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Review: Vintage Footage In Sigur Ros Concert Doc 'Inni' Teases At A Much More Interesting Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 25, 2011 4:28 AM
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Sigur Ros has never needed much of a big stage production to get the power of their expansive, orchestral and otherworldly music across in concert. When this writer saw them perform at the intimate Théatre Maisonneuve in Montreal circa the release of Takk, they opened the show with the title track, a giant white screen in front of the stage obscuring the band, who were backlit, casting huge shadows as the music swelled. As they transitioned into "Glosoli," the screen slowly raised, revealing the band, and really that was all they needed to completely have the crowd in the palm of their hand. While Sigur Ros' rising popularity has allowed them -- and forced them, to a certain degree -- to employ projections and other big stage novelties, the music has always done more than any fancy lighting rig could. This dynamic is clearly displayed in the band's solid "Heima" documentary, which tracked them traveling through Iceland and playing acoustic concerts in small and remote towns, with their songs containing the same power and passion as they do in their fuller bodied, large-stage incarnations.

Metallica Plotting A 3D Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 24, 2011 8:29 AM
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Former metal giants, and now aging rock 'n roll dudes Metallica, have been on the wrong end of many decisions in the past while. If you're had the misfortune of hearing their forthcoming collaboration with Lou Reed, you'll know exactly what we mean. Or just look above at their ridiculous poses for the "Guitar Hero: Metallica," something these dudes wouldn't have even considered when their hair was longer and their tunes more badass. Or hell, even Lars Ulrich admitted recently he didn't get Quentin Tarantino's "Kill Bill" and never followed up with the director when he asked to use their music for fight scenes in the movie. Although, that probably worked out for the best.

MGM & Sony Get In The Ring For Eminem & Antoine Fuqua's Boxing Drama 'Southpaw'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 7:01 AM
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The past year has seen the boxing movie get a little bit of a resurgence. Of course, there was David O. Russell's "The Fighter," which jumped late into the Oscar race last year and went on to nab statutes for Christian Bale and Melissa Leo, and for the past two weeks, Hugh Jackman's robot boxing flick "Real Steel" has stayed stead on top of the box office. Now, fresh-out-of-bankruptcy MGM are looking to get going on a project that does not have a hobbit or James Bond in it, picking up the rights to "Southpaw," which will have Sony distributing the film.

Martin Scorsese & Mick Jagger's Music Drama At HBO Now Moving Forward

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 20, 2011 2:48 AM
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Given the five thousand things Martin Scorsese is doing at any given moment, we kind of forgot about this project, a music drama with his long time Rolling Stones bud Mick Jagger, that was set up last summer over at HBO. Penned by "Boardwalk Empire" (on which Scorsese serves as executive producer) and "The Sopranos" writer Terence Winter, it was first announced under the working title "History Of Music," and was initially envisioned by Jagger as a feature film that followed two friends who work in the music industry across 40 years. William Monahan had actually penned a script over at Paramount where it was going under the title "The Long Play" that Scorsese was eyeing to direct. But now that it's over at the cable channel, it has changed focus, though it's no less exciting.

Lars Ulrich Regrets Turning Down Quentin Tarantino's Request For Metallica On 'Kill Bill' Soundtrack

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 18, 2011 1:41 AM
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Chalk this up as yet another entry in the category of "What Could Have Been" but honestly, it's probably for the best that this never worked out.

Michael Winterbottom Planning To Direct Beatles Movie 'The Longest Cocktail Party'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 12, 2011 6:07 AM
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'Four Lions' Writer Jesse Armstrong Penning Script For Liam Gallagher-Produced Film, But Johnny Depp Likely Won't Play LeadExclusive: Few directors have such a keen eye for music as Michael Winterbottom. From The Cranberries-stuffed soundtrack in his sophomore feature "Butterfly Kiss" to "24 Hour Party People," one of the best films about rock'n'roll ever made, to the perverse 50s cuts in last year's "The Killer Inside Me," he's always had a great sense for the right backdrop to the action, whether it be an original score or a song. And now, it looks like the director is heading towards tackling perhaps the Holy Grail of popular music, by making a film about The Beatles.

Metric To Team With Howard Shore To Score David Cronenberg's Robert Pattinson-Starring 'Cosmopolis'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 12, 2011 1:03 AM
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With top composers like Danny Elfman, Clint Mansell and Cliff Martinez all having graduated from the rock'n'roll world (Oingo Boingo, Pop Will Eat Itself and Red Hot Chili Peppers respectively), the idea of having bands tuning up a movie is becoming more and more and common these days, with Yo La Tengo, Mogwai, Daft Punk, The Chemical Brothers and Basement Jaxx among the many acts who've written film scores in recent years. The latest to join them; Canadian indie rock band Metric.

Feist, Joanna Newsom & Andrew Bird All Guest On Soundtrack To 'The Muppets'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 10, 2011 12:02 PM
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Film Features Four New Songs By 'Flight of the Conchords' Man Bret McKenzie, & Covers Of Cee-Lo Green & NirvanaUpdate: A new trailer/TV spot for the film has landed, courtesy of Bleeding Cool, with a couple of excellent new gags: we're particularly fond of the traveling-by-map one. You can find it after the jump.

Soundtrack To 'The Rum Diary' Announced, Features Musical Contributions From Johnny Depp

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • October 10, 2011 11:05 AM
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Release Includes Score By Christopher Young, Plus Cuts From Dean Martin & Patti SmithHey, you know a movie that we keep forgetting is coming out soon? "The Rum Diary." The long-in-the-works adaptation of Hunter S. Thompson's book, which sees Johnny Depp return to the part of the author, which he previously played in "Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas," is slightly over two weeks from release, but, having skipped the festival circuit entirely (not a particularly good sign...), the publicity machine has been fairly quiet for Bruce Robinson's film, considering it stars the planet's biggest movie star.

Watch: Trailer For Phoenix Documentary 'From A Mess To The Masses'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • October 10, 2011 10:39 AM
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Who doesn't love French indie-rockers Phoenix? Oh, we're sure they'll be dismissed as some as hipsterish, but there's a joyfulness to their records that make them transcend any hipster connotations, and they seem to get better, and more popular with time. Hell, Sofia Coppola loved them so much so she put one of their songs in "Lost in Translation," married the frontman, Thomas Mars, and got the band to score her last movie "Somewhere."

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