See Jennifer Hudson in striking vintage wardrobe, embodying the Queen of Soul in a first look at images from the upcoming biopic "Respect."
Over two years ago, Jennifer Hudson was tapped by none other than Aretha Franklin herself to star in a biopic about the Queen of Soul. Now, the much-anticipated Respect received its first teaser trailer, which dropped during the BET Awards. In it, there's footage of Hudson performing, getting advice, standing up for herself (Marc Maron…
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A new music video for a fresh remix of an Aretha Franklin track connects the civil rights movement she supported in the 1960s with the current Black Lives Matter protests that the Queen of Soul did not quite live to see. The video was released Friday night to dovetail with Juneteenth, as was the track […]
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In the first teaser for “Respect,” Jennifer Hudson belts Aretha Franklin’s signature song for the new biopic inspired by the late Queen of Soul’s life.“Respect” is directed by Tony-nominee Liesl Tommy, and the film follows Aretha’s rise as a singer, first in her father’s church choir, to how she eventually attains international superstardom.Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Skye Dakota Turner, Tate Donovan and Mary J. Blige all co-star in the film.Also Read: 'Genius': Nat Geo Shares First Look at Cynthia Erivo as Aretha Franklin (Photo)Whitaker is playing Franklin’s father and McDonald her mother, while others in the cast are playing music icons, including Blige as Dinah Washington, Headley as Clara Ward, Burgess as Reverend Dr. James Cleveland, Donovan as Columbia Records producer John Hammond, and Maron as Atlantic Records producer Jerry Wexler.“Respect” is fully sanctioned by Franklin’s estate and will include many of her iconic songs, including “Respect,” “I Say A Little Prayer,” “Think,” “(You Make Me Feel Like A) Natural Woman,” “You’ve Got A Friend,” “Dr. Feelgood,” “Do Right Woman, Do Right Man,” “Spanish Harlem” and “Young, Gifted and Black.”“Respect” is a production of MGM and BRON Creative and will be released domestically via UA Releasing. The film will be distributed internationally via Universal Pictures International. It opens in theaters on Oct. 9, 2020.Watch the first teaser above.For the record, a previous version of this article said “Respect” opens in theaters in August. It opens on Oct. 9.Read original story Jennifer Hudson Belts Out ‘Respect’ in First Teaser for Aretha Franklin Biopic (Video) At TheWrap
NEW YORK (AP) — Aretha Franklin is still getting R-E-S-P-E-C-T after death: The Queen of Soul received the Pulitzer Prize Special Citation honor Monday, becoming the first individual woman to earn a special citation prize since the honor was first awarded in 1930.
In front of an A-list audience that included Joni Mitchell, Barbara Streisand, Beck, Alice Cooper, and Nancy Pelosi, the Queen of Soul received a tribute fit for a Grammy queen.
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Forty-six years after an Aretha Franklin gospel concert film was shot and abandoned, amazement is truly in order. The Franklin estate and producer Alan Elliott have reached an agreement to release the perpetually delayed “Amazing Grace” project, Variety can exclusively reveal. Although no distribution deal is yet in place for a planned general release in 2019, […]
The late singer's family has issued a statement criticizing the controversial statements made by the pastor who gave her eulogy on Friday.
A historic and highly emotional all-star tribute to Aretha Franklin took place Friday at the Greater Grace Temple in the Queen of Soul's home city of Detroit.
Chaka Khan performed at Aretha Franklin's funeral -- and she kept a big blue folding fan within sight the entire time.