Compilation films – Ghosts Of Abu Ghraib http://ghostsofabughraib.org/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 15:41:33 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=5.9 https://ghostsofabughraib.org/wp-content/uploads/2021/11/icon-120x120.jpg Compilation films – Ghosts Of Abu Ghraib http://ghostsofabughraib.org/ 32 32 Coolio Net Worth 2022: Here’s how much the GRAMMY-winning rapper left before his death https://ghostsofabughraib.org/coolio-net-worth-2022-heres-how-much-the-grammy-winning-rapper-left-before-his-death/ Thu, 29 Sep 2022 15:41:33 +0000 https://ghostsofabughraib.org/coolio-net-worth-2022-heres-how-much-the-grammy-winning-rapper-left-before-his-death/ Coolio was one of the most prolific rappers of the 1990s. With his recent passing, many remember his contribution to the hip-hop community and also his impact on the black community. Hip-hop figures including Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and even MC Hammer have posted their heartwarming tributes to the rap music icon. Longtime friend and […]]]>

Coolio was one of the most prolific rappers of the 1990s. With his recent passing, many remember his contribution to the hip-hop community and also his impact on the black community.

Hip-hop figures including Snoop Dogg, Ice Cube and even MC Hammer have posted their heartwarming tributes to the rap music icon. Longtime friend and actress Michelle Pfeiffer also shared her condolences with the California rapper.

Formerly known as Leon Ivey Jr., Coolio was born in August 1963 in Pennsylvania. Soon after, he and his family moved to Compton, California, and he attended Compton Community College. Before getting into rap music, he worked as a volunteer firefighter and security guard at Los Angeles International Airport.

Coolio is remembered for his iconic rap albums, including “Gangsta’s Paradise” which spawned the GRAMMY-winning single of the same title.

With his tragic passing, Coolio has surely left his family with a valuable net worth that he has accrued since the start of his music career. Fans of the hip-hop icons are curious about Coolio’s net worth before his tragic passing.

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Net worth of Coolio 2022

According Celebrity Net WorthCoolio’s net worth is estimated at just $1.5 million.

Although considered an icon, Coolio recently flew under the radar after his last studio album in 2009, “From the Bottom 2 The Top.”

Coolio’s net worth is mostly attributed to the value of his entire discography which he is proud of. He has successfully produced eight studio albums and two compilation albums. Among these are his iconic albums, “It Takes a Thief”, “Gangsta’s Paradise” and “My Soul”.

Coolio is best known for his album “Gangsta’s Paradise”. His second album marked his official peak on the hip-hop scene, although he had been in the community since the late 1980s. Released in 1995, the album’s title track proved to be the most successful throughout his career. The track earned him his first and only GRAMMY in 1996 for Best Rap Solo Performance. (Going through Mark)

It was used on the soundtrack for the 1995 film “Dangerous Minds” which Michelle Pfeiffer starred in. Pfeiffer said she was “sorry“on hearing the unfortunate news.

Apart from his musical career, he has also spent time in television and film. He even had his own reality show “Coolio’s Rules” which ran for one season on Oxygen Studios.

READ ALSO: Rapper Coolio’s cause of death is unexpected: ‘Gangsta’s Paradise’ creator dies aged 59

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Julianne Nicholson interview: ‘Blonde has been worshiped and brutalized and I get both sides https://ghostsofabughraib.org/julianne-nicholson-interview-blonde-has-been-worshiped-and-brutalized-and-i-get-both-sides/ Wed, 28 Sep 2022 05:30:00 +0000 https://ghostsofabughraib.org/julianne-nicholson-interview-blonde-has-been-worshiped-and-brutalized-and-i-get-both-sides/ AAs a teenager, Julianne Nicholson was a “fangirl” of Marilyn Monroe. The Emmy-winning star of Easttown Mare and the jungle thriller Monos devoured all the books she could find about herself. She watched her movies, listened to compilations of her songs, had pictures of her stuck in her locker. “I was obsessed,” she recalls. “I […]]]>

AAs a teenager, Julianne Nicholson was a “fangirl” of Marilyn Monroe. The Emmy-winning star of Easttown Mare and the jungle thriller Monos devoured all the books she could find about herself. She watched her movies, listened to compilations of her songs, had pictures of her stuck in her locker. “I was obsessed,” she recalls. “I thought she was so beautiful and tragic and kind of unknowable.” Now, decades later, she’s playing her mother in a film so incendiary that everyone involved – including star Ana de Armas – has been forced to rush to her defense. Nicholson, to his credit, admits it won’t be for everyone. Especially those who don’t want to see her as a schizophrenic child molester.

Nicholson, all ocean green eyes and freckles, calls from her daughter’s bedroom in Hampshire, sunlight beaming through the window behind her. She has just moved to the UK from New York with her husband, actor Jonathan Cake – a native Briton – and their children, after a pit stop at the Venice Film Festival to watch Blond for the first time. She was nervous – her teenage adoration for Marilyn made her feel “protective” of the star’s memory, right down to the women who were to play her on screen – “but Ana blew my mind.”

