A little over a year ago I was in London. I went to the legendary jazz club Ronnie Scott’s. At one point during a jam session a young Russian man in a thick coat and scarf (despite the warm weather) ran up on stage, blew his alto like it was nobody’s business, then promptly disappeared despite calls for more. I knew that if I had a crew with me and access to that man’s life I’d have the winner at next year’s Sundance.

There’s something wonderfully cinematic about a musician’s life. If they are any good, they are usually half in our world and half in their own. Yet they are fluent in another language. Plus, unless they are playing the ukelele, they look really cool.

Here are eight of my favorite movies about musicians that aren’t as well-known as they should be. Once isn’t on the list. I’m assuming you saw that already. But if you saw the headline and were hoping to see a clip to that masterpiece, here’s the “When Your Mind’s Made Up” recording scene, which ranks alongside the final 45 minutes of Avengers as the most exhilarating piece of cinema from the last ten years. Read More »

Amy Adams will make her first foray into producing with An Object of Beauty, Maven Pictures’ adaptation of the novel by Steve Martin. (Yes, that Steve Martin.) Adams will star as Lacey Yeager, an ambitious young woman climbing up the ranks of the art world. Over the course of fifteen years, she travels the world, acquires her own gallery, and beds a series of men, one of whom becomes a famous artist.

The three-time Oscar nominee has become known for playing sweet, innocent types in films like Junebug, Enchanted, Doubt, and The Muppets, but The Fighter showed that she could play the tough girl as well. I haven’t read An Object of Beauty, but based on the description it sounds like another opportunity for Adams to show off her harder-edged side.

Adams is now gearing up to start shooting Robert Lorenz’ Trouble With the Curve, with Clint Eastwood and Justin Timberlake. She also has Man of Steel, The Master, and On the Road due out this year. [The Hollywood Reporter]

After the jump, Philip Seymour Hoffman lands Anton Corbijn’s John le Carré spy thriller.

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Anton Corbijn to Direct ‘A Most Wanted Man’

Anton Corbijn made his feature debut with the Joy Division biopic Control, and last year released a very solid sophomore turn, The American. While promoting that film he didn’t sound very optimistic about making more films, saying that his third would probably be his last. Hopefully that won’t actually be the case. One way or another, it looks like that third film will be an adaptation of A Most Wanted Man, from novelist John le Carré, rather than the film built around actor and composer Herbert Grönemeyer,as previously teased. Read More »

Is Anton Corbijn already done with filmmaking just as he’s getting warmed up? His debut feature, Control, was a great start, and then The American turned out to be both a satisfying art-house thriller slash character study and a weird out of left field financial success. OK, it didn’t rake in fifty million, but it won its first weekend, and in today’s climate that counts for a lot.

But Mr. Corbijn now sounds as if he’s not really interested in playing the filmmaking game, and says he’ll “only do three films.” The idea for his third and last film, should it be that, is to build a movie around the actor and composer Herbert Grönemeyer, who has been associated with both of Mr. Corbijn’s films. Read More »

There is now a second teaser trailer available for The American, directed by photographer Anton Corbijn (as a follow-up to his film Control) and starring George Clooney as a soon to be retired assassin hiding out in an Italian village. Read More »

The American

Focus Features has released the first movie trailer for Control helmer Anton Corbijn‘s The American on Yahoo. The movie stars George Clooney as “an artful assassin with a lengthy track record, constantly on the move and always watching his back.” At first glance, this film seems slow moving and might require a large attention span, something we’ve read in test screening complaints. Watch it now embedded after the jump, and please leave your thoughts in the comments below.

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The American

Back in November, we got our first look at Control helmer Anton Corbijn‘s The American, staring George Clooney as “an artful assassin with a lengthy track record, constantly on the move and always watching his back.” A new production photo has appeared on the film’s official facebook page (found via theplaylist), seen above. Corbijn also noted in his lastest blog posting that recent test screenings have led to a return to the editing room to “look at the ending of the film and make sure it is understood by more people.” After the jump you can find the previously released photo and official plot synopsis.

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Focus Features Announces 2010 Release Dates

Eagle in the ninth

Focus Features today announced their 2010 release slate. Highlights include:

  • March 12th 2010: The Squid and the Whale writer/director Noah Baumbach‘s Greenberg which stars Ben Stiller
  • April 16th 2010: Thomas BalmèsBabies, a documentary film which simultaneously follows four babies around the world – from birth to first steps.
  • Wednesday, September 1st 2010: Anton Corbijn‘s The American starring George Clooney as a retiring assassin
  • Third Quarter 2010: Kevin Macdonald‘s Roman epic adventure The Eagle of the Ninth
  • November 2010: Anna Boden & Ryan Fleck‘s (Half Nelson, Sugar) dramedy adaptation of Ned Vizzini‘s 2006 novel It’s Kind of a Funny Story
  • TBA 2010 (we assume in December for Award Season): Sofia Coppola‘s Somewhere starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning

After the jump you can read the full press release, which includes detailed plot synopsis for all of these films.

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Our friends at Collider scored a shitload of early promotional images and posters from the American Film Market. You can head on over to Collider to see all of the images, but I thought I’d profile a few of the projects that I’m more looking forward to. After the jump you will find photos of Sofia Coppola’s Somewhere starring Stephen Dorff and Elle Fanning, Noah Baumbach‘s Greenberg starring Ben Stiller and The American starring George Clooney,
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We’ve known for quite a while that George Clooney would be starring in an adaptation of the Martin Booth novel A Very Private Gentleman for Control director Anton Corbijn. Now we’re told, via press release from Focus Features, that the film’s official title is The American, and that the film begins shooting in Italy this week. Read More »