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8 items from 2014


The Who Releases App to Celebrate Band's 50th Anniversary

10 November 2014 2:45 AM, PST | The Hollywood Reporter | See recent The Hollywood Reporter news »

What do you get when a group of rock'n'roll legends celebrate half a decade of headlines and sell-out tours? That’s right, a mobile phone app. To commemorate The Who’s 50th anniversary, The Who Immersive App has been released as a collaboration between Roger Daltrey and Pete Townshend’s iconic band, Universal Music, Immersive and Trinifold Management. Available for free, the app offers fans the chance to explore rare and unseen images, together with artwork and artifacts amassed since the band's start in 1964. Read more Led Zeppelin, Alice Cooper, The Who and the Birth of the Mega Rock Tour (Book

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- Alex Ritman

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Simon West Lines Up New Project With The Who, Says He Would Make 'Con Air 2' If It Took Place "In Space"

31 July 2014 6:00 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

When your directorial debut is “Con Air,” that one-time TNT staple with Nicolas Cage sporting a sweet mullet, you’re pretty much guaranteed to continue working in that lower-tier Jerry Bruckheimer mold. Director Simon West, however, seems intent on bucking that trend with a very curious project. ScreenDaily is reporting that the “Stolen” director is currently developing “a TV series about London’s music scene in the 1960s” and he’s somehow roped The Who into helping him do it. The show – tentatively called “Mods and Rockers” – will take some inspiration from the English band’s sixth studio album, the rock opera-cum-double-album, Quadrophenia, which is set in 1965 London and Brighton, and founding members Roger Daltry and Pete Townsend are eyeing to co-produce the show as well as handle the music duties. As West describes it, the show “will also cover the rockers’ side of the story and spills out into the wider. »

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Con Air director courting The Who for Quadrophenia-styled TV series

31 July 2014 12:55 AM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are in talks to co-produce a series set in the 60s called Mods and Rockers, according to reports

The Who read a five star live review

The director of Con Air and The Expendables 2 is reportedly wooing the Who to collaborate on a TV show about English rocknroll in the 1960s. Simon West has described Mods and Rockers as an international series that takes place in the same kind of world as Quadrophenia.

According to a report by Screen Daily, Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey are in talks to co-produce Mods and Rockers, overseeing music for the proposed eight-part series. West, who also directed Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, seems to be envisioning a program in the vein of True Detective: Id like to ... shoot all episodes of a series in one go, back to back, then split them up, he said. That way I »

- Sean Michaels

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‘Expendables 2′ Director Simon West Turns to Crowdfunding for ‘Salty’

30 July 2014 4:09 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Action specialist Simon West has turned to crowdfunding to finance his action-comedy “Salty” — with backers receiving an actual stake.

The British director made the announcement Wednesday on the U.K. SyndicateRoom crowdfunding platform through a video that touted his background directing “The Expendables 2,” “Con Air,” “The General’s Daughter” and “Lara Croft: Tomb Raider.”

“Salty” is centered on an aging rock star who’s persuaded by his wife to take a holiday in Thailand, where she’s kidnapped by pirates while elephant trekking. West will direct from Mark Haskell Smith’s script, adapted from his novel of the same name.

“I’ve shot films all over the world,” West says in the video. “‘Salty’ is a great project for me because it’s full of humor, heartwarming characters, great action.”

West said he wants to go outside the studio system.

“During my two decades in the movie business I »

- Dave McNary

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Simon West Plans Mods And Rockers TV Series

30 July 2014 3:51 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

He’s most usually known for hyperactive, Bruckheimer powered films such as Con Air or, sans the Bruck, The Expendables 2. But director Simon West has his eye – or rather his ear – on music for a new TV show, aiming to work with The Who on what is currently called Mods And Rockers.West has the likes of Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey in talks to handle the music on the series, which he would direct and produce. And while it’ll revisit the world of England’s 1960s music scene, don’t go expecting a cover version of Quadrophenia. “We’re not remaking Quadrophenia but it’s that kind of world,” he tells Screen International. “It will also cover the rockers’ side of the story and spills out into the wider world of swinging ‘60s London, taking in gangsters, music and fashion. The two tribes will be at the heart of it. »

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Con Air director plans to team with The Who on TV series

30 July 2014 3:28 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Simon West is working on Mods and Rockers with iconic band in talks to collaborate.

Con Air and The Expendables 2 director Simon West is in development on a TV series about London’s music scene in the 1960s, with iconic rock band The Who in talks to collaborate on the project.

West is currently working on the script for Mods and Rockers (working title).

The iconic UK band, including Pete Townsend and Roger Daltry, are in talks to handle music on the series and co-produce with West - who will direct and produce through his UK outfit Simon West Productions – and band manager and film producer Bill Curbishley (The Railway Man, Quadrophenia).

West envisages Mods and Rockers as an eight-part “international series”.

“We’re not remaking Quadrophenia but it’s that kind of world,” he told ScreenDaily. “It will also cover the rockers’ side of the story and spills out into the wider world of swinging »

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

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Con Air director teams with The Who on TV series

30 July 2014 3:28 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Simon West writing Mods and Rockers with iconic band.

Con Air and The Expendables 2 director Simon West is in development on a TV series about London’s music scene in the 1960s with iconic rock band The Who.

West is currently working on the script for Mods and Rockers (working title) with The Who band members including Pete Townsend and Roger Daltry.

The iconic UK band are set to handle music on the series and co-produce with West - who will direct and produce through his UK outfit Simon West Productions – and band manager and film producer Bill Curbishley (The Railway Man, Quadrophenia).

West envisages Mods and Rockers as an eight-part “international series”.

“We’re not remaking Quadrophenia but it’s that kind of world,” he told ScreenDaily. “It will also cover the rockers’ side of the story and spills out into the wider world of swinging ‘60s London, taking in gangsters »

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

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Nathan Barr on making Emmy history and music for 'The Americans' (Exclusive Video)

17 June 2014 8:45 AM, PDT | Gold Derby | See recent Gold Derby news »

Last year Nathan Barr became the first composer ever to reap two Emmy bids for Original Main Title Theme Music in the same year. He contended for both “The Americans” on FX and “Hemlock Grove” on Netflix. Those marked his first two Emmy bids and now he's back in consideration again. As he admitted during our recent webcam chat (watch below), this year he would welcome “getting recognition as a songwriter, in addition to the underscore” for the tune “It Must Be Done” that he recorded with The Who guitarist Pete Townshend for the second season of “The Americans.” -Break- Join the heated Emmy discussions going on right now in the Gold Derby message boards Sharing a nomination with Townshend might give him a chance to meet his boyhood idol in person, as the magic of digital technology meant that they were able to make the song together while on different continents. »

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