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Among the many skills that Sean “Puff Daddy/P. Diddy” Combs has (or has not) displayed over the years, the greatest might be a preternatural ability at self-promotion that borders on self-mythologizing. And with the aid of first-time director Daniel Kaufman, and the extended family and friends around Bad Boy Records, the wildly successful record company Combs founded in 1993, the documentary “Can't Stop, Won't Stop: The Bad Boy Story” — which premiered on Thursday at New York’s Beacon Theatre as part of the Tribeca Film Festival — goes a long way toward sealing that myth.
While the story of Combs and the label is compelling — fatherless kid rises up from the streets and founds company that leads him to become one of the greatest black entrepreneurs in history, overcoming adversity and tragedy along the way — the fact that the filmmakers didn’t really have much to work with beyond »
- Jem Aswad
“Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives,” the documentary that opened the Tribeca Film Festival tonight, is an example of how a movie can be flagrantly hagiographic, sentimental, and hypnotized by its own subject — and still make you want to keep watching it. Davis, the fabled record-company executive who shepherded the careers of artists from Janis Joplin to Bruce Springsteen to Barry Manilow to Patti Smith to Whitney Houston to Alicia Keys, is a figure who has spent nearly as much time burnishing his legend as living it. “The Soundtrack of Our Lives” is the World According to Clive: It presents its subject, with almost no qualification, as the mensch with the golden ears, a man who discovered one artist after another, nurtured them and lived for them, and always knew just what was right for them. It is, no doubt, an overly simple story that adds up to a »
- Owen Gleiberman
There have been many great “record men” since the advent of what we now know as popular music, but there’s only one Clive Davis.
His story has been told many times, not least in the documentary, “Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives,” which was directed by Chris Perkel and premieres at Radio City Music Hall as part of the Tribeca Film Festival Wednesday night. Davis, now 85, began his career as an attorney and was hired by Columbia Records, a client of the firm for which he worked, in 1960. He rose through the ranks and was appointed president of the label in 1967, and shortly afterward experienced an epiphany at the Monterey Pop Festival (the 50th anniversary of which is coming up in June), coming away with not just a vision of the burgeoning rock revolution, but also a contract for Janis Joplin. In the half century since then — at Columbia, »
- Jem Aswad
“It’s up to us to restore the Baywatch brand!”
If you’ve seen the latest trailer for Paramount and Seth Gordon’s sun-kissed reboot, you’ll no doubt remember the moment in which Mitch Buchannon’s (Dwayne Johnson) superior outlines a mission to course-correct his company’s public image – a strategy that involves recruiting cocksure lifeguard Matt Brody (Zac Efron) – but it’s that tongue-in-cheek line that really applies to the package as a whole.
In order to modernize Baywatch for a 2017 audience, the Powers That Be have ditched the fist-pumping power ballads and cheesy drama in favor of a balls-to-the-wall action movie that takes more than a few cues from Sony’s wildly popular Jump Street series. From a soundtrack featuring Notorious B.I.G. to the film’s R rating, the Baywatch of 2017 is a far cry from the original TV series, and that’s a change in tact »
- Michael Briers
“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.”
- Amie Cranswick
Trailers and images of the new Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me have been slowly picking up steam this week. Today a new trailer has been released and it’s probably the best one yet. The film will detail the life and death of the legendary rapper and actor from the time he was born all the way up until his tragic death in 1996 which happened by way of a drive by shooting in Las Vegas. The latest trailer (below) shows the friendship between Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. Jamal “Gravy” Woolard, who is reprising his Notorious B.I.G. role, will
- Nat Berman
In the clip, Tupac's (portrayed by Demetrius Shipp, Jr.) early life and ideals are highlighted with words from his activist stepfather Mutulu Shakur,(portrayed by Jamie Hector) who advises, "You must stand for something. You must live for something, and you must be willing to die for something."
Directed by music video veteran Benny Boom, the film traces Tupac’s life from the beginning. Demetrius Shipp Jr. stars as Tupac on his journey from the scion of Black Panther activists to an artist with revolutionary aspirations to an embattled superstar losing his way.
- Christian Holub
Shakur was killed in 1996 at the age of 25. The trailer starts with Demetrius Shipp, Jr.’s Shakur being introduced prior to a performance, then cuts to his revolutionary stepfather Mutulu Shakur (portrayed by Jamie Hector) saying, “You must stand for something. You must live for something and you must be willing to die for something.”
A record executive tells him, “We love your music, Tupac. You paint a picture for the listener that’s not always pretty, but it’s real.”
- Dave McNary
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
With the June 16 release date just a few months away, CodeBlack Entertainment has debuted a new trailer for the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez on Me. This sneak peek comes just one day before the late rapper will be inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Cleveland, Ohio. This biopic has certainly had its ups and downs through the development process, but the final product could end up being one of the most talked-about movies of the year, centering on the iconic rapper, who would have turned 46 years old on the exact day this biopic will be released.
