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Indiewire's Eric Kohn talks with filmmakers Ryan Coogler (Fruitvale Station) and Ava DuVernay (Selma) about the events they're staging today in conjunction with the Blackout Coalition's call for a nationwide boycott of Black Friday. Meantime, documentary filmmaker Amy Berg (Deliver Us from Evil, West of Memphis, An Open Secret), actor and activist Nate Parker (Beyond the Lights) and producer Matthew Cooke (How to Make Money Selling Drugs) have launched an Indiegogo campaign to raise funds for American Race, "a film on the black male crisis." More news and views: Prix Louis-Delluc, Pauline Kael on Jean-Luc Godard, Martin Scorsese on The Last Waltz and more. » - David Hudson »
Get ready, Deadheads. The Grateful Dead turn 50 next year and to celebrate, they're getting a new documentary from executive producer Martin Scorsese and director Amir Bar-Lev (Happy Valley). The still-untitled doc will feature never-before-seen footage from various performances, archived interviews and behind-the-scene moments as well as new talks with surviving members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, Phil Lesh, and Bob Weir. It'll also feature the eccentric characters from the "Dead universe." Band archivist David Lemieux will serve as the music supervisor. Acclaimed documentary filmmaker Bar-Lev noted that he'd first set out to make a film about the Grateful Dead 10 years ago. »
- Lindsey Bahr
Scorsese has been involved in music documentaries dating back to serving as an assistant director and editor on Michael Wadleigh’s “Woodstock” in 1970. He directed 1978’s “The Last Waltz” and 2011’s “George Harrison: Living in the Material World.”
The band first performed on May 5, 1965 at Magoo’s Pizza in Menlo Park, Calif., as The Warlocks. »
- Dave McNary
To mark the 50th anniversary of the Grateful Dead's first shows together in 1965, first as the Warlocks before adopting their household moniker, the legendary jam band have a number of projects on the horizon to celebrate the occasion. Chief among them: An official, career-spanning documentary produced by Martin Scorsese and directed by Amir Bar-Lev that will be stuffed with never-before-seen archival footage plucked from the Dead's vaults, live performances and new interviews with band members and "other characters and pranksters from the Dead universe."
"The Grateful Dead were more than just a band. »
There’s no doubt that Martin Scorsese knows exactly what he’s doing when it comes to crafting thorough, smart and loving projects centering on the careers of beloved musical acts. He’s basically the unofficial godfather to the Rolling Stones, using their music in a number of his films and directing their fantastic concert doc Shine a Light. He has The Last Waltz, a doc chronicling The Band’s legendary 1976 farewell concert under his belt, as well as the Bob Dylan film No Direction Home, and a long-gestating project called Sinatra still in the works. What he hasn’t touched yet is punk, but he’s going back to the source by reportedly making a biopic about the Ramones, the seminal New York act that inspired a generation of leather jackets in 80-degree weather, ripped jeans, scowling faces and songs around two minutes in length (if we’re being very generous). Buried in a Billboard article »
- Samantha Wilson
As part of a 40th Anniversary celebration of the band’s 1976 debut album, Billboard is reporting that Martin Scorsese is attached to direct a biopic on the iconic punk rock band the Ramones.
The last surviving member of the band Tommy Ramone passed away last month, and now their manager of their estate, Jeff Jampol, intends to focus on the band’s complete legacy, planning a book, documentary, play and remastered music.
Scorsese is the type of director who would be an excellent choice for just about any project, but he has the musical background with concert films The Last Waltz (The Band), No Direction Home (Bob Dylan), Shine a Light (The Rolling Stones), and documentary George Harrison: Living in the Material World, as well as plans for a biopic on Frank Sinatra.
