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Carly Simon has finally revealed the subject of "You're So Vain" ... sort of. "I have confirmed that the second verse is Warren [Beatty]," Simon, now 70, tells People in an interview to promote the memoir she's releasing later this month. When asked whether Beatty knows the second verse of the 1972 song is about him, Simon only jokes, "Warren thinks the whole thing is about him!" It's actually about three different men, she says, and she's not planning on naming the other two subjects "until they know it's about them." Simon has been romantically linked to Mick Jagger, Kris Kristofferson, »
- Evann Gastaldo
Carly Simon, the folk-rock singer who scored a No. 1 hit with song “You’re So Vain,” has finally revealed an inspiration behind the biting song, more than 40 years after it topped the charts in 1972. And, it’s probably who you think. But he’s not the only one. Among those named as possible inspirations are Warren Beatty, Mick Jagger, Kris Kristofferson, Cat Stevens, Jack Nicholson and James Taylor, whom she married. ...Read More »
- Keith Girard
Although it's not the New Year yet, Scream Factory's already gearing up for 2016 by announcing two double feature Blu-ray releases for February 23rd: The Curse / Curse II: The Bite and Millennium / R.O.T.O.R.
From Scream Factory: "More retro double features are planned for blu-ray release in the beginning of the new year! Read on for all the details:
- The Curse (1987) Young Zach Hayes' (Wil Wheaton, Stand by Me) life on the family dairy farm is what anyone would expect. Hard work, long hours and the normal family squabbles. When an ice-blue meteor plunges through the midnight sky, Zach sees in hand on their property. Zach and the local doctor discover that something inside the meteor is infecting the local water on their farm. Fruits, which looked perfect on the outside are teeming with worms… and Zach's family is beginning to change… »
- Derek Anderson
I know what I’ll be getting for myself for a late Valentine’s Day gift and we can all thank Scream Factory for that. Today, the gang over at Sf announced Bluray double features of ’80s horror/sci-fi gems The Curse/Curse II: The Bite and Millennium/R.O.T.O.R, with both hitting shelves this coming February (which makes my Valentine’s Day opening make a little sense I guess). Growing up in the ’80s, I was a big fan of all four films, so if you haven’t seen them, get ready for some fun, because they’re all four a lot of fun (especially The Curse/Curse II). While the specifics as far as supplemental material goes haven’t been announced as of yet, we’ve got the artwork and release date (Feb. 23rd) as well as each film’s synopsis and pre-order info below. »
- Jerry Smith
AMC will air pay tribute to rock icon John Lennon at 9 p.m. on Dec. 19 with “Imagine: John Lennon 75th Birthday Concert.” The special, which will be taped on Dec. 5 at Madison Square Garden, will feature performances by Aloe Blacc, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, The Killers’ Brandon Flowers, Peter Frampton, Juanes, Kris Kristofferson, Train’s Pat Monahan, Rage Against the Machine’s Tom Morello, Willie Nelson, The Roots, Chris Stapleton, and Steven Tyler. Keith Wortman of Blackbird Presents is the creator and executive producer of the show while Greg Phillinganes and Don Was will serve as music directors and Gregg Gelfand will direct.
- Whitney Friedlander
From Richard Pryor to the 1978 holiday show and the notorious Ewok movies, there’s a long history of the film franchise turning to the dark side: TV specials
Star Wars has had a relationship with TV almost from the off, but it has taken decades for them to get things right. In 1977, early adopters included the Donnie & Marie show with guest stars C-3Po, R2-D2 and Chewbacca along with some camp, dancing stormtroopers and Kris Kristofferson as Han Solo – starting a tradition of celebs dressing up as Star Wars characters that continues to this day with tonight’s Children in Need sketch.
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- Phelim O'Neill
D.A. Pennebaker, joined Janis: Little Girl Blue director, Amy Berg, and Writers Guild of America East President, Michael Winship, at Symphony Space in New York for a discussion that led to Janis Joplin's breakthrough performance in Monterey Pop, Kris Kristofferson singing to Odetta, Cat Power, Bob Dylan, Judd Apatow's family tree, poker with Woody Harrelson, Willie Nelson and Owen Wilson at David Niehaus', John Cooke, Jimi Hendrix, Paul Rothchild, Vincent van Gogh, Lester Young and Billie Holiday.
- Anne-Katrin Titze
The sole directorial outing of Noel Coward arrives on Blu-ray, the infamously troubled production, Roar. The 1981 film received a limited theatrical re-release earlier this year thanks to distribution from Drafthouse Films, which managed to take in over a hundred thousand for the initially maligned film, repackaged as ‘the most dangerous movie ever made.’ Though questionable as an actual piece of filmmaking, it is one of those rare jaw dropping accomplishments, an actual occasion for otherwise hyperbolized language. The lack of narrative hardly matters since you’ll be distracted nearly every single moment as you wonder what the hell everyone was thinking when they made the film.
