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Jennifer Hudson Talks Portraying Aretha Franklin in ‘Respect’ Featurette

Jennifer Hudson discusses her upcoming role as Aretha Franklin in a new behind-the-scenes featurette for Respect, the upcoming MGM biopic on Franklin’s life. Through interview segments and clips from the movie, as well as rehearsal videos, the featurette documents Hudson’s journey to embodying the Queen of Soul, beginning from when Franklin herself first chose the actress to portray her on film. In addition to performing Franklin’s songs live on camera, Hudson learned how to play piano and took choreography lessons to try to replicate Franklin’s stride and physicality.
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Watch Jennifer Hudson Embody Aretha Franklin In This New RESPECT Featurette

WATCH Jennifer Hudson embody Aretha Franklin as she becomes the Queen of Soul in this new behind-the-scenes featurette look at the making of the upcoming film RESPECT. Also featuring commentary from Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Mary J. Blige, director Liesl Tommy, screenwriter Tracey Scott Wilson, and more. Listen to Jennifer...
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The Sitdown: Cynthia Erivo on portraying Aretha Franklin

In NatGeo's 'Genius: Aretha," actress Cynthia Erivo plays the legend she first heard at the age of 9 in England. Erivo has won a Grammy, a Tony, an Emmy, and is a two-time Oscar nominee. But portraying Aretha Franklin, the legend known as the Queen of Soul, who reigned for more than half a century, may be one of the toughest jobs in all of show business.

Jennifer Hudson announces original song from Aretha Franklin biopic

“Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” was written with Carole King. Jennifer Hudson announces a new original song entitled “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” — co-written with Carole King and Jamie Hartman — out Friday, June 18th via Epic Records. Black Eyed Peas co-founder and mega-producer produced the track which is the first collaboration between Hudson and King. Hudson announced the collaboration on her social platforms Wednesday (June 16th) morning.

Jennifer Hudson and Carole King collaborate on new song for Aretha Franklin biopic ‘Respect’

Academy Award-winning actress and Grammy Award-winning recording artist Jennifer Hudson revealed today a new original song entitled “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)”—co-written with 4-time Grammy Award winner, Kennedy Center Honoree, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee Carole King (marking their first collaboration) and Jamie Hartman [Lewis Capaldi, Christina Aguilera] out Friday.
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Aretha Franklin

No Divas Allowed on the Set of Aretha Franklin Biopic. TV and theater director Liesl Tommy (Insecure, The Walking Dead) is making her feature debut on Respect, the Aretha Franklin biopic starring Jennifer Hudson from MGM/United Artists and Bron. And…. Sydney Pollack’s Lawyer May Face Trial Over Aretha Franklin Concert...

The Colorado Symphony Will Play a Tribute to Aretha Franklin at Red Rocks This Summer

In addition to four other upcoming dates at Red Rocks, The Colorado Symphony has added one more exciting performance to their list of summer events – this time honoring Aretha Franklin. Alongside actress and singer Capathia Jenkins and three-time Grammy winner Ryan Shaw, The Colorado Symphony will play a tribute to the Queen of Soul at Red Rocks on July 8.