Paul Dano on the Art of Becoming Brian Wilson

Love & Mercy

Over the past decade, Paul Dano has portrayed everyone from a firebrand preacher in There Will Be Blood to a mentally challenged kidnapper in Prisoners. But on the second day of shooting Love & Mercy, the new Brian Wilson biopic, he faced his greatest acting challenge yet: re-creating Wilson’s spellbinding solo-piano performance of the Beach Boys’ “Surf’s Up” from a 1967 television special. “I was shaking,” says Dano. “It was a fool’s errand to try to get my voice to sound exactly like Brian’s. His range is so bananas.”

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Paul Dano on the Art of Becoming Brian Wilson | Rolling Stone.

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Frankie Valli on Jersey Boys and His Unlikely Success

Frankie Valli and the Jersey Boys cast

One day last fall, on the Jersey Boys location shoot, music legend Frankie Valli found himself at his childhood home, revisiting his humble beginnings in the projects of Newark. “I was sitting on the stoop where I lived with my mom,” he recalls now, his eyes welling up with tears. “It was very emotional. I grew up beyond proud—we didn’t have much, but we had a lot of love.” Valli shared the moment with actor John Lloyd Young, who plays him in the hit-filled movie in theaters June 20 about the Four Seasons’ rise, fall, and rise again to fame over four decades. “He regaled me with stories of his youth,” says Young, who also originated the role in the stage show, which has been going strong on Broadway since 2005 and in touring productions. “I have Italian working-class heritage, too, the same kind of American dream story. Frankie just seemed awestruck. It was all coming full circle for him.”

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via Frankie Valli on Jersey Boys and His Unlikely Success: ‘The Way I Grew Up, It Was Basically Against All Odds’.

Beatles ‘Hard Day’s Night’ Restored

The Beatles - A Hard Day's Night

A new restoration of the Beatles’ 1964 film “A Hard Day’s Night” has been set to play in more than 50 cities nationwide over July 4 weekend.

Janus Films announced that the music movie has been digitally restored in 4K resolution from the original camera negative by the Criterion Collection’s restoration team and approved by director Richard Lester. The soundtrack has been remixed and remastered by producer Giles Martin at Abbey Road Studios.

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via Beatles ‘Hard Day’s Night’ Restored | Variety.

Annette Funicello: Her life with multiple sclerosis

Annette Funicello

(Note—today is the 70th birthday of America’s sweetheart, Annette Funicello. Born on October 22, 1942 in Utica, New York, the shy brunette found fame and popularity at the age of 12 as a Mouseketeer on the Mickey Mouse Club. She also became a recording artist (“Tall Paul,” “Pineapple Princess”) and movie actress (“Beach Party”) before taking a leave of absence from show business to marry and raise her family. In the late ’70s, the mother of three starred in a series of TV commercials for Skippy Peanut Butter, and in 1987 she reunited with her beach-movie co-star Frankie Avalon for the film Back to the Beach. During the making of that film, Annette began developing the symptoms of what turned out to be multiple sclerosis. Earlier this month, CTV W5 [Canada] caught up with Annette and her husband, Glen Holt, who is now her primary caregiver. The former child star is now unable to walk or talk and requires round-the-clock care. The Holts allowed their story to be told in the hopes that a cure can be found for MS and other neurological diseases. Please click on the link below to read the story and watch the videos.)

When Annette Funicello debuted on a new children’s variety TV show called the Mickey Mouse Club, she was a shy 12-year-old girl — an unknown with big brown eyes and a sweet smile.

But the Mickey Mouse Club quickly became a television megahit and the girl known simply as “Annette” became the most popular “Mouseketeer” on the show, attracting fans all around the world. She developed into a stunning young woman, starring in several iconic, beach movies with teen heartthrob Frankie Avalon.

But in 1992 at age 50, Annette went public with devastating news — she had multiple sclerosis, a debilitating neurological disorder. She had the most severe form of the disease and over the years lost her ability to walk, relying first on a cane, then on a wheelchair. The singer and actress eventually lost her ability to talk and Annette faded from public view.

Many fans still wonder what happened to the beloved Hollywood star.

(Read more, and view the videos, by clicking the link below)

via Annette Funicello: Her life with multiple sclerosis.


Also see:
Annette Funicello Research Fund for Neurological Diseases (Facebook)