Lil' Kim was not happy about the promiscuous manner in which she's portrayed in the film, saying, "Regardless of the many lies in the movie and false portrayal of me to help carry a storyline through, I will still continue to carry his legacy through my hard work and music." She felt the producers were more interested in her "character" than her. Lil' Kim's scenes in the film contained a significant amount of nudity and sexuality. The film's producers, including Voletta Wallace, downplayed her comments. Purportedly, producers attempted to get Lil' Kim's input during production but she never returned calls. Producers went with stories from Wallace's friends of how she and Wallace met.
Pardon the pun, but the movie about the Notorious B.I.G., the self-proclaimed and industry- and audience-validated \"greatest rapper of all time,\" goes above and beyond the bounds of the traditional bioflick.
On the eve of the movie's release, ABCNews.com spoke with Voletta Wallace, B.I.G.'s mother and a producer of \"Notorious,\" about the making of the movie, her thoughts on the reported \"East Coast/West Coast\" rap feud of the '90s and how she's handling the ongoing mystery surrounding her son's death.
A: Everyone who's going to see the movie, they're going to see a lot of negative things. But they need to not focus on the negative. They need to see a life that was going the wrong way but made it into something good. The message is make the best of it. Take the talent you have, take the energy, and make the best of it. Don't focus on the negative, focus on the positive.
"It's rare that you get a movie made about you when you're still relevant, but [they] took on the challenge," Combs said of the cast, adding that he was especially impressed with actor Derek Luke, who is playing Diddy. "People asked me years ago who you'd want to play me, and I said Derek Luke ... so it was just destined. I got to see him do his thing, and it was scary for me. I had to leave, 'cause he was acting just like me."
City of Lies was pulled from U.S. release by Global Road Entertainment after Depp, one of the movie's stars, was sued by a location manager for punching him in the face. The movie was originally supposed to come out in early September, but has now been delayed indefinitely.
Maybe the folks behind City of Lies will try to reshoot some scenes with a new actor replacing Depp if they don't want to drop the movie entirely. Because at this point, why not erase abusive people from the public sphere? It seems pretty reasonable.
All Eyez on Me is also told in flashback, starting off in a correctional facility and then flashing back to Tupac's youth. We get to see his friendship with Jada Pinkett as well as his work with The Digital Underground, and his acting career. We even get to see a lot more of his relationship with Biggie (more on that later). But is this movie accurate?
The name Biggie Smalls came from a 1975 movie called 'Let's Do It Again,' in it Biggie Smalls, played by Calvin Lockhart, was the leader of a gang. It wasn't long before Lockhart sued, and Biggie was forced to change his official name to Notorious B.I.G.
In 2009, the clip was recreated verbatim by director George Tillman Jr. in the biopic Notorious, which dramatizes the life and times of Christopher Wallace a.k.a. The Notorious B.I.G. In Notorious, the scene is almost identical, except instead of just being a day in the life moment, the scene in the movie shows Biggie taking on an old head and schooling him at his own game. 2b1af7f3a8