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Last Friday June 3rd, we had the honor to be selected by Paramount Pictures to be part of an exclusive roundtable among a few websites, with Super 8 director J.J Abrams. We were very flattered to have the opportunity to ask him a few questions about Super 8, so we focused on the music, influences and the viral campaign.

Here check out our exclusive interview with J.J. Abrams:

The music is very important in every single film. As Steven Spielberg has John Williams, you have Michael Giacchino. What role has the music in your projects and especially in Super 8?

Yes, I’m glad you brought on Michael. Obviously, the soundtrack to any film is critical and the obvious example is, if you watch Star Wars’ scroll at the beginning without the music is a very different experience, he laughs. There is something about the world that Michael Giacchino has done with the projects I’ve been involved in. He has always elevated everything, sometimes has created the mood entirely. He is someone who made super 8 films when we was a kid and working among him this movie, unlike the numerous TV shows  we’ve done together or movies, this one in particular had the kind of meaning for him as it did for me, because it was his childhood.

We work together throughout the editing process and pre-post. Defining, working on the score, what the music could it be and where… and he had to find a balance musically as I was working on finding a balance visually. There are tones, there were different themes. There is a family theme, there was the theme of mystery and this creature and there was the theme for Alice and our relationships, and finding a way to come along all that together is hard work, which I think he really did beautifully. I think this is one of his best scores. It was his childhood, the music was from his experiences back in this movie, and the reason what it touch me so much, is that it was so meaningful to him that I could hear it, I could feel it, I don’t need to understand it, he doesn’t need to explain it to me, I just can tell it was meaningful. I’m not saying he doesn’t write great scores when is not personal things, he just does… but is something about this score, that feels so profoundly emotional and it really does feel like it comes from a different place for him.

Super 8 has many iconic elements from many different movies like E.T, Close encounters, Cloverfield and It Comes From Outer Space from the 50’s. What would you say that it was the film that inspired you to come out with Super 8?

It really wasn’t anyone film. It was the experience of been one of those kids making movies in the late 70’s, and at this time of course, I was profoundly affected by the cinema of the time. So it was a combination of movies of Steven, George Lucas, Ridley Scott, John Carpenter, Cronenberg and Romero. It was just all this movies that made me love the idea of making movies, so going back to this time and writing the script and making the movie, it wasn’t ever about looking at Close encounters, E.T, Polstergeist, Goonies, Stand by me or any of this movies that I love.

Was really about, looking at that period of time and knowing of Steven’s involvement as a producer, that I was completely free to embrace the “Amblinness” of the movie, I didn’t feel self-conscious, it was like It’s an Amblin movie, I’m gonna make an Amblin movie!, that means if  the kids ride in their bicycles I shouldn’t feel guilty..I should celebrate.  If this spectacular thing happens on main street, that’s cool!

The great thing about Amblin it is that embrace heart, humanity, parent-child relationships, embrace first love and best friendship. Embrace confronting the things that scares you the most and finding your own voice and becoming a leader not a follower and learning that you can deal with tragedy and survival. There was all these things, that I love the potential about the movie that Amblin gave me license and Steven gave me license to truly embrace and dive into and suppose to try lightly and that was the biggest impact that clearly you can cite thousands of influences, like you can probably in anyone in movies. To me the Amblin umbrella aloud every journey I do coexist weather is successful or peaceful.

All your films and projects are very mysterious and your viral campaigns are amazing. Why do you think that those viral campaigns work for J.J. Abrams’ movies and don’t work for other films?

Well, they work for some movies and they don’t work sometimes.We have a very talented guy, that kind of overseen the viral stuff and even though the Super 8 app that he has developed and that stuff I think is exactly as the movie itself. They try to figure it out what we wanna do, play with or experience, have access to or solve if we are going to be involved in this project.

