Kevin Costner and Octavia Spencer star as dueling grandparents at odds over the fate of their young bi-racial granddaughter Eloise (newcomer Jillian Estell). Costner’s gruff hard drinker has full custody of her after the death of both his daughter (the girl’s mother) and, more recently, his wife. Meanwhile, Spencer’s tough-talking granny makes a play for split custody.
After his star-making turn as Jackie Robinson in last spring’s baseball biopic, “42,” Chadwick Boseman looks to have hit another home run with his immersive performance as James Brown in “Get on Up.” If the trailer serves as a true sign for what’s coming to theaters this summer, Boseman might very well have an Oscar nomination to look forward to as he transforms himself into the Godfather of Soul. The trailer shows us that “Get on Up” covers quite a bit of the remarkable life story of James Brown. The very first scene shows young James with his Aunt Honey (Octavia Spencer), the relative who raised the future superstar after his “no account fool” mother Susie (Viola Davis) abandoned him and moved to New York.