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Next month at the UCLA School of Theater, Film and Television, filmmaker Ernest Dickerson will visit for a screening and discussion of his 1992 classic crime drama Juice. The talk is set to cover the film's production, its impact on film and hip hop culture, as well as the contemporary film landscape. Dickerson may also touch upon his career at large, having worked as a director and cinematographer for decades, collaborating with Spike Lee, and directing series including The Wire and The Walking Dead. The screening happens Monday, April 7 at 7:30pm at the James Bridges Theater on UCLA's campus. The event is free and open to the public, with an audience Q&A to follow. »
- Jai Tiggett
From starring in Juice with a young Tupac Shakur to dancing behind Queen Latifah, Omar Epps has had an illustrious and diverse career. In the new ABC series Resurrection he plays J. Martin Bellamy, an American federal agent who finds himself inexplicably involved in a case of deceased family members coming back from the dead. Omar was careful not to spill the beans on the intricacies of the show’s central mystery during a recent visit to VH1, but he was completely down to show off his Kanye West impression. Yes, we all have one.
It might be easy for the Brooklyn native to choose New York City over Los Angeles, but it’s clear deciding between Bey and Jay and Kimye comes at a price. In honor of the many pairs of doctor scrubs he’s worn on the air, we tested his Operation skills in the latest edition of Your Move, »
- Emily Exton
I’m on to you Syfy! You ain’t slick. They’ve just renewed Haven for a 26 episode 5th season. “The first 13 episodes of Season 5 are set to premiere this fall with the remaining 13 episodes scheduled to air in 2015.” Sounds great … but that’s exactly what they did to Eureka and Warehouse 13 before giving them the ax.
We’ll see a special 75th anniversary celebration of The Wizard Of Oz at this year’s Oscars.
Via NewNowNext: 10 Best Super Bowl Moments For People Who Don’t Care About The Super Bowl. Take the poll!
Conner Mertens came out to his college football team last night. Now he comes out publicly. He becomes the first active college football player to come out as gay or bi.
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Tupac Shakur could have been a Jedi. According to one of Shakur's recording engineers, the late rapper was in talks for a role in Star Wars: Episode I, playing the part later taken by Samuel L Jackson.
In an interview with users at 2Pac-Forum (via Rolling Stone), Rick Clifford, chief engineer at Death Row Records, recalled a conversation with Shakur from the mid-1990s. "We always talked about [Tupac's] film career and stuff," he said. "He was telling me that he was supposed to read for George Lucas and them. They wanted him to be a Jedi ... I'm serious. Samuel L got Tupac's part ... He said, 'Old man, keep your fingers crossed.' He said, 'I've got three movies coming up. One of em, I gotta read for George Lucas. »
- Sean Michaels
Sometime before his death, Tupac Shakur reportedly auditioned to play Jedi Master Mace Windu in the 1999 movie Star Wars: Episode I – The Phantom Menace. Rick Clifford, who worked as an engineer at Death Row Records, said in a recent interview for the website 2Pac-Forum that Shakur told him he had gone for a reading with George Lucas but that the part went to Samuel L. Jackson. (Incidentally, Jackson appeared in the 1992 movie Juice alongside the rapper.)
Although the period in which Shakur would have auditioned for Lucas is not clear, »
5 items from 2014