Thursday, May 30, 2024

UPDATE: Here’s the New Trailer for Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin in “Respect” Coming in August from Amazon/MGM (Maybe)

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Here’s the new trailer for Jennifer Hudson as Aretha Franklin in “Respect.” The movie with music and a lot of sass hits us August 13th from MGM, which will probably be called Amazom MGM by then. MGM as it stands has no money to promote this movie, they were waiting for the James Bond film “No Time to Die” to generate some cash.

But as we all know, “No Time to Die” has had no time to release, and by November without a sale to Amazon, MGM would have to depend on word of mouth. “Respect” will need a big Oscar campaign as Jennifer Hudson will no doubt be in the running for Best Actress but maybe for Best Song. She wrote an original song for the end credits, as I reported exclusively yesterday.

Yesterday was the first day of press for “Respect.” I knew nothing about it, but I wandered into a Zoom call with Jennifer and director Liesl Tommy for the lucky few who were invited. It seemed like a lot of fun although no one asked why the soundtrack doesn’t include songs Aretha wrote. (That will be my own nitpick on this movie.) Otherwise, JHud was a STAR and Tommy seemed like she was going to have fun, and the movie looks very promising.

Roger Friedman
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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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