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Review: Get On Up Gets Down With Its Bad Self

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The brand new James Brown biopic Get On Up is a mixed bag, both admirable and aggravating. It manages to wear out it's welcome with only a few bad scenes. It's both boring and totally engaging; inert while dancing up a storm. It's impressive and exhausting; showing too much of the life of the godfather of soul, yet we come away knowing very little. Get On Up, for all it's commendable attention to period and visual detail and performances, is all mixed up. And for the love of mercy, I can't figure out why. Director Tate Taylor of The Help fame still hasn't learned that a two and a half hour running time does not add gravitas to already challenging subject matter. He does seem to...

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Review: Chadwick Boseman's Performance Saves 'Get On Up' From Being an Incoherent Ride

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Last year, producer Brian Grazer faced criticism surrounding his planned James Brown biopic, after news that original director Spike Lee was replaced by “The Help” helmer Tate Taylor. The then untitled movie had been decades in the making - Grazer had bought the rights and consulted with Brown himself well before the singer’s death in 2006. But with Brown’s passing, Grazer eventually lost the rights, and whatever Lee’s original vision had been (Wesley Snipes was his pick to star) gave way to what is now the highly anticipated “Get On Up”. When asked in an interview how he felt about numerous complaints over a new (white) filmmaker stepping into Lee’s spot, Grazer said: “...I don't see »

- Zeba Blay

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Review: Get On Up

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Plot: The life and times of James Brown (Chadwick Boseman) – from his painful childhood to his rise to the top of the charts. Along the way, Brown has trouble with the law as well as his own band, all the while alienating his best friend and band-mate Bobby Byrd (Nelsan Ellis). Review: When I heard that The Help’s Tate Taylor would be directing a big-studio, PG-13 James Brown biopic, I couldn’t help but be wary. I mean, James Brown, PG-13? How could they »

- Chris Bumbray

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New trailer for Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar

30 July 2014 12:16 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Director Christopher Nolan and star Matthew McConaughey made a surprise appearance at the San Diego Comic-Con over the weekend to promote Interstellar [watch their panel here], and now we have watch below…

Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

Also featuring in the cast of Interstellar are Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises), Jessica Chastain (The Help), Michael Caine (Inception), Mackenzie Foy (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games), Casey Affleck (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints), Topher Grace (Spider-Man 3), John Lithgow (Rise of the Planet of the Apes), Bill Irwin (Lady in the Water), David Gyasi (Cloud Atlas), Ellen Burstyn (Requiem for a Dream), David Oyelowo (The Butler) and Matt Damon (Elysium).

Interstellar is set for release on November 7th.

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- Gary Collinson

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Review: 'Get On Up' Starring Chadwick Boseman, Nelsan Ellis, Viola Davis And Octavia Spencer

30 July 2014 11:18 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

“You cats ready?” Chadwick Boseman’s James Brown asks the audience, breaking through the fourth wall, early in “Get On Up.” It takes a lot of confidence for a character (and a filmmaker) to take this direct approach. The asides to the camera would feel forced if the biopic were covering almost anyone other than the Godfather of Soul, but it works well in this film. Directed by Tate Taylor (“The Help”), the film bounces between various periods in the singer's life, beginning with a latter day instance of Brown’s antics in 1988 as he berates a woman for “drop(ping) a brick” in his bathroom in August, Georgia. The narrative jumps to 1968, then to 1939 and beyond. The audience gets a glimpse of young Brown and his difficult home life with his argumentative, absent mother (Viola Davis) and abusive father (Lennie James). Abandoned by his parents, he is raised in »

- Kimber Myers

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Box Office: ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ to Blast Off With $65 Million

30 July 2014 10:07 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Guardians of the Galaxy” arrives in our solar system this weekend, powered by the strength of one of the most powerful brands in movies — Marvel.

These interstellar adventurers are not well known to non-comicbook readers, but studio analysts are still projecting big things when the picture touches down in multiplexes. That’s because Marvel’s cinematic universe has grossed $6.3 billion since it kicked off with 2008’s “Iron Man,” making it the second most successful film franchise, trailing “Harry Potter.” The film is being marketed heavily on that record of success, with promotional materials heralding the picture as springing from the brains that brought audiences “The Avengers,” “Thor” and “Captain America.”

