4 items from 2015
For the eighth feature-length film he directed, “The Hateful Eight,” Quentin Tarantino is hitting the road, delivering the movie in 70mm screenings to 44 markets. The challenge is one that Harvey Weinstein briefly mentioned on Monday night in his intro at the Ziegfeld Theatre in Manhattan, where several Tarantino fans joined the cast and Hollywood mainstays like Goldie Hawn, Kate Hudson and Ethan and Joel Coen, and musicians like Mike Diamond of the Beastie Boys and Jack White, whose label Third Man Records is releasing the film’s soundtrack on vinyl.
“Quentin said we’re using 70mm, and we’re going to go all around the country and do an overture and intermission,” Weinstein recalled. “I said, ‘Wow, that’s amazing.’ And then we found out there aren’t any 70mm projectors.” Still, they powered on. “We had to call eBay… and we had to learn how to put lenses together, »
- Alexa Harrison
Ron Sunshine: Bring It Home (Rondette)
Ron Sunshine's mix of jazz, soul, and blues is always a little different from album to album. This time out the vibe is classy late-'50s/early '60s R&B with a small horn section and lots of blues shuffles. The horns and the pianist will sometimes play jazz harmonies, but in general the feeling is more down-home than his more swing-oriented efforts were -- though we're talking fine distinctions here; he's not changing styles, just shifting leanings by degrees.
Sunshine's broad tastes show in his cover of Charlie Rich's "Who Will the Next Fool Be," and his vocal is every bit as effective in his own style as Rich's or Bobby Bland's versions -- Sunshine can do covers without fearing comparisons to either the originals or to other covers; he pulls off "I'm Shakin'" (made famous by Little Willie John »
Is Sam Smith singing the theme for the next James Bond film or not? Despite previous denials, the British singer dropped a hint on Monday that strongly suggests he’s working on the song for “Spectre.”
The Grammy winner posted a mysterious photo on his Twitter and Instagram on Labor Day, showing a photo of a hand wearing a ring that, as many 007 fans have noticed, contains the sea creature logo for criminal organization Spectre — Special Executive for Counter-intelligence, Terrorism, Revenge and Extortion. The design dates back to the 1962 Bond film “Dr. No.”
— Sam Smith (@samsmithworld) September 7, 2015
“That’s not me,” he told BBC Radio 2 when asked if he would be singing the song. “That’s definitely not me. »
- Alex Stedman
Welcome back to Rolling Stone's "Everything Index," our midweek ranking of pop culture's power players.
It's a new year, but we're still grinding the same old axe: Namely, making fun of Kim Kardashian. But this week, we're also keeping tabs on The Bachelor, marveling at Joe Biden and complaining about the Coachella lineup – actually, that's the same stuff we were doing last year, too. Guess there's no point trying to change.
So before we sign up for SoulCycle, let's get to this week's chart: the good, the bad and Everything in between. »
4 items from 2015
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