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- Tom Beasley
While the Scrooge of Humbug will be a wealthy real estate mogul rather than a banker, the story will remain otherwise unchanged. Scrooge will be visited by the three ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, who will show him the error of his miserly ways and lead him to redemption.
The Humbug spec script, written by Todd R. Jones »
The rapper-turned-actor, whose early work in pioneering La rap outfit Nwa was recently immortalised in the blockbuster hip-hop biopic Straight Outta Compton, will portray a rich real-estate mogul who receives a festive visit from a trio of moralistic spirits representing Christmases past, present and future. The film, which is called Humbug and has been set up at studio Universal following a bidding war for Todd R Jones and Earl Richey Jones’s screenplay, will see Cube reunite with his director on Barbershop and Ride Along, Tim Story.
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- Ben Child
The script is a contemporary retelling of Charles Dickens' classic story of a wealthy real estate mogul who is shown a path to redemption by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
Ice Cube is ready to say "Humbug."
Cube's Scrooge will be visited by the Ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future, who show him how awful his life has turned out - and how to change it for the better. "A Christmas Carol" has been adapted into dozens of films; the last major one was directed by Robert Zemeckis in 2009 and featured Jim Carrey in motion-capture.
Cube can next be seen on the big screen in "Ride Along 2," slated for release on January 15. And of course, he's still raking in »
- Kelly Woo
As sick as some people might be of Charles Dickens' the Christmas Carol, having Ice Cube play Scrooge might be the defining moment for this often told holiday classic. There is no one more suited for the role, and it might prove to be the best character of his long and storied career as an actor. Universal Pictures picked up the spec script for Humbug in a four-studio bidding war, and Ice Cube is set to headline this Christmas comedy.
Tim Story, who directed Ice Cube in such blockbuster hits as Barbershop and Ride Along, is locked in to helm this contemporary retelling of Charles Dickens' most told tale. In this modern version, Ice Cube will play a wealthy real estate mogul who is, in traditional fashion, shown the errors of his ways by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future, leading him on a path to redemption. »
Deadline reports that Universal Pictures has snatched up a Christmastime, Ice Cube-starring script about a modern-day Scrooge. Titled Humbug, the film will reimagine Charles Dickens's Christmas Carol with Ice as a wealthy, unpleasant real-estate mogul haunted by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present, and Future (no word yet on if this mogul will also be a Republican who eventually runs for president and threatens to build huge walls everywhere, but it will be a cautionary tale nonetheless). The script was reportedly written by Todd R. Jones and Earl Richey Jones; Tim Story, who has worked with Ice on Barbershop and the Ride Along series, is set to direct for a potential 2017 release — in other words: not soon enough. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
The script is a contemporary retelling of Charles Dickens’ classic story of a wealthy real estate mogul who is shown a path to redemption by the ghosts of Christmas Past, Present and Future.
Cube will produce alongside Jeff Kwatinetz. Jones & Jones will co-produce.
The film marks another collaboration between Cube and Story that began with the box office hit “Barbershop,” which spawned two two sequels, the third recently wrapped production with Malcolm Lee at the helm. The two also worked on the “Ride Along” series for Universal with the sequel bowing this January with Story directing and Cube and Kevin Hart co-starring.
Cube just produced B.O. smash “Straight Outta Compton” and is about to start filming the New »
- Justin Kroll
Currently riding high on the success of Ride Along, the Jump Street films and Straight Outta Compton, Ice Cube is about to have a very happy Christmas. He's reportedly negotiated an eight-figure fee to star in Humbug, a Scrooge-riffing comedy to be directed by his Ride Along and Barbershop honcho Tim Story.Obviously taking Charles Dickens' perennial A Christmas Carol as its inspiration, Humbug will see Cube playing an ultra-capitalist real-estate mogul shown the error of his greedy ways when visited by a succession of didactic ghosts on Christmas Eve. "Any motherfucker who go around saying 'Merry Christmas' deserve a cap in they ass," he probably won't say.MGM, New Line and Disney all wanted the project, but Universal won the bidding war. Todd R. Jones and R. Richey Jones (Johnson Family Vacation, Rio) wrote the screenplay that caused all the buzz. Whether we're talking about an R-rated »
"The Perfect Guy" is the end-of-summer, edge-of-your-seat thriller that had grown men in the theater screaming and cowering in their seats. Starring Sanaa Lathan, Michael Ealy, and Morris Chesnut, the all-star cast didn't save the "drama for yo mama" -- they brought it to the screen!
We've all heard stories about bad break-ups, but damn. This movie takes it to the next two levels. Lathan, not new to the game, who's starred in "Love & Basketball" and "The Best Man," plays a nice, sweet, highly successful working woman who breaks up with her live-in boyfriend and starts dating a new guy, which turns out to be a big mistake. The new guy turns out to be a violent, psycho stalker who makes her life a living hell once she decides to dump him and get back with her ex.
