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Badge Époque Ensemble Share New Single and Claymation Video: Toronto’s Badge Époque Ensemble has released a new single, “Unity (It’s Up to You),” featuring James Baley. The song is taken from their forthcoming album, Self Help, due out on November 20 on Telephone Explosion Records. It is also accompanied by a stunning claymation video directed by Alex Kingsmill.

Wendell Pierce to Play B.B. King in Upcoming Biopic: Collider reports that actor Wendell Pierce will play B.B. King in an upcoming biopic titled The Thrill Is On, likely to be released in 2021. The drama will center around the friendship between the blues legend and young musician Michael Zanetis, who also features as the film’s co-writer. Wendell is best-known for his performance as Bunk Moreland on The Wire and has starred in such films and series as Jack Ryan, Selma, Treme and Suits.