Did this feeling of protecting Marilyn’s memory extend to Blond himself? “Yes,” Nicholson said softly. She repeats it, more decisively this time. “I think the book was written with so much love and so was the screenplay. Meeting Andrew and talking to him about the process and the years he put into the project and the story he wanted to tell…it was worth really worth it and was special.

Blond distills the short life of Marilyn Monroe into a parade of macabre encounters and existential hits for the soul. She is transformed into a pound of flesh that America feasts on. That premise — from writer and director Andrew Dominik, who adapted the doorstop from a Joyce Carol Oates bestseller — naturally got Blond already in trouble. An impressionistic art film punctuated with scenes of abuse, orgies and flashes of joy turning to misery – plus a talking fetus! – he was called “ridiculously vulgar” by the new yorker and “a death march in slow motion” by NPR. The IndependentAmanda Whiting called it a “new low” in Hollywood’s treatment of the star. Others have been kinder, with Mark Kermode writing in The Observer that it is a “gothic melodrama [and] fever dream. On review aggregation site Rotten Tomatoes, Blond currently sits at a delicious 52% “fresh” – so close to “rotten” you can practically smell it about to turn. “I think it’s a remarkable movie,” says Nicholson. “But he’s been worshiped and bullied before, and I get both sides. I imagine it’s just going to get more as time goes on.

Whether Blond is a biopic of Marilyn Monroe who was doused in gasoline and set on fire, Nicholson plays the match that ignites him. In just 15 minutes of screening as Gladys, Marilyn’s mother, Nicholson suffers a nervous breakdown, speeds through the streets of Hollywood as he bursts into flames and tries to drown his daughter in the bath. “I feel like I have to prep some people in my family,” she said with a grimace. “Or, dare I say, discourage them from watching it. I often get thrown into darker dramas, so when they come across my work now, they’re like – she lets out a weary sigh – “’Here we go again!’ This time, I’m just going to say, ‘Look, you don’t have to watch it.'”

There seems to be a bit of a disconnect between some of the reactions to the film and the spirit in which it was made – Dominik and De Armas, for example, condemned the adults-only NC-17 certificate it received in the States -United. . It means Blond joins a troubled bloodline that includes Showgirls, Emmanuelle 2 and, uh, Flesh Gordon meets the cosmic cheerleaders. I admit I found Blond much less objectionable than I expected. “I, too, thought it would be more explicit,” Nicholson says. “I feel like I’m seeing a lot more sexually explicit or violent films on a regular basis aimed at seven/eight/nine year olds, which is terrible. So much of what we’re seeing [in Blonde] is artistic and beautiful, but I wonder if it’s because the sex and violence here elicits feelings in us that aren’t normally what happens when we watch a simpler, R-rated movie. I don’t know if it makes people uncomfortable.

Nicholson as Gladys, Marilyn Monroe’s mother, in “Blonde”

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One of his big hopes for the film is that he can introduce her to people. “Which might make them want to dig a little deeper into the work I’ve done, or maybe it will remind me of someone,” she says. “I expect a lot of directors I admire to be curious about this.” But she’s also pragmatic about potential outcomes – Nicholson’s career has never been linear, always zigzag. Even the Emmys didn’t look like a big change. “He’s the rare actor who gets the role that changes everything,” she says. “We think that all the time. It is perception. But it’s still hard work. Like, ‘Oh my god, am I still not getting this offer?’

There were more than a couple of false starts. In 2000, she was a few years out of drama school when she was cast by Steven Spielberg to direct a supernatural drama series he was producing titled Others — Nicholson had worked with Spielberg’s wife, Kate Capshaw, on a romantic comedy called The love letter one year before. Others was scary and ambitious (and all on YouTube, if you care to watch) but was canceled after 12 episodes. She had a brief run on Ally McBeal soon after starred in a few other short-lived TV shows and had supporting roles in films such as Kinsey, Black Mass and Me Tonya. Watching her steal scenes is almost like being invited to a secret club. Call it The Cult of Julianne Nicholson.

Whenever she gets a rare showcase, like the 2017 indie punch-to-the-gut who are we now – in which she plays a destructive and desperate mother fighting for custody of her young son – critics howl about the “wonderful and unsung Julianne Nicholson”, or that she would win an Oscar “if there is a justice in this sick and sad world”. Has she ever noticed the words that tend to pop up around her? “Like underrated?” she laughs. “It’s honestly the story of the last 10 years or so. I feel like my name is not mentioned without “underrated” before. And it’s good ! But it’s a strange feeling.

Nicholson and Kate Winslet in “Mare of Easttown”

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She remembers how surreal it was to win the Emmy and go to the awards for Easttown Pond, HBO’s murder mystery starring Kate Winslet. People approached him to tell him how much they liked his work. “When I’m not on set, I don’t go out much,” she says. “I’m not very ambitious, so sometimes I feel like I’m acting in a vacuum. As if I was doing the work and then coming back to my life. So it’s really moving to then meet people in the business and hear them say nice things, or receive a lot of kindness from them.

