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Todd Barrow ~ Sharing Music One Note At A Time

Todd Barrow ~ Sharing Music One Note At A Time

Todd Barrow’s passion is music and he wants to share it one note at a time.  He enjoys writing, producing, recording and releasing music for airplay. 

Barrow’s Music Background

Barrow began his music interest at a young age. The interest in music started with his mother encouraging and influencing him. The first instrument is learning the piano. His mother’s encouragement is important today. Encouragement leads him to love all aspects of music.

Born and raised in Texas the country music seems to be a natural. Barrow took an adventure around music genre before becoming a country music performer. He states, “I began in my younger years doing gospel then it was pop. I landed on country music because it paints the best picture I feel in music.” When listening to Barrow’s music you hear a blend of different genres with a center country music.

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Barrow’s Influences

Favorite musicians, who are true writers and performers. Willie Nelson, Hank Williams, and Ronnie Milsap. These musicians have a level of commitment to their craft are not afraid to be the change in country music!

The opportunity to work under the collaboration with close friends of Charlie Pride results in Live The Dream with TMG label in 2014. Many performers influence his goals and music.

Charlie Pride, he states,  “is a great man. He has stuck to his roots and this inspired me to get involved with country music. Mutual close friend Sonny Burgess has been tremendous influencing my career as well. He is about giving back to charities with our talents.”

Barrow’s Charity Work

The value of being involved with community and giving back is a strong belief for Barrow. He works with Cook Children’s Hospital and Ronald McDonald House (RMHFW) in Fort Worth. 

These remarkable organization helps families in need while children are healing. RMHFW offers a supportive home for families dealing with seriously ill children. He collaborates to write and produce a song for RMHFW. The song, “The House That Love Built” helps raise awareness and funds for the organization.

Barrow’s Music

“Persistence is the keyword. I would also add an attitude of never giving up, he advises.” The music industry is many long hours on the road and sacrifices. 

Combining genres often heard in his music. He decides what
combinations will work with the story he is telling, from a quote by Willie Nelson, “it best all you need is three chords and the truth now you have a country song.”

Keeping this schedule up is motivated by the thrill of entertaining an audience keeps him going. A strong commitment to the vision of great music in today’s society.

Barrow’s Songs

The approach to his music is storytelling. The song is not just words but a story. Portraying every line, the stories, and the people with a sincerity that comes from the heart is in the music.  

A favorite song with 4Chion Lifestyle conveys being in the Bayou, Love in The Big Bayou,. Listening to the song you gain a visual of the Bayou and life. He says, “This was a great song for me to record. A visit to the Florida Keys and deep Louisiana sparked the interest to covey this story.”

The one song that the story just seems to connect to life not just for you but your listeners as well is he states, “I would say the one song is, Guadalupe River. A true story on a quick weekend trip to the crazy river in Texas. Everyone loves this tune!”

Barrow’s Family

His family is a blessing and he cherishes his three children, Joshua, Hannah, and Noah. He met his wife at a Christmas holiday event with Charlie Pride performing at Cook Children’s Hospital. 

Barrow’s Events 
  • Events- 9/22 Hulen Mall Ft. Worth, TX
  • 9/29 Ramseys Roadhouse Wills Point, TX
  • 10/13 Yucatan Taco Stand Ft. Worth, TX
  • 10/25 Love and War in Texas Lindale,TX 

Barrow is up and coming sharing one note at a time. 

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Creative Arts Emmy® Awards ~ Celebration

Creative Arts Emmy® Awards ~ Celebration

Creative Arts Emmy® Awards is one of many celebrations the Television Academy holds during the year. This year it is the 70th Annual. The two-night event celebrates reality television, television movies, and behind the scenes work.

Red Carpet

The two evening red carpets bring the best fun in fashion. Classic couture and tuxedos hit the red carpet for the glamorous nights. Rupaul Charles graces in a pink suit (last time we attended the Emmys® he wore a pink polka dot suit). Sharna Burgess brings fun in a pantsuit. See all the red carpet looks here

Creative Arts Award Recipents 
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Chrissy Teigan, left, and John Legend attend the Governors Ball during 

This evening was filled with many great moments and recipients. The evenings hosted by Jane Lynch and a marching band. The evening winners included:

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Anthony Bourdain Emmys® Creative Arts 2016 Red Carpet
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Award Stats
  • John Legend  collects his EGOT (Emmy®, Grammy® Oscar®, and Tony® recipent) for Jesus Christ Superstar Live   
  • Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown collects six Emmys® including the Writing Category.
  • Queer Eye collects three Emmys® including Structured Reality Program.
  • Saturday Night collects seven Emmys®
  • Game of Thornes ties with Saturday Night with seven Emmys®
  • A favorite show for 4Chion Lifestyle The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story brings home 4
RuPaul Charles attends the Governors Ball
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Behind the Scenes

The weekend is to honor those who work behind the scenes from music, to costume, choreography, and more. A few includes:

  • Carpool Karaoke Outstanding Short Form Variety Series 
  • So You Think You Can Dance Mandy Moore for Outstanding Choreography 
  • The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story Outstanding Makeup for a Limited Series or Movie  
  • The Crown Outstanding Casting 
  • The Handmaid’s Tale Samira Wiley Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series 
  • RuPaul’s Drag Race Outstanding Costumes for Variety, Nonfiction or Reality Programming
2018 Governors Ball Sneak Peek Press Preview
Emmys® 2018 Governors Ball

The evenings concluded with the Governors Ball. Click here for details, party ideas, and recipes including a cocktail.

RuPaul sums up the evening with love, courage, tenacity, and the human spirit. To see the entire evening photos click here

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The 70th Emmy® Awards will telecast live from the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles, Monday, September 17 (5:00 – 8:00 PM PT) on NBC. Colin Jost and Michael Che, will co-host.

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Emmys® Governors Ball ~ Under The Stars

Emmys® Governors Ball ~ Under The Stars

The Governors Ball presents an event worthy of 70 years of Emmys®. The event will be a glamours celebration on top of Los Angeles will be under the stars.

Hosting you own Emmys® Party

This is a great time to celebrate you favorite television series and actors. Invite a few friends over for an evening of star gazing and glam. Here are a few ideas for the evening.

  • Decorate the living room with  icicle lights and small strands of starlight-inspired LED lighting
  • Encourage guest to dress in the Governors Ball theme colors blues, purples, silvers, and golds.
  • Design the invites with the same colors above and use stars or small crystals.
  • Create a recipe or two from the Governors Ball
  • Create great pieces for the table or buffet server with metallic fabrics 
  • Use large pillows for extra sitting in the viewing room
  • Set up your own red carpet with a backdrop on a wall in your home
  • Provide fuzzy socks for guests while sitting on pillows
The 2018 Governors Ball Food & Beverage Shoot on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Patina in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
Emmys® Governors Ball Menu

Chef and Founder Joachim Splichal and Patina Catering return to the Governors Ball for the 23rd year to bring an extensive menu matching the sophistication of their Michelin star restaurants.  

