SHORT CUTS: Xzibit Heads to "Pinkville"

Published November 14, 2007

Posted Nov. 14, 2007 -- Rapper and "Pimp That Ride" host Xzibit snagged a part in "Pinkville," the upcoming Vietnam War drama from famed director Oliver Stone.

The film follows the infamous My Lai massacre of more than 500 people by U.S. soldiers. Xzibit, whose real name is Alvin Joiner, will play a soldier who is convinced he carried out his orders in a moral way.

The rapper joins a cast that includes Bruce Willis, Channing Tatum and Woody Harrelson. The United Artists project is set to begin production next year, according to the Hollywood Reporter.      

Xzibit's film credits include "Gridiron Gang," "Derailed" and "XXX: State of the Union." As a rapper, he has sold more than 3 million records.

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Dutton Goes "Under"

Actor Charles S. Dutton has signed on to steer the Fox Television Studios drama pilot "Under," which will run sometime next year on A&E, reports Hollywood Reporter.

Henry Thomas, best known for his role as Elliott in Steven Spielberg's "ET: The Extra Terrestrial," stars in "Under" as a young thug who, after being marked for death by the mob and turning state's evidence against them, joins the witness protection program. He becomes an NYPD patrolman but is unable to escape his past.

A&E senior vp drama programming Tana Nugent Jamieson praised Dutton's body of work as a director, including HBO's "The Corner" and Showtime's "Sleeper Cell."      

"He's the perfect director for this unique script," Nugent Jamieson said. "The lead character is one who has seen both sides of the law, and I think you have to have someone who understands and has shot that."

"Jumper" to Become Video Game

Fox's upcoming sci-fi action flick "Jumper," starring Samuel L. Jackson, will be turned into a video game from the company Brash Entertainment, which specializes in adapting Hollywood licenses. Based on the science fiction novel by Steven Gould, the Doug Liman-directed film is about a genetic anomaly that allows a young man (Hayden Christensen) to teleport himself anywhere. He discovers this gift has existed for centuries and finds himself in a war that has been raging for thousands of years between 'Jumpers' and those who have sworn to kill them. Jackson plays one of those killers, Roland. The character leads the Paladin organization, whose goal is to kill Jumpers deemed too powerful to exist.

 

Written by BET-Staff

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