CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

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After bringing Jackie Robinson to the big screen, Chadwick Boseman is going to try another icon: James Brown. Boseman has been cast to play the Godfather of Soul in a planned biopic by “The Help” director Tate Taylor. The film from Universal Pictures and Imagine Entertainment is currently untitled. Mick Jagger and Brian Grazer are among the producers. The project has been in development for years, with various actors and directors attached. It’s set to finally begin shooting this fall in Mississippi. In an interview Monday, Taylor said of the great soul singer: “Those are big shoes to fill.”

CELEBRITY BIRTHDAYS

Actor David Soul is 70. Actress Barbara Bach is 67. Singer Wayne Osmond of The Osmonds is 62. Actor Daniel Stern is 56. Actress Emma Samms is 53. Actress Jennifer Coolidge is 52. Country singer Shania Twain is 48. Actor Billy Boyd (“Lord of the Rings”) is 45. Actor-singer Jack Black of Tenacious D is 44. Actor Jason Priestley is 44. Actor J. August Richards (“Angel”) is 40. Singer-bassist Max Collins of Eve 6 is 35. Actress Carly Pope (“Popular”) is 33. Country singer Jake Owen is 32. Country singer Leann Rimes is 31. Singer Florence Welch of Florence and the Machine is 27. Actor Armie Hammer (“The Lone Ranger,” “The Social Network”) is 27. Actor Samuel Larsen (“Glee”) is 22. Actress Quvenzhane Wallis (“Beasts of the Southern Wild”) is 10.

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