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The latest trailer for the upcoming James Brown biopic "Get on Up" gives us a better look at the musician's tough upbringing and troubled youth, and illustrates just how the legendary performer became the hardest working man in show biz. Viola Davis plays Susie Brown, the mother who abandoned James as a child and then reappears just as her son is about to take the stage at the legendary Apollo Theater. Chadwick Boseman ("42") stars as the adult James Brown in what looks like a very promising performance, both dramatically and musically. Other notable stars include Octavia Spencer as James's Aunt Honey, Dan Aykroyd as the musician's rep Ben Bart, Nelsan Ellis as musician Bobby Byrd, and the fabulous Jill Scott as James Brown's wife Deedee Jenkins.

"Get on Up" hits theaters August 1, which is just in time for the sort of dramatic, inspiring film movie-goers will need after a summer of whiz-bang-boom superheroes. In fact, it just so happens that "Get On Up" director Tate Taylor found a modicum of success with another August release a few years back, a little film called "The Help." Maybe you heard of it?

In the meantime, you can catch the amazing Octavia Spencer in the sci-fi stunner "Snowpiercer," which opens in limited release on June 27.

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James Brown (Chadwick Boseman) was born in extreme poverty in 1933 South Carolina and survived abandonment,... Read More