Todd Haynes’ film Velvet Goldmine memorably fictionalized the relationship between David Bowie and Iggy Pop, and their relationship with the music-buying public at large. But the years in which Bowie and Pop were closely tied are too big a part of rock and roll mythology for just one movie.

And so the so-called Berlin years will be fodder for a new biopic called Lust For Life, named after Iggy Pop’s 1977 solo record recorded at Hansa Studio in Berlin, which was co-written and produced by Bowie. Read More »

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David Bowie has been in semi-retirement for a while now, but he remains a cultural force. Just days ago we saw Michael Fassbender doing his best Bowie as the android David 8 in a promo video for Ridley Scott’s Alien prequel Prometheus. His impersonation is uncanny.

Now Bowie is cropping up in a more direct manner, as Disney has just spent a good amount of money on a romantic comedy script called Ground Control to Major Tom. The title references one of Bowie’s most famous songs, ‘Space Oddity,’ but what that really means for the film is unclear at this point. Read More »

There’s nothing earth-shattering in this edition of Sequel Bits, but hey, that’s why they’re Bits and not separate stories. At least it seems like mostly good news. After the jump:

  • Jim Henson’s Labyrinth is getting a prequel — but not in movie form
  • Now Bridesmaids star Wendi McLendon-Covey says Wiig isn’t entirely out of the sequel after all
  • Alice Eve talks about working with Benedict Cumberbatch and not disappointing Star Trek fans

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Pictured above: Sexual predator.

Last week I took a shot at dissecting the allegorical significance of Sucker Punch, in which a troubled girl fights to take back control of her sexuality at the hands of depraved men everywhere, and does so through elaborate song-and-dance action sequences. Where others seemed to get wrapped up in the potentially disconcerting message that the literal text was selling, I sought to examine what the subtext had intended to sell. And it’s with a similar goal in mind that I’ll now be ruining Labyrinth for you forever.

[Editor's Note: This interpretation of the film is strictly that, and does not necessarily reflect the intended vision of the creator.] Read More »

michael-shannon

In the new rock biopic, The Runaways, a glum Kristen Stewart sits poolside, suckling vodka from a water pistol before pushing it suggestively down the front of her stomach. In a separate scene, she coaches a bathing teenage band mate on how to get wet using a mental image of Farrah Fawcett and a shower head. And then there’s co-star Dakota Fanning, better known as Hollywood’s 15-year-old precocious precious, who hoovers enough blow on an airplane to soar with Kenny Powers. These scenes are presented as the on-tour lifestyle of the titular ‘70s all-girl rock band, assembled and curated by the group’s wiry and rude L.A. producer, a man named Kim Fowley. Foreseeing the popularity of The Runaways for their jail-bait appropriation of the aggression, punk music, and horniness typically associated with adolescent males, Fowley had no qualms with solidifying a legacy by way of the girls’ quicksilver paths to self-destruction.

Actor Michael Shannon plays Fowley with a commitment and intensity welcome and familiar to any viewer who saw his performance in the new Southern indie classic Shotgun Stories or as the best part of Revolutionary Road (which earned him an Oscar nom for Best Supporting Actor). In recent days, Fowley has come out in support of Shannon’s performance, calling him the Christopher Walken of a generation. Given Shannon’s unflattering if amusing portrayal of the guy as an id swimming in midnight oil and the naivety of young girls, the endorsement is mildly surprising. But the comparison is astute. After interviewing the actor this week in a hotel in NYC, I couldn’t shake similar comparisons with the cornhusk steeliness and alertness of a 30something David Letterman and the seen-a-lot-of-shit-ness of Ray Liotta. In our below interview, Shannon discussed the contradictions of Fowley, HBO’s forthcoming Martin Scorsese series Boardwalk Empire, and the time he hid in a doghouse.

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Page 2 for April 30th

Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!

WALL-E Muni

WALL-E has been spotted hanging on to the side of San Francisco’s MUNI Fast Rail public transit system. [flickr]

Phillip Noyce is in negotiations to direct The Art of Making Money, a DreamWorks project about a notorious counterfeiter who printed more than $10 million in fake bills. [thr]

Henry Poole is Here PosterMTV has the poster for Henry Poole is Here.

United Artists and Lakeshore Entertainment have hired 24 co-creator-executive producer Joel Surnow to develop a contemporary spy thriller that will be directed by Casino Royale helmer Martin Campbell. [Variety]

Starship Troopers 3: Marauder
will arrive on DVD and Blu Ray on July 29th. [bloody-d]

Oscar winning screenwriter Diablo Cody is now on Twitter. /Film is also on Twitter too!

Warner Bros will release movies for Apple TV the same day as dvd. [gizmodo]

FirstShowing takes a look at all the comic books you should read before seeing Iron Man.

Disneyland will be hosting Indiana Jones events starting on May 22nd: “Indiana Jones: Summer of Hidden Mysteries” will be made of 2 different street shows, one involves a female Archaeologist and the other features Indy fighting on rooftops. [theraider]

The Last House on the Left

ShockTillYouDrop has posted the first photos from Rogue’s The Last House on the Left remake.

Kim Richards and Ike Eisenmann, the original kid stars of Disney’s 1970s “Witch Mountain” movies, are coming back for Race to Witch Mountain. [thr]

Watch the video for Scarlett Johansson‘s first single “Falling Down” which features David Bowie on backup vocals (but not in the video). [badandugly]

Avatar t-shirt

Our friends at MarketSaw have photos of a t-shirt made for James Cameron’s AVATAR from 1996 which Digital Domain was working on concepts. Jeeez, this film has been in development for some time.

Mark Ronson told the BBC that Amy Winhouse submitted a demo for the next James Bond film Quantum of Solace: “The demo sounds like a James Bond theme, hopefully. But I don’t know if it’ll get used.” [empire]

Ultimate WALL-EDisney will be releasing an Ultimate WALL-E programmable toy robot manufactured by Thinkway, which will retail for $189.99 USD. It will feature 10 motors for realistic movement, and also a “variety of sensors” to allow for voice activation, navigation, and detection of obstacles, among other capabilities. [pixarblog]

Spout wonders if Iron Man is Too Critically Acclaimed to be a hit?

Alamo Drafthouse had a special advanced screening of Iron Man where they had a guy in a jet pack dressed as Iron Man flying around the parking lot. How cool is that?

SFGate have put together a cool Google Maps mashup of famous movies shot in San Francisco. Now if only someone created a Google Map containing every movie shot in San Francisco. That would be cool.

Rob Zombie has posted a cryptic Dylan Thomas poem on his Tyrannosaurus Rex blog.

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