This year’s Tribeca Film Festival will not only be remembered for its impressive array of films, but also for a number of controversial firsts. An airline commercial was pulled from showing, reporters were infuriated to find James Franco and Shai LaBeouf absent from a red carpet premiere, and the new Immersive Storyscapes feature allowed audiences to experience virtual reality in an all new way. As if all that wasn’t enough, the 2017 celebration wrapped with special showings and cast reunions for two of the biggest films in history: Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs and Francis Ford Coppola’s The Godfather. Continue reading →
On September 30, 1948, actor Robert Mitchum (Story of G.I. Joe, Cape Fear) was released from prison following his charge of marijuana possession. Mitchum was an up-and-coming star in Hollywood. He had received an Academy Award nomination for Best Supporting Actor two years earlier for his role in Story of G.I. Joe, and appeared in four feature films in 1947, including Pursued, Crossfire, Desire Me, and Out of the Past. He also worked with director Robert Wise (The Day the Earth Stood Still, West Side Story) in a western film earlier in 1948 called Blood on the Moon. His recent string of success, however, only made his bust on September 1st that much worse.
Mitchum was found with actress Lila Leeds (Lady in the Lake, Wild Weed) and dancer Vicki Evans. With the 60s still more than a decade out, and public opinion towards marijuana still very much in the light of propaganda films like Reefer Madness (1936), the young actor feared the very public arrest would effectively end his acting career. It didn’t help that industry names like Howard Hughes (Scarface, The Outlaw), David O. Selznick (King Kong, Gone with the Wind), and the press constantly berated him during this period. But his famous bust that could have completely ended his career ended up doing just the opposite. Continue reading →
Writer/director Andy Goddard (Torchwood, Downton Abbey) will be showing his new biographical drama Set Fire To The Stars at the Seattle International Film Festival. Starring Elijah Wood (The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring, Bobby) in the role of author/aspiring poet John M. Brinnin (whose novel is the unofficial source material for the movie) as he embarks on a journey to save his inspiring hero Dylan Thomas, who is portrayed by co-writer Celyn Jones (Shameless, The Healer). Thomas’ career was extensive in the field of literature; some of his more famous poetic works include Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night and In The White Giant’s Thigh, but the writer was also known as a literary show-host on BBC radio during the 1940s, and he is famously credited with inspiring such 20th Century artists as Bob Dylan, who took Thomas’ first name, Dylan, as his own stage-name. John Brinnin would accompany Thomas during the latter years of his life while he was traveling across America on a series of literary tours; this is the era of his life that will be the focus of the film. I haven’t found any information pertaining to a nationwide release, but if you’re in the Seattle area on May 15th, you might want to check this one out!
Shortly after they dropped TNGHT, the GRRRL PRTY crew took over The Current studios for some live performances over Twin Cities airwaves. In the above video, they perform “Nightwatch”, a fan favorite that was not included on their TNGHT EP. Back in March, it was obvious that these girls were in for a great year, check out the video above and keep an eye out for more.
Location: 11 5th Avenue S, St. Cloud When: Thursday, April 10th @ 9PM
St. Cloud’s college radio KVSC will be throwing an awesome tonight. “Move to the Groove Boogie Down” will feature live performances from Har Mar Superstar, GRRRL PRTY and Bomba de Luz, rounding out what should be a great night. St. Cloud isn’t necessarily your music hot spot so if you live in the area, or are willing to make the trip; you’re in for a good time. Tickets are only $8 and the event is 21+, click the link below if you’re trying to get down.
After years of having Sirius Satellite Radio and listening to Sway In The Morning, this moment comes into mind as being one of the more memorable. Brother Ali stopped into the studio to freestyle over a bunch of random ass beats to complete the FIve Fingers of Death. Needless to say, he shut shit down. After hearing a bunch of rappers come through the studio and fumble around the FFOD, it was great to see a well rounded emcee like Ali walk through it like nothing happened.
Many people may not be aware of Jonny Greenwood’s musical contributions outside of the English rock-band Radiohead, but the 42 year old musician is quickly becoming one of Hollywood’s hidden gems. Greenwood won a Grammy for his work on director Paul Thomas Anderson’s There Will Be Blood (2007), and also worked with the director on his more recent film, The Master (2012). Before working with Anderson, however, Greenwood’s music was featured in several big name motion pictures, including Children of Men (2006), Unfaithful (2002), Vanilla Sky (2001), Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire (2005), and Romeo+Juliet (1996). Now Greenwood is also being contracted to score Anderson’s adaptation of Thomas Pynchon’s Inherent Vice, which is scheduled for release sometime this year and which stars Jena Malone, Joaquin Phoenix, Josh Brolin, Reese Witherspoon, Owen Wilson, Benicio Del Toro, and Martin Short. Although Anderson’s films have won (and received even more nominations) for the Oscars and Golden Globes, Greenwood’s work as a composer for the big screen has yet to be recognized by either film organization. Maybe this time he will get his big break, but either way his talents can no longer be overlooked by anyone in the film industry, even if Paul Anderson is the only filmmaker in Hollywood to let the musician work his magic. Stay tuned for more information on Inherent Vice.
Location: 701 First Avenue N, Minneapolis When: Thursday, January 30th @ 7PM
Radio K and The Current will be linking up to bring together “First Avenue’s Best New Bands of 2013” tonight. The lineup for this one is absolutely stacked and features GRRRL PRTY, Allan Kingdom & Black Diet among others. The event is 18+ and is only $7 bucks, if you know like we know; you’ll definitely be at this one. Click the link below for tickets and stay tuned for more.
It is getting to be that time of the year again to vote for your favorite local artists album releases from 2013. This year is the second year that the Current is having the polls open, so make sure to get on to your computer and press a few buttons. With over 27,000 votes submitted last year, we are bound to see a bit of an increase in its second year. The winner last year was P.O.S with, We Don’t Even Live Here, followed up by Prof’s, Kaiser Von Powderhorn III(CLICK FOR THE FULL LIST FROM 2012).
In 2013, MADE wants to give some recognition and props to the guys from Beasthead for the release of their EP, “Tallest Trees“. The EP definitely deserves some recognition and needs to be played on the highest volume (11 if you have it, only some do). The EP is short but sweet; so while you are browsing, press play.
How to vote? Simply click HERE and check off your favorite artists. Beasthead is not currently on the list, so if this is the case, make sure to write the artist name and the name of the album (for ex: Beasthead, Tallest Trees). Voting ends on December 2nd, so do not forget!