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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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Trooper Tom    

Damn that's like 40 years ago does any one care any more?

1159 days ago


Retha don't play bot her money....

1159 days ago


In other can release it after you pay me some really long as in back up the brinks truck paper!

1159 days ago


Why doesn't she want it released? It will show that she was one time the greatest singer of all time. Not sure what happened to her voice nowadays but common Aretha. Your worth more then 30 million dollars. What money do you need?

1159 days ago


Get your money ReRe.

1159 days ago


This film do***ents a "live" performance of Aretha Franklin. I don't care how old the performance is, The Queen of Soul is ENTITLED TO BE PAID LIKE ANYONE ELSE!!! Let someone try to use the any audio or video productions featuring Michael Jackson or Elvis Presley and see what happens. These people aren't even alive and believe me, THEY WILL BE PAID!!! Getting "PAID" is the NAME OF THE GAME!!!

1159 days ago


aretha needs to just retire and stop being an over-rated diva, she sang her way out of a parking ticket, and i must say, who is she? oh that's right a washed up once was superstar who can't let it go.

1159 days ago


In other words: Pay her!

1158 days ago


As ususal it's all about the Benjamins. But hey Retha is willing to negotiate. I bet that'll garner her a pretty penny.

1158 days ago


My Brotha, You "are" talkin' 'bout the Queen. I see you are "not" a loyal subject. Off with his head.

1158 days ago
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