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Musician to Movie Star: In the Footsteps of Elvis

With the recent 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis, here is a look at those music stars who made a transition to film. Some were more successful than others. Some made a fleeting crossover and some are best forgotten as far as their film careers went…

In terms of the King, Elvis has an undoubtedly huge legacy as far as music goes. His influence as far as attitude, showmanship and indeed the music itself is still being felt. He was in that bracket of the most influential musical acts of his era alongside the Beatles. However his impact on film was also important. He showed that a cultural phenomenon could operate over two platforms.

Beginning in 1956 with Love Me Tender, Elvis would go onto make over 30 films until 1969. A few more iconic than others of course, such as Jailhouse Rock, Viva Las Vegas and some more interesting attempts to
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Lonzo Ball Destroys Rim in Pre-Draft Dunk Video

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[[tmz:video id="0_o2z73nen"]] Attention, NBA GMs: Above the rim, Lonzo Ball is a Big baller. 'Zo got waaay up for a couple off-the-backboard hammers in a video posted on draft day ... a convenient reminder that he's one of the best athletes on the board. Ball gets a lot of hate for his herky-jerky shooting motion, but when it comes to taking flight ... well, let's just say the ZO2's might be making an appearance at the dunk contest next year.
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Tupac and Biggie's O.G. Clothing Used for 'All Eyez on Me' Scenes (Photo Gallery)

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The actors playing Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. in "All Eyez on Me" should look pretty damn authentic 'cause they're wearing actual outfits the legendary rappers wore in real life. Sources close to production tell us ... April Walker -- who designed for Pac and Biggie in the '90s -- brought back some of her original wardrobe designs for filming the biopic. We're told April had to remake 2 costumes for the biopic using patterns she saved from back in the day.
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Tupac Shakur Documentary Coming from 12 Years a Slave Director

Tupac Shakur Documentary Coming from 12 Years a Slave Director
Shakur Estate trustee Tom Whalley and Amaru Entertainment, the company created by Afeni Shakur to release her son's posthumous projects, announced today that Nigel Sinclair's White Horse Pictures and Jayson Jackson will team up to produce a fully authorized documentary with Amaru on the life of acclaimed hip-hop artist, writer and poet Tupac Shakur. The film will be directed by Academy Award-winning director, Steve McQueen (12 Years a Slave) and produced by Jayson Jackson (What Happened, Miss Simone?) and White Horse Pictures' Nigel Sinclair (The Beatles: Eight Days a Week The Touring Years) and Nicholas Ferrall, together with Shakur Estate Trustee Tom Whalley. Gloria Cox, Tupac Shakur's aunt and Afeni Shakur's only sister, will executive produce along with White Horse's Jeanne Elfant Festa. Here's what director Steve McQueen had to say in his statement.

"I am extremely moved and excited to be exploring the life and times of this legendary artist.
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Oscar Winner Steve McQueen To Direct Tupac Shakur Documentary

Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor (left), director Steve McQueen (center) and actor Brad Pitt attend the 5th Annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, CA, on Saturday, November 16, 2013.attend the 5th Annual Governors Awards at The Ray Dolby Ballroom at Hollywood & Highland Center® in Hollywood, CA, on Saturday, November 16, 2013.

Shakur Estate trustee Tom Whalley and Amaru Entertainment, the company created by Afeni Shakur to release her son’s posthumous projects, announced today that Nigel Sinclair’s White Horse Pictures and Jayson Jackson will team up to produce a fully authorized documentary with Amaru on the life of acclaimed hip-hop artist, writer and poet Tupac Shakur.

The film will be directed by Academy Award-winning director, Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave) and produced by Jayson Jackson (What Happened, Miss Simone?) and White Horse PicturesNigel Sinclair (The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years) and Nicholas Ferrall,
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Snoop Dogg Pays Emotional Tribute to Tupac at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: ‘You Will Always Be the Best’

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Snoop Dogg Pays Emotional Tribute to Tupac at Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: ‘You Will Always Be the Best’
More than two decades after the death of Tupac Shakur at the age of 25, his friend Snoop Dogg is still remembering the impact he made not only on the world of music, but on himself as both an artist and human.

On Friday, the rapper and actor inducted his late friend and collaborator into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn, New York, and he delivered a heartfelt speech about what Shakur represented in the industry.

“When I sat down to gather my thoughts about my late and great, my homie and my brother
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Soundtracking: Top Five

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Chris Rock’s Top Five hits theatres this Friday and it’s as much a film about the history of hip hop as it is about the nature of comedy.

The film made a huge splash at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival for netting a $12.5-million distribution rights deal with Paramount, a pact that was largely floated by electric audience response. What helped evoke that response was the natural dialogue.

Top Five is very much a movie about people hanging around, talking nonsense. However, in between old stories and filthy jokes, one current – or one question, rather – runs through the entire film and helps give the film its title: Who are your all-time Hip Hop Top Five?

This is not a “top five” in the Nick Hornby sense, as in: “What are your top five hip hop songs about New York?” Instead, it’s a basketball question that
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Tupac 'auditioned for Jedi role in Star Wars'

Tupac 'auditioned for Jedi role in Star Wars'
Tupac Shakur reportedly auditioned for a role in Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace.

