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Beyoncé’s Etta James @ Cadillac Records

Beyoncé Knowles stars as blues singer Etta James in Director Darnell Martin’s Cadillac Records, the film about the rise and fall of Chess Records, which launched the careers of Muddy Waters, Etta James and Chuck Berry. Leonard Chess (Adrien Brody) scoured the South, checking out the various blues scenes and selling records from the back of his Cadillac.

Beyoncé Knowles is repped by Dennis Ashley, Robert Gibbs, II and Andrea Nelson-Meigs @ International Creative Management, attorney Ken Hertz @ Goldring Hertz & Lichtenstein LLP, publicist Alan Nierob @ Rogers & Cowan Public Relations and manager Mathew Knowles @ Music World Entertainment.

Ms. Darnell Martin is repped by Sophy Holodnik and Paul Alan Smith @ International Creative Management and manager Rosalie Swedlin @ Industry Entertainment.
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Oliver Stone’s W.

On October 17th, 2008 Lionsgate released W. to a Bush-fatigued populace, but something tells me people will come to see it. It surprisingly revives what was so charismatic in the president in the first place, while reminding us of the terrible consequences of his decisions. He’s the comic relief at the epicenter of America’s descent into the war on terror, as bizarre as that sounds.


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What I noticed the most in Stone’s latest was the acting. There were performances where I forgot I was watching acting (which is the highest compliment of all) as was the case with Josh Brolin’s W and Jeffrey Wright’s Colin Powell, performances where I noticed and was impressed with the acting as was the case with Richard Dreyfuss’s Dick Cheney, and performances that made me scratch my head and wonder if the impersonated really acted that over-the-top (Thandie Newton’s Condoleezza Rice).

There were some powerful scenes, like Colin Powell making an impassioned case for diplomacy in a cabinet meeting, only to be overshadowed by Cheney’s cold-as-steel case for war. Powell really came out looking good in this picture, as we see that many in the White House were scratching their heads just like the rest of us were about the Iraq War. In fact, Powell may get headlines soon by endorsing Obama.

Condoleezza, however, did not come out looking so great. She seemed like just as big a warmonger as Cheney or Rumsfeld. While fascinating, the conversations inside the White House have to be taken with a grain of salt, seeing as how most of what went on in there from 2001 to 2003 is under wraps. However, Slate has an article about how surprisingly accurate the movie is. In fact, some true moments were excluded from the movie that would’ve made it even more difficult to believe. Sometimes truth is stranger than fiction.

Jason Stürmer is a contributor for (RR).

Quantum of Solace – Bond 22 Trailer

Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios (MGM) released Marc Forster’s Quantum of Solace (B22) trailer depicting James Bond infiltrating a drug ring that is flooding Britain with heroin. Enjoy!

The B22 flick hits theaters on November 7th of 2008.

Synopsis: Betrayed by Vesper, the woman he loved, 007 fights the urge to make his latest mission personal. Pursuing his determination to uncover the truth, James Bond and M interrogate Mr. White who reveals the organization which blackmailed Vesper is far more complex and dangerous than anyone had imagined. Forensic intelligence links an Mi6 traitor to a bank account in Haiti where a case of mistaken identity introduces Bond to the beautiful but feisty Camille, a woman who has her own vendetta. Camille leads Bond straight to Dominic Greene, a ruthless business man and major force within the mysterious organization. On a mission that leads him to Austria, Italy and South America, Bond discovers that Greene, conspiring to take total control of one of the world’s most important natural resources, is forging a deal with the exiled General Medrano. Using his associates in the organization, and manipulating his powerful contacts within the CIA and the British government, Greene promises to overthrow the existing regime in a Latin American country, giving the General control of the country in exchange for a seemingly barren piece of land. In a minefield of treachery, murder and deceit, Bond allies with old friends in a battle to uncover the truth. As he gets closer to finding the man responsible for the betrayal of Vesper, 007 must keep one step ahead of the CIA, the terrorists and even M, to unravel Greene’s sinister plan and stop his organization.

Quantum of Solace – Trailer @ June 30

Director Marc Forster’s Quantum of Solace new trailer – 22nd James Bond film (B22) – will hit the net on Monday, June 30. The 1 minute 51 seconds trailer will debut on AOL.com (domestic) and MSN.com (international) Monday morning from Noon – 2 p.m. Easter Time (9:00am – 11:00am Pacific Time). It’ll be dubbed or subtitled in 13 languages.

The B22 flick hits theaters on November 7th of 2008.

Oliver Stone’s W (George Bush Film) Humps EW

Josh Brolin as George W. Bush and Elizabeth Banks as Laura Bush grace the cover and pages of Entertainment Weekly for Oliver Stone’s W.

Here are the remaining cast of W: Thandie Newton as Condoleezza Rice, Ioan Gruffudd as Tony Blair, Rob Corddry as Ari Fleischer, James Cromwell as George Herbert Walker Bush, Ellen Burstyn as Barbara Bush and Jeffrey Wright as Colin Powell.

You can read the complete article at EW.com.