Cleopatra Films, the upstart pic division of Cleopatra Records, has set a movie on seminal Southern rock band Lynyrd Skynyrd. The film will be powered by the recollections of the band’s drummer, Artimus Pyle, who survived the 1977 plane crash that killed three members of the band, including lead singer, songwriter and front man Ronnie Van Zant. In the intervening years, Pyle  has played with a re-formed version of the band and still plays Skynyrd tunes in his own band. But Skynyrd never came close to reaching the heights it did before the tragic crash of a chartered Convair CV-240 aircraft, when Skynyrd was establishing itself as a preeminent American band.

Source: Deadline


There were singer-songwriters before Joni Mitchell, but with her 1971 masterpiece Blue, she pretty much set the template for almost everything that came after it.

Leading up to the album’s release on June 22, Mitchell had released three albums, each an improvement — commercially and creatively — over its predecessor. Her 1968 debut, Song to a Seagull, barely cracked Billboard‘s Top 200 album chart and was short on any signature song. But by the following year’s Clouds, she was in the Top 40 and writing and recording numbers like “Chelsea Morning” and “Both Sides Now,” two of her earliest classics.

With 1970’s Ladies of the Canyon she cracked the Top 30 for the first time and scored three more of her most enduring numbers, “The Circle Game,” “Woodstock” (which Mitchell’s ex, Graham Nash, took to the Top 15 with his group Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young) and “Big Yellow Taxi,” which gave Mitchell her first sorta big single – it stalled at No. 67, but its influence over the years looms way larger.



Rolling Stone’s 11 Best Movies of 2016 So Far

by Norm Gregory on June 21, 2016

in Movies

From an instant Coen brothers’ classic to ‘Captain America,’ the first-half cream of this year’s cinematic crop