Screen Junkies » Snoop Dogg http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 05 Dec 2014 19:25:26 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Soundtrack Studies: ‘Above The Rim’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/soundtrack-studies-above-the-rim/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/soundtrack-studies-above-the-rim/#comments Tue, 01 Jul 2014 15:35:34 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=262113 MOUNT UP!

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Finally, we get to a rap soundtrack. On my initial list of three or four soundtracks, I hadn’t included one. Following those, my need and desire to became more pressing, but as the pressure mounted, so did my indecision as to which one to include. Many of my favorite picks from the golden era of rap soundtracks (at least in terms of proliferation) were from just God-awful films like Mo’ Money and Boomerang. I didn’t want to talk about those films, nor did I want people knowing that I liked any aspect of them. Oh well. I think I found one for this effort that seems to endure as a film and an album: Above the Rim

I was torn between Above the Rim and Juice, both because they had phenomenal soundtracks, well-told stories, and killer performances by Tupac Shakur. To say he was a better actor than a rapper is a bit far-fetched, but based on those two films, along with him being the only decent thing about Gridlock’d, it’s not ridiculous to say he was trending towards greatness as an actor.

And Tupac surrounded himself with other good actors. Leon, who played a washed-up ball player-turned-security guard in Above the Rim carried more with his expressions than he did with his words. And Marlon Wayans was a little more erratic, but we would eventually see that there was a mastery and talent underlying that in films like Requiem for a Dream, but probably not in films like Little Man.

For those too young to have seen it or too old to remember, Above the Rim follows a high school hoops phenom hoping to get a full ride to Georgetown who is faced with a tough decision about whose team to play for in a streetball tournament. His coach, or successful local thug Birdie, who’s played by Tupac.

That premise is so simple it’s endearing, like one of those episodes from a 1950’s TV show in which a character agonizes who they’re taking to the sockhop for 24 minutes. But to everyone’s credit, and the character developments, the stakes feel pretty damn high. And the stakes would have remained high if the producers had cobbled together a terrible, thoughtless soundtrack like so many films did in the 1990’s.

But they didn’t. They put together a terrific soundtrack that featured, Tupac, Nate Dogg and Warren G’s “Regulate” (read that last one again), Tha Dogg Pound, Lady of Rage, Snoop Dogg and SWV. While none of those entries but Snoop Dogg remain standing 20 years later, these were good artists and good songs.

Here’s the rundown:

While soundtracks are rarely structured in the vein of studio albums, this one features one conceit of a successful album: a strong opening track with SWV’s “Anything.” Seriously. Listen to it. It’s about as strong a product of early 90’s R&B(ish) as you will find. Marry the sensibility of En Vogue with the attitude of a earlier-era Salt-n-Pepa and you’ll be at SWV.

On a standalone note: Oddly enough, a song on the soundtrack called “Doggie Style” is performed by D. J. Rogers by himself and doesn’t feature Snoop Doggie Dogg, Nate Dogg, or Tha Dogg Pound. In 2014, you would be drug out in the street and shot if you had a song called “Doggie Style” and didn’t have Snoop Dogg on it. No trial. No jail. Just shot.

I don’t know what to say about “Regulate”s inclusion on the album. It’s important. I’m certain (but offer no evidence or substantiation) that it did more to market the film (using clips in its music video) than the movie did to market the song. I still have a vivid image of a basketball player in the film swatting a shot against the backboard in the music video. I also remember Nate Dogg being smooth as hell singing his hook. “Regulate” is one of the better pop songs ever written, and that’s all I’m really going to say about that.

This album, somewhat sadly, served as the death rattle of the union, or even tolerance between east and west coast rap studios. The soundtrack was largely collaborative between Def Jam (east coast from Russell Simmons, Rick Rubin, and Lyor Cohen) and Death Row (west coast from Suge Knight). Wikipedia is claiming that Nate Dogg didn’t appear in the video because the two labels had begun feuding between completion of the song and the video, but I know he was because where else would I have ever seen Nate Dogg? It’s not like he had a parade of hits after this one. Wikipedia is wrong. Or I am. One of us is DEFINITELY wrong.

