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When Wall Street billionaires Gabriel Hammond, 37, and his brother, Daniel, 33, launched independent producer-distributor Broad Green Pictures two summers ago, Hollywood was skeptical about its prospects. In a time when even the Weinsteins are struggling to survive, it was a strange time to reinvent a dying economic model.
Now Broad Green is laying off around 6 percent of its staff, all of whom work in the publicity department, the company confirmed to IndieWire. Broad Green’s publicity head Adam Keen, a former Warner Bros. publicity exec, has resigned. Marketing and communications personnel are traditionally the first casualties of cutbacks in Hollywood.
The layoffs were unsurprising. Ken Kwapis’s Sundance comedy “A Walk in the Woods” starring Robert Redford and Nick Nolte managed $30 million, but that couldn’t counterbalance films like Ramin Bahrani’s well-reviewed real estate thriller “99 Homes” ($1.7 million domestic) and Sarah Silverman’s depressive drama “I Smile Back” ($58K). Now, the »
- Graham Winfrey and Anne Thompson
Directed by Malcolm D. Lee
Starring Ice Cube, Robert Teitel, Cedric the Entertainer, Regina Hall, Sean Patrick Thomas, Eve, Anthony Anderson, Jazsmin Lewis-Kelley, Common, Nicki Minaj, Margot Bingham, Lamorne Morris, Deon Cole, Reggie Brown, Utkarsh Ambudkar, Tyga, J.B. Smoove, Deon Cole
Employees at the barbershop look to solve the gang-related violence that has taken its hold on the local community.
It’s been 12 years since the last outing of the Barbershop franchise (11 if you want to include its spin-off), and it’s nice to see many of them return as well as the arrival of some new faces. As these films have gained greater recognition and a growing fan-base over years, one glaring concern would be that of quality: could they recapture the magic and chemistry given the time-lapse? Could the director of Scary Movie 5 live up to such standards? »
- Matthew Lee
The Barbershop is back! The Next Cut is the third instalment in this comedic franchise. We talk about how the movie balances comedy with the background of real gang violence in Chicago today. Ice cube discusses his collaboration with former foe, rapper Common, on a track called Real People, for the soundtrack while Cedric the […]
- DaniElle DeLaite
Barbershop A Fresh Cut review: The third instalment comes a decade after the party, and although hair still need cutting, is there anything left to say?
Barbershop A Fresh Cut review
Back in 2002 a low-key comedy known as Barbershop was a surprise smash. From a budget of $12 million it took in $75 million at the Us box office. A 2004 sequel doubled the budget and was still successful with $65 million domestically, while a 2005 spin-off, Beauty Shop kept the second film’s $30 million budget but only made $35 million at home. None of the films have found success abroad though, with only the first film making more than $1 million overseas. Over a decade since its last venture, the Barbershop is back in Barbershop: A Fresh Cut, reuniting many of the original cast while also adding in some newcomers such as Nicki Minaj.
The barbershop franchise has excelled by exploring a microcosm of a specific community/ethnic group, and containing it within an isolated place that represents the community. It’s something that Britain did a decade before with the sitcom Desmonds. However, the late 1980s black community of London was vastly different from the early 2000s black community in Chicago. Issues such as crime, community, and small business versus big business were all tackled making for richer than usual comedies. In the last half a decade, star and producer Ice Cube, has had huge successes such as the 21 Jump Street films and the Ride Along franchise. Does returning to this franchise suggest it has something new in its arsenal to cover?
Barbershop A Fresh Cut review
Happily, or rather sadly, it does. Barbershop: A Fresh Cut looks at gang culture in Chicago in a less than subtle way. Calvin (Cube), continues to run his Barbershop which has now joined forces with a beauty salon, offering up much well paced dialogue in the battle of the sexes. However, as an opening narration explains, Chicago has fallen to bitter rivalries in the street, resulting in Calvin declaring a no gun policy in his shop. As the regular staff and clientele meet and discuss the ways of the world, ways of the past, and everything in between, Calvin’s son Jalen (Michael Rainey Jr.) is slowly seduced by a gang. The tensions encourage Calvin and his shop to negotiate a ceasefire between the gangs.
