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Ice Cube has commented on the Bill Maher controversy, and will still be appearing on 'Real Time'.
However, the former N.W.A. star also questioned the nature of the outrage that has engulfed the conversation since has not been particularly constructive. He’s due to appear on Maher’s chat show ‘Real Time’ this Friday, and it seems likely that he’ll be taking the host to task over his throwaway, unscripted remark.
On last Friday’s episode (June 2nd) of HBO’s real time, Maher was speaking to Republican senator Ben Sasse when the politician invited him to “work in the fields” with him in his state of Nebraska.
Continue reading: Ice Cube Comments On Bill Maher 'N-Word' Controversy
In his new comedy Fist Fight, Ice Cube plays a teacher having a feud with a colleague played by Charlie Day.
Ice Cube thought the idea was perfectly suited to the two of them, a rare high school comedy that focussed on teachers instead of students. Cube says he found inspiration for his role from his own school days. "Yeah, my character is an exaggerated version of a teacher I had named Mr Toussaint," he says. "He was a woodshop teacher and, man, he was pretty mean! He had this afro that he would comb to the front, and he would just yolk people up. He was not playing."
Since the whole movie builds up to the big fight, Cube says the cast and crew had to keep their focus. "It was a lot of pressure to make sure that the fight was epic and that we weren't just doing this funny movie that has a little blip of a fight," he says. "Richie [Keen, the director] wanted to shoot the longest fight ever. We had to choreograph that, and we had a great team who put it together. It took us like three days to even learn the fight and then another eight days to shoot it."
Continue reading: Ice Cube Worked To Create An Epic Fist Fight
It's safe to say that most kids experience some kind of big fight in the playground after school during their high school years, whether they're involved or just bystanders... but usually the people throwing punches aren't the teachers. When Strickland threatens to beat up Campbell after school following a disagreement, Campbell doesn't take it seriously until it becomes clear that the whole school knows what's going down. Problem is, Campbell doesn't know the first thing about fighting and Strickland is totally ruthless. Campbell has few options, but whatever he chooses to do he's probably dead anyway.
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After winning the Best New Festival Award in 2015, Wild Life was back at Brighton City Airport to now showcase and cement its date in the festival calendar as a major player. To do this, it would need to go one better, bring in something neoteric and exhilarating, whilst also landing some grand-musical heavyweights. They arrived in the form of grime's latest stars Stormzy and Skepta, American vets Ice Cube and Busta Rhymes, and pop artists Bastille.
It was the former N.W.A lyricist who had the crowd trembling at his figure tips though. Supported by no more than his son (not O'Shea Jackson who plays his father in Straight Outta Compton), Ice Cube was the penultimate act on Sunday's main stage and stole the show. The set of the weekend, despite co-curators Disclosure and Rudimental headlining the festival for successive years.
With both Stormzy and Skepta having tracks appear ubiquitously over all radio stations, this was their moment to shine, their moment under the spotlight. They appeared on the main stage Saturday and Sunday respectively and both seemed to revere their audience from the first moment, with Stormzy indicating it was the biggest and best crowd he had every performed at - it probably was for Skepta too.
Continue reading: Wild Life Festival 2016 - Live Review
Their Coachella reunion took us right back.
In the wake of the first reunion of the surviving members of N.W.A. in more than 25 years at Coachella, it's time to reflect on an album that prominently changed the face of rap forever. You probably saw the 2015 biopic of the same name, but when was the last time you listened to the record?
NWA are rap pioneers
N.W.A. were a group of pioneering Compton rappers including Dr Dre and Ice Cube that may have invoked controversy with the explicit content of their lyrics, but nonetheless became the inspiration for almost every single rapper to come after them despite only ever releasing two albums.
Continue reading: Album Of The Day: 'Straight Outta Compton' By N.W.A.
The hip hop show of the year.
Ice Cube said he had some tricks up his sleeve for Coachella 2016, but no-one was expecting all this. The rapper managed to reunite with all surviving NWA members, including Dr Dre, on stage at the festival in Indio, California as well as introduce some very special additional guests.
NWA are reunited at Coachella 2016
Say what you like about rappers, but there's a tight bond between stars in the hip hop world - be it a bond of beef or a bond of brotherhood, and Ice Cube was certainly displaying the latter at Coachella's second weekend.
