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Review: Don Cheadle hits lots of sweet notes in the not-really-a-biopic 'Miles Ahead'

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Review: Don Cheadle hits lots of sweet notes in the not-really-a-biopic 'Miles Ahead'
It's pretty clear where I got the first name of my first son, Toshiro, and he's well aware of the legacy of the artist who inspired that name. While he hasn't seen Seven Samurai yet, he knows who Toshiro Mifune was and that he is an actor I hold in very high regard. What's less immediately clear is that my younger son is also named after one of my artistic heroes, because it's his middle name. He is Allen Miles McWeeny, and sure enough, he is named after one of the greatest musicians of the 20th century, a towering figure whose music has meant more to me than I can ever fully express. Don Cheadle must share some of that same reverence for Miles Davis, and it's certainly clear from his new film as a star and as a writer/director that he embraces the full complexity of Miles, flaws and all.
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6 Films That Prove Keanu Reeves Should Do More Comedy

What is the first thing that springs to mind when you hear the name ‘Keanu Reeves’? Chances are you’ll be thinking The Matrix, Speed and Point Break – in that order. Bill And Ted might sneak in there, depending on how old you are, but the point is, this is an actor who is now famed for his action movies. It’s not surprising – more often than not, his forays into the genre have heralded a project that has reinvigorated tired themes and created films that have quickly achieved legendary status.

His recent movie release, John Wick, is a great example of that. Co-directed by Chad Stahelski and David Leitch from a script by Derek Kolstad, the action thriller about a former hitman dragged out of retirement and seeking revenge takes all the elements we’ve seen a million times and shakes them up, like a storytelling snowglobe. Crucial to its success is its humour,
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ABC Orders Biblical, FBI and Crime Drama Pilots

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Network also orders family dramedy “Mix”

ABC has ordered five new drama pilots, including the Biblical saga “Of Kings and Prophets” and the FBI drama “Quantico,” from Josh Safran.

“Of Kings and Prophets,” written by Adam Cooper and Bill Collage (“Accepted”), is described as an epic Biblical saga of faith, ambition and betrayal as told through the eyes of a battle-weary king, a powerful and resentful prophet and a resourceful young shepherd on a collision course with destiny.

Also Read: John Stamos Comedy, John Wells Drama ‘Studio City’ Get Fox Pilot Orders

ABC Studios is producing the pilot, which is executive produced by Jason Reed,
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'Pulp Fiction' spawn: The best and worst of the Tarantino clones that followed

'Pulp Fiction' spawn: The best and worst of the Tarantino clones that followed
When Pulp Fiction opened in theaters 20 years ago today, the mainstream moviegoing audience was introduced to a dynamic new Hollywood talent. Quentin Tarantino was a 31-year-old hipster whose formal film education never rose much higher than working as a clerk in a Manhattan Beach video store. A walking encyclopedia of film history who fetishized some of the more obscure genres, Tarantino had a gift for dialog and his own visual toolbox that expanded the language of cinematic storytelling. Pulp Fiction was the culmination of a two-year stretch where the director went from Nobody to Wunderkind, beginning with the Sundance premiere
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Don Cheadle Is Completely Unrecognizable In Miles Davis Biopic First Look

Behold: Don Cheadle Is Miles Davis. The dapper actor who earned an Oscar nod for his portrayal of a noble hero in Hotel Rwanda; titillates and terrorizes in House of Lies; and kicked some serious bad guy ass in Iron Man 3 is now preparing to play one of the coolest American musicians ever in Miles Ahead. And the pic above is our first look. EW shared this pic, which has Cheadle posing with head bowed and a trumpet engraved with the name of Miles Ahead's hero, the one and only Miles Davis. Cheadle is making his directorial debut on the biopic that is now in production, sharing his schedule with Avengers: Age of Ultron, which demanded he reprise his role as Colonel James "War Machine/Iron Patriot" Rhodes. Cheadle also contributed to the screenplay, which he co-wrote with Steven Baigelman (Feeling Minnesota), Stephen J. Rivele and Christopher Wilkinson
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Chadwick Boseman is Mr. Dynamite in Second 'Get On Up' Trailer

