western stars trailer

Since being a music legend and a recent Broadway star isn’t enough for Bruce Springsteen, the Boss is also going to go ahead and add film directing to his resume. Springsteen’s latest album, the melancholy Western Stars, now has a film to go along with it – a film Springsteen co-directed. Western Stars will have its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival next month, and Warner Bros. pictures just snapped up the rights. Check out the first Western Stars trailer below.

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blinded by the light featurette

The music of Bruce Springsteen plays a major role in Blinded by the Light, which means that if the Boss said “No way” to the use of his songs, the filmmakers would’ve been in trouble. Luckily, Springsteen was happy to let Blinded by the Light use many of his signature tunes, resulting in a movie that’s bound to be a crowd-please. The Blinded by the Light featurette below reveals how the filmmakers managed to get Springsteen’s blessing.

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Jonathan Levine interview

“Music inspires you to keep making images,” director Jonathan Levine says. The director of The Wackness50/50, and the new Seth RogenCharlize Theron rom-com, Long Shot, constantly finds himself inspired by music. Whether he’s writing or thinking of the mood for a movie, music is on his mind. His love for music was evident from the start of his career with The Wackness, but his movies that followed have been packed with songs that fit just right.

With Long Shot, he was mostly inspired by music with a “nostalgic bittersweet” feeling. Even if some of those bands and artists that influenced him didn’t land a spot on the soundtrack, like Bon Iver or David Gray, they were instrumental in Levine thinking of the bigger picture. In the case of the Long Shot, he wanted to create feelings of nostalgia, so the soundtrack has the likes of The Cure, Boyz II Men, Bruce Springsteen, so basically artists Fred Flarsky (Seth Rogen) and Charlotte Field (Charlize Theron) grew up listening to. Even those big names, though, don’t even begin to cover all the heavy hitters in the movie’s soundtrack, which also features Frank Ocean’s “Moon River” and Aretha Franklin’s cover of “Bridge Over Troubled Water.”

Recently, Levine talked to us all about music in his latest film, as well as the music that shaped his taste, songs he’s used and wants to use in movies, his obsession with Springsteen, and more about the music a part of both his career and life.

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Blinded by the Light Trailer

Even though the summer is chock-full of blockbusters, there are some indie treasures that will be vying for your attention this season, and one of them was quite the sensation at the Sundance Film Festival earlier this year.

Based on Sarfraz Manzoor’s acclaimed memoir Greetings from Bury Park, the film Blinded by the Light tells the true story of how one Pakistani British teen (newcomer Viveik Kalra in a breakthrough performance) takes solace in the inspirational tunes of Bruce Springsteen. Clashing with his family, persecuted in the streets, and outcast at school, The Boss is the one thing that keeps this kid going strong. Watch the Blinded by the Light trailer below. Read More »

springsteen on broadway review

Netflix’s Springsteen on Broadway brings Bruce Springsteen‘s wildly popular Broadway show to your home, providing one of the year’s best pieces of entertainment. For almost 3 hours, the Boss treads the boards, telling the story of his life in-between performances of some of his best songs. It’s nothing short of a sensation.

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springsteen on broadway trailer

As a big Bruce Springsteen fan, I coveted tickets to the Boss’ big Broadway show. Unfortunately, but understandably, the ticket prices were a bit out of my price range, and the show sold out quickly anyway. But since Bruce is a man of the people, he’s bringing his show to everyone with Springsteen on Broadway, a filmed performance set to hit Netflix next month. Watch the Springsteen on Broadway trailer below.

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Springsteen on Broadway - Bruce Springsteen

Fans of American music icon Bruce Springsteen will soon be able to Spring-stream his one-man show on Netflix. Read more about when you’ll be able to catch The Boss’s Springsteen on Broadway on the streaming service.

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Bruce Springsteen harry potter song

Bruce Springsteen is a Harry Potter fan. Perhaps the boss isn’t a Potterhead, but he enjoyed reading J.K. Rowling‘s stories to his son, Sam, enough to want to go out of his way and write an original song for Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone. The song, titled “I’ll Stand By You Always” (which is definitely the title of a Bruce song), was rejected by Warner Bros. and never released, but after all these years, it’s now available for your listening pleasure.

Below, learn more about the Bruce Springsteen Harry Potter song.

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harry-potter-photo

Who has the gall to turn down the Boss, you ask? None other than Harry Potter. Bruce Springsteen has revealed he wrote a song for the franchise during its early days. Unfortunately, the Academy Award-winning musician’s personal ballad went unused, but he still hopes we’ll hear it in a theater one day.

Below, learn more about the scrapped Bruce Springsteen Harry Potter song.

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one thinged guy
Bruce Springsteen has received so my praise for his song “The Wrestler” (which was created for Darren Aronofsky’s The Wrestler) that he has decided to follow-up with a sequel titled “One Thinged Guy”. Of course, this is actually a parody created by OverthinkingIt.com. Watch the music video after the jump.
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