1-20 of 49 items from 2014 « Prev | Next »
R&B singer Ashanti has confirmed that she’s contributing new songs to the forthcoming Tupac Shakur biopic. While promoting her new album “Braveheart,” Ashanti told Complex that her next project will be the yet-to-be-titled film, which is slated to start production in June. “L.T. Hutton, who actually produced the ‘I Got It’ record and ‘Scars’ and a bunch of other records on my album, he’s one of the CEO’s over at Morgan Creek [Pictures]. And him and I are gonna be doing like a musical score, or a lot of music, for the Tupac film coming in 2015,” Ashanti said. “[It’s] very premature, early in stages — oh, and John Singleton is gonna be directing. So that’s gonna be sick, so I’m really, really excited about that.” “Boyz n the Hood” director, John Singleton, has been tasked with re-writing the script, directing and producing the biopic. Singleton directed »
- Whitney Phaneuf
As directors and screenwriters prep their scripts and shots, behind-the-scenes composers and songwriters start tuning the music to accompany those projects. And more often these days, it's not composers being sought create the soundtrack to music, but pop stars and bands, and today brings news of a couple famous names bringing their brand to some upcoming movies. First up, the forever-developing "Tupac" biopic—which now has John Singleton attached to direct—seems to be taking another step toward actually happening, nabbing Ashanti to contribute new tracks to the film. “I have an amazing opportunity,” she told Complex (via Hip Hop Dx), “L.T. Hutton, who actually produced the ‘I Got It’ record and ‘Scars’ and a bunch of other records on my album, he’s one of the CEO’s over at Morgan Creek [Pictures]. And him and I are gonna be doing like a musical score, or a lot of music, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Is a new rap rivalry brewing? Universal and Morgan Creek are each prepping films about hip-hop icons, with the former's Straight Outta Compton -- about trailblazing group N.W.A.'s rise to fame -- poised to be first out of the gate. Sources say Universal has begun holding open casting calls in downtown Los Angeles and is close to greenlighting the F. Gary Gray-helmed film. But on its heels is Morgan Creek's untitled biopic of late rapper/actor Tupac Shakur. John Singleton, who closed a deal in February to direct, is writing a new draft of the script and hopes to begin production in June or July. With the two projects circling the tarmac simultaneously, will there be a release date collision?
- Tatiana Siegel
An update to an item published this morning: Director F. Gary Gray just shared the following news on Twitter, so take heed if you fit the bill, and our interested (and read the contents of the earlier related post underneath the image): And here's this morning's post: In December, Universal Pictures hired Jonathan Herman to write the latest draft of the N.W.A. biopic that F. Gary Gray is attached to direct, with former member of the seminal rap group, Ice Cube, producing. Originally set up at New Line, Universal picked up the project in turnaround, with F. Gary Gray still attached to direct. John Singleton was, at one time, interested in »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Updates on a project that's long been in development, which may or may not signify genuine progress... In December, Universal Pictures hired Jonathan Herman to write the latest draft of the N.W.A. biopic that F. Gary Gray is attached to direct, with former member of the seminal rap group, Ice Cube, producing. Originally set up at New Line, Universal picked up the project in turnaround, with F. Gary Gray still attached to direct. John Singleton was, at one time, interested in directing. You'll recall that both Eazy E's son and daughter claimed that they were either in the running, or would be the best fits to play their father in the movie; The son »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Hi, Cube. What are you up to?
Ah man, just sitting here chilling with my wife, watching the Lakers game.
Nice. Did you do any police research for Ride Along?
Ha ha! Nah, I didn't have to do no research – I've been in the back of those cars, I know how it goes! And my character is undercover. The difference between an undercover cop and a crook is a badge.
When was the last time you were in the back of one of those cars?
In real life? '90.
It was a bad night. Let's leave it at that.
