Dissecting fascination with fame
Put down the copy of Us Weekly and talk about “Teenage Paparazzo.”
Vincent Chase ditched Turtle and the rest of the boys to hang with a paparazzo. Or at least the actor who plays him did. Directed by “Entourage” star Adrian Grenier, the HBO documentary “Teenage Paparazzo” follows 14-year-old shutterbug Austin Visschedyk — and, in the process, Grenier attempts to dissect the allure of fame. Plus interviews with psychologists, historians … and Matt Damon, Paris Hilton and Alec Baldwin. (Monday)
Entrenched in the soul and funk from the ’60s and ’70s? Time travel to another decade with “Record Collection.”
Music producer Mark Ronson is back with his follow-up to “Version” — you know, the album that made Britney Spears’ “Toxic” sound oh-so-funky and cool (thanks, Tiggers and ODB!). The ’80s electrosynth-inspired album, his third studio offering, will include vocal appearances by Boy George, the View and Simon Le Bon and pieces co-written by the Zutons and Scissor Sisters. (Tuesday)
If you’re into rock ’n’ roll, it only makes sense to talk about the “25th Anniversary of Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Concerts” on DVD.
Mick Jagger. Bruce Springsteen. Bono. Billy Joel. Paul Simon. It’s the mother of all rock concerts — and that’s not even the whole lineup of rock monarchs that took the stage at Madison Square Garden in 2009. And with ticket prices no cheap thing, your wallet will thank you. (Tuesday)
If you’re into incentivebased thinking, talk about “Freakonomics.”
The bestselling book from Steven Levitt and Stephen Dubner that fuses pop culture and economics is hitting the big screen. Each chapter of the book will be helmed by a different director, including Alex Gibney (“Enron: The Smartest Guys in the Room,” “Casino Jack and the United States of Money”) and Morgan Spurlock (“Super Size Me”). And with chapters like “Why do drug dealers live with their moms?” it’s sure to be enlightening. (Friday)
HALL OF FAMERS:Kevin Kane
Bono and Mick Jagger at the 2009 ceremony.
Adrian Grenier and teen paparazzo Austin Visschedyk.