Jodie Foster Writes Heartfelt Tribute to Jonathan Demme

Jodie Foster Writes Heartfelt Tribute to Jonathan Demme
Jonathan was everybody’s cheerleader. He was like an embarrassing grandpa at a Little League game. After every accomplishment he’d hug you so tight and do that little J.D. dance. He might even hum that crazy “yeah” in a weird baby voice right in your eardrum while he shook you a little. As if his entire purpose was to wrap your self-worth in the blanket of his joy. For all of his wild enthusiasm and childlike positivity, he could be laser focused on the art at hand. It might all feel free and haphazard in the moment but there was a fierce conductor on that train. He knew where he was going, and he was stubborn enough to never release his eyes from the destination.

When he sent letters or emails they were scrawled with “I wuv yoooos!!!” He might as well have been saying, “The circus is in town!
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Robyn Hitchcock Remembers Jonathan Demme: ‘He Was the Anti-Video-Generation Director’

Robyn Hitchcock Remembers Jonathan Demme: ‘He Was the Anti-Video-Generation Director’
Director Jonathan Demme, who died on Wednesday at age 73, may go down as the most rock-friendly major director of all time. His most famous association was with Talking Heads, thanks to the boon to both their careers that was “Stop Making Sense.” But he also enjoyed long friendships and/or working relationships with everyone from Bruce Springsteen and Neil Young to cult bands like The Feelies. And arguably the most peculiar documentary in a filmography full of peculiar documentaries is “Storefront Hitchcock,” a concert film that had the amiably surreal British singer/songwriter Robyn Hitchcock playing an acoustic gig with his back to a shop window, competing for the viewer’s attention with mostly unaware passersby.

Demme never stopped dragging his favorite people into his movies, so Hitchcock subsequently showed up in “The Manchurian Candidate” and “Rachel Getting Married,” on top of being asked to contribute songs for other films.
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Why Jonathan Demme Was One of the Greatest Concert Movie Directors Ever

Why Jonathan Demme Was One of the Greatest Concert Movie Directors Ever
Jonathan Demme's death at the age of 73 prompted an outpouring of online memorials from film lovers who remembered the Oscar-winning director for his varied career: everything from the chilling, intelligent thriller The Silence of the Lambs to the brittle 2008 indie drama Rachel Getting Married. But for music fans, those highlights don't even scratch the surface of what cemented his legacy.

It's not hyperbole to say that Demme was arguably the greatest concert filmmaker ever – look at the number of them that he made, the range of artists he chronicled
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Celebrities React to the Death of Jonathan Demme: ‘He Could Do Anything’

Celebrities React to the Death of Jonathan Demme: ‘He Could Do Anything’
Jonathan Demme, the Oscar-winning director of The Silence of the Lambs, Philadelphia, Rachel Getting Married, and much more, died Wednesday at age of 73.

Demme’s varied career not only covered feature films; he was an accomplished director of concert films and documentaries as well, working with an equally diverse array of talent, from Oprah Winfrey and Laura Dern to Justin Timberlake and Spalding Gray.

As news of the filmmaker’s death continues to spread, celebrities and influencers within the entertainment industry have begun sharing their reactions on social media. See a selection of remembrances below

Very sad to hear of
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Hollywood Reacts to Oscar-Winning Director Jonathan Demme’s Death

Hollywood Reacts to Oscar-Winning Director Jonathan Demme’s Death
Hollywood was quick to mourn the loss of the acclaimed director Jonathan Demme, who died of cancer complications.

Demme made about as big a splash in Hollywood as anyone ever has with 1991’s “The Silence of the Lambs” which earned five Oscars including best director for Demme. His follow-up, 1993’s “Philadelphia,” earned Tom Hanks his first Academy Award.

His most recent work behind the camera was an episode of the Fox police drama “Shots Fired,” which is scheduled to air on April 26 — the same day the director’s death was announced. He also recently filmed Justin Timberlake’s 2016 concert tour documentary “Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids.” His most recent feature was the Meryl Streep starrer, “Ricki and the Flash.”


