The hip-hop guru is shooting a TV pilot with Steve McQueen, producing a rap opera and spending millions on movies

Russell Simmons is climbing off the yoga mat.

The hip-hop impresario-turned-lifestyle guru, author of the New York Times best-seller Success Through Stillness, moved from the East Coast to Los Angeles early in 2014. Now, he is launching a flurry of new entertainment projects - and has begun blasting the way Hollywood works.

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