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Dee Rees Talks Making of 'Bessie,' Her Approach, Challenges as a Black Female Director, Filmmaker Tips, More...

9 hours ago | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

I don't have to tell you that there's a lot of anticipation for the HBO movie “Bessie,” about the legendary blues singer Bessie Smith, and her tumultuous life. Starring Queen Latifah, Mo’Nique and Michael K. Williams, the film premieres this month, May 16, and, no question, we’ve been covering it here. But what about the director behind the film, Dee Rees, herself? "Bessie" is only her second feature film after 2011's "Pariah," which, unfortunately, never got the wide theatrical release that it deserved, despite major acclaim. But the good news is that, despite that disappointment, she still has been working. However, unlike Ava DuVernay, there hasn’t been »

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Queen Latifah, Mo’Nique Celebrate HBO’s ‘Bessie’ After 22 Years in the Making

30 April 2015 12:37 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

It was a night full of joy and reveling for the cast of HBO Films’  biopic “Bessie” at the Museum of Modern Art in New York on Wednesday. The evening’s red carpet premiere marked the end of the 22-year struggle for Queen Latifah to bring the story of legendary blues singer Bessie Smith to the screen. The project went through a number of studios and was stuck in development limbo until HBO Films came on board.

“This has been such a passionate project of [Queen Latifah’s] because Bessie was an artist who everyone can relate to,” the film’s director Dee Rees told Variety at the premiere. “So many things she experienced in her life resonate today. Bessie’s story is about self-discovery, it’s about love and also about how to love, and it’s about not letting any negative circumstance limit you.”

Cast members Mo’Nique, Bryan Greenberg, Khandi Alexander, »

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Queen Latifah impresses as the Empress of the Blues in HBO’s gorgeous “Bessie”

30 April 2015 12:09 PM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

You don’t have to be a fan of blues legend Bessie Smith — or the musical genre in general — to fall in love with HBO’s Bessie. But oh, the experience that awaits you if you are. Twenty-two years in the making, the project was first brought to a young Queen Latifah — then a successful singer and burgeoning actress — by the prolific producing team Richard and Lili Fini Zanuck, who had tapped To Kill a Mockingbird screenwriter Horton Foote to pen the script. Progress on the film ebbed and flowed until it landed in the hands of writer/director … Continue reading →

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The Official Soundtrack for HBO's 'Bessie' Includes a Collection of Historic & Contemporary Recordings...

28 April 2015 10:48 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Legacy Recordings, the catalog division of Sony Music Entertainment, has announced the release of "Bessie (Music from the HBO Film)Tuesday, May 12 on digital, and on CD on Tuesday, June 2. The biopic "Bessie," starring Queen Latifah as blues legend Bessie Smith, premieres on HBO on Saturday, May 16. The soundtrack contains a collection of historic and contemporary recordings, including 7 new Queen Latifah performances: "Young Woman Blues," "Preachin' The Blues," "Long Old Road," "Down Hearted Blues," "Work House Blues," "Weepin' Woman Blues" (a duet with »

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Viola Davis Developing Harriet Tubman Movie at HBO

27 April 2015 5:02 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Viola Davis is attached to star in an HBO telepic about the life of Harriet Tubman, the activist who helped devise a system that allowed hundreds of slaves to escape to freedom via the Underground Railroad.

Davis is developing the project with Amblin TV and writer Kirk Ellis, who has penned historical projects for HBO including its “John Adams” miniseries, and “Entourage” exec producer Doug Ellin. The untitled movie is based on the book “Bound for the Promised Land: Harriet Tubman: Portrait of an American Hero” by Kate Clifford Larson.

Davis is exec producing with her partner and husband, Julius Tennon; Amblin’s Justin Falvey and Darryl Frank; Ellin; Jim Lefkowitz; and Cliff Dorfman.

