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Casting: 'Short Term 12' Star Keith Stanfield To Play Snoop Dogg In 'Straight Outta Compton' And More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 25, 2014 4:40 PM
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Short Term 12
West Coast rap is coming back next summer with N.W.A. biopic "Straight Outta Compton." And the cast for the F. Gary Gray movie just keeps getting bigger. "Short Term 12" star Keith Stanfield (who showed off his rap skills in the indie flick) has joined the movie, taking on the role of hip hop titan Snoop Dogg. Those are some big shoes to fill.

Casting: Ving Rhames Back For 'Mission: Impossible 5,' Paul Giamatti Joins N.W.A. Biopic And More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 18, 2014 9:42 AM
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Mission: Impossible III Ving Rhames
In case you were worried about the continuity of the "Mission: Impossible" franchise, never fear: Ving Rhames will be back once again for "Mission: Impossible 5." Director Christopher McQuarrie confirmed the actor's return on Twitter, with Rhames reprising his Luther Stickell role.

First Look: Image Of Cast And Filmmakers Of NWA Biopic 'Straight Outta Compton'

Straight Outta Compton
While the Tupac Shakur biopics (yes, there's now more than one) continue to grind their way through the development mill, credit to the folks behind NWA flick "Straight Outta Compton" for getting it done. It probably helps that former members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre are producers on this but still, the thing is cast and ready to roll and now the first look at filmmakers and actors has arrived. Check it out below. Read More »

Hailee Steinfled Tunes Up For 'Pitch Perfect 2,' Tim Blake Nelson Joins 'Fantastic Four' & More

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • May 1, 2014 9:19 AM
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Hailee Steinfeld, Pitch Perfect 2
After a steady stream of rumors surrounding its storyline and lead actors, Josh Trank’s “Fantastic Four” reboot is finally underway and filming, with Miles Teller, Jamie Bell, Kate Mara, and Michael B. Jordan set to battle Dr. Doom (Toby Kebbell). However, there are still some shifts to be made, as the superhero film has added one actor and also denied another from signing on to a long-gestating biopic.

F. Gary Gray's N.W.A. Biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' Might Land At Universal

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 19, 2012 5:32 PM
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In the works since 2009, and moving at a snail's pace, the long developing N.W.A. biopic "Straight Outta Compton" is one of the musical biopic projects -- like movies about James Brown, Frank Sinatra or Tupac Shakur -- that get a bit of heat every now and then, only to go back to the sidelines. Having to snag music rights, life rights and more, all while pleasing various estates and family members, is a complicated business, so excuse us if we're taking this coolly.

F. Gary Gray To Direct N.W.A. Biopic 'Straight Outta Compton,' Leaving George Nolfi & Russo Brothers For 'Captain America 2'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2012 4:02 PM
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...and then there were two. It was just over a week ago when it was announced that Marvel was looking at George Nolfi ("The Adjustment Bureau"), F. Gary Gray ("Friday," "The Italian Job") and Joe and Anthony Russo ("Welcome To Collinwood," "You, Me & Dupree") for "Captain America 2" (which has since landed a April 4, 2014 release date). Well, it looks like one name is out of the running.

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