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Ken Ehrlich Pays Tribute to Aretha Franklin With Joyous Grammy Tribute

When it comes to television, Ken Ehrlich is Aretha Franklin’s “Do Right Man.” The TV producer worked with the late Aretha Franklin for the first time in 1981 at his second-ever Grammys at Radio City Music Hall. Now his AEG Ehrlich Ventures is executive-producing (along with Clive Davis and Danny Davis) “Aretha! A Grammy Celebration […]
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JHud, Celine Dion bring down the house at Aretha Franklin tribute

Jennifer Hudson and Celine Dion were highlights as stars hit the Shrine Auditorium to tape the Grammys' tribute concert for the Queen of Soul.            [Author: Detroit Free Press]
Tags: News, Aretha Franklin, Grammys, Celine Dion, Detroit Free Press, Jennifer Hudson, JHud Celine Dion


Stage Director Liesl Tommy Set To Direct Aretha Franklin Biopic

Stage director Liesl Tommy set to direct Aretha Franklin biopic Deadline reports that the upcoming MGM-produced Aretha Franklin biopic has enlisted stage director Liesl Tommy, the Tony Award-winner of the 2016 production Eclipsed, to helm the upcoming project. PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[], 'gptStandAlone':[]}; googletag.cmd.push(function() { var standA...
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Aretha Franklin biopic moves ahead with director and writer

NEW YORK (AP) — The long-gesticulating Aretha Franklin biopic “Respect” is going ahead with stage director Liesel Tommy set to direct. MGM announced Thursday that Tommy will helm the film, which is to star Jennifer Hudson. The “Dreamgirls” actress was cast as the late Queen of Soul in January 2018 after Franklin selected her for […]
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Liesl Tommy to Direct Aretha Franklin Biopic ‘Respect’

Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures is moving ahead on its Aretha Franklin biopic “Respect,” tapping stage director Liesl Tommy to direct. MGM set the project in motion a year ago when it was announced that Jennifer Hudson — who won a supporting actor Oscar for “Dreamgirls” — had been personally selected for the role by Franklin. […]
Tags: News, Aretha Franklin, MGM, Jennifer Hudson, Franklin, Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures, Liesl Tommy


Tom Hooper’s Cats Begins Principal Photography

Tom Hooper’s Cats begins principal photography Universal Pictures and Working Title have announced that the upcoming adaptation of the hit musical Cats from Oscar-winning director Tom Hooper (The King’s Speech) has begun principal photography in London! PB = PB || {}; PB.gptStandAlone = PB.gptStandAlone || {}; PB.gptAutoRefresh = PB.gptAutoRefresh || {'gptAds':[], 'gptStandAlone':[]}; googletag.cmd.push(function() { var standAloneSiz...
Tags: London, Movies, Taylor Swift, Cats, United Kingdom, Paris, Royal Ballet, Oscar, Broadway, Tom Hooper, Pharrell Williams, James Corden, King, Ian Mckellen, Steven Spielberg, Universal Pictures


Jennifer Hudson and Diane Warren Imagined Ruth Bader Ginsburg as a Belter for ‘RBG’

“What’s so, so cool about RBG is she’s 85 years old and to kids she’s a rock star,” says songwriter Diane Warren, who knows her rock stars. “I walked into a store on Robertson (Blvd. in West Hollywood) and they have all this Ruth Bader Ginsburg swag. It’s like so weird and so amazing. It […]
Tags: News, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, West Hollywood, Diane Warren, Jennifer Hudson, RBG, Diane Warren Imagined Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Robertson Blvd


Jason Derulo Joins Tom Hooper’s Cats Musical Adaptation

Jason Derulo joins Tom Hooper’s Cats musical adaptation Following the recent casting of Rebel Wilson (Pitch Perfect) as Jennyanydots, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that singer-songwriter Jason Derulo has signed on to join the ensemble cast of Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats. This will mark Derulo’s first acting debut in a feature film. He is set to portray the character of a rebellious feline named Rum Tum Tugger. Derulo is best known for his hits songs such...
Tags: UK, Movies, Cats, Royal Ballet, Broadway, Idris Elba, Les Miserables, Tom Hooper, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Dame Judi Dench, Ian Mckellen, Wilson, Jason Derulo, Gus, Jennifer Hudson, Lloyd Webber