The movie is in the early development stage and has not been given the go-ahead for production. But  it’s eyed for filming during Davis’ hiatus next year from her hit ABC drama “How to Get Away With Murder. »

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Watch Queen Latifah & Mo'Nique "Preach the Blues" is 4 Clips from 'Bessie'

27 April 2015 11:14 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Queen Latifah stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO Films drama "Bessie," which is directed by Dee Rees, from a screenplay penned by Rees, Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois.  With a story by Rees and Horton Foote, the film focuses on Smith's transformation from a struggling young singer into "The Empress of the Blues," one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s. The premium cabler has announced will debut this spring, Saturday, May 16 at 8Pm. . "Bessie" is executive produced by Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Lili Fini Zanuck, Richard D. Zanuck, Shelby Stone and Randi Michel. Ron Schmidt produces. The cast includes Michael Kenneth Williams as Bessie's husband, Jack; Khandi Alexander as Bessie's older sister, Viola; Mike Epps as Richard, a bootlegger and romantic interest; Tika Sumpter as Lucille, a performer and romantic interest; Tory Kittles as Bessie's older brother, Clarence; Oliver Platt as famed. »

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Watch Queen Latifah & Mo'Nique "Preach the Blues" is 4 Clips from 'Bessie'

27 April 2015 11:14 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Queen Latifah stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO Films drama "Bessie," which is directed by Dee Rees, from a screenplay penned by Rees, Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois.  With a story by Rees and Horton Foote, the film focuses on Smith's transformation from a struggling young singer into "The Empress of the Blues," one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s. The premium cabler has announced will debut this spring, Saturday, May 16 at 8Pm. . "Bessie" is executive produced by Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Lili Fini Zanuck, Richard D. Zanuck, Shelby Stone and Randi Michel. Ron Schmidt produces. The cast »

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News Nuggets: Will Queen Latifah and 'Bessie' be the ones to beat at the Emmys?

15 April 2015 3:35 PM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

One of this year's top Emmy Awards contenders in the movie/limited series categories could well be "Bessie." The telefilm will debut may 16 on HBO and stars past Emmy and Oscar nominee Queen Latifah as the legendary blues singer Bessie Smith. She started as a struggling young singer and became one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s. Watch an HBO trailer and teaser in advance of the debut. Co-stars include Michael Kenneth Williams, Khandi Alexander, Mike Epps, Mo'Nique, Charles S. Dutton, and Oliver Platt. TV by the Numbers -Break- The Television Academy Honors announce their recipients for the 2015 ceremony. This year's list includes "Black-ish," "Dream On: Stories of Boston's Strongest," "The Normal Heart," "Paycheck to Paycheck," "Transparent," and "Virunga." Each selection is a program that uses the power of television "to shift cultural acceptance and influence t..." »

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Check Out the Poster for HBO's Bessie Smith Biopic + a Production and Costume Design Featurette

13 April 2015 7:23 AM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Queen Latifah stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO Films drama "Bessie," which is directed by Dee Rees, from a screenplay penned by Rees, Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois.  With a story by Rees and Horton Foote, the film focuses on Smith's transformation from a struggling young singer into "The Empress of the Blues," one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s. The premium cabler has announced will debut this spring, Saturday, May 16 at 8Pm. . "Bessie" is executive produced by Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Lili Fini Zanuck, Richard D. Zanuck, Shelby Stone and Randi Michel. Ron Schmidt produces. The cast »

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Check Out the Poster for HBO's Bessie Smith Biopic + a Production and Costume Design Featurette

13 April 2015 7:23 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

Queen Latifah stars as legendary blues singer Bessie Smith in the HBO Films drama "Bessie," which is directed by Dee Rees, from a screenplay penned by Rees, Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois.  With a story by Rees and Horton Foote, the film focuses on Smith's transformation from a struggling young singer into "The Empress of the Blues," one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s. The premium cabler has announced will debut this spring, Saturday, May 16 at 8Pm. . "Bessie" is executive produced by Queen Latifah, Shakim Compere, Lili Fini Zanuck, Richard D. Zanuck, Shelby Stone and Randi Michel. Ron Schmidt produces. The cast includes Michael Kenneth Williams as Bessie's husband, Jack; Khandi Alexander as Bessie's older sister, Viola; Mike Epps as Richard, a bootlegger and romantic interest; Tika Sumpter as Lucille, a performer and romantic interest; Tory Kittles as Bessie's older brother, Clarence; Oliver Platt as famed. »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Trailer Watch: Queen Latifah Lives the Blues in Dee Rees' 'Bessie' on HBO

