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Bow Wow -- Owes the IRS a Lil Money

27 November 2011 9:36 AM, PST | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Bow Wow is all grown up now, but just because he's a lil older ... doesn't mean he's learned how to pay off Uncle Sam -- he owes almost six figures in back taxes, this according to court documents. A tax lien filed in Florida by the federal government says the rapper, real name Shad Gregory Moss, owes the government $91,105.61 for unpaid taxes from the year 2006. A pair of magical sneakers won't solve this problem.Calls »

- TMZ Staff

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Michael Jackson Biopic Will Remember The Time When We Fell In Love With Him

16 November 2011 10:38 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

To answer your first question, no, Johnny Depp has already ruled himself out of casting a few years ago, but a Michael Jackson biopic is imminent.

Variety is moonwalking to the news that John Branca, executor of Jackson's estate, has reached out to Ivan Reitman and Tom Pollock's Montecito Picture Company to bring the King of Pop's story to the silver screen. The article states the movie would "only cover certain periods of the late singer's life," which is shorthand meaning the focus would be more on the salad days of The Jackson 5 and "Thriller" and less on what Dave Chappelle termed the "white ghoulish-like creature" period.

Montecito Picture Company is best known for bringing Todd Phillips to the world with "Road Trip" and "Old School," while Ivan Reitman is the director behind such comedy classics as "Ghostbusters" and "Twins." They've hit a more prestigious groove in recent »

- Max Evry

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Miles Davis biopic to be directed by George Tillman Jr

10 November 2011 5:09 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The man behind Biggie Smalls film Notorious to helm picture based on Dark Magus, a book by Davis's eldest son, Gregory

A biopic of jazz legend Miles Davis looks set to go into production after it was annouced that director George Tillman Jr has signed up to the project.

Currently titled Miles Davis, the film will draw on the book Dark Magus: The Jekyll and Hyde Life of Miles Davis by Davis's eldest son, Gregory Davis, and will be able to use Davis's music in its score.

Davis's turbulent life, which included a string of seminal albums as well as drug and alcohol addictions and relentless womanising, is natural fodder for a movie adaptation. The actor Don Cheadle has been developing his own project for a number of years in conjunction with another of Davis's sons, Erin, but now looks to have been beaten to the wire.

Tillman recently directed Notorious, »

- Andrew Pulver

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Justin Bieber Isn't the Only Musician to Deal With (Alleged) Baby Mama Drama

2 November 2011 11:46 AM, PDT | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

Though his camp has categorically denied it, Justin Bieber is in the midst of one of those music industry rites of passage that just about every young male star goes through at some point.

No, not the voice change. No, not the fake death story and not the obligatory moving violation in a pimped-out Batmobile.

The singer is currently battling allegations that he fathered a child with a fan, courtesy of a 20-year-old California woman who has filed suit and demanded a paternity test and support for her three-month-old child. Bieber, of course, is not the first star to face this kind of (alleged) baby mama drama. It's happened to such old schoolers as Mick Jagger, James Brown, Sammy Hagar, Tom Jones and Screamin' Jay Hawkins and comedian/singer Eddie Murphy (who admitted to fathering a secret child with former Spice Girl Mel B).

But who has been under the paternity microscope recently? »

- Gil Kaufman

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Who is Cam Newton's Girlfriend - Report Claims He's Dating Ciara

18 October 2011 3:58 PM, PDT | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Who is Cam Newton's new girlfriend? The rookie quarterback of the Carolina Panthers has stunned many NFL experts with his furiously fast start on the football field and now the former Auburn Tigers player is said to have quickly developed a relationship off the field with Ciara. She is pictured above and her full name is Ciara Princess Harris and the Texas beauty has other A-list hook ups as she once dated rapper Bow Wow and in May of 2011, Ciara confirmed a relationship with NBA basketball player Amar'e Stoudemire. The report that she is dating Cam Newton comes from Media Take Out. See more details here. Will it get serious? She told Ok! Magazine earlier this year: “I love kids, and I can’t wait for that moment, but it’s all about timing – and the right timing. I’ve always kept that in my mind, and that motivates me »

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New Release: The Family Tree DVD and Blu-ray

13 October 2011 2:50 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Release Date: Nov. 22, 2011

Price: DVD $24.98, Blu-ray $29.98

Studio: Entertainment One

A dysfunction quartet takes a breather in The Family Tree.

