Vivica A. Fox Disses The Thought Of A ‘Set It Off’ Remake

Vivica A. Fox is not a fan of Issa Rae’s forthcoming remake of the 1996 cult classic film Set It Off

When asked about her thoughts on Rae’s reimagining on Entertainment Tonight Fox spurned the idea. “Leave it alone, there’s absolutely no reason to try to re-do it,” she said. “It’s been done and we did it so well that people are absolutely going to compare it to that and I think that’s her taking on a tremendous chore because that film has become a cult classic and some things are just better left.” 

The original Set It Off, directed by F. Gary Gray, took in a hefty $41 million gross on a $9 million budget at the box office. In the film, Vivica A. Fox, Jada Pinkett Smith, Queen Latifah, and Kimberly Elise star as four best friends who embark on a journey robbing banks successfully around the Los Angeles area.

Fox continued with her thoughts of remaking the film, and reboots in general, advising the actress to tap into the creative juices she’s shown on her hit show Insecure. “If you want to do a new film of girls robbing banks, create your own thing,” Fox says in the clip. “I don’t think there’s anything wrong with it if they do something that goes into the next chapter of the story. It’s when they try to recreate it and it’s already been done and that magic’s been captured in a bottle. It’s very hard to capture that.”   

Check out the interview in full above. 

Big Machine Calls Taylor Swift a Liar, Swift Whips Out an Email to Prove It

Big Machine Label Group says Taylor Swift is fabricating claims over her American Music Awards performance.  Taylor Swift says Big Machine is lying about her lying — and produces an email to prove it.

And another spat between the adult millionaires commences.

For those just tuning in, Taylor Swift unleashed a (Thursday) with a host of accusations against Big Machine Label Group, Scott Borchetta (pictured right), and Scooter Braun (who has not yet responded).  You can read her entire statement here, but the quick summary is that Borchetta and Braun are bullying Swift and preventing her from singing her own songs at the upcoming American Music Awards while blocking her music’s use in a Netflix biopic.

Early this morning (or late last night), Borchetta took off the gloves as well.  Here’s Big Machine’s formal response to Taylor’s initial accusations.

As Taylor Swift’s Partner for Over a Decade, We Were Shocked To See Her Tumblr Statements Yesterday Based on False Information

As Taylor Swift’s partner for over a decade, we were shocked to see her tumblr statements yesterday based on false information. At no point did we say Taylor could not perform on the AMAs or block her Netflix special. In fact, we do not have the right to keep her from performing live anywhere. Since Taylor’s decision to leave Big Machine last fall, we have continued to honor all of her requests to license her catalog to third parties as she promotes her current record in which we do not financially participate.
 
The truth is, Taylor has admitted to contractually owing millions of dollars and multiple assets to our company, which is responsible for 120 hardworking employees who helped build her career. We have worked diligently to have a conversation about these matters with Taylor and her team to productively move forward.

We started to see progress over the past two weeks and were optimistic as recently as yesterday that this may get resolved. However, despite our persistent efforts to find a private and mutually satisfactory solution, Taylor made a unilateral decision last night to enlist her fanbase in a calculated manner that greatly affects the safety of our employees and their families. 
     
Taylor, the narrative you have created does not exist. All we ask is to have a direct and honest conversation. When that happens, you will see there is nothing but respect, kindness and support waiting for you on the other side. To date, not one of the invitations to speak with us and work through this has been accepted. Rumors fester in the absence of communication. Let’s not have that continue here. We share the collective goal of giving your fans the entertainment they both want and deserve.

— Big Machine Label Group

Kicking off round 2 of the smackdown, Taylor Swift offered this response to the response — which includes email evidence.

The truth is, on October 28, 2019 at 5:17 p.m. the Vice President, Rights Management and Business Affairs  from Big Machine Label Group sent Taylor Swift’s team the following:

“‘Please be advised that BMLG will not agree to issue licenses for existing recordings or waivers of its re-recording restrictions in connection with these two projects:

The Netflix documentary and

The Alibaba ‘Double Eleven’ event’ [an event in China at which Swift performed last week].”

To avoid an argument over rights, Taylor performed three songs off her new album ‘Lover’ at the Double Eleven event as it was clear that Big Machine Label Group felt any televised performance of catalog songs violated her agreement.

In addition, yesterday Scott Borchetta, CEO and founder of Big Machine Label Group, flatly denied the request for both American Music Awards and Netflix. Please notice in Big Machine’s statement, they never actually deny either claim Taylor said last night in her post.

