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[WATCH] Official Trailer For ‘Hustlers’ Featuring Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B, Lizzo, Keke Palmer and Constance Wu

Ever since it was announced that Cardi B, Jennifer Lopez, and Lizzo would all be starring in a stripper film titled, Hustlers, everyone has been waiting for the official visual. Well, the wait is over. The official trailer for Hustlers has been released.

In the new trailer for Hustlers, Ramona (Lopez) and Destiny (Constance Wu) scam a number of high profile Wall Street clients in an effort to bring their white-collar crimes to justice.

“They stole from everybody. Hard-working people lost everything and not one of these douchebags go to jail,” Lopez as Ramona says. “The game is rigged and it does not award people who play by the rules. It’s like robbing a bank; except you get the keys.”

Lopez and Wu are joined by an all-star lineup of fellow strippers, including Julia Stiles, Keke Palmer, Lili Reinhart, Lizzo and Cardi B. The “Bodak Yellow” rapper, who previously worked as a stripper before her music career catapulted, also provides some background music for the trailer with her song “Money.”

Hustlers is based on an article titled “The Hustlers at Scores” by Jessica Pressler, which chronicles the real-life “modern Robin Hood story” of a ring of strippers who ripped off wealthy clients. “Seeking a Friend for the End of the World” director Lorene Scafaria wrote, directed and co-produced the film.

Hustlers is set to hit theaters Sept. 13.

Check out the trailer below.

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Aziz Ansari Makes A Comeback With New Netflix Special ‘Aziz Ansari: Right Now’

It’s been a long time since we have seen him doing his thing but Aziz Ansari is making a comeback. He’s returning to Netflix with a new stand-up special, four years after his last special streamed on the streaming service. The new special, titled Aziz Ansari: Right Now, is set to drop July 9.  Ansari confirmed his comeback on Twitter.

Ansari recently took mad time off from both his TV and film work over the last few because of the sexual misconduct allegations made against him in back in January of 2018.

The alleged incident first came from an article on www.Babe.net and social media was on fire about the latest celebrity to be put on the blast by the #metoo movement. The article gave a detailed the account of a woman who went on a date with Ansari but felt like he kept coming at her with sexual advances even though she was trying to give him signs that she wasn’t with it.

Ansari finally addressed the allegations of sexual misconduct during one of his pop-up shows in February of this year. During the performance, the comic said he needed time to think through what he wanted to say to the crowd because the incident was “a terrifying thing to talk about.”

There were times I felt really upset and humiliated and embarrassed, and ultimately I just felt terrible this person felt this way,” he said during the show. “But you know, after a year, how I feel about it is, I hope it was a step forward. It made me think about a lot, and I hope I’ve become a better person.”

Although Aziz is coming back to the stage, there is no word if “Master of None” will be coming back for another season.

 

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Big Boi & Kid Cudi to Join ‘Creepshow’ TV Series

Back in 1982, Stephen King and George A. Romero collaborated to give the world the horror classic Creepshow. It has been announced that the reboot of Creepshow will feature Hip-Hop icons, Big Boi of OutKast and Chicago’s finest Kid Cudi. To make sure that the viewers are scared out of their minds, Jeffrey Combs (Re-Animator), Bruce Davison (X-Men), and DJ Qualls (The Man in the High Castle) have all been tapped for the remake of the series.

According to the show’s description: The new series has numerous connections that trace back to the Reagan Era franchise. The series features adaptations of a King story as well as one by his son, Joe Hill, who portrayed the comic-book-loving kid Billy in the original. Adrienne Barbeau, Tom Savini, John Harrison are among the “legacy” participants with ties to the 1982 film or its 1987 sequel.

Big Boi and Kid Cudi will be featured in desperate episodes. Kid Cudi and Combs will star in the episode Bad Wolf Down, written and directed by Rob Schrab. Davison will star in Night of the Paw, written by John Esposito. Big Boi is featured in The Man in the Suitcase, written by Christopher Buehlman and directed by Dave Bruckner. DJ Qualls will star in The Finger, a previously unannounced Creepshow story written by David J. Schow and directed by showrunner Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead).

 

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The classic Creepshow film was led by two giants of the horror genre, Night Of The Living Dead director George A. Romero and the legendary best-selling author Stephen King. The film was released in 1982 and a sequel, Creepshow 2, was released in 1987.

The TV version of Creepshow will debut on Shudder, a streaming service that caters to the horror genre, later this year. Greg Nicotero, a director/producer for the hit show The Walking Dead, is serving as the showrunner.

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Meek Mill Takes His Fight For Prison Reform to Amazon Prime Video With Jay-Z-Produced ‘Free Meek’ Docuseries

“Let this be known today: Meek Mill has dedicated himself to justice reform and making sure that people that don’t belong in prison is not [sic] in m*********ing prison.”

