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Harry Connick, Jr.

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Today, Grammy® and Emmy® winning musician and actor Harry Connick, Jr. celebrates his #1 debut on both Billboard’s Jazz and Traditional Jazz Chart as well as UK’s Jazz Chart with his sensational new album, ‘True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter’. This marks Harry’s 14th No. 1 Billboard Jazz Album.

On October 24, Harry also received his Hollywood Walk of Fame Star, which is coincidentally the neighboring star to Cole Porter’s.

Released on October 25 on Verve Records, his new label home, the new album is comprised exclusively of Cole Porter compositions. ‘True Love’ highlights Harry’s talents as pianist, singer, arranger, orchestrator and conductor, as he breathes new life into popular songs from The Great American Songbook including ‘Anything Goes’ and ‘You Do Something To Me’.

On hearing the news of his No.1 record, Harry says, “I am humbled and grateful to reach this milestone. Thanks to my fans around the world for your continued support.”

Harry Connick, Jr. will also take the Cole Porter songbook to Broadway with HARRY CONNICK, JR. – A Celebration of Cole Porter. The multi-media Broadway show opens at the Nederlander Theater in New York City on December 7 and runs through December 29.Tickets can be purchased here.

About True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter:

Cole Porter’s body of work, composed primarily for Broadway and Hollywood, makes up one of the central chapters in the Great American Songbook. It is not surprising that Porter would appeal to Harry since, like Harry, he wrote both music and lyrics and redefined what it meant to be the complete songwriter. Harry, whose success in several styles of music as well as film, theatre and television has similarly reshaped the notion of what it means to be the complete entertainer.

Harry’s effort in pulling together the album ‘True Love’ was typically Herculean. After selecting the songs, and writing and orchestrating the arrangements, he assembled and conducted the orchestra which features his longtime touring band with additional horns and a full string section. The results showcase new depths in every area of Harry’s creativity, which soars to new heights in the new show that he has conceived and will direct on Broadway this Fall.


Celebrated worldwide for his multi-faceted talents as singer, pianist, composer, arranger, bandleader, presenter and actor, Harry Connick, Jr. has been performing since he was 9 years old. He emerged on the scene with a precocious command of jazz and popular music styles, having been trained by legendary pianists Ellis Marsalis and James Booker in his native New Orleans.

 

About Verve Label Group

The Verve Label Group (VLG), a division of Universal Music Group based in New York City, is home to many of the most acclaimed artists in jazz and classical music, while also strongly focused on championing emerging talent across all genres. Verve Label Group is home to Universal Music Classics US, as well as Verve Records, Impulse!, and Verve Forecast. VLG’s current roster includes J.S. Ondara, Cynthia Erivo, Harry Connick Jr., Jon Batiste, Tank and the Bangas, Diana Krall, Yuna, Blake Mills, Shabaka Hutchings, Madison Cunningham and more. Verve Label Group also houses the catalogue of great legacy artists including John Coltrane, Nina Simone, Ella Fitzgerald, Louis Armstrong, among others.

Find out more at http://www.vervelabelgroup.com

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Harry Connick, Jr.

Following the announcement of his album True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter (Verve Records, October 25), Harry Connick Jr. releases the video for the first single “Just One of Those Things.” Watch the video here.


Directed by Bobby Bruderle, the video showcases an exciting use of MIDI technology to create a visual orchestra. Each time Harry plays a note on the keyboard it sends a signal to the hanging lights surrounding him to synchronize and light up, each note coordinated with a specific light bulb. “This is one of my favorite Cole Porter songs,” says Harry. “It’s actually a sad song, but I had so much fun making the video, I was smiling the whole time… I LOVED the concept and the simplicity of me, some bare light bulbs and a piano.” 

 

After 30 million albums sold worldwide, 13 No. 1 jazz albums in the United States, and a music, film, television and Broadway career spanning three decades, Harry Connick, Jr. returns with a sensational new record, True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter.


Comprised exclusively of Cole Porter compositions, True Love: A Celebration of Cole Porter highlights Harry’s talents as a pianist, singer, arranger, orchestrator, and conductor, as he breathes life into the popular songs. It is not surprising that Porter would appeal to Harry since, like Harry, he wrote both music and lyrics and redefined what it meant to be the complete songwriter. Harry, whose success in several styles of music as well as film, theater, and television, has similarly reshaped the notion of what it means to be the complete entertainer.


