Thanks for sticking around…

Hi Everyone,

I want to thank everyone who has continued to follow this blog which I have been completely inconsistent with. My deep apologies because I would like to be as current with my information as I can be.

Being that I finally peaked with over 400 viewers this month, I am thrilled! On that note, I would love to get some feedback of ways I can make my site more interesting. Are there certain types of articles/people/movies/music you’d like me to be focusing in on? Please feel free to express your ideas as this is for the people.

On the music front, I was sent a link today from a friend about the San Francisco Outside Lands Music Festival. Before entering into the “music biz” (if you will), I never really followed the festival scene. I usually surrounded my musical interests to billboard charts and mainstream music. Boy was I missing out! So many great performers are involved with these festivals. In particular with the Outside Lands festival you’ve got DMB, Black Eyed Peas, Jason Mraz, Beastie Boys, TV on the Radio, Q-Tip, Lanka, Matt & Kim, Brett Dennen..The list keeps going! I hope to attend this year..

On the movie front, State of Play this friday?? Finally Rachel McAdams is in another film. I’ve been looking forward to this one for a while so I’ve got pretty high expectations. The last movie I saw in the theater was I Love You, Man, which i enjoyed very much. I thought it was a bit long, however, I enjoyed the chemistry between Paul Rudd and Jason Segal on screen and thought it was a movie worth seeing in the theaters. Star Trek Trailer? Angels and Demons Trailer? These movies are going to be the biggest summer hits (oh wait, and Harry Potter!) These are to be guaranteed successes. JJ Abrams is genius and he’s got the up and coming star lineup. This movie is their golden ticket for success.

Now, TV. I don’t watch much but here’s what I think based on the TV shows I follow. United States of Tara: extremely bizarre but intelligent. I wanted more answers by the end of the season. But I’m hoping they waited in anticipation for a season 2 (!?) Gossip Girl: My guilty pleasure, however, it’s getting a little boring for me. I’m ready for the old Serena to re-emerge and more drama to stir up NYC. American Idol: it’s not so difficult to figure out that Adam Lambert has already won the competition. His rendition of Mad World was chilling and unbelieveable. For Simon Cowell to give the standing “o” really means something. Rescue Me: NEED TO START WATCHING.

Just wanted to express my appreciation for those who keep reading. I hope to bring you more interesting information/articles that will stir your curiosity!

PS. Insider info: I get a lot of my info from Entertainment Weekly and Vanity Fair magazine. Excellent sources.

April 13, 2009. Film, Music, TV. Leave a comment.

The Watchmen Soundtrack

Highly anticipated/controversial comic comes to film “The Watchmen” includes a very unique soundtrack. Billboard analyzes the film and its relationships with choosing mostly tracks from 1930s-1960s to portray the political environment in society then as represented in the film.

Check out this interesting article:

http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/feature/index.jsp?JSESSIONID=jSHnJnPM7ZTCTr6fK2zJyJWC34TstQCWktjRGtWpLH1QpVVVFH3l!-646874236

March 4, 2009. Film, Music. Leave a comment.

X-Men Origins: Wolverine-Official trailer!

 

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Photo Credit: ign.com

Hugh Jackman reprises his role as Wolverine in the new X-Men spin-off X-Men Origins: Wolverine. Other cast members include Ryan Reynolds, Liev Schreiber and Will.i.am. View the trailer here:

http://popwatch.ew.com/popwatch/2008/12/wolverine-trail.html

December 15, 2008. Tags: , , , , . Film. Leave a comment.

MILK (the film)

Gus Van Sant’s Milk has hit theater Friday November 28.  Only opened in 36 theaters, this portrayal of a Jewish homosexual political figure Harvey Milk in San Francisco, CA during the height of discriminations wants to make a gradual influence. 

There has been a lot of buzz surrounding the film being that its plot is extremely relevant to the issues currently going on in CA (Proposition Eight) and the other prejudices that we deal with on a daily basis. 

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Photo Credit: Focus Features

Furthermore, its release during “Oscar season” gives it many possiblities for nominations. Sean Penn’s strikingly close resemblance physically to Milk will have people thinking it is actually him.  James Franco, Diego Luna and Emile Hirsch play Milk’s lovers over the course of the film, who are all up and coming respectful actors in their own right. Josh Brolin plays Dan White, a friend in politics until things turn….

I have yet to see the film but I plan on seeing it this week. I have seen many Van Sant films and they way which be shows the raw honesty of his characters and their strengths/weaknesses makes his films extremely powerful. I hope to see that in Milk.

December 1, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Film. Leave a comment.

Twilight-New Instyle photos!!!

Instyle also did a photo shoot of the young up and coming cast for the Twilight film.

