Fans first got to know her on Basketball Wives La, but after quitting the reality show in 2015, Michele has been building a name in the acting world, landing roles in recent releases like Til Death Do Us Part starring Taye Diggs, Annie Ilonzeh, and Being Mary Jane’s Steven Bishop, and True to the Game, whose cast included the late Nelsan Ellis.
“I’m always happy to work with seasoned actors. I need it,” Michele tells Et of sharing the screen with 39-year-old Ellis, who died from heart failure in July. “I’m learning and growing every day, and when you get to work with people that are that good, it's amazing.”
Sharing the screen with Ellis pushed Michele to work harder. “He brought some of my best acting out of me,” she says.
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The studio is also interested in a number of other names, including Oscar winner Lupita Nyong’o, whose involvement with the project sounds slightly less concrete than Stewart’s at the time.
Charlie’s Angels began as a series, which ran on ABC for five seasons from 1976 to 1981 and originally starred Kate Jackson, Jaclyn Smith and Farrah Fawcett (Fawcett and Jackson eventually left the cast and were replaced by Cheryl Ladd, Shelley Hack and Tanya Roberts). Since then, the show has been rebooted a few times, most famously in the early 2000s in the
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Michael & Madison Roland, had planned to spend the rest of their lives together, until one day Michael’s controlling ways turned their perfect marriage, into an abusive rollercoaster no woman could survive. With the help of her best friend, Madison decides to get away. After adopting a new identity, she meets Alex Stone and learns to love again. All is well, until Michael discovers Madison’s whereabouts, and recreates the nightmare she once lived all over again.
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All Eyez On Me tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur. The film follows Shakur from his early days in New York City to his evolution into being one of the world’s most recognized and influential voices before his untimely death at the age of 25. Against all odds, Shakur’s raw talent, powerful lyrics and revolutionary mind-set propelled him into becoming a cultural icon whose legacy continues to grow long after his passing.
The feature film is written by Jeremy Haft & Ed Gonzalez and Steve Bagatourian, and is directed by Benny Boom (Next Day Air). All Eyez On Me stars newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr as Tupac Shakur; Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) as Afeni Shakur; Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) as Jada Pinkett; Annie Ilonzeh (Empire) as Kidada Jones; Lauren Cohan (The Vampire Diaries) as Leila Steinberg and Jamal Woolard (Notorious) as Biggie Smalls. James G Robinson and David Robinson from Morgan Creek are producing along with Program Pictures’ Lt Hutton.
Check out the new clips below. All Eyez On Me opens across the UK on 30th June 2017.
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Directed by Benny Boom.
Starring Demetrius Shipp Jr, Jamal Woolard, Danai Gurira, Kat Graham, Jamie Hector, Lauren Cohan, Dominic L. Santana, Grace Gibson, Hill Harper, Annie Ilonzeh, and Harold House Moore.
Tells the true and untold story of prolific rapper, actor, poet and activist Tupac Shakur.
Brace yourselves, there are going to be a lot of comparisons to the recently released N.W.A. biopic Straight Outta Compton, as Tupac Shakur study All Eyez on Me is basically how to not make a movie of this genre. It’s not just underwhelming, the movie is an unmitigated disaster. We’re talking so bad that the much talked about hologram of Tupac will probably gain self-awareness the next time it’s activated to denounce this film as straight garbage.
In the first 10 minutes (this is not a typo, I did not mean 100) All Eyez on Me (directed by music video helmer Benny Boom) the movie jumps through four different time periods including two decades. It’s as if the writers gave Benny a cliff notes version of the story mentioning all of the important details of the controversial ghetto poet’s life, and instead of fleshing anything out to get to the core of a very complicated mind, he constructed individual scenes that say nothing about the real life figure. As Tupac becomes a young adult the time jumps begin to slow down, but sadly the storytelling does not get any better.
Here is the most important and drastic difference between All Eyez on Me and Straight Outta Compton; one of them unflinchingly powers through dark material with raw force using the rappers and their accompanying lyrics to say something socially relevant about the time depicted that still rings true today, generating, even more, interest in the lives and music at hand. The other utterly fails at simply establishing a place or time, and goes through the motions of the highs and lows. Bafflingly, the movie that is over 150 minutes (and even loses no momentum whatsoever even with an extended director’s cut) never loses steam, whereas All Eyez on Me is 140 minutes but seemingly lasts the entire tragically short life of Tupac himself. I rarely, rarely ever do this, but at one point I did check the time; I was 84 minutes into the movie and completely flabbergasted that I wasn’t somewhere near the two-hour mark.
