*Tapped as guest mentor for Team Usher on the sixth season of NBC’s “The Voice” — which premieres Feb. 24 — Jill Scott has also been busy juggling two other major projects: a co-starring role in the James Brown biopic “Get On Up” and a new album for Atlantic, reports Billboard.
Given her background as a Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter and spoken word artist plus various theater credits (including a Canadian tour of Broadway musical “Rent”), Scott felt she could truly “be of service” during her “Voice” stint.
“It’s a show I watch and enjoy because singers are really being given an opportunity to sing,” she explains. “It’s not all about the look or the visual. It’s really about the tone of the voice, the passion that lives inside of it.”
*Chadwick Boseman has secured a role in Alex Proyas’ period epic “Gods Of Egypt,” reports Deadline.com. Summit Entertainment will put the film in theaters on February 12, 2016.
The action-adventure flick is based on Egyptian mythology. Boseman, who played Jackie Robinson in “42,” joins Gerard Butler, Geoffrey Rush, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Brenton Thwaites, and Courtney Eaton in the pic and will play Thoth, the god of wisdom.
Boseman wraps production this week on Universal’s “Get On Up,” the Tate Taylor-directed movie in which he stars as the Godfather of Soul James Brown. That will be released August 1.
As Full Force will be celebrating our 30 years in the recording industry in 2014, there is a rumor that we will be coming out with a brand new all-star music project in the SUMMER of 2014 which will also feature over 30 true skool music artists (Where do these rumors start?? Oh well.)
*Tika Sumpter, currently starring on OWN’s “Tyler Perry’s The Haves and Have Nots,” has joined the cast of Universal’s James Brown biopic “Get On Up,” reports Deadline.com.
She will play Yvonne Fair, a singer in the James Brown Revue who recorded Brown’s “I Found You,” which later was reworked into his classic “I Got You (I Feel Good).”
Tate Taylor is directing the pic, which stars Chadwick Boseman as the Godfather of Soul along with Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer and Nelsan Ellis.
Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth and Steven Baigelman wrote the script, and Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger are producing along with Victoria Pearman and Erica Huggins.
Sumpter will next be seen in the feature “Ride Along.”
*Fresh off of its much ballyhoo’d stance on a lack of diversity in showcasing ethnic female talent on the long-running “Saturday Night Live” series, “SNL” chief Lorne Michaels goes back to his safety net, and gives Maya Rudolph the green light for a primetime show on NBC.
Rudolph, you may recall, was the last black female (please let’s not get persnickity because she is biracial) to serve as a regular cast member on SNL; prior to the asinine attempt at justification by current “SNL” female impersonator, Kenan Thompson, that “black women are not ready” to be on the show.
Nevertheless, NBC has ordered a pilot for the proposed variety show, to air as a special after the Winter Olympics, which begins Friday, February 7, 2014 and Rudolph will executive produce with Michaels, Erin David and Dave Becky.
Apparently, the series is a hot property, and was chased by a number of networks, with NBC eventually winning out.
This will mark a return to TV for Rudolph, who, most recently, appeared on the big screen this year, in “Grown Ups 2″ and “The Way Way Back.”
*The Godfather of Soul, James Brown, is coming to a screen near you earlier than previously planned.
Universal has moved up the release date of the biopic, “Get On Up,” from October 17, 2014 to August 1, 2014; taking over the slot previously reserved for its highly anticipated “50 Shades of Grey” film adaptation, which has now got a new lead and been pushed to February 13, 2015.
“Get On Up” stars Chadwick Bozeman (“42″) as James Brown and Jill Scott as Brown’s wife. The cast is rounded out with Dan Aykroyd, Viola Davis, Octavia Spencer, Lennie James and Keith Robinson in the Tate Taylor-directed film.
Shooting on the project has begun, in Mississippi, with Brian Grazer producing alongside Mick Jagger, for Universal Pictures.
Promising a true tell-all of Brown’s life story, the screenplay was penned by Jez Butterworth & John-Henry Butterworth (they wrote the script for ”Fair Game,” the Naomi Watts and Sean Penn film).
“Get On Up” will compete with Disney’s wide release of its adaptation of “Guardians of the Galaxy” on that August 1, 2014 weekend.