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.
Viola Davis will play Brown’s mother, Susie and Octavia Spencer will play his aunt, Anne Tunney.
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.
NBC is planning to reboot the classic television series, Murder She Wrote.
The revival will have a different direction thanks to writer Alexandra Cunningham and producer David Janollari. Oscar winner Octavia Spencer is said to be attached as the show’s star; in the role of an astute amateur detective.
So far, the hour-long project, which has received a put pilot commitment, is a revamped version of the original series starring Angela Lansbury. Sources have described it as a light, contemporary procedural in the vein of Bones or Fargo, it follows a hospital administrator and amateur sleuth (Spencer) who self-publishes her first mystery novel.
Viola Davis looks radiant on the October issue of ESSENCE magazine.
The Help star chats it up with the editor about staying true to herself and love. She even reveals that her husband, Julius Tennon, was a gift from God after He answered her prayers.
On the type of man she wanted:
“I asked for a husband who was emotionally available, someone who was older, someone who maybe had a family before,” she says. “I like older men. Someone from the South. Someone who loves God more than he loves himself.”
On her prayers being answered soon after:
“I met my husband three and a half weeks later. “On one our first dates, he took me to church.”
On why she no longer wears wigs:
“I had to defend myself as an artist, but I found myself defending myself as a dark-skinned black woman in front of people who did not know my life,” she says. “I took my wig off because I no longer wanted to apologize for who I am.”
This issue of Essence is on newsstands today!
Just a few months ago, Octavia Spencer was singing the praises of Sensa, a weight-loss supplement, but now it seems things have gone left.
Spencer filed a lawsuit at L.A. Superior Court alleging “breach-of-contract and fraud,” according to The Hollywood Reporter.
In documents obtained by THR, the Oscar winner signed a $1.25 million contract with the company, but it had stipulations: Spencer refused to do tabloid ads, or to take part in “before and after” photos. She also insisted on being completely honest with her fans by tagging all sponsored tweets with the required #spon hashtag. Sensa was allegedly not happy with the hashtag part.
In the lawsuit filed, Spencer claims the company is blaming her “for the failed advertising campaign” and they are now trying to back out of paying her $700,000 they owe her.
Since coming on board, Sensa has used Spencer’s face to promote their product through various avenues.
Spencer lost 20 pounds, in just five months, as a result of using Sensa.
Octavia Spencer and Michael B. Jordan collectively cover the new issue of JET magazine.
The Fruitvale Station actors chat with the magazine about how their Indie film has now garnered national attention.
In the movie, Jordan plays Oscar Grant III, who died tragically after being shot by a BART police officer in 2009 on New Year’s Eve festivities. Spencer plays Jordan’s mother in the movie.
For more on their interview with JET, pick up this issue, which is on newsstands now!