The red carpet at Cannes is shaping up to Rock and Roll Circus
Cannes (AFP) – Bono, Elton John, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits, Rihanna and a couple of the surviving members of Led Zeppelin, who may yet put in an appearance at the world’s biggest film festival, which starts on Tuesday (May 14). (digitaljournal.com)
The opening movie alone, the tongue-in-cheek zombie flick The Dead Don’t Die, is full of A-list musicians.
Bill Murray, Adam Driver, Selena Gomez Iggy Pop, Tom Waits and Tilda Swinton will head up the cast of The Dead Don’t Die
A new zombie comedy from legendary indie director Jim Jarmusch. Steve Buscemi and Chloe Sevigny also star in the film.
The Dead Don’t Die is an upcoming American comedy zombie film, written and directed by Jim Jarmusch. It stars Adam Driver, Bill Murray, Selena Gomez, Chloë Sevigny, Steve Buscemi, Austin Butler, Tilda Swinton, Tom Waits, and Caleb Landry Jones.
Distributors at Cannes will also get a sneak preview of the first authorised documentary on legendary rock band Led Zeppelin. The film, which traces their formative years, features new interviews with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones.
The film, directed by Bernard MacMahon “traces the journeys of the four members through the music scene of the Sixties,
The documentary features brand new interviews with Jimmy Page, Robert Plant and John Paul Jones, as well as rare archival interviews with the late John Bonham. There’s also never-before-seen archive film and photographs, state-of-the-art audio transfers of the band’s music, as well as some of the music that helped to shape Zeppelin’s sound.
The time was right for us to tell our own story for the first time in our own words, and I think that this film will really bring this story to life,” Jones contended.
Jimmy Page, Robert Plant, John Paul Jones and the late John Bonham all spoke to director Bernard McMahon, maker of the acclaimed television series on roots music, American Epic.
“When I saw everything Bernard had done both visually and sonically on American Epic, I knew he would be qualified to tell our story,” Page said. U2 frontman Bono will definitely be there to support the documentary 5B, which is showing in the official selection and tells the story of the San Francisco General Hospital ward that was the first in the United States to treat patients with Aids.
Unlike that the Freddie Mercury movie, which skirted around the singer’s complex personal life, the Elton John picture prides itself on its warts-and-all portrayal in Cannes
The singer — who has been frank about his struggles with his sexuality, drugs and alcohol — was himself deeply involved in the film, which his husband David Furnish produced.
“We didn’t want to compromise the fact we felt it had to be hard-hitting and truthful,” Furnish said.
“I think we would have got a lot more interest (from studios) at the higher-budget levels if we’d been willing to produce a more sanitised version of Elton’s life.
“That never appealed to Elton,” he added. “His life has had incredible moments of lightness but also moments of real darkness. We wanted to be very honest about those and not gloss them over.”