Film musical – Carol Channing http://carolchanning.org/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 16:37:04 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.8.1 https://carolchanning.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/06/icon-2021-06-29T131401.023-150x150.png Film musical – Carol Channing http://carolchanning.org/ 32 32 Sky Is Everywhere Trailer Reveals Apple’s YA Adaptation https://carolchanning.org/sky-is-everywhere-trailer-reveals-apples-ya-adaptation/ Thu, 20 Jan 2022 16:09:31 +0000 https://carolchanning.org/sky-is-everywhere-trailer-reveals-apples-ya-adaptation/ Apple has unveiled the first trailer for the upcoming film “The Sky Is Everywhere,” directed by Josephine Decker and adapted from Jandy Nelson’s novel of the same name. The film will premiere in select theaters and worldwide on AppleTV+ on February 11. “Once upon a time there were two sisters,” Lennie’s voiceover says as the […]]]>

Apple has unveiled the first trailer for the upcoming film “The Sky Is Everywhere,” directed by Josephine Decker and adapted from Jandy Nelson’s novel of the same name. The film will premiere in select theaters and worldwide on AppleTV+ on February 11.

“Once upon a time there were two sisters,” Lennie’s voiceover says as the trailer introduces us to Bailey and Lennie Walker. “The older sister preceded the younger. So the youngest always knew where to go.

Lennie – short for Lennon after John Lennon – Walker finds herself unmoored following the recent, sudden and unexpected death of her older sister Bailey. Lennie lives with his grandmother and uncle, who try to help him deal with the devastating loss.

“I lost the only person on earth who understood me,” Lennie’s voice says over a montage of memories of her and Bailey together.

As Lennie picks up the pieces of her shattered life, she meets Joe Fontaine, the school’s newcomer. Lennie and Joe form a quick bond over music, which could lead to more than friendship, but Toby Shaw, Bailey’s boyfriend, helps Lennie remember Bailey, drawing her to him in grief and mourning.

The film “Sky Is Everywhere” stars Grace Kaufman as Lennie Walker, Jacques Colimon as Joe Fontaine and Pico Alexander as Toby Shaw alongside veterans Cherry Jones as Gram and Jason Segel, who plays the eccentric Uncle Big. Supporting characters and cast include Bailey Walker (Havana Rose Liu), Lennie’s best friend Sarah (Ji-young Yoo), and Lennie’s nemesis Rachel (Julia Schlaepfer).

Produced by A24, Denise Di Novi and Margaret French Isaac on behalf of Di Novi Pictures and Josephine Decker and Allison Rose Carter on behalf of Alice the Who, the film also features an all-female production team.

You can watch the trailer here or above, as well as the full film premieres February 11 on AppleTV+ and in select theaters.

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ASCAP offers virtual performances through its Music Cafe during the Sundance Film Festival https://carolchanning.org/ascap-offers-virtual-performances-through-its-music-cafe-during-the-sundance-film-festival/ Tue, 18 Jan 2022 16:17:22 +0000 https://carolchanning.org/ascap-offers-virtual-performances-through-its-music-cafe-during-the-sundance-film-festival/ Grammy-nominated Brandy Clark is one of the musical artists who are part of ASCAP Music Cafe’s virtual lineup during the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.Photo by Chris Phelps For the past 24 years, ASCAP, the world’s largest music copyright protector, has partnered with the Sundance Institute to bring the ASCAP Music Cafe to the Sundance Film […]]]>

Grammy-nominated Brandy Clark is one of the musical artists who are part of ASCAP Music Cafe’s virtual lineup during the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.
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For the past 24 years, ASCAP, the world’s largest music copyright protector, has partnered with the Sundance Institute to bring the ASCAP Music Cafe to the Sundance Film Festival.

And Loretta Munoz, ASCAP’s assistant vice president of membership, is thrilled the showcase is returning despite the coronavirus pandemic — it will be held as a virtual event alongside the festival for the second year in a row.

“We are just so happy and excited to connect with music and movie lovers and introduce them to the music of our amazing ASCAP members,” Munoz said. “The power of music is so strong, and to be able to bring the Music Cafe to the current form that it is now, which is needed, is great.”



This year’s lineup includes six-time Grammy nominee Brandy Clark; singer-songwriter and co-founder of punk band LA X, John Doe; R&B singer-songwriter Jordan Hawkins; singer-songwriter and actress Hayley Sales; Zimbabwean-American singer-songwriter and record producer Shungudzo; and Evan + Zane, a duo consisting of award-winning actor and singer Evan Rachel Wood and Grammy-nominated guitarist/singer-songwriter Zane Carney.

“We are happy to announce that John Doe is returning this year,” said Munoz. “He performed in person at the Music Cafe a while ago, and I’m a huge fan of X, and John along with his other bands and incarnations. He’s brilliant as John the author and John the songwriter and performer.



Munoz is also looking forward to introducing Clark.

“The stories she tells with her voice and her collaborations grab your heart and hold it tenderly,” she said.

The Music Cafe will also feature new artists such as Hawkins and Shungudzo, according to Munoz.

“Jordan is a handsome, up-and-coming R&B songwriter, and Shungudzo is a singer-songwriter and record producer,” she said. “She already has a long line of success, so having her first performance at the Music Cafe is super exciting.”

Zane Carney is known for his work in the Carney band, which includes his brother Reeve and sister Paris, Munoz said.

“I’ve known Zane for a while, and he’s a brilliant musician and guitarist,” she said. “So having him team up with actor and activist Evan Rachel Wood is pretty magical. I can’t wait to see them play together.

Munoz knows the power of music.

“It releases old memories and creates new memories, and according to an overused quote, music becomes the soundtrack to our lives,” she said. “For us to be able to do this virtually, that’s wonderful.”

In addition to the performances, the virtual cafe ASCAP Music Cafe will feature a program called ASCAP Screen Time, its film and television crew’s interview series that touches on the craft and business of writing music for soundtracks. and sheet music, Munoz said.

ASCAP Music Cafe will feature up-and-coming R&B singer and songwriter Jordan Hawkins this weekend during the 2022 Sundance Film Festival.
Photo by Kiyo Vigliotti

This year’s entrants will include “Brainwashed: Sex-Camera-Power” composer Sharon Farber and film director Nina Menkes; Saul Williams, co-director/composer/screenwriter of “Neptune Frost” and Anisia Uzeyman, co-director; “Call Jane” composer Isabella “The Machine” Summers and film director Phyllis Nagy; the composers of “Cha Cha Real Smooth” Este Haim, of the band Haim; and Christopher Stracey.

Writing music for film and collaborating with filmmakers has been something ASCAP has been able to pursue, given the virtual platform, Munoz said.

