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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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Regina King Dating Malcolm-Jamal Warner

January 8th, 2010 3:05pm EST
Regina King Dating Malcolm-Jamal Warner
Actress Regina King has found love with former The Cosby Show child star Malcolm-Jamal Warner. The Ray star, who divorced her husband Ian Alexander in 2006, has shared a close friendship with Warner since their first meeting in the 1980s, and their relationship took a romantic turn in 2008.

The couple has since moved in together, reports the National Enquirer. A source tells the tabloid, "Malcolm and Regina have known each other since the '80s, but two years ago their friendship blossomed into romance. They recently found a place together in Los Angeles and (they) are living as a family...
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Jamie Foxx Fuels Kirstie Alley Romance Rumors

October 13th, 2009 11:55am EDT
Jamie Foxx
Oscar winner Jamie Foxx has fueled rumors he's romancing actress Kirstie Alley, after confessing he has a crush on the former Cheers star.

Alley started the gossip by posting a series of saucy messages on her Twitter.com blog in recent weeks, hinting at a fling with the Ray star.

In one, she alludes to a leaked nude photo of the actor, writing, "I don't need to see Mr. Foxx's naked picture. I see him naked three times a week... standing over me."

Foxx was grilled on the rumors during an appearance on Conan O'Brien's talk show on Monday night, and he refused to deny he's dating 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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Jamie Foxx Terrified By Stalker

September 1st, 2009 11:59am EDT
Jamie Foxx Terrified By Stalker
Jamie Foxx was so shocked after a man tried to break into his Philadelphia hotel suite, he can't go to a bar without eyeing the emergency exit.

A 47 year old man was arrested in April and charged with burglary, stalking, and making criminal threats, after claims he tried to get into the Ray actor's room on two occasions. Foxx frequently dwells on the incident - and he's now constantly concerned about protecting himself when out in public.

He says, "It frightened me, especially in retrospect when you think about what could have happened. He came back again dressed as a delivery man, ...
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Jamie Foxx Embarrasses Rihanna At Nightclub

July 10th, 2009 10:15am EDT
Jamie Foxx
Hollywood actor Jamie Foxx has made another celebrity enemy - he has upset Rihanna by embarrassing her in front of revelers at a Las Vegas nightclub.

The Ray actor was cracking jokes for fellow party-goers at Sin City's Tao hotspot when he spotted the R&B star and repeatedly asked her to join him on stage and take the mic.

She refused, and Foxx prompted the DJ to blast out her hit "Umbrella" over the speakers, according to New York Post gossip column PageSix.

Foxx saw the singer preparing to depart and ordered her to stay - reportedly leaving her "fuming".

A source tells the tab...
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Miley Cyrus Hangs Up On Radio Interviewer

June 13th, 2009 10:15am EDT
Miley Cyrus interview hang up
Miley Cyrus cut short a phone interview with a morning radio show in Florida on Friday when the DJ quizzed her over controversial comments recently made about the teen superstar by Jamie Foxx.

The Ray star was forced to issue a public apology to Cyrus in April after joking the 16 year old should "make a sex tape... do some heroin... and become a lesbian" during his weekend radio show.

The Hannah Montana star's father, country singer Billy Ray Cyrus, refused to accept Foxx's apology - insisting he still found the comments "hurtful" and "not funny".

And the controversy is still provi...
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Jamie Foxx To Play Sinatra?

May 18th, 2009 9:21am EDT
Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx has been tipped to play late Rat Pack crooner Frank Sinatra, according to reports.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Harry Connick Jr. were among the names rumored to be in contention for the role after it was announced earlier this month that filmmaker Martin Scorsese will direct a biopic.

But now African-American actor Foxx, who won an Oscar for his portrayal of Ray Charles in 2004's Ray, has emerged as the favorite to play Ol' Blue Eyes. And studio bosses are convinced Foxx has the charisma and talent to tackle the role of Sinatra, who died in 1998.

An insider tells Brit...
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Mike Tyson OK With Foxx To Portray Him

May 18th, 2009 8:47am EDT
Mike Tyson
Retired boxer Mike Tyson has given Oscar winner Jamie Foxx the OK to play him in a planned biopic after warming to the actor/comedian's famous impersonation.

Tyson admits he was very angry with Foxx the first time he saw the Ray star poking fun at him on TV show In Living Color - but the two men have recently met and now the sports star feels the actor is the best man to portray him in a film.

And Tyson insists he's grown up a lot since the days he went hunting for Foxx to let him know exactly what he thought of the funnyman's impression.

He says, "I was trying to catch hi...
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Jamie Foxx Wants To Make Mike Tyson Biopic

May 2nd, 2009 12:44pm EDT
Jamie
Jamie Foxx wants to bring Mike Tyson's life story to the big screen and play the fallen boxing champ in a new biopic.

