Saturday, January 26, 2008

SPIKE TV NETWORK CASTS S.I.S BACKDOOR PILOT!

SPIKE TV NETWORK CASTS S.I.S BACKDOOR PILOT!

Spike TV has completed the cast for a movie/back-door pilot called "S.I.S.," tapping veteran actor Keith David to star.


David will play an assistant chief in the Los Angeles Police Department who heads a secret unit -- the Special Investigation Squad, hence the title -- that investigates major crimes, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The two-hour movie could also serve as the pilot for a series if it's well-received; a premiere date hasn't been scheduled.

The cast also include Omari Hardwick ("The Guardian," "Saved"), Colleen Porch ("Transformers"), Matt Nable and Peter Stebbings ("Jeremiah").

John Herzfeld ("2 Days in the Valley," "15 Minutes") wrote the pilot and will direct as well. He also serves as an executive producer with Neal Moritz ("Prison Break," "I Am Legend") and Vivian Cannon.David's recent credits include "First Sunday," "Mr. and Mrs. Smith," "Crash" and a recurring part on "ER." He also narrated PBS' miniseries "The War" this season.

THE BANK JOB - JASON STATHAM!

THE STAR OF THE TRANSPORTER IS BACK IN WHAT LOOKS LIKE A GREAT CAPER FLICK!

WILKINSON BLADES!

FATHERS VS. SONS!

Thursday, January 24, 2008

SPIRIT OF THE MARATHON!


SPIRIT OF THE MARATHON!

JUST FOUND OUT ABOUT THIS FILM PLAYING TONIGHT ALL OVER THE COUNTRY AT 7:30 IN SELECT THEATERS.


THERE WILL BE AN ENCORE FEBURARY 21, 2008!


SPIRIT OF THE MARATON

Four years in the making, Spirit of the Marathon is the collaborative effort of three-time Academy Award winner Mark Jonathan Harris, Telly Award winner and marathon runner Jon Dunham and producer/marathoner Gwendolen Twist.

Spirit of the Marathon is the first ever non-fiction feature film to capture the drama and essence of the famed 26.2 mile running event. Filmed on four continents, the movie brings together a diverse cast of amateur athletes and marathon luminaries.

As six unique stories unfold, each runner prepares for and ultimately faces the challenge of the Chicago Marathon. More than a sports movie, Spirit of the Marathon is an inspirational journey of perseverance and personal triumph; a spectacle that will be embraced by runners and non-runners alike.

Filmed on four continents and in five countries, the film stars legends such as Dick Beardsley, Paula Radcliffe, Bill Rodgers, Toshihiko Seko and Grete Waitz.

NEW BOND FILM TITLE IS CONFIRMED!

NEW BOND FILM TITLE IS CONFIRMED!

The next James Bond film is to be called Quantum of Solace, producers have confirmed. The title is taken from one of a collection of short stories published by 007 creator Ian Fleming in 1960.

Producer Michael Wilson said the film would have "twice as much action" as 2006's Casino Royale, which saw Daniel Craig debut as the iconic secret agent. The next outing, previously known by the name Bond 22, is partly being shot at Pinewood Studios in Buckinghamshire.

At a press conference at the facility, reporters were shown a minute of footage from the new film, including Bond swinging on a rope after an explosion at an art gallery in Siena, Italy. Another scene showed him meeting M - played by Dame Judi Dench - outside in the snow.

Filming on the movie has been taking place at Pinewood since November.
'Driven by revenge,' Kurylenko, who plays Bond girl Camille in the film, said that she has yet to film any scenes, but was working hard preparing for her role.

"I'm doing weapons training and body flight training for aerial scenes and stunt work for fighting," she said. "My days are so long, and it's very physical. She's going to be very different from the previous Bond girls.
"She's a fighter. This girl is going to kick ass. She's on her own mission and she's driven by revenge." It is as yet unclear whether Camille is a secret agent.

French actor Mathieu Amalric, who plays the villainous Dominic Greene, told reporters his character had "the smile of Tony Blair and the crazy eyes of Nicholas Sarkozy".

