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Candy Leonard

What Ron Howard's New Beatles Documentary Does Best

Candy Leonard | October 1, 2016 | Fifty
Beatlemania was an important cultural phenomenon that changed the course of postwar history. Millions of baby boomers across a 15-year age range, across the globe, were smitten by four charismatic lads who, through their music, attitude, wit, and intelligence, excited us, dazzled us.
Lisa Snedeker

Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Celebrates 50 Years With New Album, First-Ever IBMA Performance

Lisa Snedeker | October 1, 2016 | Entertainment
I have always found it a bit ironic that one of the most iconic American bands that plays bluegrass has its roots, not in the verdant hills of Appalachia, but in the shifting sands of sunny Southern California. Note that I said "band...
Hugh McIntyre

Tiësto's Partnership With Budweiser Is Actually Pretty Badass

Hugh McIntyre | September 30, 2016 | Entertainment
Alcohol and music go together perfectly in so many different ways. Audiences love a good drink while they're dancing the night away at their favorite club or at a music festival, and alcohol has helped plenty of musicians put on phenomenal shows and create the tunes that everybody loves. It's a cycle that is always turning, and the two worlds are becoming more intertwined than ever before with musicians starting their own brands, and those that are already leaders in the space partnering with the hottest acts in every genre to help them get closer to their consumers. Sometimes these partnerships can be rather uninspired, and sometimes even pretty lame. Any musician can shell for any brand, and some will take any paycheck they can get and run. On the other side of the business are those companies that are willing and ready to think outside the box and try new things, just to see if they excite the fans and get people talking. That's exactly what Budweiser and Tiësto did this summer at Tomorrowland, one of the biggest and most important EDM festivals in the world. In a recent call, Tiësto talked briefly about working with Budweiser, and how easy it was for him to maintain the creative control that artists everywhere should demand when working with a brand, and he can perhaps explain the massive beer company's feelings from the get-go better than I can: "Budweiser approached me, I think, one and a half years ago and they were like, 'You know, we're ready for anything! If you have any crazy ideas or want to do something special, just let us know.'" The two powerhouses came together to show those in attendance at Tomorrowland something they'd never seen before, and then the longstanding alcohol brand took things one step further to let fans continue the experience weeks and even months after the set was done. Tiësto was, if you can believe it, the surprise opener for the weekend-long Belgian festival, and his time on stage was supposed to be a "surprise." Well, when the name is that big, nobody can keep it to themselves, and he wound up playing to tens of thousands of people who came one night early to start their partying right. During his set, Tiësto played his new song "Infected," which Budweiser asked him to create. Again, the company stepped back and let the DJ (who selected up-and-coming talent Jauz to collaborate with) work his magic, and the result is a single and a music video that is exactly what his fans love. Just when things seemed like they couldn't get any cooler, a giant Budweiser truck, complete with fireworks and flames, rolled out and added a whole new element to the already-insane experience. That is something that neither the DJ nor the company had ever tried before, but they were both up for whatever, and it paid off. As it turns out, that truck was filled with beer, which the company is now selling to hardcore Tiësto fans in the U.K. That's right, if you are a huge EDM lover and you could use a beer, take a look in local supermarkets for a bottle that bears the producer's logo, as the liquid inside has actually been to Tomorrowland and back (and it's still worth drinking, I swear). He has "infected" it with his sound...and if you don't believe that, it's still pretty cool that the beer you're drinking probably had a better spot at the festival than you did. Was all of this branding? Yes. Was it advertising? Yes. Was it a multinational, billion-dollar business marketing its product to potential customers? Absolutely, but it was all of these things done right, and instead of detracting from an experience, they actually added to it, and those in attendance didn't feel like someone was just trying to sell something to them, but rather just be included in the party. Alcohol brands, take note: Tiësto and Budwesier have raised the bar (pun...
Dr. Jane Greer

Beyonce and Jay Z: A Balancing Act?

Dr. Jane Greer | September 30, 2016 | Entertainment
Their attempt to balance the responsibilities of parenthood and two careers is a great example of how spouses can support each other, but it isn't always easy to reach that point. How can two people who each want what they want reach a place where they are both getting what they and their family need?
Elizabeth Abbott

Re-Percussions! The Steel Drum Beats Goes On to Africa!

Elizabeth Abbott | September 30, 2016 | Entertainment
Re-Percussions: Our African Odyssey, award-winning Trinidadian film-maker Kim Johnson's contribution to this year's Caribbean Tales International Film Festival in Toronto, is a documentary masterpiece focused on Nigerian Chief Bowie Sonnie Bowei's journey to introduce and popularize steel drum, the musical instrument known as Pan, throughout his...

How Is Hollywood Failing Minorities?

