Own it on Digital Now, Blu-Ray and DVD Release November 9, 2021
Jennifer Hudson stuns with her performance – Brian Truitt, USA Today
Experience the cinematic music event of the year featuring Oscar and Grammy Award winner and vocal powerhouse Jennifer Hudson (Dreamgirls) as legendary singer Aretha Franklin in the inspiring true story ”RESPECT”, available to own for the first time on Digital now and on Blu-ray and DVD November 9, 2021 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Hailed by critics as electrifying (David Rooney, The Hollywood Reporter) and extraordinary (Pete Hammond, Deadline), MGMs musical biopic gives an authentic inside look at the life and legacy of one of the greatest, most influential recording artists of all time.
Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, ”RESPECT” is the remarkable journey of the music icons path to find her voice. Directed by Tony Award nominee Liesl Tommy (Insecure, The Walking Dead) from a screenplay written by Emmy Award nominee Tracey Scott Wilson (Fosse,Verdon, The Americans) and story by Academy Award winner Callie Khouri (Thelma & Louise), ”RESPECT” is the biggest female-led musical drama in recent history and a must own film with extraordinary show stopping performances to watch over and over in spectacular Dolby Atmos quality sound, available exclusively on Blu-ray.
Hand selected by Aretha herself, Hudson leads an all-star ensemble cast including Academy Award winner Forest Whitaker (Black Panther, The Butler), Marlon Wayans (Sextuplets, Fifty Shades of Black), six-time Tony Award winner Audra McDonald (Beauty and The Beast, Private Practice), Marc Maron (Joker, Glow), five-time Emmy Award nominee Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt,The Addams Family), and Grammy Award winner and Academy Award nominee Mary J. Blige (Mudbound, Rock of Ages) along with Tony Award nominees Saycon Sengbloh (The Wonder Years Delilah) and Haley Kilgore (Amazing Stories).
The ”RESPECT” Original Motion Picture Soundtrack features Jennifer Hudson’s uplifting vocal performances of 17 Aretha Franklin classic songs along with the original song “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home),” which Hudson wrote alongside four-time Grammy Award winner, Kennedy Center Honoree, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee Carole King and Jamie Hartman [Lewis Capaldi, Christina Aguilera]. The soundtrack is now available to own on digital/streaming services, CD and vinyl from Epic Records.
BLU-RAYTM & DVD EXCLUSIVE BONUS FEATURES:
The Making of ”RESPECT” – Explore the unique telling of this Aretha Franklin story, what the project meant to all involved and how music played a pivotal role in crafting this film.
Becoming Aretha – Take a behind the scenes look at Jennifer Hudsons incredible transformation into the Queen of Soul including her commitment to the character, her connection with the late singer, and why inhabiting the legendary artist felt more like destiny than anything else.
Capturing a Legacy – A celebration of director Liesl Tommy’s artistry and professionalism as the cast and crew express their appreciation and admiration for her and her process.
From Muscle Shoals – Sit-down with the cast, crew and some of the original musicians that recorded with Aretha at Muscle Shoals to learn about this crucial time period in Aretha’s life and how it helped propel her evolution.
Exploring the Design of ”RESPECT”– Production designer Ina Mayhew and costume designer Clint Ramos discuss the research they conducted in order to create the beautiful sets in the film as well as the various custom-made wardrobes that span three decades of style.
“RESPECT” will be available on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital.
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A mesmerizing and emotionally powerful suspense film starring Academy Award winner Matt Damon (Bourne franchise) and directed by Academy Award winner Tom McCarthy (Spotlight), STILLWATERis available to own for the first time on Digital October 12, 2021, on Blu-ray and DVD October 26, 2021 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Packed with twists and turns from beginning to end, the “brilliant” (Variety) and suspenseful film follows an oil-rig worker from Stillwater, Oklahoma who will stop at nothing to free his daughter who insists she has been wrongfully convicted and imprisoned in France.
Camille Cottin (“Call My Agent!”) and Abigail Breslin (Little Miss Sunshine) star alongside Damon in this edge-of-your-seat story about an ordinary father who, as a stranger in Marseilles, must rise to the occasion, unravel a dangerous mystery, and find redemption. Featuring brand-new bonus content not seen in theaters, STILLWATERon Digital, Blu-ray and DVD comes with exclusive behind-the-scenes features about the movie’s authentic characters, filming in beautiful Marseilles, France, and director Tom McCarthy’s filmmaking methods, taking audiences deeper into the captivating story. Receiving a standing ovation at the 2021 Cannes Film Festival during its world premiere, STILLWATER is the must-own thriller of the year!
