Jay Z Proves How He Made It In America, Gives Showtime A Backstage Pass

Jay Z Proves How He Made It In America, Gives Showtime A Backstage Pass

Rap mogul Jay Z will give fans a behind-the-scenes look at last year’s publicized Made in America two-day festival in Philadelphia by teaming up with premium movie channel Showtime.

Details of the Ron Howard-directed flick getting picked up by Showtime bubbled online Friday (August 30).

In keeping with its bid for cultural relevancy, the premium cable network has acquired Made in America, the star-studded documentary that chronicled Jay Z’s two-day 2012 Philadelphia music festival of the same name. The doc, which is directed by Ron Howard and executive produced by the music mogul, Howard and his Imagine Entertainment producing partner Brian Grazer, will have its television debut Friday, Oct. 11. (Hollywood Reporter)

While fans will have to wait until mid-October for it to arrive on Showtime, the film is going to make a debut at the Toronto International Film Festival next week.

Howard’s documentary is described as a backstage pass to the event. It includes some of the performers’ stories on how they are “making it in America.” The film is expected to tell the Jay Z’s reasons for starting the festival and give an inside look into the performers who took part. It will debut Sept. 7 at the Toronto International Film Festival. (CBS News)

This year’s Made In America festival will once again feature a mesh of music genres along with past and present performers.

Jay-Z is bringing the Made in America festival back to Philadelphia, and organizers have just revealed the official lineup. The Made in America festival will again take place on Labor Day weekend on the Ben Franklin Parkway. – Beyonce – Nine Inch Nails – Public Enemy – Calvin Harris – Florence Welch – Macklemore & Ryan Lewis – Skrillex – Deadmau5 – Drake – Kendrick Lamar – Miguel – Queens of the Stone Age – Haim – 2 chainz – Wiz Khalifa – Nero – Ab-Soul – Solange – The Gas Light Anthem – Emili Sande – A$AP Rocky & Schoolboy Q – Walk the Moon – Jesse Rose – Fitz and The Tantrums – Wolfgang Gartner – AlunaGeorge – Feed Me & Crystal Fighter – Jay Rock – 3LAU – Imagine Dragons – Birdy Nam Nam – Redlight – Rudimental – Phoenix – TJR (ABC Local)

Last year, Young Hov relied on some high-profile performances courtesy of rock legends like Pearl Jam and Drake to ignite the inaugural Made In America festival.

During a festival that operated like clockwork, Drake came out five minutes early. The rapper’s meteoric rise and two massively successful albums earned him a mainstage spot headlining for Pearl Jam, and he rifled through a medley of hits in front of easily the largest crowd of the day. Dressed all in white, he delivered the same levels of melodrama live as on his records, with the wailing guitar solos and cymbal crashes only adding to the display of emotion on stage. “I don’t need no water, I don’t need a break. I’m ready to do this,” he told the crowd, before bringing out collaborator 2 Chainz to drop a raucous version of summer smash No Lie. 2 Chainz hijacked the stage to perform Spend It, and minutes after he walked off the stage, Drake introduced French Montana to perform Pop That. (USA Today)

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