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Hereford Film Aquires Rights To Crime Novel ‘Essex Boy – Last Man Standing’

Hereford Films, the leading producer of true crime and gangster films in the UK, has announced today that it has acquired film rights to Bernard O’Mahoney’s best-selling book Essex Boy – Last Man Standing and that the film adaptation will be released in 2020 to mark the 25th Anniversary of the infamous ‘Rangerover Murders’ in Rettendon, Essex.

The book is based on the true story of Steve ‘Nipper’ Ellis.

Hereford previously adapted O’Mahoney’s ‘Essex Boys – The New Generation’ as Bonded By Blood 2 in 2017.

Nine films and numerous books have attempted to tell the shocking story of two of Britain’s most ruthless gangs. For 20 years, the Essex Boys firm and their successors, the New Generation, controlled a lucrative drugs empire in Essex and throughout the south east of England by using intimidation, gratuitous violence and murder. Rampaging through the streets and clubland, they destroyed anything and anybody
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Slash and Lucinda Williams Make for Strange, Satisfying Bedfellows at Americana Benefit

Slash and Lucinda Williams Make for Strange, Satisfying Bedfellows at Americana Benefit
Lucinda Williams, John Prine and Guns N’ Roses guitarist Slash. Which one of these things is not like the other? Or how about Lee Ann Womack, Grateful Dead legend Bob Weir and comedian Marc Maron?

Those acts and others shared the bill this weekend’s Across the Great Divide charity concert in Los Angeles. The show — staged by philanthropic-minded event producers Upperwest Music Group, and benefitting the Americana Music Association and the Blues Foundation — was a powerhouse revue of Americana usual suspects and strange-bedfellow collaborative performances, as backed by a
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Loveline: The Films of Alan Rudolph

Choose Me. Courtesy of Everett Collection via the Quad.Alan Rudolph makes a compelling case in defense of sentimentality, in defense of the love-sick and amorous. He believes in the beauty and rejuvenating power of art, and of love. Rarely sanguine or saccharine, but unapologetically emotional, his films understand that love is a painful, often arduous affair, that it is messy and confusing and ultimately ineffable, best captured in glances rather than words. Though there is a certain look, a certain feeling, that defines an Alan Rudolph film, his formal dexterity is varied, his repertoire of visual tricks assured. His swooning camera traces the boundaries of scenes like an outsider gazing longingly in, drifting dreamily, lingering like a voyeur. Choose Me (1984) begins with a voluptuous three-minute long take, starting with a closeup of the luminescent “E” of a neon sign that reads “Eve’s Lounge,” swooping down to show an
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Movie Poster of the Week: The Posters of Alan Rudolph

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Above: Us one sheet for Trouble in Mind (1985). Art direction by Mike Kaplan, illustration by Ignacio Gomez.Alan Rudolph may not be one of the best known names in American independent film and that is a shame because his 22-feature filmography comprises a unique body of work of literate, off-kilter, romantic, humanistic cinema. New Yorkers have a chance to devour that work over the next few weeks at the Quad Cinema in their essential retrospective, "Alan Rudolph’s Everyday Lovers."Rudolph’s poster-ography is as erratic and full of gems as his filmic career. It starts out with a couple of genre horror films—with gaudy posters to match—before launching into the early masterpieces Welcome to L.A. and Remember My Name, both film which were released by Mike Kaplan’s Lagoon. Kaplan, who had previously worked with Stanley Kubrick, is a keen connoisseur and collector of posters himself,
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Total recall: performers on learning their parts – and the perils of 'brain farts'

Tanya Moodie attacks the script with her highlighters, Pétur Jónasson starts at the end of a score and Sarah Lamb gets a good sleep. They explain how to avoid the moment all performers dread – forgetting what comes next

How do actors learn all those lines? How can dancers reproduce all those steps? These can seem like hackneyed questions so it’s refreshing to realise that actors and dancers are fascinated by them too. I can barely get a question in when I meet Tanya Moodie and Sarah Lamb as they’re busy quizzing each other about the friable business of memory and performance.

Lamb is a principal dancer with the Royal Ballet and has performed this season in works by Twyla Tharp and Kenneth MacMillan, as well as resuming her part as the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker. Moodie’s successes include playing Gertrude in the RSC’s Hamlet
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The Overlook: Sax and violence: The intoxicating alternate reality of Trouble In Mind

In The Overlook, A.V. Club film critic Ignatiy Vishnevetsky examines the misfits, underappreciated gems, and underseen classics of film history.

“I’ve been to plenty of cities, and they ain’t nothin’ but trouble.”