STILLWATERfollows Bill Baker (Damon), an American oil-rig roughneck from Oklahoma who travels to Marseilles to visit his estranged daughter (Breslin), in prison for a murder she claims she did not commit. Confronted with language barriers, cultural differences, and a complicated legal system, Bill builds a new life for himself in France as he makes it his personal mission to exonerate his daughter.
Blu-ray and DVD Bonus Features
An Alchemy of Viewpoints: The cast of STILLWATER discuss their characters and the research that went into portraying them authentically.
An American in Marseilles, The Locations of STILLWATER: Much of the authenticity that comes across in STILLWATER is due to the dedication of filming on location. Hear from the cast and filmmakers on what it was like filming in locations such as the streets of Marseilles and the Calanques along the coast.
With Curiosity & Compassion, Director Tom McCarthy : Cast and filmmakers discuss the thought and interest that goes into director Tom McCarthy’s stories, and how he uses his natural curiosity about real life interactions to guide his filmmaking style.
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Licorice Pizza is the latest from Oscar nominated director Paul Thomas Anderson and tells a romantic coming of age story. Starring Alana Haim, lead singer of the band Haim making her major film debut, Copper Hoffman, son of the late Phillip Seymour Hoffman, and Bradley Cooper who looks to be leaving it all out there in this performance.
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LICORICE PIZZA is the story of Alana Kane and Gary Valentine growing up, running around and falling in love in the San Fernando Valley, 1973. Written and Directed by Paul Thomas Anderson, the film tracks the treacherous navigation of first love.
Written and Directed by: Paul Thomas Anderson
Produced by:Sara Murphy, Paul Thomas Anderson, Adam Somner
Executive Producers:Joanne Sellar, Daniel Lupi, Susan McNamara, Aaron L. Gilbert, Jason Cloth
FROM DEAR EVAN HANSEN (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK) OUT TODAY
UNIVERSAL PICTURES TO RELEASE DEAR EVAN HANSEN IN THEATERS NATIONWIDE ON SEPTEMBER 24
Multi-platinum, GRAMMY® Award, BRIT, Golden Globe and Oscar- winning artist and songwriter Sam Smith and acclaimed Soul Train, iHeart Music, ASCAP and Billboard Award winning R&B singer/songwriter Summer Walker release their version of “You Will Be Found,” the next song to be unveiled from the DEAR EVAN HANSEN (ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK), today. Dear Evan Hansen (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack) will be released September 24 through Interscope Records. Listen to “You Will Be Found” Sam Smith featuring Summer Walker HERE.
Last month, Universal Pictures & Interscope Records unveiled new renditions of the film’s iconic anthems “Waving Through A Window” and “You Will Be Found” performed by Tony®, Grammy® and Emmy® winner Ben Platt, who originated the role of Evan Hansen on Broadway and reprises the role for the film. Other songs that have been released from the soundtrack include Carrie Underwood and Dan +Shay’sversion of “Only Us” and a brand-new song written specifically for the Universal Pictures release, “The Anonymous Ones,” written by Benj Pasek, Justin Paul and Amandla Stenberg. A co-star in the movie, Stenberg’s performance of the song as featured in the film was released last week along with a version by SZA.
The full lineup of artists has been revealed for the soundtrack, including Sam Smithwith Summer Walker, SZA, Carrie Underwood and Dan + Shay, FINNEAS and Tori Kelly. Plus, the 16-track album features new recordings by the film cast of these beloved songs with music and lyrics by the Oscar®, Grammy®, and Tony® winning songwriting team of Benj Pasek and Justin Paul (La La Land, The Greatest Showman). Among the new songs, the Soundtrack also includes “A Little Closer” performed by Colton Ryan and “The Anonymous Ones” performed by Amandla Stenberg, who wrote the lyrics and music with Pasek and Paul. FINNEAS and SZA add their renditions of these originals to the soundtrack.
Pre-order the Dear Evan Hansen: (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack). —HERE.
The film premiered last week at the Toronto International Film Festival and Universal Pictures will release Dear Evan Hansen in theaters nationwide on September 24th.
