Top music festivals in the USA


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America is where many of the world's most innovative musicians hail from, and so it's no surprise that its many states host a wide variety of great music festivals. From city-based affairs held in New Orleans and Brooklyn, to wild events held in some of the country's most spectacular countryside, you're sure to find a festival to suit you, and maybe one you'll want to return to every year. Get ready to discover your favourite new band, or to finally see your favourite artist live - choose from the many offerings to find the music festival that best suits you.

Every May, over Memorial Day weekend, a remote part of Washington fills with an epic line-up of musicians, particularly indie rock artists, for the renowned Sasquatch! Music festival. 2018 saw headliners like Bon Iver, Modest Mouse and the National perform, and the festival is famous for having musicians return year on year, like dark country songstress Neko Case, who has performed here nine times, and Modest Mouse, who have taken to the stage at Sasquatch! six times.
August 1-4, 2019 · Grant Park, Chicago. Beloved multi-genre festival Lollapalooza (in photo) is well worth visiting once in your lifetime. From music to comedy, dance to crafts, the picturesque Grant Park in Chicago fills with over 160, 000 revellers every August. It also provides a vital platform for political organizations, with rows of non-profit information tables to raise awareness of social and environmental issues. Previous headliners have included Arctic Monkeys, Bjork and Kanye West, and genres that play here range all the way from heavy metal to hip hop and pop.
AFROPUNK Fest Brooklyn
The home of one of the world's most iconic cultural movements, AFROPUNK and its unique blend of activism, art and music is a festival you can't miss. With headliners like Erykah Badu and Tyler, the Creator, the New York based festival attracts more than 60, 000 people and has grown from a DIY movement to a country-wide cultural sensation.
South By Southwest (SXSW)
South By Southwest is a music festival famous for launching the careers of many an indie musician, and as a favourite for journalists and media types. You'll be enjoying a showcase of the most creative and potentially ground-breaking new music and film through performances, talks and screenings. Hip Austin becomes even cooler during this yearly introduction of new international talent.
New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival
When you think of hubs for music and creativity in America, the beautiful city of New Orleans no doubt comes to mind. Now with a broader range of genres than the jazz it began with, recent headliners at this festival have included The Rolling Stones, Katy Perry and Van Morrison. Since it began in 1970, every late April and early May has brought two weekends of vibrant music and culture which spreads across this lively and historic southern city.
Electric Forest
For electronic music fans, this is one of the best events in the USA to travel to. Electric Forest is held every June or July in the state of Michigan, near the quaint rural town of Rothbury. Past line ups have included top artists like Bassnectar and Tycho, but the biggest draw here is the location. Befitting its name, performances take place among an atmospheric, lush forest, that's beautifully illuminated by colourful lights.
Pitchfork Music Festival
Every year, the best new indie and underground musicians come to Chicago, where an award-winning festival curated by Pitchfork Media takes place. You can expect hip artists like Tame Impala and Fleet Foxes to perform, as well as highly-rated iconic musicians like Lauryn Hill. One for true music nerds, you can explore the crates of vinyl for sale between performances, or feast on some of the fantastic street food on offer.
Arguably America's most famous music festival, Coachella is often lauded as the Glastonbury of the USA. Tickets sell out in record time for this atmospheric event held annually in the Indio Desert in northern California. Expect to see some of Hollywood's finest also attending this iconic event, joining more than 99, 000 punters who line up to see the coolest international musicians. Recent performers have included Childish Gambino and Ariana Grande, so make sure you're ready to buy tickets for this stalwart event, which takes place every April.


Emma Stone reaction to Winning an Award


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Emma Stone won the award for Best Actress at the 2017 Screen Actors Guild Awards for her role in the recently acclaimed motion picture La La Land. The awarded actress had the best reaction to her name being called.

