So far we've seen Richard Gere, Heath Ledger and Cate Blanchett in action as Bob Dylan in "I'm Not There" and now another photo - this time with Charlotte Gainsbourg and Ledger - has leaked. Gainsbourg, who plays Ledger's Dylan's wife Sara in the film, also covers "Just Like a Woman" for the soundtrack double-disc due in October.
Director Todd Hayne's recently spoke to Entertainment Weekly and revealed some of the film's artistic intentions. "I wanted to explore Bob Dylan's almost violent need to reject the thing that everybody expected him to be," Haynes said of his creative approach. "I figured the strongest way to do that would be to dramatize the changes by depicting him as a series of shifting personas." Hence the use of six actors to portray Dylan at six different stages of his life.
"Of course, we're dying for [Bob] to see it," he said. He'll have multiple chances, The Venice Film Festival later this month, and both the Toronto and New York film festivals in September. "I'm Not There" debuts November 21 in New York and then goes wide two weeks later.
So far we've seen Richard Gere, Heath Ledger and Cate Blanchett in action as Bob Dylan in "I'm Not There" and now another photo - this time with Charlotte Gainsbourg and Ledger - has leaked. Gainsbourg, who plays Ledger's Dylan's wife Sara in the film, also covers "Just Like a Woman" for the soundtrack double-disc due in October.
Remember a few weeks ago when we posed the question, "Did Martin Scorsese trigger Wes Anderson's 'Darjeeling Limited' idea?" We had found an old 2002 Premiere article where Scorsese had first screened the 1951 Jean Renoir film, "The River" to Anderson. Set in India, we thought might have been the inspiration and spark for Anderson's 'Darjeeling' script.
And it turns out we were right. According to EW's fall movie preview piece, Anderson directly got his motivation from this film screening. ''I owe a debt [to Scorsese], definitely," Anderson told EW. "'Seeing ['The River'] was the moment that made me think I really needed to do this." We also wrote about Wes connection to Satyajit Ray, the legendary Indian director who he also credits as inspiration for the Darjeeling.
When Wes first had the idea for the film he apparently asked "Rushmore"'s Jason Schwartzman, "How about a movie with three brothers on a train?'' Schwartzman's response was off-the-cuff. "I was like, 'Uh, yeah, it sounds great!' And he said, 'Just think about it.' I didn't think it was an invitation to help him write it.''
But that's exactly what it was. Along with Sofia Coppola's older brother Roman Coppola (director of the highly under-appreciated "CQ"), Schwartzman and Anderson, over the course of two years, in various locales banged out a script about three estranged brothers who try and reconnect after the death of their father via a spiritual journey.
'The movie's about how you can be in a beautiful place and someone you love can push your buttons, and you're like, 'I can't believe this is happening! Not here, not now!'" Schwartzman told the magazine.
A lot of critics have focused on the wackiness and hyper-detailed world of Anderson's films, but Owen Wilson emphasized the film's heart as being the connection between brothers. "Sometimes people focus on the eccentric stuff in Wes' films,'' Wilson said, ''and the other stuff gets lost, that there's a real emotion in his work. It's definitely there in this one.''
A lot of production tease pieces have been floated out to various mainstream publications. MTV has a short, Day 1 production on-set video piece called "Temple of 1000 Bulls." Yahoo also has a video production diary called, "Production Day 39: Jodhpur Desert," and both MSN and Moviefone have a behind-the-scenes look as well.
C'mon, Mandy. You know we were totally rooting for you.
Alright, Judd Apatow's "Walk Hard: The Story Of Dewey Cox" trailer is up (click the image). The film is a faux-o-pic of Johnny Cash-like figure named Dewey Cox played by John C. Reilly and acts as a send-up of recent biopics like "Walk the Line" (which is seems to expressly mock) and "Ray."
Another version of the trailer that is distinctly different and features a look at Jewel and Lyle Lovett is here.
Best Lines: "The Beatles wanna hang out so I'm gonna do that," Reilly says to his wife while Jason Schwartzman's cameos as Ringo Starr.