Those are the words that open up the trailer for Meek Mill’s new docuseries titled Free Meek on Amazon Prime Video, and it isn’t hard to tell that he means every word of what he’s saying. Thankfully we’ll now be able to see every step in his unfortunate experience with law, starting from his days as an aspiring young rapper surviving in the “slums” of Philadelphia.



With Jay-Z on board as Executive Producer, the upcoming docuseries takes a hard look at Meek’s life after being convicted for a crime that led to an 11-year-long probation sentence. As his star rose in the rap world, so did his public run-ins with the law, which is broken down in a way that truly make us question how much justice is actually in the judicial system, or more importantly who is it built to give justice to exactly. The six-part documentary will feature interviews with some of Meek’s closest colleagues, in addition to Hov, political activist Van Jones and even Meek himself. Overall, it’s sure to be an eye-opening viewing experience that we’ll definitely be tuning into later this summer.

Free Meek‘ premieres on Amazon Prime Video starting August 9. Peep the trailer above.

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Kid Cudi Joins Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter For the Next ‘Bill & Ted’ Film

Kid Cudi is one of the most talented rappers to simultaneously carve out a lane in the film world as well, already starring in the 2014 movie adaptation of Need for Speed, the Shia LaBeouf-directed short film MANIAC from 2011 and Kanye West’s “Seven Screen Experience” 2012 short film Cruel Summer amongst other projects. Now, the Man on the Moon emcee is fulfilling one of his childhood dreams by starring in the new Bill & Ted: Face the Music film alongside Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter.



Announced by Deadline earlier today, the “threequel” will continue the duo’s hilarious time-traveling epic that started with Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure in 1989 and was last seen three decades ago with the 1991 sequel Bill & Ted’s Bogus Journey.

Here’s how Deadline describes the plot for Bill & Ted: Face the Music:

“Yet to fulfill their rock and roll destiny, the now middle-aged best friends, Bill (Alex Winter) and Ted (Keanu Reeves), set out on a new adventure, when a visitor from the future warns them that only their song can save life as we know it and bring harmony to the universe. Along the way, they will be helped by their daughters (Brigette Lundy-Paine & Samara Weaving), old friends, a new batch of historical figures, and a few music legends.”

Whether Cudi plays one of said music legends or a completely new character is still under wraps, but it’s being reported that his role will be pretty significant. While many are still holding their breath for a new season of How to Make It in America — a Domingo-led spinoff would be dope, too! — this is a role that we can definitely get behind in the meantime. Congrats, Cud!

Bill & Ted: Face the Music‘ is scheduled to premiere on August 21, 2020, directed by Dean Parisot and based off a screenplay by Chris Matheson and Ed Solomon. We’ll keep you all updated as more information arrives regarding Cudi’s involvement in the project and film production overall.

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Spike Lee’s ‘Do The Right Thing’ Returns to Theaters for the 30th Anniversary

On its 30th anniversary, Spike Lee’s cinematic classic Do The Right Thing will be returning to theaters.  Universal Pictures has partnered with the Criterion Collection to celebrate the 1989 Oscar-nominated classic film by showing a 4K restoration version nationwide in select theaters beginning June 28, according to Deadline.

Screenings and “one-week engagements” will take place at select AMC, Regal, Cinemark, and Alamo Drafthouse theaters. The groundbreaking film will also be shown in select New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Austin and Brookline, MA theaters in the original 35mm version

“When Spike Lee’s revolutionary Do the Right Thing was released by Universal Pictures 30 years ago this June, it ignited a national conversation on race and race relations in America that challenged our assumptions about ourselves and our country and heralded the arrival of a generation-defining filmmaker,” said Jim Orr, Universal’s President of Domestic Theatrical Distribution.

Do the Right Thing was produced, written, and directed by Spike Lee. It stars Lee and Danny Aiello, Ossie Davis, Ruby Dee, Richard Edson, Giancarlo Esposito, Bill Nunn, John Turturro, and Samuel L. Jackson, and is the feature film debut of Martin Lawrence and Rosie Perez. The story follows a Brooklyn neighborhood’s engulfed in racial tension.

The film went on to be a commercial success and received numerous accolades, including Academy Award nominations for Best Original Screenplay and Best Supporting Actor for Aiello’s portrayal of Sal the pizzeria owner. It is often listed among the greatest films of all time.

In 1999, the film was deemed “culturally, historically, and aesthetically significant” in its first year of eligibility by the Library of Congress and was selected for preservation in the National Film Registry.

