Lana Del Rey announces two gigs in a cemetery

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Lana Del Rey has announced two US shows – in a Hollywood Cemetery
The singer will play two dates next month (October 17 and 18) at the Hollywood Forever Cemetery, which according to its website is the “final resting place to more of Hollywood’s founders and stars than anywhere else on earth.” It also regularly hosts gigs.The two dates are the first to be announced by the singer since she pulled out of a string of European appearances earlier this month due to illness.
She cancelled her scheduled appearance in BBC Radio 1’s Live Lounge and subsequently two private concerts for Virgin Radio listeners in Paris.A statement from the singer’s labelPolydor/Universal read: “For medical reasons independent of our will, the artisthas been forced to cancel all promotional activities planned in Europe over the coming days.”Lana Del Rey released her second album ‘Ultraviolence’ in June, which was the follow-up to her 2012 debut ‘Born To Die’. Dan Auerbach of The Black Keys produced a number of tracks on ‘Ultraviolence’ including lead single ‘West Coast’.
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Trent Reznor’s score for Gone Girl recorded with live orchestra

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Trent Reznor’s score for Gone Girl recorded with live orchestra, inspired by “really terrible” massage parlor music

Trent Reznor has divulged details of his soundtrack to David Fincher’s new film, Gone Girl, in an extensive new interview with The Wall Street Journal.

Gone Girl marks the third collaboration between Reznor and Fincher, who previously teamed on 2010’s The Social Network and 2011’s The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo. The former earned Reznor and collaborator Atticus Ross an Oscar for Best Original Score, while the latter was nominated for Best Original Score at the Golden Globes.

Fincher’s latest film, an adaptation of Gillian Flynn’s 2012 thriller, stars Ben Affleck as the primary suspect in the murder investigation of his wife (played by Rosamund Pike). For the corresponding soundtrack, Reznor said Fincher asked him to “think about the really terrible music you hear in massage parlors. The way that it artificially tries to make you feel like everything’s OK. And then imagine that sound starting to curdle and unravel.”

The resulting score, according to The Wall Street Journal, is “composed of lilting, haunting synths interspersed with doleful piano melodies and accentuated by the orchestral arrangements.” It marks the first time Reznor recorded with a live orchestra.

The article goes on to describe the musicians’ writing process. Unlike most other film composers, who create music for the film once its complete, Reznor and Ross “often begin talking about the role of music with Fincher even before the first scene has been shot, so that their score evolves in tandem with the movie’s production, operating like an alternate script that shapes the direction of the film as it is in turn shaped by the film.”

The Journal relays an example from The Social Network of how Fincher trimmed 10 minutes off of a scene in order to fit Reznor’s vision.

Gone Girl is set to hit theaters on October 3rd. Presumably, the soundtrack will be released around the same time. Below, watch the film’s trailer.

Gone Girl | Vow TV Spot [HD] | 20th Century FOX

Published on Aug 25, 2014

GONE GIRL — directed by David Fincher and based upon the global bestseller by Gillian Flynn — unearths the secrets at the heart of a modern marriage. On the occasion of his fifth wedding anniversary, Nick Dunne (Ben Affleck) reports that his beautiful wife, Amy (Rosamund Pike), has gone missing. Under pressure from the police and a growing media frenzy, Nick’s portrait of a blissful union begins to crumble. Soon his lies, deceits and strange behavior have everyone asking the same dark question: Did Nick Dunne kill his wife?

In Theaters – October 3, 2014

Cast: Rosamund Pike, Ben Affleck, Scoot McNairy, Neil Patrick Harris

An American in Hollywood – In Theaters July 18th, Watch Trailer

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An American in Hollywood” is an amusing and sardonic look at the artistic struggle minority artists face in the Entertainment Industry today. (watch the extended trailer below) – Hailing from New York City, a talented filmmaker Josiah aka “The Dissenter” (Richard Carroll Jr.) leads childhood friends and fellow artists Dorian and Paul (JD Williams and Hassan Johnson from HBO’s hit series “The Wire”) to Los Angeles in pursuit of the Hollywood dream.

Wielding the artistic powers of writing, directing, acting, stand-up comedy, drawing, and graffiti, this team of “Real Artists” battles the “Entertainment Empire” of Hollywood through a humorous and satirical comic book animation-based reality which showcases artists as super-heroes, and the materialistic corporate studio system as super-villains.

In LA, Josiah meets his match in a beautiful feisty young actress named Ayoka aka “Power Girl” (Azur-De). Backed by her crew of “Bad Girls” (including Amber Lee Ettinger and Samantha Esteban from “Training Day”/”Harsh Times”), Ayoka and Josiah embark on their own quest as they seek to create and succeed in Hollywood together. But then… they are confronted with an even deeper obstacle… life.

