Hollywood icon Chris Rock is going to give you even more reasons to keep using your best friend’s Netflix password in the months to come. The veteran comedian has inked a $40 million deal with the streaming giant.
According to reports, Rock’s newly announced Netflix partnership guarantees two new standup specials.
The service shelled out the big bucks for Rock with insiders telling Variety the two-special-deal is worth a whopping $40 million. Amazon, Hulu and HBO — where he has a long history with his late-night series “The Chris Rock Show” — were also bidding for the specials. The Netflix specials marks Rock’s return to stand-up after an eight-year hiatus. Most recently, the comedian hosted the Oscars this year. (Variety)
Rock has kept busy in the Hollywood scene over the past couple of years with appearances on Fox’s “Empire” and releasing his box office smash Top Five.
Rock most recently appeared on screens as a guest in Empire, after he hosted the Oscars, but he has worked with Netflix before, having appeared in Bill Murray one-off A Very Murray Christmas. It’s not clear yet what his two specials will be called, how long they’ll run, or which topics he’ll cover, but the comedian said he was excited to be working with the company, and that he “can’t wait to get back on stage.” (The Verge)
Movie director Spike Lee is currently working on his upcoming “She’s Gotta Have It” Netflix series.
A few weeks ago, hip-hop star Wiz Khalifa released his Netflix-inspired “Stranger Things” song.
The song is produced by E. Dan, Big Jerm, and Sayez, and features a fire beat that samples the show’s recognizable theme music created by Michael Stein and Kyle Dixon. Fellow Taylor Gang member J.R. Donato makes a cameo on the track, and is also included on the single’s epic artwork. (Complex)
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