Superstar couple Jay Z and Beyonce got caught in the middle of a bust-up between Sean 'Diddy' Combs and his rap pal J. Cole at an MTV Video Music Awards afterparty on Sunday (25Aug13). Combs and Cole clashed following a heated exchange of words at the bash at New York's Dream Hotel, and the 99 Problems hitmaker had to intervene and pull the warring pair apart, according to the New York Daily News.
Cole, real name Jermaine Lamarr Cole, was escorted out of the building following the scuffle, but Combs later took to Twitter.com to play down the incident, dismissing it as a loud argument between two friends.
He writes, "I usually don't address rumours but I got too much respect for my bro J. Cole. We are friends. We just yell in public sometimes."
The red-and-black themed party was attended by a host of celebrities including Rita Ora, Jamie Foxx, will.i.am, Russell Simmons and Busta Rhymes.
Rapper Kendrick Lamar has risked the wrath of his hip-hop peers by taking aim at the likes of Drake, Wale and J. Cole in his new verse on Big Sean's track Control. Even his song collaborator isn't immune to the lyrical jabs as Lamar spits: "I'm usually homeboys with the same n**gas I'm rhyming with/ But this is hip-hop and them n**gas should know what time it is/ And that goes for Jermaine Cole, Big K.R.I.T., Wale/ Pusha T, Meek Mill, A$AP Rocky, Drake/ Big Sean, Jay Electron', Tyler, Mac Miller/ I got love for you all but I'm tryna murder you n**gas/ Tryna make sure your core fans never heard of you n**gas/ They don't wanna hear not one more noun or verb from you n**gas."
Rapper Drake turned his OVO Festival in Canada into a star-studded affair on Monday night (05Aug13) by introducing Kanye West, Lil Wayne and Tlc to the stage and reuniting Sean 'Diddy' Combs with his former protege Ma$E. The Best I Ever Had hitmaker closed out his fourth annual event with a headlining set at the Molson Canadian Amphitheatre in his native Toronto and he made sure fans were given a show to remember by packing in the guest appearances from his hip-hop peers Wale, Big Sean, A$AP Rocky and French Montana, as well as R&B singers The Weeknd and Miguel.
West took over the stage to perform Can't Tell Me Nothing and New Slaves, and heaped praise on Drake, crediting the rapper with inspiring the Stronger star to team up with Jay Z for their 2011 collaborative album, Watch the Throne.
He said, "Me and Hov (Jay Z) would have never made Watch the Throne if this n**ga wouldn't have been pushing on us like that (sic)."
Lil Wayne then joined Drake for renditions of their joint songs The Motto, HYFR and Love Me, before the audience was taken back to the late 1990s with a surprise set by Combs and Ma$e, who teamed up for covers of Notorious B.I.G.'s Mo Money Mo Problems and It's All About the Benjamins.
The surviving members of TLC also took part in the nostalgic gig with Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins and Rozanda 'Chilli' Thomas running through No Scrubs and Waterfalls, while Lil Mama - who will portray tragic rapper Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes in an upcoming TV biopic - also made an appearance onstage, although she did not perform.
The big gig ensured the OVO Festival ended on a high after singer Frank Ocean was forced to pull out of headlining the first night of the event due to a tear to one of his vocal cords. His absence prompted organisers to scrap Sunday's (04Aug13) line-up and instead expand Monday's show.
NBC may still be in fourth place, but that doesn't mean they were hurting for news at today's Television Critics Panel, in which the network's entertainment chairman Bob Greenblatt and other Peacock execs unveiled a slate of exciting upcoming programming...and less than satisfactorily addressed NBC's shortcomings. Here's what we learned.
1. A Hillary Clinton Miniseries Is in the Works
Diane Lane has been cast to play the former First Lady, Senator, and Secretary of State in a four-hour miniseries event that will likely air in late 2014 or early 2015. Greenblatt was quick to note that it most likely will broadcast before Clinton announces whether or not she will seek the Democratic Party's 2016 presidential nomination, a decision expected in spring or summer of 2015. No word yet on who will play Bill.
2. Rosemary's Baby to be Rebooted
Roman Polanski's 1968 horror-pregnancy classic will become a series, following the network's success with turning another classic horror movie franchise into a TV series in Hannibal.
3. Stephen King's The Tommyknockers To Get the Series Treatment
Considering the blockbuster numbers for CBS' summer adaptation of Stephen King's Under the Dome, NBC wants a piece of the action. So they're planning a series treatment for King's 1987 novel about the residents of a Maine town who slowly fall under the influence of a mysterious object in the woods, The Tommyknockers.
