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Nina Simone Biopic Stalls

13 December 2010 9:33 AM, PST | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Thanks to Tambay and Sergio, we’ve all been informed about the new Nina Simone biopic in the works with Mary J Blige starring as Nina. Now comes word, courtesy of guardian.co.uk, the project has stalled due to rights issues with the autobiography.

In addition, Nina’s daughter—who goes by her stage name Simone—takes issue with some comments Blige made about sharing a history of drug use, making her perfect for the role.

“All I can say is, if you’re going to do a movie about a great public figure, I think it behooves you as a person who’s decided this is what they wanna do, to do their due research so that you can embody the character and bring the most that you can of their personality to the screen,” Simone told Hip-Hop Weekly. “After having read Mary J. Blige’s comments, that »

- Cynthia

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Zooey Deschanel And M Ward's "I Put a Spell on You"

12 December 2010 2:03 PM, PST | ifc.com | See recent IFC news »

In the event you missed this last week on "Conan," She & Him's cover of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You" deserves a viewing. Never would have guessed that Zooey Deschanel and M Ward would make such a fine match, but they sure do and continue to prove it with performances like this.

"I Put a Spell on You" is one of those great songs that's so familiar and overplayed it's almost completely lost it's impact. After Hawkins' original made it's mark, tons of people have covered it, from Nina Simone to Bryan Ferry. It was probably Creedence Clearwater Revival who made it a radio standard, and it's their version I like to play on vinyl, pitched way down so you can hear that menacing guitar like you're hearing it for the first time, while the girls dance their slow, sinful dances. Shane Macgowan and Friends' recent »

- Brandon Kim

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Jason Solomons's Trailer Trash

11 December 2010 4:07 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

A tough crowd at the Bifas, why Airplane II should have been an entirely different movie, and avoiding the wrath of Nina Simone

Cheer up, it's an awards ceremony

Martin Freeman hops off to New Zealand in January to play Bilbo Baggins. He was at the Bifas last week, and at BBC London radio, following me around like a little hobbity thing. Go to Middle-earth, I said, and seize your huge break of a role. "I'll give it a go," he said. You don't seem too happy about it, I ventured. "Oh, well," he said, perking up a bit, "I'll try to do as good a job as possible and not muck it up." Freeman clearly fears being away from his lovely family for so long but will nevertheless be in good company in New Zealand, with Bifa host James Nesbitt, whose new head of hair looked surprisingly good, I thought. »

- Jason Solomons

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'Conan': She and Him 'Put a Spell' on us

10 December 2010 7:36 AM, PST | Pop2it | See recent Pop2it news »

Our love for the Deschanel sisters increases daily.

As older sis Emily Deschanel was over on Fox making us weep on "Bones," Zooey and her musical partner M. Ward were on "Conan" Thursday night (Dec. 9) to promote their second She & Him album, "Volume Two."

The younger Deschanel takes on Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put a Spell on You." Although our favorite version has to be Nina Simone's, Deschanel does a good job with this haunting tune. »

- editorial@zap2it.com

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Mary J. Blige May Rock in Ages

1 December 2010 11:40 AM, PST | kidspickflicks | See recent kidspickflicks news »

Singer Mary J. Blige is in talks to star in the film version of the Broadway musical Rock of Ages. Having seen the musical, it doesn't appear that Blige is up for one of the lead roles. The story is about an aspiring rocker and an aspiring actress who fall in love while working at a Sunset Strip club during the 1980s. The leads are in their 20s and the music is from 80s hair bands. Blige may be up for the part of an older, wiser waitress who works at the club or, probably, a club owner who leads the young wanna-be actress down a sordid path at her club of ill-repute.

Blige has been working on her acting career with guest star roles in TV shows with her first film role in last year's Tyler Perry's I Can Do Bad All By Myself. She is playing music legend »

- tara@kidspickflicks.com (Tara the Mom)

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Mary J. Blige - Rock of Ages?

