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Soundtracks: “Magic Man” From Ponzi Scheme Documentary “Unraveled”

Soundtracks: “Magic Man” From Ponzi Scheme Documentary “Unraveled” (photo)

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Columbus, Ohio’s Red Wanting Blue wrote this song “Magic Man” for the end title sequence of the upcoming documentary feature, “Unraveled.” The film tells the story of Marc Dreier — Manhattan lawyer, graduate of Yale and Harvard Law, giant Ponzi bag — who was convicted for orchestrating a hedge fund fraud scheme right around the same time Bernard Madoff was grabbing most of the headlines. Dreier’s claim to fame was selling $700 million in make-believe promissory notes, which he then used to console his fragile ego and live a lavish lifestyle. His excesses obtained by defrauding others included, “a $10 million apartment on the Upper East Side, beachfront properties in the Hamptons, a valuable art collection, expensive cars and an $18 million yacht,” according to The New York Times.

The film documents the man prosecutors called the “Houdini of impersonation and false documents,” his misdeeds and house arrest as he awaits sentencing, where he confessed his crimes for the camera. Dreier, age 61, should be released from prison on October 26th, 2026, if he lives that long. “Unraveled,” co-produced by Steven Cantor (“loudQUIETloud: A Film About the Pixies”) is set to premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 17th.

Listen to Red Wanting Blue get all Neil Diamond on this ode to Drier’s arrest and conviction.

Red Wanting Blue – Magic Man by fanaticpro

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Bourne to Run

10 Things You Didn’t Know About the Bourne Movies

Catch The Bourne Ultimatum this month on IFC.

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You know his name, as the Super Bowl teaser for the upcoming summer blockbuster Jason Bourne reminded us. In this era of franchise films, that seems to be more than enough to get another entry in the now 15-year-old series greenlit. And gosh darn it if we aren’t into it. Before you catch The Bourne Ultimatum on IFC, here are some surprising facts about the Bourne movies that you may not know. And unlike Jason Bourne, try not to forget them.


10. Matt Damon was a long shot to play Jason Bourne.

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Universal Pictures

Coming off of Good Will Hunting and The Legend of Bagger Vance, early ’00s Matt Damon didn’t exactly scream “ripped killing machine.” In fact, Brad Pitt, Russell Crowe and even Sylvester Stallone were all offered the part before it fell into the hands of the Boston boy made good. It was his enthusiasm for director Doug Liman’s more frenetic vision that ultimately helped land him the part.


9. Love interest Marie was almost played by Sarah Polley.

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Universal Pictures

Damon wasn’t the only casting surprise. Franka Potente, of Run Lola Run fame, wasn’t the filmmaker’s first choice for the role or Marie in The Bourne Identity. In fact, Liman wanted his Go star Sarah Polley for the part, but she turned it down in favor of making indie movies back in Canada. A quick rewrite changed the character from American Marie Purcell to European Marie Helena Kreutz, and the rest is movie history.


8. Director Doug Liman was obsessed with the Bourne books.

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Universal Pictures

Liman had long been a fan of the Bourne book series. When Warner Bros.’ rights to the books lapsed in the late ’90s, Liman flew himself to author Robert Ludlum’s Montana home, mere days after earning his pilot’s license. The author was so impressed with his passion for the material, he sold the rights on the spot.


7. Liman’s father actually worked for the NSA.

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Universal Pictures

Part of Liman’s fasciation with the Bourne series was that his own father played the same spy craft games portrayed in the books while working for the NSA. In fact, many of the Treadstone details were taken from his father’s own exploits, and Chris Cooper’s character, Alex Conklin, was based on Oliver Stone, whom Arthur Liman famously cross examined as chief counsel of the Iran-Contra hearings.


6. Tony Gilroy threw the novel’s story out while writing The Bourne Identity.

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Universal Picutres

Despite being based on a hit book, screenwriter Tony Gilroy, coming off of The Devil’s Advocate, had no idea how to adapt it into a movie. He said the book was more concerned with people “running to airports” than character, and would need a complete rewrite. Director Doug Liman agreed, and Gilroy claims to have condensed the original novel into the first five minutes. Getting that out of the way, he then wrote his own story, based on a man who wakes up one day not remembering anything but how to kill.


5. Damon walked like a boxer to get into character.

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Universal Picutres

Damon had never played a character like Bourne before, and was searching for a way to capture his physicality. Doug Liman told him to walk like a boxer to give Jason Bourne an edge. Damon took that to heart, training for six months in boxing, marital arts and firearms.


