Straight Outta Compton (2015)

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Straight Outta Compton Synopsis
In 1987, five young men, using brutally honest rhymes and hardcore beats, put their frustration and anger about life in the most dangerous place in America into the most powerful weapon they had: their music. Taking us back to where it all began, Straight Outta Compton tells the true story of how these cultural rebels—armed only with their lyrics, swagger, bravado and raw talent—stood up to the authorities that meant to keep them down and formed the world’s most dangerous group, N.W.A. And as they spoke the truth that no one had before and exposed life in the hood, their voice ignited a social revolution that is still reverberating today.

Straight Outta Compton stars O’Shea Jackson Jr., Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Eazy-E, and is directed by F. Gary Gray (Friday, Set It Off, The Italian Job).  The drama is produced by original N.W.A members Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, who are joined by fellow producers Tomica Woods-Wright, Matt Alvarez, Gray and Scott Bernstein. Will Packer serves as executive producer of the film alongside Adam Merims, David Engel, Bill Straus, Thomas Tull and Jon Jashni.
Straight Outta Compton Release Date
In Theaters August 14, 2015
Straight Outta Compton Credits
Starring: O’Shea Jackson, Jr., Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell, Neil Brown, Jr., Aldis Hodge, and Paul Giamatti
Directed by: F. Gary Gray
Produced by: Ice Cube, Tomica Woods-Wright, Matt Alvarez, F. Gary Gray, Scott Bernstein, and Dr. Dre
Distributor: Universal Pictures
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Straight Outta Compton Should Have Been 2 Movies, If Not More Straight Outta Compton Should Have Been 2 Movies, If Not More
There’s no doubt the success of Straight Outta Compton will have studios scrambling for similar artists with compelling stories. But I hope one lesson that they take from Straight Outta Compton is that some stories need more time to be told, when you want to tell them properly. 
by Sean O'Connell August 26, 2015 discussion comments
Ice Cube's Son Endured A Rigorous Process Before He Earned His Straight Outta Compton Role Ice Cube's Son Endured A Rigorous Process Before He Earned His Straight Outta Compton Role
Once you have seen Straight Outta Compton, you’ll wonder how anyone BUT O’Shea Jackson Jr. could have played young Ice Cube. The kid does a dead-on impersonation of his famous father, but also gives a subtle and powerful performance as an angry, upcoming artist finding his voice amid racial turmoil.
by Sean O'Connell August 25, 2015 discussion comments
How Far Straight Outta Compton's Cast Went To Ensure Their Skills Could Match N.W.A's How Far Straight Outta Compton's Cast Went To Ensure Their Skills Could Match N.W.A's
It turns out that Straight Outta Compton's leading actors went above and beyond to imitate the work of N.W.A How far did they go? Well, they re-recorded the group's debut album.
by Gregory Wakeman August 24, 2015 discussion comments
Why Tupac Was Played By Two Actors In Straight Outta Compton Why Tupac Was Played By Two Actors In Straight Outta Compton
Looks can get you nearly anywhere in Hollywood. Marcc Rose looks remarkably like Tupac Shakur which was perfect for his role in Straight Outta Compton. There was one thing he couldn’t do, however, that required bringing in a second actor.
by Dirk Libbey August 24, 2015 discussion comments
Straight Outta Compton 2 May Focus On These Rappers Straight Outta Compton 2 May Focus On These Rappers
In Hollywood, it’s never enough to merely tell one story; success creates franchises, and franchises inevitably generate more money. Now, the unexpected success of Straight Outta Compton has allegedly opened the door for a possible sequel, this time focusing on another familiar group of rappers, including Snoop Dogg and Tupac.
by Conner Schwerdtfeger August 23, 2015 discussion comments
Weekend Box Office: Straight Outta Compton Repeats At Number One While American Ultra Implodes Weekend Box Office: Straight Outta Compton Repeats At Number One While American Ultra Implodes
Three new movies rolled out this weekend but none were big enough to upset last weekend's top two movies.
by Scott Gwin August 23, 2015 discussion comments
Straight Outta Compton Inspires Dr. Dre To Apologize For His Behavior Toward Women Straight Outta Compton Inspires Dr. Dre To Apologize For His Behavior Toward Women
When films reach a certain level of success, they often have to deal with backlash. However, in the wake of Straight Outta Compton rising to the top of the box office charts, founding N.W.A member Dr. Dre is conducting a Master class on how to handle controversy… and quickly.
