Los Angeles -- In a town filled with dreams and the angst of failure one needs only to marvel at the folly of the many and the victory of the few who are transformed by sheer tenacity, true grit, and remarkable talent into another star in the nebula of tinsel town's diamond blustered vanity of solar clustered stars, with all the cash that you will never give away, let alone use.
Like the opium dens whose seductive mystic subtly draws you ever so deeper into their intrigue and rabid opulence. Is it then no wonder so many sell their soul to the devil for a mere fraction of time in the lustful pleasures of unbridled decadence hurled into a sea of glutenous orgies. And then you ask why then if the cards are stacked against you from the get go that you persist in this futile cause, this quest, that will surely bring financial ruination and destitution.
Because of a dream. A dream created from the most precious commodity of human intellect and achievement. A dream bred in the shoals of communal fellowship and the individual faith encountered through ones creativity. Wrestled from the sinkhole of our fears and doubts only as surely as time passes us by, in the Bacchanal of our wildest fantasies hoping that maybe just maybe we too will make a difference. At the least within ourselves and at the most within those whom we have had an encounter.
Miguel Cervantes must have thought this as he awaited his fate at the notorious Inquisition of Spain, the outcome of which too heinous to render. "The Man of La Mancha" is a testimony to man's inner desire to achieve regardless of the cost regardless of the outcome in his ongoing effort to contribute value to this short existence we call life.
As philosophical as this may seem and it is for the ring of truth stares back at you from between the nearly thousand pages of this monumental novel of fiction. One can further dare say is an object lesson on coping when the possible is seemingly impossible and the impossible possible.
It would take Mitch Leigh and Joe Darion the song writer and the lyricist to accomplish this feat of benevolent psychology in their 1965 Broadway musical and their 1972 feature starring Peter O'Toole as Don Quixote the MAN OF LA MANCHA.
According to Wikipedia..."the song is sung all the way through once in the musical by Don Quixote as he stands vigil over his armor, in response to Aldonza ( Dulcinea)'s question about what he means by "following the quest". It is reprised partially three more times—the last by prisoners in a dungeon as Miguel de Cervantes and his manservant mount the drawbridge-like prison staircase to face trial by the Spanish Inquisition."
I guess a man's dreams are the dreams that frame a man as to whom he is and what he hopes. May your Quest be as glorious as Don Quixote--The Man of La Mancha.
So here then is the Impossible Dream with Peter O'Toole in the lead role and Sophia Loren as Aldonza (Dulcinea).
Los Angeles -- Daft Punk and Lorde dominated the 2014 Grammy Awards this past Sunday, January 26 in a blitz, glitz fun time showtime for the music industry, honoring its best and brightest as well as newcomers and up comers. Dang I am a rapper! At least I could make a lot of cash from all this mash.
The top five, Record of the Year, Album of the Year, Song of the Year, Best New Artist, Best Pop Solo, Daft Punk and Lorde dominated. Other winners, Best Pop Instrumental, Herb Alpert's "Steppin' Out", Best Traditional Pop Vocal, Michael Bublé "To Be Loved", and Best Rock Album, Led Zeppelin "Celebration Day".
