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'Selma' star Keith Stanfield on why playing Snoop Dogg required an all-nighter


Keith Stanfield may have grown up in Victorville, a sleepy L.A. suburb, but these days he doesn’t have much free time. The 23-year-old’s starring role in Short Term 12 put him on the map, and now he’s scored roles in Selma, Rick Famuyiwa’s Sundance-bound Dope, and biopics about Miles Davis (Miles Ahead) and N.W.A. (Straight Outta Compton). He also started an alternative hip-hop project, Moors, with the enigmatic producer HH.

When he spoke to EW in Chelsea late last year, Stanfield talked about what sets his raps apart from 2 Chainz, how he met Selma director Ava DuVernay, and how the artwork for Snoop Dogg’s Doggystyle influenced him at a young age. But before any of that, he saw the artwork for Kanye West’s My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy on my iPhone—and had to get some talk about the iconic MC out of the way. READ FULL STORY

Lou Reed, Nine Inch Nails make Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees list

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame announced the list of induction nominees for 2015, including big names like The Smiths, Nine Inch Nails, Sting, and Lou Reed—the rock ‘n’ roll legend who died earlier this year after decades in the business, as the frontman for The Velvet Underground and a wildly successful solo artist. The 15 selections come from a wide variety of genres and decades—from ’60s Motown (The Marvelettes) and ’60s/’70s R&B (The Spinners), to ’70s disco (Chic) and ’80s hard rock (Joan Jett & The Blackhearts) and hip-hop (N.W.A.), up through contemporary pop-punk (Green Day).


KISS, Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel among Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees

Nirvana, Linda Ronstadt, Peter Gabriel, Hall and Oates, and The Replacements are among first-time nominees to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

The hall of fame announced its annual list of nominees Wednesday morning and half the field of 16 were first-time nominees. YES, Link Wray, and The Zombies also received their first nominations.

More than 600 voters will determine the class of 2014. Inductees will be announced in December and a ceremony will be held next April in New York. The induction will be aired on HBO in May. READ FULL STORY

OutKast reuniting? Probably not, but there's a glimmer of hope

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Sorry Ms. Jackson — this is probably not for real.

Before the rumor mills start churning about an OutKast reunion (too late!) we need to stress that Big Boi and André 3000 have not recently shared a studio space, but they have shared a studio partner.

Each rapper separately collaborated with T.I. on two tracks that were released into the blogosphere last night: Big Boi’s “In the A,” from of his upcoming album Vicious Lies and Dangerous Rumors, and T.I.’s “Sorry,” from his own upcoming Trouble Man: Heavy Is the Head, features an Andre verse.

However, if you listen hard enough, you can find a glimmer of hope in André’s contribution: “This the type of s— that’ll make you call your rap partner/and say I’m sorry I’m awkward/ my fault for fu–ing up the tour.”

Well, then call him already, André! Gillette can sponsor your totally not-f—ed-up reunion tour.

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N.W.A, Rush, Donna Summer among new Rock and Roll Hall of Fame nominees

Rush fans, your long-standing tradition of writing angry letters to music magazines may finally be coming to an end.

The Canadian prog icons are among the 15 nominees for the 2013 class of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. They join Donna Summer, Public Enemy, Procol Harum, N.W.A, Randy Newman, the Meters, Kraftwerk, Albert King, Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, the Marvelettes, Heart, Chic, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band, and Deep Purple on the ballot. The names have been sent out to the mysterious cabal who votes for this thing, and the new class will be inducted at Los Angeles’ Nokia Theatre on April 18, 2013. For the first time ever, there will also be a fan ballot, which will allow those aforementioned Rush fans to shout about conspiracy theories in case their boys don’t make it in.

All told, that’s a pretty unusual collection of names, as there doesn’t seem to be any one artist who stands out as a slam dunk. Sure, plenty of those names made some great music, but there’s not an obvious legend among them around whom the ceremony can be built. For example, last year’s ballot included Guns N’ Roses and Beastie Boys, two canonical acts who were pretty clear inclusions.

This year’s batch will be an interesting referendum on how the voters feel about two groups who are deeply under-represented within the walls of the Hall of Fame: rappers and women. READ FULL STORY

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