7 items from 2015
A blockbuster rated PG-13 is destined to win the Golden Popcorn at the MTV Movie Awards this weekend, judging by the show’s recent winners. While R-rated awards season titles “American Sniper,” “Boyhood,” “Whiplash” and “Gone Girl” are all nominated for the top prize, the most likely winners are PG-13, including Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy,” John Green’s “The Fault in Our Stars” and Jennifer Lawrence’s “The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 1.” Beginning in 1992, MTV’s first six Best Movie winners were all rated R, including “Terminator 2: Judgment Day,” “A Few Good Men,” “Menace II Society, »
- Jeff Sneider
Snoop Dogg is quietly one of the busiest guys in entertainment. Just this week alone, he's appeared on Empire, delivered a keynote speech at SXSW, shared the release date for his next album, and announced that he's got a new HBO series in the works. He's set to executive produce the untitled series with Menace II Society director Allen Hughes and writer Rodney Barnes (whom he previously worked with on The Boondocks). The series, set in early 1980s L.A., will follow a "family whose seemingly idyllic life is turned upside down by the collision of their community and American politics. " During his SXSW keynote, Snoop described the series as one that'll show the Reaganomics effect on his community (Snoop, of course, grew up in Long Beach during that era). Fingers crossed he'll star in it, too. »
- Dee Lockett
Snoop Dogg has partnered with “Menace II Society” director Allen Hughes and HBO to develop a family drama set in 1980s Los Angeles, the rapper-turned-actor announced on Friday. Hughes, who also directed Denzel Washington thriller “Book of Eli,” will direct the HBO original drama series, and executive produce alongside Snoop and Rodney Barnes (“The Boondocks”), who will write it. The announcement did not make it clear if Snoop would also star in the drama about a family whose seemingly idyllic life is turned upside down by the collision of their community and American politics. See video: Brian Williams Raps Another Snoop Dogg Classic. »
- Greg Gilman
The 2015 Sundance Film Festival is currently underway in Park City, Utah, where some of the year's most talked-about independent films are screening for the first time. Here's our rundown of what everyone's talking about so far. The Movie Everyone's Talking About Dope So Tell Me: The best way to describe Dope is to envision a mash-up of '90s "hood" movies -- everything from Juice and Menace II Society to House Party and Friday -- but...
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The 2015 Sundance Film Festival is currently underway in Park City, Utah, where some of the year's most talked-about independent films are screening for the first time. Here's our rundown of what everyone's talking about so far. The Movie Everyone's Talking About Dope So Tell Me: The best way to describe Dope is to envision a mash-up of '90s "hood" movies -- everything from Juice and Menace II Society to House Party and Friday -- but with contemporary sensibilities, including scenes involving Bitcoin, drones, Amazon and hacking. Written and directed by Rick Famuyiwa -- and featuring a breakout performance by newcomer Shameik Moore -- the film tracks the lives of three "nerds" (Moore, Tony Revolori, Kiersey Clemons) navigating...
- Erik Davis
On the success of History’s 2012 miniseries, Hatfields & McCoys, and amidst the rising popularity of African American history in film, the cable network is looking to revive one of the most acclaimed depictions of slavery ever committed to the screen. According to Deadline, the 1977 ABC miniseries Roots is rumored to be on its way to getting the green light very soon.
History acquired the rights to the series in late 2013 from the original Roots executive producer’s son Mark Wolper and the novel Roots: The Saga Of An American Family from the Alex Haley estate. Allen Hughes (of The Hughes Brothers) has also reportedly joined to direct the series, which will be written by Mark Rosenthal and Larry Konner. He will join Wolper and Marc Toberoff as an executive producer the miniseries.
Hughes broke out back in 1993 with his debut film Menace II Society, which he co-wrote and co-directed with his brother Albert. »
- William Fanelli
Back in 1977, Alex Haley's book Roots became the biggest and most talked about mini-series of all time. A little over a year ago, the news broke that cable network History planned to remake the series for a new generation. As we get closer and closer to that becoming a reality, the network has found their director. Allen Hughes, best known as a part of the Hughes Brothers, has directed the films Menace II Society, Dead Presidents, From Hell, The Book Of Eli, and most recently Broken City »
- Alex Maidy
7 items from 2015
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