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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The Get Down Canceled by Netflix

Netflix has decided not to renew Baz Luhrmann‘s stylish ’70s hip-hop drama The Get Down, effectively canceling the show after its first season.

Luhrmann’s signature visual flair was a huge component of the Netflix series, with factored into The Get Down‘s 12-episode first season becoming one of Netflix’s most expensive shows, costing about $120 million. It also may have factored into the show’s cancellation, as Luhrmann indicated in a Facebook post that him not being able to commit full-time to season 2 lost The Get Down its renewal.

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The Get Down part II trailer

The Get Down, co-cretor Baz Luhrmann‘s (The Great Gatsby) and Netflix’s depiction of the 1970s New York music scene,  returns for part two on April 7, 2017. The show picks up a year later in 1978, with Ezekiel “Books” Figuero (Justice Smith) and Mylene Cruz (Herizen F. Guardiola) now having to make more sacrifices for their music.

Below, watch The Get Down Part II trailer.

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