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Spike Lee In Talks To Direct Film About 70’s Pop Music Giant Neil Bogart Starring Justin Timberlake

by Sergio
October 31, 2013 7:57 AM
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I haven’t been the only one saying it, but the general opinion is that Justin Timberlake is NOT a movie star.

All his films have flopped, he’s got a weak voice and no screen presence. As I said about him before, on this very site, that a loaf of Wonder Bread has more on screen personality (and more flavor) than Timberlake. Which is why when the Hollywood Reporter announced this news, I was, how shall we say we say, rather distressed.

But THR is reporting that Spike Lee is currently in talks to direct the indie project Spinning Gold, a biopic of Neil Bogart, the founder of Casablanca Records  and who who helped discover major 70’s rock and disco acts such as  KISS, The Village People, Joan Jett  and Donna Summer before his death at the age of 39 in 1982.

Timberlake will play Bogart in the film, which was written by Bogart’s son Timothy Scott Bogart, and who is also co-producing the film with Timberlake, Laurence Mark, Gary Randall, and Mark Damon.

Sony Pictures Worldwide already has a deal to distribute the film in several overseas markets.

Actually this premise sounds promising, but with Timberlake?

I’ll ask it again, just what incriminating photos of film executives does he have that forces them to keep casting him as a lead, carrying films?

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  • Tonton Michel | November 3, 2013 1:23 PMReply

    And yet here he is making another movie getting paid and putting black people to work. Stop hating.

  • slb | November 1, 2013 11:07 AMReply

    Wow! People are actually calling Beyonce a movie star? What Bizarro World have I stumbled into? 1) Beyonce is a terrible actress. Strictly terrible. This isn't a subjective analaysis. I think MIT grad students fed her movies into a super computer designed to map the human genome and the results were, "She sucks". So that's not even a question. 2) As far as JT is concerned, I agree with Sergio. He has a weak voice and no screen presence. He does well when he is part of an ensemble with trained actors and those with movie star qualities. But when he is asked to carry a film, his flaws are glaring. He should really stick to ensemble pieces where he's got 4th billing or below. Only when he works on developing his presence and gravitas on film should he consider getting back into lead roles. He should really wait about 6 or 7 years when his face has more weather to it and you take him more seriously.

  • slb | November 4, 2013 1:33 PM

    "She is not so terrible if she has a golden globe nomination."

    This is all I need to know with whom I'm dealing with. If you knew anything about the entertainment industry, you would know that the Golden Globes carry NO weight in assessing and recognizing talented performances. The Golden Globes are put on by the Hollywood Foreign Press and they are historically known to hand out nominations just to up the starpower of the broadcast. Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp were nominated for "The Tourist" which was universally derided by both critics and fans. They were nominated because the HFP wanted their starpower. Nobody in Hollywood uses Golden Globe nominations as a barometer for quality. Sure, quality performers and work are recognized during the awards, but it's incidental to their main goal of attracting high profile stars to an awards banquet in a hotel ballroom with copious amounts of alcohol being served. Just because Beyonce was nominated means absolutely nothing. My point still stands. She's a terrible actress and anyone who argues otherwise is a biased Beyonce fan who does not recognize her limitations. Namely, she can't act.

  • Akim | November 1, 2013 8:11 PM

    She is not so terrible if she has a golden globe nomination.

  • MUNOZ | October 31, 2013 11:27 PMReply

    i just finished the kiss bio called Nothin to Lose and was intrigued by the representation of neil bogart as a character in the story of kiss. i dont know about the jtlake casting decision but the cast of characters in the bogart casablanca roster which includes parliament might be very entertaining. bootsy, gene simmons, donna summer and the village people; id watch that film.

  • Akim | October 31, 2013 9:11 PMReply

    I have to LOL at people bashing Beyonce's acting skills in favor of Justin's! At least Beyonce's movies do well at the box office! Beyonce is a true movie star, NOT Justin

  • Burp | October 31, 2013 3:37 PMReply

    Timberlake has came a long way since ..please forgive me..stray dogs or raw dog cannot remember but anyway. Watch Social Network as he did his thing. He is not bad at all. He plays the snobby upper crust caucasian really well and he appears well nuanced in his roles.

