I'm pretty much wigging out over the tremendousness of the trailer for the 'Behind The Candelabra', the story of Liberace (played by Michael Douglas) and his
paid gigolo long-time boyfriend and chauffeur, Scott Thorson (effortlessly portrayed by Matt Damon). Good LORT this is going to be a CLASSIC.
Take a look at the clip, won't you?
Honestly. I could watch that 90 second trailer on a gotdamb loop. Get out you feathers and furs and get IN jacuzzi tubs, because THIS will be EHHHH-PIC.
(NONE of this has been written with a drop of sarcasm, by the by. Did you SEE pretty-girl Rob Lowe??) I've got the vapors.
Written by: Diva Julia
The Purple One made an appearance on 'The View' Monday sporting a new do to promote his charity Rebuild The Dream and talk about his music career.
The last time Prince visited the show, he was bumrushed by Sherri Shepard, but she kept her hands to herself this time. Even though I miss the curls, I am loving this fro!
Prince is rocking this look for an upcoming video for a song called "Extraloveable", featuring the gorgeous Andy Allo, his new protege.
Written by: Brittani
It was announced earlier this week that Zoe Saldana is set to star in an upcoming biopic based on the life of singer Nina Simone. Originally, Mary J. Blige was to star alongside David Oyelowo but the movie was put on hold while Blige shot 'Rock of Ages' and because of funding issues. The casting of Saldana, and the whole movie itself, left many shaking their heads, including Simone's daughter.
Nina's daughter Simone (born Lisa Celeste Stroud) posted a letter saying that filmmakers never got permission from her estate, and states that Clifton Henderson (the character that Oyelowo will be playing) is gay and he and her mother never had a personal relationship, but the movie would imply otherwise.
Greetings Nina Simone Lovers, Simone here.
I have read many of the comments am happy you all took the time to share your thoughts and feelings.
When the announcement initially hit the press with MJ Blige cast as Nina (about 6 yrs ago) I heard it along with everyone else. The story was written as a love story between my mother and her former nurse, Clifton Henderson and primarily takes place during the last 8 years of her life.
Please note, this project is unauthorized. The Nina Simone Estate was never asked permission nor invited to participate.
I have seen many names regarding who you think should play the role of Nina. Remember Angela Bassett as Tina Turner? SHE NAILED IT! Angela Bassett is an ACTRESS! And, we all know she lip synced along with Tina and did an amazing job. Personally, I prefer an actress to a singer. Just because a person is great at one does not mean they will be great at the other. If written, funded and CAST PROPERLY a movie about my mother will make an lasting imprint.
My vision of a movie about my mother includes SO many pivotal moments that are monumentally important towards relaying the journey of a woman whose journey began as a child prodigy born in North Carolina in the 1930's...too many to list here but, trust when I say the tale will inspire through the sheer sharing of HOW Eunice Waymon became Nina Simone, The High Priestess Of Soul renowned worldwide. How many of you know my mother's FIRST love was classical music? Do you know the hours she practiced preparing to audition for the Curtis Institute of Music only to be rejected because of the color of her skin? **After my mother made her transition I accepted a diploma from that very same institute with a speech she began writing but was unable to finish prior to her death.** As a child, my mother was told her nose was too big and she was too dark yet she graduated valedictorian of her high school class - The Allen School for Girls - AND, skipped two grades. Nina was one of the most outspoken, prolifically gifted artists using the stage to speak out against racism during the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960's. Her friends included Betty Shabazz, Lorraine Hansberry (my godmother), Langston Hughes, James Baldwin, Miriam Makeba, Stokely Carmichael, Presidents, Prime Ministers, Kings and Queens worldwide. Had she become a classical pianist, which was her dream....shattered, I doubt she would have found her true destiny. Nina Simone was a voice for her people and she spoke out HONESTLY, sang to us FROM HER SOUL, shared her joy, pain, anger and intelligence poetically in a style all her own.
My mother stood up for justice, by any means necessary hahahaha YES, she was a revolutionary til the day she died. From Tragedy to Transcendence - MY VISION. The whole arc of her life which is inspirational, educational, entertaining and downright shocking at times is what needs to be told THE RIGHT WAY.
By the way:
Clifton Henderson was gay. He was not attracted to women. So, the truth is...Nina Simone and Clifton Henderson NEVER had a relationship other than a business one.
Please correct me, but isn't a biopic the story of one's life?
I have faith things will work out the right way and my mother's real story will be told. For all she endured while here and all of the lives she has touched, she DESERVES to be remembered for who she truly was; not some made up love story from a former nurse/manager (now deceased) who sold his life rights because of his relationship to Nina Simone.
Well, there you have it. Obviously adding Zoe to the movie could increase funding for the project, which is still scheduled to start filming this fall, and it could make for better box office numbers. But is Zoe really the best choice for the movie? Many have suggested 'Pariah' actress Adepero Oduye or Viola Davis, someone that actually looks like Nina. Not that Zoe isn't a good actress, but let's not mess this up.
Written by: Brittani
First of all, I refuse to write about this monumental anniversary as if it's some sort of eulogy, forpitysake. It's hard to believe it was 40 years ago today David Bowie released "The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars". I'll have to admit, I knew nearly nothing about this legend back then. I was 10 years old and was really into Three Dog Night (which was edgy for a third grader, I suppose?), and I my mom was NOT into Bowie whatsoever. Granted, Mommy was really cool about music and film, I just think Ziggy Stardust was probably a bit much for her.
ANYziggy. This was the very beginning of what the media dubbed "The Chameleon" of rock 'n roll because of Bowie's ability to change personae and actually live as the particular character he imagined. (The Thin White Duke) is my personal favorite, but that's not who we are discussing today...we'll save that for another day.
It's virtually impossible to find an artist today who hasn't been somehow influenced by David Bowie in terms of reinventing their image, style or type of music throughout their career. Everyone from Madonna, Michael Jackson (RIP) and Lady Gaga all clearly have David Bowie, The Icon to thank in some way for their success.
The closest I was able to seeing Ziggy live was by attending "Space Oddity: David Brighton's Tribute to David Bowie" -- which really was fantastic. Please DO see this show if given the opportunity.
What's your favorite Ziggy song?
Written by: Diva Julia