"With Meditation there's no limit to what we can... imagine." Get it? Paul Rudd plays a pretentious John Lennon.
"What do you think George Harrison?" Reilly queries to a dumbfounded looking Justin Long.
"There's two things you need to know: I'm the King, and number two, LOOK OUT MAN! See how close I came to your head? I can chop a man in half," brags Jack White as Elvis Presley.
"Give him a minute son, Dewey Cox needs to think about his whole life before he plays," says a graying and balding Tim Meadows.
"Thank you Eddie Veeeder," Reilly to Vedder's introduction at the R&R Hall of Fame. Frankie Muniz, the star of "Malcolm In the Middle" also has a brief cameo as Buddy Holly.
"Walk Hard" director Jake Kasdan (who directed many episodes of "Freaks & Geeks" for Apatow) said of the Cox character to the L.A. Times in late 2006, "He's addicted to pretty much everything you could possibly get addicted to, in and out of rehab, many, many children, and several wives.... It's an American epic."
Apparently Kasdan and Apatow wrote a 15-song soundtrack for the film for Cox's character to sing over the course of his long and varied career.
The brainstorming has resulted in songs like Cox's first huge hit, "Walk Hard"; a tune from his "dangerous period" called "Guilty as Charged" and songs from a protest album he turns out during his socially conscious political phase named "These Are My Issues."And yes, Kasdan actually has songwriting skills that he showed off in his first feature, "Zero Effect," which included star Bill Pullman performing two songs they had co-written. "We both play really mediocre adolescent Jewish-boy-who-loved-Bob-Dylan, campfire-type guitar," Kasdan told the LA Times.. "We both know the same six chords."
Though contradictorily, according to an article not online from Rolling Stone that we cribbed and rewrote, "Songwriters Dan Bern and Candy Butchers frontman Mike Viola apparently wrote much of the film's songs and even the renowned producer/musician/lyricist Van Dyke Parks was enlisted to help with some of the fake protest songs."
Other songs include "Ladies First," "Hey, Hey, Who Wants to Party?," "Mulatto" "and "There's a Hole In My Pants." According to RS, Marshall Crenshaw wrote the title track. Perhaps Kasdan and Apatow overstated their songwriting skills and presented ideas and themes for people like Crenshaw and Bern to actually write? This would make sense.
As we wrote about a week or so back Deerhoof have recorded the score to the new Mandy Moore movie, "Dedication," starring Ms. Moore, Billy Crudup and directed by Justin Theroux (of "Six Feet Under" and the recent group of David Lynch players).
As we revealed before, a ton of Deerhoof songs, and tracks by Fischerspooner, Cat Power, Au Revoire Simone and the Strokes were used in the film and Pitchfork, who has the final tracklist, reveals the names of the Edward Shearmur score compositions and a track by Isaiah Ross and Buddy Moss.
In January, Deerhoof wrote on their myspace page about having to drop their cover of "The Little Drummer Boy" because it was cost prohibitive to clear, but according to this tracklist, it looks like the Weinstein's floated Theroux a few extra bucks to make it happen. Theroux originally inspiration for the end credits was an unnamed Jesus & Mary Chain song he couldn't secure the rights to.
This in turn, inspired Deerhoof. "We immediately hatched a devious plan to write a song with that same washed-out sound and Ronettes-style drum beat and bring it to [Theroux] and say 'What about this for the end credits?' That's how we wrote "Matchbook Seeks Maniac", which, unbelievably for us, is now the end credit music," Deerhoof drummer Greg Saunier said.
According to a publicist for Deerhoof the collaboration btwn the arty noise rocker snad Ed Shearmur was thus: "Deerhoof performed on most of Shearmur's cues, and they recorded several new cues at Shearmur's studio in Hollywood, under the direction of Shearmur and Theroux. The final result is the silver screen's first meaningful integration of the true range of what's going on in today's exploding underground music scene."