- Wendell Escott
Kevin Hart and Ice Cube created a massive hit back in 2014, with director Tim Story.s Ride Along setting January box office records when it was released. Now the dynamic duo is set to return, and a new trailer has arrived for Ride Along 2 to tell us what the new adventure will be all about. Universal Pictures has released this new trailer via their official YouTube account, and as you can see, the film sports a rather impressive supporting cast backing up Ice Cube and Kevin Hart . who will be reprising their roles as James Payton, and Ben Barber respectively. Also joining in the fun this time around are Ken Jeong, Benjamin Bratt, Olivia Munn, Bruce McGill, Tika Sumpter, and Sherri Shepherd. After establishing Ice Cube and Kevin Hart as the Alpha dog and his "mate" in the initial Ride Along, the upcoming sequel . also directed by Tim Story »
Ice Cube dropped by The Tonight Show to promote his new biopic, Straight Outta Compton, which hits theaters Aug. 14. The film follows the legendary rapper's humble beginnings as one of the members of N.W.A. - and since his son O'Shea Jackson, Jr. portrays him in the movie, it's likely an even more exciting moment for the star. Ice Cube has been in the business since the '90s, and even though he started out as a hardcore gangsta rapper, he's hit the big screen with comedic roles in movies like Are We There Yet? and both the Barbershop and 21 Jump Street franchises. He brought even more laughs along with Jimmy Fallon on Wednesday night as the pair explained what N.W.A.'s name doesn't stand for. Watch the video above now. Still unclear on what N.W.A. stands for? If you don't know, now you know. »
Ice Cube has been a Hollywood player for two decades, producing a string of films including the “Friday” franchise, “Ride Along” and the “Barbershop” films. But the hip-hop mogul said his latest project, the N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton,” took years to get rolling. “It was one of the hardest movies I ever had to get made. It’s been a four-year process and that’s just actual process,” Ice Cube told TheWrap about the Universal Pictures release, which hits theaters August 14. “But as the dream, it goes back almost 10 years.” The film traces the origins of N.W.A. (an acronym for. »
- Anita Bennett
With the 15th Annual Bet Awards right around the corner, Anthony Anderson is fine tuning his singing, dancing and hosting skills. Anderson will help steer the ship Sunday in Los Angeles, taking up hosting duties with “Black-ish” costar Tracee Ellis Ross. Asked his reaction when Bet came calling, Anderson told TheWrap, “It’s about time.” A native of Compton, California, the 44-year-old Anderson has been building up his Hollywood credentials for two decades. After appearing in a string of TV shows and films including “Barbershop,” “Malibu’s Most Wanted” and “Hustle & Flow,” ABC’s breakout comedy “Black-ish” boosted Anderson’s star status, »
- Anita Bennett
From Zoolander 2 to 23 Jump Street, with 100s in-between. Here's our rundown of the assorted movie sequels in the works...
Think Hollywood is bereft of original ideas? You just might after this. Here's our look at the assorted movie sequels currently in the works. Since we last did a list like this, we've dropped films that seem to have died a death - Wanted 2, Spring Breakers 2 - but we'll keep this rundown up to date over the coming month.
Without further ado...
23 Jump Street
Sony is pressing ahead with a third Jump Street movie, as well as a possible Jump Street vs Men In Black film, and a female-headlined spin-off. For 23 Jump Street specifically, Rodney Rothman is back and working on the script (he wrote the second one). It's unclear yet if Chris Miller and Phil Lord can find breathing space in their schedule to direct. Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill are both expected back, »
Charlie Day (Pacific Rim, Horrible Bosses) and Ice Cube (Ride Along, Barbershop) are in talks to star in the comedy Fist Fight for New Line Cinema.Per Deadline, the script penned by Van Robichaux and Evan Susser is envisioned as a grown up version of the 80s cult hit Three O'Clock High. Ice Cube plays a teacher who challenges his mild-mannered colleague (Day) to an after school fist fight when he suspects the timid English teacher is trying to get him fired. 21 Laps' Shawn Levy, Billy Rosenberg and Max Greenfield are set to produce, with Dan Cohen overseeing for the company. Negotiations are still in early stages for a planned September start date. [caption id="attachment_265809" align="alignright" width="360"] Image via Universal Pictures[/caption] This could be an excellent bit of casting if the script is right. These two couldn't be more of an odd couple pairing, and I could easily see them having killer on-screen chemistry. »
- Haleigh Foutch
Bob Teitel and George Tillman Jr. of State Street Pictures are the lead producers. Malcolm D. Lee, who directed the “Best Man” movies, is directing “Barbershop 3″ from a script by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver. Regina Hall, Eve and Common are also set to star.
The original 2002 film, directed by Tim Story and set in Chicago, starred Ice 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.
- Dave McNary
Warner Bros has slated Barbershop 3 for February 19, 2016, a weekend that so far is wide open. That February date wedges the comedy threequel right after the opening of Paramount’s Zoolander 2 and the weekend before Lionsgate’s Dirty Grandpa, starring Robert De Niro and Zach Efron. Barbershop stars Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer and Nicki Minaj, Regina Hall, Eve, Common, Deon Cole and Anthony Anderson. This one was directed by Malcom D. Lee, who helmed the Best Man… »
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