In 2013, the Backstreet Boys celebrated their 20th anniversary with a new album, In a World Like This. And two years later, the band is releasing a documentary that follows them during the making of that album, when they all moved to London together. READ FULL STORY
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Madonna still matters.
That’s the message of Madonna: The MDNA Tour, a documentary that chronicles her top-grossing 2012 worldwide tour. Ostensibly a concert film, The MDNA Tour also sheds light on the impact Madonna has had on a generation of artists, dancers, and general fans who refuse to conform for conformity’s sake.
Director Danny Tull, who’s edited several of Madonna’s recent projects, including W.E., took a close-up look at the icon’s legendary drive, cutting the best moments of 88 different shows into one cohesive documentary. “There was just a mammoth amount of footage to get through and find that perfect shot for her,” says Tull, who literally worked his fingers to the bone in the editing suite for six months. “On ‘Like a Prayer,’ there must be [cuts of concerts from] 50 countries inside that song alone. It was really intense. I think I looked down one day and I was like, ‘Oh, my fingers are about to fall off.’ But it was worth it.'”
By the end, Tull knew the ins and outs of the concert perhaps better than Madonna herself, but she still never ceased to surprise him. “The interesting thing with her is you never know what you’re going to get,” he says. “She always brings something different to the table. Maybe fans had known it before, but I think her Olympian spirit will be reinforced again [with the doc]. It’s just unbelievable, the pace of the show. It’s just non-stop. It’s very difficult to keep up.”
The pace slows down, however, for this very-slightly NSFW exclusive scene, in which Madonna auditions some of the show’s dancers, a talented group that is full of Madge admirers. Madonna still matters — you’d better believe it! READ FULL STORY
The National: Frontman Matt Berninger talks about their acclaimed new album and documentary, and why failure was good for the band
For years, the National were one of a thousand little-engine-that-could indie bands, living in Brooklyn and (barely) getting by on small-room tours and local gigs.
Until 2007, when the indelible piano anthem “Fake Empire” helped make their fifth album, Boxer, a critical and popular smash. Letterman came calling, and so did the Obama campaign, which used the song as one of its musical signatures.
Now, with a new album, Trouble Will Find Me, their biggest tour yet, and a new documentary that was the toast of the Tribeca Film Festival, the National is poised to make another leap — this time to a level of fame that actually cements the name, while subverting the original intention of a band that actually chose its name because it had no real meaning. This is the year the National becomes The National.
Ask frontman Matt Berninger, and he’ll tell you that the group’s rise has been built on a foundation of failure. A literal band of brothers — the lineup includes twins Bryce and Aaron Dessner on guitar, and Bryan and Scott Devendorf on drums and bass, respectively (we’ll get to Berninger’s own brother later) — the quintet has struggled, bickered, and come thisclose to breaking up since teaming up in the late 1990s. Success hasn’t mellowed them, exactly, but there is a confidence that comes from winning on their own terms, and from knowing that when they step on the stage, they’re one of the best live bands in the business. “You’re not a real band unless you go out and play shows, for whoever, whenever,” says Berninger.
With Trouble Will Find Me out this week (they’ll play The Colbert Report tonight to celebrate), the band is already booked on the road through November. Berninger spoke to EW about the sound of the new album, being a “Brooklyn band,” and how the rock doc Mistaken For Strangers morphed into something not at all standard issue. READ FULL STORY
British soul singer Amy Winehouse, who died of alcohol poisoning in 2011, will be the subject of a new, as-yet-untitled documentary from director Asif Kapadia. Winehouse is best remembered for 2006’s Back to Black, which was certified double platinum in the United States and made her an international star. (It is still very, very good.)
The doc is set up with producer James Gay-Rees through Playmaker Films. Gay-Rees and Kapadia previously teamed on the documentary Senna, which Kapadia also directed.
Music docs: they’re so hot right now! Perhaps that’s why Lady Gaga gave all her Little Monsters a very special Christmas present yesterday by announcing that her “Cake” collaborator Terry Richardson is making a film documenting Gaga’s life, as well as “the creation of ARTPOP” — Gaga’s upcoming album — and the artist’s devoted fanbase.
Few rock musicians have had as deep and personal an impact on his fans as Bruce Springsteen. He carries the flag for his home state of New Jersey, sure, but there’s also something about his anthemic tales of everyday Americana that strike a chord with people around the world. That has been expressed over and over again in fawning essays and passionately researched bios, but now the spirit of Springsteen is going to get a film all its own.
The project is called Springsteen & I, and like Life in a Day (another film produced Ridley Scott’s production company), the entirety of the movie will be crowd-sourced. READ FULL STORY
In Jonathan Demme’s documentary Neil Young Journeys, the Silence of the Lambs filmmaker follows Young through his Ontario hometown and onward to a show in Toronto, all while talking about life and music during a ride in Young’s 1956 Ford Crown Victoria.
Young is no stranger to the world of film — he’s had several documentaries made about his work, including Neil Young: Heart of Gold and Neil Young: Silver and Gold, which Demme and producing partner Elliot Rabinowitz also teamed up on, plus his scripted environmental treatise, Greendale.
Journeys will be out Oct. 16 on DVD and Blu-ray from Sony Home Entertainment. In the meantime, take a listen to two previously unreleased tracks, exclusive to EW, below: “You Never Call” and “Leia.” The first is a soulful, sad, bluesy track; the second is more lively, playful one.
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