Hear & Now
This week on the music beat
Bringing Out The Dead It’s been four years since filmmaker Nick Broomfield shocked Sundance with his controversial, Seattle-scouring doc Kurt & Courtney. But last month, he was back in Park City with Biggie & Tupac, a twisty investigation into the murders of the two hip-hop heavyweights—a story rife with crooked cops, shifty lawyers, and lots of egos (it has yet to secure distribution). Among the highlights: rare footage of Tupac Shakur, provided by his friends (the rapper’s estate didn’t cooperate with Broomfield, citing their own Tupac projects); cameos by Biggie Small’s mother Marcella Wallace, who guides the British Broomfield through the L.A. hip-hop world; and a rare chat with then-imprisoned Death Row head Suge Knight, whom the film portrays in a less-than-flattering light. So don’t look for Knight at the premiere: ”If you do something you feel is accurate, most people respect that,” says Broomfield. ”Would I watch it with him in the next seat? That would rank high in terms of a nightmare.” — Brian M. Raftery
Force of Hobbit Anyone who’s waded through fantasy-infused Yes albums like Tales From Topographic Oceans shouldn’t be terribly surprised to learn that the prog-rock group’s high-pitched singer, Jon Anderson, is a stone Lord of the Rings fanatic with a love for all things Middle-earthy. ”I just reread [Tolkien] last year when I heard they were doing the movie,” says Anderson, whose muse was reignited by the experience: ”I got together with a musician who works on 17th-century music, and we wrote half a dozen songs that we sent to the producers.” Sadly, the tunes arrived too late to be considered for inclusion in the film. Will the music possibly be considered for the LOTR sequels (now in production)? New Line, the film’s production company, declines to comment—which may be construed as a, er, roundabout way of saying maybe.
Biggie & Tupac