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Soul star James Brown dies at 73


Singer James Brown, known as the "Godfather of Soul", has died at the age of 73, his agent has said.


He had been admitted to hospital in Atlanta to be treated for pneumonia but died at 0145 local time (0645 GMT), said Frank Copsidas.


The star was famous for hits including I Got You (I Feel Good), Papa's Got a Brand New Bag and Living in America.


The cause of Brown's death remained unclear at this stage, Mr Copsidas told the Associated Press.





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i blame christmas... jax is gonna go nuts when he sees this shit

Damn straight. I think this is the first thread in over four years in whihc I've actually yelled out "No!!!" when reading the title. I got Please, Please, Please playing right now (his first hit from 1956 and a somber tune). This really sucks. I was still hold out hope for seeing him live one day, seeing as he was supposed to be as full of energy as ever.


James Brown got SOOOOOOOUL, and he super bad.

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And already....


Brown biopic in the works

Lee signs on for Godfather of Soul film



Spike Lee has signed on to direct a feature on the life of James Brown for Paramount and Imagine Entertainment. Brian Grazer is producing, and the pic could be in production by late next year, though 2008 is more likely.


Lee will rewrite a draft recently turned in by Jezz and John Henry Butterworth. Script has been through several drafts since Steve Baigelman wrote the original.


Brown was an active part of the development of the biopic project. The singer met with Baigelman, and gave the Butterworth brothers access to his camp. Brown's longtime sideman Bobby Byrd also was interviewed for two days by the Butterworth duo. The rights package includes Brown's life rights, and also access to all his music rights.


"Like everybody, I was surprised and saddened that James Brown died," Grazer said Tuesday. "Having known him well, and after spending lots of time with him and researching his life, it's somehow not surprising that he died on Christmas Day. He was the ultimate showman, all the way to the end."


Lee has two other projects with Grazer. He will next direct a John Ridley-scripted film on the L.A. riots for Universal and Imagine. He will either follow with the Brown film or an "Inside Man" sequel, which Russell Gewirtz is scripting.




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