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Jun 26,  · From fireworks to concerts, here are 23 Metro Vancouver events you need to check out throughout the Canada Day long weekend. The 32nd annual Canada Day celebration at Canada Place will return this year with eye-catching fireworks illuminating the Vancouver waterfront to end off the day-long celebrations. The . The day-long event will also have musical performances by a number of musical and dance performers, including headliners Delhi 2 Dublin closing out the day. When: July 1, Time: .


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Rally Project LX Replies 5 Views LX Floor mat? Replies 1 Views Sep 24, Leaky Brake pad recommendations? LXGus Aug 22, Replies 6 Views Aug 22, LXGus. Users who are viewing this thread. Total: 1 members: 0, guests: 1. Log in Your username or email address. Jack Johnson: So, we made our first four tracks with these guys. They got a generally nice response from our fans on iTunes! That just prompted us to go to LA. Work with some bigger, better producers, and start getting really involved musically.

It has been a really awesome experience. The music is just getting better. Better quality every day! Not only is it awesome that there are 12, people out there, but just performing alongside of these people — like Fifth Harmony, Shawn Mendes, Jacob Whitesides, Sabrina, R5.

They are all really dope acts. We have never really performed with traditional acts. This might be a turning point for us where we start performing alongside these traditional music acts. Jack Gilinsky: It is really cool. There are big acts like Shawn Mendes and Fifth Harmony, who are bigger than us.

You know that there are going to be fans out there who might not know who we are, or maybe know who we are but never got invested in us. This show could be the reason that they start following us. I wanted to switch it up, and have a different and interesting life!

I always wanted to be an actor, to be honest. I love performing. Jack Johnson: Yeah definitely! We are really blessed! How was the transition from touring with a bunch of other artists to touring by yourself for your music career? Jack Gilinsky: So when we first put on our city tour for DigiTour, Chicago sold out in a day or two. We were like this is one of our biggest venues on the tour, and we just sold it out! That was really crazy for me. Jack Johnson: Really eye-opening!

It was the first time we had done something, and promoted tickets for under our name. It was cool to see that we had our own devoted fan base, outside of the guys that we were with. That really prompted us to keep doing things for our fans! Our fans specifically. Jack Gilinsky: One of the best things is just the response, the interaction with the crowd. At least with our demographic of fans. They are very responsive. If we start telling them to waves their hands, they will do it.

It looks visually cool from the stage, just seeing that many people waving their hands. I remember writing these songs in my room alone with Jack J, and [totally] alone. Now, we are out here where like 12, people know the lyrics. That gives me goose-bumps every time. Since you are around each other so much, do you guys have any pet peeves about each other? Jack Gilinsky: Nothing that would really make me give up being with Jack J.

But he can be messy. He takes a while getting ready. Just being timely, I guess. Got to keep up with appearances, and stuff! Jack Johnson: We have an EP coming out for pre-order sometime this month. We have the artwork for it, and the title for it.

We have the whole project together. The music is better then ever. This is our first project. We love what we do, and even if we are doing the same thing we are doing now in ten years I would be happy, because we have the best fans in the world. I love interacting with our fans. But, at times, I just want to chill with family or friends and really like to unplug from being recognized and connecting with fans.

Jack Gilinsky: I would love to be Drake for a day, to play my own music and bump with my friends at a party. We feel like we are the same people we were two years ago. But, it really reinforces those feelings when fans see that we are still real and grounded. Jack Johnson: Yes, we have many messages for our supporters! One I definitely try to get across is keep a positive mindset! We always see stuff on Twitter about how they turn to us for happiness.

That we are their outlet, I suppose, when they hit rock bottom, and feel like they have no one to turn to. Not many people have that power! Our message is just to anybody out there that just feels like they are at a tough spot in life to keep a positive mindset! Remember that there are people out there that love you!

Jack Gilinsky: Keep your head up. There is always someone that loves you! People that hate you are just jealous, or they have their own bad life to worry about. Worry about yourself, and keep a positive mindset! Posted: August 28, There is one basic truth that has been unquestionably true for many, many generations: there are very few things that can be more hurtful and casually evil than a high school student. Except, perhaps, for a middle school student.

Bullies have been tormenting the weak for as long as anyone can remember and sadly it will not stop anytime in the near future. However, at what point does one let go of that experience? Does the bully or the victim let go of the anguish caused and the perceived roles and move on, or do they continue to stew in it, allowing that experience to define not only who they are, but who they become? There is no one answer to that question, everyone reacts differently. The Gift connects a thriller structure to that question, showing the alpha male having to deal with the beta trying to muscle in to his territory.

It all starts pretty simply. Simon Jason Bateman , a successful corporate exec, has recently moved back to his old hometown outside of LA to take a new job. When shopping with his wife Robyn Rebecca Hall to get furniture for their new modern home, they happen to run into Gordon Joel Edgerton , an old high school acquaintance.

Simon does not appear to even recognize the guy at first, but Gordon tries awkwardly to befriend the couple. Robyn starts to kind of like the odd little guy, but Simon bristles at the idea of letting Gordon into their life. This is a pretty boiler-plate thriller scenario, with the past bullying added as seasoning — a flavor enhancement that is nice though not completely necessary for the story. It becomes a mean, hurtful, dirty game that leaves both men reeling.

Still, there is something just a bit pathetic about two men well into their 40s who still are tussling over an old high school grudge, even one that was as extreme as this one appears to have been.

Posted: August 31, I gotta give The D Train this, they certainly take the quickly-becoming-a-cliche bromance film and take it to a whole new level. Whether that is a good thing or a bad thing is a matter of personal opinion, I suppose, but you have to give the film a certain amount of props for fearlessness. It is at the end of a debauched evening, both of them are crazy drunk, and neither of them are gay one is devoutly straight, the other one is bi.

