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Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Boyz N The Hood'

November 14th, 2014 1:30pm EST
Forgotten Friday Flick - 'Boyz N The Hood'
The season of high caliber dramas and various Oscar contenders is vastly approaching, so we’re gonna focus for the next little while on stunning work from the past that warrants gold statue praise – welcome to Forgotten Friday Flick! Today’s thoughtful and moving drama is a tale of life’s struggles from the personal experience of its first time filmmaker. It goes beyond the stereotypes and misconceptions to show what life is like for folks living in South Central Los Angeles. Bold, brash and brave as hell, we salute the 1991 John Singleton debut outing…"Boyz n the Hood."

Tre Sty...
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10 Darkest Musical Personalities

October 25th, 2014 8:00pm EDT
10 Darkest Musical Personalities
No matter how warm and fuzzy a song like Pharrell Williams’ “Happy” makes everyone feel on the inside, not all musicians have the same optimism and ‘good vibes’ of the multifaceted musician. Some find their best inspiration in dark things – blackness, the grotesque, and sometimes the hellish (cue the sound effects now!). The definition of ‘dark’ is broad, and all 10 of the ‘darkest’ musicians that grace this list possess their own style. What they all have in common is, they are known for their intensely dark musical personalities.

1) Marilyn Manson

Boy, oh boy! Phew, could anyo...
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Singing Stars: The 22 Best Actor-Musicians

June 2nd, 2014 7:00pm EDT
Singing Stars: The 22 Best Actor-Musicians
We recently gave you the 10 worst actors turned musicians, but it’s worth mentioning there are plenty of actors and actresses who were able to translate their talents to music as well - and vice versa for musicians breaking into the acting business. In no particular order, here are 22 of the Best Actor-Musicians.

Jennifer Hudson

Hudson was introduced to the public through American Idol, where she is still considers one of the best contestants to have ever auditioned. Despite that, the american public voted her off the show and she came in seventh place. Since then, she has won an Academ...
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Pouty Mouths: Celebrities Who Never Smile

January 23rd, 2014 7:00pm EST
Pouty Mouths: Celebrities Who Never Smile
It's part of a celebrity's job to show up to public events, pose for photographers, and sign autographs for fans. But some of them don't really look like they're enjoying their time in the spotlight.

Kristen Stewart is notorious for appearing moody at movie premieres and other Hollywood soirees. When the former "Twilight" star does crack a smile, it's like a rare bird sighting.

Sometimes a pout is sexy. Other times, it's just a turn off. It makes us wonder why they're so grumpy. Wipe that smug look off your face and show us some teeth!

Check out several celebs who rarely smile...

Kany...
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Bone Thugs-N-Harmony Reuniting To Headline Rock The Bells Festival

May 16th, 2012 3:46pm EDT
Bone Thugs N Harmony
Rappers Bone Thugs-N-Harmony are putting their differences aside to reunite and belatedly mark their 20th anniversary at the Rock the Bells festival series this summer.

The Tha Crossroads hit-makers formed in 1991 as a five-piece, but the veteran rappers were reduced to a trio early last year when both Wish Bone and Krayzie Bone walked out of the group to pursue solo endeavors.

Now Krayzie Bone, Wish Bone, Layzie Bone, Bizzy Bone and Flesh-n-Bone are planning to celebrate their career longevity by coming together to headline the 2012 Rock the Bells hip-hop concerts. They will perform t...
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Two Jews' Review '21 Jump Street' And Laugh Out Loud At This Action Comedy (Video)

March 14th, 2012 5:00pm EDT
21 Jump Street Movie
Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin Schwartz: What would you do if you had the chance to go back to high school and do it all over again? Well, two bumbling rookie cops, Schmidt (Jonah Hill) and Jenko (Channing Tatum) get that chance when they're assigned to the long time dormant 21 Jump Street unit led by the perpetually pissed off Captain Dickson (Ice Cube)

Their mission: Go back to high school and find the supplier of a synthetic drug (HFS) that causes hallucinations and sometimes...death. Piece of cake right? Uh...not so much...

