Independence Day is right around the corner and we’re all getting in the mood for some good old-fashioned patriotism. But while many of us will be be celebrating by simply barbecuing and knocking back beers, some celebs will be touting traditional values and hanging with their right-wing Republican buddies. So which stars have been known to be sympathetic to Republican causes over the years?
It turns out that Solange Knowles may have learned her fighting moves from Beyonce. Ahead of the release of his latest album, 50 Cent caused a stir by saying that the singer attacked him like Solange did to Jay Z in the elevator. “”One time (Beyonce) jumped off of a ledge and came running over ‘cause she thought me and Jay had issues,” the rapper said in a radio interview.
The art of the celeb side hustle is nothing new. Since the dawn of man, financially-savvy entertainers have been exploring business options outside of movies, albums and TV shows — to varying degrees of success, of course (anyone remember Fashion Cafe? Or Nyla?). Not only is it always a smart idea to diversify their portfolio, the businesses give them something to fall back on when the box office and record sales start to plummet. Of course, the usual A-list side endeavors include starting restaurants, backing clothing lines or, in Ashton Kutcher’s case, putting star muscle behind smartly conceived tech startups. Recently, Jay Z., in all his big-baller glory, has set the bar by buying sports teams and launching a sports agenting company.
50 Cent is our finest example of a modern renaissance man. He makes music, he’s a beverage/fashion/electronics entrepreneur, and he’s a shining example of the heights rappers-turned-actors can reach. This summer, 50′s taking his on-screen presence to the next level in Power, a Starz series about the dark side of NYC’s nightlife scene, in which he acts, executives produces, and lends his musical expertise.
Joe La Puma already has accolades and trophies and sneakers… lots of sneakers… lots of sneakers you can’t get, in fact. But offering laurels is an exercise in redundancy. Everyone already knows about his cover stories on Cudi, Bieber, A$AP, Jeremy Scott, Rozay, and Katy Perry. And how he helped turn Complex Media into a big-time digital content player. And everyone already knows, we don’t f-ck with you musically.
It was the missed kiss heard ’round the racetrack. At the Daytona 500 two weekends ago, ladies man extraordinaire 50 Cent tried to plant a smooch on sultry sportscaster Erin Andrews but got denied in hilariously humiliating fashion. Well, at a red carpet event in New York City last night, Erin Andrews finally spoke out on why. Read more…
So Just How Mad is 50?
Let’s take a break from the Oscars for a moment to look at a story of cold hard rejection staring 50 Cent. Sound good? Excellent! Foxy Fox Sports correspondent Erin Andrews (see what we did there?) was down at the Daytona 500 trying to find speed racer Danica Patrick on the raceway. But instead she found a lurking Fiddy, and that’s when a car wreck of a different kind took place.
When we were freshmen in high school ten years ago, Eminem’s portrayal of struggling rapper Jimmy “B-Rabbit” Smith (A.K.A. himself) in 8 Mile was an inspiration. The monster hit “Lose Yourself” from the soundtrack became our personal pump up jam to run laps during gym class, and gave us the confidence to take that “one shot” and ask Jenna to the prom, try out for the class play, or pass that chem test! Plus it was also notable for changing the way we thought of the phrase “mom’s spaghetti” forever.
However as we got a little older, we realized the one shot ol’ Marshall Matthers was rapping about was much more serious than our day to day high school drama. It was about reconciling hopes and dreams with growing up and responsibility, all against the bleek Detroit backdrop. By no means a quick flick rushed out to capitalize on his skyrocketing fame, Eminem gave an incredible performance, made all the more amazing considering it was his first movie!
But Eminem is by no means the only rapper who tried his hand at acting. In fact, it seemed like every MC has made the jump to films at one time or another. Some totally killed it and became a successful multi-talented crossover artist, while others…made Soul Plane. So in honor of Em’s epic 8 Mile turning 10 years old today, we’ve decided to take a look back at some of our favorite rappers-turned-movie stars over the years. Enjoy!
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Brad Pitt’s latest role is an unusual one: Furniture designer! The 48-year-old is teaming up with famed craftsman Frank Pollaro for a line of luxury home furnishings to be unveiled in New York on November 13th. The pieces include a 17-foot dining room table finished in 24K gold, and an epically huge bed.
Apparently Brad has been harboring secret carpentry ambitions for many years. “I’ve been doodling ideas for buildings and furniture since the early 1990s, when I first discovered [Charles Rennie] Mackintosh and Frank Lloyd Wright,” the actor told Architectural Digest. “Actually, I found Wright in college, when looking for a lazy two-point credit to get out of French. It forever changed my life.”
The duo hit it off when Frank was installing a custom commissioned desk in Brad’s home and caught a glimpse of his sketch book. “I asked him, ‘Why don’t we make some of this stuff real?’” Frank said. “Brad said he thought that could be fun.” But Brad is by no means the first celebrity who’s gone out of their comfort zone with a side project. Although some have succeeded more than others. Head on down to the gallery below to see a few of our favorites from over the years!
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