Chef Joachim Splichal is widely recognized as the chef that made LA as a premier dining capital of the world. He is hailed as a “Legendary Chef” by Bon Appétit.

The menu is diverse for all foodies. This year includes a large variety of gluten-free, vegan, and vegetarian dishes. The menu includes:

PRE-SET SNACKS
  • Olive Oil Grissini VEGAN
  • Marinated Castlevetrano Olives GF VEGAN
  • Spiced Rosemary Marcona Almonds GF VEGAN
TRAY PASSED HORSD’OEUVRES
  • Ahi Tuna PokeMarinated seaweed
  • Favacado Toast Hass avocado, fava beans, yuzu citrus, toasted brioche
  • Saffron Arrancini Cured Serrano ham, pepper conserva
  • Chili Relleno Sweet baby heirloom bell peppers, vegan walnut-date “chorizo”, almond sauce GF V VEGAN
  • Bamboo Spiked Prime Short Rib Chinese BBQ sauce
  • Crispy Squash Blossom Tempura Fleur d’sel
  • VEGAN Burrata Cheese Balsamic fig relish, savory basil waffle cup
  • Watermelon Radish Baby heirloom tomatoes, lemon oil, smoked salt, savory tomato waffle cup
TRAY PASSED SMALL PLATES
  • Sweet Corn Agnolotti Lime brown butter, toasted hazelnuts
  • Truffle Scented French Fries GF VEGAN
  • Angus Beef Slider Aged cheddar, caramelized onions, tomato aioli, Martin’s potato roll
  • Gooey Grilled Cheese Griddled American cheese, Heirloom tomato soup
  • Filipino BBQ Chicken Skewers Scallion salad, banana ketchup (see recipe below)
  • Gratin of Macaroni Griddled American cheese, heirloom tomato soup
  • Nashville Hot Fried Chicken Slider Dill pickle, savory purple cabbage slaw
  • Olive Oil Poached Salmon Lime soya onions, puffed wild rice, teeny lettuce, soft herbs GF
  • Cashew “Ceviche” Lime marinated cashew, hearts of palm, cucumber, leche de tigre, tiny cilantro, avocado mousse, crispy blue corn GF VEGAN
STATIONARY SMALL PLATES
  • PATINA SPUDS, TRUFFLES AND WILD GNOCCHI
  • JBS Mashed Potatoes GF
  • Lots of cream, lots of butter Brown
  • Butter Potato Gnocchi
  • Summer Truffles GF
  • Summer truffle scented grass-fed butter
  •      Toppings All GF
  •           Smoked bacon Creme fraiche Chives VEGAN
  •           Maldon sea salt VEGAN
  •           Chives
  •           Créme fraiche         
Nick + Stef’s 
  • Hand Carved Flat Iron Steak G F­
  • Red wine bordelaise Signature N+S Caesar Salad Aged parmesan, croutons
  • Cave-Aged Mini Gruyere Popovers
FARMER’S MARKET EDIBLE GARDEN
  • Brentwood Farms Street Corn G. Lime aioli, cotija, tajin spice “Canned Beets” GF
  • Heirloom Babe Farm baby beets, Sonoma goat cheese mousse, California pistachio
  • Farmers Market Chop Salad GF
  • Red quinoa, Chioggia beet, dragon carrot, purple cauliflower, Romanesco, baby heirloom tomatoes, Bloomsdale spinach, shishito pepper, radish, figs, green goddess
  • Valdivia Farms Heirloom Tomatoes G VEGAN Extra virgin olive oil, balsamic molasses, crispy basil Peaches and Cream
  • Summer peaches, house-made ricotta, purple kalelettes, toasted farro, almonds, and honey vinaigrette.
The 2018 Governors Ball Food & Beverage Shoot on Thursday, May 31, 2018 at Patina in Los Angeles. (Photo by Matt Sayles/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
Emmys® Governors Ball Desert

Every party needs a little something sweet. Frania Mendivil, the Executive Pastry Chef at Patina Catering, presents a decadent dessert menu including:

  • Patina Classics ~ Hazelnut Chocolate Feuilletine, chocolate rocher, strawberry rhubarb tart, chocolate croissant bread pudding
  • Mini Mason Jars ~ Harry’s Berries Strawberry shortcake Coconut chia seed tapioca GF VEGAN (see recipe below)
  • Mini Drumsticks
  • White and dark chocolate waffle cones filled with seasonal toppings Milk chocolate waffle cones filled with vanilla Chantilly
  • Mini Tarts Apricot almond, apple vanilla, pear chocolate

There is something for everyone’s liking. Mendivil began baking in her family’s bakery in Mexico.

Emmys® Governors Ball Spirits

The completing the celebrations is a drink just for the evening Enlightenment (see recipe below). This creation is fun and plalyful. The cocktails for the evening include:

  • Enlightenment  The signature sip of the 70th Emmy® Awards Season – An effervescent cocktail featuring strawberry-infused Ketel One Family-Made Vodka, lime juice, honey syrup, Sencha green tea, Chareau liqueur, and yuzu & strawberry pearls that create an unexpected and complimentary pop of flavor with every sip. (signature cocktail at PNR Nominees Event only) 
  • Radiance a familiar yet exotic mix of floral and spice. 

Restoration a revitalizing homage to the classic espresso martini made with Fair Trade cold brew.

  • Labyrinth a refreshing garden-centric sipper boasting notes of fresh, all-natural vegetables. 
  • Sterling Vineyards Iridium Cabernet Sauvignon
  • Sterling Sauvignon Blanc
  • Sterling Chardonnay
  • Sterling Platinum
Emmy® Statues are seen during the 2018 Governors Ball Sneak Peek Press Preview for the 70th Emmy® Awards at the L.A. Live Event Deck on Thursday, September 6, 2018, in Los Angeles, CA. (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
Emmys® Governors Ball Decor

Cheryl Cecchetto of Sequoia Productions is set the decor to be a full stray night. The evening takes place at LA Life Event Deck. The decor is thousands of twinkling lights suspended overhead. It is sure to be an artful combination of glamorous, sophisticated décor and a visionary dining and entertainment experience. 

