9 items from 2013
To be a great frontman you must possess a commanding presence. As Quentin Crisp rightly put it, charisma is “the ability to influence without logic.”
People often get confused between what makes a great frontman and what makes a charismatic frontman. Lou Reed, Alex Turner, Ian Curtis, Brandon Flowers and Liam Gallagher are all amazing frontman but to label them ‘charismatic’ is something totally different. There may be some names you don’t agree with, some you’re surprised are in there or perhaps you’ll end up swearing at your laptop screen because Bruce Dickinson and Randy Blythe weren’t listed: this isn’t a Metal list by any means. Nor is it a list that favours pure Indie. It’s a collection of 15 frontmen from all eras of popular culture, neatly gathered in one place for your entertainment.
15. Brian Molko
The Brian Molko is often overlooked in lists such as this, »
- Rosie Marsh
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
In 2009, White Lies appeared from nowhere with their debut album ‘To Lose My Life’, which raced to the top of the UK Charts. There was something fairly clever about this debut album: White Lies had managed to successfully reproduce the post-punk sound from the 1980s but enthused it with modern production. Of course, the post-punk revival had been around for a few years yet White Lies followed Editors’ example by producing songs that had dark themes coupled with infectious hooks. White Lies were just one of many bands that represented a new era of British ‘Coldwave’ that has continued to flourish due to The Xx.
2011 saw the release of White Lies’ second album ‘Ritual’ which took the sound from their first effort and slightly changed it by imbuing it with electronics. It wasn’t a bad album by any means but it was a slight disappointment »
- Beau Jones
Broadchurch and The Fall may have made gritty drama popular again, but they pale in comparison to this
The Kent and Canterbury Hospital is a busy infirmary in the centre of one of the UK's most famous cathedral cities. This afternoon, however, the distinction between reality and fiction is becoming a little blurred. On the second floor, real paramedics and nurses rub shoulders with actors dressed as the white-coated medical staff of the fictional coastal town of Southcliffe.
Filming of an emotional scene is under way. Chris, a serviceman recently returned from Afghanistan, is trying to visit an injured soldier friend, but finds he is no longer in the same bed. In a quiet way, it's intense stuff. "Not to use a wanky actory word," says Joe Dempsie, who plays Chris, "but with my character, there's a real 'journey', a real range of emotions."
A spellbinding and terrifying piece of television storytelling, »
- John Robinson
John LeCarre novels are a guaranteed cinema success. The prolific author has penned eight novels which went on to be adapted for the big screen. His most recent tome, A Most Wanted Man, has been billed as one of 2013′s most interesting titles. Lucky for us, courtesy of Bleeding Cool, a leaked sizzle reel has found its way online.
The director has made lasting impressions with his most recent flicks; the Ian Curtis biopic Control and the too-cool-for-school George Clooney-vehicle, The American. This latest tale revolves around a Chechen Muslim who arrives in Hamburg and ends up embroiled in a terrorist cell. You gotta admit, Corbijn has struck gold with his cast. He’s bagged a clutch of stellar actors. Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Robin Wright, Willem Dafoe and Daniel Bruhl are all involved and make appearances in this preview footage.
It would appear from this sneak peek »
- Gem Seddon
Pre-production on the picture will begin in early 2014.
Life will be set in 1955, and tell the story of photographer Stock, who sees real potential in then-undiscovered star Dean when the pair are introduced at a party.
After being commissioned by Life magazine, the picture then follows how Stock documented Dean in Los Angeles, New York and Indiana, and how the pictures would capture an emerging star.
The candidates get their first opportunity to blow their chances with Lord Sugar. Join us here from 9pm to gawp at the first casualty
10.02pm: So that was episode one. In so many ways, predictable and yet we've still got to get to know the contestants before they are picked off and dumpstered by his Lordness.
The stars of tonight were clearly Alex's eyebrows, Uzma's total lack of respect for the medical profession and Jaz's misguided attempts at helping the world. Will you stay for the duration or are you really going to leave me here alone? With ... them.
Say you'll come back next week for more of the same or I'll cry. In the meantime, you can always follow me on twitter at @jnraeside.
9.58pm: It wouldn't be The Apprentice if he didn't weed out the weak, compassionate losers early on. They should re-name this The Bastard. No, »
- Julia Raeside
This biopic of Paul Raymond has about as much depth as a 1970s British sex comedy
Scripted by Matt Greenhalgh (who wrote the screenplays for the ambitious biopics of Ian Curtis and John Lennon, Control and Nowhere Boy), The Look of Love is a disappointingly crude and shallow biography of the self-made northern impresario Paul Raymond, who started out conducting a music hall mind-reading act and finished up as a multi-millionaire nightclub proprietor, pornographer, owner of much of Soho, and for a while the richest man in Britain. The film reunites Michael Winterbottom, director of 24 Hour Party People, and its star Steve Coogan, but whereas that wonderful portrait of the ebullient Tony Wilson and the vibrant Manchester music scene was a piece of imaginative social history, The Look of Love has about as much depth and style as a cheap British sex comedy like Can You Keep It Up for a Week? »
- Philip French
Exclusive: The client-signing game has been voracious lately, but sometimes it’s not about poaching the big names but betting on the ones that might be big down the line. Wme feels that way about Sam Riley, whom the agency just signed. Riley plays one of the leads opposite Angelina Jolie in Maleficent and in Neil Jordan’s Byzantium. He initially garnered attention for his portrayal of Ian Curtis in Control, which got him named Most Promising Newcomer at the British Independent Film Awards. He earned a BAFTA nom for Rising Star and most recently was seen in the ensemble of the Walter Salles-directed On The Road. He continues to be repped by Tavistock Wood in the UK. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Since Kurt Cobain committed suicide on April 5, 1994, Hollywood studios have released rock biopics based on the lives of Ray Charles, Johnny Cash, Ian Curtis, Notorious B.I.G. and Bobby Darin -- and yet not Cobain. Save for "Last Days," Gus Van Sant's 2005 film about a singer not unlike Cobain (played by former "Boardwalk Empire" star Michael Pitt), the Nirvana frontman has been kept off the big screen. With '90s nostalgia in bloom, however, thanks to multiple boy band reunions and addictive reminders of the decade from websites like BuzzFeed, is the time right for Kurt Cobain: The Movie?
Kurt Cobain would have turned 46 on Feb. 20, 2012; he was 27 when he shot himself in his Seattle home. That means a Kurt Cobain movie could provide Hollywood's budding leading men with the type of opportunity usually only reserved for superhero films and sci-fi blockbusters: The chance at playing the role of a lifetime. »
- The Huffington Post
9 items from 2013
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