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YAARN is a boxset-gorging, buzz-fearing, burger-snob blog.

YAARN reads Vanity Fair and Vice, and decided all our private emails about longform pieces on the New York Times and excitement surrounding Hunter S. Thompson movies might be better off compiled into a commonplace, a journal or a so-called blog.

YAARN was founded by two friends from London. We like the oily smell of magazine ink, nearly as much as we love the fuzz of Sonic Youth.

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Published in: on April 3, 2011 at 2:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

Sorkin’s Chicago 7 gets Greengrass greenlight

The West Wing is quite easily the most brilliant television drama ever produced. Aaron Sorkin is a genius scribe, a modern day Hemingway. So the news that his latest project The Trial of the Chicago 7 will be resurrected is fantastic.

Steven Spielberg was originally drafted to produce the political thriller, which follows a group of seven defendants that were charged with various crimes following the protests at the 1968 Democratic National Convention. However, when he dropped out, it looked like the movie might stall. Until now, as it appears that, according to Production Weekly and Film School Rejects, Paul Greengrass (The Bourne Supremacy/United 93) is directing.

Sorkin + Greengrass = Awesome

The replacement of Spielberg with Paul Greengrass seems like a logical one, at least from the standpoint of scheduling. Greengrass appears to have a little bit more time, as he is already in post-production on his 2009 film with no other immediate projects to speak of, whereas Spielberg has a full boat. And of course, it being the weekend and all, it is going to be hard for us to get any confirmation on this — but don’t be surprised if you see a story in Variety sometime next week announcing Paul Greengrass as the new director of The Trial of the Chicago 7.

Source: Film School Rejects

Published in: on August 11, 2008 at 4:25 pm  Comments (2)  
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Entourage: It’s Back. Hug it out, bitch!

Entourage is one of the coolest shows on television. The writing is acidic and Jeremy Piven’s Ari Gold is one of the nastiest, sharpest tongued characters to come out of Hollywood in years.

The good news: It’s back.

The show will air September 7 on HBO.

You can watch a trailer here:

Published in: on August 5, 2008 at 7:35 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Happy Birthday Pat Smear!

Can you believe the charming bastard, ex-guitarist of Nirvana/Foo Fighters and founding member of LA punks The Germs, is only 49!

I love The Germs; I wore out my old tape copy of GI and the covers anthology – A Small Circle of Friends with bands such as The Melvins and Courtney Love was also mindblowing.

There’s a really interesting piece about The Germs’ biopic What We Do Is Secret, which stars Shane West as Darby Crash and Bijou Phillips, in today’s IHT.

Darby Crash, singer of the Germs and the most polarizing figure on the 1970s Hollywood punk scene, would tell anyone within earshot that his days were numbered.

In 1975, at the age of 17, he devised a five-year plan for achieving immortality: form a band, collect a following, release one album, then commit suicide. The band started as a dare; T-shirts were made before any songs were learned. Its following expanded from a few hangers-on to members of the fast-rising hard-core scene from the nearby suburbs and beach communities.

The movie comes out in the US this week and is expected to air internationally before the end of the year.

International Herald Tribune

Published in: on August 5, 2008 at 2:19 pm  Leave a Comment  
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New Buffy? Animated? Yes.

Buffy The Vampire Slayer: The Animated Series was a short-lived project produced by Hollywood studio 20th Century Fox in 2001. It was intended for Fox Kids, but, following the demise of the kids network, it was never aired.

However, a three minute clip from the pilot has, this week, surfaced online.

It comes as Buffy creator Joss Whedon was recently crowned king of web video for his three part musical drama Dr Horrible’s Sing-Along Blog.

Bored of Dictators wonders whether Whedon himself was responsible for the leak, ahead of a possible online resurrection of the brand, which ended its network run in 2003, and asks whether any other popular, recently deceased series could return animated?

The Buffy animated series, which was to be exec produced by Whedon and Jeph Loeb and drawn by The Simpsons’ producer Film Roman, was designed to be an 8x30mins adventure taking place after the end of the first season. The Buffy brand is, obviously, well placed to be extended either as a kids series or as an online project thanks to its zealous fanbase.

There are others; Star Wars: The Clone Wars, the animated spin off of the sci fi movie, exec produced by George Lucas, will likely be a massive success when it launches on Turner’s Cartoon Network in October.
But is it only sci-fi series that would work in such an arena? Could CBS’ much missed end-of-the-world drama Jericho find yet another life as a kids co-production? Would Mischa Barton ever consider reviving her role as The OC’s Marissa Cooper via the medium of cartoon?

Meanwhile, certain shows work better the other way around, moving from animation to live-action. Hit animated kids series Ben:10 has been turned into two live action movies, both produced by Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure’s Alex Winter (Bill S. Preston), while the live action Scooby Doo movies have been as successful as their cartoon counterparts.

Whether the leak of the clip (shown above) was a deliberate move to take advantage of Whedon’s current standing, both online and in the TV world with the Eliza Dusku-starring thriller Dollhouse debuting next month, is unclear and realistically unlikely, but ultimately intriguing.

Published in: on August 4, 2008 at 10:39 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Z-Rock: Flight of the Conchords-meets-Spinal Tap

Music and comedy is a tough mix; very few television series and movies about bands are very funny. I don’t know whether this is because rock n roll is, itself, one giant parody or we all take ourselves too seriously.

