Premiere dates for “The Runaways” confirmed! LA premiere contest

Gossip Cop has confirmed that the Los Angeles premiere of The Runaways is Thursday, March 11, and the New York City premiere is Wednesday, March 17th.

The Runaways movie has an official twitter now, @RunawaysFilm. This was confirmed as legitimate by the Runaways Movie Facebook page, which is linked on the official Runaways Movie website. Follow them for special giveaways and info about the movie.

Sixx Sense, Nikki Sixx’s (@SixxSense) radio show, is giving away a trip to the Los Angeles premiere HERE. Be sure to read the terms and conditions carefully, as always. Like the contests for the NYC premiere, this contest is for legal US residents only.

Good luck!

Joan Jett talks about “The Runaways” in Interview Magazine

I just found this today and I have no idea when it will be printed, but I’m guessing the next issue? I’ll update this when I find out.

Here’s just a taste. This is awesome.

EVELYN MCDONNELL: How did you finally decide that this movie was going to be an okay situation to talk about the past again?

JETT: I felt confident with the level of success-the people at River Road, the Linsons [producers of the film]. Then they hired Floria to write the screenplay and direct, and I knew that I was in good hands.

MCDONNELL: One of the really interesting things about the movie is how well it captures 1970s Los Angeles and the sort of freedom and excess and hedonism and danger of it all.

JETT: Yeah, I think it does, actually-that music, that sort of combination of glam and intensity. It was decadent. It was also very attractive.

MCDONNELL: How was it working with Kristen Stewart, who plays you in the film? What did you tell her? How did she study you?

JETT: Well, I found Kristen to be through and through totally professional and just great to be around. I found us to be really, scarily similar, just in our physicality, the way we move through space. The first time we met was a little over a year ago, New Year’s Eve. She came to see us do a concert. We hung out for the whole day, and I just dumped on her about everything I could think about The Runaways-I mean, the good, the bad, and the ugly. I told her all that stuff and how much it meant to me. Then she went off to do New Moon, and I didn’t see her again until about two weeks before The Runaways thing started. But she is so authentic. The thing that came through to me was that it was important to her to capture it. She really wanted to nail it. So I gave her all The Runaways music that I could find; I gave her tapes of me talking. . . . When we were together prior to the start of filming, she was staring at me the whole time. And I was fine with it because I knew she was watching my posture, my mannerisms, everything I did, the way I hold my hands, just everything. And she really soaked it in. When we were hanging out together on set, it was like I had a mirror image. Even just sitting around, we’d do the same thing at the same time. It was just great-and it wasn’t creepy. It was wonderfully special.

Read the rest HERE. (There’s three pages.) It has some cool pictures of the band and the film too, that I haven’t seen before.

Update on “The Runaways” LA and NYC Premieres

Marc Malkin from E!Online says that the Los Angeles premiere of The Runaways movie is set for March 11, and that the New York City premiere will be “5 days later”, which if I do my math right is March 16th.

Read the rest of his article HERE.

The Make Up For Ever USA contest for the New York City Runaways premiere still states that the NYC premiere will happen on March 17th. So I really don’t know which date is correct. I’ll keep an eye out.

“The Runaways” screening in Minneapolis, MN, March 13

The Runaways will be shown in Minneapolis, MN, on Saturday, March 13, as part of the “Women with Vision” film festival.

  • Women With Vision
    Walker Art Center
    Minneapolis, MN
    Saturday, March 13, 2010
    7:30 pm
    Walker Cinema

Tickets are just $8.00 ($6.00 for Walker members). Buy tickets HERE. Here’s what they say about the film:

“We shared the dream of girls playing rock and roll.”—Joan Jett

One of rock’s quintessential girl groups, the Runaways exploded onto the scene in the mid-seventies, playing hits such as “Cherry Bomb” to huge audiences around the world. Based on vocalist Cherie Currie’s shocking book Neon Angel, this film chronicles the band’s brief rise to fame and all that came with it. In her debut feature, Sigismondi—best known for photography and music videos for Marilyn Manson, David Bowie, and Björk—enlisted Dakota Fanning for the role of Cherie Currie and Kristen Stewart for Joan Jett. 2010, 35mm, 105 minutes.