  • Alias | October 31, 2013 1:49 PMReply

    Actually, this premise DOESN'T sound intriguing. While people are familiar with the recording stars that Casablanca produced what makes Neil Bogart, himself, interesting? If anything, a biopic about Clive Davis or Tommy Mottola would seem more plausible, and understandable, as they are the RARE heads (or former heads) of record companies (especially Clive) that the general public is, at least, remotely familiar with.

    This says COMMERCIAL FLOP. JT simply guarantees COMMERCIAL FLOP DOA.

  • BURP | October 31, 2013 3:29 PM

    The logic in your comments is the exact reason as to why you will never be offered a development job at a major or independent film /production/studio. They don't have to be familiar with the the actual person but the music(major seller) and characters around those times are interesting. Don't you think folks will be lined up to see who plays donna summers, kiss, etc.. And because your not familiar with Neil Bogart does not mean countless other are not as well. You might be too young to remember or not involved in that music to know who he was however I am sure folks of that generation knows

  • Troy | October 31, 2013 1:21 PMReply

    He has over a dozen movies already to late to put him back in any box. The problem with crossover for black artists is that audience usually abandons them when they do something different. So their commercial appeal diminishes. Thanks black people for keeping black people in their place for generations. Remember don't dream bigger than being good at one thing.

  • urbanauteur | October 31, 2013 1:02 PMReply

    Wheres my Wax Staxx/Atco Records, Thom Bell/Linda Creed/Melba Listen/Sylvia Robinson bio-pics?

  • theurbanfilmstage | October 31, 2013 12:46 PMReply

    Also he has been able to avoid being type-cast in most of his roles you will find range not this typica Singer/Dancer role crap, clearlyHollywood believes Timberlake has the potential to branch out.

  • theurbanfilmstage | October 31, 2013 12:44 PMReply

    I have to disagree with you a little bit, and honestly I think your reasoning is a little bit gratuitous, considering the many singer-turned-actors in hollywood, Timberlake has been one of the few who have managed to not be so horrible to watch from the likes of Beyonce' or Ice Cube. He may not be the best, but he certainly not the worst.

  • Monique a Williams | November 1, 2013 7:36 AM

    JT isn't terrible in supporting roles, he can be quite good, but not lead. No.
    And Beyonce is always awful onscreen. Always. Wooden, looks like she's trying to act, waiting to deliver her next line. Just plain terrible.

  • Ghost | October 31, 2013 10:56 PM

    Well look at who is in the cast with her and the types of films she does. Austin Powers had a built in audience as did Pink Panther and the others were music type films. So she was in her element with all those films. Justin is taking roles that don't require him to sing or dance. And some of the films he does unlike Beyonce tend to not be minority friendly. How many of his films have featured people of color? When you leave us out-you end up leaving some box office cash behind.

  • Akim | October 31, 2013 9:13 PM

    LOL! If Beyonce is sooo ''horrible'', why do her movies do well at the box office unlike Justin's?

  • Carl James | October 31, 2013 8:37 AMReply

    Now that he's lost so much weight, I think Jonah Hill would be a better choice just from a quick Google Images search of Neil Bogart. And Donna Summer should definitely be a key supporting character since she was the biggest artist on Bogart's label and had a legal battle with him. Condola Rashad might be great for that role.

  • Lea | October 31, 2013 10:13 AM

    Condola Rashad would be great as Donna Summer..another pick would be Kelly Rowland..

  • James | October 31, 2013 8:10 AMReply

    It's a damn shame that Hollywood wants to make JT least, beyonce knew her limits and stuck to roles which didn't require much acting.

  • Troy | October 31, 2013 1:15 PM

    He was a child actor. He is not the white male Beyonce.

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