Archive for October, 2009

“THE GLOOMERS” RELEASE HALLOWEEN EPISODE

The Gloomers, a new animated cartoon series debuting at Comic Con this year, released its first Halloween episode today. www.facebook.com/thegloomers

The Halloween episode stars famed horror director and Evil Dead II writer Scott Spiegel, who plays himself in the cartoon.

The Gloomers series is the brainchild of Charles Mechem, who was CEO of Taft Broadcasting, which owned Hanna Barbera for over 20 years. The Gloomers includes Neal Barbera, son of Joe Barbera, as a writer. Neal Barbera wrote a number of classic Hanna Barbera scripts, including Yogi Bear and Scooby Doo and many others.

No matter how bad your day is, The Gloomers day is always worse.

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BACKGROUND AND BACKSTORY:

THE GLOOMERS is an animated series that follows the trials and tribulations of the hysterically funny heirs to misfortune, the Gloomer family. Crashing the classic Hanna-Barbera animation of the Jetsons and Flintstones with a post-modern comedy slant, the show is both a reflection and an antidote to our modern day “gloomy” outlook. We all have bad days, sometimes even the kind of day that plunges your entire life into chaos. Now, imagine if every day was like that…

Enter The Gloomers.

From generation to generation the Gloomers have endured the worst bad-luck streak in recorded history. The torch of tribulation is carried proudly by the patriarch, Dooman Gloomer, a hapless inventor who, despite his consistent failings, still holds out hope for that one elusive moment that will break the chain and let the sun shine in. Sadly, that day never, ever comes.

Dooman’s best friend, Moses, a 262 year old parrot that has been in the Gloomer family for generations, knows this all to well and amuses himself by reminding poor Dooman every chance he gets.

Dooman’s wife, Lotta, stands by his side through all the explosions, fires, electrocutions and falls that happen with common frequency.

Their detached son Junior has inherited the Gloomer luck, but since he has retreated to the basement in his helmet, he does not yet realize the magnitude of his potential misery. His only friend is a Marcel Marceau-like spider named Cunape.

Somehow, the curse passed over little sister Notta who, oblivious to the doom and despair that surrounds her, floats effortlessly through life on a cloud of hope that always avoids the dark rain cloud that follows the rest of the Gloomer clan, which also includes a clinically depressed dog, Lugubrious, and a robotic cat named Despair.
Aimed at the kid in all of us who wishes they could simply laugh away bad luck; aimed at anyone who ever felt that they were not very different from Charlie Brown or Wile E. Coyote.

The Gloomers reminds us that no matter how bad your day was, chances are The Gloomers was worse. Kids, teens and adults will be attracted to the show’s bizarre sense of comedy and unfortunate circumstances, but it is the universality of the characters and the Gloomers unconditional love for each other that will secure the series a fiercely loyal following.

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The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day is the much-anticipated sequel to the indie cult classic, The Boondock Saints. The film is the continuation of writer/director Troy Duffy’s tough, stylized cutting edge saga of the MacManus brothers (Norman Reedus, Sean Patrick Flanery). The two have been in deep hiding with their father, Il Duce (Billy Connolly), in the quiet valleys of Ireland, far removed from their former vigilante lives. When word comes that a beloved priest has been killed by sinister forces from deep within the mob, the brothers return to Boston to mount a violent and bloody crusade to bring justice to those responsible. With a new partner in crime (Clifton Collins Jr., Star Trek) and a sexy FBI operative (Julie Benz, TV’s “Dexter”) hot on their trail…the Saints are back!

The Boondock Saints II: All Saints Day is written and directed by Troy Duffy, starring Sean Patrick Flanery, Norman Reedus, Billy Connolly, Clifton Collins Jr., and Julie Benz. Produced by Chris Brinker and Don Carmody, and executive produced by Lloyd Segan and Rob Fried.

The Boondock Saints: All Saints Day will open in theaters on Friday, October 30.

For more info, visit

http://www.sonypictures.com/sphe/boondocksaints2

“CIRCLE OF EIGHT” TO PREMIERE ON MYSPACE

PARAMOUNT DIGITAL ENTERTAINMENT’S SUPERNATURAL SERIES CIRCLE OF EIGHT TO PREMIERE EXCLUSIVELY ON MYSPACE ON OCTOBER 27

Mountain Dew is Key Collaborator on Breakthrough Series

Film Version With Additional Scenes and Surprise Ending Available for Rental Exclusively at BLOCKBUSTER®

PDE Uses Adobe Flash Platform to Create Unique Interactive Experience Across Multiple Platforms

Los Angeles (October 27, 2009) – Circle of Eight, Paramount Digital Entertainment’s (PDE) original supernatural thriller, produced in association with Mountain Dew’s Green Label Studios, premieres today exclusively on MySpace. Three episodes will launch the10-part series, which combines unique elements of gaming and social media to propel the story forward.

Viewers can tune into MySpace at www.myspace.com/circleof8 now to watch the first three episodes of the series. Episodes four and five will be available on November 3, and each week following one of the remaining five episodes will be available to viewers on MySpace through the finale on December 8.

Circle of Eight tells the story of a young woman who moves into an historic building, The Dante, where she encounters an assortment of neighbors harboring a mysterious secret that unravels in a chain of deaths and supernatural interactions. Multiple levels of interactive content enhance the audience’s connection with Circle of Eight, including hidden clues, an online and mobile game, and exclusive material that can be unlocked through game play.

“Circle of Eight shows our ongoing commitment to launch studio-quality entertainment on digital platforms,” said Thomas Lesinski, President of Paramount Digital Entertainment. “With strong, mutually beneficial relationships with brands such as MySpace, Mountain Dew, Adobe and Blockbuster, we can launch premium quality content in the digital window and continue to monetize Circle of Eight on additional platforms, multiple windows and in international territories.”

Along with distributing the series, MySpace’s social-networking features allow viewers to share and embed the content, interact with the series through social gaming and content, and broadcast their thoughts via forums and commenting.

“MySpace’s exclusive distribution of Circle of Eight speaks directly to our goal of providing content to our users in an innovative and interactive manner,” said Jason Kirk, VP of Video and Entertainment. “The program matches up nicely to our strengths within multiple areas of entertainment and with a younger demographic. We’re pleased to be working with Paramount Digital Entertainment and all companies involved to bring the series to such a large audience through both online and offline routes.”

Following the online run on MySpace, Circle of Eight will be available for rent exclusively at participating BLOCKBUSTER® stores, as well as by mail and through BLOCKBUSTER On Demand®. The full-length film will have additional scenes and a surprise alternate ending.

“We are thrilled to bring such an innovative entertainment experience to our customers,” said Bill Lee, executive vice president and chief merchandising officer at Blockbuster. “This is one more indication of Blockbuster’s continued commitment to deliver exclusive content to consumers on as many screens as possible, whether that’s through our stores, by mail or through our on demand service.”

All sponsoring companies are heavily involved in marketing Circle of Eight to raise awareness for the series and its multiplatform experience.

Mountain Dew plays a critical role in the Circle of Eight storyline. One of the characters in the series joins the Green Label Art community and creates a unique, custom-designed Green Label Art bottle. The bottle is also featured in the online game where it unlocks deeper mysteries in the Circle of Eight storyline. Green Label Art is Mountain Dew’s limited edition series of collectable aluminum bottles designed by a select group of artists from the world of contemporary art and culture.

In addition to its organic product integration into the story of Circle of Eight, Mountain Dew is promoting the series at stops on the Dew Action Sports Tour, in movie theaters and on television.

“From the start of our collaboration on this project, it’s been essential that Mountain Dew has an authentic purpose within the Circle of Eight storyline and provides value in the interactive experience,” said Frank Cooper, SVP and Chief Consumer Engagement Officer, Pepsi-Cola North American Beverages. “Paramount Digital Entertainment and Milchan/Van Eyssen shared our vision and the final result is innovative digital content that we believe is engaging and entertaining.”

“Working with Mountain Dew, Adobe and MySpace enabled us to create a richly textured story that takes advantage of the multiple media and resources they made available to us,” said executive producer Alexandra Milchan. “Viewers can decide what they want their Circle of Eight experience to be, from passive viewing to passionate involvement.”

Circle of Eight creators produced a unique interactive experience for viewers across operating systems and devices using the Adobe® Flash® Platform and Creative Suite® 4 software. Adobe tools and technologies were used in the majority of the workflow stages for both the filmed entertainment and interactive production, including a mobile application and gaming widget. PDE is able to deliver the multiple interactive elements of Circle of Eight to viewers across devices using Adobe Flash Player and Adobe® AIR®, because of efforts by the Open Screen Project, an industry-wide initiative led by Adobe and supported by PDE and close to 50 other industry leaders, to enable people to engage with rich Internet experiences across any device, anywhere.

“Creating and delivering an interactive digital Web series requires a powerful set of tools, and the Adobe Flash Platform combined with Adobe Creative Suite offered PDE a complete end-to-end solution,” said Jim Guerard, general manager and vice president for Dynamic Media at Adobe. “Circle of Eight is a highly engaging and interactive viewer experience, and because it will be viewed using Adobe Flash Player, which is on more than 98 percent of Internet-connected desktops worldwide, fans everywhere can easily participate in each new online episode.”

A Milchan/Van Eyssen production, Circle of Eight, stars DJ Qualls (Road Trip, All About Steve) and rising stars Austin Highsmith and Ryan Doom. Milchan/Van Eyssen is the collaboration between producer Alexandra Milchan (Righteous Kill, Street Kings) and director David Van Eyssen (BMW Film Series The Hire). The company is located at Paramount Pictures with a first-look producing deal for digital media with PDE, the first of its kind for the studio.

Circle of Eight is directed by Stephen Cragg (Reaper, ER, NCIS), written by Dave Brewman and Brian Horiuchi, produced by Alexandra Milchan and David Van Eyssen and executive produced by Jamie Boscardin Martin (production supervisor for Bruno, Borat). Michael Lohmann (Boston Legal, The Guardian) served as director of photography and April Webster (Star Trek, Mission Impossible 3) and Scott David served as casting director. Interactive creative producer is Sean Naughton, who has served as cinematic director for Microsoft Games Studios and executive producer on Sony’s Quantum of Solace interactive site.

PDE also enlisted one of the most talented film composers working today, Mark Mothersbaugh (the upcoming film Ramona and Beezus, Nick and Nora’s Infinite Playlist, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, The Royal Tenenbaums, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou), to provide original music for Circle of Eight.