4. Damon broke an actor’s nose.

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Universal Pictures

Damon’s training for the films is legendary, but mistakes still happen. While filming a scene for The Bourne Ultimatum, Damon hit actor Tim Griffin so hard, he shattered his nose. Apparently, the space the scene was filmed in was smaller than originally intended, throwing Damon off just enough to exert a real beat down.


3. James Bond visited The Bourne Legacy set.

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Eon Productions

Actor Daniel Craig stopped by the set of The Bourne Legacy to visit his wife, actress Rachel Weisz, who was starring in the movie. While having James Bond on a Bourne set must have been exciting, The Bourne Legacy was the only Bourne movie to not actually feature Jason Bourne, meaning our bets on who would kick whose ass would have to wait for another day.


2. The Bourne Identity was nearly a bomb (in the box office sense).

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Universal Pictures

As reshoots began to pile up, and an all-out war between the studio and director Doug Liman spilled into the press, expectations were that The Bourne Identity was going to flop. Matt Damon told GQ that, “the word on Bourne was that it was supposed to be a turkey…It’s very rare that a movie comes out a year late, has four rounds of reshoots, and it’s good.”


1. Matt Damon wasn’t the first actor to play Bourne.

Warner Brothers Television

Warner Brothers Television

Aired on ABC in 1988, the TV movie adaptation of The Bourne Identity, while not exactly critically acclaimed, was a more faithful version of Ludlum’s book. Richard Chamberlain, of The Thorn Birds fame, played a much less ass-kicking spy, while “Charlie’s Angel” Jaclyn Smith played love interest Marie. If you like your Bourne movies heavy with poorly lit ’80s melodrama, this might just be the adaptation for you. Otherwise, you should catch The Bourne Ultimatum when it airs this month on IFC.

Hans Zimmer And Rodrigo y Gabriela On “Stranger Tides” Soundtrack

Hans Zimmer And Rodrigo y Gabriela On “Stranger Tides” Soundtrack  (photo)

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For his latest “Pirates of the Caribbean” score, Hans Zimmer, who has scored all four, turned to Rodrigo y Gabriela for some Flamenco inspired, action guitar work. KCRW has premiered a track the three of them created for the “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” soundtrack called “The Pirate That Should Not Be,” thick with dueling Spanish guitars.

“The way we are working is, three of us sitting in the room and I play average keyboards and they play brilliant guitars, and we’re writing cues together,” Zimmer told KCRW’s Jason Bentley earlier this year. “You know, there is a force and a ferocity about their sound.
You know my life is really about sequels at the moment, I have ‘Pirates’ four into ‘Kung Fu Panda’ two, into ‘Sherlock Holmes’ two and of course Chris is working on another ‘Batman’ movie. So that’s really my life, so what I’m trying to do is, I’m trying to go and figure out how we can bring something new to the party each time,” he added in that amazing Frankfurt lisp.

Zimmer was inspired to bring the Latin flavor to the soundtrack because of Penelope Cruz, who stars in “On Stranger Tides,” due to hit theaters later this month. Rodrigo y Gabriela collaborated with Zimmer on five tracks — including “The Pirate That Should Not Be” which you can listen to here.

Madonna Working On Classical Score For “W.E.”

Madonna Working On Classical Score For “W.E.” (photo)

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Madonna wrote and directed the multi-layered feature romance, “W.E.” and is reportedly tackling the score as well. The film is about the love affair between King Edward VIII and twice-married American socialite, Wallis Simpson, whom the former gave up the throne for in 1936 so that he could marry her (British kings can’t just marry American trollops you know). Parallel to this, the film follows the modern day affair of a Russian security guard and a married woman who is obsessed with the aforementioned life and times of King Edward VIII.

William Orbit, who produced Madonna’s 1998 album, “Ray of Light,” is collaborating, “but it will be quite an adjustment for them,” a source speaking to the Daily Mail noted. Composer Abel Korzeniowski, who scored “A Single Man,” is attached to help the pop pair in making the move to a classical score.

No details yet on what the soundtrack will entail exactly, nor how the play between past and present may work with a classical versus modern approach. But here’s a little Korzeniowski, that may hint at some of the direction they’re taking:


“Drowning” by Abel Korzeniowski, from “A Single Man”

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