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Ernest Dickerson is the lead director on Hunters, a Us sci-fi cable series which starts shooting in Melbourne this month. These Final Hours. Nathan Phillips stars as a Philadelphia detective and former FBI agent suffering from post- traumatic stress disorder whose hallucinations get worse from the stress of his wife going missing. His investigation uncovers a secret government unit assembled to hunt a group of ruthless terrorists ˜ shadowy figures that may or may not be from this world. Julian McMahon (Nip/Tuck) is cast as an unhinged junkie and Hunter cell leader with a predilection for house music and violence. The female lead is Britne Oldford (American Horror Story, Ravenswood), who plays a talented government operative. Written by Natalie Chaidez (Heroes,Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles) and based on Whitley Strieber.s novel Alien Hunter, the 13-episode series was commissioned by the Us Syfy channel. Matchbox Pictures is producing for »
- Don Groves
What Happened, Miss Simone? lands on Netflix this week - a documentary delving deep into the life and achievements of the incomparable Nina Simone.
Drawing on an extensive library of rare footage and interviews, the film executes the impressive feat of allowing the High Priestess of Soul to tell her story in her own words, more than a decade after her death.
Digital Spy sat down with the film's director Liz Garbus and Simone's daughter Lisa Simone Kelly - who served as producer on the movie - to discuss the musical icon's legacy, the state of race relations in 2015, and Zoe Saldana's controversial biopic:
Setting the record straight
Speaking to the filmmakers, it is clear that they feel very strongly about revealing Simone's story to a public that has largely forgotten how influential she was to both music and the Civil Rights Movement in the '60s.
"It needed to be told, »
Straight Outta Compton hits theaters this August 14, and while the film focuses on the origins of the trailblazing hip hop group N.W.A., it also features portrayals of some other legendary rap icons. We know that Snoop Dogg, Warren G., and Suge Knight will be represented, but it.s only now that we.re finally getting confirmation on who will play the legendary Tupac Shakur. Folks, meet Marcc Rose, the virtually unknown up-and-comer who will fill those large shoes. Throwback to a few months ago when I had the flattop. This side by side photo of Tupac and I went viral on the internet, and was the cause of so many great things! The power of social media. A photo posted by Marcc Rose (@marccrose) on Mar 5, 2015 at 12:49pm Pst Ice Cube, a producer on the film and one of the original members of N.W.A., posted a »
Jada Pinkett Smith was ''afraid of fame''. The 'Magic Mike Xxl' actress has confessed she became wary of the spotlight after her close friend, the rapper Tupac Shakur was shot dead in 1996. She said: ''When I think about what I had going on when I was younger, I do think I was really afraid of fame. I really worked hard to keep everything small. ''I saw how Tupac got devoured by having fame too fast. I watched what happened to him and, in all honesty, I think it scared me.'' The 43-year-old star also admitted that her fear of fame meant she was reluctant to take on certain roles in case she became too successful. The brunette beauty - who has been married to fellow Hollywood star Will Smith since 1997 - explained: ''For a long period of time, I really tried to put a cap on fame. »
In the recent film Love and Mercy, a studio musician recording during the Pet Sounds sessions explains to Brian Wilson (Paul Dano) that he’s broken a fundamental rule of music, in that it sounds wrong if you have one person playing in one key and another instrument playing in another. “It sounds right in my head,” he replies.
Back in September, Scott Tobias wrote in The Dissolve something of a manifesto about biopics, “Five simple rules for making biopics about geniuses”: (1) Don’t try and tell a person’s entire life story, (2) show us, don’t just tell us why they’re a genius, (3) don’t tell a genius’s story just because he or she was a great person, (4) find a compelling visual style that matches their genius, (5) and “find the saint in the asshole, find the asshole in the saint.”
Music biopics however are a genre unto themselves, »
- Brian Welk
Happy Birthday, Tupac Shakur. The iconic rapper-actor-poet would have turned 44 years old today, and although it's been nearly 20 years since his tragic death, Tupac continues to remain relevant and grow a loyal fanbase. While many have taken to social media to share their birthday blessings with the late celeb, we decided to go into the vault and unearth a throwback interview with Tupac to remember his passion, charm and alluring demeanor that was ever-so-present during his sit-downs. But what we came across was a bit eerie. E! News interviewed Shakur back in 1992 for his film Juice, a Ernest R. Dickerson-helmed movie that tells the story of youths growing up in Harlem, and during our conversation with »
Missing her Uncle Pac. Will and Jada Pinkett Smith's teenage daughter Willow Smith remembered her mom's late best friend, Tupac Shakur, on what would have been the rapper's 44th birthday on Tuesday, June 16. "," the music scion, 14, wrote on Instagram. "Happy Birthday, Pac." Accompanying her social media update were two throwback photos of her mother embracing her old friend, as well as a sweet letter once penned by Willow. "Dear Tupac," the note reads. "I know you are alive someplace I think that my mommy really [...] »
All the feels! Nearly 20 years after Tupac Shakur's death, Jada Pinkett Smith revealed in a new interview with Howard Stern on Wednesday, June 3, what broke her intimate friendship with the late rapper before his 1996 murder. "He was a revolutionary without a revolution if that makes any kind sense," Pinkett Smith, 43, dished on the SiriusXM radio show about Tupac, whom she met in high school at the Baltimore School for the Arts. "And that kind of energy transferred to a whole other thing." The two [...] »
Talent is currently being sought for the feature film “Tupac.” “Tupac” is a chronicle of the life of rapper Tupac Shakur. The lead role is being cast for this production, and submissions are being sought from Atlanta, Ga. This is a paid gig! For more details, check out the casting notice for “Tupac” here, and be sure to check out the rest of our Atlanta audition listings! »
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 »
On Today's Show Major Drama with 'The Simpsons' Cast Suge Knight Wants to Keep His Tupac Bullet... in His Skull! Melissa Rivers Publicly Trashes Kathy Griffin A Brand New Supercar... Unveiled! Skype Us Tmztvshow Tweet Us Tweet to @Tmzlive Read more »
- 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 »
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