03 Greedo & Kenny Beats’ "Netflix & Deal" Features Freddie Gibbs & More

Even though he’s behind bars, 03 Greedo is more prolific than the average rapper. Despite being struck with a devastatingly lengthy prison sentence twenty-years, Greedo has tucked away enough material in the stash, like a bear set to enter hibernation. If the promise new music from Greedo wasn’t enough to pique your interest, what about new music from Greedo produced entirely by Kenny Beats? Because that’s exactly what’s in store on Netflix & Deal, a thirteen-track effort set to arrive on November 22nd. 

The tracklist and album cover have been ficially released, and the guests are nothing short stacked. Vince Staples, Freddie Gibbs, Maxo Kream, KEY!, Buddy, and Ohgeesy are set to join the fun, and we can bet that Kenny will be bringing some Cave energy into the mix. At least, we hope so; the producer’s ongoing series has already led to some incredible fire. 

Check out the tracklist below, and look for Greedo and Kenny’s Netflix & Deal album to arrive in a few weeks from today. Are you interested in this one?

1. Traffic
2. Paid in Full
3. Disco Shit ft. Freddie Gibbs]
4. Maria
5. Blue People ft. Vince Staples]
6. Beg Your Pardon ft. Maxo Kream]
7. Honey I Shrunk the Kids
8. Brad Pitt
9. Aye Twin ft KEY!]
10. Life
11. Payback ft. Ohgeesy]
12. Soulfood ft. Buddy]
13. Dead Presidents

‘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.”

Dave Chappelle Awarded Mark Twain Prize For American Humor & Music Culture Contributions

Whether Dave Chappelle’s comedy is your kind laugh or not, the man’s skill, dedication to his craft and prominence in the field is undeniable. From his Dave Chappelle Show days up until his most recent Netflix stand-up deal, the 46-year-old has united people with his comedy and provided moments laughter for topics and conversations you may have never seen a joke in. 

Dave Chappelle Awarded Mark Twain Prize For American Humor & Music Culture Contributions
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It’s for those reasons and more why Dave was granted with the 22nd Mark Twain Prize for American Humor, for the symbiotic connection between music and comedy. “I have a pround appreciation for music,” Dave told Billboard. “The culture comedy and music is really oddly similar. We’re like kindred spirits, comedians and musicians, just the way we interact with each other. It’s a natural friendship.” 

The event took place in Washington DC and welcomed musical guests such as Chance The RapperJohn Legend, Q-Tip, Common as well as comedians such Aziz Ansari, Tiffany Haddish, Sarah Silverman, Jon Stewart and more. Certain acts shared memorable stories they have Dave and why he deserves such recognition.

Dave Chappelle Awarded Mark Twain Prize For American Humor & Music Culture Contributions
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“He’s always bringing people together. He’s always been a leader in thought and culture,” Common told the publication. “He says provocative things, and… it creates some uncomfortable conversations we don’t want to have but we need people like him because even if you don’t agree with them, it brings them up and then people have to discuss it. We need courageous minds like that.” 

The event will air on PBS on January 7th. 

"South Park" Reportedly Has A $500 Million Streaming Deal In The Works

As South Park‘s deal with Hulu nears its end, a bidding war over which streaming service will gets the rights to the animated comedy series has been transpiring. According to Bloomberg, as many as a half-dozen companies have tried to acquire the 23-season catalog for U.S. viewers and the Comedy Central show is expected to settle on a contract worth about $500 million. 

In 2015, Hulu paid a record-breaking $192 million to extend their contract with South Park. However, today, many more streaming services are in the race and have their eyes set on the Trey Parker and Matt Stone-created series. Hulu is reportedly fighting against HBO Max and Peacock for the rights, which are both set to launch in 2020. South Park has been one Hulu’s most-watched shows, so the service is eager to maintain its hold on it. A $500 million contract would put South Park‘s value in the same ballpark as Seinfeld, which was recently sold to Netflix for a similarly massive amount. 

Wherever the show happens to sign a deal, Parker and Stone will remain its owners, along with media conglomerate, Viacom. The money made from selling the U.S. streaming rights will be split 50-50 between the show’s two creators and Viacom. 

Streaming services in China will likely not be fighting over the rights to South Park anytime soon, as the show was recently banned from their Internet

Keegan-Michael Key Perfectly Impersonates Barack Obama While Reading Dr. Seuss Book

Keegan-Michael Key has come back on the radar since his recent role as narrator for Netflix’s upcoming Dr. Seuss Green Eggs and Ham series. Ellen DeGeneres is the executive producer the show so it only made sense for her to invite Keegan on her show in anticipation the release. The duo played a little game that saw Keegan read the famous book by Dr. Seuss while impersonating other figures. 

