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Check Out These Unofficial Posters For Don Cheadle's Upcoming "Miles Davis" Project

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by Tambay A. Obenson
March 5, 2012 9:14 PM
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Courtesy of MilesDavisOnline.com... check out these UNOFFICIAL posters for Don Cheadles' "in Limbo" unconventional Miles Davis feature film project, all created by graphic designer Michael Stadtlender.

MilesDavisOnline.com shared the posters (7 in total) and is championing Stadlender as a potential hire for when Cheadle finally is able to get the project made.

Check out 4 of them below:

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  • pete mosby | March 14, 2012 3:54 PMReply

    All of the posters great --but............this is what I've been waiting for. Yesssss!

  • jeanettesdaughter | March 10, 2012 3:42 PMReply

    i can't decide. i'll take anyone of them. i'm so excited about don cheadle in this movie. anyway i can see the screenplay?

  • urbanauteur | March 6, 2012 6:20 PMReply

    I see him(don cheadle) channeling art house directors> jess franco, ken russell, bob rafelson,martin scorsese,olivier assayas,leos carax, alex de la ilgesia,spike lee,kasi lemmons;

    and hire stanley(groach) croach & paul mooney to co-write it, wheew! i wuld love to be in that room;-)

  • LeonRaymond | March 6, 2012 2:39 PMReply

    Like i said , I am not here to take issue with not one comment, I just feel , that for example LL COOL J stated not too long ago that he does not read sheet music or study music, now a movie like Miles could very well influence the Hip Hop Generation to take their art to the next level, by creating (Non Sampling ) original music beyond what is offered by that genre. For the young generation it well be time well spent and just to let many folks know Dizzy use to Rap way back in the day. Here is a funny story I heard from an artist right here in Harlem that I put into the script that Miles did in Paris, he was playing with so many super stars in the 60's at a Paris night club this guy was watching him on stage blowing his artistry. when he stepped off the stage trumpet in hand and went out side with the light rain coming down and got into a conversation a few young tourist and they exchange wine right out of the bottle and some bread and cheese and he had them come in the side door of the stage to watch and went back on stage and got right into the right beat and perfect tempo and blew the audience away and a few other artist were watching and could only shake their heads cause some of the best trained Musicians could not do something like that.!!!

  • CareyCarey | March 6, 2012 2:29 PMReply

    @ Nadine who said: "wrote a thesis talkin' about hip hop again. Apparently, I have no self control. I have to do better". Please, I would not worry about expressing yourself to the fullest. Let the drive-bys do their thang, but do yo thang. Now, you also said, "Check the Rhyme - Tribe Called Quest, 1991, samples Minnie Ripperton, The Average White band, Grover Washington Jr. AND the Steve Miller band, like I mean c'mon! Hip Hop was about knowledge, knowing and loving your roots, reading, vocabulary, taking history and information and making it new". YELP! Listen Nadine, you sho know what you're talking about. That's why I love your comments. When you broke off Minnie Ripperton and AWB, I knew you were for real. Anyway, I can't speak for Leon but I believe he was referring to post 2000 "hip-hop". I mean, personally I wouldn't even call it hip-hop. It's commercial noise. Now back to Don Cheadle and Miles Davis *smirk*

  • John B | March 6, 2012 1:27 PMReply

    Good to see Cheadle truly taking the helm on this project. Can't continue to wait for these kinds of films from the studios. We have to create them ourselves. Much respect.

  • CareyCarey | March 6, 2012 12:49 PMReply

    @ Nadine, you know I know about drive-posting and keeping is short :-), so yeah, I understand. And I love the flow of this comment ---->"I strategically don't really read the comments in my attempt to siphon my palaver". Woman, if I had your hand I'd throw mine away. But listen, I had no one else in mind and yes, I do believe the task to be near impossible to do well as a feature-length movie?But again "do well" is very subjective. So, I guess I should speak for myself. As I mentioned, I have a special affinity for Miles Davis which is not solely restricted to our common addiction. I've ran the streets of the city in which he was born and raised (East St Louis Ill). It's one of the "blackest" and roughest cities/ghettos in America. His song Kind of Blue is my all time favorite jazz recording. I've probably listened to that cut over 400 times. I first heard that song at the beginning of my drug life and the beginning of fatherhood. That song releases so many memories (many fond and wonderful memories). I saw Miles at his last live performance and that experience, that day, that month, that year is also the gatekeeper of many great memories. My family and I was doing what we called "around the Midwest in 10 days". Out stops... Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Detroit, Indianapolis, and on to Philly and New York City. And keeping this real, Miles was one of the coolest, hippest, best dressing MF's I know, and he was a ladies man. He was COLD! I always wanted to be just like Miles. I don't believe Don Cheadle or anyone can take me there. Btw, since I have you here, check out these YouTube clips. It's me "acting" a damn fool :-) HERE---> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C5NikoEAUbI&context=C34ea949ADOEgsToPDskJ-_V-0BQyhCsQQxA9oZMQM and HERE---> http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wy52aFM6Ih0&feature=related

