U.S. TV star Nick Eversman has been cast as Mick Jagger in the new James Brown biopic, which the Rolling Stones star is producing. The CSI: Miami, House and The Tomorrow People actor will portray the rocker as a much younger man in The Help director Tate Taylor's new film, titled Get On Up.
According to CinemaBlend.com, Eversman landed the role after moving like Jagger on his audition tape. The actor offered up a side-by-side comparison of his performance to archival footage of the Rolling Stones frontman.
He joins a cast that includes 42 star Chadwick Boseman as Brown, Dan Aykroyd and Taylor's The Help stars Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer.
Late soul man James Brown is set to be exposed as a crazy oddball in a new documentary from the man behind the explosive new Bettie Page film. As The Help director Tate Taylor develops his Brown biopic, with 42 star Chadwick Boseman as the star, Mark Mori is making a very different film that will shed light on the Godfather of Soul's private life.
He tells WENN, "He's got a little secret part of his life. These are people who worked with him that have stepped forward and want to tell the story.
"Maybe I shouldn't boil it down to one word but the one thing they all agree on is he's crazy! The kind of ends he would go to to do things are kind of amazing and his public life is different than his private life in major ways."
Mori hit the headlines earlier this month (13) after revealing he had stumbled across never-before-seen shots of pin-up Page while researching his new film on the beauty icon.
Dan Aykroyd and soul singer-turned-actress Jill Scott have joined the cast of The Help director Tate Taylor's James Brown biopic. The Blues Brothers star will portray the Godfather of Soul's longtime agent Ben Bart and Scott has been cast as Brown's wife.
42 star Chadwick Boseman will play the late soul legend in the film, titled Get On Up.
Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, Taylor's leading ladies from The Help, have also snagged roles in the biopic, which is scheduled to start shooting later this month (Nov13).
Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films and Morgan Creek Productions have come together to resurrect Tupac Shakur on the silver screen.
A biopic about the late rapper, simply titled Tupac, will be released in 2014. The film will be shot in Atlanta. Alfeni Shakur, Tupac's mother, will be an exectutive producer for the project.
Seventeen years ago, Tupac Shakur was cut down in a drive-by-shooting that changed hip-hop forever. The rap community, and the music world in general, was left with a gaping void that could never be filled. Through the release of posthumous albums, his recent hologram performances, and a few conspiracy theories, however, it sometimes feels like that Tupac never really left us. Now that there's a chance to immortalize the legend in film, the perfect actor needs to be cast. But portraying a man with such a legendary persona will be a tall order for even the most talented young actor. Tupac possessed an electric charisma and fierce intelligence, but also had a hardened edge to him. You would need an actor that would be able to convey all of these qualities in a multifaceted performance. The actor would also need to be able to spit Tupac's lyrics with a convincing amount street cred and gravitas. Here are our picks for possible candidates that could do the role justice.
Michael B. JordanA choice that is almost too obvious. We've seen Jordan's range in projects stretching from his stints on shows like Friday Night Lights and Parenthood, to his layered performance in Fruitvale Station that has even garnered Academy Award attention.
Chadwick BosemanChadwick Boseman wowed us with his heartfelt and intense performance in 42. The actor has a certain presense that allowed him to step into a role like Jackie Robinson with ease, and would also allow him to play a great Tupac.
Anthony MackieAnthony Mackie gets a nod for already having some experience. The actor already played the late rapper in the 2009 film Notorious, a film centered on the life and death of Tupac's east coast rival The Notorious B.I.G.. Mackie is a fine actor whose performance in Notorious left us wanting more of his interpretation of Tupac.
Mechad BrooksMechad Brooks is a talented actor that has had supporting roles in shows like Desperate Houswives and True Blood. Brooks hasn't had the chance to flex his acting muscles on a really meaty role as of yet, but a part like this one could really jump start his career and show the world that he's more than just a pretty face and a pile of abs.
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Chadwick Boseman is set to play another American great after landing the lead role in a biopic of James Brown. Boseman has been on Hollywood's to-watch list after playing Jackie Robinson, the first African-American professional baseball star in the U.S., in 42, which was a hit at the American box office earlier this year (13).
The actor is now preparing to tackle another superstar - the Godfather of Soul himself.
The Help director Tate Taylor will helm the as-yet-untitled project, which is being produced by rock legend Mick Jagger's film company.
The movie has been in the pipeline for more than a decade, with Eddie Murphy and Wesley Snipes both being linked to play Brown.
Brown, the outlandish performer behind hits including Papa's Got a Brand New Bag and (Get Up I Feel Like Being A) Sex Machine, passed away in 2006 aged 73.
The daughter of a professional baseball player is demanding an apology from the producers behind a new Jackie Robinson biopic over allegations her father is falsely portrayed as racist in the film. Pittsburgh Pirates pitcher Fritz Ostermueller, who is played by Linc Hand, hurls a baseball at Robinson's head in sports drama 42 and shouts at him, "You don't belong here!" in one pivotal scene.
However, Ostermueller's daughter, Sherrill, is adamant her father was a "good man" who never lashed out violently.
