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American Airlines to start filling full flights again, CDC Reacts!

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No more middle seats being open for passengers of American Airlines (AAL) as the airline increases its occupancy from 85% to 100% starting today.

The CDC this morning criticized the move calling it “substantial disappointment”. The airline had previously been leaving middle seats open for social distancing measures.

Dr. Fauci spoke yesterday on his fears that the US could soon be seeing coronavirus cases surge from 40,000 cases per day to 100,000 cases per day if the US does not act quickly enough.

Other major airlines such as Delta, Southwest and many more have all committed to leaving the middle seat open for now to continue practice social distancing.

We’ve reached out to American Airlines for comment and have not heard back as of publication time.

QUARANTINE MUST-WATCH: BOOKSMART

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The 2019 Superbad.

The quote, “What happens in the past stays in the past” does not apply to the film world. While we do want to leave the infamous 2020 year in the past, let us instead reminisce on 2019 which was arguably one of the greatest years of cinema. Blessed with exceptional film after exceptional film, Booksmart is one of these blessings. 

Directed by Olivia Wilde, Booksmart is both a coming-of-age story and comedy that follows two high school seniors Amy and Molly (played by Kaitlyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein). Realizing they spent all their academic years with their eyes only glued to studies, the two decide to break the rules and fit all the missed-out fun moments in one night, their pre-graduation night. From there on, the chaos ensues. Just the summary itself reels you in already. 

Booksmart is a blend of heart, humour, and adventure. It causes its audience to laugh, cry, smile, and for some, feel nostalgic remembering those teen years. Well-written and directed, the film puts a unique and fresh twist to a classic high school plot, making it an unforgettable 2019 gem. 

Along with its screenplay and plot development, its actors are the core to what makes Booksmart so lovable. Not just in their electrifying performances but in their personalities and on-screen chemistry. It is a mix of fresh and seen-before faces, each person perfectly casted for their role bringing in their own natural charisma and energy. Why don’t we introduce you to the cast.

What do you get when you blend Netflix’s Unbelievable with Ladybird with Stars Wars? The cast of Booksmart! The film is centered around our two main characters, Katilyn Dever and Beanie Feldstein, who both already have multiple credits. 

From the TV mini-series Unbelievable to movies such as Beautiful Boy, Men, Women & Children, Them They Follow and more, Dever has been named one of Variety’s 10 Actors to Watch. Beanie Feldstein is another well-known star. From Greta Gerwig’s nominated Ladybird to Netflix’s Orange is the New Black to Neighbors 2, Feldstein returns to being a main character in her new 2020 film How To Build a Better Girl. May I also add most of are today-years-old when discovering Feldstein is related to director and actor Jonah Hill. They. Are. Siblings. You learn something new every day. 

Along with these stars, the cast is made up of more talent such as American Horror Story and Star Wars’ Billie Catherine Lourd, Glass’ Diana Silvers, Good Boys’ Molly Sterg and a minor cameo from TV show Friends’ Lisa Kudrow. Next to these actors, Olivia Wilde shared pictures of more of the cast during the costume fitting process on her Instagram. 

Speaking of Olivia Wilde, the creator herself is also a Hollywood veteran, being both a director and actor. While Booksmart is Wilde’s directorial debut, roles she has starred in are the medical TV drama House, Richard Jewell, Her, BoJack Horseman, The Lazarus Effect and so on. Also, a little Booksmart easter egg: Olivia Wilde’s partner, Jason Sudeikis, also stars in the film as the high school’s principal. 

Now, if you are a more technical person when it comes to persuasion towards seeing a certain film, Booksmart is still for you. Just adding this in here because where to begin?! 

  • 97% critics’ score on the Rotten Tomatoes Tomatometer 
  • BAFTA nomination for Best Original Screenplay 
  • Film Independent Spirit Award Winner for Best Feature  
  • Golden Globe Nominee for Best Actress in a Musical or Comedy
  • and the list goes on…


So if you love “Getting Straight A’s and Giving Zero F’s” and overall crave a great movie experience as we continue self-isolation, put Booksmart on the top of your quarantine movie watchlist. 

1on1: Alexis Marrero

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Fast Facts:

Favorite Movie: Spider-Man Far From Home
Favorite Book: The Hunger Games
Favorite Artist: Ed Sheeran
Favorite Song: Can’t Help Falling In Love – Elvis Presley
Favorite Color: Red

What got you into singing?

