The Great Moonshine Film Festival

Every so often the stars align in such a way as to allow a perfectly inert and “nonproductive” weekend spent in the company of four, or five, or maybe even six movies, the sort of cine-bliss-out designed to decompress the mind and spirit after a particularly insistent week of breadwinning. Back in the salad days, when all thoughts were ostensibly devoted to expanding one’s horizons, this sort of motion picture marathon was known as a typical college weekend. But similar opportunities come far less frequently 40 years later, and when they do, they’re usually accompanied by at least four or five loads of laundry demanding to be sorted and folded. Thanks to the largely unplumbed depths of my DVR queue, I stumbled into one such marathon last Friday night, and it was a doozy, an entirely unplanned, thematically linked four-picture blast that would have been a honest-to-God B-movie treasure
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Roger McGuinn Talks ‘Sweetheart of the Rodeo’ Gigs, Rules Out Byrds Reunion

Roger McGuinn Talks ‘Sweetheart of the Rodeo’ Gigs, Rules Out Byrds Reunion
When Roger McGuinn phoned into Rolling Stone earlier this week, he was just a few hours away from playing his first Byrds concert in over a quarter century. Well, sort of. His current run of shows may include his fellow Byrd Chris Hillman and they may be playing the group’s most beloved album, 1968’s Sweetheart of the Rodeo, straight through in honor of its 50th anniversary in addition to a whole other set of Byrds classics, but they aren’t billing this precisely as a reunion. Instead, it’s
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The Girl With A Thorn In Her Side

Lynn Castle Rose Colored Corner Light (Light In The Attic)

Coming across visually as a prototype Nancy Sinatra about to enter The Valley Of The Dolls, Lynn Castle in the 1960s was an entrancing and beguiling entity. Her debut album finally appears a few years shy of her turning eighty, and it is a tremendous affair, an index of splendid and unrealized possibilities, as stark as it is haunting. 

Vocally she sounds like a female Leonard Cohen who's been listening to too much Nina Simone, whose smoke-laced croak she frequently echoes. Her look though uber-girlie doesn't match her sound, and simply serves to enhance the appeal of her beauty and big, big hair. Think Warhol's Candy Darling doing an arch Barbie doll look and you are nearly there. Add Jackie O shades and you have quite simply arrived. Her sole single 'The Lady Barber' is a wonderful piece of
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Interview: Director Jude Klassen Rocks CIMMfest with ‘Love in the Sixth’ on April 17, 2016

Chicago – The “Canuck Girls” have hit town, and they brought a lively, passionate and super fun musical about relationships and the environment to CIMMFest! Toronto-based writer/musician/actor/director Jude Klassen created “Love in the Sixth,” and it plays out at the 2016 festival on Sunday, April 17th (3:45p) at the Logan Theatre in Chicago. Click here for complete details.

The film explores relationships, in the post modern mode of Woody Allen, plus has amazing song breaks in the style of Motown, Punk, The Beatles and even “Grease” (if Grease would have had a song called “F**king Love”). The cinematic freedom of Jude Klassen’s director influence is woven throughout the work, as she portrays a rocker Mom named Dani, who is raising a Hunger-Games-loving-environmentally-conscious 12 year-old named Kat (Mika Kay, in a memorable performance).

Dani’s relationship with Sid (T.C. Folkpunk) is complicated, and gets in the way of
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Why Mr. Robot is the summer’s most (and least) original new series

In the opening minutes of the pilot for USA’s Mr. Robot, superhacker Elliot Alderson (Rami Malek) meets with the shifty proprietor of a chain of coffeeshops. Over the course of their conversation, Elliot reveals the flaws in his cybersecurity—flaws that enabled Elliot to uncover this fellow’s immense cache of child pornography. The topic shifts: Who is Elliot? What does he want? Money? Before long, though, Elliot heads out and the cops storm in to mete out justice. That, it would seem, will be the blueprint for Mr. Robot: the story of yet another maladjusted genius with One Weird Trick for solving crimes while disregarding the rules, man. He’ll track down hidden bad guys, overcoming his obvious social awkwardness and seemingly timid nature, and expose them to the world with the help of cutting-edge, buzzword-heavy technological innovation. After all, this is USA, the home of Burn Notice,
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2015 Grammys winners: The complete list

