Where to Watch (Oscar-nominated Movies)

Where to Watch (Oscar-nominated Movies)

Ready, Set, Go: Don’t lose the Oscar party competition because you haven’t seen all the films. Here is an inclusive guide as to where to watch the winners

this weekend:

Best Picture:

“Judas and the Black Messiah” — in theaters (no longer on HBO Max); VOD release TBA

“Mank” — stream via Netflix

“Minari” — in theaters; stream on VOD

“Nomadland” — in theaters; stream via Hulu

“Promising Young Woman” — in theaters; stream on VOD

“Sound of Metal” — stream via Amazon Prime

“The Father” — in theaters; VOD starting March 26

“The Trial of the Chicago 7” — stream via Netflix

 

Best Animated Feature Film: 

“Onward” — stream via Disney Plus

“Over the Moon” — stream via Netflix

“A Shaun the Sheep Movie: Farmageddon” — stream via Netflix

“Soul” — stream via Disney Plus

“Wolfwalkers” — stream via Apple TV Plus

Best Documentary Feature: 

 “Collective” — stream on VOD

“Crip Camp” — stream via Netflix

“The Mole Agent” — stream via Hulu

“My Octopus Teacher” — stream via Netflix

“Time” — stream via Amazon Prime

Best International Feature Film:

“Another Round” (Denmark) — stream via Hulu

“Better Days” (Hong Kong) — stream on VOD

“Collective” (Romania) — stream on VOD

“The Man Who Sold His Skin” (Tunisia) — TBA

“Quo Vadis, Aida?” (Bosnia and Herzegovina) — stream on VOD

Best Animated Short Film:

“Burrow” — stream via Disney Plus

“Genius Loci” — stream via Vimeo

“If Anything Happens I Love You” — stream via Netflix

“Opera” — TBA

“Yes-People” — stream via Vimeo

Best Documentary Short Subject:

“Colette” — stream via YouTube

“A Concerto Is a Conversation” — stream via YouTube

“Do Not Split” — stream via YouTube

“Hunger Ward” — stream via Pluto TV

“A Love Song for Latasha” — stream via Netflix

Best Live-Action Short Film:

“Feeling Through” — stream online

“The Letter Room” — stream via Vimeo

“The Present” — stream via Netflix

“Two Distant Strangers” — TBA

“White Eye” — TBA

Additional Feature Film Contenders:

“Borat: Subsequent Moviefilm” (Best Supporting Actress; Adapted Screenplay) — stream via Amazon Prime

“Da 5 Bloods” (Best Score) — stream via Netflix

“Emma” (Best Costume Design; Makeup and Hairstyling) — stream via HBO Max

“Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga” (Best Song) — stream via Netflix

“Greyhound” (Best Sound) — stream via Apple TV Plus

“Hillbilly Elegy” (Best Supporting Actress; Makeup and Hairstyling) — stream via Netflix

“Love and Monsters” (Best Visual Effects) — stream on VOD

“Ma Rainey’s Black Bottom” (Best Actor; Best Actress; Production Design; Costume Design; Makeup and Hairstyling) — stream via Netflix

“Mulan” (Best Visual Effects; Costume Design) — stream via Disney Plus

“News of the World” (Best Production Design; Cinematography; Sound; Score) — stream on VOD

“One Night in Miami” (Best Supporting Actor; Adapted Screenplay; Song) — stream via Amazon Prime

“Pieces of a Woman” (Best Actress) — stream via Netflix

“Pinocchio” (Best Costume Design; Makeup and Hairstyling) — stream on VOD

“Tenet” (Best Production Design; Visual Effects) — stream on VOD

“The Life Ahead” (Best Song) — stream via Netflix

“The Midnight Sky” (Best Visual Effects) — stream via Netflix

“The One and Only Ivan” (Best Visual Effects) — stream via Disney Plus

“The United States vs. Billie Holiday” (Best Actress) — stream via Hulu

“The White Tiger” (Best Adapted Screenplay) — stream via Netflix

Catch It While You Can…

Catch It While You Can…

The drive to the Griffith Observatory is always a fun-filled drive. It is where Vermont Avenue meets the hills as one passes the rich homes of Los Feliz, the open spaces where the coyotes roam, the Greek Theater and up the hill to the Observatory. On a recent Friday night, the drive was interrupted by the twinkling of lights on the left—and a parking lot full of parked cars! Turns out, it was The Cinespia Drive-In at The Greek Theatre, a drive-in movie presentation in Griffith Park.

Make it an “Only In LA” event (an event that is popular but you need to be on some very hip list to know about it), but it looks like great fun. On April 17, the film Hairspray will be played against the backdrop of foliage and landscape. Here’s what we know:

Sat, April 17, 2021, 8:00 PM PDT  Doors at 6:30 PM It is $45 per car.

Limit 4 customers per car.

Patrons must remain in their car, masks must be worn when using restroom.

