Andre Benjamin in the recent Hendrix biopic ‘Jimi: All Is by My Side’ For nearly two decades, New York-based film producer Peter Newman has been chasing Janis Joplin, developing scripts about her life, securing rights to songs she sang, collecting tales from old band members and former lovers, and lining up first one actress, then another, and then another, all of them determined to sing the Joplin blues. This year, music-loving moviegoers were given big-screen biographies celebrating the careers of legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix (Jimi: All Is by My Side); None of them — not even the Clint Eastwood-directed Boys — have made as much money as producers might have hoped or expected, yet these films are only the first in a new wave of music biopics. Related: Chadwick Boseman Talks About Bringing the Funk in ‘Get On Up’ Love & Mercy, with Paul Dano playing the Beach Boys’ troubled genius, Brian Wilson, debuted at the Toronto Film Festival and will be in theaters next year;
It was somewhat of a surprise when Chadwick Boseman, the up-and-coming actor who’d delivered a great but understated portrayal of baseball legend Jackie Robinson in last year’s 42, was then cast to play funk legend James Brown in the just-released biopic Get On Up. Especially his younger years… I had to figure out [what age] I would be playing the most.
There are certain challenges to any actor who wants to give an accurate portrayal of James Brown. Such were the obstacles facing Chadwick Boseman, who plays the Godfather of Soul in the just-released biopic Get On Up. Boseman knows a thing or two about roles that demand a superior level of athleticism — he won praise for his portrayal of baseball legend Jackie Robinson in last year’s 42. “No matter who is cast you know that it’s going to be a struggle to get this person to pull it off,” Get On Up choreographer Aakomon Jones told Yahoo Movies during a set visit.
Do those full lips and shaggy hair give you a Jumpin' Jack Flashback? Mick Jagger's 14-year-old son, Lucas, attended the premiere of 'Get On Up' in New York on Monday night with his mother, Brazilian model Luciana Gimenez. Looking like Mick’s mini-me, Lucas came to support his legendary rock star dad who produced the James Brown biopic.
If there’s one thing we learn from our music biopics, it’s that legendary success doesn’t come without struggle; and that struggle usually entails intense poverty, violently turbulent relationships and brutal fights against the odds. See:What’s Love Got to Do With It, Ray, Walk the Line, etc. James Brown’s rocky relationship with his mother takes center stage in the new trailer forGet On Up (exclusive here on Yahoo Movies). A preteen JB is abandoned by his mom, only to see her reappear once he’s claimed worldwide fame and “Hardest Working Man in Show Business” status.
It might seem like only yesterday that we took our seats for 2013’s “Iron Man 3,” “The Conjuring” and “World War Z,” but it’s time to do it again. The 2014 summer movie season kicks off this weekend with the arrival of the high-flying “The Amazing Spider-Man 2.” The next few months at the cineplex have in store a fairly eclectic lineup of rollicking comedies, sci-fi extravaganzas, hopeful franchise reboots, indie darlings and, of course, plenty of superhero adventures. Really, when romances starring Shailene Woodley and Daniel Radcliffe share the season with Optimus Prime, Spider-Man and Godzilla, not even the sky’s the limit.
We’re between shots in a scene recreating James Brown and The Famous Flames’ iconic performance in the concert film “T.A.M.I. Show” and everything is resetting. For Chadwick Boseman, though, there’s no such thing as a reset. Also Read: Oscar Bait: Alec Baldwin joins Warren Beatty’s Howard Hughes biopic Chadwick Boseman has become something of a perpetual motion machine, but if you watch old videos of James Brown, the rhythmic restlessness is one of the first things you’ll notice about the Godfather of Soul as well. When I mention this to the movie’s choreographer Aakomon Jones, also playing one of the Flames, he’s instantly gratified. It’s just this thing that James Brown does when he’s like driving the beat, he’s clicking both heels, one into the other — right-left, right-left, right-left. I knew that if he got that, he had 60 percent of what James Brown is as a performer as far as quantity, because he does that throughout his entire performance.
Well, so much for 2013. This past year had its cinematic ups (“Inside Llewyn Davis,” “Gravity,” “This Is the End”), downs (“Gangster Squad,” “A Good Day to Die Hard”), in-betweens (“Man of Steel,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”), and sweet surprises (“The Conjuring,” “Blue Jasmine”). It was a fun year , but 2014 is looking to be even more of a thrill ride, filled with franchise-friendly sure things, swing-for-the-fences passion projects, sleeper hits waiting to be discovered and, of course, a few (okay, a lot of) superhero movies. And we can’t wait to get started.