JOHNNY DEPP is that one actor who inspires the hell out of me. Retrospectively, he is a genius considering his ability to completely transform himself, like a chameleon, for any role and deliver like no other. Case in point…his role in Director Scott Cooper’s (Out of the Furnace and Crazy Heart) third feature-length film, BLACK MASS, where Depp plays Whitey Bulger, one of the most violent criminals in US history turned FBI information. Check out the trailer. You’re not going to recognize Depp.

Global Grind writes, “With only (10) days left until the Kickstarter to record their eighth studio album ends, De La Soul teams up with Nas on a new jam titled “God It.”

The hip-hop collective’s been recording non-stop in Atlanta, and decided to offer up the G_Force-produced song as a token of appreciation. Unfortunately, “God It” won’t appear on De La Soul’s forthcoming album, but the collaboration is an “indication of good music to come.”

Initially, De La Soul was only asking fans for help crowdfunding $110,000 to record their album, but thankfully, the legendary group surpassed their goal and raised a whopping $472,000. De La Soul’s forthcoming album will feature guest appearances by 2 Chainz, Damon Albarn, and Little Dragon.”

I was a little afraid when I heard Eminem was going to attempt to be on a song with the vicious TECH 9… I thought Eminem wouldn’t be able to handle it. But damn! It’s official. Nobody can f*ck with Shady. Holy sh*t!!

The “Batman vs Superman: Dawn of Justice” trailer is epic on so many levels! I love that they are paying homage to “The Dark Knight Returns pt. 2”, but in the reverse fashion of Superman being a threat rather than Batman. It’s all about Intimidation. Who intimidates who. Also Ben Afflecks’s voice is just perfect. It has that beautiful echoing effect which is great. That line absolute power corrupts absolutely was classic. Also hearing Alfred Pennyworth’s voice was amazing, not sure but I feel I saw Batman in a Temple maybe The Temple of Zeus.

This ‘leaked’ version of the first trailer is a bit blurry (bootlegged), but it still gives you a good glimpse at what you can expect from next year’s massive Batman v. Superman collision. This superhero blockbuster has a March 25, 2016 release starring Ben Affleck as Batman, Henry Cavill as Superman, Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Martha Kent, Jeremy Irons as Alfred, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Ray Fisher as Cyborg with Callan Mulvey, Holly Hunter and Tao Okamoto in new character roles for the film. Justice League is to follow directed by Zack Snyder as well

Ok, so this is the bootlegged trailer for Taratino’s 8th film, “THE H8FUL EIGHT” because it was leaked and removed off of youtube, vevo, etc.

Esquire magazine writes, “Set to a clubby remix of the Stooges’ “Gimme Danger,” Quentin Tarantino’s spot for his eighth film, the highly-anticipated Hateful Eight, feels as dangerous and bloody as anything he’s ever done. Despite the lack of any real footage, viewers can easily guess what’s in store from this teaser, which has been showing in theaters and is now online: an impressive roster of talent, including frequent collaborators Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, and Samuel L. Jackson; an epic, punk-leaning soundtrack; and a blood-spattered spectacle set in the Civil War era. Giddy up.”

The film is set to be released some time in 2015.

Rap-Up writes, “Over three years after releasing the song, Jay Z premieres the video for the live orchestral rehearsal version of “Glory,” The Neptunes-produced dedication to his daughter Blue Ivy. The sentimental clip, which premiered on TIDAL, incorporates footage from the rap mogul’s rehearsal sessions for his 2012 benefit shows at Carnegie Hall for the Shawn Carter Foundation.

In between rehearsing with his band and a full orchestra, the proud papa shows cell phone photos of his “greatest creation” to some of his famous friends including Alicia Keys, Nas, and Bridget Kelly.”

RIHANNA drops a raw politically charged video for “American Oxygen” with visuals featuring footage from 9/11, the Ferguson protests, the Civil Rights movement, and more. Check it out.

Last night (April 15th), Kendrick Lamar answered Hip Hop fans’ questions on Twitter. He picked a handful of questions that he deemed were most important to us, and gave us a little insight about himself and his creative process on ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’.

