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.
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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.
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Sir Mick Jagger struggled to shoot James Brown biopic Get On Up while the Godfather of Soul was still alive, as the star was too difficult to work with.
Jagger had long wanted to bring Brown's life to the big screen but his dream only became a reality after the star's death in 2006. Now the Brown Sugar hitmaker has revealed the delays came about because the legendary singer was too difficult to work with, and there were further holdups when Jagger had to deal with the executors of Brown's estate.
Jagger tells British newspaper The Daily Telegraph, "It was very difficult when he was alive because he kept changing his mind and he wanted this and he wanted that and didn't want too much negativity, which I totally understand. And after he died his estate became very difficult to deal with because there were so many of them. I don't think I'm talking out of turn to say there were disputes."
The Rolling Stones frontman is producing the movie in partnership with Academy Award winner Brian Grazer, and Brown will be played in the film by 42 star Chadwick Boseman.
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A James Brown biography would have no business playing docile. Still, when we hear the word “biopic,” we think today of the Rays and Walk the Lines that earned the attention of the Academy and public alike. We expect any musician’s story to hold the low notes, no matter how wild and kooky said musician might be — and as such might entail, in the illustration of his life, a connection that Get on Up makes quite effectively.
From the get-go, we’re enveloped in the mania that is James Brown. We’re invited into an old Mr. Brown’s fragmented brain via a particularly chaotic scene involving a shotgun and a penchant for lavatorial exclusivity. Before we can even latch onto the adult Brown in question, we’re thrust back a ways into his young adulthood, then his childhood, back again to the dawn of his career, then the peak, revisiting eras and introducing new ones with an unpredictable and consistently engaging rhythm. Not unlike his music, James Brown’s story is both irreverent and industrious, barely tiring as it carries past its second hour.
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On the contrary: the film is so adherent to its vigor that it can actually be exhausting to watch after a while. We’re asked to expend as much energy as Chadwick Boseman pumps into his evolution from a scrappy entertainer to the hardest working man in America, needing a breather around his fourth or fifth stage performance. But if you can make it through the show, you’ll be mighty impressed at Boseman’s turn as Brown.
In his embodiment of the character — of the flash, of the style, of the grit — Boseman is stellar, though beneath the elaborate linens we see find a great deal for the talented young actor to play with. Beside him is the film’s arguable standout: Nelsan Ellis, playing James Brown’s best friend, sidekick, and punching bag Bobby Byrd. More a story about the duo’s relationship than one about Brown as a star in his own right, Get on Up makes determined magic when we watch the fellas trade compassion, camaraderie, and egos.
Dressed up with visual flares, narrative transgressions, fourth wall demolition, and even a few bits of absurdist humor, Get on Up aims for the lively character that James Brown was known to offer. Even if it might pack too much to hold our attention for such a lengthy runtime — especially with most of its material wading at surface level — just about everything it has to offer is exciting, vivid, and distinctly musical.
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"I made the call. When I found out Tate was directing, I was like, 'You better find me something for me to do Tate. I don't care what it is, but you better find something, because I'm a big James Brown fan.' And he did, he's very loyal that way." Actress Octavia Spencer would have done anything to land a role in her director pal Tate Taylor's new James Brown biopic, Get On Up. The Help star portrays Aunt Honey in the film, opposite 42 actor Chadwick Boseman, who plays the late Godfather of Soul
Mick Jagger's new James Brown biopic brought back bad memories for the Rolling Stones rocker as it reminded him of a meeting he had with the Godfather of Soul at the beginning of his career. A naive, 20-year-old Jagger was asked to help calm Brown down after he learned he wouldn't be headlining a T.A.M.I. Show special in the 1960s, and the Brit jumped at the chance to meet one of his heroes.
But Brown wasn't in the mood to meet fans.
Jagger tells WENN, "James Brown was definitely the star but there were many others... like Marvin Gaye... and James was a bit annoyed as not being the last on the show.
"As I was the only one who had met him before, briefly, the producers of the show decided I was the fall guy. I was, like, 20, and they were like, 'You go and talk to him'.
"When you're 20 you go, 'Sure, I'll do it,' and of course that didn't work out well... He did this amazing performance and we (Rolling Stones) went on after. We had to work really hard, and maybe it was a better show because of that."
Jagger is the producer of new film Get On Up, which features 42 star Chadwick Boseman as late soul man Brown.
