babble / biopic / business / marketing

The Miles Davis Movie: Better as A Documentary Film?

I read an article in Variety about the difficult marketplace for music documentaries. We’ve definitely come a long way from the Oscar-winning “Woodstock” and other classic, music docs like (the awesome) “The Last Waltz” and (equally great) “Stop Making Sense” — there have been plenty of good music films over the years, but the market … Continue reading

babble / biopic / business / don cheadle

Don Cheadle inks TV production deal; ‘Miles Davis’ the TV series sounds like a great idea!

Don Cheadle is looking to broaden his creative endeavors by dipping a toe into the TV ‘biz. The talented actor and star of the one-day-it-will-be-here biopic of Miles Davis signed a two-year deal at Universal Media Studios. Under the pact, announced Thursday during NBC’s portion of the winter Television Critics Assn. press tour, Cheadle’s Crescendo … Continue reading

babble / biopic / business

The Miles Davis Movie: Next year (or the next) at Sundance?

The bacchanal of independent cinema, Hollywood business and celebrity worship known as the Sundance Film Festival kicks off today in idyllic Park City (at least when the town isn’t overrun by the festival). It’s another year loaded with buzz-worthy indie flicks and sleeper titles all vying for that lucrative distribution deal. So as the curtain … Continue reading

babble / biopic / business / marketing

The Miles Davis Movie: When is the best time to release the film? (updated)

All the talk lately about the (surprising) release date for Quentin Tarantino’s Inglorious Basterds has me revisiting a post I wrote last summer about the best time of year to release a Miles Davis biopic. Needless to say the announcement from The Weinstein Company of an August 21, 2009 nationwide release for “Inglorious Basterds” was … Continue reading

babble / biopic / business

The Miles Davis Movie: HBO and Miles Davis and a 10-hour movie (oh my!)

The Playlist posted some news and opinion this week about Steven Soderbergh’s “Che” film, Part One: “The Argentine” and Part Two: “Guerilla.” They pulled a quote from a good Salon.com interview w/ Soderbergh about dividing the film into two parts and what he’d do differently in retrospect. “Now I look at it and wish we’d … Continue reading

babble / biopic / business / marketing

The Miles Davis Movie: More box office success in the U.S. or abroad?

While I do think the domestic release of the Miles Davis biopic will bring with it a hefty share of media coverage/hype, critical debate, awards discussion and positive ticket sales (I can only assume), I can foresee the film doing big business abroad — perhaps even better abroad versus in the U.S. There’s the whole … Continue reading

babble / biopic / business

The Miles Davis Movie: Can Obama presidency help the success of a movie about Miles Davis?

During the just concluded presidential campaign there was a moment when we learned what kind of music the candidates preferred. It was no surprise that when Barack Obama revealed his iPod playlist there was much (fun) debate and scrutiny. Of course his music assemblage was greeted with cheers because, well, because his musical taste is … Continue reading