Lastly, Big Machine is trying to deflect and make this about money by saying she owes them but, an independent, professional auditor has determined that Big Machine owes Taylor $7.9 million dollars of unpaid royalties over several years.

 

Allen Iverson Defeats Uncle Sam By Paying Off Insane Tax Debt: Report

Allen Iverson’s financial struggles during his post-NBA career have been well-documented. There have been times where Iverson was considered broke and was struggling to regain control his life. Things weren’t getting much better for Iverson as just a few years ago, he was hit with a tax bill over $600,000. The IRS was accusing him owing them that much money in back taxes and they finally came knocking after not getting their money.

According to Yahoo Sports!, it seems as though this whole saga has been resolved as the IRS has released their claims against him. Essentially, Iverson has dropped the $600,000 necessary to make this whole thing go away and now, he is free from his tax burdens.

Allen Iverson Defeats Uncle Sam By Paying Off Insane Tax Debt: Report

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This is phenomenal news for the ex-NBA star who was once thought to be the best player in the league. Iverson is a beloved star in Philadelphia and fans will be happy to know that he has recovered and is back on his feet after years financial instability. Not to mention, Iverson has a huge deal with Reebok that will help him bring in just a bit more money every year.

Overall, it’s great to see Iverson conquering the pitfalls Uncle Sam once and for all.

#BandTogether Rallies on Disney+ Launch for Streaming Residuals

In their continuing struggle to receive fair residuals for film and television work of theirs that gets streamed, musicians representing the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) held a rally outside of Disney’s Burbank studios during the launch of the company’s Disney service.

Under the banner of #BandTogether, the musicians are also seeking set wages and screen credits.

As they have done at a number of their recent rallies, the musicians — which numbered over 50 — performed a live concert during the rally. At this particular event, they did so from a double-decker bus. Also attending the rally were colleagues of theirs from other entertainment guilds, such as SAG-AFTRA and the Animation Guild.

The musicians fear that the current industry trend in film and television toward streaming, such as Disney, will “decimate” their livelihoods if their demands are not met.

Just a few weeks ago, these same musicians in front of Warner Bros. Studios during the launch of HBO Max.

They have also visited studio executives at their homes, held impromptu concerts outside industry events and they have even picketed book signings of Disney CEO Bob Iger. These actions have occurred in both Los Angeles and New York.

Allison Allport, who is a harpist, said at the Disney rally that “musicians spend their lives investing time, money, skill and passion into their art. When musicians contribute their hard work, dedication and artistry to a show, they not only enrich the emotional lives of millions of people, but generate real profits for producers. Musicians must be fairly compensated for these contributions.”

So far, none of the studios, including Disney, have shown any indication that they are willing to meet the musicians’ demands. So, rallies like the one in Burbank are likely to continue.

While Disney launched on November 12, it is said to already have more than 10 million subscribers.

Niecy Nash Wants To Interview Her Ex-Husband’s Next Girlfriend

Not all Hollywood divorces are as amicable as Niecy Nash and her estranged husband Jay Tucker. The Claws actress recently announced that she and Tucker, her husband eight years, have decided to pull the plug on their marriage, but it’s obvious that these two aren’t bitter about their break up.

Niecy Nash Wants To Interview Her Ex-Husband's Next Girlfriend
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Niecy caught up with Entertainment Tonight on the red carpet for the 2019 Glamour Women the Year Awards in New York City where she was presenting an award to Ava DuVernay. After sharing why she admires her filmmaker friend, the actress was asked about how she was handling her split from Tucker.

“For me—For us, it’s easy because we love each other,” Niecy said with a smile. “The love has just taken on a different form, but that’s always gonna be my friend.” ET correspondent Rachel Smith told Niecy that she deserves love, and the actress agreed while adding that Tucker does, as well.

Although she’s single, she’s not ready to mingle. “What is this foolishness you speak ?” she joked when asked if she’s been dating. “Girl, I’m just over here drinking my water and healing,” she said. “No. I ain’t ready to put all this back on the block. It’s too much too soon.” She did add that she would like to sit down with Tucker’s next girlfriend. “I would love to interview any girl who’s gonna be on his block,” she said. “I gotta make sure he’s taken care .” Would you let your ex interview your next?

Berklee Student's 'Music for Purpose' Teaches Honduran Kids Music

Berklee student Rose Banuelos is making a difference in the world, by teaching children music in an impoverished Honduran town.

