This week was another busy week in news and accomplishments for many creators for The Culture so here are some quick hits highlighting some of the things you might’ve missed.
Legend of The Culture, Prince will be getting a new documentary on Netflix and it will be directed by none other than Ava DuVernay. “Prince was a genius, a joy, and a jolt to the senses. He was like no other. He shattered preconceived notions, smashed boundaries, and shared his heart through his music. The only way I know how to make this film is with love and great care. I’m honored to do so and grateful.” DuVernay was granted full access to Prince’s estate, including unreleased songs, Prince’s Paisley Park home and recording studios. One of our greatest artists having his story told by one our our very best directors? This should be epic.
Speaking of singer’s and documentaries, legendary R&B crooner Teddy Pendergrass is getting a documentary that will air on Showtime. Chronicling his rise to stardom, and the car accident that temporarily halted his career. Teddy Pendergrass: If You Don’t Know Me debuted at the Philadelphia Film Festival on Oct. 26th. The film covers the wide breath of his career, from his beginnings as a member/drummer of Harold Melvin & The Blue Notes to his solo stardom, his desire to crossover from the R&B world, and the tragic accident that altered his life and career forever. Teddy has had an amazing career with an even more intriguing life story so this should be a good one.
The Culture Classic film series Bad Boys is coming back for one more movie! Will Smith and Martin Lawrence hopped online this week to make it official themselves. They didn’t really provide anymore details but they were in Miami when they made the video announcement and do we need anything else at this point to get hype about this? The CFTC staff sure doesn’t and please believe we’ll keep you updated.
Groundbreaking black actress Ertha Kitt‘s story will be coming to the big screen. Actress Keesha Sharp, known for her roles in Lethal Weapon and Girlfriends, has taken the bold step and acquired the rights to the 2013 Eartha Kitt biography, America’s Mistress: The Life and Times of Eartha Kitt and will produce and star as Kitt herself. Kitt is one of the most talented and accomplished entertainers of all time including playing Catwoman in the 1960s Batman and making her version of the classic Christmas song, “Santa Baby” THE version. She lived an interesting life too, leaving an abusive home and making her way to Harlem where she began her career as a dancer before she transitioned into singing and acting. It’s all very early stages for the project but we will keep you posted and it will be interesting to see what Sharp can do with this.
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Written by @TalentedMrFord