Simmons had previously said he was looking forward to the death of rap.
Kiss member Gene Simmons has responded to N.W.A., after he was called out by the rap group during their induction speech at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. The beef between the bassist and the Compton group all started last month when Simmons told Rolling Stone magazine he was ‘looking forward to the death of rap.’
Gene Simmons has responded to N.W.A.’s Hall of Fame comments.
"I am looking forward to the death of rap,” Simmons said. “I’m looking forward to music coming back to lyrics and melody, instead of just talking. A song, as far as I'm concerned, is by definition lyric and melody … or just melody.”
Continue reading: Gene Simmons Hits Back At N.W.A. Over Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame Speech
The Kiss bassist had said he was “looking forward to the death of rap.”
The remaining members of group N.W.A. became the newest additions to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame on Friday night, after being inducted by rapper Kendrick Lamar. The group used their speech to thank their fans and pay tribute to the late Eazy-E, but they also took the opportunity to call out Gene Simmons for his recent comments on rap music.
N.W.A. have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
Last month the Kiss bassist had told Rolling Stone: "I am looking forward to the death of rap. I’m looking forward to music coming back to lyrics and melody, instead of just talking. A song, as far as I'm concerned, is by definition lyric and melody … or just melody.”
The film’s marketing team created tailored trailers for Facebook users, depending on their race.
N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton used a unique marketing tactic to promote the movie on Facebook, creating different trailers for different races. Speaking at South by Southwest, Universal’s EVP of digital marketing, Doug Neil, and Facebook’s entertainment head, Jim Underwood, described the ‘customised racial marketing’ they used to promote the biopic, which became a box office hit last year.
Straight Outta Compton used different trailers for different races on Facebook.
Neil said that during the promotion of the film, they embarked on a ‘specialised Facebook marketing effort’ which was led by Universal’s ‘multicultural team’ in conjunction with its Facebook team.
After the success of the inaugural Wild Life Festival last year, it is unsurprisingly back again with a line up boasting some huge names.
Mimicking the variety of 2015, the festival curators have specifically chosen a festival bill that amalgamates all genres of music, appealing to musical fans of all ages and all walks of life.
Joining the headliners will be hip hop heavyweight veterans Ice Cube and Busta Rhymes, showcasing how rap is done on the west coast, whilst Stormzy and Skepta will represent the London's rap and grime scene down on the south coast.
Continue reading: Rudimental And Disclosure Return For Wild Life Festival 2016
Hart says there was never any 'bad energy' on set.
When they made the first Ride Along two years ago, Kevin Hart and Ice Cube found an unusual bond as collaborators. "Literally there wasn't a day that we stepped on set with any bad energy," Hart says. "It was a positive vibe: I'm making his day better, he's making my day better. You're really looking at a partnership, two guys who leave all egos at the door and say, 'I got you.' It's a give and take relationship and I think it shows in the movie."
Kevin Hart and Ice Cube team up once again in Ride Along 2
So after the first film became a hit, they had the chance to get together again. "Me and Cube picked up where we left off," Hart says of making Ride Along 2. "With the first film, we made what we set out to do, which was a quality buddy action cop comedy with a hint of romance. So we thought since we had such a great template why not build on it? Why not come back and gain more success off of what we did the first time? And also there's such a good group of people involved - from the studio to the director, producers and actors."
Continue reading: For Kevin Hart, Ride Along 2 Was About Having Fun
Ice Cube - Kevin Hart and Ice Cube are promoting their new film Ride Along: Next Level Miami in Berlin. The two are seen driving in a Trabant, a famous car during the DDR. - Berlin, Germany - Monday 18th January 2016
The group's living members will reportedly take the stage at the festival, but will there be an Eazy-E hologram?
N.W.A. are set to reunite at this year’s Coachella festival, according to former member Ice Cube. The rapper is listed as performing at the festival as a solo artist, but has said he’s going to try and bring the members of N.W.A. together, to give the crowd a 'history lesson'.
Ice Cube has said N.W.A. will reunite at Coachella.
