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For months we’ve been hearing about Rihanna’s much-anticipated documentary, which promised to offer a first-hand look at Rih Rih’s super publicized and harshly criticized 777 Tour. In case you missed it, 777 was a seven-day, seven-country tour headline by Rihanna. The 25-year-old self-proclaimed bad girl invited over 100 fans and members of the press to join her on the tour aboard her 777 jet. Although the trip sounds like a fun idea, reports came back that many passengers were miserable, sleep-deprived and hungry due to the tour’s taxing schedule.
The 777 documentary finally aired on Fox last night and it appears to have been a rather interesting trip.
“It was 150 press from 82 countries and 50 fans from around the world. It was all about really letting them see how she lives her life,” Roc Nation’s Jay Brown explained.
“We were all on the same plane together like one big tour. I was packing this morning I was laughing. Like, ‘You really did this?’ I just can’t wait. I’m just looking and I see a couple of my people. I know this is going to be the experience of a lifetime. It’s going to be unlike anything we’ve ever experienced. First stop: Mexico!” Rih Rih eagerly told the cameraman after pulling up to the airport.
Passengers appeared to be very content upon first boarding the plane as they marveled over the gifts found in their swag bags.
“Everybody look in their gift bags and look for the little cheap string. There’s a real diamond on there. You can never say you never had a diamond in your life,” Rih Rih told passengers over the plane’s loudspeaker.
And as you may have guessed, the alcohol was flowing freely. The “Diamonds” singer sashayed throughout the cabin offering fans Ace of Spade and other treats.
“I feel like I’m on Soul Plane. This is Soul Plane!” Jamal Edwards told one cameraman.
Check out the documentary on the next page. If invited, would you join your favorite celebrity on tour?
Last week news broke that Trinidadian bombshell Nicki Minaj would be making her acting debut alongside Cameron Diaz in forthcoming film, The Other Woman. While this was major news, according to reports The Other Woman director, Nick Cassavetes and the folks over at 20th Century Fox weren’t the only ones looking to cast theatrical emcee in their latest flick. RumorFix is saying that X-Men producers were strongly considering replacing 46-year-old Halle Berry as Storm in the saga’s latest installment, X-Men: Days of Future Past with the “High School” rapper.
Although this is just a rumor and has yet to be confirmed by Nicki or X-Men producers, we have to admit that the colorful actress-turned-rapper-turned-actress again seems like she has the potential to make a great Storm, especially considering her background in theater. Not to mention that many of her over the top wigs already have a Storm-esque, superhero type feel to them. We have yet to witness her acting skills with our own eyes, but the real story will be told once The Other Woman hits theaters.
As for the forthcoming X-Men sequel, even if Nicki was being considered, director Bryan Singer released a photo of Halle all suited up in her Storm costume, letting it be known that the mom-to-be had signed on to reclaim her role this go ’round. But, there’s no telling what the future may hold and considering how Fox and Marvel get down with all of their sequels, prequels, remakes and reboots, chances are this won’t be the last X-Men movie to be released.
Do you think Nicki would’ve made a good Storm?
Just as I was thinking that the Kardashian’s have been flying under the radar as of late, news comes out that Kris Jenner — the momager matriarch of the clan — is about to be front and center once again. When we first reported on the possibility of Kris getting her own talk show it was just that, a possibility, but according to The Hollywood Reporter this is really happening and there’s even a debut date for the new show: July 15. Unfortunately, that’s not much time to mentally prepare.
The talk show, simply titled Kris, will be “Pop-culture driven” according to THR, and will feature celebrity guests, fashion and beauty trends, and discussions on lifestyle issues. Fox, which recently decided to dabble in the land of talk shows, is the network behind this new venture and has ordered a six-week test run that will air on Fox-owned stations in New York, Los Angeles, and beyond. If enough people tune in to Kris during that time, the test-run could turn into a nationally syndicated talk show that could air as soon as fall 2014 and would be produced by Twentieth TV. Robert Lifton, the executive producer of the one-hour talk show, seems to think that’s a likely possibility, telling THR:
“Kris has an incredible ability to connect with television viewers, demonstrates a wide range of interests and can successfully embrace light fare and conversation. She has a fantastic chance to be a true breakout personality in the daytime television space.”
And let’s not forget she has Kim. As long as people are interested in her daughter, her soon-t0-be-born grandchild, and her one-day-maybe son-in-law Kanye West, Kris will likely never have to worry about ratings. So, yeah, basically that Kardashian reign just won’t let up.
Would you watch her talk show?
A couple of weeks ago we told you that Bajan bad girl Rihanna would be releasing a documentary about her highly publicized and extremely criticized “777 Tour.” As we get closer to the film’s May 6th debut, Rihanna and her camp release bits and pieces about the documentary. And when we say bits and pieces, we literally mean bits and pieces.