Dear Evan Hansen opened on Broadway in December 2016 and became a generation-defining phenomenon, winning six Tony Awards, including for Best Musical and for Ben Platt as Best Actor in a Leading Role in a Musical. The show’s cast album would go on to earn a Grammy®. Now, in the film, Ben Platt returns as Evan Hansen, an anxious, isolated high schooler aching for understanding and belonging amid the chaos and cruelty of the social-media age.
Directed by acclaimed filmmaker Stephen Chbosky (The Perks of Being A Wallflower, Wonder), the film is written for the screen by the show’s Tony® winner Steven Levenson with music and lyrics by Pasek & Paul. Dear Evan Hansen stars six-time Oscar®nominee Amy Adams, Oscar® winner Julianne Moore, Kaitlyn Dever (Booksmart), Amandla Stenberg (The Hate U Give), Colton Ryan (Little Voice), Nik Dodani (Atypical) and Danny Pino (Law & Order: Special Victims Unit).
The film is produced by Marc Platt (La La Land, Into the Woods, Mary Poppins Returns) and Adam Siegel (2 Guns, Drive), and is executive produced by Steven Levenson, Benj Pasek, Justin Paul, Michael Bederman and Stacey Mindich.
Waving Through A Window – Ben Platt & Dear Evan Hansen Choir
For Forever – Ben Platt
Sincerely Me – Colton Ryan, Ben Platt & Nik Dodani
Requiem – Kaitlyn Dever, Danny Pino & Amy Adams
If I Could Tell Her – Ben Platt & Kaitlyn Dever
The Anonymous Ones – Amandla Stenberg
You Will Be Found – Ben Platt, Amandla Stenberg, Liz Kate, DeMarius Copes, Isaac Powell, Hadiya Eshe’, Kaitlyn Dever & Dear Evan Hansen Choir
Only Us – Kaitlyn Dever & Ben Platt
Words Fail – Ben Platt
So Big / So Small – Julianne Moore
A Little Closer – Colton Ryan
You Will Be Found – Sam Smith feat. Summer Walker
The Anonymous Ones – SZA
Only Us – Carrie Underwood & Dan + Shay
A Little Closer – FINNEAS
Waving Through A Window – Tori Kelly
About Sam Smith:
Sam Smith has become one of the most celebrated artists to emerge on the music scene in recent history. Smith’s critically acclaimed latest album Love Goes, out now on Capitol Records, builds on the 30+ billion career streams they have amassed and the global success of their multi-Platinum debut and sophomore albums, In the Lonely Hour and The Thrill of It All, which debuted at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 and also topped the charts in the U.K., Ireland, New Zealand, Norway, Sweden, the Netherlands and Belgium. Awarded four stars by Rolling Stone, the album included the hit single “Too Good At Goodbyes” which along with Smith’s songs “I’m Not The Only One” and “Stay With Me,” have each received over a billion streams on Spotify alone. Smith has sold over 30 million adjusted albums worldwide and won GRAMMY, BRIT, Golden Globe and Oscar awards.
About Sumer Walker:
Atlanta based singer/songwriter Summer Walker’s 2019 debut album, Over It, contains the platinum-certified single “Come Thru” and the 2x platinum hit single “Playing Games.” Her acclaimed effort helped her win Soul Train Music Awards in 2019 and 2020 for Best New Artist and Album of the Year, respectively. In 2020, she won an iHeart Music Award for Best New R&B Artist and Top R&B Female Artist for Billboard that same year. “Come Thru” and “Playing Games” also helped Walker win several ASCAP Awards as well. Last year, she graced several illustrious magazine covers, including Rolling Stone’s Musicians on Musicians issue, and Billboard’s R&B/Hip-Hop Power Players issue. She recently launched her new imprint Ghetto Earth Records in a joint venture with Interscope Records last December. Summer is currently putting the finishing touches on her second album.
Lost Ones Will Release VENUS AS A BOYon PVOD On September 24th. Ty Hodges serves as director, writer, and star. The film co-stars Olivia Culpo and Trace Lysette. The current run-time is 104 minutes, or 1 hour and 24 minutes.
