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DiCaprio & Hill Develop Hip-Hop TV Show

Here’s one of the weirder news items of the day: “Wolf of Wall Street” actors Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill are collaborating with Tribe Called Quest rapper Q-Tip on a television series that will focus on the Native Tongues-era of hip-hop. For those who have no clue what means, a history lesson: Native Tongues was a loose grouping of “conscious” rappers (Tribe, De La Soul, Queen Latifah, Jungle Brothers, among others) that, in the early 1990’s, bucked the oncoming trend of explicit rap. Most of these groups stressed positivity, mocked the overt seriousness of gangster rap, and were associated with the Zulu Nation. According to the report, the series “will reflect on the stories of their friendship and how their music played a part in culture then and influenced the music of today.” DiCaprio and Hill will act as producers, but since we know Leo is a fan of clubs, is it too much to ask him to make an appearance? (more…)

Your Favorite Netflix Sub-Catagory

If you use the popular online streaming service Netflix, you’ll be all too familiar with their hilarious subcategories — or as they call them, “personalized genres.” These are branches of the typical genres Netflix uses to categorize movies and more helpfully (I guess) determine which movies will be right for you. Just last night, as I was flipping through movies on Netflix trying to decide what to watch, I was introduced to a new category, based on what I’ve viewed in the past: Cerebral Films with a Strong Female Lead. Sounds good to me. But how far do these categories go? (more…)

Watch Sky Ferreira on Letterman

Sky Ferreira, currently on the long promotional tour behind her new album, “Night Time, My Time,” stopped by David Letterman‘s talk show last night. Dressed in all black, the singer performed “You’re Not the One,” a standout song from the new album. After canceling a string of dates opening for Vampire Weekend earlier this year, Ferreira announced that, along with Icona Pop, she would be the opening act for Miley Cyrus‘s upcoming tour. That sure is going to be something. Watch the video below. It’s a good one. (more…)

Watch M.I.A on “The Colbert Report”

M.I.A is on a press tour for her new album, “Matangi,” and she stopped by “The Colbert Report” last night. It was strange. Her interview with the host was awkward, with Stephen Colbert‘s satirical alter-ego taking her to task for having politics in her music and asking her: “Why mix politics and fun?” She cited Bob Dylan and Public Enemy as American influences, admitted she’s never watched his show (she claims she doesn’t watch television), and later performed two songs, “Y.A.L.A” and “Come Walk With Me,” flanked by a backup dancer, DJ, and flashing lights. Watch the videos below, and read our profile of M.I.A here. (more…)

HBO to Adapt “The Last Tycoon”

After the relative success of Baz Luhurman‘s adaptation of F. Scott Fitzgerald‘s beloved 1925 novel “The Great Gatsby” earlier this year, Hollywood has begun snapping up work by the author because they’ve never seen a possible trend they didn’t want to run into the ground. According to a report in Deadline, HBO is getting ready to make a series based on “The Last Tycoon,” Fitzgerald’s final, unfinished novel. Billy Ray (“Captain Phillips”) is set to write the script, which focus on Monroe Stahr, a Hollywood mogul, “as he climbs to the height of power pitting him against his mentor and current head of the studio Pat Brady.” Fitzgerald based the main characters on real-life studio heads Irving Thalberg and Louis B. Mayer. (more…)

Steve McQueen Develops Show for HBO

Artist and filmmaker Steve McQueen, whose “12 Years a Slave” is riding on the overbearing hype of awards-season “buzz,” has reportedly set up a project at HBO. According to Deadline, the currently work has been described “as an exploration of a young African-American man’s experience entering New York high society, with a past that may not be what it seems.” Based on reports, it’s not clear what form the project will take. Will it be a mini-series? Will it be something that can run multiple seasons? Or maybe a stand-alone film? It will be co-written by McQueen and Matthew Michael Carnahan (“World War Z”) — is this an action movie? — and produced by Russell Simmons. (more…)

Young People Don’t Watch TV Anymore, and It’s Bad for All of Us

In a recent article in the Los Angeles Times, critic Scott Collins addresses one of the most perplexing questions about the modern television landscape: What’s the deal with the under-40 demographic? And why are networks so reliant on marketing to young viewers? Collins traces it back to the early days of Nielson ratings: (more…)

Quoted: Vince Gilligan on the Alternate Ending to “Breaking Bad”

“There was a version we kicked around where Walt is the only one who survives, and he’s standing among the wreckage and his whole family is destroyed. That would be a very powerful ending but very much a kick-in-the-teeth kind of ending for the viewers.” — Vince Gilligan, discussing the many different options for how “Breaking Bad” would end. [Indiewire]

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In Five: Jennifer Lawrence Goes “East of Eden,” De Niro Heads to HBO, and More Culture News

1.  It’s being reported that Jennifer Lawrence is set to star in an adaptation of John Steinbeck‘s “East of Eden,” which, of course, was already made into a film in 1955 co-starring James Dean. Gary Ross, who directed the first “Hunger Games” film, will be behind the camera for the new adaptation, and is reportedly planning to tell the epic story over two films. Considering this and the reported adaptation of “The Grapes of Wrath,” Steinbeck is currently in vogue among Hollywood studios. [Deadline] (more…)

In Five: Matthew Weiner Bummed About Final Season of “Mad Men,” WikiLeaks Protests “The Fifth Estate,” and More Culture News

1. Remember last week when it was reported that the final season of “Mad Men” would be split into two? You know how bummed out you felt, learning that you’d have to wait an extra year to find out what happens at the end of the show? Well, “Mad Men” creator Matthew Weiner kind of feels the same way. “It’s a strategy from the network and I was told about it,” he told reporters at an event for the Emmy Awards last week. “I found a way to work with it. That’s all I can say.” Good move, AMC. [Hollywood Reporter] (more…)