Martin Scorsese agreed to serve as producer for an official Grateful Dead documentary back in October 2014. The Dead’s 50th anniversary was coming up the following year, and filmmakers wanted to have the project ready for the celebration. Unfortunately that didn’t happen, and the landmark event was ultimately celebrated with a massive 3-day concert over the 4th of July weekend in Chicago’s Soldier Field. Original members Bob Weir, Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and Phil Lesh reunited on-stage for the event, which proved a huge success, despite the absence of Jerry Garcia, who died in 1995. Now, however, the 6-part documentary, appropriately titled Long Strange Trip from director Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story, Happy Valley), is set to premiere at this year’s Sundance Film Festival before being released on Amazon Prime this May. Continue reading →
Freddie Gibbs is gearing up to go on tour towards the end of March, the Gary native recently took time out of his busy schedule to release a new single titled, “Money, Cash Hoes.” Not many artists in the streets go as hard as Freddie, the grime-town boss is known for his razor sharp flows, ice cold delivery, and gritty beat selections. From the cover art, to the instrumental, to Gibbs’ relentless bars, “Money, Cash, Hoes” is further proof of why the streets love Freddie Gibbs. Check out the track above and be on the look out for details surrounding his upcoming tour.
This weekend you can see a new documentary from award-winning documentarians Robert Gordon (The Blues, Johnny Cash’s America) and Morgan Neville (The Cool School, Twenty Feet From Stardom) titled Best of Enemies. The film chronicles a series of debates held between liberal thinker Gore Vidal and conservative William F. Buckley Jr. in 1968. Intended to be a public commentary on the political and social issues of the day, the two ended up unintentionally changing modern media format from informed delivery of fact to exaggeration and speculation. Providing interviews for the film are the debaters, themselves, as well as Kelsey Grammer (X-Men: The Last Stand, Boss), John Lithgow (Shrek, Interstellar), Dick Cavett (The Dick Cavett Show, Forrest Gump), Noam Chomsky (The Oil Factor: Behind the War on Terror, The U.S. Vs. John Lennon), and Matt Tyrnauer (Valentino: The Last Emperor). The film received a nomination at the Sundance Film Festival for the Grand Jury Prize and also earned high remarks at this year’s Montclair Film Festival. Watch the trailer here on MADE, the film will be open on big screens Friday, July 31st.
Actor/rapper Tyrese Gibson will be seen in theaters this April in Furious 7, but news of the actor’s future projects has recently come from Deadline by way of an action script written by himself and Mike Le titled Desert Eagle. Universal Pictures has now agreed to cast Gibson in the lead role and has brought on writing duo Mike Stuecken (The Tower of Babble, Valencia) and Josh Campbell (Snabba Cash-in development) to re-write Gibson and Le’s original script, following a pair of border patrol agents as they investigate a Native American casino believed to be a front/headquarters for a drug cartel. Universal will have to wait for the script before they can take the project much further into development, but considering a director needs to be found and the cast filled out, producer Scott Stuber (Ted, Identity Thief) will have plenty on his plate in the months to come. Stay tuned.
Of all the biopics that have been made over the years, from Ray Charles to Johnny Cash to Steve Jobs, nobody can really remember a note-worthy depiction of the life of Elvis Presley. While Elvis’ life has been covered by several Hollywood directors over the years, a film in the stylings of Walk the Line or Ray has yet to be made for the King of Rock n Roll, but that will hopefully be changing very soon. Director Baz Luhrmann (Romeo + Juliet, The Great Gatsby) will be directing a new project based on Presley’s life for Warner Bros. studios from a script by Kelly Marcel (Saving Mr. Banks, Fifty Shades of Grey), but we still don’t know what the main focus of the movie will be. Hopefully we will see the early days of Elvis and his impact on American culture and the music industry and then a steady transition over the years to his orchestra-backing days in the 1970s before his untimely death. As is the case with many musical biopics like Ray and Walk The Line, which seem to focus on the musician’s struggle with drugs from an underlying personal demon, Elvis had plenty to cope with himself, including the death of his identical twin brother at birth and his relationship with manager Colonel Tom Parker, so Luhrmann and Marcel should have plenty of material to work with, so we’ll see what they come up with.
Last week, we featured a home from UK’s Hyde+Hyde architects and felt yet again they deserve some more recognition. The “Silver House” has some all around genius built into it. The home features a sound recording studio in the basement as natural light perfectly reflects off of the pool which surrounds it. This is one among many features this home as.
Minneapolis’ own Finding Novyon took to Twitter earlier to drop a single ahead of his EP Where’s Novyon?. Entitled “Ca$h”, the track features a dope sample by Travis Gorman and a guest spot from Devon Reason. Both MCs put forth a pair of strong verses while the chorus will have you turnin this shit all the way up. Peep the track below and keep an eye out for more from Novyon as he prepares to release Where’s Novyon?.
It seems Hollywood is turning to real-life influence for a lot of movies that don’t involve comic book superheros or pot-smoking comedians. Several upcoming films based on biographical accounts have caught my eye recently, including Freddie Mercury, Janis Joplin, Elton John, and John Belushi! While there is only a script ready for the Mercury flick, and a pretty blatant hint from Queen that they’d like Ben Whishaw (Skyfall) to play the part, a Janis Joplin film is also in the works, and Amy Adams’ (Man of Steel) name is being tossed around to head that picture. Elton John, another big name in music, is also on the list of musicians to get a big-screen adaptation, with Tom Hardy (The Dark Knight Rises) taking on the biographical lead role. This film is supposedly going to be a musical based on John’s life but set to a fantasy backdrop, but we’ll see how that pans out.
Last on the list of biopics is the late comedian John Belushi (The Blues Brothers, Animal House). Several names have been tossed around for the lead role, including Adam Levine (Workaholics), Emile Hirsh (Into The Wild), and Joaquin Phoenix, but I honestly can’t imagine Phoenix (who did make a decent Johnny Cash) playing a character like Belushi. There is also a need to cast the real life characters of Belushi’s co-stars in both his films and the Saturday Night Live series, so the filmmakers have a big opportunity to get a really good cast together if they play their cards right, and provided they have a good script to work with. All of these movies are still in the production phases, so I have no idea when they might be coming out, but I can’t imagine them being released in too tight a sequence, so we’ll just keep our eyes open for now.