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28Jan
2014
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Elizabeth Banks To Direct “Pitch Perfect 2″

Pitch Perfect Promo Photo Universal Pictures

The cult hit "Pitch Perfect" is getting a sequel and Elizabeth Banks will direct "Pitch Perfect 2" and will be in theaters in 2015.

Anna Kendrick and Rebel Wilson will reprise their roles for the film. This will be the directorial debut for Banks who is 39. Banks produced and co-starred in the first film.

Donna Langley, Universal's head honcho had this to tell THR.

"She brings an enormous amount of energy and experience to everything she works on, and we're thrilled that she is making her feature directorial debut on Pitch Perfect 2."

Banks' husband, producer Max Handelman, and screenwriter Kay Cannon will be involved with the sequel. The first film was directed by Jason Moore.

The movie was a surprise hit at the box office, bringing in more than a $100 million.  On DVD and CD releases, the film has generated over $150 million dollars.-DocFB

Diagnosis: Banks can't screw this up like "Scrubs" and "30 Rock"...right?

31Jan
2013
9

Lenny Kravitz Documentary “Looking Back On Love” Out Now As We Chat With The Director!

Looking Back On Love Official Poster

"Looking Back On Love", the brilliant documentary on the making of Lenny Kravitz's "Black & White America" album has officially been released on I-Tunes. The director Mathieu Bitton couldn't be happier.

"I am elated about the fact that the film is finally out. It's been a struggle to get it released but now I feel is the perfect time to - as the title suggests - look back on this amazingly rich experience."

"This film to me, is about the colors and characters of life, through a musical experience. It's a record of talent and travel. A fantasy for many that was a laborious work of love and passion for us. And the response I am getting has really made it worth the wait."

Mathieu Bitton  in his vinyl and poster storage in L.A., handling some of the records he's recently designed Photo: Polina Rabtseva

"I'm happy people are finally seeing the level of Lenny's talents and the multi-instrumentalist and funny and wise man he is."

So far, the doc has reached #5 on I-Tunes sales as Bitton is hoping for a DVD release later this year, possibly a Director's Cut version.

Bitton is staying quite busy as he is working on the 20th Anniversary Deluxe Edition of "Are You Gonna Go My Way" and is working of his first retrospective show and catalog with Bui Gallery at a John Lautner mansion in LA Feb. 18th.

Lenny Kravitz, Herman Leonard, & Mathieu Bitton During Filming Of "Looking Back On Love" Photo: Stephen Smith

Along with that, Mathieu's official web sites mathieubitton.fr and mathieubitton.com will launch Feb. 15th. He also designed the just released Teena Marie "Beautiful" album and the Marvin Gaye "Trouble Man" 40th Anniversary expanded deluxe edition.

If that isn't enough, he is planning to bring the film to festivals in china, India, Europe and around the US and has a feature story he shot of Raphael Saadiq in the next issue of Rolling Stone Russia.  He shot videos and stills for campaigns with Lenny such as Eleven Paris and the NFL.

Upcoming projects include James Brown 50th Anniversary Best of Live at the Apollo and a new Jane's Addiction record.   Mathieu is an artist on the rise.-DocFB

Diagnosis:  Looking Back On Success

19Aug
2012
3

Remembering Tony Scott & My Thoughts On Suicide…

Director Tony Scott took his own life at 68 years old by jumping off a bridge in San Pedro.

Scott directed "Top Gun", "Pelham123", "Unstoppable", "True Romance", "Crimson Tide" and produced the TV shows "Numb3rs" and "The Good Wife" along with countless other projects.

His brother is also a famous director, Ridley Scott.

Tony had a loving family, a beautiful wife, and to those looking in, a very blessed and wonderful life. Sometimes, the signs of suicide are not as clear and present as you think.

There were reports that Scott had inoperable brain cancer, which have been proven false and denied by the Scott family.

So, what made him take his own life? We may never know. Right now, it does not appear that Scott talked with his family or friends about being depressed or contemplating suicide. In 2010, 2 years to the day, he was filming in San Pedro, and wore the exact same clothes when he took his own life.

It is not like everyone talks about suicide who thinks it. Speaking from experience, I've had a tough year this past year. There were times when just to get to sleep because I had so much running through my head, I would only be able to convince myself to sleep by thinking I would pass away in my sleep and no longer have the problems I was going through. Some people knew I was going through a hard time, others did not. I didn't tell anyone about my thoughts. Perhaps Scott didn't as well.

I have fought through these feelings and although things are still bad, I still keep pushing to make things better.

I wish Scott and others could reach out and perhaps get help. Perhaps like me, he did not want to burden others with his troubles. Sometimes, the warning signs are not really there.

It could be a kid getting bullied at school or a 68 year old director who takes their own life. One is not sadder than the next. We are all humans. Others, however, lack human compassion. They lack the simple knowledge to LOVE one another and help one another. They look the other way. Some do get it. The thing is, as a society, we gravitate towards the negative. From message boards to who we respond to on Twitter. Most celebs react and respond to the negative feedback on Twitter instead of the positive. Since when was taking compliments a bad thing?

Tony Scott's life was a blessed one, regardless of how it ended. My only hope is that if others are contemplating suicide, they try to reach out. That is why I put in my thoughts on this into it. I want to live life and achieve more than I have and I do not want to give up until I do.

Hopefully, Tony's passing, and my message about suicide helps others. The body of work he has left will be enjoyed for lifetimes to come. The answer to why he took his own life however, may not.-DocFB

12Jul
2011
3

Video Premiere! HOT NEW Nikka Costa “Nylons In A Rip” Watch Now!

OK. This video is straight hotness with a capital H! "Nylons In A Rip" is the hot new video from Nikka Costa whose new EP "PRO*WHOA is out today!

You can get the new CD HERE!!!!!

Also, Nikka is on tour now! Here is a FULL list of TOUR DATES!!!

Great performance video shot in black and white. LOVE IT!!!!

BTW, we did premiere this a few weeks ago for a couple of hours, but we gave it to you before we were supposed to. Could you blame us? The video is straight hotness!

What do you think?-Dr.FB

Diagnosis: The Funky White .... Is Back!

1Oct
2009
10

Roman Polanski Being Defended By Hollywood

Straight up, how do you guys feel about several Hollywood stars and directors coming to the defense of Roman Polanski and his rape charge and sexual misconduct charge of a 13 year old girl stemming from 32 years ago?

Does it bother you they are saying it wasn't really rape? Do you agree with them? Let me know.-Dr.FB

25Sep
2009
1

Johnny Depp Steps Behind The Camera

Johnny Depp & Stephen Jones On Set. Photo: INFDaily.com
Johnny Depp & Stephen Jones On Set. Photo: INFDaily.com

Johnny Depp & Stephen Jones On Set. Photo: INFDaily.com

How would you like Johnny Depp to direct you music video? For the band Babybird, it came true earlier this week in the UK.

The video was shot for over 2 days and Johnny was able to escape some cameras except during smoke breaks. There is no further news about the Pirates 4 rumor of his interest not being what it once was after Dick Cook resigned from Disney.

Back to the video, I am being told that this is his first time directing a music video. I am sure some of you would love to have Johnny directing you in some way I take it, no?-Dr.FB