Chadwick Boseman as James Brown

That’s 42 star Chadwick Boseman above, and below you’ll see Boseman as James Brown in the first shot from the Brown biopic Get on Up. The film also stars Dan Aykroyd as Ben Bart, who presided over Brown’s agency Universal Attractions. The film, which spans much of the singer’s life, also features  Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, and Lennie James.

Check out the shot below, and get a bit of new info about the movie courtesy of director Tate Taylor. Read More »

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POTD: Vanity Fair’s 2014 Hollywood Issue Cover

Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue 2014 (header)

It may not be a tradition as entrenched as the Golden Globes drunkenness or office Oscar pools, but for the past twenty years the Vanity Fair Hollywood Issue has been a fun fixture of awards season. The magazine gathers up the brightest stars of the year, pretties them up and poses them just so, and snaps a photo that simultaneously celebrates the year that was and looks ahead at the years to come.

This year’s choices are a nice mix of established A-listers (George Clooney, Julia Roberts), rising veterans (Chiwetel Ejiofor, Idris Elba), and exciting fresh faces (Lupita Nyong’o, Margot Robbie). Hit the jump to see the full spread.

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James Brown

Days after Chadwick Boseman took the lead in Tate Taylor‘s biopic of the Godfather of Soul James Brown, that film has a title and release date. It’ll be called Get On Up and will be released October 17, 2014. Also of note: Viola Davis and Octavia Spencer, who worked with Taylor on The Help, are being eyed for roles. Read More »

Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick Boseman is going from Jackie Robinson to James Brown. The star of 42 has just signed on to play the legendary soul singer in an untitled biopic directed by Tate Taylor (The Help) and produced by both rock legend Mick Jagger and Oscar-winner Brian GrazerRead More »

Chadwick Boseman

Chadwick Boseman got a big career boost this spring by playing baseball hero Jackie Robinson in 42, and now he may be on the verge of raising his profile even further by playing a superhero. According to a new report, Boseman is the favorite to take the lead in Marvel’s Black Panther, long rumored to be part of the studio’s plans for Phase Three. Hit the jump for details.

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The story of Jackie Robinson is one of the most important stories in sports history, but it is also one of the most important social stories of the 20th century. As the first black ballplayer in Major League Baseball, Robinson became one of the focal points at an early stage in the ever-evolving shift in American race relations. Which is to say that he was subjected to the same scorn, intimidation, and attacks as many other black men and women, but on a much larger scale.

The first full trailer for 42 is a dramatic, energetic thing, but it is also infuriating. It recreates some of our worst behavior in broad strokes, and even if the actions seen here are dramatically enhanced, the core attitudes and behavior have an inarguable basis in history. And while 42 sports Harrison Ford grumping and growling his way through some pretty impressive makeup, there’s enough of a sense of reality in this footage to make the intimidation of Robinson (played by Chadwick Boseman) have serious impact. Presumably, that will also make his eventual victory and acceptance pay off with the power of a grand slam. Read More »

If ever the story of an athlete deserved to be told in a major motion picture, it’s the story of Jackie Robinson. The man who broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball not only broke cultural and social ground; he was one of the best people to ever play the game of baseball.

In every baseball stadium in North America his number, 42, is retired. That number is also the title of writer/director Brian Helgeland‘s upcoming biopic, which opens on April 12, 2013. Chadwick Boseman plays Robinson and Harrison Ford plays the Brooklyn Dodgers executive Branch Rickey, who is credited with stepping up and doing something no one had ever done before: hire an African American baseball player for their team.

Check out the powerful teaser trailer for the film after the jump. Read More »

Briefly: We’ve just heard that Harrison Ford is the latest actor that the producers of Jackie Robinson film 42 have eyed to play Branch Rickey, the LA Dodgers exec who helped break the color barrier in baseball by signing Jackie Robinson. While we don’t know if Ford will end up playing the role (somehow I expect not) we do know who’ll play Jackie Robinson.

Chadwick Boseman, whose credits are primarily in small TV roles going back to 2003, will play Robinson, according to Variety.

Update: Looks like I was wrong in the opening paragraph, as Jeff Sneider at Variety just said via Twitter, “BREAKING: HARRISON FORD set to play BRANCH RICKEY in Legendary Pictures’ JACKIE ROBINSON biopic 42! Link coming…” The full press release from Legendary Pictures is below. Read More »

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