Straight Outta Compton

MTV unveils the first round of presenters for 2016 MTV Movie Awards!

March 24, 2016

On Tuesday, MTV announced the first round of presenters for this year’s MTV Movie Awards.... Continue Reading

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MTV reveals nominations for 25th Annual MTV Movie Awards with Star Wars: The Force Awakens receiving 11 nominations

March 11, 2016

Yesterday MTV revealed the nominees for this year’s MTV Movie Awards. Being its 25th year, this will be an opportunity for fans to celebrate and recognise blockbuster movies which have received critical acclaim. Titles such as Avengers: Age of Ultron, Creed, Deadpool, Jurassic World, Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Straight Outta Compton have been nominated for ‘Movie of The Year’ with Star Wars: The Force Awakens getting the most nominations for a franchise.... Continue Reading

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DVD Review: Straight Outta Compton (MA15+) (USA, 2015)

February 15, 2016

N.W.A have, is, and always will be integral to hip hop and it’s status as one of the most unique, and accessible, forms of self-expression in music. Birthed in the excessively rough neighbourhood of Compton, California, the group became a reference point for hip hop as a channel through which youth can make sense of their surrounds for both themselves and others. It was then so important that DirectorF. Gary Gray and co-producers O’Shea “Ice Cube” Jackson, Tomica Woods-Wright (Eazy-E’s widow), and Andre “Dr Dre” Young create a biopic befitting NWA’s legacy, contextualising the group’s hard-hitting lyrics so the world understands where these five artists came from, what eventually tore them apart, and how their legacy went on to permeate the music industry. It certainly helps having arguably the two central artists of the group at the helm of the project, and while this may have led to some slightly biased recollection, for the most part Dre and Cube have delivered a well balanced, focused piece of work detailing their meteoric rise with other group members Eazy-E, MC Ren, and DJ Yella, and manager Jerry Heller.... Continue Reading

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Charlize Theron rumoured as the next villain of Fast 8

February 11, 2016

Fast and Furious fans, you may wanna keep a watch on this one! It’s been circling around the internet that Universal have offered Charlize Theron to play the new villain of the next Fast and Furious movie.... Continue Reading

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Australia’s Miranda Otto and Corey Hawkins (Straight Outta Compton) will star in 24 reboot

January 28, 2016

Earlier this month, it was revealed that Kiefer Sutherland’s Jack Bauer would not be the main character of 24′s reboot. However, it has been announced that Straight Outta Compton’s  Corey Hawkins, will be undertaking the main role for the 12-episode series.... Continue Reading

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The Iris Interview: O’Shea Jackson Jr talks Straight Outta Compton, Oscars, career goals & more

January 27, 2016

O’Shea Jackson Jr. is following in his father’s footsteps alright. His dad, better known as Ice Cube, hit the acting scene hard in 1991 (the year O’Shea Jr was born) with Boyz n the Hood, an in-depth drama about South Central L.A that remains one of the most highly praised films about African-American youth ever made. Now, his son has his own acclaimed acting debut propelling him into the spotlight, portraying his father in Straight Outta Compton, a music biopic about the most controversial hip hop group of the 80’s and 90’s, N.W.A. O’Shea Jr’s performance was met with high praise, as was the film, which went on to break box office records, steaming to the top to become the number one high grossing music biopic of all time.... Continue Reading

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Win a copy of Straight Outta Compton on DVD

January 9, 2016

One of the 2015’s biggest cinema success stories is Straight Outta Compton, the biopic that tracks the beginnings and progress of the world’s most notorious hip-hop group N.W.A. Rife with racial tension, inner city frustration, and self-expression, the film has gone on to become a commercial and critical triumph, dominating both the box office and end-of-year lists in a year that was one of the strongest mainstream cinema has ever had.... Continue Reading

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The Strength of Street Knowledge: Our favourite ‘Hood Films’ of all time

September 10, 2015

Brimming with crucial social and political issues, the canvas of the ‘hood film’ has provided film directors with a vast array of meaning for decades, ever since Colors and Do the Right Thing were released to critical acclaim in the 1980s. Almost always bleak, the ‘hood film’, which predominantly deals with African-American and Hispanic-American populated neighbourhoods, may not be one of the most frequented film genres of the 21st century, but it remains one of the most important, and when it’s done right the results are impactful, emotional, and eye-opening, conveying the human condition in a cycle of gang culture, drug culture, racism, broken families, and more.... Continue Reading

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Exclusive Interview: Ice Cube on the success of Straight Outta Compton and new music

September 3, 2015

At the Sydney red carpet premiere for N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton we talked to legendary emcee Ice Cube about the film’s success, the timeline of the plot, and find out if filming has inspired him, in a similar way to Dr Dre, to release new music.... Continue Reading

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Exclusive Interview: O’Shea Jackson, Jr talks portraying his father in Straight Outta Compton

September 3, 2015

Straight Outta Compton is fresh of a huge three-week dominance in the U.S Box Office, holding onto the number 1 position despite some strong competition. The N.W.A biopic, which currently has a 90% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, has finally made it’s way down to Australia and at the Sydney premiere we caught up with O’Shea Jackson, Jr, son of Ice Cube, who portrays his father in the film.... Continue Reading

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