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Andre 3000's Jimi Hendrix And The Best Music Biopics Ever

May 8th, 2012 3:03pm EDT
Andre 3000
According to the Irish Film and Television Network, Andre 3000 is headed to Ireland to begin production on the Jimi Hendrix biography film All Is by My Side. Where will it stack up among these great music biopics?

The Jacksons: An American Dream followed the Jackson 5 (with a focus on Michael) as the group dealt with their fast rise to fame and Michael's solo career. The two-part miniseries was seen by almost 40 million households in 1992.

Ray, the biography of Ray Charles, earned Jamie Foxx a deserved Academy Award for Best Actor in 2004. Sadly, Charles died months before the premi...
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Jamie Foxx Supports Down Syndrome Foundation

November 2nd, 2011 5:12pm EDT
Jamie Foxx
Oscar winner Jamie Foxx has been working closely with the Global Down Syndrome Foundation.

The Ray star, whose younger sister DeOndra Dixon suffers from the condition, has been a longtime supporter of the organization and recently took the stage with his sibling at a charity fundraiser in Denver, Colorado.

And although Foxx insists their relationship is sometimes "challenging," he wouldn't trade it for anything.

He tells People magazine, "One thing people may not understand is that the person with special needs, the love that they give you is unfiltered. There is nothing in the way of...
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Regina King 'Not Engaged' To Malcolm-Jamal Warner

January 11th, 2011 5:37pm EST
Regina King
Actress Regina King has dismissed reports she's planning to wed former The Cosby Show star Malcolm-Jamal Warner, insisting they are not engaged.

The pals have known each other since the 1980s, and King admits their friendship has since taken a romantic turn.

However, the Ray star insists rumors the couple is soon heading to the alter are completely false.

She tells Essence magazine, "Malcolm and I have a lot in common We've both been child actors and were also blessed to be raised by incredible mothers who instilled good values in us. Things are maturing nicely. (But) no, we're not eng...
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Kerry Washington Sizzles In Lavender Opera Gown

September 28th, 2010 10:30am EDT
Kerry Washington
Kerry Washington posed for photographs during the opening night production of "Das Rheingold" at the Metropolitan Opera House in Lincoln Center, New York City, yesterday. She looked radiant in a lavender draped gown. What do you think?

Kerry has several films in production, including "A Thousand Words" about a blasé guy who learns that he has only 1,000 words left to speak before he will die and "For Colored Girls" in which women portray one of the characters represented in the collection of twenty poems.

The actress has also starred in "The Last King Of Scotland," "She Hate Me," "Ray," ...
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Regina King Slams Emmy Award Bosses

September 9th, 2010 8:37am EDT
Regina King
Ray actress Regina King has blasted bosses of the Emmy Awards for leaving significant African-Americans off their 2010 shortlist, insisting officials are snubbing non-white stars every year.

King has written an open letter questioning the selection process for the ceremonies, and pointing out that late Broadway star and children's TV presenter Alaina Reed Hall was left off the Emmys' memoriam honors.

In the message, published in The Huffington Post, she asks why only 53 non-white performers have been nominated in the awards' history "out of nearly 1,000 possible nominations in the top f...
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Stacey Dash Confirms She Was Jamie Foxx's Oscar Date

March 15th, 2010 8:46am EDT
Stacey Dash
"Clueless" star Stacey Dash has confirmed her new romance with Jamie Foxx - the pair enjoyed their "first date" at last week's Oscars. The actress recently filed for divorce from her husband Emmanuel Xuereb, who she married in 2007.

She sparked speculation of a new relationship with Foxx when she accompanied him to the Academy Awards, and stayed by his side at the Vanity Fair after-party.

Now, the 44-year-old beauty has revealed the "Ray" actor asked her out after she appeared on his radio show - and admits they really "like each other."

She tells Rap-Up, "I did his radio show The Fox...
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Jamie Foxx Dating Stacey Dash?

March 9th, 2010 8:30am EST
Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx has sparked rumors he's romancing Clueless star Stacey Dash after she accompanied him to the Oscars. The actress recently filed for divorce from her husband Emmanuel Xuereb, who she married in 2007.

