Ron Howard sings an opera legend’s praises in trailer for “Pavarotti”

Ron Howard sings an opera legend’s praises in trailer for “Pavarotti”

Source:  Entertainment Weekly

The official trailer for Oscar-winner Ron Howard’s biographical documentary “Pavarotti” begins with an off-camera voice asking the titular singer how he wants to be remembered in 100 years.

Though the Italian opera legend pauses and the footage cuts before he can answer, what follows makes the case for him—celebrating his rise to prominence as a world-renowned vocalist who sold over 100 million records, as well as highlighting the personal anxieties that humanized him behind the scenes.

From the same filmmaking team behind “The Beatles: Eight Days A Week – The Touring Years,” “Pavarotti” includes intimate footage from several of the late singer’s live performances as well as interviews and never-before-seen footage filmed prior to his death in 2007.

“Pavarotti” opens in select theaters on June 7.

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Netflix announces release date, shares official trailer for Beyoncé documentary “Homecoming”

Netflix announces release date, shares official trailer for Beyoncé documentary “Homecoming”

Source:  Entertainment Weekly

One day after whipping Beyoncé fans into a frenzy with a mysterious tease on social media for a new project titled “Homecoming,” Netflix leveled up and released the official trailer for a documentary on the singer’s celebrated 2018 Coachella set.

Per Netflix, “Homecoming” presents an intimate look at Beyoncé’s historic 2018 Coachella performance that paid homage to America’s historically black colleges and universities.  Interspersed with candid footage and interviews detailing the preparation and powerful intent behind her vision, “Homecoming” traces the emotional road from creative concept to cultural movement.”

“Homecoming” will premiere April 17 on Netflix.

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“Echo in the Canyon” includes Tom Petty’s final on-camera interview

“Echo in the Canyon” includes Tom Petty’s final on-camera interview

Source:  Entertainment Weekly

The comparatively small but — in musical terms — hugely important geographical area called Laurel Canyon in Los Angeles is profiled in the documentary, “Echo in the Canyon.”

Directed by Andrew Slater, the film details how the Byrds, the Beach Boys, Buffalo Springfield, and the Mamas and the Papas birthed the still influential “California sound” there in the mid-1960s.

The film features contributions from Brian Wilson, Michelle Phillips, Ringo Starr, Eric Clapton, Stephen Stills, Roger McGuinn, Graham Nash, David Crosby, Jackson Browne, and the late Tom Petty in his final on-camera interview.

“Echo in the Canyon” opens in Los Angeles on May 24 and New York City on May 31.

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Watch the first trailer for Liam Gallagher documentary “As It Was”

Watch the first trailer for Liam Gallagher documentary “As It Was”

Source:  Rolling Stone

Liam Gallagher is no stranger to baring his soul, and the former Oasis member is continuing his quest to be the most outspoken man in rock and roll with the upcoming documentary, “Liam Gallagher: As It Was.”

Altitude Films has released the first trailer for the film, which showcases Gallagher preparing to perform a solo show in Manchester, England.

In February, Gallagher confirmed the completion of the film, directed by Charlie Lightening and Gavin Fitzgerald, calling it “mega well done.”

Altitude describes the documentary as an “honest and emotional story of how one of the most electrifying rock ’n’ roll frontmen went from the dizzying heights of his champagne supernova years in Oasis to living on the edge, ostracized and lost in the musical wilderness of booze, notoriety and bitter legal battles.”

“As It Was” is set for release in the U.K. and Ireland on June 7, but has yet to receive a U.S. release date.

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The new Lil Peep doc is the defining document of the SoundCloud rap generation

The new Lil Peep doc is the defining document of the SoundCloud rap generation

Source:  VICE

When Lil Peep ingested a lethal amount of fentanyl and Xanax on the back of his tour bus last year, the music world lost one of the most innovative and exciting young artists to emerge from the SoundCloud rap generation.

In 2015, Peep (born Gus Åhr) set himself apart from other performers within the genre through his innovative fusing of 2000s emo and pop punk with underground Memphis hip-hop.

At SXSW for the world premiere of “Everybody’s Everything” (a reference to Peep’s final Instagram post) sat directors Sebastian Jones and Ramez Silyan, as well as executive producers Terrence Malick and Liza Womack (Peep’s mother), flanked by other members of Peep’s family.

What unfolded for the next two hours was a film that was both tragic and beautiful, perfectly encapsulating the life and rise of the young troubled rapper.

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The man behind *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys is revealed as a master fraudster in “The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story”

The man behind *NSYNC and the Backstreet Boys is revealed as a master fraudster in “The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story”

Source:  Variety

Filmmaker Aaron Kunkel fashions an absorbing true-crime narrative with a danceable beat from the testimonies of exploited pop celebrities, bilked investors, criminal investigators, and not-so-quietly aghast onlookers in “The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story.”

Briskly efficient in its construction and execution, the film focuses on the high times and low dealings of the Orlando, Florida-based music impresario and Ponzi scheme swindler, Lou Pearlman, who famously launched the groups *NSYNC and Backstreet Boys.

Pearlman infamously used the boy bands’ success to provide a patina of legitimacy for his complex web of bank and investor fraud.

“The Boy Band Con: The Lou Pearlman Story” will be premiere April 3 on YouTube Premium.

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