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Michael Kiwanuka’s Self-Titled Third Album is a Rich Psych-Soul Exploration

Michael Kiwanuka’s Self-Titled Third Album is a Rich Psych-Soul Exploration
Despite becoming a genre-busting mainstay over the past seven years in his native U.K., psychedelic-soul singer-songwriter Michael Kiwanuka has heretofore remained a relatively anonymous television soundtrack staple in the States, with nary an indie hit to his name. Most fans here know him, if they know him at all, as the singer of Big Little Lies’ theme song “Cold Little Heart.”

That should change with Kiwanuka. His third offering is his most fully-formed work, a meditative, expansive collection of synth-psych, blues-rock, stately folk that amounts to an early-career opus for the 32 year-old singer-songwriter.
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Red Hot Chili Peppers Headline Oceana’s 4th Annual Rock Under The Stars

On Saturday, October 12, rock band Red Hot Chili Peppers performed a private concert at the home of Oceana Board President Keith Addis and his wife Keri Selig to help raise money for Oceana, the largest international organization dedicated to ocean conservation.

Red Hot Chili Peppers Headline Rock Under The Stars

Band members singer Anthony Kiedis, bassist Flea, drummer Chad Smith and guitarist Josh Klinghoffer performed several hits spanning their career, including “Californication,” “Aeroplane,” “Higher Ground,” “Give it Away,” and “Don’t Forget Me.”

“I was thrilled to host the Red Hot Chili Peppers tonight as we gathered to support Oceana’s proven campaigns to protect our oceans,” Addis said. “I want to thank the Red Hot Chili Peppers and all the wonderful attendees for their support of Oceana. It is truly an inspiration to all of us who fight to save the world’s oceans.”

Guests at the fourth annual
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Film News Roundup: Alicia Vikander’s ‘Tomb Raider’ Sequel Dated for 2021

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In today’s film news roundup, MGM dates its “Tomb Raider” sequel, President Obama’s production company makes a hire, a “Rambo” marathon is unveiled, Andrew Matthew Welch gets a lead role and “After Midnight” finds a home.

Release Date

MGM is moving ahead with its “Tomb Raider” sequel, hiring Ben Wheatley to direct and setting a release date of March 19, 2021.

Alicia Vikander is on board to reprise her portrayal of action heroine Lara Croft. Graham King is producing through Gk Films with Elizabeth Cantillon. Wheatley’s credits include “Kill List,” “Free Fire” and the upcoming “Rebecca” remake, to be distributed by Netflix.

Last year’s “Tomb Raider,” directed by Roar Uthaug and based on the 2013 video game, took in $275 million worldwide as Vikander’s character attempted to solve the mystery of her father’s disappearance.

Tomb Raider” is the first title to land on March 19, 2021. Wheatley is repped by Wme,
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Obamas Discuss Higher Ground Productions, ‘American Factory’ in New Clip (Watch)

  • Variety
In a new clip released by Netflix, Barack and Michelle Obama discuss the reasons why they’re jumping into the story business with their Higher Ground production banner.

The clip takes the form of a sit down between the former President and First Lady, and Julia Reichert and Steven Bognar, the directors of “American Factory,” a documentary which represents the first release to come out of Higher Grounds, launched in partnership with the streamer.

“We all have a sacred story in us, right? A story that gives us meaning and purpose and how we organize our lives,” says President Obama in the clip. “A good story is a good story. If it’s a documentary like yours or if it’s a scripted story that helps people understand something they didn’t understand before, we want to see if we can give voice to it.”

Higher Ground is a reflection of both of us.
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Streaming: Netflix and the Obamas raise the stakes

Netflix gears up for awards season with a Sundance winner backed by Michelle and Barack Obama’s production company

As if it weren’t aiming to subsume the cinema market in other ways, Netflix now seems to be mirroring its seasonal release patterns as well. As in the blockbuster-crammed multiplexes, the summer has been a generally dry patch for the streaming network’s so-called “originals”: the offbeat independents and festival acquisitions that often fill these column inches. As the summer winds down, however, and the industry braces itself for awards season – yep, believe it or not, it’s a six-month red-carpet run – Netflix is beginning to give us the good stuff again.