As we noted a week ago, the soundtrack comes out September 11 on Koch (A Joanna Newsom song is used in the film, but is not on the soundtrack disc). "Dedication" the film opens in New York and L.A. on August 24.
01 Deerhoof: "Matchbook Seeks Maniac (Dedication Mix)"
02 Cat Power: "Back of Your Head"
03 "Dr." Isaiah Ross: "My Bebop Gal"
04 Fischerspooner: "A Kick in the Teeth"
05 Edward Shearmur: "Dedication Suite One"
06 Deerhoof: "Little Drummer Boy"
07 Deerhoof: "Hark the Umpire"
08 Buddy Moss: "Red River Blues"
09 The Strokes: "Ask Me Anything"
10 Lightning Bolt: "Forcefield"
11 Edward Shearmur: "Dedication Suite Two"
12 Deerhoof: "Our Angel's Ululu"
13 Au Revoir Simone: "Stay Golden"
Stream: Deerhoof - "Matchbook Seeks Maniac (Dedication Mix)"
Download: Deerhoof - "Spiral Golden Town"
Download: Au Revoir Simone "Stay Golden"
Download: Fischerspooner - "A Kick In The Teeth"
"Entourage," the travails of Hollywood buddy show, is releasing an accompanying soundtrack CD because... they can? We don't care too much, cause we try to not bother with TV soundtracks, but we must admit we watch the show when we can and it usually pretty amusing (and the mp3s were right in front of us, let's face it). But really, we're surprised the show's theme, the abysmally atrocious, jumping-the-shark Jane's Addiction track, "Super Hero," isn't included on this thing. Well, it'll just save your ears from dying one more time. More info is on the "Entourage" myspace page. The tracklist and faux-movie, "Medellin" trailer are below.
01 "Throw Some D's (Travis Barker Remix)" - Rich Boy
02 "You Know What It Is" - T.I.
03 "Wanna Know" - Obie Trice
04 "Southside" - Common (Feat. Kanye West)
05 "Gone Daddy Gone/I Just Want To Make Love To You" - Gnarls Barkley
06 "Salvador" - Jamie T
07 "I Ain't Hard To Find" - Paul Wall
08 "Alsatian" - White Rose Movement
09 "Weekend Jumpoff" - Kevin Michael (Feat. Saigon)
10 "Hip Hop" - Dead Prez
11 "Jealous" - Flo Rida
12 "Don't Do That" - Saigon
13 "Tell Me In The Morning" - Cold War Kids
14 "Staring At The Sun" - TV On The Radio
Download: Gnarls Barkley - "Gone Daddy Gone/I Just Want To Make Love To You"
Download: Common (Feat. Kanye West) - "Southside"
Download: Saigon - "Don't Do That"
Download: Cold War Kids - "Passing The Hat"
New trailers and scenes for the Joy Division/Ian Curtis biopic "Control" keep popping up on our beloved interweb, but of course they're still French subtitled versions and the official U.S. trailer hasn't been unveiled yet, but for JD fans eagerly-awaiting something, these clips should more than satiate you. The extended scene is interesting if just for watching the Stephen Morris (Harry Treadaway) recording the percussion track for "Control" in the studio with a small egg-shaker and a spray-paint can. "Control" is set for an October 10 release in New York and then goes wide two weeks later. The actors playing Joy Division actually performed and recorded the song used in this scene (as they did about 80% of the JD songs used in the film).
The New York Film Festival unveiled the rest of its line-up today and in addition to the already-scheduled new Wes Anderson and Coen Brothers films ("No Country For Old Men"), the festival has added, Gus Van Sant's skate drama "Paranoid Park," Noah Baumbach's family drama, "Margot At The Wedding," Brian DePalma's "Redacted," and Todd Haynes' eagerly-anticipated Dylan biopic, "I'm Not There" (which actually now trumps Film Forum's "debut")
Anderson's much-discussed short prequel film, "Hotel Chevalier" will also screen before "The Darjeeling Limited."