I’ve been singing ever since I was a kid and have always loved it and felt passionate about it. When I was 15, I picked up ukulele and started getting more serious about my music. By 16, I was writing more music and got picked up by my first producer. 

What was the first song you ever recorded? 

The first song I ever recorded was “My Whole World.” I had written it when I was 16 and my producer at the time, Shannon McArthur, lived the song so much that we eventually flew out to LA to record the song with Rick Seibold when I was 17.

What’s it like working with Andrew Lane as your music manager? 

Working with Andrew Lane is one of the best experiences and opportunities I have ever had. It’s such an honor and a privilege to work and learn from a multi-platinum producer! We have a lot of fun and bounce ideas off of each other and make great music together. He is so sweet and caring and I love working with him. 

What was it like working with your cousin on your music video? 

Getting to work with Symonne on my music video was really fun! She had been in another video of mine before, “Seams,” and I love getting to have her be part of my videos. Symonne and I are very close and it’s always so great working with her because she’s so talented. 

Do you have any future songs coming up?

I have many songs that I have yet to release! I don’t have a plan for them yet, but we take things a step at a time and when it feels right to release them, we will. I think everyone will really like all of the songs that I have to release! 

1on1: Brooke Singleton

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5 Fast Facts:

  1. Favorite Place to Eat? Mendocino Farms
  2. Favorite Color? Yellow
  3. Where were you born? Long Beach, CA
  4. Favorite book? Roll of Thunder, Hear My Cry by Mildred D. Taylor
  5. Favorite movie? The Others 

What made you want to get into acting?

One of my mom’s friends had a good friend who was a manager and he asked my mom if he could manage my sister, Bria and I. So of course she sad yes!

How did you get your first agent and manager? 

One of my mom’s friends had a good friend who was a manager and he asked my mom if he could manage my sister, Bria and I. So of course she sad yes!

What was your first ever acting job?

My first job was a McDonalds commercial when I was 8 months old

What’s it like having your sister in the working in the same industry as you? 

I love it because occasionally I get the pleasure of working with her on some of the same projects and that is always fun! We really support each other. 

Brooke on the set of 911.

What was the casting process like for the role you played on 911? 

I got called in for the role and auditioned. I was later told that I was pinned and then I booked. My agent told my mom I booked and then my mom surprised me when I got home from school. I was really excited. 

Tell us about your experience on your first day on set? 

I was immediately intrigued by all the cool special effects they had in hair and makeup. The day went like any normal day on set but with a cool stuntman, nachos and an awesome cast and crew. 

What was the casting process like for Stuck in the Middle? 

I was called into casting to audition. Casting was really impressed by my commitment to the character, they pinned me right away and the. I booked. 

Tell us about the day you worked on Stuck in the Middle? 

The day was wonderful! The cast and crew were extremely nice to me and made me feel welcomed. The day went like any other job, school, hair and makeup, getting miked, lights, camera, action! 

When you book an ADR/Looping job, what is it that you do that differs from a traditional acting job? 

Sometimes when you audition for ADR, you audition over the phone whereas for a traditional acting job you send in a tape or go in person to meet with the casting director.

What was it like doing ADR/Looping for A Wrinkle in Time and Little? 

It was so cool! I got to work with a lot of kids my age on that project and it was fun getting little sneak peaks of some of the movie before it hit theaters.

1on1: Greg Marks

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Fast Facts:

1. Birthplace: Los Angeles, CA

2. Favorite Song: Adorn by Miguel

3. Favorite Artist: Chris Brown

4. Favorite Movie: Bohemian Rhapsody

5: Favorite Restaurant In-N-Out

How did you get started in the music business? 

I started playing guitar and singing at seven year old, started acting around eight, and learned my true passion is for music.

What’s the process of making a song from concept to completion? 

I have synesthesia which allows me to hear colors, and I also freestyle write. I will pick a color for chords, and start telling a story with no direction and somehow I find a way to put it together.

How did you get cast on Chicken Girls? 

I was friends with the entire cast long before the show, and was offered the opportunity by a friend of mine by the name of Matt Dugan!

What was your all time favorite scene from Chicken Girls that you were in? 

It’s hard to chose but I’ll have to go with the iconic ketchup packet scene.

Are you still friends with any of the cast members from the show?

I’m still friends with everyone from the show! I actively hang out with most of the cast.

What’s daily life like as a Music Producer? 

Wake up, talk to friends and randomly hear a word that intrigues me, relate it to a color and start creating.

We love your music studio. How did you come up with the look and design for it? 

