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Today in Actor-slash-Musician news

6 Apr

Scarlett Johansson got a bad rap. Joaquim Phoenix is bad rap. Bruno should be more interesting as a provocateur than as Bruce Willis’ alter-ego. At least Keanu Reeves can play a live bass, if not a live person. Kevin Costner‘s modern west should have stopped at Dances with Wolves. Eugene Hutz can make movies, but should never do so with Madonna. No-one should make films with Madonna. Let’s just let Madonna go to a magical baby island where she and Angelina Jolie can frolic and have baby-stacking contests. If only we could turn Britney into a little Malawian boy, then someone might actually care for her for a minute. That’s just sad.

Sorry, I just had to get that out of my system.

This video for Dead Man’s Bones “Name In Stone” was forwarded to us by our friends over at Biz 3 Publicity (and look at me, falling in to their promotional machine by reposting it.) ¬†Whatever, it’s a sweet video, one take, live in a cemetery. And if you do a little double take as the camera pans over the assembled choirs and people in costume to rest on the band, yes, it is Ryan Gosling. I don’t blame you if you don’t do a double take, I didn’t notice the first time I watched it. It’s a pretty song in the American gospel blues tradition and the choirs give it a big lift. I was going to post it just for that. This doesn’t seem to be some really over-blown ego project or conceptual art prank. Gosling has appeal commercially (The Notebook) and also in a dark, independent way (Half Nelson). So let the man sing. He’s talented enough already to get over that low bar of “slash” expectations.

DEAD MAN’S BONES – “NAME IN STONE” from biz3 publicity on Vimeo.

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