The rest of the festival resembles much of Cannes' previous line-up will films like Julian Schnabel's French-language film “The Diving Bell and the Butterfly,” Abel Ferrara’s “Go Go Tales,” Claude Chabrol’s “A Girl Cut in Two” and the previously announced “4 Months, 3 Weeks and 2 Days” and “Secret Sunshine."
Also playing will be Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner: The Definitive Cut," Sidney Lumet amazing-looking "Before the Devil Knows You're Dead," (aka, the film the Marisa Tomei gets wonderfully naked in) and two music docs: "Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Runnin’ Down a Dream" by the lovably nerd film historian Peter Bogdanovich and "The Other Side of the Mirror: Bob Dylan Live at the Newport Folk Festival, 1963-1965" and noted rock documentarian, Murray Lerner. Expect to see Todd Haynes at that one.
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"When [has] a video leaked? I never even heard of that before! I've heard of a song leaking out — and then you can send cease-and-desist letters to the radio stations and try to calm it down, 'cause 'Ayo Technology' leaked out. So it makes me feel like Interscope is just all over the place." - 50 Cent justifies his plasma-screen throwing tantrum in the Interscope offices because, hell, videos don't usually leak guys. Duh. [MTV]
"Look at how you're talking to me, like Kanye West is my equal right now. "That's like me putting myself against Michael Jackson's [album-release] date and then acting like, 'Woah, it's a battle between 50 Cent and Michael Jackson!', when Thriller sold 30 million records and 50 Cent's biggest album sold 12 [million], you feel what I'm saying?" - In the same interview Curtis reneges on his earlier statement declaring he would stop releasing records if Kanye West outsold him, solidifying his reputation as the dumbest rapper alive.
""I hate reading magazines where the actresses are saying, `Broccoli and fish, broccoli and fish.' You liars. You bulimic liars." - Courtney Love says she lost weight via detoxing and fasting and then gives a shout out to sisterly solidarity. [AP]
"Basically he said that he wanted her to go back to his hotel — or that he could go to hers. Lily showed a few people before falling about laughing, saying that he had no chance." - An anonymous source tells the Daily Mirror that Arctic Monkeys leader Alex Turner failed miserably when trying to woo Lily Allen via text. [Daily Mirror via Vulture]
"I've been naked quite a bit, actually. You Google me, you'll see it all." - Mary-Louise Parker's claim that posing naked with a carefully-placed boa constrictor for a "Weeds" advertisement isn't a big deal because nudie photos of her are already available over the Interweb are patently false. We tried, trust us. [FOX]
The Guardian has confirmed the long-standing rumor that the 12-minute Wes Anderson short, "Hotel Chevalier" will act as a prequel to "The Darjeeling Limited." As we mentioned yesterday, the short stars Jason Schwartzman and Natalie Portman and will debut at the Venice Film Festival.
The U.K. paper quotes Anderson as saying there are themes he always gravitates to. "Every movie I make is about someone who can't fit in, can't make things work or is dealing with failure."
Partial soundtrack details from 'Darjeeling' are here.
Castlerock Italy says (in broken translated english): "Acclimatized in one room of hotel in France, ['Hotel Chevalier' is] the short epilogue of one heartbreaking history of love and the prologue of the travel told in 'The Darjeeling Limited.' "
While Todd Haynes' "I'm Not There" will debut at New York's Film Forum on November 21, no Film Forum page with details exists yet. However, we just got our FF guide in the mail which reveals some interesting details.