“Over the years we’ve tried to schedule composers to perform at the Music Cafe, and that lends itself to a certain type of performance that wasn’t the best way to showcase those composers,” she said. . “So Screen Time will allow people to sit down with these composers who will share their experiences. To be able to put these composers and filmmakers on a platform in front of festival-goers is magical and enlightening, as there are so many ideas these artists can show for how music drives a film forward.

The move from the in-person Music Cafe to a virtual format first happened last year, and since then ASCAP has used the platform to host other music presentations, Munoz said.

“We’ve been hosting these events since the pandemic began, and the ASCAP team is at a high level to be able to navigate the virtual platform in a fairly seamless process,” she said.

Munoz also thanks the Sundance Film Festival team for ensuring that last year’s online Music Cafe went off without a hitch.

“If there was anything that needed to be changed on the Sundance side, they were right, so combining Sundance with ASCAP in our second year is something we look forward to,” he said. she declared. “Getting from a semi-in-person event to a fully virtual event in days is such a big task. We will therefore be on the front line with them on Thursday when the festival opens.

Yet Munoz can’t wait until ASCAP can create an in-person, “on-the-ground” Music Cafe in the future.

“I miss working with the sound teams and our colleagues at Sundance,” she said. “I miss the magic of the shared greenroom, where many artist collaborations emerge. So we’ll do everything we can to improve our digital experience, and we hope people enjoy it. »

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Jamie Kennedy and Stu Stone go ‘Rollin’ with Saget’ in resurfaced music video https://carolchanning.org/jamie-kennedy-and-stu-stone-go-rollin-with-saget-in-resurfaced-music-video/ Sun, 16 Jan 2022 15:43:00 +0000 https://carolchanning.org/jamie-kennedy-and-stu-stone-go-rollin-with-saget-in-resurfaced-music-video/ Bob Saget will forever be “the sickest motherfucker in a cardigan,” as the epic music video for “Rollin’ with Saget” proves. Created in 2006 for the MTV series Explode, the video features Jamie Kennedy and Stu Stone teaming up with the Full house star for a night out on the town. It portrays Saget as […]]]>

Bob Saget will forever be “the sickest motherfucker in a cardigan,” as the epic music video for “Rollin’ with Saget” proves. Created in 2006 for the MTV series Explode, the video features Jamie Kennedy and Stu Stone teaming up with the Full house star for a night out on the town. It portrays Saget as essentially the King of Hollywood with a character that contrasts sharply with Danny Tanner. You can watch the music video below, which has been circulating a lot lately with fans revisiting Saget’s material.

Saget was clearly happy with his involvement in the video. He had since used part of the song as his theme song, often playing the music when he took the stage for comedy shows. The visuals really help to make Ride with Saget so much the better, because there’s nothing quite like watching Saget break up club fights or roll blunts in the back seat. But the lyrics are quite entertaining and highly quotable for those familiar with the song.

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The catchy chorus goes, “‘Who you rollin with?’ Bob-Bob Saget / Numero uno, nobody does it better / ‘Who you rollin with?’ Bob-Bob Saget / The sickest motherfucker in a cardigan.”

To top it all off, Saget ends the video by saying directly to the camera, “Good night, Michelle.” This is obviously a clear reference to Full house where Danny Tanner of Saget was the father of three daughters, Michelle (Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen) being the youngest.

Following Saget’s death earlier this month, Jamie Kennedy wrote on Twitter: “I sit here in utter shock and supreme sadness. Bob? Bob??? Howww??? This makes no sense There’s so much to say and I’ll get to that later, but right now my love goes out to his wonderful wife and 3 wonderful daughters. I’m so sorry.”

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Bob Saget’s Edgy comedy often shocked Full House fans


Half-baked Bob Saget
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The “Rollin’ with Saget” video further revealed that there was another side to Bob Saget’s comedy. Although widely known for his squeaky jokes about Full house and America’s Funniest Home Videos, he would deliver much more raunchy material during his stand-up number. People who have seen stoner comedy half cooked in 1998 also received a hint as to how dirty Saget could be, given his surprising cameo.

In the film, Dave Chappelle plays a stoner trying to quit smoking marijuana. He attends a drug addiction support group where he is quickly booed for announcing his difficulties quitting smoking. Saget’s character argues that there is no comparison, as he “used to [perform a sexual act] for coke.” Saget would later explain how he would often get that line quoted by fans, which was usually only a problem when he had his kids with him.

Whether he was playing it safe on ABC or going more extreme on stage, Saget’s goal was always the same. He just wanted to bring joy and laughter to others, and he spent decades doing just that. The iconic comedian will be forever missed. Rest in peace.


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Boy Harsher realized their new album was a soundtrack, so they made a movie too https://carolchanning.org/boy-harsher-realized-their-new-album-was-a-soundtrack-so-they-made-a-movie-too/ Sat, 15 Jan 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://carolchanning.org/boy-harsher-realized-their-new-album-was-a-soundtrack-so-they-made-a-movie-too/ In 2017, Jae Matthews of dystopian pop duo Boy Harsher saw his world fall apart twice in the space of several months. The great upheaval began with the sudden death of her stepfather. This was followed by the news that her mother, with whom she had had a sometimes difficult relationship, had been diagnosed with […]]]>

In 2017, Jae Matthews of dystopian pop duo Boy Harsher saw his world fall apart twice in the space of several months.

The great upheaval began with the sudden death of her stepfather. This was followed by the news that her mother, with whom she had had a sometimes difficult relationship, had been diagnosed with dementia. Somehow, in the midst of these traumas, she and her artistic and romantic partner, Augustus Muller, found the strength to carry on.

“It was a time when we had to pause everything and deal with this grief. And reevaluate what was going on with my mother. Having a parent with dementia is such a difficult and unfamiliar reality,” says Matthews. “ I think it’s going to become more common. People are living a lot longer. Baby boomers are the first generation to come to terms with being older and having a weakening brain.

Matthews poured his angst into Boy Harsher’s 2019 LP Careful – a miniature masterpiece reminiscent of 1980s synth-pop, David Lynch’s Mulholland Drive and the Blade Runner soundtrack. But now, after two years of confinement, a shocking medical prognosis (see below) and what looks like decades of isolation, she and Muller are ready to try something different.

And “different” really is the word for their third full album. The Runner is a tour de force of post-apocalyptic electronics, which, on numbers such as Give Me A Reason and Tower, combines Matthews’ Kate Bush-Goes-Cyberpunk vocals with addictive, cold melodies. However, it’s also something else altogether in that it’s the score for their debut film – a low-budget splatterfest (also called The Runner) to be streamed exclusively on horror website Shudder.

