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Jay-Z will receive his close-up on film courtesy of Hollywood royalty.
The hip-hop mogul and director Ron Howard are currently shooting a documentary that will offer a behind-the-scenes look at a music festival Jay oversees, according to the New York Post. The Made in America festival will take place in Philadelphia Sept. 1 and 2 and showcase 20 artists, including Drake, Pearl Jam, Run-DMC, and locally-bred Passion Pit.
The news of the film collaboration was announced by Howard's Oscar-winning production partner Brian Grazer ("A Beautiful Mind"), who told the Post, "It is going to be born through Jay-Z’s perspective ... how he puts the event together." He also offered kind words for his subject, telling the paper, "I can’t even begin to explain how [Jay-Z] is capable of remaining relevant. He is a phenom, like a musical Michael Jordan."
Jay-Z has previously appeared in another documentary, 2004's "Fade to Black," a profile of his career leading up to his "Black Album," and also acted in 2002's "State Property." While there's no word on a title or release information for the new film, check out a quick tease for the festival it centers around.
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