British funnyman Russell Brand has received a further boost in his campaign for a global uprising against democracy after Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie threw his support behind the star. The Get Him to the Greek actor made headlines in his native U.K. last month (Oct13) by branding the country's political set-up unworkable and calling for a revolution to end capitalism.
Now Gillespie has joined singer Morrissey in throwing his weight behind Brand's controversial campaign, telling NME magazine, "Good on Russell. You've got (British Opposition leader) Ed Miliband talking about responsible capitalism - there's no such thing as responsible capitalism. By its very nature it's irresponsible and exploitative. So I can understand why Russell said what he said."
Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie paid tribute to rock icon Kurt Cobain during the band's concert in Italy this week (beg22Nov13) by singing classic Nirvana track Heart-Shaped Box. The Rocks hitmakers were performing at the Alcatraz venue in Milan on Wednesday (20Nov13) when Gillespie took time out from an encore to dedicate a song to Cobain, who died aged 27 in 1994.
Gillespie sang a verse from Nirvana's 1993 single Heart-Shaped Box before performing Primal Scream track Higher Than The Sun in honour of Cobain.
British rocker Pete Doherty has set up a shop in London to sell off his personal items and memorabilia from his bands Babyshambles and The Libertines. The singer is working as a sales assistant in the store, which has opened in the U.K. capital's Camden area.
Doherty & Martin: The Rag & Bone Collection is filled with a collection of bizarre items including the butts of cigarettes smoked by famous pals including Doherty's ex-girlfriend Kate Moss and late singer Amy Winehouse.
A journalist from Noisey.vice.com reports, "There's enough Libertines, Babyshambles and Doherty memorabilia in there to fill a ballroom... I asked him (Doherty) where it's all come from. He shrugged and said 'I've brought it all out of storage, these are just the things that I wanted to sell'... It sells almost nothing of worth, for prices that are extraordinary. There are cigarette butts for £100 and wrapping paper for double that."
Doherty first discussed the shop with journalists from NME earlier this year (13), saying, "I've got fag (cigarette) butts that belong to Bobby Gillespie, Kate Moss and Amy Winehouse, and I've got Christmas paper that (soccer star) sent to the guy from Black Sabbath. All kinds of s**t, basically."
The Rolling Stones turned up the nostalgia on Saturday (06Jul13) as they played to a packed crowd in London's Hyde Park, 44 years after their last performance at the open-air venue. The rockers were joined on the tree-lined stage by blues star Gary Clark, Jr. and former member Mick Jones, who played his first gig with the band during their last performance at the central London park in 1969, two days after the death of guitarist Brian Jones.
Speaking before the landmark show, guitarist Keith Richards told Andy Bush of Britain's Absolute Radio, "Well, I'm not emotional but I feel very excited about it. And also, we will have Mick Taylor with us and that was his first gig with the Stones, so there is a kind of a full circle being drawn here as well."
Richards also revealed the band didn't choose the set list for the big gig until just hours before taking to the stage in Hyde Park, adding, "There is still a bit of juggling going on, but I mean those things can be decided on the night."
Celebrity guests including new parents David Walliams and supermodel Lara Stone, actress Gemma Arterton and Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie watched on as Sir Mick Jagger, who is preparing to mark his 70th birthday in three weeks' time, led the legendary rockers through a string of hits including Start Me Up, Gimme Shelter and Honky Tonk Woman.
The rockers closed the show with their anthem (I Can't Get No) Satisfaction and a fireworks display.
The concert marked the first of two gigs at Hyde Park, the second will take place on Saturday (13Jul13).
The Libertines star Pete Doherty is preparing to sell off his unusual rock 'n' roll memorabilia, including cigarette butts smoked by late pal Amy Winehouse and his ex-girlfriend Kate Moss. The British rocker opens up about his plans in the latest issue of NME magazine, revealing he wants to set up a market stall in Camden, London - the borough where Winehouse lived before her death in 2011 - for the sale.
Doherty says, "I've got fag butts that belong to Bobby Gillespie, Kate Moss and Amy Winehouse, and I've got Christmas paper that (retired soccer goalkeeper) Steve Ogrizovic sent to the guy from Black Sabbath. All kinds of s**t basically."
Sex Pistols rocker John Lydon and Primal Scream's Bobby Gillespie are among the stars who have signed up to host a series of radio shows in Britain over the summer (13). The two musicians will be among a number of famous faces who will take over BBC 6 Music's Sunday Service slot from Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker while he takes a summer (13) break.