We have a certain sense of cinema because we both went to film school

“When all the songs were done, it felt like a soundtrack,” says Matthews. “Each song was so varied. Once we had the idea to present it as an OST, we decided that we actually wanted to do the movie that we fantasize about in the songs.

Boy Harsher’s music suggests, at top speed, a sci-fi nightmare seeping through your headphones. Yet in some ways Matthews and Muller are rather traditional. As a synth duo, they are the standard-bearers of a genre that stretches all the way back to Pet Shop Boys and Erasure. And which, in the United States, has metamorphosed into the somewhat similar category of electro pop his ‘n’ hers, embodied by outfits such as Ms Mr, Yacht, Sofi Tucker, Matt and Kim, Poliça and d ‘others.

These bands, while critically adored, rarely broke through to any degree. With Boy Harsher, however, there’s a sense that big time — or, at least, mean time — can hit. Their big introduction to global audiences was supposed to have taken place in 2020, when they were scheduled to tour Europe. This run included a Dublin Button Factory date which almost certainly would have been sold had Covid not intervened.

They have also been advertised by tastemaker reviews such as Pitchfork and Stereogum. “It’s easy to imagine these tracks playing well in goth clubs around the world,” Careful’s Pitchfork said. “But it’s chiseled and streamlined in a way that suggests it could also slip through the cracks of a techno set.” “Dark, heart-pounding synth music,” was Stereogum’s take of approval.

Kris Esfandiari in The Runner (2021)

That The Runner represents a new chapter is made clear by the accompanying movie trailer. It stars their musician friend Kris Esfandiari as the nameless protagonist fleeing a faceless evil. And it effectively evokes the ghosts of The Blair Witch Project, Twin Peaks and Evil Dead.

The plot is secret but the directors promise it will “explore lust, compulsion and the horrific tendencies of seduction”. The trailer opens with a woman driving through the dark, deep woods of western Massachusetts (Matthew and Muller shot it in the Berkshires region near Vermont).

Then we see her standing in the middle of the trees, her mouth streaked with blood. “I’ll be fine,” whispers a voice. Things are clearly not going to work out.

“We have a certain sense of cinema because we both went to film school,” says Matthews. “I worked on films for a while. This one was low budget. I wouldn’t say we were flying by the seat of our pants. We were perhaps not fully prepared for the intensity of the project.

If it hadn’t been for Covid and the lockdown, The Runner probably never would have happened. Boy Harsher filmed until March 2020. And when the world as we knew it came to a standstill, they, like all of us, suddenly had some free time. Obviously, the past 24 months have not been easy. Yet, living in the deep New England countryside, they feel they have been relatively lucky. Many, many people have been through much worse.

“Our experience with Covid was pretty mundane,” says Muller. “I mean, we were in rural Massachusetts, where Covid wasn’t really an issue. We had all this time and we didn’t have much direction.

There was a major setback. Amid the pandemic, as plans for The Runner took shape, Matthews was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. “A lot of what I was doing during lockdown was like processing my feelings about it,” she says.

What’s iconic about David Lynch is that you can do something very simple and mundane that’s inconvenient

What was it like to suffer a private health crisis while the world was going through a very public one? “It was totally weird,” she says. “And wild timing. Luckily we weren’t on tour so I was able to be home, go to the hospital here and stay a bit. The only lingering effects would be that I am now on medication that weakens my immune system. And in the new Covid world, it’s kind of weird to go out there knowing I don’t have a full defense. [In terms of touring], that certainly made it more complex.

Matthews grew up in upstate New York near Utica (population 60,000). She was 16 and had just started attending punk shows in Rochester and Buffalo when her father, a Methodist minister, died. She once had a difficult relationship with her mother, who struggled with alcoholism throughout her life. Music became her way of channeling her negative feelings.

Muller is from Northampton, a liberal Massachusetts mother lode that has one of the highest proportions of LGBT residents in the United States (the couple currently live on the outskirts). They met in Savannah, Georgia, where they were both attending film school.

Covid permitting, the duo are hoping to resume touring too (and are eager to book an Irish date)

Covid permitting, the duo are hoping to resume touring too (and are eager to book an Irish date)

With a background in filmmaking, Boy Harsher’s journey from the recording studio to the screen isn’t as far-fetched as it seems. In addition, their music has always had a cinematic component. Heat by Michael Mann and Drive by Nicolas Winding Refn were among the influences incorporated into Careful in terms of mood and aesthetics. The Runner, meanwhile, conjures up the lean, wicked post-modern horror of Ari Aster and Robert Eggers – and the American pastoral surrealism of David Lynch, who of course reimagined the United States stockade as a hellish landscape. hidden in plain sight.

“What’s iconic about David Lynch is that you can do something very simple and mundane that’s inconvenient,” says Muller. “It’s something we’re really interested in. If you look at the trailer we just released [for The Runner]. Someone walks into a bar. Being able to put so much curiosity and tension into something so simple is what we are looking for.

After film school, Muller and Matthews embarked on careers in the film industry. Muller has worked as a production assistant on short films. And Matthews was second unit director on a number of independent productions. These included Christine, the 2016 biopic of Christine Chubbuck, a 1970s news anchor who killed herself on air (and who was played by Rebecca Hall).

Music and film have a certain amount in common, they say. But there are also profound differences. Filmmaking, in their experiences, offers fewer opportunities for self-expression.

“I burned out in the space of five years,” Matthews says of his screen career. “You devote your whole life and energy to bringing this unique piece to life – the film.

“It’s exhausting. Especially because it’s an industry built on exploitation. Not just the exploitation of workers. Even the very nature of creating a story with humans on screen is inherently exploitation. Music – I came to it very differently. We started out great, great DIY. Music started out for me as something very exploratory and open.

Boy Harsher began after the couple became romantically involved (for a time Muller had lived in Matthews’ attic). They had actually performed together on an earlier project, Teen Dreamz, which fell apart after a backstage argument and a temporary split. Since their return as Boy Harsher, they have managed to balance the personal and the artistic. Its not always easy. When it works, it’s immensely rewarding.

“It’s hard to find boundaries,” says Muller. “We can certainly be overworked and overwhelmed. But a strength of our music is that we can dive into something so deeply and work on it and put everything we have into it. I think only a couple or a real close relationship can do that.

“We’re really, really successful partners,” says Matthews. “Sometimes it’s incredibly difficult. Especially when there is an endless amount of work and the only thing you can do is yell at yourself. But we are improving. »

A busy year awaits you. The Runner is sure to win new fans. Covid permitting, they are hoping to resume touring as well (and are eager to book an Irish date). They also thought about what they would like to do next. They are not averse to writing for the screen again. With their song Fate recently featured on SyFy Channel killer doll caper Chucky, their appetites are officially whetted.

