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The Smiths and The Carters Team For Film Venture

Published by Clay Cane on Thursday, January 27, 2011 at 8:44 am.

Looks like Tyler Perry won’t be the only one having control over his own films. Will and Jada Smith are teaming up with Beyonce and Jay-Z for a joint film venture, which will start with Willow Smith starring in a remake of Annie. Jay-Z said in a recent statement, “The Overbrook Entertainment family and I have a unified vision. We’ve already produced a Tony Award-winning play and we’re developing a true superstar in Willow. This venture into film development and production is a perfect next step with teams that are accomplished, creative and innovative.”

They already teamed together for the Tony Award-winning Fela!. In addition, Overbrook Entertainment has been behind films like I Am Legend, Hancock and last year’s blockbuster The Karate Kid.  This seems like a venture built in cinematic heaven.  Will Smith is one of the top grossing actors of all time and knows a good movie when he sees it.  Jay-Z is clearly a powerful business man — being behind Fela!, which was a risk that paid off, was extremely important, especially when Broadway shows about Black or African culture is rare.

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Clint Eastwood and Beyonce Teaming For ‘A Star Is Born’

Published by Clay Cane on Friday, January 21, 2011 at 12:00 am.

Looks like Beyonce is teaming up with one of Hollywood’s most iconic directors — five-time Oscar winner Clint Eastwood.  Deadline.com is reporting that Bey will star in the fourth remake of A Star Is Born, which will be directed and produced by Eastwood.

The first A Star Is Born was in 1937 and won two Oscars.  The second A Star Is Born was in 1954, starring Judy Garland, nominated for five Oscars with Garland famously losing to Grace Kelly – this was the same year Dorothy Dandridge was nominated for Carmen Jones. The 1976 version starred Barbra Streisand and won an Oscar for Best Original Song.

The story is about a struggling singer who gets involved with a former star that helps her break into the music business. There are no details on how close the script will resemble the previous versions, but the film will be a musical.

Working with Clint Eastwood is what every actor dreams of but people will surely give this role the side-eye considering it’s another role where Beyonce is playing a singer, which she has done in three other films.

Are you excited to see Beyonce in A Star Is Born?

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Bey “to play gay” rumors start again

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, August 11, 2009 at 9:45 am.

beyonce5Back in 2006, it was rumored that Eva Longoria and Beyonce Knowles were supposed to play lesbian lovers in Tipping the Velvet. Those rumors were quickly debunked but now one of the most creditable film sites on the net is stating Beyonce is rumored to play in the movie and the status was last updated May 21, 2009. According to IMDB:

Sarah Water’s novel about sexual repression to the big screen and is anxious for Beyonce and Eva to take the roles of 1890s music hall star Kitty Butler, and her lesbian lover Nan Astley.

Water’s novel was released in 1998 and placed in the Victorian era — it’s interesting and progressive they want two women of color in the lead roles. Bey wants to be taken seriously as an actress, but I just don’t know about her going the lesbian route. She will definitely have to do a full make out scene with Eva — gone are the days when a straight actors can play gay and not touch the same sex. Then again, the role is a musical role and we all know how Beyonce loves playing singers.  Regardless, I still find it hard for this rumor to be true.

How do you feel about Bey possibly playing gay?

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Is Beyonce making it harder for Black actresses?

Published by Clay Cane on Thursday, July 16, 2009 at 12:00 am.

aniaBy now you’ve heard Nia Long’s comments on singers and rappers turned actors, especially Beyonce Knowles, who starred in roles like Obsessed, Dreamgirls and Cadillac Records.  In case you missed it, Long told U.K. magazine Pride:

If you’re a singer, not an actress, you should sing. If you’re a rapper, you should rap.

On Beyonce’s last movie Obsessed.

I didn’t see ‘Obsessed,’ so I can’t comment, but it’s just not about how talented you are anymore. It’s about how much box-office revenue will this person generate.  When you see certain people – we won’t name names – they just don’t have the skill, and no one on their team has said, ‘You need acting classes.

Nia Long was one of the most popular Black actresses from the ’90s, starring in films like Boyz N The Hood, Love Jones and The Best Man.  While Long makes a good point – are Beyonce and musicians really to blame for the lack of African-American roles in Hollywood?  Isn’t the bigger issue what movies get the green light, the void of African-Americans owning film studios and little to no Black screenwriters?  It’s a heavy burden to put this issue on the back of Beyonce, which goes back to the days of Hattie McDaniel and Dorothy Dandridge.

On the other hand, Bey is the current media darling.  Imagine if a seasoned actress played Etta James in Cadillac Records, Deena in Dreamgirls, or the angry wife in Obsessed.  If someone like Beyonce were around in the ’90s would she have snatched up the role of Nina in Love Jones?  Bird in Soul Food?  Yes, once upon a time, pop stars like Janet Jackson (even despite her few movie roles), Jody Watley and Paula Abdul stayed in their lane when it came to Hollywood.  Actresses like Halle Berry, Angela Bassett, Nia Long and Jada Pinkett Smith were offered roles because they were the actors.  Maybe there is a lack of respect for acting — you can get by being an awful actress and still do well at the box office.  However, if you are an awful singer who was once an actor — the door is not as open.

