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Film Review: ‘Get On Up’

45 minutes ago | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Is it possible for a single movie to capture James Brown in all his multitudes, contradictions and reinventions? Probably not, but “Get On Up” makes an admirable, fitfully successful stab at the life of the brilliant but volatile funk-soul legend who wore at least as many personalities and personas as he did nicknames and honorary titles. Arriving at the end of a high season for biopics of black historical and cultural figures (“42,” “Mandela,” “Lee DanielsThe Butler”), “Get On Up” runs shorter on the pandering simplifications and sanctifying airs that plagued those films, while still delivering a very digestible, authorized portrait that might best be described as “warts and some.” A strong marketing push by Universal and a dearth of adult-skewing fare bodes well for this Brian Grazer-Mick Jagger production, which clearly has its sights set on the late-summer sleeper success of both “The Butler” ($116 million) and director »

- Scott Foundas

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‘Fruitvale Station’ DVD Review

4 hours ago | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Michael B. Jordan, Melonie Diaz, Octavia Spencer, Kevin Durand, Chad Michael Murray, Ahna O’Reilly, Ariana Neal | Written and Directed by Ryan Coogler

You may recall back in 2009 the news story about a young 22 year old man named Oscar Grant who was shot by a police officer in a train station in an out-of-control situation that was actually caught on camera by on-lookers on their cell phones. These videos were shown by numerous news stations and made their way across the internet.

The story is a sad one, a tragic one, and one that it is impossible to watch unfold without becoming emotional and feeling angry, yet this film is important and director, Ryan Coogler, does a commendable job, especially when one takes into consideration that this is Coogler’s first feature film. We follow the final day in the life of Oscar, played with conviction by star-in-the-making Michael B. »

- Chris Cummings

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HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: 20 Pairs of Passes to James Brown Story ‘Get on Up’

26 July 2014 11:18 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In the latest HollywoodChicago.com Hookup: Film, we have 20 pairs of advance-screening movie passes up for grabs to the highly anticipated new music biography “Get on Up” starring Chadwick Boseman (“42,” “Draft Day”) as James Brown!

Get on Up,” which is rated “PG-13” and opens on Aug. 1, 2014, also stars Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Dan Aykroyd, Craig Robinson, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Fred Melamed, Jill Scott and Josh Hopkins. The film is directed by Tate Taylor (“The Help,” “Winter’s Bone”), written by Jez Butterworth and John-Henry Butterworth and produced by Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger.

To win your free “Get on Up” passes courtesy of HollywoodChicago.com, just get interactive with our social media widget below. That’s it! This screening is on Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 7 p.m. in downtown Chicago. The more social actions you complete, the more points you score and the higher yours odds of winning! Completing »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Get Ready For Insurgent With Behind-the-Scenes Pics

25 July 2014 10:44 AM, PDT | BuzzSugar | See recent BuzzSugar news »

Since Divergent hit screens last year, fans of the book-turned-movie have been anxiously awaiting its sequel, Insurgent. Filming is under way in Georgia with stars Shailene Woodley (Tris), Theo James (Four), and Ansel Elgort (Caleb), and lucky for us, they've been sharing pictures from the set. Even cast newbies like Suki Waterhouse (Marlene), Emjay Anthony (Hector), and Octavia Spencer (Johanna) got in on the action with some fun snaps! Check out some behind-the-scenes social photos below, and then see everyone who is officially on board for the sequel. Source: Instagram user anselelgort »

- Alyse Whitney

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A Little Chaos unfolds at 2014 Tiff Galas and Special Presentations

23 July 2014 4:26 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Set to close the 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival is the sophomore directorial effort of Alan Rickman who is best known for being the source of villainy in Die Hard (1988) and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves (1991).  “It is a great privilege for A Little Chaos to have its world premiere in Toronto and for it to be given the Festival’s closing night Gala, but it is also a very personal pleasure,” stated Rickman. “I have filmed in the city, visited often, and some of my closest friends live there. It will be like coming home.”

