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Biopic about Brown planned

Tate Taylor, the Mississippi native who directed “The Help,” said Monday that he’ll make a biographical feature film about James Brown in the state, starting this fall.

“Every frame will be shot in Mississippi. We’re even doing Paris, France, in Mississippi. ... Vietnam, as well, in Mississippi,” Taylor said at the Mississippi Coliseum on the state fairgrounds in Jackson, where some scenes will be shot.

Filming will take place in November and December in and near Natchez, a Mississippi River town in the southwestern corner of the state; and in January and February in the capital city of Jackson, said Taylor, who grew up in Jackson and now has a home near Natchez.

Taylor said he could know within the next week who will play Brown.

“Those are tough shoes to fill,” he said.

Taylor will direct the biopic. His co-producers for the movie are Mick Jagger and Brian Grazer, he said.

Two stars honored for activism

The Environmental Media Association is honoring Matt Damon and Hayden Panettiere for their dedication to ecological causes.

The organization announced Monday that the two actors will be honored at its 23rd annual Environmental Media Awards this fall.

Damon will receive the Ongoing Commitment Award for his work with Water.org, the organization he co-founded that aims to bring safe water and sanitation to people around the world.

Panettiere will accept the Futures Award, which recognizes younger entertainers for their potential to be environmental activists. The “Nashville” star is active with the Whaleman Foundation, an oceanic research and conservation group.

The prizes will be presented at a ceremony on Oct. 19 in Burbank, Calif.

Gosselin sued over hacking

Talk about reality. Former reality TV star Kate Gosselin filed a lawsuit Monday accusing her ex-husband of stealing her hard drive and hacking into her phone and computer to get material for a tell-all book.

Jon Gosselin accessed email, bank accounts and other private information for a book called “Kate Gosselin: How She Fooled the World,” according to the federal lawsuit.

The 2012 book was written by Jon Gosselin’s friend and business partner, tabloid writer Robert Hoffman, but pulled from the market after two days because the information had been illegally obtained, the lawsuit said.

“Jon violated a federal anti-hacking statute in order to publish salacious, scandalous and defamatory information about Kate,” said her lawyer A. Jordan Rushie. “It’s damaged her reputation.”

The couple starred in the TLC show “Jon & Kate plus 8,” detailing life with their twins and sextuplets, before they separated in 2009 and later divorced.

She, a former nurse who now runs a coupon website, lives in Sinking Spring, Pa. He worked in information technology and now lives in nearby Wyomissing. Both are outside Reading, northwest of Philadelphia.

The lawsuit accuses Jon Gosselin of identity theft, wiretapping and invasion of privacy.