4 items from 2013
As he does with most things, Kevin Smith used the internet to announce he's completed the first draft of what will become, he says, his final movie, "Clerks III." He posted a photo of the finished script, along with the clapperboard from his first movie, "Clerks," to Instagram.
The photo is accompanied with the caption, "It Is Accomplished! First draft of 'Clerks III' is 137 pages. Plays like the 'Empire Strikes Back' of the 'Clerks' trilogy." That's a pretty long script for a comedy, but the number holds some significance to fans of Smith's work. The number 37 has been referred to in just about each one of his movies.
Initially Smith said he grand plan for the movie was to use crowd-source funding to get it made, and he almost went through with launching a Kickstarter for the project in November. His stance has changed though. In an Ama on Reddit, »
Judd Apatow may be one of the biggest and funniest producers in Hollywood, but the man behind Freaks and Geeks, Knocked Up, Forgetting Sarah Marshall and so many more hits is no different than many in that he still is harboring his rock star dreams.
Taking advantage of that access, Apatow worked with Jackson Browne, »
Johnny Cash: Blood, Sweat and Tears (Columbia)
Some of Cash's '60s concept albums were burdened with much too talking between tracks; here the tribute to the American working man gets to mostly stand alone on its musical merits, and shines. Notably, it incluces the top version of the traditional "John Henry"” about the most legendarily heroic working man ever, and the version of "Casey Jones" here is classic as well. Politically and psychologically, Cash was the perfect man for this job.
Byrds: Notorious Byrd Brothers (Columbia)
Sometimes transitional albums, confusing listeners expecting a group's earlier style, are underrated. Not so with this classic. It's true that it didn't sell as well as earlier Byrds LPs, nor did the single from the album chart very high, but for decades Notorious Byrd Brothers has been widely revered, and not just by fans; some critics have even anointed it as the band's best album. »
David Duchovny's Hank Moody, the protagonist of Showtime's hit series Californication, may be a writer by nature, but there is arguably no bigger rock star on episodic TV than the wild-living author. He's been shot at by RZA, propositioned by more women than Gene Simmons and woken up in jail, in the hospital and on the streets, all while chasing his on-again, off-again true love Karen (Natascha McElhone).
On the show's upcoming sixth season, which premieres January 13th, creator Tom Kapinos embraces Moody's rock star nature, having the character »
4 items from 2013
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