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Jay-Z’s Oscar Gold Party Picketed by Labor Union Outside Chateau Marmont

Protestors picketing Jay-Z’s Gold Party on Sunday evening, March 27, warmed up by having a party of their own. They erected a step-and-repeat at the end of the Chateau Marmont’s driveway, projected a logo reading “Boycott” in massive blade lettering across the hotel’s exterior, strung lights along Marmont Lane, donned glow sticks, led raucous chants […]

Black Clergy Leaders Urge Jay-Z to Move Chateau Oscar Party Amid Hotel Boycott

Black clergy leaders joined veteran Chateau Marmont workers on Friday morning at a press conference held outside Roc Nation’s Hollywood office to urge its founder Jay-Z to reconsider his plan to host his exclusive Gold Party, the most coveted Oscar night invite, on the grounds of the legendary Sunset Strip hotel. L.A. hospitality union UNITE […]

Jay-Z Oscar Party Draws Criticism for Flouting Chateau Marmont Boycott

Pre-pandemic, Beyoncé and Jay-Z’s Oscars afterparty in the Chateau Marmont’s parking garage had become the most coveted invite of the big night. Revelers at the 2020 event, known as the Gold Party, which features a no-phones policy, included Rihanna, Reese Witherspoon, Kanye West, Kim Kardashian, Travis Scott, Gabrielle Union and Charlize Theron. Now, after a […]

‘Harder They Fall’ Filmmaker Jeymes Samuel Tackling Boom! Comic Books ‘Irredeemable,’ ‘Incorruptible’ for Netflix (Exclusive)

Jeymes Samuel is going from the Wild West to the wild world of superheroes. The filmmaker behind Netflix’s all-star Western The Harder They Fall is reteaming with the streaming giant and boarding the adaptation of Boom! Studios’ comic series Irredeemable and its spinoff, Incorruptible. The unique undertaking will combine the two separate titles into one […]

How a Soul Food Spot Became Black Hollywood’s Top Restaurant for Power Dining

There are dozens of L.A. restaurants that draw actors dining with agents and directors imbibing with studio executives. Only one, however, lays claim to an outdoor space where said guests also will do the electric slide, mid-meal, while belting out Luther Vandross. Such was the scene at Alta Adams a few months ago, when Lena […]

Oscar Nominations: Lady Gaga, ‘House of Gucci’ Snubbed While Jessica Chastain Surprises

House of Gucci and its star Lady Gaga appeared to be gaining momentum in recent weeks, landing high-profile nominations for the Screen Actors Guild Awards and BAFTAs. But when the 2022 Oscar nominations were announced Tuesday morning, Gaga was surprisingly absent from the list of best actress nominees. Similarly, Gucci helmer Ridley Scott didn’t earn […]

How Jay-Z and ‘The Harder They Fall’ Writer-Director-Composer Jeymes Samuel Created the Sonic Signatures of “the Black West”

For Jeymes Samuel and Jay-Z, music and cinema have always been inextricably tethered. Just look at Jay-Z’s 2007 album American Gangster, inspired by the Ridley Scott film of the same name. Or Samuel (whose music alter ego is The Bullitts) and Jay-Z’s collaboration on the soundtrack for Baz Luhrmann’s 2013 adaptation of The Great Gatsby. […]

Netflix’s ‘jeen-yuhs: A Kanye Trilogy’: Film Review | Sundance 2022

Netflix’s three-part documentary, composed of behind-the-scenes footage shot by co-director Clarence 'Coodie' Simmons, premiered its first act in Sundance.

‘The Harder They Fall,’ ‘King Richard’ Top AAFCA Awards

Netflix’s The Harder They Fall and Warner Bros. King Richard each won a leading four awards from the African American Film Critics Association, it was announced Monday. Jeymes Samuel’s Black Western received the top prize of best picture as well as best ensemble, best director (Samuel) and music (Samuel, Kid Cudi and Jay-Z). King Richard […]

The Most Talked-About Watches and Hollywood Collectors of 2021

Hype pieces, eye-popping auction results and high-profile Hollywood wrap gifts made for a banner year in the watch world in 2021, which saw Audemars Piguet bring out a character watch with Marvel (the Black Panther Flying Tourbillon) and Patek Philippe debut a Tiffany Blue Nautilus (quickly embraced by LeBron James and Jay-Z). Below, THR looks […]

‘The Harder They Fall’ Director Jeymes Samuel on Writing the Score Alongside the Script: “Words Have Melodies”

Previously best known as singer-songwriter and music producer The Bullitts, Jeymes Samuel burst into the film world this year with dramatic, gun-slinging fashion thanks to his feature debut, Netflix’s The Harder They Fall. But Samuel didn’t just direct and co-write the all-star, all-black Western, with an A-list cast — which includes the likes of Regina […]

ABC’s ‘Women of the Movement’ Gets Companion Doc Series

ABC’s limited series Women of the Movement, about the life of civil rights activist Mamie Till-Mobley, is getting a nonfiction companion. ABC News and the show’s producers — who include Shawn “Jay-Z” Carter, Will Smith and Kapital Entertainment’s Aaron Kaplan — are behind a docuseries titled Let the World See that will delve into the […]