My mom has always been really creative when comes to the house so she did most of the work so ill give her her credit. 

What was your inspiration for Daughter? 

I was in the studio with the very talented Rachel West, and we chatted for a while and came up with the idea based off LA girls.

The animation for Daughter is so cool. How did you come up with the idea for an animated music video? 

My team and I were brainstorming, and decided to keep it straight forward like the song. Although I personally thought the only way to make it not cheesy is for it to be animated.

Frudy Says…Oscar Winner Predictions

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Photo Credit: Oscars Twitter Account

Best Picture

Frudy Says…“1917” (Universal)

Credit: Universal Pictures YouTube Channel

“Ford v Ferrari” (Disney/Fox)
“The Irishman” (Netflix)
“Jojo Rabbit” (Fox Searchlight)
“Joker” (Warner Bros.)
“Little Women” (Sony)
“Marriage Story” (Netflix)
“1917” (Universal)
“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood” (Sony)
“Parasite” (Neon)

Best Director

Frudy Says…Sam Mendes (“1917”)

Martin Scorsese (“The Irishman”)
Todd Phillips (“Joker”)
Sam Mendes (“1917”)
Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Bong Joon Ho (“Parasite”)

Best Actor

Frudy Says…Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”)

Credit: Warner Brothers Pictures YouTube Channel

Antonio Banderas (“Pain and Glory”)
Leonardo DiCaprio (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Adam Driver (“Marriage Story”)
Joaquin Phoenix (“Joker”)
Jonathan Pryce (“The Two Popes”)

Best Supporting Actor

Frudy Says…Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)

Credit: Sony Pictures YouTube Channel

Tom Hanks (“A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood”)
Anthony Hopkins (“The Two Popes”)
Al Pacino (“The Irishman”)
Joe Pesci (“The Irishman”)
Brad Pitt (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)

Best Actress

Frudy Says…Renee Zellweger (“Judy”)

Credit: Coming Soon YouTube Channel

Cynthia Erivo (“Harriet”)
Scarlett Johansson (“Marriage Story”)
Saoirse Ronan (“Little Women”)
Charlize Theron (“Bombshell”)
Renee Zellweger (“Judy”)

Best Supporting Actress

Frudy Says…Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”)

Credit: Netflix YouTube Channel

Supporting Actress
Kathy Bates, “Richard Jewell”
Laura Dern (“Marriage Story”)
Scarlett Johansson (“Jojo Rabbit”)
Florence Pugh (“Little Women”)
Margot Robbie (“Bombshell”)

Best Original Screenplay

Frudy Says…Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won (“Parasite”)

Credit: The Museum of Modern Art

Rian Johnson (“Knives Out”)
Noah Baumbach (“Marriage Story”)
Sam Mendes and Krysty Wilson-Cairns (“1917”)
Quentin Tarantino (“Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”)
Bong Joon Ho and Han Jin Won (“Parasite”)

Adapted Screenplay

Frudy Says…Taika Waititi (“Jojo Rabbit”)

Taika Waititi (“Jojo Rabbit”)
Steve Zaillian (“The Irishman”)
Anthony McCarten (“The Two Popes”)
Greta Gerwig (“Little Women”)
Todd Phillips and Scott Silver (“Joker”)

Best Cinematography

Frudy Says…Roger Deakins “1917”

Credit: ARRI YouTube Channel

Rodrigo Prieto “The Irishman”
Lawrence Sher “Joker”
Jarin Blaschke “The Lighthouse”
Roger Deakins “1917”
Robert Richardson “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood”

Best Original Song:

Frudy Says…“I’m Gonna Love Me Again” “Rocketman”

I Can’t Let You Throw Yourself Away” “Toy Story 4”
“I’m Gonna Love Me Again” “Rocketman”
“I’m Standing With You” “Breakthrough”
“Into the Unknown” “Frozen 2”
“Stand Up” “Harriet”

Best Original Score

Frudy Says…Hildur Guðnadóttir “Joker”

Credit: WaterTower Music’s YouTube Channel

Hildur Guðnadóttir “Joker”
Alexandre Desplat “Little Women”
Randy Newman “Marriage Story”
Thomas Newman “1917”
John Williams “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker”

Best Animated Movie

Frudy Says…“Toy Story 4″

Credit: Pixar YouTube Channel

Animated Feature
“How to Train Your Dragon: The Hidden World”
“I Lost My Body”
“Klaus”
“Missing Link”
“Toy Story 4″

