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The Writers Guild of America has remained tough on qualifying scripts for its screenplay awards, excluding more than a dozen high-profile scripts, including John Ridley’s screenplay for “12 Years a Slave.”
The guild’s restrictions — far more rigorous than other guilds — require that scripts be produced under WGA jurisdiction or under a collective bargaining agreement in Canada, Ireland, New Zealand or the U.K. The WGA had no immediate comment on the exclusions, but the restrictions on eligibility are a longstanding practice at the guild.
Other notable screenplays excluded include Peter Morgan’s screenplay for “Rush”; Ryan Coogler’s script for “Frutivale Station”; “Philomena,” written by Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope and “Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom,” penned by William Nicholson.
Voting to determine the WGA’s nominees launched Tuesday on 95 eligible screenplays — 41 in the adapted category and 54 in the original category. The guild’s restrictions also require that the »
- Dave McNary
Vanessa Hudgens can't wait for the upcoming High School Musical reunion. Hudgens, along with Ashely Tisdale, Corbin Bleu, Lucas Grabeel, Kaycee Stroh, Olesya Rulin and director Kenny Ortega will reunite next month at party benefiting Monique Coleman's GimmeMo' foundation. "She gave me a call and she was like, 'Would you like to that? Is this something that interests you?' and I was like, 'Yes, yes, and yes,'" Hudgens told me while promoting her upcoming indie drama Gimme Shelter. "Me and Ashley had always joked around about having a High School Musical reunion. And we all love each other. We had the most amazing time of our lives together. To be able to come back after five »
Co-director of such classic documentaries as Salesman, Gimme Shelter and Grey Gardens, plus cinematographer for D.A. Pennebaker (Monterey Pop), Jean-Luc Godard (Six in Paris) and Martin Scorsese (Shine a Light), Albert Maysles is simply a living cinema treasure. Turning 87 this month (November 26), the older of the Maysles brothers has more than a hundred credits in his impressive filmography and still directs and shoots. Paying tribute to this, the documentary film festival Docsdf organized a Maysles brothers mini retrospective for its 2013 edition, showing three of their films (What's Happening! The Beatles in the U.S.A, Salesman and Gimme Shelter) and inviting Albert to Mexico City. I had the fortune to attend one of the Albert Maysles Docsdf events: his master class at Ccc (a...
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Whose is that powerful female voice behind Mick Jagger on The Rolling Stones' 1969 hit "Gimme Shelter"? Who was that woman dancing and crooning on stage behind Tina Turner? Who exactly is that talent behind the talent?
Documentary filmmaker Morgan Neville found himself asking these same questions. After doing research into what he found to be a lacuna in music history, Neville conducted preliminary interviews with some of the hardest working performers in show business today. What came out of his research and interviews was Twenty Feet From Stardom, a »
20 Feet from Stardom, 2013.
Directed by Morgan Neville.
Backup singers live in a world that lies just beyond the spotlight. Their voices bring harmony to the biggest bands in popular music, but we've had no idea who these singers are or what lives they lead, until now.
Hearing Gimme Shelter by The Rolling Stones is nothing new. Martin Scorsese alone has embedded the songs so deeply into our collective, cinematic consciousness that even if Mick Jagger isn’t your cup of tea, you’ll know the song. Listening to Gimme Shelter in 20 Feet from Stardom, on the other hand, brings a teae to your eye – if not, it’ll have you weeping into buckets at the sheer talent and force of the vocals. And not Mick Jagger’s vocal either.
The vocals are by Merry Clayton. Her agent, waking her in the evening, calls her to the studio, telling her »
- Gary Collinson
Gimme shelter! Mick Jagger's daughter Georgia May Jagger probably would have thought just that had the 21-year-old model been aware of the fact that she had suffered a bit of wardrobe malfunction on Tuesday. While attending a Sunglass Hut event during New York Fashion Week, the offspring of the Rolling Stones frontman and Jerry Hall looked absolutely lovely in a sleeveless silver gown. At one point, however, while turning to pose for more pics, one of Jagger's breasts opted to slightly reveal itself. Whoops! Of course, these nip slips have become somewhat of a trend lately, whether intentional or not. This week alone we've seen Miranda Kerr suffer a double nip slip »
Chicago – One the great points in “20 Feet from Stardom” is that often in our favorite hit songs, we sing along to the background singers rather than the lead vocal (“Sweet home Alabama, Where the skies are so blue…”). These classic songsters come front and center in “20 Feet from Stardom.”
