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L7 Detail 'Pretend We're Dead' Documentary Release

L7 Detail 'Pretend We're Dead' Documentary Release
A new documentary about revolutionary grunge outfit L7 will be released October 13th on DVD and video-on-demand. L7: Pretend We're Dead will also get a multi-city theatrical run starting September 1st at the Hollywood Theater in Portland, Oregon.

The film will screen throughout September in select cities such as Philadelphia, Chicago, Boston, Los Angeles, Washington D.C. and San Francisco. The last planned showing is October 5th at Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn.

Filmmaker Sarah Price (The Yes Men, Summercamp!) directed Pretend We're Dead, which chronicles the band's remarkable career, from
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"I'm a sensitive person": Kiyomi McCloskey is not trying to be an a-hole

Tags: Kiyomi McCloskeyHunter ValentineThe Real L WordSick of SarahVanity TheftIMDb

We here at AfterEllen.com have been writing about Hunter Valentine since 2007 when the band was a trio living in Toronto. I first met Kiyomi McCloskey and Laura Petracca when they came through Chicago with The Cliks and that night they were stone sober because they didn't drink on tour. Both of them had long-time girlfriends at home and they were on their best behavior.

Then last year they toured through my new city of Portland with Sick of Sarah and Vanity Theft with a new bassist, Vero and beer was definitely consumed. But they are also some of the nicest gals you could meet, a persona that doesn't translate on stage because when they have a guitar or drumstick in hand, they seriously seem like they could kick your ass.

Maybe that's what The Real L Word producers saw in them,
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Dick Clark: the underground's unlikely champion

As host of American Bandstand, Dick Clark was responsible for smuggling subversion into Us homes

It is easy to think of Dick Clark, who died on Wednesday, as a real square, standing dead centre in the cultural median, slick and mainstream, ageless and rocking a perdurable deep Californian tan and a haircut that didn't change in the 33 years that American Bandstand, the music show he hosted, was on the air.

Looking at him now from the distance of 2012, he seems like a relic of another innocent time. Perhaps he was. He was prescient; understanding how impactful rock'n'roll was and would be, which artists would matter. Just as important was understanding how much music mattered to teenagers, how utterly connected and crucial it was. Of course he understood it – music mattered to him in the same way.

While we associate American Bandstand as the force that helped establish and eschew vintage
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DVD Playhouse--February 2012

DVD Playhouse—February 2012

By Allen Gardner

To Kill A Mockingbird 50th Anniversary Edition (Universal) Robert Mulligan’s film of Harper Lee’s landmark novel pits a liberal-minded lawyer (Gregory Peck) against a small Southern town’s racism when defending a black man (Brock Peters) on trumped-up rape charges. One of the 1960s’ first landmark films, a truly stirring human drama that hits all the right notes and isn’t dated a bit. Robert Duvall makes his screen debut (sans dialogue) as the enigmatic Boo Radley. DVD and Blu-ray double edition. Bonuses: Two feature-length documentaries: Fearful Symmetry and A Conversation with Gregory Peck; Featurettes; Excerpts and film clips from Gregory Peck’s Oscar acceptance speech and AFI Lifetime Achievement Award; Commentary by Mulligan and producer Alan J. Pakula; Trailer. Widescreen. Dolby and DTS 2.0 mono.

Outrage: Way Of The Yakuza (Magnolia) After a brief hiatus from his signature oeuvre of Japanese gangster flicks,
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AfterElton Briefs: "Glee" Rebounds, Ellen Is A Menace, and We're Getting More "Shameless"

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Happy Birthday to Michael C. Hall (above), who turns 41, the faboo Heather Morris is 25, and Exene Cervenka is 56. Our thoughts go out to the family and friends of trailblazer Don Cornelius on his passing.The SXSW Fest has released the list of features to be showcased, and it includes Gayby, about a straight woman and gay man who decide to have a baby together, "the old-fashioned way."Oscar winners Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon will star in Devil's Knot, about the wrongfully incarcerated West Memphis 3. Showtime has given early renewals to Shameless, House Of Lies and Californication.Below you can see the Very Nsfw season finale (already?) of Old Dogs & New Tricks, with guest stars Thom Bierdz and Patrick "Thrust It!" Bristow.

Kevin Bacon is coming to primetime as the star of the upcoming (still untitled) Kevin Williamson pilot, an "edge-of-the-seat thriller about a diabolical serial killer who uses technology
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X "The Unheard Music" Silver Anniversary Special Edition- December 13, 2011

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X "The Unheard Music" Silver Anniversary Special Edition, available on DVD and Blu-ray, December 13, 2011 is considered the punk-rock era's "Last Waltz", assembled with Scorsese-like care, showcasing the iconic L.A. band X, who changed the face of punk music with their original style.