The film has an exclusive two week run from November 21 - December 4 on two screens, and then will go wide for the rest of the country. Film Forum's write up says this (with some parentheticals from us):
"I'm Not There"Film Forum's preview page for "Control," however is up on their site (it debuts there October 10). They write:
Directed by Todd Haynes 135 Min
"Inspired By The Music and Many Lives Of Bob Dylan" reads the opening title. Cate Blanchett, Richard Gere, Heath Ledger and Richard Gere all take a crack at him; Julianne Moore, Michelle Williams and Charlotte Gainsbourg appear as some of his women. But it is Blanchett as Dylan Circa 1965 (think D.A. Pennebaker's "Dont Look Back") and as the post-acoustic rocker, who captures our imagination and runs with it at breakneck speed. As the emaciated, cigarette-smoking, nasal-voiced enfant terrible, his hair backlit to suggest a depraved angel, he torments, journalists, fans and his girlfriends alike. Appearances by imaginary versions of Allen Ginsberg, Edie Sedgwick, Suze Rotolo (the woman on the cover of The Freewheelin' Bob Dylan), Bobby Neuwirth, Bobby Seal (we think they mean Seale, the Black Panther Party member), Albert Grossman (onetime Dylan manager, Newport Folk Festival founder) and Joan Baez round out Haynes' fever dream of what it means to be Bob Dylan.
LATE-’70S BRITISH POST-PUNK BAND JOY DIVISION was one of the most influential groups of their time, inspiring U2, Kurt Cobain, The Cure, Interpol, “goth rock” and countless others. Yet their career ended after only one album, when lead singer Ian Curtis committed suicide at age 23. Sam Riley gives an unforgettable performance as the troubled, enigmatic leader of the Manchester band — whose talent for singing intense, darkly infectious pop songs was subverted by mood swings, bouts of epilepsy and a crumbling marriage. Samantha Morton (IN AMERICA, SWEET AND LOWDOWN) plays his wife, upon whose memoir the film is based. The feature debut of acclaimed rock photographer/music video director Anton Corbijn.Meanwhile, also not online is a small piece in Rolling Stone on "Control." In the story former JD guitarist Bernard Sumner said the movie brought him right back to "the misery of the Seventies. It's a very heavy part of our lives. Your best friend killing himself is not something you ever forget."
The first-time feature director Anton Corbijn said of the film and story, "I didn't want to make a Hollywood version. It's a portrayal of England in the 1970s and a person that tries to fulfill their dreams but gets disappointed in them."
When pressed to criticize the film portrayal of that period, Sumner said, "I think Peter [Hook] smokes in the movie, but he didn't do that. Everything else was pretty accurate."
Update: The Film Forum "I'm Not There" page with the aforementioned info is now up. Another update. That Dylan look-alike video casting call? It wasn't for any single from "I'm Not There." Instead, it was a video shoot for Mark Ronson, who we could give a flying fuck about.
The lucky bloggers at Rolling Stone caught a sneak preview of Wes Anderson's "The Darjeeling Limited" and as the soundtrack race heat up, they've revealed some of the pop music in the film's soundtrack.
So this is your chance to look away, if like us, you prefer to be pleasantly surprised by Anderson's music choices (oh well). As one might have suspected, The Kinks' Powerman songs already heard in the film's trailer are incorporated in the movie as well as another Ray Davies track from Lola versus Powerman and the Money-Go-Round, Part One, "Powerman."
Other tracks used in the 5th Anderson film is the 1969 hit "Where Do You Go To (My Lovely)" by mostly one hit wonder, British folk singer, Peter Sarstedt, the classic impressionist piano piece, "Claire De Lune," by Debussy and - after skipping one film (no mick and keef in 'Aquatic') - the Rolling Stones are back with Out Of Our Heads' "Play With Fire" (only the U.S. version mind you)
The RS blog says the Stones song is the most "stunning" piece of music in the film and is used in a "particularly poignant slow camera pan," but doesn't mention the context. The closing credits perhaps? We all know Wes is so fond of his slow-motion endings scored to a classic-rock hit.
They also noted that the soundtrack made less of an overall impact on them compared to the music in "The Royal Tenenbaums" did, but this might be a nice change. After all, Anderson's later films - as many have complained - were becoming a little too similar and and perhaps less of a reliance on pop music as an emotional shortcut can be a good thing. From the outset, this film did sound different. As we mentioned earlier today, change is on the horizon for Wes, his longtime composer, Mark Mothersbaugh did not compose music for "The Darjeeling Limited." RS also doesn't mention any of the Indian music scores from the films of Satyajit Ray and Merchant Ivory and our hunch is, without any disrespect, it's not really their bag, if you will.