Currently Scorsese is in pre-production on Silence, a drama about two Jesuit priests in the 17th Century »
- Brian Welk
Music has long played a very important role in Martin Scorsese's career. Whether it's the memorable uses of songs like Eric Clapton's "Layla" or "I.m Shipping Up to Boston" by Dropkick Murphys in features like Goodfellas and The Departed or concert documentaries he's helmed like The Last Waltz and Shine A Light, the filmmaker has long found a way to bring the two mediums into harmonious sync. It's for this reason that we're not at all shocked by what's being proposed as Scorsese's next project after the religious period drama Silence. Billboard has it on good authority that Martin Scorsese is in the early process of trying to make a movie about The Ramones, the legendary punk band. While things appear to still be in the early stages, Jeff Jampol and Dave Frey - the co-managers of the band's estate - are working to plan a big »
Martin Scorsese's rock 'n roll bonafides have never been in doubt. From his longtime association with The Rolling Stones (he's used their music in countless films and also directed the concert doc "Shine A Light") to helming the legendary "The Last Waltz," as well as the Bob Dylan pic "No Direction Home," the filmmaker is an ardent music lover. Even the energy of his films seems electric; "The Wolf Of Wall Street" is a fast moving opus of excess that's almost like one long, blistering guitar solo. And now, Scorsese may channel the punk spirit of that movie into a music biopic. According to Billboard, Scorsese is attached to direct a feature film about New York City's punk rock icons, The Ramones. This is all part of a brewing revival of the band, which will includes a book, a theatrical play, fashion tie-ins and much more, because merchandising and branding is hella punk. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Chicago – Rob Reiner has lived two distinct show business lives. He played a major role in one of the most famous television shows in history, “All in the Family,” and broke out afterward as a classic American film director, with hits such as “This is Spinal Tap” and “The Princess Bride.” His latest film is “And So it Goes.”
The film stars Michael Douglas and Diane Keaton, as an older couple discovering a connection that on the surface seems highly unlikely. This is Rob Reiner’s 15th feature film as director, after such classics as “The Sure Thing,” “Stand By Me,” “When Harry Met Sally…,” “Misery,” “A Few Good Men,” “The American President” and “Ghosts of Mississippi.” Michael Douglas last worked with Reiner when he portrayed the title character in “The American President.” Reiner himself performs a small supporting role in “And So it Goes.”
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Alex Gibney’s joint ventures into music and politics in recent years continues with a new biopic of legendary Nigerian Afrobeat musician, and steadfast activist, Fela Kuti. Peddling out of The Armstrong Lie, Gibney turns his attention to Bill T. Jones’ Broadway musical Fela!, twinning it with archival and borrowed footage to lead us on an equally heart-racing journey. Finding Fela has the makings of a classic music biopic: as thorough and soulful as Kevin Macdonald’s Marley, thrilling as Scorsese’s The Last Waltz all those years ago, or more recently Morgan Neville’s euphoric 20 Feet From Stardom, but follows an irresistible character in the same way Malik Bendjelloul’s Searching For Sugar Man did.
As with so many celebrated black singers, Kuti’s origins were humble: the Church was where his music career started. History often dictates the lives of these icons however; Kuti was soon politicised through »
- Andrew Latimer
Rock out Thursday June 5th when Sound City screens at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood at 7pm.
I’ve never seen Sound City. I’ve seen hardly any rock docs (unless you count Spinal Tap), not even Scorsese’s The Last Waltz. I did enjoy Anvil! The Story Of Anvil a couple of years ago. I saw the Led Zep film The Song Remains The Same when it was new and recall a midnight show of Black And Blue, a Black Sabbath/Blue Oyster Cult concert film around 1980 that I can’t imagine sitting through today. Anyway, A Film Series is kicking off a new Rockumentary film series with Sound City next Thursday, June 5th, at Schlafly Bottleworks in Maplewood (7260 Southwest Avenue, Maplewood, Missouri 63143). The movie begins at 7pm
Sound City Studios is a recording complex that opened in 1969 in Van Nuys, CA. While the studio looked utilitarian on the outside »
- Tom Stockman
I didn't expect to be exhilarated by the news that every former and current cohost of "The View" will come back to the show to join Barbara Walters on her last episode of the series. I really didn't. But for some reason I feel like this is the new "The Last Waltz," an historic summit of superstars that we'll never get again. I can't wait. I'm not even a big "View" watcher and I can't wait. To celebrate, here are the greatest moments from every former and current "View" co-host. Meredith Vieira hits on an unsuspecting "Millionaire" contestant. Meredith rules. Full stop. She's the reason "The View" got any traction when it began, and she was a fantastic host of "Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?" Here, she completely stuns a contestant by hitting him and referring to herself as "a horny old woman." I'm rooting for her to take »
- Louis Virtel
Howdy fright fiends! All of us here at Icons of Fright are pretty hardcore when it comes to being soundtrack fanatics. Whether it be Rob or Justin blasting away with their Death Waltz vinyl, or little ol’ me (Jerry), sorting through my insane amount of iTunes soundtracks or Mondo vinyl collection, the fact is that we’re constantly in adoration of all things music, especially when the tunes are from our favorite fright films. Since this whole month of April is one big celebration of our ten year anniversary, and we wanted to make things really fun, we decided that instead of just writing an article about Our favorite soundtracks, we would reach out to our friends and colleagues and ask them to join up and contribute to this one. So, without further ado, we bring you Icons and Friends: Our Favorite Genre Film Scores!
