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Vulture Festival: Watch Rufus Wainwright Talk About His Lana Del Rey Obsession

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Vulture Festival: Watch Rufus Wainwright Talk About His Lana Del Rey Obsession
At this weekend's inaugural Vulture Festival, we shared a lovely Mother's Day brunch with Rufus Wainwright and Julie Klausner, who chatted about musicals, Mark Ronson (Rufus: "I'd like to see him naked just to see what his pubic hair looks like. Is it perfect?") and, naturally, moms. Wainwright's late mother, musician Kate McGarrigle, died a few years ago and he paid a lovely tribute to her — performing a song she wrote about his father, Loudon Wainwright III, "The Walking Song." (Wainwright and his sister, Martha have started a foundation in her memory.) Maternal inspiration quickly flowed into talk about other influential artists and Wainwright brought up his new adoration of Lana Del Rey. Let's just say that he wasn't a big fan ... at first. Watch the clip below and stay tuned for more video from Wainwright's Vulture brunch.
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Sundance Institute's Artist Services Program to Debut 15 Independent Films On Digital Platforms

The Sundance Institute today announced the fifteen independent films that will make their digital debut this fall via the Institute's Artist Services program, which provides access to self-distribution for artists supported by the Institute. Titles will come out between August 13 and September 17. There is a very diverse range of films, but perhaps the most exciting is "Sing Me The Song That Says I Love You: A Concert For Kate McGarrigle," the recorded tribute concert for renowned Canadian singer-songwriter Kate McGarrigle featuring her well known musical family – children Rufus and Martha Wainwright, older sisters Anna and Jane – and musical friends including Emmylou Harris, Norah Jones, and Antony (of Antony and the Johnsons). Directed by Lian Lunson, the film made its world premiere at Sundance London in 2012 and had a theatrical run earlier this summer. See below for the full list of releases. For details visit sundance.org/nowplaying. Titles Available August 13 "An.
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Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You is a Wainwright Family Sing-Along

Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You is a Wainwright Family Sing-Along
The miracle of Rufus Wainwright's voice—that it can be at once so strong and so tender—is also the miracle of Wainwright's family, both in temperament and talent, right back to the singing and songwriting of Rufus and Martha Wainwright's mother, Kate McGarrigle, and her sister Anna. A song like Kate's "Talk to Me of Mendocino" unfolds like a map of plaintive, universal feeling, even as the exact destinations it charts it are wholly specific to her. That song and a host of other sun-touched folk numbers from the late Canadian singer receive stirring treatment in Lian Lunson's Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You, a stirring performance film documenting a Town Hall tribute concert organized by the Wainwrights and Anna McGarrigle in 2011, a year after Kate's death. Tho...
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Rufus and Martha Wainwright on Family Memories, Jealousy, and Fame

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The concert doc Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You, Rufus and Martha Wainwright’s moving tribute to their recently deceased mom, Canadian folk singer Kate McGarrigle, screened to a packed theater at the Berlinale last week. (Participants in the film, directed by Lian Lunson, include Anna McGarrigle, Kate’s sister and writing partner; Norah Jones; and Jimmy Fallon, who tap-dances and does a song using a washboard and spoons.) Though Rufus was a bit jet-lagged and partied-out after a long night at the Paris Bar — “a fantastic institution of classic Berlinism,” as he put it — he was happy to be back in the city where he first got together with his husband, Jörn, and recorded his 2007 album Release the Stars. We spoke to him and Martha about the film, their competitive streak, and fame.Sing Me the Songs doesn’t have a lot of talking heads — most
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Vulture Hosted a Party for the Wainwrights This Weekend

