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James Murphy Scoring Noah Baumbach’s ‘While We’re Young,’ Nick Cave & Warren Ellis Tune Up New Viggo Mortensen Film

  • By Edward Davis
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  • July 23, 2014 11:25 AM
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The line-up for the 2014 Toronto International Film Festival has been announced, and as usual, that means news of other creative types involved in some of your most anticipated films of the year. And usually, the reveals are music related. Yesterday’s announcements were not much different and unveiled a plethora of good talent involved in upcoming TIFF pictures.

Watch: First Trailer For Nick Cave Docudrama '20,000 Days On Earth'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 14, 2014 10:26 AM
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Nick Cave Doc '20000 Days on Earth'
“Nick would have never gone for a straightforward rock-doc,” co-director Iain Forsyth told The New York Times about the docudrama "20,000 Days On Earth." “We decided to go in a direction that combined reality with fantasy as seamlessly as possible — which, if you think about it, isn’t too far from the transaction between a rock star and his fans. People want desperately to enter the world Nick creates in his songs. You can look around when the Bad Seeds are playing and see precisely which version of Nick — the junkie, the outlaw, the lover — each person in the crowd wants to be.”

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.

16 Musicians-Turned-Film Composers And Their Breakout Scores

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • June 9, 2014 4:56 PM
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Musicians Turned Composers
Increasingly over the last two decades, musicians and bands have looked upon the film score and seen a rare opportunity to challenge themselves in a new medium, and also to gain a break from non-stop touring. The results have been an eclectic, unconventional bounty. Last month, Mica Levi of Micachu and the Shapes delivered an iconic three-note theme to Jonathan Glazer’s “Under The Skin” that rattled the senses, while Devonte Hynes (Lightspeed Champion, Blood Orange) struck a dreamy pop tone of high-school nostalgia with his score to Gia Coppola’s directorial debut, “Palo Alto.”

Sundance Review: Nick Cave Docudrama '20,000 Days On Earth'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 23, 2014 11:26 AM
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Though he’s never been a superstar, after four decades of making music there is no question that Nick Cave is a legend. Singer, songwriter and occasional composer, Cave has been playing in bands since he was in his teens, from his post-punk group The Birthday Party, to his back-to-basics side project Grinderman, to his solo work to his band for over 30 years, The Bad Seeds. Though his music has only ever crossed over into the mainstream a few times (the soundtrack staple “Red Right Hand” and Kylie Minogue duet “Where The Wild Roses Grow”), he has nevertheless amassed an army of dedicated fans all over the world. The new documentary “20,000 Days On Earth” is neither the career retrospective or concert film you might, but rather a snapshot of the musician, now 57, still trying to connect with his muse.

Sundance Scores: Jenny Lewis, Flying Lotus, Nick Cave, Willis Earle Beale & More Tune Up Park City Films

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2014 3:45 PM
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Last week we brought you word that Death Cab For Cutie frontman Ben Gibbard and Beastie Boy Ad-Rock where bringing their musical skills to a couple of films headed to Sundance by providing a score (Lynn Shelton's "Laggies" and the baseball flick "No No: A Dockumentary," respectively). Well, that's just the tip of the iceberg. As you might suspect, the worlds of indie film and indie music aren't so far apart and there will be a lot of music to be heard in the films headed to Park City next week, so let's dive in...

Nick Cave Reveals Details About His 'Gladiator 2' Script 'Christ Killer' & You Can Read The Full Screenplay Right Here

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • July 12, 2013 11:41 AM
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Remember that time when Nick Cave was hired to write the script for "Gladiator 2"? Oh, you don't? Well, we reported on it back in 2009 and, thanks to Nick Cave's recent appearance (described as "tense" and "daunting") on the "WTF with Marc Maron" podcast, that piece of trivia is hitting the interwebs again.

First Images From Docu-Drama '20,000 Days On Earth' Starring Nick Cave

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 28, 2013 10:50 AM
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Have you ever wanted to hang out with eternal badass Nick Cave? Well, frankly, who wouldn't? But most of us won't ever get the chance to sit down and break bread with the musician/writer/raconteur, so this project may just be the next best thing. It turns out Cave has been hard at work on a secretive docu-drama entitled "20,000 Days On Earth," and the first details of the project are now coming to light.

Watch: John Hillcoat's NSFW Video For Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds' "Jubilee Street" Featuring Ray Winstone

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 4, 2013 2:21 PM
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As longtime collaborators, John Hillcoat and Nick Cave are never too far apart when it comes their various cinematic and musical projects. On the movie front, the pair go all the way back to Hillcoat's directorial debut "Ghosts...Of The Civil Dead" which Cave co-wrote and starred in, while last year they both brought their talents to "Lawless." Meanwhile, when Cave gets back in the studio, Hillcoat is usually around to help get a distinctive music video out in the world.

Watch: Gasper Noé-Directed Video For Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds' "We No Who U R"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 4, 2013 12:31 PM
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It's now coming on four years since Gaspar Noé's last feature effort, the trippy "Enter The Void." But he hasn't been sitting idle. The helmer directed a segment of the omnibus film "7 Days In Havana" that made festival rounds last year, and he also hung around the set of Nicolas Winding Refn's "Only God Forgives," perhaps to talk with the actor about starring in the Bret Easton Ellis-penned "The Golden Suicides," which both were linked to oh so long ago. But until his next feature is sorted out, Noé kicked off 2013 with an interesting excursion.

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