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James Brown Biopic Gets Title, Release Date

Published by Smriti Mundhra on Friday, August 30, 2013 at 10:00 am.

(Photo: AP Photo/Mark Duncan, File)

Days after it was confirmed that Chadwick Boseman will play James Brown in The Help director Tate Taylor’s upcoming biopic, the highly-anticipated film has a title and a release date.

The film will be called Get On Up, according to The Hollywood Reporter, after one of Brown’s biggest hits. The title also aptly describes Brown’s journey from poverty to superstardom.

Get On Up will hit theaters on October 17, 2014, Universal has confirmed.

The biopic on the Godfather of Soul, who dominated music for six decades and influenced countless artists, including Michael Jackson, has been over a decade in the making. Brown himself was involved with the development until his death in 2006. At different times, Eddie Murphy and Wesley Snipes were rumored to star.

But the meaty role has ultimately landed in the hands of relative newcomer Boseman, who earned the respect of critics for his portrayal of another historical icon, Jackie Robinson, in 42 earlier this year.

Production on the film begins this September in Mississippi.

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This Day in Film: “To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar”

Published by Smriti Mundhra on Monday, September 10, 2012 at 8:35 am.

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Before Heath Ledger put playing against A sexual orientation stereotype on the to-do list for every actor chasing an Oscar nomination, Wesley Snipes, Patrick Swayze and John Leguizamo took a chance on a little film called To Wong Foo, Thanks for Everything! Julie Newmar. In the long-titled film, Snipes, Swayze and Lequizamo played New York City drag queens who embark on a cross-country journey that lands them in small-town Nebraska, where they bring some color, and life lessons, to the locals.  Saturday marked the 17th anniversary of the film.

Unlike its cinematic predecessors Some Like it Hot and Tootsie, in which the cross-dressing characters donned dresses as a campy disguise and much of the humor derives from their discomfort, in To Wong Foo, the three leading ladies put on panty hose, earrings and sequins as a way of staying true to themselves. As Snipes’ ultra-fabulous Noxeema Jackson points out, “When a gay man has way too much fashion sense for one gender, he’s a drag queen.”

The film was mostly panned by critics for being a safe version of it’s Australian predecessor Priscilla, Queen of the Desert, but still proved far ahead of it’s time. Even with the LGBT rights movement in full swing, it’s hard to picture more than a handful of A-list actors, as all three leads of To Wong Foo were at the time of it’s release, risking their macho images to play a drag queen.

While neither Snipes, Leguizamo or Swayze were recognized by the Academy Awards (John Leguizamo and the late Patrick Swayze received Golden Globe nods) for their commitment to the challenging roles, the film did receive a GLAAD Award nomination for Outstanding Film.

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This Day in Film: “Mo’ Better Blues”

Published by Marcus Reeves on Friday, August 3, 2012 at 10:30 am.

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On this date, 22 years ago, Spike Lee released his fourth feature film, Mo’ Better Blues. The sultry, jazz-centered story was a drastic turn for the confrontational director who, just the year before, unleashed the racially-explosive film Do the Right Thing, which some critics predicted would start riots in the hot summer of 1989.

For Mo’ Better Blues, Lee used his penchant for creating cinematic tension to tell the tale of star jazz musician Bleek Gilliam (Denzel Washington) who, along with leading a star-studded band, juggles two girlfriends (played by Cynda Williams and Spike’s sister Joie Lee).  Moreover, within his band, he must temper the ambitions of his hotheaded virtuoso sax player Shadow Henderson, played by Wesley Snipes. The cast also included Dick Anthony Williams, John Turturro, Robin Harris and Samuel L. Jackson.

While the film wasn’t as big a hit as Lee’s first three projects, Mo’ Better can be credited for turning both Denzel and Wesley into Hollywood leading men and sex symbols.  Who could forget Shadow’s steamy balcony scene?

Yes, Mo’ Better Blues marked Lee departure from focusing on the provocative issue on race. But, in true Spike fashion, the film did manage to rub one group — Jews — the wrong way. Several Jewish organizations, including the Anti Defamation League, complained about the director’s depiction of two Jewish jazz club owners, saying they were stereotypical.

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Wesley Snipes To Start Prison Sentence Today

Published by Clay Cane on Thursday, December 9, 2010 at 8:30 am.

