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With the recent 40th anniversary of the death of Elvis, here is a look at those music stars who made a transition to film. Some were more successful than others. Some made a fleeting crossover and some are best forgotten as far as their film careers went…
In terms of the King, Elvis has an undoubtedly huge legacy as far as music goes. His influence as far as attitude, showmanship and indeed the music itself is still being felt. He was in that bracket of the most influential musical acts of his era alongside the Beatles. However his impact on film was also important. He showed that a cultural phenomenon could operate over two platforms.
Beginning in 1956 with Love Me Tender, Elvis would go onto make over 30 films until 1969. A few more iconic than others of course, such as Jailhouse Rock, Viva Las Vegas and some more interesting attempts to »
Plot: Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, once again set off on a culinary adventure, with their travels, this time, taking them to Spain. There, they take in the sights, sample local cuisine, and debate important subjects, such as who does a better Mick Jagger impression. Review: The Trip To Spain is director Michael WInterbottom’s third go-round in this series, which airs on BBC in the UK but gets cut-down to... Read More »
- Chris Bumbray
“Our gentleman was approximately fifty years old; his complexion was weathered, his flesh scrawny, his face gaunt, and he was a very early riser and a great lover of the hunt.” What the description lacks in flattery it redeems with comic affection. A few pages later, Cervantes’ Don Quixote (by way of Edith Grossman’s English translation) imagines describing himself, to a love interest, as “never sufficiently praised.” Can you picture Steve Coogan in the role? Gone bonkers from reading too many books, yearning for a campaign of romantic chivalry and publicly displayed valor, Quixote recruits his farmer neighbor Sancho Panza, “a good man…without much in the way of brains,” who, when promised an island, “left his wife and children and agreed to be his neighbor’s squire.” Here, how about Rob Brydon? Assuming you even know who he is.It was Brydon, in 2010’s The Trip, who wryly »
Catherine Zeta-Jones is one happy mom. The Fued star took to Instagram, sharing an adorable video montage of her son Dylan Douglas, in honor of his 17th birthday. "Don't ˋSTART Me Up' on how much I love you," the 47-year-old actress captioned her video. The montage, set to the song "Start Me Up" by Dylan's idols, The Rolling Stones, features his father, Michael Douglas, grandfather, Kirk Douglas, and younger sister, Carys Douglas. "Dylan, you are truly a remarkable young man. You are the joy of my life" Catherine added. "17 years old today! Happy Birthday sweetheart @dy1and." Earlier this year, the Academy Award-winning actress sat down with Jimmy »
“All the films in this book share an air of disreputability… I have tried to avoid using the word art about the movies in this book, not just because I didn’t want to inflate my claims for them, but because the word is used far too often to shut down discussion rather than open it up. If something has been acclaimed as art, it’s not just beyond criticism but often seen as above the mere mortals for whom its presumably been made. It’s a sealed artifact that offers no way in. It is as much a lie to claim we can be moved only by what has been given the imprimatur of art as it would be to deny that there are, in these scruffy movies, the very things we expect from art: avenues into human emotion and psychology, or into the character and texture of the time the films were made, »
- Dennis Cozzalio
Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood opened about a recent health scare that had the famed musician preparing to say goodbye to his family.
In an interview with Mail on Sunday’s Event Magazine, Wood revealed that he had been recently diagnosed with a “touch of lung cancer.”
The 70-year-old — who welcomed twins Gracie and Alice in May 2016 with wife Sally, 38 — decided to quit smoking one week before his daughters were born.
But the musician had some doubts as to whether his hard partying rock’n roll bad-boy lifestyle of chain-smoking, drugs and alcohol wouldn’t catch up to him.
- Yvonne Juris
Guitar great George Thorogood is stepping out from his legendary band the Destroyers for the first time with a new solo album, Party of One, on Aug. 4—and People has an exclusive first listen!
