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  • Who Should Play Tupac Shakur in the Rapper's Developing Biopic?
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 20, 2013
    WENN Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and Morgan Creek Productions have come together to resurrect Tupac Shakur on the silver screen.  A biopic about the late rapper, simply titled Tupac, will be released in 2014. The film will be shot in Atlanta. Alfeni Shakur, Tupac's mother, will be an exectutive producer for the project. Seventeen years ago, Tupac Shakur was cut down in a drive-by-shooting that changed hip-hop forever. The rap community, and the music world in general, was left with a gaping void that could never be filled. Through the release of posthumous albums, his recent hologram performances, and a few conspiracy theories, however, it sometimes feels like that Tupac never really left us. Now that there's a chance to immortalize the legend in film, the perfect actor needs to be cast. But portraying a man with such a legendary persona will be a tall order for even the most talented young actor. Tupac possessed an electric charisma and fierce intelligence, but also had a hardened edge to him. You would need an actor that would be able to convey all of these qualities in a multifaceted performance. The actor would also need to be able to spit Tupac's lyrics with a convincing amount street cred and gravitas. Here are our picks for possible candidates that could do the role justice. Michael B. JordanA choice that is almost too obvious. We've seen Jordan's range in projects stretching from his stints on shows like Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, to his layered performance in Fruitvale Station that has even garnered Academy Award attention.  Chadwick BosemanChadwick Boseman wowed us with his heartfelt and intense performance in 42. The actor has a certain presense that allowed him to step into a role like Jackie Robinson with ease, and would also allow him to play a great Tupac. Anthony MackieAnthony Mackie gets a nod for already having some experience. The actor already played the late rapper in the 2009 film Notorious, a film centered on the life and death of Tupac's east coast rival The Notorious B.I.G.. Mackie is a fine actor whose performance in Notorious left us wanting more of his interpretation of Tupac. Mechad BrooksMechad Brooks is a talented actor that has had supporting roles in shows like Desperate Houswives and True Blood. Brooks hasn't had the chance to flex his acting muscles on a really meaty role as of yet, but a part like this one could really jump start his career and show the world that he's more than just a pretty face and a pile of abs. More:Tupac at Cochella: The Greatest Holograms in HistoryJennifer Hudson in 'Winnie Mandela' BiopicThe Five Best Hip-Hop Mixtapes of 2013 Follow @Hollywood_com // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • Simon Pegg Wants No Part of 'Star Wars,' But Saoirse Ronan Could Be the Right Choice
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 19, 2013
    Paramount Pictures There has always been something a little bit off about the idea of J.J. Abrams directing both the new Star Wars and Star Trek films. Whenever the thought occurs to us, we get this creepy crawling sensation under our skin, like some unwritten rule is being violated. Star Wars and Star Trek are the two most iconic science fiction properties, and the fact that their new continuations are being helmed by the same guy feels sort of taboo. The two series are just so radically different. Star Wars is an action adventure story while Star Trek has always been a more adult-minded, philosophical television and film series. Now that they are both under the thumb of Anrams, there are fears that the two movie series will feel too similar. Abrams certainly has an eye for sci-fi spectacle, but he hasn't quite captured the beating heart that makes Star Trek so beloved to its fans. What if this same disconnect happens to the upcoming Star Wars: Episode VII?   