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This Week In Movie History…

August 15th is a very significant date in the history of film…for two reasons. We’ll cover them here in order by date, but both are, no doubt, some of the most memorable advances in movies and storytelling.

On August 15, 1934, director Christy Cabanne (The Mummy’s Hand, Scared to Death) released the first audio-visual film adaptation of Charlotte Bronte‘s famous novel Jane Eyre. Excluding the popularity of the novel, the film was part of a series of classic-literary adaptations produced by Monogram Pictures between 1933-1934. Four classic 19th-century novels were all made into big-screen adaptations that featured sound, a new technology for the era. The novels were Oliver Twist, Black Beauty, Jane Eyre, and The Moonstone. Cabanne was well-known at the time as a silent film director, but was also beginning to indulge in sound-projects. For the movie, which only runs a total of 62 minutes, the studio recruited actors Colin Clive, best known for the role of Dr. Frankenstein in the original 1931 James Whales’ classic, and newcomer Virginia Bruce (Born to Dance, The Invisible Woman) to star as Jane Eyre. Oscar-nominated screenwriter Adele Comandini (Beyond Tomorrow, Three Smart Girls) to adapt Bronte’s novel for the film (which admittedly must have been a challenge considering Jane Eyre runs for a total of 38 chapters with 400+ pages in most publications).

Also on August 15th, but in 1979, Oscar-winning director Francis Ford Coppola (The Godfather, The Conversation) released his world-renowned masterpiece, Apocalypse Now. The film is famous not only for its cinematic brilliance, but also for its whirlwind of a production Continue reading

New Drama ‘Joy’ With Jennifer Lawrence and Bradley Cooper Now Playing In Theaters

A new drama featuring recurring co-stars Jennifer Lawrence (The Hunger Games, X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Bradley Cooper (The Hangover, American Sniper) titled Joy is now playing in theaters nationwide. The two stars are again directed by writer/director David O. Russell (American Hustle, Silver Linings Playbook), in the story of Joy Mangano, the woman who invented the Miracle Mop and became the matriarch of her family business and dynasty, but not before she encounters betrayal and treachery on her way to success. Also joining the two co-stars is their third recurring co-star Robert DeNiro (Goodfellas, Casino), with actors Edgar Ramirez (Vantage Point, The Liberator), Diane Ladd (Chinatown, Christmas Vacation), Virginia Madsen (Sideways, Firewall), and Isabella Rossellini (Fearless, Enemy). Continue reading

On Our Radar: Lord Linco

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As summer starts to heat up it appears that the music scene is following it’s lead. Across the U.S. artists from various genres continue to pop up at alarming rates. Most recently, Virginia based artist Lord Linco has been gaining a lot of momentum since the release of his, YARDIE EP, back in February. Be forewarned, Linco’s music is only for the fully enlightened, call it whatever you want just feel it. A continual contrast between higher pitched singing and deep voiced rapping, Linco’s music has an odd “dark positivity” about it. Grungy yet wavy, Lord Linco and his Divine Council brethren are bringing a unique sound to the table. Check out some of his music below and be on the look out for more.



Director Luc Besson Announces New Pablo Escobar Biopic With Javier Bardem And Penelope Cruz

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French filmmaker Luc Besson.

Director Luc Besson (The 5th Element, Taken) recently announced at the Cannes Film Festival that his production company, EuropaCorp, is currently working on developing a new Pablo Escobar biopic with Oscar-winners Javier Bardem (No Country For Old Men, Skyfall) and Penelope Cruz (Blow, Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides). Titled Escobar, the screenplay will be based on the book Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar by author Virginia Vallejo, but the movie is still extremely early in production (which is not really a bad thing considering Benicio Del Toro’s Escobar: Paradise Lost is still awaiting worldwide release) and Besson will not be directly involved with this project himself. He is currently in the process of getting Valerian and the City of a Thousand Planets off the ground while also serving as producer on Warrior’s Gate (2015) and The Lake (2016), so writing and directing duties for Escobar are expected to fall on Fernando Leon Aranoa (A Perfect Day, Familia). Stay tuned for more news.

Evenings – Gardener EP

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A few days ago, the Virginia based producer released his latest EP, Gardener.  We’ve come across some pretty unique experimental albums in recent months, and Gardener definitely makes the top of the list. The chill/ambient beats feature distinctive loops throughout. With ever evolving melodies, to the thick layering of textures used in this five track EP – it will certainly keep your eardrums tuned in.  Press play and enjoy the Evenings Gardener.

https://evenings.bandcamp.com/album/gardener-ep

Gilbert Crockett – Re-editited

One of the rising starts without a sponsor, we present you Gilbert Crockett. The Richmond kid that throws down some raw ass tricks, has released a re-edited version of his Old Dominion and Real Street parts in one. If you haven’t heard of the dude, then get to know him, because he’s definitely on the rise as of late. Another benefit, you aren’t forced to listen to the same ole’ song blasting over the beautiful sound of boards hittin’ the streets.