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Johnny Cash has been inducted in the Music City Walk of Fame. The country music legend was posthumously honoured and his youngest brother, Tommy Cash, represented the icon - who now has a star on the Music City Walk of Fame - during an induction ceremony yesterday (06.10.15) at Walk of Fame Park in Nashville, Tennessee. Asked what Cash's reaction would be if he were still alive, Tommy, 75, mused: '''Well, I got another plaque.' ''But he deserved it, and he also deserved the Johnny Cash Museum.'' Cash had a string of hits including 'I Walk The Line', 'A Boy Named Sue' and even covered Nine Inch Nails' track 'Hurts' months before he passed away in 2003 aged 71 as a result of complications from diabetes. The singer/songwriter - who was portrayed by Joaquin Phoenix in biopic movie 'Folsom Prison Blues' while Reese Witherspoon played his »
Jim Gianopulos, the chairman and CEO of 20th Century Fox, will receive the Milestone Award at the 2016 Producers Guild Awards, the PGA announced on Tuesday. The Milestone Award is the PGA’s top honor, and in the past has gone to Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Ron Meyer, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Bob Iger and Harvey and Bob Weinstein, among others. Gianopulos has been the chairman of Fox since 2000, overseeing films that include “Avatar,” “Moulin Rouge,” “Life of Pi,” “Minority Report,” “Walk the Line” and the “Planet of the Apes,” “Ice Age” and “X-Men” franchises. Fox’s most recent release was Ridley Scott‘s box-office. »
- Steve Pond
Joaquin Phoenix has been cast as the lead in yet another dark comedy. A meme featuring the three-time Oscar nominee went viral in anticipation of Hurricane Joaquin touching down in the U.S. And though the National Weather Service is now predicting that the hurricane will remain at sea as it heads north from the Bahamas, sparing the East Coast any major damage... That doesn't make the meme any less funny. One even parallels the storm's strength to the actor's physical transformation through the years in five hilarious photos, starting with Phoenix as a teen pining for the girl next door in Inventing the Abbots, increasing in intensity as Johnny Cash in 2005's Walk The Line and ending with the »
Not cool, bro. Joaquin Phoenix may live in sunny L.A., but the Oscar-nominated actor is all the rage on the East Coast these days. Hilarious memes of Phoenix have gone completely viral with the looming forecast of Hurricane Joaquin. One laugh-out-loud meme in particular features several photos of Phoenix's face Photoshopped onto a weather map. The looks vary from his scruffy years on the red carpet to his role as Johnny Cash in the 2005 drama Walk the Line. But there's more. Some tweeters are so peeved about [...] »
Never mind all of that original music in "Straight Outta Compton." At the upcoming Golden Globes, it will not compete alongside other musicals like "Ricki and the Flash." The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has deemed "Straight Outta Compton" to be a drama. -Break- Join the fierce live discussion of "Straight Outta Compton" in our infamous forums For Universal, that's disappointing kudos news considering "Compton" would've faced less hefty competition in the alternative classification — comedy/musical — but that's where things get murky. "Compton" isn't a comedy, of course, but the category definition is widely interpreted by award-watchers as comedy or musical. Many other dramas with music have competed in that race in the past, including "Inside Llewyn Davis" (2013) and "Ray" (2004). Heck, "Walk the Line" won in 2005. However, last year &qu »
Never mind all of that original music in "Straight Outta Compton." At the upcoming Golden Globes, it will not compete alongside other musicals like "Ricki and the Flash." The Hollywood Foreign Press Association has deemed "Straight Outta Compton" to be a drama. -Break- Join the fierce live discussion of "Straight Outta Compton" in our infamous forums For Universal, that's disappointing kudos news considering "Compton" would've faced less hefty competition in the alternative classification — comedy/musical — but that's where things get murky. "Compton" isn't a comedy, of course, but the category definition is widely interpreted by award-watchers as comedy or musical. Many other dramas with music have competed for Best Comedy/Musical Picture in the past, including "Inside Llewyn Davis" (2013) and "Ray" (2004). Heck, "Walk the Line" won in 2005. How »