It was not out of love and neither of them wants to repeat it, but still for the straight guy, this completely out-of-character action has floored him. And how can he go back to his suburban world of husband and dad after this like nothing ever happened? It was a real life-changing situation at least for one of them with real fallout, and the film treats it with gravity. But we have gotten ahead of ourselves. While that controversial narrative choice may make The D Train stand out of the pack, it is not the be all and end all of the film.

In fact, advertisements for the film pretty much ignore that particular tangent. As I said, the movie starts in a much more common, if still rather enjoyable, domain. It is a high school reunion film, which are always bittersweet even though they are usually comedies: i. Jack Black, in his best role in years I suppose since Bernie , plays Dan — a former high school loser who now has a dull 9 to 5 job, is married to his sweet high school flame Kathryn Hahn and is the father of a similarly dorky son.

Dan was so scarred by his high school experience that everytime his son suggests that he may have met a girl, Dan is certain that it is a trick to humiliate him. Despite having been a social pariah at school and having every reason to want to forget the four years completely, Dan has become the gung ho head of the high school alumni association, trying to set up the class reunion. Instead of making him want to quit, the irrationally needy Dan just works harder and harder to get everyone to like him, with little or no success.

However Dan needs to feel a part of something, a drive and a want that colors his every action. One night when watching TV on late night, he sees a cheesy commercial for Banana Boat suntan lotion and recognizes the lead actor as Oliver James Marsden , a good-looking former classmate who disappeared to Hollywood to discover fame and fortune. Dan just knows that if he brings this Hollywood star back to the reunion, he will finally gain the love and respect that he so hugely yearns for.

Therefore, Dan puts his job on the line and makes up a fake business trip to LA to catch up with his old classmate. Dan has stars in his eyes from the moment he makes it out there, certain his old buddy is living the TV star dream in a nice, good-natured cameo, Dan is pumped that Oliver might know actor Dermot Mulroney, and Oliver plays along. Oliver feels he is a fraud and has no interest in going back to his old hometown to be put on display.

Feeling bad for his old friend, Oliver finally decides to go back to the reunion for him, but suddenly Dan is not so sure he wants him there. Of course things get out of control, the secret gets out and people are hurt all around, and yet the film plays this out in a nice, easy and non-judgmental style. Posted: September 4, Apocalypse is not considered to be a subject which elicits yuks, so the idea of surviving in a post-apocalyptic world would seem an odd subject for a sitcom. Well Will Forte Saturday Night Live, Nebraska has created a sitcom with thorns, a show that is effortlessly funny and yet it also is not afraid to wallow in mournfulness.

The Last Man on Earth bypasses traditional sitcom rhythms and puts together a weird vibe all of its own. While the post-apocalypse of The Last Man on Earth is somewhat benign — there are no freeways full of abandoned cars, and more vitally, no corpses strewn about everywhere what happened to all of them? The series starts with Phil Miller Forte , who is spending his post apocalypse driving around the United States, stealing national treasures and doing vaguely antisocial things with flamethrowers and bowling balls.

Because of this, slowly throughout the season other survivors end up in Tucson. Eventually convinced that the whole country is dead and he is indeed the last man on Earth, he returns to his hometown of Tucson, commandeering an abandoned McMansion for his home, stealing bushels of porn, swimming in a kiddie pool of tequila, befriending a bunch of balls with faces drawn on them a la Tom Hanks Castaway, which he mocked earlier and getting a crush on a hot mannequin in a store window.

In fact he is just about to end it all when a woman arrives. The problem is, that woman in Carol Kristen Schaal of 30 Rock , a woman who is not exactly gorgeous, a bit annoying, kind of a nag, constantly correcting his grammar and who refuses to sleep with him unless they are married — even though they are the last hope for sustaining life in the human race.

He finally agrees to marry Carol and starts a rather unsatisfactory sex life when Melissa January Jones of Mad Men shows up, his dream girl — gorgeous, sweet, and with much more in common with him than Carol. As Carol and Melissa become fast friends, Phil starts plotting how he can leave Carol and take up with Melissa, despite the fact that his obvious attempts make Melissa more and more contemptuous of him.

Eventually, when a true alpha male also with the name Phil Miller Kodjoe shows up, he even loses his name, being called Tandy by his co-horts from there on.

It takes a certain amount of balls to make your lead character by far the worst person on the screen — a habitual liar, massively jealous, needy, greedy and selfish. You rarely know for sure where the show is going, and that is a very good thing. And it has the added bonus of being pretty damned funny. Posted: September 27, The busiest area in the US is completely evacuated as the bomb squad comes in to see what is in the bag.

As they are about to potentially explode the duffle, it starts to move from the inside. The zipper opens and a naked woman covered head to toe with tattoos played by Jaimie Alexander of the Thor films climbs out of the bag.

She is completely confused and scared and has no idea who or where she is. Her memory has been obliterated by an experimental drug and all of the tattoos have been drawn on her in the last couple of weeks. In the series, Australian actor Sullivan Stapleton plays Kurt Weller, an FBI agent who is drawn into the case when it turns out that his name is one of the most conspicuous tattoos placed on her body. Weller is put in charge of figuring out who the woman they all refer to her as Jane Doe is and why she was kidnapped.

As he gets to know her it becomes obvious that she has certain special military skills and may have been a special forces agent. Right after the series premiere, we were one of several press outlets who had the chance to chat with Stapleton about Blindspot. How much are we going to find out about your character and his back story over the course of the season? Also trying to help solve the case of who Jane Doe is. You got hurt really badly making that one. Sullivan Stapleton: Yes, but that was nothing to do with a stunt on the show.

