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Oprah Winfrey Staged an Intervention for Jamie Foxx: She Said ‘You’re Blowing It’

25 May 2017 7:57 AM, PDT | | See recent news »

Jamie Foxx says he has Oprah Winfrey to thank for saving his career.

Foxx, 49, revealed that Winfrey staged an intervention for the actor when his drinking and hard partying threatened to derail his career in the months following the release of the 2004 biopic Ray and his first Oscar nomination.

“I’m having such a good time and I’m not knowing I’m f—– up,” Foxx told Howard Stern’s SiriusXM radio show on Tuesday. “I’m drinking, I’m doing every f—— thing you could possibly imagine.”

During the height of his binge, Foxx said he received an unexpected phone call from Winfrey, »

- Jodi Guglielmi

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Jamie Foxx Reveals Oprah Winfrey Staged an Intervention During His Hard Partying Days Before His Oscar Win

24 May 2017 10:34 PM, PDT | Entertainment Tonight | See recent Entertainment Tonight news »

Jamie Foxx is opening up about how Oprah Winfrey helped him through a particularly difficult time in his life.

Sitting down on Howard Stern's SiriusXM radio show on Tuesday, Foxx revealed how the beloved media mogul actually staged an intervention for him when his wild partying threatened to consume his career in the months following the release of the 2004 biopic Ray.

"I'm having such a good time and I'm not knowing I'm f**king up," Foxx told Stern, referring to the hard-drinking, indulgent lifestyle he fell into during the 2004-2005 awards season, when he was the odds-on favorite to win the Oscar.

Watch: Rewinding to Jamie Foxx's Early Career

Foxx, who said he was "doing every f**king think you could possibly imagine" at the time, revealed that he eventually received an unexpected call from Winfrey, who told him, "You're blowing it."

"[She said], 'All of this gallivanting and all this kind of s**t, that's not what »

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Jamie Foxx Says Oprah Saved Him from Alcohol (Video)

24 May 2017 12:33 PM, PDT | TMZ | See recent TMZ news »

Jamie Foxx was on a fast track to blowing his career after he made the movie "Ray" ... and Oprah told him so and scared him straight. The Academy Award-winning actor went on "The Howard Stern Show" and confessed he was drinking and partying way too much back in 2005 when Oprah staged what amounts to an intervention. O called him and told Jamie straight-up he was ruining his career, saying, "All of this gallivanting and all »

- TMZ Staff

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Darren and Chuck Criss Release ‘Unapologetically Fun’ New Music Video

21 May 2017 12:35 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Quoting what the Beatles said at the height of their fame in the ’60s, Darren and Chuck Criss are “just having a laugh” as they bring their own band, Computer Games, full speed ahead.

People joined the brothers on set for their new music video for “Every Single Night,” and there was no shortage of laughs as they enlisted the help of their childhood and college friends to dress up as unicorns, mermaids and pirates.

“Being an artist, and being a band, it’s such a pain in the ass,” says Darren. “We might as well try and have as much fun as possible, »

- Brianne Tracy

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Lionel Richie Receives Honorary Doctor of Music Degree from Berklee College of Music

15 May 2017 8:51 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

He already has five Grammys, an Oscar, a Golden Globe and 16 American Music Awards — and now Lionel Richie has an honorary doctorate degree!

The legendary music icon was honored at Boston’s Agganis Arena on Saturday alongside Lucinda Williams, Todd Rundgren, Shin Joong Hyun, and Neil Portnow, president and CEO of the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences.

“For his contributions to contemporary culture, his humanitarian efforts, and the joy his music brings to so many, it is my pleasure to present Berklee’s honorary doctorate of music to Lionel Richie,” Berklee President Roger H. Brown said in his »

- Karen Mizoguchi

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Watch The Trailer For ‘Score: A Film Music Documentary’ Featuring Hans Zimmer, John Williams & More

4 May 2017 6:30 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

We’ve always had a particular love for film music here at The Playlist. Indeed, when we started as a lowly destination on Blogspot way back when, the site had a particular focus on film scores and soundtracks, and while our scope has expanded since then, we still love to look at the ways movies and music intersect. So as such, we’re very excited to check out the new film “Score: A Film Music Documentary.”

Directed by former CBS News man Matt Schrader, and more than two years in the making, it promises a broad, definitive look at the art of the composer, with interviews including Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Danny Elfman, Quincy Jones, Trent Reznor, Atticus Ross, Howard Shore, Rachel Portman, Thomas Newman, Leonard Maltin, James Cameron, Bear McCreary, Randy Newman as well as the late James Horner and Garry Marshall.

