May 14, 2018

Back Story: Its one of the most enduring symbols in rock n roll: the Hot Lips logo of the Rolling Stones

The red lips and protruding tongue debuted on the 1971 album Sticky Fingers and have appeared somewhere on every album since. The logos designer, John Pasche, said his favorite work by the band was the album, Exile on Main St., released this month in 1972, because of its gritty, raw quality.

Mick Jagger commissioned the logo when Mr. Pasche was a student at the Royal College of Art in London. Mr. Jagger was inspired by Kali, a Hindu goddess with multiple arms and a pointed tongue, but Mr. Pasche was also impressed by the lead singers mouth.

Mr. Pasche said he worked on the logo nonstop for two weeks, for which he was paid 50 pounds, then about $120. (A modified version appeared in the United States.) It was just a lucky break, said Mr. Pasche, who also designed posters for the band. Right place, right time.

Since then, his simple, anti-authoritarian logo has appeared in some odd places. It has been replicated as mouth-shaped urinals and, Mr. Pasche said, a fan once sent me a photo of the logo tattooed on his girlfriends back side.

Robb Todd wrote todays Back Story.

May 3, 2018

Super Bad: The Enduring Influence of James Brown

Name pretty much any chart-topping song of the past few decades and you can probably trace it back — sometimes directly, sometimes through a more circuitous route — to James Brown. The late, great funk icon’s rise to fame and his turbulent personal life comprise a classic American story that captivates the world to this day. Born into poverty in Jim Crow-era South Carolina, Brown transformed himself into both the “Godfather of Soul” and “The Hardest-Working Man in Show Business.” Here, FOTO celebrates Brown’s unparalleled influence, through pictures and the words of musicians, friends, and those whose lives were forever changed by his music, his example, and his inimitable style.

February 9, 2018

Joan Jett’s ‘Bad Reputation’ Documentary Lands at Magnolia

Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to director Kevin Kerslake’s Joan Jett documentary, “Bad Reputation.” Magnolia plans a 2018 theatrical release for the film, which premiered last month at the Sundance Film Festival.

Joan Jett - 'Bad Reputation'Deadline Studio Portraits at Sundance, Day 3, Park City, USA - 21 Jan 2018

January 23, 2018





Sundance 2018: Joan Jett, M.I.A. Docs Premiere, Wow Fest Crowds

The 2018 Sundance Film Festival has announced their selected feature films. Among the 110 independent films from around the globe, the festival will also premiere documentaries on Joan Jett, Robin Williams and Studio 54. Directed by Kevin Kerslake and written by Joel Marcus, Bad Reputation focuses on the life of Joan Jett. It’s described as chronicling “her early years as the founder of The Runaways and first meeting collaborator Kenny Laguna in 1980 to her enduring presence in pop culture as a rock ‘n’ roll pioneer.”

Bad Reputation, Kevin Kerslake’s doc on Joan of Rock that premiered Monday at Sundance, takes it for granted that we know that voice intimately, whether you’re a die-hard Jett-setter or just know her as the raven-haired tough chick singing “I Love Rock and Roll” on MTV way back when.

November 29, 2017





Joan Jett, Robin Williams Documentaries to Premiere at Sundance

The 2018 Sundance Film Festival has announced their selected feature films. Among the 110 independent films from around the globe, the festival will also premiere documentaries on Joan Jett, Robin Williams and Studio 54. Directed by Kevin Kerslake and written by Joel Marcus, Bad Reputation focuses on the life of Joan Jett. It’s described as chronicling “her early years as the founder of The Runaways and first meeting collaborator Kenny Laguna in 1980 to her enduring presence in pop culture as a rock ‘n’ roll pioneer.”

Sundance Film Festival 2018: 6 Films to Know

There is also an emphasis on work by and about women. “RBG” looks at Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the Supreme Court justice and pop culture icon; “Jane Fonda in Five Acts” explores the actress’s life of activism and filmmaking; and “Bad Reputation” features the rocker Joan Jett.

Sundance 2018: Jane Fonda Doc, Idris Elba, Election 2016, Gloria Allred & Oscar Wilde Films Among U.S., World Cinema, NEXT, Midnight & Kids Slates

Bad Reputation / U.S.A. (Director: Kevin Kerslake, Screenwriter: Joel Marcus, Producers: Peter Afterman, Carianne Brinkman) — A look at the life of Joan Jett, from her early years as the founder of The Runaways and first meeting collaborator Kenny Laguna in 1980 to her enduring presence in pop culture as a rock n‘ roll pioneer.

August 1st, 2017

‘Carpool Karaoke: The Series’: Will Smith, James Corden, Alicia Keys Get Behind The Wheel And Sing In New Trailer

A new trailer for Apple Music’s Carpool Karaoke: The Series features a star-studded roster for the upcoming series based on the popular segment from The Late Late Show with James Corden. The show will be similar to Corden’s viral videos and features celebrities riding in cars belting out their favorite tunes. Set to James Brown’s “Get Up Off That Thing,” the trailer shows that not all the singing and dancing happens inside the car.