The historical drama stars Kate Winslet as Sabine De Barra an unconventional landscaper who is tasked with designing one of the fountains at The Palace of Versailles while contending with uncooperative weather, rivalries at the court of Louis Xiv and her own personal demons.  Performing alongside Winslet are Stanley Tucci, Alan Rickman and Matthias Schoenaerts. »

- Trevor Hogg

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Tiff Lineup 2014

23 July 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | FilmExperience | See recent FilmExperience news »

There's been a snafu with my Tiff credentials so I'm currently in limbo. Therefore today's listing is not an 'Omg Look What Prezzies I Get in September' humble brag, merely today's listing. Which of these 46 films hitting Toronto (not a complete list) are you most excited for? If I do go to Toronto I may well use you readers as film-picking guide.

Tiff Lineup So Far 

100s more films to come

(If we've already covered the film somehow, it's linked up) 

I demand custody of... your Oscar!

Black and White (Mike Binder) - Kevin Costner reunites with his Upside of Anger helmer for a racial custody battle drama. Octavia Spencer co-stars

Breakup Buddies (Ning Hao) - a "raunchy romantic comedy" 

Cake (Daniel Branz) directs Jennifer Aniston and other stars in this drama about a depression support group 

Coming Home (Zhang Yimou) - Gong Li doesn't remember her husband, returned from mail, »

- NATHANIEL R

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Video: How Chadwick Boseman went from playing Jackie Robinson to James Brown

23 July 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

How do you play James Brown? I mean, how does one pretend to be the Godfather of Soul? After all, what made him James Brown was the very fact that nobody else could be James Brown. Inimitable. Nonpareil. An electric performer, dynamic personality, and a true American original.

Fortunately for the filmmakers behind Get On Up, the Brown biopic that open in theaters on Aug. 1, Chadwick Boseman knows a little something about playing an American legend. Boseman starred as Jackie Robinson in 42, and successfully captured the athlete’s grit and composure, his fire and ice. “He has such nobility, and »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Watch 8 Clips From James Brown Biopic, 'Get on Up' + Check Out the New Poster

22 July 2014 4:44 PM, PDT | ShadowAndAct | See recent ShadowAndAct news »

Universal Pictures' James Brown biopic, "Get on Up," begins with a 6-year-old James Brown, as he's abandoned by his mother (played by Viola Davis) and left to live with his Aunt Honey (played by Octavia Spencer), who runs a brothel. And the film ends in 1993 with a comeback concert, after Brown served prison time for aggravated assault and eluding the police in a wild car chase. So it's not quite a birth-to-death biopic.  Brown would eventually die on Christmas Day in 2006 - 13 years after the movie's above ending. Directed by Tate Taylor ("The Help"), and produced by Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger, the film »

- Tambay A. Obenson

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Octavia Spencer on Scrapped Murder, She Wrote Reboot: "Everything Happens for a Reason"

22 July 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

"Everything happens for a reason." Octavia Spencer told E! News she's a firm believer in that thinking. The Oscar winner was curled up on a couch at the Beverly Hilton next to her Red Band Society costar Dave Annable on Sunday, July 20, to promote their new Fox series, but this scenario was very close to not happening. Spencer was attached to star in the headline-grabbing NBC reboot of Murder, She Wrote as a hospital administrator and mystery writer. The project got a lot of attention, especially after original series star Angela Lansbury spoke out about the reboot and its eventual combustion. Spencer said she's "glad" things worked out the way they did. "You know, that would not »

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Toronto lineup pics starring Robert Downey Jr., Chris Evans, Kate Winslet and more

22 July 2014 10:36 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The upcoming 2014 Toronto Film Festival has unveiled a starry slate of films hoping to make their way into the Oscar race this year. New photos from the fest's lineup have been released featuring Chris Evans -- also making his directorial debut -- in "Before I Go"; Robert Downey Jr. and Robert Duvall in "The Judge"; Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley in  "The Imitation Game"; Kate Winslet in Alan Rickman's "A Little Chaos," and Al Pacino in "The Humbling." Plus, Julianne Moore, Chris Rock, Aubrey Plaza, Kevin Costner, Omar Sy, Ethan Hawke, Nikolaj Coster-WaldauJennifer Aniston, Octavia SpencerKristin Scott ThomasAdam Driver, Maggie Smith, Kevin Kline and many more. Related: 'Wild,' 'The Judge' and 'The Equalizer' among initial 2014 Toronto Film Festival premieres The Toronto Film Festival runs September 4-14. Check out the new photos below. »

- Dave Lewis

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Fox's 'Red Band Society' Adds Ep Rina Mimoun (Exclusive)

