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Lanny Griffith, Dena Blizzard , James Brown III - 2016 Miss America Preliminary Competition Day 3 at Boardwalk Hall Atlantic City at Boardwalk Hall, Miss America - Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States - Thursday 10th September 2015

James Brown, Lanny Griffith and Dena Blizzard
James Brown, Lanny Griffith and Dena Blizzard

James Brown III - 2016 Miss America Judges Press Conference at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City, NJ at Boardwalk Hall, Miss America - Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States - Wednesday 9th September 2015

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James Brown, Josh Randall, Rachel Zalis, Brian Edwards, Kylene Barker Mcneill, Noah Alexander, Lynn H Weidner and Lanny Griffith

James Brown - A hosts of celebrities turned out in their numbers and were snapped as they arrived for the 2015 CBS Upfront which was held at The Tent at the Lincoln Center in New York City, New York, United States - Wednesday 13th May 2015

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James Brown - GREAT British film reception honoring the British nominees of the 87th Annual Academy Awards at The London West Hollywood - Arrivals at Academy Awards - Los Angeles, California, United States - Friday 20th February 2015

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Still Alice Review


Extraordinary

For a film about early onset Alzheimer's, this is a remarkably wry, honest and even hopeful drama, anchored by another staggeringly sensitive performance by Julianne Moore. Writing-directing team Richard Glatzer and Wash Westmoreland are known for their observant depictions of human interaction (see Quinceañera), and they fill the screen with sharp dialogue and earthy emotions that make this much more than another movie about a disease. Instead, it's about how people can transcend what life throws at them, even if it knocks them down.

Moore stars as Alice, a New York linguistics professor who has just turned 50 when she starts noticing that she's forgetting words and getting lost. Her doctor gives her the tough diagnosis, and she uses her dry wit and sharp intellect to face the future with her steady husband John (Alec Baldwin) and their three grown children: married and pregnant Anna (Kate Bosworth), aspiring actress Lydia (Kristen Stewart) and free-spirit Tom (Hunter Parrish). The hardest thing to learn is that the disease is familial, and that she has passed it to at least one of her children. So while she can, Alice makes a contingency plan for the future as she watches her family members each react in a different way.

No, this isn't a light and breezy movie. But the filmmakers balance the moments of gut-wrenching emotion with smart humour ("Sorry, I forgot - I have Alzheimer's!") and bracing honesty ("I wish I had cancer!"). Moore is uncannily raw in the role, subtly revealing Alice's transformation in ways we barely notice until we're reminded what she used to be like. Even more powerful is her own awareness of what's happening. Opposite her, Baldwin has terrific camaraderie and an unexpected warmth, while both Bosworth and Stewart get a chance to dig much deeper as actors than they usually do. And what makes the film special is the way Alice's interaction with each character is uniquely individualistic.

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'Get On Up' Gives Chadwick Boseman Another Showcase


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With 'Get On Up', rising-star actor Chadwick Boseman takes on his second American icon, the Godfather of Soul, James Brown. This follows his break-out role as baseball legend Jackie Robinson in last year's '42'.

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Chadwick Boseman is set to appear in 2016's 'Captain America: Civil War' as Black Panther

"It actually might be harder to play baseball than sing and dance like James Brown," he says. "As Jackie Robinson I had to play baseball like a professional. But Get On Up was technically complicated. I'm not a dancer, so it was new to me."

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How James Brown's Famed Apollo Show Inspired 'Get On Up' Creators


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James Brown is well-known as one of the greatest American entertainers of all time and his brand new biopic, 'Get On Up' starring Chadwick Boseman displays some of the most memorable moments in his life - most notably, his 1960s show at Harlem's Apollo theater.

Chadwick Boseman as James Brown in 'Get On Up'
Chadwick Boseman stars as dance pioneer James Brown in 'Get On Up'

Star Dan Aykroyd, who plays James Brown's manager Ben Bart in the film, describes his own experience of the hit Apollo show; a non-stop revue that brought him worldwide acclaim and recognition when it was recorded for his 1963 live album 'Live At The Apollo'. 'I remember it, when the show started, James came out and then you had four other dancing girls, then you had two timpani players and then there were probably 25 people on stage', Aykroyd recalls. 'It just never stopped. Then it went into 'Sex Machine'; it just ripped the roof off the place and tore everybody's hair out.'

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Max Vowles - A variety of stars were snapped on the red carpet at the Premiere of HBO's documentary film 'Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown' The event was held at the Park Cafe in New York City, United States - Monday 20th October 2014

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The Rise, Max Vowles and James Brown
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The Rise, Max Vowles and James Brown
The Rise, Martha High and James Brown
The Rise, Peter Afterman, Blair Foster and James Brown

Reviews Round-Up: Critics Fall For The James Brown Biopic 'Get On Up'


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The story of American funk, soul and dance legend James Brown is set to be portrayed on the big screen Brown’s music is some of the most influential in the pop era.

