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'Are We There Yet' heads to TV

'Are We There Yet' heads to TV
TBS and Debmar-Mercury are looking for a threepeat with "Are We There Yet?," a comedy series based on the Ice Cube starring feature of the same name.

Under the model used for the Debmar-Mercury-distributed Tyler Perry sitcoms "House of Payne" and "Meet the Browns," TBS has ordered 10 episodes of "Are We There Yet?" with an option for an additional 90 episodes.

The series, slated to premiere in June 2010, will star Terry Crews ("Everybody Hates Chris") in the central role of Nick, played in the movie by Ice Cube.

"Terry Crews is the perfect person to replace me as Nick," Ice Cube said. "His physical comedy is undeniable."

Ice Cube will have a recurring role on "Are We There Yet?," which he will executive produce with Joe Roth, Matt Alvarez and "Chris" showrunner Ali LeRoi, who will run the series.

Cube Vision is producing and Debmar-Mercury distributing.

"We are confident that 'Are We There Yet?
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Are We Done Yet?

Are We Done Yet?
Mr. Cube builds his dream house in Are We Done Yet? which essentially takes the Are We There Yet? characters and grafts them into the basic plot line for the classic RKO comedy Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House, in which Cary Grant played Mr. Blandings, a man who predated "Green Acres' " Oliver Douglas by a couple of decades.

While the refurbished version would never be taken as an improvement over the original, it makes for a generally inoffensive hour-and-a-half, and with a certifiably gonzo John C. McGinley providing the bulk of the laughs, it is definitely less obnoxious than those Cheaper by the Dozen remakes.

It also is better than the 2005 Ice Cube comedy that still managed to gross a highly respectable $82 million. Given the new film's pre-Easter weekend release strategy, it should play well with kids and home improvement fanatics, though others could find themselves relating to the title on more than one occasion.

The last time we saw Ice Cube's Nick Persons, he was trapped in an SUV with two kids traveling from Portland to Vancouver. Now fully domesticated, Nick, his bride, Suzanne (Nia Long), and her two growing children (Aleisha Allen, Philip Daniel Bolden) are finding his former bachelor pad a little cramped, and with twins on the way, bigger quarters are required sooner rather than later.

They find the sprawling house of their dreams in the rural Pacific Northwest (courtesy of British Columbia), which affords lots of fresh air and lakeside views. It also proves to be a major money pit, but Persons is so taken in by a local real estate agent's (Scrubs regular McGinley) slick sales pitch, he fails to notice all the telltale signs.

As it turns out, McGinley's ingratiating Chuck Mitchell Jr. wears a number of hats, including building inspector and contractor, and before Nick knows what has hit him, Chuck has moved his Airstream trailer into the Persons' yard to oversee the neverending renovations.

Directed by Steve Carr, who helmed Ice Cube's Next Friday, and adapted by Hank Nelken (Saving Silverman), the picture delivers the requisite number of pratfalls, and the genial Ice Cube makes for a credibly hapless everyman, but the comedy still feels a little too safely soft around the edges. A little more inspiration could have made it something enjoyable instead of simply innocuous.

Visually, cinematographer Jack Green, a frequent Clint Eastwood collaborator, effectively captures all those unobstructed, picture-perfect vistas. Production designer Nina Ruscio rightfully lends the house a distinctive character of its own.

Should the Persons family return for another sequel, here's hoping they at least don't take another dip into the RKO vault and turn Citizen Kane into "Are We Rich Yet?"

ARE WE DONE YET?

Columbia Pictures

Revolution Studios presents an RKO Pictures/Cube Vision production

Credits:

Director: Steve Carr

Screenwriter: Hank Nelken

Based on characters created by: Steven Gary Banks, Claudio Grazioso

Based on the motion picture "Mr. Blandings Builds His Dream House," screenplay by Norman Panama and Melvin Frank

Producers: Ted Hartley, Ice Cube, Matt Alvarez, Todd Garner

Executive producers: Heidi Santelli, Aaron Ray, Steve Carr, Derek Dauchy, Neil Machlis

Director of photography: Jack Green

Production designer: Nina Ruscio

Editor: Craig P. Herring

Music: Teddy Castellucci

Cast:

Nick Persons: Ice Cube

Suzanne Persons: Nia Long

Chuck Mitchell Jr.: John C. McGinley

Lindsey Persons: Aleisha Allen

Kevin Persons: Philip Daniel Bolden

Running time -- 92 minutes

MPAA rating: PG

'Guys' stuff: Bullock lead in Fox comedy

Sandra Bullock is attached to star in and produce the comedy One of the Guys for producer Todd Garner and 20th Century Fox.