The title is an irony, of course, in the so-close-but-yet-so-far nature of hit record fame. By spotlighting the background singers of those familiar songs, it also highlights the struggles when the backgrounders weren’t needed anymore, and their sometimes harsh attempts at trying to come out front and have their own identity. This is a life lesson, as we see the titans of rock – Bruce Springsteen and Mick Jagger – extolling the virtues of their backup help, but also being kind of forlorn about the frustrations of those colleagues not making it to the big time. The documentary is both a »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The last time iconic rock band the Rolling Stones took the stage at Hyde Park in London was July 5, 1969. It took a full 44 years and one day before they returned Saturday (July 6) for a bit of a homecoming.
Before the show began, footage from that original concert played for the audience to welcome the Stones. From there, they played through a long list of hits, including "Start Me Up," "Gimme Shelter," "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction."
The show was, of course, well-received was fans in attendance, but even the band had a great time. According to a writer at Billboard, he'd never "seen them all smile so much on stage, nor maintain quite such momentum throughout two hours of classic hits." Front man Mick Jagger echoed that idea with a tweet, reading, "What a great audience at last night's show, & such a beautiful sunset."
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London — The Rolling Stones returned to London's Hyde Park after 44 years with a concert that saluted both the band's past and the fleetingly idyllic English summer. Mick Jagger even donned a frock for the occasion.
The band played an outdoor gig for 65,000 people Saturday in the same venue as a landmark 1969 show performed two days after the death of founding member Brian Jones.
It's most often remembered for the vast crowd of more than 200,000, for Jagger quoting Percy Bysshe Shelley as eulogy to Jones – and for the white dress Jagger wore onstage.
Jagger took the stage in a similar white smock Saturday for a rendition of "Honky Tonk Women," a song the band also played in 1969.
"Just something I found in the back," he said.
Much else has changed since 1969. Then, the concert was free. On Saturday, some fans had paid 200 pounds ($300) a ticket. Jagger turns 70 this month, drummer Charlie Watts »
“Da Doo Ron Ron.” Ray Charles’ “What’d I Say.” Joe Cocker’s “Feelin’ Alright.” Lynyrd Skynrd’s “Sweet Home Alabama.” The Rolling Stones’ “Gimme Shelter.” Strip these classic anthems of their backup vocals, and they’re just not the same. In 20 Feet from Stardom, music documentarian Morgan Neville introduces the “colored girls” of Lou Reed’s “Walk on the Wild Side”—for as offensive as the lyric is, the backup singers worth making a film about are mostly black and mostly female. And, for one reason or another, mostly out of the spotlight. As Bruce Springsteen says in the movie’s opening interview, “That walk »
Bound By Blood, Not Band: Berninger Tails Brother
The life of touring musicians has long been a favorite subject of documentarians the world over, but none previously have ventured so far from the rock ‘n’ roll lifestyle as to trudge the depths of fraternal envy via such open-hearted self deprecation as Tom Berninger’s Mistaken For Strangers. The film began when Tom was invited by his brother Matt to come join him on a year long tour with his premiere indie rock band, The National, who, after a decade of under-appreciated touring have finally found their time in the sun, now selling out massive theaters around the globe. Matt’s moody baritone vocals and intense stage presence jut to the fore of their dreamily layered soundscapes, making the lanky crooner somewhat of a modern day rock star (as much as that’s possible in today’s micro-fragmented music scene). Tom »
- Jordan M. Smith
Los Angeles — In the span of American pop music, few performers have gone as unrecognized as the backup vocalists who harmonize and contextualize the songs of many a heralded lead musician. With "20 Feet From Stardom," some of the most notable finally get their due, but more than a tribute, the film is a recognition of the talent and sacrifice that many of these vocalists have invested in often challenging careers.
