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Recapping An Interview With Ryan Seacrest

It is always interesting to hear from a renaissance man like Ryan Seacrest. While most of America and the world knows him from the smash hit show “American Idol”, he has a career in entertainment and media that goes much farther than that. His first on-air position was with ESPN, as the host of their popular show “Radical Outdoor Challenge”. From those humble beginnings, he gained national fame as the host of American Idol, but he didn’t stop there. From 2002 to 2016, he hosted the show as it grew into an American phenomenon.

Of course, he has done some other things as well. Since the end of Idol’s run, he has remained very visible as the co-host of “Live With Kelly And Ryan” with longtime talk show icon Kelly Ripa. He is also an experienced radio host, having hosted “American Top 40” after the retirement of radio legend Casey Kasem. He now hosts his own show, called “On Air With Ryan Seacrest”. This show is broadcast live every morning from 6am to 10am Pacific Time.

He even started his own clothing line called “Ryan Seacrest Distinction” in cooperation with Macy’s. Hey, why not? It seems that all the other celebrities have a clothing line as well!

His recent interview with The New York Times gives us a closer look at Mr. Seacrest and his life in general. For starters, we are told that he has recently moved from Los Anegeles to New York. When asked about his typical day and how it begins, we are told that he starts each day with some common hygeinic activities before having a brisk workout around noon. After catching up on the news, he then heads to work, sometimes finishing up during the commute.

Ryan Seacrest goes on to talk about the importance of pacing yourself during the workday to avoid the danger of overload. When asked about how he likes to relax, he says that he has a hard time meditating, but finds that simply turning off the phone is good enough.

On a final note, Mr. Seacrest tells an interesting story about a conversation he had with the late, great Dick Clark. I won’t spoil it though. You’ll have to go read it yourself.

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Lawrence Bender’s Production Duties and Developing the Kill Bill Vol. 1 Soundtrack

The art of selecting songs and instrumentals for a motion picture’s soundtrack requires tremendous thought. Simply inserting random songs at any point in the narrative won’t work. Appropriately matching the audio to the visual images on the screen, can create an amazing effect on the film. Improperly choosing music, however, could ruin even a great piece of cinema. The Kill Bill movies deserve great acclaim for their amazing choice of musical selections. Actually, director Quentin Tarantino and producer Lawrence Bender both deserve the bulk of the credit. The two truly delivered one of the most memorable movie soundtracks of all time.

Kill Bill Vol. 1 revisited Tarantino’s desire to draw attention to forgotten songs and music from years past. Lawrence Bender seems to be quite supportive of Tarantino’s artistic decisions. These decisions included picking odd selections such as “The Lonely Shepard” and a hyper version of the “Green Hornet” theme fit well at the points in which they can be heard. The use of Nancy Sinatra’s “Bang Bang” helped establish the dark and grim events that eventually set in motion The Bride’s revenge many years later. “Flower of Carnage” paid a nice homage to the film that inspired Kill Bill Vol. 1, a Japanese film named Lady Snowblood. And then there’s “Battle without Honor or Humanity,” a fantastic choice for the incredible sword-fighting battle royal scene.

Lawrence Bender must have worked quite hard to assist in securing the rights for these appropriate selections. He deserves a lot of credit here. Securing the rights for songs isn’t always easy. The rights-holders sometimes ask for outrageous amounts of money. By pricing themselves out of the film, they deny people the ability to experience the selections for the first time. Also, a film might not turn out to be as great as it could be with secondary song choices cluttering the soundtrack.

Besides artistry, another benefit exists to creating a brilliant soundtrack. The soundtrack has the potential to sell well. Kill Bill Vol. 1 actually hit #45 on the Billboard 200 chart. That’s not exactly a multi-platinum seller, but a significant volume of copies did move. The revenue generated from the soundtrack sales further pushes up the profit margins of the Kill Bill movies. For Quentin Tarantino and Lawrence Bender to experience continued success, they must make money for the studios. Soundtracks help with this cause both through direct sales and related publicity.

The soundtracks also keep fans happy — a good business move to be sure.

Sick Boy creators: The Chainsmokers

The Chainsmokers dynamic duo consisting of Alex Pall and Drew Taggart have debuted several other successful, number-breaking songs, most popular being “Paris,” “Closer”, “Something Just Like This” that featured the group Coldplay. The Chainsmokers as a group were re-created to become an EDM DJ group back in 2012 with the help of their manager at that time, Adam Alpert. Pall was already known for his DJing skills when Alpert introduced him to Taggart. Pall went to NYU to major in Art history and Music. Taggart was across the way at Syracuse University while doing an internship for Interscope Records.

