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Watch the New Trailer for Straight Outta Compton

“Speak a little truth and people lose their minds”

Universal Pictures just released a new trailer for its upcoming biopic of legendary Los Angeles rap group N.W.A., Straight Outta Compton.

F. Gary Gray’s film documents the rise and fall of the West Coast group during the mid-1980s on the dangerous streets of Compton, Calif. In the clip, we see a glimpse of the tough world that Ice Cube (O’Shea Jackson Jr.), Dr. Dre (Corey Hawkins) and Eazy-E (Jason Mitchell) describe in their brutally honest songs.

The trailer shows the group’s struggle amid the poverty, violence, police brutality and gang warfare that permeated their California neighborhood, and how they eventually succeeded in giving a voice to inner-city America, revolutionizing music forever.

Straight Outta Compton hits theaters Aug. 14.

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The Rolling Stones May Be Playing the Whole of Sticky Fingers On Tour

The Rolling Stones Perform Live In Auckland
Fiona Goodall — Getty Images Mick Jagger sings as The Rolling Stones perform live at Mt Smart Stadium on November 22, 2014 in Auckland, New Zealand.

The 15-city outing coincides with the release of a deluxe version of their classic 1971 album

British rock legends the Rolling Stones are getting ready to hit 15 stadiums across North America this summer.

The Zip Code Tour — named after the actual zip that graced the Warhol-designed cover of the original 1971 vinyl release of Sticky Fingers — will kick off in San Diego’s Petco Park on May 24 and wrap in Quebec on July 15.

The Rolling Stone’s return to the road coincides with the release of a deluxe edition of the classic Sticky Fingers album on May 26. Stones’ front man Mick Jagger says the band is wrestling with the idea of performing the album in its entirety during the tour.

Sticky Fingers has about five slow songs. I’m just worried that it might be problematic in stadiums,” Jagger told Rolling Stone magazine. “Maybe we’d play it and everyone would say, ‘Great,’ but maybe they’ll get restless and start going to get drinks.”

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Texas Trooper Reprimanded for Picture With Snoop Dogg at SXSW

The rapper has been convicted of felony charges

Me n my deputy dogg 🔫🌟✨

A photo posted by snoopdogg (@snoopdogg) on

 

A Texas state trooper has been ordered to undergo counseling for posing in a picture with Snoop Dogg during South by Southwest.

Trooper Billy Spears was asked to pose for the snap by the rap megastar, full name Calvin Cordozar Broadus, Jr., at the music and film festival in Austin, Texas, the officer’s lawyer told the Dallas Morning News.

Spears claims that he did not know who the celeb was. Snoop Dogg posted the picture to Instagram with the caption, “Me n my deputy dogg” followed by the gun emoji and two star emojis.

Department of Public Safety (DPS) officials say the snap “reflects poorly on the agency,” though Spears will receive no formal disciplinary action for posing with a known felon. But they did call for “counseling,” a ruling which Spears cannot appeal.

Snoop Dogg was convicted of felony drug possession and possession for sale in 1990, and pled no contest to a felony drug charge in 2007. He was also acquitted of a murder charge in 1993.

The DPS told NBC Morning News in a statement Wednesday that it does not discuss personnel issues unless they result in disciplinary action, which is not the case in this instance.

[Dallas Morning News]

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Watch Rihanna Prank Jimmy Kimmel While He Sleeps

The singer snuck into Kimmel's house

Jimmy Kimmel has built up quite the reputation for pranks, but this April Fools’ Day, he was the victim.

Wednesday’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live! shows Rihanna pranking the late-night host, showing up to his house at 1 a.m. while he sleeps. Kimmel’s wife and co-headwriter, Molly McNearney, helped the singer sneak into his bedroom and surprise him with a rendition of her new song “B— Better Have My Money.”

Read next: See the Best April Fools’ Day Pranks of 2015

 

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Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall Look Terrified in the Trailer for The Gift

Bygones do not stay bygones in this new thriller

What starts as an innocent-seeming gift left on a front porch spirals into massive tension and deceit in the new thriller The Gift.

Jason Bateman and Rebecca Hall star as a couple that move to a new town where a man from the husband’s past (played by Joel Edgerton) tries to befriend them. When he’s rebuffed, he threatens the couple with a secret that could ruin their lives.

Edgerton also wrote and directed the movie, which is due to hit theaters July 31.

