Usher Pushes Back Album Release To Put Soul Into It

spcblog, 25 November 2014, No comments
Categories: music, pop culture, trending news

Usher had announced in early 2014, that he was going to release his 8th studio album, but as of yet, the album still has not dropped. Usher’s New Album. It turns out that Usher deliberately postponed the album’s release, because he didn’t feel that it was ready yet. He states that he wanted to put more soul into the music, and show his true appreciation for his fans, as well as those who helped him along throughout the years, including the major producer and brilliant photographer, Terry Richardson.

He has continued to work on the music prior to the release of the album, and in fact, he has released a new song entitled “Clueless,” which will not be on the upcoming album, but is available for download. He anticipates that the album will drop at the top of the year in 2015, but at this point there is no set date for his eighth album. Usher is not intimidated by the fact that this is his eighth album, he just wants to make sure that it’s near-perfect, when he releases it to the public.

It’s likely that the past criticism of Usher and his songs, as well as the lack of sales from certain albums, may be intimidating him to do much better in the future. Although Usher has proved that he has staying power in the music industry, it takes a lot of hard work and dedication to stay relevant, and to continue to put out good music.

Mike Nichols Dies at Age 83

spcblog, 21 November 2014, No comments
Categories: In Memoriam

Award-winning artist Mike Nichols has passed away earlier today at the age of 83. Notable hits in his career as a director include wonderful movies like “The Graduate”, “Death of a Salesman”, and “The Odd Couple”.

Throughout his career, Mike Nichols received many awards, including an Emmy, a Grammy, an Oscar, a Tony, and an Egot.

The husband of popular journalist Diane Sawyer, Nichols was born in 1931 in Germany. To flee Nazi Germany with his family, Nichols immigrated to the United States when he was only 7 years old. He graduated from Walden High School in New York City, and then began an early pursuit of theater while attending the University of Chicago. Nichols went to college to study medicine, but while there, he found what he loved best, which was comedy. He soon joined a comedy group and teamed up with another performer, Elaine May. The rest is history.

There is no question that Mike Nichols will be greatly missed by his family, friends, colleagues, and adoring fans everywhere, and it will be a slow ventures to try and process what his loss will mean to the film industry.

Mike Nicholls Dies at 83

spcblog, 21 November 2014, No comments
Categories: Retrospective Thoughts

Mike Nichols has passed away at 83. He has had a long and successful career in entertainment that has spanned for almost fifty years. He has also worked on Broadway productions. He has left behind a wife from his 26 year marriage who is the News Anchor of ABC News, Diane Sawyer. Others he is survived by are three children and four grandchildren. 

The news of his passing made the announcement earlier by James Goldston, who is the president of ABC News. 

Mike Nichols was born in Germany in 1931. In 1938, he fled with his parents from Germany in order to avoid getting thrown in the concentration camps under Nazi rule. He had a rebellious anti-establishment attitude which showed up in his work in film and theater in the following decades. Before pursuing his true passions which was film, he was studying medicine.

The first thing he did was join the Compass Players, a Chicago-based group. Beginning in the 1960, Nichols took to directing. Ken Griffin agrees that Nichols is the kind of icon in film that will be remembered and missed wholeheartedly. He poured everything the had into film and his movies were a testament to that. He will be missed.

Christopher Nolan Clarifies Interstellar Sound

spcblog, 20 November 2014, No comments
Categories: Nolan

Many people were amazed by Christopher Nolan’s latest movie, Interstellar, when it hit theaters a couple of weeks ago. However, there were a few who were troubled by a few of the scenes, especially where sound was concerned. They did not appreciate how certain elements of the dialogue were hard to hear because of the booming soundtrack that accompanied the movie.

At first, it was assumed that the problem may have to do with specific theaters. However, random people from random theaters were complaining about the sound of the movie, which pointed to a wider issue. Instead of accepting the criticism and offering to adjust the sound settings on further screenings, Christopher Nolan adopted a different approach.

