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About That 50 Cent/Mario Van Peebles “Things Fall Apart” Sports Drama… (Spoilers)

9 December 2010 11:30 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Alright, so below, we get a much more complete narrative picture of the Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson-starring/Mario Van Peebles-directed film, Things Fall Apart – a film and performance that Mr Jackson himself has said will surprise his doubters.

Fiddy lost 54 pounds in preparation for his role in the movie in which he plays a promising professional football player prospect in his senior year in college, whose career is challenged after he discovers that he has cancer – hence the drastic weight-loss.

And that’s pretty much all we’ve known about the plot, and maybe that’s all we really need to know, leaving the rest of the story to when we actually see the film, which won’t be until some time in 2011 (IMDBPro says the film is currently in post-production).

However, if you’re like me, you’re impatient, and would like to know more about the plot and how the story develops, »

- Tambay

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Poster For “Things Fall Apart” Starring 50 Cent, Directed By Mario Van Peebles

21 November 2010 12:43 PM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

So… I’m sure we’ve all seen the photographs of an anorexic Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson that were released a few months ago, from his next film, Things Fall Apart – a film and performance that Mr Jackson himself has said will surprise his doubters.

Fiddy lost 54 pounds in preparation for his role in the Mario Van Peebles-directed movie, said to be a dramedy, in which Fiddy plays a promising professional football player prospect in his senior year in college, whose career is challenged after he discovers that he has cancer – hence the drastic weight-loss.

IMDBPro says the film is currently in post-production, with a likely 2011 release date planned.

Here’s what may be the first poster for the film, which I lifted from the sales company’s website (Hannibal Pictures). I couldn’t find a larger version, so what you see here is all there is; and obviously, it »

- Tambay

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The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Casts Eight More

27 October 2010 6:52 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

According to our calculations, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn is currently filming in Louisiana.  We’ve already heard most of the actors new to the franchise in high profile roles — Maggie Grace as Irina, Lee Pace as Garrett, Rami Malek as Benjamin.  Summit has incrementally added new cast members, with another batch announced today.

Olga Fonda (Love Hurts), Janelle Froehlich (Hacienda Heights), Masami Kosaka (The Runaways), Sebastiao Lemos (Força-Tarefa), Amadou Ly (The Bridge), Ty Olsson (2012), Wendell Pierce (Ray), Carolina Virguez  (Matalobos) will join Kristen Stewart, Robert Pattinson, Taylor Lautner, and the rest of the Twilight regulars when The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1 hits theaters November 18, 2011.  Part 2 follows on November 16, 2012.  Hit the jump for a recap a comprehensive look at the new cast members and the characters they’ll play.

The announcement didn’t specify who Fonda and Co. will play, which is too bad.  I’d love to see where Pierce fits in. »

- Brendan Bettinger

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Dang, Vampires are Hot! Meet Breaking Dawn's Newbies

15 October 2010 12:47 AM, PDT | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

What would Hollywood do without Twilight? Summit Entertainment has been bold enough to cast almost all unknowns since the beginning and now we have several fun, new talents like Anna Kendrick, Ashley Green, Kellan Lutz, Jackson Rathbone on their way to serious acting careers.

Here are the latest additions, vampires from the various covens, that will be filling out The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.

The American Nomads:

Lee Pace was the star of "Pushing Daisies" and played the lead human role in Marmaduke

Toni Trucks played Libby Lam in Disney Channel's "StarStruck" and CW series "All of Us."

Valorie Curry played recurring character Jane Kuhne in WB's "Veronica Mars."

Bill Tangradi played Rod in the "iCarly" episode titled "iFight Shelby Marx."

Erik Odom: It's unlikely you've seen him in anything.

European Nomad:

Joe Anderson: Played (and sang!) as Max, the college buddy of Jim Sturgess' character »

- (Tara the Mom)

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"Breaking Dawn" Supporting Cast Revealed

14 October 2010 8:06 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Summit Entertainment have announced a whole swath of the supporting cast for the upcoming "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn" films - namely those playing the members of the various vampire covens and nomads from around the world. Joining the cast are:

The Amazon Coven

Tracey Heggins ("Medicine for Melancholy," "Things Fall Apart") as Senna and Judi Shekoni ("Garfield 2," "Private Moments") as Zafrina.

