Still Bill (2009)
"I am the mike watt who lives in pedro and works the bass" says Mike Watt's Twitter page (@wattfrompedro), a typically understated intro from one of the heroes of American indie, who's played bass in Minutemen, fIREHOSE, and the reformed Stooges, as well as his own solo stuff. As he spiels through stories and tracks, it's hard not to imagine he'd be the ideal companion on a long road trip. This podcast is the next best thing (especially as it's the best part of three hours long). The latest edition of Twfps takes in John Coltrane, new solo work from Bob Pollard, the Bugs, Black Moth Super Rainbow and a band called the Redneck Manifesto with a tune called Tomb Of The Dudes.
Black Cab Sessions
The website which put Brian Wilson in the back of a London cab has gone Stateside with
8.30pm, Sky Living
It's not all about chasing younger men as the likable set of wine-sipping neighbours of Cougar Town return for season three. Chief cougar Jules (Courteney Cox) has been through the divorced-mum-starting-over phase and is now out the other side. She's not happy when Grayson calls her predictable, but maybe he's just trying to hide that big old surprise he has up his sleeve. Bizarrely, it involves lots of toilet paper. Elsewhere, deadpan best mate Ellie and her husband Andy have bigger things to worry about as Stan appears to be turning into their very own devil child. Hannah Verdier
8.30pm, Channel 4
This week it's Schmidt's 29th birthday. A reunion with a teen buddy might cheer him up, however, as
"Still Bill" will spotlight an incomparable artist who has written some of the most beloved songs of his generation through concert footage, journeys to his coal mining West Virginia birthplace, interviews with music legends, peers, family and closest friends.
Withers is known for hit classics such as "Lean on Me," "Use Me," "Just the Two of Us," and "Lovely Day."
Also this coming month, the channel will also premiere the multi-award-winning "Mississippi Damned," a film based on a true story of three African American children living in rural Mississippi.
Movie actress Nancy Travis is returning to ABC, but not on "Desperate Housewives" again. She'll be checking into "Grey's Anatomy" as a patient in Derek's (Patrick Dempsey) Alzheimer's clinical trials, but it's her parenting skills that will be examined. [TV Guide]
He played Miranda's (Cynthia Nixon) husband, Steve, in the "Sex and the City" franchise and now David Eigenberg is going to make an unusual request on ABC's "Private Practice" when he guests as the husband of one of Addison's (Kate Walsh) patients. [TV Guide]
The ratings for Monday's (Jan. 24) Season 3 premiere of "RuPaul's Drag Race" was everything but a drag for Logo with 302,000 people tuning in. It showed a 33% increase over Season 2's premiere and it was the highest rated show for the network since Season 2's "Rpdr" finale episode.
Now some argue: Who needs another film festival? And to a degree that’s true. But this festival is an extension of our existing quarterly screening series of the same name at BAMcinématek in which we’ve shown Idris Elba’s Legacy, for the first time in the USA outside of the festival circuit, the Bill Withers documentary Still Bill, well before it gained more prominence at bigger venues like IFC Cinemas, and most recently the wonderful Clark Johnson starring indie Nurse.Fighter.Boy
We’ve found that the Black film audience in NYC is grossly underserved and deserve excellence over slapstick spectacle and boldness over standard fare, and so we pick films that show how film explores
for March 4th, 2010
Ah March… the sun is shining, the trees are greening and people from all over the world are about to invade our fair city for SXSW and give us their money. You gotta love the few weeks of spring we get in Texas. Pretty soon it’s going to be hot as balls. Sure, it’ll drop down to 35 probably at some point, but worry not, it’ll be 80 the next day.If you haven’t been into the theater since last week, we put our new Spring Menu Specials up! They are crazy tasty, and come highly recommended from everyone at Alamo HQ. Some of those specials are for the big opener this weekend, Tim Burton’s Alice In Wonderland In 3D! I’ve loved Tim Burton for years, and I love Alamo feasts, so you can find me at the Alice Five-course Feast next Wednesday.
[Jason Reitman's Favorites]
Over 85 films will be filing through arthouses and multiplexes between now and the end of April, but nearly triple that number will be accessible from the comfort of home, whether it's on demand, online or on DVD. Here's what will be hitting televisions, computer screens, Netflix queues and store shelves this spring.