“If there’s a director reading this Irish Times article. . . says Matthews. “If Julia Ducournau of France who made [art-house body horror hit] Titane is looking for composers, we are here and we are ready.

Boy Harsher’s The Runner premieres January 21 on Nude Club/City Slang. The film of the same name is presented in preview quiver January 16.

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EXCLUSIVE: From a 30-minute movie idea to a 17-song musical, Jagat Singh talks about his debut movie Krispy Rishtey: Bollywood News https://carolchanning.org/exclusive-from-a-30-minute-movie-idea-to-a-17-song-musical-jagat-singh-talks-about-his-debut-movie-krispy-rishtey-bollywood-news/ Thu, 13 Jan 2022 12:34:10 +0000 https://carolchanning.org/exclusive-from-a-30-minute-movie-idea-to-a-17-song-musical-jagat-singh-talks-about-his-debut-movie-krispy-rishtey-bollywood-news/ Jagat Singh Solanki’s ambitious and inspiring five-year journey to direct his first film as a screenwriter and director is nearing completion. The artist who has walked different paths in life exploring the worlds of cricket, fitness, TV host, theater and now cinema said: “Kuch karna hai toh bada hi karna hai, aisa karna hai jo […]]]>

Jagat Singh Solanki’s ambitious and inspiring five-year journey to direct his first film as a screenwriter and director is nearing completion. The artist who has walked different paths in life exploring the worlds of cricket, fitness, TV host, theater and now cinema said: “Kuch karna hai toh bada hi karna hai, aisa karna hai jo bahut kam log kar paate hai (If I do something it must be something big, something very few people can do). ”

After moving to Mumbai 18-19 years ago, a city where he didn’t know anyone, Jagat Singh is now ready to present his first film. Title Krispy rishtey, the initial idea was to make a 30-minute film. However, as the script progressed, it morphed into a full-fledged musical feature film with 17 songs sung by some of India’s top singers including Shreya Ghoshal, Mohit Chauhan, Papon, KK, Jubin Nautiyal, among others. “I started working on it when I was doing Jai Gangaajal with Prakash Jha. The early years 2016-17 were spent writing, organizing, and finalizing everything like who was going to become a producer, where are we going to shoot, and on what scale can we make the film. As the script progressed I felt like it required to be a musical movie because the script was getting too emotional and needed a lot of gravity and faces to get the message across between. lines and other factors. So for me, being a newbie, it was very difficult to have actors on board and bring the movie to that level, ”Jagat said in an exclusive conversation with Bollywood Hungama.

Jagat spent 2-3 years in the pre-production of the film recording all 17 songs and adding them seamlessly to the narrative. He also started his own production house with a friend and other friends joined us as co-producers. They started filming in 2019 and finished filming right before the nationwide lockdown in 2020 and a few days ago the team got the censored copy of the film and are now looking to show the film to potential buyers.

EXCLUSIVE From a 30-minute movie idea to a 17-song musical, Jagat Singh talks about his debut film Krispy Rishtey

“It was a short film with a budget of Rs. 5-10 lakh rupees and now comes close to Rs. 6 crores. It was extremely hard. I gave my five years to the film. Like my other colleagues, after Under My Burkha Lipstick, I could have taken advantage of this little exposure that I had because of this film. I also received offers for web series and a few movies and shows, but I was already committed to them. So I gave up and had to hold on, ”Jagat said of his journey after his stint in the critically acclaimed film. Under My Burkha Lipstick.

As a beginning filmmaker, Jagat encountered several difficulties in the making of his film. However, he didn’t let anything bring him down, even the naysayers who had no faith in him to make the film. “I don’t want to name anyone but no one believed I could make a movie. Even when I was picking the actors they weren’t really interested, they didn’t believe this thing could be done and there is no Basically, there’s no connection, where the money is going to come from. It’s like making a movie but only 1-2% of the movies are finished; the release is a distant dream. So nobody believed it. . Even hiring the technical staff was a challenge. It was very difficult to have the right people on board. We made every possible mistake that can be made in any project and we had consequences and we learned from them, so it was a very hard and long journey, ”he said.

“I could have made this movie in two years if it had been our second or third movie or if I had had a mentor or guide sitting with us. But it’s okay, we learned it all by doing it ourselves. . For post-production, I didn’t have an assistant and we didn’t have the budget to hire more people. From driving to studios to dating, I did everything myself. People thought that I was an office boy. But later when they saw my involvement in the project, they realized that I was the director. When they saw my face, they were like you were an actor too. I’m very happy that I was able to go through the whole process from scratch and learned so much. Now I think in my second film this will all help me, “Jagat concluded.

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10 of the best musicals to watch in a row https://carolchanning.org/10-of-the-best-musicals-to-watch-in-a-row/ Tue, 11 Jan 2022 16:00:35 +0000 https://carolchanning.org/10-of-the-best-musicals-to-watch-in-a-row/ At Your Money Geek, we love to help you find the best movies to watch, whether it’s ridiculously bad horror movies or movies that should be Broadway musicals, we’ve got them all. 10 of the best musicals to watch in a row Movie musicals can be delicious or they can completely destroy your entire existence […]]]>

At Your Money Geek, we love to help you find the best movies to watch, whether it’s ridiculously bad horror movies or movies that should be Broadway musicals, we’ve got them all.

10 of the best musicals to watch in a row

Movie musicals can be delicious or they can completely destroy your entire existence and crush your soul. There is very little in between. While movies have become musicals and vice versa, there are some pretty brilliant musicals that any fan of the genre would love. Especially if they just want to get lost in a good musical.

From the last adaptation with tick, tick… BOOM! Classics like Cabaret and more, let’s take a look at the world of musicals and some of the best that have come out of it. And don’t worry, I haven’t included Cats or the film versions of Wretched Where The Phantom of the Opera so that you can breathe easily.

Image credit: Netflix.

Rocket man

Rocket man

Rocket man should have instantly become a live musical using Elton John’s music the minute the movie was released. But alas, this is not the case. Always, Rocket man is one of the greatest musicals ever to be made. Following the life and career of Elton John and told through a fantastic lens, the film Dexter Fletcher is a look at the music we all know and the men behind it.

With Taron Egerton as Elton John, Jamie Bell as Bernie Taupin, and Richard Madden as John Reid, the film only works for Elton’s World. We know so much about the musician because of his willingness to share his struggles with the world and the film does a great job of exploring what led to the Elton John we know today. The use of Elton and Bernie Taupin’s music plays both in the scenes and serves to show us the emotional arcs of the characters.

