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 →
According to Deadline, actor Alden Ehrenreich (Blue Jasmine, Hail Caesar!) has officially signed on to star as young Captain Han Solo in the upcoming Star Wars spin-off from Walt Disney Pictures. Ehrenreich beat out a number of A-list names for the role, including Miles Teller, Dave Franco, Jack Reynor, Scott Eastwood, and Emory Cohen. As with all upcoming releases from Disney/Lucasfilm, no actual details have been released on the plot, and no news about supporting cast members is yet available. The script will be written by Empire Strikes Back and Return of the Jedi screenwriter Lawrence Kasdan and his son Jon Kasdan (In the Land of Women, The First Time). Phil Lord and Christopher Miller (21 Jump Street, The Lego Movie) are expected to direct the feature. We’ll be bringing you further news as it emerges. If you can’t wait for a new space movie to see, check out the third installment in the new Star Trek series, Beyond, starring Chris Pine (Unstoppable, Into the Woods) and Zachary Quinto (Tallulah, Snowden). Enjoy the weekend!
Character actor Abe Vigoda passed away earlier this week at the age of 94. According to his daughter, Carol Vigoda Fuchs, the actor died peacefully and had not been suffering from any illnesses. Vigoda spent years working in the New York theater scene before he was cast as the mafia hitman Sal Tessio in Francis Ford Coppola‘s The Godfather. Following the huge success of The Godfather, and The Godfather Part II, Vigoda was cast as Detective Phil Fish in 1975 on the show Barney Miller, which ran until 1982 and earned Vigoda three Emmy Award nominations in 1976, 1977, and 1978 respectively. Ironically enough, the announcement of his death re-sparked an old controversy about whether or not the actor was still alive: a false report stating that Vigoda had died was published in 1986, igniting a controversy among movie-goers and fans as to whether or not the actor was really still alive or had actually died. A website dedicated to Google searches for ‘Is Abe Vigoda really dead?’ was updated this week to respond ‘Yes.’ Regardless of his questionable death status, Vigoda’s roles and contributions to film will be remembered by his co-stars like Al Pacino (Serpico, Heat), Robert Duvall (Apocalypse Now, The Judge), and Hal Linden (Barney Miller, Out To Sea). Abe, you will be missed!
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!
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.
Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill will be back in theaters this summer as the undercover cop-duo Jenko and Schmidt in the sequel to 2012’s 21 Jump Street, appropriately titled 22 Jump Street. The movie is once again being directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller and the script was written by Michael Bacall (who wrote the screenplay for the first film) and Oren Uziel. The first film was an action-comedy adventure that followed two young cops who are assigned to the precinct at 21, Jump Street and are sent undercover to a high school in order to bust up a narcotics ring. The movie is based on the late 80’s TV hit 21 Jump Street, which starred Johnny Depp and Dustin Nguyen as cops working out of the same precinct. The film adaptation also featured Dave Franco, Ice Cube, and Nick Offerman, who will all reprise their roles for the sequel. The movie is scheduled for release on June 13. You can check out the trailer below. Enjoy!
The Lego Movie is set to come out this weekend, and corporate Hollywood is already expecting a big box office hit. The film features an all star cast including Will Arnett, Elizabeth Banks, Will Ferrell, Morgan Freeman, Charlie Day, Liam Neeson, Chris Pratt, and Jonah Hill to name a few, as well as a huge assortment of everybody’s favorite Lego characters. The movie is directed by Phil Lord and Christopher Miller, and according to Variety, already has a sequel in the works being written by Jared Stern and Michelle Morgan. Check out the trailer here on MADE, then see the movie this weekend!!
Last time we heard from the Adidas skate team, they were shredding the American northwest in preparation for 2014. Now it appears the crew has linked up with Juice Designs for yet another video, this time in Berlin, Germany. The video features Tjark Thielker, Phil Anderson & Lem Villemin among others; as they tear through the streets of Berlin. Check out the clip above and stay tuned for more from Adidas Skate.
Al Pacino has always been one of the most versatile actors to ever appear on the big screen. Always taking on challenging and original roles, the actor has been nominated for seven Best Actor Oscars, finally winning for Scent of a Woman in 1993 in which he plays an alcoholic/blind colonel out on a mission of self-destruction. Pacino has most recently starred alongside Academy Award Winner Helen Mirren in the HBO biographical film Phil Spector, which chronicles the elicit affair between rock and roll recording legend Phil Spector and his attorney Linda Kenney Baden during his 2003 murder trial.
Pacino’s next project finds him playing an aging 1970s rock star still living an extravagant lifestyle when he finds a letter from John Lennon written to his younger self that causes him to reexamine his life and try to re-discover the music he originally set out to make. Incidentally John Lennon worked very closely with Phil Spector on many of his solo LPs during the early 1970s, right around the time when Pacino was getting notices for The Godfather (1972) and Serpico (1973). Dan Fogelman will be making his directorial debut with this movie, for which he also wrote the screenplay. Imagine is expected for release next year.