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The trials and tribulations of Creating Woodstock

A Woodstock documentary 30 years in the making.

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The 50th anniversary of Woodstock has come with excess baggage. So much so that some have called the upcoming iteration of the famed festival as “the next Fyre Festival“, with bands from the original saying the purported 2019 edition as potentially ruining their legacy. The debacle began over money and an average lineup, but now it seems there is no end to this disaster of a festival.

Perhaps then, it is no surprise that in the 50th year since there are not one but two documentaries that focus solely on the original Woodstock. We have covered the PBS documentary but now, the trailer for Creating Woodstock has surfaced. This long-gestating documentary compiles interviews and footage from the last 30 years with those behind the creation of the festival. Footage includes interviews with the founders of Woodstock Ventures- John Roberts, Joel Rosenman, Michael Lang, and Artie Kornfield- as well as interviews with the people responsible for organizing, wrangling, and ultimately convincing the artists to perform at the original festival.

And while the documentary seems devoid of interviews with some of the prominent artists involved, it does promise some interesting, never-seen or told stories from the event. The film’s producers have said, Creating Woodstock;

“features never-before-seen private film and rare archival video footage, original interviews with key figures, and uncovered photographs that show just how much went into pulling off the impossible. First-hand accounts of little known stories are woven throughout the film, such as when Jimi Hendrix was stranded at the airport and hitched a ride to the site, or when a bank manager was awoken in the middle of the night to get money to pay The Who, which then needed to be helicoptered to them before they would go on stage – much like the personal supply of strawberries that Janis Joplin required.”

Creating Woodstock will see release July 30th. Be sure to check out the trailer above. We can’t wait for the 50th anniversary of the 1999 event where Fred Durst will ultimately be asked why he did the festival and inevitably, he will answer, “for the nookie”.

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American excellence and Top Gun theme return to Top Gun: Maverick

The return of old school American excellence and exceptionalism

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What is old is new again, and as the current trends would dictate, still much better. An ageless Tom Cruise returns to helm Top Gun: Maverick, the sequel to the 1986 classic. The long awaited sequel sees Cruise return as Pete “Maverick” Mitchell, 34 years after the original. Now a flight instructor, Maverick is tasked to train and teach the son of Nick “Goose” Bradshaw (played by Anthony Edwards in the original). Goose’s son is played by Miles Teller in the sequel, and rounds out a cast that features a Jennifer Connelly, Jon Hamm, Ed Harris, and a returning Val Kilmer.

The official blurb details the plot;

“Top Gun: Maverick takes place 34 years after the events of the original film and pits legendary Captain Peter “Maverick” Mitchell as the new flight instructor of Top Gun, in which he guides Bradley, Goose’s son, who seeks to become an aviator much as his father was.”

Top Gun: Maverick is directed by Joseph Kosinski (Tron: Legacy, Oblivion) and is being released by Paramount Pictures. It is set to hit cinemas June 26th, 2020.

What’s got me excited? The return of Maverick and Iceman, the return of old school American excellence and exceptionalism, the return of that Top Gun anthem (“Danger Zone” is nice and all, but that anthem…), and the return of fighter jets. Give us all the fighter jets. (After seeing the original, I remember visiting my nearest bookstore to find any book they had about fighter jets. I found one, it just had pictures and stats. But what more could a 7-year-old want?)

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Jay and Silent Bob return for Reboot

“Ladies, Ladies, Ladies, Jay and Silent Bob are in the hizzouse!”

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Generation X’s most famed slackers are back. Jay and Silent Bob make their big-screen return in the upcoming Kevin Smith movie Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. The film follows the exploits of Jay (Jason Mewes) and Silent Bob (Smith) as they try to stop a remake of the Chronic and Bluntman movie- which was based on a comic book…. based on their likeness.

The film is the eighth film in Kevin Smith’s View Askewniverse and follows up 2006’s Clerks II. The last time Jay and Silent Bob headlined a movie was in 2001’s Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back, which was about Jay and Silent Bob travelling to Hollywood to stop studios from making a Bluntman and Chronic movie… wait, what? Yes, as Kevin Smith has stated, Jay and Silent Bob Reboot is; “literally the same movie all over again”.

That’s OK. We love Jay and Silent Bob, and it’ll be better than the Lion King reboot.

Returning to reprise their roles from previous Kevin Smith films are Ben Affleck, Matt Damon, Joey Lauren Adams, Brian O’Halloran and Jason Lee.

The film opens in cinemas October 15th and both Jason Mewes and Kevin Smith are taking the film on the road. They will be hosting screenings and Q+A sessions across the US starting in October. You can check out details and buy tickets from the Reboot Roadshow website.

I am thrilled that my childhood is alive and well. Snoochie boo… you know the drill. Check out the NSFW redband trailer.

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