Beth Harrington's "The Winding Stream: The Carters, The Cashes and the Course of Country Music" premiered at SXSW 2014 and had its theatrical premiere last night at the historic Hollywood Theatre in Portland, Oregon, where Harrington is based. But getting to this moment has been, you might say, a long and winding stream. It took 12 years to make the documentary about the American music dynasty, the Carters and Cashes, and their influence on popular music. The film features interviews with Johnny Cash, Roseanne Cash, George Jones, John Prine and Kris Kristofferson, among many others. In fact, Harrington's interview with Johnny Cash was one of the last before he died in 2003. Along with Greg Snider, the film's editor, Harrington, who was nominated for a Grammy for "Welcome to the Club - The Women of Rockabilly," participated in a Q&A following the screening of the film. Read More: How a »
- Paula Bernstein
Like a sonnet, or a hymn, Hank Williams’ songs are timeless both because of and in spite of their structural limitations, using primary colors to drill down to the primary essences of the most primary human emotions. Unfortunately, Marc Abraham’s Williams biopic “I Saw the Light” fails to mirror its subject, focusing on the footnotes, the asides and the marginalia instead of the singular genius at its center. Despite a thoroughly committed, impressive performance from Tom Hiddleston as Williams (and an even better one from Elizabeth Olsen as his first wife, Audrey), the film tackles the life of one of the 20th century’s most seminal musicians with all the passion of a stenographer, making for a dull, unfocused slog through what should have been an effortlessly cinematic story. Evergreen interest in Williams’ music — and curiosity at how well such an indelibly British actor can channel it — may drive »
- Andrew Barker
The Hank Williams biopic “I Saw The Light” really has three stars: Tom Hiddleston, Elizabeth Olsen, and cinematographer Dante Spinotti. Hiddleston’s performance as the hard-living, still-influential country music singer-songwriter is likely to get the most attention, and for good reason. He’s makes an absolutely magnetic Williams, using his wiry frame and wide, thin smile to convey both the fragility of the man and his innate charisma. But Olsen matches Hiddleston as Hank’s ornery, long-suffering first wife, Audrey. Unlike Reese Witherspoon’s ingratiating, Oscar-winning take on June Carter in the Johnny Cash movie “Walk The Line," Olsen’s Audrey has a lot of acid oozing through her, and has no patience for her husband’s boozing and womanizing. Whenever those two are on screen together — nuzzling each other and snarling at each other with a similar intimacy — “I Saw The Light” is something special. Read More: Watch Tom Hiddleston »
- Noel Murray
Country music biopics have fared pretty well at the box office and in the awards race over the years, and on Friday night at the Toronto International Film Festival, the Hank Williams film “I Saw the Light” attempted to join a hit parade that has included films about Johnny Cash (“Walk the Line”), Loretta Lynn (“Coal Miner’s Daughter”) and Patsy Cline (“Sweet Dreams”). Like most of its predecessors, the film paid more attention to its subject’s tortured life than his creative genius. And like the others, it rose above the standard biopic movies mostly thanks to a towering lead performance. »
- Steve Pond
When Neil Patrick Harris returns to TV next week, he won't be cracking jokes in another sitcom. Best Time Ever With Neil Patrick Harris (debuting on September 15th on NBC) marks the return — overdue or not — of the variety show, that long-dormant format in which kooky skits, musical guests, and frenzied production numbers are jammed into an hour of family-friendly entertainment. "When you think of the variety shows we all grew upon — Sonny and Cher and Donny and Marie — those [programs] all said, 'Sit on the couch, be entertained with a little song, »
"Straight Outta Compton" has reached yet another milestone this week, becoming the highest grossing music bio-pic ever. At currently $136 million and still counting, it beat out the previous No.1 film in that category, "Walk The Line" - the film about Johnny Cash, which grossed nearly $120 million, and held that record for a decade. "Ray," the Jamie Foxx as Ray Charles film, now drops to third, with $75 million. Clearly "Compton" has touched a nerve with black audiences. There were other hip-hop films before it, going back to "Krush Groove" thirty years ago in 1985. But, with the exception of the Eminem film "8 Mile," which made »
In commemoration of the 12th anniversary of Johnny Cash's death on September 12th, Cmt will feature a weeklong tribute to the Man in Black. Longtime Cash fan Kid Rock will host the tribute on the network, which will temporarily rename itself "Cash Music Television."
