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Stars Rock Safety Harbor Kids 10th Annual Concert Fundraiser

On Sunday October 29th, Topa Mountain Winery hosted the 10th Annual Concert Fundraiser for local nonprofit, Safety Harbor Kids (Shk) to support music education programs for orphans, foster and homeless children.

The event, sponsored by Ventura Land Rover Jaguar and Maserati of Bakersfield, was emceed by actor/comedian Hal Sparks and featured music by Chicago co-founder and drummer Danny Seraphine, Kiss guitarist Tommy Thayer, Jeff Beck bassist, Phil Chen, singer Tony Grant of Az Yet and Shk Music Director and band leader, Edward Roth.

The evening began with a special performance by Italian actress/singer, Maria Elena Infantino whose infectious personality and song got people out of their seats to dance. Then, as the sun set creating an Ojai “pink moment”, American Idol top four finalist Jessica Meuse took to the stage to keep the crowd going for the All Star Band to follow.

Enter The All Star Band with Danny,
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Rock ‘N Roll Legends Raise Funds For Music Education

On Sunday October 29th, nonprofit Safety Harbor Kids is having their 10th Annual Concert Fundraiser to support music education programs for orphans, foster and homeless children.

Rock 'N Roll Legends Raise Funds for Music Education

The event, hosted by Topa Mountain winery in Ojai, will include sets by The Robby Krieger Band, Rock ’N Roll Hall of Fame drummer Danny Seraphine (formerly of Chicago), Kiss guitarist Tommy Thayer, singer Tony Grant of Az Yet, bassist Phil Chen and Shk Music Director Edward Roth on keys.

Robby Krieger, guitarist and founding member of The Doors wrote hits including “Light My Fire”, “Touch Me” and “Love Her Madly” among others. Danny Seraphine wrote or contributed to many of Chicago’s hits including “Lowdown”, “Street Player” and many others.

The venue, Topa Mountain Winery in Ojai, offers spacious grounds with panoramic views of the surrounding mountains. VIP guests will enjoy appetizers, dinner, glass of wine,
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The Beatles Are Getting Their Own SiriusXM Channel

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The Beatles Are Getting Their Own SiriusXM Channel
Satellite radio provider SiriusXM announced on Tuesday that it is launching The Beatles Channel, a round-the-clock hub for Beatles music and ephemera. The channel launches May 18 at 9:09 a.m. Et on SiriusXM channel 18.

“I still remember the thrill of when we first heard our music on the radio,” former Beatle Paul McCartney said in a press release, “but I don’t think any of us would have imagined that we’d have our very own Beatles radio channel more than 50 years later. The SiriusXM channel will have it all, 8 Days a Week.”

Added McCartney’s Fab Four compatriot Ringo Starr: “Great news,
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Three J.D. Souther Reissues Remind Us How Good He Is

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J.D. Souther John David Souther Black Rose Home by Dawn (Omnivore)   J.D. Souther's songs are better known as sung by other people, which is good for his bank account but puzzling if you've heard his fine LPs. I wouldn't be surprised if more people nowadays know of him from his acting on the TV series Nashville than from his career in music. If there's any justice, these three reissues will redress that imbalance.

After this Texan moved to L.A., he teamed with Glenn Frey in the band Longbranch/Pennywhistle (they kept co-writing songs after Frey founded the Eagles, notably "New Kid in Town"), lived upstairs from Jackson Browne, and dated Linda Ronstadt.

Browne told him to audition for David Geffen, who'd just started the Asylum label, and that led directly to 1972's John David Souther. Its original ten-song program, which kicks off with "The Fast One," one of
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Watch James Taylor Recall 'Nervous' Beatles Audition for Apple Records

In 1968, James Taylor signed a contract with the Beatles' burgeoning record label, Apple, making his self-titled debut LP the company's first release from a non-British artist. But securing that lucrative deal was intimidating for the then-unknown singer-songwriter, who auditioned for Paul McCartney and George Harrison. Taylor reflected on that nerve-racking experience with Seth Meyers on Thursday's Late Night, admitting he was "clinically nervous" as he played for half of the Fab Four.

Taylor recalls landing his big break after a friend passed on his reel-to-reel demo to Peter Asher, Apple's head of A&R,
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James Corden, John Hurt, Kristin Scott Thomas Feted in U.K. Honors List

James Corden, John Hurt, Kristin Scott Thomas Feted in U.K. Honors List
London — Incoming “Late Late Show” host, James Corden, has been feted by the British government in its New Year Honors list.

