The highly anticipated 'Jersey Boys' movie adaptation and soundtrack album is released.
By 1888 Media
o accompany director Clint Eastwood's big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical "Jersey Boys," Rhino will release the soundtrack to this highly anticipated film, which premieres on June 20 in theaters across America.
Jersey Boys tells the story of Tommy DeVito, Bob Gaudio, Nick Massi, and Frankie Valli, four young men from the wrong side of the tracks in New Jersey who came together to form the iconic 1960s rock group The Four Seasons. The story of their trials and triumphs are accompanied by the songs that influenced a generation, including "Sherry," "Big Girls Don't Cry," "Walk Like a Man," "Dawn," "Rag Doll," "Bye Bye Baby," "Who Loves You," and many more.
Relive those unforgettable songs with Jersey Boys: Music from the Motion Picture and Broadway Musical, available June 24 for a suggested list price of $18.98 from Rhino. The album will be available digitally on the same day. Rhino also released the platinum-selling Original Broadway Cast Recording, which won the 2007 Grammy® Award for Best Musical Show Album.
While assembling the album's 25 tracks, producer Gaudio carefully selected some of the best songs recorded by Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons and intertwined them with recordings by cast members from both the film and the stage musical. The soundtrack is full of surprises and makes a perfect audio companion for both new fans discovering the quartet though the film as well as long-time followers of The Four Seasons.
The soundtrack and movie will launch a busy summer for The Four Seasons. On July 1, Rhino will release three additional projects related to the group:
- Frankie Valli & The Four Seasons - The Classic Albums Box is an 18-disc set that includes the vast majority of the group's albums in mini jackets with original artwork, $99.98.
JERSEY BOYS: MUSIC FROM THE MOTION PICTURE AND BROADWAY MUSICAL
About the movie Jersey Boys
From director Clint Eastwood comes the big-screen version of the Tony Award-winning musical "Jersey Boys."
Starring in the film, John Lloyd Young reprises his Tony Award-winning portrayal of the legendary lead singer of The Four Seasons, Frankie Valli. Erich Bergen stars as Bob Gaudio, who wrote or co-wrote all of the group's biggest hits. Michael Lomenda and Vincent Piazza star respectively as Nick Massi and Tommy DeVito, the other two original members of The Four Seasons. Christopher Walken plays local mobster Gyp DeCarlo.
Eastwood directed Jersey Boys from a screenplay and musical book by Marshall Brickman & Rick Elice, song music by Bob Gaudio and lyrics by Bob Crewe. The film is produced by Eastwood, Graham King and Robert Lorenz, with Frankie Valli, Bob Gaudio, Tim Moore, Tim Headington, James Packer and Brett Ratner serving as executive producers.
Warner Bros. Pictures presents a GK Films Production, a Malpaso Production, a film by Clint Eastwood, Jersey Boys. Opening nationwide on June 20, 2014, the film will be distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures, a Warner Bros. Entertainment Company.
This film has been rated R for language throughout.
Frankie Valli - Selected Solo Works
By Jeff Labrecque in Entertainment Weekly
n 1974, Mel Brooks' Blazing Saddles redefined comedy forever. As the film celebrates four decades of funny with a new 40th anniversary Blu-ray edition, creator Brooks gives us the backstory of the classic comedy Western.
Blazing Saddles has been honored by the Library of Congress, and President Obama has waxed nostalgic about seeing it as a child. I'm guessing you didn't envision such accolades when you made it.
I envisioned a race riot. I thought everybody would come after me and kill me for what I said about the Chinese, and the blacks, and the Jews. I thought if this was shown in Waco, Texas, the whites would storm the screen and cut it to ribbons. But Texas liked it as much as New York.
The film epitomized what became known as a "Mel Brooks Movie," an irreverent romp that broke all the rules. What led you to this type of wacky satire?
I just wanted to exorcise both my angels and demons. I said to all the writers, "Look, fellas, don't worry, this movie will never get released. Never. [Warner Bros.] will see it and they'll say, 'Let's bury it.' So let's go nuts. Let's write things that we never would dare write." And we did. There's a few guys doing that now -- Tarantino's doing that.
Richard Pryor helped write the script, and you wanted him to play the sheriff, Bart. What did he bring to the film?
He gave me some really beautiful 126th Street, St. Nicholas Ave. [Harlem] lines. I quit for three days because Warner Bros. wouldn't [let me cast] Richard as Black Bart. Richard came over and said, "If I was the black sheriff, I could pass for Cuban because I'm coffee-colored. Now, this guy Cleavon Little: He's classy, he has poise, and he's really charming. But he's black as coal. He will scare the s--- out of them." I said, "Okay, I'm coming back."
In comedy, the rule of three often applies, but you blew past that in the bean-fueled campfire scene. How did you decide how many farts were the correct number of farts?
That's a very good question. I had a rough cut, and maybe I had 16 farts. Things didn't get exciting until the fourth or fifth one, and the laughter began to diminish around the 12th fart, so I said, "Okay, cut it off at 12." I did it kind of systematically. I do a lot of homework.
Pound for pound, minute for minute, there are probably more laughs in Saddles than in any other movie ever made.
I think the AFI number one all-time comedy is Some Like It Hot, which I like. I thought it was really terrific. But it's certainly not half as funny as Blazing Saddles. I mean, it can't compare. When you limit your lists to comedies, Blazing Saddles should be first, second, third and fourth. And then maybe Young Frankenstein should be fifth. That's the way it should roll.
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