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10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week: Valerie June, Maren Morris

10 Best Country and Americana Songs of the Week: Valerie June, Maren Morris
A protest song from Josh Ritter, the latest punk-vaudeville from Megan Mullally and Stephanie Hunt, and Valerie June’s mesmerizing Hendrix tribute make up this week’s list of must-hear country and Americana tracks.

Leo Rondeau, “Get On With It”

While a chugging rhythm section keeps pace in the background, Nashville-by-way-of-North Dakota songwriter Leo Rondeau packs his bags and hits the road, looking for the quickest way to heal a broken heart. “I never know what I want, and in the end it’s only my fault,” he sings, shouldering
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Artists’ Choice #14: Eric Khoo (Director/Producer) lists his Favorite Singaporean Movies

Award winning film maker and Cultural Medallion recipient Eric Khoo who helms Zhao Wei Films has been credited for reviving the Singapore film industry and for putting Singapore onto the International film map in 1995. He was the first Singaporean to have his films invited to major film festivals such as Toronto, Busan, Berlin, Telluride, Venice and Cannes. Together with 12 Storeys’ co-writer James Toh and actress Lucilla Teoh, he also wrote a White Paper which resulted in the formation of the Singapore Film Commission. Khoo was awarded the Chevalier de l’Ordre des Arts et des Letters, from the French Cultural Minister in 2008. Besides his filmmaking achievements, Khoo has produced several award winning films including 15 (2003) and Apprentice (2016).

Be With Me opened the Directors Fortnight in Cannes 2005 and My Magic his fourth feature was nominated for the Cannes Palme d’Or in 2008. Khoo has been profiled in Phaidon Books, Take 100 the future of Film – 100 New directors.
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Mac Wiseman, Bluegrass Icon, Dead at 93

Over his 70-plus years in the spotlight, singer and guitarist Mac Wiseman helped build bluegrass and modern country music from the ground up. He remained a valuable mentor and ambassador for both genres until his death on February 24th. He was 93.

Of the many accomplishments from Wiseman’s career, two best represent his longevity and influence. He was the final surviving member of Lester Flatt and Earl Scruggs’ original Foggy Mountain Boys. That fact alone makes him a key figure in the commercial and musical development of 1940s bluegrass. He
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Rick Moranis Reviving Spaceballs’ Dark Helmet For The Goldbergs

Rick Moranis will come out of retirement to play his iconic Spaceballs character Dark Helmet on this week’s episode of The Goldbergs. The comedic talents of Rick Moranis first came to light on the classic sketch comedy series Sctv, which ran on various networks from 1976 to 1984. From there, Moranis launched a movie career and quickly became one of the most beloved comic actors in Hollywood, appearing in everything from Ghostbusters to Little Shop of Horrors to My Blue Heaven.
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Meryl Streep in ‘Julie & Julia’: A look back at her 16th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome

Meryl Streep in ‘Julie & Julia’: A look back at her 16th Oscar nomination, the competition and the outcome
This article marks Part 16 of the 21-part Gold Derby series analyzing Meryl Streep at the Oscars. Join us as we look back at Meryl Streep’s nominations, the performances that competed with her at the Academy Awards, the results of each race and the overall rankings of the contenders.

In 1977, the year Meryl Streep made her feature film debut in “Julia,” Nora Ephron was working full-time as a columnist for Esquire, penning memorable pieces on the likes of controversial Boston University President John Silber and the series finale of “The Mary Tyler Moore Show.”

By the time, six years later, Ephron made her own big screen debut as screenwriter of the Streep-headlined “Silkwood” (1983), Streep had two Oscar victories under her belt. The success of “Silkwood” in 1983 set expectations supremely high for their collaboration on “Heartburn” (1986), based on the acclaimed Ephron semi-autobiographical novel – anticipation that would make that picture’s ultimate
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Today in Movie Culture: Iron Man Meets Darth Vader, Mads Mikkelsen as Doctor Doom and More

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Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: Mashup of the Day: Moon Film made Iron Man even better by giving him Darth Vader's voice in scenes from McU movies: Dream Casting of the Day: Mads Mikkelsen wants to play Doctor Doom, so BossLogic shows us what he could look like unmasked (below) and masked. Mads Mikkelsen - Doctor Doom - @noahhawley @20thcenturyfox pic.twitter.com/8MZdROdqYk — BossLogic (@Bosslogic) August 1, 2017 Back Story of the Day: The Film Theorists look at the true story behind Goodfellas (and My Blue Heaven) and how the real characters were adapted for the screen: Movie Trivia of the Day: Edgar Wright's Baby...

