Thursday, November 22, 2007


Movies Rock, the Magazine

by Wayne Robins

This month 14 Condé Nast magazine's are going out to subscribers bundled with a supplement called Movies Rock, a stand-alone publication with a great cover shot of Bill Murray posing as Elvis, complete with "mutton-chopped equipped wig." The editor of the supplement is Mitch Glazer, who couldn't be a better fit for such a task. Mitch was an editor at Crawdaddy in the late 1970s and a regular writer for that magazine and Rolling Stone before Hollywood beckoned; he has been a screenwriter and producer for many years. One of the more fascinating vignettes in Movies Rock is a description of a meeting between Glazer, Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger at New York's Carlyle Hotel to discuss a Rolling Stones concert movie. Jagger sauntered into the room and sat down opposite Scorsese, Glazer and producer Steve Bing, who were in preassigned seats. Glazer writes, "I can't help but notice that Scorsese and I are staring into a blinding sunset...(Jagger's) face is completely in shadow, a total eclipse of the Mick." In the elevator just moments later, the three seem stunned, not the least Scorsese. This Oscar-winning filmmaker, after all, is a man of no small rank in the realms of movies and music, auteur of gangster epics from "Mean Streets" to "Goodfellas" and "Casino," all expertly punctuated by rock'n'roll, not to mention director of masterful music films from "The Last Waltz" to "Bob Dylan: No Direction Home." Jagger's Godfather-like control left Scorsese wondering aloud to Glazer and Bing: "Could you see his face? I couldn't see his face. Was he happy? Sad? Did he hate us? Could you tell? I don't know. I couldn't tell. I have no idea." It must have gone OK: The Scorsese-directed "Shine A Light," which was filmed at New York's Beacon Theater in fall 2006, will be released in 2008.

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