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SXSW: Napster doc 'Downloaded' premieres and Sean Parker has one great regret

When Napster co-founders Shawn Fanning and Sean Parker took the stage after the world premiere of the new documentary Downloaded at SXSW, about the rise and fall of their revolutionary music-sharing service, they were met with tremendous applause. That, says director Alex Winter (Bill from Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, incidentally), was a moment of tremendous relief and vindication.

“The guys were just happy to see the public liked it,” says Winter, 47, who first met the tech entrepreneurs back in 2002 and has been working to bring Napster’s story to light for over a decade. He himself was an early web adopter and distinctly remembers his first introduction to Napster. “Someone on news groups said, ‘We should just move over to Napster, it’s a lot easier to talk,’” he remembers. “These were dial-up days. You didn’t talk online. And so I swapped over to Napster and suddenly I was in real-time chat in somebody’s hard drive. And they were in Japan! We had a global community overnight that was absolutely incredible.”

He reached out to Fanning and was taken with how their entire conversation revolved not around music piracy but in this notion of creating a global community. On the flip side, Winter had made a name for himself as a prolific music director, working with artists like the Red Hot Chili Peppers and Ice Cube. “I had major investment in the record industry and the music business and I know a lot of bands,” he says. “It wasn’t like I was super pro-Napster. I just really understood how gigantic the change was that they had been part of enacting. Napster wasn’t two backwards baseball cap-wearing guys who wanted to get Madonna tracks for free, which is how people think of them. Napster was created by two very brilliant global visionaries who wanted to create a global community. And they did. And it worked! And that paved the way for everything that’s happened since then.”

Watch a trailer for the doc below. READ FULL STORY

Bikini Kill's Kathleen Hanna reveals illness, reconfirms awesomeness in 'The Punk Singer'

The Punk Singer, Sini Anderson’s intimate, invigorating portrait of Riot grrrl founder and former Bikini Kill and Le Tigre frontwoman Kathleen Hanna, world premiered at SXSW this week and it’s the film I can’t stop thinking about. In it, Hanna reveals for the first time that she dropped out of the music scene after being stricken low by Lyme Disease, a diagnosis that took six long, hard years for doctors to make. At its terrifying peak her illness robbed Hanna of that raw belt of a singing voice and she worried she’d soon be bound to a wheelchair. Watch a clip below: READ FULL STORY

SXSW: Check out the poster for music documentary 'We Always Lie To Strangers' -- EXCLUSIVE IMAGE

Why did the remote Ozark mountain town of Branson, Mo., become one of the live music capitals of the world? What is the appeal of the burg’s traditional, “old fashioned values” entertainment? And just how weird is it to live there?

All these questions are addressed in the new, five-years-in-the-making documentary We Always Lie To Strangers, which will premiere at this year’s SXSW Festival. You can exclusively check out the the documentary’s poster below, where you will also find the film’s trailer. READ FULL STORY

'Beasts of the Southern Wild' breakout Quvenzhane Wallis to star in new big-screen 'Annie'

Nine-year-old Beasts of the Southern Wild breakout Quvenzhané Wallis may be a long shot to win the Best Actress award at this year’s Oscars, but no matter what happens tonight, you can bet your bottom dollar that the sun will come out tomorrow for the young actress — especially now that she has officially signed on to star in Sony Pictures’ new big-screen adaptation of the Broadway musical Annie. The fresh take on the beloved tale of the plucky orphan was originally developed by Will Smith’s Overbrook Entertainment production company and rapper Jay-Z’s Marcy Media as a starring vehicle for Smith’s daughter, Willow. But with the 12-year-old Willow having aged out of the role, Wallis—who EW learned earlier this month was in talks for the project—will now step in. Will Gluck (Easy A) is on board to direct the film.


Check out a terrifying clip from Rob Zombie's new movie, 'The Lords of Salem' -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO


Folks wondering why rock star and writer-director Rob Zombie is so obsessed with horror could do worse than examine the manner in which he was educated. “Well, I’m from Massachusetts,” says the filmmaker, whose credits include 2005′s The Devil’s Rejects and his 2007 remake of Halloween. “When we were kids they would take us to reenactments of the Salem witch trials as, like, class trips.”

