"Joker" Officially One Of The Most Profitable Comic Book Movies

This weekend, Joker pulled in $106.2 million at the global box fice, bringing its total tally to $737.5 million.

According to Forbes, this makes the film one the most pritable “big” comic book films ever, joining the ranks flicks such as Man Of Steel, Ant-Man and The Wasp and Justice League. This pritability is measured in matching budget in comparison with global gross.

"Joker" Officially One Of The Most Pritable Comic Book Movies

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“It’s already in territory that nobody thought it would get to. It’s achieved a box fice that is above the wildest expectations the studio and analysts,” Paul Dergarabedian Comscore tells the Associated Press. “Even if the box fice stopped right now it’s an absolute, unqualified success.”

Currently, the film is on track to becoming the highest-grossing R-Rated film all time, trailing only behind The Matrix Reloaded, Deadpool and Deadpool 2 in global sales. Once it reaches the $758 million mark, it will also become the year’s biggest non-Disney/Marvel; release, beating out Fast & Furious: Hobbs & Shaw.

While it continues to rack up major numbers, the film still fell out its top spot as Angelina jolie’s maleficent: Mistress Evil debuted at No.1 despite subpar domestic sales. Projected to make $45 million,t he film only did $36 million while bringing in $117 million overseas.

 

Kanye West Reportedly Called Rap "Devil’s Music"; Almost Quit Hip-Hop

Kanye West‘s pastor, Adam Tyson, is still making the media rounds, revealing more about the rapper’s recent journey in his faith.

Most recently, Tyson spoke with Apologia Studios and alleged that Kanye once referred to rap as “the devil’s music” and that he contemplated quitting the genre.

“One time, he told me that he wasn’t going to rap,” Tyson around the 23:30-mark. “I said, ‘Why not?’ He said, ‘That’s the devil’s music.’ I said, ‘Hey, man. Rap is a genre. You can rap for God.’ I think he was already thinking about it a little bit, but I definitely said, ‘Hey, bro. I think you need to use your talents that God’s given you and use that platform for God.'”

West first began attending Tyson’s Placerita Bible Church back in May allegedly explaining to the preacher that he was beginning to feel the pressure and “guilt sin” in the industry.

 “The guilt sin brought him down low,” Tyson would say West’s testimony. “He would say the devil basically brought him to a place where he just felt like he was in bondage to his sin. So he said, ‘I got delivered.’”

It was last week that Kanye confirmed that he recently committed to Christianity while at a Jesus Is King event for the forthcoming effort.

Mary J. Blige Lands Role In Aretha Franklin Movie "Respect"

Mary J. Blige has joined the cast of Respect, a biopic about the legendary Aretha Franklin.

According to Deadline, the multiple Grammy Award-winning artist has been cast as Dinah Washington, a prominent figure in the jazz scene during the 1950s. The film is another addition to Blige’s illustrious acting career, which includes two Academy Award nominations and three Golden Globe nominations.

Blige will accompany fellow singer Jennifer Hudson, who scored the lead role as Franklin. Other notable additions include Marlon Wayans, Forest Whitaker, Audra McDonald and Marc Maron.

The movie, which will be directed by Liesl Tommy and distributed by MGM Studios, begins filming next month and is projected to hit theaters next August.

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

Yo Gotti Teams with Megan Thee Stallion and Lil Uzi Vert on ‘Pose’

Click click, pose.

Yo Gotti enlists Megan Thee Stallion for the remix to his latest single “Pose.” The social media anthem, which has inspired a flurry of Instagram captions, originally only featured Lil Uzi Vert, but now its gets remixed by the Houston Hottie herself.

Megan snaps as she boasts about her “big racks” and “big ass” on her spitfire verse. “Need a hundred racks for a show / They showin’ pics to their doctor / They say that Megan is goals,” she raps.

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This is just the latest collabo for Megan, who recently jumped on tracks with Gucci Mane (“Big Booty”) and Moneybagg Yo (“All Dat”).

Gotti is now gearing up for his 10th studio album, the follow-up to 2017’s I Still Am.

Jonah Hill Reportedly Dips From "The Batman" Talks

With Joker continuing to forge an unstoppable path, news its counterpart The Batman is starting to heat up. With the recent development that Zoe Kravitz would be joining Robert Pattison as Catwoman, many began openly speculating on who might take the caped crusader to task. Rumors that Jonah Hill was in the mix to portray Oswald Cobblepot himself, better known as The Penguin, began to shape. And yet, it was not to be. A new report from Complex indicates that while Hill was indeed “in talks,” the Oscar-nominated actor has since bowed out.

