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Debbie Gibson Shares 30 Fun Facts About Herself to Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Out of the Blue

Debbie Gibson Shares 30 Fun Facts About Herself to Celebrate the 30th Anniversary of Out of the Blue
Thirty years ago, an unknown 16-year-old Long Island girl named Debbie Gibson released her first pop album.

Entitled Out of the Blue, it spawned five hit singles and sold five million copies worldwide. The chart topping “Foolish Beat” made her the youngest female artist to write, produce and perform a top single – a record that endures today.

Gibson is still around. Her follow-up album, Electric Youth, went straight to no. 1. She continues to release new music and she occasionally acts—most recently in the 2016 TV Movie Summer of Dreams. She is releasing a box set of her music later this
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The First Electric Track From Nicolas Winding Refn’s ‘The Neon Demon’-Inspired Album Is Here — Listen

The First Electric Track From Nicolas Winding Refn’s ‘The Neon Demon’-Inspired Album Is Here — Listen
Music has always played an integral part in setting the mood for Nicolas Winding Refn’s films, so the director’s recent announcement that he would be compiling a collection of songs that inspired his 2016 fashion industry horror flick “The Neon Demon” only made sense.

Read More: Listen: ‘The Neon Demon’s’ Seductive Score by Cliff Martinez Will Blow Your Mind

The vinyl album, titled “The Wicked Die Young,” will feature tracks from Dionne Warwick, Giorgio Moroder, Suicide, and the film’s composer Cliff Martinez, as well as Refn’s nephew, Julian Winding, who also contributed to “The Neon Demon.”

Winding’s “When You Want To Hurt Someone” fits perfectly with the electric, bumping mood of the film.

Read More: ‘The Neon Demon’: Nicolas Winding Refn Anatomizes Elle Fanning’s Audition Scene for the New York Times

About the song, Refn commented, “Julian Winding is a super-charged, esoteric-sounding, unadulterated,
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Newswire: Nicolas Winding Refn releases LP of music that inspired The Neon Demon

Nicolas Winding Refn’s glamorous and gruesome The Neon Demon was one of 2016’s more divisive releases. But its fans can have more to chew on when Refn debuts The Wicked Die Young, an album comprised of music that inspired him when undertaking the project. According to Pitchfork, the compilation will be available for purchase on vinyl April 14, with cover art of an eyeball peeking out from two parted lips—an image that may test your gag reflex if you’re familiar with the movie’s plot.

For the records, Refn selected songs from 999, Giorgio Moroder, and Sparks, while also nodding to the cinematic works that influenced him with the likes of Dionne Warwick’s “(Theme From) Valley Of The Dolls” and Pino Donaggio’s “The Shower (Theme From Dressed To Kill).” On Facebook, Electric Youth wrote that its entry, “Good Blood,” was written specifically for The ...
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‘The Neon Demon’: Nicolas Winding Refn to Release Vinyl Compilation Inspired by the Film

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‘The Neon Demon’: Nicolas Winding Refn to Release Vinyl Compilation Inspired by the Film
Nicolas Winding Refn has announced the release of “The Wicked Die Young,” a vinyl compilation inspired by “The Neon Demon,” his recent horror thriller starring Elle Fanning and Christina Hendricks.

“The Wicked Die Young” will be released on April 14 via Milan Records, and it will provide an insight into the sounds that inspired the film.

Read More: James Franco Interviews Nicolas Winding Refn: His ‘Extreme’ Career, Cocaine and the ‘Ritualistic Witchcraft’ of ‘Neon Demon’

The compilation spans disco, punk and electro, and features tracks by Giorgio Moroder, Sparks, Suicide, Electric Youth, Dionne Warwick and others. It also includes music by Refn’s previous collaborator Cliff Martinez, who has scored the writer/director past three films, as well as his son Julian Winding, who contributed to “Only God Forgives” and “The Neon Demon.”

The 46-year-old Danish filmmaker has been releasing his “Refn Presents” series through Milan Records since 2015, including the scores to “Old Boy,
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Nicolas Winding Refn’s Yakuza Action Feature ‘The Avenging Silence’ Gets Extensive Synopsis

With The Neon Demon now (almost completely) exorcised from Danish auteur Nicolas Winding Refn‘s system, he is already deep into preparing his next project. On the docket for the director is The Avenging Silence, which will apparently sate Refn’s desire to make a “big extravagant action film.” Refn also said over the summer it is loosely inspired by “Dr. No,” Ian Fleming‘s classic Bond novel, as well as William Burrough‘s “Nova Express.” An extended synopsis has now been released for the feature, which hopefully will make its way to screens by 2018.

