11 items from 2015
"Juice" was Ernest Dickerson's feature film directorial debut, released in 1992; he also co-wrote the script with Gerard Brown. After being behind Spike Lee's camera, as cinematographer on just about all his film's up until that point, with "Juice" Dickerson had seemingly arrived as a director at the front of what was then (early 1990s) an exciting new wave of black filmmakers who would go on to make hay over the following years. It was also the film that introduced Omar Epps and Tupac Shakur (who was, at the time, an *unknown* as a roadie and dancer for Digital Underground) - both in breakout performances, joined in front of the camera by Jermaine »
- Tambay A. Obenson
You've probably been hearing a lot about a little movie called Dope lately, especially as it gears up to hit theaters this weekend. But one thing that's not being talked about as much as it should is the unbelievably dope soundtrack that comes along with the film. And if you're any kind of fan of '90s hip-hop, then let us introduce you to your favorite movie soundtrack of the summer. We're talking Naughty By Nature, A Tribe Called Quest, Public Enemy, Digital Underground, and Nas -- not to mention four brand-new songs written by Pharrell Williams and performed by the fictional band in the movie, Awreeoh (pronounced "Oreo"). Go ahead and get yourself some of this... What is Dope? The best way to describe Dope is to envision...
- Erik Davis
Photo: Open Road Films Of all the films coming out this over the course of the summer, Dope is easily one of my most anticipated. Following a trio of nerdy, '90s hip-hop obsessed high schoolers growing up in a tough Los Angeles neighborhood, Dope was widely praised at Sundance, and distributor Open Road seems quite confident in Rick Famuyiwa's coming-of-age comedy-drama, which ups my interest even more. The studio is devoting quite a bit of attention to the film, releasing numerous trailers and clips online, as well as several TV spots to try to ramp up anticipation ahead of Dope's wide release on June 19. Now Open Road has debuted character posters for the film's main players, including Shameik Moore, Kiersey Clemons, Tony Revolori, Zoe Kravitz, A$AP Rocky, Chanel Iman and Blake Anderson, all of which you can check out below (via Fandango). I personally think they're pretty cool, »
- Jordan Benesh
" 'Dope' is both intelligent and crowd-pleasing, and its vintage soundtrack will attract a wider crowd beyond an indie audience," Rodrigo Perez wrote in his review of the movie out of the Sundance Film Festival. Today, the details for the Pharrell Wliliams curated soundtrack have arrived, and yes, these are perfect for a summer playlist, especially for hip hop heads. Read More: Watch: First Clip From Sundance Sensation 'Dope' The soundtrack is packed with classic tunes from hip hop's golden era, with tracks from Digital Underground, Naughty By Nature, A Tribe Called Quest, Nas, Public Enemy, Digable Planets, plus a couple of new school jams. Also featured are Awreeoh, the band made up by the characters in the film played by Shameik Moore, Tony Revolori, and Kiersey Clemons. All told, this is one dope (sorry, but not really) collection of tunes. "Dope" opens on June 19th with »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Billy Joel and his girlfriend, Alexis Roderick, are expecting a girl! Alexis is set to give birth to their first child together this Summer, a rep for Billy confirmed to People. The "Piano Man" singer, 65, and the risk assessment officer, 33, reportedly started dating in 2009 following Billy's split from his third wife, television food critic Katie Lee. Billy is father to Alexa Ray Joel, 29, his daughter with ex-wife Christie Brinkley. Congratulations on your new chapter, Billy and Alexis! »
Billy Joel and Alexis Roderick are expecting their first child together. The 'Piano Man' hitmaker, who already has 29-year-old daughter Alexa Ray Joel with supermodel ex-wife Christie Brinkley, is reportedly ''thrilled'' that his long-term girlfriend, 33, is pregnant. A spokesperson for the 65-year-old star confirmed the news, and a source close to the couple told People.com: ''Billy is thrilled to become a dad again.'' The duo plan to keep further details about their unborn baby under-wraps until after the birth. The singer started dating former banker Alexis in 2009 and rumours began swirling that they got engaged earlier this year. A source told Star magazine in February: ''They're looking at a summer wedding. He's happier than ever.'' The musician presented Alexis with a diamond ring more than two years ago, but is said to have only asked her to marry him recently. The insider added: ''That ring »
There's something about characters from our childhoods rapping to sick beats that is so entertaining. A few weeks ago, someone made a Dinosaurs-Notorious B.I.G. mashup, and now, courtesy of YouTube user isthishowyougoviral, the Muppets have taken on Digital Underground's 1990 hit, "The Humpty Dance." It's the same person who brought us the Muppets singing Beastie Boys and Rowlf's version of Biz Markie, so you know it's good. »
Best. Bff. Battle. Ever. Before we say goodbye to Abbi and Ilana in tonight's season finale of Broad City (Boo! Hiss!), we're sharing a special treat (no, not weed brownies, though that would make the duo proud!) with y'all: an exclusive first look at the show's co-creators and stars Abbi Jacobson and Ilana Glazer facing off and lip-syncing for their lives on Spike's new game show Lip Sync Battle, premiering April 2. While Abbi takes on Digital Underground's "Humpty Dance," rapping about how she "once got busy in a Burger King bathroom," a line which could easily make for a great Broad City storyline, Ilana decides to go with "It's Raining Men" by The Weather Girls. »
Ever wish The Voice‘s Blind Auditions were shown in strict chronological order?
Ok, sure, a straightforward just-the-facts edit might rob producers of the ability to create narrative ebb and flow over the course of two-hour episodes, but there’d be undeniable advantages, too.
RelatedAmerican Idol Ep Talks Season 14: Powerhouse Mentoring, New Song Mix and Battle-Tested Contestants
Take tonight’s installment, in which soul-stirring blues rocker Kimberly Nichole managed to turn only two chairs, while significantly less-promising vocalists got three or four coaches vying for their affections.
Chris Soules is The Bachelor! After a bittersweet exit from Andi Dorfman's season of The Bachelorette, the farmer from Arlington, Iowa, is searching for love once again on ABC's hit franchise. Chris, 33, will be blogging for People.com every week about the women, the dates and the difficult decisions he'll make on his journey to love. So check back every week, and follow Chris on Twitter.Getting ready for the rose ceremony in Deadwood was tough because I was pretty sure I knew who I was going to send home, but I did want to spend more time with »
- Chris Soules, @c_soules
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U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will join others in presenting New York’s favorite keyboardist with his prize. »
- Tony Maglio
11 items from 2015
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