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Angelina Jolie signs on to direct biopic 'Africa'

Angelina Jolie has only just offered a first look at her next project By the Sea, and her upcoming biopic Unbroken hasn’t yet hit theaters. But already the busy actor/writer/producer/director has lined up her next project.

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Watch Tom Hiddleston cover Hank Williams onstage

Need proof that Tom Hiddleston has what it takes to take on Hank Williams? Look no further.  

The British actor, who is set to portray the country legend in the upcoming I Saw the Light biopic, surprised crowds when he took the stage at the Wheatland Music Festival in Michigan this weekend.

In addition to reportedly performing Williams’ first big hit, “Move It on Over,” in  fan-shot video, Hiddleston sings “I’m So Lonesome I Could Cry” with country star Rodney Crowell on guitar.

Hiddleston is spending time with Crowell to prep for his role as the successful but tortured Williams before I Saw the Light begins filming in Louisiana next month. Marc Abraham (Children of Men, Dawn of the Dead) will helm as director, screenwriter and producer. (Brett Ratner’s RatPac Entertainment will also produce.)  Abraham tapped Crowell as music director for the film.

“It was spine-tingling just to spend a day playing some of Hank’s greatest hits … with such a gifted musician,” Hiddleston told The Daily Mail of working with Crowell. “He’s already expanded my vocal range and given me a few pointers about adapting my own tone to sound like Hank.”

I Saw the Light, which will be released in 2015, is based on country-music chronicler Colin Escott’s biography of the singer-songwriter. It will follow Williams’ now-legendary musical career and tragic personal life, including his battles with drugs, alcohol, and a spinal disorder. Williams died at age 29 of apparent heart failure on New Year’s Day in 1953.

Lee Daniels, Oprah Winfrey confirm Mike Epps to star as Richard Pryor in biopic

Lee Daniels has finally found his Richard Pryor—and he made the announcement with a little help from his friend Oprah Winfrey.

On Sunday, Aug. 24, Winfrey posted a picture on her Instagram of herself, Lee Daniels, and Mike Epps after the trio had completed a first read-through of the Richard Pryor movie. Daniels did the same shortly after on his Twitter, confirming Epps’ starring role. READ FULL STORY

First Look: Don Cheadle as Miles Davis in biopic 'Miles Ahead'

Actor Don Cheadle’s obsession with Miles Davis began as a child with the jazz trumpeter’s album Porgy and Bess, a beloved staple of his family’s music collection. Now, Cheadle will make his feature film directorial debut with a crowdfunded biopic on Davis that will focus on the musician’s transition into music after a five-year hiatus—otherwise known as his “silent period”—and tumultuous relationship with first wife Frances Taylor Davis. READ FULL STORY

Report: Gregg Allman, 'Midnight Rider' producers make deal, drop lawsuit

Rocker Gregg Allman has dropped his lawsuit against Midnight Rider producers, settling on an out-of-court agreement in the aftermath of a deadly accident on the film’s set.

On Tuesday, attorneys for Allman and film director Randall Miller’s production company Unclaimed Freight Productions appeared in a Savannah court, according to the Associated Press. They told a judge that they had reached an agreement just one day after Miller gave his court testimony regarding the fatal accident. READ FULL STORY

REPORT: Gregg Allman biopic 'Midnight Rider' suspends production after fatal train accident

Production on Midnight Rider, a biopic about rock guitarist Gregg Allman, has been suspended following a tragic train accident last Thursday which left one crew member dead and several others injured, multiple outlets are reporting.

In a statement obtained by Variety, production company Film Allman, LLC  confirmed the suspension: “In light of the tragic loss, we have decided to put the production of Midnight Rider on hold.”

Second camera assistant Sarah Elizabeth Jones, 27, was struck and killed by a train as she helped stage a scene for the film on train tracks near Savannah, GA on Feb. 20. Jones and other staff employed by Open Road Films and Georgia-based production company Meddin Studios were gathered on the tracks on the first day of production when a train operated by CSX Transportation en route from Memphis to Savannah unexpectedly arrived and fatally struck Jones. Approximately seven others were injured, according to Wayne County authorities.

