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Beyonce to Direct an HBO Documentary About Beyonce
Multiple Grammy winner, entrepreneur and actress Beyoncé will be the focus of an intimate feature-length HBO documentary film debuting Feb. 16, 2013, it was announced today by Michael Lombardo, president, HBO Programming. Directed by the superstar, the film is a fusion of video that provides raw, unprecedented access to the private entertainment icon and high-voltage performances. Here’s what Michael Lombardo had to say about the project.
The film is a multi-faceted portrait of the 16-time Grammy Award-winning singer, businesswoman, songwriter, actress, entrepreneur, wife and mother, showing off the extraordinary gifts that have made her a global phenomenon, and stripping away the veneer of stardom. It includes extensive first-person footage, some of it shot by Beyoncé on her laptop, in which she reflects on the realities of celebrity, the refuge she finds onstage and the transcendent joy of becoming a mother last year.
The film sheds light on her childhood in Houston, with home movies revealing the close bond she built with her family and charts the challenges Beyoncé felt when she decided to manage her career and build her own company, Parkwood Entertainment. It also captures the intense physical and emotional demands she goes through in the studio, preparing for live performances, running a business and her family life, including her return to the spotlight after the birth of her daughter, Blue Ivy Carter, in January 2012.
Beyoncé also serves as the film’s executive producer.
Lenny Kravitz to Star in Marvin Gaye Biopic
Lenny Kravitz has signed on to portray musical legend Marvin Gaye in an untitled biopic directed by Julien Temple (Joe Strummer: The Future Is Unwritten). This will be the singer’s first lead role, after supporting turns in Precious and this year’s The Hunger Games.
The drama will focus on Marvin Gaye’s quest to battle his addictions and get his career back on track in the 1980s, with the help of London music promoter Freddy Cousaert. The singer was shot and killed by his father on April 1, 1984. It isn’t clear who is writing the screenplay, although the musical rights to all of Marvin Gaye’s songs have been acquired.
This isn’t Hollywood’s first attempt at a Marvin Gaye biopic. F. Gary Gray was set to direct Marvin back in 2008, although the project is currently dead. Jesse L. Martin was slated to portray the singer in Sexual Healing about the late singer’s life, before the project collapsed.
Lenny Kravitz will next be seen in Lee Daniels’ The Butler and the upcoming sequel The Hunger Games: Catching Fire.
Ryan Rynolds, Jeff Bridges, and Mary-Louise Parker star in the upcoming R.I.P.D.
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