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Boomtown Rats Feature Doc Launches From New Music Banner BeyondTNC (Exclusive)

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Boomtown Rats Feature Doc Launches From New Music Banner BeyondTNC (Exclusive)
Bob Geldof and the re-formed Boomtown Rats will talk about their legendary punk band in a new feature doc, “Boomtown.” It is one of the first two films from a new music producer-distributor that has been formed by Beyond Entertainment and Tnc Media – BeyondTNC.

BeyondTNC will be launching “Boomtown” to international buyers in Cannes, as well as another feature doc, “Waiting: The Van Duren Story.” The latter tells the story of the titular Memphis musician who was tipped to become a major star, but faded into obscurity.

Boomtown” was filmed in Dublin, London and New York. It features exclusive interviews with the four members of the re-grouped Boomtown Rats: Bob Geldof; Garry Roberts; Pete Briquette; and Simon Crowe. A host of big name artists also weigh in on the influential group including Bono, Sting, Sinead O’Connor and Dave Stewart.

Billy McGrath produces and directs through his Sideline Productions shingle.
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Queen Keyboardist Spike Edney on Live Aid, What Freddie Mercury Was Really Like

It’s almost impossible to spot Spike Edney in video of Queen’s legendary set at Live Aid, but if you pause the footage near the end of “Hammer to Fall” at the 12:22 mark you can just about see him in the background. He’s the dark-haired fellow playing guitar next to a wall of keyboards. Queen hired him a year earlier to contribute keyboards, piano, backing vocals and rhythm guitar and he’s been there ever since, helping out with everything from their 1992 Freddie Mercury Tribute show at
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Spotlight: Live 8's Celebrity Supporters

Through gathering the voices of the people, Live 8 has managed to get promises from world leaders concerning increased financial aid, debt cancellation for 18 countries, and access to AIDS drugs and care for AIDS orphans.

Celebrity supporters

Live 8 has 27 known supporters, including Bono, Sting, and Alicia Keys

Areas of work ChildrenPovertyAdoption, Fostering, OrphansAIDS & HIV Read more about Live 8's work and celebrity supporters. Related articles Peace Prize NomineesPhoto Auction For Third World ReliefSir Bob Geldof Honored For Music And Humanitarian WorkBand Aid Founder Awarded Honorary DegreeBob Geldof Explains His Turning Points

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‘The Quiet One’: Bill Wyman Doc Trailer Highlights Elusive Ex-Rolling Stones Bassist

‘The Quiet One’: Bill Wyman Doc Trailer Highlights Elusive Ex-Rolling Stones Bassist
Bill Wyman may not have been the first bass player in the Rolling Stones, but he joined months after they formed in 1962 and stuck around from their earliest recording sessions all the way through the end of the Steel Wheels tour 30 years later. During that entire time, he was taking photos and videos that formed the basis of his 2002 book Rolling With the Stones. And now much more from his private vault is being used in the new documentary The Quiet One, in theaters June 21st.

The movie doesn’t
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A forest underground by Anne-Katrin Titze

Volker Schlöndorff with agronomist Tony Rinaudo in the République de Niger: "He was in Africa after the big famine in 1984. You know, the Bob Geldof [and Midge Ure organised] Live Aid concerts." Photo: Volker Schlöndorff

Volker Schlöndorff is in New York and he presented the rarely seen director's cut of his Cannes Film Festival Palme d'Or (tied with Francis Ford Coppola's Apocalypse Now in 1979) and Oscar-winning film The Tin Drum (Die Blechtrommel), starring David Bennent, based on Günter Grass's novel, and the 1981 Circle Of Deceit (Die Fälschung), with Bruno Ganz and Hanna Schygulla, during the retrospective for screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière at the Museum of Modern Art. Jean-Claude Carrière also introduced Louis Malle's Milou En Mai (May Fools), Philip Kaufman's The Unbearable Lightness Of Being, Luis Buñuel's La Voie Lactée (The Milky Way), and together with Julian Schnabel, At Eternity’s Gate.

