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Queen Latifah & Jada Pinkett Smith get lit in ‘GIRLS TRIP’ Trailer (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

The ESSENCE Festival serves as the backdrop for Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith‘s upcoming summer movie, “Girls Trip.” The film opens in theaters nationwide on July 21 and is their first project together since the 1996’s box office hit, “Set It Off.”

The Malcolm Lee directed comedy, which was shot last summer at the actual festival, stars the two as life long friends to Regina Hall and Tiffany Haddish. The fabulous foursome travel to the annual music event where “sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, and there’s enough dancing, drinking, brawling and romancing to make the Big Easy blush.”

Joining the ladies in their fun-filled weekend is “Love Jones” star Larenz Tate, Kate Walsh, Mike Colter and “Queen Sugar” actor Kofi Siriboe. “Girls Trip” is scripted by “black-ish” creator Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver and produced by Will Packer. 

Check out the trailer below and tell us what you think!

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Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett-Smith to star in ‘Girl Trip’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Deadline is reporting that actresses Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett-Smith are in talks to star in a new film for 2017 titled “Girl Trip.” It’s set to be released for July 21, and will be directed by Malcolm Lee and produced by Will Packer.

The movie is being described as follows: “Four friends who travel to New Orlean’s Essence Festival, where sisterhoods are rekindled, wild sides are rediscovered, with some drinking, romancing and even brawling thrown in for good measure.”

Regina Hall is also set to star in the film with the script being written by “black-ish” creator Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver.

This will be the first time Latifah and Pinkett-Smith have starred together on the big screen since their 1996 classic film, “Set It Off.”

Stay tuned…

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Common & Ice Cube attend screening of ‘Barbershop: The Next Cut’ (VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Check out photos from the recent screening of “Barbershop: The Next Cut.” It took place over the President’s Day Weekend at the London Hotel in West Hollywood and featured two of the film’s co-stars Common and Ice Cube.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 13: A general view at BarberShop The Next Cut Private Screening at The London Hotel on Saturday, February 13, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by A Turner Archives)

Alongside the co-stars were comedian Deon Cole (who appears as “Dante” in the film), as well as reality TV personalities Jennifer Williams (TV One’s “Next 15”) and Mimi Faust (Vh1’s “Love and Hip Hop Atlanta). Also in attendance was Straight Outta Compton‘s Neil Brown, Jr. (DJ Yella) who dropped in for a few laughs alongside a few industry notables.

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 13: A general view at BarberShop The Next Cut Private Screening at The London Hotel on Saturday, February 13, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by A Turner Archives)

It’s been more than 10 years since our last appointment at Calvin’s Barbershop. Calvin (Ice Cube) and his longtime crew, including Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer), are still there, but the shop has undergone some major changes. Most noticeably, our once male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed. The ladies bring their own flavor, drama and gossip to the shop challenging the fellas at every turn. Despite the good times and camaraderie within the shop, the surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, forcing Calvin and our crew to come together to not only save the shop, but their neighborhood.

“Barbershop: The Next Cut” also stars Eve, Regina Hall, Nicki Minaj, Patrick Thomas, Anthony Anderson, Jaszmine Lewis, and JB Smoove. It is directed by Malcolm Lee with a screenplay by “black-ish” creator Kenya Barris and “The Neighbors” Tracy Oliver.

Check out more photos below:

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 13: A general view at BarberShop The Next Cut Private Screening at The London Hotel on Saturday, February 13, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by A Turner Archives)

Mimi Faust 

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 13: A general view at BarberShop The Next Cut Private Screening at The London Hotel on Saturday, February 13, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by A Turner Archives)

Deon Cole 

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 13: A general view at BarberShop The Next Cut Private Screening at The London Hotel on Saturday, February 13, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by A Turner Archives)

Neil Brown Jr. 

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 13: A general view at BarberShop The Next Cut Private Screening at The London Hotel on Saturday, February 13, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by A Turner Archives)

Common, Ice Cube and Deon Cole 

WEST HOLLYWOOD, CA - FEBRUARY 13: A general view at BarberShop The Next Cut Private Screening at The London Hotel on Saturday, February 13, 2016 in West Hollywood, California. (Photo by A Turner Archives)

“Barbershop: The Next Cut” opens in theaters April 15, 2016

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‘Barbershop: The Next Cut’ Poster + Trailer (PHOTOS + VIDEO)

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Pictures and New Line Cinema have finally released a new trailer and poster for the upcoming Barbershop: The Next Cut starring Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer.

It’s been more than 10 years since our last appointment at Calvin’s Barbershop.  Calvin (Ice Cube) and his longtime crew, including Eddie (Cedric the Entertainer), are still there, but the shop has undergone some major changes.  Most noticeably, our once male-dominated sanctuary is now co-ed.  The ladies bring their own flavor, drama and gossip to the shop challenging the fellas at every turn.  Despite the good times and camaraderie within the shop, the surrounding community has taken a turn for the worse, forcing Calvin and our crew to come together to not only save the shop, but their neighborhood.

