Rapper/actor T.I. has confirmed a follow-up to his 2006 drama Atl is underway. The coming-of-age film was the Whatever You Like hitmaker's big screen debut and now he has revealed he will be back for ATL 2 almost a decade later.
T.I., real name Clifford Harris, took to Instagram.com on Wednesday (05Mar15) and posted a photo of himself filming in a restaurant booth alongside co-stars Jackie Long, Albert Daniels and Jason Wever, and added the caption, "#ATL2 Get Ready".
Director Chris Robinson reposted the snap, adding, "#ATL WAS A CLASSIC #ATL2 WILL BE LEGENDARY!!! AND SO IT BEGINS THE CREW."
The rapper also added a photo of himself embracing actress Lauren London, who appears to be reprising her role as T.I.'s onscreen love interest, New-New.
The 2006 film, loosely based on the real-life experiences of producer Dallas Austin and TLC star Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins' upbringing in Atlanta, Georgia.
ATL also featured appearances from Outkast's Big Boi, Evan Ross, rappers Jazze Pha and Killer Mike and R&B star Monica.
The closing arguments in Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams' Blurred Lines copyright infringement trial are expected to be presented in court on Thursday afternoon (05Mar15), two weeks after proceedings began. The two hitmakers are fighting soul legend Marvin Gaye's kids over claims they borrowed heavily from his 1977 classic Got to Give It Up while creating their 2013 hit.
Both Thicke and Williams have testified, with the former confessing he lied when he claimed to have had a bigger role in the creation of the song, and Pharrell telling the court on Wednesday (04Mar15) he was not thinking about Gaye or his music when he came up with the hit.
During the trial, Thicke performed a medley of classic tunes on a piano in an effort to prove to the jury that many great songs have similar hooks and chord progressions.
But Gaye's children maintain Blurred Lines is too similar to their father's Got to Give it Up, and they're seeking a cut of the 2013 hit's profits. Marvin Gaye's ex-wife Janis, the mother of his children, told the court she was convinced Thicke's hit had been taken from Got to Give It Up, revealing she was stunned to discover the songwriters hadn't licensed Gaye's work.
She testified, "It's the living legacy Marvin left behind for his children, his family, his fans and the world."
Pop star Demi Lovato is hoping to collaborate with rapper Eminem for her forthcoming album as she hopes they can create a classic tune inspired by their experiences as recovering drug addicts. The Skyscraper singer is in the process of recording her fifth studio album and admits she is eyeing up some big names to join her in the studio.
In an interview with Entertainment Tonight, Lovato says, "I would love to work with Eminem actually... I can relate to him with being in recovery and things like that so I think we could make something awesome together."
Lovato, 22, sought treatment for an eating disorder and drug and alcohol addiction in 2010, while the 8 Mile star previously battled an addiction to painkillers and other drugs.
British actress Lily James stuck to a liquid diet while shooting new Disney movie Cinderella because her corset was tied too tight for her to properly digest solid foods. The Downton Abbey star took on the titular character in Sir Kenneth Branagh's live-action adaptation of the classic fairytale, but she admits she had to suffer for her art to ensure she didn't burp in the face of her Prince Charming, played by former Game of Thrones actor Richard Madden.
She tell Eonline.com, "When (the corset) was on, we would be on continuous days, so we wouldn't stop for lunch... You'd be sort of eating on the move. In that case, I couldn't untie the corset...
"If you ate food, it didn't really digest properly, and I'd be burping all afternoon in (Madden's) face, and it was just really sort of unpleasant. I'd have soup so that I could still eat but it wouldn't get stuck (sic)."
James' diet secrets emerge after she was forced to dismiss suggestions movie bosses digitally altered her onscreen image to give her a smaller waist, insisting no computer-generated imagery (CGI) was used to make her appear more slender.
She recently told the Los Angeles Times, "I naturally have a really small waist. The skirt's big and the corset pulls me in and that's the point. That's the shape (the costume designer) created... I think it's a beautiful gown with a beautiful shape...
"I think it's all very hypocritical... and they're drawing more attention to it... I think all that stuff's so negative, and you've got to let it wash over your head. I'm so healthy. I've got hips and boobs and a bum and a small waist."
Our favorite show on TV, Bates Motel, returns for its third season on Monday, March 9. We've had to last an entire year without being creeped out by the word "mother" and living each week in suspense waiting to find out what's happening in White Pine Bay. Thankfully, the wait is almost over. Bates Motel is re-opening!
1. There will be plenty more moments where Norman's so cute that you don't care if he's going to kiss you or kill you.
Right? We're not alone in that, are we?
2. There will be plenty more Norma being Norma.
3. And tons more Dylan all, "am I the only normal one in this whole town?"
4. There will be lots of
5. There will be NO insulting Mother. Not in front of Norman.*
*Especially not when Norman has a weapon.
6. We can find out how Emma's rebellious teen years are progressing.
7. We get to see Norman asking very important questions about himself.
8. We get to see more of Norman asking questions about himself while ugly crying.
9. There will be invaluable sartorial advice.
Norman knows his fashion faux pas.
