Miss Misty is going Hollywood. New Line Cinema is creating a biopic of Misty Copeland's life entitled, Life in Motion: An Unlikely Ballerina. The film is based off of Misty's bestselling memoir of the same name to be adapted by Remember the Titans screenwriter, Gregory Allen Howard. The news comes just days after the dancer unveiled a new Barbie doll on Good Morning America.
Misty first made history by becoming the first female African-American principal dancer in the American Ballet Theatre, and has been on fire ever since. Not only does she have a new Barbie doll and a bestselling memoir, but she also has an inspiring Under Armour campaign and a well-received documentary about her life, currently on Netflix.
This new film will focus on the dancer's teenage years as she began training in ballet at age 13 while living with her mother and siblings in a welfare motel."We were pretty much homeless and were living in a motel, trying to scrape up enough money to go to the corner store to get a Cup O' Noodles soup to eat," Copeland said in an ABC News interview in 2014. "It was probably the worst time in my childhood when ballet found me.”
New Line first optioned the inspirational story back in 2014, but now the project is moving forward. Howard is also writing a Harriet Tubman biopic, so we are definitely in store for some epic storytelling in the near future. No news yet as to who will be cast to play the lead.
Way to slay, Misty!
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"She is perfect and she has exactly the right look," Dionne Warwick said Friday at Cannes Film Festival about LeToya Luckett cast as her in the upcoming biopic, Dionne. The R&B singer and star of TV One's sitcom Here We Go Again will star alongside Lady Gaga, who is set to appear as Warwick's British rival, Cilla Black. Danny Glover is cast in the film as Warick's father.
Warwick's story is long overdue, with a successful career stretching over 50 years. Warwick's incomparable sound earned her five Grammy wins including unforgettable hits like, "Don't Make Me Over" and "I Say a Little Prayer". Luckett will perform Warick's music for the soundtrack. The project has been in the works for a few years now produced by Dave Wooley, the co-writer of Warwick's autobiography, My Life, as I See It.
The story will cover the early years of Warwick's career from 1962 to 1968.
Does that mean no mention of the Psychic Friends Network?
Production is scheduled for later this year. Warrick says Mario Van Peebles is in talks to direct.
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Just when you thought it was impossible to love the love between President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama more than you already do, the trailer for the upcoming film Southside With You entered our lives. The biopic focuses on the day-long activities between the POTUS and FLOTUS' first date in 1989. Tika Sumpter (Michelle) and Parker Sawyers (Barack) brilliantly play the leading roles as the future First Family and helps to bring the inception of their love story to life.
The film initially made its debut in January at the Sundance Film Festival. After meeting sparkling reviews, Southside with You is making its way to a theater near you in August. Richard Tanne, director and screenwriter, compiled research of different mediums piecing together moments of the Obama's first date to accurately depict what took place on that fateful summer day.
Sumpter who is also serving as a co-producer for the film told ABC News she was inspired by their love story and is glad the film does not focus on politics or the Obamas we have grown to know. Many couples, like the Obamas, share their first date stories but it is rare that you are actually taken along for the ride.
The trailer alone is enough to get your emotions running so we can only imagine what the full-feature will bring.
Will you be heading to the theater to see how this presidential love got started?
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Mr. Ebroji and Grey's Anatomy vet Jesse Williams plans to bring the life of legendary Harry Belafonte to the silver screen.
On episode 70 of W. Kamau Bell and Kevin Avery's podcast, Denzealots, Jesse stopped by to chop it up and dropped this exclusive about a possible Belafonte biopic, also noting that he has two other documentary style films in the works.
After speaking about his role in the advancement of social justice when it comes to Black people and PoC in general, Williams told the hosts about his Belafonte project and they got hype, just like I'm sure everyone listening to did too.
No other info about premise, timeline, production schedule or tentative opening dates were given but the fact that this was news Jesse Williams came to share suggests that the iron is getting hot on the project.
In the interview Jesse makes it pretty clear what his focus is saying, "I care more about activism and social justice and law than I do about acting. I have an awesome job that I love, but there’s this magnetic force that is constantly pulling me toward activism," this could clearly be a break out role for him in a way that he's never experienced in his career before. Harry Belafonte's life story is one full of everything that a film audience wants to see on screen.
