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Netflix To Stream Keith Richards Documentary 'Under The Influence'

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Netflix has announced they’ll be premiering a new documentary on the Rolling Stones' legendary guitarist Keith Richards. Ttitled Keith Richards: Under the Influence, the documentary will premiere via the streaming service on September 18th and is directed by Morgan Neville.

Keith RichardsKeith Richards: Under The Influence is coming to Netflix.

Neville recently worked with Richards on his latest music video ‘Trouble’ and last year he won the Best Documentary Oscar for his film 20 Feet From Stardom, a look at the world of backup singers.

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Morgan Neville Directs New Keith Richards Documentary

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The 20 Feet From Stardom director was invited into Richards' life to watch him work as he prepared for the release of his first solo album in more than two decades, Crosseyed Heart, and movie producers claim the project gives fans an "unprecedented look" at the musician's influences, songwriting process and guitar playing.

Neville, who also directed Richards' new solo music video for Trouble, says, "If there's a Mount Rushmore of Rock & Roll, Keith's face is surely on it. He has always represented the soul of rock music - for all of the light and dark shades that implies. To my relief, Keith Richards turned out to be a real man - full of humour, knowledge and wisdom. That's the real Keith we've worked to capture in our film and I'm honoured to bring it to a global audience via Netflix."

Keith Richards: Under the Influence will premiere on online streaming service Netflix on 18 September (15).

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Best of Enemies Trailer

When an influential and forward-thinking writer locks horns with a conservative author, things get a little intense. Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley, Jr. made headlines when they were enlisted to debate the Republican and Democratic presidential ideals in 1968 for ABC, and subsequently found themselves in a controversial feud as they became more and more incensed by each other's opinions. With threats of violence and insulting jargon leaving a shocking mark on the legendary televised argument, it became a landmark moment in political media and, indeed, continued - albeit indirectly - with later publications and lawsuits from both parties. While there used to be an element of poise and dignity with political conversation, from this moment, things heated up considerably when it came to fighting about the government.

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20 Feet From Stardom Review


Entertaining and uplifting, this Oscar-winning documentary tells the unknown story of the back-up singers who made classic records so memorable. Packed with lively, engaging people and fantastic music, the film also offers a sharp look at the music industry over the past 60 years in parallel with the fight for civil rights in America.

In the 1950s, background singers were usually white girls who read sheet-music perfectly. But they were quickly replaced with black artists who learned their craft in churches and could improvise harmonies with the lead singers. Suddenly, pop songs were infused with passion and life, as a handful of unknown singers performed backing vocals on virtually every classic hit since then. With their powerhouse voices and larger-than-life personalities, most have also tried to find success as solo artists. Others prefer to stay in the shadows.

For example, even though established stars acknowledge that she has more talent than any of them, Lisa Fischer prefers the quiet life out of the spotlight. Other belters like Merry Clayton, Tata Vega and Claudia Lennear can be heard on hundreds of timeless classics and are known throughout the industry, but never managed to get their solo careers off the ground. Judith Hill is a young artist who does soaring backing work while waiting for her own music to take off. And Darlene Love is the exception who managed both long background and solo careers.

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2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party

Morgan Neville, Janet Friesen and Caitrin Rogers - Celebrities attend 2014 Vanity Fair Oscar Party at Sunset Plaza. - Los Angeles, California, United States - Sunday 2nd March 2014

Morgan Neville, Janet Friesen and Caitrin Rogers
Morgan Neville, Janet Friesen and Caitrin Rogers

Is Oscar Winner '20 Feet From Stardom' The Perfect Music Documentary?

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20 Feet From Stardom - Morgan Neville's stunning examination of the lives and experiences of backing singers in the music industry - was named Best Documentary at the 86th Academy Awards on Sunday (March 2, 2014). The movie has featured strongly on the festival and awards circuit, though it's safe to assume even the producers didn't expect to beat the visceral The Act of Killing to the Oscar.

Darlene LoveDarlene Love Performing on '20 Feet From Stardom'

20 Feet From Stardom, the highest-grossing documentary of 2013, was certainly a popular winner inside the Dolby Theatre and the legendary Darlene Love gave an a cappella performance to the delight of the star-studded audience, including Bill Murray, who kicked off a standing ovation.

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20 Feet From Stardom Trailer

There are many recognisable vocalists that have featured on some of the world's biggest duet singles, but often their voice is where the recognition ends. Merry Clayton, Darlene Love, Claudia Lennear, Lisa Fischer and Judith Hill are five backing singers from different musical eras that have struggled to find a place in the spotlight despite being chosen to duet with some of the biggest stars in music history. Darlene worked with many stars including Elvis Presley, while Merry and Lisa were favoured strongly by The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger, Claudia got to perform with the likes of Tina Turner and Judith is the youngest of the group who was asked to sing alongside Michael Jackson on his This Is It Tour which was subsequently cancelled following his sudden death. Now, those budding artists are being celebrated as stars in their own right with this brand new documentary.

'20 Feet From Stardom' features interviews with Bruce Springsteen, Stevie Wonder, Mick Jagger and Sting among many others, and has been directed by the award-winning Morgan Neville ('Johnny Cash', 'Troubadours', 'The Cool School'). The documentary premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and has been nominated for an Academy Award for Best Documentary. The movie will reach theatres on March 28th 2014.

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Video - Jonah Hill Joins Celebs At The 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala - Part 5

Several stars from Martin Scorsese's corporate crime drama 'The Wolf Of Wall Street' were snapped on their arrival at the 2014 National Board Of Review Awards Gala in New York including Jonah Hill, Jon Favreau and Rob Reiner.

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Songwriters Film Troubadors Wins Audience Award At Santa Barbara Festival

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Australian film Face To Face and Morgan Neville's celebrated TROUBADORS have been named the big winners at the Santa Barbara International Film Festival in California.

The jury at the 11-day event, which included actors Christopher Lloyd and Billy Baldwin, picked Michael Rymer's Face To Face as the winner of the 2011 Panavision Spirit Award for Independent Cinema, while the Audience Choice Award went to Troubadors, Neville's documentary about the Los Angeles music scene from the late 1960s to the early 1970s.

Other film festival winners included Togetherness Supreme (Best International Film Award), Nostalgia For The Light (Nueva Vision Award), and Patisserie (Best East Meets West Cinema Award).

The festival closes on Sunday night (06Feb11).

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'Black Woodstock' Footage To Be Released

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Lost footage of a 1969 Harlem, New York music festival, dubbed the Black Woodstock, is to be released after more than 35 years. Shot and promoted by legendary TV director HAL TULCHIN, the Harlem Music Festival footage features artists such as MAHALIA JACKSON, Bb King and SLY + The Family Stone. The lost footage is being edited into a concert movie, HARLEM '69, so it can be shown at next year's (07) Sundance Film Festival. The event was hosted by REVD JESSE JACKSON and security was provided by members of African-American activists the Black Panthers. Tulchin reportedly planned to sell his footage for a US TV special which never materialised, but some European broadcasters did pick up the material. The lost footage came to the attention of filmmakers Morgan Neville and Robert Gordon, who are the brains behind the new film, after clips from the concert appeared on a recent NINA SIMONE CD/DVD release. Simone performed at the festival.

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