Jonah Hill Reportedly Dips From "The Batman" Talks

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Apparently, the talks between Warner Brothers and Hill’s camp “broke down,” though it’s unclear what proved to be the deciding factor. Now that Hill is no longer in the mix, the studio has once again returned to the hunt for their two villains, going so far as to express interest in none other than Seth Rogen. Though negotiations have yet to kick-f, the idea that comedically-inclined actors like Hill and Rogen are being considered is a revealing insight in itself.

Do you think Seth Rogen could take up the Cobblepot mantle? Perhaps the film will feature a subplot centering on Gotham’s black market cannabis industry. Look for the freakin’ bat, as he’s so lovingly referred to in the Arkham games, to hit theaters on June 25, 2021.

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The Game Readies Final Album ‘Born 2 Rap’ for November

The Game is gearing up for the final chapter.

After a series of delays, the Compton rapper has announced that his last album Born 2 Rap will now arrive in November his newly-launched imprint Prolific Records.

“To my day 1 fans & those waiting on the album…. I know I’ve been quiet but I’ve been grinding, tightening up the album for a November release,” he told his 11 million Instagram followers. “In the process, I started @prolificrecordsla & I will drop my last studio album #Born2Rap on this imprint.”

The album was previously due in October. In August, he dropped the Mad Max-inspired video for his street single “West Side” co-starring Dave East and Jackie Long.

Born 2 Rap marks Game’s ninth album and first since 2016’s 1992. Earlier this year, he previewed the project, including collaborations with Ed Sheeran, Meek Mill, 21 Savage, Migos, Anderson .Paak, Eric Bellinger, and Snoh Aalegra.

“I put everything I had into this album,” he told fans. “My TRUE FANS deserve this CLASSIC!!!”

Playboi Carti Hints at ‘Whole Lotta Red’ Release Date

Carti is coming.

After much anticipation, Playboi Carti appears to have announced a release date for his second studio album Whole Lotta Red. Taking to Instagram on Wednesday, the Atlanta rapper posted a slideshow of photos, but it was his caption that had fans most excited.

“<48hours! locked in," he wrote. Fans immediately started speculating that the release of his long-awaited album was near. According to his countdown, the project will arrive this Friday, Oct. 18. "It's finally otw," wrote one hyped fan, while another added, "DROPPING IN 48 HOURS MY HEART."

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Over the summer, Carti previewed the album, including a song that “sounds like it could soundtrack a 2019 Miami Vice remake,” while other track titles include “Cancun” and a song that fans have been calling “Molly” or “No Stylist.” Trippie Redd and Gunna also make appearances.

“I could be done if I wanted to,” he told The FADER. “I’m just trying to top shit. I might make the hardest song ever tomorrow.”

With this album, Carti hopes to bridge the gap between his 2018 debut Die Lit and 2017 self-titled mixtape, which spawned the 3x platinum hit “Magnolia” and 2x platinum “Woke Up Like This.”

“Let me give it out the way I wanna give it out. I don’t say a lot, so when I do say something, I just want people to take me serious,” he said.

Hipgnosis Acquires Timbaland Catalog ⁠— 108 Albums and Songs

Hipgnosis Songs Fund has continued its spree of acquisitions ⁠— adding Timbaland’s catalog.

Timbaland’s producer, songwriter, and artist credits extend across the hip-hop and R&B realm. That includes all six of Missy Elliot’s albums and five Justin Timberlake studio albums. Timberlake’s albums have collectively sold more than 32 million copies worldwide, according to Hipgnosis.

Timbaland’s work as a producer for Aaliyah, Jay-Z, Madonna, Tupac Shakur, 50 Cent, Rihanna, and Drake is all included.

Hipgnosis co-founder Merck Mercuriadis had high praise for the deal.

“Ask any of today’s greatest creators who their biggest influences are and the one name that appears on everybody’s list is Timbaland. His iconic records with Aaliyah, Jay Z, Missy Elliot, Nelly Furtado, and Justin Timberlake amongst many others are iconic and will be remembered forever.”

