Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach — Perfect Together

Last night I went to the NYPL Live event featuring a conversation between filmmakers Wes Anderson and Noah Baumbach. I’ll be honest, I never was huge fans of either of them before going into the talk, but now consider me among the converted.

Their two hour long talk — where they divulged some of the details of the inspiration for their collaboration on their new movie, The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and the stories behind some of their previous work — was one of the most engaging, entertaining, and absolutely fun times I’ve ever had listening to two people speak.

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Hopefully I’ll have time to write about it more, but some of the most hilarious stories included a scene witnessed by Wes Anderson during a rehearsal for a concert organized by Sheryl Crow in which estranged best friends Keith Richards and Eric Clapton had an awkward moment, and another tale in which Wes and Noah were looking through the archives of Robert Dahl and Dahl’s son revealed to them a pornographic story idea that his father had written down. (“She needs a belly full of hot c-m.”)

Afterwards I was lucky enough to attend a soiree for the Young Lions donors at the library, where Wes and Noah stopped by to mingle with guests. Of course they couldn’t even get past the door jam, but they were very nice and kind to everyone who approached them to talk.

Short little video of some tiny video clips I took:

Emo Crush: Gerard Way Talking About Umbrella Academy

I know many of you just DO NOT CARE about anything vaguely emo, but since I’ve kind of thrown So More Scene by the wayside, this needs to go on here.

I love Gerard Way from My Chemical Romance. He’s so dishy. Here he is at the Watchmen premiere (My Chem does a cover version of “Desolation Road”…yes, it’s awful, but I love it anyway), talking about his own comic project, the Umbrella Academy:

Very Pregnant M.I.A. Appears on Tavis Smiley

On Wednesday night, a very preggers M.I.A. made an appearance on the PBS show Tavis Smiley. She happily showed off her protruding baby bump, and her due date (around Grammy night, February 8th), and her entrapment in L.A. (she’s too far along to fly).


She also talked about her concern about the situation in her homeland Sri Lanka, speaking out about the genocide occurring in the country and the censorship of the media. She also speaks about her work on Slumdog Millionaire.

M.I.A. looks absolutely stunning
, what a gorgeous and beautiful (not to mention talented and intelligent) pregnant woman!

View the full 12 minute interview on PBS.org.

Link via URB.com

“Once” to Be on Broadway in 2010/2011

Woah, this could be amazing…or horrible. Either way, I hope the Frames’ Glen Hansard is getting a TON of money for his beautiful music. From Broadwayworld.com:

Multi-Tony Award winning theater and Academy Award nominated film producers John N. Hart, Jr, Jeff Sine and Fred Zollo have acquired the North American and worldwide live theater rights to ONCE, the 2007 Academy Award-winning film. ONCE, was written and directed by John Carney, and starred Glen Hansard and Markéta Irglová, with original music and lyrics by Mr. Hansard and Ms. Irglová. The creative team for the theatrical musical adaptation of ONCE will be announced shortly, with the aim for the production to bow on Broadway during the 2010/2011 season.

Oh, and unrelated… for giggles: Katy Perry falling down flat on her face during the Mexico Latin MTV Awards:

New York. Music. Stories.

There were two things I’ve been meaning to write about but haven’t had the time, so a short double-duty post will have to do.

1. Have you seen Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist yet? I love this movie so hard. Anyone who likes music and spotting New York City landmarks will enjoy this film. Oh and Michael Cera and Kat Dennings are great great, as are blond guy from Spring Awakening, and Ari Graynor who plays the most convincing drunk girl I’ve seen in a long time. Oh and some cameos from Devendra Banhart, Bishop Allen, Project Jenny Project Jan, etc etc.

Whoever did the location scouting on this movie got it RIGHT
. Bowery Ballroom, Union Pool, Arlene’s, Crash Mansion… all pretty accurate (minus the “bathroom” in Bowery) and appropriate for the characters and situlations.

If you have seen it, I think you will agree that this FRED “Stuck Up” magnet should have had some kind of tie-in to the movie.

2. My friend Jason recently closed down shop on his beloved music blog, Product Shop NYC. Jason had been doing PSNYC for quite some time now–he even inherited the title of Village Voice “Best Music Blogger” award from this little ol’ blogger. But on the bright side, he has a new blogging passion: a site called Stories In High Fidelity
Continue reading “New York. Music. Stories.”

Coldplay’s Guy Berryman Has a New Side Project

This press release just in:

Jonas Bjerre of Mew, Guy Berryman of Coldplay and Magne Furholmen of A-Ha have teamed up, under the guise of Apparatjik, to right the theme track for Bruce Parry’s BBC2 new series Amazon.

The series, which debuted on September 22nd, has a soundtrack to accompany it’s debut. Amazon / Tribe: Songs for Survival is out digitally in the UK now, and Kensaltown Records will the two-disc CD in the UK on October 6.

Preview the song in the trailer:

Jack White Unknowningly Gets Coca-Cola Ad Encore

You’ve probably heard about Jack White‘s version of “Another Way to Die” being used in a sad advert for Coke Zero. (Uh… I guess zero calories is supposed to be manly? And sexy? How else could James Bond keep the pounds off, eh?)

Now Jack is letting the world know he’s just a bit more than just disappointed that they’ve gone and used his song for the commercial with a public statement:

Jack White was commissioned by Sony Pictures to write a theme song for the James Bond film Quantum of Solace, not for Coca-Cola. Any other use of the song is based on decisions made by others, not by Jack White. We are disappointed that you first heard the song in a co-promotion for Coke Zero, rather than in its entirety.

What do you think Jack objects to the most: 1. Not having full control over the release of his song 2. Not getting the joy of handcrafting another Coca-Cola jingle? As you probably remember, Jack wrote a widely debated tune for a Coca-Cola advert in 2006.

I can think we all agree Jack’s original work with Coca-Cola was visually and conceptually far superior than this tie-in schlock.

UPDATE: As someone mentioned in the comments, I’m sad to say that Nagi Noda, the Japanese director of the Coca-Cola ad, died on September 7th due to complications from an accident she was in earlier this year. The world has lost a truly talented and inspiring individual.

Amy Winehouse Threatens to Go Toe-to-Toe with Jack White and Alicia Keys

Amy Winehouse lost the job of performing the theme song to the new James Bond film due to her inability to stay clean–the gig eventually went to the team of White Stripes’ Jack White and Alicia Keys (yuh huh).

But according to the Telegraph UK, Winehouse is threatening to release the version of the Bond theme in order to show the flim producers that they have “made a big mistake.”

Said Winehouse, “I guess they are going for clean-cut and boring. When I do release mine – and I am tempted to do it on the same day – this would be the bigger hit…If they change their minds, I’m waiting.”

Amy plans on releasing her collaboration with Mark Ronson on the same day as the White/Keys duet is being released, October 28th.

Too bad Jack and Amy couldn’t have worked it out when they were watching Jay-Z.

Waddya think, Jack and Alicia have anything to worry about?