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'Menace II Society' Directors Explain Why Tupac Shakur Got The Boot From Their Gangsta Drama Classic

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • May 31, 2013 11:41 AM
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Believe it or not, “Menace II Society” was released over twenty years ago. The film launched the careers of Albert and Allen Hughes (“From Hell”, “Book of Eli”), who made the film when they were just twenty years old. While the film proved to be a critical and commercial hit at the time, the production was not without its problems. Tupac Shakur was originally supposed to play a role in the film but was fired by Allen Hughes, apparently because Tupac was causing problems on the set. The firing lead to Tupac and Allen Hughes actually coming to blows and Tupac wound up being found guilty for assault and battery, as a result.

Review: 'Broken City' Is A Political Corruption Thriller That Never Quite Comes Together

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • January 16, 2013 5:38 PM
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A lot of what's broken about "Broken City" -- the new political thriller by Allen Hughes, who with his brother Albert directed the highly influential inner-city dramas "Menace II Society" and "Dead Presidents" before veering off into more comic book-y territory with historical thriller "From Hell" and post-apocalyptic yarn "Book of Eli" -- is encapsulated by its opening sequence. Mark Wahlberg, as a gruff New York City cop (is there any other kind?), stands over a bullet-riddled body, his gun still smoldering, while the soundtrack (by "The Social Network" co-mastermind Atticus Ross) churns with a kind of industrial grind. Hughes seems to be attempting to reconcile the two halves of his career, in this scene and in the rest of the movie, wrangling his pointed look at inner city life with flashier Hollywood slickness and the result is utterly boring mush, anonymous and ambitionless.

See The Big Picture: Trailer For 'Broken City' Starring Mark Wahlberg & Russell Crowe

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2012 12:46 PM
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So, is this another generic, urban thriller with Mark Wahlberg doing his burned out leading man thing, or something more? The January release date says one thing, the enticing lead turn by Russell Crowe says another, but see for yourself in the first trailer for "Broken City."

Allen Hughes To Direct Remake Of Kim Jee-woon's 'A Bittersweet Life'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 21, 2012 8:21 AM
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While his brother Albert is having a hard time getting a movie mounted, with "Motor City" recently being scuttled, Allen Hughes is on a bit of a tear. He's in post-production of "Broken City," the thriller starring Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe and Catherine Zeta-Jones, and now he's lining up a remake that will be sure to raise some eyebrows, particularly among fans of Korean cinema.

First Look At Mark Wahlberg, Russell Crowe & Catherine Zeta-Jones in 'Broken City'

  • By Joe Cunningham
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  • September 10, 2012 10:56 AM
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Ever since he stopped being Marky Mark and became a proper actor, Mark Wahlberg has always seemed at his most comfortable on the big screen as part of a strong ensemble cast (a la breakout "Boogie Nights") or stealing scenes as a supporting player. Be it in the likes of “Planet of the Apes,” “The Italian Job,” “The Happening” or “Max Payne,” for a long time it looked like he just wasn’t going to cut it as a leading man. Of course there may be a few exceptions along the way (and feel free to point them out in the comments), but it seemed like two significant things happened in the last few years that have changed that.

Allen Hughes & Mark Wahlberg Neo-Noir 'Broken City' Gets Financing, Moves Forward A Tiny Bit

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 27, 2011 5:07 AM
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Last year, when Mark Wahlberg was busy on "The Fighter" press circuit, most notably talking up "Uncharted" -- which his best bud David O. Russell has now officially moved on from -- there was one other project he mentioned: "Broken City." Wahlberg said last fall, “there’s this other thing, 'Broken City,' that I want to do at the end of next year with Allen Hughes directing, which is on the Black List. It’s one of the best unproduced screenplays, an amazing piece of material that should attract amazing talent.” Well, it certainly has the money behind it now.

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