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Euro Disco star Lian Ross is coming to Orange County and Texas!

Posted by Eric Brightwell, September 4, 2013 01:34pm | Post a Comment
Lian Ross coming to OC

Lian Ross
, whose Euro disco hits include "Fantasy," "It's up to you," "Say you'll never," "Scratch my name," "You're my soul" and others, is performing two upcoming shows this month -- on 20 September at R3 Social Lounge in Stanton, Orange County and on 21 September at Red Velvet inJosy Do the Rock HoustonTexas. Both events will be DJed by DJ BPM and hosted by TQ.

If you're at all familiar with the European pop scene then you probably suspect that Lian Ross is a stage name -- if so then you're correct. Ross was born Josephine Hiebel, on 8 December 1962 in Hamburg, Germany. Throughout her career, Ross's partmer both in music and marriage has been Luis Rodriguez-Salazar, himself distinguished by an impressive musical career.

Happy Birthday, Gildy -- The Great Gildersleeve debuted on this day in 1941

Posted by Eric Brightwell, August 31, 2013 04:20pm | Post a Comment
The Great Gildersleeve was a radio sitcom and one of the first spin-offs. It was tremendously popular in the 1940s and led to four feature films and three 78 records.

The Great Gildersleeve (1942) movie poster

The series centered on Throckmorton Philharmonic Gildersleeve (nicknames included "The Great Man" or just "Gildy"), a lovable windbag who first appeared on Fibber McGee and Molly in 1939. OnGildy's Blade Fibber McGee and Molly he was McGee's antagonist armed with a catchphrase ("You're a haaard man, McGee!"). He was originally expertly played by Harold Peary.

Gildersleeve was so popular that he soon got his own show, The Great Gildersleeve, which debuted on NBC on 31 August, 1941. It was sponsored by Kraft Foods whose advertisements promoted their Parkay margarine -- a weird, oily yellow spread that people turned instead of butter during the Great Depression but strangely continued to eat after butter was affordable again). On The Great Gildersleeve, the titular character retained some of his pomposity and general man-childishness but was made more likeable. And whereas he had a wife on Fibber McGee, on his own he was a lifelong bachelor and much of the plot revolved around his awkward romantic pursuits.

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Upcoming Satyajit Ray screenings in Los Angeles, London, and Vienna

Posted by Eric Brightwell, August 26, 2013 11:56am | Post a Comment
Satyajit Ray

Satyajit Ray
fans have cause to celebrate with several upcoming film events coming up involving a large body of his film work. Satyajit Ray was a Bengali film director from India who is widely considered to be one of the world's greatest filmmakers. During his life (1921-1992) he directed 36 films, including features, documentaries, and shorts. Nineteen of his films have been restored by the Academy Film Archive and are being shown in screenings taking place in Los Angeles, London, and Vienna through a partnership between the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, the British Film Institute (BFI), the American Cinematheque, and the Austrian Film Museum (Österreichisches Filmmuseum).

Ray co-founded the Calcutta Film Society in 1947. He began filming Pather Panchali, his debut, in 1952. After its completion and theater debut in 1955, he was immediately widely acclaimed. His second film, Aparajito, won the Golden Lion at the Venice Film Festival. Akira Kurosawa later said of his films, "Not to have seen the cinema of Ray means existing in the world without seeing the sun or the moon." 

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Don't Knock the Rock 2013 is coming

Posted by Eric Brightwell, August 18, 2013 09:00pm | Post a Comment
Don't Knock the Rock is a film festival that's taken place now for ten years. Each year filmmaker Allison Anders (Gas, Food Lodging, Grace of My Heart, and Mi Vida Loca) and her daughter, Tiffany, curate probably the best film festival of its sort in Los Angeles, focusing on rare or new music documentaries about personality-driven cult bands and under-exposed music movements and scenes.

Last year I attended the screening of Jobriath A.D. (2012). The year before I was at The Beat Is The Law: Fanfare For The Common (2010), the sequel to 2001's Made In Sheffield -- about the independent music scenes of Sheffield, UK. All screenings take place at The Silent Movie Theatre in Fairfax Village (on the border between the Fairfax District and Beverly Grove) and are hosted by Michael Des Barres of the TV series MacGyver.

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Jon Moritsugu Retrospective in Downtown Los Angeles plus his latest film, Pig Death Machine

Posted by Eric Brightwell, August 12, 2013 11:28am | Post a Comment
Pig Death Machine posterJon Moritsugu (click here to read an Amoebog interview) and Amy Davis's latest film, Pig Death Machine, is playing in Downtown Los Angeles for one week (9 August till 15 August).


For those that aren't familiar with him, Jon Moritsugu is an auteur in the proper sense of the word. From 1986's Mommy Mommy Where's My Brain till  to his latest, all films have all reflected a distinct, personal creative vision. He has his own section in Cult Cinema on the mezzanine of Amoeba Hollywood.


Here's a trailer and plot summary of his latest:


"Starring Davis as a nerdy, yet doornail-dumb hottie who eats undercooked, paraside-laden, pink piggy and is transformed into a dangerous genius, while across town, a punky-buxom-botanist eats the same meaty treat and ends up endowed with the supernatural ability to 'hear' her specimens."




"A sci-fi/psych-horror/screwball ride of chaotic, day-glo fever dreams and glitter-dusted nightmares, shot in the stunning wilds of New Mexico and featuring the music of Deerhoof, Dirty Beaches, Polvo, and industrial legend Monte Cazazza (Throbbing Gristle)."

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