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All Eyez on Me review – passionless paean to rapper Tupac Shakur

This long and solemn hagiography seems concerned only with bolstering the sainthood of the murdered hip-hop star

Demetrius Shipp Jr gives a very accomplished impersonation of Tupac Shakur in this long and solemn hagiography, similar in its piety to the 2003 documentary Tupac: Resurrection. It has similar material – with similar scenes and similar tropes – to F Gary Gray’s Straight Outta Compton, about Nwa, but with less passion and less energy.

The same old story is rehearsed: the brilliantly talented rapper becomes a very rich and aggressive uber-celebrity obsessed with respect, who then gets involved in a deeply charmless and unedifying bi-coastal feud with rival rapper Biggie Smalls, played here by Jamal Woolard, who also in fact played Biggie in the 2009 film Notorious. Eventually, Tupac is killed, in a shooting that is still unsolved.

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‘All Eyez on Me’ Extended Trailer: Tupac Shakur Is a Rapper on Mission with Biggie and Suge Knight — Watch

‘All Eyez on Me’ Extended Trailer: Tupac Shakur Is a Rapper on Mission with Biggie and Suge Knight — Watch
Few artists have entered — and stayed — in the popular imagination over the last few decades like Tupac Shakur, whose 1996 murder only grew his legend further. Two decades later, his story is being told once again in Benny Boom’s “All Eyez on Me,” a biopic starring Demetrius Shipp, Jr. Watch the new trailer below.

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Shipp, Jr. bears a striking resemblance to the gone-too-soon rapper, poet and actor, whose lyrics expressed a fixation with his own mortality. 2Pac has been the subject of numerous documentaries — including the Academy Award–nominated “Tupac: Resurrection” and Nick Broomfield’s “Biggie & Tupac” — and been portrayed in other biopics, including “Straight Outta Compton.”

Here we see the highs and lows of his life and career, including the lead-up to his murder in Las Vegas after a boxing
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Oscars: How Has Race Been Featured in the Best Documentary Category Since 2000?

Ava DuVernay (Courtesy: Kevork Djansezian/Reuters)

By: Carson Blackwelder

Managing Editor

Let’s talk about race in this year’s Oscar race, shall we? Three of the top films up for best documentary feature this year — 13th (Netflix), I Am Not Your Negro (Magnolia), and O.J.: Made in America (Espn) — all deal with the black experience in the United States through various lenses. These movies, all favorites to make the official list of five nominees that will battle it out for the big win, drive home the fact that this is still a very important and is one of the Academy’s favorite topics to highlight — but has that always been the case?

First, let’s take a more in-depth look at what these three leading docs deal center around. Ava DuVernay’s 13th provides an in-depth look at the prison system and how the nation’s history of racial
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‘All Eyez on Me’ Trailer: Tupac Shakur Biopic Looks To Be This Year’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’

‘All Eyez on Me’ Trailer: Tupac Shakur Biopic Looks To Be This Year’s ‘Straight Outta Compton’
The life of rapper Tupac Shakur has come to the big screen before in the Oscar-nominated documentary “Tupac: Resurrection,” but like Biggie Smalls in “Notorious” and N.W.A. in last year’s breakout hit “Straight Outta Compton,” the rapper is finally getting the biopic treatment with the upcoming feature “All Eyez On Me.” A new trailer for the drama hit the web yesterday to mark the 20th anniversary of Tupac’s death, and it features a great ensemble charting the rapper/actor’s rags-to-riches rise and fall.

Read More: Why ‘Straight Outta Compton’ is the Best Movie About American Journalism This Year

Newcomer Demetrius Shipp, Jr. steps into the lead role with uncanny resemblance as the film tracks Shakur’s rise to 1990s rap icon. Money, greedy producers and gang violence all pose threats on his way to the top, and one of the trailer’s most powerful moments comes from Tupac’s mother,
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‘Amy’ and ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’ Join Long List of Music-Related Docs Nominated for Oscars

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

This year’s best documentary feature nominees continues a long trend of music docs being recognized by the Academy, as two music-related films have earned nominations at this year’s Oscars.

Amy, which tells the story of late songstress Amy Winehouse in her own words through never-before-seen archival footage and unreleased tracks and is nominated for best doc this year, earned nominations for the Queer Palm and Golden Eye awards at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival for director Asif Kapadia.