Even though Emma Stone was the favorite to win the award, the 28-year-old La La Land actress looked shocked when her name was announced. Then she gave an endearing speech.
During her speech, Emma paid attention to the clock and when she was told to wrap up, she told the crowd how she feels “insecure a lot of the time, genuinely.” At the end of the speech, she held her head in her hands while Jonah Hill, who happens to be her former Superbad co-star, escorted her backstage.
“Wow,” she began her acceptance speech. “To be an actor, playing an actor, and receiving an actor by a guild of actors, it's pretty exceptional. Oh, they're counting me down. I have forgotten everything I have ever thought in my life.”
Like many other winners, Emma took a moment during her speech to talk about the political climate right now.
“We're in a tricky time in the world and our country and things are inexcusable and scary and need action,” she said. “I'm so grateful to be part of a group of people that cares and wants to reflect things back to society.”
Stone thanked Chazelle, as well as her frequent co-star, Gosling. “Ryan, you're the best. That's just the truth. No one can argue it,” she said as Gosling tried to stifle his laughter and briefly covered his face in embarrassment. The two co-starred in Crazy Stupid Love and Gangster Squad and now they have the leading roles in La La Land.
Stone said: “I forgot everything that I ever have thought in my life,” she said, laughing on stage. That's when Gosling covered his face in a good-natured bemusement at his friend's win.
When the countdown clock urged the Golden Globe winner to wrap up her speech, she concluded, “I was just going to say that I feel insecure a lot of the time, genuinely. Feeling like I could deserve anything like this award requires a little bit of mental gymnastics for me... God, I know I have to wrap up. I feel like I'm going to faint.”
Back stage, Stone continued: “We have to speak up against injustice, and we have to kick some ass. We have to speak up. Staying silent only helps the oppressor, not the victim. Right now I hope that people seeing things that are being done that are unconstitutional and inhumane would say something. I would hope that people would fight for what's right, and what's just f**king human. What's f**cking human.”


Beauty and the Beast


Beauty and the Beast

Luke Evans and Josh Gad - who play Gaston and Le Fou, respectively, in Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures' Beauty and the Beast - premiered the film's final trailer during an episode of The Bachelor.

The trailer features Ariana Grande and John Legend singing the title track.
Disney's live-action adaptation of its Oscar-winning 1991 animated musical stars Kevin Kline as Maurice, Gugu Mbatha-Raw as Plumette, Audra McDonald as Madame de Garderobe, Ewan McGreggor as Lumière, Ian McKellen as Cogsworth, Dan Stevens as Beast, Emma Thompson as Mrs. Potts, Stanley Tucci as Cadenza and Emma Watson as Belle. The film is directed by Bill Condon.
The film premieres on March, but if you can't wait till then, you can watch an eight-minute preview at the One Man's Dream attraction at Disney's Hollywood Studios. There will also be a preview playing at Disney California Adventure in Anaheim, California.
The cast have claimed that the original film is one of their favorites. “Belle was one of my idols growing up,” Watson claimed. “I knew every world to the animation. I was born in Paris like Belle. We both love books, obviously. She is someone who doesn't really feel like she fits in, but she finds her place in the world and uses what makes her different. She was just inspiring to me.”
But these parallelism don't take place with every character. Evans, for instance, couldn't be more different than Gaston.
“He gets as dark as any Disney character could possibly get,” he said of playing the burly, egotistical villain. “This is a man who, for the first time in his life, hasn‘t got what he wanted.”
The award-winning songs you heard on the original film will be played again at the new film, but thee are also a few new numbers.
“There's not one from the original film that's not iconic, beautiful and perfect, and there was never in my mind any though of dropping any of them. But entering this more live-action, photo-real, psychologically more vivid medium meant basic questions informing the need for new songs. Not reinventions, but expansions,” said the film director. “So that score has been enhanced by three songs, all of them written by Alan Menken. He's gone completely back inside the music he wrote the first time, and they fit in effortlessly.”
Beauty and the Beast is in theaters March 17.


Harry Potter Reunion


Harry Potter Reunion

It seems we are back in the beginning of the century because we are seeing the cast of major films getting together again. We've seen the cast of The Lord of the Rings get together for a mini reunion where the actor that played Merry posted a photo of the cast on Instagram. But The LOTR cast are not the only ones that get together and share it with fans on social media.

