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July 6, 2015
by Bill Pearis
Turkington in Ant-Man
He's best known for his sweaty Borscht Belt yukkster alter-ego Neil Hamburger, but Gregg Turkington has had an active career outside of that. In addition to running Amarillo Records (home of Anton LaVey, the Pop-O-Pies and Harvey Sid Fisher) in the '90s, he's appeared on Tenacious D projects, worked frequently with Tim & Eric and does a fair amount of voice work, most recently as Toby Determined on Gravity Falls. You can see him in his highest-profile role yet, the Marvel action-comedy Ant-Man, where he plays [SPOILER ALERT] the manager of a Baskin-Robbins who fires Paul Rudd's character (who becomes Ant-Man) early in the film. You can see Gregg in action in a Japanese version of the trailer, below. non-Japanese, Turkington-free trailer is below too.
The film is a bit controversial in the Marvel/comic-con scene as the project originated as a labor-of-love adaptation by Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish (Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim, etc) but parted ways from Ant-Man after production was underway. (Fans were not happy.) Director Payton Reed (Bring it On, Down with Love, lots of Merge Records bands' videos) took over and the finished product bows July 16.
Neil Hamburger, by the way, is still alive and well making awful jokes on tour all over the country. He'll play Brooklyn's The Bell House on November 7 with Nick Flanagan. Tickets are still available. All dates, which include an appearance at Tenacious D's Festival Supreme, are listed below...
July 2, 2015
Funny guy Scott Rogowski wraps up the current season of his live talk show, Running Late with Scott Rogowski, tonight (7/2) at Le Poisson Rouge. He's put together a pretty killer lineup of guests for his season finale, too: Jon Hamm and H. Jon Benjamin (both of whom are in Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp) will be there, as will Tom Papa and actor Craig Bierko. Tickets are still available.
Jon Hamm, who also lends his voice to upcoming Despicable Me sequel Minions, stopped by The Daily Show on Wednesday (6/30) to chat with departing host Jon Stewart, and you can watch that segment below.
Summerscreen, which is in its 10th year, already announced its movie lineup and they've now announced the bands (curated by Todd P) that will play before the film starts. Things kick off Wednesday (7/8) in McCarren Park with Alicia Silverstone comedy Clueless and an opening set from Zs. After that it's Regal Degal playing before Wet Hot American Summer (7/15), Blues Control before Dirty Dancing (7/22), Excepter before Dazed and Confused (7/29), Jah Division before Jurassic Park (8/5), and a "secret guest" playing before the final film on 8/12 which is once again an "Audience Pick." Gates open at 6 PM and bands start at 6:30, with the movies starting at sundown.
Speaking of Wet Hot American Summer, the new prequel miniseries, Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp, is coming to Netflix soon. The trailer just came out.
After teasing us with a faux promotional video about Camp Firewood, we now have our first good taste of Netflix's prequel miniseries Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. The three-minute trailer manages to pack in a good amount of jokes in between listing the who's who of comedy cast, that seems to include everyone you could imagine being in this thing apart from Nick Offerman. Watch the trailer below.
Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp will be streamable on Netflix starting July 31.
It's much to the credit of Amy, a new documentary about Winehouse from Senna director Asif Kapadia, that the film restores a sense of Winehouse's humanity. It wasn't some caricature of excess who died, but a woman of unique gifts, with people who cared about her and a private life the public didn't entirely know. Nor was her death necessarily unavoidable. Part of what makes Amy so sad are the moments that point to paths not taken and choices not made--often by those around Winehouse--that might have changed the course of her life, and that could have prevented her from joining what Kurt Cobain's mother called "that stupid club" when her son died at 27. Kapadia achieves this, as with all of the film's effects, subtly, and without offering any direct commentary. Amy weaves together home movies, TV appearances, and paparazzi footage, bringing in new interviews with key players but keeping them off-screen. No one here is allowed to take over the narrative, and on more than one occasion, their accounts conflict or stand in contrast to what archival footage shows. - [The Dissolve]Asif Kapadia's critically acclaimed Amy Winehouse documentary, Amy, opens in limited release in the U.S. this week, and in NYC it's playing at BAM Rose Cinemas, AMC Loews Lincoln Square 13, and Landmark Sunshine Cinema.
In other news, Winehouse is the subject of a cover story in this week's issue of Billboard in which they reveal that the singer had started work on her third album right before she died in 2011. The demos, however, will never see the light of day as they were purposely destroyed by Universal Music UK CEO David Joseph, who told Billboard, "It was a moral thing. Taking a stem or a vocal is not something that would ever happen on my watch. It now can't happen on anyone else's."
Watch the trailer for Amy below.
July 1, 2015
by Bill Pearis
Chris Holmes of W.A.S.P. enjoying a smoke and a cocktail in 'Decline II'
BAMcinématek will be presenting "Indie '80s" from Jul 17--Aug 27 at BAM Rose Cinemas, featuring a wide variety of off-kilter American cinema classics from the Reagan Years. The series features a number of music-related films, including two on the opening night (7/17): Penelope Spheeris' hedonistic, highly entertaining documentary The Decline of Western Civilization Part II: The Metal Years and Jim Jarmusch's Stranger Than Paradise which stars Lounge Lizard John Lurie (who did the score) and Richard Edson (Sonic Youth) and the omnipresent use of Screamin' Jay Hawkins' "I Put A Spell On You."
