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Mary J. Blige studying Nina Simone for movie role
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Mary J. Blige is spending the summer researching the life of late jazz and blues legend Nina Simone for an upcoming biopic.

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The schedule of Blige's current film "Rock of Ages" has forced producers to delay the start of the Simone story until October -- and that gives the R & B star plenty of time to study up on one of her heroines -- and get her sound just right for the project.

"I have a lot of YouTube [footage] of her to study her and I read about her and talked to different people about her," Blige said. "I need to become whoever she was and dig in.

"I got to get a piano coach and a dialect coach to play her. Acting is something that I'm testing and it's working. I don't think I'm gonna become Meryl Streep... but I'm going to do the stuff that people believe in me for."

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Jul 13, 2011 6:13AM
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Whoever said that Lil Wayne was one of the greatest rappers of all time,must have been sick in the head....All he does is speak volumes....that's it

Lil Wayne is okay I suppose... 

 

 I personally have NEVER been a lil wayne fan..  He was cool when he was with the Hot Boys but not so much now..   Him and Baby can kiss and queer out all they want to...

Jul 12, 2011 6:58AM
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Rap Star:

Whoever said that Lil Wayne was one of the greatest rappers of all time,must have been sick in the head....All he does is speak volumes....that's it

Jul 12, 2011 6:49AM
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Mary, like the rest of the Black music scene has went the way of the dark side..  The song she has with Lil Wayne speaks volumes...

 

She's wearing thin anyway so I suppose if one wants to "stay in the game", one has to conform...

Jul 12, 2011 6:41AM
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Let's face it....IF Jamie Foxx could pull off Ray Charles(for which Foxx won the Oscar for Best Actor in 2004),so why can't someone else?

 

Mary J. Blige portraying the legendary NINA SIMONE?  Mary has the vocals but her acting skills needs improvement. We'll see what happens.

 

Let's hope that it doesn't end up like Beyonce Knowles' portrayal of the legendary ETTA JAMES in that dreadful "Cadillac Records"....a movie that sucked so bad it didn't do crap at the boxoffice,but made up for it when it went straight to DVD.

Jul 12, 2011 3:45AM
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Mary J. Blige as the LEGENDARY NINA? Who was the brain child behind that? Mary does not have the vocals or acting ability to portray Nina.  I tell you, they just let anybody do anything. FAILSad
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