Actor Keith Stanfield has been cast to play a young Snoop Dogg in the upcoming N.W.A. biopic.
The Purge: Anarchy star will join Jason Mitchell, Ice Cube's son O'Shea Jackson, Jr. and Corey Hawkins, who will portray the late Eazy-E, Ice Cube and Dr. Dre, respectively, in Straight Outta Compton, according to TheWrap.com. Meanwhile, Sheldon A. Smith has been chosen to play rapper Warren G and Carra Patterson from Why Did I Get Married Too? will portray Eazy-E's widow Tomica Woods.
F. Gary Gray will direct the film about Compton, California rappers Dr. Dre, Ice Cube, the late Eazy-E, MC Ren and DJ Yella's rise to fame in the late 1980s and their subsequent split in 1991.
The movie is scheduled to hit theatres in August, 2015.
Sideways star Paul Giamatti has given F. Gary Gray's N.W.A. biopic some real star power after signing on to play music mogul Jerry Heller in the film. Heller, who represented Elton John, Pink Floyd and Journey, managed the rap act that featured Ice Cube and Dr. Dre.
He also founded Ruthless Records with N.W.A. star Eazy-E.
Giamatti joins producer Ice Cube's son O'Shea Jackson, Jr. who will portray his dad in the movie, Straight Outta Compton, and other actors including Jason Mitchell and Corey Hawkins.
It's not the first time he'll play a ruthless music boss on the big screen - he portrayed Tom Cruise's slippery manager Paul Gill in Rock of Ages.
Daniel Radcliffe has put himself forward as a young Iggy Pop because he'd love to play the punk icon on the big screen. A big fan of punk music, the Harry Potter star admits he'd relish portraying The Stooges mainman if the role was ever offered to him.
He tells U.S. radio host Eric J Lawrence, "We've got a similar, gnarly sort of, slightly strange skinny bodies."
Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins portrayed Iggy Pop in his movie debut, CBGB, last year (13).
Radcliffe recently dismissed reports suggesting he was in talks to play the villain in the next James Bond film, but also urged filmmakers to keep him in mind if a film featuring DC Comics superhero Nightwing ever became a reality.
British TV presenter Charlotte Hawkins is expecting her first child. The Good Morning Britain co-host announced her happy news during the U.K. show on Tuesday (12Aug14). She married partner Mark Herbert in 2008.
The wife of Nineties singer Sophie B. Hawkins has filed legal papers to end their domestic partnership. The Damn I Wish I Was Your Lover hitmaker entered a partnership with her manager Gigi Gaston in 2008 and they have a five-year-old son named Dashiell.
The pair has been separated for more than a year and Gaston is now seeking to terminate their union, according to legal documents obtained by TMZ.com.
Gaston wants Hawkins to have physical custody of Dashiell but has requested visitation rights.
Chris Brown is cleaning house after his recent prison stint, and giving designer clothes and sneakers to charity. The troubled star's manager mum Joyce Hawkins was recently spotted handing over bags of clothes at a Santa Monica consignment shop in California, and shoppers were later told the items were all hand-me-downs from her son's closet!
One lucky shopper, who bagged a few Brown bargains, tells Life & Style magazine, "I was recently shopping at Crossroads Trading Co., and there was a frenzy. When I asked an employee what was going on, they said, 'Chris Brown's mom just came in and sold a ton of his clothes!'
"People were grabbing up lots of his high-end Adidas warm-up suits."
Actors Aldis Hodge and Neil Brown, Jr. have been added to the cast of the N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton. Hodge will play MC Ren, while Brown Jr. will portray DJ Yella in the film, which will also feature Ice Cube's son O'Shea Jackson, Jr. as the MC, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre and Jason Mitchell as Eazy-E.
F. Gary Gray will direct the film about the Compton, California rappers' rise to fame in the late 1980s, and their subsequent split in 1991.
The movie is scheduled to hit theatres in August, 2015.
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).
Somali Oscar nominee Barkhad Abdi, Paul Dano and Michael Fassbender are among the 271 artists and executives who have been invited to join the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Actors Ben Foster, Sally Hawkins, Josh Hutcherson, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Mads Mikkelsen, Lupita Nyong'o and Jason Statham and directors Gavin O'Connor, Paolo Sorrentino and Jean-Marc Vallee are also on the membership list with Hollywood's top casting directors, cinematographers, costume designers, make-up artists, animators, producers, moguls and documentary makers.
Musicians Eddie Vedder and Pharrell Williams have also been invited to join the Academy.
New members will be welcomed into the Academy at an invitation-only reception in September (14).
The new N.W.A. biopic appears to have cost the planned sequel to Jeremy Renner's The Bourne Legacy a 2015 release. Sources close to the productions tell The Hollywood Reporter that director Justin Lin's Bourne sequel, starring Renner as Aaron Cross, has been pushed back to the summer of 2016 to make way for Straight Outta Compton.
The news comes just hours after movie executives confirmed the cast for the N.W.A. film, announcing Ice Cube's son O'Shea Jackson, Jr. will portray his father in the rags to riches story, alongside Corey Hawkins and Jason Mitchell as Dr. Dre and the late Eazy-E, respectively.
The biopic will now be released in August, 2015, taking over the Bourne film's release date.