Dave Grohl On Nirvana Honors

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Nirvana2The Foo Fighters frontman talks about the “fuckin’ magical” event, airing May 31 on HBO, and reveals further plans for a TV show at the network.

On a chilly night in April, 20 years to the month since the death of Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain, Dave Grohl did what many people thought was unimaginable. Taking the stage at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame ceremony at New York’s Barclays Center, the 43-year-old rocker embraced Courtney Love, his friend and bandmate’s widow with whom he’d had a long acrimonious relationship. It was the hug felt around the world.

Airing tonight (May 31) on HBO, the Rock Hall promises the rare real TV moment — one that will no doubt spur a surge of emotion and an unlikely bond both for those watching and those experiencing what looked like a magical coming-together: Krist Novoselic, Cobain’s mother Wendy, Love and Grohl, among them.

The showing was accompanied by an unforgettable performance — Nirvana songs delivered by Grohl, Novoselic and a slate of fierce female singers including Lorde and Joan Jett. Ahead of the Rock Hall’s HBO premiere, Grohl talked to THR about how it all came together and revealed further plans for his forthcoming docu-series on the network.

Tonight on HBO, we’ll all be witnessing that gulp of a moment at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame when you and Courtney Love embraced on stage. Now that you’ve had some time to reflect on the evening, what are your thoughts?

You know, the wonderful thing about that night was the personal side of it. It was the Hall of Fame ceremony, but it meant so much to all of us personally that sometimes you forgot about the other stuff — like the arena and the trophy — and focused on real, personal things. I saw Courtney walking past [earlier in the night], and I just tapped her on the shoulder and we looked at each other in the eyes and that was it — we’re just family. We’ve had a rocky road. We’ve had a bumpy past, but at the end of the day we’re a big family and when we hugged each other it was a real hug.

So you saw each other earlier…

Yeah, that was not on camera — that was just the two of us in the hallway. And we said, “How are you doing? Are you good?”

Yes. Are you good?”

Yes. Okay, let’s do this.”

And that was it. And after we walked off stage, we just walked down the hallway together, it was almost like no time had passed at all. Those things are real and no matter what it looks like in a magazine or on a website. That’s real shit and I was very, very happy that we had those moments. It was beautiful.

As was the Nirvana performance with Lorde, Kim Gordon, Joan Jett and Annie from St. Vincent. Tell us about how that came together.

When we started thinking about how we were going to choose performers, that was heavy. It was tricky. It was more complicated than just jumping up onstage and playing music. It was emotional, there’s a legacy to preserve, there’s so much to take into consideration. And Joan Jett was the first name to come up and there was no question that she should be there. I mean she is the queen of rock and roll.

Kurt and Nirvana had always tried to promote women in music. And I think we just felt like this is perfect. Then a few names bounced around that didn’t seem to pan out and we finally decided that we wanted all of our performers to be these incredibly talented and powerful women.

We had fashioned the sequence of songs in chronological order. So we had Joan Jett first, because she’s the queen, then we had Kim Gordon, who is an iconic hero to us, and then Annie St. Vincent. We didn’t only want to focus on the past. We wanted to emphasize the future and that music is moving forward. Because Annie is surely doing that. And Ella [Lorde] is a great example of what we have to look forward to. She is able to have the biggest song of the year be something deep and meaningful and real — that’s what I hear when I listen to that song. So once we had that locked we knew that it was gonna be something special and it was just a matter of rehearsing and getting it together. And it’s still hard to believe that it happened but it did and I loved it.

After the ceremony, the rock continued — and was also filmed — on stage at Brooklyn’s St. Vitus bar. Any plans to use that footage on your forthcoming HBO show or elsewhere? 