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CSI Creator Anthony E. Zuiker Takes eBook Cross Platform with launch Of Digi-Novel

Level 26: Dark Origins now available from App Store and iTunes Extras in addition to print

LOS ANGELES, CA — October 27, 2009 — Merging literature and video seamlessly to create a unique multi-platform entertainment experience, Level 26: Dark Origins, the first-ever digi-novel™, is now available from the App Store, iTunes Extras and in print. The first in a trilogy, Level 26: Dark Origins, was written by CSI creator Anthony E. Zuiker, with Duane Swierczynski, and tells the gripping tale of a forensic proof serial killer so terrifying that his very existence has been concealed from the public. Following every 20 pages of prose, readers are able to watch a video on iTunes Extras, iPhone, or iPod touch that combines beautiful design with expanded visual features to bring the story to life, exactly where the book leaves off. The videos feature well-known Hollywood actors, crime scene documents, and special interactive features.

“The Level 26: Dark Origins App and iTunes Extras makes reading more entertaining than ever,” said Zuiker, who has a history of incorporating new technology and taking advantage of cross-platform media to draw new audiences to his projects. “We’re delivering new levels of engagement way beyond mere white pages.”

Level 26: Dark Origins takes full advantage of the revolutionary iPhone and iTunes Extras platforms to create a cinematic experience that flows naturally between chapters. Completing the digital experience is www.level26.com, which includes a full social network, Zuiker’s blog, and bonus material. Fans will be able to create their own storylines, ask Zuiker questions, and offer input on upcoming books in the Level 26 series. EQAL—the creative web team behind the infamous “lonelygirl15” hoax on YouTube—partnered with Zuiker to create the site. The app was built by 23 Divide, the company behind the Gigotron App (winner of best mobile app at SXSW 2009).

The Level 26: Dark Origins App is available for $12.99 from the App Store on iPhone and iPod touch or at www.itunes.com/appstore/. The Level 26: Dark Origins iTunes Extras are available on the iTunes Store for $12.99.

The novel was released by Dutton in September and has already built a legion of fans through its Web site, www.level26.com.

About the book:

It is well known among law enforcement personnel that murderers can be categorized on a scale of twenty- five levels of evil, from the naive opportunists starting out at Level 1 to the organized, premeditated, torture-murderers who inhabit Level 25. What almost no one knows—except for the elite unnamed investigations group assigned to hunt down the world’s most dangerous killers, a group of men and women accounted for in no official ledger, headed by the brilliant but reluctant operative Steve Dark—is that a new category of killer is in the process of being defined.

Only one man belongs to this group.

His targets: Anyone

His methods: Unlimited

His alias: Sqweegel

His classification: Level 26

About the authors:

Anthony E. Zuiker is the award-winning creator/producer/writer of the top-rated series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation, CSI: Miami, and CSI: NY. He wrote the 1999 film, The Runner and was a contributing writer to this year’s summer blockbuster, Terminator Salvation. He recently signed a two year first-look deal with CBS/Paramount. Zuiker is also writing his memoirs, Mr. CSI for Harper Collins.

Duane Swierczynski is the author of several crime related fiction, nonfiction, and comic books including Secret Dead Men, The Wheelman, This Here’s a Stick-Up: The Big Bad Book of American Bank Robbery, and several issues of X-Men: The Times and Life of Lucas Bishop. Lion’s Gate Entertainment will produce the film version of his novel Severance Package, of which he will be writing the screenplay. Duane lives in Philadelphia with his wife and kids.

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October 25, 2009
Hollywood, CA

Photos by Suzanne Philips and Tafriha Ahmed
Article by Suzanne Philips

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Hollywood United Methodist Church in association with the Tectonic Theatre Project hosted “THE LARAMIE PROJECT: TEN YEARS LATER, AN EPILOGUE” today to a sold out crowd in Hollywood. The play focuses on the hate crime killing of openly gay student Matthew Shepard in Laramie in 1998, and how the town and the world have changed since then. The new version of the play includes interviews with Aaron McKinney and Russell Henderson the two men who tortured  and killed Shepard .

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Zachary Quinto

The staged reading drew a sell-out crowd who came to see stars Zachary Quinto, Pauley Perrette, James Cromwell, Jim Parsons, Johnny Galecki, Julie Benz, Lisa Edelstein, Christian Clemenson, Barrett Foa, Helen Shaver and Michael Weatherly. The play was moving, funny, and touching – striking a nerve with those in attendance. With President Obama saying he will sign The Matthew Shepard Act (which adds sexual orientation, gender, gender identity and disability to the existing federal law prohibiting hate crimes) into a law next week, “THE LARAMIE PROJECT” could not be more timely.

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Pauley Perrette

 

There is talk that the play may go on a more extensive tour, so keep checking online to see if it will be playing in a city near you. It is well worth your time and money to check it out.

If you would like more information on The Matthew Shepard foundation, check out www.matthewshepard.org.

Cutting Edge Technology Provides Music Artists The Unique Opportunity to Create a Music Video and be Showcased at HMMA November 19!

HMMA logo revised The Hollywood Music in Media Awards (HMMA) announces today it has partnered with Studio One Media, Inc. (OTCBB: SOMD) to host a new music video contest on the company’s web site, www.mystudio.net. The winner of this music video contest will be showcased as a “virtual performance” at the HMM Awards main event on Thursday, November 19 in Hollywood, CA. The winner will also be a VIP red-carpet guest at the awards show which will feature awards presentations, live performances, celebrity presenters and a gourmet banquet dinner served by Wolfgang Puck, Inc.

The contest is open to all musicians performing any style of original music.  Videos can be created at the MyStudio personal audio/video recording studio located in the 944 Magazine building at 8560 Sunset Blvd., Suite 100 in West Hollywood, or the MyStudio location at Scottsdale Fashion Square Mall in Scottsdale, Arizona through October 31, 2009.  Complete contest details can be found at www.MyStudio.net.

About MyStudio®

MyStudio is a self-contained, state-of-the-art, audio/video recording studio offering true professional recording studio-quality audio and HD broadcast-quality video with an ease, economy and convenience never before available. MyStudio eliminates the high cost and technological and logistical barriers inherent in the creation of high quality production and uploading of video content onto the internet. MyStudio opens up a new world of opportunities for the creation of user generated video content by amateurs and professionals alike.

MyStudio can be used to create videos for music, modeling, comedy, dating, job resumes, auditions, personal messages and greetings. A five minute recording session costs $20. Using Hollywood-style green screen technology, MyStudio users can choose from over 1,000 HD virtual backgrounds for their video or they can upload their own custom background. In addition, MyStudio offers thousands of licensed karaoke tracks from EMI Music Publishing which allows a consumer to legally create a music video for public viewing online. Within minutes of recording, videos are automatically uploaded to the MyStudio.net website, which offers free member profile pages and video sharing in a social networking environment. At MyStudio.net, Members can enter contests, order a free DVD of their video, download MP3 audio files, access embed codes or print high resolution photos from their video. MyStudio locations are in Scottsdale, Arizona, West Hollywood, California and coming to New York this fall.

About the Hollywood Music In Media Awards (HMMA)

The Hollywood Music in Media Awards recognizes and honors the music of visual mediums, the talented individuals responsible for selecting it, and the music of artists, both mainstream and independent, from around the globe. HMMA is the first music awards event to recognize and honor excellence in music supervision and to place video games alongside TV and film in terms of importance. Iconic artists will also be presented with a variety of awards, including an award for Outstanding Career Achievement in honor of their accomplishments and longevity in the entertainment field. The evening will feature live music performances, celebrity appearances, award presentations, an exclusive VIP reception, and a dinner banquet catered by Wolfgang Puck, Inc. The entire event will be shot with multiple HD cameras for digital and cable broadcast in 17 countries and U.S. territories (120 Million households).

About Studio One Media, Inc.

Studio One Media, Inc. (“Studio One”) is a diversified media and technology company with offices in Scottsdale, Arizona and West Hollywood, California. Studio One subsidiaries and divisions include Studio One Entertainment, Inc., MyStudio Recording Studios, MyStudio Music, Inc., MyStudio Management, Inc., and MyStudio Mastering. Over the last six years, Studio One and its wholly-owned subsidiary Studio One Entertainment, Inc., have been engaged in the research and development of proprietary, leading edge audio and video technologies for professional and consumer use. Studio One introduced its first groundbreaking product in September 2008, with the installation of its first MyStudio interactive audio and video recording studio in the Scottsdale Fashion Square mall. Studio One has completed multiyear agreements with EMI Music Publishing, The GRAMMY Foundation and Reality TV giant, Mark Burnett Productions.

For more info on the HMMA, visit:  www.hmmawards.com

For more info on MyStudio, visit:  www.mystudio.net

CHICAGO PRODUCER J. NOIZE WILL BE  FIRST ARTIST TO DROP — YOUNG, GIFTED & BLACK,  FROM SOUL ELECTRIC RECORDS SCHEDULED  FOR FALL 2009

soul electric Legendary House Music producer Roy Davis, Jr. and long-time ally Los Angeles area club promoter and producer Juan Hoerni (pronounced Her-nee) have joined forces to create Soul Electric Records. Soul Electric, with offices based in Chicago and Los Angeles, will feature R&B, house, hip-hop and rap artists, along with special mix tape and dance remix projects. Soul Electric’s first release is Young, Gifted & Black by Chicago native J. Noize, who has a direct personal relationship with Davis and Hoerni.

Soul Electric Records is a logical extension of a 10-year professional and personal friendship between Davis and Hoerni. Davis is a highly respected house music producer and DJ hailing from Chicago, with an extensive production and dance remix track record involving virtually every key artist in urban music since the early 90’s. Hoerni is known for putting on innumerable concerts and parties throughout the greater Los Angeles region, as well as creator of Cha Cha Project Recordings.

“I had been doing work for a lot of different artists, and I reached a point where I wanted to do something different, more commercial…when it came to starting Soul Electric, I was looking for a partner. When I brought it up to Juan, he was anxious to be a part of it and said, ‘Whenever you’re ready to start, I’m ready’,” explains Davis about the creation of Soul Electric.

Davis and Hoerni pored over the details of their vision of Soul Electric Records and found a convenient first artist in Davis’ own brother, 24-year-old producer and rapper J. Noize. J. Noize (Jason Davis) had his own buzz in Chicago by virtue of winning various beat battles, including the influential Dynamic Producers 2005. The project, Young, Gifted & Black, is scheduled to hit retail and most major music download services in fall 2009.