So what was it like working with Laurence Fishburne again? (1)
The best. I owe a lot to Larry just for the advice he gave me on Boyz n the Hood. »
- Alex Godfrey
In this week's installment of 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: Chris Pratt and Danny McBride are rumored to be getting in the driver's seat for the "Knight Rider" remake. Also: Sacha Baron Cohen's "Grimsby" coming to theaters in 2015, John Singleton will direct the Tupac Shakur biopic, more "Kardashians" are on the way, "Gone Girl" collaborators Gillian Flynn and David Fincher are re-teaming for "Utopia," Taylor Lautner steps in for Andy Samberg, "Drop Dead Diva" drops dead, Nicki Minaj apologizes for "Lookin' Ass" cover, and more. Catch up here: »
- HitFix Staff
The long-delayed biopic chronicling the life and death of slain hip-hop icon Tupac Shakur is on again – and a familiar face has returned to shepherd the project through production. Variety reports that John Singleton has agreed to rewrite, direct and produce the film for Morgan Creek. This comes after Singleton’s original deal with Morgan Creek fell apart, placing the planned biopic in development hell for the past few years. Singleton replaces Training Day director Antoine Fuqua, who bowed out after he couldn’t find the right script or lead actor to make the film work. The title also endured a legal battle between Shakur’s mother and Morgan Creek – which was eventually settled. Afeni Shakur will serve as an executive producer on the feature. The...
- Mike Bracken
Earlier this week, John Singleton signed up to act as Executive Producer on Thomas Allen Harris' Through a Lens Darkly: Black Photographers and the Emergence of a People, post its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival last month, as a New Frontiers pick. The documentary explores how African Americans have used photography as a tool for social change, illuminating the hidden, little known and under-appreciated stories of African Americans transforming themselves and the nation through the power of the camera lens. The film also explores how contemporary photographers and artists like Deborah Willis, Carrie Mae Weems, Lorna Simpson, »
- Tambay A. Obenson
According to the Hollywood Reporter, Singleton had previously worked with the 'California Love' hit maker in 1993's 'Poetic Justice'.
Singleton said that Shakur was the guy who he planned to do a lifetime of films with and his passing deeply affected his life as well as countless people in this world.
Singleton, who will also be rewriting and producing the film, added that Shakur's life story is important to his generation.
- Amith Ostwal
Years after it was first announced and developed, a biopic of late rapper Tupac Shakur finally made some headway last fall, when a new production team and financing were secured. Now, the long-gestating project has secured a director: John Singleton.
The Oscar nominated filmmaker (for 1991's "Boyz n the Hood"), who once directed Shakur in 1993's "Poetic Justice," has signed on to direct, rewrite, and produce the as-yet-untitled biopic. The Hollywood Reporter writes that Singleton will start working on the script immediately, and hopes to begin filming this summer.
Shakur was only 25 when he was gunned down in Las Vegas in 1996, cutting short a vibrant recording career. The biopic, which is set to be produced by Shakur's mother, Afeni Shakur, will have rights to his full musical catalog. According to The Dissolve, Afeni Shakur is "a former Black Panther with an interest in making a movie that dwells as much »
- Katie Roberts
John Singleton, the man behind 2 Fast 2 Furious and urban classic Boyz n the Hood has officially signed on to direct and produce a project very dear to his heart, the as yet untitled biopic of legendary rapper Tupac Shakur. Variety are reporting that he will also rewrite the script that has been floating around in limbo for a number of years now.
"Tupac was they guy who I planned to do a lifetime of films with…His passing deeply affected my life as well as countless people in the world. His life story is as important to my generation."
The director had previously been linked with the movie a few years ago but after legal issues with Tupac's mother and other various problems, a deal was never reached and »
- Gary Collinson
The long-in-the-works picture will follow Shakur’s rise to fame as well as his murder following a boxing match in 1996 in Las Vegas, according to Variety, which first reported the news. Years ago, Singleton — who directed Shakur in Poetic Justice — was linked to the project, but the deal fell through.
“Tupac was the guy who I planned to do a lifetime of films with,” Singleton said in a statement to Variety. “His passing deeply affected my life as well as countless people in this world. His »
- Erin Strecker
Boyz N The Hood director John Singleton has resurrected a long gestating biopic of late rap icon Tupac Shakur. Singleton, who directed Shakur in his 1993 film Poetic Justice, will also produce and help re-write the Untitled Tupac Shakur Project alongside scribes Jeremy Haft and Ed Gonzalez, whose last credit was a direct-to-video sequel to Street Kings.
