‘All Eyez on Me’ Tupac Biopic Movie First Look

The upcoming biopic  based on the life of iconic rapper Tupac Shakur has taken a huge step forward thanks to the casting of newcomer actor Demetrius Shipp Jr. in the leading role. The movie called All Eyez on Me,  started filming last week in Atlanta with music video director Benny Boom.

According to TMZ, Shipp’s father worked in the music industry and had met Shakur a number of years ago. Demetrius was introduced to the legendary rapper at a young age and has been a fan ever since. To top it all off, he shares a striking resemblance to the late hip-hop icon, which was definitely a selling point for the producer, Hutton.

The film is also set to feature Tupac’s death, which took place in 1996.

Demetrius bares a strikingly resemblance to the late Tupac, hopefully his acting will be on point as well.

Nas to Produce Erykah Badu’s Film “The Land”

 

 

Hip Hop Legend, Nas is taking on an off-screen role in Erykah Badu’s indie drama called ‘The Land’, which he is set to executive produce. He is also said to be producing  film’s soundtrack.

According to Variety, The Land, which will premiere at the Sundance Film Festival in January, was written and directed by Steven Caple Jr. and Lizzie Friedman.

The Land follows four teenage boys who escape the streets of Cleveland to pursue professional skateboarding, but they get caught in the web of a local drug queen-pin (Badu).

In addition to Badu, the cast includes Machine Gun Kelly, Michael K. Williams, and Moises Arias.

Benny Boom Tapped to Direct Tupac Biopic

Video director Benny Boom is now tapped to direct the highly anticipated Tupac biopic after the first two directors jumped ship.

Earlier this year ‘Boys in the Hood’ director John Singleton was replaced by ‘Devil in the Blue Dress’ director Carl Franklin after Singleton accused the production of disrespecting Tupac’s legacy.

Now it appears the job has fallen to video director Benny Boom. This will be Boom’s second full length feature film since 2009’s ‘Next Day Air’ starring Mike Epps, Mos Def and Donald Faison.

Producers are under the gun to get the project started because next year the rights to Tupac’s story go back to his mother Afeni Shakur.

First Look: “Barbershop 3”

Barbershop 3 is coming to a theater new you in early 2016.  Ice Cube takes us back to Calvin’s Barbershop in Chicago. Anthony Anderson, Eve, Common, Cedric the Entertainer, and Regina Hall reprise their roles from the earlier films. Also bringing some new additions to the cast including Nicki Minaj, who stars as Draya, the sassy new hairdresser at the beauty shop.

The Barbershop films has grossed a combined $140 million at the worldwide box office.

‘Straight Outta Compton’ Trailer Hits the Web

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The first trailer for Straight Outta Compton is out!  The N.W.A biopic features an intro from executive producers (and subjects of the film) Dr. Dre and Ice Cube, who drive around their old neighborhood.

The film from director F. Gary Gray stars Corey Hawkins, Jason Mitchell and O’Shea Jackson Jr. It is slated for an Aug. 14 release. Watch the trailer below.

A$AP Rocky’s Film Picked up at Sundance Film Festival

“Pushing Dope,” an independent coming of age story featuring Harlem rapper A$AP Rocky, gets picked up at this years Sundance Film Festival.

A$AP Rocky makes his acting debut in Pushing Dope about a group of nerdy kids from Inglewood, California who accidentally end up with a stash of ecstasy belonging to local drug dealer Dom [A$AP Rocky] and their adventures trying to sell the dope to bail Dom out of jail.

After screening at Sundance Pushing Dope was the object of a fierce bidding war and ended up with Open Road Films who bought it for $7 million after pledging a $15 million promotional budget.

The film also features Zoe Kravitz and A$AP’s ex-girlfriend model Chanel Iman.

Whitney Met With Mixed Reviews

The highly anticipated Whitney Houston biopic ‘Whitney’ aired on Lifetime Saturday night to mixed reviews.
Unlike Lifetime’s Wendy Williams produced Aaliyah biopic, Angela Basset received a much warmer welcome for her Whitney Houston biopic.

While there were many complaints that the feature was way too short and focused too much on Bobby Brown and not enough on Whitney fans on social media were pleased with YaYa DeCosta’s portrayal of Whitney Houston and with Deborah Cox’s vocals.

About That Aaliyah Lifetime Biopic

Aaliyah: Princess of R&B aired on the Lifetime network last night and its Executive-producer Wendy Williams and Lifetime was torn a new ass crack from everything to miscasting, bad acting and horrible singing. Now anyone who truly knows me know that I am the biggest Aaliyah fan..back then and still til’ this day.  Yes, I was disappointed in the film as it had no true foundation besides the documented facts that we all know.  Otherwise, everything else was fabricated, sensationalized, etc.  How can you make up situations and supporting commentary when you have no idea what really occurred in those situations.

It makes it even worst considering the family, Missy, Timbaland, Dame Dash, etc where not included or involved with the making of the movie.  The people who actually were closet to her and knew the REAL story.  However, you can’t place all the blame on Wendy Williams, even though she should have been a bit smarter in the way she approached the project. She didn’t direct, cast, or even produce the film.  Nor should the actress Alexandria Shipp be ridiculed.  She is just a young upcoming actress trying to get her foot in the door. However, like everyone else we sure want to her response Monday morning on “Hot Topics,” because it was definitely one over the weekend.

The memes were relentless with absolutely no chill whatsoever. None. Have a laugh or two, or three….smh.

Adding to the comedy of errors Wendy Williams tried to Tweet her favorite Aaliyah song during the broadcast but apparently she didn’t even know the name of it. The response was brutal.

so basically…………..

TLC Movie Does Monster Ratings for VH1

 TLC movie does monster ratings for VH1

VH1’s original movie “Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story” averaged 4.5 million viewers Monday night to rank as the network’s highest-rated telecast in over five years.

The movie scored a 2.9 rating with the advertiser-preferred adults 18-49 demographic, making it the top performing cable original movie of the year and VH1’s highest-rated original movie ever.

It also ranked as the most talked about program on Twitter Monday night with 1.9 million tweets, according to SocialGuide, four times more than the next-closest program, “Monday Night Football.”

“Crazy Sexy Cool” follows the female R&B group from their humble beginnings in Atlanta through their ’90s heyday — “No Scrubs” was one of their hits — and the death of member Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes.

VH1 will re-air the movie on Oct. 27 at 8 p.m.

New Trailer: First Look at Marvin Gaye Biopic “Sexual Healing” Video

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Footage from the controversial Marvin Gaye biopic Sexual Healing starring Jesse L. Martin has been released to the public. According to Shadow and Act, the film has an “anticipated” release date of April 1, 2014, and is only at 70% completed.  Lenny Kravitz was due to play Marvin, but dropped out of the film after the the Gaye finally persuaded him to drop out of the film.  Judging from the trailer, fans will get a haunting glimpse of the legend and his personal struggles with family, his career, and drugs.