10. We're praying there'll be plenty more shirtless Dylan this upcoming season too.
Like, why does anyone on this show even wear a shirt in the first place?
11. Norman will say really profound things that also really apply to himself.
12. We have more of the creepiest mother-son relationship to cringe at.
13. Emma will also continue to side-eye from the sidelines, trying to understand the Bates family.
14. Norman will have more silent rage-fueled pouts.
15. While Norma will continue to feel bad for herself.
16. And self medicate, because Norma has more problems than everyone else does.
17. We will (hopefully) have more magical moments of awkward facial expressions from Norman.
18. We will definitely have more moments of awkward facial expressions from Norma.
19. There will be moments where you'll be tempted to become a taxidermist. It just goes with everything!
20. Most importantly, there will an abundance of adorable doofiness coming from our anti-hero.
21. And he'll make you feel special.
Kelly Clarkson poked fun at recent comments she made about struggling to convince fellow artists to duet with her by teaming up with comedian Jimmy Fallon to sing a series of classic tunes during an appearance on his U.S. talk show on Monday (02Mar15). They performed renditions of Sonny and Cher's I Got You Babe, The Human League's Don't You Want Me, and Don't Go Breaking My Heart by Elton John and Kiki Dee. Fallon also showed off his impression of Aaron Neville by donning a black beret and a stick-on forehead mole to perform his high-pitched Don't Know Much, before closing the musical segment with Paula Abdul's Opposites Attract.
Aiden Turner and the cast of the Poldark reboot changed the way they recited their lines following the "scary" backlash over mumbling in Jessica Brown Findlay's TV adaptation of Jamaica Inn. Last year (14), the Downton Abbey star came under fire over the poor sound quality in her BBC mini-series based on Daphne Du Maurier's book, and hundreds of viewers lodged complaints suggesting they could not hear the dialogue.
The Hobbit actor is following in Brown Findlay's footsteps by appearing in another BBC period drama, an update of classic 1970s show Poldark, and he reveals many castmembers ditched plans to use regional accents because of the Jamaica Inn row.
He tells Britain's Radio Times magazine, "The fuss about it spooked us all a lot... We started shooting a few weeks later and I can tell you all the actors were aiming for 10 out of 10 on enunciation. I'm doing posh RP (received pronunciation) anyway so it didn't really affect me directly, but I was scared, yes."
Country rocker Shooter Jennings is working on an unlikely tribute album to disco king Giorgio Moroder. The project, which will feature guest vocals from Marilyn Manson, will feature some of Moroder's biggest dancefloor fillers reworked as rock songs.
Jennings tells Classic Rock, "It's an all-live band but we're doing all Giorgio tunes - stuff from 1977's From Here To Eternity and things like that. To me it sounds like Queens Of The Stone Age when you have a live band doing all his stuff.
"We have fiddle and all kinds of interesting instruments involved... I'm not doing an electronic dance music thing; it's very much a live performance format."
Manson will sing on Jennings' cover of David Bowie's 1981 track Cat People (Putting Out The Fire), which was co-written by Moroder.
Jennings admits he came up with the idea for the odd new album while visiting Moroder's Los Angeles club in the basement of the Standard Hotel.
He adds, "They have a date on Saturday nights called Club Giorgio. I don't dance but it's fun to go there because I'll sit and drink and watch people dance. Sometimes Quincy Jones will be there, or Russell Simmons. I'm just kinda sneaking in the background, hoping that Giorgio shows up and I can finally get to meet him one day."
Ethan Hawke is reuniting with his Training Day co-star Denzel Washington for the upcoming remake of classic western The Magnificent Seven. The Boyhood star is nearing a deal to become one of the gang of gunslingers in the new version of the iconic 1960 John Sturges film, according to TheWrap.
The casting not only reunites Hawke with Oscar-winner Washington, but also with their director Antoine Fuqua, who will helm the western, nearly 15 years after Training Day.
Guardians of the Galaxy star Chris Pratt and actress Haley Bennett will also co-star in the film, which was written by True Detective creator Nic Pizzolatto and The Blind Side director John Lee Hancock.
Actor Nick Offerman is heading back to his theatre roots in a stage adaptation of literary cult classic, A Confederacy Of Dunces. The 21 Jump Street star will portray funny protagonist Ignatius Reilly in the Boston, Massachusetts production, which is based on John Kennedy Toole's Pulitzer Prize-winning novel, about an obnoxious and overweight hot dog stand owner who constantly complains about the evils of the modern age.
A statement released by Offerman reads: "I am simply tumescent at the prospect of assaying the beloved character of Ignatius J. Reilly with our team of magnificent and weird artistic champions."
The play has been adapted for the stage by Jeffrey Hatcher and will be directed by David Esbjornson at the Huntington Theatre Company from 11 November (15).
Toole committed suicide in 1969, aged 31, after struggling to get A Confederacy of Dunces published. Writer Walker Percy and Toole's mother eventually managed to succeed where he had failed and the author was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize in 1981.
Offerman began his career on the stage in Chicago, Illinois, where he became acquainted with Amy Poehler, who would go on to become his co-star in hit U.S. sitcom Parks & Recreation, which ended its seven-season run last week (24Feb15).