This Friday you will probably be able to see a solid cloud of weed-smoke coming out of Soldier Field, as ‘Deadheads’ will be pouring in from all around to see the final performances of The Grateful Dead. The band kicked off their final farewell concert series in Santa Clara, CA on June 27th, drawing crowds of 80,000 people each night. Fans in the Mid-west will be able to see the final shows this weekend at Chicago’s Soldier Field, which also marks a special location for the Dead: the group’s final performance with original member Jerry Garcia took place at Soldier Field nearly 20 years ago. For this final farewell, original members Bob Weir, Phil Lesh, Bill Kreutzmann, and Mickey Hart will be performing with guitarist Trey Anastasio of Phish, and the performance is expected to be recorded and released as part of a special collection later this year. Deadheads should also keep an eye out for further news of the upcoming Grateful Dead documentary from executive producer Martin Scorsese (The Last Waltz, George Harrison: Living in the Material World) and director Amir Bar-Lev (The Tillman Story, Happy Valley) that is also expected out later this year. If you weren’t able to secure a ticket, or would just like to see the performance, several venues across the city will be showing a live broadcast of the concerts: Park West in the Lincoln Park neighborhood will be displaying the Friday and Saturday concerts for $32.50 (a live acoustic band is also included for the intermission) and City Winery in the West Loop will be displaying all three shows on a large projection screen for $18, so be sure to check these out if you really want to see them play! Enjoy!
One of Disney‘s iconic animated features, 1977’s Pete’s Dragon, is getting a modernized update and recent news has Bryce Dallas Howard (The Village, The Help) joining the cast lineup. Pete’s Dragon followed an orphan boy, Pete, who is guided and protected by a giant green dragon named Elliot as they pass from town to town trying to evade the abusive family who adopted Pete after his parents died. The film is known for it’s use of animation and live-action film as well as the popular single from the film’s score, Candle on the Water. Sean Marshall, Helen Reddy, Mickey Rooney, and Shelley Winters lead the original cast, and the film received two Oscar nominations for Best Score and Best Original Song (Candle on the Water). The new film will be helmed by director David Lowery (Pioneer, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints) and feature Howard as part of a cast that already includes Robert Redford (Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, The Sting), Oona Laurence (Penny Dreadful, American Gladiators), and Oakes Fegley (Fort Bliss, This Is Where I Leave You) as Pete. While the original took place in a New England fishing town and featured a musical-style soundtrack, the new film will take place in a tree-logging town and not feature any musical numbers, save the actual score that plays along with the film. Filming is scheduled for this January in New Zealand at Stone Street Studios.
Recent news reports have surfaced about director Martin Scorsese serving as executive producer for an upcoming feature-documentary about the psychedelic rock band The Grateful Dead. Although the project has yet to be titled, Amir Bar-Lev is already set to direct the film, which will cover the entire span of the band’s career from 1965-1995. Biographer/archivist David Lemieux will be lending a hand to The Tillman Story director, who hopes to have the film ready by the time we reach the Grateful Dead’s 50th Anniversary. The documentary will include lots of archival footage and interviews with late band members Jerry Garcia and Bob Weir, plus additional footage from surviving band members Mickey Hart, Bill Kreutzmann, and Phil Lesh. The Grateful Dead were formed in Palo Alto, California in 1965 and became well known for their psychedelic sound of rock, folk, and reggae fusion. Scorsese, himself, is well known for covering rock n’ roll icons. His last rock project was the George Harrison documentary Living in the Material World, but he has also covered groups like Bob Dylan, The Band and The Rolling Stones. We’ll keep an eye out for more news on this project. Scorsese is currently working on an upcoming rock n’ roll project for HBO featuring Olivia Wilde from a screenplay by Terence Winter (The Sopranos, The Wolf of Wall Street), so it will really fall to director Bar-Lev to get the project rolling, but we’ll keep an eye out for more news.
The new trailer for Sin City: A Dame To Kill For from directors Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez is now on the big screen, and fans of Miller and his graphic novel are definitely in for a treat. Featuring a good portion of the original cast, including Bruce Willis, Rosario Dawson, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba, Powers Boothe, and Dennis Haysbert, the movie also features new-comers Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Ray Liotta, Christopher Meloni, and Eva Green, and is also rumored to feature cameos of Christopher Lloyd (Back To The Future, Who Framed Roger Rabbit) and Lady Gaga. Director Frank Miller adapted the screenplay from his graphic novel that was the inspiration for the original Sin City film back in 2005. We should see this one in theaters by the end of the summer, so you’ll have to sit tight just a little while longer.
Director Robert Rodriquez is nearly finished adding all the special effects for the upcoming, long awaited sequel to Sin City, A Dame To Kill For, and the film should be able to honor its scheduled August 22nd release date. The original film from Rodriquez and graphic novelist Frank Miller came out in 2005 and featured an all-star cast that includes Bruce Willis, Benicio Del Toro, Jessica Alba, Rosario Dawson, Josh Hartnett, Clive Owen, Elijah Wood, and Mickey Rourke. The film was highly recognized at the Cannes Film Festival for its groundbreaking visual effects and cinematography, and with the new film taking so long in post-production, we must be in for even more mind-blowing visuals. The sequel will reunite most of the original cast, and will also add some new faces to the mix, including Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Eva Green, Josh Brolin, Jeremy Piven, and Ray Liotta. Miller and Rodriquez are also already talking about how to approach part 3, but until A Dame To Kill For is released and box office numbers come in, the fate of a third installment has yet to be determined.
Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez have kept audiences waiting for a sequel to their blockbuster hit Sin City, based on Miller’s graphic novel of the same name. The film included an all star cast including Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Rosario Dawson, Jessica Alba, and Clive Owen and reports have indicated that Willis and Rourke will be returning to reprise their roles in the upcoming sequel. Some new names will also be taking on new roles including Josh Brolin, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, and Jeremy Piven, and the film has been set for an August 22nd release date for 2014. There have been some recent changes to the project, including the name being switched from Sin City: A Dame to Kill For to Sin City: A Dame to Die For, which may or may not have some influence on the plot, but with Miller and Rodriguez on the project I doubt fans have anything to worry about as far as disappointment goes.
Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez are reuniting much of the original cast for next summer’s Sin City 2: A Dame to Kill For. Bruce Willis, Mickey Rourke, Jessica Alba and Rosario Dawson will all be returning to the film, as well as some new faces including Eva Green and Joseph Gordon-Levitt. No real details have surfaced pertaining to the plot, but if the direction follows the first film I’m sure there’ll be a good combination of story lines.