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Paul McDonald Is Here “For You” On December 18

Indie folk/pop star Paul McDonald will be playing at The Sayers Club in Hollywood, CA on December 18.  He’s also preparing for his solo debut album, For You, to be released in 2015.
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“Bright Lights isn’t a love song,” McDonald explains, “but a song about love and the idea that when you share a deep connection with somebody, no matter where life takes each of you, you hope in some way that you’ll always be there for each other.”
 
Boasting a sound that incorporates a mix of indie, pop and folk, McDonald’s influences range from the melodic pop sensibilities of Ed Sheeran, to the earnest songwriting of Ryan Adams, and the vocal rasp and presence of a young Rod Stewart meets Adam Levine.
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Paul McDonald has been gaining additional notoriety after placing in the Top 10 of FOX’s American Idol. McDonald has also appeared on shows such as Jay Leno, Good Morning America, Regis & Kelly, and co-starred on NBC’s Parenthood.  and, he’s been featured by taste-makers such as Billboard, Baeble Music, and JoonBug.
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Thursday, December 18th

Where:  

The Sayers Club                 

1645 Wilcox Ave Hollywood, CA, 90028.

 

Mad Moon Mia: Riot on Monday Morning!

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Mia Von Glitz?  Yeah you got it!  She’s nothing you’ve heard in a LONG TIME! From a town in NY and then down to Alabama at age 10.  This girl’s got Urban/Country, Rock & Roll soul!  You’re gonna love her.

Mia is the lead vocalist of Mad Moon Riot, bassist of Guns N Hoses, and heiress to Bowery Presents (…and “Glee” star Darren Criss main squeeze). 

As part of a new album that just released, you can download on the Bruno Mars “Gorilla” cover sung by Mia.  It’ll be a great holiday gift for a great cause. All proceeds go to Adopt The Arts, a non-profit run by Matt Sorum (of Guns N Roses) that funds art programs in Los Angeles public schools.

Follow Mad Moon Riot on Twitter:@MadMoonRiot

Six Dance Lessons In Six Weeks

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

6 Dance Lessons in 6 WeeksLast Tuesday evening had me sitting in the Wilshire Screening Room for the second and final preview of Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks, the new screenplay by two-time Writer’s Guild Award winner and Emmy nominee, Richard Alfieri based on his Broadway hit show by the same name, to be released this Friday, December 12th, in Los Angeles at Sundance Sunset Cinema, Laemmle Town Center 5, and Edwards Westpark 8 and in NY at AMC Empire 25.

The movie stars two-time Academy Award nominee and two-time Golden Globe winner Gena Rowlands as the crusty 75-year-old South Florida matron Lily Harrison who unexpectedly develops a life-changing friendship with her much younger, gay dance instructor.

Cheyenne Jackson co-stars as Michael Minetti, the frustrated, 30-year-old teacher and former Broadway chorus star who is assigned to Lily after she calls to request a private lesson.  Julian Sands plays Cunard, owner of the dance studio. And what would a dance film be without Oscar, Emmy, Tony and Grammy award winner Rita Moreno (West Side Story) who makes a lively appearance as Lily’s cranky downstairs neighbor.

Six Dance Lessons overall is rather a delightful little film and was certainly well-received by the crowd in attendance.  The movie lightly hits all the intended points about stereotypes, prejudice, intolerance, ageism, gay issues, religion, and most of all the invisibility of older women.

“I’ve noticed so many times older women say, finally something for us,” said director Arthur Allan Seidelman.  Sincerely, this is a film dedicated especially to them.  A love story between a very much older matron and a very young man who genuinely need each other for so many reasons.  And sex actually does sort of come into play, just not for the two of them.  But the story does bring up the issue of older women, their power, loss of identity without a man, loneliness and needs beyond card games, bingo and coffee clutching.

It is a story however “by the numbers” so exact in intention that it feels at times a bit like a Sunday School lecture in relationships. The dialog “fits and starts” at the beginning and feels more like a stage play rather than a film.  In fact, Broadway is exactly where this story was originally debuted.  Characters have been added in to pad the drama and the environment between the two leads, and more layers could have filled the gaps.  But in the end, it does settle into what the director wanted to give us…a beautiful picture and a clear message.  That’s exactly what we got.

