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Jon Batiste: How 'Colbert' Visit Became 'Late Show' Job Interview

26 August 2015 8:14 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Jon Batiste will begin his late-night tenure September 8th when the Late Show With Stephen Colbert premieres, and the New Orleans-born, New York-adopted jazzman recently sat down with Katie Couric and Yahoo! News to chat about his new gig. In this exclusive clip from Couric and Batiste's conversation, the bandleader talks about the Colbert Report appearance that ended up being his job interview and what he and Stephen Colbert have planned for the show.

"We met on-screen at The Colbert Report in July. That was the first time we knew there was an energy, »

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Restored 'Shooting Stars' to premiere at BFI London Film Festival

20 August 2015 4:34 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Anthony Asquith’s 1928 film to get a new score from John Altman.

The BFI London Film Festival (Oct 7-18) has announced that its Archive Gala will be a new restoration of Anthony Asquith’s Shooting Stars.

The restoration by the BFI National Archive will receive its world premiere on Oct 16 with a new live score by John Altman, the BAFTA and Emmy award-winning composer whose work includes Titanic and Goldeneye. The score has been written for a 12 piece ensemble playing multiple instruments.

Shooting Stars, first released in 1928, was Asquith’s first film as co-director and scriptwriter and is a drama set behind the scenes at a film studio.

Annette Benson (Mae Feather) and Brian Aherne (Julian Gordon) play two mis-matched, married stars and Donald Calthrop (Andy Wilkes) a Chaplin-esque star at the same studio, with whom Mae becomes romantically involved.

Chili Bouchier, Britain’s first sex symbol of the silent era, plays a key role »

- michael.rosser@screendaily.com (Michael Rosser)

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Bud Yorkin, ‘Jeffersons’ and ‘All in the Family’ Director-Producer, Dies at 89

18 August 2015 6:37 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Bud Yorkin, director of influential 1970s TV shows including “All In The Family,” “Maude,” “The Jeffersons,” “Sanford and Sons” and “Diff’rent Strokes,” died Aug. 18 of natural causes at his home in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles. He was 89.

Yorkin played a pivotal role in developing some of the most popular series of the 1970s in partnership with Norman Lear at Tandem Productions. He was nominated for three Emmys and worked on TV series that won 25 Emmys and 10 Golden Globes. His feature film directing credits included “Love Hurts,” “Twice In A Lifetime,” “Arthur 2: On The Rocks,” “The Thief Who Came To Dinner” and “Inspector Clouseau.”

After working in the 1950s on numerous award-winning variety shows, he teamed with writer Lear in 1959 to form Tandem Productions, and made his film directing debut with “Come Blow Your Horn” starring Frank Sinatra. Yorkin had previously worked with Lear on such »

- Pat Saperstein

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Bud Yorkin, ‘Jeffersons’ and ‘All in the Family’ Director-Producer, Dies at 89

18 August 2015 6:37 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Bud Yorkin, director of influential 1970s TV shows including “All In The Family,” “Maude,” “The Jeffersons,” “Sanford and Sons” and “Diff’rent Strokes,” died Aug. 18 of natural causes at his home in the Bel Air neighborhood of Los Angeles. He was 89.

Yorkin played a pivotal role in developing some of the most popular series of the 1970s in partnership with Norman Lear at Tandem Productions. He was nominated for three Emmys and worked on TV series that won 25 Emmys and 10 Golden Globes. His feature film directing credits included “Love Hurts,” “Twice In A Lifetime,” “Arthur 2: On The Rocks,” “The Thief Who Came To Dinner” and “Inspector Clouseau.”

After working in the 1950s on numerous award-winning variety shows, he teamed with writer Lear in 1959 to form Tandem Productions, and made his film directing debut with “Come Blow Your Horn” starring Frank Sinatra. Yorkin had previously worked with Lear on such »

- Pat Saperstein

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Early Black Film Actor Has His Day

11 August 2015 8:06 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Rex Ingram in 'The Thief of Bagdad' 1940 with tiny Sabu. Actor Rex Ingram movies on TCM: Early black film performer in 'Cabin in the Sky,' 'Anna Lucasta' It's somewhat unusual for two well-known film celebrities, whether past or present, to share the same name.* One such rarity is – or rather, are – the two movie people known as Rex Ingram;† one an Irish-born white director, the other an Illinois-born black actor. Turner Classic Movies' “Summer Under the Stars” continues today, Aug. 11, '15, with a day dedicated to the latter. Right now, TCM is showing Cabin in the Sky (1943), an all-black musical adaptation of the Faust tale that is notable as the first full-fledged feature film directed by another Illinois-born movie person, Vincente Minnelli. Also worth mentioning, the movie marked Lena Horne's first important appearance in a mainstream motion picture.§ A financial disappointment on the »

