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Eric Zumbrunnen, film editor and longtime Spike Jonze collaborator, has died at age 52 following a battle with cancer. The editor worked on every Spike Jonze feature, either by himself or with co-editor Jeff Buchanan, and he won the Ace Award for Best Edited Feature Film for “Being John Malkovich.”
Zumbrunnen was born in November, 1964 and graduated from USC with a degree in Journalism. His career in post-production began in music videos, where he edited classic clips for Weezer (“Buddy Holly”), Smashing Pumpkins (“Tonight, Tonight”), Beck (“Where It’s At”), and Bjork (“It Oh So Quiet”), among others.
Zumbrunnen’s work with Jonze extended from his feature films, including “Malkovich,” “Adaptation,” “Where the Wild Things Are,” and “Her,” to the director’s acclaimed Kenzo ad “My Mutant Brain.” The latter won him a Bronze »
- Zack Sharf
Weezer came along in 1992 and by 1993 were a certified hit that people just couldn’t get enough of. In the 90’s they were relatively loved but almost universally known. As the years went on however and their sound just kept sticking around they got to be a huge hit. As of right now they’re still known and they’re still big, but it’s largely for a handful of songs that are the kind of tunes that you get stuck in your head and don’t want to get out. Buddy Holly has been one of the best tracks they’ve ever laid
The Top Uses of Weezer Songs in Movies and TV »
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McLaughlin (a.k.a. Lucas Sinclair) tackles classic hip-hop with an impressive rendition of LL Cool J's 1987 single "I'm Bad," while the rap icon (and Lip Sync Battle host) cheers him on from the background.
The stage battle also features Matarazzo (Dustin Henderson) taking on Train's "50 Ways to Say Goodbye,"and Schnapp (Will Byers) covering Maroon 5's "Moves »
If you've fallen a little out of love with Lip Sync Battle lately, you're definitely going to want to tune in on Thursday. The adorable kids of Stranger Things are going head to head, and it already looks amazing. Not only does Finn Wolfhard go retro (complete with Stranger Things-inspired Christmas lights and alphabet wallpaper) for Weezer's "Buddy Holly," but Caleb McLaughlin even channels host LL Cool J as he busts the rhymes to "I'm Bad" on stage. These kids are just too cool for their own good. <span id="selection-marker-1" class="redactor-selection-marker"></span> »
- Kelsie Gibson
Close-Up is a column that spotlights films now playing on Mubi. John Carpenter's Christine (1983) is showing May 4 - June 3 and Starman (1984) is showing May 5 - June 4, 2017 in the United Kingdom.ChristineWas it too dark? Too bleak? Too gory? Did it have the misfortune of opening when American moviegoers were flocking to E.T.? Either way, when John Carpenter's The Thing landed in the summer of 1982, with an apocalyptic cliffhanger and the most surreally grotesque, tactile, gooey monster effects you never realized could be put on film, it fizzled. "It was hated," Carpenter later recalled at a screening in Los Angeles. "Hated by fans. I lost a job. People hated me. They thought I was this horrible, violent—" He trailed off and joked, "And I was." The audience laughed, because by now The Thing's exalted place in movie geek culture is secure: an exquisitely paranoid horror classic and arguably the crown »
Brian May is talking about the seventh record he ever bought. It’s by Buddy Holly, unsurprisingly, as this is Buddy Holly: Rave On (BBC4). Here it is, That’ll Be the Day, in Brian’s box of singles, all numbered, catalogued and filed in order of purchase. “It comes in something that looks like a piece of old paper, as it did at the time, very basic,” he says, removing it from its sleeve. “And it’s on Coral, a record label I hadn’t heard of until that point. And there’s your record. So I took it home and put it on the player I had at the time …”
Brian! You’re just describing buying a record. This is a »
- Sam Wollaston
Go, Johnny, Go! (1959) screens Wednesday, May 3rd at 8pm at Schlafly Bottleworks Restaurant and Bar (7260 Southwest Ave.- at Manchester – Maplewood, Mo 63143) as part of Webster University’s Award-Winning Strange Brew Film Series. Admission is $5
In Rock Rock Rock! (1959), Rock-n-roll promoter Alan Freed holds a talent search to develop a new rock star, then must find the elusive, mystery contestant (Jimmy Clanton) who doesn’t know he has won.
St. Louis legend Chuck Berry, who passed away last month at age 90, co-stars as himself. Having previously appeared in Rock Rock Rock! and Mister Rock And Roll, Go, Johnny, Go! was the third-and final-appearance of Berry in a movie that also starred DJ Alan Freed. He and Freed actually act together in this one as they try to get singer Johnny Melody (Clanton) on his way to stardom. It will be quite a pleasure for his fans seeing Berry performing his hits “Memphis, »
- Tom Stockman
Following the news that American director Jonathan Demme has died at the age of 73, the film industry has taken to social media to mourn the loss.
Martin Scorsese issued a statement that read: “Whenever I ran into Jonathan, he was filled with enthusiasm and excitement about a new project. He took so much joy in moviemaking. His pictures have an inner lyricism that just lifts them off the ground – even a story like The Silence Of The Lambs.
