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James Brown Role Offered To Eddie Murphy And... Usher?

4 April 2011 7:22 PM, PDT | NextMovie | See recent NextMovie news »

Eddie Murphy or Usher as the Godfather of Soul?

Once you get past the initial perplexity of it all, it makes sense. We can see it, on both counts. And apparently the comedian and hip hop artist have both been approached to play the role, according to The Playlist.

The question is: Will a James Brown biopic actually come to pass this time? The project has been in development for several years, with Spike Lee on board to direct since 2006.

Lee is also attached to do another pass at the script, which began with Steve Baigelman ("Feeling Minnesota") and was then passed on to Jezz and John Henry Butterworth ("Fair Game").

Once upon a time, Wesley Snipes, who worked with Lee on "Mo' Better Blues" and "Jungle Fever," was attached to play the role -- which makes Murphy being approached for it somewhat ironic, as the former "Beverly Hills Cop »

- Bryan Enk

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Tonight's TV highlights: Asian Gracefully | Benidorm | Friday Night Dinner | The Simpsons | Ron Sexsmith: Love Shines | Treme

3 March 2011 4:05 PM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Asian Gracefully | Benidorm | Friday Night Dinner | The Simpsons | Ron Sexsmith: Love Shines | Treme

Asian Gracefully

7.30pm, Channel 4

Director Fozia Khan's heartbreaking but enlightening documentary, part of Channel 4's First Cut strand, offers a delicate insight into an exclusively Asian care home, Aashna House, situated in South London. Through the use of nostalgic photographs interspersed with intimate interviews, we discover why a number of elderly Asians find themselves in Aashna House, among them Mrs Ramjee, who's lost her memory as a result of a stroke. Candice Carty-Williams


9pm, ITV1

Among the new arrivals this week are dear old Noreen, better known as Geoff's Mum before Johnny Vegas left the series. Tonight, she has in tow the obnoxious Pauline, whose accent has been mangled by residencies in South Africa and then Saudi Arabia. Meanwhile, Nick breaks the awkward silence with Madge concerning her current plight, and a not »

- David Stubbs, Julia Raeside, Rebecca Nicholson, Andrew Mueller, John Robinson

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