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TCA: Dave Grohl Talks ‘Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways’ HBO Docuseries

By | Thursday July 10, 2014 @ 4:21pm PDT

TCA: Dave Grohl Talks ‘Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways’ HBO DocuseriesDave Grohl was TCA’s only one-person panel today as he took the stage to talk about his eight-part documentary series following himself and his band Foo Fighters as they record their eighth album in eight different American cities. Foo Fighters: Sonic Highways debuts on HBO in October and the as-yet-untitled album will be released in November.

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Grohl — who also directed theImage (2) Foo-Fighters__140515193642-275x161.jpg for post 731087 2013 feature docu Sound City — said the idea for the series (coming on the eve of the 20th anniversary of the band) came to him when the previous Foo Fighters record was being made in his garage. “I thought maybe we should do a documentary about the band, about the last 14, 15 years, that would explain why we were making a record in my garage,” he said.

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HBO Docuseries Chronicles Making Of 20th Anniversary Foo Fighters Record

By | Thursday May 15, 2014 @ 12:39pm PDT

Foo FightersDave Grohl and company recorded their new album in a unique way, and it played out on camera. Foo Fighters, the post-Nirvana band that’s celebrating its 20th anniversary this year, will be the subject of an HBO series focused on the making of the group’s untitled eighth record, due out in the fall. Grohl, who helmed the music documentary Sound City, is directing the project, which follows his band around the eight cities in which the record was made. The Foos traveled hbo45to Chicago, Austin, Nashville, Los Angeles, Seattle, New Orleans, Washington, D.C. and New York and recorded one song in each town, working with local musicians at a storied studio to capture each city’s musical heritage and cultural fabric. “Dave’s heartfelt passion for this project is contagious, and his talent as a musician and filmmaker is undeniable,” says Michael Lombardo, President of Programming at HBO. “We are excited to go on this journey with him and Foo Fighters for this insider’s look at how regional music inspired them to create their own new music.” Grohl’s Roswell Films is producing the series, which will premiere this year, in conjunction with James A. Rota, John Ramsay and Therapy studios.

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Dave Grohl And All-Star Line-Up Confirmed For ‘Sound City’ SXSW Show

By | Monday March 4, 2013 @ 2:52pm PST

A week after Dave Grohl‘s rock docu Sound City screens at SXSW on March 8, Grohl will be joined by his “Sound City Players” for a live show on March 14, Deadline has confirmed. Grohl, Stevie Nicks, John Fogerty, Rick Springfield, Lee Ving of Fear, Rick Nielsen,Sound City SXSW Brad Wilk of Rage Against The Machine, Corey Taylor of Slipknot and Stone Sour, Chris Goss of Masters of Reality and Alain Johannes are slated to take the stage for the show at Stubbs, with The Meat Puppets as their opening act. Tickets are available beginning Tuesday at 4pm ET via Citi Private Pass with pre-orders of the Sound City Blu-ray. The pic premiered at Sundance with a similar concert that proved to be one of the hottest tickets in town. Grohl’s directorial debut was released in February theatrically by Variance Films and Gravitas Ventures on VOD.

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Sundance: Charles Manson Was Considered For ‘Sound City’ Documentary

By | Tuesday January 22, 2013 @ 11:12am PST

Dave Grohl said today at the Sundance Film Festival that he almost put convicted serial killer Charles Manson in his music documentary Sound City, which premiered here over last week. “Manson recorded at Sound City and at one point we considered talking to him about music because how f***ing insane would that be,” the first-time director and Foo Fighters frontman said Tuesday. “But we decided not to because we didn’t want it to take over the beautiful message of the movie — but we considered it.”

Manson recorded demos in the late 1960s at the famed San Fernando Valley recording studio that’s the subject of Sound CityFound guilty of murdering Sharon Tate and others in 1970, Manson has been in prison ever since and has repeatedly been denied parole. “He was a musician before he got busted. He was friends with Dennis Wilson of the Beach Boys, and Dennis Wilson said ‘Here, go record some demos, I’ll pay for it, there’s this place called Sound City,” Grohl said this morning during an appearance with Prince Avalanche director David Gordon Green at Sundance’s Cinema Café. A number of bands have covered Manson’s songs over the years.

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Sundance: Famous Behind & In Front Of The Camera

On its fourth day, the Sundance Film Festival is wall to wall with some of Hollywood’s best known actors and actresses — and we don’t mean the ones who show up just to party hop. While the festival can be a great launching pad for emerging filmmakers, Park City has never been shy about letting the already well known show their wares there too. It was created by Robert Redford after all. This year sees a number of famous faces and names get behind the camera with new films. As buyers begin to dig in, expect to see these marquee names generating some serious interest as they play out of their regular position. And then there’s the plethora of Oscar winners and nominees, blockbuster and TV stars and indie superstars in front of the camera — check out our comprehensive list below.

