Solo artist and Black Sabbath singer Ozzy Osbourne has recently covered John Lennon’s song “How?”—from Lennon’s classic album, Imagine (1971). Osbourne has always voiced his love and admiration both for The Beatles and John Lennon, and his tribute will benefit Amnesty International. For clear evidence of Lennon’s influence on Osbourne, watch Osbourne’s “Dreamer” video. Also, Lennon’s own video for “How?” would be critical if one wishes to compare or contrast the two.
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If John Lennon wasn’t tragically murdered at the age of 40, then he would be celebrating his 70th birthday this week. Perhaps instead of focusing on this sad fact, we should turn our attention to the fascinating accomplished life that he lived.
On October 9th, 1940 John Lennon was born, according to some sources, during a WWII air raid. He grew to adore British skiffle and rock ‘n’ roll music and formed a group with some of his friends from school. In 1958, that group, the Quarrymen, recorded a cover of Buddy Holly’s “That’ll Be the Day”.
W. Scott Poole’s recent PopMatters review of the Blu-Ray edition of The Blair Witch Project stung a little bit. While I think Poole absolutely nailed all of the problems inherent in improving the AV quality of a film that was supposed to be shot on handheld camcorders, I also have always had a soft spot for the Blair Witch deep in my heart, so it was a bit tough to see the film described as “dated”.
Which brings me, of course, to this post! Watch below:
Now watch over here.
Frightening how relevant the movie just became, eh?
Forget about James Gandolfini (I have never seen an episode of The Sopranos, no lie). Yes, Kristen Stewart is in this as well (I’m told she is also in some big vampire movie franchise?). Welcome to the Rileys has one major draw for this writer: PopMatters favorite Melissa Leo, Oscar-nominated star of Frozen River.
I talked to Leo—who also offers key support in Conviction and The Fighter this year—about her process in August: “Its hard work. If you ask me about the shooting Frozen River, I will tell you fairy stories about how delightful it was, because it was to me, [but] to get lost in the character and to not be recognized from one character to the other is my joy and my pleasure”
For her disappearing act as a bereaved mother looking for peace in Welcome to the Rileys, Leo could very well be rewarded with a second Oscar nomination if the buzz is to be believed.
The film opens in limited release October 29.
Marilyn Manson has a busy Season of the Witch, in La La Land. When Manson is not working on his band’s new album, or finishing his Phantasmagoria: The Visions of Lewis Carroll film project, or holding art exhibitions, he will be on television. First up is a biography on 6 October playing on the Biography channel that is supposed to focus on his relationship with his parents and other close friends and associates, mainly. Also, on 30 October, on the same channel, an episode of Celebrity Ghost Stories will feature some of Manson’s thoughts and experiences concerning ghosts and the supernatural or occult. But that’s not all: Manson is a die-hard fan of HBO’s series Eastbound & Down, and a cameo appearance may indeed be realized.