“I have great admiration for Jonathan as a filmmaker – I love the freshness of his style and his excellent use of music, from Buddy Holly to Miklos Rozsa. There’s so much more to be said, and I hardly know where to begin. I also loved him as a friend, and to me he was always young. My young friend. The idea that »
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By the late-1980s, Paul McCartney may have been the only artist on the planet uninterested in sounding like the Beatles. But then his new collaborator, fellow British superstar Elvis Costello, reunited him with an old friend: his iconic violin-shaped Hofner bass. The instrument had last seen action during the band’s final live performance on the roof of their London offices almost two decades before, and a faded setlist from their last tour remained affixed to the side with yellowed scotch tape. “He was a big Beatles fan and said, ‘Hey, do you still use your Hofner?’” McCartney tells People exclusively. »
- Jordan Runtagh
St. Charles County, Mo – One of rock and roll music’s last living pioneers, Chuck Berry, was found dead in his home in St. Charles County, Missouri, on Mar. 18, 2017. He was the “Father of Rock ‘n Roll” for his hit songs in the 1950s, but Berry was also known for his controversies and live concert style. He was 90 years old.
Berry, along with Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Little Richard and others in the 1950s, established the style of songs that influenced a generation of rock artists, including The Rolling Stones, The Beatles, Bruce Springsteen and virtually any other guitar hero who had to learn Berry’s song “Johnny B. Goode” to get to the next level. His most productive period came in Chicago, when he recorded songs that he wrote for Chess Records on the near south side. John Lennon once said, “If you tried to give rock and roll another name, »
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Just about everyone in the entire world knows the song “American Pie” by Don McLean. It’s actually considered somewhat of an American anthem despite the fact that most people don’t realize that the song is about the tragic plane crash involving Ritchie Valens, Buddy Holly and The Big Bopper. Even so, “American Pie” is played in stadiums all around the country as a rallying cry. It’s been using in commercials, political rallies, and just about anywhere when a group is trying to support patriotism. But the man behind the song, Don McLean, has not had such a patriotic life as
American Pie Singer Don McLean’s Wife gets Protective Order »
- Nat Berman
No wait, sorry, there's been a mistake. it's Moonlight! Our bad.
What a glorious only-in-Hollywood fiasco, and what a sublimely insane ending to an Oscar night for the ages. It was just like the end of Bonnie and Clyde: Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway bask in each others' glow, there's suddenly an awkward silence, they share a moment of doomed erotic eye contact ... and then oh, the carnage. The only thing missing was some sad banjo music. The Best Picture screw-up was »
Reel-Important People is a monthly column that highlights those individuals in or related to the movies that have left us in recent weeks. Below you'll find names big and small and from all areas of the industry, though each was significant to the movies in his or her own way. Tommy Allsup (1931-2017) Guitarist. Best known for playing for Buddy Holly and not being on the plane that crashed and killed the singer and others. He appears in Honkytonk Man and the upcoming documentary The Man from the Rio Grande. He is portrayed by Stephen F. Schmidt in La Bamba. He died on January 11. (THR) John Berger (1926-2017) - Art Critic, Novelist. His BBC docu-series of Ways of Seeing films (see below) and subsequent book are essentials for media...
- Christopher Campbell
An expanded reissue of Paul McCartney‘s 1989 album Flowers in the Dirt is due out March 24, but fans were treated to a sneak peek Wednesday with a previously unreleased acoustic demo.
“Twenty Fine Fingers”—a breakneck rockabilly tune that harkens back to rock pioneer Buddy Holly—features McCartney duetting with fellow Liverpudlian Elvis Costello, who served as cowriter on the project. Four of their collaborations, “My Brave Face,” “Don’t Be Careless Love,” “That Day Is Done” and “You Want Her Too,” appeared on the completed album, while “The Lovers That Never Were,” “So Like Candy” and “Playboy to a »
- Jordan Runtagh
More than just a television icon, Mary Tyler Moore will forever be remembered as the woman who turned the world on with her smile. In the wake of the star’s death on Wednesday at age 80, the famous opening lyrics to The Mary Tyler Moore Show theme have blossomed into a touching epitaph.
The song’s composer, Sonny Curtis, mourned Moore’s death in an emotional interview with the New York Post.
“I’m incredibly sorry to hear this news,” Curtis told the publication shortly after learning of her passing. “I’ve had a really good career – but it was »
- Jordan Runtagh
Casting is underway for the title role in a nonunion production of “Buddy Holly and the Cricketers.” The musical seeks a male actor aged 18 or older to depict the frontman, who will interact with the audience and should have a high degree of both singing and guitar-playing abilities. Rehearsals for the gig will begin Feb. 27 in London, England, with a tour set for March 18–May 28 throughout the U.K. Hired talent will be compensated £525/week, as well as provided with travel and housing accommodations. To learn more about “Buddy Holly and the Cricketers” or for the chance to apply, check out the full notice. And browse more London jobs on both stage and screen in Backstage casting! And for expert auditioning tips, check out our YouTube channel! »
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