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Aretha Franklin Teases ‘Lifetime’ Biopic / Eyes Jennifer Hudson For Lead Role

aretha franklin that grape juice 100 Aretha Franklin Teases Lifetime Biopic / Eyes Jennifer Hudson For Lead Role

After committing to deliver biopics on Aaliyah and Whitney Houston, the female audience-geared ‘Lifetime’ now works side by side with Aretha Franklin to tell her story, it has emerged today.

Speaking to ‘Billboard’, Franklin admits:

We’re very, very close to signatures on one agreement. It’s just a matter of our coming to terms and agreeing about what we’re doing to do.

 

Then, after initially eyeing Halle Berry to portray her, the ‘96 Tears’ singer revealed that she’s now set her sights on Jennifer Hudson or Tony award winner Audra McDonald.

She explained:

Audra’s got a great voice to work with, but she’s very Broadway oriented, but that doesn’t mean she cannot perform in the arena of soul, so that’s why I’m interested in hearing how she would sing my things. The singing is certainly going to be a very, very integral and important part of it.

 

Franklin’s movie  news comes as she completes a brand new studio album filled to the brim with hits originally performed by fellow entertainers. Produced by Andre 3000, the project will feature cuts released by Adele, Tina Turner and the late Donna Summer.

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  • June 29, 2014 at 2:46 am
    iHeart says:
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    I know Madam Aretha wanted a bio-film done for awhile now, but shouldn’t she, as one of the Greats, have her story told on the Big Screen?
    Nonetheless I think either Jennifer or Audra would be a great choice. Well more so JHud going based on the Grammy Tribute….idk

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  • June 29, 2014 at 2:48 am
    Proud-Arianator says:
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    LEGEND!

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    Hilary Duff is Queen, Other b****** take a seat Replied:

    Hilary ? I know

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    truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) Replied:

    Kill yoself ho like u said…i wanna c it

  • June 29, 2014 at 2:50 am
    ronnoc says:
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    Narcissistic b**** making a movie to honor her damn self.. she a legend but still..

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    JoJo Replied:

    Ever thought about her just wanting to tell her life story. I like it because it will be 100% authentic unlike some of the other biopics we have now.

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    truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) Replied:

    Honey u sound stooopid. Nothing wrong bout her makin a movie about herself, others have

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  • June 29, 2014 at 3:15 am
    MISHKA says:
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    Not J-Hud again. Nope!

    Amber Riley will kill the part. Give it to her, Miss Aretha. Before Patti Labelle gets her.

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    Me>>>>your faves Replied:

    STFU!

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  • June 29, 2014 at 6:03 am
    KJ says:
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    Is she gonna talking about having her first child at 12 and second child @ 14…

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    truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) Replied:

    Sluut u got it wrong…first at 14 2nd at 16 and yo mammy had u at 13…her daddy is YO daddy so ur granddad is yo dad u incest begotten ho. Tryna fucckn read and just got yo sour pusssy stompes in.

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    truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) Replied:

    ‘stompd’

    Me>>>>your faves Replied:

    you really didn’t need to mention this f***

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  • June 29, 2014 at 6:29 am
    Queen Mya>you h** says:
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    Mya will do it better tbfh

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    truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) Replied:

    :-| ???? Ho go Kill yoself

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  • June 29, 2014 at 6:29 am
    truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) says:
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    Chiiiile get Fanny. JHud IZ a vocal beast but she doesnt have HALF of Tasias creativity

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    Hilary Duff is Queen, Other b****** take a seat Replied:

    I hope u die in a ho

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    truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) Replied:

    Then sssSUCK my pusssy til u kill me, fill me?! *clips toenails…remains unbothered by this stanky ho

    truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) Replied:

    Wait wait wait…a hillary DUFF stan exists??? Kii to the FOREVER POWER chile HAHAHAHAHLOLOLOL!!!!!!

    Hilary Duff is Queen, Other b****** take a seat Replied:

    I hope u granny die in hell u skanky ass son of a fuckingg bitchh . I hope you dickk get stuck up ur ass and a hobo cumss all ovet your ugly ass face. I hope yo monkey ass ugly gremlin lookin momma gets raped hardddd and dieee !!!! f*** u

    truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) Replied:

    *looks at yo name again…KII!!!!! #FISH

  • June 29, 2014 at 6:31 am
    Hilary Duff is Queen, Other b****** take a seat says:
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    Ha pussay opened up at 12 years old what kind of fat ass s****.

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    truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) Replied:

    The same as ur mom

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    Hilary Duff is Queen, Other b****** take a seat Replied:

    My mom is dead. f***** ho

    truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) Replied:

    She prolly died of shame from having a BIITCH like yo for a SON!!