Harry Potter continues to enchant in many ways. Jason Isaacs, who played the role of Lucius Malfoy in the Harry Potter saga, decided to experience The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at the Universal Orlando Resort and he decided to share the experience with a few co-stars.
Harry Potter fans were lucky enough to see on some of the films‘ characters come together for a special reunion through posts on social media.
“Me, @TomFelton & @Mattdavelewis marvel at them getting older as I get younger,” Jason shared on Twitter while posting Tom Felton and Matthew Lewis. “To all the Potter fans who remind us to fight for the light.”
The he posted another photo with cast member Warwick Davis.
“Here's the album cover,” Jason joked on Instagram. “Now all we have to do is come up with the songs. Titles anyone?”
The post drew the attention of thousands of Potter Heads, even author J.K. Rowling, who shared one of the photos with the heart and lighting bolt emoji.
“Me and the wizarding blond bombshell reunited and wandered around Universal's #wizardingworldofharrypotter extremely cognito," Jason shared. "A welcome escape from the horrors of the world until we answered questions on stage and were reminded what the stories were all about: fighting fascism, embracing diversity and never giving up hope. Suddenly seemed a lot less fantastical." He added, "Still, huge love and thanks to all the Potterites who made it a glorious weekend. You're all brilliant - even the tragically unSlytherin. X"
E! and Universal Orlando Resort are part of the NBC Universal family.


Jimmy Kimmel offer to Natalie Portman


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Natalie Portman's pregnancy made her rethink her award season strategy.

“I feel like they're very careful with me. Everyone's like, ‘Oh, you don't have to stand up. That's OK' And I'm like, ‘I can stand up out of a chair... still!” she said on Jimmy Kimmel Live! She admitted there are perks notwithstanding. “Cutting in the bathroom line is one I'll take,” she admitted. “It's nice.”
Jimmy Kimmel's wife Molly McNearney is also pregnant. “She's eating constantly,” he told Portman and then asked her, “are you eating all the time? It's like Nathan's Hot Dog Eating Contest on Coney Island, 100 percent of the time in our house. Are you like that as well?”
“Yeah,” Portman replied. “I feel like I get a little panicky about food availability. If I'm going somewhere, I'm like, ‘Will they have something I will want to eat at that point?‘ Before I go anywhere, I'll have a plate of pancakes or a veggie burger or whatever - just to be prepared.”
She gave the example that before the 2017 SAG Awards “I preemptively ate, so I didn't need to eat.”
“That could be a new diet plan,” Kimmel joked.
“It's the anti-diet plan,” Portman said with a laugh. “It's the opposite.”
Portman has been nominated for Best Actress at the Oscars, going up against Elle's Isabelle Huppert, Loving's Ruth Negga, La La Land's Emma Stone and Florence Foster Jenkin's Meryl Street.
The first time Portman won an Oscar she was pregnant with her son Aleph Portman-Millepied, now 5. “It's like my thing,” she joked about the timing of both of her pregnancies.
Kimmel joked: “Either you wanted to have another baby or you're very superstitious.”
“Of course, we don't want this to happen,” Kimmel continued, “but if you should go into labor during the Oscar broadcast, I want you to now that as host, I am prepared to deliver the child.”
If Kimmel delivers Portman's second child during ABC's telecast, he suggested, “You could certainly name the baby after me, or Oscar - or Oscarina? - or something like that.”
“Beautiful names,” Portman joked in turn. “All of them.”


Tangled is back


Tangled is back

Tangled fans are in for a treat. Disney Channel has revealed the premiere date of Tangled Before Ever After and Tanged: The Series, a continuation of the 2010 film based on the Rapunzel fairy tale.

