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Wahlberg's SO YOU WANT TO BE A ROCK STAR (used to be called METAL GOD) Test Screening

Hey folks, Harry here.... Our fine as can be, super-scooper... Evelyn Mulwrey... has left that slitnosed private dick to start scooping for us... and her second report is on the Mark Wahlberg film SO YOU WANT TO BE A ROCK STAR.... Now I have a little story concerning this film.... Back when it was being filmed on the Warner Lot... and was called METAL GOD (way cooler title btw), I was bopping around trying to find the A.I. pre-production office when I ran into Jennifer Aniston in a robe leaving the big airplane hanger soundstage they were using. I had met Jennifer once while she was filming OFFICE SPACE locally, and somehow she remembered me. She was dressed (if you could say that) in a light cloth robe, so I asked her what she was shooting that day, and it turned out she and Wahlberg were filming some sort of LOVE scene.... So... When you see the love scene in SO YOU WANT TO BE A ROCK STAR... realize that Jennifer was probably pre-occupied with my immense sexual magnetism (or Moriarty's drool problems, or Harry Lime's stuttering difficulties). Remember when reading this.... The movie won't be out till early next year, this was the first screening, and they will inevitably be doing quite a bit of work between now and when this is released!

Hey Harry,

Just got back from the first test screening of the Mark Wahlberg film formerly known as Metal God in Glendale. They are now referring to it as "So You Want to Be a Rock Star" which I think is a big mistake. I guess they are trying to cash in on a How Wants to Be a Millionaire-style title. But "Metal God" really fits the film so much better.

What we have here, is not necessarily what I expected, which was a more Spinal Tap style comedy. But the film has more heart and drama then that. The comedy is here in funny observations on metal in the 1980s but it's not really the dominant aspect of the story. What this is, is the story of a young man, Chris (Mark Wahlberg), and the only thing he loves more then the band Steel Dragon, his girlfriend Emily played by Jennifer Aniston.

It starts off with Chris as a 20 something still living with his parents in Pittsburg while putting together a "tribute" band to Steel Dragon, a Scorpion-like metal band. Don't call them a cover band because it's a tribute band, they only play Steel Dragon songs and Chris insists on every song sounding exactly like the real thing. He says the music is "perfect" so why would you want to change anything. But his lead guitarist (Timothy Olyphant) wants to do originals. So they kick him out of his own band. The only one who stands with him is his faithful and loving (but not stupid) girlfriend Emily.

About this time Steel Dragon itself has a parallel story where the band kicks out the lead singer. In their search for a replacement they find a tape of Chris, who sings exactly like, if not better then the real thing. They call him in for an audition and he gets the gig. When he goes to meet them the first time there is an excellent scene where Chris finds out some awful truths about his idol. But he's just happy to have the music played right, the way it was intended.

From here we get a well known trip through fame, but I think it's a fairly fresh perspective. Instead of allowing himself to be thrown into the mix (and there's lots of "mixing") it slowly takes him over. One of the most refreshing elements here is that he never abandons Emily, but brings her along for the ride (to the cheers of many of the males in attendance).

This was one of the things I liked best about the film. Though Emily and Chris are naive and excited by everything going on around them, they make conscious decisions to do the things they do. When the inevitable parting happens it is about choices and divergent paths not anger.

Emily never resorts to yelling incoherently at him. They have a deeper understanding of eachother then that. They really feel like characters that have known eachother since they were fifteen. This is really brought forward in the amazing chemistry between Jennifer Aniston and Mark Wahlberg, who both turn in excellent performances. Her best one to date, and one of his strongest.

The films climax and all the way up to the ending are really solid. I loved where they put them at the end of the story!

Other things I liked: Timothy Spall (who some of you may remember as the Mikado in Topsy Turvy) as the band's manager. He and Wahlberg have some good scenes together. The parents are also funny. Instead of making them your stereotypical disapproving parents, they are really supportive and are seen rocking out to metal in many scenes.