Yesterday Fox released an “exclusive world premiere teaser,” and a tease is exactly what it was. With 33,539 views to date, the sneak peek leaves fans knowing just as much as they knew prior to the trailer’s release, which isn’t much. While we know that the film will document Rih Rih globetrotting, making appearances in seven countries within a seven-day time span, there are still so many unanswered questions. Will the film show the angry, hungry and sleep deprived journalists who accompanied the “Diamonds” singer on her seven-day tour? Will we get a more up close and personal look at how she preps for shows? Obviously Rihanna maintaining mystery surrounding the film doc is her team’s way of building anticipation and I must admit that it’s working.
The 16-second trailer opens to the sound of roaring fans, offering a quick peak of the singer seemingly making her way onto her “777″ jet. The teaser ends playing the singer-turned-designer’s “Right Now” track.
Although it’s a little disappointing that the trailer didn’t reveal much, I’m sure her navy still eagerly awaits the documentary’s May 6th debut.
Check out footage of Rihanna’s in-plane press conference with 777 passengers below. Turn the page to watch the trailer.
November of last year, singer and self-proclaimed bad girl, Rihanna rounded up a crew of 256 fans and journalists to join her on her private jet as she tackled a 7-day, 7-country tour, knowns as the “777 Tour.” While it sounds like it was a wonderful idea and method for fans to get closer to the Bajan beauty and journalists to get the scoop, Rih Rih’s 777 passengers said it was everything but. Journalists and fans alike expressed that the trip was horrible, mainly because they barely saw Rihanna and basic life necessities such as food and sleep were minimal. Rih Rih, however, appears to have enjoyed the tour, as she told fans “This was excellent and I would definitely do it again.” It was so excellent that the 25-year-old superstar decided to document it on film. According to the Hollywood Reporter, concert documentary, Rihanna 777, will premiere on Fox this spring.
The documentary is said to provide viewers with behind-the-scenes footage of Rihanna darting across the world in seven days, while promoting her latest album, Unapologetic. During the tour, the “Diamonds” singer made appearances in Mexico City, Toronto, Stockholm, Paris, Berlin, London and New York.
While some refer to the tour as a publicity stunt that went horribly wrong, it doesn’t appear to have gone as wrong as some would like to believe it did. Since promoting the new album the goal, it seems that Rih Rih’s mission was accomplished. Unapologetic debuted at No. 1 on on the Billboard 200 and the single “Diamonds” peaked at No.1 on the Billboard Hot 100, on the same day that the tour wrapped up.
Rihanna 777 is a product of Fenty Films in conjunction with Love Live and Gravíte Productions. It is slated to premiere on Monday, May 6th.
What do you think of Rih Rih documenting the tour? Do you plan on tuning in?
Don’t you just love a good television show? They’re so hard to come by more often than not that when you find one and you find yourself so emotionally invested, the level of pisstivity you reach when it is canceled or has a finale is unparalleled. Here are just a few shows that we loved (for the most part) that made an exit when they were still in their prime! Oh, and feel free to add the shows you thought ended before their time so we can mourn together!
Hollywood or Bust: Fox Partners With HBCUs To Develop Diversity Program for the Entertainment Industry
Fox has announced a partnership with Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCUs) that will will bring HBCU students, faculty and alumni together with executives from Fox’s media and entertainment divisions, reports Target Market News. The new union, called the FOX/HBCU Media Alliance (FHMA), is an effort to encourage students who are interested in pursuing careers in the film and television industry. It also aims to advance the careers of HBCU alumni currently working in media and entertainment across the Fox businesses.
The initiative will be spearheaded by Fox Audience Strategy, the company’s cross-divisional unit that focuses on advocating diverse perspectives in entertainment. This is just one division of the company that brings you Fox News, Fox Business, 20th Century Fox and programs like The Cleveland Show, American Dad, and Glee.
“As a HBCU alumnus, I know first-hand the extraordinary level of talent coming out of these schools,” said Nicole Bernard, Senior Vice President, and head of FOX Audience Strategy, in a press statement. Bernard received her undergraduate degree at Howard University before earning her J.D. at Georgetown University Law Center.
“I am excited that we will have the opportunity through regional events, workforce initiatives and social networking platforms to not only identify, cultivate and advance the best and brightest from this vast community, but to provide an array of tangible platforms for their creative gifts,” she continued.
Through the partnership, FOX Audience Strategy is also establishing and funding the Fox Film Grant that will enable one FHMA member to participate in the diversity and mentorship program Project Involve, a year-long program of Film Independent, nonprofit arts organization that champions the independent filmmaker.
Based in Los Angeles, FHMA will also have chapters in Washington, D.C. and New York City, led by HBCU alumni in the media and entertainment industry, according to Target Market. Membership in the Alliance is open to all current HBCUs, their students, faculty and alumni who work in the media and entertainment sector.