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Vulture Hosted a Party for the Wainwrights This Weekend
This weekend, New York magazine and Vulture hosted a screening of Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You, Rufus and Martha Wainwright's concert documentary honoring the work of their late mother, Kate McGarrigle. "This film is really about losing your mother," Rufus told us at the after-party at the Tribeca Grand Hotel. "Although it’s sad and very painful, it’s something that we all relate to. And luckily for us, our mother left a tremendous legacy in song ... we really feel it’s important to share that." Our talk with the siblings wasn't all sad, though: When asked if they agreed with Jimmy Fallon, who makes an appearance in the doc and compares their family to the von Trapps, Rufus said, "Well, we’re certainly all very good-looking. I think we were a little less square. A little more Irish von Trapp — there was no Von,
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Doc NYC 2012: Critic's Notebook

by Steve Dollar

Now in its third year, Doc NYC is an omnibus fest: Its 115 shorts and features mark an effort to create a populist documentary summit that plays strongly to specific constituencies within the ever-expanding culture that non-fiction filmmaking has become. As such, there is a distinct focus on beloved musical acts (Big Star, Kate McGarrigle) and profiles of pop culture phenomena (George Plimpton, Bettie Page), as well as the usual documentary forte: social issues. Those are most powerfully represented by The Central Park Five, in which Ken Burns (in league with daughter Sarah and David McMahon, her husband and longtime Burns associate) prowls Errol Morris/Werner Herzog turf to explore how five teenaged black and Hispanic boys spent a collective 33 ½ years in jail, falsely convicted in the infamous 1989 Central Park Jogger case.

Anyone curious what a Ken Burns movie would be like without Keith David's baritone or
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Rufus Wainwright To Marry This Week

Rufus Wainwright To Marry This Week
It's wedding week for Rufus Wainwright and longtime boyfriend Jorn Weisbrodt. The New York Post reports that the singer-songwriter will be saying "I do" to his German arts-administrator fiancé on Thursday at Wainwright's home in Montauk, New York. Among the some 250 wedding guests expected at the splashy wedding are Yoko Ono and Carrie Fisher. Wainwright, 39, is also expected to perform at the wedding.

Wainwright and Weisbrodt have been dating since 2007; the couple became engaged in late 2010. In February 2011, Wainwright announced that he and Lorca Cohen (daughter of famed musician Leonard Cohen) had welcomed a baby girl, Viva Katherine Wainwright Cohen; Wainwright, Weisbrodt and Cohen share custody over the baby girl.

Wainwright hails from a legendary family of musicians that includes sister Martha Wainwright, mother Kate McGarrigle and father Loudon Wainwright III.
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Rufus Wainwright to wed long-term partner

Rufus Wainwright is to wed his long-term partner Jorn Weisbrodt on Thursday (23.08.12). The 39-year-old singer and the German-born theatre producer - who got engaged in November 2010 - are to tie the knot at the home of his singer/songwriter father Loudon Wainwright III and late mother Kate McGarrigle in Montauk, New York, after same-sex marriage was made legal in the state in July 2011. Sources told the New York Post newspaper that Yoko Ono and Carrie Fisher - who is best known for playing Princess Leia in the original 'Star Wars' trilogy in the late 70s and early 80s - are both due to attend the 'Hallelujah' hitmaker's nuptials, along with around 250 guests. Attendees will
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Rufus Wainwright Working On A Movie Musical (Loosely) Based On His Own Life

In a way, it has always seemed like the life of Rufus Wainwright was headed for the big screen. The son of famed Canadian folk music legends Kate McGarrigle and Loudon Wainwright III, he was born into something close to music royalty. But he forged his own musical path, performing weekly shows in his hometown of Montreal before cutting early demos (listen to one of the songs below) that found their way into the hands of famed producer/arranger Van Dyke Parks who passed it onto DreamWorks head Lenny Waronker, and the next thing you know, he had a record deal (Jon Brion produced his first album). And over the course of six albums, and a couple more live albums, Wainwright showcased himself to be a premiere pop songwriter, with influences as wide-ranging as Tin Pan Alley and high opera, all while putting his own baroque spin on things; Elton John
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Sing Me the Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle: Sundance London Review