Which is a roundabout way of saying she wishes she were less surprised that people noticed her. What might help is to get bigger pieces. “It sounds funny,” she admits, “but I would like my characters to be more central to the story in the future. I love being part of sets, but now I’m at a stage where I’d like to get more involved. When she’s working on something, she finds that she learns more and more about her characters as she plays them. “But when you only have four scenes out of five, it means the character closes [early]. I want to go further.

It’s Nicholson’s dream. Plus, she adds, more trauma in the child. If anything other than Nicholson links Blond, Monos, Easttown Mare and its 2020 HBO limited series the stranger, it is violence inflicted on or by children. Not the prettiest of coincidences. She remembers something she said to her agent earlier this year – halfway between a joke and an order.

“If you send me another dead child, I swear I’m leaving.”

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Betty Buckley returns to New York’s Café Carlyle from September 27 https://ghostsofabughraib.org/betty-buckley-returns-to-new-yorks-cafe-carlyle-from-september-27/ Tue, 27 Sep 2022 04:00:27 +0000 https://ghostsofabughraib.org/betty-buckley-returns-to-new-yorks-cafe-carlyle-from-september-27/ Cabaret & Concert News Betty Buckley returns to New York’s Café Carlyle from September 27 The Tony winner is accompanied by a trio led by musical director Christian Jacob. Betty Buckley Tony winner Betty Buckley, who recently released her latest solo recording, Betty Buckley sings Stephen Sondheim, a 24-track compilation featuring nine of his latest […]]]>

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Betty Buckley returns to New York’s Café Carlyle from September 27

The Tony winner is accompanied by a trio led by musical director Christian Jacob.

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Tony winner Betty Buckley, who recently released her latest solo recording, Betty Buckley sings Stephen Sondheim, a 24-track compilation featuring nine of his latest releases plus two unique to this album – returns to New York’s Café Carlyle from September 27.

Buckley offers five in-person performances through October 1, joined by Grammy-nominated pianist Christian Jacob, bassist Anthony J. Marino and percussionist Jamey Haddad. Attendees can expect an eclectic mix of standards and songs by contemporary songwriters.

WATCH: 13 videos celebrating Tony winner Betty Buckley

“I’ve always loved playing at Café Carlyle. It’s a quintessentially intimate New York venue and it has a beautiful, rich history of artists who have graced the venue and who inspire me time after time,” Buckley said in a recent statement. “It’s an exquisite musical space, and I’m so excited to be back.”

Texas-born Betty Buckley was seen in an acclaimed performance as Dolly Gallagher Levi on Tony’s National Revival Tour Hello Dolly!, won his Tony Award for his performance as Grizabella in Andrew Lloyd Webber Catslater earning another nomination for her work in the musical Triumph of Love. She starred in the London and New York productions of Sunset Boulevard, earning an Olive Award nomination for her portrayal of ill-fated silent screen star Norma Desmond. London audiences also appreciated Buckley’s work in promises, promises and Dear world, and his other Broadway credits include Carrie, Song & Dance, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, 1776, and promises, promises. Inducted into the Theater Hall of Fame in 2012 and recipient of the 2017 Julie Harris Award from the Actors Fund for Artistic Achievement, Buckley’s most recent screen credits include Split, Law & Order: Special Victims Unit, The Cleaning Lady, Supergirl, The Film Crew, Preacher, Chicago Med, The Leftovers, Getting On, Pretty Little Liars, and The event.

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Movie Review: ‘Moonage Daydream’ Keeps Bowie’s Spirit Alive https://ghostsofabughraib.org/movie-review-moonage-daydream-keeps-bowies-spirit-alive/ Mon, 26 Sep 2022 01:42:00 +0000 https://ghostsofabughraib.org/movie-review-moonage-daydream-keeps-bowies-spirit-alive/ Despite the nearly seven years that have passed since the death of artistic phenomenon David Bowie, the world still basks in the void his absence created. However, documentary filmmaker Brett Morgen recently created an exploration of Bowie’s life through concert clips, interviews, and other video collections: Lunar Reverie. Although no amount of footage or recordings […]]]>

Despite the nearly seven years that have passed since the death of artistic phenomenon David Bowie, the world still basks in the void his absence created. However, documentary filmmaker Brett Morgen recently created an exploration of Bowie’s life through concert clips, interviews, and other video collections: Lunar Reverie.

Although no amount of footage or recordings can fill the void he left in the creative world, Lunar Reverie succeeds in reminding the world what Bowie stood for and that there is a bit of him in everyone who strives to create.

The choice to deviate from the traditional biopic formula, in which an actor would inevitably fail to capture Bowie’s magnetism and demeanor, was certainly the right one. Instead, Morgen is able to create a collage of Bowie’s life that focuses on his aesthetic rather than his chronological history. Full of strobe lights and neon colors, Lunar Reverie is exactly the avant-garde fever dream that Bowie wanted to be remembered for his life.

