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Brett Morgen has been called the Mad Scientist of the documentary world with his latest film, the long-awaited Kurt Cobain biography “Montage of Heck.” Morgen certainly lives up to that billing, creating an explosive and totally unique visual and cinematic experiences out of the fallen rock god’s various creations. I have known Brett since we were both 14 years old, having gone to high school and then college together, where we were in roommates. Since the first days of our acquaintance, I have never known anyone with such a firm sense of who he was and what he wanted to do, and that has only strengthened over the years. However, what astonished me seeing “Montage” for the first time was how much his creative skills have grown as a director, so that wild, unstoppable sense of Brettism is now married to awe-inspiring technical superpowers, that have enabled him to produce what in my very-biased mind, »
- Richard Rushfield
Mick Jagger remembered his former partner L’Wren Scott on what would have been her 51st birthday Tuesday. Mick Jagger Remembers L’Wren Scott “Remembering L’Wren on her birthday,” Jagger captioned a picture on Twitter that was taken by Jean Pigozzi. Remembering L’Wren on her birthday Photo by Jean Pigozzi pic.twitter.com/oqJWEhIZCJ — Mick Jagger (@MickJagger) April 28, […]
The post Mick Jagger Remembers L’Wren Scott On Birthday appeared first on uInterview. »
- Chelsea Regan
It was hyped as the U.K.’s first-ever social-media general election, but the reality turned out to be rather different. When British voters go to the polls May 7, most are likely to have been informed by tuning in to old media coverage, including traditional TV newscasts, not Twitter or Facebook.
Twitter is an essential tool for journos, celebrities and other attention seekers, but still ignored by the vast majority of voters. Social media, however, is influential in pushing people to different news sources. Twitter spikes have been evident during key moments in the election campaign, often related to what’s happening on TV.
“Social media doesn’t operate in isolation, it is part of the whole ‘mashed up’ picture,” says Charlie Beckett, a former TV journalist who runs media think tank Polis at the London School of Economics.
With paid-for political advertising banned in the U.K., pols have »
- Steve Clarke
The film, which premiered at SXSW and is Duvall’s fourth feature film as a writer/director and his first in 13 years, is the story of a Western detective (Duvall) and his son (James Franco) who open up a long closed missing persons case. Here’s the logline:
A detective opens up a fifteen-year-old missing persons case and begins to suspect that the boy it belongs to was murdered – and that a local rancher was involved.
- Brian Welk
His love is strong. Mick Jagger paid tribute to his late girlfriend, fashion designer L'Wren Scott, on what would have been her 51st birthday, Tuesday, April 28. The former model died of an apparent suicide a little over a year ago, leaving Jagger stunned and heartbroken. In memory of his longtime love, the Rolling Stones rocker took to Twitter with a picture of her as a young woman. The shot, taken by photographer Jean Pigozzi, shows Scott sitting on a rolling desk chair in a short skirt, [...] »
Mick Jagger is remembering his love on her special day. On what would have been L'Wren Scott's 51st birthday, The Rolling Stones frontman took to Twitter to share a stunning throwback photo of the designer with the words, "Remembering L'Wren on her birthday Photo by Jean Pigozzi." The black-and-white photograph shows Scott flaunting her statuesque figure and long legs while sitting in a chair at what looks to be a recording studio. His tribute also comes shortly after the one-year anniversary of the designer's suicide, which occurred on March 17, 2014. L'Wren Scott hanged herself in her Manhattan apartment. She was 49 years old. "We spent many wonderful years »
On paper, a battle between former heavyweight champ Mike Tyson and muscle factory/actor Terry Crews would be a title bout on the level of Mayweather vs. Pacquiao. However, instead of stepping into the ring, the two behemoths had a showdown Thursday night in a much-friendlier arena: Lip Sync Battle. In the opening round, Iron Mike busted out with the Rolling Stones' "Satisfaction," while the Brooklyn Nine-Nine actor countered with Run-d.M.C.'s "Sucker MCs."
