Beyoncé’s iconic Coachella performance coming to Netflix in new doc, ‘Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé’

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Beyoncé’s iconic Coachella performance coming to Netflix in new doc, ‘Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé’Beyonce Coachella 2018 Live

Over the last two decades, Coachella has hosted some of the most memorable performances in the United States—from Daft Punk‘s legendary headline performance atop their pyramid pulpit to Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre putting West Coast rap on their shoulders alongside a living hologram of Tupac. Though, as this year’s edition of the festival inches closer, none among them are fresher in people’s minds than Beyoncé’s unforgettable headlining affair in 2018. The performance, which was initially slated for Coachella 2017, wound up drawing a record number of viewers to Coachella’s live stream on Saturday night of last year’s opening weekend.

Now, the performance is coming to Netflix in a new documentary titled Homecoming: A Film by Beyoncé. The new visual details the showstopping 26-song performance, the likes of which featured a massive marching band, a three-song Destiny’s Child reunion, and appearances by the Lemonade singer’s younger sister Solange, and her husband, JAY-Z. Netflix has shared the documentary’s official teaser, which features a voiceover from influential poet Maya Angelou. Homecoming is set to debut on the streaming platform on April 17. See the trailer below.

Sir David Attenborough taps Ellie Goulding to record ‘environmental anthem’ for forthcoming Netflix documentary, ‘Our Planet’

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Sir David Attenborough taps Ellie Goulding to record ‘environmental anthem’ for forthcoming Netflix documentary, ‘Our Planet’2

Ellie Goulding‘s next release will be a bit of an outlier in the context of Goulding’s catalog. The UK songstress has worked with a number of power players in the course of her career, including Calvin Harris, Major Lazer, and most recently, Diplo, but Sir David Attenborough will be the first documentarian to collaborate with her. Renowned in nature documentary circles, Attenborough is currently putting the finishing touches on his next environmentally focused visual production, the forthcoming Netflix series, Our Planet, has tapped none other than Goulding herself to record a song for the project.

The Sun reported that Goulding recently stopped by London’s famed Abbey Road Studios to lend her vocals to the cause. The “environmental anthem” will pair Goulding’s voice with instrumental work from London’s Philharmonic Orchestra. Memorable for his prior work on the score for the space explorative film, Gravity, Oscar-winning composer Steven Price touts the writing credit for the Our Planet tune. The song, entitled “In This Together,” will debut in tandem with the series on April 5.

Attenborough is a choice collaborator for Goulding, whose work as an Environment Global Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations aligns with Attenborough’s long-term initiative to raise awareness of environmental issues through visual narration. Goulding expressed her admiration for Attenborough’s productions and conveyed that she’d been interested adapting Attenborough’s voice from documentary to song since 2014.

“I’ve written a lot of songs about relationships and break ups. I feel like my next album is going to be about the beginning of the universe,” Goulding told The Sun. “If I could somehow utilize [Attenborough’s] voice in a recording with me, it would be awesome—a chance to make a point with my music and his authority,” Goulding said.

“Ellie has been trying to work with David for years and was gobsmacked when she was asked to do so, for what is going to be his biggest global documentary project yet,” an unnamed source told The Sun. “He was well aware of her environmental work, he anted nobody else, and he hopes Ellie and Netflix can help him bring environmental cause to the young generation.”

Attenborough’s very first Netflix original, Our Planet will be available in 192 countries, and will unfold in eight parts. The series was filmed in 50 countries and necessitated 600 crew members to capture its constituting footage. Attenborough’s team worked for more than 3,500 days to accumulate the material that will figure in full form in Our Planet.

Photo Credit: Chris Tuite

H/T: The Sun

Andy King of Fyre Festival elicits multiple TV offers following Netflix’s ‘Fyre’ documentary

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Andy King of Fyre Festival elicits multiple TV offers following Netflix’s ‘Fyre’ documentaryAndy King

Andy King’s ears have been burning with delight. Event-producer-turned-meme-sensation, King has ascended to internet phenomenon status following his cameo on Fyre, Netflix‘s wildly popular documentary on the boutique festival that never was.

Viewers of the Netflix original will recall King as the interviewee who recounted a now-infamous phone call with Fyre Festival founder, Billy McFarland, who in short asked King to trade sexual favors to ensure the delivery of the event’s store of Evian water, after Bahamian customs detained Fyre Festival’s supply, demanding that staff pay a total of $175,000 in fees in exchange for the water.

