Actor and filmmaker Griffin Dunne has launched a crowd-sourcing campaign in a bid to raise the funds he needs to complete work on the "first and only" documentary about his aunt, famed American author Joan Didion. The Accidental Husband director is collaborating with Susanne Rostock to make We Tell Ourselves Stories to Live, with Didion's help, and he has turned to Kickstarter.com in the hope that fans will donate cash to enable them to turn the project into a reality.
A statement on the campaign page reads: "Our film will tell Joan's story through passages she has chosen (and will read aloud) from her work, as her friends, family, colleagues and critics share their accounts of her remarkable life and writing.
"Patti Smith, Vanessa Redgrave, Allison Janney, Graydon Carter, Robert Silvers, and Bret Easton Ellis are just a few of the people we'll interview.
"We want to honor Joan's language, to visualize the stories she tells, to put her words to picture. Joan's obsessive memory, and her sharp and unsettling observations, will be brought to life, using music and images - rare and atmospheric film and stills that encapsulate her words. We will also be using rare archival (items) from Joan's personal life and family history."
Dunne and Rostock unveiled the project on Wednesday (22Oct14) and within a few hours of its launch, over half of the $80,000 (£50,000) fundraising target had been reached.
The filmmakers have until 21 November (14) to hit their total.
"I don't think she quite realised... She choked up so hard, it was so cute. She started and then she was like, 'Oh God...' It was, like, floodlights (of tears) and then she pulled it together... I was weeping and he didn't even come from my womb... She was, like, neck-deep in the planning of this wedding." Actress Tracee Ellis Ross reveals her mum, Diana Ross, was a huge part of her brother Evan's recent wedding. The singer became an ordained minister so she could oversee her son's nuptials, which took place at her home in Connecticut on 31 August (14).
All-girl R&B supergroup En Vogue are reuniting for a new Christmas TV movie. Terry Ellis and Cindy Herron, who co-founded the group in 1989, and Rhona Bennett will play themselves in An En Vogue Christmas, which revolves around a fictional concert to save the nightclub where the trio got its big break.
David Alan Grier will play the group's former manager, who was responsible for the break-up.
The film will debut in America on 22 November (14) and feature a string of En Vogue classics and two new songs, written for the movie.
Singer Maxine Jones is relaunching her court fight over the use of En Vogue's name after declaring bankruptcy following her legal defeat. The pop star, who left the R&B group in 2012, lost a court fight against former bandmates Cindy Herron and Terry Ellis last year (13) and was ordered not to use the moniker for performances.
Herron and Ellis were granted sole use of the name.
Jones has since declared herself bankrupt with debts of around $250,000 (£156,000), and now she is appealing against the ruling, according to TMZ.com.
Jones is seeking the right to perform under the name En Vogue so she can pay off her debts.
The musical version of Brett Easton Ellis' book American Psycho will open on Broadway next year (15). Just days after an off-Broadway run of the show at Second Stage Theatre was cancelled, producers are in talks to take the production directly to the Great White Way.
Sources tell the New York Times that the arrangements with Second Stage "just weren't in the best interests of the production and its continuing life," adding that Broadway producers Jeffrey Richards and Jerry Frankel were among many offering to take the show straight to New York's theatre land.
Richards tells the publication, "I just felt the proposal by Second Stage was something that did not serve the best interests of the production... We were all asked for advice, and we gave it. I saw American Psycho in London, and I thought it was terrific."
The show, which opened at the Almeida Theatre in London in December (13), follows the fortunes of a successful businessman who leads a double life as a serial killer.
The off-Broadway adaptation of American Psycho has hit a roadblock after the show's commercial backers pulled out of the musical. The Second Stage Theatre production was slated to debut next year (15), but bosses at the the company have since opted not to move forward with the production.
A statement from Artistic Director Carole Rothman reads, "We are disappointed that we will not be producing American Psycho this season, but the rights holders, Act 4 Entertainment, have decided to not move forward with the production at Second Stage.
"We will be announcing a new production in its place in the coming weeks."
Benjamin Walker was set to to play serial killer Patrick Bateman in the Second Stage Theatre adaptation of Bret Easton Ellis' controversial 1991 novel. The cancellation could suggest backers are planning to move forward with a full Broadway run.
The musical, written by Duncan Sheik and Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa, won rave reviews during a sold-out run in London's West End earlier this year (14). It featured former Doctor Who Matt Smith.
Arctic Monkeys and Sophie Ellis-Bextor were among the big winners at Tuesday night's (02Sep14) AIM Awards in London. The British band picked up the Association of Independent Music's Album Award for AM, while singer Ellis-Bextor was named Best Live Act.
Other winners included London Grammar, Ben Watt and Twin Atlantic, while Richie Hawtin picked up an Outstanding Contribution honour.
