Top Entertainment, Music & Trending News in The Weekly Rewind for Oct 2, 2016.
Jay Z Expands Empire With TV & Film Deal
Jay Z has signed a first-look television deal with The Weinstein Company, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The agreement is a two year deal that lets The Weinstein Co. have first-look options with Jay Z to produce TV and film projects both scripted and unscripted. Projects under this deal are already in development and will be announced in the coming weeks according to reports.
Jay Zs past film credits include producing the Annie remake, co-producing Chris Rock’s Top Five and executive-producing Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.
Netflix’s Luke Cage Highly Praised by Critics and Fans Alike
Netflix released their latest Marvel web television series Luke Cage on Friday (Sept. 30). The show is created by Cheo Hodari and stars Mike Colter ( The Good Wife and Marvel’s Jessica Jones). The show is based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name. Not entirely surprising to those who have watched Netflix’s Jessica Jones and Daredevil, Luke Cage is being well received by both fans and critics.
Liz Shannon Miller of Indiewire: “Netflix’s newest superhero drama blends our inescapable reality into the Marvel mix, with engaging results.”
The Guardian: “The first seven episodes of the new Netflix show suggest a hip-hop western celebrating Harlem’s powerful resonance as a repository of African American culture”
New Edition Miniseries Coming to BET
Airing on BET, January 24-26 is The New Edition Story. The six hour mini-series reconciles the rise and fall of famed boy band New Edition. New Edition shared a statement about the biopic:
“From our beginning in the Orchard Park Projects in Boston to Hollywood and everything in between, just like the Temptations and the Jackson Five—we are ready to retrace our footsteps and show everyone how we got here. For the fans all over the world, this one’s for you.”
Watch a clip from the biopic below
The Trailer For Fences: Staring Denzel Washington and Viola Davis
Fences is adapted from August Wilson’s Pulitzer Prize and Tony Award-winning play of the same name. Denzel stars as Troy Maxson, “a garbage collector who’s dream of making it to baseball’s major league were thwarted due to their discriminatory policies. ” Viola Davis, plays Maxson’s wife Rose and Jovan Adepo plays the couple’s son, Cory. Denzel will also serve as director for Fences which hit theaters Christmas Day 2016.
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Lady Gaga To Headline Superbowl Halftime Show
Lady Gaga goes from performing the national anthem ahead of Super Bowl 50 to headlining the halftime show at Superbowl 51. On Thursday (Sept 29.) Pepsi and the NFL officially announced that she will headline the Pepsi Zero Sugar Super Bowl LI Halftime Show from NRG Stadium in Houston on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017.
— JOANNE (@ladygaga) September 30, 2016
Weeknd Premieres New Song “False Alarm” & Named Puma Global Brand Ambassador
Earlier this Week, The Weeknd premiered a new track “False Alarm”. The song follows up the Daft Punk assisted track, “Starboy” off the album of the same name. Starboy is do out November 25 via XO/Republic.
The Weeknd has been named Puma Global Brand Ambassador and can be seen in Puma’s “Run the Streets” campaign starting in November. As part of the partnership, The Weeknd has designed his own collection of sneakers and apparel, some of which can be seen in the video for “Starboy.” Due in 2017, the collection combines Puma’s sport-inspired designs with The Weeknd’s XO aesthetics.
Beyonce Pays Tribute To Shawty Lo During Conceret in Atlanta
During her stop in Atlanta on “The Formation World Tour”, Bey paid tribute to Shawty Lo. Shawty Lo died last week in a car accident. At one point in her set, Yoncé blended her “Diva” anthem with Shawy’s solo hit “Dey Know.” After her routine, Bey kissed her hand and pointed at the sky.
Jay Z, Damon Dash Win Lawsuit Over Roc-A-Fella Logo
Jay Z, Damon Dash, Kareem “Biggs” Burke, and Roc-A-Fella (as well as UMG and Island Def Jam) dodged a $7 million copyright lawsuit. In 2012, clothing designer Dwayne Walker sued over breach of contract and copyright infringement. Walker claimed that he created the Roc-A-Fella logo and was owed royalties for its use. A U.S. District Court judge dismissed the lawsuit though Walker plans to appeal.