SNOOP’s video for “So Many Pros” plays more like an epic blaxploitation film from the 70’s. West Coast rap artistry is known for it’s 70’s funk roots, and with “So Many Pro” (produced by Pharrell), off of Snoop’s BUSH album, that pimp era is brought back into light. What you’re about to see is probably one of the most creative music videos in Hip Hop, produced by French director Francois Rousselet — who previously worked with Kanye West, Madonna, and others. The female ‘Snoop’ from ‘The Wire’ also makes a cameo appearance. Dopeness~

Raise your hand if you’re surprised that another unarmed black man was murdered by police. And without this video, the police officer would have gotten away with it this time. The raw footage shot by a bystander shows North Charleston, SC Police Officer Michael Slager shooting Walter Scott multiple times in the back as he runs away to death. The officer initially stated that he feared for his life, but clearly that wasn’t the case. From what I see, this is cold-blooded murder and Officer Slager has been charged in Scott’s death.

The summertime is the season for horror movies (the only kind I truly like to watch. 😉 I’m excited about SINISTER 2, mainly because the original writers are back…which means this cult sleeper hit horror flick will probably be as good as the first one. A lot of people like to compare ‘the Sinister series to ‘Children of the Corn’, which is fair in my opinion. But SINISTER 2 takes the concept to a another level of fear and trepidity. Check out the trailer…

QUEEN LATIFAH plays the Empress of Blues, Bessie Smith, in an upcoming HBO biopic which also features the likes of Mike Epps, Monique, and Michael Kenneth Williams (Boardwalk Empire). The film puts you in the Jazz Age during the Roaring 20’s and gives you a large glimpse of Bessie’s life as she climbed her way to the top in the Blues arena. Queen Latifah lends her own voice recreating Bessie’s music in an astonishing way. ‘Bessie’ airs Saturday, May 16 at 8PM HBO. I smell an Emmy.

After viewing the trailer I sort of kind of agree with what this one Youtuber wrote:

“The original had a beer runner on a bicycle vs. remote control cars, a hilarious remote control war between neighbors, an oldest daughter holding her own against construction workers, a great pot smoking scene in the bedroom showing the chemistry between our two lead characters, a touching scene of the dad showing his kids how to count between lightning and thunder, a sweet but funny scene where the mother and youngest daughter bury their dead pet bird in the same box that mom and dad kept their pot in (Tweety doesn’t like that smell.), dad tying his tie around the phone cord, and dad showing no sign of being impressed by the story of a matchbox car rolling on the floor in time lapse recording as he opens the door to the the floating pandemonium happening in their kids’ bedroom. We also had Beatrice Straight doing a wonderful scene where she talks to the young boy about the wonders of the afterlife, and laughing with the mother and at herself at how excited and terrified she is. Not to mention Tangina’s powerful monologue before they rescue Carol Anne.

There was so much humor and chemistry and warmth and emotional buildup throughout that movie that you didn’t find yourself just waiting for the next scary part to be entertained. I’m telling you right now that in this remake, they’re not going to bother themselves with any of that. They’ll just be in a hurry to move you from one jump scare to the next.”

Also…The original involved Steven Spielberg and Frank Marshall. The new POLTERGEIST has Sam Raimi.

The world-famous ULTRA MUSIC FESTIVAL 2015 Miami – is one where I was supposed to be working…taking photos, conducting interviews etc etc, but at one point I had to sit a camera down and simply party my ass off!!! It was just too much excitement bottled up and just one small weekend and I, plus the hundreds of thousands of EDM music lovers, couldn’t contain ourselves. Next year, we need ULTRA all week long. This festival motivated me and makes me never want to move out of Miami. Over the 3-day weekend, ULTRA brought a massive force of energy to the city that will carry us over until Ultra 2016. Check out the highlights from the third and final day!

Yesterday, millions upon millions of music lovers from around the world tuned into to witness an exciting moment in history – the 2015 Ultra Music Festival in Miami, featuring top EDM superstar DJ’s on multiple stages. The saga continues today at Bayfront Bicentennial Park in downtown Miami. The weather is beautiful. The energy is crazy! EVERYONE needs to experience ULTRA at least once in my lifetime!

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