  • Nadine | March 6, 2012 1:46 PM

    ...wrote a thesis talkin' about hip hop again. Apparently, I have no self control. I have to do better. I hear you CAREYCAREY, and totally honor your story. What is interesting and I think important about @LEONRAYMOND's post below is that Cheadle might not "take you or me there", but he might take others on powerful ride. One could say, we had our chance. I grew up on his music and was also lucky enough to have experienced him alive, but my nieces and nephews and young cousins etc...peers who hadn't experienced, or really connected with his music could have a profound moment. I think the movie could mean a lot to someone...somewhere, you know what I mean CC? I'll definitely check out your links CC! BTW - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pBpLKm8vw4M

  • CareyCarey | March 6, 2012 1:20 PM

    OPPS, wrong link. Here you go... http://youtu.be/C5NikoEAUbI and http://youtu.be/Wy52aFM6Ih0

  • LeonRaymond | March 6, 2012 12:18 PMReply

    @CAREYCAREY - I hear your caution , first check out what Eastwood did with Bird which was done very well, superb to me it was like a filmic painting. 2. I would say Cheadle more than any body can handle it. 3. if this is the same script taken from the book BLACK MAGUS then they focus on his skill set the Paris days and less about the addiction and more of Miles Art form and his method for creating it. About 5 years ago myself and a group of investors mostly white had gotten the rights to do the script for the film project. I submitted a draft /short treatment another writer who was a so called historian submitted a draft. They wanted Clint to direct it Cheadle wanted to do his own version and all the while the behind the scenes battles with the family of Miles went forward it was son versus son one part of the family had the rights to the book the other rights to the music. I know at that time one the investors was set to invest $ 25 Million But there was a lot of anger as Cheadle wanted to act and direct and I was in the mindset of that he was the best and trusted person to do so I forwarded my view to have both Clint and Cheadle work together, at that point i was more than ready to go full steam on a draft unpaid but stuff got so murky and delays and casting issues and rights issues became huge to which I dropped out. But Don Cheadle has remain loyal to getting it done and was will then to really bend over back wards to accommodate desires from both camps. Sounds like he might be on the launching pad this time. I see no one else who could pay homage with out making it seem trivial . My last point is that you also have to remember that there is a generation of kids who have no clue who/what Miles was all about, his skill sets were unparalleled. The Hip Hop generation which I am not a fan of needs to see the film so they understand the details of learning your craft the long lost thing of paying your dues and educating them selves on music that has the greatest influence through out the entire world. I will not take issue with any thing you or any one here on this post has to say except I understand your caution and say if it is going to be done at all Don Cheadle would be the best case to do so!

  • CareyCarey | March 6, 2012 2:59 PM

    @ Leon, Eastwood.... checkmark! Cheadle more than any body.... Check mark! Battle with family... oh lord, that beat never stops. Money and power makes some people do funny things. RE: New generation of kids. Well, granted, like many black pioneers, Miles is one of many whose life story could be a defining moment in a youth's life. But I can't help but believe this project will never reach their ears. Really, what would inspirer said youths to see this movie? Besides, if they did find their way to the theater, what message(s) will they receive? I've often said, and thought, a person "gets" what they are looking for. And again, since neither of us has read the script, I remain very cautious. I seriously doubt this endeavor is coming from the book Black Magus?

  • Nadine | March 6, 2012 1:31 PM

    Back on topic. Totally agree. Cheadle is just an honorable man, so even if he falls short for some, one would know that he put his heart into the project.

  • Nadine | March 6, 2012 1:29 PM

    I really enjoyed reading your post... until I got hit with the sledgehammer, "The Hip Hop generation which I am not a fan of needs to see the film so they understand the details of learning your craft the long lost thing of paying your dues and educating them selves on music that has the greatest influence through out the entire world." Woo... you stabbed me in the HEART!!! I, was (and am) a part of the Hip Hop generation... I'm just sayin... we were the kids who were still rockin' the LPs and would bring out our parent's Impressions, Mayfield, Bird, Warwick (don't sleep), even Burt Bacharach... One part of REAL Hip Hop, defined, is this reemergence of classic Jazz & R&B & Popular music whose "breakbeats" would be used to create entire songs for the new (at the time) generation (about '86 to '93 - Golden Age of Hip Hop). I'll just choose a random song from that period, Check the Rhyme - Tribe Called Quest, 1991, samples Minnie Ripperton, The Average White band, Grover Washington Jr. AND the Steve Miller band, like I mean c'mon! Hip Hop was about knowledge, knowing and loving your roots, reading, vocabulary, taking history and information and making it new. That started to die when these sampled artists, understandably, complained of their work getting used without permission with the royalties were kicking the butts of these up and coming Hip hop kids as the music became commercial and corporations, specifically alcohol companies and record companies started to see "where the money was at". My point, sorry, is that THIS is not the Hip Hop generation *shiver*...the thought... THIS is the "P. Diddy sold us to the Devil Generation" and there are about 4 of them in a row since 2000... corporations have WAAAY more influence in the lives of these kids than they ever did with me as a little girl learning how to do the Wop while watching Video Music Box with Ralph McDaniels. Just an FYI! Sorry! I can't help it!

