Executive producer, Williams responds to fans reactions regarding Lifetime’s Aaliyah: Princess of R&B biopic. People are talking about the movie and the ratings are a huge success.
I see my Aaliyah movie broke the Internet this weekend! Errbody got an opinion. Well, I must tell you, whether you loved or hate, you watched. It was the second-highest rated movie on all of cable this year so far.
Timbaland gives his opinion on Lifetime’s Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B biopic:
This is why people should never remake movies, bullshit happens. Now you have to deal with the consequences.
Executive producers Howard Braunstein, Debra Martin Chase and author Christopher Farley disclose that their aim is to create a very tasteful tribute to Aaliyah. Farley:
We’re trying to honor this woman and tell this story of this journey and her overcoming obstacles. We felt we had enough of the music to still make a terrific film, and we’re excited to tell the story we were telling.
Lifetime’s Aaliyah: Princess of R&B biopic executive producers Chase and Farley defend their choice to include the controversial marriage between R.Kelly and Aaliyah. They argue that Kelly was a part of Aaliyah’s life and an important influence. Chase:
The evidence is there that they were married, we tried to keep it very tasteful and respectful in our portrayal. Biopics are hard people have an opinion and social media allows them to voice that opinion. But at the end of the day, our goal was to make the best movie possible.
Lifetime Network releases the official movie trailer for Aaliyah: The Princess of R&B. Shipp portrays the late singer Aaliyah. Rachael Crawford, Sterling Jarvis and A.J. Saudin also star in the film. The biopic is based on the Christopher Farley book, Aaliyah: More Than a Woman, which follows Aaliyah’s journey from Star Search, to her rise to fame and finally, her tragic passing. Lifetime TV Network:
She sold millions of records and was a budding silver screen star. Yes, Aaliyah was definitely more than a woman.
The Lifetime Network continues on with the Aaliyah biopic, Aaliyah: Princess of R&B , with Shipp as Aaliyah. The official air date is November 15, 2014. Lifetime had originally planned to shoot over the summer and release this fall, until Disney star Zendaya Coleman backed out of the project citing poor production values and moral discord.
Williams’ discusses the Lifetime Aaliyah biopic and why the family needs to let it happen.
In my opinion, TV trumps motion picture. As a woman who loves to lay in the house and watch a motion picture, I feel that the family might be a little misguided in the power of box office versus TV. Lifetime will play the movie over and over. TV is the way to get your story told.
Lifetime tweets that Zendaya will no longer play the role and that the film will be shelved for now. Aaliyah’s family, who are not participating in the project, were reportedly not happy with the decision to cast her.
Let me just explain something. The reason why I chose not to do the Aaliyah movie had nothing to do with the haters or the people telling me I couldn’t do it, I wasn’t talented enough, or I wasn’t black enough. The main reasons were the production value wasn’t there, there were complications with the music rights, and I just felt like it wasn’t being handled delicately considering the situation. And I tried my best to reach out to the family on my own, and I wrote a letter, but I was unable to do so therefore I felt not morally OK with moving forward with the project.
Because it’s someone that I honor and I respect so much, it has to be 128 percent, especially for all her fans, including myself. I didn’t feel like it [the production] was all the way there, so I didn’t want to do that. And when the time comes when it’s done right and it’s 100 percent, by all means, I will be the first person there ready to go.
Aaliya’s family is trying to halt Lifetime from making an Aaliyah biopic, saying that the outfit is too small to capture the scope of her life. They want a big studio to produce the film. The family is consulting with a lawyer to forfeit Lifetime from using any of Aaliyah’s music, photos and videos. Aaliyah’s cousin, Jomo Hankerson:
The problem that we have is that Aaliyah was an icon and she deserves an iconic tribute, not a Lifetime movie. They didn’t reach out. I don’t know why they didn’t reach out. We want a major studio release along the lines of What’s Love Got to Do with It, the Tina Turner movie. This needs A-list actors, A-list talent that can breathe life into what we think is a phenomenal story.
Dash describes his pain over losing his girlfriend Aaliyah:
The grieving process and getting used to living with that kind of pain, every time you feel better about something, even in general people want to comfort you. Every time I walk out someones like, I am sorry about Aaliyah and I was like now my day is messed up.
Aaliyah chats about her style, favorite musicians, albums, rumors, personal life and embarrassing moments:
I was at a studio, umm a recording studio, I was doing a radio show there, they had this little awards show that they did it was in Washington D.C. and I was doing a drop and the room with the mic, the mic booth. So I’m walking out of the mic booth to go in where all the other artists are and a glass door, looked like the door was open but the door was closed and you know I’m thinking I am cute, have my nice little baggy outfit and I’m just a hitting it and bamm, right in the glass door and I hurt myself but I had to act like oh.no no.no.no I am fine…..