She opened up about the split on Foxx's Sirius XM radio show, The Foxxhole, on Friday, explaining how the pair has grown apart over the last three years.

And the Ray actor fuelled speculation he is now dating the 44 year old, after posing for up-close photos with her on the red carpet at the Academy Awards on Sunday night and taking her to the Vanity Fair after-party.

A source t...
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Why All the Megan Fox Hate?

October 6th, 2009 10:08am EDT
Why All the Megan Fox Hate?
It's barely three months since "Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen" crapped itself onto movie screens all over America, and already people want to declare the end of the Megan Fox fad. They talk about how she wasn't funny on Saturday Night Live. They talk about disappointing box office numbers for Jennifer's Body." They talk about how she doesn't say very smart things when she talks.

Most of all, they talk about how it's getting exhausting to hear about her every day. Google "Megan Fox afraid of the dark" and you get more than 59,000 results. Do the same with "Megan Fox doesn't like pa...
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Literary Characters=Oscar Love

March 19th, 2009 10:28am EDT
The Edge Of Love
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has a long history of awarding actors who portray real people. For example: Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles (Ray), Charlize Theron as Aileen Wuornos (Monster), Hilary Swank as Brandon Teena (Boys Don't Cry), Forest Whitaker as Idi Amin (The Last King Of Scotland), Helen Mirren as Queen Elizabeth II (The Queen), and most recently Sean Penn as Harvey Milk (Milk).

Lesser recognized is the Academy's favor for actors who play literary figures or exist in their spheres. It's quite possible the stars of the recently released The Edge of Love, the st...
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'Valkyrie' Takes An Intriguing Look At Historical Event

December 19th, 2008 12:20am EST
Valkyrie
Tom Cruise must be the only actor on the planet who can get away with playing any character, at any time, with an American accent. He never really disappears in his roles, not like Daniel Day-Lewis or Jamie Foxx with his portrayal of Ray Charles in "Ray"-no matter what he does, you can't help but looking at the screen and simply thinking to yourself, that's Tom Cruise. If that's the worst thing that can be said about a film, it probably stands a fighting chance.

As it turns out, Cruise's refusal to be anyone other than himself proves to be but a slight annoyance in an otherwise terrif...
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Picture Perfect Parts: Actors Who Were Made For Their Roles

October 6th, 2008 9:26am EDT
Napoleon Dynamite
Some actors were absolutely made to play a certain part. Either their agents are amazing or it was the role they were born to play! Check out some actors who were made for their roles:

Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles in Ray

In 2004, Jamie Foxx won an Oscar for his role as Ray Charles in Ray. It was obvious when watching the movie he would at least be nominated. Not only did he look exactly like Ray Charles but he sang like him too. Before Ray Jamie was best known for his comedic roles and after Ray, he is still thought of as Ray Charles.

Steve Carell as Michael Scott in ...
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Music Biopics: What's Been Done, What's In The Works, & What We Want

September 19th, 2008 9:07am EDT
Walk the Line
The biopic is a longstanding Hollywood tradition. There are the big budget epics like the now infamous Elizabeth Taylor vehicle "Cleopatra," David Lean's masterpiece, "Lawrence of Arabia," or Richard Attenborough's "Gandhi." Then there are the smaller pictures chronicling the equally gripping stories of those less celebrated. Daniel Day Lewis' portrayal of the Irish cerebral palsy painter, Christy Brown in "My Left Foot," or Bill Condon's 2004 film "Kinsey" about human sexuality researcher Alfred Kinsey come to mind.

In recent years, thanks in part to the wide success of the films "Ray...
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The Demise of the Black Sitcom

August 13th, 2008 9:15am EDT
The Bernie Mac Show
African Americans have come a long way in a relatively short time in the entertainment industry. From Hattie McDaniel becoming the first black actor to win an Academy Award in 1939 to the trailblazing success of Sidney Poitier in the 1960s, African Americans have consistently broken through show business barriers on the march towards equality. As Frederick Douglass once said, "Without struggle, there is no progress."

