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Did 50 Fire Shots? Or was he Just Speaking the Truth About his Relationship with Banks and Yayo? [audio]
50 was on Big Boy’s neighborhood radio show discussing the status of G-unit and how he basically needs to let Yayo and Banks do their thing. It’s a tough love situation. This should come as no surprise because back in May, 50 revealed that he hadn’t had communication with Lloyd Banks in like 9 months. Although he indicated that this was not the first time, it was the first time that we officially heard that the two were not communicating on a regular basis.
He told Big Boy back via a phone interview,
He goes through these things where there’s no communication and he goes off and does what he wants, it’s set at that point because I’ve spent marketing dollars so he can go wherever he wants to go and actually go do shows, make money and do other things, At that point, it’s fine for him to move around and go do it by himself. I want them to be individuals and operate on their own away from me, I’m fine with it. … We can get on the phone together, but I haven’t spoken to him. I haven’t spoken to Banks in nine months. But this is not the first time this has happened. He’s a baby. He’s the youngest in the actual G-Unit, he got really rich at 19. Both him and Tony [Yayo] have made over nine million dollars. With [Young] Buck, it was almost eight million dollars.”
50’s tune hasn’t changed much. In this most recent interview he sounds like a disappointed father who put a lot of work and effort into a son who has talent but doesn’t practice his craft. Someone who can see that talent wasted is worse than having no talent. Fif says,
”I’ve enabled them to a point where they feel like they don’t have to do anything,”
And he also says that Tony Yayo needs to step up to the plate,
“Yayo has to do a lot more. He just doesn’t do what he’s supposed to do.”
Big Boi also tries to make sure if there was any beef simmering between the G-unit members that it was cooked up proper. He asked 50 if he had a show next week, who would come out and perform with him. Fif says” Yayo”. Big Boi earlier asked 50 if he was on a raft and Yayo and Banks were drowning, which one would he save? Any Guesses? (Listen to the interview for the answer).
50 is quick to say that they are both like his little brothers and that he could never make the choice between the two.
Now this can go 1 of 3 ways. Yayo and Banks can be pissed about this, wage a war against 50 in which they can’t win, although their egos might tell them otherwise, or take 50’s advice and get to work. Or the third option, continue to do nothing and count the stacks they have already earned.
I suspect 50 is not as easy to be around when you are no longer hungry. 50 has that insatiable hunger that never dies. Puff has it, Floyd Mayweather has it. It lets them continue working with the same drive and determination they had when they were broke. In some cases, work even harder. Give any hood cat $8 million dollars and see how hard he works after that.
Here is 50’s complete interview on Big Boi’s neighborhood.Read more...
This might be the first time in history that a movie this close to release has been kicked out 9 months. Paramount “says” that the June 29th release of GI Joe is being pushed out nine months so that they can add 3D. The studio stated,
“We’re going to do a conscientious 3D job because we’ve seen how it can better box office internationally,
Jim Cameron did all of Titanic‘s 3D in post — and look how well that movie turned out.”
There are some decent reasons, I guess, for the decision. The most compelling reason is the big buzz of 3D overseas. As still one of the most exportable industries, it does make sense to cater to overseas markets especially if the movie sort of kinda sucks. Overseas movies that get released before they hit the US market can do extremely well there before they realize that the movie actually stinks, i.e. Battleship. They don’t know any better, they see big name stars and explosions and they pay for it. Russia and China are building 3D theaters by the week so this makes sense. Now it is actually possible to break even overseas before the movie is even released in the states.
Paramount also has had some success with delays in the past. Their decision to delay Shutter Island ended up being director Martin Scorsese’s biggest box office take ever.
WHAT THE PEOPLE SAY
Me like most people don’t totally buy into the theory. They would have made this call long before they started spending money on TV and outdoor ads. I think part of the change is because of Channing Tatum and Magic Mike. Paramount probably took note to all the buzz that Tatum has created and figured a way to introduce him more into the movie. His face is now more prevalent on the movie poster and his name is now before the Rock and Bruce Willis.
The other big reason is that you don’t want to be in a “Spiderman” and “Dark Knight” competition after watching “The Avengers” just smash the box office. It’s safe to say at this point that everyone who would see GI Joe has seen The Avengers. Those same people would also see “Spiderman” and “The Dark Knight” why take a chance on such a big film by entering in the mix. Because all those films are being so tightly released only a % of those movie goers would hit all four.
Third I think the 3D factor does play a small part. While watching “The Avengers” in 3D we saw the extended “Dark Knight” rises trailer. Although it was shot for IMAX I think a 3D option would have been a nice to have. Mission Impossible showed what IMAX filming could do, but the 3D in The Avengers was a nice to have.
The only thing that is certain, is that us armchair critics can sit here all day long and speculate that the movie probably tested bad and had to be reshot, or their scared of competition, whatever the reason might be, rest assured that a lot of time and expertise went into making it. I just hope it’s better than the first one. Marlon Wayans…SMH!