LIL WAYNE ORDERED TO PAY DAVID BANNER $160,000
Lil Wayne has been ordered to pay David Banner for money owed for work he completed on Tha Carter III and We Are Young Money. According to TMZ, a judge ordered Young Money to pay Banner $164,303.19 as a default judgment because the imprint failed to respond to the case. The final figure includes interest.
Presidential Debate Sparks Amazing Reactions on Social Media
Held on Sept. 26 at Hofstra University and moderated by NBC News’ Lester Holt was the First Presidential Debate between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. “From Donald Trump’s rampant interrupting to Hillary Clinton’s meme-worthy facial expressions”, social media had a field day.
Yeah. It's that bad.
— Deplorable Fred (@FredZeppelin12) September 28, 2016
— Stephanie Pelley (@StephaniePelley) September 28, 2016
DJ Envy Ignites Twitter With Views On Stop-&-Frisk Laws then Gets Schooled by John Legend
DJ Envy, one of the hosts of The Breakfast Club on New York’s Power 105.1 radio station sparked a storm of controversy following his views on stop-and-frisk. DJ Envy said, “They got a lot of guns off the street. The way the NYPD was doing it was unconstitutional. They didn’t do it the way that it was supposed to be done. That’s why they pulled it from New York.”
Twitter was not too happy about the radio show host seeming to side with law enforcement. Later in the week, Envy explained how John Legend’s helped him separate the country’s problem with gun violence and racial profiling.
i was officially done w dj envy when he asked regina hall does she ever get tired of doing "black movies"
— Your OG (@LRNROSE) September 27, 2016
John legend is a firm supporter and advocate of black lives matter. I had an opportunity to have a wonderful conversation with him today where he provided me and our listeners with a great deal of useful information regarding stop and frisk. This information played a large part in me revisiting my thoughts and opinions regarding stop and frisk. As a black man in our community, I have been subjected to stop and frisk on numerous occasions and have had bad experiences with police officers who abuse their power. Upon all of those occasions, I had gone home and complained to my family and/or shared it with breakfast club listeners. I am the son of a retired detective and still had contempt for the law and the officers that carried it out. I was firmly and vocally against stop and frisk… That all changed about a week ago when someone tried to MURDER me in an attempted robbery and carjacking… I was shot at several times with an illegal gun . Thankfully, through the grace of God, I was able to escape with my life and go home to my family. It was as though a ton of bricks fell from the sky and gave me a different perspective on stop and frisk based on my experience. The only thing that I could think is that these streets aren't safe and that illegal guns need to be removed. I have been on both sides of the equation… A person reduced to being stopped and frisked and a person who's life was almost taken from him with an illegal gun. I said that stop and frisk could be an option if it could be administered PROPERLY and FAIRLY. Voicing that opinion created a much-needed discussion about the topic. It angered a lot of people and causd a surge of information to rise to the surface… some information that I was not aware of previously… After several conversations within my community with @johnlegend and with my wife, I am not too proud to say that my views on Stop and Frisk have changed.. I spoke too soon..
DJ Khaled Announces self-help book The Keys
Announced via Instagram, DJ Khaled unveiled his plans to drop a self-help book titled The Keys. The Keys will be released on November 22, and is currently available for pre-order.
Hillary Clinton Tweeted A Pusha T Contest, All Of Twitter Felt Some Kind Of Way
On Wednesday afternoon (September 28), Clinton’ announced a contest, urging American citizens to go out and register to vote. Once registered, the newly added voter is automatically entered to win a chance at meeting Pusha T, the Virginia-native and current President of G.O.O.D Music. There were mixed feelings about the contest among those on twitter.
Enter to win: meet Pusha T. Register to vote and you’re automatically entered to win. https://t.co/n6NH65Mvkq
— Hillary Clinton (@HillaryClinton) September 28, 2016
— Laurie ( Лаури ) (@LLH713) September 29, 2016
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