Image credit: Paramount Pictures.

tick, tick… BOOM!

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Lightning in a bottle by Lin-Manuel Miranda with tick, tick… BOOM! based on the musical of the same name. Written by Jonathan Larson (creator of To rent), the musical features Larson as a character. And played by Golden Globe winner Andrew Garfield, the film does an incredible job giving fans of Larson a glimpse into his other work while showing fans a full version of the musical.

To be completely honest, it’s a perfect adaptation from musical to movie when it comes to how it’s shot. Rarely have there been any successful musicals made into movies that weren’t movies in the first place (watching you Hair spray and the most recent version of West Side Story). So to see a musical translated on screen so perfectly is amazing and it is thanks to Miranda’s vision and understanding of the musical. Truly one of the best movie musicals of the last few years and of all time.

Image credit: Netflix.

Red Mill!

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When it comes to “jukebox music”, no one does it better than Red Mill! the film. The 2001 film made audiences fall in love with Christian (Ewan McGregor) and Satine (Nicole Kidman) through the music of David Bowie, Paul McCartney, iconic Marilyn Monroe, and more. Set in France, the film is about freedom, beauty, truth and love in the world of Bohemia and has since been made into a Tony Award winning musical.

So what does Red Mill! job? He embraces chaos. He knows it’s a bit of a mess and he knows he’s using it to move the story forward and it works. Frankly, it always works better than the stage musical (in my opinion). The movie bottled some weird magic that we were missing in our music-loving hearts and made it work and sort of made Elton John’s “Your Song” even better by blackmailing Ewan McGregor.

Image credit: 20th Century Fox.

Sing in the rain

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A classic for a good reason, Sing in the rain has become a staple for musical theater fans due to its beautifully staged numbers, choreography and love story. Yes, we know Gene Kelly was mean to Debbie Reynolds (even though they were rumored to be friends after the fact) because of the dancing, but there is always something so magical about this movie. Don Lockwood (Kelly) was a big silent movie star, but when talkies took over, they quickly realized his onscreen partner didn’t have a voice for the movies.

Kathy (Reynolds) begins dubbing Lina Lamont’s voice and befriends Don and his best friend Cosmo until she begins to fall in love with Don. It’s a classic musical love story and the one that got us Gene Kelly to literally sing in the rain and for that I will always have a soft spot for this movie.

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Mamma Mia: here we go again

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The first one Mom mia the movie is a good adaptation of the musical to the music of ABBA but it’s not the best. Not by far. This title goes to the hit of the summer Mamma Mia: here we go again it’s pure madness bottled up in one movie in the best possible way. When Sophie (Amanda Seyfried) needs help opening a hotel and finds herself pregnant, she remembers her mother Donna (played by Lily James when she was young in this movie and Meryl Streep in the original) and how she came to Greece and started her life there with Sophie.

Donna is deceased, but we see her affair with Sophie’s three potential fathers as a new college graduate trying to figure out her life in Greece with Sophie these days trying to get everyone to the opening despite the ruining weather. his plans. It’s frankly a perfect movie that seemed pointless but was beautiful and unmatched.

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In the heights

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Musical comedy In the heights brought Lin-Manuel Miranda’s unique Broadway style to the stage in 2008 and it was finally brought to life onscreen by director Jon M. Chu who showed us the struggle of the Washington Heights community trying to keep their homes in midst of an ever-changing New York landscape and gentrification. Starring Anthony Ramos as Usnavi, the musical focuses on a neighborhood all having dreams bigger than the few blocks they inhabit in Washington Heights and how they try to make them come true.

Vanessa wants to move downtown to start her fashion career, Nina is afraid to tell her dad school was too overwhelming for her, Benny wants to be with Nina, and Usnavi wants to go back to the Dominican Republic despite everyone else. in his life (by most) telling him to stay in New York. It’s gorgeous, so New Yorker, and it’s one of Miranda’s best work.

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A star is born

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Can i count A star is born like a musical movie or is it just a movie with music? Too bad he’s on the list. This specific version being the 2018 with Bradley Cooper and Lady Gaga. Jackson Maine (Cooper) meets Ally (Gaga) when he stumbles drunk in a bar and hears her sing “La Vie en Rose”. From there, their romance is filled with fights, addiction, and more emotional issues that they’re prepared for, but they try to hang in there even if the odds seem against them.

This is not the first time that we have told this story, nor even the third. But there is something about this version that is absolutely breathtaking in a way that has made me think since seeing it. I loved Barbra Streisand and Kris Kristofferson’s version as a kid, but watching Gaga and Cooper fall in love while singing “Shallow” is just amazing.

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Across the universe

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There hasn’t yet been a musical featuring Beatles music on Broadway. There was Rain which was a fake version of the Fab Four songs but it’s not the same. And it’s shocking when we were given the perfect gift in Across the universe. Set during the Vietnam War, Jude (Jim Sturgess) travels to America to try to find his father and discovers a world there with Lucy (Evan Rachel Wood), brother Max (Joe Anderson) and more.

It’s a perfect mix of Beatles songs we know and love with references to other classics and contains some of the finest covers of songs like “I Want To Hold Your Hand” and “Blackbird” that exist today. . Julie Taymor got this beautiful look at the world in the 1960s mixed with our love for the Beatles and it’s still one of the best movies out there.

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Once

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Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova have us Once like a little movie about Guy (Hansard) meeting Girl (Irglova) and the two falling in love slowly (understood?) through music despite the couple not working out. Their song “Falling Slowly” became a staple in the movie and it continued with its own musical adaptation on stage, but it’s such a simple and beautiful story told on screen that just hits your heart and stays with you.

The 2007 movie is adorable and you fall in love with both Guy and Girl as they start to learn from each other and through their music you can feel the pain they both have. lived in their life while hoping that the two can figure out the love out for themselves. Once isn’t an easy movie to watch, it will make you sad, but it has one of the prettiest soundtracks and is well worth it.

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Cabaret

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The musical Kander and Ebb Cabaret is a dark music fan’s dream. That is to say, I love him. Set during the rise of WWII, the musical is set in Berlin and the film takes the same setting. With Joel Gray as emcee and Liza Minnelli as Sally Bowles, the movie is a pretty good adaptation of the musical. But even if there are changes, it still works because Cabaret as a spectacle in itself is phenomenal.

Based on a novel by Christopher Isherwood, the show plunges us into the world of cabaret seen in Berlin mixed with rising tension in Germany. It’s bold, pushing the boundaries, and one of the few shows that works with different adaptations because so many people can still look to Cabaret and find importance in the messages transmitted. The film is now a bit outdated but a nice look at the show and its power and it is well worth the detour.

