Actress Taraji P. Henson has taken aim at 50 Cent after the rapper accused the producers of her new TV show Empire of copying the promotional tactics for his own series, Power. The In Da Club hitmaker, real name Curtis Jackson, is a co-creator and producer of Power, a gritty drama about a New York club boss who tries to turn his life around and leave his underground career as a drug kingpin behind.
His series has been picked up for a second season by bosses at U.S. cable network Starz, but the hip-hop superstar couldn't help but notice alleged similarities in the plot and marketing for Empire, which stars Terrence Howard as a reformed drug dealer who reinvents himself as a music mogul at the top of a hip-hop empire.
Taking to Instagram.com before the New Year (01Jan15), 50 Cent shared side-by-side snaps of the two shows' leading men in a bid to underline his argument, and wrote, "POWER Season 2 is unbelievably good trust me. I have the best writers and show runner. I like Terrence howard and Taraji Henson. I don't like that They would copy the Marketing."
Henson, who plays Howard's onscreen ex, was quizzed about 50 Cent's comments on Twitter on Monday (05Jan15), and she refused to get riled up by his criticism.
Instead, the Oscar nominee took a swipe at 50 by replying, "I pay attention to $'s (dollars) NOT cents".
She then quipped, "I couldn't even find the 'cent' sign (on her keyboard)!!"
Empire premieres on America's Fox network on Wednesday (07Jan15).
Rap entrepreneur 50 Cent has inked a $78 million (£48.75 million) deal with new underwear brand RevolutionWear Frigo. The In Da Club hitmaker, real name Curtis Jackson, took to Instagram.com on Monday (15Dec14) to share the news about his big-money contract for the luxury line, which boasts high-tech design with "superior athletic support".
In the post, he wrote, "I just did a deal for $78 million for underwear. What did you muthaf**kas do today? Lllllllllooooolllllllllll (laugh out loud) Boom FRIGO (sic)".
50 Cent was recently reported to have become a stakeholder in the undergarment firm, which was founded in 2012, alongside superproducer Timbaland, retired baseball icon Derek Jeter and basketball player Carmelo Anthony.
Hours after his announcement, the rapper tried to convince U.S. talk show host Seth Meyers why customers should pay the $100 (£62.50) price tag for a pair of the Frigo boxer briefs.
He joked, "This $100 underwear were actually hand-created and actually hand-stitched."
Getting serious, he added, "They have a technology in 'em where you can put your man apples... For you to place your sack in another sack that has been ergonomically-designed for comfort. But you know, women spend so much money on lingerie, it's the right project for men."
50 Cent is no stranger to multi-million dollar deals - he famously banked $100 million (£62.5 million) after taxes in 2007 when Coca-Cola purchased his Vitamin Water brand, created in partnership with Glaceau beverage bosses, for $4 billion.
Rapper 50 Cent has warned protesters demanding action over two police killings in the U.S. that it is "not fair" to speak out without knowing all the facts, insisting there is often a "grey area" in grand jury cases.
The In Da Club hitmaker, real name Curtis Jackson III, had several brushes with the law before finding fame and was sentenced to three to nine years in prison for drugs and gun possession.
He says his dealings with law enforcement authorities made him realise there is often "a defense" to their actions on the streets and a "balance" in every incident, and he has vowed not to make a judgement in the controversial cases of Michael Brown and Eric Garner without hearing all the facts.
Demonstrators have taken to the streets in several major U.S. cities following recent separate grand jury rulings not to indict police officers involved in the shooting of teenage thief Brown in Missouri and the death of Garner, who was apparently placed in a chokehold as he was arrested in New York for illegally selling cigarettes.
Jackson tells the New York Daily News, "I think it's interesting the timing of everything that's happening. I've stayed pretty quiet about how I felt about it personally, because I don't have all the information in those situations. I've had people make decisions about me without knowing how I felt about things. It's not really fair to say it if you don't know.
"I grew up in an environment where a lot of people, I know for a fact, have criminal intentions, so it would raise a defense on one end and raises the aggression level on the other at the same time, so you see there's a balance. There's right and wrong, a lot of times you look at things and you kind of see things in a gray area."
50 Cent is no longer facing a multi-million dollar lawsuit after a video star dropped her defamation case against him. Model Sally Ferreira, who appeared in the rapper's Big Rich Town promo, sued the In Da Club hitmaker for $11 million (£6.9 million) earlier this year (14) over allegations he defamed her on social media.
Ferreira claimed the hip-hop star, real name Curtis Jackson, cost her work in the music video industry after falsely accusing her of leaking behind-the-scenes photos of them in a bid to spread rumours suggesting they were dating.
However, her suit, which was filed in Manhattan Federal Court in New York City, was dropped on Friday (26Sep14), according to the New York Daily News.
Both parties filed motions to dismiss the case with prejudice, meaning the lawsuit cannot be refiled in future.
The rapper's lawyer Stephen Savva says, "As Mr. Jackson always believed, the baseless claims asserted against him were not worth 50 cents, no less the $11 million originally sought by the plaintiff."
Rapper 50 Cent is mourning the loss of his beloved grandmother.
Belulah Jackson has passed away but the cause of her death has yet to be revealed, according to MTV News. The In Da Club hitmaker openly spoke about his grandmother in the past, as she and her husband took the rapper in when he was eight years old following the death of his mother.