We already know about the rumors surrounding Benedict Cumberbatch's possible casting in the new film, but what about the rumors regarding Simon Pegg? In an interview with The Independent, Pegg denies involvment in the new film, saying, "I don’t think it would be appropriate for me to be in it, to be honest. I think J.J. should cast new faces with no stunt casting." Pegg continues, "I wouldn't want to be popped out of the film by a knowing cameo. I think it would be great to do it properly.' Saorsie Ronan is also being rumored to be in talks for the film. Young, fresh-faced actors like Ronan are the kinds of people Abrams should be approaching. The original films succeded partly because they casted unknowns who could perform the roles without any excess baggage or expectations. Pegg has the right idea. With the rumors of Cumberbatch's casting, It feels like J.J. Abrams might not be focusing enough on making a Star Wars movie, but making a J.J. Abrams movie, bringing his same cast of actors together for another romp through lens-flared space without considering the differences between the franchises. If the same director making both movies was weird, then having an actor as recognizable as Cumberbatch pop up in both series is downright sacrilegious. Suspension of disbelief is a fragile thing, and having Khan bellow lines on the Enterprise and then show up in the Millennium Falcon will shatter it to pieces. There is a special magic infused in both of these movies that makes them feel so different, and allows them to stand the test of time. With any hope, J.J. Abrams will see that and deliver a film that feels uniquely like Star Wars. Casting Ronan would be a step in the right direction. More:The 20 'Star Wars' Origin Stories We'd like to see'Star Wars Episode VII': Benedict Cumberbatch RumorsDisney Offers Details About 'Star Wars' Origin Stories Follow @Hollywood_com // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • The Last Two Episodes of 'Breaking Bad' Will Be 25 Percent Longer, 25 Percent More Painful
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 19, 2013
    Ursula Coyote/Sony Pictures Television/AMC If you’ve managed to climb your way out of the deep dark pit of despair that Breaking Bad threw us all into with last Sunday’s brilliant "Ozymandias", you might want to prepare yourself for even more of Vince Gilligan’s brand of wonderful and torturous television. Breaking Bad executive producer Peter Gould tweeted on Wednesday that the last two episodes of the series, titled "Granite Statea" and "Felina," are going to be a whopping 75 minutes with commercials, 15 minutes longer than the standard episode.  So if you’re watching the Series finale through thick globs of tears and the screen goes black, don’t worry. You didn't black out from the pain, and this isn’t The Sopranos all over again, you just didn’t set your DVR to record the last couple of harrowing minutes. We're betting that Breaking Bad will have a definitive ending, one that will surely shatter the ratings records set by "Ozymandias" as well as your feeble hearts and minds. More:AMC Splits last Season of 'Mad Men' into Two PartsThe 'Breaking Bad' Spin-offs We Want to See'Breaking Bad' Recap: Ozymandias Follow @Hollywood_com // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)20 Grisliest TV Deaths of 2012-2013 (Vulture)
  • Marvel Might Need to Get a Little Crazy: Stan Lee Talks Future Films
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 18, 2013
    WENN It's been five long years since Marvel Studios released Iron Man and started their campaign to dominate the superhero film world. By 2013, they have become the undisputed king of summer. More so than Warner Bros, Fox, Sony, or anyone else releasing movies about men in tights, Marvel has consistently crafted crowd pleasing movies that have gained not only commercial success, but critical respect as well. Finally, with 2012's The Avengers, all the ground work Marvel laid down — the multiphase plan, the consistant film universe, slowly building a team of heroes together — finally came together in one final cresendo that cemented their place on top of the superhero game. While Warner Bros. still struggles to even get a Wonder Woman movie off the ground, Marvel has already lapped them with the speed of Quicksilver. Marvel has managed to release film versions of all their major characters, but within that triumph lies a whole new problem. Where does Marvel go from here? How do they continue to create new franchises if they have already adapted all of their most prolific characters to film? The studio has become a victim of it's own success. Stan Lee said in a recent statement that "the people at Marvel are looking through our whole list of candidates and wondering which ones are we going to use now. They are going to do the Black Panther. They are going to use Doctor Strange. They are going to do Ant-Man. They are going to do the Guardians of the Galaxy. And they’ll probably do the Inhumans." The answer to Marvel is to start creating films based on second and third tier characters. Heroes that may not be familiar to the average person or even casual comic book reader. While these characters might not be the most