Barbershop: The Next Cut

a/k/a
Barbershop 3

Barbershop 3 The Next CutRelease Date:  4/15/16
Genre:  Comedy
Rating:  Not Available
Studio:  Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM), Cube Vision, New Line Cinema
Director:  Malcolm D. Lee
Cast:  Ice Cube (Calvin Palmer), Common (Jabari), Nicki Minaj (Draya), Anthony Anderson (J.D.), Cedric the Entertainer (Eddie), Regina Hall (Angie), Garcelle Beauvais (Loretta), Sean Patrick Thomas (Jimmy), Eve (Terri), Deon Cole (Dante), Tyga (Whack MC), J. B. Smoove.

Details:  On this date MovieWeb reported that Barbershop: The Next Cut is bringing the Beauty Shop inside their doors for a joint business to help both parties keep afloat, and with the girls and guys working side by side, you can bet that every day is going to be a party. That is, if the raining bullets don’t accidentally kill someone first. There’s a serious new problem in town. And it needs to be addressed by a community that can actually do something about it. Ice Cube’s Calvin Palmer has a young son growing up in a Chicago suburb where the presence of gang violence is growing by the day. And it is encroaching on his business. It’s a serious issue that Barbershop: The Next Cut seems to be cutting into with some humor, making for a slightly more serious affair than past sequels.

Joining the cast this time around is also Common, who is now married to the only woman working on the Barber side of the shop, Terri, a character being reprised by Eve. Their personal journey will be one of the many side stories on display in Barbershop 3, as each of the shop’s employees work through their own struggles in the face of a neighborhood that seems to be under constant attack. Source: MovieWeb.

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Update:  According to Shadow and Act, Barbershop 3 is set for a February 19, 2016 release, with a cast the seemingly continues to grow, including additions, Deon Cole, Nicki Minaj, and Regina Hall, who have all booked roles in the New Line/MGM threequel, joining the previously cast Michael Rainey Jr., Common, Anthony Anderson and returning stars Ice Cube, Cedric the Entertainer and Eve.

Malcolm D. Lee is directing, from a script penned by “Black-Ish” creator, Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver. Ice Cube’s Cube Vision shingle is producing, with Bob Teitel and George Tillman, Jr. of State Street Pictures as lead producers.

Collectively, the first 2 movies grossed $140 million domestically on comparatively low budgets, and were financial successes for the studio.

As of May 5, 2015, according to Movieweb, it isn’t clear at this point if other original franchise stars such as Sean Patrick Thomas (Jimmy), Troy Garity (Issac), Michael Ealy (Ricky) and Leonard Earl Howze (Dinka) will also come back for the follow-up. Source(s):  Shadow and Act, MovieWeb.

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On March 26, 2014 Deadline reported that MGM is reviving its Barbershop franchise. The film company is negotiating a mid-seven-figure deal with Ice Cube to reprise his role as the catalyst for Barbershop 3. They also hope to re-enlist Cedric the Entertainer and Queen Latifah as well. The 2002 original cost $12 million and grossed $75 million domestic while the 2004 sequel cost $30 million and grossed $65 million. Source: Deadline.

Ride Along 2

Ride Along 2Release Date:  1/15/16
Genre:  Comedy/Action
Rating:  PG-13
Studio:  Cube Vision/Rainforest Films/Universal Pictures
Director:  Tim Story
Cast:  Kevin Hart (Ben Barber), Ice Cube (James Payton), Tika Sumpter (Angela Payton), Benjamin Bratt (Pope), Sherri Shepherd (Cori), T.I. (Tony David), Nadine Velazquez (Tasha), Olivia Munn (Maya Cruz), Tyrese Gibson (D.J.).

Story:  As his wedding day approaches, Ben heads to Miami with his soon-to-be brother-in-law James to bring down a drug dealer who’s supplying the dealers of Atlanta with product.  Source:  IMDB.

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Straight Outta Compton

Straight Outta ComptonRelease Date:  8/14/15
Genre:  Drama/Biography
Rating:  Not Available
Studio(s):  Circle of Confusion, Cube Vision, Universal Pictures.
Director:  
F. Gary Gray
Cast:
  Corey Hawkins (Dr. Dre), Jason Mitchell (Eazy-E), O’Shea Jackson, Jr. (Ice Cube), Keith Stanfield (Snoop Dogg), Alexandra Shipp (Kim), Aldis Hodge (MC Ren), R. Marcos Taylor (Suge Knight).

Synopsis:  In the mid-1980s, the streets of Compton, California, were some of the most dangerous in the country.  When five young men translated their experiences growing up into brutally honest music that rebelled against abusive authority, they gave an explosive voice to a silenced generation. Following the meteoric rise and fall of N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton tells the astonishing story of how these youngsters revolutionized music and pop culture forever the moment they told the world the truth about life in the hood and ignited a cultural war.

Starring O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, Straight Outta Compton is directed by F. Gary Gray (Friday, Set It Off, The Italian Job). The drama is produced by original N.W.A. members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, who are joined by fellow producers Matt Alvarez and Tomica Woods-Wright. Will Packer serves as executive producer of the film alongside Gray.  Photo Source:  Official Facebook page.  Source(s):  Official Facebook page, Movie Insider.

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Ride Along

ride_alongRelease Date: 4/15/14, DVD; 1/17/14, theatrical release
Genre: Action/Comedy
Rating: PG-13
Studio: Universal Pictures
Director: Tim Story
Cast: Ben (Kevin Hart)
James (Ice Cube)
Angela (Tika Sumpter)
John Leguizamo
Bryan Callen
Bartender (Angela Kerecz)
Bruce McGill
Story: When a fast-talking guy joins his girlfriend’s brother—a hot-tempered cop—to patrol the streets of Atlanta, he gets entangled in the officer’s latest case. Now, in order to prove that he deserves his future bride, he must survive the most insane 24 hours of his life. For the past two years, high-school security guard Ben (Hart) has been trying to show decorated APD detective James (Cube) that he’s more than just a video-game junkie who’s unworthy of James’ sister, Angela (Tika Sumpter). When Ben finally gets accepted into the academy, he thinks he’s earned the seasoned policeman’s respect and asks for his blessing to marry Angela. Knowing that a ride along will demonstrate if Ben has what it takes to take care of his sister, James invites him on a shift designed to scare the hell out of the trainee. But when the wild night leads them to the most notorious criminal in the city, James will find that his new partner’s rapid-fire mouth is just as dangerous as the bullets speeding at it. (Taken from universalpictures.com).

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