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Two Jay-Z Docs Reportedly Coming: One From Will & Jada Smith; The Other, Ron Howard, Brian Grazer

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 15, 2012 11:31 AM
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First, the New York Daily News (NYDN) reported that Will Smith and Jada Pinkett Smith were producing a Watch the Throne documentary, via their Overbrook Entertainment company. A portion of that doc was reportedly leaked onto the web last week, and according the the NYDN, the documentary film will give fans a look at the highly successful album’s recording process, and will make its premiere in full at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, Sept. 9.

TIFF has announced most of its lineup, with 2 categories still left, so maybe this news will be revealed eventually, as the film isn't anywhere to be found in the hundreds of films that have been listed thus far. 

Secondly, the New York Post (NYP) is reporting this morning that the super tag-team of Ron Howard and Brian Grazer are making a Jay-Z concert documentary, to be shot at his "Made in America" music festival in Philadelphia, early next month.

Included in the lineup are Drake, Pearl Jam, Run-DMC, Skrillex, Rick Ross, Miike Snow, Odd Future and Janelle Monáe.

Grazer told the NYP that he's producing the film with Steve Stoute and Jay-Z, while Ron Howard is directing, and that the film will be told through Jay-Z’s perspective - as in... how he puts the event together, and more.

Grazer added, "Jay stayed the king for a very long time... I can’t even begin to explain how he is capable of remaining relevant. He is a phenom, like a musical Michael Jordan."

Just what Jay-Z needs; more ego-stroking.

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  • NO BRAINER | August 16, 2012 1:53 PMReply

    A musical Michael Jordan? Don't give me whatever Grazer is drinking...

  • Granny | August 15, 2012 5:50 PMReply

    Great, we could all use more of the camel's face on our screens.

  • other song | August 15, 2012 5:08 PMReply

    wasn't Ron Howard in "Blame It?" The streets fuck with him. Ron Hizzle for shizzle.

  • BREN | August 15, 2012 5:07 PMReply

    haters gon' hate.

  • Tamara | August 15, 2012 3:04 PMReply

    Laughing at these comments. Ron Howard and Brian Grazer? Should I be surprised? No. Yes. Maybe. No. Yes. Maybe. Ad infinitum...

  • the devil | August 15, 2012 1:31 PMReply

    this is great stuff! very proud of b-graze, ronnie boy, and jay. the blacks need more movies like these.

    my name is %*&%*$& and i approve this message.

  • Vanessa Martinez | August 15, 2012 1:04 PMReply

    Why not invest your money on this cinematic experience?'s not like they people behind it aren't loaded or anything. They can put millions behind it; plus it's popular. We can use two or three more rapper documentaries to continue enlightening our urban youth. Sigh.

  • Anonymouse | August 15, 2012 12:49 PMReply

    Wow! What an amazing story of ... LUCK. All of you wannabe rap-star hopefuls out there who have swapped a formal education for street cred pay attention, 'cause Mr. Carter is an anomaly! What? You don't know what an anomaly is? Ah, you just proved my point. So disappointing that anyone thinks this boorish prattle is worth putting on film. I mean, really?!

  • NO BRAINER | August 16, 2012 1:55 PM

    Well said, ANONYMOUSE...

  • David | August 15, 2012 11:50 AMReply

    Clearly, vital and necessary for this day and age. The guy gets zero publicity and deserves to have at least a little of the spotlight shine on his unassuming career.

  • KikiDee | August 15, 2012 11:40 AMReply

    Can the world handle 2 Jay-Z docs?

  • Jess | August 15, 2012 11:35 AMReply

    Hova and Opie! Perfect match. *side eye*

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