Radiohead bassist Colin Greenwood will also be among those sharing their favourite records with listeners on the airwaves throughout June (13) and July (13).
Gillespie says of his new radio gig, "It's so important to get people back into record stores discovering new music, so I'm looking forward to spending a few hours on 6 Music playing new stuff from the likes of Savages, Deerhunter, Nick Cave, Parquet Courts, My Bloody Valentine, Kurt Vile and Allah Las."
Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie decided to get clean following years of drug abuse after realising his addictions were putting his life at risk and wrecking his music. The Scottish musician admits he indulged in heavy drug use in a bid to "obliterate" himself and finally tackled his problems five years ago when narcotics started to ruin every aspect of his life.
He tells Britain's Daily Telegraph, "It put my life in chaos and caused me and everybody around me a lot of pain and difficulties. I don't want to get all American about this. It's not for me to tell other people how to live their life. Most people can have a couple of drinks or lines (of cocaine) and they might say the odd stupid thing or make a pass at somebody, but they don't endanger their lives or put themselves in risky and humiliating situations.
"I just know that they are too powerful for me, and they change my personality for the worse. When you're drinking and drugging, you kind of shut yourself down. It wasn't really about having a good time. With me and my friends, were were trying to obliterate ourselves. The band suffered creatively."
Primal Scream's new album, More Light, is the first material Gillespie has recorded completely sober, and he believes the band's psychedelic style of rock is even better than when the band was high on drugs.
He adds, "We are trying to create transcendent, euphoric, ecstatic experiences. That's always going to be part of our aesthetic. We like making druggy-sounding psychedelic music. It's just that since we stopped taking drugs we got better at it."
Primal Scream frontman Bobby Gillespie would have joined the London riots in 2011 if he believed protesters were rallying against a real political cause. Thousands took to the streets and smashed shop windows, looted goods and set buildings on fire in the U.K. capital, before the violent scenes spread to cities across the country.
Gillespie is convinced the unrest was nothing more than vandalism, but admits he would have joined in if demonstrators were targeting British Prime Minister David Cameron.
He tells Britain's Q magazine, "When you start smashing up shops, it isn't political, it's just vandalism... It's just a mob. The anger is being directed at their communities, it's not being directed at the government.
"Had they been down to 10 Downing Street (the British Prime Minister's official residence), trying to lynch the f**king prime minister, I'd have been cheering them. I'd have been there with them."
When James Cameron changed the landscape of 3D stereoscopic filmmaking with his groundbreaking blockbuster Avatar I'm sure he still had misgivings about the final product. He couldn't include a scene in which eggs are thrown towards camera. There was no moment where Jake smokes marijuana and blows it off screen. Not a single character pleasured themselves and released out into the audience. Maybe in the sequel.
Thankfully for those looking for that immersive corporeal experience there is A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas a foul hilarious and surprisingly heartwarming holiday experience that utilizes its eye-popping technology to take gross out humor to a new level. If you're not already on board with the previous stoner antics of Harold (John Cho) and Kumar (Kal Penn) from White Castle and Escape from Guantanamo Bay it's safe to say that 3D Christmas won't be roping you back into the series but for fans the movie steps up the franchise's game. Writers Jon Hurwitz and Hayden Schlossberg take the three years since the last film into consideration putting the duo on opposite ends of the maturity spectrum only to have them reunite for a zany Christmas adventure. The results are rather touching.
We pick up with Harold now a suit-wearing Wall Street type bending over backwards to make Christmas perfect for his ball-busting father-in-law (Danny Trejo). Adding to the stress are his wife Maria who is anxious to have a baby despite the couple's inability to do so and his next door neighbor Todd (Tom Lennon) who would do anything to be Harold's best friend. Kumar is his antithesis—burnt out baked and broken up over the termination of his relationship with Vanessa. When a mysterious package addressed to Harold lands on Kumar's door (he hasn't lived there in years) the medical school dropout takes a ride to his former cohort's white picket fence house. The package is exactly what you'd expect: an enormous joint. Admitting he doesn't smoke any more Harold throws the weed away—only to see it magically return and burn down his father-in-law's Christmas tree.