The biggest problem with the film at this point is the length. It ran about 2 hours 15 minutes, which is way more then the material warrants. Many scenes run on too long and the film stalls, not moving anywhere for 15 or 20 minute chunks. There are so many full length performances of the same songs over and over, it gets a bit tiresome. But I was told they're not putting this out until February, so I'm sure they'll slice and dice it a bit before it hits the cineplex. Seconds can be dropped everywhere to bring it to a solid 1 hour 50 minutes.

So that's all I've got off the top of my head. A good film (especially if you have fond memories of the days of Scorpions, Rat and Motley Crue). Also, does anyone know if Mark Wahlberg did his own singing? Cause if he did, WOW! And that was some acting in Boogie Nights!

Evelyn Mulwrey

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  • Sept. 20, 2000, 3:31 a.m. CST

    Ha Ha First again Suckers!

    by adam1428

    I'm actually looking forward to seeing this movie as i am a big metal fan. And also because one of the best guitarist's around is in it (Zakk Wylde). It should hopefully be a lot of fun.

  • Sept. 20, 2000, 3:39 a.m. CST

    Feel, feel, feel, feel, feel....feel my heat

    by Keyser195

    I really want to like Wahlberg, probably because he hooks up with such good directors (PTA, David Russel, Tim Burton), but I can't help but feel that his recent choices are a bit uninspired...I mean, I know "Perfect Storm" was a big summer flick, but the dialogue was terrible, and even his authentic accent couldn't make his vapid, thin character believable. And this project sounds like a retread of "Boogie Nights," except in the heavy metal world of the 1980's instead of the porn world of the 1980's. Oh well...can't wait to see what Burton does with "Planet of the Apes" anyways. Just my two cents. And, like that, I'm gone....

  • Sept. 20, 2000, 3:44 a.m. CST

    Hey I thought this was meant to be the true story of that Ripper

    by *veers*

    The Priest are of course a real metal band and not a bunch of frat boys poncing about with make-up and silly poodle hair. Like Motley Crue. I mean the original singer was gay in Judas Priest, but he was you know- 'butch gay'. Not kid-on poofy-poofy gay like those 80's american metal bands.

  • Sept. 20, 2000, 4:03 a.m. CST

    Priest

    by Leondegrance

    Veers, not sure if the idea was ever intended to be the "Ripper Owens biography" necessarily, but the idea for the flick was for sure due to the Priest situation.

  • Sept. 20, 2000, 4:25 a.m. CST

    If This Is The Story, Casting Does Not Work For Me...

    by Buzz Maverik

    Aniston is over 30, Wahlburg has to be in his late 20s. It sounds like the characters should be somewhere between 18 and 22. Tell you what. Reshoot it with somebody like ... I dunno, Natasha Lyonne and I'll say, Patrick Fugit because I don't know any other actors the right age at the moment, and it'll make sense.

  • Sept. 20, 2000, 6:54 a.m. CST

    Metal is so dead

    by samscars

    Dead, gone, over and done with. Good riddance.

  • Sept. 20, 2000, 8:06 a.m. CST

    The title change

    by PercussionBomb

    "So you want to be a rock star" is the first line in the chorus of Cypress Hill's tune "Rock Star" which got heavy airplay on AOR/new-metal/alternative rock stations most of the spring and summer this year. I think that they thought Metal God would make perspective viewers think "weird 80's comedy" or "tongue-in-cheek, make fun of the dream of the main character" kind of film. From the review, it doesn't seem like a laugh-a-minute jokefest to me, but a lot can change during half a year of post-production. And yeah, it WAS based on the events that brought Ripper Owens and Judas Priest together, just like a couple of you fellow talkbackers have stated above.

