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'The Amazing Nina Simone' Director Slams New Biopic For Script And Zoe Saldana Casting


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The controversy surrounding the casting of Zoe Saldana as Nina Simone in an upcoming biopic rages on, with the director of a previous documentary about the singer reacting to the distributor’s recent defence of the movie, saying that “not every actor can play every role”.

Jeff L. Lieberman, who directed 2015 documentary The Amazing Nina Simone, wrote a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter and criticised not just the casting of Saldana, but also the tone and content of the script as “ugly and inaccurate”.

Nina, set for release in the US on April 22nd, has come under heavy fire from fans of the legendary singer, as the movie’s producers appear to have used prosthetics and makeup to make 37 year old Saldana more closely resemble Simone. Lieberman added his voice to this, saying the decision to do so was tone-deaf of the “horrible history of this type of portrayal”.

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The Nina Simone Estate Lash Out Over Zoe Saldana's 'Blackface'


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If there's one thing that never needs to rear its head in Hollywood again, it's blackface. But it seems that no-one told the crew of the new Nina Simone biopic 'Nina', because that's reportedly what they've employed for the lighter skinned leading lady Zoe Saldana.

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The first poster of the new movie clearly shows the half-Dominican half-Puerto Rican actress with a much darker skintone than usual, not to mention a prosthetic nose, for her role as African-American jazz singer and civil rights activist Nina Simone. And while Saldana may well have been the best casting choice as an actress, the estate of Simone have lashed out at her appearance being, well, all wrong.

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A Week In Movies: Red Carpets Draw Stars In Los Angeles And New York, While Two Film Crews Hit The Streets Of Brooklyn And New Trailers Drop For Three Festival Favourites


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Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara star in 'Hot Pursuit'Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara star in 'Hot Pursuit'

Reese Witherspoon and Sofia Vergara led the charge as their new action comedy 'Hot Pursuit' premiered in Los Angeles this week. It's about an uptight policewoman trying to protect the colourful widow of a drug kingpin as they are chased by corrupt cops and mob killers. It opens this weekend in America and in July in the UK. 

More: Check out pictures of the LA Premiere for 'Hot Pursuit' here

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The Voice And The Life Of Nina Simone Is Charted In New Documentary


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Nina Simone was a force of soul nature, a musical, chart-topping genius whose tunes still reverberate within a number of musical genres today. But the life of this immensely talented fusion of gospel and pop laced with jazz and performed with a perfect contralto voice faced a day-to-day fight for basic civil rights and she struggled to reconcile her artistic flair with her devotion to a fierce movement.

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What Happened, Miss Simone? is an upcoming documentary that tackles the difficulties of these two worlds as Simone found herself at the centre of an imperfect world as a black, female with an extraordinary ability and a desire for change. 

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What Happened, Miss Simone Trailer


Nina Simone was, by all accounts, one of the greatest performers of all time. A courageous and powerful voice that touched millions and truly came alive on the stage. Although what most people don't know, is that she was the same when she left the stage. Being such a brave and important figure who lived in a time of distress and injustice, Simone was as alive offstage as she was on it, but she was angry. See, for the first time, the ultimate power that courage and anger can have on the world, but also make the people around her wonder, "what happened, Miss Simone?"

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"What Happened, Miss Simone?" Makes Waves With Sundance Premiere


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It’s Sundance weekend again and the star of the show this year is definitely What Happened, Miss Simone? The Netflix-produced Nina Simone documentary traces the life of the famed Jazz singer from her beginnings as a classical pianist, through her rise to fame on the jazz and blues scene. What Happened, Miss Simone does not gloss over Simone’s involvement in the Civil Rights Movement or her struggles with mental illness.

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John Legend performed a stunning tribute at the What Happened, Miss Simone? Premiere

The Park City premiere was made into a real event, followed up with a concert by soul star John Legend in tribute to Simone’s life and work.

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A Week In Music - My Bloody Valentine Make Victorious Return, Mumford And Sons Take Home Top Grammy Award


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A Week in Videos...The popularity of Unknown Mortal Orchestra has been on a slow burning rise for some months now. Taken from their forthcoming second album, helpfully entitled II, ‘So Good At Being In Trouble’ sees the band in a particularly catchy mode, a lilting melody lifting the trademark stoner vibe. The video features the actor Christopher Mintz-Plasse (you’ll know him as McLovin’ from the movie Superbad) causing a scene and trying to snatch a hippy from a scene that could well be set in a 1960s era Venice Beach.

In this video, Nina Simone talks about freedom and love, before the film cuts to a grainy performance of her performing ‘I Wish I Knew How It Would Feel To Be Free.’ One of music’s legendary performers, Simone’s rendition of the song showcases her warm and passionate vocal. On the subject of freedom, Simone insists that she couldn’t possibly describe how it feels to be free, just as much as its impossible to describe the feeling of being in love. To hear her perform the track, though, you get just a glimpse of what freedom might feel like.

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Nina Simone

Date of birth

21st February, 1933

Date of death

21st April, 2003

Occupation

Musician

Sex

Female






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