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NEWS DIGEST - MONDAY, OCTOBER 22

23120 A movie based on the life of Kurt Cobain is headed for the big screen. Screenwriter David Benioff – the man who penned the woeful Troy – has been hired by Universal and Working Title to write the script. The currently untitled project will be based on Charles R.Cross’ biography Heavier Than Heaven. The Nirvana frontman’s widow, Courtney Love, will oversee proceedings as the film’s executive producer. Casting remains unconfirmed.

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Chief Monkey Alex Turner has completed work on his new record with ex-Little Flames guitarist Miles Kane. The pair have been ensconced in a Paris studio with Arctic Monkeys-producer extraordinaire James Ford. Rumoured to be inspired by the trio's devotion to the likes of Scott Walker and aided by a steady diet of "ping pong, cheese and red wine", the recordings are likely to be unveiled at the beginning of next year, following the completion of string arrangements (provided by Arcade Fire orchestral master Final Fantasy) and further overdubs.

The Bonzo Dog Doo-Dah Band have recorded their first studio album in 35 years – and this time the original line-up is joined by the likes of Stephen Fry and Phil Jupitus.  The album, which is scheduled for release on 10 December, is a response to the overwhelming enthusiasm that met the band’s 40th anniversary tour.

South African police have arrested five suspects in relation to the recent murder of reggae musician Lucky Dube, one of the continent’s biggest-selling artists.  The star was shot dead on Thursday, October 18 as he dropped his teenage son at a relative’s house.

And for no reason whatsoever - apart from the fact it's utterly brilliant - here's the great Muddy Waters at Newport in 1960.

Posted by Ross_Bennett at 02:27PM | Categories: News