Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara Attend ‘Pan’ Premiere

From director Joe Wright comes “Pan,” a live-action feature presenting a wholly original adventure about the beginnings of the beloved characters created by J.M. Barrie. Peter (Levi Miller) is a mischievous 12-year-old boy with an irrepressible rebellious streak, but in the bleak London orphanage where he has lived his whole life those qualities do not exactly fly. 

Then one incredible night, Peter is whisked away from the orphanage and spirited off to a fantastical world of pirates, warriors and fairies called Neverland.  There, he finds amazing adventures and fights life-or-death battles while trying to uncover the secret of his mother, who left him at the orphanage so long ago, and his rightful place in this magical land.  Teamed with the warrior Tiger Lily (Rooney Mara) and a new friend named James Hook (Garrett Hedlund), Peter must defeat the ruthless pirate Blackbeard (Hugh Jackman) to save Neverland and discover his true destiny—to become the hero who will forever be known as Peter Pan. Stars Hugh Jackman, Garrett Hedlund, Rooney Mara, Levi Miller, director Joe Wright, screenwriter Jason Fuchs all attended the film’s premiere. Read what the cast had to say below:


Joe Wright

What are the challenges when you have to create a fantastic universe for the film?

Joe Wright: Well it just takes a lot – it’s just scaling up what I’ve done before really, so we created the biggest set that had ever been built in the UK indoors and that was thrilling and exciting, you know. Thrilling being the flip side of frightening. But really the biggest challenge was to maintain the importance of the central story, the narrative, and I think the characters. And it’s a very moving story as well as being a big action adventure.

So Peter became Peter Pan in the movie so how would this inspire younger generations to find themselves?

JW: Well you know, I think a lot of these fairy tales and a lot of these stories, the idea is that we reflect the kids’ fears and then show them through the course of the story how they can overcome them with courage and imagination and belief. So I think that’s the idea of all of these stories really.

How did you envision it from the script?

JW: I wanted to put myself in the place of an 11 year old kid and imagine the story from his point of view.

How did you go about directing the action scenes and the two song scenes?

JW: Well we worked very hard in preparing the action scenes. I love action and I love the idea that action is pure cinema, that it can’t be done in any other art form, other than maybe sports coverage. So we worked very very hard in trying to create a unique and visceral experience.


Levi Miller:

Did Hook or other Peter Pan installments affect how you portrayed your character?

Levi Miller: Not influenced me. I mean I loved it and the 2003 version of Peter Pan but it didn’t exactly influence me in this character because it’s something that’s never been seen before—it’s an origin story so, no, it didn’t exactly influence me but it was lots of fun to shoot.

This is your first feature film as the main character, so how was it like filming?

LM: It was crazy. They built all of these sets. They were magnificent.

Your character also has a lot of stunts so what was the best/scariest part of that?

LM: It wasn’t exactly scary, there weren’t any scary parts but there was lots of crazy, lots of crazy stuff.


Nonso Anozie:

Tell me about your character.

Nonso Anozie: I play Bishop, who is the right hand man of Blackbeard. He is the guy who goes on this ship, The Ranger, kidnaps some kids and brings them back to the main ship, The Revenge, where they have to mind for pixum. Pixum is this dust that keeps Blackbeard young because he’s actually very old. And no one knows why they’re mining for it but they know they have to work for Blackbeard. So this movie is kinda set before the Peter Pan that we know. And it’s almost kind of like a prequel to the story we know now and it’s an amazing film that people are going to really love.

So how’s it like playing the bad guy in the film?

NA: The bad guy, I mean for me, it is quite unusual because I don’t know, I think I have a round face so it was nice to get my teeth into playing a bad guy. You know, I got to go grab kids in the middle of the night, it was fun to play. This whole movie is really all fun but, sometimes it’s true what they say, that bad guys have the most fun. It was a lot of fun playing this role. Hopefully you can tell I’m enjoying myself in the movie.

Your character has some fierce shows of force but also sympathy in other scenes. How was it like playing both sides of the character?

