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You may already know this, but Damien Chazelle is a big fan of jazz. His movies Whiplash and La La Land are chock-full of jazz, baby, and he’s not ashamed to keep those sweet, sweet jazz tunes swinging into his next project – The Eddy. The Netflix series was created by Chazelle, who also directs some episodes, and follows a once-celebrated jazz pianist played by André Holland who owns a struggling jazz club in Paris. Watch The Eddy trailer below.The Eddy Trailer
I know Damien Chazelle gets a lot of guff for his obsession with jazz, but I continue to be a fan of his work, and I’m very curious about his new show The Eddy. The series features André Holland, who is great in everything, so at the very least, it’ll have some wonderful acting in it. Here’s the show’s premise of the series, which is described as taking place in “the vibrant multicultural neighborhoods of modern-day Paris”:
Once a celebrated jazz pianist in New York, Elliot Udo André Holland is now the co-owner of struggling club The Eddy, where he manages the house band fronted by lead singer and on-again-off-again girlfriend Maja Joanna Kulig. As Elliot learns that his business partner Farid Tahar Rahim may be involved in some questionable practices at the club, secrets begin to come to light that have also been concealed from Farid’s wife Amira Leïla Bekhti, and when Elliot’s troubled teenage daughter Julie Amandla Stenberg suddenly arrives in Paris to live with him, his personal and professional worlds quickly start to unravel as he confronts his past, fighting to save the club and protect those closest to him.
Sure, the “jazz pianist who opens a club” thing sounds very similar to La La Land, but I’m still intrigued. In addition to the names mentioned above, The Eddy also features Melissa George, Adil Dehbi, Benjamin Biolay, Tchéky Karyo, and rapper Sopico. As you might have guessed, the show is going to be loaded with musical performances.
The Eddy was created as a collaboration between Alan Poul, Damien Chazelle, Jack Thorne, and Glen Ballard, who also wrote the songs and established The Eddy’s band of real-life musicians Randy Kerber, Ludovic Louis, Lada Obradovic, Jowee Omicil, and Damian Nueva Cortes.
The Eddy jazzes up Netflix on May 8, 2020.
Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? drama Quiz will be revealed to AMC viewers on Sunday May 31.
The network will launch the series, which is produced by The Crown producer Left Bank Pictures and is a co-production with British network ITV, over three weeks with the second and third episodes airing June 7 and June 14 respectively. The full series will be available to binge on AMC Premiere from May 31.
This comes after ITV revealed that it will air the three-part drama on April 13.
Quiz, directed by Stephen Frears A Very English Scandal and written by James Graham Brexit: An Uncivil War, tells the story of how Charles and Diana Ingram attempted an 'audacious heist' on the quiz show Who Wants to Be a Millionaire? Major Ingram Matthew Macfadyen, his wife Diana Sian Clifford and an accomplice, Tecwen Whittock Michael Jibson, who was sitting in the audience, were accused of cheating their way to a million pounds on the popular game show. The couple stood trial for conspiring by coughing during the recording to signify the correct answers to the multiple-choice questions posed to the Major by host, Chris Tarrant Michael Sheen.
Aisling Bea, star of Hulu's This Way's Up, plays ITV Entertainment boss Claudia Rosencrantz and Catastrophe star Mark Bonnar plays Paul Smith, Chairman of Celador Television and creator of Millionaire.
Creator James Graham told Deadline earlier this year, “It's quite easy to make TV people look pretentious and smug on TV, but that's the trope. They just run around in suits and they're really metropolitan and cutting and smug, and I don't think that's very interesting. So, I tried to humanize them and make them people with vulnerabilities and doubts and uncertainties and desires like everyone else.”
Graham added that one of the things that fascinated him was that he didn't think there were any bad guys in Quiz. “To this day, Paul Smith still believes that they are guilty, and he believes that very passionately. Whether it was the coughing, whether it was something else, he's convinced that people came into the thing that he created, sold around the world, and that these people are trying to destroy that. So, he feels that very keenly. And I think if you represent that honestly and sincerely, then he might be wrong, but he believes it. Similarly, the Ingrams are a normal people who go through this extraordinary story where they're thrown into the limelight. They're made an international laughing stocks, and they're on trial for their freedom. They may get sent to jail if they're found guilty. You try and create three-dimensional people,” he added.
