Jeff Buckley

Greetings From Tim Buckley Trailer

The story behind now-legendary singer/songwriter Jeff Buckley’s first introduction to the music world is the sort of dramatic, one in a million tale that’s so simultaneously relatable and unbelievable, it seems like somebody should make it into a movie. So somebody made it into a movie. Or, more specifically, Daniel Algrant made it into a movie starring Penn Badgley as Jeff and Ben Rosenfield as his equally notable singer/song writer father, Tim. The story starts with Jeff as an unknown artist with a famous father, a father that he’s estranged from and never properly knew. His world changes, however, when he’s asked to travel from west coast to east in order to perform at a tribute concert for the man. Suddenly the younger Buckley is put in the position of not only having a big opportunity to show off his talents to the world, but also being forced to wrestle with all of his feelings about a man that he never knew and mostly resents. Of course, we all know that the situation ends with Jeff performing at the show and a new star being born, but it’s the drama of the journey to that point that makes this a story interesting enough to make into a movie.

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Jeff Buckley

Despite a similar project hitting screens before it could even go in front of cameras, Jake Scott‘s Jeff Buckley biopic, Mystery White Boy, sounded like it had everything going for it. Whereas that other Buckley pic, Greetings from Tim Buckley, managed to get made and hit the festival circuit quite quickly (the film just bowed at TIFF, where lead actor Penn Badgely appears to be taking most of the praise for the project), that film focuses mainly on the relationship between Jeff and his dad (Tim) and doesn’t feature much Jeff music, Mystery White Boy is considered to be the “official” Buckley biopic and will come complete with actual Jeff Buckley songs. Beyond that, Scott (Welcome to the Rileys) had lined up a solid cast made of a nice mix of talents – Reeve Carney was set to play Buckley, Patricia Arquette was in to play his mom, and rumors of Olivia Thirlby, Gemma Arterton, Harry Treadaway, and John Patrick Amedori joining up had been buzzed about. And yet. The film was set to start filming this summer, which clearly never happened, and now a curious report from Showbiz411 (via The Playlist) tells us just why. In a strangely personal post, Showbiz411’s Roger Friedman reveals that West of Memphis director Amy Berg has replaced Scott as director having, in Friedman’s own words, “bogarted” the movie away from the apparent former director. Friedman also reveals that a source has told him that Berg is “obsessed” with Buckley, though that seems like […]

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There’s new movement over on Jake Scott’s upcoming Jeff Buckley biopic, which may or may not have been titled Mystery White Boy. We’ve already reported that Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark’s Reeve Carney is set to star as the indie rock legend, and now there’s word that Patricia Arquette has been signed to play Buckley’s mother, Mary Guibert. The role is said to be a small one, but it sounds important nonetheless. Arquette will be seen both in flashbacks to when Buckley was a child and in later years when he was an adult. And apparently she plays an important role in convincing Buckley to appear during a 1991 tribute concert to his father, “Greetings From Tim Buckley,” which was considered to be Jeff’s first public performance and kind of the launching point for what became a very notable career.

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We noted back in April that Welcome to the Rileys director Jake Scott was set to direct a biopic of musician Jeff Buckley – a young talent with a haunting, soaring voice who died tragically young while swimming in the Mississippi River. The great challenge, of course, would be finding an actor who could take on the appearance of Buckley as well as the intensity that the role demanded. It looks like that challenge has been accepted. According to a press release, Reeve Carney will go from playing Peter Parker on Broadway for “Spiderman: Turn Off the Dark” to strapping on an acoustic for what’s still known as the Untitled Jeff Buckley Film. Buckley had his music featured in several films, including The Messenger, Lord of War, and Vanilla Sky although it seems safe to say that he’s most famous for his soul-shaking version of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah.” As for his story, it’s a compelling one that sees him rise through the music scene as a bit of an eccentric, and the production will be aided by a large amount of information they’ve bought rights to through the singer’s family. It’s a compelling story, and it will be interesting to see if Carney, whose biggest role to date was in Julie Taymor’s The Tempest, has what it takes to breath life into such a noteworthy artist.

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What is Movie News After Dark? If you have to ask, then you can’t afford to miss it. I’ll admit it, I’m excited about Mortal Kombat Legacy, the web series from Kevin Tancharoen, who put together that excellent Mortal Kombat: Rebirth short film not too long ago. It looks like a solid take on a franchise that is always towing the line between badass and sillidiculous. And the first look at Sub-Zero, as played by Kevan Ohtsji, leans toward the former. The web series premieres April 12 on Machinima’s YouTube Channel.

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There’s nothing all that glamorous about Jeff Buckley’s life. By all accounts, it was tough-to-average until he started getting his foot into the recording world’s door. He put out a strong, dynamic album called “Grace,” but he died in a drowning accident at the too-young age of 30. Buckley is a great target for a biopic – sort of a grungier version of The Glenn Miller Story without the uniform or as many pawn shops – and according to the Daily Express, Robert Pattinson wants the role. They have an insider quoted as calling it to the bleachers on behalf of Pattinson, but no comment directly from the actor, so it’s all questionable. Still, it’s bound to be a fascinating role to play – even if the article seems to overplay the Oscar possibilities here. So will Pattinson get the role? It’s unclear. The Express also calls out James Franco, James Marsden, Ryan Gosling and perpexingly Johnny Depp (who is aged out of this role more than Jon Hamm from Superman). It all depends on the interest level from those and other actors, because all of them have more cache to be cast. On the other hand, the resemblance between Pattinson and Buckley isn’t a passing one. Again, all of this should be taken with a grain of salt, not only because it’s early on in the process, but because there are several elements of the story that seem grandly un-authoritative. The ultimate thing is that someone out there (specifically […]

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