But there was absolutely a lot more action in Strike Back. After Strike Back , were you inundated with different scripts? If they were, why does this appeal to you the most? Sullivan Stapleton: This is an awesome story.

The premise for the show, it excited me to actually see where this will go throughout the season. Sullivan Stapleton: Yes, it is. And obviously, you find out more about Kurt as we go on. Then, also, what is the connection between these two people, Kurt Weller and Jane Doe? I was really surprised at how intelligent your character was, how compassionate he was, how understanding he was about Jane. What is this connection between these two?

Just his grasp in trying to solve cases. That is what I love about this character of Kurt. We get to explore his past and this connection between himself and Jane Doe. You see the drive that makes this man who he is. He is a very layered man.

Very focused at work, but yet you do see some of the emotional characteristics of him. How does Kurt feel about Jane at this point, going into the second episode. Sullivan Stapleton: laughs At first we are quite suspicious as to why the FBI was directly linked to this case, this target. What the connection is. Why his name was tattooed on her back. Therefore I think we do see that almost caring nature of him.

I think that just opens up the door to actually really trying to find out who she is. She understands weapons and fighting. Sullivan Stapleton: Well, I like that Kurt is a pretty honest and straight-up guy. Something happened in his past that drives him to try to make the world a better place by chasing criminals, solving cases. He seems to come from a very positive place. How well do you guys play off each other during production?

Jaimie and the rest of the cast, we all just get along really well. We do our best to try and make the show the best that we possibly can. Strike Back was filmed all over the world and Blindspot is filmed mostly in New York. Do you feel more settled filming in one city? What is New York like as a location as an actor? Sullivan Stapleton: laughs Good question. I love it. Strike Back , we were in and out of places after a couple of months.

It is a great place to work. Did you meet with any FBI agents or maybe even go to Quantico to learn more about your character? Sullivan Stapleton: Yes, I did. I met up with a couple of agents. We just talked about how they approach work, really. It was an honor to meet the men that do this for real. To hear some of the stories they told me, it was really eye-opening and exciting. As the season goes on is that relationship going to develop along with your relationship with Jane?

Sullivan Stapleton: Yes. We all enjoy making the show. Earlier we were talking about what you admired about the character of Kurt. As we know, every actor brings a little of himself to the characters. Even though Kurt fights the wrongs in the world, I guess I do the same. Then also, the camaraderie between Kurt and the other agents, stuff that again is very similar to myself.

I enjoy working as a team to do the best we possibly can. If you had a chance to go hang out on a night on the team, would you rather hang out with Kurt or with Damian or both? Sullivan Stapleton: laughs Great question. Well, probably both. Sullivan Stapleton: No. I miss the boy. It was a great partnership. I would like to see him again. It looks awesome. In the pilot you get knocked around quite a bit. Weller almost gets blown up, almost gets knifed.

What was it like for you to play the guy that for once is getting knocked around a bit, instead of doing the knocking around? How much punishment is Weller going to take this season?

Sullivan Stapleton: Good question. It is a bit different. We always seem to end up on the right side at the end of the fight. How long do you think that the show can keep that up? Sullivan Stapleton: Yes, I think obviously that is one of the most important [arcs].

Why we connected? Why has Kurt Weller specifically been drawn into this case? But then, we can put lots of tattoos on Jaimie Alexander. Posted: October 1, It is a seductive world full of beautiful, intelligent, sensitive people with cool, high-paying jobs, spectacular homes and smashing wardrobes. Money is not a concern. Love is either long-lived and comfortable, or waiting just around the corner for those unfortunate few who are temporarily between soul mates. Oh, sure, there are sad moments — more often than not due to infidelity — but that is usually worked through quickly and relatively painlessly.

Kids are adorable and almost no trouble. And there is always… always… a happy ending. Over the last couple of decades Meyers has created a good niche in Hollywood on these sweet-but-not-totally cloying confections sort of like Garry Marshall without the massive sappiness.

Meyers picks up the premise that Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson so spectacularly whiffed at a couple of years ago in the similarly titled and themed The Internship : age-inappropriate old-school business people taking unpaid gigs at upstart new tech companies and using their life experience to teach the crazy kids a bit about business, the world and life. Jules is a pixie and a business-savant. Jules created the business with nothing, ten years later it has become an international success, catching the eyes of huge money men, on the verge of going supernova.

She is also described by pretty much everyone as very hard to work for, though there is very little evidence of her dragon-lady tendencies.

One of her top advisors decides to create a senior internship program — getting retired business people who have nothing much to do with their time to come in and share their commercial acumen.

Ben is a recent widower who spent 40 years in management for a company which made a now mostly obsolete product — telephone directories. Fighting his own obsolescence, he has determined to keep himself busy during the day, getting out of his spectacular Park Slope brownstone during the day and keeping himself busy.

Noticing a flier for the senior internship, Ben decides that is just what he needs to keep himself busy and give his life a purpose.

He goes in to work every day in a full suit and tie even though most of the kids wear jeans and t-shirts , does as much as he can do to keep busy and help anyway he can. At first Jules is a bit resistant to having this older guy following her around, but quickly he befriends her husband and adorable little daughter and shows himself to have some interesting and intelligent insights into the business.

Eventually they become friends and he becomes her confidant in her private life and marriage problems as well as her business doubts on bringing in a new CEO to take over the company as it expands beyond her wildest dreams. The one slight problem, acting-wise, is sadly coming from one of the most respected names in the art form: Robert De Niro. While this is one of his better performances in recent years and he mostly downplays his recent penchant for over-acting, it seems his repertoire of Meet the Fockers mugging and double-takes has become engrained to the point that it is involuntary.