recognizable ones, maybe that's a good thing. With their third phase of films, Marvel is looking to adapt their second and third string heroes into new franchises. This will give characters that have seen little exposure outside of the comic book circle to a wider audience, but it also means that Marvel might have to change the kinds of movies they are used to making. These characters exist on the fringes of public's collective consciousness for a reason. Sadly they are not the most marketable heroes. Whether Marvel likes it or not, it's going to have to get a little weird. Characters like Doctor Strange, Ant-Man, and the Guardians of the Galaxy are not your typical superheroes and therefore can't be adapted into your typical superhero movie. These characters are very different from Iron Man or Thor or Captain America. The Guardians of the Galaxy, in particular, has within its ranks a surly gun-toting raccoon and a fighting tree with a very limited vocabulary. Some of these characters will stretch the boundaries of what fans think superheroes might be, but Marvel needs to highlight those differences rather than hide them away. More:'Ant-Man' Crawls into TheatersMarvel Phase 3Marvel's Big Six is Being Adapted by Disney Follow @Hollywood_com // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • Danny Trejo Murders Everything in New 'Machete Kills' Red Band Trailer
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 17, 2013
    I don't think there has ever been a film title as plainly descriptive as Machete Kills. There's not nuance or irony or symbolism hidden between the letters. It's simple: Machete kills. That's all he does, and that's pretty much the only thing that the latest red band trailer for Machete Kills shows. Machete killing things. And it's glorious. In this sequel to Robert Rodriguez's mexsploitation thriller, Danny Trejo reprises his role as Machete, an ex-Federale with an unparalleled skill for filling graves. President Charlie Sheen (Carlos Estévez) tasks Machete with killing Mel Gibson, so off Machete goes to heavily increase the murder rate in several U.S states and Mexico. The trailer is a visceral slideshow of the many ways to kill a man. The fact that there isn't just one scene where a man is flung into the spinning blades of a helicopter but two should tell you all you need to know about what kind of movie this is.  We also get a glimpse of the other players in Machete Kills including, Michelle Rodriguez, Lady Gaga, Cuba Gooding Jr., and the lovely Sofia Vergara who is determined to prove that there's still comedic value in screaming at everything really loudly. We can't be exactly sure how the invetible Machete/Mel Gibson showdown will end, but if we had to guess, Machete Kills will end with both parties walking away amicably, having solved their differences peacefully. More:'Machete Kills' Wall of Weapons Clip'Machete Kills' Green Band TrailerAmber Heard Gets All Up on Danny Trejo in 'Machete Kills' Follow @Hollywood_com // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • It's Us or Them: New 'Ender's Game' Posters Want You To Enlist
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 17, 2013
    Summit Entertainment The next invasion is imminent in a set of glossy new posters for Ender's Game.  In the film, based on the middle school classic written by Orson Scott Card, humanity managed to fend off a looming extraterrestrial threat, but only by the skin of their teeth. Now, in order to prepare for the next invasion, the international fleet selects the most gifted children from across the world to take part in battle school, a training ground for the future commanders of Earth's military. The weight of mankind's survival rests on the tiny shoulders of Ender Wiggin (Asa Butterfield), the most gifted of the battle school students. Joining Asa is an all-star cast featuring Harrison Ford, Abigail Breslin, Viola Davis, and Sir Ben Kingsley. Summit Entertainment The new posters are scrawled with a couple of propaganda-style slogans that should stir hearts an enliven the war effort. The first poster features a "Bugger" spacecraft being blasted into pieces along with the rallying call, "It's us or them." The other features a troop of battle school students marching in front of a futuristic military facility with the words "Seeking Leaders" emblazoned on the top. I can almost hear the thumping drums and pomp and circumstance through the pixels. The film has had its own share of controversy due to the unsavory views of the book's author, but as long as the film culls from what's inside the novel and not the distractions outside of it, Ender's Game should be a great character-driven sci-fi spectacle. More:Should We Boycott 'Ender's Game'The Video Game References in 'Ender's Game' TrailerAsa Butterfield Reveals Painful 'Ender's Game' Training Regiment Follow @Hollywood_com // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • 'The Walking Dead' Gets a New Companion Series