4. NBC's Ratings Are Fine!
Greenblatt defended NBC's ever-sagging ratings and suggested that there would be nothing the network could do to replicate the success of say, The Walking Dead, a hit so big he called it "an anomaly." Way to set the bar low!
5. Sunday Night Football Will Feature Matrix-style Replays
360-degree "bullet time" replays are in the works to give viewers an all-angle overview of key plays during Sunday Night Football next season. Sounds expensive, but considering that it's the only NBC franchise with blockbuster numbers it's probably a sound investment.
6. Sean Hayes Has a Bold Proclamation for His New Show
The former Will & Grace star, who despite playing a gay character for years on the hit series only recently came out of the closet himself, says sexuality isn't at the forefront of his new series Sean Saves the World. Rather, he calls it a "post-gay" series.
7. Sorry, Jessica Simpson
NBC has canceled the reality-competition show Fashion Star.
8. Praise for The New Normal, Just Not Renewal
Greenblatt called the Ryan Murphy-cocreated sitcom "ahead of its time" in its depiction of a gay couple...so ahead of its time that it had to be canceled.
9. They Want Jay Leno to Stick Around
But not on The Tonight Show, nor on a 10:00 variety show. Greenblatt says he's hoping Leno will become an NBC alumnus like Bob Hope, who in his later years didn't have a regular show on the network but remained loyal to it nonetheless, popping up for specials every now and then.
10. Why? Whyyyyyyyy?
In time for their coverage of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi, Russia next February, NBC Sports will produce an original documentary on the 20th anniversary of figure skater Nancy Kerrigan's infamous clubbing attack at the hands of the ex-husband of her skating rival, Tonya Harding.
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Rapper Drake is on the look out for new investment opportunities so he can become the next big hip-hop mogul and bank $250 million (£161 million) by the time he turns 29. The Best I Ever Had hitmaker has set himself the lofty goal after achieving his dream of making $25 million (£16 million) by his 25th birthday, and he is confident he will soon be joining the ranks of Jay-Z, Dr. Dre and Sean 'Diddy' Combs, who have all established themselves in the business world.
The 26 year old tells GQ magazine, "Rappers aren't the really rich ones. We all have nice houses with studios and cars, but you need a piece of someone's business to be super wealthy.
"I feel this great responsibility to see how far we (rappers) can take it, how out of reach can I set the bar for whoever comes after. While I'm here, I'm gonna keep pushing that bar higher up and make you really work for it."
Hip-hop mogul Jay-Z completed the bulk of his new album Magna Carta Holy Grail within two weeks, according to producer The-Dream. The hitmaker reveals he was in the studio working on new music with the rapper's wife Beyonce and fellow producer Timbaland in 2011 when he came up with the beat for what would become Jay-Z's title track, Holy Grail.
The song inspired the superstar, who had just completed his Watch The Throne collaborative project with Kanye West, to begin the creative process for his new album - and it all came together within a matter of days.
During an interview with Sean 'Diddy' Combs' Revolt.tv network, The-Dream says, "We wasn't even there to make a Jay album, we was there f**king with B (sic). He was just chilling. (He) heard that one f**king record and was like, 'Oh s**t. N**ga, let's go.' And the s**t took off. It was literally, the body (of the album), two weeks. Two weeks of work, easily."
Singer-turned-reality TV star Melanie Brown spent America's Independence Day (04Jul13) partying with fellow Brit Jay Sean at his home in New Jersey. The former Spice Girl and her family were invited to join the Down hitmaker and his friends and relatives to mark the holiday and Brown reveals his luxury pad had a great view of the New York fireworks across the Hudson River.
During a guest co-hosting appearance on U.S. breakfast show Today on Friday (05Jul13), she said, "I was in New Jersey yesterday for July 4th. The fireworks were incredible. I was at my friend's house, Jay Sean - gorgeous guy, gorgeous wife, gorgeous family, gorgeous food; I loved it. It (the fireworks) was incredible."
The spectacle was curated by Usher for the annual Macy's Fourth of July show.
Hip-hop superproducer Timbaland almost missed out on the chance to work with his longtime collaborator Jay-Z on his new album after the old pals fell out. The Way I Are beatmaker features in new TV advertisements for Magna Carta Holy Grail, with the commercials depicting him in the studio with Jay-Z, Rick Rubin, Swizz Beatz and Pharrell Williams as they discuss their ideas and tracks for the project.