Filmmaker Liz Garbus earned the second nomination of her career with the Netflix documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone? The film focuses on the life of iconic R&B singer Nina Simone and her life as a singer, mother, and civil rights activist. Garbus earned her first Oscar nomination in 1998 for her documentary The Farm: Angola, USA.

Music-related docs have been a hot topic for the Academy in years past,
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Remembering Wes Craven, Oliver Sacks, Uggie the Dog and Other Reel-Important People We Lost in August

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Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Karolyn Ali (c.1945-2015) - Producer. She received an Oscar nomination for Tupac: Resurrection and also prouduced the 1995 movie Klash. She died on August 18. (Deadline)  Cilla Black (1943-2015) - Britsh Singer. She performed the Oscar-nominated theme song to Alfie (hear it during the end credits below). She died from a stroke on August 1. (THR) Julian Bond (1940-2015) - Civil Rights Leader, Actor. He appears in Greased...

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Karolyn Ali Dies: Oscar-Nominated Producer Was 70

Oscar-nominated producer Karolyn Ali has died. Ali, nominated for the 2004 documentary feature Tupac: Resurrection, was 70 and passed away from natural causes August 18 at her home in Los Angeles. Ali was a collaborator on a wide variety of projects encompassing movies, documentaries, music videos and commercials for more than three decades. Since 2013, Ali had served as executive assistant to Motion Picture Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, a longtime friend. For…
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Karolyn Ali Dies: Oscar-Nominated Producer Was 70

Karolyn Ali Dies: Oscar-Nominated Producer Was 70
Oscar-nominated producer Karolyn Ali has died. Ali, nominated for the 2004 documentary feature Tupac: Resurrection, was 70 and passed away from natural causes August 18 at her home in Los Angeles. Ali was a collaborator on a wide variety of projects encompassing movies, documentaries, music videos and commercials for more than three decades. Since 2013, Ali had served as executive assistant to Motion Picture Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, a longtime friend. For…
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Karolyn Ali, Oscar-Nominated Producer and Academy Exec, Dies at 70

Karolyn Ali, Oscar-Nominated Producer and Academy Exec, Dies at 70
Oscar-nominated producer Karolyn Ali died of natural causes on Aug. 18 at her home in Los Angeles. She was 70.

Ali collaborated on projects ranging from film, documentaries, musicvideos and commercials for more than three decades. Since 2013, she was executive assistant to Cheryl Boone Isaacs, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences, who was also a longtime friend.

In her early music industry career, Ali assisted Benny Ashburn, manager of the musical group the Commodores, as well as served as an executive at Dick Griffey’s Solar Records, which was a launching pad for her career in commercial and musicvideo production.

In 1984, Ali founded Renge Films along with Bill Parker and Peter Allen, and together they went on to produce commercials for Coca-Cola and McDonald’s. She also produced more than 200 musicvideos with Renge including Stevie Wonder’s “Part Time Lover.” Her wide range of clients included Sinbad, Steele Pulse,
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Setting Nina's Simone's record straight with What Happened, Miss Simone?

Setting Nina's Simone's record straight with What Happened, Miss Simone?
What Happened, Miss Simone? lands on Netflix this week - a documentary delving deep into the life and achievements of the incomparable Nina Simone.

Drawing on an extensive library of rare footage and interviews, the film executes the impressive feat of allowing the High Priestess of Soul to tell her story in her own words, more than a decade after her death.

Digital Spy sat down with the film's director Liz Garbus and Simone's daughter Lisa Simone Kelly - who served as producer on the movie - to discuss the musical icon's legacy, the state of race relations in 2015, and Zoe Saldana's controversial biopic:

Setting the record straight

Speaking to the filmmakers, it is clear that they feel very strongly about revealing Simone's story to a public that has largely forgotten how influential she was to both music and the Civil Rights Movement in the '60s.

"It needed to be told,
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‘Keep on Keepin’ On’ Could Join 17 Music-Related Oscar-Nommed Docs

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Keep on Keepin’ On, director Alan Hicks’ debut film, follows four years of the friendship and mentorship between jazz legend and trumpeter Clark Terry, who played with Count Basie and Duke Ellington and taught a young Quincy Jones how to play, and Justin Kauflin, a talented 23-year-old blind pianist. The two musicians support each other as Terry begins to lose his eyesight due to health issues and as Kauflin deals with stage fright as a semi-finalist in the Thelonious Monk International Jazz Competition. The film is one of 15 films on the Oscar documentary shortlist, five of which will be nominated on Jan. 15.

