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Tupac Shakur's friend Gobi Rahimi is crowdfunding a film about the late rapper's final days. The producer - who directed two of the star's music videos - is hoping to raise $300,000 in seed money through an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign to make the film, titled '7Dayz', which will tell the story of the week the musician spent in hospital before his death, after being wounded in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996. Speaking about the story behind the movie, he wrote on the crowdfunding page: ''I was waiting for Tupac at club 662 in Las Vegas after the Mike Tyson fight on September 7, 1996. Soon after, I was informed by rapper Nate Dogg that Tupac and Suge Knight had been shot and taken to University Hospital. I immediately rushed there to be by Tupac's side. This was the first of an emotional 7 days that I sat guard over »
What Tupac Shakur movie will cross the finish line first? John Singleton was attached to direct the most high profile of existing projects, but, earlier this year, he exited, due to "creative differences" (to be succinct) with those of influence, who are involved. And he was replaced by Carl Franklin; although still no word on where the production stands. Singleton then vowed to make his own Tupac film, independently, promising something more reputable and true to the life of the slain rapper (given his personal relationship with him), than the studio-backed project he was to direct previously. No word on how far into the development process he is. I should also mention »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Southern Rites, which premieres May 18 on HBO, is a timely documentary. And if it had been released on any May 18 in the cable network’s history, it would have been just as timely. Director/photographer Gillian Laub’s film explores the entrenched racism that is still present in some American communities, and the continued double standards of a legal system that so firmly marginalizes African-Americans. It is a documentary that could feel redundant due to how often these issues and themes continue to permeate through some sections of American society, but Southern Rites is still urgent and impassioned, if somewhat disjointed, filmmaking.
When Laub first covered issues of prejudice in the Georgian county of Montgomery, it was as a photographer for the New York Times Magazine. In 2009, the community decided to have two proms on consecutive nights: the first night was for white students, the second night for their black classmates. »
- Jordan Adler
Morgan Creek might have some competition in its long-delayed efforts to bring a Tupac Shakur film to the big screen. Another project is also in the works, this one from Tupac's former producing partner Gobi Rahimi, who has just launched an Indiegogo crowdfunding campaign for his own long-delayed film about the rapper's last days. Rahimi, who directed two of Tupac's music videos and produced several others for Death Row Records, is trying to raise $500,000 in seed money… »
A filmmaker who was with Tupac Shakur at the time he was shot is now seeking funds to make a movie about the rapper's final week. Director Gobi M. Rahimi – who helmed the music videos for "I Ain't Mad at Cha" and "2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted," among others – wants to raise $300,000 to prevent his movie, 7 Dayz, "from becoming another watered down Hollywood film," according to the project's IndieGogo page. The feature film will also incorporate rare, actual footage of the rapper.
Rahimi, who claims to have penned a letter for »
Cannes, France — The death of Amy Winehouse, in July 2011, at age 27, was the first great tragedy of 21st-century pop music, an event — like the deaths of Tupac Shakur and Kurt Cobain in the last decade of the 20th — that emphasized the jarring contrast between the fragility of human lives and the half-comforting, half-haunting permanence of recorded music. When a musician or singer we love dies, we mourn with our ears. Once an artist is lost to us, the music he or she has left behind somehow changes color and tone, often becoming more beautiful rather than less — maybe because what we’re hearing is a beginning with an ending already written into it. To hear Winehouse sing numbers like “Back to Black” and “Love Is a Losing G »
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- TMZ Staff
Suge Knight has given doctors a piece of his mind ... refusing to have a bullet fragment removed that’s been lodged in his head for the past 19 years ... a bullet intended for Tupac Shakur. Rewind to 1996 … Knight infamously drove the car carrying Tupac the night of the rap legend’s drive-by murder off the Las Vegas strip. One of the bullets missed Tupac but grazed Suge's head; a fragment lodged in his skull, and was never removed. »
- TMZ Staff
A project that was previously set up at Showtime, John Singleton's 1980s-set crack cocaine era drama titled "Snowfall," described succinctly, if reductively, as "Boyz n the Hood meets The Wire," is now heading to FX, with a pilot order from the network. The drama will explore what has come to be known as the "American crack epidemic" - the surge of crack cocaine use across the USA (specifically Los Angeles, in this case) during the mid to late 1980s. An "origin" story, at the center of the drama will be 3 characters: a young black kid from Compton, CA who will grow to become the world's first "superstar" drug dealer; as well as a Mexican wrestler; and a CIA agent charged with laundering money for the Contras. Singleton will co-write with Eric Amadio, and exec produce the drama, as well as direct the pilot. This news comes after the director »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Real talk! The reason I am not making this picture is because the people involved aren't really respectful of the legacy of Tupac Amaru Shakur. I won't say much if you want you can read my articles in Hollywood Reporter on authenticity in Black Storytelling ... To Pac's real fans just know I am still planning a movie on Tupac ... It doesn't matter what they do mines will be better... Tupac was much more than a hip hop artist ... He was a black man guided by his passions ... Of most importance was his love of black people and culture ... Something the people involved in this movie know nothing about... Real talk! How you gonna make a movie about »
The studio behind the upcoming Tupac Shakur biopic has decided to part ways with director John Singleton. Rather than wallowing in disarray, they immediately replaced him with Carl Franklin. But that hasn't stopped an insider from alleging that Singleton left because he’s adamant that they’re going to end up with a below par movie. According to The Wrap’s source, long-simmering issues with production company Morgan Creek finally came to a head recently, and the damage was so permanent that Singleton decided to call time on a film that he has been intimately working on since 2011. The insider explained: There are major creative differences. Honestly, Morgan Creek can make a sub-par Tupac movie and move on. If John Singleton makes a bad Tupac movie? It’s something he’d have to live with for the rest of his life. If »
Less than a week after filmmaker John Singleton said the long-in-the-works Tupac Shakur biopic was "on hold," the director has severed his ties to the film. He addressed his exit on Instagram, accompanied by a picture of an article claiming that director Carl Franklin (Out of Time, Homeland, House of Cards) would now be helming the movie.