This film is a comedic tale of love, brotherhood, talent, betrayal, success, failure, and survival in the Entertainment Industry today. If you enjoyed “Love Jones”, “Entourage”, and “The Avengers”, you’ll love “An American in Hollywood”.

Written and Directed by NYU/Tisch alum Sai Varadan. Produced By V-Twinz Productions Inc. and released through AMC Independent. Opening in Select Theaters July 18th in NYC, New Jersey, and Philadelphia. Showing at the AMC Empire 25 in NYC. (234 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036) Click here for showtimes/tickets/info.

An American In Hollywood – Extended Trailer

 

 

 

Azur-De Interview — Black Hollywood Live’s Next

 

 

BHL: Next – In this episode Black Hollywood Live hosts Megan Thomas and Cortez West interview Azur-De.

Born and raised in the heart of Los Angeles, Azur-De is no stranger to the spotlight. At the young age of 9, she began performing with the dance troupe “Positive Steps” where she traveled statewide and performed in sold out arenas during half time shows for the Lakers, Raiders, and Magic Johnson All Star Weekends.

Her passion for performance grew when she studied at “Faith Acting Studios” at the age of 12. What began as a hobby soon became a major influence in her growth as an artist.

Growing up in South Central LA gave her limited resources but she used it as motivation instead of an obstacle. In high school she was honored for excelling academically, leading the cheerleading team as Captain and Senior Class as President.

She was accepted to the University of California, Berkeley with an academic scholarship. It was then where she solidified her commitment to acting with a double major in Theater and Mass Communications. After performing in the stage play “I Aint Yo Uncle” where she channeled the life of Elizabeth, a mulatto slave who saves her husband in a slave revolt, she knew acting was what she wanted to do as a profession: Infuse characters with her truth while impacting the consciousness of audiences at the same time.

Now, a working stage and screen actress based in Los Angeles, Johnson’s passion, skill and audience have grown exponentially. After landing a lead role in the sequel BET horror film Somebody Help Me 2 , she went on to a recurring role in GMC Network’s dramatic series She’s Not Your Sister, opposite former 227 star Jackee Harry. She has been featured in over 20 national commercials. Most recently she was principle in a national commercial campaign for McDonald’s, the lead in the independent film An American In Hollywood, which debuted at the Urban World International Festival in New York and the lead actress in the acclaimed short film Stakes that has received raves from audiences and earned Best Short prize at the San Diego International Film Festival. Whether she’s playing victim, vixen or valedictorian, Azur-De imbues each character with a truth and texture viewers can’t help but connect with.

And when she isn’t disappearing behind a role, she keeps it moving. With dance, fitness, and yoga- Azur-De is happiest in motion. But it’s her work as co-founder of Give Back LA – a community outreach project in Skid Row that to date has helped feed over 15,000 families – that makes her most proud. Says Azur-De, “Creative artists have a great responsibility. We’re tasked with bringing about consciousness and empathy, and I love being a part of that in character and out.”

This interview was recorded July 11th, 2014.

 

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Ryan Adams announces the release of new, self-titled album set for release on September 8

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Ryan Adams has announced the release of a new, self-titled album.

‘Ryan Adams’ will be released on September 8. Produced by Adams at his Pax Am Studios in Hollywood, Los Angeles, the album follows 2011’s ‘Ashes & Fire’, and will feature recent single ‘Gimme Something Good’. Scroll down for a full tracklisting for the record, which will be the singer’s 14th solo album.

Since ‘Ashes & Fire’, Adams has produced an EP for Fall Out Boy entitled ‘PAX AM Days’ and started heavy metal side-project band Pornography with Make Out singer Leah Hennessy and singer-songwriter Johnny T Yerington.

The ‘Ryan Adams’ tracklisting is:
‘Gimme Something Good’
‘Kim’
‘Trouble’
‘Am I Safe’
‘My Wrecking Ball’
‘Stay With Me’
‘Shadows’
‘Feels Like Fire’
‘I Just Might’
‘Tired Of Giving Up’
‘Let Go’

Adams will headline the Newport Folk Festival at the end of this month and play a series of shows in North America throughout July and August. No European or UK dates have been announced in support of the record.

Slash’s Hollywood – A Short Interview By Mojo

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He grew up in a bohemian enclave where Bowie was a house guest and Carly Simon popped by. Then he formed Guns N’Roses and became an icon in his own right. Now, as he moves into film production, Slash reflects on his life in Hollywood. “I’m at the epicentre of it all,” he tells Phil Alexander.

SOMETIMES IT’S difficult to remember exactly where home is,” laughs Slash. “Even when I come home to LA, I stay in a hotel. The pace on the road is so different, I find it really hard to adjust. I’d rather just stay in a hotel room where I can throw shit around the room, spit on the walls and relax a bit.”

