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16 items from 2006


Dylan Seeks 'Factory Girl' Injunction

15 December 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Bob Dylan is seeking a court injunction to stop the release of the Sienna Miller-starring biopic Factory Girl, over concerns the movie defames him. The film, which charts the life of Andy Warhol muse Edie Sedgwick, allegedly suggests Dylan was responsible for her 1971 suicide after jilting her. The folk rocker is so perturbed, his lawyers have demanded producers Bob Yari and Holly Wiersma block the release of the movie until they have seen it themselves, according to PageSix.com. Although Dylan's name has been changed to Danny Quinn and the part is reportedly a mix of him, Jim Morrison and Mick Jagger, Dylan's attorney Orin Snyder insists critics who've seen screenings report the character - played by Hayden Christensen - is unmistakably the singing superstar. Snyder warns the filmmakers, "You appear to be laboring under the misunderstanding that merely changing the name of a character or making him a purported fictional composite will immunize you from suit. That is not so. Even though Mr. Dylan's name is not used, the portrayal remains both defamatory and a violation of Mr. Dylan's right of publicity. Until we are given an opportunity to view the film, we hereby demand that all distribution and screenings... immediately be ceased." The movie is due to be released in the US later this month. »

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Interview: Heath Ledger

17 November 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Heath Ledger (Brokeback Mountain, The Brothers Grimm) speaks in his native Australian accent for the first time in 10 years in Candy, the debut feature film from accomplished Australian stage director Neil Armfield. Adapted from a semi-autobiographical novel by Luke Davis (and also co-author of the screenplay, along with Armfield), Candy is the story of Dan (Ledger) and Candy (Abbie CornishA Good Year, Somersault), whose deep love for one another blossoms into a destructive and out-of-control relationship with the aid of their ever-increasing heroin addictions. At the start of the film Dan is a young, naive and unambitious poet – we don’t actually see him do any writing, though his poetry is mentioned a few times, and he does read e.e. cummings. He is certainly no Jim Carrol or Charles Bukowski, using his substance of choice to fuel the creative process and cranking out mountains of prose. Dan »

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Haynes takes Route 66'

2 October 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Quick Links > I'm Not There > Todd Haynes > Cate Blanchett > Marcus Carl Franklin > Christian Bale > Richard Gere > Heath Ledger > Ben Whishaw The connection between music and filmmaking stems all the way back to his debut in Superstar: The Karen Carpenter Story and later on reflected with Velvet Goldmine – for Todd Haynes film and music are the creative outlets and the soundtrack of his life. The Bob Dylan-inspired I'm Not There – a Montreal (and outskirts of Montreal) based production is in its last week of production and since the moment I found out that they were filming in my backyard, I was hoping to somehow get a peak of the production. Despite my promise to wash dishes for a month, access to the set as confirmed by the unit publicist was not possible. Obviously the heavily guarded storyline and the symbiosis of the 6 characters in Bob Dylan persona means that, »

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BT, Sony BMG ink for music vids

2 October 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

LONDON -- British Telecom has signed an on-demand music video deal with Sony BMG for BT's next-generation television service BT Vision, it was announced Monday by BT Television Services CEO Dan Marks and Clive Rich, senior vp Sony BMG Music Entertainment. Under the deal, a wide range of music videos from such artists as Justin Timberlake, Foo Fighters, Jamiroquai and Bob Dylan will be available on BT Vision, the digital TV platform due to launch later this year. Music from Sony BMG artists also will be available for download from BT's online download store. Financial terms were not disclosed. The British telecoms company already has secured a wide range of content partners for its TV service, which will offer viewers access to free-to-air digital television, on-demand services and a digital video recorder. »

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Miller, Paramount Vantage bring

20 September 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Quick Links > The Immortalist > Bennett Miller > Paramount Vantage > Capote Capote director Bennett Miller and Paramount Vantage are joining forces to bring The Immortalist to life. The project, which will be scripted by The Delicate Art of the Rifle scripe Dante Harper, is described as a “contemporary, character-driven drama set in the world of life-extension,” as the title suggests. Plan B will produce, with Vantage higher-ups Amy Israel and Matt Brodlie overseeing the project. Miller, who’s only previous credit to Capote is a 1998 documentary called The Cruise about a guy who drives tour buses in NYC, could be the luckiest man alive. His fiction directorial debut, Capote, got him nominated for an Academy Award for directing, and Capote was nominated for another four awards, including Best Picture (even though I’ve never met a single person who really loves that film). This summer, Miller occupied his time »

