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This is our first look at Don Cheadle as Miles Davis in the biopic that he's also directing, called Miles Ahead. This is the first film that Cheadle has directed, and it has been a passion project of his that he has been working on for the last decade. He's been a fan of Davis since he was a little kid. It all started with the legendary jazz trumpeter’s album Porgy and Bess.
The movie will follow the period leading up to Davis' 1969 jazz-rock fusion recording In a Silent Way. The movie also stars Ewan McGregor, Michael Stuhlbarg, and Emayatzy Corinealdi, and it's set to start shooting this week in Cincinnati.
In a interview with EW, Cheadle spoke about the film and offered up the following information on the story:
"The construction of the movie is the parallel story of Miles in 1979 at the end of this quiet period he was in, »
- Joey Paur
With just two weeks until San Diego Comic-Con, we’re still unsure as to whether we will see some a trailer or some footage from Marvel’s Avengers: Age of Ultron. But its star Mark Ruffalo, who will be reprising his role as Bruce Banner/The Hulk, has posted a set picture of him in the motion-capture technology.
The picture is to push his competition in which one lucky winner can hang out with him on set of Avengers: Age of Ulton for the day. He posted the image with the comment, “The Hulkatization of the Banner. Come see it happen”…
You can enter the competition here by donating money to Ruffalo’s favourite charity Water Defence.
- Luke Owen
Miles Ahead, the upcoming Miles Davis biopic directed, starring, and co-written by Don Cheadle (Hotel Rwanda, Iron Man 3), starts its shoot this week in Cincinnati after a decade in development. The long-anticipated film about the legendary trumpeter – often considered the definitive jazz soloist of the 20th century – will feature Cheadle as Davis with Ewan McGregor (Star Wars) and Michael Stuhlbarg (A Serious Man) in supporting roles.
With full rights to Davis’ discography and a blessing from the Davis family, Miles Ahead has everything going for it. It has been a labour of love for Cheadle, who is a longtime fan of Davis and has learned how to play the trumpet for the film (though all the trumpet in the film will be, of course, Davis himself).
- Sasha James
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Ant-Man: Don't panic! It's not unusual for studios to hire writers to do "one more polish" on a screenplay just before production begins, and that is reportedly what Marvel has done for Ant-Man. Gabriel Ferrari and Andrew Barrer (Sabrina the Teenage Witch, in development) have been hired to polish up the script rewrite recently completed by busy comedy veteran Adam McKay, and will remain as "production writers," available to make further revisions during filming. The movie is still set for release on July 17, 2015. [Latino Review] Miles Ahead: Don Cheadle is unrecognizable as legendary jazz musician Miles Davis in the first image released from Miles Ahead, which began shooting this week in Cincinnati. The movie is set during the late 1960s...
- Peter Martin
Don Cheadle is set to make his directorial debut with "Miles Ahead," a biopic about jazz legend Miles Davis, who the actor has apparently been obsessed with from a young age. Cheadle's film focuses on Davis's so-called "silent period," a five-year span he took off from music before returning to his art, as well as the musician's rocky relationship with Frances Taylor Davis, his first wife. After languishing in the development whirlpool for almost a decade, the project is set to begin shooting this week in Cincinnati. Ewan McGregor, Michael Stuhlbarg and Emayatzy Corinealdi co-star alongside Cheadle as Davis. Remarkably, Cheadle is making his film without any studio backing--he had a bite from HBO at one point but that fell through, and the actor/director turned to Indiegogo instead to raise $325,000. With a little less than two days to go, the project has so far raised about $265,000. EW sat down with Cheadle for an. »
- Jacob Combs
The first photo is out of actor Don Cheadle as music legend Miles Davis in the upcoming biopic "Miles Ahead" which begins filming this week in Cincinnati. EW premiered the first photo from the film which has been in development for almost a decade.
The movie focuses on a single five year period in Davis' life which saw him pull back from music and navigate a fraught relationship with first wife Frances Taylor Davis. Cheadle hopped onboard the film because it's different to other films of the genre:
"I had done several other quote-unquote biopics and was always struck by the limitations they presented, because they were trying to be historically accurate. Let's be honest, any biopic is a series of omissions and conflations of events and amalgamations of characters.
