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The long-awaited Jimi Hendrix biopic All By My Side opens in cinemas today (October 24).
Andre '3000' Benjamin plays the iconic musician in the movie, which depicts Jimi's humble beginnings to becoming possibly the world's greatest guitarist.
This has inspired us to compile our own list of the greatest portrayals of musicians in rock 'n' roll biopics, often going above and beyond mere physical transformation:
Andy Serkis was BAFTA nominated for his critically-acclaimed role - played to perfection - as charismatic '70s punk rock singer and songwriter Ian Dury in Mat Whitecross's 2010 biopic Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll.
To portray Dury's physical condition - he contracted polio as a child - Serkis lost two stone and built up the muscle mass on the right-hand side of his body so the other side was weaker.
He added: "I had a body wax. It's the most »
San Sebastian –Aitor Arregi and Jon Garaño, two of the three top creative talents behind “Loreak” (Flowers), which world premieres Tuesday in San Sebastian’s main competition, are preparing “Aundiya” (Alzo’s Giant).
Set up at “Flowers’” production partners, Irusoin and Moriarti Produkzoiak, two of Basque Country’s most active producers, “Aundiya” marks a further step-up in the international ambitions of Basque cinema: Movie project is a period piece; it requires multiple VFX; some scenes could take place outside Spain.
Irusoin and Moriarti have already teamed with U.S.-based Tom Atencio, the manager of New Order for 18 years, and producer of 2007 docu-feature “Joy Division,” to produce a fiction feature based on docu-pic “Lucio,” a portrait of a legendary anti-Franco anarchist and master forger helmed by Arregi and co-Moriarti founder Jose Mari Goenaga
Fact-inspired, “Aundiya” turns on the celebrated, and misfortunate, Mikel Jokin Eleizegi Arteaga, born into a humble family in 1818 in Gipuzkoa’s Alzo, »
- John Hopewell
Director: Anton Corbijn.
Running Time: 122 minutes.
Synopsis: A Chechen Muslim illegally immigrates to Hamburg, where he gets caught in the international war on terror.
Adapted from the John le Carré best seller, A Most Wanted Man is the latest film from Anton Corbijn, a filmmaker who cut his teeth on Nineties music videos and delivered the intelligently-crafted monochromatic Control, an exploration into the life of Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis. His latest boasts an eclectic cast who flit about the espionage-inflected backdrop to which they are set; when shady Chechen Muslim Issa Karpov illegally immigrates to Germany, he is ensnared in a post-9/11 covert spy unit led by its grizzled chief Günther Bachmann.
Unlike the novel, it is this character – played by the late Philip Seymour Hoffman – who leads us through procedures, his heavy-breathing spymaster who rattles »
- Jacob Stolworthy
With Beyond Fright, we like to focus on things somewhat on the fringe of horror. Whether it be great music or just films that might be on the tip of something based in genres that might not be considered “horror” by most standards, but still have that great genre vibe. While brainstorming ideas for articles, it occurred to me that I write with rituals in the back of my mind. Now before you jump to conclusions and picture me with a black and red robe on while sacrificing a virgin, let me clarify: I don’t mean rituals in that sense, but in the terms of specific things that i find myself doing before and during the actual writing of an article, review or various other forms of doing what I enjoy: creating. Music has always played a huge part in my life, and when sitting down to write something for Icons, »
- Jerry Smith
Outsider Art Fair 2014, NYC
Art brut, Naïve art, Outsider art -- the times have changed. Artists no longer have to study and refine their craft in schools of higher learning. They can trust their own instincts, use their own mediums, often mixed and often any found canvas -- street buildings, pieces of wood, any type of paper or board -- to share their muse.
And just as important, because every artist needs a patron, "new" collectors can afford to purchase art that is both relevant and exciting and has real potential to increase in value over the years.
Make no mistake, self-taught artists such as Jean-Michel Basquiat, Henry Darger, Morris Hirshfield, and to a lesser extent even Howard Finster, certainly never get snickers from snobbish art dealers and collectors who might have thumbed their collective noses at these "unskilled" artists just because they lacked formal training. Moreover, with the rise »
- Dusty Wright
A biopic about former Smiths frontman Morrissey's life has been announced.
A statement on Manchester-based production company Honlodge Productions' website refers to the film as "a love letter to Steven Patrick Morrissey and the dark satanic mills of Manchester".
The film will tell the story of Morrissey's early life before The Smiths and is currently working under the title Steven.
"The film is more of a portrait than a conventional biopic," director Mark Gill claimed. "It's as much a film for non-Morrissey fans as it is for die-hard devotees."
