American Horror Story, one of my favorite TV shows, has been through three seasons of the haunted house (Season 1: Murder House (2011)), asylum (Season 2: Asylum (2012–13)), and witch stories (Season 3: Coven (2013–14)). Fans are so curious about what can they bring for the 4th season this time. The answer is: Circus!
Ryan Murphy who is the writer for Season 4 said that the background setting will be 1950s. And he also mentioned that the shooting will be either New Orleans or Santa Fe (New Mexico). According to the news, Jessica Lange, one of the main characters who I like very much, this season will be her last filming for the show. In order to make the character more convincing, Jessica Lange is even trying to speak with a German accent for her character. Her character may base on Marlene Dietrich who was a German actress and singer during the World War 2.
▼ Taissa Farmiga, Ryan Murphy, Peter Evens (from the left to the right)
▼ Jessica Lange
The official posters and trailers are not releasing yet. There are many enthusiastic fans had already spreading out their fan-made versions all through the Internet. I know we have to wait until October, 2014 to see the first episode of Season 4. But why not take a peek of these amazing fan-made images below first?
Broadway and Disney fans alike rejoice! The highly anticipated Broadway version of Disney’s Aladdin, directed and choreographed by Tony Award winner Casey Nicholaw, will run in Toronto this fall before coming to Broadway for previews in February. The show will finally open at the New Amsterdam Theater March 20.
Yesterday The New York Timesreleased a list of those incorporating their talents for the stage musical. Among 34 cast members are Adam Jacobs (Aladdin), James Monroe Iglehart (the Genie), Courtney Reed (Jasmine), and Tony Award nominee and voice actor for his character in the animated film, Jonathan Freeman (Jafar).
The score includes the legendary classic Disney hit and Academy Award Winner “Whole New World” as well as brand new songs written special for the production. Oscar and Tony Award winner Alan Menken (music), Howard Ashman and Tim Rice (lyrics), and Chad Beguelin (book and additional lyrics) also grace this musical with their skills.
Aladdin marks the most recent of the Disney film family brought to the Broadway stage after its predecessors The Beauty and the Beast (1994-2007), The Lion King (1997-present), Mary Poppins (2006-2013), Tarzan (2006-2007), The Little Mermaid (2008-2009), and Newsies (2012-present).
Directed by Robert Stromberg. The well-known fairy tale “Sleeping Beauty” is going to be released in theaters in 2014.
“Maleficent” told from the different perspective of the villainous Maleficent who are also be familiar with the evil witch from the Disney film “Sleeping Beauty” in 1959. “Maleficent” tells the story of the cold villain Maleficent and describes the events that led up to her cursing baby Princess Aurora.
Starring Angelina Jolie in the title role and Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora. Other cast members include Sharlto Copley, Juno Temple, Sam Riley, and Imelda Staunton.
In the interview of Maleficent, Jolie said that this version is going to show a different side of Maleficent. She talked about her character: “Just because she protects herself and is aggressive, it doesn’t mean she can’t have other warmer qualities. Maleficent is actually a great person. But she’s not perfect. She’s FAR from perfect.”
▼ 4-year-old Vivienne Jolie-Pitt, daughter of Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt, makes her on-screen debut as young Princess Aurora. So adorable isn’t it?
▼ Elle Fanning as Princess Aurora
▼ Susan Sarandon plays Maleficent in “Enchanted” in 2007.
When I read that Dr. Dre and Jimmy Iovine were creating a music academy at USC, I immediately thought about how drastically different it would be in comparison to traditional music schools. Of course, Dre’s school is going to be geared towards the music business (or “innovation in business” as they put it), but it will also have an arts program, and the first thing that comes to mind is “hip hop is not going to die anytime soon.” But music is not all that will be taught there.
Instruction will involve engineering, computer science, fine arts, graphic design, business and leadership training.
and as Dean of Fine Arts at USC Erica Muhl said in an interview,
“Academy students will have the freedom to move easily from classroom to lab, from studio to workshop individually or in groups, and blow past any academic or structural barriers to spontaneous creativity.”
While the NYTimes hopes the school will produce the next Steve Jobs, the question right now remains who will be one of the lucky 25 who manage to get in to the school on its first opening, and what should we really expect of them? Pop music has been forever cursed with echoes of regurgitated, and sometimes even stolen art, and while the donation is a beautiful contribution to the world of music education, it also carries a certain standard that could possibly alter the course of the students’ professional careers, and not necessarily in a good way. After all, half the donation is coming from a man who got that money from gloating on his records about selling drugs, treating women poorly, employing prostitutes, and killing people with guns, and while rapper Eminem said in the past that what is said on a record is much different than what is usually said in real life, that doesn’t necessarily mean that none of what has been said on a Dre record is true.