Currently in the pitch stage, the film's premise centers on a true guy's gal (Bullock) who throws her all-male circle of friends into chaos when she embraces her feminine side.

Based on an original idea by Garner, the former Revolution Studios executive took it to Bullock and got her interest. The two then pulled in screenwriting brothers Tom and Tim Mullen.

Garner will produce through his Broken Road Prods., and Bullock will produce through her Fortis Films.

Bullock most recently starred as Harper Lee in Warner Independent Pictures' Infamous. She is repped by CAA.

Garner recently completed Are We Done Yet? the Ice Cube-starring sequel to Are We There Yet? for Sony Pictures.

Long, Gorham recurring on ABC series

Nia Long has been tapped to do a multi-episode arc on ABC's drama series Boston Legal.

Meanwhile, after two guest appearances on another ABC one-hour series, Ugly Betty, Christopher Gorham has joined the cast of the freshman comedy as a recurring.

There is a possibility for Long and Gorham to continue on the respective series as regulars next season.

On three episodes of the David E. Kelley Prods./20th Century Fox TV-produced Boston Legal, Long will play Vanessa Walker, a disciplined, ambitious, micromanaging new associate from the New York office of Crane Poole & Schmidt who comes to Boston to solicit help from Alan Shore (James Spader).

Long has starred in such features as the two Big Momma's House comedies, Are We There Yet? and its upcoming sequel Are We Done Yet? Baadasssss! and the upcoming Premonition.

She is repped by Paradigm and attorney Jason Sloane.

On Touchstone TV's Betty, Gorham will reprise his role of Henry, a nerdy accountant and new love interest for Betty Suarez (America Ferrera).

Betty reunites Gorham with the show's writer/executive producer Silvio Horta.

Lionsgate has 'Escape' locked up

Lionsgate Films has acquired the script The Escape Artist from producer Todd Garner, who will produce through his company, Broken Road Prods.

Escape, an original comedy by brothers Jim and Brian Kehoe, centers on a relationship consultant who gets paid to break people up. Garner helped develop the script with the writers.

This is the first sale for the Kehoe brothers, who are repped by ICM and manager Marti Blumenthal.

Ben Haber will oversee the project for Broken Road.

Mike Paseornek and John Sacchi will handle the project for Lionsgate.

Garner, a founding partner of Revolution Studios, will see Sony Pictures release in April his next film, Are We Done Yet, a sequel to the 2005 Ice Cube- starrer Are We There Yet.

Cube takes his Vision to Weinstein Co.

Cube takes his Vision to Weinstein Co.
Ice Cube and his producing partner Matt Alvarez have signed an exclusive two-year, first-look deal with the Weinstein Co. and Dimension Films to produce film and television projects for the companies through their Cube Vision Prods. Cube Vision was formed in 1998 and has produced the Friday series for New Line Cinema and the Barbershop franchise for MGM. The company's credits also include the 2005 boxoffice hit Are We There Yet? Cube Vision movies have generated more than $450 million at the boxoffice. On the television front, Cube and Alvarez were executive producers on FX's Black.White.

Cube takes his Vision to Weinstein Co.

Cube takes his Vision to Weinstein Co.
Ice Cube and his producing partner Matt Alvarez have signed an exclusive two-year, first-look deal with the Weinstein Co. and Dimension Films to produce film and television projects for the companies through their Cube Vision Prods. Cube Vision was formed in 1998 and has produced the Friday series for New Line Cinema and the Barbershop franchise for MGM. The company's credits also include the 2005 boxoffice hit Are We There Yet? Cube Vision movies have generated more than $450 million at the boxoffice. On the television front, Cube and Alvarez were executive producers on FX's Black.White.

Mohr's back in action with Sony TV deal

Jay Mohr has inked an overall deal with Sony Pictures Television to create, star in and produce projects for the studio targeted for network TV and cable. Mohr will develop the projects for Sony through his company, Giraffe Prods. At the company, which already is eyeing several projects, Mohr works alongside Cori Fry and Charles Gerencer. Mohr, who toplined Fox's critically praised comedy Action, most recently hosted and exec produced NBC's reality series Last Comic Standing and co-starred in the comedy feature Are We There Yet? He recently wrapped Jump Shot and next appears in King's Ransom. Mohr is repped by Paradigm and managed by Barry Katz at New Wave Entertainment.

