Actor Chadwick Boseman showed off his singing skills on the Late Show With David Letterman on Thursday (21Aug14), when he performed James Brown's It's A Man's Man's Man's World. The 42 star portrays the legendary singer in biopic Get On Up, which is currently in theatres.
Mos Def and Samuel L. Jackson have emerged as the frontrunners to play Bobby Womack in a biopic about the soul legend, who died earlier this year (14). The Across 110th Street singer's longtime tour manager and friend Don Smalls is masterminding the movie and admits he already has a 120-page script that Womack approved before his death in June (14).
Smalls tells WENN, "There has been talk of Mos Def and Samuel L. Jackson, but we're also interested in casting an unknown.
"I think with the right producer and director, this could be a real blockbuster. The new James Brown biopic (Get On Up) is one thing, but this has the makings of becoming a classic. There's such a story to tell.
"I've got a great script and we're in the process of tweaking that as I speak."
British dance stars Rudimental have landed their dream collaboration after hitting the studio with funk legend George Clinton. The Waiting All Night hitmakers' songwriter Kesi Dryden reveals they are trying to recreate the vibe of the soulful dance hits of the 1960s and 1970s for their upcoming second album and they have received a little help from Clinton and U.S. jazz rockers Steely Dan.
Dryden tells the BBC, "One of our dreams came true recently. We managed to do two songs with George Clinton from Parliament Funkadelic. We worked with Steely Dan, as well. These are really big influences on us."
He adds, "We want to bring it back to what James Brown and Parliament were doing back in the day. It was dance music, but it was live.
"We're really digging deep in that side of things and trying to bring back that energy to the stage."
Rudimental are hoping to release the follow-up to 2013's Home by the end of the year (14).
A Los Angeles judge has praised R&B star Chris Brown for following his probation rules since his release from jail in June (14). The singer appeared in court on Wednesday (13Aug14) for a progress report and was told he's doing well.
Judge James Brandlin reduced Brown's drug test requirement from three times to twice a week and denied a request from probation officials who wanted the star's community labour requirement to be increased from three to four days a week.
The Kiss Kiss hitmaker was jailed in March (14) after violating his probation when he was kicked out of a rehab facility, where he was seeking court-ordered treatment for anger management issues following an altercation outside a Washington, D.C., hotel last year (Oct13).
He was still on probation after he attacked his then-girlfriend Rihanna on the eve of the Grammy Awards in 2009.
Kc & The Sunshine Band frontman Harry Wayne Casey has paid tribute to disco and R&B mogul Henry Stone, following his death on Thursday (07Aug14). The TK Records co-founder passed away from natural causes at the age of 93 at a Florida hospital.
Stone played an instrumental part in the careers of Ray Charles, James Brown and KC & The Sunshine Band after launching his own recording studio and label in 1948.
Charles became his first big artist, recording his early song St. Pete Florida Blues, also known as I Found My Baby There, at the studio.
Stone also helped to sign soul legend Brown and his band The Famous Flames, and scored a big hit with Please, Please, Please in 1956.
Casey, aka KC, worked part time at TK Records and ended up landing his group a deal at the label, where they experienced huge success with songs including Get Down Tonight, Shake, Shake, Shake (Shake Your Booty), That's the Way (I Like It), and I'm Your Boogie Man.
He also co-wrote George McRae's hit Rock Your Body in the mid-1970s with his bandmate Richard Finch.
Calling Stone his "mentor", Casey adds, "Henry believed in me when no one else did."
Meanwhile, Finch tells the Miami Herald, "The world of music has lost a trailblazer - a legend - but personally, I've lost the only father I've ever known.
"He was my friend and mentor... He gave life to the studio concept that Harry and I created together at TK, resulting in the birth of our band, KC & the Sunshine Band. Our success, the success of so many other TK artists, all props and thanks lie solely at the feet of Henry Stone."
James Brown's grieving widow was left distraught amid a slew of legal battles over the star's estate after a judge ordered his body to be cut up so DNA tests could be performed. Tomi Rae Hynie, mother of Brown's youngest son James, Jr., has revealed she was horrified when she found out medical officers had to hack the legs from the singer's remains to carry out tests on his bone marrow in a bid to prove the youngster is really his child.
James, Jr.'s parentage was challenged as part of a feud among Brown's other children over his estate following the music legend's death in 2006, aged 73. Brown left a will which was signed in 2000, a year before he married his wife.
