Universal has released the first trailer and some new images from director Tate Taylor‘s (The Help) James Brown biopic Get on Up. Cradle-to-grave biopics have a tendency to turn stale rather quickly and they almost all drone on for far too long, but this trailer markets Get on Up as a colorful, high-energy look at Brown’s life, inhabited by actor Chadwick Boseman. In between all the funk and celebration is a strong dramatic undercurrent focusing on Brown’s mother (played by Viola Davis), and these kinds of scenes are where Taylor excelled in his debut feature The Help. Boseman did a swell job playing Jackie Robinson in last year’s 42, so I’m interested to see how the actor inhabits the larger-than-life Brown.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out the images. Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott, and Dan Aykroyd co-star. Get on Up opens August 1st.
Dan Aykroyd (Ghostbusters) and Jill Scott (Baggage Claim) are set to star in Tate Taylor’s James Brown biopic, Get On Up. Chadwick Boseman (42) stars as the legendary musician in a story that takes Brown from his humble beginnings to the peak of his career, “while recounting his battle with drug addiction, arrest for domestic violence, and flirting with financial ruin several times.” Aykroyd is set to play Ben Bart, the president of one of New York’s biggest agencies, Universal Attractions, which represented Brown for 40 years. Scott stars as Brown’s wife, in a part written with her in mind. Get On Up also stars Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Lennie James, and is scheduled for an October 17, 2014 release date. Hit the jump for news on Kate Beckinsale’s negotiations to star in D.J. Caruso’s The Disappointments Room.
The romantic comedy Baggage Claim follows Montana Moore (Paula Patton), a successful flight attendant and a devoted daughter, sister and friend, who just can’t manage to get her love life together. With the help of her two best friends, Gail (Jill Scott) and Sam (Adam Brody), they devise a plan to have Montana conveniently meet up with eligible ex-boyfriends to see if any of them have since become the perfect guy. Directed by David E. Talbert, the film also stars Derek Luke, Djimon Hounsou, Taye Diggs, Boris Kodjoe, Terrence J, Jenifer Lewis, Christina Milian, La La Anthony and Affion Crockett.
At the film’s press day, singer/actress Jill Scott spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how she got involved with this film, how much fun she had working with Paula Patton and Adam Brody, that she tends to use her spirit and intellect to get things, unlike the assets her character uses, which man she would have liked to have seen Gail end up with, and how she would love to make a guest appearance on True Blood. Check out what she had to say after the jump.
Fox Searchlight has released the first trailer and poster for director David E. Talbert’s (First Sunday) romantic comedy Baggage Claim. The film stars Paula Patton as an unmarried flight attendant who becomes determined to find a man before her younger sister’s wedding. In order to aid her on her quest, her friends at the airport arrange several of her ex-boyfriends to cross her path. Though the “I need a man to make me feel whole” premise is rather played out and at least a little offensive, Baggage Claim actually looks like it has a few genuine laughs in store for audiences. Also, Adam Brody plays the “gay best friend” character, so there’s that.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. The film also stars Derek Luke, Taye Diggs, Jill Scott, Boris Kodjoe, Trey Songz, Tia Mowry, LaLa Anthony, and Djimon Hounsou. Baggage Claim opens on September 27th.
Three-time Grammy Award-winning singer-songwriter, New York Times best-selling poet and critically acclaimed actress Jill Scott got to fulfill a dream when she guest starred on Episode 8 of the fifth and final season of the sci-fi drama series Fringe. As a huge fan of the show, which concludes with a special two-hour series finale on January 18th, she was excited to be a part of the story and work with the cast.
During this interview to promote her appearance on the show, Jill Scott talked about why she asked for a role, what it meant to her to be a part of the final season, the hopes and expectations she had for her character, getting to work with series star Anna Torv, why she thinks the show has been such a fan favorite, her favorite episodes, and how she would also love to do a guest spot on Supernatural. Check out what she had to say after the jump.