Rufus Wainwright: Bohemian Like You

January 23rd, 2006

resizedI was in Park City Executive Producing MTV News' extensive coverage of the Sundance Film Festival. I interviewed Rufus on his involvement in the forthcoming film, "Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man." This interview occurred at the Motorola Lounge on Monday morning, January 23, for a program on MTV's broadband channel, Overdrive, "Sundance Rock Docs." It is reprinted here for the completist.

BW: Benjamin Wagner, MTV News. So nice to meet you.

RW: Hi, Benjamin.

BW: I've been singing "Movies of ...

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The Edge: I’m Your Man

January 23rd, 2006

resized I was in Park City Executive Producing MTV News’ extensive coverage of the Sundance Film Festival. I interviewed The Edge on his involvement in the forthcoming film, "Leonard Cohen: I'm Your Man." This interview occurred at the Motorola Lounge on Monday morning, January 23, for a program on MTV’s broadband channel, Overdrive, called "Sundance Rock Docs." The interview is reprinted here for the completist.

BW: Tell me about your introduction to Leonard Cohen.

The Edge: I first ...

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Jesse Eisenberg Knows That Acting’s A Little Absurd — But He Loves It, Anyway

October 5th, 2005

Speaking by phone with Jesse Eisenberg, it quickly becomes apparent that the young actor will probably never make the gossip rags for causing a ruckus or a scandal at a Hollywood party or club. That's not why the 21-year-old co-star of the upcoming film, "The Squid and the Whale," is in the game.

Eisenberg's seriousness and dedication are apparent not only in his voice and demeanor, but in the roles he's chosen to play — a menagerie of sweet and earnest, if slightly off-kilter, young ...

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New Orleans Rockers World Leader Pretend Soldier On After Hurricane

September 30th, 2005

NEW YORK — "Rain seems to follow us wherever we go," World Leader Pretend's Matt Martin joked with the drizzle-soaked crowd at Rockefeller Center on Thursday.

The guitarist had good reason to joke. Humor — and music — may be about all the New Orleans band has left.

The quintet was celebrating its first day off in over a year of touring behind its album Punches when Hurricane Katrina devastated its hometown.

"I woke up late the morning it hit," drummer Arthur Mintz said. "I had ...

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Orlando Bloom Breaks Hearts As ‘Elizabethtown’ Storms The South

September 19th, 2005

NASHVILLE — Hollywood hit the heartland over the weekend, and everywhere it went, heartbreak wasn't far behind.

Orlando Bloom and director Cameron Crowe barnstormed the South in support of their forthcoming film, "Elizabethtown." Crowe and Music City luminaries like LeAnn Rimes, Wynonna Judd and Clint Black crowded the red carpet in Franklin, Tennessee, on Sunday night, but judging by the high-pitched screams and handcrafted signs overflowing the carpet's edge, it was clear that it was ...

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Cameron Crowe: Hometown Hero

June 24th, 2005

Writer/director Cameron Crowe's genre-defining "Say Anything" set the bar for teen romantic comedies. It was devoid of pandering, light on slapstick and crammed with great music. When Crowe's protagonist, Lloyd Dobler, can't think of what to say to win back his girlfriend, he stands below her bedroom window — in the rain — a boom box held aloft, Peter Gabriel's "In Your Eyes" serenading them both.

Over the years, Crowe's films have been full of similar scenes: small, life-changing, ...

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Free At Last, Michael Penn Attempts A Comeback With Mr. Hollywood Jr.

May 2nd, 2005

NEW YORK — The message conveyed at Michael Penn's performance at Joe's Pub a few weeks back was simple: He's back, and he's got a new record.

It's not that extraordinary; really, unless, like Penn, you've just emerged from one of the music industry's longest-running contract skirmishes. "My father fought in World War II. He'd have to laugh at the fact that I've been a captive of the Axis powers the better part of my adult life," Penn said of Japanese-owned Sony and German-owned BMG at the ...

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Michael Penn: Long Way Down

April 15th, 2005

I've been a Michael Penn fan for years. Sure, I dug "No Myth," on The MTV. But it was a performance of "Long Way Down" on a KCRW live album that hooked me. His word play was clever, intelligent and, well, adult. He may have been garnering some radio airplay (at the time), but his singer/songwriter fare -- like wife Aimee Mann's -- was light years from Jewel or Hootie or even, God Bless her, Tracey Chapman. And his musicianship! His songs are -- what could be better? -- deep and simple. ...

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Aimee Mann Jacked On Latte, Won’t Play Her ‘Freebird’ At NY Show

December 9th, 2002

NEW YORK — It was fitting that Aimee Mann took the stage Friday at the Beacon Theatre completely wired on latte, as Mann's recent release, Lost in Space, is an 11-song treatise on addiction. The singer/songwriter was so jacked on caffeine, by her own admission, that she paused after her second song, "Calling It Quits," to calm herself down.

"I'm so f---ing wound up tonight!" she laughed. "This feels like the kind of night where I might forget the words or break a string. But if I go down, ...

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Red Letter Days Shows Wallflowers Aren’t Leaving The Dance

November 13th, 2002

It's a long and somewhat twisted road that has led the Wallflowers back to record stores this week with Red Letter Days.

The band first met the masses with its 1996 commercial breakthrough Bringing Down the Horse, an album that helped to make the Wallflowers one of the hottest groups in America. Torchbearers for a roots-rock resurgence that included Sheryl Crow, Counting Crows and Joan Osbourne, the band and its "6th Avenue Heartache" crackled on radio and video outlets, where a David ...

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