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‘Mapplethorpe’ Has Found its Patti Smith, But It Doesn’t Have Her Support — Exclusive

One week before production is scheduled to start on writer-director Ondi Timoner’s “Mapplethorpe,” the biopic starring Matt Smith as photographer Robert Mapplethorpe, “Imposters” actress Marianne Rendón has been cast as Patti Smith, IndieWire has learned. The role was originally slated for Zosia Mamet until she dropped out over scheduling conflicts.

What the film doesn’t have, however, is the support of Patti Smith.

Read More: HBO’s ‘Mapplethorpe: Look at the Pictures’ Doc Raises Questions, Producer Has Answers

A singer, poet, and influential member of the 1970s punk rock movement, Smith documented her seminal personal and artistic relationship with Mapplethorpe in the 2010 memoir “Just Kids,” which won the National Book Award for Nonfiction. However, a rep for Smith said she opted not to be involved in the production in any way, declining to comment as to why.

“When I saw Marianne for the first time, I knew we’d finally found our Patti,
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James Corden’s Production Company Preps ‘Bros’ Feature Documentary

James Corden’s Production Company Preps ‘Bros’ Feature Documentary
Fulwell 73, the U.K. producer that makes the “Late Late Show” and now counts James Corden as one of its partners, is making “Bros,” a feature doc about the British boyband, which shot to fame in the 1980s and is reforming this year.

The documentary film will be financed by Lorton Entertainment and directed by by Fulwell 73’s David Soutar (“Harry Styles Behind The Music”). It will track the highs and lows of the band, from their breakout success, to family tragedy, and internal bust-ups.

Bros were hugely popular in the in the 1980s and the band became the youngest to have its own Wembley show. A reunion concert will take place at the London O2 later this year, the first gig since 1989, and which sold out in seven seconds when tickets went on sale late last year.

Band members Matt and Luke Goss will appear in the film, alongside
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From Dig! to Jungletown – how Ondi Timoner is 'kicking the door down' for female filmmakers

Having completed her debut TV series, and with a film about Robert Mapplethorpe in production, the director talks about why she’s drawn to ‘impossible visionaries’

Ondi Timoner still has her first video camera. She called her Flo, and now Flo is in five pieces, stuck to the wall of Timoner’s office in Los Angeles. “I threw her off the roof of Capitol Records,” she explains, “because she stopped recording when I was shooting the Dandy Warhols at the beginning of Dig!.”

Dig! is the documentary that made the director’s name when, in 2004, it won the Sundance grand jury prize. Her original plan had been to make a film about the music industry and what happens when artists get signed to major labels – “the collision of art and commerce” – by following 10 bands for a year. She ended up with two bands, the Dandy Warhols and the Brian Jonestown Massacre,
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Robert Mapplethorpe Biopic Starring Matt Smith to Shoot in July

Robert Mapplethorpe Biopic Starring Matt Smith to Shoot in July
Updated: Per Zosia Mamet’s team, the actress is no longer attached to this project due to scheduling conflicts. Our original story has been updated to reflect this new information.

The Robert Mapplethorpe biopic “Mapplethorpe” starring Matt Smith is heading into production in July, according to Interloper Films. An intimate portrait of one of the most controversial photographers in American history, the film stars Smith as Mapplethorpe.

Documentary filmmaker Ondi Timoner will direct the film, which she co-wrote with Bruce Goodrich. The movie follows Mapplethorpe from his rise to fame in the 1970s to his untimely death in 1989 due to complications from AIDS. Boston Diva Productions will produce alongside Timoner’s Interloper Films.

