Redman is reuniting with frequent collaborator Method Man for another joint album and a sequel to stoner comedy How High. The hip-hop stars have long been partners in the rap game, and they are planning new projects for both the big screen and the music scene.
In an interview with MTV.com, Redman reveals fans can expect a third instalment of the pair's hit Blackout! record series, which was first released by the duo in 1999.
He says, "We gonna do Blackout! 3... Once we get our beats from (producers) RZA, Erick Sermon and Rockwilder, then we can take other producers that wanna be a part of the Redman and Method Man experience."
Redman also unveiled plans to film a sequel to the pair's popular 2001 film How High.
He adds, "I wrote the story board, plot summary, I can't even show y'all that right now. Our ideas was the first How High, from movies that we liked and our ideas so come on, that s**t is right here just to let y'all know I don't play no games.
"The High How 2, hopefully we could do that under Universal (Pictures), if not, we gonna do our own movie under our own s**t and it will be heavily marijuana related."
The film was panned by critics but became a cult classic, even winning High Times magazine's Stony Award in 2002 for the Best Stoner Movie.
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When we last left our heroes, they had conquered all opponents in the 74th Annual Hunger Games, returned home to their newly refurbished living quarters in District 12, and fallen haplessly to the cannibalism of PTSD. And now we're back! Hitching our wagons once again to laconic Katniss Everdeen and her sweet-natured, just-for-the-camera boyfriend Peeta Mellark as they gear up for a second go at the Capitol's killing fields.
But hold your horses — there's a good hour and a half before we step back into the arena. However, the time spent with Katniss and Peeta before the announcement that they'll be competing again for the ceremonial Quarter Quell does not drag. In fact, it's got some of the film franchise's most interesting commentary about celebrity, reality television, and the media so far, well outweighing the merit of The Hunger Games' satire on the subject matter by having Katniss struggle with her responsibilities as Panem's idol. Does she abide by the command of status quo, delighting in the public's applause for her and keeping them complacently saturated with her smiles and curtsies? Or does Katniss hold three fingers high in opposition to the machine into which she has been thrown? It's a quarrel that the real Jennifer Lawrence would handle with a castigation of the media and a joke about sandwiches, or something... but her stakes are, admittedly, much lower. Harvey Weinstein isn't threatening to kill her secret boyfriend.
Through this chapter, Katniss also grapples with a more personal warfare: her devotion to Gale (despite her inability to commit to the idea of love) and her family, her complicated, moralistic affection for Peeta, her remorse over losing Rue, and her agonizing desire to flee the eye of the public and the Capitol. Oftentimes, Katniss' depression and guilty conscience transcends the bounds of sappy. Her soap opera scenes with a soot-covered Gale really push the limits, saved if only by the undeniable grace and charisma of star Lawrence at every step along the way of this film. So it's sappy, but never too sappy.
In fact, Catching Fire is a masterpiece of pushing limits as far as they'll extend before the point of diminishing returns. Director Francis Lawrence maintains an ambiance that lends to emotional investment but never imposes too much realism as to drip into territories of grit. All of Catching Fire lives in a dreamlike state, a stark contrast to Hunger Games' guttural, grimacing quality that robbed it of the life force Suzanne Collins pumped into her first novel.
Once we get to the thunderdome, our engines are effectively revved for the "fun part." Katniss, Peeta, and their array of allies and enemies traverse a nightmare course that seems perfectly suited for a videogame spin-off. At this point, we've spent just enough time with the secondary characters to grow a bit fond of them — deliberately obnoxious Finnick, jarringly provocative Johanna, offbeat geeks Beedee and Wiress — but not quite enough to dissolve the mystery surrounding any of them or their true intentions (which become more and more enigmatic as the film progresses). We only need adhere to Katniss and Peeta once tossed in the pit of doom that is the 75th Hunger Games arena, but finding real characters in the other tributes makes for a far more fun round of extreme manhunt.
But Catching Fire doesn't vie for anything particularly grand. It entertains and engages, having fun with and anchoring weight to its characters and circumstances, but stays within the expected confines of what a Hunger Games movie can be. It's a good one, but without shooting for succinctly interesting or surprising work with Katniss and her relationships or taking a stab at anything but the obvious in terms of sending up the militant tyrannical autocracy, it never even closes in on the possibility of being a great one.
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Nick Pickles/WENNHaving only reunited late last year, former Disney Channel tween idols Jonas Brothers appear to have become the latest group to call it a day over 'musical differences' after cancelling their U.S. tour at the last minute last week. However, not all bands cite such a cliché as their reason for going their separate ways. Here's a look at five bands who broke up in much more bizarre circumstances.EPMDNew York hip-hop duo EPMD have since reunited, broke up and reunited again since their first split in 1996, which was unsurprisingly caused by tensions over rumours that Erick Sermon had masterminded the burglary of his bandmate Parrish J Smith's house.SugababesSugababes would of course famously continue as a three-piece in many different forms. But V1.0 came to an abrupt end in 2001 when Siobhan Donaghy escaped through a toilet window during a Japanese promo campaign after Mutya and Keisha wrongly claimed in an interview that she didn't care about Aaliyah's tragic death.Rage Against The MachineAfter suffering the indignity of losing out to Limp Bizkit for Best Rock Video at the 2000 MTV Video Music Awards, Rage Against The Machine bassist Tim Commerford decided that gatecrashing the stage was the ideal protest. However, frontman Zack de la Rocha failed to see the funny side and a month later disbanded the group because of the failure of their 'decision-making process.'The Everly BrothersAfter years of in-fighting, The Everly Brothers' tempestuous relationship finally came to a head in 1973 when a drunk Don kept on forgetting the lyrics to a show in Hollywood, prompting Phil to smash his head with a guitar and walk off stage. The pair didn't speak to each other for the next ten years.Oasis36 years later, another constantly warring set of siblings also ended their volatile relationship in a similar manner when a physical altercation ended in either Liam or Noel, depending on who you believe, smashing up a guitar in anger before a gig in Paris. Renowned for their punch-ups, most people thought they'd soon bury the hatchet but four years on and the pair still haven't kissed and made up.