Continue reading Watch The Trailer For ‘Score: A Film Music Documentary »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Score: A Film Music Documentary Trailer Celebrates Hollywood's Favorite Composers

3 May 2017 3:54 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Gravitas Ventures has released the first trailer and poster for Score: A Film Music Documentary, which is in theaters on June 16th. Music is an integral part of most films, adding emotion and nuance while often remaining invisible to audiences. Director Matt Schrader shines a spotlight on the overlooked craft of film composing, gathering many of the art form's most influential practitioners, from Hans Zimmer and Danny Elfman to Quincy Jones and Randy Newman, to uncover their creative process. Tracing key developments in the evolution of music in film, and exploring some of cinema's most iconic soundtracks, "Score" is an aural valentine for film lovers.

What makes a film score unforgettable? Featuring Hans Zimmer, James Cameron, Danny Elfman, John Williams, Quincy Jones, Trent Reznor, Howard Shore, Rachel Portman, Thomas Newman, Randy Newman, Leonard Maltin, and the late James Horner and Garry Marshall, Score: A Film Music Documentary brings Hollywood's elite »

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Mister Smith boards Dionne Warwick doc 'Don’t Make Me Over'

28 April 2017 12:10 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

David Garrett to show footage in Cannes; film currently in post.

Mister Smith Entertainment has acquired international sales rights in the run-up to Cannes to Don’t Make Me Over.

Dave Wooley and David Heilbroner are directing the documentary about the legendary singer who broke racial and gender barriers and rose from her roots in New Jersey gospel choirs to attain global superstardom.

Wooley also wrote the screenplay and is a music industry entrepreneur who has produced and directed television and tours and concerts for Warwick, Stevie WonderTony Bennett, Bb King, James Brown, and Queen Latifah.

Mister Smith CEO David Garrett will unveil footage to Don’t Make Me Over on the Croisette. The project is currently in post and features untold stories from former Us President Bill Clinton, Quincy Jones, Burt Bacharach, Clive Davis, Gladys Knight, Cissy Houston, Smokey Robinson, and others. 

The film will feature such Warwick hits as Walk On By, Do You Know »

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Dionne Warwick Movie in Works With Mister Smith Selling at Cannes

28 April 2017 8:13 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

A documentary feature film about singer Dionne Warwick, “Don’t Make Me Over,” is in the works, which will provide a “glimpse into the life of one of the most famous, yet notoriously private, superstars of the last 60 years,” according to a statement. David Garrett’s Mister Smith Entertainment will launch sales on the film and present select footage to international buyers at next month’s Cannes Market.

The film, co-directed and co-produced by Dave Wooley and David Heilbroner, and written by Wooley, “brings to life the real Dionne Warwick, an African-American woman who broke racial and gender barriers, a dedicated humanitarian fighting injustice worldwide, and a singer whose music became the soundtrack for generations.”

Directors of photography are Oscar nominee Tom Bergmann (“Life, Animated”) and Academy Award winner Ronan Killeen (“O.J. Made in America”). The film is being edited by Emmy Award winner Aljernon Tunsil (“Through the Fire: »

- Leo Barraclough

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Hollywood Icon Sidney Poitier Makes Rare Public Appearance as TCM Celebrates In the Heat of the Night’s 50th Anniversary

7 April 2017 6:55 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

Academy Award-winning actor Sidney Poitier made a rare public appearance on Thursday at the TCM Classic Film Festival to take in a celebratory 50th-anniversary screening of one of his most enduring and iconic films, In the Heat of the Night.

In the audience at Hollywood’s Chinese Theater during opening night festivities of the classic movie cable channel’s annual film festival, Poitier, 90, rose for a sustained standing ovation that roared for several minutes prior to the screening of the groundbreaking 1967 film.

Made at the height of civil rights tensions in America, Poitier played Philadelphia homicide detective Virgil Tibbs, who »

- Scott Huver

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Film Acquisition Rundown: Kino Lorber Picks Up ‘Dawson City,’ Magnolia Buys ‘Lucky‘ and More

7 April 2017 2:33 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the wild and wooly world of indie film acquisitions with our weekly Rundown of everything that’s been picked up around the globe. Check out last week’s Rundown here.