While Tyson was likely the crowd favorite going in – the fleet-footed boxer does an admirable impersonation »
It's astonishing how any filmmaker can keep up the pace that Alex Gibney does while maintaining such consistent quality standards. Gibney has had three films premiere on HBO in less than a year: four-hour biodoc "Sinatra: All or Nothing At All" and Scientology expose "Going Clear" --which has generated new scrutiny of the tax-exempt empire founded by L. Ron Hubbard--and last Fall's "Mr Dynamite: The Rise and Fall of James Brown," which may be the best of the lot. Read: Why Mick Jagger & Alex Gibney's 'Rise of James Brown' is a Musical' The film, which tells the James Brown story from his rural Southern childhood and his musical ascension to his civil rights impact, has just won the hard-working director a 74th Peabody Entertainment Award. Read More: Behind the Scenes with Alex Gibney at His Jigsaw Productions Orlando von Einsiedel's Oscar-nominated "Virunga" also made this week's Peabody list. »
- Anne Thompson and Ryan Lattanzio
This summer, The Rolling Stones are going on tour, and for some promotion help, they have turn to a YouTube channel that likes to emulate old ladies. The Kloons have released a new episode of their web series Sisters, and both Keith Richards and Mick Jagger make voice cameos.
In Sisters, Kloons members Mitch Lewis and Nik Kazoura reenact conversations between Nik's mom and his aunt. The series, which first debuted in June 2014, has spanned six episodes and received millions of views on The Kloons' YouTube channel. As Lewis explained in an email to Tubefilter, the Stones' touring company saw Sisters last fall and showed it to Richards and Jagger, who "really liked it" and agreed to participate.
Thus, a collaboration was born. In the latest episode of Sisters, the conversation tends to wander back toward The Rolling Stones, before Richards and Jagger deliver the punchline by dubbing over the »
- Sam Gutelle
Relativity and Boies/Schiller Film Group have closed a deal for movie rights to “Fletch,” based on the Gregory Mcdonald novels. The books center on newspaper reporter Irwin Maurice Fletcher, who prefers the nickname “Fletch” and has to deal with drama surrounding his two ex-wives.
A “Fletch” reboot has been in the works at several other studios. Warner Bros. began developing a “Fletch” movie in 2011 and and set up the project with Anonymous Content’s Steve Golin and Michael Sugar.
Mcdonald first optioned »
- Dave McNary
Activision has finally let us in on Guitar Hero Live, and it looks like an incredible update in theory, and graphics.
It’s a whole new world this time around, and the game is a completely immersive experience, as a crowd of fans react as you play (see video above).
The game also has a completely new idea in a “controller,” as the guitar now has two rows of three buttons, and at higher levels has players using chord-like combinations. According to the games notes, this creates a gameplay experience that is both easier and harder.
Check out all the info below, and get ready for this one.
Guitar Hero Live includes Ghtv, »
- Marc Eastman
Come check out Guitar Hero Live the all new game in the franchise with a live action trailer.
Guitar Hero and Rock Band are making a return later this year, and today we have a Guitar Hero Live reveal. Activision has sent the duty of bringing the game back to life to FreeStyleGames, the developers of DJ Hero, and they are bringing a whole new approach to the title.
There will be no more pre-rendered cartoon friends as band mates and crowds, instead the entire game will be live-action. You will be put in first person view of a person in the band titled Broken Tide, a totally made up band that you need to bring to fame. According to the release the live-action crowd will react in real time according to how well or bad you are doing, just like the old games.
The game will follow the same »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Dustin Spino)
Activision has announced it is reviving the Guitar Hero franchise this fall with Guitar Hero Live, which will feature a revamped controller with six black and six white keys across two rows, along with a first-person viewpoint allowing you to rock out to all of your favorite hits to a crowd of adoring (or not so adoring) fans, who’ll react in real time to your performance.
Among the licensed artists set to feature on Guitar Hero Live are The Black Keys, Fall Out Boy, The Lumineers, My Chemical Romance, Carrie Underwood, Green Day, Ed Sheeran, The War on Drugs, The Killers, Gary Clark, Jr., Skrillex, The Rolling Stones, Pierce the Veil and Blitz Kids.
Check out the reveal trailer here…
Guitar Hero Live is set for release later this year on PS3, PS4, Xbox 360, Xbox One, Wii U and mobile devices.