Every time he has a good head of steam going as an actor, he sabotages himself with an overly broad eyebrow lift or a calculatedly goofy grin. Her charisma and charm keep this sweet fable grounded and fun. Posted: October 3, Thompson, Chelsea T. Young Adult novels are sort of like young adults themselves: highly emotional, troubled, romantic, self-obsessed, fixated on sex and status, and a little bit overly maudlin. They are also profoundly, almost morbidly, fascinated with death.

The Me in the title is Greg Thomas Mann. Greg is a smart but slightly lazy student. He has created an unique plan to survive high school life: stay friendly but distant with all of the cliques on campus, but join none of them. Therefore he may never be well-known, but he will at least be vaguely well-regarded. And if he is ever cornered into an actual connection, he tried to pretend he is reverting to a sub-human state. Earl RJ Cyler is the closest thing he has to a friend — actually he is a friend but neither of them exactly admit it — another vaguely anti-social kid who he has known from the neighborhood though Earl lives on the wrong side of the tracks since he was five.

They are bonded by a precocious love of foreign art films. In fact they have taken to making amateur film parodies of these movies with MAD magazine-worthy titles and atrocious production values. The best title — My Dinner with Andre the Giant — is the first title shared, and each one mentioned or shown afterwards gets diminishing returns. Cooke is a pretty and sweet actress and appears to be healthy. She is a high school acquaintance who has contracted leukemia.

This is a film that is not about how Rachel handles the possibility of dying, it is about how the possibility of Rachel dying affects Greg. Not to mention overacting wildly. However, despite some flaws, Me and Girl and the Dying Girl takes an emotional hold on the audience and is eventually a sweet and charming story.

Posted: October 6, Photo copyright Jay S. The film starred William H. Macy as a cuckolded Wisconsin car dealer who hatches a lame-brained plot to have his wife kidnapped for ransom, Steve Buscemi and Peter Stormare as the squabbling punks who pull off the caper and Frances McDormand as the decent and hugely-pregnant sheriff who cleans up the bloody aftermath.

It seemed almost crazy when FX picked up the title to turn into a TV series. And it may have been, had they not found the perfect steward in show-runner Noah Hawley. In fact, when FX took the Coens the pilot script which Hawley had created, the famously prickly brothers allowed that they were no fans of imitations, but that Hawley had completely captured their world.

Therefore the Coens signed off on the show, giving their blessing and complete creative control to Hawley. Hawley took the ball and ran with it.

The first season of Fargo was a popular and critical success. The oddball story of a loser travel agent Martin Freeman and a remorseless hit man Billy Bob Thornton whose chance meeting in a hospital waiting room leads to a trail of bodies.

In the meantime, the local small-town cops Bob Odenkirk, Colin Hanks and a breakout performance by Allison Tolman try to curb the sudden crime wave. It was a terrific story, Emmy award winning and popular.

However, it was a finished story. All of the ducks had been put in a row, the bad guys had been vanquished and the heroic cops found true love. Where could Fargo take the story from there? Maybe even to the title city? For the record, the film did not take place in Fargo, North Dakota — except for one scene early on — and the series does not either, though the city does have glancing connections to the action.

Turns out that Fargo is not even trying to continue the first season storyline. Other than the basic setting, quirky vibe, and a couple so far of recurring characters, the second season is completely separate from the first go-around. Much like American Horror Story, the series is doing a pretty much complete reboot, starting off with a fresh and different plotline and characters.

It is similar in feel to the last season, but at the same time, totally different. Season two is a period piece, going back to the polyester-wearing, big-hairdoed world of Back to the days of gas embargos, Three Mile Island, Superman, Iranian hostages, paisley shirts with big collars and the last days of disco. Executive producer Warren Littlefield, the former head of programming for NBC Bob Balaban played a funny, fictionalized version of him in several episodes of Seinfeld loves the changes that Fargo has come up with for the second season.

The thematic is the Walmart-ization of America, big business gobbling up mom and pop businesses. In our world, that means the Kansas City crime syndicate is going to do a hostile takeover of the Gerhardt crime family. They resist. Stuck in the middle: Ed and Peggy Blomquist, hairdresser and butcher. And a war erupts. But only part. I thought that was fascinating. A different cast. It feels like more cast members almost I think this season. It has a different feel, how they cut it together.

It was an era where you wore the line of the law in the back yard and you thought it extended outward. And obviously to come off of Burn Notice and play something like this was very exciting. It was in the s that the American dream of building a small business to support your family, hopefully for generations, started to crumble.

Little local stores and restaurants started getting muscled out by huge chains, who had the financial means to undercut and outlast their competition. Things became a little bit more convenient — perhaps — but personalized service and a sense of community was stomped into the dust. The bottom line can be lowered by sending things overseas.

Her husband has just suffered a debilitating stroke, so now it comes down to mother to keep the family together against the outer forces that want to destroy their family business — which just happens to be organized crime.

One of the more complicated female characters is Peggy, played by Dunst. She seems to be a sweet, naive and pleasant small town woman — fairly happily married and hoping to eventually open her own hair salon — whose life is thrown into complete chaos after a late night auto accident.

She becomes a terror within that. In a way it brings her and Ed together. Milioti had previously been the female lead in the popular Broadway musical Once before making her mark on television as the titular mother on the last season of the popular sitcom How I Met Your Mother.

