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written by Erica B. | Favorite this Writer
Veronica Mars Fans Bring Show Back to Life
As of right now, more than 50,000 people have pledged around $3.6 million to make a Veronica Mars film. The cult TV hit has been off the air since 2007, but fans never gave up hope that there someday would be a film version. What they did not expect is that they would be the ones funding it.
Show creator Rob Thomas and lead actress Kristen Bell launched the "Veronica Mars Movie Project" Kickstarter on March 13, 2013. Their goal was to raise 2 million dollars and it seemed almost impossible at first. In less than twelve hours, fans bypassed the goal. It is the fastest project on Kickstarter to hit the one and two million dollar marks; it is also the highest goal ever achieved.
The project has not done so well simply because fans want the show back. Kickstarter and similar sites like Indiegogo and RocketHub have many success stories because of the perks offered to backers. The Veronica Mars campaign is offering everything from a pdf of the shooting script (at the $10 level) to a speaking role in the film (at the $10,000 level, and it was gone in the first day). Some of the other perks include tickets to red carpet premieres in major cities, personalized videos or voicemails from the cast, and the chance to be a featured background extra.
Production of the Veronica Mars film is slated to begin this summer, with a release date in 2014. Fans have been hopeful for years that this would happen someday and it is finally coming to fruition.
written by Andy S. | Favorite this Writer
When Ronnie Lane, aka ‘Plonk’, of Small and Ordinary Sized Faces fame, decided to leave Rod Stewart to his glittery lifestyle and Miss Selfridge underwear, he scurried off to the Mid Wales/Shropshire borders with his wife Katy and procured a dilapidated hundred acre hill farm near Bishops Castle, called Fishpool, where he immersed himself in the gypsy lifestyle, attend agricultural college and began to gather together a raggle-taggle group of musicians that went by the name Slim Chance.
I first met Ronnie at the More Arms, an old pub on the Shrewsbury to Bishops Castle road which is now long-closed. Some weeks previously, a ‘mate’ phoned one Sunday and very kindly told me that I’d missed Ronnie and Friends the previous evening at another of his favourite watering holes, The Drum and Monkey. The ‘friends’ just happened to include Eric Clapton who was staying with Ronnie. I made sure I didn’t miss the next one.
Eric was otherwise occupied but Ronnie introduced an ‘old boy’ he’d met at the bar who reckoned he could play the guitar. The band, and the old boy, Alexis Korner, treated us to nearly three hours of rock, blues and folk and invited the whole audience by to Fishpool for ‘a nightcap’. It’s one of the regrets of my life that I didn’t take up the invitation because I had to work the next day. An evening of music and fun I will remember as long as my marbles remain in situ.
written by Hector R. | Favorite this Writer
Franks Ocean's Channel Orange
One of last year's most crucial and affecting albums was the major label debut by R&B artist Frank Ocean. Ocean is a founding member of the Odd Future collective out of Los Angeles, whose best known member had previously been rapper Tyler the Creator. However, unlike most of his peers in the group who rap in a manner that can most charitably be described as adolescent, Ocean practices a style of smooth R&B that appeals to a somewhat more mature audience.
He appeared dramatically on the R&B scene in February of 2011 with his free mixtape, “Nostalgia, Ultra” which was inspired by his move from New Orleans to Los Angeles following Hurricane Katrina. The response to this free promotional item was immense and led to a deal with Def Jam Recordings and a subsequent tour, which concluded with a spot at 2012’s Coachella Festival.
“Channel Orange” was released on July 10, 2012 and immediately capitalized on the buzz Ocean had built with “Nostalgia,Ultra.” It shot to the number two spot on the Billboard 200 the week of its release. As of January 2012 the album has sold almost half a million units and spawned four successful singles.
The song structure and influences on “Channel Orange” showed Ocean developing an interest in genres such as psychedelia, rock and electro funk that brought a new richness to the arrangements. On songs such as, "Sweet Life," his vocals recall the hypnotic virtuosity of mid period Stevie Wonder in their expressivity. Yet his music is not particularly rooted in past traditions. The almost ten minute song "Pyramid" is a genre bending exercise in what could almost be called progressive R&B.
