Wes is getting some of the old gang back together again and adding a few new ones, too …
Anderson has confirmed the cast, which includes Benicio del Toro, Frances McDormand, Jeffrey Wright, Adrien Brody, Timothée Chalamet, Bill Murray, Tilda Swinton, Léa Seydoux, Mathieu Amalric, Lyna Khoudri, Stephen Park, and Owen Wilson.
Almost Famous is released in theaters across the US on September 13, 2000.
The film is a semi-autobiographical account of writer and director Cameron Crowe’s time spent interviewing rock bands for Rolling Stone in the ’70s, when he was just a teenager. The film centers around a fictional band called Stillwater, and rather than being based on one band in particular, Stillwater feels like every ’70s arena band rolled into one.
November 9, 1967 ~ The first issue of Rolling Stone magazine is published.
John Lennon is the first cover subject. The still shot from the movie set of How I Won the War shows the Beatle in his familiar round glasses and a mesh-covered helmet, setting the tone for the mix of music and politics that become the magazine’s hallmark.
The first issue costs 35 cents and becomes a collector’s item, selling for upwards of $400 decades later.
The magazine’s name is inspired by the Muddy Waters blues song “Rollin’ Stone,” the Bob Dylan hit “Like a Rolling Stone,” and the band The Rolling Stones.
When the editors realize they are aging out of their demographic, they bring in young writers to keep it fresh. One of these is the journalism prodigy Cameron Crowe, who begins writing for the magazine in 1973 at age 16, covering the likes of Deep Purple, The Allman Brothers and Jackson Browne. These experiences form the basis for his 2000 film Almost Famous.
September 17, 1982 ~ Pink Floyd’s seminal double album The Wall makes it to the big screen as a feature-length musical.
Bob Geldof of the Boomtown Rats plays the lead role of Floyd “Pink” Pinkerton, a part originally earmarked for Roger Waters.
The movie is a surprise success, initially opening in just one theater but eventually climbing to #3 in the box office charts after a nationwide release (there’s often a funny smell in the theaters when the film is showing, and the concessions sell an unusual number of snacks). It later enjoys a second lease of life as a cult classic thanks to its release on home video.