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Casting Call: Who Should Play Black Sabbath in a Movie?

Chris Walter/WireImage Bringing the story of Black Sabbath to the big screen is no easy task. If ever the film gods decide to make a movie about the Godfathers of Heavy Metal, they’d have a tough task ahead of them. Whether it be the band’s iconic singer Ozzy Osbourne or legendary guitarist Tony Iommi, the actors portraying them have to be just right for the role. We’ve assembled a list of four actors who we think would do the band proud if ever a Black Sabbath biopic went into production. Check out our choices to play the original members of Black Sabbath below: Ozzy Osbourne Played by Colin Farrell Chris Walter, WireImage / Vittorio Zunino Celotto, Getty Images As the Prince of Darkness himself, Ozzy Osbourne is one of most notorious figures in heavy metal history. To capture Ozzy’s wild side, you need an actor who has a bad-boy reputation — and who better to take on the role than Colin Farrell ? While he may not be a dead ringer for Ozzy, the Irish actor does possess a few of the rock icon’s facial features. However, in this case, the selection of Farrell is more about personality than looks, and we feel he’s got the full package to portray Osbourne in a movie. ? Tony Iommi Played by Christian Bale Chris Walter, WireImage / Jason Merritt, Getty Images Tony Iommi is often credited as the inventor of heavy metal. His guitar riffs revolutionized music and set in motion a whole new genre of music. That said, you need an accomplished actor to portray Iommi, and our pick is the Dark Knight himself, British actor Christian Bale . Again, not a striking resemblance, but Bale has been known to transform into his characters, so we see no problem with him taking on the role of a heavy metal genius. ? Geezer Butler Played by James McAvoy Chris Walter, WireImage / Frederick M. Brown, Getty Images As the chief lyricist in Black Sabbath, bassist Geezer Butler needs to be played by an intellectual type. We nominate James McAvoy of such films as ‘Atonement,’ ‘Wanted’ and ‘X-Men: First Class.’ Not only does the Scottish thespian seem like a smart dude, he also looks remarkably like the young Geezer Butler. With a few bass lessons and a few books on the occult, McAvoy should be well on his way to taking on the role of Butler. ? Bill Ward Played by Tom Hardy Chris Walter, WireImage / Gareth Cattermole, Getty Images For heavy-hitting drummer Bill Ward , we need a powerful actor who can pound the skins with authority. While casting the guy who played ‘Dark Knight Rises’ villain Bane might stir up trouble with Christian Bale’s portrayal of Tony Iommi, we think Tom Hardy fits the ‘Bill’ extremely well. The British actor has shown his versatility as a boxer in ‘Warrior’ and a romantic spy in ‘This Means War,’ so he should have no problem rockin’ the role of Bill Ward if a Sabbath movie ever gets made. Who do you think should play the members of Black Sabbath in a movie? Do you like our choices? Any other suggestions? Let us know in the comments section below: [button href=”” title=”Next Casiting Call: Nirvana” align=”center”]

Daily Reload: Kurt Cobain, Billy Corgan + More

Frank Micelota, Getty Images – On what would have been Kurt Cobain ‘s 46th birthday (Feb. 20), we present our picks for the 10 Best Nirvana Songs. [ Loudwire ] – Smashing Pumpkins frontman Billy Corgan  stars in a new wrestling themed commercial for a furniture store. Watch it here: [ Loudwire ] – The Devil Wears Prada guitarist Chris Rubey is sitting out part of the band’s tour on paternity leave. [ Loudwire ] – How to Destroy Angels are currently streaming their ‘Welcome Oblivion’ album ahead of its release. [ Loudwire ] – Today (Feb. 20) marks the 10 year anniversary of perhaps the most tragic concert event in rock history — the Great White Station fire. [ Loudwire ] – Rush have added more dates to their 2013 North American summer tour. [ Ultimate Classic Rock ] – The Beatles ‘ ‘Abbey Road’ album cover is being used for a traffic safety campaign in India. [ Ultimate Classic Rock ] – David Bowie is planning some Record Store Day vinyl singles and an EP. [ ] – Footage of The Killers performing live with one of their musical idols — New Order ‘s Bernard Sumner — has surfaced. [ ]

