Dead bodies, a stash of heroin and more than $2 million in cash near the Rio Grande set the stage for the forthcoming film adaptation of the novel by Cormac McCarthy. No Country For Old Men is slated for a November 21st release date.
Brazilian art dance punks Bonde Do Role are blowing up the blogosphere right now. Their debut album With Lasers will release on June 4th. The new single “Office Boy” (with the b-side “Bondallica”) was released this week.
Here's the "Office Boy" video...
See Hype Machine for plenty of downloads off the forthcoming album.
Michael Moore was onhand at the Cannes Film Festival, in which he premiered his forthcoming documentary Sicko to a receptive audience. Moore uses differnet methods than in previous documentaries, read all about it from the LA Times.
Earlier this week Adult Swim offered up yet another free mix! The Warm & Scratchy compilation features music from: The Raveonettes, Les Savy Fav, TV on the Radio, Broken Social Scene, The Rapture, 120 Days, Liars, The Good, The Bad & The Queen and more.
Download the compliation track by track or stream the whole thing here.
Angelina Jolie was on hand at Cannes to promote Michael Winterbottom's (The Road to Guantanamo, 9 Songs, Code 46, 24 Hour Party People) forthcoming film A Mighty Heart, in which Jolie plays Mariane Pearl, widow of slain Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl. The film was said to have gotten positive reviews. Look for it at select theaters on June 22nd.
New Line studio came to the Cannes Film Festival this year with a few minutes of an unfinished film to prove that they haven't trampled a beloved piece of fantasy literature, and also to show that they have an impressive epic on their hands. This same method worked wonders with 2001's sneak peek at Lord of the Rings footage, but can The Golden Compass measure up?
The impressive cast includes: Daniel Craig, Nicole Kidman, Eva Green, Eric Bana, Kevin Bacon, Sam Elliott, Ian McShane, and John Hurt.
The kind folks over at Riot Act Media sent me a link to check out this new album from Chicago's Nurses titled “…And Now The Curse of Marjorie".
Nurses find influence in Kid A era Radiohead, Q and Not U, Black Heart Procession, and Arcade Fire. They experiment with off kilter melodies and song structures with all four members of the band sharing vocal duties and playing multiple instruments. Highlights include: "Hungry Mouth", "Wait For A Safe Sign", and "Alone At Last".
Virgin Comics and director Guy Ritchie (Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels and Snatch) collaborate on the comic book series titled Gamekeeper. Early this month (or late last month, I can't remember) the first issue of Guy Ritchie’s Gamekeeper was released as part of Virgin Comics’ Director’s Cut imprint, a series of stories destined for the silver screen from filmmakers across the world. Director’s Cut titles have included John Woo’s Seven Brothers, and Shekhar Kapur’s Snake Woman, as well as upcoming projects with Terry Gilliam and Nicolas Cage.
After finishing the issue #2 director's cut, I'm still waiting for a little more character development, although the plot seems to be moving as we begin to learn about the anti-hero's (Brock) haunted past. I am also anxious to see what's in store from the other forthcoming Director's Cut titles.
I mentioned this Cavemen show before (read and see Geico clips here), but now a clip has surfaced. This most unusual pilot turned a series of Geico commercials into a half-hour comedy project. Cavemen revolves around three pre-historic men who must battle prejudice as they attempt to live as normal thirtysomethings in modern Atlanta.
After releasing a couple of EP's Die Romantik are about to finally release their first full-length album titled Narcissist’s Waltz. The New York trio (who met in Paris) got their name from a German compilation of romantic classical composers from the early 19th century, which is worth noting when trying to describe the type of music they play. Die Romantik effortlessly blend classical and pop music with a French accent. All while concocting lush harmonies and sharing the songwriting credits evenly three ways. The official album release concert will be: Saturday, June 2 at Mercury Lounge in NYC Check their MySpace for more info.
Here's a couple of freebies from the forthcoming album...
Remember when video blogging was a brand spankin' new medium? Remember how good Rocketboom used to be when they first got started? Well, Amanda Congden has just posted a miniblog on her official site that looks awfully reminiscent of that Rocketboom format you knew and loved! Minus the cheezy map, tape recorder, and the jazzy tune that is.
Three of my favorite movies from last year were Pan's Labyrinth, Babel, and Children of Men. The three directors of these films (and longtime friends) Guillermo del Toro, Alfonso Cuaron, and Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu have joined together as a team. The Mexican director trio are attempting to sell themselves in an "all-or-nothing five-picture deal", which I wouldn't think would be that hard to do, but then again I thought at least one of them would have went home with an Oscar last year so you never know.