As an homage to the ladies of this film, their respective talents, beauty and full-spanning careers, Six Dance Lessons in Six Weeks is worth the viewing simply for the sentiment and wisdom.  Gena Rowlands and Rita Moreno are as wonderfully spot-on and snappy as ever.  Actress Jacki Weaver as the kittenish, older woman looking for a great time, throws in a tremendous amount of honesty in the few moments she is given on screen.  And all of them supported by a strong and thankfully not overbearing Cheyenne Jackson.  Overall, it’s a sweet, comedic, straight-shooting story of life lessons for everyone.  You’ll want to get your pen and paper out for notes.  Because eventually, this day is coming for all of us.

The Film Collective and Dada Films presents a Docler Entertainment Production in Association with Entpro

And Arthur Allan Seidelman Film.

Screenplay by Richard Alfieri, based on his play.

Directed by Arthur Allen Seidelman

STARRING:

Gena Rowlands as Lily Harrison

Cheyenne Jackson as Michael Minetti

Jacki Weaver as Irene Mossbecker

Rita Moreno as Ida Barksdale

Julian Sands as Winslow Cunard

LA THEATERS
Sundance Sunset Cinema – 8000 Sunset Blvd West Hollywood, CA

Laemmle Town Center 5 – 17200 Ventura Blvd #121, Encino, CA
Edwards Westpark 8 – 3735 Alton Pkwy, Irvine, CA
NY THEATER
AMC Empire 25 – 234 W 42nd St, New York, NY 10036

Sing Your Way INTO THE WOODS: A Musical Contest!

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Gia On The Move recently attended an official screening of Into The Woods and it was fun!  The actors all brought their A Games and EVERYONE sung their hearts out!

Now Disney is inviting you to show off YOUR singing skills and your love for the Stephen Sondheim musical “Into the Woods” with the online musical contest “Sing Your Way Into the Woods”.

The winning video will be selected by legendary eight-time Tony®, Grammy® and Oscar®-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim and Tony® winner James Lapine, who also wrote the screenplay. All videos will be judged based on their musicality, creativity and execution. The winner(s) will receive a private advance screening of Disney’s “Into the Woods” and the winning video and the videos from the three runner-up’s will be featured on the film’s official Tumblr site. So let’s see if you have what it takes to Sing Your Way Into the Woods!

The contest is open to choir groups, choral companies, musical theater departments, glee clubs and anyone with a passion for the landmark musical “Into the Woods.”  You decide which part you want to sing and perhaps your wish to win a screening will come true!

Go to www.intothewoodscontest.com to watch the trailer for Disney’s “Into the Woods” for inspiration, download the official music and lyrics to the Prologue and gather your friends and record your own version of the last two-minutes of the iconic Prologue from “Into The Woods”. Rules, guidelines and regulations are posted on the site. Deadline for all submissions is 2 PM (PST)  December 12, 2014.

The contest runs until Friday, December 12, 2014 at 2 PM (PST). Winners will be chosen and announced on the site on or about Friday, December 19, 2014.

For more information, like them on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/DisneyIntoTheWoods and follow us on Twitter: @IntoThe Woods.

ABOUT THE FILM:

“Into the Woods” is a modern twist on several beloved fairy tales, intertwining the plots of a few choice stories and exploring the consequences of the characters’ wishes and quests. This humorous and heartfelt musical follows the classic tales of Cinderella (Anna Kendrick), Little Red Riding Hood (Lilla Crawford), Jack and the Beanstalk (Daniel Huttlestone), and Rapunzel (MacKenzie Mauzy), all tied together by an original story involving a Baker and his Wife (James Corden and Emily Blunt), their wish to begin a family and their interaction with the Witch (Meryl Streep), who has put a curse on them. Rob Marshall, the acclaimed filmmaker behind the Academy Award®-winning musical “Chicago” and Disney’s “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” directs the film, which is based on the musical stage production by legendary eight-time Tony, Grammy® and Oscar®-winning composer and lyricist Stephen Sondheim and Tony® winner James Lapine, who also wrote the screenplay.  Produced by John DeLuca, Marshall, “Wicked” producer Marc Platt and Callum McDougall, “Into the Woods” will be released in theaters December 25, 2014.

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#FreeTheNipple : How Far Will You Go For Equality?

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#FREETHENIPPLE

The film that inspired the empowering real-life movement supported by celebrities such as Miley CyrusLena Dunham, 

Russell SimmonsRihanna, Cara Delevingne and many more!

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Presents

FREE THE NIPPLE

Directed by Lina Esco, Starring Lina Esco (LOL), Lola Kirke (Gone Girl),

Monique Coleman (High School Musical) and Zach Grenier (“The Good Wife”)

Today, in the USA it is ILLEGAL for a woman to be topless in 37 of the United States of America in some states that includes breastfeeding. In less tolerant places like Louisiana, a woman exposing her nipples can carry a sentence of up to three years in jail and a $2,500 fine. In New York City, in 1992 it became LEGAL for women to be topless in public, but the NYPD continued to arrest women, so we took to the streets with cameras and our cast to fight these Puritanical injustices first hand. By the end the production, Free The Nipple morphed into a “real life” revolution that transcended the bounds of mere entertainment. Famous graffiti artists, mobs of dedicated women, and celebrities from Miley Cyrus to Liv Tyler and Lena Dunham jumped on board and ignited a national media blitz that has transformed into a powerful movement to Free The Nipple in America. Other celebrity supporters include Cara Delevingne, Shepard Fairey, Kendall Jenner, Adrian Grenier, Rihanna, Elizabeth Jagger, Scout Willis, Rumer Willis, Soko, Suki Waterhouse, Kellan Lutz, Dree Hemingway, Russell Simmons.

ABOUT THE FILM: A group of fearless women fight for their right to go topless in public, as they smash societal taboos one bare breast at a time. Based on a true story, this spirited satire follows New York City activists Liv and With, who take their crusade for gender equality from the streets of the urban jungle to the courts. More than just a movie, Free the Nipple has launched an empowering real-life movement, inspiring women across the globe to take back their bodies.

SUNDANCE SELECTS WILL RELEASE FREE THE NIPPLE O
DECEMBER 12, 2014, THEATRICALLY AND ON VOD.
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Writer: Hunter Richards

Producers: Lina Esco, Hunter Richards, Lisa Azuelos, Julien Madon

Co-Producer: Gigi Graff

For more information please visit: 

http://www.freethenipple.com/

Join the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/freethenipple

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I’m Dreaming of You Evie Archer

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When Evie Archer tweeted her new video to us last week we knew right away that this was the song we wanted to celebrate the start of the Christmas holiday with. A classic singer-songwriter like Carly Simon and Carole King this New Jersey born music artist has a way with words and melody.  She was also nominated for two 2014 HMMA Awards and a 2014 LA Music Critic Award for Best CD Female and Best Video for her song “Close To You”, covered by our friend Bob Leggett (@dramabob ) at the Los Feliz Examiner.  On Christmas Day is a touching, sweet song that we’ll be playing past the December expiration date. You can actually buy this single on iTunes: Click here.  But before you do we also suggest that you turn of the auto-play and watch the the official music video and the “behind the scenes” video below.

Follow Evie on Twitter @mseviearcher –  Find out more information on her website

The Queen of Your Cuisine is Back!

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It’s all “Feathers and Toast” with the lovely Tallulah Grace, heartbroken Scottish mime turned web cooking show host, now back with season two, olive branch and spatula in hand, ready to bring hope to (single) ladies with a penchant for dramedy in the kitchen and EVERYWHERE ELSE!

FNTlogorectangleShe’s Ab Fab meets Julia Childs, champagne wishes and many many hats.  Send her a present.  She loves them Dahling! In return, you’ll receive one weekly potentially psychotic episode of home-cooked advice.  And who doesn’t like to laugh? The current season is on autoplay. Watch the first installment or every show so far until the “bitter” end.

In the meantime Bon Appetite!

This Week  —  Tallulah Saves a Live