The biopic is being developed by the Oscar-nominated team behind short film The Voorman Problem.
Work on the film will begin at the end of the year. It is unclear if Morrissey has endorsed the making of the biopic. »
We all love a shiny finished product, but as the old saying goes, there's "a means to an end." For instance, this week's World's Most Beautiful special issue couldn't have come together without a lot of long hours and not-so-glamorous work. The books our staff are reading this weekend offer an inside look at how everything from dog shows to rock stars are made. Share your thoughts on their choices - and let us know what you're reading. Gillian Telling, Staff Writer Her Pick: Show Dog by Josh Dean Full disclosure: The author of this non-fiction book is my husband, »
It doesn’t seem possible that it was around 30 years ago that A Flock of Seagulls ran so far away or Modern English melted with us, but it was. The story behind those acts, their biggest hits, and dozens of other New Wave acts are captured in all their ‘80s bad hairdo-ed, brightly colored-glory in “Mad World: An Oral History of New Wave Artists And Songs That Defined The 1980s.” Written by Lori Majewski and Jonathan Bernstein, with a forward by Duran Duran’s Nick Rhodes and an afterward by Moby, the book examines the New Wave era through the filter of 36 songs associated with the time, such as Gary Numan’s “Cars,” Duran Duran’s “Girls On Film” and The Smiths’ “How Soon Is Now.” Each chapter deals with one act and, while not limited to the group’s biggest hit, explores the story behind that tune and the »
- Melinda Newman
A few weeks back, we ran a trailer for The Drop, James Gandolfini’s final film. Philip Seymour Hoffman had a handful projects in the can at the time of his passing in early February, two of which premiered barely a week before at Sundance. There’s John Slattery’s directorial debut, God’s Pocket, and Anton Corbijn’s A Most Wanted Man, the latter of which released its first trailer today. Corbijn caught my eye with the somehow still underseen Joy Division biopic Control, and has since been swept up into Hollywood’s political drama camp, first with The American and now with A Most Wanted Man, which centers on post 9/11 German-American intelligentsia. […] »
- Sarah Salovaara
Disney's been teasing us with so many peeks at "Maleficent" lately that we're wondering if we can have too much of a good thing. It seems like just yesterday we caught a glimpse of Maleficent's magnificent wings, and here they are again, flapping most impressively as she calls her fellow outsiders to arms. (Ed. note: It was yesterday.)
The third trailer shows off Angelina Jolie's spooky spell-casting and more of that green fire and smoke Maleficent digs so much. It also hints at how Ms. Maleficent lost her wings and a deeper secret about the evil that men do. Speaking of men, Maleficent's crow Diaval can transform into one, and he's not half bad. (In addition to playing a shape-changing sidekick, Sam Riley played Ian Curtis of Joy Division in 2007's "Control." You can also see him chain smoke his way through "On the Road" with Kristen Stewart. »
- Jenni Miller
With The Fantastic Four being announced earlier this month, 20th Century Fox are now looking for their main antagonist, Dr. Victor Von Doom. It looks as though the search is narrowing as four actors are now being considered to take on Kate Mara, Miles Teller, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell in the rebooted franchise. The list is comprised of three British actors and one Irish actor, dispelling rumours of a female Von Doom.
Sam Riley, Eddie Redmayne, Toby Kebbell, and Domhnall Gleeson are all being considered for one of Marvel’s most iconic villains, played previously by Julian McMahon and Joseph Culp in the 2005 and 1994 films respectively. Riley made waves in 2007 for his role in Control as Joy Division frontman Ian Curtis. He will soon be appearing in Disney’s Maleficent. Eddie Redmayne proved his acting chops in My Week With Marilyn and Les Miserables. Kebbell was recently in »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
With Miles Teller, Kate Mara, Michael B. Jordan and Jamie Bell set to play the titular team in Josh Trank's upcoming Fantastic Four reboot, the production is now turning its attention towards the villainy side of things and have reportedly narrowed down the list of potential Dr. Doom actors to just four actors. According to The Wrap, Sam Riley, Eddie Redmayne, Toby Kebbell and Domhnall Gleeson are currently the names that are being bounced around the production offices of The Fantastic Four. Like the previously announced cast, the shortlist isn't packed with A-listers, but instead just really talented young actors. That said, it's understandable if you don't recognize their names, so let's take a closer look at what we've seen from them, shall we? Sam Riley Riley, who hales from England, first got his breakout back in 2007 starring as Joy Division singer Ian Curtis in the music biopic Control, »
Wasted muscles, psychological damage … and patchy Wi-Fi. We're not going to be ready to hit the ground running when we travel to Mars
When we abandon this increasingly useless planet and head, as surely we must, to Mars, there will be a few problems on arrival. It's not just that there is, as yet, no baggage reclaim, but rather that, after a 15-month flight across space, prey to radiation from solar flares, having recycled again and again our own urine and solid matter, we won't be ready to hit the ground running. In fact, our muscles and bones will have wasted so much during that 56m km journey that we will have to be carried from our landing craft and nursed until we recover the strength to stand upright.