Do you agree with Nia Long’s comments or is she pointing fingers in the wrong direction?

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Beyonce as She-Hulk?

Published by Clay Cane on Wednesday, April 29, 2009 at 12:56 pm.

shehlukBeyonce Knowles sure does work.  There are rumors of her playing Wonder Woman, possibly Angela Davis and last year she was confirmed to play Eartha Kitt.  Now, the Obsessed star, who earned a #1 movie at the box office last week, is allegedly trying to land the role of comic book character She Hulk, according to MediaTakeout.

Something is fishy about this story — earlier this month it was reported that Meagan Fox landed the role even though Oscar-winner Nicholas Cage, who is involved in the project, wanted Eva Mendez.  Now the role might go to Bey?

According to Wikipedia: “She-Hulk has been a member of the Avengers, the Fantastic Four, Heroes For Hire, Defenders, Fantastic Force, and S.H.I.E.L.D. A highly skilled lawyer, she has served as legal counsel to various superheroes on numerous occasions. Her cousin is Bruce Banner, better known as The Incredible Hulk.”

I’m not sure how I feel about Bey as She Hulk.  But, she truly is the She Hulk of entertainment — she works like the rent is due and the lights are about to be shut off!

Could you see Beyonce as She Hulk?

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Angela Davis – Halle Berry or Beyonce?

Published by Clay Cane on Wednesday, February 25, 2009 at 12:04 am.

angela_davis_nesweekcoverNews broke last week that there is an Angela Davis biopic in the works and Franco-Algerian director Rachid Bouchareb is eyeing Beyonce Knowles for the role. However, Oscar-winner Halle Berry recently told Essence Magazine that Angela Davis is her dream role, “I would love to bring the story and the legacy of Angela Davis to the screen. I’ve been wanting to do it for a long time and I feel like I’m getting closer to the arrival of that happening. That will be my next big, labor of love passion project.”

Is it possible Beyonce could axe Halle’s dream? Beyonce is on a biopic avalanche, playing Etta James, recently signing on to play Eartha Kitt, and her portrayal of Deena Jones in Dreamgirls was basically Diana Ross.

Angela Davis is no singer or booty shaker; she is an iconic civil rights leader who was the first black woman and the third woman on the FBI’s most wanted list. As talented as Bey is, I just can’t envision her playing one of the most controversial political figures in history.

On the other hand, I don’t necessarily see Berry as Davis, especially since she is so associated with Dorothy DandridgeYou saw my list — that role has Jada Pinkett Smith or Regina King written all over it.

What do you think – Beyonce or Halle?

Does Bey have that much power to snatch a role from Halle?

I just can’t imagine Bey going without all the weave and rocking an afro — oh, and the afro-weave in Austin Powers doesn’t count!

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Oscars Recap

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, February 23, 2009 at 12:17 am.

The 81st Annual Academy Awards aired last night.  It was an epic awards show, clocking in at just less than three and a half hours. The Hollywood elite attended including Will Smith, Halle Berry, Queen Latifah and more.

This year, the Oscars had elaborate monologues from previous winners before each award was given out, which made the show longer, tiring and down right boring at times. Hugh Jackman hosted, and while he is extremely talented, even his performances were not enough to minus the snooze factor.  Jackman sang, danced and popped top hats, making the show feel more like the Tonys than the Oscars.

The always gigging, Beyonce Knowles, performed in a cabaret-like performance with Zac Efron and Vanessa Hudgens — she even sang a few bars of “At Last”. I’m sure Etta James got a twitch from hearing that one!  Beyonce sure is a stable celebrity, most of these famous people get a case of  “celebrity exhausation” if they work too hard, but Bey keeps rolling down the river!

The most disappointing moment of the night was a tribute to those who passed away in 2008, which included a performance from Queen Latifah — the tribute included Bernie Mac and Isaac Hayes, but no Eartha Kitt?  Massive insult.

No big shockers this year, Heath Ledger won for The Dark Knight, Kate Winslet snagged best actress and Slumdog Millionaire won best picture. Sean Penn won best actor for Milk, where he played Harvey Milk, a gay activist from the seventies — beating out the favorite, Mickey Rourke.  The always political Penn stressed the importance of equal rights for all people, gay or straight.

As I predicted, Penelope Cruz won best supporting actress, beating out Taraji P. Henson and Viola Davis, who both looked beautiful and will hopefully have doors open for future Oscar-worthy films.

View highlights from all the fashion at the Oscars!

Click here for a complete list of winners.

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Beyonce as Angela Davis?

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, February 9, 2009 at 12:03 am.

abeyI’m sure you’ve heard the news that there is an Angela Davis biopic in the works. The director, Franco-Algerian Rachid Bouchareb, has his eye on Beyonce Knowles to play the legendary civil rights leader.

According to the Hollywood Reporter.