- Gary Collinson
Paul Ben-Victor, Birgitte Hjort Sorensen, James Jagger and J.C. Mackenzie, originally cast as recurring in HBO’s untitled Rock 'n' Roll pilot from Martin Scorsese, Mick Jagger and Terence Winter, have been promoted to regulars now that the project has gone to series. Set in 1970s New York, the drama explores the drug- and sex-fueled music business as punk and disco were breaking out, all through the eyes of record executive Richie Finestra (Bobby Cannavale) trying to… »
New Yorkers, the time is now to fulfill your dreams of being in the vicinity of Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese. How? Attend an open casting call for paid extra work in their new HBO series. Read More: HBO Orders Martin Scorsese's Rock 'n Roll Series, But Is It A Step Backward? Marty and Mick are throwing it back to the '70s for this one. The casting posting states they're looking for "people to portray psychedelic rock fans, punk rock fans, disco club-goers, early hip-hop fans, 1970s NYC pedestrians and Connecticut residents." However, you're out of luck if you're a woman with highlights. The open casting call will be April 21 at the Church of St. Paul the Apostle (405 West 59th Street). SAG members will be seen from 10am to 12pm and non-union actors will audition between 1pm and 4pm. Read More: Brian Koppelman and Davide Levien Hired as Showrunners for Martin Scorsese, »
- Helen Z. Carefoot
However, the filmmaker added to Digital Spy that he was not sure if anyone should make a dramatised version of the late Nirvana frontman's life.
"I never watched his audition, he might be too old right now, but he's a musician who I think looks kind of... I think I would buy him as Kurt."
He added: "But I don't think anybody should play Kurt. I don't think there should ever be a fiction film of Kurt.
"Why? What's the point? You have Montage of Heck. Why would you need to dramatise it?
"Who knows? I felt the same way about making a documentary »
The Rolling Stones debuted “Brown Sugar” at Altamont in 1969. It’s the first track and lead single off the 1971 album Sticky Fingers. This week, the band announced a new 15-date tour to coincide with a deluxe reissue this May. Right now, thousands of people are preparing to dance while jubilantly singing about slavery, heroine, cunnilingus, and rape. “Brown Sugar” is gross, sexist, and stunningly offensive toward black women. Some of the lyrics (Gold coast slave ship bound for cotton fields / Sold in the market down in New Orleans / Scarred old slaver knows he's doing alright / Hear him with the women just around midnight) are so bad that Mick Jagger changes them during shows. It’s not the first time he’s censored the song. It was originally titled “Black Pussy.” Jagger, during a rare moment of clearheadedness in 1969, decided that was too “nitty-gritty” and nixed it. Everything »
- Lauretta Charlton
Rivaling Martin Scorsese at his height and his peer Quentin Tarantino, Wes Anderson’s visual aesthetic has been inseparable from the musical landscapes that he and music supervisor Randall Poster has assembled for his films. For Anderson obsessives and casual fans alike, Open Culture has found an exhaustive Spotify playlist that proves the Texas-born filmmaker’s musical taste is just as enjoyable separated from his films. This playlist encompasses 172 tracks, runs for seven hours and covers everything from the music used in the black-and-white “Bottle Rocket” short and its feature-length adaptation to last year’s “The Grand Budapest Hotel.” The playlist showcases the wide range of music used in Anderson’s films and traverses far beyond tweeness and the British Invasion music which mark his films. Sure, there’s still music from The Kinks, The Rolling Stones and the like, but there’s also jazz music beyond »
- Cain Rodriguez
There are the 1960s, and then there is "the Sixties," and they only overlap to a degree. Popular culture and popular history have turned the Sixties in America into a dreamscape of mop-topped British invaders, painted hippies, an escalating war in Vietnam, a moon landing, and massive social unrest. But before the rise of the flower children, there were men in suits and short haircuts, women in conservative dresses, and chaste movie musicals dominating at the box office. And it's not like the counterculture obliterated the culture that had already existed. The psychedelic-inflected comedy of "Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In" was the highest rated show of the 1968-69 season, but the top 10 also included "Gomer Pyle," "Bonanza," "Mayberry Rfd," "Family Affair," "Gunsmoke," "The Dean Martin Show," "Here's Lucy" and "The Beverly Hillbillies." In 1969, the same year that The Beatles released "Abbey Road" and The Rolling Stones presented "Let It Bleed," aging Rat Pack »
- Alan Sepinwall
The recent passing of Lesley Gore was not noted on We Are Movie Geeks, I’d like to correct that and as a tribute to her review one of the best concerts ever captured on film (actually on video but I’ll get to that soon.)
Born Lesley Sue Goldstein in New York City on May 2nd 1946 Lesley Gore passed on February 16, this year. She never tried her hand at acting (to my knowledge) yet she appeared in several films and many television shows singing one of or more of her considerable string of hits in a very strong voice, for such a little lady.
It’s My Party is probably her most famous and well remembered song but Judy’s Turn To Cry, Maybe I Know, Sunshine Lollipops, You Don’t Own Me and several other songs charted during her long career. She never resented being consigned to the »
- Sam Moffitt
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