“There are very few brands other than Pixar that have the ability to transcend the typical marketing requirements,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “Marvel has the same cache and this film will really put that to the test. »

- Brent Lang

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Tate Taylor Talks Get On Up, Hosting Cast Dinners, Breaking the Fourth Wall, His Interest in Doing a Hulk Movie, Joyland and More

30 July 2014 9:03 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

You know what happens when your second feature film goes on to score over $216 million worldwide and snag three Academy Award nominations and a win?  You get a lot of scripts coming to your door.  However, the funny thing is, Tate Taylor didn’t get his follow-up to The Help by accepting an offer, but rather by going after a project himself. On Friday, August 1st, Get On Up is coming out and we got the chance to sit down with Taylor to talk about making the move from The Help to a James Brown biopic, shooting an ambitious film on a tight schedule, his interest in doing a big budget sci-fi film, what happened to his Joyland adaptation and much more. Hit the jump to check it all out. Tate Taylor: 00:00 – On pursuing this project. 00:44 – Getting tons of scripts after The Help; picking the right one. »

- Perri Nemiroff

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Get On Up Review

29 July 2014 10:45 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Chadwick Boseman does not look likes James Brown. He did not look like Jackie Robinson either before playing #42 in last year’s hit about the barrier-shattering athlete, but Boseman’s magnetism and charm made up for the actor’s leanness and lack of cosmetic similarity. Now, the young actor has mastered another legendary man of the 20th century, the groovy funkster whose howl on “I Got You (I Feel Good)” is still one of the most exhilarating moments in popular music.

As James Brown in Get On Up, Boseman wears a heavy jaw of make-up on his face, which could have been more distracting had the actor not nailed the slurred speech, the electric rasp, and the dazzling dancing feet of the pop music icon. It’s an performance that is as impressive as Jamie Foxx’s show-stopping turn as Ray Charles ten years ago. (Like Foxx, though, Boseman does »

- Jordan Adler

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How '42' helped Chadwick Boseman play James Brown in 'Get On Up'

29 July 2014 6:21 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

In 2013, Chadwick Boseman appeared on the big screen as Jackie Robinson in the Brian Helgeland written and directed "42."  The movie was by no means Boseman's first feature, but it wouldn't be unfair to suggest that it is the movie which thrust him into the public consciousness.  After appearing in "Draft Day" earlier this year, Boseman is now back in a new biopic, "Get On Up."  The movie is about James Brown and directed by Tate Taylor ("The Help").  It counts among its producers Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger and opens in theaters on August 1st. On a recent Saturday morning, Boseman took some time to sit down with us to talk about the new film, its relation to "42," and where the actor might go from here.  He made it quite clear that there is a whole lot of effort that is needed to get playing someone else right, and that »

- Josh Lasser

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The Weekend Warrior: Guardians of the Galaxy, Get on Up

29 July 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

The last month of summer begins this weekend, giving us only a few more chances to get out of the doldrums that have plagued the box office for much of July with two movies that will try to turn things around. Marvel Studios' Guardians of the Galaxy, directed by James Gunn and with a wildly diverse cast, is going to be the big "must see" event of the weekend, leaving a lot of people wondering how much is possible for a Marvel movie with very little starpower and based on a lesser-known group of characters. By comparison, Everyone knows who James Brown is, so one wonders whether the musical biopic Get On Up (Universal), directed by The Help's Tate Taylor, has a chance at bringing some counterprogramming to find an underserved audience.