Emmys® Governors Ball Fun Facts
  • 600 different lighting instruments
  • 28,800 individual LED lights to create the ceiling installation
  • 1800 lbs dry ice
  • 146, 500 Biodegradable silver and service ware
  • 525 lbs of Harry’s Barries 
  • 525 lbs of Vadiva Farms heirloom tomatoes 
  • 50,400 bite-size hors ‘d oeuvres 
  • 600 Patina Catering servers
  • Lindt Chocolate is the official chocolate confectionery of the Green
    Room named the Lindt Chocolate Lounge
Emmys® Governors Ball Recipes
Filipino BBQ Chicken Skewers

Makes 12 Skewers

1/2 cup soy sauce

1/2 cup banana ketchup

1/2 cup lemon juice

1/2 cup brown sugar

1 tsp finely minced garlic

1 tsp finely minced ginger

1/2 tsp sesame oil

1 tsp kosher salt

1 tsp ground black pepper

4 lbs. organic chicken thigh meat, cut into small cubes

12 bamboo skewers – pre-soaked in water for 30 minutes

1/2 cup finely sliced scallions

1/2 cup additional banana ketchup for dipping (recipe and instructions below)

Combine first 9 ingredients to make a marinade. Marinade the chicken for at least 4 hours,

preferably overnight. Thread chicken onto skewers and brush with oil. Cook over a grill, turning

as needed and brushing with reserved marinade, until charred and cooked through, about 10

minutes. Transfer to serving platter and garnish with sliced scallions and additional banana

ketchup sauce alongside.

Banana Ketchup

2 tablespoons vegetable oil

1/2 cup chopped Vidalia onions

2 tsp finely minced garlic

1 jalape.o seeded and minced

2 tsp finely grated ginger

1/2 tsp ground turmeric

1/2 tsp ground allspice

2 cups mashed ripe bananas

1/2 cup white wine vinegar

2 tbsp honey

1 tbsp tomato paste

2 tbsp soy sauce

1/2 cup brown sugar

Cook onions in vegetable oil over medium heat until soft, about 7 minutes. Add the garlic,

jalapen, ginger, turmeric and allspice, and cook about 1 minute. Add the tomato paste,

bananas, vinegar, honey, soy sauce and brown sugar. Continue cooking an additional 15

minutes, stirring often. Let cool and refrigerate.

Coconut Chia Tapioca

Serving Size: 12, 2.5 oz. cups

Coconut Tapioca

Ingredients

8 cups water

1 cup small pearl tapioca

3/4 cup unsweetened coconut milk

2 tablespoons of sugar

1/4 chia seeds

Pinch salt

Pour 2 cups water in a sauce pan and add the . cup small pearls. Partial cover and simmer over

medium heat. Stirring occasionally, until the pearls are translucent, about 40 minutes. Stir in

the . cup unsweetened coconut milk, add 2 tablespoons of sugar and a pinch of salt. Transfer

to a bowl and let it cool down. Once cooled cover and chill in the refrigerator for at least 2

hours

Passion Fruit Sauce

1/2 cup passion fruit puree

1/2 cup mango puree

1/2 cup sugar

1 tablespoon agar-agar

In a sauce pan boil the passion and mango puree. In a medium bowl add the sugar and agaragar

and stir. Once the puree is boiling add the sugar and agar-agar mix, boil for 5 to 7 minutes

until there is a firm consistency. Once firm pour into medium bowl and let chill in the

refrigerator for at least 10 minutes

Exotic Tropical Fruit Salad

1/2 cup pineapple cut in 1/4 inch pieces

1/2 cup mango cut in 1/4 inch pieces

1/2 cup kiwi cut in . inch pieces

Zest of one lime

Juice of 1/2 lime

1 tsp sugar

1 tsp rice vinegar

1/2 cup simple syrup

Cut the fruit into . inch cubes and add to large bowl. Add the rice vinegar, simple syrup, lemon

zest, lime juice and sugar and using a wooden spoon stir all ingredients until the fruit is coated

with everything

Supper Seed Brittle

1/2 cup Glucose syrup

1 cup Sugar

1/2 cup Sesame seed

1/2 cup Chia seeds

1/2 cup Flax seed

Heat the oven to 300 degrees Fahrenheit. In sauce pan heat up the glucose with the sugar over

high heat until it becomes an amber color. In a large bowl add all the seeds and lightly stir. Add

the hot syrup to the seeds and stir. On a sheet pan, place waxed paper and pour the hot syrup

mixture onto it. Cover the mixture with waxed paper and place in the oven for 5 minutes. After

5 minutes take the mixture out of the oven and use a rolling pin to flatten the mixture until it is

paper thin (make sure to keep the waxed paper on it, otherwise the mixture will stick to the

rolling pan

Additional Garnish

1 package of micro cilantro

12 marigold flowers

Assembly

In a small cup place 1 tablespoon of passion fruit sauce, then add 3 tablespoons of the coconut

tapioca and 3 tablespoons exotic tropical fruit salad. Garnish with supper seed brittle, 3 micro

cilantro leaves and 1 marigold flower.

Enlightenment

1 1/2 oz Ketel One Family-Made Vodka infused with strawberries

1 oz lime juice

3/4 oz honey syrup

1 oz Sencha green tea

1/16 oz Chareau liqueur

Carbonated

Yuzu and Strawberry pearls

Combine the first five ingredients in a shaker over ice.

Pour liquid into carbonating vessel and charge with CO2.

Pour into chilled glass over yuzu and strawberry pearls.

Tie flowering herbs to the outside of the glass to finish.

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Stephanie Nauli ~ Look in The Mirror

Stephanie Nauli ~ Look in The Mirror

Stephanie Nauli, philanthropist, musician, and model, will be attending E-Feminista Freedom Tour by Crowned for Success in New York city. She brings with her talents, service, and inspiration to this event. Nauli motto is, “look in the mirror and know you can be anything.” Get a little insight to this amazing woman.

What is the one thing you do to start each day to be successful?

I thank God for all the opportunities at hand and read my Holy Bible devotionals to get my mind and heart right for the course of the day.

As a young child what was the one thing you wanted to be as an adult?

A star.

Being a single mother what is the one tip to scheduling and management of a busy life you use? 


Grant Cardone’s 10X Success Planner.

Thank you for your service in the military. How has being a member of the military benefited your current career in entertainment?

Being that I was the 1st Armored Division’s National Anthem Singer at Fort Bliss, Texas, with my face on a training site banner, I would say it was an honorable experience that better prepared me for the future.

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Key to your life is philanthropy what is the one area that you see we can get motivated to participate?

We can’t put full responsibility on the White House. They are doing their part as our nation’s leaders. But the people are the hands and feet of the changes we wish to see.

Health is wealth and doing everything we can to sustain and improve the health of our environment ensures that we ourselves can live healthier and more profitable lives, by saving money on medical bills and capitalizing on athletic endeavors, to name a few. Money does not flow without us and does not flow as productively if we are not at our optimal state of health. Our well-being is reflected by what we consume, and this includes the kind of air we breathe.

The Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation has made such a lasting impact in my native country, Indonesia, who now have been all about going green, improving the overall health of their economy, and many others, to include the U.S. Definitely, support their work and progress.

