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Once upon a time, Terrence Malick was known for the lengthy gaps between his films. His much-revered late ‘70s tone poem Days of Heaven was followed up 20 years later with 1998’s meditation on war The Thin Red Line. In the past decade and a half, Malick’s productivity has seen an uptick: since 1998, he’s released three new films: The New World (2005), The Tree of Life (2011), and To the Wonder (2012).

Emmett/Furla/Oasis Films, Winkler Films & The Fyzz Facility, in tandem with David Mamet, are planning a screen adaptation of the playwright’s 1988 three-person play Speed-the-Plow. The story satirizes Hollywood’s profit incentives as they relate to what sort of films get made. At the moment, no decisions about casting have been announced.

The Atlanta-based rock trio the Head, comprised of Jacob Morrell (guitar) and brothers Jack and Mike Shaw (drums and bass/vocals, respectively), has been dubbed with the title “Atlanta’s youngest rock ‘n’ roll veterans” by Blurt. These chaps may all be in their early 20s, but what they lack in years they more than make up for in their energetic brand of ‘90s-inspired rock music.

The Head are also not one to shy from thought-provoking topics in their songwriting. Below you can stream “It Ain’t Easy”, a tune which finds the trio exploring the sensitive and troubling topic of the Newtown school shooting. For more on this, read the band’s statement on the song.

Blue Blood started out as a solo venture for musician Hunter Morris, who conceived the idea after his previous band, Gift Horse, parted ways. The Athens, Georgia-based Morris then spent a year working as a fly fishing guide on the trout streams of North Georgia, a creatively fruitful time that spawned the songs that now form This Is the Life, Morris’ debut as Blue Blood.

Morris ended up not going at it all by himself, though. Hank Sullivant, the guitarist for MGMT and the frontman of Kuroma, worked as producer/instrumentalist for the recording. Rounded out by J.J. Bower (Dead Confederate) on drums and Dave Spivey on keys, Blue Blood is a fine example of how an artist can create a new avenue through artistic exploration in the wake of a finished project. Morris’ vision was rich enough on its own; with the addition of players such as Sullivant, Spivey, and Bower, his initial idea has blossomed into a mind-enveloping collection of introspective gloom pop.

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