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The 10 Best Concert Movies Ever

  • By Ben Brock
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  • July 17, 2014 2:23 PM
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Concert Docs feature
The concert movie is a strange and ambitious thing, marrying live music to moving pictures and permanently fixing a fleeting, one-night-only live event for the masses so that you can recreate it alone, on tape, whenever you like. It's a noble objective, but a difficult one. If you like, you can just point a few cameras at the stage and leave them running, sure, and many, many concert movies are dull, flatly filmed cash-ins, and almost every band seems to have released a no-frills concert DVD or two at some point. But they’re not all like that, as you’ll find out below, where we’ve selected 10 of the very best.

11 Famous Musicians In 11 Forgotten Movies

  • By Ben Brock
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  • July 9, 2014 2:31 PM
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Famous Musicians, Forgotten Movies
Half a century ago this month, “A Hard Day’s Night” came out, and musicians in the movies were never the same again. When The Beatles took to the big screen in Richard Lester’s anarchic film, playing themselves at the height of their fame, they were hardly the first famous musicians to make the move to movies. Rather, they exploded Hollywood’s weird construct whereby singers like Elvis and Frank Sinatra could have lengthy, successful mainstream film careers: in the light of the-Beatles-as-the-Beatles’ antics, it suddenly seemed silly to see Elvis on screen playing somebody who wasn’t Elvis, or at very least wasn’t famous.

Watch: Celebrate David Bowie On Film With 4-Minute Supercut

  • By Ken Guidry
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  • April 24, 2014 12:42 PM
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The Man Who Fell To Earth
When one initially thinks about David Bowie’s career, it’s likely that the work he’s done as an actor is not the first thing that comes to mind. After all, the man has enjoyed a long and illustrious career as a singer-songwriter, which spanned six decades, where he experimented with numerous different genres and has worked alongside legends such as Lou Reed, Iggy Pop, and Queen. He has sold close to 140 million albums worldwide and is a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. He’s managed to find so much success and yet what’s most remarkable is how he’s always done things on his own terms.

Watch: David Bowie In Louis Vuitton Ad Directed By Romain Gavras Plus Vintage 1974 Doc 'Cracked Actor'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 11, 2013 1:50 PM
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"David Bowie Is" goes the title of the touring museum exhibition about the musician, actor and icon, and that's about as perfect a description as he needs. Bowie simply defies any easy categorization in a career that has seen him top the charts, influence countless artists and musicians and remain uniquely, well, Bowie every step of the way. And here's an opportunity to see the man both present and past.

David Bowie Offered Role For 'Hannibal' Season 2

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2013 9:40 AM
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Whatever David Bowie does, it's bound to be cooler than what everyone else is doing, and that's certainly true in 2013. The music legend dropped a new album, and along with it two celeb-filled, eye-popping videos that pretty much defied whatever else the industry was doing. So, would Bowie stoop to doing a weekly TV show?

Watch: Awesome & Bloody Video For David Bowie's 'The Next Day' With Gary Oldman & Marion Cotillard

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 8, 2013 8:57 AM
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At 66 years old, David Bowie is showing the kids how it's done. With a new album on store shelves (where stores still exist), is Bowie going on a wild world tour, talking to every press outlet possible and making appearances wherever he can? Nope. Instead, he's making the kind of ambitious music videos we used to get two decades ago. Earlier this year he delivered the great spot that featured him and Tilda Swinton playing husband and wife in "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)," and now he's reteamed with director Floria Sigismondi for another equally memorable promo.

Watch: David Bowie's Video For "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)" Starring Tilda Swinton, Directed By Floria Sigismondi

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 26, 2013 9:42 AM
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While our dream of a Tilda Swinton-starring biopic of David Bowie will probably never be realized, this is likely the next best thing. The iconic musician continues his bold return to the spotlight with his latest video "The Stars (Are Out Tonight)," and the pairing of Bowie and Swinton is probably all you need to know before clicking play.

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