In June (14), the star, real name Curtis Jackson, told New York radio host Angie Martinez that his grandmother was suffering from an unidentified illness, and hoped she would pull through. He said, "Her actually being sick, for me this is the only person who took care of me. It's really uncomfortable for me. If I had one person in the world that I could give everything that I have to and I'd be comfortable with it, it'll be my grandmother."
Rapper 50 Cent has been tapped to perform on ex-girlfriend Chelsea Handler's final episode of her late night talk show, Chelsea Lately.
The In Da Club hitmaker first met the comedien during an appearance on her chat show in 2009, and shortly after, the unlikely pair began a highly-publicized relationship that lasted several months.
Now five years later, 50, real name Curtis Jackson, will return to the program for one last performance with his G-Unit crew, and it will also mark the first time Jackson and Handler will see each other since their split, according to the E! Network. Chelsea Lately will end its seven-year run on 26 August (14), and will include appearances by Handler's pals Jennifer Aniston and Sandra Bullock.
Rapper/actor Ice Cube has opened up about his controversial decision not to cast the late Eazy-E's son as the hip-hop icon in his forthcoming N.W.A. biopic, insisting the role required an experienced actor with "a lot of range". Eazy-E's son, Eric Wright, Jr., auditioned for the Straight Outta Compton film job and recently admitted he was disappointed after movie bosses decided to cast newcomer Jason Mitchell as the younger version of his tragic father.
Now Ice Cube, who is serving as one of the project's producers, has explained the reasons behind the decision, insisting aspiring actor Wright, Jr. simply wasn't a good fit.
Speaking to Colorado radio station KS 107.5, Ice Cube says, "He (Wright, Jr.) is an up-and-coming actor trying to do it, but we needed somebody who was a little more polished to play Eazy, because he goes through a lot in his life. He goes from selling dope in Compton to fighting for his life in a hospital bed. So we needed to find an actor with a lot of range. And we just couldn't use just anybody. We gave him (Wright, Jr.) a shot, and it just didn't work out."
Wright, Jr. wasn't the only N.W.A. offspring snubbed for a role in the film - Dr. Dre's aspiring actor/rapper son Curtis Young was also passed over in favour of Corey Hawkins, although Ice Cube's kid, O'Shea Jackson, Jr., will play his dad onscreen.
Meanwhile, the remaining N.W.A. bandmates MC Ren and DJ Yella will be played by Aldis Hodge and Neil Brown, Jr., respectively.
F. Gary Gray will direct the film about the rise of the iconic California rap group and their split in 1991.
The biopic is scheduled for release next summer (15).
Eazy-E's son is feeling disappointed after he was left out of the cast of upcoming N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. Lil' Eazy-E, real name Eric Wright, Jr., had hoped movie bosses would let him play his late father in the new movie about the legendary hip-hop group, but newcomer Jason Mitchell has been given the role instead.
The 30 year old tells TMZ.com he is disappointed with the decision, adding, "I am my father. I look like him. I sound like him."
Ice Cube's son O'Shea Jackson Jr. will portray his own father in the film, but Dr. Dre's son Curtis Young also faced disappointment when the role of his dad was given to actor Marcus Callender.
Wright, Jr., who was just 11 years old when his rapper father died from an AIDS-related illness in 1995, previously said of the movie role, "I'm the perfect man for the role. Who better to play him in the N.W.A. days? Like father, like son - no make-up needed."
Rap mogul Dr. Dre halted plans for his son to portray him on the big screen in N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton over fears he didn't have enough acting experience. F. Gary Gray will direct the film about the rise of the California rap group, which included Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, the late Eazy-E, MC Ren and DJ Yella, and their split in 1991.
The cast was announced last week (ends22Jun14) and includes O'Shea Jackson, Jr., playing his father Ice Cube, and Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E.
Newcomer Marcus Callender landed the role of Dre, but the hip-hop veteran's aspiring actor/rapper son Curtis Young reveals he auditioned for the role first.
He says, "I actually tried out for the role, 'cause the casting company called me. But my father wanted somebody with more acting experience, and I haven't been acting for a long time, so I'm happy for the guy that got the role. It's one of those things where we want what's best for the movie and for the film. I had a lot of fans that were upset about it, but whatever's best for the film."
The biopic is set for release in 2015
Rapper Ja Rule has reignited his feud with 50 Cent in his new book. The hip-hop star's long-running war of words with the In Da Club hitmaker ran for 14 years, with the pair constantly trading shots against each other in interviews and songs until they publicly made amends in 2011,
But the Always on Time hitmaker has opened old wounds by detailing their feud in new memoir Unruly: The Highs and Lows of Becoming a Man, in which he claims 50 was "a crazed man on a mission to destroy me".
In the book, Ja Rule accuses 50 Cent, real name Curtis Jackson, of giving police officers information on him, music producer Irv 'Gotti' Lorenzo and their record label Murder Inc. following a 2000 brawl, during which his rap rival was shot nine times. He believes Jackson's co-operation with the police lead to a money-laundering case against Lorenzo and his brother, who were eventually acquitted in 2005.
He writes, “When they (police) asked him who he thought had shot him, it would make sense that 50 would have said, 'Ja Rule, Irv Gotti and Murder Inc.'... He secretly led them through his recordings for the answers they were looking for."
Ja Rule also recounts psychical altercations with the rapper, including a 2000 recording studio feud.
He recalls, "I hit him with the crutch. We proceeded to whip his ass. I was putting in my work. 50 was crunched in the corner. I slammed the big tannoy speaker down on him."
His memoir is due to be released on 31 July (14).