Archive for October 4, 2011

Article: Fox Threatens End of ‘Simpsons’ if Voice Actors Don’t Accept 45% Pay Cut (Report) by Georg Szalai

The Simpsons

The animated hit show is currently in its 23rd season and reportedly faces an end in the spring if the dispute can’t be resolved.

NEW YORK – The latest pay dispute between News Corp.’s Fox and the six principle voice actors on The Simpsons may bring an end to the hit show in the spring, the reported.

20th Century Fox Television executives are looking for a 45 percent salary cut, according to the report. If the cast doesn’t accept the reduction, the animated series, currently in its 23rd season, will come to an end in the spring, the studios executives have threatened, the Daily Beast said.

Pay issues are nothing new for the evergreen Sunday night show. Executives at 20th Century Fox have in the past sometimes suggested that they could replace current cast members with other voice actors if pay disputes don’t get resolved.

A Fox studio spokesman had no comment late Monday night, the Daily Beast said.

The top voice actors on the animated hit show get $400,000 per episode under their .

Fox network entertainment president Kevin Reilly that the company is looking at options for the Simpsons after talk of a possible Simpsons network emerged.

“We’re having conversations with [executive producer] Jim Brooks trying to figure out what the next chapter looks like,” he said. “I certainly don’t want it to be on my watch where we have to make that change.”



Real Talk: A Rant Worth Listening Too

Glossary: Music


Buy-on refers to the practice of a musician paying a fee in exchange for being the opening band on a tour. Buy-ons are often used to give an up and coming act a chance to play in front of a large audience.

Buy-ons are most common for large, arena/stadium kinds of tours and are very rarely used in indie music. It is important not to confuse the idea of a buy-on with being charged a fee for playing a show. With a buy-on, you’re essentially buying an audience – you’re not paying for promotion. Being asked to pay a promoter a fee for them to put on a show for you in a club is a different practice and is frowned up. Further, a buy-on should always involve a contract.

Glossary: Music

Key man clause (contract):

A key man clause names a person in a contract between organisations or partnerships (e.g. between record labels and groups). A band member or writer might be specified by a record label or an A&R man might be specified by a band. The contract normally depends on the key man or key men remaining in place.

Article: BMI Pick of the Month: Los Angeles

BMI Pick of the Month presents at Hotel Café (1623 1/2 N Cahuenga Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA). Doors open at 7:00 PM; show starts at 8:00 PM; 21 & over. Tickets: $5

Performances by:

8:00 PM – Jack Littman

9:00 PM – Mariah McManus

10:00 PM –





In a Recent Interview With Urbanology Tyrese Talks About Acting and Music…

Juggling the filming of two major motion pictures Fast Five and Transformers: Dark of the Moon, while writing a book and recording a full-length album, is no easy feat. But for Tyrese Gibson it’s all part of a day’s work. As he shares, sometimes in acting, it’s a lot of playing the “hurry up and wait” game so when there were days that he’d be expected on set at 6 a.m. but wouldn’t start shooting for five or six hours later, he’d be holed up in his trailer, getting his author on.

“Ain’t no thing as downtime,” says the singer/actor who broke onto the R&B scene years ago with sultry singles like “Sweet Lady” and “Lately”. Since then he has gone on to release four LPs and act in a wide-range of movies including Waist Deep, Baby Boy and various editions of the Fast and the Furious and Transformers library. As Universal Studios gears up for tomorrow’s release of Fast Five on Blu Ray and DVD we catch up with Tyrese to hear his thoughts on the film, which stars Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Dwayne Johnson and of course, the crooner himself.

UM: How are you feeling about the Blu Ray release for Fast Five?
TYRESE: The fact that people went out and Fast Five was the biggest one of all of the franchise in box office around the world, wow, so many people are going to be at home watching this movie that they love on Blu Ray and DVD, it’s going to turn into a whole other labour of love. Transformers, same thing, you’re going to be able to watch this movie at home, it’s only going to elevate the success to a whole other level.

UM: What are some of the characteristics that you and your character shared?
TYRESE: You know I happen to be a wise ass, I’ve been known to crack a joke or two, most of the people around me laugh all day, every day, it’s always good energy, especially when I’m in a good mood, it’s on and popping. Having that type of energy on camera is what it is.

UM: The Blu Ray discs have bonus features including Tyrese TV. Tell us a little bit about that. TYRESE: Well they did that for all of the cast members, not all, but they got Paul Walker TV, Vin Diesel TV, it’s just a behind the scenes look at everybody’s process, their energy and whatever else went into making the movie. And Tyrese TV is off the chain, laughing, funny, hyper, all over the place, having a lot of fun with that shit.

