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Hip-hop fans are hoping “All Eyez on Me,” the upcoming film about rapper Tupac Shakur’s life, will go where the N.W.A. biopic “Straight Outta Compton” was unable to, and crack the Academy’s nomination committee. (After widespread critical acclaim, 2015’s “Compton” secured a single nomination for best original screenplay.) Read: “4 Fabulous Ensemble Casts That Elevated Studio Films in 2015” Starring newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. as the West Coast rapper who was gunned down in 1996 at the height of a wildly successful career, the trailer touches on the artist’s popularity, his run-ins with law enforcement, and alludes to his eventual demise. Danai Gurira (“The Walking Dead”), playing his mother, Afeni Shakur, narrates the first look at the anticipated film. “Like all black men, you have a bullseye on your back,” she says between echoing lyrics from “Ambitionz Az a Ridah,” released on his fifth album the same year 2pac was killed. »
In celebration of the late rapper’s birthday, Morgan Creek Productions revealed the first official teaser trailer for November’s Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez On Me. Despite only being a minute long, the teaser gives viewers both a glimpse at newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr. as 2Pac and Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) as his mother, Afeni Shakur. See it here…
2Pac, who has sold over 75 million records worldwide and earned his spot in history as one of the greatest musical artists of all time, would have been 45 years old if he were alive today. Unfortunately, he was killed in a September 1996 drive-by shooting, a murder that remains unsolved to this day.
Some of Shakur’s most well-known and widely acclaimed songs include “California Love,” “Changes,” “Only God Can Judge Me,” “Hit Em Up” and “Dear Mama.”
- Justin Cook
If he had not been killed in a Las Vegas drive-by shooting in 1996, iconic rapper/actor Tupac Shakur would be celebrating his 45th birthday today, June 16. In honor of his birthday, the first teaser trailer has been released for All Eyez on Me, the upcoming Tupac biopic set to hit theaters on November 11. This footage gives us our first look at Demetrius Shipp Jr., who makes his feature film debut portraying Tupac Shakur. And man, you might believe Tupac himself has been resurrected!
All Eyez On Me centers on the life of the charismatic yet controversial artist. Rapper, poet, actor and political activist, Tupac shot to fame with 2Pacalypse Now, lauded for its seminal underground vibe and still an inspiration for major artists today. Tupac's politically charged lyrics, inspired by his parents' activism as Black Panthers in the 60s & early 70s, condemned governmental intrusion in black communities. Tupac's increased participation in the East Coast-West Coast Rap rivalry became well documented and avidly followed by his fans. The trailer debuted on radio personality Big Boy's Neighborhood's Instagram.
On September 7, 1996 he was gunned down on a street corner in Las Vegas, where he died 6 days later. His murder was never solved. The supporting cast includes Danai Gurira as Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur, Katerina Graham as actress Jada Pinkett Smith, who grew up with Tupac in Baltimore, Lauren Cohan as Leila Steinberg, Annie Ilonzeh as Kidada Jones, Dominic L. Santana as Death Row Records founder Suge Knight and Jamal Woolard as Notorious B.I.G. The movie will hit theaters November 11, going up against Universal's Almost Christmas, Sony's Billy Lynn's Long Halftime Walk, 20th Century Fox's Rules Don't Apply and EuropaCorp's Shut In.
Benny Boom (Next Day Air) signed on to direct last year, with production forced to get away quickly. If filming hadn't started by the end of 2015, the production company Morgan Creek would lose Tupac Shakur's music rights, which will revert back to his mother, Afeni Shakur. Principal photography got started at the end of December, with Afeni Shakur herself on board as executive producer.
Afeni Shakur was a political activist and an active member of the Black Panther party, who raised her son to be an avid reader and a political mind that influenced his rap music. This past May, Afeni Shakur passed away at the age of 69, unable to see the film completed and in theaters. With this September marking the 20th anniversary of Tupac's death, we'll have to wait and see if this biopic has any plans to honor his life, alongside his mother's, this fall. In related news, Big Boy's Neighborhood reveals that Sprite will continue their "Obey Your Verse" campaign with cans that will feature lyrics from Tupac Shakur. While we wait for more on this biopic, take a look at the first trailer for All Eyez On Me below. »
Tupac Shakur would have been 45-years old today if the legendary rapper hadn't been gunned down in Las Vegas in September 1996. To celebrate the ‘California Love’ artist’s birthday, the Benny Boom directed and long- in-the-making biopic All Eyez On Me dropped its first teaser today. Just 1-minute long, the first look pulls no punches with Tupac’s mother’s voice heard warning him "like all black men, you have a bullseye on your back.” The Danai Gurira played Afeni Shakur… »
The minute-long teaser includes footage of star Demetrius Shipp, Jr.’s Shakur performing on stage and being arrested by the police and the FBI. A voiceover by his mother Afeni Shakur (played by Danai Gurira) tells him, “Like all black men, you have a bullseye on your back. They are going to give you the tools you need to destroy yourself.”
