‘James Brown: Say It Loud’ Premieres on A&E: ‘My Determination Was to Be Somebody’

“Without James Brown, the whole trajectory of culture goes somewhere else” … “He’s authentically and unapologetically Black” … “He marched to the beat of his own drum — literally.”

Those declarations from LL Cool J, Morehouse College’s Dr. David Wall Rice and Rev. Al Sharpton, respectively, are just a few of the illuminating comments peppering the first two hours of A&E’s James Brown: Say It Loud which premiered Monday (Feb. 19). The second half of the network’s four-hour docu-series bows Tuesday (Feb. 20) at 8 p.m. ET.

Mick Jagger Reflects on James Brown’s Influence in ‘Say It Loud’ Trailer: Watch It Here First

“He [James] was a brilliant performer who inspired me from the beginning and was deeply committed to the civil rights movement. I’ve always admired James and learned so much from him,” states rock icon Mick Jagger in a press release. He also served as one of the documentary’s executive producers, and reflects on the musician’s impact in the trailer.

Lady Gaga Performs With the Rolling Stones at Album Release Show: Watch

The Rolling Stones played a surprise show at Racket NYC to mark the release of their brand new album, Hackney Diamonds. At the concert, they played “Shattered,” “Angry,” “Whole Wide World,” “Tumbling Dice,” “Bite My Head Off,” “Jumpin’ Jack Flash,” and their new song with Lady Gaga, “Sweet Sounds of Heaven.” Watch the collaborative performance of the latter song below.

Hackney Diamonds is the Rolling Stones’ first album of new material since 2005’s A Bigger Bang. Andrew Watt produced the new album, and Stevie Wonder is on the studio version of “Sweet Sounds of Heaven.”

September 6, 2023

‘Hackney Diamonds’ by the Rolling Stones Review: A Classic Band’s New Luster

The group’s first album of original material in nearly two decades feels genuinely fresh, and features Mick Jagger, Keith Richards and guest stars Elton John, Lady Gaga, Paul McCartney, Stevie Wonder, and Bill Wyman.

September 6, 2023

Austin Butler, Jodie Comer Find Uneasy Love in a Motorcycle Club in Jeff Nichols’ ‘The Bikeriders’ Trailer

Featuring “Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)” by The Rolling Stones.

February 23, 2023

Bert Kreischer and Mark Hamill Continue the Legend of ‘The Machine’ in New Red Band Trailer

The Machine bursts into theaters on May 26, 2023. See Kreischer relive his legend and Hamill take speed in the trailer below.

February 12, 2023

NFL Super Bowl Commercial Tries Sneak Play to Get Viewers Watching

After wrapping a broadcast of the Apple Music halftime show with Rihanna, Fox appeared to launch an interview segment between Andrews and Diana Flores, the team quarterback of Mexico Women’s National Flag Football team.

During the interview, Andrews tells Flores, “You are so elusive. Is there anybody that can pull your flags?” Just as the athlete is about to answer, Andrews tries to yank them herself and starts to chase the surprised young woman. As the action ramps up, viewers hear Joan Jett and the Blackhearts covering the frantic song “Real Wild Child” and the audience follows as Flores is tracked by football players like Sauce Gardner and Davante Adams, and the digital influencer Mr. Beast. Even tennis great Billie Jean King makes an appearance. Meanwhile, Flores careens through hallways, down a giant escalator and even off a roof!

November 19, 2022

Every Song In A Christmas Story Christmas

The music of A Christmas Story Christmas helps update the 2022 sequel while still capturing the energy of what is so beloved about the original.

The soundtrack to A Christmas Story Christmas manages to be both seasonally appropriate and fun, effectively bringing the charm of the original movie into the 1970s with its era-appropriate songs. Set in 1973, A Christmas Story Christmas catches up with a now-adult Ralphie Parker, who is under pressure to deliver the perfect holiday for his family after the tragic death of The Old Man. Though the movie is aided by its returning cast members, the songs of the 2022 A Christmas Story sequel help update the franchise while capturing the energy of what is so beloved about the 1983 original.

November 1, 2022

‘A Christmas Story Christmas’ Trailer: Ralphie Is All Grown Up in Holiday Sequel Released Nearly 40 Years Later

We triple dog dare you to join in on the fun. Ralphie returns in the trailer for #AChristmasStoryChristmas – streaming on HBO Max November 17.

September 24, 2022

‘Enola Holmes 2’ Trailer: Millie Bobby Brown Unravels Another Mystery

Millie Bobby Brown’s Enola Holmes is back on the case in the official trailer for “Enola Holmes 2.”

An extension of the iconic Sherlock Holmes character created by Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, the franchise stars Brown as the youngest sibling of the Holmes family, who must come into her own as a capable detective, while facing down her brother Sherlock (Henry Cavill).

September 22, 2022

James Brown: Say It Loud

This four-part documentary series offers a deep dive into the life and career of the Godfather of Soul. It will feature direction from Deborah Riley Draper, with a roster of musical executive producers including Ahmir ‘Questlove’ Thompson, Tariq ‘Black Thought’ Trotter and Mick Jagger. This is not the first time that Jagger has been involved in Brown’s life story, having previously served as a producer on the HBO documentary Mr Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown.

James Brown: Say It Loud is set to arrive in 2023.

April 15, 2022

David Bowie Doc, Ethan Coen’s Jerry Lee Lewis Film Headed to Cannes 2022

Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind, will air at Cannes as a “special screening.” There’s little info about the film out there at the moment, though it is notably the first film Ethan Coen has directed without his brother Joel (Joel Coen made his solo directorial debut last year with The Tragedy of Macbeth).

April 14, 2022

David Cronenberg, Park Chan-wook, Kelly Reichardt Set for Cannes Competition

Ethan Coen’s Jerry Lee Lewis: Trouble in Mind, a documentary on the legendary rock n roll star, and director’s first solo effort without brother Joel, will get a special screening at Cannes 2022.

