The Black Keys To The Rolling Stones: Band Movies Worth Seeing

It isn’t enough for the Black Keys, the Ohio indie rock duo turned record sales behemoth, to sell out night clubs. Now they’re coming for your movie theaters.

The two members of the band, Dan Auerbach and Patrick Carney, will reportedly star in a documentary about their lives in the band. "A lot of music documentaries spend too much time trying to make people look cool," filmmaker Noah Abrams said to Spin. "I’m fortunate enough to know both these guys pretty well and their relationship is pretty incredible and very funny."

From what Abrams has said, his movie will be a sweet, intimate portrait of life on and off stage. "They’re guys that grew up around the corner from each other. They worked and worked and worked and toured and toured and slept in a van and worked their asses off and now they’re selling out arenas," he went on. "I think it’s a testament to their talent and hard work. We’ve gotten some amazing footage so far."

And while this film sounds like a charmer, we can’t deny that rock-u-mentaries that follow the less loving side of the band business can be just as fun to watch. Here are three of our favorites.

Remember Dig? The 2004 film followed the strange, drug-fueled relationship between The Dandy Warhols and The Brian Jonestown Massacre in an odd, revealing and totally unforgetting way. And while we might not hear a whole lot from either of those bands these days, the movie is something we’ll never forget.

Years before Cocksucker Blues, there was Gimme Shelter, a look at the Rolling Stones 1969 U.S. tour. Made by Grey Gardens masterminds Albert and Davd Maysles, the movie follows the Stones as they play across the U.S. and eventually land at the notoriously violent Altamont Free Concert.

The Year Punk Broke, while only recently released on DVD, was a seminal document for plenty of kids who grew up in the 1990s hooked on bands like Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr., Nirvana, Hole, L7 and more. All of those bands and more make appearances in the film, which also captures backstage and on-road antics before fame and disaster changed this scene forever.

Afternoon Links: Chevy Chase Calls ‘Community’ Mediocre, ‘Game of Thrones’ Gets Another Season

● Apparently Chevy Chase thinks that Community is "just a fucking mediocre sitcom." "I want people to laugh and this isn’t funny," he tells the show’s creator, Dan Harmon, in frustrated voicemail, leaked to Celebuzz. "I’m 67-years-old and I’ve been doing this a long time. I’ve been making a lot of people laugh — a lot better than this." What say you? [Celebuzz]

● According to guitarist Ronnie Wood, the Rolling Stones are headed back to the studio "to just bat some ideas around" ahead of their 50th anniversary. [ArtsBeat]

● Ricki Lake and her fiancé Christian Evans eloped! And then, they sent People the pictures two days later. [People]

● Jennifer Lawrence actually skinned a squirrel for Winter’s Bone, and she doesn’t care who knows it. "Screw PETA," she says, sounding more and more like Katniss Everdeen. [Us]

Game of Thrones, which has been posting record ratings recently, has been officially invited back by HBO for a third season. [EW]

● There is reason to believe that, if they keep it up with the movie dates and love songs and sleepovers, Kanye West could show up on the next season of any one of Kim Kardashian’s television shows. [MTV]

Rolling Stones Documentary in the Works

To help celebrate their 50th anniversary this year, the Rolling Stones are planning an upcoming documentary.  Brett Morgen, who directedThe Kid Stays in the Picture, has been tapped for the project, which is set to be finished by September and will feature never-before-seen footage.

"For anyone who wants to experience the band, this is the film that will defy convention and create a sonic tapestry to transport viewers into the world of the Rolling Stones,” Morgen said in a statement. "The film will deliver the original, bold, sexy and dangerous flavor of the iconic rock band."

Morgen has said that in addition to telling the bands story as a narrative, it wil include interviews and music that has never been made public. 

The band is serving as executive producers so don’t expect anything too controversial. "He told me 80 percent of the footage has never been seen before, which amazes me," Keith Richards told Rolling Stone. "I didn’t know there was that much around."

Afternoon Links: George Clooney Arrested, Neve Campbell Pregnant

● George Clooney and his equally dashing father were both handcuffed and arrested this afternoon outside of the Sudanese embassy in Washington, where they were protesting the brutal and genocidal conditions in south Sudan. [MSNBC]

● ’90s sweetheart Neve Campbell is pregnant with her first child. [People]

First Missy, and now Timbaland has begun staging his own comeback with the bass heavy "Break Ya Back," featuring Dev. 1996, we hear you! [RapRadar]

● Plastic-y British boy band, One Direction, are set to make history next week when they could become the first UK act ever to score a Billboard Number One — something not even the Beatles managed — with their debut album Up All Night. [NME]

● A wise momma-to-be, Snooki figures that pregnancy-induced morning sickness is not so unlike a hangover. Meanwhile, her baby-daddy Jionni promises that, ""We are not going to screw this up.” [NYDN]

● Keith Richards has apologized to Mick Jagger for all the unflattering anecdotes relayed in his memoir, Life. "As far as the book goes, it was my story," he says. "It was very raw, as I meant it to be, but I know that some parts of it and some of the publicity really offended Mick and I regret that." The two can now go on to celebrate The Rolling Stones’ 50th anniversary in peace. [Reuters]

Happy Birthday to the Legendary Mick Jagger

It’s hard to believe that Mick Jagger is 68 years old today. I can only see him as the pouting, prancing preacher of the greatest rock band of all time—and no, I don’t want to get into a debate about this. If you were there and if you were actually cool and not a mainstream Top 40 boy band aficionado, then the Stones were your huckleberries.