The full terms for the deal were not disclosed, but it covers 108 albums and songs. Hipgnosis has gone on a buying spree after it received a cash injection from investors. In August, the song fund , rivaling the $185 million raised earlier in the year.

The result of Hipgnosis’ buying spree is an interest in over 7,475 songs spanning a wide array of genres. So far, Hipgnosis has invested around $399 million in the acquisition of 27 catalogs.

Other notable artists snapped up by the fund include , , , , , , and more.

Hipgnosis’ financial results published in June . Those revenues were from its first handful of 12 catalogs from June 2018 to March 2019. The song fund has raised well over $500 million to acquire rights to various catalogs.

Variety reports that Hipgnosis may be on the verge of making a major production rights deal. The company is also rumored to be acquiring two Los Angeles publishing companies ⁠— though the report didn’t list any names.

 

 

Musicians Continue to Pressure Disney Over Paltry Streaming Royalties

It was quite an unusual Saturday morning for many members of the American Federation of Musicians (AFM) in the Los Angeles area.  It was also an unexpected headache for one Disney executive in particular.

In protest, a band of irate musicians performed live outside of Variety’s Power of Women luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons. It was the latest noisy protest by performing musicians in their fight for fair pay from streaming.

The protest is part of an increasingly aggressive protest campaign that is now featuring disruptions at conferences, book signings, and even the private residences of studio executives.  If top Disney executives don’t have a headache yet, they’ll probably have one soon — that is, until streaming royalties are renegotiated.

The weekend luncheon was honoring Dana Walden, who is the chairman of Disney Television Studios and ABC Entertainment and one of several executives that are currently refusing to pay musicians residuals for what is called new media.

Danita Ng-Poss, who works in orchestra and music preparation, says that in recent years women have been increasingly involved in music scoring.  So he had difficulty understanding how someone like Walden can claim to be a champion for women in the industry while at the same time “undercutting our ability to make a decent living.”

Musicians are upset that Disney, which earned close to $60 billion last year, is effectively asking them to take a pay cut.

They say that — without receiving residuals from streaming — if Disney releases a movie on Disney instead of in movie theaters or on TV, they can take a pay cut as high as 75%.

All this has led the AFM to launch #BandTogether, which is a nationwide campaign that is attempting to pressure movie studios to provide the same kind of streaming residuals that actors, writers, singers, and other workers receive for their work.

Many leading film directors, producers, and composers are backing the musicians’ demands. This includes heavyweights such as J.J. Abrams, Damien Chazelle and John Williams. #BandTogether also has the support of many prominent politicians, such as Rep. Brad Sherman, Rep. Ted Lieu, and Rep. Adam Schiff.

The AFM’s current contract with the movie studios expires on November 14th. Negotiations between the two have been ongoing at the offices of the Alliance of Motion Picture and Television Producers.

Pusha T Was Prepared To Square Up When Wale Surprised Him On Stage

Pusha T performed at Rolling Loud New York on Sunday. At one point during his set, while he was bouncing along to My Name Is My Name cut, “Nosetalgia,” he was met with a surprise. 

Push was about to commence the song’s first verse and he caught a figure running toward him from behind. The G.O.O.D. Music president pounced to the side and got in position to throw hands like a trained fighter, only to discover that it was none other than Wale coming to join him. Once Push noticed it was just his friend and not some crazed fan, he gave Wale a firm hug. Wale then tried to direct Push’s attention to something at the back the stage, but Push had a performance to get back to.

This was a rather risky call by Wale, considering how ten stages get stormed by random people and how this causes artists to be alert to potential threats. Push’s reflex could have easily been to start swinging. Luckily, things didn’t go in that direction and we merely got a funny clip out it. 

Wale dropped his sixth studio album, Wow… That’s Crazy, on Friday. Give it a listen here

Summer Walker’s "Over It" Logs Biggest Streaming Week Ever For A Female R&B Artist

This week, Summer Walker launches at No. 2 on the Billboard 200  charts, logging a total 134,000 equivalent album units for the first week her debut Over It studio album.

It marks the biggest week in units earned for an R&B album by a female artist in over three years with the last project by a female R&B artist to earn a greater number being Beyonce‘s Lemonade which earned 202,000 units in 2016 during its third week on the list.

