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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
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
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
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
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
The first social networking didn’t start online. It started at home Tupperware parties during the 1950s. Brownie Wise is the pioneering saleswoman behind the mid-20th century Tupperware Home Party craze. Women invited their friends and neighbors over to their home for a shindig where they presented the latest Tupperware line — a set of popular storage and serving products. It was part social event, part sales presentation, and the marketing plan worked like gangbusters. You weren’t the ideal 1950s housewife unless you had a set of Tupperware. The company is still going strong today. Now, Wise’s life is being adapted for the big screen. Sandra Bullock is set to star in the Sony film, while Tate Taylor (The Help, Get on Up) will produce and direct. Deadline...
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Oscar winner Sandra Bullock has lined up her next prestige project, and is set to star in a story about the woman who made Tupperware parties into the hot housewife craze of the 1950s and '60s.
The project, based on the book "Tupperware Unsealed" by Bob Kealing, focuses on Brownie Wise, a divorcee from Detroit who helped Earl Tupper and his then-flagging Tupperware business reach new heights with her ingenious plan to market the food storage containers. Deadline reports that the story will focus on how Wise convinced Tupper to let her take control of promoting the brand, and helped reinvigorate a company that is still at the top of its game today.
Wise was as savvy a businesswoman as they come and, in fact, was the first female ever featured on the cover of Business Week magazine.
... The story will focus on Wise's start and include »
- Katie Roberts
The first social networking didn’t start online. It started at home Tupperware parties during the 1950s. Brownie Wise is the pioneering saleswoman behind the mid-20th century Tupperware Home Party craze. Basically, women invited their friends and neighbors over to their home for a shindig where they presented the latest Tupperware line — a set of popular storage and serving products. It was part social event, part sales presentation, and the marketing plan worked like gangbusters. You weren’t the ideal 1950s housewife unless you had a set of Tupperware. The company is still going strong today. Now, Wise’s life is being adapted for the big screen. Sandra Bullock is set to star in the Sony film, while Tate Taylor (The Help, Get On Up) will produce and...
- Alison Nastasi
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 Davis, Octavia Spencer, »
- Evan Dickson
• Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey has reportedly signed on to play former CIA agent Edwin Wilson in The Company Man. The film, written by Andrew Cypiot, will tell the true story of Wilson, who was convicted in 1983 of illegally selling weapons to Libya, but had all charges overturned in 2003 after years of imprisonment. The True Detective Emmy nominee is said to also be in the process of finding a director for the film. [Deadline]
• Sandra Bullock is about to throw one big Tupperware party. The Oscar winner will star as Brownie Wise in Tupperware Unsealed, based on writer Bob Kealing’s non-fiction »
- Jake Perlman
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
- Eriq Gardner
Although Fox's hospital-set dramedy "Red Band Society" is one of the few network series launching this fall that could reasonably be described as unique, showrunner Margaret Nagle spent a lot of time discussing influences at the TCA 2014 summer press tour. For one, the series is based on a successful Spanish drama called "Polseres Vermelles" that launched in 2011. Steven Spielberg snagged the remake rights for DreamWorks the same year and an American adaptation has been in the works ever since. Just like the original, the show follows six teens of various backgrounds united by the fact they're all facing long-term hospital stays for rare diseases. Oscar winner Octavia Spencer plays the lead nurse in their ward, equal parts bossy and nurturing. If the premise sounds a bit like "The Breakfast Club," with a hospital filling in for detention, the cast and crew agree it's not far off. "That's what I thought »
- Geoff Berkshire
Sandra Bullock will play Brownie Wise in a biopic of the Tupperware executive.
Wise came up with the idea of holding Tupperware parties, and became the first woman to appear on the cover of Businessweek in 1954.
However, she later clashed with inventor Earl Silas Tupper, who fired her and tried to erase her from the company records.
The script was also written by Taylor, and is based on Bob Kealing's book about Wise, Tupperware Unsealed.
"Sandy and I have been trying to work together for years," said Taylor. "Finally, I'm very excited to put Tupperware in her hands. This is a collaborative dream come true."
Of Taylor, she added: "Tate has the rare and »
Anyone who still thinks jocks and artists don't mix has yet to be acquainted with Mr. Chadwick Boseman. After playing Jackie Robinson in 2013's 42 and a fictional football star in this year's Draft Day, the young actor seems poised to nail the role of James Brown in Get on Up, the forthcoming biopic that counts Mick Jagger as a producer.
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Sandra Bullock is teaming up with Sony Pictures Entertainment and The Help director Tate Taylor for an adaptation of Bob Kealing's non-fiction book Tupperware Unsealed, which focuses on marketing pioneer Brownie Wise.
Brownie Wise created the Tupperware home party strategy that helped make the company a household name, while creating new professional opportunities for women. She was the first woman ever to be featured on the cover of Business Week magazine, although she often clashed with the company's founder, Earl Tupper, which lead to her eventual exit, and underscored the liberation movement she helped personify.
Here's what Sony's production president Hannah Minghella had to say about the project in a statement.
"As a writer-director, Tate has the rare and delicate ability to capture both the romanticism and restrictions of a time and place. In this case 1950's suburban America. His characters are both immediately recognizable while also uniquely iconic. Such »
Sony Pictures Entertainment announced today that Tate Taylor, director of The Help, is set to both write and direct a biopic on Brownie Wise, the marketing pioneer who created the Tupperware home party strategy that made the brand a household name and opened new professional avenues for women. Sandra Bullock is attached to headline the film, which will adapt Bob Kealing.s non-fiction book Tupperware Unsealed. »
Fox has its Miracle Mop project Joy with Jennifer Lawrence and director David O. Russell and now Sony Pictures’ has its Tupperware project. What’s next? Windshield wipers? Oh, wait, they made that movie already. Sony acquired author Bob Kealing’s non-fiction book Tupperware Unsealed for Sandra Bullock to star as the marketer extraordinaire behind the launch of Tupperware and its famous parties that made the storage product a household name and into the multi-billion company it still is today. Tate Taylor (The Help, Get On Up) will adapt, produce and direct this fun story about a divorcee from Detroit who convinced […] »
Brownie Wise centres on the eponymous marketing pioneer and businesswoman who created the Tupperware home party strategy.
Taylor will write, produce and direct the film based on Bob Kealing’s non-fiction book Tupperware Unsealed.
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He broke rules. He broke barriers. He shook the world.
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 James Brown, taking audiences on the journey from his impoverished childhood to his evolution into one of the most influential figures of the 20th century.
On August 1st, Feel The Funk!
But before that, how about seeing the film early on July 29th at the advance screening in the St. Louis area??!!
Wamg invites you to enter to win passes to the advance screening of Get On Up on Tuesday, July 29th in the St. Louis area.
Answer the following:
How many number-one singles on the Billboard »
- Movie Geeks
Universal International has premiered a new international trailer for the upcoming James Brown biopic Get On Up featuring Chadwick Boseman (42) in the lead role under the direction of Tate Taylor (The Help). I've seen many people that have watched the trailer say it looks a little too glossy and Boseman looking a little too refined to play the late musical icon. I'm not sure how much that really matters considering I don't think any of us are really going to this movie looking for a history lesson. After all, with movies such as this isn't it just as much about capturing the audience's attention with the story as it is getting them to like music they may otherwise never listen toc I've always found one of the best things a movie like this can do is get people's toes tapping and reminding them how good the music was/is because »
- Brad Brevet
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