She plays a mother also in Fargo , and like her How I Met Your Mother character, this mom is also fighting a life-threatening disease , but otherwise the characters could not be any more different. Still waters run very deep. The first season also had some little Easter eggs towards the movie — a businessman played by Oliver Platt made his fortune after finding the money buried in the snow by Steve Buscemi in the film.

Littlefield enjoys the fact that the show has this tightly interlocked history. If you remember, Lou Solverson, who was played by Keith Carradine in year one, is now played in year two by Patrick Wilson. We like connectivity, but they also stand on their own. They can just come to it fresh and enjoy our Fargo world. The world of Fargo. I believe that we are contributing a very intrinsic and integral aspect to Fargo.

We are going back in time. We are planting roots and sowing seeds. I almost want to say that one could watch season two and then watch season one and be entertained.

Or you could watch season two and then watch the movie Fargo and then watch season one. So I do believe that it is a necessary part of Fargo in its entirety. Milioti admitted that when she worked with Ted Danson who plays her local-sheriff father in this season of Fargo she had somehow never seen anything he had done before.

Danson had to explain to her that he had once been the star of a popular series called Cheers and had done dozens of films and series since then. There were a lot of actors I never saw except in passing sometimes in the make-up trailer. How are you doing? That amazing cast gets repaid by getting the opportunity to act at the offbeat pace of Fargo. The show has a very quiet, polite, almost mundane conversational vibe — everyday people speaking smartly but normally — which is suddenly interrupted by extreme acts of violence or off-kilter plot developments.

Woodbine loves the dichotomy of this. This is so weird. I have as well, had moments like that. Fargo somehow captures that. They somehow have figured out how to put on film those bizarre moments. The humor of the gods. Donovan agreed with this. Even the women, who have less of a part in the more shocking moments, enjoy that wild and unpredictable feeling of volatility. I get to do some really weird things. That is sometimes tragic and sometimes very funny and sometimes both at the same time.

Posted: October 25, The HALO awards are an annual celebration honoring young community leaders from across the US, who do extraordinary work to make lives better in their communities. Stepping into the role of host again this year will be creator and executive producer Nick Cannon.

The Nickelodeon stars will be put to the test in a series of in-show physical challenges that will help raise money for the organizations of the HALO Award honorees. Ethan Cruikshank, 16, Mechanicsville, Va. Riley Gantt, 15, Sherman Oaks, Calif. With funds raised through fundraising, grants, social media and school supply drives, she has successfully donated over backpacks filled with school supplies to kids in the Los Angeles area. Joshua Williams, 14, Miami Beach, Fla. He has distributed over 1.

Ruchita Zaparde, 18, Plainsboro, N. Together they created the first concept album of what became a Christmas trilogy, Christmas Eve and Other Stories. However, TSO has not left Christmas completely behind. Letters from the Labyrinth is a major change from the way TSO creates new works. The stories will emerge from their combined journeys. Like our own lives, the story will develop and evolve.

The initial release that everyone receives includes the very first and the last short stories. Where it just sends you into dreamlands, where you have happy dreams, not nightmares. You take on the world after that. What was it that you needed to get to the final puzzle piece of the album?

There were certain parts to the story when I had originally written the story… One of them involved what was going on in the Ukraine. Another one, a short story, involved Syria. It was written before the Syrian civil war completely spun out of control, before the nightmare that spilled out of control in the Ukraine.

A good example would be, when I was younger there was a huge hit book called, Raise the Titanic , where they raise the Titanic because it sank in its entirety. So, the story was basically dated before I even released it. So, we decided to rewrite it as a series of short stories. Incidences happen, even though we were doing the album.

While I was there, the night before, I was wandering around the campsite, true story, [and] bumped into two young men, about twenty. I asked them where they were from, and they were from Iraq. They were Sunni-Muslims. We talked for a little while. About fifty feet away, about thirty minutes later, bumped into two other young men. Also twenties, a little bit older, and they were Shiite-Muslims from Iran.

I would like to believe that if, God forbid, in two years if these four young men, who are in two separate militias met in combat in Syria in that horrible civil war, that if they recognize each other not only would they not pull the trigger, I think they would actually un-chamber their weapons. That is the magic of music. Wacken, which we were at on July 30th, made me rethink the entire album.

It literally changed on the one concert we did, right in the middle of doing the album. It just made me realize, a single day can change the perspective of everything. A single incident. A volcano goes off and everything changes. TSO has also added a new logo, which is a combination of two phoenixes from western mythology.

The phoenix is something that rises out of the ashes from something destroyed by evil, to build something stronger. We combined those two images. Each brings to it their own unique perspective.

I want to ask you specifically about opening the show in Erie this time, for the first time, and also, I believe doing some rehearsals here, as well.

The band always loves new venues, just because the electrical poles are more dependable. Erie was off our regular touring route for a while just because the production had gotten too big. Two things I wanted to ask. Also, how much of the new material will you expect to be part of the shows this year?

We, basically, are hoping to do at least six songs in the new show this year. Again, it goes back to what happened when I was at Wacken. There were quite a few people I bumped into there from the Middle East. Also, while I was over there, we were watching the news. The Iraqis are saying blame Saudi Arabia. Saudi Arabians are like, blame the Shiite militias. They just want it to stop. They just want it to end. The song, basically, took on a different meaning, so I decided, because you see mothers and fathers fleeing.

I only have the one kid, but that really cut the soul. Just to see the anguished looks of both the mothers and fathers. We decided that, Robin Borneman, great singer from Holland who has been with us a couple of years, would sing it.

But I needed a female to bring the female side of it. Lzzy Hale from Halestorm has a great voice. It goes back to the whole ying-yang thing. One side represents the sun, the male, the masculine side. The other side represents the moon, the feminine, the more sensitive side.

