In a somewhat unusual move, Carlito's Way: Rise to Power, a prequel to the 1993 film directed by Brian de Palma and starring Al Pacino, went direct-to-DVD last week before opening up in a couple of theaters on the coasts this weekend; The New York Times' Anita Gates watched it so we wouldn't have to. Rise to Power, she says, "is notable for one acheivement: It makes Sean Combs (better known, at the moment, as Diddy) unconvincing as a rich man who enjoys power and luxuries." Playing a guy called "Hollywood Nicky", Diddy apparently sits in the back of a limo drinking out of tiny tea cups (presumably with pinky finger raised), talking on an "ornate car phone ...  the sort of thing you might see in movies set in Paris in the 1950's." It's one of the few period touches in a film that's ostensibly supposed to take place roughly 25 years before the original – but too bad it's obviously from the wrong period. Sounds craptastic - I'm totally going to rent it.
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