Among the oldest vampires in the world, Senna and Zafrina are descendants of an ancient Amazonian tribe. They have lived outside of civilization for centuries and therefore make no attempt to keep up a human facade. Though they drink human blood, the Amazons have long been allies of Carlisle.

The Egyptian Coven

Omar Metwally ("Rendition," "Munich") as Amun, Andrea Gabriel ("Lost," "House") as Kebi, Rami Malek ("24," "Night at the Museum") as Benjamin, and Angela Sarafyan ("Love Hurts," "The Good Guys") as Tia.

The Egyptian Coven consists of Amun, »

- Garth Franklin

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Casting Update for the Covens and Nomads in The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn

13 October 2010 4:25 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Summit Entertainment just sent out a huge casting update on actors joining The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.  We now have casting news regarding The Amazon Coven, The Egyptian Coven, The Irish Coven, The Romanian Coven, The American Nomads, and The European Nomads.  Some of these names we’ve heard before like Lee Pace playing Garrett and Rami Malek playing Benjamin.

Newcomers to the franchise include Tracey Heggins, Judi Shekoni, Omar Metwally, Andrea Gabriel, Angela Sarafyan, Marlane Barnes, Lisa Howard, Patrick Brennan, Noel Fisher, Guri Weinberg, Toni Trucks, Bill Tangradi, Erik Odom, Valorie Curry, and Joe Anderson.  Hit the jump for a full casting breakdown plus notes on each group.  The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn has been split into two parts.  Part I opens November 18, 2011 while Part II is set for November 16, 2012.

(All descriptions are from a press release sent out by Summit Entertainment.)

The Amazon Coven

Tracey Heggins (Things Fall Apart) as Senna. »

- Matt Goldberg

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Review – “Caught In The Crossfire” (Breezing Through 50 Cent’s Cheetah Vision Library)

11 August 2010 2:38 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Since it was announced that Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson had launched his own film company, Cheetah Vision, we’ve been casually watching to see what kind of work this new venture would yield. The first title under the Cheetah Vision (CV) banner was something called Before I Self Destruct, which was included in his last album release (didn’t catch that). This, I believe is the second CV feature project – the recently-released crime drama titled Caught In The Crossfire, which stars Chris Klein, Adam Rodriguez, and Fiddy himself (albeit in a smaller role than I expected, although somewhat pivotal) – a film I screened last night.

I’ll skip the foreplay and get right to the grind. Call this a Twitterized review

So, how was it? Well, not bad actually! Or maybe my low expectations were simply met. But really, there was actually enough suspense to keep me mostly engaged for a lot of the film, »

- Tambay

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50 Cent Regains 50 Lbs. After Shocking Weight Loss for Film Role (Photos)

8 August 2010 6:27 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Rapper 50 Cent is back to his healthy, burly self after having lost an astonishing 56 pounds to play a cancer patient in an upcoming movie. "I'm now 210 pounds," says the 6' tall rapper. "I'm back at the gym. At my maximum weight I was 214. In the actual film I went down to 160." In Feb. 2010, 50 Cent (born Curtis James Jackson), went on a liquid diet and ran on the treadmill for 3 hours a day to slim down to play cancer-stricken football player in the film, Things Fall Apart. 50 Cent, who wrote the script, is excited about the movie, which co-stars Ray Liotta and is directed by Mario van Peebles. 50 Cent dropped from 214 pounds to an anemic 160 pounds in 2 months for the role. His longtime friend, Lloyd Banks of G-Unit, was shocked with his dedication. »

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50 Cent 'Studied' Robert De Niro Before His Extreme Weight Loss

28 July 2010 2:56 AM, PDT | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

'I read De Niro's interviews during 'Raging Bull,' Christian Bale's during 'The Machinist,' the rapper reveals on 'The View' of preparing for movie role.

By Jayson Rodriguez

50 Cent appears on "The View" on Wednesday

Photo: ABC

Much was made about 50 Cent's dramatic weight loss earlier this year for an acting role that required the muscle-bound rap star to lose more than 50 pounds. But there's been little information about how the fit G-Unit head managed to put the weight back on.

Fif sat down with the women of "The View" on Tuesday and revealed to the hosts what his very first meal was post-production.

