Monday, 24 November 2008 |
Jewel has had her ups and downs. She began her career as a folk singer, and that worked well for her. However, the pressures of bubble-gum pop music and sexy teen icons forced her to change her image. Her song, "Intuition" marked this change in her music. Unfortunately, this did not suit her personality well at all. Thankfully, fans are now given two of her concerts on the Blu-ray format.
Disc one of this two-disc Blu-ray set contains the "Goodbye Alice in Wonderland" Concert. This concert from 2006 marks her return to her musical roots. The concert was recorded at the Meyerson Symphony Center. There is a fair amount of material present in this concert, as compared to most. The tracks she performs are; "1000 Miles Away," "Near You Always," "Stephenville, TX," "Morning Song," "Fly To Me Angel," "Foolish Games," "You ...
Monday, 20 October 2008 |
Bill Warren & AVRev.com
Though Stephen Sondheim purists may wince, the rest of us—those not very troubled by gouts of blood, anyway—are going to embrace Tim Burton’s movie of “Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street.” It’s not merely a filmed stage production, it’s an authentic movie, blending song, performance, design, camera and other film elements into a smoothly-flowing whole. A question many had was whether Johnny Depp, who hasn’t really sung professionally before (though he was in a rock band), could handle the intricate vocal demands of the lead role. The answer: yes he can, and very well. And he has to: the story is almost entirely conveyed in song.
This is the most mature and sophisticated film from Burton so far, miles away from the sentimentality of “Big Fish,” the whimsy of “Charlie and the Chocolate Factory,” or the fairy-tale sensibility of ...
Friday, 22 August 2008 |
There is no question that the tween pop sensation is ever present in today's culture. Likely you are a parent of child that is begging you for Hannah Montana gear or makes you sit down and watch Hannah Montana on the Disney channel with them. Walt Disney is notorious for creating the next teen sensation during their tween years. The Mickey Mouse Club started several superstars' careers before their teenage years. You may have heard of some of them, perhaps Britney Spears or Justin Timberlake or maybe even Christina Aguilera. Disney's success continued when they made a superstar in the form of blonde tween queen, Hilary Duff. Six years ago Disney launched Hilary's young face to super stardom with Lizzie McGuire. Duff went on to star in many teen films like "A Cinderella Story," "Raise Your Voice," and "The Lizzie ...
Saturday, 01 December 2007 |
"Hairspray" has evolved over the years through a variety of media. It
originally was a movie by John Walters in 1988. Then in 2003 it was
adapted into the Broadway musical, which was modestly successful, but
especially popular among teenagers.
"The Buddy Deane Show" is the basis for the story of "Hairspray". Much
like the movie, the show was Baltimore's own version of Philadelphia's
"American Bandstand". Buddy Deane introduced American youth to new, hip
dances and songs each afternoon for two hours. The deeper story that
inspired John Waters to make "Hairspray" was the segregation and racial
profiling for dancing on American television. Buddy Deane was the first
to allow blacks and whites to dance together on television.
After the success of the Broadway musical, producers Craig Zahan and
Neil Meron decided to make it into their next musical movie. Their
previous musical adaptation credits include Gypsy with Bette Midler
(which aired on CBS), ...
Thursday, 01 February 2007 |
Known in part for their music and Bono’s haunting vocals, and for their
political stance and humanitarian aid, U2 has had amazing longevity for
a band that almost never got out of their native Dublin, Ireland. But
after they got started there was simply no holding them back as they
rushed to well-deserved fame and success.
In 1976, fourteen-year-old Larry Mullen, Jr. announced that he was
forming a band, and he attracted fellow high school students that ended
up becoming U2. There were more at first, but they dwindled down to the
four core members that became U2. They had different names at first,
briefly the Larry Mullen Band, then quickly progressing to Feedback and
The Hype. By 1978, they were on the road to at least a semi-successful
The name U2 is believed to have been gotten from the spy planes Gary
Powers and other American pilots used to fly ...