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Halle On Playing Aretha: “I Can’t Do Her Justice!”

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, January 18, 2011 at 12:00 am.

Looks like Halle Berry as the legendary Aretha Franklin is not completely in the works as reported. The Queen of Soul told Wendy Williams that the Oscar winner will play her in the long awaited biopic. However, on the red carpet for the Golden Globes, Ryan Seacrest asked Halle about the film. She answered, “I can’t sing! If I could carry a tune, I’d consider it. Someone should tell Aretha that I can’t do her justice.”

Considering many people have been giving Halle as Aretha the side-eye since it was announced, it’s good that Halle also agrees she may not be the right fit. But singing shouldn’t be the issue — she was lip-synching in the biopic of Dorothy Dandridge.  Sounds like Halle just feels like she isn’t the right fit…

I think some good selections to play Aretha would be Mo’Nique, Jennifer Hudson or maybe even Viola Davis.  Honestly, I don’t want anyone singing Aretha’s songs – let them lip-synch like Angela Bassett in What’s Love Got To Do With It? Stay tuned…

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No Diversity and No Surprises at the Golden Globes

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, January 17, 2011 at 12:30 am.

No shockers last night at the 68th Annual Golden Globes.  Several wins for Glee, Natalie Portman for best actress in Black Swan and tons of bad fashion. As we already know, there is no diversity this year at the award shows so not one person of color won — I guess Precious was a once in a decade event!  Thank God for the NAACP Image Awards

Notable wins include the legendary songwriter Diane Warren for best song for Cher’s “You Haven’t Seen The Last of Me” from Burlesque, Robert DeNiro receiving the Cecil B. Demille Award, and the most moving speech of the night came from Chris Colfer for best supporting actor for Glee.

The openly gay Colfer said, “All the amazing kids that watch our show and who are constantly told no by…bullies at school and told they can’t have what they want because of who they are. Well screw that!” Considering bullying has been headline news of late, Colfer’s words are highly relevant and important.

The at times drab night was somewhat picked up by Ricky Gervais, who took some stabs at the Hollywood elite like Angelina Jolie (commentating on how The Tourist bombed), John Travolta (those gay rumors), Hugh Hefner (marrying a 24-year-old), Robert Downey, Jr. (drug problems) and of course Mel Gibson.

Other folks in attendance were LL Cool J, Diddy, Lee Daniels, Alicia Keys, Golden Globe nominee Idris Elba (who lost to Al Pacino) and Halle Berry.

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Aretha Franklin Confirms Halle Berry Playing Her In Biopic

Published by Clay Cane on Wednesday, January 12, 2011 at 10:47 am.

There has been tons of talk on Aretha Franklin’s biopic for the longest.  In September, we heard that Halle Berry was playing the legendary Queen of Soul. There was even a press release that said Denzel Washington, Halle and Terrence Howard would all be in the film. Well, today Aretha confirmed on The Wendy Williams Show that Oscar winner Halle Berry will play Aretha Franklin on film.

Now, I know there are many Halle haters out there who feel that she gets too many roles.  But, clearly this was a choice by the Queen and Halle obviously couldn’t say no.  This will be an extreme stretch for the actress, who already immortalized Dorothy Dandridge and whose dream role is Angela Davis.  Nonetheless, what Aretha wants, Aretha gets. I would’ve been curious to see what Mo’Nique or Jennifer Hudson could have done with the role – but Aretha knows her story better than anyone else.  Some artists don’t get any choice on who plays them in their biopic.

What do you think of Halle as Aretha?

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African-American Film Critics Association Honors Halle Berry and ‘The Social Network’

Published by Clay Cane on Wednesday, December 15, 2010 at 12:00 am.

As we saw from yesterday’s Golden Globe nominations, this year’s awards season is not going to be the rainbow it was last year — or even the year before. The 2010 Oscars made history when for the first time, a female was awarded best director (Kathryn Bigelow, The Hurt Locker), and an African-American writer won best adapted screenplay (Geoffrey Fletcher, Precious). Nonetheless, everything will be back to Hollywood “normal” for 2011.