Take a look here: http://www.instyle.com/instyle/package/general/photos/0,,20237332_20237323,00.html?xid=perez-twilight

November 14, 2008. Tags: , . Film, Twilight. Leave a comment.

Cadillac Records (A Review)

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(Photo credit: carphotos.com)

Being that my blog is all about music and film, I feel compelled to discuss the upcoming film, Cadillac Records. Set for release December 5, this movie charts the rise and fall of Chicago-based Chess Records as well as its artists.

Oscar winner Adrien Brody (The Pianist, Darjeeling Limited) takes on the role of Leonard Chess, founder of Chess Records. The profound artists under Chess that made such a deep impression for music then and now are Muddy Waters (Played by Jeffrey Wright), Chuck Berry (Played by Mos Def), Colombus Short (Stomp The Yard) playing Little Walter and Beyonce as Etta James.  This record label saw very good times as well as terrible times.

Beyonce initially didn’t want to take this role because of the extreme measures she had to go for undertaking the part of Etta James.  Once she read the script, it gave her the courage to take some major risks and let people see a new side of her.  She says that people will be shocked to see the great lengths she went to be true to the character of James-through the good times and the bad, (better known as her heroine addiction).

Beyonce, Mos Def, Jeffrey Wright and Colombus Short all contribute to the soundtrack. Other artists included on the soundtrack that are not associated with the film are Solange Knowles, Buddy Guy and Raphael Saddiq. The first single for release is Beyonce’s cover of At Last. Both film and soundtrack are being released off Sony.

http://www.billboard.com/bbcom/news/article_display.jsp?vnu_content_id=1003889369

November 14, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , . Film. 1 comment.

GQs 25 hottest women in film of all time

I’m dedicating this one to all of the males out there…I know where your heads are at. 

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(GQ Cover: Jessica Biel July 2007)

I was given this spread at work for research purposes. Therefore, I am compelled to write and talk about it.

Now, most names that you have already conjured in your heads are definitely on this list. I don’t think there really are any suprises, since these are all memorable females in these well-known films.  The age range between these women are large, so I can really only relate to the ones somewhat on my age level, (I am too young for some!) However, these are all women to respect in the film business because they are beautiful and give power to females everywhere!!

I will give you some films listed and you can guess which actresses were handpicked: Animal House, Fast Time at Ridgemont High, Swimming Pool, The Dreamers, Blue Lagoon, Layer Cake, Scarface, Blow

Yes, most of these are obvious, but just wanted to make it a little guessing game!

ENJOY

http://men.style.com/gq/features/25sexiestwomen

November 13, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , . Film. 3 comments.

For all of the Twilight fans..

twilight_movie_poster1In December 2008 Vanity Fair issue, there is a photo spread of the stars in the upcoming film. On the Vanity Fair website, they’ve added outtakes of photos that didn’t make the shoot due to popular demand.

ENJOY!

http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2008/12/twilight_outtakes200812

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I forgot to add that the soundtrack to the film was #1 this week according to Nielsen Soundscan. Most songs were written for the soundtrack only and feature well known acts Linkin Park, Paramore, Mute Math and more!

Read more at Billboard Biz

http://www.billboard.biz/bbbiz/content_display/industry/e3i4e32a4ca5b3c4e13a6bc162d0ced7d01

November 12, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , . Film. Leave a comment.

Kate & Leo–They’re back they’re back!!!!

FINALLY!!!!! Over 10 years later…

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There must be others of you out there that are just as or even more excited than me of kate winslet and leo dicaprio’s return to the big screen once again!!!!

Revolutionary Road, distributed by Paramount Vantage, is slated for release on December 26. The film is about Frank and April Wheeler, a young married couple coping with 1950s suburbia lifestyle. They believe by moving out to the suburbs to start a family will bring them happiness but ultimately begins to tear their marriage apart.

Based on the novel by Richard Yates, director Sam Mendes brings this story to life with two of the best young actors in the business who have previously worked together on one of the most successful movies of all time: James Camron’s Titanic. Boosting over $600 million dollars since its release, its made the most money ever for a film domestically and world wide (www.boxofficemojo.com).  They have such strong chemistry together that they were bound to work on other projects together.

Being featured as Vanity Fair’s cover girl for the December 2008 issue, she talks about her friendship and work relationship with DiCaprio.  She says that they’ve always talked to each other about scripts they’d receive and ask each other their thoughts and opinions about them.  During the filming of the movie, they happily challenged each others emotional strengths, leading to even physically hitting one another (no injuries to report!) Here is more into her cover story: http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2008/12/winslet200812

If you have yet to watch the trailer, check it out: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bpra9OEw6nQ

[If you like the song in the trailer, it is Nina Simone’s “Wild Is The Wind”]

November 12, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , . Film. Leave a comment.

These are a few of my favorite films..