Zombie’s knowledge of the infamous 17th century trials helped inspire his latest film, The Lords of Salem, which will be released nationwide April 19. The movie stars the director’s wife, Sheri Moon Zombie, as a modern-day Salem radio DJ and former substance abuser named Heidi who starts seeing visions after listening to a record she mysteriously receives from “the Lords.”

“My premise is that there was another group of women put to death [during the witch trials] who actually were witches,” explains Zombie. “They vowed to come back and wreak vengeance upon Salem and they do it through this bizarre piece of music. Heidi has some lineage to the witch trials — but she’s also a recovering drug addict. So, in the course of the film, you’re not sure if she’s back on drugs, if she’s losing her mind, or if these events are actually happening to her.”

You can see Heidi experience one of those episodes in the creepy clip below, where you will also find the film’s trailer. READ FULL STORY

Jennifer Hudson, Catherine Zeta-Jones, and 'Les Mis' cast to sing at Oscars

In addition to musical performances by Adele, Dame Shirley Bassey, Norah Jones, and Barbra Streisand — and a closing musical number from Seth MacFarlane and Kristin Chenoweth — Oscar producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have announced the names of the actors involved in the show’s live Broadway tribute, which will spotlight Chicago, Dreamgirls, and Les Misérables.

The actors involved have all starred in big-screen adaptations of the three featured musicals, including Jennifer Hudson from Dreamgirls; Catherine Zeta-Jones from Chicago; and Russell Crowe, Hugh Jackman, Anne Hathaway, Amanda Seyfried, Eddie Redmayne, Aaron Tveit, Samantha Barks, and Helena Bonham Carter from this year’s Les Misérables.

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Coen brothers' 'Inside Llewyn Davis' goes to CBS Films

CBS Films has acquired the American rights to the Coen brothers next film, Inside Llewyn Davis. Their first movie since 2010′s True Grit tells the story of an aspiring singer-songwriter (Oscar Isaac) coming of age in Greenwich Village during the 1960s folk-music scene. Isaac reunites with his Drive co-star Carey Mulligan, who appears alongside Garrett Hedlund, F. Murray Abraham, Justin Timberlake, and frequent Coen player John Goodman. T Bone Burnett is the film’s executive music porducer, Marcus Mumford is associate music producer, and Timberlake joins them both in contributing music to the film’s soundtrack.

Studio Canal will release the film internationally, but the movie still does not have a release date. Click below to see the trailer and a photo of Timberlake and Mulligan singing: READ FULL STORY

'Missing You': John Waite on his classic single's new life in 'Warm Bodies'

Rocker John Waite went to the movies in Los Angeles a couple of days ago to see Warm Bodies. His 1984 hit “Missing You” plays during a pivotal part of the Jonathan Levine film–a moment where the action shifts from the terrifying to the tender. “I was really very pleased,” says Waite. “It’s a great movie.” READ FULL STORY

'1D in 3D' trailer: One Direction's concert movie will be a scream -- VIDEO

Why does the teaser trailer for One Direction’s upcoming concert movie helpfully begin with a title card that confirms viewers are, in fact, about to watch the teaser trailer for One Direction’s upcoming concert movie? Maybe it’s simply to give die-hard Directioners extra time to get their squeals out.

In any case, the teaser’s pretty much what you’d expect — voiceovers from the guys about how they never thought they’d get this famous, performance footage, backstage goofing off, and nearly wall-to-wall shrieking, courtesy of the group’s ginormous teen girl fanbase. (Directioners really give Beliebers a run for their money.) The one thing that’s missing: Any sort of personal stamp from Super Size Me‘s Morgan Spurlock, who directed the film. Turn down the volume — lest your eardrums burst — and tune in here:


SXSW: First look at Ken Marino in the comedy-horror movie 'Milo' -- EXCLUSIVE

Is 2013 going to be the year of Ken Marino? Well, no, according to the Chinese zodiac it’s actually the year of the snake. But the Wet Hot American Summer star and Childrens Hospital actor-writer does have a lot of upcoming projects, including the second season of his dating show parody Burning Love — which debuts on February 14 — the Lake Bell-directed, Sundance-screened In a World…, and the comedy-horror film Milo, which will premiere at next month’s SXSW Film Festival.


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