Keegan-Michael Key Perfectly Impersonates Barack Obama While Reading Dr. Seuss Book
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His first spot-on impersonation was former President Barack Obama that the audience applauded at in approval. “Say, what a lot fish there are,” he read, in his best Obama voice. “Yeah, some are red. And some are blue. Some are old and some are new.”

His second impersonation was  Modern Family actress Sia Vergara. “OK, Jay,” he began, pulling inspiration from her on-screen character Gloria. “I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam I Am!” 

At the top the video, Keegan told the audience that Green Eggs and Ham was the first book his parents ever read to him as a child making his role in the series a dream come true. Peep the full clip below.

Eddie Murphy Isn’t Intimidated By His Own Legacy When It Comes To Stand Up Comedy

Slowly but surely Eddie Murphy is making his way back onto the radar and his big welcome back was his role in Dolemite Is My Name! that’s now on Netflix. Eddie recently made a visit to Jimmy Kimmel Live and detailed how the film took 15 years to come to life, another big number compared to the 35 years since Eddie has graced the SNL stage. 

Eddie Murphy Isn't Intimidated By His Own Legacy When It Comes To Stand Up Comedy
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Eddie will be joining the show for the holiday tapings on December 21st and discussed his past iconic characters that may or may not make a comeback. “I’m gonna do Gumby,” he said.  “And I’m trying to figure out some reason to do Velvet Jones. And, uh, Mr. Robinson’s Neighborhood. And a funny Buckwheat sketch.”

On the topic making his return to standup, Jimmy asked Eddie if he felt nervous since his last set Delirious came to be the greatest standup all time. “I don’t be worrying about stuff like that,” Eddie said his own legacy. “I tend to think constructively. If I’m doing something creative, I’m thinking about making it as funny as possible because I want to shut shit down when I do it. I don’t be thinking like, ‘Oh what’s gonna happen? What are they gonna say? Are they gonna put me on the YouTube? I don’t know, that’s just part the world now.”

Peep the clip below.

Netflix Unveils Top 10, Most Watched Original TV Shows

Netflix has recently unveiled a list highlighting its top 10 original series and movies. The list is based on the past 12 months and was yielded from an analytical overview accrued views. Interestingly, Strangers Things has topped the list with 64 million views and we have previously reported on it. The news placed season three beyond its predecessors, and it’s likely that a major cliffhanger will lead to a direct increase come next year. And with a fourth season having been renewed, it seems entirely likely that the Netflix Original series will only get bigger. 

Up next, we find the Umbrella Academy which accrued a total 45 million views. Next, we find the powerful Spanish crime-series La Casa De Papel also known as Money Heist which got a noticeable 44 million views this year. Following these two, we also find the stalker-romance You along with the comedic British series Sex Education. These made for an interesting Top 5. We also found Ava DuVernay’s powerful When They See Us has also been listed as most viewed along with another Spanish feature, the teen-drama series Elite. The countdown is now back to zero, and the streaming platform is expecting to give us new numbers within next year. Which show do you think will top this list then?

Mexico Releases El Chapo’s Son After Wild Shootout With Cartel: Report

This is a wild story, something right out a Netflix movie. On Thursday, Mexican government was ordered by a judge to arrest one El Chapo’s sons, Ovidio Guzmán López, but after getting him detained things turned into an urban war zone in the city Culiacán. Upon his arrest, the Mexican police were met with massive gunfire by several members his cartel. Having been surrounded and outnumbered by the cartel, the Mexican authorities were left to release El Chapo’s son free in effort to “to protect lives” innocent people.

Cartel thugs torched cars and buses and left their burned-out remains blocking main roads in and out the city. Other roads were shut by the army, according to local reports. “The decision was taken to retreat from the house, without Guzman, to try to avoid more violence in the area and preserve the lives our personnel and recover calm in the city.”

A lawyer for Guzman Lopez gave a television interview after his release, praising the move. “Thank God, Ovidio has appeared,” lawyer José Luis Gonzalez Meza said, according to the Wall Street Journal. “He is free.”

Check out some the wild footage from the incident (below) and we’ll continue keep you posted if anything further develops.

Comcast First ISP To Sign On With ACE Anti-Piracy Coalition

Comcast has become the first ISP to join the ACE anti-piracy coalition. Viacom also joined the anti-piracy organization this week.

Back in 2017, 30 media companies came together to form the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment. The ACE anti-piracy coalition is led by the MPA and aims to tackle piracy concerns on a global scale. Both Comcast and Viacom joined the organization earlier this week.