More Than a Woman, the third single from her self-titled third studio album Aaliyah, is directed by Dave Meyers. The video is shot just two weeks before she travels to the Bahamas to shoot her last music video, Rock the Boat. Meyers:
Loaded with graphics, the video also includes her signature sexy-cool dance sequences.
Aaliyah’s third single from her self titled album, Aaliyah is released. The song is written two years before the release date but never recorded because her label didn’t think she was ready for an explicit song such as Rock the Boat. Producer Kevin Taylor:
The video is very ethereal and heavenly.
Aaliyah’s white casket is transported by a horse drawn, white carriage from Campbell Funeral Home to St. Ignatius Church. Dash and other celebrities walk behind the carriage. Tons of fans crowded the streets to pay their respects. Jay-Z, P. Diddy, Busta Rhymes, and Timbaland are among the many mourners. Timbaland:
She was like blood, and I lost blood.
An autopsy reveals that Aaliyah suffered serious trauma after the plane crash that left her and eight others dead. The singer was killed by severe burns and a blow to the head. Pathologist:
Aaliyah went into such a state of shock, even if she had survived the crash, recovery would have been near impossible.
Investigators find Aaliyah and eight others dead in a Bahamas plane crash. In route to Miami, the Cessna 402 crashes shortly after takeoff. The Cessna’s pilot and video crew get into an argument before takeoff over the weight of the equipment and passengers. The pilot admits the plane is overloaded but takes off anyway. Aaliyah dies instantly in the crash while one victim dies later in a Miami hospital. Emil Wilbekin, editor-in-chief of Vibe magazine:
I think Aaliyah was the next Jennifer Lopez, the next Whitney Houston, the next Madonna, the next Janet Jackson.
Aaliyah sits down with BET’s 106 & Park hosts AJ and Free to talk about her album, Aaliyah. She talks about filming her latest single, Rock the Boat and gives away a Cadillac Escalade to an audience member.
I shoot Rock the Boat tomorrow.
Aaliyah shares access to the making of her video, Rock the Boat, directed by Hype Williams.
We’ve been up since three a.m. doing hair and makeup to get the beautiful sunrise shot. Sometimes that’s what you got to do, it will be painful but it’s all for the good of the video.
Aaliyah sings her hit song, More Than a Woman on The Tonight Show with Jay Leno. This is her last performance from her third album, Aaliyah. Jay Leno:
The Aaliyah album has gotten terrific reviews.
In her last interview, with a German magazine, Aaliyah says she has recurring dreams that she is flying away from her problems.
It is dark in my favorite dream. Someone is following me. I don’t know why. I’m scared, then, suddenly, I lift off. Far away. How do I feel? As if I am swimming in the air. Free. Nobody can reach me. Nobody can touch me. It’s a wonderful feeling.
Aaliyah talks about her third album, Aaliyah, her upcoming movie role on Queen of the Damned and speaks to phone guests. Aaliyah:
I like to have fun and be silly.
Aaliyah links up with A-list producers to create a futuristic style album. The self-titled Aaliyah is her third album and reaches number 2 on the Billboard album chart. Aaliyah:
The songs on this album talks about relationships in every aspect.
Aaliyah displays her daily routine while she is on tour in Paris and New York City. She prepares for interviews and has fun at a carnival. Aaliyah:
I want to please my fans because it’s all about them. In the end it is all worth it because it really makes me happy and I wouldn’t trade it for anything else in the World.
We Need a Resolution, directed by Paul Hunter is released as the lead single from Aaliyah’s third self titled album Aaliyah.
I first dealt with snakes when I was in Australia and I did the photo shoot for the album. We used five pythons in the shoot. At first, I was a little nervous, but once I started to handle them, I totally fell in love and felt an affinity toward them.
Aaliyah begins dating entrepreneur, Damon Dash. The pair meet through Dash’s accountant. Their relationship is filled with individual work projects and they spend months at a time away from each other. Dash:
She was intelligent and she caught me. I’m the kind of guy who says things sometimes just to make myself laugh, but she would just catch me making jokes for me. I couldn’t get anything past her. She had a very quick mind and a very kind heart.
Aaliyah describes the makeup process and shares bloopers of her role as Akasha on Queen of the Damned.
I have been bitten.
Aaliyah plays evil queen vampire Akasha in this horror directed by Michael Rymer. Akasha is awakened by Lestsat (Stuart Townsend) when he becomes a rock star.
It’s fun to be that mean, evil person. I myself have always loved the dark side as well.
