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9 Things We Learned From New James Brown Doc

October 28, 2014

While James Brown fans already got the opportunity to see Chadwick Boseman as the Godfather of Soul in this summer's Get on Up, Alex Gibney (Finding Fela, Taxi to the Dark Side) tackled the real thing in HBO's Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James...

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How Was James Brown Like Steve Jobs?

October 24, 2014

Alex Gibney has nothing but nice things to say about the recent James Brown biopic, Get on Up. "It was… good," he says carefully, with a little chuckle. His diplomatic appraisal isn’t without a dash of self-preservation: Mick Jagger,...

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HBO to Debut James Brown Documentary 'Mr. Dynamite'

September 4, 2014

HBO will debut Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, a new documentary about the Godfather of Soul directed by Oscar winner Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) and produced by Mick Jagger. The film airs on October 27th at 9 p.m. Made with the support...

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Weekend Rock Question: What's the Best Rock Biopic?

August 1, 2014

The James Brown biopic Get On Up hits theaters this weekend, and so far the critics have been fairly kind. The Mick Jagger-produced movie has a respectable 79 percent fresh rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and even though it's going to get creamed by Guardians...

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Watch a New Trailer for the James Brown Biopic 'Get on Up'

July 19, 2014

Anyone who still thinks jocks and artists don't mix has yet to be acquainted with Mr. Chadwick Boseman. After playing Jackie Robinson in 2013's 42 and a fictional football star in this year's Draft Day, the young actor seems poised to nail the role of...

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Watch Frenetic James Brown Biopic Trailer

March 14, 2014

"No one else helped me," says Chadwick Boseman, the actor playing James Brown in the biopic Get on Up, due out in August. The two-and-a-half minute trailer above shows how the soul singer became the legendary performer and bandleader, surviving an impoverished...

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Mick Jagger Talks James Brown Biopic: Exclusive

February 4, 2014

On the second-to-last day of filming for the upcoming James Brown biopic, Get On Up, Chadwick Boseman, resplendent in a mustard-colored mock turtleneck, dark vest and dark pants, slides across the stage of the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, Mississippi,...

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Peter Travers on James Brown biopic 'Get on Up'

August 7, 2014

Peter Travers may not be dancing in his seat for Get on Up, the new James Brown biopic he highlights this week on At the Movies, but he's certainly offering a standing ovation for the film's star, Chadwick Boseman: "He's just 100-percent...

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Hear an Unreleased 1966 James Brown Performance

July 24, 2014

A year after the James Brown singles "Papa's Got a Brand New Bag" and "I Got You (I Feel Good)" reached the top spot on the R&B charts, the funk and soul legend returned to Number One with his somewhat tongue-in-cheek ode to the fairer sex, the ballad...

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Mick Jagger Talks James Brown's Influence

July 18, 2014

Mick Jagger has opened up for the first time about life after the death of his girlfriend, L'Wren Scott, in a Today interview about Get On Up, the upcoming James Brown biopic that he coproduced. "I'm doing OK," he said. "It's difficult. Very hard year....

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Lennon, Hendrix Stamps Planned

February 21, 2014

Philatelists rejoice: The U.S. Postal Service will unravel several lines of celebrity-adorned stamps over the next two years, with subjects ranging from Apple founder Steve Jobs to gay rights activist Harvey Milk. It will also be offering numerous music-related...

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The Beach Boys Play TV in 1964

January 7, 2014

The Beach Boys were near their commercial peak when they played The Teen Age Music International Show (better known as The T.A.M.I. Show) on October 28th, 1964. "I Get Around" and "Don't Worry Baby" had been all over the radio that summer, and "Dance...

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James Brown Biopic Adds Dan Aykroyd, Jill Scott

November 1, 2013

Two more actors have been cast in the upcoming James Brown biopic Get On Up. Dan Aykroyd will portray Ben Bart, the president of the agency that represented Brown for four decades, according to The Hollywood Reporter, and Scott will play a role written...

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James Brown Biopic Casts Its Star

August 27, 2013

Chadwick Boseman is set to play James Brown in Universal Pictures' new biopic on the Godfather of Soul. The 42 star will join director Tate Taylor (The Help) along with producers Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger, reports Deadline.  See Where James...

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20 Killer Rock Star Moves

July 10, 2013

On YouTube, you'll find dozens of people playing guitar with their teeth – yet only one of them is famous for it: Jimi Hendrix. The very best rock star moves will inspire millions of imitators to make fools of themselves. So before you try...

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Miles Davis Is Coming to the Movies

November 14, 2013

Don Cheadle will portray Miles Davis and make his directorial debut in a long in-the-works biopic about the famed, groundbreaking jazz musician, the Associated Press reports. See Where Davis' Kind of Blue Lands on Our 500 Greatest Albums List Unlike...

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Beatles Promoter Sid Bernstein Dead at 95

August 21, 2013

Legendary concert promoter Sid Bernstein, best known for booking the Beatles at New York's Shea Stadium in 1965, has died at age 95, according to the BBC. Find Out Which 10 Beatles Solo Songs RS Readers Named the Greatest Bernstein was a crucial figure...

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George Jackson, 'Old Time Rock & Roll' Writer, Dead at 68

April 15, 2013

Singer-songwriter George Jackson, co-writer of the Bob Seger hit "Old Time Rock & Roll," died yesterday at his home in Ridgeland, Mississippi. He was 68. Jackson had battled cancer for about a year, Billboard reports. Jackson was born in Indianola,...

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