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Series 28 of Never Mind the Buzzcocks returns with Gilbert as the new permanent host.
This ends the tradition of having guest hosts on the show, which began when Simon Amstell left the series in 2009.
"Whiplash" writer-director Damien Chazelle is hyper-articulate in two languages — his father is French, his mother's American and he attended school in both France and the Us — but he was near-speechless in both tongues when his film won the Audience Prize and the Grand Prix at the 40th Deauville Festival of American Film. It didn't hurt that the top prize was announced by jury president Costa-Gavras whose fellow jurors included Claude Lelouch, Jean-Pierre Jeunet and Cannes Film Festival prez Pierre Lescure. This was my 21st Deauville. Many of my French colleagues found this 40th anniversary edition too calm, low on glamour and lazy in its programming. I dunno. I saw some good movies and, at press conferences, I got to breathe some of the same air molecules as Helen Mirren and Mick Jagger (neither of whom are famous for being, uh, American.) While the fest is an undeniably pleasant event in an adorable setting, »
- Lisa Nesselson
John Malkovich photos: How to look like a model, from Marilyn Monroe to Albert Einstein (image: John Malkovich as Marilyn Monroe in Bert Stern's 1962 portrait 'Marilyn in Pink Roses') Whether you found Spike Jonze's 1999 mind-invading comedy Being John Malkovich a pretentious bore or the most innovative motion picture since Georges Méliès' The Man with the India-Rubber Head, you'll probably enjoy Sandro Miller's series of John Malkovich photos, in which the two-time Best Supporting Actor Academy Award nominee becomes the real-life characters in some of the most celebrated (and mostly pop, U.S.-made) photographs ever taken. Malkovich's various guises will be featured in the exhibit "Malkovich, Malkovich, Malkovich: Homage to Photographic Masters," which runs from November 7, 2014, to January 31, 2015, at the Catherine Edelman Gallery in Chicago. In Being John Malkovich, the likes of John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, and Catherine Keener discover an escape from their drab lives »
- Andre Soares
“So if you meet me Have some courtesy Have some sympathy, and some taste Use all your well-learned politesse Or I’ll lay your soul to waste” – The Rolling Stones »
- Sasha Stone
Exclusive: Eurythmics co-creator and record producer Dave Stewart is moving forward on Zombie Broadway, a feature adaptation of his 2008 Virgin Comics graphic novel about an undead uprising on the Great White Way. Along with The Butler producers Pam Williams and David Jacobson, Stewart has tapped Cole Haddon (NBC’s Dracula) to script and Spun helmer Jonas Akerlund to direct the horror musical in which a group of Broadway performers battle zombies with the power of showtunes. Start-up financing firm First Artist Ventures secured early development financing for the project and producers are taking the script to financiers and talent with the aim of filming in 2015.
Stewart created the original Zombie Broadway graphic novel with David Harris and Christine Schenley. He’ll executive produce the musical, described as The Rocky Horror Picture Show meets Bullets Over Broadway, and has already written the music with Michael Bradford. During his three-decade career the »
- Jen Yamato
While in Deauville to receive an homage and present his James Brown biopic “Get on Up,” Hollywood producer Brian Grazer shared thoughts and wise advice on moviemaking with French producers during a discussion hosted by the PGA, the French Producers Guild (Apc), the Ile de France Film Commission, and backed by Variety. Grazer, who was in an upbeat mood, spoke candidly about the business before a captive audience of local producers. His latest movie,”Get on Up,” directed by Tate Taylor, will come out in France on Sept. 24.
Here are some highlights from this conversation:
What drives your inspiration as a producer? What do you look for in a story?
Many of the movies that I’ve produced have a common denominator: They’re usually about self-worth and they’re often about men who have drive and talent but are emotionally handicaped and they have to solve or work to »
- Elsa Keslassy
If you caught any of Fxx’s epic 12-day Simpsons marathon, then you must have seen at least one great musical moment. Now Springfield is getting the big Hollywood salute it deserves with three performances of The Simpsons Take the Bowl.
