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30th Film Independent Spirit Awards - Arrivals

Andre Benjamin and Andre 3000 - 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards - Arrivals at Tent on the beach, Independent Spirit Awards - Santa Monica, California, United States - Saturday 21st February 2015

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John Ridley, Andre Benjamin and Andre 3000
Andre Benjamin and Andre 3000

2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards

Andre 3000 - 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards held at Santa Monica Beach - Departures at Independent Spirit Awards - Santa Monica, California, United States - Saturday 21st February 2015

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The 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards - Outside Arrivals

Andre 3000 - The 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards - Outside Arrivals at Santa Monica, Independent Spirit Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Saturday 21st February 2015

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Andre 3000 Reveals Why He Was Against Outkast Reunion Tour


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Andre 3000, real name Andre Benjamin, and his hip-hop partner, Big Boi, celebrated the 20th anniversary of their successful hip-hop duo Outkast last summer by playing a string of summer music festivals across the U.S., but their reformation wasn't much of a celebration.

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Andre 3000 performing on Outkast's reunion tour

While performing on the tour Andre wore a total of 47 custom jumpsuits featuring slogans like "I don't know what else to say" and "Art or fart", which are currently being shown in an exhibit at Art Basel in Miami, as a way to express his displeasure of the reunion.

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Outkast At ACL Fest

André 3000 - Outkast At ACL Fest at Austin City Limits Music Festival - Austin, Texas, United States - Saturday 11th October 2014

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Outkast performs during Advertising Week

Andre 3000 and Outkast - American hip hop duo Outkast which consist of members Andre 3000 and Big Boi performed live during Advertising Week at Best Buy Theater in New York, United States - Thursday 2nd October 2014

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Andre 3000 and Outkast
Andre 3000 and Outkast
Andre 3000, Big Boi and Outkast
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Andre 3000 Wants Leonardo DiCaprio To Play Him. Which Could Be Problematic.


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Andre 3000 may have just played Jimi Hendrix in Jimi: All Is By My Side, but the Outkast man has some ambitious plans for a biopic of himself. Speaking at a screening of the movie at the Grammy Museum in Los Angeles, the rapper admitted he had some unconventional casting choices in mind.

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"Instead of really serious, make it a full comedy - like Kevin Hart would play Big Boi," he told Rolling Stone. For himself, Andre said, "We should cast somebody stupid - like Leonardo [DiCaprio]."

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Andre 3000 Has Some Interesting Casting Ideas For An Outkast Movie


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Andre 3000 has some interesting ideas about who he might cast if there were to be a movie about Outkast, and you probably won't have thought of them before now!

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The musician-turned-actor, who is appearing as Jimi Hendrix in the biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side, shared his ideas about who he thought should play himself and Big Boi in a film version of their story at a press conference, as reported by MTV.

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From Stages To Film Sets: Singers Who Have Traded Microphones For Acting Careers


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It seems if you can sing, you should be able to act with a whole host of super singers putting down their microphones and picking up a script instead. Justin Timberlake has made one of the most impressive transferences from stage to screen with exciting supporting roles in hits including The Social Network and the Coen brothers' Inside Llewyn Davis and taking the lead role opposite Mila Kunis in Friends With Benefits. 

Beyoncé successfully combined both singing and acting in the musical drama, Dreamgirls, and also tried her hand at pure acting in everyone's favourite detective film, The Pink Panther and in American thriller, Obsessed

Of course, there are some popstars that are unlikely to ever find themselves in Oscar contention, such as Justin Bieber following his role in two episodes of CSI: Crime Scene Investigation back in 2010, and Joss Stone's slightly more substantial TV role as Anne of Cleves in The Tudors. But which serious fan of The Spice Girls didn't love their whirlwind musical comedy Spice World? And who didn't enjoy Britney Spears' turn in the girls on tour comedy Crossroads

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See Andre 3000 As Jimi Hendrix In 'All Is By My Side' [Trailer]


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The movie trailer for the upcoming biopic of Jimi Hendrix has been released. The film, entitled Jimi: All Is By My Side, stars Outkast's Andre 3000 AKA Andre Benjamin as the late rock icon.