"I've got some tricks up my sleeves,” Ice Cube said. “I'm going to try to bring the members of NWA together. Give everybody a little history lesson on Ice Cube and NWA, West Side Connection, everything I've been doing over the years.”
Continue reading: N.W.A To Reunite For This Year's Coachella Festival
Ice Cube , O Shea Jackson - European premiere of 'Straight Outta Compton' at Cinestar am Potsdamer Platz movie theater. at Cinestar am Potsdamer Platz movie theater - Berlin, Germany - Tuesday 18th August 2015
'Straight Outta Compton' is the upcoming biopic of break-out rap collective the NWA, co-produced by former members Dr. Dre and Ice Cube and directed by F. Gary Gray. Cube's son O'Shea Jackson Jr. takes on the role of his father in the movie; his first acting role which Gray insists he didn't get just because of his father.
Ice Cube - The Hollywood Foreign Press Association's Grants Banquet at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel - Arrivals at The Beverly Wilshire - Beverly Hills, California, United States - Thursday 13th August 2015
Ice Cube , Kimberly Woodruff - World Premiere of Universal Pictures' 'Straight Outta Compton' held at The Microsoft Theatre - Arrivals at Microsoft Theater - Los Angeles, California, United States - Monday 10th August 2015
We've finally got our first look at 'Straight Outta Compton'.
The first trailer for Straight Outta Compton rolled out online this week, giving fans the first look at the upcoming film based on the rise of NWA. The clip begins with an introduction featuring Ice Cube and Dr Dre, driving around the city and reminiscing on their formative years.
Straight Outta Compton hits theaters on August 14, 2015
After that, we take a journey back into the 1980s amidst the drugs and violence of Compton that helped bring together Cube, Dre, Eazy E, MC Ren and DJ Yella to make hip-hop history. The group were pioneers of gangsta rap and arguably became the most important group in the history of rap.
Ice Cube - Celebrities watch the Los Angeles Dodgers v Cincinnati Reds baseball game at Dodger Stadium. The Dodgers defeated the Reds by a final score of 6-3. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Tuesday 27th May 2014
After a pretty traumatic time returning to high school to uncover the source of a popular new drug, young cops Schmidt and Jenko are being forced to go undercover yet again. This time their special division has been moved from 21 to 22 Jump Street and they are re-experiencing college life. Sound fun? Well, not when you haven't got a clue what is going through kids' minds these days and with a new narcotic going around called Whyphy (that sounds a lot like WiFi), they've got an exceptionally tricky situation on their hands. Spring Break might mean time off for the students, but for Schmidt and Jenko it's the perfect opportunity to find the suppliers. First though, they need a little help from an old perp, who's currently serving time in jail after their previous drug bust.
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Kevin Hart saves 'Ride Along' from being a totally useless comedy flick.
There's very little ambition apparent on-screen in the buddy action-comedy Ride Along, with its lazy direction and slack script. But the filmmakers clearly knew they had lightning in a bottle in co-star Kevin Hart, so they let him run free with his fast-paced comical banter. This merely required Ice Cube to look short-tempered. And in America the film topped the box office for three weeks in January and February.
Kevin Hart [L] and Ice Cube [R] in 'Ride Along'
The studio will be hoping for a similar bump as the film rolls out across Europe over the next month. And after the demands of those awards season movies, audiences might just be in the mood for a movie they can watch without engaging their brains.
Continue reading: 'Ride Along' Has No Ambition, So Just Laugh And Watch Things Blowing Up
Lionel Richie and Vampire Weekend will also perform at the annual roof-raiser.
The line-up for this year's Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival has been announced and looks to be more impressive than ever with Elton John, Kanye West, Lionel Richie, Jack White and Vampire Weekend all gracing the Manchester, Tenn. stages across the four-day celebration. The festival, which will be held from the 12th to the 15th June this year, will serve up an enviable mix of genres.
Elton John Will Lead This Year's Incredible Bonnaroo Festival Line-Up.
Bonnaroo Festival is famous for having provided a stage to one of Kanye West's famous rants last time he played in 2008. The rapper and his fans reacted with outrage when Kanye's originally late night set was shifted to a performance during broad daylight, provoking a classic caps-lock tirade from the short-fused star.
Did anyone not see this happening?