Mandy Moore and Zachary Levi will be back playing the role of Rapunzel and Eugene (formerly Flynn Rider) on March 10th with the debut of Tangled Before Ever After, a new Disney Channel Original Movie. The movie paves the way for Tangled: The Series, which officially kicks off a week after on March 24th.
To encourage fans to get excited for Tangled's return, stars Moore and Levi attempted to tease what fans can expect from Tangled.
“Songs and adventure and everything in between,” said Moore. “I life like you get to know mom and dad a whole lot better, because family is important.”
She also addressed the whole name-change with Levi's character: “And Flynn is now Eugene, but he's also still kind of Flynn, isn't he?”
They also tease some of the characters that will feature on the new series and the plot for the series and the movie, with the latter finding Rapunzel dealing with the responsibilities of being princess and the overprotective ways of her father. Rapunzel might love Eugene with all her heart, but she does not necessarily share his immediate desire to get married and settle down within the castle walls.
Guided by her desires, she and Cassandra embark on a secret adventure where they encounter mystical rocks that magically cause Rapunzel's long blonde hair to turn black.
Tangled is a 2010 American 3D computer-animated musical fantasy-comedy film produced by Walt Disney Animation Studios and released by Walt Disney Pictures. The movie is inspired by German fairytale “Rapunzel” in the collection of folk tales published by the Brothers Grimm. IT marks the 50th Disney animated feature film.
The film tells the story of a young princess with long magical hair who dreams of leaving her isolated tower. Disobeying her mother, she accepts the aid of a handsome intruder to take her out into the world she is yet to discover.
The reason why the film is called Tangled and not Rapunzel is because the studio reportedly wanted to market the film as gender neutral.
It took six years to produce Tangled which cost an estimate of $260 million, making it the most expensive animated film ever made and the fifth most-expensive film of all time.
The film was innovative in blending together features of computer-generated imagery (CGI) and traditional animation while using non-photorealistic rendering to create the impression of a painting.
The film may have been expensive but it earned the spendings back and more, amassing $591 million in worldwide box office revenue, $200 million of which was earned in the United States and Canada.
The film was also nominated for a number of awards, including Best Original Song at the 83rd Academy Awards. A short film, Tangled Ever After, was release later in 2012.


Lauren Graham


Lauren Graham

2016 was a good year for Gilmore Girls' fans. Not only did streaming network giant Netflix revive the seres in the shape of Gilmore Gilrs: A Year in the Life, but also star Lauren Graham released her memoir Talking as Fast as I can - a compilation of essays from Gilmore Girls to Gilmore Girls and everything in between. The star that plays the main role of Lorelai Gilmore in the beloved TV show gives fan the insight scoop of the series along with behind-the-scenes dispatches from the set of the new Gilmore Girl and she also talks about her fascinating personal life.

The book reveals lough-out-loud stories about Lauren Graham's life, including her childhood and how she made it to stardom. She reflects on the book about the time when she looks back in her life while sitting in her trailer on the Parenthood set and asks herself, “Did you, un, make it?”
She opens up about the challenges of being single in Hollywood, a world where everyone from the far and wide, either you know them or not, are interested in her love life and worried that about her being single.
Did you know that Kelly Bishop (Emily Gilmore) told Graham to date that “wonderful actor on Six Feet Under” also known as Peter Krause, who happens to be her current partner. Talk about motherly advice.
One of her hilarious stories about the time she auditioned her butt for a role and her experience being a judge on Project Runway (“It's like I had a fashion-induced blackout”).
In “What it Was like, Part One,” Graham sits down for an epic Gilmore Girls marathon, which she had never seen before. What's more, she confessed she had never stop to watch herself on the screen. There she reflects on being cast as the fast-talking Lorelai Gilmore. The essay “What it was Like, Part Two” reveals how it felt to pick up the role again nine years later, and what doing so has meant to her.
There is so much to learn about Lauren: She once tried to bond with Ellen DeGeneres by becoming vegan, she talks about the challenges of meeting guys at awards shows (“If you're meeting someone for the first time after three hours of hair, makeup, and styling, you've already set the bar too high”), and she's a card-carrying REI shopper (“My bungee cords now earn points!). Graham even gives you the ultimate Hollywood diet and saves thousands of dollars in the process.
There's no doubting she is unique. She invites you into her mind which is a fascinating roller coaster or as she said herself “my brain is a wild jungle, full of scary jibberish. I'm writing a letter. I can't write a letter. Why can't I write a letter? I'm wearing a green dress. I wish I was wearing a blue dress.”
Find out who Graham met co-star Alexis Bledel in the lobby of a Canadian hotel. “We'd both been cast in the show without ever having met,” Graham writes. “...there'd been no time for anyone to even see us standing side by side, just to make sure we looked related... I was overwhelmed, but I could tell I liked her right away.”
She takes you into her world with an incredible sense of humor, original photos and excerpts from the diary Graham kept during the filming of the recent Gilmore Girls: A Year in the Life. In other words, apart from laughing, get ready to shed some tears.


