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FX’s Pistol: 10 Bands Who Deserve Their Own Show

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FX’s Pistol was released on streaming services in May of this year and told the turbulent story of the iconic English punk band, the Sex Pistols. The show’s compelling and creative retelling of the rise and fall of the Sex Pistols makes for a thoroughly enjoyable 6-part series for Pistols fans and non-fans alike.

With the show’s success, it wouldn’t be surprising to see further biographical series based on popular bands start appearing on streaming services, especially ones with multiple seasons worth of history. These bands from across the decades could and should get the Pistol treatment.

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Blur

Arguably the first word in Britpop, Blur has produced some absolute anthems popular not just in the UK but all over the world with songs like “Parklife” and “Song 2.”

The story of an outsider from Essex going on to form one of the most influential and popular bands of the 1990s would certainly be a riveting one, complete with the band’s history of chaotic parties and troubled relationships. The show could even touch on the famous “Britpop wars” with rival band Oasis.

Gorillaz

Gorillaz is a band like no other, being the collaborative effort of Blur frontman Damon Albarn, artist Jamie Hewlett and an endless stream of music artists from around the world. All of this is fronted by a cartoon band drawn by Hewlett and voiced by Albarn and his various collaborators.


An animated Gorillaz show is long overdue, utilizing the extensive lore of the fictional band members and the unique artistic style of Jamie Hewlett. However, an unexpected series detailing the real-life story of Albarn and Hewlett’s passion project turned global phenomenon could be equally entertaining.

Radiohead

Radiohead is one of the most influential and innovative bands of the past few decades. Members also have their own impressive solo careers with Johnny Greenwood acting as the composer for several Paul Thomas Anderson movies.

As such, there’s definitely a market for a series telling the origins of the beloved band, especially if it made good use of their music. On top of this, the band’s origins as a collection of eccentric, music-loving individuals would provide the series with a multitude of great stories surrounding the deeply interesting characters of Thom Yorke and Johnny Greenwood.


Oasis

Over the band’s 18-year career, Oasis, lead by the Gallagher brothers, has released some of the world’s most beloved songs with hits like “Wonderwall” and “Don’t Look Back in Anger.” However, the band has certainly had one of the more tumultuous histories in the music industry.

Not only were the Gallagher brothers at war with rival band Blur, but they were also at war with each other. The story of how a small Manchester band became one of the biggest in the world only to have the leading brothers despise each other a decade or so later would make for some truly great television.


Pulp

Sheffield band Pulp made the pages of music magazines and tabloids alike over its tenure, with one incident involving frontman Jarvis Cocker invading the stage during a Micheal Jackson performance.

The band’s eclectic mix of members and charismatic frontman would provide the perfect characters for a limited series that follows the northern band’s rise to fame and eventual breakup. Furthermore, Cocker has enough misadventures and achievements to warrant a TV series of his own, such as often working with the great Wes Anderson.

Death Grips

Perhaps one of the most popular and innovative experimental groups of this generation, Death Grips’ three members produce some of the most aggressive and indescribable tunes in popular music today.


The question of how such a band came to be, with their distinctly unique sound that combines punk with noise, is one music fans would love to have answered in a limited series exploring Death Grips’ origins. The journey of the trio from a mysterious group with a cult following to a worldwide boundary-pushing success is certainly one worth telling.

Nirvana

Nirvana has seen a new wave of popularity recently after one of their songs was featured in The Batman. With the band’s newfound fans, perhaps now is the best time for a TV show surrounding the famous band members.

The band’s somewhat short-lived existence would be perfect for a limited series, telling both the heart-warming story of the band’s success and the heart-breaking tale of Kurt Cobain’s eventual death. The show could even delve further into the past and explore Cobain’s time as a young homeless dropout or Dave Grohl’s time with the punk band Scream.

Fleetwood Mac

The British-American rock band Fleetwood Mac has produced some of the most beloved songs of the past century, having one of the best-selling albums of all time. Their mix of British and American influences makes their story a transatlantic epic for a television series.

With the band’s impressive and lengthy career, somewhat troubled lives, and various inter-band relationships, there’s no shortage of stories to be told surrounding this band and Fleetwood Mac fans would surely love to see these visualized within a series. What’s more, as she’s considered an icon today, fans would love to see Stevie Nicks bought to life on the small screen.