    Hilary Duff is Queen, Other b****** take a seat Replied:

    Ok b**** im going to kill myself i had enaough and i am not kidding!! Im sick of pepole like u bringing me down!! I hope this will haunt u at night. Thank u for making me end my life.

    truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) Replied:

    Film it b****

    truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) Replied:

    Film it biitch

    Me>>>>your faves Replied:

    LOL @ film it

  • June 29, 2014 at 6:35 am
    Hilary Duff is Queen, Other b****** take a seat says:
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    Who dat ? Hilary is far more intersting and has the better voice. With Love alone>>>>

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    truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) Replied:

    Guuuurl y am i even dragging u when YO NAME ALONE does it. Chile bye!! #SelfDraggedByYoOwnScreenName

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    Hilary Duff is Queen, Other b****** take a seat Replied:

    Hilary has a legacy. Her voice slays all those basic hoes. Her tv show is iconic. Shes the most successful disney girl ever!! She has platinum albums. Clothing line. Perfumes. And worth more than this b****.

    truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) Replied:

    U little white biitch

  • June 29, 2014 at 6:39 am
    Hilary Duff is Queen, Other b****** take a seat says:
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    Lizzy slayed her entire fat existance. She deserves a biopic first. Fuckkk this shittt

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    truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) Replied:

    Stfu u little son of a deas b****

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    truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) Replied:

    Stfu little son of a dead b****.

    truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) Replied:

    ‘biitch’

    Hilary Duff is Queen, Other b****** take a seat Replied:

    Talking 2 yourself?

    truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) Replied:

    Get to killn yoself u little white b**** and film it

    Hilary Duff is Queen, Other b****** take a seat Replied:

    Ok bye!! And dont forget to buy her new album for me! I had wonderful life. Full of joy. d**** i sucked a lot. My pussyy got handaled well everyday. But one thing i wont see. Hilary’s new album. Bye world…

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    pu$$y juice lover Replied:

    You crazy! Lol!!

    truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) Replied:

    Film it u little white trailor park biitch

  • June 29, 2014 at 6:49 am
    pu$$y juice lover says:
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    Why jennifer hudson she annoyoing af. & dead at this random hilary duff stan bitchh stfu.

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    truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) Replied:

    Ikr..

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    pu$$y juice lover Replied:

    Wow . First post your not attacking me lol

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    sleazy Replied:

    You just confirmed that you have NO life that’s sad

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  • June 29, 2014 at 6:55 am
    Rosie says:
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    Jennifer Hudson is really annoying now. Like she really think she’s the s*** since she did Weight Watchers. And why is this Lifetime channel trying to make a movie for literally everything?

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    Hilary Duff is Queen, Other b****** take a seat Replied:

    Who’s lana and why is her album flopping.

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    truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) Replied:

    WAAAAAAAHAHAHAHAHAHALOLO LOLOLOLOL DEEEEEEAAAATTHH!!!!!!

  • June 29, 2014 at 9:58 am
    Suicide Blonde says:
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    Aretha is the most overrated black female artist of all times, outside the USA, she didn’t had a big impact, Whitney Houston is the real biggest black female artist, she surpassed Franklin long time ago. Houston remains the greatest among female singers.

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    truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) Replied:

    Muthafucka even YOUR muppet faced dav idolizes and gives her respect so go F7 CK YOSELF!!!!

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    Suicide Blonde Replied:

    Baby relax!, it’s just an opinion :-D

    Stephy Replied:

    There you go again putting down our
    black artists! Ugh

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    Suicide Blonde Replied:

    How i’m putting down black artists when i said that Whitney is the greatest of all females singers, of ALL, nevermind, i’m used to it.

    Dossome Replied:

    But you think Elvis Presley and Beatles are not overrated,right?

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    Suicide Blonde Replied:

    Well, the acclain they have is due to their legacy which is the greatest in music. My point is that there are more black female artists with a bigger impact and legacy than Aretha, hence, the name Whitney Houston in my original comment.

    IStanForYourFav Replied:

    P.S. don’t you think there are artists with higher impact than Elvis and The Beatles?? Use your brain honey

    Suicide Blonde Replied:

    @IStanForYourFav
    Don’t you think there are artists with higher impact than Elvis and The Beatles?
    NO, can you think of another musician with bigger legacy and impact in the music world, Elvis and the Beatles defined what Rock N’ Roll music is today, the Rock world is bigger than every other genre in music history, from Metal to Grunge, all are subgenres of what Elvis and The Beatles created.

