Sunday, September 7

Universal has announced it is bringing Eminem's motion picture debut '8 Mile' to Blu-ray this Fall.
Marking the rapper's first appearance on high-def, the
$125 million-grossing drama will hit Blu-ray on November 18. (Universal previously released the title on DVD in 2002.)
Tech specs will see a BD-25 single-layer presentation with 1080p video and English DTS-HD Lossless Master Audio 5.1 Surround. Optional French and Spanish DTS 5.1 Surround tracks are also included, along with English, French and Spanish subtitles.
Extras are slim, with the "Making of 8 Mile" featurette, uncensored "Rap Battles," and a music video.
Suggested retail price for the Blu-ray has been set at $29.98.
Scheduled to realease on
November 18.
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Saturday, September 6

Ludacris is going to be a busy man this fall. He's completing the final tracks for his sixth Disturbing Tha Peace/Def Jam album, Theater of the Mind, due October 21st, and that month will also co-star in Max Payne (10/17), adapted from the popular videogame, and Guy Ritchie's RocknRolla (10/31).
Theater of the Mind comprises tracks envisioned as short plots from movies. And in Ludacris' special brand of musical theater, the featured guests -- including T-Pain ("One More Drink"), the Game ("Call Up the Homies") and T.I. ("Wish You Would") -- are billed as co-stars. Producers include Dre & Vidal and 9th Wonder as well as members of Three 6 Mafia ("Let's Stay Together"). The official lead single, "What Them Girls Like," co-stars Chris Brown and writer/producer Sean Garrett and features a video inspired by the Mel Gibson movie What Women Want.
"Theater of the Mind is all of my albums put together," says Ludacris, who still hopes to hook up with Eminem for the album. "There's the funny Ludacris, the serious Ludacris and the story-telling Ludacris as well as the movie-making Ludacris."
Max Payne finds Ludacris playing deputy police chief Jim Bravura. The movie stars Mark Wahlberg in the title role and veteran actor Beau Bridges.
"This adaptation takes the storyline and the characters to a whole other level," Ludacris says. "This is the first time I've played any kind of police role. It's funny ... in most movies, Mark plays the dominant role but my character is the dominant one over Mark. That was a power thing and I absolutely loved it."

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Dr. Dre's Son Found Dead

Los Angeles (E! Online) - The son of hip-hop icon Dr. Dre died at his home this weekend
Dr. Dre is mourning the loss of his son Andre Young Jr. Please respect his family's grief and privacy at this time," rep Lori Earl tells E! News.

The 20-year-old Andre was found unresponsive by his mother Saturday morning, after a night out with friends, authories say.

"Police arrived and declared him [deceased]," says Ed Winter of the Los Angeles County coroner's office, adding there was "no visible trauma or the like."

The precise cause of death won't be known for up to eight weeks, when toxicology tests are completed.

An award-winning producer and musician, Dre has worked with many in the music industry, from his days with NWA to protégés Snoop Dogg and Eminem to Burt Bacharach