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Why Steve Martin’s “Vinny” in My Blue Heaven was the Best Role of His Career

Actors don’t always manage to step out of the roles they love to play. They hit their comfort zone and that’s where they tend to stay for years on end. Action heroes continue on in action films as the big tough guy or the calm and collected guy that kicks the hell out of the bad guys. Comedians go onto become little more than typecast figures that tell the same jokes in various ways. That’s why in My Blue Heaven the character of Vinne is beyond anything that you might ever think of when it comes to Steve Martin. He’s

Why Steve Martin’s “Vinny” in My Blue Heaven was the Best Role of His Career
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Rick Moranis Is Back for a 'Strange Brew' Reunion

What movie fan doesn't miss Rick Moranis? The star of such favorites as GhostbustersSpaceballsLittle Shop of HorrorsParenthoodMy Blue Heaven and the Honey, I Shrunk the Kids franchise has been absent from the screen since the 1997 direct-to-video sequel Honey, We Shrunk Ourselves. He was last heard in the 2006 direct-to-video animated movie Brother Bear 2.  While he hasn't exactly been retired completely (he's been putting out music albums as recent as 2013), he has been laying low in the decades since his wife's death from breast cancer in 1991. He's claimed he's mostly just been picky. That was his reason for not participating in last year's Ghostbusters remake, which...

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Steve Martin in “My Blue Heaven” Just Isn’t Steve Martin

I like Steve Martin as much as the next guy. While I don’t personally think he’s as funny as most people do, I still like him as a serious actor and writer. By the way, that whole King Tut thing on Saturday Night Live in the 70s was never funny and never will be and The Jerk was not a funny movie. I just had to mention that. Anyway, let’s get into your typical Steve Martin character. For the most part Steve Martin’s that guy with the white hair who’s great in family oriented movies. He’s great at throwing a

Steve Martin in “My Blue Heaven” Just Isn’t Steve Martin
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How ‘Norman Lear’ Directors Found ‘Just Another Version of You’

How ‘Norman Lear’ Directors Found ‘Just Another Version of You’
Ever since it wowed opening-night crowds at Sundance 2016, documentary biopic “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You” has met a range of reactions. That’s because it’s more than a straightforward cradle-to-grave chronicle of Lear’s remarkable decades of television creativity. (Music Box opened the film in New York July 8, Los Angeles hits July 15, PBS’s American Masters airs in October, followed in November by Netflix.)

Documentarians Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Oscar-nominated “Jesus Camp,” shortlisted “Detropia”) recognized that, at 93, their subject is still vital and engaging—years after creating groundbreaking ’70s shows “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “Maude,” and “Sanford and Sons,” among others, not to mention founding liberal action group People for the American Way.

And so they gave Lear leeway to fashion his on-screen persona, and brought in plenty of friendly talking heads, including, most controversially, George Clooney. In turn, Lear let them dig and
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How ‘Norman Lear’ Directors Found ‘Just Another Version of You’

How ‘Norman Lear’ Directors Found ‘Just Another Version of You’
Ever since it wowed opening-night crowds at Sundance 2016, documentary biopic “Norman Lear: Just Another Version of You” has met a range of reactions. That’s because it’s more than a straightforward cradle-to-grave chronicle of Lear’s remarkable decades of television creativity. (Music Box opened the film in New York July 8, Los Angeles hits July 15, PBS’s American Masters airs in October, followed in November by Netflix.)

Documentarians Heidi Ewing and Rachel Grady (Oscar-nominated “Jesus Camp,” shortlisted “Detropia”) recognized that, at 93, their subject is still vital and engaging—years after creating groundbreaking ’70s shows “All in the Family,” “The Jeffersons,” “Maude,” and “Sanford and Sons,” among others, not to mention founding liberal action group People for the American Way.

And so they gave Lear leeway to fashion his on-screen persona, and brought in plenty of friendly talking heads, including, most controversially, George Clooney. In turn, Lear let them dig and
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Brett Ratner adapting story based on Goodfellas’ Henry Hill

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Henry Hill's story was told in Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas - but not all of it...

The story of mobster Henry Hill was infamously told in Martin Scorsese’s stunning Goodfellas. He was played in that movie by Ray Liotta, but it didn’t cover Hill’s full story. Nor did the other movie based around Hill's life, that was released at the same time, the Steve Martin/Rick Moranis comedy, My Blue Heaven.

For as the Espn television movie Playing For the Mob charted, Hill was also involved in a scandal where he tried to fix basketball games in Boston in the late 1970s. And now there are plans to bring that story to the big screen.

Brett Ratner is linked to this one, with his RatPac Entertainment set to bring the story to the movies. It’s unclear as of yet if Ratner has earmarked
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Rick Moranis Turned Down Ghostbusters Cameo, May Return to Acting

Rick Moranis Turned Down Ghostbusters Cameo, May Return to Acting
Rick Moranis fans, rejoice! Well, maybe not just yet, but there’s hope for the future. The 62-year-old actor, known for his splendid work in Parenthood, Ghostbusters, Spaceballs, Little Shop of Horrors, My Blue Heaven, Streets of Fire, and Strange Brew, isn’t opposed to coming out of retirement. But don’t expect to see a Rick Moranis Ghostbusters cameo in Paul Feig’s […]

The post Rick Moranis Turned Down Ghostbusters Cameo, May Return to Acting appeared first on /Film.
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Interview: Michael Nehs is Building Up Chicago’s Periscope Post & Audio

Chicago – TV production is entrenched in Chicago, and currently one of the hottest shows produced here is Fox Network’s “Empire.” The intricate sound details of the show, including the music, are handled by a Chicago-based post production company called Periscope Post & Audio. One of the founders and principle owners is Michael Nehs.