The week of Cash-specific programming launches on September 8th with the Oscar-winning biopic Walk the Line, which found Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon both winning Oscars for their portrayals of Cash and wife June Carter. On Thursday, September 10th, Cash's music videos will »
The Good Lie features heart-rendering and powerful performances led by; Oscar® winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk The Line, Wild) as strong and independent employment counsellor, Carrie; Corey Stoll (House Of Cards, Non-Stop) as Carrie’s boss and ex-husband, Jack; Arnold Oceng (My Brother The Devil, Adulthood) as ‘The Chief’ orphan, Mamere; Ger Duany (I Heart Huckabees, Isn’t It Delicious) as his orphan brother, Jeremiah; Emmanuel Jal (Africa United, War Child) as his other orphan brother, Paul; Sarah Baker (Tammy, The Campaign) as Carrie’s acquaintance and volunteer, Pamela; and introducing Kuoth Wiel as Abital, the orphan sister of “The Lost Boys”.
They were known simply as “The Lost Boys”. Orphaned during the Sudanese Civil War, a group of young refugees are given »
- Laura Holmes
F. Gary Gray.s Straight Outta Compton may not be as big as Jurassic World, but it still marks another major success for Universal this year. The film has helped the studio become the fastest of the Hollywood studios to surpass $2 billion at the yearly North American box office, and it remains in the number one spot at the box office after three straight weeks. Now, it.s broken a major record in becoming the highest-grossing musical biopic in history. Based on data from Box Office Mojo, the record was previous held by Walk the Line, which starred Joaquin Phoenix as Johnny Cash and Reese Witherspoon as June Carter. That Oscar-winning film has a lifetime box office gross of $119.5 million, while Straight Outta Compton, about the formation and disbanding of the iconic hip-hop group N.W.A, has surpassed that number with a total of $134.1 million . and in just three »
Straight Outta Compton still a crazy moneymaker! For the third weekend, the biopic of hip-hop group N.W.A. ruled the box office as Straight Outta Compton was on top again with an estimated $13.2 million! With a domestic total of $134.1 million, the story of Ice Cube and Dr. Dre's earlier days has passed Walk The Line's $119.5 million total to become the... Read More »
- Dave Davis
The low-budget faith-based drama “War Room” rose up and nearly delivered a box office lightning bolt, but the N.W.A saga “Straight Outta Compton” hung on to win its third consecutive weekend with $13.2 million. Universal’s F. Gary Gray-directed rap tale this weekend became the highest-grossing musical biopic ever with $134 million, passing the lifetime domestic total of “Walk the Line” ($119.5 million). But the stunning $11 million debut by the critically skewered “War Room” defied analysts and the reviewers to steal the show this weekend. The other two wide-openers were the Owen Wilson-Pierce Brosnan thriller “No Escape,” which opened in fourth. »
- Todd Cunningham
The box office underwent a religious conversion this weekend as Christian crowds flocked to “War Room,” lifting the low-budget salute to prayer above the Zac Efron drama “We Are You're Friends” and the Owen Wilson thriller “No Escape.”
Filmed for a mere $3 million and distributed by Sony’s Affirm division, “War Room” more than tripled its production budget in a single weekend, picking up $11 million from 1,135 locations. That also easily topped projections that had it debuting in the $4 million to $5 million range, although in retrospect those estimates were overly conservative given that advance ticket sales were unusually strong.
“These are the kind of outlier events that happen and wake everyone up to the fact that faith-based audiences are passionate and looking for content,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak.
- Brent Lang
Joaquin Phoenix to reunite with M. Night Shyamalan According to Deadline, three-time Academy Award nominee Joaquin Phoenix (The Master, Walk the Line) is set to reunite with filmmaker M. Night Shyamalan (The Sixth Sense, The Visit) on a new, untitled film project from producer Jason Blum (Paranormal Activity, Insidious). Phoenix previously worked with the director…
- Max Evry
Musicians are ripe fruit for biopics, matched only by political figures and sports stars, and hardly a month seems to pass without the emergence of yet another trailer promising the “incredible journey” that music’s biggest stars went on to get to where they are today.
The problem is, with such a wealth of biopics out there in cinemas and on television, it’s inevitable that some are going to make for woeful viewing. For every Oscar-worthy retelling of the fascinating life story of one of music’s great icons, there’s a hundred damp squib narratives that fail to grasp what made their central figures such legends in the first place.
These 10 biopics have been chosen »
- Michael Waugh
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