Hunter, a freewheeling artist navigates heartbreak, addiction, and LA’s impossibly hip gallery scene. After refusing to sell a painting to an eager buyer, a chance encounter leads him to Ruby, a gorgeous and successful Instagram influencer reeling from the recent death of her father. Polar opposites attract and after spending an intimate weekend together, Hunter’s life is completely enmeshed with Ruby’s. VENUS AS A BOY offers a personal and poetic examination of masculine and feminine, ego and alter ego.
About Ty Hodges
Multi-hyphenate Ty Hodges is an Actor/Writer/Director/Musician of Barbadian and Trinidadian descent. Ty was born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Miami, Florida.
Ty landed the starring role in Janet Jackson’s music video “Go Deep” (1997), then became a Disney actor for five years, most notably in the roles of Larry Beale in the Emmy-nominated Even Stevens (2000) and Larry Houdini in DON’T LOOK UNDER THE BED (1999).
In 2006, Ty added writing and directing to his repertoire with his award winning feature film MILES FROM HOMES (2006), which garnered film festival awards for writing, directing, and for his performance in the lead role. He has written and directed seven features since then: YOU, ME & THE CIRCUS (2011) for Omar Eppsbc; production company Brooklyn Works Films; VIDEO GIRL (2011) starring Meagan Good and Ruby Dee; CHARLIE, TREVOR AND A GIRL SAVANNAH (2015) starring Emily Meade; and A GIRL LIKE GRACE (2016), which stars Meagan Good, Garcelle Beauvais, Raven-Symone, Romeo Miller, Paige Hurd, and Ryan Destiny.
Seattle Surf and Republic Records announce the upcoming release of the Flag Day Original Motion Picture Soundtrack out on August 20th.
The thirteen-track soundtrack serves as the musical companion to the Cannes Film Festival selected film Flag Day starring and directed by Academy Award winner Sean Penn and starring his daughter Dylan Penn. The film opens in select theaters beginning Friday August 20, 2021.The soundtrack will feature songs from Cat Power, Glen Hansard, Eddie Vedder and Olivia Vedder.
You can pre-order the Flag Day Original Motion Picture Soundtrack HERE.
The trailer just premiered today and includes the first single “My Father’s Daughter” by Olivia Vedder which was written by Glen Hansard and Eddie Vedder. As the daughter of Pearl Jam frontman Eddie Vedder, Olivia makes her musical debut and showcases her powerful and singular voice of her own.
You can watch the trailer featuring “My Father’s Daughter” HERE.
Be on the lookout for more info soon, including the full track-listing.
Flag Day stars Dylan Penn, Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Norbert Leo Butz, Dale Dickey, Eddie Marsan, Bailey Noble, Hopper Jack Penn and Katheryn Winnick.
ABOUT FLAG DAY:
Jennifer Vogel’s father John was larger than life. As a child, Jennifer marveled at his magnetizing energy and ability to make life feel like a grand adventure. He taught her so much about love and joy, but he also happened to be the most notorious counterfeiter in US history. Based on a true story and directed by Sean Penn, Flag Day stars Penn and his real-life daughter Dylan Penn in an intimate family portrait about a young woman who struggles to rise above the wreckage of her past while reconciling the inescapable bond between a daughter and her father.
Representing a first-of-its-kind collaboration, Republic Records, Warner Bros. Pictures, and Xbox present the music video for “Gametime” by Lil Tecca and Aminé—from the Space Jam: A New LegacyOfficial Soundtrack. Watch the music video for “Gametime”—HERE.
In celebration of the upcoming film, Xbox invited fans from around the world to submit their ideas for an original Space Jam: A New Legacy–themed video game. The result is “Space Jam: A New Legacy – The Game,” a basketball beat ‘em up reminiscent of classic arcade games of the ‘90’s.
For the “Gametime” music video, Xbox animated Lil Tecca into the newest member of the Tune Squad as a character in the arcade-style game, on-screen. During a key sequence, the multi-platinum New York rapper faces the Goon Squad alongside none other than basketball superstar, LeBron James. In addition to “Space Jam: A New Legacy – The Game,” the music video showcases an exclusive Tune Squad Xbox Wireless Controller and a custom Bugs Bunny Xbox Series S Console. The integration marks a full circle moment for Tecca who started rapping and honing his craft while on Xbox Live.
“Ten years ago if you told me I’d be in an Xbox game with the G.O.A.T. himself, I wouldn’t believe it,” commented Tecca. “This is the biggest dream come true, and I’m so thankful Bron, Xbox, and Space Jam: A New Legacy invited me to the party.”