I hate bullying in any form. As horrible as that is, the situation in the Mid-East is way, way worse. So we decided that we would have two singers sing that song, different perspectives. Robin Borneman and Lzzy Hale both, in my opinion, knocked it out of the ballpark.

For you and Jon and the rest of the group, is there anything special about performing in Tampa and Orlando, just in your own backyard? Is it just another stop on the tour? Honestly, Florida, has slowly become the second home for the band. We love it down here. A lot of places for the band to rehearse. We just bought our first major recording studio in Tampa. Now we have two huge SSL rooms that we can go in twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.

Florida is basically becoming the center for recording for us right now. We found one for sale, and Tampa is basically going to be our hometown for recording from now on. What do you get out of each one? With TSO, originally, the whole plan was to be rock-opera-driven, and eventually we would do one or two regular records.

We simply never got around to it. We just basically decided that we would make this a series of short stories that were all inter-weaved as time goes by. When I have the story written I know emotionally where each song should go. I know where the melodies should go, the balance, the dynamic. This is a new action adventure for us.

In about a year, you and I should have a follow-up to this one. Basically these days, our next step is to head towards Broadway, just because I love the coherent storytelling of Broadway. Broadway never really got the true edge of rock.

Last year, the show was built around The Christmas Attic. Is there a theme this year? Just describe to us a little bit if you can. Basically, there were three rock operas in the trilogy. After we did The Christmas Attic , all three of the rock operas had been performed live. Thank God, FOX liked it. They were able to get the legendary Ozzie Davis to play the caretaker, and people like Jewel and Michael Crawford were kind enough to share their talents and play the ghosts.

It was only supposed to run once, and never again, but it did so well FOX ran it multiple times. The DVD has gone multi-platinum. We decided if we were ever going to do The Ghost of Christmas Eve , live, it was this year or not at all, so we decided to go for it. What kind of a postmortem do you do, and when does that take place after Christmas blows over? Also what did you learn from that you want to do way more of, and what did you learn that you want to do less of?

Great multiple questions. Keeping it here and not letting down expectations is harder. We want to give people the comfort of what they expect, but something new to make it exciting.

The band has survived the two decade mark and kept its original fan base, and much to our happy surprise, has brought in the next generation. People who had originally seen us as teenagers are returning and bringing their own kids with them. Hopefully, those kids will return and bring their kids with them. Also, to a certain degree, TSO had an unbelievably lucky break, because when we started to tour it was In , there was a great schism in music when Les Paul, the offender, invented the electric guitar.

Which makes it a lot easier for us to jump the generational walls than bands that came before us. Is this is all based on serious world-wide events that are kind of downers, or is the album up-lifting, food for thought? Basically, I started to believe that the arts are the alpha and omega of human civilization.

I believe that human beings and civilization started to move ahead when human beings sat around the fire and told stories and did paintings about a hunt, or whatever. When civilization falls apart, it tends to be the backdrop that limits how far they would fall. And human beings can figure out those rules. The Greeks ended up defeating the Persian invasions, etc. Their ideals of using logic, reason, etc. All those ideals, the Hellenistic ideals which were spread by Alexander the Great, resurfaced in Rome.

Then Rome became a great empire and improved the world. At its height, you could go from cities [like] Petra, Jordan to cities [like] Bath, England on paved roads.

Through cities with hot and cold running water, with sewage. The average lifespan was nearly fifty. When Rome collapsed, we had the dark ages where the average lifespan was fifteen. It was harsh, short, and brutish, I think what Hobbes said.

It inspired people like Charlemagne to try to reinvigorate the Roman Empire. When Charlemagne collapsed, his ideals were continued in the stories of Roland. Great Britain has had its ups and downs, but King Arthur, the tales of Arthur about chivalry. The best parts of humanity were captured in the stories, and it was passed on from the lowest peasant to the highest king, and then recaptured with more stories later with Robin Hood.

Any civilization is reflected in its art and its stories. When bureaucracies fall apart, when governments fall apart, the stories and the music tend to remain. They manage to float around and keep human beings together, and give them something that they have in common. Human beings, they tend to lose their minds in mass, as somebody once said, then gain their sanity back one-by-one.

Is that answering your question, or did I just go off onto a million different tangents? In that respect, one of the beauties of that book is that it is open to interpretation, all of the pilgrims. Do you see that same thing for the album, or do you have a particular thing in mind that you want people to take from it? A lot of times, truly great books or truly great songs, you take away from it what you need to take away from it.

To me, truly great art will tend to have that. The great thing about The Canterbury Tales is you get to examine life from the point-of-view of the merchant, or the soldier, or the cleric. There were people that saw what was happening, saw the opportunity, grasped the moment, and, bam, you had the end of the cold war. The Berlin wall going down without a single bullet being fired, without a drop of blood.

When the world was close, literally, to nuclear Armageddon, Kennedy who represented capitalism under NATO, and Khrushchev who represented communism under the Warsaw pact, both were able to check their own personal prejudices or perspectives, and realize logic and reason. That if this war started it was over for everybody. They both backed away. Khrushchev was probably well aware that he would not survive the end of the Cuban Missile Crisis, and he basically got sent out to pasture. Which is actually in this point-of-view is a happy ending.

Kennedy tragically ended in Dallas. The bottom line was these two individuals, who are hardly even talked about in history anymore, in my opinion, prevented what would have been a nightmare, imagine would take thousands of years to recover from, far worse than the dark ages. How did such an early acceptance at the club level help build a foundation for you guys to graduate to the arenas? Actually, TSO is the first band to never play a club. We pretty much went straight to the theaters and then the arenas.