Their next prestige season warms up with American Factory, a documentary that was one of the talking points of January’s Sundance film festival, winning the best director prize and prompting immediate Oscar speculation. Since its premiere
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‘Power’: Donna Murphy To Recur On Sixth & Final Season Of Starz Series

‘Power’: Donna Murphy To Recur On Sixth & Final Season Of Starz Series
Exclusive: Emmy and two-time Tony winner Donna Murphy has joined the cast of Starz’s Power as a recurring character for the series’ sixth and final season. In Power, Murphy, whose most recent Broadway role was last year’s turn as the lead in Hello, Dolly!, will give Councilman Rashad Tate (Larenz Tate) a run for his money.

Murphy has been cast as Lorette Walsh, a moderate Democrat and Tate’s toughest opponent in the gubernatorial race. Season 6 of Power premieres at 8 p.m. Sunday, August 25, on Starz.

“It was a dream to work with Donna Murphy, who I’ve admired for years on stage and screen,” showrunner Courtney A. Kemp said.

Created by Kemp, Power straddles the glamorous Manhattan lifestyles of the rich and infamous and the underworld of the international drug trade.

Murphy’s film and TV credits include The Bourne Legacy, Higher Ground, Quantico, Mercy Street, The Good Wife and Spider-Man 2.
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‘American Factory’ Trailer: Netflix Teams With Obamas for a Revealing Documentary Oscar Contender

Hot off a Sundance win and with the backing of both Netflix and newly-minted film producers Barack and Michelle Obama, Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert’s non-fiction stunner “American Factory” is gearing up for a big showing during this year’s Oscar race. An eye-popping look at the differences between American and Chinese workers when they come together at a Chinese car-glass factory in Ohio, the film won the Directing Award for U.S. Documentary after it debuted at Sundance in January, becoming a top early contender in the 2020 Oscar race in the process.

The Participant Media production focuses on the dramatic culture clash when a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand blue-collar Americans. Following its Sundance premiere, the film impressed the Obamas, who launched their Netflix-partnered Higher Ground Productions last spring “to harness the power of storytelling,
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Netflix Picks Release Date for Obamas’ First Oscar Contender, ‘American Factory’ — Exclusive

Netflix Picks Release Date for Obamas’ First Oscar Contender, ‘American Factory’ — Exclusive
American Factory,” an eye-popping look at the differences between American and Chinese workers when they come together at a Chinese car-glass factory in Ohio, will open globally in 190 countries on Netflix and in select North American theaters on August 21. Netflix acquired Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert’s non-fiction feature out of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Directing Award for U.S. Documentary and became a top early contender in the 2020 Oscar race.

The Participant Media production focuses on the dramatic culture clash when a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand blue-collar Americans. Following its Sundance premiere, the film impressed Barack and Michelle Obama, who launched their Netflix-partnered Higher Ground Productions last spring “to harness the power of storytelling,” as the former U.S. president described it at the time. This marks the first title from
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Netflix Picks Release Date for Obamas’ First Oscar Contender, ‘American Factory’ — Exclusive

Netflix Picks Release Date for Obamas’ First Oscar Contender, ‘American Factory’ — Exclusive
American Factory,” an eye-popping look at the differences between American and Chinese workers when they come together at a Chinese car-glass factory in Ohio, will open globally in 190 countries on Netflix and in select North American theaters on August 21. Netflix acquired Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert’s non-fiction feature out of the 2019 Sundance Film Festival, where it won the Directing Award for U.S. Documentary and became a top early contender in the 2020 Oscar race.

The Participant Media production focuses on the dramatic culture clash when a Chinese billionaire opens a new factory in the husk of an abandoned General Motors plant, hiring two thousand blue-collar Americans. Following its Sundance premiere, the film impressed Barack and Michelle Obama, who launched their Netflix-partnered Higher Ground Productions last spring “to harness the power of storytelling,” as the former U.S. president described it at the time. This marks the first title from
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Sean Penn Set to Direct Josh Brolin in Flag Day Starring Ensemble Cast

Sean Penn Set to Direct Josh Brolin in Flag Day Starring Ensemble Cast
Two-time Academy Award&#174 winner Sean Penn will direct Flag Day, in which he will star alongside his daughter Dylan Penn. Principal photography began this week.

