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Born to Be Blue: Ethan Hawke on the fast life and mysterious death of Chet Baker

20 July 2016 9:54 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

He was the hypnotic trumpeter with a divine voice who lost it all to heroin. As Ethan Hawke plays Chet Baker in Born to Be Blue, he talks about perfection versus charisma – and the perils of early success

When asked how much he knew about jazz before playing the fabled trumpeter Chet Baker in Born to Be Blue, Ethan Hawke starts off by mentioning the Miles Davis LP he filched from his mother while still only a boy. She only had about 20 LPs, he reports, so the heist did not go unnoticed. He then moves on to discuss Baker’s attempts to impress the laconic, distant Davis, Charlie Parker’s influence on the music of the 1950s, and Baker’s working relationships with saxophonist Gerry Mulligan, trumpeter Dizzy Gillespie and pianist Herbie Hancock. The actor also mentions a snippy remark Wynton Marsalis once made about the ageing, past-his-prime Baker. By the sound of things, »

- Joe Queenan

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Zannou, Gely, Morena, Mare Nostrum Team for ‘I Spit on Your Graves’

12 May 2016 11:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Cannes —  Cyril Gely, scribe of Omar Sy hit “Chocolat,” is adapting U.S.-set thriller “I Spit on Your Graves,” the celebrated American race relations/revenge novel that made and killed -literally – French literary legend Boris Vian, a friend of Duke Ellington and Charlie Parker.

Set in a contemporary Southern U.S., to be shot in English,“I Spit on Your Graves” will be directed by Santiago Zannou, a Spanish Academy best new director Goya winner for “The One-Handed Trick.” Morena Films, producers of Steven Soderbergh’s “Che” and Oliver Stone’s “Comandante,” one of Spain’s best financed and most cosmopolitan of production houses, produces with France’s Mare Nostrum, headed by Alexandra Lebret, which garnered with Morena on Antonio Banderas’ “Altamira.”

Written in 1946, “I Spit” became a sensation when a copy was found on the bedside table of a strangled girl. France’s Catholic Church claimed that the »

- John Hopewell

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'Me and Mrs. Jones' Singer Billy Paul Has Died

24 April 2016 6:35 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Soul singer Billy Paul died from a serious medical condition at his home on Sunday. He was 81. The singer's death was announced on his website. "We regret to announce with a heavy heart that Billy has passed away today at home after a serious medical condition," the statement reads. "We would like to extend our most sincere condolences to his wife Blanche and family for their loss, as they and the world grieves the loss of another musical icon that helped pioneered todays R&B music. Billy will be truly missed." Paul's manager told NBC10 that he died at his home in Blackwood, »

- Maria Mercedes Lara, @maria_mercedes

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'Me and Mrs. Jones' Singer Billy Paul Has Died

24 April 2016 6:35 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

Soul singer Billy Paul died from a serious medical condition at his home on Sunday. He was 81. The singer's death was announced on his website. "We regret to announce with a heavy heart that Billy has passed away today at home after a serious medical condition," the statement reads. "We would like to extend our most sincere condolences to his wife Blanche and family for their loss, as they and the world grieves the loss of another musical icon that helped pioneered todays R&B music. Billy will be truly missed." Paul's manager told NBC10 that he died at his home in Blackwood, »

- Maria Mercedes Lara, @maria_mercedes

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Bond/360 moves into international sales

31 March 2016 3:48 PM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: The distributor is broadening its remit with the acquisition of worldwide rights to Sound Of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story.

The documentary has already played at IFC Center in New York and Laemmle Theaters in Los Angeles and will be made available to international buyers at MIPDoc with a focus on distribution in 2017 on digital and broadcast platforms.

Sound Of Redemption: The Frank Morgan Story chronicles the life of alto sax player and Charlie Parker protégée Frank Morgan, a musical prodigy who became a longtime heroin junkie, San Quentin prisoner and, ultimately, a jazz legend.

“This beautiful documentary is an amazing testament to the power of music, and we are extremely excited to share Frank’s story with people all over the world,” said Bond/360 COO Elizabeth Sheldon.

“As Bond continues to focus on the art and culture space, this acquisition furthers our presence in the international marketplace for high quality nonfiction films.”

Sheldon negotiated »

- jeremykay67@gmail.com (Jeremy Kay)

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Miles Davis, Chet Baker Biopics Shrug Off ‘Greatest Hits’ Formula

29 March 2016 12:52 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Hollywood often sings the same tune when it comes to biopics: the “greatest hits” approach is typically a box-checking, life-spanning paradigm that rarely gets under the skin of a subject. The result can often be more akin to a waxwork than a complex, compelling portrait of a human. They win Oscars and inform us about the lives of everyone from Mahatma Gandhi to Ray Charles, but they don’t necessarily capture their essence.

Eschewing that structure even when adopting traditional formalism in the telling can go a long way. One of the things that made Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” and Ava DuVernay’s “Selma” so compelling in recent years is that they focused on seminal moments in the lives of Abraham Lincoln (passing the 13th Amendment to the U.S. Constitution) and Martin Luther King Jr. (the Selma-to-Montgomery marches of 1965), rather than following them from the cradle to the grave. »

- Kristopher Tapley

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What the 2016 Oscars taught us: the Academy should be scrapped | David Thomson

3 March 2016 9:26 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

This self-serving club has outlived its purpose, and reforming its membership will do nothing to make things better

The night of 28 February 2016 contained one of the great passages in Oscar history, and one of the finest addresses to the nation from this terrible electoral season. Chris Rock was aces. No one reckoned in advance that he had anything but a very testing job as host. He had to be tough, brave, witty, engaging – and decent. He triumphed on every count, thanks to sheer ability. He knew he was a part of show business, and not a black panther. Striding across stage in his bright white jacket, his voice soaring and cracking – like Charlie Parker’s – he was nervous but prickly eloquent, caustic yet encouraging. The vexed background to this show and its lack of black nominees could not have had a better release.

Related: Oscars 2016: campaigners claim boycott victory »

- David Thomson

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‘Amy’ and ‘What Happened, Miss Simone?’ Join Long List of Music-Related Docs Nominated for Oscars

22 January 2016 6:00 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Patrick Shanley

Managing Editor

This year’s best documentary feature nominees continues a long trend of music docs being recognized by the Academy, as two music-related films have earned nominations at this year’s Oscars.

Amy, which tells the story of late songstress Amy Winehouse in her own words through never-before-seen archival footage and unreleased tracks and is nominated for best doc this year, earned nominations for the Queer Palm and Golden Eye awards at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival for director Asif Kapadia.

Filmmaker Liz Garbus earned the second nomination of her career with the Netflix documentary, What Happened, Miss Simone? The film focuses on the life of iconic R&B singer Nina Simone and her life as a singer, mother, and civil rights activist. Garbus earned her first Oscar nomination in 1998 for her documentary The Farm: Angola, USA.

Music-related docs have been a hot topic for the Academy in years past, »

- Patrick Shanley

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