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Many influential Hip Hop groups are thinking of possible biopics considering the success of the NWA biopic, Straight Outta Compton. The group coming straight out the A deserving to be on the big screen is Outkast.
Big Boi told Reddit during the Ask Me Anything segment to “stay tuned” for a biopic in the works:
If Andre 3000 is still down with the biopic, Leonardo DiCaprio and Kevin Hart will be expecting a call soon.
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After the recent news of a new Tupac Shakur movie in the works has surfaced, director John Singleton walks away from the project with a blunt IG post…
Filmmaker John Singleton was nominated for the best director Oscar in 1992 for his first feature Boyz n the Hood, and became the youngest person and first African-American nominated in that category. His subsequent films include 2 Fast 2 Furious, Shaft, and Four Brothers. His most recent endeavor is said to be a Tupac Shakur biopic, however there is apparently an issue with the production team assigned to the flick.
Now Singleton has taken to Instagram to explain why he’s no longer associated with his former comrade Tupac’s life story in a critical statement regarding Morgan Creek Productions:
Real talk! The reason I am not making this picture is because the people involved aren’t really respectful of the legacy of Tupac Amaru Shakur. I won’t say much if you want you can read my articles in Hollywood Reporter on authenticity in Black Storytelling…To Pac’s real fans just know I am still planning a movie on Tupac…It doesn’t matter what they do mines will be better…Tupac was much more than a hip hop artist…He was a black man guided by his passions…Of most importance was his love of black people and culture…Something the people involved in this movie know nothing about…Real talk! How you gonna make a movie about a man when you suing his mother to get the rights to tell his story?! They have no true love 4 Pac so this movie will not be made with love! And that’s why my ass isn’t involved! If Tupac knew what was going on he’d ride on all these fools and take it to the streets…But I won’t do that…I’ll just make my own project. What Y’all think about that?!!”
Devoted Pac fans can appreciate Singleton’s dedication to “keepin it real” when creating a film based on the Tupac legacy, and his respect for the Pac estate. Carl Franklin, who directed Denzel Washington in 1995’s Devil in a Blue Dress, will replace Singleton as director. If indeed he does decide to make his own film the critics are most definitely at attention awaiting the final outcome.
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Mo’ne Davis is living proof that dreams really do come true.
If you don’t know who Mo’ne Davis is, she is an American Little League pitcher from Pennsylvania. She’s one of two girls to play in the 2014 Little League World Series, and the first African American girl. She also landed a cover on Sports Illustrated as the first Little League Player on the cover. Mo’ne made several accomplishments, and broke many barriers, and she’s only 13! Which makes her an ideal role model for the youth.
As Disney makes moves to be more racially diverse, they take another step in that direction by making Mo’ne the subject of a new Disney Channel Movie called “Throw Like Mo”. I have no doubt that Disney will do Mo’ne’s remarkable story justice.
No release date given yet.
-Ebbony P (@miss2bees)
Jennifer Lee Pryor, widow of the late comedic legend Richard Pryor, stopped by the Alison Rosen is Your New Best Friend podcast and touched on a variety of subjects namely the upcoming biopic about her deceased husband. The yet-to-be-named film is set to begin shooting in July, and will star Mike Epps as Richard Pryor, Kate Hudson as Jennifer Pryor and Oprah as his grandmother with Lee Daniels (Precious, The Butler) directing.
In the interview Jennifer discusses push back from Richard’s children about the biopic:
“Their qualms are they want to be part of it. And the problem is, they have to talk to me, and they don’t want anything to do with me.”