Responsible for a string of gritty rock hits including “Bad to the Bone,” “I Drink Alone,” and “Reelin’ and Rockin’,” Thorogood’s latest will feature 14 blues tracks that range from old school traditional—John Lee Hooker’s “One Bourbon, One Scotch, One Beer,” and Hank Williams’ “Pictures From Life’s Other Side”—to modern classics like the Rolling Stones‘ “No Expectations.”
Party of One reunites Thorogood »
- Jordan Runtagh
Mick Jagger, frontman for the Rolling Stones, takes rock and roll back to its roots as a form of political protest, with the release of two new songs zeroing in on the the UK under Brexit and American under Donald Trump. Rock-n-roll came of age in the 1960s, an age of protest. Rock music was a catalyst for the counter-culture revolution that led to a number of key social reforms. ...Read More »
- Keith Girard
The pair of songs, “Gotta Get A Grip” and “England Lost,” were written in response to what Jagger calls “confusion and frustration with the times we live in.” According a statement that accompanied the release, the music was born of the “anxiety, unknowability of the changing political situation.” It’s one that he fears won’t improve in the near future. “We obviously have a lot of problems. So am I politically optimistic? …No.”
The bluesy, »
- Jordan Runtagh
Mick Jagger has dropped two brand new tracks, “Gotta Get A Grip” and “England Lost”, which he says are responses to the “confusion and frustration with the times we live in.” The legendary rock star premiered the politically charged songs earlier today on Zane Lowe’s “Beats 1 World Record” show on Apple Music. Describing the […] »
- Martin Holmes
Gore is being directed by Michael Hoffman (The Last Station) and will explore the life of the author, playwright and political commentator during the 1980s. The film is currently shooting in Rome, but will soon move to Vidal’s longtime villa in Ravello, where he entertained a host of high-profile friends including the likes of Greta Garbo, Lauren Bacall, Paul Newman, Susan Sarandon, Andy Warhol, Rudolf Nureyev, and Mick Jagger.
Kevin Spacey was most recently seen in Edgar Wright’s latest film Baby Driver, while his upcoming films include Rebel in the Rye, Billionaire Boys Club and All the Money in the World – all of which see him portraying real life people in Whit Burnett, Ron Levin and J. »
- Amie Cranswick
U.S. director Michael Hoffman (“The Last Station”) is helming the 1980s-set film about the late American author, playwright, and occasional political candidate. “Gore” is currently shooting in Rome but will move next month to Vidal’s longtime villa in Ravello, a village on the Amalfi Coast, sources tell Variety.
Netflix was not available for comment.
Vidal’s beloved gravity-defying villa La Rondinaia, nestled on a craggy cliff in Ravello a thousand feet above the Tyrrhenian Sea, will feature prominently in the movie, according to the president of the Ravello Foundation, Sebastiano Maffettone, local media reported. At La Rondinaia, which he sold in 2004, Vidal entertained his vast network of high-profile friends and acquaintances, including Greta Garbo, »
- Nick Vivarelli
This week, Chris Feil's series on music in the movies sits poolside with last year's steamer...
Confession: Luca Guadagnino’s A Bigger Splash has been something of a minor addiction for yours truly in the year since its stateside release. And it’s key use of “Emotional Rescue” by The Rolling Stones has put that track into heavy nonstop rotation as well. I mean how can you not fall in immediately love with a film that casts Tilda Swinton as a rock star named Marianne Lane. It is sensory overload, all mouthwatering cuisine and eye contact between actor and camera. But not least of its horny senses is its rock and roll soundscape, subtly infused throughout to appealing effect.
In Splash, the lasting impact of great music is just like to great sex for its lingering spell. Its cues and references are scattered throughout, recalling the visages of Bowie and »
- Chris Feil
It’s a powerful message that is sent with this song, and a lifelong lesson that too many people don’t ever seem to learn. Of course living in a world that suddenly has a huge case of the gimmees it’s bound to happen that people forget the simplicity of living without. The Rolling Stones were kind of ahead of their time when they came up with this track, and were right on the money when they spoke the words. Too many times people seem to forget that no matter how much you want, you’re only going to get what you can.
