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Jill Scott, Dan Aykroyd Join Cast of Upcoming James Brown Biopic

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Jill Scott and Dan Aykroyd are the latest celebrities to join the cast of the upcoming James Brown biopic, Get on Up.

 
Scott will play one  James Brown’s wives, but it is unknown at this time which one she will take on. The late legendary singer was married three times —Velma Warren in 1953, Deidre Jenkins in 1970, Adrienne Lois Rodriguez in 1984.

Get On Up will cover about 30-years of  Brown’s life; from his early life, to his rise to fame, domestic violence  to his peak years in the 1970s, to his struggles with addiction, and and his financial and domestic violence issues.

Aykroyd is set to play the president of Universal Attractions, which is the same agency that represented Jame Brown for over 40 years.

Viola Davis  will play Brown’s mother, Susie and Octavia Spencer will play his aunt, Anne Tunney.
Brian Grazer will be producing the film alongside Mick Jagger, for Universal Pictures.

Producers and directors have decided to shoot the film in Mississippi, including filming at the Mississippi Coliseum on the state fairgrounds, where Brown performed a concert in February 1969.

Production on the film begins sometime this fall, with the movie opening in theaters on Friday, October 17, 2014.

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‘That’s So Raven’ Star Orlando Brown Sentenced to 180 Days in Jail

 

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Orlando  Brown is headed to jail.

The former That’s So Raven star  was sentenced to 180 days in jail; he is currently two weeks into the sentence.

Brown remained in custody on Aug. 23, after he failed to show proof that he completed court-ordered alcohol ed classes for his 2011 DUI arrest.

In 2007, Brown, who was 19 at the time, was arrested for marijuana possession in Houston. He was arrested again in 2011 for a DUI. Brown’s manager said he was just “in the driver’s seat and popped in the CD. He wasn’t going anywhere.”  The actor was not thrown in jail, instead he struck a deal that required him to attend an alcohol education class. unfortunately, he never signed up for the class and after   failing to meet probation conditions, he was arrested in May 2012. Two months later, he was busted for being a no-show in court.

LA County jails are currently overpopulated, so the actor is expected to  only serve 27 days. He is expected to be released on September 19.

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