We're also happy to report our upcoming If I Were Wes Anderson soundtrack series playlist is done, so we won't be swayed by this news (insert smiley). Look for that soon, plus an upcoming Wes retrospective.
Meanwhile, "The Darjeeling Limited" has been chosen to close the upcoming London film festival.
The Kinks - "Powerman"
The Rolling Stones - "Play With Fire"
Download: Peter Sarstedt - Where Do You Go to My Lovely"
Download: Claude Debussy - "Claire De Lune"
Warner Bros. has unveiled the details on Stanley Kubrick's DVD reissues with newly produced supplemental features. Due on October 24, five Kubrick films will be reissued, including a deluxe version of "Heavy Metal Jacket" and an Unrated "Eyes Wide Shut." [Hi-Def Digest]
Is Jason Bateman making a 'Porno' with hack Kevin Smith? [AICN]
If "knowing is half the battle," why are people bothering with a G.I. Joe film? [IGN]
Chiwetel Ejiofor to play African superhero Black Panther for director John Singleton? [Reelz]
Perry Farrell's abysmal, straight-to-delete-bin band Satellite Party have written the theme song to an ESPN show. [MTV]
Indiana Jones might be chasing after the ark or some such nonsense. A bunch of red herring titles have been registered with the MPAA to keep nerds guessing. [Slash Film]
From the director of the underappreciated "Pieces of April," the co-writer of the underrated "About a Boy" and the author of "What's Eating Gilbert Grape," comes the potentially, this-has-underachieving-potential "Dan In Real Life." [Apple]
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The patented Judd Apatow players spoofs keep coming. This time it's the "Superbad" crew in a fake interview with "Hot Fuzz" director Edgar Wright. While not as funny as the previous installments, it's not bad for a brief amusing laugh.
"He knew all the kung fu shit [we reference]! That’s deep! I told him I would be honored if he played his father’s song.” - The Wu Tang's RZA is stoked that George Harrison's son, Dhani Harrison will play on the Wu's cover of "My Guitar Gently Weeps." Inventively called, "Gently Weeps," the track will also feature Red Hot Chilli Willi John Frusciante on lead guitar. You'll remember a version of this song was done by Ghostface Killah years ago on a mixtape comp, but obviously getting the sampling clearance for the Beatles wasn't going to happen. How did they get it now? Who knows. [Rolling Stone]
"I told him I really needed that music. I wanted a third song, 'The Last Time'. But we couldn't afford it. We just couldn't afford it." - Marty Scorsese, who is directing the upcoming Rolling Stones tour documentary "Shine A Light" (the release of which recently got pushed back) says his film, "Mean Streets" is indebted to the Stones. The film used "Jumpin' Jack Flash" and "Tell Me" to great effect, but the producers couldn't afford on e more Stones track. [Guardian]
"I've never hidden my bisexuality. But since I've been with Brad, there's no longer a place for that or S&M in my life." - Mother of four and partner of Brad Pitt, Angelina Jolie claims she's said goodbye to both sapphic love and sexual bondage games. How soccer mom of her. [The Sun/Vulture]
"He was obviously ill and he had a very ill-advised beard, but Tony was still there." -New Order's Stephen Morris was shocked when he heard Factory Records baron Tony Wilson had died as he believed his health wasn't that bad. [NME]
"I reject the entire notion of maturity. Nothing is funny that is mature. Isn't it all just screwing up and learning lessons?" - "Superbad"/"Knocked Up" producer Judd Apatow defends his brand of comedy and gives some good life advice to the kids. [EW]
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A couple small items of note on the Wes Anderson front. Not only is his new feature, "The Darjeeling Limited" having its premiere at the Venice Film Festival later this month, a new 12-minute Anderson short called, "Hotel Chevalier" will also screen out of competition at the fest.
Not a lot is known about the 'Hotel' short other than it stars Jason Schwartzman and Natalie Portman. Portman has a role in "The Darjeeling Limited," but it's small enough that she doesn't have a credit on the poster or the trailer (apparently the role is a brief cameo).