While he has dipped into action in sections of Drive, Bronson and The Pusher Trilogy, The Avenging Silence sounds like a big step for Refn into pure spy/action genre fare. However, fans of Refn’s stylistic choices should rest assured as he has already stated his protagonist won’t say much. This time, that
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8 killer cues from Cliff Martinez’s The Neon Demon soundtrack

Sean Wilson takes a closer look at the latest captivating collaboration between director Nicolas Winding Refn and composer Cliff Martinez

Filmmaker Nicolas Winding Refn doesn’t court controversy and outrage so much as revel in it, and his latest hallucinatory nightmare The Neon Demon is no exception. A surrealistic and increasingly shocking tale of the fashion industry crossed with elements of vampirism and necrophilia, it’s a visually luscious throwback to the exploitation movies of which Refn is so fond. Descending into a neon hell with Refn once again is Drive and Only God Forgives composer Cliff Martinez – and the results are spectacular. Here are several key moments from what is assuredly one of 2016’s most distinctive and striking soundtracks.

Neon Demon

Although not strictly a themes-and-variations score, this dreamy and beguiling opener does introduce what could be described as its principal idea. An undulating, deceptively tranquil and innocent pulsating
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The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Ost review

The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 Ost review
You only have to look at Zane Lowe's re-scoring of Drive to see how impassioned fans get about film soundtracks. In fairness, that was a brave undertaking, and swapping College & Electric Youth's sublime 'A Real Hero' for The 1975 in that aqueduct scene aside, it wasn't a total disaster. But the DJ's reimagining of the ineffably stylish thriller was still met with widespread scorn.

Admittedly, it was a strange choice of project (why mess with perfection?), although it's perhaps stranger still that altering the soundtrack from a film just three years old could be branded an act of sacrilege and defacement. But it's proof if proof were needed that scores worth their salt can quickly wedge themselves into the Zeitgeist and become as revered as the films themselves.

So will the same be said of The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 1 in a few years' time? Lorde only knows…
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Drive, and exploring alternative movie soundtracks

A rescoring of Drive has caused online outrage, but Mark's keeping an open mind about musical reinterpretations

Movie music matters. It's tough to wax lyrical about why it matters without sounding like one of those autocue scripts that we'll be hearing all throughout the coming awards season, probably read out by unlikely pairs of presenters, (“Now, to present the award for Best Sound Editing, Justin Bieber and Angela Lansbury!”) so let's just say that it does.

Whether it's an original score from Hans Zimmer or a jukebox tour of Quentin Tarantino's record collection, a movie's soundtrack informs the tone and timbre of the movie itself. So when we get into the question of movie rescores, we're really getting back into that thorny issue of asking whether the director's original intentions are sacrosanct to any subsequent versions of a film. As some of you may already have guessed, we bring
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Radio 1's Zane Lowe re-scores Drive: A brave gamble, but did it pay off?

Radio 1's Zane Lowe re-scores Drive: A brave gamble, but did it pay off?
Of all the great movies the Oscars have shunned over the years, Drive's snub in 2012 was a tough one to take.

Ryan Gosling stars as the Hollywood stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver in his most mesmerising performance since he was a Jewish neo-Nazi in 2001's The Believer. Carey Mulligan is the struggling single mum who Gosling falls for, and a between-Breaking Bad seasons Bryan Cranston plays his mechanic partner in crime.

Nicolas Winding Refn's direction is suave and daring; he follows the blood, sweat and tears of The Driver's journey with total badassness and ends up with something in between Taxi Driver and Michael Mann's Thief... And then there's the soundtrack. What a soundtrack.

So when Radio 1 DJ Zane Lowe announced that he was curating a score of new music for the film masterpiece, you can understand the anger and confusion it sparked. But
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Zane Lowe defends BBC Drive soundtrack project: 'It's really good'

Zane Lowe defends BBC Drive soundtrack project: 'It's really good'
Zane Lowe has defended his forthcoming BBC Radio 1 Drive soundtrack project.

The DJ has curated a new soundtrack for Ryan Gosling and Nicolas Winding Refn's cult hit, bringing in Chvrches, The 1975, Baauer, Banks, Bastille, Bring Me the Horizon, Eric Prydz, Jon Hopkins, Laura Mvula, The Neighbourhood and Zcc (Simon Neil) to create new music.