June 7th, 2017


Review: Salma Hayek shines in the delicious Trump-era satire ‘Beatriz at Dinner’

“Beatriz at Dinner” is a darkly comic fantasy about an empathetic, nature-loving Latina healer who comes face to face with a racist, vulgar, thoroughly despicable member of the 1%. I say “fantasy” not because it couldn’t happen, but because the movie is predicated on the rare thrill of seeing an all-too-human monster being made to answer for his crimes, if only for the duration of one surreal and savagely funny evening.

Watch Video Review Here

May 9th, 2017

Stones – No Filter – European Tour Announced!

STONES – NO FILTER sees Mick, Keith, Charlie and Ronnie back where they belong, out on the road, playing to packed stadiums. The Rolling Stones will play thirteen shows, in twelve different venues, across Europe in September and October.

May 4th, 2017

The Rolling Stones Exhibitionism: Now Open In Chicago

The Rolling Stones exhibit features over 500 Stones’ items with 50 years of Stones fashion, 190 original artworks, vintage instruments, interactive sound mixing desks and recording studio, a screening cinema with exclusive content, all culminating in a 3D concert finale.

May 3rd, 2017

James Brown’s Biggest Billboard Hot 100 Hits

In honor of James Brown’s birthday (May 3), Billboard takes a look at some of his biggest songs on the Billboard Hot 100 chart …

April 25, 2017

Rolling Stones Win Album of the Year at U.K.’s Jazz FM Awards

The Rolling Stones were the surprise guests of honor at the U.K.’s Jazz FM Awards, where the veteran rockers walked away with two prizes, including album of the year for comeback set Blue & Lonesome.

“We started off a very long time ago in London trying to play clubs, and those clubs were jazz clubs,” recalled Mick Jagger, collecting the publicly voted prize at London’s Shoreditch Town Hall alongside bandmates Ronnie Wood and Charlie Watts earlier Tuesday evening (April 25).

“We used to try and play these jazz clubs and they used to kick us out for playing blues. So this sort of feels full-circle,” the 73-year-old singer went on to say before thanking listeners of Jazz FM for voting …

April 12th, 2017





See Salma Hayek, John Lithgow’s Politically Charged ‘Beatriz at Dinner’ Trailer

Salma Hayek’s Beatriz doesn’t appear to suffer fools, particularly racist, obnoxious ones like John Lithgow’s Doug Strutt in the new trailer for the dark comedy Beatriz at Dinner.

The Miguel Arteta-directed and Mike White-written film (the pair previously teamed for 2000’s Chuck & Buck) tackles several Trump-era issues, including racism, social inequality and immigration. The film premiered at Sundance Film Festival in January.

In the clip, Strutt is a pompous billionaire real estate developer while Beatriz is an immigrant from Mexico who works as a spiritual health practitioner in Los Angeles. The pair meet at a dinner held by mutual, well-off client friends …

April 3rd, 2017





Keith Richards on His Hero Chuck Berry: ‘The Granddaddy of Us All’

Following Chuck Berry’s death in March, Keith Richards paid tribute to his musical idol for the upcoming issue of Rolling Stone.

Chuck Berry once gave me a black eye, which I later called his greatest hit. We saw him play in New York somewhere, and afterward I was backstage in his dressing room, where his guitar was lying in its case. I wanted to look, out of professional interest, and as I’m just plucking the strings, Chuck walked in and gave me this wallop to the frickin’ left eye …

March 31st, 2017





Keith Richards Joins All-Star Merle Haggard Tribute

When Merle Haggard died in April 2016, Keith Richards recalled the country music legend to Rolling Stone as a hard-touring singer-songwriter who “was on the road right until the end, because it’s just what you do.” Now, a year later, the Rolling Stones guitarist will honor his kindred spirit onstage, as Richards joins the lineup of “Sing Me Back Home: The Music of Merle Haggard,” a tribute concert set for April 6th – Haggard’s birthday ­– in Nashville …

March 7th, 2017





‘Kong: Skull Island’ Review: Return of the Great Ape Is a Rumble in the Jungle

The dialogue is clunky, the A-list actors are slumming and, yeah, you’ve seen it all before. But Kong: Skull Island is a creature feature that’s damn near irresistible. Set in 1973, just when the U.S. pulled out of Vietnam, this loony epic boasts a killer soundtrack and a thing for the surreal kick of Apocalypse Now …

February 21st, 2017

The Great Wall (Original Soundtrack Album) LP and Digital Bundle Now Available For Pre-Order: Release Date 3/31

The Great Wall original soundtrack album is getting the vinyl treatment. Pressed on 180 gram black vinyl and housed in a sleek dress jacket, the album features a selection of score tracks curated by Ramin Djawadi and mastered for the vinyl format. The LP release also features a 12” x 12” insert and a digital download of the entire album. Now available for Pre-Order.