For a complete listing of the nominees and winners go to: http://www.grammy.com/nominees
1. RECORD OF THE YEAR WINNER
Daft Punk Featuring Pharrell Williams & Nile Rodgers
Thomas Bangalter & Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo, producers; Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta & Daniel Lerner, engineers/mixers; Antoine "Chab" Chabert & Bob Ludwig, mastering engineers
Track from: Random Access Memories
Label: Columbia Records
2. ALBUM OF THE YEAR WINNER
Random Access Memories
Julian Casablancas, DJ Falcon, Todd Edwards, Chilly Gonzales, Giorgio Moroder, Panda Bear, Nile Rodgers, Paul Williams & Pharrell Williams, featured artists; Thomas Bangalter, Julian Casablancas, Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo, DJ Falcon & Todd Edwards, producers; Peter Franco, Mick Guzauski, Florian Lagatta, Guillaume Le Braz & Daniel Lerner, engineers/mixers; Antoine "Chab" Chabert & Bob Ludwig, mastering engineers
Label: Columbia Records
3. SONG OF THE YEAR WINNER
Joel Little & Ella Yelich O'Connor, songwriters (Lorde)
Track from: Pure Heroine
Label: Universal Music; Publishers: Copyright Control/Sony ATV
4. BEST NEW ARTIST WINNER
Macklemore & Ryan Lewis
5. BEST POP SOLO PERFORMANCE WINNER
Track from: Pure Heroine
Label: Universal Republic
Courtesy of GRAMMY.com.
Los Angeles -- Whoever said television shows are a break between commercials was right on the money. Even so called sponsored television programming has a plug of some sorts. Mostly, however, it is commercial television that takes the trophy for the most creative and innovative product pitch. These are so good that you wonder sometimes whether you are watching just to catch a glimpse of your favorite ad instead of your favorite show.
Case in point. The Super-Bowl commercial. This is the pinnacle platform for a Madison Avenue Ad Agency, creating the right pitch and hook for their client. If you make the 30 second cut on Super Bowl Sunday you just wrote your ticket on easy street until the next sports extravaganza. Other than the World Series, the Olympics and the World Cup no other sporting event garners such a massive viewer response than the Super Bowl.
So here is a compilation of some of the top Super Bowl spots as well as 2013's in honor of thee sporting event of the year (excluding the Soshi Winter Olympic Games) between the Seattle Sea Hawks and Denver Broncos at XLVIII Super Bowl.
Los Angeles -- Now that the award season is under way again we took a look at what's popping at theaters in the next six months. So checked out our friends at Movie Clips and got an eyeful of mind numbing cyber generated green screened characters with the usual suspects and gender neutral politically correct dialogue (lots of F-Bombs). Did I say mind numbing? Deja Vu, French for already seen. Still it was fun looking at these previews of things to come. These days who needs to go to the movies with a price tag hovering around $17 for the 3D works and matinees at $12. Double the odds when on a date and triple the odds with the popcorn, candy and drinks and you end up with anywhere between $36 to $51 for an intimate encounter at the Bijou if your old school like me or a mega multiplex of hotel size suites faking it as movie theaters with digital wide flat screens and Dolby surround sound. Oh and let's not forget the gas, not the Doritos, but the juice to get you there and back wherever back is. Okay so the price tag may not be a breakfast at Tiffany prices but it is no where near a Subway or McDonald specials anymore. Those days are bye bye. And like those days I am going bye bye for now so you can catch a moment of filmed (soon to be Digital entertainment. Paramount checked out of the film business. Economics and all that soon to be followed by the other major studios.)
Los Angeles -- I will spare you the details. It has been done. Yet the best is yet to come. So to spare you, I say again, the details here is a bird's eye view of the remaining entertainment citations for excellence for the closing year of 2013. There I got my run on sentence out of the way. So let's make this quick and simple, thanks to Indie Wire for compiling this. I always wanted a way to track the awards. They have done it.
2 - Screen Actors Guild Award final ballots mailed
2 - Producers Guild Award nominations announced
7- Directors Guild of America nominations announced
7 - National Board of Review Awards Gala
8 - BAFTA nominations announced
8 - Academy Award ballot deadline
12 - Golden Globe Awards
16 - Academy Award nominations announced
16 - Critics Choice Awards
18 - Screen Actors Guild Awards
19 - Producers Guild Awards
25 - Directors Guild Awards
1 - Writers Guild Awards
10 - Academy Nominees Luncheon
14 - Final Academy Award voting begins
16 - BAFTA Awards
25 - Final Academy Award voting ends
1 - Independent Spirit Awards
2 - Academy Awards
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