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12 Dead Celebrities People Love To Believe Faked Their Deaths

June 4th, 2014 5:00pm EDT
12 Dead Celebrities People Love To Believe Faked Their Deaths
Sometimes we just don’t want to believe a loved one is gone. The same is true for some celebrities, especially after they die under odd circumstances. There will always be a slice of the population that believes these celebrities faked their death for one reason or another.

Kurt Cobain

Despite evidence Cobain committed suicide, the rock legend continues to be the target of conspiracy theorists. In one of the most bizarre theories, it's believed Cobain faked his death and continued to live as Rivers Cuomo, lead singer of Weezer. Why? Cuomo appeared in the music scene soon after Cobain's de...
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The 25 Best Posthumous Albums Ever

May 26th, 2014 9:00am EDT
Notorious BIG
Just because an artist dies doesn't mean their music has to. These posthumous albums prove some musicians continue to have a lasting effect long after they're gone. In no particular order, here are the 25 Best Postumous Albums Ever.

Notorious BIG - Life After Death
This ironically-titled album was the first posthumous work to score two #1 singles on Billboard. It was released only a few weeks after the rapper was killed in drive-by shooting. Mo Money Mo Problems and Hypnotize helped BIG break into popular music and introduced the world to Sean Combs.

Jimi Hendrix - The Cry of ...
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Biggie Smalls' Ghost And Children To Star In TV Show

March 13th, 2013 11:15am EDT
Notorious BIG
The Notorious B.I.G. will star in a new cartoon series "The House of Wallace" alongside his two children.

Christopher Wallace, also known as Biggie Smalls, died 16 years ago in a drive-by shooting. Now, his son and daughter ( T'yanna Wallace, 19, and C.J. Wallace, 16) are developing the series with Ossian Media.

The general plot of The House of Wallace will follow his children, who will voice themselves in the show, trying to keep his Brooklyn studio open for up and coming talent. Biggie's ghost will appear from time to time to offer advice and guidance.

His children released a statement...
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Grandmaster Flash's 'The Message' Tops Rolling Stone's Hip-Hop Song List

December 6th, 2012 9:20am EST
Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five
Rolling Stone magazine just named Grandmaster Flash & The Furious Five's rap anthem "The Message" the Greatest Hip-Hop Song Of All Time.

The 1982 hit beat out favorites such as the Sugarhill Gang's "Rapper's Delight" and "Planet Rock" by Afrika Bambaataa & the Soul Sonic Force. Also making the top five: Run-DMC's "Sucker M.C.'s" and "Mind Playing Tricks on Me" by the Geto Boys.

Public Enemy's "Fight The Power," Dr. Dre and Snoop Doggy Dogg's "Nuthin' But a 'G' Thang," Notorious B.I.G.'s "Juicy," NWA's "Straight Outta Compton," and Eric B. and Rakim's "Paid In Full" complete the top 10.

A...
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Michael Clarke Duncan Was Assigned To Protect Notorious B.I.G. On The Night Of His Death

January 25th, 2012 9:55pm EST
Michael Clarke Duncan
Former bodyguard Michael Clarke Duncan has revealed he was assigned to protect Notorious B.I.G. on the night the rapper was killed.

The Green Mile actor, who was a security-man-for-hire before his acting career took off, has confessed he was assigned to guard the heavyweight star at the Soul Train Music Awards in Los Angeles in March, 1997, but he swapped the job with a pal to cover R&B singer Kenneth 'Babyface' Edmonds instead.

Notorious B.I.G., real name Christopher Wallace, was gunned down in a drive-by shooting hours later.

And Duncan admits the incident was a rude awakening - one wh...
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Diddy Denies Being Involved In Tupac Shakur's Murder

October 7th, 2011 8:33am EDT
Sean Diddy Combs
Hip-hop mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs has blasted fresh allegations linking him to the murder of rap icon Tupac Shakur in 1996.

The hitmaker was killed after a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas 15 years ago, and a new book by former Los Angeles Police Department detective Greg Kading revisits the case of Shakur's death and that of his music rival, Combs' protege Notorious B.I.G.

