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Don Cheadle’s “Miles Ahead” follows legendary trumpeter, bandleader, and composer Miles Davis (played by Cheadle himself), one of 20th century music’s creative geniuses. In the midst of a prolific career, Davis disappears from public view in the late 1970’s. Living in isolation, he struggles with chronic pain from a deteriorating hip, a voice inhibited by drugs and alcohol, and traumatic memories from his troubled past. One day, music reporter Dave Braden (Ewan McGregor) forces his way into Davis’ house and the two men embark on an adventure to recover a stolen tape recording of Davis’ most recent compositions. The film also stars Emayatzy Corinealdi (“Middle of Nowhere”), Michael Stuhlbarg (“A Serious Man”) Keith Stanfield (“Selma”), Austin Lyon (“The Diary of a Teenage Girl”), and more. Watch an exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette from the film below that discusses Cheadle’s commitment to the role.
Read More: Review: Don Cheadle Strives »
- Vikram Murthi
Steven Soderbergh's Erin Brokovich (2000) is playing July 17 - August 16, 2016 on Mubi in the United Kingdom. “Erin Brockovich is perhaps the most forceful articulation of Soderbergh’s proclivity toward emphasizing character over other filmic concerns. Without sacrificing their causal role within the narrative, who characters are is often of greater interest than what they do—indeed, what they will do and accomplish is often a foregone conclusion… while Erin Brockovich may, thematically, be a film about responsibility, formally, Erin Brockovich is a movie about Erin Brockovich—and decidedly so.”— Andrew Patrick Nelson, in The Philosophy of Steven Soderbergh“I’m smart, I’m hardworking and I’m not leaving here without a job.”— Erin, Erin BrockovichErin Brockovich must win people over. As a single mother of three who wears short skirts and low-cut tops, she’s at the more preyed-upon end of a predatory spectrum—one whose social logic is built on first impressions. »
In the hierarchy of significance in what made news this past week, the sudden availability of the entirety of Albert Brooks’ output of feature films as a writer-director via Netflix Streaming may not carry the urgency of, say, the alarming continuance of African-American deaths under police fire, the attack on a peaceful protest against police violence by shooters who killed five law enforcement officers and wounded several more in Dallas, the ongoing partisan bloviating inspired by the FBI’s decision to not charge Hilary Clinton with federal crimes, or the frightening clown circus of offenses that characterizes the dawning of each new day in Donald Trump’s presidential campaign. But art can, among many other things, provide a momentary respite from pain, sometimes even while examining some of the more frustrating, self-centric and petty dissonances within our own, or someone’s else’s worldview, and in this Brooks’ films at »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Roald Dahl famously loathed all the movie adaptations of his books, including the 1971 classic “Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory” starring Gene Wilder. So when the beloved author died in 1990, his widow Felicity (who goes by Liccy) was torn about what to do with his catalogue. It was a time, following the hit comedy “Home Alone,” where the major studios were vigorously chasing family-friendly tales, and many of Dahl’s stories fit the bill. But Liccy didn’t want celebrated bestsellers such as “Matilda” or “James and the Giant Peach” falling into the wrong hands.
Dahl’s publisher at Penguin Books set up a few meetings, and she eventually connected with literary agent Michael Siegel. They bonded right away. “I don’t want there to be bad movies,” Liccy told him. They came up with an unorthodox, boutique approach. “Rather than sell the stories directly to the studios, we would »
- Ramin Setoodeh
On this day in history as it relates to the movies...
1819 The bicycle is patented by W.K. Clarkson, Jr. which could be why June has lots of bicycle holidays like "bike to work week" and such. There's even a Bicycle Film Festival happening in NYC this very weekend.
1904 Peter Lorre is born
1922 Underappeciated film star Eleanor Parker is born. Her two best known classics are Caged (1950, her first nomination in one of the all time best Best Actress years) and The Sound of Music (1965, snubbed in supporting actress). Also born on this day is two-time Oscar recipient Dick Smith, an indisputable giant in movie makeup. Among his classics: The Godfather, The Exorcist, Amadeus, and Taxi Driver
- NATHANIEL R
The project is set in the wake of a hotly contested presidential election, as America finds itself plunging into a modern-day Civil War. Murciano will play Speaker of the House Juan Reyes, the Republican candidate for Potus.
Ready for more of today’s newsy nuggets? Well…
Slowly but surely, casting is really beginning to heat up on Godless, the all-new Western in the works as a Netflix limited series.