On July 23, the Criterion Collection also will celebrate the 30th anniversary with a Blu-ray/DVD release of a director-approved definitive edition featuring the new 4K restoration.

 

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Kevin Hart Hit With Assault Lawsuit From January Incident

Kevin Hart is in the news again and it’s not for anything comical. Hart and his team of bodyguards have reportedly been served with a lawsuit after a woman claims she was violently thrown to the ground in New York City in Jan. 2019, as reported by TMZ. According to the claims from the woman, the encounter left her with a fractured face.

According to legal docs obtained by TMZ, the woman whose name is  Carmen Marrero claims she was simply walking down a New York City sidewalk when Kevin and when his security team came flying out of the building where Hart was inside reportedly for a screening of his movie, The Upside.

As she was crossing the street, Hart’s bodyguards allegedly began shoving a crowd of people out of the comedian’s path. Marrero was allegedly thrown to the ground, which caused her to fracture her face.

Marrero is suing Hart, along with his production company, and the SAG-AFTRA organization for assault and battery for an undisclosed amount of cash for pain and suffering.

Kevin Hart has not commented on the lawsuit as of yet.

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Military Vet Doc Executive Produced by Drake Picked Up By Showtime

Superstar rapper/entertainer Drake is trying his hand at television production. It has been announced that Showtime has picked up a Drake-exec produced a feature documentary about U.S. military veterans and Mexican drug cartels from eOne, David Ayer’s and Chris Long’s Cedar Park.

Ready for War examines the cause and effect of deporting U.S. military veterans and their forced recruitment by Mexican drug cartels. It is produced by Cedar Park, Kerstin Emhoff and Candice Dragonas’ Prettybird and Drake and Adel Nur’s Dreamcrew. The premium cable network has acquired worldwide rights via Showtime Documentary Films.

According to the description of the documentary, “It explores the phenomenon of deported United States military veterans. This documentary follows three green card holding soldiers at various stages in this process: one in Tijuana fighting to come home to American soil and reunite with his family; another in ICE detention fighting deportation; and a third, lost in the clutches of a drug cartel in Ciudad Juarez, waging a war that was never meant to be his own.”

Along with Drake, the film is executive produced by Ayer, Long, Renzi, Boak, his manager Adel “Future” Nur,  Emhoff, Dragonas and Tara Long and Showtime’s Vinnie Malhotra. Anthony Gonzales and Jason Shrier will serve as producers.

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New Documentary to Chronicle the Life of Mac Miller

Filmmaker and Jetlife Creative Director CJ Wallis announced today via Twitter that Margrette Bird Pictures, a film company he found with Mallory Kennedy, is currently working on a documentary that will feature the life and times of late rapper Mac Miller.

“So, over the next year I’m going to start collecting interviews & content to make the definitive @MacMiller documentary for his family, friends & fans,” he tweeted Monday morning. Wallis then encouraged everyone to share the post and tag anyone who would be good to interview for the doc.”

Miller died in September from a mix of fentanyl and cocaine, according to a toxicology report from the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office. His death was characterized as accidental. Miller had struggled with substance abuse in the past and wasn’t afraid to address the problems in his songs. He received a posthumous Grammy nomination for Swimming as Best Rap Album, the nom is his first. Swimming is Miller’s fifth studio album, debuting at No. 3 on the Billboard 200 during the summer.

Wallis is a Canadian writer, editor, animator, visual designer, and director. He has worked with numerous musicians and rappers including Wiz Khalifa, Curren$y, Rick Ross, Lil Wayne, 2 Chainz and Ty Dolla $ign. Wallis also serves as the creative director for Jet Life Records.

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[WATCH] Beyoncé as Nala in the New ‘The Lion King’ Trailer

The latest trailer for the remake of The Lion King movie has arrived and we hear Beyoncé’s voice for the first time.

She is playing Nala and might we say that the trailer is something we are anticipating on for a while since they dropped the news last year. She joins the cast of Donald Glover, Seth Rogan, John Oliver, James Earl Jones, Billy Eichner, and Eric Andre.

The film has Jon Favreau as the director who gave insight into working with Beyoncé to Entertainment Weekly.

“She’s very down to earth and is very much dedicated to her family and having a life that is human-scale. … At the end of the day, she’s also an actor and it’s a great bunch of people to work with and a project that I think she felt was going to be special,” Favreau said. “And then of course, there are these wonderful musical numbers that she can be involved with, and my God … she really lives up to her reputation as far as the beauty of her voice and her talent.”

We have 35 days until the movie comes out. We also know that the soundtrack is coming as well with new music and some that have been remade to fit the remake of the movie. The movie comes out on Friday, July 19.

Until then watch the recent trailer below and see how our childhood is way back when.

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