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‘Blaze’ Star Ben Dickey Readies New Album ‘A Glimmer on the Outskirts’

‘Blaze’ Star Ben Dickey Readies New Album ‘A Glimmer on the Outskirts’
Ben Dickey, the musician and actor who inhabited the role of mercurial singer-songwriter Blaze Foley in the biopic Blaze last year, is set to release his full-length LP A Glimmer on the Outskirts for SexHawkeBlack Records on March 8th. The boutique Americana label based in Austin is a joint venture with Nashville’s Dualtone Records and was co-founded by filmmaker Ethan Hawke, Austin businessman Louis Black and musician-actor Charlie Sexton, who portrayed Townes Van Zandt in the film.

Produced by Sexton, Glimmer is the follow-up to the Blaze soundtrack, which
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‘Blaze’ Review: Country-Music Cult Hero Gets the Biopic He Deserves

Never heard of Blaze Foley? You’re not alone. So why would Ethan Hawke decide to direct a film about a country singer and songwriter who died at 39 after a flirtation with fame that went nowhere? Maybe for just that very reason. Right up until that day in 1989 when he took a fatal gunshot to the chest from the son of a friend, Foley was making his own kind of music, this time in a dive bar in Austin, Texas called the Outhouse. Hawke keeps coming back to that recording,
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Ben Dickey: The Man Who Would Be ‘Blaze’

Ben Dickey: The Man Who Would Be ‘Blaze’
To see Ben Dickey at all is to spot him from a country mile away. The 41-year-old musician is milling about something called the Gibson Showroom in Austin, a sort of multi-purpose space decorated in vigorous 21st-century guitar chic, and clocking in well over six feet tall, the Little Rock, Arkansas, native dominates whatever square footage he is in. The dude is big, and a little husky. But you wouldn’t call him intimidating. In fact, when you watch Dickey in Blaze, Ethan Hawke’s semi-biopic about singer-songwriter Blaze Foley
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Blaze Foley: How a Forgotten Texas Songwriter Became the Year’s Best Biopic

Even Blaze Foley’s closest friends didn’t know much about him. The eccentric, burly Texas songwriter – who wrote country classics such as “If I Could Only Fly” and “Clay Pigeons” before he was shot dead at 39 years old in 1989 – was known to embellish the story of his background, and his death was clouded in mystery. “I heard he got shot at the unemployment office taking a bullet for another homeless guy,” says Ethan Hawke. “I remember waxing poetic about that one night. . . . Then we found out that’s actually not true.
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Hear Blaze Foley Biopic Star Sing ‘Clay Pigeons’

Hear Blaze Foley Biopic Star Sing ‘Clay Pigeons’
In the upcoming Ethan Hawke-directed film Blaze, musician and first-time actor Ben Dickey pulls off nothing short of an astonishing feat as he inhabits the lead role of singer-songwriter Blaze Foley. A character steeped in myth and legend long before a blast from a .22 rifle ended his life at just 39 years old on January 31st, 1989, Foley has been paid posthumous tribute in song (Lucinda Williams’ “Drunken Angel”), and his songs, including “If I Could Only Fly” and “Clay Pigeons” have been covered, respectively, by Merle Haggard and John Prine,
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'Brawl in Cell Block 99' Review: Vince Vaughn Gets Nasty in Brutal, Batshit Prison Flick

'Brawl in Cell Block 99' Review: Vince Vaughn Gets Nasty in Brutal, Batshit Prison Flick
Say "Vince Vaughn," and what's the first image that comes up? His "you're so money" suit-wearing Swingers alpha male? His heroic environmentalist-slash-shutterbug in the first Jurassic Park sequel? Maybe your go-to Vaughn is The Break-Up–era bloated version that graced tabloid covers and Jennifer Aniston's beach pics, or the smarmy comic Casanova of Wedding Crashers? Forget those other Vinces. Whenever someone says the actor's name, you'll now see a glowering, menacing hulk of a man, one with a tattoo of a cross on the back of his shorn skull
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‘Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus’: The Songs to Know from the Show’s Country Music Icons

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[Editor’s note: This article is presented in partnership with Cinemax in support of Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus, which premieres on September 22nd at 10:00 pm Et/Pt on Cinemax.]

Mike Judge is behind a new TV show this month, with Cinemax’s “Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus,” an animated eight-episode series looking into the lives and times behind some iconic country music performers.

Some of these folks are household names from Nashville to Norway, but others are lesser-known figures from the country music world. They all have distinct styles and, as “Mike Judge Presents: Tales from the Tour Bus” shows, they all led very different lives away from the stage.

We’ll leave the prime anecdotes and animated hijinks to the experts (the series premieres Friday, September 22 at 10pm Et/Pt on Cinemax), but in the meantime, here’s a primer on the musicians that make up the backbone of this illustrated look at country music history.

Johnny Paycheck

A rebel among rebels in the country music world, Johnny Paycheck is probably best known for his
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'True Detective': Will the real Vince Vaughn step forward?

