5.03.2016

HOW DISNEY CAPITALIZES ON IT'S RETRO FILMS

The Jungle Book (2016)

With the latest live action adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's The Jungle Book, Disney has proven once more that it can pretty much dominate Hollywood whenever it chooses. According to ABC News, the film just won the box office for the third straight week since its opening, and has made close to $700 million worldwide already. It's a pretty immense achievement for a studio that's eyeing another film entirely, Captain America: Civil War, as its big earner for 2016.

But really, The Jungle Book is only the latest in a seemingly innumerable series of Disney projects that has built on prior successes for the studio. It's a pattern for the studio that's paid off time and time again, as demonstrated by some of these examples.

The Jungle Book

We'll go ahead and stick with The Jungle Book to begin with. Most people see this film as a remake of the 1994 live action project directed by Stephen Sommers, and that's fair enough. But there are other bits and pieces of Jungle Book material from Disney that go back even further.


Most notable is the 1967 animated film, which was the first cinematic adaptation of Rudyard Kipling's book, and which was rehashed in several specific scenes in the 2016 movie. For instance, who doesn't remember an animated Mowgli seated on the belly of Baloo the bear as they drift down a river? The scene was brought back to life beautifully in this year's version.



Films aside, there was also an early-'90s Jungle Book game (which you can see on YouTube) that told the story in much the same fashion as the '67 movie. Simply put, this story works and Disney knows it. The 2016 version may be viewed as a bold visual achievement harnessing the power of modern special effects, but it's primarily a rehashing of something we knew and loved.

Pirates Of The Caribbean: The Curse Of The Black Pearl (2003)

In a way, this 2003 film was an entirely original project, other than that it was based, technically, on a ride at Disney World. However, there are clear roots in the 1950 Disney movie Treasure Island, which was one of the studio's first great live-action adventures.

Robert Newton was so thoroughly praised for his role as Long John Silver that he went on to play the infamous pirate in a spinoff sequel and even a TV series. No doubt some of the folks at Disney envisioned a similar type of success for Johnny Depp's Captain Jack Sparrow character 53 years later.


Treasure Island still endures in pop culture in numerous ways. Children still read the book, adults recall the story, and it too has its own game. There's a "Captains Treasure" slot among the options at Gala Bingo that boasts colorful designs of pirates, islands, and treasures. And it all brings classic piracy tales to mind as you hunt your own treasure in the form of slot winnings.

But if you had to relate it to a single project, it would probably be Treasure Island. In much the same way, Pirates Of The Caribbean has become the standard in pirate-related fiction for the modern era, having led to sequels, games, novelizations, and so much more.

Alice In Wonderland (2010)

A lot of people may not realize just how old the Alice in Wonderland story is. Lewis Carroll wrote the book (technically called Alice's Adventures In Wonderland) in 1865, which makes it older than both The Jungle Book and Treasure Island. Thus, there's been plenty of time for adaptation, and the first movie based on Carroll's work was actually a silent film that came out in 1903.

But while a ton of different studios, TV stations, and filmmakers have gotten their hands on the Alice story over the years, it's fair to say the 1951 animated Disney movie brought it to the mainstream in the most meaningful way since the book was written. It's astounding how well the '51 movie has held up over the years, as it's still considered to be a fun animated movie for kids today.

 
And sure enough, Disney brought Alice back in a big way with the 2010 film, which quickly became the definitive live-action version. And, as noted by the Life section at USA Today, the sequel is on its way May 27, 2016. Basically, Disney revived a 60-year-old project in 2010 and made a franchise out of it.

There are more examples to consider, surely, but these three illustrate the point rather well. For all its genius and creativity, Disney is perhaps mostly a master of taking it's older, successful projects and spinning them into new movies built for modern audiences.

4.24.2016

GAME OF THRONES SEASON 6 PREMIERES TONIGHT!


Game of Thrones returns tonight  for its sixth season at 9 pm Eastern Sunday April 24 on HBO.

This music will get you in the mood!



We are so excited to begin Season 6 of GOT! We have been watching Seasons 1-5 for the past month and are totally locked and loaded for tonight's first episode!


The show has been such a huge success! Season 5 was GOT's highest-rated season yet. It won Best Drama Series Emmy and broke the record for most Emmys won by a single TV series in a year.