  • Sept. 20, 2000, 8:09 a.m. CST

    Samscar you are a JACKASS!!

    by Wolvie6

    Metal is dead??!!??? Gone??!!?? Horseshit you idiot!!!! Tell that to Pantera,Ozzy,Metallica,etc. You obviously are a rapcrap head who doesn't even know how to play an instument. You probably consider N'Sync a band even thou they don't play a thing just prance around like fags. Go spin your disks DJ jackass and keep thinking that you moron. Bad rhyme to a beat does not equal music. You would know this if you were educated in music theory. My buddie was at Ozzfest and it was jam packed with cool,friendly people there to listen to bands young and old that kick monster ass and know how rock! You know what else? Not one instance of some idiot starting a fight or trying to shoot someone cause "he was messin with my homie g yo!" Sorry if I messed up the ebonics,being an intelligent,well read person,I don't speak ebonics very well. Get bent idiot and don't speak about things you know NOTHING about. Go ahead and start the flame wars,RAP SUCKS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Sept. 20, 2000, 8:14 a.m. CST

    Well shit on me, it's Wolvie6

    by *veers*

    How you been man.

  • Sept. 20, 2000, 8:29 a.m. CST

    Now I'm pissed.

    by Mr Angry

    Metal is not dead, asshole. It's just not part of the mainstream shit that fucking sheep like you swallow on a daily basis.

  • Sept. 20, 2000, 8:42 a.m. CST

    Don't shit on yourself veers,that could be messy

    by Wolvie6

    I'm doing good man,how you been. Its been a while.

  • Sept. 20, 2000, 8:43 a.m. CST

    Hey Studio Suits: Change the name back to Metal God!!!!!!!!

    by Lance Rock

    I cannot comprehend why you'd change that title unless there was a pre-existing property with that name already.

  • Sept. 20, 2000, 8:59 a.m. CST

    To clear things up a bit....

    by NUXX

    This movie IS actually based on the the whole Halford/Ripper/Priest situation... But when Halford heard that they were going to make a movie about....well a bit of a embarrasing period of his life, he objected to it through his lawyers. Thats why they had to change the script. Appearantly, he also "owns" the "Metal God" tagline, and threatened to sue the film company if they used it. And whoever thinks metal is dead, screw you... Metal will never die, it

  • Sept. 20, 2000, 9:01 a.m. CST

    based hell...it IS

    by SCOTT1458

    the story of Judas Priest, except Ripper Owens was from OHIO I believe.....saw Priest with the Ripper in Milwaukee a year ago...and it rocked so fucking hard...even the piece of shit reviewer from the Milwaukee Journal said Priest rocked at 50 years of age harden then these limpt pricks do now. Oh, and METAL GODS is a Priest song from British Steel I think...great tune. Go to your local Napster dealer and download some Priest songs...you won't be dissapointed.

  • Sept. 20, 2000, 10:30 a.m. CST

    beaterofel HAHAHAHAHAHA

    by voight-kampff

    freinds, HAHAHAHAHHAHAHAHAHA

  • Sept. 20, 2000, 10:31 a.m. CST

    "Judas Priest" Behind the Music?..

    by riskebiz

    ... because the plot seems to be very similar to what happened with Judas Priest, as far as the lead singer of Priest quitting and the other members amazingly hiring a singer of an american Judas Priest tribute band who sounded just like him. And then finding out that the old lead singer was actually gay. I have to wonder if this is the inspiration behind this movie.

  • I'd like to create a list! Hollywood seems to want the blandest possible titles. Here are a few I can think of off the top of my head: "Rocket Boys" became "October Sky." "Cop Gives Waitress $2 Million Tip" became "It Could Happen to You." "Cheer Fever" became "Bring It On." Any others?

  • Sept. 20, 2000, 10:59 a.m. CST

    FYI-Mark was an original member of his brother Donnie's music gr

    by Amidala

  • Sept. 20, 2000, 1:45 p.m. CST

    hmmm...Only one problem with Jennifer Anniston in a movie

    by lostoptimist

    and that is Mrs. Anniston = Kiss of death at the box office. OFFICE SPACE, SHE'S THE ONE, and about another half dozen romantic comedies she's starred or co-starred in have all tanked in the first week. Anyway, Here's hoping...Oh, yeah, one more thing: the new title change bears an awful resemblance to a classic Byrds' song (they of 60's jangly psychedlic pop) called 'So You Want To Be A Rock and Roll Singer'. Do the suits really want the public to make that connecion with a movie about Heavy Metal? Seems kinda silly, if not misleading. Why not call the movie HEAVY METAL WARRIORS or something? Or how about METAL DEMIGOD? That's different enough to avoid copyright infringement, I think.

