Movie News: Jennifer Hudson to Star as Aretha Franklin in Musical Biopic; Sundance Announces 2018 Winners

Movie News: Jennifer Hudson to Star as Aretha Franklin in Musical Biopic; Sundance Announces 2018 Winners

Jan 29, 2018

Dreamgirls

Aretha Franklin: Academy Award winner Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls, above) will portray legendary musical artist Aretha Franklin in an upcoming biopic. Music executive Clive Davis, who has long been aligned with the singer, made the announcement and said that Franklin handpicked Hudson for the role. [Deadline]

 

The Miseducation of Cameron Post

Sundance Film Festival: Desiree Akhavan’s The Miseducation of Cameron Post (above) won a Grand Jury Prize at the just-concluded 2018 Sundance Film Festival. Chloe Grace Moretz stars as a teenager who is forced to attend a gay conversion camp. Other Grand Jury Prizes were awarded to Derek Doneen’s documentary Kailash, Turkish director Tolga Karaçelik’s dramatic feature Butterflies and Talal Derki’s documentary Of Fathers and Sons. [Indiewire]

 

Oculus

Doctor Sleep: Mike Flanagan (Gerald's Game; Oculus, above with Karen Gillan) will direct a big-screen adaptation of Stephen King's Doctor Sleep. Published in 2013, King's novel is a sequel to his own horror classic The Shining, largely revolving around young survivor Danny Torrance as a struggling adult in middle age. Flanagan will first write a new version of the screenplay. [Deadline]

 

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again

Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again TV Spot: In a new TV spot for Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again that debuted during the Grammys last night, Lily James and Amanda Seyfried are featured. We also get a few more moments with Cher, who plays a surprising role. The musical comedy will open in theaters on July 20. [Movieclips]

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