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Works For Us! First Look At Jesse Martin As Marvin Gaye

May 7th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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After seeing pics of Keke Palmer, Drew Sidora, and Lil Mama as TLC yesterday and now this image of Jesse L. Martin as Marvin Gaye, my faith is beginning to be restored in biopics. Good acting can definitely make up for what looks don’t — example Angela Basset as Tina Turner in “What’s Love Got to Do With it” — but it certainly doesn’t hurt when an actor playing someone in a movie actually looks like the subject. Case in point, “Law & Order” actor Jesse Martin.

Shadow and Act just posted this first photo of the actor in wardrobe (basically with a beard) on the set of “Sexual Healing” and the resemblance is rather striking when compared with Marvin’s 1971 album cover, “What’s Going On.” See for yourself.

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Looks promising right?

Something else that’s promising is the likelihood of this film seeing the light of day. As you know, Marvin Gaye III is not too thrilled about this biopic, but according to S&A, filming is 70% done and the flick will be taken to Cannes next week to sell to international distributors. A 2014 film festival debut is expected so it won’t be too much longer ’til we see this masterpiece (hopefully).

Are you feeling good about Jesse in this role?

It’s A Law & Order Reunion! S. Epatha Merkerson Lands Role In Marvin Gaye Biopic

March 12th, 2013 - By Brande Victorian
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Source: WENN

Source: WENN

Despite objections to the upcoming Marvin Gaye biopic, “Sexual Healing,” it appears the show must — or at least will — go on. After Lenny Kravitz dropped out of the movie and Jesse L. Martin picked up his part, The Hollywood Reporter says another Law & Order actor has been added to the mix. According to the news source, S. Epatha Merkerson will play Alberta Gaye, Marvin’s mother, in the Julien Temple-directed film.

It seems controversy will follow the flick right up until the end, as filming is set to begin in late March. Marvin Gaye III was the first to object to the project, expressing disapproval of the focus on his father’s depression and drug use in the ’80s. It was these objections that caused his friend Lenny Kravitz to back out of the flick. According to THR, the film is now supposed to start with Marvin Gaye’s attempt to get his career back on track with the help of Freddy Cousaert, a part-time concert promoter. Cousaert will be played by actor Brendan Gleeson.

Even with Lenny out and Jesse in, and a different starting point for the biopic, some members of the Gaye family still object to the film. The latest person to speak out against the movie is his ex, Janis Hunter, who was married to Marvin from 1977-1981. She claims this movie is the last thing her ex-husband would have wanted and that his spirit is not happy right now. Regardless of the objections the Gaye family may have, I think with actors like Martin and Merkerson, we can be sure they will at least do justice to Marvin’s life story.

Are you excited to see Merkerson in this role?

Word On The Street: Actor Jesse L. Martin Of “Rent” And “Law & Order” Fame To Replace Lenny Kravitz In Marvin Gaye Biopic

March 4th, 2013 - By Clarke Gail Baines
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For all of those people who were giving the boo boo face side eye to the idea of rocker and eye candy Lenny Kravitz playing Marvin Gaye in an alleged upcoming biopic, this might be good news for you. Kravitz is out, while actor Jesse L. Martin is in.

You’ve seen Martin before. He was the original Tom Collins in the Broadway play and film Rent, and he played Detective Edward Green on Law & Order for nine years, so he’s not a newbie to the big or small screen. Did I mention that he can sing!? According to Deadline, his talent will be shown off in a huge role as he takes over the role of Marvin Gaye in the Julien Temple-directed film, Sexual Healing. Of course, late last year when it was revealed that Kravitz would be taking the role, Gaye’s son, Marvin Gaye III objected greatly to the choice and threatened legal action towards the filmmakers. According to Shadow And Act, Gaye III was upset that Kravitz, a childhood friend, would sign on to do such a film, which he felt was shameful, seeing as how the movie is supposed to cover a very hard time in the legend’s career. According to Deadline, the movie will focus on Gaye’s time in Europe in the early ’80s as he battled his drug addictions and eventually was able to bounce back with his musical career as he made the Midnight Love album. Kravitz seems to have backed out of the project, but it’s not clear if pressure from Gaye III or critics had anything to do with that.

Despite all that drama, the movie is still in the works according to both sources, even with Marvin Gaye III and the Gaye family trying to find a way to stop the movie from being made. But according to Shadow And Act, EMI, who has all the rights to Gaye’s music, gave those working on Temple’s project permission to use his music in his film. With all that out of the way, we’re not sure how the singer’s family could stop the movie from being made at this point, and it sounds like it could be a good one, especially since they’ve got the very talented Jesse L. Martin in the lead role. This guy doesn’t look too far off from Gaye, and he’s very talented, so I’m willing to give it a chance whenever, if ever, it is released to see the light of day.

What do you think of the change-up?

Seen On The Scene: 14 Black Celebrities Out & About This Week

December 19th, 2012 - By gtetteyfio
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We love star gazing! And we know you do too. Check out these photos of our favorite black celebrities out and about!

He Could Get It…If Only I Could Find Him: 15 Hotties We Haven’t Seen On-Screen For A Minute That We Miss

November 27th, 2012 - By M A
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Remember that perfect specimen of manhood that graced your television set oh so long ago? Do you recall that captain of all things hot that lit up the silver screen eight ways from Sunday? So do we, but unfortunately his is a brand of attractive that we haven’t seen in far too long. Beautiful man of stage and screen, please come back to us! With the holidays fast approaching, we can think of only one gift we truly want this year: These hot pieces of manliness to come back into our lives. But until then, we salute 15 smokin’ hotties we haven’t seen in a minute.