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LONG BEACH INTERNATIONAL FILM FESTIVAL

LIGHTS, CAMERA, ACTION! Long Beach International Film Festival

Kicks off its Eighth Year of Films, Food & Culture

Elected Officials Join Festival Founder, Renowned Filmmakers and Charitable Partners
*Photo, Video & Interview Opportunities*  

Thursday, July 25th at 11:00am  – Allegria Hotel, 80 W Broadway, Long Beach

WHO:

Laura Curran, Nassau County Executive

Craig Weintraub Founder, LBIFF

Harry Coghlan, CEO, Nassau IDA

Judy Griffin, New York State Assembly

Rick Eberle, LBIFF Director of Live Music

Nicki & Sami Saatchi, SVS Fine Jewelry

Chris Cassidy, Emmy award-winning cinematographer and photographer

Marc Brissett, filmmaker of Suicide Files, documentary film making its World Premiere at LBIFF

John Maffei, Executive Chef, Allegria Hotel

DJ CHEF, the only entertainer to cook & deejay simultaneously

 

WHAT:                

Join us as we kickoff the 8th Annual Long Beach International Film Festival (LBIFF) celebrating film, food, arts and culture on the shores of Long Beach, and celebrate the success of LBIFF on Long Island, some of New York’s own award-winning filmmakers, culinary & musical talent, as well as the liveliness of the filmmaking industry in Nassau County.

WHEN:              

Thursday, July 25 at 11:00 AM

Media Call Time: 10:45 AM

 

WHERE:    

Allegria Hotel

80 W Broadway, Long Beach   

 

ABOUT LBIFF 2019:

During its four-day run, July 31 – August 3, the festival will screen an international slate of more than 50 films, including feature-length narratives, documentaries, short and animated movies open for all ages. In addition, the festival will feature array of nightly special events, including red carpet premieres, gourmet food events, Chefs & Shorts, filmmaker receptions, compelling filmmaker Q&As, and musical performances. The Opening Night Film (to be announced) will screen at the Regal Lynbrook 13 Theater at 5 p.m., immediately followed by Taste on the Plaza. This red-carpet event will feature interview opportunities accompanied by the “Tastes” of over 30 Restaurants, Wines, Beers and Spirits on Long Beach Plaza with Live Musical Performances celebrating filmmakers and artists.  The festival will conclude on Saturday, August 3, with a FREE Concert on the Beach followed by FREE Shorts on the Beach, which offers movie screenings right on the shores of Long Beach beginning at sunset. For more information visit www.longbeachfilm.com.

 

Man With The Halo: Iron Again

The emotional journey back to the Ironman World Championship by the legendary three-time Olympian, former triathlon World Champion and Ironman World Record holder, Tim Don, is now unveiled in a mini-sequel to the infamous “Man with the Halo” documentary by Don’s Swiss sportswear sponsor, On, today, Thursday, December 20.

On October 13th, Tim Don adorned his competitor number for what was to be the most emotional race of his career. Reacting to the sound of the starting gun at the Ironman World Championship in Kona this year marked a triumphant achievement for the 40 year-old, whose 10-month torturous rehabilitation has reverberated throughout the athletics world as one of this year’s most remarkable stories in sports. Don’s road to recovery, since surviving a near-fatal road accident that was feared to bring a sudden end to his esteemed career just days before the Ironman World Championships in October last year, has been portrayed in a powerful 5-minute mini sequel to the infamous Man with the Halo documentary. The sequel is entitled “Man with the Halo: Iron Again” and is now available to watch on www.manwiththehalo.com.

“This is the final chapter of the compelling guts and glory story that demonstrates how pure willpower can overcome any obstacle in sport,” says Olivier Bernhard, co-founder of On, the Swiss sportswear company. “After receiving such an overwhelming response from around the world to the Man with the Halo documentary following its release in May this year, we felt obligated to complete the tale of Tim’s heroism and accomplishment in reaching his goal across the finish line at Kona this year. It was quite an emotional day for all of us and a most memorable one for Tim, his team and entire family who have lived through the unimaginable pain and suffering that Tim endured during his fight to regain pole position at the top of his sport. This sequel brings the story full circle and shows how one man can conquer all.”