Barbershop: The Next Cut also stars Regina Hall, Common, Sean Patrick Thomas, Eve, Anthony Anderson, Jaszmine Lewis, JB Smoove and Nicki Minaj.  The film is directed by Malcolm Lee with a screenplay by black-ish creator Kenya Barris & The NeighborsTracy Oliver.

Take a look below:

barbershopBarbershop: The Next Cut opens nationwide on April 15, 2016
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Kevin Hart, Gugu Mbatha Raw, Malcolm Lee & More join the Academy

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

Congratulations to Kevin Hart, Common, Gugu Mbatha Raw and Malcolm Lee. They are the newest Hollywood faces to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences. Their names were among the 322 announced on Friday.

“Its really gratifying to see the big increases in genre, people of color, age and national origin,” says Academy President, Cheryl Boone Isaacs.

Other notable invitees include director, F. Gary Gray; actor, David Oyelowo; singer-songwriter, John Legend; Dear White People producer, Effie Brown; and DOPE director, Rick Famuyiwa. ESSENCE is also reporting that Selma director, Ava DuVernay is running for one of the board seats that is currently being held by Michael Mann. Voting will conclude on July 2 and results will be announced the following week.

Reportedly, membership into the academy is by invitation only.  Oscar nominees are automatically considered while others must be sponsored by two members of their branch of filmmaking.  The Academy was criticized earlier this year for the lack of diversity in the nominees, especially in the major categories for “Best Actor and Actress” and “Best Supporting Actor and Actress.”

Stay tuned…

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Ice Cube posts ‘Barbershop’ pic feat. Common, Malcolm Lee & Cedric The Entertainer

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

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It appears that shooting is definitely underway for Barbershop 3. The film’s star, Ice Cube, posted the above photo on his social media page Tuesday evening with the caption: “Me, Malcolm Lee & Common on the set of Barbershop 3.”

As previously mentioned, Barbershop 3  will also see the return of Eve along with newcomers Nicki Minaj, Regina Hall, Deon Cole, and Michael Rainey Jr. As you can see, director Macolm Lee is back and will be assisted by black-ish  creator Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver as script writers.

Look for Barbershop 3 to arrive in theaters on February 19, 2016.

Photo Credit: Instagram/IceCube

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Oh Snap! Nicki Minaj, Eve, Regina Hall and Deon Cole join ‘Barbershop 3’

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

IndieWire is reporting that “Barbershop 3” has added more star power to its cast. Nicki Minaj, Eve, Regina Hall and Deon Cole have all secured roles in the follow up to the highly successful “Barbershop 2.”  The foursome join previously announced actors Michael Rainey Jr., Common, and returning stars Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer. Malcolm Lee is on board as the film’s director along with “black-ish” creator Kenya Barris and Tracy Oliver, who are serving as script writers.

Stay tuned…

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Casting News: Wendell Pierce, Viola Davis and Common

Posted by | Ray Cornelius 

“Selma” actor Wendell Pierce  has been tapped to portray U.S. Supreme Court Judge Clarence Thomas in the upcoming HBO project, “Confirmation.” The drama examines 1991 debacle when Judge Thomas’ nomination to the United States’ Supreme Court is called into question over accusations that sexually harassed former colleague and attorney, Anita Hill. “Scandal” star Kerry Washington will play Hill and will also serve as the film’s executive producer. Rick Famuyiwa of “Dope” fame is on board to direct. Filming begins this summer.  [INDIEWIRE]

Oscar nominated-actress and “How To Get Away With Murder” star Viola Davis will play slave abolitionist, Harriet Tubman, in an HBO project. The film is based on the Tubman biography “Bound for the Promised Land: Harriett Tubman” by historian Kate Clifford Larson. No word yet on when the project will air or who else is starring in the film. Tubman is an American history icon who was instrumental in freeing slaves through a network of secret routes and safe houses known as the Underground Railroad. [USATODAY]

Oscar winning rapper and actor, Common has picked up another film project. The “Selma” star will join the cast of “Barbershop 3.” The film is the third installment to the “Barbershop” franchise and is slated to be directed by Malcolm Lee. Also on board are the film’s original stars Ice Cube and Cedric The Entertainer. As previously reported, Common will also star in “Being Charlie,” “Chiraq” and “Suicide Squad.” [EW]

STAY TUNED…

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‘Barbershop 3’ and a Sequel to ‘Thin Line Between Love & Hate’ in the Works?

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Indie Wire is reporting that a “Barbershop 3” may be coming to a theater soon. Reportedly, Ice Cube and Cedric the Entertainer are in talks to star in the film along with Malcolm Lee as director.

“Barbershop” is the hilarious 2002 film that featured a day in the life of a barbershop on the Southside of Chicago and starred Ice Cube, Anthony Anderson, Cedric the Entertainer, Eve, Michael Ealy, Sean Patrick Thomas, Keith David, Lahmard J. Tate, DeRay Davis and more. A sequel, “Barbershop: Back in Business”  was released in 2004 with most of the main cast as well as a few new faces including Queen Latifah, Kenan Thompson and Garcelle Beauvais. The plot of the third installment has not been determined.

