After premiering at the 2020 Toronto International Film Festival earlier this month, Spike Lee’s filmed version of David Byrne’s American Utopia stage show is coming to HBO Max in October. Recorded during its Broadway run at New York’s Hudson Theatre, the show is described as a “transformative musical experience” featuring David Byrne (former frontman for Talking Heads) and musicians from around the world as they rock out and celebrate human connection, self-evolution, and social justice. Watch the trailer below for a taste. Read More »
“Thanks for leaving your house,” David Byrne tells the audience at the start of David Byrne’s American Utopia. He couldn’t have realized it at the time, but the statement is surreal now. This is the opening night film of the Toronto International Film Festival, and many of us can’t leave our houses. I myself am covering the festival remotely, watching American Utopia in my house rather than somewhere nestled into Toronto. It’s not the last time the surreality will take hold, because ultimately, David Byrne’s American Utopia is a show about connections. About reaching out and connecting with others – and it arrives at a time where doing such a thing in person is near impossible. Read More »
David Byrne’s American Utopia is the kind of once-in-a-lifetime Broadway show experience that will not leave you the same as you ever were. But you can experience it on the small screen with Spike Lee‘s dazzling concert film, coming to HBO and HBO Max. Watch the David Byrne’s American Utopia trailer and let the days go by until its premiere this October.
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Later this year, HBO will air the filmed version of David Byrne‘s Broadway show David Byrne’s American Utopia, directed by none other than Spike Lee. The stage show featured Byrne and 11 musical artists from around the world performing songs from the Byrne album of the same name, along with Talking Heads songs and other songs from Byrne’s solo career.
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Director Spike Lee is busy in post-production on Da 5 Bloods, a film starring Chadwick Boseman, Paul Walter Hauser and Giancarlo Esposito. But soon he’ll be taking the time to bring a Broadway stage production to theaters.
David Byrne’s American Utopia is an acclaimed Broadway show featuring the frontman of the band Talking Heads performing songs from his seventh solo album in a unique stage show along with 11 other diverse musicians from around the globe. Spike Lee will be directing a filmed version of the show for audiences to experience in theaters. Read More »
So far, I’ve been more than a little mystified over images from This Must Be the Place, in which Sean Penn plays an aging musician who looks very much like The Cure’s Robert Smith. The big hair, lipstick and eyeliner aren’t doing Sean Penn many favors, and with each image — that’s the first official one, above — I’ve wondered about the fate of the film.
But Paolo Sorrentino‘s film does have serious aspirations, as that Robert Smith-like character is trying to track down the one-time Nazi who tortured his father. Now there is a montage of footage from the film, set to one of the song’s by the main character’s fictional band, and the stuff looks pretty great. Suddenly I can’t wait to see This Must Be the Place. Check out the clip after the break. Read More »