March 19, 2022

‘CODA’ & Docs About The Beatles & Tom Petty Win 2022 PGA Awards (Full Winners List)

CODA, Encanto, Summer of Soul and documentaries about The Beatles and Tom Petty won at the 33rd Annual Producers Guild Awards, which were held on Saturday (March 19) at the Fairmont Century Plaza in Los Angeles.

Award for outstanding producer of televised or streamed motion pictures:  Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free: The Making of Wildflowers; producer: Peter Afterman

March 14, 2022

The Rolling Stones announce new ‘Sixty’ tour

The legendary group announced a European tour, called “Sixty,” which will hit Madrid; Munich, Germany; Liverpool, UK; Amsterdam, Netherlands; Bern, Switzerland; Milan, Italy; London; Brussels, Belgium; Vienna, Austria; Lyon, France; Paris; Gelsenkirchen, Germany; and Stockholm, Sweden.

The band will perform 14 shows in all this summer, starting June 1. They are calling it “Sixty” in celebration of their 60th anniversary.

February 26, 2022

A&E Announces James Brown Documentary Series Produced by Mick Jagger and Questlove

In a statement, Jagger said he was “thrilled” to executive produce James Brown: Say It Loud, adding, “He was a brilliant performer who inspired me from the beginning and was deeply committed to the Civil Rights movement. I have always admired James and learned so much from him.”

“The life of James Brown is significant not only to understand his immense musical impact, which inspires us and other artists to this day, but also for the deep and lasting impression he has had on American culture,” added Questlove and Black Thought. “Brown’s life is a crucial and timely story of struggle, redemption, and self-identity and we are honored to have the chance to share it.”

February 25, 2022

James Brown’s Got A Brand New Docuseries From Mick Jagger & Questlove For A&E

James Brown: Say It Loud is set for a 2023 release, marking what would have been Brown’s 90th birthday. It will explore Brown’s legacy with interviews with friends, family, collaborators and proteges as well as his beloved music catalog and includes never-been-seen-before archival footage.

It is produced by Inaudible Films, which produced Mr. Dynamite: The Rise of James Brown and is working on docs about Curtis Mayfield and Jerry Lee Lewis, in association with Polygram Entertainment.

Deborah Riley Draper directs, Peter Afterman serves as executive producer for Inaudible Films along with producer Sarah Haber, Jagger and Victoria Pearman exec produce for Jagged Films, Ahmir “Questlove” Thompson — who directed Oscar-nominated doc Summer of Soul — Tariq “Black Thought” Trotter, Shawn Gee and Zarah Zohlman exec produce for Two One Five Entertainment and David Blackman exec produces for Polygram Entertainment.

February 10, 2022

Colin Stetson Announces The Texas Chainsaw Massacre Soundtrack, Shares New Song: Listen

Colin Stetson has shared a new piece of music, a preview of his forthcoming soundtrack to David Blue Garcia’s update of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre. It’s titled “Every Last One.” The rest of the score arrives on February 18 via Milan Records, with the film hitting Netflix the same day.

January 31, 2022

Folgers, Trombone Shorty Launch New Ad Campaign Featuring a Joan Jett Classic

To reinforce its reputation as a brand leader and simultaneously bolster its connection with next-generation coffee drinkers, Folgers commissioned the Joan Jett & the Blackhearts classic “Bad Reputation” as the theme song for its perception-shattering campaign.

Headquartered in New Orleans, the 170-year-old firm — part of The J.M. Smucker Co. — also reached out to local favorite and Blue Note Records artist Trombone Shorty. In addition to imbuing the track with some energetic NOLA flavor, the Grammy-nominated musician, his brass bandmates and local Folgers employees also appear in the commercial. Being deployed across TV, online video, digital display and streaming audio, the Folgers campaign follows last year’s pairing between fellow Smucker brand Jif with rap icon/spokesperson Ludacris.

January 31, 2022

‘Texas Chainsaw Massacre’ Trailer: Netflix Unleashes Leatherface on a New Generation

Welcome back, Leatherface. The iconic horror movie killer is back in the official trailer for Netflix’s reboot of “Texas Chainsaw Massacre,” arriving on the streaming platform on Feb. 18.

January 28, 2022

Talking-head documentary ‘Gamestop: Rise of the Players’ focuses on the little guys

Director Jonah Tulis and producer Blake J. Harris reveal how their documentary, produced on a tight timeline, managed to beat competing Hollywood projects to the punch.

January 27, 2022

PGA Awards 2022 Nominations: The Complete List

Award for Outstanding Producer of Televised or Streamed Motion Pictures

Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free: The Making of Wildflowers

January 20, 2022

‘GameStop: Rise of the Players’ Documents the r/WallStreetBets GME Revolution

Titled GameStop: Rise of the Players, the new documentary is directed by Jonah Tulis and produced by Blake J. Harris, the same team behind Console Wars. The trailer (featured above) shows exclusive access to some of the key players in the saga and of course, also features the movement’s founder Keith “Roaring Kitty” Gill. “Spotlighting the human side of a sensational business drama, GameStop: Rise of the Players is a David vs Goliath tale about ordinary people waking up to the power they have in numbers,” the synopsis states.

November 17, 2021

Channing Tatum Takes a Road Trip With Man’s Best Friend in ‘DOG’ Trailer

Considering the touching nature of the trailer, it might be prudent to pack a few tissues before going to the theater. You might also want to give your dog a hug. Check out the trailer below featuring “Beast of Burden” by The Rolling Stones!

October 22, 2021

Tom Petty: Somewhere You Feel Free | Official Trailer

This award winning documentary delves deeply into a trove of never before seen 16mm footage filmed in the ‘90s during Tom Petty’s legendary first collaboration with Rick Rubin, his personal masterpiece, “Wildflowers”. Featuring present day interviews with the Heartbreakers, Rick Rubin and others close to the process. The doc is not only a study in song craft and the unique recording process it is known for but digs deeper into what was going on for Tom personally with the dissolution of important relationships in The Heartbreakers and the ending of his long time marriage to his childhood sweetheart. It is an uplifting and cathartic ride. Plus, exclusive, never-before-seen interviews and footage of Tom.

