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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
Anthony Anderson, who won an NAACP Image Award this year for his starring role on ABC’s “Black-ish,” will host the fifth edition of the MTV Africa Music Awards on July 18 in Durban, in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal.
The Mamas, as the awards are known, were revived last year after a three-year hiatus and aired live in 48 countries, including for the first time across sub-Saharan Africa on multiplatform network MTV Base. They also trended globally, including in the U.S., on Twitter.
“I’m so looking forward to my first trip to Durban and KwaZulu-Natal and honored to be hosting Mama 2015 on Nelson Mandela’s birthday – it’s going to be awesome!,” he said.
Anderson also known for »
- Nick Vivarelli
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
Anthony Anderson, who won an NAACP Image Award this year for his starring role on ABC’s “Black-ish,” has also earned kudos for his work on “Barbershop” and “The Departed.” But it was a part in the TV sci-fier “Alien Avengers” and in Nickelodeon’s Big Help-a-Thon that were his entre to Variety.
How did you get involved with Help-a-Thon?
I was on the Saturday-morning TV show “Hang Time.” When Nickelodeon asked me to come on, I jumped at that opportunity. It was about donating time to your community — and it was cool to just be a part of that movement.
How did you break into the biz?
I got an acting scholarship to Howard University, and then returned to L.A. I didn’t even have agents, but I would crash friends’ auditions. Casting director Jaki Brown-Karman saw something in me, and would call me for auditions. I was »
- Tim Gray
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… »
Rapper and actress Nicki Minaj has signed on to join the growing cast of MGM's upcoming comedy sequel Barbershop 3. She will play a new character named Draya, who works as a beautician in the beauty shop area of the Barbershop. The role marks Nicki Minaj's second big screen performance, after making her feature debut on last year's The Other Woman.
Barbershop and Barbershop 2: Back In Business stars Ice Cube (Calvin Palmer), Cedric the Entertainer (Eddie) and Eve (Terri) are reprising their roles for the sequel. New casting additions include Common and Regina Hall, but no details were given for their characters. It isn't clear at this point if other original franchise stars such as Sean Patrick Thomas (Jimmy), Troy Garity (Issac), Michael Ealy (Ricky) and Leonard Earl Howze (Dinka) will also come back for the follow-up.
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.
Minaj will play Draya, the sassy new hairdresser of the beauty shop portion of the barbershop. She made her first screen appearance last year in “The Other Woman,” portraying the assistant to Cameron Diaz’s character.
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.
- Dave McNary
After 13 years, Anthony Anderson is returning to Calvin’s, having signed on to appear in Barbershop 3. The Black-ish star will reprise his role as Jd, the troubled Atm thief whose crimes nearly caused the closure of the titular shop in the original film. Jd was arrested at the end of Barbershop, and subsequently Anderson didn’t appear in Barbershop 2. In addition, Think Like A Man‘s Regina Hall and New Girl star Lamorne Morris are in talks to appear in the film. This… »
Bob Teitel and George Tillman Jr. of State Street Pictures are the lead producers. Malcolm D. Lee, who directed Hall in the “Best Man” movies, is directing “Barbershop 3″ from a script by Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver.
Hall will play Angie, the woman in charge of the beauty shop portion of the barbershop.
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.
Hall was recently be seen in Jim Strouse’s “People, Places and Things,” which premiered at Sundance and was recently acquired by the Film Arcade. She will be seen next »
- Dave McNary
Rainey can be seen in upcoming seasons of "Power" as Tariq, son of crime kingpin Ghost St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), and "Orange is the New Black" as the son of trans inmate Sophia, played by Laverne Cox. Now we've learned that the young actor will join the third installment of Ice Cube's "Barbershop" franchise, playing the role of Cube's son. Indie film fans will remember Rainey from the 2012 Sundance drama "Luv," where he starred opposite Common as a boy who grows up fast when he spends the day with his ex-convict uncle. He'll rejoin his old co-star in the new sequel, as Common's involvement in "Barbershop 3" »
- Shadow And Act
MGM is betting that the Barbershop franchise has plenty of life left in it, luring Ice Cube and Cedric The Entertainer back to reprise their starring roles. Now the film has recent Oscar winner Common attached. The original 2003 movie found Cube as the South Side Chicago barber Calvin Palmer, a man who plied his trade surrounded by friends, lovers and oddballs. It was successful enough to spawn not only a sequel in 2004’s Barbershop 2: Back In Business, but a spin-off in the Queen Latifah-centric Beauty Shop and a short-lived TV series.Exactly what will happen in the new film isn’t yet clear, but we could predict lots of banter, friendly insults and possibly some comment on the current economic climate. The Best Man director Malcolm D. Lee is on board to call the shots, working from a script by Kenya Barris, creator of the Us TV sitcom Black-ish. »
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 »
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