Summer at the movie theater generally means one thing: big-budget popcorn films packed with explosions, robots, superheroes, aliens, or a combination of all four. But even though we're currently in the middle of blockbuster season, that doesn't mean that action movies or outrageous comedies are your only option for summer entertainment. This also happens to be the best season for indie movies, and low-key alternatives to your favorite summer blockbusters are flooding into theaters everywhere. So, when you get tired of watching people run from explosions in slow motion and you can no longer tell one superhero from the next, why not take a break from the multiplex and give one of these indies a try instead.
If You Liked Captain America: The Winter Soldier, Try Snowpiercer (Opens June 27) The sequel to 2011’s Captain America saw Chris Evans lead a band of rebels who took down an oppressive regime that infiltrated a major government agency in order to save the world and protect American citizens. Snowpiercer sees Chris Evans lead a band of rebels as they attempt to take out and oppressive bureaucrat in order to establish better living conditions for the people living aboard the train. One of them has Tilda Swinton and one has Anthony Mackie, but both are worth watching.
If You Liked The Fault In Our Stars, Try What if (Opens August 1) Now that you’ve recovered from watching two people fall tragically in love, why not follow it up with a funnier take on romance? Starring Daniel Radcliffe and Zoe Kazan, What if tackles the immortal question of whether or not people can be just friends if they have romantic feelings for one another. It’s a smart, creative take on the traditional rom com, and it won’t leave you a shell of your former self at the end.
If You Like Tammy, Try They Came Together (Opens June 27) Comic powerhouses Melissa McCarthy and Amy Poehler both happen to be starring in major movies this summer. Co-written by and starring McCarthy, Tammy is a road trip movie that follows the titular character’s misadventures with her alcoholic, diabetic grandmother, Pearl (Susan Sarandon). Poehler’s role as Molly in David Wain’s rom com parody is a bit more low-key, but promises to be just as funny and irreverent.
If You Liked 22 Jump Street, Try Life After Beth (Opens August 15) At its heart, 22 Jump Street is a film about a couple attempting to hold their relationship together despite their different personalities and the obstacles that arise because of them. It just so happens that Life After Beth tells a similar story, except instead of being undercover cops whose partnership is tested by college, the big hurdle that Beth and Zach need to overcome is the fact that Beth is, well… a zombie.
If You Like Get On Up, Try Frank (Opens August 15) Chadwick Boseman stars as the hardest working man in show business in Get On Up, which charts the life and career of James Brown, culminating in his comeback in the 1990s. But if you’re looking for a slightly more unconventional take on the music “biopic,” we recommend Frank, which stars Michael Fassbender as an eccentric, brilliant musician who wears a giant fake head at all times and Domhnall Gleeson as the newest recruit to Frank’s band. Although something tells us their music won’t be as easy to dance to…
If You Like Sex Tape, Try Two Night Stand (Opens August 22) Summer isn’t just filled with alien-fighting robots and superheroes protecting the galaxy; it’s also the time of year when the world celebrates the raunchy sex comedy. First up is Sex Tape, which follows a couple who film themselves in the act in an attempt to spice up their marriage, only to accidentally send it to all of their friends. Two Night Stand also centers on a regrettable decision – sleeping with a drunk stranger you met at a bar – that spirals out of control due to unforeseen circumstances. In this case, it’s a blizzard that traps the unhappy couple in an apartment together.
If You Liked X-Men: Days of Future Past, Try I Origins (Opens July 18) If you prefer the X-Men to all of the other superheroes on the block, you’re likely someone who appreciates a slightly complicated storyline, discussions of science and genetics and misfits coming together to form a family – which means that I Origins, a sci-fi romance about a molecular biologist who studies the human eye and his journey for truth and his lost love.
Drew Chadwick has quit Emblem3 to pursue a solo music career. The pop rock trio, who found fame on the 2012 series of America's The X Factor, announced Chadwick's departure on Friday (20Jun14), just days before the boy band were due to start The Fireside Story Sessions tour on Monday (23Jun14).
They said, "While we regret sharing this news, we as a group need to share that Drew has decided to move forward in pursuit of his solo career and will no longer be with Emblem3 or joining us on The Fireside Story Sessions. We're sad to see Drew go but he will always be our brother, and we couldn't be happier for him as he starts his new journey as a solo artist."
The remaining members, brothers Keaton and Wesley Stromberg, assured fans they would continue with the group, adding, "We know many of you may be concerned about what this means for Emblem3, but I can assure you this is just the beginning! Me and Keaton started this band when we were 9 and 11 years old and we will continue making music for our fans.
"We love you with all our heart. E3 has always been about a partnership of like-minded musicians and we’re committed to continuing this journey alongside you all. And who knows, you may also start seeing some very familiar faces popping up. "
Chadwick has already begun working on his solo album.