks minute isn’t the most ideal approach to draw in with a crowd of people, regardless of how substantial that point might be.

Regardless of its amusingness — and in spite of some really aww-moving minutes — “The Secret Life of Pets 2” is somewhat forgettable. Chicken entireties it up best with this simple evaluation: “Some stuff occurred. Presently it’s finished.”

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Taylor Swift Just Released the Tracklist for “Lover” and Fans Have Thoughts

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We are days away from a brand-new Taylor Swift album (with a whopping 18 songs, no less) and, naturally, the singer has been blessing fans with surprises left and right. Following the release of her title track “Lover” on Friday, August 16, Taylor gave Swifties yet another gift: the full tracklist to her forthcoming seventh studio album.

Naturally, fans didn’t miss a beat before diving into the titles, ready to dissect every word, syllable, letter — you get the idea. Given Taylor’s affinity for easter eggs, it usually stands to reason that there’s hidden messaging in almost everything the artist does, and eagle-eyed Swifties are always up for a clue-hunting challenge.

As far as Lover goes, there are a few things we already know about the album, which puts Swifties at an advantage when it comes to gathering new information. With the title track clearly hinting at Taylor’s beau Joe Alwyn, it seems as though romance will be a common thread throughout the album. Taylor herself even told Vogue that her seventh album is “a love letter to love, in all of its maddening, passionate, exciting, enchanting, horrific, tragic, wonderful glory.” Now that the tracklist is out in the world, fans are developing even more concrete ideas of what to expect from Lover once it drops on August 23.

One fan declared “I Forgot That You Existed” as their new stan song, while another decided that the first track, along with “Death By A Thousand Cuts” and “Cruel Summer” will be Taylor’s newfound “holy trinity.”

Taylor’s tracklist was written in an all-caps font comprised of tiny white dots in front of colorful, puffy clouds. Not gonna lie, it isn’t the easiest thing in the world to read. “Please donate money for Taylor swift so she can buy a new font,” one person joked on Twitter, with another replying to the singer and asking “What is this font, girl?!” (TBH I’ll ruin my vision for Taylor, it’s my sworn duty as a Swiftie, anything for clues.)

And fans who attended Taylor’s Secret Sessions can (understandably) barely hold it together.

Some lucky Swifties have already heard Lover in its entirety, thanks to Taylor’s traditional private listening parties that she hosts with every album release. While those fans have been sworn to secrecy regarding the details of the songs, it seems as though some are reacting to the newly released tracklist, offering other fans a glimpse as to what we can all expect.

“Please be careful when you are listening to ‘Paper Rings,’ it makes you vulnerable,” one fan warned, while also teasing that “Death By a Thousand Cuts” is a “big, fat bop.” According to another Swiftie, “Miss Americana & the Heartbreak Prince” features a super-intense bridge and tons of metaphors, and “Cruel Summer” is like “if ‘Out of the Woods’ and ‘Getaway Car’ had a brain child.” OK, I’m gonna need a second here; not sure my heart can handle any of this!

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Bebe Rexha criticises sexist music producer who said she is ‘too old to be sexy’

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Bebe Rexha has shared an empowering message about ageism in the music industry after being called “too old” by a sexist executive. 

On Monday, the 29-year-old singer shared a black-and-white photograph of herself posing in her underwear on Instagram.

In the caption, Rexha revealed that she had recently been told by a male music executive that she was “too old to be sexy”.

“I recently had a MALE music executive tell me that I was getting ‘too old’ and that my brand was ‘confusing’,” Rexha wrote. 

“Because…I’m a songwriter and I post sexy pics on my Instagram and that’s not what female songwriters are suppose [sic] to do, especially for my age. I’m 29.”

The “Meant to Be” singer explained that she is “fed up with being put in a box” and tired of stereotypes that maintain older women shouldn’t be deemed attractive. 

Rexha then stated that as her 30th birthday approaches later this month, she will no longer be “running away” from such outdated cliché’s. 

“I’m not gonna lie about my age or sing songs that I feel will sell better because they sound ‘younger’,” Rexha added.

“I’m gonna celebrate my age because you know what, I’m wiser, I’m stronger and TRUST ME I’m a much better lover than I was 10 years ago.”

Several of Rexha’s celebrity friends commented on the post with messages of support, including fellow singer Rita Ora, who wrote: “My sexy songwriting [crown emoji] You are beautiful, getting sexier with age and your talent SINGS for itself. Keep making those rules.“

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Mike Posner Pauses Walk Across America After Getting Bit by a Rattlesnake

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On Thursday, the 31-year-old singer-songwriter shared a video of himself strapped to gurney while surrounded by medical personnel. Posner explained the situation in the Instagram caption, claiming he was airlifted to a Colorado hospital after he had sustained a rattlesnake bite.

“I had just crushed 16 miles and was going for eight more when I got bit by a baby rattlesnake!” he wrote. “That venom is no joke! I got to the hospital and got the anti-venom in time […] I’ll be here a few days and will not be able to walk for several weeks but enjoying the AC and the nice bed, haven’t had those in a while Hahahaha! Can’t wait to get back on The Walk! KEEP GOING!!!!!!”

Posner shared an update via Twitter on Saturday, informing fans he was recovering much faster than expected. The artist shared a clip of him back on his feet, taking small steps with the help of a walker. He also made sure to show love to the hospital staff and his “whole family in the ICU.”

Here’s hoping Posner makes a full and speedy recovery.

The “Cooler Than Me” singer kicked off his cross-country trek on April 15 in New Jersey with the plan to reach Venice Beach, California, sometime in the fall. Posner told Billboard he decided to embark on the journey following the death of his father and good friend Avicii.

“I feel everyone has a list of things they’d like to do in life and then a list of things they have to do,” Posner explained. “After (the deaths) I realized I couldn’t wait to do these things I had to do on that list. I’d been putting (the walk) off for years and years and years. The time is now.”

Posner said he hoped the trek would help his creativity as well as teach him lifelong lessons and skills.

“I’d like to fall in love with the present moment and not worry so much about how far I am from the goal,” he explains. “The first 30 years of my life, I’ve set a goal out in front of me and worked like hell to get it. I always felt like something is wrong until I get there. On this walk…I have to figure out how to be in love with where I am right now. That would be good and be a skill that would benefit my life ahead.”

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