18 items from 2017
As specialized distributors head to Cannes, Eleanor Coppola’s French valentine “Paris Can Wait” (Sony Pictures Classics) scored with arthouse moviegoers. It’s only the fourth 2017 limited release to break the increasingly rare $20,000 per-theater-average mark.
These days, movies with older audience appeal are sustaining the market — and will likely form the core demo for similar available new films at Cannes. Eleanor Coppola (“Apocalypse Now” documentary “Heart of Darkness”) makes her narrative film debut at 81 with her semi-autobiographical first screenplay, starring Diane Lane as the wife of a self-involved film producer (Alec Baldwin).
New York also saw a handful of other small but still promising initial results, led by Cate Blanchett stunt-theater piece “Manifesto” (Film Rise), Israeli marriage story “The Wedding Plan” (Roadside Attractions) and “Stefan Zweig: Farewell to Europe” (First Run).
- Tom Brueggemann
A weak arthouse market was brightened by “The Lovers,” a high-concept A24 release targeted at the usual older specialty demo. Azazel Jacobs, an indie veteran without a breakout film to his credit, returned to the feature world from HBO (“Doll and Em”) with “The Lovers” (A24). Its initial results put it atop the results for the weekend which saw several disappointments.
Read More: A24 After ‘Moonlight’: Why They’re Finally Ready To Conquer the Older Arthouse Crowd
Several top specialized distributors optimistically counter-programmed against Marvel’s May juggernaut “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2,” hoping to fill the vacuum with no other wide releases to grab attention. That strategy can can launch a film like “Belle,” “Ida,” and “Far from the Madding Crowd” toward a big push in the early summer period including Memorial Day weekend.
Even if “The Lovers” never approaches that level, it is positioned to get »
- Tom Brueggemann
Marvel Music/Hollywood Records have released the digital versions of Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. 2 songs-only album and Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 original score album by composer Tyler Bates (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “John Wick Chapter 2,” “Watchmen”).
The film opens in U.S. theaters on May 5, 2017.
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is filled with great action, humor and performances, but it is also infused with a new mixed tape and soundtrack, a dynamic that resonated deeply with audiences in the first film as evidenced by the success of the soundtrack album. The Grammy-nominated “Guardians of the Galaxy” soundtrack reached No. 1 on the U.S. Billboard 200 chart, becoming the first soundtrack album consisting entirely of previously released songs to top the chart. The album was certified Platinum by the R.I.A.A.
Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2: Awesome Mix Vol. »
- Michelle McCue
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
14 April 2017 5:07 AM, PDT | The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News | See recent The Hollywood Reporter - Movie News news »
The Fast crew, a 20th century British explorer and a so-called "fixer" are all headed to theaters this weekend. In addition to The Fate of the Furious and Lost City of Z, also hitting the big screen are Norman: The Moderate Rise and Tragic Fall of a New York Fixer and the jazz doc Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Story, which includes commentary from Denzel Washington, Bill Clinton and others.
Read on to find out what The Hollywood Reporter's critics are saying about the weekend's new offerings (as well as which film will likely top the weekend box »
- Arlene Washington
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
Despite recently becoming fodder for comedians looking to slander what they see as a laughably pretentious aspect of American hipsterism, one of the great artforms ever to be fostered in these here United States is having a bit of a moment.
Jazz, ladies and gentlemen, is seeing a resurgence unlike any in music. Be it its ever growing influence within the world of hip-hop or acts like Thundercat drawing from worldwide influences to evolve their own form of jazz, jazz music proper is seeing its impact on mainstream pop culture expand exponentially with each release cycle. And that means it’s time for some history lessons, folks.
With a documentary about John Coltrane arriving later on in April, a lesser known juggernaut of the jazz music scene is about to get his due. The focal point of director Kasper Collins’ newest film entitled I Called Him Morgan, jazz legend Lee Morgan »
- Joshua Brunsting
"John Coltrane's sound rearranges molecular structure." Abramorama has released an official Us trailer for the documentary titled Chasing Trane, an extensive look at the life of jazz legend John Coltrane. This doc first premiered at the Telluride and Toronto Film Festivals last year, and is a must-see for any die-hard jazz fans. It features tons of rare footage and photographs of Coltrane practicing and performing, including a never-before-seen studio tape found in a garage during the making of the film. Even if you're not that familiar with Coltrane, this doc spends plenty of time telling us who he is and why he was so passionate about music. The film is produced with the full participation of the Coltrane family and the support of the record labels that collectively own the Coltrane catalog. It's not the best doc, but it is a nice look at a legend. Here's the official »
- Alex Billington
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
Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
So we’re going to try something different this week, because the Weekend Warrior has been getting a little long in the tooth, and we’re worried that our busy readers may prefer shorter and more concise pieces. We’ll give this a try over the next few weeks and maybe I’ll write a little more when there’s a bigger movie opening.
