August 29, 2015
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“Straight Outta Compton” is making the case for Oscar consideration

During the end of the summer, any surprise critical and financial success story seems to generate Oscar buzz. Frankly, that’s sort of the case whenever an early year or pre awards season release exceeds expectations. This year however, we have an interesting case to study in the biopic Straight Outta Compton, about the seminal rap group NWA, which has gone above and beyond any of its goals so far. Now, some are beginning to wonder if the Academy might have an interest. I remain skeptical, but it’s well worth taking a look at. Perhaps the investigation will reveal something? Let’s find out now…
The film is a look at the rap group NWA, how its members came together, and what kind of an impact they had on the culture. Started in the city of Compton, California in the mid 1980’s, the music would spread across the world and have a huge impact on hip hop culture. Not your garden variety biopic for sure, but mixing up the formula is always welcome in my book. Veteran filmmaker F. Gary Gray directs, the script is written by Andrea Berloff and Jonathan Herman (with story credits going to Berloff, S. Leigh Savidge, and Alan Wenkus), while the cast includes O’Shea Jackson Jr. as Ice Cube, Corey Hawkins as Dr. Dre, Jason Mitchell as Easy-E, Neil Brown Jr. is Dj Yella, and Aldis Hodge is MC Ren, along with Paul Giamatti, Keith Stanfield, and more. Ice Cube and Dr. Dre produced this look at their careers, while behind the camera Matthew Libatique is the DP.
Among the many things that pundits have praised about Straight Outta Compton, the acting seems to be chief among them. Gray’s direction has been given kudos, but the acting trio of Hawkins, Jackson, and Mitchell have been saluted in particular, saying that they add a lot to these iconic characters. Jackson in particular is playing his actual father, so there’s an added layer of interest to be found there. Could one of them wind up in awards contention? That seems like a bit of a long shot, but anything is certainly possible, especially if there’s a distinct lack of solid minority contenders. I hate qualifying things in that way, since a good performance is a good performance, but the Academy does have a spotty track record when it comes to non-white acting nominees. They’re getting better, but Oscar isn’t quite there […]

2015 Tribeca Film Festival Special Screenings Include Docs on Mary J. Blige And Misty Copeland

Mary J. Blige, DJ Z-Trip and dancers Erica Lall and Naazir Muhammad will perform following films in this year’s Special Screenings section.
For the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival, presented by AT&T, our Special Screenings program pairs exciting film experiences with unique live performances. One event movie and music lovers will undoubtedly be talking about is Mary J. Blige—The London Sessions, a new documentary that shows the singer’s creative process as she writes, records, and curates one of her most experimental albums to date. After the world premiere at the Beacon Theater, Blige will take the stage in front of our TFF audience, which will no doubt prove to be unforgettable.
Filmmaker Nelson George will debut A Ballerina’s Tale, his documentary on trailblazing dancer Misty Copeland, which will be followed by a conversation with Copeland and a special performance by her protégées. DJ Z-Trip will perform a new live film score to Harold Lloyd’s silent classic Speedy and the comedy crew from Rifftrax will provide laughs with a live-commentary on The Room. Additionally, TFF alumni Alma Har’el and Patrick Creadon will also screen Work In Progress cuts of their latest documentaries: LoveTrue and All Work, All Play. New York audiences just got 6 more reasons to get excited about this year’s Festival.
To read more go to tribecafilm.com

Kim Kardashian’s pinky diamond ring a sign of something?

HollywoodNews.com: Kim Kardashian was recently spotted wearing a big diamond ring on her pinky which has many talking about whether or not it means something more.
Since Kim has been going strong with Kanye West but is still married to Kris Humphries, some believe the pinky ring is a bit of a pre-proposal, states RadarOnline. Kim has definitely been open about wanting to be with Kanye, so it sounds like an engagement will eventually be expected.
However, an announcement about an engagement will likely have to wait until she is divorced.
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Kanye West upset by Reggie Bush question

