Feb. 11, 2011, 4:33 p.m. CST
This is real?
Feb. 11, 2011, 4:43 p.m. CST
That's all I got.
Feb. 11, 2011, 4:45 p.m. CST
...I'm not seeing this movie.
Feb. 11, 2011, 5:07 p.m. CST
I liked some of their stuff when I was younger and the whole lip-syncing thing was pretty scandalous at the time. Not to mention the death of one the members.
Feb. 11, 2011, 5:08 p.m. CST
Feb. 11, 2011, 5:14 p.m. CST
The film has to be shot silent, and then all the dialog added in post, for one.
Feb. 11, 2011, 5:14 p.m. CST
It could make for a good movie.
Feb. 11, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST
by professor murder
But coming to Theaters???? I'm sorry, but Johnny Cash, yes. Ray Charles, yes. James Brown, yes. Freddie Mercury, yes. BUT MILLI VANILLI????? Why??
Feb. 11, 2011, 5:20 p.m. CST
Read an early draft. The script is phenomenal. Social Network meets Millie Vanilli. And it manages to be relevant. Brace yourselves.
Feb. 11, 2011, 5:24 p.m. CST
Glad you brought up Freddie Mercury. The fact we're potentially getting a Milli Vanilli movie and still have not yet got a Freddie Mercury movie is a damn shame.
Feb. 11, 2011, 5:36 p.m. CST
...doesn't make this a bad idea. Some of my favorite films focused on less than greats. No one will claim William Castle was the greatest filmmaker, but the psuedo Castle in Matinee was great. Same with Ed Wood. We have no biopic on John Ford or Hitchcock, but Ed Wood? And it was great. No biography of Hefner but we do have a very good movie called The People vs Larry Flynt. I'm reminded of Ebert's dictum, it's not what a movie is about it's how it's about it. That said(sorry) it's too bad for the Manilli guys that this didn't happen now. Evidently they had some class and were actually ashamed of what they did. Nowadays, people would be applauding them and they'd probably get a reality show and become more famous.
Feb. 11, 2011, 5:49 p.m. CST
now biopics about irrelevant, washed up, hasbeens? this movie will make five dollars.
Feb. 11, 2011, 5:51 p.m. CST
who the fuck would see this? who are they targeting?
Feb. 11, 2011, 6:01 p.m. CST
the irish people and I exclude myself here for this cause I didnt vote have just sent jedward to eurovision.
Feb. 11, 2011, 6:02 p.m. CST
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Feb. 11, 2011, 6:07 p.m. CST
they made the entire movie just like the horrible Dirk/Brock singing/recording scenes in Boogie Nights...
Feb. 11, 2011, 6:33 p.m. CST
Superb film about a man who makes sublime music.. I do think that the Milli Vanilli episode, from memory, was a time where the whole idea of 'live performance' came into question...i remember there was much ado about Madonna miming shit in her shows (she was dancing like a maniac, nobody can sing well doing that). So maybe there's something interesting to mine. I wonder how many people realise U2 have other musicians under the stage playing additional guitar parts..I don't think it matters that much but it brings into question the fact that a lot of performance is in fact an artifice.
Feb. 11, 2011, 6:35 p.m. CST
Only From Hollywood!
Feb. 11, 2011, 6:36 p.m. CST
Feb. 11, 2011, 6:37 p.m. CST
When are you and Killer B Killed going to make up? I said a rap rap a rap rap rap rap
Feb. 11, 2011, 6:40 p.m. CST
by Drunken Busboy
Like that Holly Hunter movie "The Positively True Adventures of the Alleged Texas Cheerleader-Murdering Mom". Excellent opportunity to show what a joke the music biz is! Nothing has changed many of todays recording stars are just as manufactured as Milli Vanilli were!
Feb. 11, 2011, 7:05 p.m. CST
on that half black dude on Grey's Anatomy and he looks just like one of 'em.
Feb. 11, 2011, 7:45 p.m. CST
Now do a biopic on Nineh Cherry and the buffalo stance.
Feb. 11, 2011, 7:46 p.m. CST
Feb. 11, 2011, 7:52 p.m. CST
by Henry Fool
I'd love to see someone like PT Anderson or David Fincher do a take on this story. Milli Vanilli were a cheesy act, even when everyone thought they could actually sing. Their story could serve as a pretty good allegory for the shallow, "me" culture that saturated the 1980's. Since, I'm not familiar with this director's work, it's hard to get excited about this project. I do think its a story that's worth telling. But the script for this is going to have to be savagely funny in order for this to be a good film.