This could be a defining role in Williams' career in the way that playing Ray Charles was for Jamie Foxx. Biopics are big in the film industry. The fact that Williams is also a producer on the film suggests that he has a lot more control over the way this thing goes and hopefully the film is backed by one of the big studios, because it has the potential of being huge.
Check out Jesse's talk with the Denzealots here:
What do you think about Jesse Williams as Harry Belafonte?
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Black Twitter called foul as the trailer for the infamous Nina Simone biopic starring Zoe Saldana was released today.
Viola? Whoopi? RT @EW: See Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone in the long-awaited ‘Nina’ trailer: https://t.co/RNQkMBYSbN pic.twitter.com/2soVaAUs5O
— BIG MAMA. (@HUMonTHESE) March 2, 2016
The acting ain't terrible but Zoe looks like Don Cheadle if he was dressed as Shirley Chisholm dressed as Nina Simone for Halloween
— MonsterKing (@CerromeRussell) March 2, 2016
The fault of the Nina Simone fiasco isn't casting but the makeup job. Zoe Saldana has been blue and green before HOW CANT SHE BE DARK BROWN
— Ashley Nicole (@geeksandcleats) March 2, 2016
While a decent actress, Saldana's attempts to darken her caramel hue to resemble Simone failed. The black face backlash could have been avoided if a darker-skinned actress was originally cast. Below are 12 actresses better suited to accurately portray Nina Simone.
1. Viola Davis
The veteran actress has experienced new found fame as Annalise Keating on How to Get Away with Murder, and would have slayed this role.
2. Lorraine Toussaint
Toussaint won raves as Orange is the New Black's villainous Vee and currently stars on Fox's Rosewood, and there is no doubt that she would have brought all the conviction to playing Nina.
3. Mary J. Blige
Originally slated to depict Simone, the Queen of Hip-Hop/Soul had to leave the project due to schedule conflicts. How Sway?!
4. Adepero Oduye
The actress is best known for her powerful role in the Dee Rees' coming-of-age film, Pariah, and it wouldn't have hurt had they considered her for the role, because she's that good.
5. Anika Noni Rose
The Disney princess has conquered both the screen and stage in Dreamgirls and the Broadway production of Caroline or Change. Empress of Jazz is not so far removed from her repertoire.
6. Uzo Aduba
The Orange is the New Black star proved her vocal ability portraying Glenda the Good Witch on NBC's The Wiz Live! Can't you just imagine hearing her sing "My Baby Just Cares For Me"?!
7. Whoopi Goldberg
The Oscar-winning vet hasn't held an Academy-worthy role in a while as she hosts ABC's The View. Simone would have been perfect for the versatile actor.
8. Tika Sumpter
The star of The Haves and the Have Nots will portray First Lady Michelle Obama in the romantic film Southside With You, so she's got the chops to properly identify with the love story of this biopic.
9. Teyonah Parris
The actress turned heads in Dear White People and coveted the lead in Spike Lee's explosive film Chiraq. Casting her would have had a whole generation of moviegoers in the bag.
10. Leslie Jones
The comic stuns weekly on Saturday Night Live and will expand her domain as a member of the all-female Ghostbuster's reboot. She's been the Twitter favorite for who Cynthia Mort should have cast as Nina.
11. Danai Gurira
The Walking Dead's lethal Michonne would have been perfect for the role of the "Feelin' Good" songstress.
12. Rutina Wesley
The gorgeous actress is flexing her southern charm in the anticipated "Queen Sugar" and definitely could have made this biopic so sweet.
Nina arrives in theaters this spring. Whether any viewers follow is to be determined.
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No, I'm not going to let Nina Simone go out like this. I hope you won't either. On the heels of our community protesting the lack of inclusion at a predominately-white awards show such as the Oscars, is the release of the trailer for the controversial biopic about Nina Simone. Let's be real. Zoe should have taken the hint when she was first announced as the lead for the film. While the rest of us ranted on social media about how inappropriate a casting this was and who would play the part more accurately (nods to India Arie and Viola Davis), Nina Simone's daughter came out and said that the project was unauthorized and that the estate wasn't even consulted or asked to participate in the making of the film.
