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Watch: The New Official Trailer For The Tupac Biopic ‘ALL EYEZ ON ME’

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Today, the official trailer for the Tupac Biopic ALL EYEZ ON ME has been released and you can view it right here at SFPL! The film is set to hit theaters on June 16, 2017. The biopic will also be closing out this year’s American Black Film Festival (ABFF) on June 17.

Directed by Benny Boom, the story stars Kat Graham, Lauren Cohan, Hill Harper, Jamal Woolard, Danai Gurira and Demetrius Shipp Jr. as “Tupac Shakur”, and produced by L.T. Hutton, David Robinson and James G. Robinson.

About the biopic:

‘ALL EYEZ ON ME’ tells the true and untold story o a 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.

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Part 1 of BET’s ‘The New Edition Story’ Gained Millions of Views, Cast Covers VIBE Magazine

BET completely racked up in numbers from Part 1 the highly anticipated 3-part miniseries, The New Edition Story. The most-talked about biopic drew in 2.5MM viewers P18-49, and 4.2MM total viewers P2+ on Black Entertainment Television. Teaming up with their sister network Centric the telecast scored 2.6MM viewers P18-49, and 4.4MM total viewers across both networks. BET also dominated the social-sphere as the channel ranked as the #1 most social network on television.

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On BET alone The NE Story was the highest rated and most watched telecast in five years since 2012 with the Season 5 premiere of The Game (excluding tentpoles). Outranking all other TV programs including cable, syndication, and sports the special was the #1 most social episode on both Facebook and Twitter. Across social platforms, 2.2 million people generated nearly 1 million interactions. On Twitter, BET and the series drove 12 of the top 20 trending topics of the night including #Betamax, #BobbyBrown, #CandyGirl, #MikeBivins, and #LukeJames. Interactions peaked during the live 10:30 pm – 10:44 pm window, as viewers applauded the transition of the band from boys to men.

To add, the multi-talented cast was also featured on VIBE‘s new digital cover which includes Bryshere Y. Gray, Elijah Kelley, Luke James, Keith Powers, Algee Smith, and Woody McClain as the adult members of New Edition. Along with a stellar cast, it also includes a collective of award-winning producers and directors including iconic music powerhouses

Along with a stellar cast, the movie also includes a collective of award-winning producers and directors including iconic music powerhouses James “Jimmy Jam” Harris, Terry Lewis and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Executive Producer Jesse Collins (Real Husbands of Hollywood) for JCE Films, a division of Jesse Collins Entertainment, and award-winning director Chris Robinson. Co-Producers are: co-produced by Brooke Payne, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant and Bobby Brown.

The most epic television film of 2017 continues tonight, Wednesday, January 25 at 9 pm ET/PT, and concludes Thursday, January 26 at 9 pm ET/PT. 

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Jimmy Jam, Terry Lewis & Babyface confirmed as music producers for the NEW EDITION STORY on BET in January

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Along with a stellar cast, THE NEW EDITION STORY includes a collective of award-winning producers and directors including iconic music powerhouses James “Jimmy Jam” Harris, Terry Lewis and Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds, Executive Producer Jesse Collins and award-winning director Chris Robinson. THE NEW EDITION STORY will air as a six hour, three night event on January 24, 25, and 26, 2017 at 9 PM ET/PT on BET.

The much-anticipated biopic follows the famed group (Ronnie DeVoe, Ralph Tresvant, Bobby Brown, Michael Bivins, Ricky Bell & Johnny Gill) from their humble beginnings as kids in Boston to global mega stardom- weathering the highs and lows of controversy, personnel changes, and the ultimate cost of fame.

The biopic is the brainchild of Collins who says the idea first came to him when he was producing 25 Strong: The BET Silver Anniversary Special (2005) and New Edition was set to perform. “New Edition was pure magic on stage.  The first time I got to see the behind the scenes challenges that they were dealing with to function as a group was during production of the special.  I reached out to Michael Bivins after the show and we started the process to produce a film based on the group,” said Collins. “Ten years later, after production delays, we were finally able to tell their story.”

Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis and Kenneth “Babyface” Edmonds, with 17-Grammy Award wins collectively (11 for Babyface, six for Jam & Lewis, all receiving awards for Producer of the Year) were already an integral part of the careers of the members of New Edition. Jimmy Jam & Terry Lewis produced New Edition’s 1988 seminal, Double Platinum-selling album “Heartbreak,” their highest selling album to date as well as produced Ralph Tresvant’s solo breakout #1 single “Sensitivity” and Johnny Gills #1 single “Rub You The Right Way.” ‘Heartbreak’ ushered in a new, mature sound for the band, introduced Johnny Gill into the group after the group voted out Bobby Brown and featured five singles including #1 & #2 Billboard R&B tracks “Can You Stand the Rain” and “If It Isn’t Love” respectively.

“Terry and I came in at a pivotal time when they were having internal issues and growing pains. Fans will get the true behind-the-scenes story of this key phase in their personal lives and careers,” said Harris. Lewis added, “Their songs are like a time capsule, not only capturing the quintessential 80’s R&B sound but also document the New Edition journey particularly transitioning from a boy band to adult stars. ”

Edmonds will serve as the music producer for the first half of THE NEW EDITION STORY, but ironically he and producing partner L.A. Reid were responsible for crafting almost half of the hits, including the Grammy-Award winning “Every Little Step,” from Bobby Brown’s explosive 1988 sophomore solo album, ‘Don’t Be Cruel.’ “I learned a lot about Bobby and the band dynamic during the making of ‘Don’t Be Cruel.’ But I also lived and breathed 80’s R&B because I was performing with my band (The Deele) and producing with L.A. Reid, so I make sure the feeling was captured,” said Babyface.

