The last time we talked about Ice Cube he wanted to go back to his roots by making Chrome and Paint, an R-rated story set in the custom car culture of South Central LA. He still wants to direct the film as well as star in it — this would be his first dramatic directorial project in more than a decade — and now he’s got a studio ready to finance and distribute it. But because that studio is Disney, and so a few things are likely to change. Read More »

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The latest addition to the cast roster of The Three Stooges is Modern Family‘s Sofia Vergara, who is now in talks to play a femme fatale. (THR describes her as “a devious woman who pretends to be the wife of a dying man and tells the Stooges she’ll pay them a handsome sum if they kill the man in his sleep.”) The part factors into the middle section of the film; the Farrelly Brothers are presenting the movie structured as three 30-minute shorts. As for the rest of the cast, Will Sasso is Curly, Sean Hayes is Larry, and no Moe has been picked. (Or none has been announced, anyway.) [Original report: Variety]

After the break, Woody Allen and Penélope Cruz reunite; 21 Jump Street gets a bad guy and one more is added to David Cronenberg’s Cosmopolis. Read More »

Ice Cube may be paying some bills and, hell, probably having a good time, doing roles in films like New Year’s Eve. But he’s got a bit more cooking than that fluff. For one, there is now a possible role in 21 Jump Street. That’s fluff, but it’s a more, er, explosive fluff (if that’s possible) than something like New Year’s Eve.

And then there is Chrome and Paint, which Ice Cube is readying as a as a writing and directorial project. Read More »

We’ll keep this one quick because, well, it’s another casting report about New Year’s Eve, the sorta-spinoff romcom from Valentine’s Day director Garry Marshall. The film already has Robert De Niro, Ashton Kutcher, Sofia Vergara, Halle Berry, Zac Efron, Jessica Biel, Michelle Pfeiffer, Abigail Breslin, Hilary Swank, Sarah Jessica Parker, Jon Bon Jovi, Seth Meyers, Til Schweiger and Sienna Miller set to appear.

Now The Wrap says that Josh Duhamel has signed on, but doesn’t specify his role. I know you’re on pins and needles. But wait! THR comes to the rescue, verifying that report and adding that he’ll be one of the leads, “a hopeless romantic who spends the day trying to get to New York in the hope of getting to a party in order to re-meet a mystery girl from the previous year.” Meanwhile Ice ‘Fuck tha Police’ Cube is in talks to play a NYPD cop who is working in some capacity with Hilary Swank’s character, the director of the Times Square celebration. And Ryan Seacrest has the best role of all: himself.

After a few years paying the bills and making money in straight comedies, Ice Cube is going back to some interesting work. He’s working right now with The Messenger director Oren Moverman in Rampart, the film about the ’90s LAPD scandal, in which he plays a cop. And now the founding member of N.W.A and former ‘Fuck thePolice’ MC may end up playing another cop, this time for his Three Kings director David O. Russell. Read More »

In addition to offering up quite a few new images of Captain America, the latest issue of Entertainment Weekly has first looks at many other films. There’s the first image from The Help, starring Viola Davis and Emma Stone in what is sure to be one of the prestige pictures of fall 2011. There are also new images from Something Borrowed, starring John Krasinski and Kate Hudson, and even an on-set image, enlarged above, from Oren Moverman‘s Rampart, which stars Woody Harrelson and Ice Cube. More info and pics after the break. Read More »

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The story of LA rap group N.W.A is a fairly short one, and has been told already through the best means available — their records and the songs and albums that members released after the group started to disintegrate. But what the hell, let’s get a biopic together, anyway. Straight Outta Compton, titled after N.W.A’s breakout album from 1988, will seek to tell the tale of N.W.A’s rise and fall. And why not hire someone who seems, on the surface, like the least likely screenwriter to get things going? So Andrea Berloff, who wrote Oliver Stone’s World Trade Center, is drafting the script. Read More »

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I was thrilled a couple weeks ago to see that Oren Moverman will rewrite and direct Rampart, based on a story and script by James Ellroy. The film covers the scandal that engulfed the Rampart Division of the LAPD in the ’90s and now, perhaps appropriately, Ice Cube is in the cast. The guy went from being a full-on anti-authority spokesman to reformed family man and comedy filmmaker, and now he’s going back to the subject of crooked cops.

The irony is that Cube will play a cop in the film — he’s the homicide detective that investigates a dirty Rampart cop played by Woody Harrelson. Ben Foster is in the film, as well, but we don’t yet know his part. [Deadline]

After the break, Bryce Dallas Howard joins Viola Davis in The Help and Paul Reubens gets blue. Read More »

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