I could sit here and blame Hollywood for how it constantly and ridiculously practices the erasure of black folks when documenting history via cinema. Yes, Hollywood is a mess and we all know it. We will continue to call that culture out every time we see it. When are we going to start holding actors and actresses accountable for their culpability in Hollywood's legacy of racism? Gods of Egypt has flopped. Great. I highly doubt that Joseph Fiennes will find success trying to play Michael Jackson. Now it's time to show Zoe and anyone else who would step into a space that isn't befitting for them that not only will we boycott Hollywood for trying to shade (or lighten) our history... we will boycott YOU.
Zoe, how can you call yourself a Nina Simone fan and allow yourself to be essentially put n blackface to portray her? Nina once said, "I've never changed. I've never changed my hair. I've never changed my color, I have always been proud of myself, and my fans are proud of me for remaining the way I've always been." To so fundamentally disregard what the artist you're trying to authentically illuminate stood for disrespects her legacy and disregards her voice. So, Zoe, you can take severals seats, catch infinite shade, and know that I will stand up for Nina Simone. I will hear her voice. I won't ask her to change.
Watch Nina's own words on black beauty below:
What do you think about the Nina trailer? Will you go and see the film?
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Legendary Olympic medalist Jesse Owens was credited with crushing the myth of Aryan racial superiority after he won four gold medals for track and field events at the 1936 Berlin Olympics, cementing his place in history. Now Owens is being immortalized in a different way, with “Selma” actor Stephan James playing him in the new biopic Race.
James, joined by Jason Sudeikis as his coach and Jeremy Irons as the president of the International Olympic Committee, portrays Owens from his discovery at Ohio State university through the Berlin Olympics. Set against the backdrop of World War II and the Jim Crow era, “Race” tells the story of Jesse Owens’ fight against racial adversity at home and abroad.
Race opens nationwide on February 19th. Check out this exclusive trailer from AOL.
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You cannot simply squeeze a 20 year legacy into a two hour made for television movie. Somehow Toni Braxton made it work. Unbreak My Heart, the 2014 memoir detailing the singer's humble beginnings to a shot at stardom followed by ugly headlines, illness and divorce premiered Saturday on LIfetime. Instead of giving you an exact play-by-play of the biopic, Twitter can take it from here.
Here is a dramatic retelling of the story in tweets.
The Replay is on now for those who missed it! Make sure you see it before! #ToniBraxtonMovie #ToniBraxton #TamarBra… pic.twitter.com/64HkDHcLvT
— Charles A. Paris (@OverTimeGrind) January 24, 2016
Toni served as narrator, also lending her vocals for the movie's soundtrack with Lex Scott-Davis as main character, providing a striking resemblance.
@tonibraxton I Love It I Watched ❤️❤️👏🏼👏🏼😀❤️ 👍🏽👍🏽A Must See Everyone #ToniBraxton #UnbreakMyHeart #Movie #LifeTime pic.twitter.com/JmnIgBUNha
— Lyn (@lyndawatersnewk) January 24, 2016
Actress & model Lex Scott Davis (@scottyeye_ ) as @tonibraxton in #UnbreakMyHeart pic.twitter.com/m6uBSHq1Js
— JONES Magazine (@Jonesmag) January 24, 2016
But the lip sync was a bit off.
#ToniBraxtonMovie My "only issue" I have is the horrible "Lip Syncing" The girl playing Toni Braxton lips move like a old Kung-fu movie 😂
— Mark (@TweetGODRight) January 24, 2016
As for the rest of the casting...
They casted @KennyEdmonds right on point through..... #ToniBraxtonMovie pic.twitter.com/GvjEiqCBP1
— Shawn™ (@ShawnMinaj) January 24, 2016
My guy @Klarity is killing it as LA Reid. Clap for em 👏🏾 #ToniBraxtonMovie pic.twitter.com/ZX6VTkIhMm
— Nick Simmons (@NorthwestNick) January 24, 2016
The actors casted in the #ToniBraxtonMovie were done so well. Especially the actress who plays Evelyn Braxton 👏🏽
— Jordana (@Jordi_xx) January 24, 2016
Oh they tried it w/ Towanda's casting @tonibraxton @TamarBraxtonHer #ToniBraxtonMovie @TraciBraxton @towandabraxton pic.twitter.com/HHRsecUDAR
— Sheila Taylor Clark (@staylorclark) January 24, 2016
Holding true to the real story, Toni is offered a deal from LaFace records leaving her four singing sisters behind.