In time, the Beatles got real cool, but early on each new Stones record made us squirm in our pants while yhe Beatles made us sway and made the little girls cry. There’s this old British TV show called Ready Steady Go! that I have stashed somewhere. Bands like the Animals, the Dave Clark Five, and the amazingly terrible Lulu would strut their stuff on the show. The year was 1964 and I was a wee lad. The compilation of that year’s shows features the Beatles all done up in the same suits, with the same thin ties and shoes and hair-dos. They make the girls squeal with “Please, Please Me.”

A couple months later, the Rolling Stones offered their chart-topper “Little Red Rooster,” a seriously sexy blues track featuring Brian Jones on slide guitar and Mick Jagger before the wrinkles hid his dimples. Two years later, while the Beatles were charting home runs with “Nowhere Man,” “Eleanor Rigby,” “Paperback Writer,” and “Yellow Submarine”—all respectable tracks—the Stones are destroying our sensibilities with “Paint It Black,” “(I Can’t Get No) Satisfaction,” “Lady Jane,” and “Have You Seen Your Mother, Baby, Standing In The Shadows.” For me, the Beatles were sugar-sweet pablum while the Stones were a bloody hamburger that I wanted to stick my face and other body parts into. In a 1966 episode of the soon to be canceled Ready Steady Go!, the Rolling Stones really did “Paint It Black.” Brian Jones sat on a pillow and played a sitar, while Jagger pranced like Pan in what can only be described as a Sergeant Pepper jacket. My jaw dropped, my eyes didn’t blink; I knew what in the world I was looking for, for the first time.

Of course, it was in 1964—less than 3 months after the Kennedy assassination stole America from us—the newly crowned kings of the universe, the Beatles, returned to New York and were whisked to Capitol Records for a press conference. A reporter asked them “How do you find America?” and Ringo deadpanned, “Turn left at Greenland.”

Their performance on The Ed Sullivan Show famously changed the world. The screaming, pre-pubescent girls cumming on national TV is still an iconic vision. The Beatles sang “All My Loving,” “Till There Was You,” “She Loves You,” “I Saw Her Standing There,” and “I Want To Hold Your Hand.” My cousin Ron and my brother Paul and I watched on giant TV sets with small black and white screens from our winter homes in Queens. We couldn’t wait for Ed Sullivan to bring on the Stones. This was an age before Internet or fan rags. It was hard to find information on your favorite band but we were obsessed and we knew that Ed Sullivan would come through. Shoot ahead to the late ‘80s when I’m the director of one of the best clubs ever—the World on East 2nd Street—and Jagger keeps coming by to hook up with a special friend. I can’t believe it’s really him. I had seen him 20 times at arena concerts, read all the magazines, bought all the albums, and here he was as friendly as can be in the club’s office. I was speechless, and you all know how rare that is. A few weeks go by, he’s still coming in, and one night I find myself alone with him and one of our security guards and I actually get up the courage to talk to him. The conversation went something like this:

“Hey Mick, back in the ’60s when you guys were going to be on Ed Sullivan, my cousin Ron and my brother Paul and I were faced with a crisis,” I began, grabbing the rock god’s attention. “Go on,” he said. I had gotten my mojo going and the words started to come out easily.

“Well, back then we only had 2 channels on the tele (3 and 8) and Ed Sullivan and you guys were on one and Lawrence Welk and his Polka Festival were on the other. It was late October, just before we closed up the Connecticut house for the winter months and my grandfather and grandmother would normally watch their favorite shows from big easy chairs. We were determined to see the Stones play, so we plotted. Normally, every night before they went to bed, one of us kids was chored with bringing them a warm glass of milk to help them sleep. The three of us plotted that we would take turns bringing them so much warm milk that they would pass out and we would switch channels and see you guys.”

Jagger, with his famous smiling eyes and wide grin, inquired, “So, let me get this right, you basically drugged your grandparents to watch us?” “Yep,” I said proudly, “And they passed out and we switched and saw you guys doing ‘Time Is On My Side.’ Then they woke up and started to gently complain but eventually gave in and we saw you and it changed us forever.” Mick leaned forward and got serious “You know they knew, right?” I said something like “Wha?” He continued, “They knew all about it and let you get your way, they let you watch us.” I was stunned because it had never occurred to me. Then all the love for my departed grandparents swelled me up and they were with me again and I got all goosebumpy. Mick Jagger saw his friend coming and thanked me for the story. He said “You might be the only person to have drugged their grandparents to see me” and thanked me. I would speak to him briefly a few times after that at the World and once later at Bill Wyman’s birthday at Red Zone, but just a “hey” and a nod.

