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Friday Report: 'Compton' Straight Up Hit

13 August 2015 9:17 PM, PDT | Box Office Mojo | See recent BoxOfficeMojo.com news »

Universal's historic year just keeps on rolling with Straight Outta Compton, which grossed $4,957,000 at late night shows, on its way to a predicted $40M weekend. The well-reviewed bio-pic of the group N.W.A., the ground-breaking rap artists that was fronted by Ice Cube and included now-billionaire and impresario Dr. Dre and the late Easy-e, was in 2,264 theaters. It adds another 493 for a final weekend screen count of 2,757. If it has a little more gas in the box office tank, and it probably does (it sits with an 87% Fresh on Rotten Tomatoes), Compton will be Ice Cube's best opening ever, beating Ride Along ($41.5M last year). Sure he's essentially a producer, but it's part of his amazing, inspiring story, It's also a family affair as Ice Cube's son, O'Shea Jackson, plays his father in the film. Compton would also be the best opening for a musical bio-pic, leaping over the current leaders, »

- Keith Simanton <mail@boxofficemojo.com>

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Box Office: ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Heading to $40 Million-Plus Opening

11 August 2015 5:58 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Straight Outta Compton” is headed straight to the top of the U.S. box office with an opening weekend of more than $40 million in its sights.

That should more than double the opening for Warner Bros.’ spy drama “The Man from U.N.C.L.E.,” which carries plenty of star power with Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander.

The music biopic, focused on the groundbreaking rap group N.W.A, looks likely to keep Universal’s hot streak at the 2015 box office in tact following hits with “Jurassic World,” “Minions,” “Trainwreck,” “Furious 7” and “Fifty Shades of Grey.”

The most conservative estimates for “Straight Outta Compton,” co-financed by Legendary Pictures with a budget of $29 million, have placed the debut in the $25 million to $29 million range. Tracking is strongest among African-American and caucasian male audiences but Phil Contrino, VP and chief analyst at BoxOffice.com, said the movie is showing plenty of traction »

- Dave McNary

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Review: F. Gary Gray’s N.W.A. Gangsta Rap Biopic ‘Straight Outta Compton’

10 August 2015 2:05 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

While autobiographical but ultimately fictional hip-hop films have marked the rags to riches narrative so common in music biopics—Eminem’s “8 Mile,” 50 Cent’s “Get Rich Or Die Trying”—traditional hip-hop biopics have largely eluded the big screen. The Notorious B.I.G. received the unremarkable “Notorious” in 2009, and several projects like a brewing Tupac Shakur drama have been in development for years, but very few music bios centered on rap stars have successfully hit the screen. However, director F. Gary Gray attempts to right this wrong with “Straight Outta Compton,” the overdue melodrama about N.W.A. (Niggas With Attitude), the seminal late ‘80s gangster rap group that changed the landscape of popular music with their controversial and incendiary music that spawned the solo careers of Dr. Dre (and his musical empire), rapper turned actor Ice Cube, and to a lesser extent, Eazy-e. Produced principally by Cube, Dre, and Eazy-e’s widow (the trio that owned the rights. »

- Rodrigo Perez

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'Jessica Jones' Producers Share Details on How Involved Luke Cage Will Be in the Series

31 July 2015 1:51 PM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Cheo Hodari Coker will serve as executive producer and showrunner of the much-anticipated Netflix & Marvel Television series, "Marvel’s Luke Cage."  Coker will also write the first 2 episodes of the series, which will premiere in 2016 on Netflix.  Coker's credits include serving as a co-executive producer on the second season of "Ray Donovan," and was a supervising producer on the critically-acclaimed, 4th season of the drama "SouthLAnd." Coker was a part of the "SouthLAnd" team that earned the show a 2012 Peabody Award. His feature film credits include Fox Searchlight’s Notorious B.I.G. biopic "Notorious," and he authored the book "Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of The Notorious B.I.G." as well.  As we already know, Mike Colter will play the Luke Cage in the series.  Before it premieres, the character will make his debut on the "Jessica...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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Big Sean's Top Classic Rap Tracks