6 April 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire Television | See recent Indiewire Television news »

"Ain't nobody doing it like I do," declares Queen Latifah as Bessie Smith, the legendary singer who was the highest-paid black entertainer during the Roaring Twenties.  Bessie is probably talking about her ability to embody the blues on stage, but her proclamation describes just as well her turbulent life, which, according to "Pariah" writer-director Dee Rees' retelling of it, included lesbian affairs, artistic ambitions, great wealth and greater admiration, and, of course, the racial, gendered, and sexual prejudices of the era.  An adaptation of Chris Albertson's biography "Bessie," the HBO biopic will focus on Smith's difficult personal life and her rise to stardom , both of which were short by Smith's premature death at age 43 in a car accident. Co-starring Mo'Nique, Tika Sumpter and Khandi Alexander, "Bessie" will debut on Saturday, May 16. 

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First Looks: HBO’s ‘Bessie” Set To Bring The Blues Front and Center Video

5 April 2015 3:50 PM, PDT | Monsters and Critics | See recent Monsters and Critics news »

TV Picks: May 2015 sees the no miss HBO event “Bessie” starring Queen Latifah debuting Saturday, May 16 at 8:00p.m. (Et/Pt) on HBO. In the rough and tumble male dominated world of the blues in the ’20s and ’30s, a world with some similarities to the early days of hip hop, one female artist stood above all the rest, and that was Bessie Smith. Executive producers Queen Latifah and Dick and Lili Zanuck wanted to bring her story to HBO and make the movie with the incredibly talented writer/director Dee Rees and the amazing Queen Latifah as Bessie, a woman […] »

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Queen Latifah Captivates in New Bessie Trailer

5 April 2015 11:04 AM, PDT | Vulture | See recent Vulture news »

HBO has released a new trailer for its Bessie Smith biopic, helmed by Pariah director Dee Rees. The film, which looks and sounds gorgeous, digs into Smith's beginnings in vaudeville and chronicles her ascension during jazz's golden age, as well as the increasing turmoil of her personal life. In an impeccable bit of casting, Queen Latifah takes on the role of the jazz icon. The Grammy-winning, Oscar-nominated singer-actress hasn’t had a role worthy of her prodigious allure in a while — too many people of a certain age remember her as the lady who taught Steve Martin how to talk nasty to women (who are represented by a statue). But don’t forget that this is the woman who made Last Holiday not only bearable, but borderline joyous. Smith recorded more than 160 songs for Columbia and worked with some of the most renowned jazz artists of the '20s and '30s, »

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‘Bessie’ Trailer: Queen Latifah Cuts Loose

4 April 2015 1:46 PM, PDT | Deadline TV | See recent Deadline TV news »

Defying the odds against her, Bessie Smith became one of the most acclaimed performing and recording artists of the 1920s and '30s. HBO has posted a trailer for Bessie, which stars Queen Latifah as the troubled singer. The movie was directed by Dee Rees who also co-wrote with Christopher Cleveland and Bettina Gilois. Cast includes Michael Kenneth Williams, Khandi Alexander, Mike Epps, Mo’Nique, Tika Sumpter, Tory Kittles, Oliver Platt, Bryan Greenberg and Charles S… »

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Watch: Queen Latifah Channels Bessie Smith in Trailer for HBO Biopic

4 April 2015 11:37 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

HBO has released the full trailer for its upcoming Bessie Smith biopic, starring Queen Latifah.

The video transports you to the Jazz Age and shows off Queen Latifah’s vocal chops in her performance as the legendary blues singer.

Directed by Dee Rees, the film focuses on Smith’s turbulent life and transformation from a struggling singer to “the Empress of the Blues,” who became one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s.

Aside from paving the way for African American singers, she was also an Lgbtq pioneer who was open about her bisexuality both on and offstage.

The film, which also stars Michael Kenneth Williams and Mo’Nique, premieres on May 16.

