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The legendary singer's only dramatic film role is one he'd like to forget
One of the greatest singers this country has ever known, Tony Bennett, turns 85 today. But the multiple Grammy Award winner shows no signs of slowing down. He has released over 70 albums during his amazing career. His latest, “Duets II,” comes out next month and includes the last performance by the late Amy Winehouse (they sing “Body and Soul” together). Bennett also performs on this recording with artists such as Mariah Carey, Willie Nelson, Norah Jones, and Lady Gaga.
In the movies, Bennett’s tunes have been featured in countless films including “The Last Picture Show,” “Raging Bull,” “Casino,” and “War of the Worlds.” He has appeared as himself in such hits as “Analyze This,” “The Scout,” and “Bruce Almighty.” But did you know that at one time, over 40 years ago, the legendary singer tried to become a movie star in his own right?
'Sucker Punch' director to step in for 'Dragon Tattoo' director, step out of his comfort zone
Original cast out, TV cast in
'It's an incredible feeling...'
After his "Like Crazy"—a tender, heartfelt romance starring Anton Yelchin, Felicity Jones, and Jennifer Lawrence—won the Grand Jury Prize at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, the sky would appear the limit for awesomely-named director Drake Doremus.
With Paramount recently debuting a trailer (embedded below) in anticipation of the film's October 28th release, Doremus took the time to chat with us about wrangling actors, his passion for storytelling, and what he likes to do in his down time.
First of all, I think America really wants to know, what it's like to kill a dragon with your bare hands?
Doremus: It's an incredible feeling. I highly recommend it. If you haven't done it before you have to do it. To anybody out there who's never done it before…
Well, where do you get your dragons?
Doremus: Ah, well, I order them online. You can get them on Amazon.
This is your first opportunity to really show your work to a wide audience and introduce yourself as a person and an artist. Is there anything you wanted to say as a way of introduction?
Doremus: Gosh, you know, I would say that I'm a filmmaker that really is trying to make genuine films from the heart, and if you're looking for entertainment in the form of heartfelt romance, this is the film for you.
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An imaginative new film about French singer Serge Gainsbourg
There are a legion of French singers who are famous in every corner of the globe…except here. Many Americans wouldn’t even recognize an Edith Piaf song, and I’m guessing even more are oblivious to the work of internationally known stars such as Johnny Hallyday, Sylvie Vartan, Patrick Bruel, or France Gall. A fascinating new film about one of the biggest French singing superstars in history, Serge Gainsbourg, opens here on August 31.