Banuelos, who is majoring in Songwriting at Berklee Online, started her nonprofit Music for Purpose after attending the funeral of a friend. He died of epilepsy, which is a condition that she also suffers from, and it led her to realize not only the fragility of life but also the need to live a purposeful one.

“At his funeral,” she says, “I just changed. It’s like I morphed into someone different. I made a promise that I would live the rest of my life purposefully . . . so I started providing my community with free music summer camps.”

While Music for Purpose started with music training in Banuelos’ hometown of Vista, California, she then decided to offer the same type of program to orphans and at-risk children in Honduras.

Initially, Banuelos raised funds for the effort through benefit concerts that took place across the United States. With this money, she started the school in the Honduran town of San Pedro Sula in 2015, where she still personally teaches.

She also gives the children there both a sense of purpose and a safe place to go.

This is important as the country is said to have the highest rate of murder and ual violence in the world. What’s more, after-school programs and parental supervision are lacking, leaving the children even more vulnerable.

“They’re poor and so a lot of the entertainment comes from the gang members,” she says. “Every child wants to matter. So, who are the ones that are going to entertain these children that want to matter? The gang members. So, I’m there to keep them busy. I’ve been building a drum line and we basically fund ourselves.”

For those who would like to help, Banuelos is currently raising money to buy 17 new trombones, trumpets and cornets through a GoFundMe campaign.

Tencent Music Earnings Surge 31% In the Latest Quarter

Tencent Music Entertainment Group has released its third-quarter financials for 2019, with revenue surging a staggering 31% and beating the expectations of Wall Street analysts.

In spite of the news, shares of the company are down by more than 7% at the time of this writing.

While revenue at the company during the period rose to 6.51 billion yuan ($930 million) from 4.97 billion yuan ($710 million) a year ago, profit rose from 964 million yuan ($137.6 million) to 1.02 billion yuan ($150 million).

Analysts had been expecting 6.37 billion yuan ($910 million) in revenue and a profit of 907.2 million yuan ($129.5 million).

Driving the increase of revenue at the company were paying subscribers to its music streaming service. They grew 42% from the same period last year to 35.4 million. The company recently a new strategy, in which they placed much of their premium catalog behind a paywall, and it seems to be working.

Though not all the news was good, which may account for the company’s shares falling in price.

Average monthly revenue for the company’s social entertainment services rose only 7.4% for paying subscribers, to 127.3 million yuan ($18.2 million), which is the smallest amount of growth for this unit since the company went public a little less than a year earlier. The total number of paying users for its social entertainment services rose 23% to 12.2 million over the same period the year before.

The lack of growth is significant because, while its music streaming business has more users, its social entertainment services — such as live streaming and karaoke platforms — generate the most revenue for the company.

Tony Yip, who is the chief strategy officer at Tencent Music, commented on the slow growth in a conference call. He said, “We recognize that it may be slightly below where we previously thought it would be. That’s primarily because of increasing competition that we are facing with the short video platforms.”

Yip went on to say that the company will increase investment focused on growing this unit’s user base, with an aim of reaching a younger audience with content that is more appealing to them.

Jess Hilarious Gets Dragged For Trash Talking Apryl Jones To Moniece Slaughter

This drama surrounding Apryl Jones and Lil Fizz has grown to new heights all thanks to the good folks over at Love & Hip Hop. The latest on the drama now incorporates Jess Hilarious who foolishly trashed talk her friend Apryl to Moniece Slaughter, Fizz’s ex and baby mother. Moniece voice recorded Jess’ mean words and shared it with the world. 

Jess Hilarious Gets Dragged For Trash Talking Apryl Jones To Moniece Slaughter
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The recording heard Jess blast Apryl for her gold-digging ways. “One night Apryl] was f*cking with ——. She was thirsty for this n**** too. She told Dreux, “He’s my prototype, this is who I wanna be with.” Fizz sittin’ there looking dumb as sh*t — ain’t sayin’ nothin,” Jess ranted. “Why you puttin’ up with this sh*t? From one your band member’s baby mothers, n****? You stupid, or nah?”

In a new clip from the show, Apryl invited Jess over to speak on the matter and by the looks it they may be on good terms but the Internet isn’t as forgiving as Apryl. 

“I wouldn’t have gave that bitch NO floor to speak on, she just would’ve been BLOCKED!! There’s NO excuse for what Jess Hilarious did but she a trash ass person!! And then turned it on Moniece! BITCH U SAID IT, NOT HER!! She didn’t mind trick u 2 tell that girl’s business,” one Twitter user wrote

Peep the video clip and more reactions below.

