The fact Bret McKenzie, one half of Flight of the Conchords, won an Oscars for The Muppets still makes me smile. McKenzie won the award for Best Original Song for “Man or Muppet” back in 2012 and followed that up by beginning work on next year’s sequel, Muppets Most Wanted. It also gave him some well-deserved caché and McKenzie is using that to develop a passion project.
In a new interview, the Oscar-winning song writer revealed he, along with Muppets director James Bobin, are working on a live-action musical described as a blend of The Muppets and The Princess Bride. Much like Labyrinth. Read More »
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This trailer for CBGB, which dramatizes the history of the NYC club that was the birthplace of new wave and punk in America, makes a lot of noise about the fact that the club’s bathroom (above) was famously gross. In fact, after the club closed, parts of that bathroom and other elements of the joint were actually disassembled and worked into the sets used for the movie.
And yet the footage itself looks like a squeaky clean recreation of the house where bands like Blondie, the Talking Heads and the Ramones built their careers.
Kids deserve to know about the roots of punk rock in the US, and there’s nothing really wrong with a bunch of people playing dress-up as the biggest figures of the NYC new wave and punk scene. But it’s pretty funny. Watch the footage below and you’ll see Alan Rickman as Hilly Kristal, who opened the iconic club in ’73, Donal Logue as his compatriot, and Malin Akerman, Rupert Grint, Ashley Greene, Johnny Galecki, Ryan Hurst, Justin Bartha and Bradley Whitford as members of Talking Heads, Blondie, The Ramones, Dead Boys, The Police, Iggy Pop and Patti Smith Group. Read More »
I guess you could actually say that Paul Thomas Anderson‘s latest project is another video for Fiona Apple. The two once dated, and the director has done videos for the singer in the past. (For ‘Fast as You Can,’ ‘Limp,’ ‘Paper Bag,’ and ‘Across the Universe.’)
This latest collaboration is for the song ‘Hot Knife’, off Apple’s 2012 album ‘The Idler Wheel…’ and was something started last year. But when The Master interfered, the video was put on hold. Now it is done; read a bit more info and see the video below. Read More »
Having grossed over a billion dollars across the globe as a musical, one might think the title Jersey Boys alone is enough to sell a film adaptation. That’s likely part of why director Clint Eastwood is casting the lead roles of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons with performers from the various stage productions.
But this is Hollywood and stars make a movie, so Eastwood will be filling out the supporting roles with bigger names. First up, Christopher Walken will join the cast as mobster Angelo “Gyp” DeCarlo, who helps the singers keep their career straight early on.
As for those leads, Deadline – who broke the Walken news – say they’re gone to Vincent Piazza, John Lloyd Young, Erich Bergen and Michael Lomenda.
Briefly: The shot above hints at the first look at the Jimi Hendrix biopic, All Is By My Side, which features André Benjamin (or André 3000, if you prefer) of Outkast in the lead role. You can see the full thing below, but you’ll have to wait until at least the fall to see Benjamin bring to life the small-time guitarist Jimmy James, who transformed himself into the superstar Jimi Hendrix in the mid/late ’60s. Benjamin looks great, but how will he move? We’ll give you a trailer as soon as possible. Read More »
Your reaction to this story will be directly related to how you feel about comedian/actor Sacha Baron Cohen, who for a couple years has been attached to play late Queen singer Freddie Mercury in a film about the band. Deadline reports that Cohen has pulled out of the pic because he can’t come to an agreement with the surviving members of Queen (who are also producing) about the tone of the film. Read More »
Posted on Monday, July 1st, 2013 by Angie Han
Whereas some filmmakers prefer to stick with one mode or another, the Coen Bros. have shown an ability to leap from Depression-era Greek musical epic to ’90s stoner neo-noir comedy to violent Oscar-winning thriller. Their newest film, Inside Llewyn Davis, sees them dropping by ’60s New York for an intimate character study of a folk musician.
Oscar Isaac stars as the title character, who’s loosely based on real-life singer Dave Von Ronk. Backing him up are an intriguing supporting cast, including Carey Mulligan, John Goodman, Justin Timberlake, and Garrett Hedlund, and a poignant soundtrack mostly comprised of folk covers. Watch the newest trailer and get the soundtrack info after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, June 27th, 2013 by Angie Han
Apparently, Sony simply adores the idea of Cameron Diaz being mean to children. The studio recently put in motion a sequel to Bad Teacher, her surprise hit comedy from 2011, and now they’ve got her on board for Annie, in which she’ll play nasty, alcoholic orphanage headmistress Miss Hannigan. She joins Quvenzhané Wallis and Jamie Foxx. Hit the jump for more details.
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