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25 Years Caught in Tom Waits' Bone Machine: A Track-by-Track Breakdown

12 September 2017 2:18 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

People will tell you Tom Waits’ best album is Rain Dogs. This is not strictly true. It is perhaps the most Waits-ian of Tom Waits albums, by virtue of having a Waits lookalike on the cover and a song selection that ranges across virtually every genre of music (and combinations thereof) Waits could wrangle. But the best Tom Waits album is not Rain Dogs. Instead it’s Bone Machine (which netted Waits his first Grammy in 1993), and it turns 25 years old today.

Waits explained Rain Dogs’ titular inspiration to Spin in 1985: “You know, dogs in the rain lose their way back home. »

- Alex Heigl

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Don Cheadle, Andrew Rannells to Star in Showtime Pilot ‘Ball Street’ With Seth Rogen, Evan Goldberg Directing

7 September 2017 2:30 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Don Cheadle and Andrew Rannells have been tapped to star in the upcoming Showtime comedy pilot “Ball Street,” Variety has learned.

In addition, Seth Rogen and Evan Goldberg will direct and executive produce the pilot. It was created by David Caspe and Jordan Cahan, who will serve as executive producers and showrunners. Production on the pilot is scheduled to begin in February. The project is a co-production between Showtime  and Sony Pictures Television Studios.

The potential series will take viewers back to October 19, 1987, the day of the the worst stock market crash in the history of Wall Street, known today as “Black Monday.” It will tell the story of how a group of outsiders took on the blue-blood, old-boys club of Wall Street and ended up crashing the world’s largest financial system, a Lamborghini limousine, Don Henley’s birthday party, and the glass ceiling.

Cheadle will play  Rod “The Jammer” Jaminski, a »

- Joe Otterson

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Bob Dylan Documentarian Murray Lerner Dead at 90

5 September 2017 1:55 PM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Famed music documentarian Murray Lerner, who captured Bob Dylan going electric and Jimi Hendrix's legendary Isle of Wight performance, died Saturday from kidney failure, Variety reports. He was 90.

Lerner's son, Noah, said the filmmaker died at his home in Long Island City, New York after falling ill about three months ago. "He was a complete filmmaker," Noah Lerner said. "A cinematographer first and foremost, but someone who also wrote, edited, produced and directed."

Along with Dylan and Hendrix, Lerner's myriad subjects included the Who, Miles Davis, Emerson, Lake and Palmer and Leonard Cohen. »

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Oscar-Winner Murray Lerner, Who Documented Bob Dylan Going Electric at Newport, Dies at 90

4 September 2017 11:22 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Murray Lerner, a seminal music documentary filmmaker of the ′60s and ′70s, has died at age 90 in New York City. The cause of death was kidney failure.

Though less famous than his contemporaries D.A. Pennebaker and the fraternal duo Albert and David Maysles, Lerner was every bit their equal in the cultural significance of his work, recording historic footage of Bob Dylan going electric at the 1965 Newport Jazz Festival and Jimi Hendrix and The Doors giving the final performance of their careers in 1970 at the Isle of Wight Festival.

Lerner died Saturday in his home in Long Island City, N.Y., following an illness of about three months, according to his son Noah Lerner, a writer and producer at HBO. “He was a complete filmmaker,” Lerner tells Variety. “A cinematographer first and foremost, but someone who also wrote, edited, produced, and directed.”

Film producer and friend Martin Lewis remembers Lerner as “one of the most significant music »

- Paula Parisi

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Rip Jeanne Moreau, Great Lady of French Cinema

31 July 2017 10:30 AM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

French actor and filmmaker Jeanne Moreau, known for films such as Jules and Jim, The Trial, The Bride Wore Black, La Femme Nikita, died today at her home in Paris, at the age of 89, according to her agents. While French actors might have a reputation for perfecting the art of 'cool', it could be said that it was Moreau's work that began this. Daughter of a French restauranteur and an English dancer, she got into acting in the 1950s. Her first big break came when she appeared in Louis Malle's films Lift to the Scaffolding where she took a precarious walk to the sublime music of Miles Davis, and The Lovers (both 1958). But it was in Jules and Jim, about a woman caught...

