By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Chris Brown just finished touring with Beyonce on the other side of the world and it looks like he might be taking a music break for the movies. Screen Gems has tapped Brown to star in Phenom, a story about a young basketball player who just turned pro and found out that he’s the illegitimate son of an aging NBA star. They then find themselves going head to head in the NBA Playoffs. There’s no word on when production will start or when they plan to release the film. This will be Brown’s third film for Screen Gems, the first was “Stomp the Yard” which came out last year. The second is “This Christmas” which will hit theatres in November.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Don’t expect to see Ice Cube’s gangsta grills anytime soon, he’s still doing the family movie thing. He recently signed up for Tough Love a family-friendly comedy inspired by the life of former New England Patriot d-back Tebucky Jones. Cube will play a tough NFL player who realizes his kids are soft and spoiled. So in order to toughen them up, he takes them to his old hood in the streets of Oakland. Cube’s new family comedy, “Are We Done Yet?”, hits theatres on April 4. To celebrate the release, Starz will be showcasing various Ice Cube interviews and films. Starting on April 2, Starz will show “On The Set: Are We Done Yet?”, then follow it with Are We There Yet and XXX: State of the Union. On April 3, StarzInBlack will air “Close Up With… Ice Cube” and then show Higher Learning, Are We There Yet?, xXx: State of the Union, and I Got the Hook-Up.
By: Hot Gossip Gal Well according to some fake looking myspace page, Olivia the only female signed to G-Unit has been dropped from the label. The reason she has been dropped according to this page isn’t because she can’t sing but because she has refused the advances of her G Unit brethren. So when she said ‘no no no’ Curtis allegedly said ‘go go go.’ These lil fake myspace pagers really need to get out of the house some. Click here
By: Hot Gossip Gal The video gal who is "trying" to make it into the rap game spits a verse in response to the allegations Game made about her. Like I said about Tony Parker yesterday…stick to what you are good at…REAL TALK.
By: Rizoh Scarface has mentored many of today’s most prominent southern rappers, including Ludacris and Devin the Dude, so it shouldn’t surprise anyone that ‘Face is now ushering in the new wave of hip-hop via a Texas collective known as Green City. Scarface discovered Green City, comprised of 7 members – Spark Dawg, Mike Hee, Yung Texxus, MJ, J. Scott, Big Spade and G-Ni, while working out at his local gym in Houston. Two Pro-boxers, also at the gym that day, had attended high school with the members of Green City and were working out to the group’s music. Scarface approached them to find out what single they were playing. Thinking they were already signed, Scarface was ready to go out and buy their album. When he found out that they were a local group from Killeen, TX who did not have a record deal, Face was so impressed by their skills, he was ready to sign Green City on the spot. “I am the best in the business when it comes to finding raw talent,” said Scarface. “I brought Chamillionaire, Paul Wall, Lil’ Flip and TI to Def Jam, but they didn’t bite. I end up going to Killeen TX and found Green City. They are on some different shit, something you’ve never heard before. I stepped out of the box for Green City because they bring a new flavor; they just do what they do.” The southern stalwart, who recently established his own label, Underground Railroad, after many years of dealing with the majors, will oversee the release of Green City’s Brand New Money sometime this year.
By: Rizoh Is it too soon to be making another Iraq war movie? Columbia Pictures doesn’t think so. They’ve tapped your favorite actor’s favorite black actor Denzel Washington to produce and possibly star in a movie inspired by the writings of a soldier killed in Iraq. The movie, Journal for Jordan, is centered around a 200-page journal written by 1st Sgt. Charles Monroe King, for his unborn son. The soldier left words of wisdom to his son on how to live a proper life and to prepare him for a life without his father. The 48-year-old soldier was killed in Baghdad in October, one month shy of finishing his tour of duty. He had left for the Middle East before his son was born.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Not very many people knew what was going on with Lisa ‘Left Eye’ Lopes (of TLC) when she was down in Honduras, but VH1 will try to shed some light on what really happened. In the documentary, ‘Last Days of Left Eye’, producer and director Lauren Lazin (Tupac Resurrection) uncovers video filmed by Lopes during her month-long withdraw in Central America. There are also interviews with friends and family as well as Lopes herself talking into her own camera. There’s no word on when VH1 will air the documentary this summer, but in the past year or so the film has been making the festival circuit, last shown at the SXSW Music Festival. The film will be shown again at the Atlanta Film Festival on April 25.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Dave Chappelle hasn’t totally given up on television. He’s hooking up with comedian Paul Mooney, who was on his “Chappelle Show” as Negrodamus, for a pilot for an HBO show called “Judge Mooney.” The show will have Mooney reenacting actual court cases that have already been decided but in a Paul Mooney style. "Whatever I say goes,” Mooney told the L.A. Daily News. “I’ve also got a little dog that sits on my judge’s desk, and I ask the little dog’s opinion. If the dog barks, I say, ‘Well, the dog says you have to go.’ It’s real crazy." Mooney recently made headlines after he announced that he will no longer use the ‘N-word’ in his stand-up performances. Even though he used to work with Richard Pryor and used the word freely, things have changed. "Using the word, we were trying to defuse it, trying to desensitize people to it … take the power out of it," Mooney said. "But the word is an equal-opportunity word now, with Latin kids and white kids saying it, and what it conjures up is all these demons. I watched the Michael Richards meltdown over and over, and I had an ‘N’-exorcism. And I don’t care how you spell it, with an ‘a’ or an ‘er,’ if you sauté or barbecue a goat, it’s still a goat. But I was married to the word then — now I’m divorced from the word."
