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July 14, 2014, 3:38 am

Film boasts ‘unprecedented’ view of Beyoncé

Grammy winner discusses documentary, more with Oprah


Seventeen-time Grammy Award winner Beyonce' will have a lot to discuss when she sits down with Oprah Winfrey for a special episode of "Oprah's Next Chapter" airing Saturday, February 16 at 8 p.m. on OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network. Beyonce' will talk in-depth about the making of her upcoming documentary "Beyonce': Life Is But a Dream," following at 9 p.m. on HBO.

Winfrey will conduct the first sit-down interview with the global superstar since her lights-out halftime performance at Super Bowl XLVII, which was immediately followed by an appearance as a presenter at last week's Grammy Awards, where B picked up the trophy for Best R&B Performance. She is slated to return to New Orleans' Superdome as a headliner of the 2013 Essence Festival, taking place July 4-7.

HBO states that "Beyoncé: Life Is But a Dream," directed by the multi-platinum superstar, is a "fusion of video that provides raw, unprecedented access to the private entertainment icon and high-voltage performances."

"Editing myself and seeing all the mistakes that I've made and still putting in the film and seeing life as if it wasn't me, and I feel like it's time, it's time for people to really get to know me and see a different side," Beyoncé explained during a recent press conference about the special. "And I'm really curious and scared and every night now [I think,] 'It's too late. It's coming out.' But I'm happy with it."  

She hopes the film will provide inspiration to her year-old daughter, Blue Ivy.

"I hope that she will see all of the beautiful times (and) all the tough times that led up to her being here," the singer told the Associated Press Tuesday night at the New York premiere of "Life is But a Dream."

Beyoncé has been private about her personal life in the past, but decided it was time to let her fans see who she really is.

"I felt that after 16 years of being a public singer, people didn't know who I was," she said. But then she added: "I will always keep certain things to myself because it's only natural."

"Everybody knows Beyoncé's music, but few know Beyoncé the person," said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO Programming. "Along with electrifying footage of Beyoncé on stage, this unique special looks beyond glamour to reveal a vibrant, vulnerable, unforgettable woman."    

As fans anticipate her forthcoming album, the 2013 Beyoncé World Tour, dubbed "The Mrs. Carter Show," comes to the Wells Fargo Center on Thursday, July 25, before heading to the shore on Friday, July 26 at Boardwalk Hall in Atlantic City.


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