All that jazz
The buzz is building for KC native Don Cheadle’s “Miles Ahead,” this weekend’s closing night film at the New York Film Festival. Cheadle directed and also stars as jazz trumpeter Miles Davis. A.O. Scott of the New York Times predicts it could be an Oscar nominee in 2017: “Blending musical biopic standards (ill-starred marriage, drug addiction, record-company shenanigans) with caper-movie riffs (pistol-whippings, car chases, sketchy deals with shady characters), ‘Miles Ahead’ at its best is as witty and knowing as Cheadle’s sly, whispery performance. The music is pretty good, too.” No word on when it will hit theaters next year.
Riding that “Train”
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As “Saturday Night Live” star Vanessa Bayer points out in a promo, Amy Schumer has had quite the year: “Trainwreck” was a success with critics and audiences, and her Comedy Central show “Inside Amy Schumer” just won an Emmy. How does she top that? She’ll host “SNL” on Saturday, with musical guest the Weeknd. “And that’s when it all came crashing down,” Bayer intones, to ominous music. Actually, Schumer is busy writing a comedy with Jennifer Lawrence, which may hit theaters next year.
Will audiences stay primed for “Transformers”?
Marvel and DC have scheduled their superhero movies out into 2019. Now Hasbro has jumped into the calendar game by announcing “Transformers” movies for the next 10 years, says the Washington Post: “ ‘Marky Mark’ Wahlberg had better stay in fighting trim, because his Cade Yeager just may be appearing in the large shadow of Optimus Prime till he’s nearing 60.” While these movies aren’t the enormous U.S. blockbusters they once were, the overseas market is huge: $3.7 billion worldwide.