First, our pair who actually went to the same high s...
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'80s Cast Members & New Stars Attend '21 Jump Street' Premiere (Photos)

March 14th, 2012 8:38am EDT
Channing Tatum & Jenna Dewan
The "21 Jump Street" Los Angeles premiere was rocking last night as stars from the original series showed up and canoodled with the new cast.

Holly Robinson Peete (Officer Judy Hoffs) is the only original cast member who is reprising her role on the big screen. But Richard Grieco (Officer Dennis Booker) also attended the premiere.

Among the missing? Heartthrob Johnny Depp (Officer Tom Hanson), his partner in crime Peter DeLuise (Office Doug Penhall) and Dustin Nguyuen (Officer Harry Truman Ioki).

Channing Tatum (Jenko) and Jonah Hill (Schmidt) star in the 2012 big-screen as a pair of un...
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Ice Cube Campaigns To Get Chris Tucker To Do 'Friday' Sequel

March 10th, 2012 12:30pm EST
Ice Cube
Ice Cube has urged fans of his "Friday" film franchise to bombard his co-star Chris Tucker with messages on Twitter to convince the comedian to sign on for another sequel.

The 1995 cult favorite, about a pair of street-smart slackers, spawned two sequels and helped to launch the hip-hop star as a movie mogul.

Ice Cube is currently writing a new installment of the fun comedy, a follow-up to 2002's "Friday After Next," and he's eager to get Tucker on board too.

During an appearance on TV's "106 & Park" earlier this week, he said, "Everybody twitter (sic) Chris Tucker and make sure he's in ...
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Ice Cube Makes Architecture Film

December 8th, 2011 11:25pm EST
Ice Cube
Rapper Ice Cube has created a short film to pay homage to California's classic architecture.

Ice Cube, real name O'Shea Jackson, enrolled in drafting classes at the Phoenix Institute of Technology in Arizona when he was 18 but abandoned his artistic dreams to pursue a career in music.

And now the hitmaker has gone back to his roots by shooting Pacific Standard Time: Art in LA 1945-1980 to show fans the true beauty of such buildings as the historic Eames House.

He tells NME.com, "The Eames (architects) made structure and nature one. This is going green 1949 style, b**ch. Believe that... I...
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LL Cool J To Receive Icon Honor At BET Hip-Hop Awards

September 21st, 2011 8:42am EDT
LL Cool J
Rap veteran LL Cool J is to be honored for his career achievements at the upcoming BET Hip-Hop awards.

The I Need Love hit-maker is to receive the I Am Hip-Hop Icon trophy at the ceremony in Atlanta, Georgia next month, following in the footsteps of legendary artists including Grandmaster Flash, Russell Simmons, Ice Cube and Salt-N-Pepa.

Comedian Mike Epps is to host this year's show when it takes place at the Boisfeuillet Jones Atlanta Civic Center on October 1st.
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Ice Cube's 'Boyz N The Hood' Audition 'Sucked'

July 9th, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Ice Cube
Ice Cube almost missed out on his movie breakthrough because his audition for "Boyz N The Hood" was awful.

The rapper admits he felt "totally unqualified" to become a movie star and director John Singleton recalls his star showing up totally unprepared.

The filmmaker recalls, "We sat him down and he read... and he sucked.

"I said, 'You didn't read this (script), did you?' and he said, 'No, I've been touring'. And I said, 'Man, you've gotta go read this... and come back.'"

Ice Cube admits he took Singleton's words to heart, adding, "When I read it, I'm like, 'Oh, they about to do a movie...
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Flavor Flav & MC Hammer To Join Charlie Sheen At Insane Clown Posse Festival

July 7th, 2011 8:49am EDT
Flavor Flav
Flavor Flav, Ice Cube, MC Hammer, Bobby Brown and Lil Jon will join Charlie Sheen at the Insane Clown Posse's four-day rap and wrestling festival in Illinois next month.

Sheen announced he'd be among the presenters in an excited tweet on Wednesday, and now the full line-up has been announced.