Trouble In Mind

Alan Rudolph’s 1986 film Trouble In Mind is set in a retro-dystopian, new-wave-meets-noir metropolis called Rain City—an alternate-reality Seattle of mist and mystery, intersecting destinies and paramilitary oppression. Like quite a few of its underappreciated director’s best films (Welcome To L.A., Choose Me, The Moderns), it holds to the credo that every city is a dream. It lures its inhabitants and keeps them captive in the promise of a fantasy. And Rain City is the perfect city of loneliness, which can be as much of a romantic fantasy as true love. Its architecture is alienated, half museum of nostalgia, half dark tomorrow land. It is very like a ...
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The Girl is in Trouble | Review

Trouble in Mind: Onah’s Homage to Neo Noir an Indie Echo of Device

In development for the past five years since it was initially announced, director Julius Onah’s directorial debut The Girl is in Trouble at last reaches a theatrical release. Impressive as a first feature, Onah’s homage to vintage New York noir looks to explore modern examples of urban fugue in the fluctuating metropolis. In several regards, this is a refreshing example of tried and true tropes, focusing on the perspective of a black character (an uncommon element in noir) and conveying Onah’s familiarity with his inspirations. However, like many of the titles it invokes, style can’t compensate entirely for substance, and third act inevitabilities find the film’s initial energy plummeting before the end credits.

August (Columbus Short) is a down-on-his-luck DJ, desperately in need of a job after a series of
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‘Ace Attorney’ is king among game-to-movie adaptations

Ace Attorney

Written by Takeharu Sakurai & Sachiko Ōguchi

Directed by Takashi Miike

Japan, 2012

I’ll come right out and say it: Takashi Miike’s Ace Attorney, based on the first entry of the popular Capcom video game series, is the single-best cinematic adaptation of a video game property of all time. Now some of the more snide readers out there will no doubt think that this a pretty low bar to clear. There’s at least a partial truth to that: the current all-time champion of video game (henceforth Vg) movie critical acclaim is 2001’s Final Fantasy: The Spirits Within, coming in at a cool 44% on Rotten Tomatoes (not that the Rt metric is reflective of quality in any capacity, but that’s another discussion for another time). While the movie was a watershed moment from a technical standpoint (it had some of the most impressively detailed CGI in movie
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Anniversaries: Dinah Washington Born 90 Years Ago

Dinah Washington (8/29/24-12/14/63) was one of the last great examples of female blues singers regularly working in a jazz band context. Many aficionados would say that she was surpassed in this style only by Bessie Smith. First Issue: The Dinah Washington Story, the two-cd set that proudly features the commemorative stamp issued by the U.S. Postal Service in 1993 to mark the 30th anniversary of her premature death at age 39 (from an overdose of alcohol and diet pills), offers the finest overview of Washington's artistry, ranging from her first records under her own name in 1943 to her classic material for the Verve, Mercury, EmArcy, and Wing labels from 1946 through 1961 (with at least one item from every year in that span), missing only her last two years, when she was on Roulette.

As vocalist expert Chris Albertson's liner notes observe, "Dinah was a gospel, blues, pop, and jazz singer all rolled into one,
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Yusef Lateef R.I.P. (February 11, 1920 - December 23, 2013)

Yusef Lateef, who died on Monday after a bout with prostate cancer, was a devout Muslim who did not like his music to be called jazz because of the supposed indecent origins and connotations of the word (although those origins are still debated). He preferred the self-coined phrase "autophysiopsychic music." Furthermore, his music encompassed an impressively broad range of styles, and the only Grammy he won was in the New Age category -- for a recording of a symphony. Think about those things amid the flood of Lateef obituaries with "jazz" in the headline.

That said, certainly Lateef's own musical origins indisputably revolved around jazz. Growing up in Detroit, a highly fertile musical environment in the 1930s and beyond, Lateef got his first instrument, an $80 Martin alto sax, at age 18. Within a year he was on the road with the 13 Spirits of Swing (arrangements by Milt Buckner).

A Detroit friend,
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Fuzz – Fuzz Review

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

The power trio behind this year’s newest psych-meets-metal band are none other than Ty Segall, Charlie Moothart and Roland Cosio. Better known now as Fuzz, Segall’s latest release drifts further away from the garage rock, thrash-happy, carnivorous efforts we’ve seen him come up with, and most certainly shatters glass compared to the likes of his last solo album, the acoustic Sleeper. Band mates Moothart and Cosio made their names as members of The Moonhearts a few years back, where Moothart played drums, Cosio on the guitar and friendly face Mikal Cronin on bass. It’s no wonder these high school friends are back in the limelight – they’ve been making music together for the last decade.

Though it wouldn’t be difficult for any fan of Ty Segall to identify who was backing the vocals and power riffs in an unidentified 7″ release by

Photos: The National Reserve - Brooklyn, N.Y.

Brooklyn’s The National Reserve just cut a new Ep, Trouble In Mind with producer Joel Hamilton (Blackroc, Matisyahu). The band premiered the Ep live at the Knitting Factory last week. Paste caught this brief interview with front man Sean Walsh after the set. Paste: How would you describe the new album? Walsh: This time around was more of a band effort. To me, it feels like more of an organic experience than the other records. It sounds like me having a great time with my friends. It’s a bit bluesy, it has some of the country vibe from our live...
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10 Great Female-Starring Comics: Part One

Marvel made many headlines when it announced that they would be launching an all-female X-Men comic in April, simply titled “X-Men”. Written by Brian Wood and drawn by Olivier Coipel, the roster will feature Storm, Kitty Pryde, Rogue, Psylocke, Rachel Grey and Jubilee. The comic, which will be the most major female-centric monthly series that Marvel ever published, will accompany many more women-led comics that have been sprouting up a lot more recently. Fortunately, the insulting misconception of comics being a male-only medium is now starting to pass, and comic publishes are releasing not only more comics that prominently feature women, but great comics with excellently written female characters. The following female centric comics have only started up in the last two years or earlier, and all come highly recommended.

