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|NFC News Nirvana song licensed for use in advertising
From the Australian Undercover: "Nirvana's Breed will be the first song from their catalogue to be used in advertising. Finance site Portfolio reports that Primary Wave [who acquired 25% of the rights to the Nirvana catalogue] have sold use of the track for an Austrian telecom ad, the videogame 'Major League Baseball 2K7', and the movie 'Shoot 'Em Up'." Read the full story here.
|Posted or updated: 10-29-2007 @ 11:37 PM (GMT) by RH.
|NFC News Pre-order Unplugged DVD now!
The DVD will contain previously unreleased footage from the rehearsals of these songs:
As stated earlier, the DVD will contain the complete show including Oh Me and Something In The Way which were omitted from the original broadcast, as well as various short jams.
The DVD will offer 2.0 Dolby Stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound. Aspect ratio: 1.33:1.
Finally, the DVD will contain MTV's "Bare Witness" documentary which goes behind the scenes on the Unplugged show, featuring interviews with the band, the MTV production staff and fans from the audience.
The performance first aired on MTV on December 14, 1993.
You can see the official DVD cover on the right. View larger version here.
The DVD is scheduled to be released November 19 in most of the world and November 20 in the US and Canada
Check out NFC's exclusive interview with Unplugged producer Alex Coletti here (from 2000)
|Posted or updated: 10-27-2007 @ 8:49 PM (GMT) by RH.
|NFC News James McAvoy to play Kurt in new movie?
"James McAvoy is being lined up to play late rock legend Kurt Cobain in a new movie.
The 'Atonement' star is hotly-tipped to portray the Nirvana frontman, who committed suicide in 1994, in a film about his life, which is due to be produced by Cobain's widow Courtney Love.
A source said, 'James is making a big impact in Hollywood at the moment. Hollywood bosses are convinced he is the perfect choice to play Kurt Cobain.'
The film will be largely based on Charles Cross' biography 'Heavier than Heaven'." Story courtesy of azcentral.com
|Posted or updated: 10-27-2007 @ 8:30 PM (GMT) by RH.
|NFC News Kurt Loder reviews "Kurt Cobain: About a Son"
Read Kurt Loder of MTV's review of the Kurt Cobain documentary here.
|Posted or updated: 10-20-2007 @ 7:41 PM (GMT) by RH.
|NFC News Official Cobain biopic to be produced
From The Hollywood Reporter: "David Benioff has signed on to pen the untitled Kurt Cobain project being developed by Working Title, Reveille Motion Pictures and Universal.
Many of the details of the biopic of the Nirvana frontman are still in early conception stages, so it is unclear what form the narrative would take and how Nirvana music will fit into it. Benioff will use as a reference the 2001 book Heavier Than Heaven, by Charles Cross, which the production recently acquired.
Also unclear is whether Courtney Love, Cobain’s widow, would appear onscreen. Love is on board as executive producer, along with Howard Weitzman, who at one time was vice chairman of Universal Studios and now is an attorney who reps Love.
Working Title’s Eric Fellner and Tim Bevan and Reveille’s Ben Silverman and Graham Larson are on board to produce."
Benioff wrote the upcoming Marc Forster drama “The Kite Runner,” as well as “Troy” and “25th Hour,” which was based on his own novel. His upcoming credits include “Wolverine” and “Brothers.”
Story courtesy of The Hollywood Reporter.
Some additional info from Variety: "The producers and studio would not address whether they had locked down music rights, or the nature of the story they are trying to tell."
|Posted or updated: 10-20-2007 @ 7:21 PM (GMT) by RH.
|NFC News Review of "Nirvana at Reading Festival" DVD
A commercial DVD of Nirvana's 1992 performance at the Reading Festival was released throughout Europe last month. It is important to stress that this is an unauthorized DVD and not in any way an official release by Nirvana's record label.
The DVD, released by the obscure German company masterplan, contains an unreleased professional recording of the Nirvana performance from August 30, 1992. The recording first started circulating online in January 2005. The original source has a timecode stamp in the bottom of the screen at all times. On this commercial DVD, the timecode has been obscured by a box with the respective song titles inside.
While the original source is 102 minutes long and contains the complete show, the masterplan DVD release is some ten minutes shorter and omits the opening intro as well as the first song, Breed.