Tencent Prevails Against NetEase in Jay Chou Copyright Lawsuit

Tencent Music Entertainment has prevailed in its copyright infringement case against NetEase Cloud Music over the latter’s unlicensed use of Jay Chou’s songs.

A Chinese court in the city of Shenzhen has ordered NetEase to pay Tencent 850,000 yuan (a little more than $120,000) because it infringed on the copyrights of nearly 180 songs by the popular Taiwanese singer after its contract with Tencent had ended.

Back in 2015, NetEase licensed more than 800 songs of Chou, who has sold more than 30 million records in the past two decades, paying 8.7 million yuan ($1.2 million) for a year’s usage. By 2017, the company was paying 18 million yuan ($2.5 million) for the same licensing deal.

But when this deal lapsed and NetEase continued using the songs, Tencent sued them. The deal apparently lapsed because Tencent is implementing a new policy of putting their premium catalog behind a paywall, in the hope that users will upgrade their accounts.

Jay Chou is a big part of this strategy. In September, it was reported that the servers of QQ Music crashed because so many users were trying to upgrade their accounts in order to listen to Chou’s latest hit song, “Won’t Cry.”

The verdict comes at the same time that China’s State Administration of Market Regulation is investigating Tencent over antitrust allegations relating to its deals with Warner Music, Universal Music Group and Sony Music Entertainment, despite having approved the deals earlier in the year.

Under the deals, the label giants sold exclusive rights to Tencent for a large part of their music catalogs. The company hopes to sublicense the songs to smaller companies in the country, who have accused the company of using their monopoly unfairly.

Tencent has also been making news as of late because of its bid to buy a 10%-20% stake of Universal Music Group from Vivendi. According to Vivendi, the deal should be finalized sometime in the next few weeks.

Chick-Fil-A & Chipotle Offering Free Food For Veteran’s Day

Today is a day that we celebrate all the brave women and men that have risked their lives to protect our country. Veteran’s Day is meant to give us time to reflect on how grateful we are to be living in a safe land, preceding Thanksgiving and allowing us a chance to give back to the veterans in our lives. Chick-Fil-A may have been closed yesterday to observe their weekly religious day f but they’re back on today, serving some the tastiest chicken on the market. According to Heavy, they’re actually giving away a good number meals for the holiday.

The most common fering for Chick-Fil-A restaurants across the country today includes a free chicken sandwich if you have served in the military. In Atlanta, the chain will be giving out free meals between 5 pm and 8 pm tonight. The promotional deal changes per region so we advise you to check with your local restaurant to see what they’re doing today.

If you’re feeling more like a burrito, you’re in luck because Chipotle also has some special ferings today. In honor  our nation’s veterans, Chipotle is bringing back their Military Appreciation BOGO deal, giving you a free second burrito, bowl, or another item for free with the purchase your first. All active duty, reserves, national guard, military spouses, and retired veterans apply for the promotion. All you need is a valid identification card.

Where are you headed for lunch?

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Neil Young Says US Citizenship Delayed For Past Marijuana Use

Throughout all the year’s music legend Neil Young has spent in the United States, he has maintained his Canadian citizenship, and now, he seeks to become a duel citizen. He opened up about the decision in an interview with The Los Angeles Times last month saying, “I’m still a Canadian; there’s nothing that can take that away from me,” he said. “But I live down here; I pay taxes down here; my beautiful family is all down here — they’re all Americans, so I want to register my opinion,” referring to the ability to vote.

Neil Young Says US Citizenship Delayed For Past Marijuana UseMatt Kincaid / Getty s

Now, according to Stereogum, he’s finding the process more difficult than expected. He opened up about how his past marijuana use is holding him back on his website saying, “I want to be a dual citizen and vote. When I recently applied for American citizenship, I passed the test. It was a conversation where I was asked many questions. I answered them truthfully and passed. Recently however, I have been told that I must do another test, due to my use marijuana and how some people who smoke it have exhibited a problem.”

“I will keep you posted, but I don’t think I will be able to remain parked here during the proceedings,” he finished.

Bruno Mars Demands $1M Concert Promoter Lawsuit Be Thrown Out

About two months ago, Bruno Mars was served with a $1 million lawsuit by promotion and booking company Major Entertainment who sued the Grammy-Award winning artist for allegedly bailing on a scheduled concert. As we posted, Bruno allegedly agreed to a special performance during his “24k Magic” World Tour that was coordinated by Bruno’s supposed publicist, Michelle Reece, who confirmed he’d be in Springfield, Missouri on October 23, 2017.

