Don Cheadle as Miles Davis

Don Cheadle has been working to crowdfund a film about Miles Davis, in which Cheadle himself would play the famed musician. Miles Ahead also counts Cheadle as a co-writer, and has Ewan McGregor, Michael Stuhlbarg and Emayatzy Corinealdi set to co-star when the film begins shooting this week in Cincinnati. Now the first look of Don Cheadle as Miles Davis is out, and the hair, makeup, and costume departments have certainly done their job well.

The film will follow Davis in his so-called “silent period,” when he withdrew from public life. Set in 1979, the film will flash back to previous years in his life, and in particular touch on his tumultuous (and often outright violent) marriage with Frances Taylor Davis. Miles didn’t return to performing and releasing music until 1981 — not coincidentally as far as the film is concerned, that’s the first year Don Cheadle saw Davis on stage.

In an interview accompanying the photo, Cheadle talks about playing the trumpet (he learned to play for the film, but the music you hear will be Davis’) and explained his take on the biopic form, and went into some detail about the reasons for using IndieGogo to partially finance the movie. See the shot and get more info below. Read More »

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Don Cheadle Miles Davis movie

Don Cheadle has been trying to make a Miles Davis biopic happen for years, and he’s closer than ever to making it a reality. But he needs one final push to get it going for real, and he’d like you to help.

The Iron Man 3 actor, who’s set to star in and direct Miles Ahead, is turning to Indiegogo in hopes of raising $325,000 by July 6. Hit the jump to watch his pitch video.

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House of Lies Season 3

It’s been a very slow couple of weeks for television, as most shows go on hiatus for the holidays. But now that New Year’s Day is in our rearview mirror, it’s time to dive back into some returning favorites and get to know some promising newbies.

In the former category are Showtime’s House of Lies and Masters of Sex, while the latter includes Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s variety show HitRecord on TV. And the good news is that you can get a head-start on your winter TV-viewing by watching the first episodes of all three shows online, for free, right now. Hit the jump to take a look.

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Update: Hitfix has confirmed this news. Read more below.

Joss Whedon has apparently decided he can’t fool audiences twice. While he neglected to even mention Don Cheadle‘s War Machine character in The Avengers, the character had a much expanded role in Iron Man 3. That means it’s now believed Cheadle’s Col. James ‘Rhodey’ Rhodes, also known as War Machine and Iron Patriot, will play a role in Whedon’s 2015 sequel Avengers: Age of Ultron.

Below, read what purpose he could potentially serve, as well as a rumored role in the film for actor Simon McBurney. Read More »

Miles Davis

Miles Davis was among the most spectacular talents of the 20th century, fiery and commanding on stage, and fearless as a songwriter. He pushed jazz forward in ways that are incredible, coming from just one man. Offstage, his life was complicated, as his temper could be just as explosive as his music. He dealt with drug addiction and had complicated personal relationships with women, and with many figures in the music scene.

While Davis appeared as an actor in some minor roles (he was in Scrooged!), he has never been portrayed on screen in a major way. That will change when Don Cheadle stars as Davis in Kill the Trumpet Player, which will also mark Cheadle’s debut as a feature director. The film has been in development for years, but appears ready to shoot now, at last.  Read More »

Years Living Dangerously

Executive producers James Cameron, Jerry Weintraub, and Arnold Schwarzenegger have recruited an all-star cast for an important documentary event. Years of Living Dangerously will air on Showtime in April 2014; it features major celebrities talking to real people who have been negatively effected by global warming. Jessica Alba, Don Cheadle, Matt Damon, America Ferrara, Harrison Ford, Michael C. Hall, Olivia Munn and Ian Somerhalder are just a few of the celebrities who travel the world learning about this issue and, below, you can see the the first trailer.  Read More »

War Machine Falcon

While Marvel movies are usually about one big name hero, there’s a lot of joy in the supporting characters. Two of the most intriguing ones, at least in Phase 2, are Don Cheadle‘s Colonel James Rhodes, aka War Machine/Iron Patriot, from Iron Man 3 and Anthony Mackie‘s Sam Wilson, aka The Falcon, in Captain America: The Winter Soldier. Each are formidable fighters in their own right; they just happen to play second fiddle to Iron Man and Captain America.

And that’s where they’ll remain for now. In a new interview, Marvel Studios President Kevin Feige said there are no current plans to develop spin-off films based on those characters. Read More »

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Iron Man 3 screened for press in London last night, and while reviews remain embargoed, Twitter reactions were given the OK by the studio. And so now we’ve got the first slate of responses to Shane Black‘s film featuring Robert Downey, Jr. in his fourth turn as Marvel’s armored hero.

They’re not the most measured group of reactions, and as with any collection of first-blush responses to a big film the first Twitter posts only hint at what we might find in the movie. But if you’re looking for a general “is it good or not?” answer, you might get an idea below. Read More »

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