The re-scored film will be shown on BBC Three on October 30 at 10pm.

Despite backing from director Refn and the makers of the 2011 film, fans have taken to social media to voice their objection to replacing the likes of Kavinsky, College, Electric Youth and Chromatics from the original soundtrack.

"I've read some messages from people who are either confused or angry about #R1Drive. Its important to say no-one is trying to improve here," Lowe wrote on his Twitter page, adding that "the experiment comes from a place of respect".

"It is a parallel experience
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"Drive" Gets Rescored For UK Next Week

One of the most acclaimed elements of Nicolas Winding Refn's "Drive" was the score - a blend of original electronic numbers by composer Cliff Martinez along with a couple of key pop songs such as College & Electric Youth's "A Real Hero," The Chromatics' "Tick of the Clock" and Kavinsky and Lovefoxxx's "Nightcall".

For a film with minimal dialogue, the score played a very important part in generating that film's sense of tone. Now, in an intersting experiment, Radio 1 and BBC Three have announced plans to rescore the entire film for a one-time only broadcast in the UK next week.

Zane Lowe is curating the project which is being dubbed "Radio 1 Rescores: Drive," which suggests there may be more re-score broadcasts of this type on the way.

The new score will boast all original music from thirteen bands/artists including the likes of - The 1975, Baauer, Banks, Bastille,
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Zane Lowe curates new Drive soundtrack with Chvrches, Bastille, more

Zane Lowe curates new Drive soundtrack with Chvrches, Bastille, more
Zane Lowe is curating a new soundtrack for the Ryan Gosling film Drive.

The DJ is collating music from Chvrches, Foals and Sbtrkt, who are covering tracks from the 2011 cult hit by the likes of Kavinsky, College featuring Electric Youth and Chromatics.

The 1975, Baauer, Banks, Bastille, Bring Me the Horizon, Eric Prydz, Jon Hopkins, Laura Mvula, The Neighbourhood and Zcc (Simon Neil) will also feature on the new soundtrack.

Listen to Chvrches cover 'Get Away' for Radio 1 Rescores: Drive below:

The film, complete with reworked soundtrack, will be shown on October 30 at 10pm on BBC Three.

Drive director Nicolas Winding Refn spoke about the project, saying: "I consider it a great honour that my movie Drive inspired so many wonderful artists to come together and create one ultra-cool glam experience."

Watch a trailer for Radio 1 Rescores: Drive below:
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Debbie Gibson Answers 4 Questions on Her 44th Birthday

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Debbie Gibson Answers 4 Questions on Her 44th Birthday
She was a teen star, releasing the triple-platinum Out of the Blue when she was just 16. In the subsequent 28 years, Debbie Gibson has had her ups and downs. Her career high: becoming the youngest person in history to write, perform and produce a #1 hit, with "Foolish Beat." Her low? Probably the entire season she competed on Celebrity Apprentice. On August 31, Debbie Gibson turns 44 - not that she's counting. "I'm not in any way ashamed of the numbers, but I've thrown them out in my daily life because they truly limit how we view ourselves and others," she tells People. "Tina Turner
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Debbie Gibson Answers Four Questions on Her 44th Birthday

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Debbie Gibson Answers Four Questions on Her 44th Birthday
She was a teen star, releasing the triple-platinum Out of the Blue when she was just 16. In the subsequent 28 years, Debbie Gibson has had her ups and downs. Her career high: becoming the youngest person in history to write, perform and produce a #1 hit, with "Foolish Beat." Her low? Probably the entire season she competed on Celebrity Apprentice. On August 31, Debbie Gibson turns 44 - not that she's counting. "I'm not in any way ashamed of the numbers, but I've thrown them out in my daily life because they truly limit how we view ourselves and others," she tells People. "Tina Turner
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Interview: Teen Queen Debbie Gibson is All Grown Up

Chicago – Debbie Gibson was the youngest recording artist – at 17 years old – to write, produce and perform a number one hit (“Foolish Beat” in 1988), and her songs were the soundtrack to that era’s teen generation. HollywoodChicago.com caught up with the candid Ms. Gibson at the “Hollywood Show” Chicago.

