So for once a Kardashian doesn’t want some video of herself out there – at least not yet. Keeping Up With The Kardashians’ Kim and hubby-to be Kanye West today filed a complaint in LA Superior Court against YouTube co-founder Chad Hurley for filming the rapper’s October 21 marriage proposal to the E! star and putting it online. The breach of contract, fraud and unjust enrichment filing (read it here) seeks a jury trial as well as unspecified damages galore and gate crasher Hurley handing over any profits he might have made from putting the proposal at San Fran’s AT&T Park up on his new Mixbit site. It seems the duo didn’t want anyone but their own crews filming anything because the footage of the event was intended for M Cable Television, an offshoot of Keeping producers Bunim/Murray and E! – which means you likely would be seeing it soonish on the long running reality series.
“Kanye West and Kim Kardashian are entertainers. Entertainers get paid for their work,” says the complaint, at least telling us Kim’s real status. Slagged as a tech one-hit wonder in the complaint, Hurley actually did sign a confidentially agreement when he tagged along to the invite only event with a friend. There’s a pic of him with it in the filing. … Read More »
UPDATED, 7:46 PM: Kanye West: the gift that keeps on giving to Jimmy Kimmel as he trains to go head-to-head against the formidable Lorne Michaels, and Jimmy Fallon, in late night. “Kanye and I had a disagreement a couple of weeks ago, and it got a little bit out of hand. Tomorrow night, we will sit down and discuss it like normal people do — on television,” Kimmel said on tonight’s Jimmy Kimmel Live. “It’ll just be us, and Dr. Phil. And neither of us is leaving until this government shutdown gets solved. So if you’ve always wanted to see a talk show host get strangled by a pair of leather jogging pants, join us tomorrow.”
Last month the ABC late-night star did a comedy bit mocking the notoriously thin-skinned West. Too easy, we know, but he did it anyway. On his show, Kimmel had a child perform lines delivered by West during an interview with BBC Radio 1, in which he declared himself the biggest rock star in the world; he also appeared to lodged a complaint against the fashion industry — something about those leather jogging pants.
The child was holding a milkshake.
These two disciples of Aristophanes kept the comedy going for some time. West took to Twitter; Kimmel responded on his show. West suggested Kimmel put himself in his shoes — except, he noted, Kimmel couldn’t do that because “that means you would have gotten too much good pussy in your life.” “I’ve seen the video. I know,” Kimmel responded. Read More »
Getting ready to take on the formidable Lorne Michaels, and Jimmy Fallon, in late-night TV? Here’s your To Do List:
1) Prank America with fake YouTube video in which an twerking girl ignites herself. Check. 2) Get Paul McCartney to perform on yet another roof. Check. 3) Do comedy bit mocking notoriously thin-skinned Kanye West. Too easy? Check.
Watch Kimmel cash in on his Kanye West spoof last night, followed by the spoof that got Kanye’s undies in a bunch:
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Kris Jenner and Twentieth Television scored a big season finale ratings bump Friday when Kanye West made an appearance on Kris and debuted a photo of North West, his baby with Jenner’s daughter Kim Kardashian. The highly anticipated West interview episode notched a series-high 1.7 household rating and did particularly in LA and Dallas markets where it was #1 in its time period. But for the syndicated talk show’s entire six-week run on selected Fox stations, Kris didn’t make a splash and came out just about even (0.8 in HH metered markets) with last year’s time period and with its lead-in. On YouTube the show’s channel hit a high of 4.3M views in its final week, comprising over half of its 8.1M views to date.
For the second time in the past week, a program that had the media hyperventilating ahead of its premiere does not appear to have impressed the public to the same degree. Only time will tell if Kris Jenner’s new talker is the new Sharknado. Monday’s Kris rollout, on Fox stations in six markets — New York/WNYW, Los Angeles/KTTV, Dallas/KDFW, Phoenix/KSAZ, Minneapolis/KMSP and Charlotte/WJZY — included three of the country’s Top 5 markets (NY, LA and Dallas). In those six markets, Kris averaged a 1.1/3 household rating, failing to build over the year-ago time period, and retaining its lead-in share. Kris did noticeably improve the stations’ May sweep performance in female demos, finishing first in its time slot in Los Angeles ahead of Katie, Steve Harvey, and Dr. Phil.
