Russell Simmons


WorldStar! WorldStar! WorldStar! WorldStar! Worldstar! WorldStar! WorldStar! WorldStar! Worldstar! Seriously, everything below the headline could just be the WorldStar chant (WorldStar! WorldStar!), and the point would come across the same. But just for fun, here are a few words that aren’t synonymous with street beatings and portrait mode: Paramount is making a WorldStarHipHop movie. Well, not just Paramount, but Insurge Pictures, a division of Paramount dedicated to microbudget features, which is the ideal format for blurry phone videos of awkward slap-fights and public sex. Thanks to Deadline, we know who to blame for the WorldStar movie: Ian Edelman, writer/creator of How to Make it in America. Edelman pitched a WorldStar movie to Insurge, was somehow given a green light and is now writing the screenplay and may even direct. Budget-wise, the mission statement for Insurge is to shoot films at around $100,000 each, but the studio’s best known films, Katy Perry: Part of Me and Justin Bieber: Never Say Never, each set the studio back a cool $13m. So who even knows what “microbudget” really signifies in the context of a WSHH movie.


The Muslims Are Coming

Like comedians of comedy that have to pray five times a day, The Muslims Are Coming! is a new documentary featuring stand-up performances, personal diary moments, and talking heads attempting to show a different angle on what it means to be Muslim in America. Featuring luminaries like Jon Stewart, David Cross, Russell Simmons and Soledad O’Brien , it focuses specifically on the comedy of Negin Farsad (who directed) and Dean Obeidallah (who also directed). Judging from the trailer, the flick looks really lighthearted even as it tackles an unavoidable social responsibility. There’s no real way to make a documentary about Islam without taking on the All-American baggage that comes along with it. Fortunately, this doc seems content to battle fear with jokes. Check it out for yourself:

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published: 01.27.2015
published: 01.27.2015
published: 01.27.2015
published: 01.27.2015

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