Shipp appears near the near the end of the teaser trailer, saying, “If they kill me, I want the people to know the real story.”
The cast of the Morgan Creek movie, filmed earlier this year in Atlanta, includes Lauren Cohan, Kat Graham, and Jamie Hector. “All Eyez on Me” chronicles the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur, including his rise to superstardom as a hip-hop artist and actor, his imprisonment, and his time at Death Row Records.
- Dave McNary
Demetrius Shipp, Jr. plays the revered rapper in the film produced by Tupac’s mother, Afeni Shakur. »
- Matt Goldberg
The upcoming music biopic “All Eyez On Me” follows the life of rapper Tupac Shakur (Demetrius Shipp, Jr.), from his humble beginnings to his professional success and cult personality to his tragic demise by a fatal drive-by shooting. Today would be Shakur’s 45th birthday, so it’s only appropriate that the first teaser trailer for “All Eyez On Me” would drop today of all days. In the trailer, Shakur’s mother Afeni Shakur (Danai Gurira) explains to her son over voiceover, “This ain’t just about you. Like all black men, you have a bullseye on your back. They are going to give you the tools that you need to destroy yourself. So above all else, to thine own self be true. Let me see your spirit.” Watch the trailer above.
After a troubled pre-production phase in which many directors shuffled in and out of the project, music video director Benny Boom eventually took the reigns. The rest of the cast includes Kat Graham (“The Vampire Diaries”), Annie Ilonzen (“He’s Just Not That Into You”), Dominic L. Santana (“Dead Heist”), Jamal Woolard (“Notorious”). It’s produced by Morgan Creek Productions and distributed by Open Road Films.
“All Eyez On Me” is set to be released on November 11th.
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- Vikram Murthi
The first teaser trailer for the Tupac Shakur biopic, “All Eyez On Me,” has been released on what would have been the rapper’s 45th birthday. The clip that went online Thursday shows a police raid as well as Demetrius Shipp Jr. appearing as the legendary rapper in front of thousands of fans. The teaser trailer was posted to the Instagram account of radio show “Big Boy’s Neighborhood,” and features the voice of Danai Gurira (“The Walking Dead”), who plays Shakur’s mother, Afeni. Also Read: Afeni Shakur Davis, Rapper Tupac's Mother, Dies at 69 “This ain’t just about you, »
- Beatrice Verhoeven
Here’s a first teaser-trailer for Morgan Creek’s upcoming Tupac Shakur biopic “All Eyez on Me,” which stars Demetrius Shipp Jr playing Tupac. He’s joined by Danai Gurira as Afeni Shakur, Dominic L. Santana as Suge Knight, Annie Ilonzeh as Kidada Jones, Grace Gibson as… Continue Reading → »
- Tambay Obenson
Tupac's mother guarded his music and financial legacy in life, and TMZ has learned Afeni Shakur took extraordinary steps to do the same in death. Afeni had set up a trust to control all of Tupac's music rights, and a rep for his estate tells us the paperwork is flawless. She also named the perfect executor, Tom Whalley -- former head of Warner Bros. Records -- to handle Tupac's valuable catalog. We're told the trust is very specific about heirs, »
- TMZ Staff
Afeni Shakur, the mother of hip-hop legend Tupac Shakur, died Monday night at her home in Sausalito, Calif. She was 69. Afeni Shakur Dies Shakur was taken to a local hospital Monday night after Marin County deputies responded to her house and learned that she had suffered a possible cardiac arrest, according to the New […]
The post Afeni Shakur, Rapper Tupac’s Mother, Dies At 69 appeared first on uInterview. »
- Chelsea Regan
Sad news to report this morning. Afeni Shakur Davis, mother of iconic rapper Tupac Shakur, has died at the age of 69. The woman reportedly passed away after suffering from cardiac arrest. Afeni was pronounced dead in Marin County, California on Monday night according to the Marin County Sheriff's Department.
At 9:34 p.m. last night, officers responded to a call about a possible cardiac arrest. Afeni Shakur Davis was picked up at her home. She was then transported to the hospital where she was pronounced dead at 10:28 pm. A cause of death has not yet been confirmed at this time. The Sheriff's Coroners Office will lead a full investigation.The Marin County Sheriff Department released the following statement.