Lunar Reverie primarily covers Bowie’s relationship to spirituality and creativity. Although it is stated in the film that he never considered himself a religious person, there was always an element of divinity to the way Bowie performed and how he was viewed by his fans. His androgyny and charisma created the idea in some that he was a reincarnation of God, and many of his fans adored him as such.

In Bowie’s eyes, creativity and isolation went hand in hand. He avoided love and relationships at all costs in order to keep his creative spirit alive, and because he always felt the need to be creative, he spent most of his life in isolation.

Lunar Reverie made a point of emphasizing the fact that Bowie never stopped. Both physically and artistically, he never wanted to stay in one place. He has lived all over the world and explored all kinds of artistic mediums; although music remains what he was most famous for, he was also an avid painter, actor, sculptor and videographer.

Some have argued that this film brings nothing new to the memory of David Bowie. While the film is full of concerts and interview fragments that have been around for years, by interweaving editing effects and clips from different films and footage from the era, Morgen creates an atmosphere in the film that missing from watching these clips on their own.

The soundtrack and accompanying visual effects transform Lunar Reverie from a simple compilation of videos of Bowie to a representation of his life as it is.

Lunar Reverie is one of those films that everyone at the start of something should watch. Whether it’s the start of college, the start of a new job, or the start of a travel experience, Bowie’s final sentiment in the film should be repeated every day: it’s better to keep walking. .

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Alec Baldwin and his wife Hilaria have a seventh child together https://ghostsofabughraib.org/alec-baldwin-and-his-wife-hilaria-have-a-seventh-child-together/ Sun, 25 Sep 2022 04:32:11 +0000 https://ghostsofabughraib.org/alec-baldwin-and-his-wife-hilaria-have-a-seventh-child-together/ Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin have welcomed their seventh child together, which is Alec’s eighth. Their daughter, Ilaria Catalina Irena Baldwin, was born on Thursday and weighed 6 pounds and 13 ounces (about 3 kilograms), Hilaria confirmed on Instagram. “We are thrilled to bring you our little dream come true,” the mum wrote in the […]]]>

Alec Baldwin and Hilaria Baldwin have welcomed their seventh child together, which is Alec’s eighth.

Their daughter, Ilaria Catalina Irena Baldwin, was born on Thursday and weighed 6 pounds and 13 ounces (about 3 kilograms), Hilaria confirmed on Instagram.

“We are thrilled to bring you our little dream come true,” the mum wrote in the caption, alongside a compilation of images and video from the birth and the baby’s siblings meeting her for the first time. time.

“She and I are happy and healthy. Her Baldwinito siblings are spending the day bonding and welcoming her into our home.”

“How grateful we are to welcome our new baby girl into this world,” the couple said. People magazine. “Just as magical and filled with love as all the other little people we’ve been blessed with.”

The couple are also parents to Carmen Gabriela, 8, Rafael Thomas, 7, Leonardo Angel Charles, 5, Romeo Alejandro David, 4, Eduardo “Edu” Pao Lucas, 23 months, and Maria Lucia Victoria, 18 months. by surrogate mother.

Alec also has a daughter, Ireland Baldwin, 26, with ex-wife Kim Basinger.

Hilaria announced the pregnancy in March on Instagram.

“After many ups and downs over the past few years, we have an exciting surprise and a huge surprise: another Baldwinito is coming this fall,” she wrote, adding a yellow heart emoji. “We were pretty sure our family was complete and we are more than happy with this surprise.”

The photo she shared on social media was of when the couple told their children. “Our new baby is a very bright spot in our lives,” she wrote.

On October 21 of last year, Baldwin was involved in the fatal shooting of cinematographer Halyna Hutchins on the set of the movie Western in New Mexico, Rust. His family is suing him and the film‘s other producers, alleging that their “callous” disregard for on-set safety complaints directly led to his death.

Baldwin, who was to star in the film, was pointing a gun at Hutchins inside a small church while setting up a scene when it went off, killing Hutchins and injuring director Joel Souza.

Hilaria’s message didn’t mention death.

She called her pregnancy a “blessing and a gift in these uncertain times”.

Scroll through the gallery below to see photos of Alec Baldwin on the set of Rust

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Constance Wu Reveals She Was Sexually Harassed By “Fresh Off The Boat” Producer, Tweets About Show Renewal https://ghostsofabughraib.org/constance-wu-reveals-she-was-sexually-harassed-by-fresh-off-the-boat-producer-tweets-about-show-renewal/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 22:34:56 +0000 https://ghostsofabughraib.org/constance-wu-reveals-she-was-sexually-harassed-by-fresh-off-the-boat-producer-tweets-about-show-renewal/ Constance Wu opens up on its time on Fresh off the boat and alleging she was sexually harassed by a senior producer on the 2015-2020 ABC sitcom. In a meeting with The New York TimesWu talks about an incident that she details in her memoir Create a scene where a producer she only refers to […]]]>

Constance Wu opens up on its time on Fresh off the boat and alleging she was sexually harassed by a senior producer on the 2015-2020 ABC sitcom.