Is not about thinking what they will do, or what they’ll want. It’s about thinking, this is kind of a fun idea, let’s try this! …some works and some don’t like everything, but it’s an element of advertising that I’m sure ultimately doesn’t really make a big difference in the audience that want to see the film. Is one of those things I just think is a kind of goodwill. No one, is forced to play with, look at or get involved with that stuff, but is there if you want to.  Is just the kind of thing that keeps alive the spirit of the project and we are thinking in cool stuff to do in line to… I like that stuff!

So there you have, I hope you have enjoyed the interview as much as we did. And remember that “Super 8” opens in cinemas this week, and as we told you before this is one of the best movies we`ve seen in years, “a perfect job full of Abrams and Spielberg’s magic”, so don’t miss out!

Super 8 releases in Australian cinemas on June 9th

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Australian rockers THE VINES  took over the St Stephen’s Anglican church in Newtown last night, May 26th to perform at Russian Standard Vodka Live At The Chapel, the first event for 2011 presented by Russian Standard Vodka, ‘Vodka As It Should Be’ .

The Vines wowed the crowd at at last night on the eve of the release of their fifth studio album, “Future Primitive”. The band showed fans just how rock’n’roll should be experienced, putting an amazing show inside the church.

A very select crowd of fans, media and VIPs were served with drinks and appetizers by gorgeous Russian Standard Vodka models. After hitting the crowd, the excited audience went inside to attended the gig. There, an amazing atmosphere, a stunning church ready to rock.  The audience was transfixed by front-man Craig Nicholls as he belted out a selection of brand new tunes and old favourites. Clearly in their element, The Vines delivered their most recent hit “Gimme Love” alongside tracks such as “Get Free” and “Ride” in the grungy garage-rock style that is synonymous with the band.

The new single and title track from “Future Primitive” was warmly received by an enamored audience, who reveled in the electric atmosphere provided by one of the country’s most accomplished bands and the dramatic venue.  Ruby Rose, Chris Joannou (Silverchair), Laura Csortan, Tom Williams, Daimon Downey and Rai Thistlethwayte were among the well-known faces who joined die hard Vines fans to experience music as it should be; live, intimate and authentic.

“The lucky few who were here had the chance to experience real music thanks to The Vines amazing performance in this unique venue,” commented Andrew Skehan, Senior Brand and Business Manager, Beam Global Australia. “The atmosphere was buzzing even before The Vines went on stage, thanks to our gorgeous Russian Standard Vodka Models who treated guests to authentic Russian demi-shots of Russian Standard Original served with Black Pearl Epicure caviar, as well as the refreshing Russian Standard Vodka Citrus RTD.”

Simon Joyce, CEO of MCM Media, was also thrilled with the band’s performance, saying “The Vines were electric – it’s no wonder they have made such an impression all over the world through the course of their career.  It goes to show how incredible a scorching live rock set is, in this intimate and exclusive environment, and tonight The Vines well and truly delivered on all the elements that make Live At The Chapel so special.”

Around the world, music is a major focus for Russian Standard Vodka. It’s partnership with Live at the Chapel in Australia offers the complete experience for music lovers thanks to real music and real vodka.

Better than words, here enjoy some postcards from last night:

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To catch exclusive moments from The Vines rocking Russian Standard Vodka Live At The Chapel visit:
www.facebook.com/liveatthechapel

To see exclusive photos and videos of the event visit:
www.facebook.com/RussianStandardAustralia.

Also don’t forget to tune in to Go! at 1pm on 12th June for the full TV broadcast.

As a bonus, check the setlist of the venue below:

  1. Gimme love
  2. Braindead
  3. Candy flippin’ girl
  4. Don’t listen to the radio
  5. Ride
  6. S.T.W.
  7. Going gone
  8. Animal machine
  9. Future primitive
  10. Outtathaway
  11. Amnesia
  12. Get free
  13. Scream

The Vines new single “Gimme Love” available now in I-tunes and their new Album “Future Primitive” out June 3rd, on Sony Music.

