It seems that the Fast Times at Ridgemont High Blu-ray may finally be seeing the light of day. A UK release is scheduled for July 25th by Universal. The UK cover art is pictured above (funny how they are focusing on Spicoli and his buds with specific mentions of Nic Cage and Anthony Edwards). Expect Universal to also release the Blu-ray in North America and other countries this summer.
I don’t expect any new extras, but it will be great to see Fast Times in “high” definition I thought I would be the first (of many) to do the corny “high” joke…
Stay tuned for contining coverage of the Fast Times Blu.
How about the first glimpse of the new Cameron Crowe documentary Pearl Jam Twenty?! This was posted today over at the official Pearl Jam site. The clip shows the band (and the late Alice in Chains lead singer, Layne Staley) discuss their original name Mookie Blaylock. Enjoy!
I recently stumbled across this 1977/78 Tour program for the rock band Kansas. The 28 page souvenir includes a huge selection of Neal Preston photos and a lengthy essay by Cameron. The main focus of the essay (through the many quotes from the band) is that they did it “their way”. Cameron also covers the band’s history and early days and I enjoyed how each section of the essay focused on a different band member (along with pics of their family, hobbies, etc.). I hope you like it. I’ve also included a few additional pics of the program below.
I thought today would be a great day to share some Led Zeppelin. First up is a piece entitled I Love Led Zeppelin that Cameron did for UK’s The Telegraph back in 2007 to honor the Zeppelin reunion. The article surrounds a 1972 encounter that the band had with The King and is new to the Journalism section. Enjoy!
Oh yeah, and don’t forget his liner notes for the Zeppelin box set and his introduction on the Led Zeppelin Portraits book by longtime friend Neal Preston. Whew! That should keep you busy for awhile getting your fix, but more Zeppelin articles/interviews are coming.
The Union debuted Wednesday night at the 10th annual Tribeca Film Festival. It sounds like the free, outdoor event went off without a hitch and the weather cooperated as well. More than 5,000 people watched the documentary which included opening comments from Elton John, Martin Scorsese and video messages from both Leon Russell and Cameron (along with the rest of the cast, crew and animals on the set of We Bought a Zoo).
Cast & Crew Video Intro
After the screening, Elton performed some of his biggest hits and a few songs from The Union as well. The entire set list was as follows: “Tiny Dancer”, “Rocket Man”, “Gone to Shiloh”, “You’re Never Too Old (To Hold Somebody)”, “I Guess That’s Why They Call it the Blues” and “Your Song”. Here’s a video snippet recapping the evening from Euro News:
Lastly, Here’s a few of the relevant quotes from the evening’s festivities. You can also read stories about the event over at the Hollywood Reporter or USA Today,
“For me, movies and music have been inseparable. They always have been and always will be,” said Scorsese. “And I know that the same holds true for Cameron Crowe. I have to say that I’ve always been kind of envious of Cameron’s teenage years. Because about a half a century ago when I was young. People always had a fantasy about running away with the circus or running away with the carnival. This was never seemed that appealing to me because I saw the film version of Nightmare Alley and it really wasn’t really my thing. But Cameron ran away with the band when he was a teenager. And his connection to the music is there in every frame of every film he has ever made. From Say Anything… to Almost Famous to the wonderful picture you are going to see here tonight, The Union – Martin Scorsese
“With Cameron (filming) was very uninvasive. You don’t notice him after awhile. He’s got a knack for appearing behind plants and things like that.” – Elton John
Director of Photography, Nicola B. Marsh films Leon Russell and Elton John
Tonight is the big night for the debut of Cameron’s new documentary, The Union (along with a free concert from Elton John). If any readers of the site are able to attend tonight’s debut in New York at the Tribeca Film Festival, please let me know how the experience was.
Cameron sat down recently for a video interview with EltonJohn.com from the set of We Bought a Zoo. In the first clip, he talks a bit about the project’s origin, and in the 2nd clip, Cameron shares his favorite moments from the doc.
Lastly, We thought you’d like to see a couple of behind the scenes photos from the 1st day of shooting the documentary (which was a writing session). Enjoy!
The Control Room, looking out into the rehearsal space (L-R: Leon Russell, Elton John)
With the Tribeca screening of The Union just days away, I’m very pleased that we are able to debut the poster for the documentary above (just click on the poster above to enlarge). As you can see, the credits for the film are on display as well. I can also report that the running time for the film is 90 minutes. If you live in the New York area and are wondering how to attend the free screening of The Union on April 20th, here’s the details:
You must have a Tribeca Film Festival wristband to attend the screening.
After many, many hours of reformatting, the Press section of the site is back for your reading pleasure. I just want to make a few things clear before you dig in. The objective here is not to be self-congratulatory in any way. I look at these 200+ interviews with Cameron as a time capsule. What was going on at that time, his thought process making these films, etc. Sure, some of the questions are redundant (What happened with the casting of (insert name)?, pop culture catch phrases and so on…). However, you’ll find many questions that are insightful and if you dig, some great gems that you might not have known.