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Tiffany Haddish has joined the cast of Universal Pictures’ “Girl Trip,” which will be directed by Malcolm D. Lee, and produced by Will Packer. The actress rounds out the starring cast, joining Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Regina Hall in a film… Continue Reading → »
- Tambay Obenson
Mike Colter and Larenz Tate have joined the cast of Universal Pictures’ “Girl Trip,” which will be directed by Malcolm D. Lee, and produced by Will Packer. Colter and Larenz join the previously-cast Queen Latifah, Jada Pinkett Smith and Regina… Continue Reading → »
Malcolm D. Lee is directing from a script by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver about four lifelong friends who travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, where sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.
“Girl Trip” will hit theaters on July 21, 2017.
Will Packer will produce via his Will Packer Productions banner. Packer’s credits include the “Ride Along” and “Think Like a Man” franchises, along with “No Good Deed” “Takers” and “Obsessed.” He was an executive producer on Universal’s “Straight Outta Compton.”
- Dave McNary
Directed by Malcolm D. Lee
Starring Ice Cube, Robert Teitel, Cedric the Entertainer, Regina Hall, Sean Patrick Thomas, Eve, Anthony Anderson, Jazsmin Lewis-Kelley, Common, Nicki Minaj, Margot Bingham, Lamorne Morris, Deon Cole, Reggie Brown, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Tyga, J.B. Smoove, Deon Cole
Employees at the barbershop look to solve the gang-related violence that has taken its hold on the local community.
It’s been 12 years since the last outing of the Barbershop franchise (11 if you want to include its spin-off), and it’s nice to see many of them return as well as the arrival of some new faces. As these films have gained greater recognition and a growing fan-base over years, one glaring concern would be that of quality: could they recapture the magic and chemistry given the time-lapse? Could the director of Scary Movie 5 live up to such standards? »
- Matthew Lee
Barbershop A Fresh Cut review: The third instalment comes a decade after the party, and although hair still need cutting, is there anything left to say?
Barbershop A Fresh Cut review
Back in 2002 a low-key comedy known as Barbershop was a surprise smash. From a budget of $12 million it took in $75 million at the Us box office. A 2004 sequel doubled the budget and was still successful with $65 million domestically, while a 2005 spin-off, Beauty Shop kept the second film’s $30 million budget but only made $35 million at home. None of the films have found success abroad though, with only the first film making more than $1 million overseas. Over a decade since its last venture, the Barbershop is back in Barbershop: A Fresh Cut, reuniting many of the original cast while also adding in some newcomers such as Nicki Minaj.
The barbershop franchise has excelled by exploring a microcosm of a specific community/ethnic group, and containing it within an isolated place that represents the community. It’s something that Britain did a decade before with the sitcom Desmonds. However, the late 1980s black community of London was vastly different from the early 2000s black community in Chicago. Issues such as crime, community, and small business versus big business were all tackled making for richer than usual comedies. In the last half a decade, star and producer Ice Cube, has had huge successes such as the 21 Jump Street films and the Ride Along franchise. Does returning to this franchise suggest it has something new in its arsenal to cover?
Barbershop A Fresh Cut review
Happily, or rather sadly, it does. Barbershop: A Fresh Cut looks at gang culture in Chicago in a less than subtle way. Calvin (Cube), continues to run his Barbershop which has now joined forces with a beauty salon, offering up much well paced dialogue in the battle of the sexes. However, as an opening narration explains, Chicago has fallen to bitter rivalries in the street, resulting in Calvin declaring a no gun policy in his shop. As the regular staff and clientele meet and discuss the ways of the world, ways of the past, and everything in between, Calvin’s son Jalen (Michael Rainey Jr.) is slowly seduced by a gang. The tensions encourage Calvin and his shop to negotiate a ceasefire between the gangs.
Barbershop: A Fresh Cut’s biggest plus is its heart. Obviously spurned on by tackling actual issues, the film may be heavy-handed a lot of the time when dealing out messages, golden glowing flashbacks and needlessly placed narration stopping the film in its tracks, but it makes the film more poignant and necessary than many comedy sequels arriving over a decade since their last entry. The cast assembled also have fantastic charisma and chemistry, playing off each other in lengthy dialogue segments that wouldn’t go amiss during a play or stand-up comedy gig. Cedric the Entertainer returns to give some less PC humour as the elder barber who claims to have once been President Obama’s barber, while younger newcomers such as Raja (Utkarsh Ambudkar) and Jerrod (Lamorne Morris) are inserted to give the views of non-black American minorities and young black males who don’t conform to ‘thuglife’ masculine stereotype respectively. As each character has a reason to exist, it makes for a well rounded feature with a lot of discussion.