You focus on empowering people to be the best most positive life. How did you gain 1 insight or tool for your book?

If you can dream it, you can achieve it. If you can see it, you can believe it. Before anything manifests into something, it begins with an idea. That idea requires a plan of action if you want to make it happen. That is why I included a visual planning exercise in the Master Life Assessment Tool in the back of my Amazon bestseller “Master Life: 7 Powers to Living At Your Highest Potential.

This way your dream goes from concept to reachable opportunity.

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E-Feminista is about creating a “laptop lifestyle” for women. How do you interpret that in your daily living? 

I am a Regional Vice President of Crowned for Success, LLC, a sisterhood of entrepreneurial women and online business owners who contribute a portion of our proceeds against domestic violence and children’s education. We are all about the remote living lifestyle because we as women of ambition, have lots we are passionate about doing that can’t all be done in a cubicle. As an influencer and marketer, my work is done 80% on my phone, 10% on a laptop or computer, and 10% in a recording studio or film set. This allows me to travel where I want, when I want, and with who, doing what I love.

What is the one moment in your life that you felt that you had made around the corner?

When I started my own production and marketing company, Millennial Entertainment, LLC, that was the decision to create my own opportunities instead of waiting in line.

Your Motto is “Look in the mirror and know you can be anything…” Do you feel you have achieved that to this time in life?

Absolutely, I always will be, because I believe in having a growth-mindset and continually learning things that better myself, my life, my performance, and my business. Every time I reach a goal, I will always want to take it to the next level. That’s just me. Complacency is a dangerous place to be.

One beauty tip you use to be the best you possible.

Staying hydrated prevents wrinkles and keeps the skin supple, and lips plush, with the help of a natural color lip enhancer by IT Cosmetics, Je Ne Sais Quoi nourishing lipstick. It’s my everyday lip magic.


What are your current and upcoming projects for film, modeling, or entertainment?

I have an action/drama screenplay in development, it’s almost like Mr. & Mrs. Smith meets the Goodfellas, and there are several distribution opportunities for that as well as for brands and investors. I’ve been blessed to receive brand ambassador opportunities that I’m considering, in athletic gear and makeup. I also landed a supporting role in a military drama feature film, Charlie Med, in pre-production, and I’m releasing my first EP on my 27th birthday, September 9th, that includes the cinematic pop-orchestra song, “You Can Be”, on all radio streams.

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The Event

E-Feminista Freedom Tour by Crowned for Success!
Sunday, Sept 16, 10a-4p
Jolie Studio, Brooklyn

The E-Feminista Freedom Tour is to teach you how to build a business with purpose, passion, and profits.


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Once Upon a Time in Hollywood ~ Manson Family

Once Upon a Time in Hollywood ~ Manson Family

Quentin Tarantino’s latest screenplay, Once Upon a Time in Hollywood, is his new project, with a few hiccups in the beginning. This is about the Manson Family murders.

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 Quentin Tarantino's Once Upon A Time in Hollywood
Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio star in Columbia Pictures “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Screenplay Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

This screenplay looks at the Mason family cult and commune formed in California in the late 1960s. The notorious killing of Sharon Tate and four others August 9, 1969. The film release is the 50-year anniversary of the murders. They were involved in several other murders, thefts, and other crimes. The film’s budget $100,000,000.

IMBD synopsis states, “A faded TV actor and his stunt double embark on an odyssey to make a name for themselves in the film industry during the Helter Skelter reign of terror in 1969 Los Angeles.”

Actors Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

This film has top list actors including:

  • Sharon Tate actor Margot Robbie 
  • Rick Dalton actor Leonardo DiCaprio (took a pay cut to work with Tarantino)
  • Cliff Booth actor Brad Pitt (scheduling conflict prevented him from playing Rick Dalton)
  • Squeaky Fromme actor Dakota Fanning 
  • Marvin Shwarz actor Al Pacino 
  • George Spahn actor Burt Reynolds
  • Steve McQueen actor Damian Lewis
  • Kurt Russell 

Margot Robbie Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

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Margot Robbie as Sharon Tate in Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon A Time in Hollywood. 

Margot Robbie brings her talent to portray this living character as the character in this role. She took on Tony Harding in I, Tonya and brilliantly performed that role even the skating routines. The first look photos, she is Sharon Tate. You forget that this is Robbie. She presents the 1960s style in boots, mini-skirt, and black turtleneck. The blowout of the long blond hair the final touch, she looks more like Sharon Tate than herself. 

Filming Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Tarantino’s film meets a few hiccups during production. The film was set to have distribution with The Weinstein Company. This posed an issue once the charges against Harvey Weinstein. Tarantino looked for a new distributor for the film to have several offers.

The casting meets with struggles with Brad Pitt having scheduling conflicts for the original role he was too play. Pitt is co-starring with Leonardo DiCaprio for the first time will co-star together. Al Pacino’s role, Marvin Shwarz, was specifically written for him to play. This is the first collaboration between Pacino and DiCaprio.

This film with top actors, director. and writer is sure to entertain. 

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70th Emmys® Nominations

70th Emmys® Nominations

70th Emmys nomination announce the very best in television from on the screen to behind the scenes, on NBC this morning.  Samira Wiley (congrats on your nomination) and Ryan Eggold announce the nominees.

Hayma Washington, chairman and chief executive officer of the Television Academy, said, “It a stage for those to seek to dazzle and entertain, it is a platform for those who choose to educate and provoke, and refuge for those of us who just want to escape from a long tiring day.” He further states, “It is a milestone that reminds us of our storied past.”

70th Emmys® Nomination Stats

This year the stats include:

  • Netflix has 112 nominations (just passing HBO)
  • HBO has 108 nominations
  • Sandra Oh first nomination and Asian to be nominated for lead actress in a drama
  • Game of Thrones 22 nominations (most Emmys for Comedy or Drama Series 38)
  • Saturday Night Live and HBO’s Westworld tied with 21 each
  • The Handmaid’s Tale 20 nominations
  • A fun stat CBS in 1974 won the most Emmys ever with 44

70th Emmys® Nomination

Outstanding Drama Series 70th Emmys®

Game of Thrones
The Handmaid’s Tale
This Is Us
Westworld
The Americans
The Crown
Stranger Things

Outstanding Comedy Series 70th Emmys®

Atlanta
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel
Black-ish
Silicon Valley
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Glow
Barry
Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt

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Tracee Ellis Ross arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards (Photo by Danny Moloshok/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series 70th Emmys®

Tracee Ellis Ross (Black-ish)
Rachel Brosnahan  (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Allison Janney (Mom)
Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie)
Pamela Adlon (Better Things)
Issa Rae (Insecure)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series 70th Emmys®

