“We are literally having facetime with actors from all over the world — people that we wouldn’t normally have access to. It could just be a chat, they might want to do a piece, like a monologue, or they might just want to draw attention to some clips on their showreels,” she said. “There’s been some really interesting actors that I didn’t know about before that I’m meeting now. I can definitely see that our paths will cross again in the future. I can already think of roles that might match with people I’ve spoken to. It’s also given me a sense that the industry still goes on.” … [Read more...] about Coping With COVID-19 Crisis: How ‘The Witcher’ Casting Director Turned Vanishing Work Into A Positive
Baez’s future plans are unclear, but she knows she wants to keep making music in some form. “I think that the main thing for me will be the painting because it’s pretty well established by now that I’m heading off to do that,” she said. “I’ve never taken much time to do nothing, which I think is pretty important, especially at my age, and sort of contemplating what is coming. In this culture, we spend most of our time trying to avoid it. I would like to have more of a Buddhist approach.” … [Read more...] about Watch Joan Baez Close Out Farewell Tour in Spain
“Here we are, all together at home,” Elton John announced cheerily at the start of his star-studded Living Room Concert for America on Sunday night. “And since we’re all hunkered down together, we thought we’d put together a little show for you, from our homes to yours.” It was a moment only Elton could get away with — Captain Fantastic, the glitziest of rocket men, sitting in his fascinatingly ordinary kitchen, looking like any other tired dad, bored from too much social distancing and desperate for a little human connection (not to mention the soothing power of music at a time of mass anxiety). Elton even complained, “I happen to be quarantined in the only house I’ve ever been in without a piano.” … [Read more...] about Elton John’s Living-Room Concert: Corona You Feel the Love Tonight?
Instead, she and Reinhart built out her new songs in surprising directions. “Rare Thing,” a feverish dream-song about Quinlan’s young niece, blossomed with real and programmed drum rhythms. For “Piltdown Man,” they subtracted the guitars from an early demo and replaced them with cool Rhodes keys and found noise. At one point, she tried giving that song a harmonica riff that they quickly abandoned: “I was like, ‘Yeah, go get the harmonica, man. Wait ’til you hear this harmonica,'” Quinlan recalls, laughing. “I don’t know how to play harmonica! But what fun.” … [Read more...] about How Hop Along’s Frances Quinlan Reinvented Herself
On Fox alone, Living Room Concert for America drew 4.6 million viewers and 1.3 rating in adults 18-49 (preliminary Live+Same Day), tying ABC’s American Idol as the highest-rated broadcast program Sunday night in the demo. (America Idol host Ryan Seacrest was pulling double duty as he also appeared on the Fox special.) UPDATE: In the official fast nationals, the Fox special rose to 5.5 million viewers and a 1.5 18-49 rating, ranking as the No. 1 show of the night in the demo. … [Read more...] about Fox’s Charlie Collier On Mounting Coronavirus Live Relief Special In 10 Days With ‘The iHeart Living Room Concert For America’