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“This is the kind of movie the business 10 years ago may have leapt at. But now, you don’t really see movies like this. We have a studio offer and we’re trying to back into a budget number, like we always have to do, without gutting the piece.” That’s Don Cheadle telling The Wall Street Journal that the Miles Davis movie he wants to star in and direct is on the edge of coming close to nearing the zone of being a possible studio project. The actor, who also plays trumpet, explained that the film itself wasn’t a pure biopic, but “a gangster pic. It’s a movie that Miles Davis would have wanted to star in. Without throwing history away, we’re trying to shuffle it and make it more cubist. The bulk of it takes place in ’79, in a period where he actually wasn’t playing. But we traverse a lot of it his life, but it’s not a cradle to grave story.” Cubist? Picasso would be proud. So would later-life Miles Davis. This is the kind of comment that leaves heads being scratched, and that may be the best kind of real start for a picture about the man who gave birth to The Cool and whipped up a mean Bitches Brew. Cheadle also responded to the announcement of another Miles Davis biopic being directed by George Tillman, Jr. (Notorious, Faster) saying, essentially, the more the merrier. He remarked that he had rights to all the music he’d need […]

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Snoop Dogg is best known as a rapper, but he’s had a couple small roles in films before, and he’s always had a unique sort of charisma that seems like it would lend itself to acting. It was probably only a matter of time before somebody took a chance on him in something other than a cameo where he plays himself or a role in something like Soul Plane. And it looks like that chance will come in the form of an upcoming biopic of blues musician Clarence Sims The Legend of Fillmore Slim. Sims’s story is an interesting one because not only was he a prominent blues musician in the 60s and 70s, but he was also a big time pimp in the San Francisco area during the same time. In addition to his stage name of “Fillmore Slim” Sims was also referred to by monikers such as “The West Coast Godfather of the Game” and “The Pope of Pimping.” If I told you that those were names of Snoop Dogg albums instead, you’d probably believe me, so the rapper’s attachment to this film suddenly starts to make even more sense. Those rap stars these days, they sure do like talking about being pimps, you know? Apparently Sims’s daughter Rebecca is the one who approached Snoop about taking the role, and if you watch any video or look at any pictures of the man in his prime, you can see that her choice wasn’t much of a stretch. Snoop […]

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There’s nothing all that glamorous about Jeff Buckley’s life. By all accounts, it was tough-to-average until he started getting his foot into the recording world’s door. He put out a strong, dynamic album called “Grace,” but he died in a drowning accident at the too-young age of 30. Buckley is a great target for a biopic – sort of a grungier version of The Glenn Miller Story without the uniform or as many pawn shops – and according to the Daily Express, Robert Pattinson wants the role. They have an insider quoted as calling it to the bleachers on behalf of Pattinson, but no comment directly from the actor, so it’s all questionable. Still, it’s bound to be a fascinating role to play – even if the article seems to overplay the Oscar possibilities here. So will Pattinson get the role? It’s unclear. The Express also calls out James Franco, James Marsden, Ryan Gosling and perpexingly Johnny Depp (who is aged out of this role more than Jon Hamm from Superman). It all depends on the interest level from those and other actors, because all of them have more cache to be cast. On the other hand, the resemblance between Pattinson and Buckley isn’t a passing one. Again, all of this should be taken with a grain of salt, not only because it’s early on in the process, but because there are several elements of the story that seem grandly un-authoritative. The ultimate thing is that someone out there (specifically […]

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Every Sunday, Film School Rejects presents a film that was made before you were born and tells you why you should like it. This week, Old Ass Movies presents the story of the most iconic big band leader of all time from his early days of struggle, through his meteoric rise in the charts, all the way to his involvement with the USO in WWII. It’s a (slightly) fictional take on a true story full of trumpet blasts, crisp high hats, and thundering toe taps from a crowd that just can’t get enough of the stuff. Glenn Miller’s story, like maybe all great musicians, starts in a pawn shop.

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While the project is miles off from hearing the starting gun, Amy Adams is now attached to star as Janis Joplin in the Fernando Meirelles directed film Get It While You Can. With the script unfinished and no studio backing, we won’t hear about it rolling cameras anytime soon, but the production staff needs to get cracking on finding the absolute best make-up team out there as well as the person most talented in Hollywood at pouring bleach down an actress’s throat. You were probably hoping that Jenna Maroney would finally get her shot at Joplin, but this casting should challenge those with even the largest trust in Adams. Not to mention Adams herself. Anyone who’s endured karaoke night at their local watering hole knows how impossible it is come close to the genius of Janis. Maybe Joss Stone still has a shot? Still, Adams seems better suited than Zooey Deschanel, who was attached previously. Be on the lookout in a few months for more details as they emerge, but this one will be in the incubator for a while. [Moviehole]

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