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Tim Story, director of the Ride Along, Think Like A Man and Fantastic Four movie franchises, has come on board to direct and executive produce What Goes Around Comes Around, CBS’ single-camera comedy pilot from writer Dan Kopelman (Malcolm In The Middle) and producer Aaron Kaplan. The project, from Warner Bros. TV and Kaplan's Kapital Entertainment, centers on two fortysomething parents who were wild and reckless teenagers and now face their worst nightmare—raising… »
The unscripted series would revolve around Face Time Agency, the industry’s premiere casting agency for booking music video and hip hop fashion models. The company’s clients include Drake, Kanye West and Robin Thicke. Set inside the New York City nightlife scene, the series exposes the cutthroat entrepreneurial side of hip hop with models, DJs and social media stars hustling to break through as fashion, music and media moguls.
Timbaland, who serves as the exec music producer on “Empire” will have the same title on the hip hop docuseries. Anthony — a television personality, author and actress who’s appeared in “Chi-Raq,” “Power” and the “Think Like A Man” franchise — will serve as an exec producer on the potential series.
Leftfield Entertainment’s CEO David George will serve as an »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
“We have to let go of judgment,” a young Barack Obama tells a group of frustrated community activists, encouraging them to place themselves in the shoes of those they’re up against. While most of the intended viewers for “Southside With You” are probably already inclined to listen to their president, it’s nice to think at least a few non-supporters in the audience might be moved by the spirit of empathy that suffuses this soulful and disarmingly romantic snapshot of Obama’s fateful first date with Michelle Robinson on a summer day in 1989 Chicago, long before either guessed they’d someday be president and First Lady of the United States. On the surface a mellow and agreeably meandering “Before Sunrise”-style walkabout, Richard Tanne’s writing-directing debut deepens into a pointed, flowing conversation about the many challenges (and varieties) of African-American identity, the need for both idealism and compromise, »
- Justin Chang
With a blizzard blanketing the East Coast, the weekend's box office was down 29.8% compared to last year. How much of that percentage should be attributed to the snowstorm and how much is due to the fact American Sniper was tearing up the box office last year is difficult to decipher. In all, the snow's effect was certainly noticeable when looking at the weekend's top two recent holdovers as The Revenant scored the top spot despite coming up a bit short of expectations while Ride Along 2 suffered a massive second weekend drop. Meanwhile the weekend's three new wide releases, led by Dirty Grandpa, all performed as expected and Star Wars: The Force Awakens held strong with a second place finish, inching even closer to $900 million domestically. Living up to its lead character's struggle, The Revenant fought the bitter cold, scoring the #1 spot in its fifth weekend in overall release and »
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“After assessing our programming needs we talked to Bashir and Diallo and decided moving forward didn’t make sense for us at the time,” HBO said in a statement. “We feel they are immensely talented and we hope to work with them in the future.”
The series would’ve followed Langston and Moose (played by writer-exec producers Riddle and Salahuddin), two struggling entertainers and best friends, as they attempted to navigate relationships and life in Atlanta. It was ordered to series in April 2015.
Andrew Singer and Tim Story were also attached as executive producers, with Jeff Field, Doug Griffin and Anna Dokoza producing. Story (who has directed films including “Think Like a Man” and “Ride Along”) helmed the pilot.
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- Laura Prudom
Regina Hall is set to star as the female lead in "Crushed," a single-cam Hulu comedy from writer Tina Gordon Chism. Hall's screen credits include "Vacation," "About Last Night," "The Best Man Holiday" and "Think Like a Man" and its sequel. Chism wrote and directed the feature film "Peeples." She also penned the screenplays of "Drumline" and "Atl." Initially developed for HBO, "Crushed" follows a black family as they find success in the wine-making business in Napa, California, where they stand out for their unique approaches to wine and lifestyle. The project currently boasts three female producers: EPs Chism and Stephanie Allain, as well as co-producer C. Deneen Brown. Brown is the president of Brown Estates, believed to be Napa's first and only African-American-owned winery. It sounds, though, that Hall will play the sister of the main character Will. Hulu recently...
- Inkoo Kang
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 our crew to come together to not only save the shop, but their neighborhood.
Check out the new trailer below.
- Michelle McCue
Tim Story has helmed seven feature films that have grossed nearly $1.1 billion worldwide. Six of these films debuted at No. 1 at the box office, including Universal’s 2014 action-comedy juggernaut “Ride Along,” starring Ice Cube and Kevin Hart, which netted more than $41 million its opening weekend and has grossed over $155 million worldwide. Two years later, its in-demand sequel, “Ride Along 2,” opening Jan. 15, is bound to bring in a hefty box office haul (“Our expectations are very high based on the strength of the movie,” says Donna Langley, chairman of Universal Pictures). To boot, Story and his wife, Vicky Mara Story, run the Story Co., an entertainment production house they jointly founded in 1996, and Story has recently inked a deal to direct the upcoming Nicki Minaj comedy project for Freeform (formerly ABC Family).
In short, to say that Tim Story is having a “moment,” would be an understatement. He’s had several. »
- Malina Saval
“There was a big scene on the bridge where the guys had to find Ben Grimm and he’s caught on the bridge. I think I had so much fun doing that scene because it was the first I’d ever created from scratch — a thing like the Brooklyn Bridge. I had the chance to create a world. I remember going in when I first sat down with the producer and the production designers and it was, ‘How are we going to do the bridge?’ I actually thought for a second we were going to close down the Brooklyn Bridge and that would be impossible. The fact that I got a chance to build pretty much a section of the Brooklyn Bridge blew my mind. That was a big emotional scene and, to this day, really loved making that.”
“One of the most fun experiences »
- Malina Saval
Warner Bros. Pictures has unveiled brand new photos from their upcoming lineup of films hitting cinemas in 2016.
Above is Tom Hanks with director/producer Clint Eastwood on the set of the upcoming film Sully. On January 15, 2009, the world witnessed the “Miracle on the Hudson” when Captain “Sully” Sullenberger (Hanks) glided his disabled plane onto the frigid waters of the Hudson River, saving the lives of all 155 aboard. However, even as Sully was being heralded by the public and the media for his unprecedented feat of aviation skill, an investigation was unfolding that threatened to destroy his reputation and his career.
Sully also stars Aaron Eckhart (“Olympus Has Fallen,” “The Dark Knight”) as Sully’s co-pilot, Jeff Skiles, and Oscar nominee Laura Linney (“The Savages,” “Kinsey,” Showtime’s “The Big C”) as Sully’s wife, Lorraine Sullenberger.
Eastwood is directing the film from a screenplay by Todd Komarnicki, based on the »
- Michelle McCue
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