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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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Divergent Series: Insurgent Posters Revealed!

Oct 28 2014 10:38am CDT | Source: movie fanatic

Lionsgate revealed today that they will be releasing one Divergent Series: Insurgent 3D poster an hour throughout the day for their upcoming sequel to Divergent. The release is meant to celebrate the March 20, 2015 film’s announcement that it will be unleashed to the world in 3D in RealD -- to take the action and bring it right into the faces of the audience! “The second film in the Divergent franchise takes the story and action to another level and ...
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‘Red Band Society’ Gets Order For Four More Scripts

Oct 22 2014 2:15pm CDT | Source: Deadline

Fox is keeping its freshman drama Red Band Society in contention for a back episodic order with a pickup of four additional scripts. The  hospital drama launched to solid reviews but has been soft in the ratings. Still, a couple of weeks in, its numbers stabilized, and last Wednesday the series (1.0 among adults 18-49 in Live+SD) actually logged a one-tenth week-to-week uptick. Additionally, the drama starring Octavia Spencer has been a major DVR gainer, g ...
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Andrew Niccols' Good Kill & Mike Binder's Black Or White Find Homes

Oct 17 2014 6:54pm CDT | Source: comingsoon

Two controversial and timely films that played at this year's 39th Annual Toronto International Film Festival have found homes as IFC Films has picked up the distribution rights to Andrew Niccol's Good Kill starring Ethan Hawke, and Relativity have jumped on Mike Binder's Black or White (previously called "Black and White"), starring Kevin Costner and Oct ...
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