Thursday, May 3, 2018

James Harden & Chris Paul Are Ready To Bring An NBA Championship Back To Houston

The Houston Rockets have made no secret about their confidence in their championship aspirations. Harden's slightly more ambiguous, though still clear declaration that they are worthy challengers to the Warriors' reign and believe they can win a postseason series, as they have the regular-season series.

The idea, however, drives more than conversation. The Rockets have cited their pursuit of a championship for everything from a determination to improve a team that already has the league's best record to their acceptance of diminished roles as general manager Daryl Morey added players for Mike D'Antoni to squeeze into his rotation. They have been on a united mission to be the best.

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Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Leonardo DiCaprio File Objections In Weinstein Co. Bankruptcy

A Who’s Who list of Hollywood celebrities have filed objections to the Weinstein Co. sale, saying they’re owed money by the bankrupt studio — though the murky accounting makes it difficult to know exactly how much without conducting an audit.

Meryl Streep, George Clooney, Jennifer Lawrence, Leonardo DiCaprio, Bill Murray and Quentin Tarantino were among those filing documents raising concerns about outstanding payments ahead of the court-supervised auction of the studio.

Tarantino has had a long collaboration with The Weinstein Co. and its disgraced co-founder, Harvey Weinstein. He made four films for the studio — Grindhouse/Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds, Django Unchained and The Hateful Eight.

The writer-director estimates he’s still owed nearly $4.6 million for these films: $300,000 for Grindhouse, $575,000 for Inglourious Basterds, some $1.3 million for Django and $2.5 million for The Hateful Eight. 

Tarantino is asking the court to forestall the sale until The Weinstein Co. lives up to its contractual obligations and provides assurances of future payments.

Wu-Tang Producer 4th Disciple Sues RZA Over Unpaid Royalties

4th Disciple, one of Wu-Tang’s most prominent producers, has filed a lawsuit against RZA & Mitchell “Divine” Diggs over unpaid royalties.

According to documents obtained by Vibe, 4th Disciple has allegedly never received any accounting statement or royalties from his production and publishing agreements with Wu-Tang Productions and Diggs Family Music. The deals were originally signed in 1993 or 1994.

The veteran producer claims he’s been owed “50 percent of mechanical royalties, 50 percent of synchronization income and 50 percent of other income” in exchange for RZA and Divine having the rights to his written and production works.

“We reached out several times to RZA and his brother Mitchell, through their longtime attorney, and they refused to address the situation,” 4th Disciple’s lawyer Kevon Glickman told AllHipHop. “Its a shame that with all of the success of the Wu Franchise, it will take a lawsuit to force the Diggs brothers to face their contractual responsibilities.”

Lethal Weapon’s Fox Renewal On The Line Over Co-Lead Clayne Crawford’s Behavior

Lethal Weapon is the youngest and highest rated of the three Warner Bros TV drama series for Fox, so its renewal had been considered a no-brainer. But a behind-the scene issue involving one of the two leads, Clayne Crawford, is making a third season a rather complex proposition.

I have learned that Crawford has had a history of bad behavior on the show, and that he has been disciplined several times over complaints of emotional abuse and creating a hostile environment. I hear the issue has escalated to a point where other actors as well as crew on Lethal Weapon would feel uncomfortable being on set with him. The problem is threatening the future of the show, with a recasting — a rare and dramatic move when involving a lead of an established series — being explored. Fox and Warner Bros TV declined comment.

While Damon Wayans, who plays Roger Murtaugh, had been a key auspice on the series from the start — his casting helped Matt Miller’s pilot script land a green light in February 2016 — Crawford was a relatively late addition. The Rectify alum was tapped for the role of Martin Riggs a month later after a lengthy search. (Crawford has since parted ways with the talent agency that repped him when he landed the pilot.)

Tom Brady To Write Seth Gordon-Directed Racial Injustice Feature Film "Tulia"

Tom Brady, a co-exec producer on AMC’s forthcoming horror drama NOS4A2, rather than the football player, has scored his latest feature film project. I hear that he is writing Tulia, the film based on book Tulia: Race, Cocaine, and Corruption in a Small Texas Town and directed by Seth Gordon.

The film tells the story of the 1999 case that saw 39 men, largely African-American, that were arrested over a drug scandal based on testimony from an unreliable cop. Set in the small Texas town of Tulia, the men were arrested and charged with dealing cocaine based on a federal investigation of corrupt cop Tom Coleman.

The film will explore how Vanita Gupta, who is now President and Chief Executive Officer of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, and the NAACP fought to obtain acquittals of the majority of men and centers on issues of racial injustice.