Sunday, January 25, 2015

Strange Magic, in Theatres NOW!

The wait is finally over and STRANGE MAGIC (which is from the mind of George Lucas) is now playing in theatres everywhere!!! And in celebration, I wanted to send around some fun facts on the movie! There is also a new featurette on the making of STRANGE MAGIC featuring never before seen interviews from Executive Producer George Lucasand actors Evan Rachel Wood, Alan Cumming, etc. that I have included below:



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 FUN FACTS

NAME THAT TUNE – “Strange Magic” weaves together new versions of favorite songs from the last six decades—including songs made famous by artists ranging from Mickey & Sylvia and Elvis Presley to Kelly Clarkson, Beyoncé and Lady Gaga.

HE LOVES ME, HE LOVES ME NOT – Filmmakers needed to concoct a magical love potion for the film, so when they discovered that primroses grow where shadow meets the light (part light/part shade)—they knew they had their chief ingredient for Sugar Plum Fairy’s love potion. In the movie, primroses aptly grow on the border of the Fairy Kingdom and the Dark Forest. In an effort to do away with love forever, the ruler of the Dark Forest, Bog King, orders every primrose destroyed.

FLY AWAY – Artists referenced monarch and blue morpho butterflies to create the look of fairies like Marianne, Dawn and Roland. Animation was customized for each fairy and designed to reflect individual personalities and where they were in their character arc. Marianne, for example, goes from clumsy to athletic during the course of the film.

BUGGY BOG – Artists looked at dragonfly wings and grasshoppers when creating Bog’s look. As far as Bog’s performance, animators took him from hunched over and angry to elegant.

SO SURREAL – Executive producer George Lucas, who’s behind the story of “Strange Magic” considers Sugar Plum Fairy to be more magical than your average fairy—“a little more Salvador Dalí,” he says.

GOOD GOBLIN – Artists and animators referenced frogs, lizards and other amphibians and reptiles to perfect the look of goblins like Stuff and Thang.

ANOTHER FINE MESS – Stuff and Fang, Bog’s loyal goblin assistants, were created in the spirit of famous comedy teams like Laurel and Hardy and Abbott and Costello.

THE TRAMP – Charlie Chaplin and his best-known character, The Tramp, served as inspiration for Imp. Both characters cause trouble for no good reason, so animators added Chaplin-esque flourish to Imp’s movement.

REAL ROCK – Lucasfilm artists tasked with creating the royal palace for Fairy King and his daughters found reference in Big Rock Ranch, a property George Lucas owns. A smaller rock was discovered on the property that looked like the signature rock. It was scanned and used as a 3D model for Fairy Rock in the movie—which hosts the great ball.

FRIGHTENING FERNS – Filmmakers found fun foliage to help illustrate the spookiness of the Dark Forest. Fiddlehead ferns, which feature furled fronds, were very effective tools in the film: one unfurls as Marianne makes her way through the forest.

JUST DREAMY – “Strange Magic” is inspired by Shakespeare’s comedy play “A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” and includes a controversial love potion, the theme of love and the spirit of feminism, as well as an infusion of comedy. But the characters in “Strange Magic” are wholly unique—with striking looks and compelling personalities.

SISTER, SISTER – Just like her character Marianne, actress Evan Rachel Wood has a little sister and says she can relate to Marianne’s desire to look out for Dawn. Likewise, Meredith Anne Bull, who provides the voice of Dawn, has an older sister.

PLAYING FAVORITES – Elijah Kelley, who provides the voice of Sunny, says his favorite character in “Strange Magic” is Bog King, who’s voiced by Alan Cumming.

THAT’S NUTS – Roland, a knight in shining armor (at least in his head) makes his way through the forest atop his loyal steed Chipper. But Chipper’s not a horse—he’s a squirrel.  

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Strange Magic opening January 23rd!


With STRANGE MAGIC opening in theatres next Friday, January 23rd, here are some fun recipes and family activity sheets to get you excited! 
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Strange Magic – “Elf-Sized Serenade” Clip


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STRANGE MAGIC
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U.S. Release Date:                 January 23, 2015
Rating:                                   PG

Cast:                                     Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob EinsteinPeter Stormare

Director:                                Gary Rydstrom
Producer:                               Mark S. Miller
Executive producer:               George Lucas
Screenplay by:                       David Berenbaum, Irene Mecchi, Gary Rydstrom
Story by:                               George Lucas
Musical director & composer: Marius de Vries

“Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects. Directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”) from a story by George Lucas, “Strange Magic” will be released by Touchstone Pictures on Jan. 23, 2015. 

Notes:
·       Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic created the CGI animation for 2011’s Academy Award®-winning film “Rango.”
·       Well-known music producer Marius de Vries (“Moulin Rouge”) serves as both the musical director and composer.

Don Williams in Omaha!





What: Don Williams

When: Wed., May 20, 2015, 7:30 p.m.