February 16th, 2017

Major Rolling Stones exhibition coming to Navy Pier in April

“Exhibitionism,” a show displaying hundreds of Rolling Stones artifacts from the group’s 50-plus-year career, will go up in Navy Pier’s Festival Hall in mid-April, the pier and exhibit promoters announced at a news conference Thursday morning. The 18,000-square-foot extravaganza of costumes, guitars, stage sets and more is currently drawing raves in New York City after first being mounted in London. Billboard called it “an enthralling look at decades of rock history that even diehards can learn from.” …

February 6th, 2017

Exclusive ‘The Great Wall’ Featurette Goes Behind the Scenes of Ramin Djawadi’s Score

We here at Collider are happy to exclusively debut a new behind-the-scenes featurette for Legendary and Universal’s upcoming actioner The Great Wall that takes a closer look at composer Ramin Djawadi’s score. Djawadi has quickly become one of the most interesting composers working today, as he scored films like Blade: Trinity and Iron Man before composing the iconic opening theme and score for HBO’s Game of Thrones.

December 30th, 2016


Unseen films of 2016 feature Nick Cave, teens and the best use of a Stones track ever

“A Bigger Splash”: Four dangerously beautiful people share an uneasy island idyll in Luca Guadagnino’s sensual siren song of a drama. Tilda Swinton’s character barely speaks but says plenty, and one of the few times Ralph Fiennes’ character stops speaking, he dances like a dervish, and we’re treated to the all-time best cinematic use of a Rolling Stones track (sorry, Martin Scorsese) …

December 14th, 2016

Listen to Ramin Djawadi’s ‘Nameless Order,’ First Song From ‘The Great Wall’ Soundtrack: Exclusive Premiere

The “Game of Thrones” composer scored the Matt Damon-starring film, out in February.

The Great Wall sought out the man behind some of Hollywood’s most recognizable scores to compose “Nameless Order,” enlisting the help of composer Ramin Djawadi, who is known for scoring movies such as Iron Man, Pacific Rim and most famously for his work on Game of Thrones …

December 2nd, 2016

The Rolling Stones: Blue & Lonesome Album Announcement

On December 2nd 2016, The Rolling Stones will release ‘Blue & Lonesome’, their first studio album in over a decade. ‘Blue & Lonesome’ takes the band back to their roots and the passion for blues music which has always been at the heart and soul of The Rolling Stones.

The album was produced by Don Was and The Glimmer Twins and was recorded over the course of just three days in December last year at British Grove Studios in West London, just a stone’s throw from Richmond and Eel Pie Island where the Stones started out as a young blues band playing pubs and clubs. Their approach to the album was that it should be spontaneous and played live in the studio without overdubs. The band – Mick Jagger (vocals & harp), Keith Richards (guitar), Charlie Watts (drums), and Ronnie Wood (guitar) were joined by their long time touring sidemen Darryl Jones (bass), Chuck Leavell (keyboards) and Matt Clifford (keyboards) and, for two of the twelve tracks, by old friend Eric Clapton, who happened to be in the next studio making his own album.

‘Blue & Lonesome’ sees the Rolling Stones tipping their hats to their early days as a blues band when they played the music of Jimmy Reed, Willie Dixon, Eddie Taylor, Little Walter and Howlin’ Wolf – artists whose songs are featured on this album.

“This album is manifest testament to the purity of their love for making music, and the blues is, for the Stones, the fountainhead of everything they do.” Don Was, Co-Producer of ‘Blue & Lonesome’

December 1st, 2016

Kristen Stewart Stars in The Rolling Stone’s New Music Video, “Ride ‘Em On Down”

Directed by François Rousselet and Produced by Natalie Arnett.

November 18th, 2016

Watch the NEW trailer for KONG: SKULL ISLAND, starring Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman, and John C. Reilly. In theaters March 10, 2017

In March 2017, the producers of Godzilla transport audiences to the birthplace of one of the most powerful monster myths of all in KONG: SKULL ISLAND, from Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures. When a scientific expedition to an uncharted island awakens titanic forces of nature, a mission of discovery becomes an explosive war between monster and man. Tom Hiddleston, Samuel L. Jackson, Brie Larson, John Goodman and John C. Reilly star in a thrilling and original new adventure that reveals the untold story of how Kong became King.

