Thursday, April 18, 2024

Toni Braxton Will Play Darlene Love in Oprah Produced TV Film About “20 Feet” Singer


Well, this is a little different. Toni Braxton, perennially bankrupt pop R&B star, is going to play Darlene Love in Oprah Winfrey’s TV Movie about the Phil Spector superstar. Darlene has had a Renaissance in the last year because of her participation in the Oscar winning doc “20 Feet from Stardom.”

Braxton is a little old to play Darlene during her Phil Spector days– she’s 46–but the magic of Hollywood will deal with that. Toni has a new album out with Kenny “Babyface” Edmonds. And the two of them were just on Broadway in “After Midnight.”

It will be interesting to see if Oprah and OWN can get the rights to Darlene’s music with Phil Spector, back when she was the lead singer of the Crystals. I’m a little surprised that Toni was chosen, not just because of her age. Braxton is more of a ballads singer. Darlene is a power singer. We’ll see how that works out.

Oprah’s OWN also announced a bunch of new shows, including interviews with Justin Timberlake, Lionel Richie, Whoopi Goldberg, Barbara Walters, and Vanessa Williams on her “Master Class” shows.

Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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