UM: What’s one of your favourite scenes that you did from Fast Five?
TYRESE: One of my favourites is when I told Dom that I’m cool, I’m leaving, I’m not down with this mission and he said what we’re talking about is $100 million. And I said what? It was actually hard for everybody to keep a straight face on set.

UM: With a scene like that, has there ever been something like that in your real life, whether a record deal or a role for a movie, where you’re like nah, I’m not really feeling this?
TYRESE: Well I mean, you have those moments that pop up, but I don’t know about $100 million being connected to it, $100 million is a little significant, you say what?

UM: Between Fast Five and Death Race, how is it working with people’s dream cars?
TYRESE: It’s real incredible man. I’m walking inside of my dreams, it’s one thing to dream, having ideas of what you want to do and what you want to be it’s another to recognize when you’re walking inside of your dreams. To think it all started from a 30 second Coca Cola commercial and for me to still be in some type of show biz is unreal. It’s just unreal, I’ve seen a lot of people’s careers come and go, and mine is still trucking along. It’s pretty damn incredible. I’m pretty blessed and fortunate.

UM: What can we look forward to from Tyrese?
TYRESE: I just finished my new album, Open Invitation. And I can’t tell you how proud I am of my album, this is my best R&B album to date, I have so much confidence in this album, and I just look forward to sharing it with everyone on November 1. Follow me on Twitter @Tyrese and I keep everyone up to speed on everything I got coming up. I got two singles available on iTunes, one is called “Stay” and one is “To Be Easy” featuring Ludacris. We just shot videos for both. I have the utmost respect for this process, for doing music, this time I made it independent, I did it on my own. I’m very, very, very proud of everything with that.

UM: Prepping for this album coming out, where did you draw inspiration from to make sure it’s trendy and still satisfies your fans?
TYRESE: If you hear the music, you’ll see. I’ve been away from music for a quick, little minute. But I’ve been listening, I’ve been keeping my ear open to what’s hot, what’s working in today’s music, I feel like we’re definitely onto something special.
Interview by. Adrian McKenzie

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Jay Z Believes Weed Is Watering Down Hip Hop >

Jay Z has been in the music game for almost two decades now, and has been one of the few music moguls to turn business man and outlast the competition.

Recently Jay Z spoke on his thoughts about the influence that weed has brought into the music industry.

Jay Z believes the hip hop genre today has become “more mellow” because some of his peers are smoking marijuana.

“Public Enemy were a great force in the 80s. Chuck D was a powerful speaker and a great thinker. The intensity of life on the street in the 80s is right there in that mix. Hip hop sounds get mellower in the 90s, when people started smoking more weed,” he said.

Jay Z also admits that movies have been a huge influence on his music as they helped him make sense of the crime-ridden area of New York he grew up in.

“One of the ways you deal with your surroundings is almost to imagine you are in a drama on the big screen. It sounds crazy but it can help you survive to see yourself in terms of a story.”

“You could write a whole book on what hip hop has taken from The Godfather and Scarface and all those gangster films.”

I have to agree with Jay-Z on this one. Music was once highly considered as a respected art of rhythmic poetry. However, now it seems that most artists out there just try to rap about whatever comes there way with no real back story or message to it.

And worst of all they’re barely putting ABC rhymes together. Jay Z hit a homerun to all the mainstream rappers out there who are slacking on the music game.

Step your bars up! There are plenty of young, hungry lyricists waiting to take that spot.



Article: 10 Best Female Rappers: # 1. MC Lyte

If you ask hip-hop fans who the greatest male emcee of all time is, you’re more than likely to get about 20 to 25 different responses. Now, switch the question to “Who’s the best female rapper of all time?” and, alas, you’re more than likely to end up with the same answer 9 out of 10 times: MC Lyte.

With gems like “I Cram to Understand U (Sam)” and “10% Dis” from her 1988 debut, Lyte As a Rock, MC Lyte changed hip-hop’s perception of femcees without changing her outfit. Instead, she cloaked herself in dignity and integrity. And did I mention that she could run circles around many of her male counterparts with her take-your-hats-off wordplay? Lyte’s originality, smooth flow, substance-packed content, and impeccable delivery, make her the unquestionable queen of rap music.



Quote Of The Day

As long as I retain my feeling and my passion for Nature, I can partly soften or subdue my other passions and resist or endure those of others.


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