Over the years, progress was certainly made in Hollywood, especially on the small screen. In fact, the year 1990 saw a great influx of black talent on television. That...
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Jessica Alba & Hayden Christensen Explore A Horrifying Reality In 'Awake'; On DVD March 4

February 20th, 2008 8:00pm EST
Awake
Every year 21 million people are put under anesthesia… one in 700 remain awake. Experience the pain and terror of "Anesthetic Awareness," when Awake debuts on DVD March 4, 2008 from Genius Products and The Weinstein Company. Featuring an ensemble cast including Golden Globe® nominee Jessica Alba (Fantastic Four, Sin City), Golden Globe® nominee Hayden Christensen (Factory Girl, Star Wars flms) and Oscar® nominee Terrence Howard (Ray, Four Brothers, Crash), Awake is a treacherous story about a man whose failed anesthetic leaves him conscious but paralyzed throughout an operation. As he is...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 31

December 31st, 2007 3:00am EST
Val Kilmer
Happy Birthday to New Kid Joey McIntyre (1972), Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian (1963), Wonderland star Val Kilmer (1959), stage and screen actress Bebe Neuwirth (1958), rocker George Thorogood (1951), disco queen Donna Summer (1948), Animal House actor Tim Matheson (1947), lead singer of The Guess Who Burton Cummings (1947), Ray director Taylor Hackford (1944), "Gandhi" actor Ben Kingsley (1943), country/folk musician John Denver (1943; d. 1997), Hannibal Lecter actor Anthony Hopkins (1937), and French Fauve painter Henri Matisse (1869; d. 1954).
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Black Celebrities Raise Awareness By Getting Public HIV Tests

June 22nd, 2007 11:37am EDT
Vanessa Williams
In preparation for the 10th anniversary of "National HIV Testing Day," black celebrities and their allies are joining forces Monday, June 25, with Screen Actors Guild, The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Artists for a New South Africa and the Black AIDS Institute to raise awareness of the urgent need to stop the spread of HIV in Black communities by getting HIV screenings in front of the cameras.

The group will announce the "1 in a Million" campaign, a call-to-action for 1 million black Americans to get screened for HIV by December 1, 2008 (World is the leading c...
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Musicians Pay Homage To Ahmet Ertegun On 'The House That Ahmet Built'

June 14th, 2007 8:00pm EDT
Bette Midler
LOS ANGELES-Rhino Entertainment will release American Masters Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built on DVD June 12. The touching tribute features rare, private and classic clips, performances and studio sessions of Atlantic recording artists. The film is narrated by award-winning singer/actress Bette Midler.

For the last half-century, Ahmet Ertegun was hip-deep in R&B and Rock & Roll. American Masters Atlantic Records: The House That Ahmet Built follows Ertegun's remarkable career and its impact on the evolution of the world's most popular musical genres while offering an in...
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Kerry Washington Says To 'Go Where The Love Is'

April 30th, 2007 5:00pm EDT
Kerry Washington
Actress Kerry Washington quickly learned to ignore negative comments about her appearance when she started out in the movie business, after one agent told her to drastically change her appearance.

The Ray star refused to model a skinny frame and alter her teeth, and quickly found representation that agreed with her.

She says, "When I first started meeting with agents, I remember one telling me all the things I had to change - I'd have to have my teeth fixed, lose weight. Then I met with another agent two weeks later who was like, 'You're perfect - let's start.' That's a good rule...
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'I Think I Love My Wife:' A French Classic Re-envisioned By Chris Rock

March 16th, 2007 9:00am EDT
Chris Rock
From writer/director Chris Rock (The Longest Yard, Madagascar, Head Of State) comes a comedy about a man with the perfect marriage – his wife is beautiful, intelligent and a fantastic mother to his children – but there's just one little problem: he's bored out of his suburban businessman's mind. Despite having it all, Richard Cooper can't help but fantasize about having nearly ever woman he sees. Still, it's only fantasy. Then, one fateful day, an alluring, free-spirited, not to mention stunning, old friend suddenly appears at his office door, putting him to the ultimate test. Just how muc...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 31