  • Sept. 20, 2000, 3:52 p.m. CST

    Metal dead? Hardly!

    by Daloten

    Metal is still alive and as kicking as ever. This movie is a good example, as is the re-release of Spinal Tap, and the new Cameron Crowe movie which is somewhat based on Led Zeppelin. Just because you don't like Metal doesn't mean it's dead. That's a mighty foolish statement to make. Hell, half of the so-called "Alternative" bands are making what would have been called Metal 15 years ago. Just imagine Foo Fighters in Spandex.

  • Sept. 20, 2000, 3:52 p.m. CST

    marky mark

    by jasonnick

    In fact he did do his own singing, to help prove that...don't you remember that he was lead singer of a band..Mark Mark and the Funky Bunch??? Without commenting on the pop music society, if he really sang the way he did in "You got the touch" he would not have been the successful musician that he was.

  • Sept. 20, 2000, 4:19 p.m. CST

    Tim "Ripper" Owens

    by darthexcelsior

    You guys do know that this is based on the guy from Akron who was is British Steele, a Priest tribute band, who replaced Rob Halford? So when Hollywood can't take some creative Metamucil and crap out a forced Declining Franchise 3 movie or rip off a comic/old TV show, just steal a "Hollywood couldn't have scripted it any better story" from the back pages of Metal Edge or Kerrang or whatever. By the way, I don't want monogamy, I wan't groupies and lots of them! Jennifer is phenomenal, but with rock, it's ultimately about quantity AND quality! P.S. Will they recruit real, highly-respected musicians to moonlight in roles here (a la Steve Vai in Crossroads)?

  • Sept. 20, 2000, 4:25 p.m. CST

    Sorry, El Mariachi...

    by darthexcelsior

    ...and anyone else who mentioned Owens before me...I just see rock-oriented stuff on this site and I can't help myself, like Kirk Hammett with his ever-present wah pedal! Almost Famous, Rob Zombie, now this...just don't anyone make the "Fred Durst Story"...as T-Reznor said, "Fred Durst can ride a piece of plywood up my ass..." P.S. The rest of Bizkit is pretty cool, too bad they have the consummate punk-ass frontman. Poor, poor Wes Borland...

  • Sept. 20, 2000, 4:33 p.m. CST

    IT ISN'T CALLED METAL GOD ANYMORE BECAUSE...

    by Robertblood

    Obviously they couldn't get the rights to Judas Priest stuff, as they have changed the names of everything including the title, with 'Metal Gods' being a Judas Priest song title. sounds like they just paid 'ripper' owens for his life story but didn't want the high cost of using Priest's name etc. Which begs the question of whether they will use their music. Which also begs the question that if they can't afford that, what are they going to do, buy a bunch of Y&T songs to use? How good could this movie be? I want answers, not a review by someone who doesn't know that this is a Judas Priest movie and compares the fiction band to the Scorpions.

  • Sept. 20, 2000, 5:14 p.m. CST

    Has anybody seen "HEAVY METAL PARKING LOT"?

    by Samthelion

    It's a thirty-forty five minute long documentary of sorts where a guy goes around a parking lot of a Judas Priest concert in 1985 (or so) and just talks to people. Pathetic, sad, weird, wonderful. And some of the ugliest fashion statements you'll ever see.

  • Sept. 21, 2000, 3:54 a.m. CST

    money GOOD napster BAAAAD

    by Cthulu

    Metal gods is a better title. but who cares about the title anyway? wasn't RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK a shitty title? c'mon think back to when you first opened the newspaper and saw it. I personally breathed a sigh of relief when I noticed Speilberg and Lucas in the credits. Anyway... I'm worried about the movie itself. Mainly because this review (which is very careful not to cross any boundaries betwixt public and studio) sounds like one of the exec producers wrote it themselves!