Director Randall Miller’s production company Unclaimed Freight Productions has not responded to multiple requests for comment. A Los Angeles-based publicist for the company released a message of condolences Friday, stating, “All of us on the production team are devastated by the tragic accident that happened today. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of our crew member.”

A online petition to include Jones, a South Carolina native, in Sunday’s Oscars Memoriam tribute has earned nearly 38,000 signatures as of Thursday morning. Friends and family of Jones — who worked as a crew member on shows like Army Wives — offered condolences, photos and memories of the young woman on a Facebook page titled “Slates for Sarah.”

“She was an awesome person,” camera assistant Tony Summerlin said of Jones in an interview with the Atlanta Journal Constitution. “She was very organized. She was really great.”

Summerlin and Jones were  in the process of assembling a “dream sequence” with the use of a hospital bed on the tracks, said Summerlin. A meeting had been held to review safety, Summerlin told the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, but he was not aware of whether a permit had been secured on the tracks.

“As a camera person you don’t show up and ask, ‘where’s the permit?’ You’re trying to make a movie,” he said. “You’re thinking safety but you’re thinking that’s someone else’s job.”

Two trains had passed by the crew during their work on the sequence, Summerlin confirmed.  Then a third train appeared, “going full speed.”

“It seemed like it took half a mile to stop,” he said of the train. “We were running. She said, ‘I can’t carry all this stuff.’ I said, ‘Throw it. Throw it down.'”

But Jones was unable to move in time, said Summerlin, who shared that the two were “face to face up to the last second.”

An investigation of the incident is currently being conducted by the Wayne County Sheriff’s Office.

Open Road Films still plans to distribute the  film domestically, EW can confirm, starring lead actress Eliza Dushku. Actors  Tyson Ritter and William Hurt will play Allman in his younger and present-day incarnations, respectively.

John Singleton will direct Tupac Shakur biopic

John Singleton will rewrite, direct, and produce a Tupac Shakur biopic, EW has confirmed.

The long-in-the-works picture will follow Shakur’s rise to fame as well as his murder following a boxing match in 1996 in Las Vegas, according to Variety, which first reported the news. Years ago, Singleton — who directed Shakur in Poetic Justice — was linked to the project, but the deal fell through.

“Tupac was the guy who I planned to do a lifetime of films with,” Singleton said in a statement to Variety. “His passing deeply affected my life as well as countless people in this world. His life story is as important to my generation.”

No casting information on Shakur has been announced.

Tupac Shakur biopic to be filmed in 2014

A new biopic on slain rapper Tupac Shakur is coming.

Morgan Creek Productions and Emmett/Furla Films announced in a Thursday news release they are in final negotiations to partner on the production of Tupac. The picture will begin filming next year in Atlanta. READ FULL STORY

Andre 3000 channels Jimi Hendrix in 'All Is By My Side' -- PHOTO

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Music biopic fans were dealt a serious blow yesterday when news broke that Sacha Baron Cohen had dropped out of a long-planned film about Freddie Mercury. Thankfully, they’ve still got something else to look forward to: All Is By My Side, a film that covers Jimi Hendrix’s early years (and, interestingly enough, doesn’t actually feature any of Hendrix’s famous songs).

Outkast’s André 3000 — a.k.a. André Benjamin — will play the Seattle-born guitar virtuoso as a struggling musician in London, shortly before the release of Are You Experienced, the album that would be his big break. The movie is set to debut at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival — and in anticipation of its release, TIFF has just released the first photo of André as Hendrix.

Can an Outkast convincingly play an icon? Check out the picture above — then speculate away.

'Jobs' Instagram trailer: Steve Jobs' life philosophy, in 15 seconds or less -- VIDEO

Jobs is the tale of a man who brought technology to the masses — so it’s only appropriate that we pay homage to him by watching a trailer for the film in a tiny box on an iPhone screen.

An Instagram trailer — the first of its kind, the studio boasted — debuted Monday, featuring some groovy ’70s filters and a voice-over from star Ashton Kutcher, who plays legendary Apple CEO Steve Jobs. He fervently reminds us that “the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world are the ones who do.”

Watch the sneak peek (all 15 seconds of it) below:
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