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New to Streaming: ‘The Lovers,’ ‘The Graduate,’ ‘Person to Person,’ ‘Obit,’ and More

28 July 2017 5:13 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

City of Tiny Lights (Pete Travis)

Small-time private detective Tommy Akhtar (Riz Ahmed) has all the swagger of a hard-boiled snoop: leather jacket on his shoulders and cigarette in his mouth, leaning against London architecture in the darkened night. His office resides above some shops, he makes friendly with local convenience store owner Mrs. Elbaz (Myriam Acharki), and asks new clients where they found him because he’s not advertising in the paper. »

- Jordan Raup

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New to Streaming: ‘Song to Song,’ ‘Personal Shopper,’ ‘The Lost City of Z,’ ‘Okja,’ and More

30 June 2017 5:05 AM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

David Lynch: The Art Life (Jon Nguyen, Rick Barnes, and Olivia Neergaard-Holm)

Before David Lynch was a filmmaker, he was a struggling painter, whose lifeblood was to “drink coffee, smoke cigarettes, and paint.” That’s what he dubbed “the art life,” and what an image – as featured in the many contemporary photos seen in this new documentary – it is, the bequiffed 20-something Lynch sitting back in his Philadelphia studio, »

- Jordan Raup

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Now's Your Chance to Get Into Sza Before She Completely Blows Up

28 June 2017 8:00 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Image Source: Getty / Frederick M. Brown Neo-soul singer Sza released her debut studio album, Ctrl, earlier this month, and in my eyes, it's already one of the best of the year. Sza sings about things every young woman can relate to: being young, being a woman, being the other woman, owning your sexuality, being insecure, falling for f*ckboys, trying to get over said f*ckboys - the list goes on and on. You may recognize her voice (which is raspy, lilted, and sounds like it's dripping in honey) from Rihanna's "Consideration" or her own 2014 Ep, Z. Her lead single, "Drew Barrymore," became such a hit that the actress shared an Instagram of herself singing along and made a cute cameo in the official video. If you haven't yet familiarized yourself with the lyrical genius that is Sza, here's your chance to get to know her before her career completely »

- Brittney Stephens

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Film Review: Bertrand Tavernier’s ‘My Journey Through French Cinema’

23 June 2017 10:37 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Whether you already consider yourself an expert on French cinema or are just beginning to explore all the country has to offer, director Bertrand Tavernier’s more-than-three-hour “My Journey Through French Cinema” provides an essential tour through the films that shaped him as a cinephile and storyteller. Clearly modeled after Martin Scorsese’s own made-for-tv journey through American Movies, this incredibly personal and occasionally idiosyncratic labor of love hails from one of the country’s leading experts on the medium, combining a wide-ranging survey with insights that only Tavernier could provide.

A celebrated helmer in his own right, Tavernier counts such masterworks as “A Sunday in the Country” and “Coup de torchon” among his credits. But the director’s contributions to the medium are hardly limited to his own filmography. Like so many French directors of his generation, Tavernier started out as a film critic, studying and championing the work of the era’s leading auteurs. His »

- Peter Debruge

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Hudson: New Jazz Group Features Jack DeJohnette and John Scofield Covering Dylan and Hendrix

24 May 2017 9:37 AM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

New York’s Hudson River valley has a long history as a haven for artists either fleeing the exhausting grind of New York City or seeking to the area’s natural beauty. It’s where Bob Dylan retreated for an extended retreat following his (possibly exaggerated) motorcycle crash in 1966, it’s where Van Morrison conceived of Moondance, and it’s currently home to — among others — jazz musicians Jack DeJohnette (drums), John Scofield (guitar), John Medeski (keyboards, of Medeski, Martin and Wood) and Larry Grenadier (bass), who formed the newly-organized collective Hudson. People is pleased to premiere their version of Dylan’s “Lay Lady Lay, »

- Alex Heigl

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11 Things to Know About Amandla Stenberg, Just in Case She's Still Not on Your Radar