  • Sept. 21, 2000, 6:01 a.m. CST

    Halfford left -- wasn't kicked out

    by Jgbintbass

    Contrary to the review that said the lead singer of a certain group was kicked out, actually, he left the group of his own free will... and by sheer luck, Judas Priest was able to find someone who had a similar range. Too many good JP albums to check, but definitely recommend British Steel, Screaming for Vengeance, and esp. Painkiller. One of the songs off of their 1998 album Jugulator, "Bullet Train", was nominated for a Grammy.

  • Sept. 21, 2000, 8:42 a.m. CST

    FYI El Mariachi

    by Wolvie6

    Just so you know,Motley Crue and Poison were glam crap from the 80's and not true metal. Your VERY wrong about the Scorpions however! Scorps are great!

  • Sept. 21, 2000, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Wahlberg

    by Iron Maiden

    Hey! Metal God is a better title, but the Metal God himself, Rob Halford, owns that title for himself (he actually copyrighted it), so they couldn't use it. Wahlberg didn't do his own singing. As a matter of fact, he hates Metal, and has commented that it's rather torturous (I tend to disagree myself, and would have hired Bruce Dickinson to do the singing). Later kidz.

  • Sept. 22, 2000, 7:40 a.m. CST

    OK, y'all probably say that I just say what everyone else says..

    by Andymation

    ... but change the title back to what it was in the first place. But it's not like I give a fuck. I mean, Marky Mark, what are you doing???? Metal is mostly a piece of shit and I know you think so too!!! Metallica, AC/DC, Rob Zombie, Iron Maiden, Creed, Papa Roach, Lit, Nine Inch Nails, they all SUCK!!!!! So why should I give a fuck??? Because Busta Rhymes and Eminem had this really cool song called "So You Wanna' Be A Rap Superstar?", and this movie title is kinda' copyin' it. Anyway, "Metal God", had a hell of a ring to it anyway. Now to piss all metal/punk rockers more off I would like to say that Sex Pistols sucked, NoFX suck, Pennywise suck, White Zombie suck and Rage Against The Machine sucks a lot!!! I like Limp Bizkit though, and I ain't got nothin' against Korn, because "Falling Away From Me" was good. And I don't know what Kid Rock really is, but he's cool too. Now how about Eminem maybe playin' a villain in a flic with Denzel Washington, a flic titled "Training Days". I haven't seen anything on that film here. Maybe it is because I don't search so very much, but it might also be because Harry decided to ignore my mail, just because the sometiems fucked up government have said that Eminem is the public enemy no. 1 (Now isn't that one of the dumbest, most pathetic !"#

  • Sept. 22, 2000, 7:58 a.m. CST

    Man, Wolvie6, you one annoying jerk right here!!!

    by Andymation

    Let me get one thing straight!!!! Rap rocks more than rock will ever do!!!! And, yes, there are fights and struggles between rappers just as some rockers. And just as though there is rockers who aren't violent, there are a bunch of rappers who are too. It's just as when you're governement goes of their rocker again, the racist in them decides that they should dig up everything wrong that has ever been done by white trash an afro-americans and accuse them and Marilyn Manson (which by the way DO suck!) for eveything wrong in the country. Kind of like when Hitler blamed the jews you know! (OK, bad example, but still....) And you are doing the same lame-ass shit! Here is what I think you shall do... By the 2Pac-record "In His Own Words". Then you'll see how it really is, and you'll be surprised and (if you have one tremble of decency in you) apologize for the ignorant shit that youve said on this TB ("In His Own Words" is 95 % interwiew, so your bad music taste won't be offended.)You generalizing is just so, so... I don't say I hate every rocker, even though most rockers are some dumb wannabees! Nirvana was kinda' good, and Red Hot Chili Peppers and The Offsspring are tremendous. And I ain't got too much against Jon Bon Jovi neither. And you comparin' *NSync with rap on the same level takes the fuckin' cake. Even I can admit that every rocker I've said sucks dick on thisw TB is 15 times better than *NStink! I mean where have you been at lately???? Ev'ry rapper hates does guys and if you haven't caught up on that, then you're as lost as I thought you were! So F you and all your "peaceful" rock friends right in the ear!!!!!!!! 2Pac, Eminem, NWA... now that's great. The wannabees of rap are (among othres) Juvenile, Nelly, Insane Clown Posse and Vanilla Ice. Damn you are one pathetic jerk!!!!!

