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MGM Delays Jennifer Hudson’s ‘Respect’ by Seven Months

MGM has delayed “Respect,” the Aretha Franklin biopic starring Jennifer Hudson, by seven months from Jan. 15 to Aug. 13 in the latest shuffle of a major title amid the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic.The studio also announced Tuesday that it has removed “Tomb Raider 2,” starring Alicia Vikander, from its March 19 release date.“Respect,” titled after […]

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‘Respect’ Trailer: Jennifer Hudson Is the Queen of Soul in Aretha Franklin Biopic

The first full trailer for MGM’s “Respect,” the upcoming Aretha Franklin starring vocal powerhouse Jennifer Hudson as the Queen of Soul, has arrived. The preview dropped Sunday night following Hudson’s performance at the BET Awards, which celebrated its 20th anniversary this year.The film directed by Liesl Tommy was originally slated to open in theaters October […]

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Film News Roundup: Aretha Franklin Biopic ‘Respect’ Pushed Back to Christmas

In today’s film news roundup, Jennifer Hudson’s “Respect” is moved back two months, another film festival is postponed and “Lupin the Third: the First” and “Raising Buchanan” find distribution.Release DateMGM has moved the release date of Jennifer Hudson’s Aretha Franklin biopic “Respect” from Oct. 9 to late in the awards seasons with a limited Christmas […]

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‘Cats’ Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying

After its official trailer debuted in November, many were equal parts horrified and enraged by the litany of humanoid cats preparing for the Jellicle ball and Jellicle sacrifice in “Cats.” Based on Andrew Lloyd Webber’s musical of the same name, said outrage came to no one’s surprise.Unfortunately for director Tom Hopper and team, the rage […]

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Liesl Tommy to Direct Aretha Franklin Biopic ‘Respect’

Metro Goldwyn Mayer Pictures is moving ahead on its Aretha Franklin biopic “Respect,” tapping stage director Liesl Tommy to direct.MGM set the project in motion a year ago when it was announced that Jennifer Hudson — who won a supporting actor Oscar for “Dreamgirls” — had been personally selected for the role by Franklin. The […]

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From Judi Dench to Taylor Swift, Here’s Every A-Lister Tom Hooper Has Herded Like Cats Into Doing ‘Cats’

It seems every day, some bigger and more exciting talent joins “Cats,” Tom Hooper’s forthcoming screen adaptation of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s record-breaking musical. Based on T.S. Eliot’s “Old Possum’s Book of Practical Cats,” the musical is the fourth longest-running show in Broadway history, and the sixth longest-running West End show. Hooper directed the “The King’s […]

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