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Review: ‘Itzhak’ Candidly Captures a Man and a Musician

Documentarian Alison Chernick has made a career of profiling artists from Jeff Koons and Matthew Barney in features to Roy Lichtenstein and Rick Rubin in shorts. Her latest subject is renowned violinist Itzhak Perlman — a victim of polio as a child in Israel who found himself at Julliard before earning Grammys, Emmys, and countless international awards. He overcame a disability (walking on crutches when not in his wheelchair) that never impaired his playing, but constantly hung over his head as a psychological hindrance in the minds of those with the opportunity to help his education. It took Ed Sullivan and an assumed desire to showcase a teenaged Itzhak’s skill despite his handicap rather than removed from it to bring him to New York and carve his path forward.

Itzhak is a hybrid of sorts that doesn’t merely draw his linear trajectory from birth to the present or focus
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David Letterman: The Best Parts of His Netflix Show Aren’t the Ones with the World’s Biggest Celebrities

David Letterman: The Best Parts of His Netflix Show Aren’t the Ones with the World’s Biggest Celebrities
David Letterman feels like a no-brainer pick to host a monthly talk show with some of the most famous people on the planet. With decades of experience and a career-long cultivation of a personality built on whatever the opposite of being starstruck is, Letterman’s also someone with plenty of time on his hands to do it. All those pieces went into making his ongoing Netflix series “My Next Guest Needs No Introduction.”

After four episodes, the show has largely settled into a version of itself that future installments probably won’t stray too far from. The guest of the month appears to the adoring surprise of an unsuspecting audience. The guest and Dave have a wide-ranging conversation from upbringing to career to an obligatory comment on The World We Live in Now (and the one person most associated with it). If anything, the biggest surprise is how deferential Letterman
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HBO Announces 2018 Documentaries From Mariska Hargitay, Judd Apatow, Peter Kunhardt, Rebecca Miller

HBO has announced its documentary slate for the first half of 2018, including projects from Judd Apatow, Peter Kunhardt, Rebecca Miller and Mariska Hargitay.

From Apatow comes a two-part, four-and-a-half-hour project entitled “The Zen Diaries of Garry Shandling.” Set to air on Mar. 26 and 27, the doc explores the legendary comedian, who was Apatow’s mentor and friend, featuring interviews from nearly four dozen friends, family and colleagues; four decades’ worth of television appearances; and a lifetime of personal journals, private letters and home audio and video footage.

Also from Apatow, and Michael Bonfiglio, is “May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers,” which premieres Jan. 29. Filmed over the course of more than two years, this doc is an intimate portrait of the acclaimed North Carolina band s they chart their 15 year successes and chronicle their present day collaboration with Rick Rubin on the multi-Grammy nominated album “True Sadness.” The recording process is a backdrop, but the doc
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Watch: The Avett Brothers Talk 'Tragedy' and Rise to Fame in Trailer for New Doc May it Last

Watch: The Avett Brothers Talk 'Tragedy' and Rise to Fame in Trailer for New Doc May it Last
The Avett Brothers show off their vulnerable side in the new trailer for May it Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers, Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio’s anticipated documentary about the North Carolina folk-rock band.

“If there was anyone I wanted to start a band with, it was Scott,” lead vocalist-guitarist Seth Avett says of his bandmate/brother. “There are all these bonds that become established when you’re children.”

The clip incorporates original footage of the Avetts in the studio, on the road, and at home visiting their father, as well as never-before-seen family photographs and home movies,
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How Judd Apatow Went Deep With the Avett Brothers for New Documentary

In 2012, when Judd Apatow used the Avett Brothers' buoyant, love-drunk ballad "Live and Die" in his coming-of-middle-age comedy This Is 40, it was a choice that reflected a passion for the band's heartfelt folk pop. "Their music is about reaching out and trying to connect with other people, as well as the obstacles of love," says Apatow. "And I try to express some of the same things in the realm of comedy."

