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  • ScreenPicks Movies: American Ultra, Sinister 2, Hitman: Agent 47, Grandma & more

    in Movies

    On this week's ScreenPicks Movie Show, we review six new films. First, we look at American Ultra about a stoner assassin played by Jesse Eisenberg, co-starring Kristen Stewart. We also review the horror film Sinister 2. Then we talk about the comedy She's Funny That Way with Owen Wilson, Imogen Poots, Jennifer Aniston, and others. Next, It's onto Learning to Drive with Patricia Clarkson and Ben Kingsley. Finally, we talk about the coming of age comedy Grandma with Lily Tomlin, and the action film Hitman: Agent 47. 

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    Profile:Edward Shearmur/Composer/Emmy Win/Before I Go to Sleep

    in Movies

    Over the past two decades, Edward Shearmur has demonstrated his ability to transcend comedy, action, thriller, and dramatic projects alike. His gift for capturing the spirit of family material and comedy can be found in such films as Diary of a Wimpy Kid: Rodrick Rules, Jumping the Broom, Bride Wars, Blue Streak, College Road Trip and Miss Congeniality. His thrilling, heart-racing action scores can be found in The Count of Monte Cristo, Derailed, Charlie’s Angels, Charlie’s Angels 2, Johnny English, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Cruel Intentions, Reign of Fire, K-Pax, The Skeleton Key, and Abduction. His tender, dramatic side was showcased beautifully in the film Mother and Child, and he won an Emmy Award for his theme to the Showtime series Masters of Horror. Shearmur’s most recent projects include scoring the ABC drama seriesDevious Maids from Desperate Housewives creator Marc Cherry and Rowan Joffe’s mystery thriller Before I Go To Sleep starring Nicole Kidman and Colin Firth. Coming up next for Shearmur is Peter Bogdanovich’s comedy She’s Funny That Way starring Imogen Poots, Jennifer Aniston and Owen Wilson and two projects directed by Iain Softley: the drama mini series The Outcast and the Blumhouse thriller Curve. Shearmur was born in London, sang in a boy’s choir, and studied at the Royal College of Music. He became Michael Kamen’s assistant in the ’90s, and broke out in a big way with the drama The Wings of the Dove, since establishing himself as a true renaissance composer.You can email your questions to 123filmeasy@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @123Film


  • 01:30

    #BelmontRadio Dawn Richard Sounds Off On Brandy Comparisons, & More Hot Topics

    in Entertainment

    For many, if not everyone, the statements above are simply facts of life.

    Unfortunately, Dawn Richard seems to have been partial to a little fiction recently when she claimed that she didn’t understand why so many “black people” compare her vocal stylings to those of her R&B sibling Brandy. In Dawn had this to say about Ms. Norwood:

     I grew up loving Imogen Heap and Bjork. And one of my favorite female voices to this day is Alanis Morissette. Those voices really did something for me, growing up to me they sounded like cognac and cigar smoke, they had these cool tones that worked well with rock and alternative music.  As far as what I do organically, I just go in and whatever feels good, feels good I don’t force it. Leads and adlibs are cool but my favorite thing to do when I’m in the studio is backgrounds. I can go on and on for days, there’s this sense of peace and chanting. Like an army of bad motherfuckers always behind me, like a 1000 people in believing me and 1000 people behind me every time doing these counter chants which are so African, so Creole and so New Orleans.

    People want so badly for there to be Brandy-isms. I didn’t know about Brandy until college, I didn’t grow up on Brandy, I grew up on Bjork and Imogen Heap.  So there was no influence but I respect her. I think she’s one of the dopiest singers we’ve ever had in our time. When I found out about her through my brother, I was like this girls voice is on a whole other level so the respect of Brandy is definitely there. She to me is the vocal bible, but I don’t necessarily take her style or influence into my music. I don’t think of Brandy when I think of the formatting of my music and I think it’s funny that only black people think that.


  • 01:00

    Guest:Peter Gregson/Composer/A Little Chaos/Sons of Liberty

    in Movies

    Peter Gregson is a cellist and composer "working at the forefront of the new music scene" (The New Yorker) Recently, he has premiered works by composers including Tod Machover, Daníel Bjarnason, Gabriel Prokofiev, Max Richter, Jóhann Jóhannsson, Steve Reich, and Sally Beamish; he collaborates with many of the world’s leading technologists, including Microsoft Labs, UnitedVisualArtists, Reactify and the MIT Media Lab.His debut solo album, ‘Terminal’, was commissioned by Bowers & Wilkins and launched in April 2010. A limited edition 10′′ vinyl was commissioned by Mute in May 2011, featuring new solo works for Peter written by Max Richter and Jóhann Jóhannsson and was released at the ‘Short Circuit’ Festival at The Roundhouse. In May 2012, Nonclassical released Gabriel Prokofiev’s ‘Cello Multitracks’, a cello suite written for Peter which the two have toured around the world. 'Lights in the Sky', his second studio album, composed for cello, piano, and analogue synthesisers, was released at Imogen Heap's 'Reverb Festival' in August 2014. He recently completed scoring his first feature film, 'A Little Chaos' , directed by Alan Rickman and starring Kate Winslet and Matthias Schoenaerts, which closed the Toronto International Film Festival 2014.You can email your questions to 123filmeasy@gmail.com or follow us on Twitter @123Film


  • 00:15

    Stop Selling and Start Making Money - Conference Presentation for AICI

    in Business

    Stop Selling and Start Making Money

    Presentation at AICI Global Conference, Sunday August 30th 2015, Washington DC. 0930 - 1130

    When you're doing any sort of image consultation you are selling your time, yet your time is limited and you can only work fact to face with clients so many hours per week. This will cap your income and your potential to grow your business. In this content packed workshop you will learn how to stop selling just your time and start making money by selling your knowledge in different formats, from ebooks and blogging to creating communities using social media. Learn how you can work smarter, not harder, using your image knowledge to boost your income and create a thriving and successful business.

