| Jan 16, 2014
| 5:50 PM
"Ride Along," the latest go at the action-comedy-buddy-cop genre, has the stone-hard cool of Ice Cube and the manic energy of stand-up comic Kevin Hart.
With a sharper script, "Ride" might have reached the bar set in the 1980s by Eddie Murphy in "48...
| Jan 16, 2014
| 8:51 AM
Early, bloggy reviews of "Ride Along" have rolled in this week with phrases such as "perfectly acceptable" and "been-there-done-that," suggesting the likely range of opinion. It'll probably be a hit: Audiences are getting precisely what they're promised....
| Jan 18, 2014
| 10:27 AM
The buddy comedy "Ride Along" drove to the top of the box office rankings Friday, earning an estimated $14.5 million.
The comedy starring stand-up favorite Kevin Hart and musician-turned-actor Ice Cube was projected to perform well at the box office...
| Jan 22, 2014
| 5:00 AM
Tim Story calls it "director's jail."
That's where Story, 43, found himself just a few years ago, despite his successful directorial debut in 2002 with "Barbershop," which earned critics' praise and made $77 million worldwide on a modest $12-million...
| Sep 11, 2013
| 6:00 AM
Kevin Hart is filming another movie in Los Angeles — with the help of a nearly $3-million state tax break.
The diminutive, fast-talking comedian and actor is starring in a comedy from Screen Gems and Miramax called "The Wedding Ringer," which...
| Oct 3, 2013
| 12:30 PM
Jerry Ferrara looks ready to show off his boxing skills and will play boxer Arturo Gatti in an untitled biopic.
Nicknamed "the Thunder," Gatti was a two-time world champion boxer who went 40-9 over his 15-year career. His infamous battle with Micky...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 12:51 PM
It took 14 years to come to fruition, but "The Best Man Holiday," writer-director Malcolm D. Lee's sequel to his 1999 hit "The Best Man," opens Friday. Lee told me the other day that Universal executives were "hesitant" initially about the sequel, which...
| Nov 14, 2013
| 7:36 AM
"The Best Man Holiday" follows in the footsteps of writer-director Malcolm D. Lee's successful 1999 comedy "The Best Man," using a template familiar to anyone who may have seen "The Big Chill" or its micro-budget predecessor, "Return of the Secaucus...
| Aug 27, 2012
| 1:39 PM
Comedian Steve Harvey is having a big year, since he's about to launch a syndicated talk show, plus he had a movie hit with this comedy adapted from his humorous best-seller about relationships, "Act Like a Woman, Think Like a Man."
The book is a pivotal...
| Apr 30, 2012
| 4:38 PM
"Think Like a Man" topped the box office for the second consecutive weekend, despite the arrival of four new and diverse films. The ensemble relationship comedy claimed the No. 1 spot yet again, raking in an additional $18 million and raising its...
| May 15, 2012
| 4:37 AM
“Think Like a Man,” starring Tyler Perry and made on a meager $12-million budget, is now a significant comedy hit; will it boost the career of director Tim Story?...