If you don’t recognize Marshall’s name (this stands as his only directorial effort), it’s because he was actually the husband (initially agent) of actress Tippi Hedren, and they conceived the idea of the film eleven years prior while working on another film set in Africa. »
- Nicholas Bell
John Huston sets the bar for director-driven quality filmmaking of the early 1970s. Stacy Keach is a punchy boxing bum who teams up with the ambitious newcomer Jeff Bridges; the glowing discovery is the amazing Susan Tyrell, film history's most convincingly caustic floozy-alcoholic, bar none. Her voice can peel paint, but we love her dearly. Fat City Blu-ray Twilight Time Limited Edition 1972 / Color / 1:85 widescreen / 100 min. / Street Date September 8, 2015 / available through the Twilight Time Movies / 20.95 Starring Stacy Keach, Jeff Bridges, Susan Tyrrell, Candy Clark, Nicholas Colasanto, Art Aragon, Curtis Cokes, Sixto Rodriguez Cinematography Conrad L. Hall Production Designer Richard Sylbert Film Editor Walter Thompson Original Music Kris Kristofferson, Marvin Hamlisch (supervisor) Written by Leonard Gardner from his novel <Produced by John Huston, Ray Stark Directed by John Huston
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- Glenn Erickson
“Y’all take it easy now. This isn’t Dallas, it’s Nashville! They can’t do this to us here in Nashville! Let’s show them what we’re made of. Come on everybody, sing! Somebody, sing!”
Nashville screens one time only Thursday, September 24th at The Tivoli Theater (6350 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis) at 7pm
In a decade of great films, Nashville is one of the greatest. I saw Nashville during its initial theatrical release and have seen it several times since but it has not played on the big screen (at least in St. Louis) in a long time. In 1974 director Robert Altman was directing films for United Artists and wanted them to produce his film Thieves Like Us. They agreed if he would agree to direct a story about country music that they had a script for. He rejected the script and said he would offer them »
- Tom Stockman
Beth Harrington's "The Winding Stream: The Carters, The Cashes and the Course of Country Music" premiered at SXSW 2014 and had its theatrical premiere last night at the historic Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon, where Harrington is based. But getting to this moment has been, you might say, a long and winding stream. It took 12 years to make the documentary about the American music dynasty, the Carters and Cashes, and their influence on popular music. The film features interviews with Johnny Cash, Roseanne Cash, George Jones, John Prine and Kris Kristofferson, among many others. In fact, Harrington's interview with Johnny Cash was one of the last before he died in 2003. Along with Greg Snider, the film's editor, Harrington, who was nominated for a Grammy for "Welcome to the Club - The Women of Rockabilly," participated in a Q&A following the screening of the film. Read More: How a »
- Paula Bernstein
When Neil Patrick Harris returns to TV next week, he won't be cracking jokes in another sitcom. Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris (debuting on September 15th on NBC) marks the return — overdue or not — of the variety show, that long-dormant format in which kooky skits, musical guests, and frenzied production numbers are jammed into an hour of family-friendly entertainment. "When you think of the variety shows we all grew upon — Sonny and Cher and Donny and Marie — those [programs] all said, 'Sit on the couch, be entertained with a little song, »
The year that gave us Gremlins, Ghostbusters and The Temple Of Doom also gave us these 20 underappreciated movies...
It's been said that 1984 was a vintage year for movies, and looking back, it's easy to see why. The likes of Ghostbusters and Gremlins served up comedy, action and the macabre in equal measure. James Cameron's The Terminator cemented Arnold Schwarzenegger's star status and gave us one of the greatest sci-fi action movies of the decade.
This was also the year where the Coen brothers made their screen debut with the stunning thriller Blood Simple, and when the Zucker brothers followed up Airplane! with the equally hilarious Top Secret! And we still haven't even mentioned Beverly Hills Cop, This Is Spinal Tap, The Karate Kid, Indiana Jones And The Temple Of Doom and the unexpectedly successful romantic comedy, Splash. Then there was Milos Forman's sumptuous period drama Amadeus, which »
Without Janis Joplin, there mightn’t have been an Amy Winehouse. The two most prominent female members of the so-called “27 Club” may have worked in different musical registers (while both appropriating a heavy dose of soul), but it was Joplin who blazed a trail for female artists like Winehouse to defy industry standards of appearance, performance and behavior. So it feels like a breach of historical order that Amy Berg’s thoroughly absorbing documentary “Janis: Little Girl Blue” arrives on the heels of Asif Kapadia’s comparable “Amy.” Boasting equivalent depth of research, extensive access to an intimate personal archive, and a selection of galvanizing performance footage, Berg’s film is no stylistic innovator itself, but it’s the satisfying feature-length overview that Joplin’s brief, fiercely brilliant career has long merited. This PBS American Masters entry will take a piece of many a boomer’s heart, especially in ancillary. »
- Guy Lodge
Sneak Peek footage from award-winning music video director Jay Martin's dramatic crime thriller, "7 Minutes", starring Luke Mitchell, Jason Ritter, Leven Rambin, Kris Kristofferson, Zane Holtz and Joel Murray, aailable on Blu-ray and DVD September 1, 2015 from Anchor Bay Entertainment:
"...after becoming indebted to a psychopathic drug lord, three desperate young men are forced to commit a brazen robbery. What begins as a simple plan – 'in and out in seven minutes' – quickly escalates into a dangerous game of life-or-death.
