13 items from 2015
The pitch for “Cedric’s Barber Battle” is so good — the “Barbershop” comic? In a reality competition about barbers? — that the execution was probably an afterthought. Or at least, it sure looks that way with this new CW series, a featherweight production that travels to different cities, where barbers vie for a whopping $15,000 and some hair-care products. As host, Cedric the Entertainer certainly keeps things light and breezy, and the marriage of star and concept is half the “Battle.” But the series is so challenged for volume it’s a struggle even to fluff out episodes to a half-hour.
“Barber Battle” joins a fairly lengthy list of made-for-tv competitions built around different professions, with the idea that the barbers are essentially artists, creating elaborate designs with clippers and dye. A trio of judges then analyzes their masterpieces of coiffure, after giving them specific assignments set against time limits.
Clearly, the »
- Brian Lowry
A blast from the past keeps a close eye on a newly moved couple in The Gift, the directorial debut of Joel Edgerton, who also stars in the film alongside Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall, as shown in the film's first trailer. We also have a look at a new promo for Salem Season 2 and two clips from Scream Factory's upcoming Blu-ray release of Deep in the Darkness.
The Gift: "Can you really go through life having never wronged anyone? Even if you are unaware of how, or when, and even who you may have wronged....chances are there is someone out there who won't ever forget it...or you.
Simon (Jason Bateman) and Robyn (Rebecca Hall) are a young married couple whose life is going just as planned until a chance encounter with an acquaintance from Simon's high school sends their world into a harrowing tailspin. Simon doesn't recognize Gordo (Joel Edgerton) at first, »
- Derek Anderson
Just days after the 39th anniversary of the conviction of Patty Hearst back on March 20, 1976, Deadline is reporting that Fox 2000 has acquired the rights to a new, untitled book being written by Jeffrey Toobin about the life and kidnapping of Hearst. The writers behind Big Eyes, Scott Alexander and Larry Karaszewski, will be adapting Toobin’s account.
Deadline is also speculating the role might also be in development for Jennifer Lawrence, but those talks are currently preliminary.
Hearst was 20 when she was kidnapped from her wealthy parents in the Hearst Publishing Family. She was later found to have changed her name to Tania and had joined up with her kidnappers, the Symbionese Liberation Army and eventually robbed a bank in San Francisco. Hearst’s story, based on her own novel, was first adapted into a film in 1988 by Paul Schrader, with Natasha Richardson in the role. Hearst is now 61.
- Brian Welk
When it comes to appearing on Empire, there seems to be one common thread: Lee Daniels. The director, who helped creator Fox’s hit new series with writer/actor Danny Strong, comes from a critically acclaimed film background. Both Terrence Howard (Lucious Lyon) and Gabourey Sidibe (Becky Williams) earned Oscar recognition thanks to Daniels work behind the camera.
Daniels has worked with an impressive pool of actors, which includes everyone from Dame Helen Mirren to Sean “P. Diddy” Combs. While we’d never expect to see Mirren on the show -- though it would be delightful if she made a voice cameo like she did on Glee -- we do love the idea of Combs getting back into acting, Nicole Kidman returning to her camp days, or even Zac Efron revisiting the musical world that first made him a star.
It’s been awhile since we’ve heard from Eve »
It's been over 10 years since we've last been to the Barbershop so you all know what that means. Yes, that's right people, it's time for another installment of the hit franchise starring Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer. Get ready because we're heading back to the South Side of Chicago to cut some hair. While the complete details of Barbershop 3 are still being fashioned, word on the street is MGM is hiring The Best Man franchise director Malcolm D. Lee to helm the upcoming sequel. Of course we can count on seeing Cube and Cedric the Entertainer, both of whom, according to Deadline, are crafting deals to reprise their iconic roles of Calvin and Eddie, respectively. Whether or not we will see Terri (Eve) and Jimmy (Sean Patrick Thomas) rejoin the crew has yet been confirmed but due to their inclusion in the first two films, it's highly likely. »
It’s time for another trip to the Barbershop. Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man Holiday) is in talks to direct a new installment of the comedy franchise, over a decade after the last one hit theaters. In addition, Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer are nearing deals to reprise their roles. Get all the latest details on […]
- Angie Han
These nostalgic cult classics may not have won Oscars, but they’ve delivered tons of iconic quotes, life lessons, and may have even inspired a few stand out celebrity Halloween costumes (Keri Hilson and Serge Ibaka as Lisa McDowell and Prince akeem — genius). This time of year, there’s nothing better than snuggling up and having a Netflix night complete with the flicks that made you laugh, cry, and discover your first Hollywood crush (looking at you, Morris Chestnut).
