Entertainment briefs – August 12

Hollywood heavyweight Jamie Foxx says he’s taking Toronto actor-turned-rapper Drake under his wing to help ease his way through superstardom.

Foxx believes rapper has what it takes

TORONTO — Hollywood heavyweight Jamie Foxx says he’s taking Toronto actor-turned-rapper Drake under his wing to help ease his way through superstardom.

“I’m going to be watching that young man and helping him every step of the way because I think he can really be a superstar,” the acclaimed singer-actor said Tuesday, in an interview before a concert in the city.

“I think for women out there, for the young girls coming up, he provides a little bit of integrity and so I applaud him.”

That integrity, said Foxx, comes from the 22-year-old’s roots as an actor on CTV’s Degrassi: The Next Generation.

“I think he sees the world in a different prism — he sees it in a different dimension,” explained Foxx, 41, who won a best-actor Oscar for his portrayal of Ray Charles in the 2004 biopic Ray.

“As a musician, sometimes it can be two-dimensional, but as an actor and a musician, it’s three-dimensional because he knows what to say and how to move a person’s emotions because he comes from that television background.”

Drake, whose full name is Aubrey Drake Graham, has been storming the charts lately with his single, Best I Ever Had, and plans to release his debut album, Thank Me Later, by year’s end.

Hannah Montana fueled rage in flick

MONTREAL — To summon the bloodlust that would help him play a man who bludgeoned Nazis to death in Quentin Tarantino’s new war movie, Eli Roth called upon the horrors visited on his relatives in wartime Europe, the injustices he’d felt in life . . . and the music of Hannah Montana.

“You couldn’t ever put me in a Hannah Montana concert with a baseball bat or I would wipe the place out,” joked Roth, who plays Sgt. Donny Donowitz, one of the most feared Nazi hunters in Inglourious Basterds, which opens on Aug. 21.

Roth, who collaborated with Tarantino in 2007 on Grindhouse, is probably best known as the writer and director of the Hostel horror film, which has been described by some critics as the scariest movie of all time.

Inglourious Basterds tips its hat to history but is a typical Tarantino flick, complete with his mix of homages and film styles, blending spaghetti westerns with caper films and French New Wave cinema, for example, in its 152 minutes.

Rapper convicted of murdering a fan

GRETNA, La. — Rapper Corey (C-Murder) Miller was convicted Tuesday of second-degree murder for the 2002 shooting of a fan, capping tumultuous jury deliberations at his second trial in the killing.

The Louisiana jury reached the 10-2 verdict around 1:30 p.m. in its second day of deliberations.

Jurors had reached the same verdict earlier in the day, but District Judge Hans Liljeberg ordered them back to the jury room for more deliberation because of a questionable vote.

Liljeberg said after the verdict’s initial reading that one juror had apparently changed her vote just to end deliberations.

Three jurors had been seen crying in the courtroom Tuesday morning, and the day before they sent a note that they were having trouble reaching a consensus.

The courtroom was completely silent when the verdict was given for the second time.

More than a dozen law officers filled the centre aisle, and the judged had warned that anyone who so much as gasped would be arrested.

The victim’s family left in tears.

“I’m not rejoicing. I feel bad for (Miller’s) family. But at least they can see him. what have we got but a gravesite and a photograph,” said George Thomas, whose 16-year-old son, Steve Thomas, was shot to death during the brawl in a Harvey, La., nightclub.

Miller’s family and friends also cried outside the courtroom.

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