Bring food and drink, no alcohol permitted. (ah huh)

Occupants of your car must be members of your household.

Ultimate Ears & Westbrook Media Announce Partnership

Ultimate Ears & Westbrook Media Announce Partnership

Ultimate Ears (from Logitech) and Westbrook Media (Jada Pinkett Smith and Will Smith’s digital content studio) have announced a year-long partnership to celebrate creativity and technology.

The collaboration will leverage Westbrook Media’s creator-driven, innovative storytelling approach by using short films to bridge traditional entertainment with branded content that puts the product at the center of the story. The first project from this partnership will feature Jaden and Willow Smith and focus on the recently launched UE FITS, the world’s first truly wireless earphones with instant custom-fit.

Logitech has made strides in honoring creators this year and, most recently, the brand partnered with TikTok by reimagining the award show experience with its first-ever Logitech Song Breaker Awards, celebrating top creators who changed the face of music in 2020. Ahead of his exclusive performance at the awards, 24KGoldn tried on a pair UE FITS himself.

About Ultimate Ears

Ultimate Ears redefined wireless earphones by recognizing that each person’s ear is unique, and consumers should not have to conform to standard tip sizes of small, medium and large. With Lightform technology, UE FITS mold to fit each person’s ears in under 60 seconds to deliver all-day comfort and an exceptional audio experience. This creative collaboration between Ultimate Ears and Westbrook Media shares this same spirit of innovation and inclusivity.

In addition to the UE FITS campaign, Ultimate Ears will also be participating in Creator Days with Westbrook, where it links talent with digital native creators to produce original social content.

https://www.ultimateears.com/en-us

Lockdown Content: How BP Major Launched a Youth Driven Global Talent Search During a Pandemic

Lockdown Content: How BP Major Launched a Youth Driven Global Talent Search During a Pandemic

With production at a halt during COVID-19, we’re running out of Netflix content to binge! The good news? There has been a ton of great new digital content in the form of podcasts, IG Lives, made for Youtube series and more! One such show produced by SoCal natives is “Major Minors.” The streaming series stars internationally famed, award-winning dance music artist, BP Major, as he mentors youth talent Gia Pater and Danika Hemmer. Think “Dance Moms” meets modern day “Mickey Mouse Club!” Speaking of, “Dance Moms” star Melissa Gisoni is actually a special guest co-host for several episodes in Season 1.

The first half of the season focuses on Gia Pater, a 10-year old diamond in the rough starlet with a great big voice! It’s BP’s job to create just the right conditions to help her shine.  Her first music video, a cover of Aretha Franklin’s Respect,  garnered 1.6M views in its first two weeks! Danika Hemmer joins the cast in Episode 7 and BP mentors her to become the next big Youtube star. Viewers take a peek inside Danika’s Dreamhouse- a life size doll house- which features videos in every room including cooking, science, comedy and more!

Season 1 also includes special guest appearances from BP’s closest celebrity friends who surprise the youth talent at rehearsals and teach them the skills they need to become a star from performing, to makeup and wardrobe, to how to walk the catwalk or red carpet with confidence!

What makes Major Minors such a special show and why is now the right time for a Youtube original series like this?
Major Minors is special because it’s something the whole family can watch together. It’s inspirational to watch the growth and development of a young person’s life, personality and career. I’m tough but I prefer to inspire my kids to be the best they can be through encouragement, lot’s of hard work, discipline, dedication and a lot of fun training techniques. Whilst a lot of the entertainment industry is shut down from production right now, I have been able to create and share an alternative to perhaps your usual streaming content as I have been filming my content over a long period of time and before the isolation rules came into effect.

 

Both youth stars are CA locals. What makes California such a special place for talent?

California is such a wonderful place to create content in as we have such a diverse group of talented people from all over the world. Because of the geography here, it’s possible to discover and develop strong local talent literally in your backyard! My backyard just happens to be Hollywood. There’s also a wonderfully unique energy here in California with a feel of “anything is possible.” This creates an environment of people open to growth and development.

 

You’ve brought on a lot of celebrity mentors to help coach these two young girls. Tell us what peaked their interest to support the show and share a bit about these special guests?

We’ve had so many talented celebrity guest mentors. Melissa Gisoni from “Dance Moms;” International recording artist and Judge on shows like “America’s Got Talent,” “The Masked Singer,” and “X Factor” Dannii Minogue; Miss J from “America’s Next Top Model;” Celebrity Red Carpet host, Dean McCarthy; Brian Justin Crum from “America’s Got Talent;” Professional dancer, Sage Rosen; Brandi Glanville from the “Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and more. All the guests were so incredibly generous and supportive but also loads of fun. I had a huge laugh when Brandi Glanville told the girls to “learn from her mistakes.”.Brandi is very honest and open about her career highs and lows and having the girls hear from model-turned- reality star on what NOT to do on camera was priceless! Miss J from “America’s Next Top Model” asked
Gia if she knew how to “walk” and Gia said “yes.” I near belly laughed as clearly J meant walk like a model, and innocent Gia thought he just meant walk. She now knows how to “walk.”

