Friday, November 28, 2008

Camera Obscura: Beyonce as Etta James In 'Cadillac Records'

Just a quick mention here on the movie-filled Friday post (more movie news throughout the day because like you I am sorta busy today).

Recently hailed as one of the richest entertainers working today, singer Beyonce Knowles takes a big leap to play the legendary Etta James in the upcoming December release "Cadillac Records", which charts the real story of Chess Records in Chicago in the late 1950s and through the 1960s. The movie also has Mos Def as Chuck Berry, Jeffrey Wright as Muddy Waters and Adrien Brody as Leonard Chess.

Here's the trailer for the movie:

An extended clip from the movie with Etta/Beyonce in the recording studio. Chess had many of the great musicians of the day - from Benny Goodman to Chuck Berry. The movie is sure to be a somewhat formula Hollywood take on music and fame and corrupt business and morally dubious artists. Longtime TV director Darnell Martin wrote and directed this feature.

And let's be honest -- the blues-rich voice of Etta is not the silky style of Beyonce, but who else would bring in the crowds to the movie theaters?

Come back thru the day, I've got some more movie news you do not want to miss.

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