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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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TCA: Young Auds Want Mortality Dramas Like ‘Red Band Society’, Not ‘Twilight’

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

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6 Movies To Watch Out For This Summer

Jul 12 2014 4:01am CDT | Source: movie pilot

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Insurgent Casting News: Naomi Watts Joins the Fight

Jun 6 2014 10:39am CDT | Source: movie pilot

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Big news for fans of the Divergent series: Naomi Watts is set to join the franchise with the upcoming Insurgent. According to THR, she's signed on the dotted line to play Evelyn, leader of the Factionless, in not only Insurgent, but both movies adapted from the third novel in the series, Allegiant.The exact nature of her role is substantially SPOILER-y, but if you're inclined to know without ...
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Naomi Watts Joining All 'Divergent' Sequels, Starting with 'Insurgent'

Jun 4 2014 12:35pm CDT | Source: First Showing

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Following the success of Divergent earlier this year, Lionsgate and Summit were so excited about their audience's response to the film that they decided to torture (or maybe reward?) them by splitting the final book Allegiant into two films, just like the Harry Potter, Hunger Games and Twilight franchises already did. But before that, we have the sequel Insurgent heading to theaters next March. Shailene Woodley and Theo James are still in the leads, ...
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Naomi Watts Joins Insurgent

Jun 4 2014 11:58am CDT | Source: Empire Online

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She's off to the Divergent universeWith the cameras already rolling on Divergent sequel Insurgent under the directorial eye of Robert Schwentke, a new name has joined the cast, with Naomi Watts now on board.Watts, who will soon head to the Atlanta set to start work, has scored the role of Evelyn, leader of the Factionless. They’re the people in the future society who weren’t selected for any of the ...
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Naomi Watts Joins The "Divergent" Sequels

Jun 4 2014 11:54am CDT | Source: dark horizons

'Divergent' Madrid Premiere
Naomi Watts has signed on for the next three films in Lionsgate's "Divergent" franchise. Watts will play the key role of Evelyn, the leader of the Factionless who first appears in next year's "Insurgent" and has a major role in the two-part finale "Allegiant". Director Robert Schwentke began shooting "Insurgent" last week in Atlanta with the first film's actors like Sha ...
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Suki Waterhouse and Jonny Weston Added to 'Insurgent'

May 29 2014 10:52pm CDT | Source: ace showbiz

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Waterhouse will play Dauntless member Marlene, joining new members like Weston and Octavia Spencer and returning cast like Shailene Woodley and Theo Ja ...
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Chris Evans smashes his performance in the Wickedly Dark with a taste of humor, "Snowpiercer"

May 29 2014 3:13am CDT | Source: movie pilot

Chris Evans & Celebrity Friends Launch FAB1 Million
Year: 2014. Earth is in a complete whiteout. You're living on a sustainable snowstorm train. You're divided into classes, lower, middle and higher. Visualize your life as a lower class citizen. The Snowpiercer.Now imagine what just happened here, below.Song Kang-ho and Go Ah-sung.And what is to come here.Class roomThe trailer hints on the life this movie follows most. The lower class. I'm never one to spoil a beautifully crafted, complete psychological-thriller, so I won ...
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7 weeks ago

Get On Up Trailer: James Brown Bio Gets In The Groove

May 28 2014 3:31pm CDT | Source: movie fanatic

"Get On Up" New York Premiere - Arrivals
If there is a life in music that deserves the biopic treatment, it's the journey of James Brown. With Get On Up, the Godfather of Soul is getting the true story treatment (what are the 19 top true stories?) and director Tate Taylor (The Help) has done beautifully by casting Chadwick Boseman. Boseman already blew us away as Jackie Robinson in 42 and now with him as Brown in Get On Up, the August 1 release is ...
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