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by Stephen Rowland

3 Feb 2011


The world needs more Orson Welles, and we just might get it. Though quite the Renaissance man, Welles’s directorial efforts always seemed to be struggles. Even after Citizen Kane began appearing on lists as the greatest film ever made, the debacles never seemed to end. Works such as Chimes at Midnight and The Deep are basically forgotten, Mr. Arkadin was slapped around and sort of released in several different cuts, whether on his own volition or not, he was uncredited for The Lady From Shanghai and Black Magic, and for crying out loud, his magnum opus The Magnificent Ambersons hasn’t even seen the light of day on DVD!

This is just not fair.

Now, filmed in 1972, locked in a vault, never completely finished or properly edited, The Other Side of the Wind will most likely be available in the near future. A film about a director by a director starring other directors (John Huston, Claude Chabrol, Peter Bogdonavich), as well as Dennis Hopper and Oja Kodar (Welles’s lover at the time), Other Side was never released due to legal problems involving producers who are now selling their interests in the film.

John Huston’s son, actor Danny Huston, has called the footage “fascinating”, but there is still debate among the film’s living collaborators as to whether it should be edited into cohesion, released raw, or released at all.

The likely outcome is that Bogdonavich, who received “extensive notes” regarding the editing during filming, will be putting it together. There is no information about a theatrical or DVD release, distribution, or rights at this time.

 

by Eric Allen Been

2 Feb 2011


The White Stripes have officially split up. The Detroit garage rock duo announced today on their website that they are disbanding and they “will make no further new recordings or perform live”. Jack and Meg White go on to say in the statement that there are a “myriad of reasons” for the break up, but the central cause is to “preserve what is beautiful and special about the band”.

While the White Stripe’s most recent release was last year’s concert documentary and companion CD Under Great White Northern Light, the band hadn’t released a studio album since 2007’s Icky Thump. The band only played a handful of shows in support of the album before the duo cancelled the remaining 18 dates of the tour, with Meg White citing “acute anxiety” issues as the reason.

Since then, Jack White has released several albums with his two other bands, the Raconteurs and the Dead Weather, and established a permament Nashville, Tenn., location for his recording studio and label Third Man Records.

You can read the full statement here.

by PopMatters Staff

2 Feb 2011


Artsy Los Angeles rockers Eagle and Talon have a new EP on tap 22 February called In Manila. The Washington Post called the duo’s debut “wild, wonky post-punk”, but this time out the girls are going for a bit more danciness, while losing none of that delightful “wildness” or “wonkiness”. Eagle and Talon head into sure-fire party mode on the title track, “In Manila”, that we present to you today in the video’s online premiere.

by Cynthia Fuchs

2 Feb 2011


A harrowing, intelligent, and mesmerizing documentary following U.S. troops for a year in Afghanistan, Restrepo is, in the end, about how soldiers deal with loss.

Newly nominated for a Best Documentary Oscar, the film airs 2 February on National Geographic Channel. See PopMattersreview.

by PopMatters Staff

2 Feb 2011


When Junior Senior disbanded, Denmark’s Jesper Mortensen headed to London and then on to New York City to form a new pop band. Teaming with Leah Hennessey, who just happens to be the step-daughter of New York Dolls main man David Johansen, the two formed MAKE OUT. “What U Doing Later?” highlights the punky pop approach the band are taking, with a fuzzy, gritty ‘70s Lower East Side aesthetic at the forefront, something we’re hearing a lot more of these days. MAKE OUT release their debut EP How To later this month (22 February) and also have an upcoming show at New York’s Tammany Hall on 10 February.

SONG LIST
01 I Don’t Want Anybody That Wants Me
02 What U Doing Later?
03 True Love Is Just Too Hard to Find

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