Little is certain in the world of film; projects get canned, delayed and turn out to be rubbish despite everyone’s best intentions, but there can be one thing you can be sure of: if a film surpasses its box office expectations, there’ll be a second one, and probably a third one. Enter, Ride Along 2.
Kevin Hart will be back for Ride Alone 2
The big-grossing comedy movie has been greenlighted for a sequel, Deadline – as always – report. We’ll see the whole gang return if things go to plan. Tim Story will direct and Ice Cube and Kevin Hart are to reprise their roles as the goofy security guard (Hart) who has designs on his Cube’s sister.
Continue reading: Always Going To Happen News: 'Ride Along 2', Confirmed
O'Shea "Ice Cube" Jackson and Debra Lee - The BET Honors 2014 Hosted by Wayne Brady Honoring Aretha Franklin, Berry Gordy, Ice Cube, Ken Chenault and Carrie Mae Weems Held at Warner Theater, Washington DC - Washington DC, Maryland, United States - Saturday 8th February 2014
The new Frankenstein incarnation barely got out of the box office starting blocks.
The latest Hollywood incarnation of Mary Shelley's Frankenstein legend, I, Frankenstein, has flopped at the US box office, coming in sixth place on its debut weekend. The dark new action thriller, which shares its producers with the gloomy, supernatural Underworld movies, sees actor Aaron Eckhart take on the lead role.
New Aaron Eckhart Movie 'I, Frankenstein' Has Failed To Drum Up Much Interest At The US Box Office.
Despite an enduringly popular premise and a world-renowned story, the Stuart Beattie-directed I, Frankenstein has failed to coax American audiences towards its cinema screens over the weekend, taking $8.3m (£5m); a modest sum in comparison to the $65m (£39.3m) it cost to make the film, according to BBC News.
A new box office champion, a silly teenager on drugs, an angry director and the rumour of three Wonder Woman movies kept us hooked on the news this week.
Bieber Banged Up For Druggy Drag Racing: Justin Bieber has just had the mother of all terrible fortnights. The recalcitrant popstar was under investigation for a vicious egg attack on his neighbor's home by police who discovered drugs upon raiding Bieber's abode. The 'Baby' singer headed snowboarding with his equally rebellious chums with the threat of deportment looming. The singer was then arrested yesterday for DUI and drag racing in Miami.
Bieber showed what a true hard-ass he really was when police stopped him and he immediately snitched on himself, saying he was drunk and high on weed and prescription medication. The 19 year-old was released from a Miami jail an hour after a Miami judge, set a "standard" $2,500 bond Thursday afternoon. The widely-circulated mugshot shows the fallen star grinning ear-to-ear in his orange prison v-neck, prompting Seth Rogen to brand him "a piece of s**t."
Kevin Hart and Ice Cube's cop comedy has screeched to top the worldwide box office.
Ride Along has topped the box office upon its first weekend of release, raking in $41.2 (£25.1) million worldwide and seeing off the likes of Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit, Frozen and Wolf of Wall Street. Kevin Hart and Ice Cube's new comedy has far exceeded its forecasted $28m (£17m) and has become the biggest debut on record for the three-day Martin Luther King holiday in the US.
'Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit' Has Narrowly Missed Out On Topping The Box Office Again.
Nikki Rocco, Universal Pictures' head of domestic distribution, said that the film's success could be partly attributed to good timing and that the movie is a hit with both male and female audiences, making it a perfect choice for a date night at the movies, via Reuters.
Ice Cube - Ice Cube and Kevin Hart hand out cheesesteaks at Jim's Steaks on South Street in Philly while in town promoting their new movie a comedy called "Ride Along". - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States - Thursday 9th January 2014
Kimberly Woodruff and Ice Cube aka O'Shea Jackson - Celebrities arrive to watch the Los Angeles Lakers play the Los Angeles Clippers at the Staples Center - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 7th April 2013
Ice Cube Las Vegas, Nevada, United States The West Coast Rap All Stars Show was held in Planet Hollywood Casino Hotel in Las Vegas ft Too Short, Ice Cube, WC, Bone Thugs-N-Harmony, E-40 and Game Saturday 29th December 2012
Dave (Harrelson) is struggling to hold his fractured family together while covering up his dodgy activities as a cop in L.A.'s rough Rampart district. He lives with his two ex-wives (Heche and Nixon) and two daughters (Larson and Boyarsky), while developing a tentative relationship with a lawyer (Wright).