In most countries, this particular DVD would most likely be considered illegal and consequently it can be a challenge to find stores that will sell it, although it is possible. Apparently a loophole in British legislation makes it difficult to crack down on these types of DVDs.
The popular online store play.com for example has been selling the DVD, although it is currently out of stock (and will probably remain so). I was personally able to obtain it from the German branch of amazon.com's marketplace. masterplan also has a DVD out, "Talk To Me", which is essentially a reproduction of the DVD from With The Lights Out in inferior quality.
Aside from the questionable nature of the DVDs legality it is a good, high-quality recording of perhaps Nirvana's best concert performance. However, since the DVD is incomplete as mentioned before (and not as good quality as the source leaked online), one would probably want to wait for an official release with better picture and especially audio quality. There's indeed a very high probability that the next item in line for an official release is in fact this show. Look for it out on DVD in late 2008.
For now, a few more details on this unofficial and unauthorized release:
Title: Nirvana / At Reading Festival
Released by: masterplan ©2007
Runtime: 93 minutes
Bonus material: None
Audio: 2.0 Stereo
Cover art: Sleeve - DVD menu - Screenshot #1, #2, #3 and #4.
|Posted or updated: 10-19-2007 @ 1:11 PM (GMT) by RH.
|NFC News Major website update
We apologize that it has taken so long, but the NFC website as a whole was finally updated today with some updated and new content. Indeed, aside from news, the site hasn't had a lot of updates over the past couple of years. Hopefully today's update will help make up for the loss. Thanks to everyone who stuck by the website and those who visit regularly. Here's a brief rundown of the updates:
More updates will be done in the coming months.
|Posted or updated: 10-13-2007 @ 4:51 PM (GMT) by RH.
|NFC News Every issue of Rolling Stone to be available digitally
Bondi Digital Publishing's Cover to Cover series Rolling Stone: The First 40 Years and Playboy: The 50s will be on sale beginning November 2 in bookstores and all major retail outlets across the country.
These fully searchable DVD-ROM box sets from Bondi Digital Publishing bring the past back to life with two of the most popular and venerable publications of our time. Consumers can now log onto www.covertocover.com to place pre-sale orders and watch a sneak preview of both DVD-ROMs.
Individually scanned page-by-page, past issues of Rolling Stone and Playboy are combined with the Bondi Reader, a groundbreaking and user-friendly magazine browser that is compatible with both Mac and PC.
In addition, the unique companion coffee table book included with each box set is filled with one-of-a-kind previously unpublished material, allowing users to complement their digital experience with a hands-on look at behind-the-scenes accounts and editor-selected highlights.
The Rolling Stone Cover to Cover: The First 40 Years release coincides with the iconic rock-and-roll magazine’s 40th anniversary and marks the first time its history will be available in digital archive form. The Cover to Cover box set includes three DVD-ROM disks and one Install DVD-ROM disk, with 98,000 pages of content from issues 1 through 1,025/1,026 in their entirety, and a 208-page companion coffee table book. Also included is a no-strings-attached one year bonus subscription to the magazine (a $12.95 value).
About Rolling Stone Cover to Cover: The First 40 Years
Bondi Digital Publishing, distributed by Perseus Distribution
$125 U.S./$150 Canada
Available November 2007
The issues will, of course, include the legendary Nirvana covers such as no. 628 (April 1992), no. 674 (Jan. 1994).
|Posted or updated: 10-13-2007 @ 10:45 AM (GMT) by RH.
|NFC News Nirvana Unplugged DVD - press release
Universal Music Enterprises have published a press release concerning the upcoming DVD:
"Never Before Released on Video, Nirvana's Legendary Unplugged In New York Available on DVD November 20
SANTA MONICA, CA--(Marketwire - October 4, 2007) - Outside of limited television airings, Nirvana's landmark November 18, 1993 performance on MTV Unplugged has never before been released on video... until now.
The DVD Unplugged In New York (Geffen/MTV Networks/UMe), set for release on November 20, 2007, features the complete, unedited 66-minute concert (including stage patter and two songs not aired on the original 44-minute broadcast) in both Dolby Stereo and 5.1 Surround Sound. Also included is previously unreleased rehearsal and documentary footage."
The story is also spreading around the media now: Billboard, Undercover Music News, Dotmusic and NME.
|Posted or updated: 10-05-2007 @ 1:18 PM (GMT) by RH.
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