According to reports, the trio no longer have to worry about any copyright issues from their 2011 “Made In America” hit.
A federal appeals court ruled Friday that the hip-hop stars’ 2011 hit “Made in America” did not copy a 2009 track with the same name by singer-songwriter Joel McDonald. McDonald claimed that the powerhouse trio swiped his song after their “Watch the Throne” album producer, Mike Dean, bought one of McDonald’s CDs. The appeals court upheld a September 2015 dismissal of the suit. (Page Six)
This week, reports emerged about Jay Z producing an upcoming drama based on the first African-American to serve as a special ops sniper in his battalion, Nicholas Irving
Hot off his Emmy win for “The People v O.J. Simpson: American Crime Story,” Sterling K. Brown — who currently appears in “This Is Us” — will star as Irving, who was nicknamed “the Reaper” and was such an effective sniper, he had an AR-15 rifle named after him. The six-hour miniseries is based on Irving’s 2015 memoir, “The Reaper: Autobiography of One of the Deadliest Special Ops Snipers.” (Page Six)
Recent reports revealed Jay Z and “Empire” producer Lee Daniels are set to start an upcoming Richard Pryor biopic.
Lee Daniels has committed to directing The Weinstein Company’s Richard Pryor biopic with Jay Z on board to produce. The Weinstein Company had decided in May to postpone the project, titled “Richard Pryor: Is It Something I Said,” after Daniels, the showrunner of Fox’s hit series “Empire,” left the helming gig when he was unable to fit the movie shoot into his schedule. A start date is now set for early 2017. (Variety)
Jigga recently held a press conference to officially announce plans to launch an upcoming TV series based on the late Kalief Browder.
“Time: The Kalief Browder Story” is set to air as a six-part series beginning in January. The episodes will feature dramatic reenactments of Browder’s life as well as interviews with friends and family members and archival footage. Browder’s story of being thrown into solitary confinement without even being charged with a crime has galvanized prison reform efforts to ban isolationist policies for juvenile offenders. (Variety)