October 8th, 2016



Matt Damon Promises ‘The Great Wall’ Is Monster-Fighting Action on a Scale Never Before Seen

Pedro Pascal and other stars sing the praises of director Zhang Yimou during the movie’s New York Comic Con panel on Saturday. In front of a 5,000-strong audience in Madison Square Garden as part of New York Comic Con, the cast of Legendary’s The Great Wall talked about the “amazing” experience of working with director Zhang Yimou to create the likely international blockbuster that pits armies against a threat directly out of ancient Chinese mythology …

June 21st, 2016





Rolling Stones’ ‘Exhibitionism’ Coming to NYC

The Stones and Exhibitionism curator Ileen Gallagher revealed Tuesday that the exhibit – featuring stage clothing, classic album artwork, vintage gear, photography, stage designs, personal diaries, behind-the-scenes footage, a recreation of the band’s first apartment and more memorabilia – will set up shop at the West Village’s Industria Superstudio, the first stop on what’s being billed as “the largest touring experience of its kind ever to be staged.” …

June 17th, 2016



‘Suicide Squad’ Soundtrack Track List Released

The lineup for the soundtrack to Suicide Squad is just as action-packed as the DC flick due out on Aug. 5. According to a track list posted for pre-orders on Amazon on Thursday, you can expect a mix of new songs, classics and covers from Skrillex and Rick Ross, Twenty One Pilots, Grimes, Eminem, Panic! at the Disco (covering Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”) and Lil Wayne with Wiz Khalifa and Imagine Dragons …

April 10th, 2016

Blitz Trailer for Suicide Squad Released

New trailer released for Suicide Squad featuring “You Don’t Own Me,” performed by Grace featuring G-Eazy.

March 24th, 2016




Rolling Stone Magazine names ‘GET ON UP’ one of top Music biopics

“Forget the actor’s mastery of Brown’s cadence — it’s his capturing of the man’s strutting, bulletproof confidence and otherworldly sexiness that electrifies every scene in Get on Up, even when the legendary artist isn’t onstage. Directed by Tate Taylor, Get on Up jazzily reshuffles Brown’s story, jumping around from the 1980s to the Sixties to the Thirties, connecting events through their thematic links rather than straight chronology. In the process, the movie makes the case that Brown was larger than any decade, greater than any single generation — the Hardest Working Man in Show Business who couldn’t be contained by a single nickname.”

December 7th, 2015




Mr. Dynamite and The Rolling Stones are 2016 Grammy Nominees!

The 2016 Grammy Nominees have been published and we are very excited to share that Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown has been nominated for Best Music Film, and The Rolling Stones’ Sticky Fingers (Super Deluxe Edition) has been nominated for Best Boxed or Special Limited Edition Package.

August 19th, 2015





Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and James Brown Named in 100 Greatest Songwriters

#6 Mick Jagger and Keith Richards  “Mick Jagger and Keith Richards defined a rock song’s essential components – nasty wit, an unforgettable riff, an explosive chorus – and established a blueprint for future rockers to follow.”

#26 James Brown  “After scoring R&B hits like “Please Please Please” and recording the greatest live album ever, 1963’s Live at the Apollo, James Brown changed the pop songwriting game forever during the Sixties and early Seventies by flipping the script on songform itself, foregrounding his music in tight, tempestuous rhythm to invent what would eventually be known as funk.”

July 28th, 2015

Morgan Neville’s Keith Richards Doc to Premiere on Netflix

“Keith Richards: Under the Influence,” Morgan Neville’s documentary that promises to give an unprecedented look into the sounds and influences of the Rolling Stones legend, will have its worldwide premiere in September on Netflix …

Keith Richards Solo Album

June 5th, 2015

Kendrick Lamar on new single ‘King Kunta’: ‘I studied James Brown’

Kendrick Lamar has spoken about the roots behind ‘King Kunta’, a recent single from his new album ‘To Pimp A Butterfly’ …

April 23rd, 2015

Peabody Documentary, Education Award Winners Include James Brown Doc ‘Mr. Dynamite’

HBO’s “Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown” are among the documentary, education and public service winners that the 74th annual Peabody Awards, announced Thursday by the Peabody program at the University of Georgia.


December 5th, 2014

Grammys 2015: And the Nominees Are…

GET ON UP has been nominated for Best Compilation Soundtrack For Visual Media in the upcoming 2015 Grammy Music Awards!

October 9th, 2014

Exclusive: 7-Minute Preview Of Jess Stroup’s Score For ‘Camp X-Ray’ Starring Kristen Stewart

When we (Indiewire) listed Jess Stroup as an honorable mention in our feature On The Rise 2014: 12 Film Composers To Watch, it was based off his work in the upcoming drama “Camp X-Ray.” His unique contributions to the film caught our ear and lingered long after “Camp X-Ray” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, and today we have an exclusive preview of his score for the film, so you can get a sense of what put Stroup on our radar.

The Original Motion Picture Soundtrack will be released digitally on October 14th and on CD November 11th. “Camp X-Ray” opens in theaters and on VOD on October 17th. Below, check out Stroup’s work, a clip from the film, and a featurette.