by Sean O'Connell August 21, 2015 discussion comments
Why Dr. Dre's Disturbing Confrontation With Dee Barnes Wasn't In Straight Outta Compton Why Dr. Dre's Disturbing Confrontation With Dee Barnes Wasn't In Straight Outta Compton
While Straight Outta Compton has been receiving plaudits from critics and breaking box office records, there’s been one story that has plagued its success since it opened - and it’s quite a serious one.
by Gregory Wakeman August 20, 2015 discussion comments
DJ Who Helped Launch N.W.A Getting His Own Biopic Now DJ Who Helped Launch N.W.A Getting His Own Biopic Now
With Straight Outta Compton currently dominating the box office, Director F. Gary Gray, not only reaffirmed the enduring viability of the biopic, but also showed that hip-hop and rap as Hollywood subject matter can have widespread appeal. Now it seems one of the men who brought hip-hop to the mainstream in the first place will get a biopic of his very own.
by Conner Schwerdtfeger August 20, 2015 discussion comments
You Can't Actually See Straight Outta Compton In Compton You Can't Actually See Straight Outta Compton In Compton
Straight Outta Compton has made quite a large impact since hitting cinemas on Friday. And while cities across the United States are currently reveling in the on-screen antics of Ice Cube, Eazy-E, Dr Dre, DJ Yella, and MC Ren, there is one place that hasn’t been able to see the film yet.
by Gregory Wakeman August 18, 2015 discussion comments
MC Ren Has A Big Problem With Straight Outta Compton MC Ren Has A Big Problem With Straight Outta Compton
Straight Outta Compton emerged as the number one movie in America during its opening weekend, and it helped push Universal past the $2 billion mark at the domestic yearly box office, making it the fastest studio to reach the goal. But you know who’s not all too happy about the film? The real MC Ren.
by Nick Romano August 18, 2015 discussion comments
What A Straight Outta Compton Sequel Could Be About, According To The Cast What A Straight Outta Compton Sequel Could Be About, According To The Cast
There’s no question that audiences who flocked to the theaters to see Compton this weekend wanted to spend more time the members of N.W.A, and now it’s up to Universal to figure out how to make that happen.
by Sean O'Connell August 17, 2015 discussion comments
Straight Outta Compton Cut A Ton Of Footage, Expect A Much Longer Director's Cut Straight Outta Compton Cut A Ton Of Footage, Expect A Much Longer Director's Cut
The N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton already clocks in at almost two-and-a-half hours, but when the director's cut hits, you can expect to see a whole lot more of the iconic hip hop group.
by Brent McKnight August 17, 2015 discussion comments
3 Big Reasons Straight Outta Compon Really Works 3 Big Reasons Straight Outta Compon Really Works
If you didn't see Straight Outta Compton this past weekend, I strongly suggest you do. If you need further convincing, here are some of the film’s major draws.
by Nick Romano August 17, 2015 discussion comments
Straight Outta Compton: That WTF Scene With The Pit Bull Actually Happened Straight Outta Compton: That WTF Scene With The Pit Bull Actually Happened
Though some of the scenes depicted in Straight Outta Compton seemed implausible to those unfamiliar with the story, original group members are speaking out to their validity, especially in regards to one eye-popping scene involving a pit bull and a man in his underwear.
by Nick Romano August 17, 2015 discussion comments
Weekend Box Office: Straight Outta Compton Debuts At Number One On The Chart Weekend Box Office: Straight Outta Compton Debuts At Number One On The Chart
Straight Outta Compton made a smash arrival in theaters, landing a solid number one debut.
by Scott Gwin August 16, 2015 discussion comments
Straight Outta Compton Opening Sets Huge Box Office Record For Universal Straight Outta Compton Opening Sets Huge Box Office Record For Universal
The N.W.A biopic Straight Outta Compton is already off to a strong start at the box office for its opening weekend as it has already taken in an impressive $24.2 opening day. And while this has surpassed expectations for the film, the most impressive statistic comes in its additional overall box office gain for Universal.
by Catarina Cowden August 15, 2015 discussion comments
Straight Outta Compton Already Off To A Fast Start Straight Outta Compton Already Off To A Fast Start
Don’t pack up the cash registers just yet, Hollywood. There’s still some juice in the summer blockbuster season, as evidenced by the numbers being posted by F. Gary Gray’s Straight Outta Compton.