October 22, 2021

Tom Petty Talks Working With Rick Rubin in Clip From ‘Wildflowers’ Documentary

Tom Petty and producer Rick Rubin talk about collaborating in a clip from Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free: The Making of Wildflowers, a documentary about the recording of the classic 1994 LP. After screening for one-night-only in theaters on October 20th — Petty’s birthday — the film will head to YouTube Originals on November 11th.

October 21, 2021

RED NOTICE | Official Trailer | Netflix

Check out the trailer below featuring “Unchained (The Payback / Untouchable)” by James Brown and 2Pac!

October 15, 2021

Big Mouth | Season 5 Official Trailer | Netflix

Check out the trailer below featuring “I Hate Myself For Loving You” by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts!

September 23, 2021

YouTube Originals Acquires ‘Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free: The Making of Wildflowers’

The documentary offers a deep dive into a condensed period of creativity and freedom (between 1993 and 1995) for the legendary, titular rock star and looks at his creation of his “Wildflowers” album. The project includes never-before-seen archival footage of Petty and his band in the recording studio and on tour, equally rare behind-the-scenes moments of Petty at home with his family and interviews with the album’s co-producers Rick Rubin and Heartbreaker Mike Campbell, along with original Heartbreaker Benmont Tench.

“Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free: The Making of Wildflowers” is produced by Peter Afterman and directed by Mary Wharton, with executive producers Dan Braun, Wharton and Adria Petty. It is presented by Inaudible Films, Warner Music Entertainment and Warner Records.

The doc debuted in March at SXSW and won the festival’s Audience Award. It will receive a special theatrical release on Petty’s birthday, Oct. 20, for a one-night global celebration via Trafalgar Releasing. Select cinemas will also have encore screenings the following day.

August 24, 2021

Rest In Peace, Charlie Watts 🤍

July 22, 2021

IT’S TIME. #DuneMovie coming October 22.

April 11, 2021

2021 Guild of Music Supervisors Awards: Full List of Winners

“Hear My Voice” from The Trial of The Chicago 7 won best song written and/or recorded for a film at the 11th annual Guild of Music Supervisors Awardswhich were presented virtually on Sunday (April 11). The award went to the song’s co-writers, Celeste Waite and Daniel Pemberton, and also to the film’s music supervisors, Peter Afterman and Alison Litton.

April 5, 2021

‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’ Scores Biggest Audience For HBO Max To Date, Samba TV Says

Third-party streaming ratings firm Samba TV reported Monday that 3.6 million households watched at least five minutes of Warner Bros/Legendary’s Godzilla vs. Kong on HBO Max in the pic’s first five days on the site from March 31-April 4.

April 4, 2021

‘Godzilla Vs. Kong’ Propels Domestic Box Office Out Of Pandemic Depression With $48.5M 5-Day Opening

Whoever said moviegoing was bound to stay dead, or that streaming has won, needs to go back to business school. Because a big event movie plus a holiday weekend, along with LA & NYC reopened exhibition markets equaled big bucks. At the box office, Warner Bros./Legendary’s Godzilla vs. Kong  decimated all industry projections with a 5-day box office of $48.5M after a $12.5M Saturday, +8%Godzilla vs. Kong‘s 3-day was $32.2M and that’s the high-end of the 5-day projection which was being made before its Wednesday opening.

March 28, 2021

‘Godzilla vs. Kong’ Stomps to Pandemic-Best $122M Foreign Start

Godzilla vs. Kong opened to a pandemic-best $121.8 million at the foreign box office, giving Hollywood hope that tentpoles can make a comeback as theaters reopen. Legendary and Warner Bros.’ monster mashup enjoyed an especially loud roar in China alone, where it launched to a huge $70.3 million.

March 23, 2021

Audience Awards Winners for the 2021 SXSW Film Festival Announced


Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free

Director: Mary Wharton

March 19, 2021

‘Genius: Aretha’ earns its respect with Cynthia Erivo’s showstopping role

March 18, 2021

Cynthia Erivo is dynamic in a bio-series that is strongest when it makes the case for the Queen of Soul as a creative force.

March 17, 2021

SXSW Interview: Mary Wharton Pieces Together Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free

Finding the man behind the Wildflowers sessions.

@YorkshireTX / Richard Whittaker [Austin Chronicle]

March 17, 2021

‘Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free’: Film Review | SXSW 2021

Somewhere You Feel Free is a love letter to Petty, but also to that most mysterious of alchemies, the chemistry of a rock ‘n’ roll band.

March 17, 2021

March 11, 2021

‘Tom Petty: Somewhere You Feel Free’: Exclusive Clip From SXSW Centerpiece Documentary On ‘Wildflowers’ Era

Deep-diving into a condensed period of creativity and freedom for the legendary rocker, who died in 2017, the docu will have its world premiere as the centerpiece film of next week’s virtual South by Southwest festival.

Capturing the Wildflowers period of 1993-95, Tom Petty: Somewhere You Feel Free delivers an unvarnished look at Petty and features never-before-seen footage drawn from a newly discovered archive of 16mm film as well as new interviews with album co-producers Rick Rubin and original Heartbreakers Mike Campbell and Benmont Tench.

Director Mary Wharton illuminates an artist at the height of his powers, providing an intimate and emotional look at an enigmatic icon with archival footage of Petty in the recording studio, behind the scenes on tour with his band and at home with his family.

Peter Afterman produced Tom Petty: Somewhere You Feel Free, with Dan Braun and Adria Petty serving as executive producers. The 89-minute film screens March 17 at the virtual SXSW.

Click HERE to watch the clip!

March 1, 2021

Nat Geo’s ‘Genius: Aretha’ Sets Extravagant Premiere With Live Performances, Multi-city Drive-in Screenings

The Nat Geo network is pulling out all the stops for a March 11 world premiere of Genius: Arethathe latest installment of its anthology series.

The event will be marked by a pre-show of performances, multi-city drive-in screenings, and a finale of Cynthia Erivo performing Aretha Franklin songs taped at the Greek Theater.