Donald Glover (Atlanta)
Bill Hader (Barry)
Anthony Anderson (Black-ish)
Ted Danson (The Good Place)
William H. Macy (Shameless)
Larry David (Curb Your Enthusiasm)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series 70th Emmys®

Elisabeth Moss (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Keri Russell (The Americans)
Evan Rachel Wood (Westworld)
Sandra Oh (Killing Eve)
Claire Foy (The Crown)
Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black)

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series 70th Emmys®

Sterling K. Brown (This is Us)
Jason Bateman (Ozark)
Ed Harris (Westworld)
Matthew Rhys (The Americans)
Jeffrey Wright (Westworld)
Milo Ventimiglia (This is Us)

Outstanding Reality-Competition Program 70th Emmys®

Project Runway
RuPaul’s Drag Race
The Amazing Race
Top Chef
The Voice
American Ninja Warrior

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Outstanding Lead Actor in a Limited Series or Movie 70th Emmys®


Antonio Banderas (Genius: Picasso)
Darren Criss (Assassination of Gianni Versace)
Benedict Cumberbatch (Patrick Melrose)
Jeff Daniels (The Looming Tower)
John Legend (Jesus Christ Superstar)
Jesse Plemons (Black Mirror)

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Limited Series or Movie 70th Emmys®

Jessica Biel (The Sinner)
Laura Dern (The Tale)
Michelle Dockery (Godless)
Edie Falco (The Menendez Murders)
Regina King (Seven Seconds)
Sarah Paulson (American Horror Story: Cult)

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series 70th Emmys®

Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones)
Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones)
Joseph Fiennes (The Handmaid’s Tale)
David Harbour (Stranger Things)
Mandy Patinkin (Homeland)
Matt Smith (The Crown)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series 70th Emmys®

Alexis Bledel (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Lena Headey (Game of Thrones)
Millie Bobby Brown (Stranger Things)
Ann Dowd (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Vanessa Kirby (The Crown)
Thandie Newton (Westworld)
Yvonne Strahovski (The Handmaid’s Tale)

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Millie Bobby Brown arrives at the 69th Primetime Emmy Awards (Photo by Vince Bucci/Invision for the Television Academy/AP Images)
Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series 70th Emmys®

Brian Tyree Henry (Atlanta)
Henry Winkler (Barry)
Louie Anderson (Baskets)
Alec Baldwin (Saturday Night Live)
Tituss Burgess (Unbreakable Kimmy Schmidt)
Tony Shalhoub (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Kenan Thompson (Saturday Night Live)

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series 70th Emmys®

Zazie Beetz (Atlanta)
Alex Borstein (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Aidy Bryant (Saturday Night Live)
Betty Gilpin (GLOW)
Leslie Jones (Saturday Night Live)
Kate McKinnon (Saturday Night Live)
Laurie Metcalf (Roseanne)
Megan Mullally (Will & Grace)

Outstanding Variety Talk Series 70th Emmys®

Full Frontal With Samantha Bee
Jimmy Kimmel Live!
Last Week Tonight With John Oliver
The Daily Show With Trevor Noah
The Late Late Show With James Corden
The Late Show With Stephen Colbert

Outstanding Variety Sketch Series 70th Emmys®

At Home With Amy Sedaris
Drunk History
I Love You, America With Sarah Silverman
Portlandia
Saturday Night Live
Tracey Ullman’s Show

Outstanding Host for a Reality or Reality-Competition Program 70th Emmys®

Ellen DeGeneres (Ellen’s Game of Games)
Jane Lynch (Hollywood Game Night)
Heidi Klum & Tim Gunn (Project Runway)
RuPaul (RuPaul’s Drag Race)
W. Kamau Bell (United Shades of America With W. Kamau Bell)

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Heidi Klum and Tim Gunn Emmy’s Creative Arts 2016 Red Carpet (Photo credit Raymond L Forchion Jr.)
Outstanding Guest Actor in a Drama Series 70th Emmys®

F. Murray Abraham (Homeland)
Cameron Britton (Mindhunter)
Matthew Goode (The Crown)
Gerald McRaney (This Is Us)
Ron Cephas Jones (This Is Us)
Jimmi Simpson (Westworld)

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series 70th Emmys®

Diana Rigg (Game of Thrones)
Cicely Tyson (How to Get Away With Murder)
Viola Davis (Scandal)
Samira Wiley (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Kelly Jenrette (The Handmaid’s Tale)
Cherry Jones (The Handmaid’s Tale)

Outstanding Guest Actor in a Comedy Series 70th Emmys®

Katt Williams (Atlanta)Sterling K. Brown (Brooklyn Nine-Nine)
Bryan Cranston (Curb Your Enthusiasm)
Donald Glover (Saturday Night Live)
Bill Hader (Saturday Night Live)
Lin-Manuel Miranda (Curb Your Enthusiasm)

Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series 70th Emmys®

Wanda Sykes (Black-ish)
Tiffany Haddish (Saturday Night Live)
Jane Lynch (The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel)
Tina Fey (Saturday Night Live)
Maya Rudolph (The Good Place)
Molly Shannon (Will & Grace)

Outstanding Limited Series 70th Emmys®

Genius: Picasso
Godless
Patrick Melrose
The Alienist
The Assassination of Gianni Versace: American Crime Story

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Kiss Everyone You Love ~ MTV Movie and Television Awards

Kiss Everyone You Love ~ MTV Movie and Television Awards

The MTV Movie and Television Awards held each year in June bring the top actors in film and television to an evening of entertainment, recognition, and red carpet fashion. The evening is one with comedy, great performance, and messages of hope and love.

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Tiffany Haddish

MTV Red Carpet

Think pink and red for the colors on the red carpet this evening. Men sporting the color with their suit choices for the evening. Women bring the couture to pantsuits to the red carpet for a glamorous evening. It is a great red carpet with the ability to be more casual.

Lakeith Stanfield looks fantastic in his jacquard suit red suit. He and Tessa Thompson brought the matching co-host to the red carpet. Percy Romeo Miller Jr. looks dapper in his Saint Laurent pink suit. Zendaya brings chocolate to the red carpet. She looks like a caramel filled Hershey’s kiss and pulls it off well. Hostess Tiffany Haddish has fun with her dress on the red carpet. Reminds me of the Easter and you would get that fun frilly dress and want to play and twirl.

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Lakeith Stanfield and Tessa Thompson

MTV Show

Haddish, the first black woman to host the evening, she took a moment to discuss Kim Kardashian’s hair and how that show is a “Star Wars” franchise. The recipients took time to bring the audience to their messages.

