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John Singleton to direct Tupac Shakur biopic PDF Print E-mail
Written by Gerrick D. Kennedy   
Thursday, 13 February 2014 18:17

The biopic of slain rapper Tupac Shakur finally has a director. John Singleton has signed on to rewrite, direct and produce the long-gestating film, according to Variety.

Singleton was previously linked to the project years ago, but the deal fell through, adding to one of several hurdles that stalled the project.


Last year, as fans were mourning the anniversary of Shakur’s death at age 25 due to complications after a 1996 drive-by shooting in Las Vegas, news broke that the often-delayed project had gained new steam.


Morgan Creek Productions announced it had teamed with Emmett Furla Oasis Films to co-finance and co-produce the film. At the time producers were working with a script, and expecting a new draft before production was supposed to begin this month.

Singleton will soon begin reworking the script, with hopes of beginning production in June, according to the Variety report.

In 2011, Morgan Creek was developing the project, once known as “Tupac,” with Antoine Fuqua (“Training Day”) attached to direct, and launched an unsuccessful online casting call to find a lead to fill the shoes of the polarizing, often-embattled rapper.


The film is expected to chronicle Shakur’s prolific rise as a rapper and actor, his infamous legal troubles, his time at Death Row Records and, of course, his killing, which came at the height of the bitter East Coast-West Coast rap rivalry.


His slaying, like that of peer Christopher Wallace (a.k.a. Notorious B.I.G.), remains unsolved -- although theories about who gunned down the two are among hip-hop’s eeriest mythology.

A legal battle between Morgan Creek and Shakur’s mother, Afeni, over creative control also added to the project's hold-ups -- both parties eventually settled and Afeni will serve as an executive producer on the film.


James G. Robinson and David Robinson, along with Program Pictures’ L.T. Hutton, will also produce.

Singleton coming aboard is a major coup for the project.

The director has masterfully explored the complexities of life in urban America with unflinching social commentary in poignant films such as “Boyz N the Hood” (which earned him two Academy Award nods), “Higher Learning” and “Baby Boy.”

More important, he had a close tie with Shakur, having directed the late rapper in 1993’s “Poetic Justice” alongside Janet Jackson.


“Tupac was the guy who I planned to do a lifetime of films with,” Singleton said. “His passing deeply affected my life as well as countless people in this world. His life story is as important to my generation.”

Shakur’s extensive music catalog will be featured in the film.



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Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 13:43
 
FEDERAL GOVERNMENT LEGALIZES HEMP PDF Print E-mail
Written by Michael Lotfi   
Saturday, 08 February 2014 07:11

 

WASHINGTON, February 5, 2014- After three years of negotiations, the Farm Bill passed both chambers of Congress on Tuesday. Hemp wasn’t necessarily one of the largely debated topics. However, hidden deep within the bill, a clause lurked that allows for colleges and universities to grow hemp for research purposes pending the respective states have legalized hemp.

So far, Oregon, Montana, Colorado, North Dakota, California, Kentucky, Vermont, West Virginia and Maine have legalized hemp. Also, more than a dozen states are moving pro-hemp bills through their state legislatures this season.

The bill still has to be signed by Obama before becoming law. He is not expected to oppose it.

Tenth Amendment Center executive director Michael Boldin notes that it isn’t “completely legal”, but many states are already growing hemp regardless of the federal ban, and this move will certainly propel the movement to an unstoppable pace.

“Fields of hemp growing in Colorado already. Vermont legalized late last summer, and multiple other states are considering bills to do the same this year,” said Boldin. “Credit doesn’t go to the feds on this one. It belongs to the states, which had the courage to stand up to unconstitutional laws, and force the change on a national level.”

The Tenth Amendment Center is a national think tank pushing for the passage of pro-hemp bills within each state.

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Wednesday, 05 February 2014 19:44

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Cesar Chavez (Movie coming soon!) PDF Print E-mail
Written by Staff   
Thursday, 06 February 2014 00:27

Directed by Diego Luna, Chávez chronicles the birth of a modern American movement led by famed civil rights leader and labor organizer, Cesar Chavez. Torn between his duties as a husband and father and his commitment to bringing dignity and justice to others, Chavez embraced non-violence as he battled greed and prejudice in his struggle for the rights of farm workers. His triumphant journey is a remarkable testament to the power of one individual’s ability to change the system.

Starring Michael Pena
America Ferrara
Rosario Dawson
John Malkovich

 

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Last Updated on Thursday, 31 July 2014 13:45
 
Marvin Gaye's 1964 Passport Discovered in Record Bought at Garage Sale PDF Print E-mail
Written by Spin.com   
Wednesday, 05 February 2014 19:43

An avid Motown memorabilia collector from Detroit made the find of a lifetime after buying some records at a garage sale. Appearing on the February 3 episode of PBS' Antiques Roadshow, the guest — who previously worked at the legendary label's museum — brought along Marvin Gaye's passport from 1964, the year the soul legend released "How Sweet It Is (to Be Loved by You)."

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The man and his colleagues from the museum went to collect memorabilia donated by the family of a late Motown musician. He later returned to the musician's estate sale to buy a collection of LPs and singles, priced at 50 cents and a quarter, respectively. "When I got home, I was going through them and out of an album fell this passport," the man said on the show. "And so it literally fell into my hands."

The thing I'm in love with is how young he is here," appraiser Laura Woolley said. "This is dated 1964, which is great, and it is after he added the 'E' to the end of his name, because when he was signed as a solo artist with Motown, he decided to add that 'E,' and there's a lot of different theories: People say it's because he wanted to separate himself from his father or because he actually liked Sam Cooke so much, who had an 'E' at the end of his name, that he wanted to imitate his idol."

After Wooley told the man to put nothing less than $20,000 worth of insurance on the passport, he reacted accordingly: "Are you kidding me?" he asked. Said Woolley, "I'm not kidding you. Nothing comes up for Marvin Gaye. It's not a really common thing to see Marvin Gaye memorabilia."

Rather than say "ka-CHING," the stunned guest respectfully said, "Wow. I never would have thought. I mean, I'm just shocked. I mean... wow. Oh gosh, thank you."

 

Here's hoping he gets insurance on it fast, before Robin Thicke and Pharrell steal it.

Source: http://www.spin.com/articles/marvin-gaye-passport-antiques-roadshow-video/

Last Updated on Thursday, 06 February 2014 00:54
 
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