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Aretha Franklin’s ‘Amazing Grace’ documentary trailer has arrived

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Hollywood is paying its R.E.S.P.E.C.T to the ‘Queen of Soul,’ with a documentary centering Aretha Franklin’s musical legacy just three months following her untimely passing from pancreatic cancer at age 76.

“Amazing Grace,” director Sydney Pollack will let fans in on her historic albums sessions held in 1972.

“The album sold over 2 million copies and became the jewel in the crown of the queen,” a caption reads in the clip. “The album became the best-selling gospel record of all-time. The film has never been seen until now.”

Sabrina Owens, Franklin’s niece and the Personal Representative of the Aretha Franklin Estate, called Amazing Grace “the heart and soul of Aretha Franklin.” She told Billboard, “This film is authentic and is my aunt at her core. She was a daughter of the church, she loved gospel music, and she always incorporated some form of sacred music in her concerts.”

“I am thrilled to work with Sabrina Owens and the family to do right by Aretha’s legacy,” Producer Elliott, who acquired the rights to the film, said in a statement to the outlet. “Being able to share this film and the musical genius of Aretha Franklin with her family and the world is an honor. Aretha’s fans will be enthralled by every moment of the film as her genius, her devotion to God and her spirit are present in every frame.”

The documentary is slated to premiere at the 2018 DOC NYC film festival with two screenings set for Monday, November 12th at the SVA Theatre in New York, New York.

 

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The cast of ABC’s “The Baker and the Beauty” talks Latina Inclusion, Immigration, and Marital Trends

Descending to ABC spring 2020, rom-com series “The Baker and the Beauty” will premiere on the small screen this April. The show centers around Daniel Garcia, who’s working at his family’s bakery. When he meets the A-list superstar Noa Hamilton during a night out, his life gets thrown into the spotlight. Can this unlikely pairing navigate the fame, and their families differences?

NDLYSS caught up with the cast at SCAD’s 2020 aTVFest to get the behind-the-scene scoop on the upcoming show. Press Play!

Additional camera personnel: Jeqhari Miles for NDLYSS

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Indie film ‘Go Back To China’ starring Anna Akana opens March 6 in select theaters

The semi-autobiographical film directed by Emily Ting follows spoiled rich girl Sasha Li (Anna Akana), who after blowing through most of her trust fund, is forced by her father (Richard Ng) to go back to China and work for the family toy business. What begins simply as a way to regain financial support soon develops into a life altering journey of self discovery, as Sasha discovers her passion for toy designing and learns to reconnect with her estranged family. A bittersweet portrait of a fractured family, the film also offers an honest look at the human cost of things that are made in China.

THEATERS:
Village East Theater – New York, NY

Laemmle Glendale – Los Angeles, CA

Four Star Theater – San Francisco, CA

Facets Theater – Chicago, IL

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Kim Cattrell honored with SCAD Icon Award

The Sex and the City star was honored with the SCAD aTVFest Icon Award along with a celebration of her new Fox TV series Filthy Rich.

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Hollywood heavyweight Kim Cattrall was honored by Savannah College of Art and Design in Atlanta, (February 27) with the prestigious Icon Award at the university’s coveted aTVFest. 

The actress, 63, said, “It’s a great opportunity to pass along any knowledge that I have” to the next generation as she humbly accepted the recognition. 

Earlier in the day, Cattrell was joined by creator and showrunner (Tate Taylor) of Fox’s upcoming TV series Filthy Rich

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Filthy Rich is a 10-episode drama centering a Southern family corrupted amidst wealth, power and religion. When the patriarch of a mega-rich Southern family, notorious for his uber successful Christian channel, dies in a plane crash, his wife Margaret, played by Cattrall, and family are stunned to learn that he fathered three illegitimate children, all of whom are written into his will, threatening their family name and fortune. Taylor’s immediate go-to for the wife part was Cattrall.

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