- - Monday, September 3, 2012

A documentary with newly-released historic footage will trace the Rolling Stones’ 50-year journey from teenagers to rock icons, publicists for the band said Thursday.

The film, titled “Crossfire Hurricane” — from a lyric in “Jumping Jack Flash” — is due for release in some British cinemas in October.

The documentary includes footage showing the band’s first road trips and the chaos of early tours, accompanied by commentaries by Mick Jagger, Keith Richards, Charlie Watts, Ronnie Wood and former Stones Bill Wyman and Mick Taylor.

“This is not an academic history lesson,” director Brett Morgen said in a statement. Instead, the film invites the audience to experience “the Stones’ nearly mythical journey from outsiders to rock and roll royalty,” he said.

The documentary also will be shown later this year on HBO and the BBC.

Scottish actor Ewan McGregor (Associated Press)
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The Stones, which are celebrating their 50th anniversary this year, have so far kept their plans secret. On Thursday, a publicist for the band denied reports that it will play four shows in London and New York in November.

The reports followed rumors that the rockers may be releasing new material after Mr. Jagger tweeted a photo of him holding a guitar inside a Paris recording studio this week.

The band first played in July 1962 at the Marquee Club in London.

Spanish film festival to honor McGregor

Scottish actor Ewan McGregor will be honored with an award in tribute to his career at the San Sebastian film festival in Spain next month, festival organizers said last week.

The 41-year-old “Star Wars” star will receive the festival’s Donostia Award, “awarded to a great film personality in recognition for their work and career,” at a ceremony on Sept. 27, they said in a statement.

“Often hailed as one of the finest actors of his generation, Ewan McGregor consistently captivates audiences with a diverse line-up of roles across a multitude of genres, styles and scope,” it said.

The actor’s latest film “The Impossible,” a drama based on a true story of a family’s fight to survive during the 2004 tsunami, will have its European premiere at the festival after the ceremony to award Mr. McGregor the prize.

Actress Glenn Close won the Donostia Award last year. Previous recipients of the prize include Julia Roberts, Ian McKellen, Richard Gere and Woody Allen.

The 60th edition of the San Sebastian film festival, the oldest and most prestigious event of its kind in the Spanish-speaking world, will take place from Sept. 21 through 29.

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