Aretha Franklin's family has made it clear they did not want a new biopic about the beloved Queen of Soul to see the light of day.
The family did not support the much-hyped Genius: Aretha series, which debuted on National Geographic on Sunday evening, March 21.
Cynthia Erivo, pictured with Aretha in 2015, earned critical praise for her role as the Queen of Soul in Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Suzan-Lori Parks' new eight-part project, but Aretha's granddaughter said it's full of fiction.
"This movie has to go," she said in a new TikTok video. "As the immediate family, we feel that it's important to be involved with any biopic of my grandma's life, as it's hard to get any accurate depiction of anyone's life without speaking to the ones closest to them."
She said the family has "been disrespected and told we will not be worked with. As the immediate family - emphasis on immediate - we do not support this film and we ask that you also do not support this film, as we feel extremely disrespected, and we feel there will be many inaccuracies about my grandmother's life."
Her father and Aretha's son, Kecalf Franklin, supported his daughter, telling Rolling Stone, "What we've found out in the past is that usually when people don't want to work with you, that is a prelude to some type of unprofessional behavior or a prelude to some type of untruth or slander... That's usually the case when people say that they don't want to work with you."
Genius: Aretha chronicles the soul legend's rise to the top from her roots as a teenage single teenage mom in Alabama.
National Geographic bosses acknowledged they made no contact with Franklin's family while making the series, but they still insist the biopic was thoroughly researched.
The Franklin family is working with the producers of Respect, the new Aretha Franklin biopic starring Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson, which is slated to hit theaters this summer.
Wendy Williams claims she was date raped by 1980s singer Sherrick. Wendy made the shocking revelation while promoting her upcoming Lifetime biopic, "Wendy Williams: The Movie."
Wendy, 56, says the effeminate singer "mesmerized" her with his "twinkling eyes" during an interview in 1988.
"His name was Sherrick [and] he was a one-hit wonder, remember the song. It was called 'Just Call' and it was number one on the R&B charts and an overnight sensation," she told The NY Daily News.
"He was in D.C. I was a cute radio DJ. He'd asked me did I want to accompany him to his album release celebration in D.C. and I said 'yes.' I got off the air and went back to his hotel room with him," said Williams.
"He said he wanted to shower and freshen up and introduced cocaine to the scene," she added. "I was already familiar with cocaine so I was continuing to party while he was in the shower. And I was sitting on the bed minding my own business."
The harrowing rape scene is played out in graphic detail in the biopic, starring Ciara Peyton as Wendy, and actor Nykeem Provo portraying the rapist.
Wendy fought back tears as she recalled the incident.
"I left after that and went home and scrubbed my skin off, cried and that was that," the Asbury Park, N.J., native recalled. "I never told anybody. I just handled it and that's it."
Sherrick is best known for his single "Just Call," which peaked in the Top 10 on the Billboard R&B singles chart.
Sherrick, real name F. Lamotte Smith, was a former member of Motown R&B group Kagny. His biggest claim to fame was being featured on the soundtrack to "The Last Dragon."
Sherrick, who was an alcoholic and drug abuser, died in 1999 of unknown causes.
Talk show host Wendy Williams executive produces the biopic on her life, revealing the highs and lows she has experienced throughout the years.
Wendy has made herself the go-to source for great celebrity dish on her hit talk show, The Wendy Williams Show, but recently the spotlight has turned towards her. The authorized project provides a revealing look at Wendy's journey, from her scrappy upstart days in urban radio to the success of her own syndicated talk show.
Despite all the naysayers and obstacles Wendy encountered throughout her life, her strength and determination have allowed her to thrive. Ciera Payton takes on the lead role while Morocco Omari stars as Wendy's ex-husband, Kevin Hunter.
Produced by Front Street for Lifetime and executive produced by Wendy Williams, Will Packer and Sheila Ducksworth. Darren Grant directs from a script written by Leigh Davenport and Scarlett Lacey.
Wendy Williams: The Movie premieres on January 30, 2021 at 8/7C on Lifetime.
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Robin Givens issued a cease & desist to keep her marital misdeeds out of the upcoming Mike Tyson biopic.
The 55-year-old actress married Tyson in 1988 when he was at the peak of his boxing career. But their relationship quickly went downhill, as Givens allegedly leaked negative stories about Tyson to the gossip tabloids.
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Givens was accused of being a gold digger and taking advantage of the punch drunk boxing champ.
In an infamous interview with Barbara Walters that aired on September 29, 1988, Givens shocked the nation by accusing Tyson of physically abusing her and being manic-depressive.
Tyson's fans accused Givens and her helicopter mom, Ruth Roper, of drugging Tyson before the Walters interview.
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Givens's mother, seen here helping her daughter drag Tyson in a photo shoot, was also accused of leaking dirt on Tyson.
It's understandable that Givens doesn't want any of her dirty laundry aired in the Tyson biopic. It's safe to say Givens was one of the most hated celebrities of the '80s.
A representative for Tyson clarified that Ms. Givens's misdeeds will not be a part of the biopic. But she issued the C&D anyhow.
"As of now, Mr. Tyson's attorneys have not received any cease and desist, but there isn't nor has there been any intention of including his relationship with her in his biopic. He wishes her well in all her endeavors," the rep said.
Watch the interview with Walters below.
Jamie Foxx bulked up to the delight of his female (and some male) fans. The comedic actor has wowed fans with his pumped-up physique as he transforms himself into the Black hulk to portray boxer Mike Tyson in a new movie.
Jamie perfected Tyson's famous lisp as part of his stand-up routine years ago and now he's bulking up to look like Mike for the upcoming biopic Finding Mike.
Posting a shirtless photo of himself on Instagram on Friday, the 52-year-old Oscar winner added the caption: "The transformation begins... FINDING MIKE."
"It is no secret that I have been pursuing the @miketyson biopic for some time... people always ask me when is it going to happen...? things have finally lined up... A few months ago we started the journey... The first but biggest task is to transform the body... with a regiment [sic] of pull-ups dips and push-ups we are off to a pretty good start... we have a ways to go but God willing."
Jamie's fans complained about the poor quality of the images on his Instagram. One user asked if his phone was a throwback from the early 2000s.
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It's going to be difficult for Jamie to bulk up at his age. Muscles naturally begin to go limp after age 45 when male hormone levels start to decline.
Sure, he can take steroids or supplements to boost his male androgens (hormones), but his huge muscles will still be soft rather than the hard, chiseled look that the ladies (and men) like.
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Aretha Franklin fans reacted with excitement to the first images of singer Jennifer Hudson portraying the Queen of Soul in the upcoming biopic titled RESPECT, filmed on location in Manhattan's Harlem Neighborhood.
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Jennifer, pictured at a July 4th concert in Philadelphia, was transformed into Aretha for a scene with costar Marlon Wayans, 47, who plays her onscreen husband Ted While. In the scene, which takes place in 1966, Marlon collects money from prostitutes while Jennifer looks on from a car.
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Later Jennifer and Marlon share a passionate kiss in the car. The images were shot on November 2 by BACKGRID celebrity photo agency.
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Aretha, who passed away on Aug. 16, 2018 at age 76, personally handpicked Jennifer to play her in the biopic.
The 38-year-old American Idol finalist is no stranger to big budget musicals. She played Effie Melody White in the 2006 movie, Dreamgirls, with Beyonce, left, and Anika Noni Rose, center. Jennifer notably sang "And I'm Telling You I'm Not Going" in the film Dreamgirls.
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