Kino Lorber has acquired the North American rights to Bill Morrison’s “Dawson City: Frozen Time,” about the true history of a collection of 533 reels of film (representing 372 titles) dating from the 1910s to 1920s, which were lost for over 50 years until being discovered buried in a sub-arctic swimming pool deep in the Yukon Territory. The film tells the unique history of a Canadian gold rush town and how cinema, capitalism and history intersect.

“Dawson City” had its world premiere at the 73rd Venice Film Festival and North American premiere at 2016 New York Film Festival. The film also played at the BFI/London Film Festival and the 2017 Rotterdam International Film Festival, and screened Thursday at the TCM »

- Graham Winfrey

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‘In the Heat of the Night’ Turns 50: Why This Police Classic Still Thrills — TCM Fest

5 April 2017 4:15 PM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Ever wonder why “In the Heat of the Night” beat “The Graduate” and “Bonnie and Clyde” for Best Picture Oscar in 1968? Well, as Bobby Kennedy told director Norman Jewison when he presented the movie with the New York Film Critics Award, “Norman, timing is everything.”

It’s hard to believe that the movie came out 50 years ago. Sidney Poitier and Rod Steiger lit up the screen in the racially-charged murder mystery that not only captured the Civil Rights zeitgeist but also delivered a damn good drama. On April 6, the TCM Classic Film Festival celebrates that anniversary with a gala opening night screening at the Chinese Theatre IMAX on Hollywood Boulevard, attended by Jewison, Poitier, producer Walter Mirisch, Lee Grant, and composer Quincy Jones.

Considered an underdog that year, “Heat” took home five Oscars, including Best Actor for Steiger, Stirling Siliphant’s Best Adapted Screenplay, Hal Ashby’s Editing, and Sound Mixing. »

- Bill Desowitz

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‘Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World’ Documentary Lands at Kino Lorber (Exclusive)

3 April 2017 7:14 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Kino Lorber has acquired most North American rights to Rezolution Pictures’ documentary “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World,” and plans a summer theatrical release.

The film centers on the role of Native Americans in contemporary music, featuring some of the greatest music stars of our time. “Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World” had its world premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival, where it won the festival’s world cinema documentary special jury award for masterful storytelling.

Joe Leydon gave the film a strong review for Variety: “Although its reach occasionally exceeds its grasp, Catherine Bainbridge’s ‘Rumble: The Indians Who Rocked the World’ earns respect as much for its achievement as its ambition, while offering a celebratory examination of the often-underappreciated role played in the development of American popular music by singers, musicians, and songwriters of Native American ancestry.”

The film stars Link Wray, Buffy Sainte-Marie, »

- Dave McNary

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"In Cold Blood" 50th Anniversary Screening, L.A. March 22

18 March 2017 5:52 PM, PDT | | See recent CinemaRetro news »

Laemmle’s Royal Theatre in Los Angeles will be presenting a 50th anniversary screening of Richard Brook’s 1967 film In Cold Blood, based upon the novel of the same name by Truman Capote. The 134-minute film, which stars John Forsythe, Robert Blake and Scott Wilson, will be screened on Wednesday, March 22, 2017 at 7:00 pm.

Please Note: At press time, Actor Scott Wilson is scheduled to appear in person for a discussion about the film following the screening.

From the press release:

Part of our Anniversary Classics series. For details, visit:

In Cold Blood (1967)

50th Anniversary Screening

Wednesday, March 22, at 7 Pm at the Royal Theatre

Followed by a Q & A with Actor Scott Wilson

In Cold Blood, the film version of Truman Capote’s immensely popular true crime novel, was nominated for four top Oscars in 1967. Richard Brooks received two nominations, for Best Director and Best Adapted Screenplay, »

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See Viola Davis' Powerful Harvard Award Acceptance Speech

6 March 2017 4:06 PM, PST | | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Oscar-winning actress Viola Davis was awarded the Artist of the Year Award at Harvard University on Saturday, where the Fences actress gave a rousing speech. Previous Harvard award recipients include Quincy Jones, Andy Garcia, Matt Damon, Salma Hayek and Shakira.

"Art – it's a very sacred place – the stage and the screen," Davis said. She views acting as a healing art form that helps people "feel less alone," including herself. "It's the reason why, for so many years, I did it."

For Davis, giving people the chance "to be seen" comes from a personal place. »

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11th Gasparilla International Film Festival to Screen 35 Features Including J.K.

