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Soundtracking: Top Five

8 December 2014 7:00 AM, PST | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

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 »

- Shane McNeil

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Tupac 'auditioned for Jedi role in Star Wars'

8 January 2014 5:18 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

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

7 January 2014 3:25 PM, PST | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

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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