   

We heard that Gia did a collaboration with Drag Celebrity Minnie Cooper that launched during PRIDE. How did this come about and why is it important or significant?

I treat my kids as if they were my own kids, and as such, I want them to understand all cultures and appreciate and understand the importance of inclusion. I teach my kids to be accepting and knowledgeable. We discuss so many different topics – but now as it’s Pride month Gia teamed up with Australia’s celebrity Drag Queen Minnie Cooper to do a duet. It’s fabulous on so many levels. I was impressed and surprised to discover the girls know more about drag culture than I expected; they love hair and make up and what girl wouldn’t want to do a duet with Drag Queen! I think Gia may be the first 10 year old to do a duet with a Drag Queen. This was extra special as the duet was a tribute to Australian star sisters and Major Minors mentor Dannii Minogue & Kylie Minogue. The Minogue’s did this duet back in the 80’s on Dannii’s TV show “Young Talent Time” which I grew up watching. Originally the song was recorded by Aretha Franklin and Annie Lennox. So I have Gia learning about the history of music, social movements and Drag Culture, all while doing what she loves most.

 

Gia’s first music video had over 1M views in a week. What can you tell us about that and what’s next?

Yes, we are so overwhelmed with the response to Gia’s cover of Aretha Franklin’s “Respect.” The follow up single is also another Aretha Franklin cover of “Think.” It is just as adorable! Gia plays 6 different characters in 6 different colors. 2 of which pay tribute to the movie “The Blues Brothers” as well as Aretha Franklin. I creatively direct all of Gia’s work but also encourage her to work with me in creating the overall aesthetic of her work. I’m teaching her to use her imagination and inspirations to create her work. It’s obviously important that I take the lead, but I want to raise kids that know how to “Think” for themselves and also have the tools to do so.

 

Danika Hemmer recently joined the cast. What can we expect to see as her talent develops?

Danika is so adorable, I literally cannot cope! She is so incredibly energetic and intelligent. I have her playing the piano and singing. She is also discovering the things she really loves to do and is passionate about, and creating organic and fantastic content around that. So, I’ve given her something I think all little girls might dream about, it’s a life size doll house called “Danika’s Dream House.” Inside Danika’s Dream House she will create nursery rhymes, science projects, arts and crafts, and more. She’ll hold a book club from her library and unbox her toys and play with her wigs in her closet. It’s been an undertaking that’s for sure. We are creating all this in her home and will film between “Major Minors” studio and her home in Temecula. On “Major Minors,” we will see her development and growth from an energetic yet shy little girl into a very confident, humble and talented all round performer.

What is your goal or hope with the show?

With my kids, I strive to create an environment where I can make their dreams come true. “Major Minors” is not about finding the best singers or dancers, it’s about discovering what it is inside you that you are truly passionate about. It is about working on those skills and bringing out the absolute best in my kids while keeping them humble, creative, expressive and aware.

My main hope with the show is to express how important it is to nurture, inspire and teach our youth. Yes, I would love “Major Minors” to be globally successful but not for my ego, but because it would mean that the message of bringing out the best in people and raising our youth correctly would be getting out there. We are going through incredibly uncertain times right now, and we need to keep our kids aware and also on point with a clear guide towards creating a healthy future for themselves. I grew up without any real role models or specific direction. I had to learn everything about the industry on my own and was lucky enough to have parents that were supportive and protective, even though none of us had any idea as to what we were doing in the entertainment industry.

I’d love “Major Minors” to become so big that I could just focus on inspiring and training my kids, as right now it’s literally just us and a few iPhones making things happen!

Be sure watch the complete first season of “Major Minors” starting with Chapter 1. || “Humble Beginnings”

Major Minors || Chapter 1. || “Humble Beginnings”

2020’S TOP FIVE SUMMER MUSIC SIZZLERS

2020’S TOP FIVE SUMMER MUSIC SIZZLERS

While we were on lockdown learning the latest Tik Tok dance craze challenge, pulling our hair out in our “solitary confinements”, or spending much needed time with our families, the following artists cooked up hit after hit. I did my ingenious best, sniffing out the ones that were sizzling hot and ready to transform our quarantined environments into a space that could be appreciated and respected. Here are my top 5 hot summer tracks of 20Quarantine. Enjoy!

“Savage”

Megan Thee Stallion and Beyoncé set this summer’s playlist on fire with their homegrown Houston collaboration with the remix to Megan’s previously released single, “Savage”. The 808 bass tinged track laced with a heavy kickdrum had every woman across the country “jumping to put jeans on” and feeling Queen B’s pain ala post quarantine pounds! Megan serves up official Megan bravado over the J. White (Cardi B, Bodak Yellow, I Like It) infused beat with lines such as “I’m the shit ooh/ I need a mop to clean the floor/It’s too much drip, ooh” and “I’m a savage/attitude nasty/talk big shit/but my bank account match it”. Topping the charts with over seven thousand spins on Top 40 radio according to Mediabase USA Today and an accompanying viral Tik Tok video, this song heated up every living room, car ride, and quarantine club space for the summer.

