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Old 12-02-2015, 13:45
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Trailer for the NWA biopic is out..looks pretty good, i like the casting of paul giamatti as jerry heller. Ice cube Jnr plays his dad. Apparently Suge Knight wasnt happy with how he was portrayed and that was why he run that guy over, he could have a film of his own will be interesting to see the actor playing snoop dog as well.
trailer with introduction https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OrlLcb7zYmw

Dre's mum : 50 dollars andre! you think that makes you rich!
Dr. Dre. It's a start!
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Old 12-02-2015, 22:46
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don't like the way they have made it without any input from eazy e's family.
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Old 12-02-2015, 22:51
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It will be interesting to see this as a biopic of one of the most influential periods of rap and hip hop music.
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Old 12-02-2015, 23:29
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don't like the way they have made it without any input from eazy e's family.
maybe eazy-e's son cant act.

It will be interesting to see this as a biopic of one of the most influential periods of rap and hip hop music.
They went double platinum with no radio play and no tour .
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Old 13-02-2015, 00:38
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I'd watch it for curiosity's sake.

don't like the way they have made it without any input from eazy e's family.
I can't blame them, to be honest, as the Eric Wright estate is pretty complex. If I remember rightly, the estate comprises 16 representatives for 12 separate families and three representatives for the estate itself.
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Old 27-08-2015, 14:28
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Saw this last night, thought it was a good biopic..it glossed over a few events i would have liked to have seen to show the real dirty side of the music business. it kind of made therm all out to be saints, except for jerry and suge and even they didnt seem so bad. But the music and acting was great. it was entertaining. It lost its way a bit after they split, If the final third was slightly better it would have been a classic.
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Old 27-08-2015, 14:47
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I'd watch it for curiosity's sake.



I can't blame them, to be honest, as the Eric Wright estate is pretty complex. If I remember rightly, the estate comprises 16 representatives for 12 separate families and three representatives for the estate itself.
Yeah, he knocked out a lot of kids in a short time!

I'm really looking forward to this, actually.
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Old 30-08-2015, 21:47
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The film was sold out at my local cinema earlier this week. I've heard it's doing really well.
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Old 30-08-2015, 22:24
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Maybe Dee Barnes will be in the Extended Edition!
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Old 31-08-2015, 08:09
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Maybe Dee Barnes will be in the Extended Edition!
According to reports, it was actually in the Berloff-version script when they shut down the pre-production to address the studio's concerns about the budget, which was at around $35M.

They felt one way of reducing the costs was to streamline the script itself. The Hermann-version script went from 149 pages* to something like 125 pages, reducing the budget by 10% or so. The Barnes scene was among the omitted.

I thought they made the right call because a) the story is about individuals as a collective; not a group of individuals, and b) there's plenty of biopics that left out some ugly events associated with a famous personality. John Lennon, anyone?

*A feature script is usually between 90 pages and 120 pages.
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Old 31-08-2015, 10:16
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It was the right call in that it didn't fit the agenda that Dr Dre and Ice Cube had when producing the film. Otherwise it was the wrong call as it is one of the more significant moments in Dre's career and exposes the film for the puff piece that it is.

The irony is that by excluding it from the film it has likely brought more attention to the incident than if they'd included it, along with other examples of his violence towards women.
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Old 31-08-2015, 15:27
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It was the right call in that it didn't fit the agenda that Dr Dre and Ice Cube had when producing the film. Otherwise it was the wrong call as it is one of the more significant moments in Dre's career and exposes the film for the puff piece that it is.
The film is about N.W.A., not Dre's career.

There is definitely a tradition of omitting ugly aspects from the life of a famous personality for a biopic in cinema.

Can you think of any Elvis Presley film that includes scenes of Presley being abusive towards his wife? John Lennon? Brian Wilson? Ray? Steve Jobs? Frank Sinatra? Charlie Chaplin? Bing Crosby? He's usually portrayed as a quiet family man, but his sons said he was a cold and oft-violent alcoholic. How about Howard Hughes? His relationship with Ava Gardner was famously violent, but this was never portrayed in any Hughes film including The Avatar. Quite a few films ignored the violent side of some war heroes/heroines. Ditto with certain gangster films. The Krays, for instance, never showed a scene of the brothers' treatment of Reggie's wife. Really, the list just goes on. Straight Outta Compton is no exception here.

