AceShowbiz - Nearly a week to "Notorious" theatrical release in the U.S., Fox Searchlight Pictures premiered the drama biopic in New York City. Taking place at AMC Lincoln Square on Wednesday, January 7, the special screening event was a star-studded extravaganza with the coming in of many Hollywood celebrities, including many A-list hip-hop artists.
Joining the celebration on the evening were some of the film's cast, %cJamal Woolard%, %cAngela Bassett%, %cAntonique Smith%, %cAnthony Mackie%, %cDerek Luke%, %cDennis L.A. White% and %cNaturi Naughton%. Director George Tillman Jr., executive producer Sean "%cP. Diddy%" Combs and producer Voletta Wallace, who is also the mother of late rapper %cNotorious B.I.G.%, were spotted attending the premiere as well.
In addition to those celebrities, R 'n' B stars seen at the premiere included %cBeyonce Knowles%, %cJay-Z%, %cCassie%, %cCiara%, %cFaith Evans%, %cIce-T%, %cJa Rule%, %cLil Mama%, %cMary J. Blige%, %cQ-Tip%, %cFabolous% and %cBusta Rhymes%. NASCAR driver %cJeff Gordon% and "Transformers" actor %cTyrese Gibson% were also among the celebrity guests attending the event.
Chronicling the short life of rapper Christopher Wallace a.k.a.Notorious B.I.G., "Notorious" features Angela Bassett as B.I.G.'s mother Voletta Wallace, Derek Luke as P. Diddy, Antonique Smith as Faith Evans, Anthony Mackie as %cTupac Shakur%, Anwan Glover as %cSnoop Dogg%, Naturi Naughton as %cLil' Kim% and others. It is slated to be released in U.S. theaters on January 16, 2009.