Thankfully, there are groups like the African-American Film Critics Association, which was founded in 2003 by Gil Robertson IV and Shawn Edwards. This year’s winners include Halle Berry for best actress, best actor Mark Wahlberg for The Fighter, and best screenplay for Night Catches Us by Tanya Hamilton. Here is the complete list.

Best Feature Film: “The Social Network,” directed by David Fincher
Best Documentary: “Waiting for Superman” directed by Davis Guggenheim
Best Actress: Halle Berry, “Frankie and Alice”
Best Actor: Mark Wahlberg, “The Fighter”
Best Supporting Actress: Kimberly Elise, “For Colored Girls”
Best Supporting Actor: Michael Ealy, “For Colored Girls”
Best Director: Christopher Nolan, “Inception”
Best Screenplay: “Night Catches Us” by Tanya Hamilton
Best Song: “Four Women” composed by N. Simone, “For Colored Girls”
Special Achievement: Lena Horne, Roger Ebert and Melvin Van Peebles.

AAFCA’s Top 10 films of 2010:
1.    The Social Network
2.    The King’s Speech
3.    Inception
4.    Black Swan
5.    Night Catches Us
6.    The Fighter
7.    Frankie And Alice
8.    Blood Done Sign My Name
9.    Get Low
10.  For Colored Girls

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2011 Golden Globe Nominations: Halle and Idris Get Noms

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, December 14, 2010 at 8:45 am.

The 2011 Golden Globe nominations are in — the diversity of last year’s award season is no more. You’ll get more color at the Country Music Awards!

Some of the expected were nominated like Inception for best picture, James Franco for best actor in 127 Hours and five nods for Glee.

Again, not much to look for in the diversity front but Halle Berry received a best actress nomination for her performance as a woman suffering with split personalities in Frankie & Alice. Halle has been nominated two times before and won in 2000 for Introducing Dorothy Dandridge.

Idris Elba received a nomination for best performance by an actor in a miniseries or motion picture made for television for Luther. This is Elba’s first Golden Globe nomination and it is long overdue.  His greatest performance, HBO’s Sometimes in April in 2005, was ignored by the Hollywood Foreign Press.

Whatever the case, being honored by mainstream awards does not indicate success, and many of the nominations are well-deserved like Annette Bening for The Kids Are All Right, Melissa Leo for The Fighter and The Social Network.

The complete list of nominations are below.

BEST PICTURE, DRAMA
Black Swan
The Fighter
Inception
The King’s Speech
The Social Network

BEST PICTURE, MUSICAL OR COMEDY
Alice in Wonderland
Burlesque
The Kids Are All Right
Red
The Tourist

BEST DIRECTOR
Darren Aronofsky, Black Swan
David Fincher, The Social Network
Tom Hooper, The King’s Speech
Christopher Nolan, Inception
David O. Russell, The Fighter

BEST ACTOR, DRAMA
Jesse Eisenberg, The Social Network
Colin Firth, The King’s Speech
James Franco, 127 Hours
Ryan Gosling, Blue Valentine
Mark Wahlberg, The Fighter

BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA
Halle Berry, Frankie and Alice
Nicole Kidman, Rabbit Hole
Jennifer Lawrence, Winter’s Bone
Natalie Portman, Black Swan
Michelle Williams, Blue Valentine

BEST ACTOR, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Johnny Depp, Alice in Wonderland
Johnny Depp, The Tourist
Paul Giamatti, Barney’s Version
Jake Gyllenhaal, Love and Other Drugs
Kevin Spacey, Casino Jack

BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY OR MUSICAL
Annette Bening, The Kids Are All Right
Anne Hathaway, Love and Other Drugs
Angelina Jolie, The Tourist
Julianne Moore, The Kids Are All Right
Emma Stone, Easy A

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Christian Bale, The Fighter
Michael Douglas, Wall Street 2
Andrew Garfield, The Social Network
Jeremy Renner, The Town
Geoffrey Rush, The King’s Speech