- Andre Soares

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Lady Gaga Brings Cake On Stage For Tony Bennett’s 89th Birthday, Sings “Happy Birthday”

3 August 2015 3:27 PM, PDT | Uinterview | See recent Uinterview news »

Lady Gaga surprised Tony Bennett by covering Duke Ellington’s “I’m Beginning to See the Light,” accompanied by the jazz orchestra to celebrate Bennett’s 89th birthday on Saturday. Gaga brought a giant birthday cake on stage which had been created by Duff Goldman’s Charm City Cakes, and asked the audience to sing happy birthday to the jazz […]

The post Lady Gaga Brings Cake On Stage For Tony Bennett’s 89th Birthday, Sings “Happy Birthday” appeared first on uInterview. »

- Quentin Gueroult

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Film Review: ‘Song of Lahore’

30 July 2015 12:20 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In “Song of Lahore,” a skillfully crafted documentary from Academy Award winner Sharmeen Obaid-Chinoy and tyro filmmaker Andy Schocken, a small group of Pakistani classical musicians must travel to New York to gain some measure of the respect and acclaim their ancestors enjoyed as inheritors of a centuries-long tradition of artistic excellence. With the imposition of sharia law in the late 1970s, Pakistani orchestras were disbanded and musicians vilified, even killed. But when an amazing recording of Dave Brubeck’s “Take Five” on traditional Pakistani instruments goes viral, East meets West in improvisational harmony. A fascinating study in cross-cultural pollination, “Song” positively sings.

The first part of the documentary introduces the talented members of the Sachal Studios, a recording outfit founded in 2004 by Izzat Majeed, who rounded up unemployed master musicians who began to rehearse and play together. The filmmakers eavesdrop on intimate musical interludes at home and in the workplace, »

- Ronnie Scheib

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Progressive social activist, 'The Sound of Music' Broadway Star, and Oscar-Nominated Actor Bikel Dead at 91

22 July 2015 7:36 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Theodore Bikel. Theodore Bikel dead at 91: Oscar-nominated actor and folk singer best known for stage musicals 'The Sound of Music,' 'Fiddler on the Roof' Folk singer, social and union activist, and stage, film, and television actor Theodore Bikel, best remembered for starring in the Broadway musical The Sound of Music and, throughout the U.S., in Fiddler on the Roof, died Monday morning (July 20, '15) of "natural causes" at the UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. The Austrian-born Bikel – as Theodore Meir Bikel on May 2, 1924, in Vienna, to Yiddish-speaking Eastern European parents – was 91. Fled Hitler Thanks to his well-connected Zionist father, six months after the German annexation of Austria in March 1938 ("they were greeted with jubilation by the local populace," he would recall in 2012), the 14-year-old Bikel and his family fled to Palestine, at the time a British protectorate. While there, the teenager began acting on stage, »

- Andre Soares

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Episode 160 – Otto Preminger’s Anatomy of a Murder

30 June 2015 11:00 AM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

This time on the podcast, Scott is joined by David Blakeslee and Trevor Berrett to discuss Otto Preminger’s Anatomy of a Murder.

About the film:

A virtuoso James Stewart plays a small-town Michigan lawyer who takes on a difficult case: the defense of a young army lieutenant (Ben Gazzara) accused of murdering a local tavern owner who he believes raped his wife (Lee Remick). This gripping envelope-pusher, the most popular film by Hollywood provocateur Otto Preminger, was groundbreaking for the frankness of its discussion of sex—but more than anything else, it is a striking depiction of the power of words. Featuring an outstanding supporting cast—with a young George C. Scott as a fiery prosecutor and the legendary attorney Joseph N. Welch as the judge—and an influential score by Duke Ellington, Anatomy of a Murder is an American movie landmark, nominated for seven Oscars, including best picture. »

- Scott Nye

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Danny Elfman on Film Scores, 'Simpsons' and Working With Tim Burton

29 June 2015 5:48 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

The way film composer and former Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman tells it, his whole career boils down to two words: "Fuck it." He muttered that philosophical phrase when he offered an opportunity to write his first movie score – for director Tim Burton's feature debut, Pee-wee's Big Adventure – and the musician said it again when given the chance to perform his now-impressive catalog of symphonic cinematic creations in his "Music From the Films of Tim Burton" concert series.