Timoner’s most recent feature documentary, 2015’s “Brand: A Second Coming,” focused on actor-comedian Russell Brand and his journey through addiction to
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The Ultimate Buffy the Vampire Slayer Playlist

Buffy the Vampire Slayer gave the world a hell of a lot. With incomparable dialogue, strong female characters, and complex storylines, it's hands down still one of the best TV shows of all time. Buffy terrified us (remember "Hush"?), made us laugh until it hurt, and made us cry until all we could do was laugh, but it also blessed us with an amazing and amazingly '90s soundtrack for our lives. We've rounded up some of the best songs featured on episodes of the show or by bands who contributed in a big way to the Buffyverse. Here's the listing, and a Spotify playlist is at the end! "Pain," Four Star Mary "Out of This World," Bush "Transylvanian Concubine," Rasputina "It Doesn't Matter," Alison Krauss & Union Station "The Devil You Know (God Is a Man)," Face to Face "Virgin State of Mind," K's Choice "Vivian," Nerf Herder "Wild Horses,
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Ten Best: Music Documentaries

Music documentaries are a genre unto their own – sometimes they give you a glimpse behind the scenes of your favourite band, and sometimes they’re about someone you’ve never heard about who become your favourite band. With that in mind, here’s a rundown of the Top 10 Best Music Documentaries of all time:

Anvil! The Story Of Anvil

An opening of Heavy Metal icons such Slash, Lemmy and Lars Ulrich singing the praises of a band you’ve never heard of makes you think it’s all just a Spinal Tap style spoof. But no, after never quite hitting the big time in the early 80s, Canadian Metal band Anvil have still been plugging away despite the lack of success – at the beginning of the film frontman Steve “Lips” Kudlow is having to make a living delivering school dinners in Toronto! It’s a heart-warming underdog tale of never giving up your dream.
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‘Pear Cider and Cigarettes’: How an Imperfect Life Became an Oscar Contender

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‘Pear Cider and Cigarettes’: How an Imperfect Life Became an Oscar Contender
For animator/illustrator Robert Valley, the imperfections of life and art magnificently come together in his Oscar-nominated short, “Pear Cider and Cigarettes,” about his friendship with a self-destructive daredevil, who died despite reaching out to the filmmaker for help to get a liver transplant in China.

Valley first wrote about his childhood friend, Techno, in two self-published graphic novels. He was a gifted athlete but, even at a young age, drawn to danger like a moth to the flame. It’s a dark, tragic, passionate account of the American Dream gone bad and the idealism of loyalty and hero worship.

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Yet even after the graphic novels, the Vancouver filmmaker (best known for “Aeon Flux,” “Wonder Woman” shorts, and Gorillaz music videos) was compelled to make a short about Techno. He set
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Song of the Week: Miranda Lee Richards - "7th Ray"

Miranda Lee Richards, one of my favorite L.A.-based singer-songwriters, was in town a few weeks ago playing songs from the inspired Echoes of the Dreamtime, her third studio album and first release in more than six years. "7th Ray," the first track and single from said album, is an atmospheric, mid-tempo, psychedelic-folk-rock rumination on love and life. Wearing her love like heaven, layered electric and acoustic guitars weave in and out of the nuanced mix and then suddenly a Mellotron adds yet another delectable dollop of color to keep you hitting your repeat key. She's currently on a West Coast tour with the Dandy Warhols, making stops in L.A., San Francisco, Seattle, and Portland. For fans of Laura Marling and Joni Mitchell alike. For a full list of tour dates, please visit her website MirandaLeeRichards.com. 
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Top 50 modern movie documentaries

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50 fabulous documentary films, covering hard politics through to music, money and films that never were...

Thanks to streaming services such as Netflix, we’ve never had better access to documentaries. A whole new audience can discover that these real life stories are just as thrilling, entertaining, and incredible as the latest big-budget blockbuster. What’s more, they’re all true too. But with a new found glut of them comes the ever more impossible choice, what’s worth your time? Below is my pick of the 50 best modern feature length documentaries.

I’ve defined modern as being from 2000 onwards, which means some of the greatest documentaries ever made will not feature here. I’m looking at you Hoop Dreams.

50. McConkey (2013)

d. Rob Bruce, Scott Gaffney, Murray Wais, Steve Winter, David Zieff

Shane McConkey was an extreme skier and Base jumper who lived life on the edge, and very much to the full.
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7 Unforgettable Teen TV Show Theme Songs You Should Still Listen to, Ranked

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Show of hands if you spent a lot of college listening to Remy Zero or Paula Cole on your Winamp?

Okay, you can put your hands down. (We can't see them.) But, we can see why you opened up your ears to the aforementioned artists -- they blessed us with two of the best teen TV show theme songs in the history of time.

