Think about Facebook, iPods, iTunes — all things you might use every single day. They all have seeds in the “little program that could,” called Napster. Co-created by Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker in the late 1990s, the file-sharing service/social network was not only ahead of its time technologically and socially, it completely changed how the public consumes media. If it wasn’t for Fanning and Parker, who knows how long it would have taken for corporations to allow you to download music on your computer or rent one of their movies without leaving your house.
All this is at the center of Downloaded, a brand-new documentary by Alex Winter. Winter (seen above with Fanning and Parker) is best known as an actor (Lost Boys, Bill and Ted) but has been directing for some time. With Downloaded, he tackles a massive topic with authority and energy, telling the story of Napster from its earliest moments through its culture peak and long term fallout. It world premieres this week at South by Southwest in Austin and will be released by VH1 Rock Docs. After that, you’ll be able to see it on demand and online.
We spoke to Winter about Downloaded and found out it was a project he’d been developing for long time before it evolved into its current state. He talked about trying to focus such a huge topic, culling together a huge wealth of media and, of course, The Lost Boys and Bill and Ted 3. Read the interview below. Read More »
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South by Southwest is starting this week and one of the more surprising, and exciting, films playing is the Napster documentary Downloaded, directed by Alex Winter. Yes, the same Alex Winter who starred in The Lost Boys and Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure. The movie is an engaging and entertaining tale of a culture milestone and we’ll have a full interview with Winter talking about the film later this week.
But when you’ve got Alex Winter on the phone, you have to ask him the question: “What’s up with Bill and Ted 3?” We know both he and co-star Keanu Reeves are interested and director Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) is attached. But what’s the latest?
Winter explained that while it might feel like there’s some major hold up with the sequel, that’s simply not the case. He and his co-stars just started talking about the project prematurely and it’s still going through its natural development. Read his quotes below. Read More »
Many of us think of Alex Winter only as Bill S. Preston, Esq., the most excellent co-star of the Bill and Ted movies. But since those films were released, the actor has found himself behind the camera quite often, directing theatrical and TV movies, and TV shows. Then last year he signed to make a documentary about the cultural milestone Napster, an online music sharing software that not only changed the way we consume music, but changed the internet as well. That project, called Downloaded, seems to be nearing completion and the first trailer has been released. Check it out below. Read More »
Posted on Friday, August 10th, 2012 by Angie Han
Maybe when we first heard about the possibility of a third Bill & Ted, it sounded like an outlandish idea. As Alex Winter and Keanu Reeves have continued to offer little updates, however — and as more and more ’80s and ’90s properties have found their way to the big screen — it’s started to seem more and more plausible. And now the project’s taken one more big step forward, with Dean Parisot (Galaxy Quest) just hired to direct. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Wednesday, April 18th, 2012 by Angie Han
So it looks like Jason Segel won’t be a part of that Muppets sequel after all — for real this time, straight from the star/producer/co-writer’s mouth. Also after the jump:
- The Grim Reaper wants in on Bill & Ted 3
- Star Trek 2‘s Alice Eve has been spending a suspicious amount of time in the makeup chair
- Chuck Norris shows off cool, collected badassery in a new Expendables 2 still
- More new photos from G.I. Joe: Retaliation
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Posted on Monday, March 12th, 2012 by Angie Han
This edition of Sequel Bits is all about the third-greatest gift, laughter. After the jump:
- Alex Winter talks about the Bill & Ted 3 script
- Cloudy 2 gets a holiday release date
- Jay Chandrasekhar wants to move on Super Troopers 2
- Disney considers ways to expand the Muppets franchise
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Posted on Tuesday, March 6th, 2012 by Angie Han
Everything old is new again in today’s Sequel Bits, which looks to the ’90s, the ’80s, and even the 19th century for inspiration. After the jump:
- Transformers 4 auctions off a walk-on role
- Bill & Ted 3 has a script, but no green light
- Men in Black 3 implores you to share your alien encounters
- Journey 3 gets fast-tracked for 2014
- Michael Bacall’s working on 21 Jump Street 2
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Alex Winter is making a new movie. Unfortunately, it’s not Bill and Ted 3 just yet. Instead, Winter is getting back behind the camera to make a movie about the rise of fall of the legendary (or infamous, depending on how you look at it) music sharing sharing service Napster. Winter had been developing the story as a narrative screenplay for the better part of a decade but now, with the backing of VH1, he’ll do it as a documentary. Both Shawn Fanning and Shawn Parker will be part of the project. Read more about it after the jump. Read More »