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Amy Adams, The Fighter
Helena Bonham Carter, The King’s Speech
Mila Kunis, Black Swan
Melissa Leo, The Fighter
Jacki Weaver, Animal Kingdom

BEST SCREENPLAY
Danny Boyle and Simon Beaufoy, 127 Hours
Lisa Cholodenko and Stuart Blumberg, The Kids Are All Right
Christopher Nolan, Inception
David Seidler, The King’s Speech
Aaron Sorkin, The Social Network

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
Despicable Me
How To Train Your Dragon
The Illusionist
Tangled
Toy Story 3

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Biutiful
The Concert
The Edge
I Am Love
In A Better World

BEST ORIGINAL SCORE
Alexandre Desplat, The King’s Speech
Danny Elfman, Alice in Wonderland
A.R. Rahman, 127 Hours
Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross, The Social Network
Hans Zimmer, Inception

BEST ORIGINAL SONG
“Bound to You,” Burlesque
“Coming Home,” Country Strong
“I See the Light,” Tangled
“There’s A Place For Us,” Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader
“You Haven’t Seen The Last of Me,” Burlesque

TELEVISION

BEST TV SERIES, DRAMA
Boardwalk Empire
Dexter
The Good Wife
Mad Men
The Walking Dead

BEST TV SERIES, COMEDY
30 Rock
The Big Bang Theory
The Big C
Glee
Modern Family
Nurse Jackie

BEST ACTOR, DRAMA
Steve Buscemi, Boardwalk Empire
Bryan Cranston, Breaking Bad
Michael C. Hall, Dexter
Jon Hamm, Mad Men
Hugh Laurie, House

BEST ACTRESS, DRAMA
Julianne Marguiles, The Good Wife
Elisabeth Moss, Mad Men
Piper Perabo, Covert Affairs
Katey Sagal, Sons of Anarchy
Kyra Sedgwick, The Closer

BEST ACTOR, COMEDY
Alec Baldwin, 30 Rock
Steve Carell, The Office
Thomas Jane, Hung
Matthew Morrison, Glee
Jim Parsons, The Big Bang Theory

BEST ACTRESS, COMEDY
Toni Collette, United States of Tara
Edie Falco, Nurse Jackie
Tina Fey, 30 Rock
Laura Linney, The Big C
Lea Michele, Glee

BEST MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Carlos
The Pacific
Killers of the Earth
Temple Grandin
You Don’t Know Jack

BEST ACTOR IN A MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Idris Elba, Luther
Ian MacShane, Pillars of the Earth
Al Pacino, You Don’t Know Jack
Dennis Quaid, The Special Relationship
Edgar Ramirez, Carlos

BEST ACTRESS IN A MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Hayley Atwell, Pillars of the Earth
Claire Danes, Temple Grandin
Judi Dench, Return to Cranford
Romola Garai, Emma
Jennier Love Hewitt, The Client List

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Scott Caan, Hawaii Five-O
Chris Colfer, Glee
Chris Noth, The Good Wife
Eric Stonestreet, Modern Family
David Straithairn, Temple Grandin

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS IN A SERIES, MINI-SERIES OR TV MOVIE
Hope Davis, The Special Relationship
Jane Lynch, Glee
Kelly McDonald, Boardwalk Empire
Julia Stiles, Dexter
Sofia Vergara, Modern Family

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Will Halle Win Another Oscar?

Published by Clay Cane on Wednesday, November 24, 2010 at 9:24 am.

Oscar winner Halle Berry might be in the running for another Academy Award. Her new film Frankie & Alice, which won’t have a nationwide release until February is now eligible for an Academy Award nomination. The film will play just for one week in Los Angeles startingDecember 17th.

The indie film stars Halle Berry, Phylicia Rashad and Chandra Wilson. Berry plays a woman who is struggling with multipule personality disroder. After trauma in her teens, her personality splits off into three seperate people — the core personality, a stripper named Frankie, a racist white woman named Alice and a 12 year-old child. The role requires some heavy acting chops and we all know Berry has that in her.

Check BET.com for more info on Frankie & Alice.