In a meeting with The New York TimesWu talks about an incident that she details in her memoir Create a scene where a producer she only refers to by an initial has shown “controlling behaviors.”

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Fresh off the boat was my very first TV show. I was thrown into this world,” Wu said NYT. “I don’t have any relatives in the industry. And because I was 30, people thought I knew what I was doing. It made me paranoid and embarrassed.

Wu also revealed that during a sporting event in 2015, the producer touched her thigh and brushed her crotch. The boobies rich asian The actor also said that there was another argument during the second season of Fresh off the boat to attend a film festival, but at that time Wu felt empowered to cut ties with the producer in question.

In a meeting with AtlanticWu said she had not talked about this situation in the past for fear of the consequences.

“I kept my mouth shut for a very long time about a lot of sexual harassment and bullying that I experienced in the first two seasons of the show,” Wu said. “Because after the two first seasons, once it was successful, once I wasn’t afraid of losing my job, that’s when I could start to say ‘no’ to harassment, ‘no’ to bullying, from there particular producer. And, then I thought, ‘You know what? I handled it, nobody has to know, I don’t have to tarnish the reputation of this American producer of Asian descent. I don’t have to tarnish the reputation of the series.”

Wu also talked about the infamous tweet in 2019 after learning that ABC had renewed Fresh off the boat for another season.

“I wanted to have a new slate where I didn’t have to start a show with all these memories of abuse,” she said. Atlantic. “Some people knew [the harassment] was going on, and going to work every day and seeing these people who knew he was sexually harassing me by being ‘friends’ with him was like a betrayal every time,” she added. “J loved everyone on this team and loved working on this show, but it had this history of abuse, which it started with, and even though I handled it after two years, I was looking forward to a clean slate.”

A representative of 20th Television, which produced Fresh off the boatdid not comment.

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“Time” by Giveon is part of the soundtrack of the film “Amsterdam” https://ghostsofabughraib.org/time-by-giveon-is-part-of-the-soundtrack-of-the-film-amsterdam/ Fri, 23 Sep 2022 04:26:20 +0000 https://ghostsofabughraib.org/time-by-giveon-is-part-of-the-soundtrack-of-the-film-amsterdam/ Giveon is back with his new single “Time”, which should appear in the film’s soundtrack for amsterdam. amsterdam hits theaters on October 7th and this track is gaining momentum as it features songwriting from Drake and Daniel Pemberton as well as production from Pemberton and Jahaan Sweet. “Time” falls straight into Giveon’s typical, downtempo pocket. […]]]>

Giveon is back with his new single “Time”, which should appear in the film’s soundtrack for amsterdam. amsterdam hits theaters on October 7th and this track is gaining momentum as it features songwriting from Drake and Daniel Pemberton as well as production from Pemberton and Jahaan Sweet.

“Time” falls straight into Giveon’s typical, downtempo pocket. The Long Beach entertainer sings to a woman, expressing his appreciation for the times they spent together. “The time when things were better / Will remain as long as I can remember / So many things I’ve done have faded / But never those memories that I cherish today.”

“Time” follows Giveon’s debut studio album give or take which was released in June. give or take was led by the singles “For Tonight” and “Lie Again”. The previous year he appeared on “In The Bible” alongside Lil Durk from Drake’s album Certified Lover and “Peaches” alongside Justin Bieber’s Daniel Caesar Justice in addition to publishing the compilation project When all is said and done… Take the timecomposed of his two 2020 EPs.

With Grammy nominations and BET Awards performances under his belt, the sky’s the limit, and just like the new track he’s released, “Time” is essential for Giveon. He just doesn’t want the good memories to fade as he progresses.

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Reeling Film Festival 2022 shows the work of Chicago Norm Bruns https://ghostsofabughraib.org/reeling-film-festival-2022-shows-the-work-of-chicago-norm-bruns/ Thu, 22 Sep 2022 11:00:00 +0000 https://ghostsofabughraib.org/reeling-film-festival-2022-shows-the-work-of-chicago-norm-bruns/ Norm Bruns had no formal training as a filmmaker: his camera came from a garage sale, his cast members were friends, and his sets were homemade. Despite all this, he worked at a breakneck pace in the early 1980s and created films that were quickly compared to the greatest of all time. His grainy short […]]]>

Norm Bruns had no formal training as a filmmaker: his camera came from a garage sale, his cast members were friends, and his sets were homemade. Despite all this, he worked at a breakneck pace in the early 1980s and created films that were quickly compared to the greatest of all time.

His grainy short films – shot with a Super 8 camera, mostly in black and white – have won acclaim in the Chicago Reader in 1982 as “Amazingly Safe and Weird” and shown at the Chicago Lesbian and Gay Film Festival in 1989 – the year before his death from AIDS.

Norm Bruns in an undated photo. Courtesy of the Bruns family

After his death at age 40, Bruns’ films went unscreened for almost three decades. They were sometimes talked about in an almost mythical way among Super 8 enthusiasts, but they were mostly considered long-lost art, said Josh B. Mabe, a local filmmaker.

