Dan Aykroyd appeared on the Tonight Show last night to promote the James Brown biopic Get On Up. While there, he shared a story about the time he and Bill Murray ran into James Brown in a rental car lot.
♦ Good news for downtown hipster boys: Chloë Sevigny is expanding her Opening Ceremony clothing line to include menswear. [Nylon]
♦ Just because you're a celebrity doesn't mean that your clothing line will be successful, points out WWD: Scarlett Johansson and Mandy Moore both have failed attempts behind them. But Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen, because they were apparently blessed at birth with the ability to mint money, have ever expanding fashion companies. [WWD]
Apparently James Brown was unable to hit it and quit: "The late soul legend has another daughter and it may not be his last. An unnamed woman has proved through DNA testing that the singer, dubbed the Godfather of Soul, was her father. She is the third person to do so since Brown's death last December and other tests are pending." [Telegraph (U.K.)]
Caught outside the Apollo Theater in Harlem, people waiting to pay their respects to James Brown. Lots of dancing feet involved.
While porcupine-becoiffed superproducer Brian Grazer (don't worry—we won't use the headshot) has long been developing a big screen treatment of James Brown's life story with the cooperation of the legend himself, just two days after the singer's death comes a report that Spike Lee has signed on to direct. And although Grazer wasn't necessarily looking for a Hollywood ending, something about Brown hip-gyrating off this mortal coil on Christmas Day makes for a satisfyingly spectacular conclusion to the life of a Soul Messiah:
James Brown may have missed his planned NYC gig at BB King's club, and his alleged widow isn't having much luck getting into his house. But on Thursday, the Godfather of Soul will make one more date at Harlem's Apollo Theater, lying in state for fan viewing. It's a little creepy, sure, but also a little perfect. If we weren't here tomorrow, we'd probably be there.