F. Gary Gray

Columbia Pictures

Really, Ice Cube? Must you be in a constant state of one-upping poor Dave Franco? It wasn’t enough that Franco’s winning turn in 21 Jump Street was outdone by Cube’s endless reserves of angry black police Captain sass. Now, mere hours after The Disaster Artist became a weird Franco family reunion, Cube has gone to The Wrap with reports that he is doing the same. Only better. And weirder. According to The Wrap, the upcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton has cast its first member of the legendary rap group- O’Shea Jackson Jr. will be playing a pre-Are We There Yet? Ice Cube. And for those who don’t know, O’Shea Jackson is Ice Cube’s given name, making O’Shea Jackson Jr. the eldest son of House Cube.

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While it was generally always assumed that Marvel would be doing a sequel of their Captain America film after their super hero team-up project The Avengers got out of the way, it was only recently that the film was made official. Marvel Studios announced that they’re looking to give us the second installment of the star-spangled super hero’s adventures come April 4, 2014, and a short list of possible directors who may take on the project included names like Community directors Joe and Anthony Russo, The Adjustment Bureau director George Nolfi, and Law Abiding Citizen director F. Gary Gray. Short as that list is, today a news report from Deadline Watts has made it even shorter. It turns out F. Gary Gray can no longer be considered a front runner to get the Captain America job, because he’s just signed on to make a biopic of the legendary rap group N.W.A. instead. Calling back to one of the group’s most famous releases, the film will be called Straight Outta Compton. Set up by N.W.A. member turned actor Ice Cube’s production company Cube Vision, Straight Outta Compton is a story that details the formation of the seminal gangsta rap group, which, in addition to Cube, included Eazy-E, Arabian Prince, DJ Yella, MC Ren, and Dr. Dre (the one with the headphones, not the fat one from Who’s the Man?).

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What is Movie News After Dark? It too slays vampires and zombies. Not in a top hat, mind you, but it slays them nonetheless. It also believes strongly that it will be assassinated (by /Film’s Page 2) while attending a revival of Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C. “There’s something in the American psyche, we want our presidents to be warriors. We’re giving that to Abraham Lincoln, sort of posthumously in this case.” That’s what Seth Grahame-Smith had to say A in an interview with The New York Times. It’s part of NYT giving the world its first look at Benjamin Walker as Abe Lincoln, the ax-wielding, vampire slaying 16th President of the United States. It’s a neat article that gives away a lot of details about the project, but nothing that you wouldn’t get having read the book.

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Interesting timing on this one. Deadline Hubbertsville is reporting that F. Gary Gray will be directing The Last Days of American Crime with Sam Worthington starring. The story focuses on a second major terrorist attack in the sci-fi future where the America of the day responds with Orwellian measures. Namely, ridding the citizens of their drive to commit crime. Worthington will play a thief in for one last big job before his brain gets scrambled into being good. This, of course, seems fascinating coming off the heels of our killing the most wanted terrorist on the planet, but it also seems a little strange. The bare-bones synopsis seems to hint that the bulk of the story will take place in the week leading up to the criminal impulse being shut down (so we can get some Ocean’s style heisting from Worthington), so it’s unclear whether they’ll play around with the ethical problems that arise (or the fact that not all crime is committed by the mustache-twirling gene). Gray’s Law Abiding Citizen dipped its toe into the moral waters but never dove in, and while this sounds like a decent premise, it seems like exploring what happens after the signal is interrupted might be even more fascinating.

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Movies We Love

The year was 1998 and Michael Bay’s Armageddon was in the middle of sweeping the box office and Steven Spielberg’s Saving Private Ryan was just hitting it. But in a cluster of giant blockbusters sat a film from acclaimed music video director F. Gary Gray. It was his third feature and starred Samuel L. Jackson and Kevin Spacey. Yes, I’m talking about that amazing action/thriller known as The Negotiator. Danny Roman is the Chicago Police Department’s best hostage negotiator, and seems to be on an unstoppable reign of high profile cases. But things do a complete one eighty when his partner Nate is found dead in his car. Danny is now the prime suspect in a case that goes all the way to the top. His only recourse is to take over the CPD’s internal affairs headquarters in an attempt to unravel the mystery of his frame job. His only demand? A fellow hostage negotiator named Chris Sabian.

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‘Law Abiding Citizen’ is a mostly entertaining ’80s style action movie that also happens to be irredeemably stupid.

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Kevin Carr takes a look at this week’s movie releases, including Where the Wild Things Are, Law Abiding Citizen and The Stepfather.

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Fat Guys at the Movies

Neil and Kevin go Where the Wild Things Are and take a look at Law Abiding Citizen and The Stepfather.

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An action film asks a great question: if your family were killed and justice wasn’t served, would you go buy a bunch of power tools?

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Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx

The real question becomes whether or not Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx should now take the road less traveled, and like Robert Downey Jr. in Tropic Thunder, go for race-change as well.

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F. Gary Gray

Early in the week the news broke that Frank Darabont had dropped out as director of Law Abiding Citizen the new legal thriller starring Gerard Butler. Now we are getting word that F. Gary Gray might be taking over.

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