Hosted by Hank Azaria (and the countless characters he voices on the show), the event—featuring the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra—highlights some of the sitcom’s best song parodies and musical scoring. Also on tap: Special guests, both in person and in animated form. Here are 6 of the most memorable moments from Friday night’s opening concert:
The Simpsons are fans too! »
- Jake Perlman
Brian Grazer got on up in Deauville to accept a career honor from the film festival before the European premiere of Get on Up. Grazer accepted the award from Alain Terzian, president of the French academy, before he was joined on stage by co-producer Mick Jagger, director Tate Taylor and star Chadwick Boseman. The Oscar winner joked that he hired a professional translator to take his French test in college, but he still gamely thanked the many French film figures that were in the audience. He also thanked his "partner and best friend, Ron Howard" for their many collaborations. Before
- Rhonda Richford
HBO Documentary Films has acquired U.S. rights to Nick Broomfield‘s serial killer documentary “Tales of the Grim Sleeper,” sales agent Submarine announced Wednesday from the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival. The film marks Broomfield's fifth documentary for HBO, which was also behind “Aileen: Life and Death of a Serial Killer,” “Kurt & Courtney” and “Heidi Fleiss: Hollywood Madam.” “Tales of the Grim Sleeper” will debut on HBO in 2015. It is the only documentary that was invited to the Telluride, Toronto and New York film festivals this year. Also read: Mick Jagger's James Brown Documentary ‘Mr. Dynamite’ to Air on »
- Jeff Sneider
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Surprise! On Tuesday night, Jimmy Fallon brought Britney Spears out to read off a list of the pros and cons of dating her. She's recently single -- and apparently "The Tonight Show" audience was filled with people who are already in love with her since they stood and cheered when she showed up. (Jimmy had to remind them it's *his* show.) Jimmy said they created a profile for Britney on Tinder (bio: "This better work, b-tch.") and Britney acted shocked and not too thrilled. Stay to the end to hear her "It's Britney, b-tch" line. Keith Richards was also on "The Tonight Show" and you know the man has stories. »
- Gina Carbone
Three years is a normal gap between albums for most artists, but Ryan Adams isn’t most artists. The singer/songwriter is rivaled only by Prince for his copious output. “Ryan Adam,” his first album since 2011’s “Ashes & Fire,” marks a solid, if not spectacular,return. Adams’ prodigious talent and musical curiosity has allowed him to dabble in several different genres, from rock to metal to country. “Ryan Adams” finds him at the intersection of classic rock and alt country. And if you’re going to going to lean toward classic rock, you might as well lean toward the greats: On album opener, “Gimme Something Good,” the swampy chugging guitar riff recalls The Rolling Stones’ Keith Richards. “Trouble” has an engaging swagger redolent of Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers. “Am I Safe” essays a John Fogerty-like intro. “My Wrecking Ball” and “I Just Might” both have a touch of early and later-era Springsteen. »
- Melinda Newman
Dan Gilroy's been at this for a while now. His first produced screenplay was the largely-forgotten "Freejack," a science-fiction action movie starring Emilio Estevez, Mick Jagger, and a fresh-off-his-Oscar-win Anthony Hopkins in 1992. The other main co-star in the film was Rene Russo, who ended up married to Gilroy after that film, and now, a full 22 years later, she's co-starring in "Nightcrawler," which is Gilroy's move from being a writer to being a writer-director. If this is any indication of what he can do when he's in full control, then let the era of Dan Gilroy commence. Disturbing and dark, "Nightcrawler" is many things. It is a remarkable La movie, something I would not say lightly. I have a lot of problems watching movies that are "about" La, just like I have a lot of problems watching movies about making movies. I have trouble separating what I know from what I'm watching. »
- Drew McWeeny
Many will find it up for dispute, but I believe a review of legendary rock musician Ace Frehley’s newest album Space Invader fits in perfectly here. The former Kiss guitarist made a name for himself onstage as he stalked around in his interstellar costume while his instrument smoked and he fired off rockets into the sky as strobe lights flashed and flames jumped around him. His Spaceman persona grew to even more epic proportions in a sci-fi fantasy movie, video games, and through the pages of Marvel Comics and other publications. The larger-than-life cosmic super hero delivered humanity from the clutches of evil just like the Avengers, Justice League, or Fantastic Four.
You can take the makeup off his face, but you can’t remove the spirit of the Spaceman from Ace Frehley’s heart. The former Kiss lead guitarist is back and better than ever with the impeccably titled Space Invader. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Eric Shirey)
HBO has acquired the rights to a documentary about the Godfather of Soul.
“Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown,” which airs Monday, Oct. 27, at 9 p.m. Et/Pt, was made in cooperation with the Brown estate to feature never-before-seen footage, interviews, and photographs of the It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World singer. The two-hour feature is directed by Oscar winner Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) and produced by Mick Jagger.
“We had full access to amazing never-before-seen photos and video from James Brown’s estate, which Alex Gibney used brilliantly to tell the »
- Emily Blake
Following the death of Joan Rivers at age 81 on Thursday, her daughter, Melissa Rivers, released a statement: "My mother's greatest joy in life was to make people laugh," it read in part. Onstage and on TV, the sharp-tongued and absolutely fearless comedian did just that by taking on everything from Hollywood stars to housework. She also used humor to get through the sometimes extremely tough times in her career and in her personal life, and plenty of her schtick included self-deprecation about her own looks, aging and sex appeal. Here are some of Joan's thoughts, jokes and one-liners that will »
- Gillian Telling, @Gilliantelling
HBO will debut Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown, a new documentary about the Godfather of Soul directed by Oscar winner Alex Gibney (Taxi to the Dark Side) and produced by Mick Jagger. The film airs on October 27th at 9 p.m.
Made with the support and cooperation of Brown's estate, the doc features rare and never-before-seen footage, interviews and photos from throughout the musician's career. The documentary will also include interviews with Jagger, Questlove, Chuck D, Rev. Al Sharpton, Maceo Parker, Clyde Stubblefield, Melvin Parker, Alfred "Pee Wee" Ellis, »
HBO has acquired the U.S. and Canadian TV rights to the feature-length documentary Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown, directed by Oscar® winner Alex Gibney and produced by Mick Jagger, with debut scheduled for Monday, Oct. 27 (9:00-11:00 p.m. Et/Pt), exclusively on HBO. James Brown changed the face of American music forever. Charting his journey from rhythm and blues to funk, Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown was made with the unique cooperation of the Brown Estate, which opened its archives for the first time. The documentary features rare and never-before-seen footage, interviews and photographs, chronicling the musical ascension of the “hardest working man in show business,” »
- Press Release
HBO has picked up U.S. and Canadian TV rights for Alex Gibney’s Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown, a documentary about the early years of the musical giant to the pinnacle of his career as The Godfather of Soul. The film, produced by long-time Brown fan Mick Jagger, will debut on HBO on Oct. 27.
The documentary tracks Brown’s shift from the R&B sounds that dominated black music in the early years after WWII to the funk sound he pioneered. Brown was particularly known for his searing live performances at the Apollo Theater, on The T.A.M.I. Show (where he was the second-to-last performer, playing before Jagger’s Rolling Stones) and elsewhere. Archival footage of some of that material is part of the doc.
Gibney, a 2008 Oscar winner for his documentary Taxi To The Dark Side, worked with a wide array of historical and archival material from »
- David Bloom
HBO has acquired the James Brown documentary “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown” for the U.S. and Canada, with a premiere date set for Oct. 27 at 9 p.m.
The feature length documentary is directed by Oscar-winning helmer Alex Gibney and produced by Mick Jagger, and chronicles Brown’s career from his first hit in 1956, “Please, Please, Please,” including his performances at the Apollo Theater, the T.A.M.I. Show and the Paris Olympia. The film includes previously unreleased footage, interviews and photographs.
“Alex Gibney has brought his prodigious filmmaking talents to this portrait of the phenomenon known as James Brown,” said Michael Lombardo, president of HBO programming, in a statement. “Together with Mick Jagger and his incredible producing team, they have created a captivating portrait of an artist – both the musician and the man.”
“We had full access to amazing never-before-seen photos and video from James Brown’s estate, »
- Kevin Noonan
Workhorse Alex Gibney's latest documentary "Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown," from producer Mick Jagger, will debut on HBO this Fall, Monday, October 27. The film played Tribeca as a work-in-progress earlier this year, and will hit HBO right around the time Tate Taylor's Brown biopic "Get On Up," and star Chadwick Boswick, will begin lobbying for awards. Gibney also wrapped another music doc this year, "Finding Fela," centered on Nigerian Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, which premiered at Sundance in January and played this summer from Kino Lorber. (Our interview here, Indiewire feature here.) More on "Mr. Dynamite": James Brown changed the face of American music. Soul Brother Number One, as he was known, pioneered the journey from rhythm and blues to funk. More than that, this American legend—who willed himself to life after he was stillborn—was a classic embodiment of the American dream. The son of a. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
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