So when he heard that his friend Rick Rubin was producing the Avetts' ninth album, True Sadness, which came out last year,
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'May It Last: A Portrait of The Avett Brothers': Film Review

'May It Last: A Portrait of The Avett Brothers': Film Review
Superstar producer Rick Rubin says that, within 30 seconds of meeting The Avett Brothers, he knew he wanted to work with them. Newcomers to the group may have a similar response while watching Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio's May It Last: A Portrait of The Avett Brothers: in the first few minutes of interviews, they come off as some of the most down-to-earth, easily likeable men to ever succeed in the music business. The intensity of that impression may diminish as the doc progresses, establishing them as more life-sized human characters. But few people who consider themselves fans will regret...
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Judd Apatow interview: The Big Sick

Matt Edwards Jul 28, 2017

Judd Apatow chats to us about The Big Sick, directing, stand-up comics and bad interviews...

Heading into UK cinemas this week, The Big Sick is a reinvigorating romantic comedy. It has a brilliant cast of characters, a unique pitch (boy meets girl, boy loses girl, awkward situations and a medically induced coma ensue) and a balance of drama and comedy that means you never know whether to brace yourself for a broken heart or split sides. A breath of fresh air, it’s the sort of film regular cinema goers need. It’s also the sort of film that needs regular cinema goers; it needs those that see it and enjoy it to shout about it, to tell people that it’s worth paying attention to.

Directed by Michael Showalter, the film stars Kumail Nanjiani, who co-wrote the script with his real life spouse Emily V. Gordon
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Russell Simmons Biopic ‘Life and Def: Sex Drugs Money + God’ in the Works

Russell Simmons Biopic ‘Life and Def: Sex Drugs Money + God’ in the Works
Fox has launched development of a Russell Simmons biopic “Life and Def: Sex Drugs Money + God” with Simmons on board to produce.

The project will cover Simmons’ rise the inner city area of Queens to become a major impresario in the worlds of music, fashion, and TV. Fox has tapped Kenya Barris, the creator of ABC’s series “Black-ish” and co-writer of “Barbershop: The Next Cut” and “Girls Trip,” to write the script.

“Life and Def” will be a co-production between Simmons’ Def Pictures and Misher Films, with Simmons and Kevin Misher producing. Jake Stein, Bobby Shriver, Josh Bratman and Andy Berman are the exec producers.

Barris signed an overall deal with Fox in September for the development of feature projects through his production company, Khalabo Ink Society, aimed at telling compelling stories that pull back the curtain on the parts of our society that typically go unnoticed.

“Life and Def” will cover the rise of rap
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SXSW Winner ‘May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers’ Lands at Oscilloscope

SXSW Winner ‘May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers’ Lands at Oscilloscope
Oscilloscope has obtained North American theatrical rights to co-directors Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio’s music documentary “May It Last: A Portrait of the Avett Brothers.”

“Judd and Mike have cinematically captured something we are trying musically to present every time we make a record: an honest and artistic portrait of life as we experience it,” said founding band member Seth Avett.

The film premiered at this year’s SXSW Film Festival where it received the “24 Beats Per Second Audience Award.” The film is an Apatow Production in association with RadicalMedia and marks Apatow and Bonfiglio’s second collaboration, following last year’s “Doc & Darryl,” which was part of the Espn Films: 30 for 30 series and represented Apatow’s first foray into documentary filmmaking.

Oscilloscope is planning a theatrical event release nationwide later this year. The film is a portrait of the North Carolina band The Avett Brothers, charting their decade-and-a-half rise,
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Great Job, Internet!: The playful magic of Michel Gondry’s collaborations with The White Stripes

It’s been almost a decade since the last White Stripes album came out, and much of the curiosity that accompanied their early years has faded into trivia, especially as Jack White continues his slow transformation into a hat-wearing record-industry barnacle à la Bono or Rick Rubin. But it’s also a good time to revisit that rush of interesting music, prolifically released for a few years, as well as the group’s ironclad sonic and visual aesthetics. A huge part of that was the duo’s series of videos with director Michel Gondry, mostly released in the early ‘00s as the director was working up toward his 2004 masterpiece Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind. A new video from Film Radar digs into that fruitful collaboration, figuring out what made it all work and what we can still learn from it.