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 16, 2013
    Gene Page/AMC Ready for even more zombies? Oh... no? Well, too bad. AMC, after probably realizing that no one is going to sit through Low Winter Sun no matter how many Breaking Bad sneak peeks you cram inside each episode, has decided to make a new show by doing what has worked best for them over the few years, creating original ideas for engaging television shows forcing more zombies on us. Variety reports that the network is developing a new companion series based off of their monster hit The Walking Dead. The new series will come from Robert Kirkman, original creator of The Walking Dead comics, and executive producers Gale Anne Hurd and Dave Alpert. The show would take place in the same universe as The Walking Dead, but would feature an all-new cast of characters. In a statement about the new companion series, Kirkman said, "After 10 years of writing the comic book series and being so close to the debut of our fourth, and in my opinion, best season of the TV series, I couldn't be more thrilled about getting the chance to create a new corner of The Walking Dead universe. The opportunity to make a show that isn’t tethered by the events of the comic book, and is truly a blank page, has set my creativity racing." AMC seems to be looking towards old successes for its newest properties. Along with this new Walking Dead spin-off, the network is also developing a series based on Breaking Bad. The Breaking Bad spin-off would feature the adventures of sleazy bus bench lawyer Saul Goodman before he meets Walter White. While the Saul Goodman spin-off idea seems to have come from a place of genuine creativity and desire to make something artful, the announcement of this Walking Dead companion piece feels like nothing short of a ratings grab. AMC president Charlie Collier even alludes to that fact in a recent release, saying, "Building on the success of the most popular show on television for adults 18-49 is literally a no-brainer." AMC originally made it's prestigious name in the televison drama market by creating the kinds of programs that have challenged the way we precieve television, and the types of stories that the medium can depict. Shows like Breaking Bad, Mad Men, and even The Walking Dead were daring moves that paid off because they presented viewers with something different and exciting. We hope that this new series can deliver the same crowd-pleasing blood splatter that the original show is known for, but this is certainly television production at its most cold and clinical. More:'Walking Dead': Season 3 Deleted SceneDavid Morrisey Heading to New AMC Drama'The Walking Dead' Deleted scene: Meet Zombie Lori Follow @Hollywood_com // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • Nicole Kidman Saves a Nation by Being Beautiful and Rich in 'Grace of Monaco' Trailer
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 16, 2013
    Nicole Kidman becomes royalty in the dazzling trailer for Oliver Dahan's newest film Grace of Monaco, which recounts the glamor and turmoil that encompased the real-life reign of Grace Kelly, Hollywood starlet turned Princess of Monaco. Instead of taking form as a biopic about Kelly's entire life, the film will only focus on the few years during which Kelly helped ease tensions between France and Monaco. This is welcome news because biopics that try to throw a person's entire life on screen usually become terribly unweildly in the process. Think of how bad The Social Network would have been if we had to watch Mark Zuckeburg manipulate his third grade classmates out of their juiceboxes. The Weinstein Company The trailer is beautifully shot and exudes a certain elegance. There is a essence of royalty that lingers in every scene as we see Kidman's Grace traipse down long hallways or attend fancy dinners, bathed in rich yellow light. Even though the film boasts an impressive cast, featuring actors like Frank Langella, Parker Posey, Tim Roth, Derek Jacobi, and Milo Ventimiglia, this short teaser only focuses on Kidman with a voiceover promising that the world will never forget who Grace Kelly is and what she has done. We hope Kidman's newest film is good, because we'd all like to forget Austrailia ever happened. More:Nicole Kidman Hit by Bicycle in NYCNicole Kidman and Colin Firth in 'The Railway Man' TrailerNaomi Watts in 'Diana' Trailer Follow @Hollywood_com From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)