“Do it”

With the mention of Queen B, the summer’s next smash is delivered by none other than the flirty, charismatic, and iconic Gen Z sister tandem of Beyonce’s Parkwood Entertainment, Chloe X Halle. On the lead single “Do It” from their recently released album titled “Ungodly Hour” these young ladies bring sultry and soulful together with their harmonious vocals over a melodic dance track, colorfully produced by Scott Storch. Playful lyrics like “Taking pictures/ Make sure you can’t see no lace/ That wig secure/ Like the money in the safe/ I look like bae” keeps up with the tempo in this ode to showing self-love, self-care, and encouraging young women to just have absolute complete fun during this pandemic filled summer. Scoring their first Top 5 hit on the digital song sales chart, this duo has proven to be an added refreshment to the Billboard charts and urban radio alike.

“Roses”

Moving ahead with contemporary R&B star SAINt JHN who enjoyed an arduous climb to Billboard’s number 3 spot this summer with the resurgence of his smoky note single “Roses” which was first remixed by DJ Imanbek, which has now become an ultimate club banger remix ft. Future. This version of the record is raw strip club material at its finest that crept upon us during the quarantine and carried us into the anticipated summer of sexy that we all awaited. SAINt JHN states it best when he introduces the exotic dancer idea with braggadocio and vigor saying “ I might bring them strippers out/ And tell ‘em do it pole-less/You already know, already know, N—-s Roses” with Future riding the synth and the dark bass line which emotes a trancelike hook to follow. SAINt JHN surely has to be proud of the fact that Beyonce turned this record down several years ago. The cliché’ is, to give them their flowers while they are here to smell them. Saint JHN has all the right to smell his roses now with this erotic hustler’s homage.

“What’s poppin’?”

Segway into the infant stages of quarantine madness and here emerges heavyweight newcomer Jack Harlow. “What’s poppin’?” is usually used as a greeting as in, what’s going on? or what activities are taking place now or in the future? No Webster! And what’s poppin with this Kentucky native is his XXL Freshman magazine cover debut (XXL, Aug 2020) and his new single befittingly titled “What’s Poppin” which actually took off during the mid-latter time line of quarantine and continued to soar into the summer destined to become a party staple in the future. Stamped by JetsonMade and Pooh Beatz (Suge, DaBaby) fame, Jack lets us all know how he spent his quarantine safe and healthy “Just Joshing/ I’ma spend this holiday locked in/ My body got rid of them toxins”. The allegro tempo makes this a fun and bright bop for the 22-year-old who rose to fame through Tik Tok with this single. Peaking at number 2 on the Billboard charts (Billboard.com) and with the release of his EP “Sweet Action”, Jack is for sure to know “What’s Poppin” all summer long.

“Cabin Fever”

Closing out the pandemic inspired playlist is stellar entertainer Jaden (Will and Jada’s son without the Smith). Formally known as, Jaden belts out his undying love for his quarantine boo in this laid-back Beach Boy influenced jam. “Cabin Fever” is one of his best works to date since “Icon”, seeing as though according to Jaden “I have to do things in the song (ICON) that are really not normal”. Which is why it is definitely abnormal to want to engage during a contagious outbreak only to create a body of work well deserving of breaking the rules. He takes us on an iridescent California cruise while attempting to lure his lover out of lockdown to come outside and “play” so to speak in his VEVO debut visual for the single.

“I wanna feel your body on me/ Tall palm trees/ And kaleidoscope dreams/ I’m at home thinking bout you and me/ Cause girl, I got that cabin fever” explains how he is reminiscent of the free time previously shared and how he is pining to re-create those moments with her again as he shouts out the 818 and 310 area codes designating his destination throughout the verses.
Jaden told a Vulture interviewer in July that “this song is made to be listened to when the sun is setting and you’re feeling good”, hence the soft guitar riff and melodic hook penned by super producer Burns (Lady Gaga, Little Mix). “Cabin Fever” is a stark contrast to Jaden’s previous releases and his upcoming mixtape release “The Cool Café: The Cool Tapes Vol. 3”, but rest assured that he’ll continue to make “feel good” music during these isolated times.

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BeApp is Looking for the Next Big Star & Doing 30 Days of Prizes

BeApp is Looking for the Next Big Star & Doing 30 Days of Prizes

 

Los Angeles, CA (September 1, 2020) – BeApp‘s latest launch, 30 days of 30 prizes is currently underway and available to any musician or artist looking to get discovered. The best part about it: you don’t even have to have 1 million followers to be seen by 1 million people.