by Sean O'Connell August 14, 2015 discussion comments
The 10 Best Music Biopics, Ranked The 10 Best Music Biopics, Ranked
It remains to be seen which category Straight Outta Compton will fall into. So far, it is resonating with large audiences. So, to celebrate its release, let’s countdown the 10 Best Music Biopics, and hope that the N.W.A. tale can match up to them in time.
by Gregory Wakeman August 14, 2015 discussion comments
Straight Outta Compton Screenings Will Have Extra Security Straight Outta Compton Screenings Will Have Extra Security
Straight Outta Compton, the N.W.A. biopic from director F. Gary Gray, is set to open in the U.S. this weekend, and Universal is helping theaters prepare for the occasion. Though this action made it seemed like the studio would actually be paying to have increased security at locations screening the title, a spokesperson says they merely “partnered” with those theaters seeking additional “support.”
by Nick Romano August 13, 2015 discussion comments
Straight Outta Compton On Track To Make A Ton Of Money This Weekend Straight Outta Compton On Track To Make A Ton Of Money This Weekend
Last weekend was a notably down one for the movie industry, as Josh Trank's Fantastic Four seriously underperformed, yet still managed to be ranked number two at the box office. Fortunately, it looks like Hollywood will be bouncing back in the second week of August.
by Eric Eisenberg August 12, 2015 discussion comments
Bette Midler And Hocus Pocus Just Won The Straight Outta Compton Meme Game Bette Midler And Hocus Pocus Just Won The Straight Outta Compton Meme Game
To promote Straight Outta Compton the film’s producers created a rather ingenious meme that allows people to put a picture of themselves behind the film’s title, with Compton replaced by said individual’s hometown. It’s a harmless, quick, fun gimmick. But everyone needs to stop doing it now because Better Midler just won.
by Gregory Wakeman August 12, 2015 discussion comments
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There’s a definite feeling that the summer movie season is winding down. We are without a doubt in the decline… but it isn’t all bad yet! We’ve got The Man from U.N.C.L.E., Straight Outta Compton and Underdogs arriving to screens near you.
by Doug Norrie August 8, 2015 discussion comments
See Tupac In The New N.W.A. Movie See Tupac In The New N.W.A. Movie
Straight Outta Compton hits theaters this August 14, but it’s only now that we’re finally getting confirmation on who plays the legendary Tupac Shakur. Meet Marcc Rose, the virtually unknown up-and-comer who will fill those large shoes.
by Nick Romano June 22, 2015 discussion comments
Why N.W.A. Legend MC Ren Is Pissed About Straight Outta Compton Why N.W.A. Legend MC Ren Is Pissed About Straight Outta Compton
MC Ren, a founding member of legendary hip hop group N.W.A., is pretty damn furious that he was left out of the first Straight Outta Compton trailer.
by Gregory Wakeman June 11, 2015 discussion comments
The Straight Outta Compton Trailer Is Surprising And Epic The Straight Outta Compton Trailer Is Surprising And Epic
Could Straight Outta Compton be an outside bet at the Oscars this year? Watch the trailer after the jump to find out.
by Mike Reyes April 1, 2015 discussion comments
Straight Outta Compton Red Band Trailer Is Full Of Partying, Car Chases, And Music History Straight Outta Compton Red Band Trailer Is Full Of Partying, Car Chases, And Music History
The annual Grammy Awards were held this evening, so it only makes sense that the biggest upcoming musical biopic would release its first trailer at the exact same time. But this is no ordinary trailer for Straight Outta Compton - this is a red band trailer. Prepare for NSFW!
by Eric Eisenberg February 8, 2015 discussion comments
Suge Knight Allegedly Killed Someone On The Straight Outta Compton Set Suge Knight Allegedly Killed Someone On The Straight Outta Compton Set
The NWA biopic has suffered another controversial blow, this time from one of its historical subjects. Read on to learn about the tragic incident that occurred on the set.
by Mike Reyes January 29, 2015 discussion comments
NWA Biopic Straight Outta Compton Finds Its Snoop Dogg NWA Biopic Straight Outta Compton Finds Its Snoop Dogg
The NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton is in the thick of production, and picking up momentum with the announcement of a dash of Snoop Dog.