Chicago is an interesting one, it did grow there very quickly. The Bears are a religion. I was reading that you are a collector of historical artifacts, and I was wondering, first of all, how did you get involved with that? Also, how does your passion for history inform Letters from the Labyrinth? Well said. I started collecting in the seventies when I was working for Aerosmith. We have quite a collection. I have every letter from Thomas Edison to his tool-and-dye guy about how to build the first record player, and how to build the first record.

Back then, if you lost, they cut off your head and stuck it on a spike. To have all these artifacts from history, especially western civilization, it gives you an interesting perspective. You see a reflection of a lot of it actually on the album.

But what does it mean? Who is going to care who Julius Caesar was in two thousand years? The reason we picked Letters from the Labyrinth , is the Labyrinth is on the island of Crete, built by the Minoans and Mycenaens, two civilizations that were previous to the Greek city states. The Minotaur was in the middle of this maze, so I think every one of these songs that is going to make a journey will send a message home.

Letters tend to get lost in the mail. They sometimes go by different routes. When people discovered the Labyrinth, that was buried for thousands of years under ruins on Crete, it was filled with all kinds of messages from the past. The Terra Cotta warriors, which were buried for over two thousand years, were just recently discovered in China. There are all these little time capsules that give us hints to what our ancestors were trying to do, so we can see what they did wrong and we can see what they did right.

On one of our tour programs from a couple years ago, in Latin, one of the mottoes is, the future can be rewritten. You can look at the past and try to figure out what you should do now that will make the future better. Human beings, we are what we remember. Civilizations are the same thing. We are what we remember. From the s and the 40s, they were fighting the Great Depression, Nazism, Warlord-ism, and they defeated it. The next couple of generations forget that evil can be unbelievably patient.

It will rise again, so good has to be ever vigilant. The only way that can happen is if we all work together. We have to realize, the bottom line is that we are all in this together. Not to get really off the subject, but I really believe humanity is at a turning point. Because of computers, humanity has changed and learned more in the last twenty years than it has in the last two thousand.

Especially about right and wrong. She was cyber-bullied also and moved to another city. She tried to kill herself. The other kids, instead of wrapping themselves around her, or protecting her, they continued to bully her. A huge crowd of them beat her up, left her beat up outside the building. You can use the arts to change how people view certain things, and whether certain things are acceptable. To me, bullying, of any sort, but especially with kids, is unacceptable, on any level.

It kind of romanticizes it. You have to understand bullying is a part of life. I know that people everywhere dig the TSO, and at Christmas time you take on an extra special meaning for a lot of people. Just what do you guys do to make sure that the people coming to your shows are seeing some different wrinkles in the TSO arsenal? Not only have we had a constant inflow of new and young talent that has been developed over the years, but our crew is beyond belief great.

Also, one of the reasons I tend to like the over-the-top production, is it breaks down the wall between the band and the audience. It makes it all one. I would love to say that it was part of our plan to write these three rock operas and that they would be humongously successful during the holiday season and we would take them out every November [and] December, but honestly, we were completely blindsided by the success of the Christmas trilogy.

Tchaikovsky was also blindsided by the success of The Nutcracker. He looked at it as just another ballet like Sleeping Beauty , or Swan Lake , and never dreamt that it would be as inter-woven into the holidays as it did become. The little bit of a problem is that it throws off the natural rock rhythm. Writing is one mindset, you go into a zone and you write no matter how long it takes to create the album.

The recording is a whole other different mindset. Touring is third mindset. Because of the success of the trilogy, no matter what is going on, when October rolls around, you shut down the studios, you shut everything else down. Everybody heads off to an arena and we just start to put together these humongous, Pink Floyd, humongous productions.

The insanity of it all, normally, when you build something this big, you tour for at least two years so you can amortize the cost of it. We like the comfort of the familiar, but we like the excitement of something new and different.

Every year we feel the pressure to do that. They escaped and they feel emotions they never felt before. They leave that building recharged. Our biggest fear right now is that we never drop the ball.

Being a student of history, obviously, music has been a part of the world for thousands of years. What do you hope for the future, and how can we balance the technology and keep the history of music moving forward? Great question. Hence, the term, music soothes the savage breast, which has changed over the years to, music soothes the savage beast. That melody just relaxes people. The great thing about music is it crosses generations, centuries, effortlessly. I got to see it with a full symphony, and a sixty-piece choir, and it totally blew my mind.

The audience, for a lack of a better word, was richer, upper crust blue-bloods in Europe. This song was amazing. Vitalij is just a character. One was chess. The other was ballet. The other was piano playing. That I could do. After the last European tour, he went home and when he came back and told me the destruction going on over there, it really, really bothered me. We decided to write a symphonic piece and put a story around it.

I wanted it to be pro-humanity. I remember that the very first capital of Russia, basically, was Kiev, or it was right outside of it, and the very first king of Russia was Rurik. They basically ruled Russia all the way up to the Romanovs who ruled the last years. Rurik united all the Slavic tribes that were all killing each other, and started Russia on its way to being a great nation. He ends up going to Maidan Square. He goes into the building where he sees a sniper just shooting anyone who steps forward in the streets.

There will always be another Hitler. There will always be another Stalin. The problem is envy and hate.

Is my neighbor stealing from me? Is my neighbor this? Is my neighbor that? Obviously, the same is true in the Middle East. I think the arts have a responsibility. The minute Napoleon crowned himself Emperor, he crossed out that dedication. Too many things are going on right now that are wrong. If it backfires, so it does.