Related: Kardashians “Scripted” Lawsuit For Their E! Series: Court Filing
But the launch of the show’s six-week test run was not a home run, despite the bajillion bucks worth of free publicity it enjoyed compliments of the press. In New York, for instance, Kris clocked a 1.1/4 household rating, falling below both its Wendy Williams lead-in (1.4/5) and its leadout, the launch of The Real (1.5/5). That’s an accomplishment — for The Real, given how much less advance noise was made on that show’s part, owing to its shocking lack of Kardashian-ness. Read More »
Oscar winner Ben Affleck is hosting this weekend’s Saturday Night Live season finale, but it’s musical guest Kanye West who steals the spotlight in SNL‘s set of promos. “Hell no, I’m not going on SNL skits, this is my goddamn life,” he said onstage this week at the Adult Swim upfronts. Should be fun. Watch the promos:
EXCLUSIVE: CAA has just signed Kanye West. He reunites with Cara Lewis, the music agent who repped West at WME before she moved to CAA in January. West is a big piece of business. He’s won 18 Grammy Awards and sold more than 19 million albums and 32 million digital songs. His recent tour team up with Jay-Z, Watch The Throne, is the highest grossing hip hop tour of all time.
EXCLUSIVE: Cara Lewis, a dominant agent in the hip-hop sphere, will leave WME at the end of the month when her contract expires. Lewis spent 23 years at WMA and WME, and her client list includes Kanye West, Eminem, B.o.B, Big Boi, Common, Erykah Badu, Jill Scott, Kid Cudi, Lupe Fiasco, Nas, Ne-Yo, Pitbull, Soulja Boy, the Roots and Tinie Tempah. Music touring has become an increasingly important segment for agencies, so this one will be interesting to follow. A source close to Lewis confirmed she’ll leave, saying they just couldn’t come to terms on a new deal.
Cannes experienced a huge dose of starpower on its prime Saturday night as the Film Festival hosted the latest premiere following big events at Disneyland and in Moscow for Disney’s summer juggernaut Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. For the out-of-competition event, stars Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Geoffrey Rush, Ian McShane, Astrid Berges-Frisbey, Sam Claflin, plus producer Jerry Bruckheimer and Director Rob Marshall, all hit the red carpet. You literally could not navigate the massive crowd scene in front of and surrounding the Palais as this group worked the paparazzi. It drew the biggest throng of fans so far at the Fest, all trying to position themselves to get a glimpse of the stars. Cannes loves photo opps like this and has been actively courting studios to bring their big summer behemoths to the Cote d’Azur in order to guarantee some celeb glitz. With Depp and Cruz tonight, and Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie making their entrance Monday night for Brad’s Tree of Life premiere, the photogs are having a field day. I also heard Leonardo DiCaprio hit town this weekend as well. Read More »
UPDATE: Idris Elba, formerly an ICM client, signed with UTA after taking meetings with the other major agencies. (Elba is the British actor who just signed to play Alex Cross in David Twohy’s Cross based on the James Patterson novels, and stars in the 6-part BBC mini-series Luther playing another maverick cop.) Elba is repped by UK agent Roger Charteris, manager David Schiff, and attorney Fred Toczek.
ICM just signed Robin Antin and the Pussycat Dolls. The agency will represent the brand across the board (touring, television, licensing, etc.)
WME is denying that Kanye West has left: “He is still a client.” But other agencies say he’s taking meetings and may soon be out the door, diamond teeth and all.
Cuba Gooding Jr went back to CAA from Gersh.
Affion Crockett, writer/producer/star of Fox’s upcoming untitled Jamie Foxx sketch comedy series, has signed with CAA. He is managed by Brian Dobbins at Principato Young and his attorney is Bianca Levin. Crockett was previously repped by Global Artists Agency.
ICM recently promoted four — Evan Dick, Shade Grant, Zach Iser, and Kathleen Remington — to agent. Dick and Grant work in the international television and media department, reporting to Greg Lipstone. Dick continues to work with Nick Khan in ICM’s sports and news broadcaster biz. Grant focuses on producers and talent. Remington is an agent in the motion picture lit department reporting to Nicole Clemens. And Iser works in the New York division of ICM’s concerts department.