How you look when yo' big sister get signed to a record deal but U don't #ToniBraxtonMovie @lifetimetv pic.twitter.com/1vA5GgipKi
— Sheila Taylor Clark (@staylorclark) January 24, 2016
I KNEW THESE MEMES WERE GONNA BE SHADY BUT LAWD HAVE MERCY😂😂😂😂🐸👀 #ToniBraxtonMovie pic.twitter.com/Zv0twipnIR
— FAITH (@faithvcameron) January 24, 2016
And the casting for Pebbles...
I liked the Pebbles from the TLC movie betta #ToniBraxtonMovie pic.twitter.com/N0lrYkAJ28
— Sheila Taylor Clark (@staylorclark) January 24, 2016
Why #Pebbles looking like #FaithEvans circa 1995 low key #UnbreakMyHeart #ToniBraxton 😂😩 pic.twitter.com/77W7keH6tS
— Tha Celebritea (@thacelebritea) January 24, 2016
Whenever Pebbles was in somebody's presence...#ToniBraxtonMovie #UnbreakmyHeart pic.twitter.com/ZSaCoDTWt0
— Aramide Esubi (@thesassypeach) January 24, 2016
Moving out to Atlanta on her own for the first time, we see the early turmoil of Toni's financial issues. Despite the media's inaccuracies of how she went bankrupt the first time, the flimsy new artist deal is to blame. We even found out, Toni paid for much of her first tour out of pocket.
this damn artist budget chile.. #UnbreakmyHeart pic.twitter.com/a2ajCRA9ok
— S. Petty Pablo (@Mofochronicles) January 24, 2016
Toni Braxton looking at her bank account like #unbreakmyheart #tonibraxtonmovie pic.twitter.com/bTtzNE9ZGw
— Mark S. Luckie (@marksluckie) January 24, 2016
she sold 8 million records and was on tour for a year and they only gave her $1,992...GURL....#ToniBraxtonMovie
— DIOMI (@DiomiCordero) January 24, 2016
What Toni should've been saying all along. #UnBreakMyHeart #ToniBraxtonMovie pic.twitter.com/YfzYaXTjks
— GirlTyler (@sheistyler) January 24, 2016
The public embarrassment of her credit card being declined.
😂😂😂 #tonibraxtonmovie #UnbreakMyHeart pic.twitter.com/ulztlO0m7C
— Beee C.W. (@LouieBeeee) January 24, 2016
And her style evolution, still unmatched. Boob job and all.
@tonibraxton is responsible for 90% of all short haircuts in the 90s. That's power #ToniBraxtonMovie pic.twitter.com/AleeyMDwng
— Sheila Taylor Clark (@staylorclark) January 24, 2016
I remember thinking Toni's #UnbreakmyHeart dress was SO scandalous when I was a kid. Now folks wear this to church. pic.twitter.com/1eR6p3SbYP
— Angel Elliott (@AngelElliott) January 24, 2016
We learned Babyface's testimony in court is what helped her win the suit against LaFace. A gag order prevented her from speaking about it for an extended period of time, namely the $20+ million she received.
Despite the lawsuit, Toni maintained her musical relationship with Babyface and L.A. Reid.
LA Reid and Diddy couldn't sign me up for bible study
— Moni Mone (@SHANTE_YOU_STAY) January 24, 2016
Love @tonibraxton and @KennyEdmonds friendship. It's awesome! Men & women can be friends. @lifetimetv #UnbreakMyHeart
— Sophia A. Nelson (@IAmSophiaNelson) January 24, 2016
In the midst of reclaiming her career, Toni found love. She married Keri from Mint Condition.
Who is this actor playing Keri? He wasn't EVER this fine in real life! #UnbreakmyHeart
— Nneka M. Okona (@afrosypaella) January 24, 2016
Who is this specimen they have playing Keri Lewis? Gotdamn. #UnbreakMyHeart
— ᴋᴀʀsʜ (@karsh) January 24, 2016
Toni never publicly spoke of her abortion, and the film explained what led to the decision; her acne medication.
If an acne medicine causes birth defects, what else is it doing to yr body #toxic #UnbreakmyHeart
— Nikki Strong (@IAMNikkiStrong) January 24, 2016
As her health begins to decline, Toni is open about her son's autism diagnosis.
