Director Roland Emmerich is back with his next big blockbuster fare. The Independence Day directory last directed 2016’s tepid Independence Day: Resurgence, but hopes to bounce back with American war epic Midway. The first trailer has dropped and features what Emmerich is great at- big set pieces, grand scale, and enough explosions to one-up Michael Bay’s Pearl Harbor.
The Battle of Midway was a decisive battle that took place on June 4th, 1942- and was the turning point for American forces in the Pacific and marked the US’s first big victory.
Midway, the Roland Emmerich production, stars Luke Evans, Patrick Wilson, Ed Skrein, Mandy Moore, Dennis Quaid, one of the Jonas brothers, Aaron Eckhart, and Woody Harrelson.
In an interview with Military.com, Emmerich shared some of the reasons behind doing the movie, stating that he originally wanted to start with a Pearl Harbor story;
“The first time I had the idea to do Midway, it was really like 20 years ago. I had a deal at Sony, but the movie didn’t come together because the studio was owned by Japanese, so they were not very inclined to do a movie where they felt like the big losers of a battle. I always wanted to start my movie with Pearl Harbor because you can only understand Midway when you show Pearl Harbor. Midway is more or less a movie about the six months in-between Pearl Harbor and the battle. Then, I thought about our political climate right now where everybody has forgotten how wars are fought and how heroic these people were. I wanted to put a monument to these guys because it’s amazing what they did and how selfless they were.”
The film is based off a script by Wes Tooke and is slated to hit cinemas November 8th.
Miles Davis and The Birth of the Cool
Can one distill cool into one documentary?
If there is one thing that has been indisputable about the legacy of Miles Davis is that he was the personification of ‘cool’. And it seems like there was no decade where he was making music that he wasn’t ever cool. We once said about Miles Davis and his cool that “no matter how scrupulous your selection – one cannot distill cool into thirteen tracks, no matter how good“. Now the unenviable task of distilling that cool into a succinct document falls into the hands of Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool, a new documentary detailing the life, music, and legacy of Miles Davis.
Directed by Stanley Nelson Jr. (Freedom Riders, The Murder of Emmett Till), Miles Davis: Birth of the Cool premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival before hitting the festival circuit through the year. The film chronicles the rebellious nature of Miles Davis, detailing his desire to constantly break from the norm, with director Stanley Nelson saying;
“He was an extraordinary artist celebrated for his restless artistic aesthetic and his ceaseless innovation. He changed the course of music five or six times. By unpacking his upbringing, his methodology, his relationships, and his demons, we begin to understand the man who redefined the original American musical genre, jazz, and continues to influence generations of rock, funk, and hip-hop artists.”
Bruce Springsteen gets cinematic with Western Stars
“Life’s mysteries remain and deepen, its answers unresolved”
“We all have our broken pieces … nobody gets away unhurt. We’re always trying to find somebody whose broken pieces fit with our broken pieces and something whole emerges”
On the heels of the release of Bruce Springsteen’s nineteenth studio album Western Stars, Warner Bros Pictures has announced the release of the cinematic experience accompanying the album. The new film features Springsteen performing all 13 tracks from the new album, accompanied by a full orchestra in his 100-year-old barn. The film will also showcase old home footage as well as Springsteen’s life-earned ruminations we’ve seen through his career- brought to life recently with his stint on Broadway and on his Netflix special.
Warner Bros. exec Toby Emmerich has said about Western Stars and Springsteen;
“Bruce lives in the super rarified air of artists who have blazed new and important trails deep into their careers. With ‘Western Stars,’ Bruce is pivoting yet again, taking us with him on an emotional and introspective cinematic journey, looking back and looking ahead.”
Western Stars will premiere at this year’s Toronto International Film Festival, kicking off September 5th. The film was produced by Jon Landau, Barbara Carr, and George Travis with Springsteen executive producing it. Western Stars was co-directed by Springsteen and longtime collaborator Thom Zimny.