Fila Vintage White Line film with Danny Dyer, Tamer Hassan (video) + EXCLUSIVE interview

Danny Dyer

There’s a short online – viral – film that has been making the rounds the last few weeks. The Fila Vintage White Line film features British actors Danny Dyer and Tamer Hassan and can be found around the net on sites like YouTube, Bebo, various blogs and now Band Weblogs …

Danny Dyer

There’s a short online – viral – film that has been making the rounds the last few weeks. The Fila Vintage White Line film features British actors Danny Dyer and Tamer Hassan and can be found around the net on sites like YouTube, Bebo, various blogs and now Band Weblogs.

Tamer Hassan

Danny Dyer has been in quite a few movies that I really like, such as Human Traffic, The Trench and The Football Factory, which also stars Tamer Hassan. The Fila Vintage White Line film has that Football Factory feel to it, as well as British gangster, which Danny and Tamer handle perfectly in their starring roles.

It’s interesting to see that they’ve taken the time out to be involved with an innovative viral film for Fila, for their “Worn Again ‘Centre Court’ trainers – Summer 08 Fila collection”, and the film is only featured online.

More information about the film:

Rooted in the British gangster film genre, cult actors and faces of Fila, Danny Dyer and Tamer Hassan, play two South London hitmen who are summoned for a job to see the big boss.

They are ordered to find two Italian culprits and beat them up accordingly. The film ensues with both Danny and Tamer dishing out the punishment, revealing the final twist at the end of the film…

Produced by Red Bee Media and directed by Marcus Jones, the short film was shot at The George Tavern in East London. The viral film will also be entered into a variety of industry short film festivals. The film supports a key Vintage style within their most comprehensive collection to date and is a testament to Fila’s firm grasp on everything retro.

Watch Fila Vintage White Line film (video) with Danny Dyer and Tamer Hassan:

The Fila Vintage White Line Film Interview

Mark Travis, Marketing Manager at Fila UK was kind enough to answer a few questions that I had about the film.

Jenny May: Why did you choose to shoot the film at The George Tavern in East London?

Mark Travis: Red Bee Media (the production company who created the film) found this on their location visit and it fit perfectly with the treatment of the film-gangster genre. The first scene was going to be filmed in a seedy nightclub setting (ideally with a 70s edge) when Danny and Tamer go to see the big boss and the George had a brilliant back room with a disco floor. It was a perfect first location.

Which industry short film festivals has the Fila Vintage White Line film been entered into?

It has been entered into BEFILM The Underground Film Festival in New York which is the first viral film festival.

This is quite innovative to go viral with the film. Any plans on making a version for TV?

No, this was a purely online campaign which Fila wanted to do to capture their key audience who are looking to the internet for most of their inspiration and entertainment.

What are some of your thoughts on viral video?

I think they are becoming really important to gain cut through with a young edgy audience who are becoming more discerning and not so easily led by in your face advertising. Marketing to this audience is becoming more about creativity and subtlety which is what I think virals do very well.

How was it decided that Danny Dyer and Tamer Hassan would star in the film?

We had already decided to sign them on as the faces of the Fila brand in the UK so it made sense to play with their gangster reputations and make a short film incorporating some new Fila product in a clever way.

How long did it take to shoot?

1 day.

Who’s behind the concept? How did they come up with the idea?

Frank PR came up with the idea of producing a viral with Danny and Tamer beating up the new Centre Court pre distressed trainers in humorous ways. We then got Red Bee on board who flushed out the full treatment and brought together the look and feel of the film including script/storyboards etc.

Who are the musicians (artists) involved with the music?

It was all library music from Extreme and KPM including:

From Extreme (020 7485 0111)
Elektrochrome (1′ 23″)
Pain Damage (20″)
Hell Bent (45″)
Creative Crack (18″)
Judge Dead (1′ 53″)

From KPM (020 3059 3000):
Gravity (41″)

Tamer Hassan and Danny Dyer - Fila

For more information:

Frank PR

Red Bee Media

Fila

Tamer Hassan Official Website

Danny Dyer Official Website

By: Jenny May – BandWeblogs.com

She & Him (Zooey Deschanel, M. Ward) Volume 1 album review

She & Him - Volume One

Whilst Scarlett Johannson has been appearing on the cover of the NME and making videos …

She & Him - Volume One

Whilst Scarlett Johannson has been appearing on the cover of the NME and making videos featuring Salman Rushdie as she sings along to Tom Waits songs, another young Hollywood actress has also been making waves in the music world – albeit quietly, and, it must be said, more proficiently.

