Movie News: A Tribe Called Quest’s “Beats, Rhymes, & Life” Finally Coming To Theaters This Summer

This is the official movie poster for Beats, Rhymes, & Life: The Travels of A Tribe Called Quest, the much-talked-about documentary on the groundbreaking hip-hop group. Director Michael Rapaport spent time traveling with Q-Tip, Phife Dawg, Ali Shaheed Muhammad, and Jarobi White in 2008, and gives fans a behind-the-scenes look at the pioneers’ journey and contributions, with rarely heard stories from Native Tongues members including Monie Love, the Jungle Brothers, Busta Rhymes, and De La Soul.

The film opens July 8 in New York and Los Angeles, with showings throughout the summer. Full dates after the jump.

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Movie News: First Image of Bane from “The Dark Knight Rises”

The Dark Knight Rises   Bane | First Look

This is a few days late, but it is dope looking nonetheless. This is the first glimpse of Tom Hardy playing Bane in Christopher Nolan’s last take on the Batman series,  “The Dark Knight Rises”.  Before the image had been released, an suspicious audio file was released on the official website for the movie which sounded like people chanting. After someone transfered the audio file to examine it, the audio waves spelled out this hashtag for twitter…

After enough people used the hashtag on twitter, a collage of those people’s twitter’s formed the image that is initially seen above.

I’m completely excited at what is to come from this viral campaign for this movie. I might even just keep myself from looking at anymore previews and what ever trailers come around this coming year and just watch the movie without knowing anything. Whatever comes out, this is a nice first step.

Movie News – Cowboys and Aliens Trailer 2

The first trailer had my attention, but this second one makes me want to see it now. Cowboys and Aliens don’t seem to mix, but Jon Favreau is looking to prove us wrong. Most importantly, Olivia Wilde has no clothes at one point in the trailer and if that doesn’t motivate you, I don’t know what will. But this movie looks like it’s going to be something big so check it out and see for yourself. Peanut Butter and Jelly, now Cowboys and Aliens.

-Joseph B.

Movie News: Rise of the Planet of the Apes Trailer

The first trailer of Rise of the Planet of the Apes surfaced yesterday. When I first heard about the movie I wasn’t too hyped for it but from the trailer, it looks really good so far. The movie is going to be starring James Franco as the scientist (unnamed at the moment) who is running medical tests on apes, until his experiments cause biological changes in the apes and increasing their intelligence. The movie is a prequel to the 2001 film Planet of the Apes starring Mark Wahlberg. (Which also was a remake of the 1968 film of the same name.)

What catches my eye the most is who is doing the CGI. WETA Digital, the crew who did the CGI for Avatar is heading the project. Despite my opinion of Avatar as being too over hyped, the CGI was seriously unmatched. Hopefully they do something amazing with this movie because at the moment, they have my full attention.

The film will be released on August 5, 2011

– Joseph B

Movie News: Disney Set to Finance and Distribute Ice Cube’s Car Movie ‘Chrome and Paint’

The last time we talked about Ice Cube he wanted to go back to his roots by making Chrome and Paint, an R-rated story set in the custom car culture of South Central LA. He still wants to direct the film as well as star in it — this would be his first dramatic directorial project in more than a decade — and now he’s got a studio ready to finance and distribute it. But because that studio is Disney, and so a few things are likely to change.

Deadline says that the script, by Ice Cube and Eva Vives, “uses the subculture of tricked out Mercedes, BMW and Low Rider cars to frame a drama about the temptation to place materialism above all else.” So it has cars and a moral lesson. Awesome?

But because Disney is behind the film, it will now be a PG-13 film rather than an R. So much for being a gritty film in the mold of Boyz N’ the Hood, which is how the film was initially pitched. But really, Ice Cube had all his rough edges filed down years ago, and he’s been in full-on family movie fold for some time. So it’s not like this represents some serious change from the way he’s been working for quite a while. And the whole idea of setting a story in the LA custom car culture is so tired that you could write the story using a meme generator, but as a thing that can teach lessons about materialism to kids, maybe it has a little bit of gas. (OK, probably not.)

Rewrites will be done to the script while Ice Cube does his work on 21 Jump Street. And his co-writer Eva Vives is now part of the Disney Writing Fellowship Program, which mentors new screenwriters; she’ll work on Chrome and Paint as part of that program.


Movie News: First Images of Sentinel Prime From Transformers: Dark of the Moon Revealed

The Autobots, led by Optimus Prime, are back in action, taking on the evil Decepticons, who are determined to avenge their defeat in 2009’s Transformers Revenge of the Fallen. In this new movie, the Autobots and Decepticons become involved in a perilous space race between the U.S. and Russia, and once again human Sam Witwicky has to come to the aid of his robot friends. There’s new characters too, including a new villain in the form of Shockwave, a longtime “Transformers” character who rules Cybertron while the Autobots and Decepticons battle it out on Earth.

Looks dope. More shots down bottom.

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