If you’ve been following my adventures in conservative politics and the new media, then you might know that this is my third website since last July. That isn’t ideal, of course– not if you want to draw readers to your blog. But my life changed so much in 2012 that the moves were necessary. To anyone who got lost in the shuffle, my apologies.
Between November of 2011 and November 6, 2012, I was a Herman Cain supporter, a Rick Santorum grassroots volunteer, worked for Restoring America Project PAC, wrote and edited at Tea Party Tribune then worked for Americans For Prosperity. In the meantime, I started writing for Integrity, which consists of blogging for their business clients’ websites.
Here at Lowering the Boom, you’ll find conservative-themed images, stories and commentary. But don’t expect to find a lot of snarkiness. It’s just not something I’m good at.
– Becca Lower
Yep, that’s a 17-year-old Prince. See the “Robert Whitman Photographs PRINCE” at Mr Musichead story below.
Philip Seymour Hoffman‘s filming on The Hunger Games: Mockingjay – Part 2 was almost complete prior to his death bar one major scene, according to reports, which is to be completed using ‘digital things’ and camera tricks.
The late actor played head gamesmaker Plutarch Heavensbee in last year’s sequel Catching Fire….
Now The Hollywood Reporter cites a Lionsgate source as claiming that no rewrites will be needed and that “they seem to have plans that don’t seem very complicated” regarding completing filming without the actor. “You can do digital things, you can have conversations where you’re not focusing on him but the people he’s talking to,” the insider added.
The Boss opened his show in Auckland last night with an acoustic cover of the mega-hit “Royals” by the Grammy-winning New Zealander Lorde. The performance (h/t Dwight Garner) was captured by a concertgoer who was apparently recording from neighboring Australia.
Triple-A Toledo’s awesome alternates were made to honor the 30th anniversary of the classic film, and are slated to be worn during the Mud Hens’ matchup with the Charlotte Knights on May 30.
Hollywood Reporter: Jimmy Fallon’s ‘Tonight Show’ Could End the TV Talk Genre, Study Suggests
So far, The Tonight Show under Fallon has contained far more music and comedy sketches and “gimmicks” than it did under former host Jay Leno, according to the study, conducted by Stephen Winzenburg, a communications professor at Grand View University….
Notice how he doesn’t compare it to Johnny Carson’s Tonight Show? Uh, yeah.
“Nobody calls The Tonight Show a variety show and if they do they’re wrong, but based on Fallon’s first week it suddenly looks like one and it could preclude the death of the talk show because everyone will want to copy it,” says Winzenburg. “Fallon is basically doing Saturday Night Live with a short interview segment.”
Now, this might be a worthwhile show to catch, if you’re in the LA area. A 17-year-old Prince…
Robert Whitman Photographs PRINCE, an exhibition of never-before-seen photos of the Rock and Roll Hall of Famer…. [opened] February 20 in Los Angeles…. at Mr Musichead Gallery, a famed LA gallery focused on rock and roll imagery. With this show, Robert Whitman is going to premiere photographs he shot of Prince back in 1977 in Minneapolis, where they are both from, when the future pop star was 17…. The photo shoot took place on the streets of Minneapolis where Prince was born, raised and started his music career with the influence of his father. Some images were shot in his studio, as well as at Prince’s manager’s home….
The exhibit runs through until March 7th.
Find more Prince photos at the link.
Although I was flummoxed, the minute I read that Producer, Singer, Songwriter and avid art collector Pharrell Williams was a part of this project, I knew it was something I was not going to miss. The exhibit’s title was inspired by the universal disclaimer often found on product packaging and gives patrons a glimpse into the world of the designer toy trend which unbeknownst to me, these items made out of plastic, plush and vinyl have been a hot commodity in the art circles since the early 90′s….
The exhibit is on display at Canada’s National Design Museum, Design Exchange in Toronto through May 19th.
You may remember Pharrell’s performance with Daft Punk and Stevie Wonder at January’s Grammy awards show.
A trailer for Paul Walker‘s last completed film, Brick Mansions, has been released just three months after his tragic death.
The late Fast & Furious actor plays Damien Walker in the District B13 remake, an undercover cop who must defeat a crime lord holding Detroit hostage with a neutron bomb….
US music producer RZA from hip-hop crew Wu-Tang Clan stars as the crime lord….
