Tupac Shakur biopic to film this spring
February 11th, 2011
02:10 PM ET

Tupac Shakur biopic to film this spring

The life of late rapper Tupac Shakur is getting the big-screen treatment, with a biopic set to begin filming in the late spring/early summer, it was announced Thursday.

According to a statement from Morgan Creek Productions, "The film chronicles the life and legacy of Tupac Shakur, including his rise to superstardom as a hip hop artist and actor, as well as his imprisonment and prolific, controversial time at Death Row Records, where he was steeped in the East Coast/West Coast rap war."

The movie is currently being cast, and Shakur's mom, executive producer Afeni Shakur-Davis, has no doubt the story will paint an honest portrait of her son, who was shot to death in 1996.

“I am confident that Morgan Creek will stay true to the common goal we share of depicting Tupac’s life in a way that will allow the world to see the authenticity of his artistry, his hopes, and his life goals,“ she said.

This of course begs the obvious question: Who should play Tupac?

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Britney Spears on the Grammys, Gaga... and global warming?
February 11th, 2011
12:48 PM ET

Britney Spears on the Grammys, Gaga... and global warming?

In perhaps one of her most honest interviews, Britney Spears opened up to fans in a wide-ranging Q&A on Twitter Thursday.

"What's up everybody, I'm really excited to talk to all of you," she began. "Let the questions rip..."

In a series of responses, the singer revealed that she would support her sons entering show business, has no Valentine's Day plans, loves vanilla candles and Starbucks' Strawberry Frappuccinos, and her all-time favorite movie is "Ferris Bueller's Day Off."

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Dancing with the devil on 'Parks and Rec'
February 11th, 2011
11:56 AM ET

Dancing with the devil on 'Parks and Rec'

When Megan Mullally first guest starred on "Parks and Recreation" last season as Ron Swanson's ex-wife Tammy, the result was an uproarious performance by both of them, with Leslie Knope – who thinks of Tammy as a "manipulative, psychotic, library-book-peddling, sex-crazed she-demon" – stuck in the middle.

This time, Ron is happily dating Tom's ex-wife - that is, until she broke it off because she wanted to move to Canada. When she asked the ever-patriotic Ron if he wanted to move to Canada, his response was to nearly spit out his coffee.

Later that night, at a benefit for the Pawnee police department, Tom showed up with Tammy in tow to get a little old-fashioned revenge. It wasn't long before Tammy struck Tom, and four officers responded immediately - hilarious to see each of them describe what took place to the camera, "Cops" style.

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Mila Kunis: I wasn't raised to think I was pretty
February 11th, 2011
11:09 AM ET

Mila Kunis: I wasn't raised to think I was pretty

She may play a femme fatale in most of her movies, but "Black Swan" star Mila Kunis insists she isn't hung up on her looks.

"I was never raised to think that I was pretty," she tells the March issue of W magazine. "It’s not that I was raised to think I was unattractive, but it was just never something that was pointed out to me by my family."

Read the full interview with Mila Kunis in W

Instead, her parents put their attention elsewhere. "They would point out personality traits — 'Our daughter is really quirky' — versus what I look like, because inevitably, looks go, so it makes no difference," she says.

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February 11th, 2011
10:55 AM ET

'X-Men' go retro in new trailer

After a long wait (and lots of refreshing on the movie's official Facebook page yesterday), fans are finally getting their first look at the prequel, "X-Men: First Class," due in theaters on June 3.

The trailer draws a direct connection between the first three "X-Men" movies (especially the first two, directed by Bryan Singer) and this, so it's not a reboot in the same way as the upcoming Andrew Garfield/Marc Webb version of "Spider-Man." This movie takes us back to the beginnings of the X-Men, during the Kennedy era (the comic book made its debut just a few months before his assassination).

We get to see James McAvoy ("Wanted") and Michael Fassbender take on the roles of Professor Xavier and Magneto, so memorably portrayed by Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen in the earlier films. Worth noting: Xavier is able to walk in this movie, and we also see Fassbender don the iconic Magneto helmet.

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Kathy Griffin heading to Broadway
February 11th, 2011
10:20 AM ET

Kathy Griffin heading to Broadway

Things are about to get a bit more wicked on Broadway: Kathy Griffin is hitting the Great White Way with a one-woman show, reports the New York Times.

"While I have been asked to understudy for Spider-Man and take over for Al [Pacino] when he has finished his run in 'The Merchant of Venice,' instead I have decided to take my very own show to Broadway," jokes the comedian, who will star in "Kathy Griffin Wants a Tony" at the Belasco Theater from March 11-13 and 15-19.

Griffin, who is making her Broadway debut, promises that each show will include "fresh material due to the revolving door of pop culture, political, and celebrity missteps.”

Would you see Griffin on Broadway?


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