Young, Gifted & Black bucks trendy “me-first” fare and offers insightful messages that emphasize family, community and a way out from a seemingly endless cycle of poverty, crime and corruption. The first single “Find Him” revolves around finding a positive direction in life and features the vocal strength of veteran R&B diva Terry Dexter. Prior to the release of “Find Him,” a remix tape is planned to help create a street buzz and awareness of Soul Electric Records and its roster, including J. Noize, hip-hop/R&B vocalist Manny and songwriter and artist D-Illa.

Davis admits to the luxury of having his younger brother J. Noize as the first artist on Soul Electric.

“The best first artist to work with was J. I worked with other artists – and there will be more artists to come – but since he was right there in my face and also putting out consistently good music, I felt he was a solid choice.”

Davis and Hoerni are Executive Producers of Young, Gifted & Black, as well as producers of several songs on the CD, while allowing J. Noize enough space to develop his musical dream. To that end, even more family is involved, including another brother, songwriter/artist D-Illa—whose soon to be released solo project is titled Products & Goods—and nephew Yung Nef (also a producer) who also contributed to the project.

Roy Davis, Jr. began his career as a DJ at the tender age of 12, and was influenced by local hometown Chicago house music spinners DJ Pierre, Farley Jackmaster Funk, Lil’ Louis and Marshall Jefferson. Davis quickly picked up the nuances of working a crowd and honed his craft to the point where he surpassed the aforementioned and rapidly became the go-to house and dance-remix producer/DJ in Chicago. Davis’ reputation spread around the world and he is now in demand in such places as Dubai, Tokyo, England, Australia and France. As his reputation grew, Davis was approached by numerous acts for his incendiary dance remixes, which have heightened visibility for the likes of Seal, Daft Punk, Jill Scott, Eric Benet, Terry Dexter, Faith Evans, Mary J. Blige, Patti LaBelle,  and Christina Milian. In the summer of 2009, Davis released a well-received solo album, God, Life, Music, on the Chicago-based label Largetek. The experimental effort features R&B, Electronic dance, spacey hip-hop and more, with input by Chicago area artists Dexter, J. Noize, Yung Nef, XL, Manny and Erin Martin.

Juan Hoerni began his career as a publicist for a high-tech firm in Silicon Valley after graduating in 1998 from UC Santa Barbara with a degree in Communications. The Mountain View, California native gravitated to music PR and concert promotion when he discovered that the high-tech field left him unchallenged.

“I used to produce radio shows at KMEL-FM and college radio stations. I took all that I learned and started DJ-ing in clubs in the area.”

A one-off house music concert booking turned into a full-time entrepreneurial adventure when Hoerni’s reputation grew as a major club event specialist. Hoerni is also the creator of Cha-Cha Project Recordings, an eclectic collection of experimental music that he wrote, produced and collaborated with several DJs, including DJ Spinna and Davis.

“I called Roy’s manager for an event I was throwing in 1999, and then I began using him all the time, because Roy knows how to get a crowd started,” Hoerni explains on how he and Davis met.

Davis elaborates, “Juan used to fly me out for weeks at a time, and I’d play at boat parties and huge warehouses that he would rent out. Our friendship grew throughout time, and then we eventually started producing records. We realized we had the same goals in common and liked the same broad range of music. So, we decided to go ahead, push the button and make it happen. It was always in the back of my head, when I was shopping J-Noize’s project around, to start a label.”

The idea of Soul Electric Records became reality in January 2009, and accelerated once J-Noize finished his solo effort.

“Soul Electric- the name itself- is not limited to hip-hop. It could be house, soul and other avenues, as long as it has substance and soul within it,” Hoerni concludes.

HOLLYWOOD MUSIC IN MEDIA AWARD (HMMA) NOMINEE PROJECT LIONHEART IS SEATTLE’S RISING INSTRUMENTAL  HIP–HOP GROUP AND FEATURED ARTIST UNDER AMERICAN IDOLIST BLAKE LEWIS’ MYSPACE MUSIC PLAYLIST

HOLLYWOOD MUSIC IN MEDIA AWARD (HMMA) NOMINEE PROJECT LIONHEART IS SEATTLE’S RISING INSTRUMENTAL HIP–HOP GROUP AND FEATURED ARTIST UNDER AMERICAN IDOLIST BLAKE LEWIS’ MYSPACE MUSIC PLAYLIST

Front and center on MySpace Music home page today is American Idolist Blake Lewis’ featured play list (http://music.myspace.com/). Among the artists Lewis highlighted were Seattle favorites Project Lionheart (PLH) (www.myspace.com/lionheartproductions) off Sound Records (www.soundrecordsmusic.com).

The Hip-Hop group also had the pleasure to work with Lewis as he is featured on one of PLH’s tracks, “My Eyes” off the re-released album The Art of Resistance Special Edition which is now available on iTunes. PLH and Lewis have also collaborated on live performances in Seattle which Lewis and front man of PLH Caleb Cunningham can be seen on YouTube rapping and singing to PLH’s “Hell Yeah” earlier this summer (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OKSYdqhnBrA).

PLH also received a nomination from the Hollywood Music and Media Awards

(HMMA) under the Hip-Hop category for their track also off The Art of Resistance Special Edition titled “The Way We Live.”  PLH are planning a tour in 2010 and coming to a city near you.

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“THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES” – A FILM BY JUAN JOSE CAMPANELLA MAKES U.S. PREMIERE AT AFI FEST 2009 IN HOLLYWOOD ARGENTINA’S OSCAR® SUBMISSION AND NUMBER ONE BOX OFFICE FILM OF 2009 WILL SCREEN ON NOVEMBER 4, 2009 AT THE MANN CHINESE CINEMAS
October 21, 2009 – The acclaimed film “THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES” – A FILM BY JUAN JOSE CAMPANELLA is set to make its U.S. premiere this coming November at the AFI FEST 2009 in Los Angeles on November 4, 2009 at 4PM at the Mann Chinese Cinemas.   
The film recently became the number one box office hit of the year by surpassing over 2 million admissions since its release in September beating out even many of the blockbuster films.
In addition, “THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES” was chosen by the Argentina Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Academia de Cine de la Argentina) to represent Argentina in the Best Foreign Language Motion Picture category for the upcoming Oscar® race.  This murder mystery thriller starring Ricardo Darrin received critical acclaim and audience ovations at last month’s Toronto International Film Festival and the San Sebastian Film Festival.  While in Argentina, viewers continued to discuss the film outside the cinema in cafes, restaurants and in the media.
Director Campanella was previously nominated for an Oscar® in 2001 for his film “Son of the Bride.”  He works in both Argentina and the United States. In the US, he continues to be a favorite director amongst TV shows including “House, MD,”  “Law and Order: SVU,” and “30 Rock.”

“THE SECRET IN THEIR EYES” is produced by Tornasol Films, Haddock Films and 100 Bares Producciones.  

Tickets for AFI FEST 2009 are available at www.afi.org website.  For more information on the film, please log on to www.elsecretodesusojos.es.

Shannon Curtis photo courtsey of  Steve Babuljak

Shannon Curtis photo courtsey of Steve Babuljak

When I do a review I like to pick my favorite track and after listening to every track several times it is difficult to pick a favorite. Every track is perfect in a different way. The songs go from heartbreaking to the playful “Get Outta Town” with great lyrics like “It’s been one of those days for a year. “

The title song “Why Don’t You Stay” broke my heart; it is sweeps you up in her voice like the arms of a lover. The song is so beautifully sung, played and written you can “see” the song in your mind…Curtis singing. The last two people in a rooftop club. Lonely city lights in the background. A man in a uniform dancing with the woman he loves. Parting forced upon them by circumstance, the price paid for war. “a little bit longer, a little bit closer to the end of this song. “   They are alone and lonely together.

Shannon Curtis has a warm, rich voice that puts you in a dreamy mood. Every woman needs a copy of this CD.

Beautiful voice and environmentally friendly packaging, who could ask for more?

After reading over my account of “Why Don’t You Stay” I had to laugh. I am sure that Curtis has a totally different story in her head with the song, but that’s ok song writers never know what their songs are really about.

Sam Trammell

Sam Trammell

Los Angeles, CA

October 17, 2009
Photos and article copyright Suzanne Philips
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The Greek Theatre in Los Angeles hosted the 2009 Spike TV “Scream” Awards tonight in Los Angeles.  The show will air on Spike TV on Tuesday, October 27th at 10 pm.  The “Scream” Awards honor the best in Sci-Fi, Fantasy, Horror and Comics. 
 
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Kate Vernon

Film, Television and Music stars were on hand to celebrate the best of the best from the last year.  The new “STAR TREK” film lead the list of nominees with 17 nominations, including Best Director, Best Ensemble and Best Sci-Fi Film.  Karl Urban who plays Leonard “Bones” McCoy in film was glad to be able to help celebrate the film and stopped to chat with the tons of reporters covering the event before dashing into the venue. 
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Karl Urban

 

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Television was also honored and the hit HBO vampire show “TRUE BLOOD” racked up 9 nominations.  Actor Sam Trammell who plays Sam Merlotte on the show said he was “happy that the show really took off last season”.  He also added that Season 3 of the popular show will begin filming in December, which should make fans very happy.
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Sam Trammell

 
Legendary musician Keith Richards was given a special “Rock Immortal Award”.  The show will feature a tribute to Richards from some of his most die-hard fans, including actor and friend Johnny Depp. 
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Taylor Lautner, Elijah Wood, Eli Roth, the cast of “BATTLESTAR GALLACTICA” and Hugh Jackman will also be featured during the ceremony. 
 
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SAW VI'S Jon Mack

The cast of Spike TV's "BLUE MOUNTAIN STATE"

The cast of Spike TV's "BLUE MOUNTAIN STATE"

Check out the full show when Spike TV’s 2009 “Scream” Awards airs on Tuesday, October 27th at 10 pm.

AFI FEST 2009 PRESENTED BY AUDI
ANNOUNCES THE WEINSTEIN COMPANY’S “A SINGLE MAN” AS CLOSING NIGHT GALA PRESENTATION

 

SONY PICTURES CLASSICS’

“THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS”

IS CENTERPIECE SCREENING GALA PRESENTATION

 

PROGRAMMING INCLUDES TRIBUTES TO

VIGGO MORTENSEN AND CHRISTOPHER PLUMMER

 

COMPLETE FESTIVAL LINEUP ANNOUNCED

 

TICKETS AVAILABLE STARTING FRIDAY, OCTOBER 16

 

LOS ANGELES (October 14, 2009)—AFI FEST 2009 presented by Audi today announced the complete lineup of films for the 23rd edition of the Festival, including the Closing Night Gala, Centerpiece Screening, Tributes and Special Presentations.