The video explores three of their five videos ...
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‘May It Last’ Review: Avett Brothers Doc Shows That Music Doesn’t Need Turmoil to Be Compelling — SXSW 2017

‘May It Last’ Review: Avett Brothers Doc Shows That Music Doesn’t Need Turmoil to Be Compelling — SXSW 2017
With most behind-the-scenes, making-of music docs, you can feel something ominous in the air. Either the artists on display are on the verge of a schism or someone’s personal life is threatening to undo the collective goals of the group. “May It Last,” a documentary from Judd Apatow and Michael Bonfiglio about the North Carolina-based folk-rock group The Avett Brothers, never stumbles on that central, driving conflict. Instead, the film presents the story of two brothers, Scott and Seth Avett, who have lived their separate lives without being fueled by the need to bring seismic change to the music industry or each other. “May It Last” still places The Avett Brothers in the context of a musical quest but finds an equally satisfying path in the ordinary elements of their lives.

Most of the in-process footage from “May It Last” follows the recording of the band’s 2016 album “True
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TV News Roundup: ‘Westworld’ Actress Cast in ABC Pilot ‘Raised by Wolves’

In today’s news roundup, ABC’s “Raised by Wolves” pilot casts yet another young star, HBO acquires the rights to a music documentary from Judd Apatow, and more.

Casting

Young actress Izabella Alvarez, who most recently recurred in “Westworld,” has booked a series regular role on ABC’s “Raised by Wolves,” Variety has learned. “Raised By Wolves,” from “Juno” screenwriter Diablo Cody and executive producer Greg Berlanti, is about Sheila Gabel (Georgia King), one tough mother struggling to support her five opinionated, eccentric kids on a shoestring budget in a Midwestern town. Alvarez will play one of the children, Dolly Gabel, and joins previously announced young stars Cooper Friedman and Lulu Wilson. Also starring in the pilot is Craig T. Nelson. Aside from her role on HBO’s “Westworld,” the 13-year-old Alvarez’s credits include Showtime’s “Shameless” and the upcoming movie “Magic Camp.” She is repped by Curtis Talent Management and Coast to Coast Talent Group.

Deals
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Ed Sheeran Talks Forming a Boyband and Hooking Up with Taylor Swift’s Friends

Ed Sheeran Talks Forming a Boyband and Hooking Up with Taylor Swift’s Friends
If Ed Sheeran hasn’t invaded your speakers yet, just give it time. His latest single, the instantly hummable “Shape of You,” has shot to No. 1 across the planet, offering just a hint of the tuneful treats found on his new full-length, ÷ (that’s “Divide,” folks), which dropped last Friday. In celebration of his long-awaited return after retiring from the spotlight for nearly a year, the 26-year-old sat with Rolling Stone for an extensive and revealing profile. Read on for some of the highlights.

He Overcame His Stutter By Rapping Along to Eminem

Growing up in Suffolk on England’s east coast,
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Kim & Kanye's Pics Were Taken At His Post-Hospital Hideout (Photo Gallery)

  • TMZ
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West weren't just trying to look "middle class" in a photo set Kim recently released -- the shots are real and capture a challenging time for the family.  Sources close to the couple confirm the pics were taken at music producer Rick Rubin's Malibu home. We're told Rick offered the pad up to Kanye post-hospitalization as a place to escape and get his mind right. Our sources say he stayed
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‘808’ Trailer: New Documentary on the Iconic Drum Machine Features Questlove, Pharrell and More

‘808’ Trailer: New Documentary on the Iconic Drum Machine Features Questlove, Pharrell and More
The average person has probably never heard of the Roland Tr-808 (a.k.a. the “808”) drum machine, but they have almost certainly heard it.

