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John Singleton to direct Tupac biopic

February 13th, 2014 3:10am EST
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Moviemaker John Singleton has given the producers of a planned Tupac Shakur biopic a big boost by signing on to rewrite and direct the project.

Singleton, who was loosely attached to the film two years ago (12), will replace Training Day's Antoine Fuqua.

He has a deep connection to the slain rapper after directing him in 1993 Janet Jackson movie Poetic Justice.

Confirming he is onboard the as-yet untitled and castless Tupac film, Singleton says, "Tupac was the guy who I planned to do a lifetime of films with. His passing deeply affected my life as well as countless people in this world."...

Russell Simmons & John Singleton teaming up for TV series

December 5th, 2013 8:30pm EST
Russell Simmons
Rap mogul Russell Simmons and director John Singleton are teaming up to develop a U.S. TV series.

Club Life: Miami will be written and directed by the Boyz n the Hood filmmaker and will centre on a reformed criminal who moves to Florida and in a bid to start a new life.

Simmons will executive produce the series, which is set to air on U.S. network HBO.

This isn't the only TV show Simmons has in development with bosses at the cable network - he is also working with 12 Years A Slave director Steve McQueen on a series about a young African-American man's attempts to enter into New York's h...

John Singleton Sues Over Reneged Movie Deal

October 19th, 2011 8:43pm EDT
John Singleton
Director/producer John Singleton is seeking a $20 million pay out from studio bosses at Paramount Pictures and MTV Films amid allegations they reneged on a deal to finance two of his films.

The moviemaker claims he granted Paramount executives permission to distribute the 2005 Oscar-winning drama Hustle & Flow, which he produced, on the condition that the studio heads provided the funding for two of his future projects - as long as each of the budgets did not exceed $3.5 million.

Singleton also allowed Paramount to circulate another of his productions, the 2006 Samuel L. Jackson film Blac...

Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Moneyball,' 'Abduction,' & More

September 19th, 2011 11:00am EDT
Last week I didn’t screen any new movies, but I had a chance to conduct some awesome interviews. I talked with Jonah Hill on Monday about his role in “Moneyball” and Seth Rogen on Wednesday for his upcoming film “50/50.” Look out this week for my Jonah Hill interview and the next for mine with Seth Rogen.

Hollywood loves movies inspired by true stories this week, since they represent four of the six opening in theaters. You’ll have the opportunity to see the Brad Pitt baseball vehicle “Moneyball,” the Taylor Lautner espionage thriller “Abduction,” the Gerard Butler redemption tale “Mac...

Taylor Lautner's Behind-The-Scenes 'Abduction' Stunts (Video)

August 25th, 2011 1:30pm EDT
Taylor Lautner's Behind-The-Scenes 'Abduction' Stunts
Taylor Lautner portrays the leading man in John Singleton’s latest movie, ‘Abduction’ and courtesy of Lionsgate here is a special feature showing some behind-the-scenes action. The clip shows Harry Potter’s Lucius Malfoy, Jason Isaacs, discussing the ‘Twilight’ heartthrob’s slick martial-art abilities, Singleton and Lautner detail an on-the-fly stunt, which took place at PNC Park and producer, Lee Stollman (his surname suites the movie, don’t you think?) proudly admits Taylor is a “superstar.”

In ‘Abduction’ Nathan Price (Taylor) discovers that his real identity is severely contrasting th...

Ice Cube's 'Boyz N The Hood' Audition 'Sucked'

July 9th, 2011 2:00pm EDT
Ice Cube
Ice Cube almost missed out on his movie breakthrough because his audition for "Boyz N The Hood" was awful.

The rapper admits he felt "totally unqualified" to become a movie star and director John Singleton recalls his star showing up totally unprepared.

The filmmaker recalls, "We sat him down and he read... and he sucked.

"I said, 'You didn't read this (script), did you?' and he said, 'No, I've been touring'. And I said, 'Man, you've gotta go read this... and come back.'"

Ice Cube admits he took Singleton's words to heart, adding, "When I read it, I'm like, 'Oh, they about to do a movie...

Los Angeles Film Festival 2011 - 'What To See'

June 17th, 2011 1:30pm EDT
LAFF poster
It’s that time of year again here in sunny Los Angeles, California – LA Film Fest time! The 2011 Los Angeles Film Festival taking place June 16-26 in the heart of downtown LA (go to for more details!) is upon us and Starpulse is going to be covering everything fest related this year. From dramatic documentaries to star-studded screenings (and even some free outdoor classics!), we’re gonna be right in the heart of this years event covering all the memorable movies both big and small. (Plus a few parties and mixers just for giggles!)

So to get the cinematic ball rollin...

Taylor Lautner Studying Tom Cruise For New Role

January 4th, 2011 11:42am EST
Taylor Lautner
Taylor Lautner is busy studying the films of Tom Cruise in a bid to emulate the movie star's career, following advice from director John Singleton.