Meanwhile, there's been a lot of speculation (including our own) on the whereabouts of Anderson mainstay and composer Mark Mothersbaugh (who has scored all of Wes film's up until now). We just heard from our inside source who confirmed that Mothersbaugh, will in fact, not be participating in this new Anderson film. As we've noted extensively, the 'Darjeeling' will use music from the films of Indian cinema legend Satyajit Ray and Merchant Ivory (whose early films were all set in India). Expect songs from Satyajit Ray himself as he began scoring all his own films after 1961. Our other educated guesses on the music by those aforementioned filmmaker you might hear can be read here.
The world is starting to catch up. USA Today spoke to director Todd Haynes about the "I'm Not There" soundtrack which we've been, ummm..., following rather closely. The article talks about the 2-disc details and tracklist we already reported, but there are some interesting quotes.
They also re-confirmed the identities of the Million Dollar Bashers, a group we revealed, this past Saturday.
Haynes said of the highly-sought, "I'm Not There" Dylan original bootleg track: "He has one imperfect recording of it, and it feels raw, but it's just gorgeous. It's a fragile, enigmatic song, and he clearly is filling in the cadences of the lyrics as he's performing. He's not even saying coherent words in some of the lyrics, which adds tragic mystery to the whole piece."
Music supervisor Randall Poster ("Velvet Goldmine," Wes Anderson films) spent two years compiling the collection of songs and said, "We went with a lot of outsiders and outlaws. That's the connection they share with Dylan. We needed a certain caliber of artist to record the songs and lend their own style rather than just do imitations. But they are certainly flirting with Dylan."
Marcus Carl Franklin, the young black actor who plays Dylan as a boy, sings 1963's "When the Ship Comes In," and his version is the only actor's version included on the soundtrack.
X's John Doe who covers two songs in the film, and one that is sung by evangelical-era Dylan played by Christian Bale said it was easy to destroy a Bob Dylan song if you weren't careful. "At that point in his life, he is an evangelist. He is having a kind of catharsis. For me, Bob Dylan kind of set people free. You're allowed to do anything you want. The only thing about Bob Dylan is you've got to be careful because it's really easy to try to be him. He's so inspiring, you can find yourself doing 'Bob Dylan lite,' and it's terrible."
The filmmakers note that Dylan himself is uncomfortable with reflecting back on his life, after all that's there job. Frames' singer Glenn Hansard who covers the Basement Tapes' "You Ain't Goin' Nowhere" for the soundtrack and is about to tour with the legend in Australia said, "Anyone who's ever been around him will tell you, if you know Bob, you don't talk about Bob."
The world is still mourning the death of cinema titans Ingmar Bergman and Michelangelo Antonioni who both died on the same day two weeks ago today.
Two filmmakers directly influenced by each of the foreign language masters, Marty Scorsese and Woody Allen, both wrote affectionate and reverent tributes this weekend in the New York Times.
In a piece called, "The Man Who Set Film Free," Scorsese wrote about the sensation of seeing the Italian director's "L'Avventura" for the first time, almost 50 years ago.
Of Antonioni's ennui-felled bourgeoisie hipsters, he wrote, "The characters were rich, beautiful in one way but, you might say, spiritually ugly. Who were they to me? Who would I be to them?" Scorsese's praise of the film was unqualified, " 'L’Avventura' gave me one of the most profound shocks I’ve ever had at the movies, greater even than 'Breathless' or 'Hiroshima, Mon Amour' (from Alain Resnais)." Scorsese made note of Antonioni's character's lack of self-awareness, the pretext many of their actions held and the haunting impact his films left on the viewer. "Antonioni realized something extraordinary: the pain of simply being alive. And the mystery."