A bizarre accident leaves a desperate housewife with a case of amnesia and a family that turns their dysfunctional setting up to “11″ in the 2011 independent comedy film The Family Tree.

The housewife who sets the story into motion is Serenity, Ohio’s Bunny Burnett (Hope Davis, TV’s Mildred Pierce), and her family  includes husband Jack (Dermot Mulroney, Jolene) and their twin 17-year-olds Eric (Max Theriot, Chloe) and Kelly (Britt Robertson, Scream 4). One wouldn’t think that Bunny’s amnesiac condition couldn’t make things any better — the family’s “problems” include a stew of past relationships, kids with guns, suicidal teachers, a very zealous religious club, misinterpreted advances, corporate down-sizing and one very tricky mother-in-law — but, somehow, her loss of memory does wonders for everyone!

The first film directed by Vivi Friedman, »

- Laurence

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Chris Brown & Bow Wow -- $5,000 Stripper Tippers

12 October 2011 5:00 AM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Chris Brown and Bow Wow don't take their hard-earned money for granted -- and to prove just how seriously they take their finances ... the rappers dropped $5,000 a pop on Multiple strippers last week. Bow and Breezy let loose at the King of Diamonds strip club in Miami last Wednesday -- the largest strip club on the planet -- buying untold bottles of booze for their entourage ... and lining the floor with singles. Sources at the club tell TMZ, »

- TMZ Staff

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Smooth Hits of the '80s Make 'Dirty Girl' Soundtrack Memorable

2 October 2011 3:00 PM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

There are a few things you need to get right if you're going to make a movie set in the '80s: the fashion, the lingo and, without question, the music.

Every classic "Hey, weren't the '80s wacky?" film has leaned heavily on its soundtrack, and the folks behind the upcoming indie flick and Toronto Film Festival favorite "Dirty Girl" have apparently been taking notes. The soundtrack to the movie is stocked with pop cheese that will set off pastel-hued flashbacks in nostalgia buffs and entertain anyone who's into the whole yacht-rock revival that seems to be going on these days.

The first thing you'll notice about the "Dirty Girl" soundtrack, however, is how heavy it leans on a relatively obscure pop singer named Melissa Manchester. A favorite of one of the movie's central characters, Manchester lands five of the album's 14 tracks, including her best-known song, the 1982 No. 5 hit »

- Adam Swiderski

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Jay-z, Lil Wayne, Mos Def...Which Rapper Is Changing His Name?!

8 September 2011 3:30 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Names are like suits, apparently: You can take off the one you're wearing and try another one on for size. Hey, it worked for Sean Combs, multiple times. And people continued to love Prince even when he temporarily changed his name to something unpronounceable. So, why not change one's name after years of success being called something else?! A very successful rapper is ditching his moniker, but not just for kicks. So, who's joining the ranks of appellation-swappers like Diddy, the Lil-dropping Romeo and Bow Wow and...Cat Stevens? Mos Def is mos definitely retiring his name. But not back to plain ole Dante Smith, the name the rapper-actor was given at birth. Starting in 2012, he will »

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The Family Tree – The Review

2 September 2011 3:02 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

This indie black comedy certainly kept me on my toes! The Family Tree is a twisted glimpse into the lives of a not so twisted family.

Jack Burnett (Dermot Mulroney) and his wife Bunnie (Hope Davis) are burnt out. They are unhappy in their marriage, find little thrill in life, and seem to have settled on their daily routine. What’s worse, is that this has affected their children.

Eric Burnett (Max Thieriot) is obsessed with religion, and shooting guns. His pastor, Reverend Diggs (Keith Carradine), has been his inspiration, teaching him how to shoot. And even giving him guns as gifts. Did I mention that Reverend Diggs is also quite the pot smoker? As for Kelly Burnett (Brittany Roberts), she is a good girl pretending to be bad. She has given herself a bad reputation, when in reality she’s a good girl.

