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A Two Year Journey of CHANEL

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Our most favorite Fashion inspired filmmaker and director Trevor Undi has done it again…showcasing a journey through the past two years of CHANEL’s groundbreaking artistry and craftsmanship in this stunning 4 and a half-minute mini-epic.

Set against an orchestral score composed by Gabriel Yared, the film showcases intimate behind the scenes footage, detailed artistry,  and revisits memorable campaigns, international events and spectacular archival footage from the House of Chanel.

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Film by Trevor Undi
Music Composed by Gabriel Yared
Archival Images/Video content property of Chanel
Copyright © 2014

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WHAT IF JESUS WAS GAY? Revisiting Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption

Terrence McNally’s ”Gay Jesus Play” Feature Documentary is now available on iTunes!

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Breaking Glass Pictures just released Corpus Christi: Playing with Redemption, a feature documentary focusing on Terrence McNally’s controversial off-Broadway play “Corpus Christi,” which imagines Jesus as a gay man living in Corpus Christi, Texas.  The documentary follows the troupe, Terrence, and audience around the world on a 5-year journey, where voices of protest and support collide on one of the central issues facing the LGBT community: religion.

The play originally opened at the Manhattan Theatre Club in 1998 to intense protest and bomb threats. Terrence McNally is a four-time Tony Award winning playwright, famous for Broadway hits Ragtime, Master Class, and Love! Valour! Compassion!

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“Playing with Redemption and the I AM Love Campaign add a new dimension to the conversation that my play continues to provoke, and I look forward to CORPUS CHRISTI starting many more conversations around the country.” - Terrence McNally

Gia On The Move had the opportunity to preview this film before its release.  Here’s what caught us off guard:

 

It wasn’t what we thought.

There may always be inflammatory reaction on subject matter concerning gays and religion…although it seems even the Vatican is changing its mind as of this past week on the issue of what the LGBT community has to offer to the Church.

But this movie brings up the most important issue of all — perspective.  One of the biggest drivers of this film is how everyone’s idea of God and the play is shifted throughout the experience.  Even some of the cast members, both Christians and Jews were resistant to the material, no matter if they grew up rigidly religious or claimed they had no connection to God at all.

Theatre comes out of ritual just like religion.  

McNally discusses the sacred moments…things like growing up and being an alter boy…what being a Catholic really meant to him.  What was most upsetting throughout his life is that gay men and women could live good moral Christian lives, but were still being rejected.  There was a lot of learning by the cast about the Passion Play.  The short version: just like theatre there has to be truth and that is what has to connect us.

We know what it’s about so we don’t need to know every last word.

Much more intriguing are the dialogs that cast members had with people in multiple cities and countries who fervently protested the play without having read the script.  And how when questioned, nicely, some of these persons actually realized that they were making judgements about something they didn’t know anything about.  What was getting in the way of the humanity, was the ideological/emotion attachment.

 You hate what you don’t understand and what you are not willing to look at. But is it really ok anymore to say that it’s ok to agree to disagree?

He thought it was a play that was going to vanish.  Terrance was wrong…Hellacrazy!

The play initially felt like a train wreck and no one wanted to even invite their friends.  But they started rehearsing and it became something else. Something special.

The protests were based on something that wasn’t true: felacio, sex acts and etc that never happened on stage.  But Manhattan Theatre Club nevertheless cancelled the production because of the bomb threats and People for the American Way getting involved.  It brought up how thin the scab of homophobia was and how easily it could be picked off.  “You can’t get rid of the things you were very carefully taught.”

History is sort of repeating itself.

Corpus Christi deeply challenges the audience on the issue of prejudice much in the same way this country (USA) was challenged during the Civil Rights era when people simply made the assumption that whites and blacks should not mingle, sit in the front of the bus, learn in the same schools, play in the same playgrounds, etc.

You’ll never believe what happened next!

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They finally went to Texas on tour in 2010.  For the cast it was like going into the Heart of Darkness, endangering people by taking the play to the south, where “they take their Jesus very serious there.”

On opening night, however, there was not a single protester even after weeks of outcry. [Wow!] 

Of course, the issues of God and righteousness are  powerful ones, but Corpus Christi goes out of its way not to defend itself.  It merely tells a story.  And in the most off-handed of ways, it sets out to do what we’ve been told Jesus himself actually set out to do: embrace all (ostracized) persons into an understanding of a faith and a God they had been told had rejected them and to include all people, no matter what or who they were how they lived or what they did, as “children of God.” Because…All [men] are divine.

In a phrase…

It’s a warm and fuzzy film, with profound moments, downplaying the hoopla in the hope of sparking a human connection.  Forget the material.  JUST GO THERE!

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Hollywood Speaks with Film Director Troy Duffy

troy with cameraThe Stella Adler Academy & Theatre continues it’s Hollywood Speaks at the Adler series with An Evening With Troy Duffy on Tuesday, October 21st at 8 pm (The Stella Adler Theatre 6773 Hollywood Blvd. 2nd Floor, 90028)

Troy Duffy is a charismatic American film director, screen writer and musician, born and raised on the East Coast. He is a maverick who has cut a swashbuckling path through Hollywood.  His films Boondock Saints and Boondock Saints II have a global cult following of fans eagerly awaiting Boondock Saints III. Duffy also serves as a film board member of Blvd.Central.com.

HOLLYWOOD SPEAKS At THE ADLER-LA, is a monthly on-going series with the the next evening scheduled for October 21st, 8:00PM.  The Stella Adler Academy & Theatre is located at 6773 Hollywood Blvd., 2nd Floor, Hollywood, CA. 90028.

Admission is Free (100% of All Donations will go to benefit The Stella Adler Academy Scholarship Program.)  We recommend you arrive early.

Music Monday: Free Spirit

“‘Free Spirit‘; a powerful three-minute joy-ride”… “A rollercoaster of emotions & electricity courses through KAV’s The Man With No Shadow, making this possibly one of the strongest album releases of 2014”. ~GIGSLUTZ

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KAV’s first album single “Dance in A Panic” saw Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) dancing to the track in a video teaser for his Movie “Decoding Annie Parker”.

KAV celebrates the release of “Free Spirit” on October 20 when he headlines The Hunnypot Radio’s Live party at The Mint, Hollywood, Los Angeles.

After several years recording between LA and London, KAV released his Debut Album “The Man With No Shadow” on August 26. A bold full-length, packed with anthemic uplifting singles and dirty, fuzz, bass-driven Rock ’n’ Roll. The album has been picking up significant radio support in the US & Canada, debuting at #20 in the top 200 ‘CMJ most added’ chart in its first week.

The single “Free Spirit” is an uplifting anthem about falling in love with a ‘Free Spirit’, the confident cool, intelligent & sexy girl, completely sure of herself, who loves good music. With soaring melodies & jagged catchy guitar riffs, combined with KAV’s attitude-riden vocal the track represents a softer side to his debut album.

Originally from Leicester UK, KAV is now based in Los Angeles. At the start of the year he signed to LA label Wild Echo Records & in May he played a headline show at The Viper Room, Los Angeles with friend & long-time supporter Oasis’s Bonehead guesting on guitar.

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The Rumer Has It at The Rockwell Table & Stage!

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She’s got her mother’s prettiness but she’s all sex appeal and swag like her famous dad (Bruce).  And with all of that Rumer Willis still manages to simply be herself.  She’s lovely.  She’s also 100% edge without any of the roughness.

Los Feliz 90027,  written and directed by Jake Wilson (“You Must Be Joking” and “Battery’s Down”) blasted off it’s world premiere, Episode 1, last night,  at the Rockwell Table & Stage on Vermont Ave. (Los Feliz, CA) with a full house and a high energy crowd of supporters including none other than Demi Moore who sat in full view awaiting her daughter’s debut.

A mixture of alternating live stage & film, music and uber reality waitressing/bartending — an experimental  format described as “live episodic entertainment” — the show managed a successful first night without a hitch.

rumerwillisThe love letter/spoof to soapy dramedy material isn’t grand. But the audience cared more about the characters and all of the demonstrative cattiness a heck of a lot more than the script  including a cameo by Perez Hilton on camera as a horrible casting director, so a great time was had by all.

 The storyline?…well…it’s a bit ludicrous.  It’s the … you know… I’m an actor trying to make it in Hollywood…living the dream or i’ll die trying or something like that mashed together with a drug score, a bar owner mc who cares less about the talent than fame, a porn sideline, the all-encompassing, effervescent drag show and the critical musical number that deepens the relationship between the unlikely soon to be lovers (Rumer and a new musician in town who works as a busboy at the bar); Barely post teenaged schmaltz at its best.  Miss Willis’ character, Veronica Hampton is the centerpiece actress who continually is dissed by boyfriend, friends, acquaintances and industry twits who jerk her around quite a bit in her struggle for success and happiness.

But does it all work? Absolutely.  The players are current and in reality, many if not most, (so I was told) a bunch of actors with food service side jobs.  So nearly everyone is a dead ringer and appropriately cast.  And will it keep audiences coming back?  Seems so.  No one was complaining and in a somewhat interactive environment, it’s more likely that fans will keeping loading in just to be closer to the melodrama and the (frankly) hot bods.

The show will perform twice a month (Friday and Sunday) LIVE at the Rockwell with projected pre-taped scenes with new upcoming episodes continuing on October 12 at 8pm through Sunday, February 15th.

Tickets range from $15 to $50. Season passes are also available.  Dinner and drinks are served.

For reservations, tickets and information call (323) 669-1550 ext. 20 or visit: http://rockwell-la.com/

LOS-FELIZ---90027---GRAPHICStarring:
Rumer Willis
Bridgette B.
Alex Ellis
Levi Freeman
Ben D Goldberg
Blake Cooper Griffin
David Hull
Carly Jibson
Sebastian La Cause
Lisa Mindelle
Same Pancake
Corbin REid
Constantine Rousouli
Tory Devon Smith
 
Guest Starring:
Brandon Breault
Taylor Montana Catlin
Jenna Coker-Jones
Tiffany Daniels
Richie Elija Carcia
Adam Genztler
Asmeret Ghebremichael
Natalie Hall
Perez Hilton
Chauncy Jenkins
Nhut Le
Chantae Pink
 
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Daniel Imperiale
Ruby Karyo
April Moreau
Christina Nguyen
Quinn Scillian
Caroline Smith
 
Produced by Kate Pazakis
Musical Direction by Brian P. Kennedy and Richie Garcia

Vox Lumiere–The Phantom of the Opera

by Tracey Paleo, Gia On The Move

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My mostly non-theatre-going guest thought it was amazing, and that’s good enough for me.

If you’re looking for a bumped up movie experience a-la a Gothic version of The Rocky Horror Picture Show, then, Vox Lumiere’s, Phantom of the Opera is for you.

For the “season of the witch” you can expect something grandly dark, mysterious and carnival-style “over-the-top.”  What Vox Lumiere delivers is entertaining downtown LA movie mash-up, escapism mixed with live performance that doesn’t challenge the audience to much.

Most of the magic takes place on screen via the original 1925 American silent black and white horror film, Phantom of the Opera, a truly dramatic, visual treat, not easily found in any cinema today.

Erik, TThe Phantom (Lon Chaney) and Christine Daaé (Mary Philbin)An adaptation of Gaston Leroux’s 1910 novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra, the film was directed by Rupert Julian and starred Lon Chaney, Sr in the title role of the deformed and obsessed Phantom who haunts the Paris Opera House, causing murder and mayhem in an attempt to make the woman he loves a star. The movie remains most famous for Chaney’s ghastly, self-devised make-up, which was kept a studio secret until the film’s premiere.

Interesting about this particular movie, is that Universal Studios last month, in order to make room to expand its theme park, actually destroyed Stage 28, which is where the original 1925 Phantom of the Opera silent picture was filmed.  Stage 28, historically, is one of the oldest stages on the lot at 90 years and the set, then commissioned by producer Carl Laemmle, whose niece Carla, who died on June 12th of this year (2014), was up till then, the oldest surviving actor in the film, has been housed in the space since that time.  Hence, it is one of the biggest and best reasons to experience this offering.  It is an incredible piece of film history not to be passed up. The rest is periphery.

The live performance has been created to add layers of detail, insight and emotion to the narrative, as well as a 21st century ‘story-within-a-story’ that complements and is a juxtaposition with the 1920s-era film.  But although the entire cast is technically, musically and choreographically deft in all forms, the performance below the screen finds itself hard-pressed to compete with what is showing above.  It’s a nice touch though and without all of the add-ons, the experience just wouldn’t be as inviting.

Overall, it’s a great show, family friendly and visually extravagant.

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Adapted from the novel Le Fantôme de l’Opéra by Gaston Leroux

Featuring the 1925 silent film The Phantom of the Opera directed by Rupert Julian and starring Lon Chaney

Fridays at 8 p.m: Oct. 10; Nov. 21; Dec. 12
Saturdays at 8 p.m.: Sept. 20; Oct. 11; Nov 22; Dec. 13
 

Los Angeles Theatre Center
514 S Spring St.
Los Angeles, CA 90013

TICKETS:
$40-$75
Call for group, family, student, senior and military discounts
Call: 844 VOX-ROCK or visit:  www.voxlumiere.com
Facebook: www.facebook.com/voxlumiere
Twitter: @voxlumiere
 
Vocalists: Julie Brody, Marisa Johnson, Victoria Levy, James Lynch, Chris Marcos, Danielle Skalsky, D. Valentine
Dancers: Siân Dakin, Cameron Evans, Carolyn Pampalone, Jamie Pfaff, Dustin Ripkens, Jason Sensation
Musicians: Christopher Allis on drums; Zac Matthews on bass; Jeff Miley on guitar

Produced by Rick CulbertsonGregory Franklin and Victoria Levy in association with Franklin Theatrical Investors.

Presented by Stage 28LLC

More From Paris Fashion Week: Christian Dior SS15

Video from Paris Modes TV

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In the heart of the Cour Carrée of the Louvre, Raf Simons for Christian Dior revisits the past in order to understand the future. In the heart of the Cour Carrée of the Louvre, Raf Simons for Christian Dior revisits the past in order to understand the future. As for his couture show, the designer plays with historical volumes of the riding coats, and the hooped petticoats of the 18th century, reinterpreted and reworked for the taste of today, in contemporary fabrics, and lightened tapestry prints. The show started with streamlined silhouettes composed of trousers and jackets with large contrasting cuffs on the sleeves. Then the bodies are buttoned to the skirts à la française, long shirt-dresses were adorned with floral and guipure prints, as well as aviator combinations appeared very modern. The high waisted Bermuda shorts were paired with sleeveless jackets with the volume billowing backwards, worn with sock boots. An extremely contemporary wardrobe writing a new page of Chistian Dior history. Music from the show