- Created on 24 May 2013
A family friend was visiting the grave of Michael Clarke Duncan when she noticed a figure of a cartoonish black face attached to the center of his tomb, TMZ reports.
The unidentified friend says she stopped by Forest Lawn Cemetery in Hollywood Hills, Calif., to deliver flowers where...
- Created on 22 May 2013
(StatePoint) This year’s summer blockbuster season is shaping up to be a big one, full of some of the year’s most highly anticipated films.
This season is all about turning movies into must-attend events, as venerable franchises such as “Star Trek,” “Iron Man” and “Superman” are promising epic experiences for moviegoers.
Bearing this in mind, many of the summer’s biggest films are being presented in IMAX. With larger and more life-like visuals projected on floor-to-ceiling screens, and with more powerful, expansive sound, IMAX provides moviegoers more immersive experiences than those in standard theaters.
Leading filmmakers -- including J.J. Abrams, Zack Snyder and Christopher Nolan -- are embracing IMAX throughout the entire production and post-production process to enhance the image and sound of their films. Interestingly, more filmmakers are also following Nolan’s lead and using IMAX’s extremely high-resolution cameras to film portions of their movies, yielding breathtaking visuals that expand to fill more of the screen.
So as the screens most of us use in our daily lives get smaller, bigger is better when you catch these summer flicks:
‘Star Trek Into Darkness’ (5/15)
In the latest “Star Trek” installment, the crew of The Enterprise is called back to Earth in the wake of an act of terror from within the organization. Captain Kirk has a personal score to settle and leads his crew on a quest to bring the responsible parties to justice.
Abram’s film features approximately 30 minutes of sequences filmed with IMAX cameras so fans will have a chance to get closer than ever before to the “Star Trek” action.
‘Man of Steel’ (6/14)
In “Man of Steel,” Superman struggles to find his place in life as he discovers he has unique superpowers from another world. Directed by Snyder and produced by Nolan, Superman fans have been eagerly anticipating this summer flick.
‘Pacific Rim’ (7/12)
An apocalypse is mounting in director Guillermo del Toro’s science-fiction monster movie and the Jaeger robots are the only hope for saving humanity from disastrous creatures. On the verge of defeat, the last resort to combat these massive enemies is to pilot a legendary Jaeger from the early trials of mechanical titans.
After years of degradation, the Earth -- stricken by crime and poverty -- has left people desperate to escape to a pristine space station called Elysium. Set in 2154, Neill Blomkamp’s futuristic sci-fi thriller centers around Max (Matt Damon), the only man with a chance to bring equality to these worlds. He reluctantly takes on a dangerous mission to save his life and millions of people on Earth.
“This summer’s line-up features many of the year’s most highly anticipated blockbusters from the world’s best directors,” said Greg Foster, Chairman and President of IMAX Entertainment. “We’re excited to see these elite filmmakers turn to IMAX’s end-to-end technology solution to connect audiences to films on a deeper level than ever before.”
As most moviegoers can attest, bigger is better when it comes to action-packed movies. There’s no better time than this summer to head to the IMAX theatre nearest you.
- Created on 21 May 2013
As the Memorial Day holiday grows closer so too does the 36th Annual Atlanta Jazz Festival, featuring three full days of music in Piedmont Park and a number of auxiliary musical performances.
During the festival, Piedmont Park will be open from 11 am to 11 pm daily and admission to the festival is free. The family-friendly atmosphere will include a KidZone area, sponsored by Publix Super Markets, with interactive games and activities. Shopping will be available in booths displaying unique art, clothing and jewelry. A variety of food vendors will tempt your taste buds with BBQ, gyros, burgers, Caribbean foods and more.
"Music lovers are in for some incredible performances at the Atlanta Jazz Festival over Memorial Day Weekend," said Camille Russell Love, Director of the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, in a statement. "Please join us for one amazing weekend."
During the festival's three day overture, attendees will have the opportunity to see performances from artists like Tia Fuller, Jose James, Dominick Farinacci and many more. There will also be a number of performances outside of Piedmont Park, beginning on May 24 with an evening under the stars at Chastain Park Amphitheatre featuring BWB and special guest Chrisette Michele.
There will also be a Late Night Jazz Concert with Dionne Farris & Russell Gunn on May 26.
From May 25-27 Piedmont Park will be filled with sounds from most innovative young artists like José James, Gretchen Parlato, Cécile McLorin Salvant, Dominick Farinacci, Meshell Ndegeocello, Rudresh Mahanthappa, Tia Fuller, Jacob Deaton and Alexandra Jackson.
