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If Jim Jarmusch were a type of music, which one would he be? Over the course of three decades as a filmmaker, he’s worked with a wide variety of musicians: John Lurie, Screamin’ Jay Hawkins, Joe Strummer, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Jack White and Meg White, Gza and RZA, and on and on. His own band, SQÜRL, plays droning avant-garde noise rock in a vaguely Boris vein. One musical genre Jarmusch decidedly does not embody, however, is punk—his sensibility is far too laid-back to express that sort of raw power. So while it’s not surprising that he’s chosen to make a documentary about Iggy Pop And The Stooges (Iggy having previously played small roles in Dead Man and Coffee And Cigarettes), viewers making the same demand as Gimme Danger’s title will likely be disappointed. Considering how cheerfully its subject courted controversy, this is a chummy »
- Mike D'Angelo
October is upon us. The leaves are changing. Sweaters are becoming more abundant. Awards contenders are popping up in theaters nationwide. But those are far from the only films opening throughout the coming weeks. Below, you’ll find every planned theatrical release for the month of October, separated out into films with wide runs and limited ones. (Synopses are provided by festivals and distributors.)
Each week, we’ll give you an update with more specific information on where these films are playing. In the meantime, be sure to check our calendar page, where we’ll update releases for the rest of the year. Stay warm and happy watching!
Week of October 7 Wide
The Birth of a Nation
Director: Nate Parker
Synopsis: Set against the antebellum South and based on a true story, “The Birth »
- Steve Greene and Zipporah Smith
A teenager learns about life from his punk idol Joe Strummer, and Jonathan Rhys Myers kills it as they rock the Casbah together. London Town is a romance that takes place during a defining moment in history -- the time in late-'70s England when the punk scene was personified by vagabond youths living in "squats," skinheads, the Sex Pistols with their "Anarchy in the U.K.," and the Clash. The latter's "politicized lyrics, musical influences from reggae,...
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Welcome back to the Weekend Warrior, your weekly look at the new movies hitting theaters this weekend, as well as other cool events and things to check out.
This Past Weekend:
Another bad weekend where nothing really popped, which is bad news for a month at the box office where only Clint Eastwood’s Sully exceeded any expectations. Tim Burton’s new film Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children came out just below my predictions with $29 million, but the Mark Wahlberg-Peter Berg disaster flick Deepwater Horizon was right around where I predicted with $20.2 million. The comedy Masterminds tanked with just $6.5 million for the weekend to end up in sixth place while Disney’s The Queen of Katwe did slightly better than predicted with $2.5 million.
The first full weekend in October has a good deal of competition from the release of the video game Mafia III to the »
- Edward Douglas
The Clash’s frontman Joe Strummer had a seismic impact on music as well as the attitudes of impressionable youth. His rebellious attitude and leftist politics inspired a generation to take a stand for what they believed in. Derrick Borte’s new film “London Town” follows a young teenager’s coming-of-age story at the beginning of the punk rock era who happens to befriend Joe Strummer at a crucial point in his life.
As unemployment hits the working class suburbs of London very hard in 1979, 14-year-old Shay (Daniel Huttlestone) is forced to take care of his younger sister while his father (Dougray Scott) works two jobs, but Shay is caught up in the punk scene after being exposed to The Clash from his estranged mother (Natascha McElhone) and meeting 15-year-old scenester Vivian (Nell Williams). When »
- Vikram Murthi
The coming-of-age film tells the story of Shay (Daniel Huttlestone), a budding, Clash-obsessed punk who happens to meet Strummer on several occasions (including once in a jail cell). The new clip, however, finds Shay marveling at his hero onstage as he attends a show with his love interest/punk guru, Vivian (Nell Williams).
As for Meyers' portrayal of Strummer, the actor expertly captures the »
“What’s more important: the truth or freedom from it?” could be a question raised as a summary of U.K. punk sensation The Clash, whose music and aesthetics are the backdrop of director Derrick Borte‘s music drama London Town. While The Clash themselves are featured — including Jonathan Rhys Meyers as frontman Joe Strummer — they seem to be a backdrop for a coming-of-age tale about a boy named Johnny (Daniel Huttlestone) who finds inspiration and enlightenment through the band’s rebellious stanzas.
Whether or not the film itself will capture the actual spirit of the punk scene, or merely paint a romanticized version of it is yet to be seen. However, the trailer promises a killer soundtrack and what looks to be a couple of captivating performances. See the trailer below for the film that also stars Dougray Scott, Natascha McElhone, and Tom Hughes.
