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Premiere Of "FX's "American Crime Story - The People V. O.J. Simpson"

John Singleton, Cuba Gooding Jr. , Courtney B. Vance - Premiere Of "FX's "American Crime Story - The People V. O.J. Simpson" at Westwood Village Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 27th January 2016

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John Singleton, Cuba Gooding Jr. and Courtney B. Vance

Premiere Of "FX's "American Crime Story - The People V. O.J. Simpson" - Arrivals

John Singleton - Celebrities attend the premiere of 'FX's 'American Crime Story - The People V. O.J. Simpson' at Westwood Village Theatre. at Westwood Village Theatre - Los Angeles, California, United States - Wednesday 27th January 2016

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John Singleton

Hip-hop Music Video Director To Lead Tupac Shakur Biopic


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The Boyz n the Hood filmmaker announced his departure from the project in April (15), putting the blame on studio bosses at Morgan Creek and accusing them of failing to respect the slain rapper.

"The reason I am not making this picture is because the people involved aren't really respectful of the legacy of Tupac Amaru Shakur," he said. "Tupac was much more than a hip hop artist... He was a black man guided by his passions... Of most importance was his love of black people and culture... Something the people involved in this movie know nothing about."

Executives at Morgan Creek briefly hired Devil With the Blue Dress director Carl Franklin, but now it appears music video and commercial director Boom is in the hot seat.

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John Singleton's Child Support Lowered


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The Boyz n the Hood director sued his ex-wife Akousia Busia earlier this year (15), claiming he could no longer afford the monthly $4,000 (£2,500) payments due to a loss of income.

According to Bossip.com, the 47 year old brings in $14,500 (£9,100) per month, but has financial obligations totalling $24,000 (£15,000). He also has three other children who reside with him.

Busia counter-sued Singleton, alleging he owes her $200,000 (£125,000) for their daughter's school tuition, but the monthly support has since been lowered to $2,100 (£1,312). The filmmaker will also have to pay $68,000 (£42,500) in back tuition, but will not be responsible for next year's (16) school payments.

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John Singleton Quits Tupac Shakur Biopic


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The Boyz n the Hood director announced the news on his Instagram account late on Tuesday (07Apr15), a week after telling XXL magazine he had put the project on hold while he "figured out some things".

In his post, Singleton wrote, "The reason I am not making this picture is because the people involved aren't really respectful of the legacy of Tupac Amaru Shakur.

"Tupac was much more than a hip hop artist... He was a black man guided by his passions... Of most importance was his love of black people and culture... Something the people involved in this movie know nothing about."

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Ludacris Has Ja Rule's Ego To Thank For Fast & Furious Role


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The Always On Time hitmaker had a small role in 2001's The Fast and The Furious, the movie which kickstarted the blockbuster franchise, and Singleton wanted the hip-hop star to reprise his role as Edwin for the follow-up, 2 Fast 2 Furious, in 2003.

However, the filmmaker claims Ja Rule felt disrespected by the money offer and turned down the job - prompting Singleton to reach out to the then-rising rapper Ludacris to take his place.

Singleton tells Grantland.com, "Ja got too big for himself. He turned it down. He turned down a half a million dollars. He got $15,000 (£9,375) to be in the first movie. He was really big at that time. I guess Murder Inc. (his record label) was throwing out hits and were making money hand over foot. He was acting like he was too big to be in the sequel. He wouldn't return calls.

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"FURIOUS 7" World Premiere

John Singleton. - Premiere of 'Furious 7' at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX at TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX - Hollywood, California, United States - Wednesday 1st April 2015

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John Singleton

Premiere Of "Furious 7" At The TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX

Guest and John Singleton - A host of stars were snapped as they attended the world premiere of "Furious 7" which was at the TCL Chinese Theatre IMAX in Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States - Thursday 2nd April 2015

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Guest and John Singleton
Guest and John Singleton

2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Guest and John Singleton - Celebrities attend 2015 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts with City Hall in Beverly Hills. at Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 22nd February 2015

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John Singleton: Tupac Shakur's Spirit Came To Me


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John Singleton says Tupac Shakur's ''spirit'' encouraged him to helm a biopic on the late rapper.

The 46-year-old filmmaker is on board to write, direct and produce the forthcoming film which is based on the life of the star - who he worked with on 1993 romantic drama 'Poetic Justice' - and although he found it difficult to take on the project initially, he insists something ''clicked'' recently.

Talking to The Hollywood Reporter, Singleton said: ''Only recently because it was always there and I had been approached different times. I wasn't emotionally ready to do that. I couldn't even think about it. Several people were involved to do it. I was privately disappointed when I heard other people were doing it but I wouldn't express that. And then it came up three years ago on and off, on and off, and then something clicked in me, which I feel is possibly his spirit, like don't do this. You bet me do this, they're going to f**k my movie up. Literally. I pursued it.''

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John Singleton Directing Tupac Movie. Michael B Jordan, Stand By Your Phone


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John Singleton will direct the highly anticipated Tupac Shakur biopic after finally closing a deal to take full creative responsibility for the movie. As well as getting behind the camera, Singleton will re-write and produce the project, which has been the property of Morgan Creek for several years.

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The movie would follow Tupac's rise to become one of the world's most popular hip-hop artist, including his murder following a boxing match in Las Vegas in 1996.

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John Singleton To Direct Tupac Biopic


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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.

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Russell Simmons & John Singleton Teaming Up For Tv Series


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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.

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John Singleton To Direct Tupac Movie?


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John Singleton is set to direct the Tupac biopic.

The filmmaker - who worked with the legendary musician on 'Poetic Justice' in 1993 - has stepped into the role following the departure of Antoine Fuqua ('Training Day'), because he had trouble casting the role of the late rapper.

Tupac Shakur was one of the biggest stars of the 90s, creating albums including 'The Don Killuminati' and 'All Eyez on Me' and some credible acting roles before he was shot in a Drive By killing in 1996, in what remains an unsolved case.

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Illegal Tender Review


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When the production credits that open writer/director Franc. Reyes' (we don't understand the period, either) crime drama Illegal Tender appear in gloriously cheesy '70s blaxploitation font with an equally gaudy title graphic depicting a sexy silhouette inside a dollar sign, the anticipation of either a riveting throwback or tongue-in-cheek parody appears. Either of these options would have been better than the nothing that follows.

For the first 15 minutes we're treated to the back story of '80s gangster Wilson Deleon Sr. (Manny Perez), a hard-working, merciful Bronx drug dealer just trying to make his way in this crazy world. He has a child on the way; her shrewd mother, Millie (Wanda De Jesus) has just laundered all his street earnings into a sizeable nest egg. Of course, on the night she tells him to stay in, he goes out and, of course, that's the night she delivers and, of course, that's the night his crew betrays him and two ridiculously buxom assassins gun him down.

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