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Digital Domain to resurrect virtual Elvis, Tupac style

Expect random Elvis sightings to skyrocket in the near future. Digital Domain, the high-tech production company that created the Tupac Shakur hologram that “performed” at Coachella in April, has signed an exclusive agreement to develop “virtual” Elvis Presley likenesses that will appear in shows, TV, and movies. “Elvis is the most iconic, most recognized performer on the planet, and we are thrilled to have been chosen to bring new performances and original shows where fans can have their own, new experiences of Elvis,” said Digital Domain’s CEO John Textor.

Digital Doman’s deal is with CORE Media Group, which markets the Elvis brand (as well as those of Muhammad Ali, American Idol, and So You Think You Can Dance). “This is a new and exciting way to bring the magic and music of Elvis Presley to life. His lifelong fans will be thrilled all over again and new audiences will discover the electric experience of Elvis the performer,” said Elvis Presley Enterprises president and CEO, Jack Soden.

The companies have already started work on their virtual Elvi, plural, meaning that fans likely won’t have to choose between old or young, thin or thick Elvis.

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Dr. Dre getting pretty serious about touring with Tupac's hologram

Looks like acclaimed headphones salesman Dr. Dre just found yet another way to distract us from his eternally unfinished Detox album. “Hey, look over there — it’s Tupac!”

TMZ caught up with Dre outside a restaurant to find out what exactly he planned to do with the season’s hottest hologram (sorry, will.i.am.!), and his response did not disappoint.

“It’s great,” the Chronic rapper-producer said of the Tupac Shakur hologram he and Snoop Dogg unveiled during their headline performance at Coachella last weekend. “It came out perfect. We’re gonna have a good time with it.”

“I think everybody’s in love with it right now,” he continued. “We’re having fun.”

Of course, all eyez will be on the virtual rapper at this Sunday’s Coachella redux, but the big question still remains: Will Dre be taking Tupac 3000 on the road this summer?

“Thinking about it,” Dre confirmed, while adding that nothing was final yet. The 47-year-old rap star also mentioned that he’s “working on some new and different things for the future” and even hinted that similar holograms of Jimi Hendrix and Marvin Gaye could one day stalk the land as well.

If nothing else, Dr. Dre as  movie producer can turn this premise into an amazing horror movie.

Check out Dre’s remarks to TMZ in the video below:

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Tupac's hologram was developed by Oscar-winning effects people, cost a ton of money, has a Twitter account

For a lot of hip-hop fans, Tupac Shakur never really died.

Some legitimately believed that, like Elvis before him, Shakur actually faked his own death to duck out of the spotlight. For others, tracks like “California Love” and “I Get Around” simply lend him a less literal kind of immortality.

Of course, that was before the man himself “materialized” on stage at the closing night of the first weekend of the Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival and stole the entire Coachella conversation. “Tupac hologram” almost instantly became one of the most-searched phrases on the Internet, and now more information is emerging about the exceptionally weird technological trick pulled off by headliners Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg.

According to The Wall Street Journal, the hologram was crafted by the Digital Domain Media Group, the visual effects house co-founded by James Cameron and responsible for cutting-edge film tricks in movies like Titanic, Tron: Legacy, the Transformers series, Real Steel, and The Curious Case of Benjamin Button. READ FULL STORY

Coachella Sunday night: Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg bring along a lot of friends...and a Tupac hologram

Who didn’t Dr. Dre and Snoop Dogg trot out to close the Coachella Festival on Sunday night? The full retinue was a veritable Hip Hop Hall of Fame: 50 Cent, Eminem, Wiz Khalifa, Kendrick Lamar, Kurupt, Warren G, Nate Dogg (via montage tribute), a two-story LED projection of Frank Sinatra, and a Tupac Shakur hologram. All that was missing was gin and juice gratis for every audience member.

Of course, the West has never been shy to throw up the “W” and the Dogg and Doc delivered a bell-ringing performance to please the hometown crowd. Backed by a full band, the set list was both party-to-go and paean to the last two decades of gangsta rap. After all, when Andre Young dropped The Chronic 20 years ago, the genre retained its marine blue menace and instilled fear into the hearts of sweater-clad suburban parents. Today, Dr. Dre is a gangsta eminence grise and savvy headphone entrepreneur. Meanwhile his one-time sidekick Snoop Dogg has starred in movies, television shows, and leased his star wattage to more products than Ron Popeil.

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Tupac lives (as a hologram) at Coachella!

We’ll have the full run-down of ups and downs from the final day of the first weekend of the 2012 Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival shortly, but the biggest news from Sunday night’s festivities was Tupac Shakur’s return to the stage.

Though the legendary rapper was murdered in 1996, Shakur stole Sunday night’s weekend-closing set by Dr. Dre & Snoop Dogg. Appearing as a hologram (as previously rumored), Shakur (or rather, his pixel-mongering image) materialized for the purpose of filling in his verse on “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” as well as taking a solo on “Hail Mary.”

