Jimi Hendrix' Family Has No Love for Andre 3000 and Upcoming Biopic?

Though the anticipated biopic of the psychedelic life of rock legend Jimi Hendrix has already been in production in Dublin, Ireland, with pics released of hip-hop star Andre 3000 in full on hippie gear and a Jheri-curl esque Afro (he's reportedly taken the method actor approach in playing the role), his family continues to disdain the project immeasurably. Its to the point that the film may be without any of the rocker's classic tunes, as the family owned estate, Experience Hendrix LLC, are refusing to let his music to be used for All Is By My Side.

The family released a statement to the press, declaring: "[We have] made it known many times in the past that no such film, were it to include original music or copyrights created by Jimi Hendrix, can be undertaken without its full participation".

Sean McKittrick, a producer of the flick, admits to having never asked the estate, run by Jimi's sister Janie, for permission to use his music, but claims that he hadn't intended on featuring it anyway, which only caused his family to scoff at the whole idea of a biopic. The controversy is similar to that of the Edie Sedgwick film Factory Girl, starring Sienna Miller. In the role of Bob Dylan, an ex-flame of Sedgwick, Hayden Christian had to over-dub his voice post-production in order for the studio to avoid a lawsuit from Dylan who had preferred to not be mentioned whatsoever in the pop-art flick.

In an effort to keep the spirit of the late '60s blues-y rock and soul alive and akin to Hendrix's own music, the producers are opting to use other notable songs of the era with soft rock jams from The Beatles and Muddy Waters, which are still factual moments of his past performance sets, as he sang songs like "Wild Thing" and "Bleeding Heart" at concerts. The fiery decision from the family definitely places a (possible) major pothole in the whole essence of the biopic as what's a Hendrix-centric film without the melodies of some of his most capital records like "Purple Haze" and "All Along the Watchtower"?

Without the consent of his family, the veracity of the movie could be questioned, but with so much information about him present, the storyline of his real life should still be intact. The results will be interesting for any avid fan to watch on the silvers screen and that plan to support the film, as the cult status of one of the greatest guitar players of all time has remained steady since his death in 1970 at the age of 27.

All Is By My Side will focus on his adventures in England between 1966 to '67, and the creation of his breakthrough LP, Are You Experienced? Andre and John Ridley, the director of All Is By My Side, have assuredly shared that the film will be a celebration of how Hendrix became the icon he is today. The studio that is backing the film is aiming for a Sundance Independent Film Festival premiere in 2013.

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The Boyz N the Hood filmmaker has reportedly been in the ICU since last weekend. According to legal documents obtained by TMZ, Singleton's mother, Sheila Ward, is asking a judge to appoint her temporary conservator of his work because he is "unable to properly provide for his personal needs for physical health, food, clothing, or shelter." Singleton was reportedly working on several projects and preparing to sign a lucrative settlement agreement at the time of his stroke, according to Ward.

As previously reported, Singleton suffered a stroke on April 17, after returning from Costa Rica. After experiencing problems with his legs, he reportedly checked into Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles where he suffered a stroke in his hospital room.

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As an added treat, Empire even tapped the legendary Chaka Khan to perform at the fictional star-studded wedding (Mario and Wood Harris even showed up) which, as evidenced by the episode BTS video, was a moment for everyone right to the stars of the show themselves. “Today’s wedding is special and controversial,” Khan said of using her voice for this particular cameo. “But my answer to all that is just love is love.”

Cast members Taraji P. Henson and Gabourey Sidibe agree that Jamal and Kai's wedding might have just become the best Empire wedding.

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Lizzo Will Appear In 'Hustlers' Alongside Cardi B And Jennifer Lopez

Lizzo continues to make waves as a musician, instrumentalist, body-positivity icon and booty-shaker extraordinaire. The artist– whose major-label debut Cuz I Love You is receiving praise from listeners and critics alike– will have a chance to put her twerking skills to the test.

According to reports, the Minnesota transplant is set to join the likes of Jennifer Lopez, Cardi B and Keke Palmer in the already-stacked lineup for the upcoming film, Hustlers. Deadline reports that this is Lizzo’s first live-action film, and her second film overall. She’ll be voicing a character in the upcoming animated musical film, Uglydolls.

Hustlers, which is set to be released by September 2019, is inspired by an article published in New York Magazine in 2016, which “follows a crew of savvy former strip club employees who band together to turn the tables on their Wall Street clients.”

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