Kading spent three years as the head of a special police unit set up to investigate Biggie's death in Los Angeles in March, 1997 and in his new tome, "Murder Rap," claims he coaxed confessions out of associates close to C...
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Prison Inmate Confesses Involvement In Notorious B.I.G. Murder Cover-Up

July 7th, 2011 9:21pm EDT
Notorious B.I.G.
A convicted felon has come clean and confessed his involvement as an accessory to the unsolved murder of Notorious B.I.G. - 14 years after the rap icon's death.

The New York hip-hop star, real name Christopher Wallace, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles on March 9, 1997, at age 24.

Los Angeles police launched an investigation into the case immediately after the murder, but failed to file any charges.

Many conspiracy theories have linked Biggie's death to the East Coast/West Coast rap rivalry involving former Death Row Records mogul Marion 'Suge' Knight and his top artist, T...
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Police Have New Lead In Tupac Shakur Murder Investigation

June 15th, 2011 11:55pm EDT
Tupac Shakur
Police have a new lead in Tupac Shakur's murder investigation thanks to an incarcerated man who has confessed to the 1994 robbery of New York's Quad Studios, which sparked the feud between the rapper and his rival Notorious B.I.G.

Dexter Isaac, who is serving a life sentence for unrelated crimes, has penned a letter to urban music website AllHipHop.com revealing he was the guy behind the robbery, which resulted in Shakur getting shot - and he suggests he knows who killed the tragic rap star in a drive-by shooting in 1996.

The website published his watermarked letter on Wednesday - a day b...
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Notorious B.I.G. Estate Signs Merchandising Deal

May 23rd, 2011 10:57pm EDT
Notorious B.I.G.
The mother of slain rap legend Notorious B.I.G. is turning her late son's memory into a lasting brand after signing a deal with a marketing company to release products bearing his name and likeness.

Executors of Biggie's estate, including his mum Voletta Wallace and widow Faith Evans, signed an agreement with Brand Sense Partners earlier this month to produce a range of merchandise with the intention of keeping the "Juicy" hitmaker's legacy alive.

Biggie, real name Christopher Wallace, was shot dead in March, 1997.

Announcing the deal on Friday, the rapper's former manager, Wayne Barrow,...
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Faith Evans Gets Probation For Drunk Driving

November 30th, 2010 9:08am EST
Faith Evans
R&B singer Faith Evans has been sentenced to 36 months of probation after reaching a plea deal for charges of driving under the influence (DUI).

The hitmaker was driving through Marina del Rey, Los Angeles, in August when her car was pulled over by traffic police.

She was taken into custody and hit with two counts for drunk driving, which carried a possible six month jail term.

But Evans, the widow of late rapper Notorious B.I.G., reached a plea deal with prosecutors and agreed to plead no contest to the lesser charge of reckless driving instead.

She was handed probation, a $300 fine an...
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This Week's Shining & Falling Stars: Nick Lachey & Vanessa Minnillo And 50 Cent

November 5th, 2010 9:56am EDT
Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo
Shining Star – Nick Lachey & Vanessa Minnillo: Looks like the naysayers were wrong – Nick Lachey and Vanessa Minnillo are engaged.

The former boy bander and the “True Beauty” hostess announced the news on Thursday on USmagazine.com. Although the pair has been dating for four years, news of fights and impending relationship doom seemed to follow the couple from the start. Yet the two might be able to avoid the usual celebrity minefields. The trick? History won’t be repeating itself. In other words, no “Newlyweds” in the twosome’s future!

Lachey has said that the “Newlyweds” reality show wa...
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Judge Dismisses Notorious B.I.G's Wrongful Death Suit

April 16th, 2010 2:38pm EDT
Notorious BIG
A wrongful death lawsuit filed by the mother of the late Notorious B.I.G. against the Los Angeles Police Department has been thrown out of court, eight years after the complaint was originally lodged.