Barbershop A Fresh Cut review
Despite the serious sounding nature, there is still room for plenty of laugh out loud moments, but the film stutters as it navigates through tone. Some scenes involving the gangs are extraordinarily intense and very uncomfortable. Meanwhile, there’s also an infidelity/temptation subplot involving Rashad (Common), his work focused wife Terri (Eve) and beautician Draya (Minaj). It’s a fine serviceable story which is played out well and gives sweet moments to all, but it is also dwarfed by and is intrusive of the bigger picture.
Malcolm D. Lee’s direction is thankfully unambitious, allowing for the stars to command the screen and their dialogue to keep the pace. Barbershop: A Fresh Cut stands out in the comedic crowd for attempting to tackle pressing social issues while also offering enough laughs and drama for all audiences. Witty, charismatic, and smart, Barbershop: A Fresh Cut may need a few snips and trims in places, but it’s also brave and bold.
Barbershop: A Fresh Cut is released in cinemas from 17th June.
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- Luke Ryan Baldock
Director Malcom D. Lee explains how he always wanted to put his “stamp” on the Barbershop franchise saying that no matter how serious the issues are, The Next Cut is still a comedy. He believes some actors “you don’t tame…you gotta let them run wild” and talks about his high top fade and blow out […]
The post Exclusive Interview: Barbershop The Next Cut – Director Malcolm D. Lee appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- DaniElle DeLaite
The story focuses on four friends who travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, where sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, with some drinking, romancing and even brawling thrown in for good measure.
Malcolm Lee ("The Best Man Holiday") directs and Will Packer produces the film which also stars Regina Hall. "Black-ish" creator Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver penned the script with a July 21st 2017 release being targeted.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Regina Hall, who was previously cast in the film, will also star.
“Girl Trip” revolves around four friends on a trip to New Orleans during the yearly Essence Festival. The group of women rekindle their friendship, get wild on the dance floor (and a little drunk), find romance and even get into a. »
- Meriah Doty
Universal’s female-fronted ensemble comedy Girl Trip, the same one that recently displaced Pitch Perfect 3 from its summer release window, has cast the net in search of its leading players, with Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith emerging as two early candidates.
Word of the casting arrives by way of Deadline, revealing that Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith are on the verge of a reunion two decades on from rubbing shoulders in F. Gary Gray’s action-thriller Set It Off.
This time around, they’ll be trading criminal escapades for nostalgic trips down memory line. Also starring Regina Hall, the Malcolm Lee-directed feature chronicles the heartfelt story of “four friends who travel to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, where sisterhoods are rekindled and wild sides are rediscovered, with some drinking, romancing and even brawling thrown in for good measure.” Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver are the brains behind the sisterly screenplay. »
- Michael Briers
Exclusive: Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith are near deals to star in Universal Pictures' Girl Trip for director Malcolm Lee and producer Will Packer. They will join Regina Hall, who was previously announced. It marks the first time the actresses are working together onscreen since 1996’s Set it Off, the cult fave bank robber drama they made with director F. Gary Gray. Scripted by Black-ish creator Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver, the film focuses on four friends who… »
Once slated to stage their reunion in the thick of the summer (July 21, 2017, to be exact), Universal has postponed the return of The Barden Bellas by close to six months, with Pitch Perfect 3 now set to open on December 22, 2017.
In its place, the studio has elected Malcolm Lee’s female-fronted comedy Girl Trip to slot into the vacant July 21 window, ensuring the Regina Hall-fronted romp moves up one month from its initial August 11, 2017 release.
Currently simmering in pre-production, it’s understood Anna Kendrick, Brittany Snow and Rebel Wilson have all closed deals to reprise their roles for Pitch Perfect 3, while Power Rangers alum Elizabeth Banks will return at the helm of the ensemble musical comedy. Banks is also on board to return as the irreverent Gail – one half of the brilliant commentating duo alongside John Michael Higgins – after making her directorial debut with last year’s Pitch Perfect 2. »
- Michael Briers
Pitch Perfect 3, which will reunite everyone from the previous movies, was set for a Stateside release on July 21, 2017, but the studio has decided to push it back to December 22, 2017, allowing Malcolm Lee’s Girl Trip to take its summer slot.
The reason for the the move is unknown, but now it will open alongside The Croods 2 and The Six Billion Dollar Man in the United States, and will also have to deal with the fallout of the release of Star Wars Episode 8.
The Pitch Perfect franchise is a big one for the studio, and has so far raked in nearly $400 million from the first two instalments. That’s from a combined budget of around $50 million.
- Paul Heath
Believing it will fare better as a holiday release than a big summer tentpole comedy, Universal Pictures has decided to shift the date of their anticipated sequel Pitch Perfect 3 yet again. Now, the movie has been delayed by almost 6 months. Where it was previously slated to land on July 21, 2017 it will now kick off Christmas weekend at the box office, opening on December 22, 2017.
This change comes just 22 days after the comedy musical was swapped around on the release calendar a second time, with the movie originally slated to premiere in theaters on July 21, 2017 before moving to August 4, and then back to July. There is nothing else causing the delay other than Universal wanting to find the movie its perfect home.
