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.
Tech entrepreneur and Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and controversial U.S. writer and broadcaster Ann Coulter will portray the U.S. leader and his vice-president in the upcoming Sharknado 3 TV disaster movie, which will be set in Washington, D.C. Actors Ian Ziering and Tara Reid will reprise their roles from the previous two movies, while Bo Derek, Jerry Springer, former 'N Sync star Chris Kirkpatrick and wrestler-turned-rocker Chris Jericho will also appear. Sharknado 3 will debut on America's Syfy network in July (15).
Soul singer Erykah Badu made an unexpected appearance on a local Texas news station this week (begs23Feb15) after inclement weather conditions grounded her flight from Dallas to Los Angeles. The On & On hitmaker was among the passengers left stranded at Dallas-Forth Worth Airport and agreed to be interviewed by local CBS news reporter Steve Pickett about the delays.
Discussing the long wait for another flight, the singer quipped, "It's hard out here for a pimp, you know?", before adding, "I'm just trying to get to Los Angeles. I just have to wait a little bit longer."
She then smiled and waved to the camera, mouthing, 'Hey mom' as Pickett finished his segment.
Pickett later took to his Twitter.com blog to give Badu a shout out, writing, "You never know who'll you run into at the airport!!! Awesome!"
Badu is no stranger to odd TV appearances - last summer (Jun14), she interrupted a live news broadcast in New York by walking into shot and attempting to kiss reporter Mario Diaz, much to his surprise.
The gloves Muhammad Ali and Sonny Liston wore during their infamous 1965 rematch have sold at auction for $956,000 (£597,500). The gloves from the fight in Maine were picked up by an anonymous buyer at The Heritage Auction in Dallas, Texas on Saturday (21Feb15) for almost twice their original estimate.
Auctioneer Chris Ivy says, "(The gloves are) among the most important pieces of memorabilia to ever come to market... These transcend sports."
Ali signed both pairs of gloves in 1995 when he celebrated the fight's 30th anniversary.
Country couple Trisha Yearwood and Garth Brooks will host the inaugural ACM Lifting Lives fundraising gala in April (15). The event, which is scheduled just two days before the 50th annual ACM Awards, will take place simultaneously at the Omni Dallas Hotel and the Fort Worth Zoo in Texas.
Brooks and Yearwood will alternate between both locations throughout the evening to entertain attendees, while Lady Antebellum will headline festivities at the Omni Dallas Hotel and Keith Urban and Little Big Town will perform at the Fort Worth event.
Funds raised at the bash will be donated to several Texas-based charities, including Brooks' favourite cause, Teammates for Kids.
The 50th annual ACM Awards, which will be co-hosted by Blake Shelton and Luke Bryan, will take place at the AT&T Stadium in Arlington, Texas, on 19 April (15).
"I kind of took the diva-ness of Mariah (Carey), who I know socially and really like, but she's always with four people. She's got a bodyguard and stuff like that, which I don't need. Mariah is her own universe and I adore her, but she's hilarious. (I also used) some of Whitney (Houston) and the tragedy of Whitney, a little (Amy) Winehouse... (and) a little Stevie (Nicks)... I always steal from Stevie anyway." Courtney Love on how she built her Elle Dallas character for Lee Daniels' music industry TV drama Empire.
Arrow star Stephen Amell has been praised as "a class act" and "a phenomenal man" after helping two married fans overcome the tragic loss of their unborn child by treating them to the full VIP experience at a comic book convention in Texas. Korey and Matt Finch, from Texas, suffered the heartbreaking loss of their baby boy Damian in late September (14), while he was still in the womb, and the grieving parents, who are both big comic book fans, planned to host a superhero-themed funeral for their child.
They reached out to Amell via Facebook.com to "see if maybe he would send something to the memorial", but instead of just sending a souvenir for the memorial, Amell decided to go one step further.
He asked Korey to keep in touch so they could organise a meeting when he made a stop in Dallas this month (Feb15), and instead of just a quick meet-and-greet, Amell gave the Finches and a group of their friends VIP tickets and front row seats for his show's panel at the Dallas Comic Con last weekend (07-08Feb15).
The actor even wore a T-shirt the couple had designed to remember their son throughout the whole comic con event, and Korey revealed all about the meeting in a blog post on Buzzfeed.com.
She wrote, "I bawled. When he dedicated the panel to my husband and I, I straight up ugly cried. He wore the shirt THE WHOLE PANEL."
She then thanked Amell for his generosity, describing him as "a class act, and a phenomenal man", adding, "4 months ago my world was shattered, and in two days, Stephen Amell brought me more happiness than I have felt since my son died. He went above and beyond to do something special for my family and friends. And for that, I will be forever grateful."
"Her name is Elle Dallas... she sold 150 million records, thereabouts. I had to get into that diva headspace, because I don't know what that's like! She's also on a lot of drugs and I had to do a lot of research for that..." Rocker Courtney Love jokes about her preparation for her role in new U.S. TV drama Empire.
A letter written by boxing legend Muhammed Ali requesting exemption from the Vietnam War is expected to fetch $56,000 (£35,000) at auction. The sporting great was conscripted to join the U.S. army in 1966, but after converting to Islam, he declined to go to war and wrote to government officials to appeal.
An extract from the letter reads, "This petition is made to you in order to avoid injustice and unnecessary litigation in the courts."
The defiant act led to Ali being arrested, tried and sentenced to five years in jail in 1967.
Ali was fined $10,000 (£6,300) and banned from boxing for more than three years, but he stayed out of prison after appealing his sentence and he returned to the ring in 1970.
The letter will be sold by Heritage Auctions in Dallas, Texas on 21 February (15).
Matthew Mcconaughey has insisted his photo is removed from a cattle ranch website his brother runs after the Oscar winner came under attack for hunting activities offered there. The Dallas Buyers Club star became the target of animal rights activists this week (beg02Feb15) after details about whitetail deer hunting activities at the LP Ranch in Mertzon, Texas, which he had previously purchased with his brother, were documented online.
The ranch, which breeds and sells horses and cows, also offers customers the opportunity to stay on the grounds and enjoy a hunting experience by tracking down and shooting deer which have been caged in by high fences.
The news came as a shock to some of the actor's fans, who have blasted him and the ranch's activities online.
However, McConaughey's representative has since distanced the Hollywood star from the controversy, insisting he handed the ranch over to his brother in 2011.
The actor has also made sure his picture is no longer featured on LP Ranch's website to avoid confusion - news which has satisfied PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) Senior Director Colleen O'Brien.
In a statement issued to WENN, she writes, "PETA inquired right away (about McConaughey's involvement) and has been assured by Matthew McConaughey's representative that he does not own the ranch and his photo has been removed from its website."