October 7th, 2014

Watch: New Trailer for Kristen Stewart’s Guantanamo Drama ‘Camp X-Ray’

Less than two weeks before its October 17 release date, Kristen Stewart’s Guantanamo drama Camp X-Ray has received a second, rivetingly cut trailer …

September 4th, 2014

HBO Buys James Brown Documentary Directed By Alex Gibney

HBO has picked up U.S. and Canadian TV rights for Alex Gibney’s Mr. Dynamite: The Rise Of James Brown, a documentary about the early years of the musical giant to the pinnacle of his career as The Godfather of Soul. The film, produced by long-time Brown fan Mick Jagger, will debut on HBO on Oct. 27 …

August 8th, 2014

Watch: First Trailer For ‘Camp X-Ray’

IFC has released the first trailer for Kristen Stewart’s “Camp X-Ray” two months before its Oct. 17 opening. “Camp X-Ray” debuted at Sundance and focuses on the relationship between Stewart’s character, a guard at Guantanamo Bay, and a detainee, played by Payman Maadi. Lane Garrison, J.J. Soria and John Carroll Lynch also star with Peter Sattler directing …

August 5th, 2014

James Brown’s Band ‘Get On Up’ for Hollywood Bowl Tribute Concert

To promote the James Brown biopic that opened Aug. 1, Get on Up, executive producer Peter Afterman called jazz bassist and big-time Godfather of Soul fan Christian McBride to ask if he had any ideas. McBride said he would think about it and a few minutes after hanging up, placed a call to the Hollywood Bowl about booking a James Brown tribute concert …

July 25th 2014

The Billboard Cover Story – Jagger’s James Brown: ‘Get On Up”s Musical Boot Camp

Keith Jenkins spent 12 years playing guitar in James Brown’s final band, The Soul Generals. He was enlisted for Get On Up to give the 80 or so musicians cast as members of Brown’s legendary bands, The Famous Flames and The JBs, a taste of life working for the Godfather of Soul.

“We wanted them to feel like a real band,” says Margaret Yen, Get On Up‘s music supervisor. “The James Brown band, whatever incarnation it was, rehearsed and played all the time. I wanted the same kind of bonding and camaraderie, and I wanted it reflected on camera.”

It worked. The musicians, who appear in 13 different configurations throughout the film, hung out after shooting and played music at bars around Natchez and Jackson, Miss. Many were college students at Alcorn State and Jackson State, a few were local musicians, and some drove the three hours from New Orleans. They rehearsed in the basement theater of an unheated, shuttered middle school in Natchez.

More than two dozen on-camera performances form the film’s musical spine, giving audiences an overview of Brown’s innovations and the motivation behind his music as it evolved. Pro­ducer Brian Grazer likens the music team’s efforts to a lesson he learned filming the 2002 Eminem movie 8 Mile.

“Ultimately, Dr. Dre said, ‘Man, just don’t clown out our world.’ I got it. That just meant, ‘Be authentic,’ ” says Grazer. “That’s something a producer can control. I can’t control the scenes because I’m not the director, but I can have a high level of influence on a movie’s authenticity.”

July 25th, 2014

The Billboard Cover Story – Jagger’s James Brown: Introducing JB to a New Generation

A flood of never-before-heard music will accompany ‘Get On Up,’ including updates from a Chris Brown and Britney Spears producer

The soundtrack to Get On Up features 20 James Brown recordings, including unreleased live versions of “Please, Please, Please” and “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World” from a 1966 show in Tampa, Fla. And it provides Universal Music Enterprises, owners of Brown’s extensive catalog, a shot at expanding his fan base.

 “We have the opportunity to grow the legacy and brand,” says UMe president/CEO Bruce Resnikoff. “That’s the big piece of the puzzle we haven’t seen in prior soundtracks.”

Brown’s singles charted consistently from 1958 to 1977, and his music has echoed in decades after, especially within hip-hop. He may well be the most-sampled artist of all time, but contemporary hip-hop fans are often unaware of the source, a disconnect that Resnikoff hopes to rectify. “The film becomes a great tentpole,” he says. “It allows us to reach an audience that in the past we haven’t been successful necessarily with his music.”

Producers tapped Chris Brown and Britney Spears producer Harvey Mason Jr. – who also worked on the soundtrack to Dreamgirls – to sweeten tracks with newly recorded rhythm sections and horn tracks in order to “fill the room in the 2014 theater way,” says Get On Up music supervisor Margaret Yen. Five cuts on the soundtrack are the enhanced versions, with “Caldonia” being the most extreme: It’s Brown’s vocal from 1964 with backing tracks from 2013.

 “We wanted to play versions people hadn’t heard before,” says Yen. “If we just played music off Live at the Apollo, it just wouldn’t have been as exciting. We wanted it so what you’re seeing is what you’re hearing.”

