Saturday, December 13, 2014
Lister-Jones will play the lead while Garber will co-star. Also in the supporting cast are Kunal Nayyar (The Big Bang Theory), Danny Glover, Griffin Dunne (Dallas Buyers Club), Anthony Edwards (ER) and Beth Grant (No Country for Old Men). The movie is currently filming in Illinois, and a release date has not been announced.
Monday, November 10, 2014
Whenever you hear about actresses making the leap into music, the result is often an overproduced, autotuned pop mess that ends up as gathering dust in your iTunes library as a regretful purchase. And so it was with some trepidation that I approached reviewing "Si Agua," the debut album from actress Mia Maestro, known to American audiences for her roles in The Strain, The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn, Alias, and Frida. I was afraid I would have to slam the musical offerings of an actress I had been a fan of since she first played Nadia Santos in Alias ten years ago.
Maestro is no stranger to music, however; she had previously contributed a song (“Llovera”) to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 2 soundtrack, which is also featured on this album. Even so, I wasn't sure what to expect from "Si Agua," an album that was recorded in Iceland with a number of local musicians and composers but was also inspired by Maestro’s Argentinian heritage.
I was pleasantly surprised to find "Si Agua" (which translates to "If Water") was not a pop album that echoed every other Top 40 album, but rather a unique mix of light jazz, wispy ballads, and traditional folk songs with both Latin and European influences. And the result is something both inspiring and deeply moving.
Maestro doesn't follow the tired trend of singers who think overpowering vocals and multiple runs equal talent. Her voice has a breathy, graceful delivery that blends so beautifully with the stringed instruments that you often cannot tell one from the other. There isn't even a hint of digital manipulation or autotuning of Maestro’s voice, which is absolutely refreshing and highlights just how good she is. Her voice is as comforting as a mother singing a lullaby, and the accompanying arrangements are smartly mixed, never overpowering the vocals, but supporting them fully. The songs alternate between both English and Spanish lyrics (the song title is an indicator), but even if you don’t speak the language, you won’t mind it a bit.
The songs all have a sweet, intimate feel, and have the sound of a live recording, in all the right ways. At one point, if you listen closely enough, you can even catch a musician count down the start of the song. “Si Agua,” the title track, leads off the album, mixing a Latin rhythm with a chorus of stringed instruments. Both “Wedding” and “Time to Go” have a feel of the best light jazz, with a stringed accompaniment.
“Blue Eyed Sailor” which features Irish folk rocker Damien Rice, is the standout track, evidenced by the music video produced to promote the song. Led off by a strong guitar riff reminiscent of classic 1960s rock (I suppose we can thank Rice for that), the song settles down into a pure ballad. Rather than allowing the instrumentals to go over the top, however, Maestro’s voice keeps the song grounded. It’s a fantastic song, and the video is just as good. “Otra Vez” is a beautiful ballad with a nice piano foundation, that builds to an outstanding symphonic chorus of violins. It is one of my personal favorites of the album. The piano/violin motif continues with “Llovera,” the song featured on the Twilight soundtrack.
“Kidnapped by Snow” is a nice fusion of light electronica and violins, with a Latin beat beneath. It must be heard to be appreciated. “Goodbye” will remind you of the better folk ballads of the 1970s, and the album ends strongly with “Barca,” which showcases Maestro’s voice with light violins.
With the participation of artists including Ben Frost, bass saxophonist Colin Stetson, pianist Thomas Bartlett, Shahzad Ismaily, Valgeir Sigurosson (producer for Bjork), composer Nico Muhly, and the Icelandic Symphony Orchestra, Si Agua is a unique and fulfilling musical experience that perfectly showcases Maestro’s angelic voice. The album can be sampled on both iTunes and Amazon Music, and I highly recommend it.
Release Date: October 7, 2014
Running time: 41 minutes
Genre: International, Latin
Label: Nacional Records
Producer: Valgeir Sigurosson
Click here to purchase and download "Si Agua" from Amazon Music!
Friday, October 31, 2014
Tuesday, September 30, 2014
The comedy centers on a newlywed couple forced to put on hold their dream of moving to New York City because of impending (unexpected) parenthood. Instead, they have no choice but to stay at home in "beautiful" Agawam, Mass., keeping themselves within a five-mile radius of the husband's five bitter older siblings.
Matthew Nicklaw will pen the script and co-executive produce the comedy, with Vandalia's Juliana Janes on board to produce as well. Last season, Garner teamed with Butter screenwriter Jason Micallef for a strip club drama set up at Fox, and now she is prepping the mystery dramedy All the Pretty Faces at Bravo.
Saturday, September 13, 2014
J.J. Abrams has a tradition of putting his childhood friend Greg Grunberg in every movie he makes. That, of course, has led to speculation that he would have to appear in Star Wars: Episode VII to keep the streak alive. On Thursday, Grunberg put the speculation to rest when he answered a Twitter question thusly:
Yes @smgulz it IS safe to assume I have a role in #StarWarsEpisodeVII - If I say more than that, JJ will have me killed.
— Greg Grunberg (@greggrunberg) September 11, 2014
And there you go. Will we see a Greg Grunberg as a Jedi action figure? Keep your fingers crossed!
Saturday, August 30, 2014
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Tuesday, August 19, 2014
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Wednesday, June 25, 2014
Based on the French series by Fabrice Gobert, “The Returned” focuses on a small town that is turned upside down when several local people, who have long been presumed dead, suddenly reappear, bringing them into positive and detrimental consequences.
Lumbly will play Pastor Leon Wright, the minister of a local church, who helps Rowan (Mary Elizabeth Winstead) through the difficult situation. Mark Pellegrino (Lost), Jeremy Sisto, Kevin Alejandro, Agnes Bruckner, Sophie Lowe, Sandrine Holt, Michelle Forbes, Tandi Wright, India Ennenga and Mat Vairo also star. Carlton Cuse (Lost) will serve as an executive producer. An airdate is unknown at this time.
Thursday, May 22, 2014
Friday, May 9, 2014
Jennifer Garner is headed back to the big screen, in a film that's much more family-friendly than Dallas Buyer's Club. Alexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day opens in October. Enjoy!
Tuesday, March 25, 2014
Friday, March 21, 2014
Created by The Good Wife's Courtney Kemp Agboh, Power chronicles the life of James "Ghost" St. Patrick (Omari Hardwick), a New York City nightclub owner who also runs a prosperous drug network.
Unfortunately, when he tries to leave his criminal ways behind him, his marriage, family and business all come under threat. No premiere date for the show has been announced.
Wednesday, March 12, 2014
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Monday, March 10, 2014
J.J. Abrams' new show, Believe, premieres on NBC tonight! Alfonso Cuaron, the Oscar-winning director of Gravity, is a creator and executive producer. In case you miss it, you will be able to catch it online at NBC.com and On Demand. You can click here to see the opening scene.
Tuesday, February 18, 2014
Thursday, January 23, 2014
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