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Hero Movie Trailer, Release Date, Star Cast, Music, Creators & More https://carolchanning.org/hero-movie-trailer-release-date-star-cast-music-creators-more/ Sun, 09 Jan 2022 19:22:56 +0000 https://carolchanning.org/hero-movie-trailer-release-date-star-cast-music-creators-more/ Ashok Galla, the grandson of legendary ’90s Telugu actor / filmmaker Krishna and nephew of megastar Mahesh Babu is set to make his debut with a Telugu romantic comedy drama “Hero”. His mother and Mahesh Babu’s sister are producers of Telugu films. His father Galla Jayadev, better known as Jai Galla, is a very successful […]]]>

Ashok Galla, the grandson of legendary ’90s Telugu actor / filmmaker Krishna and nephew of megastar Mahesh Babu is set to make his debut with a Telugu romantic comedy drama “Hero”.

His mother and Mahesh Babu’s sister are producers of Telugu films. His father Galla Jayadev, better known as Jai Galla, is a very successful industrialist and politician of the Telugu Desam Party (TDP).

It’s said to be one of Starkid’s biggest debuts in South Indian industry.

Star Cast & Makers Heroes

The main male role will be played by Asok Dalla and Nidhhi Agerwal will play opposite him the main female role in the film, who works mainly in Tamil and Telugu Films.

She made her acting debut with Sabbir Khan’s 2017 action dance film “Munna Michael”, where she starred as the female lead opposite Tiger Shroff.

The film also stars Jagapath Babu, Naresh, Vennela Kishor, Brahmaji, Satya and others in key roles. The film is directed by Sriram Adittya T. and this is his fourth project as a director.

The cinematography is jointly produced by Sameer Reddy and Richard Prasad, while the music is composed by Ghibran. Editing work for the film is completed by Prawin Pudi.

The film is produced by Ashok Galla’s mother, Padmavathi Galla, under the direction of family production company Amara Raja Media & Entertainment.

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Hero’s release date

Earlier, the film’s creators announced that it would release on Republic Day (January 26, 2022) to the big screen, but for some reason the date was canceled.

On January 5, 2022, male lead actor Ashok Galla took to Twitter and shared the animated poster for the film.

The actor tweeted “10 Days to Go! To celebrate this Sankranthi with our most entertaining #HERO released in theaters on January 15th in the world # HEROFromJAN15th”.

On January 6, during the press meeting on the film’s release date, the directors of the film called on everyone to watch the film.

Film producer Padmavathi Galla also said, “Our film will entertain mass audiences, young people, families and everyone! »That it will entertain the mass audience

It will be interesting to see whether this will be a successful Starkid debut or not, as expectations will surely be high for this big banner movie.

Hero trailer

The trailer launch event was slated for release on January 9, 2022 but was canceled due to Ramesh Babu’s sudden disappearance:



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“Belfast was my home away from home. I miss it terribly ‘ https://carolchanning.org/belfast-was-my-home-away-from-home-i-miss-it-terribly/ Sat, 08 Jan 2022 05:00:00 +0000 https://carolchanning.org/belfast-was-my-home-away-from-home-i-miss-it-terribly/ Game of Thrones actor on choosing roles, avoiding social media and his new movie, Cyrano, due out later this month When aspiring showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss pitched the idea to adapt George RR Martin’s A Game of Thrones, they wrote their scripts with two actors in mind: Sean Bean and Peter Dinklage. The […]]]>

Game of Thrones actor on choosing roles, avoiding social media and his new movie, Cyrano, due out later this month

When aspiring showrunners David Benioff and DB Weiss pitched the idea to adapt George RR Martin’s A Game of Thrones, they wrote their scripts with two actors in mind: Sean Bean and Peter Dinklage.

The latter, they noted, was “incredibly intelligent” and possessed a “core of humanity, covered with a dry, sardonic shell of mind, [that] fits the character quite well ”.

The latter was also wary of playing “elves or goblins” – especially after he recently made an exception to play the dwarf Trumpkin in The Chronicles of Narnia: Prince Caspian in 2008. Dinklage was quickly convinced that Tyrion Lannister was “a another kind of fantastic little person … No beard, no pointy shoes, a romantic, a real human being. “

“Having played Tyrion for so many years, I feel like this is the biggest part of my life. It meant so much to me to work on this show and live in Ireland.”

So began a decade in which the actor read his scripts backwards just to check if he was dead at the end. Tyrion remains his personal favorite in terms of performance. With a few caveats.

“I can’t look at myself on the screen,” he says. “I am my worst critic. I see it once through my fingers. Bite my nails. Just to put an end to it. I think it’s important to see what the director has done, more out of curiosity than anything else, because it’s a directorial art form. You are in their hands.

“But you know, after playing Tyrion for so many years, I feel like it’s most of my life. It meant so much to me to work on this show and live in Ireland. It’s hard to distinguish the life of that and the role, and the show. So that’s definitely what had the most impact on me. Belfast was my home away from home. I miss it. terribly.

Peter Dinklage in Game of Thrones

Game of Thrones is one of Dinklage’s fortunate exceptions to the rule. At the start of his career, he gave up playing roles that were usually offered to people with achondroplasia; the most common form of short-limb dwarfism.

He was even willing to stay in a rat-infested New York apartment to prove it.

He was just as keen on moving for notable exceptions like Elf, where his angry children’s author gets to beat Will Ferrell.

On the night of the London premiere of Cyrano – a wonderful new musical in which Dinklage plays the main character as a short man rather than a man with a bigger nose – the actor, who in 2012 joked that his ideal role is one in which “he gets the girl”, that’s just it. Although by proxy.

“I am a non-singer in the traditional sense of the word. So I do imitations of my favorite singers like Nina Simone or Freddie Mercury ‘

“It’s a beloved tale. And the nose has gone down in history as the attribute of a very important and magnificent character. However, once the nose was removed, for me it was very liberating. Too often, Cyrano is a handsome actor and has a false nose. And that stuff gets me out of there. Because I know the nose was fake and the actor comes home at the end of the day and takes his fake nose off. And this film was able to speak to me personally because, not having a big nose but being of the physical stature that I am, I have to make Cyrano my own.

Inspired by Edmond Rostand’s vivacious 1897 Cyrano de Bergerac, Cyrano is a 2021 musical tragedy directed by Joe Wright from a screenplay by Erica Schmidt, based on his 2018 musical of the same name. The film – which is expected to fill a seasonal gap the size of the greatest showman – stars Dinklage, Haley Bennett, Kelvin Harrison Jr, Bashir Salahuddin and Ben Mendelsohn. The songs are by Aaron and Bryce Dessner of The National.