Chris Robinson, is responsible for a long list of iconic music videos for the likes of Jay-Z, Snoop Dogg, Pharrell, Diddy, Usher, T.I., Nas, Mary J Blige, Alicia Keys, Common, Boyz II Men and more. His biggest goal was to capture the band’s distinct look and feel.

“We went through great pains to get every detail right because true New Edition fans and 80’s babies like myself will know. That was such a distinctive and colorful era. I think we succeeded,” said Robinson.

The star-filled ‘New Edition Story’ cast includes Bryshere Y. Gray Elijah Kelley,  Luke James, Keith Powers, Algee SmithWoody McClain as NEW EDITION along with La La Anthony, Yvette Nicole Brown, Monica Calhoun, Lisa Nicole Carson, Sandi McCree Wood Harris, Michael Rapaport, Faizon Love, Duane Martin Tank and Bre-Z.

The story is executive produced by Jesse Collins (Real Husbands of Hollywood) for JCE Films, a division of Jesse Collins Entertainment; directed by Chris Robinson (ATL) and co-produced by Brooke Payne, Ricky Bell, Michael Bivins, Ronnie DeVoe, Johnny Gill, Ralph Tresvant and Bobby Brown.

For behind the scenes look at the making of the film, plus exclusive clips and photos from the movie, log on to http://www.BET.com/shows/the-new-edition-story.html and join the conversation on social media using the hashtag #NewEditionBET.

 

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Fly Interview: Miki Howard and Teyonah Parris Discuss Howard’s New Biopic and Overcoming Struggles with SFPL TV

Singer Miki Howard and actress Teyonah Parris stopped by the studio earlier last week ago to discuss TV One’s upcoming biopic Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story. 

Parris is charged with playing Howard in the film that examines the talented singer’s career; both the ups and the downs along with her personal struggles. While sitting with SFPL TV the duo discuss the importance of sharing our stories, even our darkness ones in order to uplift and set the example that you are more than your circumstances and can overcome whatever you may be facing.

Love Under New Management: The Miki Howard Story premieres tonight at 8/7c on TV One as part of their Unsung series. In the meantime watch Howard and Parris talk the film and the process to make it below.

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Funny Or Die Drops Donald Trump Biopic ‘The Art Of The Deal: The Movie’

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The folks over at Funny Or Die have taken on Republican presidential candidate [can you believe that title precedes his name] Donald Trump for their latest parody.

This morning the comedic website released The Art of the Deal: The Movie starring Johnny Depp as Trump. The parody biopic bears the same name as Trump’s best-selling autobiography The Art of the Deal. 

The film is narrated by Ron Howard and as he describes was “thought to be lost in the Cybill Shepherd blouse fire of ’89.” Howard goes on to explain that the biopic follows Trump as he plans to buy the Taj Mahal casino in Atlantic City.

The film parody was shot over four days back in December and features Alfred Molina, Henry Winkler, and Patton Oswalt. Funny Or Die’s editor-in-chief Owen Burke originally pitched the idea to Adam McKay, who reached out to Depp and from there things moved quickly according to Burke.

“The plan was to move really fast because we thought Trump would go away, at least as a presidential candidate. When he bizarrely didn’t go away, we had a little more time. But that meant keeping the secret for longer.”

Well the secret’s finally out, which means you can feast on your eyes on this hilarious undertaking. Check out the trailer below and you can watch the full movie over at Funny Or Die here.

http://www.funnyordie.com/videos/ad38087bac/donald-trump-art-of-the-deal-movie?_cc=__d___&_ccid=9be1e5c19d2a1de8

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The Word: Destiny’s Child Lifetime Movie Scheduled For February 2015…

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This has been the year of the biopic! With offerings from both VH1 and Lifetime, we’ve been consumed with the lives of our favorites celebrities from the 90’s including; TLC, Aaliyah, The cast of Saved By The Bell and next up is Whitney Houston.

But wait, it get’s better! Recently some email leaks from some of the head honchos over at Sony including Michael De Luca, co-president of production for Columbia Pictures and Amy Pascal, co-chairman of Sony Pictures Entertainment, reveal that lifetime’s next biopic will feature everyone’s favorite girl group, Destiny’s Child.

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Lord, does Beyonce know about this?

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BJ The Chicago Kid Releases New Project, Tributes #Aaliyah, #Jodeci & #RKelly with New Visual

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BJ The Chicago Kid, releases his highly anticipated new body of work, The M.A.F.E. Project, featuring Smoke DZA and Freddie Gibbs, as well as Harold LillySasha Go Hard, and noted guitarist, Jairus Mozee. Check out his new project and visual below…

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Just In: Official Aaliyah Biopic Trailer

 

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It’s here! The official Aaliyah Biopic trailer that everyone has been waiting for has finally arrived. Check it out below, as the 23-year-old Nickelodeon star, Alexandra Shipp plays our favorite “Baby Girl”. ‘Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B’ premieres on Saturday, November 15, at 8 p.m.

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Caption This: Does Yaya Dacosta Favor Whitney Houston in this first Biopic Pic?

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Former America’s Next Top Model contestant Yaya DaCosta‘s first biopic pic of the late Whitney Houston has hit the cyber streets and we’ve been seeing quite a few positive reactions. Check it out below… 

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The Daily Word: Nick Cannon Hints Richard Pryor Biopic, Family Says “Nick Can’t Play Our Dad”…

 

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Just 4 days ago, Nick Cannon posted the above IG pic that may have led to a hint or two about the mogul playing in a biopic of the late comedian Richard Pryor. TMZ, later released a recent interview where Nick (kind of coy) gave slightly more hints of him possibly landing the role. But Pryor’s kids have mysterioysly appeared, and they’re not too happy about the news.