You’ve probably heard plenty tales over the years of artists from the 1970s who’ve grumbled about the lack of earnings from music they made. For once, we’re siding with the record company.
Gary Glitter’s ‘Rock and Roll Part 2’ is brilliantly used in a scene in the film Joker, and speculation that the odious singer might get royalties as a result has caused quite a controversy.
Now, however, Universal Music has said that it owns the publishing rights to Glitter’s music and he therefore won’t get any royalties for its inclusion in the movie.
The 75-year-old is currently in prison in the UK for multiple child sex offences.
The Guinness Cork Jazz Festival kicks off next weekend, and the event has registered its first sell-out with Mica Paris at the Everyman. Other biggies include two at the City Hall: master vocalist Kurt Elling paying tribute to the likes of Nat King Cole and Louis Armstrong on Saturday; and Martha Reeves will be rolling out her Motown hits on Sunday.
Triskel, as ever, leans towards the less-commercial, quality end of the spectrum, while other top tips include the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble doing both an afternoon and an evening gig at Cyprus Avenue.
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Another film to watch out for on the streaming channel next Friday is Dolemite Is My Name, starring Eddie Murphy in a biopic about film-maker and Blaxploitation actor Rudy Ray Moore.
Back on telly-firma, Channel 4 has the excellent Get Out tomorrow night, Jordan Peele’s creepy Oscar-winning tale, while early reviews have been good for The Watchmen — an adaptation of Alan Moore’s classic comic-book series — which begins on Sky Atlantic on Monday.
The second instalment of Dublin Murders drops on RTÉ next Wednesday, and it’ll be interesting to see the public response to the decision to show the series in four feature-length episodes, each one essentially being two regular episodes run back-to-back.
Perhaps RTÉ’s hand was forced somewhat by the BBC’s decision to show one episode each Monday and Tuesday, which would have meant the Irish broadcaster would have fallen way behind if it decided to show just one per week.
Water-cooler reaction to the opener was mixed, but those who stick with it next week will be further drawn in by some interesting twists in the tale.
Cork Film Festival (Nov 7-17) launched its programme this week and, as well as an early chance to see Frozen 2, there’s a decent offering of other features, documentaries and shorts.
Among the biggies is Le Mans ‘66, with Matt Damon and Christian Bale in the true story set in the motorracing industry in the 1960s; and The Nightingale, a tale of a female Irish convict in 19th century Australia, made by Jennifer Cook, the director who broke through in 2014 with The Babdook.
Among the noteworthy shorts is Christy, by Cork’s Brendan Canty, the man who directed the video for Hozier’s ‘Take Me To Church’. Among today’s releases is Dark Lies the Island, an adaptation of stories from Kevin Barry (see feature).
From Sunday, Triskel in Cork hosts the return of magnificent British indie film Bait, while another well received UK production, Only You, is at Cork Cine Club next Thursday.