NA: I think most characters have to have two sides. No one is totally bad and no one is totally good. Everyone is born and you grow up with different life experiences which leads you to where you are. So I look for that within every character I’m playing, whether it’s a kids’ movie or a Mike Lee movie or whether it’s Steven Spielberg. So it’s something that I love doing and it’s a lot of fun.

And how was it like working on actual real life ships?

NA: It was an actual real ship and they put them on these huge gimbals that would movie at different angles at the touch of a button that felt like you were really on a ship. You felt like you were really flying through the air. An amazing experience.


Adeel Akhtar:

Tell me about playing Smee.

Adeel Akhtar: Well I play a character called Smee, whose full name is Sam Smeegle and he works in the mines with Hook and Peter and then they eventually escape through my assistance. So I help them escape and then it gets all chaotic and adventurous after that.

Did you watch Hoskins play Smee to give you an idea for playing Smee?

AA: You know what? Not really but I watched it again after I did this, and he’s amazing in it. Don’t you think? He’s wicked. No I didn’t but he’s amazing.

Your character is somewhat of a traitor, so how was it like playing that kind of character?

AA: It feels good. At one level it’s just sort of doing the job, isn’t it? But talking about the character specifically, he has to survive. It’s a survival mechanism. So he’s gotta try to do what he needs to do to look after himself, especially when there’s kids working.

How was it like acting on real life ships?

AA: It feels good. There were these ships on hydraulics or pistons, so they would turn 90 degrees and then turn 180. So yea, that was really excellent, because you’re on a ship which is doing all of this amazing stuff. You’re not really acting, you’re on this ship, enjoying the ride, being on the boat, with these fans blowing in your face. That was very exciting.

And what about the tram scene?

AA: They had built these massive massive fans in a cable car and it’s blowing in your face and it’s sort of not much acting involved because there’s 100 miles per hour winds and you’re just trying to breathe you know.

The film opens nationwide on Friday, October 9, 2015.  It will be shown in RealD 3D and 2D.

Stephen Curry Responds to Ty Lawson’s Critique of his Defense with “That’s Funny”

The MVP has spoken! 


Stephen Curry called Ty Lawson’s critique of his defense “funny” when asked by the media. Lawson who spoke with Yahoo Sports was very critical on how he felt Curry played on defense end.

“Stephen Curry needed someone to go back at him,” Lawson said. “I thought Steph was just chillin’ on defense – and then going crazy on offense.

“He looked like he was just putting shots up and not working so much on the defensive end. He would just come down and hit three or four threes. He can shoot when he’s got his legs under him.”

When Curry was asked he kept his response short in simple by saying “It’s Funny, That’s all I’ve got to say”

Curry who averaged 31.2 points over the five-game series against the Rockets. The young PG led the league in total steals with 163 during the 2014-15 campaign. He also ranked fourth in steals per game (2.0), fourth in steal percentage (3.0), and 15th in defensive win shares. So I wonder how Ty Lawson feels after these numbers are circulated.


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Singer JoJo Talks New Music & More!

After what can only be described as a long journey, JoJo is back and better than ever with a new label, new edge and a new outlook.

With EPs, mixtapes and her recently released “tringle,” fans have been anxiously awaiting JoJo’s third studio album and the wait is almost over. Even with a 10-year gap between albums, JoJo has continuously been putting out music including the “Agápē” and “#Lovejo” mixtapes and “III,” released earlier this year. Regardless of label troubles, JoJo ensured that her fans would still be connected to her music and is hoping to put out her third official studio album in 2016. We caught up with JoJo at Atlantic Records to discuss her upcoming album, growing up in the industry and the evolution of her sound and style.
I saw the “When Love Hurts” video and you looked amazing! can you talk about the inspiration behind the video and choreography? I noticed you incorporated some indian dance moves.
Yeah! We were inspired by Vogue and the incredible resilience of that community – like Paris is Burning, I watched that and was really moved by that energy and I wanted to feel that triumphant spirit that I saw in that movie. The song is about going through something stressful in a relationship so I wanted it to be a bit more fun and playful than that and wanted to show the joy of dance and the joy of how you feel when you’re in love even when it is difficult and to know that what you’re fighting for is worth it.