I don’t know what we’ll do. We did film it and it’s f—in amazing. When we walked into that little bar to play songs that we hadn’t even touched in 20 years, I thought, “Well, this is great — our good friends get to watch us jump around and have a good time.” And then it turned out that I got to watch our friends jump around and have a good time. People I’ve known for 20 years bouncing around, moshing. I did not expect that to happen. The front row was Carrie [Brownstein] from Portlandia and Annie St. Vincent, going f—in’ bananas the whole time. It was like, “Wow, really? You guys like it that much? Holy shit!” Yeah, it was fun.

New Orleans, I’ve learned so much about this place. It’s one of the great things about this project — that we get to spend a week in each city, and by the time we leave each place, I feel like I know the people, I know the food, the music. Seven days is enough to get a little bit of each city under your skin. And New Orleans is just so deep — there’s not only a musical community but it’s a community of families where generations of musicians have been playing music in the city for hundreds of years. … It was just f—n magical.

You’re really in bed with HBO these days, having recently announced a docu-series. Tell us about the genesis of that idea.

I’ve been working on this for a year and a half. After making the Sound City movie, I realized that the pairing of music and documentary worked so well because the stories give substance and depth to the song, which makes a stronger emotional connection to it. If you know the story behind the artist, or the story behind the studio, or the song, it widens your appreciation for the music. The four-minute long video is a blessed thing but sometimes it can be just an image. And these stories and these people give so much more depth to the music.

So on the last day of the Sound City tour, my producers, (Jim Roda and John Ramsey?) handed me a present: it was a journal with a pen and said, “Congratulations on the success of  Sound City, now get to work.” I had a blast on Sound City and a wonderful team that worked on the movie with me and I thought, I wanna do this again. I love music, I know music, I understand music, so I wanna stay in this world. But instead of just walking into a studio and telling its story, I want to travel across America and tell its story.  

So it became a deeper project. And I thought okay, this is going to be the story that will influence the next Foo Fighter’s record. We’re coming up on our twentieth anniversary, we’re an American band. Each one of these cities have had artists and music that have influenced us directly, so let’s go there. Yeah, and that was the idea. And that was just a matter of actually making it happen.

What was the criteria to pick the cities or the studios?

At first, we wanted to go all over the world. But that seemed logistically impossible so we zeroed in on eight cities. Some of them we have personal connections with — the studio in Washington, DC, a studio in Seattle, a studio in Los Angeles — these are all places that are part of our band’s history. Then there are some we’ve never been to. Preservation Hall is a great example.

Were certain songs earmarked for certain studios? Or did you get to the studio and start writing?

Yes and no. Each city has a theme. As we’re telling the story of not only the music but the history of the city, a theme develops. And I had to find the theme first and then match it to the music. The lyrics I don’t write until the night before I sing them or sometimes an hour before I sing them. So once the music and the theme of each city was set, we traveled to each place and spent a week there. We’d get there, start recording and I would just run around town filming and interviewing as many people as I can. I did over a hundred interviews. At the end of the week, I’d take all of my transcripts, put them on the floor, sit there with a pen and my journal and I reduce all of these stories into a song. I take from peoples’ backgrounds, anecdotes, the environment and I turn it into a song. It’s like reporting. It’s musical bungee jumping. It’s just f—in’ crazy.

And incredibly ambitious…

It was tricky because it’s not just a series, it’s an album. And so when you’re sequencing the series, you’re sequencing the album, so what do you sequence first? And how can you write the music before you shoot the episode? How do you know what the theme is going to be and how can you tell the story? These things would keep me up at night. I’m not only thinking about the lyric I have to spin the next day, I’m thinking about how it fits into the overall arc of the history of American music.

It’s meant to be the musical equivalent of the finale of Usual Suspects. Like that scene where he’s sitting there, you’re going back through the whole episode. It’s basically that.

Do you feel a sense of responsibility to tell the story?

I don’t know if I feel it’s a responsibility but I have the opportunity and the resources. I am fortunate to be the guy that can send an email to Chuck D or Gibby from the Butthole Surfers or Rick Nielson from Cheap Trick or Carrie Underwood and say, “Hey, can I interview you for a project I’m doing?”

