Who better to give us the scoop on movie musicals than James Monroe Iglehart? Currently starring as Genie in “Aladdin”–for which he won the Tony Award–the actor filled us in on the best movie to watch with your friends who need to be convinced to watch song and dance routines and whose life would make the perfect musical.
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Classic composers provide the soundtrack for so many memorable movie scenes–from Strauss in “2001: A Space Odyssey” to Beethoven in “A Clockwork Orange.” To get some insight about how classical music can define a movie, or be redefined by a movie, we spoke to Vadym Kholodenko–winner of the gold medal at the Van Cliburn International Piano Competition in 2013 and first artistic partner of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra. He gave us the scoop on pianists in movies, the best classical documentary and which composer is most suited to scores.
After the Norweigan duo Nico Sereba and Vincent Dery won the world finals at Emergenza Festival in 2011, they went on to rack up hits on the international charts. Their single “Am I Wrong?” has more than 59 million views on YouTube alone. They’ve clearly conquered a global audience, but with their debut U.S. release due to hit this September and a new single in Reese Witherspoon’s latest movie, “The Good Lie,” expect to hear a lot more from the duo. Luckily for us, they took a break from their busy schedules to talk to us about pop music in the movies and how they write songs.
Kevin Gleeson, who has been doubling as Keith Richards in The Rolling Stones cover bands Beggars Banquet and Sticky Fingers for 15 years, shares his insights on his alter ego, Mick Jagger and their work in cinema.
Q: 1. If you were going to turn a friend on to heavy metal, is there a documentary you’d recommend?
A: There are so many! I would say the best introduction to the genre, its origins, and its fans would be the 2005 documentary Metal: A Headbanger’s Journey. It follows a Canadian anthropologist and metalhead named Sam Dunn around the world as he interviews metal fans, bands, and founding fathers of the form, such as Tony Iommi, the guitarist of Black Sabbath, and Bruce Dickinson of Iron Maiden. The flick shows the diversity and passion and vast scale of the global metal scene. Secondly, I would suggest watching Lemmy, a 2010 documentary about the iconic bassist and singer of Motöhead. At 68, Lemmy has witnessed and fueled the evolution of rock and roll and metal in his lifetime. How he’s still doing it is anyone’s guess.