Straight Outta Compton, which grossed $67.7 million worldwide, is already coming to homes even after the crappy newscasts about how the film didn't cause riots or have any violent reactions. Pause.
It has been reported that the hip-hop film rights have been secured by FX Companies and will air on FX’s group of channels — FX, FXX, FXM and VOD platform FXNow.
Of course some of the feels will be lost as things must be edited for television, but if you don't mind the funny word changes that may be made you'll get to see it again and again when it's outta theaters.
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The N.W.A. biopic 'Straight Outta Compton' made box office history this weekend. The film took in $56.1 million and nearly $25 million only on Friday. Cue in Ice Cube's It Was a Good Day.
It was projected that the film would bring in close to $57 million, but as close as it is, it may surpass that. 'Straight Outta Compton' took a $29 million budget to make.
Straight Outta Compton, stars newcomers O’Shea Jackson Jr. as Ice Cube, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre and Jason Mitchell and Easy E.
Today Straight Outta Compton was released and of course I'd spend the typical outrageous ticket price to see it. It was totally worth it! I had so many reasons to go see the movie. Black film, black actors, a city I am familiar with, a place like home, because it is literally right next door, a look into reality and life as I knew it, a reflection of REAL rap music, a movie that would make history, a movie that is my culture, a movie that I've literally waited a full year to see.
There was an amazing turn out at LA LIVE in Downtown Los Angeles. Showings for the film were down to 3 as all of the others were sold out. Lines waiting to enter the theater started an hour before showtime and movie goers happily awaited to enter although there was assigned seating. And there was police. I was pissed off. Why did they feel it necessary to have extra security for the release of this film?
Talk about fucked up.
They were standing guard as though we were wild animals and unable to control ourselves. As though we would see the movie and flip out. As though we'd be on our own Fuck the Police tip after seeing the movie. I'm not sure if they expected a riot or what, but it ticked me off because it was just so stereotypical. I mean, hello, blacks and Mexicans aren't the ones shooting up theaters, so why should you extend security for a film that is big to both cultures, but especially black culture? This just shows the injustice and racial profiling we are dealing with. And oh the irony of it being depicted in the very film we all were waiting in line to see.
The film was beyond fabulous. You get a look into the history and making of N.W.A., you get a sense of the type of people that are in the music industry, you see the way injustices were handled and so much more. I honestly felt a sense of motivation to not take no for an answer and achieve the things that I really wanted. I felt a sense of unity as I and fellow movie-goers laughed, cried and sang together. It made me feel like anyone who saw the movie may have felt the need to unit, stand-up to injustices and go for their goals. All positives.
I'm glad that those who went out and saw the film were able to show them how wrong they were for the unneeded extra security. There's LAPD there to "greet" us in and out and a diverse crowd that is bonding over great music and political history and injustices.
Yes I'm feeling some type of way about this, because even now there still hasn't been any reports of any incidents by people of color. No issues or attacked on police officers by movie-goers. I get it. It's better to be safe than sorry, but hell, I believe we all take those precautions prior to leaving our houses each day and yet police are still attacking the innocent. Something has got to give and it cannot always be an innocent life.
*Portions of this article are from a Tumblr blog post written by the author.
I could definitely be biased, but this fall the film "Creed" starring Michael B. Jordan is a must see. Aside from the fact that the handsome Michael B. is lead in the film, Sylvester Stalone, Tessa Thompson, Phylicia Rashad and Wood Harris star in the film as well. The newest addition to the Rocky franchise is the story of Apollo Creed's son Adonis who ends up fighting for the Creed legacy. There are the branches or various relationships and the exploration of fighting to live against all odds. But there's Michael B. Jordan! (Can you see my bias?) Check out the trailer below.
“So many people have grown up on this series and I’m looking forward to bringing Tracy Ellison’s story to life through film. It’s my hope to continue to help bring diverse stories to the big screen.” - Sanaa Lathan
If you are a fan of Omar Tyree’s Flyy Girl book trilogy prepare to be excited!
The author’s work will be brought to life on the big screen and Sanaa Lathan has been casted as the film's leading lady. Lathan will portray Tracy Ellison in the story of a young woman forced to examine her life, goal and sexuality.
Sanaa Lathan will also executive produce the film.
Kerry Washington has been casted as Anita Hill in the upcoming HBO movie, Confirmation. The film surrounds the 1991 Supreme Court confirmation hearing of Clarence Thomas in which Hill testified to being repeatedly sexually harassed by the then nominee. Hill testified on live national TV before Congress claiming she was the victim of sexual harassment while working for Thomas at the U.S. Department of Education.
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Susannah Grant, Oscar-nominated screenwriter of Erin Brockovich, has signed on to write and executive produce the film. Washington is also an executive producer. HBO has released a first look at Washington as Hill in the TV movie.
“Variety is excited to again collaborate with PBS SoCaL to bring these entertaining and engaging conversations between some of today’s most highly celebrated television actors to the PBS audience.”
Variety’s "Actors on Actor"s studio is an interview show that features candid conversation between two actors groundbreaking moments in their careers, their art, changes in show biz and so much more. The show, which airs on PBS SoCaL’s, is on its second “Actors on Actors” interview and will feature conversations between actors Claire Danes with Don Cheadle and Queen Latifah with Taraji P. Henson. The two will be discussing their recent groundbreaking roles as blues singer Bessie Smith and the other as "Empire"'s beloved us Cookie.
"Actors on Actors" will be airing on PBS stations around the country and on Variety.com.
Check out the first two episodes below; the first featuring Taraji P. Henson and Queen Latifah; and the second with Viola Davis and Jane Fonda.
The series will premiere in two installments on June 14 and 21.
Actress Zoe Saldana and husband artist Marco are adorably in love. And as they say love has no boundaries and Marco proved that in every way. Two years ago the two secretly tied the knot. The two have a love-story with a contemporary twist — Marco Perego Saldana adopted her surname after they exchanged vows! How awesome is that?
Zoe stated in InStyle magazine that she tried talking him out of it and his response was great!
"I told him, 'If you use my name, you're going to be emasculated by your community of artists, by your Latin community of men, by the world.' But Marco looks up at me and says, 'Ah, Zoe, I don't give a s--t.'"
Attention all Barbershop fans!
Ice Cube has released a promo video today for Barbershop 3 and there seems to be so much hope in this one!
There are many old familiar barbershop faces, and a few new ones.
It has been 10 years since 'Back in Business' came out. The movies were on hold while other ventures were sought. In 2005, Barbershop was turned into a short-lived sitcom (10 episodes) on the Showtime Network.
Barbershop 3 will drop in 2016.
Another dope Sundance project has come to flourish! LILA AND EVE, a tense drama that follows a grief-stricken mother who joins a support group, makes a friend who partners with her to seek her own justice, is coming to theaters this July. Lila and Eve stars Viola Davis as Lila the main character and Jennifer Lopez as Eve. The film is directed by Charles Stone III (DRUMLINE) and features Davis as an executive producer. Just check out the trailer below (it's hard not to go into detail about a good film)!
The intensity of the trailer is real, so imagine the movie in full. This is definitely one to see so be sure to check it out in theaters or on demand July 17.