Much like a phoenix, King is poised to soon rise from the ashes of the failed Fyre Festival. Vanity Fair reported that King has received a number of attractive offers following his famed documentary role. Three water companies, and three TV networks  have reportedly approached King.

“I can’t talk about it too much, but they’re essentially like, ‘Listen, we’re working on a new ad campaign,’” King said of the water companies’ promotional advances. “I had three TV show offers this week, from notable networks… Let’s just say it’s going to be a show about hosting crazy events, what it takes to make them happen. There will be cliffhangers, and you’ll get to follow me around and see how I pull them off.”

King is adamant that he isn’t interested in using his newfound fame to push a line of products stamped with his surname. Safe to say, King isn’t parched when it comes to promotional prospects.

“You’re not going to see me launch a handbag line or makeup,” King said. “I think I’m being given a platform that a lot of people, at age 58 especially, don’t get the opportunity to have. And I’m kind of excited about it.”

H/T: Vanity Fair

Fyre Festival models facing subpoenas over promotional payments

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Fyre Festival models facing subpoenas over promotional paymentsModels Fyre Festival

Fyre Festival had positioned itself in 2017 to be the world’s top luxury festival experience, capitalizing on promotion from globally revered models and eye-catching locations to draw millions of dollars in ticket sales. However, Fyre’s grisly end yielded a new reputation as something of an anti-festival, ending in open-and-shut catastrophe and, ultimately, cancellation. Recently released documentaries from Netflix and Hulu catapulted the failed festival back into public discussion and solidified its status as something of an organizer’s guide on how not to throw a festival.

Now, the modeling agencies representing Bella Hadid, Emily Ratajkowski, and Hailey Bieber (formerly Hailey Baldwin)—the stars of the notorious Fyre Festival promotional video—have been purportedly subpoenaed to reveal details surrounding the payments they received from Fyre Media and convicted festival organizer, Billy McFarland.

Among the subpoenaed models is also Kendall Jenner, whom fire paid $250,000 to make a single Instagram post about the festival. Jenner, having hinted that members of G.O.O.D. Music would be performing at the festival, has since removed all related posts on the topic; the main point of contention here being that Jenner never indicated that she was being paid to promote the festival.

With, Gregory Messer, the trustee handling Fyre’s bankruptcy proceedings looking for more insights on the festival’s failure and McFarland’s shoddy planning, more subpoenas and legal orders are likely in store. In addition to the models, Messer plans to subpoena multiple talent agencies, including Paradigm and Jerry Media.

This story is still developing. 

H/T: Billboard

Stream the soundtrack from Netflix’s new ‘Polar,’ deadmau5’s debut film score

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Deadmau5‘s debut score is finally here. Polar has been officially released on Netflix, scratching off a major bucket list item for the mau5trap‘s head honcho. Recently, Joel Zimmerman expressed to Forbes his list of nine life-changing moments, and scoring his first film was one of them, marking a music production milestone from one of the most prolific sound engineers in electronic music history.

The entire soundtrack is available on Spotify, and it contains sounds and arrangements familiar to fans of the esteemed producer. From the weight of his analog synth to his steady buildups and anxious melodies, the soundtrack most certainly boasts deadmau5’s signature style. His arrangements have always felt cinematic, so sharing the screen with music video virtuoso Jonas Åkerlund only makes sense.

The “Monophobia” artist recently told Billboard, “It’s a really busy, colorful movie. I just really wanted to wait for the right thing to come up, as opposed to doing some major motion picture thing … the next big Fast and Furious 23 or whatever they’re on.” Stream the Polar soundtrack below.

Listen to deadmau5 ‘midas heel’ EP from the Netflix movie

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deadmau5 has released a two-track EP teasing his upcoming original score for the Netflix movie Polar. The film’s eye-catching trailer appeared the same day as the EP’s release on YouTube, captivating viewers through Mads Mikkelsen pouncing from the darkness, guns blazing, and very notably, deadmau5′ own track “drama free” — hot off mau5ville: Level 2.

Polar is a live-action adaption of Dark Horse Comics’ graphic novel of the same name written by Víctor Santos. The novel follows international hitman Kaiser Black through an icy landscape after he is forced out of retirement when an assassination attempt is made on his life. The comic is full of gore, mostly action, and is known for its being rendered entirely in sharply delineated black, white, and orange.