The event will include:

  • Spoken Word by Suzan-Lori Parks, showrunner of Genius: Aretha;
  • Performances by trumpeter Marquis Hillon from the stage of the Apollo Theater, Bill Moss Jr. presents the Detroit Youth All-Star Choir, c-Live & AfroPunk Artists;
  • Performances by Genius: Aretha actresses Antonique Smith, Patrice Covington & Rebecca Naomi Jones;
  • Appearances by Brian Grazer and Courtney B. Vance;
  • The World Premiere screening of Genius: Aretha:
  • An exclusive performance of Aretha classics by Cynthia Erivo taped at the Greek Theater in Los Angeles.

The series will stage its regular network premiere on March 21 on Nat Geo.

The multi-city drive-in screenings will be held at four drive-in locations, including at the Monroe Street Drive-In in Detroit, the Springs Drive-In in Atlanta, the Skyline Theater in New York, and the Rose Bowl in Pasadena. There will also be a virtual screening of the premiere.

February 25, 2021

Nominees for the 11th Annual Guild of Music Supervisors (GMS) Awards


“Hear My Voice” from “The Trial of Chicago 7”
Writer: Celeste Waite, Daniel Pemberton
Performed By: Celeste
Music Supervisor: Peter Afterman, Alison Litton

February 10, 2021

Tom Petty, Demi Lovato, Charli XCX Docs Headed to South by Southwest Film Festival

As for Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free, the film was directed by Mary Wharton and was made from a newly discovered archive of 16mm film shot while Petty was making his acclaimed 1994 record Wildflowers. The film arrives on the heels of last year’s Wildflowers and All the Rest, a reissue that presented the record as the double-LP Petty had initially envisioned. Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free will be the festival’s centerpiece film.

February 10, 2021

SXSW Film Festival Unveils Full Lineup; Charli XCX Quarantine Feature To Close Fest; Tom Petty Docu Set As Centerpiece

Tom Petty, Somewhere You Feel Free
Director: Mary Wharton, Producer: Peter Afterman
Drawn from a newly discovered archive of 16mm film showing Tom Petty at work on his 1994 record Wildflowers, considered by many including Rolling Stone to be his greatest album ever, Somewhere You Feel Free is an intimate view of a musical icon.

(World Premiere) (Centerpiece Film)

February 3, 2021

The James Brown estate mourns the passing of Mr. Danny Ray, the legendary emcee and cape man for James Brown.  Ray worked with Brown from 1960 until the music legend’s death on Christmas day 2006. He became famous for draping a cape over Brown at the end of his signature tune Please, Please, Please.  Mr. Ray was the second hardest working man in show business.

January 25, 2021

‘Godzilla vs Kong’ trailer gives first glimpse of epic monster showdown

December 11, 2020

Rolling Stones TV Series Coming to FX

Nick Hornby is set to write two seasons of the show, which will cover the band’s first decade.
A new scripted biographical TV series about the Rolling Stones is in the works at FX. High Fidelity author Nick Hornby will write the series; Left Bank, the production company behind Netflix’s House of Windsor drama The Crown, will produce it. FX has ordered two seasons of the yet-to-be-titled show, which will cover the period from the band’s founding through 1972.

November 25, 2020

‘Genius: Aretha’ Wraps Production, Set For 2021 Debut On Nat Geo

Another series whose production was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic has successfully finished its season. Genius: Aretha, the third installment in National Geographic’s anthology series, wrapped production today in Atlanta. The show commemorated the occasion with photos on Instagram featuring star Cynthia Erivo as music icon Aretha Franklin as well as executive producer/showrunner Suzan-Lori Parks, who sent the cast and crew a welcome-back note the day the series resumed production last month, and executive producer/director Anthony Hemingway.

October 15, 2020

Check out an exclusive track from Aaron Sorkin’s ‘The Trial of the Chicago 7’

A new track from Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7 has just been released.

The song, written by Daniel Pemberton, scores the new Netflix drama about the real-life trial against a group of anti-Vietnam War protesters inciting violence at the 1968 Democratic National Convention in Chicago.

September 11, 2020

Exclusive: ‘Enola Holmes’ Soundtrack Details, First Listen Revealed for Daniel Pemberton’s Score

“It’s been a real joy to write music for Enola Holmes and to go back to writing some unashamedly melodic and emotional orchestral music – coupled with a nice level of messy quirky oddness thrown in as well,” said Pemberton in an exclusive statement to Collider. “From my first meeting with Harry Bradbeer the director, we talked about trying to create a score full of themes, mystery and surprise that both encapsulated her character but also took you on her journey. I hope this soundtrack allows anyone listening to it to re-live the first amazing adventures of one Enola Holmes…” – Daniel Pemberton

September 9, 2020

Denis Villeneuve’s Dune Gets Epic First Trailer: Watch

At long last, we have our first real look at the world of Denis Villeneuve’s Dune. After much teasing and deliberation, Warner Bros. has let loose the first trailer for its star-studded epic in anticipation of its December 18th release.

September 7, 2020

‘Enola Holmes’ Review: Millie Bobby Brown Rocks as Sherlock’s Kid Sister in Clever Netflix Original

Meet Sherlock Holmes’ younger sister, who represents an independent-minded new heroine for young-adult audiences in this entertaining franchise starter.

September 4, 2020

Mick Jagger and Keith Richards on ‘Goats Head Soup,’ Life in Lockdown, and Why They’ll Never Quit

Mick Jagger got a call from his label recently with some news: While working on a reissue of the Rolling Stones’ 1973 album Goats Head Soup, the crew found some unreleased tracks. “I remember thinking, ‘Oh, no,’” Jagger says. “Unreleased tracks, to me that always means a lot of work. It’s like, ‘Things that you didn’t like and didn’t finish!’”

Jagger’s mind changed when he heard the music. “Actually, it’s not bad at all,” he says. Soon, isolating at his home in the European countryside, he wrote new lyrics to “All the Rage,” a rocker he’d started writing 47 years earlier. “You finish [tracks] like you would if you recorded them last week,” says Jagger. “ ‘Where are my maracas? Surely I must have my maracas around here.’”

August 29, 2020

Rest In Peace, Chadwick Boseman

Our hearts go out to the family and friends of Chadwick and all of those he has inspired. Your light shines brightly, thank you for your contribution to the beauty of this world.

