Cicely Tyson and Vanessa Williams are set to reprise their stage roles in the TV movie adaptation of The Trip To Bountiful. The actresses starred in the Broadway play when it ran from April to October (13), and now they'll be joined by Blair Underwood and Keke Palmer in the movie version of the drama.
Michael Wilson, who directed the play, will make his television directorial debut with the project, according to TheWrap.com.
The play first hit the stage in 1953 and was previously adapted for the big screen in 1985. Geraldine Page won a Best Actress Oscar for her portrayal of Carrie Watts in that film.
Production has already begun in Atlanta, Georgia and the movie will air on U.S. network Lifetime in 2014.
"I just totally and completely adored Chilli. I was like, 'OK, that's me, that's who I am.' I would lip-sync in the mirror and I would sing and I would pretend to be her and it was so surreal for me... We had a sleepover at her house and I was like, 'I hope this isn't weird when I tell you this, but this is a dream come true for me, you don't understand how much this means to me.'" Actress Keke Palmer is still pinching herself after landing the role of R&B star Rozanda 'Chilli' Thomas in TV biopic Crazy Sexy Cool: The Tlc Story.
Rapper/actress Lil Mama is convinced Lisa 'Left Eye' Lopes was watching over her as she portrayed the tragic star in a new Tlc biopic after experiencing a series of spooky incidents on set. The Waterfalls hitmaker was killed in a car crash in 2002 and Lil Mama is bringing her back to life on TV for Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story, alongside Keke Palmer as Rozanda 'Chilli' Thomas and Drew Sidora as Tionne 'T-Boz' Watkins.
They shot the film earlier this year (13) and Lil Mama, real name Niatia Kirkland, was left spooked by what she believes was the spirit of Left Eye.
She tells U.S. talk show host Wendy Williams, "Stuff was knocking over on set and every time I did a dark scene, an ambulance would pass by, or a siren, and then it (production) had to shut down and I'd get these really deep moments to think right before I shoot (sic).
"Drew and I shot a scene and she was like, 'Did you notice that every time you shoot a dark scene this happens?' And I looked at her and said, 'Yes.'"
Crazy Sexy Cool: The TLC Story airs on VH1 in America on Monday (21Oct13).
When VH1 announced their upcoming made-for-television movie biopic about '90s supergroup TLC, fans everywhere experienced that uncomfortable feeling of excitement and sheer terror. Biopics are like film adaptations of your favorite books – done well, they can be amazing experiences. Done badly, or improperly cast and they become on-screen catastrophes. We are seriously hoping that Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story will not inspire the latter experience, but we can’t be sure.
VH1 has released the teaser-trailer for the movie, and they definitely nailed the look. Drew Sidora, Lil Mama, and Keke Palmer have been totally transformed into T-Boz, Left-Eye, and Chilli, but that just tells us that the hair, make-up and wardrobe department was on point. What about everything else? Like, the actual storyline, and the actual performances delivered? This trailer makes the movie look like it could be fun, but it might also just be weird. One of the biggest girl groups ever deserves a proper biopic, not a series of clips showcasing some young actors playing dress-up.
Now here’s the good news. Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story was directed by Charles Stone III, the same guy who brought us Drumline and Paid In Full. Now neither of these movies are critically-acclaimed Oscar winners, but they were both highly entertaining, respected works. We’re not expecting VH1 to deliver anything along the lines of Ray, or 8 Mile, or What’s Love Got To Do With It. But it would be nice to see a decent tribute to the women of TLC, whose work so impacted many of our young lives. We’ll find out soon enough if all these concerns are valid or not.
VH1’s Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story airs on October 21.
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"I love Corbin. He was my first kiss in life... We did Disney Channel's Jump In together. I was 12... It was on the lips. I was very nervous. I was like, 'Oh my gosh, this is the first person I'm kissing outside of my family'. We did it, like, 20 times." Actress Keke Palmer shared her first lip-lock with High School Musical star Corbin Bleu.
Simon Pegg is to play an assassin in a new Australian movie featuring Liam and Chris Hemsworth's brother Luke. Kill Me Three Times will also include Alice Braga, Teresa Palmer and Bryan Brown among the cast.
Principal photography begins this week (ends20Sep13) in and around Perth and the southwest region of Western Australia.
The movie is set in "a sun-drenched Australian surfing town, where a young singer, portrayed by Alice Braga, is the thread that binds three tales of murder, blackmail and revenge".
Pegg's assassin is hired by the wealthy husband of Braga's character, and Aussie movie veteran Brown plays a corrupt local cop. Luke Hemsworth portrays Braga's love interest.
Classic rockers The Moody Blues have added Roger Daltrey to their latest cruise festival. The Nights in White Satin hitmakers' five-night Moody Blues Cruise II around the Bahamas will recreate the vibe of the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival - and it will mark the first time the band and Daltrey have shared a bill together since The Who headlined the iconic festival over four decades ago.
The cruise will also feature performances from The Zombies, The Orchestra starring ELO, Starship, Little River Band and former Emerson, Lake & Palmer star Carl Palmer.
The high seas festivities will kick off on 2 April, 2014.
Outspoken rocker Amanda Palmer has defended Miley Cyrus over her naked antics, insisting the former child star should be given an "allowance" to explore her raunchy side. The former Hannah Montana actress has attracted criticism after stripping naked save for a pair of boots in the video to her new track Wrecking Ball.
The promo premiered just weeks after she was slammed for donning latex underwear for a raunchy performance with Robin Thicke at the MTV Video Music Awards, but Palmer is adamant critics should leave the singer alone.
Giving a speech at Australia's Bigsound music conference, Palmer says, "Let her be. There has to be an allowance for that, otherwise art becomes safe and sanctioned. And it shouldn't be."
New York rockers Luscious Jackson are set to return to the charts for the first time in 14 years with an album fully funded by fan donations. The Naked Eye hitmakers recently reached out to devotees via PledgeMusic.com to help raise enough money to make Magic Hour, and now they are preparing to release the project on their own City Song label in November (13).
Frontwoman Jill Cunniff says, "When we were making the new album we felt like we did when we were making our first demos. We were just smiling and laughing all the time because we rediscovered a musical connection we all really loved and missed."
Magic Hour is the follow up to 1999's Electric Honey.
Luscious Jackson aren't the first artists to turn to fans to help fund the release of their new material - country star Jo Dee Messina recently succeeded in her mission, while former Dresden Dolls star Amanda Palmer enjoyed huge success on Kickstarter.com - she pulled in $1 million (£666,670) in public donations last year (12) to fund her next record.
Black Sabbath ruled out the option of hitting the recording studio with legendary drummer Ginger Baker because they didn't want to have to deal with "problems" the eccentric former Cream would bring with him. Producer Rick Rubin suggested Baker as a replacement for Bill Ward after contractual issues prompted the band's original drummer to walk away from reunion plans, but guitarist Tony Iommi admits he and his bandmates were not convinced the veteran rocker would be a good fit.
Iommi tells WWeek, "We put a stop on... We didn't want to go into the studio and have problems."
The group eventually decided to hit the studio and record their hit comeback album 13 with Rage Against The Machine drummer Brad Wilk, and Iommi adds, "We did try some big name drummers - some very big name drummers. They were great, but Rick particularly suggested Brad. He did work hard; he was thrown into the deep end and he was very nervous. He got used to us, our jokes, the way we prank around."
Last week, former Emerson Lake & Palmer star Carl Palmer told WENN he was considered as Ward's replacement but scheduling issues prompted him to turn the dream job down.