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Who stars: Garrett Morris (original SNL alum), Joe Torry (Poetic Justice), local radio (WJLB) jock Robert "MC Foolish" Spearman Jr. and Flavor of Love 2 winner London "Deelishis" Charles.
What is it: A $525K, homegrown attempt to emulate the success of Barbershop set in, you guessed it, a Detroit pawn shop — except there's a gangster involved. What, no Ice Cube?
Where: In Detroit, mostly inside a jerry-rigged rim shop. It's a three-week shoot co-produced and directed by Parrish Redd, founder of Paris Deior Studios of West Bloomfield Township.
release date: End of the summer. Yikes, a fast turnaround. I smell direct-to-video.
the buzz: It's employing nearly 50 local people.