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VH1 Releases 2nd Trailer For 'Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story'

by Tambay A. Obenson
August 27, 2013 7:18 PM
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Drew Sidora, Lil Mama and Keke Palmer star as Tionne "T-Boz" Watkins, Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes and Rozonda "Chilli" Thomas

Here's the second trailer for VH1's biopic on pop/hip hop/R&B group TLC, titled Crazy, Sexy, Cool: The TLC Story

In the telepic, Keke Palmer is Rozonda "ChilliThomasDrew Sidora is Tionne "T-BozWatkins and and Lil' Mama is playing the late Lisa "Left Eye" Lopes.

Evan Ross plays Dallas Austin, and Donny Boaz will play TLC's manager Bill Diggins

Carl Anthony Payne II is playing Antonio 'L.A.' Reid and Rochelle Aytes was cast as Perri 'PebblesReid.

Charles Stone III (DrumlinePaid in FullMr. 3000) directs, from a script penned by screenwriter Kate Lanier (What’s Love Got To Do With ItSet it OffBeauty Shop).

The two surviving members of the group, Chilli and T-Boz, are acting as consultants and executive producers for the movie. 

Also executive producing are the real Bill Diggins, as well as Maggie Malina, Jeff OldeJill Holmes and Alexander A. Motlagh.

Check out trailer #2 below, which still doesn't show us a lot:

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  • levita moses | October 31, 2013 3:07 PMReply

    I like this movie

  • akailah Butler | October 22, 2013 2:34 PMReply

    Ilove tlc love t-Boz the best ALL three of you are like sisters to me i love you guys

  • akailah | October 22, 2013 2:31 PMReply


  • dee | August 30, 2013 3:54 PMReply

    Amari - I do see your point, however, this is a made for TV movie it will in no way be like Ray Charles. Notorious should have been a made for tv movie. I do believe that TLC are pioneers in a way. A lot of artist from the 90's on back have very interesting stories of struggles and success!

    CareyCarey - You are on team TLC for sure...

    I will check it out.

  • CareyCarey | August 28, 2013 10:07 AMReply

    Amari, I am trying to wrap my arms around your contradictions. On one hand you question the purpose and demand of "something" so current, yet, Ray Charles was living when his biopic was being produced. Also, you inferred that there's nothing new we can glean from this project. Really... so you know the entire story of how a black girl from Iowa (and those struggles) found her way into the second best selling female group of all time? Seriously, what do you know about her back-story?

    Re: Doors being paved for them, Really?! So, before them there was a black female group with a repertoire that included R&B, hip-hop, soul, funk and new jack swing, huh? I mean, what decorated archways are you talking about?

    No Amari, I don't know your age nor the source of your information but TLC was much more than "good" and much more than "interesting", they were THE BEST and they were a new day that many from that generation would love to revisit. Aside from that, I think it's safe to say many DO NOT know the intricate details behind their changing of managers, their love affairs, their infighting nor their money woes (just for starters), so I believe there's a treasure drove of uncovered information out there. And, it's safe to say there's a whole new generation who may know less than you on the life and times of TLC.

  • Greta | August 28, 2013 5:07 PM

    For once, CareyCarey is on point!

  • CareyCarey | August 28, 2013 3:10 PM

    Amari, I am merely addressing your initial concerns. You posed the question "Was there really a demand for this movie?... what can this movie really do?"

    I believe I answered that question, but I'll reiterate with a small paraphrase. The first order of business for any movie is to entertain it's audience. A very effective way of doing that, as witnessed by the success of The Butler, is to engage the emotional memories of said audience. The TLC biopic can do that.

    In respect to what will or will not be present in this biopic, who knows, but again, that quandary fuels the demand. However, to use the example of "Nortorious" as your basic point of reference is certainly short-sighted. We're talking about completely different production teams; director, writers, producers, etc, are all different.

    Lastly, this-->" I just find it strange that the acts of the 90s like them and Biggie are having these biopics come out while the people who paved the way for them and broke down doors struggle."

    Are you saying the "biopics" are struggling trying to find finance money? OR, are you implying there are some folks (whom you've yet to identify) who broke down doors, still "struggle"? Hmmm, your ambiguity is difficult to address.

  • Amari | August 28, 2013 1:42 PM

    Acknowledging Left Eye's life, T-Boz's sickness, and the managerial and money issues, yes there is a story, but it isn't like Ray Charles' movie where he was in his senior years and his career was pretty much set. Also, what information you mention is lacking from the current stories they already put out there in Behind the Music and the other productions they worked in? And really, I am not putting them down, I just find it strange that the acts of the 90s like them and Biggie are having these biopics come out while the people who paved the way for them and broke down doors struggle.

    And maybe it is the case of music rights, life rights and what have you, but based off what we saw in Notorious, I don't think the type of information you speak of when it comes to the struggles of a black girl from Iowa are going to be present. This film seems more like a vanity project/ a reintroduction since TLC is releasing a new greatest hits CD with a few new songs. And I could be mistaken and maybe they will get as deep as you mention and analyze the effect TLC had on modern music. But, based off what we have seen with the more contemporary acts so far, do you really believe VH1 invested that much in this to give us a really in depth view on TLC? One which would include the trials and tribulations of where each member grew up, their lives outside TLC and then their lives in the group?

    If this was like the Michael Jackson special they did, then maybe. But this seems like an hour and a half movie which will probably mention the major issues, but no really touch on the really personal ones outside of Left Eye nearly burning her boyfriend's house down.

    I do wonder though what happened to the kid Left Eye adopted.

  • JEFTCG | August 28, 2013 3:51 AMReply

    I bought "Crazy Sexy Cool" nearly 20 years ago, and upon viewing the above photos, I hastily rushed to my CD collection to confirm they actually dressed like that.

    Damn, I'm gettin old.

  • Amari | August 27, 2013 9:38 PMReply

    My only question is: Was there really a demand for this movie? We have behind the music specials, the Left Eye documentary, and what can this movie really do? It feels like when they released Notorious. What reason or purpose is there to do a biopic on someone or something which is so current? Yes, it has been a little more than a decade since Left Eye died, but this isn't like when there is a biopic on Ray Charles, Johnny Cash and etc. Yes, their music was good and they were interesting, but the road was paved for them and the doors became decorated archways. What is there really to cover?

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