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Terrence Howard, Mike Epps and Paula Patton will share the screen together for the first time in the new crime thriller .38. 

According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film is a sort of End of Watch-meets-Crash, and follows a rookie cop in St. Louis, who, after witnessing a brutal murder, begins to see the bonds that bind cops together. Epps will play a seasoned cop with familial ties to a local gang leader. Howard will play a detective whose daughter goes missing, and Patton will play Epps’ partner.

Fans will finally get to see Epps flex his dramatic chops with this role. He recently wrapped shooting Eli Roth’s Death Wish remake opposite Bruce Willis. Meanwhile, Howard, who starred in 2004’s Oscar winner Crash, will get a break from portraying Lucious Lyon on Fox’s Empire. Patton will also do something grittier, aside from romantic comedies and action flicks, with this one.

The film is expected to begin shooting in May in Thomasville, Ga., and will be directed by Michael Carney.


‘It’ Review: How Scary Is It?



As one can imagine, It is scary as sh*t.

The big screen adaptation has all the scares from the classic novel and the TV miniseries, following Pennywise as he haunts the small fictitious town of Derry, Maine, popping out of the sewer, snatching kids left and right.

But what makes this one a little more tolerable, in my opinion, is the focus director Andres Muschietti pays to these seven kids, or “The Losers,” as they call themselves.

This time around, we really get to know who they are, understand their stories and personalities, and they are quite lovable and hilarious, riding around on their bikes during their summer break, chasing down a horrifying monster.

Unlike the TV miniseries, Muschietti (known for horror flicks like Mama) focuses on them as pre-teens, not adults.

In a lot of ways, It will remind you of Rob Reiner’s 1986 Stephen King adaptation of Stand By Me … but who cares. You’re going to be relieved by moments of comic relief in between the haunting imagery.

I’d say it’s 50 percent scare and 50 percent story, and that story has a message about your facing fears. These kids really come of age in this film and find out how tough they really are.

You’ll also be pleased to know it’s only 135 minutes long –  but to do so they had to ditch all that vision quest stuff, the cosmic turtle and that ridiculous child orgy.

In the end, that leaves more screen time for Pennywise (and some of his other shapeshifting characters) to scare the crap out of you with his creepy clown face and razor-sharp teeth.

My verdict is go see It (pun intended).

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