Aug 18, 2014 03:14 PM EDT
Deadline reports that a New Line Cinema movie on Copeland’s life chronicling her rise to fame as the third African American female soloist for the American Ballet Theatre, living in a welfare motel with her family and surviving a custody battle between her birth mother and host family.
Producing the film are Adam Shankman, Jennifer Gibgot, Phil Sandhaus of Offspring Entertainment. The script will come to life via Stephanie Allain and Lenore Kletter. No news on who is set to play Copeland, her mother or her mentor. Rumors are the film will show Copeland from age 13 to her late teens, so it’s likely the Offspring Entertainment producers are looking for a young actress who is also a dancer.
In case you forgot her many talents, Copeland has performed with Prince at Madison Square Garden, serves on President Obama’s fitness council, and will lead in ABTs Swan Lake this coming fall. To that end, Copeland recently spoke to MTV about diversity in ballet as part of their Look Different campaign.
“I think that the ballet world is so far behind the rest of the world with growth and accepting diversity,” Copeland said. “So, it’s kind of been something that I’ve wanted to do: bring diversity to the ballet world and educate people in this circle, this very small circle that is the ballet community, and show them that every ethnicity has the ability to be molded to be a part of this world.”
Watch below her stunning ad for the Under Armour campaign I Will What I Want.
For her impressive self-released debut, 20something New York City pianist/composer Tania Stavreva has taken solo piano to rare heights on 'Rhythmic Movement,' 14 tracks of a wildly experimental jazz/classical/folk synthesis. Forward-leaning, yet firmly rooted in the folk music of her native Bulgaria, the accents fly by in dizzying whirlwind.
That's no spelling mistake on the title of the Mark Dresser Seven's seven-track new 'Sedimental You' (Clean Feed). Although the title tune is, indeed, taken from Tommy Dorsey's 1932 "I'm Getting Sentimental Over You," Dresser is hardly sentimental. He's talking sediment here. Like rocks, man. Yet there's no rock here. Go figure.
It's been a rough year. Most of my friends are sticking up their middle finger to 2016, as am I. I can only wonder which heroes of mine will bite the dust in 2017...but that's for another Blogarrhea. The following annual all-list blog is not supposed to represent the most important or the best-selling or even the most accomplished CDs of 2016. I have done nothing my entire life but listen to music and tell people about it. So these are the ones I got the most excited about. Before the lists commence, please note that Leonard Cohen's 'You Want It Darker' (Columbia) and Paul Simon's 'Stranger To Stranger' (Concord) are my two favorite CDs of 2016. That said, on with the show.