Buffy the Vampire Slayer: Season 9 (2011, Dark Horse)

Since Buffy’s canonical return in 2007, in comic form, the series has
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Comic Book Release List – Week of September 12, 2012

The following is a list of all comic books, graphic novels and special items that will be available this week and shipped to comic book stores who have placed orders for them.

007 Magazine And Archive

007 Magazine #55, $18.00

215 Ink

Little Heroes Gn, $10.99

Aam Markosia

Ketsueki Gn, $15.99

Toybox Turmoil Gn, $15.99

AC Comics

Femforce #161, $9.95

Aladdin Books

So You Want To Be A Comic Book Artist Ultimate Guide On How To Break Into Comics Hc (not verified by Diamond), $16.99

So You Want To Be A Comic Book Artist The Ultimate Guide On How To Break Into Comics Sc, $9.99

Archaia Entertainment

Return Of The Dapper Men Hc (Special Edition), $29.95

Archie Comics

Betty And Veronica Double Digest #205, $3.99

Knuckles The Echidna Archives Volume 3 Tp, $9.99

Mega Man #17 (Chad Thomas Regular Cover), $2.99

Mega Man #17 (Chad Thomas Variant Cover), $2.99

Avatar Press

Crossed Badlands #13 (Jacen Burrows Regular Cover), $3.99

Crossed Badlands #13 (Jacen Burrows Red Crossed Incentive Cover), Ar

Crossed Badlands #13 (Oscar Jimenez Torture
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The Forgotten: Wanda Cafe

The eighties could be looked upon as the era in which Hollywood composers did their best to murder cinema. Perhaps the preponderance of soundtracks assembled, Frankenstein-fashion, from fragments of the dead, was a sensible response to the mush promulgated by studio and indie musicians alike. Any romantic comedy of the decade is likely to sound like mellow porn. Thrillers thrum with synth scores dragged up as electro-orchestras, cheapness made audible. Once-greats like John Barry and Maurice Jarre pour soupy orchestrations over their films until they're submerged. Marvin Hamlisch and Bill Conti find regular work.

So Alan Rudolph's Trouble in Mind (1985) scores one miracle right off the bat: the dreamy jazz score provided by the underrated Mark Isham is languid without being soporific, romantic without being in the least schmaltzy, and of its time without being crap. The vocal presence of Marianne Faithfull gives it the final stamp of greatness.
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Music: Music Review: Hayes Carll: Kmag Yoyo (& Other American Stories)

The title track on Hayes Carll’s fourth album, Kmag Yoyo, is based on the acronym “Kiss My Ass Guys, You’re On Your Own,” and it follows a second-generation soldier who gets recruited for black-ops medical experiments after one too many fuck-ups in the field. It’s a cranky, funny, war-torn character sketch to rival the best of Steve Earle, and it defines the mindset of Kmag Yoyo (& Other American Stories), a scruffier follow-up to Carll’s more trad-minded Trouble In Mind. Reportedly born of Carll’s desire to capture the rough-hewn energy of his touring band The Poor ...
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DVD: DVD: Trouble In Mind

Alan Rudolph’s Trouble In Mind takes place in a strange cinematic time warp that combines the writer-director’s undying affection for the mood, look, and arch stylization of ’30s and ’40s Hollywood glamour with the lurid neon, bold colors, and terrible hairstyles that characterized ’80s new-wave fashion. For instance, Rudolph conveys Keith Carradine’s descent from wholesome family man to debauched ne’er-do-well through the radical shift between his shaggy, unassuming early haircut and the insane, towering Buster Poindexter pompadour he assumes as a slick urban affectation after being roped into a life of crime and robbery by Joe ...
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Documentaries to "Exit" 2010 With and More New DVDs

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A look at what's new on DVD today:

"Gasland" (2010)

Directed by Josh Fox

Released by New Video Group

"Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work"

Directed by Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg

Released by Mpi Home Video

"Exit Through the Gift Shop" (2010)

Directed by Banksy

Released by Oscilloscope Laboratories

If you haven't caught up on the year's best documentaries in time to fill out your top 10 list, three of them will be hitting DVD shelves this week, beginning with Josh Fox's Sundance award-winning "Gasland," an exploration of the "hydraulic fracturing" going on in own backyard, a type of drilling that has spread to 34 states in the U.S. and has left a host of reservoirs of toxic waste and frequent gas explosions along the way. For something less serious, but equally compelling, there is also Ricki Stern and Annie Sundberg's "Joan Rivers: A Piece of Work," which follows the
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