"I remember specifically what the first thing was, because I was starving," he laughed. "I had a steak. It was 12 ounces, but I got about four ounces in before I started getting sleepy."

The rapper shocked his fans and followers »

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Game: '50 Cent looks like a smoker'

5 June 2010 7:40 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Game has reportedly praised 50 Cent's dedication to his latest film role, despite claiming he looks like a "smoker". The former G-Unit member has commended 50 Cent's recent weight loss, having shed 54lbs to portray a cancer patient in the drama Things Fall Apart. Game told MTV: "All my boys was sending me pictures of 50 where he sucked up, looking like a smoker, lost all the weight. They were (more) »

- By Marcell Minaya

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50 Cent Explains Weight Loss Regimen

31 May 2010 11:01 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

After the photo showing 50 Cent after his 54-pound weight loss surfaced on the internet last week and caused controversy, the rapper, whose real name is Curtis Jackson, spoke to Parade Magazine about his nine-week regimen.  Going from 214 to 160 pounds for his role in the movie ‘Things Fall Apart,’ which is about a cancer-stricken football player, Jackson said that towards the end of the regiment, it was very difficult to stick to the diet. Jackson also spoke to the Associated Press (AP), saying that the went on a liquid-only diet, similar to the one he went on in 2000 when he was shot in the mouth, to lose the [...] »

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Van Peebles: '50 Cent a dream to direct'

30 May 2010 6:22 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Mario Van Peebles has said that 50 Cent was a dream to direct in Things Fall Apart. The director and actor has revealed that the rapper's dedication to the role as an American football player who is diagnosed with cancer impressed him tremendously. Speaking to Vibe, Van Peebles said: "50 was not at all what I expected. 50 is a really focused, bright, disciplined, affable cat. In terms of directing him, he’s a dream. He had to lose a lot of weight (more) »

- By Marcell Minaya

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50 Cent inspired by Bale's weight loss

29 May 2010 8:38 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

50 Cent has revealed that Tom Hanks, Christian Bale and Robert De Niro inspired him to transform his body for his role in Things Fall Apart. The rapper-turned-actor, who lost 54lbs in only nine weeks to prepare for the film, has admitted that he got strength from other actors who had famously lost weight for their own projects. De Niro shed 35Ibs for his role in the 1976 classic Taxi Driver and Hanks lost the same amount of weight for the 1993 drama (more) »

- By Marcell Minaya

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Open Forum Friday: Are Extreme Physical Transformations Proof of Great Acting?

28 May 2010 2:39 PM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

A lot of people have been talking about the pictures circulating around the web this week of rapper 50 Cent and the drastic physical change he underwent for a recent acting gig. He plays a college football player who is diagnosed with cancer in the Mario Van Peebles movie Things Fall Apart, and he lost 54 pounds in 9 weeks in order to achieve the emaciated look you see above. Clearly it's a shocking difference from the muscular build we are used to seeing, and the general reaction is that it doesn't seem particularly healthy. 50 Cent is far from the first actor to undergo such an extreme transformation (although he may be the first rapper) but it all leads one to ask, is it really necessary or is it all just for show? Plenty of actors have been known to lose or gain a large amount of weight for roles (Christian Bale in »

- Sean

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News Shorts: May 28th 2010

28 May 2010 1:09 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Promo photos and art is out of Lindsay Lohan as porn star Linda Lovelace in the upcoming biopic Inferno.

Reality show princess turned plastic surgery weirdo Heidi Montag has posted a strange audition video for the female lead in "Transformers 3".

A comedic website floats the idea of a fake comedy about four fathers (John Travolta, Brad Garrett, William H Macy and Cuba Gooding Jr.) who find themselves taking on North Korea's Kim Jong-Il.

Some disturbing photos of rapper 50 Cent's new look for the film "Things Fall Apart" about a football player diagnosed with cancer. Thanks to a liquid diet and three-hour-a-day treadmill walks, he dropped from a muscular 214 pounds to a gaunt 160 pounds in two months.

"Beloved child star Gary Coleman has died after suffering an intracranial hemorrhage. He was 42 years old...." (full details)

""Sex and the City 2" had the sixth biggest Thursday opening in history with an impressive $14.2 million. »

- Garth Franklin

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50 Cent Explains Commitment To 'Things Fall Apart'

28 May 2010 9:42 AM, PDT | MTV Movie News | See recent MTV Movie News news »

'You don't have to make everything personal, but that project was,' he says of movie he lost 50 pounds for.