From the festival’s website:

The 16th year of this festival, which recognizes the perspectives women bring to the art of filmmaking, situates us in a world interconnected by politics and global economics. With the series Views from Iran as its centerpiece, Women with Vision also includes new works made in Nepal, Korea, France, Holland, Bosnia and Herzegovina, and Israel—all regional premieres, with the French film God’s Offices making its U.S. debut. The festival also features works by two Minneapolis filmmakers, one who approaches her subject by hurtling to the sun via 3-D, and the other by zeroing in on one small locale in South Minneapolis during a protest movement. Guest filmmakers include So Yong Kim, who opens the festival with her dreamlike Treeless Mountain, and Astra Taylor, who offers the witty, insightful Examined Life. Whether bearing arms in Nepal’s civil war, entering the immigration fray in order to save a child, or reorganizing a village after a war, the characters in these films—and the directors who made them—present a world that is reshaping along human dimensions rather than political geography.

It makes me a little teary-eyed to know that The Runaways are included with all of those wonderful women. 🙂

(Thanks Wasted1 on the message board for finding this for us!)

“Make Up For Ever” Contest for “The Runaways” NYC Premiere on March 17th

The New York City Premiere of The Runaways is currently set for March 17th, 2010!

I told you about the Urban Outfitters contest last week, and now Make Up For Ever USA has a contest to win a trip to the NYC premiere of The Runaways also. This one is open to all 50 US states, the District of Columbia, and Canada (excluding Quebec), and you must be at least 18 years old to enter. Be sure to read ALL of the contest rules and regulations and details for entering HERE.

This was buried deep into the fine print of the rules and regulations:

Premiere is currently anticipated to be held on March 17, 2010.

Good luck!

Still no international contest. 😦

Thanks @KStewDevotee!

Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning Fandango interview

Thanks to @kstewadmirers for Tweeting this:

Fandango has published an edited version of an interview that Dakota Fanning and Kristen Stewart did at Sundance about The Runaways. Here’s a short snippet:

Q: We talked to Cherie, who said she feels like she’s living in a dream because you’re playing her, and Joan said you guys had very similar energy. How much time did you guys spend with them before and during the production?
Dakota: A lot. They were there pretty much every day and I spent a lot of time with Cherie before we started filming. I think it was important that they were there… because it’s their life, you know?
Kristen: There wasn’t a period of ‘let’s feel this out and see how much we’re willing to delve into personal aspects of your lives and how much we’re willing to expose ourselves’…but we really liked each other…there was just something really special.

Q: Was part of your attraction to the role the fact that this is about something that’s still very taboo…women doing certain things?
Kristen: Yeah, that was a huge thing and especially for Joan, it’s still such a huge [thing].…we’re girls that have both been brought up thinking we can do whatever we want and there are a lot of very empowered females [now], but it just wasn’t like that then. And I think that people don’t really realize that The Runaways were the first girls to play music like that and it could have been someone else, but it wasn’t. It was them.

Read the rest HERE.

And here is the full audio from that interview. It contains some foul language. (Go Stew!) This is the “p*ssy” to the wood” interview. 🙂

Part 1:

Part 2:

Part 3:


Schedule for “The Runaways” at SXSW

The screening for The Runaways movie at the South by Southwest festival in Austin, Texas has been scheduled:

The Runaways

  • Date: Thursday, March 18, 2010
  • Time: 8:00 pm
  • Location: Paramount

Here’s another Runaways-related item: The Kim Fowley-produced band The Howlies are also performing at SXSW:

The Howlies

  • Date: Wednesday, March 17, 2010
  • Time: 7:45 PM
  • Location: Galaxy Room

Blackheart Records artist The Dollyrots were originally listed as TBA on the SXSW site, but they are no longer listed so I don’t think they will be there. UPDATE: The Dollyrots are performing Friday, March 19th, at Buffalo Billiards. And so is Girl in a Coma!

Check out The Dollyrots’ tour dates to see where else they are touring.

See the full SXSW schedule HERE.

Eric Rosenberg: Graphic Designer for “The Runaways”

I guess Valentine’s Day is the new Christmas! Who knew?

Eric Rosenberg was the graphic designer for The Runaways film, and he published pictures of some of the books, magazines, and posters that he created for the film on his website. They are recreations of publications that the original Runaways appeared in back in the ’70s. The Dakota Fanning pictures are recreations of the Cherie-centric Japanese tour book that caused one of the first real rifts in the band.