BeApp, the free app that brings your favorite artists, concerts and festivals to the palm of your hand via livestream, recently debuted 30 days of 30 awesome prizes. Anyone has the chance to win from the comfort of their own homes! Prizes include $1k a day in cash, opportunities to open for the next big artist, and the chance to perform LIVE with your favorite artist! A top 10 app in the Apple App store with over 1 million downloads to date and 100M viewers, #BeApp has featured performances from the likes of Katy Perry, Miguel, Kaskade, DJ Khaled, Gryffin, and more. There’s a week and a half  left to continue winning prizes, too!

BeApp is looking to discover the next big star and those who rise to the top will be welcomed into the BeApp family. No other app is offering this incredible opportunity to get discovered by major artists and teams. The best part is that anyone can join BeApp and begin performing for a worldwide audience. Limiting algorithms from other social media platforms won’t be stifling exposure on BeApp! 

BeApp can be found on the App Store, and is free to download + sign up! 

TIPS for Better HOME Recordings

TIPS for Better HOME Recordings

Tips for Better Home Recordings

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Picking up a new hobby can be quite a fruitful endeavor. Recently more and more people have acquired an interest in playing and making music. An article published on www.newyorktimes.com lists instruments sales as one of the major retail products that have experienced a bump in sales over the last couple of months. And while these numbers have plateaued in July, it’s safe to say that a significant number of people are currently learning how to play their respective instruments.

If you’re one of these then you may be looking to take the next step in your music-making journey. Maybe you’re interested in recording your own song (or covers of other people’s songs). If this is something you’re interested in, then this article is for you. We understand that recording can be a daunting task. To help you out with this, we’ve put together some home recording tips to help you with your projects. If you’re interested in learning more about this, read on for our tips for better home recordings!

Reduce Noise

One thing you have to keep in mind when recording music is that the devil is in the details. This means you’ll have to be meticulous when it comes to every step of the process. Now, one of the best ways you can go about doing this is by making sure that your recording space is free from unwanted noise and interruptions. There are a couple of ways you can go about doing this. One way is to pick a location in your home that’s free from noise. This means choosing a room that’s furthest away from the street, as a passing car could ruin a good take. Another thing you can focus on is keeping the noise out. Now, soundproofing is effective but can be quite costly. A great alternative would be to seal off the windows and doors with weather stripping. This way you can keep the noise out and just remove the weather stripping when you’re done recording.

For those of you interested in podcasting, you can also apply the tips stated above. In addition to this, you can opt to use an acoustic screen. Acoustic screens are attached to your mic and can filter out external background noise. However, it’s important to note that this only deals with minute noises and won’t be able to cancel out louder external noises.

Get The Right Mic

Surprisingly, you don’t really need a lot of equipment when it comes to recording music at home. According to the Broken Stereo’s piece on medium.com, all you really need is a microphone and a digital audio workstation (GarageBand is a great free option for macOS users). So what kind of microphone should you be getting? Considering you’ll be recording indoors, a condenser microphone may be the way to go. Shout4music.com’s list of the best vocal microphones include a slew of condenser mics to choose from. The Warm Audio WA-251 is a great choice as it can handle both vocals and instruments. It also has a distinct retro feel, which will transport you back to the recording studios of the 60s.

Vocal mics should also be suitable for podcasting. However, one thing you may want to consider when purchasing a microphone for podcasting is the ease of use and accessibility. For the most part, you won’t really be needing a studio-grade microphone for podcasting as all you’ll be doing is talking (no need to account for instruments). For this, we recommend the Yeti Nano USB microphone. This mic will give you broadcast-quality vocals, along with plug-and-play capabilities. This mic is easy to use and easy to set up, which makes it perfect for podcasting.

Monitors or Headphones?

Lastly, one question you’ll have to answer is whether to use studio monitors or headphones for your recording space. While one isn’t clearly better than the other for home recordings, they do come with their own pros and cons. homerecordinglab.com‘s feature on the pros and cons of mixing with headphones details that headsets are more practical for home studio use. There are many headphones available for every budget, with models like the Sennheiser HD 650 Open Back Professional Studio Headphones being both affordable (but not budget-end), while also producing high quality sound. This option is also better if you share your living space with other people who may find it a nuisance if you blast music out on studio monitors at unreasonable hours.

You won’t really have to make this choice if you’re looking to record podcasts. Monitors are, for the most part, a bad idea when it comes to podcasting as they may interfere with the actual recording. To add to this, using monitors won’t really be necessary as you won’t be needing to tweak too much of the audio for podcast recordings beyond making them sound clear and intelligible.

If you found this article interesting and want some other home tips, you may also like our piece on how to be more presentable on video con calls. You can find that article, along with many others at socalmag.com!

 

 

While we wait it out…

While we wait it out…

The New Pope: Set design, art direction, costume design are all remarkable in this new HBO series.