The shows, which opened in London in 2013 and will kick off »

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Legendary’s Thomas Tull Producing Math-Science Documentary

10 June 2015 1:18 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Legendary and Konwiser Brothers Entertainment are producing an untitled feature-length documentary designed to inspire American youth to become passionate about mathematics and science.

Kip and Kern Konwiser will write and direct the project, as well as produce with Legendary topper Thomas Tull. The producers are aiming to use the film as a catalyst to start a dialog about how America can regain its status as a world leader in those fields.

The announcement noted that the U.S. ranks 30th out of 65 developed nations in math knowledge and 23rd in science. The film is aimed at showing how these two disciplines impact many areas including sports, pop culture, academia, government, healthcare, technology and entertainment.

Tull is a member of the board of trustees of Carnegie Mellon University. He also serves as a board member for the National Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum and is part owner of the Pittsburgh Steelers. »

- Dave McNary

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Nichelle Nichols hospitalized after mild stroke

4 June 2015 3:24 PM, PDT | Comicmix.com | See recent Comicmix news »

Last night while at her home in Los Angeles, actress Nichelle Nichols suffered from a mild stroke and was taken to a hospital. She is currently undergoing testing to determine how severe the stroke was. Her publicist provided a statement to EW: “Nichelle Nichols is resting comfortably and undergoing tests. We do not have a prognosis yet but everyone’s prayers and well wishes are appreciated.”

Nichols, 82, is best known to fans as Lt. Nyota Uhura on Star Trek in a diverse career spanning over fifty years including appearances on stage and screen, from singing with the Duke Ellington and Lionel Hampton bands to voice-overs on Futurama and The Simpsons, with possibly her biggest impact coming from her volunteer work with Nasa to help recruit minority and female candidates for the agency.

We hope she gets better quickly, and look forward to seeing her at conventions soon. This lady is »

- Glenn Hauman

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Cinema at 33 1/3 Rpm

1 June 2015 4:49 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Jazz music has long expressed its capacity to borrow from various, sometimes contradictory sources in order to create something which in every sense transcends the original elements. Since the earliest days of jazz as a musical form, it has been inspired by military and funeral marches; has stylishly interpreted popular songs; and even brought the classical intricacies of Wagner into the domain of swinging brasses and reeds. This multiculturalism and eclecticism of jazz likens it to cinema which, in turn, has transformed pop culture motifs into something close to the sublime and mixed ‘high’ and ‘low’ artistic gestures to remarkable effect.In the history of jazz, the evolution from ragtime or traditional tunes, to discovering the treasure trove of Broadway songs was fast and smooth. The latter influence was shared by cinema, as the history of film production quickly marched on. The emergence of ‘talkies’ in the United States meant rediscovering Broadway, »

- Ehsan Khoshbakht

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George Wolfe’s Musical Journey (And Sienna Miller’s, Too): Broadway

13 March 2015 9:39 AM, PDT | Deadline | See recent Deadline news »

Queenie Pie was the talk of the town and Duke Ellington was the reason. When the great jazz composer died in 1974, he left behind an unfinished “street opera” that offered resplendent possibilities with its exuberant score, Harlem setting and memorable characters. A little-known writer named George C. Wolfe was brought in to work on the book and choreographer Garth Fagan staged Queenie Pie‘s heralded 1986 premiere in Philadelphia. New York Times critic Robert Palmer… »

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Trumpeter Clark Terry, Who Played in ‘Tonight Show’ Band, Dies at 94

21 February 2015 10:29 PM, PST | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Trumpeter Clark Terry, who excelled as a leader and sideman in big bands and small combos during his seven-decade career in jazz, has died at 94.

Terry, a 2010 Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award honoree, entered hospice care on Feb. 13, suffering from the effects of advanced diabetes.

“He left us peacefully, surrounded by his family, students and friends,” his wife Gwen wrote on his Facebook page Saturday.

Among the most prolific and widely admired instrumentalists in jazz, Terry led or co-led more than 80 recording dates and played on more than 900 sessions by the time of his last session in 2004.