So, that’s Above the Rim. The film stands on its own not as a great work, but either as a low-stakes drama, or a high-stakes basketball film, and it’s probably better to view it through the lens of the latter, as it’s always nice when a film can exceed expectations, even if that doesn’t make it any better.

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Eddie Murphy Is Here To Make Sense Of It All With His New Reggae Video http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/eddie-murphy-is-here-to-make-sense-of-it-all-with-his-new-reggae-video/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/eddie-murphy-is-here-to-make-sense-of-it-all-with-his-new-reggae-video/#comments Mon, 09 Sep 2013 22:40:28 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=256884 The world's a messed up place. Heal us, Eddie.

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The world today is a crazy and mixed up place. The guy who starred in Norbit is here to help us all find a way. Featuring the guy who starred in Soul Plane.

 

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The Lone Ranger (Armie Hammer) Was Busted For Weed, Man http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-lone-ranger-armie-hammer-was-busted-for-weed-man/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/the-lone-ranger-armie-hammer-was-busted-for-weed-man/#comments Thu, 26 Jan 2012 21:28:55 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=243778 His parents are gonna be pisssssssssssed!

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Armie Hammer, the actor clean cut enough to play not one, but two Winklevosseseses and the Lone Ranger in Disney‘s upcoming adaptation is living a double life! Behind that clean-cut facade and tight body (what?), Mr. Hammer enjoys taking the pot in edible form. Two cookies and a brownie, to be precise.

To be fair, Armie was in possession of seemingly the smallest amount of pot (.02 ounces) that can still constitute “having some pot on you.” After consulting with uh, a friend, it would seem that .02 ounces is, like, barely a bowl. So the question isn’t “why did Armie Hammer have pot on him?” but rather, “Why did Armie Hammer have so little pot on him?”

Another question to ask yourself is why was he carrying it in Sierra Blanca, Texas, the town where Willie Nelson and Snoop Dogg were also busted for weed. Further, what was Armie doing hanging out in a Texas border town frequented by the likes of Willie and Snoop? Get back to Nantucket, Armie. Stat!

(via TMZ, duh.)

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15 Possible Names For Snoop Dogg’s New Sitcom http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/16-possible-names-for-snoop-doggs-new-sitcom/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/16-possible-names-for-snoop-doggs-new-sitcom/#comments Fri, 16 Sep 2011 13:00:51 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=228686 I vote for H*A*S*H*

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After hearing the news that Snoop Dogg will be starring in his own sitcom, I immediately took to Twitter. Why? Because that’s what #ssholes do.

At any rate, I was quickly drawn into a hash-tag battle over what the show should be called . Rather than let this pure comedic gold go to waste, I thought I’d post the results. The titles were all created by Screen Junkies unless otherwise noted. Enjoy! And special thanks to @TVDoneWright.

(via @earnestp)

Click ‘Next Page’ to see the final 8…come on…one lousy click…

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Money On His Mind: Snoop Dogg Will Star In A Family Sitcom http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/money-on-his-mind-snoop-dogg-will-star-in-a-family-sitcom/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-lists/money-on-his-mind-snoop-dogg-will-star-in-a-family-sitcom/#comments Thu, 15 Sep 2011 23:37:15 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=228668 I'm so hoping this show is called 'Hey There, Lil' Man: What's Crackin'?'

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And to think, he would still be in jail for the 1993 murder of gang member Phillip Woldemariam if those charges had stuck, but no! Now he’s America’s most beloved weed smokin’-est, b*tch f*ckin’-est, snitch throat-slashin’-est sitcom star.

Rapper Snoop Doggy Dogg (Doggy Dogg, Doggy Dog) has teamed up with My Wife and Kids creator Don Reo to play the patriarch of a family in a multi-camera sitcom. This will follow E’!'s reality show Snoop Dogg‘s Father Hood, which shined the light on Snoop Dogg’s domestic life with his wife and three kids.

Only three kids? That doesn’t sound right.

