Billboard Bits: 'Storytelling,' Quincy Jones, and more
News on Belle & Sebastian, Nathan Larson, Shudder To Think, Quincy Jones, Jeremaine Dupri, Source Hip Hop AwardsBelle & Sebastian and ex-Shudder To Think guitarist Nathan Larson have laid down the score for Todd Solondz's "Storytelling," which will be released this October by New Line Cinema. Details of the film's plot remain sketchy, but "Storytelling" will look at the drama of high school and college life. James Van Der Beek ("Dawson's Creek") and Selma Blair ("Cruel Intentions") will star.
The film will be split into two acts, with Larson scoring the first half, and Belle & Sebastian tackling the latter half. The soundtrack will be released by Matador/Jeepster to coincide with the film.
Larson has previously scored "Boys Don't Cry," while Shudder To Think helmed the soundtracks to "First Love, Last Rites" and "High Art." Belle & Sebastian is currently in the studio prepping a pair of singles for summer release.
-- Todd Martens, L.A.
Gold records are nice, but Quincy Jones has a new international honor. The Grammy-winning producer, arranger and composer has been named a commander of the French Legion of Honor by French President Jacques Chirac. The ceremony took place yeserday (March 26) at the presidential palace in Paris.
Jones, who was named to the Legion of Honor in 1990, is the 32nd American and the first United States-born musician to have achieved the status of commander.
The 68-year-old Jones has achieved international stardom with such credits as "We Are The World" and Michael Jackson's best-selling album "Thriller." He went to France in the 1950s to study composition with famed piano teacher Nadia Boulanger, and later worked with some of the nation's top musical talents, including Charles Aznavour and Michel Legrand.
Jermaine Dupri's So So Def Recordings is pairing with Strange Fruit Films to release three reality-based films reflecting hip-hop and urban culture. The first, titled "On The Come Up At The Source Awards," is due for release on DVD and VHS on April 10. "On The Come Up" follows the story of three women trying to gain access to the hip-hop awards show, and documents them interacting with celebrities such as Marlon Wayans, Da Brat, and Tyson Beckford.
The DVD version of the film also features backstage footage from last year's Source Hip Hop Music Awards, held August 22 at the Pasadena Civic Auditorium in Pasadena, Calif. As previously reported, the show was halted by police after violence broke out in the audience and on stage.
Premiere screenings of "On The Come Up" are scheduled for April 2 in Atlanta and April 4 in New York.
-- Troy Carpenter, N.Y.
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