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March 25, 2015

photo: Bouncing Souls at House of Vans in 2014 (more by Mimi Hong)
Bouncing Souls

The first annual Asbury Park Music In Film Fest is set to take place April 10-12 across a handful of venues in the New Jersey city. The event features screenings of a handful of music films, including Metallica bassist Robert Trujillo's JACO, a documentary focusing on the life of the legendary bassist Jaco Pastorius; DC punk doc Salad Days; A Band Called Death, the story of Detroit proto-punk legends Death; Bouncing Souls doc Do You Remember? 15 Years Of The Bouncing Souls; Memphis music film Take Me To The River; Rye Coalition film Rye Coalition: The Story of the Hard Luck Five; City Gardens doc Riot on the Dance Floor; and more.

There's also a few afterparties, including the "punk band after party" at Asbury Lanes on Friday, April 10 which you can get into with the Friday Punk Pass Ticket Package, that also includes admission to the Salad Days and the Bouncing Souls doc screenings.

There's also Robby Krieger of The Doors at The Stone Pony on 4/10 (tickets); JACO-afterparty "Funk That Bass" superjam hosted by Bernie Worrell featuring Dean Ween, Bernard Fowler, Corey Glover and special guests on April 11; a Rye Coalition afterparty at Asbury Lanes on 4/11 with performances from members of the band; a Q&A with A Band Called Death's directors at BTII Gallery on 4/11 and more.

Full schedule and ticket options HERE. Check out trailers for Take Me To The River, Salad Days, Do You Remember?, and A Band Called Death below...

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March 19, 2015

by Bill Pearis


We posted yesterday about James Murphy's score for Noah Baumbauch's upcoming comedy, While We're Young, and the soundtrack includes his cover of David Bowie's "Golden Years" and that has now been released. It's definitely an original take on the cut and you can stream it (via The Dissolve) below...but just don't get too excited. You can stream Bowie's original below too if you're feeling undernourished.

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March 18, 2015

by Bill Pearis

Ad-Rock in 'While We're Young'

James Murphy has made some non-Tennis-based new music, scoring Noah Baumbach's film While We're Young, which will be out March 27 in the US. He also covers David Bowie's "Golden Years" for the soundtrack, which also features cuts from Psychedelic Furs, A Tribe Called Quest, HAIM, Survivor and more. Full tracklist is below and it's out March 23. One piece from Murphy's score will be on the official soundtrack, a moody synth piece titled "We Used to Dream" which is in the Vangelis/Tangerine Dream style. You can stream that below.

As for the film, While We're Young stars Ben Stiller and Naomi Watts as an uptight 40-something affluent couple who become friends with a 20-something Bushwick-type couple (GIRLS' Adam Driver and Big Love's Amanda Seyfried). Hilarity and soul-searching ensues. The film also stars Beastie Boy Adam Horowitz and an out-of-retirement Charles Grodin. While We're Young was shown at both the Toronto and NY Film Festivals last September? Anybody catch it there? It's gotten pretty good reviews. You can watch the trailer below.

James Murphy, who previously scored Noah Baumbach's Greenberg (also starring Ben Stiller), headlines the Slingshot Fest in Athens, GA later this month.

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March 12, 2015

Mary J. Blige - The London Sessions

The 2015 Tribeca Film Festival happens April 15 - 26. While Monty Python's appearance is getting the most attention right now, there's lots of cool stuff happening that doesn't involve people yelling "Spam" a lot. Specifics, like screening dates and locations, won't be announced till next week (3/18) but include:

Documentary Mary J. Blige - The London Sessions was filmed while the veteran R&B singer was making her 2014 album that featured collaborations with Sam Smith, Disclosure, Emeli Sandé, Naughty Boy, and Sam Romans. The screening, which happens at Beacon Theatre (date TBA), will be followed by a performance by Mary J. Blige herself.