Corden, who is named as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to drama, told the BBC: “I feel very lucky to be born in a country where creativity is both encouraged and valued.”

Corden is one of many entertainment figures recognized in the New Year honors, which are awarded for exceptional achievement or service in a particular field.

Actor John Hurt receives a knighthood, one of the highest honors, for services to drama. The equivalent honor for women, a damehood, goes to actresses Kristin Scott Thomas and Joan Collins, for services to drama and charity, respectively, and TV presenter Esther Rantzen, who is recognized for her campaigning work for the rights of children and older people.

Other showbiz folk on the list include
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James Corden, John Hurt, Kristin Scott Thomas Feted in U.K. Honors List

James Corden, John Hurt, Kristin Scott Thomas Feted in U.K. Honors List
London — Incoming “Late Late Show” host, James Corden, has been feted by the British government in its New Year Honors list.

Corden, who is named as an Officer of the Order of the British Empire (OBE) for services to drama, told the BBC: “I feel very lucky to be born in a country where creativity is both encouraged and valued.”

Corden is one of many entertainment figures recognized in the New Year honors, which are awarded for exceptional achievement or service in a particular field.

Actor John Hurt receives a knighthood, one of the highest honors, for services to drama. The equivalent honor for women, a damehood, goes to actresses Kristin Scott Thomas and Joan Collins, for services to drama and charity, respectively, and TV presenter Esther Rantzen, who is recognized for her campaigning work for the rights of children and older people.

Other showbiz folk on the list include
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Joan Collins and John Hurt Honored by Queen Elizabeth II

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Joan Collins and John Hurt Honored by Queen Elizabeth II
The diva of Dynasty is now a dame. Joan Collins, who played scheming, shoulder pad-wearing Alexis Carrington in the hit 1980s TV show, was made the female equivalent of a knight in Queen Elizabeth II's annual New Year's honors list. The star of potboilers including The Stud and The Bitch was recognized for her services to charity. Collins, 81, is a longtime supporter of nonprofit groups helping children. London-born Collins said Tuesday it was "humbling to receive this level of recognition from my queen and country, and I am thrilled and truly grateful." Actress Kristin Scott Thomas, who is due
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Joan Collins and John Hurt Honored by Queen Elizabeth II

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Joan Collins and John Hurt Honored by Queen Elizabeth II
The diva of Dynasty is now a dame. Joan Collins, who played scheming, shoulder pad-wearing Alexis Carrington in the hit 1980s TV show, was made the female equivalent of a knight in Queen Elizabeth II's annual New Year's honors list. The star of potboilers including The Stud and The Bitch was recognized for her services to charity. Collins, 81, is a longtime supporter of nonprofit groups helping children. London-born Collins said Tuesday it was "humbling to receive this level of recognition from my queen and country, and I am thrilled and truly grateful." Actress Kristin Scott Thomas, who is due
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Robin Williams' Final Days: Inside Rolling Stone's New Issue

Robin Williams' Final Days: Inside Rolling Stone's New Issue
"The legend is true," Tom Hanks writes in the new issue of Rolling Stone. "In 1978, word came from the set of TV's Happy Days. That week, Fonzie's ultracool was threatened by a stranger from another world. The guy playing the alien was hilarious."

The new issue of Rolling Stone (on stands Friday) is devoted to the triumphant life and painful final days of a comedic genius: Robin Williams, who died after hanging himself in his California home on August 11th at the age of 63. Contributing editor David Browne traces Williams' comedic roots to his childhood,
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On TCM: Oscar Winner Colbert

Claudette Colbert movies on Turner Classic Movies: From ‘The Smiling Lieutenant’ to TCM premiere ‘Skylark’ (photo: Claudette Colbert and Maurice Chevalier in ‘The Smiling Lieutenant’) Claudette Colbert, the studio era’s perky, independent-minded — and French-born — "all-American" girlfriend (and later all-American wife and mother), is Turner Classic Movies’ star of the day today, August 18, 2014, as TCM continues with its "Summer Under the Stars" film series. Colbert, a surprise Best Actress Academy Award winner for Frank Capra’s 1934 comedy It Happened One Night, was one Paramount’s biggest box office draws for more than decade and Hollywood’s top-paid female star of 1938, with reported earnings of $426,944 — or about $7.21 million in 2014 dollars. (See also: TCM’s Claudette Colbert day in 2011.) Right now, TCM is showing Ernst Lubitsch’s light (but ultimately bittersweet) romantic comedy-musical The Smiling Lieutenant (1931), a Best Picture Academy Award nominee starring Maurice Chevalier as a French-accented Central European lieutenant in
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Remote Control Prods.: Hans Zimmer’s Music Factory as a Breeding Ground

