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“Flight” star Denzel Washington and director Robert Zemeckis
On October 14, 2012 Robert Zemeckis’ latest film “Flight” made its world premiere at the closing night of the New York Film Festival. Aside from some way too real scenes of an airplane crashing, the film plays like an after school special about the dangers of becoming an alcoholic. It’s extremely predictable and considering that Robert Zemeckis has made worldwide classics such as the “Back to the Future” franchise, you’d think he’d change this to an Alan Smithee film as the plane crash is not the only disaster you will see if you check out “Flight.” John Goodman, though only in the film briefly, is definitely the highlight, unless you enjoy watching Denzel Washington smoke cigarettes.
The Cast of Flight (including Melissa Leo, John Goodman and Don Cheadle)
But regardless of the movie failing to take off before crashing and burning (pun definitely intended), I am grateful for the experience and had fun. Plus, I even got to meet a few awesome stars at the premiere. See who after the jump.
How many weeks will this film be in a theatre before going straight to DVD? Robert Zemeckis has the answer.
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October 20, 2011 was a night I’ve been looking forward to for a very long time. It was the night Nile Rodgers stopped by Barnes and Noble in Union Square in Manhattan to discuss and sign copies of his autobiography “Le Freak – An Upside Down Story of Family, Disco and Destiny.” It’s pretty safe to say that anyone who has ever heard pop music likes at least one song he’s written or produced. His list of accomplishments is astounding and he’s worked with the likes of everyone from Madonna to David Bowie to Diana Ross and of course, in his own band Chic. He’s responsible for some of the hottest disco tracks (like “Good Times” and “Le Freak”) that will be club favorites for as long as clubs exist on this planet. Nile Rodgers discussed his autobiography “Le Freak” with cultural critic Toure’ and I can already tell it’s going to be impossible to put it down. Nile told the stories behind songs such as “Good Times” which was written about not getting in at Studio 54 despite a personal invitation from Grace Jones, “I’m Coming Out” by Diana Ross and he talked about being heavily influenced musically and stylistically by Roxy Music and Kiss! He also mentioned meeting his Chic partner in groove, Bernard Edwards, how they became musical soul-mates and how the band came to be called Chic. These stories are all in the book and it’s really great to get the back stories on these historical moments in music.
Nile Rodgers was diagnosed with cancer last year and he’s had some ups and downs with his health. He told the packed house that he’s currently waiting for the results of some tests he’s taken recently, so please send Nile your positive thoughts. One thing is for sure, Nile is not slowing down at all and his enthusiasm and gratitude is as infectious as the grooves he’s created – past, present and future. There was a lot of love in the room tonight and it was clear that we did not want the hour long discussion to end. After the discussion, Nile signed copies of “Le Freak,” and he was really taking the time to make sure everyone at the signing/discussion/party was having a great time. Not only is he a musical genius and a legend, he’s also a really nice guy! I am so thankful for all the great music you’ve given myself and the world and all of our lives are better because of it. Thanks Nile. You are truly an inspiration!
Toure' and Nile Rodgers
“Le Freak” by Nile Rodgers is out now. Don’t even think about not getting it!
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Chic Is The New Punk
Speaking of Chic, today is legendary musician and producer Nile Rodgers’ birthday. In addition to being responsible for dance floor classics “Le Freak” and “Good Times,” Nile Rodgers has worked with everyone. His jealousy-inducing roster of artists he’s worked with includes David Bowie, Duran Duran, Madonna, Robert Plant, Peter Gabriel, Thompson Twins, Diana Ross, Eric Clapton, the B-52s and the list goes on and on. Nile has chronicled his amazing life (so far) in his autobiography “Le Freak,” and for New Yorkers reading this, Nile Rodgers will be signing copies of the book at Barnes and Noble in Union Square on October 20, 2011. Follow Nile Rodgers on Twitter for more information. He not only gives good tweet, but as time permits, he responds to messages too! I’m looking forward to seeing Nile, whose birthday is one day before mine, in one month! Happy birthday, dearest Virgo! Thanks for making so much great music that has forever changed my life!
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Nile Rodgers and G
Last night on Twitter, the legendary Nile Rodgers posted a link to his website that revealed he is battling cancer. I ask that you take a moment and close your eyes to send your well wishes to Nile. I met Nile in May of 2010 and he was a really cool guy. After he took a photo with me and entered the venue, it hit me that I just met a man who is responsible for some of my favorite songs of all time! In addition to being a member of Chic, whose tracks “Good Times” and “Le Freak” will be club staples for as long as clubs exist, he co-wrote tracks such as “He’s the Greatest Dancer” and “We Are Family” for Sister Sledge. Those credentials alone are massively impressive, but he didn’t stop there. He also produced “Let’s Dance” by David Bowie, “The Reflex,” “Notorious” and “Wild Boys” by Duran Duran, “Like A Virgin” by Madonna, “Original Sin” by INXS, “She’s The Boss” by Mick Jagger, “Do You” by Sheena Easton, “Here’s To Future Days” by Thompson Twins and “Inside Story” by Grace Jones and the list goes on and on.
His music has provided all of our lives with so much happiness, I am confident I speak for everyone in just wanting to tell Nile Rodgers – THANK YOU FROM THE BOTTOM OF OUR HEARTS! Again, speaking for everyone out there, I would like to wish Nile Rodgers a very speedy recovery and please know that your fans are here for you. It’s the least we can do for all the joy you’ve brought us.
GET WELL SOON, NILE! WE LOVE YOU!
Photo taken with my hand.
Nile Rodgers and G
The other day, I met one my heroes: Nile Rodgers! In addition to being a Virgo whose birthday is one day before mine (happy birthday in advance Nile!), Nile Rodgers has produced so many songs that have made my life a happier place. He was in the band CHIC which had the worldwide smash “Le Freak” and “Good Times,” and he produced the following songs/albums that have rocked my world: “Let’s Dance” by David Bowie, “The Reflex,” “Notorious” and “Wild Boys” by Duran Duran, “Like A Virgin” by Madonna, “Original Sin” by INXS, ” “She’s The Boss” by Mick Jagger, “Do You” by Sheena Easton, “Here’s To Future Days” by Thompson Twins and “Inside Story” by Grace Jones and the list goes on and on… Thanks for the music and for being so cool Nile!