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Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer join James Brown biopic

Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer join James Brown biopic

Oct 1 2013, 4:14am CDT | by Bang Movies

Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer will star in James Brown biopic 'Get On Up'. 'The Help' director Tate Taylor has cast two of the stars of his hit 2011 film in his latest project about the legendary...

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Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer join James Brown biopic

Oct 1 2013, 4:14am CDT | by Bang Movies

Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer will star in James Brown biopic 'Get On Up'.

'The Help' director Tate Taylor has cast two of the stars of his hit 2011 film in his latest project about the legendary soul singer, to be played by Chadwick Boseman.

Davis is expected to play the late star's mother Susie Brown, who gave birth to James at just 16 and abandoned her child, leaving him with relatives. Meanwhile, Spencer will play the star's aunt, Honey, who helped raise him.

Davis, Spencer and co-star Jessica Chastain all earned Oscar nominations for their roles in the critically acclaimed 'Help', with Spencer going on to win Best Supporting Actress, as well as a BAFTA for her portrayal of maid Minny Jackson.

The Universal-produced film will begin production in Mississippi in November.

As well as heavyweight pedigree on screen, Sir Mick Jagger is on board as a producer through his Jagged Films production company. Imagine Entertainment will also handle production.

The script was penned by Jez Butterworth, John-Henry Butterworth and Steven Baigelman.

Lead actor Boseman recently portrayed legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson in Warner Bros.' biopic '42'.

James Brown is credited with bringing funk music to the forefront of American culture during his six decade career, with hit songs including 'I Got You (I Feel Good)' and 'Papa's Got a Brand New Bag'.

The music star - who was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and ranked seventh in Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 greatest artists of all time - died from congestive heart failure and pneumonia in 2006.

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James Brown Biopic 'Get on Up' to Open Zurich Film Festival

Sep 1 2014 9:14am CDT | Source: ace showbiz

Mick Jagger and Octavia Spencer are among those scheduled to attend the festival's tenth edition. ...
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James Brown Biopic ‘Get on Up’ To Open Zurich Festival

Sep 1 2014 7:20am CDT | Source: Variety

PARIS– Zurich Film Festival will open with James Brown biopic “Get on Up,” helmer Tate Taylor’s follow up to Oscar-winning “The Help.” Taylor, Chadwick Boseman, who plays Brown, and Octavia Spencer, who stars as the singer’s aunt, will be in Zurich to attend the premiere. The film chronicles Brown’s rise ...
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James Brown Biopic ‘Get On Up’ to Open Zurich

Sep 1 2014 5:41am CDT | Source: variety

LONDON — Tate Taylor’s James Brown biopic “Get On Up” will open the Zurich Film Festival, which celebrates its 10th anniversary this year. Taylor and Chadwick Boseman, who plays the singer, will be in Zurich to attend the premiere. The film, which follows the soul musician’s rise from poverty to stardom, also stars Octavia Spencer.... Read more » ...
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New Images from CAKE, BLACK AND WHITE, BANG BANG BABY and SHELTER

Aug 12 2014 11:52am CDT | Source: Collider

We’ve already brought you images from Boychoir, The Connection, Escobar: Paradise Lost, The Forger and The Cobbler, but with the Toronto International Festival’s September 4th start date fast approaching, there are even more brand new stills from the official selections hitting the web.  Here’s what we got for you now: Cake (Directed by Daniel Barnz) starring Jennifer Aniston, Anna Kendrick, William H. Macy, Adriana Barraza, Felicity Huffman, Sam Worthington, Chris Mess ...
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Get On Up Review: Chadwick Boseman Gets The Funk Out!

Aug 1 2014 8:00am CDT | Source: movie fanatic

A biopic can be the most thankless of endeavors for a filmmaker. Tate Taylor had the chore of bringing the life of James Brown to the big screen, and everything that means, in Get On Up. By casting Chadwick Boseman as the Godfather of Soul, he already had one funky leg up on the effort. You only get one chance at a biopic (here are our top 19 true stories who get it right). With a life journey like Brown had, there are moments to celebrate. There are moments that will liberat ...
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Tate Taylor Talks GET ON UP, Hosting Cast Dinners, Breaking the Fourth Wall, His Interest in Doing a Hulk Movie, JOYLAND and More

Jul 30 2014 11:03am CDT | Source: Collider

You know what happens when your second feature film goes on to score over $216 million worldwide and snag three Academy Award nominations and a win?  You get a lot of scripts coming to your door.  However, the funny thing is, Tate Taylor didn’t get his follow-up to The Help by accepting an offer, but rather by going after a project himself. On Friday, August 1st, Get On Up is coming out and we got the chance to sit down with Taylor to talk about making the move from The Help to a Jame ...
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Black and White

Jul 22 2014 9:25pm CDT | Source: movienewz

Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer and Anthony Mackie star in director Mike Binder’s custody drama Black and White. A grieving widower is drawn into a custody battle over his granddaughter, whom he helped raise her entire life. Black and White is a searing portrayal of a broken man caught up in a struggle clouded by bitterness, […]The post ...
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TCA: Young Auds Want Mortality Dramas Like ‘Red Band Society’, Not ‘Twilight’

Jul 20 2014 4:56pm CDT | Source: Deadline

While Fox’s Red Band Society drama deals with the grave topic of ill-stricken teenagers in a Los Angeles childrens hospital, the subject matter didn’t scare off network executives according to the show’s executive producers at TCA.  Commenting on the latest trend of illness-centered dramas i.e. The Big C, Chasing Life and the ABC Studios-produced Red Band Society, series EP Margaret Nagle explained, “Teens and twent ...
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