Remote Control Prods.: Hans Zimmer’s Music Factory as a Breeding Ground
Remote Control Prods., Hans Zimmer’s post-production company, is located within a sprawling seven-building complex in a commercial area of Santa Monica. At its center is Zimmer’s personal studio, designed to look like “a 19th-century Viennese brothel,” as the composer says with a wink.

The oak walls and floors, vintage analog synthesizers and built-in library shelves offer a sharp contrast to the remaining 50,000 square feet of studio space: an ultra-modern maze of composer suites, state-of-the-art recording and mixing facilities, and related small businesses. About 85 people work there, according to Zimmer’s business partner Steven Kofsky.

Remote Control, Zimmer’s loanout company, is one of more than a dozen tenants on the property, all owned by another Zimmer-Kofsky company called 14th Street Grille (which started in the mid-1990s and has been expanding throughout the block ever since).

Fifteen other composers, all friends or former associates of Zimmer, rent space:
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Peter Asher: Eyewitness to the Birth of Beatlemania

Peter Asher: Eyewitness to the Birth of Beatlemania
Before he embarked on a long career as a top-flight record exec, manager and producer, Peter Asher was in the vanguard of the British Invasion as a member of the vocal duo Peter & Gordon. Paul McCartney wrote four hits for Peter & Gordon, and he also lived in the Asher family home in the mid-1960s while dating Peter’s sister, Jane Asher.

As CBS prepares to mark the 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ debut on “The Ed Sullivan Show” with its “Night That Changed America” special on Feb. 9. Asher spoke with Variety‘s Christopher Morris about his memories of the early days of Beatlemania.

Variety: You first heard Paul and John perform “I Want to Hold Your Hand” in your family’s house?

Peter Asher: Paul was living in our house off and on when he was going with my sister. In the basement there was a small music
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Ed Sheeran, The Band Perry, Miguel on remake of Elton's 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'

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Ed Sheeran, The Band Perry, Miguel on remake of Elton's 'Goodbye Yellow Brick Road'
All the young acts love Elton: Ed Sheeran, The Band Perry, Emile Sande and Miguel are among the artists who will appear on a covers version of Elton John’s seminal “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.” The album, which celebrated its 40th anniversary last year, will be reissued on March 25 on CD, vinyl, limited-edition yellow vinyl and in a box set featuring lots of goodies, including “Live at Hammersmith 1973” on CD, and a 100-page hardback book with new interviews with John and co-writer Bernie Taupin. The deluxe and box set versions will include the Covers disc. Peter Asher produced the new...
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Zimmer’s Tale of Two Scores

Zimmer’s Tale of Two Scores
Hans Zimmer’s two late-2013 films couldn’t possibly be more different: “Rush,” a driving, in-your-face rock score for a competing pair of 1970s Formula One race car drivers, and “12 Years a Slave,” a quiet, melancholy string accompaniment for the tale of an educated, free African-American forced to endure the brutality of slavery in the antebellum South.

“‘12 Years’ was very privately and carefully thought about, while ‘Rush’ was really about adrenaline, a rock ’n’ roll attitude, let’s just go to a scene and see what happens,” says the nine-time Oscar nominee (and winner for “The Lion King”) in his Santa Monica studio.

Ron Howard’s “Rush” took Zimmer back to his late-1970s roots as a synth programmer and keyboard player in England (you can glimpse him in the background of the Buggles’ 1979 “Video Killed the Radio Star” video). “I wasn’t trying to ape ’70s rock, but there’s a sound,
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Music in Film: Man Of Steel soundtrack review

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Feature Ivan Radford 2 Jul 2013 - 06:47

Hans Zimmer brought together a symphony of drums and a hint of John Williams for his Man Of Steel soundtrack. Ivan has a listen...

Is it a Brrrmmmm? Is it a plane? Hans Zimmer’s Man Of Steel soundtrack is so loud it could probably be mistaken for either.