Peter Dinklage in Cyrano

Peter Dinklage in Cyrano

“I haven’t really done a musical since I was a kid,” Dinklage says. “I did a lot of Gilbert and Sullivan. It’s really the only time you can go on stage when you’re a kid. You’re not really doing Long Day’s Journey into Night or Streetcar. Although, that I would like to see. Part of the joy of what I do for a living is changing it. Aaron and Bryce Dessner wrote the most beautiful songs and let me sing them with my own voice from my own heart.

“I am not a singer in the traditional sense of the term. So I do imitations of my favorite singers like Nina Simone or Freddie Mercury or Matt Berninger – the singer and lyricist from The National – because we have a similar baritone voice. I actually had to stop listening to The National for a little while. Or I would have ended up trying to emulate Matt in the movie.

Dinklage will tell you he may not be as finicky as his Game of Thrones tenure might suggest

The actor treats great affection for the onscreen predecessors Gérard Depardieu (in the 1990s Cyrano de Bergerac) and Steve Martin in Roxanne. In common with these previous incarnations of the Cyrano material, sees the spiritual Cyrano (Dinklage) and articulate (Dinklage) expressing his love for Roxanne (Bennett) through the handsome Christian inarticulate (Harrison Jr). “

“The first time you swear around your parents, you are, you know, your words are very powerful things,” says Dinklage, who already tried Richard III and Rakitin, in a month in the countryside, before creating Cyrano off-Broadway.

“Or the first time someone says they love you, if you’re lucky enough to hear those three beautiful words. I think we underestimate the power of words these days. I think we have to. be careful with them, especially in politics. Because words have an effect, and they resonate and have a consequence. I thought I was a poet when I was younger, I still do it from time to time. that aspect of this piece, I love the poetry of it.

Peter Dinklage with his wife Erica Schmidt.  Photography: Charley Gallay / Getty Images for Netflix

Peter Dinklage with his wife Erica Schmidt. Photography: Charley Gallay / Getty Images for Netflix

Dinklage will tell you that he may not be as temperamental as his tenure on Game of Thrones might suggest. (A famous scene in which he cuts off a knight’s leg required him to wield a blunt sword at a 70-year-old amputee.) He will also tell you that he grew up in a house where music was still played. Growing up, his mother was a music teacher who “was always, always at the piano,” he says. His brother, whom Dinklage calls “a true family performer,” is a violinist for Hamilton’s New York production.

His parents, he recalls, “loved the theater and the arts and were always very supportive about anything I shot; this should be true for all parents. The scar on the side of his face dates from his punk years when, as the lead singer of Whizzy, he knelt down to his head on stage at the CBGBs. Details like this may make it seem like Cyrano – a musical with swords – was written specifically for Dinklage. Indeed, it was. The original direction and film were written by Erica Schmidt, stage director and wife of Dinklage for 16 years.

“I have worked with Erica on a number of theatrical productions at this point,” the actor explains. “I think this is our fifth collaboration. So either I’m a punishment glutton or I really like it. And it’s definitely the latter, because we have such a shortcut with each other, and it creates such ease in the working environment. It’s also 24/7. Many of the actors who work with her have to return home after the show. But I can go home and continue the conversation about the room. I feel like I’m taking advantage of it. It is a constant evolution.

Schmidt and her husband are fiercely private individuals who keep their two children away from the cameras. He is pissed off by the current pressure on young actors to live their lives on social media platforms.

Peter Dinklage stars in a musical adaptation of Cyrano, opening January 14

Peter Dinklage stars in a musical adaptation of Cyrano, opening January 14

“I think it’s really difficult,” says Dinklage. “I mean, I’m an older actor. I have avoided all the pitfalls of the internet and social media. It all scares me. I’m not on any of this. Because it’s really putting you there. It makes you very vulnerable. And I think because it’s such a vulnerable place, people build that personality of who they’re online, just to make sure they look good or sound good, or whatever.

“I think we’re trying to meet the expectations of too many people and we’re profiling ourselves, especially online these days, trying to represent this best possible version of ourselves. And that’s not necessarily who we really are, and we shouldn’t be afraid of who we really are.

There is, however, one family member that Dinklage is happy to talk about. While filming Cyrano in Italy during the pandemic, he and his family “lived at the end of a dirt road” where a stray dog ​​had recently given birth to a litter of puppies. When the animal rescue arrived, Schmidt was on hand to make sure one of the dogs would return to Dinklage. A stray animal is a perfect fit for Dinklage, a longtime vegetarian who campaigned passionately for Farm Sanctuary, shared a video advocating a vegan diet on behalf of Peta and begged Game of Thrones fans to adopt Huskies looking like to wolves in shelters, rather than buying from breeders.

“She’s a year old now. We adopted her when she was just a puppy a year ago. And she is in good health. She is my joy.

Peter Dinklage and Sophie Turner in Game of Thrones

Peter Dinklage and Sophie Turner in Game of Thrones

Dinklage’s career time frame hasn’t just avoided Instagram; he also joined the big American independent scene of the 1990s. After studying theater at Bennington College in Vermont, Dinklage collaborated with director Tom McCarthy on The Killing Act for Access Theater in 1995; the duo would reunite for the latter’s much-loved debut feature, The Station Agent, in 2003. Dinklage starred alongside Tupac in Julien Temple’s Bullet (1995) and worked for Sundance early darlings like Tom DiCillo ( Living in Oblivion), Alexandre Rockwell (13 Lunes), Michel Gondry and Charlie Kaufman (Human Nature).

“Oh, it was a crazy time,” Dinklage recalls. “People always say it reminds them of the 70s. Over a decade since we went back to the roots of independent guerrilla cinema. I had the chance to start with a great film: Living in oblivion. It was a film about independent film making. So it was sort of a great introduction to the world of cinema with a great group of actors, and a great writer and director.

“I was lucky to find a tribe of fellow artists, writers, directors, actors. We have all worked together a number of times in New York and beyond. And I think it’s really important when you start out. Don’t go for strangers. Go with the creative forces and create your own pieces, rather than waiting[ing] for the phone to ring.