I crossed paths with Antonioni a number of times over the years. Once we spent Thanksgiving together, after a very difficult period in my life, and I did my best to tell him how much it meant to me to have him with us. Later, after he’d had a stroke and lost the power of speech, I tried to help him get his project “The Crew” off the ground — a wonderful script written with his frequent collaborator Mark Peploe, unlike anything else he’d ever done, and I’m sorry it never happened.The neurotic Woody Allen spoke of Ingmar Bergman in knowing terms having been relatively close friends and having spent many hours on the phone with him (afraid of flying, Allen turned down many of Bergman's offers to come visit in Sweden). In a piece called, "The Man Who Asked Hard Questions," Allen wrote that Bergman once told him he "didn’t want to die on a sunny day, and not having been there, I can only hope he got the flat weather all directors thrive on" (overcast days make for great cinematography).
But it was his images that I knew, much better than the man himself. Images that continue to haunt me, inspire me. To expand my sense of what it is to be alive in the world.
Allen also noted with almost bewilderment about how he was called ad nauseum by reporters after Bergman's death for a quote being that he was a veritable "expert." "As if I had anything of real value to add to the grim news besides once again simply extolling his greatness," Allen wrote. "How had he influenced me, they asked? He couldn’t have influenced me, I said, he was a genius and I am not a genius and genius cannot be learned or its magic passed on."
By virtue of his oeuvre, Allen already successfully answered the question he posited in the tribute, "Can one’s work be influenced by Groucho Marx and Ingmar Bergman?"
The nebbish director wrote of Bergman's self-doubt's, his "allegiance to theatricality," his questions of morality, mortality and his disinterest in the box-office bottom line. He also aspired to Bergman's prolific output. "Bergman made about 60 films in his lifetime, I have made 38. At least if I can’t rise to his quality maybe I can approach his quantity."
"Tony Wilson stood for all that is great about music: he was a true believer in superb art and wonderful artists. He was a true visionary and a genius music maverick." - Creation records fruitcake and music augur Alan McGee is one of the many people missing recently passed Factory Records magnate Tony Wilson. [Guardian]
"Everyone in the indie music world owes Tony a debt of gratitude" - Primate-resembling former Stone Roses bassist Mani sings Wilson's praises while excoriating the U.K.'s NHS (National heath-care system) for rejecting his (semi-experimental) £3,500 a month cancer treatment. [NME]
"He was a genuine maverick, a genuine pioneer, someone who wanted to do things differently. However, he's a complicated person. There are moments of pretentiousness about him." - Actor Steven Coogan who portrayed Wilson as a pretentious twat in "24 Hour Party," lovingly points out that the music baron was as flawed as the rest of us. [NME]
IFC's got Chapter 13 in the ongoing R.Kelly "Trapped In The Closet" absurdist saga. If you're late to the series, it's never too late to join. There's a reason it's had people talking: it might be one of the bizarre-est pop culture phenomenon's this decade. IFC's "Trapped-athon" will catch you up if you're behind, oh shit!
Are we on the NYTimes dick? Very possible, their movie weekend coverage slays.
"I am not a superlecherous guy. I usually enjoy having a girlfriend as opposed to dating a variety of women. I’m a nice Jewish boy." - Superbad star Jonah Hill insists he's not like his tang-obsessed character. The 23-year-old credits Dustin Hoffman with discovering him and is currently writing his first comedy to be produced by Judd Apatow called, "The Middle Child." [NY Times]
“My wife, Jane, always says if there’s another Holocaust, I’ll be the first one executed. But my so-called irascibility is just about trying to be honest.” - Is hot-tempered director Tom DeCillo too intractable and too independent for the indie world? [NY Times]
The Times examines the enduring influence of Arthur Penn's irrevocable game-changing "Bonnie & Clyde," which opened 40 years ago this month. Revered critic Pauline Kael called the polarizing and establishment-challenging film a cultural event. "[The film] brings into the almost frighteningly public world of movies things that people have been feeling and saying and writing about. And once something is said or done on the screens of the world, it can never again belong to a minority, never again be the private possession of an educated, or ‘knowing’ group. But even for that group there is an excitement in hearing its own private thoughts expressed out loud and in seeing something of its own sensibility become part of our common culture.” [NYTimes]