She tells TMZ.com, "The producers of 42 certainly owe my father an apology. If they were going to portray my father falsely, they should have used a fictional name. I have the deepest respect for Jackie Robinson and the courage he had to change baseball. My dad, to my knowledge, was not a racist. I was not raised in that type of home."
Fritz Ostermueller died in 1957, aged 50.
Hollywood newcomer Chadwick Boseman stars as African-American sports hero Robinson in the film.
42, the inspiring true life story of baseball icon Jackie Robinson knocked it out of the park this weekend with a much better than expected $27.25 million. A 25% uptick on Saturday reflected great word-of-mouth for the film which was projected to earn in the high teen millions. Starring Harrison Ford as Brooklyn Dodger's exec Branch Rickey and the relatively unknown Chadwick Boseman as Robinson, the film is a riveting and hugely entertaining account of Robinson's personal and professional battles with peers, colleagues and the general public who were unwilling to accept an African-American ballplayer in the Major Leagues in 1940's America. Boseman is a revelation as Robinson and Ford chews up the scenery as Rickey along with Christopher Meloni (Law and Order: SVU, Oz) who is a standout as Dodger manager Leo Durocher and a great supporting cast including Alan Tudyk and John C. McGinley. Brian Helgeland (screenwriter of L.A. Confidential, Mystic River & Man on Fire) directs from his own script. The film obviously had major crossover appeal beyond male sports-enthusiasts due to its civil rights and family-oriented themes along with a strong love story between Robinson and his wife. As such, the Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures release should continue to be a solid performer in the coming weeks.
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The Weinstein Co.'s Dimension genre label released the fifth installment of the Scary Movie franchise and managed a franchise low debut of just $15.1 million. On the plus side is that with over $800 million in worldwide box office, the franchise has been a profit center for the distributor since its first installment was released in year 2000. Opening weekend's have ranged from a high of $48.1 million for 2003's Scary Movie 3 to a low of $20.5 million for the second installment, so this one is at the bottom end.
Holdovers rounded out the Top 5 as Fox's animated family hit The Croods in its fourth weekend is still performing well with a third place finish of $13.2 million and $142.5 million to date. In fouth place, Paramount/MGM's G.I. Joe: Retaliation grabbed another $10.8 million this weekend with $102.4 million to date and Sony/Tri-Star's horror hit and last weekend's number one movie Evil Dead came in fifth with $9.5 million against a 63% drop (typical for the horror genre) and $41.5 million to date.The incredible 3-D re-release of 1993's Jurassic Park which performed well last weekend and set records for IMAX chewed off another $8.8 million for sixth place and an impressive $31.9 million after ten days in theaters.Notably, Focus Features Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper drama The Place Beyond the Pines had a strong first expansion adding 484 theaters for a total of 514 and a tenth place finish with $4.079 million (a 480% boost over last weekend) an impressive per-theater average of $7,937 and $5.45 million thus far.The Summer Movie season looms large on the not-too-distant horizon with the debut of Disney/Marvel's Iron Man 3 on May 3 and it comes not a moment too soon with YTD revenues running 11.22% behind 2012 at this point.
42 proves an important theory on biopics: a historical figure can be too significant for the Hollywood treatment.
Jackie Robinson's impact on baseball and race relations in the United States was monumental and writer/director Brian Helgeland's adaptation of the athlete's life goes to great lengths to drive that home. Chronicling most of Robinson's early career, where he quickly jumped from playing in the Negro leagues to the minor leagues to the majors, 42 ham-fists the big picture into Robinson's astonishing climb to success. It lauds Robinson as a Christ-like figure instead of painting him as a human overcoming great odds. The movie demonstrates that Robinson was driven by his love of the game, not a mission of integration. Early in his career, he says to a colleage, "I'm just a ball player." The man replies, "No, you're a hero." There's no denying the man was right, but the movie plays out from his point of view rather than putting us in Robinson's cleats. 42 is a glossy treatment that never gets beyond the text book reading.
Chadwick Boseman stars as Robinson, plucked from obscurity by Brooklyn Dodgers General Manager Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) to become the first African-American baseball player in the Major Leagues. The road to acceptance is expectedly bumpy: Robinson starts at the Dodgers training camp where he's hazed by teammates and townspeople alike. Rickey keeps him in check with routine inspirational speeches, all boiling down to keeping his temper in check and ears turned off to racist remarks. Ignoring the ignorance comes easy to Robinson, miraculous in historical context but making the action 42 a tedious affair. It's one scene after another of Robinson holding strong against white opposition and breaking boundaries with pure talent. Staged in a strangely claustrophobic and theatrical fashion, the movie lacks a necessary fire, even when Boseman, Ford, and Nicole Beharie as Jackie's wife Rachel, are firing on all cylinders.