Today at noon Wesley Snipes is supposed to start his three-year sentence for misdemeanor tax-related charges at a Pennsylvania prison. Tuesday night, Snipes appeared on Larry King Live explaining that he always paid his taxes but due to bad accountants he missed filing dates — or something to that effect. I will admit, it was hard to understand what Snipes was going to prison for. Larry King himself sounded confused.

One of the jurors in the Snipes trial released a statement saying, “There was one juror that had said they knew Mr. Snipes was guilty right when they first saw him during the jury selection.” Also, there was a “compromise” to charge Snipes with misdemeanor charges because they never thought he would go to jail.

Judge Joe Brown was also a guest, saying he found it odd that Snipes was receiving such a harsh punishment for three misdemeanors. Brown also cited a case of a billionaire: “He paid $54 million in back taxes, brought all of his money back from out of the country and was given probation, for six months.” Therefore, why is Snipes getting prison time for what Judge Joe Brown claims the total liability proved at trial was $240,000?  The media has reported $7 million.

In addition, Forbes reported Wesley Snipes, 48, is a member of an anti-tax group and he is being used as an example. Snipes has denied all claims.

It’s a complicated case.  If  Snipes will start his prison sentence today,  hopefully it’s not because he is being singled out.

UPDATE: Wesley Snipes did report to McKean Federal Correctional Institution today in Lewis Run, Pennsylvania.  He was processed “without incident.”

Check out the clip below from CNN.com.

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Wesley Snipes No Longer Blade?

Published by Clay Cane on Thursday, October 21, 2010 at 10:19 am.

Remember the 1998 hit, Blade, which starred Wesley Snipes and brought in over $131 million worldwide?  Well, it looks like there might be another Blade in the works, which would be the fourth installment in the franchise based on the Marvel comic character of the same.  Blade becomes part human and part vampire when his mother is bitten by a vampire while giving birth.

1998’s Blade was a huge hit, but the sequel in 2002 was even bigger — grossing over $155 million worldwide. Snipes also joined as an executive producer.

2004’s Blade: Trinity performed a respectable $130 million at the box office but was a critical failure. Furthermore, Snipes sued New Line Cinema claiming he wasn’t paid his full salary and his co-stars, Ryan Reynolds and Jessica Biel, unfairly received more screen time.

Now, Snipes tells Deadline.com about another installment of Blade. “Maybe we get around to doing another Blade, except, from what I’m reading, every other actor is talking about playing him, and nobody is talking to Wesley. How strange that they don’t come and talk to me about it.”

Deadline.com is also reporting Snipes is working on a feature about the FBI campaign trying to ruin Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Snipes is still facing a jail sentence after a long ordeal with the IRS.

Would you be interested in a Blade without Wesley Snipes?

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Wesley Snipes Still Avoiding Jail Time

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, August 24, 2010 at 10:51 am.

Wesley Snipes was supposed to serve his three-year jail sentence in Florida for misdemeanor tax evasion starting Thursday, September 2nd. However, Snipes has managed to avoid the time — he was convicted of the charges over two years ago.  Good for him — not even Martha Stewart was able to avoid jail time like this.  Looks like Wesley still has Nino Brown in him.

According to EOnline.com:

A federal judge issued an emergency stay Monday that will allow the actor’s surrender date—Sept. 2—to come and go.

More than two years after being convicted of misdemeanor tax evasion, Snipes was finally supposed to start serving his three-year prison sentence. But there’s ever so much more paperwork to be filed.

An appellate court upheld Snipes’ conviction and sentence last month, but on Aug. 5, U.S. District Court Judge William Terrell Hodges gave Snipes’ camp 20 days to file a motion for a new trial, after which prosecutors would have 20 days to respond.

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Get To Know Nicoye Banks

Published by Clay Cane on Friday, March 12, 2010 at 8:00 am.

Photographer: Ashley Sky Walker

Photographer: Ashley Sky Walker

You may not know his name, but you have certainly seen his face in the past couple weeks. He played Slim in Brooklyn’s Finest, which stars Wesley Snipes and Don Cheadle. Plus, he has a role opposite Oscar winner Matt Damon in the action-thriller Green Zone, which opens today.