"As each minute of the heist ticks by, true motives are revealed and unexpected twists ratchet up the stakes to a thrilling crescendo..."
Click the images to enlarge and Sneak Peek "7 Minutes"...
- Michael Stevens
'Affliction' movie: Nick Nolte as the troubled police officer Wade Whitehouse. 'Affliction' movie: Great-looking psychological drama fails to coalesce Set in a snowy New Hampshire town, Affliction could have been an excellent depiction of a dysfunctional family's cycle of violence and how that is accentuated by rapid, destabilizing socioeconomic changes. Unfortunately, writer-director Paul Schrader's 1998 film doesn't quite reach such heights.* Based on a novel by Russell Banks (who also penned the equally snowy The Sweet Hereafter), Schrader's Affliction relies on a realistic wintry atmosphere (courtesy of cinematographer Paul Sarossy) to convey the deadness inside the story's protagonist, the middle-aged small-town sheriff Wade Whitehouse (Nick Nolte). The angst-ridden Wade is intent on not ending up like his abusive, alcoholic father, Glen (James Coburn), while inexorably sliding down that very path. Making matters more complicated, Wade must come to terms with the fact that his ex-wife, Lillian (Mary Beth Hurt), will never return to him, »
- Andre Soares
The extraordinary life and unforgettable music of Johnny Cash will be explored in a brand-new documentary film. According to USA Today, Cmt will premiere Johnny Cash: American Rebel on September 12th, coinciding with the 12th anniversary of the death of the Man in Black.
Cash's nearly 50-year career will be explored through original interviews with family members John Carter Cash, Rosanne Cash and Carlene Carter, in addition to reflections from his contemporaries, including Merle Haggard, Willie Nelson and Kris Kristofferson. Others featured in the film include Eric Church, »
We’re getting the first look at Cmt’s original documentary Johnny Cash: American Rebel, a celebration of the life and artistry of the late Man in Black. The film combines original interviews with his family and friends including John Carter Cash, Rosanne Cash, Carlene Carter, Eric Church, Sheryl Crow, Rodney Crowell, Clive Davis, Merle Haggard, Kris Kristofferson, John Mellencamp, Kid Rock, Rick Rubin, Willie Nelson and more. Cmt premieres Johnny Cash: American Rebel 9 Pm… »
Had Nate Ruess sung lead for bands in the late ’70s, he might've sounded like the improbable love-child of Kris Kristofferson, Waylon Jennings, and Pete Townshend, with a hint of Billy Joel. Instead, Ruess has found fame in both the 2000s and the 2010s, as the former front man of the Format and, later, as the face of fun., which earned two Grammys in 2013 off sleeper hit "We Are Young." Still, a guy can always dream, and for his first short film, “The Grand Romantic,” debuting this week on Apple Music, Ruess has taken a bit of artistic license in reimagining his career. Making his acting debut for veteran video director Anthony Mandler (who directed fun.'s “Some Nights” and "Carry On" clips), Ruess plays a version of himself going up against the music industry of 40 years ago, when all some musicians had to worry about was staying on »
- Dee Lockett
It has been a long time since I was in the same room with director Michael Cimino. My first job out of Nyu Cinema Studies was in the publicity department at United Artists in New York, where I witnessed the long delays on Cimino’s follow-up to his Oscar-winning 1978 anti-war diatribe “The Deer Hunter,” the period western “Heaven’s Gate.” The director got caught up in chasing authenticity in the myriad details of the production, training for weeks the cast led by Kris Kristofferson and Isabelle Huppert to roller-skate for one scene—and demanding endless retakes until he shot more feet of film, over 1 million, than even Francis Coppola did on another memorably out-of-control UA movie, “Apocalypse Now.” The original $11 million budget bloated to $32 million (Cimino’s figure), as recounted in Steven Bach's "Final Cut: Art, Money and Ego in the Making of 'Heaven's Gate.' “Heaven’s »
- Anne Thompson
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