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Jared Fogle came to popular renown by dropping hundreds of pounds with a diet that incorporated low-fat sandwiches from Subway. Now the restaurant chain must consider dropping him.
Subway said Tuesday afternoon that the chain had “mutually agreed” with its famous pitchman to suspend their relationship after Fogle’s home was raided by federal and state authorities. There has been no official word about the reasons behind the raid, which took place in Zionsville, Ind. Fogle recently severed ties with Russell Taylor, an executive who headed his charitable foundation and who was charged with several counts of producing child pornography.
While Subway said Fogle was cooperating with authorities and expected “no actions to be forthcoming,” the sandwich chain must navigate a very tough path. Does it hope Fogle is cleared in the investigation and attempt to resume using him in advertising? Or does it take the irrevocable step of sundering »
- Brian Steinberg
Pete Townshend changed the course of rock music last night (05.07.15) when he premiered a classical version of The Who's famous mod opera 'Quadrophenia' at London's Royal Albert Hall. The 70-year-old guitarist was joined by an army of classical musicians from the prestigious Royal Philharmonic Orchestra - including dozens of violinists, cellists, and brass players - a hundred-piece choir, singers Alfie Boe and Billy Idol and actor Phil Daniels, who appeared in the original movie, for a spectacular new take on the classic record. Townshend - who had replaced his normally grungy grey T-shirt and jeans for a smart black suit and pristine white shirt - was on stage for much of the event singing the part of 'The Godfather' as well as playing guitar. Speaking after the show, a beaming Townshend told Bang Showbiz's Managing Director Rick Sky: ''I wanted to get a Who piece saved for posterity. »
Kanye who? Pete Townshend and Roger Daltrey from The Who took issue with Kanye West's declaration at Glastonbury that he was the "greatest living rock star on the planet" — and started a "rebellion" against the Yeezus hitmaker live on stage on Sunday, June 28. The night before, West had spoken to fans at the British festival, declaring himself to be pretty awesome. "I'm going to say this tonight because 20 years from now, 30 years from now, 40 years from now, I might not be able [...] »
The Who closed Glastonbury 2015 and called it ''an easy job.'' The veteran rockers were the last act to perform as the sun set on the festival yesterday (28.06.15) in front of thousands of fans on the Pyramid stage and vowed to ''send them home happy''. Guitarist Pete Townshend said as they entered the stage: ''We have an easy job: we have to send you home happy.'' And the group had no problems living up to the pledge with their crowd-pleasing set of fan favourites including 'Who Are You', 'The Seeker', 'Pictures of Lily', 'Baba O'Riley' and 'My Generation'. The band reportedly missed out on having a sound check and although the crowd didn't seem to notice any difficulties, the 70-year-old guitarist continuously complained about the sound and confessed: ''It could have been better'' During his headlining set on Saturday (27.06.15) Kanye West declared that he was ''the biggest »
Alfie Boe was ''thrilled'' to be asked to re-record the classic The Who album 'Quadrophenia'. The 41-year-old was approached by the group's guitarist Pete Townshend to reimagine the band's sixth album, originally released in 1973, and said he was ''couldn't believe'' it when he got the call. He told Bang Showbiz: ''I was thrilled, absolutely thrilled, I was beside myself, I couldn't believe he'd asked me to be a part of it.'' The English tenor admitted he had to seek advice from both Pete and lead singer Sir Roger Daltrey when singing on the album, 'Classic Quadrophenia', because he wanted to do the original LP justice. Speaking about Pete's advice, he explained: ''He wrote the piece so I needed advice, I needed to know what he wanted from it, what sort of approach he thought I should bring to it, but the biggest advice he could give »
****Warning: Video contains graphic language***** Roger Daltrey damn near shut down The Who's latest concert because someone was smoking marijuana, and video of the incident is graphic -- for its severely un-rock and roll nature. During Wednesday night’s show on Long Island ... the Hall of Fame frontman stopped singing three songs in so he could berate a fan whose weed smoke was bothering his voice. His bandmate Pete Townshend joined in, screaming at the »
- TMZ Staff
Eddie Vedder teamed up with Paul Shaffer and the CBS Orchestra for a rousing, fitting performance of Pearl Jam's "Better Man" on The Late Show Monday night as David Letterman began his final three-night stand as host.
As Letterman noted, Vedder has taken the Ed Sullivan Theater stage numerous times since Pearl Jam first appeared on The Late Show in 1996, even once trying his hand at comedy ("I think that will probably be the highlight of the man's career," Letterman cracked). Vedder's riveting performance on Monday, however, undoubtedly earned »
Read More: Meet the 2014 Tribeca Filmmakers #30: Mike Fleiss Takes a Wild Ride into the Life of The Grateful Dead's Bob Weir in 'The Other One: The Long, Strange Trip of Bob Weir' If you're unable to make it to the "Fare Thee Well" concerts marking both the 50th Anniversary of acclaimed rock band The Grateful Dead and the band's last few concerts together, fear not. Netflix is celebrating the milestone anniversary, too, with an original documentary feature chronicling the life of band member John Weir. "The Other One: The Long Strange Trip of Bob Weir" is directed by Mike Fleiss ("The Bachelor," "God Bless Ozzy Osbourne"), produced by Marc Weingarten ("God Bless Ozzy Osbourne") and Ep'd by Martin Hilton ("The Bachelor") and Justin Kreutzmann ("In the Attic with Pete Townshend and Friends"). It follows Weir's life and journey as a member of The Grateful Dead with interviews from family, »
- Becca Nadler
And now for yet another documentary feature set in the world of art. Nope, we’re not following another globe-trotting photo-journalist. This is in the world of music, rock n’ roll, to be precise. We’re heading back over fifty years, when the Beatles ruled the pop charts. Seems that another quartet were becoming pop icons beside the “fab four”. As the years have passed, both groups have been whittled down to duos. I’m referring to The Who, but this film’s title doesn’t profile anybody at the footlights, smashing up their instruments. No, it’s about the unlikely pair behind the pandemonium. They might sound like an old vaudeville team to rival Bud and Lou, but those rock standards might never have become a part of our lives without Lambert & Stamp.