“We’ve got a rap superstar, an iconic film franchise, and the greatest athlete of this generation in one video,” added Marcos Waltenberg, Director of Xbox Global Partnerships. “We’ve never done anything of this magnitude between sports, music, film, and video games. It’s a watershed moment for Xbox, and we’re honored to be a part of it.”
The “Space Jam: A New Legacy–The Game” launched globally on July 1 exclusively into Xbox Game Pass Perks for a limited time. The game will be available free-to-play for all fans through the Microsoft Store on Xbox on Thursday, July 15.
The Space Jam: A New LegacyOfficial Soundtrack arrives in stores and at all digital retailers on July 9, 2021. Listen to the soundtrack HERE! Check out the full tracklisting below.
Lil Baby + Kirk Franklin – “We Win (Space Jam: A New Legacy)”
24kGoldn – “Control The World” [feat. Lil Wayne]
Chance the Rapper – “See Me Fly” [feat. John Legend & Symba]
Billboard Music Awards nominee and diamond selling DJ/producer Alan Walker announces the release of his in-concert film The Aviation Movie on YouTube. The unique five part series, which took almost two years to create, combines footage from the Oslo Spektrum stop on Walker’s Aviation Tour and a narrative arc from the Walker cinematic universe.
Woven in between the tracks and concert footage is a dynamic storyline from the World of Walker: after an apocalyptic event, a young woman, armed only with the AW logo, is on a journey to save the world. Along the way, she learns new skills and ultimately rebuilds society with the help of the like-minded Walker community. The film also features appearances by Walker’s collaborators Steve Aoki, Au/Ra, Isak, Iselin Solheim, Juliander, Julie Bergan, Omar Noir, Sophia Somajo, Tomine Harket, and Torine.
Walker also released The Aviation Game, an arcade-style iOS & Android mobile game developed by award winning indie studio Hello There Games. The game’s action, steering a drone through a challenging obstacle course, is directly derived from the plot of The Aviation Movie.
Alan Walker explains: “Live music has obviously been on hold throughout the pandemic, and I know that I’m not the only one who misses the magic of concerts. My hope for fans who watch The Aviation Movie is for them to experience that special feeling once again and to look forward to the day when we can connect in person.”
About Alan Walker
Since the 2018 release of his debut album, Different World, containing global sensation singles like the diamond selling “Faded,” “Alone,” and “All Falls Down,” Alan Walker has played over 600 headline festival and arena shows, picked up two Norwegian Grammy wins, and earned a Billboard Music Awards nomination. Walker is the 9th most followed artist on YouTube and the 20th most followed artist on Spotify, which displays the strength of his fanbase.
Walker holds over 120 million followers and 50 billion audio and video streams to his name, has previously teamed up with massive hit makers such as Ava Max, Noah Cyrus, and A$AP Rocky, and has produced remixes for internationally renowned artists such as Sia, Coldplay, Kygo, Bruno Mars, and Julia Michaels.
As Covid regulations are decreasing and more and more people are getting vaccinated, regulations are starting to decrease and people are starting to go outside again, including to the local movie theatres. Regal Cinemas is reopening, and is also proud to announce 3 additional locations will open in the Los Angeles area, with one in Camarillo, one in Irvine, and one in Hemet. These theatres will open Friday, May 21.
Lionsgate’s Spiral, a horror movie and Saw spinoff, will headline the new movies including Angelina Jolie and Nicholas Hoult’s new thriller: Those Who Wish Me Dead and Guy Ritchie’s Wrath of Man along with a full slate of additional titles. Future releases opening in the coming weeks include A Quiet Place Part II, Cruella and F9.
Reopening plans include a wide range of health and safety measures that adhere to the CinemaSafe protocol and guidelines, which have been created by the National Association of Theatre Owners (NATO) in order to help prevent Covid outbreaks in theatres.
Regal, a subsidiary of the Cineworld Group, operates one of the largest and most geographically diverse theatre circuits in the United States, consisting of 6,979 screens in 526 theatres in 42 states along with the District of Columbia and Guam as of February 28, 2021. The size, reach and quality of the company’s theatre circuit provides its patrons with a convenient and enjoyable moviegoing experience. They are committed to being “The Best Place to Watch a Movie!” Additional information is available on Regal’s website, which can be found HERE.