Also joining the Flag Day cast are Academy Award&#174 nominee Josh Brolin, two-time Tony Award&#174 winner Norbert Leo Butz, Dale Dickey, Eddie Marsan, Bailey Noble (True Blood), Hopper Penn (War Machine), Miles Teller, and Katheryn Winnick. Tony Award&#174 winning wright Jez Butterworth penned the screenplay, which is based on Jennifer Vogel's 2005 memoir "Flim-Flam Man: The True Story of My Father's Counterfeit Life.}

Based on a true story, Flag Day is an illuminating portrait of a daughter struggling to overcome the loving yet dark legacy of her con man father.

Five-time Academy Award&#174 nominee Sean Penn won the award twice for his lead performances in Milk and Mystic River and is the acclaimed director of Academy Award&#174 nominated Into the Wild, as well as The Pledge,
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Taissa Farmiga Bio: In Her Own Words – Video Exclusive, News, Photos

Taissa Farmiga Bio: In Her Own Words – Video Exclusive, News, Photos Taissa Farmiga is an American actress most noted for her performance in the television series American Horror Story. She has also appeared in a number of films, including Higher Ground, directed by her sister and nominated for Satellite, Gotham, Sundance Film Festival and […]

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Barack and Michelle Obama Make New Podcast Deal with Spotify

Barack and Michelle Obama Make New Podcast Deal with Spotify
The post-presidency endeavors of Barack and Michelle Obama have found another massive entertainment tech partner: Spotify. On Thursday, the audio subscription service announced that it had finalized a deal with the Obamas’ Higher Ground production company for a new set of creative projects that would exist on the platform.

The announcement explained that the new deal will see the production company “develop, produce, and lend their voices to select podcasts, connecting them to listeners around the world on wide-ranging topics. The multi-year agreement will be with Higher Ground Audio, an expansion of the Higher Ground production company that will oversee the move into podcasts.”

Higher Ground was created last year as part of the Obamas’ deal with Netflix to produce film and TV content for that platform as well as “produce powerful stories to entertain, inform and inspire, and to lift up new, diverse voices in the entertainment industry.” At the end of April,
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‘The Voice’ Top 13 power rankings: We rank all 13 remaining artists from best to worst

‘The Voice’ Top 13 power rankings: We rank all 13 remaining artists from best to worst
The Top 13 artists for Season 16 of “The Voice” will compete for America’s votes on Monday, May 6. For the first time, eight artists were voted into the Top 13 by viewers at home, regardless of which team they were on. Then, each coach had an opportunity to save one artist from their team and Lb Crew won the Comeback Stage to claim his spot. Team Blake Shelton had the strongest showing, advancing six artists. Team John Legend currently has three members remaining while Team Kelly Clarkson and Team Adam Levine each have two.

See‘The Voice’ Season 16: Top 13 Finalists In Live Shows [Photo Gallery]

Monday is “Fan Night,” meaning the artists will each perform a song chosen for them by the fans. Then, on Tuesday, May 7, the seven artists with the most votes will automatically advance to the Top 8. The three artists with the fewest votes will instantly be eliminated, leaving three
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Barack, Michelle Obama Unveil Initial Slate of Netflix Projects

Barack, Michelle Obama Unveil Initial Slate of Netflix Projects
Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s production company, Higher Ground Productions, along with Netflix have unveiled their initial slate of upcoming projects. The former President and First Lady signed a multi-year deal with the streaming service last spring.

Seven projects are in the initial slate that span scripted and unscripted docuseries as well as feature-length films and documentaries. The offerings will reflect Higher Ground’s core values of resilience, determination, hope and unity while lifting new voices and stories that inspire change.

“We created Higher Ground to harness the power of storytelling.
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Obamas, Netflix unveil initial production slate

Obamas, Netflix unveil initial production slate
Roster includes postwar fashion world drama, non-fiction series Fifth Risk adapted from Michael Lewis book.

President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s production company Higher Ground Productions has announced (30) an initial slate with Netflix, including Sundance entry American Factory, and scripted anthology series Overlooked.

The roster encompasses projects in various stages of development and production, covering fiction and documentary features and scripted, unscripted and documentary series, to be released over the next several years.

Participant Media’s Sundance documentary U.S. Documentary directing award winner American Factory from Steven Bognar and Julia Reichert, about culture clashes when a Chinese billionaire
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Barack and Michelle Obama Set ‘The Fifth Risk,’ Frederick Douglass Biopic Among Initial Netflix Projects

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Higher Ground Productions, Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s production company in partnership with Netflix, has unveiled an initial slate of projects that include adaptations of Michael Lewis’ “The Fifth Risk,” a Frederick Douglass biopic and a period drama set in the fashion world penned by Callie Khouri.