"Renown rap artist #Tupac Shakur's mother Afeni Shakur Davis, age 69, died late last night in Marin County. Deps responded to report of poss cardiac arrest @ 9:34Pm last night @ her home in Sausalto, »
Tupac Shakur's mother, Afeni Shakur Davis, has died. She was 69. According to the Marin County Sheriff's Office, police responded to a call of possible cardiac arrest Monday night at 9:30 p.m. Pt at her home in Sausalito, Calif. Davis was transported to the hospital soon after where she passed away at 10:34 p.m. The coroner's office is expected to investigate the exact cause of death. Davis was the subject of Tupac's hit song "Dear Mama." "You always was committed / A poor single mother on welfare, tell me how ya did it / There's no way I can pay you back / But the plan is to show you that I understand / You are appreciated," he rapped in the 1995 track. Tupac »
Rapper Tupac Shakur‘s “Dear Mama” died late last night in Marin County, Calif. Afeni Shakur Davis was 69. The Marin County Sheriff’s Office tweeted the news early Tuesday. Deputies had responded to reports of possible cardiac arrest at 9:34 p.m. Pt Monday. Shakur Davis was transported from her home in Sausalito to the hospital, where she died at 10:28 p.m. The Coroner’s Office will lead the investigation to determine the exact cause of death, officials said. Also Read: Ashley Sawyer, 'Catfish' Alum, Dies at 23 Shakur Davis was the subject of the larger-than-life rapper’s hit song “Dear Mama, »
- Tony Maglio
12:22 Pm Pst -- The Marin County Sheriff's Office tells TMZ shortly before an ambulance was called Afeni expressed she had physical pain. She was with two other people who tried CPR after she fell unresponsive until paramedics arrived.Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur, died late Monday night ... possibly from a heart attack. The Marin County Sheriff's Department says it responded to Afeni's Sausalito, CA home Monday around 9:43 Pm for a report of a cardiac arrest. »
- TMZ Staff
Afeni Shakur Davis, the mother of late rapper Tupac Shakur, has died in Sausalito, California, according to the Marin County Sheriff's Office. She was 69. The Sheriff's Office responded to a report of possible cardiac arrest at Davis' home around 9:30 p.m. on Monday night. She was transferred to a local hospital, where she died around 10:28 p.m. The Sheriff's Coroners Office will investigate the exact cause and manner of Davis' death, the Sheriff's Office said. She was the subject of Tupac's iconic 1995 hit "Dear Mama." Tupac was famously shot on Sept. 7, 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada. After six days in the hospital, »
- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble
Afeni Shakur Davis, the mother of late rapper Tupac Shakur, has died in Sausalto, California, according to the Marin County Sheriff's Office. She was 69. The Sheriff's Office responded to a report of possible cardiac arrest at Davis' home around 9:30 p.m. on Monday night. She was transferred to a local hospital, where she died around 10:28 p.m. Tupac was famously shot and killed on Sept. 7, 1996 in Las Vegas, Nevada. After six days in the hospital, the then-25-year-old succumbed to his injuries. The shooter was never caught. This is a developing story. Please check back for updates as more information is available. »
- Lindsay Kimble, @lekimble
Update 4/27/16: Heading into its final production home stretch, some new teases from the Tupac Shakur biopic "All Eyez on Me" production team, published on the film's Facebook page. First, a couple of images featuring Danai Gurira as Afeni Shakur, and Dominic L. Santana as Suge Knight. And then a shot on-set clip featuring courthouse footage from the film (a reenactment of the courthouse interview the late Tupac gave during his sexual assault trial in 1994). You'll find all previous updates on the film underneath. *** Update 2/19/16: Annie Ilonzeh ("Graceland," "Person of Interest," "Arrow") has joined the cast of Morgan »
- Tambay A. Obenson
Tupac Shakur's mom is getting divorced, TMZ has learned, and her husband wants half of that Tupac money. Afeni Shakur filed for divorce against Gust Davis, her husband of 12 years. For some reason we're told the couple doesn't have a prenup. Afeni filed in North Carolina, where judges are not required to divide property 50/50, but rather on a case-by-case basis to determine what's fair. They have lots of property and he wants, among other things, »
- TMZ Staff
He joins Danai Gurira, Kat Graham, Jamie Hector and Demetrius Shipp Jr. in the film. “All Eyez on Me” chronicles the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur, including his rise to superstardom as a hip-hop artist and actor, his imprisonment and his time at Death Row Records.
Haitian Jack was the most feared man in the music industry at the time, known for his extortion and strong-armed tactics in the hip-hop community. This relationship proved to be a very dangerous one for Tupac.
- Justin Kroll
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