The Rundown

Entertainment Express: Birdman, Kate Bush, Lady Gaga, Tony Bennett, Bob Dylan

Hello from another glorious last-days-of-Summer New York. 

* Alejandro Gonzelez Innaritu’s Birdman is opening the Venice Film Festival on Wednesday, with many of the critics who’ve already seen it calling the movie a “tour de force cinema” and “a triumph on every level.” I’m even more excited now than before to see the movie, shot by Gravity‘s Oscar-winning Emmanuel Lubezki, starring Michael Keaton in the lead role as a washed-up superhero looking to revive his career. The fest continues for the next few days, before it’s Toronto’s turn to showcase the latest slate of anticipated films.

* Oh, the envy! Kate Bush kicked off the first of her limited run, rare tour, Before the Dawn, on Tuesday night in London. The lucky folk who got tickets to see her on one of the 22-dates are in for an amazing time, as per the reviews of opening night. Many of them note the singer, who’s notoriously stage-shy is an impressive performer. While she didn’t play anything from her first four albums, she staged The Ninth Wave in its entirety – the concept piece from Hounds of Love. Seeing as it’s too late to fly to England and pay off a scalper, I’ll have to contend with wearing this t-shirt and playing Running Up that Hill over and over.

* Lady Gaga and Tony Bennett make an odd pair on the surface, but there’s something about them singing together that is fun to watch. I Can’t Give You Anything but Love is the second single from their forthcoming album together (due out next month) and the video to accompany it features a big-haired Gaga, drinking Jameson from the bottle and playing around while singing opposite the legendary Bennett.

* The recordings that make up Bob Dylan‘s Basement Tapes will be released into the world this November. The mythical tracks, which were laid down nearly 50 years ago by the singer and the group that ended up becoming known as the Band, will be officially available as The Basement Tapes Complete: The Bootleg Series Vol 11. That’s 6 CDs of 138 tracks with 30 never-before-heard songs.

[Pic: Fox Searchlight]


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