April 27, 2015
AUSTIN, Texas - When Brett Morgen was working through the drawings, journals, home videos, and sound collages that Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain left behind after taking his life in 1994, the filmmaker found a note to Cobain's then-girlfriend Tracey Marander, written in the late 1980s. "I'm going to work now," Cobain wrote. "When I'm gone please go through all my things and figure me out. " That was Morgen's task in 2007, when Cobain's widow, Courtney Love, approached him about making a film.
February 20, 2015 |
TIMED to Black History Month, the Smithsonian Channel's new documentary "Legend of Lead Belly" (8 p.m. Monday) sheds lots of light on one of the least-known yet most colorful and influential musicians of the 20th century, an artist "who didn't limit himself to any genre," according to disciple Van Morrison in the show. "House of the Rising Sun" may have been popularized by the Animals, but Huddie Ledbetter (a/k/a Lead Belly) lived it as the "house" musician at a Shreveport, La., bordello.
August 13, 2014 |
Courtney lost $27 mil It's not like it's a big deal or anything, but Courtney Love already has spent $27 million of her late husband Kurt Cobain 's estate. "I know that's a lifetime of money to most people," Courtney tells Britain's Sunday Times newspaper, "but I'm a big girl, it's rock 'n roll, it's Nirvana money, I had to let it go. I make enough to live on, I'm financially solvent, I focus on what I make now. " The Hole frontwoman had a unique system for keeping track of the cash.
July 22, 2014 |
Joan Jett is returning home, in a sense, next week, sharing a bill with Roger Daltrey for his Teen Cancer benefit at the Kimmel Center. At a band rehearsal, the one-time bassist for the Runaways and the woman behind such hedonistic anthems as "Bad Reputation" and "I Love Rock 'n' Roll," sets the record straight. Jett is a Philadelphia musical Walk of Fame rocker, with a gold star along Broad Street from the Philadelphia Music Alliance. She was a true local for only the first six months of life.
June 1, 2014 |
The first time I saw New Paradise Laboratories' 27 , back during its 2012 Fringe Fest premiere, I thought it was mostly form over function. This dance-theater meditation on purgatory and the "27 Club" - those rock icons who perished directly or indirectly by their own hands at age 27 - was pretty but inconsequential, elegantly wasted. I'm not sure what has changed since. Me? The show? Or is it just that Plays and Players gave it a distance that the Painted Bride's scrappier stage does not?
May 5, 2014 |
OH, A GARGANTUAN media wave deluged the nation in debates over the future of the Los Angeles and its owner, as well as speculation about new owners. Thankfully, that gave way to way more important news: the original "Star Wars" actors are alive and well and will return for an upcoming sequel. They'll join new folks who were still counting their lucky stars as of late yesterday. Yesterday The youngest Baldwin brother, Stephen, 47, was arrested in New York City for driving with an expired license, Us Weekly reported.
May 2, 2014 |
T ESS GERRITSEN , the author of the Rizzoli & Isles book series, as well as a number of best-selling suspense novels, filed suit against Warner Bros. on Tuesday, reports TheWrap.com, claiming that the studio based its hit film "Gravity" on her novel. Her book was also called "Gravity" and Warner's New Line subsidiary bought the rights to it in 1999. Gerritsen is seeking 2.5 percent of the film's net profit, according to the New York Times . The author claims that her agreement with Warner promised her a "based upon" credit, if the movie were produced.
September 27, 2013 |
YOU MAY not be able to buy your way into nirvana, but you can buy Kurt Cobain 's childhood home. Complete with his mattress. Ick. Cobain's mother, Wendy O'Connor , is putting the family's 90-year-old, 1.5-story bungalow two hours southwest of Seattle on the market this week. To help sell it, the family is offering a glimpse into Kurt's early life through photos shot at the house, including one of a chocolate-frosted birthday cake for Kurt and a shot of teenage Cobain smiling, guitar in hand, in his messy room.
September 11, 2012
The new production from New Paradise Laboratories, called 27 , begins and ends in huge shots of haze expelled onto the stage. And it's pretty much haze all through, even without the industrial-strength mist maker. But then, 27 is about death and some sort of purgatory - and though things aren't quite as gruesome as they are in the middle part of Dante's Divine Comedy , when souls are stuck in an endless world of waiting, it's just as unsettling. The show's title invokes singers Janis Joplin, Jim Morrison, Kurt Cobain, Jimi Hendrix and Amy Winehouse, who all died at age 27. There's not much to do when you're a dead spirit still full of youth, and 75 minutes of it surely makes that point in a set of bare walls, a lighted star with a huge hole in it, windows that lead the dead back into the room as they are pushed by a storm always brewing in the great beyond (a cool stage effect)
April 17, 2012 |
Jen Aniston happy for Brangelina I'm so glad Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie waited until Brad's ex — Jennifer Aniston — found a man (Justin Theroux) before announcing their plans to wed. I don't think we could have managed the tears — and the endless media verbiage that would otherwise have ensued. "[Jen] is so in love with Justin that she is really grateful how things turned out," Anonymous Source tells gossip site HollywoodLife.com. "In a strange way, if it weren't for Angelina, Jennifer would not have connected with Justin in a romantic way. " Isn't it great how things turn out?