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Curtis Jackson—a.k.a. the rapper known as 50 Cent—might not be known best for his acting ability, but he wants to change that. It's why he created his production company, Cheetah Vision Films, and made a deal with Lionsgate to create 10 films for them, one of which he premiered at Sundance in 2010. But while "Twelve" might not have received the recognition he would have liked, Jackson isn't giving up his dream of being an acknowledged actor and filmmaker.

"The first time I came here I was here as additional talent. Music. Now, to be here, to actually be a part of the filmmaking process, is great," Jackson said about his experience at Sundance.

Jackson's in Park City, Utah, this year to promote his production company, which still has four more films to make as part of their deal with Lionsgate, and it's likely that Jackson will try to bring one back next year as well. As for his transition into acting, Jackson said it's a constant work in progress. Read More...

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"Twelve" is one of the movies that I was really disappointed about missing when I didn't attend this year's Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Joel Schumacher and adapted from the book by Nick McDonell, "Twelve" follows White Mike (Chace Crawford), a 17-year-old "philosophical drug dealer" who comes from a wealthy family. The story follows Mike as he takes off from his senior year at high school to focus on his business, and on trying to find a balance between his two lives.

I dig the feel of the movie that I get from the below trailer, which premieres today exclusively on MTV. You've got a great cast here too, including Emma Roberts, 50 Cent and Rory Culkin. "Twelve" arrives in theaters on July 30, 2010.

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50 CentEvery Joel Schumacher film starts as an uphill battle just by virtue of its director's shaky record -- but he'll have some help on this one from a very diverse cast, and a well-reviewed novel. According to Variety, Schumacher will be directing an adaptation of Nick McDonell's debut novel "Twelve," starring Kiefer Sutherland, Chace Crawford, Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, Emma Roberts, and Ellen Barkin.

"Twelve" centers on a high school drop out named White Mike (who we're guessing is played by Crawford) who deals pot and an Ecstasy-like upper called "twelve" to Manhattan's young and rich. Mike avoids touching the stuff, preferring instead to observe the privileged individuals who buy it. But his easy profits go sour when his dealer's cousin is brutally murdered and his best friend is arrested for the crime.The story takes place over a dizzying and decadent five days, and ends as badly as all drug themed stories do. Read More...

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