Volker Schlöndorff with Anne-Katrin Titze: "This
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Film Review: ‘Mystify: Michael Hutchence’

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Film Review: ‘Mystify: Michael Hutchence’
“Mystify” — a portrayal of charismatic Inxs singer Michael Hutchence, who committed suicide in 1997 at the age of 37 — makes powerful use of family and personal footage to tell the story of a talented man beset by personal demons, but illuminates the influence of a serious head injury that he hid from the public. The doc premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival on Thursday night.

Voiceovers from Hutchence’s intimates — family members, Inxs bandmates, record producers, managers and girlfriends — along with press interviews, concert footage and home videos, give context to the unexpectedly intimate film. The singer is seen with former girlfriends like singer Kylie Minogue (their relationship gave Hutchence his first taste of tabloid fame) and model Helena Christensen on personal trips on the Orient Express, at beaches and decadent parties in France. More everyday scenes from holidays and other occasions — in the family kitchen with his mother, with his younger
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Spotlight: Bob Geldof's Charity Work

Bob Geldof’s first major charity involvement took place in September 1981, when he performed as a solo artist for Amnesty International's The Secret Policeman’s Other Ball.

Co-founded Band Aid in 1984 to raise funds for famine relief in Ethiopia.

Organised Live Aid in 1985, also to raise funds for famine relief.

Charities & foundations supported

Bob Geldof has supported the following charities:

21st Century Leaders46664Aegis TrustAmnesty InternationalBottletopCinema For PeaceElton John AIDS FoundationEstamosFree the wildLive 8Make Poverty HistoryMo Farah FoundationONE CampaignPopulation Services InternationalRADDRaisa Gorbachev FoundationUnited Nations Development ProgrammeWar ChildWhatever It TakesWillow Foundation Read more about Bob Geldof's charity work and events. Related articles Bob Geldof Nominated For Peace PrizePeace Prize NomineesReturn of the Secret Policeman's BallBono and Heather Mills Lending Their Celebrity to Raise Awareness of Genocide in DarfurGorbachev Cancer Fundraiser Draws Stars

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Watch Now: Venezuela Aid Live Concert Starring Juanes, Lele Pons, Luis Fonsi and More

International charity concert “Venezuela Aid Live” kicked off Friday morning on the Colombian border town of Cúcuta, which sits on the Venezuelan border. Sponsored by Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson, as well as Colombian transportation mogul Bruno Ocampo, the humanitarian fundraiser was inspired by Bob Geldof’s Eighties ‘Live Aid’ telethons. Broadcasted today via livestream, 32 artists from all over the world are confirmed to perform through 5pm local time — including Colombian rock star Juanes, Puerto Rican hitmaker Luis Fonsi, Mexican pop star Paulina Rubio and many more.

The event was
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Roger Waters Blasts All-Star Venezuela ‘Aid Live’ Show

British billionaire and Virgin Group CEO Richard Branson announced a benefit show last week to raise funds for food and medicine for the citizens of Venezuela. Modeled after Bob Geldof’s Eighties ‘Live Aid’ telethons for Ethiopia, the concert is set to take place this Friday in the Colombian border town of Cúcuta, which sits on the Venezuelan border.

On Tuesday, Roger Waters entered the fray, criticizing the concert and citing concerns over the ramifications of foreign intervention. “The Red Cross and the U.N., unequivocally agree, don’t politicize aid,
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Oscars Last Call: Queen’s Brian May & Roger Taylor On Rami Malek’s Morph Into Freddie Mercury In ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’

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Oscars Last Call: Queen’s Brian May & Roger Taylor On Rami Malek’s Morph Into Freddie Mercury In ‘Bohemian Rhapsody’
Bohemian Rhapsody soars on the strength of a performance by Rami Malek, who got under the skin of iconic Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in a way that has made him the prohibitive favorite in the Oscar Best Actor race. The film chronicles the formation, rise, and adversity weathered by the band before its titanic 1985 Live Aid turn that is still considered one of the greatest concert performances ever turned in by a super group. The picture has been a passion project for guitarist Brian May and drummer Roger Taylor, who were the creative consultants on the film and who rose to fame with the late Mercury and bass player John Deacon.