    2nd round, it doesn’t matter it Aretha influenced Whitney, even if Houston was inspired by Franklin, her legacy is bigger, simply as that, and as you say, today vocalists are influenced by people of the past but then again Whitney beats Franklin in that too, there’s not such thing as being influenced by others indirectly, if someone is inspired by Houston, that does not mean that they are automatically influenced by Franklin too, just because she influenced Houston, that’s b*******, everyone creates their own trademark, almost every band in the world is formed after the Beatles, go to tell them that Elvis influenced their music as well. Music evolves as well as musicians, it doesn’t matter when, where, from who, it comes from, once developed into something else, does not belongs to where it started.

    IStanForYourFav Replied:

    Your comment is heavily invalid since Aretha is Whitney’s inspiration and blueprint. Whitney did have a huge impact on the African American community, but it was only because Aretha built the frame so Whitney could install the windows. Aretha is not overrated. She has influenced every singer in history whether they know it or not. Just bc a singer isn’t too your liking doesn’t mean you can dismiss their impact or success. That my dear is pure ignorance in the highest degree.

    SN: Every diva is reinvented each generation. From those before Aretha, to reinvention by Diana, then donna, then Whitney, then Mariah, then Beyoncé, the yes even Rihanna, now Ariana and it will keep going. I don’t get why you all throw such shade with no facts, only opinion.

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  • June 29, 2014 at 10:52 am
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    Jennifer Hudson would be good, but so would Jill Scott. At least she’s moved on from Halle Berry, who would be completely miscast as Aretha Franklin.

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  • June 29, 2014 at 11:06 am
    DD says:
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    Aretha doesn’t want Jennifer Hudson to portray her, if she did then this movie would’ve already happened when the two met years ago to discuss it. Only the writer of the article mentions JHud, Aretha only specifically talks about Audra. People seem to think Jennifer would make sense but if it happens, it’s only because no one else would take the part. And frankly, the two ladies don’t really sound alike. Aretha has nuance to her voice while Jhud sounds like a fog-horn at full volume which when I’m in the right mood, I like, but Aretha wants a star and JHud just isn’t it with her flop movies and flop singles. I like JHud but she isn’t a star, just a celebrity.

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    truth (The PinkShit will.surely FLOP!! Just like PissAndFLOPtion honey) Replied:

    She wanted Fanny

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    DD Replied:

    Aretha wants anybody but Jennifer! But you’re right about Fanny too, but I could see her playing Patti in a movie long before playing Aretha. And I think Patti and Fantasia have a closer relationship in real life too. I read somewhere Fanny calls her “Mama Patti” which is cute.

  • June 29, 2014 at 12:16 pm
    Madison says:
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    Jennifer’s voice is so ugly.

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  • June 29, 2014 at 1:19 pm
    Yours Truly says:
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    @Stephy No he’s correct Aretha is a biitch & she’s way overrated. Patti surpassed her, Etta James surpassed, Natalia Cole surpassed her, Queen Diana Ross surpassed her. She’s forever pressed. Whitney & MJ are the biggest black musician ever

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    Dossome Replied:

    The delusions…Meanwhile,George Michael,Freddie Mercury,Whitney,Mariah,MJB and several other legendary musicians have cited Aretha as one of their biggest influences.b**** or not,her impact is undeniable

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    Yours Truly Replied:

    We are talking about sales, yes she’s queen and no one can deny that I personally think she’s overrated. Patti deserves her shine even Diana Ross too I feel like other legends are humble but she’s so full of herself. I know Tina Turner is in her lane in terms of impact

    Dossome Replied:

    Sales huh?You think Etta James,Natalie Cole and Patti Labelle have sold more records than Aretha?
    Humility huh?You think Diana Ross,Patti Labelle and Etta James are humble?
    Sis,before you go typing on stuff you don’t know.Try educating yourself on the basics because right now you are coming across as confused getting to stupid

  • June 29, 2014 at 1:25 pm
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    Fantasia should play Aretha

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    Josh Replied:

    I agree. Fantasia hands down would be the best choice. If Fantasia don’t play Aretha, she should definietly play Patti LaBelle. Fantasia would be great as Patti.

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  • June 29, 2014 at 1:30 pm
    Dossome says:
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    Queen of Soul…Chain of Fools still slaaaaaaays

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  • June 29, 2014 at 2:35 pm
    Lolz says:
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    DEATH! Aretha dont want nobodies J Hud to portray her. She said wanted Halle Berry but Halle declined. How you gon go from Halle to J Hud.

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  • June 29, 2014 at 7:08 pm
    There once was a pimp and his h**.... says:
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    I’m here for the Queen.

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  • July 15, 2014 at 11:19 am
    Josh says:
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    I love Jennifer Hudson but Fantasia would be a better choice. Plus Fantasia would attract more viewers. Let’s not forget Fantasia’s Lifetime movie was the highest-rated movie in Lifetime history.

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