 The coming months will bring even more Brown material, including an unreleased Live at the Apollo show from 1972. UMe will also handle distribution of the Alex Gibney-directed documentary on Brown next year.

 “We live in a very visual world and aside from the movie, we have to get people to see the original footage that shows James Brown performing these songs,” says Resnikoff. “It’s as important as the songs themselves.”

July 24th, 2014

Hear an Unreleased James Brown Performance From ‘Get on Up’ – Premiere

A year after the James Brown singles “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” and “I Got You (I Feel Good)” reached the top spot on the R&B charts, the funk and soul legend returned to Number One with his somewhat tongue-in-cheek ode to the fairer sex, the ballad “It’s a Man’s Man’s Man’s World.” …

July 23rd, 2014

Premiere: James Brown’s live ‘Please Please Please’

The soundtrack for James Brown biopic Get On Up includes this previously unreleased live cut of Please Please Please recorded on April 23, 1966, at the Fort Homer W. Hosterly Armory in Tampa …

July 22nd, 2014

GET ON UP Premiere at the Apollo Theater

Last night, the upcoming James Brown biopic, Get On Up, had its world premiere at Harlem’s Apollo Theater in New York City.

The premiere was attended by the likes of Reverend Al Sharpton, Mick Jagger, director Tate Taylor, actors Craig Robinson, Chadwick Boseman (who plays James Brown), and Nelsan Ellis (who plays Bobby Byrd), and James Brown’s son.

June 9th, 2014

GET ON UP Dance Video | Directed by Matt Steffanina

Choreographer and director, Matt Steffanina and his crew are some of the first to show their James Brown-inspired moves for the Can’t Stop The Funk project. Submit your own video at

June 9th, 2014

Universal Pictures and DanceOn have teamed up for a special project

Universal Pictures and DanceOn, the premier digital destination and No. 1 network on YouTube dedicated to dance entertainment, today announced a partnership to promote GET ON UP. DanceOn will feature some of it’s partners who have created original videos inspired by the upcoming film GET ON UP and James Brown.  Viewers can create their own videos and submit them to GET ON UP‘s official “Can’t Stop the Funk” website, an interactive celebration of the Godfather of Soul.

May 29th, 2014

Bruce Springsteen joins The Rolling Stones Onstage in Lisbon

The Rolling Stones played to a crowd of 75,000 fans at Lisbon’s Rock In Rio Festival. The band were joined on stage by two special guests, Bruce Springsteen for ‘Tumbling Dice’, and for the track ‘Respectable’ by Gary Clark Jr. Both Bruce Springsteen and Gary Clark Jr have played with the band before, most notably at the Rolling Stones 50 gig in Newark in December 2012.

May 29th, 2014

GET ON UP Releases Second Trailer

GET ON UP hits theaters August 1st, and we’ve just received our second look at the biopic of the great James Brown.

May 20th, 2014

Bruno Mars and Brad Pitt Pay Tribute to the Godfather of Soul

The 50-year-old stud took the stage with Bruno Mars on Saturday at the Make It Right Gala in New Orleans, where the twosome had a little jam sesh during the 28-year-old singer’s performance …

April 14, 2014

Exclusive Release of ‘Misconception’ Trailer

Exclusively on Indiewire, watch the new Trailer for Tribeca Doc ‘Misconception,’ from Oscar-Winner Jessica Yu.

March 26th, 2014

Tribeca: Docs on James Brown and Bjork Added to Lineup

Alex Gibney’s work-in-progress “Untitled James Brown Documentary” and the world premiere of “Bjork: Biophilia Live” will screen as part of the festival’s special screenings program …

March 19th, 2014

D’Angelo Added to James Brown Tribute Lineup

The R&B singer joins Aloe Blacc, Angélique Kidjo and other special guests for “Get On Up: A James Brown Celebration” at the Hollywood Bowl …

March 14th, 2014

James Brown Biopic ‘Get on Up’ Gets First Trailer

Universal is promising plenty of funk, singing, dancing and pathos with the first trailer for “Get on Up,” the James Brown biopic set for U.S. release on Aug. 1 …

March 4th, 2014

Here Are The 12 Films In The World Documentary Competition

Misconception – Directed by Jessica Yu – (USA) – World Premiere – For almost 50 years, the world’s population has grown at an alarming rate, raising fears about strains on the Earth’s resources. But how true are these claims? Taking cues from statistics guru Hans Rosling, Misconception offers a provocative glimpse at how the world—and women in particular— are tackling a subject at once personal and global. Following three individuals, director Jessica Yu focuses on the human implications of this highly charged political issue, inspiring a fresh look at the consequences of population growth. In English, Hindi, Mandarin, and Russian with subtitles.

