LITERATURE HOUND Snoop Dogg has certainly come a long way from waxing poetic on G-thangs and bubonic chronic. The 35-year-old rap impresario has had several bit roles in films - most notably as dubious ­police informant Huggy Bear in 2004's "Starsky & Hutch" - and is always happy to lend his unique voice to a violence-prone video game or two. But now, Snoop is gearing up for a taste of the cinematic limelight in a dramatic leading role. He's starring in "The Tenants," a ­racially charged tale set in 1972 New York about the turbulent relationship between Jewish author Harry Lesser (Dylan McDermott) and Snoop's ­Willie, a tenement squatter and aspiring writer. Harry tries to help his new neighbor Willie with his writing, but ends up stealing his white girlfriend. Not surprisingly, ties between the two men deteriorate rapidly from there. The film is based on a novel by Pulitzer winner Bernard Malamud (who also penned "The Natural," later one of Robert Redford's best-known vehicles); but judging by Snoop's rumored future projects, which include a big-screen hip-hop ­anthology and yet another videogame voiceover, this may be the only time that "Pulitzer" and "Snoop Dogg" appear in the same paragraph. "The Tenants" opens Friday at the AMC Empire 25 in Times Square. Join the Conversation: Continue Reading

Snoop Dogg announced as keynote speaker for South By Southwest music festival

Snoop Dogg will be the keynote speaker during the music portion of the South By Southwest music festival. The organization announced Tuesday that the conversation with the 43-year-old music veteran will take place March 20 at the Austin Convention Center in Austin, Texas. The fest runs from March 13 through March 22. Last year's keynote speaker was Lady Gaga. Snoop Dogg is planning the release of a new album called "Bush" this spring. It will be produced by Pharrell. Continue Reading

Snoop Dogg’s Caitlyn Jenner ‘science project’ meme sparks social media outrage

Snoop Dogg is in the doghouse with Caitlyn Jenner fans. The rapper shared a meme Wednesday which mocked the 65-year-old reality star as a "science project" on Instagram, because he was frustrated that her Vanity Fair cover reveal overshadowed his pal Akon’s humanitarian efforts in Africa. “Shout out to Akon! He is about to supply 600 million africans with solar power. I’m really upset that this isn’t major news but that science project bruce jenner is #Society,” the image stated. Snoop's meme found support with Cleveland Cavaliers’ J.R. Smith, who briefly shared Snoop's post on his Instagram page. "Hmmm... What's more important???" Smith asked in the caption, before deleting it from his account. Snoop's dismissive comments about Jenner sparked outrage on social media. "How long were you in the news for a stupid f--king name change?" one person commented on the post, referring to Snoop Dogg's name change to Snoop Lion. "But when someone else changes up their identity suddenly its not worth it. Not buying another song of yours EVER." "This is 2015. Do you not believe in the pursuit of happiness?" wrote another. "Your comments are just sad and disappointing." "Real bummed that @SnoopDogg is shading @Caitlyn_Jenner on IG," another person tweeted. "Thought him of all people would be open minded and accepting." The “Gin & Juice” rapper’s slam of Jenner follows negative remarks made by Connor Cruise and Drake Bell in response to her cover reveal. But the “I Am Cait” star has also received praise for her courage in making her public debut, leading her to achieve 1 million followers on Twitter in just a few hours. The July issue of Vanity Fair featuring Jenner hits newsstands Tuesday. Continue Reading

Texas trooper forced to undergo ‘counseling’ as reprimand for photo with Snoop Dogg

At least it wasn't Willie Nelson. A Texas public safety trooper has been forced to undergo "counseling" by his department for being photographed with a "well-known" criminal: Snoop Dogg. Trooper Billy Spears, who was snapped in uniform beside the multi-platinum rapper at the South by Southwest music festival, is now fighting back, his lawyer says, while arguing that while he agreed to be photographed he didn’t realize the famed pot smoker had drug convictions, or that they’d affect him. “Martha Stewart, she's a convicted felon. What about Randy Travis? He's had run-ins with the law,” Spears' attorney Ty Clevenger told the Daily News while rattling off other celebrities with rap sheets. In the photo taken last month Spears stands with his hands by his side while Tha Doggfather rapper, who has been convicted several times of drug possession, poses with an arm on his shoulder. "Me n my deputy dogg," Snoop Dogg, whose real name is Calvin Broadus, captioned the snap on Instagram after apparently requesting the photo himself while serving as the Austin event's keynote speaker. Spears' department eventually saw the photo — that didn’t identify Spears or his department by name — and apparently pounced. "While working a secondary employment job, Trooper Spears took a photo with a public figure who has a well-known criminal background including numerous drug charges," their counseling reprimand, obtained by The News, read. "The public figure posted the photo on social media and it reflects poorly on the Agency." In an area reserved on the document for “reasons given by employee for deficiencies” it reads: “He asked to take the photo.” In a statement released by Texas' Department of Public Safety Wednesday, they declined to release specifics about his case but clarified that they don’t consider the reprimand to be Continue Reading

Spies like us: The Obama administration’s complaints about Israeli snooping are the height of hypocrisy