 

The Weinstein Company’s A SINGLE MAN has been selected as the AFI FEST Closing Night Gala presentation. A SINGLE MAN will make its US Premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Thursday, November 5, 2009.

 

Sony Pictures Classics’ THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS has been selected as AFI FEST’s Centerpiece Screening Gala presentation. THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS will make its US Premiere at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre on Monday, November 2, 2009.

 

The Closing Night Gala presentation of A SINGLE MAN features the directorial debut of fashion designer Tom Ford from his script adaptation of Christopher Isherwood’s acclaimed novel. The film follows a day in the life of a gay British college professor in Los Angeles as he attempts to cope with the death of his partner. Ford’s work helming the project and Colin Firth’s lead performance in the film have received critical acclaim following screenings at the Venice and Toronto film festivals. Julianne Moore, Matthew Goode and Ginnifer Goodwin also star in the film. The Weinstein Company release is due in theaters on December 11.

 

Ford, Firth and Moore are scheduled to attend.

 

“It is exciting to champion a talented artist like Tom Ford as he moves beyond the boundaries of one medium into another. In A SINGLE MAN, he delivers an elegant and beautiful personal story that will resonate with all audience members“ said AFI FEST Artistic Director Rose Kuo.   

 

The Centerpiece Screening Gala presentation features the latest work by director Terry Gilliam. THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS follows the leader of a traveling theater troupe who, having made a deal with the devil, takes audience members through a magical mirror to explore their imaginations. The film stars Christopher Plummer, Tom Waits, Johnny Depp, Jude Law, Colin Farrell and Heath Ledger in his final role. The Sony Pictures Classics release is due in theaters stateside on December 25.

 

Gilliam and Plummer are scheduled to attend.

 

“The mind-altering, looking-glass world that Terry Gilliam creates in THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS,” notes Director of Programming Robert Koehler, “is like a model for his ideal cinema, in which anything can happen and all rules are broken. If audiences thought that THE DARK KNIGHT was their last glimpse of Heath Ledger, then what Ledger brings to Gilliam’s fantasy-adventure will surprise them.”

 

AFI FEST has selected actors Christopher Plummer and Viggo Mortensen to receive tributes at this year’s Festival. Sponsored by the Skirball Cultural Center, Plummer’s tribute event will precede the screening of his film THE LAST STATION on Tuesday, November 3. Mortensen’s tribute will precede the US Premiere of the film THE ROAD on Wednesday, November 4. Both Tributes will take place at Grauman’s Chinese Theatre in Hollywood.

 

One of the world’s most respected actors, Plummer has won two Tony Awards (for CYRANO and BARRYMORE), three Drama Desk Awards, the National Arts Club Medal and two Emmys. He was a leading member of  Laurence Olivier’s Royal National Theatre and Peter Hall’s Royal  Shakespeare Company. Since appearing in Sidney Lumet’s STAGE STRUCK (1958), his more than 100 films have included WIND ACROSS THE  EVERGLADES (1958), THE SOUND OF MUSIC (1965), WATERLOO (1970) and TWELVE MONKEYS (1995), THE INSIDER (1999), A BEAUTIFUL MIND (2001), SYRIANA (2005) and INSIDE MAN (2006). He stars as Leo Tolstoy in THE LAST STATION and plays the title role in THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS.

 

Viggo Mortensen

Viggo Mortensen

John Hillcoat THE ROAD is adapted from the acclaimed novel by Cormac McCarthy, THE ROAD stars Mortensen as a father making his way with his young son across the scorched landscape of a post-apocalyptic world. Directed by Hillcoat from a script by Joe Penhall, the film also stars Charlize Theron, Robert Duvall, Guy Pearce and Molly Parker. The Weinstein Company release is due in theaters November 25.

 

Mortensen, Hillcoat and Theron are scheduled to attend.

 

From his debut in Peter Weir’s WITNESS (1985) to his signature role of Aragorn in Peter Jackson’s LORD OF THE RINGS trilogy, Mortensen’s career has been highlighted by intensely stunning portrayals of men of strict and uncompromising character dealing with a shifting moral universe. Notable films include Sean Penn’s INDIAN RUNNER (1991), Gregory Widen’s THE PROPHECY (1995), Ridley Scott’s G.I. JANE, Tony Goldwyn’s A WALK ON THE MOON (1999), David Cronenberg’s A HISTORY OF VIOLENCE (2005) and EASTERN PROMISES (2007)—for which he received Golden Globe and Academy Award nominations—and Ed Harris’ APPALOOSA (2008). 

 

“Viggo Mortensen and Christopher Plummer are two actors and film artists of the highest order,” said Kuo. “They share that rare trait of being looked up to by audiences and film fans around the world as well as being greatly respected by their peers.”

 

Other highlights among the complete film schedule announced today include Jonathan Demme’s music documentary NEIL YOUNG TRUNK SHOW (with Demme and Young confirmed to attend) and the screening of two films connected by legendary art director and longtime AFI Conservatory Distinguished Lecturer Robert Boyle, who turned 100 on October 10. Those films are AFI Conservatory Alumnus Daniel Raim’s (Production  Design ’99) documentary SOMETHING’S GONNA LIVE and Alfred Hitchcock’s classic NORTH BY NORTHWEST, celebrating its 50th anniversary this year.

 

A follow-up to Raim’s Oscar-nominated documentary, THE MAN ON LINCOLN’S NOSE, SOMETHING’S GONNA LIVE profiles Boyle (THE THOMAS CROWN AFFAIR, THE BIRDS) and renowned art directors Henry Bumstead (TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD, THE STING), Harold Michelson (STAR TREK: THE MOTION PICTURE, CATCH-22) and Albert Nozaki (THE WAR OF THE WORLDS, THE TEN COMMANDMENTS), as well as master cinematographers Conrad Hall (IN COLD BLOOD, BUTCH CASSIDY AND THE SUNDANCE KID) and Haskell Wexler (WHO’S AFRAID OF VIRGINIA WOOLF?, IN THE HEAT OF THE NIGHT). From snapshots, sketches and vintage footage interwoven with interviews and new scenes of these octogenarian artists at work, we get a behind-the-scenes look at master moviemaking.

 

Boyle and Wexler will attend the World Premiere screening.

On Monday, November 2, AFI FEST, in conjunction with Warner Home Video will present a special screening of Hitchcock’s NORTH BY NORTHWEST. The first Hitchcock film to be released on Blu-ray, the film has been restored and remastered for its 50th anniversary. As part of the Gala event, director William Friedkin will attend to moderate a Q&A with Boyle and the film’s stars Eva Marie Saint and Martin Landau.

 

Koehler noted, “In our 23rd year, our programming seeks to shine a light on an international cinema landscape filled with brilliant young filmmakers forging fresh, unexpected pathways, documentarians on a quest for truth, and a fascinating survey of stop-motion animation (FANTASTIC MR. FOX, IN THE ATTIC, A TOWN CALLED PANIC), while delivering what AFI FEST has done from the beginning—offering audiences a view of the vastness of cinema across the world.”

 

AFI FEST continues its unique and successful association with the American Film Market with 23 of the features in official selection at AFI FEST represented by distributors at AFM, unfolding concurrently with AFI FEST from November 4–November 11. The following films are among those that will participate in the market and screen at the festival: AFTER.LIFE; THE BAD LIEUTENANT: PORT OF CALL, NEW ORLEANS; BELLAMY; CITY OF LIFE AND DEATH; EVERYONE ELSE; FIRST OF ALL, FELICIA; FISH TANK; THE HOLE; THE IMAGINARIUM OF DR. PARNASSUS; KANIKOSEN; THE LAST STATION; THE LOVED ONES; THE MESSENGER; THE MILK OF SORROW; MOTHER; NEIL YOUNG TRUNK SHOW; PRECIOUS: BASED ON THE NOVEL PUSH BY SAPPHIRE; THE ROAD; THE SILENT ARMY; A SINGLE MAN; THE TWO HORSES OF GENGHIS KHAN; WOMAN WITHOUT PIANO; YOUTH IN REVOLT.

 

Enhancing the AFI FEST/American Film Market alliance, the final two days of AF FEST (November 6-7) will screen at the Laemmle’s Monica 4-plex, 1332 2nd Street, Santa Monica, in close proximity to AFM headquartered activity.

                                               

AFI FEST 2009’s overall lineup will showcase 67 features (54 narrative, 13 documentary) and 26 shorts for a total of 93 films from 32 countries.

 

The breakdown by section is Galas/Tributes (7), New Lights Competition (11), Special Presentations (3), Documentary (13), World Cinema (27), Alt_Cinema (6) and Shorts (26).

 

The Festival is headquartered at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. All screenings from October 30–November 5 will take place at the Grauman’s Chinese and Mann Chinese 6 theaters in Hollywood with the final two days of the Festival (November 6-7) screening at the Laemmle’s Monica 4-plex in Santa Monica.

 

Free tickets to all Festival screenings are available online at AFI.com/AFIFEST or by phone at 866-AFI-FEST beginning October 16, at the Mann Chinese 6 Theatre (6925 Hollywood Blvd.) in the Hollywood and Highland Center) beginning October 26, and on the day of scheduled screenings via Rush Lines. Early entry to all screenings can be secured by becoming a patron of the Festival and purchasing an AFI FEST Patron Pass. For more details, visit AFI.com.

 

 

About AFI FEST

AFI is a national institute providing leadership in screen education and the recognition and celebration of excellence in the art of film, television and digital media. Celebrating its 23rd year as a program of the American Film Institute, AFI FEST 2009 presented by Audi will take place October 30-November 7. Kicking off the awards season each year, AFI FEST offers a crucial avenue of exposure to the entertainment community, while providing appreciative audiences with a festive atmosphere and the very best of world film, right in the center of the film capital of the world.

 

The American Film Market (AFM), November 4-11, 2009, is the market partner of AFI FEST. Together, AFI FEST and AFM provide the only concurrent festival/market event in North America. AFI FEST is the only FIAPF-accredited film festival in the United States. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recognizes AFI FEST as a qualifying festival for the Short Films category for the annual Academy Awards®.