GRAND OPENING DELAYED at REGAL NORTH HOLLYWOOD & 4DX
WHAT: Due to unforeseen circumstances, we regret to inform you that the official opening scheduled for today, Friday, May 21, of the Regal North Hollywood has been postponed. We look forward to officially opening the doors in the coming days and will follow up accordingly when we have the official date.
WHERE: Regal North Hollywood & 4DX (3251 20th Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94132)
Respect is a new biopic that covers an iconic female performer, Civil Rights Activist, and Queen of Soul Aretha Franklin. Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, Respect is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.
It will star another icon in her own right, Jennifer Hudson, as Franklin. This is not her first time acting, and has also been in films like Spike Lee’s Chi-raq and in the first season of the Fox hit series: Empire. Given her background as a singer, her acting chops and what we’ve seen of the film so far, I’m certain Hudson will be excellent. The film also stars Forest Whitaker (Star Wars, Black Panther) and Tituss Burgess (The Unbreakable Kimmy Shmidt.)
According to Billboard, the film has had a rough journey, being originally slated for release in the fall of 2020, and has been delayed several times due first to the pandemic and then because of a number of other factors. Thankfully, the film is finally set to release so we’ll get to see the film that’s been in the works for so long.
Director Liesl Tommy makes her feature film debut with Respect. She’s previously been known for directing plays. Tommy is the first Black woman ever nominated for a Tony award for Best Direction of a Play in 2016 for Eclipsed, and is an Associate Artist at the Berkeley Rep and an Artist Trustee with the Sundance Institute’s Board of Trustees.
With a story by Callie Khouri (Oscar® winner for Writing, Thelma & Louise) and Tracey Scott Wilson, and screenplay written by Tracey Scott Wilson. Wilson and Tommy have worked together creatively since the 2009 play The Good Negro written by Wilson, directed by Tommy at The Public Theatre. Wilson was a writer on FX’s hit series: The Americans which garnered her a Peabody Award as well as an Emmy® and WGA Award nominations.
The film is set to release in theatres on August 13, 2021. To watch the new trailer, click HERE.
JENNIFER HUDSON ANNOUNCES ORIGINAL SONG FROM ARETHA FRANKLIN BIOPIC RESPECT: “HERE I AM (SINGING MY WAY HOME)” CO-WRITTEN WITH CAROLE KING OUT FRIDAY
RESPECT ORIGINAL MOTION PICTURE SOUNDTRACK OUT AUGUST 13 VIA EPIC RECORDS
IMPACTING RADIO ON JUNE 21
Academy® Award-winning actress and GRAMMY® Award-winning recording artist Jennifer Hudson announces a new original song entitled “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home),” co-written with four time GRAMMY® Award winner, Kennedy Center Honoree, and Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Songwriters Hall of Fame Inductee Carole King (marking their first collaboration) and Jamie Hartman [Lewis Capaldi, Christina Aguilera] out Friday. GRAMMY® Award-winning Black Eyed Peas co-founder and mega-producer will.i.am produced the track. Hudson announced the collaboration on her social platforms this morning – HERE.
Paving the way for Hudson’s blockbuster bigscreen turn as Aretha Franklin, it will appear on the Original Motion Picture Soundtrack to RESPECTand serve as the film’s only original song. Hudson was handpicked by Franklin to portray her in the film from MGM, which opens in theatres nationwide on August 13. The soundtrack will be available on the same day.
Get “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” HERE Friday via Epic Records.
Hudson added, “Music is such a living and breathing character in this film, as it was in Ms. Franklin’s life. The process of creating this song was like constructing the greatest tribute I could possibly offer to her spirit. It was the final exhale of this extraordinary project and one that I let out with complete fulfillment. Being able to do so with Carole and Jamie was an incredible privilege. Carole is one of the greatest songwriters of all time and, whether we were trading stories, playing piano together over video conference, or working through lyrics, it was always a masterclass – both in life and music. Jamie and I have collaborated together in the past and it’s always so wonderful to create with him – he is continuously thinking outside of the box in a way that deepens the musical experience in indescribable ways. Our goal was to show that music was always the anchor for Ms. Franklin, in all that she did, and I hope this song illustrates the strength of her voice – both literally and figuratively – which always brought her home.”