HollywoodNews.com: Even though Kanye West is happily dating Kim Kardashian, he still doesn’t want to hear about her ex, Reggie Bush.
A photographer was snapping pictures of Kim and Kanye in Miami when the paparazzo apparently brought up Kim’s ex, Reggie, and his girlfriend’s pregnancy, states TMZ. “Kim did you know Reggie is here [in Miami] having dinner? Did you wanna go congratulate him on his pregnancy?” the paparazzo asked.
Kanye then rushed over toward the female photographer and tried to grab her camera. He never actually hit the woman, although she allegedly told other photographers that he tried to beat her up.
What do you think about what went down?
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Kanye West deletes all his tweets, will be back later

HollywoodNews.com: Kanye West always seems ready to stir things up and leave people wondering, and that is no different when it comes to his Twitter.
West recently deleted all his tweets and then wrote the message, “Be Back Soon,” states UsMagazine.com. West currently has 8.6 million followers on Twitter.
West has most recently been tweeting about his romance with Kim Kardashian as he posted pictures of her that she had apparently sent to him.
What do you think he is up to? When will he be back on Twitter?
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Nicki Minaj goes off on Mariah Carey during ‘American Idol’ judging

HollywoodNews.com: There were rumors that Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey weren’t getting along on the set of ‘American Idol,’ and it seems that those rumors might be true.
While the two recently denied any feuding, Minaj was recently caught on tape getting a bit fed up with Carey, states TMZ. “I told them I’m not f*ckin’ putting up with her f**kin’ highness over there,” Minaj is heard saying.
“I’m not gonna sit here every f**king minute to have you come down and harass me every minute everyday,” Minaj continued.
It is rumored that the two were arguing over a contestant’s performance. While Minaj continued to complain, Carey allegedly responded but it wasn’t caught on tape.
Executives with the show reportedly stopped auditions for the day after the blow up in order to keep the two under control.
Do you think these two will ever get along?
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Kanye West allegedly has two sex tapes being shopped

HollywoodNews.com: There were rumors of a Kanye West sex tape that was being shopped to media outlets, but apparently there isn’t just one.
It is now being reported that two Kanye sex tapes are being shopped, and those tapes are allegedly fairly similar, states TMZ. Both tapes were reportedly shot with exes and are about 20 and 40 minutes long each.
The tapes have not yet been released, but it is reported that Kanye will take legal action if these go public. The tapes are reportedly being shopped by a third party.
Do you think the tapes will ever go public?
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Rumored Kanye West sex tape being shopped

HollywoodNews.com: Kim Kardashian is apparently not alone in her relationship when it comes to having a sex tape as it is rumored that a Kanye West sex tape is now being shopped.
It is rumored that Kanye has a sex tape out that involves a woman who looks a bit like Kim Kardashian as she is curvy with dark hair, states RadarOnline. In the roughly 20-minute tape, the woman reportedly comments that she is of legal age and also married but no longer having sex with her husband.
It is believed that the alleged sex tape was shot shortly before Kanye started dating Kim, and he is desperate to keep it private. Kanye has seemed to be praising Kim’s sex tape as he references it in a new song, but it sounds like he doesn’t want one of his own out there.
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Kanye West has been a longtime fan of Kim Kardashian’s sex tape?

HollywoodNews.com: While Kim Kardashian wants to move past her sex tape with Ray J, it seems that Kanye West might not want the same.
In what comes as pretty weird news, it is rumored that Kanye has been a longtime fan of the tape and even used it in the past while getting in the mood with other women, states TMZ. He has reportedly been interested in the reality TV star for some time which seems more obvious looking back on some of his songs, but now it seems that his interest in her dates back to the sex tape days.
Even on his new album, one song seems to reference the sex tape which further proves that he has no problem with how Kim became famous.
Do you think he’s a fan of her sex tape?
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Kanye West has apparently been rapping about Kim Kardashian for years

HollywoodNews.com: While Kanye West has been releasing a lot of songs referencing his girlfriend, Kim Kardashian, lately, it seems this is hardly the start of it.
It is rumored that West’s 2009 hit song “Knock You Down” is actually about Kim and her former beau, Reggie Bush, states TMZ. “You was always the cheerleader of my dreams / To seem to only date the head of football teams / And I was the class clown that always kept you laughing / We were never meant to be, baby we just happened,” the main lyrics go.
West has allegedly been into Kardashian for years now as they have been friends for some time. There were rumors of a past affair when they were both in other relationships.
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