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The Miles Davis Movie: Who is going to play John Coltrane?

John Coltrane. Whenever someone decides to make that biopic we’ll happily rev up the movie Blog right away. A true jazz giant, Coltrane was a revolutionary right alongside Charlie Parker. He hit the limelight after joining the famed Miles Davis quintet (with Red Garland, Paul Chambers, and Philly Joe Jones). The First Great Quintet would … Continue reading

babble / biopic

The Miles Davis Movie: Filming Miles Davis ‘At Newport 1958’

It’s debatable if this performance in 1958 at the Newport Jazz Festival is necessary for the Miles Davis biopic. The new sextet, with recent additions Jimmy Cobb and Bill Evans, were part of a festival tribute to Duke Ellington, but perhaps more importantly this was the collaboration that would record “Kind of Blue” six months … Continue reading

babble / biopic / screenplay

The Miles Davis Movie: Highly-fictionalized, or just the facts?

© Paul Slaughter A few days ago I spotted this photo gallery/feature on Yahoo! about the 10 Most Biographically Inaccurate Movies. Obviously it got me thinking about the Miles Davis biopic and what, if any, liberties should the screenwriters take in crafting the story of Miles Davis for a motion picture. The feature, in … Continue reading

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The Miles Davis Movie: The lost soundtrack

The news is rather brief: Producer The Apple Juice Kid, in partnership with and, has released a new album for free download, entitled Miles Remixed. The album, originally created as the soundtrack for a Miles Davis biopic, consists of instrumentals built entirely from samples of the jazz legend’s work, with vocalists Yahzarah and … Continue reading

babble / biopic / don cheadle / news

The Miles Davis Movie: Cheadle in for ‘Iron Man 2’; delay for Miles Davis project?

There’s news today that Marvel has recast the role of Jim Rhodes in the “Iron Man” sequel. Don Cheadle will replace Terrence Howard, who played Tony Stark’s best friend/military liaison in the first installment. Looks like the two parties could not agree on the money situation. I’m sure film Blogs and message boards are lit … Continue reading

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The Miles Davis Movie: A poster, a poster, my kingdom for a poster

I just read that Quentin Tarantino has added actors Julie Dreyfus, Michael Bacall and Omar Doom to the cast of “Inglorious Bastards,” but more importantly, I found this cool, teaser poster for the film with The Playlist story. And what does a movie poster for a much-hyped, WWII epic from Tarantino have to do with … Continue reading

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The Miles Davis Movie: Better as feature film, or Ken Burns documentary?

The correct answer is both. While I’m excited about the forthcoming Miles Davis biopic, I have to admit I’d be equally enthusiastic about Ken Burns owning eight-to-ten hours of PBS airtime to tell Davis’ story. And while we’re at it let’s get Keith David to narrate. The leisurely pace, the slow zooms, the interviews, the … Continue reading

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The Miles Davis Movie: ‘Kind of Blue’ making news, movie not so much

While news about the Miles Davis movie is mostly non-existent these days (did I just type ‘mostly?’ Strike that), Davis’ celebrated album “Kind of Blue” has been in the spotlight this week with the release of a lavish, collector’s edition box set to mark its 50th anniversary. Tucked away in Steve James’ Reuters article about … Continue reading