Tuesday, April 23, 2024

Will Talking Heads Be Talking to Each Other at Toronto Film Fest Reunion for “Stop Making Sense”?


Fans of the Talking Heads are still scratching their own heads over an announcement this week from the Toronto Film Festival.

The beloved new wave band, Talking Heads, have agreed to reunite at the fest for one night on September 11th. The occasion is a celebration of their film, “Stop Making Sense,” which has been cleaned up to 4K and so on and will be re-released on its 40th birthday.

The members of the Talking Heads stopped making conversation around 1991. David Byrne had a public and legal falling out with Chris Frantz, Tina Weymouth, and Jerry Harrison. It was pretty acrimonious. They’ve never been seen in the same place again, and it’s doubtful they’ve spoken much except through lawyers.

Nevertheless, TIFF will host this reunion, which will be shown live in real time from Toronto on IMAX screens. After the screening of the cutting edge concert film, the Heads will be interviewed by Spike Lee. It sounds great on paper but will it really happen? Will Spike have to sit between David and the others?

In his memoir, “Remain in Love,” published three years ago, Frantz said Byrne just quit the group abruptly. Lawsuits ensued. Byrne went on to do his solo projects, like the current “Here Lies Love” on Broadway. The others have had their projects. The trio sort of got the last laugh because their own Tom Tom Club hit from 1981, “Genius of Love,” has been sampled so often it’s no doubt made them very rich.

No matter what happens in Toronto, nothing is better than the Talking Heads albums and that movie. That’s their ultimate legacy.

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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