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Over the weekend, the 53rd annual New York Film Festival came to a close with the World Premiere screening of Don Cheadle’s long brewing passion project Miles Ahead. This biopic of jazz musician Miles Davis has been in the works forever (with Cheadle as the star, co-writer, and director), so expectations were quite high for this one, which Nyff debuted as their 2015 Closing Night selection. A potential Academy Award player, either this year or next (more on that below), this was one of the bigger debuts in a while. Is it an Oscar contender or a pretender? Something in between, perhaps? Well, why don’t we find out below right now? Here’s a quick primer on the film itself, which of course is a look at a moment in time for legend Miles Davis. Cheadle plays Davis mostly during a period in which he had receded from public »
- Joey Magidson
Read More: Nyff Review: Don Cheadle's 'Miles Ahead' Isn't Really a Miles Davis Biopic Don Cheadle made quite the bold debut as a director at the New York Film Festival this weekend with "Miles Ahead," his highly anticipated drama about famed jazz trumpeter Miles Davis. While not unanimously praised, Cheadle's unorthodox approach to the biopic genre and ambitious storytelling earned a ton of respect from critics. In his B review of the drama, Indiewire Chief Film Critic Eric Kohn wrote, "Co-written by Steve Baigelman, who worked on the script for last year's James Brown biopic 'Get on Up,' Cheadle trades the standard biographical details of that earlier film for an intermittently enjoyable and wacky farce examining the conditions under which Davis returned to music late in his career." The movie co-stars Ewan McGregor, Michael Stuhlbarg, Keith Stanfield and Emayatzy Corinealdi. Watch a clip from the film above, »
- Zack Sharf
I don’t know why any film about someone as innovative, unstoppable, and crazy as Miles Davis leaves so little impression, but to begin addressing that question would require remembering many significant things from Miles Ahead. This slip-up grates for a few reasons. First and foremost is, indeed, the obvious disconnect between what fascination a man creates and how a feature about his life pulls us in, and this nagging sense of failure extends toward the knowledge that this work is a labor of love. More than the story of a significant figure, Miles Ahead is also the crowdfunded-to-make-sure-they-can-do-it-right feature debut of Don Cheadle, who, from the first second of being onscreen, makes clear that he’s putting a lot on the table.
It’s not just the wig, the glasses, the scratchy voice, or the jittery physical presence; it’s that all of these are working in concert to »
- Nick Newman
The biopic stars Cheadle in the title role, and also marks the Boogie Nights actor’s directorial debut. It tells the story “of a few lost days in the life of the trumpet icon as he bursts out of his silent period, conspires with a Rolling Stone writer (Ewan McGregor) to steal back his music, and relives the years he had with his great love Frances Taylor (Emayatzy Corinealdi).”
No release date has yet been announced by Sony, but the film has its world premiere at this year’s New York Film Festival today, where it closes the festival.
- Scott J. Davis
Don Cheadle‘s eight-year journey to make “Miles Ahead,” his film inspired by the life of Miles Davis, culminated in the movie’s world premiere screening at the New York Film Festival Oct. 10, and its very first audience gave it a response any filmmaker would envy. At least half the crowd stood, and many of those who did cheered enthusiastically.
“That felt a lot better than throwing up on my shoes, which is how I felt earlier tonight,” cracked Cheadle, who co-wrote, directed and stars in the film.
Or, as succinctly put by fellow cast member Keith Stanfield, “It was dope.”
Davis’ family also turned out for the film’s premiere, including Frances Davis herself and the musician’s nephew, Vince Wilburn, Jr.
It was Wilburn who started »
- Gordon Cox
The volatile, creatively restless, and stormy life of jazz giant Miles Davis is rendered in vibrant, kaleidoscopic, and seemingly unconventional fashion in actor Don Cheadle’s directorial debut, “Miles Ahead.” Attempting to eschew customary cradle-to-grave biopic narrative, Cheadle’s drama, which he co-wrote with Steven Baigelman, takes a collage-y approach to linear form, mixing and matching music from disparate, chronologically anachronistic periods, and hopscotches around in time mercurially. It’s a film that almost dares you to describe it as a straight-up biopic. But for all its confidence in this method, plus surface and stylistic attempts to create a story that feels like it’s filtered through a fractured glass of memory, “Miles Ahead” is actually akin to a traditional jazz played, or disguised even, in a would-be wilder key. Built around a standard framing device of a (invented) Rolling Stone writer, Dave Brill (Ewan McGregor), trying to score an interview with the. »
- Rodrigo Perez
Don Cheadle flails about trying to channel the spirit of late jazz-trumpeting legend Miles Davis in “Miles Ahead,” a biopic that rejects typical genre conventions to the point of chasing itself down lame, tangential paths. A passion project for its star, who also directed, co-wrote and co-produced the feature, this portrait aims for insight by striving to match its own form to that of its subject’s music, whose inspired improvisational tunes repeatedly defined the course of modern jazz. A wild, and wildly uneven, free-form investigation of Davis’ turbulent personal and professional life that’s bolstered by an outsized lead performance, the film — premiering as the closing-night selection of this year’s New York Film Festival — is set to open next year through Sony Classics, though its all-over-the-place style will temper mainstream theatrical interest.