1 December 2010 6:26 AM, PST | National Ledger | See recent National Ledger news »

Mary J. Blige is in talks to join the cast of 'Rock of Ages.'  The 'No More Drama' singer may star alongside Tom Cruise - who is also in negotiations to work on the film - in the adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name.According to Vulture blog, 39-year-old Mary would play Justice Charlier, the owner of exotic dance venue the Venus Club. Cruise - who was recently pictured filming 'Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol' in Dubai - was initially in talks to play Dennis Dupree in the movie, but is now said to be more interested in playing bad-guy rock singer Stacee Jaxx. 'Hairspray' director Adam Shankman is currently behind the project with the show's original playwright Chris D'Arienze involved in the script. Although best known for her music career, Mary has appeared in a number of TV shows including 'Ghost Whisperer' and 'Strong »

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Mary J. Blige to join Rock of Ages?

30 November 2010 8:24 AM, PST | Bloginity | See recent Bloginity news »

Mary J. Blige is in talks to join the cast of 'Rock of Ages'. The 'No More Drama' singer may star alongside Tom Cruise - who is also in negotiations to work on the film - in the adaptation of the Broadway musical of the same name. According to Vulture blog, 39-year-old Mary would play Justice Charlier, the owner of exotic dance venue the Venus Club. Cruise - who was recently pictured filming 'Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol' in Dubai - was initially in talks to play Dennis Dupree in the movie, but is now said to be more interested in playing bad-guy rock singer Stacee Jaxx. 'Hairspray' director Adam Shankman is currently behind the project with the show's original playwright Chris D'Arienze involved in the script. Although best known for her music career, Mary has appeared in a number of TV shows including 'Ghost Whisperer' and 'Strong Medicine' »

- Jeanie Hamil

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Mary J. Blige in Talks to Star in Rock Of Ages

29 November 2010 9:08 PM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

R&B singer Mary J. Blige is in talks to star in the screen adaptation of the hit Broadway musical Rock of Ages.  Adam Shankman (Hairspray) will direct and choreograph the film, which takes place in 1987 on the Sunset Strip: “a small town girl met a big city rocker and in La’s most famous rock club, they fell in love to the greatest songs of the 80s.”  In case you were wondering, the greatest songs of the 1980s were recorded by the likes of Journey, Night Ranger, Styx, and Poison.

Talks with Tom Cruise to join the cast are ongoing.  Hit the jump for the official synopsis of the musical, and a bit of info on which roles Blige and Cruise will play.

Here’s the synopsis:

In 1987 on the Sunset Strip, a small town girl met a big city rocker and in La’s most famous rock club, »

- Brendan Bettinger

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Divas Do Hollywood: We Grade Their Acting

22 November 2010 10:30 AM, PST | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Screen Gems

Madonna and Whitney to Gwen and Britney… Nearly every pop queen has packed up their diva ways and taken them to the big screen. 

The results have been mixed; for every Mariah Carey in “Precious,” there’s a Mariah Carey in “Glitter,” and for every J. Hudson in “Dreamgirls,” there’s a J. Simpson in “Employee of the Month.” 

With veteran screen diva Cher teaching acting newcomer Christina Aguilera the tricks of crossing over in “Burlesque,” here’s a rundown of the most memorable instances of divas gone Hollywood. 

Mariah Carey Everett Collection

Movies: “Glitter” (2001), “Precious” (2009)

Report: When she played a gorgeous pop diva in “Glitter” … not so much. But when she went un-glam to play social worker Ms. Weiss in “Precious,” Carey proved she had some acting skills. To be fair, not even Meryl Streep could have made “Glitter” sparkle, and plenty of actresses have shined only »

- Kim Potts

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For Colored Girls

5 November 2010 7:00 AM, PDT | The Scorecard Review | See recent Scorecard Review news »

For Colored Girls

Directed by: Tyler Perry

Cast: Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise, Thandie Newton, Whoopi Goldberg, Kerry Washington, Janet Jackson, Macy Gray, Anika Noni Rose, Tessa Thompson, Michael Ealy

Running Time: 2 hrs 14 mins

Rating: R

Release Date: November 5, 2010

Plot: Multiple women of different backgrounds and directions are united by their struggles in this adaptation of a stage play by Ntozake Shange, originally called “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf.”

Who’S It For? Perry’s loyal audience will find this to be his bleakest story yet, and they should be fine-tuned enough for the melodramatic decisions that Perry makes with this adaptation. Outsiders to the Tyler Perry universe are a toss-up, as the film’s themes, not to mention its sincerity, are bound to work for some more than others, regardless of their race or gender.

