13 items from 2016
Legendary funk musician George Clinton and comedians Byron Bowers and Anders Holm have joined the cast of Kuso, the debut directorial feature from acclaimed rapper and DJ Flying Lotus. It’s the first movie from Brainfeeder films and is currently filming in Los Angeles. The story follows the aftermath of Los Angeles’ worst quake nightmare, broadcasting through a makeshift network of discarded televisions, travel between screens and between aftershocks into the twisted… »
Startup studio Supergravity has acquired Italian filmmaker Spaghetto’s film “Twerkumentary” and plans a December release globally across all platforms, Variety has learned exclusively.
The film covers the origins of twerking and the evolution of its cultural impact — including a deeper conversation about empowerment, freedom of expression and the influence that music and the Internet have on cultures around the world.
“Making this documentary has been a long and interesting journey that took me all over the world,” Spaghetto said. “It started because I wanted people to understand more about the origins of the dance and I also wanted to explore some of the topics that its pop evolution generated; cultural appropriation, feminism, freedom of expression, social media and trends.
“With this idea in mind, »
- Dave McNary
At the bitter end of a ten-year slide into ever-cheaper productions, The Cannon Group sends stars David Bradley (a nice guy), Steve James (everyone's favorite) and Marjoe Gortner (a stiff) to South Africa for an anemic entry in this series. Cannon is considered a 'fun' subject this year because of those funny documentaries that came out. Savant cut the trailer for this particular picture, so takes the opportunity to talk about the wild life and times in the Cannon trailer department. American Ninja 3: Blood Hunt Blu-ray Olive Films 19 / B&W / 2:35 1:85 widescreen / 1:37 flat Academy / 90 min. / Street Date August 16, 2016 / available through the Olive Films website / 29.98 Starring David Bradley, Steve James, Marjoe Gortner, Michele Chan,Yehuda Efroni, Alan Swerdlow. Cinematography George Bartels Film Editor Michael J. Duthie Original Music George S. Clinton Written by Gary Conway from characters by Avi Kleinberger & Gideon Amir Produced by Harry Alan Towers Directed »
- Glenn Erickson
Prepare to get funked up like you haven’t been in a long time. Legendary funk musician George Clinton is preparing to release a new album, his first since 2008’s “George Clinton and His Gangsters of Love.” The announcement was made Tuesday by record label Brainfeeder. Also Read: Bernie Worrell, Parliament-Funkadelic Keyboardist, Dies at 72 “Yes, the word is out! @George_Clinton will release a new album on Brainfeeder,” the label tweeted. “Details coming soon…,” the label vowed. The 75-year-old musician, best known as the man behind the bands Parliament and Funkadelic, has a history with Brainfeeder. Last year, he »
- Tim Kenneally
Cinemas closed and concerts cancelled in aftermath of deadly Nice attack; cast and crew of ‘50 Shades Darker’ reported safe.
French President Francois Hollande has declared three days of national mourning following a brutal terror attack on people gathered on the seafront in Nice to watch a firework display marking Bastille Day on Thursday evening.
France’s interior ministry said on Friday morning that 84 people died and another 18 people had been left with life-threatening injuries after a man deliberately drove an Hgv lorry into festive crowds on the resort’s famous seafront Promenade des Anglais.
Hollande, who was due to visit Nice on Friday afternoon with Prime Minister Manuel Valls, also announced the extension of France’s state of emergency, first put in place following the killing of 130 people in a wave of attacks across Paris on November 13.
The Promenade des Anglais remained closed to traffic on Friday and the beaches flanking the section of boulevard where the lorry »
The previous two entries of The Purge franchise have been pretty good little action-thrillers mixed with sci-fi/horror concepts at a political angle. When 2015 didn’t have a Purge film, I figured they were taking the year off to maybe flesh out their political commentary and time it with the release of 2016, an election year. When I saw the title, The Purge: Election Year, my prediction seems to be on point.
