Billboard.com reports Ice Cube has teamed up with Disney-based Gunn Films to bring the sports-themed comedy ‘De-Fense’ to the big screen. Ice Cube wrote the script and will produce the film through his Cube Vision production company, though the rapper/actor won’t star in the project. The film is about a suspended National Football League (NFL) player sentenced by the league to return to his hometown of Los Angeles to coach a high school football team. While dealing with the teens and the sport, he finds the love of the game within himself.
WireImage.com has photos from Monday’s ‘Barbershop’ premiere in Los Angeles at Archlight Cinerama Dome. Amongst those in attendance were Eve, Mac 10, and Ice Cube.
Radio 1 chatted with Ice Cube about the recent comments Samuel L Jackson made about most rappers not being able to act. Cube, who has had film projects such as ‘Players Club’ in 1998, which featured Bernie Mac and the 1995 comedy, ‘Friday’, starring Chris Tucker said he’s helped actors get launched. “I’m responsible for people like Chris Tucker and Bernie Mac being household names now,” Cube boasted. “That was because of a rapper’s production – so, some rappers can’t act but there’s some actors who can’t act neither so everybody should be able to do what they can do. And the screen don’t lie – either you can or you can’t – it doesn’t matter if you’re a rapper or not.”
HitsDailyDouble.com reports rapper/actor/director Ice Cube has re-signed with The Firm for representation in film and music after taking his act elsewhere for a time.
BBC News caught up with Ice Cube at the sixth annual Urbanworld Film Festival, where his latest movie premièred on Saturday. Cube receving the first Minority Entertainment for the Cinematic and Creative Arts (MECCA) award for acting, for “breaking down racial barriers and leading the way for the next generation of minority filmmakers”, before the premiere. “It feels good, I feel real proud,” he said. “I am only 33, I’ve got a lot to do. This is the first half of my career – I’m looking forward to the future and I’m proud about the past.” Read more.
WireImage.com has photos from The 6th Annual Urban World Film Festival Panel Featuring Ice Cube in New York on Friday. Check them out here.
Pete Kavadlo of Entertainment Today spoke with Ice Cube along with other reporters where Cube was doing the rounds for ‘All About the Benjamins’. Cube entered the conversation by blasting he’d been hit with by “them other dudes:” “You use the word ‘ni**er’ too much in the movie.” Cube added, “I thought this was a comedy. Don’t wanna hear about it, don’t wanna talk about it. We can talk about anything but fu**in’ race.”
Rob Clark of the Dallas Morning News spoke with Ice Cube about his more kinder and gentler tone than his N.W.A. days. Cube said, “Somebody called me Nice Cube. I don’t know about that. But for me and the situation I’m in, there’s no reason to … bellyache. Do I still do records about the conditions that some of my friends are in, my people are in? Of course I do. It affects me, I’m gonna write about it. But I’m not gonna say the same things I said when I was 19 years old. Who stays the same?”
The Associated Press spoke with Ice Cube about his new flick ‘All About the Benjamins’, a comedy flick he hopes to be his last for awhile at least. Cube said, “I want to do more drama … but I’m not pushing it. It’s all about the projects as they come along, how good they are, the timing.”
Reviews for the ‘All About the Benjamins’ film out today are generally neutral in the few I’ve checked out so far. Mack Bates of the Milwaukee Journal Sentinel gave the film 2 out of 4 stars. Ed Gonzalez of Slant magazine gave it 3 out of 4 stars (article since removed). Ellen A Kim of the Seattle Post Intelligencer rated the flick a ‘B’ grade. Finally, Bonnie Britton of The Indianapolis Star gave them Read 2 out of 4 stars (article since removed).