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  • Jimi Hendrix is Reborn Again

    John Ridley's Hendrix biopic, All Is by My Side, starring dead ringer and Outkast member André Benjamin as Jimi (but without any of Jimi's actual music), premiered last month at the Toronto Film Festival (to mixed reviews). On Nov. 5, Bloomsbury publishes Starting At Zero: His Own Story, a collection of Hendrix's own lyrics and writings — on hotel stationary, cigarette packs and beer mats — stitched together with interviews and lyrics. That same day, Experience Hendrix, Jimi's official estate, unleashes their own double-dose: American Masters: Jimi Hendrix — Hear My Train A Comin', a PBS documentary (beefed up with extras for the DVD), and Miami Pop Festival, a CD and double 12" vinyl release marking the first time the Experience's 1968 performance hits the non-bootleg market.
  • There's Always A Sequel

    There's Always A Sequel
    "Who Killed The Electric Car?" might have ended with it's main character no longer among the living; but like Freddy, electric cars have risen from the dead. A new documentary, "Revenge of the Electric Car," directed by Chris Paine, opened last week...

    Archive: When Chicago and Essanay Films created Hollywood

    Archive: When Chicago and Essanay Films created Hollywood
      This article originally ran in the Tribune on July 22, 2007 With the new "Batman" movie shooting on the streets of Chicago at the moment, it's a good time to remember how those streets looked on film a century ago. A hundred years ago this Friday, a...

    'Pitch Perfect 2' and beyond: Female filmgoers flex new box-office clout

    'Pitch Perfect 2' and beyond: Female filmgoers flex new box-office clout
    When Rebel Wilson, Anna Kendrick and Brittany Snow walked down the carpet at the premiere of "Pitch Perfect 2," the roars of mostly female fans screaming their names resembled an a cappella medley from the film itself. "I just love their girl power,"...

    Why Hou Hsiao-Hsien made 'The Assassin' so elliptical

    Why Hou Hsiao-Hsien made 'The Assassin' so elliptical
    Hou Hsiao-Hsien -- the Taiwanese auteur who on Sunday won the director’s prize at the Cannes Film Festival -- was widely praised for his elliptical storytelling in his new film "The Assassin." The wuxia-flavored movie examines a killer whose motives...