December 31st, 2006 3:00am EST
Anthony Hopkins
Happy Birthday to New Kid Joey McIntyre (1972), Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian (1963), Wonderland star Val Kilmer (1959), stage and screen actress Bebe Neuwirth (1958), rocker George Thorogood (1951), disco queen Donna Summer (1948), Animal House actor Tim Matheson (1947), lead singer of The Guess Who Burton Cummings (1947), Ray director Taylor Hackford (1944), "Gandhi" actor Ben Kingsley (1943), country/folk musician John Denver (1943; d. 1997), Hannibal Lecter actor Anthony Hopkins (1937), and French Fauve painter Henri Matisse (1869; d. 1954).
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Kurt Cobain Overtakes Elvis As Highest-Paid Dead Celebrity

October 25th, 2006 9:47am EDT
Kurt Cobain
Kurt Cobain has overtaken Elvis as the highest-paid dead celebrity. Latest figures - compiled by Forbes.com - show the late Nirvana frontman has made $50 million in the past year despite having killed himself in April 1994.

By comparison, second placed Elvis - who has held the top spot since 2001 and has been dead for almost 30 years - made just $42 million dollars in the past twelve months.

Other big earners who have long since passed include Peanuts cartoon creator Charles Schulz - whose Charlie Brown and Snoopy cartoons are still syndicated in newspapers across the world - whos...
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Jamie Foxx Not Godfather Of Tom Cruise's Child

May 10th, 2006 9:43am EDT
Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx has denied that Tom Cruise asked him to be godfather to his new baby daughter Suri. The Ray star stuck up a friendship with the devout Scientologist after starring in action movie Collateral with him but insists he has not been offered the important role.

The Oscar-nominated actor said: "It's a rumor. I did give them a nice basket to congratulate them but I'm not Suri's godfather."
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Jamie Foxx Sells Ugly Car on eBay

February 13th, 2006 8:27am EST
Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx used his Oscar-winning status to sell his car on eBay. The Hollywood heavyweight - who won an Academy Award for his performance in 'Ray' - admits he used his star name to get rid of his Bentley on the internet auction site after struggling to sell it.

He told chat show host Ellen Degeneres: "I was trying to sell this Bentley that I had.

"It was a '96 big yellow Bentley. I took it to the guy and he said I can't give you any money for this ugly yellow Bentley. And I said, 'You know whose Bentley this is - don't you watch cable?' He said 'I don't care'."

The heartthro...
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Celebrity Birthdays, December 31

December 31st, 2005 3:00am EST
Anthony Hopkins
Happy Birthday to New Kid Joey McIntyre (1972), Anthrax guitarist Scott Ian (1963), Wonderland star Val Kilmer (1959), stage and screen actress Bebe Neuwirth (1958), rocker George Thorogood (1951), disco queen Donna Summer (1948), Animal House actor Tim Matheson (1947), lead singer of The Guess Who Burton Cummings (1947), Ray director Taylor Hackford (1944), "Gandhi" actor Ben Kingsley (1943), country/folk musician John Denver (1943; d. 1997), Hannibal Lecter actor Anthony Hopkins (1937), and French Fauve painter Henri Matisse (1869; d. 1954).
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Jamie Foxx's New CD Unpredictable Due Dec. 6th

October 26th, 2005 10:43am EDT
Jamie Foxx
Academy award-winning actor and Grammy Award-nominated singer and songwriter Jamie Foxx -- currently riding high on pop, R&B, and rap charts as Kanye West's guest on his #1 single "Gold Digger" -- is near completion of Unpredictable, his first album for J Records. Foxx's new album, featuring guest appearances by Kanye West, Mary J. Blige, Pharrell Williams, Ludacris, and Twista, will arrive in stores December 6th.

The official first single will be the album's title track "Unpredictable," featuring rap phenomenon Ludacris and will impact radio on November 7th. "Unpredictable" was writte...
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