On the comedy nerd tip, the RiffTrax crew (aka former Mystery Science Theater 3000 writers/performers Mike Nelson, Kevin Murphy and Bill Corbett) will be cracking jokes live to the Tommy Wiseau's magnum opus The Room. Part of TFF's 'Midnight' series, this will be the Rifftrax crew's first-ever live show in NYC.

Also part of the Midnight series is a screening of Gerard Johnson's Hyena that features a score by The The; and Stung, a thriller about giant wasps.

Plus: The life, career, music and 2009 death of DJ AM is examined in As I AM: the Life and Times of DJ AM; and In My Father's House which Chicago rapper Che "Rhymefest" Smith attempts to reconnect with his estranged father; and Michael Winterbottom and Russell Brand's world financial crisis polemic The Emperor's New Clothes.

Orion: The Man Who Would Be King

And also: Slow West, a western starring Michael Fassbender and Ben Mendelsohn that was written and directed by former Beta Band/Aliens member John Maclean; and documentary Orion: The Man Who Would Be King the bizarre, true story of Jimmy "Orion" Ellis, an unknown singer who in the late '70s was "plucked from obscurity and thrust into the spotlight as part of a crazy scheme that had him masquerade as Elvis back from the grave."

Tickets to most TFF screenings go on AmEx presale on March 31 at 11 AM with the general on-sale starting on April 6 at 11 AM. Festival passes and some ticket packages are on sale now.

Monty Python -The Meaning of Live

The five surviving members of Monty Python will appear in NYC to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Monty Python & the Holy Grail as part of the 2015 Tribeca Film Festival. John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle, Terry Jones and Michael Palin will all be on hand for the Holy Grail screening which happens April 24 at Beacon Theatre. Tickets for that go on AmEx presale March 23 with the public on-sale beginning March 28.

In addition to the Holy Grail screening, TFF will screen other Python films: Monty Python's Life of Brian on April 25 and Monty Python's The Meaning of Life on April 26 with Q&As featuring some of the Pythons. Details on those two screenings are still TBA. Tribeca Film Festival will also have the premiere of documentary Monty Python -The Meaning of Live:

offers unprecedented access into the personalities, relationships and history that made the Pythons into a global phenomenon. The film allows the comedic geniuses themselves to reveal the impetus of some of their most well-known pieces and provide an in-depth history of Python's stage work as they prepare for their final live show at The O2 in London.
Stay tuned next week for screening info. The Tribeca Film Festival runs from April 15 - 26. Tickets to most TFF screenings go on AmEx presale on March 31 at 11 AM with the general on-sale starting on April 6 at 11 AM. Festival passes and some ticket packages are on sale now.

March 11, 2015


HBO just premiered the trailer for Kurt Cobain documentary Montage of Heck that will debut on the pay cable network on May 4. You can watch that below.

The film, directed by Brett Morgen which also has Frances Bean Cobain as an executive producer, premiered at the 2015 Sundance Film Festival where it was well received, and it will show next week (3/18) in Austin during the film portion of SXSW.

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March 6, 2015

by Bill Pearis

Albert Maysles, second right, with brother David, Mick Jagger and Charlie Watts, 1969

Mr. Maysles (pronounced MAY-zuls) departed from documentary conventions by not interviewing his films' subjects. As he explained in an interview with The New York Times in 1994, "Making a film isn't finding the answer to a question; it's trying to capture life as it is."

The Maysles brothers made several well-regarded documentaries in the 1960s, but it was "Gimme Shelter" (1970), about the Rolling Stones' 1969 American tour, that brought them widespread attention. It included a scene of a fan being stabbed to death at the group's concert in Altamont, Calif., and the critical admiration for the film was at least partly countered by concerns that it was exploiting that violence.

