Phil Lord and Chris Miller once again get the gang back together to film a sequel to the popular big budget comedy. VIBE was on-hand as the collective shot a few scenes in New Orleans.

SET VISIT: '22 Jump Street' Packs Laughs, Meat-Qute's And Hospitality Into Sequel

As growing hype continues for directors Chris Miller and Phil Lord, their next effort, 22 Jump Street, will make sure to lower your expectations.

Last fall, yours truly and a host of other members of the film press were flown down to New Orleans to witness production on 22 Jump Street, a sequel to the surprise 2012 hit. After taking the time out to visit with family and friends, I hopped into a caravan which took us cinephiles to Tad Gormley Stadium, a small, but decently sized area where various high school teams come to put on a big show. The warm weather was uncharacteristic for this Brooklyn boy, but there wouldn't be any complaints. Surrounded by the huffs and grunts that come with football practice, we were all seated just within earshot of returning directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller (before we knew anything about their LEGO Movie smash hit) offering advice to Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill about a scene.

The adaptation of the classic '80s TV show about undercover teen narcs caught everybody off guard, mainly due to Tatum and Hill's outlandish chemistry as officers Jenko and Schmidt, respectively. With the dollars rolling in came the expectations of a sequel, which Lord and Miller were admittedly a bit reluctant to return to. Add to that, a host of scribes who took shots at drafts that fell flat, and it wasn't until Oren Uziel and Michael Bacall found the plotline. 22 Jump Street would not only double-down on the adventures of Jenko and Schmidt, but would be "about being deeply entrenched in a relationship with another man," according to Lord.

The co-directors have set the new stage in a college atmosphere, as the duo have planned the day's festivities around a hilarious on-campus chase involving a giant football SUV and a comedic bit involving a "meat-Qute". Throughout the day, we would be treated to a sit down with the main cast, the dynamic directing duo, and watch all the lines unfold in then-realtime. The plot finds Jenko and Schmidt attempting to get on the Metropolitan City State football team. As the cameras track the two, Channing's character is surveying the football field as if he's recalling past days of yore. Fully immersed in his element, Jenko whispers, "F**k yeah," before aggressively dipping a Q-Tip in his ear. The guffaws can already be heard in the background.

Us, as onlookers, witness Jonah Hill's Schmidt approaching his partner-in-crime and the two have a weird discussion about ear cleaning rituals. "This is a weird time to be Q-Tipping," Schmidt says to Jenko. "Gotta be able to hear everything that's going on," Tatum says in response. There are a few improv cues, yet the scene continues as it was written on the page. Moments later, a character named Zook (played by Wyatt Russell, Kurt Russell's son), holding a roast beef sandwich, bumps into Channing Tatum and their worlds (and objects) merge.

Next, we see the camera crew getting close-up shots of this "meat-Qute" where Jenko delivers some of the most hilarious lines that make you laugh from the bottom of your gut. "We also shot a version where they didn't do that in order to protect ourselves from getting too meta," Miller tells the journos later in a sit-down chat. We see the budding bromance between Zook and Jenko, which serves as the fuel for Schmidt's jealousy that'll go on throughout the first two acts of the picture.

With the college setting, a lot of the bits will wrap itself around the idea of discovering one's self. "A lot of the movie is about our relationship, going to college with your hometown honey and the world opening up to you once you get to this new place," opines Hill. Day 33 of the 55-day shoot would see the two stars dropping adlibs, yelling stupidly into smartphones and promising us plenty of surprises. In addition to filming at Tad Gormley Stadium, Lord and Miller also shot at Tulane University, Loyola University New Orleans and Xavier University of Louisiana, which will be plastered on 2015 admissions brochures. When the cameras aren't rolling, the entire cast and crew would hanker down to Channing's French Quarter bar Saints & Sinners for Hand Grenades and beignets.

Overall, the atmosphere was funny and ripe with prime comedic timing. As cinephiles will eventually seen in the trailer, Ice Cube (as Captain Dickson) gives Tatum and Hill an assignment to inflitrate MC State to break up a college drug ring. Rob Wriggle and Dave Franco are also set to return in the form of a prison cameo, but were not on the set while we were visiting. Fast forward to all the work that Chris and Phil have done since then (The Lego Movie and rumors of being involved in Ghostbusters 3) and you'd be impressed with the level of work the duo are putting out in only two years.

