Fact: Actor BRANDON DIXON has landed the coveted role of Ray Charles in new Broadway musical UNCHAIN MY HEART, which will open in New York in October (10). The show's producer, Stuart Benjamin, was one of the brains behind the biopic Ray, for which Jamie Foxx won an Oscar for his portrayal of the blind R&B legend.
Quote: "(He was) one of the great singers. A genius, like Ray Charles; like Stevie Wonder. In later years, I didn't see him that much and when I did see him, his behaviour was very strange to me. And so I didn't relate to that person as well. I didn't really understand him." Cher on the passing of her old friend - tragic superstar Michael Jackson.
Fact: Actor/singer Jamie Foxx is hoping lightning strikes twice after signing up to star as a homeless musician in upcoming musical biopic THE SOLOIST. Foxx won an Oscar for his role as R+B great Ray Charles in RAY.
Fact: JAMES L WHITE, the man behind Ray Charles biopic RAY, is penning a new movie about the life of blues legend ROBERT JOHNSON.
Fact: <p>The estate of the late Ray Charles has donated the singer's famous midnight-blue tourbus to Atlanta, Georgia's Morehouse College. </p>