August 25, 2020

Millie Bobby Brown Breaks Fourth Walls and Glass Ceilings in Enola Holmes Trailer

According to the first full-length trailer for Netflix’s upcoming teen detective flick Enola Holmes, Sherlock Holmes’s younger sister has Fleabag powers of talking directly to the fourth wall in the middle of the action, Dickinson powers of being a rad teen with a modern sensibility in Victorian times, and Harriet the Spy powers of being a plucky kid detective/she spy. In a movie based on the books by Nancy Springer, Millie Bobby Brown will play the spirited Enola, who defies her famous older brother (computer technician Henry Cavill) to search for her missing, kooky mother, played kookily by Helena Bonham Carter. She also meets a cute boy (a viscount!) and learns hand-to-hand combat, so this movie really, truly does have it all. And in case you were worried that Helena Bonham Carter doesn’t wear a kooky fake mustache in the trailer, you needn’t. Enola Holmes premieres on Netflix September 23.

August 17, 2020

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Netflix’s ‘Enola Holmes’ Teaser Trailer Reveals Millie Bobby Brown as Sherlock’s Sister

Netflix has released the first teaser trailer for the upcoming film Enola Holmes, and it looks like good fun. Based on the book The Enola Holmes Mysteries by Nancy Springer, the film puts a twist on the Sherlock Holmes story by creating a sister for the notorious detective. Enola, played by Stranger Things star Millie Bobby Brown, is much younger than her two older brothers but no less gifted. And as if that wasn’t enough, the film finds Henry Cavill playing Sherlock while Sam Claflin fills the role of Mycroft Holmes.

July 24, 2020

‘Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President’: Film Review

There’s a moment in Mary Wharton’s “Jimmy Carter Rock & Roll President” that looks downright surreal — at least, in light of the bombs-away culture-war politics that have come to rule our own era. It’s Jan. 20, 1977, the night of Carter’s Inaugural Gala, and introducing the festivities is that favorite son of progressive liberal Democrats, John Wayne. In the audience are John Lennon (in a tux!) and Yoko Ono. The performers include Paul Simon and Aretha Franklin, and when Aretha delivers her a capella rendition of “God Bless America,” it gives you tingles and chills and everything else. The evening has a we’re-all-in-this-together quality that feels positively and creatively…American.

July 22, 2020

First Look at Aaron Sorkin’s The Trial of the Chicago 7

Aaron Sorkin remembers the day, 14 years ago, when he was summoned to Steven Spielberg’s house and offered a job. “He told me he wanted to make a movie about the riots at the 1968 Chicago Democratic Convention and the trial that followed,” he says. “I left not knowing what the hell he was talking about.”

Sorkin was seven years old when Abbie Hoffman, Tom Hayden, Jerry Rubin, Bobby Seale, Rennie Davis, and other counterculture activists spearheaded a massive protest in Chicago’s Grant Park against the Vietnam War. What started as a peaceful demonstration turned into a televised bloodbath when baton-wielding, tear-gas-spraying Chicago police and National Guard troops turned their fury on the crowd. The wild, infamous six-month trial that followed in 1969—in which the organizers were accused by President Nixon’s Department of Justice of criminal conspiracy and crossing state lines to incite a riot—was a three-ring circus presided over by the blatantly biased Judge Julius Hoffman. The unjustness of the spectacle helped radicalize millions of disaffected American kids.

July 22, 2020

The Rolling Stones Unearth Long Lost Jimmy Page Collaboration “Scarlet”

The Rolling Stones have unearthed a previously unreleased collaboration with Led Zeppelin’s Jimmy Page. Entitled “Scarlet”, it was recorded in October 1974.

In a statement, Keith Richards said the collaboration came about by happenstance after The Stones found themselves in the same recording studio as Led Zeppelin. “My recollection is we walked in at the end of a Zeppelin session,” Richards recounted. “They were just leaving, and we were booked in next and I believe that Jimmy decided to stay. We weren’t actually cutting it as a track, it was basically for a demo, a demonstration, you know, just to get the feel of it, but it came out well, with a line up like that, you know, we better use it.”

Now, 46 years after it was recorded, “Scarlet” is finally being released in The Stones’ upcoming Goats Head Soup box set. The expanded reissue pairs The Stones’ 1973 album Goats Head Soup with 10 bonus tracks, three of which are previously unreleased, as well as a 1973 live recording from Belgium. It’s due for release on September 4th.

June 23, 2020

11 Anthems of Black Pride and Protest Through American History

6. ‘Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud’ — James Brown, 1968

James Brown’s “Say It Loud, I’m Black and I’m Proud” was released at a time when Black Americans were feeling particularly raw and enraged, following the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr. on April 4, 1968. Four months after his murder, Brown released the song that boldly celebrated Black culture.

May 3, 2020

Happy Birthday, James Brown!

Yarah, Norah and Rosa performed live during the James Brown Birthday IG-Live Musical Tribute to “Get On The Good Foot.” Watch below!

April 23, 2020

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Rolling Stones Drop New Song, ‘Living in a Ghost Town’

The Rolling Stones have released the brand-new song ‘Living in a Ghost Town’ to tide fans over until they’re able to reschedule the upcoming leg of their No Filter tour.  This is the first new Jagger/Richards composed song since 2012.

February 19, 2020

Jerry Lee Lewis Returns to Music: ‘I Thought I Would Never Play Again’

After a stroke last year robbed him of use of his right hand, the Rock and Roll legend thought his piano-playing days were over. Now, at 84, he just recorded a new album.

February 9, 2020

Nat Geo Unveils Teaser for ‘Genius’ Starring Cynthia Erivo as Aretha Franklin

The 30-second spot, which sees the ‘Harriet’ star take on the Queen of Soul, was revealed during the 92nd Oscars telecast Sunday.

February 6, 2020

The Rolling Stones 2020 NO FILTER USA/CA Tour!