But his vigilante-style approach to his job leaves him with few friends, while his addiction to prescription drugs is sending him into a downward spiral. And now he's being harassed by the D.A. (Weaver) and her investigator (Ice Cube).
Continue reading: Rampart Review
In the midst of the 1990's Rampart Scandal, Dave Brown works for the LAPD and is the most corrupt cop you're ever likely to meet. He is racist, homophobic and chauvinistic and that's just the tip of the iceberg. In his mind, he thinks he is an action hero and he has dedicated himself to doing 'the people's dirty work'. In his personal life, he has two ex-wives - both of them sisters - and has fathered two daughters between them.
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Winning the lottery is something most can only dream of. Kevin Carson has spent his entire life in the projects living with his grandma and they've always played the lottery, just waiting for the day when their numbers could be drawn. On one evening in early July, their luck appears to be in as one by one Kevin's numbers are called.
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This season's no different as we take the "field" for The Longshots. The film is inspired by the true story of Jasmine Plummer who, at age 11, became the first female to play for a Pop Warner football team. With Plummer at quarterback, the Harvey Colts of Illinois reached the 2003 national championships in Miami, Florida.
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When we first meet Durell (Ice Cube) and LeeJohn (Tracy Morgan), they have just been snagged by the cops for their involvement with some stolen, pimped-out wheelchairs. Sentenced to 5,000 hours of community service by a no-nonsense judge (Keith David), they soon find themselves picking up trash along the streets of Baltimore. When the gangster owners of the medical equipment come looking for payment, LeeJohn is suddenly $12,000 in the hole. Then Durell learns that his Baby Momma Omunique (Regina Hall) needs $17,000 to keep her beauty shop open, or she'll have to move to Atlanta -- and take the couple's son with them. Desperate for money, the guys stumble into the neighborhood church, where Pastor Mitchell (Chi McBride) and his snooty Deacon (Michael Beach) have just announced the successful raising of $300,000 for a new building project. So naturally, our heroes decide to rob the congregation.
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Often vilified as one of the worst films ever made, Are We Done Yet? is far better than its pedigree would suggest. Mining the home improvement milieu has been done before, and if you've seen The Money Pit you know exactly what's going to happen here. Nick and co. will move into what looks like a dream house, but it will fall apart before their very eyes. A group of incompetant repairmen and contractors will attempt to save it. Nick will have a lot of drywall fall on his head. And the stress will cause much marital strife. The "original" spin here vs. The Money Pit: Suzanne is pregnant.
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Are We Done Yet? is a follow-up to Revolution Studios hilarious 2005 family comedy Are We There Yet? and picks up where the last story left off. Now married to Suzanne (Nia Long), Nick Persons (Ice Cube) has bought a quiet suburban house to escape the rat race of the big city and to provide more space for his new wife and kids Lindsey and Kevin (Aleisha Allen and Philip Daniel Bolden).
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Writer-director John Singleton was only 23 when Boyz hit the big screen in 1991, and if the intervening years have brought anything into sharper focus, it's his immaturity as a writer. Boyz is a sledgehammer of a film -- powerful, but hardly subtle. Singleton centers his story on the character of Tré Styles, who's about 11 in the opening sequence. After Tré gets into a fight at school, he's taken to live with his father, Furious (Laurence Fishburne), who has a better shot at teaching him how to be a man than his mother (Angela Bassett) does. Tré's best friends are Doughboy -- a tough, pudgy, troublemaking little kid -- and Ricky -- Doughboy's good-looking, athletic younger brother. As the sequence winds to a close, Furious' paternal influence keeps Tré out of trouble while the fatherless Doughboy ends up being arrested for shoplifting.
Continue reading: Boyz N The Hood Review
That's a bad pun, but it's better than anything in this movie. The only thing keeping Benjamins on its own stylistic level is the graphic violence. In fact, it's so violent at times, it is hard to tell if this movie is a trying to be a comedy or an action flick. It isn't exactly a riot watching people manipulating a man's severed arm as he screams for pain and mercy. Does the movie really think this is funny? Is it trying to be funny? Does anyone involved even know the answers to these questions?