Now, thanks to Mabe’s determination and perhaps a touch of movie magic, Chicago audiences will be reintroduced to Bruns’ work at the 40th Annual Reeling Film Festival – formerly known as the Chicago Lesbian and Gay Film Festival which showed its work over 30 years ago.

Barbara Scharres, who wrote the Reader article on Bruns, compared his “extremely ghostly” films to the work of French filmmaker Jean Cocteau and avant-garde American filmmakers like Maya Deren and Curtis Harrington.

“It is all the more surprising that Bruns is largely foreign to the tradition in which his work clearly falls,” writes Scharres.

The Lost Films of Norm Bruns

Mabe, a Chicago librarian, had gone looking for these “ghost” movies once around 2012. In an effort to find a relative, he called all the Browns he could find in Cook County, but is arrived empty-handed. Mabe decided in 2019 to once again try to find the work of a man he never met, but whose lost films were legendary in some quarters.

Using a genealogy database, Mabe said she found an old address for Bruns and then her mother’s obituary with a list of all of her children’s names. This led Mabe to Facebook, where he found a photo of Neil Bruns – one of Norm’s younger brothers – which included where he worked. Mabe called him to work and eventually headed for the missing treasure.

The movies Mabe had spent years looking for were all safe in another Bruns brother’s basement in Oregon, Illinois. So Mabe called Noel Bruns: The Art Keeper.

“I didn’t know what to do with it,” said Noel Bruns, who stored his brother’s films safely for nearly 30 years until Mabe called. “The family and I are all so grateful that he gave them new life.”

Mabe and Noel Bruns went online just before the pandemic brought the world – and film festivals – to a standstill, but with the goods in hand and enough time at home to watch movies, Mabe may have had a plan. tailor-made for locking.

When he turned on the films, he saw elaborate homemade sets and costumes; he saw scenes shot in Chicago apartments, but also in bingo halls and outdoors in nature; and in all of it he saw the work of an amateur filmmaker who felt complex and confident.

“There’s a nice dreamlike quality to the movies that just shows a confidence that you wouldn’t expect from someone who is, quote-unquote, an amateur,” Mabe said. “He’s an amateur in the best sense of the word: someone who is passionate about the job and about getting the job done.

To look at Brown’s films is to be transported to a different world – a world that feels both outdated and somehow timeless. The work looks less like a product of the 80s and much more like something that may have been done decades earlier. The sets are often simple, but Mabe said the messages are surprisingly complex — and a bit haunting.

“Norm Bruns’ work embodies the kind of work that Reeling was founded to support, which is experimental film with a queer sensibility,” Brenda Webb, executive director of Reeling, said in a statement.

Since 2020, Mabe has shown Bruns’ shorts a few times, including at a film festival in New York this year. In Reeling however, they will return to Chicago, where Bruns lived and worked – and where the films will ultimately be archived.

The Dizzying screening of Bruns’ work – billed as Rediscover the magic of Norm Bruns — is a compilation of 10 short films lasting between 3 and 13 minutes each. In total, the program will last a little over an hour.

The man behind the camera

Bruns had a way of putting people at ease when he was behind the camera, said his close friend Mary Beth Bush, who appears in Screen testwhich will be presented at Reeling.

Beyond creating films, Bruns also took photographs and dabbled in poetry and sculpture. He was outgoing, a prankster who could make his friends laugh and a fountain of ideas, Bush said.

“He was the most creative person I’ve ever known,” Bush said.

Bruns grew up in suburban Palatine, the eldest of a large progeny of children – seven sons and a daughter, raised by a father who worked in a factory and a mother who stayed at home. Bruns and her father didn’t always agree, her brother Noel said.

Norm Bruns, left, with his parents and siblings in an undated photo.
Norm Bruns, left, with his parents and siblings in an undated photo. Courtesy of the Bruns family

As a young adult living in Chicago, Bruns sought adventure. His friend Geoff Grove said Bruns had a knack for finding gems all over town – from dive bars to drag bars – Bruns seemed to have endless energy to explore and a desire to meet new people.

When Bruns fell ill, the AIDS epidemic was at its peak in the United States. From 1981 to 1990, more than 100,000 people in the United States death from AIDSwith the highest number of deaths occurring among men aged 25-44.

“When Norm was diagnosed with AIDS, I saw a change in my father, and I speak of my father in particular, because I had no idea which direction he would go,” said Noel Bruns. “Where there had been no heat before, there was heat.”

Towards the end of his life, Bruns often spent time in Wisconsin. But when he became too weak to make the trip, his parents took him home, where he died in 1990.

Mary Beth Bush, a close friend of Norm Bruns, appears in the film
Mary Beth Bush and Norm Bruns. Bush appears in the film “Screen Test,” which is among Bruns’ works to be screened at the Reeling Film Festival this year. Courtesy of Woody Johnson

The gift of seeing Bruns’ work

Woody Johnson met Bruns at a bar in 1983, when Bruns was renting a unit in a “very old building, where most of the apartments had stoves, so the place would be freezing,” Johnson said. Located on Grand, not far from Halsted, the one-bedroom apartment cost around $100 a month, at a time when Johnson recalls most other apartments cost five times as much.