Headed up by Steven Soderbergh and Scott Frank – the pair last collaborated on Out of Sight – we brought you the news two weeks ago that up-and-comer Jack O’Connell had closed a deal to star, and now Deadline is reporting that Jeff Daniels and Scoot McNairy of Batman V Superman have their eyes set on the Wild West.
No mention of which roles Daniels and McNairy are in contention for – we assume one or the other will step into the dusty shoes of Frank Griffin – but it’s understood that should both stars put pen to paper, they’ll be bound for a remote New Mexico mining town in the 1800s.
At the heart of that period yarn, though, is Griffin, a “menacing outlaw who is terrorizing »
- Michael Briers
Exclusive: Jeff Daniels and Scoot McNairy are in talks to board Scott Frank’s Godless for Netflix, joining the previously announced Jack O’Connell. The project is a limited period drama series from the Out of Sight duo of Steven Soderbergh and Scott Frank. Written, directed and executive produced by Frank, Godless is a Western set in an 1800s New Mexico mining town. The project, which is currently casting, is set to film in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Soderbergh and Frank are… »
Steven Soderbergh (Behind the Candelabra) and Scott Frank are behind the new show which is reportedly set in 1884 and “centers on Frank Griffin, a menacing outlaw who is terrorizing the West as he hunts down Roy Goode, his son-like partner-turned-mortal enemy. While Roy hides at Alice Fletcher’s ranch, Frank’s chase leads him to the quiet town of La Belle — that is mysteriously made up of entirely women.”
Frank, the screenwriter behing Get Shorty, Minority Report and Soderbergh’s Out of Sight, is penning the script and directing, and will also executive produce with Soderbergh and Casey Silver. O’Connell, who appeared in Channel 4’s Skins, will take the lead role of Roy.
- Scott J. Davis
Before he was clad in opulent armor for 300: Rise of an Empire, few moviegoers would have recognized the name Jack O’Connell on any given casting docket. That all changed thanks to a starring role in Angelina Jolie’s wartime drama Unbroken, and since then, the English actor has been snapping up roles left, right and center.
Adding another feather to that proverbial cap today, The Hollywood Reporter brings word that O’Connell has been tapped for Godless, Steven Soderbergh’s new Western series that recently found a home at Netflix. THR confirms that O’Connell will headline the series as Roy Goode, an “injured outlaw on the run from his former boss.” It’s certainly a major project for O’Connell to be involved in, particularly considering that the actor’s TV credits up until now have only included Skins and The Runaway.
- Michael Briers
When it comes to movie stars, few actors in Hollywood better encapsulate what you want out of a veteran A-lister than George Clooney. Not only is he an accomplished actor with an Academy Award on his mantle, he’s a highly regarded writer and director, with an Oscar for producing under his belt as well. He’s a jack of all trades, and with a new star vehicle out on Friday in Money Monster (which I actually see tomorrow), I thought it was high time to go over his best performances to date. There’s no shortage of quality on Clooney’s permanent record, so finding his top works so far won’t be hard, on top of being a pleasure. He’s had a great career that’s only about at the midway point, so there’s not only tons to look at, but plenty more to come as well! »
- Joey Magidson
Part of the fun in rounding up recent books about (or connected to) cinema is the sheer diversity of releases. This latest collection features a dive into this history of Hollywood legends, lots more Force Awakens, compelling reads from two fascinating critics, texts highlighting the art of Batman v. Superman and The Little Prince, and more. Plus, if you’ve been coveting Constable Zuvio mentions, you’re finally in luck.
Movie Freak: My Life Watching Movies by Owen Gleiberman (Hachette Books)
My favorite book of 2016 thus far has arrived, and it’s Movie Freak by former Entertainment Weekly critic Owen Gleiberman. For many a nineties teen, EW was something of a pop culture bible, and Gleiberman’s incisive writing was a key reason. In Movie Freak, his unguardedly personal memoir, he talks of films loved (Blue Velvet, Manhunter), friendships dashed (with the likes of Oliver Stone and Pauline Kael), and »
- Christopher Schobert
Today’s top casting notices includes several roles in a feature-length set to film in L.A. Additionally, there are opportunities for children in a celebratory multimedia video for Mother’s Day, and roles in an upcoming student film. Find your next audition here! “Out Of Sight, Out Of Mind”Producer Brian Follmer is casting feature film “Out of Sight, Out of Mind” for Bullish Productions. The film centers around a close-knit group of friends and lovers ripped apart when one of them becomes mentally ill. Casting seeks six leads: two females and four males between the ages of 24 and 26. There are two additional supporting roles for two females of the same age range. Pay is dependent on experience. Pic shoots this summer in L.A. Mother’S Day Online Video, English And SPANISHFanatico Films is casting two Mother’s Day multimedia videos in which kids will talk about their mothers. »
In addition to his vast array of projects at Amazon Video, Starz, Cinemax, HBO and even on his very own website, noted filmmaker Steven Soderbergh has signed on to executive produce a limited series for Netflix entitled Godless.