'True Detective': Will the real Vince Vaughn step forward?
The McConaissance was already in full swing when Matthew McConaughey agreed to star in the first season of True Detective with Woody Harrelson. But HBO and show creator Nic Pizzolatto are gambling that the hard-boiled anthology can serve as a rejuvenation machine for other treading-water actors aching to break out of a rut. HBO officially confirmed today that Colin Farrell and Vince Vaughn will star in season 2—but not as partners, a la Rust and Marty. Farrell is a cop, but Vaughn will play a “career criminal in danger of losing his empire when his move into legitimate enterprise is
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Robert Downey Jr.'s 'The Judge' To Open The Toronto International Film Festival

The Toronto International Film Festival kicks off Thursday, Sept. 4, with the premiere of Robert Downey Jr.’s new drama, The Judge.

Directed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers), The Judge is the first film to come out of Downey’s production company, Team Downey, and marks Downey’s first big return to Tiff since 2005’s Kiss Kiss Bang Bang.

Your #TIFF14 opening night Rt @robertdowneyjr: First look, as promised. #TheJudge pic.twitter.com/eedMlXKqzt

— Tiff (@TIFF_NET) August 27, 2014

David Dobkin has delivered a moving, textured story about family, duty and the way we remember our past. We couldn’t have asked for a better start to this year’s event,” said Tiff CEO Piers Handling.

The Judge stars Downey as Hank Palmer, a ruthless attorney, who returns home to Indiana after his mother dies only to find that his estranged father, Judge Joseph Palmer (Robert Duvall), is accused of murder.

Dobkin,
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Michael Cera Quietly Releases Folky Solo Album

Michael Cera Quietly Releases Folky Solo Album
Any true Michael Cera fan knows the actor also has musical skills – from adding backing vocals and guitar to Weezer's Hurley to playing live bass for indie-rock supergroup Mister Heavenly to strumming nerdily in this adorable scene from Juno. But now Cera's taken a bigger step into the music world with a solo album, true that, which he quietly posted last week on Bandcamp.

Cera's friend and collaborator Jonah Hill gave the album a promotional push on Tuesday night, tweeting the link and writing, "My great friend Michael Cera not only is a brilliant actor,
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The Judge summoned to open 2014 Toronto International Film Festival

While the 39th edition of the Toronto International Film Festival closes with A Little Chaos directed by Alan Rickman (Truly Madly Deeply) and starring Kate Winslet (Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind), the festivities will commence with the screening of The Judge which is helmed by David Dobkin (Wedding Crashers) and features the acting talents of Robert Downey Jr. (Wonder Boys), Robert Duvall (Days of Thunder), Vera Farmiga (Up in the Air), Vincent D’Onofrio (The Whole Wide World), Jeremy Strong (Zero Dark Thirty), Dax Shepard (Hit and Run) and Billy Bob Thornton (Primary Colors).

Big city lawyer Hank Palmer (Downey Jr.) returns to his childhood home where his estranged father (Duvall), the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth, and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.

“I brought my first film, Clay Pigeons, to Toronto,
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The Judge to open Toronto

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The Judge to open Toronto
David Dobkin’s drama to open Tiff in September.

David Dobkin’sThe Judge, starring Robert Downey Jr., is to open the Toronto International Film Festival on Sept 4.

From Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures, the Big Kid Pictures/Team Downey production also stars Robert Duvall, Vera Farmiga, Vincent D’Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard and Billy Bob Thornton.

Downey Jr. plays big city lawyer Hank Palmer, who returns to his childhood home where his estranged father (Duvall), the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. Hank sets out to discover the truth, and along the way reconnects with the family he walked away from years before.

“I brought my first film, Clay Pigeons, to Toronto, so 15 years later to actually be on opening night with The Judge is incredibly special and thrilling,” said Dobkin stated.

“The festival audiences are terrific, and I know I speak for everyone involved in the film when I say we are
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Robert Downey Jr. Drama ‘The Judge’ to Open Toronto Film Festival

Robert Downey Jr. Drama ‘The Judge’ to Open Toronto Film Festival
The Judge,” with Robert Downey Jr. as a lawyer trying to clear his father (Robert Duvall) of a murder charge, will serve as the opening-night film at the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival, Tiff organizers announced on Friday. The Warner Bros./Village Roadshow production will open the fest on Sept. 4, 15 years after its director, David Dobkin, brought his first film, “Clay Pigeons,” to the festival. The film also stars Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio and Billy Bob Thornton. Also read: Film Festival Scramble: Telluride Loses Its Surprises as Toronto Gets Tough Tiff's opening-night film was conspicuously missing when the Toronto lineup of galas and.
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Robert Downey, Jr. Starrer 'The Judge' Takes Toronto Opening Night

Robert Downey, Jr. Starrer 'The Judge' Takes Toronto Opening Night
One of the higher-profile fall films has found an appropriate berth. David Dobkin’s father-son drama "The Judge" (Warner Bros.) will open the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival on Thursday, September 4. It stars Robert Downey, Jr. as a jaded city lawyer who returns home when his estranged father (Robert Duvall), the town’s judge, is suspected of murder. As the son tries to discover the truth about his father, along the way he reconnects with the family he left behind. Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard and Billy Bob Thornton also star in this mainstream dramatic heart-tugger. Is it Oscar material? Warner s is clearly testing the waters in Toronto. “David Dobkin has delivered a moving, textured story about family, duty and the way we remember our past," said Piers Handling, Director and CEO, Tiff. Dobkin brought his first film "Clay Pigeons" to the fest 15 years ago. Warners screened.
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'The Judge' Selected For Tiff 2014 Opening Film

The Toronto International Film Festival's opening movie may not be "Iron Man 4", but it will feature the same leading man come early September.