Best Editor

Frudy Says…Thelma Schoonmaker, “The Irishman”

Michael McCusker and Andrew Buckland, “Ford vs. Ferrari”
Thelma Schoonmaker, “The Irishman”
Tom Eagles, “Jojo Rabbit”
Jeff Groth, “Joker”
Yang Jinmo, “Parasite”

Best International Film

Frudy Says…“Parasite”

“Corpus Christi”
“Honeyland”
“Les Miserables”
“Pain and Glory”
“Parasite”

Best Costume Design

Frudy Says…Jacqueline Durran, “Little Women”

Credit: Sony Picture’s YouTube Channel

Sandy Powell and Christopher Peterson, “The Irishman”
Mayes C. Rubeo, “Jojo Rabbit”
Mark Bridges, “Joker”
Jacqueline Durran, “Little Women”
Arianne Phillip, “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood

Best Makeup and Hairstyling

Frudy Says…“Bombshell” (Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker)

Credit: Lionsgate YouTube Channel

“Bombshell” (Kazu Hiro, Anne Morgan and Vivian Baker)
“Joker” (Nicki Ledermann and Kay Georgiou)
“Judy” (Jeremy Woodhead)
“Maleficent: Mistress of Evil” (Paul Gooch, Arjen Tuiten and David White)
“1917” (Naomi Donne, Tristan Versluis and Rebecca Cole)

Best Short Film

Frudy Says…“Brotherhood”

Credit: Miff YouTube Channel

Short Film (Live Action)
“Brotherhood”
“Nefta Football Club”
“The Neighbor’s Window”
“Saria”
“A Sister”

Interview with DesiG

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Favorites: 

Song: Hard Times 

Artist: Paramore

Book: Wonder by R.J. Palacio

Movie: Jumanji 

TV Show: One Day At A time

DesiG is a Canadian Singer who recently dropped her new EP “Lucid Thoughts“.

How did you get started singing? 

I always have sung since I can remember, I started to take formal lessons at the age of 6 years of age and haven’t stopped.  I constantly am learning and growing and broadening my skills in music as the years go.  It truly is a creative outlet for me and a way of expression.

What was the first ever song that you recorded? 

Never Enough which was recorded when I was 10 years old.

What was the inspiration behind “Online World”? 

I wanted to address the reality of the pros and cons of social media and how, there are a lot of opportunities and connections you can form but there is an equal amount of bad that comes from this world. It’s a world that I love, as I get to make so many connections across all borders. However, it’s so easy to be absorbed and disconnect from one’s true emotions and even people who we are close to. Social media is not always true to what we see in front of us. We only get a glimpse into ones life, whether it’s true or not and we need to be mindful of this possibility and true reality. It’s important to keep this in mind and to not let this world take over who you are or change you. This song is about the facts of the online world. It’s about the exciting connections and possibilities that this world can provide but also the challenges and some rude but true realities. 

What was it like recording “Online World” and the rest of your EP? 

It was amazing.  It felt incredible knowing that I reached my goal of being able to share my stories in my original written songs.  Recording in the studio was a lot of fun, hard work, and an incredible experience.

What’s the theme behind your EP “Lucid Thoughts” and why does it mean so much to you? 

Lucid Thoughts is about having clarity and understanding. Commonly people say “lucid dreams,” but I am interpreting the same process but with our thoughts. Lucid Thoughts are when you’re thinking about something, but you’re aware that the events flashing through your brain aren’t really happening. Lucid thoughts for me is the hazy reality of being a teenager, and it can be at times very confusing and not knowing what to expect. 

How do you come up with ideas for your music? 

I take inspiration from others and see what I can build off of and make them unique.  Sometimes I take my own life experiences and incorporate them into my songs in order to spark an idea. 

What’s your process like as a songwriter writing each song? 

First I like to make a beat in my head or with a beat maker and from there, I start to brainstorm lyrics until i come up with something for that beat or melody.  That’s how i start off my songs, and then after I have a foundation, I tweak and build my songs and work with a co-songwriter who helps me when I am stuck, and we brainstorm together. I find it to be such a cool process because two minds is better than one when they are in sync. I then edit the song, which then gets sent to my producer. Each song and how it comes to life is different.  There’s times where I start writing a song during break at school, or wake up in the middle of the night with an idea and I start writing.  There are other times I am just sitting with my co-songwriter coming up with writer prompts to trigger some inspiration.

You’ve had great success through social media pushing your music. What have you found most helpful as an artist to push your work through social media? 