Where: Holland Performing Arts Center
Kiewit Concert Hall
12th & Douglas streets

On Sale: Tickets on sale Friday, Jan. 16, 10:00 a.m. exclusively through TicketOmaha.com
402-345-0606
$69.50, $55.00, $49.50, $39

Info: All ages
6:30 p.m. doors






Hot Sardines in Omaha, February 17th

HOT SARDINES TO PERFORM FEBRUARY 17 AT 1200 CLUB INSIDE HOLLAND CENTER

Early-American Jazz Meets Wartime Paris In This Mardi Gras Concert

Omaha Performing Arts presents the Hot Sardines in the Scott Recital Hall at the Holland Performing Arts Center for a performance on Mardi Gras, Tuesday, February 17, at 7:00 p.m. A very limited number of general admission tickets remain. Tickets are $35, and are available atTicketOmaha.com, 402.345.0606 or at the Ticket Omaha Office inside the Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St. The Hot Sardines are part of the 2014/15 1200 Club Series.

The Hot Sardines consist of bandleader and stride piano virtuoso Evan “Bibs” Palazzo, frontwoman Miz Elizabeth, and a brass and rhythm section consisting of powerhouse musicians Jason Prover, Joe McDonough, Nick Myers, Alex Raderman, Evan “Sugar” Crane and “Fast Eddy” Francisco. The Sardine sound – wartime Paris via New Orleans – is straight-up, foot-stomping hot jazz (literally – the band includes tap dancer, Francisco). While their roots run deep into jazz from the 1920s-1940s, they’re intertwined with French influences via Elizabeth, who was born and raised in Paris (and writes songs in both languages).

Members of the Sardines collective have worked with a genre-hopping roster that includes Rufus Wainwright, Sufjan Stevens, Lauren Ambrose, Sondre Lerche, Vetiver, Of Montreal, Nicholas Payton, Kurt Elling, Branford Marsalis, the New York and Jerusalem Philharmonics, Slavic Soul Party and the Williamsburg Salsa Orchestra. Their most recent album is a self-titled album released by Decca/Universal Music in October 2014. 

The 1200 Club transforms the Holland Performing Arts Center’s most intimate venue, the Suzanne and Walter Scott Recital Hall, into a relaxed nightclub setting where patrons can experience performances by nationally and internationally known artists in jazz, blues and comedy. While enjoying the evening’s entertainment, audience members may enjoy hors d’oeuvres and cocktails served right to their candle-lit table. The remaining performances at the 1200 CLUB are Randy Brecker on Feb. 27, Fredericks Brown on March 19, Black Violin on April 12, Kurt Elling’s “Elling Swings Sinatra” on April 23 and Rock Legends with Billy McGuigan on May 15. 

Hot Sardines will perform at the 1200 Club at the Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St., February 17, at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $35, and are available at TicketOmaha.com, 402.345.0606 or at the Ticket Omaha Office inside the Holland Center. The 1200 Club Series is sponsored by Mutual of Omaha. This performance is sponsored by C&A Industries. 

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

David Sanborn to perform at Holland Center February 15th!


MULTI-GRAMMY WINNER DAVID SANBORN TO PERFORM AT HOLLAND CENTER FEBRUARY 15

Saxophonist Works In Genres Blending Instrumental Pop, R&B And Jazz

Omaha Performing Arts presents Grammy®-winning saxophonistDavid Sanborn in the Kiewit Hall at the Holland Performing Arts Center for a Valentine’s Day Weekend performance on Sunday, February 15, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20, and are available at TicketOmaha.com, 402.345.0606 or at the Ticket Omaha Office inside the Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St. Sanborn is part of the 2014/15 Jazz Series.

In his three-and-a-half decade career, Sanborn has released 24 albums, won six Grammy Awards®, and has had eight Gold albums and one Platinum album. He works in many genres which typically blend instrumental pop, R&B and lately, more and more traditional jazz. Many of Sanborn’s most notable collaborations include touring with Stevie Wonder and playing on his album Talking Back; playing with The Rolling Stones and Paul Simon; and touring with David Bowie, with whom he recorded the famous solo heard on “Young Americans.” His latest solo album, Only Everything, blends instrumental pop, R&B and the vocals of Joss Stone and James Taylor.

Having contracted polio at age 3, Sanborn was introduced to the saxophone as part of his treatment therapy. By the age of 14, he was able to play with legends such as Albert King and Little Milton. Early in his career, he joined the Butterfield Blues Band and played Woodstock with Paul Butterfield. He toured with several popular acts before moving to New York City and eventually starting a solo career. His first solo release, Taking Off, in 1975 solidified his career. Sanborn won his first Grammy Award® for Best R&B Instrumental Performance for “All I Need Is You” of the 1981 album, Voyeur. 
Sanborn worked in television and radio in the 1980s and 1990s. He hosted Night Music from 1988 to 1990, which featured films of jazz legends like Thelonious Monk, Dave Brubeck and Billie Holiday, as well as banter and memorable music jams by a remarkable list of musicians. He has regularly hosted the After New Year's Eve TV special on ABC. Sanborn also hosted a syndicated radio program, The Jazz Show with David Sanborn. 

