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MTV's 'Fcu: Fact Checkers Unit' starring Moby - watch video

9 December 2011 2:40 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Brian Sacca and Peter Karinen have returned as the stars of web comedy series Fcu: Fact Checkers Unit. After an award-winning first season with NBC, the show has a new home at and a fresh selection of guest stars including Moby, T-Pain, Kyle Gass, Run Dmc, Mark McGrath and Tj Miller. The Fact Checkers have a new workplace - magazine Swag - and bonkers boss (more) »

- By Alex Fletcher

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DVD Release: Limelight

7 December 2011 2:53 PM, PST | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

DVD Release Date: Jan. 24, 2012

Price: DVD $26.98

Studio: Magnolia

New York City nights come alive in Limelight.

The 2011 documentary film Limelight chronicles the career of Peter Gatien, the undisputed king of the 1980s New York club scene and owner of such famed Gotham hotspots as Limelight, Tunnel, Palladium and Club USA.

At the pinnacle of Gatien’s success, thousands of partygoers lined up each night outside the doors of his venues hoping for entry. Influencing such future icons as Madonna, The Beastie Boys and Moby, Gatien’s clubs engendered such influential musical genres as pop, punk, techno and acid house.

But Gatien’s phenomenal success put his venues on the radar of New York City Mayor Rudolph Giuliani’s infamous crackdown on drugs and crime in the 1990s, and Gatien and his clubs soon became law enforcement’s number one target. Years of legal battles and police pressure spearheaded by Giuliani »

- Laurence

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James Bond vs. Jason Bourne – Cinema Standoff

29 November 2011 3:10 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

James Bond. Jason Bourne. The two most bad-ass people with the initials Jb, (Sorry Jack Bauer) but which one is really the best?

To celebrate the currently filming new editions of both respective franchises with Skyfall and The Bourne Legacy I will attempt to decide which is truly better. It’s a more difficult scenario than you might initially think, as whilst the two have some similar aspects they could not be more different in others. It is also a subjective argument and people will always have their own favourite. Furthermore the odds have been unfairly skewered. For one Bond has been in the public consciousness for a helluva lot longer than Bourne. This gives Bond a little bit of an unfair advantage, having had more time to develop an iconic status. This aside however the two are on a fairly even-keel when it comes to awesomeness.

Both of these »

- Addison Crosbie

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Docs. "Thunder Soul," "The Man Nobody Knew," More

25 September 2011 12:40 PM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

"For a decade starting in the late 60s, the Kashmere Stage Band — a funk-infused outfit rooted in a poor, predominantly black neighborhood in northeast Houston — built a reputation as the most formidable high school band in the country." Scott Tobias for NPR: "Under the leadership of Conrad O Johnson Sr, a prodigious musician in his own right (he once played with Count Basie), the band zigged where others zagged, embracing the sounds (and moves) of James Brown and Otis Redding while its peers were mimicking the ossified standards of 40s big bands. In competition — and on recordings — the contrast was clear: The Kashmere Stage Band was lively, exuberant, spontaneous and contemporary, and the also-rans were square nostalgists."

"Three decades after graduation, members reunite to honor their beloved 93-year-old bandleader, teacher and role model," writes Eric Hynes in Time Out New York. "Amid its celebrations of black power, ambitious Afros and fly female trombonists, »

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Limelight Movie Review

23 September 2011 6:53 AM, PDT | ShockYa | See recent ShockYa news »

Title: Limelight Directed by: Billy Corben Starring: Peter Gatien, Moby and Michael Alig People’s views and opinions on controversial subjects often are linked to their experiences. This is certainly seen in the new Magnolia Pictures documentary ‘Limelight,’ which tells the story of well-known New York City nightclub owner Peter Gatien. The film’s director, veteran documentary helmer Billy Corben decided not to focus solely on Gatien’s side of why he was ultimately charged with tax evasion; he also featured account of events from witnesses and government officials to explain why the former King of New York Clubs was targeted. ‘Limelight’ chronicles the rise and fall of Gatien, one of the city’s »

- karen

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Movie Review: Warrior (2011)

8 September 2011 9:07 PM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton in Warrior

Photo: Lionsgate Outside of a powerful and intense performance from Tom Hardy, Gavin O'Connor's Warrior promises a lot early but is quite muted along the way to an ending I got very little out of. I was never quite sure what the payoff was supposed to be, but as far as I can tell there is no happy ending and there is no sad ending, in fact, there is hardly an ending to speak of. Walking away from the theater I was left wishing the overlong 139 minute feature had found a way to scratch 30 minutes from its run time or at least give me something to care about as the credits rolled.

