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Posts Tagged ‘Tupac Shakur’

The ‘Man on the Moon’ is Still Alive, According to ‘His Daughter’

Used (to prove my point) from "Life in the Funhouse: The Life and Mind of Andy Kaufman"

Used (to prove my point) from “Lost in the Funhouse: The Life and Mind of Andy Kaufman”

Hollywood truly is “Hollyweird.” So, if you’re a publicist, fasten your seat belts for this outer atmosphere story. In case you didn’t get the 70s, 80s…hell, even the 90s reference, the “Man on the Moon” refers to the 1999 biopic about the offbeat, kooky and late Andy Kaufman.

The guy was a certified nut. We’re talking suit him for a padded room, nut. Nonetheless, thanks to his erratic schtick on ‘Saturday Night Live’ in the 70s and more famously, his “acting” on the  legendary TV sitcom “Taxi” (TRIVIA: The great Bob James wrote the iconic intro song to that show called “Angela,” jazz lovers.) Even pro wrestling fans know this guy when Jerry Lawler put his stamp on Kaufman’s career by giving him a “piledriver,” landing Andy flat on his noggin and sent his odd duck tail straight to the ER.

So, he died in 1984 of lung cancer. Another SNL guy bites the dust too soon. That is, until this report from FOX News came out today creating “WTF” thought bubbles among the many who loved that show.

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After Raves, Tupac Hologram May Go On Tour

Twitter was all a-Twitter following a Coachella performance by a number of hip-hop artists including Snoop Dogg, Dr. Dre, Eminem, and a hologram of the late rapper Tupac Shakur, who was shot and killed in 1996. Now there are discussions to possibly take the “virtual Tupac” on tour with his fellow Coachella performers.

A company called Digital Domain Image Group created the hologram, which isn’t based on archival footage, but rather used past performances to create something completely new for Sunday’s show. The discussions include talk of whether this would be a huge stadium tour. It was a costly endeavor with the price tag for the digital creation said to be in the $100,000 range.

There’s also chatter already over at MTV.com about doing the same for B.I.G. here in Brooklyn’s new Barclays Center, with the site imagining how the concert would play out. If chatter is any indication, Digital Domain could see its fortunes rise after this stunt. Check out the Coachella performance after the jump.

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Hackers Attack PBS, Bring Back Biggie and Tupac

Sadly, Biggie and Tupac are not alive and living in New Zealand.

Tupac and Biggie were brought back to life temporarily, and they were chillin’  in New Zealand according to a story that was published on the PBS website last night. The story was the work of angry hackers Lulz Security, who took vengeance on public broadcasting for a Frontline segment about Wikileaks and detained Army analyst Bradley Manning. And also, just because they could.

In addition to the story, which, of course, had started to make its way around social media, the hackers breached public broadcasting’s security taking employee email and database info.

A statement on the Frontline webpage says “no viewer information was compromised” and they were able to complete a quick repair of the situation.  And the program’s executive producer David Fanning said, “We have been very open to publishing criticism of the film, and the film itself included multiple points of view. Rather than engaging in that spirit, this is an attempt to chill independent journalism.”