Continue reading: All About The Benjamins Review
The awfulness of this movie is boundless. The scatological humor in the movie is already legendary, offering the big three: farting, peeing, and puking. The underage heroes are so reprehensible, I was nearly overcome with joy when they discovered their beloved father with another woman. Cube's character seeks counsel from a talking Satchel Paige bobble head, which is, well... adjectives fail me.
Continue reading: Are We There Yet? Review
Because movies are filmed months in advance, though, the topics tackled in the barbershop's open forum are dated. Rants regarding the D.C. sniper and Bill Clinton might have fit better in the first film, which came out two years ago. The old material eventually gives way to new challenges for barbershop owner Calvin Palmer (Ice Cube) and his faithful crew of haircutters.
Continue reading: Barbershop 2: Back In Business Review
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Ghosts of Mars stars Natasha Henstridge as a tough as nails, pill-poppin', Martian cop, sent with her squadron to retrieve "Demolition" Williams (Ice Cube) from a remote mining town for trial back home. When she and her comrades, appropriately dubbed "The Commander," "The Rookies," and the guy with the cool accent discover the town's residents slaughtered, they are forced to team up with Williams to escape from the remaining residents' head-chopping, alien-possessed clutches.
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And hardly any effort is often what they get, which brings us to XXX: State of the Union. This follow-up to XXX, the 2002 extreme-sports-and-videogames-themed James Bond knockoff, is markedly superior. Which is to say it is slightly less tedious, slightly less blatant in its idiocy, and still miles away from working as a competent action movie.
Continue reading: XXX: State Of The Union Review
It just goes to show you how clueless teenagers are. At 23, I rented the movie again and realized that I had no idea what the hell Singleton was talking about. Certainly, a lot of big issues are broached in the movie: racism, sexuality, democracy, college education and its value. Higher Learning poses a lot of issues, but rarely does it offer any meaningful answers.
Continue reading: Higher Learning Review
The Glass Shieldis the tragic tale of J.J. Johnson (Michael Boatman), a bright-eyed and idealistic black deputy-in-training who is "chosen" to join an all-white Los Angeles station for his first assignment. There, he encounters not-so-subtle racism and persecution which begins to crack his romanticism of the cop's life.
Continue reading: The Glass Shield Review
Let me make one thing clear before I proceed. I loved the original Friday. The inner city setting gave such a rich backdrop to a wonderful ensemble of interesting and colorful characters. The interactions of these characters let the film breathe life back into the territory previously covered by the Hughes Brothers and John Singleton, and then ridiculed by the Wayans Clan. The film also introduced the directing debut of F. Gary Gray and the acting debut of Chris Tucker. Ice Cube, one of the original writers and producers of Friday, tries to recapture the innocence and originality of the previous film but ends up failing by not producing the same even-flow of character interaction and storyline so prevalent in the original.
Continue reading: Next Friday Review
One thing being a film critic has taught me is that in Hollywood, images can change faster and more frequently than Dennis Rodman's hair dye.
Continue reading: Three Kings Review
Ice Cube finally puts down the gun and bong (yes, he's doing another Friday movie after this) in his best role since Three Kings. Here he plays Calvin, a soon-to-be father with aspirations for greatness who's inherited his father's struggling barbershop in the south side of Chicago. In a moment of panic, he sells the shop to a local loan shark (Keith David). But soon after, we meet the colorful crew that spend their day at Calvin's: the loony old-timer barber Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer), educated but snotty Jimmy (Sean Patrick Harris), two-strike thug Ricky (Michael Ealy), shy but sweet Dinka (Leonard Howza), pimped out "wigger" Isaac (Troy Garity), and tough girl-done-wrong Terri (hip-hop queen Eve). Spending a good day with these regulars, Calvin starts to realize his mistake, and begins working to set his error straight.
Continue reading: Barbershop Review
A paper-doll sequel with paper-thin performances and avideo-game plot -- a ridiculously implausible presidential coup plannedby an arch-conservative Secretary of Defense (teeth-gritting Willem Dafoe)-- this is nothing but a sorry attempt to ride the explosion-shredded coattailsof 2002's "XXX"without bringing back its star. Vin Diesel apparently got a big head fromhaving the first picture custom-tailored for him, and was booted afterasking for $25 million to reprise his role as an extreme-sports-jock spy.
