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Beyonce Oscar Buzz Unfounded, Eamonn Walker Buzz Found

The so-called Oscar buzz swirling around Beyonce’s portrayal of legendary singer Etta James in Cadillac Records is turning out to be much a buzz about nothing.

With an appearance in practically the last half of the film and an extremely watered-down portrayal of James’ drug addiction (we’ve seen grittier on a Law and Order opening sequence), we’re wondering who started all the Oscar talk about the singer’s performance. Oh right, it was that Essence article quoting Beyonce’s acting coach—and yes, we’re guilty of populating the buzz.

To set the record straight: If anyone from the Cadillac cast is worthy of an Oscar nod it has to be Eamonn Walker. His powerful performance as the clean-living, righteous blues legend Howlin’ Wolf was superb.

Walker did his own singing in the film and tells AOL Black Voices that he prepared for the role by researching the little-known, yet highly influential music man.

We hope Eamonn Walker gets to reprise his role as Howlin’ Wolf if a biopic on the gravelly-voiced singer is ever produced.

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Beyonce meets Fan And Youtube Star Shane Mercado

Move over Chris Crocker, and reset the fame clock because it’s time for Beyonce imitator Shane Mercado to cash in on his 15 minutes of YouTube fame.

The flexible dancer garnered a huge internet following when he posted a video of himself dancing to Beyonce’s new video Single Ladies (Put a Ring On It), showcasing his talent and a very skimpy bodysuit.

After making the rounds on morning news programs and The Bonnie Hunt Show, Mercado got the chance to meet his inspiration in person at the premiere of her latest film Cadillac Records in New York.

In case you missed the Youtube video…

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Kiss & Tell: Adrien Brody ‘Insisted’ on Several Takes of Kissing Beyoncé in Cadillac Records

Cadillac Records star Adrien Brody said he “insisted” on several takes of his kissing scene with Beyoncé Knowles in their upcoming drama Cadillac Records, according the New York Daily News.

“It is fun, obviously, to kiss Beyoncé,” Brody said at the premiere on Monday. “I insisted on a lot of takes.”

And Beyoncé, who plays Etta James in the film (out this Friday), couldn’t disagree. “I remember when he kissed Halle Berry. He’s not shy! Not at all.”

Brody, who has a history of tasting chocolate, kissed Berry when she presented him with the Best Actor award for The Pianist at the 2003 Academy Awards.

”I bet they didn’t tell you that was in the gift bag,” he said at the time.

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Beyonce Knowles on Career Model: ‘I Want to be Like Barbra Streisand’

With a new marriage, a new album, and a few new films on the horizon, Beyonce Knowles is set to become an icon in her own right–and she’s modeling her career on another singer-actress.

“Barbra Streisand, that’s the career model for me, I want to be like her,” the 27-year-old pop diva told the Los Angeles Times. “She is just the ultimate. And I want to be an icon too.”

Beyonce will also get the chance to serenade Babs on Dec. 7, when she performs her fabled movie hit, “The Way We Were,” at the Kennedy Center Honors.

“It’s amazing. It’s beautiful,” she said. “When you’re a little girl you don’t think you’ll meet these people, these giants. You get to speak to them and ask them whatever you want. It makes you stand up straight too, absolutely. I have so many things to ask her.”

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Beyonce Cast As Legendary Singer-Actress Eartha Kitt

Beyonce Knowles has been cast as the legendary singer Eartha Kitt in a biopic of the entertainer’s life, according to ABC News.

Even though the 79-year-old singer once suggested Academy Award winner Halle Berry portray her on screen saying, “I do not think I have quite the derriere of Beyonce. Give me Halle Berry instead,” in the SFGate.com, she did express approval that the former Destiny Child had taken an interest in starring in her life story.

Kitt is best known for her role as Catwoman in the Batman television series during the 1960s, a distinctive throaty singing voice and her signature purr. She has chronicled her rise from meager beginings in North Carolina to stardom on the stage and screen in her autobiograpies Thursday’s Child (1956), Alone With Me (1976), and I’m Still Here: Confessions of a Sex Kitten (1989).

Knowles, who is already creating Oscar buzz for her portrayal of famed singer Etta James in the upcoming film Cadillac Records, will also star in the thriller Obsessed alongside Idris Elba and Ali Larter next year.

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Early Oscar Buzz For Beyonce’s Etta James Portrayal In Cadillac Records

Beyonce’s acting coach Ivana Chubbuck is already starting the Oscar buzz for Beyonce’s performance as Etta James in the upcoming film Cadillac Records.

“I remember after Monster’s Ball thinking, ‘Halle’s going to get an Oscar nomination.’ I feel that way about Beyonce in this film. I think there is going to be some Oscar buzz around her; she’s just that great,” Chubbuck says in the November issue of Essence.

The chart-topper has already won the approval of the legendary singer. “It’s a privilege and an honor to have somebody like that girl,” Etta James told New York Post‘s Page Six. “I don’t think she looks like me, but that’s all right. They can fix that up,”

Cadillac Records (due in December) tells the story of the rise and fall of the Chicago based R&B label Chess Records and also stars Jeffrey Wright as Muddy Waters and Mos Def as Chuck Berry.

PHOTO: Entertainment Weekly

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