Feb. 11, 2011, 7:52 p.m. CST
Ford Fairlane = underrated
Feb. 11, 2011, 8:05 p.m. CST
Feb. 11, 2011, 8:11 p.m. CST
by Anna Valerious
...where a "Milli Vanilli" musical is performed, and then closes within the first five minutes of its opening? Yeah, it's probably going to be like that.
Feb. 11, 2011, 8:30 p.m. CST
Directed by Spike Jonze
Feb. 11, 2011, 8:42 p.m. CST
by D o o d
so I think that's quite tragic.
Feb. 11, 2011, 8:45 p.m. CST
Yeah, and it could also be fucking terrible. Actually, I'd say most likely to be fucking terrible.
Feb. 11, 2011, 8:46 p.m. CST
Damn, I should be a Hollywood casting agent.
Feb. 11, 2011, 8:52 p.m. CST
by kanye west
Feb. 11, 2011, 9:31 p.m. CST
I seem to remember one of the AICN regulars (I think it was Capone) saying in his review to Walk Hard that the music biopic was dead. That movie hit all the tropes. Now, this could be a very different kind of music biopic. Or, it could be like all the other forgettable ones. Will I pay, probably not. Wasn't much of a fan even then. What's next? Kurt Cobain and Pearl Jam?? I can see it now Flannel: The Movie (Or was that Cameron Crowe's Singles?)
Feb. 11, 2011, 10:06 p.m. CST
still a better song than anything Justin Bieber or Lady Gaga has put out.
Feb. 11, 2011, 11:12 p.m. CST
Feb. 12, 2011, 12:09 a.m. CST
It has long been a favorite of mine. Oh, and I always thought a Milli Vanilli movie could be amazing. Their E True Hollywood Story or VH1 Behind the Music B.S. was totally riveting - absolutely hilarious and tragic. The stuff great movies are made of.
Feb. 12, 2011, 12:34 a.m. CST
"Ay! You got da bonus plan gyuhhh..." Love that fucking movie
Feb. 12, 2011, 12:35 a.m. CST
Feb. 12, 2011, 1:01 a.m. CST
it would be nice if they showed who real sung the songs. curious.
Feb. 12, 2011, 1:59 a.m. CST
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Feb. 12, 2011, 5:35 a.m. CST
...the models, the singers...or both? There's been models standing in for session singers in music videos before and since - the big success of MV caused the scandal. It was like the sampling scandals/lawsuits of the late 80s...overblown. MV was created by the producer of BONEY M, another big radio success in their time. Actually, the movie could really be about him: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Frank_Farian I think MV only had the 3 or 4 hits, which probably isn't enough collective recognition for today's audiences.
Feb. 12, 2011, 6:15 a.m. CST
In a tasteful homage.
Feb. 12, 2011, 6:40 a.m. CST
was just about the worst period for music and fashion that ever existed. And these clowns are definite scions of that era. Fresh Prince, Crystal Pepsi, Mullets, Arsinio fist pump, the horror...
Feb. 12, 2011, 6:50 a.m. CST
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Feb. 12, 2011, 7:01 a.m. CST
Feb. 12, 2011, 7:24 a.m. CST
Is standard today. Lip syncing is pretty much the norm.
Feb. 12, 2011, 7:24 a.m. CST
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Feb. 12, 2011, 8:16 a.m. CST
by I Max U Mini
I always call them Phony Baloney
Feb. 12, 2011, 9:36 a.m. CST
by Larry Knowles
Maybe have the actors deliver their lines in Chinese and re-record the English lines later. That would make a statement!
Feb. 12, 2011, 9:37 a.m. CST
The man is an anthropological wonder. It would be nice if Ashley Simpson has a cameo. She could do her hillbilly dance.
Feb. 12, 2011, 9:39 a.m. CST
by Larry Knowles
Shit, I shoulda read the talkbacks first before posting. My "dubbed" joke was already made by alice133. Well done, sir. Sorry, I have no other clever comments at this time.
Feb. 12, 2011, 9:45 a.m. CST
Rain Rain Rain Rain Rain Rain Rain Rain Rain Rain Rain Rain Rain Rain Rain Rain Rain Rain Rain Rain Rain
Feb. 12, 2011, 10:57 a.m. CST
Thanks Asi, I was having a shit day. You just cheered me up!
Feb. 12, 2011, 10:58 a.m. CST
But they need someone like Aaron Sorkin to make it work...
Feb. 12, 2011, 10:58 a.m. CST
On CP Time!