Barbershop: A Fresh Cut’s biggest plus is its heart. Obviously spurned on by tackling actual issues, the film may be heavy-handed a lot of the time when dealing out messages, golden glowing flashbacks and needlessly placed narration stopping the film in its tracks, but it makes the film more poignant and necessary than many comedy sequels arriving over a decade since their last entry. The cast assembled also have fantastic charisma and chemistry, playing off each other in lengthy dialogue segments that wouldn’t go amiss during a play or stand-up comedy gig. Cedric the Entertainer returns to give some less PC humour as the elder barber who claims to have once been President Obama’s barber, while younger newcomers such as Raja (Utkarsh Ambudkar) and Jerrod (Lamorne Morris) are inserted to give the views of non-black American minorities and young black males who don’t conform to ‘thuglife’ masculine stereotype respectively. As each character has a reason to exist, it makes for a well rounded feature with a lot of discussion.
Barbershop A Fresh Cut review
Despite the serious sounding nature, there is still room for plenty of laugh out loud moments, but the film stutters as it navigates through tone. Some scenes involving the gangs are extraordinarily intense and very uncomfortable. Meanwhile, there’s also an infidelity/temptation subplot involving Rashad (Common), his work focused wife Terri (Eve) and beautician Draya (Minaj). It’s a fine serviceable story which is played out well and gives sweet moments to all, but it is also dwarfed by and is intrusive of the bigger picture.
Malcolm D. Lee’s direction is thankfully unambitious, allowing for the stars to command the screen and their dialogue to keep the pace. Barbershop: A Fresh Cut stands out in the comedic crowd for attempting to tackle pressing social issues while also offering enough laughs and drama for all audiences. Witty, charismatic, and smart, Barbershop: A Fresh Cut may need a few snips and trims in places, but it’s also brave and bold.
Barbershop: A Fresh Cut is released in cinemas from 17th June.
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- Luke Ryan Baldock
Who’s selling Gangsta Grub? Well it’s Anthony Anderson’s character Jd who is out of jail and back with a food truck called Gangsta Grub in Barbershop: The Next Cut. New member of the cast is Oscar-winning rapper, Common who, together with Anderson, talk about Improvising on set, growing up on the south side of Chicago, […]
- DaniElle DeLaite
The split is amicable and comes as Broad Green ramps up its efforts to aim at the mainstream market with such fare as ensemble dance comedy “Step Sisters,” Bryan Cranston’s drug drama “The Infiltrator” and Billy Bob Thornton’s comedy “Bad Santa 2.”
Broad Green, operated by brothers Daniel and Gabriel Hammond, shifted focus last month by hiring “Straight Outta Compton” producer Matt Alvarez as president of production. Board Green’s biggest box office success so far was “A Walk in the Woods” with $30 million, but arthouse fare such as Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups” have not broken out.
Madigan was hired in September from Anonymous Content, where she was a »
- Dave McNary
With just three weeks to go before its UK release, Warner Bros. has debuted a poster and trailer for Malcolm D. Lee’s upcoming comedy sequel Barbershop: A Fresh Cut (a.k.a. Barbershop: The Next Cut), which sees Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer, Eve, Sean Patrick Thomas, Deon Cole and Anthony Anderson returning to their roles alongside newcomers Nicki Minaj, Common, Regina Hall, Lamorne Morris, J.B. Smoove and Tyga. Take a look below…
It’s been more than 10 years since our last appointment at Calvin’s Barbershop. Calvin (Ice Cube) and his longtime crew, including Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer), are still there, but the shop has undergone some major changes. Most noticeably, our once male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed. The ladies bring their own flavor, drama and gossip to the shop challenging the fellas at every turn. Despite the good times and camaraderie within the shop, the surrounding community »
- Amie Cranswick
“Louis Drax” marks the screenwriting debut of Max Minghella, whose acting credits include “The Social Network” and “The Internship.” Adapted from the Liz Jensen bestseller and directed by Alexandre Aja (“The Hills Have Eyes”), the film stars Jamie Dornan (“50 Shades of Grey”), Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”), Sarah Gadon (“Dracula Untold”), Oliver Platt (“X-Men: First Class”), Molly Parker (“House of Cards”), Barbara Hershey and Aiden Longworth (“A Christmas Story 2”) in the titular role.
