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'42' Star Chadwick Boseman Lands James Brown Role

August 27th, 2013 8:01am EDT
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Chadwick Boseman has gotten the lead role in a biopic of music legend James Brown.

Boseman started gaining popularity after portraying Jackie Robinson, the first African-American professional baseball player in the nation, in the baseball flick 42, which was a hit at the box office earlier this year.

Boseman is now getting ready to embody one of the founding fathers of funk music, Godfather of Soul James Brown.

The Help director Tate Taylor will take charge of the as-yet-untitled project, which is being produced by Mick Jagger's film company.

The movie has been in development for ov...
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Check Out '42' On DVD, Blu-ray & More July 16

July 13th, 2013 6:03am EDT
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In 1946, Branch Rickey put himself at the forefront of history when he signed Jackie Robinson to the legendary Brooklyn Dodgers, breaking Major League Baseball's infamous color line.

But the deal also put both Robinson and Rickey in the firing line of the public, the press and even other players.

Facing unabashed racism from every side, Robinson was forced to demonstrate tremendous courage and restraint by not reacting in kind, knowing that any incident could destroy his and Rickey's hopes.

Instead, Number 42 let his talent on the field do the talking - ultimately winning over fans and h...
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'42' Lands Biggest Opening Ever For A Baseball Film

April 15th, 2013 8:05am EDT
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Warner Bros. film "42" exceeded expectations at the box office, taking in $27.3 million during its opening weekend.

The film centers on Jackie Robinson, baseball's first African-American hero who joined the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1946. The deal put the infielder and baseball executive Branch Rickey (Harrison Ford) in the line of fire from the public, press, and other ball players. Robinson, number 42, dealt with racism from every corner but slowly won over his teammates and critics by letting his talent on the field do the talking.

Chadwick A. Boseman plays Robinson, and the film is loaded w...
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‘42’ Is About More Than Just One Man’s Struggle

April 14th, 2013 7:10am EDT
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Brian Helgeland’s “42” is a biopic about Jackie Robinson, the African American athlete who broke down baseball’s color barrier. The film chronicles his difficult road to the majors and the results of his challenging rookie season with the Brooklyn Dodgers. What’s funny about the movie is that even though it’s a Jackie Robinson biopic, he doesn’t feel like the main character.

There’s more emphasis on Branch Rickey, the owner of the Brooklyn Dodgers, played by Harrison Ford. Rickey decides in the beginning that he wants a black player on his squad to attract African American fans. As Rickey ...
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Harrison Ford Talks About His Transformation To Play Branch Rickey

April 10th, 2013 4:46pm EDT
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Handsome actor Harrison Ford underwent a remarkable makeover to portray innovative baseball executive Branch Rickey in a new motion picture because he wanted to discard his Hollywood persona onscreen for the first time.

The Star Wars star shaved his head and wore a wig and a fat suit to play the sports mogul in new film 42, and Ford admits he relished the challenge.

He tells the New York Daily News, "42 was the first time I could choose not to bring Harrison Ford to a film. I thought it (would work better) if people were spared the history they had with me through the last 40 years. So ...
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Is 'Glee' Star Naya Rivera Going Steady With Big Sean?

April 10th, 2013 3:55pm EDT
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It appears Glee starlet Naya Rivera and Rapper Big Sean have gone public with their blossoming relationship. The couple was spotted Tuesday, April 9th, holding hands at the premier of “42” after being spotted cuddled up with each other at Big Sean's surprise birthday party last month. They also were spied attending the Rihanna concert in Los Angeles together.

Their romance was made public during an appearance on the Red Carpet at the Chinese Theater in Hollywood, where a strappingly dressed Big Sean escorted Naya down the carpet-way, arm wrapped comfortably around her. Whenever she stopped...
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