31 July 2015 8:59 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Rapper Big Sean, whose album Dark Sky Paradise is in stores now, took a few moments from his tour with J.Cole, Yg, and Jeremih to share his top classic rap tracks with Us!  “I Got a Story to Tell” by The Notorious B.I.G. “Makes me think of laughing with my homies over crazy situations.”  “Nuthin’ But a ‘G’ Thang” by Dr. Dre “This one’s embedded in my head! I still know it, word for word.”  “I Get Around” by 2Pac “It reminds me of summer, the pool, and barbecues every time I [...] »

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Sean "Diddy" Combs Is Wheelchair Bound After Knee Surgery: See the Pic!

24 July 2015 2:43 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

It's all about the ligaments baby! Sean "Diddy" Combs recently went under the knife so receive surgery on one of his knees. He wrote on Instagram the other day, "#Mood ... Fresh outta knee surgery!!! Been putting it off for 2 years, this s--t hurts like a motherf*cker! Shoutout to my doctor, Dr.Ahluwalia, I hope you did a great job, Lol!!" The rapper is wearing a hoodie of the late great and frequent collaborator Notorious B.I.G., with crutches in his left hand and a refreshing post-surgery beverage in his right. The Grammy winner has been having knee problems for a while, but maybe his accident at this year's Bet awards was the straw that broke the camel's »

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Behold! Hip-Hop album covers and Marvel comics combine

15 July 2015 5:18 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Marvel Comics is preparing to release one of their greatest tributes to hip-hop. The publisher has created covers paying homage to some of the genre’s most revered album covers of all time. Among the many album used for inspiration are classics such as Dr. Dre’s "Chronic," A Tribe Called Quest’s Midnight Marauders, and The Notorious B.I.G.’s "Ready to Die." “For years, Marvel Comics and hip-hop culture have been engaged in an ongoing dialogue,” Marvel Editor-in-Chief Axel Alonso said in a release via The Verge... Read the full story at Radio.com. »

- Jay Tilles - Radio.com

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Diddy, Mase, Lil’ Kim Light Up Stage With Surprise Bet Awards Bad Boy Records Reunion (Video)

28 June 2015 8:17 PM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

In one of the more buzzed-about moments of the 2015 Bet Awards, the stars of Bad Boy Records including label founder Sean “Diddy” Combs, Mase, Lil’ Kim, R&B super-group 112 and rappers The Lox, reunited for an explosive performance. Celebrating 20 years of chart-topping hits, with fallen member Notorious B.I.G. looming over them as large as ever, the ensemble cast dropped song after song, amping up the famous crowd  of onlookers including Rihanna, Kelly Rowland and Ne-Yo. Diddy opened the set with “Can’t Nobody Hold Me Down,” rocking his signature ’90s-style track suit and glasses (it is, after all, twenty years later), with. »

- Matt Donnelly

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Sprite's Adding Rap Lyrics to Soda Cans, and We've Got Some More Ideas

12 June 2015 4:29 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Sprite's coming for you, Coca-Cola!  The soda company, not wanting to be overshadowed by Diet Coke and their super fun "Share a coke with John/Jack/Your bros" cans, decided to do their own little makeover. Today they introduced Obey Your Verse (get it? It's a play on Obey Your Thirst. Clever!). In short, they'll be rolling out 16 limited-edition cans that pay tribute to some of the most iconic rap lyrics—or at least what Sprite considers the most iconic rap lyrics. The four rappers honored with their own set of cans are Drake, Nas, Rakim and Notorious B.I.G. You can see all of the cans here, but expect heavy hitters like "Started from the bottom now we here" and "Lyrically »

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Fetty Wap's Top Summer Tracks