42 has a lot of filler, with every actor in the ensemble getting their moment of bigotry and subsequent reversal, along with scenes that seemingly go nowhere (an extended scene between Rachel and a babysitter signals danger for Jackie's son, but fails to impact the story). But every didactic stretch of race drama is made up for by one intense scene, perfectly orchestrated by Helgeland on every level. In a game against Philadelphia, Robinson is verbally harassed by Phillies player manager Ben Chapman. Actor Alan Tudyk bravely inhabits the vile role, spewing every racial slur and wisecrack under the sun as Robinson attempts to cope. It's a tremendous sequence that pushes Robinson to his breaking point, a moment with enough drama to sustain an entire movie, as opposed to being the pinnacle of an overwrought life story.
There's a fakeness to 42 that overshadows the performances, with '40s baseball scenes enhanced by CG backdrops and a swelling score by Mark Isham that uses traditional violins and trumpets to force emotion down our throats. Robinson, and Boseman as a capable performing bringing him to life, can live on his own, but Helgeland insists on echoing the inherent drama of the ball player's story with Hollywood pizazz. From the film's first minutes, found documentary footage from the early '40s accompanied by voice over from Robinson's personal mythologist, reporter Wendell Smith (Andre Holland), 42 is factory-made biopic. A lively ensemble keep it afloat with Ford's gruff muttering working for Rickey, and T.R. Knight, Hamish Linklater, and Christopher Meloni add a dash of comedic flavor to the droll history lesson. But this is Jackie Robinson! A man whose story deserves a home run, not a bunt. Showing him as a ball player, not a hero, would have knocked 42 out of the park.
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42, the inspiring true life story of baseball icon Jackie Robinson will step up to the box office plate this weekend in 3003 theaters with a real shot at a swing for the fences number one debut. Starring Harrison Ford as Brooklyn Dodger's exec Branch Rickey and the relatively unknown Chadwick Boseman as Robinson, the film is a riveting and hugely entertaining account of Robinson's personal and professional battles with peers, colleagues and the general public who were unwilling to accept an African-American ballplayer in the Major Leagues in 1940's America. Boseman is a revelation as Robinson and Ford chews up the scenery as Rickey along with Christopher Meloni (Law and Order: SVU, Oz) who is a standout as Dodger manager Leo Durocher and a great supporting cast including Alan Tudyk and John C. McGinley. Brian Helgeland (screenwriter of L.A. Confidential, Mystic River & Man on Fire) directs from his own script.
The film has major crossover appeal beyond male sports-enthusiasts due to its civil rights and family-oriented themes along with a strong love story between Robinson and his wife (played by a stunning Nicole Beharie). An expected gross in the $17 to $19 million range is on deck (though we are root, root, rooting for a $20 million plus number) for the Warner Bros./Legendary Pictures release with solid word-of-mouth giving the film a likely strong boost on Saturday and an expectation of a number one debut by the bottom of the ninth on Sunday night.
Of course there will be competition for first place in the $15 to $18 million range with the opening of a very different type of film aimed at the teen audience as The Weinstein Co.'s Dimension genre label releases the fifth installment of the Scary Movie franchise. With over $800 million in worldwide box office, the franchise has been a profit center for the distributor since its first installment was released in year 2000. Opening weekend's have ranged from a high of $48.1 million for 2003's Scary Movie 3 to a low of $20.5 million for the second installment, so this one is on the low side, but still impressive for a fifth go 'round.
This will leave holdovers including Fox's animated family hit The Croods in its fourth weekend (expected to hold strong with a gross in the low teens and around $135 million by the end of the weekend), Paramount/MGM's G.I. Joe: Retaliation (with around $11 million expected for its third weekend and a possible shot at crossing the $100 million mark by Sunday night) and Sony/Tri-Star's horror hit and last weekend's number one movie Evil Dead ($10 million likely for the weekend and around $40 million total by late Sunday) to round out the Top 5.
Also keep an eye out for the incredible 3-D re-release of 1993's Jurassic Park which performed well last weekend, set records for IMAX as well and continues in 2,778 theaters nationwide.
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[Photo Credit: Warner Bros./Dimension]
Chadwick Boseman isn't a household name, but if his performance as Jackie Robinson in the upcoming 42 lives up to the film's first trailer, he will be.
Modernized by the thumping beats of Jay-Z's "Brooklyn Go Hard," the period drama stars Boseman as the influential baseball, following the first year Robinson was signed to the Dodgers. As costar John C. McGinley told Hollywood.com in a recent interview, "The script is very smart. It’s one year. It’s 1947. It’s the year baseball was integrated. It’s not Jackie Robinson from cradle to the grave. That’s too hard … This is one year in a man’s life that, in a lot of ways, changed our country.” The biopic may not be a sweeping look at Robinson's career, but judging from the first footage, the specific tale lends itself to being just as invigorating and momentous.
Written and directed by Brian Helgeland (Payback, A Knight's Tale), 42 pairs relative newcomer Boseman with a Hollywood legend: Harrison Ford as Major League Baseball executive Branch Rickey. Ford's late career has been primarily composed of action movies (Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull, Cowboys & Aliens), but his gruff attitude is nowhere to be found in his portrayal of cigar-chomping Rickey. He's charming and demanding of Robinson. His rapport with Boseman feels appropriately inspiring.
Check out the trailer for 42 below (or in HD at Apple). The movie pop flies to theaters on April 12, 2013.
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