Cyrano opens January 14


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Desperate Riders trailer shows Country Music’s Trace Adkins in western https://carolchanning.org/desperate-riders-trailer-shows-country-musics-trace-adkins-in-western/ Thu, 06 Jan 2022 00:18:00 +0000 https://carolchanning.org/desperate-riders-trailer-shows-country-musics-trace-adkins-in-western/ Lionsgate promises ‘all roads to justice’ in new trailer for their upcoming western, Desperate Horsemen. Directed by Michael feifer (Catch the ball), the film is slated for release on February 25. A feature film about an unstoppable outlaw, the trailer for Desperate Horsemen shows us a high-action, over-the-top movie. Starring villainous Thorn Larson is a […]]]>

Lionsgate promises ‘all roads to justice’ in new trailer for their upcoming western, Desperate Horsemen. Directed by Michael feifer (Catch the ball), the film is slated for release on February 25. A feature film about an unstoppable outlaw, the trailer for Desperate Horsemen shows us a high-action, over-the-top movie.

Starring villainous Thorn Larson is a country music star, Trace Adkins. A regular on the big screen, Adkins has previously held roles in other films such as old henri, I can only imagine, and 13 minutes. Join Adkins in Desperate Horsemen will be The waters drawn (Real detective), Vanessa Evigan (Only god can), Sam ashby (Sweet magnolia), Victoria pratt (Mutant X), Rob mayes (My Christmas inn), Brock O’Hurn (The Resort), Cowboy trojan, Erin betheus (Fireproof), Peter Sherayko (tomb stone), T. Graham Brown, Roy Snow, Tom berenger, Fred yanda, Kevin harris, Jerry bestpitch, Vernon Walker (Catch the ball), and Torry Martin.

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The film promises to bring both plenty of shootouts and campy vibes as the Cowboy Party rolls out West in pursuit of their cunning, bloodthirsty target. If they’re smart, it shouldn’t be too hard to find him seeing as in the trailer alone we see Thorn take down over a dozen people.


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Desperate Horsemen will be released on February 25. Check out the trailer and synopsis for the film below:

The action begins as Kansas Red (Waters) saves young Billy (Ashby) from a shootout in a card game. The boy asks Red to help him protect his family from Thorn (Adkins), an outlaw who has just kidnapped Billy’s mother, Carol (Pratt). As Red and Billy go to Carol’s rescue, they encounter the beautiful and tough Leslie (Evigan), who has managed to escape Thorn’s men. The three race to stop Thorn’s marriage to Carol with guns. But here’s the catch: does she want to be rescued?


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Sesame Street composer Stephen Lawrence has died aged 82 https://carolchanning.org/sesame-street-composer-stephen-lawrence-has-died-aged-82/ Tue, 04 Jan 2022 00:21:02 +0000 https://carolchanning.org/sesame-street-composer-stephen-lawrence-has-died-aged-82/ If you were a kid in the 1970s and your parents let you watch TV, you would hear the music of Stephen Lawrence. From Muppets to big stars, Lawrence has composed the music of hundreds of Sesame Street Songs. He was also musical director of Free to be you and me, the beloved children’s music […]]]>

If you were a kid in the 1970s and your parents let you watch TV, you would hear the music of Stephen Lawrence. From Muppets to big stars, Lawrence has composed the music of hundreds of Sesame Street Songs. He was also musical director of Free to be you and me, the beloved children’s music album designed and produced by actress Marlo Thomas, and composed songs for the project, including the title track, with the late lyricist Bruce Hart.

Lawrence died on December 30 at Clara Maass Medical Center in Belleville, NJ. He was 82 years old. His wife, Cathy Lawrence, told NPR he suffered from “puzzling symptoms for years which have worsened sharply in recent months.”

Stephen J. Lawrence was extremely proud to have provided the melodies and harmonies to the songs performed by singers he admired.

“What do Marlo Thomas, Diana Ross, Michael Jackson, Roberta Flack, Dionne Warwick, Mel Brooks, Rosey Grier and Harry Belafonte have in common?” he wrote on his website. “They all performed on the million-sales record and / or the Emmy-winning special, ‘Free to Be … You and Me’. ‘ I was the Music Director and I composed the title song and four others for the flagship project and I’m going to tell you, from the start, how we created the music. ”

“He was adorable and fun, but he was very serious about music,” Marlo Thomas told NPR. Free to be you and me was “a project for children that was non-sexist and non-racist, and would make them feel empowered, boys and girls,” says Thomas.

She remembers when Lawrence and Hart first played the title song to her. “They called it ‘Free to be you and me, Gymboree’ – you know lyricists love these little triplets,” Thomas recalls, “And I didn’t like the gymboree part, but I immediately loved it. I loved the lyrics. I love the idea of ​​the horses running free, but the music was so perfect. ”

Stephen Lawrence grew up in Great Neck, NY His father worked in a glue factory. His wife, Cathy Lawrence, a cantor from New York, says Stephen “was one of those five-year-olds who could walk to the piano and play anything.” He wasn’t much of a sight reader, she says, but could hear just about anything by ear.

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Her father, who was also a musician, “loved to show Stephen,” she says. When the friends were over, “he would make Stephen sit under the piano and his dad would play a chord and Stephen would call out the notes,” she said. Cathy says one of Stephen’s closest friends growing up was Joe Frank, who would later become a cult favorite on KCRW and nationwide public radio. She says Stephen and Joe shared a “goofy and mischievous” sense of humor. On their wedding day, Cathy says, Lawrence sang “If I Were” to her, the song he originally wrote for Kermit.

It was Sesame Street colleague Carole Hart who recommended her husband Bruce and Stephen Lawrence for Free to be you and me. Lawrence spoke about the title song writing process with WNYC Soundcheck host John Schaefer for a 40e-anniversary tribute to the album. “The banjo was perfect” for the intro, he said, “It’s sort of timeless. That says joy,” Lawrence continued, “That said,“ Look, it’s an instrument. unusual that you don’t hear every day. “”

Lawrence added that the record company believed the album would sell around 15,000 copies. It has sold over a million and it continues.

“It’s a phenomenon. It doesn’t go away,” Lawrence told Schaefer. Just like the work of the composer himself.

For his 82sd birthday, Stephen Lawrence posted a seven minute YouTube video of some of the music he was most proud of: “Free to Be … You and Me”, Rex Smith singing “You Take My Breath Away” from the TV movie Sooner or later, “One Way Ticket” by Mama Cass, “Who Are You Now” by Olivia Newton John Sesame Street the numbers “If Moon Was Cookie”, “If I Were” and “Fuzzy & Blue”, and the music for the film by Robert DeNiro Slowly hit the drum and the horror movie Alice Sweet Alice.

In a report, Sesame Street Sonia Monzano wrote of Lawrence: “He wrote music that was accessible to young people and yet sophisticated enough to engage adults. »Sesame Workshop tweeted, “Thank you for bringing smiles, laughter and the gift of music to our neighborhood.” Cathy Lawrence says her husband loved to be recognized for his work … and would be “so happy” with what people are saying now.



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