4 June 2015 4:25 AM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Rapper Fetty Wap, 24, shares his favorite songs for summer with Us. “Trap Queen” by Fetty Wap “Because it’s the best song ever.”  “Juicy” by Notorious B.I.G. “When Big says ‘I never thought it would happen, this rapping stuff,’ I really connect with that, plus it’s just a song about celebrating life and living your dreams. That’s where I’m at right now.”  “Bitch Better Have My Money”  by Rihanna “I love Rihanna’s voice on this. And i’m all bout the paper so I feel her!” “Wasted” by Gucci Mane ft. Plies “This is one [...] »

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Diddy Ventures Down Memory Lane, Reminisces About the Notorious B.I.G.

11 May 2015 2:04 PM, PDT | Us Weekly | See recent Us Weekly news »

Eighteen years later, Diddy's still missing The Notorious B.I.G. The hip-hop mogul, 45, took a trip down memory lane on Sunday, May 10, when he stopped by Andy Cohen's Bravo show Watch What Happens Live to promote his new fragrance, 3Am. While he was there, a viewer called in to ask about his friendship with the late Biggie Smalls, who was killed in a drive-by shooting in 1997. Diddy and Biggie (real name: Christopher Wallace) were close pals and collaborators until the latter's death at age 24. "My [...] »

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Luke Cage series gains showrunner and 2016 premiere

31 March 2015 2:36 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Much of the attention from Marvel and Netflix’s upcoming shows has been paid to Daredevil, which premieres on the streaming service in just two weeks, and A.K.A. Jessica Jones, which is currently in production. Now, that focus is starting to shift toward the next show on the horizon: Luke Cage

Marvel has announced that Luke Cage will premiere in 2016 (as expected) and that Ray Donovan, Almost Human and Southland producer Cheo Hodari Coker will serve as executive producer and showrunner and write the first two episodes.

You can read the press release here:

Netflix & Marvel Television announced today that Cheo Hodari Coker will serve as executive producer and showrunner of the anticipated series, Marvel’s Luke Cage. Coker is writing the first two episodes of the series that will premiere in 2016, everywhere that Netflix is available.

Most recently, Coker served as a co-executive producer on the second season of Ray Donovan, »

- James Garcia

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Marvel's 'Luke Cage' Netflix Series Showrunner Announced

31 March 2015 1:06 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Netflix & Marvel Television announced today that Cheo Hodari Coker will serve as executive producer and showrunner of the anticipated series, Marvel's Luke Cage. Coker is writing the first two episodes of the series that will premiere in 2016, everywhere that Netflix is available. It was previously announced that Mike Colter (The Good Wife, American Horror Story: Coven) will play the charismatic lead character, Luke Cage, in the series.

Most recently, Coker served as a co-executive producer on the second season of Ray Donovan, and prior to that was a supervising producer on the critically-acclaimed, fourth season of the drama Southland. Coker was a part of the Southland team that earned the show a 2012 Peabody Award. Coker also garnered a 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing for a Dramatic Series for his work on that show.

Coker's feature film credits include Fox Searchlight's rap biopic Notorious. He authored the book "Unbelievable: The Life, »

- MovieWeb

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And Now, the Muppets Doing "The Humpty Dance"

31 March 2015 12:19 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

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. »

- Maggie-Pehanick

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Cheo Hodari Coker Will Serve as Exec Producer & Showrunner of Marvel’s 'Luke Cage' Series

31 March 2015 11:52 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Netflix & Marvel Television announced today that Cheo Hodari Coker will serve as executive producer and showrunner of the much-anticipated series, "Marvel’s Luke Cage."  Coker will also write the first 2 episodes of the series, which will premiere in 2016 on Netflix.  Coker's credits include serving as a co-executive producer on the second season of "Ray Donovan," and was a supervising producer on the critically-acclaimed, 4th season of the drama "SouthLAnd." Coker was a part of the "SouthLAnd" team that earned the show a 2012 Peabody Award. His feature film credits include Fox Searchlight’s Notorious B.I.G. biopic "Notorious," and he authored the book "Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of The Notorious B.I.G." as well.  Coker started his writing career in journalism and was a staff writer at the Los Angeles Times, and contributed to magazines like Vibe, Rolling...

