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Mary J. Will Be A ‘Rock of Ages’

Published by Clay Cane on Wednesday, February 16, 2011 at 8:45 am.

The popular Broadway musical Rock of Ages is making its way to the big screen via New Line Cinema. Casting is being finalized, and Tom Cruise has snagged the lead role of Stacee Jaxx. Mary J. Blige will play Justice, the bartender and mother of a character named Sherrie. Rumor has it Miley Cyrus and Taylor Swift are in the running for the remaining female roles.

One might think rock and Mary J. Bige wouldn’t mix. However, Mary J. is no stranger to rock music. The nine-time Grammy winner has belted out covers of songs by U2, Led Zeppelin, Pat Benatar and Janis Joplin. This might be a perfect role for the New York native, who is still working on a Nina Simone biopic, which has been plagued with legal issues due to conflicts with Simone’s estate.

Rock of Ages is a Tony-nominated musical set in 1987 Los Angeles. A small-town girl meets a rock n’ roller, and their story is told from the classic rock songs of the time. This role will be Blige’s first movie since 2009’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself.

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Nina Simone Biopic Starring Mary J. On Hold?

Published by Clay Cane on Thursday, December 23, 2010 at 12:00 am.

The film industry can be just as shady as the music industry — even with divas like Mary J. Blige on a project. Mary J. recently told the Today Show that the Nina Simone biopic keeps being pushed back, even after she learned French to play the late, great jazz singer. Blige said, “They keep pushing it back. It’s not my fault. I’m ready. I went to the acting class, I learned ‘Ne Me Quitte Pas.’ I know all French, whatever — so I’m doing my job.”

Now, there has been talk that the film has been shelved due to conflicts with the rights from Nina Simone’s 1991 autobiography — however, I have not been able to find this original article, which was supposedly printed in UK’s Guardian, anywhere.

Earlier in the year Nina Simone’s daughter, Simone, lashed out at Mary J. Blige for allegedly saying her mother was a drug addict.  Nina Simone never had a drug problem and once said about the Billie Holiday comparison, “She was a drug addict. I’m more of a diva, like Maria Callas.”

“That’s very disappointing and disconcerting for me because now information is being put out that is not true,” Simone said of Mary’s alleged comments. “My mother was not a drug addict.  She was many things but a drug addict is not one of them. That’s the best way that I can put it right now. I’m attempting to reach out to her so that maybe through us sitting down and talking she can get a better idea of who my mother was.”

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Will Mary J. Blige Win An Oscar?

Published by Clay Cane on Wednesday, November 18, 2009 at 12:00 am.

mary_j_blige400Mary J. Blige is a nine-time Grammy winner (nominated 28 times!) and has countless other awards under her belt from the American Music Awards, Soul Train Awards, BET Awards and the list goes on. Now, it’s quite possible Blige might snatch an Academy Award.

Expect Precious to rack up several Academy Award nominations such as lead actress, supporting actress, best director (John Singleton is the first and only African-American to receive an Oscar nod, which was in 1991 for Boyz N The Hood) and hopefully best film.  Mary J. Blige might receive a nod for best original song due to the deeply soulful track “I Can See Color”.  The song was written by Mary J. Blige, Raphael Saadiq and LaNeah Menzies.

Blige recently said that the director, Lee Daniels, wanted a dark, bluesy track.  The Yonkers icon explained, “I went into the studio and cried hard, reaching back.”

We all know Blige is tired of singing the blues, but in this song she clearly channeled her painful roots.  “I Can See In Color” aches with a coarse vocal and a simple but classic blues style that is impossible to not feel — Blige might just win that Oscar.  The only other African-Americans who have won Oscars for best original song are Isaac Hayes, Stevie Wonder, Irene CaraLionel Richie, and, most recently, Three 6 Mafia for “It’s Hard Out Here for a Pimp” — no disrespect to Three 6 Mafia but if they can win an Oscar for that song Mary should be a shoe-in!

Take a listen to “I Can See In Color”!

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Mary J. Blige returns to film and Tristan Wilds news

Published by Clay Cane on Monday, March 23, 2009 at 12:00 am.

mary_j_blige400Despite a few appearances on television, Mary J. Blige has one acting credit to her name, which is 2001’s Prison Song. The movie starred Q-Tip, but tested poorly with audiences and eventually got a straight to DVD release. Now, according to Variety.com, Mary is an additional cast member to Tyler Perry’s I Can Do Bad All by Myself, which stars Taraji P. Henson. The movie also includes Gladys Knight, Brian White and Madea is part of the cast.

Hopefully she’ll be on the soundtrack too!

You may not know Tristan Wilds’ name, but he is the lone Black dude on 90210. After a strong performance in The Secret Life of Bees the 19 year-old recently signed on to the World War II drama “Red Tails.” According to the Hollywood Reporter:

“Wilds will play Ray ‘Ray Gun’ Knight, a flyboy nearly blinded over Nazi-occupied Italy who becomes the wingman of his friend and cohort, Marty. The two face the prejudice of the U.S. military as much as the overseas enemy but end up establishing an unprecedented record.”

Tristan could be the next Will Smith!

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