X, formed in 1977 was among the first wave of American punk bands, with original members, vocalist Exene Cervenka, vocalist/bassist John Doe, guitarist Billy Zoom and drummer DJ Bonebrake.

Available for the first time in HD, the Silver Anniversary Edition includes a new film transfer, 5.1 sound mix, a 25th anniversary dialogue with Doe & Cervenka, an inside look into the making of the film with Angel City Productions (circa 1983), a raw outtake of a live performance of the song "Some Other Time"; the original theatrical trailer and a replica of the original souvenir song book:

"...we see the band at its peak in this legendary film, which took five years to make.
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Avril Lavigne, 'Glee,' and R.E.M. lead March 8 album releases

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Avril Lavigne, 'Glee,' and R.E.M. lead March 8 album releases
Adele's reign at No. 1 may come to a halt next week as March 8 brings new releases from a number of potential spoilers, including Avril Lavigne's "Goodbye Lullaby," R.E.M's "Collapse Into Now" and the fifth volume of tunes from "Glee." There are other strong new releases from Lupe Fiasco, Raekwon and Exene Cervenka. Exene Cervenka, “The Excitement of Maybe” (Bloodshot): X frontwoman’s new solo album includes first single, the horn-laden (!?!?!) “Already in Love.” Not very punk, you say? We say Cervenka has earned the right to do whatever she wants. Catch her at SXSW if you can. Bruce Cockburn, “Small...
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Stars in Rewind: Viggo Mortensen's Punk Love

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Stars in Rewind: Viggo Mortensen's Punk Love
Yet another interesting tidbit about the many faceted stars we know and love is that Viggo Mortensen was once married to Los Angeles punk icon Exene Cervenka of the band X. Although she later sued him over child support, there are some nuggets online that show them together in a previous, happier time. They were also in the 1987 movie Salvation! together.

Filmmaker Modi Frank, of Modivation Films, used footage of the couple horsing around an old train yard for both a promo/music video for Cervenka's first solo album, Old Wives' Tales. You can see a very young Viggo romping with his young wife side-by-side with her ex-husband and X bassist/singer John Doe and his new wife Gigi Blair to the tune of "He's Got a She." Later, Modi used some of the same footage for the song "Whiskey for Supper" by Cervenka's later band, Original Sinners.

In the clip for Old Wives Tales,
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Old School Punk Rocker Reveals Lost '80s Western Featuring Kevin Costner

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Old School Punk Rocker Reveals Lost '80s Western Featuring Kevin Costner
A truly strange cow punk flick, "Bad Day" just surfaced 24 years after it was shot by Modi Frank and Exene Cervenka of the L.A. punk band, X. It features legends like X bassist and frontman John Doe, The Flesh Eaters singer Chris D, and Grammy winner Dave Alvin, who also scored the film -- which is silent. Also featured, and this is probably the best part, are Michael Blake and Kevin Costner.

Blake would go on to win an Oscar for writing "Dances with Wolves" in 1990, which Costner directed and starred in, and also took home two Oscars for Best Director and Best Picture. But when "Bad Day" was shot in 1986, Costner was a punk who'd had his scenes deleted from "The Big Chill" and had only just appeared in Lawrence Kasdan's "Silverado." No small feat really, his role as Jake was memorable and a hero to every
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Early Punk Goes Cowboy With Kevin Costner For Gulf Coast Aid

Almost 25 years after it was filmed, the Queen of L.A. Punk, X singer Exene Cervenka and music video director Modi Frank present their previously unreleased cowboy satire “Bad Day” featuring legendary X front man John Doe, Grammy Award winner Dave Alvin, Oscar-winning writer Michael Blake, and with a comedic performance by Academy Award winner, Kevin Costner.

Now available for the first time as a digital download at BadDayMovie.com, viewers will be able to “pay” whatever they choose for the download in order to view “Bad Day”. A portion of the proceeds from “Bad Day” are going to Gulf Coast aid organizations that will help both those people directly affected by this disaster and the precious wetlands of the Gulf coast area. In regards to their co-star Kevin Costner, who spent millions of dollars over the last decade to develop centrifuge clean-up machinery for just these types of oil spills,
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Watch A Young Kevin Costner Play A Cowboy... For Charity

Usually when an actor makes a tiny short film with his buddies before he's super rich and famous, the movie either winds up a collector's item among the people who have it or somehow gets used as blackmail. But in the case of short Western "Bad Day," featuring an early performance by Kevin Costner, it's resurfacing for charity. Well, partly. As picked up by La Figa, filmmakers Modi Frank and Exene Cervenka have decided to release the black-and-white, silent short online 25 years after it was made, and a portion of the proceeds will go to charities benefiting the Gulf, inspired by Costner's efforts to build a machine that could accomplish the clean-up after the oil spill. (Read all about it here). "We are both so proud of Kevin and grateful for all he.s doing to help in the Gulf," Exene and Modi said, explaining that they had considered releasing
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Mortensen: 'I'm a worrying parent'

