Mike Tyson Talks Champs Documentary
Boxing documentary Champs hit the American Film Market this week, exploring the lives and careers of legends Bernard Hopkins, Evander Holyfield and Mike Tyson. The latter great—who earned his first production credit on the film—says the three former champions share a similar hard-knock life story, a point threaded throughout the film. “We all come from that dark world and we all saw that glimmer of light and we focused on that,” Tyson said, pointing out Hopkins’s past as a top prison boxer. “And we landed on the moon. That’s very rare. Stories like ours don’t end like this. That all three of us are very healthy, articulate. That’s amazing.” 50 Cent, Mary J. Blige, Spike Lee and Denzel Washington all appear as themselves in the flick, which will be released in 2015.
Beyoncé’s “Haunted” Graces New Fifty Shades of Grey Trailer
Fifty Shades of… Bey? Beyoncé hijacks the official trailer for Fifty Shades of Grey, soundtracking the clip with her song, “Haunted.” The visual was revealed last night during the airing of Scandal. The film—an adaptation of El James’s 2011 novel of the same name—hits theaters Valentine’s Day 2015, and stars Dakota Johnson and Rita Ora.
Former Dr. Dre Protégé Hittman Says He Was Salty About Jay Z Writing “Still D.R.E.”
Apparently, when Dr. Dre made the song “Forgot About Dre,” the rapper/producer/mogul was merely projecting. According to former Aftermath rapper Hittman, Dre would neglect artists on his label when he was working his own projects. “Those who were fortunate to be around when Dre wasn’t 100 percent focused on his own album were the ones able to launch their careers,” Hittman said in a recent interview. “But those who were positioned to springboard off of a Dre album (like 2001) got lost in the shuffle. If he’s focused (on his album), all your energy is focused on helping him see his vision. Once he doesn’t have enthusiasm about what you’re doing, it wanes.”
The Cali rapper continued to keep it 100 when talking about the lead single for 2001, “Still D.R.E.,” which was famously ghostwritten by Jay Z. “I was pretty damn angry about that when it first went down,” said Hittman, citing the irony of an East Coast artist writing Dre’s comeback record. “I was like, ‘Between me, Em, The D.O.C., and countless other in-house pens on deck, we ain’t capable of comin’ with somethin’ for this?… That was baffling to me.”