Rogue One makes over $1 billion


Rogue One

The film “Rogue One: A Star Wars story” has made over a billion dollar at the global box office on its 39th day in cinemas. The film crosses the billion mark becoming one of the only four films to do so in 2016, following Captain America: Civil War ($1.153 billion), Finding Dory ($1.028 billion) and Zootopia ($1.024). All four films were created by Disney.

Mexican actor Diego Luna - who plays Cassian Andor in the latest installment of the legendary sci-fi franchise, took to Twitter to share the story of a viewer who took his Mexican father to see the movie - and who was deeply moved by the actor not abandoning his Mexican roots.
“I took my father to see Rogue One today,” wrote the fan. “I've wanted to take him for a while. I wanted my Mexican father, with his thick Mexican accent, to experience what it was like to see a hero in a blockbuster film speak the way he does. And although I wasn't sure if it was going to resonate with him, I took him anyway. When Diego Luna's character came onscreen and started speaking, my dad nudged me and said, ‘He has a heavy accent.‘ I was like, ‘Yup.'”
“When the film was over and we were walking to the car, he turns to me and says, “did you notice that he had an accent?” And I said, “Yeah dad, just like yours.” Then my dad asked me if the film had made a lot of money. I told him it was the second highest grossing film of 2016 despite it only being out for 18 days in 2016 (since new year just came around). He then asked me if people liked the film, I told him that it had a huge following online and great reviews. He then asked me why Diego Luna hadn't changed his accent and I told him that Diego has openly talked about keeping his accent and how proud he is of it. And my dad was silent for a while and how proud he is of it. And my dad was silent for a while and then he said, “And he was a main character.” And I said, “He was.” And my dad was so happy.”
He added: “As we drove home he started telling me about other Mexican actors that he thinks should be in movies in America. Representation matters.”


LOTR Cast Members Mini-Reunion


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Five members of the cast of The Lord of the Rings catch up in the 16th anniversary of The Fellowship of the Ring's premiere, a film that would go down in film History. Dominique Monaghan - who played the role of Meriadoc Brandybuck in the trilogy - shared pictures of himself hanging out at a restaurant with Orlando Bloom (Legolas), Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn), Billy Boyd (Peregrin Took) and Elijah Wood (Frodo Baggins).

