Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Sony Leak: A Rare Letter from Terrence Malick Asking for a Cheap Rate on a Carole King Song

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One day maybe we’ll see Terrence Malick’s music movie, called “Weightless.” If we do, maybe it will include Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara singing a little bit of Carole King and Gerry Goffin’s “Will You Love Me Tomorrow.” Apparently last year Malick couldn’t get the rights, so he wrote a letter to Sony CEO Michael Lynton asking for help. The letter turned up in the WikiLeaks Sony hack search. Malick says he got Bob Dylan, Madonna, and Arcade Fire songs for the same rate, but was having trouble clearing this song. Hey, Terry, you’re not alone. Carole wouldn’t allow her famous Shirelles song in the Broadway show, “Baby It’s You.” But it’s in her own musical, “Beautiful.”

Meantime, Malick’s “Knight of Cups” didn’t show up as a Cannes selection. Where is it? Who knows? Obviously, “Weightless” is also finished. There’s a third Malick movie out there, too.  But at least we can see the noted recluse has stationery, and a signature. He doesn’t show up for his own premieres or press conferences, and gives no interviews. His movies no longer have dialogue, either, just narration and people walking on the shoreline. Trying to sing Carole King songs.

Roger Friedman
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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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