The New Orleans native is making a name for himself with his strong acting skills, charismatic personality and good looks.  Banks has already gotten comparisons to a young Wesley Snipes so we had to know more about the up and coming actor…

ON BROOKLYN’S FINEST VS. GREEN ZONE: “Brooklyn’s Finest is a one-hitter quitter — boom! I’m going straight for it, for the knockout. Green Zone, I’m going to float a little bit. Stick and move, stick and move. Brooklyn’s Finest was a bit more to the point. Green Zone, I am an entity. I exist, I’m there.”

ON THE MEANING OF HIS NAME: “Nicoye means ‘leader of the people.’  My mother is a fantastic, beautiful woman.  I work every day to live up to the meaning of that name.”

ON WHO IS MORE GANGSTA, CHEADLE OR SNIPES: “Don! He has a very intense demeanor and posture. The scene that we are all involved in he’s experiencing what he’s experiencing so when they yell cut or we’re changing angles, he goes off to the side and stays in the zone. Wesley is a laid back, smooth cat, knows how to flip the switch. That’s somewhat indicative of the character that he’s playing, but also I’ve learned it lends itself to who he is as a man. Wesley mingles and seems to be a little more approachable than Don. Don was approachable, it’s just — do you want to go there and try to break down that mainframe? [Laughs]”

ON SNIPES COMPARISONS: “If I am being aligned with Wesley in any way, shape or form — I’ll take it! Wesley was the one who brought the resurgence of the chocolate! I’m from New Orleans — that brown paper bag thing — that was the real deal. So, when he hit — man, when I tell you, life changed dramatically. It was game over!  I attribute a lot of that to Wesley and to Michael Jordan!”

ON CELEBRITY: “Celebrity is a state of mind. It’s the notoriety part that I feel like you have to grab the bull by the horns and try your damnedest to control. People know you, people recognize you — that’s cool, but it’s what you do with all of that stuff. I gave all thanks and praises to my family, my father and to the women that raised me. I was raised by all women; they made certain that I stayed grounded and never got a big head about anything.”

MOST EMBARRASSING SONG IN THE IPOD: “[Laughs] ‘Boom Boom Pow’ — I like the Black Eyed Peas, but the ‘Boom Boom Pow,’ I put that on there for my son.”

AFTER A FEW DRINKS: “I’m funny and even more fearless. I wouldn’t walk into traffic — I just wish I had a script!”

ON A TYPICAL NIGHT OUT: “Dave and Buster’s with friends — lady friends and homeboys. I love having the group fun.  Let’s all kick it and have a good time!”

Brooklyn’s Finest is in theaters now.  Green Zone opens in theaters today.

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‘Brooklyn’s Finest’ Clip

Published by Clay Cane on Tuesday, February 16, 2010 at 8:00 am.

BrooklynsFinestThe urban crime drama, Brooklyn’s Finest, is in theaters March 5, 2010. The film teams up Don Cheadle and Wesley Snipes channeling his old school gangster roots (who can forget Nino Brown from New Jack City!). The film also includes Oscar nominee Ethan Hawke and Hollywood legend Richard Gere.

Brooklyn’s Finest is directed by Antoine Fuqua (Did you know he is married to Lela Rochon?  Robin from Waiting To Exhale!) and was the first film to sell at the 2009 Sundance Film Festival for under five million bucks.

Mark your calendars for March 5th and check out the clip below!

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Wesley Snipes Returns in ‘Brooklyn’s Finest’

Published by Clay Cane on Thursday, January 28, 2010 at 12:00 am.

BrooklynsFinestWhile Wesley Snipes had some straight to DVD releases in the past few years, his last major film was 2004’s Blade: Trinity. Now, Snipes returns in Brooklyn’s Finest, aa urban cop drama, which also stars Richard Gere, Ethan Hawke and Don Cheadle.  Also, the film is directed by Antoine Fuqua, who was behind Training Day.

Check out the trailer!

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Snipes Working on New Film

Published by on Tuesday, June 3, 2008 at 7:58 am.

While he’s out on bail, Wesley Snipes is gettin’ his legal hustle on, at least. The actor, who is facing three years of prison for tax fraud, is reportedly preparing for a role in an upcoming cop drama, “Brooklyn’s Finest.” He and co-star Ethan Hawke were seeing interviewing cops and trying to mimic them.

Studying cops is good for Wes. Perhaps he’ll be influenced to abide by the law from now on.

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