by Kristy Puchko August 27, 2014 discussion comments
Paul Giamatti Playing Manager And Possible Villain In NWA Biopic Straight Outta Compton Paul Giamatti Playing Manager And Possible Villain In NWA Biopic Straight Outta Compton
After a slew of casting catastrophes and controversies, Straight Outta Compton has landed a celebrated actor in Paul Giamatti. And with this casting coup, the NWA biopic has secured its biggest movie star.
by Kristy Puchko August 17, 2014 discussion comments
Filming On NWA Biopic Interrupted By Shooting Filming On NWA Biopic Interrupted By Shooting
As much as things change, they stay the same. Almost thirty years ago, N.W.A. shot to fame rapping about the drive by shootings, gang wars and random violence in Compton. Last week, the group’s much hyped biopic, Straight Outta Compton, was interrupted by that very same violence after gunfire erupted just off the set.
by Mack Rawden August 13, 2014 discussion comments
Straight Outta Compton Casting Call Pulled Because Of Racism Accusations Straight Outta Compton Casting Call Pulled Because Of Racism Accusations
Hollywood is a tough place to try and land work. Often, casting agencies are looking for specific appearances, and if someone doesn’t fit the idea they’re looking for, they’re simply discarded and told to move along. Some of this is natural, of course, but now and again, these calls can go so hyper-specific and stereotypical, they can start to seem judgmental and offensive.
by Mack Rawden July 17, 2014 discussion comments
Straight Outta Compton Reveals First Look And Release Date Straight Outta Compton Reveals First Look And Release Date
In the photograph up top, you'll see (clockwise) Ice Cube, Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray, Dr. Dre, Corey Hawkins (as young Dr. Dre), Jason Mitchell (as the late Eazy-E), and O'Shea Jackson Junior (as young Ice Cube).
by Kristy Puchko June 20, 2014 discussion comments
The NWA Biopic Straight Outta Compton Has Found Its Lead Actors The NWA Biopic Straight Outta Compton Has Found Its Lead Actors
The NWA biopic Straight Outta Compton ran into some serious trouble last month when Michael B. Jordan - who had been eyed to play a young Dr. Dre - had to walk away from the project due to his commitments to Josh Trank's upcoming Fantastic Four reboot.
by Eric Eisenberg June 17, 2014 discussion comments
NWA Biopic In Trouble After Michael B. Jordan Exits NWA Biopic In Trouble After Michael B. Jordan Exits
Jordan was a casting choice favored by Dr. Dre himself. He and Ice Cube are serving as producers on Straight Outta Compton, along with Eazy-E's widow, Tomica Wright.
by Kristy Puchko May 1, 2014 discussion comments
Universal May Revive F. Gary Gray's N.W.A. Biopic Universal May Revive F. Gary Gray's N.W.A. Biopic
Andrea Berloff’s script would document the formation of the group, which shined a light on budding rap stars like Ice Cube, Dr. Dre and Easy E. Compton reportedly will follow the group from its first days, and go all the way through Ice Cube’s solo career and the formation of Dre’s Death Row Records.
by Sean O'Connell November 20, 2012 discussion comments
F. Gary Gray Opens Casting Call To Find Actors To Play N.W.A. F. Gary Gray Opens Casting Call To Find Actors To Play N.W.A.
Casting unknowns is the only way to go with a Compton movie. No one in the Hollywood system has what it takes to nail the roles of such volatile artists as Cube, Dre and Eazy.
by Sean O'Connell June 20, 2012 discussion comments
F. Gary Gray Likely To Direct The NWA Biopic F. Gary Gray Likely To Direct The NWA Biopic
Last week kickstarted what will likely become one of the bigger director races of the next couple months: the search for a Captain America sequel helmer. While the gig is still up for grabs, some names included on the shortlist were George Nolfi (The Adjustment Bureau), Anthony and Joseph Russo (Community) and F. Gary Gray (The Italian Job). Well, it looks like the race has lost one of its runners.
by Eric Eisenberg April 10, 2012 discussion comments
Andrea Berloff Hired To Write N.W.A. Biopic Straight Outta Compton Andrea Berloff Hired To Write N.W.A. Biopic Straight Outta Compton
The lucky writer is Andrea Berloff, whose only other feature writing credit is Oliver Stone's World Trade Center. Don't ask me how that single credential led into this job, or how a white woman is expected to tackle
by Katey Rich May 3, 2010 discussion comments
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