Rob G. (Co-creator, Icons Of Fright, »
- Jerry Smith
Ahead of this year’s BAFTAs, HeyUGuys had the privilege to catch up with the writer-director of Victor + Kelly Kieran Evans who is nominated for the Best British Debut BAFTA on Sunday the 16th February. It is a nomination he never expected, but one that he admits has put him a great position.
Whilst the purpose of our conversation was his BAFTA nomination, in speaking with Kieran I uncovered a compelling story of his journey towards his nomination for outstanding debut. Behind the BAFTA gold mask lies a story of a mother and her son’s love for cinema, their appreciation of cinematic magic, a filmmakers reverence for the craft of filmmaking, and the desire to create stories that have and will continue to take us out of our space.
A fitting way to begin proceedings would be to ask about the genesis of Kelly + Victor, which has culminated in »
- Paul Risker
For Jimmy Fallon's last waltz on "Late Night" before transitioning to "The Tonight Show," he was joined by some very special guests. The Muppets dropped by to join Fallon in a sweet, sincere rendering of The Band's seminal 1968 song "The Weight." Fallon plays drums and sings (Levon Helm-style), while Kermit the Frog, Miss Piggy, Fozzie, Scooter and the rest of the gang take turns signing; Animal screams. It's all reminiscent of Martin Scorsese's iconic concert doc "The Last Waltz," but minus Bob Dylan and a coked-out Neil Young. The video ends with Fallon leaving the party for another one, »
- Dave Lewis
Welcome to Screen Rant’s “Geek Picks,” where we collect the finest movie-related geekery from around the Web. Today you’ll find Superman vs. Jesse Eisenberg; Jimmy Fallon and The Muppets saying goodbye to Late Night; a Lego Breaking Bad set; and Young Kirk vs Old Kirk. All that and more on this edition of Sr’s Geek Picks!
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Jimmy & The Muppets Say Goodbye To “Late Night” (w/ “The Weight” from “The Last Waltz”)
Jimmy & the Muppets perform “The Weight” by the Band for the last waltz of Late Night with ...
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- Justin Vactor
Martin Scorsese's latest movie The Wolf of Wall Street hits the big screen next week, and if you can look past the controversy you'll find a fast, funny and hugely entertaining look into the lives of some very bad men.
The heralded filmmaker has always had a keen eye (and ear) for marrying image to music, so with Wolf of Wall Street poised to open on Friday (January 17) in the UK, Digital Spy takes a look at 8 great uses of pop songs in Scorsese's career.
The Ronettes - 'Be My Baby' (Mean Streets)
Martin Scorsese is riding a wave of critical acclaim for his new film The Wolf of Wall Street, but we're still not quite sure what's next for the director. While this is nowhere near confirmed, a new report reveals the filmmaker may be interested in making a One Direction movie.
The 71-year-old director made an uncredited appearance in Morgan Spurlock's concert documentary One Direction: This Is Us, and he was reportedly turned on to their music after his daughter Francesca gave him one of the British pop group's CDs. Here's what an unidentified insider had to say.
"Martin is very passionate and enthused about the music of One Direction."
Nothing official is in the works, as far as we can tell, although, if he does make a One Direction film, or even their next music video, it won't be the first time he's dabbled in a music-based production. Among »
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