That doesn't mean it's right. It's odd, though, that people are singling Dre/Straight Outta Compton out when most historically ignored most biopics that did the same in leaving out real-life instances of violence toward other people.

The irony is that by excluding it from the film it has likely brought more attention to the incident than if they'd included it, along with other examples of his violence towards women.
No irony there. Like with those people listed above, it's fairly common knowledge.
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Old 31-08-2015, 22:27
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It's not really a film about NWA though is it? It's a film about Ice Cube, Dr Dre and Eazy E.

I actually can't name any biographical films about most of the names you reeled off (with a couple of exceptions).

This is why biographies are usually better off being made without those being portrayed being involved. Things are always going to be white-washed and/or history rewritten.

Apart from the Dee Barnes incident, I wasn't aware of his other indiscretions towards women, so you're wrong there too.
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Old 01-09-2015, 08:33
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Saw this on Friday and really enjoyed it. The acting was very well done especially from Ice Cubes son. I agree that the film made them all out to be saints when they were far from it.

Dr Dre should have been a bit bigger though

Nice to see an appearance from Snoop Dogg and 2pac!

I hate Suge Knight
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Old 01-09-2015, 22:42
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So I just read that this movie has topped the UK box office which I kind of find pathetic. I mean what relevance does it have to our culture? I mean it looks like a very strictly 'American' movie but for some reason it's become a hit here too. Is it because it made such a big splash that we have to follow what the Yanks watch too? They'd rather be caught dead before they would ever watch like a Ken Loach or Mike Lee movie...
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Old Yesterday, 00:16
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It was a slow film week last week. There weren't any BIG releases, this was the biggest of them all and word of mouth has been very positive in America incl. the reviews over here in the UK.

Did any of the cast come over to the UK to promote the film? I don't think so. I never saw anyone on any UK tv show to note. I know of NWA, F*ck Tha Police and the rappers, but i don't know their story at all so this one does interest me. I haven't seen it yet but i hear the performances are all very good and so is the story.

No1 at the UK Box Office is kind of amazing. Do you know what was No2? Inside Out. That's how much of a slow film week it was last week.
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Old Yesterday, 08:19
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No1 at the UK Box Office is kind of amazing. Do you know what was No2? Inside Out. That's how much of a slow film week it was last week.
Yes, in its sixth week of release.
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Old Yesterday, 08:27
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So I just read that this movie has topped the UK box office which I kind of find pathetic. I mean what relevance does it have to our culture? I mean it looks like a very strictly 'American' movie but for some reason it's become a hit here too. Is it because it made such a big splash that we have to follow what the Yanks watch too? They'd rather be caught dead before they would ever watch like a Ken Loach or Mike Lee movie...
I'm a bit confused about your comment. Why does it need to have relevance? The majority of films have no relevance to our UK culture. People find it interesting/entertaining thats why we watch it.
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Old Yesterday, 10:48
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I'm a bit confused about your comment. Why does it need to have relevance? The majority of films have no relevance to our UK culture. People find it interesting/entertaining thats why we watch it.
You're right to say a film doesn't need have cultural relevance to appeal, but here it's quite clear. There's always been interest in rap/hip hop etc in the UK and these guys helped popularize it back in the day along with Public Enemy, Run DMC etc (yes, I am broadly speaking, experts). There's still a big UK rap scene, and the genre as a whole is a time-served part of UK youth culture.
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Old Yesterday, 11:32
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So I just read that this movie has topped the UK box office which I kind of find pathetic. I mean what relevance does it have to our culture? I mean it looks like a very strictly 'American' movie but for some reason it's become a hit here too. Is it because it made such a big splash that we have to follow what the Yanks watch too? They'd rather be caught dead before they would ever watch like a Ken Loach or Mike Lee movie...
What? So you've never watched a foreign language film subtitled in English depicting non-British culture? And FYI 'the Yanks' love our royal family, Downton Abbey and even TOWIE more than a lot of Brits do. Strange post.
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