As an artist I would say connecting with my audience consistently is very important. I ensure to be active not only in consistent and regular posting of content, but to engage through online lives with my fans and followers, and also do my best to directly respond back to messages. 

What’s your process for making your social media content? 

I typically post a photo of the day following up with a song I have recorded at home.  I also try to put content of what I am currently working on and am very active on social media stories giving a snippet of my life to my following.  I try to give a sense or a slice of my life so people know I am like them.  It’s not all success and glory, life does have its challenges and obstacles and I am open to sharing as I think it’s important that my fans know that I am like them and we can all relate to each other.

You’re based out of Vancouver, tell us about the music market up there and how music in Canada is different in the US/LA. (i.e. Juno Awards etc.)?

I am just getting myself out there and learning about how the music market works.  One of my goals is to get nominated at the Junos.  I am not as familiar with the USA market, but I am learning as I go. One of my other goals is to be able to go to Las Vegas and sing on the same stage that Celine Dion sang on.  She is truly one of my idols. 

Interview with Lai Lai Clark from Siwas Dance Pop Revolution

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Favorites: 

Song: On the floor by JLO & Boomerang by JoJO Siwa

Artist: JoJo Siwa, Beyoncé, Ariana Grande, JLO

Book: Cat In The Hat

Film: Luca

TV Show: Siwas Dance Pop Revolution 

Lai Lai Clark is starring in Peacock‘s hit new reality series Siwas Dance Pop Revolution.

What inspired you to become a dancer? 

My mom put me in dance because I was 3 & I wouldn’t stop climbing on everything. She caught me at the top of the pantry, lol! 

What areas of dance you do focus on the most?

I love Hip Hop and Acro!

How did you get the audition for Siwa Pop Dance Revolution?

My dance teacher at the time Mrs. Tria posted the casting call on Facebook.  Thanks, Mrs. Tria!

What was the audition process like for the show?

Super Fun!   I had to send in a video and then go to LA an audition for Jessalyn & JoJo Siwa.

What was a typical day of filming on the show?

On set for 7 hours a day dancing & singing. You can order any food you want.  Any snacks you want.   The studio was Beautiful.  It was a fabulous experience!

What was it like meeting JoJo Siwa and her mom Jessalyn for the first time?

I was already a fan so it was a really special moment. I was so happy. Couldn’t stop smiling.  

What’s it like to have cameras follow you and your mom around all day?  

Awesome!  Made me feel like a superstar!  

What was your favorite part about filming the show? 

Getting to work with Mrs. Jessalyn & JoJo.  Also getting to meet new friends. 

Any advice to somebody your age who wants to get on a reality tv show or work in the entertainment industry?

Yes, Go For It! And take that extra dance class 🙂

Any future projects coming up that you’d like to share?

I am working on a new song and taking acting lessons. Watch out world because here I come!  

SPENCER, STEWART, ANNE BOLEYN, OH MY!

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About Spencer: During her Christmas holidays with the royal family at the Sandringham estate in Norfolk, England, Diana (Kristen Stewart) decides to leave her marriage to Prince Charles.

Starring: Kristen Stewart; Timothy Spall; Jack Farthing; Sean Harris; Sally Hawkins

Directed by: Pablo Larrain

Ro’s Review:

It’s the late afternoon, eating at your local diner, maybe a slice of cherry pie before hitting the road again. The door dings its ring, indicating another potential customer. Oh, it’s Princess Diana. IT’S PRINCESS DIANA.

Beautifully shot, mesmerizing score, grainy color palette, Spencer’s opening 10 minute sequence is Impeccably immersive, enough to set the tone and buckle up for incoming turmoil. 

If this is your first experience with Pablo Larrain’s filmography like myself, Spencer should be the starting point in the upcoming obsession and appreciation for Larrain’s work, while making plans to see Jackie and Ema.

What Larrain does best is create an environment for its audiences that make us feel like a fly on the wall. The environment is cold (turn up the heat!), sad, psychologically draining, and empathetic. But most importantly Spencer is exactly what it disclaims to be right at the beginning: a fable of tragedy. Therefore, it becomes experimental and bold in its storytelling. No one will ever be familiar with a high-status lifestyle unless they are said to be a high-status person. Spencer is taking information and playing around with “what could have been” or even “what should have been.” The film could feel repetitive but that is exactly what personal tragedy can be. All the misfortune happening in our lives, whether that be eating disorders, affairs, or depression, becomes an endless cycle we feel one can never escape. Larrain plays with time, as seen with Anne Boleyn’s historical significance, and the power of the mind, where in parts of the film, we feel we are slipping into Diana’s subconscious and her deep thoughts. Technical and abstract come together to make Spencer a cinematic experience. And of course, all this is elevated by Kristen Stewart’s performance and dedication in becoming Princess Diana. 