The late rapper is thought to have read for George Lucas for the part of Jedi Master Mace Windu in the prequel trilogy of films, but ultimately lost out to Samuel L Jackson.

The revelation has been made by Death Row Records engineer Rick Clifford, who had a conversation with Tupac back in 1996.

"'Pac found out that I worked for Brian Austin Green, who was on 90210, then he found out I [worked on] some movies, so we always talked about his film career and stuff," Clifford told 2Pac-Forum.

"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. [Tupac] said [to me], 'Old man, keep your fingers crossed'. He said, 'I've got three movies coming up. One of them,
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Tupac Shakur Auditioned to Be a Jedi in 'Star Wars': Report

Tupac Shakur Auditioned to Be a Jedi in 'Star Wars': Report
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,
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Producer Jeffrey Ian Pollack Passes Away

It’s been a tough year for tragedy in Hollywood, and Jeffrey Ian Pollack died while jogging in Hermosa Beach, California on Monday (December 23).

The 54-year-old producer was found by a fellow jogger at 6:30am and initial reports suggest Pollack was in the midst of his usual morning exercise routine when he suddenly passed away.

Captain Tommy Thompson of the Hermosa Beach Police Department told press, “He was already deceased [when discovered]. He was very cold and had been there a bit.”

Thompson added, “It’s still unknown how he died. We’re not sure if it was a heart attack, but there were no signs of foul play.”

Jeffrey was responsible for introducing the world to Will Smith on “The Fresh Prince of Bel Air,” and his credits also included “Booty Call,” “The Tyra Banks Show,” and “Lost and Found.”

Marlon Wayons, who worked with Pollack on “Above the Rim” tweeted,
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Jeff Pollack, Booty Call Director, Dies At 54

Jeff Pollack, director of Booty Call and Above the Rim, was found dead on Monday morning. He was 54.

Jeff Pollock Dies

Pollack had been at Hermosa Beach, Calif., on Monday in the Greenbelt jogging area when it’s believed he collapsed. A fellow jogger discovered Pollack and subsequently called police. He’d been sporting jogging clothes and had his iPod with him. No foul play is suspected.

“He was already deceased,” Hermosa Beach Police Department Capt. Tommy Thompson told the Hermosa Beach Easy Reader. “He was very cold and had been there a bit. It's still unknown how he died. We're not sure if it was a heart attack, but there were no signs of foul play."

In addition to his directing work, Pollack served as both a writer and producer on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. His other producing credits include The Fighting Temptations, Jennifer Lopez in Concert and The Tyra Banks Show.
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Jeff Pollock, Booty Call Director, Dies At 54

Jeff Pollock, director of Booty Call and Above the Rim, was found dead on Monday morning. He was 54.

Jeff Pollock Dies

Pollack had been at Hermosa Beach, Calif., on Monday in the Greenbelt jogging area when it’s believed he collapsed. A fellow jogger discovered Pollack and subsequently called police. He’d been sporting jogging clothes and had his iPod with him. No foul play is suspected.

“He was already deceased,” Hermosa Beach Police Department Capt. Tommy Thompson told the Hermosa Beach Easy Reader. “He was very cold and had been there a bit. It's still unknown how he died. We're not sure if it was a heart attack, but there were no signs of foul play."

In addition to his directing work, Pollack served as both a writer and producer on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. His other producing credits include The Fighting Temptations, Jennifer Lopez in Concert and The Tyra Banks Show.
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Benny Medina On The Death Of Jeff Pollack

This week we lost producer-director Jeff Pollack, who died suddenly while jogging in Hermosa Beach at the age of 54. Few knew him better than longtime friend and business partner Benny Medina. The two met at a card game in the 1980s and bonded over their mutual love of film, television and music. They went to create the format for the hit 1990 NBC comedy series The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, whose central character played by Will Smith was based on Medina. Three years later, they formed management/production company Medina/Pollack Entertainment, renamed Handprint Entertainment in 1995, with Smith as their first client. Pollack and Medina collaborated on a slew of film and TV projects, including the features Above the Rim, based on a story by the duo with Pollack directing, The Fighting Temptations and The Tyra Banks Show. While Handprint closed its doors in 2008, Pollack and Medina remained close. Here is
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Jeff Pollack Found Dead; Booty Call Director and Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Producer Was 54

Jeff Pollack Found Dead; Booty Call Director and Fresh Prince of Bel-Air Producer Was 54
Jeffrey Pollack helped make a lot of people laugh over the years. The director of the comedies Booty Call and Above the Rim died suddenly on Monday in Hermosa Beach, Calif. He was 54. Pollack was found in Greenbelt Park, a popular jogging spot in the area, and was wearing jogging clothes, Lt. Tom Thompson of the Hermosa Beach Police Department confirmed to E! News. Thompson said that nothing about the death appeared unusual and authorities had no reason to suspect foul play. A woman ran into the police station at 6:23 a.m. to report that a man was lying in the Greenbelt area near 30th Street. Pollack was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics. The official cause has not yet been...
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‘Booty Call’ Director Jeff Pollack Found Dead on California Beach

‘Booty Call’ Director Jeff Pollack Found Dead on California Beach
Jeffrey Ian Pollack, who directed “Booty Call” and was a producer on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” was found dead Monday on a running trail in Hermosa Beach, Calif. He was 54.