As we all have a lot of time on our hands, here is my list of things to watch: The New Pope (and the old series, with Jude Law) If you love art, design, costumes, dialogue with flair, religion, pomp and ceremony with a lot of naked bodies, this is your series. Often over-the-top. this series by director Paolo Sorrentino (The Grand Beauty) is a series with a grand vision of things. In the New Pope, his theme appears to be a great concern for the lost amongst us—children with defects, the lost parents of those children, a dwarf nun, drugs, nudity, the politics of the church all get scrambled into one great nine-week series. You don’t need to back to the older series, just understand that Jude Law was the young Pope who had a stroke and has been in a coma, while laconic John Malkovich comes into the picture as Sir John Brannox, a man with a taste for great clothes while his politics run in the middle (the middle way) and his own unhappiness informs nearly all his decisions. There are gay priests, lesbians, drug addicts, werewolves and dancing nuns—it doesn’t get much better than this. The final episode, the Ninth Episode rises above the usual final series ambiguity—all the questions are answered, yet remain shrouded in mystery nonetheless: The last scene is Jude Law wearing a small white bathing suit heading into the ocean, he pauses, he winks at the camera. We are left with people in their rightful places, Cardinal Voiello has appropriately risen to a higher station, Sofia Dubois has taken a lover, the bad people are in jail, and a child has become a pain in the ass

The Prime Video, Hunters created by David Weil and produced by Jordan Peele plays games with some serious issues.

Hunters: a little hard to take seriously when in one scene you have the Nazis using Jews as a pawns in a very real game of chess in concentration camps and in the next, you are treated to a Marvel Comic portrayal of a group of Nazi hunters. This doesn’t happen often but then it does—as in the short game show sequence called “Hate the Jew” its last question is why we hate the Jews—the answer is, “because they’re Jewish.” Nonsensical and ridiculous it still never fails to compel further watching—and they may be its best promotion—it has audacity. It also has Al Pacino doing Al Pacino, but with a Yiddish accent. Logan Lerman, has and remains a fine actor as he heads into adulthood. Other standouts are Josh Radnor as Lonny Flash, Dylan Baker as Bif Simpson (a delicious if not completely absurd role) and a special nod to Greg Austin who plays Travis Leich, a very scary, threatening presence that seems right at home in the world of today. A very special award-winning performance is rendered by Carol Kane as Mindy Markowitz—rarely has loss been so sensitively portrayed. Needless to say, this show is about something that actually did happen in America, Operation Paperclip, and it answers that nagging question we all have had: where did the Nazi scientists go after the war?

The Hulu/FX Network show DEV: why is the daughter a statue? This and other existential questions are asked.

Screening recently is the compelling series, DEV, on Hulu and FX networks. Written and directed by show creator Alex Garland (of Ex Machina fame) this series takes us to a northern California quantum computer company called Amaya. Ponder this: a quantum computer company. Yes, this show gets heady, it gets complicated: it’s a love story, a murder mystery, a suspenseful corporate spy espionage story, a philosophical look into what is “determinism”, what is time, what is past and so on. So, it’s light stuff, and it moves, speaking of time, rather slowly. But it has a sensational Sonoya Mizuno (also in Ex Machina), Nick Offerman, Karl Glusman and the terrific Jin Ha, who played Annas in 2018’s live version of Jesus Christ Superstar on television.

This is show not without humor—for example, in one scene, we are treated to a blurry version of Arthur Miller screwing Marilyn Monroe and a short discussion on why progress in human nature always ends in porn. Fair enough. My own suspicion is that this about time travel, reality and not to give too much away, I think we will see the important events unfold in the golden room where all the quantum things take place.

The Great Expanse shows us that the future, everyone will be beautiful.

The Great Expanse: Hundreds of years in the future, things are different than what we are used to after humans have colonized the solar system and Mars has become an independent military power. Rising tensions between Earth and Mars have put them on the brink of war. Against this backdrop, a hardened detective and a rogue ship’s captain come together to investigate the case of a missing young woman. The investigation leads them on a race across the solar system that could expose the greatest conspiracy in human history. Starring Steve Strait—a beauty of an actor, tall, lean, loves to show his 12 pack, and like nearly every character on this show, has full lips. Can get a little confusing with so many story lines, there are a lot of characters, but as the series develops it gets better and better.

Off to a slow start, but we all await the “Paint it Black” moment in this unique series.

Westworld. A new season, a new setting, some new cast members and somewhat difficult to get into. Maybe for those us in Los Angeles, seeing that MacArthur Park and The MacArthur building as shooting locations takes us very far from the dystopian world of the West in the previous shows. It also begins to have a Blade Runnerish quality. It’s early, it’s too soon to know where it’s going, but we apparently have time, a lot of time to spend, catching up.