The former cast mates picked up cutlery from the restaurant table to recreate a popular the Fellowship scene in which the group is attached by a horde of Orcs in the mines of Moria. “They have a cave troll,” Monaghan captioned a photo on his Instagram account as the men posed with cutlery from a restaurant and prepared to fight off a nonexistent cave troll. With that caption, he was quoting Boromir, Sean Bean's character.
Monaghan also shared a few other adorable shots from the mini-reunion, including one photo with Viggo Mortensen (Aragorn) with the caption: “My captain. My king.”
Despite the trilogy's was released over a decade ago, its cast members and the fandom still make it to the news. A few weeks before the mini-reunion, it was reported that a great-grandmother from Brazil has accidentally been praying to a figurine of a Lord of the Rings character, having mistaken it for a figure of Saint Anthony, the patron saint of lost things.
Last year, the Lord of the Rings‘ casting director revealed in December why David Bowie didn't play Gandalf, the part that earned McKellen an Oscar nomination. It would not be possible for such a busy singer like Bowie to give up two years of their lives to film the fantasy trilogy in New Zealand.
Casting director, Amy Hubbard, said: “He was unavailable. It was a very quick conversation with the legendary Chris Andrews at CAA. I do believe that (David Bowie) went over and played for everybody at the Millennium party. that would've been New Year's Eve in the year 1999, which was when the films were being shot. He went over and entertained everybody, but he never auditioned. That's for sure.”
Mortensen, Monaghan, Wood, Boyd and Bloom last appeared on screen together in 2003's Return of the King, but it seems they've been feeling nostalgic: they've recently interviewed each other for an anniversary feature story in Empire, and Bloom posted more than a dozen behind-the-scenes photos from the Peter Jackson-directed trilogy.
If you are also feeling nostalgic, here are some of the most famous quotes from The Lord of the Rings:
“There is only one Lord of the Ring, only one who can bend it to his will. And he does not share power.” - Gandalf
“That there's some good in this world, Mr. Frodo... and it's worth fighting for.” -Sam
“Even the smallest person can change the course of the future.” - Galadriel
“The time of the Elves... is over. Do we leave Middle-Earth to its fate? Do we let them stand alone?” - Lady of the Wood
“We swears to serve the master of the Precious. We will swear on... on the Precious!” - Gollum
“I am Gandalf the White. And I come back to you now... at the turn of the tide.” - Gandalf
“Oh, it's quite simple. If you are a friend, you speak the password, and the doors will open.” - Gandalf

Pop culture references in Gilmore Girls


Gilmore Girls

Creator Amy Sherman-Palladino is known for using endless pop culture references in Gilmore Girls dialogue and the revival was certainly not an exception to this rule. From modern to classic to random references, there is a large array of pop culture references to choose from.

In the last episode, it is revealed that Rory's childhood crushes are Pee-Wee Herman, Edward Scissoorhands and Law & Order's Jerry Orbach.
Kirk's short film about the death of his pig is strange in every aspect, but what you don't expect is that it becomes even weirder when it uses the orchestral theme from the classic drama Terms of Endearment.
As part of her grieving process, Emily Marie Kondon's The Life-changing Magic of Tidying Up. In the process, she throws away some of Rory's stored boxes and her dining room chairs because they don't bring her joy.
When Luke asks Lorelai what she is doing one night before bed, she informs him that she's arranging her magazines by Kardashian.
When Emily accidentally commissions a portrait of Richard that takes up the whole wall, Lorelai likens it to Gandalf from The Lord of the Rings by saying, “You shall not pass!”
While complaining about the Dragonfly being unable to attract A-listers, Lorelai complains to Rory: “Why can't we bag Jennifer Lawrence?”
When Emily claims she has a new boyfriend who is just as rich as she is, Lorelai twice quotes Kanye West's “Gold Digger.”
After Logan takes Rory on an extravagant night around the countryside of New England, accompanied by some of his friends from the Life and Death Brigade, she thanks him for taking her on her own private Mr. Toad's Wild Ride, from The Wind in the Willows (and Disneyland).
While everyone is excited that the lead of the town musical (Sutton Foster0 played the character of Kinky Boots in the musical Kinky Boots, Lorelai tries to explain that there's no character of that name in that musical. She is right. There's an actual Kinky Boots musical, but there's no such character named Kinky Boots.
Lorelai tells Rory, "You should be singing 'I Dreamed a Dream' with a bad haircut while selling yourself to French dockworkers," in a reference to 2012's Les Misérables.
“You've been Gooped,” Lorelai said, in a reference to a popular favorite lifestyle site.
They joke about Zoolander 2, a movie that really did come out.
In “Winter”, Lorelai tells Rory “I just hit my steps,” implying she either keeps track on her smart phone or has a FitBit.
Kirk lunches his own version of tech/ride sharing company Uber called “Ooober”, but only worse than the original because instead of an app, you have to call his mom to hire the car.
Lorelai notices that a group of nuns is selling their Stars Hollow property. She stops by as she is interested in expanding the Dragonfly Inn. There the nuns tell her that Katy Perry is also interested and she carries cash around to buy it. This is a reference to when Perry won a legal battle to purchase a beautiful Los Feliz convent over some nuns' protest.


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