- Stuart Jeffries
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 6 Feb 2014 - 06:08
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2007, and another 25 overlooked gems...
For some reason, the number three was a common factor in several blockbuster movies of 2007. The third film in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series (At World's End) dominated the box office, Spider-Man 3 marked Sam Raimi's last entry as director in the series, while Mike Myers went for a hat trick of hits with Shrek The Third.
I Am Legend was the third and most financially successful attempt to bring Richard Matheson's classic novel to the big screen, Rush Hour 3 marked Jackie Chan's last action pairing with Chris Tucker, while Zack Snyder's musky sword-swinger 300 was notable for having the number three in the title.
Iffy attempts at numerology aside, 2007 was also a superb for year for movies in general - particularly underappreciated ones, »
Check out the first clip from Anton Corbijn's Sundance thriller, "A Most Wanted Man," starring Philip Seymour Hoffman, Rachel McAdams, Willem Dafoe, Daniel Bruhl and Robin Wright. From the novel by John le Carre, the film debuted last weekend at Sundance to strong reviews. Paste calls it "extraordinarily gripping," and Hoffman's performance "wonderfully controlled." Here's the synopsis:In A Most Wanted Man, a rogue German counter-terrorism expert, Gunter Bachmann (Academy Award-winner Philip Seymour Hoffman), interrogates human rights lawyer Annabel Richter (Rachel McAdams) on the whereabouts of her half-Chechen, half-Russian immigrant client, who may or may not be part a militant jihadist group in post-9/11 Hamburg.A maverick music video director, Corbijn previously directed "The American," also a spy thriller, and Joy Division biopic "Control." Lionsgate/Roadside Attractions will handle the 2014 stateside release. »
- Ryan Lattanzio
The Sundance Film Festival kicks off this Thursday night, January 16, 2014 and history tells us that one of your favorite films will premiere there. Last year, we covered the Sundance premieres of “Before Midnight,” “Upstream Color,” “The Way Way Back,” “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” “We Are What We Are,” and many more. And Chicago Critics Film Festival hits “Stories We Tell,” “The Spectacular Now,” and “The Kings of Summer” premiered in Park City in 2013.
What will make waves this year? What films will cinephiles be talking about for the next ten days? There are dozens of films that have piqued our interest and that we’ll be covering here in daily diaries starting on Friday but here are ten, alphabetically, that already have people buzzing. And the amazing thing is how easy it would have been to choose a completely different ten. (Synopses courtesy of Sundance.)
Photo credit: Sundance »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Adam Fendelman)
The Dutch photographer and music video director Anton Corbijn turned heads with his narrative feature debut Control, which chronicled the short, troubled life of Ian Curtis, lead singer of influential post-punk band Joy Division. His follow-up was 2010′s The American, a moody, stylish thriller starring George Clooney as a brooding assassin, which got mixed reviews (read ours here) but established Corbijn as a director with a unique visual aesthetic.
Corbijn will apply his visual approach to Edge of Darkness screenwriter Andrew Bovell’s adaptation of the John le Carré novel A Most Wanted Man. It’s been some time since the announcement that Philip Seymour Hoffman (Catching Fire) would star in the espionage thriller, but after a long period of relative silence on the project, an international trailer has debuted online.
Watch the trailer above (via Collider), and read a synopsis for ...
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- Anthony Vieira
The good thing about Hollywood is it makes terrorists so good-looking that it's easy to have complicated feelings toward them. A Most Wanted Man comes through on that front, when Russian actor Grigoriy Dobrygin shaves off his beard in this international trailer. An adaptation of a John Le Carré novel directed by Anton Corbijn (the Joy Division movie Control, the George Clooney movie The American), it tells the story of a once-tortured half-Russian, half-Chechen immigrant to Hamburg who raises the suspicions of both German and U.S. intelligence, played by an impressive cast, including Philip Seymour Hoffman, Robin Wright, Willem Dafoe, Rachel McAdams, and Daniel Bruhl. The film is set to debut at Sundance, with a U.S. release date coming sometime after. Go for the potential terrorist's cheekbones; stay for how Psh says "barracuda" in a German accent. »
- Jesse David Fox
18 items from 2014
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