Like its predecessors Harold & Kumar 3D takes off from its wacky catalyst and shoots directly (and without regret) into outer space. Without hesitation Harold and Kumar's quest for a Christmas tree takes them from a terrifying tree yard run by RZA a coked-out Christmas party thrown by the teenage kids of New York's deadliest gangster and a holiday stage show starring—you guessed it—Neil Patrick Harris. The movie piles on gags and inside jokes (the movie winks at the camera with Star Trek and White House cracks) but few fall short thanks to their clever execution and two characters Cho and Penn help us give a damn about. Even in its lamest moments—Todd's baby finding her way into a variety of drugs is one of the movie's running gags—Harold & Kumar 3D still pops. Director Todd Strauss-Schulson squeezes every bit of silliness out the movie's various scenarios adding a dash of nostalgia for fans and making the entry worthy of the original. Even Harris outdoes himself (and the man road a unicorn in movie #2) riffing off his own homosexuality which we learn is really just a play to get more woman to take their clothes off. Obviously.
If the traditional holiday classics haven't been quite your style Harold & Kumar 3D is a more-than-worthy addition to the Christmas movie pantheon delivering on warm and fuzzy friendship cliches while filtering it through bathroom humor and bong water. By the time Harold and Kumar trip and turn themselves into claymation you'll either be cackling with laughter or on the way out of the theater. Me? I was high on it.
Moneyball is a movie about baseball...but it's not a sports movie.
Grouping the latest film from star Brad Pitt with heartwarming Americana it-all-comes-down-to-the-big-game films doesn't quite make sense—no matter how much Pitt looks like Kevin Costner or Robert Redford. Moneyball is an underdog tale of a different kind one that questions the enchantment of the game rather than embraces it. While a film driven by sports statistics and business may sound drab Moneyball manages to discover its own unique sentimentality thanks to strong performances and a restrained style.
We pick up with Billy Beane (Pitt) GM for the Oakland A's after yet another disastrous season. Surrounded by aging scouts convinced of their ability to hone in on a player's intangible skills the keen manager grapples with the loss of his best players a recruiting budget dwarfed by his competitors and no solution in sight. After all baseball is a game of the coin—buy the talent buy the wins buy the championship. Wheeling and dealing across the country Beane realizes the A's need a new strategy or they'll be forever at the bottom. He finds that innovation in Peter Brand (Jonah Hill) a statistics wiz who introduces Beane to the baseball equivalent of counting cards: the theory of sabermetrics.
Thankfully watching and enjoying Moneyball doesn't require an extensive background in math as Beane allows the stuffy subdued Brand do the number-crunching. Much like writer Aaron Sorkin's Oscar-winning The Social Network the script (co-written with Schindler's List and Girl with the Dragon Tattoo writer Steve Zallian) pulls back the curtain on a complicated process but makes it easily digestible and more importantly emotional. Beane puts his job and reputation on the line for Brand's theory which boils down to the idea that all you need to win a baseball game is runs. Who needs star players when MLB rejects can make it to home base?
Pitt's depiction of the real life Beane isn't a showy star performance—but it's one of his best to date. The character is reserved and hushed; he explodes when the gravity of his situation hits a boiling point but quickly pulls himself back into professional mode. In order for Beane to enact Brand's plan he has to de-romanticize a game that means everything to him. Beane goes to great lengths to remind himself that baseball can't be fun—he doesn't watch the games he commands his team to hear the sorrow-filled silence of a loss and he emphasizes that no matter how many games he wins the only one that matters is the last. Beane keeps this light and cool with his co-workers but underneath—where Pitt shines—he struggles.
While Moneyball is Pitt's show his ensemble of co-stars deliver equally impressive work. Hill plays against type keeping his usual fast-talking humor in his back pocket and letting the larger-than-life Pitt properly wow him. Philip Seymour Hoffman appears briefly as the A's manager Art Howe who butts heads with Beane over the direction of the team. What could have been a surface-level villainous role is elevated by Hoffman who makes the old school way of thinking sound perfectly reasonable.
The film directed by the Oscar-nominated Bennett Miller (Capote) is slow and methodical paving the way for exhilarating moments between Pitt and Hill as they juggle phone calls fire off statistics educate their players and compile the misfit team. Miller intertwines flashbacks of Beane's early career and real life footage into the main narrative capitalizing on a variety of filmmaking techniques that organically stem from Beane's perspectives. This isn't squeaky clean Hollywood filmmaking but it's slick. Mychael Danna's score stands out as a thrilling companion to the visuals ethereal tunes that add a touch of humanity to a bookish drama.
Moneyball isn't this year's Field of Dreams or The Natural or Little Big League but it is great drama. Compelling and sweet the film takes a relatively unknown aspect of a well-known sport and turns it into something grand. Baseball's always made for a great life metaphor but Moneyball shows us one we've never seen before.