The rap great, real name Christopher Wallace, was shot dead in Los Angeles in 1997, aged just 24. His murder has never been solved, despite witness reports and a plethora of conspiracy theories linking his death to the murder of rap rival Tupac Shakur, who was killed in September, 1996.

His mother Voletta Wallace blamed L.A. city officials and the LAPD for her son's tragic death and filed su...
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Faith Evans Owes $360,000 In Taxes

March 31st, 2010 11:41am EDT
Faith Evans
R&B star Faith Evans has been ordered to pay more than $360,000 in unpaid taxes, according to a report.

The I'll Be Missing You hit-maker, who is attempting a career comeback after a five-year absence, has been hit with both federal and state demands from tax officials over missing payments.

Internal Revenue Service (IRS) bosses filed a $36,360 lien in New York on March 4th, and another was submitted in Los Angeles for $119,821 in February.

Evans is also said to owe the state of New Jersey $204,000, according to the Detroit News.

It's the latest setback for the star, who is being su...
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Diddy Fans' Anger At Notorious B.I.G. Party Price

March 11th, 2010 10:29am EST
Diddy
Sean 'Diddy' Combs has assured fans he did not make any money from a party in memory of his late pal Notorious B.I.G. on Tuesday - after complaints about the sky-high entrance fee.

The rap mogul was one of the featured performers at the event, held in Brooklyn, New York on the 13th anniversary of his friend's tragic death. But when the doors opened, fans were furious at being charged an entrance fee of between $100 and $150, when advance tickets cost just $30.

Combs was bombarded with complaints on his Twitter.com page as more people arrived at the venue, with several fans accusing him ...
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Faith Evans Sued Over Notorious B.I.G. Clips

February 25th, 2010 9:42am EST
Faith Evans
Faith Evans is facing legal action from filmmakers who allege she failed to provide footage they purchased of her late husband, rapper The Notorious B.I.G..

Bosses at Kaushi Entertainment claim they paid $30,000 for homemade movies featuring the hip-hop star, real name Christopher Wallace, in a deal approved by Evans, according to a lawsuit filed at Los Angeles County Superior Court on Tuesday

The clips were to be used in a documentary about the rapper, who was shot dead in 1997.

The production company's executives insist they never received the tapes - and now they're suing Evans as ...
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50 Cent Gets In Depth On His Rise & Loss Of Mother On VH1's 'Behind The Music'

October 16th, 2009 9:57am EDT
50 Cent
50 Cent's episode of "Behind The Music" showed a slightly softer side to the controversial rapper. Unlike the other episodes that have premiered since the music special's re-launch, 50's episode highlighted more of his achievements than his setbacks.

The episode started off by shedding light on 50 Cent's humble beginnings. 50 (real name Curtis Jackson) briefly spoke about the death of his mother when he was 8 years old. By 12, 50 decided to get into the drug life by selling drugs. While his grandparents thought he was at the after school program, he was out selling crack cocaine.

By 1...
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80s Vs. 90s: Which Decade Was The Best In Entertainment?

September 26th, 2009 10:03am EDT
Madonna
Eighties and Nineties nostalgia are running rampant in pop culture right now. Television networks and film companies are resurrecting TV shows and movies like 90210, Melrose Place, Halloween, and Transformers. This obsession with the 80s and 90s have lead to TV specials and debates about which decade is better. Both provided us with fascinating films to watch, memorable music to listen to, and new forms of entertainment that we still use today. But when it comes to entertainment, which decade was better?

TELEVISION

In the 80s, there were only three major broadcast networks - ABC, NBC,...
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Video Shows Michael Jackson Still Alive?

August 26th, 2009 2:54pm EDT
Michael Jackson
An eerie video has surfaced recently that portrays a man hopping out of a Los Angeles Coroner's van - and the person that posted the video claims it's Michael Jackson. Watch the video after the break.