It’s a new year, a new decade and we’re thrilled to announce a brand new Rolling Stones NO FILTER 2020 USA/CA Tour!  Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts and Ronnie Wood will bring the NO FILTER TOUR to the following stadiums this year:

MAY ’20: San Diego, CA; Vancouver, BC; Minneapolis, MN; Nashville, TN; Austin, TX; Dallas, TX

JUNE ’20: Buffalo, NY; Detroit, MI; Louisville, KY; Cleveland, OH; Pittsburgh, PA; St. Louis, MO

JULY ’20: Charlotte, NC; Tampa, FL; Atlanta, GA

December 6, 2019

See Cynthia Erivo as Aretha Franklin in First Picture From National Geographic’s Genius

Erivo will portray the Queen of Soul in the TV series, which premieres in May 2020.

November 4, 2019

Ghost Hounds Return From 10-Year Hiatus With ‘Roses Are Black’ Album: Premiere

The Pittsburgh-based rock quintet has been busy, and visible, leading up to the Nov. 5 release of Roses Are Black, premiering exclusively below, which ends a 10-year gap between albums. Ghost Hounds opened for the Rolling Stones during July in Washington, D.C. and recently played several dates supporting ZZ Top and Bob Seger & the Silver Bullet Band.

Available on iTunes here.

October 28, 2019

‘Genius: Aretha’: Malcolm Barrett, Rebecca Naomi Jones Among Five Cast In Nat Geo Series; Anthony Hemingway To Direct

Billed as the first-ever, definitive and only authorized scripted limited series on the life of Franklin, Genius: Aretha will begin production in December for a spring 2020 premiere on National Geographic channels in 172 countries and 43 languages.

October 18, 2019

All The Songs From ABC’s ‘Stumptown’ Soundtrack

Thin Lizzy AND Joan Jett in the same episode. Yup.

Season 1, Episode 4

“I Love Rock ‘N Roll” — Joan Jett and the Blackhearts

October 3, 2019

Cynthia Erivo To Star As Aretha Franklin In Nat Geo’s ‘Genius: Aretha’

Nat Geo and Imagine have found their Queen of Soul. Tony-, Emmy- and Grammy-winning artist and actress Cynthia Erivo (Harriet, The Color Purple) has been tapped to star as Aretha Franklin in the next installment of Nat Geo’s Emmy-winning global anthology series Genius: Aretha, from Imagine Television and Fox 21 TV Studios. Aretha’s Estate is also on board for the season making it the first and only official production on her life.

June 4, 2019

Poisoning Paradise, executive produced by Pierce Brosnan, is now available on iTunes!

Discover what’s at stake for Hawaii from local activists, scientific experts, and healthcare professionals as they expose the effects of pesticide use and the environmental injustice on a local population.  Produced and Directed by Keely Brosnan and Executive Produced by Pierce Brosnan.

May 20, 2019

Beyond Woodstock: Revisiting the Other Summer of ’69 Music Festivals

The Newport Jazz Festival had been a summer tradition in Rhode Island for more than a decade, highlighting the best swing, bebop, and big band talents of the day. But in 1969, organizers decided to bring a selection of rock groups onto the lineup, including Led Zeppelin, the Mothers of Invention, and Sly and the Family Stone. Things did not go smoothly. Crowds crashed fences, riots threatened to break out, toilets overflowed. But amid the chaos, some seriously great music was made. Miles Davis tried out his revolutionary electric sound, tearing through a ferocious set that previewed Bitches Brew, the landmark effort the trumpeter recorded just a few weeks later. Zeppelin’s heavy blues-rock fusion gave a glimpse of the stadium-ready sound that would dominate the 1970s. And James Brown’s set caught the Godfather of Soul at a career high point, bringing blindingly brilliant funk to Newport’s Sunday afternoon.

May 14, 2019

Aretha Franklin Estate Joins Nat Geo’s ‘Genius’ Installment

The Estate of Aretha Franklin has joined Genius: Aretha, the third installment of National Geographic’s Genius scripted anthology series. Sabrina Owens, representative of The Estate, will serve as a producer on the series.

Suzan-Lori Parks, Pulitzer Prize award-winning playwright of Topdog/Underdog, will be executive producer and showrunner of the series, from Imagine Television and Fox 21 TV Studios. Music mogul and longtime Franklin collaborator Clive Davis as well as Atlantic Records chairman and CEO Craig Kallman also executive produce.

Imagine Entertainment has partnered with Warner Music for this third season, which will again be executive produced by Imagine’s Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Francie Calfo; Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane (MWM Studios); and Sam Sokolow (EUE/Sokolow). Imagine’s Anna Culp will serve as producer alongside Peter Afterman.

April 29, 2019

Avengers: Endgame Uses Music to Travel Through Time

First and foremost (and yeah, some spoilers ahead): Thor (Chris Hemsworth) comes back somewhat paunchier this time around (who can relate), but ready to take back the universe as he struts into the hanger where Iron Man (Robert Downey Jr.), Ant-Man (Paul Rudd), Captain America (Chris Evans), and the Incredible Hulk (Mark Ruffalo) are preparing their time machine to the sounds of The Rolling Stones.  As a killer hook and Mick Jagger’s shredding vocals echo throughout the room, the Stones’ frontman, as if channeling Thor himself, asks, “What’s it all about? I guess it just reflects my mood.”  The song—“Doom and Gloom,” the Stones’ jaunty single off their 2012 greatest hits compilation GRRR! — has a rollicking, dark sense of humor, complementing Thor’s own devil may care attitude.  Weighed down and haunted by failure and the results of Infinity War, Thor sports sweats, grizzled hair, a beard, and sunglasses that hide his perpetual, depression-fueled hangover.

April 19, 2019

See Kygo, Rita Ora’s New ‘Carry On’ Video for ‘Detective Pikachu’

Norwegian DJ/producer Kygo has teamed up with Rita Ora for a new song, “Carry On,” to be featured on the soundtrack for the upcoming film Pokémon Detective Pikachu.

Stream and download here!

March 28, 2019

Cardi B Glams Up for Epic Vegas Night in Star-Studded New Palms Casino Resort Campaign — Watch!