Quora | September 30, 2016 | Entertainment
Asians and Asian Americans have a few obstacles in Hollywood, one of them being visibility. When we talk about Asian representation, we need to include our minority brothers and sisters. When we talk about inclusion, let's talk about including everyone who is underrepresented.
Haley Besser

Impact of Celebrity Culture: A Thought Piece

Haley Besser | September 30, 2016 | Entertainment
I'm going to preface this by saying I'm no expert on the inner workings of celebrity life. I write this from experiences I've lived and observations from my time working in entertainment as an assistant and in public relations.
Lisi Maldonado

Jealous Mother Teaches Only Daughter To Be A Mistress

Lisi Maldonado | September 30, 2016 | Entertainment
"You know, you can catch a Daddy anywhere! It's a simple strategy of catch and release!" says Jillian with a wink as she posts her story while in leather lingerie on Instagram. Jillian, whose name has been changed to protect her identity, is a companion to a different "Daddy" most...
Kevin Winkler

Spend a Little Time With Mimi and Bob and Gwen

Kevin Winkler | September 30, 2016 | Entertainment
One of the highlights of New York's ongoing United Solo 2016 festival of one-person shows is Mimi Quillin's funny, dishy, and unexpectedly moving Call Fosse at the Minskoff, which just completed three sold-out performances.
Zaki Hasan

Zaki's Review: The Magnificent Seven (2016)

Zaki Hasan | September 30, 2016 | Entertainment
Sometimes it feels like the only thing MGM has on offer is James Bond movies and remakes of revered movies from its voluminous back catalogue. From Rollerball to Red Dawn to RoboCop, the celluloid highway of the past few decades is littered with decaying carcasses of roadkill remakes from...
Kyle Stevens

Hotel Garuda Debuts "Fixed On You" Featuring Violet Days and Talk EDC Las Vegas

Kyle Stevens | September 30, 2016 | Entertainment
The best is yet to come from Hotel Garuda. The guys were very excited about the future.
Steven Suskin

Aisle View: Ace in the Hole

Steven Suskin | September 30, 2016 | Entertainment
Helder Guimarães in Verso Photo: Joan Marcus It is a given that any magician who puts together a full-length theatrical show mounted as an 8-times-a-week legit attraction in New York is likely to have come up with a barrage of tricks...

TRIBE X - Ep.54

Spottoon | September 30, 2016 | Entertainment
Woo Jin and Tae Min were both born with the supernatural ability to move the objects around them. After sharing a troubled childhood together, they went down opposite paths to become two very different men. Fate draws them together again and old wounds resurface that threatens the lives of everyone around them.
Jonathan Kim

ReThink Review: American Honey - Youth Lost, Found, and Transcended

Jonathan Kim | September 30, 2016 | Entertainment
Two of the most enduring subjects in films are the road trip and a young person's coming of age, and Cannes Jury Prizewinner American Honey addresses them both in ways that are fresh yet familiar. The film is something of a cinematic paradox, sprawling and ambitious in both its length...
Steven Suskin

Aisle View: Hearing Is Believing

Steven Suskin | September 29, 2016 | Entertainment
Simon McBurney in The Encounter Photo: Robbie Jack A picture, it's said, is worth a thousand words. But how many words for a non-visual, aural picture? That notion, which rarely comes up, is astoundingly illustrated in Simon McBurney's new play, The...
Courtney M. Soliday

'The Blacklist' James Spadersplains Typecasting in Hollywood

Courtney M. Soliday | September 29, 2016 | Entertainment
James Spader stopped by BUILD Series NYC last week to discuss the new season of his hit network television show, The Blacklist. In response to a question about his bad boy roles (think Pretty in Pink) Spader explained to the young audience why typecasting simply makes sense....
Regina Weinreich

Laura Benanti Off-Broadway at the Café Carlyle

Regina Weinreich | September 29, 2016 | Entertainment
With more than a wink, the poised Laura Benanti portrays herself as a child show tune nerd recounting highlights from her stellar career with comedic flair. You could say this Tony Award winner's show at the Café Carlyle, Tales from Soprano Isle,...
Carol Ruth Weber

Alison Sweeney Interview: She Reveals Her Radiant Life

Carol Ruth Weber | September 29, 2016 | Entertainment
Alison Sweeny began performing in front of the camera beginning when she was a mere child winning roles in episodes of Tales of the Darkside and being cast in a television show and a Disney miniseries. In 1993 Alison began playing the role of Samantha Brady on the NBC daytime...
New York Women in Film & Television

Cinematographer Caroline Champetier Discusses Her Acclaimed Career "Shaping the Light"

New York Women in Film & Television | September 29, 2016 | Entertainment
By Margarita Sophia Cortes Cinematographer Caroline Champetier with director Leos Carax on the set ofHoly Motors The art of cinematography can ignite energy, create tenderness and evoke powerful emotion through the precision of light and shadow. Having a great Director of Photography on...
Morena Duwe

Freshly Squeezed Out of Orange County, VnssA Releases Debut Single "Daddy Like"

Morena Duwe | September 29, 2016 | Entertainment
Hailing from the clean beaches of Orange County is Vanessa Barnes, a multi-faceted badass who recently released her first original track, "Daddy Like," under the moniker VnssA. Just the beginning of a series of upcoming releases, Barnes plans to show her listeners her...
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