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Entertainment Weekly reports that Oscar winner Jonathan Demme — who directed Silence of the Lambs as well as concert films such as Talking Heads' Stop Making Sense and Neil Young's Heart of Gold — will film the final two shows of Justin Timberlake’s 20/20 Experience world tour, which are taking place January 1 and 2 in Las Vegas, presumably to make a chilling psychological thriller that will haunt the dreams of generations to come. You still wake up sometimes, don't you? Wake up in the dark and hear the screaming of the J.T. fans? »
- Anna Silman
It feels like Biophilia has been around for ages. Björk's eighth studio album was released in October 2011 alongside some quirky apps. A series of remixes followed, some of which were collected on the Bastards compilation a year later.
Björk toured the album from 2011 to 2013, and this film is made from one of the last dates at London's Alexandra Palace. It opens with the comforting tones of David Attenborough, whose meeting was recorded on the BBC's enjoyable When Björk met Attenborough.
The album is gorgeous. The live show looks wondrous. But sadly Björk: Biophilia Live fails to deliver on the tease of Attenborough's opening monologue. We're promised a melding of nature, technology, music and wonder. We only get it in flashes.
All of Biophilia is played, along with a sprinkling of a Bio-d up back »
The film starring Michael Keaton to receive a simultaneous UK premiere with the Brighton Film Festival.
The 28th Leeds International Film Festival (Nov 5-20) is to close with Alejandro González Iñárritu’s Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) as a unique joint UK premiere with Brighton’s CineCity film festival, which will open with the film on the same date, Nov 20.
The black comedy, which debuted at Venice in August, stars Michael Keaton as a washed-up actor who once played an iconic superhero and must overcome his ego and family trouble as he mounts a Broadway play in a bid to reclaim his past glory. Co-stars include Edward Norton, Emma Stone, Naomi Watts, Zach Galifianakis and Andrea Riseborough
Speaking of the joint premiere, Liff director Chris Fell said: “Regional film festivals like Liff and Cinecity are working together increasingly to grow the UK audience for films, both with and without distribution, and the joint »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
The SundanceNow Doc Club have given themselves a reboot and are inviting docu film lovers to renew their passion for the doc form and essentially, get acclimatized with a new site and awesome curated list of docu items. To kick off the new look and improved service, curator Thom Powers (programmer at Tiff, Doc NYC) put together a program called The Essentials.
This month the list of seven includes Stop Making Sense, Sherman’s March, Let’s Get Lost, Atomic Cafe, Brother’s Keeper, Hoop Dreams, and the seminal film in my own personal appreciation for the form (I was 14 when I caught the theatrical release of this) in Errol Morris’ 1988 game-changing groundbreakingly innovative The Thin Blue Line. Here’s an exclusive clip on Powers discussing the above mentioned titles — if you’re salivating to discover or rediscover these essentials – then head on over to the Doc Club.
- Eric Lavallee
Talking Heads' David Byrne presented the 30th anniversary digitally restored 1984 music documentary of the legendary performances in "Stop Making Sense" at Lincoln Center last week and submitted to a Q & A. In the clip below, he talks about how he and director Jonathan Demme ("The Silence of the Lambs," "Philadelphia") collaborated on bringing the stage show to the screen with cinematographer Jordan Cronenweth, and where some of the ideas behind the show came from--mostly the indie downtown arts scene of the period. "Stop Making Sense" remains one of the great concert docs of all time. I may think that because I was there! But I'm not the only one who reveres it: Leonard Maltin calls the film “one of the greatest rock movies ever made” and The New Yorker says it's “close to perfection.” Watch a montage from the film below. »
- Anne Thompson
Sheffield-based festival Sensoria has unveiled its 2014 programme.
Running Sept 27-Oct 4, the festival will feature UK premieres of Michael Rossato-Bennett’s Alive Inside and Greg Olliver’s Johnny Winter: Down & Dirty, alongside 30th anniversary outdoor screenings of Jonathan Demme’s Stop Making Sense and BBC docu-drama Threads.