    Imogen Lamport AICI CIP is an author, blogger, speaker and image trainer with her Academy of Professional Image. With over decade as an image consultant she has learned how to take her image knowledge to a global audience

  • 00:34

    Movie Reviews: Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, Boyhood & More

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    On this week's ScreenPicks Movie Show, we review five new films. First, we look at the latest film in the apes series Dawn of the Planet of the Apes. Then we review Richard Linklater's Boyhood, followed by Affluenza, A Long Way Down, and Land Ho!

  • 00:42

    In Bed With Red - Special Guest: Xavii Matisse

    in LGBT

    Xavii Matisse is an American Singer-Songwriter, Editor-In-Chief & Producer. Born and raised in New Jersey, Xavii's musical influences are Gwen Stefani, Nelly Furtado, Imogen Heap, Sade, Maxwell, Lady Gaga and Esthero. He is releasing his first full length album "The Way That I Feel" in June and is promoting his new single "French Kiss" which is currently on the new show "Sex + Love." 

    Xavii is also the Editor-In-Chief of Revolutionary Gay Magazine and creator of "Common Relationship Mistakes Gay Men Make", Lil' Poundcake (songs and Twitter Account) and Children's Series "Winston Tall & The Gang @ Squigly Bush." He is a voice over actor, provides back ground vocals, and is an Art Director. 

    Xavii's new album is influenced by modern pop meets dance meets melancholic synth. His songs vary from love to power to letting go. 

    Xavii Matisse is also part of "The AllNighters" a remix duo who have remixed Manila Luzon, the late Quentin Elias, Aiden Leslie and so many more. 

    I chat with Xavii about all of this and give you a sneak at his brand new single, French Kiss.

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  • 01:42

    Holly Stephey & Kristin Hoffmann The Human Compass: New Directions

    in Pop Culture

    A deep, creative, present and soulful/spiritual musician, Kristin Hoffmann strives “to cultivate a space of openness and possibility, through the vehicles of music, sound and vibration, in which inspiration, creativity, love, growth and interconnectedness can be shared and experienced freely by all who choose to tap in.” Hoffmann created The Human Compass as a “musical guide for those who follow their hearts,” and New Directions encourages further exploration of the shadows and light of life.With influences ranging from Johann Sebastian Bach, Imogen Heap, Massive Attack, and Sigur Ros to Annie Lenox, The Human Compass features Hoffmann’s poised, expressive, and powerful music that penetrates the intellectual and spiritual side of the art, “[making] her audience look inward and go to places they would not normally go” (Streetcred Music).  “Although she hardly shies away from real-world concerns, her moody chamber-pop songs tend to be more inward-directed, blending neoromantic piano, terse lyrics and Hoffmann’s nuanced, sometimes delicate, sometimes explosive vocals.Now, Hoffmann takes her sound one step further, remixing three tracks with industrial sound-weaver Troy Stallman (aka Rise of Troy) on The Human Compass: New Directions. Enhancing her mysterious allure and suspenseful emotion with reverberating effects and electronic beats, the new mixes demonstrate the versatility of Hoffmann’s craft and are set for release next year.http://www.kristinhoffmann.com/

  • 02:22

    Wanda's Picks Radio Show: Wisdom Arc Time Machine

    in Art

    Chris Johnson studied photography with Ansel Adams, Imogen Cunningham and Wynn Bullock and has been the recipient of grants from the Rockefeller Foundation (w/Hank Willis Thomas); In 1994, he co-produced and directed “The Roof is on Fire” with Suzanne Lacy, which was broadcast on KRON. His fine art photography has been widely exhibited and published. Johnson is a full Professor of Photography at the California College of the Arts http://www.chrisjohnsonphotographer.com/ Eric Doversberger is a manager and technology strategist on Google’s People Analytics team, with deep specialization in interactive data visualization.Outside of Google, Eric is a technology advisor for social change organizations and co-creator (with Wendy Levy and Tomorrow Partners) of Sparkwise: an open source and online, social change impact reporting platform. Before joining Google in 2007, Eric was a NSF-funded researcher at the Mathematics Department of Brown University: www.ericdoversberger.com To participate visit: http://bit.ly/174fXVL An interview with acress/singer Tiffany Mann follows. She is "Blues Woman" in San Jose Rep's "One Night with Janis Joplin" (9/5-29). We close with an interview with artist/entrepreneur Martin Luther, with music of: Meklit Hadero "Walls," and Meklit & Quinn "Light"; Damu Sudii Ali's "Blessings" from UMOJA. Tracks from Question Bridge soundtrack: http://questionbridge.com/

  • 01:33

    Shadowhunter Mall Takeover

    in Books

    This week has been relatively slow in the world of Shadowhunters. However, there has been the exciting start of a Mall Tour and some awesome casting rumors about City of Ashes. We will discuss this news and more in our sixteenth episode of Shadowhunter's Stelecast: Shadowhunter Mall Takeover!
    As always, you can follow our tweets @SteleCast along with joining the chat with the hashtag #ShadowhuntersSC during the show.
    In this episode:
    We will begin with a brief couple announcements and stories about the happenings in the fandom. We will discuss what we've seen so far in the Mall Tour, including talking to some listeners that had a chance to attend! We will discuss this rumor that Sigourney Weaver is in talks to play Imogen Herondale in City of Ashes! If there's time, we will end with some games!