When can we expect the other two videos?
“Say Love” is coming really soon. I just saw the first edit of it and I’m really excited we have the second edit and it’s coming soon. “Save my Soul” I’m still conceptualizing and working with a close friend of mine to do something that is true to the story.


Can you talk about your style now and how it’s evolved?
I think I’ve always been a bit of a tomboy and now it’s just a little bit edgier. I don’t really know about trends, I don’t necessarily follow that, but I know what makes me feel cool and confident and comfortable and I like to play with menswear while making it a little sexier because honestly I don’t feel my best while in bikini or walking around in heels. I just gotta be myself and I kinda dress however I feel.


You’ve changed and grown up in many ways, can you discuss what it was it like growing up in the industry?
I was pretty sheltered because my mom was managing me and she wanted to protect me from the weird stuff that she was seeing going on and even from the opinions of others, she made sure that I focused on my school and that’s why I didn’t tour much when I was a teenager so I’m really starting to build up my touring base with this relaunch. When I turned 18 I was like shit I didn’t know it was as crazy as it is.


You released a “tringle” earlier this year, what made you decide to drop all three as opposed to just one track?
I wanted to make an impact through music. I’m not really controversial person by nature and I don’t want to be that type of artist. I wanted to show a few different sides, not just come back with a pop dance record, which would have been fine, but I wanted to show how I’ve grown as a vocalist and give a little bit more depth.


Can you tell us a little about working on your third studio album and the inspiration behind it?
I came into this with a clean slate and an open mind because anything  that I recorded at my previous label, I couldn’t use so I was starting from scratch again so I wanted to try different things that I was listening to like house  music has really moved me  and made me feel fabulous. From disclosure to more contemporary stuff to Cece Peniston and Black Box and stuff in the ‘90s and Sylvester and Disco in the late ‘70s. So  I wanted to take a stab at that. Soul and R&B is a part of me, it’s what I grew up listening to so I think that comes out in everything I do.


Any surprise features on it?
It’ll be a surprise to me too *laughs* I have some people in mind, but since I’m focused on promoting this tringle, I put the album a bit to the side and then come the end of the year I’m going to start reaching out.


When can fans expect the album?
It’s looking like first quarter next year, but I really don’t wanna give a date because- what’s also cool about releasing music now is that you don’t need a long lead up, people just drop albums so who’s to say when it’ll come out, I really don’t know.


JOJO can you do your Fetty Wap impression because it’s amazing! Aside from Fetty Wap who are some other artists you like to turn up to?
I love Kendrick Lamar, because you’re turning up while receiving a message and being conscious and that’s my type of turn up. SOmetimes I like to not think at all, but Kendrick’s one of my favorites. I love Ty Dolla $ign, there’s this new artist from London that I just found out about, his name’s Shakka and his new song called “Say Nada” is my favorite. Drake is always great. He just releases anthems that we all feel are talking right out of our lives and speaking right to us.


You’ve also discussed how much you’re inspired by Janelle Monae, any other artists that inspire you? Artists you’re listening to?
Mostly women who have continued to reinvent themselves and had longevity in the game, I’m talking like Cher, Chaka Khan, Tina Turner. I wanna be doing it when I’m in my 60s and I can’t imagine- well I can imagine because it’s what I want- but  the level of discipline that, that takes I really respect.





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3          New York, NY                                      Marlin Room at Webster Hall

4          Philadelphia, PA                                  Coda

8          Cincinnati, OH                                     20th Century Theater

10        Kansas City, MO                                  recordBar

11        Chicago, IL                                          Lincoln Hall

17        St. Louis, MO                                       Old Rock House

19        Indianapolis, IN                                   Emerson Theater

23        Los Angeles, CA                                   The Roxy

24        San Francisco, CA                                Social Hall

28        Portland, OR                                       Wonder Ballroom

29        Seattle, WA                                         Neumos



4          Atlanta, GA                                          The Loft

6          Dallas, TX                                            Club Dada

7          Houston, TX                                         Studio at Warehouse Live

9          Ft. Lauderdale, FL                               Culture Room

10        St. Petersburg, FL                                State Theater

12        Washington, DC                                  U-Street Music Hall

14        Boston, MA                                         The Sinclair

15        Toronto, ON                                        Mod Club

16        Ferndale, MI                                       The Magic Bag

20        New Orleans, LA                                 HI Ho Lounge




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Rosanne Cash on Gun Debate: ‘Don’t Tell Me to Keep My Mouth Shut’