I refer to Zooey Deschanel, star of movies including The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, Almost Famous and the forthcoming The Happening. Deschanel has sung in a few of her movies, most recently as the cabaret artist in The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, and also in Will Ferrell’s ‘comedy (ahem)’ Elf. She demonstrated she possessed a clear, character-rich voice which could knock the socks of more established ‘singers’ and was itching to be recorded.

For her first Long Player Deschanel has joined forces with alt-country musician M. Ward to form She & Him. So far, so cool. The result does not disappoint. The pair are nigh on pitch perfect for this venture into the world of classic pop/rock, effortlessly blending the sounds of sixties girl groups and Dusty Springfield. Volume 1’s third track “This is Not a Test” is the most obvious fusion of these styles and is retro without sounding camp, which just about sums up the entire album.

Other highlights include “Why Do You Let Me Stay Here?”, which as Rolling Stone rightly pointed out, finds Deschanel sounding incredibly like Carly Simon. It seems her voice is a diverse performer, channelling a variety of styles and coping well with the challenge. “I Was Made For You” is full of catchy choruses and “dum dum de dah” harmonies; an enjoyable Grease-style pop song which you can easily imagine Deschanel donning a prom dress for as she struts her stuff in a fifties musical.

Just to add to the praise, with the exception of the covers, all songs were written by Zooey Deschanel and instantly etch themselves on your brain, charming you from the very first listen. Fellow actor Jason Schwartzmann co-wrote the short ditty “Sweet Darlin'” which only makes me love him that bit more. Complete with hand claps and rolling drums, “Sweet Darlin'” has the feel of vintage soft rock – I’m thinking Fleetwood Mac for today’s indie hipsters.

M. Ward proves a credible and well chosen musical partner. His production ensures that the album sounds as though unearthed from a time capsule, traversing the fifties through to the early seventies without missing a beat. Deschanel’s cool credentials, already pretty high, are only bolstered by his involvement. Ward has worked with fellow folksters Bright Eyes, Beth Orton and Cat Power, as well as having co-produced Jenny Lewis’s “Rabbit Fur Coat”. There are moments on Volume 1 which are reminiscent of Lewis’s album; but this effort has a much more upfront pop feel – it feels younger in spirit somehow.

It’s telling that the weaker tracks are the covers, which include a cover of The Beatles’ “I Should Have Known Better”, accompanied by luau-style guitars and bongos, and Smokey Robinson’s “You Really Got A Hold On Me”. The duo just about get away with it – but the songs lack the spark you hear elsewhere on the album and are perilously close to being twee minus the charm of the other tracks.

So. Zooey Deschanel. Indie movie star pin up who can also cut it in front of a mike. You’d want to hate her if she weren’t so damn good. Forget the hype around Scarlett Johannson’s take on Tom Waits – Zooey Deschanel is the real deal.

She & Him – Volume One on amazon.com

Volume One on amazon.co.uk

Zooey Deschanel on IMDb

She & Him Myspace
She & Him Official Website

By: Lindsey Davis

Billy Morrison interview

Billy Morrison - Show

Billy Morrison has, in some ways, been a part of my inspiration for the spirit behind BandWeblogs.com. The idea of reading blogs written by musicians who are so open about their musical and sometimes personal lives is intriguing. To then combine rock music…Read the exclusive interview! […]

Billy Morrison - Show

Billy Morrison has, in some ways, been a part of my inspiration for the spirit behind BandWeblogs.com. The idea of reading blogs written by musicians who are so open about their musical and sometimes personal lives is intriguing. To then combine rock music and all the goings on – which is easily accessible via Billy Morrison’s blog along with his video blogs, band updates, swimming with sharks adventures, photos and more, for me is the perfect recipe for getting to know the musician behind the music – without the sometimes biased “middle man”.

Circus Diablo and Camp Freddy are Billy’s current bands – each with a line-up of musicians who most rock fans would be familiar with. Circus Diablo recently released their video for “Loaded” – which at one point landed at #1 music video on YouTube. Their next gig is opening up at the Velvet Revolver and Alice In Chains show on October 26th, 2007 at the Verizon Amphitheater in Irvine, CA.

Billy Morrison has been busy – he’s toured with The Cult, has been acting in movies, playing in bands, songwriting, DJing and of course keeping an active blog and podcast.

He’s now in the hot seat, for an interview with BandWeblogs.com
By: Jenny May

Jenny May: The Circus Diablo “Loaded” video made number one music video on YouTube, which is great to see with a rock band. When will you be filming your next video? Will there be another uncensored version like with “Loaded”?