About the collaboration, King commented, “Writing a song with Jamie Hartman and Jennifer Hudson felt both familiar and fresh at the same time. The process of songwriting continues to amaze me. One minute there’s nothing, and then a song grows out of the seed of an idea. The seed was dormant when Jennifer, Jamie, and I first met virtually. Jennifer and I had previously performed together, and I was excited about writing with her for no less than a film called Respect in which Jennifer plays Aretha Franklin! I’m so pleased to have not just one but two songs as part of the soundtrack of Respect-the 21st century song “Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” and my 20th century co-write with Gerry Goffin, “(You Make Me Feel Like a) Natural Woman.”
Epic Records Chairwoman and CEO Sylvia Rhonesaid, “What Jennifer, Carole, and Jamie have created together is nothing short of historic. It celebrates the legacy of Aretha Franklin by channeling her spirit and style in an original, no less. As soon as I heard it, I was speechless. It has all the elements of a future American songbook staple.”
“Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)” highlights Hudson’s earthquaking range with a seismic crescendo. Right out of the gate, she proclaims, “It’s time for me to sing” over glorious church organ before twinkling piano wraps around her vocals. It officially impacts Hot AC and Urban AC on Monday June 21.
One of the biggest, boldest, and brightest voices in contemporary music, Jennifer Hudson stands alone. Not only is she a two-time GRAMMY® Award winner and best-selling author, but she has received an Academy® Award, a Golden Globe®, and countless other honors as an actress. Her self-titled 2008 debut Jennifer Hudson earned a platinum certification, the 2011 follow-up I Remember Me went gold, and 2014’s JHUD drew a GRAMMY® nod. She has starred in films ranging from Dreamgirls and Sex and the City to Chi-Raq and Sing, in addition to taking over Broadway in The Color Purple, for which the soundtrack garnered Hudson another Grammy win. Along the way, she became a best-selling author and served as a coach on The Voice UK and U.S. In 2019, she appeared as Grizabella in the big-screen adaptation of Cats, and she also contributed “I’ll Fight” to the critically acclaimed documentary RBG, garnering an Academy® Award nomination. In 2021, she stars as Aretha Franklin in director Liesl Tommy’s highly anticipated biopic Respect, of which she is also an executive producer. Franklin personally chose Hudson to star. She will be releasing new music soon.
Jennifer Hudson and RESPECT dazzled the crowd Sunday night at a premiere fit for a queen
Celebrating the legacy of Aretha Franklin was director Liesl Tommy and costars Marlon Wayans, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Audra McDonald, Tate Donovan, Hailey Kilgore, Saycon Sengbloh, Skye Dakota Turner, screenwriter Tracey Scott Wilson, producers Scott Bernstein, Jonathan Glickman and Stacey Sher, and more.
Other guests included Timbaland, Jennifer Holliday, Debbie Allen, Michael K. Williams, Tori Kelly, Derek Hough, Jordin Sparks, and more
After the premiere, attendees celebrated outside, complete with food trucks and music from Donald Taylor and the LA Mass Choir. Aretha Franklin’s granddaughter Grace Franklin graced the audience with her grandmother’s favorite song, “Ain’t No Way,” and Aretha’s son Edward Franklin sang “My Girl.”
Following the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, RESPECT is the remarkable true story of the music icon’s journey to find her voice.
DIRECTOR: Liesl Tommy
SCREENPLAY BY: Tracey Scott Wilson
STORY BY: Callie Khouri and Tracey Scott Wilson
PRODUCERS: Harvey Mason Jr., Scott Bernstein, p.g.a., Jonathan Glickman, Stacey Sher
EXECUTIVE PRODUCERS: Jennifer Hudson, Liesl Tommy, Sue Baden-Powell, Aaron L. Gilbert, Jason Cloth
CAST: Jennifer Hudson, Forest Whitaker, Marlon Wayans, Audra McDonald, Marc Maron, Tituss Burgess, Kimberly Scott, Saycon Sengbloh, Hailey Kilgore, Heather Headley, Skye Dakota Turner, Tate Donovan and Mary J. Blige
FROM METRO GOLDWYN MAYER PICTURES, IN ASSOCIATION WITH BRON CREATIVE AND ONE COMMUNITY
From MGM, Respect follows the rise of Aretha Franklin’s career from a child singing in her father’s church’s choir to her international superstardom, Respect is the remarkable true story of Franklin’s journey to find her voice.
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