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Ghetto Plainsman is about a racially enigmatic young man, Marcus, dealing with identity and self-hatred while falling into a world of prostitution and drug dealing in 1980s and 1990s New York. He seeks redemption through his love of the American West, where he confronts an equally violent and fragile world.
Goldberg will play Zaures, an androgynous drug lord running the enterprise Marcus works for, who takes an interest in him. Zamata will »
- Rebecca Ford
The filmmakers behind "All Eyez On Me" kept too close an eye on interviews Tupac did with a famous journalist, and then used his work -- without permission -- to write their script ... according to a lawsuit. Kevin Powell wrote a series of articles for Vibe in the mid '90s focusing on Tupac's 2 major influences -- the civil rights movement (his mother, Afeni Shakur, was a Black Panther) ... and the gangsta rap movement. According to the suit, »
- TMZ Staff
The 2017 NBA Awards on TNT is already turning out to be a star-studded event.
Hosted by Drake, Et can exclusively reveal that presenters will include Chadwick Boseman, Monica Brown, Nick Cannon, Vince Carter, Kevin Garnett, Bryshere Y. Gray, Grant Hill, Dirk Nowitzki, Jada Pinkett-Smith, Jussie Smollett, John Wall and Jesse Williams. More celebrities attending the show are Chris Tucker, Baron Davis, Hill Harper, Reggie Miller, Von Miller, Isiah Thomas and Donnie Wahlberg.
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All Eyez on Me, 2017.
Directed by Benny Boom.
Tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur.
Brace yourselves, there are going to be a lot of comparisons to the recently released N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, as Tupac Shakur study All Eyez on Me is basically how to not make a movie of this genre. It’s not just underwhelming, the movie is an unmitigated disaster. We’re talking so bad that the much talked about hologram of Tupac will probably gain self-awareness the next time it’s activated to denounce this film as straight garbage.
In the first 10 minutes (this is not a typo, I did not mean 100) All Eyez on Me (directed by music video helmer Benny Boom) the movie jumps through four different time periods including two decades. It’s as if the writers gave Benny a cliff notes version of the story mentioning all of the important details of the controversial ghetto poet’s life, and instead of fleshing anything out to get to the core of a very complicated mind, he constructed individual scenes that say nothing about the real life figure. As Tupac becomes a young adult the time jumps begin to slow down, but sadly the storytelling does not get any better.
Here is the most important and drastic difference between All Eyez on Me and Straight Outta Compton; one of them unflinchingly powers through dark material with raw force using the rappers and their accompanying lyrics to say something socially relevant about the time depicted that still rings true today, generating, even more, interest in the lives and music at hand. The other utterly fails at simply establishing a place or time, and goes through the motions of the highs and lows. Bafflingly, the movie that is over 150 minutes (and even loses no momentum whatsoever even with an extended director’s cut) never loses steam, whereas All Eyez on Me is 140 minutes but seemingly lasts the entire tragically short life of Tupac himself. I rarely, rarely ever do this, but at one point I did check the time; I was 84 minutes into the movie and completely flabbergasted that I wasn’t somewhere near the two-hour mark.
If you don’t know this you have been living under a rock for 20 years, but Tupac encounters quite a few near-death experiences (multiple gunshot wounds) and even dies at the end. Somehow, even the direction in these scenes also manage to carry no weight or emotion; they’re just moments in a vacuum without much context because the movie aimlessly hits each important beat. Friendships and falling outs with other celebrated major players in the rap game contain no substance. However, by far the most unforgettable aspect of the story is that Tupac (who is given a good performance by a freakishly striking resembling Demetrius Shipp Jr.) comes off as a bunch of compartmentalized personality traits. There is no real character here.
Equally ridiculous are a series of flashbacks to Tupac’s penitentiary days where he is interviewed by a character credited as ‘journalist’. The scenes are meant to be the bridge between Tupac’s change in attitude and music after almost being murdered and subsequently jailed on sexual assault charges, but the transformation never really pops off the screen. It’s evident what the script is attempting, but the movie mistakes throwing on music video reenactments and concert scenes as character development. Realistically speaking, it also sanitizes the life of Tupac, afraid to actually deep dive into anything negative regarding the controversial figure. He was very clearly not a saint, but again, the movie isn’t interested in painting the portrait of a complex character.