'Black Woman' mad about taking top boxoffice spot

Lions Gate's Diary of a Mad Black Woman took the industry by surprise this past weekend as the indie film, written by and starring Tyler Perry and based on his play of the same name, vaulted to the top spot with a sterling debut of $21.9 million. The opening is all the more impressive considering it reached that gross with 1,483 theaters -- the lowest count by far among the weekend's top films. Heading into the weekend, Sony's hit romantic-comedy Hitch was viewed by most as the front-runner for the top position. The Will Smith starrer had been the No. 1 film for the previous two weekends and was tracking to do so again but ended up coming in second with $20.4 million. Helmed by Andy Tennant, the PG-13-rated Hitch has hooked up $121.4 million in 17 days. Consequently, that quick boxoffice infusion catapulted Sony into the top spot in the North American market share race this past weekend, bumping Universal into second. Thanks largely to Hitch, Are We There Yet?, and Screen Gems' Boogeyman, Sony has cornered 21% share of the market with about $269.7 million in total 2005 receipts.

Are We There Yet?

Are We There Yet?
Are We There Yet? runs 96 minutes but feels like so much more. There is only one gag: Two thoroughly spoiled and obnoxious youngsters make life miserable for a poor guy doing them a favor by driving 300 miles to deliver them to their mom. Some of the cruel tricks played on the hapless man are simply infantile. Others -- such as pretending he is a kidnapper -- flirt with dangerous pranks unlikely to produce laughs from anyone other than those who will laugh at anything. Is this what passes for family entertainment these days?

The always welcome presence of Ice Cube should bring out his core following on opening weekend. A few tykes might chuckle at the urination joke and the attack deer, but the grindingly awful, predictable gags will wear down even Ice Cube's most loyal fans.

Nick (Ice Cube), a former pro baseball player who runs a sports memorabilia store in Portland, Ore., splurges to purchase a brand-new Lincoln Navigator, mostly to impress the ladies. The lady he most wants to impress is Nia Long's frisky divorcee Suzanne. The downside here is her two bratty kids, precocious Kevin (Philip Daniel Bolden), age 7, and stuck-up Lindsey (Aleisha Allen), age 11.

Seems their deadbeat dad dumped everyone a while back, but the kids still believe he will return any day. So they must keep mom single. This they do by declaring war on any eligible man who comes near her. That she hasn't caught on to their strategy yet speaks poorly of her parenting skills but nevermind.

Nick and Suzanne are still in the "friend zone" when work requires her to leave for Vancouver after Christmas. Nick offers to bring her kids to Vancouver for New Year's Eve. When the youngsters sabotage his plans to fly and then to take a train, he is forced to drive them in his new SUV. You can pretty much guess that the car will not survive the trip. No amount of guess work, though, can deduce why Nick -- after his car, body and reputation are destroyed by these relentless brats -- would say "I love you guys" at trip's end.

This is a comedy of exasperation where teams of writers go to the same well scene after scene to see how far they can go in testing the patience of their characters -- and audience. Gags are designed around stunts rather than logic. And the actors have little to play other than annoyance, panic or rage.

To break the monotony, someone dreamed up the idea of sticking a bobble-head doll of baseball legend Satchel Paige on Nick's dashboard. This becomes animated so Satchel can discuss the deteriorating situation with the car's owner during the ride. (Tracy Morgan does Paige's voice.) The comedy here is as flat as everywhere else.

Director Brian Levant, who helmed the similarly misanthropic Jingle All the Way, gives the slapstick little rhythm and even less reason. And since the four credited writers never allow Nick to retaliate or outwit the kids, the movie squanders Ice Cube's comic talents. (Don't feel too sorry for him, though, as his company produced the film.) Long virtually disappears once the road trip begins. And the young actors are, not too surprisingly, unable to play malevolence and cuteness at the same time.

Tech credits are routine.

ARE WE THERE YET?

