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11 items from 2005


Bob Dylan To Become Radio DJ

14 December 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Rock legend Bob Dylan has signed up to present a weekly radio show in America. The hour-long show will broadcast on the Deep Tracks Channel, which is part of the XM subscription-only satellite radio service, from next March. It will be the first time 64-year-old Dylan has DJ'd on the radio. The singer says, "A lot of my own songs have been played on the radio, but this is the first time I've ever been on the other side of the mic." The show will feature "an eclectic mix of music hand-selected by Dylan" as well as interviews and commentary, according to XM. XM chief creative officer Lee Abrams says, "Bob Dylan epitomizes the American music experience and his unflagging integrity and vision defines everything we hope for XM to be." »

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Dylan Student Poetry Auctioned

22 November 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Handwritten pages of Bob Dylan's student poetry have fetched a staggering $78,000 at a Rock & Pop Memorabilia auction in New York - the highest bid to date for the legendary singer/songwriter's material. Yesterday's sale at Christie's also marked the earliest Dylan memorabilia ever to go under the hammer. The rare manuscripts, which make up 16 pages, date from his student days at the University of Minnesota. A Christie's spokesperson says, "While some of the poems are rooted in his daily university life and reference his Jewish heritage with Yiddish phrases, the wit and irony pervasive in his later songwriting are already evident." The verses were purchased by an anonymous private European interest. Eric Clapton's Fender composite Stratocaster electric guitar, circa 1959, was the second biggest sale of the day, reaching $36,000. »

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HMV Canada pulls Dylan in retail protest

12 September 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

TORONTO -- As Martin Scorsese's documentary about Bob Dylan receives its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival this week, HMV Canada has pulled the legendary artist's product from its store shelves to protest a deal to sell his new Live at the Gaslight 1962 album exclusively in Starbucks coffee shops. A spokesman for HMV Canada confirmed Monday that Dylan's albums were not being stocked or displayed on its store shelves. That move follows earlier efforts by the Toronto-based HMV Canada to protest exclusive retail rights given by The Rolling Stones, Alanis Morissette and Elton John to niche retailers, including Starbucks. The release of the new Dylan album via Starbucks comes as Scorsese's 3 1/2-hour documentary No Direction Home: Bob Dylan receives its world premiere Saturday in Toronto as part of the Masters sidebar, ahead of broadcast Sept. 26-27 on the PBS network. »

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World premieres on tap at Telluride fest

1 September 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Telluride Film Festival, which keeps its programming under wraps until the last possible minute, announced the lineup for its 32nd festival Thursday. This year's eclectic four-day Labor Day weekend runs from Friday through Monday under festival directors Bill Pence and Tom Luddy. It features more "unofficial" world premieres than usual, offering first looks at movies that will unspool in other fall festivals such as Toronto and New York. Telluride's programming often goes down to the wire, and further titles could materialize: There are rumors of late-breaking sneak screenings that could include Martin Scorsese's 3 1/2 hour Bob Dylan documentary, "No Direction Home", which might be introduced by Greil Marcus. "Often, things happen at the last minute," Luddy promised. This year's program is heavy on literary movies from the studio's specialty film divisions. Focus Features' "Brokeback Mountain" will show at Telluride soon after its Venice debut. Directed by Ang Lee and adapted from the Annie Proulx short story by Larry McMurtry and Dianna Ossana, the western stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger as gay cowboys in love. »

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World premieres on tap at Telluride fest

1 September 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

The Telluride Film Festival, which keeps its programming under wraps until the last possible minute, announced the lineup for its 32nd festival Thursday. This year's eclectic four-day Labor Day weekend runs from Friday through Monday under festival directors Bill Pence and Tom Luddy. It features more "unofficial" world premieres than usual, offering first looks at movies that will unspool in other fall festivals such as Toronto and New York. Telluride's programming often goes down to the wire, and further titles could materialize: There are rumors of late-breaking sneak screenings that could include Martin Scorsese's 3 1/2 hour Bob Dylan documentary, "No Direction Home", which might be introduced by Greil Marcus. "Often, things happen at the last minute," Luddy promised. This year's program is heavy on literary movies from the studio's specialty film divisions. Focus Features' "Brokeback Mountain" will show at Telluride soon after its Venice debut. Directed by Ang Lee and adapted from the Annie Proulx short story by Larry McMurtry and Dianna Ossana, the western stars Jake Gyllenhaal and Heath Ledger as gay cowboys in love. »

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Dylan docu leads BBC2 lineup