The Twilight star is set to step away from his role as a werewolf in the popular vampire franchise to lead the cast in new action movie Abduction.

Boyz N the Hood director Singleton is taking charge of the upcoming movie, and he has been advising Lautner how to carve out a career like his idol Cruise.

Singleton tells the Los Angeles Times, "I told him to watch the transition from Top Gun to Rain Man to Born on the Fourth of July. To think a...

Attack Of The Comic Book Movies

February 12th, 2009 12:02pm EST
Bringing comic book heroes (and villains) to the big screen has meant big bucks for movie studios in recent years. With huge budgets and state of the art special effects, it's easier than ever for filmmakers to convincingly create the fantasy worlds that classic comic characters inhabit, both delighting die-hard "geeks," and captivating folks who've never picked up a comic book in their lives.

Comic book films have always been popular, dating back to the movie serials of the 1940s featuring Superman, Batman, and Flash Gordon, just to name a few. Christopher Reeve's "Superman" in 1978...

John Singleton Quits 'A-Team' Movie

October 27th, 2008 4:09pm EDT
Director John Singleton has pulled out of plans for a movie version of 1980s TV hit The A-Team, after the project was postponed, according to reports.

The Boyz n the Hood film maker had signed to direct the picture, which was scheduled for release in June 2009. But Daily Variety reports that Singleton canceled his contract when the film was moved back a year to 2010, so Fox movie bosses could concentrate on an Alvin and the Chipmunks sequel.

An A-Team movie has long been rumored with a number of high profile stars touted to take on the roles made famous by George Peppard (Colone...

Overrated & Underrated High School Movies

September 26th, 2008 9:17am EDT
Bring It On
It's the end of September, and now there's no turning back. Summer is too distant a memory, Christmas Break is a speck on the horizon and the work is beginning to pile up. Yes, school is back in full swing and an escape from the dullness of its routine couldn't even be accomplished by the craftiest of magicians.

The only respite at this point is fantasy. Dreaming of a life outside of ours, one where school is but a minor inconvenience and can even serve as a method of deriving happiness.

Where does this place exist? The movies, of course. High school movies are enjoyed by stud...

Why Are So Many Rappers Acting?

August 27th, 2008 11:46am EDT
This isn't to bash rappers, nor is it to say that these artists aren't allowed to pursue different paths in Hollywood. With so many prominent rappers acquiring roles in big movies though, it begs the question-why?

It's not as if rappers in movies are a new thing. In 1991, Mario Van Peebles cast Ice-T as a cop in "New Jack City," a film that is beloved by many. That same year, director John Singleton cast Ice Cube as a Los Angeles gangbanger in "Boyz N the Hood." These two movies helped open the floodgates for rappers to enter the world of acting.

Soon, Will Smith went from rap...

Janet Jackson's 'Feedback' Debuts Jan. 7; New CD, 'Discipline,' Out Feb. 26

December 25th, 2007 11:00am EST
Janet Jackson
International megastar Janet Jackson, who has sold over 100 million albums worldwide and is the newest signing to the Island Def Jam Music Group, has completed her first new single for the label with hitmaking producer Rodney Jerkins. "Feedback" will impact across-the-board at all radio formats on January 7th.

Discipline, Janet Jackson's new album – and the 10th studio album of her career – is scheduled to arrive in stores on February 26th. In addition to Rodney Jerkins, the new album brings together an A-list of guest producers, including Jermaine Dupri, Ne-Yo, Stargate, Tricky Ste...

Director John Singleton To Revamp The A-Team

December 18th, 2007 5:05pm EST
John Singleton
Boyz N The Hood director John Singleton is to lead The A-Team onto the big screen. The TV vigilante crew will return 20 years after becoming a massive hit on the small screen in a movie adaptation.

In the film update, the four-man team will be Iraq war veterans out to tackle evil oil tycoons.

Cast details have yet to be announced but original star Mr. T insists none of the TV A-Team will be making cameos in the movie.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Halle Berry Next Film Delayed

September 5th, 2007 11:28am EDT
Halle Berry
Halle Berry's pregnancy has reportedly put her new film Tulia on hold. The producers of the movie, which also features Berry's Monster's Ball co-star Billy Bob Thornton, were hoping to start shooting the real-life legal drama in October. They've now put back plans to the new year, according to a report.

Berry, 41, recently confirmed rumors that she is three months pregnant with model boyfriend Gabriel Aubrey's child.

Last month, Berry's representatives denied reports the actress was two months pregnant.

The reported film delay will provide Tulia director John Singleto...

John Singleton Will Not Face Charges Over Fatal Car Crash

August 27th, 2007 6:41pm EDT
John Singleton
Filmmaker John Singleton will not be charged after the SUV he was driving hit and killed a 57-year-old woman in Los Angeles on Thursday night. The Boyz 'N The Hood director stopped his car and waited for police to arrive after Constance Russell stepped in front of his car in the city's Jefferson Park neighborhood. She was not using a crosswalk.

Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Jason Lee says, "This is being treated as an unfortunate accident. There will be no criminal charges."

He adds, "Mr. Singleton stopped and identified himself as required by law and was not under the i...

Director John Singleton In Fatal Car Crash

August 26th, 2007 11:14am EDT
John Singleton
Hollywood director John Singleton has killed a 57-year-old woman in a car crash in Los Angeles. The Boyz 'N the Hood filmmaker was driving his SUV in the city on Thursday when Constance Russell stepped in front of his car.

A spokesman for Los Angeles Police Department confirmed Singleton was neither speeding nor under the influence of drugs or alcohol and described the incident as "a very, very unfortunate accident."

The spokesman added Singleton waited at the scene for police and an ambulance to arrive.

(This news article provided by World Entertainment News Network)

Universal Pictures Presents The Upcoming Thriller 'Illegal Tender,' In Theaters August 24

August 14th, 2007 9:00am EDT
Illegal Tender
After the gangsters who killed his father come to settle a score, a teenage boy and his mother turn the tables on the killers. Producer John Singleton (Four Brothers, Hustle & Flow) and writer/director Franc Reyes (Empire) join forces to tell the story of one Latino family's quest for honor and revenge as the hunted become the hunters in the new thriller Illegal Tender.

Wilson De Leon, Jr. (Rick Gonzalez) is an exceptional college student with an adoring girlfriend, doting mother and a future full of promise. He has never wanted for anything, and he has never been forced to stand his...

Taryn Manning Is Still Waiting For 'Hustle & Flow' Paycheck

April 6th, 2007 9:18am EDT
Taryn Manning
Crossroads and 8 Mile star Taryn Manning feels she has been hustled by the producer of her Hustle & Flow movie - because she's still awaiting payment. The actress, who played a desperate hooker in the acclaimed 2005 movie, claims she's still waiting to get paid after agreeing to make the small film for next to nothing.

She tells Stuff magazine, "The one thing that sucked was that our contracts weren't really honored by John Singleton (producer). He hired actors who were willing to work for scale and take their back-end points (profits). Then the movie sold at Sundance (Film Festival) ...

Christina Ricci Nearly Quit Acting

February 27th, 2007 8:50am EST
Christina Ricci
Christina Ricci was on the verge of quitting her acting career before landing the lead role in new movie Black Snake Moan. The 27-year-old was ready to leave her career behind if she couldn't score a part that was perfect for her.

And Ricci believes director Craig Brewer and producer John Singleton initially thought she was too unconventional to play the role of a backwoods survivor of sexual abuse.

She explains, "I told my therapist, if I didn't get the part I was going to quit. What I meant was that it so seemed like what I should be doing that. If I didn't get it, I would hav...

Tyra Banks Is Looking for 'The One'

February 20th, 2007 1:10pm EST
Tyra Banks
Former supermodel Tyra Banks is looking for love, but will wait for Mr. Right because disappointing relationships have left her heartbroken. The America's Next Top Model creator, who has been linked to singer Seal and film director John Singleton in the past, claims she won't settle until she meets "the one."

The 33-year-old beauty says, "I want someone to be there because I want him there, not because I need him there. I never wanted to depend on someone. When we were filming the last season of 'Top Model,' I was going through some man drama. Heartbreak is serious pain! But once yo...

Hispanic Group Honors John Singleton, Wilmer Valderrama & Others

October 2nd, 2006 11:33am EDT
Wilmer Valderrama
Acclaimed film director John Singleton, actor Michael Pena of World Trade Center, Wilmer Valderrama, of Fast Food Nation, and singer/songwriter Fanny Lu will be the featured guests at the Tenth Annual "Noche de Gala" dinner benefiting the National Hispanic Foundation for the Arts (NHFA) in Washington, D.C., on October 3.

Film director, producer and screenwriter, John Singleton will receive the NHFA's 2006 Raul Julia Award for Excellence. Named after the late actor and activist, the award is presented each year to the individual or organization whose work most advances the presence of L...

'2 Fast 2 Furious' Assistant Director Charges Universal Pictures With Racism

May 18th, 2006 10:24am EDT
2 Fast 2 Furious
Hollywood studio Universal Pictures have been accused of firing assistant director Frank Davis from the 2003 racing movie 2 Fast 2 Furious because he was African-American. America's Equal Employment Opportunities Commission (EEOC) has accused Universal of violating the Civil Rights Act of 1964 by sacking Davis from the movie and replacing him with a Caucasian man.

According to the complaint, the film's director John Singleton - who is also black - was opposed to the studio's decision, but producers outranked him.

In a deposition, Singleton said, "He (Ron Lynch, the physical prod...

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