Quiz is produced by Left Bank Pictures and...
SPOILER ALERT: If you are among the few who haven’t actually watched Netflix’s Tiger King docuseries, this review contains a lot of details about what goes down in the sad big cat saga.
With Netflix poised in the coming days to cash in and crank the base up a notch with more Tiger King, it's time to come out and say it: I hate the Red State porn that is the crash and burn of Joe Exotic
The initial seven episodes of this septic and shallow patchwork of trademark infringement, sex, guns, labor exploitation, song, drugs, mullets, betrayal, animal activism, revenge, and a lot of big cats may be much binged over these weeks of coronavirus lockdown, but that doesn't mean it's actually worth watching.
Now, I get it, I sound like I'm just a dour critic who hates anything that isn't prestige premium cable or aspirational. C'mon man, you want to say, Tiger King: Murder, Mayhem and Madness is just so unbelievable, I can't look away.
I respectfully disagree, and in fact, propose Tiger King isn't just bad, but dangerous in a divided America persistently looking to reduce the other side to caricature.
In a presently ailing nation where TV is more voluminous and vital than ever, the truth is the March 20 launched Tiger King is a clawed white trash misery index. Gawking at some clearly fragile and damaged people like would-be reality TV star Exotic and their below the Mason-Dixon line antics, the series subsequently provides a cultural circus for those smug bicoastals under stay at home orders and screaming to rise up in moral superiority.
Essentially, the tale of big cat collector, self-styled Oklahoma zoo proprietor and 2016 Presidential candidate Exotic AKA Joseph Maldonado-Passage and his ultimately unsuccessful attempt to have rival Carole Baskin knocked off by a hitman hired for $3,000, Tiger King is in that context more a zero-sum game, literally and figuratively, than hitting the zeitgeist.
Obviously, Netflix are pretty damn good at gauging and dragging the public mood over the years, as the likes of the then phenomenon of 2015's Making A Murderer or 2018’s Wild Wild Country prove. Yet, for all the attention it has drawn, this unfocused murder for hire exploration of sorts emerges as a bastard child of Cops, a million Dateline segments from the 1990s and Fox’s short-lived Murder in Small Town X reality show from 2001.
Not exactly the prestige product that the home of Roma, The Irishman and American Factory likes to brag about at award shows. Then again, with the knowledge that the Romans sold out the Colosseum every night feeding Christians to the lions, the bottom line based House of Hastings surely loves the subscription sign up that the currently incarcerated Maldonado-Passage and the accompanying motley gaggle of...
The updated version of the German literary classic picked up 11 nominations, followed by 'System Crasher' with 10.
Burhan Qurbani's Berlin Alexanderplatz, a modern-day adaptation of the 1930s-set literary classic, is the front runner for this year's German Film Awards, the Lolas, having picked up 11 nominations, including for best film. Berlin Alexanderplatz premiered at this year's Berlin International Film Festival.
Right behind it in the running for the 2020 Lolas is Nora Fingscheidt's social drama System Crasher, a hit at last year's Berlinale, with 10 nominations including for best film.
Qurbani was also nominated as best director for Berlin Alexanderplatz and for best screenplay together with co-writer Martin Behnke. The films' stars Welket Bungué and Jella Haase were nominated in the best actor and best supporting actress categories, respectively.
Albrecht Schuch picked up both a best actor nomination for his role in System Crasher, where he plays a group home worker assigned to a troubled pre-teen, and a best supporting nomination for Berlin Alexanderplatz, where he plays a drug dealer.
Alongside Qurbani and Fingscheidt, Ilker Catak is a best director contender for his romantic drama I Was, I Am, I Will Be, which picked up five Lola nominations, including for best film and a best actress nom for star Anne Ratte-Polle.
Christian Petzold's Undine, another Berlin Festival premiere, and Hermine Huntgeburth's musical biopic Lindberg! Mach dein Ding are also up for the best film Lola.
The 2020 German Film Awards are set to be handed out in Berlin on April 24.
Source: Hollywood Reporter