Songs, Movies & Moments: October 2016

Jamie Foxx in Sleepless.

Jamie Foxx in Sleepless.

A Look at Entertainment

by T.J. Moore –

Academy Award-winning actor Jamie Foxx will return to the big screen in a new action thriller by Open Road Productions.

In Sleepless Foxx plays undercover Las Vegas police officer Vincent Downs, who is caught in a high stakes web of the mob-controlled casino underground. When a heist goes wrong, a crew of gangsters kidnap Downs’s son. In one night, he will have to rescue his son, evade an internal affairs investigation, and bring the kidnappers to justice.

According to Shadow and Act, Sleepless is an English-language remake of Sleepless Night, the 2011 French film starring Tomer Sisley. Gabrielle Union, TI, Michelle Monaghan, and Dermot Mulroney round out the cast.

Sleepless is scheduled for a spring 2017 release.

The policing of America continues to be a hot topic across the nation, and A&E plans to offer viewers raw, live access inside the country’s busiest police forces and the communities that they patrol.

Downtown Dallas

Downtown Dallas

Live P.D. is a two-hour, eight-episode series where dash cams, fixed-rig, and handheld cams will capture the Friday night beats of urban and rural police forces across the country. A&E and Lifetime Executive Vice President and General Manager Rob Sharenow said, “Every day, the demands for more transparency in law enforcement continue to come from both civilians and police across the country. Live PD will not only highlight the difficult work being done by our men and women in uniform as they go out into the streets never knowing what to expect, but also answers citizens’ calls for clarity.”

Live P.D. premieres October 28 at 9 p.m. on A&E.

Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart

Kevin Hart is now the world’s highest paid-comedian, according to Forbes’ annual list. Cashing in at $87.5 million, Hart has topped Jerry Seinfield, who held the title for nearly a decade.
According to the article the reason for this is the tours. In a year, Hart played over 100 shows with an average gross of over $1 million at each stop. These shows are in venues such as the Staples Center and Madison Square Garden. In addition to his tour earnings, Hart also raked in cash from his films and commercials for Hyundai, Foot Locker, and H&M.

Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne

Lil Wayne’s forthcoming memoir, Gone Til November, is set to be released next month. The memoir is based on a series of diary entries the rapper wrote while he was in prison.

According to Page Six, Weezy describes how he playfully married off two other inmates, and they decorated the hall with toilet tissue and toasted with 13 bottles of Gatorade. He wrote “Gatorade is liquid gold in this b***. Imagine seeing grown men in jail hanging tissue for wedding decorations and one of them is Lil Wayne. Crazy.”

Wayne admitted that he missed sex, but early in his stay two female officers were suspended for coming to see him. He requested one girlfriend visit without wearing panties so she could do a “Basic Instinct.” But they got caught, he wrote. “They have extensive searches before you come in here so they made her put on a pair of boxers because they knew she didn’t have on panties.”

He admitted a low point when Drake admitted to sleeping with his girlfriend. “Finding out that she [bleeped] Drake was the absolute worst thing I could have found out. Drizzy came to see me and he was like ‘Yeah, it’s true. Damn! This is the type of [bleep] a man never wants to find out while he is locked up.”

Gone Til November is set to be released on October 11.

Kid Cudi

Kid Cudi

In the hyper-aggressive and hyper-masculine world of hip hop, showing any inkling of vulnerability is taboo. Recently Kid Cudi shattered the taboo after going public with checking himself into rehab for mental illness. Audi, born Scott Mescudi, stated that he has checked himself into treatment to deal with depression and suicidal thoughts. As he wrote on his Facebook page, “I am not at peace.”

“It’s been difficult for me to find the words to what I’m about to share with you because I feel ashamed. Ashamed to be a leader and hero to so many while admitting I’ve been living a lie. It took me a while to get to this place of commitment, but it is something I have to do for myself, my family my best friend, daughter and all of you, my fans.”

He continues, “I am not at peace. I haven’t been since you’ve known me. If I didn’t come here, I would’ve done something to myself. I simply am a damaged human swimming in a pool of emotions every day of my life.”

This isn’t the first time Cudi has talked about his struggles with depression. During his 2014 interview with Arsenio Hall, he said that he had suicidal thoughts and he knew where they stemmed from.

“I know it comes from loneliness. I know it comes from not having self-worth, not loving yourself.”

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