Columbia Pictures

Revolution Studios presentsa Cube Vision production

Credits:

Director: Brian Levant

Screnwriters: Steven Gary Banks, Claudia Grazioso

Story by: Steven Gary Banks, Claudia Grazioso, J. David Stem, David N. Weiss

Producers: Dan Kolsrud, Matt Alvarez, Ice Cube

Executive producers: Todd Garner, Derek Dauchy

Director of photography: Thomas Ackerman

Production designer: Stephen Lineweaver

Music: David Newman

Costumes: Gersha Phillips

Editor: Lawrence Jordan

Cast:

Nick: Ice Cube

Suzanne: Nia Long

Lindsey: Aleisha Allen

Kevin: Philip Daniel Bolden

Marty: Jay Mohr

Al: M.C. Gainey

Voice of Satchel Paige: Tracy Morgan

Miss Marble: Nichelle Nichols

MPAA rating: PG

Running time -- 96 minutes

'Hitch' matches up with first place, $45.3 million

'Hitch' matches up with first place, $45.3 million
Sony's Hitch arrived in first place at the weekend boxoffice with a better-than-expected estimate of $45.3 million, according to Sunday's studio figures. The romantic comedy starring Will Smith was expected to debut in the $30 million range. Playing in 3,575 locations, the PG-13-rated affair averaged $12, 671 per theater. The weekend's only other new wide release, Buena Vista's animated Pooh's Heffalump Movie opened at No. 5 with an estimated $6 million. In second place was the horror entry Boogeyman from Sony's Screen Gems unit with an estimated $10.8 million, down 43% from its first place finish a week ago. 20th Century Fox's Are We There Yet? held steady in third place with an estimated $8.5 million. Warner Bros.' Million Dollar Baby moved up one spot to fourth with an estimated $7.6 million. Among limited release debuts, Magnolia's actioner Ong Bak: The Thai Warrior collected an estimated $1.3 million from 387 locations. Miramax's Bride and Prejudice debuted to an estimated $388,000 from 32 locations for a $12,125 average. Universal's NC-17-rated documentary Inside Deep Throat came away with an estimated $91,000 from 12 locations. Final figures will be released Monday.

Final boxoffice: 'Hide and Seek' finds first place

During an unusually strong weekend at the boxoffice in North America, 20th Century Fox's Hide and Seek, an R-rated psychological thriller starring Robert De Niro and Dakota Fanning, easily found the top spot with a sterling debut of $22 million, according to Monday's final figures. Sony's PG-rated family comedy Are We There Yet? starring Ice Cube -- the previous weekend's boxoffice champ -- parked in second with $16.3 million, slipping a minuscule 12% from its debut. The 10-day cume is $38.4 million. And after picking up seven Oscar nominations, including best picture, Warner Bros. Pictures' third-place Million Dollar Baby knocked out $12.3 million during its first weekend of wide release in 2,010 theaters, up 1,863 from a week ago. The Clint Eastwood-directed drama, which picked up the DGA Award for best director on Saturday, averaged $6,102 per theater and has grossed $21.6 million to date.

'Hide and Seek' finds first place at boxoffice

During an unusually strong weekend at the boxoffice in North America, 20th Century Fox's Hide and Seek, an R-rated psychological thriller starring Robert De Niro and Dakota Fanning, easily found the top spot with a sterling debut of about $22 million. Sony's PG-rated family comedy Are We There Yet? starring Ice Cube -- the previous weekend's boxoffice champ -- parked in second with about $17 million, slipping a minuscule 8% from its debut. The 10-day cume is an estimated $39.1 million. And after picking up seven Oscar nominations, including best picture, Warner Bros. Pictures' third-place Million Dollar Baby knocked out about $11.8 million during its first weekend of wide release in 2,010 theaters, up 1,863 from a week ago. The Clint Eastwood-directed drama, which picked up the DGA Award for best director on Saturday, averaged $5,871 per theater and has grossed $21.1 million to date.

'Hide and Seek' finds first place at boxoffice

During an unusually strong weekend at the boxoffice in North America, 20th Century Fox's Hide and Seek, an R-rated psychological thriller starring Robert De Niro and Dakota Fanning, easily found the top spot with a sterling debut of about $22 million. Sony's PG-rated family comedy Are We There Yet? starring Ice Cube -- the previous weekend's boxoffice champ -- parked in second with about $17 million, slipping a minuscule 8% from its debut. The 10-day cume is an estimated $39.1 million. And after picking up seven Oscar nominations, including best picture, Warner Bros. Pictures' third-place Million Dollar Baby knocked out about $11.8 million during its first weekend of wide release in 2,010 theaters, up 1,863 from a week ago. The Clint Eastwood-directed drama, which picked up the DGA Award for best director on Saturday, averaged $5,871 per theater and has grossed $21.1 million to date.

