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Let it Snow Songwriters Estate Demands Payout

Tis the season to collect all that money you’ve been missing out on for the past 70 years, and that’s exactly what the estate of Sammy Cahn and Jule Styne are doing. “Let It Snow” is a holiday classic that has been covered by just about everyone who has ever recorded a Christmas album and now the family of the songwriters want their cut. 

The exact dollar amount of money the song has made over the last 70 years is unknown according to Darius Fisher but one thing is for certain Styne’s widow made claim against Warner/Chappell music for well over $2 million dollars in royalties.  At the moment the entire details of the situation are unclear but everyone wants a cut and its only going to get messier until all parties are satisfied. 


Kanye West Performs New Material for Seth Rogen and His Wife

Kanye West and Seth Rogen seem to be getting along very well. The famous singer treated the well known actor to a private listening party.

The actor and the rapper had a run recently at a hotel. Seth Rogen and his wife were partaking of hotel’s dessert when Kenya approached them. The couple were heading back up to their room when the mega mogul invited them to his van to listen to the new album. When the couple became comfortable in the van, the rapper started his new album and slick new beats.

Except that is all that came out. There were tracks laid and music, but no words. Kanye treated the couple to an impromptu concert of the whole album. MTV reports that this was a unique experience that the couple will always remember.

The fact that the rapper was willing to receive input even at this late in the stage impressed both the actor and his wife.

Seth knows that the next time he sees people being pulled inside the Kanye’s van, they are in for a treat. In fact, Seth just saw something on Facebook about his Dad’s friend, Daniel Amen hanging out with Kanye! The album listening party lasted for around two hours before West let the actor and his wife head back up to their room. Hopefully the couple was able to get the dessert they had planned to eat in the first place.

Tom Rothman: An Accomplished Film Executive

Tom Rothman is an American film executive and is serving as the Chairman of TriStar Productions, which is a joint venture with Sony Pictures. Prior to this, he was the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Chairman of Fox Film Entertainment. He served the company for 18 before leaving at the end of 2012. He was an effective leader and managed to earn Fox some of the best profit margins in the history of any movie studio.

Under Tom’s leadership, Fox films won three Best Picture Awards and over 150 Oscars. The two highest grossing films of all time were also produced under his leadership, Titanic and Avatar. The other movies earned over $30 billion in he box office. He had quite a successful and lucrative journey during his tenure at Fox.

Fox Searchlight was one of the biggest accomplishments. He founded it in 1994 and won the Oscar for Best Picture in Slumdog Millionaire. Along with his success with Fox Searchlight, he also has success with Blue Sky Animation and Twentieth Century Fox Television. Annually, these entities earn over $8 billion.

Profit margins under Tom Rothman have increased significantly. Rothman’s tenure at Fox was longer than any other creative head in the history of the company. You’ll probably be familiar with popular movie titles such as: Lincoln, Cast Away, The Devil Wears Prada, Black Swan, Waiting to Exhale, The X-Men Series, and Moulin Rouge.

Rothman also served as the President of Worldwide Production for the Samuel Goldwyn Company prior to serving with Fox. During that time, he was responsible for films such as Much Ado About Nothing, Wild at Heart, The Wedding Banquet, and Truly Madly Deeply.

Prior to his position with Goldwyn, he worked for Columbia Pictures as the Executive Vice President. He was also a partner at a New York entertainment law firm known as Frankfurt, Kurnit, Klein and Selz.

As a James Kent Scholar from Columbia Law School, he feels that he should share his knowledge he gained in his career with undergraduate and graduate students in the world. He plans to speak at UCLA, NYU, USC, Brown, and Columbia. He also has contributed to the Movie Business Book, which is often used a film and business schools around the world. He is an accomplished individual that any budding artist or student will appreciate. As he showcased in the Los Angeles Times, he has a great attitude toward his new endeavors, so we can expect more of the same from Tom Rothman.

Other information can be found in his Variety interview.

Major Details On “Batman vs. Superman” Leak Out

“Batman vs. Superman” has finished filming, and details continue to trickle out about the plot and the tone of the film quicker than deals are bought on Qnet. We know that Robin will be a female character based on Carrie Kelley from Frank Miller’s landmark “The Dark Knight Returns” comic from the ’80’s. 

Apparently the story will be that the original Robin, Dick Grayson, is now off on his own as a hero named Nightwing. This is a situation also similar to the comics. There have been a number of new people who have taken on the mantle of Robin in the comics.