19 May 2017 4:10 PM, PDT | Popsugar.com | See recent Popsugar news »

Image Source: Getty / Pascal Le Segretain It seems like Amandla Stenberg has grown up in front of our eyes. The 18-year-old Everything, Everything star earned a legion of fans when she played Rue in the blockbuster film adaption of the Hunger Games book series back in 2012, but these days, Amandla can be found educating her generation about cultural appropriation and advocating for more women of color in front of and behind the camera in Hollywood. We're sure this is just the tip of the iceberg as far as her accomplishments go, so you'll definitely want to get to know her now. Read on for 11 fun facts about Amandla. Related8 Famous Teens Who Are Wise Beyond Their Years She is pansexual. After initially coming out as bisexual, Amandla told Elle she considers herself pansexual because the word is inclusive of transgender people. She appeared in Beyoncé's Lemonade visual album. You can »

- Terry Carter

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Joshua Reviews John Scheinfeld’s Chasing Trane [Theatrical Review]

21 April 2017 10:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Miles Davis. Dizzy Gillespie. Thelonius Monk. All these names, to jazz “heads,” aren’t just the leading contenders for the genre’s Mount Rushmore. They also happen to be just a few of the names most closely associated with the work of one of jazz’s greatest saxophonists, John Coltrane. An artist who would go on to be as defining a voice in jazz music as the genre, or music in general, has ever seen, Coltrane is also an artist less well known than Davis and less mythologized than someone like Monk. However, he’s the subject of a new, first of its kind, documentary that attempts to at once shine a light on his life off the stage while re-contextualizing his work on it.

Entitled Chasing Trane, director John Scheinfeld introduces us not just to John Coltrane the legendary jazz icon, but also the man behind the myths and the legends. »

- Joshua Brunsting

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Michael K. Williams Is Set To Play Miles Davis In An Upcoming Biopic

19 April 2017 12:35 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Like most actors, Michael K. Williams has a dream role. Unlike most actors, however, Williams might actually get a chance to play his. Williams has been talking about his love of jazz musician Miles Davis for years now, even describing the project as being “in production” in a 2014 interview with blackfilm.com. In that interview, the actor described the movie — or that iteration of the movie, anyways — as being called “Miles And Me” and focusing on the friendship between Davis and his biographer, Quincy Troupe Jr.

Continue reading Michael K. Williams Is Set To Play Miles Davis In An Upcoming Biopic at The Playlist. »

- Matthew Monagle

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Father Pulls a Real Life Billy Madison When His Daughter Has Accident At School

19 April 2017 11:00 AM, PDT | TVovermind.com | See recent TVovermind.com news »

“If peeing in your pants is cool, consider me Miles Davis.”  “That’s the grossest thing I’ve ever heard!”  That’s easily one of the best line exchanges in the movie Billy Madison.  You might remember it well because that’s the scene where Billy is trying to make his little buddy feel better after peeing his pants.   Still though, Billy’s initial reaction was a big, fat, loud “Goo!”  Once the goo was remedied Billy proceeded to wet his pants with some water and tell all the other kids how cool it is to pee your pants. Fast forward to this week and

Father Pulls a Real Life Billy Madison When His Daughter Has Accident At School »

- Nat Berman

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Newswire: Michael K. Williams is going to play Miles Davis soon

19 April 2017 7:05 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Details are still very sparse, but, according to Michael K. Williams, he’s going to be playing Miles Davis in the very near future. Asked in an interview about his stated desire to play the jazz great, Williams confirmed that a project is indeed “happening.” He added that it will “probably be going into production hopefully the first quarter of 2018.” Based on the brief discussion, it’s unclear what form this will take or who else will be involved. But it’s certainly a tantalizing nugget of information. Williams, meanwhile, is currently filming a mysterious role in the Han Solo Star Wars spin-off.

This would be the second Davis themed film in recent years. Don Cheadle directed and starred in Miles Ahead, a Davis biopic of sorts, that came out last year. We say “of sorts” because it largely hinged on fictional elements. In The A.V. Club’s ...