Mortensen: 'I'm a worrying parent'
Viggo Mortensen has revealed that he is a worrying dad. The Road star, who has a 21-year-old son called Henry with his ex-wife Exene Cervenka, said that he could relate to the father struggling to protect his son that he played in his most recent movie. Mortensen told Parade magazine: "You worry about your child's future. You're like, 'What if I'm (more)
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Viggo Mortensen's paternal worries

Viggo Mortensen has always been a worried father. The 51-year-old actor plays a father struggling to protect his son as they try to survive in a post-apocalyptic world in new movie 'The Road' and he admits he could relate to the fear of not being able to protect your offspring. The star - who has a 21-year-old son, Henry, with his ex-wife Exene Cervenka - said: "You worry about your child's future. You're like, 'What if I'm away from my infant son or daughter for a few hours, do I trust someone else to take care of them?' "Then, later in life, you're more concerned about whether you'll be around anymore to help your children when
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Concerned parent Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen has always been a worried father. The 51-year-old actor plays a father struggling to protect his son as they try to survive in a post-apocalyptic world in new movie 'The Road' and he admits he could relate to the fear of not being able to protect your offspring. The star - who has a 21-year-old son, Henry, with his ex-wife Exene Cervenka - said: "You worry about your child's future. You're like, 'What if I'm away from my infant son or daughter for a few hours, do I trust someone else to take care of them?' "Then, later in life, you're more concerned about whether you'll be around anymore to help your children when they're out of the
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Concerned parent Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen has always been a worried father. The 51-year-old actor plays a father struggling to protect his son as they try to survive in a post-apocalyptic world in new movie 'The Road' and he admits he could relate to the fear of not being able to protect your offspring. The star - who has a 21-year-old son, Henry, with his ex-wife Exene Cervenka - said: ''You worry about your child's future. You're like, 'What if I'm away from my infant son or daughter for a few hours, do I trust someone else to take care of them?' ''Then, later in life, ..
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Viggo Mortensen Says Children Are the Teachers

Viggo Mortensen Says Children Are the Teachers
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When Viggo Mortensen was approached to star in The Road, based on the novel by Cormac McCarthy, his initial interest in the role seemed less than promising. However, despite his desperate need for a vacation, the actor accepted as not only could Viggo relate to his character’s extreme exhaustion, but the two were also linked by the bond of fatherhood.

“He’s dying of tiredness. All that keeps him going is trying to keep himself and his son alive,” he tells Parade of his character, who, along with his son, is on a quest to survive in a post-apocalyptic setting.
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Halloween 2 (2009)

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In 2007, Rob Zombie won the ire of a multitude of horror fans in his revision of Halloween; a remake so sorely received that its release temporarily lowered the Rotten Tomatoes ‘Tomatometer’ of the 1978 original. Despite the groans and gnashing of teeth from critics and fans alike, the film was a success in one critical junction – it made money. Nothing buried underneath the dirt of so much cash ever stays dead for long. Now, two years later we bear witness to the aftermath of this financial success in Rob Zombie’s Halloween 2 - God help us all!

The story starts where the last one stopped. Laurie Strode (Scout Taylor-Compton) is sent to the hospital, and Michael (Tyler Mane), temporarily dead, takes a ride in the meat wagon. Michael, being the kind of man he is, doesn’t stay dead for long; the meat wagon guys are dealt with, as well as one rather unlucky cow,
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X's Exene Cervenka Diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis

Exene Cervenka, frontwoman of legendary punk foursome X, announced her recent diagnosis of multiple sclerosis on Tuesday. Although Cervenka is currently on the road with X on their "Total Request Live" tour and working towards a solo album slated for a fall release, she says the diagnosis will not affect her commitment to either of these projects. "Although this is obviously unfortunate news, I am choosing to see the positive in it," she said via Bloodshot Records' website.
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Mortensen Taken to Court Over Child Support

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Mortensen Taken to Court Over Child Support
Lord Of The Rings: Return of the King star Viggo Mortensen's movie successes are causing him problems in his personal life - his ex-wife wants more money from him. Punk rock star-turned-librarian Exene Cervenka claims the couple's son Henry needs a reported $18,000 every month. And in court papers leaked to American scandal show Celebrity Justice, Cervenka, who once fronted punk group X, claims her ex-husband earned $276,000 per month last year. The hunky LOTR star is currently in pre-production for drama Alatriste.

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