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Watch: First Trailer & New Photos Of James Brown Biopic 'Get On Up'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 13, 2014 7:25 PM
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Get On Up
It’s taken the story of James Brown’s musical legacy a decade or more to get to the big screen. Spike Lee was adamant about making it, but the biopic fell through his fingers a few years back (with potentially Eddie Murphy in tow, image that?). Perhaps in what might be a safer, more crowd-pleasing an awards-friendly version, Universal is releasing “Get On Up” this summer from Tate Taylor, the director of “The Help,” and Chadwick Boseman, the star of “42,” as the godfather of soul before he was king.

Premature Oscar Predictions: The 2015 Best Actor Contenders

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 10, 2014 2:49 PM
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Premature Oscar Predictions: Actors
In an effort to cut off the head and put a stake in the heart of the awards season for a few months, last week saw us running down a few of the Best Picture possibilities for the 2014/2015 Oscars. Namely, the movies that are likely to dominate discussions in the back six of the next twelve months.

Liam Neeson Joins Martin Scorsese's 'Silence,' Zachary Quinto Targets 'Hitman' Sequel 'Agent 47' & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 31, 2014 3:20 PM
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Liam Neeson Gangs Of New York
Huh. We've gotten so used to Liam Neeson cashing paychecks and cracking skulls that it's easy to forget he's an Academy Award-nominated actor (for his turn in "Schindler's List"). And while he did dial it down a bit for Paul Haggis' abysmal "Third Person" which premiered at TIFF last fall, for the most part, we just think of Neeson these days as filling time with one generic thriller after another (e.g. the upcoming "Non-Stop" and the soon-to-be-filming "Taken 3"). But it looks he'll have a chance to remind everyone that he has other special skills that don't involve punching people in the groin.

Viola Davis & Octavia Spencer Eyed To Reteam With 'The Help' Director Tate Taylor For James Brown Biopic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 27, 2013 1:32 PM
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The last time Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer worked with Tate Taylor, in the director's 2011 hit "The Help," they both earned Oscar nominations, with the latter taking home the trophy to put on her mantle. So is it any surprise, that they may jump at the opportunity to work with the filmmaker again?

'42' Star Chadwick Boseman To Play James Brown In Biopic From 'The Help' Director Tate Taylor

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 26, 2013 9:31 PM
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While he's been working as an actor for the past decade, Chadwick Boseman finally hit a triple if not homerun this past spring. Leading the hit "42," the actor shone as Jackie Robinson, the ballplayer who smashed the color barrier and became a national hero. And now, Boseman is getting ready to take on another icon, none other than the Godfather Of Soul.

'42' Star Chadwick Boseman Shortlisted For 'Black Panther'; Kevin Feige Suggests 'Daredevil' A Long Way Off

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 1, 2013 2:57 PM
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Okay, here are some geeky, comic movie updates for your afternoon. So strap in, get ready and let's start some speculatin'....

Review: '42' Admirably & Carefully Weaves Together The History Of Baseball & Civil Rights

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 10, 2013 10:04 AM
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Destiny swings a big stick in Brian Helgeland's "42." It underlines every pivotal moment of Jackie Robinson's career captured in the two hour film, often working as baggage keeping the film earthbound, at times making it unnecessarily weighty. It's also probably the major reason why a number of mainstream critics will wag a finger at this unapologetic, old-fashioned hero yarn seemingly stitched from the similarly modest DNA of 1950's "The Jackie Robinson Story." What seems like a high fidelity to history is actually an acknowledgement and deep respect, the kind most modern filmmakers and viewers would likely find alien.

Watch: New Trailer & Featurette For Jackie Robinson Biopic '42'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 10, 2013 1:28 PM
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There may be snow on the ground, and the daylight hours are short, but believe us when we say spring is around the corner. And nothing says spring like the smell of the grass on the field and sound of a baseball hitting the bat. After watching the new trailer for the Jackie Robinson biopic "42," you might be eager to start oiling your glove.

Watch: Trailer For Jackie Robinson Biopic '42' Hits A Home Run

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2012 10:58 PM
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This weekend, the Clint Eastwood-starring baseball movie "Trouble with the Curve" opens and we'll just tell you right now: it's not very good. Somehow, it misses the the magic of the game that makes it the nation's greatest pasttime, and tosses in not one, but two third-act twists that are there as lazy devices to wring audience sympathy. But before 'Trouble' starts, it looks like WB is going to show off an early look at next year's baseball movie, and it might be a better investment of your movie ticket dollars.

5 Actors Who Could Play Marvel's 'Black Panther'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 6, 2012 11:19 AM
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For all their success so far, the Marvel movies have, aside from a few smallish parts, been a pretty lilywhite affair to date: only Samuel L Jackson was a significant minority presence in "The Avengers." But signs are that the studio aren't going to keep that up for too long: yesterday, it was reported that the company are actively moving ahead with a movie about "Black Panther," the African prince-turned-crimefighter, and are targeting a release in 2014 or 2015.

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