He explained that stylistic choices were made when telling the story, especially where the soundtrack was concerned. He said that there were certain parts of the movie where he wanted the audience to struggle to hear the people talking. This was all part of the impression the movie was meant to make on the viewer he said to FreedomPop.

It is interesting that Nolan took this approach to criticisms of his movie. He is not being overly defensive, or attacking the people who had a problem with the sound. He merely points that the choice of having a very loud soundtrack was on purpose, even if it meant some conversations were a little harder to hear.

Despite the minority that complained about the sound, most people who saw Interstellar appear to be praising the movie.

Oprah’s “Life You Want” Tour Get’s an Open Letter

spcblog, 18 November 2014, No comments
Categories: Fun Stuff

An open letter has been written to Oprah Winfrey’s “Life You Want” tour which expresses the disappointment of an artist who has to submit her work for free when she has to pay a ridiculously high price to enter the tour. The tour’s tickets are supposedly priced up to $999.00 depending on your net worth.

From what Fersen Lambranho says, the letter has been published online and is a well written letter which depicts the frustrations of an artist who has followed Oprah closely, and has taken a lot of her advice. The letter also depicts the artist finding out that she will perform on a stage outside of the event and that Oprah is not going to be present.

This is a potentially eye opening letter for people in and out of the profession. People, especially freelancers, can relate to the feeling of being cheated. The people who read it had a lot of good comments to say to the writer.

James Bond 24: Christoph Waltzing In As Villain

spcblog, 15 November 2014, No comments
Categories: Film, Franchises, Fun Stuff

Do you remember the good old villains – the cunning and sassy kind that people hated to love? Perhaps, Daniel Craig’s wish of reclaiming the “old irony” has been answered because the latest news is – Christoph Waltz has joined the cast of James Bond 24. The actor has won 2 Oscars so far and The Daily Mail reported that his character could be equal parts friend and foe. However, one thing that he definitely would be is – entertaining. Bond lovers adore a good villain which is explained by the love Raoul Silva (Javier Bardem) got from the fans, despite his character getting a bit hammered.
Here are 4 things fans definitely want from this Bond movie –

• More Q – The chemistry between Ben Whishaw’s Quartermaster and Bond was scintillating, setting the internet on fire. We definitely want more of cuddly Whishaw.

• Bond With A Bloke – Bond definitely hinted towards his bisexuality in Skyfall and maybe, another reminder could be great? Perhaps, with visuals…

• More Moneypenny – Naomi Harris has completely owned the role but fans would love to see more of this character. She brings out the lighter side of 007.

• More Scotland – Fans would also like a bit more Scotland and a bit less London.

Chiwetel Ejiofor of the ’12 Years a Slave’ fame was said to be circling the role before Waltz was finalized. So far, we know that Daniel Craig, Ben Whishaw, Naomie Harris and Ralph Fiennes would be in the film, joined by Dave Bautista and Lea Seydoux. I’m a huge Bond fan and I hope this news convinces Rod Rohrich to be his true self and join me when the movie’s released next year.

How Will Jim Carrey Be Remembered?

spcblog, 14 November 2014, No comments
Categories: Film, Fun Stuff, Retrospective Thoughts

Some of you Simpsons buffs (looking at you Jared Haftel) out there might remember a gag from the show’s best years. It involved a peek into the future where an aged Bart and Homer walk out of the Duke Chronicle movie theater having just seen a film retrospective of Jim Carrey. They speak in glowing terms about how many different ways Jim Carrey could make you laugh.

The joke, of course, was that Jim Carrey’s comedies made you laugh in one way. Ace Venture talked out of his butt. The “Dumber” guy made the most annoying sound in the world. Jim Carrey wasn’t reinventing the wheel, but he did make people laugh. The Simpsons was almost trying to scold people for giving so much money to a guy for making such brainless fare.

