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11.20.2009
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It seems like Buddy Holly is indeed alive and well, in more ways than one (maybe even more than Gary Busey these days). A little while ago, we wrote about the new Jon Heder flick that is in production titled ALIVE AND WELL based on Bradley Denton’s excellent sci-fi  adventure novel Buddy Holly is Alive and Well on Ganymede. We’d also like to update you on a documentary chronicling Holly’s last tour (The Winter Dance Party tour) in 1959, where he tragically died along with Ritchie Valens and the Big Bopper in a plane crash (LA BAMBA, starring Lou Diamond Phillips told Valens' story). The film, entitled, GOTTA TRAVEL ON: THE WINTER DANCE PARTY ODYSSEY has been picking up steam and this year alone has been mentioned in Rolling Stone magazine as well as being featured on NBC Nightly News.

The producers, Sevan Garabedian (aka Indiana Sev and JoBlo's brother!) and James McCool (great last name!!), have found the only known photographs from the trio’s final concert (photos taken just hours before they died) at the Surf Ballroom in Clear Lake, Iowa on February 2nd, 1959. The film will also feature interviews with all the surviving musicians from the tour, including Rock and Roll Hall-Of-Famer Dion, The Belmonts, Frankie Sardo as well as musicians Tommy Allsup and Carl Bunch, who backed Buddy on the tour. In-depth interviews with emcees from the tour, fans from every show they played and the owners of the charter service that Holly and Co. hired that night will also be on tap, and it also promises to shed light on every aspect of the tour, from the after show get-togethers to the controversies surrounding the fatal plane crash. Bob Dylan, then Robert Zimmerman, saw one of the shows and made eye contact with Buddy Holly. Dylan has said it was a pivotal moment for him. The timing seems pretty good on all this, as the first ever Buddy Holly box-set is also prepped for release on November 23rd. 

Having recently added Jim Berkenstadt as associate producer to the project, Garabedian and McCool are presently seeking additional funding for their project and have a complete proposal package available for anyone interested in being a part of their film. Email them HERE for more info...


Buddy Holly and Waylon Jennings, two days before the tour began

Extra Tidbit: Gary Busey portrayed Buddy Holly in the historically inaccurate THE BUDDY HOLLY STORY in 1978.
Source: JoBlo.com

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6:52PM on 11/20/2009

Thanks to Tarantino..

I can never help myself from seeing Steve Buscemi as Buddy Holly.
I can never help myself from seeing Steve Buscemi as Buddy Holly.
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4:25PM on 11/20/2009

I have an idea!!

How about this for a film...

Buddy Holly (2010)

Director:
Taylor Hackford

Written by:
Oren Moverman (screenplay)
James Mangold (story)

Starring:
Michael Cera as Buddy Holly
Zachary Bennett as Big Bopper
J.R. Villarreal as Ritchie Valens
Steven R. McQueen as Waylon Jennings
Masiela Lusha as Maria Elena Santiago
Miko Hughes as Sonny Curtis
Max Kasch as Larry Welborn
Thomas Sangster as Jerry Allison
Kenny Baumann as Joe B. Mauldin
Kevin Covais as Niki Sullivan
Scotty
How about this for a film...

Buddy Holly (2010)

Director:
Taylor Hackford

Written by:
Oren Moverman (screenplay)
James Mangold (story)

Starring:
Michael Cera as Buddy Holly
Zachary Bennett as Big Bopper
J.R. Villarreal as Ritchie Valens
Steven R. McQueen as Waylon Jennings
Masiela Lusha as Maria Elena Santiago
Miko Hughes as Sonny Curtis
Max Kasch as Larry Welborn
Thomas Sangster as Jerry Allison
Kenny Baumann as Joe B. Mauldin
Kevin Covais as Niki Sullivan
Scotty Leavenworth as Bob Montgomery
Erik Knudsen as Phil Everly
Kristen Alderson as Donna Ludwig
Gaby Hoffmann as Adrianne Joy Fryon
Tom Guiry as Tommy Allsup
Bobby Edner as Carl Bunch
James Francis Ginty as Norman Petty
David Dorfman as Robert Zimmerman
Jason Dohring as Lawrence Odell Holley
Collette Wolfe as Ella Pauline Drake Holley

Movie Breakdown:
You start it off playing Fred Astaire's "The Way You Look Tonight" during the opening credits, then introduce the parents making out (song still playing) then skip to the birth of Buddy Holly. Skip forward to late March of 1956, showing Buddy watching "The Searchers" on television. Then... *INSERT LIFE STORY HERE UP UNTIL HIS DEATH*. Plane crashes and screen fades to black. During blackness, you hear radio news reports about his death. Cut to Don McLean's "American Pie" playing, with flashes of the monument at the crash site throughout the closing credits.
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6:58PM on 11/20/2009
fuck michael cera.
fuck michael cera.
11:09AM on 11/20/2009

"Or my name isn't Buddy Holly."

It would be great to have that extra insight into the final moments of the life of a a legend. Frankie Muniz depiction of Holly from Walk Hard is still my favorite.
It would be great to have that extra insight into the final moments of the life of a a legend. Frankie Muniz depiction of Holly from Walk Hard is still my favorite.
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