James Franco – Executive Producer, kink; Co-director, Interior. Leather Bar.  - Actor, director, conceptual artist, grad student and failed Oscar host, Franco wears many hats. This year, he’s adding producer and co-director for two separate films for Sundance. Franco produced kink, a documentary directed by Christina Voros about the Internet’s biggest producer of BDSM. Franco also co-directed Interior. Leather Bar with Travis Matthews. The film seeks to re-create the 40 minutes of Gay S&M footage rumored to be cut from 1980’s Cruising staring Al Pacino to avoid an X rating. Sure the sexual subject matter of both films is similar but Franco’s ambition is wide ranging. Franco also makes an appearance in front of the camera in Interior. Leather Bar and Lovelace.

Alicia Keys – Executive Producer, The Inevitable Defeat of Mister and Pete - The multi-platinum singer/songwriter is no stranger to cinema. More than a few films feature her tunes on their soundtracks and Keys was in front of the camera in 2006’s Smokin’ Aces. However, this Sundance is Keys’ debut as a producer. Directed George Tillman Jr. and starring Skylan Brooks, Jeffrey Wright, Jennifer Hudson and Anthony Mackie, the coming of age film could be the start of a whole new career for Keys.

Joseph Gordon-Levitt – Director/Writer, Don Jon’s Addiction He sings, he dances, he starred in The Dark Knight Rises and Looper last year, and now Gordon-Levitt slips into the director’s role on the comedy Don Jon’s Addiction. The actor’s directorial debut, which he also wrote the script for, stars Gordon-Levitt himself as a lady’s man who begins seeking a more fulfilling emotional life. Scarlett Jonansson, Julianne Moore, Brie Larson and Tony Danza co-star in the film.

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Dave Grohl – Director/Producer, Sound City - No stranger to movie soundtracks, the Foo Fighters frontman and former Nirvana drummer has now moved into the director’s chair with his debut documentary Sound City.  Debuting early in the Festival, the film is about the famous Van Nuys studio where Nirvana, Neil Young, Fleetwood Mac, Tom Petty, Cheap Trick, Guns and Roses and others have recorded. Even before the Festival began, Gravitas Ventures acquired worldwide VOD to Grohl’s movie.

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Julie Delpy/Ethan Hawke – Writers, Before Midnight - This one’s a bit of a cheat because the duo are actually on both sides of the camera at this year’s Sundance. Premiering tonight, the Richard Linklater directed Before Midnight sees Delpy and Hawke return to their roles as Jesse and Celine from 1995’s Before Sunrise and 2004’s Before Sunset. The onscreen duo also retuned to their off screen roles as writers. Like Before Sunset, which was nominated for a Best Adapted Screenplay, Delpy and Hawke crafted Before Midnight’s script with Linklater. This year marks the second time the trio have premiered their tale of the perpetually unfulfilled lovers to Sundance –Before Sunrise debuted at the Festival in 1995. Read More »

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Sundance: Dave Grohl’s ‘Sound City’ Concert Rocks Park City

By | Saturday January 19, 2013 @ 9:14am PST

One of the hottest tickets at the Sundance Film Festival last night wasn’t for a movie but for a rock & roll show. The rock and roll fantasy camp of Dave Grohl’s Sound City concert to be exact. The megaconcert followed Friday’s premiere of the Sound City documentary, the directorial debut by the Foo Fighters frontman. Spanning nearly five hours, the packed gig Friday night at Park City Live featured the reunion of all of the remaining members of Nirvana as well as members of Queens of the Stone Age, Rage Against The Machine, Cheap Trick guitarist Rick Nielsen, Slipknot singer Corey Taylor, Fear frontman Lee Ving and Rick Springfield. Yes, that Rick Springfield and let me tell you “Jessie’s Girl” never sound so good. Then again, the cover of Cheap Trick’s “Surrender” earlier, with Taylor on vocals, Nielsen on guitar, an ear-to-ear grinning Grohl on drums and Nirvana’s Krist Novoselic and Pat Smear, had really gotten the crowd going with a stadium sized sing-a-long. The Sound City doc, which Gravitas Ventures picked up the VOD for before Sundance, details the history and legacy of the famed San Fernando Valley recording studio. The nearly 40 songs performed during the show were ones that were recorded at the now defunct studio, with Grohl’s Foo Fighters playing house band. I had Read More »

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Hot Trailer: ‘Sound City’

By | Tuesday December 4, 2012 @ 8:41am PST

Foo Fighters lead singer Dave Grohl‘s directorial debut pulls in all the biggies in this documentary about Van Nuys, CA-based Sound City. The iconic recording studio hosted pretty much every significant rock act over its 40-plus years before it was shuttered for not keeping up with the high-tech times. That list includes everyone from Tom Petty and Neil Young to Nirvana (Grohl was drummer for that band, of course, which recorded its iconic Nevermind album there), Guns N Roses, Nine Inch Nails and Metallica. Sound City just landed a spot in the Documentary Premieres section at Sundance, and there’s a soundtrack featuring new music created just for the film. With this lineup of talking head(bangers), how can that miss?

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