The latest poison-dipped arrow shot from Washington at Israel is a report that the Jewish state spied on President Obama’s Iranian nuclear negotiations and whispered intelligence to members of Congress. Soon after the U.S. and its partners began talks with Iran last year, the U.S. concluded that Israel was rooting out information. The source: America was eavesdropping on Israeli phone calls, according to the Wall Street Journal. Where was the renowned Edward Snowden when the Jewish state needed him? Plainly, Israeli leaders had a need to know about the shape of a deal that could directly endanger their country, not least because Obama had embarked secretly on the negotiations. Spycraft and diplomacy are inseparable, even among allies. Recall the WikiLeaks revelations that the U.S. had spied on France, as well as on Germany, up to and including its chancellor’s private conversations. Yet the Obama administration chooses to present Israel’s snooping — and only Israel’s snooping — as an unconscionable affront. Dig a bit deeper and you start to understand why: The White House insists information obtained about the deal was routed back to congressional opponents — and used to strengthen Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s case against the terms Obama appears to be pursuing. Israeli officials deny the allegation, claiming they their received information through other channels, including surveillance of Iran and cooperation from negotiation partners like France. Still more, briefing Congress can hardly be described as passing information to a hostile power — except from the perspective of a President who faces congressional hostility, as this President does. Obama’s tactics are especially hypocritical in that he is bending legal and constitutional pretzels to avoid calling a treaty a treaty — and therefore purportedly enabling a pact to escape necessary congressional Continue Reading

Snoop Dogg says he’s ready to be Twitter’s new CEO

Snoop Dogg is ready for his next role: CEO of Twitter. Following Twitter's announcement that Dick Costolo is stepping down as CEO, the rapper wasted no time and announced his candidacy via Twitter. "I'm ready to lead @Twitter !! #SnoopforCEO." Snoop then posted a follow up tweet that read: "First order of Business! Get that Moolah!" The "Drop it like it's Hot" singer has received a lot of support from fans on Twitter and even made the #IfSnoopWasTwitterCEO hashtag trend. These are some notable tweets from #IfSnoopWasTwitterCEO: Costolo will officially step down as CEO on July 1, but he will continue to be on the board of directors. Twitter's co-founder Jack Dorsey will be interim CEO. Continue Reading

High times in the highest office: Snoop Dogg says he got stoned in the White House

Snoop Dogg says he toured the nation’s highest office while he was high on marijuana. The 43-year-old rapper said Monday that he was wasted on marijuana when he went to the White House to meet President Obama in 2013 and even snuck into a bathroom in the White House to smoke a joint. When asked on Bravo’s “Watch What Happens Live” by host Andy Cohen about the craziest place he ever got high, the notorious smoker had his answer at the ready. “The White House,” he said. “It was an awesome experience. It was one for the ages. “That's where I was trying to get to, you know what I'm saying,” Snoop added after he was asked whether he smoked in the bathroom. Snoop has claimed before that he smoked up in a White House bathroom. In a 2014 interview on ABC’s “Jimmy Kimmel Live,” he said he got high after he used the bathroom while at the White House ahead of the Kennedy Center Honors the prior December. Continue Reading

Jeff Ross: I got high with Martha Stewart, Snoop Dogg after Justin Bieber’s roast

After they trashed Justin Bieber, comedian Jeff Ross, Snoop Dogg and Martha Stewart allegedly celebrated by getting a little roasted themselves. In an appearance Tuesday on "Conan," Ross revealed that he, the rapper and the lifestyle mogul blew off steam by getting stoned at an after party following Comedy Central's public flaying of the pop star in March. "We get nervous, you know these roasts are high pressure," the 49-year-old comic dished about the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber, which was shot March 14. "So Snoop, a lot of the times during the commercial breaks, will give me the old elbow and we'll go in the back and, maybe, you know, decompress a little bit." "And Snoop pulled out his — whatever you would smoke stuff out of — and me him and Martha Stewart got a little stoned." Ross joked that the 73-year-old decorating guru didn't want to smoke directly, "so I blew a shotgun right into her mouth." It's not clear whether Ross was serious, though Stewart has hinted in the past she's no stranger to the ganja. Chatting with Bravo host Andy Cohen at the 92nd Street Y in March, Stewart recalled driving next to some kids in an ice cream truck who, she snarked, were smoking some "sloppy joints" "Of course I know how to roll a joint," she said. Separately, speaking to Pop Sugar after the roast, Stewart admitted to feeling "a bit woozy" after sitting next to Snoop Dogg, whom she said was chain-smoking blunts. "Snoop has medical reprieve for marijuana, so he smoked for 4 1/2 hours, right next to me," she said. "These big, fat — I thought he was smoking cigars at first, and then I started to feel a little woozy," she said. "I couldn't even see in his trailer," she joked. ON A MOBILE DEVICE? WATCH VIDEO HERE Continue Reading

Texas trooper reprimanded for taking photo with Snoop Dogg, sues bosses

AUSTIN, Texas — A Texas trooper has sued his bosses after being reprimanded over his photo with rapper Snoop Dogg at South by Southwest. Department of Public Safety Trooper Billy Spears filed the civil lawsuit Wednesday, alleging retaliation by DPS, Director Steven McCraw and several executives. The lawsuit says Spears was working off-duty security when an assistant for Snoop Dogg took the photo in March and posted it on Instagram. Spears was reprimanded because the rapper has several drug-possession convictions. Spears is seeking unspecified damages and a jury trial. Spears also alleges retaliation for his complaint against a Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission officer. Spears was detained in 2014 while off-duty and carrying an alcoholic beverage at a concert. DPS declined to discuss pending litigation. TABC was reviewing the lawsuit Wednesday and declined further comment. Continue Reading

Tech Thursdays: E3 game announcements, Oculus Rift and Snoop Dog for Twitter CEO

Daily News tech reporter Alejandro Alba is back with another segment of Tech Thursdays. This week, Alba talks about the videogame announcements made at E3, which include "Final Fantasy VII," "Star Fox Zero," "Halo 5" and "Rise of the Tomb Raider." Other headlines include Snoop Dog announcing his candidacy for Twitter CEO, YouTube launching its own gaming website, Emoji passcodes and the Oculus Rift release date. Make sure to subscribe to the Daily News YouTube channel to keep up with Tech Thursdays every week and other news videos. On mobile? Watch Tech Thursdays here. Continue Reading