Warner Bros. has acquired the global rights to “Western Stars,” the upcoming music documentary co-directed by Bruce Springsteen.
The film will open in theaters this fall after its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival in September.
“Western Stars” is Springsteen’s first studio album in five years, and the film marks his directorial debut.
The film weaves in archival footage along with Springsteen’s narration, and shows him performing all 13 songs on the album, alongside a band and a full orchestra, in a nearly 100-year-old barn on the songwriter’s property.
“Bring the Soul: The Movie,” about Korean boy band BTS’s Love Yourself world tour, is less a concert movie than a chronicle of the logistics of touring in one of the biggest pop bands in the world.
Filmed by Park Jun-Soo in Pennebaker-esque verité, the film follows the Hallyu septet as they rehearse, take red-eye flights across continents and oceans, and otherwise power through the exhaustion of their global tour.
The interspersed scenes of their performances act as punctuation to the arduous task of preparation, moments in which the haggard and jetlagged young men snap into focus and put on their carefully choreographed, overwhelming productions.
These concerts in turn only further tire the members of the band, who give so much that merely four shows into the 22-date North American and European leg of their tour, they all look on the verge of collapse.
Mac Miller and music producer Rick Rubin discuss the difficulties of getting personal on record, but also the potential rewards that come with that vulnerability, in a poignant clip from the Showtime docuseries “Shangri-La.”
The segment was filmed while Miller was working on what would become his final album, “Swimming,” which was released just a month before he died in September 2018.
In the clip, Rubin compliments Miller on his turn to more “songy, personal” tracks, prompting Miller to reply, “It’s been an interesting journey for me to realize that the goal here is just to be as much me as possible.”
The four-part docuseries offers a glimpse into Rubin’s world as he works and chats with an array of musicians including the Avett Brothers, Lil Yachty, SZA, and Santana.