And you're trying to have a movie experience under three hours, so in the process you condense people's lives from cradle to grave, »
- Garth Franklin
The 3rd July 2013 saw the release of Disney's The Lone Ranger, its larger-than-life western starring Johnny Depp and Armie Hammer. Its theatrical debut marked the end of a lengthy and difficult production, stories from which had been hungrily served up by the media - the previous summer was dominated by news stories of its spiralling budget, which was thought to have crossed $250m. Nevertheless, the 2013 blockbuster season should, in theory, have marked a fresh start for Disney, as it spent a reported $150m on marketing The Lone Ranger. But the House of Mouse hadn't counted on the popularity of another film launched on that exact same day in July: Universal's animated sequel, Despicable Me 2.
The Lone Ranger, a film with an »
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we now have our first look at Don Cheadle as the legendary musician Miles Davis from the upcoming "Miles Ahead" biopic. Check out the photo below. Plot: Tells the story of a few dangerous days in the life of Davis (Cheadle), the virtuoso, fighter and genius, as he bursts out of his silent period and conspires with a Rolling Stone writer (Ewan McGregor) to steal back his music. The new movie is directed by Cheadle, making his helming debut. A release date has yet to be announced. Photo: (click to enlarge) »
The first image has emerged from Don Cheadle's Miles Davis biopic, featuring our first look at Cheadle as the legendary jazz musician. Entitled Miles Ahead, the film won't take the usual life-to-death approach to Davis' story, instead choosing to focus on the period of his life in which he returned to music after five years self-imposed exile. "I’m not interested by all the things that a traditional biopic does," explains Cheadle. "I want to tell a hot story that’s full of his music that feels impressionistic in that it finds a way...
- George Wales
Behold: Don Cheadle Is Miles Davis. The dapper actor who earned an Oscar nod for his portrayal of a noble hero in Hotel Rwanda; titillates and terrorizes in House of Lies; and kicked some serious bad guy ass in Iron Man 3 is now preparing to play one of the coolest American musicians ever in Miles Ahead. And the pic above is our first look. EW shared this pic, which has Cheadle posing with head bowed and a trumpet engraved with the name of Miles Ahead's hero, the one and only Miles Davis. Cheadle is making his directorial debut on the biopic that is now in production, sharing his schedule with Avengers: Age of Ultron, which demanded he reprise his role as Colonel James "War Machine/Iron Patriot" Rhodes. Cheadle also contributed to the screenplay, which he co-wrote with Steven Baigelman (Feeling Minnesota), Stephen J. Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson »
Don Cheadle has had a Miles Davis movie knocking about for the bare bones of a decade and it’s finally moving forward thanks a a successful crowd funding campaign. It’s not an entire biopic of the jazz legend, instead the movie will focus on Davis’ return to music after a self imposed 5 year hiatus, which music fans will know as his “Silent Period” The first pic has been released of Cheadle as Davis and it is rather fantastic. As well as starring, Cheadle will sit in the director’s chair to boot. Ewan McGregor, Michael Sthulbarg and Emayatzy Corinealdi will also star and shooting of “Miles Ahead” begins this week in Cincinnati. The House Of Lies actor told Entertainment Weekly that its surreal “It’s a great shot; it’s kinda cool, huh? I attribute that to my department to more than anything I’m doing: That’s hair, »
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Don Cheadle is getting ready to make his directorial debut with the Miles Davis biopic Miles Ahead, which is slated to begin production this week in Cincinatti. The first photo has been released featuring the actor in full costume as the jazz legend, along with an extensive interview where Don Cheadle discusses the long road to get this project off the ground, why he turned to crowd-funding with IndieGogo, his longtime obsession with the music of Miles Davis, and much more. Take a look at the image, then read on for more details.
When asked about the image itself, Don Cheadle attributed most of the credit to his hair, makeup, wardrobe and props department.
"It's a great shot. It's kinda cool, huh? I attribute that to my department to more than anything I'm doing: That's hair, makeup, wardrobe, and props. But it's cool to be sitting on it and have it all begin. »
Don Cheadle is playing the trumpeter as well as writing and directing, and from the publicity image above, he clearly looks the part. With cigarette balanced on his lip, head down, shades on and arms cradled round his beloved trumpet, Cheadle is Miles.
It’s no surprise. Miles Ahead is a labour of love for the actor – he’s a lifelong admirer of Davis. The Iron Man 3 and House of Lies star has had the film in the pipeline for around ten years and has got the backing of the Davis family.