Eschewing the cause-and-effect pop-psychologizing of “Ray” and “Walk the Line” for the more experimental, impressionistic approach »
- Nick Schager
“Young and pretty with a soul of pure steel, Jane Hammond (Natalie Portman) is a good girl married to one of the worst baddies in town. When her husband Bill (Noah Emmerich) turns against his own gang, the vicious Bishop Boys, and returns home barely alive with eight bullets in his back, Jane knows it’s time to ditch the dress for a pair of pants and strap on her own gun. As the relentless leader John Bishop (Ewan McGregor) gears up for revenge, Jane’s best hope for her family’s survival rests with her old love Dan Frost (Joel Edgerton) – a gunslinger whose hatred for »
- Scott J. Davis
Now that the New York Film Festival has the premiere of Steven Spielberg's "Bridge Of Spies" out of the way, and the glitzy bow of Danny Boyle's "Steve Jobs" has wrapped up, they can focus on their next big movie to be unveiled: Don Cheadle's "Miles Ahead." For those of us who aren't in the Big Apple, the first clip from the movie will provide a little preview. Read More: Nyff Preview: 12 Films To Watch Long Must-See Slate Don Cheadle stars in and directs the passion project that finds him playing jazz legend Miles Davis. The story is set during the musician's silent period and follows his return to music, the hatching of a plot with a Rolling Stone writer (Ewan McGregor) to win back control of his songs, and details his relationship with his great love and muse Frances Taylor (Emayatzy Corinealdi). It's potentially great material, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Danny Boyle is smiling and talking very, very, very excitedly. This is not unusual; in fact, an infectiously enthusiastic state combined with a mile-a-minute manner of speaking appears to be the 58-year-old filmmaker's default mode. He's just been asked a stock question, yet he's positively beaming as he winds his way through tangents about Silicon Valley, Shakespeare, Seth Rogen's sense of humor, and why it's easier to get extras to show up in San Francisco "for the price of a sandwich." Eventually, he arrives at an answer, somehow perfectly sticking the landing. »
When you think of celebrities with accents, a lot of the time your mind will go straight to England. And why wouldn't it? The great country of Britain has blessed the world with people like Robert Pattinson, Benedict Cumberbatch, Idris Elba, and Keira Knightley. But while many of Hollywood's A-list hail from that part of Europe, there is another small island that comes with huge talent: Scotland. Keep reading to see our favorite wee Scottish stars, from tennis player Andy Murray to actors and actresses like Ewan McGregor and Tilda Swinton. Then check out their neighbors with our breakdown of the hottest English actors and the best Irish male stars. »
- Maria Mercedes Lara
Gina Carano starred in the original as a secret agent on a revenge spree after her agency betrays her. While she was an unknown outside of fighting circles, the film famously used a whole bunch of high profile male talent including Michael Fassbender, Channing Tatum, Ewan McGregor, Antonio Banderas and Michael Douglas.
Even so, reviews were just decent and the film made only $33 million at the U.S. box office - respectable but forgettable numbers. The confirmation comes from documents pertaining to Relativity's ongoing bankruptcy woes. Relativity TV is being broken off and will soon be an independent company.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
A new international poster has debuted for the long-troubled western Jane Got A Gun, which you can view below:
Soon to be released after an almost three-year production history, Jane Got A Gun stars Oscar Winner Natalie Portman (Black Swan) in the title role as “a woman who asks her ex-lover for help in order to save her outlaw husband from a gang out to kill him.”
After it’s production and distribution troubles, The Weinstein Company are now behind the film’s release, which is soon to debut in some international territories.
Jane Got A Gun opens in France on November 25th, and is set for a Us release in February with Gavin O’Connor (Warrior) directing the film after original helmer Lynne Ramsey (We Need To Talk About Kevin) left the film the day before filming was due to start. The film also features Joel Edgerton (The Gift »
- Scott J. Davis
One would look far and wide to find a modern production that fell foul to numerous pitfalls in the manner of Jane Got a Gun. For the longest time, it seemed the troubled Western would never find its way out of development hell, with actor changeovers and the exit of director Lynne Ramsay at the 11th hour threatening to clip the film’s wings before it began in earnest; still, we’ve arrived at a point in time when the bandit thriller is finally nearing a release date, and The Weinstein Company has debuted a brand new poster to prove it.