How does the show connect to the sound of the next Foo Fighters album?

You’ll recognize Foo Fighters in this record but you’ll also be surprised by us. We’re doing things that we’ve never done before. And I want to say that it’s only eight songs but I think it might be our longest record because, as I was writing these songs, I had to take a cinematic approach. Like I couldn’t just write a three-and-a-half-minute long KROQ jingle and film it for the finale of an episode about the history of music in New Orleans, ya know? We really had to step up what we do. The music is a progression or an evolution for sure, but it’s a Foo Fighters record.

So there could there be horns on a Foos record?

There could be horns on a Foos record, absolutely. We’ve never done that before. Honestly, there are sections of songs that will really take you by surprise. And then there are choruses that you’ll just recognize as a Foo  Fighters within the first three seconds.

How is the album being recorded?

We’ve been dragging two 24-track tape machines around the country because we still love the sound of tape. Some of the places [we recorded] are houses and some are stages and some of them are old rooms so we’d have to build a studio in some of these locations. And that’s easy to do when you just open up the laptop. It’s not easy to do when you’re dragging two 800-pound two inch tape machines across the country, but we’ve done it everywhere we’ve went.

That sounds a little crazy.

I don’t know, man. I mean, I already know what we’re doing for the next Foo Fighters record and that’s even f—in crazier!

What the F are you talkin about?

[Laughs] I don’t know. I came up with this idea a month and a half ago. The guys were, like, “Dude, we have to finish this first.” I know, f—!

You’ve long been considered one of rock’s greatest overachievers. Now, in addition to drummer, frontman and guitar great you can add director, TV producer, talent booker. Is a feature film in your future? Are we looking at Dave Grohl’s fourth act?

It’s all pretty complicated. I’m used to making records on my label with the Foo Fighters in my studio, doing what we’ve done. Now this is an album and a TV series with HBO. And so I have sat at the head of the f—in’ board table and had meetings with 65 people. This is a whole new ballgame for me. But if there’s a story to tell, fuck, I’ll tell it. I don’t really know what it means to be a director. I don’t really know my way around the film industry, but I can gather a team of people and fire ’em up to make something great. I know that because we’ve done it. And who knows? I feel more comfortable on this side of the camera than the other side, that’s for f—ing sure.

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Good Riddance, Lindsay! Lohan Plans London Move

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linAccording to the U.K.’s Sun, Lindsay Lohan has been having such a blast bar-hopping around London over the past few weeks, the troubled actress is planning to leave her native New York behind for the party-ready British capitol.

Lindsay’s really enjoying being in the U.K. and has told her pals that she’s staying here for good,” an insider says of the six-time rehab alum, who was also recently spotted clubbing at the Cannes Film Festival in France.

Lohan 27, has reportedly already begun looking for a London home, and is telling pals she thinks a move could revive her flat-lined acting career.

Lindsay has also started investigating getting acting work in London,” the source says.

As RadarOnline.com previously revealed, the hard-partying star- who still claims to be sober- has lately been using club drugs Molly and Ecstacy which she believes won’t show up on court-mandated tests.

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Henry Winkler Honored With Award Of Excellence

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TX2For Henry Winkler, receiving the Award of Excellence at the Banff World Media Festival represents an embarrassment of riches.

Winkler is best known as the Fonz on “Happy Days,” one of the coolest and smoothest smallscreen characters of all time. Now, younger generations know his work on “Arrested Development” and as a semi-series regular on “Parks and Recreation.”

I dreamt of my career being just like this,” says Winkler. “I’m living ‘Be careful what you wish for.’”

But what the actor is most proud of are the 27 novels for children he has co-written with Lin Oliver titled “Hank Zipzer: The Mostly True Confessions of the World’s Best Underachiever.”

