January 24, 2017

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Jerry Weintraub – Goodbye Good Friend

“If there’s one piece of advice I can give to young people… it’s this: persist, push, hang on, keep going, never give up. When the man say no, pretend you can’t hear him. Look confused, stammer, say, “Huh?” Persistence-it’s a cliché, but it happens to work.
The person who makes it is the person who keeps on going after everyone else has quit. This is more important than intelligence, pedigree, even connections. Be dogged! Keep hitting that door until you bust it down!
I have accomplished almost nothing on the first or second or even third try – the breakthrough usually comes late, when everyone else has left the field.” -JERRY WEINTRAUB.
So, Movie producer Jerry Weintraub, known for the films “Nashville,” “The Karate Kid” and the remake of “Ocean’s Eleven” in 2001 passed away. We are going to miss him.
Weintraub also produced the HBO film “Behind the Candelabra” starring Matt Damon and Michael Douglas which was nominated for an impressive 15 Emmy Awards. His career includes promoting Elvis Presley, Frank Sinatra, Bob Dylan and Led Zeppelin and managing such talents as Neil Diamond, John Denver, The Carpenters and The Moody Blues, among others. His remarkable list of film hits include Nashville, Diner, The Karate Kid and the Ocean’s Eleven series.

Cate Blanchett talks about the role she really wants

HollywoodNews.com: Cate Blanchett has played both Bob Dylan and Queen Elizabeth I, but there is still one role that she is hoping to tackle in the near future.
Blanchett recently revealed to ‘Harper’s Bazaar UK’ that she’d love to one day play the role of a villain in a James Bond film, states Hollyscoop. “Oh God! Yes! I’d be there in a heartbeat. I love Lotta Lenya [Ross Klebb in 1963’s From Russia with Love]. She had a club foot and a limp. I’m not a purist in that way,” Blanchett commented.
But, she is also looking to take on a role behind the camera: “There is a film I’d love to direct, but I just don’t know if I’ve got the patience.”
Do you want to see her tackle these projects?
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Miley Cyrus reportedly covering Bob Dylan for tribute album

HollywoodNews.com: Miley Cyrus may not be a lot of people’s favorite singer, but she is going to be lending her voice to a Bob Dylan tribute album anyway.
Cyrus will reportedly cover one of his songs for the album ‘Chimes of Freedom: Songs of Bob Dylan Honoring 50 Years of Amnesty International,’ states E! News. Proceeds from the album will go to the human rights organization.
Adele, Sting and Ke$ha are also rumored to be involved with the tribute album.
The charity album will reportedly be released early next year.
Will you check out the album?
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Interview: Drew Barrymore and Justin Long talk about ‘Going the Distance’

By Todd Gilchrist
HollywoodNews.com: According to the tabloids, Drew Barrymore and Justin Long have plenty of romantic history in real life. But in Going the Distance, they deal with the very real challenge of keeping a relationship alive from two separate cities (one supposes in comparison to separate movie productions). The new film, directed by American Teen documentarian-turned-feature filmmaker Nanette Burstein, is a funny, sweet and surprisingly sensitive portrait of long-distance romance, and Long and Barrymore do a terrific job bringing it to life.
Hollywood News recently sat down with Barrymore, Long, and the rest of the film’s cast and crew at the Los Angeles press day for Going the Distance. In addition to talking about some of the more interesting challenges of long-distance relationships, including phone sex, the duo addressed their first on screen kiss, and talked about keeping a straight face while sharing the screen with such a formidable cast of supporting performers.
Hollywood News: Drew and Justin, early on in the film, you two have a dinner date, and you’re asking him questions about certain things, and I wanted to ask you yourself, what are your top three albums, and also, what are your favorite movies?