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Rep sheet: Williams inks with CAA

9 August 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Michelle Williams has signed with CAA for representation. The actress, who was nominated for an Academy Award for her supporting role in Brokeback Mountain, next will appear in Spike Jonze's Where the Wild Things Are. She also is attached to star in Charlie Kaufman's untitled directorial debut, which is set to begin filming in early summer 2007. She has signed on to appear in Todd Haynes' Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There: Suppositions on a Film Concerning Dylan. Williams' credits include Land of Plenty, The Station Agent and Me Without You. Her theater credits include Cherry Orchard, Killer Joe and Mike Leigh's Smelling a Rat. Williams had been repped by the Gersh Agency. »

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Dylan as a Woman, Black Child?

31 July 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Quick Links > I'm Not There > Cate Blanchett > Marcus Carl Franklin > Christian Bale > Richard Gere > Heath Ledger > Ben Whishaw When an Oscar™ nominated director decides to take on the life of one of the 20th century’s most iconic musical figures, the result is sure to be as winding as the music that inspires it. Todd Haynes takes his unique stylistic approach to the world of popular music in his tribute to the life and work of the folk rock hero Bob Dylan in “ I'm Not There which begins today in Montreal. Marcus Carl Franklin has just been added as the sixth Bob Dylan. The young thesp was featured in the HBO drama Lackawanna Blues. Haynes creates an interwoven retrospective of American stories set during the 1960s and 1970s, which each portrays a different aspect of the life and influences that helped shape the face of Rock ‘n Roll forever. »

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Take a look at Corbijn's 'Control'

29 July 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Quick Links > Control > Samantha Morton > Opening press conference > Anton Corbijn > Corbijn - Wikipedia > Ian Curtis fan site > Official Movie Website > Touching from a Distance > Director's Series Vol. 6 - Work of Director Anton Corbijn (2005) General rule of thumb: biopics on singers/bands are painfully awful. I’ll let folks debate the merits of the recent Johnny Cash and Ray Charles features but this July there are a couple of legendary singers that might get a screen treatment worth the brouhaha. Commencing next week we have Todd Haynes embarking on his Bob Dylan journey with I'm not There and just a couple of weeks back Anton Corbijn started filming his directorial feature film debut with Control. Both will most likely be unveiled to the world during the same week at - Cannes 07. Today we received a first look at actor Sam Riley as Joy Division’s Ian Curtis. Fans of Curtis »

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Ledger To Join 'Batman' Cast As Joker?

27 July 2006 | WENN | See recent WENN news »

Brokeback Mountain star Heath Ledger may have scored the coveted role of The Joker in the Batman Begins sequel, according to press reports in Australia. The actor was reportedly offered the plum part last week and will star in the next installment of the film set to be released in 2008. Oscar-winner Robin Williams was reportedly desperate to land the role and The Da Vinci Code star Paul Bettany was also rumored to be in talks for the part. According to film website Moviehole.net, filmmakers wanted to cast an actor in the part of Batman's adversary who was roughly the same age as 32-year-old star Christian Bale. Ledger is also working with Bale on I'm Not There, a film in which seven actors embody different aspects of musician Bob Dylan's life and work. »

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Jun hits the right notes for Buckley biopic

28 June 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Musician Jeff Buckley is getting the biopic treatment. Writer-director Brian Jun, whose Steel City was nominated for the grand jury prize at January's Sundance Film Festival, will write and direct a feature based on the musician's life. The movie is being produced by Buckley's mother, Mary Guibert, and Michelle Sy, who executive produced Finding Neverland. Buckley was considered by critics one of the most promising artists of his generation after he released his debut album, Grace, in 1994. Such musicians as Robert Plant, Elton John, Bob Dylan and Paul McCartney praised the album, and his cover of Leonard Cohen's "Hallelujah" is considered the definitive version of that song. Just as his career was taking off, however, Buckley drowned in Memphis, Tenn., in 1997. This isn't the first time that a Buckley biopic has been attempted. Last year, writer-producer Train Houston secured the rights to "Dream Brother: The Lives & Music of Jeff & Tim Buckley," a book by Entertainment Weekly music critic David Browne. »

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Williams, Ledger on Dylan bio