The Academy is particularly fond of music-related documentaries, nominating 17 since 1942, with eight winning. Keep on Keepin’ On could join the following Oscar-nominated films:

Festival (1967)

Director Murray Lerner’s black-and-white documentary offers a glimpse into three years (1963-1966) of the Newport Folk Festival, which
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A Look at Female-directed Documentaries at the Oscars

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

This year’s Oscar race could make history with two possible best picture nominees directed by women — Ava DuVernay’s Selma and Angelina Jolie’s Unbroken. If both women are nominated for best director, that would also be a historical moment. But though these accomplishments in the narrative field are possible, more women directors are breaking into the documentary categories. Four of the 15 shortlisted documentaries feature women at the helm: Jennifer Grausman (co-directed with Sam Cullman and Mark Becker) with Art and Craft, Tia Lessin (co-directed with Carl Deal) with Citizen Koch, Laura Poitras with Citizenfour and Rory Kennedy with Last Days in Vietnam. Additionally, three of the eight shortlisted documentary shorts feature female directors: Ellen Goosenberg Kent with Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1, Aneta Kopacz with Joanna and Lucy Walker with The Lion’s Mouth Opens. More often than not, women directors tend to
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Ava DuVernay Could Make Oscar History With a Best Director Nom

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor

Last year’s Oscar ceremony made history when director Steve McQueen became the first black filmmaker to win for best picture with 12 Years a Slave and Alfonso Cuaron became the first Latin American to win for best director with Gravity. This year’s ceremony could make history as well: Ava DuVernay could become the first black female to be nominated for best director for Selma, and if Angelina Jolie lands a nomination for Unbroken, it will be the first time two women are nominated in the same year.

In 2012, DuVernay became the first black woman to win for best director at the Sundance Film Festival with Middle of Nowhere.

Lee & Low Books found that 99 percent of best director winners are male and 99 percent of best actress winners are white (93 percent of best actor winners are also white).

The lack of diversity at the Oscars does
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Board of Governors Re-elects Cheryl Boone Isaacs As AMPAS President

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Cheryl Boone Isaacs was re-elected president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Tuesday night (August 5) by the organization’s Board of Governors.

Boone Isaacs is beginning her second term as president and her 22nd year as a governor representing the Public Relations Branch.

Boone Isaacs currently heads Cbi Enterprises, Inc., where she has consulted on marketing efforts on such films as “The Call,” “The Artist,” “The King’s Speech,” “Precious: Based on the Novel ‘Push’ by Sapphire,” “Spider-Man 2” and “Tupac: Resurrection.” Boone Isaacs previously served as president of theatrical marketing for New Line Cinema, where she oversaw numerous box office successes, including “Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me” and “Rush Hour.”

Prior to joining New Line in 1997, she was executive vice president of worldwide publicity for Paramount Pictures, where she orchestrated publicity campaigns for the Best Picture winners “Forrest Gump” and “Braveheart.
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The Academy Invites 271 New Members for 2014

The Academy has announced the new class of invited members for 2014 and, as is typical, many of which are among last year's nominees, which includes Barkhad Abdi, Michael Fassbender, Sally Hawkins, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and June Squibb in the Actors branch not to mention curious additions such as Josh Hutcherson, Rob Riggle and Jason Statham, but, okay. The Directors branch adds Jay and Mark Duplass along with Jean-Marc Vallee, Denis Villeneuve and Thomas Vinterberg. I didn't do an immediate tally of male to female additions or other demographics, but at first glance it seems to be a wide spread batch of new additions on all fronts. The Academy is also clearly attempting to aggressively bump up the demographics as this is the second year in a row where they have added a large number of new members, well over the average of 133 new members from 2004 to 2012. As far as
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271 Invited To Join The Academy

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is extending invitations to join the organization to 271 artists and executives who have distinguished themselves by their contributions to theatrical motion pictures.

Those who accept the invitations will be the only additions to the Academy’s membership in 2014.

“This year’s class of invitees represents some of the most talented, creative and passionate filmmakers working in our industry today,” said Academy President Cheryl Boone Isaacs. “Their contributions to film have entertained audiences around the world, and we are proud to welcome them to the Academy.”