Snoop’s music career has curtailed to the point where he is teetering on the verge of becoming a novelty act, so the transition to acting is a natural one, in the vein of Ice Cube and other rappers whose musical career seemed to have hit an expiration date.

On this show, I’m sure he’ll be telling jimmy jokes about our mamas that we ALL like!

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When Snoop Met Pee Wee http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/when-snoop-met-pee-wee/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/when-snoop-met-pee-wee/#comments Wed, 06 Apr 2011 16:45:15 +0000 Jame Gumb http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=205888 Look's like Pee Wee has found his new Cowboy Curtis.

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Look’s like Pee Wee has found his new Cowboy Curtis.

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Antonio Banderas On The Hunt For World’s Best Stripper http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/antonio-banderas-on-the-hunt-for-worlds-best-stripper/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/antonio-banderas-on-the-hunt-for-worlds-best-stripper/#comments Fri, 25 Mar 2011 12:37:24 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=203623 Sienna Guillory looks really good with her clothes off.

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Antonio Banderas is on the hunt for a stripper. And not in the Charlie Sheen Most Dangerous Game kind of way.

In The Big Bang, he plays a private investigator hired by a giant to find his missing stripper girlfriend, Sienna Guillory, and the $30 million worth of diamonds she’s carrying. Along the way he encounters danger, Snoop Dogg on a porn set, James Van Der Beek, Autumn Reeser‘s horny waitress, and Sam Elliott as a gazillionaire visionary trying to re-create the Big Bang beneath the desert.

Sounds all well and good, but just show more of the stripper, guys. Seriously.

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Wiz And Snoop To Make Movie About WWI. Just Kidding. Weed. http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wiz-khalifa-and-snoop-to-make-movie-about-wwi-just-kidding-weed/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/wiz-khalifa-and-snoop-to-make-movie-about-wwi-just-kidding-weed/#comments Wed, 23 Mar 2011 20:53:26 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=203266 Is America ready for an awful movie about marijuana?

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Remember that hole in your heart that opened up when you heard that Method Man and Redman decided to scrap How High 2? Well, it’s about to get filled. With weed smoke. And a lot of love. But more weed smoke.

Notorious teetotalers Snoop Dogg and Wiz Khalifa have decided to produce High School, a film that will accompany an collaborative album. So the film is an afterthought to ride the coattails of a novelty album by two guys who haven’ taken anything seriously since Doggystyle and birth, respectively. Filmmaking at its finest. Khalifa so eloquently puts it:

“It’s about pot, of course. But it’s about mine and his relationship. A spin-off of us being cool in the industry, smoking a lot of weed, being around a lot of weed. We’re going to try to have fun with it and also try to enlighten people at the same time, not just get everybody high.”

Feeling as though he didn’t quite capture the scope of this undertaking, he added, “It’s a big deal.” Something tells me that this film will be anything but a “big deal.” This may in fact be the smallest deal this website has reported on since our 14th Sheen update.

Snoop Dogg has not yet been reached for comment, but will probably have something like “Izzle my chuch,” to say about the whole affair. To Khalifa’s comment, I wish they would just get everyone high. (A.V. Club)

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‘The Dogfather’ Trailer: That’s Right, ‘DOGfather’!!!! http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-dogfather-trailer-thats-right-dogfather/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-dogfather-trailer-thats-right-dogfather/#comments Fri, 04 Feb 2011 20:58:59 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=Video&p=24928 The Dogfather skateboards and wears people-clothes, which is a departure from the behavior of most domestic canines.

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How this movie is ending up in a theater near you and not on ABC Family on a Tuesday afternoon is quite the mystery. Perhaps the momentum of Chris Parnell’s blinding starpower carried it into cinemas. or maybe the president of Bigshoot(?) Productions lost a bet on the “Dancing with the Stars” finale.

In any event, the result is a movie about a dog. That is in the mob for some reason, despite not having any of the human characteristics of Marmaduke or a Beverly Hills Chihuahua. The dog skateboards and wears people-clothes, too, which is a departure from the behavior of most domestic canines.