Placing star Natalie Portman front and center as the titular heroine, the international one-sheet is a stylish, sun-kissed tease of what’s to come from the thriller. Supplanting Ramsay in the director’s chair (was she really in it in the first place?) is Warrior‘s Gavin O’Connor, »
- Michael Briers
While the release date blues continues to play out for the long delayed western "Jane Got A Gun," with the movie now bumped to a 2016 opening with new distributors The Weinstein Company, the picture is gearing up to hit cinemas overseas. Today the first international poster has arrived. Read More: Tiff Review: Natalie Portman's Directorial Debut 'A Tale Of Love And Darkness' Natalie Portman, Joel Edgerton, Ewan McGregor, Noah Emmerich, Rodrigo Santoro and Boyd Holbrook star in the movie once set to be helmed by Lynne Ramsay (she exited the day shooting was supposed to begin). After some casting switcheroos and the securing of replacement director Gavin O'Connor, filming resumed on the story of a a woman (Portman) who asks her ex-lover (Edgerton) for help in order to save her outlaw husband (Emmerich) from a gang out to kill him. "Jane Got A Gun" opens in France on November 25th, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
On the heels of its 20th anniversary, Trainspotting is getting a sequel. Director Danny Boyle confirmed that the project is moving forward and all three of the film’s original stars – Ewan McGregor, Robert Carlyle, and Jonny Lee Miller – are coming back.
Speaking to the Hollywood Reporter, Boyle confirmed they are aiming for a May/June shoot with a release in late 2016. The symmetry would be nice since 2016 will be the film’s 20th anniversary. While the confirmation is likely good news for most fans, Boyle admitted that the original cast had some trepidations about doing a sequel.
“The actors were understandably worried about its reputation and not wanting to let people down or to just be cashing in,” he said.
McGregor was one who had been on record stating he had no desire to revisit the film. His attitude apparently changed and earlier this summer at the Edinburgh Film Festival, »
- Jeff Bricker
Trainspotting 2: Danny Boyle has confirmed that the Trainspotting sequel is really going to happen, so long as everything goes according to plan, with shooting set for next May/June. Boyle says it will be another very tight production given the schedules of Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle in particular and that this sequel won't be named after nor does it have anything to do with Irvine Welsh's sequel to her own book, which is titled Porno. [THR] Playmobil: Robbers, Thieves & Rebels: France's On Animation Studios (The Little Prince) is aiming for The Lego Movie level success with their own movie based on an iconic toy line. They've teamed up with Cross Creek Pictures (Black Mass) for an animated feature based...
- Christopher Campbell
Lionsgate U.K.’s increasing focus on investing in British movies to fill a major part of its distribution slate, alongside third-party acquisitions and titles from Lionsgate and Summit in the U.S., makes commercial sense, says Nick Manzi, head of production and acquisitions at Lionsgate U.K.
“There is an audience in this country for British films,” he says. “Every country wants to see stories about themselves, and we are lucky because we share the same language as America, so these films can travel — if you get them right.”
The aim is to give a wide release to the majority of its movies. “We look for stories that resonate with a broad audience,” he says. But Manzi warns that the distribution market has changed. “We are finding that there’s no in-between — there’s no middle ground. Films either work or they don’t.”
The company has a diverse »
- Leo Barraclough
Trainspotting 2: Danny Boyle has confirmed that the Trainspotting sequel is really going to happen, so long as everything goes according to plan, with shooting set to happen next May/June. Boyle says it will be another very tight production given the schedules of Ewan McGregor and Robert Carlyle in particular and that this sequel has nothing to do with Irvine Welsh's sequel to her own book, which is titled Porno. [THR] Playmobil: Robbers, Thieves &...
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It's been 19 years since Danny Boyle introduced movie audiences to characters like Mark Renton, Sick Boy, Spud, and Begbie. There's been talk of a sequel damn near ever since we first saw Ewan McGregor climb his way out of that nasty, nasty toilet, and though it is still moving forward, Trainspotting 2 is doing so with one significant change: the title. Danny Boyle talked to Coming Soon about his latest movie, the biopic Steve Jobs which has been gathering lots of awards buzz, and revealed that the Trainspotting sequel, based on Irvine Welsh's novel Porno, will wind up being called something else. The reason should be readily apparent. Talking about a potential new titled, the director jokingly said: No, we're going to try and call it 'T2' but there might be some issues there with James Cameron. I'll have to beg and we'll have to »
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