Luck strikes this family (since therapy obviously didn’t work! »

- Melissa Howland

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DVD: DVD: DVDs In Brief: August 31, 2011

30 August 2011 10:00 PM, PDT | | See recent The AV Club news »

The innate charm of the artist formerly known as Lil’ Bow Wow is wasted as he plays one of Tyler Perry’s signature saintly strivers in Madea’s Big Happy Family (Lionsgate). Bow Wow leads a sprawling ensemble cast as a man torn between the street life and the godly path, but the film fails to distinguish itself from previous Perry efforts, beyond a pervasive looseness that suggests even Perry is tiring of his shtick… The winner of last year’s Best Foreign Language Oscar, Susanne Bier’s In A Better World (Sony) extrapolates from an incident of schoolboy violence »

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Madea's Big Happy Family

29 August 2011 9:09 PM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Starring: Tyler Perry, Loretta Devine, Bow Wow

Director: Tyler Perry

The Scoop: Perry has made an art-form of the "guy dressing up as a fat woman" film subgenre and his latest installment in the ongoing adventures of his signature character, Madea, doesn't deviate. It does, however, feature a typically eclectic Perry cast, including the legendary Devine and hip hop musician-turned-actor Bow Wow. We'll say this about Perry: the guy knows what his audience wants.

Special Features: Featurettes

Rated PG-13, 96 min. | Watch the trailer »

- NextMovie Staff

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[Review] The Family Tree

28 August 2011 1:42 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It’s times like this that make one rue the day American Beauty made it big. While it introduced millions to the beautiful style of Sam Mendes and cemented both Kevin Spacey and Chris Cooper as two of the more talented thespians around town (not to mention reviving Annette Bening’s career), it also opened the door for more than a decade’s worth of satirical suburban dark comedy-retreads, The Family Tree not discounted.

And though it starts dark (and funny) enough – with a mysterious tree-top peeping tom slipping from his perch and accidentally hanging himself by binocular strap – Vivi Friedman‘s film never finds a balance between comedy and drama, populating the plot with far too many characters and far too little depth.

The film stars Dermot Mulroney, Hope Davis, Brittany Robertson and Max Thieriot as the Burnett family, a sad-sack group of people whose lives are made better when Bunnie, »

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The Top 40 Musicians-Turned-Actors

24 August 2011 7:00 AM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Ever since Bing Crosby starred in the 1930 film "King of Jazz," countless musicians have tried, with varying degrees of success, to parlay their musical ability into a side career in film.

The following list -- dug up in honor of this Sunday's Video Music Awards on MTV -- is proof that not all musicians are created equal when it comes to their acting abilities.

For every Mariah Carey in "Precious," you can find a Mariah Carey in "Glitter," but these 40 artists have shown that they can, at least some of the time, create memorable roles and transcend their musical careers. Sometimes, they even win Oscars.

40. Madonna

During the nascent years of MTV, no female artist had more influence visually than the Material Girl, whose mix of eye-popping fantasy and gritty urban realism videos continue to influence a generation of vocalists. Despite a Best Actress Golden Globe for 1996's "Evita," the »

- Jason Newman

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From Breaking Grammys To Crashing Cars: Our Favorite Stories From This Week's 'When I Was 17'

22 August 2011 8:33 AM, PDT | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

You know, when we were 17 our lives consisted of school, never-ending phone convos and the occasional unsupervised party. We were living it up, or so we thought until we watched the season premiere of "When I Was 17" on MTV this Saturday featuring Bow Wow, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Colbie Caillat. From breaking Grammy Awards to crashing cars, each star shared outrageous stories from their teen years that totally put our own ones to shame. But which star's teen tales were the most memorable? Keep reading below to find out our top three favorites below.