If you don’t know this you have been living under a rock for 20 years, but Tupac encounters quite a few near-death experiences (multiple gunshot wounds) and even dies at the end. Somehow, even the direction in these scenes also manage to carry no weight or emotion; they’re just moments in a vacuum without much context because the movie aimlessly hits each important beat. Friendships and falling outs with other celebrated major players in the rap game contain no substance. However, by far the most unforgettable aspect of the story is that Tupac (who is given a good performance by a freakishly striking resembling Demetrius Shipp Jr.) comes off as a bunch of compartmentalized personality traits. There is no real character here.
Equally ridiculous are a series of flashbacks to Tupac’s penitentiary days where he is interviewed by a character credited as ‘journalist’. The scenes are meant to be the bridge between Tupac’s change in attitude and music after almost being murdered and subsequently jailed on sexual assault charges, but the transformation never really pops off the screen. It’s evident what the script is attempting, but the movie mistakes throwing on music video reenactments and concert scenes as character development. Realistically speaking, it also sanitizes the life of Tupac, afraid to actually deep dive into anything negative regarding the controversial figure. He was very clearly not a saint, but again, the movie isn’t interested in painting the portrait of a complex character.
There is no way around it; All Eyez on Me is absolutely awful. It’s a collection of scenes showing us events without any tissue connecting the narrative. Nothing here is engaging, which is a shame because it’s very clear that Demetrius is giving it his all. Nevertheless, the movie is so bad that it Tupac really did fake his death (I would have actually preferred the movie acknowledging this theory just so I could get some damn entertainment from the 140 minutes), there is no doubt that he will be on MTV tomorrow trashing it. Straight Outta Compton greatly made me appreciate N.W.A. more, whereas this movie just ran through a laundry list of things I and everyone else already knew about Tupac, along with a few fun trivia facts. All of the actors involved give serviceable performance, but putting it bluntly, there is no saving this material.
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Directed by Benny Boom
Starring: Demetrius Shipp Jr., Danai Gurira, Kat Graham, Dominic L. Santana, Jamal Woolard and Annie Ilonzeh
A biopic on the life and career of the late American rapper and cultural icon Tupac Shakur.
It’s been nearly 21 years since Tupac Shakur died in hospital from injuries sustained in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas. The speculation and conspiracy theories that continue to surround his death are indicative of his persona – daring, outspoken and divisive – and the impact he made on contemporary music.
Following in the footsteps of 2015’s Straight Outta Compton, All Eyez On Me is an ambitious portrait of Tupac the man and 2Pac the artist. There’s certainly a lot to pack in – the Shakur family’s Black Panther activism, childhood moves from New York to Baltimore and then finally to California’s Bay Area, early record deal, friendship and subsequent rivalry with Biggie,
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After a packed and chaotic red carpet scramble – attendees included former Shakur collaborators Shock G, DJ Quik and key mentor Leila Steinberg; hip-hop luminaries Kendrick Lamar, Russell Simmons, 2 Chainz, Big Boi, Big Boy, the Lady of Rage, E-40 and Mc Hammer; and sports figures like boxer Floyd Mayweather and NFL star-turned-actor Nnamdi Asomugha — the film began well over an hour late. But for producer L.T. Hutton, a former Death Row Records exec who has been with the project since the beginning, a little start delay wasn’t going to keep him from enjoying the moment. “This took ten years of my life to make this movie,
Two upcoming women-directed projects have received release dates. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Michelle MacLaren’s “The Nightingale” will hit theaters in summer 2018 and the “Charlie’s Angels” reboot from Elizabeth Banks will open in summer 2019.
MacLaren’s feature directorial debut, “The Nightingale,” is based on the book by Kristin Hannah. The drama centers on two sisters growing up in German-occupied France in the years leading up to World War II. Written by MacLaren and John Sayles (“The Spiderwick Chronicles”), the film will hit screens August 10, 2018.
MacLaren has previously directed episodes of series like “The Leftovers,” “Better Call Saul,” and “Game of Thrones.” She has won two Emmys for her work on “Breaking Bad.” MacLaren was originally set to direct the upcoming “Wonder Woman” movie starring Gal Godot before Patty Jenkins took over.
“The Babadook” writer-director Jennifer Kent is also making a movie titled “The Nightingale.” That project is currently filming and centers on a convict seeking revenge against a soldier who wronged her family.
