Amy Winehouse’s father has criticized a documentary about the late singer’s life, saying it’s “misleading”.
Mitch Winehouse says the producers left out key details.
He says the film is unbalanced, and isn’t happy with the way he’s portrayed.
Amy is due to be shown at this year’s Cannes Film Festival.
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The documentary was made by the same team behind the BAFTA-winning documentary Senna, about the Formula 1 racing driver Ayrton Senna.
Mitch Winehouse, who now fronts the Amy Winehouse Foundation, says the film presents him as not being there to help Amy, something he denies.
His comments come as a spokesperson for Amy Winehouse’s family said they “would like to disassociate themselves from the forthcoming film about their much missed and beloved Amy”.
The filmmakers have defended the documentary saying: “When we were approached to make the film, we came on board with the full backing of the Winehouse family and we approached the project with total objectivity, as with Senna.
“During the production process, we conducted in the region of 100 interviews with people that knew Amy Winehouse; friends, family, former-partners and members of the music industry that worked with her.
“The story that the film tells is a reflection of our findings from these interviews.”
Amy Winehouse died at the age of 27 from alcohol poisoning in July 2011.
Mitch Winehouse, father of late singer Amy Winehouse, has been left unimpressed by the version of her song Back To Black recorded by Beyoncé for new film The Great Gatsby.
“I don’t think she brings anything to it,” he said.
He added: “I wasn’t asked for my permission if they could record it.”
Mitch Winehouse has now agreed to its use, but said: “They have got to pay for the privilege, which is what they are doing. I can’t tell you how much it is but it’s a lot of money.”
Amy Winehouse’s father has been working on a follow-up to the hit album Lioness: Hidden Treasures, which was released after the singer’s untimely death at 27 in 2011.
Beyoncé covers Amy Winehouse’s Back To Black in new Great Gatsby
The album will feature some of Amy Winehouse’s very early work and profits will go towards the Amy Winehouse Foundation, a charity set up to help youngsters with addiction problems.
The new collection is expected to be released via Island Records with some input from producer Mark Ronson, who worked with Amy Winehouse.
Meanwhile, Beyoncé’s rapper husband Jay-Z – real name Shawn Carter – presented her with a diamond-encrusted champagne bottle to celebrate the first night of her Mrs. Carter World Tour in Serbia last week.
“He shelled out thousands on having a jeroboam of plush Armand de Brignac champagne sent over to her hotel, with the words <<Mrs. Carter>> emblazoned on it in diamonds,” said a mole backstage on the mammoth worldwide tour.
Music stars from Britain and beyond are gearing up for this year’s Brit Awards in London.
Scots singer Emeli Sande is hot favorite to win best British album and female, while folk rockers Mumford and Sons are tipped for best British group.
Stadium rockers Muse will open the ceremony at the O2 Arena.
There will also be performances from Robbie Williams, One Direction, Taylor Swift and Justin Timberlake, but it is not clear whether Adele will turn up.
The best-selling singer famously showed her annoyance when one of her victory speeches was cut short last year.
Brit Awards chairman David Joseph has said he will make amends, telling the Guardian: “I can hint that something is going to happen this year to right that wrong.”
Adele is the bookmakers’ favorite to win the best British single prize for her Bond theme Skyfall, but she is rumored to be in the US rehearsing for an appearance at the Oscars on Sunday.
Emeli Sande has four nominations, including two in the best single category. She is returning to the event a year after picking up the Critics’ Choice accolade for rising stars.
Speaking on the red carpet, she said: “I’ve been here for the last three years and you go from nobody knowing who you are, to Critics’ Choice last year, and now to be here just feels great.”
There are three nods apiece for Mercury Prize winners Alt-J and Mumford and Sons, who took the album of the year trophy at the Grammy Awards in the US last weekend.
Other nominees include Amy Winehouse, who is posthumously shortlisted for best British female, and The Rolling Stones, who are up for best live act, 35 years after they were shortlisted for the first ever Brit Awards.