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Queen Latifah Gets Bluesy in Teaser Trailer for HBO's Bessie' Biopic

3 April 2015 5:00 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"If you're not riskin' nothin', neither will they." At a time when record executives finally realized that there was a sizeable black audience waiting to buy records from black musicians, Bessie Smith rose to fame and inspired a new generation of artists with her incredible blues. Now the story of the woman who came to be known as The Empress of the Blues is coming to HBO with Queen Latifiah (Valentine's Day, Just Wright) taking the title role in Bessie. It looks like another solid piece of filmmaking from HBO, which isn't surprising with Pariah director Dee Rees behind the lens, and it's refreshing to dig into the blues. Watch! Here's the teaser trailer for Dee Rees' Bessie from HBO: Bessie is directed by Dee Rees (Pariah) and written by Christopher Cleveland & Bettina Gilois (McFarland USA, Glory Road). Queen Latifah (Bringing Down the House) stars as legendary blues singer »

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Bessie: Watch the Trailer for the HBO Biopic, Starring Queen Latifah

3 April 2015 3:31 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Last month, we saw the first picture and teaser from HBO's upcoming Bessie, a biopic covering the life of blues songstress Bessie Smith, arguably the most exquisite set of pipes North America has ever produced. Smith is being portrayed by Queen Latifah, and the latest trailer highlights what looks to be one of her routine firebrand performances as the blues singer, who was notorious for her drinking and subsequent mean streak. More than the teaser, for certain, this trailer also gives a small sense of Smith's tumultuous relationship with her husband, played by Michael Kenneth Williams (The Wire, Boardwalk Empire), and Ma Rainey (Mo'Nique), her longtime friend, colleague, and fellow singer. The rest of the film that can be gleaned from the new trailer looks to be normal biopic fare, the same kind of scenes of alcoholism, emotional breakdowns, abuse, and performance that make up more than 50% of like-minded musician »

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Watch Queen Latifah Kill It in the Trailer for HBO’s ‘Bessie’

3 April 2015 1:13 PM, PDT | VH1.com | See recent VH1.com news »

HBO has released the trailer for its upcoming Bessie Smith biopic Bessie, starring Queen Latifah, Michael Kenneth Williams (back in his Chalky White finery) and Mo’Nique in her first major role since she won an Oscar for Precious. As we all saw in Chicago, Latifah knows how to crush ’20s jazz. But Bessie will also bring the drama. Smith had a tumultuous relationship with her, husband Jack (Williams), and lived her life on her terms. According to the film’s director Dee Rees, director of the critically acclaimed film Pariah, about a young black teenage lesbian, the movie won’t shy away from Smith’s bisexuality, as evidenced in the trailer. Because shy was hardly a word to describe Bessie Smith. “Bessie never walks around things, Rees said. “She just walks right through it.”

Bessie premieres on HBO May 16 at 8 pm. »

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Watch: Queen Latifah Dazzles in Trailer for HBO's Dee Rees-Directed 'Bessie'

3 April 2015 1:06 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Read More: Watch: Things Go Downhill Fast for Queen Latifah in Trailer for Dee Rees' 'Bessie' on HBO Take a trip to the Roaring '20s with "Bessie," a biopic about the life of acclaimed jazz singer Bessie Smith. From the official HBO synopsis: "With a story by Dee Rees and Horton Foote, the film focuses on Smith's transformation from a struggling young singer into "The Empress of the Blues," who became one of the most successful recording artists of the 1920s and is an enduring icon today."  Smith achieved widespread fame as one of the highest paid black singers in the '20s and '30s, but led a turbulent life fraught with infidelity and a difficult marriage. She also pioneered the way for queer women in jazz with her openness about her bisexuality, which pervaded both her onstage and offstage presence. The film was helmed by "Pariah" director Dee Rees, »

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HBO debuts Bessie trailer [Video]

3 April 2015 12:51 PM, PDT | ChannelGuideMag | See recent ChannelGuideMag news »

HBO released the official trailer for its stunning Bessie Smith biopic, Bessie, which will debut Saturday, May 16 at 8/7Ct on the network. Twenty-two years in the making, the project was first brought to a young Queen Latifah — then a successful singer and burgeoning actress — by producers Richard and Lili Fini Zanuck, who had optioned a script from To Kill a Mockingbird screenwriter Horton Foote and director Bruce Beresford. Progress on the film ebbed and flowed until it landed in the hands of writer/director Dee Rees, who was gaining good notices for her coming-of-age story Pariah and leapt at the chance … Continue reading →

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