Rebel Wilson Joins Cats Musical Adaptation

Rebel Wilson joins Cats musical adaptation According to Deadline, Pitch Perfect star Rebel Wilson has been tapped to join the ensemble cast of Tom Hooper’s adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats. Wilson is set to portray the role of Jennyanydots, an old lazy Gumbie cat who is known to spend her days seeking out the warm and sunny spots as she sits and sleeps all day long. However, when the night comes, Jennyanydots becomes active and does many things including baking and teaching th...
Tags: UK, Movies, Cats, Royal Ballet, Broadway, Idris Elba, Liam Hemsworth, Les Miserables, Tom Hooper, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Dame Judi Dench, Ian Mckellen, Rebel Wilson, Wilson, Priyanka Chopra, Gus


Jennifer Hudson, Renee Zellweger and More Remember Craig Zadan at Star-Studded Tribute

Craig Zadan was looking forward to Thespians Go Hollywood, the Educational Theatre Foundation’s gala that was held on Sunday night. He and his producing partner Neil Meron were set to receive the inaugural Theater for Life Award, which supports theater programs in underserved schools. When Zadan unexpectedly died on Aug. 31 after complications of a shoulder […]
Tags: Hollywood, News, Kristin Chenoweth, Craig Zadan, Neil Meron, Jennifer Hudson, Zadan, Jennifer Hudson Renee Zellweger, Educational Theatre Foundation


Judi Dench Prepared to Sharpen Her Claws for Cats

Judi Dench prepared to sharpen her claws for Cats Deadline is reporting that Academy-award winning actress Judi Dench has joined the cast of Tom Hooper’s Universal-Working Title adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical Cats. She will portray the Jellicle’s leader Old Deuteronomy, a role traditionally played by a man. Dench was originally set to play Grizabella in the original West End production in 1981, but a snapped Achilles’ tendon forced her to back down. Coincidence? Perhaps. RELATED...
Tags: Movies, Broadway, Judi Dench, Idris Elba, Musical, Kenneth Branagh, Tom Hooper, Shakespeare, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jennifer Hudson, Orient Express, Eliot, Deuteronomy, Dench, ComingSoon, Movie News


Music in Media Awards Names 2019 Nominees

The Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) has announced its 2019 nominees for music in film, TV, video games, commercials and trailers. With over 500 submissions, nominees were chosen from around the world in genres of music for film, TV and video games, including dramatic feature, sci-fi/ fantasy, documentary and animation. Nominees this year include music for A STAR IS BORN, BLACK PANTHER, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, BLAKKKLANSMAN, MANDY, and QUINCY. The 2018 Hollywood Music in Media A...
Tags: Music, Hbo, Los Angeles, Netflix, Brooklyn, Dolly Parton, Bradley Cooper, Kendrick Lamar, Niall Horan, Lady Gaga, Patti Smith, Warner Bros, Deadpool, Francis, Mary J Blige, Hulu


Music in Media Awards Names 2019 Nominees

The Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) has announced its 2019 nominees for music in film, TV, video games, commercials and trailers. With over 500 submissions, nominees were chosen from around the world in genres of music for film, TV and video games, including dramatic feature, sci-fi/ fantasy, documentary and animation. Nominees this year include music for A STAR IS BORN, BLACK PANTHER, IF BEALE STREET COULD TALK, BLAKKKLANSMAN, MANDY, and QUINCY. The 2018 Hollywood Music in Medi...
Tags: Music, Hbo, Los Angeles, Netflix, Brooklyn, Dolly Parton, Bradley Cooper, Kendrick Lamar, Niall Horan, Lady Gaga, Patti Smith, Warner Bros, Deadpool, Francis, Mary J Blige, Hulu


