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Reel Talk 1.9.14
By Shonassee Shaver Sentinel Contributing Writer
Published January 9, 2014

‘42’ Chadwick Boseman Stars as James Brown in ‘Get On Up’


Chadwick Boseman who brought legendary baseball player Jackie Robinson to life on the screen in ‘42,’ will play James Brown the Godfather of Soul in ‘Get On Up.’ The biopic will follow the life story of Brown, from his impoverished childhood through his musical career.  


Tate Taylor who directed Oscar winner ‘The Help’ will direct the film. A host of top leading actors will star in the film including Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott and Dan Aykroyd.


Brian Grazer and Erica Huggins will produce for Imagine Entertainment, while Mick Jagger and Victoria Pearman will produce under their Jagged Films banner. Taylor will also produce under his Wyolah Films label. Wyolah’s John Norris will exec produce with Trish Hofmann and Peter Afterman,” reports


The biopic is scheduled to release on Oct. 17.



Lifetime to premiere the Gabby Douglas Story


Lifetime will debut the film ‘Gabby Douglas Story,’ starring ‘Southland’ Regina King playing Gabby’s mother, ‘Everybody Hates Chris’ Imani Hakim as Gabby Douglas and S. Epatha Merkerson on ‘Law & Order’ as her grandmother.


With books “Grace, Gold & Glory: My Leap of Faith” and “Raising the Bar” detailing Douglas’s life and rise to success, her achievements will be finally captured on film.


The synopsis of the film follows Douglas as a prodigy from a very young age, Gabby Douglas originally made her mark on the world of competitive gymnastics at age eight.  She won numerous state championship titles in her age group throughout her early competitive career.  While her star was fast rising in the arena, Gabby and her family faced economic challenges at home and she made the difficult decision to leave her mother Natalie, three siblings and grandmother in Virginia Beach and move to Des Moines, Iowa, to train with renowned coach Liang Chow (Brian Tee, The Wolvernine) to pursue her dream of Olympic glory.  Buoyed by her early success, dedication and unyielding love from her family, Gabby made it onto the 2012 U.S. Women’s Gymnastics team, with whom she faced intense competition in the London Games.  Her sacrifice and perseverance were triumphantly rewarded with Team Competition and Individual All-round gold medals, placing Gabby and her teammates – known as “The Fierce Five” — among the world’s all-time greats in gymnastics, reports the


The film is set to premiere this year.



Kevin Hart stars in remake of ‘About Last Night’


Kevin Hart is in demand, starring in ‘Ride Along’ in theatres January 17 and ‘Grudge Match’ (2013). Hart has been in a budding of romantic-comedies, it’s no surprise that he will be in theaters next month on Valentines Day in an all Black cast remake of the  1986 film ‘About Last Night,’ a comedy romance starring Michael Ealy, Regina Hall and Joy Bryant. The film will track new love for two couples as they journey from the bar to the bedroom and are eventually put to the test in the real world.


Hart, Hall and Ealy star in ‘Think Like A Man 2’ this summer.


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