Sheen and Flav will co-host the music and wresting event, dubbed the Gathering Of The Juggalos, while rappers Ice Cube, Lil Jon, Paul Wall and MC Hammer will join Bobby Brown on the bill.

The 12th annual Gathering of the Juggalos will take place at Cave-In-Rock, Illinois from 11-14 August.

Xzibit, ...
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Ice Cube Planning N.W.A. Biopic

May 11th, 2011 9:56pm EDT
Ice Cube
Rap and movie mogul Ice Cube has confirmed reports of a planned biopic about his groundbreaking former group N.W.A.

The "It Was a Good Day" hitmaker fronted the original gangsta rap act with Dr. Dre and admits he's working on a new film about "the world's most dangerous group."

He says, "I think N.W.A. changed a lot in pop culture and people should see how we started, how the neighborhood we came from created N.W.A. and then N.W.A. changed the neighborhoods we come from. It's definitely a story that needs to be told."

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Woody Harrelson Plays A Badass Cop (Photos)

December 1st, 2010 4:00pm EST
Woody Harrelson
We spotted Woody Harrelson filming a violent scene in downtown Los Angeles for his upcoming movie "Rampart." In the scene, Harrelson, who plays a renegade police officer, chases down a man and beats him with a club.

In between takes, Woody can be seen taking out a set of false teeth.

The movie follows veteran police officer Dave Brown, the last of the renegade cops, as he struggles to take care of his family, and fights for his own survival. Steve Buscemi, Sigourney Weaver and Ice Cube also star.
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Check Out 'Lottery Ticket' On DVD, Blu-ray, On Demand & Download

November 17th, 2010 7:50am EST
Lottery Ticket
Kevin Carson (Bow Wow) has just won $370 million in the Mondo Millions Lottery. But the Lottery Claim Office is closed for a long holiday weekend, so before he can collect, Kevin must figure out how to keep a lid on his good fortune and survive the next three days.

As his prize news spreads, Kevin quickly discovers the good, the bad and the ugly in his friends and neighbors. It’s funny what people will do when money is involved – and this free-wheeling comedy has your winning entertainment numbers.

Brandon T. Jackson, Naturi Naughton, Loretta Devine, Ice Cube, Keith David, Terry Crews, ...
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Ice Cube Offers Support To Laurence Fishburne

August 16th, 2010 11:19pm EDT
Ice Cube
Rapper Ice Cube has offered his "Boyz 'N the Hood" co-star Laurence Fishburne his support as the actor deals with his daughter's sex tape scandal.

"The Matrix" star has been left stunned by his daughter Montana's decision to star in an explicit adult film to kickstart her own acting ambitions.

Footage from the sex tape has already appeared online, leaving her movie star father upset and shocked, according to Montana. To add insult to injury, Montana's 2009 prostitution arrest has also come to the fore.

Fishburne has yet to comment on the tape, but Ice Cube has jumped to his defense, tell...
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'Lottery Ticket' Producers Hit With Lawsuit

August 12th, 2010 11:00am EDT
Lottery Ticket
Film bosses behind upcoming movie Lottery Ticket have been hit with a lawsuit from a screenwriter who alleges his idea was stolen.

Tom Huang filed papers at Los Angeles County Superior Court on Wednesday claiming he wrote a treatment for a movie plot in 2004 and talked it over with his agent Brad Kaplan.

The writer alleges Kaplan "stole" the idea and passed it on to his client Erik White, who wrote and directed Lottery Ticket, about a young man who has to fend off his greedy neighbors when they discover he's holding a winning ticket worth $350 million."

Huang claims the film, which is...
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Ice Cube Wants A Lakers Championship For His Birthday

June 10th, 2010 7:30pm EDT
Ice Cube
Rapper Ice Cube is hoping for an extra special birthday gift when he turns 41 later this month - a Los Angeles Lakers basketball championship.

The rabid Lakers fan is hoping the Boston Celtics tie the NBA Finals series in Boston, Massachusetts on Thursday night, so his team still has everything to play for when the showdown returns to the Staples Center in Los Angeles. And that could mean that the Lakers will be named champions on his birthday.

