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Death of a Dynasty

Damon Dash, cofounder of Roc-a-Fella Records, produced and directed this 2003 mockumentary about himself, Roc-a-Fella superstar Jay-Z, and their hip-hop empire. As you might guess, it isn't much of a movie, but it makes a helluva gold chain. The gags are clever but predictably self-serving: the heroes are gently spoofed as hard-living studs, and the venom's reserved for Jews (James Toback as a castrated moneyman), white boys trying to act street (Ebon Moss-Bachrach as a two-faced journalist whose scoops drive the plot), and P. Diddy (who keeps bragging on a big remix due out in 2008). Among the celebs taking advantage of the chance to be totally down are Chloe Sevigny, Jamie-Lynn DiScala, Lorraine Bracco, Carson Daly, and Walt Frazier. R, 90 min.

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