This past weekend, Disney’s Beauty and the Beast reigned supreme with nearly $175 million--over $20 million more than my prediction (ouch!)--and even with a substantial drop this weekend, it’s unlikely that any of the three new movies will be able to »
- Edward Douglas
Fame – it's a hell of a drug. Feud is like watching Robert De Niro and Al Pacino square off in Heat, except with two of Hollywood's living legends playing a couple of dead ones. In Ryan Murphy's new anthology series, Jessica Lange is Joan Crawford to Susan Sarandon's Bette Davis, a pair of toxic movie divas madly in hate with each other. As Davis famously snipped, "She has slept with every male star at MGM, except Lassie." This eight-episode fever dream celebrates how they basically invented the modern celebrity beef, »
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.
– Gunpowder & Sky Distribution has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to April Mullen’s “Below Her Mouth.” Shot entirely with a female crew, the film tells the story of an unexpected romance between two women whose passionate connection changes their lives forever.
The film had its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2016, and it went on to screen at Festival du Nouveau Cinema, Mar Del Plata International Film Festival, and Goteborg Film Festival. It will also play at BFI Flare: London’s Lgbt festival in March.
Gunpowder & Sky Distribution will release the film on April 28, 2017, theatrically and across all major On Demand platforms, including iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play, Microsoft Movies & TV, Verizon FiOS, and DirecTV. »
- Kate Erbland
Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions financed and retains international rights.
The film is presented by filmscience and is a Syncopated Films and Pastel Production in association with Rough House Pictures.
Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired North American rights from Syndicado to Dmitrii Kalashnikov’s Russian documentary The Road Movie and will release theatrically later this year.Abramorama will handle North American theatrical distribution of John Scheinfeld’s documentary Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary starting in New »
- email@example.com (Jeremy Kay)
Abramorama will handle the North American theatrical distribution of John Scheinfeld’s documentary “Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary.” The film played to critical and audience acclaim in the fall of 2016 at its world premiere at the Telluride Film Festival… Continue Reading → »
Abramorama will handle the North American theatrical distribution of John Scheinfeld's documentary Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary. With interviews by Wynton Marsalis, President Bill Clinton, Sonny Rollins, Dr. Cornel West and Common, Trane played to good notices at Telluride, Toronto and Doc NYC, among other fests. Chasing Trane is produced by Spencer Proffer, John Beug, Scott Pascucci and Dave Harding, and is set for a theatrical release in New York on… »
Made with the support of the John Coltrane Estate and the record labels responsible for most of the Coltrane catalogue, and titled “Chasing Trane: The John Coltrane Documentary,” the film is directed John Scheinfeld (“The U.S. vs. John Lennon,” “Beautiful Dreamer: Brian… Continue Reading → »
Mark Sheinckman: New Paintings Lennon Weinberg, NYC Until March 5th, 2017
Mark Sheinkman sets up his canvas with an oil and alkyd ground and polishes and reprimes it again, until it looks like Carrera marble, so that it can take the thin black oil paint. He wipes off and lays in. Many of the pieces deal with tropes of painting and design. Squiggles and spots, diamonds on what appears to be a spinning disk. Cross hatching becoming unmoored and floating away, Some are pure muscle memory. Lines just moving and co responding. Like the way Coltrane drops off the theme and into the solo on "Ascension," responding to a shifting background of changing modality, with a thin free line twisting in the void.
The way Sheinkman treats the edge speaks to the material that he thinks he sees. It's an issue. Where are we? What is this? The edge of what? »
- Millree Hughes
The documentary made its world premiere at the 2016 Venice International Film Festival, then screened at the Toronto, Telluride and New York film festivals. “I Called Him Morgan” will be released theatrically by FilmRise in partnership with Submarine Deluxe in March.
Guy Lodge said in his Venice review for Variety: “It’s fitting that Kasper Collin’s excellent documentary “I Called Him Morgan,” a sleek, sorrowful elegy for the prodigiously gifted, tragically slain bop trumpeter Lee Morgan, is as much a visual and textural triumph as it is a gripping feat of reportage.
The film chronicles the tragic life story of jazz musician Lee Morgan, who was shot and killed by his common-law wife Helen in 1972 while performing at a club in New York City. He began playing the trumpet alongside John Coltrane, »
- Dave McNary
18 items from 2017
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