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Aretha Franklin Biopic ‘Respect’ Set For Release August 2020

MGM has dated its Aretha Franklin biopic Respect for August 14, 2020. The pic, directed by Liesl Tommy and scripted by Oscar winner Callie Khouri, follows the 17-time GRAMMY winner from her childhood days singing in her father’s church’s choir to mega stardom and the performer of such hit songs as “Respect” and “Chain of Fools.” Dreamgirls Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson will play Franklin.

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Listen To Aretha Franklin’s Stunning Version Of ‘Silent Night’

“During this time of the year, my aunt would be finishing up her Christmas shopping in New York and Chicago, planning her annual holiday event with family and friends, selecting songs for her Christmas playlist, and talking about her menu for Christmas dinner… she loved the holidays; it was her favorite time of the year!” – Sabrina Owens, Aretha’s niece.

This is Aretha’s stunning new version of “Silent Night” featuring her on piano, accompanied only by her unparalleled voice.
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Rolling Stone: Aretha Franklin Documentary ‘Amazing Grace’ Amplifies the Power of a Gospel Classic

Rolling Stone writes that Amazing Grace, the new Aretha Franklin documentary filmed in 1972 by Sydney Pollack, “is a marvelous 87-minute testament to Franklin’s unrivaled singing ability” with sequences “that make the Amazing Grace documentary an indispensable visual companion to the album. The movie adds a remarkable amount of oomph to what is already among the most viscerally affecting releases in Franklin’s extensive discography — having seen the singer reduce the barrel-chested Cleveland to tears, you can’t help but hear the music differently.”

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Aretha Franklin, Bill Clinton, Alec Baldwin Light Up Elton John AIDS Foundation Gala

Elton John rarely does anything by half, and the 25th annual gala for the AIDS Foundation that bears his name was certainly no exception. While the event, held at New York’s majestic Cathedral of St. John the Divine, featured a monumentally star-studded guest list, speeches from former President Bill Clinton, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Alec Baldwin, host Neil Patrick Harris and John himself, and was capped by an intimate performance from none other than Aretha Franklin, its most memorable moment came from the mother of Ryan White, the teenager whose death in 1990 led directly to the creation of the foundation. The event raised more than $4.3 million.

Read more at Variety.