The 2014 invitees are:

Actors

Barkhad Abdi – “Captain Phillips

Clancy Brown – “The Hurricane,” “The Shawshank Redeption”

Paul Dano – “12 Years a Slave,” “Prisoners

Michael Fassbender – “12 Years a Slave,” “Shame

Ben Foster – “Lone Survivor,” “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints”

Beth Grant – “The Artist,” “No Country for Old Men

Clark Gregg – “Much Ado about Nothing,” “Marvel’s The Avengers

Sally Hawkins – “Blue Jasmine,
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Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o among 271 Academy invitees

Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong'o among 271 Academy invitees
Michael Fassbender and Lupita Nyong’o of 12 Years a Slave were two of the 271 artists and industry leaders invited to become members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, which determines nominations and winners at the annual Oscars. The entire list of Academy membership—which numbers about 6,000—isn’t public information so the annual invitation list is often the best indication of the artists involved in the prestigious awards process. It’s worth noting that invitations need to be accepted in order for artists to become members; some artists, like two-time Best Actor winner Sean Penn, have declined membership over the years.
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Josh Hutcherson, Lupita Nyong'o, Pharrell and 268 others invited to join the Academy

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Josh Hutcherson, Lupita Nyong'o, Pharrell and 268 others invited to join the Academy
Pop quiz: What do Chris Rock, Claire Denis, Eddie Vedder and Josh Hutcherson all have in common? Answer: They could all be Oscar voters very soon. The annual Academy of Motion Pictures Arts & Sciences invitation list always makes for interesting reading, shedding light on just how large and far-reaching the group's membership is -- or could be, depending on who accepts their invitations. This year, 271 individuals have been asked to join AMPAS, meaning every one of them could contribute to next year's Academy Awards balloting -- and it's as diverse a list as they've ever assembled. Think the Academy consists entirely of fusty retired white dudes? Not if recent Best Original Song nominee Pharrell Williams takes them up on their offer. Think it's all just a Hollywood insiders' game? Not if French arthouse titans Chantal Akerman and Olivier Assayas join the party. It's a list that subverts expectation at every turn.
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Academy Invites 271 New Members

Academy Invites 271 New Members
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has invited 271 individuals to become members, with the list reflecting the org’s determination to bring more diversity to its ranks.

Every year, the list of invitations includes several recent Oscar nominees. That’s true this year as well, with letters going out Wednesday to a cross-section of people including 2013 contenders Barkhad Abdi, Lupita Nyong’o, Hayao Miyazaki, Pharrell Williams, Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez, plus such creatives as Megan Ellison, Chris Rock, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Steve Coogan, Jason Statham, William Chang Suk Ping, Joan Sobel, Tracey Seaward, Mads Mikkelsen and Chantal Akerman.

Academy president Cheryl Boone Isaacs told Variety Thursday, “This is a continuation of an initiative to bring in new voices. Filmmaking has gotten more diverse, and audiences have been responding. There are terrific filmmakers around the world at the top of their game and we want to recognize them and bring them into the Academy.
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Feature Doc 'L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin' Spotlights Challenges Lesbians Face In Religious, Conservative Deep South. Coming To Showtime Aug 8

Feature Doc 'L Word Mississippi: Hate the Sin' Spotlights Challenges Lesbians Face In Religious, Conservative Deep South. Coming To Showtime Aug 8
Showtime will give viewers a look inside the daily struggles of a group of Southern lesbians in the feature documentary, L Word Mississippi: Hate The Sin, which will premiere on the network on Friday, August 8th at 9 Pm Et/Pt.  The 90-minute film, executive produced by filmmaker Ilene Chaiken (The L Word, The Real L Word) and the award-winning Magical Elves directing and production team of Dan Cutforth and Jane Lipsitz, spotlights the unique challenges of being lesbians in between the "coasts" in the religious, conservative deep South.  Directed by Oscar and Emmy nominee Lauren Lazin (Tupac: Resurrection), the documentary will make its world premiere on Wednesday, August 6th in Los Angeles as part of the Outfest West Hollywood Series, a program that features films and discussions of interest to Lgbt audiences. What is life like for lesbians living outside more progressive metropolitan areas in America today where gay women endure hardships,
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