Periscope is part of the 50 acre campus which also encompasses Cinespace Studios. The Chicago-based film and television complex. once a steel plant, is now home to the hottest network and cable television series, including “Empire.” Periscope Post & Audio has been instrumental in providing services for these shows, complete production elements like the “dailies” overview (looking at footage that was filmed that day), expert color correction and editing, in addition to sound services like design, audio mixing. voiceover and Adr (Additional Dialogue recording).

Periscope Post & Audio

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Michael Nehs is the man on the scene,
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Wedding Singer's rapping grandma Ellen Albertini Dow dies at the age of 101

Wedding Singer's rapping grandma Ellen Albertini Dow dies at the age of 101
Veteran actress Ellen Albertini Dow has died at the age of 101.

Dow was perhaps best known for her scene-stealing moment in Adam Sandler's The Wedding Singer, in which she performed The Sugarhill Gang's 'Rapper's Delight'.

Her longtime agent Juliet Green confirmed Dow's passing on Monday (May 4) to Deadline.

Dow did not begin her movie career until she was in her 70s, having previously studied acting in New York and working with mimes Marcel Marceau and Jacques LeCog in Paris.

She later went on to teach drama at Los Angeles City College, before moving to Pierce College in the San Fernando Valley and teaching theatre with her husband Eugene.

Her first role was in the 1986 version of The Twilight Zone, and soon landed parts in various films and TV shows, including My Blue Heaven, Sister Act, Moonlighting, The Golden Girls, The Wonder Years and Seinfeld.

Her most memorable role
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Ellen Albertini Dow, Rapping 'The Wedding Singer' Granny, Dies at 101

Ellen Albertini Dow, the scene-stealing actress who blossomed on both the big and small screens late in life and gave a memorable rapping performance in "The Wedding Singer," has died. She was 101.

Albertini Dow's incredible life began in Pennsylvania in 1913, and she studied acting and mime alongside industry legends including Martha Graham and Marcel Marceau. She and her husband, Eugene Dow, started the theater program at Pierce College in California, where she taught until she retired in 1985.

But Albertini Dow didn't stop there. She started taking acting classes at the American Film Institute and began a career in her 70s, scoring roles in television series including the 1980s reboot of "The Twilight Zone." She went on to appear on television numerous times throughout the next few decades of her life, including guest spots on series such as "Moonlighting," "Murphy Brown," "The Golden Girls," "The Wonder Years," "Star Trek: The Next Generation,
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Wedding Singer Grandmother Ellen Albertini Dow Dies at 101

Wedding Singer Grandmother Ellen Albertini Dow Dies at 101
Ellen Albertini Dow, whose take on "Rapper's Delight" made The Wedding Singer an instant classic, died Monday per Deadline. She was 101. Prior to making it big in Hollywood, Dow studied acting in New York City, worked with mimes and even had a role in a comedy act before moving to the West Coast to teach in the drama department at Los Angeles City College. The Pennsylvania native later transferred to Pierce College where she would go on to meet her husband Eugene Dow. She landed a role in The Twilight Zone during the 1980s and her acting career launched from there. She also appeared in big screen films such as Sister Act and My Blue Heaven and also worked on the small screen. Her TV credits include The...
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Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Arrow, Himym, Once, Good Wife, Hannibal, Scandal, Sleepy and More

Ask Ausiello: Spoilers on Arrow, Himym, Once, Good Wife, Hannibal, Scandal, Sleepy and More
Got a scoop request? An anonymous tip you’re dying to share? Send any/all of the above to askausiello@tvline.com

Question: On Scandal, don’t you think Jake would be a good match for Mellie? —Sara

Ausiello: I’m not feeling it. Besides, if my hunch is correct (tee-hee, when isn’t it?!), the new fortysomething character the show is currently casting — a handsome, charismatic fella named Andrew — will be keeping company with Bellamy Young’s love-starved Flotus. And, if this is who they end up hiring, we deserve some kind of trophy or medal. Or something.

Question:
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'The Mentalist' - 'My Blue Heaven': Meet the new boss

After five-plus seasons of the Cbi and Red John, "The Mentalist" needed to take a beat before settling into its new reality. While Patrick Jane, Lonely Expatriate Do-Gooder, might not be the stuff that series are made of, it was necessary to give Jane some distance from his previous quest.

In that respect, Sunday's (Dec. 1) episode, "My Blue Heaven," did exactly what it was supposed to do. By jumping ahead two years and removing Jane to an island, where he has cut off most of his ties with his former life, it allows for as clean a break with the Red John story as is possible.

Of course, the ramifications of his killing Red John still linger. Jane is a fugitive, and of his former Cbi colleagues, only Cho is doing something remotely like what he used to by having joined the FBI. Libson is still in law enforcement, but
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