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'The Birth Of A Nation' Fizzles In First Weekend At The Box Office

The powerful film only made $7 million over the weekend, (Oct 7) while opening in more than 2,100 theaters nationwide.

The Birth Of A Nation opened in 2,100 movie theaters spanning the country over the weekend (Oct 7). Many expected the Sundance Festival standout film to gross more than 10 million dollars, but the Nate Parker directed movie only garnered 7.1 million, while finishing sixth at the box office and seeing its Oscar hopes diminish. An estimated 60% of the film's audience was made up by African-Americans.

Nate Parker's 1999 rape case clouded the film's release, as many wonder could this have been the reason for the weak public showing as Parker has become a liability in his own film.

"We thought it could be a little higher, but word of mouth is going to be positive, which will allow us to string out to a good result,” said Frank Rodriguez, who heads Fox Searchlight's distribution. The film saw a $10 million dollar budget, but will be lucky to gross $30 million over the course of its release, according to the industry experts.

After generating quite the buzz after the Sundance Film Festival, Fox Searchlight Pictures shelled out a record 17.5 million dollars for distributing rights to the film in January, 10 months later, an additional 10 million was spent on an aggressive marketing campaign.

The Birth Of A Nation tells the story of a preacher, (Nat Turner) who led a slave rebellion in 1831 Virginia. The powerful film has generated positive reviews from critics and boasts an inspiring soundtrack. Support the film and generate an opinion of your own after viewing the trailer below.

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B2K Share Millennium Tour Rehearsal Footage

With the Millennium Tour weeks away, B2K continue to sharpen their craft to put on an unforgettable show for future concert attendees. To incite the anticipation and excitement, the R&B group shared on Instagram a video of their rehearsal session.

Set to the tune of their 2002 melody “Gots Ta Be,” the quartet will presumably craft a setlist that’ll place their hits and deep cuts on centerstage. The tour will also be accompanied by Chingy, Mario, Lloyd, Pretty Ricky, and the Ying Yang Twins.

 

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✨. #MilleniumTour 1st week of #Rehearsal @popinpete @theonlysuperdave WE just warming up.

A post shared by ⚡️Omarion ⚡️ (@omarion) on Feb 20, 2019 at 6:23pm PST

A month after the tour dates were made public, Omarion uncovered another layer to the boy band’s discography, noting that he will retire the songs penned by R. Kelly once the tour is over. Since the January airing of Lifetime’s Surviving R. Kelly documentary, that analyzed several recollections of sexual abuse on girls and women, the “Ice Box” singer wants to distance himself from singing the melodies that Kelly is responsible for “What A Girl Wants,” “Girlfriend,” “Bump, Bump, Bump.”)

"#RKelly was both a victim & a predator & accordingly must be held accountable but also get professional help," Omarion said. "His artistic genius inspired us all. His music is being muted by the darkness of his actions. The dark always comes to light." Omarion then noted that the group will still perform their hits under Kelly's writing credit to avoid the fans' disappointment, but "after the tour, I am retiring those songs from my set list. I too am raising a future queen.”

The trek begins on Mar. 8 at Pittsburgh’s Petersen Events Center and ends Apr. 28 at Louisville’s KFC Yum! Center.

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A Billie Holiday Documentary Is Currently In The Works

A documentary about beloved jazz great Billie Holiday--appropriately titled Billie--is in the works and will reportedly feature new interviews from the icon's contemporaries.

According to The Hollywood Reporter James Erskine will helm the film and has received support from the successor to Billie Holiday's estate, Concord. The film will follow Holiday's life through the eyes of 1970's journalist Linda Lipnack Kuehl.

More than 200 hours of interviews with Charles Mingus, Sarah Vaughn, Tony Bennett, Count Basie will be featured, as well as some of Holiday's classmates, her step-parents, her cellmate, her drug dealer, her pimp and even the FBI agent who arrested her will be in the documentary.

Kuehl died in 1979 without completing her book about the "Strange Fruit" singer. Her interviews will be seen for the first time in the forthcoming documentary.

Holiday, real name, Eleanora Fagan, died in 1959. Her life was brought to the big screen in 1972 in the now beloved film Lady Sings the Blues, starring Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams.

"We are thrilled to be working with the creative team of James Erskine and New Black Films, who have taken great care to produce a documentary that honors the life and work of Billie Holiday in an exciting, genre-defying way," she said in a statement.

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Michael Rapaport Walks Back Meek Mill "Trash" Comments

Michael Rapaport clearly doesn't want the smoke with Meek Mill because the comedian has seemingly taken back the "trash" comments he made about the "Going Bad" artist while speaking to Sway Calloway on his radio show.

Meek Mill, great story. Great look. Trash rapper. Sorry

— MichaelRapaport (@MichaelRapaport) February 18, 2019

On Tuesday (Feb. 19), Rapaport further explained the comments that created beef between himself and the Philly rapper.

"I should not have used that word," the 48-year-old said, reiterating past comments about Mill's career. "He's absolutely not a trash rapper...It was wrong and it wasn't the right word. He's not a trash rapper, I can't say it. I wish I could take that word back. I'm harsh with my hip-hop opinions and it's the wrong word. It's not valid, it's not true, it's not reasonable. It was a stupid word to use."

Rapaport went on to defend the other comments he made on Twitter about Mill reminding listeners that he noticed the "Dreams and Nightmares" rapper's evolution in hip-hop and his importance to the community.

Previously, Rapaport offered his opinions about Meek Mill, calling his lack of response to Drake during their infamous beef "wack" and insinuating that he had no skill.

 

 

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