Remember when I told you about R. Kelly’s autobiography in which he recounts the time he cried at the end of the Notebook? The aptly titled “Soulacoaster: the Diary of Me” also includes another shining moment where Kelly once ran into into Tupac Shakur.
If you’re like me and don’t plan to pick up this literary gem, don’t fret, Jimmy Kimmel has our back. He somehow managed to persuade Gary Oldman (a.k.a. Sirius Black from the Harry Potter) to perform a dramatic reading from Kelly’s autobiography.
I never thought I would ever hear Gary Oldman say “What up, baby?,” and “we’ll just let it do what it do” in a posh, British accent. I may not buy the book, but I would buy the audiobook if Oldman was reading it. It’s just so utterly confusing and amazing at the same time. It probably is the best dramatic reading I’ve seen since Gilbert Gottfried read “50 Shades of Grey.”
OLDMAN FOR ALL THE AWARDS!
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Comedian Russell Brand spoke about his personal experience with drug addiction at a Home Affairs Committee meeting in the UK. When asked about the role of celebrities in discouraging drug use, he found use for The Great Word of Tupac Shakur: “role is something people play, model is something people make. Both of those things are fake.”
Brand said the concept of celebrity is toxic and used to distract people from things that are important, instead, he wants to promote truth and authenticity.
Brand was a little more serious than we’re used to during the meeting, stressing the need for “love and compassion” and an abstinence-based approach.
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You aren’t going insane, that is Tupac Shakur (below) performing at Coachella this past weekend. Tupac rose from the dead on Sunday night as a HOLOGRAM! How cool is that?
It’s often prophesied that the rapper, who died in 1996, will return to the stage and that became a reality when he performed with Snoop Dogg.
Apparently the crowd went wild and we can see why. He look incredibly convincing, so much so, that the ending will keep haunting us.
So what will he do next? Apparently there’s already a Twitter account floating around.
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Rapper Tupac Shakur’s only screenplay ever made will be turned into a film, reports MTV News.
A notorious double threat, Tupac produced platinum albums and singles and also earned notices for his acting in films such as “Juice” and “Poetic Justice.”
But the notorious rapper, who studied acting, poetry, jazz and ballet while performing in Shakespearean plays at the Baltimore School for the Arts as a teenager, not only acted in plays and movies, he also apparently wrote them.
Now, the rights to the only full screenplay Shakur wrote while he was in jail, titled “Live 2 Tell,” have been acquired by a production company that plans to start filming the movie next year.
One of the producers Preston Holmes has collaborated with Shakur’s mother, Afeni, on the 2003 documentary “Tupac: Resurrection” and Afeni will be an executive producer on the $11 million project as well.
The script is described as the story of a teenage drug dealer and his struggles to leave a life of crime. It was written by Shakur while he served an 11-month sentence on sexual assault charges.
“This kid was a genius, and the net of it is, he was from this community, he knew the struggles these young people were dealing with,” said Ivan Juzang, whose NStar Studios was behind the acquisition of the screenplay. “And he’s able to talk to young people in 2011, 2012, the same way he was able to talk to young people in 1995.” Holmes had originally contacted Shakur about the script when the rapper was still behind bars.
“We think that the name we need is the name we have, which is Tupac Shakur,” Holmes said.
This is the second attempt at making the film. The script was first optioned more than five years ago by the Insomnia Media Group and was slated to start production in March 2006. No casting for that version was ever confirmed.
I think this is a nice ode to Tupac’s work – the man had some serious talent, and it’s nice to be shared.
The late Tupac Shakur’s former bodyguard testified today
at the federal wrongful death trial of Notorious B.I.G.
Kevin Hackie testified that the head of security for Death Row Records threatened to “get” rapper Notorious B.I.G in retaliation for the killing of Tupac Shakur, one of Death Row’s rap stars, reports the AP.
Hackie told the court that he feared for his life as a key witness in the trial. The lawsuit filed by B.I.G.’s family blames the Los Angeles Police Department and city for the rap star’s death.
Hackie, who was an FBI informant while serving as Shakur’s personal bodyguard for three years, said his security boss, Reginald Wright, told him before B.I.G. was killed, “We were going to get those (people) who downed ‘Pac ? Biggie and his crew.”
Hackie’s testimony was unable to definitively connect Death Row to a former Los Angeles police officer.
Hackie initially said he saw the former officer, David Mack, at numerous Death Row events, sometimes speaking with the record label’s leader, Marion “Suge” Knight. But he acknowledged under cross-examination that he only saw Mack with Knight and associates at several large parties or “social functions”.
Testimony in the case began Wednesday as attorneys for B.I.G.’s family tried to tie Mack to both Death Row and to the Mob Piru Blood street gang.
According to the theory underlying the suit, Mack arranged to have a college roommate driving Mack’s car shoot B.I.G. at Knight’s behest. Both Mack and the alleged shooter, Amir Muhammad, have been dropped from the family’s suit and have never been named as criminal suspects.
B.I.G., born Christopher Wallace, was gunned down shortly after midnight on March 9, 1997,in Los Angeles while leaving an awards show after-party.
Shakur was gunned down on the Las Vegas Strip six months before his rival B.I.G. was shot to death.
The killers involved in both slayings have not been found.