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Happy Birthday, Dorothy Dandridge

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, November 9, 2010 at 12:00 am.

If Dorothy Dandridge were still alive, today would be her 88th birthday.  Unfortunately, Dandridge died of an accidental overdose in 1965 at 42 years old.

Before Halle Berry, Beyonce Knowles, Diana Ross, Diahann Carroll and so many others, there was Dorothy Dandridge. The original triple threat, she danced, sang, acted and became a household name. Even through the savagery of racism in every corner of America, Dandridge rose above, in some ways becoming a victim in Hollywood, but in more ways paving the way for every single person of color in the entertainment industry. She was the first African-American woman to be nominated for a best actress Oscar, she demanded the same salary as White actresses, in 1955 she graced the cover of Life magazine and eventually refused to play a slave in films. But in the end, Hollywood turned on Dandridge.

Nonetheless, Dorothy Dandridge’s legacy has been restored, luckily due to Halle Berry’s Emmy-winning performance in Introducing Dorothy Dandridge. In my interview with Diahann Carroll, the actress told me about Dandridge.  “She was very sweet to me and always very giving. But, she was not well-focused about who she was. The industry tested her in every way possible because there were roles that would’ve been wonderful for her but she was Black—that really wreaked havoc with her, as it did with all of us. I did find her, let’s say… confused about an awful lot of things. Not that we all aren’t, but Dorothy more so.”

Check out one of Dandridge’s classic moments below with Louis Armstrong.

Louis Armstrong and Dorothy Dandridge-Harlem on Parade
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Halle Berry Returns in December

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, October 26, 2010 at 1:48 pm.

It feels like it’s been years since we had a Halle Berry movie! Her last film was the brilliant Things We Lost in the Fire in 2007 (one of the most underrated films in the past 10years). Now, according to Deadline.com, her highly anticipated film, Frankie & Alice, will be released December 17th in New York and Los Angeles. This puts her right in line for Oscar season!

In Frankie & Alice Berry plays a woman with multiple personality disorder and one of her personalities is a racist White person. The flick also includes Chandra Wilson and Phylicia Rashad. Berry told Deadline.com:

“Bringing this story to the big screen has been a challenging, yet very satisfying, filmmaking experience,” Berry says. “Her struggles with mental illness came at a time when the medical community and the public were still grappling with the veracity of multiple personality disorder, and I approached this role with feelings of humility, yet great responsibility.”

Mark your calendars — Frankie & Alice is a movie not to be missed!

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Halle Berry Signed On For ‘Skank Robbers’

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, October 12, 2010 at 9:35 am.

Any news about Skank Robbers is like a ray of sunshine! In case you didn’t know, Skank Robbers is the Sheneneh and Wanda film that was inspired by a 2009 BET Awards skit. The movie is a go and supposedly the script is in the works.

Jamie Foxx revealed on 106 & Park that Oscar winner Halle Berry has officially joined the cast. Halle doesn’t have much experience in comedies. Her last comedic film was 1997’s B.A.P.S., which some loved or absolutely hated.

Foxx also revealed a bit more of the plot. Sheneneh and Wanda will be robbing banks from Northern to Southern California.

Glad to hear this — but I need Pam, played by  Tichina Arnold, to return. This is a must! Check out the clip from Skank Robbers!

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Halle Berry Going To Broadway and ‘Shoes’

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, July 26, 2010 at 11:50 am.

Halle Berry’s hustle never slows down and now she has two big projects under her belt — Broadway and Shoe Addicts Anonymous.

According to Black Voices she is confirmed to star on Broadway in Katori Hall’s The Mountaintop: “Katori Hall’s Olivier Award-winning drama about Martin Luther King, Jr.’s final hours, is readying a debut in New York City this fall. And the Monster’s Ball beauty will make her debut, too. Early word is that her role will be of a mysterious maid who visits Dr. King in a Memphis hotel room the night before his assassination.”

Also, Deadline.com is reporting the Oscar winner is slated to star in Shoe Addicts Anonymous, a story about four Chicago women from different backgrounds who are bound via shoes.

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