Let me take this opportunity to thank you for giving us metal heads some great music to listen to at Christmas time. How do you feel about bringing this unique hybrid to all ages, all background audience and associating that music with Christmas time? For some reason, rock never was able to turn something into the whole Christmas lexicon. Every century only passes on to the next century what it considers the very best.

Again, I would like to say we planned it. I was always fascinated by Christmas, its power. People give their neighbor, even strangers, the benefit of the doubt. Christmas Eve and Other Stories is basically how it has the same effect on human beings all around the world. Be it Europe, be it Asia, be it America. The Lost Christmas Eve is basically about a father who abandons his child. We just feel an unbelievable obligation just not to drop the ball.

To keep this thing going. More importantly, live music will continue to grow. The first time I was in Berlin, it was in the 70s, and a young man was shot trying to get over the wall. I will never forget that. There was no moving it. No one foresaw it coming down, and especially coming down without a shot and overnight.

She joined in on it. There was a group of young people that were constantly keeping the pressure up for freedom and bringing down that wall. All acted together, these handful of individuals saw this opportunity, grabbed it, and, bam! The magic of the collapse of the Berlin Wall, the end of the Cold War, was again, that it happened without a war, without a battle. It just shows what can happen when people work together.

Everything is based on trust. Humanity, again I say the arts are the alpha omega, the thing underpinning the arts is trust. Anything humans can imagine, humans can do. Both for the good and for the negative. Trust has been broken down. Their bank accounts are empty, but the people that ran their bank accounts are now billionaires. Public servants are supposed to serve the public, but the word has been flipped around where the public serves them. Alexander Hamilton, our first Secretary of Treasury, died a pauper.

Too many people now believe that people go into government to enrich themselves. Again, I have a great belief in humanity and the people, as did Lincoln, sometimes the ship of state will tilt a little too much to the left or right, but eventually we will again all pull together. Progress will be made. I know right now a lot of people are hurting, especially this time of year. We are going through a rough time right now. Jon Oliva came up with this great Zeppelin meets Aerosmith riff, and I came up with the melody.

Night is where the fringes of society can feel safe. When I was younger. At night you would see the winos, the schizophrenics, the drug addicts.

They would come out because they felt safety there. We had a blast with that song. Kayla Reeves, who sings it, really put a lot of emotion in it. Kayla, as some of you know, joined TSO when she was seventeen. We got her out of the foster care system in Texas. Where the heck did that go by? But she puts an emotional bite and passion to that song, where you believe every word she says.

I really do love that tune. Posted: November 13, As do the lives of most people. Love is one of those things you never get too old for…. Your heart never grows old and our show is about love. I think moreover relationships are hard. Whether you are 18 or 45, dating is a very real part of life and every character of the show explores the emotional roller coaster that comes with those relationships.

In particular, the women of the show have more than just themselves to consider when it comes to their love lives. Between children, careers, and close friends, Zadegan explains how it is important for them all to obtain healthy relationships — not only with your significant other, but your friends as well.

Not just who you are dating. They have become some of my favorite actresses and we really have a good time working with one another. At the end of last season, the audience watches the previously commitment-phobic Delia became more open to the traditional idea of marriage as she becomes engaged to a previous client. Growing up with her parents not together and looking after her father, Delia has grown to be an independent woman who has never had to rely on anyone other than herself and she takes pride in that.

In the face of adversity, she made a beautiful life for herself. She wrestles with the question of marriage. With the season two premiere finally here, fans can expect to the show to pick up right where it left off. Zadegan explains that last season, the girls were learning to put their past behind them and making the choice to start fresh. I love the show that we were doing. Posted: November 25, Hosted by Nick Cannon, it is a great event highlighting teens who give back to their community.

Catch the awards on television November 29th, ! Photos courtesy of Getty images and Roula Khaldi of Popentertainment. Video Edited by Sami Speiss of Popentertainment. The writer and director has been well-known for his hyper-intelligent dialogue and rampant violence since the release of his debut film Reservoir Dogs.

Since then, the former video store clerk and self-proclaimed film geek has put together an acclaimed and eclectic body of work which includes Pulp Fiction , Jackie Brown, Kill Bill, Death Proof, Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained. Hot on the heels of Django Unchained well, three years later, but that is a normal turnaround time for a Tarantino film , the director has decided to do his second straight old-school western film.

However, The Hateful Eight is very different in content and style than the colorful and flashily-violent Django. Instead, Hateful is almost like an old parlor mystery transferred to the rugged old west. Jackson , all of whom have mysterious backgrounds and agendas.

It leads to an intense standoff between characters, with bloody consequences. Tarantino, who is a huge proponent of film over digital technology, also has decided to film The Hateful Eight in 70mm.

Quentin Tarantino: Thanks for coming out everybody! That traffic was hell. Quentin Tarantino: The road show opens on December 25th. The Weinsteins ed. Just to put it in perspective, Warner Brothers threw their entire weight behind Christopher Nolan when he did Interstellar.

Nevertheless they only played in about 11 venues in the course of his 70mm run. We are playing in 44 markets in theaters with our road show. Not only that, they literally are some of the biggest, nicest movie palaces still left.

All the places that have 70mm capabilities, we utilize them. Other places we just moved the screens in and created it. I remember talking about it when we first had a discussion. It was like: Look, we should be like Neil Diamond coming into town. Or we should be like Book of Mormon. We go into big venues. It has been a Herculean effort and they pulled it off. The advanced tickets go on sale today.

It is a hell of a night or afternoon at the movies. So talk to me a little about…. Quentin Tarantino: One thing I want to show actually before we move off of that.

The road shows had an overture. They had an intermission. They were a little longer. Ours is about seven minutes longer, just for the road show version.


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