There is no way around it; All Eyez on Me is absolutely awful. It’s a collection of scenes showing us events without any tissue connecting the narrative. Nothing here is engaging, which is a shame because it’s very clear that Demetrius is giving it his all. Nevertheless, the movie is so bad that it Tupac really did fake his death (I would have actually preferred the movie acknowledging this theory just so I could get some damn entertainment from the 140 minutes), there is no doubt that he will be on MTV tomorrow trashing it. Straight Outta Compton greatly made me appreciate N.W.A. more, whereas this movie just ran through a laundry list of things I and everyone else already knew about Tupac, along with a few fun trivia facts. All of the actors involved give serviceable performance, but putting it bluntly, there is no saving this material.
Flickering Myth Rating – Film: ★ ★ / Movie: ★
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- Robert Kojder
Hill Harper wants the best for his son, so if that means running around Manhattan on a search for breast milk, he’s game.
“There was a time when I really wanted him to have access to breast milk, so I was running around New York City with a cooler getting frozen breast milk from people that I didn’t even know, you know the people who are like, »
- Lindsay Kimble
A hip-hop gamechanger, a revolutionary's son, an actor, an ex-convict, a platinum-selling artist, a sensitive truth-teller, a "Thug Life" tattoo-sporting tough guy, a black man, a martyr – Tupac Shakur was all these things and more. It was never a matter of whether or not the 25-year-old musician deserved a biopic so much as why it took so damned long to make it happen. (Would that it were so simple: You can read a detailed history of the project's long, winding and incredibly bumpy road to becoming a reality.) There was »
Fatherhood didn’t happen in “the traditional way” for actor Hill Harper, but he wouldn’t change a thing.
The Good Doctor star is opening up for the first time about finalizing the adoption of his son Pierce, 18 months, in spring 2017, and why its changed his life for the better.
“ was the greatest decision I’ve ever made and I’ve never been happier,” Harper, 51, tells People exclusively.
Being a single dad wasn’t part of Harper’s life plan, but fate brought him and Pierce together, he says.
“For years, I always wanted to be a parent,” he says, »
- Lindsay Kimble
Demetrius Shipp Jr. looks a lot like Tupac Shakur. While in some circles that could be enough to recommend the first-time actor for the part of the beloved late rapper, it’s a casting choice indicative of much bigger issues in Benny Boom’s long-gestating biopic, “All Eyez on Me.” The casting choice suggests that a commitment to accuracy, but that doesn’t make up for many other shortcomings in a movie that does no favors to Tupac’s legacy.
Opening with a political urgency that belies a very different project, Boom’s film (penned by Jeremy Haft, Eddie Gonzalez, and Steven Bagatourian) initially reads as a timely rallying cry around Shakur’s legacy, before devolving into a paint-by-the-numbers biopic that unspools with as much energy as a Wikipedia entry. Framed in the most uninspiring way possible — with Hill Harper playing a journalist who visits Tupac in prison to reflect »
- Kate Erbland
All Eyez on Me, 2017.
Directed by Benny Boom.
The true and (supposedly) untold story of the prolific rapper, poet, and actor Tupac Shakur.
Did you know Tupac took up ballet when he was a teenager? Did you know that he dated the daughter of the local chapter of the Communist Party USA? Did you know that Tupac’s rap career began as a roadie and as a background dancer to Digital Underground?
The answers to those questions should be in this biopic. A film with the subtitle: ‘The Untold Story of Tupac Shakur’ one would expect some interesting anecdotes. Instead, the film offers an inane and uninspiring biopic that’s more interested in skimming over his life, briefly looking at some details, and project the public »
- Matthew Lee
The broadcast networks have nearly 20 shows debuting this fall, including The CW’s soapy new Dynasty, NBC’s look at Brave military heroes and the adventures of Fox’s Gifted mutants. To help you prep for it all, TVLine is offering First Impressions of the not-for-review pilots.
