Phoenix may be approaching a saturation point, what with Cadillac commercials and appearances on every late night talk show known to man, but if you have seventy-odd minutes to kill, check out Musicvision Phoenix and hear the members of the band listen to and talk about twenty songs that changed their lives.
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Kanye West jumped the shark in a lot of people’s minds when he shanghaied Taylor Swift’s VMA acceptance speech to lavish praise on Beyonce, but maybe his boorishness is an affliction, maybe he’s just a normal person ill-equipped to handle the mind-bending fishbowl of fame. On a material level, it’s easy being Kanye West, but maybe it’s not easy being Kanye West. Or maybe he’s just a jerk. Either way, a night in the life of Ye as directed by Spike Jonze is distressing, and as the film progresses, very surreal.
Astro Boy is the upcoming animated 3D movie based on the popular Japanese manga series by Osamu Tezuka. Freddie Highmore of Finding Neverland and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory gives voice to Astro Boy, a young robot who must save Metro City from the destructive hands of robot gladiators, led by Hamm Egg (Nathan Lane). Other vocal talents include Nicolas Cage, Kristen Bell, and Donald Sutherland. The movie is set to hit theaters October 23rd.
It’s always cool to poke fun at the government, especially at their most frivolous. Pirate Radio, directed by Richard Curtis, follows the antics of eight DJs who daringly continued to play rock records in the middle of the North Atlantic, despite the angry protestations of British officials. The rock ‘n’ roll dissenters include Academy Award winner Philip Seymour Hoffman, Bill Nighy, Rhys Ifans, Nick Frost, Kenneth Branagh, and many others. Pirate Radio, which came out in the U.K. back in April as The Boat That Rocked, opens in the U.S. on November 13th in select theaters.
The legacy of iconic pilot Amelia Earhart still sparks curiosity today. Amelia Earhart is now the subject of a new biopic simply entitled, Amelia, starring Hilary Swank, Richard Gere, and Ewan McGregor. Under Mira Nair’s direction, the film traces Earhart’s (Hilary Swank) aviation milestones, all within the undercurrent of her burgeoning intimate affair with George P. Putnam (Richard Gere), a well-established publisher. Like all procedurals, the movie acts not only as emotive siphon but also history lesson. Filled with crisp tableaux and acting powerhouses, Amelia opens October 23rd in limited release.