The actor won critical acclaim for his portrayal of soul legend Ray Charles in 2004's Ray, but he admits there's one other person he's desperate to portray in a movie.

He says, "I think I would have to play Mike Tyson. I've talked to Mike several times and his story is the most tragic American story... Mike's story is about what America and the world is about today. Coming up at 18 years old and getting his $60 million and not teaching him what taxes are about, abo...
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Bartender Sues Jamie Foxx Over Party Injuries

April 22nd, 2009 10:32am EDT
Jamie Foxx
A bartender has taken aim at Jamie Foxx in a lawsuit - accusing the Oscar-winner of ruining his dreams of becoming a brain surgeon due to injuries he received while working at a party thrown by the actor.

The Ray star hosted a lavish bash at Social in Hollywood in 2007. Foxx and his team hired William Presler to work behind the bar - which was made completely of ice. In the lawsuit filed at Los Angeles Superior Court on Tuesday, Presler alleges guests at the event continually dropped their empty glasses around the bar.

Presler states he tried to sweep up the shattered glass, but...
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Jamie Foxx Suffered Mental Trauma When He Was 18

April 20th, 2009 9:16am EDT
Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx has revealed he spent 11 months in mental hell after someone slipped drugs in his drink when he was a teenager.

The Oscar winner, who plays a mentally-challenged musician in new movie The Soloist, admits he didn't take the role lightly - because he knew how easy it is for someone to lose his or her mind.

Admitting he has rarely spoken about his past mental health issues, the Ray star tells the Los Angeles Times newspaper, "When I was 18, somebody slipped something in my drink and it ripped me apart. I had to go to the hospital. I mean, I was gone; it was the kind of t...
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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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Jamie Foxx Dreams Of Being The First Black Bond

November 21st, 2008 11:59am EST
Jamie Foxx
Oscar winner Jamie Foxx is desperate to make history by becoming the first black actor to play James Bond.

Current star Daniel Craig recently suggested it could be time for the first black Bond in the wake of Barack Obama's election as the first African-American president in U.S. history. And Ray star Foxx has put his name forward as the man to replace Craig when he decides to call it quits - revealing he would inject his own personality into the suave English spy.

Asked by the news show Access Hollywood whether he would like to play Bond, he says, "Of course! I'd put a littl...
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Jamie Foxx Film No Longer Eligible For Oscar

October 18th, 2008 4:00pm EDT
Jamie Foxx
Jamie Foxx's dreams of landing a second Oscar in 2009 have been dashed - the release of his new movie The Soloist has been pushed back to March, and will no longer qualify for the Academy Awards.

Both Foxx, who won a Best Actor Academy Award for Ray, and co-star Robert Downey Jr. were tipped as Oscar frontrunners for their parts in the true story of a Los Angeles Times journalist who befriends a homeless music prodigy.

But Paramount Pictures studio executives have chosen not to release the film next month as planned, because of reported fears it will fail at the box office becaus...
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Regina King Pays Tribute To Close-To-Home Breast Cancer Fighters

October 17th, 2008 7:00am EDT
Regina King
Actress Regina King signed up to star in harrowing new TV movie Living Proof to pay tribute to the five women in her life who have won and lost breast cancer battles.

Ray star King plays a terminally ill breast cancer patient, opposite Harry Connick Jr. and Trudie Styler in the film, based on real-life doctor Dennis Slamon, who developed ground-breaking breast cancer drug Herperin.

And she admits she had very personal reasons for signing up for the film.

She tells BlackVoices.com, "I knew pretty much about breast cancer and the statistics. I have five women that have been in ...
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Kerry Washington Fronts L'Oreal's Cancer Campaign

October 16th, 2008 12:30pm EDT
Kerry Washington
Ray actress Kerry Washington was inspired by her cancer survivor mother to front cosmetics giant L'Oreal's new awareness campaign for ovarian cancer.

The star features in the Color of Hope campaign, aimed at encouraging more women to get checked out for signs of the disease. Washington didn't think twice about joining L'Oreal, partly because she wanted to teach others about the risks of ovarian cancer, but also because she was impressed at the company's charitable contributions.

She tells OK! Magazine, "One of the reasons why I decided to work with L'Oreal is because of all the ...
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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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'Five Heartbeats' Lands Number-One Black Movie Honor

February 29th, 2008 8:59am EST
The Five Heartbeats
Music drama The Five Heartbeats has topped a list naming the best urban movies of all time. The 1991 film, which was written and produced by its star Robert Townsend, follows the rise and fall of a 1960s African-American vocal group.

At two on the AOL Black Voices website list is A Solider's Story, followed by Steven Spielberg's The Color Purple, which starred Whoopi Goldberg, Danny Glover and Oprah Winfrey.

The top 10 Greatest Black Movies are:

1. The Five Heartbeats (1991)

2. A Soldier's Story (1984)

3. The Color Purple (1985)

4. Cooley High (1975)

5. Ray (2004)...
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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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