Way back in August, we told you about the Biggie Smalls biopic Notorious that Fox Searchlight was looking to cast. The film, all about the life and times of Christopher Wallace, held an open casting call in October, which hundreds of wanna-Bigs attended.
Now, The Hollywood Reporter is reporting that the role of Big will be played by Jamal Woolard, a widely unknown Brooklyn rapper who attended the open casting call. Apparently, Woolard (also known as Gravy) shares more with the deceased rapper than physical size. Woolard, a former drug dealer, has released a few rap albums, and according to Biggie’s mother, has the same “charming personality, warm spirit, wonderful sense of humor and beautiful smile” as Big. Derek Luke (Antwone Fisher) has been cast as Puffy, while Angela Bassett will play Big’s mom. Anthony Mackie (Half Nelson) will play Big’s rival Tupac.
Patrick Swayze, the actor who wooed the ladies (and ticket sales) with his sexy hip-swaying in Dirty Dancing and sultry sculpture work in Ghost, has been diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. The cancer is particularly deadly, with an “average life expectancy for a newly diagnosed patient is six to nine months, with only 4 percent of victims surviving more than five years.” An early report yesterday alleged that the star was on his deathbed with only weeks to live, however his doctor and rep have since clarified the state of his condition. “Patrick has a very limited amount of disease and he appears to be responding well to treatment thus far,” Dr. Patrick George said. “All of the reports stating the time frame of his prognosis and his physical side effects are absolutely untrue. We are considerably more optimistic.”
His rep added that Swayze would also continue to work on his new A&E series The Beast, as well as other upcoming projects. His new film, Powder Blue, is set to be released this year and co-stars Jessica Biel and Forrest Whitaker. In the meantime, we’re sending lots of good thoughts Swayze’s way while he battles this disease.
If you know New York, you know that a little thing like love couldn’t keep her away from reality TV for long. VH1′s own H.B.I.C. is branching out for New York Goes to Hollywood, a situation-based reality series to air later this year…and she may be flying solo again. The press release provides a few details:
New York is ready to tackle her other life dream: superstardom. Don’t get it wrong – New York is already a star but she wants to be on the A-list – as a legit actress.
In order to focus on her new mission, New York has to put her last conquest, Tailor Made, on the backburner as she tries to take on Tinsel Town. She’s moving out west to see if she can climb the Hollywood ladder. Question is, will she reach for the stars or fall flat on her face?
And that’s not all: Celebreality series starring Brooke Hogan, comedian Margaret Cho and 2 Live Crew mastermind Luther Campbell are also on the way. Press releases follow:
BET premiered Janet Jackson‘s clip for “Rock With U.” The song has overtones of Australian club-queen Kylie Minogue, and the video’s set in a club (or sound stage, let’s be honest) that recalls a futuristic mental hospital/the well-designed drum ‘n’ bass nightspots of decades past. Janet herself is looking fairly fly, dressed in an outfit that looks a little like what might happen if Project Runway winner Christian Siriano did fetish wear. Would Christian collaborate with Janet? We suspect so, yes. Jackson is currently topping the charts with her provocative Discipline. To see other Janet videos — and watch her comment on them — check out our fresh Box Set.
Avril Lavigne Thinks She Can Design
The singer’s creating a line of rocker clothes for girls so you can dress just like her. Attitude problem not included. [Us]
Jamie Lynn Spears Back on TV
Brit’s pregnant teen sis will guest star on Ashton Kutcher’s new show Miss Guided. Not that Jamie-Lynn is or anything. [People]
We Got it All Wrong! Jen Aniston Dumped Brad, Okay?
We are we still talking about a break-up that happened years ago!? Brennifer is way over, even if it is cool to know that she dumped his maybe-cheatin’ ass. [DListed]
Britney and Her Dance Students: BFF!
Awwww. This pic of Britney and some of her little dance pupils is just too cute. [TMZ]
MySpace has nothing on FamousVH1Friends.com! The Rock of Love 2 site allows fans to connect with the show’s cast members, debate who’s rocking Bret’s world best — and, of course, upload their craziest, steamiest photos. Maybe we’re showing off, but VH1 has the sexiest users on the Internet. Click the thumbnail images below to see for yourself, and prepare to blush.
L-R: Juliette, Deepak and Dawn.
L-R: Ashley, Amanda and Michel.
L-R: Shannon, Melissa and Amanda.
Lindsay’s career may be “back on track,” but her fashion choices are as poor-planned as ever. At a recent event celebrating her current Paper magazine cover, Linds showed up decked out like a Wall Street trader on top, with a fugly skirt surely deemed by someone close to her as cutting edge. Perhaps it was created by her pal Jeremy Scott, the fashion designer who shot the cover, but we have no idea, as all our clothes are from last year’s sale rack at Old Navy. Yet while our garb may be shabby, our eye for bad fashion is not. LiLo’s ensemble is an ensembleghhhhh.
[All images: Getty]
TMZ got their hands on Kanye West‘s rider for his most recent concert tour, and his demands are, well, exactly what’d you expect. You can enjoy the entire 23 pages here, but why not just let us pick out the gems for you?
- There must be a masseuse at each show. Obvi. Big egos make for big back pains.
- A Connect Four game, if possible (The gang travels with one, but ya know – in case Kanye forgets it on his tour bus) .
- An entertainment center with an XBox 360, Playstation III and Guitar Hero. Fun!
- One bottle each of Hennessey, Sky or Absolut Vodka, Patron Tequila, plus six packs of Heineken and Stella Artois beer.
All food must be healthy and organic – NO fried food will be served. NONE! Kanye’s body is too precious for such things (alcohol excluded).
The finale of Celebrity Rehab happens Thursday, March 6 at 10 p.m., and the Good Doctor Drew has been able to bring so much health and healing into the lives of the porn stars, American Idol rejects and washed up actors he’s touched.
Given Drew’s high success rate, and the troubles of some of our other celebrities, we’ve put together our Dream All-Star Cast for next season. And since Drew’s already wrestled with drug and alcohol addictions, we wanted to see how he’d do getting some other folks off their addictions…
Lots of photos simply beg for a narrative. Whether it’s nasty or silly is up to you — we want you to feel free to read the minds of the celebs and weirdos in our images. Write your caption for the below photo in our comments section. Extra points for creativity! This time: twin sisters Thing 1 and Thing 2 get frisky with Flav on Flavor of Love 3.