Summer Walker's &quot;Over It&quot; Logs Biggest Streaming Week Ever For A Female R&B Artist

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Similar to its hip-hop counterparts, the 134,000 total was largely comprised streaming equivalent units as 119,000 came from streaming activity, translating to 154.7 million on-demand audio streams, making it the largest streaming week ever for an R&B album by a woman. Among all acts, it comes in second only to The Weeknd‘s Starboy, which earned 175.2 million on-demand streams in its debut week.

Executive produced by London On Da Track,  the effort arrived last week Walker’s LVRN/Interscope deal and marked just her second full-length fering since breaking onto the scene around this time last year with her Last Day Of Summer EP. Next up, Walker is scheduled to embark on a headlining run that will kick f in the UK next week before returning to the states to conclude in her hometown Atlanta in December.

 

LVRN Reveals That A New Television Series Is In The Works

While they’re best known as the powerhouses behind acts such as 6LACK, DRAM, Boogie, and Summer Walker, the creative juices  LoveRenaissance (LVRN) aren’t limited to the music industry and during a panel discussion at this year’s A3C’s Festival and Conference in their home base Atlanta, the young executives revealed that a new television series loosely based on their come up has been sold to an undisclosed entity.

It was Sean Famoso McNichol who announced that the series, tentatively tield Finesse, will be centered around just that.

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“The way we got the deal was through finesse,” he candidly added. “But that’s what the show is about–creating opportunities like that.”

The news was so fresh, in fact, that even fellow partner Carlon Ramong admitted that he didn’t know about the deal yet.

“Yeah, we sold it last week,” Sean reassured.

The news was a crown highlight a talk mostly surrounding the ability LVRN, composed Ramong, McNichol in addition to Tunde Balogun, Justice Baiden, and Junia Abaidoo, to leverage opportunities and pivot appropriately, lending out key information for aspiring executives in the room. It also adds to the growing empire that the five men have set out. In 2017 they also opened up their LVRN Studios space in 2017, crafting a studio and working space for creators within the city and beyond.

LVRN Reveals That A New Television Series Is In The Works

While they’re best known as the powerhouses behind acts such as 6LACK, DRAM, Boogie, and Summer Walker, the creative juices  LoveRenaissance (LVRN) aren’t limited to the music industry and during a panel discussion at this year’s A3C’s Festival and Conference in their home base Atlanta, the young executives revealed that a new television series loosely based on their come up has been sold to an undisclosed entity.

It was Sean Famoso McNichol who announced that the series, tentatively tield Finesse, will be centered around just that.

LVRN Reveals That A New Television Series Is In The Works

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“The way we got the deal was through finesse,” he candidly added. “But that’s what the show is about–creating opportunities like that.”

The news was so fresh, in fact, that even fellow partner Carlon Ramong admitted that he didn’t know about the deal yet.

“Yeah, we sold it last week,” Sean reassured.

The news was a crown highlight a talk mostly surrounding the ability LVRN, composed Ramong, McNichol in addition to Tunde Balogun, Justice Baiden, and Junia Abaidoo, to leverage opportunities and pivot appropriately, lending out key information for aspiring executives in the room. It also adds to the growing empire that the five men have set out. In 2017 they also opened up their LVRN Studios space in 2017, crafting a studio and working space for creators within the city and beyond.

LVRN Reveals That A New Television Series Is In The Works

While they’re best known as the powerhouses behind acts such as 6LACK, DRAM, Boogie, and Summer Walker, the creative juices  LoveRenaissance (LVRN) aren’t limited to the music industry and during a panel discussion at this year’s A3C’s Festival and Conference in their home base Atlanta, the young executives revealed that a new television series loosely based on their come up has been sold to an undisclosed entity.

It was Sean Famoso McNichol who announced that the series, tentatively tield Finesse, will be centered around just that.

LVRN Reveals That A New Television Series Is In The Works

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“The way we got the deal was through finesse,” he candidly added. “But that’s what the show is about–creating opportunities like that.”

The news was so fresh, in fact, that even fellow partner Carlon Ramong admitted that he didn’t know about the deal yet.

“Yeah, we sold it last week,” Sean reassured.

The news was a crown highlight a talk mostly surrounding the ability LVRN, composed Ramong, McNichol in addition to Tunde Balogun, Justice Baiden, and Junia Abaidoo, to leverage opportunities and pivot appropriately, lending out key information for aspiring executives in the room. It also adds to the growing empire that the five men have set out. In 2017 they also opened up their LVRN Studios space in 2017, crafting a studio and working space for creators within the city and beyond.