Jonathan Demme, ‘Silence of the Lambs’ Director, Dies at 73

Hanks wrote in a statement, “Jonathan taught us how big a heart a person can have, and how it will guide
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Showtime Cancels Cameron Crowe's 'Roadies' After One Season

Showtime Cancels Cameron Crowe's 'Roadies' After One Season
Showtime has canceled Cameron Crowe's first television series Roadies, his music drama about the behind-the-scenes crews that bring tours to life, after one season.

Writer and director Crowe announced the cancellation in a post on his The Uncool site. "Though we could tell a thousand more stories, this run ends with a complete ten-hour tale of music and love," Crowe wrote. "Like a song that slips under your skin, or a lyric that keeps speaking to you, we hope the spell of Roadies lingers. It was life-changing experience for all of us.
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Toronto Facetime: Jonathan Demme on Jt, and Not Retiring

Toronto Facetime: Jonathan Demme on Jt, and Not Retiring
Since his groundbreaking 1984 Talking Heads film “Stop Making Sense,” Jonathan Demme has forged parallel paths directing studio fare (“The Silence of the Lambs”), docs (“The Agronomist”), and rockumentaries featuring the likes of Neil Young, Robyn Hitchcock, Kenny Chesney and Italian saxophonist Enzo Avitabile. As he unveils his most commercial concert movie to date—the dazzling, dynamically shot “Justin Timberlake + the Tennessee Kids”—Demme talks to Variety about his remarkable career.

How did you get involved with this project?

It’s one of the chestnut truisms of the movie industry: you try to do your best work, get it out there and then maybe someone will think you’re a good idea for something. Justin was a fan of “Stop Making Sense,” so I got a call from him, wondering if it was possible to make a performance movie out of his 20/20 Experience tour. I flipped for what I saw. The ironic thing is,
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‘Roadies’ Finale: In Defense of Cameron Crowe & Sincerity on Television

‘Roadies’ Finale: In Defense of Cameron Crowe & Sincerity on Television
In 2007, after returning to the music scene with the full E Street Band, Bruce Springsteen released the critically- and commercially-adored album, “Magic.” A fierce and cutting portrait of American disillusionment from track to track, the music marked a high point for the legendary rocker’s resurgent post-9/11 work, but it also signified the politically-progressive singer’s most pessimistic take on a society he’s been writing about — and representing — since the late ’60s.

Then, just two years later, the insightful artist released an album that could very well be his most hopeful ever, certainly since his return to prominence. While infectiously enthusiastic and admirably experimental, “Land of Hope and Dreams” was a significant step down in caliber compared to “Magic.” But it was what reflected our mass perspective in 2009, and more than that, it was what we needed to hear.

Assuming we survive the upcoming election unscathed, we’ll remain
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Review: Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me

Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me is the latest of a recent crop of buzzworthy documentaries that introduces viewers to talented artists who struggled to find mainstream success when their music was originally released. The story of Memphis rockers Big Star includes incredible artistic achievements followed by snowballing bad luck. When band members Alex Chilton, Chris Bell, Jody Stephens and Andy Hummel formed in 1971, Chilton was reinventing himself a few years after having a #1 hit single at the tender age of 16 with "The Letter" (by his previous band The Box Tops).  

Everything about the early days of Big Star predicted great things to come. After recording their debut album, the cheekily titled "#1 Record", at Ardent Studios in Memphis, the album's release was set to be distributed as one of the first rock albums on Ardent's record label deal through the legendary Stax Records. That label had just signed a deal with Columbia Records,
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'Big Star: Nothing Can Hurt Me' review: '70s band gets its due in new documentary

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The legend of the band Big Star was born back in May 1973, when a promoter flew legions of young rock critics into Memphis for a "convention" that was essentially a stunt to get them to hear Big Star perform.

Big Star, a Memphis group built around former Box Tops singer and songwriter Alex Chilton ("The Letter"), was a bit out of step with the music of its day, a power-pop quartet just a little ahead of its time. Most people know them for creating the song "In the Street" that was adapted and covered by Cheap Trick as the theme to "That '70s Show."