  • Donella | March 6, 2012 12:13 PMReply

    The poster with Cheadle's face is the best of the four.

  • Nadine | March 6, 2012 9:37 AMReply

    Cheadle is a frickin' national treasure... I canNOT wait! I could not imagine Cheadle not doing Miles justice! Written & Directed? I'm too excited...

  • Nadine | March 6, 2012 11:18 AM

    I'm just catching your original post below expressing your concerns. I wasn't replying to your original post, I was just doing a drive-by posting. YOU KNOW, I would click that little reply button over there in the corner when replying to someone directly, right ;) ? I don't shy away from that, but in attempt to restrict my postings, especially for these more benign postings, I strategically don't really read the comments in my attempt to siphon my palaver. I just love Cheadle so much that when I saw this post I expressed my trust and faith in his work... man, I just love him. Others don't have to agree. That' okay. I get that, but I really do like his work... Skip over connecting Black people and drugs in a movie? Me no think so :), but maybe you're right Cheadle may not be as heavy-handed, idk... As a child I knew his life was dynamic and rich to his very end, so it is a monolithic task that Cheadle has taken on, but if I were to think of someone to take on that task, I believe Cheadle would be one of the few to do it (with period research via Quincy Jones, of course). Did you have someone else in mind, or do you believe the task to be near impossible to do well as a feature-length movie?

  • CareyCarey | March 6, 2012 10:14 AM

    Hello Nadine, we meet again :-). I can imagine Cheadle NOT doing Miles "justice". First, are you familiar with Mile's life (I met him)? Okay, be that what it may, it's very seldom that an actor can hold down the positions of director and actor, and do them justice. Granted, I can name a few who accomplished that task, Eastwood, Woody Allen and Kevin Costner, but we're talking seasoned vets. Now, Miles was a very complexed man. I am wondering what area's of his life will this focus on? What... his marriages and the difficulties in them? His "alledged" disdain for white folks is another driving force in his life. And lord knows his drug habit was a central focus of his life. Many people would prefer that issue is sweeped under the rug, but not I. Miles was a herion addict and so was I. I know how that addiction is the utmost driving force in ones life. Can Don Cheadle capture the essence of that? Will they skip over that. There has not been one movie (that I can think of off the top of my head) that has done that subject justice. But wait, the public bought Jamie Fox's Ray Charles. However, having lived that life, I felt his character played the sterotypical drug addict, not the addict that I've seen a thousand times. That whole withdrawal scene (in Ray) was corny fiction maximus! So maybe Cheadle is "safe" in any addict he presents on the screen. Now, let's move to Miles's music. Are they going to rely on his tracks? Can they use his tracks? What tracks will they use? What period of his life? Hey, what about his voice? There is no way Cheadle can reach Miles's tone and persona. I don't know Nadine, you say Cheadle is a national treasure (the man can act) but he has his hands full this time.

  • CareyCarey | March 6, 2012 8:15 AMReply

    I am optimistic yet cautious about this whole project/poster design/role. First, these posters are alright but nothing to shout about. If you wanna see great art on Miles Davis hit this link --->http://milesdavisonline.com/category/interviews/. Be forewarned that one can get lost over there. That's right, if you like viewing great paintings and photos of Miles, while reading interviews of the artists, step right up, but have a little time on your hands. Okay, now, Don Cheadle doing Miles? Well, I am curious to know why some are jumping for joy and ready to hand Cheadle the golden trophy? I mean, this is a monumental task and I am not quite sure if Cheadle can handle this one.

  • Helluva | March 6, 2012 7:07 AMReply

    Great graphics but why not have Cheadle dressed as Miles on ALL the posters with stills to match? If you're gonna sell it...SELL IT lol...

  • MiddleMyatt | March 6, 2012 1:42 AMReply

    Right on, Rod! Been waiting for this project for a long time. I'm certain it'll be worth the wait! (Thanks for keeping us up on it, Shadow & Act)

  • I`am Not Mad | March 5, 2012 11:46 PMReply

    I have a Conscience & his name is Bro. Don Cheadle.

  • Adam Scott Thompson | March 5, 2012 10:46 PMReply

    A role Cheadle was born to play. If handled properly overall (a la "Ray"), he should walk off with all the hardware -- including Oscar.

  • Thomas | March 5, 2012 11:11 PM

    Really? You're already presenting him with awards before the film is even made? Well, two can play at this game-- I say he gets the Source, Vibe, AND Hoodie Awards for his performance in this film. He's gonna be brilliant!

  • rod | March 5, 2012 9:58 PMReply

    THIS IS BLACK CINEMA! Not this clap trap Hollywood keeps feeding us.

  • CARMICHAELREID | March 5, 2012 9:36 PMReply

    SHADOW AND ACT YOU ARE ON POINT TODAY... MILES/MARLEY MONDAY

  • CreativeSilence | March 5, 2012 9:22 PMReply

    Looking forward to this project and salute for giving props to the designer responsible for these great posters.

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