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Universal Snaps Up Ice Cube Comedy 'Ride Along,' Lands Tim Story To Direct & Kevin Hart To Co-Star

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • July 12, 2012 12:36 PM
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Since starting his studio career off strong with the solid hit “Barbershop,” director Tim Story then slowly turned in a string of mediocre releases (“Taxi,” “Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer”) that finally had folks questioning how he made off so well the first time. However, things changed crucially at the start of 2012, as his adaptation of Steve Harvey's book, “Think Like a Man,” garnered both critical and box office acclaim (clocking in at $91 million domestic), as well as a brewing sequel. And now Story has taken his newfound clout to a promising comedy project alongside a former collaborator who was there from the beginning.

Review: '21 Jump Street' Is A Hilarious, Heartfelt Action-Comedy That Just Might Be An Instant Classic

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • March 12, 2012 10:30 PM
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In cinema as in life, self-awareness can be a virtue or it can be a deadly thing. Since there’s essentially no such thing as originality, conceding that you’re working within existing parameters or with familiar formulas excuses, and can sometimes enhance, the effectiveness of a lot of necessary decisions that eventually must be made in order to tell a story. Calling too much attention to those choices, however, turns storytelling into parody, characters into punch lines, and any emotional investment that may once have existed into fodder for dismissal, if not derision.

A Fourth 'Friday' In The Works, Chris Tucker To Return?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 16, 2011 1:58 PM
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As we already know, Chris Tucker doesn't work very often. 1995's "Friday" launched the comic actor's film career thanks to his hilarious turn as the pot loving Smokey, but while the film became a hit spawning two sequels -- "Next Friday" and "Friday After Next" -- Tucker went on to other things, mostly involving Brett Ratner. Next year will mark a decade since the last installment in the franchise, but it looks like New Line wants to take another puff.

Exclusive: John Singleton Says He's Talking To Ice Cube About Directing N.W.A. Biopic

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • September 16, 2011 11:47 AM
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In the last 10 years, John Singleton has made some unexpected choices, and perhaps as a result, his career has taken some unusual turns. Between 2001 and 2005 he revisited the ‘hood with “Baby Boy,” directed a big-league Hollywood sequel with “2 Fast 2 Furious,” and helmed the drama “Four Brothers,” but it’s taken six years for him to return to the director’s chair with the new thriller “Abduction.”

New Photos: Woody Harrelson In Oren Moverman's L.A. Cop Drama 'Rampart'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • May 17, 2011 4:20 AM
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First Synopsis For The Film; Ned Beatty Also Part Of The Ensemble CastEven though producer/star Ben Foster has said a 2012 festival unveiling is the likely plan, we're still kinda hoping Oren Moverman's sophomore directorial effort, L.A. cop-drama "Rampart," will sneak onto 2011 calendars somehow.

Jake Johnson Latest To Join Cast Of '21 Jump Street'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 21, 2011 1:02 AM
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Considering it's the kind of project that we'd normally run a mile from (namely, a big-budget remake of a 1980s TV show that no one really gives a shit about), we're curiously optimistic about "21 Jump Street." Like the show, which launched the career of Johnny Depp, the movie will focus on a group of fresh-faced cops who go undercover in a high school, but the new version is an R-rated action-comedy take on the material, described as "Bad Boys" meets "John Hughes."

Ice Cube & Disney Team On Car Culture Feature 'Chrome And Paint'; Script Rewritten For PG-13

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 11, 2011 2:24 AM
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Ice Cube and Disney? Considering the rapper/actor has mixed up his grittier film roles with stuff like "Are We There Yet?" and "The Longshots" we can't be too surprised, but the choice of project is a little big interesting as Deadline reports that Ice Cube and Disney are teaming up on the car culture feature he's been shopping titled "Chrome And Paint."

Ice Cube Heads To '21 Jump Street'; Shopping Directorial Gig 'Chrome And Paint' Around Town

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2011 11:34 AM
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Looks like Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum are getting an actor/musician with some serious street cred to join them on "21 Jump Street." Deadline reports that Ice Cube is in negotiations to join the film, though his role is not yet specified.

Ice Cube & Ryan Seacrest In Talks For 'New Year's Eve'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 27, 2011 8:43 AM
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We can't remember the last movie where each casting announcement made us dread a movie more and more. But Garry Marshall seems determined to stack his forthcoming holiday-themed romcom "New Year's Eve" with whichever Hollywood talent has a spot in their calendar and isn't opposed to taking an easy paycheck.

Ben Foster Talks Oren Moverman's 'Rampart,' Film Probably Won't Hit Festival Circuit Until 2012?

  • By Simon Dang
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  • January 16, 2011 9:13 AM
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Calls Woody Harrelson's Performance "Stone Cold, Insane"One of the many films that featured in our recently posted Most Anticipated piece was the reuniting of director Oren Moverman with his "The Messenger" stars Ben Foster and Woody Harrelson for the cop drama "Rampart" which shot late last year. Unfortunately, word from Foster now predicts a 2012 unveiling for the film rather than later this year, possibly lining the team up for a return to Sundance.

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