*Sources tell Billboard that Andre 3000 and Big Boi are in talks to end their hiatus next year and reunite for the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival.
Outkast has long been the subject of reunion rumors ever since Andre “Andre 3000″ Benjamin and Antwan “Big Boi” Patton put their Grammy-winning duo on hiatus in 2007.
Multiple sources tell Billboard that under the current plan, Coachella, which kicks off on Apr. 11, 2014 in Indio, Calif., would be the start of their reunion run and would be followed by additional festival dates in 2014.
One source tells Billboard that there have definitely been “some conversations” about Outkast reuniting, while another says it is “all systems go” for Big Boi and Andre 3000 to end their hiatus next year.
Andre Benjamin portrays Jimi Hendrix on the first day of filming ‘All Is by My Side’ Dublin, Ireland (May 28, 2012)
*Open Road and XLrator have closed an acquisition deal for U.S. rights to “All Is By My Side,” the Jimi Hendrix film that John Ridley wrote and directed with OutKast’s Andre Benjamin playing the legendary artist in his formative years.
According to Deadline.com, the deal went down following its first screening Saturday night at the Toronto International Film Festival. Open Road’s Tom Ortenberg and XLrator’s Barry Gordon made the deal. While many other attempts to film the Hendrix story got halted because the Hendrix estate refused to grant permission — there was one at Legendary with Paul Greengrass directing Anthony Mackie —, Ridley made the movie anyhow, according to Deadline.
The film covers Hendrix’s early years as he failed to find footing in the U.S., found his mojo in England and then returned to America with guitar chops so ferocious that he reportedly made guys like The Who’s Pete Townshend and Eric Clapton contemplate other careers when they first saw his act onstage.
Described by Ridley as one of the most rarely told stories in rock history, “All Is By My Side” charts just over a year in the man’s life, during which he tried to make it on the streets and in the clubs of London. It also chronicles the lovers, friends, and musical collaborators who helped him become a star. Hayley Atwell, Imogen Poots, and Ruth Negga co-star.
Open Road and XLrator have yet to announce a U.S. release date.
*Andre “3000″ Benjamin is mourning the loss of his mom Sharon Benjamin-Hodo, who reportedly died at her Atlanta home on Monday — Andre’s 38th birthday.
The cause and time of death are both unconfirmed, however Billboard reported it received confirmation of Benjamin-Hodo’s passing from a representative for the rapper, actor and music producer.
Benjamin-Hodo founded the Starlight Camp for underprivileged children, an organization that she ran out of the New Morning Light Missionary Baptist Church in Conley, Georgia. The Benjamin family respectfully asks that well-wishers support the Starlight Camp instead of sending flowers.
A number of hip-hop figures tweeted their condolences to Andre 300 and the Benjamin-Hodo family.
“My condolences go out to Dre, and the entire Benjamin-Hodo family,” Jermaine Dupri wrote Tuesday morning.
“Pray for the good brother Andre 3000 and his family…,” added producer 9th Wonder.
*As Andre 3000 heads to Ireland to begin shooting the Jimi Hendrix biopic “All is By My Side,” the guitar legend’s estate has released a statement saying they are against the film, and will not allow rights to the music.
According to the Wall Street Journal, Experience Hendrix LLC, the family-owned company that manages Hendrix’s music and publishing, released a statement saying that it does not support the film.
“[The Estate] has made it known many times in the past that no such film, were it to include original music or copyrights created by Jimi Hendrix, can be undertaken without its full participation.”
Experience Hendrix said it won’t sanction any films without the group’s participation from the very beginning.
“CEO Janie Hendrix, sister of Jimi Hendrix, and the EH board, have not ruled out a ‘biopic’ in the future, though producing partners would, out of necessity, have to involve the company from the inception of any such film project if it is to include original Jimi Hendrix music or compositions.”
As previously reported, John Ridley will direct the film from his original screenplay. Haley Atwell and Imogen Poots will appear in co-starring roles.
In making the film’s official announcement Thursday, producers said it will be based on actual interviews with Hendrix as well as archival materials.
*Outkast has enjoyed phenomenal success in their trek together over the last 16 years. But, it’s been a sort of “all quiet on the set” mode for the last three.
The last thing we saw the dynamic duo that consists of Antwan A. Patton (Big Boi) and Andre Benjamin (Andre 3000)do together was the movie “Idlewild” and its soundtrack which was their last studio album together. The movie bombed at the box office, but its ticket sales were not reflective of one of the most beautifully crafted musical motion pictures since the era of Cabin in the Sky or Stormy Weather.
But since that time, the two have parted on a mission to prove themselves as solo artists. Big Boi has been working on a studio album that has been nearly four years in the making. (more…)
*Jive Records is cock blocking! Big Boi moved to Def Jam to promote a solo album, but the Jive won’t let him reunite with his ace boon coon Andre Benjamin for the Outkast reunion
“Jive Records told me my album is a piece of art, and they didn’t know what to do with it,” Big Boi told GQ. “Jive is trying to block Dre from being on my record. We can’t be on songs together now.”
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