Eminem and Showtime
Networks have locked horns in court, as the pay network is suing the multi-platinum
rapper. The network is suing Shady Touring and Eminem himself, claiming they negotiated
with the rapper for two years to try to set up a live concert on one of Showtime’s
pay channels. The network claims that Em’s inability to have a firm release
date and his tour schedule prevented negotiations from taking place.
Fuse network will launch a new daily music show, Hip-Hop Confidential.
The new show is hosted by Fuse VJ Marianela and will feature the latest videos
in Hip-Hop from both the majors and independent labels. Hip-Hop Confidential
will air Monday-Friday from 8:30-9PM ET. The show premieres June 6.
Snoop Dogg, Mos Def and Fat Joe have signed on to perform at
AmsterJam, a day-long music festival being billed as “the biggest Mash-Up
concert ever held.” The concert is set to take place August 20 on New
York’s Randall Island and will also feature The Red Hot Chili Peppers,
311, Garbage and others. Additionally, an Amsterdam themed village will be constructed
on the island. Tickets for the event go on sale June 3.
The urban film
market will continue having a recognizable voice in Hollywood, thanks to the
likes of producer John Davis and Filmmaker Dallas Jackson, according to Variety.
With the success of Davis’ “Daddy Day Care” and “Fat
Albert,” he plans to launch a new wing of Davis Entertainment, dedicated
to urban family films, already lined with a string of offerings from Jackson.
Jackson will serve as the head of the DJ Cassicz label, and recently penned
and produced the independent film “Uncle P.” The project was acquired
by Beacon Films and stars media mogul Master P and son Lil’ Romeo. Jackson’s
screenplay “Romeo and Juliet,” a film geared towards the popular
and profitable adolescent market, is set to star Lil’ Romeo. The film
is in development with MGM in conjunction with Katia Lund, co-director of the
Oscar-nominated “City of God.”