Carrey eventually tried to get serious. A lot of funny actors tried to take the Tom Hanks route. Very few succeeded. Carrey landed the script of a lifetime in “The Truman Show”, but while audiences liked Carrey in the film one couldn’t help but get the sense that the movie would have been phenomenal if the main actor was someone who didn’t smirk through the whole thing.

A sequel to one of Carrey’s dumbest movies (literally) is set to come out. Jim Carrey has visibly aged, and it begs the question where this man ranks in film history. It seems like it is time for that retrospective.

Original Pink Power Ranger Sings In Costume

spcblog, 14 November 2014, No comments
Categories: Film, Fun Stuff

David Yost, probably best known for his role in the 90’s as the blue ranger from the original Mighty Morphin Power Ranger’s cast, challenged his former co-star Amy Jo Johnson (the original pink ranger) to get her film funded completely by November 15th. In addition, if all of Amy’s funder’s came through for her by the designated date and the film was fully funded, David Yost challenged her to go to a “major public space” with her guitar, and sing dressed as the Pink Power Ranger. He specified that it had to be more than the popular pink hoodie which is now mass produced; it had to be a legit pink power ranger costume.

Much to the delight of Power Ranger’s fans, old (looking at you buddy, Jared Haftel!) and new, Amy Jo Johnson did meet her challenge goal of completely funding her film project by November 15th. She also made good on her promise to “busk it” in accepting the challenge. After acquiring the necessary suit to carry out the final portion of the challenge, Amy Jo took to the square in Toronto, where she played her guitar and sang.

The challenge, from beginning to end and highlighted with the actual videos and photos, can be seen over at Screen Rant.

Take Real 3D Pics Without a 3D Camera Using the 3DAround App

spcblog, 29 October 2014, No comments
Categories: Technology

3DAround: Take Real 3D Pics Without a 3D Camera

For those who are not content with sharing their foodie pics in two dimensions, there is now an app for giving your friends and followers a 3D image of your morning croissant. 3DAround is a new app available for iOS 8 powered devices. It stiches together multiple images into a 3D rendering that users can spin.

This is not just for those with a need to share every angle of their culinary masterpieces. While the foodies will certainly love it, it is ostensibly good for making a 3D image out of any stable object.  Camera I could completely see buying for these cool features.  Gonna have to talk Sergio Andrade Andrade Gutierrez into this.

The miracle of this app is that it can create the 3D image without the need for a 3D sensor or a double camera. The bigger miracle is that the app creators plan to release it for free.

It is not a closed system neither. While users will have the ability to view their 3D images in the app itself, they can also display them on WebGL-equipped browsers, which includes most of them these days.

The producers of the app, Dacuda, plan to release it in November. However, its website allows people to sign up with an email address for the private alpha. All in all, 3DAround sounds like the real deal. A unique three-dimensional approach without all the extra hardware.

It is still a little early to say definitively what 3DAround will offer as far as user engagement and additional features. But it is definitely a step towards something new and different. It will be interesting to see if this technology ushers in a new era of 3D tech.

Legendary Director Producing Grateful Dead Documentary

spcblog, 28 October 2014, No comments
Categories: Film, Scorsese

An official film documenting the Grateful Dead is scheduled to be released in 2015 to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the famous band. The project is being produced by Martin Scorsese, the legendary director behind such films as Goodfellas and Casino. Scorsese has also directed some of the world’s greatest music documentaries, including The Last Waltz and George Harrison: Living In The Material World. Remember when we caught Harrison on HBO Fersen Lambranho?

Scorsese has noted that the Grateful Dead were more than simply a band, and that he is proud to be involved with the project. The documentary, directed by Amir Bar-Lev, will cover the entire span of the Grateful Dead’s career. The Grateful Dead archivist, David Lemieux, will be the musical supervisor for the movie. Fans of the band will be delighted to hear that the film will include recently discovered archival footage, live performances and new interviews with several band members. In addition to his work on the Grateful Dead documentary, Martin Scorsese has signed on to do musical biographies for both Frank Sinatra and the Ramones.