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Review of ‘Bandslam’
Monday, August 17th, 2009

I’ve seen a lot of reviews or Bandslam floating around on the intertubes.  Usually, I read anything that has David Bowie’s name in it, just to see what it is about.  With this, however, I held out.  I didn’t want to read anything until my favorite movie review site had spoken.  Without further ado, the Pajiba review of Bandslam.  Given the fact that the tagline for the site is “Scathing Reviews for Bitchy People” and the fact that this movie is aimed squarely at the tween and teen audience, you can imagine how the review reads.  But, it is a hell of an entertaining review.  Check it out!

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Duncan Jones Talks About Moon on Science Friday
Saturday, July 25th, 2009

Yesterday afternoon as I was driving home from work, NPR merged two of my scientific loves – Science Friday (an old love) and Moon (a new love).  I’ve been avoiding most of the interviews with Duncan so I don’t read the spoilers, but I couldn’t resist this one.  It is available to listen to or download online at the Science Friday website.  Definitely give it a listen.  Duncan and the fill-in host Paul Raeburn discuss not just the movie, but a possible realistic future of space travel.

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Helensburgh Heroes Record Cover of “Heroes”
Tuesday, July 21st, 2009

I know, I know, again with the covers. But I’m a sucker for the charity covers. The Helensburgh Heroes of Helensburgh, Scotland have recorded a Live Aid-style cover of “Heroes” to raise awareness of the importance of the arts in their community and raise money for a local arts center. The recording features a chorus of 70 fingers aged seventy to eighty years old and 12 lead vocalists, all of whom have volunteered their time for their worthy cause. Supporters, fans, and the generally curious that are unable to attend the live event can download a copy online starting August 1. Of course, we’ll feature a link for easy shopping.  The video is below:

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Ziggy Stardust Application on iTunes
Sunday, July 12th, 2009

For all of the David Bowie fans that can’t leave the house without carrying around pictures of their musical hero (that would be me, I made my own Bowie wallpapers for my iPhone), there is now a Ziggy Stardust application for download on iTunes. The application features high-quality versions of Mick Rock’s famous pictures of Bowie in all his Ziggy Stardust glory. So, for just a few bucks you can whip out your iPhone and look at picture of Ziggy anytime you get the urge. I’ve got the application of page 2 of my iPhone. Oh yeeaaahhh.

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Space Oddity Single Re-Release and Remix
Tuesday, July 7th, 2009

Space Oddity 40th Year Anniversary EP

On July 20th, 1969, Neil Armstrong stepped through the door of his tin can and set foot on the moon. BBC coverage of the lunar landing was backed by a song called Space Oddity by an upcoming artist, David Bowie. Inspired partially by the Stanley Kubrick movie 2001: A Space Odyssey, the song helped launch Bowie’s career and later won an Ivor Novello award.

Now, 40 years later, David Bowie will be re-releasing a special version of the Space Oddity EP to commemorate the event. The EP will include four version of the song, along with eight stems or multi-tracks which will allow creative fans to remix the tune on their computer or with the iPhone application, iKlax.

No word yet if the remix opportunity will be rolled into a contest, but it’s a safe assumption. Back in July of 2004, fans were invited to create their own mashup of a Reality track and a Bowie hit as a part of Audi’s Never Follow ad campaign. The grand prize winner received a 2004 Audi TT Coupe.

The tracklist for the Space Oddity 40th Anniversary Digital EP follows.

Space Oddity (original UK mono single edit)
Space Oddity (US mono single edit)
Space Oddity (US stereo single edit)
Space Oddity (1979 re-record)

Space Oddity (Bass and Drums)
Space Oddity (Strings)
Space Oddity (Acoustic Guitar)
Space Oddity (Mellotron)
Space Oddity (Backing Vocal, Flute and Cellos)
Space Oddity (Stylohone and Guitar)
Space Oddity (Lead Vocal)
Space Oddity (Main Backing Vocal Including Countdown)

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Moon Wins Top Award at Edinburgh Film Festival
Sunday, July 5th, 2009

Moon, the first film by David Bowie’s son Duncan Jones, won the top award at the Edinburgh International Film Festival.  The Michael Powell Award for Best New British Feature Film is the highest award a film can garner from the jury at the EIFF.  In the citation on the awards the Jury states, “We award Moon for its singular vision and remarkably assured direction as well as for the inspired manner in which it transcends genre. The central performance by Sam Rockwell embodies the film’s emotional complexity and compelling philosophical perspective.”

We here at CrackedActor are very happy for Duncan Jones.  This award, as well as the immense amount of critical praise, is a remarkable accomplishment for a first-time director.  I hope this latest award increases the chance that Sony will allow a nation-wide release of Moon.

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Rock is to Hip Hop as David Bowie is to Kanye West…Wait, What?
Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

The Crawdaddy! Magazine website featured an article in May (sorry, late on this one) comparing David Bowie and Kanye West. I don’t know a whole lot, or anything at all, about Kanye except for the fact that he loves the Caps Lock key but the article is an entertaining and thought-provoking read. In fact, I think I might have to check out 808s and Heartbreak.

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Moon is Now Playing
Thursday, June 18th, 2009

The first film written and directed by David Bowie’s son Duncan Jones, Moon, is now playing in New York and Los Angeles.  It has garnered a lot of favorable critical reviews, no naturally the Webmaster and I (and all other Bowie and potential Duncan Jones fans) are eager for it to be released nationwide.  I could link you to a million favorable reviews, but instead I’m going to link you to what I think is the best one, on my favorite movie review site Pajiba.  Without further ado, the review of Moon.  Find showtimes in your area by visiting Yahoo! Movies*.

*I don’t get paid by Yahoo! or anything like that, it’s just an easy site to navigate.

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Moon at the Edinburgh Film Festival
Monday, June 8th, 2009

Duncan Jones’ debut flick Moon has been garnering a lot of favorable critical reviews lately.  The latest in the line up of festivals to showcase Moon is the Edinburgh Film Festival.  The dates are as follows:

Saturday, June 20, 2009 – 9:00 pm at the Cameo 1
Tuesday, June 23, 2009 – 9:15 pm at the Cameo 1

Tickets will be available for £8.50 and £7.50.  For more information on the Edinburgh International Film Festival visit their homepage; directions to the venue are available on the Cameo section of the site.

I always want to go back to Edinburgh, but now I really want to go so I can attend the festival!

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VH1 Storytellers DVD to be Released
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009

On July 14, Virgin/EMI will release the David Bowie: VH1 Storytellers episode on CD/DVD.  As with any interview with Bowie, he gives a lively recounting of important points of his life and a super performance of new and classic favorites.  This is one that the Webmaster and I will definitely add to our collection.  In fact, I’ll probably visit my local independent music store a few days before and ask them to put one on order for us if they’re not planning to stock it.  And if they’re not planning to stock it, then I will convince them to do so.

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