Certain stories have Fox News written all over them -- like, for instance, the tale of James Harper, a small town Colorado student who quit his high school choir after discovering that one of the lines he was asked to warble translates to "There is no truth but Allah." Number of comments on the Fox ... More >>
Big pics below.The Big Night presentation of the annual Starz Denver Film Festival has become a showcase for future Academy Award nominees: The last four flicks featured in this slot included three excellent Oscar magnets -- Juno, Slumdog Millionaire and 127 Hours -- with even the sometimes p ... More >>
"The Descendants."The Starz Denver Film Festival's Big Night has become a showcase for future Academy Award nominees -- Juno, Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours and The Last Station among them. And there's little doubt this streak will continue. The odds of The Descendants failing to generate awa ... More >>
Remember the hilarious scene from Slumdog Millionaire in which a little boy winds up covered in shit from an outdoor toilet? Betcha one woman will never find it amusing again. That's because when she went to use a porta-potty at a Boulder yoga festival, a man was apparently in the tank beneat ... More >>
Aron Ralston.Director Danny Boyle's films are becoming a staple of the Starz Denver Film Festival's Big Night showcase. In 2008, Slumdog Millionaire joyously filled this festival slot, anticipating its march to a Best Picture Oscar. And on Friday, Boyle's latest, 127 Hours, was introduced by ... More >>
Aron Ralston.The first trailer for 127 Hours, director Danny Boyle's much-anticipated movie about amped-up Colorado climber Aron Ralston, is now making the rounds of websites and moviehouses. It's sure to whet appetites for the flick, teasing audiences with impending disaster while keeping t ... More >>
A Jewish congregation toasts Bollywood at a Boulder fundraiser.
After two weeks of U2 and Neko Case sitting at the number-one and -two spots, Bonnie Prince Billy's new album, Beware, knocked U2 down to the second spot and Case moved down to the eighth slot at Twist & Shout for the week ending March 22. Les Claypool's new disc, Of Fungi & Foe, came in at ... More >>
U2's No Line on the Horizon and Neko Case's Middle Cyclops, both released on Tuesday, March 3, showed some of best numbers at Twist & Shout in many months. The Fray moved back up into the top five, followed by Van Morrison and Beirut for the week ending March 8. See the full breakdown after the ... More >>
Van Morrison's Astral Weeks Live at the Hollywood Bowl, released last week, nabbed the number-one spot on Twist & Shout's best list for the week ending March 1. JJ Cale's new album Roll On, the Slumdog Millionaire soundtrack, Tea Leaf Green's Live at Twist & Shout and Morrissey's Years of Re ... More >>
The eight Oscars collected last night by Slumdog Millionaire during last night's 81st Academy Awards presentation didn't just reflect well on the Hollywood film community, which chose to reward an oddball tale chock-a-block with subtitles and set in the unlikely locale of Mumbai, India. It also rewa ... More >>
Welcome back. Today in Cafe Society: • Beerdrinker of the Year: A judge's tale. • Sexy Pizza's sexy facelift. • It's Denver Cupcake Week for Lovely Confections Bakery. • Room for one Pho. • Oodles of noodles and more news from Jet Entertainment. • Another round at Katie Mullen's. • A ... More >>
For the second week in the row, the Fray's new self-titled album grabbed the number one spot on Twist & Shout's top seller list. Elsewhere, it's not too surprising that Robert Plant & Alison Krauss's Raising Sand,which just won a Grammy for Album of the Year, claimed the second spot, followe ... More >>
See all five Oscar-nominated best picture films in one day.
Over the next couple of weeks, Backbeat will feature some Top Ten lists from around the Village Voice Media chain. Click here for previous year-in-review coverage from Backbeat and VVM. Any knucklehead with DSL and a laptop can now make an electronic track. With a half hour of clicking and fiddlin ... More >>
My ticket. Shortly after watching Slumdog Millionaire, the first-rate flick detailed in the blog "Slumdog Millionaire makes for a Big Night at the Denver Film Festival," I walked with my wife from the Denver Center for the Performing Arts to the lot where I'd parked my fine 1994 Geo Prizm prior to ... More >>
Dev Pateal and Freida Pinto in Slumdog Millionaire. Last year's so-called Big Night at the Denver Film Festival featured Juno, a small-scale comedy about a pregnant teen that inspired the blog "Juno Lives Up to the Hype at the Starz Denver Film Festival" before becoming a left-field box-office suc ... More >>
Single File poses side by side. How confusing! No pushing and shoving, blog lovers. There's plenty for everyone. Today in Backbeat Online: • Single File previews its new recording. • Tickle Me Pink releases the explicit version of its "Typical Whore" video. • KBCO's Studio C celebrates its ... More >>
The Denver Film Festival just keeps on rolling.