Ozzy Osbourne wasn’t in Hollywood on Monday night (August 22) for the premiere and special MusiCares screening of his movie, “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne”, filmed and produced by his son Jack. His absence was conspicuous and further fuels the rumors that Ozzy is in England working on material for a new Black Sabbath album with other members of the band’s original lineup.
Artisan News asked Ozzy’s daughter Kelly where her dad was and she sort of let the cat out of the bag while her brother was better able to keep the secret. “My dad is… I don’t know if I’m allowed to tell you,” Kelly said. “But he’s doing something that is very, very exciting. He’s just finished a tour. But he’s doing something very exciting. I’m not allowed to talk about it, though.”
Here’s another Artisan News Report from the premiere featuring Rudy Sarzo:
This from Gary Graff of Billboard Magazine: Jack Osbourne says he’s “kind of ecstatic” about the positive reception God Bless Ozzy Osbourne, the documentary about his father that he co-produced, has received since its debut in April at the Tribeca Film Festival. “It was going to go one of two ways — people either were going to say ‘That’s a pile of crap!’ or ‘That’s awesome!'” the he tells Billboard.com. “It seems to be like everyone’s going the way I want it.”
The film plays for a broader audience over the next week with special showings at more than 400 theaters nationwide on August 24th and 29th.
A DVD “should be coming out around Christmas,” according to Osbourne, and he also says two TV networks are interested in the rights to show it “within the next six months.” The DVD, he says, will add about 25 minutes of bonus content to the 90-minute film, which Osbourne and directors Mike Fleiss and Mike Piscitelli culled from nearly 2,000 hours of performance footage, archival and new interviews with Ozzy, his family members — including siblings, children and wife/manager Sharon Osbourne — and musical colleagues.
“It’s very… honest,” Ozzy Osbourne says. “When Jack said he was gonna do it, I said, ‘All I want you to do is don’t make a film to make me happy. Make a film as you.’ I didn’t say, ‘I don’t like that, take that out.’ Whatever he felt he wanted to do in, I didn’t have anything to do with it whatsoever. I let him decide what to do with it.”
Jack Osbourne says the trickiest part about making the film was trimming an epic story into the allotted time. “I would have liked to make it into two movies,” he explains. “The first cut ran two and a half hours. The original Black Sabbath section was 45 minutes. It was just too much; when you make a documentary that long, the fans can sit there all day long, but the non-fan is not going to have the patience and excitement, so we had to pick and choose wisely what we wanted to use. We had to really make it the kind of film that grandma, who doesn’t like Ozzy Osbourne, could say, ‘That’s really a good documentary. I learned something from that.'”
Osbourne adds that the DVD will include some more recent observations his father made about the death of guitarist Randy Rhoads in a March 1982 airplane accident, which was inspired by audience comments at Tribeca. “People were frustrated there was nothing of my dad, present day, talking about Randy,” Osbourne notes. “In the film we used an archival clip. We have a really emotional (interview) where my dad gets really into talking about Randy and his death and what it meant to him, how he feels this massive level of guilt and remorse over it. So we put that in the DVD.” Osbourne says the idea of a soundtrack album, he says, “hasn’t really come up, but we’re not completely excluding it.”
Ultimately, Jack is pleased that “God Bless Ozzy Osbourne” represents its subject in a way he hasn’t been seen before. “I was essentially fed up with my dad having this Osbournes-esque image in the mainstream media,” he explains. “That’s really frustrated me. Since The Osbournes (reality TV show) he got sober and became a totally different person, and I wanted to kind of celebrate that. Everyone knows what he’s done, so for me this was about more who he is as a person. The focus is not so much Ozzy as it is John. That’s the story I wanted to tell.”
Here’s the two latest and last OzTv episodes surrounding his current tour. The first one is from their tour stop in Kristiansand, Norway on Aug 6th, and the second is Ozzy and the guys at their final stop on the Scream 2011 tour, which happened in Denmark on August 11, 2011 at Smukfest. Always great episodes!