Actress Gemma Arterton plays an MI6 agent in the film and has already shot her love scenes with 007. She said: "I felt like a giggly girl, and I felt so young and inexperienced - but I kissed James Bond!" The 21-year-old, who recently starred in the St Trinian's film, said her Bond role is "not so frolicksome" and her character "fresh and young, not sultry and a femme fatale."

Dame Judi Dench, who returns for her sixth Bond film, said: "I get to do more in this one, which is brilliant." She hinted that her character's relationship with Bond would be "pretty prickly".

Rumours about the name had grown after fans noticed that film studio Sony had bought the domain name quantumofsolace.com. But co-producer Michael Wilson said the name had only been decided "a few days ago", adding the story's start point would be "literally an hour after the last film left off".

Asked if Casino Royale star Eva Green would appear in Quantum of Solace, co-producer Barbara Broccoli said: "There are no flashbacks in the film, but she's certainly on Bond's mind."

Director Marc Forster is in charge of work on the movie, which is due for release on 7 November.

Wednesday, January 23, 2008

JOHN JORGENSON QUINTET!

FOR FANS OF DJANGO REINHARDT!

JANE MONHEIT’S SPECIAL VALENTINE’S DAY SHOW!

JANE MONHEIT'S SPECIAL VALENTINE'S DAY SHOW!

Source: www.AllAboutJazz.com

JACK KLEINSINGER

PresentsHighlights In JAZZ

New York's Longest Running Jazz Concert Series

Highlights In Jazz 2008 Season

Thursday, February 14, 2008 - 8 pm

Special Valentine's ShowHighlights In Jazz 35th Anniversary

Jane Monheit

Jane Monheit, at the age of 26, is widely considered to be one of the great young voices of jazz and traditional pop. Her professional career began at age 20 after winning the first runner-up prize at the 1998 Thelonious Monk Institute vocal competition. Shortly thereafter she began work on her first album, which came out in 2000. With Surrender - her sixth album and her first for Concord - she truly comes into her own, going beyond the "promising young vocalist" category to emerge at the top of her profession. Stephen Holden of the New York Times has this to say about Jan Monheit..."When Jane Monheit wraps her sweet, silky voice around "Moon River," she suggests a kitten curled up on a rug, purring contentedly before a crackling fire."

All Shows at:

TRIBECA Performing Arts Center

Borough of Manhattan Community College

199 Chambers Street

TRIBECA Box Office at (212) 220-1460
NEW MUSICAL SENSATION!

THE CHANTILLY SISTERS: SEARCHING FOR A NEW SOUND

Simi Valley Cultural Center
3050 Los Angeles Ave
Simi Valley, CA 93063




Saturday, Jan. 26 @ 8:00pm, Sunday, Jan. 27 @ 2:00pm, Saturday, Feb. 2 @ 8:00pm, Sunday, Feb. 3 @ 2:00pm, Saturday, Feb. 9 @ 8:00pm, Sunday, Feb. 10 @ 2:00pm
Saturday, Feb. 16 @ 8:00pm, Sunday, Feb. 17 @ 2:00pm

Price: $26.00

Four singing sisters in present day Indiana are looking to compete in a talent show, which, if they win, will get them on the hit TV show America's Newest Sensation. Their search for a new sound takes them back in time, as they become some of the greatest girl groups from the 1940's to the present.

MORE DETAILS ABOUT THIS EVENT:

The Chantilly Sisters are searching for a new sound. Four singing sisters from present day Indiana are looking to compete in a talent show which, if they win, will get them on "America's Newest Sensation", a hit television show.

Their search takes them back in time as they become some of the greatest girls groups from the 40's, 50's, 60's, 70's, 80's, 90's and right up to the present.

Presented by 20th Anniversary of Rock 'n Roll, Variety Artists and Jon Berry, The Chantilly Sisters is produced by Jon Berry, directed and choreographed by Noel Britton and features Paul Tayor as musical director.


Tuesday, January 22, 2008

FEBRUARY AT THE JAZZ BAKERY!




FEBRUARY @ THE JAZZ BAKERY!

