This Is Spinal Tap takes the rock & roll world in all its pompous glory and manages to poke fun at almost every aspect of it. Record-company presidents, publicists, promo men, managers and even critics are all affectionately skewered. The movie — a collaboration between Reiner, Guest, Shearer and McKean — was made for less than $3 million. Shot with hand-held cameras in 16 millimeter (and later blown up to 35 millimeter), This Is Spinal Tap was improvised as the film rolled. As a result, the movie has the look, feel and spontaneity of a real rock documentary. “The documentary form lent itself to the exposure of the self-important,” said McKean. … [Read more...] about ‘This Is Spinal Tap’: The Comics Behind the Funniest Rock Movie Ever
The theatrical New York pop-rock crew fun. has scored one of 2012’s hugest smashes with the crazy-catchy single “We Are Young” — lodged at the top of the charts for six weeks and counting. For singer Nate Ruess, who formed fun. in 2008 after spending most of his twenties fronting Arizona alt-rock act the Format, the band’s current run of sold-out snows has been a long time coming. “It’s pretty insane,” says Ruess, 30, checking in before a gig in Omaha, Nebraska. “I knew how touring was for 10 years, but it’s completely different now that things are popping off. I don’t play an instrument — I just write in my head, and I usually hear fully formed songs. ‘We Are Young’ turned out so much like it was in my head. But it also exceeded all my expectations.” … [Read more...] about Q&A: Nate Ruess of fun.
Clean for the last ten years, Earle is active in campaigns against land mines and the death penalty and has continued to sing fearlessly about economic and social injustice on more than a dozen acclaimed albums. In “John Walker’s Blues,” a sober reflection on the life and fate of captured American Taliban John Walker Lindh, included on the 2002 release Jerusalem, Earle confronted the post-9/11 thirst for vengeance — and spit in the eye of the hysterical right-wing media. But Earle says that Revolution — his best full-tilt-rock album in years — is not just an angry record: “It’s immediate. And it’s about democracy — ‘Don’t tell me this is not open for discussion.'” … [Read more...] about Steve Earle: Country Radical
In November, it’s The Soloist, costarring Jamie Foxx, a true story about a journalist (Downey) who befriends a homeless schizophrenic violinist. But first, there’s the riotous, topsy-turvy movie-within-a-movie world of Tropic Thunder, in which he stars alongside Jack Black and Ben Stiller (who also directed). In this one, Downey plays a wacked-out Australian Method actor named Kirk Lazarus who tints his skin black to play an African-American soldier in a big-budget Vietnam War movie. Downey does it just right – no offense meant, no offense taken – and he pretty much steals the show. It was, however, a part he nearly turned down. He’d just finished shooting Iron Man, and Tropic Thunder was due to start filming in about two weeks. “A lot of people do big movies back to back,” Stiller said, trying to convince him. “Yeah,” said Downey, “but I’m not a lot of people. … [Read more...] about To Hell and Back With Robert Downey Jr.
For the second session, I am summoned to the new hilltop hacienda — a white, stark, airy affair, replete with marble floors and important art. Among her collected objets is a painting by her idol Frida Kahlo, whose own marriage, to Mexican muralist Diego Rivera, was notoriously stormy. Also on display are a few framed photographs of Rivera’s mistresses. Accordingly, when Madonna steps out of her bedroom, she has traded guises. Hair down, heels spiked, she radiates retro-glamour — a gossamer goddess in billowy black loungewear with matching brassiere showing through the gauzy décolleté. Even her bearing this time seems a tad regal as she flounces onto an overstuffed ocher-satin divan and accepts inquiries. “Please,” she wryly instructs a few chattering associates in the next room, “don’t anyone bother me. I am being interviewed!” Throughout both conversations, however, she good-naturedly plumbs her feelings and, even in the … [Read more...] about Madonna: The Rolling Stone Interview