You don’t notice it at first: the film starts off with a gentle synth. Some brass enters, accompanied by a faintly other-worldly vocalist. The strings whip us away with threatening fast-paced noises.

Then, they happen.

The drums. So many drums.

“Someone else might wonder one day what 12 of the best drummers in the world would sound like all playing simultaneously in a space designed for a symphony orchestra – using not only rock drum kits but tympani and field drums as well. But such a person would likely be neither inclined (nor able) to pick
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Two Disc “Man Of Steel” Soundtrack Coming June 11th

Two Disc “Man Of Steel” Soundtrack Coming June 11th
Three days before the cinematic release of Zack Snyder’s Man Of Steel, you can get your hands on the jam packed two disc Man Of Steel soundtrack, with Mr. Hollywood Score the composer. That would be Hans Zimmer. Read on for the press release, complete with track titles and preorder info.

Los Angeles, CA – April 30, 2013 - On June 11, 2013, WaterTower Music will release two configurations of the Man Of Steel: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. The album will be available in standard form as well as a limited edition deluxe version at all physical and digital retailers. Academy Award®, Grammy®, and Golden Globe® - winning composer Hans Zimmer composed the music for this highly anticipated project, joining forces for the first time with director Zack Snyder.

“The challenges of creating a Superman score are daunting because Superman is so iconographic,” said Snyder. “I really feel like what Hans created is perfect.
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Man Of Steel Soundtrack Featuring Original Music By Hans Zimmer Set For Release June 11th

On June 11, 2013, WaterTower Music will release two configurations of the Man Of Steel: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. The album will be available in standard form as well as a limited edition deluxe version at all physical and digital retailers. Academy Award®, Grammy, and Golden Globe-winning composer Hans Zimmer composed the music for this highly anticipated project, joining forces for the first time with director Zack Snyder.

“The challenges of creating a Superman score are daunting because Superman is so iconographic,” said Snyder. “I really feel like what Hans created is perfect. Subtle and stirring, epic and commanding. Honestly, Hans crushed it.”

Fans will have the ability to choose between the standard two disc, 18-song soundtrack, and a limited, deluxe edition of the soundtrack. This deluxe edition will be housed in a special embossed steel case, contain 24 score selections, and give fans the ability to access multiple videos showing an exclusive,
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‘Man of Steel’ Two-Disc Soundtrack Set for Release June 11th

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On June 11, 2013, WaterTower Music will release two configurations of the Man Of Steel: Original Motion Picture Soundtrack. The album will be available in standard form as well as a limited edition deluxe version at all physical and digital retailers. Academy Award®, Grammy, and Golden Globe-winning composer Hans Zimmer composed the music for this highly anticipated project, joining forces for the first time with director Zack Snyder.

Snyder said:

“The challenges of creating a Superman score are daunting because Superman is so iconographic. I really feel like what Hans created is perfect. Subtle and stirring, epic and commanding. Honestly, Hans crushed it.”

Fans will have the ability to choose between the standard two disc, 18-song soundtrack, and a limited, deluxe edition of the soundtrack. This deluxe edition will be housed in a special embossed steel case, contain 24 score selections, and give fans the ability to access multiple videos showing an exclusive,
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"Silver Linings Playbook" Wins Big at 17th Satellite Awards

David O. Russell's "Silver Linings Playbook" danced atop the 17th Annual Satellite Awards winning Best Picture, Editing, Director, Actor (Bradley Cooper), and Actress (Jennifer Lawrence). In the supporting acting categories, Anne Hathaway took home the Best Supporting Actress award for "Les Miserables," while Javier Bardem won Best Supporting Actor for playing the big bad in "Skyfall."

Winners were announced Sunday, Dec. 16, at the InterContinental Hotel at Century City in Los Angeles.

Here's the complete winners (highlighted) and nominees of the 17th Annual Satellite Awards (for a complete list of Awards Season winners/nominees, click here):

Motion Picture

Argo .

*** Silver Linings Playbook

Beasts Of The Southern Wild

Les MISÉRABLES

Skyfall

Moonrise Kingdom

The Sessions

Lincoln Dreamworks/Touchstone

Life Of Pi

Zero Dark Thirty

Director

*** David O. Russell -- Silver Linings Playbook

Ben Affleck -- Argo

Kim Ki-duk -- Pieta Drafthouse Films

Ben Lewin -- The Sessions

Steven Spielberg --
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