The Cranberries

Irish band The Cranberries has had a long, eventful career with a long list of popular, often politically-motivated tracks. They are one of the most successful alternative bands of the 90s with their song “Zombie” being a particular favorite. The song can be heard (rather controversially out-of-place) in the recent zombie movie Army of the Dead.

Today, The Cranberries get less attention than they should with their twenty-year history seeing controversy, riots, and, tragically, the death of lead singer Dolores O’Riordan. As such, their story is definitely one worth telling in a series complete with both highs and lows.


Arctic Monkeys

With more awards than one can count on two hands, Arctic Monkeys were giants of the 2000s and 2010s, boasting numerous great tracks that are still popular today. Their growth from a group of boys playing gigs for fun to releasing several number one albums would make for an excellent success story.

The band’s somewhat unconventional rise to fame through Myspace make their story a unique one, to begin with. Couple this with some charismatic members and a Sheffield setting and there can be a show that not only explores the band’s journey but a country at the start of a digital revolution.





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Jafar Panahi Goes on Hunger Strike to Protest Still Being in Jail After His Sentence Has Been Overturned

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Jafar Panahi has gone on a hunger strike to protest being still held in Tehran’s Evin prison even though Iran’s supreme court has overturned the conviction that led to the dissident director’s detention.

Panani has issued a statement from prison saying that to protest against the “illegal and inhumane” treatment by the Islamic Republic’s judiciary and security forces and their “hostage-taking” he will stop eating, drinking, and taking his medications until “maybe my lifeless body would be released from this prison.”

The statement announcing Panahi’s decision to go on a hunger strike was posted by Panahi’s wife Tahereh Saeedi and son Panah Panahi on their Instagram accounts.

Panahi, 62, is known globally for prizewinning works such as “The Circle,” “Offside,” “This is Not a Film,” “Taxi,” and most recently “No Bears,” winner of last year’s Venice’s Special Jury Prize. He was arrested last July in Tehran in the wake of the country’s conservative government crackdown. Panahi had been there to visit Tehran’s prosecutor’s office to follow up on the situation of fellow dissident filmmaker Mohammad Rasoulov, who had been incarcerated a few days earlier after signing an appeal against police violence.

Since his arrest, Panahi’s lawyers in October managed to successfully overturn the six-year sentence issued against the director in 2010 for “propaganda against the system,” in Iran’s highest court according to Panahi’s lawyer, Saleh Nikhbakht. That sentence has become obsolete due to the country’s 10-year statute of limitations and Panahi’s case has been sent to an Iranian court of appeals. But the directors’ wife and laywers say that Iranian security are now forcing the judiciary to keep him behind bars.

Rasoulov and Panahi’s imprisonment took place before the wave of protests sparked in September by the death of 22-year-old Mahsa Amini while she was held in custody for allegedly wearing a loose hijab. Those protests have caused more than 500 civilians to be killed by government security forces and more than 100 members of the Iranian film industry to be arrested or banned from making movies.

On Jan. 4, Iranian authorities released Taraneh Alidoosti, the star of Asghar Farhadi’s Oscar-winning film “The Salesman,” almost three weeks after she was jailed for criticizing a crackdown on the anti-government protests.



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Five Nights At Freddy’s Movie Finally Begins Filming With First BTS Image

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Jason Blum has officially confirmed that the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie has begun filming, posting a behind-the-scenes photo to Twitter.


The Five Nights at Freddy’s movie has finally begun filming after a long period in development limbo. A now-massive horror franchise, Five Nights at Freddy’s first began as a video game created by Scott Cawthon in 2014. The game was met with critical acclaim for bringing something new to the horror video game genre and would go on to spawn eight subsequent games, and dozens of spinoffs. The Five Nights at Freddy’s franchise has continued rapidly expanding since the first game’s release, and now includes several book series, comic books, board games, and merchandise. In July 2015, it was first announced that there were plans to create a Five Nights at Freddy’s film, with Blumhouse Productions announcing their involvement in 2018.

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After a years-long development period, the Five Nights at Freddy’s movie has officially begun filming, with a behind-the-scenes image posted to Jason Blum‘s Twitter account. Check out the post below:

The image, which is simply captioned “Day 1 #FNAF,” shows several monitors displaying camera footage of a clapboard that reads the film’s working title, Bad Cupcake. On one of the monitors, an action figure of Five Nights at Freddy’s: Security Breach‘s villain Vanny can be seen.