"The man's a genius, and he's taking us with him." We've already seen one trailer that showed 42 star Chadwick Boseman taking on the role of the Godfather of Soul in Get on Up. The film tells the story of the rise and struggles of famed singer James Brown, and a new trailer shows a little more of his troubled childhood and also his adult struggles to deal with the return of his estranged mother (Viola Davis) who he hasn't seen since she abandoned his family as a child. It doesn't sound like Boseman is doing his own singing, but he certainly seems to have Brown's mannerism's and speaking voice locked down. Watch now! Here's the new trailer for Tate Taylor's Get on Up, originally from Apple: Get On Up is directed by Tate Taylor (The Help) and written by Jez and John-Henry Butterworth (Fair Game, The Last Legion) with Steven Baigelman (Feeling Minnesota,
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Kate Upton, Her Bikini Round Out Latest Clip From The Other Woman

Picture this. You suspect your husband.s cheating. You follow him to the beach to scope out his possible mistress. Through your binoculars, you realize the girl he.s with is. Kate Upton (or played by her, at the very least). How do you respond? Here.s how Cameron Diaz (Feeling Minnesota) responds in the latest clip from the upcoming comedy, The Other Woman. The clip comes to us via Yahoo Movies. And it.s the second official clip released for director Nick Cassavetes.s film to showcase swimsuit model Upton (best known for her Carl.s Jr. commercials) and her natural assets. Sell those tickets to a male audience, Fox! But if you got it, use it. The Other Woman is an odd set up, a revenge-driven comedy about three women all looking to get back at the guy (Nikolaj Coster-Waldau of Mama, Oblivion and Headhunters) who is playing
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Chadwick Boseman Has Soul as James Brown in First 'Get on Up' Trailer

"You wanna go down in history as the man that killed the funk?" After bringing Jackie Robinson to life in 42, actor Chadwick Boseman has another biopic coming this year, but this time it's a microphone in his hand instead of a baseball bat. Tate Taylor (The Help) directs Get On Up, the story of James Brown, the Godfather of Soul, and the first trailer has arrived. It certainly looks lively, until the serious part of the story kicks in with Viola Davis showing up as the singer's estranged mother. This could be great, but we hope it doesn't just graze the surface like 42. Also keep an eye out for Dan Akyroyd and Craig Robinson. Watch! Here's the first trailer for Tate Taylor's Get On Up, originally from Apple (via The Film Stage): Get On Up is directed by Tate Taylor (The Help) and written by Jez and John-Henry Butterworth (Fair Game,
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U.K. Distrib Icon Relaunches with Seven Pic Slate

London — U.K. distrib Icon Film Distribution has unveiled its new slate following its re-launch last fall with the backing of New Sparta. Pics include “Kill the Trumpet Player,” Don Cheadle’s helming debut about jazz musician Miles Davis, and Lynn Shelton’s comedy “Laggies,” starring Keira Knightley.

The other acquisitions are thrillers “The Guest” and “Cold in July,” musical “The Last Five Years,” soccer drama “Next Goal Wins” and horror “The Babadook.”

As well as helming “Kill the Trumpet Player,” Cheadle (“Crash,” “Hotel Rwanda”) also stars in the project, playing Davis, alongside Ewan McGregor and Zoe Saldana. Cheadle co-wrote the script with Steven Baigelman (“Feeling Minnesota”).

It tells the story of a few dangerous days in the life of Davis as he bursts out of his silent period and conspires with a Rolling Stone writer (McGregor) to steal back his music.

The film, which is in pre-production, is being sold by Im Global.
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The Most Excellent "Bill & Ted" Blu-ray Giveaway

Your mother always used to tell you that if you kept making that face it would stick that way, but she never warned you or Keanu Reeves that the same rule applied to acting like a surfer dude. Apparently he did it so much that he's become frozen in the character he felt most comfortable in: Ted Logan of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure (alongside Alex Winter as Bill, oh and George Carlin). He reprised the role in the animated TV series Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventures, then in Bill & Ted's Bogus Journey, and then he carried it through to Parenthood, Point Break, The Matrix, Feeling Minnesota, The Matrix Reloaded, A Scanner Darkly, etc. You get the idea.  He acted that way for too long, and now he's stuck. That doesn't mean we can't enjoy it though, and to prove that we're giving away a Blu-ray copy of Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure.
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Keanu Reeves And Longtime Manager Erwin Stoff Hit Bumpy Road: Actor Almost Left 3 Arts But Instead Others There Repping Him