Woody Johnson and Norm Bruns.
Woody Johnson and Norm Bruns. Courtesy of Woody Johnson

Bruns’ day job was at a picture framing business, where he designed artwork, and by the time he met Johnson, Bruns had largely finished making films – the bulk of which part was made in an incredibly short period of time between 1980 and 1981.

“He said everything he wanted to say with the movie, so he didn’t do anything after that,” said Johnson, Bruns’ former partner.

When Johnson saw Bruns’ finished films, he “knew they were beautiful,” but couldn’t put into words what he loved about them.

Barbara Scharres could. In this 1982 Reader article, which ran with the title “Trance Occurrences”, Scharres – who was the longtime programming director of what is now known as the Gene Siskel Film Center – wrote of the “artful innocence” in Bruns’ work.

“Most films aren’t humorous, yet sometimes you want to laugh with delight at the magic and purity of their vision,” she continued. “To see Bruns’ films is to be granted a too brief and fragile vision of his mysterious underground world, to be the recipient of a dark gift.”

Courtney Kueppers is a digital producer/reporter at WBEZ. Am here @cmkueppers.



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The NBA’s Biggest Failures https://ghostsofabughraib.org/the-nbas-biggest-failures/ Wed, 21 Sep 2022 11:31:00 +0000 https://ghostsofabughraib.org/the-nbas-biggest-failures/ The NBA is one of the best sports leagues in the world, loved for its fast-paced action and unlimited entertainment. That being said, there were plenty of times when things didn’t go to plan and people felt embittered. In this article, we’re going to look at 25 of the worst failures in NBA history. Whether […]]]>

The NBA is one of the best sports leagues in the world, loved for its fast-paced action and unlimited entertainment. That being said, there were plenty of times when things didn’t go to plan and people felt embittered.

In this article, we’re going to look at 25 of the worst failures in NBA history. Whether it be failed NBA teams or players who had a really bad game, we have some great failures here for you.

What are the worst failures?

We have a lot of failures to solve, so we’ll keep it short. While there have been too many blunders and mistakes over the years that could have easily made this compilation, we’ve done our best to find 25 of the worst failures in the NBA’s long history.

1. Imagine missing 23 free throws in a game

A record no one wants, in the 15/16 season, Rockets player Andre Drumond missed 23 three shots in a single game.

2. A record from the 1940s

A record so bad that it was not missed. In the 1940s, Joe Fulks missed 42 of his 55 field goal attempts in a single game. There is trouble, then there is this…

3. The opposite of the clutch

James Harden may be great, but clutch may not be the perfect adjective. Throughout his career, he missed 16 three-point shots in a single game 6 times.

4. Even Shaq could put on a stink

In the 00/01 season, basketball legend Shaquille O’Neal missed 11 free throws in a single game. If it was anyone else, we’re sure he’d be much more ridiculed.

5. All-Star Baller?

In 1971, Tim Hardaway missed 17 field goal attempts in a single game, proving that even the best players can have games that just aren’t right for them.

6. Six years and little in return

Despite being seriously injured in the 07/08 season, the Wizards decided to give Gilbert Arenas a colossal 6-year contract extension worth over $110 million.

7. Not all stars are worth it

Just a year after signing a 7-year contract worth over $100 million and making the All-Star team, Shawn Kemp returned to Sonics preseason camp weighing over 300 pounds. .

8. Why pay top dollar for old stars?

The Nicks got a stink when they handed 30-year-old Allan Houston a 6-year contract worth a colossal $100 million when it was clear he was past his best.

9. The most expensive racer

While he was a good runner, Josh Smith should never have been given a 4-year contract worth over $50 million by the Pistons in 2013. He was not versatile.

10. Not bad for an injured player

Receiving a long-term contract worth almost $100 million despite being barely fit is a dream come true for many. Chandler Parsons received it from Memphis in 2016.

11. The microfiber ball

In 2006, a new microfiber ball was introduced by the NBA. Everyone hated it and it’s considered one of the worst innovations in NBA history.

12. How can you waste $100 million?

Despite earning over $100 million during his 11-year NBA career, Antoine Walker ended up screwing it all up and went bankrupt in 2009.

13. If you can’t move, don’t dance

Mark Madsen might have been a decent player, but he is best remembered for his horrible dancing after winning the championship in 2001 and 2002.

14. The 2007 final was so bad

While some games suck, it’s rare that they suck so hard that the ratings absolutely drop. The 2007 final was a prime example of an all-time stink.

15. Do you remember Wilt Chamberlain’s acting career?

A serial film actor, Wilt Chamberlain’s worst role was in a film called Bombaata. The less we talk about it, the better…it’s SO bad!

16. Just Play, Michael

Michael Jordan might have been a great player, but his time on the sidelines is most remembered for drafting Kwame Brown and Adam Morrison – 2 huge misses!

17. The LeBron TV Special

The decision had the potential to be an all-time ESPN special, but when LeBron chose what seemed like a safe option, just about everyone felt utterly disappointed.

