Friday, November 11, 2005
Rapper "50 Cent"'s new film Get Rich Or Die Tryin' continues to cause controversy. A man was found shot in a theater lobby at which the movie was playing, although it is not clear that the film has any link to the incident. Shelton Flowers of Wilkinsburg, Pennsylvania, died at a local hospital. The movie theater has discontinued showing the film until police complete their investigation of Flowers' death. The Loews theater chain indicates that it is aware that the movie is likely to attract a young male demographic. Read more here.
Meanwhile, a number of communities have objected to advertising for the movie. Activists in Los Angeles protested that billboards for the film glorified violence and urged Paramount to take them down, particularly because they were close to schools. Read more here.