Almost Famous – (2000) Based on director Cameron Crowe’s youthful experience with Led Zeppelin that led to the band’s getting on the cover of Rolling Stone (“the heaviest band of all,” according to the magazine): fifteen-year-old William Miller (Patrick Fugit) wrangles an assignment over the telephone (thus keeping his actual age a secret) from Rolling Stone magazine to cover the Almost Famous Tour 1973 of the band Stillwater, whose lead guitarist Russell Hammond (Billy Crudup) and band-aide (groupie) Penny Lane (Kate Hudson) initiate Willie into the crazy life of rock’n’roll on the road. Philip Seymour Hoffman has the role of music critic Lester Bang who serves as young Miller’s mentor, advising the adolescent journalist to be “honest and merciless.”
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