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Ethan Hawke

A Passion for Acoustics [primephonic, Jordy van Wijk]

ICYMI: primephonic's Jordy van Wijk on J.S. Bach's Passion for Acoustics at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig >>

A well-crafted a church appeals as much to the eyes as to the ears. As Western music was so heavily intertwined with the church throughout history, you can imagine that a lot of major compositions first came to life in some of the world's most magnificent churches. As the dominant musical figure at St. Thomas Church in Leipzig, Johann Sebastian Bach had this privilege many times over.

REVIEW: Ethan Hawke & Robert Budreau's 'Born to Be Blue' Makes a Tragic Figure Cool Again

REVIEW: 'Born to Be Blue' Makes Tragic Chet Baker Cool Again >>

Given the measure of biopics coming out this year about late jazz legends, one would think that the time has come for the genre to make a comeback. Zoe Saldana channels Nina Simone, Don Cheadle the late trumpeter Miles Davis and, brokenheartedly, Ethan Hawke does the heroine-driven Chet Baker. A narrative that wants to bring you low--way low--the story fails, however, to do much to remedy its self-imposed blues.

Chet Baker Biopic 'Born to Be Blue' Starring Ethan Hawke Debuts at Toronto Film Fest

Chet Baker Biopic 'Born to Be Blue' Starring Ethan Hawke to Debut at Toronto Film Fest >>

Ethan Hawke is coming off a hot year with a much cooler film that is set to debut at the Toronto Film Festival. "Born to Be Blue," which features Ethan Hawke as the studded trumpeter-vocalist, Chet Baker, will premiere at the festival in September.

Ethan Hawke to Play Chet Baker in New Biopic 'Born to Be Blue' Directed by Robert Budreau

Ethan Hawke to Play Chet Baker in New Biopic 'Born to Be Blue' Directed by Robert Budreau >>

Ethan Hawke is coming off a busy year with several awards season contenders in the mix, including Boyhood; documentary Seymour: An Introduction; Peter Spierig's Predestination; Andrew Niccol's Good Kill; and Shakespeare's Cymbeline. And next in the way of blockbusters: the Chet Back biopic Born to Be Blue.

Mark Harmon

Mark Harmon and The CW Developing TV Series About Young William Shakespeare >>

The 'NCIS' star is branching out into producing -- and into the distant past. His new 'tale of black magic, romance and revenge' is set all the way back in the 1590s.

87-Year-Old Piano Teacher Seymour Bernstein Honored in Ethan Hawke's 'An Introduction'

87-Year-Old Piano Teacher Seymour Bernstein Honored in Ethan Hawke's 'An Introduction' >>

Sometimes it takes one dinner to change the trajectory of one’s life. For Mr. Seymour Bernstein, a dinner that he was invited to by a pupil of his brought him to Ethan Hawke who has put out a documentary about the 87-year-old piano teacher entitled "Seymour: An Introduction."

REVIEW: 'Boyhood,' Richard Linklater

REVIEW: Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette (and Richard Linklater, Of Course) Make 'Boyhood' Well Worth Your Time >>

The premise of 'Boyhood,' the much anticipated new feature from Richard Linklater, sounds simple enough: one boy, the state of Texas, over 12 years. In the opening shot, we see that little boy--no older than seven, say--sprawled out on Lone Star grass, his head towards the sky. And that's about all, folks.

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