Overall, the album shows a dramatic strengthening of Ocean’s skills as a songwriter and producer. His influences are worn on his sleeve, but do not predominate. He has shown a remarkable ability to integrate new influences and sounds but subsume them to his overall vision of what new soul should sound like. This is the mark of a true artist and one that will change the field in which he works.
written by Chris P. | Favorite this Writer
The Dark Knight Rises
All good things must come to an end, and so at last we have a conclusion to Christopher Nolan's Batman saga, one which comic book fans and movie goers alike have been gushing over since 2008's The Dark Knight. The previous installment contained what many consider to be an amazing performance by the late Heath Ledger, portraying one of comic's most iconic villains, and a stellar score by the great Hans Zimmer. We have set our expectations high, and in that regard this Dark Knight may not completely “rise” to the occasion for everyone. You will read several reviews highlighting the films strengths, but this one is going to point out a few blemishes on an otherwise fine piece of entertainment.
One almost fatal flaw in this film is the application of the score. While I quite like the actual music, from start to finish it almost never stops and is often times louder than the dialogue. This leads you to feel like you're watching prolonged montages instead of a movie. To the film's credit this isn't something I noticed upon first viewing, but once I realized it I found it to be extremely distracting. The story isn't without problems either, and some elements stick out like a sore thumb. For example, there's the police chief's plan to send every registered officer in Gotham into the city's main sewer. Who was supposed to be watching the streets when this was going on?
written by Logan D. | Favorite this Writer
Zombies have taken over the world! Before you look out the window for the living dead, I should point out that I don't mean that in the literal sense. Allow me to rephrase my original statement: zombies have taken over our movie theaters, comic books, television screens, and video games. If you've managed to get out of bed in the last ten years or so, you'll have noticed a steady rise in zombie lore populating our entertainment outlets. And the hordes of undead don't seem to show any signs of stopping their steady march―er, shuffle―towards total world domination any time soon.
Where did these things even come from, anyway? Most people in the United States, whether they call themselves zombie aficionados or not, have either heard of or have seen Romero's '88 classic “Night of the Living Dead”. Although that particular film may be the genesis of what many consider to be the modern zombie―the resurrected, brain-devouring, moaning terror we all know and love―it certainly isn't the origin of the zombie proper. In fact, zombies have been around in film since 1932 with undead-wrangler Béla Lugosi in “The White Zombie”. Before then, zombies were folklore from Africa and, subsequently, Haiti, involving the use of voodoo to enslave a living or dead person to a witch's bidding.
As for their popularity, well...one could certainly invent an entire sociological spiel about why people around the world are obsessed with zombies. However, I will suffice it to say that everyone loves a good post-apocalyptic horror, and no bad guy is quite as good as a mindless eating machine that can only be stopped with a machete to the head. You can keep your vampires and werewolves―I'll stick with my zombie movies, and I think most people would agree.
written by Matthew C. | Favorite this Writer
Scramble With Friends App Review
This word game from Zynga has remained near the top of my, "most often played" list since it came out in January of 2012; and for good reason. It's an addicting experience with great social features that will keep you frantically swiping to form words. As an added bonus, you'll keep your vocabulary sharp while you play!
In its most basic form, the game consists of a 4x4 grid of letters in which you must connect neighboring strings of letters to form words. Less common letters are worth more points, and you'll also get a bonus for creating longer words.
The idea is based on the classic, "Boggle" board game, but being digital it has a few unique twists and extended capabilities. The most important is that you can play with friends and other gamers all over the world in a turn based system. There's always someone to play with, and the sense of competition to beat a friend or increase your high score will keep you coming back.
Each game consists of 3 rounds of play; and the later rounds include the addition of double and triple letter and word tiles which add a nice bit of strategy.
There are also powerups available for those wanting to gain an extra edge; but you may find yourself running out of tokens if you use them too much. The option to purchase a $.99 upgrade to double the rate at which you earn tokens as well as remove ads is a pretty good deal if you're an avid player, but purchasing tokens outright is a bit expensive.
Zynga continues to update and support the app and definitely has a winner with Scramble with Friends. If you haven't played it yet, give it a shot; but be prepared to lose track of a good amount of free time. Don't worry, this one's good for your brain.. not just a time-waster!
written by Joseph S. | Favorite this Writer
All Crying Grownups Can Play the Guitar
I am special. (No you're not, loser!) I am important. (You will be a nobody forever, jerk!) I am one of a kind. (Huh? Hacks like you are a dime a dozen, bub!)
This is the daily internal dialogue of most rock musicians, be they weekend warriors or Grammy winning millionaires. A sickly fevered ego is driven by a subtext of basement-level self-esteem and the need to be accepted and constantly reassured. Thus, the quest for the limelight.
