By Ane Howard
Los Angeles (RushPRnews)1/15/09-– After much anticipation from music and movie fans around the world, NOTORIOUS about the life of rapper Christopher Wallace aka. B.I.G. released by Fox Searchlight opens in theaters tomorrow, Friday January 16, 2009. The film stars multiple award winner Angela Bassett as Christopherâ€™s mother Voletta Wallace, Derek Luke as Sean Combs, Anthony Mackie as Tupac Shakur and introducing rapper Gravy, born Jamal Woolard as The Notorious B.I.G. After the overwhelming response to a year long aggressive and active worldwide search, Jamal Woolard, a Brooklyn native, was selected to portray the infamous rapper. George Tillman Jr. is set to direct.
From the Fox Searchlight’s people, read what the critics are saying:
â€¢ “Riveting. The first must-see movie of 2009. NOTORIOUS captures the soul and spirit of this larger-than-life figure.” (Kirk Honeycutt, The Hollywood Reporter)
â€¢ “The film transcends gangster-flick cliches because of the outsized talents of the artist and the actor who portrays him… Pitch-perfect.” (Jesse Washington, The Associated Press)
â€¢ “Managed to stun, unsettle and move me. The film does a wonderful job of revisiting that dangerous yet creatively rich time in music history.” (Allison Samuels, Newsweek)
â€¢ “A rock-solid biopic with a foolproof rise-and-fall storyline and a warmly nuanced performance by Jamal Woolard.” (John Anderson, Variety)
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VIDEO: Watch Behind-the-Scenes Featurettes, Music Videos & Clips!
There are now almost a DOZEN video diaries from the set of NOTORIOUS! Among them: get a sneak peek as the actors shoot a larger-than-life concert scene for NOTORIOUS, or meet the actual members of Biggie’s group Junior M.A.F.I.A., and the actors who portray them in the film! You can view a slew of actual clips from the movie at Yahoo! Movies. But you can be sure to find the mother lode of video, photographic and editorial content at the official Web site for
NOTORIOUS Is Taking Over New York City!
SLUMDOG MILLIONAIRE and THE WRESTLER are now both playing in select theaters. And don’t forget: NOTORIOUS opens across the country tomorrow – Friday, January 16th!
For more news about Fox Searchlight and its films, visit the “Inside Searchlight” blog.
Source: Fox Searchlight
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