It’s also possible that this move by Dr. Dre could help to shift the discourse on rap records from violence and drugs to a more peaceful and educational movement, something we’ve recently seen from Snoop Lion (the artist formerly known as Snoop Dogg), which is undoubtedly a natural progression in both the arts and in life. Violence, after all, has the power to ultimately hinder record and concert sales, especially if the listeners are in jail.
After someone posted a photo of Justin Bieber grabbing a fan’s left breast (while kissing her on the cheek) to his official fan site, the photo was quickly removed after causing a stir. Both Bieber and the fan, Jocelyn, deny that he is actually grabbing her boob, while the photo shows quite a different story. The fan tweeted: “People can think what they want but I know what really happened & Justin does too so everyone else’s opinions don’t matter to me.” reports Fox News.
Is it a coincidence that Bieber’s newest album Believe Acoustic hits stores today?
Are you one of the fans of zombie movies? If your answer is YES, then you can’t miss this zombie short film: “Project: S.E.R.A.”. The story is about a girl, Gillean Eames, wakes up in a abandoned warehouse and witnesses her father got injected a biological virus and eventually turns into a zombie.
The director and writer of the movie, Benjamin Howdeshell whose also well known as assistant editor of “Resident Evil” series, “Death Race (2008)”, “Season of the Witch (2011)” and “Step Up Revolution (2012)”.
“Project: S.E.R.A.” just has 10 minutes length story; however, it not only has the special effects and sounds as Hollywood movies, but also has an extraordinary exciting story. Benjamin Howdeshell used different time lines and contradicted colors interlaced an entertaining and vivid piece for audience. The story has all kinds of elements that zombie movie fans will like, such as conspiracy, zombie turning process, hot girl with guns, and 360 degrees zombie shooting scenario!
Not bad, huh?!
Some people might have the question about the tile “S.E.R.A.”. What does S.E.R.A. mean? According to Benjamin Howdeshell explanation, S.E.R.A. represents “Simpson Eames Regeneration Agenda”. I can’t wait for the next one~!
(Note: Simpson Eames is the father of Gillean.)
Julia Voth as Gillean Eames
As a Canadian actress, Julia’s likeness is used for the basis of the character Jill Valentine from Capcom’s survival-horror video game series “Resident Evil,” starting with the 2002 remake of the original game.
Earlier today, TMZ reported that Charlie Sheen sent Lindsay Lohan a $100,000 check out of which $93k was used on Lohan’s 2009 tax debt and $6k on her 2010 tax debt.
The news comes just one day after MTV’s interview with actor James Franco and his testament to Lohan’s struggle with publicity after having spent time with her during the filming of R.E.M.’s video for “Blue”.
“I think one of the reasons it’s so hard is when she gets in trouble, she gets all this attention and I’m sure she gets book offers,” Franco said, alluding to the temptation of greed and success at the expense of a celebrity’s freedom and privacy. “She goes to jail, and instead of feeling like ‘I really hit a low place,’ she’ll get a crazy offer for her jail memoir.”
At age 91, jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck was still playing jazz clubs like Blue Note in New York City. He pioneered a style which caught everyone’s eyes and ears in such popular jazz songs as “Take Five”, “Blue Rondo A la Turk”, and others with challenging time signatures and rhythms that stand out among the finest of jazz music from the last century.
Brubeck formed The Dave Brubeck Quartet circa 1951 and was the first modern jazz musician to be pictured on the cover of Time magazine in November of ’54. As his career spanned American jazz as far back as the end of World War II, Brubeck helped define cool jazz with saxophonist Paul Desmond through the 1950s and 1960s.
Brubeck died of heart failure early Wednesday morning on his way to a cardiology appointment with his son Darius and would have had his 92nd Birthday the following Thursday.
Actress Jane Lynch, best known for her parts in the Christopher Guest ensemble pieces and as the tough Glee Club leader Sue Sylvester of TV’s hit series “Glee,” was only too happy to join Rights Equal Rights, the group formerly known as Californians Against Hate, in their boycotting campaign against the direct marketing cosmetics company Amway. “Jane couldn’t grab up the pen fast enough to sign,” said Fred Karger, presidential candidate and founder of Rights Equal Rights, who was interviewed by PopCultureFan last week. In October, it was revealed that Doug DeVos, Amway’s president and CEO made a substantial $500,000 donation to the National Organization for Marriage towards funding political candidates who fight against marriage equality. As of now, only two donors of NOM remain known, the other being Chick-Fil-A. NOM, a non-profit political organization headed by Maggie Gallagher, is currently under investigation for questionable campaign contribution practices in Maine, Minnesota, and Maryland, dating back to 2009. Hopefully, the movement will grow more public awareness. Meanwhile, native Californian Bryan Cranston, of AMC’s “Breaking Bad”, between shooting the series’ final season, made a public service announcement video with wife Robin Dearden and their daughter Taylor, expressing support of gay marriage, a video for the Human Rights Campaign.