The Award of Excellence is an honor that Winkler does not take lightly. “I live by two words — tenacity and gratitude,” he says. “Tenacity gets you where you want to go and gratitude doesn’t allow you to be angry along the way, because sometimes this business can be maddening.”

Banff, notes Winkler, should also provide a welcome respite from the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

I get to go to one of the most beautiful places on earth and hopefully, while I’m there, maybe I get to fly fish for trout.”

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Walter White Not Dead? Bryan Cranston Drops Crazy ‘Breaking Bad’ Hint

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Golden Globes NominationsJust when “Breaking Bad” fans were finally starting to come to terms with the death of Walter White, actor Bryan Cranston suggested that maybe the show’s finale wasn’t as final as it seemed.

I’m going to ask you, really, seriously, I wasn’t so sure that you died, I really wasn’t,” CNN’s Ashleigh Banfield said on Thursday night. “Your eyes were open and I thought, ‘what if the police just take him into custody, he gets better, breaks out and just goes nuts?'”

Cranston: “Hey, you never saw bags zip up or anything.”

Banfield: “Is he dead?”

Cranston: “I don’t know.”

Banfield: “No movie? No nothing? No Walter White ever again?”

Cranston: “Never say never.”

Cranston was smirking a little so he was probably just teasing –- or maybe he didn’t want to let down Banfield, who is clearly a super fan of the show.

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Peter Fonda Joins AMC’s Ridley Scott Pilot ‘Galyntine’

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fondaPeter Fonda has joined AMC pilot Galyntine as a series regular, The Hollywoodreporter has exclusively learned. The actor also has signed with APA for representation in all areas.

Galyntine, a sci-fi fantasy set in a postapocalyptic future that has rejected all technology, hails from Ridley Scott‘s banner, Scott Free, which has a first-look deal with AMC. Scott will executive produce alongside Scott Free’s David Zucker, The Walking Dead‘s Greg Nicotero and Halt & Catch Fire‘s Jason Cahill, who wrote the pilot.

Fonda will play Crawford, a handyman’s shop owner who is described as a “grizzled, ultratraditionalist hard-ass with a sadistic streak and a simmering resentment” about no longer being a leader among his band of survivors. David Mackenzie (Starred Up, Perfect Sense) will direct the pilot, which also features The Shield alum Catherine Dent as another survivor.

As an icon of 1960s counterculture, Fonda starred in The Wild Angels, The Trip and most famously Easy Rider, for which he shared an Oscar screenwriting nomination with Dennis Hopper and Terry Southern. A second Oscar nod, for best actor, followed in 1997 for Ulee’s Gold, which earned him Golden Globe and New York Film Critics Circle wins. He won another Golden Globe and received Emmy and SAG nominations for his supporting turn opposite Helen Mirren in the Showtime movie The Passion of Ayn Rand. Fonda’s acclaimed career, which began onstage with a New York Critics Circle-winning Broadway debut in 1961’s Blood, Sweat and Stanley Poole, also includes Lilith, The Victors, Race With the DevilOutlaw Blues, the NBC telepic adaptation of The Tempest, The Limey, the Showtime movie The Maldonado Miracle and the 2007 Russell CroweChristian Bale remake of 3:10 to Yuma.

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The ‘Arsenio Hall Show’ Has Been Cancelled

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arsenioThe syndicated late-night series will not continue on after Tribune, Sinclar and LIN station groups downgraded the series.

The Arsenio Hall Show will not continue on for its second season.

Despite renewing the late-night syndicated show for a sophomore run in February, CBS Television Distribution has instead opted to cancel the series.

Unfortunately, The Arsenio Hall Show will not return for a second season; while there are many loyal fans of the show, the series did not grow its audience enough to continue,” CBSTVD said in a statement Friday. “Arsenio is a tremendous talent and we’d like to thank him for all the hard work and energy he put into the show. We’d also like to thank Tribune and all our station group partners for their support of the show.”