Now this is the part I wasn't ready for. Mad respect to. @tonibraxton for talking about Diesel's autism. That's deep #UnbreakMyHeart
— Valentine (@NothinNiceToSay) January 24, 2016
Even with her personal drama, Toni endured great pain watching her mother deal with her father's infidelity.
How did you not sniff an affair for 9 years, ma'am? #UnbreakMyHeart pic.twitter.com/f0dF1Kzpdb
— GirlTyler (@sheistyler) January 24, 2016
Debbi Morgan just let y'all know who the veteran actor is in this movie. She is playing no games. "Cut it off!" #UnbreakmyHeart
— sydmosley (@sydmosley) January 24, 2016
Which prompted perhaps the most popular line of the film.
Mama E said all men cheat except Obama #UnbreakmyHeart pic.twitter.com/H3QTkzOK0X
— S. Petty Pablo (@Mofochronicles) January 24, 2016
"All men cheat, except Obama" #ToniBraxtonMovie #UnbreakMyHeart pic.twitter.com/1BC9IAzs2Z
— Ms. Smith (@ThE_DiVa24) January 24, 2016
As her health began to decline, so did her marriage. Being the breadwinner took a toll on her relationship and soon came resentment. After being diagnosed with lupus and dealing with a lawsuit, bankruptcy number two hit.
Keri got on his...I'mma go see my side piece turtleneck. #UnbreakMyHeart
— Big Sista Gorgeous 1 (@11Zette17) January 24, 2016
Keri out laying it low & spreading it wide! #UnbreakMyHeart
— Juiice ☺️ (@iamNiish) January 24, 2016
Through it all, she came back for her sisters.
The Braxton's reality show premiered in 2011. Why is their TV so old? Who did this? #ToniBraxtonMovie pic.twitter.com/ASoKttaldn
— Makho Ndlovu (@makhondlovu) January 24, 2016
Moral of the story: you can't keep a good woman down.
Lupus, bankruptcy, an autistic child, failed marriage, family issues..this woman is a fighter!!!! I salute you @tonibraxton #UnbreakMyHeart
— *KanyeShrug* (@JusRio) January 24, 2016
"Even the most blessed life is not without pain." #UnbreakMyHeart
— Morgth West. (@cosmorgpolitan) January 24, 2016
What did you think of the Toni Braxton story?
YASSSSSS @tonibraxton. #tonibraxtonmovie#UnbreakMyHeartpic.twitter.com/kH2g0kaUtu
— Alexis Tirado (@AlexisTT) January 24, 2016
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As promised, Blavity is keeping you updated on the latest with the Tupac biopic, All Eyez on Me. The Morgan Creek Productions film will be distributed by Open Road Productions, directed by Benny Boom, and Afeni Shakur. A release date has not yet been set, but for now, get familiar with the cast below.
1. Demetrius Shipp Jr. as Tupac Shakur
2. Jamal Woodard as Notorious B.I.G
3. Katt Graham as Jada Pinkett-Smith
4. Danai Gurira as Afeni Shakur
5. Grace Gibson as Faith Evans
6. Dominic L. Santana as Suge Knight
7. Jamie Hector as Mutulu Shakur
8. Money B of Digital Underground as himself
I think it's safe to say the film is shaping up...
The upcoming Tupac biopic, All Eyez on Me, is picking up momentum. According to Deadline, The Walking Dead’s Danai Gurira has been cast as the role of Tupac's mother, Afeni Shakur.
Afeni Shakur is executive producer of the biopic, and has a major hand in the way her son's story is told. Cast as the legendary rapper himself is Demetrius Shipp Jr., and Jamal Woodard will be reprising his role as Notorious BIG.
New Tupac Shakur Movie to Star Dead Ringer Demetrius Shipp (PHOTOS) https://t.co/uCbiH1KcYq pic.twitter.com/iYdqZG9cSk
— Lee Bailey (@eurweb) December 19, 2015
The biopic is currently being filmed in Atlanta, Georgia. The plot follows Tupac's career, his time in jail, and his time at Death Row Records. Stay with Blavity as this story...
Defying the odds against her, Bessie was one of the most successful recording and performing artists in the 1930s. The biopic is directed and written by Dee Rees and follows Bessie's journey as a blues songstress.
The biopic will premiere on Saturday, May 16th at 8PM on HBO.