  • Chad Boseman presents his Best Hero statue to James Shaw Jr. a real-life hero that stopped the Waffle House Shooting in Tennessee.
  • Lady Gaga apologizes to the audience after receiving Best Music Documentary for Five Foot Two, she recently found out she is 5’ 3 ¾”
  • Chris Pratt provides us with his nine rules
    • “Breathe. If you don’t you’ll suffocate.”
    • “You have a soul. Be careful with it.”
    • “Don’t be a turd. If you’re strong, be a protector. And if you’re smart be a humble influencer. Strength and intelligence can be weapons. And do not wield them against the weak. That makes you a bully. Be bigger than that.”
    • “When giving a dog medicine, put the medicine in a little piece of hamburger. They won’t even know they’re eating medicine.”
    • “Doesn’t matter what it is, earn it. A good deed. Reach out to someone in pain. Be of service. It feels good and it’s good for your soul.
    • “God is real. God loves you. God wants the best for you. Believe that. I do.”
    • “If you have to poop at a party, but you’re embarrassed because you’re going to stink up the bathroom, just do what I do. Lock the door. Sit down. Get all the pee out first, okay? And then once all the pee’s done, poop. Flush. Boom. You minimize the amount of time that the poop is touching the air. ‘Cause if you poop first, it takes you longer to pee. Then you’re peeing on top. It’s stirring it up. The poop particles create a cloud. It goes out and then everyone in the party will know that you pooped. Just trust me. It’s science.”
    • “Learn to pray. It’s easy and it’s so good for your soul.”
    • “Nobody is perfect. People are going to tell you, you’re perfect just the way you are. You’re not. You are imperfect. You always will be. But there is a powerful force that designed you that way. And it loves you. And if you’re willing to accept that, you will have grace. And grace is a gift. And like the freedom that we enjoy in this country, that grace was paid for with somebody else’s blood, do not forget it. Don’t take it for granted.”
  • Millie Bobby Brown, Best Performance in a Show, recently suffered a knee injury and was not able to attend, had a wonderful video about being nice.
    • She says, “Since I know there are many young people watching this, and even to the adults, too — they could probably use the reminder — I was taught, if you don’t have anything nice to say, just don’t say it,”
    • She continues, “There should be no space in this world for bullying, and I’m not going to tolerate it and neither should any of you. If you need a reminder of how well you are and to rise above the hate, message me on Instagram.” This is something she is experiencing on social media herself.
  • Keiynan Lonsdale, Best Kiss in a Show had the best line of the evening “Kiss the one that you love no matter what gender they are”
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Keiynan Lonsdale

MTV Recipients

  • Black Panther Best Picture Recipient
  • Stranger Things Best Show Recipient
  • Chad Boseman Best Performance in a Movie Recipient (Black Panther)
  • Millie Bobby Brown Best Performance in a Show Recipient (Stranger Things)
  • Chad Boseman Best Hero Recipient (Black Panther)
  • Michael B Jordan Best Villain Recipient (Black Panther)
  • Noah Schnapp Most Frightened Performance Recipient (Stranger Things)
  • Finn Wolfhard, Sophia Lillis, Jaeden Lieberher, Jeremy Ray Taylor, Jack Dylan Grazer, Wyatt Oleff & Chosen Jacobs Best On-Screen Team Recipient (IT)
  • Gal Gadot Best Fight (Wonder Woman)
  • Lady Gaga Best Music Documentary Recipient (Five Foot Two)
  • Keeping Up With The Kardashians Best Reality Series/Franchise Recipient
  • Every Breath You Take Best Musical Moment (Stranger Things)
  • Chris Pratt Generation Recipient
  • Lena Waithe Trailblazer Recipient
  • Keiynan Lonsdale Best Kiss In A Show, (Love, Simon)

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Party of the Year ~ 90th Oscars® Governors Ball

Party of the Year ~ 90th Oscars® Governors Ball

This year The Oscars® is celebrating 90 years. The Governors Ball is pulling out the very best for the years celebrity party.

Wolfgang Puck and his catering company will bring the best in food, entertainment, and ascetics for the best in the film industry at Oscars®. His goal with each event he caters to is, “revolutionized the dining landscape with a singular focus: to exceed expectations whenever our guests gather for a meal.”

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Lois Burwell and Master Chef Wolfgang Puck

This year’s menu brings some favorites back and new experiences. His Oscars® menu is set to meet everyone’s pallet and needs. The menu includes:

Amuse Bouche

  • Parmesan Bread Sticks
  • Everything Bagel Pretzel Bite, Scamorza Cream Cheese, Tomato Confit
  • Aged Vermont Cheddar Cheese
  • Aged Parmesan Cheese
  • Candied Spiced Mixed Nuts, Pineapple
  • Dried Fruit
  • Apricot Macadamia Nut Lavosh
  • Passed Hors d’Oeuvre
  • Edamame and Black Truffle Pot Stickers (V)
  • Miyazaki Wagyu Beef Tartare, Puffed Black Rice, Togarashi
  • * Of the 28,000 Japanese Black cattle handled by JA Miyazaki, only 18,000 meet the criteria to become Miyazaki Wagyu.
  • Tiny Taro Taco, Spiced Eggplant, Lime Pickle (V)
  • Smoked Salmon Oscars®
  • Miniature Wagyu Burger with Sharp Cheddar and Remoulade
  • Signature Pizzas
  • Spicy Tuna Tartare in Sesame Miso Cones
  • Crab Stuffed Hibiscus, Lemon, Pomegranate
  • Explosion of Rhubarb, Thai Flavors (V)
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The Academy’s® Governors Ball

Small Plates

  • Crispy Brussels Sprouts, Pea Shoots, Mezze Flavors (V)
  • Frozen Beets, Ginger Milk Curd, Yuzu, Ice Lettuce
  • Asparagus, Shiro Miso, Watercress, Cherry Tomatoes, Sancho Pepper (V)
  • White Asparagus Soup, Caviar, Yukon Potato Croutons
  • Potato Caviar 2.0
  • Black Truffle Chicken Pot Pie
  • Winter Truffle Baked Cavatappi and Cheese
  • Mini Pea and Carrot Ravioli, Black Truffle, Cipollini Onions
  • Miyazaki Wagyu Beef, Forbidden Black Rice, Crunchy Red Beets, Char Siu Cabbage
  • Black Bass, Eggplant, Salsa Verde, Teardrop Peppers
  • Housemade Spinach Campanelle, English Peas, Cipollini Onions, Roasted Tomatoes (V)

(V) – Vegan

Raw Bar

  • Spicy Tuna, California, and Vegetable Rolls
  • Made-to-Order Nigiri
  • Scallop Crudo, Blood Orange, Finger Lime, Lovage
  • Sea Urchin, Egg, Dashi Ikura
  • Caviar Parfait with 24k Gold
  • Oysters on the Half Shell
  • Snow Crab Claws
  • King Crab Legs
  • Lobster
  • Mussels
  • Clams
  • Shrimp