Ice Cube says, "Lakers in six, baby. The only reason I say Lakers in six (games) is because June 15 is Game Six and that's my birthday. They mig...
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Notes From Tribeca: The Sports Guy Bill Simmons Leads '30 for 30' Discussion

April 28th, 2010 6:48pm EDT
30 for 30 Straight Outta LA
This past Saturday I caught the ESPN panel for their 30 for 30 documentary series that's running for their 30th anniversary. The documentary series features 30 films from a select group of filmmakers who tell stories from their own perspectives, "detailing the issues, trends, athletes, teams, rivalries, games and events that transformed the sports landscape from 1979 to 2009," according to 30for30espn.com.

The crux of the panel was supposed to center around Ice Cube and his documentary (which premiered at the festival), Straight Outta LA. Unfortunately, he had to back out at the last minut...
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In Honor Of Slash's Solo Debut: Other Successful Solo Acts

April 9th, 2010 8:24am EDT
Slash Fergie
Rock guitar phenom Slash released his solo debut effort this week titled Slash. Though time has proven how the journey of the solo artist of a formerly hugely successful band can be a wary one, there have been a few musical acts however that have garnered success individually with debuted efforts like below. The following list is a few artists who have had recent success. Let us know your favorite solo music release, and artist.

Fergie

The female lead singer of the Black Eyed Peas, "Fergie" Ferguson was so successful with her solo debut The Dutchess in 2006 that it's a refreshing to see...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies -'Book Of Eli,' 'Lovely Bones' & More

January 11th, 2010 10:08am EST
THE BOOK OF ELI
I'm really glad that I finally got the chance to see James Cameron's "Avatar" in 3-D. Visually Cameron creates an incredibly convincing alien world, paying attention to even the smallest details in the environment.

The vibrant jungle scenes bring out the advantages of 3-D and convinced me that as a medium it isn't just a lame gimmick, but rather an opportunity for filmmaking to mature in the coming years.

"Avatar" kept me glued to the screen, captivating me from the moment it began until the moment it finished. While the story and dialogue were predictable, I didn't necessarily c...
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TBS Orders 10 Episodes Of 'Are We There Yet?'

July 15th, 2009 1:26pm EDT
Ice Cube
TBS is teaming with Joe Roth and Ice Cube for Are We There Yet?, a sitcom starring Terry Crews (Everybody Hates Chris) and based on the hit Revolution Studios film of the same name.

TBS has ordered 10 episodes of the new sitcom, slated to premiere in June 2010, with the option for an additional 90 episodes.

The movie "Are We There Yet?," a breakout 2005 hit, told the story of Nick (Ice Cube), a smooth operator who is trying to land a date with Suzanne, a divorcee stuck working out of town over New Year's and miserable because she misses her kids. Nick gallantly offers to make her New...
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Avant's Self-Titled New Album Arrives In Stores Tomorrow

December 8th, 2008 5:30pm EST
Avant
Avant's upcoming self-titled release, Avant, out December 9th, will mark his 5th career album and his first release on new label, Capitol Records. The lead single from his latest effort "When It Hurts," continues to climb the charts, recently breaking into the Top 10 and Top 20 at radio formats Urban AC and Urban Mainstream, respectively.

"Seven years and five albums deep, I've got a resume and track record," says the multi-platinum R&B singer/songwriter. "I've proved my point which is why I decided to call the album Avant, because it reflects who I am."

Avant gathers the talent...
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Owen Wilson's Best & Worst Films

October 21st, 2008 9:21am EDT
Owen Wilson
The Frat Pack has been a powerful force in the new Millennium, and for awhile it was like we could not see a comedy without Ben Stiller, Will Ferrell, Vince Vaughn, Luke Wilson, and Owen Wilson. These comedic geniuses are quirky, timely, and have a lasting power that will keep them in movies for years to come. The goofy, charming Owen Wilson has proven himself not only as an actor, but as an Oscar-nominated screenwriter. There's a lot more going on beneath those blonde surfer bangs than one might expect, and with "Marley & Me" coming out this Christmas, let's take a look at some of the fine...
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First Ever 'Hello Kitty' Album Released

October 9th, 2008 4:55pm EDT
Hello Kitty
SANRIO, Inc. is thrilled to announce the release of Hello World, the first-ever Hello Kitty album available on Lakeshore Records. The album will offer 11 tracks of original pop tunes, performed by a number of up & coming young artists. The result is an upbeat and perky compilation that reflects the life-embracing mood of the Hello Kitty brand.