"This video shows that Michael was still alive after his dead body was transported to the Los Angeles Dept. of Coroner I checked the license plate number and it looks like the King of Pop is jumping out of the same van, his dead body has been in. I got the original video tape from a trustworthy source. I know him for years. And I am sure it´s real and Michael is alive," reads the descriptio...
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'American Idol' Mega Diary - A Blow By Blow Of Last Night's Event

May 21st, 2009 8:37am EDT
American Idol
Two hours, wall-to-wall performances, and the "American Idol" result all in one place? Sounds like the perfect opportunity for a mega diary.

8:00 - Wow, the graphics on the opening with the contestants' name look like they were the group final for a high school A/V class. It never ceases to be amazing how bad the graphics can look on something so prominent.

8:01 - Whose idea was it to dress them both in head-to-toe white? What is this? A Mormon baptism?

8:02 - Joely Fisher with baby: "Hey America, did you know "'Til Death" just got renewed again? Muahahahahaha."

8:0...
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Why Anne Hathaway Is The Perfect Choice To Play Judy Garland

April 27th, 2009 11:06am EDT
Anne Hathaway
Anne Hathaway looks wonderful in all of her magazine pictures, especially when you consider that she's sporting more weight on her shoulders than most actors in Hollywood today. That's because she will play Judy Garland in a bio-picture based on the controversial book by Gerald Clark.

Hathaway is, of course, perfect for the role. Never mind that she can't quite copy the kind of 4-year-old face that became trademark Garland. That's one of those remarkable traits that can't be duplicated. She still has the pouting lips, the miraculous smile, and the charming singing voice. Her face might...
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Guess The Next Madame Tussauds Las Vegas Wax Figure & Win A Trip To The Unveiling!

March 30th, 2009 10:00am EDT
Madame Tussauds
The world famous wax museum, Madame Tussauds, has become internationally known for sculpting life-like wax figures. Their skillful ability to pay attention to the smallest detail makes the figures eerily authentic. They have already molded the musical talents of pop singers Beyonce, Justin Timberlake and Usher. They have brought notable hip-hop artists Tupac Shakur and Notorious B.I.G. "back to life." But now they are preparing for one of their greatest unveilings.

Premiering at Madame Tussauds Las Vegas on April 20th (a.k.a. 4/20), this wax figure is the first living hip-hop artist t...
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Notorious B.I.G. Biopic Soundtrack Enters Charts At #4

January 25th, 2009 5:00pm EST
Notorious
Bad Boy Records' Notorious: Music From And Inspired By The Original Motion Picture has made a remarkable chart entry, arriving on the Billboard 200 at #4, with sales of 43,000 – the week's top debut. What's more, the musical companion to the blockbuster Fox Searchlight motion picture has arrived at #1 on the "Top Rap Albums" tally, and #2 on both the "Top R&B/Hip-Hop Albums" and "Top Digital Albums" charts.

Notorious has also proven a true cinematic event, grossing $23.4 million in its first four days in release. The film opened January 16th in 1,638 locations with the highest per s...
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Four Men Stabbed At Nightclub Promoting 'Notorious'

January 17th, 2009 9:18pm EST
Notorious
NEW YORK (AP) — Police say four men were stabbed at a New York City nightclub advertising an after-party for the film premiere of Notorious about rapper Biggie Smalls.

Police said Saturday a 21-year-old victim stabbed numerous times was in critical condition at Brookdale Hospital. Three others were stable.

The Djumbala club is in the Canarsie section of Brooklyn. Police did not immediately release further information.

While the party had been promoted as the "official" after-party, "Notorious" distributor, Fox Searchlight, said it was not related.

Smalls was born Christo...
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Movie Spotlight: 'Notorious'

January 16th, 2009 11:20am EST
Notorious
In the last few years, biopics, namely music biopics have become a routine. It's only fitting that Notorious becomes this year's first.