Drum machines have played a crucial role in the history and development of hip-hop music. In the golden age of the genre, they were relatively inexpensive and could simulate various drum sounds. The 808 was unique in that it provided a very low-frequency bass that has become synonymous with hip-hop.

Read More: ‘Punch Drunk Love’ Composer Jon Brion Explores Film’s Musical Rhythms, Compares It To An Old Hollywood Musical

Alex Dunn’s new documentary “808” delves into the history of this influential device. It features interviews from a bevy of beloved artists, including Rick Rubin, the Beastie Boys, Questlove, Pharrell, Diplo, and many more. After appearing at numerous festivals, it will finally be available for streaming on December 9 on Apple Music.

You can watch the trailer below.
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Taylor Swift -- Calls Bs on Kanye ... He Broke the Law

  • TMZ
Taylor Swift is not waving the white flag in her war with Kanye West over the secret audio recording ... our Taylor sources say she may still file a police report because she says Kanye committed a felony. As we reported, Kanye had Taylor on speaker when he recorded her as they spoke about his song "Famous," and there were clear voices in the room from the camera crew as well as producer Rick Rubin ... as such,
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Kim and Kanye -- No Prosecution for Secret Recording ... Taylor Knew People Were Listening

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Kim and Kanye -- No Prosecution for Secret Recording ... Taylor Knew People Were Listening
Kim Kardashian and Kanye West will not face criminal prosecution for the secret recording in which Taylor hears all about the song "Famous" ... because she had No expectation of privacy. TMZ broke the story, Taylor's lawyer threatened Kanye with prosecution for taping the call and Taylor Swift has been mulling over the option of filing a police report. Here's the problem ... in California, if someone records a "confidential communication" and the other party to the
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See Avett Brothers' Fiery 'Satan Pulls the String' on 'Fallon'

See Avett Brothers' Fiery 'Satan Pulls the String' on 'Fallon'
The Avett Brothers stopped by The Tonight Show for a rootsy performance of new song "Satan Pulls the String." The band released their ninth album, True Sadness, last Friday.

Scott and Seth Avett passionately delivered the bluegrass track with their full band. The performance wrapped with a quick banjo, fiddle and guitar jam session at the end.

The Avett Brothers will be touring in support of their Rick Rubin-produced album this summer, with dates across North America scheduled through October. In February, they'll play several nights at the Hard Rock Hotel in Riviera Maya,
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‘True Sadness’ By The Avett Brothers Album Review: Expanding Their Americana Roots

Seth and Scott Avett, the North Carolina duo known as The Avett Brothers, returns with a strong 9th studio album True Sadness. The record, produced by Rick Rubin, offers a bold interpretation of its title, delivering a more digestible and bearable experience of sadness — an album that arguably presents a realistic depiction of life’s upheavals and turns. ‘True Sadness’ by […]

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Kanye West's Nsfw 'Famous' Music Video Features a Topless Taylor Swift Sculpture: 'Special Thanks for Being Famous'

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Kanye West's Nsfw 'Famous' Music Video Features a Topless Taylor Swift Sculpture: 'Special Thanks for Being Famous'
Kanye West has pushed the boundaries of music video visuals, completely. The rapper debuted the Nsfw music video for "Famous," the first single off his latest album, The Life of Pablo, on Friday night at the Forum in Inglewood, California. The presentation, which sold out in 20 minutes on Ticketmaster, also streamed live on Tidal. Inspired by Vincent Desiderio's 2008 "Sleep" painting, West literally strips down 12 of the biggest pop culture figures. The video opens with a snippet of Taylor Swift with background audio from the MTV Video Music Awards. Then, naked sculptures resembling Swift, George W. Bush, Anna Wintour, Donald Trump,
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