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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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Chadwick Boseman Tapped to Play James Brown in Biopic

 

 

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Universal and Imagine Entertainment have given the go-ahead for a biopic on the ‘Godfather of Soul,’  James Brown.  The titular role will be played by 42 star Chadwick Boseman.

The Help director Tate Taylor is spearheading the project. Imagine’s Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins are producing along with Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman under their Jagged Films banner.

the film will follow James Brown’s rise from poverty in Georgia to becoming a world-famous musician. Brown brought the world such hits as, “Try Me,” “The Payback,”  “I Got You (I Feel Good),” and “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” just to name a few.  The singer died in 2006 at age 73.

This week Mississippi Gov. Phil Bryant and Taylor announced that the a good chunk of the film would be shot in Mississippi.

Boseman was chosen from a long list of actors who wanted the role.  He was given an offer after the film was officially greenlit.

Source – Variety

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Photos From The 2011 MusiCares Person Of The Year Tribute To Barbra Streisand

Barbara Streisand was the Belle of the Ball as she performed and was honored as the 2011 MusiCares Person of The Year. Randy Jackson, Jewel, Fran Drescher,Jordin Sparks, LeAnn Rimes, Seal, Faith Hill and Crystal Bowersox were just some of the celebrities that came out to pay tribute and support Barbara.

( Photo by Jason Merritt/Getty Images North America)
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