Quincy Jones sues Michael Jackson’s estate for $10 million

quincyQuincy Jones the 80-year-old music legend, who coproduced Michael Jackson‘s biggest albums, including Thriller, has filed a $10 million lawsuit against the late pop icon’s estate, alleging that “clandestine arrangements” put in place have served to cheat him out of royalties he’s due for his contributions to Jackson’s earlier work.

Per court documents obtained by the Hollywood Reporter, Jones claims that the recordings he worked on have been edited and remixed in a way to deprive him of his deserved cut from projects like the This Is It soundtrack and the two current Cirque du Soleil shows that utilize Jackson’s music.

“Quincy has been frustrated with these matters for a number of years, felt he was not making any progress and needed to take more formal action,” his attorney, Henry Gradstein, told THR.

Jackson estate attorney Howard Weitzman said in a statement that they were “saddened to learn that Quincy Jones has filed a lawsuit seeking money from Michael’s estate. To the best of [the estate’s] knowledge, Mr. Jones has been appropriately compensated over approximately 35 years for his work with Michael.”

The lawsuit, filed today in L.A. Superior Court, charges that Jackson’s estate “secretly entered into a venture agreement with Sony” to share profits in violation of deals Jones signed in 1978 and 1985 assuring that he would get a “backend” piece from the sale of revamped tracks.


Morgan Freeman won’t see ’12 Years a Slave’

Oscar winning actor Morgan Freeman has become increasingly outspoken recently.

He’s weighed in on everything from the legalization of marijuana to Tea Party Republicans, who the Last Vegas star considers “racist.”

Now he’s sharing his thoughts on the critically acclaimed drama 12 Years a Slave.

Despite garnering stellar reviews and considerable Oscar buzz, Freeman intends to skip seeing the movie.

“I saw a television movie that was made a few years ago about the same character [Solomon Northup]. But I don’t particularly want to see it,” he told the Daily Beast. “I don’t want my anger quotient exacerbated, you know? Things are bad enough as they are. I don’t want to keep punching myself in the face with it.”

Revolt TV CEO on Sean Combs’ Plan to Conquer Cable

From left to right: Andy Schuon, Sean Combs and Keith Clinkscales

Keith Clinkscales says the new all-music channel will lure millennials with social marketing and irresistible programming: “When you come to Revolt, you’re getting a full picture of what is happening in the world of music.”

Sean Combs is betting big on Revolt TV. At 5 p.m. PST Monday, the all-music channel goes live in the homes of about 22 million Comcast subscribers and 12 million Time Warner Cable customers, marking one of the biggest launches of a cable channel in years. Revolt TV is the latest brainchild of Combs (aka Diddy, P. Diddy, Puff Daddy), a serial entrepreneur who has found success in music as an executive and hip-hop artist as well as in fashion, liquor, marketing and more, helping him accumulate a fortune that Forbes estimated in 2012 at $550 million.

Now, seven years after he first conceived of a new kind of all-music channel, Combs is pouring tens of millions of that into launching a service aimed at 18- to 34-year-olds — members of the millennial generation — who consume more music than ever but not necessarily in the traditional ways of listening to the radio or watching cable TV. In fact, they are the generation often described as “cord cutters,” because they haven’t rushed to subscribe to cable and often are more likely to view TV on a mobile phone or tablet computer than on the living-room flat screen.

Combs has chosen Keith Clinkscales, who helped Quincy Jones launch Vibe magazine and spent years doing content development for ESPN, to be CEO of Revolt TV. He hired former MTV programming chief Andy Schuon as president. They have been working with a team of more than 100 other hires, mostly atLos Angeles headquarters and in New York City, to figure out how to make the all-music formula work on TV.Clinkscales says it’s a good time to launch because music and digital consumption are both up.

“You have more and more bands and artists going across the whole ecosystem. Music is very healthy,” Clinkscales tells The Hollywood Reporter. “To have a place that can be the center of that — we would like to earn that position by reaching our fans well. We have to have good access and engage with the artists and be able to go ahead and provide sponsors, advertisers, and record companies a place where we can meet.”