This week's "Chosen One" is The Guard director John Michael McDonagh's Calvary (Fox Searchlight), starring Brendan Gleeson, »

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Film Review: ‘Get On Up’

28 July 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | 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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‘Get on Up’ Review: Chadwick Boseman Brings the Funk in This Surprisingly Daring James Brown Biopic

28 July 2014 9:00 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Time will tell which of these two films winds up being the fluke, but director Tate Taylor, the man behind the cloying and artificial “The Help,” has bounced back with “Get on Up,” a daring and often thrilling screen treatment of the life of music legend James Brown. (Yes, I know, “The Help” made money and won Oscars. Don't pretend that an awful movie has never done that before.) If you thought the recent “Jersey Boys” was stodgy and problematic, here's a music movie that avoids that other film's pitfalls: It places Brown (Chadwick Boseman, in an electrifying performance) into a. »

- Alonso Duralde

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‘Fruitvale Station’ DVD Review

28 July 2014 5:08 AM, PDT | 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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26 July 2014 11:18 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Chicago – In the latest 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, 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 »

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Watch Christopher Nolan and Matthew McConaughey at San Diego Comic-Con’s Interstellar panel

25 July 2014 5:06 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Yesterday The Dark Knight Trilogy director Christopher Nolan appeared at the San Diego Comic-Con International for the very first time, appearing with Matthew McConaughuey during Paramount’s Hall H presentation to debut footage from the upcoming sci-fi Interstellar. While we don’t have the footage itself unfortunately, Nolan and McConaughey’s appearance has arrived online, and you can the full panel here…

Interstellar chronicles the adventures of a group of explorers who make use of a newly discovered wormhole to surpass the limitations on human space travel and conquer the vast distances involved in an interstellar voyage.

The film is set for release on November 7th, with a cast that also includes Anne Hathaway (The Dark Knight Rises), Jessica Chastain (The Help), Michael Caine (Inception), Mackenzie Foy (The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn), Wes Bentley (The Hunger Games), Casey Affleck (Ain’t Them Bodies Saints), Topher Grace (Spider-Man 3), John Lithgow »

- Gary Collinson

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Can Chadwick Boseman muscle into the Best Actor conversation with 'Get On Up?'

24 July 2014 11:12 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

I can't offer extended "review" thoughts on Tate Taylor's "Get On Up" for another week yet, but I'm pretty sure I can comment on Chadwick Boseman's performance as The Godfather of Soul, James Brown. So let's do that… I went into this thing with plenty of skepticism, and I'm pretty sure I have a love/hate relationship with it after tonight's screening. But I will say this: like the film itself, Boseman is possessed of a magnetic sort of confidence here. This guy came out of nowhere, knocked a pretty solid performance out with his Jackie Robinson portrayal in last year's "42" and showed some real cojones to even accept this part, frankly. Let's face it, he's an unknown who was in danger of instantly pigeonholing himself as "the African American biopic guy." But he sold me with staggering ease. For the last few weeks I've heard first- and »

- Kristopher Tapley

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Spotlight on the Stars: Emma Stone

23 July 2014 9:39 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

For this week’s spotlight piece, I wanted to take a look at a younger A-lister, though one who’s been continually increasing her profile for a number of years now. It’s Emma Stone, one of Hollywood’s brightest young stars. She’s basically been on a rocket to the top, with no signs of slowing down. Stone not only has the goods as an actress, she’s got the charisma and personality to match. That’s the kind of combination that allows a star to go far. She’s an A-lister through and through, but one still very much on the upswing of her career. She’s still got plenty more to do, including I suspect…win an Oscar. Stone is an actress who can shine in just about any role. She got her start with a clever supporting performance in Superbad, the type of performance she’d »

- Joey Magidson

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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 - 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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First Look: Toronto Best Actress Candidate Jessica Chastain Stars in Liv Ullmann's 'Miss Julie' (Trailer)

22 July 2014 1:25 PM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Now that the dust is settling around the recent flurry of fall film festival announcements, one promising entry is a Toronto world premiere: Norwegian actress-writer-director Liv Ullmann's adaptation of Swedish playwright August Strindberg’s 1888 classic "Miss Julie." The film starring Jessica Chastain ("Zero Dark Thirty"), Colin Farrell ("Saving Mr. Banks") and Samantha Morton ("A.I.") seeks a North American distributor. Whether it would make it into this year's Oscar race depends on how it plays in Toronto. French international sales agency Wild Bunch is handling sales.  Chastain has been in-demand, earning back-to-back Oscar nominations for supporting actress for "The Help" in 2012 and Best Actress in Kathryn Bigelow's "Zero Dark Thirty" in 2013. The Weinstein Company plans an awards push for the single-film version of "The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby" which debuted as two films »

- Anne Thompson

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