Billy Morrison: Actually there are some plans right now to finish a solo song that has been around for a while now and do a video for it in conjunction with the movie I just finished, called Basement Jack. And yes, it would be a similar ‘Adult’ and ‘PG’ version scenario. The movie was so much fun, and the director asked if I would do a video for a song that was going to be in the movie. So it just kinda came on to my radar like that. Should be shooting that one soon. Fans of my work in my last band, Doheny, will recognize the song!!

What was it like being on the road for Ozzfest with Circus Diablo? How did it go?

Ozzfest was fantastic fun. The whole ‘free’ thing brought a new element to an already established festival and it was, as always, a family affair. BBQ’s in the parking lot when all the fans had left. Bands getting drunk and partying together. Charles, our drummer, knew EVERYONE on the second stage within a day!! He’s the social animal and we would be hosting poker games outside our bus whenever we didn’t have to leave the venue straight away!! The gigs were great and Diablo was welcomed with open arms everywhere. A great experience. Thanks Sharon and Ozzy for having us be a part of it!!

Was LA the first place that you moved to in the States from England? How did you adjust to your new surroundings?

Yes. Los Angeles has always felt like home to me anyway, and by the time I really moved here for good, I had been coming here for so long that I knew the city like the back of my hand anyway. Since then, of course, I have pretty much been all over the States – I have visited nearly every state now. Alaska may be the only state I haven’t seen yet.

Billy Morrison

What have been some of your favorite gigs to attend – either in the US or England?

Attending shows is a good pastime if you love the band. If they suck, I can’t stand being at a show!! I’ll leave after three songs even if I dig the band! So its gotta be pretty good for me to stay the whole set. I don’t mean that in an arrogant way, but between attending shows, and playing shows as part of my job, I must have seen thousands of gigs!! So the really special ones are the ones that stand out. Nine Inch Nails in Las Vegas AND Nine Inch Nails at Universal Amphitheater with Janes Addiction opening. The Sex Pistols at Finsbury Park. The Wildhearts in London. Oasis at Wembley Stadium ……my list is long and varied!

My first and one of my best live music experiences was at a Guns N’ Roses concert. Occasionally, Slash will sit in with Camp Freddy. What is the best thing about playing music with Slash?

Slash is a modern day icon of the guitar. Anyone who gets to watch him up close is experiencing a true guitar hero at work. Getting to stand next to him on stage and play with him is kinda like the ultimate guitar jam – its f**ing amazing! I have been lucky enough to jam covers with him, AND participate in a bunch of Guns And Roses songs with him as well. You kinda stress when thats going down cos you REALLY don’t wanna f**k that up when he’s right next to you!! But thinking about it, Slash is SO loud onstage that he wouldn’t hear the mistakes anyway!!

Camp Freddy has had numerous guest musicians sit in with them. Who would you really want to play live music with, as a guest with Camp Freddy that hasn’t yet?

As always (and I get asked this a lot!!), my choices would be Iggy Pop, David Bowie and Madonna.

It’s interesting that both you and your fellow Camp Freddy band-mate Dave Navarro (Director: Broken) are involved in movie projects. Your most recent film, a horror, is Evilution. What was it like on the set?

My most recent film was actually Basement Jack!! But with that said, being on set is like being backstage at a show. LOTS of waiting around, getting ready, doing make up, shooting the shit with all the crew etc. And then suddenly someone shouts “ACTION!!” and you turn yourself into someone else for a short time. Then you’re done and you go back to goofing around and drinking tons of coffee!! The set of Basement Jack was just such a cool place – real family atmosphere and all the actors and the crew were so nice and friendly. I was made to feel right at home from day one.

How many movies have you acted in and what were they? What were the genres?

I have done three feature length movies so far, Tripping Forward (a black comedy), Evilution (horror) and Basement Jack (a slasher/thriller).

Which genre do you prefer to act in?

I am still so new at all this, so I haven’t begun to experience all the genres ……. although I REALLY fancy doing a big blockbuster action film, with lots of stuff blowing up and running around like a kid shooting at shit!

Do you want to continue acting? Direct at some point?

I already have another movie lined up for January, and yes I would LOVE to direct at some point. I just know I have TONS more to learn first, so I just want to continue acting for now, and watching quietly at how movies are actually put together from that side of the camera. Eventually I’ll switch sides and see what kind of a mess I make at actually visualizing one myself!