Next up on our list….
The Show | ABC’s The Good Doctor (Mondays at 10/9c, premiere date Tba)
The Competition | CBS’ Scorpion and NBC’s The Brave (new)
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Sony Pictures has released a trailer for ABC’s upcoming medical drama The Good Doctor. Based on the 2013 South Korean series of the same name, it stars Bates Motel’s Freddie Highmore as an autistic young surgeon alongside Antonia Thomas (Misfits), Nicholas Gonzalez (Pretty Little Liars), Chuku Modu (Game of Thrones), Beau Garrett (Girlfriends’ Guide to Divorce), Hill Harper (Homeland), and Richard Schiff (The Affair); watch it below…
Shaun Murphy (Freddie Highmore, “Bates Motel”), a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome, relocates from a quiet country life to join a prestigious hospital’s surgical unit. Alone in the world and unable to personally connect with those around him, Shaun uses his extraordinary medical gifts to save lives and challenge the skepticism of his colleagues.
The Good Doctor is set to premiere on ABC this fall. »
- Amie Cranswick
"You saved his life. Who are you?" ABC has released a first look at their upcoming TV series The Good Doctor.The medical drama stars Freddie Highmore as Shaun Murphy, a young surgeon with autism and savant syndrome relocates from a quiet country life to join a prestigious hospital’s surgical unit. The cast also includes Antonia Thomas, Nicholas Gonzalez, Chuku Modu, Irene Keng, Beau Garrett, Hill Harper, and Richard Schiff.Read More… »
ABC has released the trailers for all its new shows, including Shondaland’s legal drama “For the People,” actioner “The Crossing,” Freddie Highmore’s “The Good Doctor,” Jason Ritter’s lighthearted series “The Gospel of Kevin,” buzzy comedy “The Mayor,” and Zach Braff and Jenna Fischer’s returns to TV in “Alex, Inc.” and “Splitting Up Together,” respectively.
Watch the trailers below:
Shondaland’s newest drama follows brand-new lawyers working for both the defense and the prosecution, handling the most high-profile and high-stakes federal cases in the country — all as their lives intersect in and out of the courtroom. “For the People” — from “Scandal” writer Paul Davies, Shonda Rhimes, and Betsy Beers — stars Britne Oldford, Lyndon Smith, Ben Rappaport, Susannah Flood, Wesam Keesh, Regé-Jean Page, Ben Shenkman, Hope Davis, Vondie Curtis-Hall, and Anna Deavere Smith.
- Maane Khatchatourian
Although Bates Motel just concluded on April 24th, after five seasons on A&E, Freddie Highmore is already headed back to work. ABC has ordered The Good Doctor TV show to series, starring Highmore as Dr. Shaun Murphy.The Good Doctor cast also includes Antonia Thomas as Dr. Claire Brown: Nicholas Gonzalez as Dr. Neal Melendez; Chuku Modu as Dr. Jared Kalu; Irene Keng as Dr. Sarah Chen; Beau Garrett as Jessica Preston; Hill Harper as Dr. Marcus Andrews; and Richard Schiff as Dr. Aaron Glassman. Read More… »
Freddie Highmore is checking into “The Good Doctor,” with ABC picking up the medical drama to series today. The show centers on young surgeon Shaun Murphy (Highmore of “Bates Motel”), who has autism and savant syndrome. He leaves behind a quiet country life to join a renowned hospital’s surgical unit, where he butts heads with his colleagues. It co-stars Antonia Thomas as Dr. Claire Brown, Nicholas Gonzalez as Dr. Neal Melendez, Chuku Modu as Dr. Jared Kalu, Irene Keng as Dr. Sarah Chen, Beau Garrett as Jessica Preston, Hill Harper as Dr. Marcus Andrews and Richard Schiff as Dr. »
- Ryan Gajewski
ABC has officially jumped into its pickups for the 2017-2018 television season, greenlighting six new series, Variety has learned.
