Jamie Foxx focusing on Mike Tyson’s mental health for new biopic

Jamie Foxx is focusing on the mental health struggles suffered by Mike Tyson as he prepares to play the boxer in a new biopic.The Oscar-winning actor has already begun to transform his body to match the ex boxer’s physique, but Foxx’s former trainer-tu…

Jamie Foxx is focusing on the mental health struggles suffered by Mike Tyson as he prepares to play the boxer in a new biopic.

The Oscar-winning actor has already begun to transform his body to match the ex boxer’s physique, but Foxx’s former trainer-turned-stylist Jack Manson told Britain’s The Sun newspaper the journey is as much about his mental state as it is his physical strength.

Manson insisted his pal has what it takes to deliver a standout performance, and said the 52-year-old will need to go “into a dark hole” to successfully portray Tyson’s sometimes fragile emotional state.

“Will he train, will he be ready for this role? He definitely will be. But I think the story is bigger than just boxing,” he explained. “I don’t think it’s centred around Jamie getting in shape to play this boxer, I think the story is more… Who is Mike Tyson? What is his journey?

“It’ll be good, but I think people will have to be patient and let the process happen.”

Foxx was initially attached to the movie back in 2014, and when asked why the film took so long to come into fruition, Manson revealed the team struggled to find “the right script,” which would, “tell Mike’s story from a place he is now and go back… Mike is a very complex individual”.

“He needed someone to tell the story without just focusing on all the bad s**t that went on, humanise him,” he added. “Jamie wants to do it justice, and he also doesn’t want to demonise him either, in a way that makes him look like an imbecile.”

Tyson has experienced his share of controversies, including being convicted of raping an 18-year-old former Miss Black America contestant in 1992, public battles with depression, and drug and alcohol addiction.

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Jamie Foxx undergoing transformation to play Mike Tyson in new biopic

Jamie Foxx has showed off his impressive muscles on Instagram as he prepares to play boxer Mike Tyson in a new biopic.The Oscar-winning actor shared a series of shirtless snaps flexing his biceps, and revealed he started his intense workout regime earl…

Jamie Foxx has showed off his impressive muscles on Instagram as he prepares to play boxer Mike Tyson in a new biopic.

The Oscar-winning actor shared a series of shirtless snaps flexing his biceps, and revealed he started his intense workout regime earlier this year.

“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…” Foxx wrote in the caption.

“The first but biggest task is to transform the body… with a regiment of pull-ups dips and push-ups we are off to a pretty good start… we have a ways to go but God willing… like I said we have a ways to go… But I am prepared to get there! #swipeleft TYSON!”

Foxx had first revealed the pictures during his appearance on the Instagram Live series Catching Up with Mark Birnbaum, in which he also confirmed the movie was in the works.

The 52-year-old impersonated Tyson as part of his stand-up comedy routine early on in his career, and he told Birnbaum that doing biographies was “tough”.

Tyson, 53, began his career in 1985 and ended it in 2005 with a record 50 wins, with 44 by knockout.

Foxx has enjoyed huge success with biopics – he won his Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal of Ray Charles in 2004’s Ray and he earned acclaim for playing homeless musician Nathaniel Ayers in The Soloist five years later.

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Wes Anderson and Viggo Mortensen’s movies chosen for Cannes Film Festival Official Selection

Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch and Viggo Mortensen’s directorial debut have made the 2020 Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection. The annual French film event, which usually takes place in May, was cancelled in its physical form this year due t…

Wes Anderson’s The French Dispatch and Viggo Mortensen’s directorial debut have made the 2020 Cannes Film Festival’s Official Selection.

The annual French film event, which usually takes place in May, was cancelled in its physical form this year due to the coronavirus pandemic, but organisers wanted to support the movies submitted to premiere there by releasing its Official Selection line-up.

The shortlist of 56 titles were unveiled in Paris on Wednesday evening and the presentation confirmed that Anderson’s latest, starring Timothee Chalamet, Frances McDormand, and Tilda Swinton, was set for a Cannes debut, as well as Mortenson’s Falling, which he wrote, directed and stars in, and Francis Lee’s Ammonite, a romance drama starring Kate Winslet and Saoirse Ronan.

