Tupac ‘7Dayz’ film in the works

I’m in for more Tupac films and documentaries, especially after John Singleton left the current biopic. But there’s a new one in the works focusing on Pac’s last 7 days via Gobi Rahimi, who directed videos for 2Pac and Death Row in the 90s. Here’s his statement and crowdfunding pitch for $500K to make 7Dayz.

“I was waiting for Tupac at Club 662 in Las Vegas after the Mike Tyson fight on September 7, 1996,” Rahimi wrote on the crowdfunding site. “Soon after, I was informed by rapper Nate Dogg that Tupac and Suge Knight had been shot and taken to University Hospital. I immediately rushed there to be by Tupac’s side. This was the first of an emotional seven days that I sat guard over Tupac, who was in an induced coma, riding the line between life and death. 7Dayz is the story of my experience at the hospital amidst death threats, undercover FBI informants and an uncooperative police department.”

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h/t Miss Info

Common cast in Suicide Squad

The big roles for Common on the big screen continue to flow in, none perhaps with more potential than his casting in the upcoming Warner Bros. action movie, Suicide Squad, after the DC comic book series. The movie already has some star power on lock — Will Smith, Jared Leto, and Cara Delevingne, among others.

So, will we see Common as a super-villain? Though not sure of his role yet, the plot will supposedly center around the squad, a group of imprisoned villains recruited by a government agency to perform covert operations.

h/t THR (Above: Common in ‘Run All Night’ in theatres now)

Batman vs. Superman (Trailer)

The week of epic trailers continues as the first look at Batman vs. Superman was officially released today after it leaked to the internet (hey, way to be smart and roll with it guys!)

Anyway, the storyline (so far) and overall mood of the movie is darker than I would have expected so I’m even more eager to see how this plays out. And oh, did you see how cool Chicago looked?

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Batman vs. Superman: Dawn Of Justice hits theaters on March 25th, 2016. Stars Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luther, Jason Momoa as Aquaman, and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman.

Star Wars: The Force Awakens (Trailer 2)

The new Star Wars trailer is out and I couldn’t help but watch as even the most casual fan of the legendary series. And wow, that was pretty cool.

Especially nostalgic: Han Solo & Chewbacca.

Especially chilling: Luke Skywalker’s monologue… oooh, can’t wait to see where this goes now. Christmas will be here soon enough guys, don’t worry.

John Singleton leaves Tupac biopic

Bad news for Tupac fans not only because famed director John Singleton is leaving the Tupac biopic, but also for the reason why…

The details straight from the man himself:

Real talk! The reason I am not making this picture is because the people involved aren't really respectful of the legacy of Tupac Amaru Shakur. I won't say much if you want you can read my articles in Hollywood Reporter on authenticity in Black Storytelling … To Pac's real fans just know I am still planning a movie on Tupac … It doesn't matter what they do mines will be better… Tupac was much more than a hip hop artist … He was a black man guided by his passions … Of most importance was his love of black people and culture … Something the people involved in this movie know nothing about… Real talk! How you gonna make a movie about a man when you suing his mother to get the rights to tell his story?! They have no true love 4 Pac so this movie will not be made with love! And that's why my ass isn't involved ! If Tupac knew what was going on he'd ride on all these fools and take it to the streets… But I won't do that … I'll just make my own project. What Yall think about that?!!

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I would love this, John, and would donate to a Kickstarter. Make your own!

Spike Lee filming new ‘Chiraq’ movie in Chicago

Wow, look at this news. Spike Lee x Chiraq?!

Now, I’m not a fan of declaring our great city Chiraq due to the gun violence that’s been well-documented over the past few years especially. But I accept that it’s been a part of the culture too and if Spike Lee is going to make a film about it, I think he would be the right guy. (At least a right guy.) Let’s see where he goes with this (and even if the title will hold up?)

The news today came via the Chicago Tribune and The Wrap, who additionally reported that Spike is seeking to cast Samuel L. Jackson, Jeremy Piven, and none other than Kanye West & Common. This, this would also be cool. Story developing…

The Chicago Tribune reports that Lee was in Chitown back in January conducting research with the help of St. Sabina pastor Rev. Michael Pfleger.

“Thanks to Director/Actor Spike Lee,” Pfleger wrote on his Facebook page. “Who spent the day at St. Sabina yesterday talking and interviewing….People who cover the violence, Principals who deal with violence in and around their schools, Brothers from the Blocks who live in it every day and Parents who have lost their children to Violence…..He spent the day from early morning till late in the night….listening and asking questions to try and get a deeper understanding of the plague of violence. Thanks Spike for caring and wanting to understand.”

As a bonus, passing this along via this XXL story as well.

‘Ye recently moved from his longtime agent Cara Lewis and CAA to United Talent Agency (UTA). He’s reportedly looking to increase his profile in the feature world. He had a cameo in Anchorman 2 and has a role in Ben Stiller‘s Zoolander sequel. Common recently won an Oscar for best original song with “Glory” for the movie Selma. He also co-stars in Jaume Collet-Serra’s new movie Run All Night. He is repped by CAA.

(And oh yeah… of course I had to hit ya with the appropriate #TBT photo down below.)

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Straight Outta Compton (Trailer)

Up above: the all-new theatrical trailer for the upcoming N.W.A. biopic ‘Straight Outta Compton’, different than that that premiered Super Bowl weekend.

The movie drops August 14th, and below, browse the all-new movie posters today. The casting looks great from the looks standpoint and as a fan of Paul Giamatti, I think he’ll play a good role as N.W.A.’s manager.

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