Blondie have silenced rumours suggesting Debbie Harry is planning to retire after the band's drummer Clem Burke hinted the singer's time in the group could be coming to an end. Burke told British tabloid the Daily Mail that Harry, 68, is considering hanging up her microphone after 40 years with the band due to her age.
He said, "Debbie is 11 years older than the rest of us, so it's on her mind. We've tried to keep it going for as long as possible, but it's not just up to me. Nothing is finalised yet, but obviously there's no Blondie without Debbie Harry."
However, the group moved to quash the speculation by posting a message on the band's official Facebook.com page on Monday (29Jul13). The note reads, "No plans to stop working, don't believe everything you read."
The Call Me hitmakers completed a U.K. tour earlier this month (July13) and are due to play a number of dates in America during September and October (13).
"It's really exciting... Who doesn't want to play Blondie. I haven't spoken to her but I got to meet her drummer, Clem Burke, who's awesome and he just kind of told me she's a cool-a** chick." Malin Akerman on playing Debbie Harry in new movie CBGB.
The Watchmen star, 34, and her rocker husband Roberto Zincone will become parents early next year (13), her representative has confirmed to UsMagazine.com.
The couple first met while performing in the band The Petal Stones and the pair wed in Italy in 2007.
Akerman has been busy during the early stages of her pregnancy - she has been filming new movie CBGB, about the fabled New York punk club, in which she portrays Blondie frontwoman Debbie Harry. She also managed to land Zincone a role in the film as Blondie drummer Clem Burke.
Akerman portrays Debbie Harry in CBGB - a film about the fabled New York punk club - and suggested her real-life husband, Robert Zincone, join her on the set.
Ironically, the rocker backed his wife when they first met in the band The Petal Stones.
A spokeswoman for the film tells WENN, "They were still casting and Malin said, 'Can my husband play Clem Burke?' Everyone was like, 'Sure'."
The couple was on the set in Savannah, Georgia for just two days, shooting scenes in the recreated CBGB club with Foo Fighters drummer Taylor Hawkins, who portrays Iggy Pop in the film.
The spokeswoman says, "They played through Denis and a little of Sunday Girl, which recalled a famous moment in the club's history when Iggy interrupted Debbie Harry and started playing I Wanna be Your Dog. It's a great scene."
The Watchmen star will portray the Call Me singer in upcoming Hilly Kristal biopic CBGB and she admits it's a role she thought she could only dream of playing.
She tells WENN, "I love Debbie Harry, and Blondie. It's so funny, we have in our bathroom - I did a whole collage on the wall of just musicians that my husband and I love - because our bathroom sucks and I had to make it look nice, so I have five pictures of Debbie Harry in that collage. It's amazing; it's like a vision board almost!"
And now, to make her dream complete, Akerman is hoping to meet her idol before she hits the set in character next month (Jul12).
She adds, "I did get to meet Clem (Burke), her drummer and talk to him a little bit about her and what she's like. Hopefully I'll get a chance to speak to her as well."
But the actress, who once fronted rock band The Peddle Stones, has no idea if she'll be asked to belt out a Blondie classic in the film, directed by Randall Miller.
She explains, "I don't know if I'll be singing or lip-syncing. It's a smaller budget film and a five-week shoot, so I don't know if they'll have the ability to re-record the songs. We're just talking about it right now."
Enigmatic and deliberate Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy makes no reservations while unraveling its heady spy story for better or worse. The film based on the bestselling novel by John Le Carre is purposefully perplexing effectively mirroring the central character George Smiley's (Gary Oldman) own mind-bending investigation of the British MI6's mole problem. But the slow burn pacing clinical shooting style and air of intrigue only go so far—Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy sports an incredible cast that can't dramatically translate the movie's impenetrable narrative. Almost from the get go the movie collapses under its own weight.
After a botched mission in Hungary that saw his colleague Jim (Mark Strong) gunned down in the streets Smiley and his boss Control (John Hurt) are released from the "Circus" (codename for England's Secret Intelligence Service). But soon after Smiley is brought back on board as an impartial observer tasked to uncover the possible infiltration of the organization. The former agent already dealing with the crippling of his own marriage attempts to sift through the history and current goings on of the Circus narrowing his hunt down to four colleagues: Percy aka "Tinker" (Toby Jones) Bill aka "Tailor" (Colin Firth) Roy aka "Soldier" (Ciaran Hinds) and Toy aka "Poor Man" (David Dencik). Working with Peter (Benedict Cumberbatch) a conflicted younger member of the service and Ricki (Tom Hardy) a rogue agent who has information of his own Smiley slowly uncovers the muddled truth—occasionally breaking in to his own work place and crossing his own friends to do so.
Describing Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy as dense doesn't seem complicated enough. The first hour of the monster mystery moves at a sloth's pace trickling out information like the tedious drips of a leaky faucet. The talent on display is undeniable but the characters Smiley included are so cold that a connection can never be made. TTSS sporadically jumps around from past to present timelines without any indication: a tactic that proves especially confusing when scenes play out in reoccurring locations. It's not until halfway through that the movie decides to kick into high gear Smiley's search for a culprit finally becoming clear enough to thrill. A film that takes its time is one thing but Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy does so without any edge or hook.
What the movie lacks in coherency it makes up for in style and thespian gravitas. Director Tomas Alfredson has assembled some of the finest British performers working today and they turn the script's inaccessible spy jargon into poetry. Firth stands out as the group's suave slimeball a departure from his usual nice guy roles. Hardy assures us he's the next big thing once again as the agency's resident moppet a lover who breaks down after a romantic fling uncovers horrifying truth. Oldman is given the most difficult task of the bunch turning the reserved contemplative Smiley into a real human. He half succeeds—his observational slant in the beginning feels like an extension of the movie's bigger problems but once gets going in the second half of the film he's quite a bit of fun.
Alfredson constructs Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy like a cinematic architect each frame dripping with perfectly kitschy '70s production design and camera angles that make the spine tingle. He creates paranoia through framing similar to the Coppola's terrifying The Conversation but unlike that film TTSS doesn't have the characters or story to match. The movie strives to withhold information and succeeds—too much so. Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy wants us to solve a mystery with George Smiley but it never clues us in to exactly why we should want to.