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The new trailer for Avengers: Endgame has been released, signalling that this final chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is coming to an end.

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The new trailer for Avengers: Endgame has been released, signalling that this final chapter of the Marvel Cinematic Universe is coming to an end. 22 movies into this decade long adventure and the final payoff is less than two months away. Some moments have been brilliant, and some not so much, but on the back of the terrific Captain Marvel, we can expect this finale to be one with many twists and turns and undoubtedly, some surprises.

Hitting cinemas April 26th, Avengers: Endgame takes off where Infinity War ended. Our heroes are searching for answers amidst the chaos and loss, while a hero long gone returns to the fold.

The trailer shows Cap and Black Widow trying to cope with the new landscape of humanity, finding strength and “whatever it takes” to defeat Thanos. Tony Stark is lost in space, Ant-Man is just lost, and Captain Marvel makes her acquaintance with everyone’s favorite awkward Asgardian God.

It’s amazing to think of what has become of the MCU. When we were watching 2008’s Iron Man, who would have expected (other than maybe Kevin Feige) the scope and size of the films and connectivity that would follow.

Here’s the good things coming to an end. Watch the trailer for Avengers: Endgame above. We’ll see you at the movies April 26th.

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Miles Davis and The Birth of the Cool

Can one distill cool into one documentary?

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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.”

Abramorama will screen the film today, August 23rd in New York with director Stanley Nelson taking part in a Q+A. Tickets for this screening, along with future screenings, can be found here.

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Bruce Springsteen gets cinematic with Western Stars

“Life’s mysteries remain and deepen, its answers unresolved”

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“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.

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