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- Esther Zuckerman

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Film Review: ‘Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary’

13 April 2017 10:25 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Midway through “Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary,” John Scheinfeld’s elegantly crafted and illuminating portrait of the singular jazz legend, John Densmore, of the Doors, talks about “Kind of Blue,” the touchstone 1959 Miles Davis album on which Coltrane was a pivotal player. Densmore calls it an album that transcends categories, one that even people who don’t “get” jazz can respond to. And he’s right. But let’s be honest: Even today, the people who feel like they don’t get jazz vastly outnumber those who do. “Chasing Trane” is a film that might have been made for them. Not because it’s “Coltrane for Dummies” — its grasp of Coltrane’s genius is direct and organic — but because it builds what John Coltrane did from the ground up, leading us through the mystery of his lyric celestial saxophone wail, and how it emerged from the complex person he was. »

- Owen Gleiberman

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Don Cheadle Will Play Wall Street’s ‘Prince of Darkness’

12 April 2017 10:51 AM, PDT | FilmSchoolRejects.com | See recent FilmSchoolRejects news »

Upcoming biopic looks to put Jeremiah G. Hamilton back on the map.Cheadle as Miles Davis in ‘Miles Ahead’ (2015)

There are really two sorts of biopics out there: those that lure us in with names that we are to some degree already familiar with — Snowden, Jackie, Lincoln, etc. — and those that (re)introduce us to figures and stories that have, for one reason or another, flown under the radar or largely faded from public consciousness, like last year’s Hidden Figures.

Movies shape our general view of the past in a big way, especially in dealing with anything that happened before photography and film really exploded in the 20th century. When it comes to portrayals of the pre-2oth century Black history, particularly in the U.S., the first word that would most likely come to mind is slavery. Films such as 12 Years a Slave are incredibly important for attempting to realistically portray the horrors of slavery »

- Ciara Wardlow

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Newswire: Don Cheadle to star in movie about Wall Street’s first black millionaire

11 April 2017 6:20 AM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

Don Cheadle is reuniting with his Miles Ahead screenwriter on a new biopic, Empire Online reports. The Captain America: Civil War actor, who played Miles Davis in the 2015 film he also directed, has signed on to lead an adaptation of Shane White’s Prince Of Darkness: The Untold Story Of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire. Cheadle will star as Hamilton, a Haitian immigrant who made a fortune as a broker and land agent in 19th-century New York. Steven Baigelman will write the film, which has yet to land a director.

Hamilton was a calculating businessman, buying up land at fractions of the cost in the wake of the Great Fire of New York. He even butted heads with Cornelius Vanderbilt at one point. Hamilton was alternately described as the first or only black millionaire on Wall Street, and his success didn’t go over well »

- Danette Chavez

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Don Cheadle is in talks to star and produce ‘Prince of Darkness’

11 April 2017 6:17 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Author: Zehra Phelan

Iron Man and Miles Ahead actor, Don Cheadle has been confirmed to be in talks to star and produce the biopic Prince of Darkness, the story centring on Wall Street’s first black millionaire Jeremiah G. Hamilton.

Related: Miles Ahead Interview with Don Cheadle

The story which is to be adapted from Shane White’s biography of Hamilton, Prince of Darkness: The Untold story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, focuses on Hamilton, a man who is virtually absent from modern historical literature, he first came to prominence in 1828 after being caught hiding in a fishing boat transporting counterfeit coins but almost a decade later emerged with a fortune after the great fire of New York in 1835 and by the time of his death in 1875 had amassed a total of $2 million dollars.

Hamilton was described as quite the character who dealt mainly in the white business world, married »

- Zehra Phelan

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Don Cheadle to Star in Historical Drama ‘Prince of Darkness’

10 April 2017 4:58 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Don Cheadle will star in and produce “Prince of Darkness,” a biopic of 19th century black millionaire Jeremiah G. Hamilton.

Steven Baigelman, who co-wrote the “Miles Ahead” screenplay with Cheadle, has been tapped to adapt the “Prince of Darkness” script from Shane White’s book “Prince of Darkness: The Story of JeremiahJeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire.”

White’s book portrays Hamilton as a larger-than-life character who defied convention during the period and amassed a $2 million fortune by the time of his death in 1875. He dealt extensively in the white business world, married a white woman, bought a mansion in rural New Jersey, and owned railroad stock on trains he was not legally allowed to ride.

When Hamilton died, he was often referred to as the richest black man in the U.S. White’s book was the winner of the 2015 Society for Historians of the »

- Dave McNary

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