Feb. 12, 2011, 11:02 a.m. CST
by Dr Gregory House
Feb. 12, 2011, 11:39 a.m. CST
When this film comes to my theater ill proudly be wearing my Day-Glo parachute pants & my neon green glow in the dark New Kids On The Block T-Shirt...pleading for people to vote for Dukakis
Feb. 12, 2011, 12:05 p.m. CST
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Feb. 12, 2011, 1:58 p.m. CST
The problem was it wasn't even them singing on the records. The vocals for all their songs were sung by other singers. They should cast the guy who plays Barca on Spartacus - he already has the hair.
Feb. 12, 2011, 2:45 p.m. CST
Feb. 12, 2011, 3:21 p.m. CST
I though it was a joke, at first, too, wondering where the story was. But then I remembered the guy committing suicide. There are a lot of movies out there about the fall of bands (especially one hit wonders). I know Milli Vanilli didn't attract the geek crowds as much (or those who thought they were cool), and they especially don't relate to anyone, today. But that may be why it will work. If they focus on the tragedy that happened afterwards. We can see their rise to fame, then their fall, and ultimately their demise (literally). Like others have said, if done right it could be a well done tragedy. This director has won an Academy Award (albeit for a short-film, but still) and has won acclaim. We may not know him to really know his work, but that doesn't mean he isn't the right person for the job. As for the lipsynching fiasco, I remember it being a bit sad as I believe they released music afterwards using their own voice and it actually sounded better. I wonder if they could actually sing, but the record label didn't like it so they changed who they were. That could possibly be a part of the tragedy. I know there are a lot of good artists out there who get ran over by the higher ups in the music industry. They end up being changed by it. They change their image, and in this case possibly even their entire identity by changing their voices. What if they were good singers who got steamrolled by industry? Their careers and lives were ruined, but all along they really did have talent? Now that might really make for a good movie and bring to light some of the horrible things that happen in the music industry.
Feb. 12, 2011, 3:21 p.m. CST
The true rise of Nintendo,Traci Lords Porno & media that didin't pander to the lowest common denominator
Feb. 12, 2011, 3:33 p.m. CST
Trying to read up on Milli Vanilli to see what happened to them, I went to Wikipedia and Universal announced on February 14, 2007 (almost 4 years ago to the day), that they were looking to make the movie. Kennedy/Marshall were players then as well, but they had the Jeff Nathanson (Catch Me if You Can) writing along with Kennedy/Marshall and Adam Yoelin (not sure who he is, if someone can give some insight, I couldn't find anything on Wikipedia or IMDB). They also said that Fab Morvan (the remaining lead singer) was consulting. So this could be a more personal look at what happened.
Feb. 12, 2011, 3:39 p.m. CST
by Coughlins Laws
sing isn't even a minus anymore. They were more of a dancing act, anyway. If they came out today, they would've been allowed to sing on their own songs. Oh, well. These are the times we live in...
Feb. 12, 2011, 3:46 p.m. CST
...lipsynchs like a motherfucker all the time, I mean, ALL the fuckin' time. Music is well and truly DEAD. Instead of being villified, the industry oughta put up gigantic, heroic statues of the Vanillis and celebrate them as forward-looking heroes.
Feb. 12, 2011, 3:49 p.m. CST
... Pixies put out some awesome albums, Soundgarden didn't suck yet, Nirvana broke. It all went downhill fast after 1996 or so though after Clinton signed the 1996 Telecommunications Act and Sony took over the industry.
Feb. 12, 2011, 3:52 p.m. CST
...HAMMER! Just has to. Wearing his baggy parachute pants and eating KFC Popcorn Chicken.
Feb. 12, 2011, 4:59 p.m. CST
I agree that this was a pretty terrible era in popular culture. Still some good stuff came out. Die Hard. Burton's threefer of Beetlejuice, Batman, and Edward Scissorhands. That's all I can think of, haha. I also got my NES early in that timeframe, although it had already been around a couple years. But that's when many of the most classic NES games were coming out. I guess we're mostly talking about movies and music in this thread.
Feb. 12, 2011, 5:19 p.m. CST
The scene where Bruno goes to the psychic medium to channel Milli's ghost...One of the funniest scenes in a movie in past five years.
Feb. 12, 2011, 7:42 p.m. CST
No fucking surprise there!
Feb. 12, 2011, 7:58 p.m. CST
Girl you know it's Girl you know it's Girl you know it's Girl you know it's Girl you know it's Girl you know it's Girl you know it's...etc.