The attention of an adoring audience serves to quench the ego of a rocker in the same way a needle full of top-grade heroin satisfies the cravings of a junkie. Completely yet temporarily. The next fix must be in greater quantity and even more convincing. This behavior is exhibited in music venues all over Rockdom every night of the week. Even the lowliest of dive bars must cater to divas just as the heftiest of concert halls must break every back on staff to prove their worship of rock'n'roll royalty.
Problems are inevitable in live entertainment. When the slightest of turbulence surfaces, be it a glitch in a wall plug wiring or a stagehand exhibiting what could be construed as insurrection, the brittle facade of the melody maker at hand can begin to crumble and that doubting, self loathing scared witless of rejection child inside will emerge and begin his swan song. A manic tantrum of curses, shrieks and sinister little sobs.
written by Katie C. | Favorite this Writer
Francine Volpe, curator of “Artists in Conversation” at New Dramatists, wants audiences to hear writers “discuss joyful elements of difficult plays.” Playwright Mark Schultz (The Gingerbread House, A Brief History of Helen of Troy) definitely writes difficult plays. The content is dark; reviews are mixed. Yet there’s something transcendent in the vile characters he creates that leaves us praying for their salvation when we think we should be cheering on their demise. This past Monday night at New Dramatists, Schultz illuminated some of his views on art, life, and his twisted plays.
In front of a small audience, Schultz chatted about his work with fellow playwright Daniel Reitz (Urban Folktales). Schultz advocated for his morally questionable characters, commenting that he tries not to judge them and asserting that at its core, theatre is the struggle to love one another. Loving Brian and Stacey when they sell their children into sex trafficking in The Gingerbread House? Loving the self-obsessed Charlotte as she gushes over pornographic pictures of herself in A Brief History of Helen of Troy? Yes. Loving them always, in spite of it all.
It’s less of a challenge to join him than I imagined. I walked away from the evening feeling strangely hopeful and incredibly hooked. On first look, his plays seem to scream out at the absence of God and the utter pointlessness of the world. But when you dig a little deeper, perhaps, as he hopes, Schultz’ plays are whispering to us the exact opposite.
written by Christina N. | Favorite this Writer
Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides Review
Pirate of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides shows the return of the infamous Captain Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and his first mate Gibbs (Kevin McNally) as they search for the elusive fountain of youth. Geoffrey Rush reprises his role as Captain Barbossa, a privateer for the king, secretly searching for the Pearl and the one who took her. On Stranger Tides introduces new characters such as; Angelica (Penelope Cruz) as Jack’s former flame and Blackbeard (Ian McShane), the dreaded pirate feared by all. Also introducing the mermaid Syrena (Astrid Berges-Frisbey) who’s capture plays a key part in drinking from the fountain.
The chemistry among the actors is prominent as this all-star cast delivers a stupendous performance. In addition, the visual effects are top-notch, something we’ve come to expect from Disney films. Newcomer, Rob Marshall keeps the swashbuckling action continuously through the entire film, an element that was missing from At Worlds End.
The subtle references to the other Pirates movies are a welcome addition that fans will appreciate. However, I was disappointed that Will Turner (Orlando Bloom) and Elizabeth Swan (Keira Knightly) weren’t even mentioned.
All in all Pirate of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides is a welcomed addition to the Pirates franchise. The mix of comedy and action make this film a must see.
written by Bill C. | Favorite this Writer
One of the most innovative and influential bands of the 1960's were The Yardbirds. Often overlooked when the big names from that pivotal decade are listed, this group was at the forefront of experimenting with styes of music that continue to be heard today. Originally blues based like many English bands of the era, they went on to transcend that genre, experimenting with lengthy distorted guitar solos and Eastern sounds.
When their name does get mentioned, it is usually in connection with having had three celebrated lead guitarists in Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and Jimmy Page among their ranks at various times. While this is of no small significance, to imply that it is The Yardbirds' only claim to fame is to sell short their catalog of ground breaking recordings. This band had it's finger(s) on the pulse of more than one musical style that would define progressive FM rock in the late '60s and early '70s.
When lead singer Keith Relf and Drummer Jim McCarty left the band to form Renaissance with Relf's sister Jane sharing lead vocals, Jimmy Page recruited another lead singer and rhythm section to complete a new version of the band to be called The New Yardbirds. At the last minute the name was changed. In a reference to a joke that British musicians in those days used to make referring to how well their band had gone over at their most recent gig, The New Yardbirds would hence forth be known as Led Zeppelin.
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