Music stars from Britain and beyond are gearing up for this year’s Brit Awards in London
Singer-songwriter Ben Howard is tipped to take home best British male, while pop star Rita Ora leads the contenders in the British breakthrough category.
The winners all receive a trophy designed by controversial British artist Damien Hirst.
One Direction will give the first live performance of their Comic Relief single, a medley of Blondie’s One Way Or Another and The Undertones’ Teenage Kicks.
Taylor Swift is said to be putting together a fire and ice-themed set, while Timberlake is bringing along the big band that accompanied him at the Grammy Awards.
Hosted by comedian James Corden for the third time, the Brits ceremony will be broadcast live on ITV from 20:00 GMT.
According to a BMJ Open report, successful solo artists are twice as likely to die early compared to those in bands.
The study looked at the careers of 1,400 European and North American rock and pop stars who were famous between 1956 and 2006.
The chances of a European solo artist dying young was one in 10 – and twice as likely for those in North America.
Experts suggest that peer support from band mates may be protective.
The cut-off point of the study was February 20, 2012 – at which point 137 performers had died prematurely.
These included solo artists like Elvis, Jimi Hendrix, rapper 2Pac, Michael Jackson, Amy Winehouse and Whitney Houston.
And band members like Kurt Cobain from Nirvana, Sid Vicious from the punk group Sex Pistols and Stuart Cable from Stereophonics.
The stars’ achievements were determined from international polls and top 40 chart successes, while details of their personal lives and childhoods were drawn from a range of music and official websites, published biographies and anthologies.
The average age of death was 39 years for European stars, with those from North America being six years older on average.
Solo performers were about twice as likely to die prematurely compared to those in a band, irrespective of whether they were European or Northern American.
And while the chances of a European solo artist dying young was one in 10 – it was double that for American solo artists at one in five. The authors speculate this may be due to longer tours in North America plus variations in access to health care and exposure to drugs.
Solo performers were about twice as likely to die prematurely compared to those in a band, irrespective of whether they were European or Northern American
Honey Langcaster-James, a psychologist who specializes in celebrity behavior, believes the support of a band may be protective.
She said: “Solo artists in general approach life in a solitary manner – deliberately choosing to go it alone.
“They can find themselves in a situation where everyone around them are paid employees – the PR guru, their manger – all interested in them from a financial point of view and not in their personal needs – it’s hard for the artist to know who to trust.
“They travel a lot, are away from friends and family for long periods of time and only seen for their public image, not their real self – which can make them feel inferior, isolated and invalidated.
“Even for the general population, psychology research has found that people with support have increased lifespan – and those in a band may benefit even more from this – they are all in the same boat.
“It is easier to know who to trust – other members can stop an individual spiralling into self-destruction and pull them back into the group – both because of concern for the band mate, but also because they are all in it together.”
The study also found that while gender and the age at which fame was reached did not influence life expectancy, ethnicity did – with those from non-white backgrounds more likely to die early.
And those that died of drug and alcohol problems were more likely to have had difficult or abusive childhood than those dying of other causes.
The authors of the study suggest that a music career may be attractive to those escaping an unhappy childhood, but it may also provide the wealth and access to feed a predisposition to unhealthy and risky behavior.
In the paper they write: “Pop/rock stars are among the most common role models for children, and surveys suggest that growing numbers aspire to pop stardom.
“A proliferation of TV talent shows and new opportunities created by the internet can make this dream appear more achievable than ever.
“It is important they [children] recognize that substance use and risk taking may be rooted in childhood adversity rather than seeing them as symbols of success.”
Blake Fielder-Civil, Amy Winehouse’s former husband, was rushed into hospital two nights ago after suffering from multiple organ failure.
And although he’s still in a coma, Blake Fielder-Civil’s girlfriend, Sarah Aspin, is continuing to keep a bedside vigil and is convinced he’s starting to make a slight improvement.
Blake Fielder-Civil was put into a medically induced coma after being treated for multiple organ failure and remains on a life-support machine after an alleged drink and drugs binge.
But Sarah Aspin, the mother of his 15-month-old son Jack, said she believed he was beginning to wake up in the hospital in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire.