All in all, 22 Jump Street was an excellent experience and audiences will surely be rewarded when the project comes out on June 13.

You can watch the trailer for yourself below:

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‘Red Table Talk’ Inks 3-Year Deal With Facebook Watch

The Emmy-nominated Red Table Talk, hosted by Jada Pinkett Smith, her daughter Willow Smith and mother, Adrienne Banfield Norris, has inked a three-year deal with Facebook Watch that extends through 2022.

In addition to a new contract, Westbrook Studios (owned by Pinkett Smith and Will Smith) is expanding the Red Table Talk brand with a spinoff series starring Gloria Estefan.

Red Table Talk: The Estefans, will be produced by Pinkett-Smith, Westbrook Studios and Estefan, with Ellen Rakieten and Miguel Melendez serving as executive producers. The series features the music icon along with her daughter and rising musician, Emily Estefan, and her niece Emmy winner, Lili Estefan. The new show will be based in Miami, where Estefan lives, and will showcase three generations of women having candid conversations about timely topics, social and personal issues with family, in addition to celebrity guests and experts.

“I’m incredibly proud of ‘Red Table Talk,’ and thrilled to build upon this franchise with my family and with Gloria, Emily and Lili,” Pinkett Smith said in a statement. “‘Red Table Talk’ has created a space to have open, honest and healing conversations around social and topical issues, and what’s most powerful for me is hearing people’s stories and engaging with our fans in such a tangible way on the Facebook Watch platform.  I’m excited to see the Estefans put their spin on the franchise and take it to new places.”

Estefan added that she’s “incredibly excited” to carry on the “'Red Table Talk' torch” with her family.

“Jada and I have spoken about this a lot and feel my daughter, niece and I can tackle issues important to us and our fans with a new and fresh voice,” said Estefan. “Jada has done this incredibly and continues to do with her family in their candid, intimate, and groundbreaking conversations at the iconic Red Table.”

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Trailer: 20 Years After His Death, Houston Legend DJ Screw's Life Coming To A Network Near You

There are many stories that define the emergence of styles within the world of hip-hop, yet one of the most influential tales will be told for all to be inspired by, and that story is the life of Houston's legendary Robert Earl Davis, Jr. aka DJ Screw. Known now as the innovator of the "chopped and screwed" style birthed in the 90s of slowing down the speed of hip-hop jams to that of a crawl, where the lyrics drawl out and the beats stretch and your head has no choice but to bob.

The new episodic series, titled All Screwed Up, is directed by producer/filmmaker Isaac "Chill" Yowman and is based on the life of DJ Screw and the happenings of his Screwed Up Click label. The trailer shows the many dramatic points in the young Screw's journey to recognition. From crosstown rivals to police harassment, to building a music empire around talented gangstas, the situations he pushed through created the sound that proved to live on beyond his life.

2020 makes 20 years since Screw passed on from what was labeled a codeine overdose in his studio. There are still street stories about what happened to Screw and all the possibilities, but what is for sure is this man's contributions to hip-hop culture can't be denied. His handprint is all over the slowed down and chopped up productions that permeate all of today's top-charting artists from Drake, to Kendrick, to Future to Travis Scott to name a few.

Watch the trailer above and be on the lookout for the network that will carry this sure-fire hit of a series. In the meantime, check out one of Screw's original tapes with his Screwed Up Click below.

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‘Bad Boys 4’ Is Reportedly In The Works

Martin Lawrence and Will Smith are reportedly returning for another installment of the Bad Boys franchise. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Bad Boy’s 4 is already in the works.

Bad Boys for Life script writer Chris Bremner will return for Bad Boy’s 4, the outlet reported on Friday (Jan. 17). No word yet on when the film will be released, but fans can expect a much shorter wait than the 17-year gap between Bad Boy’s 2 and Bad Boys for Life. The film was delayed due to script issues.

“I just didn’t want to wreck the franchise,” Smith told Elliott Wilson during a CRWN interview last month. Lawrence echoed his words in an interview with GQ magazine.

“The script wasn’t right. And Will, to his credit, refused to do the movie until the script was right. It wouldn’t have been a good movie. We dint’ want that. We wanted to do a sequel where people would go, ‘Oh man, that’s what I’m talking about. It just get better.’”

Bad Boy’s for Life opened on Friday and is expected to bring in more than $67 million in its debut weekend.

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