...and four other things you need to know about this week, including a televisiual tribute to all things sci-fi, the return of re-sexed up Bryan Ferry and a chance to enjoy Cara Delevingne on the carpetMore
James Brown put his heart, soul and several litres of good old-fashioned sweat into his performances, as does Chadwick Boseman portraying the godfather of soul in Tate Taylor’s new biopic, Get on Up, which comes out on Friday. As with most biopics it trots along the familiar themes of career highs and lows, personal love and loss, childhood dreams and adult disappointments – because hey, that’s life. But then James Brown’s highs were higher than most (and we’re not talking about the angel dust incident in 1988): releasing “Please Please Please” in 1956, upstaging the Rolling Stones in 1964, performing a landmark concert in Boston just after the assassination of Martin Luther King Jr; and ditto the lows: prison, the death of his son Teddy, the arrest for domestic violence in 2004 that resulted in that infamous mugshot . Boseman has rightly won plaudits for his performance, and though the music is mostly live recordings of James Brown, the moves are all Boseman’s own. Yow!
Get on Up is in cinemas on 21 November
Sexy guitars, silky sax, vocals trembling with barely suppressed erotic urges: it can only be Bryan Ferry, who returns with a solo album this month. Having been in the business for 40-odd years, Ferry’s made a fair few friends along the way and most of them seem to know their way around a guitar: Mark Knopfler, Flea and Johnny Marr are among the guests on the new record, Avonmore, out today. There’s a creeping sense of ageing and reflection in the record: Ferry’s voice fades to a quiver on “Soldier of Fortune” (which he co-wrote with Marr) and it can’t be an accident that the name of his new album recalls one of his biggest albums with Roxy Music (as well as, for whatever reason, a brand of Irish dairy products). Still, it’s hard not to enjoy the seductive, Seventies-tinged debauchery of lead single “Loop De Li” and the accompanying video; just because Ferry is acknowledging his past doesn’t mean he’s done with it. Avonmore by Bryan Ferry is out today, bryanferry.com