Blake Fielder-Civil, 30, who has long battled drug addiction, was found choking in bed by Sarah Aspin last Friday – just weeks after the first commemoration of Amy Winehouse’s death.
Blake Fielder-Civil, Amy Winehouse's former husband, was rushed into hospital two nights ago after suffering from multiple organ failure
Sarah Aspin, 34, who met him in rehab, said: “He needs to come out of this, if not for me or himself then for Jack. Jack is only young but knows something is wrong.
“He has been calling for his dadda. I’m praying for him and would ask everybody to do the same. I know he is going to pull through – he keeps waking up.
“I go down to the hospital every day – it’s heartbreaking to see Blake lying there. The doctors aren’t really giving us any indication of how he is doing.
“He looks like he is getting there though, bit by bit. He hadn’t been taking heroin and he is not a big drinker so I think he may have been taking tablets and they don’t mix well with alcohol.
“I just hope he realizes that he can’t do this anymore. He needs to think of Jack. This has got to be a wake-up call for him.
“If this doesn’t act as a wake-up call for Blake then I don’t know what will.”
Sarah Aspin revealed that the couple had discussed getting married last week – shortly before he staggered home after a drinking session and collapsed.
She called paramedics, who said Blake Fielder-Civil had swallowed his tongue, choked on vomit and that his left lung was not working.
Meanwhile, last night, Amy Winehouse’s father Mitch told the singer’s fans to pray for Blake Fielder-Civil, who was released from prison two weeks ago after being jailed in June last year for burglary and possession of an imitation firearm.
Mitch Winehouse tweeted: “Terrible news about Blake this morning. Remember Amy loved him. Let’s pray for his recovery. Mitch.”
Amy Winehouse met Blake Fielder-Civil, a music video assistant, in a pub in 2005. They married in 2007 before divorcing two years later.
Amy Winehouse, who also struggled with drug addiction, was found dead on July 23 last year at her home in Camden, North London, aged just 27.
A coroner found she was more than five times the drink-drive limit and ruled the singer’s death was the result of drinking too much alcohol.
Blake Fielder-Civil, a recovering drug addict, had gone out drinking with a friend the previous day and Sarah Aspin said she believed he might have taken an illicit substance.
The day before she was having to prepare herself “that he may never wake up”.
Sarah Aspin told The Sun: “The doctors say they don’t know the prognosis. They said they put him in a coma to help him and due to infection.”
Blake Fielder-Civil’s friend, Yeya Jáuregui, said yesterday that he was still in a coma and urged his fans to “keep on praying”.
She said on Twitter: “Honestly, I haven’t read news about this but I have Blake on Facebook and all of his friends are concerned about him.”
Amy Winehouse could soon be back in the charts in a collaboration with New York rapper Nas.
A new track featuring previously unreleased vocals by Amy Winehouse has surfaced online.
The track, called Cherry Wine, features Amy Winehouse, who died from alcohol poisoning a year ago, singing the chorus with the lines: “Where is he / the man who is just like me / I heard he was hiding / somewhere I can’t see.
“I’m alone / and I realize that when I get home / I want to go to my red and my cherry.”
Amy Winehouse could soon be back in the charts in a collaboration with New York rapper Nas
The song was produced by Salaam Remi, who had introduced Amy Winehouse and rapper Nas and worked on both of Amy’s albums released when she was alive, Frank and Back To Black.
Nas had recorded with Amy Winehouse before. Their song Like Smoke was released on her posthumous album, Lioness: Hidden Treasures.
Speaking about that track, Nas said hearing it back was difficult for him.
He said: “It’s a bittersweet feeling to do something with her now that she’s not here. I’m happy… the sweet part is that we do have the music, fans have new music from her.
“The bitter part is that she’s no longer here to really give it to us and to really live her music and for us to see her smile and hear her voice.”
Cherry Wine appears on Nas’ new album, Life Is Good which also features work from Drake, Rick Ross, Mary J Blige, Swizz Beatz and Heavy D and will be released on July 17.
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