3. Bow Wow Fails His License Test...Three Times!: Most teens can't wait to get behind the wheel, but few look forward to the driver's license exam they have to take to get there. Bow Wow was no different. At 17 he was already a star, and more than ready for his first set of keys. Unfortunately, he failed his driver's license exam. »

- nuzhatnaoreen

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The Family Tree (2010) Red Band Movie Trailer: Vivi Friedman

20 August 2011 3:17 PM, PDT | Film-Book | See recent Film-Book news »

The Family Tree Red Band Trailer. Vivi Friedman‘s The Family Tree (2010) red band movie trailer stars Christina HendricksDermot Mulroney, Gabrielle Anwar, Hope Davis, and Jane SeymourThe Family Tree‘s plot synopsis: “Life in suburban Serenity, Ohio is never quite as serene as it appears. The dysfunctional Burnett family – Bunnie (Hope Davis), Jack (Dermot Mulroney) and their twin 17 year olds Eric (Max Thieriot) and Kelly (Brittany Robertson) – seems like a lost cause. When a freak accident leaves Bunnie with a case of amnesia, the Burnetts get an unexpected second chance at happiness.

Meanwhile, next door neighbor Simon (Chi McBride) is relieved that his tryst gone wrong with Bunnie remains undetected, at least for the moment. Before long, a slew of past relationships, kids with guns, a suicidal teacher, a very zealous religious club, misinterpreted advances, corporate down-sizing, and one fateful squirrel combine to create enough mayhem to test the resolve, »

- Paul Clemens

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Not-so-lucky Lottery Ticket Co-star Arrested

19 August 2011 3:56 PM, PDT | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Actress Teairra Mari was arrested in Los Angeles on Friday morning for allegedly attacking a police officer.

The pretty star, who appeared opposite rapper Bow Wow in last year's Lottery Ticket film, lashed out while she was being arrested for a DUI, according to

The officer noticed "signs of intoxication" as he quizzed the 23 year old after she had rear-ended a car on her way home from a night out.

The police report suggests Mari became "combative" with the arresting officer, who suffered a minor cut to his hand during the incident.

Mari now faces multiple charges, including DUI and assault on a police officer.

At press time the actress was still in police custody. »

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'Lottery Ticket' Hot Chick -- Accused of Attacking a Cop

19 August 2011 12:30 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Teairra Mari -- the hot chick who appeared with Bow Wow in the 2010 movie "Lottery Ticket" --  is accused of doing the One thing you should never do after getting arrested for DUI ... attacking a cop. Law enforcement sources tell us the 23-year-old actress/singer was driving a silver Infiniti through Beverly Hills around 3:00 Am, when she rear-ended the car in front of her. Police at the accident scene observed "signs of intoxication" from »

- TMZ Staff

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Kendall Jenner, Justin Bieber to double-date? Just call him Yente

10 August 2011 8:33 AM, PDT | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Kendall Jenner, the 15-year-old eldest daughter of Bruce and Kris Jenner and one of the many stars of "Keeping Up with the Kardashians," may just have been set up on a blind date by none other than teen sensation pop star Justin Bieber.

Bieber tweeted at Kendall Tuesday (Aug. 9), "Hey @Kendalljenner you should let my boy @iamjulkeyz take you on a date ;)."

Kendall responded, "Only if you & @selenagomez join! :) #DoubleDate Rt @justinbieber."

And this mysterious IamJulkeyz says, "@justinbieber yeah, i wouldn't mind that" and "@kendalljenner are you choosing the restaurant? #doubledate."

Who is this IamJulkeyz? He is Julian Swirsky, who bills himself as a writer/producer Produced For: Soulja Boy, Sean Kingston, Justin Bieber, Bow Wow and Nicole Scherzinger.

Kendall and younger sister Kylie are the only two full children from Bruce and Kris, though they have numerous older half-siblings - Kourtney Kardashian, Kim Kardashian, Khloé Kardashian, Rob Kardashian, »


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Soulja Boy Buys $55 Million Birthday Jet for Himself: Report

29 July 2011 4:35 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

It looks like this Soulja Boy report just isn't flying. In honor of his birthday, Soulja Boy was said to have dug $55 million deep in his pockets for a new private jet. This is according to a member of his management team who spoke to TMZ. The "Crank That (Soulja Boy)" and "Turn My Swag On" rapper, born DeAndre Cortez Way, who turned 21 on Thursday, reportedly spent $35 million on the actual Gulfstream G5 jet and is dropping another $20 million on upgrades. The Pimp My Ride-worthy improvements were said to include custom Italian leather seats, flat screen TVs, four liquor bars, »

- Alison Schwartz

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