In the off-chance you would like to know the plot of the movie, here it is. If not, (totally understandable), feel free to skip down to my pithy closing remark. The dog, whose owner is a mob boss, eats the boss’s ring, then runs away. The boss, orders that his henchman retrieve the dog, and consequently the ring, dead or alive. You know, cause he’s evil. The dog finds refuge with a family while his pursuers run into rakes and crap. The film probably ends with the family keeping the dog and the mobsters getting some sort of cartoonish comeuppance.

This film doesn’t look good in any way, but if they went to the trouble of naming the film The Dogfather, and it doesn’t feature at least a cameo by Snoop Dogg, I’m comfortable declaring the film a total loss. (FilmDrunk)

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Merry Chrizzle, Fo Shizzle http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/merry-chrizzle-fo-shizzle/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-photos/merry-chrizzle-fo-shizzle/#comments Wed, 08 Dec 2010 19:18:25 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=11912 Kris Krizzle up in dis shizzle.

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Kris Krizzle up in dis shizzle.

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Snoop Dogg + ‘True Blood’ = ‘Oh Sookie’ Music Video http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/snoop-dogg-true-blood-oh-sookie-music-video/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/snoop-dogg-true-blood-oh-sookie-music-video/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Have you ever wondered what it'd be like if a major rap star decided to make a song about an HBO show and then posted the video on the internet? Well wonder no more friend, cause Snoop Dogg has got you covered. The legendary rapper's new music video, "Oh Sookie," has hit the interwebs. Set in Bon Temps, the song features characters from HBO's hit show, "True Blood," including everyone's favorite "Fang Banger," Sookie Stackhouse. While making a video based on a TV show might not be considered "gangsta," at least Snoop isn't stooping to Ice Cube-levels with a crappy sitcom on TBS (Very Funny...but not "Ha Ha funny...funny sad). Watch Snoop Dogg perform "Oh Sookie" after the jump.

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Have you ever wondered what it’d be like if a major rap star decided to make a song about an HBO show and then posted the video on the internet? Well wonder no more friend, cause Snoop Dogg has got you covered.

The legendary rapper’s new music video, "Oh Sookie," has hit the interwebs. Set in Bon Temps, the song features characters from HBO’s hit show, "True Blood," including everyone’s favorite "Fang Banger," Sookie Stackhouse.

While making a video based on a TV show might not be considered "gangsta," at least Snoop isn’t stooping to Ice Cube-levels with a crappy sitcom on TBS (Very Funny…but not "Ha Ha funny…funny sad).

Watch Snoop Dogg perform "Oh Sookie" after the jump.

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Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart All But Beg to Be Auto Tuned http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/snoop-dogg-and-martha-stewart-all-but-beg-to-be-auto-tuned/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/tv/tv-news/snoop-dogg-and-martha-stewart-all-but-beg-to-be-auto-tuned/#comments Wed, 30 Nov -0001 00:00:00 +0000 Those who have long underestimated our TV Culinary Personalities had best to check themselves. It's widely known that Chef Julia Childs once killed a man via headbutt, and Rachel Ray... she just seems like she'd cut a bitch. Now, Martha Stewart has raised her street cred by baking with Snoop Dogg on yesterday's episode of Martha. Watch as Snoop Dizzle and M. Stizzle rap about the special ingredient missing from their brownies.  Snoop Dogg will do anything to be on television. The countdown to his eventual Yo Gabba Gabba! appearance begins NOW. (via NY Mag)AUTHOR'S NOTE: Holy sh*t!!!

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Those who have long underestimated our TV Culinary Personalities had best to check themselves. It’s widely known that Chef Julia Childs once killed a man via headbutt, and Rachel Ray… she just seems like she’d cut a bitch. Now, Martha Stewart has raised her street cred by baking with Snoop Dogg on yesterday’s episode of Martha. Watch as Snoop Dizzle and M. Stizzle rap about the special ingredient missing from their brownies. 

Snoop Dogg will do anything to be on television. The countdown to his eventual Yo Gabba Gabba! appearance begins NOW. (via NY Mag)

AUTHOR’S NOTE: Holy sh*t!!!

 

 

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