- Claire Joanne Huxham
Don Cheadle is attempting to finally bring life to his Miles Davis biopic, Miles Ahead, by going the indie route and crowd-sourcing the film's funding via IndieGoGo and as of right now the project has raised $254,662 of its $325,000 goal with only three days left. In a note on the IndieGoGo page it reads: Music has always been one of my passions. Since 6th grade, when I started listening to my parents' Miles Davis records, his artistry has been an inspiration to me; he was someone who only ever followed a path as a runway to create a new one. Surprisingly, Miles' life, his passion, his creativity, his fire have never been brought to life in a film and the fact that his family has chosen me to do this now is an honor. I want to tell a story that Miles himself would have wanted to see, something hip, cool, »
- Brad Brevet
Crash and Iron Man 3 actor Don Cheadle is making his directorial film debut with Miles Ahead, a crowdfunded biopic about famous jazz musician Miles Davis’ transition back into music after a five year hiatus, and the tumultuous relationship with his first wife, Frances Taylor Davis.
Cheadle will also star as Davis in the film, and thanks to Entertainment Weekly we now have our first look of him in character, complete with Davis’ beloved trumpet and iconic jheri-curled mullet…
Miles Ahead also stars Ewan McGregor (The Impossible), Michael Stuhlbarg (Boardwalk Empire), and Emayatzy Corinealdi (Middle of Nowhere), and begins shooting in Cincinnati later this week. Cheadle, who also co-wrote the film and has been trying to develop it for nearly a decade, did an extensive interview with EW that is definitely worth reading. Makes sure to read that here.
At this time, Miles Ahead has no release date, but expect »
- James Garcia
With three days left to hit the $325,000 Indiegogo goal for his musical drama "Miles Ahead," Don Cheadle is bringing out something that he hopes will help his crowdfunding campaign get over the hump. And we have to admit, it's one that's hard to ignore — a first look at the actor/director in full gear as Miles Davis circa 1969. And if you have qualms about giving another celebrity money for a vanity project, Cheadle wants to make clear this is a passion gig for him, and one that doesn't have big Hollywood support. "This is an independently produced film. There is no studio element. We’re still in the process locking down all the financing so it was a component of funds needed to cover a gap , including my own personal money I’ve put into the movie and a consortium of others. It’s to cover what it takes to put together a period movie, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Don Cheadle has been working to crowdfund a film about Miles Davis, in which Cheadle himself would play the famed musician. Miles Ahead also counts Cheadle as a co-writer, and has Ewan McGregor, Michael Stuhlbarg and Emayatzy Corinealdi set to co-star when the film begins shooting this week in Cincinnati. Now the first look of Don […]
- Russ Fischer
Don Cheadle has been working on his Miles Davis film, Miles Ahead, for so many years now that his dedication to the project is readily apparent. The film has cycled through directors and interest from studios and cable networks through its development process, but Cheadle's admirable steadfast desire to not make this a standard biopic. You know, those cradle to grave stories that are always made about famous people (think Ray and Walk The Line and then remember how fantastically that formula was skewered in Walk Hard). Instead, Miles Ahead focuses on one period of Miles Davis' life - his reemergence after five years of artistic exile, commonly known as his "silent period." Cheadle will also direct the film starring Ewan McGregor, Michael Stuhlbarg and Emayatzy Corinealdi. Head below for the first Miles Ahead image.The image comes from EW, who has an exclusive interview with Cheadle in which »
- Evan Dickson
Just last month, a new IndieGogo campaign was launched to help Don Cheadle get his gestating Miles Davis biopic off the ground. Miles Ahead only has 4 days left to meet their goal with about $90,000 left to be raised. In an effort to raise awareness and give people a taste of what's coming, Cheadle sat down with EW for an extensive interview about what is clearly a passion project about a man he has admired since a child, after becoming obsessed with Davis' album Porgy and Bess. Along with the interview comes the very first image of Cheadle as Davis, complete with a gorgeous trumpet and wild wardrobe and hair. Look below! Here's the first photo of Don Cheadle in Miles Ahead from Entertainment Weekly: Unlike most biopics, Miles Ahead focuses on just a few of the dangerous days that the jazz icon lived throughout his career as he busted out »
- Ethan Anderton
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