Expectations: If I’m not mistaken, this is »

- Nick Allen

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Film: movie review: For Colored Girls

4 November 2010 12:00 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Nina Simone contributed only one original song to her 1966 album Wild Is The Wind, but it isn’t easily forgotten. “Four Women” offers four verses of concise, moving portraits that get beneath the surfaces of four stereotypes of African-American womanhood with such attention to psychological detail that, by each verse’s end, it’s impossible to see them as stereotypes anymore. Playwright and poet Ntozake Shange might have had Simone’s song in mind when she penned her 1975 theater piece For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When The Rainbow Is Enuf, a collection of 20 choreographed poems »

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Nina Simone's Daughter on 'Colored Girls' Soundtrack

2 November 2010 11:00 AM, PDT | Essence | See recent Essence news »

By all accounts Tyler Perry's "For Colored Girls" is one of the most anticipated films of the year. The soundtrack, which debuts today, features a haunting version of the Nina Simone classic "Four Women," sung by her daughter Simone, together with Ledisi and Laura Izibor. Essence.com recently caught up with Simone to talk about her legendary mom, her thoughts on the film and other projects she has in the works »

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The Hard Sell: Virgin Atlantic

29 October 2010 4:07 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

'It's men at the controls, of course, while the women accept with cheerful hauteur their lot to serve ice cream'

We eagerly await the advert that tells the truth about long distance air travel. The trolley bashed against the knee in the aisle. The meals delivered on plates more edible than their contents, the scalding as you remove the foil. The rubbish Adam Sandler movie. The small children on board who make would-be King Herods of even the most tolerant. The air circulation which by journey's end is largely methane, much of it generated by the fat bloke in the next seat.

Sadly, none of this features in Virgin Atlantic's latest confection, set to Muse's strangulated, feel-bad version of Nina Simone's Feeling Good. Here, sultry stewardesses sashay in supermodel slow-motion in a spectacle of supercool sexual segregation – it's men at the controls, of course, while the women accept with »

- David Stubbs

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“For Colored Girls” Soundtrack Details Released (Album Streaming Available)

14 October 2010 8:28 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Details on the soundtrack for Tyler Perry’s For Colored Girls have been released.

The disc will include performances by members of the cast, plus music from Janelle Monàe, Leona Lewis , Lalah Hathaway, Gladys Knight, Estelle, Laura Izibor, and more.

The soundtrack also includes a remake of Nina Simone’s evocative Four Women, which features original vocals by her daughter Simone, Laura Izibor and Ledisi, and the late singer.

Atlantic Records will release the 13-track recording on November 2, 3 days before the film’s opening. However, on October 20, the album will be available for streaming at atlanticrecords.com/forcoloredgirlssoundtrack.

The track list follows below:

1. “Main Title” – Loretta Devine, Kimberly Elise, Whoopi Goldberg, Janet
Jackson, Thandie Newton, Phylicia Rashad, Anika Noni Rose, Tessa Thompson, Kerry Washington (with Joshua Bell, Aaron Zigman & The Hollywood Studio Symphony Orchestra)

2. “Longer & Stronger” – Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings

3. “All Day Long (Blue Skies)” – Estelle

4. “What More Can They »

- Wale

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Muse’s rendition of Feeling Good voted best cover version

22 September 2010 5:49 AM, PDT | RealBollywood.com | See recent RealBollywood news »

London, Sept 22 – Muse’s rendition of Feeling Good has been named the greatest cover version of all time.

The rock trio’s cover of the track – originally made famous by Nina Simone – topped a poll of music fans, beating performances by the Clash, Jimi Hendrix and Jeff Buckley.

Britney Spears’ version of ‘I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll’ was named the worst ever cover in the survey for car maker Seat.

Over 15,000 music fans participated in the poll, which placed Twist And Shout by The Beatles in second place and Johnny Cash’s cover of Nine Inch Nails song Hurt at three.