Sony reaches destination with 'There Yet' in top spot

The winter snowstorms in the northeastern part of North America may have had more of an impact than first thought at the boxoffice this past weekend. While the session's top-grossing film, Sony's Are We There Yet? did slightly better than was originally estimated Sunday morning, when the final numbers were in Monday the majority of films did less than expected. The total boxoffice for all films this past weekend was $97.8 million, down 3% from the comparable weekend last year, when $101 million was tallied. On Sunday morning it looked as though -- even with the winter storms and the NFL playoffs -- the boxoffice would be a tad higher than the same weekend in 2004. Ice Cube starrer Are We There Yet? took top honors with a debut of $18.6 million. The family comedy, which is helmed by Brian Levant and carries a PG rating, was in 2,709 theaters and easily captured the top spot.

Final boxoffice: Weekend goes 'There' with $18.6 mil

Sony's Are We There Yet? managed to arrive at its destination in the top spot at the boxoffice this weekend despite severe winter weather in the upper Midwest and Northeast regions of the country as well as competition from the NFL playoffs. The PG-rated family comedy from Revolution Studios, starring Ice Cube and directed by Brian Levant, caught some in the industry by surprise with an easy win and a better-than-expected debut of $18.6 million, according to Monday's final figures. Rogue Pictures' Assault on Precinct 13 was the weekend's only other new wide release. The action-thriller from Focus Features, starring Laurence Fishburne and Ethan Hawke, debuted in the sixth spot with $6.5 million from 2,297 theaters. Assault, an R-rated remake of a John Carpenter's 1976 film, helmed this time by Jean-Francois Richet, has taken in $8 million since its release Wednesday, which was in the anticipated range.

Weekend boxoffice goes 'There'

Sony's family comedy Are We There Yet? starring Ice Cube arrived in first place at the weekend boxoffice with an estimated $18.5 million, according to Sunday's studio figures. Playing in 2,709 theaters, that translates to a solid $6,829 average for the PG-rated caper. The weekend's other new wide release, Assault on Precinct 13 from Focus Features' Rogue Pictures genre label, debuted at No. 6 with an estimated $7 million for the weekend. The cume for the remake of the John Carptenter cult classic stands at about $8.6 million since its Wednesday opening. Paramount's Coach Carter, last weekend's top film, dropped to second place with an estimated $11 million in its sophomore frame, a 55% drop from its debut. Universal's comedy sequel Meet the Fockers kept rolling along in third place as the smash hit added an estimated $10.2 million to its dowry, which now stands at an estimated $247.7 million after five weekends. The distributor's In Good Company nabbed fourth place with an estimated $8.5 million. Warner Bros.' family film Racing Stripes rounded out the weekend top five with an estimated $7.1 million. Final figures will be released Monday.

Revolution goes Long for road pic

Nia Long has found her way to the female lead role in Revolution Studios' Are We There Yet? opposite Ice Cube for director Brian Levant. Shooting is scheduled to start Nov. 17 in Vancouver. Are We There stars Ice Cube as Nick, a playboy bachelor and sports memorabilia collector who is trying to land a date with Suzanne (Long), a divorced mother of 8-year-old Kevin and 11-year-old Lindsey, who never like the men their mom dates. When Suzanne is stuck in Vancouver for work on New Year's Eve, Nick offers to get her kids -- whom he has never met -- from Oregon to Vancouver on one of the busiest travel days of the year. Ice Cube and his CubeVision producing partner, Matt Alvarez, are producing the project for Revolution along with Dan Kolsrud. The project was originally picked up as a pitch from writing team Steven Gary Banks and Claudia Grazioso, with a rewrite by Ice Cube. The project is being overseen at Revolution by production executive Derek Dauchy. Long is repped by Paradigm Talent & Literary Agency and attorney Jason Sloane.

Levant 'There' for Revolution, Ice Cube pic

Brian Levant has come aboard to direct Revolution Studios' Ice Cube starrer Are We There Yet? A fall start date on the project is expected, with Ice Cube also producing the project alongside Matt Alvarez in their CubeVision. Are We There sees Ice Cube star as Nick, a playboy bachelor and sports memorabilia collector who is dating Suzanne, a divorced mother of 8-year-old Kevin and 11-year-old Lindsey, who never like the men their mom dates. When Suzanne is stuck in New York for work on New Year's Eve, Nick offers to get her kids -- whom he has never met -- from Washington to New York on one of the busiest travel days of the year. Along the way, the kids do everything in their power to ruin the trip and, in the process, Nick's relationship with their mom. The project was originally picked up as a pitch from writers Steven Banks and Claudia Grazioso. Ice Cube is rewriting the material. Levant, repped by WMA, has directed such films as Snow Dogs, The Flintstones Jingle All the Way and Beethoven.

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