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.

 

Theatrical Release

July 18th

New York City New Jersey Philadelphia

AMC Empire 25
234 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036

AMC Hamilton 24
325 Sloan Avenue
Hamilton Township, NJ 08619

AMC Loews Cherry Hill 24
2121 New Jersey 38
Cherry Hill, NJ 08002

AMC Neshaminy 24
660 Neshaminy Mall
Bensalem, PA 19020

 

 

 

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.

Daft Punk spotted without helmets at LAX airport

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Daft Punk without helmets @ LAX

Daft Punk’s Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter have been pictured without their helmets.

The pair were filmed by gossip website TMZ, who ‘unmasked’ the band, posting a video of the two unshaven men wearing caps and t-shirts at LAX airport in Los Angeles. See TMZ’s image of the band without their trademark helmets above.

Daft Punk were in Los Angeles to attend and perform at the 56th annual Grammys, where they won five awards.

The French duo’s performance at the ceremony on Sunday night was their first show since returning with last year’s ‘Random Access Memories’. They scooped awards for Record Of The Year (‘Get Lucky’), Album Of The Year (‘Random Access Memories’), Best Pop Duo/Group Performance (‘Get Lucky’), Best Dance/Electronica Album (‘Random Access Memories’) and Best Engineered Album Non-Classical (‘Random Access Memories’).