4 June 2012 6:30 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

Money can’t buy you happiness, but apparently it can buy top talent for your crappy movies. Rapper-turned-entrepreneur 50 Cent extended his empire into film production with his company Cheetah Vision Films, and besides the cast listings, the results are less than promising. The flops offer nothing to audiences, but leave big names like Bruce Willis – who starred in the thriller, Setup – laughing all the way to the bank.

A trailer for Cheetah Vision’s next obscure release, Freelancers, was leaked online, and the first look delivers a depressing roster of once distinguished actors. Robert De Niro and Forest Whitaker play corrupt police officers in this tired cop drama – if their involvement wasn’t bad enough, they also take second billing to the ever humble Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson, who plays Malo, the son of a murdered NYC cop. He’s then mentored by his father’s former partner, who’s played »

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