Set to “Unstatus Quo,” a James Brown-sampling song by Los Angeles musician and designer Duckwrth, the spot of the same name depicts the 26-year-old rapper fanning herself with hundred dollar bills while money blows all around her.

March 14, 2019

The Rolling Stones Gather Hits, Live Tracks for New Best-Of LP ‘Honk’

The Rolling Stones will release a new best-of compilation LP, Honk, on April 19th via Polydor/Interscope. The career-spanning project is available as a single-CD and 2-LP edition featuring 20 songs, along with a deluxe 3-CD/4-LP set with 46 cuts.

Foo Fighters’ Dave Grohl, Ed Sheeran, Brad Paisley, Florence and the Machine’s Florence Welch appear on live disc of compilation’s deluxe edition.

February 13, 2019

Guild of Music Supervisors Awards: Complete Winners List

The event celebrates the highest achievements in music supervision, recognizing exemplary work in 18 categories across movies, television, games, advertising, and trailers.


Margaret Yen and Alison Litton – “Vox Lux”

February 11, 2019

Aretha Franklin Will Be Nat Geo’s First Female Genius

The anthology series, which previously delved into the lives and works of Albert Einstein and Pablo Picasso, has put its Mary Shelley plans on hold in favor of the late Queen of Soul.

February 10, 2019

‘Genius: Aretha Franklin’ Greenlighted As Third Installment Of Nat Geo Series; Suzan-Lori Parks Set As Showrunner – TCA

Imagine Entertainment has partnered with Warner Music for this third season, which will again be executive produced by Imagine’s Brian Grazer, Ron Howard and Francie Calfo; Gigi Pritzker and Rachel Shane (MWM Studios); and Sam Sokolow (EUE/Sokolow). Imagine’s Anna Culp will serve as producer alongside Peter Afterman.

January 10, 2019

Guild of Music Supervisors 2019 Nominees: Complete List


Margaret Yen and Alison Litton Vox Lux

December 5, 2018

‘Vox Lux’ Review: Natalie Portman’s Pop-Star Blues

The star gives a take-no-prisoners performance as chart-topping musician formed (and scarred) by tragedy.

November 20, 2018

Russell’s Kris Kringle wears a gold initial necklace. He’s a bit thinner than the usual tubby tinsel-time gift giver (even the salt-and-pepper beard is kind of sexy). He dashes in and out of houses at the speed of light. And he’s got a brand-new bag: Literally, there’s a scene in which he performs James Brown’s “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” onstage with jazzy saxophone accompaniment.

November 12, 2018

‘Detective Pikachu’ First Trailer: Ryan Reynolds Is Now the Voice of the World’s Most Beloved Pokémon

Director Rob Letterman is behind the camera for the first live-action Pokémon movie, starring Reynolds, Justice Smith, and some of the game’s most popular ‘mons.

November 2, 2018

After tackling some of the most hair-raising tales in country music in season 1 of the animated Cinemax series Tales From the Tour Bus, creator Mike Judge gets funky in season 2, premiering Nov. 2, chronicling the exploits of George Clinton, James Brown, Rick James, and more.

October 26, 2018

9 Spring Looks Joan Jett Pre-Empted

When Joan Jett declared “I love rock ‘n’ roll”, she became the guitar heroine to watch – both in terms of her music and her style. Before the Spice Girls, before Annie Lennox, before, ahem, Little Mix, Jett was pushing the boundaries of female liberation. Founding the all-female teenage rock band The Runaways in 1975, when she was still a teenager, Jett pioneered a rebellious image to go with her music, infused with a hard-edged femininity. Her favoured signifiers, aside from her guitar sidekick? Studs, leather, chains and plenty of black. As Bad Reputation, a documentary which honours her career, is released in cinemas, Vogue charts Joan Jett’s signature style – as referenced in the spring/summer 2019 collections.

October 25, 2018

Vox Lux Trailer: Natalie Portman is a Pop Star on the Verge of a Breakdown

The Oscars race for Best Supporting Actress just got a whole lot more competitive. That’s because Natalie Portman’s breathlessly unhinged performance as a pop star on the verge of a breakdown in the upcoming Vox Lux was just teased for everyone who wasn’t on the festival circuit this year. Today brings the first official trailer for the upcoming stardom saga being helmed by Brady Corbet, and it is a lot to take in.

October 15, 2018

2018 Critics’ Choice Documentary Awards Nominations


“Bad Reputation” – Director: Kevin Kerslake (Magnolia Pictures)

“David Bowie: The Last Five Years” – Director: Francis Whately (HBO Documentary Films)

“Elvis Presley: The Searcher” – Director: Thom Zimny (HBO Documentary Films, Sony Pictures Television)

“Lynyrd Skynyrd: If I Leave Here Tomorrow” – Director: Stephen Kijak (Showtime Networks)

“Quincy” – Directors: Alan Hicks, Rashida Jones (Netflix)

“Ryuichi Sakamoto: Coda” – Director: Stephen Nomura Schible (MUBI)

“Whitney” – Director: Kevin Macdonald (Roadside Attractions, Miramax)



Scotty Bowers – “Scotty and the Secret History of Hollywood” (Greenwich Entertainment, Kino Lorber, Starz!)

Ruth Bader Ginsburg – “RBG” (Magnolia Pictures, Participant Media)

Alex Honnold – “Free Solo” (National Geographic Documentary Film)

Joan Jett – “Bad Reputation” (Magnolia Pictures)

Quincy Jones – “Quincy” (Netflix)

David Kellman and Bobby Shafran – “Three Identical Strangers” (Neon, CNN Films)

John McEnroe – “John McEnroe: In the Realm of Perfection” (Oscilloscope Laboratories)

Leon Vitali – “Filmworker” (Kino Lorber)

October 14, 2018

Lady Gaga & Bradley Cooper’s ‘A Star Is Born’ Soundtrack Debuts at No. 1 on Billboard 200 Albums Chart

Courtesy of Warner Bros. Pictures
Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper in A Star Is Born.

Lady Gaga and Bradley Cooper’s A Star Is Born soundtrack debuts at No. 1 on the Billboard 200 albums chart, giving Gaga her fifth chart-topper and Cooper his first.