The growing coalition offers a completely different approach than the recording and broader music industry. At present, major labels like Universal Music Group, led by the RIAA, are actively litigating against multiple ISPs.  Indeed, ISPs have mostly been at war with labels and major publishers over the past two decades.  In the early days following Napster, ISPs unilaterally fought against lawsuits impacting their subscribers, with the RIAA often launching massive legal attacks on individual infringers.

Fast-forward to 2019, and that approach is falling out of favor on the film and TV side.  Charles Rivkin, the Chairman and CEO of the Motion Picture Association ⁠— says the anti-piracy coalition is thrilled to have Comcast on board.

“As the parent companies of two of our original members, they have been supporters of our efforts and numerous successes, but now as members, they will strengthen the legal and operational work we’re able to do to reduce the threat of piracy and support creators,” Rivkin remarked.

Both Comcast and Viacom own ACE members but were not a member of the coalition until this week. Comcast owns NBCUniversal, Sky, and Telemundo ⁠— all founding members of ACE. Viacom is the parent company of Paramount Pictures, also a member of ACE. It also owns UK Channel 5, which joined the coalition back in March 2019.

Among the list of more than 30 companies that make up ACE, Comcast is the first internet service provider.

The ACE anti-piracy coalition focuses on provision and distribution rather than end-users. But with Comcast and the Xfinity brand under the umbrella, will that anti-piracy strategy change?

Current ACE Anti-Piracy Coalition Members

  • Amazon
  • AMC Networks
  • BBC Worldwide
  • Bell Canada and Bell Media
  • Canal Group,
  • CBA Corporation
  • Channel 5
  • Comcast
  • Constantin Film
  • Discovery
  • Foxtel
  • Grupo Globo
  • HBO
  • Hulu
  • Liongate
  • Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer (MGM)
  • Millennium Media
  • NBCUniversal
  • Netflix
  • Paramount Pictures
  • SF Studios
  • Sky
  • Sony Pictures Entertainment
  • Star India
  • Studio Babelsberg
  • STX Entertainment
  • Telefe
  • Telemundo
  • Televisa
  • Univision Communications Inc.
  • Viacom
  • Village Roadshow
  • Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures
  • Warner Bros. Entertainment

Chance The Rapper Wants Everyone To Watch Snoop Dogg Rap In Korean

Chance The Rapper is just like you and me. In order to be a successful recording artist, especially an independent star like Chano, you need to have an extremely high work ethic. It can be very difficult to make a name for yourself in this business. After all, there are so many other talented rappers trying to do the exact same thing as you. Sometimes though, you’ve just got to take a break to build up the mental strength you need to prosper. Much like everybody else during this time year, Chance The Rapper found the perfect way to procrastinate. 

Chance The Rapper Wants Everyone To Watch Snoop Dogg Rap In Korean
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Instead tuning into his favorite Netflix show Rhythm + Flow, and instead promoting said show on the internet, the Chicago-based recording artist came through with a must-watch clip Snoop Dogg rapping in Korean. Seriously, you’ve got to check this out. 

“I should be promoting #rhythmandflow or #doubleduty @nbcsnl but I need yall to see what unc was on in Korea,” wrote Chance on his social pages. His brother, Taylor Bennett, chimed in to say that he believes Snoop can pull f just about anything. With his extensive catalog in front our very eyes and some the sickest flows known to mankind, the D-O-G-G might just still be one the best rappers on the planet. Peep him doing his thing in a foreign language below.

Martin Scorsese Reaffirms Position On Marvel: "It’s Not Cinema"

Martin Scorsese is not backing down when it comes to his opinion on Marvel films. The Hollywood Reporter is claiming that, at a press conference today, Scorsese continued to express his opinion on the films. “It’s not cinema, it’s something else,” he argued. “We shouldn’t be invaded by it. We need cinemas to step up and show films that are narrative films.”

Yesterday, Scorsese spoke at BAFTA’s annual David Lean lecture and said more the same. “Theaters have become amusement parks. That is all fine and good but don’t invade everything else in that sense,” he said. “That is fine and good for those who enjoy that type film and, by the way, knowing what goes into them now, I admire what they do. It’s not my kind thing, it simply is not. It’s creating another kind audience that thinks cinema is that.”

Scorsese originally stirred up controversy when he told Empire magazine, “I don’t see them. I tried, you know? But that’s not cinema,” Scorsese said. “Honestly, the closest I can think them, as well made as they are, with actors doing the best they can under the circumstances, is theme parks. It isn’t the cinema human beings trying to convey emotional, psychological experiences to another human being.”

Scorsese’s newest film, The Irishman, is on Netflix now.

Camila Cabello Gives An Electric Effort For Her "SNL" Performance

Camila Cabello put her all into last night’s performance on SNL. The 22-year-old used her debut SNL appearance to perform her songs “Cry for Me” and “Easy.” 