Also proficient on flugelhorn, Terry was best known to the general public as a longtime featured soloist in the house band of NBC’s “The Tonight Show.” In 1960, he became the first African-American staff musician with the network.

Born in St. Louis, Terry began playing in high school, and he played in the U. »

- Christopher Morris

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Birdman, Whiplash and the sound of drums

21 February 2015 5:50 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Birdman and Whiplash are both enhanced by their percussion-laden scores. We dig into the music of both of them...

This article contains spoilers for Birdman and Whiplash (including Whiplash's ending)

What makes a great drummer?

That's the question asked by Whiplash, which was up for Best Picture at the Oscars (although ultimately, as you more than likely know, didn't prevail). Damien Chazelle's thriller - easily the most exciting (and horrifying) account of music practice in cinema history - goes head to head with Birdman, another percussion-heavy flick. While the two share an instrument, though, their answers to that question couldn't be more different.

For Whiplash, it mostly seems to boil down to one thing: how quickly can you drum? The opening track of the album makes that clear, as we hear a snare drum banged repeatedly by Andrew (Miles Teller), faster and faster. "Can someone clean the blood off my drum kit? »

- simonbrew

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Jazz Review Roundup

10 February 2015 6:03 AM, PST | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

I didn't have enough free time in 2014 to review nearly as many of last year's prolific output of fine jazz albums as I wanted to. Here's a small step toward catching up, plus two 2015 releases (Ligeti/McDonas, The Side Project Saxophone 4tet).

Tom Varner: Nine Surprises (Tom Varner Music)

Composer and French horn player Tom Varner is indeed full of surprises, and they are not confined to the suite of that name (which, surprisingly, has 15 movements). I was most surprised by the outburst of New Orleans jazz in the last piece on the CD, "Mele," which Varner calls "a Gil Evans-influenced variation on the harmonic structure of a pop Hawaiian Christmas song." In general the music here seems highly composed -- these are not heads with strings of solos -- but still allowing for improvisation. The soloists who make the biggest impression are trombonist David Marriott and, no surprise here, »

- SteveHoltje

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Whiplash review

15 January 2015 5:33 AM, PST | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Two knockout performances and some taut direction make Whiplash an unmissable drama. No wonder it's up for Best Picture...

Whiplash is, appropriately, an escalating drumroll of a movie. Starting slowly, picking up the tempo and building drama to a final act where the tension explodes and this drum metaphor stops making sense.

Jazz drummer Andrew Neiman (Miles Teller) is studying at Shaffer Conservatory, a prestigious music school in New York. He attracts the attention of conductor Terence Fletcher (J K Simmons) and is recruited as an alternate in his band. Andrew quickly discovers that Fletcher is a master manipulator, keeping his band under a reign of terror. Whiplash follows Andrew as he engages in a battle of wills with his tyrannical music teacher.

Whiplash’s pace is relentless. Previously, Damien Chazelle directed one little seen indie film (Guy And Madeline On A Park Bench) and has a handful of writer credits to his name, »

- ryanlambie

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Clifford Adams, Kool & the Gang Trombonist, Dead at 62

12 January 2015 5:27 PM, PST | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Clifford Adams, trombonist for iconic American jazz-funk group Kool & the Gang, died on Monday morning after a year-long battle with liver cancer, according to NJ.com. He was 62.

The musician, hospitalized at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, N.J., had been without health insurance to cover medical expenses for quite some time, according to the reports. His family and friends threw several fundraisers in recent months to help cover the cost of Adams’ live transplant. They had also received support from a nonprofit organization called Jazz Bridge, which was created to help out local musicians.

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- Travis Reilly

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Kool and the Gang Trombonist Clifford Adams Dies at 62

12 January 2015 12:17 PM, PST | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

Kool and the Gang trombonist Clifford Adams passed away Monday. He was 62. Adams had been suffering from liver cancer for about a year, but didn't have health insurance to cover the costs of medical care. While hospitalized at Capital Health Regional Medical Center in Trenton, NJ, the famed jazz performer's family and friends held fundraisers to try and pay for a liver transplant. He received help from Jazz Bridge, a nonprofit created to help jazz musicians through hard times. Best known for his time spent with Kool and the Gang, Adams also played with The Stylistics, Patti Labelle and the Bluebells. He also performed with Duke Ellington. Although he collaborated with many artists, the trombonist also »

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