Additional information about AFI FEST is available at www.AFI.com.

AFI PROJECT: 20/20 is an American Film Institute international initiative designed to enhance cultural exchange, understanding and collaboration through filmmakers and their films from the US and abroad. It is an unprecedented cultural diplomacy effort that is the only international filmmaker exchange supported by all of America’s cultural agencies—National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH), Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS)—and the President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities.

 

AFI FEST 2009 presented by Audi is sponsored in part by American Airlines; Absolut Vodka; Little Black Dress Wines; Stella Artois; Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel; Mann Theatres; RR Donnelly; the Los Angeles Times; American Film Market (AFM); the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors through the Los Angeles County Arts Commission; the Department of Cultural Affairs; and the Los Angeles Community Redevelopment Agency. AFI FEST is made possible in part by a grant from the Academy Foundation of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences and is proud to continue its collaborative partnership with the Skirball Cultural Center. Entertainment Weekly is the Presenting Media Sponsor.


About the AFM
During AFM, the business of independent motion picture production and distribution—a truly collaborative process—reaches its peak every year, when more than 8,000 industry leaders converge in Santa Monica for eight days of deal-making, screenings, seminars, red carpet premieres, networking and parties.  Participants come from over 70 countries and include acquisition and development executives, agents, attorneys, directors, distributors, festival directors, financiers, film commissioners, producers, writers, the world’s press and all those who provide services to the motion picture industry.
Founded in 1981, the AFM has become the premier global marketplace where Hollywood’s decision makers and trendsetters all gather under one roof.  Unlike a film festival, the AFM is a marketplace where production and distribution deals are closed.  In just eight days, more than $800 million in deals will be sealed — on both completed films and those that haven’t started shooting yet — making AFM the must-attend industry event.

The AFM is produced by the Independent Film & Television Alliance (IFTA), the trade association representing the world’s producers and distributors of independent motion pictures and television programs.  More information can be found at http://www.ifta-online.org/afm <http://www.ifta-online.org/afm>.

About Audi of America, Inc.

Audi of America Inc. and its 270 dealers offer a full line of German-engineered luxury vehicles. The Audi lineup is one of the freshest in the industry with 23 models, including 12 models launched during model years 2008 and 2009. Audi is among the most successful brands globally. Last year AUDI AG recorded its 12th consecutive record year for sales and profit growth. Visit www.audiusa.com or www.audiusanews.com for more information regarding Audi vehicle and business issues.

SPIKE TV TO SHINE A LIGHT ON ROCK LEGEND KEITH RICHARDS

 

Iconic Rolling Stone Guitarist To Receive The Rock Immortal Award At “SCREAM 2009”

 

Harrison Ford, Kate Bosworth, Morgan Freeman And Christina Ricci Added To Talent Roster

 

“Uprising” By Global Superstars Muse Named Official Theme Song Of “SCREAM 2009”

 

The Two-Hour Event To Air In More Than 100 Countries Worldwide

Premiering On Spike TV Tuesday, October 27 At 10 PM

 

New York, NY, October 15, 2009 – Spike TV will honor the legendary rock icon Keith Richards with the “SCREAM 2009” Rock Immortal Award, it was announced today by Casey Patterson, svp, talent development and event production, Spike TV.  The show tapes on Saturday, October 17 at the Greek Theatre in Los Angeles, CA and will premiere on Spike TV on Tuesday, October 27 (10:00 PM-Midnight, ET/PT).  The two-hour event will air in more than 100 countries worldwide.

 

“Keith Richards is part rock god, part superhero and nobody had rocked as hard and lived to tell about it,” said Patterson.  “As his friend Johnny Depp once pointed out, Keith Richards was a beloved and feared pirate long before he ever played the part in any movie.”

 

Spike TV will pay homage to the single coolest guitar legend on the planet with a SCREAM-worthy tribute from some of Richards’ most die-hard fans.  Richards, who in 2007 won “SCREAM’s” Best Cameo Award for his role in “Pirates Of The Caribbean: At World’s End,” is unstoppable and he continues to successfully fight to keep the nervy, rebellious and wildly defiant spirit of Rock & Roll alive and well.

13th Annual Magnolia Festival Oct. 22-25 expected to draw thousands to Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park

Magnolia Fest – a weekend of Americana/Roots Music with great artists

Crowd shot at Magnolia Fest 2007

Crowd shot at Magnolia Fest 2007

SPIRIT OF THE SUWANNEE MUSIC PARK, LIVE OAK, FLA – You can feel the excitement building for the 13th Annual Magnolia Festival filled with dozens of famous Americana/roots artists performing at the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, Fla.

Thousands of music lovers are expected to converge on the SOSMP for the Oct. 22-25 festival. Events are held on multiple stages.

The festival gets underway at 4:20 p.m. Thursday – 1 a.m.; Friday music gets underway at 10 a.m. – 1:30 a.m.; Saturday 10:45 a.m. – 1:30 a.m. and Sunday 10 a.m. – 7:30 p.m.

Dickey Betts up close & Great Southern

Dickey Betts up close & Great Southern

Scheduled performances are – Dickey Betts & Great Southern, New Riders of the Purple Sage, Umoja Orchestra, Sam Bush Band, KBM: Kreutzmann, Burbridge, Murawski; Little Brown Peach, Vassar Clement’s Bluegrass Jam hosted by Peter Rowan, Jim Lauderdale, Rubber Souldiers, Donna The Buffalo, Peter Rowan, Jim Lauderdale, Moonalice, The Duhks, Vince Herman & Great American Taxi, Travelin McCourys, The Lee Boys, Seth Walker, Col Bruce & Quark Alliance, Scythian, Blueground Undergrass, Joe Craven Duo, Daddy, Cornmeal, Tornado Rider, Jennie Arnau, Lefty Williams, The Rowan Brothers with Sue Cunningham, David Gans, Mike and Ruthy, Dread Clampitt, Holy Ghost Tent Revival, Hubba Hubba, Eliza Lynn, Annie Wenz, Nikki Talley, Tom Nelly, Lyndsay Pruett, Suwannee Bluegrass Mafia, Tania & The Magi Moon Traveling Circus Tania & The Magic Moon Traveling Circus, Farther Along – The Music & Life of Gram Parsons, The Golden Ticket, Donna Jean & the Tricksters, Melvin Seals & JGB Band, WaCo Ramblers, Rushad & Tornado Rider, Ralph Roddenbery Band, Ford Turrell with Bryn Davies, Sloppy Joe and Scramble Campbell.

WaCo Ramblers 10 24 08

WaCo Ramblers 10 24 08

A New Orleans style walking parade will be held on Saturday, Oct. 25 beginning at 10 a.m. Bring your own beads if you wish to throw them. Participants are asked to be in costumes and decorate their golf carts and bicycles.


MagnoliaFest Tickets
4 day advance pass: $150; 3 day (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) advance pass: $130; 2 day (Saturday, Sunday) advance pass: $110; All multi-day tickets include primitive camping, park access, parking and sales tax. Primitive Sites are unassigned and selected upon arrival. Upgrades from primitive to reserved sites may be purchased from Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park by calling 386-364-1683 or by going to the website at www.musicliveshere.com.

Gate Tickets:

Single day tickets available at the gate. Camping and access to the campground is NOT included.
Thursday Only: $40
Friday Only: $50
Saturday Only: $50
Sunday Only: $40

Gate Full Festival Tickets

Full Festival Ticket at gate Thursday: $160
3 Day Festival Ticket at gate Friday: $140
2 Day Festival Ticket at gate Saturday: $120TICKETS ARE NON-REFUNDABLE.

No refunds, credits or exchanges. Kids 12 and under are admitted free with accompanying adult. No dogs or fireworks allowed. The festival will be held rain, shine, war or peace. Vendors with a huge variety of food and merchandise will be on the festival grounds.DIRECTIONS:

The Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park is located between Jacksonville & Tallahassee, Florida about 30 minutes south of the Georgia state line, about 45 minutes north of Gainesville.
From points north and south, take I-75 to Live Oak and Jasper exit at US 129, head south 4.5 miles and the park is on your right.

From the east or west, take I-10 to Live Oak and Jasper exit at US 129, go north about 4.5 miles and the park is on your left.

Please note: No public events will be held in the SOSMP Music Hall this weekend, Oct. 22-25, due to the festival. Entry to the Music Hall will be with Magnolia Fest tickets only.

For more information about the Magnolia Festival or the SOSMP, please call 386-364-1683 or go to the SOSMP website at www.musicliveshere.com. You may also print out a schedule from this website of Magnolia Fest performances.

Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park – Voted Best Live Music Venue in Florida for 2009

CLEVELAND SINGER-SONGWRITER JOHN CHAFFEE A.K.A. UNCLE SAM RECEIVES HOLLYWOOD MUSIC IN MEDIA AWARD NOMINATION FOR HIS FEISTY ANTHEM,“PLAY BY THE RULES”

Music In Media AwardCleveland-based singer-songwriter John Chaffee (www.youtube.com/chaffeekid), who has given voice to millions of his fellow frustrated Americans with “Play By The Rules”, recently received word he has received a Hollywood Music in Media Award nomination for the song. With biting wit and blunt truth, Chaffee points out in his song and video, everyone agrees: we’re all fed up with leaders and others in the public eye who keep failing us because—you guessed it—they don’t “Play By The Rules.”

Surprised by news of the honor, Chaffee said, “This is an unexpected recognition of a song I hope is resonating with the people. I’m very appreciative of the HMMA’s nomination. I’ll be at the show, perhaps with boots on!”

John Chaffee FriendsChaffee will find out if he wins the award when the Hollywood Music in Media Awards (www.hmmawards.com) take place on Thursday, November 19 at The Highlands located in the world-famous Hollywood & Highlands / Kodak Theater complex in Hollywood, California.

The “Play By The Rules” song and video concept grew out of his growing anger over a daily dose of stories of corruption and scandal, not only in our nation’s capital but also in communities across the country.

The colorful and irresistible video features Chaffee, a dead ringer for “Uncle Sam,” in red, white and blue garb singing as he walks through colorful but decadent urban landscapes including junkyards that work perfectly as a metaphorical backdrop for his pointed plea of a chorus: “Cut me in, bail me out, failure’s not my fault/Responsibility, what’s that, just a word that’s all/I’m trying very hard, to chill and keep my cool/I’m trying hard to find someone, who’ll just play by the rules/Is there anybody out there, who’ll just play by the rules.”