Almost twelve years after his death, Christopher Wallace's story gets the big screen treatment. But the journey from story to screen hasn't been easy. Notorious struggled in development and Training Day's Antoine Fuqua was once attached to direct. Many artists, like Sean Kingston, have made it clear that they had an interest in playing Biggie but none of this was proven as fact. Under the guidance of director George Tillman, Jr. the cast and scri...
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Must-See Movies of 2009

December 26th, 2008 10:00am EST
Watchmen
As 2008 comes to an end, it is time to close the book on the entertainment experiences that we have had this year. Yes, Transformers blew our minds. Girls, Sex and the City blew your minds. To anyone who watched The Haunting of Molly Hartley, I'm sure you want your money back as well. It is time to put all of that behind us, however, and look forward to a new year, and new movies that none of us should miss.

Defiance (Release Date: 01/16/09)

Director: Edward Zwick

Starring: Daniel Craig, Liev Schreiber

Daniel Craig and Liev Schreiber star in Defiance, the story of three brothers...
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Classic Hip-Hop Video Battle: 2Pac vs. Notorious B.I.G.

November 7th, 2008 3:07pm EST
Notorious BIG Tupac Shakur picture
Flashback to the mid-'90s. Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur rule their respective hip-hop coasts producing two of rap's classic videos: Biggie's anthem "Big Poppa" and 2Pac's "California Love." Watch both videos here. Who do YOU think made the hotter track and video? Leave a comment below!

Watch Notorious B.I.G. 'Big Poppa':

Watch Tupac 'California Love':

Who do YOU think made the hotter video, Tupac or Biggie?

Leave a comment below!

- Click here to watch the trailer for the upcoming Biggie biopic movie "Notorious" -
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Music Biopics: What's Been Done, What's In The Works, & What We Want

September 19th, 2008 9:07am EDT
Walk the Line
The biopic is a longstanding Hollywood tradition. There are the big budget epics like the now infamous Elizabeth Taylor vehicle "Cleopatra," David Lean's masterpiece, "Lawrence of Arabia," or Richard Attenborough's "Gandhi." Then there are the smaller pictures chronicling the equally gripping stories of those less celebrated. Daniel Day Lewis' portrayal of the Irish cerebral palsy painter, Christy Brown in "My Left Foot," or Bill Condon's 2004 film "Kinsey" about human sexuality researcher Alfred Kinsey come to mind.

In recent years, thanks in part to the wide success of the films "Ray...
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A Quick Look At Some Top Rap Feuds

August 22nd, 2008 9:12am EDT
Eminem
The music industry has always thrived on fabricated competition to generate publicity; The Beatles vs. The Rolling Stones, The Beatles vs. Elvis Presley, Madonna vs. Cyndi Lauper, Nirvana vs. Pearl Jam, and Jonas Brothers vs. Tokio Hotel, are all apt examples of this. In comparison to the examples given here however, competition is never more prevalent than in the Hip Hop arena. It is a platform where the verbal expression of ego driven beefs and putdowns have now become part of the art itself upon which success thrives. Whether recorded or done on video, it sets Rap music apart from a...
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Overrated/Underrated Diamond Award Albums

August 15th, 2008 11:30am EDT
Beatles
In 1999, the RIAA, providers of platinum and gold records to recording artists, decided it was time to honor those who had reached a higher sales plateau and created the Diamond Award.

The newly minted award went to the albums that had shipped 10 million or more copies. Since the award's inception, 103 diamond albums have been handed out to everyone from The Beatles to Kid Rock. Receiving this award ensures that an album will always be recognized as a classic. After all, with millions of albums released over the years, joining a club with slightly over 100 members is as exclusive as...
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Solo Artists: Most Underrated And Overrated

May 16th, 2008 10:52am EDT
Bob Marley
In one week, "American Idol" will add one more solo artist to the music history.

Whoever it is, they have their work cut out for them. America has a penchant for producing legendary solo artists. People like Bob Dylan, Bruce Springsteen and Marvin Gaye all came from America. Britain may have the monopoly on bands with the likes of The Beatles, The Who, and The Rolling Stones, but our sense of Independence has allowed us to produce the best solo acts of all time.

Still, some of these solo artists have received glowing reviews when completely unwarranted. Others have been nearly...
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