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 »
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Just a few weeks ago, a new trailer for Ride Along 2 showed Ice Cube and Kevin Hart embarking on another case in Miami. But that wasn’t enough for Universal, because they released a new trailer with the must-see Creed over the Thanksgiving weekend. This one has more Ken Jeong, lamb burgers, and an alligator. That sounds wacky, right?
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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 »
If you thought that Kevin Hart already proved that he was worthy of the love of Ice Cube‘s sister (Tika Sumpter) in Ride Along, think again. Just because Ben Barber (Hart) gained a little common ground with man of the law James Payton (Cube) doesn’t mean the latter is ready to become brothers-in-law, whether it’s through marriage or at the police station.
But when a drug trafficking problem requires some serious attention in Miami, for some reason Ben is allowed to tag along with James, making for his own tropical training day to prove his worth as a viable husband and police officer. Like most comedy sequels, it’s basically the same formula repeated again with slightly different jokes, and this new Ride Along 2 trailer doesn’t do anything to make us think otherwise. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 by Angie Han
One of the most emotional moments in an Emmys telecast full of emotional moments was the surprise appearance of Tracy Morgan, 15 months after the terrible accident that took him out of commission. But now that he’s on the road to recovery, Morgan’s wasting no time getting back to work. He’s just signed on for the comedy Fist Fight, his first movie role since the incident.
Ice Cube and Charlie Day also star. Get more details on the Tracy Morgan Fist Fight movie after the jump. Read More »
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There have been countless adaptations of the Charles Dickens holiday classic A Christmas Carol, the story of how a bitter old man named Ebenezer Scrooge is taken on a magical journey through time by the Ghosts of Christmases Past, Present and Yet to Come turning him into a gentler, more kind man who sets out to change his miser ways.
And now one more has been added to the pile, but this one is bound to be rather different from any that have come before it. Humbug is a contemporary retelling of the classic tale set up at Universal Pictures that will have Ice Cube in the lead role as a wealthy real estate mogul shown a path to redemption by the aforementioned trio of ghosts. Read More »
Straight Outta Compton, produced by Ice Cube based on his own life and starring his son O’Shea Jackson Jr., has proven to be box-office gold, and you can already see evidence of producers trying to kickstart projects that might imitate or borrow some of Compton’s qualities. One film sounds like it is riding Compton‘s coattails, but in fact comes from one of the producers on the film, and may pull in Cube and his son.
April 29, 1992 is a thriller set against the backdrop of the 1992 Los Angeles riots that followed the acquittal of police offers in the Rodney King beating case, as depicted in Straight Outta Compton. The story follows a father and son caught up in their own problems as the riots rage, and Ice Cube and O’Shea Jackson, Jr. are in talks to star.
Update: Another report has a quote from Cube saying they have “no plans” for this movie. More below.
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Posted on Thursday, August 13th, 2015 by Angie Han
This weekend’s Straight Outta Compton takes us back to Ice Cube‘s roots as a gangsta rap pioneer. This week’s Ride Along 2 trailer brings us back to his present as an actor (among other things) who’s really good at playing cranky cops.
The action-comedy sequel reunites Ice Cube’s James with Kevin Hart‘s Ben, who is now a full-fledged cop. The two stumble onto a big case that takes them to Miami, where Ben proceeds to screw things up as usual. Director Tim Story and co-star Tika Sumpter return, Ken Jeong, Olivia Munn, Benjamin Bratt, and Sherri Shepherd tag along for the ride. Watch the Ride Along 2 trailer after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, June 9th, 2015 by Angie Han
Today we have updates on a sequel that definitely isn’t happening, and several more that definitely are. After the jump:
- Olivia Wilde responds to Tron 3 cancellation
- TMNT2 will give away a role for charity
- The 50 Shades stars aren’t set for a spinoff
- Elisha Cuthbert joins the Goon sequel
- Jurassic World gets biggest IMAX release ever
- See Peeta and Gale in new Mockingjay pics
- Peek behind the scenes of Barbershop 3
- ATL star confirms a sequel is in the works
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