  • Matt McGorry Spills 'Orange Is the New Black' Scoop at 'Don Jon' Premiere
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 13, 2013
    WENN There's not much in the way of decent guys in Netflix's hit dramedy series Orange is the New Black. Between Pornstache's general grossness and Healy's rampant sexism, the Y chromosome is pretty darn tainted. The one clear standout, prison guard John Bennet, is definitely the frontrunner for the "dude of the year" award at Litchfield Women's Prison. Matt McGorry plays Bennet, the sweet and naive guard with a major crush on one of the inmates, with the right mix of vulnerablitiy and doe-eyed cuteness. We met up with McGorry (who was just as sweet in real life as he is on the show) at the New York Premiere of Don Jon where he dished about Orange is the New Black's  surprise success and gave some hints about the upcoming season. When asked if he expected the show to become everyone's new binge-watching addiction, Matt said: "I was not prepared. My girlfriend seemed to think she knew that would be the case, she called it that BuzzFeed would write something about me and it really took me by surprise. I didn't want to enter with any kind of expectations, I feel like the odds are never in your favor in that way, so I just feel very fortunate that it ended up turning out that way. I knew the material was great, and the acting was great, and I knew I loved being there every day, but you really have no idea when you're in it. You know, there's no way to predict." It's that brand of humility that makes McGorry such a likable part of the show. McGorry also confirmed that he would definitely be coming back for Season 2. When asked what would be the one thing he would never give up McGorry replied with the only answer that makes any locgical sense: "Um, probably ice cream." See, told you he was sweet. Reporting by Alexa Smail More:The Best of Taystee in 'Orange is the New Black''Orange is the New Black' Exists in the Same World as 'Community''Orange' is the New 'Lost' Follow @Hollywood_com // From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)20 Grisliest TV Deaths of 2012-2013 (Vulture)
  • 'Grudge Match' Trailer: Robert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone Enter the Ring
    By: Jordan Smith Sep 13, 2013
    Once an actor reaches a certain age, they tend to slow down a bit. After a while, it becomes time to leave the physical roles to the young whippersnappers and ease into more sedentary characters, like say a snarky grandpa, or disgruntled police chief that constantly threatens to take away everyones badge. This might make sense for most actors, but don't tell any of that to Robert De Niro or Sylvester Stallone. Both actors, no doubt with unopened applications for the AARP piling up on their front porches, have decided to keep doing demanding roles. This trend continues with their newest comedy Grudge Match. In the upcoming film, Billy "The Kid" McDonnen (De Niro) and Henry "Razor" Sharp (Stallone) are retired boxers well past their prime, fitness and popularity wise. The men harbor a deep-seated hatred for one another since their careers ended 30 years ago. When the boxers are asked to participate in a video game, the two get into a hard hitting knock-down drag-out that goes viral and has fans clamoring for the two to step into the ring for a one time rematch. Warner Bros. Stallone has been doing steady work in the action genre with films like Bullet to the Head, Rambo, and The Expendables  series filling up the "achievements after 60” section of his résumé, while Robert De Niro taking on physical roles in films like Killing Season. With this role and his role in the recently released Luc Besson film The Family, De Niro seems to be revisiting his most iconic characters and giving them a comedy twist. In The Family, he played a aging mobster akin to his work in Goodfellas while in this film, he's channeling his Raging Bull character, Jake LaMotta for laughs. De Niro and Stallone have both played the most iconic boxers in cinematic history, so it's fitting that they are coming together for one rinal round in the ring. It's like all your fantasies for the Rocky/Jake LaMotta match up have finally come to fruition. More:Robert De Niro in 'The Family' Trailer'Rambo' TV Series May Land Sylvester Stallone'Killing Season' Trailer Follow @Hollywood_com From Our Partners:A Complete History Of Twerking (1993-2013) (Vh1)15 Stars Share Secrets of their Sex Lives (Celebuzz)