Meeting icons is part of the deal in clubland. Most fall short of expectations and many severely disappoint but Mick Jagger wowed me with his wit, charm, and good manners. He was a gentleman. I wish him the best on his 68th birthday. Tomorrow night, when I DJ at Paul Sevigny’s party at Le Bain, I will offer up “Paint It Black” in honor. It still goes over well. “Time is On My Side” is a little slow for these times and may not even be true anymore.

Morning Links: Botox Mom is Fake, Demi Lovato’s Fender Bender Life

● 67-year-old Mick Jagger is not done yet. The Stones legend has been secretly recording with a new, motley super-group of sorts, with Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics, Damian Marley, Joss Stone and Indian musician and producer A.R. Rahman. That’s a lot of talented musicians! But it’s rather unclear, though, what exactly they plan doing together. [NYP] ● Botox Mom was a fake! She didn’t actually inject her 8-year-old daughter with botox, she just pretended to for “a large fee” from the tabloid that broke the story. It’s nice that she can have her botox-less child back, but we still have some questions about her choices as a mother. [TMZ]

● Ja Rule has lined up his post-jail freedom tour — even before he’s checked in. The most maligned rapper with the most hits says the bus will pick him up straight from the prison: “40 cities in 40 nights. I’ll be so fresh and ready to go.” [Rap-Up] ● 2 Live Crew’s Luther “Luke” Campbell is running for mayor of Miami under the threatening sounding slogan, “I’m Dead Serious…Are You?” [TheDaily] ● Poor Demi Lovato got into a car accident yesterday, and it was just a little fender bender, but it probably felt like “her life.” It gets better, girl. [PopEater]

Ex-Rolling Stones Wife Forced to Shutter Beauty Company in Divorce Battle

Though their high-profile split has been amicable, the divorce settlement between Rolling Stones rocker Ronnie Wood and his soon-to-be-ex Jo will cost the rocker’s wife her beauty company, Jo Wood Organics. The couple split in 2008 after Ronnie walked out on Jo and their four children to live with an 18 year-old cocktail waitress he met on a bender at a gentleman’s club. Jo has been almost inconceivably gracious with the press, choosing kind words for her estranged lover of nearly 31 years, and focusing instead on her cosmetic line and her stint on Strictly Come Dancing, the UK’s version of Dancing With the Stars. But this week, Jo revealed she’ll have to close her organic cosmetics firm as part of the complicated arrangements for the divorce settlement.

In an interview with Hello! magazine, Jo insists she was willing to do anything possible to move on with the divorce settlement, even if it meant getting rid of her own company. “Ronnie and I have agreed on everything, and when my settlement comes through, I’ll be a happy girl,” she said. Despite the unfortunate settlement, Jo plans on moving forward with the company after the dust settles. “Luckily we didn’t owe much to the liquidators and I will be paying off the creditors personally. I’ll be relaunching Jo Wood Organics with a new business partner later this year.” The 55 year old says she feels confident about her business ventures because she’s found a new lease on life post Ronnie. “I can put my energy into myself instead of him,” she said.

Jo has been pioneering the organic lifestyle for 20 years. After time spent mixing oils for her own personal use, she launched Jo Wood Organics in 2005 to great fanfare, becoming a well-known advocate for organic living. She was voted one of Grazia magazine’s Women of the Year in 2008. The new line will most likely feature the same bestselling formulas, which include ingredients like Echinacea and Gingko Biloba. Rolling stones gather no moss, indeed.

Rolling Stones Cash In on Susan Boyle’s ‘Wild’ Success

So you’re a leathery husk of a once-fearless band (The Rolling Stones) looking to recapture some long-lost mojo. What to do!? You pin your hopes on a viral internet sensation who became one of the year’s most unlikely and enduring pop stars (Susan Boyle) and let her continue doing the legwork for one of your most overplayed singles. Naturally! And it’s here that her predictably stirring rendition of “Wild Horses” has breathed life into the withered rock outfit. In fact, Boyle’s runaway success is the impetus behind the Stones’ new reissue of the single, which include remastered versions of the tune as well as a live recording of the tune from 1995’s Stripped. Meanwhile SuBo’s worldwide chart conquest is well underway, with many tipping I Dreamed A Dream to go platinum before Christmas. After the break is her performance of “Wild Horses” at last night’s X-Factor show which also saw the exit of her favorite contenders Jedward.

The Art of a Rolling Stone

Rolling Stones axeman Ronnie Wood is known as a lot of things — lover of Guinness, wingman to Keith Richards, seducer of young Russian girls, and all around badass rocker. But his art has always taken a back seat … until now. A portrait drawn by Wood of the late Atlantic Records prexy Ahmet Ertegun is scheduled to be auctioned at Christie’s later this month. The piece, titled A Tribute to Ahmet, is signed by the surviving members of Led Zeppelin (who Ahmet signed to Atlantic Records in the late 1960s) and by Wood himself. Bidding starts at $3,000; sale estimate is at $5,000. Good luck.