9 items from 2016
Per a statement, the as-yet-untitled film will offer the "unvarnished and authentic" story of Houston's life, from her early days singing in her church's gospel choir to her astounding success as a global pop star, which included a string of seven straight Billboard Hot 100 Number Ones. The film will include interviews with Houston's friends, family and collaborators, including famed record executive Clive Davis, who helped launch the singer's career. »
Try as you might, you can't pin down director Kevin Macdonald. As a documentary filmmaker, he won an Oscar for "One Day In September," and has also helmed "Life In A Day" and "Marley" among others. And in features, he's bounced between true life tales ("The Last King Of Scotland"), swords and sandals epics ("The Eagle"), submarine thrillers ("Black Sea"), and political potboilers ("State Of Play"). And once again, he's got his hands in a few different pots. First up, Macdonald will be helming an officially authorized documentary about Whitney Houston. Folks who were involved with "Searching For Sugar Man" and "Amy" will be backing the project, which promises not to sugercoat the legendary singer's life, which had more than it's fair share of controversy and tabloid worthy headlines. And crucially, Clive Davis, who discovered Houston and propelled her to fame, will be part of those »
- Kevin Jagernauth
‘Unvarnished’ film will explore the singer’s life from her childhood roots in gospel through the decades of stardom to her death at the age of 48
Kevin Macdonald, director of The Last King of Scotland, Marley and the Oscar-winning One Day in September, is to make the first officially sanctioned documentary about the life and death of the singer Whitney Houston.
Described as the definitive story of the global superstar, Macdonald’s film will track her life from childhood to her drug-related death at the age of 48. The Scottish film-maker is promising to pull no punches, yet hopes to leave fans with a positive reflection on Houston’s glorious career.
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- Ben Child
The documentary is the first to be officially authorised by Houston’s estate since her death in 2012 and will be produced by Oscar-winning producer Simon Chinn (Man On Wire) and his Lightbox Media partner Jonathan Chinn (Fantastic Lies) with former executive producer of Oprah Lisa Erspamer.
Altitude Film Sales will introduce buyers to the project in Cannes, with Altitude’s distribution arm handling the UK theatrical release. Altitude’s Will Clarke, Andy Mayson and Mike Runagall will executive produce.
According to the production, Macdonald has been given the estate’s blessing to tell the unvarnished story of the singer’s life in a film that is due to examine both the highs and lows »
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420 is supposed to be about rollin’ and chillin’, but Snapchat has stirred up a tense response with its politically incorrect filter meant to celebrate the late reggae icon and weed lover Bob Marley. To celebrate the unofficial holiday devoted to pot, the social-media service produced a filter that can make users look like the “Stir It Up” singer, complete with dreadlocks — and digital blackface. On Twitter and elsewhere, critics have slammed Snapchat for racial insensitivity. And Marley’s fans have lashed out at the idea that, after helping spread reggae music around the world, the Jamaican superstar is being reduced. »
- Jeremy Fuster
“That’s a skeleton. Everybody’s got one.”
There’s a good show buried somewhere inside the increasingly clunky heap that is Vinyl, a program currently wasting what has to be the steeliest performance of Olivia Wilde’s career in between leaden celebrity lookalikes and unexceptional scenes of rock ‘n roll bravado. ‘E.A.B’ has moments of fun, from a great opening number in which Acr’s partners waltz pitifully into a doomed bank loan hearing to ‘Here Comes the Sun’ to a lightning-fast Goodfellas cutaway to Galasso strangling some chump in an over-the-shoulder hold. Too much of it, though, is eaten up by a ludicrous farce of a scene in which John Lennon watches Bob Marley play a set while Devon cons her way into taking Lennon’s picture.
It’s a mess. Devon charming her way through Lennon’s defenses is fun, but the sequence amounts to »
- Gretchen Felker-Martin
Call it a family of six! E! News can confirm David Nesta "Ziggy" Marley just welcomed his fourth child into the world—a baby boy!—with wife, Orly Marley. A rep for Bob Marley's son tells us, "Ziggy Marley and his wife Orly welcomed their fourth child, Isaiah Sion Robert Nesta Marley, on Monday, March 14thin Los Angeles." The couple also has a daughter, Judah, 10, and sons Gideon, 9, and Abraham, 5. "All are healthy and happy," the rep added. Ziggy took to Twitter to share a precious photo with his wife before she gave birth. "My beautiful wife and I share a moment as she gets ready to give birth to our fourth child today," he wrote »
Last week, the producers of Robert Mapplethorpe biopic Mapplethorpe revealed that Girls actress Zosia Mamet will portray the late photographer's close friend Patti Smith in the film. She will not be the first actress to play the punk singer onscreen, though, as actress Mickey Sumner played Smith in the 2013 film Cbgb – and Saturday Night Live star Gilda Radner hilariously spoofed her in 1979, a few months before the Patti Smith Group put out Wave.
In the lengthy sketch, Radner played tank-top-wearing, bouffant-armpitted punk yelper "Candy Slice" who was performing at a »
Ever since I was a kid I was enthralled with fireworks. There's something completely primal about seeing fire at the best of times, but the kinetic, colourful explosions of a firework show tickles me on a deep and fundamental level. Artist Cai Guo-Qiang comes by this love even more resolutely, having grown up in the Chinese province which has been home to pyrotechnic construction for generations. He has used these controlled blasts to feed his art, both in the skies above and on the canvas. Fire is is his tool, colour his weapon, all contributing to a unique and compelling vision. Kevin MacDonald has shown a deft touch throughout his career, from his raucous take on Marley, his epic Enter the Void to his...
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