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10 items from 2015


Julien Temple on 'Lost' Pistols Film, Punk Docs & Joe Strummer's Socks

30 July 2015 8:22 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

Johnny Rotten grabs the microphone and lurches forward, his pimply face grinning into the camera. Next to him, Steve Jones is miming (or mocking) guitar-hero moves, while Sid Vicious hunches over his bass, surly as ever. The grainy footage carbon-dates to the tail end of 1977, right before the band was about to embark on their notorious U.S. tour and then implode. It's Christmas Day in the Northern city of Huddersfield, and will turn out to be the penultimate U.K. performance for the seminal punk band. They launch into »

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Denis Leary on Channeling His Inner Rock Star in FX’s ‘Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll’

16 July 2015 10:00 AM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Denis Leary (“Rescue Me”) returns to FX July 16 with raunchy comedy “Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll,” in which he plays an egomaniacal fiftysomething has-been musician, vying for the limelight. Leary created the show, exec produces and stars as Johnny Rock. And he wrote the music.

Johnny Rock is a very different character for you. Who did you look to for inspiration?

He’s what happens when David Bowie meets Joe Strummer, in his own mind. In the end, Johnny needs to be his own guy, but I think it’s a combination of Bowie, Sting and also a bit of Mick Jagger.

All of the music is shot live. Why is that?

I think the audience knows. They can tell when you’re lip syncing. I’m not a great singer, but I can scream and I’ve certainly performed the “A–hole” song enough over the years, but I really »

- Elizabeth Wagmeister

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Jonathan Rhys Meyers will play The Clash's Joe Strummer in 1970s drama

9 July 2015 8:06 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Jonathan Rhys Meyers is to portray Joe Strummer in an upcoming drama.

The Tudors actor will lead the cast of London Town, which features The Clash as part of the main story, reports Screen Daily.

Production has begun in the UK for the film, which will also star Into the Woods' Daniel Huttlestone, Dougray Scott and Natascha McElhone.

Set in the 1970s, the film will follow the life of a 14-year-old boy (Huttlestone) whose life is changed dramatically after his estranged mother introduces him to The Clash.

The film has also secured the rights to several of The Clash's songs for the soundtrack.

Derrick Borte will direct the drama from a script by Kirsten Sheridan, Sonya Gildea and Matthew Brown.

Rhys Meyers has previously portrayed Elvis Presley and Henry VIII in Elvis and The Tudors, respectively.

Joe Strummer died at the age of 50 in 2002 due to an undiagnosed congenital heart defect, »

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‘London Town’ Begins Shooting With Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Joe Strummer

8 July 2015 5:22 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Dutch Tilt Film and Culmination Productions have launched production on “London Town,” with Jonathan Rhys Meyers starring as Joe Strummer, frontman for influential punk band the Clash.

Derrick Borte is directing from a script by Kirsten Sheridan, Sonya Gildea and Matthew Brown. Daniel Huttlestone (“Into the Woods”), Dougray Scott (“Hitman”) and Natascha McElhone (“Californication”) also star.

Rhys Meyers has been attached to the project for several years. Producers are Sofia Sondervan of Dutch Tilt Film, Killer FilmsChristine Vachon and Tom Butterfield of Culmination Productions in association with WeatherVane Productions.

The film, set in 1978, centers on a teenager (played by Huttlestone) who ventures into central London from its bleak outskirts to find his estranged mother, played by McElhone, who’s sent him a cassette of the Clash’s “White Riot.”

Rhys Meyers recently wrapped on Roland Emmerich’s “Stonewall.”

The film started shooting in London on June 28 and is expected »

- Dave McNary

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Drama 'London Town' underway in UK

8 July 2015 4:44 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Shoot underway in London on drama featuring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as frontman for The Clash, Joe Strummer.

Production is underway in the UK on London Town, the Dutch Tilt Film and Culmination Productions drama starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Match Point), Daniel Huttlestone (Into the Woods), Dougray Scott (Hitman) and Natascha McElhone (Californication).

Set in 1970’s London, the film charts the story of a 14-year-old boy whose life is changed forever after he is introduced to rock band The Clash by his estranged mother.

The Tudors star Rhys Meyers plays the late punk great and Clash frontman Joe Strummer while the production has secured rights to a number of the band’s songs.

The film is written by Kirsten Sheridan, Sonya Gildea and Matthew Brown and directed by Derrick Borte with Hubert Taczanowski serving as director of photography.

Producers are Sofia Sondervan of Dutch Tilt Film, Killer FilmsChristine Vachon and Tom Butterfield of Culmination Productions in association »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Clash film London Town underway in UK

8 July 2015 4:44 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Shoot underway in London on drama in which Jonathan Rhys Meyers plays Joe Strummer; Christine Vachon among producers

Production is underway in the UK on London Town, the Dutch Tilt Film and Culmination Productions drama starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Match Point), Daniel Huttlestone (Into the Woods), Dougray Scott (Hitman) and Natascha McElhone (Californication).