In other related news, Martin Lawrence revealed this week via Facebook, that he is has written a sequel to his 1996 hit, “A Think Line Between Love and Hate.” Lawrence co–wrote the screenplay along with Bentley Kyle Evans and posted a photo and caption:

A Thin Line

“Just finished writing A Thin Line Between Love and Hate 2. Excited as a MF! #crazyderanged #comingatyou.”

If you recall, A Thin Line starred Lawrence as a slick talking, wanna be player who encounters a “fatal attraction” type relationship with Lynn Whitfield. The film also starred Regina King, Bobby Brown, Della Reese, Malinda Williams, Wendy Raquel Robinson and Stacii Jae Johnson.

Stay tuned…

Photo Credits: IndieWire and Facebook/Martin Lawrence

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‘The Best Man Wedding’ coming to theaters 2016

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

Last November, we reported that The Best Man Holiday  director Malcolm Lee stated that he was planning a third installment to the film’s franchise. Well, today Universal Pictures officially confirmed the news with a name and release date.

According to Indie Wire, Lee is teaming up with Sean Daniel for The Best Man Wedding. The film will reunite the cast to celebrate the group’s most unexpected wedding to date and will debut on Friday, April 15, 2016. Reportedly, Lee had already penned a third installment before the second film had opened.

The Best Man Holiday  premiered last fall to a very big weekend and garnered the no. 2 position at the box office with over $30 million dollars. It eventually grossed over $70 million in total domestic sales.

RC will keep you posted as more of this continues to develop.

What are your thoughts about The Best Man Wedding ?

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‘The Best Man Holiday’ sequel is already in the works?

Posted by | Ray Cornelius

If this weekend’s box office numbers were any indication that errbody  wanted to see The Best Man Holiday,  then the film’s director Malcolm Lee shouldn’t have any problems selling tickets for another sequel.

THR is confirming that Lee will indeed return with a third installment to the Best Man  franchise (the ending kind of sort of set us up for that) and is set to write, direct and produce the film with Sean Daniel.  The Best Man Holiday  opened very strong this weekend, bringing in $30.1 million dollars and grabbing the no. 2 position behind Thor: The Dark World.

The L.A. Times is also reporting that the film received a coveted average grade of A+ from moviegoers, according to market research firm CinemaScore. This superior grading places the movie in an elite club of films that have enjoyed long and fruitful box office runs, including Argo, 42, The Help, The King’s Speech, The Blind Side  and Titanic.

Congrats once again to Malcolm Lee and The Best Man Holiday  cast and crew.  RC will definitely keep you posted on this story as it continues to develop.

Would you go and see The Best Man 3 ?

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ATL stars hit the red carpet for ‘The Best Man Holiday’ premiere (PHOTOS)

Tameka Raymond and Monyetta Shaw were “stylin and profilin” on the red carpet

Written by | Ray Cornelius

Atlanta’s Regal Cinema at Atlantic Station was filled to capacity for last night’s premiere of The Best Man Holiday.  Everyone in the city (literally) was trying to get in and see the highly anticipated sequel to the classic 90’s film.

A number of ATL singers, rappers, actors, socialites and reality-stars came out to support the film including Tameka Raymond, Angie Stone, Rain Forest Films’ Will Packer and Rob Hardy and Alex Dilworth of The New Atlanta.  Also spotted on the red carpet were Jeezy, Carl Payne, Lisa Wu and cast members of Tyler Perry’s Love Thy Neighbor  and The Have and Have Nots.  There was even a surprise appearance by the film’s director Malcolm Lee and two of the film’s stars Regina Hall and Morris Chestnut.

The Best Man Holiday  was the closing night film for the 4th annual BronzeLens Film Festival, which opened last week with a screening of the documentary, Alice Walker: Beauty in Truth.

The Best Man Holiday  opens in theaters nationwide this Friday, November 15.

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Terrell Whitley and wifeLatavia Roberson

 Liquid Soul Media’s Tirrell Whitley and wife/LaTavia Roberson, formerly of Destiny’s Child

Rob Hardy

Rob Hardy of Rain Forest Films

Towanda BraxtonKalima

Towanda Braxton/Kaleena  of Diddy’s Dirty Money with guest

Palmer WilliamsCrystal Foxx

Love Thy Neighbor’s  Palmer Williams and Crystal Fox of The Have and the Have Nots

Malcolm, Regina and Morris

The Best Man Holiday  director Malcolm Lee with Regina Hall and Morris Chestnut

Regina HallMorris Chestnut

Regina Hall and Morris Chestnut

Carl PayneLisa Wu

Actor Carl Payne and former RHOA Lisa Wu

Rodney PerryKendra C. Johnson

Comedian Rodney Perry and Love Thy Neighbor’s  Kendra C. Johnson with Darmirra Brunson

Have not starsRenee Lawless

The Have and Have Nots  actresses Jaclyn Betham and Renee Lawless

Jeezy and Karli ReddAlex New Atlanta

Young Joc with Love and Hip-Hop Atlanta’s  Karlie Redd/The New Atlanta’s  Alex Dilworth

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