It may not be Thursday, but we're sensing some serious TBT realness after watching this fantastic display of showmanship.
Not only does an 11-year-old, pre-Mickey Mouse Club Ryan Gosling manage to give us face in a brief close-up, he demonstrates a swagger we wish we had at that age! And all of it done to a remix of Cathy Dennis's "Touch Me (All Night Long)"!
February 15 marked the 30th anniversary of one of our all-time favorite movies, and we couldn't have imagined a better way to celebrate the milestone.
The Breakfast Club is just one of the many movies gloriously retold through song in For The Record's Dear John Hughes, a marvelous musical tribute to the director who gave the world one unforgettable oeuvre...and The Brat Pack. The cabaret-style show is one giant mashup of memorable scenes from his most popular films, punctuated by a series of endlessly entertaining Reagan-era tunes.
HIH was honored to be invited to the opening night of this spectacular show at DBA Hollywood. (It was our fifth time attending the troupe's showcase, so you may have heard us rave about them before.) Needless to say, the 80s nostalgia was in full effect. Every performance was a powerhouse, including our Best New Crush of 2014, Payson Lewis, making this one of the hottest tickets in town. (Spotted several seats away from us? Glee's Chris Colfer.)
And yes, there was cake at the afterparty where we got to meet 80s icon Lea Thompson (Back to the Future, Some Kind of Wonderful). Talk about one degree of separation: our friends at Bello Mag had done a spread on her daughter, Zoey Deutsch, last year.
The surprise of the night? Evan Rachel Wood killing it as both Ally Sheedy in TBC and Mary Stuart Masterson in Some Kind of Wonderful.
We can honestly say this is one of the best live musical experiences in Los Angeles. Get your tickets here now.
You can also sample some of the knockout performances here:
So says Lash Fary, the founder of Distinctive Assets, the LA-based entertainment marketing company that is once again producing the official talent gift bags and backstage gift lounge for the 57th Annual GRAMMY Awards®. Show presenters and performers -- like Madonna, Ariana Grande, Eric Church, AC/DC, Ed Sheeran, Sam Smith, to name a few -- will be treated to some sweet thank you gifts for participating in the annual festivities.
And this weekend, HIH and Bello Maggot a sneak peek at what was being offered to celebs under a giant tent right outside the Staples Center where the awards show is taking place...
Photo by Lily Lawrence/WireImage
Top-of-the-line health and beauty devices from Japan's MTG (the vibrating Finger Head Spa was our fave), velour track suits from Sean John, and Marchon designer eyewear were just some of the luxe products on display inside the red carpet-lined lounge where guests enjoyed some Pepsi and sweet samples from Candy Vixen.
Producer Jimmy Jam (L) and singer Mario (Photo by Vivien Killilea/WireImage)
Gibson Brands, Inc. the global musical and lifestyle-oriented company based in Nashville, Tennessee, had a huge presence inside the lounge as well. Guests were able to take photos while seated on a giant throne made of guitars, and band members from Lifehouse swung by to test out the latest equipment on hand.
Shaving product company Dorco was also on deck (above), showing off their new line of razors that celebrate both the history and future of their products. (A 7-blade shaving razor system - yes, it exists!)
It's hard to believe we're nearly halfway through the decade. (Dear 2010s, stay a little while longer.)
So, now that we're fully settled into the new year, we at HIH would like to share with you a few things we're looking forward to during the remaining 11 months...
1. Back to the Future Part II Day - Come October, millions of fans of the time-traveling trilogy will geek out and undoubtedly celebrate the day Marty McFly hopped into his DeLorean and visited our current year. Sure, we may not have perfected the art of hoverboarding or sat through Jaws 19, but we're doing all right.
2. The long-awaited opening of Cooley's in WeHo - This highly anticipated gastropub (think of it as The Abbey's better dressed brother who just came into a ton of money) will finally be opening its doors this summer - just in time to wave those rainbow flags during Pride month.
3. The menu at Conchita's on Western Avenue - Looking for the best pupusas in the city? Don't know what a pupusa is? (See here.) Serving up some authentic El Salvadorian cuisine, this hidden gem just opened (above Melrose, tucked in between a Korean bar and a Central American bakery), and our mouths are already watering over the other comforting recipes we have yet to savor (like those empanadas filled with plantains and vanilla custard).