With their jangly Byrds-inspired guitars and close harmonies, Chilton, Chris Bell, Andy Hummel and Jody Stephens were already earning glowing reviews, if not great record sales. 

But that May '73 junket stunt cemented them in legend. As the fame never came and the decades of musical
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Iggy Pop, Patti Smith and Tom Waits to set sail on Johnny Depp's pirates album

Son of Rogue's Gallery, a compilation of songs from the seafaring tradition, will feature a grizzled crew including Keith Richards, Michael Stipe, Nick Cave and Shane MacGowan

Iggy Pop, Patti Smith, Tom Waits and the Pogues' Shane MacGowan are among the contributors to a new compilation of pirate ballads. The grizzled, A-list crew was assembled by Johnny Depp, who performs on the album, and the people behind the Pirates of the Caribbean movies.

First, some more names. Among the hearties who are shivering timbers on Son of Rogue's Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys: Tom Waits with Keith Richards, Michael Stipe with Courtney Love, Nick Cave, Broken Social Scene, Marianne Faithful with the McGarrigle sisters, Sissy Bounce with Akron/Family, Beth Orton, Macy Gray and Sean Lennon.

The two-disc set, due next year, is the sequel to a compilation from 2006. There too, Pirates producer Hal Willner manned the tiller.
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Your Essential Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Guide

Your Essential Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Guide
The key to any voyage into the twangy depths of this weekend's Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival is planning.

San Francisco's annual free celebration of bluegrass (and also not bluegrass) in Golden Gate Park, now in its 12th consecutive year, has gotten so popular that shuttling between stages to see all of your favorite bands can prove virtually impossible. Instead, the best idea is often just to get there early, pick a spot near the stage you're most interested in and stay there for the long haul.

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While the lineup was announced months ago, the actual full schedule, complete with set times, was only released recently. Essential planning's gotta all be done Right This Very Second.

Our top recommendations are Ben Kweller, Buddy Miller, Robert Earl Keen, The Dirty Three, the Heartless Bastards, Son Volt and Les Claypool's Duo De Twang. If you're curious as to why this is exciting,
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Listen and Buy The “ParaNorman” Soundtrack Today!

Listen and Buy The “ParaNorman” Soundtrack Today!
A few days ago, Relativity Music Group released the soundtrack to Paranorman, which is out in theaters today. The soundtrack is from singer-songwriter Jon Brion, and is streaming all week on AOL Music and MSN Music and can be purchased from iTunes here. We have the press release straight from Relativity Music below:

Los Angeles, CA - August 14th: The soundtrack to ParaNorman by famed composer, record producer, and singer-songwriter Jon Brion is available today, August 14th from Relativity Music Group. The new stop-motion animated comedy thriller, will be released in theaters everywhere on Friday, August 17th. The soundtrack is streaming all week on AOL Music and MSN Music and is available for purchase on iTunes here:

When a small town comes under siege by zombies, who can it call? “Norman!” From Focus Features and Laika, the companies behind the Academy Award-nominated animated feature Coraline, comes the comedy thriller ParaNorman.
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Jonathan Demme Talks Neil Young Journeys

In Neil Young Journeys, Academy Award winning filmmaker Jonathan Demme embarks on a road trip with Young in his 1956 Crown Victoria as he drives from his idyllic hometown of Omemee, Ontario to downtown Toronto's iconic Massey Hall to perform the last two nights of his solo world tour. A long-time fan and collaborator, Demme captures Young recounting insightful and introspective tales of his childhood and masterfully weaves them together with his mesmerizing music including songs from the 2010 album Le Noise and powerful renditions of earlier Young classics. Through the tunes and the tales, Demme portrays a personal, retrospective look into the heart and soul of the artist. We sat down at a roundtable interview with Demme to talk about the inspiration behind his most recent collaboration with Young. He told us what attracts him to artists like Young, David Byrne and Robyn Hitchcock who write words that are almost scripts in themselves,
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Yep Roc Records to Celebrate 15th Anniversary with 3-Day Concert

