American moviegoers finally have the chance to catch Respect, the biopic featuring Oscar winner Jennifer Hudson portraying Aretha Franklin - a casting the late Queen of Soul personally decreed. With the movie playing in theaters everywhere, we thought it was a good opportunity to share some bits and pieces about Respect.
First off, if you're somehow hearing about the movie for the first time, here's a trailer:
Of course, that's Hudson herself tackling Aretha's songs in the film, and the soundtrack does feature an interesting new song: "Here I Am (Singing My Way Home)." It was produced by will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, and co-written by Hudson with the legendary Carole King, who comes full circle after co-writing Franklin's "(You Make Me Feel Like) A Natural Woman."
You can imagine playing an icon like Aretha conjured up a lot of feelings, and Hudson was kind enough to share some of them with CBS Sunday Morning a few weekends ago.
If all this talk about the movie has you stoked to hear some of Aretha's original music - and who could blame you, really - be sure and check out the new career-spanning box set ARETHA. Co-producers David Nathan (SoulMusic.com's founder) and Patrick Milligan recently went on the Rhino Podcast to share some insight on the package - you can hear a clip of that below and check out the two-part chat here and here.
Finally, if you've got to have a piece of the film for yourself, Aretha's official site is running a very special contest through Friday, Aug. 20. Five lucky winners will be selected to receive a Respect prize pack that includes a movie poster signed by the cast, the soundtrack and a $100 gift card to the official Aretha Franklin online store. Full details are here.