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Jimi Hendrix photographed in 1967.

Hendrix became a rock icon in the 1970s but his life was tragically cut sort in 1970 when he died at the age of 27. The cause of death cited as a lethal concoction of prescription medication which led to asphyxia, causing Hendrix to choke on his own vomit. The film has been long anticipated as Hendrix's story truly epitomises the astronomic rise and tragic demise of a hugely popular and influential figure. 

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Outkast Are Still Outkast And Rocked Governors Ball New York This Weekend


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Governors Ball is a notoriously difficult music fest for logistical reasons – remote location, frequently awful weather, etc. Still, crowds flock to the festival year after year – and looking at this year’s lineup, it isn’t hard to see why.

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Janelle Monae joined Andre and Big Boi for a rousing rendition of Hey Ya.

 More: Governors Ball Music Festival 2014 Lineup

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Big Boi Lands Solo Deal: Bad News For Outkast?


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Big Boi has landed his very own record deal with Epic Records, where he'll have the chance to work with his mentor L.A. Reid once again. The rapper, better known as one half of the hip hop duo Outkast, was previously signed to Def Jam and, under Reid's guidance, he released Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors.

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Big Boi Has Announced That He Has Signed To Epic Records.

The 39 year-old confirmed the news to Huffington Post, revealing "I'm back with [Antonio] L.A Reid and Sylvia Rhone," and adding "Got a brand new situation."

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Outkast Were Back In Georgia For CounterPoint Festival 2014, With A Few Special Guests


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Outkast returned home to Georgia for their stint at CounterPoint Festival 2014 - and fans were a lot more pleased this time round than they were at their comeback gig at Coachella.

Nothing was going to spoil the mood at this year's CounterPoint Festival. With a line-up headlined by one of the world's favourite veteran hip hop duos and also featuring Pretty Lights, Foster The People and STS9, not even the ferocious storm that swept the venue over the weekend engulfing festival goers in streams of mud was going to ruin the experience for anyone. 

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Did Technical Difficulties Fail Outkast During Reunion Gig At Coachella 2014?


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Outkast – aka Big Boi and Andre 3000 – reunited for the first time in 10 years at Coachella Saturday night. It was a pretty big deal. The set was broadcast live, so even those unlucky souls who couldn’t shell out for the festival/didn’t feel like traveling for hours to have the three dustiest, most exhausting days of their lives, got to see Outkast perform. The gig generated 90,000 tweets in 24 hours, and by Monday afternoon the recorded set had been viewed more than 1.7 million times, according to NPR.

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Andre's most recent endeavor was playing Jimi Hendrix in a biopic, to be released later this year.

There’s a lot of excitement in the air right now about the reunion, especially since Andre and Big Boi announced their 2014 festival tour. So far the tour includes 18 dates, with 40 gigs promised, but Outkast have made it clear that the reunion is not permanent. The duo are calling it a “victory lap” – a thank you to their loyal fans.

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Andre 3000 Is Jimi Hendrix In New Biopic Premiering At SXSW Next Week


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Outkast’s Andre 3000 got the chance of a lifetime – to play one of his idols, Jimi Hendrix, in an upcoming biopic. The first promotional images for All By My Side have been released, and the film is about to have its US premiere at South by Southwest next week.

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Benjamin in character on the set of the film.

In it, Andre 3000 (real name Andre Benjamin) portrays one crucial story from Hendrix’ life – his friendship with one Linda Keith, an ex-girlfriend of Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards, who inspired a lot of Hendrix’s original work. The film itself originated from an instrumental by Hendrix, called Sending My Love to Linda. When screenwriter/director John Ridley (who just won Best Adapted Screenplay at Sunday night’s Oscars) stumbled upon the song, he got the idea to work the story into a full screenplay. From then on, the journey from page to screen took roughly seven years.

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