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The Scoop 1/25/12

by on January 25, 2012

1. It looks as though we all owe Jay and Yeezy another thank you. The success of their collaboration on Watch The Throne (which narrowly avoided taking the top spot as our album of the year) has inspired long-dormant comedians Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock to take the stage together.

Vulture caught up with Rock at Sundance, where he is debuting his Julie Delpy indie 2 Days In New York and the comedian admitted that rumors that him and Chappelle had some validity.

“I’ve been talking to Chappelle a lot. Been trying to get Chappelle to go on tour,” Rock said.

According to Rock, the tour hinges on Chappelle’s thumbs up. “You know I’m not the hard one,” he said to Vulture, while laughing. “But I’m trying to make that happen. After seeing Kanye and Jay-Z, I was like, ‘Me and Dave should do this.'”

Read more: Complex

2. Warner Bros. is going to pay a hefty bar tab to get another Hangover. Dealmaking on the studio’s third installment in the raunchy comedy franchise is wrapping up after dragging on for months due in part to the salary demands of its three stars. Sources close to the negotiations say Bradley Cooper, Zach Galifianakis and Ed Helms are asking for $15 million each (against backend) to reprise their roles, and they now are likely to get it.

That’s a big raise from 2009’s The Hangover, which was made for about $35 million and paid the headliners under $1 million each (Cooper made the most because he had the biggest name recognition at the time). When the R-rated bachelor-party comedy unexpectedly grossed $467 million worldwide, the studio found itself without talent deals for a sequel.

Read more: Hollywood Reporter

3. NFL superstar Ray Lewis admits he fathered an 11-year-old boy in Florida … and he’s totally willing to provide support — with one caveat … he doesn’t want the baby mama to get her hands on the money.

According to court documents filed in Florida, Lewis has an ongoing paternity case over his son with a woman named Sharnika Kelly. In court papers, Lewis acknowledges being the father, but the issue of support is slightly more contentious …

According to the docs, Lewis is hesitant to fork over money to Kelly because he says she has an outstanding judgment against her in a civil case … totaling over $1,000,000.

In the docs, Lewis says he has “grave concerns about the Mother’s character” and feels she’ll siphon off money meant for his son … either to pay off her debt or support her other child … not Ray’s.

Read more: TMZ

4. There is a face to the Honeybadger, lol. Click here to see on TMZ

5. Young R&B star Ne-Yo has been named senior vp of A&R at Motown Records, and will shift his own work from Def Jam Recordings to the venerable Universal Music Group imprint.

The singer’s New York-based imprint Compound Entertainment will also move to Motown.

Appointment was jointly announced by Barry Weiss, chairman-CEO of Universal Republic and Island Def Jam Motown, and Ethiopia Habtemariam, Motown Records senior vp.

Ne-Yo’s jump to the executive suite follows Habtemariam’s promotion last year, when was she was jointly named to the label role and upped to executive vp/head of urban music at Universal Music Publishing Group

Read more: Variety

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