André Benjamin Talks JIMI: ALL IS BY MY SIDE, His First Exposure to Hendrix’s Music, Playing Guitar Left-Handed, His Experience with Fame, and More

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From writer/director John Ridley (12 Years A Slave), the indie biopic Jimi: All Is By My Side covers the year from 1966 to 1967, when Jimi Hendrix (with a memorable and magnetic performance from OutKast’s André Benjamin) was an unknown back-up guitarist making his mark on London’s music scene.  It’s an intimate portrait that shows the sensitive and complex man behind the rock legend.

During a conference at the film’s press day, André Benjamin talked about what he hopes audiences will take away from this film, his own experience with fame, his first exposure to Jimi Hendrix’s music, what most surprised him about the man behind the performer, having to play guitar with his left hand for the film, working with his female co-stars Imogen Poots and Hayley Atwell, how he found his performance, and whether he even considers himself an actor.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

ALL IS BY MY SIDE Trailer Starring Andre Benjamin as Jimi Hendrix

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Take a trip to London in 1966 by way of writer-director John Ridley’s Jimi Hendrix biopic, All Is by My Side.  In the film’s first trailer, Andre Benjamin stars as the legendary rocker in a film that looks to explore not only Hendrix’s rise to fame, but his struggles against the prevailing social stigmas of the day.  I’m not sure what percentage of the film will be dedicated to musical performances, but this trailer gives a nice taste of Benjamin’s talents both as an actor and a musician.  He also appears to get a lot of help from his supporting cast, which is a blessing and a curse since he might not be able to rise above all the talent surrounding him.

Also starring Imogen PootsHayley Atwell, Ashley Charles, and Ruth Negga, the picture opens in the US on September 26th.  Hit the jump to watch the first All Is by My Side trailer.

New Images from GODZILLA, TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, GUARDIANS OF THE GALAXY, and More

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New images have gone online for the following films:

  • Godzilla – Opens May 16th and stars Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Bryan CranstonElizabeth OlsenJuliette Binoche, and David Strathairn.
  • How to Train Your Dragon 2 – Opens June 13th and features the voices of Jay Baruchel, Cate Blanchett, America FerreraJonah HillChristopher Mintz-PlasseT.J. MillerDjimon Hounsou, and Kristen Wiig.
  • All Is by My Side – Opens June 13th and stars Andre Benjamin, Imogen Poots, Hayley Atwell, Ashley Charles, and Ruth Negga.
  • Jupiter Ascending – Opens July 18th and stars Channing Tatum, Mila Kunis, Eddie Redmayne, and Sean Bean.
  • Guardians of the Galaxy – Opens August 1st and stars Chris Pratt, Zoe Saldana, Dave Bautista, Benicio Del Toro, Karen Gillan, Glenn Close, John C. Reilly, and the voices of Bradley Cooper and Vin Diesel.
  • Lucy – Opens August 8th and stars Scarlett Johansson and Morgan Freeman.

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Watch Andre Benjamin Star as Jimi Hendrix in the First Clip from ALL IS BY MY SIDE

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Word on the Jimi Hendrix biopic All Is by My Side has been relatively quiet lately, but after John Ridley won an Oscar for his 12 Years a Slave screenplay, it’s no wonder that Ridley’s new project is getting a push.  The biopic, written and directed by Ridley, stars Andre Benjamin/Andre 3000 in the role of the legendary rocker.  The film’s first clip is now available, and it features Benjamin alongside co-star Imogen Poots, who plays groupie Linda Keith.

Also starring Hayley Atwell, Ashley Charles, and Ruth Negga, All Is by My Side opens August 8th in the U.K.; the film does not yet have a U.S. release date.  Hit the jump to watch the clip.

Roadside Picks up WORDS AND PICTURES with Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche; Open Road & Xlerator Take ALL IS BY MY SIDE; Magolia Secures THE SACRAMENT

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Domestic rights have been acquired for the following films:

  • Words and Pictures – Roadside Attractions has snapped up U.S. rights for Fred Schepisi’s romantic dramedy starring Clive Owen (Sin City) and Juliette Binoche (Chocolat).
  • All Is by My Side – Open Road Films and Xlerator Media land domestic distribution rights for writer-director John Ridley’s Jimi Hendix biopic starring André Benjamin (The Great Gatsby), Hayley Atwell (Captain America: The First Avenger) and Imogen Poots (28 Weeks Later).
  • The Sacrament – Magnolia Pictures is finalizing a reported seven-figure deal for Ti West’s found-footage horror-thriller starring Joe Swanberg (V/H/S), Amy Seimetz (Upstream Color) and AJ Bowen (You’re Next).