London - a multi-generational dynasty of folk-rock royalty gather onstage to celebrate the late Quebecois singer Kate McGarrigle in this poignant music documentary, which received its world premiere at the inaugural Sundance London festival last week. Shot at New York’s Town Hall theatre in May 2011, this all-star concert is hosted by McGarrigle’s famous musical offspring, Rufus and Martha Wainwright. Their involvement should ensure the film has an appeal beyond specialist music-fan circles. An immersive experience shot in both lush colour and crisp monochrome, it plays well on the big screen, where it deserves to be seen

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Rufus Wainwright Chooses Producer Mark Ronson Because 'He's Gorgeous'

Rufus Wainwright Chooses Producer Mark Ronson Because 'He's Gorgeous'
Rufus Wainwright's Out of the Game was released on May 1, but the single of the same-titled album is already getting radio play, delighting fans of the dandyesque singer/songwriter in its pop-crossover possibilities. Wainwright, the son of the late Kate McGarrigle of the McGarrigle sisters and Loudon Wainwright III, has a lot of sophisticated urban fans - but mainstream success eludes him, maybe because he simply hasn't wanted to compromise his romantic style and edgy urbane lyrics. But Out of the Game could change all that. That's because Amy Winehouse producer Mark Ronson is at the helm. "I knew

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Loudon Wainwright III Does His Dad Proud

Loudon Wainwright III Does His Dad Proud
-- Loudon Wainwright III, "Older Than My Old Man Now" (2nd Story Sound)

This marvelous album will resonate with sons, daughters, parents, spouses or those mindful of their mortality.

In other words: everyone.

Few make the personal universal better than Loudon Wainwright III, and on "Older Than My Old Man Now," he sings for us all on the topics of decline, death and family dysfunction.

These have been recurring subjects in the Wainwright oeuvre, but now that he's 65 – and well aware his dad passed away at 63 – nearly every song touches on death. Even the novelty tunes fit with the album's theme – "Date Line" looks at the passage of time from the middle of the Pacific Ocean, and the hilarious "My Meds" is a druggy tune for the Medicare crowd.

Inventive musical arrangements keep things from becoming too grim, and a large supporting cast helps, too. Among those contributing are all
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This week's cultural highlights: She Stoops to Conquer and A History of Everything

Our critics' picks of this week's openings, plus your last chance to see and what to book now

• Which cultural events are in your diary this week? Tell us in the comments below

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Enquirer

The Guardian's Deborah Orr is one of a team conducting the interviews with journalists for this timely site-specific verbatim piece about the media. Andrew O'Hagan co-edits a project directed and edited by Vicky Featherstone and John Tiffany. The Hub, Glasgow (0141-429 0022), 19 April to 13 May.

A History of Everything

The controversial Ghent-based company Ontroerend Goed returns to the UK with a show that offers a history of everything, from now back to the Big Bang. No small undertaking from a company that has delighted and challenged spectators with previous shows including the outrageous Audience. Drum, Plymouth (01752 267222), until 28 April.

Film

The Cabin in the Woods (dir. Drew Goddard)

A bunch of great-looking teens take a
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Rufus and Martha Wainwright to Perform During Robert Redford's Inaugural Sundance London Festival

London -- Rufus and Martha Wainwright are to unite on stage to perform and host a Q&A following the world premiere of Sing Me The Songs That Say I Love You ~ A Concert for Kate McGarrigle, as part of the inaugural Sundance London festival. Organizers said the Lian Lunson-directed movie about the music of the mother of the brother and sister will precede the event with the Wainwrigtht singer-songer writing dynasty as part of several special events for the movie and music festival. There will also be a worldwide theatrical premiere screening of documentary Coming Up For Air about rock act Placebo,

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Rufus Wainwright's musical tribute to Amy Winehouse: Video

Rufus Wainwright's musical tribute to Amy Winehouse: Video
Rufus Wainwright paid tribute to Amy Winehouse during the final night of his Royal Opera House residency yesterday. Dedicating the last song of the evening to Winehouse, he performed a new track which he originally wrote for his late mother Kate McGarrigle. Wainwright said: "Amy, this is for you," as he introduced the track, before singing a capella. He also described Winehouse as "fantastic and marvellous". The singer died in London yesterday aged 27. > Amy Winehouse (more)
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Rufus Wainwright: 'Mom spurred cancer advocacy'