On Friday, October 2nd, just one day after a gunman on the campus of Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Oregon, killed nine people and injured several others, singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash took to her Facebook page, calling on readers to sign a petition urging the White House to reinstate the 1994 federal ban on assault weapons. That call to action touched off widespread debate from the singer-songwriter’s Facebook followers, with Cash writing an additional post calling for commenters to be more respectful of other’s opinions.

The first of Cash’s writings came just hours after the massacre, which was reportedly the 264th mass shooting of the year (on the 274th day of 2015). In her original post, Cash wrote, “If you are as sick of gun violence in this country as I am, then let’s stop talking about it and just do ONE simple thing.”

Cash explained that the petition was created by her daughter, Chelsea Crowell (a contributor for Rolling Stone Country), and would require 100,000 signatures for it to be reviewed. As of Tuesday afternoon, the petition has nearly 3,600 signatures. That initial post from Cash received thousands of “likes” and was quickly shared by Facebook users — it also spawned hundreds of comments representing all sides of the thorny issue. The following day, Cash posted a link to a New York Times essay on gun control, which was accompanied by her own comment that read, “I feel as strongly and as passionately about this issue as all of you, but I won’t stoop to insults. Please, do unfollow or unlike if you can’t maintain basic courtesy.”

By Sunday morning, Cash had clearly had enough of the negative comments, posting another link to an essay on the issue and telling fans and followers, “This is my page and I do have a right to my beliefs and convictions, as all of you do. I was raised to have the courage to stand behind those convictions and it’s too late in life for me to sacrifice my integrity by keeping the most passionate of them secret. Those who tell me to ‘stay out of politics and stick to music,’ or, in other words ‘keep your mouth shut,’ are perhaps so obsessed with the Second Amendment that they haven’t noticed the First.”

The singer and activist, who for a decade served on the board of PAX, an organization dedicated to preventing gun violence among children, added, “I have as much concern for the safety of my children as any mother alive and if that makes me ‘political,’ so be it. I don’t hurl insults because I think some of you have a bewildering attachment to military-grade weapons and a refusal to consider mandatory background checks. I’d appreciate the same civility.”

While serving as a representative of PAX, Cash attended the 2000 Million Moms March on Washington, D.C., penning an essay in Rolling Stone about that experience.

“At the end of the day, my friend Patty Smyth, who marched alongside me with Bette Midler, Emmylou Harris, Raffi and many, many more, said, ‘If nothing else, we helped carry the burden of the grieving mothers for one day,'” she wrote in the Facebook post. “I was full of expectation that our elected officials would rise to the occasion and enact basic gun safety legislation like background checks, safety locks and a ban on military-grade weapons. It turned out that, in fact, all we did was help carry the burden for a day. Nothing changed.”

Explaining that she eventually left the PAX board (which has since merged with the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence) after “ten years of meeting grief-stricken parents of children killed by guns,” the mother of four also revealed that her daughter, Chelsea, had once been held up at gunpoint while working in a jewelry store.

“The gunmen held her for 20 minutes,” she explained. “I’m so grateful she was not killed and I’m also so acutely aware that the difference between me and the moms carrying the photos on the march is a split second. Do NOT tell me that Chelsea ‘should have had a gun.’ If she had, she’d be dead. She is not physically or mentally able to coolly aim a gun at someone who is already pointing a gun at HER, and fire sharp-shooter style at another human being while terror-stricken. Nor am I. Nor are millions of other people.”

Cash closed the lengthy post writing, “If one classroom of first graders can be saved just by requiring background checks and a ban on military style weapons, wouldn’t it be worth it? One teenager in a movie theater, one student nurse, one pastor in the pulpit, one little pre-schooler? If the answer is no, or the answer is just more vicious rhetoric, then we should be ashamed. That child could be yours. It was almost mine. So don’t tell me to keep my mouth shut.”

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