  • Sept. 22, 2000, 8:28 a.m. CST

    Metal dead? Tell that to KNAC.com!!

    by Sam Spade

    The best goddamn internet radio station on the planet (and #3 in the overall web radio ratings). Horns up!

  • Sept. 22, 2000, 12:20 p.m. CST

    Andymation,grow the fuck up! YOU are a wanna be

    by Wolvie6

    The only pathetic jerk here is you idiot! Let me get this straight,you think eminem,NWA and 2Punk are soooo much better than rock?!!?? This only proves you rap idiots are all complete morons. No 2punk is not some "hero" or saint. He was a gangbanging idiot! I don't care how damn poetic you think he was he was an ass. Eminem is the same. NWA? Listen to what they call themselves for christ sake,Niggas with Attitude! Maybe I should start a band called Pissed Off White People! (Not a bad idea!) It figures a punk like you would say to hell with a peaceful Rock festival. You are probably one of the assholes who start shit at concerts to show your "homies" how tough you are. I think you are a complete ass! You know NOTHING about this or any music genre. Yeah some of the bands you mentioned ARE wanna bes. The rap/rock idiots like Kid Rock and Limp bizcuit suck. Metallica,AC/DC ,Van Halen,Pantera ect are LEGENDS! Rock came first and it will NEVER die. Get an education,learn something about music theory and maybe just once,pick up an instrument. Learn to PLAY one not just spin your disks moron! YOU are the one who is pathetic. Sure Sex,drugs and rock all go together but most if not all concerts are peaceful. Every damn time you morons get together,shit happens. Your all a bunch of punks who need a decent ass kicking. Crap now and forever SUCKS! Get used to it,learn to live with it cause it isn't gonna change!! Your opinion has no value if you don't back it up shithead! BAD RHYME TO A BEAT IS NOT MUSIC!!!! Idiot!

  • Sept. 22, 2000, 12:27 p.m. CST

    One more thing Andymation...

    by Wolvie6

    I have at least tryed to listen to the crap you call rap and its aweful! Have you EVER listened to Eddie Van Halen do Spanish Fly? The man is a fucking guitar GOD and none of the shit you listen to and shovel comes even close! Have you ever listened to Jimmy Hendrix? Satriani? I guess not if you think jackasses like Kid Rock and Limp Bizcuit are music. Get back to me when you get out of junior high school, your too stupid and immature to know what you are talking about!

  • Sept. 22, 2000, 4:39 p.m. CST

    coolerking what the fuck are you talking about??

    by Wolvie6

    what definition are you talking about jackass?? Learn something about MUSIC and get back to me. The absolute DUMBEST fucks come here!! Jesus Christ on a crutch!!!!!!

  • Sept. 22, 2000, 4:43 p.m. CST

    MUSIC has many parts....

    by Wolvie6

    harmony,melody,rhythm,pitch,phrasing etc. RAP IS NOT MUSIC!!

  • Sept. 22, 2000, 6:08 p.m. CST

    To all you rap/crappers

    by Wolvie6

    Try something that's not in the mainstream, see if you might grow a brain!!! Nirvana? Chilli Peppers? are you such a follower that you have to pick only the most popular music to listen to because you're too afraid to think for yourself?

  • Sept. 22, 2000, 6:12 p.m. CST

    and my final word on this...

    by Wolvie6

    ALL those rap idiots are using stolen rock beats,melodys and rhythms on all their crap! Its a fact! They can only come up with their stupid rhymes. It ain't music! ...and it NEVER will be!!!