“In such upsetting times, a little personal joy. I am utterly thrilled Ammonite has been selected for Cannes 2020. To be amongst the other filmmakers is a complete honour. I can’t wait for you all to see it soon. Thank you @Festival_Cannes,” Lee tweeted.

Other notable entries in the Official Selection include Pixar’s upcoming animation Soul, featuring the voice of Jamie Foxx, Summer 85 by Francois Ozon, and Steve McQueen’s films Mangrove and Lovers Rock, which form part of his Small Axe anthology of five feature-length stories.

On Wednesday evening, the 12 Years a Slave filmmaker announced he was dedicating the films to African-American man George Floyd, following his death at the hands of white police officers on 25 May, and “all the other black people that have been murdered, seen or unseen, because of who they are, in the U.S., U.K. and elsewhere”.

Other titles include Asa Ga Kuru (True Mothers) by Naomi Kawase, Druk (Another Round) by Thomas Vinterberg, and Peninsula, Yeon Sang-Ho’s sequel to his 2016 zombie horror movie Train to Busan.

Movies in the Official Selection will not compete for the Palme d’Or this year. However, they will each receive a “Cannes 2020” label and be able to premiere at another festival instead. They can even compete at Spain’s San Sebastian Film Festival in September.

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Just Mercy made free to rent in U.S. amid anti-racism protests

Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx’s movie Just Mercy has been made free to stream online in support of the Black Lives Matter movement. The legal drama, which highlights the work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, played by Jordan, and the Equal…

Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Foxx’s movie Just Mercy has been made free to stream online in support of the Black Lives Matter movement.

The legal drama, which highlights the work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, played by Jordan, and the Equal Justice Initiative (EJI), follows the lawyer as he tries to free Walter McMillian, portrayed by Foxx, an African-American man on death row, wrongly accused of murdering a white woman.

In response to the death of George Floyd at the hands of Minnesota police on 25 May and the subsequent conversation about racial injustice and the Black Lives Matter movement, studio officials at Warner Bros. have decided to make the movie free for U.S.-based viewers for the month of June to help educate the public.

“We believe in the power of story. Our film Just Mercy, based on the life work of civil rights attorney Bryan Stevenson, is one resource we can humbly offer to those who are interested in learning more about the systemic racism that plagues our society,” Warner Bros. bosses explained in a statement on Tuesday. “For the month of June, Just Mercy will be available to rent for free across digital platforms in the U.S.

“To actively be part of the change our country is so desperately seeking, we encourage you to learn more about our past and the countless injustices that have led us to where we are today. Thank you to the artists, storytellers and advocates who helped make this film happen. Watch with your family, friends and allies.”

Just Mercy had a limited U.S. release in December before opening wide in January. It is currently available to rent for free on Amazon Prime, YouTube Movies, and Vudu.

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Disney postpones Soul release by five months

Disney executives have delayed the release of upcoming Pixar animation Soul from June to November. The children’s movie follows a school music teacher, voiced by Jamie Foxx, who gets involved in an accident that causes his soul to be separated from hi…

Disney executives have delayed the release of upcoming Pixar animation Soul from June to November.

The children’s movie follows a school music teacher, voiced by Jamie Foxx, who gets involved in an accident that causes his soul to be separated from his body. It was originally slated to open on 19 June and was Disney’s nearest big release after officials reshuffled the majority of its cinema calendar.

However, on Monday, Disney bosses announced that Soul would be delayed like many of their other titles, and would now open on 20 November.

Foxx shared the news on his Instagram Stories with the caption: “I pray we will all be safe and healthy, watching in theatres together.”

In addition, Disney executives also announced that Raya and the Last Dragon, an original fantasy film, had been postponed from 25 November to 12 March 2021, so an untitled live-action movie originally scheduled for that date has been removed from the schedule.

Now Soul has been postponed, a major studio movie isn’t set to open in cinemas until July, when Christopher Nolan’s Tenet is still scheduled for release. Disney officials have also set the rescheduled release date for their live-action remake of Mulan for 24 July.

They underwent a huge reshuffle in March, moving films like Scarlett Johansson’s Black Widow to November and The Eternals to February 2021. They also opted to move children’s sci-fi movie Artemis Fowl onto their streaming service Disney+, with chairman Bob Iger recently hinting that more films will follow in its footsteps.