 

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Slash and friend enjoy the comforts of a hotel room, circa 1987. Photo © Retna/Ian Tilton

 

Step back in time to a February evening in 1992. Slash is enjoying a brief break in LA before heading to Japan to resume touring, and the guitarist is reflecting on the events of the last five years. In that time Guns N’Roses have been catapulted from the Hollywood club scene onto a global stage. Officially the biggest rock’n’roll band on the planet, they’re midway through the Use Your Illusion world tour that will eventually extend across 28 months, encompassing 194 arena shows in 31 different countries. Success, according to Slash, comes at a price.

“I would hate to live in a place that’s way out of harm’s reach.”

“The bigger you get, the harder it is to retain any sense of normality, you know,” he says. “Normal things suddenly become a a fuckin’ chore. Going back to LA used to allow us to keep things together, but I am not sure if that happens anymore. It’s funny, sitting here in a hotel room but being close to the old neighbourhood where I grew up, where we used to live when the band started out. It’s bizarre.”

The neighbourhood in question is West Hollywood where Guns N’Roses formed in 1985. There, they honed their sound, setting up their rehearsal studio in a storage building off Sunset Boulevard and Gardner Street. There the five-piece of Slash, frontman Axl Rose, guitarist Izzy Stradlin, bassist Duff McKagan and drummer Steven Adler played, shagged, drugged and occasionally slept, re-christening the place The Sunset And Gardner Hotel And Villas in reference to the more salubrious hotel-to-the-stars, the Sunset Marquis And Villas, where Slash would later become a habitué.

As the band began to forge a reputation playing Hollywood clubs such as The Roxy and The Troubadour, their notoriety around the burgeoning Sunset Strip scene grew. If their own excesses fuelled the music, so too did the environment they lived in – a point borne out by the material that graced their debut long-player, Appetite For Destruction. Night Train, for instance, was written in tribute to the fortified wine of the same name while the band were wandering drunk down Palm Avenue one evening. For Slash, however, Hollywood was home long before he became interested in music.

 

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Atoms for Peace Hide “Before Your Very Eyes . . .” – Watch Clip

Thom Yorke hints at location with a tweet and emoticon

 
 
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Atoms for Peace have hidden a video for their song “Before Your Very Eyes . . .” on their website. Frontman Thom Yorke tweeted a hint to the video’s location yesterday afternoon following the group’s appearance this week at the Hollywood Bowl. “Aaah Blinkin’ Hollywood,” he wrote, punctuated with a smiley emoticon. “Thanks to everyone who came last night.” He then included a link to the group’s website.

The clip can be accessed after scrolling right and clicking the “Hollywood” sign, which indeed blinks. It then starts a download containing a PDF and link to the video, viewable here.

The video, directed by Andrew Thomas Huang (Björk, Sigur Rós), starts off with an undulating landscape to complement the dense percussion of the track, which leads off Atoms for Peace’s debut LP Amok. Eventually, a sepia-toned Yorke emerges from the mire, minus a good portion of his forehead. Things get far more colorful after that.

It’s another part of what has become a very busy year for the group, which formed in 2009 but didn’t release a full-length until this past February. In July, they took a stand against Spotify, removing their works from the streaming service, claiming it was “bad for new music.” A few months later, the group began an arena tour, which kicked off at Philadelphia’s Liacouras Center. And most recently, Atoms for Peace released a video of their complete performance at Austin City Limits Festival.

Arctic Monkeys’ Alex Turner doesn’t miss a chance to mingle with the rich and famous…

Arctic Monkeys frontman joins Marilyn Manson and Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul at TV launch event in LA.

AlexTurnereventAlex Turner (worth $15 million) was in attendance at a star-studded launch for the new, and final, season of Breaking Bad in Los Angeles on Sunday (August 11). Turner attended the Bushmills-sponsored screening with his gorgeous nine-inch-nails girlfriend, “actress” Arielle Vandenberg, at a private space in Venice, Los Angeles. Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul, who plays Jesse Pinkman on the cult show, was also at the event alongside a guest list which included Marilyn Manson, Dita Von Teese, Kellan Lutz, Kid Cudi, Sunny Mabrey, Jesse Tyler Ferguson and showrunner Vince Gilligan.

Breaking Bad returned to record ratings in the US on Sunday night. A massive 5.9 million viewers tuned in to watch the first instalment in the show’s eight-episode concluding run – nearly double Breaking Bad‘s previous best ever audience of three million, which it posted during the first half of its fifth and final season last August (2012).

Meanwhile, Arctic Monkeys recently unveiled the trippy video for new single ‘Why’d You Only Call Me When You’re High?’. The video, directed by Nabil, sees a drunk Turner leave the rest of the band behind in a bar to seek out a 4 am booty call. As he travels down the road towards the house of the girl he is texting, he is fraught with highly-sexual hallucinations and encounters unsavoury characters.

Blame gee-whiz the hormones!