Monthly Archives: March 2012
Whitney Houston’s official cause of death is: drowning and effects of atherosclerotic heart disease and cocaine use, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office and has ruled her death an accident.
The toxicology report also states: “Cocaine and metabolites were identified and were contributory to the death. Marijuana, Alprazolam (Xanax), Cyclobenzaprine (Flexeril) and Diphenhydramine (Benadryl) were identified but did not contribute to the death.”
Heather Cochran and Bill Kramer have been named to two newly created senior positions as part of the continuing progress of the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures, it was announced today by Dawn Hudson, CEO of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Cochran has been elevated to Managing Director, Academy Museum Project, and Kramer will serve as Managing Director, Development. Both will report directly to Hudson.
“With Heather and Bill in place, the Academy is poised to move the museum to the next phase and beyond,” said Hudson. “Each brings a wealth of experience that will be critical as the museum project continues to gather momentum.”
NEW ARTIST SPOTLIGHT: DJ Miller
By Bob Doerschuk
Even as a boy back in Idaville, Ind., DJ Miller was determined and focused in pursuit of his goal of becoming a Country performer. Whatever sparked it, Miller had a dream and he knew from the start he would spend his young years chasing it down.
Of course, plenty of kids aspire toward stardom. What made Miller stand out was his realization that attaining it meant taking charge of making it real. He hit on an important epiphany early, as he notes in his bio: “You can’t be the only one having fun. You have to interact with the crowd.” From studying Garth Brooks concert tapes and Brad Paisley in action to honing his shows at local clubs and state fairs, he learned quickly — and kept learning.
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will present a recently restored 35mm print of “Breathless” (“À bout de souffle”) on Friday, March 23, at 7:30 p.m. at the Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills. The screening is presented in conjunction with the opening of the Academy’s new exhibition “Photos de Cinéma: Images of the French New Wave by Raymond Cauchetier.” Cauchetier was the set photographer for this and many other key titles of the French New Wave movement. There will be special evening gallery hours from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. and immediately following the screening.
“Breathless” (1960) launched a global passion for “La Nouvelle Vague” (“The New Wave”) and made actors Jean Seberg and Jean-Paul Belmondo international stars. The film also became an inspiration for a generation of legendary French filmmaking talent.
The Academy’s Institutional Grants Committee selected the pair for the honor on the basis of their manuscript proposals. Each scholar will receive $25,000 from the Academy to aid in the research and writing of his project.
The 2012 Florida Film Festival, sponsored by Full Sail University, announced today that rock idol Rick Springfield will attend the World Premiere of AN AFFAIR OF THEHEART. Emmy® Award-winning filmmaker Sylvia Caminer and mega-fan turned executive producer Melanie Lentz-Janney bring us face-to-face with this Grammy® Award-winning musician, songwriter, actor, and New York Times best-selling author. The music doc spotlights Springfield’s most fervent fans as passionate about him today as they were when “Jessie’s Girl” was #1 in the early ‘80s. The film has garnered a prestigious position as one of 10 competing feature documentaries in a record-breaking year for Festival entries.
Lady GaGa will take a break from the media once her interview with Oprah Winfrey airs this Sunday, March 18, 2012.
Oprah interviewed GaGa, (Stephanie Germanotta), and mom, Cynthia Germanotta, for an episode of Oprah’s Next Chapter, in which she stated: “Other than this interview, Oprah, I do not intend to speak to anyone for a very long time… ” No press, no television, if my mom calls and says, ‘Did you hear about…’ I shut it all off.”
She doesn’t care what the media writes about her during her creative exile, saying: “I don’t read a damn thing.”
HONORING REP. HOWARD BERMAN AND SEVEN-TIME GRAMMY® WINNER JOHN MAYER IN WASHINGTON, D.C.
Washington’s Most Interesting Mix of Music and Politics will take place April 25 at the Liaison Capitol Hill Hotel with Proceeds Benefiting the GRAMMY Foundation®
Advocacy Day for Music Makers Will Take Place on Capitol Hill April 26
The Recording Academy® (www.grammy.com), the organization internationally known for the GRAMMY Awards®, will present its 2012 GRAMMYs on the Hill® Awards in Washington, D.C., on Wednesday, April 25 at the Liaison Capitol Hill hotel. Often referred to as Washington’s most interesting mix of music and politics, the event will honor U.S. Representative Howard Berman (D-Calif.) and seven-timeGRAMMY®-winningsinger/songwriter/producer John Mayer for their commitment to improving the working environment for the nation’s music community.