On, together with Emmy award-winning director, Andrew Hinton, revealed Tim’s remarkable story in a compelling short form documentary that chronicled his courageous comeback journey prior to competing at the Ironman World Championships in Kona this year – the pinnacle race he was robbed of as a result of his road accident that broke his neck. The popular “Man with the Halo,” documentary was released in May to commemorate the 1-year Anniversary of Tim’s world record-breaking performance during the 2017 Ironman South American Championships in Florianopolis, Brazil.

The Man with the Halo: Iron Again sequel begins with Don returning to the spot where the road accident took place in Hawaii, featuring roadside commentary from Don himself, complete with flashback footage and photography of him being taken to hospital moments after it occurred. This progresses to show his rehabilitation and training in the gym while wearing the medical halo device screwed to his head. Don gives a heartfelt and unfiltered account of his pain and anguish, as he sets his sights on his comeback race at the Boston Marathon, at which he finished in just over 2:49. The story jumps to Kona in Hawaii, with excerpts of his altitude training with commentary from his coaches and footage of his friends, family and fellow athletes embracing Tim days before the competition. The sequel finishes with video of Don competing at the World Championship and his own moving commentary on the experience and personal achievement after completing the race.

“It’s been a grueling journey for the last eight months, and one I will never forget,” says Don. ”I have learned a great deal about myself this year and particularly how the mind is the most essential element in the recovery process. Knowing you have the strength and believing in yourself, above all else, is my lifelong mantra that I would love to instill in others who may have experienced similar episodes. I would like to thank my team, sponsors, friends, family and everyone who has supported me towards making my life livable again. I have my sights set firmly on Kona 2019 and it’s business as usual.”

Following his accident in October 2017, Tim suffered nearly four agonizing months at his home in Boulder, Colorado – not being able to shave, shower or dress himself. He became entirely dependent on his wife Kelly, who would often have to clean around the metal of the halo to prevent infection and reduce the swelling where the pins were screwed into his forehead. Tim was on a heavy dose of prescription painkillers that would often add to the problem with frequent vomiting. For three weeks he was upright in a chair in a corner of his living room, unable to sleep for more than 90 minutes at a time. The entire right side of his body became black from bruising and swelling with his ankles becoming swollen despite his compression socks.

Following his excruciating period of mental and physical recovery, doctors ordered the removal of Tim’s medical halo the circular metallic support structure fixed directly into his skull. This marked the start of an intense chapter of rehabilitation, fueled by a fierce determination to rebuild himself as the world’s preeminent Ironman. Tim set his sights on his first comeback race – competing at this year’s Boston Marathon in April. Almost six months to the day after the accident, Tim remarkably finished in 2 hours and 49 minutes, just five minutes more than the marathon leg of his record-setting race at the 2017 Ironman South American Championships in Brazil.

The new mini-sequel entitled “Man with the Halo: Iron Again,” chronicling Tim Don’s road to recovery and return to the ironman World Championship in Kona, is produced by On, together with Emmy award-winning director, Andrew Hinton, is now available to watch at www.ManwiththeHalo.com.

Vaeda Black

Through its sensational choreography from Tony Nominated and Emmy Winning AC Ciulla and the visual prowess of Director James Morano, Singer/Songwriter Vaeda Black has released her brand new video – “Suicide Love”! Based on her original concept, she credits Ciulla and Morano for their ability to bring her vision to life.

With the release of her latest single, “Suicide Love,” Vaeda Black takes the juxtaposition of two seemingly opposite topics and weaves them together to create a dark love story that illustrates the idea of being vulnerable and “showing yourself to another person and letting them love you.”

She says, “It actually started with a text message from my ex-boyfriend while we were together probably about a year ago. I don’t remember exactly what we were talking about, but he wrote ‘that’s called suicide, love.’ Something about those two words next to each other really struck me; they’re so different. I kept thinking it would be such an interesting way to express love, passion and deep wanting, so I wrote a song around it.” The combination of those two distinct feelings gives the song a truly unique sound and style.