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2015 Grammys winners: The complete list
Complete list of winners and nominees of the 2014 Grammy Awards, held in Los Angeles at the Staples Center on Sunday February 8. Winners will be updated as they're announced during the telecast and pre-telecast. Record Of The Year “Fancy,” Iggy Azalea Featuring Charli Xcx “Chandelier,” Sia **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” Sam Smith “Shake It Off,” Taylor Swift “All About That Bass,” Meghan Trainor Album Of The Year **Winner** “Morning Phase,” Beck “Beyoncé,” Beyoncé “X,” Ed Sheeran “In The Lonely Hour,” Sam Smith “Girl,” Pharrell Williams Song Of The Year “All About That Bass,” Kevin Kadish & Meghan Trainor, songwriters (Meghan Trainor) “Chandelier,” Sia Furler & Jesse Shatkin, songwriters (Sia) “Shake It Off,” Max Martin, Shellback & Taylor Swift, songwriters (Taylor Swift) **Winner** “Stay With Me (Darkchild Version),” James Napier, William Phillips & Sam Smith, songwriters (Sam Smith) “Take Me To Church,” Andrew Hozier-Byrne, songwriter (Hozier) Best New Artist Iggy Azalea Bastille Brandy Clark
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The Joy of Six: Australian sports movies

From Nicole Kidman on a BMX to Collingwood on the big screen, our pick of the best sport films

1) Save Your Legs

There are a couple of pretty fail-safe ways to stop a conversation dead in its tracks, but one of the best is to try and convince someone that they need to go and see an Australian movie. If that Australian movie happened to be about a cricket team, it wouldn't be out of the question to suggest that your co-conversationalist might just turn and walk at pace. Which brings us to Save Your Legs, surely one of the least-loved Australian films of recent times and with no good reason; this film is actually half-decent.

It's quite admirable that an Australian filmmaker would multiply their odds of failure by making a film like this one. We're often told that cricket is the sport with the richest and most voluminous literary canon,
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Peaches Geldof Welcomes a Baby Boy! And His Name Is...

Peaches Geldof Welcomes a Baby Boy! And His Name Is...
Congratulations to the happy family! Peaches Geldof, the daughter of singer and poverty campaigner Bob Geldof, welcomed her second child with husband Thomas Cohen on Wednesday, according to Hello! magazine. The happy parents named their son Phaedra after the ancient Greek play and one of her favorite songs by Lee Hazlewood called "Some Velvet Morning." The couple have another son, 1-year-old Astala. The new arrival's birthdate holds a special meaning to mum Geldof, as it is her late mother's birthday
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Lana Del Rey Goes Old School

Lana Del Rey Goes Old School
Lana Del Rey has gone all vintage on us for a new music video. Del Rey covers "Summer Wine," a 1960s hit made famous by Nancy Sinatra.

In the video (shown above), the 26-year-old singer prances around flower fields and dances with her long-haired pal for a very '60s effect. The man in the video is Del Rey's real-life boyfriend, Barrie-James O'Neill, a singer for the band Kassidy.

Written by Lee Hazlewood, "Summer Wine" was recorded by Sinatra in 1967, nabbing a feature spot on Sinatra's collaboration with Hazlewood, 1968's "Nancy & Lee" Ep. Del Rey has compared herself to Frank Sinatra's daughter in the past, calling herself a “gangster Nancy Sinatra” in 2010.

Del Rey has taken an old-school sound as of late, also recording a song for the upcoming "Great Gatsby" soundtrack. The singer's track for the film, "Young and Beautiful," was featured on a recent teaser for the soundtrack.
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All The Songs In 'Stoker' Plus New Images Of Nicole Kidman, Mia Wasikowska & Matthew Goode

Although it’s set for limited release later this spring, we’re going to start to see the first reactions to Park Chan-Wook’s English-language debut “Stoker” when it premieres this weekend at the Sundance Film Festival. But if you can't be there, in advance of its world premiere, Hitfix has some exclusive new images from the film. Mia Wasikowska stars as India, whose enigmatic and estranged uncle (Goode) returns to the family after the death of the her father, and takes up with her mother (Kidman). His arrival coincides with the disappearance of people in her town, and he might be the cause. If you want to know what kind of mood and tone the movie will deliver, we've also got a listing of all the songs in the film, that while sparse, is nonetheless fairly interesting. There are two new pieces from composer Philip Glass, a tune from
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Peaches Geldof pregnant again

Peaches Geldof pregnant again
London, Nov 13: Socialite Peaches Geldof is pregnant with her second child.

