(SL) – Johnny Depp’s movie about the murder investigations of rappers Tupac and Notorious B.I.G. is being pulled just one month before it was scheduled to premier.
The distribution company, Global Road Entertainment, says there’s no new release date for the film, City of Lies, that was scheduled to open September 7th. The decision comes a month after a former location manager sued Depp, alleging assault. Gregg Rocky Brooks claims Depp punched him in the ribs twice and verbally assaulted him on set.
Brooks says he was fired from City of Lies when he refused to sign a non-disclosure agreement that would have blocked him from suing Depp.
(Philadelphia, PA) – Jay-Z is criticizing the Philadelphia mayor’s decision to keep his annual Made In America music festival out of the city next year. The rapper said in an open letter to the Philadelphia Inquirer that Mayor Jim Kenney has banned the festival from taking place at the city’s Benjamin Franklin Parkway.
The event has been held there every year since 2012. Jay-Z said he is disappointed because Kenney allegedly made the decision without speaking to him about it first. He also claims Kenney tried to keep Made In America out of the Parkway this year.
Jay-Z says having it in Philadelphia is integral because the city and the festival both represent the same ideals. He also claims that Made in America has helped boost the city’s tourism.
(Houston, TX) – Tekashi 6ix9ine is still in jail for an alleged fight with a teenager. The rapper was arrested on Wednesday on an outstanding warrant for supposedly putting his hands around a 16-year-old’s neck at a mall in Houston, Texas earlier this year.
A judge denied 6ix9ine’s bail request yesterday, and called him a flight risk.
(South Carolina) – Officials in South Carolina will not be reopening a 17-year-old rape case against Charlamagne Tha God. The Blast reports that a 35-year-old woman was looking into taking the radio presenter back to court for allegedly assaulting her at a party in 2001, when she was 15.The state will not be pursuing it because he entered a plea deal at the time and served three years probation. Charlamagne Tha God still maintains his innocence.
(SL) – Actress Scarlett Johansson is backing out of a movie in which she was going to play a transgender man. She dropped the movie because of heavy backlash from the LGBTQ community over the casting choice.
Trans actors criticized Johansson for taking the role, citing that it’s hard for trans people to get work as it is. She was set to play real-life trans man Dante “Tex” Gill in director Rupert Sanders’ upcoming crime drama Rub & Tug. Tex was a trans man who ran a prostitution ring out of his massage parlor in the seventies.
In her statement, Johansson said, “In light of recent ethical questions raised surrounding my casting as Dante Tex Gill, I have decided to respectfully withdraw my participation in the project…. I’ve learned a lot from the community since making my first statement about my casting and realize it was insensitive. I have great admiration and love for the trans community and am grateful that the conversation regarding inclusivity in Hollywood continues.”
(SL) – A new documentary about the late Whitney Houston claims the singer was molested by Dee Warwick when she was a child. Whitney’s mother, Cissy Houston, told People magazine she’s shocked an horrified.
Dee Dee, sister to singer Dionne Warwick, was Whitney’s cousin and died in 2008. Cissy Houston said she’s having difficulty believing the allegations but said if it’s true, Whitney wouldn’t have wanted it to have been revealed to thousands of people in a film.
(Sunrise, FL) – Thousands of fans showed up to a memorial service in South Florida for rapper XXXTentacion . A post on his Instagram page now ran by his mother and his management invited fans to the BB&T Center in Sunrise to remember the entertainer, whose real name was Jahseh Onfroy.
The 20-year-old was shot and killed last week as he was leaving a Deerfield Beach motorcycle dealership. Police arrested a 22-year-old suspect two days after the killing. Since his murder, XXXTentacion’s song “Sad” has made its way to the top of the Billboard Hot 100 chart. That makes him the first artist to achieve a posthumous number one song since Notorious B.I.G. back in 1997.
(Los Angeles, CA) – American teenagers are saying their favorite TV show is “Riverdale.” Nominations for the Teen Choice Awards were released Friday. Singers Cardi B and Selena Gomez each picked up four nominations, while the TV drama “Riverdale” collected seven.
Multiple nods also went to the movies “Black Panther,” “The Greatest Showman” and “Solo: A Star Wars Story.” Voting for the awards are open through June 28th at TeenChoice.com.
(UK) – The Music industry’s most powerful couple returned with a bang on Wednesday kicking off their 48-date On The Run 2 Tour In the UK. Just ahead of the one-year birthday of their twins Sir and Rumi, the duo hit the stage looking better than ever and more united than ever. Screams were heard when a photo of their twins flashed on the screen. No word yet if the babies are actually traveling with Jay and Bey; but if history is any indicator, they are. Blue Ivy is a normal presence at their shows. Keeping their children with them while on tour is something they’ve always embraced.
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(Miami, FL) – Rapper Lil Scrappy is recovering from a car accident in Miami. TMZ says the “Love & Hip Hop” star was in a car that hit a pole early Sunday morning.
According to the report, Lil Scrappy’s friend Ca$ino Roulette was also in the car. They were found on the ground outside the car when police arrived.
Scrappy reportedly needs surgery on his foot, while Ca$ino is in intensive care. Scrappy posted a message on Instagram saying he feels blessed to be alive.