June 27, 2013 |
Though it begins as a slick, tongue-in-cheek guide to successful dope dealing (think: a kind of latter day "Steal This Book"), the documentary "How to Make Money Selling Drugs" masterfully evolves into something far more vital, cogent and impressive. Writer-director-narrator Matthew Cooke looks inside the explosive, wildly lucrative drug trade and its various levels of operation and survival via such chapter headings as "Managing Your Drug Cartel" and "How to Beat an Arrest. " Backed by frank interviews with a rogue's gallery of former drug dealers and addicts (including, respectively, actor-rappers Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson and Eminem)
June 6, 2013 |
Better late than never. Artists such as Lady Gaga, Justin Bieber and Eminem got a big boost in the eyes of the Recording Industry Assn. of America in May as the music business tracker began to count streams of songs online. The industry group said on Wednesday it made a record 153 gold and platinum certifications for digital singles in May. This comes after the RIAA announced early last month that it now includes streams of songs on services such as Spotify, MOG and Rdio, rather than just digital downloads of singles.
May 21, 2013 |
A music publisher is suing Facebook and its ad agency for using an Eminem song without permission in an ad for Facebook Home. Eight Mile Style, which oversees Eminem's portfolio, said in the copyright infringement lawsuit that ad agency Wieden + Kennedy included an Eminem song in the commercial “to curry favor with Facebook by catering to [founder Mark] Zuckerberg's personal likes and interests. " The lawsuit alleges that days before the ad premiered at the April 4th Facebook event the agency noticed an old website allegedly belonging to Zuckerberg.
April 15, 2013 |
The MTV Movie Awards has cultivated a reputation for being one of those "anything can happen" awards shows, and on Sunday night, the incident that everyone was talking about was Aubrey Plaza's attempted "Kanye-ing" of Will Ferrell. Ferrell was on stage to accept the award for comedic genius when Plaza, known to most people as April from the NBC comedy "Parks and Recreation," appeared next to him, drink in hand, and attempted to wrest the golden popcorn from his grasp. Ferrell appeared confused, didn't let go of the award and asked, "What is happening?
February 22, 2013 |
EXCLUSIVE: “Southpaw,” the Antoine Fuqua movie about a boxer whose life takes some rough turns, has followed a path not unlike that of its hero. DreamWorks was going to make the gritty drama back in 2011 , then dropped it. Soon after, MGM picked it up and was set to distribute the film via Sony -- then put the project in turnaround. Now the movie will live to fight another round courtesy of the Weinstein Co., which has bought rights to the scrappy project, according to Fuqua.
February 8, 2013
Eminem's follow-up to his 2010 album, “Recovery,” likely will be released sometime after Memorial Day, Shady Records President Paul Rosenberg has told Billboard . The Detroit rapper and the top-selling recording artist of the first decade of the 21 st century is “far into the process” of making his eighth studio album, Rosenberg said. “We fully expect to be releasing a new Eminem album in 2013. He's been working on it for some time," he told the trade publication.
July 4, 2011
TV TALK SHOWS The Early Show (N) 7 a.m. KCBS Today (N) 7 a.m. KNBC KTLA Morning News (N) 7 a.m. KTLA Good Morning America (N) 7 a.m. KABC Good Day L.A. (N) 7 a.m. KTTV Rachael Ray 9 a.m. KCBS Live With Regis and Kelly Rosario Dawson; Julie Andrews; Chris Byrne brings wet and wild summer toys. (N) 9 a.m. KABC The View Vanessa Williams; Matt Paxton; "Weird Al" Yankovic. (N) 10 a.m. KABC The Talk 1 p.m. KCBS The Nate Berkus Show Nate helps Dr. Ruth Westheimer transform her home; revamping old jewelry; Angie Harmon.
September 13, 2010 |
At most award shows, the tension is typically reserved for the envelope moments — Who will win? Who will lose? — but at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday the drama was bottled up in two questions: What would she wear? What would he say? The "he," of course, was Kanye West, the petulant, tweeting prince of hip-hop culture, and the "she" was Lady Gaga, the plasticized fashion plate of pop who has taken Madonna's costume art one step further with something close to wardrobe architecture.
June 22, 2010
Eminem "Recovery" Interscope/Aftermath Two and a half stars Ever since Kanye West looped Daft Punk's "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger," the hip-hop zeitgeist has tilted toward techno. Skinny-jeaned stars Wiz Khalifa and Kid Cudi have rapped over Alice Deejay and Robert Miles, while Power 106 keeps house DJ David Guetta in heavy rotation. Admirably, Eminem has always ignored evanescent trends. Despite an over-reliance on gross-out gags and tired pop culture riffs, his last album, "Relapse," further plumbed the weird depths of his psyche, stringing together Hannibal Lecter fantasies and byzantine rhyme schemes to create something singular but scattershot.