People's Call to Action: Contact Congress to Ask What Is Being Done to Stop the Epidemic of Gun Violence

On Wednesday, Feb. 14, a 19-year-old gunman walked onto the campus of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, armed with what police say was a military-style semi-automatic rifle and countless magazines — and killed at least 17 people. He was a troubled man who had shown repeated signs of being unstable and yet was able to legally obtain a semi-automatic rifle capaable of causing unimaginable carnage.

Florida Gov. Rick Scott called the attack “pure evil” and vowed to have a real conversation about sensible gun legislation, saying, “The violence has to stop. We cannot lose another child in this country to gun violence in a school.
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Slits movie scores international deal ahead of completion

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Exclusive: UK sales outfit boards doc about all-women punk band and Australian adventure movie.

UK sales outfit Moviehouse has added two films to its slate ahead of the Efm in Berlin.

Currently in post-production and readying for an autumn 2017 completion is documentary Here To Be Heard: The Story of the Slits,about the world’s first all-female punk band formed in 1976 London.

Contemporaries of The Clash and The Sex Pistols, the film tells the story of the Slits and the lives of the women involved, from the bands inception to its end in 2010 with the death of lead vocalist Ari Up.

The film Includes interviews with Slits band member Viv Albertine, The Sex PistolsPaul Cook, Sonic Youth’s Thurston Moore, Don Letts, Dennis Bovell, Adrian Sherwood and previously unseen footage and recordings of the band.

Moviehouse Entertainment’s Mark Vennis is producing with director-producer William Badgley.

Also new to the slate is recently completed Australian title Rough Stuff
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Netflix Instant Review: Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains

Sometimes hitting the multiplex just isn’t in the cards. That’s when Netflix steps in to provide a movie fix. But how to separate the wheat from the chaff? I’m happy to help; every week I’ll pick a flick from the Netflix Watch Instantly section and see if it’s worth your time. This week? “Ladies and Gentlemen, The Fabulous Stains”.

Corinne Burns is a pissed off 15-year-old who lives in a small town in Pennsylvania, trying to start up an all-girls band. She and her bandmates (her sister Tracy and her cousin Jessica, aka Peg) get a big break when they manage to make their way onto a milk run of a tour by an aging metal band and their more talented opening punk rock act. As Corinne develops her on-stage persona, she amasses a cult of wannabes…but are The Stains a one-hit wonder or a true music phenomenon?
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Happy Birthday, Joan Jett!

Put some black frosting on a cupcake and wear your jeans a little extra low in honor of Joan Jett, who celebrates her birthday today. Though her first band the Runaways were essentially a prefabricated collective (though to be fair, so were the Sex Pistols), Jett's fingerprints are all over the history of punk rock. The Runaways produced incredible, volatile music that introduced the world to Jett's gritty, muscular guitar work. Later, she produced the first (and only) album by fascinating Los Angeles punk band the Germs and collaborated with Sex Pistols Steve Jones and Paul Cook on her early solo work.

And then, something crazy happened. Unable to find a label, Jett established Blackheart Records and released a self-titled solo album in 1980 (an album that contained songs that would later become seminal in Jett's catalog, including "Bad Reputation" and her cover of "Do You Wanna Touch Me (Oh Yeah)"). A year later,
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"Who Killed Bambi?" - A screenplay

This, for the benefit of future rock historians, is the transscript of a screenplay I wrote in the summer of 1977. It was tailored for the historic punk rock band the Sex Pistols, and was to be directed by Russ Meyer and produced by the impresario Malcolm McLaren. It still carried its original title, "Anarchy in the U.K.," although shortly after I phoned up with a suggested title change, which was accepted: "Who Killed Bambi?" I wrote about this adventure in my blog entry McLaren & Meyer & Rotten & Vicious & me. Discussions with Meyer, McLaren and Rene Daalder led to this draft. All I intend to do here is reprint it. Comments are open, but I can't discuss what I wrote, why I wrote it, or what I should or shouldn't have written. Frankly, I have no idea.


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McLaren & Meyer & Rotten & Vicious & me

"I need you out here," Russ Meyer told me on the phone in 1977. It was 6 a.m. He could not conceive that I might still be asleep. "Have you ever heard of the Sex Pistols?"

"No," I said.

"They're a rock band from England. They got a lot of publicity for saying 'fuck' on TV. Now they have some money and want me to direct their movie."

"The Sex Pistols?" I said.

"Their manager is a guy named Malcolm McLaren. He called me from London. He said their singers were big fans of 'Beyond the Valley of the Dolls.' They go to see it every weekend they're in London. It's playing at the Electric Cinema on Portobello Road."

No director except possibly for Stanley Kubrick was better informed than Russ about where his movies were playing. Kubrick used to call specific theaters to complain about light intensity. Russ used
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