If we scratch movies down to its core, they are for entertainment but there’s more beneath the surface. In the umbrella-term of movies,” sometimes, certain films are described as “unaccessible,” that may not be approachable to everyone. As a result, the move creates a divide between audiences. This is Spencer currently, but may you set previous beliefs aside, practice open-mindedness, and squeeze in to see Spencer this weekend. 

Spencer is now playing in theaters.

Interview with Alisha Liston

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Song: Currently “Touch Tone Telephone” by Lemon Demon

Artist: Cavetown

Book: City of Ember by Jeanne DuPra

Film: Bambi

TV Show: Amphibia!!

Alisha Liston is a Singer/Songwriter who recently released her EP entitled “Beautiful Illusion”. Today, we’re interviewing Alisha about how she came up with her ideas for the 7-track EP and what inspired the making of her music video for “Beautiful Soldier”. The track is part of her EP, you can listen below.

Beautiful Illusion is now streaming. You can listen above here on Spotify.

How did you get started singing?

I started singing since… forever. When I was really young, I’d sing Disney songs around the house for hours. When I was 4, my parents got me into vocal  lessons, and as I got older I started studying all different aspects of music – guitar, piano, songwriting, etc. 

What was the inspiration behind “Beautiful Soldier”? 

Beautiful Soldier is an encapsulation of the Beautiful Illusion EP. Beautiful Soldier was the last song I wrote, and I feel like it was a reflection on the whole year. I started Beautiful Illusion as a collection of songs to help people cope through heavy emotions and overwhelming situations. Beautiful Soldier is about growing from those situations. 

What was it like recording “Beautiful Solder” and the rest of your EP? 

It was incredible.  I love working with Idrise Ward-EL and Adrian Lopez.  Idrise is a multi-lingual, multi-genre, and mega-talented artist, vocal producer, and sound engineer. Adrian is just as talented.   His area of expertise is in piano, composition and production.  They were really excited about the concepts of the song and the EP.  I remember sharing the original version of Beautiful Soldier.  We were at my house, and Idrise was like … that’s got to be a ballad.  We just both agreed, and got Adrian on board and the rest was history. 

What’s the theme behind your EP and why does it mean so much to you? 

Like I mentioned, Beautiful Illusion is about coping through overwhelming situations. For me, music has helped me sort out a lot of emotions, and I wanted to write songs that speak to that. In 2020, I did lose my grandmother and great-grandmother, both who I was very close to.  That along with Covid, all the stay home orders, etc. was overwhelming, and I wasn’t in a good place.  I felt lost and isolated, and turned to some unhealthy coping mechanisms.  I’ve gotten better since then, but it still hurts and I still miss my grandmothers.  Beautiful Illusion means a lot to me personally because it contains a lot of my stories and a lot of my lessons learned.  I just really want people to know, although it may not seem like it now, it’s going to get better.  You’ll get through it; really, you will.

How did you come up with the idea for the music video? 

For the music video concept, I really wanted to do something with Adrian.  He composed the instrumental and I just felt like he should be part of it.  As we were mulling over the idea, I didn’t want it to be just about me and Adrian.  For a long time, Idrise had been dating Jannet, who suffers from inoperable brain tumors, and I wanted them to be a part of it too.  From there, my Mom and I just started thinking about some other incredible people that we knew personally and felt should be a part of it.  We really wanted to emphasis who they were as people and how they’ve personally been an inspiration.  As we got into it, we wanted to learn more about who their ‘Beautiful Soldiers’ were.  That’s when we got the idea to feature their favorite organizations.  

Where did you film the music video and what is like filming there? 

We filmed the music video at this beautiful theater in Covina, CA, called the Covina Center for the Performing Arts. The place was very majestic, and felt like you were walking into a Broadway show. Everything was decorated with art and gold statues and it was incredible. It even had an elevator in the building.  It was amazing.

We love your costume in the music video! What was the process like for finding that look? 