What are your favorite horror films?

I am a big fan of the new breed of horror movie. The Rob Zombie films (House Of 1000 Corpses, Devils Rejects) – the SAW movies, Hostel…that kind of sick, twisted horror. Also the OG stuff like The Exorcist and The Texas Chainsaw will always excite. The Grudge was also a great movie.

What platforms has your music appeared on (like movies, video games etc.)? Any projects planned at the moment?

I am lucky enough to have had songs on many different platforms. Movies, TV, Radio……not sure about video games. But I do have plans to release a song and video that will tie in with the last movie I just made. The song is called Evergreen and the director of the movie will be directing the video.

How did you get into blogging?

I found it through being a general, all purpose fan of the internet. Dave Navarro has been a great inspiration to me as well. He has been at the cutting edge of web based entertainment for a long while, and is a driving force for me and many others. I find my blog to be an honest and open expression of whatever I want to talk about. No misquoting, no opinion except my own, no misrepresentation. Its a true personal vision and thats the purest form of creativity.

Have you found that having a blog has been helpful for your music career and your fans?

I can see the potential for the Blog to cross over as a marketing and promotional tool. I couldn’t be 100% sure if mine has made a difference as I don’t really look at it in that way. I honestly try to be open and honest about my life, my endeavors and my fears, my successes and my failures, so that others can feel connected if they choose. The reason I write music is to try and connect with other people. The blog is just an extension of that desire to connect.

Do you prefer to blog or podcast?

I actually like both but the power of the written word is very strong. Good descriptive text can often convey WAY more than audio or video. Having said that, my site is full of it all, so I would say its all about balance!

You’re a guitar player (Camp Freddy), bass player (toured with The Cult) and now the frontman/singer in Circus Diablo. Which do you like doing the most and why?

I enjoy every single day that I get to do ANY of the above instead of working in a store or selling tee shirts at Camden Market in London (BOTH of which I have done!). I am blessed to be able to get by and pay the bills by being creative, so quite frankly they all appeal to me! But fronting Circus Diablo has been a very cathartic and enjoyable position. I think that singing, writing lyrics and connecting in that ‘frontman’ capacity has been the most fulfilling.

Do you have any memories that you would like to share from your days when you toured with The Cult?

Touring with The Cult was a great time for me – and playing all those songs that are, quite simply, rock classics was a fantastic experience. I always say that doing the main stage at Reading Festival was a memory that will stay with me, and also the homecoming show at Brixton Academy was a huge one for me too. Shopping in Tokyo with Astbury was an amusing couple of days as well.

Billy Morrison Tattoos

Any more tattoos planned? If so, what do you have in mind?

I don’t really plan the tattoos – they just seem to happen. I am sure that more ink is in my future although what and where, I have no idea!! My legs could do with some color so maybe I’ll start expanding around the japanese piece I have on my right leg. Or maybe I just start recoloring all my sleeves!! No idea, but I know that I’ll be sitting in that chair and hearing the familiar buzz soon.

You have an active blog, podcast, video blog, you DJ, write music, perform music, act. What next?!

Well, I cant say too much, but the term ‘writer/producer’ springs to mind. TV and Film are holding a special appeal with me at the moment so energy is being directed there. More Diablo shows as well (at the time of writing this, we are looking forward to opening for Velvet Revolver and Alice In Chains) and a solo song release with huge video attached to the movie I just finished, Basement Jack. And the Camp Freddy record is getting some much needed energy injected into it right now with plans to actually try to finish it!! More parties, more hosting, more more more (as Billy Idol once said!!).

For more information go to:

Billy Morrison’s Blog
Circus Diablo Official Website
Camp Freddy Official Website

Morada Vision Presents Hef’s Halloween Spooktacular On DVD

Hef's HalloweenVentura, CA–October 12, 2006— Most people know Hugh Hefner for his renowned publication Playboy. The famous publisher has more than one love in his life in addition to his spicy magazine. Hef’s other passion, horror films, is celebrated this and every year at Halloween. This year we can all put on our makeup and costumes and enjoy the colorful and ghoulish DVD from Morada Vision, titled Playboy Presents Hef’s Halloween Spooktacular.

Every year Hefner throws one of the biggest parties in the world at his mansion and people from all lifestyles show up for the event. The party has reached legendary proportions over the years. The haunted house show gets special treatment from designers that work in Hollywood’s special effects areas.

The DVD features clips from the actual party, behind the scenes production work with the producer of the event, and the lovely queen of the night Elvira hosting the show.
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