Ok well, you gave us alot of info on what type of car you have, but the hood release will be in the center and to the right. For the car not getting out of park make sure the key is on the on position and the steering wheel isn't locked. If all else fails insert the key into the shift lock override button on the shifter panel. Once again I have no idea what kind of car you have:hammer:
Check all your fuses. I remember I had a friend whos car would shift out of gear and the problem was a blown fuses. This has happened to 2 of my friends in two different cars. One was a Van and the other one was a Pontiac.