See them all HERE. There are 6 pages total. Click on each one to advance to the next page. Don’t forget to read the captions. Cool stuff.

Here’s Eric’s rendition of The Runaways’ October 1976 Crawdaddy cover, alongside the original (Source). Notice the differences. 🙂

Dude, you forgot the comma after "Power Chords". 🙂

There’s a recent interview with Eric at The Design Observer HERE. And here is his very impressive IMDB resume. Here’s a small snippet of the interview–this stuff sounds fascinating:

Alex Knowlton:

Just to clarify, you don’t do titles but you seem to design everything between, correct?

Eric Rosenberg:
On most projects I’ll be hired to design all the prominent scripted items requiring graphic design. “Scripted” being very important, because when the staffing for a film’s Art Dept. is budgeted, it’s not a given that there will be a graphic designer hired. Graphics may often be overlooked or misunderstood by the producers when budgeting. The workload needs to be presented to them clearly in list form so that funding for a determined number of weeks or months will be allocated. Most of the time the film’s art director will have done this before I’m hired, but it’s happened that my own breakdown of a project’s graphic needs has secured me the job, most recently on The Runaways which was a low budget production.

Usually I’m hired to design logos, signs, props and set decoration items, as well as the occasional piece for the costume designer. There are also many non-scripted items which crop up during filming, such as wallpaper and carpet designs or faux finishes like the marble flooring I’ve just done this week. Very often I’ll do photo composites of the film’s actors with notable public figures or put them in a particular setting called for by the script for set decoration or prop use. On occasion I do pre-visualization work in Photoshop, which I really enjoy, but illustrators generally get most of that work. The area of graphics I’m least likely to work in are those done for video playback purposes. Things like web page designs, TV news graphics or other custom computer screen interfaces are farmed out more often than not.

Thanks to @kstewartnews for the info!

Win a trip to the ‘The Runaways’ NYC premiere

Urban Outfitters is giving away a trip for two to the New York City premiere of The Runaways AND the after-party, including air fare and hotel accommodations. Runners up get some cool prizes too. See all the details here:

Don’t forget to read the Terms and Conditions before you submit your entry. You must be 21 years of age or older to enter, and the contest is only open to the 48 contiguous United States and District of Columbia, which excludes Alaska and Hawaii. It is not an international contest.

Good Luck!

(Thanks to @kstewartnews and others on Twitter for the tip!)

Reuters News – Joan Jett Rocks Sundance

I don’t remember seeing this before:

Joan Jett and the Blackhearts headline the weekend party atmosphere at the Sundance Film Festival. Video

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These are cool. More video interview footage of Joan from Sundance (via

More high praise from Joan for Kristen:

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On Hollywood’s version of her life. I LOVE THIS. Being in a rock band is HARD WORK, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t follow your dreams!

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“The Runaways” and The Dollyrots at 2010 SXSW Festival

(Via @larry411)

The Runaways movie has been added to the 2010 South by Southwest Film Festival lineup. It can’t enter any of the competition categories because it has already been shown at Sundance, but all films are eligible for audience awards. Maybe they’ll win one!

I checked out the music lineup for SXSW too, and so far Joan Jett is not scheduled to appear, but fellow Blackheart Records artist The Dollyrots is on the list. If any other Blackheart artists join the lineup later, I’ll let you know.

Dates and venues are TBA and will be announced soon.

What is The Runaways’ drama doing to the fans?

Warnings: 1) I cuss in this post. A lot. 2) It’s heavy on the emo. 3) It’s long.

As excited as I am for The Runaways movie, there are certain unpleasant facts surrounding the making of the film that I’d rather not deal with.

  • Unpleasant fact #1: Jackie Fox and Lita Ford did not want this movie to be made.
  • Unpleasant fact #2: Cherie Currie and Lita Ford still do not like each other.

As a fan of The Runaways, Joan Jett, AND Lita Ford, my plan was to keep the peace and not address these facts. I cloaked myself in positivity and hoped it would be enough to shield me from the elephant in the room.

But yesterday, the elephant stepped on my foot.  Continue reading

Runaways video roundup 01/30/2010

Here are all of the new video clips about The Runaways since the last time I posted some. There have also been a lot of online interviews, but I will only post the ones that are not re-hashes of interviews that I’ve already posted the video or audio of.