Aaliyah introduces and honors some of the hottest movers and dancers at the Janet Jackson MTV Icons Award Show.
My personal favorite Janet video is Alright which features Cab Calloway and has this really cool, retro vibe and amazing dance moves.
Aaliyah performs her hit single, Try Again from the Romeo Must Die soundtrack.
Aaliyah chats about acting, waiting on the right acting role, the cast of Romeo Must Die, having fun outside of working, dating, doing a future duet with Janet Jackson, working with producer Timbaland and what she is most proud of:
What feels the best is when I receive that plaque knowing that my fans went and picked up the album and they are the reason why I am sitting on this couch and I am doing what I am doing. I have no regrets, I’ve lived a full life at 21, I’ve done a lot in just 21 years…I am very happy.
Aaliyah chats about Romeo Must Die, her love for acting, growing up, animated movie Anastasia, her excitement on being in the Oscars, love of horror and vampire movies.
Growing up for me, everything was based on entertainment. I come from a family that’s always been involved in this business and I went to Catholic school, went to performing arts high school where I majored in dance, took drama and music. I was always grounded my parents made sure I had everything that a child has….I went to parties, I went to my prom, I did all those sort of things.
Come Back in One Piece is the lead single from the Romeo Must Die soundtrack, the video features rapper DMX and directed by Little X.
Aaliyah sits down with German talk show Select MTV to speak about her career and achievements.
God blessed me and I worked hard, and that is how it happened.
Aaliyah describes her role as Trish on her debut movie, Romeo Must Die.
Trish doesn’t like to be controlled and that is one of the things I really like about her.
Aaliyah makes an appearance in her brother Rashad Haughton’s short film, The Mim Rose. Aaliyah as Melissa:
Does she love you or love you not?
Aaliyah hosts the popular MTV show, TRL. She counts down the top 10 music videos, chats with phone guests and views fan made artwork.
We are having a good time up in here!
Aaliyah is a guest on The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn, where she speaks about her sex appeal and her role in Romeo Must Die.
I was hot at 10.
Aaliyah and Jeff Foxworthy play the game, Yambo on The Late Late Show with Craig Kilborn.
Aaliyah wins the VMA’s award for Best Female Video and Best Video From a Film for her song, Try Again, from the Romeo Must Die soundtrack.
This is a shock … this is a big shock.
Aaliyah is the executive producer of the Romeo Must Die soundtrack and sings the hit single, Try Again. The single helps her win a second Grammy nomination as well as two MTV Music Video Awards for Best Female Video and Best Video From a Film.
Try Again was a very upbeat song — very in your face.
Aaliyah speaks about her role on her debut movie Romeo Must Die, and her love for vampires.
I love vampires, I have to be a vampire.
Aaliyah makes her acting debut in the action film Romeo Must Die starring opposite martial arts star Jet Li. On how the film boosted her career:
Romeo Must Die came at the right time. It was the right vehicle for me.
Aaliyah, Timberlake and Lance Bass of N’Sync have fun at a TEEN People photo-shoot. Aaliyah:
Look what I have to deal with, the only mature under 21 person here.
Aaliyah recounts her many accomplishments, her image, the meaning behind her name and her mysterious nature:
I am a very mysterious person and when you first meet me I don’t let you think where I am really coming from. It takes a while to get to know me, I think it’s because I take my time to get to know people. You’re going to get someone who is affable, who’s nice but you’re not going to get the whole picture of Aaliyah for a while.
Aaliyah is invited to the Oscars and sings Journey to the Past, a song track for the animated movie, Anastasia. She is the youngest performer at the Oscars.
Aaliyah releases Are You That Somebody, a song for the movie, Dr. Doolittle. The track establishes Aaliyah and she quickly enters superstar status. The song goes to number one on the R&B charts and earns Aaliyah her first Grammy Award nomination. Static Major:
When I first presented the song to Aaliyah, she initially showed disdain for it. However, she eventually agreed to record it.
Aaliyah performs her hit songs Hot Like Fire, 4 Page Letter and One In A Million from her second album: One In A Million at the Summer Jam concert.
Aaliyah performs her hit single, If Your Girl Only Knew from her sophomore album, One In A Million, at the MTV Rock and Jock basketball game.
Aaliyah is invited to perform for the annual Christmas in Washington at the National Building Museum. President Bill Clinton delights in the singer’s performance.
It was really great to perform for President Clinton because he really loves music and you can see the passion in his eyes as he’s watching you.
Aaliyah visits Japan, meets Japanese fans, shops for souvenirs and rehearses in a dance studio.
I’ve learned a lot visiting different countries, learning about different cultures and that was the best part about the traveling.