Deborah Ann “Debbie” Gibson was born in Brooklyn, New York, one of four musical siblings. At age eight, she sang in the children’s chorus at the Metropolitan Opera House in New Your City, and took piano lessons. By the time she was in her early teens in the early 1980s, she had a handful of demo songs that caught the interest of Atlantic Records. In the meantime she started playing club dates, all while attending high school. Atlantic Records released her first album in 1986, “Out of the Blue,” and the single “Only in My Dreams” reached number four on the
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John Barrowman Talks “Sing Your Face Off,” New Album and “Arrow”

We’ve seen him save the world as Captain Jack Harkness on Torchwood, get caught up in the frenetic worlds of Desperate Housewives and Scandal, and of late he’s been deliciously chewing the scenerey as the evil Malcolm Merlyn on Arrow.

This summer he’s hosting the new celebrity reality singing competition, Sing Your Face Off. In the series, celebrities like Lisa Rinna, Jon Lovitz, Sebastian Bach, China Anne McClain and Landry Fields transform themselves into famous singers like Dolly Parton, Britney Spears, Willie Nelson and Tina Turner and, from what Barrowman told us earlier this week, viewers will be surprised at the results.

We recently spoke with Barrowman about the new show, his upcoming CD and of course Arrow, where he’ll be a series regular this fall.

TheBacklot: Sing Your Face Off is definitely gayer than Arrow

John Barrowman: Depends how you look at it!

How
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Meme: Jk Rowling’s Sneaky New Book, Spider-Man Rocks Out, Geeks Out Responds to Lionsgate

George Zimmerman not guilty, Eli Lieb’s “Young Love,” and Coffee Town thinks being straight is really gay

While I’m avoiding most of the more unseemly articles I’ve seen about the sad death of Cory Monteith that are everywhere, there is the question of what happens to Glee without him. The show was scheduled to start shooting a week from today, so undoubtedly most of the season was written, and Finn was a core character to the show and the dynamic of the ensemble.

The Arkansas Attorney General has rejected the language for the ballot proposal to repeal the constitutional ban on marriage equality in the state. “Specifically, rather than simply describing Amendment 83 to the Arkansas Constitution (the amendment proposed to be repealed), your proposed ballot title asserts an abridgment of undefined ‘rights’ and seems to presume Amendment 83’s illegality in terms of federal law and the laws of other states.
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Sara Jean Ford, Tyrick Wiltez Jones and NaTasha Yvette Williams Set for Fpac's Broadway Encore Tonight

Franklin Performing Arts Company Fpac presents Broadway Encore tonight, May 4 at 6 p.m. at the Putnam Club, Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. Fpac's Gala fundraiser features Broadway headliners Sara Jean Ford, Tyrick Wiltez Jones and NaTasha Yvette Williams in an exclusive one-night-only show that brings the magic of 42nd Street to Boston's MetroWest suburbs. The evening also features silent and live auctions, performances by Electric Youth and the Franklin Performing Arts Company, special guests and dancing until midnight with Boston's popular RampB band, Soul Kitchen.
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Sara Jean Ford, Tyrick Wiltez Jones and NaTasha Yvette Williams Set for Fpac's Broadway Encore, 5/4

Franklin Performing Arts Company Fpac presents Broadway Encore on Saturday, May 4 at 6 p.m. at the Putnam Club, Gillette Stadium in Foxboro. Fpac's Gala fundraiser features Broadway headliners Sara Jean Ford, Tyrick Wiltez Jones and NaTasha Yvette Williams in an exclusive one-night-only show that brings the magic of 42nd Street to Boston's MetroWest suburbs. The evening also features silent and live auctions, performances by Electric Youth and the Franklin Performing Arts Company, special guests and dancing until midnight with Boston's popular RampB band, Soul Kitchen.
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Watch: Sally Shapiro's Queer New Music Video

Bisexual Swedish singer Sally Shapiro just released her new video for her single “Starman” featuring Electric Youth and it's anything but typical.

The glittery clip features a tutu-clad protagonist, two spit-swapping Ken dolls and a spoken word rallying cry against normalcy.

Of the decidedly unconventional video Shapiro says in a press release:

"A starman, in this song, is someone who interests you despite, or maybe because of, being different than the people you usually surround yourself with. Given that a few of our other music videos have depicted boy-girl-love, we wanted the music video to illustrate something less heteronormative. We had already asked the German director Edwin Brienen to direct the music video when we told him that. It turned out that he was gay himself so he was enthusiastic to come up with the music video concept that we went for."

"Starman" will be featured on Shapiro's upcoming third album,
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