"The reason I am not making this picture is because the people involved aren't really respectful of the legacy of Tupac Amaru Shakur," wrote Singleton, who directed Shakur in Poetic Justice.
He also »
Vin Diesel and Chris Tucker are in negotiations to join Ang Lee's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk along side newcomer Joe Alwyn as the title character, Garrett Hedlund, Steve Martin and Kristen Stewart. The Wrap Carl Franklin (Devil in a Blue Dress) has replaced John Singleton as director of Morgan Creek's Tupac the long-in-development biopic about rapper Tupac Shakur, with casting underway. Shooting is planned to begin in August or September. Why is Singleton off the picc Here's how he tells it on Instagram: Variety
Real talk! The reason I am not making this picture is because the people involved aren't really respectful of the legacy of Tupac Amaru Shakur. I won't say much if you want you can read my articles in Hollywood Reporter on authenticity in Black Storytelling ... To Pac's real fans just know I am still planning a movie on Tupac ... It doesn't matter what they do mines will be better. »
- Brad Brevet
Shooting is planned to begin in August or September, according to Morgan Creek spokesman Greg Mielcarz. Singleton left the project over creative differences several months ago, Mielcarz told Variety.
For his part, Singleton said on his Instagram account this week, “The reason I am not making this picture is because the people involved aren’t really respectful of the legacy of Tupac Amaru Shakur.”
Singleton had fallen off the project in 2012 and come back on in 2014.
- Dave McNary
Shortly after the 20 year anniversary of Selena Quintanilla's death, the world learns that she's making a comeback. Remember that Tupac Shakur hologram that totally creeped people out Coachella? Well, that's kinda what's going to happen here, except intensified by a thousand. The late queen of Tejano music's family has been working closely with a Nevada-based tech company Acrovirt LLC to create "a walking, talking, singing, and dancing, digital embodiment of iconic singer, Selena," for a project they've just officially launched called "Selena The One." According to the post shared on Selena's Facebook page, "'Selena The One' will release new songs and »
Carl Franklin has stepped in as director of Morgan Creek’s long-gestating, untitled biopic about Tupac Shakur in the wake of the departure of John Singleton from the project. Singleton posted a message on his Instagram account Tuesday, confirming he is no longer involved with the film. “The reason I am not making this picture is because the people involved aren't really respectful of the legacy of Tupac Amaru Shakur," Singleton wrote. He also added, “Tupac was much more than a hip hop artist ... He was a black man guided by his passions ... Of most importance was his love of black
- Gregg Kilday
The endless effort to make a movie about the life of Tupac Shakur hit another roadblock when John Singleton announced on Instagram that he has bailed on the project. His words: “Real talk! The reason I am not making this picture is because the people involved aren’t really respectful of the legacy of Tupac Amaru Shakur. I won’t say much if you want you can read my articles in Hollywood Reporter on authenticity in Black Storytelling … To Pac’s real fans just know I am… »
I saw this post on John Singleton's Instagram page last night, and I actually wondered if his account had been hacked, so I didn't publish it immediately, because I wanted to be sure that all this really came from Singleton; and, as of this morning, it looks very much like these are indeed the man's words. I love when those on the *inside* are willing to be candid with those of us on the *outside*, on the goings-on behind the curtain that most of us will never ever be privy to. On the heels of news yesterday that Singleton had exited the long-in-development Tupac Shakur feature project, to be replaced by Carl Franklin (read my post on the matter here), Singleton took to social media »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Lion, Tupac Shakur Biopic, Tron 3, and other films have made recent film casting, screenwriting, and director news. These films come from movie studios primarily based in the United States. The castings, screenwriters, and directors are subject to change. Lion the drama with Garth Davis (Top Of The Lake) directing [...]
- Rollo Tomasi
Though we’re awaiting the Nwa biopic Straight Outta Compton and the eagerly anticipated Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck, one movie about both a rap legend and a posthumous artist is still struggling in development, the biopic on Tupac Shakur.
John Singleton (Boyz in the Hood, 2 Fast 2 Furious) was reportedly on board to direct the picture, but as of today, The Wrap is reporting that due to creative differences, Singleton has been replaced by Carl Franklin (Devil in the Blue Dress, House of Cards).
In an interview with Xxl mag, Singleton hinted that something might be awry, saying he was putting the project on hold:
Well, we’re putting it on hold for right now. I’m putting my involvement on hold right now because we’re trying to figure out some things. I got a script and I got the blessings from his family. We’ll see. I »
- Brian Welk
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