“This partnership will help Howard and other HBCUs to continue their tradition of producing quality talent that creates award-winning work,” said Sidney A. Ribeau, Ph.D., president of Howard University, in a press statement.
Rapper 50 Cent certainly appears to have achieved his life’s mantra to “get rich or die trying”. The entrepreneur has been making money hand over fist since he went mainstream with street anthem “Wanksta” back in 2002, and he seems to be maintaining that same momentum. His most recent endeavor is a comedic, animated series, that is somewhat based on his childhood, reports Deadline.
50 has partnered with feature producer Randall Emmett of Imagine TV and 20th Century Fox TV. The show, which was actually written by Carl Jones, will follow a precarious, but well-meaning little boy and the sticky situations he finds himself in with his “eccentric” family and neighbors.
The project is currently untitled and is still being negotiated, but is expected to get a pilot or presentation order from Fox. In addition to Randall Emmett and Carl Jones, 50′s all-star team includes television producer’s Andrew Jameson and Brian Grazer. This will be the second project that 50 has released based on some of his life experiences, the first being his 2005 movie Get Rich or Die Tryin’.
The series sounds like it has the potential to be quite entertaining and successful, especially since 50 already has a fairly humorous personality. Talk of this show puts me in the mind of Damon Wayans’s Saturday morning cartoon, “Waynehead”, which I found to be pretty funny, although I’m not quite sure if 50′s show will be kid-friendly or not. I’m really interested to know who would actually do the voice of the show’s protagonist. I’d be absolutely tickled to find out it’s 50.
50 and Emmett have also partnered up to executive produce “Power”, a scripted series that follows the life of a crooked night club owner. It is said to be in development at Starz.
What do you think of 50 Cent’s latest endeavor?
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Jazmine Denise is a news writer for Madame Noire. Follow her on Twitter @jazminedenise
I haven’t watched “American Idol” since Ruben Studdard was on the show but I know plenty of people who still rearrange their schedules to get home and catch Americans make a fool of themselves and get dogged by hosts because they have no singing ability. Unfortunately for Fox, it doesn’t appear there are too many of those people left. According to Entertainment Weekly, Wednesday night’s premiere of “Idol” brought in the lowest ratings for the show ever.
“‘Idol’ delivered 17.9 million viewers and a 6.0 adults 18-49 demo rating. That’s down 19 percent from last year’s opener, which was the previous lowest-ever record-holder.”
“Idol” has actually been on the decline for several years now, particularly since 2009 when reality singing competition shows became a dime a dozen. Plus, with the show being in its twelfth season, it had to die out at sometime. Truth be told, that time still probably isn’t now, as despite the decline in ratings, “American Idol” still takes the title as the top-rated singing show premiere this season.
I’m curious how these ratings will hold because after watching just 27 minutes of Wednesday’s show I was already over the cattiness between Nicki Minaj and Mariah Carey (and that’s my girl), plus Nicki just needed too much attention and this show is not about her. Unless Randy Jackson is gonna snatch up both of them and tell them to grow up at some point, I probably won’t be tuning in — like I didn’t last night.
Did you watch the two-night premiere of “American Idol” this week? Are you sticking with it? Also, check out Wendy’s synopsis of “American Idol’s” problem. It’s pretty on point.
African Americans are changing their TV viewing habits. As we reported recently, more blacks are tuning in to cable TV. And that includes cable news channels. Case in point, the newly released ratings for MSNBC. The channel has recently seen a 60.5 percent black audience increase in 2012.
One of the reasons blacks viewers are tuning in is the network’s “progressive leaning approach to the news and wide array of Black hosts and pundits likely helped cause the increase,” writes Ebony. The channel already had a significant number of viewers who were African American, and this only adds to its dominance with black viewers. Compare this with CNN, which saw an increase of 23.7% of black viewers. And Fox News, not surprisingly, had a decrease in its black audience numbers. (Fox News’ Hannity actually shed about half of its viewers after the election some think because the show was so wrong about how the voting was going to go.)
MSNBC has an array of black hosts and pundits, including Toure, Melissa Harris-Perry, Tamron Hall, Joy-Ann Reid, Karen Finney, Michael Steele, Rev. Al Sharpton, Eugene Robinson, Jonathan Capehart, and Goldie Taylor.
“I think we made a commitment, we decided, that in order for this channel to succeed, that we had to reflect the country. This meant that we had to be part of the country in ways that the other channels weren’t,” remarked MSNBC president Phil Griffith recently, as reported by Ebony.
“We have a diverse on-air group of people, because that matters, and people want to know that we reflect their world. And it’s not just a single show – it’s across the board. You look at the guests every hour and we make sure that we have women, African Americans, everything, and I think to spend a day watching MSNBC is to see America as we have seen it.”