** DETROIT AREA GOLFERS* COME OUT AND GOLF WITH A TIGER!!!

http://www.vetsreturninghome.org/golf.html


Golfers...Detroit Tiger Fans...and Everyone else who wants to have a great time supporting our veterans in need.

The Detroit Tigers Annual Golf Outing is quickly approaching.

As the Charity of Choice for the Detroit Tigers Alumni, Vets Returning Home is excited to invite you to this year's Golf Outing.

http://www.vetsreturninghome.org/golf.html


We will be having a great time at Wabeek Country Club golfing 18 holes. A Detroit Tiger Alumni will play on each team.

Continental Breakfast served at registration and lunch will be served on the turn.

The event will complete with Awards presentation, Dinner, and a Celebrity Roast of Tiger Alumni. Eli Zaret will be Master of Ceremonies.


This is expected to be a great event where everyone will have a wonderful time and take cherished memories home along with the fulfillment of knowing that they have helped the Vets Returning Home program meet the needs of our veterans in crisis.

COME OUT AND GOLF WITH A TIGER!!!

COME OUT AND HELP A HERO!!!

THE CHARIOT: VICTORY TODAY!

 

If you've been working hard toward some goal or specific result, you could see victory today. Feel like a winner, project the confidence of a winner, and perhaps behave as though you have already won. Keep your spirits high no matter what happens and be pleased with how many people are happy for you. No matter how huge or trivial, it is still a big step forward.

You will be successful at pursuing your goals, so long as you maintain focus, determination and confidence in your abilities. You need to focus completely on the task at hand, get in the race and win it. You have to dominate and beat the competition. You must cultivate the ability to withstand the rigours of what is required. In fact, striving towards your goal can be as satisfying as attaining it. This is a time to be strong and in control. You must also draw upon your willpower and self-discipline.

You may be wondering if you should pursue a plan or continue a project but you will be driven to do so, and your perplexing dilemma will be resolved for the time being.

4.20.2016

FULL PINK MOON: APRIL 22 2016!


The full pink moon will be on Friday (or Thursday for certain time zones).
The exact time of the next full moon is:
Friday * 22nd April 2016 * 01:23:42 am (EDT)
Moon sign: Scorpio 2° 30'
FIND YOUR CITY HERE





WELLINGTON = Friday * 22nd April 2016 * 05:23:42 pm (NZST)
SYDNEY = Friday * 22nd April 2016 * 03:23:42 pm (AEST)
TOKYO = Friday * 22nd April 2016 * 02:23:42 pm (JST)
BEIJING = Friday * 22nd April 2016 * 01:23:42 pm (CST)
BANGKOK = Friday * 22nd April 2016 * 12:23:42 pm (ICT)
DELHI = Friday * 22nd April 2016 * 10:53:42 am (IST)
DUBAI = Friday * 22nd April 2016 * 09:23:42 am (GST)
MOSCOW = Friday * 22nd April 2016 * 08:23:42 am (MSK)
BERLIN = Friday * 22nd April 2016 * 07:23:42 am (CEST)
LAGOS = Friday * 22nd April 2016 * 06:23:42 am (WAT)
LONDON = Friday * 22nd April 2016 * 06:23:42 am (BST)
RIO = Friday * 22nd April 2016 * 02:23:42 am (BRT)
SANTIAGO = Friday * 22nd April 2016 * 02:23:42 am (CLST)
NEW YORK = Friday * 22nd April 2016 * 01:23:42 am (EDT)
MEXICO CITY = Friday * 22nd April 2016 * 12:23:42 am (CDT)
CALGARY = Thursday * 21st April 2016 * 11:23:42 pm (MDT)
LOS ANGELES = Thursday * 21st April 2016 * 10:23:42 pm (PDT)
ANCHORAGE = Thursday * 21st April 2016 * 09:23:42 pm (AKDT)
HONOLULU = Thursday * 21st April 2016 * 07:23:42 pm (HAST)

3.28.2016

DETROIT ROCKS FILM UPDATE WITH RON PERRY!

Ron Perry in Ann Arbor (my photo)

Guess who came out to Ann Arbor last week to show me his completed footage for his DETROIT ROCKS documentary...that's right... my pal Ron Perry! Everybody but everybody is in this film!

What dedication Ron Perry has to devote so much time and energy to bring this Detroit Rock history to the world! I have seen many other rock docs about Detroit but this one is light years better and more in depth!