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Morgan Spurlock ‘Shed a Little Tear’ When Zayn Malik Left One Direction

(L to R) Zayn Malik, Morgan Spurlock, Liam Payne and Harry Styles attend the World Premiere of 'One Direction: This Is Us 3D' in London, England on Aug. 20, 2013.
Dave M. Benett—Getty Images (L to R) Zayn Malik, Morgan Spurlock, Liam Payne and Harry Styles attend the World Premiere of 'One Direction: This Is Us 3D' in London on Aug. 20, 2013.

He directed the 2013 documentary 'One Direction: This is Us'

Super Size Me director Morgan Spurlock spent a lot of time with One Direction for his 2013 documentary One Direction: This is Us—six months to be exact. So it’s no surprise that he, like many a teenage girl, was disappointed to hear Zayn Malik left the group last week. “Like everyone else, a little piece of my heart broke the day Zayn left,” he told EW. “I shed a little tear.”

On a more serious note, Spurlock said that “being on the road like they’re on the road is a really hard thing.”

“I was with them for six months and it’s an exhausting lifestyle,” he said. “And I think that it just gets hard after awhile, for someone, probably like Zayn, who is a homebody already, but is also incredibly talented, the allure of being able to potentially leave and become a solo artist in the midst of all your success is probably better than waiting till the end.”

Malik released a statement when he left saying he wanted “to be a normal 22-year-old who is able to relax and have some private time out of the spotlight,” but that relaxation period didn’t seem to last too long: A solo demo of his leaked Tuesday.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

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The Kardashians Are Getting Another Reality Show

Television personalities Kim Kardashian, left, Kourtney Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian Odom, right, attend a Generation NXT Dream Foundation benefit event in New York on Feb. 16, 2014.
Evan Agostini—AP Television personalities Kim Kardashian, left, Kourtney Kardashian and Khloe Kardashian Odom, right, attend a Generation NXT Dream Foundation benefit event in New York on Feb. 16, 2014.

The new show will follow the Kardashian sisters and their employees

The Kardashian TV empire is expanding once again.

E! has ordered a new reality series, this time mainly following the Kardashian sisters’ employees.

The network has picked up Dash Dolls, which goes behind the scenes of a boutique owned by Kim, Kourtney and Khloe. The pitch:

“Kim, Kourtney and Khloé Kardashian made a mark on the fashion industry with the opening of their upscale DASH boutiques. Now viewers will have the opportunity to follow the lives of the Kardashian sisters’ young, fun and hot employees as they navigate the hectic life of a twenty-something in Hollywood while representing the Kardashian brand. This new generation of boutique girls takes on the glamorous lifestyle that comes with managing one of today’s most recognizable franchises, owned by three famous and often demanding bosses, while juggling romances, parties, family drama and other career aspirations. The new eight episode, one-hour series features Khloé Kardashian’s best friend Malika Haqq and her twin sister, Khadijah Haqq.”

Dash Dolls is planned for this fall. We’re told the Kardashian sisters will make appearances on the new show too. While flaghship series Keeping Up with the Kardashians is currently in its 10th season. The new series joins a long list of spin-offs in the franchise – Kourtney and Khloé Take The Hamptons, Kourtney and Kim Take Miami, Kourtney and Khloe Go Hawaiian, Kourtney and Kim Take New York and Khloé & Lamar (okay, so one of those isn’t real).

In addition, the network has ordered a show about a different Hollywood family, titled Stewarts & Hamiltons. This show follows the interconnected families of musician Rod Stewart and actor George Hamilton. The pitch:

“Leading the pack are model and young mother Kimberly Stewart who is the daughter of author and philanthropist Alana Stewart and musician Rod Stewart. Hollywood icon George Hamilton, who is the ex-husband and best friend of Alana, will also be featured on the show along with actor, musician and reformed bad boy Ashley Hamilton and his 15 year-old half-brother George Hamilton Jr. Also appearing throughout the series are Kim’s brother Sean Stewart and her half-sister Ruby Stewart, an aspiring musician, as well as Kim’s live-in best friend Dean Geistlinger, a former music exec, and Ali Stepka, Ashley Hamilton’s model girlfriend.”

In addition, the network ordered a new show called WAGS following the “Women and Girlfriends of Sports.” E! also picked up new seasons of #RichKids of Beverly Hills, Total Divas and Christina Milian Turned Up.

This article originally appeared on EW.com.