From "Smallville's" apt "Save Me," to "I Don't Want to Wait" from "Dawson's Creek," we've assembled more memorable themes you shouldn't feel embarrassed adding to your Spotify.

7. "My So-Called Life Theme" From "My So-Called Life" (1994 - 1995)

If high-school angst and nostalgia had theme music, this would be it. No lyrics, just all the feels.

6. 'Where You Lead" From "Gilmore Girls" (2000 - 2007)

The Gilmores arguably have the most "fall as f**k" theme ever made. Which probably explains why we never fast-forward through it during our binge watching sessions.
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Hear John Malkovich's Terrifying Ric Ocasek Collab

Hear John Malkovich's Terrifying Ric Ocasek Collab
John Malkovich: actor, director, portal vessel, sonic explorer. The performer has teamed with an eclectic group of musicians – including Yoko Ono and Sean Lennon, the Cars' Ric Ocasek, Omd, Young the Giant, Dweezil Zappa and the Dandy Warhols – to create Like a Puppet Show, a Record Store Day Black Friday vinyl exclusive. The album finds Malkovich reciting classical musician Eric Alexandrakis' version of Plato's Allegory of the Cave over original material composed and produced by Alexandrakis, paired with bizarre photos of Malkovich taken by Sandro.

The 11-track Like
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10 best music documentaries: Bob Dylan, Madonna, Radiohead, more

10 best music documentaries: Bob Dylan, Madonna, Radiohead, more
Asif Kapadia's breathtaking documentary Amy is already wowing critics and fans, so its official release this week makes it a good a time to be reminded of some other great music documentaries.

There's David Byrne's giant suit and Bob Dylan's oversize shades. Two films from Martin Scorsese but just one from Julien Temple. Punk rockers and pop superstars. We count through ten leading music documentaries below.

10. The Filth and The Fury (2000)

Julien Temple's first Sex Pistols film The Great Rock 'n' Roll Swindle was Malcolm McLaren's make-it-up-as-you-go-along take on things. Twenty years on the same director gave the group the right to reply, including Sid Vicious with some beyond-the-grave archive footage.

9. In Bed with Madonna (1991)

Known as Madonna: Truth or Dare in the Us, this absurdly naughty chronicle of the Queen of Pop's infamous 'Blond Ambition' tour is arguably her greatest on-screen moment. Bitchiness, bottle-fellating
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12 Songs Given Second Lives as Famous TV Show Themes

Mad Men is ending, and while the show's opening credits are inseparable from RJD2's haunting theme, there was a time when that beat was known only as "A Beautiful Mine," by RJD2 and rapper Aceyalone.

Matthew Weiner originally wanted a Beck song to play as the show's opening theme, but the singer turned down every offer from the show's producers. Weiner was driving and listening to NPR one day when he heard "A Beautiful Mine" played as segue music between two stories and was immediately struck by it, though the version that ultimately was used was so different from
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Russell Brand cancels South by Southwest keynote address

Russell Brand cancels South by Southwest keynote address
Russell Brand has cancelled his keynote address at the South by Southwest music and arts festival.

The comedian had been scheduled to open up the festival tonight (March 13) in Austin, ahead of the premiere of new documentary Brand: A Second Coming.

Director Ondi Timoner's documentary feature chronicles Brand's growing interest in political causes and social issues over the last few years.

Brand was scheduled to introduce the movie at the Paramount Theatre at 6.30pm local time tonight, but has now penned a lengthy statement to explain his discomfort with the film.

"[Timoner] wanted creative control and to make a documentary about me and my transition from a relatively conventional celebrity to whatever the hell it is I am now," he wrote.

"You'd think a narcissist would like nothing more than talking about themselves and their 'rags to riches', 'hard luck' story but actually, it felt like, to me, my life
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Craziest music films ever made: Beware of Mr Baker, Cool as Ice, Dig!