24 May 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Oscar-nominated actors Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams are joining the all-star cast of the Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There, written and directed by Todd Haynes. Ledger, who replaces Colin Farrell, is in negotiations to be one of seven actors cast that will represent the different aspects of Dylan's life story and music. Williams will play Coco Rivington, a model with whom an androgynous folk star -- played by the already cast Cate Blanchett -- is taken. Also cast are Christian Bale, Julianne Moore and Richard Gere. The movie represents an onscreen reunion for Ledger and Williams, who were Oscar-nominated for their performances in Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain. »

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Williams, Ledger on Dylan bio

24 May 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

Oscar-nominated actors Heath Ledger and Michelle Williams are joining the all-star cast of the Bob Dylan biopic I'm Not There, written and directed by Todd Haynes. Ledger, who replaces Colin Farrell, is in negotiations to be one of seven actors cast that will represent the different aspects of Dylan's life story and music. Williams will play Coco Rivington, a model with whom an androgynous folk star -- played by the already cast Cate Blanchett -- is taken. Also cast are Christian Bale, Julianne Moore and Richard Gere. The movie represents an onscreen reunion for Ledger and Williams, who were Oscar-nominated for their performances in Ang Lee's Brokeback Mountain. »

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Demme, Harris, Keith & Young

16 February 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- I don’t wanna come off as some kinda necrophiliac, but let me start by saying this; Emmylou Harris is smoking. She’s always been a gorgeous woman, and I don’t know if she’s ever had any work done, but even so, time has been very good to her (whereas Neil’s back-up singers teeter on the “creepy” side unfortunately). Emmylou falls in that category alongside Michelle Phillips (The Mamas and the Papas) and Deborah Harry (Blondie) of good-looking women old enough to be my grandmother’s bridge partner. Oh, if only I were rich, famous, and 40 years older. Honestly, Emmylou is the most attractive thing to look at in Heart of Gold, the doc-concert about Canada’s own Neil Young, chronicling his first show that kicked of his Prairie Wind 2005 Tour at the Ryman Auditorium, the Mother Church of Country Music that used to host the world-famous Grand Ole Opry, »

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Peckinpah's 'Kid' to close Berlin fest

30 January 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

COLOGNE, Germany -- A special edition of Sam Peckinpah's revisionist Western Pat Garrett & Billy the Kid will close the 2006 Berlin International Film Festival, organizers said Monday. The digitally restored version of the 1972 classic, starring James Coburn, Kris Kristofferson and Bob Dylan, was put together based on the director's notes and details provided by colleagues familiar with Peckinpah's original vision of the film. The high-definition film will screen Out of Competition on Feb. 18 at the Berlinale Palast after the festival awards ceremony. »

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Factory Girl A Go-Go

26 January 2006 | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

- Distributed by The Weinstein Company (Bob and Harvey, who had formerly founded Miramax which was later usurped bought by Disney, who eventually weeded out pursued an option to void the brothers’ contract, thus tightening their stranglehold furthering their conquest for world domination) and penned by Captain Mauzner (Wonderland), Factory Girl (a reference to Andy Warhol’s work-living space) will tell the tumultuous life of Edie Sedgwick, with Sienna Miller (Layer Cake) in the title role and Guy Pearce (L.A. Confidential) as Warhol, along with Hayden Christensen (Shattered Glass…say, wasn’t this guy supposed to do the whole world a big favor by quitting acting and becoming an architect or something?), Mena Suvari (American Beauty) and Jimmy Fallon (umm… Taxi?). A little background info on Factory Girl and who this film is about: an American socialite and heiress, Edie Sedgwick moved to New York in 1964 to pursue a modeling career. »

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Good blend: Starbucks, music

23 January 2006 | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

CANNES -- Starbucks Entertainment president Ken Lombard breezed into MidemNet, the annual music industry gathering, here Saturday to speak of the pleasures of mixing melodies with a great cup of coffee. The former president of Magic Johnson's Johnson Development Corp. has overseen the Starbucks move into the music business by selling CDs at its coffee houses starting with a Ray Charles album and going on to exclusive offerings from artists including Bob Dylan. With coffee drinkers stopping in an average of 18 times a month, Lombard said Starbucks is "the most frequently visited retailer in the world," and therefore a perfect place to be in harmony with music. So it has proved, with as many as 20 albums available for sale in most of the chain's outlets. »

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