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Though it’s not yet clear if the film will follow the plot of any Five Nights at Freddy’s game in particular, the movie’s script and premise has changed several times since its 2015 announcement. In January 2017, after two years of development, Cawthon stated that the production was “back at square one” after setbacks and difficulties within the film industry. After Blumhouse signed on in 2018, the film was slated for a hopeful 2020 release. Later in August 2018, however, Cawthon announced that the script had been completely scrapped. Development on Five Nights at Freddy’s was largely silent throughout the pandemic, and only in 2022 did updates begin to come more regularly.

In August 2022, Blum posted teasers from Jim Henson’s Creature Shop, the company set to build the film’s animatronics. In December, it was announced that Matthew Lillard and Josh Hutcherson had been cast in unknown roles. It has been reported that Lillard will be playing William Afton, the major antagonist of the Five Nights at Freddy’s games, while Hutcherson will be playing Mike Schmidt, the overnight security guard that players take the role of in first game. However, there has been no official confirmation of these roles.

Since Blum released the first behind-the-scenes look at Five Nights at Freddy’s, it seems that the working title Bad Cupcake could be in reference to Chica’s cupcake, which appears in three of the games. The other question is if the Vanny action figure standing on top of the monitors could be a hint to Vanessa’s character appearing in the film, or if the character behind the clapboard on the monitors could be Lillard’s Afton. Though there are still plenty of questions surrounding the upcoming Five Nights at Freddy’s movie, at least there is finally forward movement on the project after spending years in development hell.

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James Mangold in Early Talks to Direct ‘Swamp Thing’ for DC Studios

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Plans have begun to formulate for James Gunn and Peter Safran’s slate of DC Studios films, with filmmaker James Mangold in early talks to take on “Swamp Thing.”

Sources tell Variety that Mangold is a longtime fan of the DC Comics supernatural hero and approached Gunn and Safran with his idea for the forthcoming project.

Of course, Mangold is a comic book veteran after writing, directing and executive producing the R-rated superhero movie “Logan,” the third “Wolverine” film starring Hugh Jackman, which is regarded as the pinnacle of the “X-Men” movie franchise. However, the filmmaker has a particularly busy dance card, with “Indiana Jones and the Dial of Destiny” set to hit theaters in May and Searchlight’s Bob Dylan biopic “A Complete Unknown,” starring Timothée Chalamet, up next.

News of Mangold’s interest in “Swamp Thing” comes just 24 hours after Gunn and Safran announced the first 10 film and TV titles within the rebooted DC Universe on Tuesday morning. The co-chiefs explained that these films make up Chapter 1 of the DCU, which they are calling “Gods and Monsters.”

During the presentation, Safran said that the film will “investigate the dark origins” of the DC Comics character through the prism of horror.

“This is a much more horrific film, but we’ll still have Swamp Thing interact with the other characters,” Gunn added, making a reference to the introduction of Rocket Raccoon to the Marvel Cinematic Universe in the “Guardians of the Galaxy films. “That mashup quality,” of having that character interacting with live-action players like Thor, he explained, ended up working out beautifully.

On Tuesday evening, following the project’s official announcement, Mangold posted an image of Swamp Thing to Twitter and Gunn retweeted the post, which got comic book fans buzzing that a collaboration might be in the works.

Swamp Thing was created by writer Len Wein and horror artist Bernie Wrightson (whose artwork is featured in Mangold’s tweet) and first appeared in a standalone story in 1971’s “House of Secrets No. 92,” followed by a popular run under Alan Moore, Stephen Bissette and John Totleben in the 1980s. The DC Comics character first appeared on the big screen in 1982’s “Swamp Thing,” directed by horror master Wes Craven, and most recently headlined a short-lived series created by Gary Dauberman and Mark Verheiden for the DC Universe streaming service in 2019. He also appeared in Season 3 of HBO Max’s animated series “Harley Quinn,” as a vegan, health-nut voiced by Sam Richardson.

The Hollywood Reporter was first to report news of Mangold’s involvement in the project. Warner Bros. did not comment on the reports.

Mangold is repped by WME, Entertainment 360, and Sloane Offer.

Additional reporting by Adam B. Vary.



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