Universal Music Publishing Group Signs Worldwide Publishing Agreement with GRAMMY(R) Award-Winning Hollywood Blockbuster Composer and Oingo Boingo Co-Founder Danny Elfman. David Renzer, Chairman & CEO, Universal Music Publishing Group (UMPG) today announced the signing of GRAMMY award-winning, Hollywood blockbuster composer and Oingo Boingo co-founder Danny Elfman to a worldwide publishing deal. The deal encompasses the entire Oingo Boingo catalogue, as well as all publishing interests Danny Elfman has retained in his film and television compositions, and includes the publishing interests he retains in new works. Danny and his older Continue reading →
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Nevertheless, award-winning director delivers epic biopic
You bought the T-shirt—now go see the movie. That’s the logic Steven Soderbergh hopes will draw audiences to Che, his four-hour, Spanish-language revolutionary epic starring Benicio Del Toro as heroic physician-turned-guerrilla Ernesto “Che” Guevara. The irony is not lost on the director. “He’s the icon of Marxist-Leninist economic ideology,” Soderbergh says during a press conference at the New York Film Festival, “and you stick his face on anything and it sells.”
Old school in the term’s best sense, Che unspools more as a classic war movie than leftist polemic. Part one, “The Argentine,” tracks the successful jungle campaign fought by Che and a band of 80 rebels to overthrow Cuba’s Batista regime in the late 1950s. It’s presented as a flashback, framed by his 1964 visit to address the United Nations in New York. Part two, “Guerilla,” follows the suicidal mission in Bolivia that led to Che’s 1967 death. The films will be released separately, Kill Bill-style, in Europe, but will initially roll out in America as a vintage road show: limited engagements in New York and L.A., with handbills and an intermission.
“It’s a lot to ask of someone to throw away an entire day,” Soderbergh says. “But we’re making a demand on the audience very similar to the demands Che made on the people around him.” It took Soderbergh seven years of research to craft Guevara’s cinematic persona, a task that posed more than the usual biopic challenges. “There’s a million Ches. He means something different to everyone. But I knew what I didn’t want to do. I tried to avoid scenes that were too typical. There is no scene where someone says, ‘Hey, why do they call you Che?’ and then he goes and picks up his beret.”
The film does set up moments for Del Toro to deliver historic quotes (“The true revolutionary is guided by strong feelings of love”), but it also digs up previously undocumented anecdotes gleaned from firsthand research. Soderbergh also refused to turn Che into a secular saint. The film celebrates his passion, but Soderbergh has no illusions about Che’s tough-mindedness. “There isn’t even a place for me in the society that Che was trying to build,” the director says. “He believed that there was no great artist who was a revolutionary. Personally, he would have hated me.”
Don’t get me wrong I love the Golden Globes TV show. You can see it this Sunday on NBC. What other awards telecast sits dressed-to-thrill stars at tables and serves up booze in large quantities prompting loose lips and the delicious possibility of embarrassing acceptance speeches? But, my God, the Hollywood Foreign Press Association that distributes these globe-shaped dildos has for sixty six years now been perpetrating a scam that would make Bernie Madoff blush. The 82 voting members of this organization (the Academy has 6000) have had their credentials challenged year after year. Very few members are full-time journalists. The skinny is that they’re in it for the parties and the movie stars and, of course, the annual network TV show which nets them a tasty $6 million. The Globes are notorious for boneheaded decisions. Here are my nominees for their worst calls this year:
–No nomination for Milk, The Dark Knight and The Wrestler as Best Drama, but they find room for The Reader—what’s that all about?
–Clint Eastwood gets ignored for a career-capping performance in Gran Torino, but Brad Pitt makes the cut in Ben Button for having his face digitally painted on small people. Huh? To add insult to injury, the Globes have a comedy category yet pass on Pitt for his real best acting this year in Burn After Reading.
–Tropic Thunder gets ignored for Best Movie Comedy in favor of—get ready—the egregiously unfunny Mamma Mia!
–Here’s my biggest beef with the Globes (I’d enjoy hearing yours): To stock the audiences with stars who draw TV ratings—Brangelina, Kate & Leo—they ignore non-glam actors who deliver truthful performances. Nowhere among the Globe nominees this year are:
Richard Jenkins (The Visitor) and Benicio Del Toro (Che) as Best Actor
Melissa Leo (Frozen River) and Michelle Williams (Wendy and Lucy) as Best Actress
Josh Brolin (Milk), Eddie Marsan (Happy Go Lucky) and Michael Shannon (Revolutionary Road) as Best Supporting Actor
Rosemary DeWitt (Rachel Getting Married) and Elsa Zylberstein (I’ve Loved You So Long) as Best Supporting Actress
Get yourself in the tabloids, people, that’s the true path to a Golden Globe.