“Bouchareb, who will produce the movie through his French production company, plans to shoot in summer 2010 with a budget in the region of $20 million-$30 million, and is lining up a major French backer. The script is by novelist  Yasmina Khadra, whose book ‘The Attack’ has been optioned by Focus Features. No cast is yet attached but Bouchareb has his lead actress firmly in mind: ‘I want Beyonce Knowles to play Angela Davis,’ he said. ‘It’s a great dramatic role for her.’”

Bouchareb is from France so maybe he doesn’t realize there are actually other black actresses in the world other than Beyonce. Sure, she is a talented singer and dancer, but playing the role of Ms. Davis should be reserved for a stone-cold actress. Also, if you think Etta James got mad with Beyonce, you don’t want a former Black Panther who was once on the FBI’s most wanted list to have it in for Bey — she might stage a protest outside of the House of Dereon headquarters!

So, in the event that Bouchareb doesn’t know any better, here are a few names that would be better consideration. Please feel free to spread the word!

Thandie Newton

With an afro, Newton would probably look the most similar to Angela Davis. She is also becoming more of a bankable actress having recently appeared in crossover roles like RocknRolla and W., where she played Condoleezza Rice.

 

 

 

 

 

Taraji P. Henson

Taraji could be the next Halle Berry. She is an Oscar nominee and has a degree in theatre arts from Howard University.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Kerry Washington

You can’t go wrong with Kerry Washington. She is well-informed with politics, which one would need for this political role, and was amazing in films like The Last King of Scottland and Ray.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Regina King

King is a Screen Actors Guild nominee and has appeared in movies like Ray and Jerry Maguire. Pick Regina and the film just might be Oscar worthy — not Razzie worthy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Jada Pinkett Smith

Will Smith’s wife might just be your number one pick. She is excels in aggressive female roles, a household name and might be willing to take a pay cut if there is a strong script — she ain’t struggling for cash with Big Willie.

Take notice!

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Etta James on Beyonce: “She gon’ get her a** whipped!”

Published by Clay Cane on Thursday, February 5, 2009 at 12:00 am.

EttaIn the past, Beyonce upset Aretha Franklin and now she ticked off Etta James!

In case you don’t know, Etta James is gangsta. She was the Remy Ma of 1955 –  an old school bluesy broad who was “hood” before being “hood” was popular.

As we all know, Beyonce played Etta James in Cadillac Records and covered James’ most famous song “At Last.” All was well until the blues diva saw Bey performing her signature song (although Etta wasn’t the originator, it was recorded first in 1941) to President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama during one of the Inaugural Balls. The audio of Etta saying she is going to give Sasha Fierce a good beating was floating around the internet yesterday, but has since been pulled.

Etta James declared at a Seattle show, “She gonna get her ass whipped! The great Beyonce!” She continued with a growl, “I can’t stand Beyonce. She has no business up there singin’, singin’ up there on ah big ole’ — ah big ole President day gon’ be singin’ my song that I been singin’ forever!”

Etta also said Obama isn’t her President, “The one with the big ears.” Lawd, Miss Etta offended the President and the loyal followers in the Church of Beyonce—I don’t know which one suffers more consequences!

I must admit, when I saw Beyonce singing “At Last” to Barack and Michelle Obama I did say to myself, “Why didn’t they just get Etta James to sing it? Couldn’t Beyonce sing one of her own songs?” Then I realized, what song could Beyonce sing? She surely can’t have the First Lady doing the “Single Ladies” dance and we all know Obama isn’t the best dancer so busting out with “Crazy In Love” wasn’t going to work!

What is contradictory is that Etta’s son told the New York Daily News that she thought Beyonce singing “At Last” was” great.”

Who knows… but Beyonce better be careful. Etta ain’t one for idle threats.  She might surprise  Beyonce backstage—chain smoking and drinking straight bourbon-no chaser—and beat her senseless with some brass knuckles and a copy of the Cadillac Records soundtrack!

Honestly, she might’ve been joking and everyone is taking this so serious.  Bottom line, Etta is a lil’ too street for Beyonce.  She has lived through Jim Crow, racism, sexism and a struggle with addiction.  Plus, mama might’ve been a lil’ tipsy on that stage — you have to give Etta a lil’ pass.

Do you think Etta James is overacting or just protective of her legacy?

Update: Ms. James admits she was joking, but says she would’ve sang better than Beyonce.  Click here for details.

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Movie Posters: Madea, Beyonce and Wayans

Published by Clay Cane on Thursday, January 29, 2009 at 9:52 am.

moviepostermadea2Here is the official movie poster for Tyler Perry’s Madea Goes to Jail, which is in theatres February 20th.  Watch an exclusive BET clip here!

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obsessed1Beyonce Knowles, Idris Elba and Ali Larter star in Obsessed, which is in theatres in April.  Here is the official movie poster.

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moviepostergijoe1GI Joe: Rise of the Cobra looks like it might be a summer blockbuster on the level of an Iron Man or maybe even The Dark Knight.  Here are one of many movie posters for the film due out this summer, this one features Marlon Wayans as Ripcord.

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