Experience the music and energy of the 1970s punk underground. »
- Mike Mazzanti
Ahead of its release next month, a new trailer has arrived online for director Derrick Borte’s coming of age drama London Town which stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers as The Clash frontman Joe Strummer alongside Daniel Huttlestone, Dougray Scott, Tom Hughes, Natascha McElhone, Nell Williams and Jeff Leach; watch it below after the official synopsis…
Experience the music and energy of the 1970s punk underground. When fifteen-year-old Shay (Daniel Huttlestone) hears the music of The Clash for the first time, it’s a revelation, opening up a new world of social consciousness and anti-establishment defiance beyond anything he’s known in his dead-end London suburb. Drawn into the heart of the city’s burgeoning punk scene, he forges two relationships that will change his life, falling in love with rebellious cool girl Vivian (Nell Williams) and finding an unexpected connection with none other than The Clash’s electrifying frontman, Joe Strummer »
- Amie Cranswick
Without question, The Clash is one of the most influential bands in music history. Led by the charismatic Joe Strummer, the band burst onto the scene is the late ’70s and became seminal figures in the punk rock movement. And in the trailer for “London Town,” Jonathan Rhys Meyers channels Strummer in a coming-of-age tale centered on a young teen’s introduction to The Clash.
- Charles Dean
"Experience the music and energy of the 1970s punk underground." IFC Films has released an official Us trailer for a film titled London Town, starring Jonathan Rhys Meyers as iconic musician Joe Strummer of the band The Clash. Not to be confused with the musical London Road, this film is set in the 1970s about a 15-year-old boy introduced to the iconic punk rock band The Clash and it changes his life forever. Daniel Huttlestone stars as Shay, Nell Williams as Vivian, along with Tom Hughes, Natascha McElhone, Dougray Scott and Kerry Howard. This looks like it might be a great double feature with Sing Street, or any punk rock film from England. Featuring music from The Clash, The Ramones and Buzzcocks. Fire it up. Here's the official Us trailer (+ poster) for Derrick Borte's London Town, direct from IFC's YouTube: In 1970's London, when 15-year-old Shay hears the music »
- Alex Billington
As the frontman for the influential punk group The Clash, Joe Strummer’s rebellious attitude and political lyrics inspired and influenced an entire generation. Such is the premise of the new film “London Town,” a coming-of-age story about a kid who’s whole world is turned upside down by punk rock. One day, 14-year-old Shay (Daniel Huttlestone) receives a tape of The Clash from his estranged mother leading him on a path of self-discovery. He juggles familial responsibilities after his father (Dougray Scott) suffers an injury with a romance involving a young scenester Vivian (Nell Williams) and his burgeoning relationship with Strummer, played by Jonathan Rhys Meyers. Watch a trailer for the film below.
- Vikram Murthi
Over the years, several movie characters have found themselves instantly falling in love with a person because of their cool taste in music, from Natalie Portman changing Zach Braff’s life with The Shins to Joseph Gordon Levitt getting his mind blown when Zooey Deschanel says she likes The Smiths, but director Derrick Borte’s London Town looks like it’s an entire movie based on that idea. This trailer features Daniel Huttlestone as an innocent kid in ‘70s England who asks a cool girl what she’s listening to on the train. After some playful banter, she tells him: The Clash. From there, the kid dyes his hair, argues with his dad, starts hanging around with some punks, and eventually he even meets Joe Strummer himself—played here by Jonathan Rhys Meyers.
London Town will be in theaters and on-demand services on October 7.
- Sam Barsanti
Jonathan Rhys Meyers is taking on The Clash’s Joe Strummer in the upcoming movie, “London Town”. Set in 1979, the film follows a Clash-loving teen who, by chance, crosses paths with Strummer in this coming-of-age tale. Spurred on by young love, the teenage Shay (Daniel Huttlestone) becomes obsessed with the band, dyeing his hair black […] »
- Rachel West
The upcoming film London Town tells the story of a Clash-obsessed teenager who crosses paths with Joe Strummer by happenstance in 1979 and finds his life changing as a result. It stars Jonathan Rhys Meyers (Match Point, Bend It Like Beckham) as the punk singer and Daniel Huttlestone (Into the Woods) as the teen, Shay.
The London Town trailer opens with Shay asking a fellow passenger on a train (played by Nell Williams) what she's listening to and discovering the Clash, leading them to a record store where she convinces him »
On Monday, July 26, famed rock producer, manager, and lyricist Sandy Pearlman died at the age of 72. His Wikipedia page says he "was the recipient of 17 gold and platinum records." He managed that despite not actually producing many bands, or even albums -- but he left a big imprint on every one he worked on.
Born in Rockaway (Queens), NY in 1943, he got a college degree at the State University of New York at Stony Brook on Long Island in 1966.
A year later, still in the Stony Brook area, he recruited a band so he could have a series of science-fiction poems he'd written (the Imaginos saga, about a group secretly controlling world history) set to music and performed. He named the band Soft White Underbelly after Winston Churchill's epithet for Italy, but changed its name to Oaxaca after Soft White Underbelly got a negative review at a big concert. »
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
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