Rufus Wainwright: 'Mom spurred cancer advocacy'
Rufus Wainwright has said that his mother Kate McGarrigle's battle with cancer inspired him to raise money for sufferers of the disease. In January 2010, McGarrigle succumbed to cancer after battling the illness for more than three and half years. Before her death, Rufus began headlining a series of benefit concerts, partly because they helped him to come to terms with McGarrigle's failing health. "[My advocacy] coincided with the greatest tragedy of my life so far, which was my mother dying of cancer," Now magazine quotes the singer as saying. "When I started doing charity shows [before she passed away], there was a side of me that believed it would save her (more)
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Win Emmylou Harris' new album 'Hard Bargain'

Country music icon Emmylou Harris. .Hard Bargin. has arrived on Nonesuch Records and M&C.s giving away five copies! The album is the follow-up to Harris. 2008 release .All I Intended to Be. and features 11 new songs by Harris as well as two covers. It was produced by Jay Joyce (Cage the Elephant, Patty Griffin), and also released in a deluxe edition . which also includes a DVD featuring six performances interspersed with interviews. Two of the album.s songs look back at relationships that were central to Harris. creative life. She wrote .Darlin. Kate. for her close friend and collaborator Kate McGarrigle, who died last year of a rare form of cancer, while .The Road. casts its eye
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Loudon Wainwright 'proud of kids Rufus, Martha'

Loudon Wainwright 'proud of kids Rufus, Martha'
Loudon Wainwright III has suggested that he's immensely proud that his children Rufus, Martha and Lucy have become successful musicians. Last year, Rufus revealed that he and his father repaired their long-strained relationship after the death of his mother and Loudon's ex-wife Kate McGarrigle. Loudon has now told The National Post that it speaks of his kids' respective talents that they've managed to thrive in today's competitive music business. "It's a tough line of work and I love listening to all of my children, and I truly feel like they all play really well," the singer-songwriter remarked. While Lucy has only recently begun pursuing music in the last few years, both Rufus and Martha have been singing professionally since the 1990s. Besides (more)
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A Nearly Naked Day in the Lives of Jake Shears and Rufus Wainwright

New York photographer Tim Hailand published his first One Day in the Life of ... book back in 2008 when he documented 24 hours with Daniel Radcliffe. Hailand is back with two new books, this time taking a look at two very different gay musicians &#8212 Jake Shears and Rufus Wainwright.

Part of the proceeds from each book go to charity with Wainwright picking the Kate McGarrigle Fund and Shears donating his proceeds to the Elton John AIDS Foundation.

We've got some of the pics here for you to check out, but you can buy any of the books over at OneDayintheLife.org. While most of the pics are safe for work, there is one of Shears on page three that isn't so proceed with caution! And for a bonus, we threw in some from the first book with Radcliffe.

 
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The Legendary Emmylou Harris Plays The IFC Crossroads House

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The Legendary Emmylou Harris Plays The IFC Crossroads House
"Do you know why you're here?" asked Emmylou Harris after strumming out the first song from her hour-long set at the IFC Crossroads House yesterday afternoon. "We're playing pretty much all of the new record before it comes out."

How lucky can you get? Harris - songwriter, coveted vocalist, legend - took the stage with producer and guitarist Jay Joyce, and multi-instrumentalist Giles Reeves, her collaborators on a soon-to-be-released album of warm, spacious, country-tinged songs. Her first solo studio release since 2008, the album is called "Hard Bargain" after a Ron Sexsmith song and the record's title track. The show marked Harris and crew's second time attempting to recreate the album in a live setting (the first was in a showcase at Antone's the evening before), and Harris embraced the inevitable hiccups and false starts with humor and good spirit. "This is our spring training," she said.

The intimate event took
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