Even though his filmography has been spotty in recent years, with 2 Fast 2 Furious and Abduction, returning Singleton to his West Coast roots will probably bode well for the director. The project also takes on more significance since he was a friend of Shakur’s. “Tupac was the guy who I planned to do a lifetime of films with,” Singleton told Deadline. “His passing deeply affected my life. As well as countless people in this world. His life story is as important to my generation.” The Untitled Tupac Shakur Project could signal Singleton’s return »
- Jordan Adler
The long-gestating Tupac Shakur biopic has spent the years being swapped back and forth between “Training Day” director Antoine Fuqua and “Boyz n the Hood” director John Singleton, but now it appears the film has finally found its helmer. THR reports Singleton—who originally left the project in 2011—has officially signed on to the project and will not only direct the biopic but also produce and rewrite the the script. Per the trade, Singleton “will begin working on a draft of the screenplay immediately, with an eye toward a summer start date.” Though he started his career making critically acclaimed films focused on life in the inner city—Singleton was the youngest person to ever be nominated for Best Director and the first African-American to boot—his work in the new millennium has had a clear commercial bent with films like “2 Fast 2 Furious” and the Taylor Lautner franchise non-starter “Abduction. »
- Cain Rodriguez
Sometimes the first choice is the best one, even if you need to go the long way to get back there. Two years after he originally signed on to helm the "Tupac" biopic project, director John Singleton is back on the job. According to Variety Singleton has signed on to rewrite, direct and produce the movie about late rapper Tupac Shakur, who was killed in a still-unsolved murder in Las Vegas in 1996. "Tupac was ...
By Gil Kaufman »
The Oscar-nominated Boyz n the Hood filmmaker will direct, produce and re-write the script for the project, which chronicles the rapper's rise to fame and his murder in Las Vegas in 1996.
"Tupac was the guy who I planned to do a lifetime of films with," Variety quotes Singleton as saying.
"His passing deeply affected my life as well as countless people in this world. His life story is as important to my generation."
Production on the untitled biopic is expected to begin this summer.
Two years ago, John Singleton (Four Brothers, Boyz n the Hood) was set to direct a film about the life of Tupac Shakur. Unfortunately, the film fell apart, but now comes word that Morgan Creek is once again interested in the project. Singleton just signed a deal to return and the plan is to have the director rewrite the script before filming begins in June. "Tupac was the guy who I planned to do a lifetime of films with," said Singleton. "His passing deeply affected my life as well as countless people in this world. His life story is as important to my generation." When Singleton was originally on board, Tupac's mother launched a legal battle against Morgan Creek over the rights. The lawsuit was eventually settled by making her an executive producer on the project. After Singleton dropped out, Antoine Fuqua (Training Day) attempted to take over, but »
• Tupac hologram adds to his mythology, by Alex Mcpherson
• Tupac musical headed for Broadway
The Us film-maker is on board to rewrite, direct and produce the untitled film, which hopes to shoot in the summer. He knew his subject personally, having worked with him on the 1993 romantic drama Poetic Justice, in which the rapper starred opposite Janet Jackson.
"Tupac was the guy who I planned to do a lifetime of films with," Singleton said. "His passing deeply affected my life as well as countless people in this world. His life story is as important to my generation."
Shakur, who was killed during a »
- Ben Child
Singleton announced the news on twitter, saying: “The time has come to tell your story. I promise to keep it real and true to your sould. Bigg Js50 Niggaaz/Thug Life.”
The film follows the rapper’s rise to being one of the most popular MCs as well as his increased participation in the East Coast-West Coast Rap rivalry, and his death on September 7, 1996 when he was gunned down on a street corner in Las Vegas, where he died 6 days later. His murder was never solved.
“Tupac was the guy who I planned to do a lifetime of films with,” Singleton said. “His passing deeply affected my life as well as countless people in this world. His life story is as important to my generation.”
There’s still no »
- Laura Frances
1-20 of 49 items from 2014 « Prev | Next »
IMDb.com, Inc. takes no responsibility for the content or accuracy of the above news articles, Tweets, or blog posts. This content is published for the entertainment of our users only. The news articles, Tweets, and blog posts do not represent IMDb's opinions nor can we guarantee that the reporting therein is completely factual. Please visit the source responsible for the item in question to report any concerns you may have regarding content or accuracy.See our NewsDesk partners