David Dobkin's "The Judge" will open Tiff 2014, according to a release sent out by festival organizers on Friday. "The Judge" stars Robert Downey Jr. as Hank Palmer, a hot-shot lawyer forced to return to his childhood home after his father is accused of murder.

Robert Duvall plays Palmer's father, a judge who must put his resentment against his son aside if he ever wants to clear his name. Vera Farmiga, Vincent D'Onofrio, Jeremy Strong, Dax Shepard and Billy Bob Thornton also star.

"The stars aligned and we are thrilled to announce that we will kick off the Festival with The Judge," said Piers Handling, Director and CEO, Tiff. "David Dobkin has delivered a moving, textured story about family, duty and the way we remember our past.
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Movie Review: 'Delivery Man'

Delivery Man

Starring Vince Vaughn, Cobie Smulders, Chris Pratt

Directed by Ken Scott

Rated PG-13

On occasion, I’ve brought the topic of motivation. With certain actors, actresses or directors, you start to wonder, as you watch their once promising career sort of flat line, what their drive is anymore. Robert De Niro or Al Pacino are two prime examples of this topic. Vince Vaughn, a guy who for a good stretch was the lighting rod for a lot of comedies; the guy who added that extra spark, turning an otherwise run of the mill comedy into something better than it had any right to be. But lately, it seems that lighting rod Vaughn is no more and we're left with going through the motions Vaughn, still taking on only ridiculous big concept comedies but the end result being one where neither party is benefiting. In fact, back when Vaughn
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Vince Vaughn after 'The Internship': Let's get serious

Vince Vaughn after 'The Internship': Let's get serious
When Vince Vaughn made a huge splash as the “money” L.A. skirt-chaser in 1996′s Swingers, Hollywood knew it liked what it saw. But it wasn’t sure exactly what to do with him. Trent was a machine-gun-mouthed life-of-the-party who drew women — “beautiful babies,” in Trentspeak — like flies, and the tall, kinetic Vaughn was immediately propelled to the top of the lists for new leading man.

Steven Spielberg himself plucked him to be in The Lost World: Jurassic Park, and Vaughn subsequently starred with Joaquin Phoenix in a pair of indie dramas, Clay Pigeons and Return to Paradise. Gus Van Sant
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Psycho Path: Tracing Norman Bates' Twisted Trail Through Page and Screen Part 5

And here we are – the fifth and final installment of Psycho Path, a look at fictional madman Norman Bates from the Psycho franchise.

This series has focused on each of Norman’s adventures – in novels, films, and television series – while examining each incarnation of the character and the differences amongst them.

Check out past installments of Psycho Path: Tracing Norman Bates' Twisted Trail Through Page and Screen here.

Part V: New Beginnings

“Are you sure you wouldn't like to stay just a little while longer?”

Say what you will about Gus Van Sant’s 1998 shot-for-shot remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (and I’ll likely join you), one thing should not be up for debate: It’s a fascinating idea for an experiment - taking one of the many masterworks created by a genius director, then replicating it moment for moment while using the same screenplay and shot list the
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Career Watch: Joaquin Phoenix - He's Still Here

Career Watch: Joaquin Phoenix - He's Still Here
Biggest Asset: No one looks, sounds or moves anything like him. The Start: One of five children, Joaquin Phoenix started working as a child actor, joining older brother River in TV shows before getting cast in 1989's "Parenthood," for which he received much praise. He did not return to the big screen until 1995, when he starred in Gus Van Sant's "To Die For." Van Sant had directed River in 1991's "My Own Private Idado" before his death in 1993. "To Die For" kick-started Phoenix's adult career, with a leading role in Pat O'Connor's 'Inventing the Abbotts" and supporting role in Oliver Stone's "U Turn" following in 1997. Signature Quote: "No, I do more hip hop music...[audience laughter]...is this a joke?" - on The Letterman Show Body Of Work: After Joseph Ruben's "Return to Paradise" and David Dobkins' "Clay Pigeons," both in 1998 and with Vince...
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Vince Vaughn to cowboy up in Randall Wallace's Gunslingers

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Does anyone remember when Vince Vaughn starred in movies where he didn't have the same snarky, smart-ass delivery that he has employed since Old School? Don't get me wrong, I am a fan of his style but I also have seen him play other types as well. From The Cell, Clay Pigeons, Domestic Disturbance, and even Psycho, Vaughn has shown he can play some darker roles as well. Here's to hoping Randall Wallace's Gunslingers is that project. Vaughn's Wild West Picture Show Productions and New...
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