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- Tambay A. Obenson

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Marvel Announce Showrunner And 2016 Premiere For Luke Cage

31 March 2015 11:14 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

Netflix & Marvel Television announced today that Cheo Hodari Coker will serve as executive producer and showrunner of the anticipated series, Marvel’s Luke Cage. Coker is writing the first two episodes of the series that will premiere in 2016, everywhere that Netflix is available.   Most recently, Coker served as a co-executive producer on the second season of Ray Donovan, and prior to that was a supervising producer on the critically-acclaimed, fourth season of the drama SouthLAnd. Coker was a part of the SouthLAnd team that earned the show a 2012 Peabody Award. Coker also garnered a 2013 NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Writing for a Dramatic Series for his work on that show. Coker’s feature film credits include Fox Searchlight’s rap biopic Notorious. He authored the book Unbelievable: The Life, Death, and Afterlife of The Notorious B.I.G as well. Coker started his writing career in journalism and was a staff writer »

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When Dinosaurs and Notorious B.I.G. Collide, an Epic Mashup Is Born

11 March 2015 1:20 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Here's something you maybe didn't see coming today: a video of Earl Sinclair, patriarch of the Dinosaurs family, singing The Notorious B.I.G.'s "Hypnotize." It's meticulously cut and kind of in the same vein as that time The Muppets sang Biz Markie. It's slightly weirder but totally worth watching if you were a fan of the early '90s series. Good news: there's lots of the baby. Take a look, and check out more viral videos. »

- Maggie-Pehanick

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Watch Dinosaurs' Earl Sinclair Rap to Notorious B.I.G. Because This Is Why the Internet Exists

11 March 2015 10:26 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

When Al Gore invented the Internet, we know he was striving to one day get the human race to this point. And this point is a video of a classic TV character lip-synching to a rap song. Reddit user animalrobot wrote that during holiday from work when his family was out of town he "dedicated three full days" to creating the best mashup video he could possibly think of. Bless animalrobot's brain, because what he came up with was Earl Sinclair, the leading "man" from the TV classic Dinosaurs, rapping like a boss to "Hypnotize" by the late The Notorious B.I.G. At first you might think it's really stupid to waste your time watching this video, but then you realize that the song eerily »

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Rip Notorious B.I.G: Diddy, Kendrick Lamar, Faith Evans & More Celebs Pay Tribute to Late Rapper on Anniversary of His Death

9 March 2015 8:02 PM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

March 9 marks the anniversary of the day that rapper Christopher Wallace, better known as Notorious B.I.G or Biggie Smalls, tragically left us in 1997. Eighteen years ago today, the 24-year-old Brooklyn native was killed in Los Angeles just six months after the death of his West Coast rival Tupac Shakur, and in honor of his legacy, a number of Hollywood's greats have taken to Twitter, Instagram and more to pay tribute to Biggie. His best friend and fellow Bad Boy Sean "Diddy" Combs Instagrammed a number of throwback photos, as well as hosting an event last night in memory of his fallen friend. Meanwhile, Kendrick Lamar spit some bars to remember the rapper, and Biggie's ex-wife and R&B »

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Unfinished Business Flops at the Box Office Big Time

9 March 2015 1:05 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

The numbers are in for Unfinished Business - Moviefone 5 things you should know about Notorious B.I.G. - HuffPost Entertainment How to watch your favorite HBO shows without HBO - Vulture When the girls of Girls hated their characters the most - Hitfix Harry Potter plot holes we're still confused about - Cracked The most important moments from the latest Once Upon a Time - BuddyTV The biggest mother/daughter fights on Gossip Girl - Gossip Girl What you need to know about the brand-new MacBook - Popsugar Tech »

- Marina-Liao

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