Willy Porter

Willy Porter

I’m a big fan of Willy Porter and was thrilled to get to watch him perform at the renowned McCabe’s Guitar Shop in Santa Monica. From the first note, Willy Porter, a contemporary American rock musician and singer-songwriter from Mequon, Wisconsin, had his audience mesmerized. Porter has a unique finger-picking, guitar thumping-slapping-hammer-on style, uses tunings of all manners, and sometimes even places two capos on his fret board at once. The magical tone of his guitar and his soulful lyrics mixed in with his heartwarming humor make his show something pretty damn special. At one point, on strumming his guitar, Porter pointed out that all the other stringed instruments hanging on the walls of McCabe’s were resonating. It’s called Synchronized Resonance or Sympathetic Vibrations. I love that, as I think “sympathetic vibrations” describes Porter’s music and his being quite succinctly.

As Porter performs you feel like you’re hanging with a good friend. A warm, sincere, decent fellow that you cherish as a rare find. His music wraps you in a loving blanket that invites you to relax and join in.

After talking about the importance of good stewardship of mother earth, he invited the audience to sing along to “Akasha Winds”, a song penned by L.J. Booth. The song is included on Mnemonic, Porter’s latest CD. Not that Porter usually does cover songs, he’s a prolific songwriter, with 12 CD’s released. He makes songwriting appear easy, so easy in fact, that he co-write a song on the spot with the audience. “Call out some ideas”, he encouraged. We ended up with a song that included the words: hitchhiking, Ramen noodles, cheese curds, kittens, hypocrisy and folk alliance. Tricky words to slip into a song, but Porter did it artfully while making us all laugh.

Porter was described to me as: not only a consummate musician, but one of the most genuine, truly wonderful people on the planet, who performs molecule-rearranging shows. Now, doesn’t that sound like someone you’d like to hangout with? Well, you can because Willy will be leading a tour to Ireland in August 2020 (bring your instruments) – you can find more info on that at www.willyporter.com  You can also find Porter’s most requested guitar tunings at his site. How cool is that!

I got to ask Willy some questions and below are his answers – enjoy!

1) Your guitar sounds so full and rich. What guitar are you using and how many different tunings are you dealing with?
I’m currently playing a Jason Kostal 6-String.  It is a remarkable instrument for its overall tonal balance, intonation and playability.  I tune down a whole step, D to D, then open-tune from there. So a very familiar open-tuning fro many guitarists, “DADGAD” for me is CGCFGC. From there I’ll use a lot of different variations on Bb, F, and combine open-tunings with partial capos, etc.  I use medium gauge strings (.013-.56), so the really low tunings are still fairly stable to work with. I’ll go through about 6 or 7 different tunings in the course of a night, but it all depends on where the night goes musically.

2) How old were you when you first picked up a guitar?
I started playing when I was 12.

3) What’s your craziest on stage experience?
Sound-checking in Texas while Paul Simon was on-stage watching and asking me questions about what I was doing was probably the craziest moment for me.

4) What song of yours is your favorite?
The one I just finished, whatever that might be. I do like to play “Bears Ears &The Great Law” a lot these days though.

5) Which musician would you go to see perform if you could (dead or alive)?
David Gilmour

6) Has your songwriting style changed over the years, and how many CD’s do you have available to date?
I think I’m more patient with the process of writing than I was when I started. Some music takes a long time to write, other songs happen very, very quickly. Through time and effort I’ve learned to let that process be what it is in the moment.

7) If you were interviewing you, what question would you ask?
I’d ask “When was the moment that music really spoke to you for the first time?” And it was hearing my dad play the piano.

8) What’s next for you?
I’m looking forward to working and writing with drummer Dave Schoepke and bassist Eric Madunic.  We’ve had fun as a trio and I think we have some nice musical terrain ahead of us. I’m excited to see where the music might take us.

Photo Credits: Cover photo by Leeann Flynn
Insert B&W photo by Mark Waite

Six Gun Sal Prepares to Rock Southern California

Six Gun Sal Prepares to Rock Southern California

The next few days are shaping up to be an eventful Valentine’s Day and President’s Day weekend. In fact, Los Angeles’ own Six Gun Sal is preparing to rock out with a live performance for the release of their new music video, “The Life,” and recent new single “Take Me Home.” Six Gun Sal’s “The Life” music video will be shown at the event, and it’s expected that many familiar faces will be present for the show.

The event will be hosted by Australian actor Vernon Wells, Timothy Eaton (TV Film Music Producer), with attendees like Frank Greenfield (Multi-Platinum, Grammy Nominated, Golden Globe and Dove Award Winner, Producer, Writer and Guitarist); Chad Johnson (Bachelor in Paradise); Kim Estes (EMMY Award Winning); Kelly Noc Mac (Food Network- Reality Star “American Worst Cook”); and Glenna Kamholz (“Andrea The Giant” AfterGlow Original Glowgirls – Wrestler) to name a few!

