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Almost 40 years ago, I was sitting in my office at DC Comics in Rockefeller Plaza creatively shirking my work when the mail room guy wheeled up to my desk and dropped off a package. It was from my friend Richard Burton, then a major comics fanzine editor in England. It contained the first three issues of a brand new weekly comic book titled 2000 Ad, along with a note from Richard noting he would be curious as to my opinion. Hey, free comics for a letter? Fine by me.
I proceeded to read this new anthology comic. Lucky for me, it is perfectly legitimate to read comics on the job when you’re working at a comic book publishing house. The first issue was great fun, »
- Mike Gold
In an era where Cbgb can be reborn as a themed restaurant at the Newark airport, and Iggy Pop’s musical accounts of heroin dependency can soundtrack cruise ship commercials, it’s not such a far leap to imagine the music of the Clash and the squalor of punk squats in pre-Thatcherite London serving as the backdrop for a sweetly lighthearted teenage coming-of-age tale. But that doesn’t make it any less strange.
Such is the gauntlet thrown down by Derrick Borte’s “London Town,” which follows a bright-eyed 15-year-old named Shay (Daniel Huttlestone) as he struggles to deal with some tough times in the summer of 1978, finding solace in the music, and the person, of Clash frontman Joe Strummer (Jonathan Rhys Meyers). To be sure, the film has plenty of qualities to recommend it: Meyers’ portrayal of the punk godhead is studied and exacting, from his diction to his »
- Andrew Barker
IFC Films has obtained the U.S. rights to “London Town,” a film centered on the English punk rock band The Clash. The acquisition came just prior to the world premiere of the film at the L.A. Film Festival. Jonathan Rhys Meyers, best known for his roles in “Bend It Like Beckham” and “Mission Impossible III,” stars as the lead vocalist of the band, Joe Strummer. Also Read: History Renews 'Vikings' for Season 5, Jonathan Rhys Meyers Joins Cast The film, directed by Derrick Borte, is set in 1970s London and follows a 14-year-old boy’s journey as he falls »
- Rasha Ali
IFC made the announcement Friday afternoon, shortly before the world premiere of “London Town” in the world fiction competition of the LA Film Festival.
The film, set in 1978, centers on a teenager (played by Daniel Huttlestone), who becomes responsible for his younger sister when his dad is hospitalized. His only salvation is seeing The Clash perform so he ventures into central London from its bleak outskirts only to find his estranged mother, played by Natascha McElhone.
- Dave McNary
He’s may be a Hollywood veteran, but the Scot’s new film is a low-key coming-of-age tale set in London’s 70s punk scene. From Cannes, he discusses ‘tender man’ Joe Strummer, and how he learned his trade from his fridge-freezer salesman dad
As a kid in Kirkcaldy, Dougray Scott liked to stow away in the back of the car when his dad left for work. By the time he was discovered, it was usually too late to turn back. Scott Sr was a door-to-door salesman, flogging fridge-freezers in the Scottish Highlands, and his son paid attention when he went into his routine.
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- Xan Brooks
The Man Who Knew Infinity, based on the biography by Robert Kanigel, stars Jeremy Irons and Dev Patel, with Devika Bhise, Toby Jones, Stephen Fry, Jeremy Northam, Kevin McNally, Enzo Cilenti and Richard Johnson. At a preview screening in New York hosted by Gabriel Byrne, J.C. Chandor, Bennett Miller, Emily Mortimer, Joanna Coles, Hendrik Hertzberg, Steve Kroft, Lawrence O’Donnell and Beau Willimon, I spoke with Matt Brown on missing Jeremy Irons in Long Day's Journey into Night and remembering him in Barbet Schroeder's Reversal of Fortune, produced by Edward R Pressman.
Matt Brown with producer Edward R Pressman Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze
- Anne-Katrin Titze
UK's seminal trip Hop band, Massive Attack, have released a disturbing new video for their single "Voodoo in My Blood" where actress Rosamund Pike (Gone Girl, Wrath of the Titans) gets assaulted by a floating orb - so, Phantasmed basically.
When asked about her part in the video Pike said, "Am I involved? ... Someone said the girl in the video looks like me. I have been to the Joe Strummer subway. I did have a strange encounter there once,". She is the second Oscar-nominated star to appear in a Ritual Spirit video: Winter's Bone's John Hawkes previously appeared in the video for the Tricky-featuring "Take It There."
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Benicio Del Toro is one of the most talented actors of his generation, with an onscreen smolder and sly sex appeal that's all but peerless among his contemporaries. In the actor's latest film A Perfect Day, he turns in another winning performance as Mambrú, an aid worker toiling in the Balkans during the Yugoslav Wars. I spoke to the actor via phone about the film, as well as his acting style, his music "addiction" and how Guardians of the Galaxy changed his life. Below you can find the highlights from our conversation. He credits roles in films like Guardians of the Galaxy and Star Wars Episode VIII for giving him the freedom to make smaller movies like A Perfect Day. "I'm lucky that I did that movie Guardians of the Galaxy, and I'm able to do independent movies like A Perfect Day and movies in between. That really gives me freedom, »
- Chris Eggertsen
8 items from 2016
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