“Early this year,” he says, “it seems we were told almost daily about another tax issue, or ethical issue, or moral issue, not just with the nominees for public office but also our representatives currently serving in government as well as others in positions of public trust. It’s an arrogance that leads to the belief that there are no consequences for your actions.

John Chaffee as Uncle Sam

John Chaffee as Uncle Sam

“And I wondered,” Chaffee adds, “‘how do you know who to trust anymore? It seems nobody plays by the rules. The American people are coming to grips with the grim reality that trustworthiness is becoming a difficult thing to find. To me, ‘Play By The Rules’ is a song about the values taught to us as children that seem to be eroding in the lives and conduct of those people we are supposed to be able to look up to and respect. In many ways, America has become like a rudderless ship, careening across the water wishing she had a moral compass. There was once a Dignity Code, but it’s no longer in our rule book. Maybe it’s time to bring it back.”


NEW YORK BASED SINGER-SONGWRITER TREATED FANS AND SHOPPERS TO AN ACOUSTIC PERFORMANCE AT BEST BUY IN MANHATTAN

New York based singer-songwriter Joanna Mosca giving an acoustic performance at the Best Buy in Manhattan a part of the stores’ Live At Best Buy music series.

New York based singer-songwriter Joanna Mosca giving an acoustic performance at the Best Buy in Manhattan a part of the stores’ Live At Best Buy music series.

On October 8, New York based singer-songwriter Joanna Mosca (www.joannamosca.com) treated fans and shoppers at the Best Buy in Manhattan to an acoustic performance as a part of the stores’ Live At Best Buy music series.

Mosca performed songs off of her forthcoming debut album Keep On Going, which included her new hit single of the same title. “Keep On Going” continues to make a big splash on radio, sitting at #15 this week on the FMQB AC Chart and is positioned between Brian Wilson and Kelly Clarkson.

Keep On Going features songs co-written with composers who have penned hits for numerous country artists, including Martina McBride and Rascal Flatts. She has also collaborated on the project with Grammy Award winning producers Tyrone Corbett and Robert Donsella, who have collectively worked with several American Idol artists signed to J Records and Wyclef Jean’s label. Corbett’s studio and touring credits also include R&B singer Will Downing, urban jazz greats Gerald Albright and Norman Brown, and folk legend Pete Seeger.

New York based singer-songwriter Joanna Mosca giving an acoustic performance at the Best Buy in Manhattan a part of the stores’ Live At Best Buy music series.

New York based singer-songwriter Joanna Mosca giving an acoustic performance at the Best Buy in Manhattan a part of the stores’ Live At Best Buy music series.

Mosca also recently joined established songwriter/producer Jeremy Spillman, who has worked with country star Trisha Yearwood among others, to record two additional tracks in Nashville for the highly anticipated album due out in October.

Ragsdale Will Also Be Featured In Upcoming Issues Of Maverick and Country Weekly While His Single “Little Jo” Gains Airplay with Nashville FM

WYOMING’S RISING COUNTRY SINGER BRYAN RAGSDALECONTINUES TO TURN HEADS,EARNING AN ISSA NOMINATION FOR TRACK “MODERN DAY MOUNTAIN MAN” FOR COUNTRY SONG OF THE YEAR

WYOMING’S RISING COUNTRY SINGER BRYAN RAGSDALECONTINUES TO TURN HEADS,EARNING AN ISSA NOMINATION FOR TRACK “MODERN DAY MOUNTAIN MAN” FOR COUNTRY SONG OF THE YEAR

Wyoming native singer-songwriter Bryan Ragsdale’s (www.bryanragsdale.com) creative, upbeat blend of country, bluegrass, and folk music on his new album, Where Cowpokes Grow has people buzzing left and right. His eclectic mix of genres gained him a nomination in the Country Song of the Year category, for his track “Modern Day Mountain Man” for the Independent Singer Songwriter Association’s Song Contest (www.issa-music.org/nominees/bryan_ragsdale.htm). The organization supports independent singer-songwriters and the contest’s main objective is to help promote the artist to a larger audience. Winners of their annual ISSA Song Contest 2009 will be announced this November.

Ragsdale, a U.S Veteran and conservationist, has released the single “Modern Day Mountain Man” through RCI Music Promotion to more than 500 radio stations worldwide in the U.S., England, France, The Netherlands, Germany, Argentina, Brazil, Belgium, and Australia. It has already reached #2 on both bluegrass and traditional country genre stations.

“Modern Day Mountain Man” will also be featured in the Listen Up! section of County Weekly Magazine (www.countryweekly.com) in an upcoming issue, where readers will be able to download the track for free for a limited time.

However, Ragsdale isn’t just successful in the U.S., The Netherlands has recently picked up his track “Little Jo” for rotation on their country station Nashville FM and UK’s Maverick will feature an album review for Where Cowpokes Grow for the November 2009 issue. The French Association of Country Music also spotlighted Where Cowpokes Grow (http://facm.free.fr/news20.htm#ragsdale) saying the album was “SUPERBE!”

The emerging singer will continue his fall tour, with four dates performing at local schools in Campbell County, WY (October 26 – 30) Then onto Ragsdale’s biggest event to date, performing at Cam-plex Heritage Center in Gillette, WY for their Family Friendly Shows Series (October 30). The Cam-plex is a state-of-the-art event facility with accommodating RV Parks situated on 1,100 acres. His tour will also include shows at local schools in Campbell County.

EVENTS RECAP:

October 26-30
14 residency performances at rural schools in Campbell County, Wyoming
Details TBA

October 30
Cam-plex Heritage Center
Gillette, Wyoming
Indian Paintbrush Drive
6:30 p.m.

FOLK/AMERICAN SINGER-SONGWRITER  CATHY-ANNE MCCLINTOCK  TO PERFORM AT THE AIRLINER IN LOS  ANGELES ON OCTOBER 13 AND AT  WINESTYLES IN PASEDENA ON OCTOBER 14

FOLK/AMERICAN SINGER-SONGWRITER CATHY-ANNE MCCLINTOCK TO PERFORM AT THE AIRLINER IN LOS ANGELES ON OCTOBER 13 AND AT WINESTYLES IN PASEDENA ON OCTOBER 14

Currently making a major splash in the indie Folk/Americana market with her self-titled debut on 37 Records, emerging singer-songwriter Cathy-Anne McClintock (www.cathyannemcclintock.com) will perform at The Airliner for Tank Tuesdays in Los Angeles on October 13. The show begins at 9:30 p.m.

On October 14, she will join her husband Steven McClintock and John Batdorf at Winestyles in Pasadena, where she will be a special guest along with Larry Wayne Clark. On this night, it’s all about the wine and the songs from 7-9 p.m.

McClintock has been busy continuing on her incredible music journey performing around the U.S., Canada and Europe, since releasing her self-titled debut album earlier this year. Her latest single “Crazy ‘Bout You” has been climbing charts around the world, reaching the Top 40 on the Canada Music News chart and Top 20 on the Hot Country Europe chart. She is preparing to release “No Matter What”, her duet with Alan Doyle of Great Big Sea, to country radio in Europe.

Since moving to Southern California to focus on her solo career several years ago, she established herself as a formidable performer with gigs at hotspots like Genghis Cohen, The Mint, Kulaks, Hallenbecks and various special events, including Laguna Beach’s Pageant of the Masters, Sunset Serenade Series, Far West Folk Alliance, Canadian Music Week and the popular folk series The Living Tradition. At a particularly memorable gig at the House of Blues on Sunset, she opened for Canadian Celtic rockers Great Big Sea for an audience comprised of fellow Canadians; one of the highlights was Russell Crowe sitting in and singing a few Johnny Cash tunes with the band.

McClintock’s emergence as a solo artist is simply the latest triumph in a career that would make anyone want to “live like that.” Shortly after the Vancouver born and raised performer and her older sister Trisha Gagnon formed their bluegrass band Tumbleweed in the 90s, they played their first show on a slate in British Columbia with superstars Dolly Parton and Dwight Yoakam at Music 91, a government sponsored road show designed to boost tourism.

Tumbleweed enjoyed an incredible ten year run that included playing major folk and country festivals throughout Canada, performing in France, Belgium, The Netherlands and Switzerland, doing private shows for bigwigs like Rupert Murdoch and playing special engagements for thousands of schoolchildren. They were also winners of British Columbia’s Best Country Group, Best Country CD and nine time winners of B.C.’s Best Bluegrass Group.

EVENTS RECAP:

October 13
The Airliner for Tank Tuesdays
2419 North Broadway
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Doors 8 p.m., music 9:30 p.m.
$5.00 cover with RSVP online at www.going.com/gofolkmountain
Free parking at 24th and Daly

October 14
Winestyles
1007 Mission Street
South Pasadena, CA
Wine and Song
Doors 6 p.m., music 7 p.m. – 9 p.m.

Steven McClintock and John Batdorf are the featured acts with special guests Larry Wayne Clark and Cathy Anne McClintock.

Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx

Gerard Butler, Jamie Foxx

October 6, 2009

Hollywood, CA

All photos copyright Getty Images.

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Gerard Butler and Jamie Foxx were on hand to premiere their latest film “LAW ABIDING CITIZEN” in Hollywood last night. 

The film is about an average guy played but Butler who decides to take the law into his own hands after the man who killed his family is set free.  His main target is the D.A., played by Foxx,  who set the man free.

Gerard Butler also produced this film which opens nationwide on October 16th.

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Gerard Butler with fans

Gerard Butler with fans

SPIRIT OF THE SUWANNEE MUSIC PARK, LIVE OAK, FLA

James Otto (“Since You Brought It Up” and “Just Got Started Lovin’ You”)

James Otto (“Since You Brought It Up” and “Just Got Started Lovin’ You”)

Country fans, get your jeans, your head rags and boots ready, country legend Willie Nelson (“Crazy,” “Just Got Started Loving You,” “Mamas Don‘t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys” is coming to the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP)! In fact, the very first two-day Down On The Suwannee Music Festival Oct. 16-17 will also feature country sensation James Otto (“Since You Brought It Up” and “Just Got Started Lovin’ You”) the awesome Big Kenny of Big & Rich, Josh Thompson, David Cooler (The Dog Huntin’ Man), Mike Mullis (“Gator Chomp“) and Mercy Mountain Band!

Set for Oct. 16-17, the Down on the Suwannee Music Festival is a new festival by AEG.

