Posts Tagged ‘Music’

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John Williams Conducts Music From the City of Angels

October 29, 2009

Walt Disney Concert Hall at Dusk

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Where would films like Mission Impossible and E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial be without gripping musical scores? Read the rest of this entry ?

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Nick Loren: On Life, Music and Being Travolta’s Stunt Double

July 7, 2009

If you think you’ve seen Glendale resident Nick Loren before, you’re probably right: he’s acted in movies for years and has been John Travolta’s stand-in and stunt double for more than a decade. His latest role is in the recently released “The Taking of Pelham 1 2 3,”  starring Denzel Washington and, yes, John Travolta.

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Life According to Chita Rivera

June 10, 2009

Chita Rivera

Last Saturday at Disney Hall, Broadway star Chita Rivera accomplished what many would think impossible:

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Steve Martin, His Big Bad Banjo, and the L.A. Library

May 14, 2009

Steve Martin might not be as well known for his banjo playing as for his acting, but as he said Monday night at the Club Nokia, he’s been strumming the banjo as long as he’s been making us laugh—since he was about 17.

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In Tribute to Across the Universe: Forgive Its Flaws and Go See It — Part 2

April 29, 2009

mr. kite

One of the strongest numbers of the movie Across the Universe is “I Want to Hold Your Hand,” sung by Prudence (T.V. Carpio).  The truck carrying army soldiers like newly departed Dan passes by Prudence’s high school in Ohio, where she’s a cheerleader.  The warm song arrangement complements her light and passionate voice perfectly.  The camera zooms in on the star football player and another cheerleader, and Prudence reveals she has a crush.  What starts as one of the more touching scenes in the movie quickly evolves into one of the funniest, as Prudence walks and sings through a field of football players doing drills and throwing one another to the ground as if they were practicing for an upcoming World Wrestling Federation match.

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In Tribute to Across the Universe: Forgive Its Flaws and Go See It — Part 1

April 29, 2009

I Know When It's a Dream, I Think I Know

Across the Universe is a beautiful movie that reminds us why we go to movies at all: to escape our reality and enter another. With Julie Taymor directing, the movie looks back to the 1960s with psychedelic musical sequences in a way that is rarely jarring.  What’s so special about this musical is the unique manner in which it was put together, seamlessly combining fantasy with reality while an imaginatively arranged Beatles soundtrack became an integral part of the visuals and sound.

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Highlights from the Soundtrack to my Life

February 26, 2009

What would the final scene of West Side Story be without the music? Without the music complementing Maria’s anger and sadness, the scene wouldn’t be nearly as compelling. Maybe it’s the same for you — it certainly rings true for me. Maybe because of all the years I’ve been singing, music is an integral part of my life, pumping me up when necessary and soothing me when I need to relax.

When asked to write a blog about the “Soundtrack to my Life” as part of an online journalism class at USC, I immediately thought about songs that, when played, instantly remind me of a certain point in my past.

Let’s start with Wang Chung.

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