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Aretha Franklin

Demands R-E-S-P-E-C-T,

Lawyers Up to Stop Movie

8/24/2011 11:40 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

0824_aretha_franklin_getty_exAretha Franklin is throwing her significantly reduced weight around ... trying to stop the release of a never-before-seen film documenting the making of her 1972 live album "Amazing Grace."

The film was shot by the late director Sydney Pollack ... but according to Aretha's people film composer Alan Elliott now claims to have retained rights to the footage from Warner Bros. -- and wants to release the concert film this year "in honor of Sydney."

The Queen of Soul has retained attorney Arnold Reed ... who says he plans to seek an injunction in Federal Court in California to immediately block the release of the film.

Reed claims Elliott is breaching an agreement in place with Warner Bros. ... that requires him to get permission from Aretha before using her likeness in the film.

Reed tells us Aretha is open to possibly negotiating a deal ... some time in the future.


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lander    

why isn't TMZ reporting on the death of rihanna? this is a serious news story, guys. the public deserves to know

967 days ago
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pentta    

RIP Rihanna! today is a sad day. Can't believe no report from TMZ. WTF?

967 days ago
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charley    

sorry if he purchased it ..it should be shown...so tired of this has been diva thinking she is still in the 60's and 70's when she was relevent....she seems to be a very nasty woman with an ego as big as her weight and all you hear is her negativity on things.....Respect her...no I dont anymore...she seems to think she is above people.....wrong!

967 days ago
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John Ashen    

Wth? TMZ is not reposting on Rihanna's death wtf?

967 days ago
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eric    

WTF im completely fuming why they wont report on rihannas death, whats wrong with them. shes the queen of pop the public should know man.

967 days ago
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Delaware D    

Rihanna is alive, you idiots. Ms Franklin's career is well...

967 days ago
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Stiletto    

I'm assuming if it does get released, it will only be available in the WIDE screen format : )

967 days ago
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TheDuart    

Rihanna just died, why aren't you reporting this TMZ? Disgraceful, it's like you don't care about her anymore. Show some respect.

967 days ago
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brian    

tmz what aboout rihanna??

967 days ago
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Kathy    

Aretha was once a great singer, but people living in Michigan know her as someone who doesn't pay her bills to regular people who do work for her. She doesn't have their respect.

967 days ago
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Kim Carter    

Aretha, you so greedy. You got more money than you can spend at the Waffle House.

967 days ago
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Pat    

She's sust after Mo' m-o-n-e-y.

967 days ago
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Bob    

RIP rihana

967 days ago
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Johanes Jones    

Anyone else notice Elliot Reed? Scrubs anyone?

967 days ago
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wow    

Are you people nuts? Ri-Ri is alive and living it up on a luxury yacht in St. Tropez.

967 days ago
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