The network has ordered Shondaland legal drama “For the People,” action drama “The Crossing,” Freddie Highmore’s “The Good Doctor,” the lighthearted hourlong series “The Gospel of Kevin,” buzzy comedy “The Mayor,” plus a sitcom from Zach Braff.
“For the People” hails from “Scandal” writer Paul Davies. This latest Shondaland drama follows brand-new lawyers working for both the defense and the prosecution, handling the most high-profile and high-stakes federal cases in the country — all as their lives intersect in and out of the courtroom.
Britne Oldford stars with Lyndon Smith, Ben Rappaport, Susannah Flood, Wesam Keesh, Regé-Jean Page, Ben Shenkman, Hope Davis, Vondie Curtis-Hall, and Anna Deavere Smith. Shonda Rhimes and Betsy Beers will executive produce with Davies. Shondaland multi-hyphenate Tom Verica directed the pilot. ABC Studios is producing.
The drama has been high up on ABC’s »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Lionsgate UK have released a brand new clip from their upcoming Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez On Me. The film stars Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Tupac Shakur alongside Kat Graham, Lauren Cohan, Hill Harper, Jamal Woolard and Danai Gurira.
All Eyez On Me tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur. The film follows Shakur from his early days in New York City to his evolution into being one of the world’s most recognized and influential voices before his untimely death at the age of 25. Against all odds, Shakur’s raw talent, powerful lyrics and revolutionary mind-set propelled him into becoming a cultural icon whose legacy continues to grow long after his passing.
- Paul Heath
Author: Zehra Phelan
After the 2009 Biggie Smalls biopic, Notorious was released, chatter started making the rounds that a biopic on his once good friend turned bitter enemy, Tupac Shakur, should quickly follow. However, it wasn’t until 2011 an announcement was made that the film was in the pipeline.
After a number of years trying to get the project off the ground the film on the life and death of one of Hip Hop’s iconic legends is finally set for a release on June 30th this year. Playing Tupac is newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr., reprising his role from Notorious as Biggie Smalls is Jamal Woolard both will be joined by Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) Jada Pinkett, Lauren Cohan (The Walking Dead, Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice) as Leila Steinberg, Hill Harper (Limitless) and Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) as Afeni Shakur and has Benny Boon taking the helm. »
- Zehra Phelan
Celebrated as a rapper, actor, poet and activist, Tupac Shakur was a hugely influential figure in the world of rap and hip-hop right up until the moment when he was killed in a drive-by shooting at 25 years young. That was in ’96, and the ensuing murder investigation that spawned over both Tupac and Christopher Wallace’s (The Notorious B.I.G.) deaths will fuel both LAbyrinth and Unsolved, USA’s crime pilot headed up by Josh Duhamel (Transformers: The Last Knight) and Bokeem Woodbine.
But there’s another project concerning 2Pac on the way, and its name is All Eyez On Me. Truth be told, Lionsgate’s rap biopic has been languishing in development for years, but we finally have word of a release date: June 16th, and the gripping first trailer has arrived to prove it. In it, we see Demetrius Shipp Jr. take on the role of the visionary artist, flanked by Kat Graham, »
- Michael Briers
There's no need to be worried that the Homeland TV show will be cancelled by Showtime this time around. The cable channel has already renewed Homeland for season seven and season eight. Were the execs premature in renewing the series so far in advance? Will Homeland continue to draw viewers? Stay tuned.On Homeland, former CIA officer Carrie Mathison (Claire Danes) was one of the best in her field, despite being bipolar. Season six picks up several months after the end of season five and we find that Carrie's now living in Brooklyn and working for a foundation that helps Muslims who have been mistreated by domestic law enforcement. The rest of the cast includes Rupert Friend, Elizabeth Marvel, F. Murray Abraham and Mandy Patinkin. Expected to recur this season are Sebastian Koch, Maury Sterling, Hill Harper, Patrick Sabongui, Robert Knepper, and Dominic Fumusa.Read More… »
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