“Louis Drax” tells the story of a brilliant doctor drawn into a mysterious web of reality and deception after the near fatal fall of 9-year-old Louis Drax.
- Leo Barraclough
Stars: Ice Cube, Kevin Hart, Ken Jeong, Olivia Munn, Benjamin Bratt, Tika Sumpter, Bruce McGill, Sherri Shepherd, Arturo del Puerto, Carlos Gómez | Written by Phil Hay, Matt Manfredi | Directed by Tim Story
Once again directed by Tim Story, who previously worked with Ice Cube on Barbershop and the first film in this series, Ride Along 2 is yet another Ice Cube starring, stereotypical buddy-comedy and like all good buddy comedies it lives and dies by its cast. Last time the chemistry between Kevin Hart and Ice Cube felt stilted and forced, leaving this reviewer a little cold – will it be any different this time round?
Ride Along 2 picks up the story about a year after our heroes’ last adventure. Not content to work as a beat cop, Ben (Hart), a recent academy graduate, now aspires to be a detective like his soon-to-be brother-in-law. However, James (Cube) still doesn’t »
- Phil Wheat
Keep up with the revolving door that is the film industry with our weekly Career Moves column that tracks all the comings and goings of the industry leaders that make Hollywood tick. Check out last week's Career Moves to find out who went where, when and why. - Broad Green Pictures has named Matt Alvarez its president of production. Alvarez will be responsible for identifying new projects and overseeing Broad Green’s slate of films, managing the process from development to final delivery. He will continue his role as producer on films he has in active development at the studio. Alvarez's producing career includes box office winners like the "Friday," "Barbershop," "Are We There Yet?" and "Ride Along" franchises, as well as "Straight Outta Compton," "All About the Benjamins" and "First Sunday. Alvarez's career »
- Kate Erbland
Matt Alvarez has been named Broad Green president of production after coming in-house last year under an exclusive pact.
Alvarez will continue to work on the films he has in active development at Broad Green and besides his core duties will assume daily management of the development and production team.
Chief creative officer Daniel Hammond previously carried out that role and will expand his overall management role at the company
Broad Green and Alvarez have announced two projects together since the in-house deal: comedy Ain’t No Half Steppin, which is set to begin shooting in June, and The Fight Before Christmas, a comedic holiday pitch from Daddy’s Home writer Brian Burns.
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Jeremy Kay)
In his new job, Alvarez will be responsible for building the studio’s film slate. His hire is part of a larger move by Broad Green to focus more intently on bigger budgeted, commercial fare.
The studio originally expected to straddle art house and mainstream projects, but the results on the indie side have been mixed. Broad Green scored with the Robert Redford dramedy “A Walk in the Woods,” which went on to make nearly $30 million domestically, but it couldn’t draw crowds to more esoteric fare such as Terrence Malick’s “Knight of Cups,” which has yet to crack $1 million. It’s been a difficult period for the specialty market, with art house releases fighting to get noticed as major studios invest in bigger and bigger comic book and franchise films.
Broad Green and Alvarez have a history together. »
- Brent Lang
Fasten your seatbelts and brace yourselves for another wild ride when Kevin Hart (Get Hard, The Wedding Ringer) and Ice Cube (22 Jump Street, Barbershop) return in the hilarious, action-packed comedy, Ride Along 2, coming to Digital HD on April 12, 2016, and Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on April 26, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD feature even more of the duo’s hysterical banter and explosive fun with deleted scenes, gag reel, never-before-seen bonus material, including a hilarious new recruitment video “Ride Along With Us” and “The Ride Diaries” with Kevin Hartand Ice Cube!
Ride Along 2 reunites the partners and brothers-in-law-to-be as they take on new crime in Miami. The absurdity quickly unfolds while tough cop and all-around cool guy James (Ice Cube) works to solve a major case with the mouthy wannabe Ben (Kevin Hart). In the riotous sequel to the action-comedy hit that first »
- Movie Geeks
After the surprise success of 2014's Ride Along, which took in $154 million worldwide from just a $25 million budget, it didn't take long for Universal Pictures to green light a sequel. Ride Along 2 hit theaters this January, and after another successful theatrical run, this comedy is debuting on Blu-ray and DVD April 26. To get fans ready for this sequel's home video release, we have an exclusive deleted scene, where Miami detective Maya (Olivia Munn) takes Ben (Kevin Hart) and James (Ice Cube) to an impound lot, to find a new undercover vehicle.