The Cannes Film Festival kick off this week and Hong Kong's finest director Wong Kar Wai will open the festival with his first film in English. My Blueberry Nights stars Norah Jones (in her acting debut), Jude Law, David Strathairn , Tim Roth, Natalie Portman and Rachel Weisz.
No official US release date yet for the rest of us, but I'll be keeping my eyes peeled and you should too.
This time around for Dntel's (aka Jimmy Tamborello) newly released third album titled Dumb Luck is like a whose who amongst indie rock's finest. The warm mid-tempo electronic album shines, particularly tracks like "Rock My Boat" (featuruing Mia Doi Todd), "Breakfast in Bed" (featuring Conor Oberest), "Roll On" (featuring Jenny Lewis), "I'd Like To Know" (featuring Lali Puna), and "Dreams" (featuring Mystic Chords of Memory).
This accumulation of acclaimed international directors presents an intimate portrait of one of the most romantic cities in the world: Paris. Each directors' short segment will be connected to the next in one of the (if not thee) most unique collaborative films of all time!
Each director is given five minutes to weave a single narrative unit out of those twenty moments. Each transition will begin with the last shot of the previous film and will end with the first shot of the following film, and will have a three functions: 1) The first is to extend the emotion of the previous segment, 2) The second is to prepare the audience for the surprise of the next segment, and 3) The third is to provide a general, comfortable and cohesive atmosphere to the feature film.
Considering the common theme of Paris and love, the fusion between the films, the transitions, and the unique storytelling, Paris, je t'aime will not be just another "anthology" picture. This collective feature film will constitute a two-hour cinematographic spectacle whose original structure will make for a dramatically different experience for a global audience.
Directors on board: Olivier Assayas, Frédéric Auburtin, Emmanuel Benbihy, Gurinder Chadha, Sylvain Chomet, Ethan Coen, Joel Coen, Isabel Coixet, Wes Craven, Alfonso Cuarón, Gérard Depardieu, Christopher Doyle, Richard LaGravenese, Vincenzo Natali, Alexander Payne, Bruno Podalydès, Walter Salles, Oliver Schmitz, Nobuhiro Suwa, Daniela Thomas, Tom Tykwer, and Gus Van Sant.
Paris, Je T'aime stars: Florence Muller, Bruno Podalydès, Cyril Descours, Marianne Faithful, Elias McConnell , Gaspard Ulliel, Julie Bataille, Steve Buscemi, Axel Kiener, Catalina Sandino Moreno, Barbet Schroeder, Li Xin, Javier Cámara, Sergio Castellitto, Miranda Richardson, Leonor Watling, Juliette Binoche, Martin Combes, Willem Dafoe, Hippolyte Girardot, Yolande Moreau, Paul Putner, Sara Martins, Nick Nolte , Ludivine Sagnier, Lionel Dray, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Joana Preiss, Seydou Boro, Aïssa Maïga, Fanny Ardant, Bob Hoskins, Olga Kurylenko, Elijah Wood, Emily Mortimer, Alexander Payne, Rufus Sewell, Melchior Beslon, Natalie Portman, and Gérard Depardieu. Whew!
Visit the official site here or watch the trailer right here...
The Clientele are a four piece band from the UK who make dreamy 60's inspired pop tunes with a decidedly 70's AM easy listening vibe. Their new album titled God Save The Clientele (on Merge Records) was just released last week and after just one listen it had me feeling all warm and fuzzy inside.
Stream God Save The Clientele in it's entirety here.
Here's another interesting drama now playing in select theaters, which I'm itching to see...
Private Fears in Public Places is dirceted by French filmmaker Alain Resnais and stars Sabine Azéma (Not on the Lips), Pierre Arditi (One Stays, The Other Leaves), and André Dussollier (Amélie).
Azéma plays Charlotte, a Bible-toting secretary. By day, Charlotte works in the office of a sexually repressed real estate agent, Thierry (played by Dussollier). In the evenings, she cares for Lionel's bedridden father. Lionel (played by Arditi) is a bartender in a chic Paris hotel. Loneliness is a quality shared by all of the characters in Private Fears, which is based on a play by Alan Ayckbourn.
I've been pretty bad at posting about music that is sent my way as-of, so in my feeble attempt to catch up I'd like to share with you this wonderful new EP from Hopewell that was recently sent my way. The EP (titled The Notbirds) is spacey-psychedic rock (think Flaming Lips or Mercury Rev) fused with a little alt. country (think Beachwood Sparks) making this one of the best EP's I've been sent in awhile.
