Posted on Monday, January 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
For a few years in the 2000s, the Barbershop franchise was a pretty big deal. The first film, released in 2002, was warmly received and made back many times its budget. Naturally, a sequel followed in 2004, and then a spinoff (Beauty Shop) and a TV show in 2005. The series sputtered out after that, but because we live in a universe where no franchise ever really stays dead anymore, it’s back this year with a mix of familiar and new faces.
Ice Cube returns as Calvin, who still runs his eponymous barbershop in the South Side of Chicago. The business has expanded to include a beauty shop within its walls, but the neighborhood outside the store has changed even more, and not for the better. Calvin and his friends — including those played by Common, Regina Hall, Anthony Anderson, Lamorne Morris, Eve, and Nicki Minaj — must come together to save the neighborhood. Watch the new Barbershop: The Next Cut trailer after the jump. Read More »
By the time Barbershop 3: The Next Cut hits theaters, it will have been 12 years since the previous comedy sequel hit theaters, and 11 years since the spin-off Beauty Shop with Queen Latifah arrived. But the new sequel aims to combine both worlds (kinda), and has them teaming up to fight the increasing presence of gang violence on the streets of Chicago and around the barbershop itself.
Honestly, I’m a little surprised that what started as harmless comedy franchise is tackling a pretty serious issue. But as you’ll see in the first Barbershop 3 trailer, this isn’t like Spike Lee’s Chi-raq, and there is still plenty of lighthearted comedy to be had. Read More »
Posted on Friday, February 20th, 2015 by Angie Han
It’s time for another trip to the Barbershop. Malcolm D. Lee (The Best Man Holiday) is in talks to direct a new installment of the comedy franchise, over a decade after the last one hit theaters. In addition, Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer are nearing deals to reprise their roles. Get all the latest details on Barbershop 3 after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 26th, 2013 by Angie Han
Disney’s Cars spin-off Planes is getting a boost from a high-profile voice cast. Following Dane Cook‘s casting last month as protagonist Dusty, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Teri Hatcher, John Cleese, and many more have signed on to fill the supporting cast. There’s even a mini Top Gun reunion going on, with Val Kilmer and Anthony Edwards. Get details on and images of their characters after the jump.
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Posted on Friday, December 14th, 2012 by Angie Han
Along with his brother Shawn, Marlon Wayans left the Scary Movie franchise after the first two movies, but that’s not stopping him from continuing to parody horror tropes. As Scary Movie 5 eagerly rips into Black Swan — only two years after everyone else did — Wayans is taking on the more relevant Paranormal Activity series.
Directed by Michael Tiddes, A Haunted House stars Wayans and Essence Atkins as a couple who move into their dream house but soon find themselves plagued by supernatural ills. The theatrical trailer was nothing short of terrible, but the new red-band version seems to benefit from the added vulgarity. Nick Swardson, Cedric the Entertainer, and David Koechner also star. Watch the NSFW video after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, March 20th, 2012 by Angie Han
While the Madagascar franchise has never drawn Pixar levels of respect (what does, really?), for kid-oriented entertainment you could do a lot worse that these films. The series has generally been cute, mildly amusing, and totally inoffensive — which may not sound like glowing praise, but that’s a lot more than I can say for Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked — and the newest entry, Madagascar 3: Europe’s Most Wanted seems to be along the same lines.
Ben Stiller, Chris Rock, David Schwimmer, and Jada Pinkett Smith are on board once again as a quartet of Central Park Zoo animals just trying to get back to New York. Unfortunately, they wind up in Europe instead, where they’re chased by a ruthless animal control squad led by Capitaine Chantel DuBois (Frances McDormand). In an effort to escape their clutches, they take up with a circus traveling across the continent, meeting new friends like Vitaly the tiger (Bryan Cranston), Gia the jaguar (Jessica Chastain), and Stefano the sea lion (Martin Short) along the way. Watch the first full trailer after the jump.
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Larry Crowne, the second film in which Tom Hanks worked behind the camera as director, is one that I’ve mostly passed over in the last few months. It stars Hanks as a guy who loses his job and goes to community college as part of an attempt to rebuild his future. He makes new friends, joins a scooter gang, and falls for one of his teachers, played by Julia Roberts. (Yep, it’s a big-screen alternate version of Community.)
Tom Hanks tweeted out a link to the film’s second trailer, which provides the first look at George Takei‘s work in the film, among other things. Check it out below. Read More »
Universal Pictures has released the first movie trailer for Larry Crowne, a romantic comedy which reunites stars Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts. The film, which is also directed by Hanks, tells the story of a middle-aged man who loses his job and decides to reinvent himself by going back to college. The movie co-stars Bryan Cranston, Cedric the Entertainer, Taraji P. Henson, Gugu Mbatha Raw, Wilmer Valderrama, Pam Grier, Rami Malek, George Takei, Grace Gummer, Rita Wilson, and Jon Seda. Watch the trailer embedded after the jump. Please leave your thoughts in the comments below.
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This week Universal Pictures got the urge to fill out the company’s calendar for the next couple of years. Yesterday we heard that the studio has dated Judd Apatow’s as-yet-untitled new film for summer 2012. Now there is a flood of new release dates for the studio, for a diverse array of films. Hit the jump for release info for Safe House, The Dark Tower and more. Read More »
Lauren Ambrose (Six Feet Under, Can’t Hardly Wait), DC Pierson (Mystery Team, Derrick Comedy), Cobie Smulders (How I Met Your Mother), Cedric the Entertainer and Tom Arnold (True Lies) have been cast in writer-director Stephen Gyllenhaal‘s quirky Seattle-based political comedy Grassroots. They join Jason Biggs and Joel David Moore Full details after the jump.
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