Added Hall: “When I started this adventure with CTD and Tribune, we all knew it would be a challenge — I’m gratified for the year we’ve had and proud of the show we created. I’d like to thank everyone on my staff for rallying around me and striving to make the best show possible every night.”

The decision to backpedal on a renewal comes as station groups Sinclair Broadcast Group, Tribune Co. and LIN Television all downgraded the series from its respective time slots. CBSTVD originally announced a second-season pickup in February, citing that the series is the youngest-skewing late-night talk show and that Hall was “reaching a new generation.”

Hall’s second time as the host of a syndicated talk show launched in September and was anchored on 17 stations owned by Tribune Broadcasting — a partner in the production of the show — including markets in New York, Los Angeles and Chicago. The series had aired in most markets starting at 11 p.m., going head-to-head with local news and off-network syndicated shows. The second half-hour of Hall’s show faced stiff competition from the likes of the newly reinvigorated Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon, ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel Live and CBS’ Late Show With David Letterman.

Despite premiering to optimistic numbers, 1.5 rating with households (and, more importantly, a 1.0 rating among adults 18-49), the ratings took a dive. The talker dropped 60 percent in the key demo within its first several months. There were bright spots along the way. A visit from prince Prince saw ratings surge 56 percent in March, tying even ABC’s Jimmy Kimmel that night, but the pressure cooker of the Jimmy Fallon era late night was ultimately too much. Arsenio was further walloped in the ratings when David Letterman‘s April 3 announcement of his retirement drove up attention on CBS.

The Arsenio Hall Show joins fellow late-night talker The Pete Holmes Show in the cancelled heap, with TBS axing the latter after two seasons. For her part, Chelsea Handler will also end her E! late-night show in August.

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This is no shock. Arsenio Hall believes that past success equals new success and guess what Arsenio…you’re wrong. Just because you think you’re great and just because you tell us you’re great, doesn’t make it so. Arsenio never understood that his past show was 20 years ago and novelty more than talent was the reason for it’s success, not the Eddie Murphy loving egomaniac better known as Arsenio Hall.

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Uma And Quentin Now A Thing

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Uma-ThurmanUma Thurman has been Quentin Tarantino’s muse for two decades—but now she’s more, sources tell Us. Thurman found herself single again when she broke off her engagement  (for the second time) last month, and now she and Tarantino are reportedly dating. “They had a thing and got together again recently,” says one source. “He’s loved her for years.” Specifically, Thurman, 44, and Tarantino, 51, shared a villa at Cannes this year, and walked the red carpet together at Saturday’s closing ceremony.

“There has always been an attraction,” says another source. “She has indulged from time to time, and that’s how their relationship has always worked” since Tarantino first directed her in 1994’s Pulp Fiction. They’ve been close since then, but the timing for a romance has always been off, with Thurman married to Ethan Hawke and then engaged to Arpad Busson and Tarantino dating stars including Kathy Griffin, Mira Sorvino, and Sofia Coppola. But Tarantino comforted Thurman after her split with Busson, and split with his latest galpal, costume designer Courtney Hoffman, around the same time.

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HBO: Why ‘Game Of Thrones’ Gets Robbed At Emmys

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gameWhen it comes to the industry’s biggest awards, Game of Thrones is almost always the bridesmaid. The HBO fantasy hit has racked up a hugely impressive 42 prime-time Emmy and Golden Globe nominations across its first three seasons. It’s also won 11 of those awards, mainly for categories like visual effects, make-up, costumes and sound effects. Yet in the major categories — best series, acting, writing and directing — Thrones has taken home just two statues (a Globe and Emmy for Peter Dinklage as best supporting actor).

We asked HBO’s programming president Michael Lombardo about this topic during a Thrones interview, and he suggested the show’s fantasy setting and high production values might distract from the talent on display. “What frustrates me about the show is people really love and connect with the characters — but somehow, [the voters] don’t put two and two together that there are great actors embodying those roles,” Lombardo says. “There seems to be a disconnect. This would not work without compelling writing and unbelievable acting and suburb direction. And I think that’s part of the challenge of a show that’s a genre show. I think people think the show is carried along on its production values.”