22 July 2014 9:45 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Fox's freshman series Red Band Society is adding some muscle to the writers room. The hospital drama has enlisted Mistresses writer and executive producer Rina Mimoun, The Hollywood Reporter has learned. Mimoun will serve in the same capacity and work alongside series creator Margaret Nagle. Photos Broadcast TV's New 2014-15 Shows Red Band Society, from ABC Studios, focuses on the daily lives of a group of teenagers living in a hospital who become unlikely friends. The depth of the unexpected friendships allows them to survive the challenges of growing up under such challenging circumstances. Octavia Spencer stars as a

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- Lesley Goldberg

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Toronto International Film Festival unveils first wave of films for 2014

22 July 2014 9:18 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

The Toronto International Film Festival (Tiff), which runs from September 4 to 14 this year, has announced its initial lineup of films. This is the first of a handful of announcements for the festival, and as always, the first announcement focuses on its Galas and Special Presentations -- the films with the flashiest names.

The initial slate of fifty-nine films includes thirty-seven world premieres, boasting those from Noah Baumbach,Lone Scherfig, and Chris Rock – yes, that Chris Rock. Premieres have been a contentious subject this year on the film festival circuit, as Cameron Bailey, Artistic Director of the Tiff, threw down the gauntlet, announcing that the festival would not play a film in the first four days of its schedule if it was also programmed concurrently for the Telluride festival.

Whether or not this was the right move, Tiff has still managed to secure the films of Noah BaumbachDavid Cronenberg, Lone Scherfig, »

- Sasha James

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Toronto Film Festival Unveils Initial 2014 Schedule

22 July 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

The early line-up of premieres and gala screenings for this year’s Toronto International Film Festival is out and it features typically eclectic offerings including new films starring Tom Hardy, Reese Witherspoon, Jake Gyllenhaal and Octavia Spencer.This year’s crop of films includes The Equalizer, Mike Binder’s Black And White, David Dobkin’s The Judge (starring Robert Downey Jr.) and Alan Rickman’s A Little Chaos, which stars Kate Winslet and Stanley Tucci and is set to close the festival.While the opening film is yet to be confirmed, other offerings include Shawn Levy’s This Is Where I Leave You, Michaël Roskam's The Drop, Jean-Marc Vallée’s Wild, Jason Reitman’s Men, Women & Children, Daily Show host Jon Stewart’s first film Rosewater and Hal Hartley’s Ned Rifle, the final chapter in his Henry Fool trilogy.Other films on display? The Last Five Years, Beach Boys biopic Love & Mercy, »

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Watch: 10-Minute Video Essay About Bong Joon-ho's 'Snowpiercer'

22 July 2014 8:26 AM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

The low key release of Snowpiercer is finding a pretty decent size audience after getting a release in limited theaters two weeks later, followed by a wide release and availability on nearly all VOD platforms last weekend. It's turned out to be a pretty big hit with Thompson on Hollywood learning from Harvey Weinstein, who battled with Bong Joon-ho over the final cut, that the film has pulled in $2 million in just one week from VOD releases. That's the kind of stuff that keeps changing the face of distribution. Now to explore the film and see what everyone is talking about, here's a video essay analyzing the film very well. Here's the 10-minute video essay on Snowpiercer from Press Play (via The Film Stage): The cast for Joon-ho Bong's Snowpiercer includes Chris Evans with Ed Harris, Jamie Bell, Alison Pill, John Hurt, Oscar winners Tilda Swinton & Octavia Spencer, »

- Ethan Anderton

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Toronto Film Festival lineup announced -- Breaking

22 July 2014 7:47 AM, PDT | EW - Inside Movies | See recent EW.com - Inside Movies news »

The 39th Toronto International Film Festival has announced its initial slate of galas and special presentations, which includes 37 world premieres and several films with Oscar ambitions. The Judge, which stars Robert Downey Jr. as a big-city lawyer who reluctantly returns home and ends up defending his revered father (Robert Duvall) against criminal charges, will have its world premiere in Toronto. His Avengers pal, Chris Evans, will unveil his own directorial debut in Toronto, titled Before We Go.