Ron brought 2 hours of edited film for me to see featuring  early Doo Wop groups, Detroit's first rock star Jack Scott, Nolan Strong (Mind Over Matter), the Larados, then gets rocking with Mitch Ryder/Detroit Wheels. Next up was The Rationals, some excellent history of the Grande Ballroom that the fans will love. He has a tight section on The MC5. I just loved it... I am in it a couple of times talking about Scott Morgan's fainting fans and my only trip at age 15 to the Grande in 1971!

Ron's film has  FABULOUS new footage and images which I had never seen of MITCH RYDER AND THE DETROIT WHEELS. It was so GREAT!. That band was my very first musical obsession and I adore them to this day...

The Rationals got the star treatment they have always deserved in this movie too! Can't wait for their fans to see this!!

The MC5 section focuses on their MUSIC and has great images...MC5's monster drummer, Dennis Thompson will love this and he is one of the film's narrators...

Dennis Thompson's Interview 

I loved what I have seen so far and the fans will not be disappointed with this Detroit Rocks Documentary! Great work Ron and Nick!! All of our favorite Detroit Rock friends are in this!


3.22.2016

TODD RUNDGREN'S NEW RELEASE: BOX O'TODD!


Todd Rundgren’s BOX O’TODD Limited Edition Live Box Set To Be Released

Los Angeles – Purple Pyramid records will be releasing a special limited edition collector’s box titled BOX O’TODD featuring previously unreleased live in-studio recordings from the early ’70s by legendary guitarist/songwriter/producer, Todd Rundgren! All shows were originally broadcast on the radio at the time.

This unique box features both stripped down solo performances by Rundgren as well as full band recordings with The Hello People, and includes some of Todd’s most well-known songs including “Hello, It’s Me,” “I Saw The Light,” “It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference” and many more!


In addition to three full-length CDs, the box set comes with a 20-page booklet featuring a full set of insightful liner notes by Dave Thompson and full color photos plus a signature guitar pick, 3 collectible pins, and a backstage pass!

Track List:

DISC 1 – Live From Philadelphia 1971 with the Hello People (originally broadcast on WMMR-FM)

1. Banter & Soundcheck
2. Believe In Me
3. Lady On The Terrace
4. I Got My Pipe
5. It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference
6. Rock All Over Again
7. Everybody In The Congregation
8. Broke Down & Busted
9. Tonight I Wanna Love Me A Stranger
10. Ooh Baby Baby
11. Hold Me Tight (Excerpt)
12. Before I Grow Too Old
13. Be Nice To Me
14. I’m Feelin’ Better
15. The Ballad (Denny & Jean)

DISC 2 – Ultrasonic Studios 1972 with the Hello People (originally broadcast on WLIR-FM)

1. Broke Down & Busted
2. Georgia Swing
3. Outside Love
4. Piss Aaron
5. A Dream Goes On Forever
6. I Saw The Light
7. It Wouldn’t Have Made Any Difference
8. Feels So Good to Be Alive
9. Mad Red Ant Lady
10. Blaze
11. Lady On The Terrace
12. Slut

DISC 3 – Counterpart Studios Cincinnati 1973 with Utopia (originally broadcast on WKRQ-FM)
1. Intro
2. I Saw The Light
3. A Dream Goes On Forever
4. Piss Aaron
5. Lord Chancellor’s Nightmare Song
6. Hello It’s Me
7. Banter
8. Utopia Theme
9. Black Maria
10. Hungry For Love
11. The Ikon (Segments)

Buy the CD: http://flyt.it/ToddRundgrenCD
Download on iTunes: http://flyt.it/ToddRundgrenDig

BOBBY RYDELL AUTOBIOGRAPHY: TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS!


TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS
The Bobby Rydell Autobiography

From Rise to Superstardom through Alcoholism and Life-Saving

Double Transplant Surgery, ‘Justin Bieber of the Camelot Era’

Releases Candid and Compelling ‘Tale of Second Chances’

PHILADELPHIA (March 22, 2016) — From his vivid childhood on the fabled mid-20th-century streets of South Philadelphia, to his reign as the Justin Bieber of the “Camelot” era, his battles with alcoholism, and his lifesaving double-transplant surgery, multi-talented entertainer BOBBY RYDELL has one hell of a story to tell.

On May 4, Bobby will share his incredible tale as he releases his candid and compelling autobiography, TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS: A Tale of Second Chances (Doctor Licks Publishing, 249 pp., $16.95).

