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The Ice Age flicks are the cinematic equivalent of drive-through nuggets of reconstituted chicken slurry served by a bored teenager in a cardboard hat. I’m “biast” (pro): nothing
I’m “biast” (con): really hate this series
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Manny the Mammoth is back! In this Very Special Episode of Ice Age, Manny gets exasperated by the fact that his wife, Ellie, and daughter, Peaches, are independent creatures with minds of their own: “Women! I don’t get ’em!” he exclaims [insert laugh-track clip of a 1967 studio audience roaring]. Watch what happens when Manny forgets his wedding anniversary — he’s gonna be in trouble with the missus! [studio audience groans dramatically] And then there’s Peaches’ upcoming wedding to loveable doofus Julian. [studio audience: “awwwww!”] Is it the end of Manny’s world now that his little girl is officially all grown up? It just might be… what with that massive asteroid heading straight for planet Earth! »
- MaryAnn Johanson
In its second run-up-to-Cannes pickup, Film Constellation, Fabien Westerhoff’s newly-launched London-based financing-licensing company, has acquired international sales rights to IFC-distributed U.S. crime drama “The Land.”
Written and directed by Steven Caple Jr. in his feature debut, this slice of Cleveland youth culture features the on-screen presence of hip-hop stars Erykah Badu and Colson Baker (aka Machine Gun Kelly) and a soundtrack which Westerhoff calls a “who’s who” of American hip-hop artists. These include Nas, Erykah Badu, Machine Gun Kelly, Ezzy, Nosaj Thing, Pusha T. Fashawn and Kanye West.
Exec produced by Nas, and world premiering in Sundance’s Next section, “The Land” will be rolled out in U.S. theaters later tis year, accompanied by a roster of live concerts from soundtrack featured artists. Mass Appeal will release the soundtrack.
A portrait of four kids trapped in an inner-city Cleveland Ohio spiral of poverty and crime, “The Land »
- John Hopewell
Disney is set to have a stellar year, with Zootopia already a blockbuster smash hit, and Captain America: Civil War ready to dominate the summer box office. Before that happens, Disney released The Jungle book into the wild this weekend, and it proved to be another giant win for the studio. The Jon Favreau directed wildlife adventure based on Rudyard Kipling's classic book series ran away with an estimated $103.6M at the box office this weekend.
The Jungle Book is the number two biggest April opener of all time, second only to 2015's Furious 7, which nabbed $147.1M during its opening weekend in this same timeframe last year. The Jungle Book's first three day grosses outscored Captain America: Winter Soldier, which opened on April 4, 2014 to the tune of $95M, knocking it back into third place.
While exact estimates haven't come in, Disney is calling $103.6M for the weekend, »
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
Last weekend the top twelve at the domestic box office was down 24.3% when compared to last year. In fact, it was the first time since 2008 that the top twelve films at the box office failed to top $100 million in the 15th weekend of the year. This weekend won't have any such issues with Disney's The Jungle Book looking to become one of the top five April openings of all-time. Additionally, Warners' Barbershop: The Next Cut should deliver the largest opening that franchise has seen while Lionsgate's Criminal will likely finish just outside the top five. Disney has tapped into something special when it comes to adapting some of their most iconic animated movies into live action features in recent years. Last year's Cinderella opened with $67.8 million in mid-March, the year before Maleficent opened with $69.4 million and, in 2010, Tim Burton's Alice in Wonderland opened with an astonishing $116.1 million before grossing over $1 billion worldwide. »
- Brad Brevet <email@example.com>
Rather than instantly being excited when Barbershop 3 was announced, most moviegoers were instead surprised. Not only were 2002.s Barbershop and 2004.s Barbershop 2: Back In Business hardly box office smashes, neither was the Queen Latifah led 2005 spin-off Beauty Shop. But one man who has been tirelessly working for over a decade to get another Barbershop film made is producer Robert Teitel. And he.s now explained why it took so long. Robert Teitel talked about why it.s taken so long for Barbershop: The Next Cut to make it to the big screen when I visited the set of the upcoming comedy last year. And the producer admitted that he found resistance from studios to make an "urban" film, all of which changed because of the success of Malcolm D. Lee.s The Best Man Holiday. What.s serendipitous about this turn of events is that Malcolm D. Lee is »
It has been 12 years since Barbershop 2: Back In Business disappointingly grossed $11 million less than its 2002 original. So when it was announced that Barbershop 3 would be released over a decade after its predecessor, movie fans were rather surprised. This shock extended to the Barbershop cast and crew, too. But during a set visit to see Barbershop 3 being filmed last year, Cedric The Entertainer revealed to me and a group of visiting press that he had one specific caveat for returning to the comedy: that his character didn’t die. As the main source of comedy in the first two films, Cedric The Entertainer’s return as Eddie was a key component in not just the hopeful success of Barbershop 3, but it actually being made, too. And from the get go, the 51-year-old was insistent, explaining: The biggest thing is that Eddie was already old. As long as he »
What's better than watching Pitch Perfect 2 in theaters? Watching it at home with all your buddies! The musical comedy is just one of the many movies coming to HBO Now and HBO Go this March. Vacation, Spy, and Ouija are all going to be available in the upcoming month, along with a bunch of other notable films like Friday Night Lights and The Birdcage. Unfortunately, some of the old titles have to be cleared out to make room for the new ones, so several films are also leaving for good. Check out the list below! Theatrical premieres: March 1: Ouija March 1: The Gallows March 1: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl March 5: Spy March 12: Max March 19: Pitch Perfect 2 March 26: Vacation Original programming highlights: March 12: Lady Day at Emerson's Bar & Grill March 14: Ebola: The Doctors' Story March 14: Orphans of »
- Maggie Pehanick
Back in November, fans got their first look at Barbershop: The Next Cut with the release of the first trailer. As we get closer and closer to the April 15 release, Warner Bros. has released a second trailer with new footage from this comedy sequel, featuring returning stars such as Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer, along with new characters played by Common, Nicki Minaj and more.
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 has taken a turn for the worse, forcing Calvin and »
9 items from 2016
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