Considering that its director Bryan Singer was fired two weeks before production was completed, the film has surprisingly soared like no rock biopic before it, on the strength of the performances and a rocking soundtrack featuring Queen’s signature tunes.
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Flashback: Music Stars Record ‘We Are the World’ on January 28, 1985

Flashback: Music Stars Record ‘We Are the World’ on January 28, 1985
Quincy Jones is traditionally viewed as the mastermind behind the apex of all charity singles, but it was actually Harry Belafonte who instigated the idea in the wake of Band Aid’s “Do They Know It’s Christmas?” Seeking to make a star-studded Yankee equivalent to alleviate the Ethiopian famine, Belafonte contacted entertainment manager and fellow activist Ken Kragen, who drafted clients Lionel Richie and Kenny Rogers, as well as Stevie Wonder. But the production escalated once Jones and his extensive Rolodex were brought into the mix. He called in
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Flashback: Band Aid Raises Millions With ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’

Flashback: Band Aid Raises Millions With ‘Do They Know It’s Christmas?’
The age of the celebrity supergroup charity single truly began in October 1984, when Boomtown Rats singer Bob Geldof watched in horror as footage of the worsening Ethiopian famine played across his television screen as part of a BBC News documentary. He was still haunted by the images a week later when a chance encounter reunited him with an old friend, Ultravox frontman Midge Ure, who was just as troubled by what he had seen on the report. The men decided to channel their outrage into a new charity single.

The
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The legendary promoters of rock: inside an eye-opening new documentary

In new film The Show’s The Thing, the story of Frank Barsalona, who blueprinted the modern concert industry is explored with help from the major artists he helped to the stage

To date, more than 600 people have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, most of whom are fantastically famous. Yet, somehow, one of the least-known inductees managed to receive one of the hall’s highest honors. In 2005, Frank Barsalona, a concert promoter, received a “lifetime achievement” distinction at the Cleveland-based institution. So, how did a guy who, some might think, simply booked talent, earn such a lofty distinction?

The answers lie in an informative new documentary, The Show’s The Thing: The Legendary Promoters of Rock. In colorful detail, the film lays out how Barsalona blueprinted the modern concert business (now a $10bn industry), along the way changing how audiences relate to the music, while
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Akon, Amber Heard and Rosario Dawson Attend One Young World Summit in The Hague

Last week saw leading politicians, activists and CEOs from some of the world’s leading businesses join 1,800 young leaders from more than 190 countries in The Hague, the international city of peace and justice, for the annual One Young World Summit.

Amber Heard at One Young World Summit

Over the course of four days, the Summit provided a forum for the young leaders developing solutions to the globe’s most pressing issues – from human rights and domestic violence, to poverty alleviation and the role of businesses in addressing issues that matter most to the next generation.

Video: One Young World The Hague 2018: Akon for President

Among those gathered in The Hague included Bob Geldof, who spoke out against strongman politicians including President Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, likening them to “gang bosses”. Those assembled heard from Aquaman actress and activist Amber Heard, who shared her experiences working with refugees and fighting for human rights.
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'White Riot' scores French deal for Visit Films (exclusive)

Visit concluded the deal with The Jokers Films at the Great 8 Showcase in Cannes.

Ryan Kampe’s New York-based Visit Films has closed a deal with The Jokers Films in France on Rubika Shah’s documentary White Riot.

Visit concluded the deal in Cannes at the Great 8 Showcase on May 9 organised by the BFI, BBC Films and Film4 in association with the British Concil and the British government’s ‘Great’ campaign. Visit launched pre-sales at the Efm.