I love the folks over at Touch and Go Records. They always clue me in on new releases they have on their roster and provide links to stream the albums. They recently gave me a heads up on CocoRosie's third new album The Adventures of Ghosthorse and Stillborn and I must say I like what I'm hearing. Standouts tracks include: "Werewolf", "Japan", and the first ultra catchy single "Rainbowarriors".
Snow Cake stars Alan Rickman, Sigourney Weaver, Carrie-Anne Moss. This drama focuses on the friendship between a high-functioning autistic woman (Weaver) and a man (Rickman) who is traumatized after a fatal car accident involving a hitchhiker (Moss).
Snow Cake is currently playing in select theaters.
If this comedy lives up to the trailer, then this will surely be absolutely hilarious.
Superbad is the story of two co-dependent high school seniors (Jonah Hill and Michael Cera of Arrested Development) are forced to deal with separation anxiety after their plan to stage a booze-soaked party goes wrong. Superbad will release in theaters on August 17th.
The Late Night Sounds is a (roughly 30 min.) monthly mixtape I put together of some under-the-radar artists, both past and present.
It dawned on me recently that last month was the first time I'd skipped since I started making these little mixes ages ago. So, to make up for it I've got a nice eclectic May Mix for all to enjoy.
This month's mix features indie pop/rock-friendly tunes from Hopewell, Bill Callahan, Nina Persson (of The Cardigans), along with a rarity from The Smoking Popes (off a limited edition split 7" with Alkaline Trio, where both bands cover a song from each other), bossa nova from Clara Moreno, a neo-soul track from Aloe Blacc, French garage rock from BB Brunes, and a dancefloor friendly track from Adam Kesher, give it a listen or just checkout the artists on your own...
Away From Her is directed by Sarah Polley (who starred in Go, My Life Without Me, Dawn of the Dead), based on the short story, "The Bear Came Over the Mountain", by Alice Munro.
The story revolves around Fiona and Grant, an Ontario couple who have been married for over 40 years and are forced to face the fact that Fiona's "forgetfulness" is actually Alzheimer's Disease. After being put into a nursing home and after a "no-vistors" policy for the first 30 days of a patient's stay, Fiona has seemingly forgotten Grant, and has transferred her affections to another man. This looks like it could be a real tearjerker. Away From Her is currently playing in select theaters.
Here's an album that's been on my regular rotation lately...
The Cake Sale are a band featuring a loose and expansive collective of musicians and writers who have combined to create a nine-song CD (of the same name) for Oxfam Records featuring some of todays greatest vocalists. All profits go to support Oxfam Ireland's Make Trade Fair campaign.
Lead vocalists for the project include: Lisa Hannigan (whom you may recognize from Damien Rice's albums), Nina Persson (of The Cardigans), Gary Lightbody (of Snow Patrol), Gemma Hayes, Glen Hansard, Josh Ritter, Conor Deasy (of The Thrills) and Neil Hannon (aka The Divine Comedy).
Pixar Animation Studios ("Toy Story", "A Bugs Life", “Cars”, “Finding Nemo”, “The Incredibles”) could have another winner on their hands. The story revolves around a young rat living within the walls of a famous Paris bistro and wishes to become a chef, but is hindered by his family's skepticism and the rat-despising staff and patrons. The fim is slated for a June 29th release.
The special 30 minute stop-motion animated episode of Robot Chicken: Star Wars is George Lucas approved, Seth Green directed, and features the voices of: George Lucas, Mark Hamill, Conan O’Brien, Seth MacFarlane, Robert Smigel, Malcolm McDowell, Hulk Hogan, James Van Der Beek, Donald Faison, Abraham Benrubi, Breckin Meyer and Joey Fatone.
The Robot Chicken: Star Wars special will premiere on Adult Swim on June 17th at 10:00pm.
This is a trailer for Justin Lin's (director of Better Luck Tomorrow) new film Finishing the Game, which is set to premiere tomorrow night at the Los Angeles Asian Pacific Film Festival. The film appears to be a hilarious comedy about the search for the next Bruce Lee. The film stars Roger Fan and Sung Kang (both from Better Luck Tomorrow), as well as James Franco, Dustin Nguyen, and MC Hammer.
Everybody is in love with Feist right now and I'm certainly no exception. If you have not heard her new album (which officially released today) The Reminder you can listen to it, in it's entirety from Feist's MySpace.
She's been dropping vidoes like crazy for this album (see YouTube for more). This one's my favorite...
Don't forget that this coming saturday is Free Comic Book Day! See listing here
This will coincide nicely with the Spiderman 3 opening weekend. It looks like bruce Campbell (Evil Dead, Army of Darkness) will be making another Spiderman cameo for director Sam Raimi...read the story from the LA Times