Thank you so much! The two outfits from Beautiful Soldier are my favorites.  Music video aside, I am really into 18th century/Victorian styles.  I love steampunk, and I love mixing that kind of style with modern fashion.  The blouse from the piano scene with Adrian was actually given to me as a gift.  I got it from my grandfather for my 13th birthday.  I also wore it when we were shooting the EP cover art.   The on-stage outfit was a bit tougher to find.  I had this idea of a coat I wanted, but I had no idea where I could get something like that.  So I did a lot of online searching.  We (my Mom and I) eventually found the jacket at a place called Clothing4all2017 on Etsy.  We weren’t sure if we could get it in time, so my Mom reached out to the owner and they made me a custom coat.  The other sizes were too big.  I love it, and couldn’t be happier with how it turned out.

How long did it take to film the music video and what was the set life like? 

Let’s see.  We rented the studio for 5-hours, but before that we stopped by Joyce’s place.  Joyce is a super talented make-up artist and has been friends with my Mom since college.  Anyway, we stopped there and Joyce did my make-up and helped with my hair.  Afterwards, we went to the theater.  Hector Toro was the cinematographer.  We met him there.  We decided to start filming upstairs.  For some reason, traffic was really bad that day so we had to adjust what we shot when based on who was there.  Christine was first.  Adrian and Idrise got there later.  It meant the world to me to have both Idrise and Adrian there while we were filming.  Jannet lives in Texas, so she couldn’t make it.  We knew that going in, and said we’d figure out how to film her.  It was really fun, seeing it all come together.  My friend Yasmine came.  It was really great.   

You’re also an Actress! How was it doing your own project vs acting in other projects? 

Yes.  I am.  I would say that it’s pretty similar, except when I’m running my own projects I’m way more involved in the story telling and how I want the shot to be played out.  It’s a balance though, because the people I’m working with are these incredible creatives.  So, it’s really important that we can work together and collaborate on our ideas, because that’s when it really clicks and the best ideas come out.  When I’m acting in some else’s project, I’m being directed by a director or an executive producer.  Sometimes I’ll get to improv; but, generally speaking, everything is already developed:  the script, the shot list, etc.

Any advice you’d give to somebody your age who wants pursue singing as a career? 

That’s a great question.  Generally speaking, I would say you really need to think about what you want your artistry to be about.  How do you want to use your platform and what’s your goal?  The other thing you need to think about is what you are willing and not willing to do to achieve it.  As someone who started singing when they were young.  It can take a while to figure it out.  Early on I worked with a lot of different people, and they would try to steer in different directions.  Sometimes it felt right, and sometimes it didn’t.  I think you just know when it’s right.  So I would  say, listen to your gut.  If it feels right, good; but, if it doesn’t, don’t feel like you have to force it. 

Any upcoming projects you’d like to share with our reader?

Yes!  I am super excited to share I just recorded a new Christmas song called ‘Quiet Little House’.  It’s an original, and I am planning to release it shortly after Thanksgiving.  I’ve also been working on some new live performance videos, so look for those too!

  

Last Night in Soho is a Cinematic Halloween Treat!

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Rating: 4.5/5

Halloween has arrived over and move over overly done horror slasher films, because Director Edgar Write (Baby Driver) has an original Halloween movie made for the big screen!

From the moment the film begins, you get drawn into Thomason Mackenzie (JoJo Rabbit) character who is off to fashion school in London.

Things don’t quite work out in the dorm at school so she moves to a private, cheaper space where she gets her own room across town. You get what you pay for and she gets dump!

Anywho, as she stays there the dreams ensure of Anya Taylor-Joy’s (The Queen’s Gambit) character and I’ll leave the rest of that haunting story for you to watch on the big screen. It’s deep! And let’s not forget Anya’s character hauntingly singing “Downtown” in the trailer. It plays very well acapella style in the movie with her performance giving you the chills.

I knew Anya Taylor-Joy was a star ever since THE WITCH!

The film is masterfully shot and VFX outstanding. It gave me the absolute creeps. There were a few solid jump scares but for me it’s how both worlds of 1960’s and present day London looked. The sets are immaculate. For those of you who just watched Cruella, you’ll feel they could have existed in the same realm.

And the lighting, those neon vibes has me feeling like I’m in a kaleidoscope of a dream! Eerie!!!!!

Now, I will say the pacing I felt was slightly slow to begin. Though, that pays off once we get moving in the 2nd and 3rd acts where it payed off and gives off one hell of an ending—no punt intended!

Go and see this movie and prepare for some haunting dreams at night!

Succession gets a Season 4!