Exclusive: This is a cautionary tale for every Hollywood manager who’s spending a lot of time producing. Such is the case with Erwin Stoff. The 3 Arts Entertainment president has repped Keanu Reeves for something like 32 years (ever since the actor was 16 years old). The Stoff-Reeves relationship has long been considered one of Hollywood’s most enduring. Until recently. I’ve learned it’s now very much on the rocks. ”Keanu Reeves very quietly left 3 Arts. Then he was recently convinced to stay at 3 Arts but with different reps,” says one of my sources. “Handling him now are Tom Lasally, Nick Frenkel, and David Miner. It’s an attempt to save the client.” I’ve confirmed this with several other insiders, too, even though Stoff denied any rift to me. I am told independently that ”there’s no rancor”. Stoff of course has been a producer or executive producer on
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Keanu Reeves And Longtime Manager Erwin Stoff Hit Bumpy Road: Actor Almost Left 3 Arts But Instead Others There Repping Him

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Exclusive: This is a cautionary tale for every Hollywood manager who’s spending a lot of time producing. Such is the case with Erwin Stoff. The 3 Arts Entertainment president has repped Keanu Reeves for something like 32 years (ever since the actor was 16 years old). The Stoff-Reeves relationship has long been considered one of Hollywood’s most enduring. Until recently. I’ve learned it’s now very much on the rocks. ”Keanu Reeves very quietly left 3 Arts. Then he was recently convinced to stay at 3 Arts but with different reps,” says one of my sources. “Handling him now are Tom Lasally, Nick Frenkel, and David Miner. It’s an attempt to save the client.” I’ve confirmed this with several other insiders, too, even though Stoff denied any rift to me. I am told independently that ”there’s no rancor”. Stoff of course has been a producer or executive producer on
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Levon Helm obituary

Drummer with the Band whose career stretched in many other directions

Levon Helm – a life in pictures

A shorthand way of describing Levon Helm, who has died of cancer aged 71, would be as the drummer with the Band, who were Bob Dylan's backing group as he made the leap from folk to rock, and then forged a hugely influential career of their own in the late 1960s and 70s. This would have made Helm eminent enough, but his career stretched in many other directions, as drummer with the rock'n'roller Ronnie Hawkins, solo artist, prolific film actor and, most recently, host of the all-star Midnight Ramble Sessions. He was an accomplished multi-instrumentalist, and a fine and distinctive singer.

He was born Mark Lavon Helm in Elaine, Arkansas, the second of Nell and Diamond Helm's four children. His father was a cotton farmer but also a music lover, and the Grand Ole Opry
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Cameron Diaz Photos: Hollywood Hottie of the Week

HollywoodNews.com: Our selected celebrity to be included in our “Hollywood Hottie of the Week” is Cameron Diaz. She is the star of the movie “Bad Teacher.”

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Cameron Diaz - CinemaCon 2011

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Cameron Diaz - CinemaCon 2011

Cameron Michelle Diaz (born August 30, 1972) is an American actress and former model. She became famous during the 1990s with roles in the movies The Mask, My Best Friend’s Wedding, and There’s Something About Mary. Other high-profile movie credits include the two Charlie’s Angels movies and voicing the character Princess Fiona for the Shrek series. Diaz received Golden Globe award nominations for her performances in the movies There’s Something About Mary, Being John Malkovich, Vanilla Sky, and Gangs of New York.

Early life

Diaz was born in San Diego, California, the younger daughter of Emilio Diaz (1949–2008), who worked for the California oil
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James Brown Role Offered To Eddie Murphy And... Usher?

Eddie Murphy or Usher as the Godfather of Soul?

Once you get past the initial perplexity of it all, it makes sense. We can see it, on both counts. And apparently the comedian and hip hop artist have both been approached to play the role, according to The Playlist.

The question is: Will a James Brown biopic actually come to pass this time? The project has been in development for several years, with Spike Lee on board to direct since 2006.

