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The original Barbershop movie was directed by Ride Along‘s Tim Story. If you recall, Cube starred as Calvin Palmer, Jr., a man who inherited a South Side Chicago barbershop from his father. He spends his normal days working in the shop, interacting with co-workers and the surrounding community.
Cube and Cedric the Entertainer starred in both the original film and the 2004 sequel, Barbershop 2: Back in Business, directed by Kevin Rodney Sullivan. That film also featured a “guest appearance” by Queen Latifah, who then headlined the Barbershop franchise spinoff, Beauty Shop in 2005.
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Writers are being sought for the project which hopes to get Cedric the Entertainer and Queen Latifah back as well. The first film opened in 2002 and made $75 million from a $12 million budget. The 2004 sequel scored $65 million from a $30 million budget.
This marks yet another franchise for Cube who will soon appear in the sequels "22 Jump Street" this year and "Ride Along 2" in 2015.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Ice Cube is finalizing a deal to star in and produce Barbershop 3 for MGM Studios, which is clearly trying to create a stable of franchises to build off the success of The Hobbit and their James Bond movies. Along with this sequel in the works, the studio will release Hot Tub Time Machine 2 at the end of this year, Poltergeist next summer, and they are also hoping to turn Dwayne Johnson's Hercules into a franchise. MGM is also working on an animated version of The Addams Family.
Ice Cube will return as Calvin, the barbershop owner he portrayed in 2002's Barbershop and 2004's Barbershop 2: Back In Business. The studio hopes to bring back Cedric the Entertainer, who appeared in both movies as Eddie, and Queen Latifah, who played Gina in Barbershop 2: Back In Business and the 2005 spin-off Beauty Shop. MGM is currently seeking writers for the sequel. »
The original 2002 film, directed by Tim Story and set in Chicago, starred Cube and Anthony Anderson. The 2004 sequel “Barbershop 2: Back in Business,” featured the same cast with Kevin Rodney Sullivan directing.
The two “Barbershop” films combined for about $140 million in worldwide box office.
News was first reported by Variety sister site Deadline Hollywood.
- Dave McNary
Less than two months after Ride Along was released, the sequel Ride Along 2 is moving full steam ahead, with Universal Pictures handing out a Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday weekend, January 15, 2016 release date. The follow-up is going against The Nut Job 2, which is quite a coincidence since both Ride Along and The Nut Job opened on the same day in January.
We reported last month that Ice Cube and Kevin Hart are reprising their roles as James Payton and Ben Barber from the original comedy, which has earned over $140 million worldwide thus far, after a stellar opening weekend of $41.5 million, which broke the box office record for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend. The plot centers on Ben Barber, who goes on a ride along through the streets of Atlanta with his fiancee's older brother.
Ride Along 2 will drive into theaters on Friday, January 15, 2016, Universal announced Thursday. The sequel will see the return of stars Kevin Hart and Ice Cube as a security guard and an Atlanta cop, respectively. Tim Story will return to direct the comedy. Story: How Warner Bros. Lost Out on 'Ride Along' Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi are writing the script, and Cube, Will Packer, Matt Alvarez and Larry Brezner will produce. The first film had a record-breaking opening weekend when it debuted over the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday. It opened over the January four-day
- Rebecca Ford
Universal Pictures today announced that Ride Along 2 is set for release on January 15, 2016. Kevin Hart and Ice Cube lead the returning lineup for the sequel to the hit action comedy. Joining Hart and Cube for the next chapter of the series are director Tim Story, as well as Cube's fellow producers -- Will Packer, Matt Alvarez and Larry Brezner -- who will produce alongside Cube. Ride Along 2 will open opposite the animated sequel, The Nut Job 2 . Coincidentally, both the original Ride Along and the original The Nut Job opened opposite one another this past January. »
Amazon Studios has settled on four series orders among the 10 pilots the company announced last month were under consideration, according to sources close to the deals.
A rep for Amazon Studios declined comment.
Getting the greenlight will be “Bosch,” a cop drama based on Michael Connelly’s Harry Bosch series, written by Eric Overmyer and Connelly. Pilot follows title character, played by Titus Welliver (“Argo,” “The Good Wife”) as he pursues the killer of a 13-year-old boy while standing trial in federal court on accusations that he murdered a suspected serial killer in cold blood. Cast includes: Annie Wersching, Amy Price-Francis and Jamie Hector. Henrik Bastin of Fabrik Entertainment (“The Killing”) produced and Jim McKay directed the pilot.
Written and directed by Chris Carter (“The X-Files”), “The After” is a drama that follows eight strangers thrown together by mysterious forces and who must help each other survive in a violent world that defies explanation. »
- Andrew Wallenstein
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, »
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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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