Sunday, December 2, 2012
Lenny Kravitz as Marvin Gaye and the State of Black Biopics on Today's "Cinema in Noir"
Here goes another one...It's recently been announced that rock star and sometimes actor (The Hunger Games, Precious) Lenny Kravitz has signed on to star as Marvin Gaye in a biopic on the late singer's life. And all we have to say on Cinema in Noir is the only things those two have in common are the fact that they are/were revered recording artists. The end.
This new problem brought the ladies to further discuss the age-old question: What did black biopics ever do to Hollywood to make them want to hurt them so badly? Since the great and successful Ray in 2004, Hollywood has scored an F for effort as far as bringing quality biopics starring talented and appropriate actors to the big screen. We've since had the following trifling castings: American Idol alum Fantasia as Mahalia Jackson, Mary J. Blige as Betty Shabazz and Zoe Saldana. When will it end? Listen to our take on the issue on today's episode.
We also chat about last week's announcement of the Independent Spirit Awards, news, and reviews of the latest film releases.
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