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NOTE: On June 18th, 2008, Sony BMG/ Legacy Recordings released the long awaited reissue of Dennis Wilson's masterwork, the acclaimed 1977 solo album Pacific Ocean Blue. Aside from a brief CD release in 1992, this is the first time this album has been widely available to the public since it's first appearance. Included in this release is a second disc packed with previously unreleased material from sessions leading up to a second solo album, tentatively titled BAMBU.

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Re: "The Drummer" Updates, Stan Shapiro, and Question for Jon

Hi Patrick,
I was not approached. It does feel kind of weird to be on the outside of this one after being deeply involved in so many Dennis related projects through the years. I think Dennis' ex-wives and kids are all on board with this film. I wish them the very best...I hope its great!
Take Care, Jon

Re: "The Drummer" Updates, Stan Shapiro, and Question for Jon

Jon, do you know where Stan Shapiro is now?

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Re: "The Drummer" Updates, Stan Shapiro, and Question for Jon

Surprised no one has copied this here:

from: June 21, 2012, 06:41:59 AM

Dennis Wilson movie news report

Jon Stebbins
Honored Guest

This ran in Howie Edelson's nationally syndicated radio feed today...

by Howie Edelson

The upcoming biopic of late Beach Boy Dennis Wilson, called The Drummer, has run into a major snag with the loss of leading man and executive producer, Aaron Eckhart, who was slated to portray Wilson. Jennifer Wilson, Dennis' daughter and one of the project's producers, revealed to us that Eckhart has bowed out of the role as the Beach Boys' co-founder. Actress Vera Farmiga has signed on to play Fleetwood Mac's Christine McVie, Dennis' late-'70s love interest. Farmiga is best known for her Oscar nominated performance opposite George Clooney in 2009's Up In the Air.

Also cast are the roles of Jennifer Wilson -- Chloe Moretz, and Harry Potter star Rupert Grint as Wilson's early-'70s pal, Stan Shapiro. There's been no start date announced for the film and it remains unclear how Eckhart's defection will hamper the movie's chances for a wide release once production gets off the ground. Dennis Wilson co-founded the Beach Boys in 1961 and drowned in 1983 at age 39.

The Drummer is being headed up by husband and wife team Randall Miller and Jody Savin, who were behind the recent Sundance Festival hit Bottle Shock. The pair is currently in production in Savannah, Georgia on the movie, CBGB, based on Hilly Kristal and his legendary Lower East Side Manhattan club, which spawned the U.S. punk movement. Rupert Grint also appears as Cheetah Chrome and Foo Fighter drummer, Taylor Hawkins -- who recently added vocals to Dennis Wilson's long-unfinished '70's track "Holy Man" -- will star as Iggy Pop.

In late 1977, Dennis Wilson had planned a short tour to promote his solo album, Pacific Ocean Blue, which was receiving rave reviews at the time of its original release. Dennis pulled the plug on the trek due to several reasons, including a lack of money for a horn section and string ensemble. It's recently come to light that he faced an ultimatum from certain members of the Beach Boys and their management at the time, stating that if he left to temporarily pursue a solo career, he would be kicked out of the band.

One of Wilson's closest friends, photographer and filmmaker Ed Roach, says that he pleaded with Dennis not to back out of touring behind Pacific Ocean Blue: "He was very nervous about going out as 'headliner,' as 'the act,' y'know? I mean, the lack of confidence in himself really came out. He could mesmerize an audience, but as far as being the one to draw them in and being the main act to come out -- it scared him a little bit, I think. And I really think he was very leery of ever actually doing it. And it was such a shame because that first tour was (going to be) so beautiful. The places he was going to play and the sizes and the houses and everything, and the show that he had conceptualized and that he put together."

Longtime Beach Boys and Brian Wilson sideman Jeff Foskett -- who's currently on the road with the Beach Boys -- recalled to us that upon joining the group on tour in 1981, Dennis initially viewed him with pure suspicion: "Oh Dennis, absolutely. Because Michael (Love) had asked me to join the band, and I guess that wasn't something that he really wanted, y'know? But then after my first show, he came up to me and shook my hand and he bowed his head and he said, 'Thank you.' And I said, 'Man, what a compliment coming from you.' And he said, 'Y'know, you really learned the music and you really make it sound great, so thanks a lot." And that was really a compliment and then he and I became very close that day."

Re: "The Drummer" Updates, Stan Shapiro, and Question for Jon

Hmmm, so they need a new leading man.

In a previous thread I suggested Matt Bomer from "White Collar"

Re: "The Drummer" Updates, Stan Shapiro, and Question for Jon

Any updates on "The Drummer?" Has a new lead actor been chosen?

Re: "The Drummer" Updates, Stan Shapiro, and Question for Jon

Hope they get Andrew Wilson!!! He looks like him and even has the right last name!


Re: "The Drummer" Updates, Stan Shapiro, and Question for Jon

^^ Good shout

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