Pastries & Chocolate

  • Caramel-Passion Fruit Oscars® Lollipops
  • Mango-Lime Pate a Fruit with Tajin Pop
  • Marjolaine Cake Pop
  • Passion Fruit Meringue Lollipop
  • Pistachio Raspberry Cookies
  • Chocolate Chip Cookies
  • Dark Chocolate Brownies
  • Coconut Macaroons
  • Cocktail Inspired Macarons
  • Negroni-Orange, Campari, Vermouth,
  • Gin Mojito-Lime, White Rum
  • Piña Colada-Pineapple, Malibu Rum
  • Individual Blueberry-Violet Entremets Cake
  • Vegan Carrot Cupcake with Vegan Cream Cheese
  • Gianduja Cupcake
  • Lychee-Rose-Raspberry Tart
  • Pineapple Upside-Down Verrine
  • Housemade Chocolate Bonbons
  • Lemon Cheesecake
  • Pecan Pie
  • Raspberry Pate a Fruit, Vanilla Ganache
  • York Peppermint
  • Kumquat Pimm’s

Vegan Items (without Gluten)

  • Chocolate Chip Cookie Sandwich
  • Coconut Vegan Cupcake
  • Walnut Chocolate Cookies

Passed Small Desserts

  • Ruby Chocolate Strawberry and Cream
  • strawberry-hibiscus mousse, strawberry compote, vanilla sponge,
  • mascarpone cream, Callebaut Ruby chocolate
  • *Wolfgang Puck Catering is the first company in the U.S. to utilize and serve this new, fully sustainable, naturally colored, varietal of chocolate
  • Key Lime Meringue Cheesecake Taco
  • key lime cheesecake, graham cracker, white chocolate shell, toasted meringue
  • Mocha Beehive
  • salted sable Breton, dark chocolate Rocher shell, liquid honey ganache, mocha mascarpone mousse
  • Tropical Halo-Halo
  • coconut tapioca pudding, exotic fresh fruits, acai granita
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Master chef Wolfgang Puck

Made to Order

  • Mille Crepe Cake, Caramel, Chocolate, Raspberry Filling
  • Cinnamon Sugar Beignets Topped with Caramel
  • Hibiscus Kombucha Carbonated to Order

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Right Side of History BlacKkKlansman

Right Side of History BlacKkKlansman

BlacKkKlansman is a film that is on the right side of history. The film debuted at Cannes De Festival to a standing ovation. This Spike Lee film brings the present day events to their historical ties with this film of Ron Stallworth’s real-life story.

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BlacKkKlansman Spike Lee Film

Film Synopsis:

Director Spike Lee presents BlacKkKlansman, an incendiary film inspired by the life of Ron Stallworth, the first police officer African-American to have infiltrated the Ku Klux Klan. Against all odds, the agent Stallworth (John David Washington) and his partner (Adam Driver) Flip Zimmerman will infiltrate the highest echelons of the Klan, to stop him from taking control of the city.

Actors at Festival De Cannes:

  • Spike Lee ~ Director/Writer
  • Adam Driver ~ Flip Zimmerman
  • Topher Grace ~ David Duke
  • Laura Harrier ~ Patrice
  • John David Washington ~ Ron Stallworth

BlacKkKlansman Current History

Spike Lee discusses how surreal the tragedy of Heather Higher being murdered at Charlottesville Virginia protests brings coda to this film. Her death took place after filming completion. Lee put it in the film to see what happened. When he saw what happened he knew this was the final scene.

He states, “I had to do something first. I was given Susan Bro’s, Higher’s mother, phone number. I was not going to put that murder scene in that film without her blessing. Mrs. Bro said, ‘Spike I give you permission to put that in.'” They collected footage and photos from those at the time of Higher’s murder to get the best coverage of this horrific unnecessary murder. Higher should be alive today. The President of the United States could not stand up to the world to say we are about love, not about hate, we are better than murdering a young woman.

Lee goes on to speak about the building of the United States of America (USA) from the genocide of Native Americans and slavery. This is the fabric of the USA. This scene had to go in to show that our leaders are giving us a direction that is not moral. This is a worldwide problem. It is not a black, brown, and white world. We all live on this planet. We have to stand up and stop being silent.

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BlacKkKlansman Spike Lee Cannes Red Carpet

BlacKkKlansman Screenplay

Jordan Peele, the film’s producer, pitched the story of Ron Stallworth. Lee thought it was a comedy skit. When he realized it was a true story he brought Kevin Willmott in to assist with writing the screenplay. There was one thing that Lee understood in making the film it had to tie to the current climate. The situations today did not just pop up but they have been around for decades.

The focus of the story was to tell this period piece while connecting to present day. The movie needed to end in the present day. Lee says, “I did not have the crystal ball, even though my friends call me negrodamus. The film’s ending was not written it was true life. Lee continues with Spike Lee joiners you got to flow, cannot be rigid, got to be hip, on it. There is no way in the world he could not make that the end of the film. The screenplay is based on the book by Stallworth, Black Klansman. 

Chaz Ebert asks about the language in the film and if it is necessary to use the tone and word choice.  Lee answers “words are hateful. Words can be hateful and I do not think I was elaborating on how the Klan not only hates blacks they hate Jews, they are number two on the list. They do not speak lovely terms and those words are harmful. The way we had them speaking in the film is the way they speak every day. It was my decision to hear those words. I wanted the hate to be verbalized.”

BlacKkKlansman Cast and Crew

Lee states, “This is very simple we tell the story.  That is what we do. I do not do this shit alone. I am a general manager of a sport’s team. Put the best players out there. Filmmaking is a collaborating effort.  It is some hard shit. Filmmaking is hard shit. You got to go to work. Learn your craft and do your research.” You want to put the best people behind the camera to make the best film you can.

Barry Alexander Brown, a film editor,  is able to create the final scene from footage taken from people’s phone. He was able to prove the needless death of Higher and that she should be alive now.

Chayse Irvin, the cinematographer, is amazing. He shot this on film, not digital. We really wanted to have the look of seventies films split screens. I forgot shooting with film takes a lot of time because it has been so long since working with film.

John David Washington (son of Denzel Washington) plays Ron Stallworth in the movie.  Washington was able to learn from Stallworth about what he was going through he is like the Jackie Robinson of police. It took a lot to get the position in the police department.  While Stallworth was protecting and servicing Colorado Springs, he prevented terrorist violence. There were no violent acts during this time on the police force. One black man, that is very well supported.

He wanted to inhabit his spirit. Setting up the environment was a great collaborating environment. Your abilities become unlimited in this environment. He felt very blessed to have this experience glad to be a part of this experience.

Adam Drive, his character Flip Zimmerman, we had a week or two to talk about it before. The research helps but you have to let that go when you get on set. Pay attention to what is being said by you and cast. Playing music on my iPod assisted. Spike creates a very that best idea wins very familial. Best ideas win, a very egoless set. Everyone had a life outside the filming and we got home at a decent hour. Spike sets the tone that it is easy that you feel free to fail.

