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Drake Denies Involvement In Forthcoming Concert Film

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[UPDATE:] Drake tweeted on Tuesday morning that he and James Prince “stand together on not supporting the Drake Homecoming footage in theaters.” Drizzy clearly wanted to make sure that there was no beef between James and Jas.

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Drake took to Twitter on Monday to let fans know that he has no connection with a forthcoming concert film called, Drake’s Homecoming: The Lost Footage. 

“The Drake Homecoming film is not something OVO or Drake have any part in. I feel it is my responsibility to inform and protect my fans,” he tweeted.

Drake’s publicist followed up with the following statement:

“To reiterate, OVO and Drake have had no creative input into this unauthorized film project and it is nothing to do with them in any way. Obviously Drake and OVO only put out music and video/ film that is of the highest quality for their brand and what their fans have come to expect and do not want any fans to buy into something that has not come from them.”

The film, set to release in select theaters on Thursday, March 19th, shows footage of a 23-year-old Drake performing during Toronto’s Sound Academy in 2009, prior to him signing with Young Money.

And although Drake denies being connected to the project, a source tells TMZ that Drizzy signed off on a contract stating that “he was paid $15k for the performance” and that if “footage from the concert was used for any future projects — like a movie — Drake would get 15% of the profits.”

The film is executive produced by Christina Milian’s ex-fiancé Jas Prince and Fathom Events.

“When I first listened to Drake I had no idea he was on a hit show, I just fell in love with his sound and talent,” Prince said in a press release back in February. “It was unique and like nothing I had ever heard before. I told him during our first conversation I would make him a star. This film documents the beginning of that journey.”

When announcing the film, Fathom’s vice president of programming Kymberli Frueh-Owens explained in a statement that  “Drake is an incredibly talented and dynamic performer. We are extremely pleased to bring this newly unearthed concert footage to movie theaters nationwide. The exciting part of this piece is that it features Drake at a breakthrough moment in his young career in the rarified air and company of his hometown fans in Toronto.”

Neither party has responded to Drake’s denying involvement in the film.

HipHollywood reached out to the rapper’s legal team and are waiting on word back.

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Viola Davis, Gabrielle Union, Octavia Spencer & More … Is This The New Cast For “Black Panther 2”?

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We’re still reeling from the high of Black Panther’s recording setting debut — pulling in $241 million opening weekend — however, we can’t help but think about the future and what could be in store for BP2.

While we’d want to see the original cast reprise their roles, we think these celebs could be a great addition to the group. Why, you ask? Because when Black Panther dropped they put their money where they mouth was and bought out theaters for kids to see the film. That deserves a little screen time in the sequel, right?

All right, maybe they won’t make it on the big screen for Black Panther 2, but here’s the list of stars who talk the talk and walk the walk, so we want to show them some luv…

Gabrielle Union & Dwyane Wade – The Wade’s post on Instagram about the importance of “Black Panther.” They also partnered with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Cleveland, Miami, Omaha & Watts to send 100 kids from each club to see the film.

Octavia Spencer – Octavia also hopped on Instagram to give families from Jackson, MS, and surrounding areas, a chance to see the Marvel movie.

Snoop Dogg – Uncle Snoop was so moved by Frederick Joseph, the New York-based philanthropist, who started the #BlackPantherChallenge encouraging people to donate to a GoFundMe page that would help provide children in Harlem with the opportunity to see BP, that he decided to do the dame for kids in LA. “I’m going to donate some money to the cause for the kids to check it out and also I’m going to reach out to the homeboy Ryan Coogler so that we can get an L.A. version of that so that kids in L.A. can go see a superhero movie and learn about a real black superhero,” Snoop stated. Not to be outdone, Viola Davis also took part in the challenge and sent kids in Austin to see the superhero flick.

Serena Williams – The tennis champ, and new mommy/wife, surprised a group of young ladies from Black Girls Code in San Francisco with a private screening of Black Panther on Thursday night. Her hubby Alexis Ohanian captured the sweet moment on IG.

T.I. – The ATL rapper teamed up with Walmart to give away 300 tickets for an advanced screening of Black Panther last week in his hometown. “I think it’s imperative to know that there’s greatness inside of all of us and our children should know that early — that there’s greatness inside of them and that they all possess superhero-like qualities that will allow them to change the world. All they have to do is activate it,” T.I. said at the screening, according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Offset & Lil Yachty – Not only have the two rappers teamed up for a new song (“Truck Load”), but they also took time out to join force for a philanthropic effort. The pair hit up El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood on Saturday, where “This is Us” writer Jas Waters set up a fully-funded screening for 500 foster and at-risk children. According to Waters, Offset and Yachty surprised the fans and ended up buying out the rest of the theatre!

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