Taggart was making a name for himself on Soundcloud with a few DJing tracks that he released after taking an interest in perfecting the skill. The duo began taking tracks from Indie bands and creating remixes to them and putting them out on Soundcloud. In 2012, Indian recording artist Priyanka Chopra paired up with the Chainsmokers for the song “Erase” and then for the song “The Rookie”, which debuted in the early Spring of 2013. Currently, Pall and Taggart just released their anticipated track titled “Sick Boy”. The duo stated that they try to stay current with their genre of music when releasing new material. Taggart mentioned during the interview with Hugh McIntyre, that the group has not released a song in about nine months, which is a record-breaking length of time for them. For the group to elevate to a higher level, The lodging giant and American Express along with attending several different music genres of concerts over the span of a few years made it possible.

The sound of “Sick Boy”, is by far out of left field, but close to the box for them. The Chainsmokers have always had music that has been on the heavily lyrical side, showing a reflection of their generation and what is like to be apart of a movement that relates to other people. McIntyre mentions speaking with Pall and Taggart before they went on stage at in New York City at the Conrad hotel for a member special event. It is amazing to think that the duo has only been mainstream for the last two years, since December of 2013 with a free concert, where it feels as if they have been around forever.

The Evolution of Tidal with Desiree Perez

There is a passion for Tidal that has allowed Desiree to capture an audience and create a strong customer base. She is someone that has been around long enough to realize that a business can thrive when customers are willing to patronize the business on a repetitive basis. This is how she has built her club in Manhattan. She knows that it is not enough to attract customers for a single outing. Perez knows that it is essential to get customers in a comfort zone where they want to return over and over again. She has taken the same approach to helping Jay-Z build up the Tidal music streaming service.


In order to get customers to return to Tidal over and over again she knew that there was something that had to be done on a regular basis. At times this would involve a concert where people had a chance to see an exclusive visual music experience. At other times it was the music streaming stream remastered Prince material. There are all types of ways to keep customers interested, but it takes a lot of work. It takes abundant feedback from the customers, and a concrete method for processing the feedback that is received.  Based on


Desiree Perez has been able to take this feedback that customers have given and she has turned this into something positive.  Click on   She has been able to look at what other music streaming services are doing and imitate what they do well and stray from what they are not doing well enough. When all these elements are combined it is something that gives the Tidal music streaming services a hand up against the competition. Shawn Carter could not have found a better person to help him bring Tidal out of obscurity into a position of music-streaming authority.



The Best Zombie Anime Hands Down


Anime has always been a popular subject, and with new shows like The Walking Dead and Z-Nation, zombies are getting pretty popular too. If you like either of the two, you probably want to know that people have been combining the two to reach a wider audience. One of the most popular of them that we’re going to tell you about today is called HighSchool Of The Dead.


As with most zombie anime, or like any other zombie show or movie, there’s an “outbreak” and a virus starts infecting people around the world. You follow a group of students in a high school, the main character being Komuro Takashi, throughout their escape. Two of the girls that went mainstream were Yuriko Takagi and Rika Minami, not only for their sexy looks but because of how badass they are in a zombie situation.  Not your typical school life anime, that’s for sure.


The anime is packed with blood gore and action as well as a handful of overly flirty scenes. Bringing out nearly every aspect of a zombie apocalypse, it’s tied together with better graphics than most animes and a cast that you can relate to, making it must watch TV if you’re after the best black cartoons you can watch.


Holographic Visual Effects are Changing the Entertainment Industry

Visual effects are increasingly becoming a staple of digital entertainment. Advances in computer technology have movie producers scrambling to implement the latest advances in visual effects into their productions. However, while many people believe that visual effects are primarily for futuristic or action based productions, many producers are now looking at visual effects for recreations of more natural events and even simulation of digital humans.

The ability to have a digital replica of a specific individual in history is a potentially game changing achievement in the world of visual effects. One of the new applications of this impressive technology is in holograms of deceased music artists. These types of productions allow for fans of these artists to have a unique experience that is essentially indistinguishable from reality. Holograms of entertainers open up a whole new world of live entertainment.

As with any introduction of new technology, the use of holographic digital entertainment requires great skill from talented artists. When creating these 3D holographs, artists must take into account a much higher level of detail than traditional 2D effects. When people view holographic productions, they have a higher level of scrutiny and demand even more realism than before, creating a unique challenge for the industry. Likewise, hologram producers must the visual aspects, mannerisms, and movement patterns of their creations in order to achieve true realism.

One of the pioneers of 3D visual effects is John Textor. With successful projects such as recreating Tupac and Michael Jackson, Textor has set new standards of quality in the world of 3D visual effects. Fans that have seen his productions are constantly impressed with the amount of detail and realism that goes into his work. Likewise, the entertainment industry is keeping a close eye on Textor’s creations to see how this advancing technology can fit into their productions.