But the film captured and held the public's attention for decades; it was the basis of a musical of the same title, for which both Christine Ebersole and Mary Louise Wilson won Tony Awards in 2007 after it had transferred to Broadway from Playwrights Horizons. A 2009 HBO film version won six Emmy Awards, including those for best television movie and best lead actress (Jessica Lange). - [New York Times]

Filmmaker and verite pioneer Albert Maysles died Thursday night (3/5) at his home in Manhattan. He was 88. With his brother David, Maysles has made some of the best and best-known documentaries of the 50 years. If you've never seen Gimme Shelter or Grey Gardens you should rectify that immediately. Those and the Maysles Brothers' Salesman are available through the Criterion Collection and can be streamed on Hulu Plus. You can also watch Albert's documentary about "The Gates," the art project that turned much of Central Park orange in February 2005, which one of many films the Maysles made about the works of famed artists Christo & Jean-Claude.

Albert was currently finishing up work on his latest film, In Transit. David Maysles died in 1987. Rest in peace, Albert. You will be missed.

February 27, 2015

Leonard Nimoy

Leonard Nimoy, the sonorous, gaunt-faced actor who won a worshipful global following as Mr. Spock, the resolutely logical human-alien first officer of the Starship Enterprise in the television and movie juggernaut "Star Trek," died on Friday morning at his home in the Bel Air section of Los Angeles. He was 83.

His wife, Susan Bay Nimoy, confirmed his death, saying the cause was end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

Mr. Nimoy announced last year that he had the disease, which he attributed to years of smoking, a habit he had given up three decades earlier. He had been hospitalized earlier in the week.

His artistic pursuits -- poetry, photography and music in addition to acting -- ranged far beyond the United Federation of Planets, but it was as Mr. Spock that Mr. Nimoy became a folk hero, bringing to life one of the most indelible characters of the last half century: a cerebral, unflappable, pointy-eared Vulcan with a signature salute and blessing: "Live long and prosper" (from the Vulcan "Dif-tor heh smusma"). [NY Times]

Well that is sad news for Trekkies, Trekkers, Federation members, Klingons, Romulans and just about everyone else. In addition to his role on Star Trek (which he reprised for JJ Abrams' reboot), Leonard Nimoy was also a castmember of Mission: Impossible, and was a memorable murderer on the 1973 Columbo episode, "A Stitch in Crime." He was also a director, having helmed Star Trek III: The Search for Spock and Star Trek IV: The Voyage Home, as well as 3 Men and a Baby. He also, like his pal William Shatner, made a few albums in the late '60s, like 1967's groovy Mr. Spock's Music From Outer Space, which you can stream -- along with a few other songs and the "video" for his song "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins," below.

He lived long and prospered. Leonard Nimoy, you will be missed. RIP.

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February 25, 2015

Empire Records

The 20th anniversary of Empire Records is being celebrated this year with a high-concept tribute to the movie at Rough Trade NYC in Williamsburg. Two nights (April 8 & 9) were already announced and quickly sold out, and now they've added a third for April 10. Tickets for night 3 go on sale Friday (2/27) at noon with a Ticketmaster presale starting today (2/25) at 10 AM.

In case you missed it the first time, event description below...

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February 24, 2015

by Bill Pearis

Judd Apatow & Pee-wee

Pee-wee Herman's long-discussed return to feature film is finally happening, with a new movie, Pee-wee's Big Holiday, to start filming in March. It will premiere not in theaters but on Netflix. Here's the gist: "a fateful meeting with a mysterious stranger inspires Pee-Wee Herman to take his first-ever holiday in this epic story of friendship and destiny." The film was cowritten by Paul Reubens (Pw's alter-ego) and Paul Rust, and is being produced by Judd Apatow who says:

As a fan of Pee-wee Herman since he first appeared on The Dating Game, I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with the brilliant Paul Reubens on this film. It is a dream come true.
Directing the film is Wonder Showzen co-creator John Lee who we interviewed last year and who lately has directed episodes of Broad City and Inside Amy Schumer. The idea of the guy behind Wonder Showzen (one of the most twisted things to ever air on commercial television) making the new Pee-wee Herman movie, on paper at least, sounds like a very good thing.