More details about the full lineup of jazz festival participants from the office of cultural affairs is below.
Concert @ Chastain Park Amphitheatre
One of this year's hottest concerts will be an incredible evening at Chastain Park Amphitheatre on Friday, May 24 @ 7:30 pm starring BWB, with special guest Chrisette Michele. Ten years after the highly successful release of Groovin', the men of BWB are reuniting with a new album and tour this summer. Comprised of Rick Braun, Kirk Whalum and Norman Brown, their musical passion and groove intensity defines the truest heart and soul of today's contemporary jazz. Grammy Award winning R&B and soul singer-songwriter Chrisette Michele is wowing audiences on her current tour and will release a new CD, Better, in June. Tickets are available at: www.ticketmaster.com.
Late Night Jazz Concert @ Loews Atlanta Hotel
The highly anticipated annual concert and party will take place on Sunday, May 26 @ 10 pm at the Loews Atlanta Hotel. This year's concert features Dionne Farris with The Russell Gunn Quartet. Singer Dionne has performed and recorded hip-hop, pop, soul, gospel, and modern R&B, and now adds jazz to her repertoire. A certified member of the hip-hop generation, Russell's early aspirations in the world of rap music took precedence over the trumpet that he began playing in fourth grade. When he reached sixteen, the deadline he set for his hip-hop career to take off, his dedication to jazz took shape. Grammy-winning vocalist Dionne Farris and Grammy-nominated trumpeter Russell Gunn recently got together to create a special musical project and embark on a new journey. Now you can experience it live. Tickets are on sale at www.ticketalternative.com.
AJF36 @ Piedmont Park
Beautiful Piedmont Park, located in the heart of midtown Atlanta, is the perfect setting for the festival over Memorial Day Weekend: May 25-27. The best and most convenient way to get there is on MARTA, with Midtown Station just blocks away. We love our pets, too, but they are not allowed in the park over the festival weekend.
Audiences will experience today's "Next Generation" of Jazz artists on the Main Stage and the Georgia Lottery International Stage. Musical performances will range from traditional and straight-ahead to Jazz flavored with the rhythmic sounds of India, Haiti, Cuba, Puerto Rico, Israel and France.
Jazz Education Series workshops will be presented daily at Magnolia Hall from 11:30 am to 1 pm. Noted musicians and industry experts will host panels on the "Changing Face of Jazz," including a discussion about female trailblazers and women's evolving roles in Jazz, the progression of jazz styles over the years, and Jazz on the international stage. Admission is FREE and all ages are welcome.
Sponsors for this year's festival are PNC Bank, The Coca-Cola Company, the Georgia Lottery, Celebrity Cruises, Publix Super Markets, Bank of America, England Piano, Atlanta Convention & Visitors Bureau, Federal Home Loan Bank-ATL, MARTA, Loews Atlanta Hotel and id8. Media partners include: the Atlanta Association of Black Journalists, Atlanta Daybook, Candid Jazz Blast, Black Enterprise, iRock Jazz, atlantajazz.info, 1380 News & Talk WAOK, V-103, In Contact, Atlanta Inquirer, Atlanta Tribune, JS108-atlanta.com, Majic 107.5, JazzTimes, Rolling Out, WOWNOW and WRFG 89.3 FM.
The Jazz Festival is presented by the City of Atlanta Office of Cultural Affairs, a division of the Department of Parks, Recreation and Cultural Affairs and is a 501(c)(3) non-profit cultural organization whose mission is to educate and entertain a diverse audience of jazz fans and to nurture the next generation of jazz musicians.
You can find more information about the festival on Facebook at AtlantaJazzFestival or download the festival’s new mobile app for iPhone and Android. Interested parties can also visit the official web site at www.atlantafestivals.com for the latest schedules, news and information.
(Photo: Warren Wolf performing at AJF 2011 - photo by Robb D Cohen www.RobbsPhotos.com.JPG)
- Created on 22 May 2013
Chief Keef was arrested near Atlanta this week for disorderly conduct after hotel security smelled marijuana smoke coming from his room, the Chicago Tribune reports.
The Chicago rapper was at the LeMeridan Hotel in Dunwoody, north of Atlanta.
Booked under his real name, Keith Farrelle Cozart, the rapper was released on his own recognizance from the...
- Created on 17 May 2013
(AP) — The third time’s the charm for Candice Glover on “American Idol.”
The booming 23-year-old R&B vocalist from St. Helena Island, S.C., won the Fox singing competition after auditioning a trio of times and making it to the finals this year. Glover looked stunned when “Idol” host Ryan Seacrest announced she bested soulful 22-...