For more information, visit the festival’s website. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ian Sandwell)
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- NATHANIEL R
"We didn't want any of the bullshit," former Talking Heads drummer Chris Frantz says about Stop Making Sense, the band's influential 1984 concert film. "We didn't want the clichés. We didn't want close-ups of people's fingers while they're doing a guitar solo. We wanted the camera to linger, so you could get to know the musicians a little bit."
It was December 1983 when the group filmed three shows at Hollywood's Pantages Theater, while on a tour for Speaking in Tongues that found them playing in an extended lineup with extra percussion, »
Any list of the best concert movies of all time would include the Talking Heads' still astounding "Stop Making Sense" (check out our entry for the movie in our feature The 10 Best Concert Movies Ever). Those of you who have seen it already know that 30 years have not dimmed such a wildly inventive and flat out fun experience. And for those of you who dig Talking Heads but somehow never managed to see it? Now is the time! Earlier this month, the Jonathan Demme directed movie enjoyed its 30th anniversary with a re-release on Blu-ray and is now available digitally for this first time (get your order in at iTunes right now). "Stop Making Sense" captures the Talking Heads at the peak of the band's powers, kicking off with David Byrne alone onstage singing "Psycho Killer." Song by song, the stage fills up with Byrne's fellow musicians, until the »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Over the next week, your only real duty as a film lover is to see Richard Linklater's Boyhood. Yes, it's almost three hours long. Yes, the reviews are mindblowingly great. Yes, it's the real deal. I attended last weekend's Austin Film Society Q&A screening with Linklater, Patricia Arquette and Ellar Coltrane in attendance and I'm definitely ready to see it again. It's that good.
Speaking of special screenings, Afs is bringing the SXSW hit Road To Austin (Mike's review) to the Marchesa tonight. The documentary examines how Austin became the "Live Music Capital Of The World" and features live performance footage from Kris Kristofferson, Bonnie Raitt, Delbert McClinton, Joe Ely and over 40 other artists. If that sounds up your alley, so will the Sunday afternoon screening of Tommy Hancock: West Texas Muse. Following the leader of West Texas's premiere western swing band, the film features many Texas musicians including Jimmie Dale Gilmore, »
- Matt Shiverdecker
The concert movie is a strange and ambitious thing, marrying live music to moving pictures and permanently fixing a fleeting, one-night-only live event for the masses so that you can recreate it alone, on tape, whenever you like. It's a noble objective, but a difficult one. If you like, you can just point a few cameras at the stage and leave them running, sure, and many, many concert movies are dull, flatly filmed cash-ins, and almost every band seems to have released a no-frills concert DVD or two at some point. But they’re not all like that, as you’ll find out below, where we’ve selected 10 of the very best. But the question of which concert movies are “the greatest” is strange in itself, because, although we heartily recommend all 10 of these, there are really only two candidates for “the greatest”, just like there have been a lot »
- Ben Brock
Here's the latest Austin and Texas film news.