The Australian premiere of Jim Loach’s “Oranges and Sunshine” was held today, May 23rd at Sydney’s Dendy Cinemas in Circular Quay.

Australian superstars Hugo Weaving and David Wenham walked the small red carpet alongside some special guests like the growing TV star Hugo Johnstone-Burt (from TV series “Cloudstreet”).

Weaving and Wenham, were really nice with everyone around, both of them arrived walking to the place and the meet and greet with a small group of fans waiting for them there, doing photos and autographs for every one of them, no rushing at all. Moreover, we had the chance to ask a very quick question to Mr. Weaving about his role in Captain America, where he plays the villain “Red Skull“, and he said that he was very excited of been part of the Marvel Universe films.

Here, enjoy some postcards of the venue below:

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The synopsis of the film:
Oranges & Sunshinetells the story of Margaret Humphreys, a social worker from Nottingham, who uncovered one of the most significant social scandals in recent times: the organised deportation of children in care from the United Kingdom to Australia.

Almost single-handedly, against overwhelming odds and with little regard for her own well-being, Margaret reunited thousands of families, brought authorities to account and worldwide attention to an extraordinary miscarriage of justice.

“Oranges and Sunshine” will hit Australian cinemas the next June 9, 2011.


Last night, Saturday May 21st, Jackass star Steve-O performed at the Enmore theatre in Sydney, his  “The entirely too much information tour” in Australia.

The show was divided in two parts. The first part was the funniest stand-up comedy ever! Steve-O stood in front of the audience with just jeans, white shirt and his cap facing many drunk idiots in the crowd the entire show, which don’t understand that in front of them is a person performing, doing his job,  still Steve-O solved all those situations in a great way. With jokes and direct words at the same time.

He told the audience stories about his new life, the vegan lifestyle and that he is proud to be sober and clean of drugs for the last 3 years. After that, he started to pointed out “How crooked is crooked” and told the funniest stories about his sexual life and many anecdotes with random girls and stories with his Jackass and Wildboyz’s friend Chris Pontius (a.k.a Party boy).  Steve-O’s also gave some inside stories about Jackass, like the story behind the whale shark! that was just hilarious! Now everyone who was part of the show can watch Jackass with different eyes… Also, at the end of this part Steve-O mentioned his new book “Professional idiot: a memoir“, a must for every fan!. Moreover, he also joked about his attempt to be a rapper with no luck.

The second part of the show was what people expected just AMAZING STUNTS! Steve-O showed how he use to get free drinks in bars just doing a great performance, drinking from a glass without using his arms. Later on, he did what he does better… hurt himself! … He put lemon in his eyes, cut his tongue with glass covering his face and chest in blood and to finish he did 2 different acts putting  himself on fire like a truly human match!

Everyone at the venue enjoyed the entire show responding very well to Steve-O‘s stories and stunts, applauding every moment and laughing like crazy. At the end of the show he promised to take a picture with everyone and to sign Jackass’ stuff that fans might have. Moreover, he probably stood at the Enmore’s lobby for more than 2 hours to do it for every single fan..That’s the spirit!

If you want to check out the photos go to Steve-O’s personal website here. If you were there, remember to post your photo on his Facebook account.

Here check some postcards of the venue below:

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An amazing venue! If you missed out just be very patient, or get your plane tickets to go to Brisbane, his last show in Australia, but don’t get desperate, probably he will comeback to Oz  soon with a new stunning show! (we hope so)

Also here you can check out our interview with Steve-O and his dinner with fans in Sydney.

For more info about Steve-O go to his website, Facebook and Twitter account.

Yesterday Thursday May 19 Australian rock band, THE VINES performed in Sydney’s central station thanks to Channel [V] Guerilla Gigs!!!

The audience waited impatient until at 4pm when The Vines arrived like a Hollywood movie in slow motion, instruments on hand and Craig Nicholls smoking, just pure rock n roll style from Eddy avenue. At that moment they were received by a massive applause  by the audience reunited at the top of Central station, tons fans in front and people who was passing by.

