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Happy Fourth of July!!!

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Cathy to the Rescue!

Cathy CartoonWith one final “Ack” beloved comic strip character Cathy (originally authored by cartoonist Cathy Guisewite) said goodbye to her readers on October 3, 2010, after 34 years of struggling through the ups and downs of food, love, family and work – the four basic guilt groups of the modern women.

Writer/Producer Susan Sassi, however, thinks Cathy is more relevant than ever and has created Cathy in Real Life, a live action parody of the Cathy comic strip which explores the changing definition of feminism in a comical way.

Cathy in Real Life

Susan wanted to develop a lighthearted film project that had more parts for women as well as showcase different opinions of what should and shouldn’t be empowering to women.

It is fun and important. And “the more people see women protagonists [in film], the more they can re-train themselves to relate to women.”  It’s that simple!

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Yep! It’s an indie-go-go.  So as part of our Los Angeles Femme writers/directors/producers community, we’ve decided to support this truly super cool project and hope you will too.

They need to raise $2650 in 32 days to cover all the costs.  And there are some delicious retail therapy perks involves.

MAKE IT HAPPEN!  GO HERE NOW!

#MusicMonday: Bourbon Street ‘Crossing On a Bend”

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Here’s a lively Monday morning wake up for you…Bourbon Street Beat’s new single ‘Crossing On a Bend’ is inspired by 50s and 60s bands such as Creedence Clearwater Revival, The Band, The Rolling Stones and The Beatles, as well as Rock’n’Roll legends like Elvis, Buddy Holly and Johnny Cash, each of these influences are apparent in technique and style yet reinterpreted to give Bourbon Street Beat an indie edge.

Iain Hammond (vocals and guitar), Joe Morrison-Hay (bass) and Andy Mackenzie (drums) met at university and formed the band in 2012. Their last EP ‘Knuckles of Brass’ earned them a strong following in Manchester with this release set to spread the word even further.

‘Crossing on a Bend’ was recorded at Blueprints Studios in Salford, engineered by Tim Thomas and mastered by Gary Hadfield.

Social Links:
www.facebook.com/bourbonstreetbeat
www.twitter.com/bsb_bandpage

Gia #HFF15 #Reviews: Orson Welles and Scatman Crothers in “A Hollywood Ending”

soContributed by Benjamin Schwartz

“Magic In The Waiting Room”

Orson Welles and Scatman Crothers in “A Hollywood Ending” provides a timely glimpse into what could be an extremely accurate depiction of two artists at the end of their respected careers.

Orson Welles is certainly the personality that is instantly recognizable, while the name Scatman Crothers doesn’t usually ring most people’s bell.  You might have heard Scatman as the voice of Scat Cat from the animated film, The Aristocats, or seen his acting in The Shining and One Flew Over The Cuckoo’s Nest.

Welles and Crothers strike up conversation while waiting to audition for the 1985 animated film, Transformers: The Movie.  At first, it is difficult to see why these two would be in the same room, let alone auditioning for the same movie. As the expertly crafted dialogue rolls along, both the characters and audience start to understand how similar these two really are.

Welles (Rob Locke) and Crothers (Dennis Neal) are dream roles for actors, and the two really sink their teeth deep into the material. Locke does a fine job capturing the elitist, ego-driven Welles who has the largest character arch. But it is his counterpart, Dennis Neal who really steals the show.

It is difficult to take your eyes off Neal as he gives a beautifully organic, honest performance.  These two seasoned actors sport their acting chops as they bounce emotions and patter very well off each other in this character-driven play.

It is inherently clear that playwright and director, David Castro, has done a great deal of research on the time period and characters. The dated references may be a little much for a common layman, but the writing is impeccable. The dialogue is a continuous stream of natural conversation tucked within a tight three-act structure. A playwright who directs his own work tends to be blind to errors during rehearsal, but this is not the case here. Castro does a great job directing his actors to hit the exact nuances and timing of the script.

Orson Welles and Scatman Crothers in “A Hollywood Ending” examines how these two consummate artists defined success and artistic freedom while still trying to pay the bills.  It is wholly entertaining, thought-provoking and poignant.

Recommended

Tickets: http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/2353

Theatre Asylum (Asylum Lab – 1078 Lillian Way LA. CA. 90038) Hollywood’s Theatre Row map
Saturday June 20 2015, 4:00 PM | 1hr
Friday June 26 2015, 8:30 PM | 1hr
Saturday June 27 2015, 2:30 PM | 1hr

 

Film to Watch: The Stanford Prison Experiment

A Film by Kyle Patrick Alvarez

Opens in Theaters July 17th via IFC Films

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It is the summer of 1971. Dr. Philip Zimbardo launches a study on the psychology of imprisonment. Twenty-four male undergraduates are randomly assigned to be either a guard or a prisoner. Set in a simulated jail, the project unfolds. The participants rapidly embody their roles—the guards become power-hungry and sadistic, while the prisoners, subject to degradation, strategize as underdogs. It soon becomes clear that, as Zimbardo and team monitor the escalation of action through surveillance cameras, they are not fully aware of how they, too, have become part of the experiment.

Based on the real-life research of Dr. Zimbardo (who was a consultant on the film), THE STANFORD PRISON EXPERIMENT is a dramatic period piece that remains relevant over 40 years later. Along with an impressive cast, including Billy Crudup as Zimbardo, Kyle Patrick Alvarez (C.O.G., 2013 Sundance Film Festival) delivers an intense, visceral film about the role of power that plays to both chilling and exhilarating effect.

Features an excellent roster of young talent, including Ezra Miller, Tye Sheridan, Olivia Thirlby, Michael Angarano,Logan Miller, Thomas Mann, Keir Gilchrist, Johnny Simmons, Moises Arias, Jack Kilmer, Chris Sheffield, Ki Hong Lee, and James Frechville, to name a few. 

TRT: 122 minutes

Country: USA

Language: English

 

Gia #HFF15 #Reviews: Zip Ties

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

Zip Ties

.Thank Goodness, “He’s a professional!”

Hitman Saul doesn’t like zip ties. He’s not a fan of keeping his mouth shut either. He always prefers to keep a victim’s head covered with a bag – just because and he’s a little insecure about the BOSS not friending him on Facebook. But when it comes to tying up his hostages he does have a “thing” for rope. 

Two seriously shoddy thugs kidnap a white collar convict on his way “out” of prison after serving a 20 year sentence for embezzling money.  The BOSS wants the bankroll and he’s gonna get it at any cost.  But with these two unlikely cronies who can’t get along on technique, style or strategy, the price for him is pretty expensive.  

Writer Benjamin Schwartz offers a highly improbable setup for a richly insane, rapid-fire comedy in Zip Ties. Everything is wrong from “jump” and goes from bad to worse almost instantaneously with every ridiculous decision.  As light in humor as it is lightening fast in dialog, this show is an uncomplicated audience pleaser from start to finish. One hour that you won’t mind passing in a seat, it’s a definite dance card consideration for this year’s Fringe.

Note: There will also be gunshots during the performance.

At the ACME Theatre -6470 Santa Monica Blvd, Los Angeles, CA

Remaining Shows:

Thursday June 11 2015, 8:45 PM
Saturday June 13 2015, 5:00 PM
Thursday June 18 2015, 10:30 PM
Friday June 19 2015, 10:45 PM
Friday June 26 2015, 10:15 PM
Saturday June 27 2015, 11:15 PM

Tickets: http://www.hollywoodfringe.org/projects/2205

One of the most active social media accounts at Fringe…

Follow them…or else! 

Instagram: @ZipTiesPlay
Twitter: @ZipTiesPlay
facebook.com/ZipTiesPlay

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What Music Fans Are REALLY Googling: Is EMINEM Afraid of Giraffes?

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What Do Fans Want to Know About Top Artists?  A study according to Google Suggestions claims that most fans want to know more about their favorite music artists and a glance into the inner workings of a musician. But in the information age, many want more. What exactly do they want to know, though?

Some of that information can be found using Google’s auto-fill feature. European ticket reseller Ticketbis however took a deeper look and broke down topics into five categories: relationship status, death, hometowns, monetary worth and general curiosities.  They also sent us some really fun illustrations to drive the point home. (see below)

From the 39 artists studied, general curiosities were the most prevalent searches, but also tended to make the least amount of sense. The topics range from things like “The Beatles are overrated” to “Taylor Swift is a robot.”

Of the 34 individual artists, “is dead” was one of the three most common searches.

Relationship status for female musicians is also a more searched topic than from their male counterparts. Nine of the 15 female stars had some search related to their relationship status, including Katy Perry for whom her love life is part of two of the top four results for her name. Including Perry, two other female stars have a relationship query as their most searched topic — Britney Spears and Tina Turner. Eight of the 19 male musicians have the relationship status as a popular result. Only Justin Timberlake and Calvin Harris have the topic as the most popular search.

Wanting to know the hometown of an artist is one of the biggest searches, as it is one of the most popular results for 21 solo artists. Of the five bands studied, only the place of origin for the Rolling Stones was searched at a high rate.

Eight artists had a popular search result involving monetary status, with the only surprising artists of the list being Calvin Harris. Of those eight, only Adele and Mariah Carey were female. Paul McCartney was the only artist in the group with a more specific query with “is a billionaire” coming as his top suggested search.

Artists used for this study:

Justin Bieber, Bruno Mars, Chris Brown, Drake, Calvin Harris, Freddie Mercury, Bruce Springsteen, Bono, John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Eminem, Bob Marley, Mick Jagger, Elvis Presley, Kurt Cobain, Michael Jackson, Justin Timberlake, Elton John, Bob Dylan, Britney Spears, Christina Aguilera, Taylor Swift, Beyoncé, Rihanna, Madonna, Lady Gaga, Mariah Carey, Whitney Houston, Lana del Rey, Adele, Katy Perry, Tina Turner, Miley Cyrus, Shakira, One Direction, Rolling Stones, The Beatles, U2 and Foo Fighters.

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Miley Cyrus is a chicken.

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Britney Spears is a three headed alien.

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Justin Bieber is like Joffrey.


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Taylor Swift is a Robot.

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Shakira is a goat.