4. The Perception Myth by Brad Wheelis - There are a ton of books about the pursuit of happiness, but former ABC News correspondent Wheelis bares his soul to bare the truth about how we can be our best selves. We think Oprah would approve.
5. The Special Olympics World Games - With 7,000 athletes and 3,000 coaches representing 177 countries, along with 30,000 volunteers and an anticipated 500,000 spectators, the 2015 Special Olympics World Games - being staged in Los Angeles July 25 - August 2 - will be the largest sports and humanitarian event anywhere in the world this year.
6. The 30th Anniversary of The Golden Girls - Picture it: September, 2015...Expect many tributes (and DVD marathons) to be posted across the interwebs later this year when fans express their adoration for this 80s sitcom classic. Us included.
7. The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - The sequel to our favorite movie of 2012 hits theaters this spring, and we can't wait to see the Dowager Countess - er, Maggie Smith - trade barbs with Judi Dench:
8. WonderCon - For those who wish to avoid the insanity that is San Diego Comic Con later this year, try its younger, more manageable cousin at Anaheim Convention Center this spring.
9. San Andreas - Two of our favorite guilty pleasures (Dwayne Johnson and disaster flicks) come together in what will surely be a popcorny good time at the theater. Plus: has no one caught Kylie Minogue's name in the credits yet? To be filed under: WTF?
10.The Art of Not Having It All by Melissa Kite - If you're looking to dive into an addictive memoir (or find the next selection for that book club you've been meaning to start for the new year), then focus your eyes on this title. Described as the next Bridget Jones, Melissa Kite's collection of personal misadventures, dating and otherwise, is a hilarious and comforting read for anyone who's ever felt pressured to "have it all."
11. Finding a hiking trail that's NOT Runyon Canyon - It's about time we distance ourselves from Hollywood's celebrity playground (and dog poop dump) and find a new place to work in some cardio in the sun...like the Eaton Canyon Waterfall trail in Altadena. (Trust us, it's worth the drive.)
12. Trying the bread pudding at B Sweet on Sawtelle - Because our collective sweet tooth will never be satisfied until we sink our spoons into this popular Westside dessert.
13. The relentless publicity for Star Wars: Episode VII - The Force Awakens- We're already zeroing in on a seat at the press junket (wherever it may be). And we're hoping Disney doesn't skimp on any press schwag.
14. New albums from every pop diva in existence - Madonna, Gaga, Britney, Christina, Rihanna, and Kylie all have anticipated titles being released in 2015, otherwise known as The Year Taylor Swift Will NOT Be Dropping An Album.
15. Taking more naps - Because, after running around the city and painting the town red, we're all about getting our necessary beauty rest. Who's with us?
I worked in the music industry for over a decade. Yet, despite that, I still really like music. I'm as surprised about that as anyone, trust me.
Here's what I really liked this year. Maybe you will too...
1. Bleachers / Strange Desire
Jack Antonoff's side project succeeds in almost every way where fun. did not (at least for me - sorry fun. superfans). It's bombastic, un-self-conscious and cinematic pop with shades of David Bowie and Elvis Costello. More than anything, though, it reminds me of a more polished version of woefully unheralded singer-songwriter Josh Joplin. Look him up and be glad you did:
2. Haerts / Haerts
Like Bleachers, nearly every track on this album has the potential to punctuate an indie rom-com trailer ("Hemiplegia" actually does, in the promo clip for "Cake"). "Wings" is pure 80s Stevie Nicks in the best way. It's the perfect record for a rainy afternoon;
3. Magic Man / Before The Waves
Did you love The Killers' Hot Fuss? Of course you did. Boston-based Magic Man is, in a lot of ways, taking everything that made that album amazing, putting an even shinier pop gloss all over it, and dancing right over to your place for a house party. "Catherine" wouldn't be out of place on a One Direction album, but "It All Starts Here" shows potential for something even greater. Here's "Out of Mind":
I like my female-fronted synth-pop on the dark side a lot of the time (Hi, Banks! Wassup, Data Romance!). Hailing from Brooklyn, ASTR is like a sexy gut-punch. Double bonus points for the cheeky sample of the Growing Pains theme song on "R U With Me." Then there's "Razor":
5. Jaymes Young / Habits of My Heart EP
The elevator pitch for LA-based Jaymes Young sounds like it would be terrible in practice - Justin Timberlake meets Jeff Buckley. I know, right? Even so, his manages to combine his soaring, emotive voice with a backbeat that will rattle your teeth and move your feet. I still maintain that "I'll Be Good" ought to be plugged into every TV ad for Showtime's The Affair, but if "Two More Minutes" doesn't blow up all over radio in 2015, the music industry is doing it wrong. Per usual:
I've been a fan of The Damnwells, Alex Dezen's American-folk-rock outfit, for at least a decade or more. He has an otherworldly ability to write not only a catchy hook but to tell deeply personal yet still universal stories of love, growing up and heartbreak (pretty sure his Masters in creative writing helps). His solo EPs this year have been filled with more introspective tracks, including "None of These Things" which is probably the most quietly heartbreaking song NOT by Peter Bradley Adams.