Craziest music films ever made: Beware of Mr Baker, Cool as Ice, Dig!
What goes on tour stays on tour – unless it's caught on camera. With classic Beatles comedy A Hard Day's Night returning to UK cinemas on July 4, and Metallica's triumphant set at Glastonbury reminding us how far they've come from darker days, now feels like the time to look back on some of the movies that prove that maxim.

Below, we catalogue the craziest music movies ever made, helpfully divided into four distinct categories of weirdness.

Bad Behaviour

Beginning with its 70-something subject attacking the director with his walking stick, Beware Of Mr Baker (2012) introduces a man – ex-Cream drummer Ginger Baker – so bellicose he's made the whole world his practice kit. Like Brick Top from Snatch with even greater anger-management issues, Baker is a bitter old codger who "communicates more through his drums than his words", according to his long-suffering daughter. He certainly doesn't mince the latter.

Mick Jagger is
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Horror Music Video of the Week: The Black Angels – 'Evil Things'

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Horror Music Video of the Week: The Black Angels – 'Evil Things'
A mysterious black horse and a cloaked death-like figure travel through the dreams and nightmares of a young boy in “Evil Things,” the new video from dark psychedelic rockers The Black Angels. Directed by artist/photographer/filmmaker Kevin Castanheira, the film's haunting imagery compliments the droning, pulsing cosmic tones and heavy, Sabbath-style rhythms that permeate the band's critically-acclaimed new album Indigo Meadow. The Black Angels hail from Austin, Texas, and recently played South By Southwest on the heels of a Winter tour with the legendary Roky Erickson (one of the giants of postmodern rock). They will be curating their own seventh annual Austin Psych Fest on May 2nd through 4th, featuring bands like The Brian Jonestown Massacre, Loop, The Dandy Warhols and Panda Bear. Be sure to also check out the Psycho-inspired video for Melinda Ortner's “One More Day,” which debuted on Fearnet to coincide with the Season 2 premiere of Bates Motel.
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‘Veronica Mars’ Proves Not All Reunions Are Bad

There’s a rare breed of television show that makes the leap into becoming a feature film. Most have been paint-by-numbers modernizations, desecrating the source material, while others are made-for-television productions that waited too long for some type of forced reunion. So what happens when Veronica Mars, a cult TV show that aired on the Upn/CW gets a second chance to say, ‘thanks’ through a crowd-sourced film, seven years after if left the air?

The fate of the Veronica Mars Movie was placed in the Mars diehards, dubbed “marshmallows” with bleeding hearts. Over 90,000 financiers banded together and raised $5.7 million, nearly three times the original goal (prompting Warner Bros. to pitch in too). Not only was that a carnival-like event on the internet, it gave hope to every TV show that was ever cancelled. I can assure each and every Kickstarter who contributed to this film that their money was well spent.
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'Veronica Mars' soundtrack: Listen to a new take on 'We Used to Be Friends' -- Exclusive

'Veronica Mars' soundtrack: Listen to a new take on 'We Used to Be Friends' -- Exclusive
A long time ago, we used to be friends…

Any true Marshmallow knows the rest of the words. The rousing 2003 Dandy Warhols tune “We Used to Be Friends” underscored the opening credits of Veronica Mars throughout its three seasons on the air. Even though it had a radio life outside of the show (it was even used on an episode of The O.C.!), the song belongs to Veronica Mars. Like all great theme songs, it has become indistinguishable from the show itself.

But Veronica and the rest of the gang have evolved in the past decade, and a new era
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Reunion Mayhem, Veronica Mars' LoVe Life And 4 Other Movie Set Spoilers

The first line of the Veronica Mars theme song, "We Used to Be Friends" by The Dandy Warhols, speaks of a broken friendship that has dissolved into memory, but what.s strange is that the relationship between the show and its fans couldn.t be more opposite. While the series only lasted three seasons and was cancelled all the way back in 2007, so-called "Marshmallows" have never given up hope that we would get to see more of the spunky private detective played by Kristen Bell. It turns out that keeping hope alive actually does pay off sometimes. One of the most significant stories of last year unfolded on March 13th when the creative team behind Veronica Mars began a Kickstarter campaign that they hoped would help get the movie made. This plan worked out insanely well, as the project broke site records and ultimately raised $5.7 million. Production came together just
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