The Hermosa Beach Easy Reader said Pollack was already deceased when a woman reported finding his body on the area known as the Greenbelt. He was said to be an avid runner.

For several years, Pollack partnered with Benny Medina, the manager on whose life “Fresh Prince” was based. The two formed Handprint Entertainment, a management company with clients including Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez and Tyra Banks. He also had producing credits on shows including “The Tyra Banks Show” and “The Fighting Temptations.”

Usually credited as Jeff Pollack, he directed and co-wrote the 1994 basketball drama “Above the Rim,” starring Duane Martin and Tupac Shakur; the 1997 comedy “Booty Call,” with Jamie Foxx and Vivica Fox; as well as 1999 comedy “Lost and Found,
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‘Booty Call’ Director Jeff Pollack Found Dead on California Beach

‘Booty Call’ Director Jeff Pollack Found Dead on California Beach
Jeffrey Ian Pollack, who directed “Booty Call” and was a producer on “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air,” was found dead Monday on a running trail in Hermosa Beach, Calif. He was 54.

The Hermosa Beach Easy Reader said Pollack was already deceased when a woman reported finding his body on the area known as the Greenbelt. He was said to be an avid runner.

For several years, Pollack partnered with Benny Medina, the manager on whose life “Fresh Prince” was based. The two formed Handprint Entertainment, a management company with clients including Mariah Carey, Jennifer Lopez and Tyra Banks. He also had producing credits on shows including “The Tyra Banks Show” and “The Fighting Temptations.”

Usually credited as Jeff Pollack, he directed and co-wrote the 1994 basketball drama “Above the Rim,” starring Duane Martin and Tupac Shakur; the 1997 comedy “Booty Call,” with Jamie Foxx and Vivica Fox; as well as 1999 comedy “Lost and Found,
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Booty Call Director Jeff Pollack Found Dead

Booty Call Director Jeff Pollack Found Dead
Jeff Pollack, who directed Booty Call and was a producer on The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, has died at age 54. Pollack collapsed early Monday morning in the Greenbelt jogging area of Hermosa Beach, Calif., about 20 miles southwest of Los Angeles. Authorities said Thursday they do not suspect foul play. Pollack was wearing jogging clothes and carrying an iPod when a passer-by discovered him and contacted police. Pollack produced several seasons of the Will Smith show The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, as well as the TV documentary Jennifer Lopez in Concert. Besides Booty Call starring Jamie Foxx, Pollack directed the films
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R.I.P. Jeffrey Pollack

Jeffrey Pollack, who was a writer-producer on the TV series The Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air, directed the 1997 feature film Booty Call starring Jamie Foxx, wrote and directed the 1994 Tupac Shakur hoops movie Above The Rim and co-founded and ran Handprint Entertainment, has died. He was 54. Pollock was found dead on the greenbelt in Hermosa Beach early Monday while apparently out for a jog. An autopsy is pending. Pollack helped create hit NBC comedy Fresh Prince with friend and business partner Benny Medina, who was the inspiration for the show’s title character played by then-rapper Will Smith. The two also launched and ran a management/production production company together, Median/Pollack Entertainment, which later became Handprint with clients that included Jennifer Lopez, Mariah Carey and Tyra Banks. Pollack exec produced two Billboard Music Awards in 1992 and 1993, produced the TV documentary Jennifer Lopez In Concert, and worked with Banks on her talk show.
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Above the Rim Director Jeff Pollack Dead at 54

Jeff Pollack, the director of "Above the Rim," "Booty Call" and " and Lost and Found," was found dead while jogging in California. He was only 54 years old. An unidentified woman called the police. By the time they arrived, Pollack was already deceased. He was dressed in jogging clothes and carrying an iPod, which was still playing the Eagles. Police do not suspect foul play and it is believed he died of natural causes while exercising. He was an avid runner and softball player. Outside of directing the three movies, Pollack was also a producer on "The Fresh Prince of Bel Air," which was based on his business partner Benny Medina's life experiences.
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'Booty Call' Director Jeffrey Pollack Dies at 54

'Booty Call' Director Jeffrey Pollack Dies at 54
Jeffrey Ian Pollack, the director of Booty Call and Above the Rim and a producer on The Fresh Prince of Bel Air, has died. He was 54.   Pollack was found on the Greenbelt in Hermosa Beach, California early on the morning of Dec. 23 by an unidentified woman out jogging who called the police, according to the Manhattan Beach Patch.  Pollack was already deceased. He was dressed in jogging clothes and carrying an iPod, which was still playing the Eagles when the police arrived, Hermosa Beach police captain Tommy Thompson told EasyReaderNews.com Police do not suspect foul play

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