Justin Long: Ooh. Nice. Albums? I would say Tangled Up In Blue, which is actually Blood On The Tracks, sorry, Bob Dylan, Blood On The Tracks, Joni Mitchell, Blue, and Rubber Soul, I think, are my top three.
Jason Sudeikis: You forgot the new Justin Bieber.
Long: Well, that’s assumed, yeah. That’s given. The Bieb’s Greatest Hits. Leave it to Bieber.
Drew Barrymore: I’m gonna go with Annie Hall, Lost In America, and Sullivan’s Travels. Those are my three favorite – some of my favorite movies.
Long: Albums!
Barrymore: Spank me! No, I’m just kidding. Oh God, albums – a Radiohead album… I’m such a music nut too, this is really sad. It’s like sometimes, when someone says, “Let’s go to breakfast,” and it’s like you’ve never eaten before, and your brain just goes blank. I’m gonna call a brain blank on this one. I’m sticking with movies.
Long: I’m gonna say for what it’s worth, Annie Hall, Back To The Future, and… we’re gonna do Way Out West. Well, it’s a little more of a sentimental movie for me, Way Out West.
Hollywood News: Drew, Erin is more modern, sassy, and outspoken than some of the rom-com characters you’ve played. I wonder if the fact that she was a […]

Ke$ha is so ready to tour on her own

HollywoodNews.com: Hit pop ingénue Ke$ha is ready.
She wants to stop opening for headliners and go on her own tour later this year.
To date, she has been playing in Rihanna’s “Last Girl on Earth” tour this month.
“I’m finishing up this tour and going in to start writing again – some more music for you guys – and will continue touring throughout the rest of the year,” Ke$ha tells MTV News.
“I don’t know who’s going to go on tour with me yet, but I think I’ll be going on my tour later this year perhaps.
“I will definitely be playing some shows and, really, I’m just working on developing my live show. It’s all I think about. I have dreams and then nightmares about my live show. I want to make it so good, like the best show ever.
Ke$ha’s debut album “Animal” has sold 1 million worldwide with 800,000 copies coming from U.S. sales. She is also a top draw online with 50% of her album sales stemming from digital downloads.
Ke$ha has cited Beck, Queen, Madonna, Johnny Cash, Aaron Neville, Bob Dylan, Beastie Boys, The Damned, Velvet Underground and Talking Heads as musical influences
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D.A. Pennebaker, inventor of the music video, turns 85

HollywoodNews.com: D.A. (Donn Alan) Pennebaker turns 85 today, years young.
All those so called documentary shows that clutter TV– from the Real World to Celebrity Rehab–spring from the cinema verite that Pennebaker and his cohorts Ricky Leacock, Albert Maysles, and a few others invented more than 50 years ago.
Pennebaker broke ground in the mid 60s when he made “Dont Look Back” with Bob Dylan. Still considered the quintessential music film, “Dont Look Back” became an instant classic for its style, substance and form. You feel as though you’re actually with Dylan, Joan Baez, and friends.
A couple of years later, Pennebaker filmed “Monterey Pop,” the festival that introduced America to its new generation of pop stars from the Mamas and the Papas to Janis Joplin and Otis Redding. Each one of them became icons, as did Pennebaker.
Pennebaker also credited with making the first and most influential music video–Bob Dylan dropped cards in “Subterranean Homesick Blues.” It’s impossible to say how many times it’s been imitated.
It would be another dozen or more years before the filmmaker, with his wife (DGA Award winner) Chris Hegedus, would create the Oscar nominated “War Room.” But in between and before Pennebaker’s journeys would take him into politics with Bobby Kennedy and Jane Fonda, Broadway with Carol Burnett, roots music with the Coen Brothers, and dozens more places. His film of the making of the album for “Company,” the Stephen Sondheim musical, is really and truly legendary. His work in it with Elaine Stritch led to them winning an Emmy years later for an HBO Stritch documentary.
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Bob Dylan to kick off Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival

HollywoodNews.com: The 40th Annual Bumbershoot Music and Arts Festival in Seattle, Washington has become a great venue to showcase emerging talent alongside veterans. The festival has just announced the lineup for the weekend, which includes a festival kick-off by the legendary Bob Dylan.
The opening night will also feature Neko Case and The Decemberists among others. Weezer will take the stage on Sunday, and Mary J. Blige will close out of the festival on Monday.
Programming Director for One Reel’s Festival Division, Chris Porter, said, “Bumbershoot has a strong history of showcasing emerging talent alongside veteran superstars. This year for our 40th Festival, we’re excited to have artists that span more than four decades of phenomenal music. With this roster of talent, we’re truly offering a music lineup that will engage and entertain people of all ages and interests.”
A couple of changes have been made to the tickets this year, the main being that the Standard Ticket now includes guaranteed access to the Mainstage performances. However, the Standard Tickets are available in limited quantities, so it is encouraged to purchase early to ensure a spot.
Below is a list of confirmed artists:
Bob Dylan / Mary J. Blige / Weezer / Hole / Rise Against / Neko Case / The Decemberists / J. Cole / LMFAO / Billy Bragg / Ozomatli / Angelique Kidjo / Solomon Burke / The Dandy Warhols / Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros / Jenny and Johnny (featuring Jenny Lewis and Jonathan Rice / Jamie Lidell / The Raveonettes / Balkan Beat Box / Motion City Soundtrack / The Thermals / Ra Ra Riot / The English Beat / Justin Townes Earle / Booker T. / Surfer Blood / The Bouncing Souls / Japandroids / Bob Schneider / Anvil / Bomba Estereo / Jay Electronica / Aterciopelados / Baroness / James Cotton “Superharp” Blues Band / David Bazan / Meat Puppets / Crash Kings / This Providence / Brian Auger’s Oblivion Express / The Moondoggies / The Whigs / Greg Laswell / Civil Twilight / Trampled By Turtles / The Clientele / Atlas Sound / Laura Veirs & The Hall of Flames / The Budos Band / Bobby Bare Jr. / Horse Feathers / Vienna Teng Trio / HEALTH / Plants and Animals / Georgia Anne Muldrow & Declaime / Wheedle’s Groove / Hey Marseilles / Kings Go Forth / Sweet Water / Delorean / JEFF The Brotherhood / […]

Renee Zellweger, Amanda Seyfried tapped for Tribeca gala premieres

The Tribeca Film Festival today announced that “Freakonomics” will serve as the closing gala of the Festival on April 30.
A suitable film for these trying economic times, “Freakonomics” adapts the bestselling book “Freakonomics: A Rogue Economist Exposes the Hidden Side of Everything” by Steven Levitt and Stephen J. Dubner. But instead of one vision, “Freakonomics” hands the reins over to multiple, Oscar-winning and Oscar-nominated documentary filmmakers and gives them a whack at the material. Alex Gibney, Morgan Spurlock, Rachel Grady, Heidi Ewing, Eugene Jarecki and Seth Gordon are credited directors on “Freakonomics,” which will have its world premiere at TFF as the festival’s closing gala.
In addition, festival organizers announced that Summit Entertainment’s summer romance “Letters to Juliet” will have its world premiere during a gala screening on April 25. The film, directed by Gary Winick (“13 Going On 30”), stars Amanda Seyfried and Vanessa Redgrave as women connected by a decades-old love letter.
Finally, TFF will host a special screening of “My Own Love Song,” the first English language film from Olivier Dahan, which stars Renée Zellweger and Forest Whitaker as unlikely friends embarking on a disaster-prone road trip. With supporting performances by Madeline Zima, Nick Nolte and Elias Koteas, “My Own Love Song” also features original music by Bob Dylan.
“This trio of films embodies the spirit of diversity that has defined Tribeca through the years,” said Nancy Schafer, Executive Director of TFF. “Audiences will be charmed by ‘Letters to Juliet,’ moved by (the) emotional journey to redemption in ‘My Own Love Song’ and glued to their seats during the riveting ‘Freakonomics,’ which marks the return of some of today’s best documentary filmmakers to Tribeca. We are truly honored that they’ve once again chosen our Festival as a platform to share their work.”
The 9th annual Tribeca Film Festival will run from April 21 to May 2. Visit www.tribecafilm.com for more information about these films, and the entire TFF line-up.