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Your Week in Pop Culture: Music biopics set to rock the box office

Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix could prove to be one of many Oscar-worthy portrayals of iconic musicians. (Source: Katrina Wan PR/YouTube) Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix could prove to be one of many Oscar-worthy portrayals of iconic musicians. (Source: Katrina Wan PR/YouTube)

(RNN) – If you’re a fan of biopics of famous musicians, much like the movie Ray, then you’re in luck – three will rock the box office in the next year.

One of the most anticipated comes in Jimi: All Is By My Side¸ with rapper Andre Benjamin (aka Outkast's Andre 3000) as legendary guitarist Jimi Hendrix. The film has debuted at several film festivals and does not feature any of the Hendrix’s many hits, but tells the Hendrix story from 1966-1967.

Oh, and Andre 3000’s portrayal of Hendrix will be something to see. The recently released trailer proves that the southern rapper is meant to play this role. Is it too early to predict an Oscar for this performance?

Also coming to theaters on Aug. 1 is the highly anticipated biopic of soul-funk legend James Brown in Get on Up¸ starring Chadwick Boseman, who portrayed Jackie Robinson in 42. Just from the trailer, his portrayal is so haunting it makes you want to say, “OOOOOW! I see the ghost of James Brown!” You can see the trailer here.

Finally, Don Cheadle has begun filming a biopic on jazz trumpeter Miles Davis called Miles Ahead, and Entertainment Weekly was the first to get still shots of his transformation. Cheadle grew up a Davis fan, and the film will mark his directorial debut for the project he crowdsourced last year.

A little something from YouTube: Did these little kids just show the world racism is taught?

Comedian Shawn Harris may have recorded one of the cutest things ever captured and posted to YouTube.

Harris may have also spoken real truth when he said “We can learn from our children,” showing the reaction of the classmates of his son, Tyler, after being absent from school with a stomach bug for a week.

The harmony of little kids is always precious. Does this prove that a disharmony among people who don’t look like you is a learned behavior that comes from adults? Are kids smarter than adults? Or is this just super cute and a father projecting his own hopes on little ones?

The answer is yes to all of the above questions.

MUSIC: Leaked, autotune-free Britney Spears track is unflattering

As 2007 clearly proved to us all, singer and pop music queen Britney Spears is not perfect.

On Wednesday, a YouTube user posted a leaked and unproduced version of Spears’ Alien, off her most recent album Britney Jean. The singer is not known for her incredible vocal range (y’all have heard Toxic, right?) and who would expect for it to improve in her now mid-30s? At least she’s still hot.

But as the track has popped up across the internet, pop music producer and long-time Spears collaborator William Orbit came to her defense on Facebook, calling the leaked version a vocal warm-up. Orbit also called whoever posted the track a person with "a spirit of unkindness." 

“Warming up is essential if you’re a pro, as it is with a runner doing stretches, and it takes a while to do properly. I've heard all manner of sounds emitted during warmups,” Orbit wrote. "The point is that it is not supposed to be shared with millions of listeners.”

As much as I hate to admit this, I do and always have loved Britney Spears. I woke up a friend’s mom in high school singing Stronger on a karaoke machine at a slumber party. This is just another leak that won’t get in Spears’ way of making the perfect pre-packaged and radio ready pop music.

You can check out the leaked version of the song here.

Tweet of the Week: So, the CIA social media person is a genius

Whoever the CIA’s social media manager has won the internet this week.

In celebrating the organization’s one-month anniversary on Twitter, the CIA answered their top 5 most asked questions via Twitter.

Many of the answers included the following: no, they don’t know your password and can’t send it to you, they are hiring (probably not for spies) and just like the rest of the world, they want to take a selfie with Ellen DeGeneres.

But in one tweet, they dispelled the biggest rumor plaguing our generation today: where is slain rapper Tupac Shakur?

With more than 157,000 retweets, it’s for sure the Tweet of the Week.

SPORTS: Re-play of LeBron James' 'The Decision' leaves fans scratching their heads 

After another summer of not winning an NBA Championship (despite being in four in a row), LeBron James is taking the NBA off-season hostage once again, by opting out of his current contract with the Miami Heat and shopping around for a new home.

Or could he be returning to a former home? There are some reports the James could be returning to the Cleveland Cavaliers, the team that drafted him No. 1 overall in 2003.

It’s gotten the city of Cleveland in such a tizzy that one affiliate decided to re-air the ill-fated Decision on its website, according to Fox Sports, on Tuesday. Those still heartbroken from his quest to infamously “take his talents to South Beach” were not happy.

Who would want to watch that again? That would be like the most ardent Indianapolis Colts fan watching the Peyton Manning leaving the Colts press conference on YouTube. Why put yourself through that?

So as the summer of LeBron, Part 2 rages on, somewhere, Carmelo Anthony wishes it was all about him just once.

Also in sports: Don’t let your MLB game get rained out, turn it into a KKK rally

MOVIES: Worst July 4 weekend in a decade leaves ‘Transformers’ on top

It looks like the normal movie goers spent the long holiday weekend with family, friends, beer and barbecue – not at the box office.

According to Time, July 4 weekend this year saw a 43.4 percent revenue loss compared to last year in North America, the lowest in recent memory. Variety says that the $130 million raked in could be the lowest in a decade.

The R-rated comedy Tammy, starring comedienne Melissa McCarthy, debuted at No. 2 with a modest $21 million domestically. Transformers: Age of Extinction remained at No. 1, gaining another $37 million for the fourth film in the franchise.

Here are last weekend's Top 5, according to Box Office Mojo (listed next to previous week's ranking and weekend gross):

  1. Transformers: Age of Extinction (1) $37,050,185
  2. Tammy (NR) - $21,577,049
  3. 22 Jump Street (2) - $9,803,332
  4. Deliver us from Evil (NR) - $9,740,471
  5. How to Train Your Dragon 2 (3) $8,961,088

In theaters: July 12

Dawn of the Planet of the Apes – Scientists created a super virus that births genetically evolved apes who threaten Earth's remaining civilizations. Ten years later, the planet’s human survivors are met with impending war to decide which group will reign supreme. The movie should really be described as “Super apes vs. emotional humans in the quest of whatever’s left of Earth. Thanks, science.” Actually, that would have made more sense. Check out the trailer here

Also in theaters: Boyhood, Land Ho!, A Long Way Down

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  • WECT News Poll

  • Which musical biopic are anticipating the most?

  • Thank you for participating in our poll. Here are the results so far:

    'Jimi: All is By My Side' (Jimi Hendrix)
    11 votes
    'Get on Up' (James Brown)
    6 votes
    "Miles Ahead" (Miles Davis)
    2 votes
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