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Bah! Humbug!

24 December 2011 6:59 PM, PST | www.culturecatch.com | See recent CultureCatch news »

Seems like the major labels will continue to mine the nostalgia angle with the hope that they can squeeze a few more ducats from aging music fans everywhere. Fine by me, if the music merits the "super-deluxe-never-before-heard-or-seen" treatment. And since I've been sucked into that black hole with the Dead, Stones, Rush, Hendrix, Jesus & Mary Chain, et al., I've missed some amazing music and culture this past year. No excuses now as I cram a full year's worth of culture down my gullet before Christmas. You can check out more of my favorite culture from 2011 in these Spring, Summer, and Fall articles.

Mia Doi Todd: Cosmic Ocean Ship (City Zen) - I was struck by her otherworldly vocals after copping her major label debut in 2002. Her ninth effort picks up where her critically acclaimed 2008 self-released effort Gea left off. And it's quite apparent that her time on the road opening »

- Dusty Wright

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The Who – Quadrophenia Reissued Review

15 December 2011 5:17 AM, PST | Obsessed with Film | See recent Obsessed with Film news »

Tommy’ came first – the 1969 rock opera from The Who centered on a blind, dumb and deaf kid who was exceptionally good at playing pinball. However, in 1973 The Who released ‘Quadrophenia’, an album with superior songwriting and a stronger story. It was based on Pete Townshend’s own experience of growing up as an angry mod in the early Sixties. The album centres on the character Jimmy, an angry, discontented young man. It deals with adolescent coming of age issues as the protagonist fails to ‘fit in’ and is dependent on pills. Jimmy is a composite of four different personalities in The Who.

Released last month, the new reissue of the album contains the original 1973 album, two cd’s worth of demos, a 5.1 surround DVD mix, a poster and a hardback book. For those with not quite so much cash, there’s a cheaper 2- disc set, featuring the original album and a disc of demos. »

- Simon Carle

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Films To Watch Before You Die #22 - Quadrophenia (1979)

12 December 2011 11:53 PM, PST | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

D.J. Haza presents the next entry in his series of films to watch before you die...

Quadrophenia, 1979.

Directed by Franc Roddam.

Starring Phil Daniels, Mark Wingett, Philip Davis, Leslie Ash and Sting.

Quadrophenia is a classic British film about youth revolt and loosely based upon the 1973 rock opera of the same name by The Who. The film follows a Mod named Jimmy (Daniels) who finds himself disillusioned with his life, his job and the aspirations his parents have for him. Trying to make sense of his life he finds outlets for his teenage angst by partying with his friends, taking amphetamines and riding his scooter.

On a bank holiday the Mods all head down to Brighton on their scooters where they clash with their rivals, the Rockers, as a wave of young people flood the seaside town looking for a good time. Jimmy’s crush Steph (Ash) is the »

- flickeringmyth

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MasterChef creator: 'Modern reality shows are all about humiliation'

14 November 2011 8:13 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

The creator of MasterChef has slammed modern reality TV shows for humiliating and degrading contestants. Franc Roddam, who directed the classic movie Quadrophenia before creating the cooking show format in 1990, told Digital Spy that he is still "peripherally involved" with the show since its 2001 revamp. "MasterChef was the first reality show," Roddam said. "You know how many years ago it was? 25 years. "We made a rule. We would never criticise the people, we would only criticise the food. There's no brutality in it. I'm very proud of it, and it's all over the world. It's done well." Asked if other (more) »

- By Mayer Nissim

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'Quadrophenia 2' wouldn't be authentic, says director Franc Roddam

14 November 2011 2:24 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Franc Roddam has said that he would be against a sequel to Quadrophenia. The director's classic 1979 movie is released on Blu-ray this week alongside a new 'Director's Cut' box-set of The Who album which inspired it. Asked if he was ever tempted to return to his characters for a follow-up, Roddam told Digital Spy: "There was talk of a sequel, but it never really came to anything. There's even talk of a sequel now - not with me, but with other people. "Martin Stellman, one of the writers who worked with me, is in conversation with The Who's management about it, but it depends. Would I prefer there not to be a sequel? Probably." He continued: "I'm not a great sequel kind of guy. It's a bit of commercialism, isn't it? It breaks away from the authenticity. When you say, 'Why are we making this (more) »

- By Mayer Nissim

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Pete Townshend: 'Quadrophenia felt like the end of The Who'