Yep Roc Reocrds has announced that it will be celebrating its 15th anniversary with Yep Roc 15, a three-night concert in North Carolina, where the artist-driven label has called home since it was founded in 1997. The event will take place October 11-13 at the Cat’s Cradle in Carrboro, N.C., and will feature performances by Yep Roc artists such as Nick Lowe, Chuck Prophet, Robyn Hitchcock, Fountains of Wayne and others....
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David Wild: "The Sun Always Shines On TV": A Playlist for "The TV Land Awards"

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David Wild:
In so much as I was ever raised, I was raised on television. So I once again had a total blast working on "The TV Land Awards " that airs tonight on TV Land at 9 p.m./8 Cst. Beautifully hosted by Kelly Ripa -- who I first fell in love with on TV -- this year's show features cast reunions from the stars of Murphy Brown, Laverne & Shirley, In Living Color and One Day At A Time. Pee Wee Herman is also honored, as is The Queen of Soul herself, Aretha Franklin, who performs wonderfully and, yes, soulfully. In honor of this grand annual TV event that celebrates TV so well, here's my playlist for tonight's great TV party. As always please add your own tubular tracks below.

"The Sun Always Shines on TV" -- a-Ha

"I Saw It on TV" -- John Fogerty

"Portable Television" -- Death Cab For Cutie
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Peter Buck: solo artist?

In recent years guitarist Peter Buck, the David Straithairn of rock, has put in time as a member of the Minus 5, the indie supergroup the Baseball Project, and the Venus 3, Robyn Hitchcock's touring band. The main element all these jobs had in common is Scott McCaughey, former Young Fresh Fellow and semi-official member of the primary focus of Buck's adult life, R.E.M. (McCaughey was brought in to tour with the group during the Monster tour in 1994 and stuck around, in one capacity or another, until their official dissolution last year.) McCaughey was on ...
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R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck working on solo album

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R.E.M. guitarist Peter Buck working on solo album
College rock icons-turned-radio rock legends R.E.M. may have called it quits last year, but prolific guitarist Peter Buck is soldiering on, working on his debut solo album. Buck, who often spent his downtime playing with multiple side projects including the Warren Zevon-led Hindu Love Gods, The Minus 5, The Baseball Project, and Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3, is putting together songs for an upcoming record. Minus 5 bandmate (and frequent R.E.M. contributor) Scott McCaughey told a Seattle radio station that, while no release date has been set yet, known vinyl enthusiast Buck plans to release the collection on LP only...
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Today in music videos: Wilco, Tim Heidecker, Marc Maron help make Nick Lowe a “Sensitive Man”

God bless the recent renaissance of funny music videos. If artists are going to spend a bunch of money making something that will never air on TV, then they might as well make something the Internet will love and laugh over, right? Nick Lowe drew from the ha-ha pile for his new video for “Sensitive Man,” which is a track off of his latest record, The Old Magic. Lowe and Director Scott Jacobson recruited some comedy A- and B-listers like Marc Maron, The Venture BrothersJames Urbaniak, and Tim Heidecker, as well as musical heavy hitters like Robyn Hitchcock and ...
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Watch: Marc Maron Is A 'Sensitive Man' In New Music Video

British rock stalwart Nick Lowe hadn't made a music video in 18 years, but in producing a video for his new song "Sensitive Man," which premiered today on, Lowe went an unusual route -- casting a bunch of American comedians.

Lowe, whose colorful life in rock-and-roll includes producing Elvis Costello's first five albums, marrying a daughter of June Carter Cash and penning the hit "Cruel to be Kind," released his latest album "This Old Magic" to favorable reviews in late 2011.

"Sensitive Man" was directed by Scott Jacobson, who formerly wrote for "Daily Show" and currently works on "Bob's Burgers." Jacobson took a similar route by casting comedians in other very funny, yet quietly sad videos he directed for The National and Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, among others.

This video opens with a conversation between Maria Thayer and Marc Maron (who recently interviewed Lowe on "Wtf"), introducing the idea
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