Six Gun Sal is a Los Angeles based 7-piece Classic & Southern Rock Band who recently signed with Sony/ The Orchard for their new single “Take Me Home.” Six Gun Sal will move you with melodic emotional ballads, heartfelt lyrics that are relatable, and grungy rocked out powerhouse songs like Whiskey Mountain and The Life. In addition, the band will feature powerful lead guitars and funky bass riffs, and drum fills that will make you get up and move to the sounds. Six Gun Sal has shared the stage with bands such as LA Guns, Lynchmob, P.O.D. TRAPT, Junkyard, Great White and many more.

Band Members Include: Anthony Appello (Lead Vocal); Dusty Lang (Rhythm Guitar), Joey “Jo Jo” Durant (Drummer), Matt G (Bassist), Ed Fierro (Lead Guitar) and Mia Dunn (Backing Vocals).

The event is this Sunday, February 16, 2020, from 6 pm – 10 pm at Boardner’s By La Belle.
Address: 1652 N. Cherokee Avenue, Los Angeles, CA 90028

You can check out Six Gun Sal’s Music Videos, “Mama Said” here.

Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills Offers Exclusive Award Night Celebration

Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills Offers Exclusive Award Night Celebration

With award season in full swing, there will be parties and celebrations of all kinds. However, who can say that they’ve attended the most coveted party of all — and how would they describe the most over-the-top way to celebrate and watch the Oscars? It’s likely that not many can attest to the experience being offered by Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills.

Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills is providing a (nearly) front row seat to the hottest award show this season! For those wishing to view the star-studded Academy Awards ceremony in style in the heart of Beverly Hills, Viceroy L’Ermitage is offering an exclusive private viewing party package for up to 15 people. This glamourous $15,000 package is complete with a multi-screen broadcast for the most ideal viewing experience outside of a seat at the show itself. Guests receive exclusive access to the famed Pavillion, a private wing of the building originally built as Michael Jackson’s personal suite. Celebrate your favorite winners with free-flowing Dom Perignon and Regiis Ova Caviar for the duration of the ceremony as well as a selection of special menu items, made specifically for the evening, courtesy of the hotel’s French bistro, Avec Nous.

This offer will surely be swept up quickly, so it’s recommended that those interested move with haste.

To learn more about this package, please call 310-860-8660.
Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills is located at 9291 Burton Way, Beverly Hills, CA 90210.

About Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills

“Since opening in 1975, Viceroy L’Ermitage Beverly Hills has been the epitome of Hollywood glamour. It all starts with the uncompromising privacy of our location on a tree-lined residential street that’s less than a mile from the bustle of Rodeo Drive. Take in our breathtaking address. You’ll soon discover that the peaceful surroundings are just a prelude to the understated elegance and unrequited privacy you’ll enjoy inside.

That’s because this is more than a hotel. It’s an institution that has stood the test of time and long attracted Hollywood’s brightest stars. Since 2000, we’ve earned the Forbes Five-Star designation and were named #1 Hotel in Los Angeles by Travel + Leisure 2018 World’s Best Awards. The industry, as well as anyone seeking the star treatment, still considers us ‘the place’ for modern luxury and it only takes one visit here to feel the vibe and see why.”

 

The Most Exciting L.O.L. SURPRISE! POP UP Experience Opens Its Doors

The Most Exciting L.O.L. SURPRISE! POP UP Experience Opens Its Doors

Calling all B.B.s! MGA Entertainment has officially launched its new interactive experience, the L.O.L. Surprise!® LA Pop Up in Chatsworth, CA. Open for a limited time, the stand-alone brand experience is designed to ‘surprise and delight’ fans during the holidays, making them feel like they truly stepped into the L.O.L. Surprise!™ world.

Every visitor will have an immersive and photo-friendly experience as they walk through the seven interactive surprise installations featuring games, photo moments, fashion walks, product and more, including the ultimate Winter Disco experience room! Guests can also head to the incredible MGA gift shop after the tour for a true holiday treat as fans will also have a chance to purchase limited-edition L.O.L. Surprise! product, including exclusive apparel, merchandise and keepsakes.

Tickets for the L.O.L. Surprise! ® LA Pop UpSM are available at www.lolsurpriselapopup.com for $28 per person. A select number of VIBB (Very Important B.B.) experience tickets are also available for $55 each.

“We are bringing to life the ultimate holiday experience for L.O.L. Surprise! fans,” said Isaac Larian, CEO and Founder of MGA Entertainment “The temporary Pop Up has been created for the fans and we have worked diligently to ensure that it opens in time for the holiday season! We can’t wait to welcome all L.O.L. Surprise fans!”

The L.O.L. Surprise!® LA Pop Up is only here for a limited run so don’t miss out — tickets are available now!
Bring your camera for lots of fun photo fun, and don’t forget to tag us @lolsurprise

#lolsurprise #lolsurpriselapopup #collectlol #letsbefriends!
The L.O.L. Surprise!® LA Pop Up is located at 9220 Winnetka Ave. Chatsworth, CA 91311.