Other music-leaning films in the "Indie '80s" series include: groundbreaking 1982 hip hop doc Wild Style (8/27); Beth B's paranoid punk thriller Vortex starring Lydia Lunch (8/10); John Moritsugu's obscure 1989 punk satire My Degeneration (8/19); 1980's Blank Generation starring Richard Hell and Andy Warhol (7/30); Bruce Weber's 1989 Chet Baker documentary Let's Get Lost (8/9), and highly-quotable mockumentary This is Spinal Tap (8/14).
There are loads of non-music films in the series, too, such as Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer, River's Edge, Blue Velvet, Hollywood Shuffle, Ms. 45, My Dinner with Andre, Sex, Lies & Videotape, Sidewalk Stories, Trouble in Mind, and documentaries Sherman's March, The Thin Blue Line, Roger & Me, Seventeen, Swimming to Cambodia. BAM's "Indie '80s" schedule and a few trailers are below. Tickets are on sale.
June 30, 2015
photos by David Andrako;words by Sadaaf Mamoon
Celebrate Brooklyn! at Prospect Park was celebrating more than just a borough last weekend (6/26), with a free screening of Paris Is Burning. The 1990 documentary chronicling Harlem's thriving late-century ball culture via the queer and trans people of color community (QTPOC) was specially scheduled in honor of Pride Week 2015, and made all the more relevant by Friday morning's Supreme Court ruling granting marriage equality nationwide.
The event almost didn't happen though, with an early contention between Celebrate Brooklyn promoters and the community for not representing any QTPOC on the lineup. In response to the controversy, Friday night's screening featured an introduction by director Jennie Livingston and documentary subjects Junior LaBeija and Dr. Sol Williams Pendavis. Other cast members Grandfather Hector Xtravaganza and Jose Disla Xtravaganza presented The Houses United Ball: Celebrating Brooklyn, a rowdy, gleeful dance-off of sorts, featuring representatives from historic underground ballroom Houses of LaBeija, Ninja, Mizrahi, Khan, Infinity, Milan, Princess and Xtravaganza, all of which are still alive and well. Vijuan Allure DJ'd to palpable excitement, with event-goers (only slightly more colorful than your average Celebrate Brooklyn crowd) barely able to sit still to watch when the film came along. Pictures from the night are in this post and continue below...
June 25, 2015
by Bill Pearis
In Hollywood's never-ending quest to resuscitate familiar properties and turn them into blockbuster franchises, Dwayne Johnson (you know, The Rock) and the team behind this summer's disaster flick San Andreas are adapting '80s videogame Rampage into a big-budget action flick (via Deadline). As you may remember, the game let you play as giant monsters (a gorilla, lizard and wolf) who try to destroy buildings while being attacked by the military. The 1986 game, made by Midway, is still a lot of fun (Barcade in Brooklyn has it). The film, presumably, will flip the perspective to Johnson who will try to stop them. That doesn't sound like as much fun, to me at least. Stay tuned.
June 23, 2015
As you may know, the Wet Hot American Summer prequel miniseries, subtitled First Day of Camp, is coming to Netflix on July 31 starring Paul Rudd, Bradley Cooper, Amy Poehler, Elizabeth Banks, Chris Pine, Jon Hamm, Kristen Wiig, Molly Shannon, Paul Scheer, Rob Huebel, John Slattery, Jason Schwartzman and more. Your first look at this laff fest comes via a phony promotional video, narrated by Jon Benjamin (who played the can of vegetables in the original WHAS), and made to look like it was edited with two VCRs. Watch below...
June 19, 2015
The 2015 edition of Wilco's Solid Sound Festival happens June 26-28 at Mass MoCA in North Adams, Massachusetts, with performances from Real Estate, King Sunny Ade, Mac Demarco, Bill Frisell, Parquet Courts, Shabazz Palaces, Jessica Pratt, Wilco themselves and lots more. Tickets and festival passes are still available, and WFUV will be broadcasting Real Estate and Wilco's sets on Friday (6/26).
Meanwhile, a documentary about the festival, titled Every Other Summer, was just released today (6/19):
Directed by Christoph Green and Brendan Canty, Every Other Summer is a documentary about the Solid Sound Festival, Wilco's three day music and arts gathering that takes place once every two years at MASS MoCA. Shot in 2013 and featuring performances by Wilco, Neko Case, Yo La Tengo, The Dream Syndicate, Lucius, Foxygen, Sam Amidon, Sean Rowe, The Relatives and appearances from Reggie Watts, John Hodgman, Jen Kirkman and others, Every Other Summer offers a peek into the festival's utopian vibe, and the positive transformative impact it has had on the small rust belt town of North Adams, MA.You can rent or buy it digitally via Vimeo. Watch the trailer and a segment where Wilco covers Pavement's "Cut Your Hair" below.