By: Hot Gossip Gal Tony Parker should be happy with his ball career and his gorgeous soon to be wife Eva Longoria and like Shaq, Iverson and Artest he should just leave HIp-Hop alone. We don’t need you trying to be all thug like and creative, even with your cute French accent and joints with Fab..you are meant for a career of BBall POINT BLANK PERIOD.
By: Hot Gossip Gal The Louis Vuitton Don just got himself a crib in Beverly Hills costing 7.2 mill. Hmmm I wonder if wifey had any say in what he was spending his money on.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno On April 3, Screen Media Films will drop Hip-Hop Live on DVD, a documentary featuring the best freestyle emcees from Houston and Detroit going head-to-head for “Rhyme City Supremacy.” G-Unit comedian T.K. Kirkland hosts the battles while judges Jadakiss, MC Lyte, and Freeway decide which city has the best rhyme animals. In between the rounds, Young Jeezy and Rick Ross perform sets from their latest album. Bonus footage on the DVD include a Ohio vs. Ohio State battle plus a mini-doc on the history of city vs. city battles. Screen Media Films has also partnered with Iced Out Gear to giveaway a wardrobe of Iced Out Gear which includes jewelry, grillz, pimp cups and more. To enter the contest, which expires on April 30, visit HIP HOP LIFE.
By Quibian Salazar-Moreno Seems like nowadays Jay-Z can’t even wake up without making a former partner, artist, or even fan mad. Whether its not pushing an artist’s album hard enough on Def Jam or not signing off on Def Jam artists to appear on another artist’s album, he’s really not winning over his industry peers. Now a former Roc-A-Fella artist is mad at Jay for stealing his “diamond” hand sign, yes, the hand sign that Jay was throwing on the cover of the Dynasty album. “You can clearly see me throwing up the diamond sign in The Streets is Watching movie in 1998,” said Rebel, who was part of the Roc-A-Fella group, Diamonds in the Ruff in the late 90’s. “Jay didn’t begin throwing up the diamond sign until The Dynasty Album in 2000 after we (Diamonds in da Ruff) had left the label and broken up. I mean ask yourself. What’s a diamond got to do with a dynasty? The diamond represents Diamonds in da Ruff – - that’s my group.” “When I first saw Jay throwing up the diamond sign on the cover of his Dynasty album I can’t lie, I was angry. But I had temporarily given up rap so I let it rock. But In the past year or two since then, I‘ve come to some important realizations. For starters, my music is strong enough to hold it’s own against a little controversy or anything else you throw at it. Secondly, I’ve never let anyone or anything stop me from being who I am or saying or doing what I want no matter what the consequences. By my own standards I was being a clown for holding my tongue on something that I felt so strongly about.” So to set the record straight, Rebel recorded a freestyle that he says isn’t a diss, but to let fans know the true history of the “diamond” hand sign. We’re guessing it has nothing to do with wrestler Diamond Dallas Page? Click here to here the song: CODE RED STUDIOS and click here to see the Streets is Watching clip
By: Hot Gossip Gal After legal proceedings were supposed to silence the onslaught of Kim Mathers and her attack on her former husband Eminem earlier this week, it was only 2 days,a mere 48 hours until she was sitting down with our ‘fave’ morning show host Miss Jones running her mouth again. What a surprise..I am sure Jonesy is loving being a part of this. Its the kids you feel sorry for all being said and done.
By: Rizoh Democratic Presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama has been officially endorsed by Sheila C. Johnson, co-founder of Black Entertainment Television and ex-wife of media pioneer Robert Johnson. Though Bob Johnson has decided to back rival Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, Sheila Johnson went with the Obama because of his “fresh perspective on how to bring change to the country,” Johnson will also co-host a luncheon fundraiser for Obama in Washington April 19. Robert and Sheila co-founded BET in 1980. They sold the company to Viacom for $3 billion in 2000, two years before the couple’s divorce. Sheila Johnson now heads Salamander Hospitality, a resort and retail chain. She also presides over the Washington Mystics basketball team.
iHipHop Blog Team