Co-written with award-winning musician-author-filmmaker Allan Slutsky (Standing in the Shadows of Motown), TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS not only tells the story of Bobby Rydell, but that of American pop culture through the past six decades. In its pages, Bobby writes of his encounters with such giants of 20th century show business as Frank Sinatra, Ann-Margret, The Beatles, Red Skelton, Jack Benny and Dick Clark, whose Philly-based American Bandstand helped make Rydell the world’s biggest teen idol in the years between Elvis Presley’s army induction and the advent of Beatlemania. A time when Frank Sinatra called Bobby his “favorite” pop singer.

But TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS also is a very personal — and often-painful – story. Bobby delves into the darker and more dramatic aspects of his life, including the death of his beloved first wife, Camille, his decades of alcohol abuse, and the last-ditch transplant surgery that saved his life.

Among other topics covered in the book:

The circumstances of how Bobby lost his virginity in a Hollywood hotel suite at the age of 17.

How a Philadelphia mob boss helped him take a movie acting job.

His becoming, at age 19, the youngest-ever headliner at New York’s legendary Copacabana nightclub.

How The Beatles paid homage to Bobby in one of their biggest hits — and how the Fab Four’s emergence as a global phenomenon all but killed his career.

Humorous, tragic, fascinating, inspiring and always entertaining, TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS stands as one of the most important non-fiction books of 2016.

TEEN IDOL ON THE ROCKS (Doctor Licks Publishing) will be available May 4, 2016 at Amazon, Barnes & Noble, and book stores throughout America.

Official website: www.bobbyrydell.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/OfficialBobbyRydell

YouTube Channel: www.youtube.com/BobbayRydell


FULL MOON WITH LUNAR ECLIPSE MARCH 23


MARCH 23 FULL SPRING MOON AND LUNAR ECLIPSE
The exact time of the next full moon is:
Wednesday * 23rd March 2016 * 08:00:54 am
Eastern Daylight Time ((EDT))
Moon sign: Libra 3° 17'

A Penumbral Lunar Eclipse Leads the Way to Easter Weekend

22 Mar , 2016 by David Dickinson

The first of two lunar eclipses for 2016 occurs this week, though it’s an event so subtle, you might not notice it at first glance. We’re talking about Wednesday evening’s (morning for North America) penumbral lunar eclipse.

If a total solar eclipse such as the one that crossed Indonesia and the Pacific Ocean earlier this month is the ultimate astronomical experience, then a penumbral lunar eclipse is at the other end of the spectrum, a ghostly shading on the Moon that is barely noticeable. Read More Here


Here you find this time converted into different timezones for other cities:
WELLINGTON = Thursday * 24th March 2016 * 01:00:54 am (NZDT)
SYDNEY = Wednesday * 23rd March 2016 * 11:00:54 pm (AEDT)
TOKYO = Wednesday * 23rd March 2016 * 09:00:54 pm (JST)
BEIJING = Wednesday * 23rd March 2016 * 08:00:54 pm (CST)
BANGKOK = Wednesday * 23rd March 2016 * 07:00:54 pm (ICT)
DELHI = Wednesday * 23rd March 2016 * 05:30:54 pm (IST)
DUBAI = Wednesday * 23rd March 2016 * 04:00:54 pm (GST)
MOSCOW = Wednesday * 23rd March 2016 * 03:00:54 pm (MSK)
BERLIN = Wednesday * 23rd March 2016 * 01:00:54 pm (CET)
LAGOS = Wednesday * 23rd March 2016 * 01:00:54 pm (WAT)
LONDON = Wednesday * 23rd March 2016 * 12:00:54 pm (GMT)
RIO = Wednesday * 23rd March 2016 * 09:00:54 am (BRT)
SANTIAGO = Wednesday * 23rd March 2016 * 09:00:54 am (CLST)
NEW YORK = Wednesday * 23rd March 2016 * 08:00:54 am (EDT)
MEXICO CITY = Wednesday * 23rd March 2016 * 06:00:54 am (CST)
CALGARY = Wednesday * 23rd March 2016 * 06:00:54 am (MDT)
LOS ANGELES = Wednesday * 23rd March 2016 * 05:00:54 am (PDT)
ANCHORAGE = Wednesday * 23rd March 2016 * 04:00:54 am (AKDT)
HONOLULU = Wednesday * 23rd March 2016 * 02:00:54 am (HAST)
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