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War Bassist B.B. Dickerson Has Died at 71

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B.B. Dickerson, the bassist who was a co-founding member of the funk band War, has died. A representative confirmed to Billboard that Dickerson died at his home in Long Beach, California. He was 71.Dickerson was an original member of War and helped define many of their biggest songs as a bassist, vocalist, and co-writer. He…

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B.B. Dickerson, the bassist who was a co-founding member of the funk band War, has died. A representative confirmed to Billboard that Dickerson died at his home in Long Beach, California. He was 71.

Dickerson was an original member of War and helped define many of their biggest songs as a bassist, vocalist, and co-writer. He was the lead vocalist behind the band’s 10-minute opus “The World Is a Ghetto,” and his bass line was the driving force behind “Low Rider.” He was also a performer and co-writer on “The Cisco Kid,” “Why Can’t We Be Friends,” “Summer,” and more. He was a member of the band until 1979, and in the ’90s, he joined his War bandmates to perform as the Lowrider Band.

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Brazilian Expedition Seeks Lost “Ambersons”

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Turner Classic Movies is set to sponsor filmmaker Joshua Grossberg’s expedition to Brazil which is part of an effort to restore Orson Welles’ original version of “The Magnificent Ambersons.” Considered arguably the most famous ‘lost work’ in film history, Welles’ 1942 feature originally ran 131 minutes long only for his home studio RKO to add…

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Turner Classic Movies is set to sponsor filmmaker Joshua Grossberg’s expedition to Brazil which is part of an effort to restore Orson Welles’ original version of “The Magnificent Ambersons.”

Considered arguably the most famous ‘lost work’ in film history, Welles’ 1942 feature originally ran 131 minutes long only for his home studio RKO to add new scenes (and a completely new ending) along with excising around 43 minutes of footage.

As a result, Welles claimed “They destroyed ‘Ambersons’ and it destroyed me”. His first post-“Citizen Kane” feature, the saga about the declining fortunes of a wealthy Midwestern family disappointed at the box-office even as that shortened cut is still considered one of the great films of all time.

At the time it was alleged the missing 43 minutes was melted down so the nitrate could be used for the war effort. For years there have been efforts to find footage that might have been saved so a restoration of the original vision could take place.

Grossberg has been searching for the missing footage since the late 1990s. The trail leads to Brazil where Welles did work for the U.S. Office of the Coordinator of Inter-American Affairs during the early days of America’s involvement in World War II.

At the end of January 1942, after finishing shooting “Ambersons,” Welles left for Rio de Janeiro and it’s believed RKO sent him a complete workprint of the film for him to edit while on the trip. That’s what Grossberg hopes to find.

The expedition will simultaneously be documented in the feature-length documentary “The Search for the Lost Print: The Making of Orson Welles’ ‘The Magnificent Ambersons.;”. Joseph Schroeder and Gary Greenblatt will produce that feature about the journey and the legend surrounding the lost print along with the original film’s troubled production, and Welles’ exile from Hollywood.

Charlie Tabesh, senior VP of programming at TCM, has acknowledged “it’s a long shot,” but “it’s too important not to try”. If found, the hope is the film can be restored and released to coincide with the 80th anniversary of “Ambersons” in July next year. Either way, the documentary will be released at that time.

Source: Indiewire

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Paramount+ Plans “Arlington Road” Series

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The Paramount+ streaming service is reportedly in the early stages of development of a TV series based on the 1999 mystery thriller “Arlington Road”. The original starred Jeff Bridges as a widowed university professor who suspects the friendly couple (Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack) who just moved in next door are plotting a major act of…

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The Paramount+ streaming service is reportedly in the early stages of development of a TV series based on the 1999 mystery thriller “Arlington Road”.

The original starred Jeff Bridges as a widowed university professor who suspects the friendly couple (Tim Robbins, Joan Cusack) who just moved in next door are plotting a major act of domestic terrorism. He becomes obsessed with foiling their plan.

“The Alienist” co-executive producer Seth Fisher is writing the series adaptation which CBS Studios and Village Roadshow are producing. Mark Pellington, who helmed the film, will direct the potential series and executive produces with Fisher.

Fisher is also developing “The Winds of War,” a limited series adaptation of Herman Wouk’s novel which Seth MacFarlane is co-writing and executive producing.

Source: Deadline

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Vinterberg To Helm Denmark Flood Series

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Oscar-nominated Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (“Another Round,” “The Hunt”) will make his TV series debut with “Families Like Ours” for Zentropa. The thought-provoking drama, commissioned by Danish broadcaster TV2, is a six-part family saga unfolding across summertime Denmark. A flood slowly starts taking over the country causing it to be gradually evacuated and people must…

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Oscar-nominated Danish director Thomas Vinterberg (“Another Round,” “The Hunt”) will make his TV series debut with “Families Like Ours” for Zentropa.

The thought-provoking drama, commissioned by Danish broadcaster TV2, is a six-part family saga unfolding across summertime Denmark.

A flood slowly starts taking over the country causing it to be gradually evacuated and people must bid farewell to what they love, what they know, and to who they are. In a flash, all property is worthless, all fortunes changed, and luck favors only a few.

In the coming years, Danes disperse in all directions: only houses, schools, and empty streets are left. Those who can afford it travel to good countries, the less well-off have to use a government-funded program to move to more challenging places.

Vinterberg will helm the entire run and co-write the script with Bo Hr. Hansen (“The Biggest Heroes”). Shooting will kick off in late 2021 or early 2022 with the cast announced at a later stage.

Source: Variety

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