Pitch Perfect 3 was sitting smack dab in the middle of what has become a very crowded summer 2017 marketplace. It was once set to face down Luc Besson's sci-fi epic »
The 2012 original grossed $113 million worldwide, while “Pitch Perfect 2” has more than doubled that, grossing $286 million worldwide to date on a $29 million budget.
No plot details have been released.
“Girl Trip” will be directed »
- Justin Kroll
With just three weeks to go before its UK release, Warner Bros. has debuted a poster and trailer for Malcolm D. Lee’s upcoming comedy sequel Barbershop: A Fresh Cut (a.k.a. Barbershop: The Next Cut), which sees Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Eve, Sean Patrick Thomas, Deon Cole and Anthony Anderson returning to their roles alongside newcomers Nicki Minaj, Common, Regina Hall, Lamorne Morris, J.B. Smoove and Tyga. Take a look below…
It’s been more than 10 years since our last appointment at Calvin’s Barbershop. Calvin (Ice Cube) and his longtime crew, including Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer), are still there, but the shop has undergone some major changes. Most noticeably, our once male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed. The ladies bring their own flavor, drama and gossip to the shop challenging the fellas at every turn. Despite the good times and camaraderie within the shop, the surrounding community »
- Amie Cranswick
Welcome to the latest installment of Trailer Park, our semi-regular look at the latest trailers to hit the interwebs. This weeks line-up features a bevy of the latest movie trailers including Ghostbusters, Sausage Party, Star Trek Beyond, Precious Cargo, Independence Day: Resurgence, Barbershop: A Fresh Cut, and Morgan.
Thirty years after the original film took the world by storm, Ghostbusters is back and fully rebooted for a new generation. Director Paul Feig combines all the paranormal fighting elements that made the original franchise so beloved with a cast of new characters, played by the funniest actors working today. Get ready to watch them save the world this summer!
Sausage Party, the first R-rated CG animated movie, is about one sausage leading a group of supermarket products on a quest to discover the truth about their existence and what really happens when they become chosen to leave the grocery store. »
- Phil Wheat
Universal has set the release date for the road-trip comedy “Girl Trip,” starring Regina Hall, for Aug. 11, 2017.
Will Packer, who has a first-look deal with the studio, is producing the project with Malcolm D. Lee directing. James Lopez, head of motion pictures for Will Packer Productions, will executive produce.
The story involves four lifelong friends traveling to New Orleans for the annual Essence Festival, where sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s plenty of dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing.
Hall starred in both “Think Like a Man” films »
- Dave McNary
Updated, 3:29 Pm: Universal this afternoon confirmed the title of its Will Packer-Malcolm D. Lee film starring Regina Hall as Girl Trip and dated it for August 11, 2017. Previous Exclusive: Regina Hall, who was most recently seen in the fan favorite Barbershop: The Next Cut, has been set to star in the yet untitled Girl’s Trip project for Will Packer Productions which is set up at Universal with Malcolm D. Lee directing. Lee came aboard early on before the project even had… »
Chicago – The Chicago premiere of “Barbershop: The Next Cut” took place in March of 2016, and what made it special is that the principle cast walked the Red Carpet and did a “tour” of the city to promote the film. HollywoodChicago.com photographer Jeff Doles was at that Chicago Red Carpet, which took place at the Showplace Icon Theatres, and captured these Exclusive Portraits.
Click “Next” and “Previous” to scan through the slideshow or jump directly to individual photos with the captioned links below. All photos are © Jeff Doles of 238 Studios for HollywoodChicago.com.
BARBER1: ‘Barbershop: The Next Cut’ Red Carpet, March 14th, 2016. BARBER2: Ice Cube Portrays Calvin in ‘Barbershop: The Next Cut.’ BARBER3: Common Portrays Rashad in ‘Barbershop: The Next Cut’ BARBER4: Cedric the Entertainer is Eddie in ‘Barbershop: The Next Cut.’ BARBER5: »
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Chicago – The Barbershop series of films have always prided themselves on following the “Seinfeld Rule” – they are essentially about nothing. But with this go-around – like the recent “Chi-Raq” – the gang at the shop takes on the Chicago neighborhood violence around them, in “Barbershop: The Next Cut.”
It’s still light hearted fare, and Cedric the Entertainer is still the one man Greek Chorus as Eddie, but like many neighborhoods in Chicago, the fictional south side environs of the barbershop are facing up to the wild west-style shootings that seem to happen on a nightly basis. Through this serious subject, they try to work it out and actually do something for their people. It’s a lot more noble, and it’s effectively woven (pun intended) into the Barbershop series zeitgeist.
Calvin (Ice Cube) is still running his south side barbershop, with the usual hustlers, hangers-on and regular customers. His »
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