Soul is the second Pixar title to debut this year following fantasy adventure Onward, featuring the voices of Tom Holland and Chris Pratt. Onward was showing in cinemas when they closed due to the coronavirus pandemic and has since been released early on Disney+.

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Jamie Foxx to direct When We Pray

Jamie Foxx has signed up to direct the drama When We Pray. The Oscar-winning actor made his feature film directorial debut with the upcoming sports comedy-drama All-Star Weekend and has already lined up his next directing gig with When We Pray, which h…

Jamie Foxx has signed up to direct the drama When We Pray.

The Oscar-winning actor made his feature film directorial debut with the upcoming sports comedy-drama All-Star Weekend and has already lined up his next directing gig with When We Pray, which he also co-wrote with Donald Ray ‘Speedy’ Caldwell.

According to Deadline, the film follows two brothers who become pastors at different churches in the same community. One brother develops his church into a modern, high-tech congregation that uses digital devices and cash machines, while the other takes a humbler path but soon finds his church in decline and in need of financial help.

The deal was negotiated by Philippe Diaz, founder and chairman of Cinema Libre Studio, as well as president of the Hong Kong-based Fight to Fame Films committee, which are both producing the project.

“It’s a great honour to work with such a talented and passionate man as Jamie Foxx and I’m pleased to have our new, Fight to Fame partners onboard which will give Jamie the total freedom to make this film which is close to his heart, thus launching this new unique collaboration,” said Diaz in a statement.

“Jamie Foxx is a Hollywood superstar – but audiences around the world love him as well. Our strong relationships in China and other Asian countries will ensure that When We Pray will be enthusiastically received by Asian moviegoers,” added Carrie Wang, chairman of Fight to Fame.

Production will begin on the project sometime before the end of the year.

Foxx was recently seen playing wrongly convicted Death Row inmate Walter McMillian opposite Michael B. Jordan in Just Mercy, for which he earned a Screen Actors Guild (SAG) Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor. He will next be heard voicing the lead character in Disney/Pixar’s upcoming animation Soul.

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Leonardo DiCaprio surprises Jamie Foxx at American Black Film Festival Honors

Leonardo DiCaprio surprised Jamie Foxx by presenting him with the top award at the 2020 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Honors.The 45-year-old was on hand to pay a touching tribute to his Django Unchained co-star at the fourth annual ceremony on Su…

Leonardo DiCaprio surprised Jamie Foxx by presenting him with the top award at the 2020 American Black Film Festival (ABFF) Honors.

The 45-year-old was on hand to pay a touching tribute to his Django Unchained co-star at the fourth annual ceremony on Sunday, as Foxx received the Excellence in the Arts award.

DiCaprio reflected on their time spent filming Quentin Tarantino’s 2013 epic Western and told the star-studded audience that the Oscar-winning actor was a force to be reckoned with.

“Jamie brings out the very best in other people,” the Once Upon a Time in Hollywood star shared. “He lifts up everyone around. You can see any social setting he’s in. He’s like a magnetic force in any room that he inhabits, and there is no one in this industry who pays positivity and encouragement forward the way Jamie Foxx does.”

As Foxx made his way to the stage to collect the honour from his fellow Academy Award winner, the 52-year-old gave an impromptu performance of his 2008 hit single, Blame It.

And in his acceptance speech, the Ray star praised DiCaprio’s work ethic, as well as his knowledge of hip-hop.

“I love you, man. You are my friend. You are my colleague, and this means the world,” Foxx gushed.

Other honourees included Lena Waithe, Cynthia Erivo, and Louis Gossett Jr., who received Hollywood Legacy Award.

Just Mercy was named Movie of the Year at the ceremony, while The Wire received the Classic Television Award.

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Margot Robbie joins Christian Bale in David O. Russell’s new drama

Margot Robbie has joined Christian Bale in David O. Russell’s new drama.It has been announced that the Birds of Prey actress has signed on to star in the movie, which will be directed from Russell from his own script. Plot details are being kept under …

Margot Robbie has joined Christian Bale in David O. Russell’s new drama.

It has been announced that the Birds of Prey actress has signed on to star in the movie, which will be directed from Russell from his own script. Plot details are being kept under wraps, but it will reportedly follow the story of an unlikely partnership between a doctor and a lawyer.

Robbie will join Bale on the project, which has the working title of Amsterdam. Jamie Foxx and Angelina Jolie are reportedly being eyed for roles.