Once you get through the masterful six-hour "Red Riding Trilogy" currently available on demand through May, IFC Films and their Sundance Selects label have quite the collection of festival favorites available to beam directly onto your TV in the next few months. It starts on February 17th with the Festival Direct release of the acclaimed John Bryant comedy "The Overbrook Brothers," about two siblings who find out they're adopted, as well as the Sundance Selects release of "Flannel Pajamas" director Jeff Lipsky's multi-generational comedy "Once More With Feeling," starring Chazz Palminteri as
Still Bill – a critically acclaimed documentary look at the life, relationships, and of course the music of the legend that is Bill Withers – the highly regarded, yet extremely reclusive singer and writer of such classics as Lean On Me, Just The Two Of Us and Ain’t No Sunshine.
Off And Running – a fascinating story of an adopted African-American teen raised by lesbian Jewish parents in Brooklyn.
Below are trailers for both feature films; first, Still Bill,
By Jayson Rodriguez, with Jem Aswad, Hillary Crosley, Maura Johnston, Gil Kaufman and Amy Wilkinson
<i>Hope For Haiti Now</i> album
Photo: Hope For Haiti Now
While earthquake relief in Haiti was the reason for and inspiration behind "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief," there's no question that it featured some amazing, one-of-a-kind musical performances.
The songs chosen by most of the artists had a thematic connection to the occasion, and the soaring lyrics delivered by the likes of Bruce Springsteen, Mary J. Blige and Justin Timberlake underlined the hope for the country that's coming from around the world. The songs' unplugged, often gentle renditions underscored the seriousness of the situation.
George Clooney helped organize the event, and his hope is that the songs carry the event beyond the evening and into the following weeks, months and years.
By Amy Wilkinson
Keith Urban (file)
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Country and rock and roll collided Friday (January 22) when Sheryl Crow, Keith Urban and Kid Rock joined forces to perform the hit song "Lean on Me" during MTV's "Hope for Haiti Now: A Global Benefit for Earthquake Relief."
Written by Bill Withers and released in 1972 on his second album Still Bill, "Lean on Me" was inspired by Withers' small-town upbringing in the mining community of Slab Fork, West Virginia — a close-knit atmosphere Withers pined for after moving to L.A. The song hit #1 on July 8, 1972, and remained on the charts for 19 weeks. In 2004, the song was ranked #205 on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time list.
Despite its popularity, the track did not receive a Grammy until it was re-recorded
And, if that isn’t enough, you can get even higher with Sly with the announcement today that he’s signed a deal with Cleopatra Records to release a new album early next year too! Not bad for a sexagenarian with a very sex, drugs and rock n roll history!
Back to the documentary films, in alphabetical order, we have Coming Back For More and Higher: The Story of Sly Stone.
Coming Back For More seems to be the second Sly Stone
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IFC Films (with whom, full disclosure, we obviously share a parent company) will be delivering new films all holiday season to homes across the country through their Festival Direct and Sundance Selects labels. These include the cross-cultural romantic dramedy "I'll Come Running" (Nov. 4), Josiane Balasko's farce "A French Gigolo" (Nov. 6), the Inuit tribal drama "Necessities of Life" (Nov. 11), the Brit crime thriller "Adulthood" (Nov. 18), the Indian love story "Return to Rajapur" (Nov. 25), the Christopher Masterson-Bijou Phillips celibacy satire "Made for Each Other" (Dec. 2), "Harry Potter" helmer David Yates' gritty two-part drama "Sex Traffic" (Dec. 2 and 9), the Korean comedy "Night and Day" (Dec. 23) and "The Ghost" (Dec. 30).
Meanwhile, in the newly launched Sundance Selects series, there's a pair of harrowing documentaries VOD premieres: Kief Davidson's coming-of-age boxing doc "Kassim the Dream" (Nov. 27) and the unvarnished biopic "Nick Nolte: No Exit" (Dec.
More Holiday Preview: [Theatrical Calendar]
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In November, the 92YTribeca Screening Room will have some special guests in the house when it hosts the already sold out "A Conversation with Wes Anderson and Jason Schwartzman" on November 10th, with the two longtime collaborators discussing their latest film "Fantastic Mr. Fox." But tickets are still available for the night before (Nov. 9th), when actor Ben Foster and director Oren Moverman will screen their acclaimed new post-war drama "The Messenger". Much of the rest of the month is devoted to Cinema Tropical's Ten Years of New Argentine Cinema series with screenings of Adrián Caetano's immigration
What it is: The latest entry in the quirky, small town-set romantic comedy sub-genre. This one pairs up a socially retarded guy (Thomas Middleditch) and a gorgeous "Manic Pixie Dream Girl" (Rachael Taylor). From the director of the hilarious, underrated Rob Corddry mockumentary "Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story," Brett Sersen.
Reasons to see it: From what I hear,
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