O’Shea Jackson Jr., better known as rapper and erstwhile N.W.A. affiliate Ice Cube, has changed a touch over the years. Just last year, his own son reenacted all the partyin’ and sexin’ and gun-totin’ of his dad’s younger years in the biopic Straight Outta Compton, showing how the seminal gangsta rapper changed the rap game with a loaded weapon and a cop-hating snarl. But in the years since his late ‘80s/early ‘90s heyday, Mr. Cube has taken some decidedly un-thug work as the face of the Are We There Yet? franchise, and now the man who once exhorted the listeners of America to f–k the police will lend his songwriting talents to none other than Disney.
It just isn't a week without a heavy Dose of Ridiculous. In this week's edition Michael Fassbender sells Coors, Tom Cruise demands a monkey co-star, Jennifer Lopez is more famous than Oprah, and Oliver Twist gets a parkour twist.
We bang on Hollywood all of the time for its stunning lack of originality. So when the film industry announces pre-production on a 3D, parkour-infused adaptation of Charles Dickens’ ‘Oliver Twist’ that will be partially funded by Red Bull, we have to stand up, applaud and admit we sometimes can be wrong.