The story centers on two brothers, separated due to family troubles when they were teens. Tommy (Tom Hardy), a one-time promising young wrestler, went with his mother when she left their alcoholic, »

- Brad Brevet

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Trailer and Poster for Director Billy Corben’s Limelight

17 August 2011 5:07 PM, PDT | | See recent news »

A trailer and poster for director Billy Corben's (Cocaine Cowboys) documentary Limelight have landed online. The film centers on club owner Peter Gatien and his culturally significant Manhattan nightclub for which the pic is titled. As the story goes, his businesses ruled the NYC club scene of the '80s, but by the mid-'90s Gatien had become the poster boy for Mayor Rudy Giuliani's plot to essentially destroy all fun within city limits after dark. Outside of what I've already written, I can't claim to know any more about Gatien and the history of New York City's nightlife. That said, the trailer on display here features Moby talking about how much fun he had at the Limelight which makes me think I didn't miss a whole lot by not being there. Check out the trailer, poster, and an official synopsis for the film after the jump. Magnolia Pictures »

- Jason Barr

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"Electric Daisy Carnival Experience": Documenting Electro-Mecca

12 August 2011 4:45 AM, PDT | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Every genre of music has its own culture surrounding it. Rock has arena concerts, blues has hole in the wall clubs, and so forth. Similarly, each genre has their Mecca: that annual concert that is the end all be all of places to be if you love a certain style of music. For electro/techno/house fans, there’s no better place to be on the last weekend in June than the Electric Daisy Carnival, which has become something of a cultural phenomenon in recent years as its popularity has shot through the roof. What started as a day-long event expanded into two nights and now, as of 2011, three. Three nights of incredible electronic music from the likes of Deadmau5, Moby, Afrojack, Duck Sauce, Fedde Le Grand, Kaskade, and Mstrkrft. To document the culture that has risen up around the Edc, Kevin Kerslake filmed Electric Daisy Carnival Experience, and as concert films go, »

- Lex Walker

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20 June 2011 6:06 AM, PDT | | See recent JustPressPlay news »

It's hard to argue with the fact that over the years Moby has become the bald, bespectacled face of electronic music. During his 20+ year music career he has had great successes (Play) and forgettable outings (Hotel), but it was his last album, 2009's Wait for Me, that may very well have solidified his place in the electronica hierarchy. Wait for Me was a well crafted ambient gem, replacing the dance numbers of his '08 album Last Nightwith brooding, night drive worthy compositions that fit together more cohesively than any other prior Moby album. Expectations were, needless to say, high for his follow up album. On Destroyed, Moby doesn't tamper too much with the formula that made Wait for Me so great; yet, like he has often done during his lengthy career, the new album falls flat in the shadow of its predecessor.



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Notes from New Sodom: The Order of the Blue Flower

9 June 2011 6:42 AM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

The Rapture of Unreason

“I grew up around Christians who believed in a seven day creation, preached the reality of Hell and Judgement, and railed against the lie that was evolution. They were also, for the most part, racists and homophobes… And the only difference between them and me was that I had a father who shoved a science fiction paperback into my pre-teen hands and ordered me to read it. After all, it’s pretty hard to be prejudiced against blacks and gays when you’re a-okay with Klingons and the Green Men of Mars.”

– Lou Anders, Bowing to the Future

So the 21st of May came and went without a whiff of the Rapture, nary a hint of Moby Douche, the Great White Fail, breaching the firmament above. No star called Wormwood fallen from the sky, turning a third of the waters to tasty absinthe. No angels treading »