10 November 2011 7:47 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Pete Townshend has said that Quadrophenia is the last definitive album by The Who. The guitarist was speaking at a Q&A at Bush Hall in London chaired by Mojo editor Phil Alexander to mark the latest deluxe reissue of the album. "I would say that we only made three landmark records," Townshend said. "Tommy, Who's Next and Quadrophenia. "I've always felt that Quadrophenia was the last definitive Who album. I've always regarded it as a very ambitious album, but what got away was the story. "Whenever we've played the songs live since, they feel new, so we wanted to bring the album, the actual recorded music, into the 21st century and have that feel new as well, which is why I spent the best part of the last year working on the remastering." He added that he was "very proud" (more) »

- By Mayer Nissim

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Franc Roddam: from parkas to the perfect souffle

10 November 2011 3:28 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

What did director Franc Roddam do after Quadrophenia? He moved to La, tried to woo Robert Redford – and ended up making MasterChef.

'You go to Hollywood," says Franc Roddam, "and the better you are at mediocrity, the better you'll get on. I tried to make personal films, which was a mistake." The director of Quadrophenia is explaining why he hasn't made a film in 20 years. After the huge success of his 1979 debut, the screen version of the Who's rock opera, Roddam headed to California with dreams of joining the gang.

He signed a three-picture deal with Fox, aiming to make ambitious, political, principled films. First up was Rainforest, a story about the destruction of the Amazon. Roddam spent six months in South America, honing his concept, befriending the locals. Meanwhile, Robert Redford was umm-ing and ahh-ing about signing on as his lead.

"I spent 18 months nurturing Redford," says Roddam. "He »

- Henry Barnes

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Franc Roddam: from parkas to the perfect souffle

10 November 2011 3:28 AM, PST | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

What did director Franc Roddam do after Quadrophenia? He moved to La, tried to woo Robert Redford – and ended up making MasterChef.

'You go to Hollywood," says Franc Roddam, "and the better you are at mediocrity, the better you'll get on. I tried to make personal films, which was a mistake." The director of Quadrophenia is explaining why he hasn't made a film in 20 years. After the huge success of his 1979 debut, the screen version of the Who's rock opera, Roddam headed to California with dreams of joining the gang.

He signed a three-picture deal with Fox, aiming to make ambitious, political, principled films. First up was Rainforest, a story about the destruction of the Amazon. Roddam spent six months in South America, honing his concept, befriending the locals. Meanwhile, Robert Redford was umm-ing and ahh-ing about signing on as his lead.

"I spent 18 months nurturing Redford," says Roddam. "He »

- Henry Barnes

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Foo Fighters, The Who, Jeff Beck win Classic Rock Awards

10 November 2011 2:01 AM, PST | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Foo Fighters and The Who were among the recipients of Classic Rock Awards last night (November 9). The Classic Rock Roll Of Honour ceremony in London saw the Foo Fighters walk home with the 'Band of the Year' award. The Who won the 'Classic Album' gong for their timeless LP Quadrophenia, with Pete Townshend describing the set as "the best music I've ever written". The night's big award went to guitarist Jeff Beck, who was named a 'Living Legend' and was presented the gong by Queen's Roger Taylor. Previous winners of the award include Ozzy Osbourne, Alice Cooper and Iggy Pop. The ceremony was held at Camden's Roundhouse and was hosted by Kiss frontman Gene Simmons. > The Who's (more) »

- By Lewis Corner

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We are still the Mods: Franc Roddam on Quadrophenia

4 November 2011 6:00 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Franc Roddam has directed award-winning documentaries and dramas for British television and mini-series for Us television, and is the founder and chairman of Ziji Publishing, whose roster includes the five million selling novel The Last Templar.

He is best known however as the creator of the international television phenomenon  ‘Masterchef’, which is shown in 150 countries, and as the director of the much loved feature film adaptation of The Who’s Quadrophenia.

The film makes its UK Blu-ray debut on 14th November, the same day the seminal ‘modpera’ is reissued in a Super Deluxe Edition CD package by Universal Music. I spoke with Roddam about the enduring affection for Quadrophenia and the experience of adapting the work described by Pete Townshend as ‘the Who album I am most proud of’.