Banks’ “Charlie’s Angels” is an update of the TV and film-mainstay about three private detectives hired by an enigmatic millionaire, Charlie, only ever heard through the telephone. The original, a 1976 TV show starring Jacklyn Smith, Kate Jackson, and Farrah Fawcett, was previously remade into an early-aughts action film franchise (starring Cameron Diaz, Drew Barrymore, and Lucy Liu) and a short-lived 2011 ABC series (starring Minka Kelly, Annie Ilonzeh, and Rachael Taylor). The new “Charlie’s Angels” will be released June 7, 2019.
Banks made her directorial debut with 2015’s “Pitch Perfect 2,” in which she also starred. The comedy sequel about a misfit college a cappella team earned more than $287 million worldwide. Banks has a number of projects in the works including adapting Lindy West’s feminist memoir “Shrill” for TV, serving as producer on “White Girl Problems,” a book adaptation helmed by Lauren Palmigiano, and producing and starring in “Pitch Perfect 3.” The franchise’s next film hits theaters December 22.
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Shakur Estate trustee Tom Whalley and Amaru Entertainment, the company created by Afeni Shakur to release her son’s posthumous projects, announced today that Nigel Sinclair’s White Horse Pictures and Jayson Jackson will team up to produce a fully authorized documentary with Amaru on the life of acclaimed hip-hop artist, writer and poet Tupac Shakur.
The film will be directed by Academy Award-winning director, Steve McQueen (12 Years A Slave) and produced by Jayson Jackson (What Happened, Miss Simone?) and White Horse Pictures’ Nigel Sinclair (The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years) and Nicholas Ferrall,
The announcement was made Tuesday by estate trustee Tom Whalley and Amaru Entertainment, the company created by Afeni Shakur to release her son’s posthumous projects. Nigel Sinclair’s White Horse Pictures and Jayson Jackson will produce the fully authorized documentary with Amaru.
Producers are Jackson, who produced “What Happened, Miss Simone?,” and Sinclair, producer on “The Beatles: Eight Days a Week.” Also producing are Whalley and Nicholas Ferrall. Gloria Cox, Tupac Shakur’s aunt and Afeni Shakur’s only sister, will executive produce along with White Horse’s Jeanne Elfant Festa.
“I am extremely moved and excited to be exploring the life and times of this legendary artist,” McQueen said. “I attended Nyu film school in 1993 and can remember the unfolding hip-hop world and mine
The feature film is written by Jeremy Haft & Ed Gonzalez and Steve Bagatourian, and is directed by Benny Boom (Next Day Air). All Eyez On Me stars newcomer Demetrius Shipp Jr as Tupac Shakur; Danai Gurira (The Walking Dead) as Afeni Shakur; Kat Graham (The Vampire Diaries) as Jada Pinkett; Annie Ilonzeh (Empire) as Kidada Jones; Lauren Cohan (The Vampire Diaries
Voltage Pictures and Morgan Creek Entertainment announced on Wednesday that all major territories have sold out on the Tupac Shakur biopic All Eyez On Me.
The film is in post and scheduled to open in the Us through Lionsgate’s Summit label on June 16.
Deals have closed with Lionsgate for the UK, Village Roadshow for Australia, Constantin for Germany and Switzerland, and Netflix for France.
Rights have also gone in Latin America, Eastern Europe and South Africa (Cdc), Scandinavia (Svensk Filmindustri), Canada (Vvs) Benelux (Dutch FilmWorks), Japan (Parco), and South Korea (Scene And Sound).
Front Row will distribute in the Middle East, Lusomundo in Portugal, United King in Israel, and Gahkal Brothers Entertainment in India.
All Eyez On Me chronicles the life and legacy of the late Shakur, from his rise to superstardom as a hip-hop artist and actor, to his imprisonment
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Shipp, Jr. bears a striking resemblance to the gone-too-soon rapper, poet and actor, whose lyrics expressed a fixation with his own mortality. 2Pac has been the subject of numerous documentaries — including the Academy Award–nominated “Tupac: Resurrection” and Nick Broomfield’s “Biggie & Tupac” — and been portrayed in other biopics, including “Straight Outta Compton.”
Here we see the highs and lows of his life and career, including the lead-up to his murder in Las Vegas after a boxing
All Eyez On Me chronicles the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur, including his rise to superstardom as a hip hop artist, actor, poet and activist, as well as his imprisonment and prolific, controversial time at Death Row Records. Against insurmountable odds, Shakur rose to become a cultural icon whose career and persona both continue to grow long after his passing.
All Eyez On Me is directed by Benny Boom and produced by Lt Hutton. Also starrin is Danai Gurira, Annie Ilonzeh, Jamal Woolard, Dominic L. Santana, Kat Graham and Jamie Hector. U.S. cinemas will see a release on June 16, 2017.
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