So instead, Cube plays a Navy SEAL imprisoned for insubordinationwho is busted out by loose-cannon National Security Agency honcho SamuelL. Jackson (tough-guying his way to an easy paycheck) and deputized asthe new Agent Triple-X after Jackson's underground headquarters is raidedby gadget-laden baddies in black body armor. Who these thugs are and whatthey were doing there is barely explained, and no reason is offered forwhy, with all its agents, intelligence and firepower, the NSA must relyon a lone prison escapee to investigate and thwart a takeover of the U.S.government.
But director Lee Tamahori (who helped dumb down the lastJames Bond movie) doesn't really care as long as the next 5,000-round shoot-out,five-story fireball or $500,000 sports-car chase is just around the corner.This is the kind of brain-dead action movie in which window-rattling, wind-generatinghelicopters inexplicably sneak up on people, characters "lie low"by squealing around street corners in Washington D.C. while driving tricked-out,iridescent pimp-mobiles, and federal agents have to be certifiable moronsin order for the plot to advance.
Continue reading: XXX: State Of The Union Review
After writing and starring in the funny homeboys-and-hemp comedies "Friday" and "Next Friday," rapper-actor Ice Cube isn't quite out of ripe screwball ideas, but "Friday After Next" spreads them pretty thin. In fact, the "Pink Panther"-styled cartoon opening credits are the biggest laugh in the movie.
Story proper begins with slapstick cousins Craig (Cube) and Day-Day (Mike Epps) back in Compton after spending the last film in the suburbs. Desperate for rent money after a "ghetto Santa" breaks into their apartment at Christmas time, swiping presents and cash, the guys take seasonal security jobs at a dilapidated strip mall where their grumpy, squabbling dads (John Witherspoon and Don "D.C." Curry) have a barbecue joint.
Armed with nothing but a second-hand uniform and a whistle, thickwit Day-Day thinks he's suddenly a supercop, rousting church-lady carolers for loitering, but running away from gangbangers when he rubs them the wrong way. Meanwhile Craig has his eye on a drop-dead gorgeous salesgirl (K.D. Aubert) at the strip's new clothing outlet, Pimps & Hos. (Other stores include Holy Moly Donuts, check cashing, liquor and 94-cent stores, and Toyz in the Hood.)
Continue reading: Friday After Next Review
Ice Cube and Mike Epps, co-stars of the stoner satire "Next Friday," trade their ganja for gunplay in "All About the Benjamins." Cube is a rebellious, hotshot Miami bounty hunter and Epps is his frequent petty-criminal quarry, but they become partners looking to score some fast cash when one of their regular foot chases lands them both in the middle of a diamond heist.
Actually, Epps isn't interested in the diamonds. He dropped his wallet while hiding in the back of the jewel thieves' van and he just wants it back because the wallet contains his girlfriend's winning $60 million lottery ticket.
Cube doesn't buy that story, but he plays along because he wants to start his own private detective agency and he figures he could get some great publicity out of collaring a couple killers who stole $20 million in stones.
Continue reading: All About The Benjamins Review
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We’re still in the game. Now it’s time to win it for the culture. https://t.co/Fp6DSIuomt
I love it. Post the finish work when you’re done. https://t.co/G1GescucLb
We are asking the DOJ, FCC and FTC to take a look at this so we do have an effective strategy. Hope they do their j… https://t.co/QcMc9wQffe
It’s time for a new day... https://t.co/2WLsCruOC5
Know Your Rights! https://t.co/8SZVxuGipy
We gotta step our game up... thanks https://t.co/8mex7IW99t
We actually believe Comcast will work with @thebig3. But Charter/Spectrum is a different animal. They’re past is no… https://t.co/7dILuWYQmk
It’s always the damn cable guy! https://t.co/VX4p1bXtML
Let @llcoolj break it down for you. This keeps happening to us and it’s probably time for Congress to step in. https://t.co/dgq7FmujFA
I’m trying to shatter the glass ceiling so we can all fly!!!! https://t.co/lLM3YMEzL9
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