MGM & Ice Cube Moving Forward With A ‘Barbershop 3′; Cedric the Entertainer & Queen Latifah Eyed To Return
According to Deadline, MGM’s Barbershop franchise is gearing up to reopen. The outlet bring word that MGM is negotiating a mid-seven-figure deal with Ice Cube to reprise his role as the catalyst for ‘Barbershop 3.’ They are about to start talking to writers and the hope is 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.
Ice Cube next reprises in ’22 Jump Street,’ which opens on June 13th with Jonah Hill and Channing Tatum reprising their roles as bumbling narcs. And after Universal Pictures saw ‘Ride Along’ gross a hefty $146 million worldwide on a $25 million budget, the studio has greenlit the sequel to start production in late June with Cube and Kevin Hart reprising. Cube is separately producing ‘Straight Outta Compton,’ the F. Gary Gray-directed adaptation of the formation of NWA, the hip-hop ensemble that launched the careers of Cube, Easy E and Dr. Dre. He’s producing that with Dre, Easy E’s widow Tomika Wright and Matt Alvarez. Universal is casting and production is to begin this summer.
Striking New Trailer For The Wachowskis’ ‘Jupiter Ascending’ – Starring Mila Kunis, Channing Tatum, Sean Bean….
Hot on the heels of the new Mila Kunis and Channing Tatum character posters, Warner Bros. Pictures has debuted this new full-length trailer for Lana and Andy Wachowski’s ‘Jupiter Ascending.’ Co-starring the likes of Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, Tuppence Middleton, Doona Bae, James D’Arcy and Tim Pigott-Smith, the film opens on July 18th.
From the streets of Chicago to the far-flung galaxies whirling through space, ‘Jupiter Ascending’ tells the story of Jupiter Jones (Kunis), who was born under a night sky, with signs predicting she was destined for great things. Now grown, Jupiter dreams of the stars but wakes up to the cold reality of a job cleaning other people’s houses and an endless run of bad breaks. Only when Caine (Tatum), a genetically engineered ex-military hunter, arrives on Earth to track her down does Jupiter begin to glimpse the fate that has been waiting for her all along — her genetic signature marks her as next in line for an extraordinary inheritance that could alter the balance of the cosmos.
USA Today has set loose this new batch of images from Michael R. Roskam’s (Bullhead) ‘The Drop,’ which has been set for a September 19th release date. The film, formerly known as ‘Animal Rescue,’ stars Tom Hardy, Noomi Rapace, Matthias Schoenaerts, James Gandolfini, John Ortiz and James Frecheville.
‘The Drop’ focuses on a man (Tom Hardy) who wants to shed his criminal path but somehow gets mixed up in a bad heist and a killing resulting from a lost and contested pit bull. Rapace will play Nadia, a woman who crosses paths with the protagonist when he finds a wounded puppy outside her home. Author Dennis Lehane adapted the film from his own short story that first appeared in ‘Boston Noir.’ Previous Lehane movie adaptations include ‘Mystic River,’ ‘Shutter Island’ and ‘Gone Baby Gone.’ Expect a trailer for ‘The Drop’ shortly.
This first trailer has arrived online for Fred Schepisi’s ‘Words and Pictures,’ which is lead by Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche. Described as a witty romantic drama, the film follows Prep school English teacher Jack Marcus (Owen), who laments his students’ obsession with social media and good grades rather than engaging with the power of the written word. A one-time literary star, Jack has not published in years filling his spare time with drink versus the art of language. He meets his match in Dina Delsanto (Binoche) – an abstract painter and new teacher on campus, who was once celebrated for her art. From the start, the two flirt and provoke each other with equal relish. ‘Words and Pictures’ opens on May 23rd.
Mila Kunis & Channing Tatum Character Posters For Wachowskis’ ‘Jupiter Ascending’; New Trailer Lands Tonight
Warner Bros. Pictures have let out the hatch these two character posters for ‘Jupiter Ascending,’ an original science fiction epic adventure from filmmakers Lana and Andy Wachowski. In the film, Channing Tatum plays a half-wolf, half-albino genetic warrior. His character, Caine, is tasked with protecting Jupiter, an astrologically and genetically fated janitor played by Mila Kunis. Tatum and Kunis lead an international cast that also includes Sean Bean, Eddie Redmayne, Douglas Booth, Tuppence Middleton, Doona Bae, James D’Arcy and Tim Pigott-Smith. ‘Jupiter Ascending’ is opening on July 18th.
From the streets of Chicago to far flung galaxies whirling through space, ‘Jupiter Ascending’ was conceived and written by the Wachowskis, who are also directing. Award-winning producer Grant Hill, with whom the writer/directors have collaborated since ‘The Matrix’ Trilogy, is producing the film together with the Wachowskis. Roberto Malerba and Bruce Berman are serving as executive producers.
Legendary Comics have unveiled the cover for the official graphic novel ‘Godzilla: Awakening, which arrives in stores on May 7th. The 80-page story, set decades before the film, which lands on the big-screen on May 16th, is co-written by Max Borenstein (screenwriter of the new ‘Godzilla’) and Greg Borenstein. The log-line given for ‘Godzilla: Awakening’ is as follows: “Delve into an incredible mystery, generations in the making. At the dawn of the atomic age, humanity awakens life forms beyond imagination, unleashing monumental forces of nature.”
‘Godzilla: Awakening’ is illustrated by Eric Battle (“X-Men,” “Green Lantern,” “Wonder Woman”), Yvel Guichet (“Pacific Rim: Tales from Year Zero,” “Superboy Annual,” “End of Nations”), Alan Quah (“Rage,” “The Vampire Diaries,” “Anywhere”) and Lee Loughridge (“Batman Adventures,” “Arkham Asylum: Living Hell,” “Marvel Zombies Return”), and features cover art by Arthur Adams (“Godzilla,” “Fantastic Four,” “Hulk,” “Uncanny X-Men”).