September 4, 2018

Film Review: Natalie Portman in ‘Vox Lux’

Starring a ferocious Natalie Portman as a pop diva in freefall, Brady Corbet’s sophomore feature is a bold, often brilliant trip through the celebrity spin cycle.

August 23, 2018


The year isn’t even over and already the best documentaries of 2018 have shown a pattern: A whole slew of them feature strong, complicated women in ways we’ve never seen them before. From Jane Fonda to Whitney Houston, Ruth Bader Ginsburg to Gloria Allred, Gilda Radner to Joan Jett, these films emphasize the experiences of real women, showing the good, the bad, and the not-always-pretty sides of their incredible lives.

Of course, that’s not all we’ve had documentary-wise this year. Elsewhere, there was a haunting portrait of Alexander McQueen’s life and legacy, a life-affirming look at the career of Mr. Rogers, plus the kind of suspenseful, strange, and downright surreal stories that can only come from real-life.

Here are 12 of the best documentaries of 2018 and where you can track them down. Seriously: Watch these immediately.



How is Joan Jett so freakin’ cool? It’s honestly not fair, she’s been an utter badass for decades, and this documentary just puts a fine point on it. Bad Reputation enlists Jett and her famous friends—Iggy Pop, Billie Joe Armstrong, Kathleen Hanna, among others—to tell the story of how Joan Jett blazed a trail for women in rock music, from her days as a little punk in 1970s LA to her days with the Runaways all the way to now. She’s the ultimate rock icon and this is the tribute she deserves.

How to See It: September 28 in theaters and on-demand via Amazon and iTunes.

July 25, 2018

“Tell me I can’t do something — you know I’m gonna be doing it,” rock icon Joan Jett says in the first look at the Kevin Kerslake-directed Bad Reputationbiopic that traces her historic journey from teenage dreamer to rock and roll rulebreaker. The fast-paced, two-minute trailer for the documentary that will hit theaters, iTunes, Amazon and in-demand on Sept. 28 draws the line from Jett forming the Runaways in the 1970s, through her solo career and hit-filled 1980s run with the Blackhearts and her rise as a leather-clad godmother to several generations of rockers.

Like a super hero origin story, the trailer opens with the scene in which Jett gets her powers thanks to an villain who tries to block her from saving the world with her low-slung guitar heroics. The singer, 59, recalls a guitar teacher she approached at 13 who told her “girls don’t play rock and roll.” That was pretty much all it took for little Joan Marie Larkin to prove him wrong almost immediately. “I said ‘bull.'”

Turns out she was right. But as the trailer shows, it was not easy sledding breaking through the just-dudes rock club mentality, with some batteries and beer bottles tossed her way (along with heartless reviews from Rolling Stone magazine) on the climb up the ladder. Among those interviewed in the trailer — set to Jett’s iconic takes on “I Love Rock ‘N’ Roll” and “Crimson and Clover” — are Green Day singer Billie Joe Armstrong, Blondie’s Chris Stein, Jett’s longtime manager Kenny Laguna, Iggy Pop and Kathleen Hanna.

Check out the trailer below.

July 13, 2018

  • REVIEW BY KAYA SAVAS – 7/13/18

Skyscraper is the latest Dwayne Johnson vehicle and this time we see the action star playing a retired FBI agent who is now a security consultant for The Pearl. The Pearl is a new structure designed to be the world’s tallest building, incorporating businesses, apartments, and even its own ecosystem. When Will (Dwayne Johnson) is invited to bring his family to test the living area of the skyscraper, he finds himself tangled in a terrorist plot whose armed members are in search of something from its billionaire owner. The film sees director Rawson Marshall Thurber team up for the first time with composer Steve Jablonsky to deliver a solid action score that ends up being a giant dose of exciting summertime fun.

Skyscraper knows how ridiculous it is, it knows that seeing Dwayne Johnson as an amputee doing impossible stunts might garner eye-rolls, but the movie rolls with it In the best way possible. While the film never takes itself too seriously, it also doesn’t take itself as a joke. The tone of the film finds a great balance, and the narrative hits all the cliched plot points in its own special way. Jablonsky’s score manages to strike the right tone, and it never feels overly excessive. The electronic/orchestral hybrid score has some great melodic hooks that keeps the momentum moving forward. We get a nice mix of propulsive action, along with some tension sustaining moments. For Will and his family, Jablonsky adds his signature heroic warmth just ever so slightly without it ever being too melodramatic. There isn’t anything too complex here, but what we have is very balanced action writing that fits this movie like a glove.

Skyscraper is pure popcorn entertainment done right. Even though every beat of this story is predictable from start to finish (psst, the bad guys lose), the film is actually an enjoyable piece of brainless entertainment. The score helps cement everything together while never overdoing it, and it’s a solidly fun ride from start to finish. Jablonsky’s signature style is firing on all cylinders, and the score’s simple yet bold approach make it really effective.

  • 4/5

May 14, 2018

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.

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

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.

February 2, 2018


Magnolia is targeting a 2018 theatrical release.

Bad Reputation, the feature documentary about rocker Joan Jett, has been acquired by Magnolia Pictures for North America.

Kevin Kerslake directed the doc that had its world premiere at the Sundance Film Festival. It follows Jett from her early years ripping it up onstage as the founder and backbone of hard-rock legends The Runaways and first meeting collaborator Kenny Laguna in 1980 to her enduring presence in pop culture as a rock ‘n’ roll pioneer.

Joel Marcus wrote the feature, which was produced by Peter Afterman and Carianne Brinkman. Dan Braun of Submarine exec produced, along with Justus Haerder and Kathy Rivkin-Daum for music company BMG, which solely financed the project. Co-producers are Alessandra Pasquino and Margaret Yen.

January 23, 2018

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

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.”

November 29, 2017

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.

November 29, 2017

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 1, 2017

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 7, 2017

“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 9, 2017

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 4, 2017

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 3, 2017

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

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 12, 2017

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 3, 2017

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 31, 2017

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 7, 2017

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 …

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