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On 11th January 1991, the-then head of The Walt Disney Company's motion picture division, Jeffrey Katzenberg, sent out a memo. Running to over 10,000 words, he sent this document to key higher-ups at the studio, noting that "it is meant for internal use only". Naturally, the memo leaked, and was widely ridiculed in the Hollywood trade press as a consequence. Thanks to the wonderful Letters Of Note, you can read it in full here.
But re-reading Katzenberg's memo, over 20 years later, the now head of DreamWorks Animation called a lot of things right. In fact, given that as he wrote it, »
Showtime has picked up a one-hour pilot for Roadies, a new comedy written and directed by Cameron Crowe that will follow the day-to-day life of the road crew for a successful touring rock band. The network describes the show as an examination of the "reckless, romantic, funny and often poignant lives" of the people who work diligently behind the scenes.
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Ranked: '90s Movie Soundtracks in Order of Awesomeness From Can’t Hardly Wait to Waiting to Exhale. by Gaby Dunn Ranking '90s movie soundtracks is like deciding between outfits in the morning without Cher's magic closet – almost impossible. Luckily, I have some strong opinions, not just on what should be included on a list of the best, but also where those albums should rank. My number one choice, Singles, the soundtrack to the 1992 film starring Kyra Sedgwick, Campbell Scott, the city of Seattle, and the band Pearl Jam, might prove controversial in a tight race, but I stand by it – even if Paul Westerberg later hated the main song, "Waiting For Somebody." It's just so catchy! Uh-huh-huh! Even if you don't agree with my ranking, enjoy this trip down cinema song memory lane – especially the Goofy Movie. You know you loved the Goofy Movie. 33. [...] »
- Gaby Dunn
Red Hot Chili Peppers has been a massive name in rock music for decades, with this year marking the 30th anniversary of their debut album, The Red Hot Chili Peppers. Since then, the band has included fourteen different members in several different line-ups, with bassist Flea and lead singer Anthony Kiedis being the only consistencies since this first record.
To date the band has won seven Grammy Awards and sold over 80 million records across the world, after first gaining worldwide success with their 1991 album Blood Sugar Sex Magik, and was inducted (along with several of their past members) into the Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame in 2012. On February 2nd 2014, the band joined Bruno Mars to play during the halftime show at the Super Bowl, causing some controversy when it was noticed that their instruments were not plugged in, with Flea releasing a statement saying that they didn »
- Sam Shepherd
Directed by Robert Frank
Rock critics, like film critics, abhor a narrative vacuum. Blues begets R&B begets rock n’ roll, which begets the British Invasion, and from there, it’s a multi-pronged evolution into hard rock, glam, punk, and onwards into a million sundry subgenres. Each generation repels against their forbears and creates a new antithesis. The promising rise and the disastrous fall of whoever, precipitating the ascension of the next comers. The straight narrative throughline, complete with its obvious conclusions and waves of comforting familiarity, is the ultimate rock journalist catnip. It’s no surprise, then, that rock movies, whether narrative or documentary, straight or parodic, epic or intimate, tend towards the creation and upholding of rock and roll logic and mythos. Hell, Cameron Crowe made both a life and (most of) a career out of finding a place for himself in that mustiest of Rock Myth chronicles, »
- Simon Howell
In recent years, it seems that alternative (to use a trite term) music has become obsessed with replicating the sounds of the sixties. We can credit bands such as Tame Impala, Jagwar Ma and highly-touted new Northampton band, Temples, with carrying through the tradition of psychedelia in all of its hallmarks; distorted guitars, reverberation and woozy, double-tracked vocals. But, just as the ecstasy of the ‘60s bred the nihilist aesthetic of punk in the mid-to-late ‘70s, it appears that history is repeating itself in with the rise of ‘neo-punks’ Parquet Courts, The Orwells and Drenge. Also eliminating the self-importance that bands such as Arcade Fire have brought to music, these bands are the harbingers of a punk revolution, the electric catalysts for many subsequent neo-nihilists and three-chord thrills.
Indeed, ‘70s punk was recognised as the movement that ‘ripped it up and started again’, albeit a little fallaciously, »
- Daniel Owens
Exclusive: The Closer star/executive producer Kyra Sedgwick has signed with CAA. She was previously at UTA. Sedgwick’s seven-season stint as Deputy Chief Brenda Leigh Johnson on the hit TNT drama earned her an Emmy and a Golden Globe. She recently returned to TNT as an executive producer of drama Proof, which was picked up to pilot by the network. On the feature side, Sedgwick has starred in Born On The Fourth Of July, Singles and Phenomenon. She continues to be repped by manager Jill Littman at Impression Entertainment and attorney Ira Schreck. »
- NELLIE ANDREEVA
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