“Richard Junior surprised me. I thought I had a good relationship with him, and all of a sudden he’s talking smack about me in the press. And I wish him well, I don’t know where it came from. He and Nick Cannon all of a sudden got tight, because Nick Cannon didn’t get the part and Nick’s really pissed off about it. But listen, I have learned to take the high road because there’s less traffic up there. I really don’t hold any animosity towards these kids. I sort of get it. All those mamas, you know, and they’re going to imbue their kids with that same kind of anger… but the truth is, I didn’t have kids with Richard. It’s probably the one smart thing I did with Richard. But I chose not to, because number one, I knew I wasn’t going to be a good mother, and number two, I knew he wasn’t a good father. “
She went on to discuss the decision to give Epps the lead role:
“I approached him a few years back, and then we had a falling out. And it had to do with him kind of getting involved too much with the kids, and… so when Lee told me he was considering Mike, I said “Oh… you know, I will defer to you.” There were three people in the running, really: Marlon Wayans, and Nick, and Mike. And Lee said Jen, you know, Mike’s the real deal. I said I know, I agree. I said I can’t give my blessing, but I’m not going to stand in your way. I have approvals, but I said I’m not going to f*ck with you, I’m not going to cockblock you. He said no, I need your blessing. I said well I can’t give you my blessing, because he hasn’t been cool with me and he’s gotta come clean with me. He said but he says he didn’t do anything. And I said well he’s lying. I said I need him to come clean.”
What had he done?
“He was in bed with Rain [Pryor’s third child], and Elizabeth [Pryor’s second], and there was… just some sh*t. He’d given some money to Rain, and… he thought he was gonna make a project with Rain based on her book, which was crazy anyway because you can’t make a movie about Richard Pryor without [me?]. It was just an absurd thing. But I asked him to speak at Richard’s funeral, and he got up there, and I could tell he was kind of disconnected from me, and he was… the kids were already compiling a case against me, and had a lot of animosity, and I could tell he was sort of playing to them. Anyway, I spotted it. And, again, I said Lee, just do your thing. But Mike called me one day and said Jen, I wanna come clean. I gotta tell you the truth, you’re right. And I said I knew it. And he said that’s all you wanted was the truth? I said that’s all. And so now we’re gonna move forward in a really productive way.”
So the road to getting this biopic underway has been a bit bumpy, but would you expect much else from the family of a comedian who was married seven times and has six children? Us either.
Check back with The Source as more information on the Richard Pryor biopic become available and check out Alison Rosen’s full interview with Jennifer Lee Pryor here.
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The first official trailer for ‘Straight Outta Compton’ is revealed.
Continue reading Ice Cube Premieres First Official Trailer For N.W.A. Movie
Born Dec. 30, 1984 in Akron, Ohio; the Cleveland Cavaliers superstar player LeBron James, turns 30 years old today
At age 20, LeBron became the youngest player ever drafted No. 1 overall in the NBA, when the Cleveland Cavaliers took him with the first pick of the 2003 draft. He has also achieved a number of NBA records, including becoming the youngest player to score 20,000 points at age 28, in January 2013. Young LeBron showed a natural born talent for basketball, and began to earn a reputation as a prodigy in high school. During the 2003-04 season, he won the Rookie of the Year Award.
James played on the 2004, 2008 and 2012 U.S. Olympic basketball teams, winning a team bronze medal and two team golds overall. He went on and led the Miami Heat to NBA championship victories in both 2012 and 2013. This year it was announced that James will be returning to the Cavaliers.
Happy Birthday LeBron, and many more to come.
-Infinite Wiz (@InfiniteWiz)
Lifetime gets another crack at honoring a legacy
Last month, Lifetime aired an Aaliyah biopic that was met with unanimous opposition and bad reviews, but still managed to garner 3.2 million views. The film was criticized by everybody from Timbaland and Missy Elliott to Aaliyah’s actual family, and the producers–one of whom was Wendy Williams–failure to gain access to the licensing of Aaliyah’s original music pretty much meant the movie was doomed from the start.
This time around, things may be different. In Angela Bassett‘s directorial debut, Yaya DaCosta will star as Whitney Houston in a biopic aptly titled Whitney. Bobby Brown will be played by Arlen Escarpeta. The film will air on January 17th at 8pm. Watch the trailer above.
— Lifetime (@lifetimetv) November 13, 2014