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TIFF 2013 Adds BASTARDS, METALLICA THROUGH THE NEVER, Preview of Spike Jonze’s HER, and More

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The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival has made the final touches on its line-up, and made some nice additions.  For the first time, TIFF will have movies in IMAX.  The films that will be going big are Gravity, Man of Tai Chi, Metallica Through the Never, and The Wizard of Oz.  All of these movies except Man of Tai Chi will also be in 3D.  Other additions include Claire DenisBastards, a conversation with Spike Jonze and a preview of his new film Her (the full film is scheduled to debut as the closer at the New York Film Festival), Ron Howard‘s Jay-Z documentary Made in America, and more.

Hit the jump for the new additions.  The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.

TIFF 2013 Line-Up Announced; 12 YEARS A SLAVE, GRAVITY, RUSH, THE FIFTH ESTATE, LABOR DAY, and Many More to Debut

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The Toronto International Film Festival has announced part of its line-up for 2013.  The festival will kick off with Bill Condon’s Julian Assange movie, The Fifth Estate, and close with Daniel Schecter’s Jackie Brown prequel, Life of Crime.  In between, you have the premieres of Ron Howard’s Rush; Jason Reitman’s Labor Day starring Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet; Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender; Richard Ayoade’s The Double starring Jesse Eisenberg; David Gordon Green’s Joe starring Nicolas Cage; Atom Egoyan’s West Memphis Three movie Devil’s Knot starring Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon; the North American premiere of Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, and many more.  Even the Mike Meyer’s documentary Supermensch that we reported on yesterday will be on hand, so it looks like he’s already completed it.  Unfortunately, I’m sure TIFF will front-load their schedule like they always do, so there will be plenty of tough choices, but Gravity and 12 Years a Slave are the must-sees that immediately jump to mind.

Hit the jump for a list of the Galas and Special Presentations.  Please note that there are plenty of other categories that will be announced soon including the full Midnight Madness, Documentary, and Masters line-up so stay tuned.  The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.

Andre 3000 Will Cover The Beatles but Not Jimi Hendrix ALL IS BY MY SIDE; Plus New Set Photos

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I am stoked to see Andre Benjamin (aka Andre 3000) as Jimi Hendrix in the biopic All Is by My Side.  The Outkast frontman has the musical chops and (more importantly) the cool to pull off Hendrix, but unfortunately we will not get to see the full Hendrix experience.  Experience Hendrix LLC, the stewards of the Hendrix estate, issued a statement last month that declared no film could use the Hendrix catalog without full participation from Experience Hendrix LLC.  Writer/director John Ridley found a workaround by setting the story in London 1966-1967, shortly before the release of Hendrix’s debut album, Are You Experienced.  Instead, Benjamin will cover The Beatles, Muddy Waters, and more in All Is by My Side.  Hit the jump for a list of the songs and a few new set photos.

Ashley Charles Is Keith Richards in ALL IS BY MY SIDE; Plus Margo Robbie in THE WOLF OF WALL STREET, Seth Meriwether in DEVIL’s KNOT, and Donal Logue in CBGB

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Tonight, casting agents found actors most of their supporting roles based on real-life people:

  • Ashley Charles will play Rolling Stones guitarist Keith Richards in the Jimi Hendrix biopic All Is By My Side, led by Andre 3000 as Hendrix.
  • Martin Scorsese cast Margot Robbie as the female lead opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in The Wolf of Wall Street, based on a memoir by Jordan Belfort.
  • Seth Meriwether signed on to play one of the West Memphis Three in Devil’s Knot.
  • Donal Logue will play the right hand man of CBGB owner Hilly Kristal (Alan Rickman) in CBGB.

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First Look at Andre 3000 as Jimi Hendrix in Biopic ALL IS BY MY SIDE

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The first images of Outkast member Andre Benjamin (aka Andre 3000) as Jimi Hendrix have surfaced online.  He’s playing the legendary guitarist in a biopic called All Is By My Side, which is currently filming in Dublin.  The actor certainly has the physical resemblance down, but we don’t yet know if his acting ability is up to snuff.  The film also stars Imogen Poots and Hayley Atwell, and the set photos here also include a brief shot of the latter.  John Ridley wrote the script and is directing the pic, which will utilize interviews with the musician and archival footage of Hendrix to anchor the film’s structure.

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