Wednesday, February 3, 2016

CMT casting for Million Dollar Quartet 8 episode scripted series

CMT will partner with “Hatfields & McCoys” producer Thinkfactory Media to produce a limited drama series that chronicles the rise of rock ‘n’ roll.

The premiere of the eight-episode scripted series, which will be based on the Tony Award-winning musical “Million Dollar Quartet,” will mark the 60th anniversary of the famed “Million Dollar Quartet” jam session that was recorded by Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis and Carl Perkins in Dec. 1956.

Set in the early days of Memphis’ Civil Rights era, the series will document the birth of rock ‘n’ roll and the rise of the genre’s pioneering musicians during periods of extensive political change and social unrest.

CMT and Thinkfactory Media will begin a nationwide casting search for the roles of young Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash, Jerry Lee Lewis, BB King, Ike Turner, Carl Perkins and other supporting characters beginning Feb. 3, with auditions to be held at the historic Humes Preparatory Academy Middle School, Presley’s alma mater, on February 13.

“‘Million Dollar Quartet’ will capture the star-crossed Memphis moments which led to the most explosive pop culture movement of the 20th Century, the birth of Rock ‘n’ Roll,” said Brian Philips, CMT president. “The characters are all larger-than-life, so casting is a daunting challenge, but we’re counting on the magic of Memphis to come alive again! This is among our most ambitious projects ever, and we entrust it to a proven epic filmmaker, Leslie Greif.”

“We are thrilled to be working with CMT as they enter the scripted drama arena,” said Thinkfactory Media CEO and founder Leslie Greif, who will serve as an exec producer on the series. “At Thinkfactory Media, we pride ourselves in finding, developing and delivering products that fit the networks we work with, and ‘Million Dollar Quartet’ is perfectly suited for CMT because of its deep ties to country music and Nashville,” she said.

In addition to Greif, Jayson Dinsmore, Julia Silverton and “NCIS: Los Angeles'” Gil Grant will exec produce. Colin Escott is attached to produce.

The “Million Dollar Quartet” project is CMT’s second scripted series announced for 2016 — the network’s Billy Ray Cyrus-led ensemble comedy “Still the King” will premiere this summer.

Production for CMT’s “Million Dollar Project” adaptation is set to begin in Memphis this spring.

Source: CMT

Tanya Tucker and Dan Rather Duet - VIDEO

 Groundbreaking country queen Tanya Tucker joined Dan Rather in an all-new episode of THE BIG INTERVIEW which airs every Tuesday at 8pE, only on AXS TV.

Butch Patrick remembers Grandpa Al Lewis ten years later - VIDEO

Butch Patrick who played Eddie Munster remembers his co-star and friend, Grandpa Al Lewis who passed away today in 2006. We miss you Grandpa!

The Munsters movie promotion 1966 Fred Gwynne and Al Lewis.

Remembering Grandpa Al Lewis

Grandpa Al Lewis, best known from The Munsters passed away on this day in 2006. Al was beloved by his fellow New Yorkers especially Howard Stern who is a huge fan of The Munsters. Grandpa played a huge part in the history of Howard Stern. Click Here to watch a documentary on the life of Al Lewis. The coolest of the COOLEST! We miss you Grandpa!

Friday, January 29, 2016

Tanya Tucker sits down with Dan Rather for The Big Interview - VIDEO

If you love the Amazing Tanya Tucker as much as I do, you have to see this interview! Unfortunately for me, my cable company does not carry this channel:(