Amplify has acquired the U.S. distribution rights to Austinites David and Nathan Zellner's Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter, Indiewire reports. The drama follows a lonely Japanese woman who, after becoming obsessed with Fargo, heads to Minnesota on a quest to unearth the cash-filled briefcase from the movie. Debbie reviewed the movie at Sundance. A release date hasn't yet been announced. This month, the Alamo Drafthouse has announced it's "going to 11" with its programming -- celebrating music in movies in all the chain's theaters. A Hard Day's Night and This is Spinal Tap screen tonight at Alamo Ritz and Alamo Lakeline, respectively. Other musical movies scheduled for July include Hedwig and the Angry Inch, High Fidelity, Wattstax, Gimme Shelter, Empire Records and Stop Making Sense.The Austin Film Festival's Free Family Film Series presents a screening of Bandolero! on Tuesday at 7 pm at the Texas Spirit Theater. »
- Jordan Gass-Poore'
Two of the most remarkable careers in today's Hollywood belong to Roger Corman and Jonathan Demme: the former the unimaginably influential director of over 50 films and driving force behind going on 400, most of them brilliant B-movies; the latter the difficult-to-pin-down helmer behind “Silence of the Lambs,” “Philadelphia” and “Stop Making Sense.” Corman is a Hollywood institution, still producing aged 88 (his next project is “Sharktopus vs Mermantula”), while Demme, startlingly, turned 70 this year, though he still works like a much younger, more contemporary man. Good for Interview magazine, then, for getting them together, in the form of Demme interviewing Corman. In fact, the two also have a history: Corman's producing role made possible Demme's first film, the semi-satirical, much-maligned “Caged Heat” (which, now that we think about it, feels a lot more like a Corman picture than a Demme picture). So when Demme phoned up Corman to talk old times, »
- Ben Brock
The new issue of Interview Magazine features a great interview with the legendary filmmaker, Roger Corman, conducted by one of the most accomplished graduates of the “Corman School”, the brilliant Jonathan Demme (Silence of the Lambs, Stop Making Sense).
Demme runs Roger through a quick tour of his decades-long career (not forgetting to include a shout-out to Sharktopus) and does so with wit and undisguised affection for his mentor.
You can read the whole thing right here!
- TFH Team
TriStar Productions today announced an all-star band of film talent will collaborate on Ricki and the Flash. Produced by Marc Platt and Mason Novick, the film unites Oscar winners Diablo Cody, who wrote the original screenplay, director Jonathan Demme, and Meryl Streep, who will star in the title role.
Ricki and the Flash is the funny and touching story of a rock n' roll-loving woman who chased her tattered dream at the price of her family, but gets a last chance to, perhaps, make things right. Streep, the most Oscar-nominated actor in history, is well known for her singing prowess on stage and screen (Mamma Mia!, Into the Woods), but Ricki is a new gig even for the musically gifted star: a guitar-wielding, hard rockin' mamma by night and grocery store checkout lady by day.
TriStar Productions, which won the rights in a competitive situation, made a production commitment and »
TriStar Productions today announced an all-star band of film talent will collaborate on Ricki And The Flash.
Ricki And The Flash is the funny and touching story of a rock n’ roll-loving woman who chased her tattered dream at the price of her family, but gets a last chance to, perhaps, make things right.
Streep, the most Oscar-nominated actor in history, is well known for her singing prowess on stage and screen (Mamma Mia, Into the Woods), but Ricki is a new gig even for the musically gifted star: a guitar-wielding, hard rockin’ mamma by night and grocery store checkout lady by day.
TriStar Productions, which won the rights in a competitive situation, made a production »
- Michelle McCue
With VOD numbers still kept a secret by most of Hollywood, it’s tough to tell if Diablo Cody‘s directorial debut, Paradise, was any kind of success when released last fall. But reviews were not good (our own Jack Giroux gave it a ‘C’), and no one was really talking about it, so let’s just assume it was at least a cultural failure if not also financial. Considering neither Young Adult nor Jennifer’s Body were hits, either, the Oscar-winning Juno screenwriter could use a shot of relevance. And that shot seems very likely to come with a report from The Wrap that none other than Meryl Streep is set to speak Cody’s dialogue in a new movie directed by Jonathan Demme titled Ricky and the Flash. Demme himself hasn’t been in the spotlight much in the past five years and could also use this intriguing project. He »
- Christopher Campbell
Happy thirtieth birthday to This Is Spinal Tap, which licked the world's love pump this week in 1984. It remains the funniest, truest, most emotionally honest movie ever made about rock & roll and the people who live for it. Can you trace the influence of this film through pop culture through the years? That would be like trying to dust vomit. The enduring power of Spinal Tap is how it gets the details so lovingly right, musically and emotionally — right from that opening scene where the roadies lift the giant skull, »
18 items from 2014
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