Kanye West is making his debut as a movie producer after teaming up with Jay Z for comedian Chris Rock's new film Top Five.
The rapper pals serve as executive producers on the project, with The Roots' band leader, drummer Ahmir 'Questlove' Thompson, signing on as executive music producer, reports Deadline.com. Top Five features Rock as a fictional funnyman attempting to relaunch his career as a serious actor when his reality star fiancee convinces him to allow their wedding to be broadcast on TV.
The movie, which was also written and directed by Rock, premiered to rave reviews at the Toronto International Film Festival in Canada last Saturday (06Sep14). The worldwide rights to the film were snapped up by Paramount studio executives after a bidding war.
West is familiar with the storyline - he agreed to let E! TV bosses capture footage of the lead up to his wedding earlier this year (May14) for his now-wife Kim Kardashian's reality show Keeping Up With the Kardashians.
Meanwhile, Jay Z is no stranger to producing films - he worked with Baz Luhrmann on The Great Gatsby and he's among the executives of Will Smith's upcoming Annie remake.
A team of agents from America's Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) have raided a room at a Los Angeles hotel as part of a probe into an alleged blackmail plot targeting Kim Kardashian's mother Kris Jenner.
The Keeping Up With The Kardashians matriarch called in police earlier this year (14) amid claims she had been bombarded with hundreds of phone calls and text messages from a stranger who threatened to release a sex tape featuring Jenner.
Jenner is adamant the alleged footage does not exist, and cops have now stepped up the investigation. FBI agents swooped on the Four Seasons Hotel in Los Angeles on Friday (05Sep14), searching a guest's room and seizing a cellphone, laptop and a number of other devices, according to TMZ.com.
No arrests were made.
Kanye West has urged comedian Jay Pharoah not to make light of his hard work after confronting the funnyman over his spoof of the rapper at the recent MTV Video Music Awards.
The Stronger hitmaker was one of a number of celebrity impressions Pharoah showed off at the Los Angeles prizegiving last month (Aug14), but while West's new wife Kim Kardashian smiled through the skit from the audience, the hip-hop star has since made it known he did not appreciate being the topic of the Saturday Night Live regular's stand-up routine.
During his performance at the Made In America festival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania on Saturday (30Aug14), West told the crowd he had phoned Pharoah after the 24 August (14) ceremony to explain why he was a little upset, and he claims the comedian took note. He said, "I called Jay Pharoah right after the MTV awards. I said, 'I appreciate your show, but let me tell you about my story. Let me tell you about what I went through to get to that position...' So we ain't gonna have no black comedians going onstage spoofing the people that's working hard, and helping the next man out (sic)."
"It doesn't even matter to me whatsoever, who would show up. Because the most important person to show up there, to me, was Kim. And that's all that matters to me. I had to fight for that for seven years... Kim is this girl who f**king turns me on. I love her. This is who I want to be next to and be around." Rapper Kanye West insists he wasn't angered that close friends Jay Z and Beyonce snubbed his Italian wedding to reality star Kim Kardashian in May (14).
"There was so much commotion and excitement, I never really gave that a second thought. If you had been there you would have thought that was the last thing on anyone's mind... (I) just assumed they were working." Kim Kardashian's mum Kris Jenner insists Beyonce and Jay Z's no show at her daughter's wedding to rapper Kanye West in Europe last month (May14) was not a big deal. The notoriously-private hip-hop supercouple stayed in the U.S. and instead vacationed in the Hamptons in New York.
Prince William's son Prince George has been crowned the most fashionable celebrity offspring after beating Beyonce and Jay Z's daughter Blue Ivy to the top of a new poll.
The third-in-line to the British throne, whose mother is Catherine, Duchess of Cambridge, has won 23 per cent of the public vote on U.K. baby website My1stYears.com, with Blue Ivy coming in second place. Newlyweds Kanye West and Kim Kardashian's baby girl North is third, with British singer Alesha Dixon's daughter Azura and David and Victoria Beckham's tot Harper rounding out the top five. Kate Winslet's son Bear and Simon Cowell's first child Eric are also featured in the top 10.
Beyonce and Jay Z skipped pal Kanye West's European wedding over the weekend (24-25May14) in favour of a private getaway to the Hamptons in New York. The hip-hop supercouple was noticeably absent from the celebrations in Paris, France and Florence, Italy on Saturday (24May14), when the Stronger hitmaker exchanged vows with reality TV star Kim Kardashian. However, the Crazy in Love hitmaker sent her best wishes to the newlyweds via Instagram by sharing a photo from the couple's recent Vogue magazine shoot and writing in the caption, "Wishing you a lifetime of unconditional love. God bless your beautiful family."
Kanye West will perform one of his first shows as a married man when he headlines pal Jay Z's third annual Made in America festival in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania in August (14). The Stronger hitmaker, who is scheduled to wed fiancee Kim Kardashian this weekend (24May14), will return to the Benjamin Franklin Parkway venue over America's Labor Day weekend to entertain audiences, two years after he joined Jay Z as a special guest onstage at the inaugural two-day event in 2012.
Kings of Leon, Pharrell Williams, dance DJ Tiesto, The National, rap veterans De La Soul, Steve Aoki and J. Cole will also be part of the 2014 line-up.
This year's bash will also be celebrated simultaneously in Los Angeles for the first time. Performers for the west coast show are due to be unveiled later on Thursday (22May14).
Jay Z's superstar wife Beyonce and Nine Inch Nails topped the bill at last year's (13) festivities in Philadelphia.
Kim Kardashian celebrated her upcoming wedding to Kanye West with a lavish bridal shower in Beverly Hills on Saturday (10May14). The reality TV star is expected to wed West in Paris, France on 24 May (14), and she marked the remainder of her single days with a pre-wedding bash with her celebrity pals and famous family.
Among the guests at the Peninsula Hotel were sisters Khloe and Kourtney Kardashian, mum Kris Jenner, singer Ciara, reality TV star Larsa Pippen and socialite Brittny Gastineau.
According to reports, the Paris-themed affair had been set to take place at the Beverly Hills Hotel, but Kardashian decided to boycott the venue in protest after its owner, Sultan of Brunei Hassanal Bolkiah, implemented a law in his country that includes the stoning to death of gay people.
She joins the likes of Ellen DeGeneres, Jay Leno, and Sharon Osbourne, who have all vowed to steer clear of his hotel chain until the law is reversed.
Rapper Kanye West plans to party with Jay Z in Dublin, Ireland ahead of his wedding in Paris, France. West is due to get hitched to reality TV star Kim Kardashian in the French capital on 24 May (14) and will reportedly celebrate his upcoming wedding with a bachelor party in Dublin with 80 friends, including the 99 Problems hitmaker.
A source tells Britain's The Sun newspaper, "Kanye loves Dublin, as does Jay Z, and it's pretty close to Paris so it's a perfect option before the wedding.
"He has had his people looking into places like (hotels) The Four Seasons and the Ritz-Carlton and clubs they could take over for a night. Kim will be doing her own thing with the girls and Kanye knows that in Dublin he would be pretty much left to himself."