“Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin” premieres next month on PBS

“Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin” premieres next month on PBS

Source:  THIRTEEN

Best known for her science fiction and “Earthsea” fantasy series, celebrated author Ursula Kroeber Le Guin (1929–2018) wrote 21 novels, 11 volumes of short stories, four collections of essays, 12 children’s books, six volumes of poetry, and four of translation during her life.

Next month, American Masters presents the first documentary exploring the remarkable life and legacy of the prolific and versatile author.

Produced with Le Guin’s participation over the course of a decade, American Masters’  “Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin” tells the intimate coming-of-age story of the Portland, Oregon housewife and mother of three who forever transformed American literature by bringing science fiction into the literary mainstream.

Through her influential work, Le Guin opened doors for generations of younger writers like Neil Gaiman, Margaret Atwood, Michael Chabon, and David Mitchell — all of whom appear in the film — to explore fantastic elements in their writing.

“Worlds of Ursula K. Le Guin” premieres August 2 on PBS.

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Every Toy in the “Toy Story” Franchise, Explained

Every Toy in the “Toy Story” Franchise, Explained

Source:  Wired

“Toy Story 4” director Josh Cooley takes a look at every toy that appears in the “Toy Story” franchise and explains their significance.

From “Toy Story 4” star Forky to the iconic Buzz Lightyear, hear the backstories behind your favorite characters.

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“World Of Madame X” takes fans behind the scenes of Madonna’s latest album

“World Of Madame X” takes fans behind the scenes of Madonna’s latest album

Source:  Billboard

Madonna is giving fans an intimate, behind-the-scenes look into the making of her latest album “Madame X” with the short documentary, “World of Madame X.”

The 23-minute documentary finds Madonna in Lisbon, Portugal where the album was born while the megastar lived there for several years.

“I came to Lisbon because of my son.  Because of his passion for playing football.  That’s how it all began,” Madonna says in a clip donning several artful outfits and playing guitar.  “I was a soccer mom.”

“World of Madame X” is available now on Amazon Prime Video.

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“Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes” is a smart, exhilarating look at an influential music label

“Blue Note Records: Beyond the Notes” is a smart, exhilarating look at an influential music label

Source:  The New York Times

“Blue Note Records: Beyond The Notes” makes a point right off that the influential jazz label is still very much a thing of the present.

The opening scene shows a convocation of young musicians, including pianist Robert Glasper and trumpeter Ambrose Akinmusire, assembling in a studio.  Don Was, the musician and producer who now oversees the label, talks up a “Blue Note All-Stars” session.

In time the younger players are joined by legends Herbie Hancock and Wayne Shorter, surviving alumni of what jazz aficionados would term the label’s third golden age, that of the 1960s.

Francis Wolff and Alfred Lion, German jazz fans who fled Nazi Germany and landed in New York, founded the label in 1939.  It soon developed a roster, including Thelonious Monk, that gave it cachet and a signature sound.

Sophie Huber’s “Blue Note Records: Beyond The Notes” arrives in select theaters this summer.

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The “Untitled Amazing Johnathan Documentary” trailer is filled with meth, magic, and mayhem

The “Untitled Amazing Johnathan Documentary” trailer is filled with meth, magic, and mayhem

Source:  The A.V. Club

One of the most intriguing films to come out of this year’s Sundance Film Festival features one of recent history’s most intriguing performers: The Amazing Johnathan.

Like the man himself, the first trailer for “The Untitled Amazing Johnathan Documentary” is pretty wild: After receiving a deadly diagnosis and being given a year to live, the rebellious and irreverent magician embarks on his final tour with filmmaker Ben Berman in tow.

What ensues is, apparently, an anarchic tour filled with magic, meth, and mayhem.  And three years after receiving his diagnosis, the Amazing Jonathan is still alive.

Is he actually sick?  What’s really real?  Maybe the greatest trick the Amazing Johnathan ever pulled was this documentary,

“The Untitled Amazing Johnathan Documentary” arrives on Hulu and in select theaters on August 16.

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Netflix releases trailer for “Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story.” Directed by Martin Scorsese

Netflix releases trailer for “Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story.” Directed by Martin Scorsese

Source:  Rolling Stone

Netflix has released the first trailer for “Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story,” a documentary about Dylan’s legendary 1975 concert tour.

Directed by Martin Scorsese, the film will also feature Dylan’s first on-camera interview in over a decade.

The film will be accompanied by the release of a 14-disc Rolling Thunder Revue: The 1975 Live Recordings.

“It wasn’t a success, not if you measure success in terms of profit,” Dylan says of the tour in the trailer. “Life isn’t about finding yourself. Or finding anything. Life is about creating yourself.”

“Rolling Thunder Revue: A Bob Dylan Story” arrives June 12 in theaters and on Netflix.

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