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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Entertainment Wednesdays News: 5 Facts About "Get On Up" Actor Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick Boseman Left); James Brown (Right)
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As James Brown Bio Pic Get On Up opens nationwide on August 1st, we thought we will give you a few interesting facts about the lead actor, Chadwick Boseman, portraying James Brown.

1. He is a native of Anderson, SC.

2.  He had an interest in writing and storytelling before studying acting.

3. He is a Giants fan.

4. He has 42 first cousins.

5.  On learning James Brown bodacious footwork: “It hurt!". “It really opens your brain up in a different way, doing his movements.”

Bonus Fact: Boseman counted up to 90 splits in a dance scene that required several takes.

Tamron Hall with "Get On Up" Cast and
Director Tate Taylor (2nd to Right) in June 2014.
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Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Entertainment Wednesdays: Movie Trailer - Beyond The Lights

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Sharee and I recently saw the trailer for BET/Relativity Media's Beyond the Lights (Previously titled Blackbird) from the writer-director of my favorite movie, Love and Basketball, Gina Prince-Bythewood.
The synopsis reads:

Blackbird is the story of Noni Jean, a hot new artist who has just won a Grammy and is primed for stardom. But the pressures of success compel her to nearly end her life until she is saved by a young police officer. They fall hard for each other, despite the protests of their parents who want each to focus on their own career ambitions. But he might be the missing piece to unlock her artistic potential. 
Beyond the Lights stars Gugu Mbatha-Raw and Nate Parker. Danny Glover and Minnie Driver co-star.

The film is produced by Stephanie Allain and Reggie Bythewood (Gina's husband).

Fact: The idea for the film came after Gina saw Alicia Keys in concert in 2007. Sony wanted Beyonce or Rihanna for the lead. However, Prince-Bythewood fought it. After Sony put the project into turnaround, the movie was pitched by Gina in an eight minute presentation with Gugu Mbatha-Raw, from this year's hit Belle, as the lead to BET/Relativity Media.
 Beyond the Lights will debut on Nov. 14.

Take a look at the trailer below. 
We would love to read your comments. 
Would Beyonce or Rihanna have made a better Noni Jean?

Writer-Director - Gina Prince-Bythewood -  Twitter @GPBmadeit
Producer - Stephanie Allain - Twitter
Producer - Reggie Bythewood - Twitter @RocktheFilm