The content comprises a range of scripted and unscripted projects for a range of audiences, as well as full-length features and documentaries. Priya Swaminathan and Tonia Davis, the co-heads of the organization, revealed the slate on Tuesday.

The announcement includes seven projects that are in various different stages of development, to be released over the next several years.

The former President and first lady launched Higher Ground last spring.

“We created Higher Ground to harness the power of storytelling. That’s why we couldn’t be more excited about these projects,” Barack Obama said. “Touching on issues of race and class, democracy and civil rights,
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Barack & Michelle Obama’s Higher Ground Sets First Netflix Slate

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Priya Swaminathan and Tonia Davis, co-heads of Higher Ground Productions, President Barack Obama and Michelle Obama’s production company in partnership with Netflix, have set the company’s initial slate of upcoming projects. The content encompasses a wide range of fiction and nonfiction signature productions for all audiences including scripted, unscripted and documentary series, as well as full-length features and documentaries.

The Obamas launched Higher Ground last spring to create content that embodies the core values of celebrating the human spirit through struggles and triumph; facing adversity through resilience, determination, and hope; lifting up new voices and stories to bring about change; and transcending divides to bring us together. The projects selected are a reflection of these values and a commitment to quality storytelling. Higher Ground expects to make additional project announcements in the coming months.

They’ve been active in courting projects. That includes King Richard, the Will Smith
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The Voice April 29, 2019 Top 24 Contestant Performances Revealed (Recap)

Hey, "The Voice" fans. Tonight, April 29, 2019, the top 24 finally performed for your votes to get into the top 13. Of course, the judges: Kelly Clarkson, John Legend, Adam Levine and Blake Shelton were on hand like they always are. For the first time, Apple streams will count as votes. There's a limit of ten streams per eligible song per Apple ID. To get things started tonight, Rod Stokes from Team Kelly hit the stage to sing, "Midnight Rider" by Allman Brothers. They didn't go to the judges for any comments on his performance or any other performances. I'm guessing that's because of time constraints. I mean they had 24 freaking people performing tonight. So, they had to hurry it along. The Voice gets good rating, but not that good. NBC's like, "You guys gotta wrap this show up in two hours." With that said, Matthew Johnson from Team Kelly Clarkson hopped on stage to sing,
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‘The Voice’ Top 24 preview: What songs will the artists perform live on Monday April 29?

‘The Voice’ Top 24 preview: What songs will the artists perform live on Monday April 29?
Monday’s two-hour episode of “The Voice” will be jam-packed as two dozen artists take to the stage to sing for America’s votes. Unlike previous seasons of the hit show, this 16th edition does not have the coaches coming into this round with the same-sized teams. Rather, following the live cross battles, Blake Shelton boasts a roster of eight artists while his pal Adam Levine has only four. Both reigning two-time champ Kelly Clarkson and rookie coach John Legend have the usual six artists apiece on their teams.

We’ve done some digging on iTunes and have discovered spoilers of the songs that the Top 24 will perform live on April 29. Take a look below at the titles of these tunes as well as the names of the artists that made them famous. Then cast your vote for the coach that you think has the strongest team at this stage of the season 16 competition.
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10 Directors to Watch: Pippa Bianco Expands Award-Winning Short ‘Share’ Into Feature for A24

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10 Directors to Watch: Pippa Bianco Expands Award-Winning Short ‘Share’ Into Feature for A24
How many feature debutantes can boast slots in two of the world’s top film festivals with the same film? New York-born writer-director Bianco’s “Share” will world premiere in Sundance’s U.S. dramatic competition en route to domestic release through A24.

The edgy drama, about a teenager who must deal with the fallout from a viral video shot during a night she can’t remember, was expanded from a short of the same name. That short nabbed first prize in Cannes’ Cinéfondation competition in 2015, which means the feature-length “Share” will also screen in official selection of the upcoming Cannes.

Bianco attended Yale to study fine arts, particularly painting and photography, but, she says, “It didn’t take long for me to feel like those were lonely art forms, and I wanted to work more collaboratively.”

While still in college, she explored film production with Pa work on several indie features.
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