Daily Reload: Nirvana, Five Finger Death Punch + More – Who would you cast if you were making a Nirvana movie? Here are three interesting suggestions: [ Loudwire ] – Five Finger Death Punch guitarist Zoltan Bathory reveals when we might expect a new album from the band. [ Loudwire ] – Three Days Grace have extended their touring with singer Matt Walst to include some spring dates. [ Loudwire ] – The Offspring , 3 Doors Down + Stone Sour are among the top acts booked for the inaugural Fort Rock Festival. [ Loudwire ] – It may be the middle of February, but we’ve got a guide showing you what albums you should be saving your money for in March. [ Loudwire ] – Lynyrd Skynyrd have postponed tour dates while guitarist and founding member Gary Rossington is hospitalized. [ Ultimate Classic Rock ] – Don Henley and Glenn Frey discuss the possibility of the Eagles making a new record. [ Ultimate Classic Rock ] – Video footage of the Thom Yorke -led Atoms for Peace  performing ‘Judge, Jury and Executioner’ from the Fuji Rock Festival has surfaced. [ ] – Wilco have unveiled the lineup for their 2013 Solid Sound music festival. [ ]

Dave Grohl Performs With Stevie Nicks and Sound City Players on ‘Late Show With David Letterman’

CBS Dave Grohl is making the talk show rounds this week, hitting up ‘The Colbert Report’ and ‘The Late Show With David Letterman’ to discuss and promote his ‘Sound City’ documentary. After an appearance on ‘Colbert’ earlier this week, last night (Feb. 14) was Letterman’s turn. During his interview with Letterman, Grohl recalled his first experience with the Sound City studio in Los Angeles, recording Nirvana ‘s ‘Nevermind’ album there in 1991. He explained, “We booked into that studio cause it was cheap. It was $600 a day and they were sort of kind of past their prime and their heyday. In ’73, they were state of the art, brown shag carpet on the walls was cool, but by 1991 it was not. So we walked in and it was a dump. It looked like a burned out Chi-Chi’s.” However, Grohl said the sound of the studio was undeniable and they got the “big” feel they were hoping for when recording the classic ‘Smells Like Teen Spirit.’ He adds, “The 16 days we were there changed my life forever. ” In addition, Nirvana drummer-turned- Foo Fighters frontman added a performance to his ‘Letterman’ appearance, bringing out his ‘Sound City Players’ with Fleetwood Mac ‘s Stevie Nicks on vocals for ‘You Can’t Fix This’ from the film’s soundtrack. Nicks has a history with the Sound City studios as well, first meeting Mick Fleetwood there prior to she and Lindsey Buckingham joining the band. The group also recorded some of their finest music at the studio. Watch the Dave Grohl’s ‘Late Show’ Interview Watch the Sound City Players Featuring Stevie Nicks Perform ‘You Can’t Fix This’ [button href=”” title=”Next: Check Out Our Photo Gallery from the Sound City Players NYC Show” align=”center”]

Casting Call: Who Should Play Nirvana in a Movie?

Universal Music Few bands have made quite the impact that Nirvana did when they exploded onto the scene in the early ’90s. Led by frontman Kurt Cobain and featuring the talents of drummer Dave Grohl and bassist Krist Novoselic , Nirvana revolutionized rock music with their 1991 sophomore album, ‘Nevermind.’ Tragically, Cobain took his own life in 1994, but their music and legacy lives on, making them the perfect subject for a big-screen biopic. But who should play the iconic rockers in a movie? We think we’ve found three very strong candidates to portray the members of Nirvana. Check them out below: Kurt Cobain Played by Joe Anderson Frank Micelotta, Getty Images / IMDB Talk about an uncanny resemblance! Actor Joe Anderson is the spitting image of the late, great Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain. While you may have seen Anderson in the Liam Neeson film ‘The Grey’ or the TV series ‘The River,’ he remains relatively unknown, making him a perfect candidate to play the enigmatic Cobain. That said, it’s no easy task portraying a troubled musical genius that changed the face of rock music forever. ? Dave Grohl Played by Efren Ramirez Universal / Alberto E. Rodriguez, Getty Images Along with being an extremely talented drummer, Dave Grohl is one of rock music’s resident funnymen. He was always the jovial member of Nirvana, and has continued to show his sense of humor as the frontman of Foo Fighters. In addition to having similar facial features as Grohl, ‘Napoleon Dynamite’ actor Efren Ramirez can definitely display the musician’s comedic side. So, we say ‘Vote for Pedro’ to play Dave Grohl in the Nirvana movie. ? Krist Novoselic Played by Jason Segel Jeff Kravitz / Jason Merritt, Getty Images The first qualification to play the 6-foot, 6-inch Krist Novoselic is that you gotta be tall. And at 6 foot, 4 inches, ‘How I Met Your Mother’ actor Jason Segel definitely fits the bill, as he also resembles Novoselic. Segel has been known to play a bit of a klutzy oaf in movies, and that experience will come in handy when he re-enacts the scene of Novoselic tossing his bass in the air at the 1992 MTV Video Music Awards and having it land on his face. Who do you think should play the members of Nirvana if a biopic was made about them? Let us know in the comments section below. [button href=”” title=”Next Casting Call: Metallica” align=”center”]