Just to inform you: I am completely serious about not wanting to be spoiled for The Runaways movie, so I’m not going to read or post any of the reviews. It makes no difference to me if this film is a critical success or not. The band itself never was, so I don’t care what critics think about them now.

On with the show! Continue reading

Runaways’ “Mercury Albums Anthology” Due on March 16th

Start saving your money. You will be broke in March. But you will be happy. 😀

According to MusicTap and Pause&Play, Hip-O Select is releasing an anthology of all of The Runaways’ Mercury Records albums on March 16th, called The Mercury Albums Anthology. (Thanks to blacknblue77 for the tip on the message board.)

The Hip-O Select website doesn’t mention it, so I have no idea yet what it may cost, or if it will include anything rare or previously unreleased. I’ll let you know when I hear something.

Click HERE to see a discography of Runaways music. The Mercury Records albums were The Runaways, Queens of Noise, Live in Japan, and Waitin’ for the Night. I have all of these on CD from, but it looks like most of them are out of stock there or nearly so.

For those keeping score at home, here’s everything we have on deck for March so far:

March 1st:

  • Release of Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics Volume 1: Hard Rock Heroes. The Rock ‘N’ Roll Comics series was published in the 1990’s and is now being republished by Bluewater Productions as a series of graphic novels. Volume 1 contains the Joan Jett/Lita Ford comic. These comics were unauthorized biographies, so take it with a grain of salt. But they are still cool to have. You can pre-order Volume 1 at Amazon HERE. The Runaways will make an appearance in Volume 9, SMASH! A Punk/Alternative Retrospective. Read more about each volume HERE. (FYI to Twilight fans: Bluewater Productions also publishes the Female Force comics; you may have seen the one they did on Stephenie Meyer.)

March 9th:

  • Release of Joan Jett and the Blackhearts Greatest Hits, probably on Blackheart Records.

March 16th:

  • Release of The Runaways: The Mercury Albums Anthology on Hip-O Select.
  • Release of Cherie Currie’s book, Neon Angel: A Memoir of The Runaways, on It Books.

March 19th:

  • Premiere of The Runaways movie in the US and Canada.

March 2010:

  • US release of Multiple Sarcasms, starring Joan Jett and the Blackhearts as the night club band. The exact date hasn’t been announced yet, but right now it is supposed to happen sometime in March.

“The Runaways” teaser poster; more Sundance interviews

Kristen Stewart Fans has an UHQ version of the teaser poster for The Runaways. It’s huge:


And here are some more interviews from Sundance. Continue reading

More interviews about “The Runaways” at Sundance

I have decided to not read any reviews of the film until after I see the movie. I don’t need the spoilers or the opinions of so-called “journalists”. All I need is my rock and roll. If you want to read the articles and reviews, check them out at the Joan Jett Fanclub website (, Kristen Stewart Fans, or any of the wonderful people I mentioned in my “Jetthead’s Guide to the 2010 Sundance Film Festival” post. They will all take good care of you.

The folks at the Kristen Stewart Fans site have summarized Day 1 and Day 2 of the festival HERE (day 1), HERE (day 2 part 1), and HERE (day 2 part 2).

I’ll continue to post video or audio interviews, especially any of Joan. Here are some more: Continue reading

Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning interviews at Sundance

Here are some videos of interviews that Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning did at Sundance. Enjoy!



And, our good friend @larry411 posted pics of Joan at the Harry O’s show from Saturday HERE. I’ll go through all of the press from that show this week and update the concert archive.

“The Runaways” Canadian Premiere Set for March 19th

The Hollywood Reporter and Indie Wire are reporting that E1 Entertainment has picked up distribution for The Runaways in Canada. The premiere is set for March 19th, same as in the US. Read about it HERE and HERE.

IMDB says that distribution has also been set for Australia, New Zealand, and Argentina. Of the three, only Argentina has a release date listed: April 22nd. @larry411 has heard of Norway and other places releasing the movie, which he tweeted a while back, but I can’t find any news reports about these releases anywhere on the Internet. reported back in December that Aurum has acquired the distribution rights in Spain, but no release date was announced. That info hasn’t been added to IMDB, which doesn’t mean much. IMDB isn’t always reliable.

Have you heard about The Runaways being released in your country? Post the link to the announcement below.