Jan 28: pianist Max Haymer Trio


Jan 29: extraordinary vocalist Sophie Milman


Jan 30 - Feb 2: Brazilian guitarist/vocalist Dori Caymmi Quartet w/ pianist Bill Cantos bassist Jerry Watts & drummer Michael Shapiro


Feb 3: pianist Austin Peralta Quintet w/ Zane Musa alto Kamasi Washington tenor Carlitos del Puerto ba & Ronald Bruner Jr. drmatinee


Feb 3: Judy Wolman's Sing ! Sing ! Sing ! Valentine's to Doris Day & Bing Crosby


Feb 4: Brilliant Dutch percussionist Han Bennink solo


Feb 5: percussionist Bobby Matos Afro/Latin Jazz Ensemble


Feb 6 - 9: pianist Mulgrew Miller Trio w/ Ivan Taylor ba & Rodney Green drFeb 10: Brent Canter Trio w/ Mark Banner dr & Eli Sundelson B3matinee


Feb 10: guitarist/vocalist Lee Ferris Trio


Feb 11: 15 year-old saxophonist/vocalist Grace Kelly Quintet


Feb 12: vocalist Bobbi Page & the Stan Band CD Release !


Feb 13 - 17: pianist/vocalist/composer Mose Allisonmatinee


Feb 17: Bruce Eskovitz Jazz Orchestra CD Invitation


Feb 18: pianist Bill Cunliffe Plays Cole Porter


Feb 19: Tony Melluzzo The Last Saloon Singer


Feb 20 - 23: trombonist Curtis Fuller & trumpeter Nicholas Payton Quintet


Feb 24: Ross Garren Chamber/Jazz Ensemblematinee


Feb 24: The Miller Quartet


Feb 25 - 26: Swiss pianist/composer Nik Bartsch's Ronin Quintet w/ Kaspar Rast dr Sha reeds Bjorn Meyer ba & Andi Pupato perc


Feb 27 - Mar 1: vocalist Carmen Lundyone show 8:00 PM


Mar 2: vocalist Luciana Souzamatinee 3 PM


Mar 2: New Roads High School Jazz Bands

Monday, January 21, 2008

CYRUS PLAYS ELVIS!

AN ODD COUPLE? NOT AT ALL!

Cyrus Chestnut tackles the Presley songbook with aplomb -- and a whole lotta style.

By Don Heckman

Cyrus Chestnut's new CD, "Cyrus Plays Elvis," is an 11-track exploration of the seemingly unlikely combination of the music of Elvis Presley as filtered through the ears of a jazz musician.

But a live performance is something else. Chestnut is always a dynamic performer, his playing clearly inspired by a string of jazz stylists reaching from Fats Waller and Earl Hines to Errol Garner and Gene Harris, with a seasoning of Bud Powell and Thelonious Monk tossed in for good measure.

Beyond that, there is the exuberant feeling of musical joy that invests everything Chestnut plays, from tender, soft-toned ballads to wild-eyed, explosive keyboard tsunamis.

The question was how he would apply this colorful package of skills to the Presley songbook. And the answer from Chestnut's trio Saturday at the Jazz Bakery was by finding a remarkably broad area of common musical and cultural ground.

Chestnut's version of Leiber and Stoller's love song "Don't" emerged with a lyrical, Americana touch, with traces of gospel phrasing coursing through the harmonies. "Suspicious Minds," Presley's final No. 1 hit, triggered stunningly cross-meter, rhythmic interplay between Chestnut, bassist Dezron Douglas and drummer Neil Smith.

"It's Now or Never," Presley's version of the Neapolitan song "O Sole Mio," and "Love Me Tender" found their way through jazz balladry into Chestnut's characteristically high-spirited pianistics. And the inevitable "Hound Dog" became a vehicle for an emotionally escalating, funk-driven, kick-out-the-jams set of blues choruses.

Chestnut's brief introduction defined improvisation as "instant composition." It's an accurate description of what happens when jazz players go to work, of course. But for Chestnut's group, it can more thoroughly be described as "collective composition."

Add to that the musical perspectives that Chestnut uncovered -- the roots he illuminated between jazz and the Presley songs, including gospel music, spirituals, juke-joint dance rhythms and inner-city blues. No wonder that, by the time Chestnut had finished his invigorating program, jazz and Presley didn't seem such an odd couple after all.