Indeed, Dinklage gives a tremendous performance, and the show’s current fourth season is almost certainly his best. But there are others amid Thrones‘ sprawling cast that one would think would get recognized as well – Emilia Clarke received an Emmy nomination last year, and Diana Rigg had a guest actress nod. But there’s also Charles Dance, Lena Headey, and Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, among others, doing consistently excellent work. There’s also the show’s writing, led by showrunners David Benioff and Dan Weiss. “David and Dan are not just good — they are exceptional writers,” Lombardo says. “Their scripts are as dazzling as anything I’ve ever read. This isn’t pulled out of a book.”

The direction on Thrones is also stunning. Hollywood recognized the talent of long-time TV director Alan Taylor’s work on Thrones’ first season, and snatched him up to helm Thor: The Dark World and the upcoming Terminator reboot. Yet the TV Academy didn’t nominate his work (and likewise snubbed David Nutter, who directed last year’s heart-stopping Red Wedding episode). The only Emmy nomination for outstanding direction that Thrones has received, oddly enough, was for its stiff, heavily re-shot pilot.

I look at it relative to other shows, and these are artists working at the absolute top of their game,” Lombardo says. “Peter Dinklage is as good as any actor on TV. Lena is phenomenal. I guess they’re so good you’re not aware of it. And it’s not about getting awards for HBO, but for them. Behind the dragons and costumes and landscapes there’s unbelievable talent at work. And none of it would be be emotionally relatable if not for artistry in the writing, directing and acting.”

It’s not the first time a ground-breaking top-rated HBO genre series has had Emmy struggles. The Academy was also long accused of undervaluing The Sopranos, though the mob drama actually performed better in its early years in the top categories than Thrones.

Adds the executive: “We’re so pleased with the show, and I would hate to sound the least bit sour grapes, because the response from fans is so spectacular. But [greater awards recognition] would be nice.”

Game of Thrones returns Sunday night for its eighth episode of the season — “The Mountain and the Viper.” We’ll have full coverage of the showdown on EW.com. In the meantime, here the showrunners tease up (spoiler free) the Oberyn vs. The Mountain contest: “The flight delivers beyond our expectations.”

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Bruce Springsteen Performs With Rolling Stones At Portugal’s Rock In Rio Lisboa Music Festival

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PORTUGAL-MUSIC-ROCK IN RIO-ROLLING-STONES-SPRINGSTEENBruce Springsteen joined the Rolling Stones on stage at the Rock in Rio Lisboa music festival in Lisbon, Portugal on Thursday, May 29. Together, they performed “Tumbling Dice” during the band’s headlining set. Springsteen had previously joined the band to perform the same 1972 track when the Rolling Stones played in New Jersey in 2012 during their 50th anniversary tour.

The Lisbon show is part of the Rolling Stones’ 14 on Fire Tour, which paused in March after the death of Mick Jagger’s girlfriend and fashion designer L’Wren Scott. The tour resumed in Oslo’s Telenor Arena on Monday, May 26.

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‘Sons Of Anarchy’ Casts Marilyn Manson In Recurring Role

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manson FX drama “Sons of Anarchy” has cast musician Marilyn Manson in a recurring role for its upcoming seventh and final season.

Manson will play Ron Tully, an imprisoned white supremacist shot-caller who Jax uses to expand his power base.

“‘Sons’ has been such a big part of my life, as well as my father’s,” said Manson. “So I was determined to make him proud by being involved in what will probably be remembered as the most amazing piece of television cinema. After all, the very heart of ‘SOA’ is about that relationship. So, now all I need is a motorcycle.”

Manson has previously appeared on “Eastbound and Down” and lent his voice to “Once Upon a Time” last season.

Sons of Anarchy” returns to FX for its final season in September 2014.

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