Frank Grillo returns from the previous entry, The Purge: Anarchy, as a hired head of security to protect Senator Charlie Roan, played by Elizabeth Mitchell, during her presidential campaign. Roan is also the sole survivor of an incident that happened 15 years ago (more on this later) where her family was brutally slaughtered by a purger who held them hostage and made Roan decide who would live out of the ordeal all while listening to George Clinton & The Funkadelics. Senator »
- Andy Triefenbach
“The Purge: Election Year” is a scurrilously effective pop rabble-rouser — a movie that’s been built to get you riled, and does. It’s a squalid B-movie political horror film that plays to our most reptile-brained basic instincts, and also to our cartoon-noble ideals, and by the end you can’t separate the two; that’s the way canny shameless pop works. In the opening scene, the members of a family are sitting on a couch, bound and gagged and blood-spattered, while a masked killer entertains them with tunes from his “Purge playlist” (he makes an obscenely jaunty segue from “20th Century Boy” by T. Rex to George Clinton’s “We Want the Funk”). A guy like this, in another film, would have been a violent head case, but in the “Purge” movies, where even the most horrifyingly twisted murder is legal for one night a year, he’s just »
- Owen Gleiberman
George Clinton and the Parliament-Funkadelic, along with former key members Bootsy Collins and keyboardist Bernie Worrell, dropped by the Late Show With Stephen Colbert Monday to perform the funk group's 1978 hit "Flash Light" ahead of an all-star New York "funkraiser" for Worrell that night. Jon Batiste and the Late Show also sat in on the performance of the party-starting classic.
In January, Worrell revealed that he's battling a "mild form" of prostate cancer and stage-four liver cancer. To help Worrell with his medical bills, friends and admirers of the Rock »
“Husters Convention” pays due tribute to the eponymous 1973 album, a pseudonymously credited, underground-distributed proto-rap album that wound up hugely influencing a hip-hop culture not yet extant at the time of its creation. Mike Todd’s documentary rewards in shedding some light on this simultaneously important and obscure slice of vinyl African-American history, while also frustrating with its somewhat limited insight. Beyond music-focused fests and other venues, primary exposure will be in home formats.
“Hustlers Convention” was attributed to “Lightnin’ Rod,” whose real identity would remain a matter of conjecture for many years. But the pic immediately abandons any pretense of suspense by focusing on Jalal Nuriddin, nee Alafia Pudim, whom several here cite as “the Grandfather of Rap” not just for the aforementioned disc, but also for his membership in the Last Poets, the remarkable spoken-word trio bred in a Harlem writers’ workshop. Their performance poetry, with variably complex musical backing (at first just percussive, »
- Dennis Harvey
Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars just took home a major honor! The "Uptown Funk" collaborators won the Grammy award for Record of the Year, which was presented by the one and only Beyonce. "I just want to thank these guys for being some of the greatest, musicians and performers around," Ronson said during his acceptance speech. "I see George Clinton over there, a man who has done more for the word funk that we could ever hope to dream of in our entire lives. So I want to thank James Brown, George Clinton...Prince, Earth Wind and Fire of course." "Thank you guys so much," Mars added on stage. "This is dedicated to the fans." Ronson and Mars' hit "Uptown »
Kendrick Lamar is very likely going to win some Grammys this year. That's a good thing, because Lamar's To Pimp a Butterfly deserves every piece of praise it earned last year. It's a rich, challenging work that marries jazz, hip-hop and funk to Lamar's dense, knotty and socially conscious rhymes. Any wins for Lamar and Butterfly are net gains for music. At least one of those wins, however, would also be a win for George Clinton, founding member of Parliament, Funkadelic and one of the chief architects of funk music and by extension, hip-hop. Clinton is nominated as part of »
- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl
“Newtown,” which debuts this weekend at Sundance, has what may be the most ambitious score of any movie in the festival: 17 different composers contributed music, all because they were moved by the subject matter.
“Newtown” deals with the aftermath of the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, where 20 first-graders and six staffers were killed in the second-deadliest mass shooting by a gunman in U.S. history.
Composer Fil Eisler (“Revenge,” “Empire”), Czech-born but now an American citizen with a 4-year-old daughter, remembers a conversation with producer Maria Cuomo Cole in which he expressed his outrage at yet another massacre. (“I’m scared of her growing up in this country,” he said.) Then Cole told him she was working on a film about Sandy Hook.
“The floor just fell out from under me,” Eisler recalls. “I didn’t ever want to see that film, much less score it.” But the more he thought about it, »
- Jon Burlingame
Paul Feig tweeted a photo of four Ghostbusters reboot figures on Friday that look pretty rad. We have details, as well as a look at the figures, below. A Q&A with Daniel Abella, the director of the Philip K. Dick Film Festival, and info on Robert Englund's upcoming appearance at Silver Scream Festival, are also in this round-up.
Mattel's Ghostbusters Figures: The photo below features the prototypes of all four of the figures which stand at six inches tall. The official release date for these items is not available at this time.
Starring Melissa McCarthy, Kate McKinnon, Kristen Wiig, and Leslie Jones, Paul Feig's Ghostbusters reboot is slated to hit theaters on July 15th, 2016. Chris Hemsworth will play Kevin the receptionist, with Andy Garcia, Matt Walsh, Michael Kenneth Williams, and Cecily Strong also along for the ride.
- Tamika Jones
13 items from 2016
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