February 4th, 2014

Mick Jagger Talks James Brown on the Set of Biopic ‘Get On Up’

On the second-to-last day of filming for the upcoming James Brown biopic, Get On Up, Chadwick Boseman, resplendent in a mustard-colored mock turtleneck, dark vest and dark pants, slides across the stage of the Mississippi Coliseum in Jackson, Mississippi, spins around, punches the air with the microphone stand to punctuate the horn line from Brown’s “I Got the Feelin’,” then dips back toward the band to sing, “Baby, baby, baby/baby, baby, baby.” …

January 22nd, 2014

Jagger’s New Swagger: Mick Moves to Movies, Blasts Idea of Memoir

Mick Jagger is having a Hollywood moment … in Natchez, Miss., of all places. He’s come here to be on the set of Get on Up, the James Brown biopic he is producing with his Jagged Films partner, Victoria Pearman …

January 10th, 2014

First Look Released of Chad Boseman as James Brown

It’s a man’s world in Get On Up, the second feature film from director Tate Taylor (who loved women so well in his debut The Help). Taylor was thrown plenty of scripts about “women-in-pain” after his box office success but it ended up being the life and times of James Brown that most intrigued him …

January 6th, 2014

The Hollywood Reporter Reviews CAMP X-RAY

The Sundance Film Festival is a mecca for independent cinema and a pool of fresh filmmaking talent. But with nearly 200 films selected for exhibition, it can be a dizzying game of catch-up. So this year, The Hollywood Reporter decided to do a bit of prep work for you: Here’s the who/what/where/when/why on films worth putting on your radar …

December 18th, 2013

Happy 70th Birthday Keith Richards!

Today marks a milestone for guitarist and founding member of The Rolling Stones, Keith Richards.  Today is his 70th birthday. Make sure to stop by his blog and share your best wishes with him.

December 10th, 2013


THE ROLLING STONES: SWEET SUMMER SUN – RETURN TO HYDE PARK a rock documentary that chronicles The Rolling Stones’ historic and triumphant return to London’s Hyde Park and never-before-seen backstage footage, will make its world television premiere on Friday, December 20 at 9PM ET / PT on SHOWTIME.

December 4th, 2013

CAMP X-RAY Announced In 2014 Sundance Line-Up

Sundance Institute has announced the films selected for the U.S. and World Cinema Dramatic Competitions in 2014, including CAMP X-RAY, a film based on the temporary detention facility Camp X-Ray at the Guantanamo Bay detention camp. Directed by Peter Sattler, and starring Kristen Stewart, Lane Garrison and Peyman Moaadi.

November 19th, 2013

James Brown Biopic Casts Its Mick Jagger

It looks like Nick Eversman had the moves like Jagger.

He’s been cast as Mick Jagger, the Rolling Stones frontman, who along with Brian Grazer, Erica Huggins and Victoria Pearman, is producing Get on Up, Universal and Imagine’s biopic centering on James Brown …


October 31st, 2013

Joe Walsh Sampled On New Eminem Song

“Eminem’s 16-track album contains some noticeable nods to some of our favorite artists — including Eagles guitarist Joe Walsh, whose 1978 solo hit ‘Life’s Been Good’ forms the basis for the ‘Mathers LP 2′ track ‘So Far …’”

October 31st, 2013

Dan Aykroyd, Jill Scott Join James Brown Biopic GET ON UP

Dan Aykroyd and Jill Scott have been cast in Get On Up, Universal and Imagine’s biopic of the Godfather of Soul, James Brown …

August 29th, 2013

‘Get On Up’ To Be Released October 17th 2014

GET ON UP, the James Brown biopic starring Chadwick Boseman as the Godfather of Soul, will hit the big screen in fall 2014 …

August 26th, 2013

Chadwick Boseman to Play James Brown

Universal and Imagine Entertainment have greenlit the long-gestating James Brown biopic after tapping “42” star Chadwick Boseman to play the legendary artist known as the “godfather of soul.” …

'42' Star Chadwick Boseman to Play

August 26th, 2013

James Brown Biopic Announced

Tate Taylor, the Mississippi native who directed “The Help,” said Monday that he’ll make a biographical feature film about James Brown in the state, starting this fall …

August 16th, 2013

JOBS Out In Theaters TODAY

We’re so excited to see this story hit the big screen and hear the 60’s and 70’s soundtrack, including Joe Walsh’s “Life’s been Good.” Watch the trailer above and get showtime info on the JOBS Website.

July 26th, 2013

Happy Birthday to The One & Only Mick Jagger!

Today, Mick celebrates his 70th.

July 18th, 2013

The Rolling Stones Documentary Crossfire Hurricane Nominated for Four Emmys!

Congratulations to The Rolling Stones. The documentary Crossfire Hurricane has been nominated for Outstanding Documentary Or Nonfiction Special, Outstanding Picture Editing For Nonfiction Programming, Outstanding Sound Editing For Nonfiction Programming (Single Or Multi-Camera), Outstanding Sound Mixing For Nonfiction Programming.  Catch the Primetime Emmy Awards ceremony on Sunday, September 22nd, 2013.