HeyUGuys:  I take it that you still feel great affection for the film after all these years as it’s quite »

- Ian Gilchrist

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Arcade Fire Music Video Director Making Feature Debut With Adaptation Inspired By Danger Mouse Album ‘Rome’

5 October 2011 2:45 PM, PDT | The Film Stage | See recent The Film Stage news »

It feels like every type of pre-existing story has been adapted for the medium of film — even albums. It’s almost always concept albums — i.e., ones that have a story — getting the treatment, with a few notable examples being The Who‘s Tommy & Quadrophenia, and my favorite, The Wall. A movie based on Green Day‘s American Idiot is currently in the works, just as Trent Reznor is attempting to get his Year Zero on HBO as a mini-series, after feature plans didn’t work out.

Danger Mouse is the latest musician to have one of his works make it to the screen, with Variety telling us of a film that will use his recent album, Rome, as the “underpinning” for an adaptation of Alden Bell‘s The Reapers Are the Angels. The latter follows “a girl born into a post-apocalyptic world who must survive by her wits while finding moments of simple joy. »

- jpraup@gmail.com (thefilmstage.com)

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Portrait of the artist: Phil Daniels, actor

29 August 2011 4:05 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

'Doing EastEnders wasn't exactly suffering for my art, but my soul's not in TV. We all have to live, don't we?'

What got you started?

A lady called Anna Scher. She used to go around the London schools in the holidays, doing theatre workshops. My friend Paul's sister was going, so we turned up one day when I was about 13. There were some nice-looking girls there, so we carried on going.

What was your big breakthrough?

Doing a play called Class Enemy at the Royal Court when I was about 16. It was about a classroom of kids left with no teacher, so each of them gives a lesson about what they know.

Do you suffer for your art?

Doing EastEnders wasn't exactly suffering, but my soul's not in quick-fix TV. Theatre doesn't pay like TV work pays, though. We all have to live, don't we?

You've played a lot of "geezer" roles. »

- Laura Barnett

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Quadrophenia: back when Britain's youngsters ran riot

18 August 2011 6:28 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Teenagers take to the streets and Britain erupts in moral panic – why does Franc Roddam's 1979 cult classic feel so familiar?

Director: Franc Roddam

Entertainment grade: B

History grade: A–

Between 1964 and 1966, teenagers rioted in British seaside towns. Violence flared between mods and rockers, two youth movements that were connected in the press with drug-taking, vandalism and delinquency.

Youth culture

Jimmy (Phil Daniels), a fictional mod, hangs out in a London dive. Everyone looks about 12; pass round a few splurge guns and you'd be in Bugsy Malone. But this lot are less the adorable moppet sort of gangster and more the sort that takes pills, nicks stuff and smashes other people's faces in. Among the newspaper clippings and pornography on Jimmy's bedroom wall is an article about the 'Battle of Hastings' – not the 1066 one with the Anglo-Saxons and the Normans, but the 1964 one with the mods and the rockers. The »

- Alex von Tunzelmann

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The Who to tour 'Quadrophenia' album in 2012

27 July 2011 8:12 AM, PDT | Digital Spy | See recent Digital Spy - Movie News news »

Pete Townshend has revealed that The Who will tour Quadrophenia next year. The guitarist brushed aside suggestions from the band's frontman Roger Daltrey that his hearing is too damaged for live shows. Townshend said on his official blog: "My hearing is actually better than ever, because after a feedback scare at the O2 Indigo in December 2008 I am taking good care of it. "I'm 66, I don't have perfect hearing, and if I listen to loud music or go to gigs I do tend to get tinnitus. Don't We All????" Of Daltrey's current solo tour of Who album Tommy, Townshend added: "The reason I am not on the road with Roger is that this is entirely (more) »

- By Mayer Nissim

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What’s All The Hulu-baloo About? This Week In Criterion’s Hulu Channel

3 July 2011 9:55 PM, PDT | CriterionCast | See recent CriterionCast news »

Didn’t I just write one of these a week ago? Of course I did, because this is your destination for the best coverage of all the new titles Criterion puts up on their Hulu Plus page, and this week is no different. There’s fewer films (unless they decide to throw up another 30 when I least expect it) but in this case, less is more. And the lucky number is 13 this time. With worries of what the future for Hulu is, there are supposed talks that Google is definitely interested, which is interesting. Especially with their roll out of Google+ these past few days. If you like what you see, please sign up via this link. It does wonders for this article. But enough about that, you want to know about the movies. So let’s not make the good people wait.

The one that made my head explode was Godzilla, »

- James McCormick

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Mark Kermode's DVD round-up

18 June 2011 4:10 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

The Fighter; Brighton Rock; Howl; West is West; Rabbit Hole; How Do You Know?

