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Jay Hernandez On 'Takers' v. 'Ocean's Eleven:' Those Old Guys Can't Keep Up'

The film comparisons are unavoidable. Some people are calling Takers a multiculti Ocean’s Eleven for the 21st century. And because both films are sleek and smart heist films we did too. But Takers star Jay Hernandez says there’s one huge difference. If the Ocean Eleven’s gang ever went up against the Takers posse there's no question about who would outtake who.

“The Takers,” Hernandez says laughing. “We got a younger crew. Those old guys wouldn’t be able to keep up.”

And he just might be right. Takers injects the heist film genre with a similar shot of adrenalin that Martin Scorsese’s Goodfellas did for the big screen mob story as previously told by The Godfather saga. And Takers looks just as amazing as Eleven, and Michael Mann’s Heat, (plus boasts a 32 million dollar budget) but it’s faster, more modern, multiracial and just as fun.

If Hernandez looks familiar to you, there’s a good reason why. The 32-year old usually plays ‘that guy next door’ types in movies, and blends into the fabric of a film so well, he's often unrecognizable. But the California native always ushers in a completely believable performance whether he’s starring in family film comedy fare like 2008’s Nothing Like the Holidays, or a cop thriller like Lakeside Terrace alongside Samuel L. Jackson.

In Takers, Hernandez plays Detective Eddie Hatcher and even though he’s one of the good guys, his character is just as complex and multilayered as the bad guys in the film played by Idris Elba, Paul Walker and Chris Brown.

[Nonspoiler alert:] “There’s an interesting parallel between what my character does and what they [the Takers crew] do because I’m chasing them down,” says the former Friday Night Lights star.

“Eddie has an ethical struggle that he has to deal with," he says. "Does he maintain the standards of being a detective and do his job well? Or does he save the life of his kid?”—Ronke Idowu Reeves

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An Unofficial Documentary About Drake Is Currently On Streaming Services

An unauthorized documentary about the rise of musician Drake can be viewed on video distribution services such as Netflix and Amazon Prime. Drake: Rewriting the Rules initially dropped on Vimeo in Nov. 2018, and now, fans of the "God's Plan" musician will have a chance to watch it at their leisure on other platforms.

The documentary chronicles the music superstar from his days growing up in Toronto, to portraying Jimmy on the hit-teen drama Degrassi, to becoming a hip-hop star and working with musicians from Kanye West to his Young Money leader, Lil Wayne.

"Discover the untold story of how Drake rewrote the rules and rose from a child actor to become a cultural phenomenon and global musical icon," writes IMDb of the film's synopsis. "He is the king of pop and hip hop, combining many musical styles into one mainstream sound." The film runs 74 minutes long. Interviews from media figures and writers are included in the doc, which was directed and written by British filmmaker Ray King. However, no representatives from Drake's team are included.

Drake has not commented on the doc as of press time. He has been relatively quiet in the news, however, it's being reported that he is close to securing a residency of sorts at the Wynn's XS Nightclub in Las Vegas.

 

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Stream: Hulu's 'FYRE Fraud' Doc Examines The Festival That Scammed Thousands

In 2017, rumors of an exclusive festival taking place in the Bahamas took over social media. Organized by Billy McFarland and promoted by Ja Rule, the FYRE Festival was the new, cool kid on the festival block and quickly put other more seasoned festivals to shame.

But all that glitters isn't gold.

FYRE FRAUD, the new documentary streaming on Hulu, takes an intimate look at the scam that left thousands stranded on the island. Directed by Jenner Furst and Julia Willoughby Nason, the dark-comedy interviews whistleblowers, victims, and the convicted con-man himself, McFarland.

In a press release, Fraust and Nason said the goal isn't to make light of those who were scammed.

"Our aim was to set the stage for a strange journey into the moral abyss of our digital age, going beyond the meme to show an ecosystem of enablers, driven by profit and willing to look the other way, for their own gain.

"We draw on countless cultural references, on true crime tension, and on humor - but we did not intend to create a toothless comedy about the Fyre Festival. We hope this film can pierce our collective apathy and disrupt our own millennial peers, if only for an instant - to look at these stories for what they truly are, and to halt this algorithm before it devours us whole."

FYRE FRAUD is now streaming on Hulu.

 

 

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Dave Chappelle Isn't Sure His R. Kelly 'Chappelle Show' Skits Were Insensitive

The Surviving R. Kelly series may be over, but the fallout from it has seemingly just begun.

Director dream hampton took to Twitter during the airing of the Lifetime documentary and spoke honestly about the several celebrity men she contacted in hopes they'd speak on camera about R. Kelly and the years of sexual allegations that have shadowed him. Among them was Dave Chappelle.

The beloved comic famously made a music video entitled "Piss On You" mocking the real-life video of R. Kelly urinating on an underage girl. During the Chappelle Show heyday, he used R.Kelly's legal woes as material for years.

TMZ caught with Chappelle in West Hollywood and asked him if he regretted not being featured in hampton's series and instead he dodged the question.

"Jesus Christ, I just had dinner," Chappelle said in between taking a drag of his cigarette. "I just ate. Strop bringing that motherf**ker up."

When pressed about whether or not he thinks his old skits were insensitive, the 45-year-old said "I don't know. I'd have to watch it again."

D.L. Hughley joined Chappelle for dinner and commented on R.Kelly and the forthcoming Michael Jackson documentary, Leaving Neverland, which outlines sexual assault allegations against the late singer.

"If you can be mad at R. Kelly, you should be mad at Michael Jackson," Hughley said.

 

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