With a documentary career that's richly profiled the likes of Muddy Waters, Johnny Cash, Hank Williams, The Rolling Stones and Pearl Jam, Emmy-award winning director Morgan Neville brings an impressive wealth of talent and depth of experience to the project, enhanced by the decades-long perspective of producer and former A&M music exec Gil Friesen, who died late last year.
As films about Ginger Baker and the Stone Roses are released, here's our pick of the movies in which film-makers focus on the drama behind the songs
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"Our band could be your life," sang the Minutemen in History Lesson Part II – a line that embodied the fierce love the audiences of the Us indie underground held for their bands. The Minutemen were pioneers, coming out of the southern California hardcore punk scene, but to be tied to it, and living what they preached – "We jam econo," was a phrase bassist Mike Watt coined to describe a commitment to doing everything cheaply and independently. More than a history lesson, though, We Jam Econo is a deeply moving love letter from Watt to his friend – and the Minutemen's leader – D Boon, who died in »
- Michael Hann
Another great conversation at the recently wrapped TCM Classic Film Festival found famed cinematographer Haskell Wexler discussing the landmark Rolling Stones doc “Gimme Shelter” with filmmaker Albert Maysles (“Salesman,” “Grey Gardens”) and camera operator Joan Churchill. Wexler acted as host and introduced the film with Maysles. After the film, Wexler, Maysles and Churchill sat down for a discussion that turned into a brief impromptu Q&A with the three discussing everything from the Hell’s Angels to being on acid to a few near-death experiences, with some additional comments by ‘Gimme Shelter’ producer Ron Schneider. Below is a selection of highlights from the conversation.Meeting The Rolling Stones “Haskell’s the one who made it all possible for us to meet the Rolling Stones. We got a call one day from him in California and we’re in New York. He says, ‘The Stones arriving in New York tomorrow, they »
- Diana Drumm
* Rolling Stones on biggest tour in six years
* Struggle to sell out opening night in Los Angeles
* Mick Taylor rejoins band, Stefani, Urban perform
By Sue Zeidler
Los Angeles, May 4 (Reuters) - The Rolling Stones rocked a packed house in Los Angeles on Friday on the opening night of their North American "50 and Counting" tour, but only after websites slashed ticket prices and the band released additional cheap seats at the last minute.
The 17-date tour is the veteran British rockers' biggest in six years and follows a handful of dates in London, Paris and New York at the end of 2012 marking 50 years since they burst on to the music scene at London's Marquee Club in 1962.
"We first played La in 1965. Thank you for coming to see us. We really appreciate it," frontman Mick Jagger said late on Friday during the show at Staples Center.
The 69-year-old strutted and gyrated »
No, this is not an April Fool’s Day joke: American Idol has cooked up a fun, fresh theme for next Wednesday’s Top 7 performance episode.
Yeah, I kinda wish Nigel Lythgoe & Co. hadn’t added the “Classic” modifier to “Classic Rock, No Ballads” night — why not let the kids go current, if they’re so inclined? — but still, we won’t get seven consecutive ballads. (What-what?) And as long as Nigel isn’t maniacally offering a meager list of 15 or 20 pre-approved songs, it’s a pretty broad theme, too, with plenty of opportunities for brilliance and/or catastrophe.
- Michael Slezak
The 2013 TCM Classic Film Festival continues to expand, with newly added appearances by legendary stars at screenings of some of their most memorable films, including Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Mickey Rooney, Jonathan Winters, Marvin Kaplan, Barrie Chase, Polly Bergen,Coleen Gray, Theodore Bikel and Norman Lloyd, as well as producer Stanley Rubin, Clara Bow biographer David Stenn, Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) film collections manager Katie Trainor and director Nicholas Ray’s widow, Susan Ray. In addition, TCM’s Essentials Jr. host and Saturday Night Live star Bill Hader will present screenings of Shane (1953) and The Ladykillers(1955).
And The Film Forum’s Bruce Goldstein will present a special screening of Frank Capra’s The Donovan Affair (1929), complete with live voice actors and sound effects to replace the film’s long-lost soundtrack.Mel Brooks is slated to talk about his comedy The Twelve Chairs (1970). Carl Reiner, Mickey Rooney, Jonathan Winters, Marvin Kaplan »
- Melissa Thompson
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