Receiving a Golden Globe for his hyperkinetic best supporting actor turn as a washed-up pugilist in The Fighter (2010, Momentum, 15), Christian Bale graciously acknowledged that he couldn't have got away with a performance that "big" without a sounding board as quiet and understated as Mark Wahlberg – and he's right. The pair play Dicky and Micky, real-life boxing half-brothers from Lowell, Massachusetts the former of whom coulda been a contender until Ko'd by junk. When Micky becomes the family's new rising star, his unreliable sibling (who is now being followed by a documentary crew) hangs on to his coat-tails, promising to coach him to success. Can Micky put aside his fearsome family – which includes Melissa Leo's tough-as-nails matriarch and a rogues gallery of Budweiser-chugging sisters – and strike out on his own with new love Amy Adams? Or »

- Mark Kermode

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Album signed by John Lennon hours before he was shot fetches $38,000 (IrishCentral)

16 June 2011 4:12 AM, PDT | IrishCentral | See recent IrishCentral news »

The record – an edition of the former Beatles singer's 'Double Fantasy' album, signed in December 1980 shortly before he was assassinated - was one of number of items of pop memorabilia which fetched almost £500,000 at auction in London. Other items which went under the hammer included a guitar played by Pete Townshend from The Who on their American 'Quadrophenia' tour, which raised £31,250, a hat block used to make Michael Jackson’s trademark fedoras, which sold for £8,125 and a bass drum wrecked by Kurt Cobain at the end of a show by Nirvana at the end of a 1991 concert, which fetched £8,125. ________________ Read More: Imagine! John Lennon's Irish island - Beatles legend was ready to settle in his Irish home off Mayo CIA link to John Lennon death possible says new documentary Lady Gaga and Yoko Ono celebrate John Lennon in La ________________ Other lots included white platform shoes worn by »

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New Release: Breaking Glass with Hazel O’Connor DVD

18 May 2011 12:39 PM, PDT | Disc Dish | See recent Disc Dish news »

Breaking Glass, the seminal 1980 musical movie about the London punk and new wave scene starring English rock queen Hazel O’Connor, will receive its U.S. DVD and Blu-ray debut on Aug. 16 from Olive Films. The film isn’t listed on Amazon yet, but give it a day or so.

Hazel O'Connoor is shattered in Breaking Glass.

Written and directed by Brian Gibson, the film focuses on Kate (O’Connor), the lead singer of a rock group called — surprise! — Breaking Glass. Kate’s socialist ways of thinking slam up against those of her pragmatic manager, Danny (Phil Daniels, Quadrophenia), a streetwise hustler who discovers her and tries to maker her into a star.

Ms. O’Connor, who’s still an active recording and performing artist, wrote and performed 13 songs in the film, which co-stars Jon Finch (Macbeth) and a young Jonathan Pryce (Brazil) as the band’s junkie saxophone player. »

- Laurence

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Oprah Winfrey Shoots Final Episodes

18 May 2011 5:22 AM, PDT | Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal | See recent Speakeasy/Wall Street Journal news »

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Oprah Winfrey shoots final episodes; Pete Townshend works on memoirs…

Oprah Winfrey Shoots Final Episodes: Oprah Winfrey filmed the last two episodes of her long-running talk show by including visits from her celebrity friends. Tom Cruise, Beyonce, Tyler Perry, Halle Berry, Maya Angelou, Madonna, Josh Groban and Maria Shriver were just a few of the luminaries who dropped by Chicago’s United Center for the final tapings of “The Oprah Winfrey Show.” A tearful Oprah told the crowd, »

- Lyneka Little

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HeyUGuys A-z of Cinema (P-t)

24 February 2011 3:00 AM, PST | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Here at HeyUGuys, we aim to provide you with an all-encompassing look into the world of film. Whether you’re a fully-fledged cineaste, or just possess a casual interest, there’s something for anyone with our alternative A-z of cinema, which starts today and runs through the week.

If you’ve ever wondered just what it is an Executive Producer does, or maybe if you’ve heard the ambient sounds of Tangerine Dream in an 80’s film favourite without knowing who you were listening to, this is the list for you!

Here are the letters P-t…

Pauline Kael (1919 – 2001) was an American film critic who wrote for The New Yorker magazine from 1968 to 1991. She is often regarded as the most influential American film critic of her day.

Although a big advocate of the New Hollywood of the 70’s, some of her reviews carried a somewhat contrarian viewpoint of what many considered classics in modern era. »

- Adam Lowes

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