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Part 2 of our interview continues with the fallout via social and traditional media about her casting in the movie. If you missed part 1, check it out here to learn about Chattrisse's journey and how she got casted.
The Public Backlash
C: To be completely honest, I see both sides of the argument. I do have the discernment to understand why it’s a debate for some people.
My agent, whose husband helps train actors who need to do certain accents, gave me this example: there was an audition for a movie about Mary, Queen of Scots, and the actors were told to audition with a British accent; my agent’s husband thought this was ridiculous. You’d think the Queen of Scots would have a Scottish accent, right? But no, not even - she was actually educated in France, which means she’d need a French accent for the movie to be completely historically accurate.
There are things [movie-makers] don't always pay attention to, they want to get the movie made. There are going to be productions where it’s important to have an exact copy of something, there are going to be productions where it's not.
Bradley Walsh, the director, made it a point to pull me aside and say “You're here because you killed it in that audition. You are here because you are playing the character that we want on that screen. If I wanted a Missy Elliott lookalike, I would've put out an open call and lined people up...” And casting based solely on looks has no guarantees about a person’s acting ability.
They wanted an actor to portray a certain character; that's what auditions are for. I went in, did what I needed to do; they were happy enough that they cast me. When I started to doubt myself, my agent reminded me of that. “If they thought you needed a dialect coach, they would have said get a dialect coach.” If you are an actor, your job is to act.
I read in Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg that it’s partially a gender thing. We [women] look at the qualifications for a job, and only if we feel that we have 80-100% of them do we bother applying for it. Men, even if they feel like they have a lower percentage of the qualifications, they tend to apply anyway. We hold ourselves back, we think we're not good enough for that yet. But so many things you learn, you figure them out as you go.
By August, we were a little concerned because we hadn't heard back from the hair and wardrobe department until fairly late in the game. I was like “I'm not cutting my hair.” Not that I wouldn’t ever cut my hair for a production, but it needs to be made clear at the beginning. You can't decide that when I get on set. My agent was equally adamant about that. I told her, “Part of the reason people are upset online is they’re saying I look nothing like Missy and they want to know how that's going to be handled. So it is going to be handled?” I went on set and we did a bunch of prep work for makeup and wardrobe.
A: How did you manage to keep a level head through the backlash?
C: What you focus on grows and expands. I have focused on the amazingly good things about this entire experience. Some people who I really care about were sending me negative clips; not to hurt me, but I had to tell them tell them, thanks but no thanks. Either they would apologize or say they felt I should know these things were being said. But what that random person online is saying is completely irrelevant, what other people think about me is none of my business. My business is handling my business.
Being aware of the negative, but not focusing on it, is key. When I came home from the first day on set, all I put on Facebook was: Today was a really really good day, I’m still not even sure I deserve it all. Still super grateful.
There are so many reasons this has been the gig of a lifetime so far for me. A DEFINITE career highlight. I’ve blogged about it a bit. [See it here]
I'm focusing on the positive and focusing on moving forward. What do I need to work on? What can I learn from this? The experience I gained. The people I met. [The] surprising amount of people who don't know me from nowhere and wouldn't recognize me sitting here right now, who took time to send me an encouraging message like: Looking forward to seeing the movie, or even I hope you do my girl Missy justice. That’s different from the people sending stupid things that I'm not even going to repeat. There are people who are quick to jump on something negative, but there are a lot of people who say “You know what, this woman might be dealing with some stuff right now, let me take 30 seconds to tweet her an encouraging message.”
A: That's the funny thing about Twitter - there's so much good, but there's SO much bad.
C: Exactly. So a big thank you, to those who verbally, [via] phone, Facebook, Twitter, sent something positive into the universe about that. It's very much appreciated. Not just for me, because clearly I’m not the only person in the cast dealing with this.
I got it. Izaak got it. Alex got it. Alex had people threatening her on Twitter … I mean, come on. It's a movie.
Yes, it’s a movie about a person who means a lot to a lot of us, but a) 13 years have gone by and its about time a movie got made; and, b) if you are counting on a movie to educate future generations on music history, that's your bad. It's not a textbook, a course in a university - it's a movie. It's a piece of entertainment. Yes, it touches on the life of a real person and people who are still alive - but why have such high expectations about a biopic, and expect so little from, oh, I don’t know, your politicians?