White Riot explores how punk influenced politics in late-1970s Britain at a time of deep social unrest. The film follows three artists
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Visit adds Rubika Shah's 70s punk doc 'White Riot' to Efm slate (exclusive)

The film is based on Shah’s short White Riot: London that premiered at Sundance 2017.

Ryan Kampe’s New York-based Visit Films has added writer-director Rubika Shah’s documentary White Riot to its Efm slate.

The film is based on Shah’s short White Riot: London that premiered at Sundance 2017 and went on to screen at Berlin, Tel Aviv and Sheffield Doc/Fest, among others.

White Riot explores how punk influenced politics in late-1970s Britain, a time of deep social unrest. The film follows three artists and fanzine creators who fought the neo-Nazi National Front, and overcame death threats, physical attacks and police brutality to create the British civil rights movement Rock Against Racism.

The documentary features interviews and previously unseen archive footage of performers like The Clash, The Specials, Tom Robinson, Bob Geldof, Joy Division, Elvis Costello, Pete Townshend, Buzzcocks and Steel Pulse.

Ed Gibbs produces through Smoking Bear, the production company
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Spotlight: Bono's Charity Work

There are few people in the music industry who have the presence of Bono. The Irish frontman of U2 knows no limitations when it comes to fighting poverty and hunger, and is constantly in direct contact with world leaders and policy makers in his quest to make the world a better place.

Bono was inspired to get involved in charity work after seeing The Secret Policeman’s Ball in 1979. In 1986 he helped organize Amnesty International's Conspiracy Of Hope tour alongside Sting, who was one of the Secret Policeman’s Ball performers seen by Bono, Peter Gabriel, Lou Reed, and Bryan Adams. He also got involved in the Band Aid and Live Aid projects which were organized by Bob Geldof – another Secret Policeman’s Ball performer, and later helped Geldof organize the 2005 Live 8 project.

His first contact with charitable causes was in 1986, prior to the Conspiracy of Hope tour, when World Vision invited him to Ethiopia.
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‘Coherence’ Director Asks, ‘Do They Know It’s Murder?’

‘Coherence’ Director Asks, ‘Do They Know It’s Murder?’
Indie filmmaker James Ward Byrkit, the acclaimed writer-director of low-budget 2014 film Coherence, has found his next project in the dramatic thriller Do They Know It’s Murder, writes the Tracking Board. The film is set during the recording of the 1984 song “Do They Know It’s Christmas” as songwriter Bob Geldof discovers a dead body and must find out who […]
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Spotlight: Richard Curtis's Charity Work

Born in New Zealand, Richard Curtis is the director and/or writer of films such as Four Weddings and a Funeral, Notting Hill and Love Actually, as well as the hit sitcoms Blackadder and Mr. Bean.

He is a founder of both Comic Relief and Make Poverty History and organised the Live 8 concerts with Bob Geldof to publicise poverty, particularly in Africa, and pressure G8 leaders to adopt his proposals for ending it.

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Richard Curtis has supported the following charities:

Comic ReliefLive 8Make Poverty HistoryMo Farah FoundationUnited Nations Development Programme Read more about Richard Curtis's charity work and events. Related articles The Spy Who Loved Me For CharityRed Nose Day TV Special Breaks RecordsEddie Izzard Completes 43 Marathons For CharityBritish Celebrity Show Benefits Malaria No MoreBritish Stars Back Robin Hood Tax For Charity

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Banijay Raises $416M To Help Finance Acquisition Of ‘Survivor’s Castaway Prods

TV production powerhouse Banijay Group has completed a 365M euro ($416M) capital raise which will be used to finance the acquisition of Castaway Television Productions. The latter is the creator and rights owner of hit international format, Survivor. The funds will also go towards refinancing existing debt that resulted from Banijay’s 2015 merger with Zodiak which created a pan-European giant. Castaway’s owners, Bob Geldof, Lord Waheed Alli and Charlie Parsons, reached an…
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