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Getting it together for James Brown biopic
Getting it together for James Brown biopic

Before James Brown became the Godfather of Soul, before he donned the cape, before he even cut a record, he was an impoverished kid from rural Georgia. In the new biopic "Get on Up," the singer's hardscrabble childhood sets the stage for a tumultuous fight to the top. Brown (played in his boyhood by brothers Jamarion and Jordan Scott) is raised in a brothel after being abandoned by destitute parents. He spends his nights as a barker, singing and dancing on the roadside to lure in prospective johns. One Sunday, he's awakened by a glorious sound. In worn boots, he walks the dusty path to a nearby gospel church. Inside, he's swept up by the joyous voices of the...