Idris Elba Joins the Cats Musical Adaptation as the Villainous Macavity

Idris Elba Joins the Cats Musical Adaptation as the Villainous Macavity Next year, Andrew Lloyd Weber’s Broadway smash, Cats, will be getting a new theatrical adaptation. Now, Idris Elba is reportedly in final negotiations to play a major role in the film. According to Variety, Elba is slated to portray Macavity, the “Napoleon of Crime” in the world of Cats. Macvity plays a villainous role in the play as he pursues his own agenda, and he’s the primary subject of two of the songs. Presumably, ...
Tags: Movies, Cats, Dwayne Johnson, Bbc, Broadway, Idris Elba, Tom Hooper, Ian Mckellen, Napoleon, Jennifer Hudson, Elba, Andrew Lloyd Weber, Eliot, Deuteronomy, ComingSoon, Hobbs Shaw


Adam & Jerome from ‘The Voice’ want to show “an example of love to America”

The lovely couple even brought Kelly to tears with their heartwarming story of love in a time of where racism and homophobia are running rampant.
Tags: Entertainment, Lifestyle, America, The Voice, Kelly Clarkson, Voice, Blake Shelton, Ad Friendly, Queerty, Kelly, Jennifer Hudson, Adam, Jerome, Jerome Bell, Adam Bastien, Jerome Bell and Adam Bastien


Our Favorite Movie Soundtracks Of All Time

Every year around Oscars season, I wonder why there are so many categories. I mean, do we really need Best Original Score AND Best Original Song? Couldn't Best Sound Editing just get a discreet, pre-show shoutout? How's a movie fan to grab some shut-eye?But as anyone who has ever sat through the last two minutes of Star Wars without the rousing theme can tell you, music is crucial to the magic of films. A good soundtrack is an art — one well worth disrupting your beauty sleep once a year.Can yo...
Tags: Fashion, Music, Beyonce, Reese Witherspoon, Paris, David Bowie, Oscar, Harry, John Williams, Ewan McGregor, Patrick Swayze, Celine Dion, James Horner, Marie Antoinette, Don, Julie Andrews


Jennifer Hudson blocks Kelly Clarkson to snag Zaxai on 'The Voice'

Advancing on "The Voice" is better than a kick in the head. Just ask Zaxai, who landed on Team J-Hud when Jennifer Hudson blocked Kelly Clarkson.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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Jennifer Hudson kicks a block at Kelly Clarkson to snag Zaxai on 'The Voice'

Advancing on "The Voice" is better than a kick in the head. Just ask Zaxai, who landed on Team J-Hud when Jennifer Hudson blocked Kelly Clarkson.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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'The Voice': SandyRedd's four-chair-turn performance wows the judges

A standout performance on "The Voice" earned four chair turns, Jennifer Hudson's stilettos, Kelly Clarkson's jacket, Adam Levine's sneaker and Blake Shelton's cup.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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Oprah on Quincy Jones (aka Q): ‘There’s Only One Legend Known Far and Wide by a Single Letter’

Of all the stars — including Stevie Wonder, Jennifer Hudson, and John Legend — who turned out to honor Quincy Jones at L.A.’s Microsoft Theater on Tuesday night, at least one had never met him before. “You’re a legend and I love you,” gushed Meghan Trainor upon meeting her idol on the red carpet before […]
Tags: News, Microsoft, Events, Meghan Trainor, John Legend, Oprah Winfrey, Oprah, Quincy Jones, Jennifer Hudson, Stevie, Danny Glover, Gloria Estefan


Jennifer Hudson Tells Ellen DeGeneres Why Aretha Franklin Is Her ‘Dream’ Role

The "American Idol" veteran and Oscar winner will portray the Queen of Soul in an upcoming biopic.
Tags: News, Ellen Degeneres, Jennifer Hudson, Queen of Soul


John Legend Joins ‘The Voice’ Season 16 as Coach

John Legend is joining “The Voice” for the show’s sixteenth season as a coach, Variety has confirmed. Legend will take over the spot currently held by Jennifer Hudson, who will serve as a coach on Season 15, which debuts on Sept. 24. He joins returning coaches Kelly Clarkson, Adam Levine, and Blake Shelton, and host Carson […]
Tags: News, John Legend, Voice, Blake Shelton, Carson, Jennifer Hudson, John Legend Joins, Kelly Clarkson Adam Levine