Set in 70’s London, the film charts the story of a 14-year-old boy whose life is changed forever after he is introduced to the Clash by his estranged mother.

Tudors star Rhys Meyers plays the late punk great and Clash frontman Joe Strummer while the production has secured rights to a number of the band’s hits.

The film is written by Kirsten Sheridan, Sonya Gildea and Matthew Brown and directed by Derrick Borte with Hubert Taczanowski serving as director of photography.

Producers are Sofia Sondervan of Dutch Tilt Film, Killer FilmsChristine Vachon and Tom Butterfield of Culmination Productions in association with WeatherVane »

- andreas.wiseman@screendaily.com (Andreas Wiseman)

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Röck Read Röund-Up

26 June 2015 6:20 PM, PDT | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

As I mentioned way back on this post from 2008, as much as I’ve tried to branch out, my tastes are pretty narrow when it comes to reading material.

I’d love to say that I’m broadly well-read when it comes to the more celebrated books of the day, but it’s just not true. If you’re looking to engage in a discussion about today’s most incisive fiction, you’re much better off speaking with my wife (who works in publishing) than one such as I. Truthfully, I’ve pretty much lost my taste for fiction almost entirely. Unless I have some vested interest (like, say, I know the author or it’s about something near and dear to me), I usually cannot muster up the interest to crack the binding.

As a result, whenever I’m perusing through the aisles of a bookstore (when I can still find one, »

- Alex in NYC

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Interview: Badasss Winner Julien Temple at 2015 Chicago CIMMfest

19 April 2015 12:39 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – In receiving the official Badasss Award at the 2015 Chicago International Movies & Music Fest (CIMMFest), legendary rock documentary maker Julien Temple simply said, “Badass is not a phrase we use in England. I’ve never been called a badass, I prefer ‘enfant terriblé,’ with a hope toward ‘monstre sacré.’”

And so it goes with one of the most prolific and influential rock documentarians in cinema history, with the whole evolution of the music form contained in his associations with The Kinks, the Clash (through Joe Strummer), the Rolling Stones and the Sex Pistols. What began as a student obsession with the discovery of the Sex Pistols in the 1970s, fueled a lifelong pursuit of rock documentary truth, feature film adventure and music video stylings. Julien Temple has provided the sights and the sounds.

Julien Temple (center), with CIMMFest officials Gary Kuzminski and Shannon Flynn, April 18, 2015

Photo credit: Patrick McDonald for HollywoodChicago. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Meet the 2015 Sundance Filmmakers #45: Bruce McDonald Wants 'Hellions' to Invoke Fear and Excitement

28 January 2015 2:40 PM, PST | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Though Bruce McDonald's marital comedy "The Husband" premiered only months ago at the Toronto International Film Festival, the prolific Canadian director is already prepared to unveil his newest film at Sundance. "Hellions" takes a page from classic horror, as Dora (Chloe Rose) endures a treacherous and seemingly-endless Halloween night. To those relatively unfamiliar with McDonald's work, "Hellions" might seem like a radical departure. Yet for this idiosyncratic filmmaker, shaking things up is practically mandatory. What's your film about in 140 characters or less? On Halloween night, a teenage girl gets terrorized by some demonic kids. Now what's it Really about? Choices. Death. Life. Madness. Beauty. Pumpkins. Tell us briefly about yourself. I am the Commander of the Northern Tribes. My idol is Joe Strummer. My fortune and well-being are because of the beautiful and talented women in my life. Biggest challenge in completing this film? »

- David Canfield

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Noah Baumbach’s ‘While We’re Young’ headlines Glasgow Film Festival 2015

21 January 2015 10:52 AM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

While We’re Young (Noah Baumbach)

The full line-up has been announced for this year’s Glasgow Film Festival, which runs from Wednesday 18th February to Sunday 1st March, and it features over 150 UK, Scottish or European premieres, as well as multiple rep screenings and special events.

The festival opens with the European premiere of While We’re Young, Noah Baumbach’s comedy follow-up to Frances Ha, starring Ben Stiller, Naomi Watts, Adam Driver, Amanda Seyfried and Charles Grodin. The closing night gala on 1st March will be the UK premiere of Swedish director Ruben Östlund’s already much-vaunted darkly comic relationship drama Force Majeure.

Force Majeure (Ruben Östlund)

Additional UK premiere highlights include awards season darling Still Alice, Wim Wenders’ recently Oscar-nominated documentary The Salt of the Earth, Olivier AssayasClouds of Sils Maria, starring Juliette Binoche and Kristen Stewart, and legendary Swedish director Roy Andersson’s A Pigeon »

- Josh Slater-Williams

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