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Michelle was paid $77,800 since Bruno’s show was expected to pull in over $1 million with plans for him to get some the prits. The Blast now reports that Bruno denies any wrongdoing and wants the case dropped since he believes the concert promoter was a “victim a scam at the hands defendant Michelle D. Reece.” Michelle seemingly scammed her way into making people believe she was an agent for the “When I Was Your Man” singer.

“Plaintiff also acknowledges that it turns out that Reece never had a contract with Mars,” the documents state. “Plaintiff does not allege that it had any contact with Mars or Mars’ authorized representatives, much less a binding contract. Indeed, Plaintiff openly concedes that neither it nor Reece ever had any contact or a contract with Mars or his representatives.”

Bruno wants to be removed from the case. Michelle has yet to respond. 

Phoebe Waller-Bridge Explains Her Role In New Bond Film "No Time To Die"

Fleabag star Phoebe Waller-Bridge lent her talented hands to the newest installment in the Bond franchise, No Time To Die, and many fans have wondered exactly what it is that she could be helping with. Sitting down with BBC, Waller-Bridge explained how she assisted in the making the film.

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“They were just looking for tweaks across a few the characters and a few the storylines,” Waller-Bridge said. She will be the second woman to earn a writing credit in the franchise. Bond writers wanted a woman’s perspective on the female characters in the film and to make sure everything was appropriate for today’s climate.

“They were already doing that themselves,” she explains. “They’re having that conversation with themselves the whole time. It was much more practical. Just, ‘You’re a writer, we need some help with these scenes. And you come up with some dialogue for these characters.'”

Daniel Craig claims it was his idea to bring her on board, but Waller-Bridge says producer Barbara Broccoli was the first to approach her.

“We met for cfee and then a few months later we met again. And then I met the director Cary Joji Fukunaga and then I met Daniel after that. But I know Daniel and Barbara had been talking about it for while,” explains Waller-Bridge.

No Time To Die releases on April 8th, 2020.

Rebecca Black Reflects On The Virality Of "Friday"

The virality Rebecca Black’s “Friday” is an odd moment to reflect on. With YouTube mostly a young person’s game and social media still new, the 13-year-old could have never expected what would happen when she released the goy, middle-school anthem that has over one hundred million views. Black spoke with Yahoo Entertainment/SiriusXM Volume this week reflecting on the moment.

 “I’ve gone back and asked so many times, why did I do that?” she admits now, referring to the way she acted after the release  “Friday”. “Every now and again… I will end up in a deep dive those old interviews or videos, and it’s really weird for me to watch, because I was just lying to myself. I was out there on some the biggest things in the world and biggest platforms, being like, ‘I’m fine, I’m strong, I’m cool. It doesn’t bother me!’ And I really believed that at the time, but as I grew up and started to actually make music, or try to, I was so unbelievably insecure.”

In the end, Black is grateful for “Friday,” saying it gave her “such an intense amount empathy for other people, and for why they may be doing the things that they’re doing or what they might be going through while they’re saying they’re ‘totally fine.’”

 

‘Angel Has Fallen’ Producer Confirms More Sequels Are On The Way

The “Has Fallen” series isn’t done yet. Deadline is reporting that the action film series starring Gerard Butler as secret service agent Mike Banning has more movies on the way; there are even local-language tv spin-fs in the plans.

Alan Siegel, the president and CEO Alan Siegel Entertainment says a fourth, fifth and sixth entry in the series are in the works. The company plans to sell IP rights to international television, giving local actors a chance to star in tv spinfs and possibly appear in the feature films. “If we do it in India, the star that could come into Angel Has Fallen 4. It could be a symbiotic relationship,” he said

Speaking at a panel during the American Film Market’s finance conference, Jeffrey Greenstein, President at Millennium Media, explained the decision to tackle a more character-driven narrative.

“We looked at each other on the third one and we thought we couldn’t just blow up another city,” said Greenstein.

“This time. Maybe next one we will,” added Siegel

Greenstein also spoke about the rise streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon impacting indie films saying, “The numbers that Netflix, Amazon, Disney are able to fer are substantially higher than anyone can on the independent market,” he said. “Talent might have one slot a year where they can do an independent film, and they might want to go on holiday.”