The Top Five Uses of “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” in Movies »
Kourtney Kardashian can (and should) “work from home.”
The Keeping Up with the Kardashians star has already proven she has serious interior design chops. From her stylish, but not “super comfortable” living area to her whimsical sleeping spots for her and Scott Disick’s three children, Mason, 7, Penelope, 5, and Reign, 2, the eldest Kardashian sister knows how to put the right spin on a space — and her latest room reveal is no exception.
“When I started designing my home office, I really wanted a modern space that felt clean and uncluttered, but also cozy and inspiring,” Kardashian, 38, says in a new post on her app. »
- Megan Stein
Netflix's plan to account for its increasing saturation in the U.S. market by looking overseas for new customers is well-documented. With its latest maneuver, the Svod platform is looking to sell international subscribers on a format that has proved successful in the States. It has announced Una y no más, a stand-up special featuring Spanish comedian Joaquin Reyes.
Reyes, a 42-year-old actor and stand-up performer, is perhaps best known in Spain for his role in Muchachada Nui, a long-running sketch comedy TV show. He is also known for his impressions, and in his Netflix special, he will show some of them off. Variety notes that Reyes' signature characters include Mick Jagger, Barbra Streisand, and Michael Jackson. Here's a clip of his comedy; though it lacks subtitles, it displays his stage presence.
In America, Netflix's catalog of original programming includes dozens of stand-up specials, including entries from well-known comedians like Aziz Ansari, »
- Sam Gutelle
Mick Jagger has a newspaper editorial to thank after the article helped the singer get out of a minor drug offence in 1967. The Rolling Stones frontman told The Times of London that he was sentenced to three months in jail, only because the band members were being “scapegoats” by a group who was disapproving […] »
- Aynslee Darmon
In conversation, it’s impossible not to fall head-over-heels for Ronnie Spector. Even over a tiny cell phone speaker, her strong voice bursts forth with electric excitement, full-bodied passion, and the occasional flirtatious giggle. It’s the voice—a mix of street tough New Yorker and tender schoolgirl vulnerability—that provided the heart, soul and swagger of the iconic ’60s group the Ronettes. Alongside her sister Estelle Bennett and cousin Nedra Talley, the trio scored hits with pop masterpieces like “Be My Baby,” “Walking in the Rain,” and “I Can Hear Music.” Spector’s incendiary live performances established her as »
- Jordan Runtagh
There are few bands as classic as The Rolling Stones because let’s face it, there are few bands left that are anything like The Rolling Stones. Mick Jagger even said it himself in an interview many, many years ago, he would be surprised they lasted at all. And yet here they are decades later still doing their thing and still remembered by those that weren’t even alive when they started getting big. Better yet, they’re not longer just a worldwide phenomenon, but their music has been immortalized in film as well. There’s quite a few instances in which you might
The Five Best Uses of Rolling Stones Songs in Movies »
Director Dan Gilroy has a new script making the rounds in Hollywood that has two of the leads of his 2014 film “Nightcrawler,” Jake Gyllenhaal and Rene Russo, attached to star, Deadline reports. Gilroy’s directorial debut about a con man (Gyllenhaal) navigating the world of Los Angeles crime journalism attracted an Oscar nomination for best original screenplay.
Few details about the new project are known, aside from the fact that it is set in the art world. Gilroy’s second film as a director, 2018’s “Inner City,” stars Denzel Washington as Roman Israel, a driven, idealistic defense attorney who, through a tumultuous series of events, finds himself in a crisis that leads to extreme action, according to IMDb. The film co-stars Colin Farrell and Carmen Ejogo.
In addition to writing and directing “Nightcrawler, »
- Graham Winfrey
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