Friday
hit theaters over fifteen years ago, truly launching the film career of Chris Tucker and serving as the first step in the transformation of Ice Cube from gangsta rapper and Compton’s most vocal representative to family comedy guy.

Now New Line and Ice Cube are in talks to make a fourth Friday film. Two lesser sequels, Next Friday and Friday After Next, followed in ’00 and ’02, but Tucker sat both of those out. There are hints that he might be ready to reprise the role of Smokey, however, in this fourth film that Ice Cube would write, produce and topline. Read More »

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’21 Jump Street’ Green Band Trailer

The new 21 Jump Street obviously doesn’t have a whole lot in common with the ’80s series it’s based on, aside from than the basic premise (undercover cops posing as high-schoolers) and an appearance by the still-dreamy Johnny Depp. So it’s probably not fair to judge it as an adaptation of the TV show. On its own merits, though, it appears to be a pretty decent buddy cop action-comedy. Last week’s red-band trailer made me laugh, and this week’s green-band trailer did as well. Probably because it’s mostly the same thing, only with less profanity.

Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum star as a pair of supposedly youthful-looking cops who get assigned to a certain “cancelled undercover program from the ’80s,” as their boss (Nick Offerman) puts it. Watch the SFW version of the trailer after the jump.

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’21 Jump Street’ Red Band Trailer

Based on the hit late Eighties TV show and featuring the debut of the newly slender Jonah Hill, 21 Jump Street isn’t scheduled for release until March 16 but your first official look is now online. The film, directed by Phil Lord and Chris Miller, and co-starring Channing Tatum, Brie Larson, Ice Cube with a not-so-secret cameo by Johnny Depp now has a three minute plus red band trailer that only ruins a few of the jokes. Check it out after the jump. Read More »

Joel Schumacher Directing ‘The Hive’

It’s been a rough few years for Joel Schumacher — rougher than most for the director who is often lambasted for his Batman films, regardless of the fact that he’s made a couple of solid pictures since then. He bombed with the Jim Carrey film The Number 23 in 2007, then saw Blood Creek dumped in dollar theaters, and Twelve was critically savaged as one of the worst films of 2010.

Now he’s in post-production on the potentially more satisfying Trespass, which stars Nicolas Cage, Nicole Kidman, Cam Gigandet and Ben Mendelsohn. And he’s now set to direct a new thriller called The Hive. Read More »

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 »

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.

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