In honor of Black History Month, here are the 10 best black cult classics streaming on Netflix right now. Since we know Netflix likes to change their movie line-ups like underwear, we’ve saved you the trouble of a search.
Coming to America (1988)
This romantic comedy is such a classic that “black cult classic” is simply too confining of a description to categorize it with. Legendary comedian Eddie Murphy plays »
Last year we heard that the comedy franchise Barbershop was getting a third chapter (fourth if you count the spin-off Beauty Shop), with Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer and Queen Latifah reprising their respective roles. Now the film finally has a director as Deadline reports Malcolm D. Lee, who has been behind The Best Man films, will be at the helm of Barbershop 3. The film is finally coming together quickly with Ice Cube also producing alongside Bob Teitel and George Tillman Jr. of State Street Pictures as the lead producers. The films aren't runaway hits, but they're cheap to make, and make a decent return. ›››
- Ethan Anderton
Deals are reportedly quickly coming together for Ice Cube (Calvin Palmer) and Cedric the Entertainer (Eddie) to reprise their roles from the 2002 original and the 2004 sequel in which Cube will both star and produce.
It's unclear if previous film cast members like Sean Patrick Thomas (Jimmy), Eve (Terri), Troy Garity (Isaac), Michael Ealy (Ricky) and Leonard Earl Howze (Dinka) will reprise their roles for the sequel.
Source: Deadline »
- Garth Franklin
Frankly, I really could do without a 3rd "Barbershop" movie, but it looks like the stars have aligned in favor of one, as MGM is indeed pushing forward with a 3rd film in the franchise, 11 years after the second film, which was released 2 years after the first. So much time has passed between the last film, and this upcoming threequel, that it's hard to say, at this point, if that fact will work in its favor, or against it. No word on plot yet. What we do know right now is that Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer are expected to reprise their roles, with Cube's Cube Vision shingle producing. And, per Deadline, Malcolm Lee is in talks to direct the »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Malcolm D. Lee is finalizing a deal to direct Barbershop 3 for MGM, with the studio quickly putting together deals for Ice Cube (Calvin Palmer) and Cedric the Entertainer (Eddie) to reprise their roles from 2002's Barbershop and 2004's Barbershop 2: Back In Business. We reported in March of last year that MGM is moving forward with the sequel, with Ice Cube set to both star and produce.
The report from March revealed that the studio was seeking a screenwriter, but it isn't known if the script is currently being worked on. The original Barbershop was a surprise hit in 2002, taking in a healthy $75 million domestic from just a $15 million budget. The story followed Calvin and the wide-ranging characters that inhabit his Chicago barbershop. The 2004 sequel Barbershop 2: Back In Business earned $65 million domestic from a $30 million budget, and it also spawned the spinoff Beauty Shop starring Queen Latifah.
It was almost a year ago when we last heard about another Barbershop sequel. MGM’s franchise is indeed getting ready to open again with Ice Cube as the only mentioned returning cast member (and producer) last year, but now Cedric the Entertainer is said to be close to a deal to return as well. Deadline also reported that Barbershop 3 has found itself a director in Malcolm Lee (The Best Man). The original 2002 movie, which was actually pretty great, was directed by Tim Story with »
- Graham McMorrow
Created by Steve and Nancy Carell, the satirical take on police procedurals focuses on an eccentric but brilliant group of Lapd detectives. Parks and Recreation alum Rashida Jones fills the title role, while Hayes MacArthur (Go On), Jere Burns (Justified), Deon Cole (Conan) and College Humor’s Andree Vermeulen round out the cast.
Smart will guest-star as a seductive and friendly high-end call girl who »
13 items from 2015
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners