Saturday, February 29, 2020

What She Said: The Art Of Pauline Kael


What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael
coming to DVD and digital on June 16th via Juno Films

Critically-Acclaimed Film Explores the Controversial Critic's Life and Legacy 

Voiced by Sarah Jessica Parker and interviews with Quentin Tarantino, Camille Paglia, David O. Russell, Molly Haskell, Francis Ford Coppola, and more

Juno Films will release Rob Garver's What She Said: The Art of Pauline Kael on June 16th via MVD Entertainment Group. The film had its world premiere at Telluride and premiered theatrically at Film Forum in January 2020.

Tagged by Roger Ebert as the most influential film critic of the late twentieth century, the film tells the story of Pauline's turbulent life and work, through never-seen archival footage, her published writing and personal letters, and interviews with both friends and foes of her pen. Pauline is voiced by Sarah Jessica Parker, and participants include Quentin Tarantino, Camille Paglia, David O. Russell, Molly Haskell, Francis Ford Coppola, and daughter Gina James.

Pauline Kael (1919-2001) was likely the most powerful, and personal, movie critic of the 20th century. Writing for The New Yorker and publishing a dozen best-selling books, she ruthlessly pursued what made a movie or an actor's performance work, or not, and why. Her passion made her both admired and despised amongst her readers and her subjects. Pauline's own story is one of struggle and obsession: the fight to establish her voice and have it heard, and to raise a daughter on her own in a time when the obstacles were high.  The latter golden age of movies of the 1960s and 1970s are the focus of this film that pursues the question of what made Pauline Kael's work so individual, so controversial - and so damned good.


New York-based director and editor Garver also produced for 29Pictures LLC, alongside Glen Zipper, producer of the Academy-Award winning documentary Undefeated,  and co-producer Doug Blush (20 Feet From Stardom).  Composer Rick Baitz (The Vagina Monologues) wrote original music for the film, and visual effects were created by Minbomb/LA.    

The deal was negotiated between Elizabeth Sheldon, Juno's CEO and co-founder, and Eric Sloss of Cinetic. "Pauline Kael was a badass female film critic at a time when women were fighting for equality and respect," says Sheldon. "She remains an icon and iconoclast for film lovers today. We are thrilled to be working with Rob Garver to bring the film to American audiences."

Garver adds, "I think Pauline would be amused (and maybe worried) that a movie had been made about her.  And she'd get a kick out of it being distributed by another woman.  I am very excited to work with Elizabeth and Juno Films on a 5-year labor of love."

Juno Films distributes an eclectic and critically-acclaimed mix of films. Recent releases include the BFI's 2K restoration of Shiraz and Barbara Rubin and The Exploding New York Underground.

DVD bonus features:
- Never before released interview of Pauline Kael with Alfred Hitchcock
- Quentin Tarantino Interview Excerpts
- Paul Schrader Interview Excerpts
- Deleted Scenes


Friday, February 28, 2020

"Forgive Me"


FIERCELY AND DEFIANTLY, DANIELIA COTTON
RE-EMERGES FROM THE SHADOWS WITH ‘FORGIVE ME’

1st Single From ‘A Different War’ Out 2/28/20

https://music.apple.com/us/album/forgive-me-single/1500173385

“Ms. Cotton testifies to pain, need, revelation and redemption in a voice that’s as raw as it is indomitable.” – The New York Times

Hailed by The New York Times for music that’s “soulful enough to fill a revival tent,” DANIELIA COTTON has spent the past few years since her last album pulling herself out of the shadows, and she’s rising again into the light, fiercely and defiantly.

FORGIVE ME, the first single, due Feb. 28, off her newest album, A Different War, arriving later this year, sends a potent message that the “fiery rock vocalist” (American Songwriter) whose voice gives her songs “stunning power” (No Depression) has re-emerged and is delivering even more powerfully moving music than ever.

The hypnotic rhythms of the opening guitar chords transfix us, while Cotton’s somber opening vocals blossom into soaring flights of rocking soul. The evocative and transporting music of FORGIVE ME mimics the lyrics, which the Hopewell, NJ, native wrote with her sister, Catherine Fulmer-Hogan, stressing the necessity of forgiveness in any relationship.

“The only way you survive a relationship is through forgiveness,” says Cotton. “‘Don’t get lost in the fight,’ as I sing in the song. If you’re gonna last, then you’re gonna forgive each other a million times.”

Additionally praised by Billboard, the Los Angeles Times, NPR, and USA Today, among others throughout her career, Cotton, as always, inhabits a song, turning it inside and out, creating transcendent music and lyrics, and carrying us higher and higher with her in her musical flights.

Available at Apple Music, Spotify, Amazon, and where music is consumed on-line.


Genre: Rock, Soul, Blues

“Forgive Me” credits
Words: Danielia Cotton and Catherine. Fulmer-Hogan
Music: Danielia Cotton
Players: Andy Hess (Bass), Aaron Comess (Drums), Ben Butler (guitar), Danielia Cotton (guitar, piano, vocals)
Production: JCS (Jw Johnson, Danielia Cotton & Craig Shofed)

Thursday, February 27, 2020

Michael's Musings

TBT: Feel The Blonde
Michael Shinafelt
The week in review? Let's not and say we went there, shall we? Yeah, it's like that. While everything is what you make of it, some things are more challenging than others and push you to find your super power within. Luckily the power to be my own Superhero exists in me, and you minions.

I have not lasted this long to be taken out by a virus named after a light beer. Hear that Orange Julius?! Here we go again, as it will and always shall be, it's time!!!

Nothing says love like a chocolate maggot

Billy sticks his finger in Susan's clam, what happens next? Discuss...

Rivers, veiny and rushing (yes, that's an entendre

FYI I've put it all on the record, uh-huh

Taylor Swift is "The Man" in her new music video, puns are in the heart

Let me show the the exact moment  _________ what would you like me to see peeps? Show me...

Macaulay Culkin set to appear in Season 10 of American Horror Story, I wonder if he'll be Home Alone in it?

Overheard while grocery shopping. Woman to her friend: "Booze, I must have some booze."


Woman Crush of the Week - Lala Kent of Vanderpump Rules. Sobriety is a good look for you, keep it up grrrrrrrl!

#MakeHumanityGreatAgain

Hey let's go back to the pod

Riddle me this, why does my face hurt sometimes after working out?

Remember to always keep feeling fascination 

Fun Fact of the Day: Ryan Gosling owns a pair of King Tut slippers 

What do I own? Find out at the links below...if you dare!
https://www.instagram.com/michaelshinafelt/?hl=en
https://twitter.com/MShinafelt  

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Hump Day & Chill

Achieve The Beads!
Mardi Gras 
Since Mardi Gras in full swing (pun intended) I thought today we would Hump Day & Chill with the time honored tradition of seeing how many beads one can collect by flashing your junk.

I have been to Mardi Gras before it is a wild time for sure! In fact I was so exhausted at the end of my time there I could not wait to get home and sleep, it was a non-stop 24 hour party!

Thus I hereby bring to you The Men of Mardi Gras - because there isn't just one guy who would drop em' to be the boy with the most beads, it takes a village minions!

See them whip it out via Tye Briggs Favorite Hunks & Other Things, this time the "Other Things" are beads of prey.

Hey, how often do you get multiple guys to choose from for your Hump Day & Chill pleasure?

Yeah, I figured as much, so throw some beads (wink) and give a yell, for those about to drop trou we salute you by clicking on the link below.

Don't be tardy for the Mardi!

https://favoritehunks.blogspot.com/2019/03/fat-tuesday.html

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

Tunesday Tuesday!

It's A Flock, Not A Gaggle
A Flock Of Seagulls
Remember the 80's and the New Wave movement in music? "Yes" I was there in the thick of it, I was in High School after all.

Do you recall the most famous seagulls of all A Flock Of Seagulls? Well their biggest hit I Ran, not to be confused with Iran, has been, well, running through my mind of late. 

"I walk along the avenue, I never thought I'd meet a girl like you, Meet a girl like you"

Fa la la la la...

Thus I bequeath those who will find this nostalgic, and those who will be going Hmmmmmmm with this classic 80's type of ditty.

That's correct I said "ditty" because it rhymes with, kitty!

Gotcha!

Run with Seagulls after the jump!



Monday, February 24, 2020

Monday Motivation

I'm Bad!
Cameron Diaz
Anyone catch the movie Bad Teacher starring Cameron Diaz? Bueller? I did with my then BF and found it quite amusing. It popped into my writing mind this ayem and is what inspired today's Monday Motivation.

While I toil away the hours memorizing for a test. "Yes" that's correct minions yours truly is storing info in his computer brain via text. Thus it made me think about teachers and such. The good ones, not the bad ones, but whilst ruminating on the good ones Bad Teacher popped into my consciousness. Because it was funny, Cameron Diaz was great in it & even the lamest of teachers can teach you a lesson. They make the good ones stand out.

Being as that our public education system is under fire I would like to give a hat tip and a high five to all those teachers who care. I had a few of them and they really shaped certain aspects of who I am today. I can only hope kids now have the same kind of caring individuals I did to help guide them.

Oh "Yes" I had a a couple of teachers I would have liked to wish into the corn field, and some that did their job but were not particularly inspiring. But you take the good you take the average and try to laugh at the bad, copy?

Anyway it's the good teachers that are giving me life and Monday Motivation today. Thanks for the kick in the ass to keep on keeping, and werk!

Bad Teacher on IMDb -
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt1284575/?ref_=nv_sr_srsg_0  

Sunday, February 23, 2020

Inspiration

These Legs Were Made For Walking
Selma Blair & David Lyons
Some days, you know the ones where you need a little something to inspire you, make you that much more motivated? Well that day is here for me today. I'm not in a bad mood or place, but I could use some extra inspiration.

Here it is in the form of actress Selma Blair who is fighting MS (Multiple Sclerosis) -  She was photographed out and about in Los Angeles on a stroll with her guy David Lyons, seizing the day and enjoying the sun.

While some days are better then others, MS is a daily battle, one that Selma doesn't let get her down. Her courage and strength to live each moment to the fullest is truly inspiring.

So get out there and get your inner Selma Blair on and grab life by the ______ the blank is yours to fill in!

Selma on IG -
https://www.instagram.com/selmablair/?hl=en

Saturday, February 22, 2020

It's Streaming Time!


Night Flight and Sub Pop announce music video streaming partnership
Night Flight Plus members can access over 50 Sub Pop videos from artists like 
Weyes Blood, Mudhoney, Sleater-Kinney, Orville Peck, and more

Night Flight is pleased to announce a new partnership with vanguard indie record label Sub Pop for the Night Flight Plus streaming service. Night Flight Plus members can now watch over 50 Sub Pop videos with new introductions by the show's original host Pat Prescott. Featured artists include Weyes Blood, Mudhoney, Sleater-Kinney, Orville Peck, and more.
 
Remembered by millions, Night Flight aired on the USA network from 11 PM 4 AM and is credited with breaking numerous alternative and avant-garde musicians and directors to TV audiences around the country. (Night Flight premiered four months before MTV). As DEVO's Mark Mothersbaugh recalls, "Night Flight was one of the cool shows to be seen on, and it was a big deal to us to get the opportunity."
 
The brand relaunched in 2016 as an on-demand streaming service offering exclusive access to the original 1980s episodes as well as an eclectic collection of cult films, music documentaries, and concerts. The new Sub Pop partnership allows users to stream current and legacy Sub Pop music videos adapted to the show's original format.
 
Night Flight's pioneering "Take Off" format featured artists and genres in "blocks" which helped cultivate the high cultural literacy Night Flight is now most known for today. An essential platform for discovery, Night Flight is honored to expose it's loyal following to the music and video art of both new and legacy Sub Pop artists.
 
Stuart S. Shapiro, Night Flight Creator and CEO said: "Sub Pop is the quintessential independent label and Night Flight has always been dedicated to the discovery and support of emerging and alternative music artists. We are thrilled that Sub Pop is our first label featured on NF Plus and expect to make a big push to all the others."
 
Night Flight Plus is available on Roku, Apple TV, Amazon Fire TV and online. Subscriptions are available for $4.99/month or $39.99/year. Follow Night Flight on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Check out Night Flight's Sub Pop playlist on the official Spotify!

FREE 7-day trial for Night Flight Plus: https://www.nightflightplus.com/signup



Night Flight Twitter: https://twitter.com/nightflightnet



Friday, February 21, 2020

Weekend Vibes

That Face U Make When...
Cara Delevingne
Hey Ho, it's the weekend, time to cut loose and do whatever makes you happy. Whether that be swinging from the chandeliers, working out or reading a good book.

Whatever you engage in Cara Delevingne is here to set the tone for you. That's correct minions, Cara is giving off serious "Weekend Vibes." 

Because she gets "it." You know that mysterious, "it" everyone refers to, well Ms. Delevingne gets "it" - the image above nails that "it" to a tea.

"It" is something you can't define or put in a box "it" is something you innately have and understand, or you just don't.

So say "Hello" to the girl with the most cake, and get those "Weekend Vibes" rolling down the river peeps!

Cara on IG -
https://www.instagram.com/caradelevingne/?hl=en

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Michael's Musings

I'm Alive, So Alive...
Michael Shinafelt
"I'd rather be hated for who I am, than be loved for who I am not" - Kurt Cobain 

Today would have been Kurt Cobain's 53 Birthday. "Yes" I am a Nirvana fan. It took me a while to get on board, but when I did I was hooked. Translation: when I actually took the time to really listen to their music, rather than sort of engage, I then discovered it's brilliance.

I'm glad that I'm still around to enjoy them, time to sound off minions!

FYI - I possess he gift of creative revenge when I'm very angry

Today I am thankful for the Foo Fighters, because I have never been threatened by a Foo. That means they are doing their job 😃

Gently kiss the light

A friend asked if I think the Denise Richards/Brandi Glanville hook-up on the upcoming season of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills is a story that was done for ratings. My Magic 8 Ball says "Most Definitely"

Plant your flag in my mouth...

What if one day your dog said "Nobody is ever going to believe you" and then never spoke again???

Make lying wrong again

No matter your candidate of choice I think we can agree that the world needs more eggplants 


Woman Crush of the Week - Cindy Crawford...Just Because...

You want to show that special someone the very depths of your soul, but your competition has cocaine and Metallica tickets, discuss

Christian Bale just ran naked through my mind

For your safety & protection there will be a five minute blackout

I wonder what the guy who was punching the back of the airplane seat is doing right now?

Does anyone remember Ring Around The Rosie?

Join me in the second circle of  Hell at:
https://www.instagram.com/michaelshinafelt/?hl=en
https://twitter.com/MShinafelt   

Wednesday, February 19, 2020

Hump Day & Chill

Sexy Over 60!
Greg_DC
With a lot of focus on body positivity and ageism of late here is a Hump Day & Chill that addresses both, in the most delightful way! Woot! 

Let me present to you 61 year old model (who will appear nude, before your very eyes) Greg_DC photographed by MW Photo MD.

Greg is a role model, proving it's never too late to try something new and that you're never too old to strip down before a camera.

His journey is an interesting one, and I highly recommend you check out this crisply written, insightful piece by Tye Briggs via his Favorite Hunks & Other Things blog.

Being 54 and always up for a new challenge I relate to not wanting to get into the some ole routine day after day...just say no to ruts!

So follow his example of adventure and see what Greg has to offer. "Yes" I command you to give him a Hump Day & Chill salute! I know you get my drift, so let go and do it like a Rock Star!

Jump on Greg at the link below, you know how to below don't you? Just put your lips together and...

Tuesday, February 18, 2020

The Vinyl Revival


THE VINYL REVIVAL

Fascinating documentary from the makers of Last Shop Standing exploring the renaissance in all things vinyl 

Arriving on DVD on April 10th via Wienerworld (UK)

Includes interviews from Nick Mason (Pink Floyd), Philip Selway (Radiohead), Ade Utley (Portishead), Joel Gion (The Brian Jonestown Massacre), The Orielles, CASSIA and many more

From the makers of the acclaimed Last Shop Standing, this new film, The Vinyl Revival, charts the amazing revival of vinyl over the past several years. The film explores the whys and hows with industry pundits, artists, record shop owners, vinyl fans and many more.

Directed and produced by Pip Piper, we hear from passionate new record shop owners as well the established die-hards still going and thriving. The film discusses the importance of the record shop and vinyl as a whole. We answer the why's of vinyl's revival, the human need for belonging, the love of history and the stories of how the humble little record shop has shaped so many lives.


Record collecting has lost its image as a hobby for middle-aged men and become instead a pursuit of the most fashion-conscious consumer. Will it last? What is the future for record shops when vinyl becomes less fashionable? Why are we in danger of another record shop decline? Why must we support these bastions of culture?

Features an 8 page booklet chronicling the making of the film, with contributions from director Pip Piper (Last Shop Standing) and author Graham Jones.

"The vinyl record is the equivalent of whether you have the tea bag or the Japanese tea ceremony; the tea ceremony is the right way to approach music." 
Nick Mason, Pink Floyd

"It's a Lazarus moment." 
Phil Barton of Sister Ray and ERA

Monday, February 17, 2020

Hi, Ho, Silverback Coffee!


Yesterday I was invited to attend the grand opening of Silverback Coffee of Rwanda in Echo Park, CA. Silverback is dedicated to giving back. Their mission?

SILVERBACK COFFEE OF RWANDA™ is committed to participating in the rebuilding of Rwanda and its wildlife, and to giving back to the people who were affected in the genocide of 1994 by providing the world with the highest quality coffee and tea.


Thanks to PR dude Robert Hensley for the invite, and some good times, eats & tea! Here are photos from the event...

Jeremiah Hahn
Actor
Delicious Waffles!

The V.I.P's!
Shannon Hemmings
Actress
 Dogs Allowed
Moi & Stacia Gates of Art Quench Magazine
Matt O'Neill
Actor

It's never been so amazingly delicious to give back!

Sunday, February 16, 2020

Just Because...Christina Hendricks

Streets of Fire!
Christina Hendricks

Just Because I am a big fan of the show Mad Men, Just Because she looks fabulous & Just Because she is painting the town red, here's Christina Hendricks on the streets of NYC!!!

While I believe they ended the show Mad Men when the should of, with what I thought was a brilliant series finale. I still lament the fact that it's gone. I loved it so much!

All of the characters were so interesting, even if they weren't particularly likable

Christina Hendricks portrayed one of my faves Joan Holloway. "Joanie" as she was often referred to on the show, was well dare I say it, always the smartest person in the room. She was in control of who she was and pretty much controlled everyone else. She knew how to leverage her considerable sex appeal to her advantage, while still maintaining her dignity.

Not things were not always smooth sailing for "Joanie" she always managed to keep herself together. 

I wonder how "Joanie" would navigate today's world, being as it is way different. I believe she was the type of woman who would know how to work any situation in any time and place. Thus she would handle today's world like an expert, business as usual, carry on.

Mad Men on IMDb -
https://www.imdb.com/title/tt0804503/

Saturday, February 15, 2020

"Get Happy" With Leigh Nash

GRAMMY NOMINATED SINGER-SONGWRITER LEIGH NASH RELEASES NEW EP 
Platinum selling artist Leigh Nash releases GET HAPPY, a brand new six-song EP featuring two never-released tracks, “Something Worth Leaving Behind” and “Get Happy,” as well as a newly re-recorded and remastered version of the Sixpence None the Richer track, “Kiss Me,” the song that brought Leigh to the forefront of female singers in the late 90s.

After seeing the Oscar-winning film JUDY, Leigh was struck by the similarities in her own trajectory as an artist with that of Judy Garland. The movie, and especially Renée Zellweger’s performance of “Get Happy,” resonated with her in many ways. “When you’re an artist, and you’re the most down, you still have to put on a smile for the crowd, for the people who paid to see you. I love the lyrics to the song and feel the words deeply.” She wrote “Something Worth Leaving Behind” after picking up her father’s guitar and thinking how great it was that it didn’t have to be plugged in to work. While her dad had passed 12 years earlier, his guitar was ‘something worth leaving behind.’ “I wanted to sing about what lasts, what is enduring, what is going to matter as you grow. The song is about keeping those things dear.” Other tracks on the EP include “God Gave Me Horses,” written with the award-winning songwriter Connie Harrington (Tricia Yearwood, Rodney Atkins, Lee Brice ), My Love, My Drug” and “Don’t Let me Die in Dallas,” a song about her father that was written with Tom Douglas (Tim McGraw, Miranda Lambert, Lady Antebellum). The project boasts production credits of Nash’s husband, Stephen Wilson, Jr. as well as Ben Shive’s (Colony House, Dave Barnes, The Gray Havens) twist on the 20th Anniversary version of the Sixpence None The Richer hit, “Kiss Me” 

While Leigh calls the experience of re-recording “Kiss Me,” the song that made her and her band globally famous, a “delightful friend to revisit,” this new release has made her fall in love with writing music all over again. “I am hopefully wiser, and my heart is more open, than five years ago. GET HAPPY is more representative of where I am right now. I am so thankful I still have the chance to record music…I am feeling pretty joyful about it!”

In support of GET HAPPY, available here: https://www.leighnash.net/get-happy-player, Leigh will be playing select shows in March, with summer touring plans to be announced soon.

https://www.leighnash.net  // @leighbirdnash (Instagram) 

Friday, February 14, 2020

Team "Sentimental" For Valentine's Day!

"Sentimental" Much?
Sandy Zacky & Mike Clifford
Well it's arrived, Valentine's Day 2020 - I guess this is a day where one gets "Sentimental" for the most part. Well nothing is more "Sentimental" than the "Journey" Mike Clifford and Sandy with a "Y" not "E" Zacky take us on with their cover of the Doris Day classic, "Sentimental Journey" what else were you anticipating? 

So celebrate the old VD with a song that covers the word "Sentimental" on every level imaginable and then some.

Hit it after the jump minions, oh, and Happy Valentine's Day! 💝


Mike on the WWW -
https://www.reverbnation.com/mikeclifford6
https://www.facebook.com/MikeCliffordsWonderfulWorld/

Sandy on the WWW -
https://www.reverbnation.com/sandyzacky
https://www.facebook.com/SandyZackyDiva/