7. Mystery Skulls / Forever
Mystery Skulls is the shit. If ever there was a guy deserving of major label success, it's Luis Dubuc. He's Sam Sparro, Jamie Lidell and Calvin Harris all rolled into one guy with a laptop and mic. Go see him live on tour in early 2015 - trust me.
Mixing a unique blend of southern twang with synthesizers, Grizfolk just wrapped up a tour with Bastille and is yet another example of something that ought to be awful in practice. Yet they've managed to produce "Hymnals," one of the most roll-down-the-windows-and-fist-pump songs of 2014.
On her debut album, Mr. Little Jeans is equal parts dark and sweet and bouncy all at once - sort of the kid sister of Lana Del Rey and Bat For Lashes. "Good Mistake" makes great use of its stuttering bassline and driving beat while "Far From Home" wouldn't sound out of place on the soundtrack for the new reboot of Twin Peaks (can someone seriously hire The XX for that, too? Pretty please? K thx).
Despite being possibly the least engaging (see also: boring) band I've seen live recently (#sorrynotsorry), New Zealand's Broods have still produced what is probably the most well-produced and just all-around lovely albums of the year. "Four Walls" will delicately reach in and crush your heart, and "Bridges" is a just a damn hit by any standard.
We take our Christmas music seriously here at HIH. And while we applaud the intentions behind the 30th anniversary rendition of Band Aid's "Do They Know It's Christmas?" (Kudos for supporting Ebola relief efforts!) we can't help but sense how very staged and "put on" this feels. We can only imagine how many publicists died to make this happen.
Therefore we decided to rev up the Snark Machine and spend some time unleashing what we really thought of this overstuffed cornucopia of pop stars. And to answer the age-old question: No, we DON'T think they know (or care) that it's Christmas. Because, y'know, death, starvation, and the will to live.
Here we go...
00:00:Bob Geldof! Wait, who are all these other people? Oh, the boys from 1D. Okay, they’re famous. Oh good, Bono is back too.
00:09: Who was clamoring for Seal on this bad boy? Does England really lack other relevant singers? Is Seal a big deal? Am I the irrelevant one here?
00:13: I’d like to thank Ed Sheeran for convincing tweens worldwide that men who look like me (scraggly gingers) are sexy and soulful. He tricked everyone, and we all reap the benefits.
00:19: Oh Jesus. Get the 1D boys out of the way. Front load. Niall is really giving this some thought.
00:27: You show ‘em how its done, Eddy. Is this really what he sounds like? Girls like this?
00:35: Is this Rita Ora? What does a Rita Ora look like? Ooooh, the beat drops.
00:45: Oh they did invite other famous people. Hi, Sam Smith.
00:52: Who’s this girl? I’m gonna call her Lana Del Lohan.
Um, that'd be Paloma Faith.
1:00: Fresh off the uncoupling, Chris Martin shows up to put on some headphones. Remember in the last Live Aid rehash he got the part the 1D boys got? Basically, if you don’t open this song or you aren’t Bono, you barely rate. Oh how the mighty have fallen.
1:10: Who is this person? Was Sting not around? Even the engineer seems surprised to see him...just who is that guy in the white T and black cap?
HM: That'd be the producer of the song, Paul Epworth. He's also Adele's producer. He is quite handsome. Actually, he kinda looks like Brandon Flowers from The Killers, no?
KW: Oh, hey girl hey. He is really hot.
1:18: Okay, so he’s ridiculous, but I’d have so much sex with Dan from Bastille and his stupid hair and dumb zig zag shirt and overblown voice. Dan, call me.