In an interview with Britain's Mail on Sunday newspaper, she explains, "The drama that has unfolded since his death is more painful and outrageous than anything a scriptwriter could dream up... James would be spinning in his grave if he knew the hell I'd gone through over the past eight years... They couldn't do the normal DNA test because of all the embalming fluid in his body. So they had to cut off his legs to get to his bone marrow. I wept uncontrollably when I found out. My husband, the greatest dancer in the world, had his legs hacked off in death... My husband was a prolific womaniser. There are the children we know about but there are more and more people coming out of the woodwork claiming to be his. They are doing DNA testing all the time."
Hynie also claims Brown's body was moved 14 times in the six months after his death amid the raging legal battles: "That is the final insult to James. He and I would often talk about his legacy. He wanted our home - a 230-acre estate on Beech Island in South Carolina - to be turned into a living memorial, like (Elvis Presley's home) Graceland. That's where he wanted a proper mausoleum."
She now lives in Las Vegas with her son, and claims she is so broke she has to busk to earn extra cash. She adds "I've been forced to busk on the streets at times to make ends meet. I'm broke."
Hynie was included in a settlement agreement in 2011 which would have given her a quarter of her late husband's estate, but the legal wrangling is believed to be ongoing.
British rockers Pulled Apart By Horses have become the latest musician to brew up their own beer. The Epic Myth stars have teamed up with tastemakers at the West Yorkshire Revolutions Brewery in their native north-west England to create the pale ale they've called Blood, which features hints of blood oranges and tea.
Guitarist James Brown says, "The idea of people drinking our 'Blood' is so exciting for us! It's the kind of thing you talk about a lot but never usually happens, so because this has become a reality we really want to celebrate it!"
The beverage, named after their upcoming album, Blood, will be launched at the end of the month (Aug14).
They join the likes of Iron Maiden, Status Quo's Rick Parfitt and Francis Rossi, Motorhead and Mastodon, who all boast their own brand of beer.
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The son and successor of James Brown's late manager Ben Bart have hit out at a new biopic of the Godfather of Soul, insisting it contains several inaccuracies.
Get On Up, which documents the life and career of The Payback hitmaker Brown, plays down Bart's role in his success, according to the manager's son Jack Bart and Jeff Allen, who now runs Bart's agency Universal Attractions.
The pair insists a touching scene in the film in which Brown shovels dirt on his manager's grave is entirely fictional, as Brown did not even attend the funeral. They also claim the movie portrays the singer as masterminding vital business decisions that should have been credited to Bart, including the way his live shows were promoted.
Allen tells The Hollywood Reporter, "The truth is... that was Ben's idea and Ben's expertise because he started as a club owner and a concert promoter. So where they portray Ben as kind of following James Brown's lead, it was the other way around. Everything that Brown knew or learned or accomplished was through Ben Bart's tutelage."
The two men also claim the film suggests producer Ralph Bass was responsible for discovering the star, but Bart's son claims his father was called by an Atlanta, Georgia concert promoter who said, "'There's a young fellow down here by the name of James Brown that is a great dancer and... he's got a lot of potential. You should come down and take a look at him.' That's how James Brown was discovered."
Guardians Of The Galaxy has rocketed to the top of the North American box office, earning a stellar $94 million (£55.3 million) in its opening weekend (01-03Aug14). The superhero film, which stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana and Vin Diesel, easily beat last week's top film Lucy, which falls to number two with $18.2 million (£10.7 million).
Coming in at number three is James Brown biopic Get On Up, starring Chadwick Boseman as the late Godfather of Soul, earning $14 million (£8.2 million).
Rounding out the top five are Hercules with $10.7 million (£6.3 million) and Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, grossing $8.7 million (£5.1 million).
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Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy has all about taken over the planet this weekend, but for the spandex weary among us, there is some salvation out there. While it might not seem to be the case, there are other films hitting multiplexes this weekend, none of which feature a talking racoon. Seek out these films for some refreshing, comic book free counterprogramming.
Guardians of the Galaxy's use of '70s arena rock has me craving something a little more funky?Then check out the James Brown biopic Get On Up, where Chadwick Boseman brings the Godfather of Soul back from the dead with vibrant performance.
Enough with these movies based on the funny pages! How about something a little more literary?If you're craving to use your noggin a bit this weekend, check out Child of God, an adaptation of the Cormac McCarthy novel of the same name directed by James Franco.
I want to watch American Pie, multiplied by Risky Business, and flogged on the head by the Disney Channel.If you really like Selena Gomez (and we mean really) you might want to check out Behaving Badly.
No more high energy space hijinks. I like my comedy like I like my coffee: dark, gritty, and depressing.Well you're in luck. Director John Michael McDonagh and Brendan Gleeson have teamed up once again with Calvary, a film about the Catholic Church sex scandal. Hilarious.