For “Cry for Me,” the singer hits the stage dressed in clothes that appear to resemble 18th-century-England. She starts by watching a couple who seem to be enjoying themselves on a date before ripping them apart to yell her “I want you to cry for me!” hook at the man; he seems to represent an ex who is moving on. The two argue, but before long, the stage is all Cabello’s. She finishes strong by flexing her impressive vocal range.

She returns later in the show for a more subdued rendition her track “Easy.” Here, the spotlight is solely on her and she gives an electric performance. There are no costumes or dance choreographies– she pulls the audience in purely by the power her voice. 

The night was hosted by David Habour, who plays Hopper on Netflix’s Stranger Things. Pete Davidson also made his return during the “Weekend Update” portion the show. Davidson has been absent in recent weeks while he works on the upcoming sequel to Suicide Squad.

Check out Cabello’s performances “Cry for Me” and “Easy” below.

Georgia Mall Used As Starcourt Mall For "Stranger Things" Is For Sale

The actual mall used as Starcourt Mall in Season 3 Stranger Things is reportedly for sale. According to Gwinnett Daily Post, rumors that the owners Gwinnett Place Mall, which was refurbished as Starcourt Mall for the hit Netflix show, have been trying to sell the property have circulated for years. Now, they seem more real than ever. 

“It is definitely on the market,” said Gwinnett Place Community Improvement District Executive Director Joe Allen, “This is real as far as we can tell.” Allen met with representatives the firm that will handle the sale earlier this week. 

The Gwinnett Daily Post also says locals have been vocal about what they’ve seen as a lack action by Moonbeam ficials to revitalize the mall. In 2017, a dead body was discovered in the mall’s vacant food court. “I think this gives us a unique opportunity to find someone who can come in here and move some things forward,” Allen also added.

The mall was a prominent set piece in the third season Stranger Things, which took place during the rise in popularity malls across America. 

In other Stranger Things related news, Netflix has ficially confirmed the show will be getting a fourth season.

"Jackie Brown" & "The Descendants" Actor Robert Forster Passes Away At 78

Hollywood is mourning the death yet another veteran entertainer. It was announced on Friday that Robert Forster passed away at his Los Angeles home. His publicist shared that the 78-year-old actor had been battling brain cancer for a short time.

The Oscar-nominated actor had a longstanding career filled with noteworthy appearances in films like Jackie Brown, London Has Fallen, Mulholland Drive, The Delta Force, Psycho (1998), Alligator, The Descendants, Olympus Has Fallen, Twin Peaks, The Simpsons, and dozens others. He was also featured in El Camino: A Breaking Bad Movie which was released on Netflix the same day his death.

Forster’s career began way back in 1967 when he was a 26-year-old aspiring actor. He was cast in John Huston’s Reflections in a Golden Eye and from that moment forward, he never had a lull in his career. Over 100 film and television appearances later, the actor became one the most respected figures in the industry. Check out a few social media dedications to Robert Forster below.

APRA AMCOS Posts Record Performance Royalties for the Year

APRA AMCOS, which is Australia and New Zealand’s performance rights organization, posted records earnings in their latest fiscal year, fueled in large part by streaming music.

In the PRO’s annual report, the organization listed revenues of more than A$470 million ($320 million), which is up by more than 12% over the prior year’s earnings. They also paid a record sum of royalties to songwriters, composers, and publishers during the year: more than A$410 million (close to $280 million). This money represents an increase of more than 13% over the previous year.

Streaming music largely drove these results.  Performance revenues tied to digital formats increased by more than 30%, to more than A$175 million (nearly $120 million).

Dean Ormston, who is the CEO of APRA AMCOS, was understandably pleased with the numbers, and indicted that the demand for audio streaming and video continues to be strong.  Audio streaming revenue for the organization, from sources such as Apple Music and Spotify, increased by over 28% to more than A$100 million (over $70 million).

But in spite of the continued uptick in digital, the growth rate is actually down from the previous year. Though Ormston said that this was “not unexpected” after years of “rapid and enormous” growth.  Indeed, recent percentage gains in streaming over the past few years are nearly impossible to maintain, given that the initial baseline numbers were relatively small.  But serious questions over the level of streaming saturation in markets like Australia are starting to be asked.

Interestingly, the largest growth category for the organization is subscription video-on-demand, which covers platforms like Netflix.

This revenue increased by more than 40% to over A$25 million ($18 million).

Ormston went on to say that consumer music consumption has been increasing, and he called this “really good news for us.” He also said that general licensing, which has been the organization’s traditional source of revenue, is up as well. He particularly noted that revenue from live performances is strong and that income from foreign countries is growing, too.

You can find the full report here.