Fasten your seatbelts and brace yourselves for another wild ride when Kevin Hart (Get Hard, The Wedding Ringer) and Ice Cube (22 Jump Street, Barbershop) return in the hilarious, action-packed comedy, Ride Along 2, which is already available on Digital HD, with the sequel arriving on Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand April 26, 2016, from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. The Blu-ray »
“The Jungle Book” dominated the weekend box office, grossing a massive $103.6 million, and extending the Walt Disney Company’s success in transforming its animated classics into live action hits.
The debut for the Rudyard Kipling adaptation ranks as the second biggest April opening in history, behind only “Furious 7’s” $147.2 million launch. With “Cinderella,” “Alice in Wonderland,” “Maleficent,” and now “The Jungle Book,” this strategy of revitalizing fairy tales has become a virtual brand onto itself. One that nearly rivals Disney’s Marvel, Pixar, and LucasFilm projects.
The studio will continue to mine its library; “Beauty and the Beast” with Emma Watson hits theaters on March 17, 2017, and new versions of “Cruella De Ville” and “Dumbo” are in the works. With “Star Wars,” “The Avengers,” animated films, and now fairy tales in its arsenal, Disney has left the rest of the Hollywood studios punching up.
“They’re on another playing field »
- Brent Lang
Chicago – The Barbershop series of films have always prided themselves on following the “Seinfeld Rule” – they are essentially about nothing. But with this go-around – like the recent “Chi-Raq” – the gang at the shop takes on the Chicago neighborhood violence around them, in “Barbershop: The Next Cut.”
It’s still light hearted fare, and Cedric the Entertainer is still the one man Greek Chorus as Eddie, but like many neighborhoods in Chicago, the fictional south side environs of the barbershop are facing up to the wild west-style shootings that seem to happen on a nightly basis. Through this serious subject, they try to work it out and actually do something for their people. It’s a lot more noble, and it’s effectively woven (pun intended) into the Barbershop series zeitgeist.
Calvin (Ice Cube) is still running his south side barbershop, with the usual hustlers, hangers-on and regular customers. His »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Plot: Long time barbershop owner Calvin (Ice Cube) considers relocating to the North Side of Chicago due to rampant gang violence in his South Side home - a resolve strengthened once his son starts to flirt with joining a local gang. Review: Confession time - I'd never seen any of the Barbershop movies until now. The first two came out a few years before I started working for JoBlo, and honestly, I was just... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
This film franchise zeros in on something that many small towns and big cities (really the neighborhoods in said cities) share: mainly a place where everyone seems to gather. Some place aside from the obvious schools, city halls, and churches (or synagogues). It’s actually a business. There’s a popular corner diner, maybe a bar or pub, perhaps a locally owned clothing store. Well, for this neighborhood in the south side of Chicago it’s the hair salon known to moviegoers thanks to 2002’s Barbershop. That modest little “slice of life” flick was popular that it inspired a sequel two years later (Barbershop 2: Back In Business). The following year saw a spin-off (Beauty Shop) and a TV series on premium cable channel Showtime. The scissors and shavers have been silenced for almost a dozen years, but now movie goers have another appointment with Calvin and his crew for Barbershop: The Next Cut. »
- Jim Batts
I'll behave in school now
To survive harsh economic times, Calvin and Angie have merged the barbershop and beauty salon into one business. The days of male bonding are gone as Eddie and the crew must now contend with sassy female co-workers and spirited clientele. As the battle of the sexes rages on, a different kind of conflict has taken over Chicago. Crime and gangs are on the rise, leaving Calvin worried about the fate of his son. Together, the friends come up with a bold plan to take back their beloved neighborhood.
So, why bring back the Barbershop franchise after all this time? Perhaps Ice Cube felt we just needed another visit with some familiar faces and a few new friends. Fortunately, the reason appears to be brimming with a lot more meaning. Without having spoken to Mr. Cube, it would appear that this film is a vehicle to »
- Tyler Richardson
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