“The cover versions we love are generally the ones that radically. »

- News

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Tonight's TV highlights: Coast; Raoul Moat; Inside The Mind Of A Killer

17 August 2010 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

This World: Surviving Haiti; Stolen Brides | Coast | Raoul Moat: Inside The Mind Of A Killer | First Love | Faith School Menace? | Dan Snow's Norman Walks

This World: Surviving Haiti; Stolen Brides

7pm; 11.20pm, BBC2

Another sobering couple of films from the BBC's current affairs strand. First up, Sophie Okonedo narrates a documentary focusing on four survivors of this year's devastating earthquake in Haiti, including an orphaned three-year-old waiting to be adopted. At 11.20pm, Lucy Ash reports from Chechnya, Russia, where young women are being kidnapped and forced to marry total strangers – something of a flourishing tradition in the war-torn country.

Coast

8pm, BBC2

Neil Oliver is messing about in boats – "big ones and wee ones", including the coal-powered Clyde Puffers – hardy little things that once connected Glasgow to a whole bunch of tiny west coast islanders. As a former crew member recalls, Puffer skippers were usually a law unto themselves, yet »

- Ali Catterall, Jonathan Wright, Julia Raeside, Will Dean

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Abbey Lincoln obituary

15 August 2010 10:01 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Jazz singer, actor and civil rights activist strongly influenced by Billie Holiday

If Abbey Lincoln was overwhelmed by the responsibility of being proclaimed "the last of the jazz singers", she never let it show. As her great contemporaries and principal influences among the classic female jazz vocalists fell away – with Billie Holiday the first to go, in 1959, and Betty Carter the last, in 1998 – Lincoln steadfastly maintained her dignified, almost solemn, focus; her tart, deftly timed Holiday-like inflections, and her commitment to songs that dug deeper into life's meanings than the usual lost-love exhalations.

And, like Ella Fitzgerald, who all her life took to a stage as if she were surprised to find anyone had come to see her, Lincoln became the opposite of a celebrated jazz diva. In some of her London performances during the 1990s, she would sit quietly beside the piano, tugging at her clothes, like someone who »

- John Fordham

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[Interview] Director Miguel Sapochnik Talks ‘Repo Men’

4 August 2010 4:21 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

I’m glad Repo Men is now available on Blu-ray. For one, it’ll surely be discovered and embraced by many who didn’t catch it in theaters. It’s a solid sci-fi satire that almost any hardcore genre fan should enjoy. It’s a lot of fun, has a slick style to it and has a narcissist at the center of it. It’s not too often we see a protagonist of not the most likable nature. It’s a film that doesn’t pull its punches; especially when it comes to the bloody side of things.

I talked to director Miguel Sapochnik when Repo Men initially came out and he was kind enough to give another interview (via email) in accordance to the Blu-ray release. With Repo Men, Miguel has made a really promising feature debut. Miguel made something that’s a little bit more than a standard B-movie. »

- Jack Giroux

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Lr's The Blu Room Repo Men Blu-Ray

27 July 2010 3:52 PM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Repo Men (Blu-Ray)Universal Home Entertainment2010/Rated R & Unrated/120 minsList Price $39.98 – Available July 27, 2010Repo Men is one of those films you watch and think, “hey this isn't as bad as I thought it was” until something occurs out of left field that screws up the rest of the picture. I won't reveal what that something is, because even though it didn't work for me, it may not have the same effect on you. Then again, there are many faults within this picture, but another viewer could just as easily see them as some of the movie's strengths. If the film's title or premise of assassins sent to repossess past due body parts from recipients sounds familiar, then you may be thinking of director Darren Lynn Bousman's 2008 adaptation of the underground live show Repo !The Generic Opera. To be fair, the premise of both films may appear to be identical, »

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Review: Let It Rain

16 July 2010 6:00 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Let It Rain is a modern day comedy/drama set in the south of France. It took me a few minutes to figure out the connections between some of the main characters. I was able to get my bearings not too long into the film. A voice over narrator would have been extremely helpful a la Woody Allen in many of his films.

The story begins with Karim and Michel deciding to collaborate on a documentary about a successful woman. Karim is a former filmmaking student of Michele.s who works the front desk of a small local hotel to provide for his new bride, Severine, while trying to get a break in film. His partner, Michel is the source of much of the humor in the film. He bumbles through their plans and tries to exude an air of intellectual superiority when he has no idea about what is happening. »

- Jim Batts

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