Also noteworthy: James Gandolfini’s final film, The Drop, which also stars Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace; another Jason Reitman Toronto world premiere, »

- Jeff Labrecque

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Toronto Film Festival Lineup Includes Denzel Washington’s ‘Equalizer,’ Kate Winslet’s ‘A Little Chaos’

22 July 2014 7:46 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The Toronto International Film Festival has announced over 40 titles — a mix of awards contenders, star-powered indies, and international art-house fare — screening in its Gala and Special Presentations program this September, including Denzel Washington’s “The Equalizer,” a pair of Reese Witherspoon projects and closing night film “A Little Chaos,” Alan Rickman’s period pic starring Kate Winslet as a landscape gardener assigned to construct the garden at Versailles.

World-preeming Galas announced this morning at the Tiff Bell Lightbox also include “Pawn Sacrifice,” Ed Zwick’s biopic on the legendary Cold War-era chess match between Bobby Fischer (Tobey Maguire) and Boris Spassky (Liev Schreiber), and “Black and White,” Mike Binder’s tale of a grieving widower (Kevin Costner) in a custody battle, as well as WB fall releases “The Judge” (Robert Downey Jr.) and Shawn Levy’s dysfunctional family comedy-drama “This Is Where I Leave You.”

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- Jennie Punter

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'Wild,' 'The Judge' and 'The Equalizer' among initial 2014 Toronto Film Festival premieres

22 July 2014 7:28 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Toronto International Film Festival announced its initial wave of 2014 premieres and galas this morning and it features some familiar awards titles, some big stars and some unexpected studio titles. Among the major studio films, David Dobkin's "The Judge" with Robert Downey Jr. and Antoine Fuqua's "The Equalizer" each received gala slots and should premiere over the festival's opening weekend. Other announced galas so far include Bennett Miller's acclaimed "Foxcatcher," which debuted at Cannes, and Mike Binder's "Black and White" starring Kevin Costner, Octavia Spencer and Anthony Mackie. Toronto has also scheduled special gala screenings for David Cronenberg's "Map to the Stars" with Julianne Moore and Robert Pattinson, François Ozon's "The New Girlfriend," Ed Zwick's "Pawn Sacrifice" with Tobey Maguire, Lone Scherfig's "The Riot Club," Jean-Marc Vallée's "Wild," Olivier Nakache and Eric Toledano's "Samba" and Shawn Levy's "This is Where I Leave You »

- Gregory Ellwood

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20 New Photos from the James Brown Biopic 'Get on Up'

22 July 2014 2:03 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Universal Pictures has released 20 new photos from Tate Taylor's James Brown biopic entitled Get on Up. These latest stills give us a closer look at Chadwick Boseman as the music icon. Take a look.

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Based on the incredible life story of the Godfather of Soul, the film will give a fearless look inside the music, moves and moods oF Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.

Get on Up comes to theaters August 1st, 2014 and stars Chadwick Boseman, David Andrew Nash, Nelsan Ellis, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Jill Scott, Tika Sumpter, »

- MovieWeb

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Over 12 New Get On Up Images Show James Brown Coming to Life

21 July 2014 5:17 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Universal Pictures has released several new images for Get on Up, the James Brown biopic directed by Tate Taylor (The Help).  42 star Chadwick Boseman plays the Godfather of Soul in the film.  I’m not sure what kind of role there is for these kinds of films in the post Walk Hard universe.  Ever since that parody so thoroughly nailed the biopic genre the standard structure for these things has become so transparent.  It could very well be that this movie breaks out of the rather constraining narrative box, though most of the elements I’ve seen don’t indicate that it will. Still, it could be a nice treat for Brown fans and the new images look handsome enough.  Brown didn't live a boring life by any means, so I'm sure hitting those required bases will provide some kind of enjoyment.  The film also stars Viola DavisOctavia Spencer, »

- Evan Dickson

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Octavia Spencer Headed to Trial Over Weight Loss Endorsement

21 July 2014 8:48 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Octavia Spencer, who won an Oscar for her role in The Help and who will next appear in Fox's Red Band Society, could soon be involved in a unique showdown spotlighting exactly how sponsors expect celebrities to use social media. The dispute concerns a $1.25 million deal the actress made to endorse the Sensa Weight Loss System. The relationship didn't work out, and now the parties are on the verge of a trial that will determine who is at fault. Photos Hollywood's Most Fascinating Legal Sagas, From Casey Kasem to Michael Jackson Spencer is suing Sensa for allegedly scheming its

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- Eriq Gardner

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