But, man these new lyrics are rough.
1:22: Bono, pre-bike injury, waiting for his time to incite the Clarion call. Again, I don’t know who’s singing right now.
1:27: I do know who’s singing right now (It’s Apple’s dad). Do you think he named his daughter Apple to repay Steve Jobs for all the great product placement his band got in those Apple ads?
1:35: Okay, so I have one dream that will never be realized. Okay, I have many dreams that will never be realized, but this one especially so: I want to be invited to this fucking party one year, or any sort of charity sing-along event. This will not happen because I a) can’t sing and b) am not as famous or infamous as Dan Akroyd. But in my dreams, I step up to the mic and I deliver the great Bono line, or maybe the Cyndi Lauper “OH WHOA WHOA WHOA” in USA for Africa, and it’s a great searing call to arms, and for years to come, during the holidays, at karaoke, everyone will want to sing my part when their friends get up and do this song.
That being said: this is his Bono’s weakest iteration ever.
1:45: Okay, Seal. Enough.
1:55: I understand the need for “distinctive” vocals in these things (it IS supposed to be on the radio right? The BBC or something?), but man, nobody REALLY wants to hear Ellie Goulding try to sing.
Maybe Skrillex still does.
Oh good. She got in a whoooooo.
2:02: Oh wow. It's like you smashed Seal’s relevance with Ellie Goulding’s straining and what came out was a big mushy Sinead O’Rebellion.
2:20: The 1D Boys are back, followed by someone I’ll call “Blandly Cute Blonde Guy.” I’m gonna check the roster and guess that this is probably Olly Murs.
BLANDLY cute? Olly is freakin' adorable.
2:22: Hot Dan and his ugly band! And Sam Smith looking every bit the “male Adele.”
2:28: That girl in the red pantsuit is back. Is she Santa?
How DARE you say that about Rita Ora. Just because she has three white whiskers on her chin...
2:30: Remember on the last re-do of this when they let Dizzee Rascal rap over this part? Thank GOD they didn’t do that again.
2:38: What happened to Bob Geldof? Did he just show up, take a picture and leave?
2:41: Being famous and hanging out with famous people and doing presumptively important things looks really fun, I will say that. Just imagine I’m Ed Sheeran in this situation.
The boys from Bastille, however, look like they’re wondering how to monetize this situation.
2:49: Do you think they put Ellie Goulding and Sinead O’Connor next to each other so they could isolate and remove them from the mix?
2:53: Ed Sheeran just reminded me I need to shave.
2:55: Chris Martin and heir apparent, Sexy Dan.
2:59: Bland Blonde and I have the same dance moves.
3:05: Does Phil Collins still not do the drumming in these things?
3:15: Someone just tried to steal the spotlight, good on engineer man for pulling her back in the mix. This is about Africa, not about your career. Oh wait, it is about your career?
How much of this is for the video and how much of this is how they ACTUALLY recorded it? This recording studio has amazingly moody lighting. I’m surprised Madonna didn’t phone in for this.
3:25: Oh. There’s Bob Geldof. All is right in the world (except, apparently, in Africa).
By the time Valentine's Day rolls around (in 2 months!) Fifty Shades of Grey fanatics will be flocking to theaters to inject a little BDS&M into their romantic holiday.
That's fine and all, but allow us to direct your attention to an original musical that will also be released that same weekend, The Last Five Years, starring Anna on-a-musical-streak Kendrick and Smash's Jeremy Jordan. It's an unabashed, wall-to-wall musical that reflects on a breakup between two young and hopeful New Yorkers.
Check out the latest trailer and just TRY to resist:
One of the many performances taking place at the Main Stage belongs to solo artist (and US Weekly fashion contributor) Ricky Rebel whose 2013 single, “Geisha Dance”, spent 10 weeks on the Mediabase chart that powers On Air with Ryan Seacrest. Now, he’s releasing “The Blue Album”, mixed by Claudio Cueni (JLo), after recently playing with Grammy-winner Mya. He can be spotted on stage alongside Kelly Mantle (RuPaul's Drag Race) in two appearances throughout the night.
Also appearing at the Carnaval? Countless scantily-clad boys and girls who will be looking for tricks that will treat them well into the wee hours of Saturday morning.
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