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Video: How Chadwick Boseman went from playing Jackie Robinson to James Brown

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How do you play James Brown? I mean, how does one pretend to be the Godfather of Soul? After all, what made him James Brown was the very fact that nobody else could be James Brown. Inimitable. Nonpareil. An electric performer, dynamic personality, and a true American original.

Fortunately for the filmmakers behind Get On Up, the Brown biopic that open in theaters on Aug. 1, Chadwick Boseman knows a little something about playing an American legend. Boseman starred as Jackie Robinson in 42, and successfully captured the athlete’s grit and composure, his fire and ice. “He has such nobility, and he brings that to James Brown,” said producer Brian Grazer.

In the new film, directed by Tate Taylor (The Help), Boseman not only has to convincingly deliver the show-stopping routines that Brown was famous for, but he has to play the Godfather from the age of 17 all the way up to 60. It’s a tall order… that Taylor knew Boseman could handle after just 20 seconds in his presence. In an exclusive production featurette, the filmmakers and Boseman’s co-stars—Viola Davis, Dan Aykroyd, Octavia Spencer—talk about the work that went to playing the Hardest Working Man in Show Business. READ FULL STORY

Critical Mass: Kevin Costner gets back in the game with 'Draft Day'

Judging from the massive television audiences that tune in for college and NFL football, you might think that football movies would be an easy sell at the American box office. They’re not — and making matters worse, fans who pay to see football in the theater often have to settle for fictional teams, like the Miami Sharks and the North Dallas Bulls, because the NFL doesn’t often play ball with Hollywood.

So give Draft Day credit. It not only got league permission — with sports all-star Kevin Costner playing the embattled general-manager of the downtrodden Cleveland Browns — but the NFL endorsed the film wholeheartedly, with game footage, access, and even a cameo from its commissioner. This is a total NFL joint, and it looks as slick as a Steve Sabol production. READ FULL STORY

'Get On Up' trailer: The evolution of James Brown -- VIDEO

Who’s ready to feel good?

The Help director Tate Taylor has teamed up with 42‘s Chadwick Boseman for Get On Up, a film that tells the life story of Mr. James Brown, the Godfather of Soul. In the film’s trailer, we see bits and pieces of every part of Brown’s life, including a stint in prison, his start in the music business, a dangerous visit to Vietnam, and, of course, megastardom.

Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Nelsan Ellis, Lennie James, Tika Sumpter, Jill Scott, and Dan Aykroyd also star.

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Casting Net: Shia LaBeouf to 'Rock the Kasbah' with Bill Murray; Plus, Bill Hader in talks for 'Trainwreck', more

• Shia LaBeouf is not retiring, it seems. The Nymphomaniac star, thrust into the spotlight recently by an ever-escalating plagiarism controversy, has signed on to Barry Levinson’s Rock the Kasbah alongside a host of high-profile names including Bill MurrayBruce Willis, Zooey Deschanel, Danny McBride, and Kate Hudson. The film follows a past-his-prime rock manager who takes his sole client on a USO tour in Afghanistan. While in Kabul, the manager discovers a young talent and enters her into the Afghan Star contest — Afghanistan’s version of American Idol. [The Wrap]

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Casting Net: Nicole Kidman, Guy Pearce to star in 'Strangerland'; Plus, Damian Lewis, more

• Oscar-winner Nicole Kidman (The Hours), Guy Pearce (Prometheus) and Hugo Weaving (The Hobbit) will all star in the Australian thriller Strangerland, about a couple whose two teenage children go missing in the Australian desert. Kim Farrant will direct the film from a script by Fiona Seres and Michael Kinirons. [THR]

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Casting Net: '42' star Chadwick Boseman to play James Brown; Plus, Gael Garcia Bernal, more

• Chadwick Boseman broke out this past year with his turn as Jackie Robinson in the baseball pic 42, and looks set to take on another iconic role: James Brown. Tate Taylor, who directed The Help, will helm the project for Universal, with Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger producing.  According to the report, the movie will be a fairly comprehensive look at Brown’s early life and rise to stardom. [Variety]

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Casting Net: Cameron Diaz might re-team with Jason Segel for 'Sex Tape'; Plus, Jason Sudekis, more

• Cameron Diaz is in early talks to reunite with her Bad Teacher team, including co-star Jason Segel and director Jake Kasdan (New Girl, Orange County) for the Sony Pictures comedy Sex Tape. The story is about a married couple who makes a sex tape that goes missing by the morning. The Back-Up Plan scribe Kate Angelo wrote the script. [The Wrap]

• Will Smith is making moves. First news broke that he was in final talks to star in Focus from the directors of Crazy Stupid Love, then After Earth got an earlier release date, and now he may be ready to line up a few more projects. Deadline reports that Smith is hoping that Edward Zwick (Blood Diamond) might direct him in American Can, the true story of a Gulf War veteran who ends up helping a group of seniors stranded in New Orleans in the immediate aftermath of Hurricane Katrina. He’s also considering the thriller The Accountant about a government bureaucrat who doubles as an assassin. [Deadline]

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'42': Its success tells us something surprising about what audiences want

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I’m always interested when a movie dramatically surpasses box office expectations — not for what it says about the film, but for what it says about the audience. In the case of 42, the Jackie Robinson biopic that smashed the opening-weekend record for a baseball movie and is now looking, this weekend, to continue that hot streak, the reasons for the film’s success might seem to be obvious. It is — at least in my book — a rock-solid sports movie, and it’s also a drama of race in America that allows us to experience the well-worn past with a new vividness and insight. It’s worth noting that a number of people don’t agree with that: They look at 42 and see a complacent liberal message movie with a flawless and therefore overly sanded off and uncomplicated hero. What were they expecting, Jackie Robinson Unchained? READ FULL STORY

'42' trailer: Baseball legend Jackie Robinson comes to life

One of the most instrumental figures in professional sports, Jackie Robinson broke the color barrier in Major League Baseball when he signed with Brooklyn Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey in 1945, and started for the Dodgers in 1947 after a year in the minor leagues. Despite that monumental achievement only one feature film has been made about Robinson’s life, 1950’s The Jackie Robinson Story — starring Robinson as himself — until now.

Some 66 years after his first major league game, Robinson’s story will return to the big screen on April 12, 2013, with Harrison Ford as the tenacious Rickey and relative unknown Chadwick Boseman as Robinson. In the new trailer for 42 — a reference to Robinson’s uniform number — we get a good taste of the iconic sweep writer-director Brian Helgeland (PaybackA Knight’s Tale) appears to be bringing to Robinson’s story, as well as its the thematic focus.

“You want a player who doesn’t have the guts to fight back?” Robinson says to Rickey.

“No,” replies Rickey. “I want a player who’s got the guts not to fight back.”

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