‘Get Out’ Is the Most Profitable Movie of 2017

In news that is neither shocking nor hard to believe, Jordan Peele's Get Out is a dope movie that has made a ton of money. According to a new report by The Wrap, Get Out is officially the most profitable movie of the year, raking in a whopping $217 million in profits and a 630 percent return on investment (ROI). 

The team behind Get Out can count this latest accomplishment as one of many, including its near-perfect 99% fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes and its status as the highest-grossing original screenplay debut, an honor that Get Out swiped from The Blair Witch Project.

Here’s the breakdown: the film grossed $252 million (!!!) worldwide. It cost $4.5 million to make, plus an estimated $30 million marketing budget, which brings us to the $217 million profit. This means Peele is looking at a major yield for his indie, socially conscious horror flick, with his 630 percent ROI ranking as the highest of the year, so far. 

M. Night Shyamalan’s Split comes in second; it cost $9 million to make and made $277 million worldwide at the box office, meaning its ROI is a cool 610 percent. The most interesting tidbit here is the fact that Split came out of the same production house as Get Out: Blumhouse Productions. With the successes of these two films alone, Jason Blum, founder and CEO of Blumhouse, is proving his business strategy of combining potentially “risky” scripts with tight budgets can work out well for all parties involved. (It probably doesn’t hurt that Get Out was also just a great movie.)

To provide a frame of reference, the Emma Watson-led Beauty and the Beast remake from Disney is still technically the highest-grossing movie of the year, since it made $1.26 billion worldwide at the box office. However, it hasn’t been as profitable as Get Out or Split, since it cost $160 million to make, pulling its ROI much lower to around 400 percent.

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Suge Knight Indicted for Allegedly Texting Death Threats to ‘Straight Outta Compton’ Director

Suge Knight's legal troubles continue.

Knight has been indicted on felony charges of making criminal threats by a grand jury in Los Angeles County. He was reportedly unhappy with his portrayal in the 2015 film Straight Outta Compton, TMZ reports. So the record producer, music executive, and founder of the iconic Death Row Records allegedly sent death threats to F. Gary Gray, the director of the movie, through text messages. Court records obtained by Variety show that the crime was allegedly committed on August 8, 2014. Suge will be arraigned on Thursday.

It's just the latest legal incident involving Knight. Back in January 2015, he was arrested on murder charges, which were also tied to the production of Straight Outta Compton. Knight allegedly ran over a man named Terry Carter with his vehicle on the set of the film. He is currently behind bars awaiting trial on those charges.

Prior to that incident, Knight and comedian Katt Williams were arrested in 2014 for their alleged connection to an armed robbery. The pair pleaded not guilty. Suge was also shot multiple times at a pre-MTV VMAs party hosted by Chris Brown the same year. 

Straight Outta Compton, which was released in theaters in August 2015, grossed more than $200 million at the box office. The biographical film received a generally positive reception from critics and maintains a solid 87 percent on Rotten Tomatoes

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The Bonus Tracks Off ‘4:44’ Are Now Available on Tidal

Jay Z released 4:44 Bonus, featuring the three additional tracks, “Adnis,” Blue's Freestyle / We Family, and “MaNyfaCedGod” featuring James Blake, on Tidal. While these songs were included in the physical release which came out on July 7, they have not been made available on a streaming platform until now. Fittingly, the songs dropped at 4:44 a.m. Saturday morning.

4:44 Bonus is the latest piece of content off Jay Z's 13th studio album made available exclusively on Tidal. On Friday, Jay dropped the short film for “Adnis,” starring Mahershala Ali and Danny Glover, and directed by Mark Romanek. Earlier this week, Hov released the latest installment in his “Footnotes” series, breaking down the meaning behind “Kill Jay Z.”

Of the three bonus cuts, the one that drew plenty of attention well before it was made available on his streaming service had to be “Blue's Freestyle / We Family.” Earlier this month, Blue's verse leaked online From bringing back “boom shakalaka” to proving to the world that she's just like her father when it comes to the double entendre game with the line, “Never seen a ceiling in my whole life,” people were immediately loving her flow. 

As for James Blake, the singer has been collaborating with the Carter family for a while now. Recently, Blake provided vocals for “Forward,” off Beyonce's Lemonade album. You can hear the 4:44 bonus cuts here.

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Norway’s Gundelach Makes Dark Electronic-Pop Magic on “Holy Water”

Norwegian artist Gundelach's 2015 debut “Spiders” had us hooked. He makes electronic pop music with a dark edge, pairing his pristine vocals with multi-layered production. “Holy Water” is another hauntingly beautiful song, and it dates all the way back to a 2012 demo which he made in an abandoned film studio outside Oslo. He called that demo “Boris,” and explains what “Holy Water” means to him:

“The lyrics of ‘Holy Water’ don’t really make sense as a narrative. It’s more of a feeling, something abstract. I get the same feeling every time I listen to it though. The same feeling I got when I listened to ‘Boris’ back in 2012.”

Listen to “Holy Water” above and hear more from Gundelach here.

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Rick Ross Reveals Plans for Movie Collaboration With Gucci Mane

The 2016 video for Rick Ross, Gucci Mane and 2 Chainz’s “Buy Back the Block” may have contained a big clue about Ross’ next move in the entertainment industry. That nearly eight-minute-long clip found Ross and Gucci Mane at odds with a property owner leasing them land for a car wash startup, before the duo eventually sets their sights on an entire block of real estate.

“I am getting ready to shoot a film,” Ross recently told Tashara Jones of PageSix.com. “I got two different flicks that I am ready to make a move on. Me and Gucci Mane got a flick that we wrote together… All I can say is at the beginning of the film, I am at the car wash and it will go from there.”

As Ross pointed out, the “Buy Back the Block” video opened with he and Gucci at an independent car wash. It would seem their project borrows from that storyline in some form.

Two sites that advertise local talent casting posted casting call announcements in the Miami area for a Rick Ross project with the working title Mortgage. Both ClaimFame.com and Backstage.com announced casting calls for African-American men with large builds for paid, speaking lead roles. While filming for Mortgage was reportedly from July 8-10, it is unknown if the project was one of the two upcoming films Ross was referring to.

As for Gucci Mane, 2017 saw him release the independent short film The Spot. Prior to The Spot, Gucci appeared in Harmony Korine’s 2012 film Spring Breakers, which also starred Selena Gomez, James Franco, Ashley Benson and Vanessa Hudgens. Gucci Mane was credited as the character Archie.

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