So now that I want to establish myself as a legitimate source for media information, I feel i should give you a list of some of my favorite films/actors/directors and my reasons… This is not my official list, but these are movies I always think about when asked what my favorite ones are. Feel free to add your thoughts.

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Finding Neverland: Johnny Depp/Kate Winslet. With those two actors in the lead roles, there’s really nothing that could go wrong.  To me, Kate Winslet is one of strongest leading ladies of our time (even at the young age of 33).  As read from Entertainment Weekly (www.ew.com), she will potentially be nominated for two oscars in one season (For her supporting role in The Reader and lead actress in Revolutionary Road opposite Leo DiCaprio and directed by her husband, Sam Mendes [American Beauty]).  Not only do their roles in the story make it so unbelieveable, but it introduced me to director Marc Forster. He has such a creative film style of POV (Point of View) shots, which enhances the relationships that establish between Johnny Depp’s character, Kate Winslets and her kids in the film.  Other films of Forster’s to watch for are the upcoming Bond film Quantum of Solace, and The Kite Runner

The Departed: Martin Scorsese. You would think with him as director is it straight success. Let’s add Leo DiCaprio, Matt Damon, Jack Nicholson, Alec Baldwin, Marc Wahlberg, Martin Sheen. Even speaking as a woman who always enjoys the vast representation of women in film, this movie was perfect. It couldn’t have gone any other way. If you disagree with me, I don’t even want to start up the fight with you to defend my point of view.  Just to add, this was Scorsese’s first win for best director of a film, (which was awarded to him by fellow Movie brats and oscar winners Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Francis Ford Coppola).

Edward Scissorhands: This was probably one of the first Depp films to really jumpstart his film career.  The fact that he will play such an estranged character that no one can really relate to is so interesting to me.  Tim Burton creates a “monster” that really is just lonely and wants to live normally like everyone else.  Burton’s use of extreme bright colors that contrast with the conformity of suburban life is something only Burton can do.  Tim Burton has a unique style combining artistic time periods, extreme color, cartoon themes and awkwardness that somehow work really well together, (example: Big Fish). The relationship between actor and director have become so close, they’ve worked on over six films together.

Almost Famous: The fact that the story is based on the director’s life at the age of the protagonist is a dream. This movie made me want to work for Rolling Stone and take the music journalist path (although that isn’t where I currently am).  Everything from the cohesiveness of music, cast, costume and plot made for a good film.

Moulin Rouge: This film started my trend in enjoying musicals as well as romantic tragedy movies. The music in this film is unbelieveable and I cry everytime I watch it. 

Home Alone: (first one only) A classic holiday film that always brings me to laughter with tears. I think I’ve seen this movie at least once a year during the holiday season. My favorite line “Buzz, your girlfriend. Woof.” (while Culkin is home alone and is going through his older brothers’ treasure chest.)

25th Hour: Spike Lee. Ed Norton. Phillip Seymour Hoffman. Post 9/11. All you need to know in order for it to be one of the most influential films post-9/11 to film in NYC and compare the tragedy of the path of Norton’s character to the tragedy of world events. If you want a dark movie with intense characters and plot, I highly recommend.

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(Clip from 25th Hour. From left: Anna Paquin, Hoffman, Norton)

Munich: Another emotional film that overlooks the events at the murders of the Israeli team at the Munich Olympic games in 1972.

Kill Bill: Tarantino really likes to kick some major ass in his movies. This one only adds to that collection. Putting Uma Thurman as this dynamic powerful fighter who will stop at nothing to find who’s killed her daughter leads to bloody fight sequences, underground burials and more suprises than you think you’re in for.

North By Northwest: Hitchcock was an innovator in the film world and this was my favorite film of his. Starring Cary Grant (the charmer of early Hollywood cinema), his use of POV shots, foreground and background as well as access of knowledge with his characters.  In Vanity Fair March 2008 issue, they do an expose on Hitchcock and his films. They included what was so unique with this film was the in the chase sequence in the deserted corn fields, it was meant to be that way.  Usually, these chase scenes are done in tight, urban locations and he wanted to do quite the opposite.

http://www.vanityfair.com/culture/features/2008/03/hitchcock_stills200803

Singin’ In the Rain: Gene Kelly–one of the best dancers of our time.  He made dancing for men something attractive and brought musicals on the map! A movie classic.

The Money Pit: One of the funniest movies I’ve ever seen.  The humor of Tom Hanks and Shelley Long as a poor couple who purchase what is to be their “dream home” turns into the biggest nightmare of their lives.  If you want a good laugh, definitely watch this movie (1986)

I hope you enjoy the ranting of films I enjoy. Please feel free to add yours!

November 11, 2008. Tags: , , , , , , , , , , . Film. 1 comment.

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