We first reported on this Tupac biopic way back in 2011, when Antoine Fuqua (The Magnificent Seven) signed on to direct, but he eventually parted ways with the project. John Singleton (Boyz n the Hood) signed on to direct in 2014, but he left a year later, with Carl Franklin (Out of Time »
The wife of the late Notorious B.I.G., Faith Evans, works a new take on Biggie’s classic “Ten Crack Commandments” into a whole new song, “Ten Wife Commandments”. The new track will be on Evans’ new R&B duet album with her late husband, “The King and I”. Related: Diddy Plans Social Media Campaign For The Late Notorious B.I.G. […] »
- Aynslee Darmon
The Notorious B.I.G. was shot to death 20 years ago on March 9, 1997. The rapper’s murder will be forever linked with that of his peer Tupac Shakur, though the pair are just in a long line of musicians who’ve shuffled off the mortal coil under less-than-clear circumstances. Even if the ink has dried on the official paperwork, rumors still abound about …
Sam Cooke (1964)
Possibly the greatest “pure” soul singer in American history, Cooke’s career was on the rise after a string of hits when he was shot to death in a seedy L.A. motel, allegedly by the hotel’s manager in self-defense. »
- Alex Heigl
Though it’s still in search of an official title at the time of writing – Unsolved: The Murders of Biggie and Tupac is the current working one – USA Network’s true-life crime drama Unsolved is beginning to beef up its ensemble cast.
Four weeks ago, we brought you the news that Josh Duhamel (Transformers: The Last Knight), Bokeem Woodbine (Spider-Man: Homecoming) and Westworld‘s Jimmi Simpson had all signed on, and now, Deadline is reporting that the network has added another three: Luke James, Aisha Hinds and Letoya Luckett (Ballers).
From today’s report, it’s understood James has closed a deal to play Sean “Puffy” Combs (Aka Puff Diddy), the “young and wildly successful founder of Bad Boy Records, the label of Christopher Wallace.” Hinds, meanwhile, has climbed aboard to play the coveted part of Wallace’s grieving mother, Voletta Wallace, who became a vocal campaigner for justice »
- Michael Briers
USA Network has found its Sean "Puffy" Combs.
Luke James (The New Edition Story) has been cast as the famed rapper and mogul in the cabler's drama pilot Unsolved: The Murders of Biggie and Tupac (working title), The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Aisha Hinds (Underground) and LeToya Luckett (Ballers) also have signed on for the project.
The scripted true crime serial centers on the major police investigations into the murders of rap stars Tupac Shakur and Biggie Smalls (real name Christopher Wallace). Combs famously formed Bad Boy Records, to which Biggie was signed, and was also his best friend.
- Kate Stanhope
Chuck Berry’s Chuck, his first album in 38 years, will come out this year. It’s hard to say whether Berry recorded it — with his longtime backing band — knowing that his remaining time was limited, but he did include a dedication to his wife Themetta in the album’s release statement: “My darlin’, I’m growing old! I’ve worked on this record for a long time. Now I can hang up my shoes!”
However the record turns out, it will be impossible to listen to it without Berry’s death coloring how we enjoy the music. Given that the »
- Alex Heigl
A+E Networks is reviving one of the programming franchises that built the company into a cable powerhouse: “Biography.”
The series that once defined A&E Network will be revived starting in the spring as a recurring program tied to current headlines, milestone anniversaries and newly unearthed material about famous names.
The new-model “Biography” will air in various formats, from multi-part series to two-hour specials. The installments will primarily air on A&E Network but some will run on History and Lifetime as warranted by the subject matter. As part of the revival, A+E’s existing Bio.com digital content hub will receive a major overhaul, adding more video content and resources to coincide with new installments.
Among the docu productions ordered for the relaunch is a six-hour series examing the life and death of Tupac Shakur, a two-hour take on the murder of rapper Notorious B.I.G. (aka Christopher Wallace), and a four-hour look at the »
- Cynthia Littleton
Thursday marked two decades since the death of The Notorious B.I.G., so, naturally, Atlanta’s “Action News” paid tribute by sneaking the rapper’s lyrics into its telecast. “And if you don’t know, now you know,” Wsb-tv anchor Fred Blankenship said to kick things off before traffic reporter Mark Arum said, “I know you thought birthdays were the worst days but Thursdays might be the worse day.” The on-air duo would go on to sneak several other Biggie Smalls references into the newscast to pay tribute to the late rapper. Also Read: Diddy Honors 20th Anniversary of Biggie Smalls' »
- Brian Flood
[[tmz:video id="0_4v6l8vbx"]] Notorious B.I.G. was reppin' for Brooklyn again Thursday -- but this time in Congress! Rep. Hakeem Jeffries had the floor on the 20th anniversary of Biggie's death, and the distinguished gentleman from Brooklyn didn't disappoint. Guess healthcare reform can wait. Best. C-span. Moment. Ever. Read more »
- TMZ Staff
Just paid tribute to late/great #BiggieSmalls on House flr. Gone but never forgotten. #WhereBrooklynAt @OmariHardwick @diddy @MichaelSkolnik pic.twitter.com/2QaXOkmJdp
— Hakeem Jeffries (@RepJeffries) March 10, 2017
Democratic Rep. Hakeem Jeffries (N.Y.) paid tribute to legendary rapper Notorious B.I.G., on the 20th anniversary of the musician’s death.
On Thursday, the Brooklyn native recited the lyrics of the classic 1194 song “Juicy” alongside a printed portrait of Biggie Smalls on the House Floor.
“It was all a dream, I used to read Word Up! magazine / Salt-n-Pepa and Heavy D up in the limousine / Hangin’ pictures on my wall / Every Saturday Rap Attack, »
- Karen Mizoguchi
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