Prince Made Up With Warner Bros. and Is Getting Control of His Back Catalogue

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In 1996, Prince was excited enough to release a triple album called Emancipation, celebrating the end of a tense 18-year contract with Warner Bros. (Emancipation was the fifth studio release in two years. He wanted out bad.) And now, suddenly, the Purple One and the WB have reconciled. “As part of the deal, Prince’s classic Purple Rain album will be re-released in a remastered deluxe version in time for the 30th anniversary of the album and movie,” Billboard writes. “Other planned re-issue projects will follow and Prince will issue a new album too, although it is unclear if that title is a part of the deal.” No one’s saying what the financial terms were, or whether Prince gets control of all his old albums now or as they individually pass a 35-year copyright expiration. Regardless: New Prince sometime!

Westerosian deity George R.R. Martin posted a piece about Aegon’s Conquest and, wayyy more importantly, a picture of a GROWN-ASS GAME OF THRONES DRAGON. GO SEE HOW BIG.

And while you’re marveling at that dragon, just “Let it GoT.” [via]

SNL will throw itself a 40th-anniversary party, in the form of a three-hour Very Special Episode, on … wait, February 15, 2015?? Guys, no one should know about a specific episode of TV this far in advance.

In a New York profile of Vincent Kartheiser (Beagle Pete Campbell on Mad Men), John Slattery describes Kartheiser’s boisterous on-set warm-ups: “He would go, ‘Ta-ta-ta-ta-ta, ka-ka-ka-ka-ka.’ He’d start yelling and screaming, and it was a little jarring at first. It would be two o’clock in the morning, and you’d be like, ‘Will this guy ever shut the fuck up?’ Then you’d realize that it’s all part of his process, and he’s not just doing it to get attention.”

You never need an excuse to listen to Patton Oswalt talking about Star Wars, buddy.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=he_RWbb-YjQ

Jay Z and Beyoncé, future tour-mates, appear to be filming a distinctly “Bound 2”–ish video.

Max Greenfield (Schmidt? New Girl? Yeah?) is doing a movie written/directed by Michael Showalter. It’s called Hello My Name Is Doris and it’s about “an older woman … her mother passes away and she’s then forced to kind of find a new life in the city, and she meets this younger guy and thinks that he’s the answer.”

Scandal had its second-largest audience ever and its most-watched season finale last night; 10.5 million people tuned in.

Future and Kanye made a video for “I Won,” so that basically qualifies as another happy installment in G.O.O.D. Fridays lore (on Good Friday, no less!).

Steven Spielberg will direct Edgardo Mortara, about “the true-life story of an Italian Jew who became the center of an international controversy in 1858 when he was removed from his parents at the age of seven by authorities of the Papal States and raised as a Catholic. He went on to become a priest in the Augustinian order.” INTRIGUING, SPIELZ.

This is every food-porn shot from Hannibal.

And here’s Animal Kingdom director David Michôd’s new movie, The Rover, starring Guy Pearce and Robert Pattinson.

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