Click HERE to watch Vaeda Black’s “Suicide Love” (Official Music Video)

Beat Bugs: Season 3 Soundtrack Set For Release

The soundtrack to the third season of Josh Wakely’s animated Netflix original series Beat Bugs released on November 16th as announced by Republic Records. The soundtrack release comes after the Beat Bugs Season 3 debut on Netflix which premiered back in November 9th.

Beat Bugs: Season 3 soundtrack is available now at this link

Check out the trailer for Beat Bugs Season 2 HERE.

Following the success of the first 2 seasons and a 48-minute special on Netflix, Season 3 attracted a myriad of talent to reimagine classics by The Beatles for a new generation. Yusuf/Cat Stevens recorded “Here Comes The Sun,” while rising Vermont indie pop troubadour Noah Kahan delivered a show-stopping rendition of “You Won’t See Me.” Samantha Gongol of Marian Hill takes on the classic “Let It Be,” Chloe Kohanski adds millennial sunshine to “A Day In The Life,” and Welshly Arms amplify the rock ‘n’ roll gusto of “Revolution.”

Wakely’s Beat Bugs stands out as the perfect gateway for kids to experience the canon of The Beatles.

Beat Bugs Season 3 Tracklisting:

  1. Yusuf/Cat Stevens– “Here Comes The Sun”
  2. Noah Kahan– “You Won’t See Me”
  3. Samantha Gongol– “Let It Be”
  4. Welshly Arms– “Revolution”
  5. The Beat Bugs– “Hey Jude”
  6. The Beat Bugs– “Baby You’re A Rich Man”
  7. The Beat Bugs– “Paperback Writer”
  8. The Beat Bugs– “I’m Only Sleeping”
  9. Chloe Kohanski– “A Day In The Life”
  10. The Beat Bugs– “Yesterday”
  11. The Beat Bugs– “Mother Nature’s Son”
  12. The Beat Bugs– “Good Morning, Good Morning”
  13. The Beat Bugs– “Ob-La-Di, Ob-La-Da”
  14. The Beat Bugs– “Oh! Darling”
  15. The Beat Bugs– “The Long And Winding Road”

The Emmy®-winning series and its music have garnered widespread critical praise. The New York Times wrote, “Like most enduring animation series, the writing in Beat Bugs is crafted to appeal to children as well as thier parents, with plenty of allusions to lyrics.” In its piece on the show, Rolling Stone said that by engaging with Beat Bugs kids are “experiencing the music of the Beatles in a way their parents and grandparents never imagined.” The Wall Street Journal also ran an in-depth piece, while Variety covered the project in this article, calling the covers in the series “richly orchestrated.”

Beat Bugs was created by Wakely, following a groundbreaking deal with Sony/ATV Music Publishing, and is produced by his Grace: a storytelling company. Wakely personally selected each of these songs for his integration into the series’ episodes and was closely involved in the music’s production, arranging and mixing. Melodia was formed by the principals of Beat Bugs’ production entities to release music from this series, as well as future film, television, and theatrical endeavors, in conjunction with the company’s partners.

About Grace: a storytelling company:

Grace is a global independent film and television development and production banner led by filmmaker Josh Wakely. Grace’s output is distinguished by innovation, and imaginative creative and business partnerships, combined to cultivate transformative storytelling. Based out of Australia and the US, Grace is committed to producing intelligent, elevatedm talent-driven film and television projects to the worldwide audience.

Jim James: Tonight Show Cover Room

Jim James stopped by the Tonight Show’s backstage music room to perform a cover of Sly and the Family Stone’s “Everyday People” for a new installment of the Emmy nominated “Cover Room” series. “Cover Room” is a digital-only music series featuring artists performing covers of some of the most popular songs. It is shot in the same location each episode to illustrate how one space can be transformed to create a new, one-of-a-kind experience.

Robin Williams: Comic Genius

Robin Williams was a generational talent, graced with comedic brilliance, rapid-fire improvisation, and a deep well of warmth and compassion that translated to every role he inhabited. From his breakout role in ABC’s Mork & Mindy to his Academy Award®-winning performance in Good Will Hunting, the iconic actor displayed an inimitable artistry that made him beloved by millions. This September, join Time Life, in conjunction with the Trustees of the Robin Williams Trust, in celebrating the incomparable career of the singularly innovative actor with ROBIN WILLIAMS: COMIC GENIUS.