Lee is also attached to do another pass at the script, which began with Steve Baigelman ("Feeling Minnesota") and was then passed on to Jezz and John Henry Butterworth ("Fair Game").

Once upon a time, Wesley Snipes, who worked with Lee on "Mo' Better Blues" and "Jungle Fever," was attached to play the role -- which makes Murphy being approached for it somewhat ironic, as the former "Beverly Hills Cop
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Which Recording Artist Is Competing With Eddie Murphy to Star in the James Brown Biopic?

Which Recording Artist Is Competing With Eddie Murphy to Star in the James Brown Biopic?
The James Brown biopic has been in the works for some time now. Back in 2006, Spike Lee joined the Paramount project to direct and rewrite a script that had already been revised by Feeling Minnesota scribe Steve Baigelman and Jezz and John-Henry Butterworth (Fair Game). In the most exciting (and recent) development yet though, producers have begun meeting with actors about the lead part -- including Eddie Murphy and one recording artist that will definitely surprise you.
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Eddie Murphy & Usher Approached To Play James Brown In Long Gestating Biopic

Dr. Yanna Brown Also Likes Chris Brown For The Part A James Brown biopic isn't new, in fact, it's quite old. Way back in 2006, Paramount and Imagine Entertainment brought on Spike Lee to direct the film that he would also rewrite, adding another pen to a draft that had already been through a number of hands including Steve Baigelman ("Feeling Minnesota") who got it rolling and Jezz and John Henry Butterworth ("Fair Game") who did the most "recent" draft. Word on the project has pretty much been quiet since but it appears that movement is still happening sort of.…
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Cameron Diaz Career Assessment

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Subject: Cameron Michelle Diaz, 37-year old American actress/former model

Date of Assessment: May 21, 2010

Positive Buzzwords: Bankability, longevity, able to burp on command

Negative Buzzwords: Overrated, wtf?

The Case: While I'm never particularly impressed at a "meh" declaration, I must confess to a surprisingly blasé attitude towards Cameron Diaz. She's not particularly talented, nor is she terribly bright (that MTV eco-tourism special wherein Cameron declared her jealousy towards Drew Barrymore for taking the first "poo in the woods" comes to mind), but Diaz has enjoyed quite an enduring career since her acting debut in The Mask (1994). From there, Diaz has coasted upon a series of hits that have allowed her to build a rather deceptive box-office legacy. Undeniably, any actress would be awfully fortunate to have co-starred in projects with such heavyweight headliners as Jim Carrey (The Mask), Julia Roberts (My Best Friend's Wedding), Drew Barrymore (Charlie's Angels), and Tom Cruise
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McG May Direct Bradley Cooper And Reese Witherspoon In Spy Comedy 'This Means War'

McG May Direct Bradley Cooper And Reese Witherspoon In Spy Comedy 'This Means War'
While Sony and Lionsgate fight a bidding war for the rights to the "Terminator" franchise, "Terminator Salvation" director McG is looking for his next movie in lieu of not going on to helm the series' fifth installment. Though he's still linked to the Broadway musical adaptation "Spring Awakening," according to Variety he has also been in talks to helm a "priority project" for Fox titled "This Means War."

The comedy already has two stars in place, Bradley Cooper and Reese Witherspoon. It is expected to begin shooting this spring, which would make it the director's next movie, rather than the musical. The screenplay for "This Means War" has reportedly been rewritten so many times that it's difficult to say who the author is anymore, but the most recent draft is by "Role Models" scribe Timothy Dowling (who interestingly enough acted in a "Terminator" movie -- the third one).

The plot
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Do You Think Cameron and Keanu Would Make a Good Couple?

Keanu Reeves was out solo in La yesterday, after supposedly going on a date with Cameron Diaz recently. The pair is rumored to have stopped off for burgers before taking in a film together. She's been linked to multiple Hollywood actors ever since her split with Paul Sculfor, but quiet Keanu is a change from her usual playboy taste. The actors played an onscreen couple in Feeling Minnesota back in 1996, but tell us - do you think Cameron and Keanu would make a good match? View 5 Photos › Do You Think Cameron and Keanu Would Make a Good Couple? Yes - Opposites attract and they'd be great for each other! No - This seems kinda random and is probably untrue.
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