By Shaheem Reid

50 Cent

Photo: G-Unit

The shocking photos that appeared earlier this week of a dramatically gaunt 50 Cent is just another example of the extremes to which he'll go to win. The G-Unit general lost the weight for a role as a football player with cancer in the upcoming "Things Fall Apart," and he spoke to Cleveland's Call and Post about why the movie was worth the sacrifice.

"It's myself, Mario Van Peebles, Ray Liotta, Lynn Whitfield, and it's a project that I wrote, produced and financed myself," he said of the film. "It's about a Heisman hopeful who could possibly be going to the league and everyone is assuming he's gonna make it, and then he's hit with an illness. I had a friend of mine who actually experienced cancer, »

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Rapper,’50 Cent’ Loses 54 Pounds In New Photos For A Movie Role

27 May 2010 3:32 PM, PDT | OnTheFlix | See recent OnTheFlix news »

Rapper,'50 Cent' loses 54 pounds in new photos for a movie role. Popular rapper "50 Cent" (real name Curtis Jackson) recently dropped 54 pounds for a new movie role. As you can see in the photos (above), he looks much different from his former built self. He weighed 214 pounds when he first started. Now, he weighs a mere 160 pounds. He achieved this by going on a strict liquid diet,and doing three-hour-a-day treadmill walks. 50 cent also had his tattoos removed for the movie role. Wow, this must a real important movie for him to do all this. The movie is entitled, "Things Fall Apart," »

- Andre@ontheflix

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Shocking Photo: 50 Cent Loses 50 Lbs.

27 May 2010 5:30 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

50 Cent sure is taking his new acting gig seriously. Not only has the rapper, 34, removed his tattoos for his upcoming flicks, he also reportedly dropped more than 50 lbs. - slimming down from 214 to 160 - in order to play a cancer-stricken football player in Things Fall Apart, due out next year. Photos posted on show a gaunt 50 Cent, real name Curtis Jackson, with sunken cheeks, a result a liquid diet and strict exercise regimen for more than two months. In addition to Things Fall Apart, the rapper is costarring with Chace Crawford in the drama Twelve and will be kicking off his U. »

- Eunice Oh

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Pic: 50 Cent Shares a Look at His Drastic Weight Loss

27 May 2010 2:33 AM, PDT | Celebrity Mania | See recent Celebrity Mania news »

50 Cent is barely recognizable in the photo he recently posted on his website, ThisIs50. The 34-year-old rapper has let out the alarming image as he offered fans a look at his super skinny appearance while filming his new movie "Things Fall Apart", where he plays a football player who is diagnosed with a cancer.

Talking about his drastic weight loss for the movie he wrote and stars, the "G-Unit" leader admitted that his weight dropped to 160 pounds from 240. "I lost 54 pounds for it," he detailed. "I was starving." He also lost 6 inches from his waist during a nine-week training session which had him on a liquid diet and daily walks on a treadmill for up to three hours.

About 50' dedication to his acting career, G-Unit member Tony Yayo recently told MTV News, "50 doesn't party, he doesn't drink. For his new film, the guy was, like, 130 pounds." The rapper added, »


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50 Cent Dropped 54 Pounds for His Starring Role in Things Fall Apart

26 May 2010 10:07 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Like Christian Bale (The Machinist) and Tom Hanks (Castaway) before him, Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson has shed some serious pounds for his upcoming film Things Fall Apart.  In the film, Jackson plays a star running back in his senior year of college who is diagnosed with cancer.  Mario Van Peebles (Damages) is directing, and cast himself alongside Jackson, Ray Liotta, and Lynn Whitfield.

Normally weighing in at 214 pounds, the rapper is often seen shirtless and rather ripped at his shows.  After nine weeks of a liquid diet and three hours on the treadmill each day, Fitty shed 54 pounds to achieve middleweight status at 160 pounds.  Jackson promised fans, “I’ve been eating.  I’ll be back in shape in no time!”  Check out some pics of the weight loss after the jump.

I do respect his commitment to the role, but these kind of weight fluctuations make me nervous.  I can’t »

- Brendan Bettinger

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