The full list of winners is:
Independent Album: Arctic Monkeys - AM
Independent Track: Twin Atlantic - Heart And Soul
Independent Breakthrough: London Grammar
Outstanding Contribution: Richie Hawtin
Best Live Act: Sophie Ellis-Bextor
Hardest Working Artist: Ghetts
Independent Video: Dan Le Sac Vs Scroobius Pip - You Will See Me
Best Difficult Second Album: Ben Watt - Hendra
PPL Award For Most Played Independent New Act: London Grammar
Best Independent Festival: Barn On The Farm
Special Catalogue Release: Various - Purple Snow: Forecasting The Minneapolis Sound
Independent Label: Domino
Indie Champion: John Doran
Pioneer Award: Martin Mills
Best Small Label: Hyperdub
Innovator: Steve Goodman
Special Recognition: Alison Wenham
We got 86 hours of genre-defining television to digest, examine, ruminate on, live in, and yet we’ve still barely managed to pull our minds away from the last three seconds. The Sopranos may be regarded as the greatest dramatic TV series of all time, but four out of five conversations about the show these days surround its divisive ambiguous ending: “So what do you think,” we inevitably say to whomever we’ve found ourselves trading Sal impressions and praise of the “Pine Barrens” episode, “is Tony dead?” On Wednesday, the world found Sopranos creator David Chase’s — so fed up with the resilience of the question that he finally caved in a conversation with Vox writer Martha P. Nochimson — perspective on the matter: (and here’s his answer, for those wishing to stay in the dark)
Of course, Chase maintains that his is not the definitive ruling, that each and every viewer has equal authority on the case of Tony’s survival. Personally, I’ve always held to the belief that the family man/family man never made it out of that Italian restaurant, though I’ve had friends plead the alternative with terrific cases. More important to you than what anyone else thinks (be he a fellow viewer or even the creator of the series in question) is what you think, as your experience and relationship and with the show is yours to understand as you see fit. So what do you think about The Sopranos, and other shows and movies bearing likewise ambiguous conclusions? Let us know!
THE SOPRANOS: Did Tony die?
Yes: As Bobby Bacala said about death, “You probably don’t even hear it when it happens, right?”
No: That would be a thematic copout! Tony lives on with the demons he’s collected.
INCEPTION: Does the movie end in a dream?
Yes: Leo finds himself stuck in the prison (or paradise) of his own subconscious, destined to live forever with the mental projections of his children.
No: Cobb puts the incepting game behind him and returns home to the loving embrace of his children.
BLADE RUNNER: Is Deckard a replicant?
Yes: Just follow the unicorn.
No: But the jury’s out on Harrison Ford himself.
AMERICAN PSYCHO: Was it all in his head?
Yes: The Bret Easton Ellis adaptation is just a metaphorical glimpse into the menace and greed that lines our materialistic society.
No: That much Huey Lewis could turn anyone into a murdering lunatic.
SHUTTER ISLAND: Was it all in his head?
Yes: Man, Leo really needs to start playing folks with a better grip on reality than these dudes seem to have.
No: Trust us, Ashcliffe ain’t no Maui.
TOTAL RECALL: Okay, but was it all in HIS head?!
Yes: The whole thing was a falsified memory… just like we choose to believe about the remake.
No: We don’t want to live in a reality where “Consider this a divorce!” never happened.
BARTON FINK: Speaking of heads, was there a head in Barton's box?
Yes: What else could it be? John Goodman practically told us that outright!
No: The whole episode was a conconction of the writer's own imagination anyhow.
DAWN OF THE DEAD: Do Peter and Francince make it to safety?
Yes: There's gotta be somewhere out there that they can lay low to wait out this nightmare.
No: Humanity is doomed. They're no exception.
LOST: Were they dead the whole time?
Yes: Plane crashed. Passengers died. Island gave them the sort of afterlife they don’t tell you about in Hebrew school.
No: What, you can’t believe in a few smoke monsters, teleporting polar bears, mystical numeric patterns, omnipotent lighthouses, and a pair of immortal twins?
THE SHINING: Do you have any idea what happened at the end of that one?
Yes: Sure, it’s clear as day! He — whoops, gotta go!
No: For that matter, what the hell is going on in this scene?
All-girl group All Saints reunited for their first festival performance in a decade in Chelmsford, England on Saturday (16Aug14). The group, fronted by sisters Natalie and Nicole Appleton, was among the big draws on the first day of the annual V Festival - and the ladies didn't disappoint, performing a string of big hits, including Booty Call, Never Ever, Pure Shores and Under The Bridge.
They also covered tunes by Kanye West, Jay-Z and Azealia Banks.
It was a big day for the ladies at the two-site festival - Lily Allen, Blondie, Rita Ora, Janelle Monae, Katy B and Sophie Ellis-Bextor were also on the bill at both Hylands Park, Chelmsford and sister site Weston Park in Staffordshire, England.
Justin Timberlake headlined the first day in Chelmsford, taking the stage with his big band in a Tom Ford suit. He thrilled one festivalgoer, who was celebrating her birthday, by posing for a 'selfie' with her during his set.
Ed Sheeran, Bastille, Elbow and Kaiser Chiefs were also among the highlights of Saturday's festival, while The Killers headlined the event in Staffordshire with Paolo Nutini, Lily Allen, Rudimental, Ora and Jason DeRulo among the top attractions there.
The Killers thrilled fans with their rendition of Iggy Azalea's Fancy, with frontman Brandon Flowers telling the crowd, "We've sort of been working on something and we wanted to show you a little bit of it, if you don't mind hearing it."
The low point of the first day came when rockers Manic Street Preachers had to scrap their planned performance at Hylands Park after suffering travel issues in Hungary.
The Welsh rockers were in the country for a gig at the Sziget Festival on Friday (15Aug14) and they were due to fly to the U.K. for their V Festival slot in Chelmsford, England on Saturday, but the band was forced to cancel after getting stuck on a plane for five hours at an airport in Budapest before the flight crew informed them the aircraft would not be taking off.
The band did make it to the stage for their set at the Staffordshire site on Sunday (17Aug14). All acts who played the Chelmsford site on Saturday repeated their performances at Weston Park on Sunday, and vice-versa.