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Iggy Pop Collaborates with Danger Mouse on a Tune for TWC’s Matthew McConaughey Film, ‘Gold’


Iggy Pop and Danger Mouse have collaborated on a song for Gold, a Matthew McConaughey film to be released by TWC-Dimension in late January.

The new Iggy Pop-Danger Mouse song is not featured in the two-minute theatrical trailer to the film, instead the Styx song, “Renegade” is used.

Pop continues to creatively collaborate with a range of artists, most of them younger than the “Grandfather of Punk.”  It’s a good strategy, as more and more artists push to stay relevant in an industry that is ever more challenging financially for musicians.

Pop is coming off a successful worldwide tour with Josh Homme in support of Post Pop Depression.

See ‘Iggy Pop At The Greek’ in CaliforniaRocker.com

Gold features a bald-headed McConnaughey as a semi-sleazy financial trader who chases a scheme to get gold in the mountains of Indonesia. It’s slated for a late January release — buried between the holiday seasons. The trailer indicates a Christmas release.

The film’s director Stephen Gaghan and composer Daniel Pemberton also worked with Pop and Danger Mouse on the song.

McConaughey starred in the 2016 releases Free State of Jones, and as a voice character in the successful 3D animated film, Kubo and The Two Strings.

As ‘Compton’ Retains B.O. Reign, Aldis Hodge Talks Role as Rapper M.C. Ren

By DONNA BALANCIA — Aldis Hodge says it’s the family bond that has enabled the successful careers of he and his brother, Edwin, for the last 25 years.

Aldis, who plays M.C. Ren in Straight Outta Compton, and his older brother were on hand at a recent premiere. Aldis spoke to CaliforniaRocker.com about work, family and the N.W.A.

Straight Outta Compton opened to $60 million in its debut and topped the box office again last weekend with an additional take of $27 million for a cumulative total of $111.4 million.

Hodge told CaliforniaRocker.com he’s excited about his latest project, Straight Outta Compton, the box office topper that tells the story of the rise of the N.W.A., considered one of the most influential rap groups, and considered instrumental in the Gangsta Rap genre.

“We grew up back East and we spent a lot of time here, too,” said Hodge, 28.  “We’ve been acting since we were very young, and we’re very fortunate to be working.”

Hodge said Straight Outta Compton, directed by F. Gary Gray, will help present the Gangsta Rap movement in a different light.

“You’re going to enjoy this film,” he said. “It’s more than a story about the music. It covers M.C. Ren’s life from the time he was young to present day.”

Keith Stanfield plays Snoop Dog, O’Shea Jackson Jr. plays Ice Cube, Jason Mitchell plays Easy-E and Corey Hawkins plays Dr. Dre.

“I think this film will get people to understand more about N.W.A.  MC Ren didn’t do drugs, and the N.W.A. were really about getting their music heard,” Hodge said. “But they did get wild, partying and all.  It’s pretty wild.”

The last screening of the film that Hodge saw ran close to 2.5 hours, he said.

Universal Pictures should be applauded not only to tackle some diverse and risky subject matter but also in keeping the production in Los Angeles.  Judging by the immense size of cast and crew this was no inexpensive proposition.

“The film was shot right here in L.A.,” Hodge said, “that made it authentic and it was convenient to get to work.”

As for his cast mates, he enjoyed working with them all but had some special words for Paul Giamatti, who plays Jerry Heller.

“He plays our manager, he’s just a monster in this,” Hodge said. “He gives an unbelievable performance.”

While sometimes it seems like it’s all a fabulous dream, Hodge is realistic about his work.

“You have to be prepared for the good times and the slow times also,” he said. “It’s all about family and we have good family around us, so we’re all right.”

Ed. note – This article was originally published on March 11, 2015 in CaliforniaRocker.com.

Road Trips, Drug Trips, New York Icons Highlight TriBeCa Film Fest 2015

The music of Them Guns is featured in Melanie Shaw's girl buddy pic "Shut Up And Drive" - photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

The music of Them Guns is featured in Melanie Shaw’s girl buddy pic “Shut Up And Drive” – photo © 2015 Donna Balancia

Documentaries about Saturday Night Live, Kurt Cobain and a girl buddy pic that features the music of the band Them Guns, highlight the TriBeCa Film Festival 2015.

TriBeCa Film Fest runs today through April 26.   Here is a FILM GUIDE

— In “Live From New York!” Filmmaker Bao Nguyen traces New York’s evolution through the development of the show Saturday Night Live in his documentary. “Live From New York!” is the festival opener. The doc features interviews with Tina Fey, Chevy Chase and Chris Rock.

— Produced by Cobain’s daughter, Frances Bean, “Montage of Heck” tells the story of Cobain’s rise from his Olympia, Wash., roots to his rock superstar status as frontman of Nirvana.

— “Shut Up And Drive” was directed by Melanie Shaw, who said the road trip pic was based on a real-life adventure of her friends. The filmmaker told IndieWire that her influences come from her friends. In addition to the idea for the story, Shaw even used some of the songs created by her pals, the band Them Guns.

“Melanie directed our ‘Lost Boys’ video, and put a few of our songs in it and we are really excited about it,” said Them Guns bassist, Chuck Holiday.  Them Guns will play the “Shut Up and Drive” after-party Thursday night at 10:30 p.m. at Santos Party House in TriBeCa.

Other music-based films of note include:

“As I Am: The Life and Times of DJAM,” and “Orion: The Man Who Would Be King,” about Jimmy “Orion” Ellis.

Read more here at IndieWire and RollingStone.com for details.