Jay Z Signs TV And Movie Deal With The Weinstein Company

Rapper and businessman Shawn Carter aka Jay Z has signed a two year deal with The Weinstein Company to produce TV and film projects.

The deal was announced on Thursday by the company, adding that big-screen projects involving Jay are already underway and will be announced in the coming weeks.

I’m excited to tell stories from real life prophets, whom through their struggles have changed the world for the better, and others whose stories are filled with fantasy and delight,” Jay Z said. “I’m already passionate about what we currently have in the pipeline and I’m looking forward to discovering others.”

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The Brooklyn hip-hop mogul already has film experience as he produced Will Gluck’sAnnie remake, co-produced Chris Rock’s Top Five and executive-produced Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby.

Weinstein Company co-chairman Harvey Weinstein said “Having known Jay on a personal level for many years, we are thrilled by the opportunity to expand our relationship. Jay’s ability to influence entertainment and pop culture has gone well beyond music for many years. He approaches every aspect of his career with both determination and effortlessness, making him one of the leading power players in entertainment history.”

Amma Asante’s ‘A United Kingdom’ premiered in Botswana

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‘A United Kingdom’ directed by Ghanaian-British Filmmaker Amma Asante premiered last night in Botswana.

It comes on the back of the movie’s world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) days ago.

In attendance were Terry Pheto, Abena Ayivor, Britain’s Prince Andrew and Sir Ketumile Masire (second president of Botswana), and a number of other dignitaries.

‘A United Kingdom’ is based on the true story of Botswana’s first president, Seretse Khama, who fell in love with a London office worker, Ruth Williams, who became the First Lady of Botswana.

It was shot in London and Botswana.

The star-studded cast of the movie includes David Oyelowo, Rosamund Pike, Tom Felton, Jack Davenport, Abena Ayivor, Vusi Kunene and Terry Pheto.

The movie will open the 60th BFI London Film Festival in October, the first time for a black woman Film maker.

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EL ‘rescues’ Stonebwoy from Coke studio

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The Coca-Cola #Coke studio brouhaha is still on. Self-acclaimed dancehall king, Shatta Wale went bonkers on radio, Monday morning after he has seen that Stonebwoy’s Coke studio deal was going on smoothly to the extent that he has even recorded with International act, Trey Songz.

Shatta Wale disclosed that all this Coke studio deal, he was even the first act to be approached and that he even took $15,000 whilst Stonebwoy and EL took just $4000-$4200.

Well, VGMAs artiste of the year, EL has finally spoken about all this Coke studio brouhaha. EL took to his Twitter and Instagram handles respectively to big up Stonebwoy.

EL first tweeted, “BHIM Nation Worldwide Dem cyan catchup! Shine on Mi Lard!!

Disney Announce A New Lion King Movie

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Walt Disney Studios have announced today that they are moving forward with a live-action adaptation of The Lion King.

The studios also announced that Jon Favreau would direct the project, after the success of the rebirth of ‘The Jungle Book ‘, it’s not hard to see why they would turn to Favreau again. The film, according to Disney, will feature songs from the iconic 1994 film, but other than that we know nothing of what else would be brought back from the legendary animated movie.

This comes as Disney has found immense success in bringing back prior animated features for new films. The studio already successfully brought back has features like Cinderella, Maleficent, Alice and Wonderland, and Pete’s Dragon into live-action franchises.

Also the much-anticipated ‘Beauty and the Beast’ comes next year with Emma Watson in the lead role.

The Lion King is still one of Disney’s most renowned animated projects and is ranked highly in terms of box office, raking in over $900 million worldwide. The liveliness of the CG animals in The Jungle Book was amazing. We can expect something like that in The Lion King as Favreau would be directing it as well.
A release date has not been announced yet. However, this past April, the company announced release dates for two unnamed live action films. These were for August 3, 2018 and December 25, 2018. So now we can only sit and hope one of those is for The Lion King.

Sarkodie on ‘Anointing’ was cost free – Mr Eazi

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Skin tight hitmaker, Mr. Eazi in an interview with Hitz FM has disclosed the amount BET award-winner, Michael Owusu Addo, Sarkodie took to feature on his current banging tune, Anointing.

According to Mr. Eazi, Sarkodie did not take any money. He went on to add that even Sarkodie drove himself to the recording studio as well as when they were shooting the video, the rap god again bought his own clothes, brought his own stylist and more.

His revelation came as a surprise to many, because many were thinking before you would have Sarkodie on your song, then you have to pay him ‘block’ before the feature would get done.

“Sarkodie did the ‘Anointing’ track with me for free, he didn’t take a pesewa. He drove himself to the recording studio, bought his own clothes, brought his own stylist, bought drinks and even went ahead to buy clothes for me.”

The Zagadat term crooner continued, “I believe charging an artiste depends on the market you find yourself; payment on collaborations depend on the artiste you are collaborating with. In business, you just don’t have to take money for everything.”

Hollup hitmaker, right there disclosing the amount he paid to Sarkodie for featuring on his smash hit single, Anointing.

Shatta Wale tops nominations for first Ghana Music Awards UK

It’s been a big year for Ghanaian music worldwide, and it’s time to celebrate that.

The first 2016 Ghana Music Awards UK put together by Alordia Promotion & West Coast UK Entertainment team are just days away, and many of the biggest names in the music industry — including Stonebwoy, R2Bees, Reggie N Bollie and more — are slated to be in attendance.

Shatta Wale, Sarkodie, and EL are currently leading the polls, with several nominations each, but who will be taking home highly coveted statuettes on November 5th, is anyone’s guess.

The night’s biggest award — ‘Artiste of the Year’ — will be a race between Shatta Wale, Nero X, SP Kofi Sarpong, Mr. Eazi, Stonebwoy, Bisa Kdei and Sarkodie.

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Drake Releases New Short Film “Please Forgive Me”

Drake, 29, has released his highly anticipated short film titled “Please Forgive Me”.

The 23-minute video was reportedly inspired by his chart-topping 2016 album, Views. 

According to Billboard, the visuals were initially scheduled to be released on Friday, September 30, but was released on Apple Music at 1 A.M Eastern Time on Monday morning, September 26.

In the 23-minute film, Drake played the lead role while other featured co-stars included Popcaan, Fanny Neguesha, Soni Chidiebere and Kyla Reid.

“Please Forgive Me” was filmed in one week this July. It was shot in Soweto township in Johannesburg, South Africa.