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Chadwick Boseman (r) plays musical legend James Brown in Get On Up

So many of his own and his band’s guitar licks, vocal tics and drum breaks have been sampled by hip-hop artists over the last thirty years that to do so now seems like a cliché. So it seems incredible that nobody has ever made a film about him until now. Chadwick Boseman plays James Brown as Get On Up depicts the tough early childhood, imprisonment for armed robbery and subsequent rise to fame of one of the twentieth century’s most enduring musical icons. Boseman is joined on the cast list by Octavia Spencer, Viola Davis and Dan Aykroyd.

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Chadwick Boseman Faced A Challenge With James Brown Portrayal, Will He Reap The Benefits Come Awards Season?


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The reviews are in – Chadwick Boseman makes a star turn as James Brown in Get On Up. Judging by the GIFs, he’s definitely got the moves and critics say he’s got the presence as well. The movie opens Friday, but early predictions are putting it at $16,5 million – not a very impressive number for the summer box office, but definitely in the upper tier of biopics.

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Playing the soul icon could be a career-making move for Boseman.

 

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Chadwick Boseman Was Hesitant About Starring In The James Brown Biopic "Get On Up"


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Chadwick Boseman is quickly becoming Hollywood’s go-to man to portray cultural and historical icons. After playing baseball legend Jackie Robinson in 42, the 32-year-old actor is now in the role of James Brown in Universal and United Entertainment’s flick Get On Up.

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Chadwick Boseman in Get On Up.

The studio reportedly struggled for a long time to find the right actor and get the biopic off the ground, the task made even more difficult by Brown’s death in 2006.

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Video - Dan Aykroyd Joins Arrivals For The NY 'Get On Up' Premiere - Part 3


'Get On Up' stars Jill Scott and Dan Aykroyd with his wife Donna Dixon were among arrivals at the movie's premiere held at The Apollo Theater in New York. The actors star as DeeDee Brown and Ben Bart respectively in the James Brown biopic which is directed by Tate Taylor and has Chadwick Boseman in the lead role.

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Video - 'Get On Up' Star Tika Sumpter Looking Glamorous At The NY Premiere - Part 4


The cast and crew were spotted among the many arrivals on the red carpet at the New York premiere for James Brown biopic 'Get On Up'; among them included stars Tika Sumpter and Brandon Mychal Smith, co-screenwriter John-Henry Butterworth, co-producers Erica Huggins and Brian Grazer and director Tate Taylor.

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Dave Grohl's 'Sound City' Brings Light To A Usually Backlit Piece Of Recording History


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Dave Grohl has entered middle age, and as such it is time for the Foo Fighters frontman to branch out away from music as is the norm for the rock elite. With Sound City, Grohl has don't exactly this with his insightful look into one of Los Angeles' hidden relics, Sound City Recording Studio.

Attached as director, it is hard to think that anyone would be too enthused about going to see the film were anyone other than Dave Grohl signed up for the documentary, but this is far more than just a vehicle for Grohl to further demonstrate how cool he is. Lovingly referred to as a "sh*thole" throughout, the documentary is like an encyclopaedia of the indie world, with some big names such as Paul McCartney, James Brown and Mick Fleetwood appear alongside such underground heroes as Frank Black, Rivers Cuomo and Trent Reznor.

Grohl has recently been doing the rounds promoting the film and in a recent interview for 'The Nerdist' podcast, the former Nirvana drummer also opened up on the traumatic split of the trio. He tells the podcast, "It was heartbreaking. We were fucked up by what happened. So it was just, 'I gotta keep playing music, I gotta keep playing music.'"

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Bob Dylan And Paul McCartney Songs Among Grammy Hall Of Fame List


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Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney are amongst the artists to have songs inducted into the Grammy Museum’s Hall of Fame in 2013. Dylan has ‘the Times They Are A Changin’’ up for the honour and Macca has ‘Band on the Run’ on the list.

In a statement from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences, reported by the Sacramento Bee, Neil Portnow said “With the GRAMMY Hall Of Fame celebrating 40 years, it's especially important to note that these entries continue the tradition of inducting a wide variety of recordings that have inspired and influenced both fans and music makers for generations. Memorable for being both culturally and historically significant, we are proud to add them to our growing catalog of outstanding recordings that have become part of our musical, social and cultural history.”

One stipulation of being entered onto the list is that the song must have been recorded at least 25 years ago and have had lasting significance. Also on the list of inductees are Whitney Houston and Elton John’s self-titled albums, Billy Joel’s ‘Piano Man,’ recordings by James Brown, Richard Pryor and Little Richard, amongst others. Next year’s Grammy awards will be broadcast on February 10, 2013 at 8pm ET/PT on the CBS Network, they are amongst the most highly regarded awards in the music industry. This years awards were marked with a tribute to the late Whitney Houston, who died just the day before the ceremony. 

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James Brown

Date of birth

3rd May, 1993

Date of death

25th December, 2006

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Male

Height

1.68


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