18. Don’t believe your own hype

Where are we going to start? Latrell Sprewell thought $7 million a year was poverty wages, he was singled out by his head coach, he made death threats against players, and then he went bankrupt.

19. Censorship by Nike?

It was discovered that Nike hid a tape showing LeBron James being drenched by Jordan Crawford in 2009 because it made them look bad.

20. There is only one Michael Jordan

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There have been so many players excited like the next Michael Jordan, but each time we end up disappointed. When will we learn?

21. Sidney Lowe’s Coaching Career

Some people are made to be coaches, but that can’t be said for Sidney Lowe. With a win rate of just 25%, Lowe is probably someone who is probably the best off the field.

22. The many hairstyles of Denis Rodman

That might be a harsh inclusion, but you have to admit that some of Rodman’s many hairstyles did not exactly hit the target. That being said…they were memorable!

23. Michael Olowokandi’s rebounding record

Some signings make sense, but Michael Olowokandi joining the Clippers just wasn’t meant to be. He averaged close to 10 rebounds per game!

24. Fila sneakers

Jordan shot to fame and quickly became synonymous with basketball. Remember Fila’s attempt to break into the streetwear/basketball space? No.

25. Those horrible shorts

Luckily for anyone who follows the NBA, the days of those atrocious short films that left very little to the imagination are over. We are so lucky to have what we have now.


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Shania Twain is preparing to enter the “next chapter” of her career with a new song, “Waking Up Dreaming” https://ghostsofabughraib.org/shania-twain-is-preparing-to-enter-the-next-chapter-of-her-career-with-a-new-song-waking-up-dreaming/ Tue, 20 Sep 2022 18:48:53 +0000 https://ghostsofabughraib.org/shania-twain-is-preparing-to-enter-the-next-chapter-of-her-career-with-a-new-song-waking-up-dreaming/ Shania Twain was happy to announce that she wasn’t done with releasing new music this year. The ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’ singer has revealed that this Friday (September 23) she will be releasing her latest song titled ‘Waking Up Dreaming’. The international superstar shared the news on social media and expressed her excitement […]]]>

Shania Twain was happy to announce that she wasn’t done with releasing new music this year. The ‘That Don’t Impress Me Much’ singer has revealed that this Friday (September 23) she will be releasing her latest song titled ‘Waking Up Dreaming’.

The international superstar shared the news on social media and expressed her excitement that she is finally available to her fans.

Her caption read: “Every time I announce something like this I get such a rush of adrenaline and nerves – it never gets old… I’m super excited to share with you that my new song ‘Waking Up Dreaming’ comes out this Friday!!”

In the cover art, Twain dons a tan cowboy hat, sleek high-heeled boots with a pink marble pattern, and a white silk skirt.

She went on to explain that she’s been keeping busy for the past two years between recording her new music, working on her documentary, Not just a girland complete his residency in Las Vegas.

Twain added, “It’s been such a creative time for me, I can’t wait for this next chapter and ‘Waking Up Dreaming’ is just the beginning.⁠”

The initial reveal alone was enough to get fans excited, but the singer took it a step further when she posted a teaser clip of the new song on TikTok.

“No, we won’t stop at the ceiling / So let’s keep waking up dreaming.” she sang in the choir on a compilation of concert footage from her early career.

“I will be streaming this snippet until Friday. Can’t wait,” one user wrote while another said, “This sounds like one of Shania’s best tracks ever.

“Waking Up Dreaming” will follow the release of his latest compilation project, Not just a girl (the highlights), which also serves as the soundtrack to his Netflix documentary of the same title. The documentary premiered on the streaming service in July and features interviews with Lionel Richie, Diplo, Avril Lavigne, Orville Peck and Kelsea Ballerini and features plenty of behind-the-scenes moments from Twain.

According SHEshe plans to release a new album in 2023 and the film confirmed the speculation as she was shown in the studio in London working on tracks for the upcoming project.

“I’m here in London to finish my album – and meet some great British talent and creatives,” she teased.

Shania Twain; Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for ACM

Earlier this month, Twain also concluded his Las Vegas residency, “Let’s Go!” at the Zappos Theater at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino, which opened in December 2019. She took to social media to share some heartfelt words as she experiences the end of an era.

“Finishing a tour or a residency is always so heartbreaking. The journey you take with your team is always unique and unifying and the access you have to your beautiful fans is so special and exciting – so it’s very hard to say goodbye. It was worse in the 90s when I had no social media to at least be able to say to those paying attention here – thank you to all the people who make the show possible, those on stage with me kicking ass butt and those behind the scenes who also kick – thank you my fans, thank you for choosing to spend your time with me, thank you for the support, thank you for your uplifting energy and the love in the room. Twain Town is a special place where we all choose to love and accept each other – we come together for PARTY – and I will miss you all #LetsGoVegas”

Shania Twain will release her new song on Friday, September 23 via UMG Nashville. Further details regarding her upcoming album and future performances have yet to be announced.



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