Feb. 12, 2011, 8:05 p.m. CST
The Stone Roses, Acid House, ecstacy culture, Die Hard, Pixies, New Order, The Jesus and Mary Chain, It Takes a Nation of Millions to Hold Us Back, Straight Outta Compton, Morrissey Viva Hate, Pills 'n' Thrills and Bellyaches by Happy Mondays, Sonic Youth, The La's, Nirvana, Screamadelica, Massive Attack Blue Lines, A Tribe Called Quest - The Low End Theory, Drugstore Cowboy, Heathers, John Woo's The Killer, GoodFellas, The Grifters, The Hunt for Red October, Jacob's Ladder, Miller's Crossing, Misery, Total Recall, Barton Fink, JFK, Point Break, The Silence of the Lambs, T2, Akira, Big, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, Sonic the Hedgehog, The Simpsons, Twin Peaks, TMNT, Steffi Graf, Bill & Ted, Barbour Jackets, Prozac, Blackadder goes Forth, Gameboy, Mike Tyson Heavyweight champion, end of the cold war, Madchester... I don't remember it being a terrible era in pop culture but i suppose it depends where you were at the time.
Feb. 12, 2011, 8:25 p.m. CST
Feb. 12, 2011, 8:51 p.m. CST
Dunno if this has already been said but really guys, this could be played in numerous ways and still work. Lip-synching. Guys performing songs they didn't write. Style over substance. Make the money and run attitudes. Self-delusion when they try to take a stand. Suicide. Drug overdose. Humiliated for the world to see. Not to mention the amount of people that had to be in on the secret to make the whole process work. As long as they pay attention to the actual machinary of how the pop industry works and how ruthless it is, it could really work. Fuck guys, look at the Bieber. I don't hate the guy, I hate the process and the merciless guys who push him out on to our conciousness without him necessarily knowing what's going on. This could be an expose of all of it. As long as they don't get McG to helm it.
Feb. 12, 2011, 9:40 p.m. CST
...as well as a lot of pop stars. American Idol is practically a backstage pass to a bunch of sleazy producers looking to market someone to the masses...yet the masses still buy it. This story could be great.....or it could be on The Lifetime Network....it's all in the execution.
Feb. 13, 2011, 7:38 a.m. CST
Feb. 13, 2011, 7:42 a.m. CST
It wasn`t that they aren`t the best. It was the fact they were imposters.. They did not sing on any songs they won grammys and had there grammys taken back for.. This movie should focus on the real singer. These two guys should not only be broke living in the ghetto they should be removed from pop culture all together.. The Actual singer tried to come out and sing after they got caught but was not received well at all selling maybe 20 copies of his debut album! All in All this is another sign that Hollywood has run out of compitent Writers! there is literally thousands of fresh ideas sitting at your local book store thousands more are written and released every month! Please hollywood go dig up an ORIGINAL script!!!
Feb. 13, 2011, 12:42 p.m. CST
Had to be said.
Feb. 13, 2011, 12:44 p.m. CST
Damn you witty talkbackers.
Feb. 13, 2011, 9:44 p.m. CST
do the shaky cam to symbolize the audience nodding back and forth saying "I can't believe I'm watching this shit"
Feb. 14, 2011, 12:21 a.m. CST
The record company, the agents and especially the guy who formed the group and the real singers themselves would make an amazing film.
Feb. 14, 2011, 12:24 a.m. CST
Feb. 14, 2011, 8:10 a.m. CST
Maybe so, but they're at least lipsynching to their OWN vocals. Milli Vanilli couldn't carry a tune in a bucket and were just pretty faces for some older songwriters who sang the songs in studio. Unluckily for them, a public performance had their backing track stick on a single phrase.
Feb. 14, 2011, 8:59 a.m. CST
...it's a great song, I don't care what anybody says...and then picture the Real Milli Vanilli watching the video in 1989 while these two models lip sync for them...and picture Don Cheadle and Jeffrey Wright playing the Real Milli Vanilli...and you've got the makings of a good movie.
Feb. 14, 2011, 9:44 a.m. CST
by Spandau Belly
Jeez, when somebody says something like this you know he's just one of these nostalgic old guys who will rant and rave about how he was so lucky to grow up in a time with good "real" music and how musicians used to play "real" instruments and wear "real" socks and real-real old-old blah blah blah.
Feb. 14, 2011, 10:43 a.m. CST
Michael Jackson wore real socks. Covered in rhinestones :)
Feb. 14, 2011, 12:04 p.m. CST
by Dark Doom
Rob Pilatus dead!! Ha ha ha haaa. Ack..
Feb. 14, 2011, 1:11 p.m. CST
Datz riight! Ahv jus red da scrip an itz a goh! I vill be plahyin bohth da Milly an da Vanilli trew da didjatuhl process dere. Which iss soh fahnee becuz datz vat de chillren in awwstreeah yooz tew cahll me dere. Dey wud zay -hey! Dere cumz da Milly Vanilli mahn! Which uv corhse I touht wuz fuhnny becuz in de awwstreean daht trahnslate tew da big man who bring da icescreem dere