Swedish director of the film, Jonas Åkerlund is known for directing music videos and is a drummer himself, so one can infer the amount of attention he put into the score for this film and the amount of confidence he has in deadmau5. Many graphic-novel-turned-films have been hailed for their mellifluous score working seamlessly with violent choreography. Given Polar‘s beginnings as a comic, the trailer/EP release, and general plot — the sonic tone is sure to hold weight over this momentum and success of this film.

The main and title track of the EP “midas heel” comes off as a six-minute requiem, dark, brooding, and cold. The steady tech beat accompanied by sharp violin, and synths plucking have the listener looking over their shoulders, scanning their peripherals, and grasping for the warmth of a recently fired gun. It is stalking filled with lulls for doubt to seep in and remains distant yet within arms reach for the duration of the track as if it could touch you the entire time.

The full soundtrack, entirely produced by deadmau5, will drop Jan 25 the same day as Polar becomes available for streaming on Netflix.

 

 

 

 

Netflix releases official trailer for forthcoming FYRE Festival documentary

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The lamentable story of Fyre Festival will live on, thanks to a new Netflix documentary that weaves a narrative of the entire abysmal string of events leading up to the disaster of a music festival.

For anyone looking for a tutorial on how not to organize a music festival, Ja Rule and Billy McFarland are the ideal instructors. The failed and now infamous “festival” ended in thousands of people stranded on an island in The Bahamas. As a result, McFarland will be facing up to six years in prison and owes more than $25 million in damages.

According to Netflix, the documentary will be told by the organizers themselves. The two-minute trailer showcases the mass panic of the workers as they attempted to prepare for the incoming fans, knowing that the conditions were not suitable to host them. It also displays behind the scenes moments with both McFarland as he conned investors to come on board, even though the execution of the festival was becoming increasingly unlikely.

The documentary will be titled FYRE: The Greatest Party that Never Happened and is set to be released on Netflix January 18.

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Watch the trailer for deadmau5’s film score debut, ‘Polar’

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Watch the trailer for deadmau5’s film score debut, ‘Polar’Deadmau5 Hiatus Update

deadmau5 is making his film score debut with a new Netflix original, Polar, arriving January 25.  The action-packed trailer features the mau5trap head honcho’s “Drama Free” from his mau5ville: Level 2 project, along with crisp audio cuts of guns blazing and tension-filled battle scenes.

Polar is based on the noir graphic novel Polar: Came From the Cold by Victor Santos. Another musical component is found in the film’s Swedish director, Jonas Åkerlund, who is best known for his music video works. Åkerlund won three Grammy Awards for his projects — two with Madonna and one with Paul McCartney.

Joel Zimmerman has brought forward some of the industry’s most forward-thinking arrangements, cinematic in nature. Now he’s ready to show his stature on the film side of things, continuing to build his robust audio repertoire.

Idris Elba plays a struggling DJ in new Netflix comedy ‘Turn Up Charlie’

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Netflix has announced the premiere of a brand new comedy series, Turn Up Charlie, starring certified renaissance man Idris Elba as Charlie — a struggling DJ on his last chance. A little outside the norm for the James Bond prospect and venerated UK house legend, the eight-episode first season centers on Charlie as he reluctantly accepts a job as a “manny” to his famous best friend’s daughter and hilarity likely ensues between the perennial bachelor DJ and problem child daughter.

The series, slated for a March 15 debut, was co-created by Elba and Gary Reich was co-produced by the Luther star’s Green Door Pictures and Reich’s Brown Eyed Boy Productions. See the first look at Idris Elba’s upcoming comedy Turn Up Charlie below.

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Netflix to release Fyre Festival documentary, as told by the the organizers themselves

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Netflix to release Fyre Festival documentary, as told by the the organizers themselvesFyre Festival Billy Mcfarland

In case the Fyre Festival organizer Billy McFarland being sentenced to six years in prison didn’t satisfy the narrative ending needs, Netflix looks to fill in the blanks with a new documentary, FYRE, about the disastrous music festival. The streamlining service recently released the trailer to the documentary, which showcases the expectations versus reality facade promoted by McFarland and Ja Rule. According to Netflix, the documentary will be told by the organizers themselves.

FYRE will be released on Netflix on January 18. Additionally, Hulu will be running a docuseries about the event, set to air in 2019. Even Seth Rogen and The Lonely Island mentioned interest in making a movie with a similar story line to the cataclysmic failure.

The Netflix documentary was directed by Chris Smith, who made the documentary Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond, about Jim Carrey’s transformation into performance artist and comedian Andy Kaufman.

H/T: Pitchfork

Photo credit: Mark Lennihan/AP