It appears that this is the year of the biopic. So far biopics are in the works for Jimmy Hendrix, Whitney Houston, Aaliyah, and Richard Pryor. Oh and I can’t forget to mention the recently released biopic of James Brown. Now it appears that Iron Mike Tyson wants to jump in the biography film ring as well. Tyson has already had his life story told when he performed in his one-man show entitled Mike Tyson: Undisputed Truth, which was directed by Spike Lee.
Now Tyson has decided that he wants a full-fledged film about his life, and according to Vibe, Mike has already discussed the venture with Jamie Foxx. Tyson feels that Jamie would be the perfect person to portray him in the film.
“Me and Jamie Foxx have been talking and he’s willing to take that role and portray me as Mike Tyson, doing my life story…I think he’s splendid because he’s really up to par. I think he would do a magnificent job…he doesn’t have the physicality, but he will. He’s able to […] get bulky, so he’s capable of doing it in the future.”
Jamie Foxx is no stranger to the biopic world and has already portrayed musician Nathaniel Ayers, gang leader Tookie Williams, and musician Ray Charles. There is no word yet as to who will direct the film or when it will begin production.
ET recently had the opportunity to visit the set of the Whitney Houston biopic, which is expected to premier on Lifetime sometime next year. They spoke with Angela Bassett and she responded to the reaction of fans and also the family of Whitney. ET also had the pleasure of speaking with Yaya DaCosta and Deborah Cox and also received their reactions. The camera was able to catch a glimpse of Yaya in action as she is set to portray Whitney on film. Cissy Houston spoke out for the first time and shared her thoughts on the upcoming film, she said:
“Lifetime has chosen to go ahead with the movie about Whitney in spite of my family’s objections. No one connected with this movie knew Whitney or anything about her relationship with Bobby,” she said in a statement to ET. “In the two years since Whitney’s death, many people have stepped forward to speak about their close relationship with her. I find it difficult to believe people who knew and supposedly loved her would participate in a movie about her done by folks who didn’t know her. We are exhausted by the continuing misinformation and comments offered by people who did not know her. Please please let her rest.”
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Sometimes controversy surprises and dominates it’s prey while other times controversy becomes desired or is perhaps even the goal of anything/anyone thirsty to be noticed. We’ve seen it work before- controversy eleveates an event, a product or even art to a hyped-level all due to squabbling or discussion. Brace yourself, the new move “Dear White People” doesn’t hit theaters until October, but is already making headlines and stirring up those sometimes awkward conversations about race that are perhaps now too important to avoid. In fact, it seems by the trailer that this movie is ready to tackle those questions head on!
“Dear White People” follows four black students as they navigate racial dynamics at their Ivy League college, Winchester University. The film seems to tackle every stereotype, old and new, while maintaining a moving storyline. The clip doesn’t shy away from controversy, as the climax comes with one white character asking: “How would you feel if someone started a Dear Black People?”
The film was met with tremendous acclaim at film festivals across the globe. Let’s hope the buzz pays off! See the must watch trailer below…
If you ask me, it sounds like Beyonce is cooking up something new. Recently Queen Bey posted a video to her official Instagram account letting everyone know that the official movie trailer for the highly anticipated film Fifty Shades of Grey is coming this Thursday. However, what has everyone talking is the music that plays in the background of the 15 second clip. With Beyonce posting the video, we can only hope that she’ll appear of the films soundtrack. If you listen clearly it sounds like a slowed down version of “Crazy In Love”, and that song is definitely fitting for the film.
Check out the clip below:
There have been several rumors soaring that Nick Cannon will be portraying Richard Pryor in an upcoming biopic. Nick has been adding fuel to the fire by throwing out hints that he is basically a shoe in for the role. Lee Daniels is set to direct the Richard Pryor biopic, and Weinstein Company is fully backing the project. They have named Eddie Murphy, Michael B. Jordan, and Marlon Wayans as choices to play Richard Pryor, and it has been reported that Marlon Wayans impressed the head honchos of Weinstein Company during his reading for the role.
Even though Nick Cannon has altered his appearance and has insinuated that he already had the leading role, the movie is not in production and no roles have been officially announced. Fans first started to notice Nick’s transformation when he appeared at this year’s BET Awards sporting a freshly blown out Afro and beard. After the show, he posted the following picture on his Instagram with the caption, “Now you get it.”
Nominations came out on Thursday for the 29th Annual Imagen Awards. For those who have no idea what the Imagen Awards are, it’s essentially a cousin of the NAACP Image Awards, honoring the best of Latino and Latino culture in film and TV. Imagen Awards will broadcast on the PBS affiliate in L.A. on August 1st.
Danny Pino [above] from Law & Order: SVU is up for Best Actor in a Television Series, also leading the pact with several nominations is the film Cesar Chavez, and FX’s TV series, The Bridge featuring Demian Bichir [below].
Here are the full nominations to enjoy, including a well-deserved nomination to Catalina Sandino Moreno for her brilliantly villainous turn on The Bridge.