 

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Review: In Furious 7, Gravity Is for Wimps

Film Title: Furious 7
Scott Garfield—Universal Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, Paul Walker and Chris "Ludacris" Bridges star in Furious 7

In another sensational episode of the motor-movie series, Vin Diesel and his gang bring improbable buoyancy to the serious work of elegizing a lost friend

The rainbow coalition of hard drivers, grease monkeys and ultimate fighting women that make up the Fast and the Furious universe are charged with capturing a device from multinational miscreants bent on conquering the world. First, though, Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) has to arrange a rendezvous with his current nemesis Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). They meet under an L.A. highway — Dom’s beloved ’69 Dodge R/T Charger growling at Deckard’s Aston Martin DB9 — and steer their vehicles into a high-speed head-on collision. Boom! It looks like mutually assured destruction, but nobody’s seriously hurt. It’s really just a workout for a couple of testosteronic gearheads, doing what manly men do best — crashing the cars they love.

The Fast and Furious movies — those odes to torn asphalt, crunching car-nage, auto-eroticism and, as the characters kept insisting, family values — have often shown a cavalier attitude toward death. Moviegoers in the theater must pretend that they are cocooned by film fantasy: that this universe is one that courts fatal impact without ever making good on the threat that may await audience members from some highway maniac on the drive home.

That blithe belief endured a toxic hit on Nov. 30, 2013. Paul Walker, who had played undercover cop Brian O’Conner since the original 2001 The Fast and the Furious, died when the Porsche Carrera GT driven by Walker’s friend Roger Rodas, a financial planner and amateur racer, crashed into a Valencia, Calif., light pole at a reported 80 to 90 m.p.h., igniting the car and killing both men. The star’s sudden death at 40 put a halt to the Furious 7 shoot and left series screenwriter Chris Morgan with two dreadful dilemmas: how to work Walker’s footage into a revamped movie and how to keep romanticizing the series’ theme — speed thrills — when it was also painfully evident that speed kills.

Furious 7, opening nine months after the initial July 2014 release date, proves how splendidly, if preposterously, movie fiction can trump human tragedy. Without stinting on the greatest hits of the earlier films, it underlines the first law of cinema: that movies — and the people, stories and machines in them — have to move, collide, combust. Secure in this knowledge, 7 meets the demanding standards of the two previous entries, the crazy-great Fast Five (2011) and its amped-up, purified sequel Furious 6 (2013), while providing a tender onscreen farewell for the fallen Walker. It’s an enormous, steroidal blast, and as much ingenious fun as a blockbuster can be.

James Wan, the Saw and Conjuring magician who succeeded Justin Lin, director of the previous four entries, says he chose the Furious 7 title as a reference to Akira Kurosawa’s 1954 martial epic The Seven Samurai. Here, as there, rugged souls do humanity’s dirty work for the satisfaction and the fun. But in the Furious cosmos, these seven include two women. Brian has gone domestic with the foxy Mia (Jordana Brewster), and Dom is reunited with his lost love Letty (Michelle Rodriguez), still stricken with a telenovela case of amnesia. Tej (Chris “Ludacris” Bridges), the computer whiz, and Roman Pearce (Tyrese Gibson), the resident motormouth, are joined by federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson), who enlisted back in Fast Five and infused the skein with his cartoon gravitas.

As if to challenge the audience’s stomach for stark violence in a PG-13 film, Furious 7 begins with the fiery, almost Walker-like death of one of the series’ regulars (Sung Kang’s Han) and the totaling of Brian’s and Mia’s home. The villainous Deckard is supposed to be avenging the incapacitation of his brother Owen (Luke Evans), the prime bad guy from Furious 6, yet as he leaves Owen’s hospital he blows up his bro and the building that houses him. But this is just a crash test for sensitive viewers. The series long ago expanded from a drag-strip Götterdämmerung to a globe-circling showcase for spectacular stunts in exotic locales.

The plot: a CIA shadow who calls himself Mr. Nobody (Kurt Russell) wants the gang to corral some computer MacGuffin guarded by an IT genius named Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel, Game of Thrones’ Missandei) who’s been kidnapped by Deckard and pan-African warlord Jakande (Djimon Hounsou). Honestly, though, who cares? Ramsey is just the excuse for the group to infiltrate an Azerbaijan forest redoubt and recover the van that holds her. This sensational second-act chase, ramping up to Walker’s Brian in a literal cliffhanger, would be the climax of any other action picture, but it’s just a why-not escapade to keep you from going for popcorn during the movie’s two-hour-plus nonstop assault.