Two decades after he founded Bad Boy Records, Combs at 44 seems confident he can reach the younger generation and build a significant business by connecting with his audience on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and other social media as a way to lure them to his cable channel. He calls it the first launch in the era of social media.

His pitch is simple. It will be fresh and unlike what you have seen before. “I said it twice,” he recently tweeted, “and imma say it again. No Rules. Anything can happen. @RevoltTV.

TLC’s ‘CrazySexyCool’ biopic makes ratings history for VH1

TLC still has what it takes to captivate a huge audience. Monday night 4.5 million viewers tuned in to watch CrazySexyCool: The TLC story, making it VH1’s highest-rated original movie ever and cable’s highest-rated original movie of 2013.

The film also dominated social media. According to VH1, CrazySexyCool: The TLC Story was the most tweeted show on all of TV Monday night with 1.92 million tweets generated — four times greater than that of the next closest program, Monday Night Football.

Monday night, fans flocked to iTunes to download TLC’s new soundtrack for the film, 20, which jumped from #43 to #5 on the iTunes overall chart, and to #1 on the iTunes R&B chart.

CrazySexyCool: The TLC story stars KeKe Palmer as Chilli, Drew Sidora as T-Boz, and Lil Mama as Lisa “Left Eye” Lopes, and chronicles the trio’s rise to fame, financial struggles, and their drama-filled love lives.

The biopic will get its first TV encore Sunday, October 27th at 8/7c and will be immediately followed by encores of Behind the Music: TLC Remastered at 10:30/9:30c and Rock Docs: Last Days of Left Eye at 11:30/10:30c

Bishop Noel Jones hopes to reach non-religious viewers with ‘Preachers of LA’

noeljonesGet ready, because the church is headed to reality TV in Oxygen’s new series Preachers of L.A.

The show, which premieres Wednesday, gives viewers a never-before-seen look into the lives of six high-profile pastors from Los Angeles. >From pro skateboarder Pastor Jay Haizlip to Grace Jones’ brother Bishop Noel Jones to Bishop Clarence McClendon, who reaches 250 million homes via international broadcast each week, Preachers of L.A. will explore the human side of these ambitious and very powerful men of faith.

During an recent interview, Bishop Jones responded to those that might find a reality show about pastors to be unsettling.

“There’s absolutely no way to function in any capacity as a religious leader of any kind and not have an understanding of what’s secular and you have to bridge the gap,” Bishop Jones said. “I have to somehow find a way to reach people who aren’t going to walk into my assembly. Does it take the risk of people liking and disliking? Of course, that goes with the territory.”

During a scene in episode 1 of Preachers of L.A. the men of the cloth have an argument while at a gathering at the home of cast member Bishop Ron Gibson. Bishop Jones says he thinks “it’s wonderful” that viewers will get a chance to see preachers outside of the church interacting with each other.

“All pastors don’t keep their tempers. Pastors have conflicts with each other,” Bishop Jones confessed. “Some preachers don’t get along with other preachers. That’s just life. It just shows that all of us have something to overcome. I think it’s wonderful.”

When all is said and done Bishop Jones hopes that Preachers of L.A. brings nonreligious viewers to God.

“I hope this helps to bridge the gap and causes them to feel there is something about this group of men that I could listen, I could here. There’s something they have that I would like to embrace and be a part of.”

Tune into Preachers of L.A. tonight Wednesday Oct. 9th at 10/9c on Oxygen.

‘Scandal’ returns with record breaking premiere

 “Scandal” fanatics and critics rejoice! Four new shows premiered Thursday night, but thanks to “Scandal” fan’s social media craziness, season 3 of the drama-soap slayed its competition and scored record breaking ratings.

 According to reports:

Scandal delivered 10.5 million viewers and 3.6 rating among adults 18-49. That’s up 71 percent from its premiere last year, and also rises 13 percent from its previous best (the season two finale).

 As far as competition, according to ratings, “Scandal” had none. Sure, Fox set themselves up to have a big night by opening with one of their top shows “Glee,” starring Big Sean’s fiancee Naya Rivera and followed it up with  “X-Factor” (which has been struggling big time). But even after their ratings were combined, the salacious scandal and drama between Kerry Washington’s Olivia Pope and the President of the United States drew more viewers.