- Hal Duncan

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What to TiVo: Friday

28 April 2011 11:59 PM, PDT | POPSUGAR | See recent BuzzSugar news »

8:00 Shark Tank (new) 9:00 20/20 (new) 12:00 Jimmy Kimmel Live (repeat, with guests Robert Pattinson and Shailene Woodley) 8:00 The Royal Wedding: Modern Majesty 9:00 CSI: NY (new) 10:00 Blue Bloods (new) 11:50 Late Show With David Letterman (repeat, with guest John Krasinski) 12:52 Late Late Show With Craig Ferguson (new, with guest Bob Saget) 8:00 Kitchen Nightmares (new) 9:00 Fringe (new) 8:00 Friday Night Lights (new) 9:00 Dateline NBC (new) 11:35 Tonight Show With Jay Leno (new, with guests Rob Lowe, Susan Lucci, and Moby) 12:35 Late Night With Jimmy Fallon (new, with guests Eva Mendes and Aretha Franklin) 8:00 Smallville (new) 9:00 Supernatural (new) 9:00 Say Yes to the Dress (new) 9:30 Say Yes to the Dress (new) 8:00 Role Models 10:00 Fashion Police Royal Wedding Special (new) »

- BuzzSugar

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This Week In Trailers: Grave Encounters, Killer God, Las Malas Intenciones (The Bad Intentions), Cross, PressPausePlay

8 April 2011 6:00 PM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers? PressPausePlayTrailer If there are creative nerds out there, and I know there are dozens of you who are more adept than I with knowing how »

- Christopher Stipp

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The Beastie Boys 'Fight For Your Right Revisted' And The Greatest Celebrified Videos Of All Time

8 April 2011 8:54 AM, PDT | MTV Newsroom | See recent MTV Newsroom news »

On Thursday, much to the delight of Stanley Tucci enthusiasts and students of meta-comedy the world over, the Beastie Boys premiered a teaser clip for "Fight For Your Right Revisited," their short film that chronicles the events that transpired following their epochal 1987 video of the same name (or, as the B-Boys put it, "the long-ass video thing.")

Featuring appearances by pretty much everybody — Will Ferrell, Danny McBride, Jack Black, Jason Schwartzman, Ted Danson, Susan Sarandon, the aforementioned Tucci and Seth Rogen, to name just a few — it's most certainly a celebrified thing, but it also manages to rise above the usual cameo crap-heap by being really clever, too, filled with wink-wink nods to the Beastie's past, Ferrell's legendary "More Cowbell!" "SNL" sketch, and even the late, lamented "Arrested Development" ("Come On!")

In short, it's everything you could possibly want from a celeb-heavy clip, but is that enough to »

- James Montgomery

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Henry Silva is Coming For You, and More New DVDs

14 March 2011 6:14 AM, PDT | | See recent IFC news »

A look at what's new on DVD today:

"Fernando Di Leo Crime Collection"

Directed by Fernando Di Leo

Released by RaroVideo

Fans of badass '70s cinema and the stoic Henry Silva rejoice! Underappreciated Italian crime master director Fernando Di Leo finally comes to the U.S. via this set of four films -- "Caliber 9," "The Italian Connection," "The Boss," and "Rulers of the City" -- that shows what made him an influence of filmmakers such as Quentin Tarantino and John Woo.

"The Absent" (2011)

Directed by Sage Bannick

Released by Passion River

Twin brothers are bonded by the experience of having their parents try to kill them for insurance money, only to become killers themselves in this slasher film from Sage Bannick.

"Be My Teacher" (2011)

Directed by Lakisha R. Lemons

Released by Maverick Entertainment Group

A student's (Derek Lee Nixon) flirtations with his English teacher (Lateace Towns-Cuellar) has serious »

- Stephen Saito

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SXSW Film 2011 Cheat Sheet

9 March 2011 8:50 AM, PST | | See recent IFC news »

...Or we should say "Cheat Sheets" since this year's SXSW Film Festival boasts over 140 films, requiring more than just one page to cover every single one of the narrative and documentary features that will be playing in Austin from March 11th through 19th. While the festival has already provided a very helpful schedule to flip through and Pdf of the screening grid online, consider this your quick hit guide to all the features at the festival - every title leads to its corresponding festival page in addition to links to trailers, official sites, filmmakers' Facebook pages and Twitter accounts so you can follow the action from the festival or from home.