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- Geoff Weiss
It remains to be seen if Steven Soderbergh will actually come out of feature filmmaking retirement to direct Hillbilly Heist, however he does have another small screen project in the works. It's being reported that Soderbergh will reunite with his Out Of Sight screenwriter Scott Frank for a Netflix miniseries titled Godless. Soderbergh and Frank are executive producing the Western limited series with... Read More »
- Jesse Giroux
Retirement means different things to different people, and for Steven Soderbergh it means creating another TV series. The Oscar-winning filmmaker is executive producing, along with "Out of Sight" writer Scott Frank and producer Casey Silver, a new one-hour drama for Netflix entitled "Godless." According to the Hollywood Reporter, the limited series — i.e., one that's not intended to go past a single season (though that definition changes all the time, thanks largely to Ryan Murphy and "True Detective") — is a Western set in 1884, and will be shot in Santa Fe, Nm. Whether or not Soderbergh will direct is unknown, but if he chooses to stay in an executive producer role it'll match his current television strategy of partnering with other filmmakers. Currently, Soderbergh is overseeing Starz's upcoming series "The Girlfriend Experience," which is written and directed by Amy Seimetz and Lodge Kerrigan »
- Liz Shannon Miller
Retirement means different things to different people, and for Steven Soderbergh it means creating another TV series. The Oscar-winning filmmaker is executive producing, along with "Out of Sight" writer Scott Frank and producer Casey Silver, a new one-hour drama for Netflix entitled "Godless." According to the Hollywood Reporter, the limited series — i.e., one that's not intended to go past a single season (though that definition changes all the time, thanks largely to Ryan Murphy and "True Detective") — is a Western set in 1884, and will be shot in Santa Fe, Nm. Whether or not Soderbergh will direct is unknown, but if he chooses to stay in an executive producer role it'll match his current television strategy of partnering with other filmmakers. Currently, Soderbergh is overseeing Starz's upcoming series "The Girlfriend Experience," which is written and directed by Amy Seimetz and Lodge Kerrigan...
- Liz Shannon Miller
The streaming series marks another project in the television landscape for Soderbergh, who’s currently behind “The Girlfriend Experience” at Starz, “The Knick” at Cinemax, “Red Oaks” at Amazon and HBO’s upcoming, highly-secretive interactive “Mosaic.”
Soderbergh will serve as an exec producer on “Godless,” while Frank will pen, direct and exec produce the project along with Casey Silver.
Netflix has not provided many details on the limited, hourlong series, which is described as a Western set in the 1880s. “Godless” will film in Santa Fe, N.M.
“Out of Sight” starred George Clooney and Jennifer Lopez. Since that 1998 film, Frank has gone on to write screenplays for “Minority Report,” “Marley & Me” and “The Wolverine,” among other movies, while Soderbergh directed “Magic Mike,” the “Ocean’s Eleven” franchise and “Traffic, »
- Elizabeth Wagmeister
Steven Soderbergh has signed on to executive produce the limited series “Godless,” which is currently in the works at Netflix, TheWrap has learned. Scott Frank, who wrote the 1998 Soderbergh film “Out of Sight,” is writing and directing the project, in addition to executive producing along with Soderbergh and Casey Silver. Few details are known about the project at this time, other than that it will be a Western set in 1884. Soderbergh has been making a serious push into television in recent years. He serves as an executive producer and director for the Cinemax series “The Knick,” starring Clive Owen, as. »
- Joe Otterson
Netflix is prepping Godless, a limited period drama series from the Out of Sight duo of Steven Soderbergh and Scott Frank. Written, directed and executive produced by Frank, Godless is a Western set in an 1800s New Mexico mining town. The project, which is currently casting, is set to film in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Soderbergh and Frank are executive producing alongside Casey Silver. Frank earned an Oscar nomination for his feature adaptation of Elmore Leonard’s novel into… »
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