Topher Grace, his character is David Duke, KKK Grand Wizard put in a lot of time for his part.  He read My Awaking by David Duke,  watched The Donahue Show when the KKK was on the show, and listened to his radio show. Grace recalls being asked to play in a Lee film, “This is one of the happiest times in my life followed by one of the worst times when I realized the character I was going portray.” He felt the responsibility to get it right, but no did not feel the responsibility to Duke.

Grace capture this character through the script, it did a really good job of creating the KKK and David as a leader. Lee is a great coach. There was a day I had to something that was really evil. Spike said, “Try this a Nazi salute and said white power. I am rarely affected by filming but I was in a very bad space.” Lee assisted him by explaining that this is a message that you agree with even though you don’t agree with the character you are playing.

Laura Harrier, her character Patrice, she tried to inhabit the spirit and time period. Meeting her real-life character helped her embrace the character’s life, relationships, and spirit. She watched Black Panther footage and listened to the music. Having a great team and taking Spike’s guidance.

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BlacKkKlansman Message

Lee talks about the message as being believing in hope. Many of his films are hope like Do the Right thing is a hopeful film. He is not blind or deaf, he thinks you can be hopeful but be aware. This film will be seen around the world. This is a global problem. I do hope that other people from other countries will see that this is happening where they live. Lee says, “I have hope that this film shakes people from their slumber. This is a very important film. People are having a hard time coping. In our hearts, we know what is right and wrong. When you have wrong staring you dead in your face and mums the word, you are supporting the opposing causes.”orting the opposing causes.”

The film will release on the one-year anniversary of Charlottesville demonstration August 10, 2018.

This is truly an incredible film one that is gut wrenching, funny, honest, and real. It brings this issues full circle and to the present day. @officialspikelee @jordanpeele thank you

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Festival de Cannes® 2018 ~ Palme d’or Jury

Festival de Cannes® 2018 ~ Palme d’or Jury

Festival De Cannes® will present the Palme d’or film award, the top award at Cannes. This year marks the 71st year this film festival continues to influence film worldwide. There are 22 films official selected for Palme d’or film award.

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The Jury of the 71st Festival de Cannes®

Jury Palme D’Or Festival De Cannes®

Palme d’or film award jury is presided over by Cate BlanchettAustralian actress, and producer. She fields lots of questions about gender and the festival during the opening press conference. Festival De Cannes® chose only 3 women directors to present this year. She says, “Three female directors in the competition earned their spots.” She goes on to say, “Being attractive does not preclude being intelligent.”  Five women and four men from seven nationalities and four continents join her:

  • Chang Chen (Chinese Actor)
    • Chang Chen made his film debut in the late Edward Yang’s A Brighter Summer Day. He rose to fame in the Ang Lee’s Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon in 2000.
  • Ava DuVernay (American writer, director, producer)
    • Nominated for the Academy Award and Golden Globe and winner of the BAFTA and EMMY, Ava DuVernay is a writer, director, producer and film distributor known for the historical drama Selma(2014)
  • Robert Guédiguian (French director, writer, producer)
    • The work of Robert Guédiguian, an activist filmmaker, celebrates the city of Marseille where he grew up. Acclaimed by critics when he first started directing in the 80s, he met public success with Marius and Jeannette, which won the Prix Louis-Delluc in 1997.
  • Khadja Nin (Burundian songwriter, composer, singer)
    • Youngest of a family of eight Khadja Nin studied music at an early age, before leaving Africa to go to Europe. Her albums are a mix of occidental pop music, African and afro-cuban rhythms.
  • Léa Seydoux (French actress)
    • Rising to fame with Christophe Honoré’s The Beautiful Personin 2008, Léa Seydoux is an award-winning actress, notably the Palme d’or for Abdelatif Kechiche’s Blue is the Warmest Colour in 2013.
  • Kristen Stewart (American actress)
    • Kristen Stewart has been playing roles since an early age and received widespread recognition in 2008 for The TwilightSaga film series (2008–12).
  • Denis Villeneuve (Canadian director, writer)
    • Internationally renowned and recently two-time Academy Award winner for Blade Runner 2049, Denis Villeneuve made his debut at the National Film Board of Canada in the early 90’s.
  • Andrey Zvyagintsev (Russian director, writer)
    • Multi-award winning filmmaker Andreï Zvyagintsev has already become one of the most respected directors in Russian and international cinema. He directed his first feature film in 2003 The Return, which won him a Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival.

Palme d’or In Competition Festival De Cannes®

This year’s official Festival De Cannes® selection for the Palme d’or is highly anticipated and exceptional films. Films come from all over the world representing top directing and actors. Jury members bring a strong influence from their careers, strong backgrounds, and talent that is an asset to this choice of the best film.

This year’s Festival De Cannes® official choice for the Palme d’or is highly anticipated and exceptional films. These nominated films come from all over the world representing top directing and actors include:

  • Asghar FARHADI TODOS LO SABEN (EVERYBODY KNOWS)
  • Stéphane BRIZÉ AT WAR
  • Nuri Bilge CEYLAN AHLAT AGACI (THE WILD PEAR TREE)
  • Sergey DVORTSEVOY AYKA
  • Matteo GARRONE DOGMAN
  • Jean-Luc GODARD LE LIVRE D’IMAGE (THE IMAGE BOOK)
  • Yann GONZALEZ KNIFE + HEART
  • Ryusuke HAMAGUCHI  NETEMO SAMETEMO (ASAKO I & II) (ASAKO I & II)
  • Christophe HONORÉ SORRY ANGEL
  • Eva HUSSON GIRLS OF THE SUN
  • JIA Zhang-Ke JIANG HU ER NV (ASH IS PUREST WHITE)
  • KORE-EDA Hirokazu MANBIKI KAZOKU (SHOPLIFTERS)
  • Nadine LABAKI CAPERNAUM
  • LEE Chang-Dong BURNING
  • Spike LEE BLACKKKLANSMAN 
  • David Robert MITCHELL UNDER THE SILVER LAKE
  • Jafar PANAHI SE ROKH (THREE FACES)
  • Pawel PAWLIKOWSKI ZIMNA WOJNA (COLD WAR)
  • Alice ROHRWACHER LAZZARO FELICE (HAPPY AS LAZZARO)
  • Kirill SEREBRENNIKOV LETO
  • A.B. SHAWKY YOMEDDINE 1st film
  • Terry GILLIAM THE MAN WHO KILLED DON QUIXOTE

You can see the screening guide here. This award is announced May 19 at the film festival closing ceremony.

This 71st year will continue to evolve film worldwide. Stay tuned here for coverage of events from fashion, red carpet, actresses/actors, and films.

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