Beverly Hills Cop sequel being shot in Detroit
DETROIT (AP) — The state of Michigan has approved $13.5 million in incentives for the fourth installment of Eddie Murphy's Beverly Hills Cop franchise, which will be filmed in and around Detroit, officials announced yesterday.
Murphy will return to his role as Axel Foley, Brett Ratner will direct and Jerry Bruckheimer will produce the film for Paramount Pictures, according to the Michigan Film Office. The office said it estimates that filmmakers will spend $56.6 million in the state and employ about 352 Michigan workers. It's set for a March 2016 release.
In the update to the franchise, the Foley character leaves his work as a Beverly Hills police detective "during the coldest winter on record to navigate the new rules and old enemies in one of America's most tenacious cities," the film office said.
Murphy starred in the first Beverly Hills Cop movie in 1984, also produced by Bruckheimer, and it was that year's top-grossing movie in North America at $235 million. Sequels followed in 1987 and 1994.
Plea deal talks fall apart in Chris Brown case
WASHINGTON (AP) — Singer Chris Brown was close to resolving his assault case in a deal that would have kept him out of jail, but talks fell apart Wednesday when attorneys couldn't agree on what Brown would acknowledge happened during a scuffle that led to his arrest.
Brown was arrested in October and charged with misdemeanor assault after a man accused the singer of hitting him when he tried to get in a photograph Brown was taking with two women outside a Washington hotel. At the time, Brown was on probation in California for a 2009 attack on singer Rihanna, his then girlfriend.
Prosecutor Kevin Chambers said in court that Brown rejected a deal to plead guilty to misdemeanor assault and receive a sentence of time served. Brown spent the night in jail in Washington after his arrest and also served time in California after acknowledging he violated probation by committing a crime in Washington. He was released from jail in early June.
Jay Z's touring 'blueprint': Rapper co-headlines
NEW YORK (AP) -- You could create a music award based on Jay Z's collaborative tours.
Past nominees for best live performance by Jay Z and friends would include Justin Timberlake, Eminem and Kanye West, among others. And this year, the rap king is hitting the road with his superstar wife, Beyonce. The On the Run Tour kicked off Wednesday in Miami.
In light of the duo's epic trek, we rank Jay Z's tours that have co-starred others, which doesn't include Rihanna or Alicia Keys (surprisingly, right?).
1. Kanye West and Jay Z, Watch the Throne Tour: Jay Z and Kanye West have been a dynamic duo since West started producing some of Hov's best tracks in the early 2000s, and the pair easily tops this list.
2. Eminem and Jay Z, The Home & Home Tour: In some ways, it's hard to call this a 2010 tour with four dates and performances held only in their respective hometowns of Detroit and New York.
3. Mary J. Blige and Jay Z, Heart of the City Tour: The Queen of Hip-Hop Soul and the King of ... everything? This 2008 tour married Blige's sweet but gritty soul with Jay's grimy rhymes, and it worked.
4. Justin Timberlake and Jay Z, Legends of the Summer Tour: Legends don't always mix well, which J and J proved with this 2013 tour. While it was enjoyable, it wasn't full of sparks.
5. R. Kelly and Jay Z, The Best of Both Worlds Tour: This 2004 tour had "99 Problems" from the jump. Shows on the 40-date trek were cancelled amid rumors of tension and jealousy between the superstars.
6. Ciara and Jay Z, Jay-Z & Ciara Live Tour: Did this really happen? If it weren't for Google, we wouldn't be able to confirm that it did. But Jay Z and Ciara -- who was more popular in 2009 -- hit the road together for a five-date tour.