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Spike Lee Complains About Lack Of Interest For Biopic

June 9th, 2008 2:56pm EDT
Spike Lee
Director Spike Lee is struggling to win financial backing for a planned movie about late soul legend James Brown, insisting there's simply not enough interest in the star's life for the film.

The outspoken filmmaker admits he has been trying to set plans into action for a biopic about the Godfather of Soul for some time - but has failed to get a studio to back his project.

He tells MTV.com, "I have a black-biopic, no-money trilogy: Jackie Robinson. Joe Louis and James Brown. Those are three films I have scripts for and am trying to get done but have been unsuccessful so far. The...
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Tiger Woods, Elizabeth Taylor & More To Be Inducted Into California Hall Of Fame

August 21st, 2007 10:03am EDT
Tiger Woods
Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and First Lady Maria Shriver announced the inductees for the 2007 California Hall of Fame, a landmark destination of The California Museum for History, Women and the Arts.

Billie Jean King, 2006 California Hall of Fame inductee, revealed the names on The California Museum's web site, CaliforniaMuseum.org, listing extraordinary Californians who embody California's innovative spirit and have made their mark on history.

The California Hall of Fame formal induction ceremony will take place on December 5, 2007, at The California Museum in Sacramento and...
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Jennifer Hudson To Sing National Anthem On Jackie Robinson Day

April 13th, 2007 3:46pm EDT
Jennifer Hudson
Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson has landed another major honor - she'll sing the National Anthem at a celebration honoring the life and career of baseball legend Jackie Robinson.

The Dreamgirls star has been invited to perform as part of the 60th Anniversary Celebration at Dodger Stadium in Los Angeles on Sunday before the home team takes the field against California rivals the San Diego Padres.

It will mark the second time Hudson has performed at a Major League Baseball event - she sang God Bless America during the first game of the 2006 World Series in Detroit, Michigan.

Robin...
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Jennifer Hudson Wants Role In Jackie Robinson Biopic

March 6th, 2007 9:15pm EST
Jennifer Hudson
Dreamgirls star Jennifer Hudson is using her Oscar win in a bid to help her land another dream role - in a new movie about sports hero Jackie Robinson.

The former American Idol contestant is using her post-Oscars interviews to let Robert Redford know she wants a part in his new film about the Brooklyn Dodgers star.

She says, "I'd like to be a part of that. It tells of greatness and our history; that means something to me."

Robinson became the first black Major League Baseball player of the modern era in 1947 and was inducted into the Baseball Hall Of Fame in 1962. He also bec...
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Celebrity Birthdays, January 31

January 31st, 2007 3:00am EST
Justin Timberlake
Happy Birthday to *NSync member Justin Timberlake (1981), "Arrested Development" actress Portia de Rossi (1973), British actress/singer Minnie Driver (1970), Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman (1964), British singer/songwriter Lloyd Cole (1961), American actress Kelly Lynch (1959), "Without a Trace" star Anthony LaPaglia (1959), Sex Pistols singer Johnny Rotten (1956), seven-time no-hitter hurler Nolan Ryan (1947), blues harp player Charlie Musselwhite (1944), American actress Jessica Walter (1940), "The Bob Newhart Show" actress Suzanne Pleshette (1937), baseball legend Ernie Banks (1931), Eng...
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Movie Snippets

October 25th, 2006 10:13am EDT
Kirsten Dunst
* Kirsten Dunst is in talks to play Blondie star Debbie Harry in a new biopic of the punk queen's life, according to Hollywood trade magazine Daily Variety.

* Robert Redford has signed on to play baseball executive Branch Rickey in a new biopic about the life of sports legend Jackie Robinson, the African-American athlete who broke through the color barrier in baseball.

* Rocker Marilyn Manson is in secret talks to play transvestite Dr. Frank-N-Furter in a remake of the Rocky Horror Picture Show, according to reports. Manson reportedly let slip he was considering the part, played f...
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Celebrity Birthdays, January 31

January 31st, 2006 3:00am EST
Minnie Driver
Happy Birthday to *NSync member Justin Timberlake (1981), "Arrested Development" actress Portia de Rossi (1973), British actress/singer Minnie Driver (1970), Slayer guitarist Jeff Hanneman (1964), British singer/songwriter Lloyd Cole (1961), American actress Kelly Lynch (1959), "Without a Trace" star Anthony LaPaglia (1959), Sex Pistols singer Johnny Rotten (1956), seven-time no-hitter hurler Nolan Ryan (1947), blues harp player Charlie Musselwhite (1944), American actress Jessica Walter (1940), "The Bob Newhart Show" actress Suzanne Pleshette (1937), baseball legend Ernie Banks (1931), Eng...
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