21 July 2005 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

LONDON -- Martin Scorsese's two-part Bob Dylan documentary, which combines unseen footage of the folk-rock legend combined with extensive interviews, forms the centerpiece of BBC2's fall season, channel head Roly Keating said Thursday. No Direction Home -- Bob Dylan, a Spitfire Films/BBC co-production with PBS, is Scorsese's directorial debut for the BBC and forms part of BBC2's Arena arts documentary series, now in its 30th year. The film will air Sept. 26 and 27 on the BBC and on PBS in the U.S. The film focuses on Dylan's early life and the key creative period from 1961-66 that encompassed the singer's then-controversial segue from folk to rock. »

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Dylan and Jones To Play for Amazon

17 June 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Bob Dylan and Norah Jones are teaming up for a special one-off webcast concert to celebrate the 10th anniversary of internet retailer Amazon.com. The show will be broadcast live on Amazon's homepage on July 16 - 10 years after Jeff Bezos officially launched the virtual store. Comedian Bill Maher will serve as host for the concert, which will take place at Seattle, Washington's Benaroya Hall. Fans hoping to catch a glimpse of the show will only be able to see it online, as tickets will not be sold to the general public. Amazon's Seattle-area employees will be invited to attend. The concert will feature other yet-to-be announced musical performances, readings by authors and behind-the-scenes footage from The Lord Of The Rings: The Return Of The King, one of Amazon's biggest-selling DVDs. »

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Miller Dropped From 'Factory Girl'

13 May 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Sienna Miller has been ditched from upcoming movie Factory Girl in which she had been set to play 1960s wild child Edie Sedgwick. The shock decision is a devastating blow to Jude Law's 23-year-old girlfriend - who couldn't wait to begin work on what would have been her first leading role. But movie bosses decided they needed a "bigger name" to portray the drug- addled society darling - who was a muse of legendary pop artist Andy Warhol and rocker Bob Dylan. A source tells British tabloid the Daily Mirror, "Of course she's bitterly disappointed. Who wouldn't be? It's set to be a really shocking film but she was up for it, even the possibility of graphic sex scenes. She wanted to prove to people she's not just a boho fashion icon but a credible actress. Sienna's in rehearsals for As You Like It - she'll bounce back. She is the woman of the moment so she's not short of offers." »

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Lopez Dumps "Unflattering" Documentary

13 May 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Monster-in-Law beauty Jennifer Lopez has dumped a behind-the-scenes documentary, after she was reportedly filmed shouting at the crew. The singer's record label Sony secured director D A Pennebaker - who shot Bob Dylan's acclaimed documentary Don't Look Back - to film the superstar making her Rebirth album. But Lopez was unhappy with the end result - even though Sony executives and her managers thought the film was perfect, reports America's Radar magazine. A source says, "Sony was thrilled with the finished product. So too were J.Lo's managers, who felt it captured the Jennifer they knew so well. She was 'stunned' by her depiction, complaining angrily about the sound of her voice and about scenes showing her abusing his employees." Pennebaker has confirmed he filmed Lopez, but refused to comment on Radar's claims. »

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Bono Mourns "Funky Pontiff" Pope

4 April 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

U2 frontman Bono has praised late Pope John Paul II as the "best frontman" the Roman Catholic Church ever had. The Irish singer - who once famously gave the Pope his trademark wrap-around sunglasses to wear during a meeting, dubbing him "the first funky Pontiff" - joins millions of people around the world mourning the Pope's death on Saturday. The pair met in 1999 to push for rich nations to write off third world debt as part of a continuing campaign which has seen both men nominated for this year's Nobel Peace Prize. In a statement released yesterday, Bono said: "A great show man, a great communicator of ideas even if you didn't agree with all of them, a great friend to the world's poor which is how I got to meet him. Without John Paul II its hard to imagine the Drop The Debt campaign succeeding as it did." The late Pope, a fan of popular culture, once invited Bob Dylan to perform for him at a church congress in Bologna and joined the Eurythmics, Alanis Morissette and Lou Reed at a concert in Rome, Italy in aid of debt reduction. »

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Scorsese: "I Won't Interview Dylan for Movie"

19 January 2005 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

A new TV biopic of Bob Dylan will feature no input from the man himself - because director Martin Scorsese wants the movie to be his vision of Dylan's life. Scorsese has been working on the project - which covers Dylan's early years, roughly from 1961 to 1966 - for TV network PBS's American Masters series. The Goodfellas film-maker has access to 10 hours of new Dylan interviews that were conducted by the rocker's manager. But Scorsese might submit to interviewing Dylan himself before his film is broadcast this summer, although he has no definite plans to do so yet, writes website Pagesix.Com. He says, "I'd not like to deal with the man directly. I'd like to create the story, to find the story, first of all, and then play it out the way I think it's right. I'm trying to make as honest a film as possible without unnecessary restrictions. But I think for me, of course, I'm on his side, so I might come out in terms of a pro-Dylan." »

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