Not only is the Raekwon movie actually happening, but Cee-Lo Green has just been cast as the Wu Tang Clan rapper’s father in the upcoming biopic “CREAM”. Rae spoke about having the hip hop singer be part of the project, saying “When I called him and told him about it he was just overwhelmed.” Meanwhile, casting for Raekwon has still been undecided. Chuck Inglish of The Cool Kids is said to be the leading contender but Rae wants him to do a screen test to see if he can act first. This movie just got a whole lot more exciting with Cee-Lo’s involvement so I’m intrigued.
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The rapper is apparently getting pretty passionate about comedies, especially given the success his first one, “Get Him to the Greek”, had. This is what Diddy confessed about starring in comedies: “When I did ‘Get Him to the Greek,’ I really fell in love with making people laugh. I have a knack for improvisation, and hopefully I’ll be able to make people laugh more.” Finally he has discovered it! More than anything else, Diddy has finally found that the most noble endeavor in the land is making people laugh. Hopefully he will find more career opportunities that will permit him to join the proud descendants of the court jester.
Mel B was spotted at the green carpet premiere of Eddie Murphy’s latest movie ‘Shrek Ever After’ last month. It was a big surprise for people since the former Spice Girls singer shares a very strained relationship with the actor. Mel recently spoke out about that though saying that all the drama between them is “water under the bridge” and that they are now moving forward without any problems. As for their daughter, Mel admits that things are going well between Angel and her famous father who once denied her. That’s definitely nice to hear. It’s better to be one big happy family.
50 Cent has a new movie coming out called ‘Things Fall Apart’, which he also wrote. For his part, the rapper lost over 50 pounds to play the role of a football player who dies of cancer. The transformation is so unsettling that you would believe that he was actually going through the ordeal. 50 Cent admits that it took nine weeks to become that thin and that he had to commit himself to a three-hour-a-day treadmill walk and a liquid diet. But now that the movie is over, the rapper intends to go back to his brawny ways. Kudos to him for being so committed to the craft!
Mary J. Blige has been tapped to play soul queen Nina Simone in the upcoming movie ‘Nina’. According to Billboard, the film will star the 39-year old R&B singer in a story focusing on Nina’s relationship with her assistant Clifton Henderson, who will be played by David Oyelowo. The movie will start to shoot this fall. This isn’t Mary’s first foray into acting. She most recently had a supporting role in Tyler Perry’s ‘I Can Do Bad All By Myself’. I wonder how she will do in the biopic. I guess we’ll see when it gets released. There’s no word on when it will be out though.
Michael Jackson fans might be upset when they find out that the much hyped ‘This is It’ film, documenting the late singer’s final tour rehearsals, seems to have gotten a bit of help from the past. According to new reports, music experts are saying that some of the sound bytes on the movie are actually from years before. Former BBC senior studio manager Andrew Rose claims “Throughout the film sudden changes in vocal timbre suggest the dropping in of older recordings which may have required significant digital manipulation to fit the new live backing.” The shocking part in all this is that officials at Sony Pictures admit to altering the film. It’s not like it’s going to hurt them now as the film has already grossed over $200 million.
Warner Bros. has commissioned Malcolm Spellman to write a feature based on the classic TV Dance show ‘Soul Train’. The film will be set in the 1980s and Don Cornelius, the host and producer of the original show that spanned 35 years, will also serve as one of the producers of the film. Spellman said “All of the hip-hop street dances you see today were born during that time period and were first seen on that show, and I remember doing all of them when I was a kid.” He also talked about being able to work with Don, saying “Writing with Don involved is quite an experience. He’s still the godfather of cool.”
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Will Smith couldn’t have said it better himself. The Hollywood action star’s eight-year-old daughter Willow, a budding actress, has shown an early talent for mimicking her dear old dad.
She revealed the skill when talking about the advice Will gave her as she started out on her latest acting foray, a role for television.
“He’s giving me advice like ‘Willow, stay in the moment! You have this, you got it down. Just stay in the moment. OK, now go out there and kill it,’” she said in an interview, taking off her father’s voice.
Willow is set to play a younger version of True Jackson in True Jackson VP, a television story about a teen fashion entrepreneur. Keke Palmer will play the part of an older True.
“I like TV because they laugh and then I laugh and then I do it again. It’s a big happy family,” Willow said.
She also said she really wants to “do this again because it’s really, really easy to work and have fun at the same time”.
Willow appeared with child acting sensation Abigail Breslin in Kit Kittredge: An American Girl and with her father in I Am Legend.
Nickelodeon’s True Jackson VP will air on July 25.
Harry Potter star Emma Watson has revealed American First Lady Michelle Obama said coming to the set of the film was "more exciting" than meeting the Queen.
Obama and daughters Sasha and Malia visited the set of the final film – Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, which the cast are currently shooting.
Watson, 19, told BBC Radio One: "Michelle Obama came to set recently with her children, which was amazing. Harry Potter is so universally adored but the day I really realised that was when she came to set.
"She said it was more exciting than meeting the Queen, which is insane! The children were obviously big fans, they were really inquisitive and asked loads of questions."
Watson, who stars as brainy witch Hermione Granger, recently had to film a kissing scene with co-star Rupert Grint, 20, and she admitted the pair of them were nervous: "It’s awkward for both of us because we are like siblings, we’ve grown up together."