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Think you could portray Dr. Dre on the big screen? Well you might just be in luck! Director F. Gary Gray took to his Twitter account to announce that his upcoming biopic on N.W.A – Straight Outta Compton is looking for new talent.
On the poster, it says that the film is seeking “African American males late teens to late 20s to play the roles of Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, Eazy-e, DJ Yella and Mc Ren”. It also states that Ice Cube and Dr. Dre will be producing the movie alongside Eazy-e’s widow Tomica Woods-Wright and Matt Alvarez.
There has been rumours since 2011 that Eazy-e’s son would play the part of his dad on the big screen, but his daughter Erin Bria Wright has also shown interested, even going as far as posting an “audition tape” online. Ice Cube has also said that he has been pushing for his son, »
- Lucy Cave
Written by Jeremy Garelick and Jon Weinbach, sports comedy The Rebels follows Julie Levine (Natalie Zea) after her husband suddenly dies and leaves her as the sole owner of a pro football team. The Rebels creative team also includes executive producer, Matt Alvarez (Ride Along), musician and actor Ice Cube and Michael Strahan, former football player for the New York Giants and host of Live with Kelly and Michael.
Watch The Rebels now and help decide if it should be made into a series.
- Diksha Singh
“Ride Along” has topped $117 million in the U.S. after five weekends, starting its run with three consecutive third-place finishes. The film was budgeted at $25 million.
Will Packer, Ice Cube and Matt Alvarez will again produce. Tim Story is attached to direct again from a script by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. Universal signed the writers to script the sequel last year.
Hart, Cube and Story are repped by UTA.
News was first reported by Deadline.com.
- Dave McNary
With the worldwide gross for the original film already in excess of $120 million, Universal Pictures is moving forward with Ride Along 2 . Deadline reports today that both Ice Cube and Kevin Hart are set to reprise their roles with Tim Story returning to direct. The original film's scribes Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi will also return. Their new script is said to both up the first film's action level and expand the comedy's cast with multicultural additions. Ice Cube will again produce alongside Matt Alvarez, Will Packer and Larry Brezner. Production is targeted for this summer with a 2015 release likely but not yet confirmed. »
Lasse Hallstrom is attached to direct a biopic about America's first billionaire, John D. Rockefeller, for Relativity.
Rockefeller ruthlessly built the Standard Oil empire, spending decades dodging investigations into his business tactics. He ultimately turned into a philanthropist who gave away most of his fortune.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Rockefeller co-founded Standard Oil Co. in 1870, revolutionizing the oil industry. The world’s first billionaire ultimately gave away most of his fortune.
Hallstrom’s credits include “My Life as a Dog” and “Cider House Rules.”
Hallstrom and Borten are repped by UTA.
- Dave McNary
Amazon has released online its second wave of pilots for potential new shows, once again bringing democracy to pilot season.
Feedback from viewers will help determine which shows will become full-fledged series. Viewers can watch them for free if they’re Amazon Prime members. Projects include X Files creator Chris Carter’s new show The After and a detective drama based on Michael Connelly’s popular Harry Bosch novels. Below are the official descriptions of the adult-targeted shows from Amazon. For more thoughts on this subject, see our previous post on whether regular TV networks should follow Amazon’s lead »
- James Hibberd
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“Ride Along,” which is rated “PG-13” and opens on Jan. 17, 2014, also stars Laurence Fishburne, Angela Kerecz, Tika Sumpter, Bryan Callen, Bruce McGill, David Banner, Julisita Salcedo, Gary Owen and Dragos Bucur from director Tim Story and writers Greg Coolidge and Jason Mantzoukas.
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Kevin Hart and Ice Cube lead the lineup in Ride Along, the new film from the director and the producer of the blockbuster comedy Think Like a Man. When a fast-talking guy joins his girlfriend’s brother—a hot-tempered cop—to patrol the streets of Atlanta, he gets entangled in the officer’s latest case. Now, in order to prove that he deserves his future bride, he must survive the most insane 24 hours of his life.
For the past two years, high-school security guard Ben (Hart) has been trying to show decorated Apd detective James (Cube) that he’s more than just a video-game junkie who’s unworthy of James’ sister, Angela (Tika Sumpter). When Ben finally gets accepted into the academy, he thinks he’s earned the seasoned policeman’s respect and asks for his blessing to marry Angela.
Knowing that a ride along will demonstrate if Ben has »
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