In swinging mod, mad London of the early 1960’s, two fledging film makers had a unique »
- Jim Batts
Brian Wilson, 2008. (Photo copyright Mark Mawston. All rights reserved.)
Cinema Retro's Mark Mawston is among the notable photographers who have donated portraits of famous rock legends for a charity auction being organized by The Print Bank. Mawston's 2008 portrait of Brian Wilson, taken at the Royal Albert Hall, became the rock legend's favorite personal photo. Wilson has a signed a print which is being offered as part of the auction. Among the other portraits signed by the music legends that are being auctioned: Lenny Kravitz, Noel Gallagher, Debbie Harry, Kate Bush, Nile Rodgers, Paul Weller, Pete Townshend, Jimmy Page, George Martin, Chrissie Hynde, Sting, Andy Summers, Amy Winehouse and others. For full details about the auction, which takes place at the Royal Albert Hall on 16 May, Click Here. »
- email@example.com (Cinema Retro)
Aspiring film-makers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp set out to make a low-budget film about the 60s counterculture. Instead they discovered a rock band called the High Numbers, renamed them the Who and shepherded them to rock superstardom. In this clip, the Who's Pete Townshend explains how the relationship between the two men worked. Lambert & Stamp is on release in the UK on 15 May. Continue reading »
- Guardian Staff
James D. Cooper’s captivating documentary, Lambert & Stamp, captures the zeitgeist of an era as it explores the complicated creative partnership forged between Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp, two ambitious men from distinctly different backgrounds in early 1960’s London. While working as 2nd assistant directors at Shepperton Studios, they set out to direct their own underground film. Their search for a subject led them to discover four young musicians with raw talent performing at the Railway Hotel, one of the most important clubs for Mods outside the West End. The synergy of personalities, talent and energy led to the creation of one of the world’s most iconic rock bands, The Who. In an exclusive interview, Cooper talked about directing his first feature with the support of his longtime friend Chris Stamp, why the theme of transcending the constraints of your own circumstance to create something bigger than yourself appealed to him, »
- Sheila Roberts
The Conversation is a new feature at Sound on Sight bringing together Drew Morton and Landon Palmer in a passionate debate about cinema new and old. For their third piece, they will discuss Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow Up.
The cultural impact of Michelangelo Antonioni’s Blow Up would be very difficult to overemphasize. Upon release, Andrew Sarris referred to the film as “a mod masterpiece” and ‘Playboy’ critic Arthur Knight went so far as comparing the film to Hiroshima mon amour, Rome Open City, and Citizen Kane in its potential influence on filmmaking. The film was also a massive hit worldwide and the tenth highest grossing film in the United States in 1966 – a memento of a brief window in time in which an art film by an Italian auteur could also do boffo box office. And, having been denied a seal by the Production Code Administration, Blow Up »
- Drew Morton
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English Rock Band The Who. Going up to Manchester on the train. Left is Chris Stamp (brother of Terence Stamp) who was the business manager. and Kit Lambert Manager (producer on the album Tommy). 1966.
Sony Pictures Classics has released the official trailer and poster for their upcoming documentary Lambert & Stamp, about The Who and their visionary managers Kit Lambert and Chris Stamp. The film opens in NY and La on April 3rd and expands nationally in the following weeks.
The film had its premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. In his review, Rob Nelson (Variety) wrote, “James D. Cooper’s impeccably directed debut is a definitive screen bio of the Who and its-rock operatic rise.”
“Cooper tells a full-bodied story in this fast-paced two hours, harnessing the chaotic energy of two men who generated a whirl of unconventional ideas and strategies,” stated David Rooney »
- Michelle McCue
Wait, doesn't that sound just like … ? From Lady Gaga and Madonna to Vanilla Ice and David Bowie, the music industry has always been rife with song rip-off accusations. On Tuesday, Robin Thicke and Pharrell Williams were ordered to pay a whopping $7.3 million to the estate of Marvin Gaye for lifting the beat for their 2013 hit "Blurred Lines" from Gaye's 1977 song "Got To Give It Up." Though she songs do sound awfully familiar, the lines between "inspiration" and "theft" are definitely very blurred. (Williams told jurors during the trial that he must have just "been channeling that feeling, that late-'70s feeling, »
- Gillian Telling, @gilliantelling
[Press Release] Los Angeles -- February 25th sees the digital release of 11 of Pete Townshend’s solo albums digitally as part of a new deal with Umc / Universal Music. An extensive reissue program for Townshend’s solo material that will see the catalog remastered and reworked is planned to start later this year and will run into 2016. The 11 digital album releases cover Who Came First, his collaboration with The Faces’ Ronnie Lane Rough Mix, his musical version of Ted Hughes’s The Iron Man, his collections of demos Scoop, Another Scoop and Scoop 3, as well as the albums Empty Glass, All The Best Cowboys Have Chinese Eyes, White City, Psychoderelict and the live album Deep End Live! featuring David Gilmour. Who Came First This 1972 release was the first release by Pete Townshend outside »
- Pietro Filipponi
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