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Movie News: 50 Cent in Sylvester Stallone’s ‘The Expendables’

50 Cent Replacing Forest Whitaker In Sylvester Stallone’s ‘The Expendables’…

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Sylvester Stallone’s new movie “The Expendables” has added rapper Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson to the cast to star in the upcoming flick which was expected to be starring actor Forest Whitaker.

Though some fans have expressed their anger and disappointment at the replacement of their favorite actor Whitaker who dropped out of the film, Stallone has stepped in to co-sign 50 Cent’s talent.

“I appreciate the incredible amount of work you’ve done on my behalf. Please tell the loyal followers to be positive not negative in their feedback,” stated Stallone.

Stallone goes on to state that he understands the anger of those over the casting of 50 Cent for his movie that he’ll be directing and producing.

“I am not self-destructive. The anger of the casting of 50 Cent is understandable, but not fair. A player is only as good as his coach. If a man can communicate in one medium, he can communicate in another if his strengths are brought out and he has the support of well-wishers. So, trust me, the change of Forest Whitaker to 50 Cent AKA Curtis Jackson is a good one,” Stallone adds [Reportedly via a letter posted on a fans board entitled StalloneZone.]

Sylvester Stallone goes on to speak about movie roles that he has been in and how some of the actors selected for movies such as Rocky was believed not to be the best choice by others but was a vastly improved casting.

“The point is, you either believe in me and the project, setting your personal feelings aside, or you take a darker approach, which really serves no purpose since your insight and suggestions and overall enthusiasm are a great thrill for me to behold everyday I sign on,” added Stallone.

Source: HipHopRX

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Posted in Hip-Hop News, Notorious BIG, Tupac

Hip-Hop News: Tupac’s story subject of legal battle

Morgan Creek alleging estate has backed out of agreement…

Morgan Creek is in a legal turf war with the estate of Tupac Shakur.

The Rick Nicita production banner has sued Amaru Entertainment, the company run by Afeni Shakur, the late rapper’s mother and executor, alleging in a Los Angeles Superior Court filing that the company has backed out of an agreement to sell his life rights for a film adaptation.

Negotiations between Morgan Creek and Amaru began in November, about the time former CAA partner Nicita joined the banner, for life rights that would form the basis of the untitled project.

According to the complaint, a written contract was in place for life rights, with Morgan Creek claiming that Amaru is “refus(ing) to honor and perform a contract of a production of the film based on the life of Tupac Shakur.” The company seeks damages and other relief.

But late Wednesday, Amaru‘s lawyers denied the existence of a deal.

“There is no agreement with Morgan Creek, there never was, and there never will be,” said Amaru attorney Skip Miller, adding that the court filing is an attempt to force his client’s hand.

Miller said negotiations for a biopic on the controversial rapper were under way at several studios and that Morgan Creek attempted to sabotage those talks with threats of litigation. “They have scared away Paramount, Fox and others, and we are going to sue them and recover millions (in damages),” Miller said.

Morgan Creek and lawyer Patricia Glaser declined comment.

The timeline laid out in the company’s complaint presents a complicated series of events, but the key moment came in December, when Morgan Creek said it requested a term sheet from Amaru and was given a counterproposal that “set forth, in meticulous detail, the precise comprehensive terms, including material terms, that (Amaru) required to enter into a contract for the project.”

Those familiar with the case said that negotiations broke down in January, after Fox Searchlight released “Notorious,” a biopic about Shakur rival Biggie Smalls. The movie underperformed at the boxoffice, and a rift between the parties developed shortly after.

Shakur, who has sold more albums worldwide than any other hip-hop artist, led a colorful, made-for-Hollywood life. The New York-born, Oakland-raised rapper was a prolific artist at the dawn of the gangsta-rap era and was charged with and incarcerated for a number of crimes. He also sold millions of records based partly on his experiences, including chart-toppers “Me Against the World” and “All Eyez on Me” and several posthumously released albums.

Shakur died after a 1996 shooting that likely was the result of an East Coast-West Coast rap feud.

The hyphenate acted in a number of Hollywood roles, including the romantic drama “Poetic Justice” and the basketball drama “Above the Rim.” His music has appeared in countless pics, including “8 Mile,” “Friday After Next” and “Blood Diamond.”

Over the years a number of scripts have gone into development on the rapper’s life, with none gaining traction. A documentary, “Tupac: Resurrection,” made $8 million for Paramount in 2003, and Sylvester Stallone was at one point developing a project about Shakur‘s death and the subsequent killing of Smalls, aka the Notorious B.I.G.

Other hip-hop tales in development include “Tougher Than Leather,” the story of ’80s hip-hop pioneers Run-D.M.C., which “Notorious” scribe Cheo Hodari Coker is attached to write for Davis Entertainment.

Life rights and collaboration with an executor are not always necessary with a public figure like Shakur, though they would be essential if the filmmakers hope to include music, as they would in this case.

Read the complaint

Source: The Hollywood Reporter