The 23-year-old has announced she is expecting a little boy again just seven months after she gave birth to first son Astala in April this year, reports

The mum-to-be, who married rocker Thomas Cohen in September this year, has revealed she is planning to name the tot Phaedra, reports

She tells Britain's Hello! Magazine: "It's a name that comes from an ancient Greek play but it also features in a song Tom and I both love called Some Velvet Morning by Lee Hazlewood. Finding out I was pregnant again so soon.
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Eastbound & Down: bidding a fond farewell to uncomfortable, gutsy TV

As the foul-mouthed, obnoxious comedy bows out, we pay tribute to the loathsome brilliance of Kenny Powers

After three seasons and 21 episodes of foul-mouthed, painfully funny and obnoxious comedy, on Thursday we will bid a final fond farewell to Kenny Powers. Powers is a fearsome comedy construct: a man whose natural pitching talent had taken him to baseball's big leagues, a sport where being overweight with a never-fashionable mullet hairdo is no handicap. His hair-trigger temper, lack of a work ethic and almost supernatural level of self-obsession and ego had seen him tumble from such lofty heights. Eastbound & Down hasfollowed his journey back to the top.

But this hasn't been your standard tale of redemption: Powers never accepted responsibility for any of his actions, was never humbled and never learned a thing thanks to his impregnable force-field of arrogance and denial. For Kenny, it's his world, and the rest of
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Contest: Win A Copy Of The Frank Sinatra Box Set Collection -- 10 Films Spanning 11 Years

There's very little we can say about the indomitable Ol' Blue Eyes that hasn't already been said, but suffice it to say, Frank Sinatra is one of the most successful entertainers of all time, effortlessly transitioning back and forth between his music and acting careers.

On April 3rd, Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment releases the rather impressive "The Frank Sinatra Film Collection" on DVD.

Films include Stanley Kramer's "The Pride and the Passion" co-starring Cary Grant and Sophia Loren, "Kings Go Forth" with Tony Curtis and Natalie Wood, Frank Capra's "A Hole in the Head," "Can-Can," featuring Shirley MacLaine, John Frankenheimer's classic "The Manchurian Candidate," "Von Ryan’s Express," "Cast a Giant Shadow" starring Kirk Douglas, Yul Brynner and John Wayne among others, "Tony Rome" (featuring a score by Lee Hazlewood), its sequel, "Lady in Cement" co-starring Raquel Welch, and "The Detective."

The 10-title collection spans 11 years
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2 Disc 'Eastbound & Down' Soundtrack On The Way Featuring Black Keys, The Stooges, MC5, Kenny Rogers & More

Well, Kenny fucking Powers will be pitching his last innings in "Eastbound & Down" as the show winds up its third and final season with a only a few more episodes to go. But you'll still have the opportunity to keep that good time feeling going all summer long.

Fat Possum Records is set to drop a nice two-disc soundtrack to the series, featuring a handful of songs played through the show's twenty-one episodes. No surprise, this one is heavy on the rock 'n roll with tracks from folks like The Black Keys, The Stooges, MC5, The Animals, Ram Jam and more. There is a bit of country lovin' with Kenny Rogers and Lee Hazelwood, some hip hop with Too Short and 'Lil Wyte and even an obscure R&B tune by Brenton Wood.

Finer retails will carry the collection on April 24th. Full tracklist below. [Prefix]

"Eastbound & Down" Soundtrack Tracklist

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Battle For Brooklyn: 5th Best Movie Of The Weekend

First reported by Develop Don’t Destroy Brooklyn, the documentary Battle for Brooklyn was the 5th best movie of this past weekend, based on a per screen average. The film made a weekend gross of $11,141 playing at just one theater, Cinema Village, in NYC. These figures were derived from the website Box Office Mojo. The film is doing so well that it’s being held over at the theater until July 1. Find showtimes and ticket info on the Cinema Village website.