Meanwhile, there will be plenty of action during these next two weeks on where, in addition to our live video page, Matt Singer (@mattsinger) and I (@mfrushmore) will be filing reviews and interviews throughout the film festival. »

- Stephen Saito

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Dave Sitek Likens Big Labels To Pedophiles

1 March 2011 1:11 PM, PST | | See recent IFC news »

Speakers at the 2011 Emp Pop Conference had harsh words for the industry's big labels, according to THR. The conference, which took place over the weekend at UCLA, was moderated by Kcrw's Morning Becomes Eclectic host Jason Bentley, and a three men whom he called "multi-hyphenates" -- players on multiple levels within the music industry -- producers, songwriters, DJs, as well as solo and/or group band members. The panelists included Richard Melville Hall, more commonly known as Moby, Raphael Saadiq (of R&B Tony! Toni! Toné! fame turned solo artist and producer), and David Sitek of TV on the Radio, Maximum Balloon, and countless other dope projects.

"Don't be under the impression that they have any concern for what anyone on this panel, or most of the people we know, do," Sitek said, of the average suit at a major label. "It seems like it's run by pedophiles trying to push the next ring tone. »

- Brandon Kim

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Lucy Walker, Moby Oscar Red Carpet 2011 Photo

28 February 2011 5:21 AM, PST | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

Lucy Walker, Oscar nominee for Best Documentary (Feature), arrives with Moby (L) for the 83rd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Lucy Walker was a co-nominee for Waste Land, which lost the Best Documentary Feature Academy Award to Charles Ferguson's Inside Job. Moby was a Grammy nominee in 2002. He composed the music for Waste Land. Photo: Ivan Vejar / ©A.M.P.A.S. Click on the photo to enlarge it. »

- D. Zhea

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This week's new films

25 February 2011 4:07 PM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Waste Land

(PG) (Lucy Walker, 2010, Brazil/UK) 99 mins

The transformative power of art is demonstrated literally here, but that doesn't preclude poetry or emotion from this exceptional documentary. Brazilian artist Vik Muniz travels to the world's largest landfill, outside São Paulo, where he makes giant portraits of the hard-up refuse pickers out of the very trash they sort – thus turning it into expensive art. The lives of the characters (proud eco-champions as much as disadvantaged individuals) and the irresistibly uplifting treatment will leave you pondering the true value of things.

Animal Kingdom (15)

(David Michôd, 2010, Aus) James Frecheville, Guy Pearce, Jacki Weaver. 113 mins

There are few action scenes and fewer laughs in this tense, brooding Aussie thriller, which sidesteps the gangster cliches to study the volatile dynamic of a cornered criminal family. It's polished in plotting and execution, despite the concerted lack of glamour.

Howl (15)

(Rob Epstein, Jacob Friedman, 2010, Us) James Franco, »

- The Guide

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This Week In Trailers: Circo, The Great White Silence, Norwegian Wood, All That Remains, Waste Land, The Bleeding

25 February 2011 8:00 AM, PST | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Trailers are an under-appreciated art form insofar that many times they’re seen as vehicles for showing footage, explaining films away, or showing their hand about what moviegoers can expect. Foreign, domestic, independent, big budget: I celebrate all levels of trailers and hopefully this column will satisfactorily give you a baseline of what beta wave I’m operating on, because what better way to hone your skills as a thoughtful moviegoer than by deconstructing these little pieces of advertising? Some of the best authors will tell you that writing a short story is a lot harder than writing a long one, that you have to weigh every sentence. What better medium to see how this theory plays itself out beyond that than with movie trailers? Circo Trailer Here in the southwest I think you can take a band like Calexico for granted. They have a dusty, desert charm that draws »

- Christopher Stipp

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Theatrical Releases: 'Waste Land'

24 February 2011 4:29 AM, PST | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

There’s always a niggling feeling when you watch a film like Lucy Walker's Waste Land (2010) that you’re going to be guilt tripped into sorting through your rubbish, essentially paying for a feature length advert on the benefits of recycling. Although it’s true that you’ll probably end up being a bit more self-conscious about quite how much you throw away each year the strange thing is that Waste Land never really tries to make you do so.

Walker’s vision for her film seems to be primarily about art, with the waste used to make it taking a backseat role. Yet the fusion between art and rubbish is hardly a new and groundbreaking concept and results in a film that is instantly flawed in its lack of originality. What shines through is the strength of the Brazilian landfill workers optimism and uplifting spirit which makes Waste Land more than worth watching. »

- Daniel Green

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