On we fly, to Abu Dhabi, where Dom and Brian hijack a sheik’s W Motors LykN Hypersport, vroom it out of the 50th floor of an Etihad Tower skyscraper and into the adjacent high-rise — and then again into a third building, before our heroes land somehow intact. “Cars can’t fly!” Brian keeps saying, but Furious 7 refutes all aeronautic logic with its next stunt, which one-ups the skydiving Elvises from the old movie (and the Broadway musical) Honeymoon in Vegas by dropping five members of the team and their cars 10,000 feet from a C-130 military transport. (Auto coordinator Dennis McCarthy, who deployed about 250 vehicles for the movie, insists that this was no illusion: the cars truly did float to earth, most of them safely.) By the end of the movie, back in L.A., you’re not surprised when a car can serve as surface-to-bad-guy-in-helicopter missile. In such a buoyant enterprise as this, gravity is for wimps.

Retaining one sweetly anachronistic element of the series, the cast goes not just fender-to-fender but fist on fist, bulk on bulk, hulk on hulk. Tough-guy franchise mavens Statham and Johnson mix it up in a fracas that leaves Hooks incapacitated for half of the movie — until he rises from his sick bed, cracks open his arm cast and mutters, “Time to go to work.” Rodriguez tangles with MMA Medusa Ronda Rousey, and Walker (or his stunt-double team) staves off a wondrously savage attack from Tony Jaa, the Muy Thai Warrior. As much as Furious 7 flirts with scenarios from The Avengers, in its heart, it still wants to be Fight Club.

No series with the worldwide box-office horsepower of this one — $2.4 billion so far, with a bonanza awaiting the release of Furious 7 — wants to imagine its own demise. So in its closing credits, each of the recent episodes has introduced a new villain for the next installment. Diesel, a Furious producer and guiding light, has said he sees 7 as the first in a third trilogy. (In strict chronology, the series is a kind of terrestrial Star Wars, in that the fourth through sixth films were one long flashback beginning at the end of the 2006 Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift; Han’s death at Deckard’s hands brings the story back to the present.) Russell’s presence as Mr. Nobody may point toward future chapters, but 7 has no end-of-film tease. It must send its dead co-star on a verklempt trip to Valhalla.

In the series’ multiracial retinue of toughs, Walker’s Brian was the one WASP solid citizen. If the dark, glowering Diesel was the franchise’s engine, the blond Walker provided the ethical brakes — yin to Vin’s yang. Though the early films emphasized the near romantic charisma of this complementary couple, in Fast Five and Furious 6, Walker was really a supporting character, ornamental but not essential to the series’ grand grit. Yet Brian’s mulishness and recklessness sometimes hinted at a desperation in completing his mission. In the first film, when Dom doesn’t yet know that Brian is an undercover cop, Walker tells an FBI agent, “I just need some more time.” The agent snaps, “If you want Time, buy the magazine.”

Finally Walker ran out of it. But not Brian. Making judicious use of outtakes, CGI work and model-doubling from his younger brothers Caleb and Cody, the 7 filmmakers fully integrated the actor into the film. Their improvisatory skill and their feeling for their friend give his final moment a sleek, poignant, unforced grace. In a series that consistently elevates B-movie car crashes and smashes to state-of-the-art epiphanies, it’s only appropriate that a departed star should be able to cruise off to placid immortality.

 

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Cynthia Lennon, Former Wife of John Lennon, Dies at 75

Beatle John Lennon and his wife, Cynthia, sit in London Airport, England, before flying to the U.S. on Feb. 7, 1964.
AP Beatle John Lennon and his wife, Cynthia, sit in London Airport, England, before flying to the U.S. on Feb. 7, 1964.

She died of cancer in her home

Cynthia Lennon, the former wife of John Lennon and eyewitness to the early days of the Beatles, died in her home Wednesday at the age of 75.

Her death was confirmed by a publicist and on her son Julian Lennon’s Twitter page. She died in her home in Spain after a “short but brave battle with cancer,” according to a memorial page.

The Lennons met in art school before the Beatles got their start in Hamburg, and married in 1962 after Cynthia Lennon realized she was pregnant. Their marriage and subsequent birth of their son Julian was initially kept a secret, to avoid upsetting the growing Beatlemania, but Cynthia and Julian eventually got a front-row seat to the Beatles’ growing popularity in England and the U.S. The Lennons divorced in 1968, when John Lennon became involved with Yoko Ono.

Cynthia chronicled their marriage and her experience with the Beatles in two books, A Twist of Lennon (1978) and John (2010).

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