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5 items from 2013


Adele movie would be fascinating, says director Tony Palmer

29 July 2013 2:18 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Filmmaker Tony Palmer has said that "the real Adele" would be a fascinating subject for a music documentary.

The Leonard Cohen: Bird on a Wire and The World of Liberace director also told Digital Spy that he turned down the chance to work with U2 before they made Rattle and Hum.

"I missed my chance with Adele," Palmer said.

"My wife had spotted Adele long before she had become really famous and said, 'You've got to listen to this voice, it's really amazing'.

"I agreed it was amazing, but I said, 'I don't make that kind of film anymore'. Then I saw a brief interview with her and I thought, my god this is a fascinating woman - to hell with the voice, it's a fascinating woman."

He added: "I immediately applied. I wrote to them, saying 'Would you ever consider...' I had a very good response from whoever looked after her then. »

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Tony Palmer: he's with the band

28 July 2013 4:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

They were music megastars, and they all opened up to him. As Tony Palmer's best films resurface, the documentarian talks to Phelim O'Neill about Leonard Cohen's tears, John Lennon's fake beard – and the day Liberace invited him into his hot tub

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Tony Palmer was studying moral sciences at Cambridge University in the 1960s when a moderately famous band arrived in town. "I got a call to attend this press conference the Beatles were holding, to cover it for the college paper," he recalls. "They'd had a No 1 single or two by then, so they were very well known – but not yet intergalactic. Afterwards, John Lennon came up and asked me why I hadn't asked them any questions. I told him I found the whole thing pretty silly. He laughed, and when I told him I was studying moral sciences, »

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Tony Palmer: he's with the band

28 July 2013 4:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

They were music megastars, and they all opened up to him. As Tony Palmer's best films resurface, the documentarian talks to Phelim O'Neill about Leonard Cohen's tears, John Lennon's fake beard – and the day Liberace invited him into his hot tub

Reading this on mobile? Click here to view video

Tony Palmer was studying moral sciences at Cambridge University in the 1960s when a moderately famous band arrived in town. "I got a call to attend this press conference the Beatles were holding, to cover it for the college paper," he recalls. "They'd had a No 1 single or two by then, so they were very well known – but not yet intergalactic. Afterwards, John Lennon came up and asked me why I hadn't asked them any questions. I told him I found the whole thing pretty silly. He laughed, and when I told him I was studying moral sciences, »

- Phelim O'Neill

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'Behind the Candelabra' did Liberace 'a monumental disservice'

26 July 2013 2:00 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Filmmaker Tony Palmer has said that recent Liberace biopic Behind The Candelabra did the musician a "monumental disservice".

The director of 1976 documentary The World of Liberace, based on the musician's own coffee table book The Things I Love, told Digital Spy that he had mixed feelings about the biopic.

"It's nowhere near as good a film as some people have said, and it's nowhere near as bad a film as many people who love Liberace have said," Palmer said.

"Steven Soderbergh is a very good director and its a very skilfully made film. I think Matt Damon has never given as good a performance as Scott Thorson. On one level, I was greatly relieved that it was nowhere near as bad as I feared it was going to be."

He continued: "Of course Michael Douglas does not look like Liberace, that's not his fault... I don't give a toss about that. »

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Leonard Cohen as important as Bob Dylan, says 'Bird on a Wire' director

24 July 2013 3:04 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Filmmaker Tony Palmer has said that Leonard Cohen is as important a figure as Bob Dylan.

Palmer directed 1972 documentary film Bird on a Wire, which was shelved on completion before being discovered and reconstructed from its original rushes for its 2010 re-release.

"It's not every day you make a film some 38 years ago and then you suddenly manage to rescue it and piece it back together," Palmer told Digital Spy.

"People's reactions were amazing. I was absolutely gobsmacked. I really was... It actually took longer to piece the jigsaw back together again than it had done to make the original film."

He continued: "When we made it in 1972, Leonard was absolutely at the peak of his form. The great early songs. I thought he had a wonderful voice - he was always very dismissive about his voice.

"Although he's remained a fantastic performer, his voice is not what he was... this »

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