Entertainment News: Short Cuts: News On 'The Rock' and Phyllis Hyman

Entertainment News: Short Cuts: News On 'The Rock' and Phyllis Hyman

Published August 29, 2007

Posted Aug. 29, 2007 -- Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson finds his next family flick in “Witch Mountain” for Walt Disney Pictures, reports Variety.

Johnson, who just teamed with "Mountain" director Andy Fickman in the Disney family comedy “The Game Plan,” is in negotiations to play a Las Vegas cab driver who picks up a pair of siblings with magical powers. The plot is taken from the original “Escape to Witch Mountain,” which Disney released in 1975.
Johnson, who most recently starred in the drama “Gridiron Gang,” stars next summer alongside Steve Carell and Anne Hathaway in “Get Smart” for Warner Bros. Production for "Mountain" begins in March.

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Hyman Biography to Hit Shelves

The story of Phyllis Hyman, the dynamic R&B vocalist whose career soared in the 1980s before her untimely death in 1995, will be released by publisher JAM Books next month.

"Strength of a Woman: The Phyllis Hyman Story" explores the tormented soul that existed beneath Hyman's statuesque beauty and captivating stage presence. The singer's 20-year career, which included the release of eight albums and a Tony nomination and Theatre World Award for her Broadway turn in Sophisticated Ladies, was brought to a tragic end by her suicide June 30, 1995, just hours before she was due to perform  at the legendary Apollo Theatre.

After a number of major publishers turned him down, author Jason A. Michael founded JAM Books to release the project. The author follows Hyman's beginnings in Pittsburgh and early success, as well as her battles against racism and sexism in the music industry. Her turbulent personal relationships and struggles with substance abuse and bipolar disease are also detailed.

The book also details the following:   

  • Why Hyman, who was the first choice for the role of "Shug Avery" in the movie adaptation of The Color Purple, lost the role.
  • How the clashes and head-butting with music mogul Clive Davis had a detrimental effect on Hyman's career.
  • Hyman's assessment of the talents of other singers of the day including Jody Watley, Vanity, and Paula Adbul.
  • How one of the last songs Hyman wrote, "Come Right Or Not At All" is a testament to her attitude about her life and much more.



Written by BET-Staff


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