28 February 2017 6:19 PM, PST | Sydney's Buzz | See recent Sydney's Buzz news »

11th Gasparilla International Film Festival to Screen 35 Features Including J.K. Simmons’ ‘All Nighter’“All Nighter

The 11th edition of Tampa’s most prominent film event, Suncoast Credit Union’s Gasparilla International Film Festival (Giff), will take place March 2-March 9, 2017 at the Tampa Theater and AMC Centro Ybor. Gavin Wiesen’s “All Nighter,” starring Academy Award-winner J. K. Simmons will have its World Premiere as part of the festival.

A total of 35 films and over 70 shorts will screen over eight days and will include international and regional premieres of narrative features, documentaries and short films from around the world. In addition to the film program, Giff will also feature master classes and panel discussions.

The title sponsor, Suncoast Credit Union, has been committed to the festival for three consecutive years with the goal of bringing quality entertainment and enrichment to the community. The Suncoast Credit Union also sponsors the Family Fun »

- Carlos Aguilar

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Christie Brinkley, Pamela Anderson, Jamie Foxx & More Are the Most A-List Parent Cheering Section Ever at Dolce & Gabbana Show

27 February 2017 10:24 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Dolce & Gabbana’s fall 2017 runway show featured more than 140 models of all ages, races and genders, but the large majority of that number was made up of the genetically-blessed offspring of celebrity dynasties. Fashion designers have been featuring more and more kids with famous parents lately (most recently at J.Crew and Chanel’s Métiers d’Art show in December) but Dolce & Gabbana’s was more star-studded than ever. Not only was the runway brimming with famous faces, but the front row was full of beaming parents with cameras trained on their model kids (as Elle‘s Nikki Ogunnaike captured »

- Colleen Kratofil

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Leon Ware, R&B Songwriting Legend, Dead at 77

24 February 2017 9:13 AM, PST | | See recent news »

Leon Ware, the songwriter behind hits for R&B titans including Michael Jackson, Marvin Gaye, the Isley Brothers and Quincy Jones died on Thursday at the age of 77. Though the cause of death has yet to be revealed, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer in the mid ’00s.

Born on Feb. 16, 1940 in Detroit, Ware began his career in the late ’60s as a songwriter for Berry Gordy’s Motown label, where he first began collaborating with Gaye, one of the imprint’s brightest stars. He would later co-produce the singer’s 1976 offering, I Want You—co-writing every track. The record »

- Jordan Runtagh

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Lineup for the Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival

22 February 2017 2:50 PM, PST | | See recent LRM Online news »

Suncoast Credit Union Gasparilla International Film Festival (Giff) announced its official selection for the annual event held at the Tampa Theater and AMC Centro Ybor in Tampa, Florida, from March 2-March 9.

The festival will host the world premiere for All Nighter starring Academy Award winner J.K. Simmons and directed by Gavin Wiesen.

There will be 35 films and over 70 shorts, in which it will host international and regional premieres of narrative features, documentaries and short films around the world.

Here are the highlighted line up of the films:

Opening Night Film:

Burn Your Maps: A nine-year-old boy, grieving with his parents over the recent loss of his baby sister, becomes obsessed with the idea that he’s a Mongolian goat herder who belongs back home in his small village in Mongolia. Cast: Vera Farmiga, Jacob Tremblay, Virginia Madsen, Suraj Sharma. Directed by Jordan Roberts

Closing Night Film:

Unleashed: When »

- Gig Patta

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Film Festival Roundup: Sun-Ray Cinema Unveils Sleeping Giant Fest, Sfiff Announces Closing Night and More

16 February 2017 11:00 AM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Keep up with the always-hopping film festival world with our weekly Film Festival Roundup column. Check out last week’s Roundup right here.

Lineup Announcements

– Exclusive: Over the last five years, Jacksonville, Florida’s Sun-Ray Cinema has carved out a unique space for adventurous film programming while also reinventing how audiences enjoy blockbuster fare in Northeast Florida. Building on those successes, Sun-Ray has now unveiled their Sleeping Giant Fest. From March 30 – April 2, Sleeping Giant Fest promises to “open your eyes and perk your ears to work that often gets lost in the digital streams that dominate our viewing habits today.” The festival aims “to help you navigate an array of choices that often seems dizzying so you can immerse yourself in these so-called ‘less commercial’ films, repertory titles, and screenings with exciting special guests while enjoying the communal experience that the cinema provides.

With forty film and music events over four lively days, »

- Kate Erbland

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