The Vines performed 3 acoustic songs: ,”Gimme Love” ,”Black Dragon” and “Future Primitive” from their latest album Future Primitive that will be officially released in June by Sony music. After the gig the band stop for a while to meet fans, sign some autographs and take some pictures.

If you want to check The Vines new gig, don’t miss The Vines live at the Chapel presented by Russian Standard Vodka happening next week at St Stephen’s Anglican Church in Newtown on Thursday 26th May! For more information click here.

Here enjoy some postcards of the venue below:

[V] Guerilla Gigs can happen with any artist, anywhere, anytime. Channel [V] has toured the country with the likes of the Ting Tings, Good Charlotte, Washington and Grinspoon.

[V] Guerilla Gigs are an unique experience…Check the one we covered “On The Spot” with Short Stack when they won the Channel [V] artist of the year

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As promised a video of the Australian premiere of “PIRATES OF THE CARIBBEAN: ON STRANGER TIDES” with Captain Barbossa (Geoffrey Rush) himself walking the “Black Carpet”.

As usual we tried to film as much fans as possible, and on the footage you can see how Mr. Rush stopped and did photos for every person around, a total gentleman and a world-class actor.

And don`t forget to check our coverage “On The Spot” for the venue here, with photos and more!

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, is NOW SHOWING ONLY IN CINEMAS!

note. Music by Hans Zimmer. The music in this video was used without comercial purposes and only intends to make this “fan video” more interesting.

The Australian premiere of “Pirates of the Caribbean: on stranger tides” was held yesterday, May17th at George St. cinemas, with a very special guest, Geoffrey Rush, Captain Barbossa himself walked the “Black Carpet” among some local celebrities.

It was a great venue, with kids walking around with Pirate customs, fans of the saga and people who wanted to see this amazing actor closer, and none of them was disappointed.

Rush arrived at 6.15 pm as it was scheduled, he immediately meet and greet the fans around the carpet, before doing all the media. He happily signed autographs asking the names of every single person around making the best personalized autographs ever dreamed for any fan. Not only that, Mr. Rush also did photos with almost everyone there. Hand shakes, kisses, hugs were also on the list, showing all the crowd what a great kind of person he is, despite the fact he is one of the best actors in the film industry, Oscar awarded and nominated almost every year, he still keeps his modest attitude around, an amazing example for other growing actors and celebrities in general.

After the first round of happy fans, Geoffrey Rush went to the media area. He was very talkative with everyone, taking his time to answer. Then he posed at the media wall next to his character poster and then on the main area, just to continue greeting more fans at the end of the carpet, again stopping for all of them and getting the love and admiration of everyone who wanted to meet him, dismissing the people trying to rush him inside the cinema.

Geoffrey Rush is for sure  a world class actor and a nice person…That is the spirit!

Here enjoy some of the postcards of the venue below:

About the film:
Produced by Jerry Bruckheimer and directed by Rob Marshall, “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” captures the fun, adventure and humor that ignited the hit franchise—this time in Disney Digital 3D™. Johnny Depp returns to his iconic role of Captain Jack Sparrow in an action-packed tale of truth, betrayal, youth and demise.  When Jack crosses paths with a woman from his past (Penelope Cruz), he’s not sure if it’s love—or if she’s a ruthless con artist who’s using him to find the fabled Fountain of Youth. When she forces him aboard the Queen Anne’s Revenge, the ship of the formidable pirate Blackbeard (Ian McShane), Jack finds himself on an unexpected adventure in which he doesn’t know who to fear more:  Blackbeard or the woman from his past.

As a bonus check this cool featurette of Captain Barbossa via.disneymovies

Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides, opens  in cinemas tomorrow May 19th

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And stay tuned, because we will post a video of this great venue tomorrow.