Tickets are on sale NOW at the SOSMP by calling 386-364-1683 or go to the SOSMP website at www.musicliveshere.com, Tickets can also be purchased at Ticketmaster.com or by calling 1-800-745-3000.

Weekend general admission

is $82 ($90 gate) and includes admission Friday and Saturday. Saturday only general admission is $66.65 ($75 gate).VIP weekend admission

is $155.40 ($175 gate). This includes special show seating area, one meal Saturday, reduced beverages and free parking both days.VIP Saturday only

is $118.30 ($140 gate) and includes special show seating area, one meal Saturday, reduced beverages and free parking Saturday.

No refunds on tickets, shows are rain or shine. Prices DO NOT INCLUDE CAMPING OR OTHER ACCOMMODATIONS. Children under the age of 18 MUST be accompanied by an adult. Children under the age of 12 will be admitted to the general admission area free of charge when accompanied by an adult.

James Otto will kick off the festival Oct. 16 with Willie Nelson Saturday night, Oct. 17.

Willie Nelson

has become an American icon in country music, his signature braids and head rag outfit is known the world over. With such albums as Without A Song, City of New Orleans, Shotgun Willie, Red Headed Stranger, Wanted: The Outlaws, Stardust, and his newest, Naked Willie, Willie Nelson has become the one of the best know performers ever to sing country music. Songs such as “Georgia on My Mind,” “On the Road Again,” “Always on My Mind,” “Crazy,” “Night Life,” “Funny How Time Slips Away” and on and on with his string of hit songs and albums.

Big Kenny of Big & Rich

Big Kenny of Big & Rich

Big Kenny

is the other half of Big & Rich, one of the most sensational duos of all time who have received Grammy nominations and had multiple hit songs such as “Save A Horse (Ride A Cowboy). His new album is The Quiet Times of a Rock and Roll Farmboy. Big Kenny’s performance is sure to be a rip-roaring experience for Big Kenny and his multitude of fans.

Country music sensation James Otto is expected to sing his new single “Since You Brought It Up,” from his forthcoming new album. This is his second performance at the SOSMP. In 2008 he performed his number one single, “I Just Got Started Loving You,” at the Suwannee River Jam, in a rousing performance.

Josh Thompson

Josh Thompson

Josh Thompson,

a Columbia artist, was recently invited to the Grande Ole Opry for his very first performance Sept. 19. Josh’s first single, “Beer on the Table,” is now out with a CMT video and rave reviews.

David Cooler

, the South Carolina boy known for his rural beginnings and songs which remind country boys and girls of their beginnings, will also be among those performing, along with North Florida’s Mike Mullis and his band WhooWhee and the award-winning Mercy Mountain Band.

For more information about this event, please call the SOSMP at 386-364-1683 or go to the website at www.musicliveshere.com.


Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park – Voted Best Live Music Venue in Florida for 2009

SPIRIT OF THE SUWANNEE MUSIC PARK, LIVE OAK, FLA –

Michal Bailey

Michal Bailey

If you’re looking to hear some wailing Detroit outlaw blues and a great rocking country band this weekend, Oct. 9-10 is your weekend to head to the Spirit of the Suwannee Music Park (SOSMP) in Live Oak, Florida for food, fun, dancing and music!

Taking over the Music Hall Saturday night, Oct. 10, will be Detroit’s own blues man Michal Bailey and his band. Playing in Detroit’s Westside clubs since age 15, Bailey established his own band in the early ‘90s and began touring. He played 17 years at the now notorious Nancy Whiskey’s in downtown Detroit and is known as one of Detroit’s premier guitar players. He’s toured the US playing about 200 events each year, had a critically acclaimed CD, “Devil’s Ride,” along with several other albums and continues to deliver first rate performances at every venue. You can expect blues man Michal Bailey to shuck it on down when he comes to Live Oak, Fla! Why, you might even think you’ve been in Detroit when the evening ends!

Tickets for Saturday night are $10 each at the door.

William Scott and Silverado

William Scott and Silverado

William Scott and Silverado, one of the popular bands that has played a number of dates at the SOSMP, will kick off the weekend Friday night, Oct. 9, with an evening of country and a variety of other music. These guys really rock the house and want you to bring your dancing shoes and get some exercise! The music and food will be good, the evening will be an event and you’ll be glad you visited the SOSMP!

Tickets for Friday night’s event are $5 at the door. However, FRIDAY NIGHT ONLY, the $5 admission can be applied to your evening’s food and beverage costs.

Doors open at 6 p.m. each night at the SOSMP‘s Music Hall, shows begin at 7 p.m.

If you need more information, call the SOSMP at 386-364-1683 or go the SOSMP website at www.musicliveshere.com to find out about all the wonderful events scheduled in the coming weeks. There’s also karaoke every Monday and Thursday night along with Herold White and the Country Masters and open mic for near professionals every Tuesday night (just come on out, bring your own CD or the band will back you up while you perform).

As always, the SOS Café and Restaurant will have available during events delicious food and beverages at regular prices. There are lots of new food items each week to tempt you so bring your family, your friends or just your sweetie and relax! We’ll be looking for ya’ll!!

The SOSMP is located on US 129 at 3076 95th Drive, Live Oak, Fla., 4.5 miles north of I-10 and 4.5 miles west of I-75.

Introducing Doc Killian

Doc Killian

Doc Killian

Doc Killian is a 50 year old factory worker who has spent about 20 years working in factories since he arrived home after spending 7 years as a U.S. Army Medic. A few years ago, his wife of 20 years talked him into listening to a bluegrass CD with the song “Darlin Nellie Grey” performed by the “Stanley Brothers”. He liked the song so much that he was determined to learn how to play. So, he went and bought a banjo. While practicing daily, he started coming up with some tunes and lyrics to the some of the early songs he recorded. The banjo went on the shelf for a while so he could continue writing. While recording his first CD, “The Factory Worker”, at WSDS Radio in Ypsilanti , Michigan , he met and became good friends with Bobby “Swampgrass” Anderson . Bobby was one of “The Westerners” (the band that started Mel Tillis in his career in Okinawa in the 1950’s). Bobby and Doc

Doc Killian Blue Collar Business Suit

Doc Killian Blue Collar Business Suit

worked together on Doc’s next 2 CDs, “Red, White & BlueCollar” and “Blue Collar Business Suit”. After a successful launch of those albums, Doc started recording the 4th album, “Boss And Work Are 4-Letter Words” with William Davis (a fellow worker, a friend, and excellent musician with 35 years experience as a professional). Bobby, Bill, and Doc worked on and released this latest CD which is now on the move in 30+ countries and the U.S.                     The List: -60+ Songs copyrighted and registered with BMI
-2004 International Country Music Festival
Nashville, TN (Top 20 of 220)
-Other appearances include:
-Numerous Live radio show appearances
-UAW Worker Writer Festival
– Numerous appearances with:
-The Huron Valley Express and The Radio Gang Band
– Addition to Country Stars Online
-Featured Artist by CountryHome.de(Berlin)Dec Issue
-Featured Artist by Country Planet News-Jan/Feb
-Thank You Letter from President Bush
-Song MY FLAG adopted by WBLQ-RI for Country Stew program 3 days a week
-Has had 15 songs in the top 2000 of European Airplay
-End of Line Time # 15 of top 20 in Ireland/Jan 2005
– -#167 Worlwide Most Played Major and Indie Artists
Jan 1-15, 2005
-Interviewed by reporter from CountryStars Online and
Country Home de(Berlin)
-Review by Country Western Corner(E.H.King Music Magazine) said “Doc Killian is a FANTASTIC writer” and “is a very talented and well recieved artist”
-Featured Artist April issue Roots Music Report E-Zine
-To Our Troops, and Phil Briggs (DJ R.I. WBLQ) rendition of A Tribute To Veterans along with 4 other songs sent to our troops in IRAQ
-11 April 2005-Nationwide distribution of MY Flag
-May 1st 2005-Featured artist-Country Western Corner
– May 2005
CD Review: “These Songs Are Great”
-July 2005- #20Spain #33 UK(England) and currently getting played in Japan, Australia, New Zealand, USA, and other countries Worldwide
-TRUE AMERICAN #4 in Spain (ECMA-23 Sept, 05)
-January 2006-Featured Artist in Indie Islands E-Zine
-Feb 2006-Continued airplay plus picked up in Romania-12 Stations
-Inducted into the International Society of Poets for MY FLAG and TO OUR TROOPS
-May 2006-# 31 in Holland out of the top 200
-Every song on the 4 CDs has now been played somewhere in the world
-TO OUR TROOPS-Featured song for Memorial Day on New Country Star Radio
October 2006– #16 in Holland out of the top 200
-My Flag #12 in Traditional Country at SOUNDCLICK
-My Flag featured as part of a Veterans Day Tribute in the November issue of INDIE ISLANDS
-You’re So Country(MIAOTW) and Boss and Work Are 4-Letter Words(WHP#75) re-released to 700 radio stations Worldwide
-March 2007-To Our Troops published in the Whos Who of International Poetry
– April 2007-You’re So Country #10 of top 40 single of the week-Holland..March 2007
-Recently- Opening performer for Jeff Tuttle-Nashville Country Artist for the Wheels of Hope Rally–2000 bikers for a Homeless shelter
-Performer for Operation Enduring Freedom-Honoring Michigans Fallen Soldiers Families
-Opening Performer for Vet Fest 2008~ Benefitting Veterans Haven(A hand up for Veterans)
-Addition to numerous CD music compilations sent Free to our Troops Serving all over the world
http://doc-killian.tripod.com
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BRITISH ACADEMY OF FILM AND TELEVISION ARTS/LOS ANGELES (BAFTA/LA)

TO HONOR KIRK DOUGLAS

FOR HIS CONTRIBUTION TO WORLDWIDE FILMED ENTERTAINMENT

 

COLIN FIRTH AND DANNY BOYLE ALSO TO BE HONORED AT GALA EVENT

STEPHEN FRY TO HOST

18TH ANNUAL 2009 BAFTA/LA BRITANNIA AWARDS

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 5, 2009

 

Los Angeles, CA, October 6, 2009 — The British Academy of Film and Television Arts/Los Angeles® (BAFTA/LA) will honor screen legend Kirk Douglas for his contribution to Worldwide Filmed Entertainment at the 2009 BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards on Thursday, November 5, 2009 at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel.  Colin Firth will be receiving the BAFTA/LA Humanitarian Award Presented by Volvo and Academy Award and BAFTA award-winning director Danny Boyle will be presented with the John Schlesinger Britannia Award for Artistic Excellence in Directing.  BAFTA/LA previously announced Robert De Niro as the honoree for this year’s Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film as well as Emily Blunt for the Britannia Award for British Artist of the Year.

