Devindra chats with Wilson Morales, editor of Blackfilm, and Guardian contributor Ben Westhoff about Straight Outta Compton. Spoiler: It’s one biopic you won’t want to miss. Check out Ben’s pieces on the inaccuracies of the film (with a little help from Ice Cube), as well his book, Dirty South: OutKast, Lil Wayne, Soulja Boy, and the Southern Rappers Who Reinvented Hip-Hop.
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Posted on Tuesday, August 25th, 2015 by Angie Han
Considering Straight Outta Compton‘s impressive run at the box office, it was only a matter of time before someone tried to go back to the ’90s hip-hop well. And indeed, a spiritual sequel to Straight Outta Compton is now in the works — but not from Universal.
Rapper Daz Dillinger has revealed he’s working on a film that’ll pick up where the N.W.A. biopic left off, chronicling the careers of West Coast stars Snoop Dogg, Nate Dogg, Warren G, Kurupt, and of course Daz himself. As of now, Universal has no official plans for a Straight Outta Compton sequel. More details on the possible follow-up after the jump. Read More »
Posted on Friday, August 21st, 2015 by Angie Han
F. Gary Gray‘s Straight Outta Compton has been getting great reviews from just about everyone, and now you can add Ava DuVernay to its growing list of admirers.
The Selma director is uniquely qualified to critique the film. Not only is she an accomplished filmmaker in her own right, and a tireless advocate of diversity in Hollywood, DuVernay actually grew up in Compton as the events depicted in Straight Outta Compton were unfolding. Read the Ava DuVernay Straight Outta Compton review after the jump. Read More »
Universal Pictures has released a new trailer for F. Gary Gray‘s Straight Outta Compton, the true story of the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A. You might have already seen the Red Band trailer that hit last month. O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell star as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E. Hit the jump now to watch the Straight Outta Compton trailer and see the Straight Outta Compton character posters.
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Jonathan Herman wrote a film that includes the story behind the song ‘Gangsta Gangsta,’ and now he’s moving to the reinvention of a classic film gangster. After going through a couple drafts, Universal wanted a new Scarface remake writer, and it makes sense, really, that the studio would turn to the Straight Outta Compton writer. He’ll rewrite the script for the new version of Scarface that will chart the rise of an LA-based immigrant to illicit power. Read More »
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This first Straight Outta Compton trailer, which dramatizes the rise of the rap group N.W.A, comes complete with a long intro featuring founding members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre.
In the film, Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr. plays his father, while Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell are Dr. Dre, and Eazy-E respectively. The film follows the late-’80s rise of the group, set against the conservative climate that was freaked out by the vivid portrayal of urban life, and goes at least up to the 1992 riots that were sparked by the beating of Rodney King. This Straight Outta Compton trailer is a full-on red-band edit, with some nudity and the hint of violence, but all the language necessary to represent N.W.A in their prime. It’s a great trailer, watch below. Read More »
Posted on Monday, August 25th, 2014 by Angie Han
Casting for any sort of musical movie can be tricky, since great actors don’t necessarily make for great musicians and vice versa. But the filmmakers behind the N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton seem to have lucked out with Keith Stanfield.
The 23-year-old actor and rapper, who broke our hearts with his big musical moment in Short Term 12, is set to play a young Snoop Dogg in the upcoming film. Hit the jump for all the latest updates on Straight Outta Compton.
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The members of N.W.A — Eazy-E, Ice Cube, Dr. Dre, DJ Yella and MC Ren — did things their way, but still needed some music industry connections to get their songs out to a big audience. The guy they turned to was Jerry Heller, who was best known for living on the opposite end of the pop spectrum, working with bands like Journey, ELO, and REO Speedwagon. The guy had connections and money; Heller and Eazy-E co-founded N.W.A’s label Ruthless Records, and Heller managed the group. Now, Paul Giamatti will play him in the film bio of the group, Straight Outta Compton.
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The casting choices for the three core characters in Universal’s N.W.A biopic, Straight Outta Compton, were just leaked over the past few days – or we thought they had been. Now, Universal has put out an official release for the film, and there’s a key difference. Yes, Ice Cube’s son O’Shea Jackson Jr. will play Cube, and Jason Mitchell will play Eazy-E. Contrary to previous reports, however, Corey Hawkins will be on screen as Dr. Dre. Now Universal has given the film a release date, and released the first Straight Outta Compton cast photo. See that pic below. Read More »