The album launches October 7th exclusively at Walmart and the first single "Come On, Come On," with early airplay reported from Radio Disney, will be available on iTunes starting September 30th. The online community is already abuzz over the albu...
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Filling TV's Black Hole: David Alan Grier's 'Chocolate News' Premieres Oct. 15

October 7th, 2008 5:00pm EDT
David Alan Grier
David Alan Grier adds a new flavor to Comedy Central with "Chocolate News," an outrageous, character-driven sketch magazine series debuting Wednesday, October 15 at 10:30 p.m.

In Living Color alum and Tony® Award-nominee David Alan Grier is the creator, executive producer and host of "Chocolate News," a hilarious take on pop culture events that makes no apologies for its biased approach.

An encore presentation of the debut episode of "Chocolate News" will air October 15 at 11:00 p.m. The ten-episode series will regularly air on Wednesdays at 10:30 p.m. (all times ET/PT)

"Ch...
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Memorable Stoner Movie Scenes

October 2nd, 2008 11:53am EDT
The Pineapple
Marijuana doesn't need a stoner-movie to make things funny-but it helps. Here are ten scenes which pay tribute to the drug, rather than just exploit its controversial but distinctive place in pop culture (see: Dazed and Confused). Marijuana and its paraphernalia are not just in these scenes, but have lead roles in them- (see: Mallrats). It-well, you get the idea.

10. Do I look high?

Friday (1995)

The plot: Ice Cube and Chris Tucker do absolutely nothing for a while. When Ice Cube tries to mac it to Nia Long, his brain kills the mood. Chris Tucker goes on to co-star in a ...
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Why Are So Many Rappers Acting?

August 27th, 2008 11:46am EDT
Hancock
This isn't to bash rappers, nor is it to say that these artists aren't allowed to pursue different paths in Hollywood. With so many prominent rappers acquiring roles in big movies though, it begs the question-why?

It's not as if rappers in movies are a new thing. In 1991, Mario Van Peebles cast Ice-T as a cop in "New Jack City," a film that is beloved by many. That same year, director John Singleton cast Ice Cube as a Los Angeles gangbanger in "Boyz N the Hood." These two movies helped open the floodgates for rappers to enter the world of acting.

Soon, Will Smith went from rap...
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A Quick Look At Some Top Rap Feuds

August 22nd, 2008 9:12am EDT
Eminem
The music industry has always thrived on fabricated competition to generate publicity; The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones, The Beatles vs. Elvis Presley, Madonna vs. Cyndi Lauper, Nirvana vs. Pearl Jam, and Jonas Brothers vs. Tokio Hotel, are all apt examples of this. In comparison to the examples given here however, competition is never more prevalent than in the Hip Hop arena. It is a platform where the verbal expression of ego driven beefs and putdowns have now become part of the art itself upon which success thrives. Whether recorded or done on video, it sets Rap music apart from a...
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Three Rappers Turned Successful Hollywood Actors

March 4th, 2008 11:55am EST
Will Smith
Music entertainers are constantly making the transition from the world of singing to acting. The goal is usually to be a double, triple or quadruple threat via becoming an amazing musician/actor; musician/actor/producer or musician/actor/producer/director.

Specifically, it is not uncommon to hear of rappers going from the music video screen to the small and big screens. There a number of them who have done it quite successfully. But, there are three in particular whose success has surpassed all expectations. They are: Will Smith (a.k.a. Fresh Prince), Mark Wahlberg (a.k.a. Marky Ma...
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