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Tupac musical 'Holler If Ya Hear Me' cast revealed

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The upcoming Broadway musical inspired by Tupac Shakur songs will star Saul Williams, the poet and singer best known for the film Slam.

Producers said this week the rest of the cast of Holler If Ya Hear Me will include Tonya Pinkins, Christopher Jackson, Saycon Sengbloh, Ben Thompson, and John Earl Jelks. READ FULL STORY

Tupac, Marilyn Monroe live on in Dutch beer ad -- VIDEO

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The world may have lost Tupac Shakur, Marilyn Monroe, John Lennon, Elvis Presley, Kurt Cobain, and Bruce Lee years ago — but Dutch beer company Bavaria isn’t ready to let them go.

In Bavaria’s latest commercial for a fruit-flavored beer, the six deceased stars — aged but still wearing their signature outfits, including a white dress for Monroe and rose-tinted glasses for Lennon – lounge around on a remote island drinking beer and hiding from passing ships.

Not sure how seeing Elvis drinking a lemon-flavored beer is going to make us want to go out and buy a 6-pack — but hey, maybe the conspiracy theorists will be into it. Watch the commercial below:

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Tupac Shakur musical 'Holler If Ya Hear Me' set for Broadway

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After the January closure of Annie, Broadway’s Palace Theatre has found its next tenant.

Holler If Ya Hear Me, a new musical featuring the music of rapper Tupac Shakur, will open on Broadway at the Palace on June 19. Preview performances for the brand-new show begin May 26. Casting for the show has not yet been announced.

Written by Todd Kreidler and directed by Tony nominee Kenny Leon (who will also direct Denzel Washington in this season’s forthcoming A Raisin in the Sun revival), Holler If Ya Hear Me is an original, non-biographical story about two friends in the inner-city in the Midwest.

For what it’s worth, the musical takes its title from an autobiographical song by the late rapper off his second solo album, released in 1993. In the music video, a girl witnesses her father’s death, finds money to buy a gun, and subsequently rallies her young friends to ostensibly avenge his death. The show does not purport to tell the story of Tupac Shakur, but will use his poetic music and lyrics to offer “a window into the realities of the streets still relevant today.”

The packed design team includes choreographer Wayne Cilento, set designer David Gallo, costumer Reggie Ray, and lighting designer Mike Baldassari. Shakur’s mother, Afeni, will serve as one of the show’s producers.

Who should be cast as Tupac? Five actors to consider for the late rapper's biopic

When an actor is selected to play the role of a slain music legend, scrutiny and criticism often comes fast and furious.

We’ve seen it happen again and again. Remember the uproar after Zoe Saldana was set to play Nina Simone, or the long road the Marvin Gaye biopic with Jesse L. Martin has taken coming to the big screen?  Days after the 17th anniversary of rapper Tupac Shakur’s murder, Deadline has revealed that the long-awaited biopic of the late artist has been picked up, with production starting in February next year.

Since the role of Tupac hasn’t been cast yet, in an effort to save the drama for producers and to ensure a really good portrayal of a legend on the big screen, we’ve listed five actors who should be in consideration for the role of the legendary rapper.  Holla if your hear me!
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College mascot requests that Nirvana record video for Homecoming ... in 2013

In today’s round of “Oh, sweetie … really?” news, a well-intentioned but seriously sheltered student from Virginia Tech sent a letter to indie label Sub Pop asking if the band Nirvana can record a video for Homecoming. What did you say? Nirvana hasn’t been around for a decade? And lead singer Kurt Cobain committed suicide in 1994? Eh, it’s not like they’re one of the most famous bands of all time or anything, so how could we know? READ FULL STORY

Keep ya head up! Tupac Shakur musical could be headed to Broadway

Picture me rollin’…up to a Broadway theater for a new musical based on the work of the late actor/rapper Tupac Shakur. Currently workshopping in New York City for a possible Broadway run later this season, Holler If Ya Hear Me features the songs of Shakur — but it isn’t a bio-drama of the controversial performer who was gunned down in a drive-by shooting in Las Vegas in 1996. The original story by Todd Kriedler, a dramaturg who worked on the August Wilson plays Radio Golf and Gem of the Ocean, follows two childhood friends and their extended families in the inner city of a Midwestern industrial city.
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Gary Oldman reads from R. Kelly's autobiography on 'Jimmy Kimmel Live!' -- VIDEO

Gary Oldman performed a dramatic reading from R.Kelly’s autobiography Soulacoaster: The Diary of Me on Jimmy Kimmel Live! last night, dressed in a tux and complete with his British accent.

The dapper actor, who will star in this month’s The Dark Knight Rises, reenacted a conversation between Tupac Shakur — or Pak, as R Kelly refers to him — and Kelly about collaborating on an album.

Watch the video below to see Oldman read such insightful prose as ”Just wanted to holler at you” and ”We’ll just let it do what it do.”

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