Posts Tagged ‘Sarah Silverman’

The Great SXSW 2010 Preview Dump: 24 Beats Per Second

March 11, 2010

Closely paired with the SXSW music festival as it is, seems only fitting that the Film Festival dedicates a swathe of programming to films about music. If writing about music, though, is like dancing about architecture, than making a movie about music is like building a novel. To help you chew over that little pensee, here’s a celluloid mixtape highlighting the ethno-funk of David Byrne, the poison pen of Magnetic Fields, the rock ‘n’ roll riot of Tehran, the continental drift of Broken Social Scene and the prune juice of Levon Helm. Click on the titles for trailers where available.

Read our SXSW Headliners Preview.
Read the first part of our SXSW Spotlight Premieres preview.
Read the second part of our SXSW Spotlight Premieres preview.
Read our SXSW Narrative Features Competition preview.
Read our SXSW Documentary Features Competition preview.
Read the first part our SXSW Emerging Visions preview.
Read the second part our SXSW Emerging Visions preview.
Read our SXSW Lone Star States preview.

Ain’t in It For My Health: A Film About Levon Helm

With Robbie Robertson gone Hollywood and both Rick Danko and Robert Manuel plucking harps, it’s up to drummer Helm to shoulder The Band’s cosmic Americana spirit. This EPK highlights the creation and promotion of Helm’s acclaimed 2007 album Dirt Farmer. The irascible coot spices the brew with stories from the frontlines of addiction, pestilence and bankruptcy. Directed by Jacob Hanley Hatley.

Beyond Ipanema – Brazilian Waves in Global Music

Brazil often seems like America’s reflection on the other side of the equator. The two countries have enjoyed an uneasy cultural relationship where we give them Homer Simpson in return for Joao Gilberto. Guto Barra’s tuneful documentary charts the musical exchange, from the early days of Carmen Miranda and her fruit basket titfer to Talking Heads’ promotion of the tropicalia movement led by Caetano Veloso. Formerly known as Beyond Ipanema – America’s Love Affair With Brazilian Music.

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Trailerama: Strange Powers: Stephin Merritt and the Magnetic Fields

February 4, 2010

Is it just Squally, or do these “endorsements” ring with the same inauthenticity as Lars Ulrich declaring Anvil! one of the most important heavy metal bands in the world? That said, this documentary/promotional film may provide some insight at what it takes for a singer-songwriter more into Cole Porter than Calexico plying his trade in an “alternative” music landscape.

The Slate: Two Steve McQueens Will Get You 50 Cent and Another Tyler Perry

March 23, 2009

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  • We wait years for a Steve McQueen biopic–or rather, we watch The Great Escape again and are quite happy with that–and then TWO come along at once! Jesse Wigutow (It Runs in the Family) is writing a movie based on the biography by Beatles memorabilia dealer Marshall Terrill, which Publishers Weekly called “solid.” His script will focus on how McQueen was “the prototype for the modern-day movie star.” Meanwhile, scripters Roderick and Bruce Taylor (The Brave One) are writing a film based on a memoir by McQueen’s first wife that Publishers Weekly calls “intimate.” McQueen’s story includes drugs, racecars and Ali McGraw, so drama is one thing it won’t lack. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • The Expendables, Sylvester Stallone‘s attempt to out-Commando Commando, has lost an Oscar winner and gained a washed-up MC. Forrest Whitaker took a hike when shooting was delayed. 50 Cent is filling the hole, which has apparently set fans’ blubber a-wobblin’. Stallone had to send a missive to Ain’t It Cool News explaining, “the anger of the casting of 50 Cent is understandable, but not fair.” And kinda fun, too! (MTV)
  • Tyler Perry just can’t get his back catalog on screen fast enough! The latest Perry play to lumber towards the big screen is 1999’s I Can Do Bad All By Myself, due to hit theatres on September 11. There’s also a cast. Singer Mary J. Blige and Oscar nominee Taraji P. Henson will play friends who get inviegled in various drama when Madea (Perry in a dress) falls ill. Blige can’t act much, but that’s never been a problem in a Perry pic. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • Dexter‘s Michael C. Hall, Ben Schwartz, Rainn Wilson and Sarah Silverman will play members of a family ruffled by a sibling’s roman a clef in the indie schmindie Peep World. They’re peeved that the novel contains thinly sketched versions of themselves and their various foibles. We’re looking forward to Silverman going full shrill in this comedy from Barry Blaustein, who had a hand in writing Coming to America. (Hollywood Reporter)
  • One to file under “Remakes We Don’t Need”: a new take on Blake Edwards‘s The Party. The original film featured Peter Sellers in a defiantly un-PC performance as an Indian extra fired from a Gunga Din remake and invited to a Hollywood blow-out. Disaster ensues with the help of a drunken waiter and a baby elephant. Jonathan Kesselman (The Hebrew Hammer) is the poor slob who must guide this mess to fruition. But the money is good. (Hollywood Reporter)