At Aretha Franklin's Funeral, Gospel Was The Heart — And Backbone

Many of the performers and speakers, from Chaka Khan and Jennifer Hudson to Rev. William Barber and author Michael Eric Dyson, underscored the church legacy in the Queen of Soul's voice and civil rights work.(Image credit: Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Tags: News, Jennifer Hudson, Michael Eric Dyson, Rev William Barber, Franklin, Chaka Khan


Aretha Franklin: Stars and fans say goodbye at emotional, seven-hour funeral

Jennifer Hudson and Stevie Wonder honour Aretha Franklin at an emotional funeral.
Tags: News, Aretha Franklin, Jennifer Hudson, Stevie


The ‘Cats’ Movie Will Go Head-to-Head With ‘Star Wars: Episode 9’ Next December

The Cats movie has coughed-up a release date that will put it directly up against Star Wars: Episode 9. There was a time when other studios would flee from a Star Wars release date like a feline during a thunderstorm. But perhaps Universal is feeling frisky after the Solo underperformance. Which means you can now expect Tom Hooper‘s musical adaptation starring Taylor Swift, James Corden, Jennifer Hudson, and Ian McKellan to give Episode 9 a run for its money at the Christmas 2019 box office. Mo...
Tags: Star-Wars, Movies, Taylor Swift, Cats, Chicago, Stage, Broadway, Sony, Stephen Daldry, Universal, Musical, Les Miserables, Tom Hooper, James Corden, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Jumanji


Cats Movie Release Date Takes its Slot from the Wicked Movie

Cats movie release date takes its slot from the Wicked movie Universal Pictures has given Working Title’s feature adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Broadway stage musical Cats a December 20, 2019 release date. Their other musical adaptation, Wicked, was originally set to release on that same date but is now being moved to accommodate its production schedule, Deadline has confirmed. The Cats movie release date shares some formidable competition in Lucasfilm’s Star Wars: Episode IX and Fox’s ...
Tags: UK, Movies, Fox, Broadway, Sony, Victoria, Musical, Nile, Les Miserables, Tom Hooper, Lucasfilm, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Ian Mckellen, Hudson, Universal Pictures, Wicked


Aretha Franklin Laid To Rest: Watch Full LIVE Funeral Service…. (VIDEO)

Family and friends are now gathered in Detroit at Greater Grace Temple for Aretha Franklin’s funeral. [READ: Aretha Franklin’s Casket Photos Goes Viral, Family Approves… (PHOTOS)] Former President Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson, and the Rev. Jesse Jackson will be among the speakers, with musical tributes by Ariana Grande, Faith Hill, Jennifer Hudson, The Clark Sisters, and more. The funeral is being streamed live via several media outlets. Watch video below… (more…) Related Posts Queen ...
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Aretha Franklin's funeral: Jennifer Hudson, Ariana Grande, Bill Clinton to pay tribute

Stevie Wonder and Ariana Grande are among the many performers are lined up to sing at Friday's funeral, with other names including Faith Hill, Ronald Isley, Chaka Khan, Fantasia and Jennifer Hudson.            [Author: USA TODAY]
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Aretha Franklin's star-studded funeral gets underway

The service, a celebration of the life and legacy of one of the US music icon, is expected to last six hours at the Greater Grace Temple in her Michigan hometown. The 76-year-old singer, beloved by millions around the world, died of cancer on August 16, closing the curtain on a glittering six-decade career that spanned Gospel, R&B, Jazz, Blues and even classical music. Former president Bill Clinton and Smokey Robinson are among those due to give eulogies, with music from Stevie Wonder, Ariana ...
Tags: News, US, Bill Clinton, Smokey Robinson, Michigan, Jennifer Hudson, Franklin, Greater Grace Temple, Stevie Wonder Ariana Grande