 

Kirk Douglas is an acting institution whose iconic roles have made him an archetypal international movie star,” says BAFTA/LA Chairman Peter Morris. “His filmography is second to none and outside the world of film he has continued to inspire audiences worldwide through his books and his charitable endeavors.   It could not be more fitting that BAFTA/LA is honoring Mr. Douglas for his lasting legacy to worldwide entertainment.”

 

Morris continues, “This year’s honorees have consistently inspired us and audiences worldwide with their incredible talent and presence on and off screen, and we are proud to honor their remarkable accomplishments and welcome them to the distinguished pantheon of BAFTA/LA honorees.”

 

Golden Globe and BAFTA nominated actor and writer Stephen Fry will serve as Master of Ceremonies. Fry has previously hosted the British Academy Film Awards for three consecutive years. His film and TV credits include “Wilde,” “Peter’s Friends,” “Gosford Park,” “A Bit of Fry and Laurie,” and most recently “Bones” and “Kingdom.”

 

 

KIRK DOUGLAS

A lifetime of achievement – which includes 87 films, 10 plays, 9 books, and a host of other contributions to his art, his country, and his fellowmen – speaks for itself.  Born December 9, 1916 in Amsterdam, New York, Kirk Douglas made his Broadway debut as a singing Western Union boy in Spring Again, but interrupted his budding stage career in 1942 to enlist in the U.S. Navy, where he served as a communications officer in anti-submarine warfare.

 

After the war he returned to Broadway as the ghost soldier in The Wind is Ninety.  His widely praised performance caught the attention of Hollywood, and he was cast opposite Barbara Stanwyck in “The Strange Love of Martha Ivers.”  Three years later, after an unsuccessful return to Broadway, his agents arranged for him to co-star with Ava Gardner and Gregory Peck in “The Great Sinner.”  His agents were aghast when he declined to play that part.  Instead, he chose the role of the anti-hero, Mr. Kelly, in “Champion,” at a much lower salary.  The cynical boxer in Stanley Kramer’s “Champion,” won him both stardom and an Academy Award nomination.  He received his second nomination in 1952 for playing an opportunistic movie mogul in “The Bad and the Beautiful,” and his third in 1956 for his portrayal of Vincent Van Gogh in “Lust for Life,” for which he won the New York Film Critics’ Best Actor Award.

 

In 1955, Mr. Douglas formed one of Hollywood’s first independent film companies, Bryna, named for his mother, and managed by his wife, Anne.  The Bryna Company produced many memorable films, including “Paths of Glory,”The Vikings,” “Spartacus,” “Lonely are the Brave,” and “Seven Days in May.”  In 1958, Mr. Douglas broke the notorious Hollywood blacklist when he gave screen credit to blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo for the “Spartacus” screenplay.  Mr. Douglas was widely condemned for his decision at the time.  It was not until 30 years later that the American Civil Liberties Union and the Writers Guild of America recognized his act as courageous. 

 

Among the top awards Douglas received was the Medal of Freedom, the American Film Institute Life Achievement Award, the Academy Award for “50 years as a creative and moral force in the motion picture community,” the Santa Barbara International Film Festival’s inaugural Kirk Douglas Award for Excellence in Film, the Golden Bear at the Berlin Film Festival, and the Presidential Medal of the Arts. He had a high school named for him in West Granada Hills and a street named after him in Palm Springs.

 

When not acting, Mr. Douglas occupies his time writing. His credits include The Ragman’s Son, Dance with the Devil, The Gift, Climbing the Mountain: My Search for Meaning, My Stroke of Luck, Last Tango in Brooklyn and Let’s Face It: 90 Years of Living, Loving and Learning, as well as the children’s books, The Broken Mirror and Young Heroes of the Bible .

 

In 1996, he had a stroke which affected his speech.  For a time, he believed this would end his career as an actor, but with the encouragement of his friends and family, he kept working with a speech therapist and at the end of 1998, he played the role of a feisty ex-boxer recovering from a stroke.  “Diamonds” was released in December of 1999. 

 

In 2003 he filmed “It Runs in the Family” with his son Michael and grandson Cameron.  He followed that with a movie, “Illusion.”  He said that will be his last movie, but don’t count on it.  In the meantime, he made a documentary with his son Michael dramatizing the relationship between them, it is called “A Father A Son: Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.”

 

Mr. Douglas recently wrote and performed a one man show called Before I Forget that opened to rave reviews and sold out performances in Los Angeles.  It is currently being adapted for a future theatrical release of which all proceeds will go to the Motion Picture & Television Fund.

 

 

COLIN FIRTH

In addition to being an internationally recognized actor, Colin Firth is an Ambassador for Oxfam International, an organization dedicated to fighting poverty and related injustice around the world.  He is also a supporter of Survival International and the co founder of Café Progreso, a fair trade coffee chain. Firth is also involved with Eco Age, a retail store and environmental consultancy promoting green living.   In 2008 he was named “Philanthropist of the Year” by The Hollywood Reporter and in 2006 he was voted “European Campaigner of the Year” by the EU.

 

Firth’s versatility has been recognized in both dramas and comedies, garnering critical acclaim and awards including nominations from the Screen Actors Guild, an Emmy nomination, and multiple BAFTA nominations.  Firth will next be seen starring in “A Single Man,” based on the acclaimed Christopher Isherwood novel.  Tom Ford makes his directorial debut with the film which stars Firth as a man contemplating what may be the last day of his life. Firth was recently awarded Best Actor at the 2009 Venice Film Festival for his performance.  He will also appear in Robert Zemeckis’ “A Christmas Carol,” a 3D motion-capture-animated version of the classic Dickens tale which stars Jim Carrey and Gary Oldman. 

 

His film credits include “Genova” directed by Michael Winterbottom, “Mamma Mia,” “Then She Found Me,” “And When Did You Last See Your Father,” “Easy Virtue,” “Girl With A Pearl Earring,” “Bridget Jones’ Diary,” “Love Actually,” “The Importance of Being Earnest,” ”Shakespeare In Love,” “The English Patient,” “Where the Truth Lies,” “Trauma,” “Apartment Zero,” “My Life So Far,” Nick Hornby’s “Fever Pitch,” “Circle of Friends” and the title role in Milos Forman’s “Valmont.”

 

On the small screen, Firth is infamous for his breakout role in 1995, when he played “Mr. Darcy” in the BBC adaptation of “Pride and Prejudice,” for which he received a BAFTA nomination for Best Actor and was honored with the National Television Award for “Most Popular Actor.”  In 2006 Firth appeared in the critically-acclaimed BBC television movie “Born Equal.” In March 2004, Firth hosted NBC’s legendary series “Saturday Night Live.”  He was nominated for an Emmy Award in 2001 for Outstanding Supporting Actor in the critically acclaimed HBO film “Conspiracy” and has also received the Royal Television Society Best Actor Award and a BAFTA nomination for his performance in “Tumbledown.”  His other television credits include “Windmills on the Clyde: Making Donovan Quick,”  “Donovan Quick,” “The Widowing of Mrs. Holroyd,” “Deep Blue Sea,” “Hostages,” and the mini-series “Nostromo.” 

 

 

DANNY BOYLE

Danny Boyle is an award winning director whose most recent project; “Slumdog Millionaire” received eight Academy Awards including Best Adapted Screenplay, Best Director and Best Picture at the 2009 Oscars.  Boyle has been receiving honors from his debut film, “Shallow Grave,” which won the Alexander Korda Award for Outstanding British Film at the BAFTAs, as well as Best Director at the San Sebastian Film Festival, The Empire Award for Best Director and Best British Film and the London Critics’ Circle Film Award for Best British Newcomer.

 

Boyle’s second feature, “Trainspotting,” is one of the highest grossing British films of all time. and won four Empire Awards including Best Director and Best Film and was nominated for a BAFTA Alexander Korda Award.   In 2002 Boyle made the smash hit horror film “28 Days Later” earning him a Saturn Award for Best Horror Film from the Academy of Science Fiction, Fantasy and Horror Films. Boyle’s other feature films include “Millions” starring James Nesbit, Alex Etel and Lewis McGibbon, ”The Beach,” starring Leonardo Di Caprio, “A Life Less Ordinary,” starring Ewan McGregor and Cameron Diaz, “Alien Love Triangle” and “Sunshine” starring Cillian Murphy.

 

 Boyle’s work in television includes producing Alan Clark’s controversial ”Elephant,” and directing Strumpet, Vacuuming Completely Nude in Paradise and the series “Mr. Wroe’s Virgins” for which he received a BAFTA nomination. Boyle’s career started in the theatre with Howard Barker’s Victory, Howard Brenton’s The Genius and Edward Bond’s Saved, which won the Time Out Award. Boyle has also directed five productions for the Royal Shakespeare Company.

 

 

BAFTA/LA

BAFTA/LA’s outreach programs benefit members and other professionals working within the entertainment industry, as well as the Los Angeles community at large. BAFTA/LA provides exclusive access to screenings, Q&A’s with talent and filmmakers, conversations with leading UK-based film and television executives, and the Heritage Archive, featuring broadcast-quality interviews with distinguished British members of the film and television industries. Educational outreach for students and the Los Angeles community includes an after-school screening program for inner-city youth at the Helen Keller Park Recreation Center, and a recent partnership with FilmAid to mentor young filmmakers. Additional programs include seminars in association with local universities and festivals, scholarships for post-graduate programs, and recognizing professional and student talent with awards at film festivals throughout the U.S.

 

Maintaining a long tradition of recognizing the finest filmmaking and television talent, BAFTA/LA hosts a series of social networking events, including the Annual BAFTA/LA Britannia Awards, the BAFTA Film Awards Brunch, the Annual Garden Party, the BAFTA/LA Comedy Awards, and the Awards Season Film and Television Tea Parties in January and September.  BAFTA/LA is affiliated with BAFTA in London, and members vote annually for the prestigious BAFTA Film Awards.  BAFTA/LA also presents its annual Britannia Awards every November, where it has honored such luminaries as Denzel Washington, Clint Eastwood, Tom Cruise, Tom Hanks, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Caine, and Martin Scorsese with the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film.

 For more information on BAFTA/LA, visit www.baftala.org.