David Sanborn performs at the Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St., February 15, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets start at $20, and are available at TicketOmaha.com, 402.345.0606 or at the Ticket Omaha Office inside the Holland Center, 1200 Douglas St. The performance is sponsored by ConAgra Foods & Omaha Steaks. 

Marvel's Avengers: Age of Ultron hitting theaters May 1!!!

The new trailer for Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON, which just aired during the national championship game, is now available. 


Marvel’s AVENGERS: AGE OF ULTRON will hit theaters May 1, 2015! 



Avengers: Age of Ultron – New Trailer


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Genre:                                      Action-Adventure
Rating:                                      TBD
U.S. Release date:                    May 1, 2015
Running Time:                           TBD     

Cast:                                        Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Mark Ruffalo, Chris Evans, Scarlett Johansson, Jeremy Renner, Don Cheadle, Aaron Taylor-Johnson, Elizabeth Olsen, Paul Bettany, Cobie Smulders, Stellan Skarsgård with James Spader and Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury
Writer/Director:                          Joss Whedon
Producer:                                  Kevin Feige
Executive Producers:                Louis D’Esposito, Alan Fine, Victoria Alonso, Jeremy Latcham,
           Patricia Whitcher, Stan Lee, Jon Favreau
                                              

STORY SYNOPSIS:

Marvel Studios presents “Avengers: Age of Ultron,” the epic follow-up to the biggest Super Hero movie of all time. When Tony Stark tries to jumpstart a dormant peacekeeping program, things go awry and Earth’s Mightiest Heroes, including Iron Man, Captain America, Thor, The Incredible Hulk, Black Widow and Hawkeye, are put to the ultimate test as the fate of the planet hangs in the balance. As the villainous Ultron emerges, it is up to The Avengers to stop him from enacting his terrible plans, and soon uneasy alliances and unexpected action pave the way for an epic and unique global adventure.

Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” stars Robert Downey Jr., who returns as Iron Man, along with Chris Evans as Captain America, Chris Hemsworth as Thor and Mark Ruffalo as The Hulk.  Together with Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow and Jeremy Renner as Hawkeye, and with the additional support of Samuel L. Jackson as Nick Fury, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes/War Machine, Cobie Smulders as Agent Maria Hill and Stellan Skarsgård as Erik Selvig, the team must reassemble to defeat James Spader as Ultron, a terrifying technological villain hell-bent on human extinction. Along the way, they confront two mysterious and powerful newcomers, Wanda Maximoff, played by Elizabeth Olsen, and Pietro Maximoff, played by Aaron Taylor-Johnson, and meet an old friend in a new form when Paul Bettany becomes Vision. Written and directed by Joss Whedon and produced by Kevin Feige, Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” is based on the ever-popular Marvel comic book series “The Avengers,” first published in 1963. Get set for an action-packed thrill ride when The Avengers return in Marvel’s “Avengers: Age of Ultron” on May 1, 2015.


Saturday, January 10, 2015

Strange Magic opening VERY soon!!!!

The new “Creatures & Cast” featurette for STRANGE MAGIC is now available.

STRANGE MAGIC opens in theaters everywhere on January 23rd!

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Strange Magic – “Creatures & Cast” Featurette


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STRANGE MAGIC
TOUCHSTONE PICTURES

U.S. Release Date:                 January 23, 2015
Rating:                                   TBD

Cast:                                     Alan Cumming, Evan Rachel Wood, Kristin Chenoweth, Maya Rudolph, Sam Palladio, Meredith Anne Bull, Alfred Molina, Elijah Kelley, Bob EinsteinPeter Stormare

Director:                                Gary Rydstrom
Producer:                               Mark S. Miller
Executive producer:               George Lucas
Screenplay by:                       David Berenbaum, Irene Mecchi, Gary Rydstrom
Story by:                               George Lucas
Musical director & composer: Marius de Vries

“Strange Magic,” a new animated film from Lucasfilm Ltd., is a madcap fairy tale musical inspired by “A Midsummer Night's Dream.” Popular songs from the past six decades help tell the tale of a colorful cast of goblins, elves, fairies and imps, and their hilarious misadventures sparked by the battle over a powerful potion. Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic bring to life the fanciful forest turned upside down with world-class animation and visual effects. Directed by Gary Rydstrom (“Toy Story Toons: Hawaiian Vacation,” “Lifted”) from a story by George Lucas, “Strange Magic” will be released by Touchstone Pictures on Jan. 23, 2015. 

Notes:
·       Lucasfilm Animation Singapore and Industrial Light & Magic created the CGI animation for 2011’s Academy Award®-winning film “Rango.”
·       Well-known music producer Marius de Vries (“Moulin Rouge”) serves as both the musical director and composer.