  • Sept. 22, 2000, 7:43 p.m. CST

    Why can't we be friends.........?

    by punk_rocker311

    Yo, I just have to say first and foremost I LOVE punk/alt rock. But that doesn't mean i can't like rap either. On the contary, my favorite CD is from Tupac Shakur. My point is, why can't all the metalheads turn off their Pantera CD, go to the local place where all you see is weaves, and buy a damn rap album. Same to rappers out there too. And what's with all the Limp Bizkit bashing?? Fred Durst is a god to me and always will be. One more thing: to the dildo/dick who bashed NOFX, may you die of a wasting disease and rot in hell. P.S. the movie looks cool

  • Sept. 22, 2000, 7:45 p.m. CST

    but........

    by punk_rocker311

    I think pop music (BSB, Nsync) SUCKS and that bastard Lou Pearlman should get mowed by a car.

  • Sept. 22, 2000, 9:07 p.m. CST

    The guy doing the singing is...

    by Nada Lives

    Wahlberg doesn't do his own singing. It's done by Jeff Scott Soto, one time singer with Yngwie Malmsteen and Talisman. He's also on a bunch of tributes like the recent Ozzy one that just came out.

  • Sept. 23, 2000, 9:36 a.m. CST

    speaking of Eminem(should be called Enema!)

    by Wolvie6

    Heres this white guy trying to act ,talk and sound black. What the fuck?? Why do you always have fucks trying to be something their not? On Ricki Lake or one of those trash talk shows,you always have these little white trash teenage girls trying to sound like ghetto mommas. Same thing with Enema! This guy is as much a "genius" as Barney Rubble! He's a punk,and he can't "bust his rhymes" without cursing. Bands like Limp Bizcuit and POD = jackasses who are trying to show "hey we can rock too" and can't! Leave the playing to the experts and go back to "rappin and rhymin".

  • Oct. 30, 2000, 4:57 p.m. CST

    Black and White

    by Clayborg

    Guys, Guys, This turrned from a film comment section to Rap vs. Metal. That is like comparing apples to oranges. I dislike Rap music for the gang content and the fact that I cannot get into it. Don't mind the crossover variety like Kid ROck, but wouldn't let my boy listen to it for the obscene language, just like it is going to be a while till he can listen to his Dad's Guns and Roses CDs. Any ways Metal and Rap are as different as black and white, and each person has his right to like the genre of music he/she perfers. I hope the soundtrack kicks ass and has alot of original stuff. Imagine; Pilson and Wylde in the same band with Marky Mark singing. Cool. Remember how Queen sounded with George Michael singing.

  • March 27, 2001, 3:47 p.m. CST

    The vocals in this movie were done by:

    by Hellkat

    Wahlberg doesnt do the singing AT ALL. Mike Matijevic from the 80's East Coast band Steelheart did the vocals for Wahlbergs character. Jeff Scott Soto does the vocals for the Bobby Beers character (the singer Wahlberg replaces) and Brian Vander Ark from Verve Pipe does the Seattle scene vocals (when Wahlbergs character goes "alternative")...

  • March 27, 2001, 4:09 p.m. CST

    Musicians in this movie:

    by Hellkat

    Jason Bonham, Zakk Wylde (Ozzy, BLS) and Jeff Pilson (Dokken) are in the fictional band Steel Dragon, and also perform the original music in the movie... Blas Elias (Slaughter), Brian Vander Ark ( Verve Pipe), and Nick Catanese (BLS) are in the "tribute" band, with Wahlberg; Mike Inez and Sean Kinney from Alice In Chains, as well as Chris Hower from Radford appear as the musicians in the Seattle "grunge" band scenes....

  • June 28, 2001, 11:27 a.m. CST

    Latest screening - 27 June 2001

    by feltz

    Screening in Reston VA for the local AOL folks (a friend of mine works there). They've cut it down to 1:45. There are still some choppy elements - the party/orgy scene was still rough, and the cuts are not consistent. Overall very funny though - fake 'outtakes' at the end are a hoot, ya gotta stay through the credits.