Walker and RZA became firm friends while shooting for Brick Mansions. The rapper wrote a song called “Destiny Bends” in tribute to his “kindred spirit” co-star after Walker died aged 40 in a Los Angeles car crash.
Have any comments, suggestions on the Weekend Capsule or any of the other new, arts content? Leave me a message.
MTV’s “120 Minutes”, Sept. 1993: Matthew Sweet- “Time Capsule”
Weekly Arts Roundup- 2/24
Looks like the 140-year-old Run For the Roses will be staying on NBC’s airwaves for the foreseeable future.
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – NBC Sports Group has announced a 10 year agreement with Churchill Downs Incorporated for broadcast rights to the Kentucky Derby.
The agreement includes rights to programming on Oaks and Derby days that will televised on both NBC and NBC Sports Network (NBCSN) and featured on the NBC digital platforms.
“We are excited to extend our partnership with Churchill Downs for both the iconic Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby and are proud to have them as signature elements of our Championship Season,” said Mark Lazarus, chairman of NBC Sports Group, in a statement released Wednesday. “This decade-long deal is a testament to the strength of the relationship between Churchill Downs Incorporated and NBC Sports, and underscores NBC’s commitment to the sport of horse racing. We will continue to utilize the wide-ranging media platforms of NBCUniversal to surround the Kentucky Oaks and Kentucky Derby with wall-to-wall coverage and extensive promotion.”
In other sports world news, Az Central.com is reporting that the NFL is “strongly considering” moving next year’s Pro Bowl to Glendale, Arizona. Super Bowl XLIV is scheduled for Feb. 1, 2015 at University of Phoenix Stadium.
Other women might understand the very real perils of an “America’s Next Top Model” marathon on Oxygen network. I couldn’t get this Roundup published over the weekend, as the result of one, 2006′s Cycle 7 (what they call a season at ANTM). That season’s lovely winner CariDee English (left).
Yes, reportedly in 2015 JLo’s adding the title “executive producer” to that of “American Idol judge”. And she’s getting back into acting. Theoretically.
Hat tip Patty at Littlebytes News
NY Daily News: ‘Sting: The Last Ship’: Television review
90-minute concert version of Sting’s upcoming Broadway musical about his childhood home
She Knows.com: Katherine Heigl: Crowdfunding for film is a bust
Katherine Heigl was one of Hollywood’s biggest stars a few years ago. Now her independent film is struggling to raise funds.
Lee had reached an agreement with the Monroe County Heritage Museum in her hometown of Monroeville, Ala. over its sale of merchandise with her name and the title of her classic novel.
- You can find a plethora of cultural goodies and other news at Blackmailers Don’t Shoot and the Wombat’s Live at Five.
New DVD release: ‘Blue is the Warmest Color’ (VOD: Feb. 25)
From Wikipedia (emphasis mine):
At the 2013 Cannes Film Festival, the film unanimously won the Palme d’Or from the official jury and the FIPRESCI Prize. It is the first film to have the Palme d’Or awarded to both the director and the lead actresses, with [Léa] Seydoux and Exarchopoulos becoming the only women apart from director Jane Campion to have ever won the award.
So, yeah, the movie’s in French. Like you guys will care (reference above photo).
Image hat tip F*#&YeahLeaSeydoux
New: BONUS feature: This week’s Weekly Arts Roundup Spotify soundtrack: The Fall- The Complete Peel Sessions 1978-2004, The Fall- Extricate, The Stone Roses- S/T and The Pixies- Bossanova. And “The Wagon” by Dinosaur, Jr. (Their “Just Like Heaven” is only acceptable cover of a Cure song, by the way.)
As always, I welcome your comments and suggestions on the Arts Roundup. Until next week!
Harold Ramis—best known for his contributions to Ghostbusters, Caddyshack and Animal House—has died. The actor, writer and director has struggled with health-related issues from an autoimmune disease since 2010, according to The Chicago Tribune. Ramis was 69.
Ramis got his start in Chicago, where he made his first step into comedy at the famous Second City comedy troupe. He was a performer and head writer for the legendary SCTV sketch comedy show in the 1970s. Later, Ramis’ writing contributions to the comedy world include several staples: the previously mentioned Animal House and Ghostbusters, in which Ramis starred as the iconic Dr. Egon Spengler, as well as Stripes and Groundhog Day.