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The rich keep getting richer in HBO’s “Succession” as the network has renewed its hit series about a wealthy family for a 4th season!

The 3rd season debuted last month on both HBO and HBO MAX.

According to Deadline.com, the series saw 1.4m viewers across platforms on it premiere episode.

The official synopses for Succession on Google says the series follows “The Logan family is known for controlling the biggest media and entertainment company in the world. However, their world changes when their father steps down from the company.”

Shib on the Rise! IT KEEPS GOING!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Shib has been on the rise the past week gaining momentum with some online users speculating that Robinhood.com could pick up the meme favorite crypto coin.

As of today, the market cap for Shib reached a record high market cap of 18.8 billion.

All Shib has to do is double that to compete with Dogecoin‘s market cap of 35 billion.

Incredible to think, that this off shoot Doge coin has been running so fast that cryptofanatics can barely keep up.

The Dogefather Elon Musk mocked Shib in a tweet recently, but those holding Shib are unamused and unbothered by it according to various online fourms.

According to WhaleStats, a crypto whale purchased over 11 million USD dollars worth of Shib today.

That led to a 20% spike and making that person nearly 2 million USD richer!

It was around this time last year which Dogecoin began it’s rise eventually surpassing .01 in January earlier this year.

Will Shib make those same kind of moves? Only time will tell.

THE LATEST: Cinematographer Halyna Hutchins killed on set by loaded prop gun, police say

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Halyna Hutchins who was the cinematographer for a movie called “Rust” filming in Santa Fe, NM was shot and killed yesterday afternoon on set. The incident took place yesterday afternoon around 2pm at the Bonanza Creek Ranch, a popular western town back lot and tourist attraction in the area.

Actor Alec Baldwin is accused of shooting Hutchins along with the the film’s director on accident. Baldwin allegedly had been a given a prop gun for a scene and had no idea that it was a “hot gun”. He told authorities over and over again that in all of his years in acting he had never been given a loaded hand gun before.

Authorities are still investigating the incident.

Baldwin tweeted a statement this morning:

Hutchins was part of the conservatorship program at The American Film Institue (AFI).

The young cinematographer had photographed several award winning short films and within that last couple of years had just embarked on her feature film career, according to her IMDb.

She posted this photo from the set on her Instagram, just earlier this month.

The scariest movie trailer ever has arrived!! The Black Phone

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The much anticipated trailer for Blumhouse/Universal’s The Black Phone which terrified attendees at Cinema Con has arrived. Ethan Hawke’s breaking his no-bad guys rule for this movie sees Hawke in a deranged devil mask designed by the legendary horror special effect artist Tom Savini.

Ethan Hawke plays a series killer that disguises himself as a magician to lure children and kidnap them.

One of the boys he kidnaps begins getting messages from the serial killer’s phone in the basement he’s trapped in.

The film is Directed by Scott Derrickson (Dr. Strange) who collaborated with Hawke in the past on what some say is the scariest horror movie ever made “Sinister”!

The film currently colds a 100% critics rating on Rotten Tomatoes after debuting at Fantastic Fest and Beyond Fest over the last month.

Actor Jamie Costa delivers Oscar-Worthy performance in Robin “biopic” Test Footage that will make you cry.

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Hearts around the world sunk into sadness the day Comedian Robin Williams passed away. His sudden death, a tragedy took the world by storm. His work has transcended generations and warmed the heart of all.

Robin sadly took his own life on August 11, 2014.

His family said he was recently diagnosed with Parkinson’s and the Coroner revealed he had also been suffering from Lewy body disease at the time of his death.

Robin’s films included Mrs. Doubtfire, Hook, Dead Poets Society, Good Will Hunting and more.

Jamie Costa an actor out of Los Angeles who often does impressions based content on his YouTube channel posted a video 2 days ago entitled “ROBIN Test Footage”. The video has amassed to close to 2 million views is currently trending on YouTube.

Fans of Williams all over have been tweeting about the clip, saying that a biopic needs to be made of Robin’s life with Jamie Costa playing Robin.

Fans see Robin through Jamie’s performance. The way Costa gets his mannerisms, posture and vocal tones. As a huge fan of Williams myself, I thought I was watching a young Robin Williams on the screen.

The way Jamie takes you that place is something just so magical.

The short clip has outstanding cinematography and a score that will melt your hearts.

Jamie Costa’s IMDb shows his most recent acting credit playing a character in 2 episodes of Marvel Adventures: Spider-Man and the Monsters of Manhattan along with several voiceover and short film credits

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