It was previously reported that the Australian actress, who was up for Best Supporting Actress at the Oscars on Sunday, was being touted as one of the leading ladies on the movie, alongside Russell’s frequent collaborator Jennifer Lawrence.

Matthew Budman is set to produce the film, which is being fast-tracked by bosses at New Regency and is part of their new deal with 20th Century Studios.

The filmmaker likes to reunite with actors he has already worked with on past movies. For example, Russell and Bale previously collaborated on The Fighter and American Hustle to great success.

The Fighter scored seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director for Russell, while American Hustle was up for 10 awards, with Bale landing a Best Actor nod.

This marks part of Russell’s comeback after he took a five-year hiatus from Hollywood following the release of his movie Joy in 2015. He is also working on an adaptation of 2013 novel The Skies Belong to Us, with Michael B. Jordan attached to star and also produce.

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Christian Bale set to reunite with David O. Russell for new drama

Christian Bale is set to reunite with director David O. Russell for a star-studded new movie.The 45-year-old, who previously worked with the writer and filmmaker on The Fighter and American Hustle, is one of the leading men in the film, according to ed…

Christian Bale is set to reunite with director David O. Russell for a star-studded new movie.

The 45-year-old, who previously worked with the writer and filmmaker on The Fighter and American Hustle, is one of the leading men in the film, according to editors at Deadline.

It is understood that the project will follow the story of an unlikely partnership between a doctor and a lawyer.

Bale, who won an Academy Award in 2011 for his role in The Fighter, will reportedly be joined by fellow Oscar winners Jamie Foxx and Angelina Jolie for the project, which has the working title of Amsterdam.

Russell’s frequent collaborator Jennifer Lawrence is also being touted as a potential female lead in the drama, alongside Margot Robbie.

Matthew Budman is set to produce the film, which is being fast-tracked by bosses at New Regency and is part of their new deal with Fox/Disney.

Production is expected to begin in April, and while Bale is rumoured to be playing the villain in the upcoming Marvel Studios blockbuster, Thor: Love and Thunder, that won’t begin filming until later this summer.

Russell hasn’t made a movie since Joy back in 2015, but has been working on a new project based on the book The Skies Belong to Us, with Michael B. Jordan attached to star and also produce.

The Fighter scored seven Oscar nominations, including Best Picture and Best Director for Russell, while American Hustle was up for 10 awards, with Bale landing a Best Actor nod.

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Jamie Foxx: ‘Just Mercy struck a personal chord’

Jamie Foxx signed up for drama Just Mercy because the story struck a personal chord with him. In the new film, the Oscar-winning actor portrays the real-life Walter McMillian, who was wrongly imprisoned for murdering a woman and placed on death row fo…

Jamie Foxx signed up for drama Just Mercy because the story struck a personal chord with him.

In the new film, the Oscar-winning actor portrays the real-life Walter McMillian, who was wrongly imprisoned for murdering a woman and placed on death row for six years, until lawyer Bryan Stevenson, played by Michael B. Jordan, took on his case and appealed the conviction.

During an appearance on The Graham Norton Show, Foxx explained that he was honoured to shine a light on McMillian’s story and all those who have been unjustly incarcerated, such as his own father.

“When Michael called me, I was humbled and honoured to be part of the project, but it is personal because they put my father in jail for seven years for having $25 of illegal substances,” he shared. “He was an educator of kids in the inner city and he taught me everything I know. I couldn’t visit him in jail because I saw him as a king, but I wrote to him to say, ‘Things have gotten good for me and when you get out I will save your life,’ and he has been living with me for 20 years now.

“Here’s the good part – when he saw the movie, he said, ‘You tell that Michael B Jordan to keep doing what he is doing because it is so important.'”

Jordan helped produce the movie after reading Stevenson’s memoir about his work getting wrongly convicted people off death row, and Foxx heaped praise on his co-star for helping make Just Mercy, as well as starring in other films which are led by African-Americans.

“I commend Michael for making this movie. If you look at what he did with Fruitvale Station and then Black Panther to bring the narrative out for black people, I think this film completes his artistic sentence. When people watch this film, they weep and cheer because it moves your soul,” the 52-year-old gushed.

Just Mercy is in cinemas now.

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