May 16th, 2013

“Cannes: Brian Grazer, Ron Howard Introduce Imagine 2.0”

Imagine has hardly stepped away from the big-ticket feature, and has numerous ones that are ready to go at Universal.

That includes Made In America, a film that Howard shot for Imagine and Participant Media, as Jay-Z last year curated the Budweiser Made In America music festival on his home turf in Philadelphia; there is James Brown, a film on the Godfather Of Soul that will shoot late this summer with The Help’s Tate Taylor directing. Grazer, Mick Jagger and the Brown estate are producing a film that will likely discover an actor to lip synch the original masters of Brown’s hits around the tale of a wild life …

May 7th, 2013

Joe Walsh Nominated In 2013 CMT Music Awards – AIRING LIVE JUNE 5th 8/7c

Our very own Joe Walsh has been nominated alongside Brad Paisley in the “Best Collaborative Video” category for “Rocky Mountain Way”. Please take a moment to check out the page and vote and tune in on June 5th!

Joe Walsh kicks it up a notch upon hearing about his CMT Music Awards collaborative video of the year nomination, which he shares with Brad Paisley.

May 3rd, 2013

Happy 80th Birthday James Brown!

Get on up with us and celebrate the 80th birthday of The Godfather of Soul – The Hardest Working Man in Show Business – Soul Brother Number One – Mr. Dynamite – HAPPY BIRTHDAY JAMES BROWN!

April 5, 2013

Shout Factory Launches YouTube Channel Featuring Videos Of James Brown

They’re hoping that fans won’t, as the Godfather of Soul might have put it, hit it and quit. The site features James Brown concert footage and testimonials — and, of course, opportunities to buy DVDs and other merchandise …

January 16, 2013





James Brown Biopic Set to Begin Casting Soon

Authorized biopics of legendary musicians like Jimi Hendrix and Kurt Cobain are stuck in various stages of development, but another music film long in gestation – dramatizing the bumpy life and times of James Brown – may finally be gearing up …

January 15, 2013





The Rolling Stones and Bono Celebrate ‘Muscle Shoals’ – Premiere

The Rolling Stones, Aretha Franklin, Paul Simon and Wilson Pickett are just a few of the artists who traveled to Muscle Shoals, Alabama, during the 1960s and early 1970s to record 

December 10, 2012





James Brown and 2Pac Mixed Together, ‘Unchained’ – Song Premiere

Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming Django Unchained boasts a bold, flashy theme song to match the slick gunplay from Jamie Foxx, Leonardo DiCaprio and Christoph Waltz. For “Unchained,” James Brown and Tupac Shakur get mashed up hard, banging like Django’s six-shooter as 2Pac’s hook from “Untouchable” stomps over the bright, brassy funk of Brown’s “The Payback.”…

October 23, 2012





Mick Jagger to Co-Produce James Brown Biopic

Mick Jagger will join Brian Grazer to produce a long-awaited James Brown biopic that The Help writer and director Tate Taylor is in talks to direct Deadline reports “It’s a great honor to be involved with a project as rich as the story of the legendary James Brown” said Jagger “He was a mesmerizing with a fascinating life.” …

Monday October 22, 2012

‘The Help’s Tate Taylor and Mick Jagger Join Brian Grazer On James Brown Biopic

Imagine Entertainment‘s Brian Grazer has bolstered his long desire to turn James Brown‘s life story into a feature film. Tate Taylor, who adapted and made his helming debut on The Help, is in negotiations to direct the untitled project …

January 21, 2013

The Rolling Stones, Tame Impala, Haim and MIA lead NME Awards Nominations

The Awards, which will take place on Wednesday, February 27 in its new home at London’s Troxy will honour new bands, cult heroes and rock legends across 22 different categories voted for by music fans …

November 30, 2012

James Brown and 2Pac United for Quentin Tarantino’s ‘Django Unchained’ Soundtrack

The soundtrack for Quentin Tarantino’s forthcoming film Django Unchained has been announced …

January 9, 2013

Tegan and Sara Pep Up the Rolling Stones’ ‘Fool to Cry’ for HBO’s ‘Girls’

Girls just wanted to have fun., and so the HBO show had the New York band deliver a new song, “Sight of the Sun” on Monday 

September 10, 2012

Rolling Stones for ‘Monday Night Football’

ESPN will commemorate The Rolling Stones‘ 50th anniversary Monday nights throughout the NFL season with “Legend to Legend,” a unique collaboration with the Universal Music Group that will combine “Monday Night Football” highlights with classic tracks from the legendary band featuring Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood 


September 6, 2012

ESPN to commemorate the Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary on Monday Nights

The Rolling Stones have announced the November release of GRRR!, a greatest hits collection to mark five decades of the Greatest Rock’n’Roll Band In The World