Available exclusively at RobinWilliams.com beginning September 25th, this definitive collection of Williams’ comedy highlights arrives as interest in his life and career increases in the wake of HBO’s critically acclaimed documentary, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind from Emmy® Award-winning director Marina Zenovich and Oscar-winning producer Alex Gibney, and Dave Itzkoff’s biography Robin, a New York Times best-seller. Celebrating the actor’s memorable 40-year career, from his uproarious turn as loveable alien Mork and his legendary HBO stand-up specials to his numerous appearances on late night, this handsome, 22-disc collection, housed in deluxe packaging includes:

• All five HBO stand-up specials together for the very first time, including Off the Wall (1978), An Evening with Robin Williams (1983), An Evening at the MET (1986), Live on Broadway (2002) and Weapons of Self Destruction (2009)

• Never-before-released concert specials, including Robin’s full MGM Grand Garden stand-up from 2007 and the Montreal stop on his last tour, a conversation on stage between Williams and comedian David Steinberg

• Memorable talk show and late night TV appearances on The Tonight Show starring Johnny Carson, The Tonight Show with Jay Leno, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The Graham Norton Show, Saturday Night Live and more

• Rare, never-before-seen clips including early stand-up, raw footage from HBO’s promo shoots, a hilarious toast to Richard Pryor by Robin as Mrs. Doubtfire, and more

• Brand new interviews with close friends and family including Billy Crystal, Steve Martin, Jay Leno, Eric Idle, David Steinberg, Lewis Black and Zak Williams

• 11 hilarious episodes of Mork & Mindy, including the two-part pilot!

• James Lipton’s Emmy® Award-nominated 90-minute interview with Robin on Inside the Actors Studio, plus deleted scenes

• A comprehensive collection of Robin’s USO shows around the world

• Original and newly created bonus features including behind-the-scenes footage, local highlights from tour stops, promos and more. Featurettes include: The Early Years, San Francisco: Where It All Started, Comic Genius, and TV’s Best Guest

• Critically acclaimed 2018 HBO documentary, Robin Williams: Come Inside My Mind from Emmy® Award-winning director Marina Zenovich and Oscar-winning producer Alex Gibney.

• “Robin Williams: Uncensored”, a collectible 24-page, full-color memory book featuring rare, archival photos from award-winning photographer Arthur Grace, reminiscences from friends and colleagues, Robin’s personal tour notes and more.

Uncensored, electric, intense and unfailingly hilarious, Williams made it his life’s work to make people laugh–whether he was holding forth on culture, politics, the human body or drugs–with razor-sharp wit and insight. As his long-time friend Billy Crystal said, “In the 40 odd years he was in front of us, especially on television, he never let you down. He was always funny, he always did something new.” And, in unforgettable ways, ROBIN WILLIAMS: COMIC GENIUS reveals and celebrates the wide range of his incredible talents like never before.

Look For Less

At last night’s Emmys, TVs hottest stars brought their A-game and did not disappoint.

From strappy sandals, to elegant pumps and even a perfect-for-fall bootie, the ladies (and gents) were showing off the hottest trends in footwear for the season.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite looks from last night’s show and found some fantastic alternatives from JustFab and ShoeDazzle that will have you strutting like an A-lister without having to spend like one.

LOOK FOR LESS – Emmys 2019 Shoe Edition

Mandy Moore

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Millie Bobby Brown

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Chrissy Teigen

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Jonathan Van Ness

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Vanessa Hudgens

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Charles Wachter

Charles Wachter is the Emmy Award-winning founder and president of Hard Twenty. He has produced over thirty television series, most recently he served as the executive producer and show-runner for Apple’s Planet of the Apps, MTV’s Fear Factor, as well as numerous network and cable television shows including Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution for ABC, King of the Nerds  for TBS, and the reboot of American Gladiators for NBC. Prior to alternative television, Charles was an English major at Yale, a Sundance Film Festival Institute Finalist, and has a graduate degree in film from NYU. He lives in Los Angeles with his family.