It was a pretty impressive bit of scene-stealing, if only because that stage also saw drop-ins from superstars like Eminem, Wiz Khalifa, and 50 Cent. Check out Tupac’s ghost performing “Hail Mary” and “2 of Amerikaz Most Wanted” below. READ FULL STORY

Tupac's death, 15 years later: His five greatest performances still hold up

One of Chris Rock’s best bits comes from his 2004 album Never Scared, where he talks about a government conspiracy against rap music.

He hits upon a truth about murders in the rap world and the strange air of mystery that always surrounds them. “Tupac was gunned down on the Las Vegas Strip after a Mike Tyson fight,” Rock says incredulously. “How many witnesses do you need to see some s— before you arrest somebody? More people saw Tupac get shot than the last episode of Seinfeld!”

Seven years later — and 15 years after the rapper’s passing — there still don’t appear to be any more clues about his death. Rock’s version of the story is accurate: After attending the fight between Tyson and Bruce Seldon at the MGM Grand (Tyson won a first round TKO to win the WBA Heavyweight title), Pac rolled down the strip and was hit by a hail of gunfire that struck his chest, pelvis, hand, and thigh.

Unlike Biggie Smalls, who would die in similar fashion a few months later, Shakur actually fought through his initial injuries and was placed on life support after a series of surgeries. In fact, he was so adamant about getting up and leaving the hospital that he was put into an induced coma so that he could recover from the shots.

But Shakur ultimately passed away thanks to complications stemming from internal bleeding on Sept. 13, 1996. There was a certain amount of disbelief surrounding Tupac’s death; most people in the hip-hop community believed that he was going to pull through (after all, this was not the first time he had been shot). The day before, reports had even come through that his condition had been improving. But ultimately his wounds got the best of him.

When Biggie Smalls died, it was tragic because he was a clear talent taken too soon. Though Shakur also died well before his time, his passing came just as he was about to make a big crossover.

His 1996 album All Eyez on Me, the first double album in the history of hip-hop, was a gigantic commercial juggernaut that spawned a handful of hits (including “California Love”) and ultimately went platinum nine times. His acting career was also taking off, as he had received excellent marks for his performances in Juice and Poetic Justice and had three films in the can when he died; one of those movies, Gridlock’d, is actually an exceptional film.

Tupac truly seemed to be on the verge of building the sort of cross-platform entertainment empire later perfected by the likes of Snoop Dogg, Jay-Z, 50 Cent, and Ice Cube. He was alsoactively paranoid of dying young (a worry that was apparently justified), which is why he stockpiled verses and was able to release original albums well after his death.

Those albums don’t have the same impact as Me Against the World or All Eyez on Me, though they’re far better than they have any right to be (especially 2002′s Better Dayz, which contains some surprisingly elegant verses). With all that in mind, here are the top five Shakur performances in any medium. READ FULL STORY

Alleged Tupac Shakur shooting coordinator 'Jimmy Henchman' arrested for heading cocaine ring

James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond, manager of island crooner Sean Kingston and California rapper The Game, was arrested Tuesday (June 21). He stands accused of leading a cocaine operation, TheWrap reports.

Just last week, Rosemond was accused of hiring convicted criminal Dexter Isaac (currently serving a life sentence) to shoot and rob iconic rhymer Tupac Shakur in 1994 at a New York City studio, though this arrest is not at all related to the claim.

A DEA spokeswoman confirms to the outlet that Rosemond is being held without bail on a charge of conspiracy to distribute in excess of five kilograms of cocaine.

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Tupac shooter cops to an old crime, but what does it mean for Tupac and Biggie's murder cases?

Had he not been cut down in his prime by a (presumably) still-at-large assassin in 1996, rapper/actor/activist/poet/cultural lightning rod Tupac Shakur would have turned 40 years old today.

But on a day when we would normally be discussing his legacy—or what his creative place in today’s hip-hop world might have been had he lived—the attention has now turned instead to a man named Dexter Isaac, who gave an interview to AllHipHop wherein he admitted to being the man who shot Shakur in a famous unsolved incident outside a New York recording studio back in November of 1994.

Isaac claims he was paid $2,500 by James “Jimmy Henchman” Rosemond to take out Shakur. The New York Police Department is currently investigating the issue, and if they find the claims to be credible, they plan to speak with Isaac, who according to AllHipHop is currently serving a life sentence in prison. Will the information that Isaac has—or claims to have—have any bearing ultimately on the notoriously still-unsolved cases of both Tupac’s and Biggie’s murders? READ FULL STORY

FBI releases documents on Tupac Shakur and terrorist threats the late rapper received

Following last week’s release of documents on the investigation of Notorious B.I.G.’s 1997 murder, the FBI let files on fellow iconic rhymer Tupac Shakur loose today.

His papers, however, focus more on death threats he and his California peers received from the Jewish Defense League, a pro-Israel domestic terrorist organization, than his own 1996 murder.

The September 1997 findings reveal that the “JDL and others yet identified have been extorting money from various rap music stars via death threats.” The JDL apparently would contact artist—Shakur included—by phone, claiming that their lives were in danger, then offer their protective services for a fee.

Before being shot to death Sept. 7 in Las Vegas after attending a Mike Tyson fight, Shakur had been called by the group, though a conclusive connection to his death has not subsequently been made.

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