Battle for Brooklyn is a documentary co-directed by Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley that chronicles the long 7-year struggle of local residents against the proposed development of a basketball stadium and 16 skyscrapers in downtown Brooklyn planned by the company Forest City Ratner. The aggressive building plans meant the displacement of nearly 1,000 local residents.

Bad Lit: The Journal of Underground Film reviewed the documentary just previous to its release, saying
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Opening Today! Battle For Brooklyn In NYC

Battle for Brooklyn, the new documentary by Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley, is opening today, June 17, in two theaters in New York City. It is screening both at the Cinema Village in Manhattan and at indieScreen in Brooklyn. It’s running for one week at both theaters and the filmmakers are hoping to attend as many screenings as possible.

The film chronicles the intense fight over the controversial Atlantic Yards project being built in downtown Brooklyn. Multi-million dollar development company Forest City Ratner and local politicians propose a new basketball stadium and 16 surrounding skyscrapers to be built, but in order to do so they must kick out almost a thousand local residents and business owners, several of whom do not plan to leave without a fight.

Opening at the height of Hollywood’s summer blockbuster season, Battle for Brooklyn is an equally epic, cinematic tour de force and this year’s must-see political thriller.
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Battle For Brooklyn

Battle for Brooklyn has everything you want in a great political thriller: An everyman underdog fighting against impossible forces. Elected officials in bed with big money businessmen. Devious and deceptive business and political maneuverings. Great personal tragedy and triumph.

And, of course, since Battle for Brooklyn is a documentary, it’s all true.

Filmmaking duo Michael Galinsky and Suki Hawley are no strangers to the political documentary game having previously directed the strange, sad fate of George W. Bush biographer J.H. Hatfield in the film Horns and Halos, which was reviewed on Bad Lit: The Journal of Underground Film back in 2002.

That’s a long time between films, but the directors know how to really get involved with their subjects. Battle for Brooklyn has been seven years in the making, mostly because the battle that they chronicle — over Brooklyn’s controversial Atlantic Yards development project — has been an epic one in the real world.
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The Black Swans: Don't Blame the Stars

The Black Swans have never been afraid to let their freak flag fly, standing in a long line of country and folk eccentrics like Lee Hazlewood, Iris DeMent and Merle Haggard (two of whom get shout-outs on this album). For more contemporary counterparts, you could look to Lambchop, Richard Buckner or Will Oldham, perhaps, but the the polarizing, hoarse-whisperer voice of The Black Swans’ Jerry DeCicca has no obvious analog....
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John Barry: The composer who was as pop as the Beatles

John Barry's soundtracks often outstripped the films for which they were written. And despite a prickly reputation, when I met him he was the perfect host

While it would be a little outlandish to say that John Barry lived a James Bond lifestyle, it wasn't hard to imagine him in the world of The Persuaders, driving an open-top E-type to the south of France, immaculately turned out, eloping with the au pair. He was, more than many familiar faces, a movie star.

The theme from The Persuaders was – ignoring the James Bond theme, which existed like air – my introduction to the John Barry sound. The opening notes of its electric harpsichord matched high-contrast screen images of Tony Curtis and Roger Moore and created great excitement. It was the soundtrack to many Sunday lunchtimes in the early-70s.

Theme from the Persuaders on the CBS label was one of the first records I owned,
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Short Documentary: Lee Hazlewood

It’s Viva Las Vegas time in this trip down memory lane with the one and only Miss Nancy Sinatra and her co-conspirator Lee Hazlewood. And yes, the above embedded short documentary by Suki Hawley and Michael Galinsky includes archive footage of her singing “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” live on stage. (Personally, I prefer the Crispin Glover cover version, but this will do.) And that stage is at The Riviera, one of the last of the old school Vegas casinos still in business to this day, having opened back in 1955.

The occasion for this short doc about Lee Hazlewood was a re-release screening of the 1973 documentary Nancy & Lee in Las Vegas at the Anthology Film Archives sometime in the late ’90s. Hazlewood, who helped edit the ’73 film, and the film’s director, Torbjörn Axelman, were at the Archives’ screening where Hawley and Galinsky sat them down to discuss the making of it.
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