There are some moments of obvious genius – Spinal Tap is one of the funniest movies of all time, Adult Swim’s heavy metal cartoon Metalocalypse is devilishly amusing and Flight of the Conchords has reinvented the game with its Bowie-songs-versus-radio2-gallows-humour.

However, Z-Rock looks pretty damn funny too. The series, which will air later this year on IFC, follows a band of Sabbath worshipping heavy metal guys who moonlight as a Wiggles-esque Saturday morning kids party act. The party has, in fact, played for the kids of Robert DeNiro and Michael J. Fox.

In the show the band members play fictionalized versions of themselves, exaggerating their actual experiences — including a pitched rivalry with other New York-based children’s musicians — pursuing the recording contract that long eluded them.

“There were always hot moms,” Mr. Cassata, 30, the band’s drummer, said wistfully over a recent lunch of steamed broccoli and seared tuna, alongside his bandmates at a theater district restaurant.

Paulie Z, 28, interjected: “They were all wealthy, good-looking and in shape. I don’t speak for anyone in the band but myself, because I don’t know what skeletons are in their closets. But I definitely took advantage of some of the nannies.”

NY Times

Published in: on July 30, 2008 at 1:11 pm  Comments (1)  
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Depp buys Hunter’s boxes

Hunter S. Thompson was a prolific bastard. The man could write and write and write.

As well as the 15 odd books, campaign portrayals and collections, he wrote a lot of letters. Approximately 800 boxes worth.

Johnny Depp, friend, co-conspirator and theatrical doppelganger, has just bought these archives and plans to employ a team of experts to go through the notes, letters and ramblings and make it all make sense.

Good luck, guys.

Widow Anita Thompson blogged:

Yes, Johnny Depp did recently purchase Hunter’s archive (of aprox 800 boxes). There has been some internal hissing going on about it not going to a University. Listen, it has been made clear to me that eventually the archive will be placed in a University after Johnny’s team has organized the overwhelming amount of archival material. But let me remind you that Johnny is a very dear friend to the family and cares about Hunter’s legacy as much as anyone. So yes, Johnny is now the custodian and owner of the majority of Hunter S. Thompson’s papers.

I won’t get into all the details now, because some are private, and it’s also very late. But suffice it to say that I think Hunter would be pleased that his papers are in the able hands of his dear friend who is in the position to hire experts to organize the archive. Yes, it is important for scholars to have access — and that will happen when the time is right.

Owl Farm Blog

Published in: on July 28, 2008 at 2:06 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Arthur: LA. is a psychic death hole

Arthur Magazine, the freak folk loving, Thurston Moore adoring title, is moving from Los Angeles to New York.

It’s all about Brooklyn, baby. I hear Williamsburg is wonderful this time of year.

Jay Babcock:

New York is just a more hospitable environment than L.A. ever has been or will be. L.A. is devolving quickly, and I think I got out in the nick of time. The L.A. Times is imploding, our public radio is terrible, the [L.A.] Weekly’s been devolving for years. Local media’s being run into the ground and I don’t think anybody cares. The public’s dumbed down and poorly educated. L.A. is a psychic death hole to me, and I don’t want a part of that. There are so many impending crises — the political structure, the traffic, the educational system. L.A. is failing worse than ever, and I felt that if I can get out, I should. I found a way out. For a long time now I’ve been going back and forth between L.A. and New York, and every time I got off the plane in L.A. I felt dumber.

Culture in L.A. is in a race to the bottom, and all the smart and creative people there are [involved in] new ways to do social networking or figure out what YouTube video is going to get the most views. That isn’t culture, it’s pure pandering.

LA Times

Published in: on July 25, 2008 at 1:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Batman? Who the fuck is Batman?

Harvey Weinstein, co-chiarman of the Weinstein Company and co-founder of Miramax Films, is angry that the new Batman movie is pissing all over his indie flicks.

The relaxed and friendly movie mogul (read: Peter Biskind’s Down and Dirty Pictures) is blogging at Portfolio, Conde Nast’s hip new business title.

During a summer of hyped-comic-book heroes turned screen stars, independent film as a whole hasn’t received the attention it’s due. Yesterday, we released a film called Boy A in New York.

There are no starlets and no fluffy story lines in Boy A. One of the messages of Boy A is about giving people a second chance. It is about seeing the potential in the underdog, taking a chance and watching it grow. But, I won’t sugarcoat it–it’s still one of the toughest movies you’ll ever see: There are no happy endings and no easy solutions.

Portfolio

Published in: on July 25, 2008 at 1:05 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Downtown: You’re Going To Be Alright Now

There’s a neat profile of Downtown Records, the label home of Gnarls Barkley, Justice and the Cold War Kids, in today’s LA Times.

It looks at how the label and its publishing subsid co-exist as well as a focus on rcrd lbl, its music-blog-turned-online-arm.

The self-described “major indie” is certainly turning a tidy profit, with gross revenues north of $25 million annually, according to industry sources

In an era when radio airplay is hard to come by — but when the quantity of songs licensed for television and the movies has gone through the roof — Downtown signs every one of its acts to publishing sharing agreements. For now, this lucrative infrastructure remains unique in the industry, insofar as most labels gave up the practice of demanding publishing during the Age of Aquarius.

LA Times

Published in: on July 25, 2008 at 10:18 am  Leave a Comment  
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