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31st Powerhouse Theater Season Announces Casting

18 June 2015 12:01 PM, PDT | | See recent Backstage news »

To see some of the most talented stage and screen artists take on new material in development, head on up to the Hudson Valley for the 31st Powerhouse Theater season! A collaboration between New York Stage and Film and Vassar College, Powerhouse runs from June 26 to Aug. 2 and gathers some of the most promising artists working today to Poughkeepsie for a summer of workshops, readings, and new productions. The program consists of eight-week residencies on the Vassar campus for over 250 professional artists, as well as 50 apprentices in the Powerhouse Training Program. Past seasons have helped launch Broadway-bound shows such as John Patrick Shanley’s “Doubt,” Green Day’s “American Idiot,” and Lin-Manuel Miranda’s upcoming “Hamilton.” Headlining this year’s schedule are two mainstage shows: Keith Bunin’s “The Unbuilt City,” directed by Sean Mathias and starring Beth Dixon and Carter Hudson; and Hannah Bos and Paul Thureen’s “The Light Years, »

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Steve Aoki – Neon Future II Review

11 May 2015 8:43 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Steve Aoki’s third studio album, Neon Future II, brings listeners on a cinematic journey with a dark twist. It’s the sequel to his previous release, Neon Future, and features a star-studded list of artists like Linkin Park, Nervo, and Snoop Lion. In contrast to its predecessor, this album’s sound is more emotion-driven and dives deeper into the concept of futurism. Embracing the idea of various genres coming together, Aoki combines electro bangers with country, pop and rock influences. While the jumping across genres can cause a disconnect, all of the tracks here are united by the album’s theme – by means of darker tones, voiceovers and sounds that you might expect to hear in the future.

Much like the beginning of a science fiction flick, a robotic voice briefly introduces the Neon Future concept. As if we were opening a “Time Capsule” as the track’s title suggests, »

- Krista De Leon

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Producer Emily Ziff Launches Mixed Use Co. (Exclusive)

24 February 2015 2:13 PM, PST | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Emily Ziff, who ran Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Cooper’s Town Prods. for the past decade, has launched the Mixed Use Company as her own producing banner.

“I am grateful to have spent the past 10 years developing material alongside one of the world’s most creative storytellers,” Ziff said of Hoffman. “And now I am excited to begin a new chapter with a slate of unique and dynamic projects.

While at Cooper’s Town, Ziff worked as an associate producer on “Capote” and as a producer on “Jack Goes Boating” and “God’s Pocket.” Ziff and Sara Murphy are teamed with 2929 Prods. to produce “Black Lung,” a supernatural thriller starring Amanda Seyfried and Theo James that was unveiled earlier this month at Berlin.

Under the Mixed Use shingle, Ziff is producing “The Cavendish Home,” based on Claire LeGrand’s novel “The Cavendish Home for Boys and Girls” and adapted for »

- Dave McNary

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Review: Johnnie To Hits The Mark Once Again With Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2

18 February 2015 6:30 AM, PST | Twitch | See recent Twitch news »

Veteran producer and filmmaker Johnnie To is back to his old tricks with Don't Go Breaking My Heart 2, a thoroughly watchable, stylishly lensed, beautifully unconventional, and often just plain hilarious follow-up to his hit 2011 rom-com about a trio of young up-and-coming Hong Kongers looking for love in the midst of an economic depression. Light years more formally sophisticated than Hollywood's most modern-day genre efforts, Dgbmh 2 proves to be a surprisingly rewarding, often straightforwardly anti-romantic sequel that conspicuously traps its protagonists in a seemingly never-ending labyrinth of deceptive emotions, both past and present. Being a master cinematic stylist, To understands how to take familiar, worn-out genre tropes and elevate them to new heights.Once again set against the backdrop of incomprehensibly speedy markets, To's...

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