ICONIC COUNTRY QUEEN TANYA TUCKER SITS DOWN WITH DAN RATHER FOR AN ALL-NEW EPISODE OF THE BIG INTERVIEW, ON TUES., FEB. 2, AT 8pE Groundbreaking country queen Tanya Tucker joins Dan Rather in an all-new episode of THE BIG INTERVIEW, premiering Tuesday, February 2, at 8pE. During the intimate hour-long discussion, the beloved singer, songwriter, and former child star opens up about her battle with depression, overcoming a disfiguring chemical peel in 2008, and how her faith has helped her heal. Candidly addressing her struggles with depression, which she has dealt with for much of her adult life, Tucker reveals, “I got really depressed, and clinically depressed… I’d lost both of my parents. When I lost my dad, that was pretty rough, in ’06. It was Thanksgiving morning. But, when my mother went, it was just double… It was years… And then, I got to thinking, ‘What’s wrong with me?’ ‘Cause I’m the life of the party, it don’t start ‘til I get there. It just cut me off at my knees, and I just didn’t understand why this was happening to me. And, so, here comes the pills and all this, and I’ve gotta take all these pills every day, and then shock treatments…. I tried all kinds of things. I made a trip to the crazy house [for] a couple days. I couldn’t handle it, though… But, I tried everything, because I wanted to be better… And [I’m] still trying. It’s something I’ve not conquered yet, but I’ve come a long ways.” Speaking about the botched facial treatment that left a lasting impact on her voice, Tucker says, “I wanted to get a chemical peel on my face. It’s a normal [procedure], it’s not even a hospital stay. They caught the laser on fire with the oxygen… the only thing I remember hearing is, ‘Get the ambulance, we’ve got a fire.’ [I had] second and third-degree burns from here down on my face, and then the flames went up into my nose and down into my lungs. It definitely changed my voice… I can tell because I’m a singer. I know how I sound, how I feel when I’m singing. It was the worst thing… I was just saying, ‘God, why me?’” She describes the period of time that followed the incident as “A lot of lonely time spent in bed, not talking to anybody, not living life at all.” But, she found great comfort in her faith, which she credits with helping her to effectively deal with the trauma. Tucker explains, “That’s probably what helped me the most. I went to a monastery right outside of Aspen. I went, really, for a friend… she had went to this monastery where there’s 20 monks, right outside of Aspen. And I really connected with it. When you have 20 women praying, laying their hands on you, and saying prayers for you, it’s pretty powerful. Very powerful. I found some sort of a strength there, and I’m going back again this year.” To see more of this insightful episode, be sure to tune in to THE BIG INTERVIEW on Tuesday, Feb. 2 at 8pE, only on AXS TV. THE BIG INTERVIEW airs every Tuesday at 8pE, only on AXS TV.

Source: AXS TV

Miranda Lambert debuts new song, Scars - VIDEO

Miranda debuted this new song, Scars at her recent show at City Winery in Nashville. She has actually known the song for 15 years since her longtime bandmate, Scotty Wray, wrote it. Until now, Miranda didn’t feel she could really convey the full emotion in the song’s lyrics. “I was never damaged enough to sing a song called ‘Scars,'” Miranda told the audience before her performance. “It’s something you have to sell and really feel and really live and go through shit to basically execute a song like that. Every time he sings I’ve cried for the last 15 years. So, I’m gonna try to sing it tonight and hopefully put it on a record some day.” The song’s lyrics talk about being open and honest about all the scars you’ve earned over time after facing heartbreak. One standout line says, “I’ve lived enough to know not to hide them anymore.”

Source: Rare Country

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Massive fan Maura outshines Imelda May on stage in Killarney, Ireland (VIDEO)

Here's why we love Imelda!

 Limerick Leader reports A YOUNG Limerick woman’s dance moves have gone viral on social media after she stole the show at an Imelda May concert. Maura Ryan, aged 26, is a massive fan of the Dublin-born rockabilly singer. The Cappamore lady, who is a member of Down Syndrome Limerick, attended the show in the INEC in Killarney with mum Mary and sister Caitriona. Maura was dressed to impress in a polka dot 1950s dress and even had her hair styled like Imelda’s famous quiff. But when the moment came to strut her stuff she wasn’t afraid to let her hair down.

Imelda and Maura

Maura has met Imelda at a number of concerts in the last couple of years and when the singer recognised her, she said: “We need to find a way to get you up here on stage”. Caitriona, sister, said Maura was delighted to get the opportunity to perform with her hero. She is such a big fan that she even attended one concert while her back was in a brace. “Lots of willing volunteers helped to lift Maura up and the rest is history. She stole the show. What followed was a dance-off between the two. Maura has a big passion for dance and Imelda gave her a bit of space to dance. It was phenomenal. “

After the show so many people in the INEC came up to Maura complimenting her and shaking her hand - she even posed for some photographs. “After the excitement Maura kept saying ‘I did it, I did It!’ It was very clear that this really made her night. She was very at home on stage thanks to Imelda. The crowd’s reaction was unreal , it was just a great moment. “Our hearts were bursting with pride , it was a great start to the New Year,” said Caitriona, who recorded it on her phone and was encouraged to share it. The talent, energy and joy displayed in Maura’s performance has certainly struck a chord with over 100,000 views and counting. Some even thought it was rehearsed and planned because it was so perfect. “We are delighted with the feedback from our decision to share it. Maura’s Downs is only one part of her. A lot of families would be in a similar position and could identify with this. And particularly for parents of new born children wondering what is ahead. “Maura has always enjoyed social occasions and outings. She is a very resilient and vibrant young lady, we think she is a great advocate for Down Syndrome adults nationwide,” said Caitriona. Due to her dance moves it is no surprise that Maura never misses Down Syndrome Limerick’s hip hop and drama classes every Saturday. Caitriona wished to say a massive thank you to Imelda May for making it all happen. “She is such a lady to consider Maura and give her that attention and time. It made the night and kicked off 2016 brilliantly for us,” said Caitriona. Two weeks on from New Year’s Eve the proud sister says Maura is still on cloud nine. “She is good at technology and has the video on her phone. She loves showing the video when she meets people,” concluded Cait-riona.