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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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
- Joshua Brunsting
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.
- Matthew Monagle
“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
- Nat Berman
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 ...
- Esther Zuckerman
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
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
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
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.
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
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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Prince of Darkness: The Untold Story of Jeremiah G. Hamilton, Wall Street’s First Black Millionaire sheds light on the obscure story of Hamilton, who was mentioned in an obituary for Cornelius Vanderbilt as the tycoon’s true rival. White’s book details the rise »
- Borys Kit
History is reductive. Music history — and especially jazz history — is perhaps more reductive. There’s a certain image we have of pianist Bill Evans: Lean, bespectacled, smoking, a faraway look in his eyes, head bowed low over the the keyboard. The sensitive genius whose chordal approach influenced Miles Davis’ approach to harmony in time for Kind of Blue; the intellectual whose liner notes for that album reference Japanese painting.
Evans’ history of drug addiction, relatively early death at age 51 and the introspective romanticism of his playing tend to reinforce that image, but it’s not a complete one. A »
- Alex Heigl
This previous Oscar season was full of surprises, but chief among them was that the movie world suddenly found itself hosting a passionate conversation about the inherent blackness of jazz, and the tenuous share that white musicians — or connoisseurs — might possess of the art form. “La La Land,” in its own particular way, encouraged audiences to reckon with the history of jazz, and to consider whose it might be to preserve and pass down. But for all of the talk about the perils and problems of people writing themselves into that story, there’s been precious little discussion about the people who have been erased from it. Chief among them: women.
Seb could probably talk your ear off about legendary trumpeter Lee Morgan, about how the “hard bop” virtuoso joined up with Dizzy Gillespie when he was only 18, and went on to play with the likes of John Coltrane and »
- David Ehrlich
“Who doesn’t want to be inventive and weird?”
Hans Zimmer is one of the greatest, most prolific film composers alive with a plethora of scores so recognizable he’s taking them to Coachella. Anyone whose themes are so powerful they can be appreciated under a music festival’s haze has to be remarkable. He’s also willing to piss off his publicist by digging into goofy questions long after his schedule has told him to move on. And by God, I respect that. Zimmer sat down with me to discuss his new online MasterClass, trading coffee for car chases, and musical memes.
Hans Zimmer: I’m excited that you are Film School Rejects because I am definitely a music school reject.
Q: You’re doing the Diy thing and putting on your own school.
Hz: Something like that. I know so many people that wanted to make a movie — that needed to make a movie »
- Jacob Oller
Don Cheadle doesn’t mince words when it comes to Donald Trump. The actor has used the president’s favorite means of communication to criticize 45 many times in the past, once referring to him on Twitter as “truly a Pos.” In his latest Trump-themed tweet, the Academy Award nominee says he has “hated [Trump] since he asked my friend’s father at a Doral pro-am if he’d ever ‘f*cked a nigger…'”
In a follow-up post, Cheadle clarified that Trump “wasn’t the president then. Just a racist, misogynistic, draft dodging, ‘birther’ conspiracist, pussy grabbing, bankruptcy machine…” Trump has been leveled with accusations of racism dating back to the 1970s, when the Trump Management Corporation was sued by the Justice Department for alleged racial discrimination in its renting practices. »
- Michael Nordine
Between her Super Bowl appearance, which got fans into ‘formation,’ and an HBO special combined with the surprise release of Lemonade and her subsequent world tour, Beyoncé was the undisputed queen of 2016. And this year, following the announcement that she’s pregnant with twins and slated to make history at the GRAMMYs, she’s also scheduled to headline Coachella, marking the first time a female artist has appeared at the top of the schedule of the California music and arts festival in a decade. There’s no disputing that 2017 will once again fall under her reign.
I first met Beyoncé at a Sony Music party when she was, well, still a teenager and I was the entertainment editor at InStyle magazine. Years -- and many platinum records -- later, Beyoncé chose me to help write Soul Survivors, the authorized autobiography of Destiny's Child. Over the next decade, we’d go on to spend time together at her »
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