However, Timbaland reveals Jay-Z almost didn't invite him to take part in the hitmaking process due to a personal slight following their last collaboration on The Blueprint 3 in 2009.
The producer refuses to go into detail about the issue, but suggests all was resolved between the two friends after he apologised.
During an interview on rap mogul Sean 'Diddy' Combs' new RevoltTV network, he says, "Jay and I fell out; I missed his 40th (birthday)... It was over petty stuff. It was more personal stuff and disagreements. It was not industry-related. It was personal and I was wrong...
"It (the fall-out) was low key, nobody know about this (sic)... But when you're real friends, you will disagree and not speak and come back together and realise that you're better together than apart."
You don’t have to be a Shakespeare buff to enjoy Joss Whedon's modern adaptation of Much Ado About Nothing. Filmed at Whedon’s house in only 12 days with a cast of his friends from various past projects, the movie stays true to the playwright's comedy, but places his prose in a more relatable setting. Unlike another Shakespeare adaptation that keeps the original language but uses a modern setting, Baz Luhrmann's Romeo + Juliet, Whedon's black-and-white interpretation is more casual and subtle.
Although the dialogue may be a bit hard to follow for those who aren't familiar with the play, the actors deliver their lines in such a way that makes their intent clear. You can understand when they are teasing, when they are fighting, and when they are being sarcastic (and there is a lot of sarcasm). They aren't giving dramatic performances on a stage; they are having normal conversations with each other that just happen to be spoken in flowery language.
As it turns out, many of today's romantic comedy tropes are found in the 400-year-old text. Full-of-himself playboy Benedick (Alexis Denisof) and independent, quick-witted Beatrice (Amy Acker) despise each other and are constantly bickering. Even if you haven’t read the play, I think you can guess what happens between them. The plot also includes a called-off wedding between Beatrice's cousin Hero (Jillian Morgese) and Claudio (Fran Kranz). Of course, there are elements of the story that wouldn't make sense in contemporary society, like Hero faking her death due to some big blow-up that arose because she might not be a virgin. But while there isn't always a happy ending in Shakespeare, for this rom-com, it's basically a given.
Much of the cast was already quite familiar with Shakespeare, because Whedon has hosted many readings of his plays over the years (one of which inspired this version of Much Ado). It's as though the audience was invited to one of Whedon's get-togethers... only there are also trapeze artists there for some reason. For Whedon fanatics, it's fun to see who the director rounded up to star in the film. (Look, it's Wesley! And Mal! And Agent Coulson!) Denisof and Acker pull off some physical comedy as they eavesdrop on conversations about each other, and Nathan Fillion is great in a small part as police officer Dogberry. It's obvious that the cast, as well as Whedon, have a sincere appreciation for Shakespeare's original work, but also had a fun time giving it their own twist.
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Funk legend George Clinton has asked U.S. President Barack Obama to order a federal probe into music copyright laws after alleging he has been cheated out of millions of dollars. The Parliament star is currently embroiled in several lawsuits over the rights to his songs, and earlier this year (13) he was even told to hand ownership of four of his classic tracks to his former lawyers to help settle a $1.5 million (£967,000) debt.
Clinton is adamant dozens of songs by modern-day hip-hop artists including Jay-Z and Sean 'Diddy' Combs - formerly known as Puff Daddy - have contained samples from his back catalogue but he has not been paid for their use.
Now he has written to Obama asking for a federal investigation as he alleges some record label bosses band together to win lawsuits.
He tells Uncut magazine, "We just sent a request to the President of the United States to save the funk. We got a list of names, my entire family, to BMI (Broadcast Music, Inc.) requesting all our cheques. Other artists are involved in it, too. We gonna have us a Twitter army!...
"All the record companies (are) banding together, because all of them have samples. It's a cartel, and its long arms reach the copyright office, BMI, ASCAP (American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers), all of them, so we have no choice but to go straight to the President. Hopefully the President danced to the music at one time. We've seen him singing Al Green, we know he has some funk!...
"We're trying to keep it isolated to one record, but I'm really talking about all of them: Snoop Dogg, Puffy, Dre, Jay-Z, Public Enemy, Eminem, Michael Jackson. I'm talking about all these records for the past 25 years, we had samples on all of that, and we don't get a penny from any of it... We're asking for a federal investigation into the whole thing, because (the record labels) are effectively a monopoly, they back each other up on all these court documents and s**t."