Dave Grohl Brings Sound City Players to NYC – Exclusive Photo Gallery

Liz Ramanand, Loudwire It would seem that with Foo Fighters on hiatus, we wouldn’t be hearing much from them, but that’s certainly not the case. Dave Grohl and the rest of the Foos rocked New York City last night (Feb. 13) as the primary backing band for the Sound City Players, a collection of acclaimed musicians who came together to celebrate Grohl’s new documentary and the storied music studio that the film chronicles. The concert last night featured several sets led by various artists, including such legends as John Fogerty of Creedence Clearwater Revival and Steve Nicks of Fleetwood Mac. Also participating in the once-in-a-lifetime show were musicians like Nirvana ‘s Krist Novoselic and Rage Against the Machine ‘s Brad Wilk. Read a full review of the NYC show over at our brother site Ultimate Classic Rock , and learn more about Grohl’s ‘Sound City’ film at this link . And be sure to check out our exclusive photos of the concert below: Photos of Dave Grohl and Foo Fighters Rocking Out With the Sound City Players in NYC: John Fogerty’s Set: Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Rick Springfield’s Set: Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Rick Nielsen of Cheap Trick’s Set: Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Lee Ving of Fear’s Set: Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Chris Goss’ Set: Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Al Johannes’ Set: Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire Liz Ramanand, Loudwire

Dave Grohl Talks ‘Sound City’ Documentary and More on ‘The Colbert Report’

Comedy Central Dave Grohl has been all over TV recently. Supporting his new documentary, ‘Sound City,’ which chronicles the legendary albums that have been the recorded at Sound City Studios, Grohl graced ‘The Colbert Report’ stage on Feb. 13 to promote the film. Prolific musician and rock’s most lovable overachiever Dave Grohl was in New York City last night to perform with the Sound City Players, a group of musicians who have recorded at Sound City Studios, including Grohl’s Foo Fighters bandmates, Rage Against the Machine drummer Brad Wilk , Nirvana bassist Krist Novoselic , Fleetwood Mac singer Stevie Nicks, rock legend John Fogerty + many more. Before the NYC performance, however, Grohl stopped by ‘The Colbert Report’ for an hilarious interview with host Stephen Colbert. Having recently finished guest-hosting the E! talk show ‘Chelsea Lately’ for a week, Dave Grohl answered Colbert-esque questions such as, “You sold 30 million copies of Nirvana’s ‘Nevermind’ alone, why not phone it in and get fat?” and “Do you think about the [‘Nevermind’] sessions now and go, ‘Why didn’t we turn up the drums?’” After naming off a litany of artists who recorded on Sound City’s board such as Rage Against the Machine, Barry White and the now-imprisoned Charles Manson, Grohl shot the funny right back at Colbert. “The first thing we had to do when we got it [the Sound City board] was open it up and scrub all the cocaine and fried chicken out of it,” Grohl joked. “And that was just Barry White!” Check out Dave Grohl’s full interview with Steven Colbert via the video player below. Dave Grohl Talks ‘Sound City’ on ‘The Colbert Report’ [button href=”” title=”Dave Grohl Explains History of Rock ‘n’ Roll on ‘Chelsea Lately'” align=”center”]