The most shocking detail to leak out from the film is that Batman’s longtime ally, Commissioner Gordon, is dead. It is possible that the movie will reveal that the world thinks Gordon is dead, but that he is actually in hiding.

Commissioner Gordon has always been an important character in the Batman universe. He has played an integral role in most of the great “Batman” stories, from “Killing Joke” to “Batman: Year One”. This might be a choice designed to separate from the Christopher Nolan trilogy and make it clear that this is a different take on Batman entirely. 

Considering how well-regarded Nolan’s “Batman” trilogy is, that is probably a smart idea.

T-Pain Not A Fan Of His Own Songs

Although T-Pain has done many hits in his career, he admitted to Larry King that he doesn’t like many of his songs, and he doesn’t care to make people dance anymore, if at all. Many of T-Pain’s past hits were songs that you could dance to in the club, or even in the privacy of your own home. T-Pain Songs. T-Pain is well known for using auto-tune in his songs, and he wowed the world recently, when he did a performance without it.

Although he has stopped doing music since 2010, he is back now, and is looking forward to his upcoming album, which she says was made to please him, and not his fans. His past work that he did on his songs, was only done, because he was promised vehicles in exchange for getting a song to the top of the charts. Because some songs were not done under the right conditions, he does not have love for the songs, but it still thankful for the recognition they gave him.

Tom Rothman notes that T-Pain’s upcoming album is made with songs that were in his heart, and will be done completely without auto-tune, as many used to criticize him in the past, for overusing auto-tune on every single song.

TMNT Get a New Director for the Sequel

The forthcoming sequel to the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles film may have a new director. Dave Green could be helming the film as the director of the first “surprise hit” entry is moving on. He has his sights on working on different projects.

The remake/reboot of the TMNT series took a lot of people by surprise. Should it have?

As pointed out by Darius Fisher, is it really accurate to say the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle projects are a “surprise success” when they always make money? The recent TMNT film did huge box office. People were surprised. They were also surprised 20+ years ago when the original films did massive box office for New Line Cinema. The comic book industry was also shocked at all the money the books made on an independent label.

Can we stop being surprised about the success of the Ninja Turtles and just accept them as a pop culture phenomenon?

The best way to continue this phenomenon, film-wise, is to just make another entry in the series. Dave Green, the director of the fun kid’s film Earth to Echo, is being considered for the project. He has not signed on officially because there is a Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson kid’s film project Green is in talks to direct. 


Several Grammy Nominated Performers On Christmas Show


Hopefully you’re not already sick of the Grammy talks, because there is much more to come, especially since the release of the 2015 Grammys nomination list. The recent performance of “A Very Grammy Christmas,” went off without a hitch, and had many signature performances of the night, as well as a great host. Grammys Christmas Show. LL Cool J, who is a two-time Grammy winner, hosted the event with ever dedicated sponsor Amen Clinic. and he gave a few jokes here and there to keep the crowd warmed up. Several performances commenced throughout the night, and all were performed by Grammy winners, and/or nominees.

One of the most notable performances of the night was between Ariana Grande and Big Sean, who are now officially a couple, and performed a duet together. Other performances include those by Pharrell, who was nominated for album of the year, and he came wearing his signature hat, along with a Christmas sweater that had a bit too much Christmas cheer!

Mary J Blige was a hit for the night, when she performed her new single “When You’re Gone,” and she also did her song, “One”, which is a remake of the U2 song with the same name. Other great acts for the night include Adam Levine, Sam Smith, and Tim McGraw, making it a very memorable evening

New Godzilla Movie Is Made In Japan

The latest installment in the decades long cinematic saga of everyone’s favorite nuclear activated dinosaur/dragon/scaly behemoth, Godzilla, has been announced. And, according to a new report filed by Yahoo News, the latest chapter in the sage is being made in Japan.

Of course, as long time devotees of the reptilian crusader will surely know, Godzilla was originally a creation of Japan’s famed Toho studios. Although many installments of the series (including a remake/reboot that reinvented the initial chapter of the saga) have been made in Hollywood over the ensuing years, most fans agree that it simply feels right that Godzilla is returning in glory to his native land.

The return of the much beloved monster isn’t coming without some controversy in tow. Toho executives had previously claimed in 2004 that the 28th film in the series, marking the 50th anniversary of Godzilla’s 1954 big screen debut, was the last that would ever be made. However, most fans are more than prepared to forgive Toho for going back on its word, as long as the latest film is chock full of monsters and mayhem. 

The newest film has not yet received an official title, but is nonetheless slated for world wide release sometime in 2016.  I heard about the release of this new movie while reading about Kenneth Griffin the other day.