Archive for February, 2008
Bowie Contributes to Scarlett Johansson’s Upcoming Album
Sunday, February 17th, 2008

Starlet Scarlett Johanson (or ScarJo, as she is affectionately called by the Fug Girls) has cut an album of Tom Waits covers with Dave Sitek of TV on the Radio that is due out on May 20, 2008. The collaboration between Johansson and Bowie started when the two ran into each other at a party a few days before Johansson started recording. According to Rolling Stone, Bowie said he heard that she was working with Sitek. She told him that she indeed was and considered inviting him to visit her in the recording studio. Bowie didn’t stop by during ScarJo’s recording but while she was filming on location in Spain, Sitek called to tell her Bowie had recorded vocals for the tracks “Falling Down” and “Fannin’ Street.”

Other guests on the album include Nick Zinner of the Yeah Yeah Yeahs on guitar. I’m a little skeptical of the album itself because I’ve heard Johansson sing and while she’s not horrible, she’s not spectacular. Maybe the thinness of her voice is due to the poor sound quality, but I’m still not convinced she’s a great singer. Of course I’m still going to get the album and give myself a chance to like it because Bowie is featured and I kind of like Johansson but also because she apparently has cool taste in music. I mean, an album of Tom Waits covers? That is cool.

The track listing of the upcoming album:

1. “Fawn”
2. “Town With No Cheer”
3. “Falling Down” (feat. David Bowie)
4. “Anywhere I Lay My Head”
5. “Fannin’ Street” (feat. David Bowie)
6. “Song for Jo” (original song)
7. “Green Grass”
8. “I Wish I Was in New Orleans”
9. “I Don’t Want to Grow Up”
10. “No One Knows I’m Gone”
11. “Who Are You?”

Update: Bowie commented on his contribution to ScarJo’s upcoming album on today’s BowieNews.  He also essentially said her vocals are pretty cool.  As far as recommending artists that I like, he’s got a pretty good track record so I’m looking forward to hearing her sing a bit more now.

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Zowie Heads to the Moon
Friday, February 15th, 2008

I’m a Bowie freak. And a sci-fi geek. So what is the next best thing to having David Bowie direct (or star in) a sci-fi movie? Having his son direct it! It’s doubtful that he’ll be credited as Zowie Bowie but nevertheless Duncan Jones is directing Moon. Due out in 2009, Moon tells the story of an astronaut stranded on the moon for three years and stars Sam Rockwell as the marooned astronaut. After Rockwell’s performance as Charley Ford in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, I am really looking forward to this movie. Okay, and Rockwell’s skills aside I’m also dying to see the directorial debut of Bowie’s son…..and whether or not the main character will be named Major Tom.  What is it with the Bowie/Jones family’s fixation on abandoned space travelers, anyway?

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“Will” Bowie Join the Cast of An Upcoming Musical?
Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

According to Reuters, Bowie is considering joining Lisa Kudrow and Liam Aiken in the cast for the upcoming movie “Will.” The movie is a musical dramedy about a popular high-school girl and her outcast classmate who form a rock band for their schools battle of the bands. If it turns out to be true and not sheer rumor like Bowie appearing in Doctor Who then I’ll upgrade this post from the Rumors, Lies, Stories They Made Up section to the News section. I hope it’s true though – how awesome would it be for Bowie to sing and dance in a new movie! Sadly, I don’t think he’ll put the Labyrinth tights back on, but I’ll be happy with singing and dancing.

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A Picture for Posterity
Tuesday, February 5th, 2008

Here is a picture for every Bowie fan’s gallery:


Bowie with Heath Ledger, Charlize Theron, and Naomi Watts in 2004. Rest in peace, Heath.

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EMI Troubles
Monday, February 4th, 2008

This is pure speculation and rumor among industry people, but the Bromley Times reports that some are wondering whether Bowie will give EMI Records the cold shoulder if they buy Chrysalis and by default own some of Bowie’s early works. Not sure why anyone would speculate about this or how Bowie could even snub them since he is already signed with Columbia Records. But whatever, if it happens you can say you heard it here.

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Comments from the Sundance Film Festival
Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

200px-augustposter.jpgI cannot wait to see August. In an interview with the New York Daily News, Bowie’s “August” co-star Andre Royo commented that Bowie took the time to learn his lines which made Royo and the rest of the cast “feel great because there’s someone iconic who’s taking it seriously. This is David Bowie. He could have said, ‘Listen, I don’t give a f-. I’m David Bowie. You didn’t cast me because I’m a thespian of the ages.'” (Incidentally, that makes me wonder if a lot of high-profile actors who do cameos don’t bother to learn their lines.) I know I’ve said before that I don’t think Bowie is the best actor, but he was amazing in “The Prestige” (and should have gotten an Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actor) so I hope he follows up that flawless performance with another.

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Page Six Sighting
Saturday, February 2nd, 2008

The people at Page Six for the New York Post spyed Bowie and Iman at Kara Walker’s exhibit earlier this month. If you are not familiar with Walker and her work, the you ought to check her out. I first heard of her when VOGUE wrote an article about her work. She’s known for dealing with race and gender in a larger-than-life fashion.

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