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Dionne Warwick Doc in the Works

2 May 2017 1:01 PM, PDT | Women and Hollywood | See recent Women and Hollywood news »

Dionne Warwick: Live in Concert”

“I Say a Little Prayer,” “Walk on By,” “Do You Know the Way to San Jose” — these are the kinds of songs that inspire strangers to sing together, with or without alcohol. And these are just three of Dionne Warwick’s many hits. “Don’t Make Me Over,” a new documentary film about the legendary songstress, is in the works. Variety reports that “David Garrett’s Mister Smith Entertainment will launch sales on the film and present select footage to international buyers at next month’s Cannes Market.”

Between 1962 and 1998, 69 of Warwick’s singles made the Billboard Hot 100. She is the second most-charted female vocalist of all time (Aretha Franklin holds the record). While millions are familiar with Warwick’s music, the icon is notoriously private. “Don’t Make Me Over” “brings to life the real Dionne Warwick, an African-American woman who broke racial and gender barriers, a dedicated humanitarian fighting injustice worldwide, and a singer whose music became the soundtrack for generations,” a statement promises.

The doc is co-directed and co-produced by David Heilbroner (“Stonewall Uprising”) and Dave Wooley and includes untold stories from Gladys Knight, Cissy Houston, Smokey Robinson, and more.

“While the world knows her many hits, Dionne has quietly guarded her astonishing, inspiring personal journey,” said Heilbroner. “We are both honored and thrilled to bring this great artist’s life and legacy to the screen.”

The Advocate has described Warwick as “one of the most famous allies Lgbt people have ever known.” Warwick participated in a number of of charity events benefiting the fight against AIDS during the 1980s, and in 1985 she enlisted Knight, Elton John, and others to record a cover of “That’s What Friends are For” to raise money for amFAR, an organization dedicated to AIDS research. “The song wound up in Billboard’s number 1 spot, where it sat for weeks, raising more than $3 million,” The Advocate writes.

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Mister Smith boards Dionne Warwick doc 'Don’t Make Me Over'

28 April 2017 12:10 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

David Garrett to show footage in Cannes; film currently in post.

Mister Smith Entertainment has acquired international sales rights in the run-up to Cannes to Don’t Make Me Over.

Dave Wooley and David Heilbroner are directing the documentary about the legendary singer who broke racial and gender barriers and rose from her roots in New Jersey gospel choirs to attain global superstardom.

Wooley also wrote the screenplay and is a music industry entrepreneur who has produced and directed television and tours and concerts for Warwick, Stevie WonderTony Bennett, Bb King, James Brown, and Queen Latifah.

Mister Smith CEO David Garrett will unveil footage to Don’t Make Me Over on the Croisette. The project is currently in post and features untold stories from former Us President Bill Clinton, Quincy Jones, Burt Bacharach, Clive Davis, Gladys Knight, Cissy Houston, Smokey Robinson, and others. 

The film will feature such Warwick hits as Walk On By, Do You Know »

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Dionne Warwick Movie in Works With Mister Smith Selling at Cannes

28 April 2017 8:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A documentary feature film about singer Dionne Warwick, “Don’t Make Me Over,” is in the works, which will provide a “glimpse into the life of one of the most famous, yet notoriously private, superstars of the last 60 years,” according to a statement. David Garrett’s Mister Smith Entertainment will launch sales on the film and present select footage to international buyers at next month’s Cannes Market.

The film, co-directed and co-produced by Dave Wooley and David Heilbroner, and written by Wooley, “brings to life the real Dionne Warwick, an African-American woman who broke racial and gender barriers, a dedicated humanitarian fighting injustice worldwide, and a singer whose music became the soundtrack for generations.”

Directors of photography are Oscar nominee Tom Bergmann (“Life, Animated”) and Academy Award winner Ronan Killeen (“O.J. Made in America”). The film is being edited by Emmy Award winner Aljernon Tunsil (“Through the Fire: »

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How Whitney Houston Factors Into Aretha Franklin and Dionne Warwick's 5-Year Feud

27 April 2017 10:50 AM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

If Ryan Murphy needs any inspiration for Feud's third season, he might want to consider the drama unfolding between Aretha Franklin and Dionne Warwick. The "Respect" singer, who recently announced plans for retirement, accused fellow soul diva Dionne Warwick of making "libelous" statements about her on Wednesday, according to the Associated Press. Aretha notably covered Dionne's hits "Walk on By" and "I Say a Little Prayer" in the late '60s, but apparently the bad blood between them has been simmering for years. "At this point, it isn't about an apology, it's about libel," she said. "We've never been friends, and I don't think that Dionne has ever liked me." The drama allegedly all started five years ago at Whitney Houston's funeral. Dionne was making a speech in front of the funeral-goers and introduced Aretha before realizing that she wasn't actually there. "'Ree's not here, but she is here, »

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Burt Bacharach Writes From the Heart for ‘Po’ Score

5 January 2017 10:00 AM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Legendary songwriter Burt Bacharach, now 88, has written the song and score for a little movie called “Po”: his first such efforts in 16 years.

The Oscar-winning composer of “Alfie,” “Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid” and “Arthur” has a special connection to the project.

Po” is about a single father raising a child with autism. Bacharach’s daughter Nikki, born in 1966, was not diagnosed until late in life with Asperger’s syndrome, a form of autism. She committed suicide in 2007.

“I loved this kid from the time she was born,” Bacharach told Variety.”We thought we were dealing with adolescent behavioral problems. Had I understood what it was, and what she was dealing with, if somebody had told me, I wish it could have been better,” he said.

How the Grammy-winning writer of such hits as “Walk on By,” “The Look of Love” and “What the World Needs Now Is »

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