Review written by Jon Patch with 3 out of 4 paws
Florence Foster Jenkins
Paramount Pictures, Qwerty Films, Pathe Pictures International and BBC films present a PG-13, 110 minute, based on a true story, Biography, Drama, Comedy, directed by Stephen Frears and written by Nicholas Martin with a theater release date of August 12, 2016.
July 19, 2016
Los Angeles – based Country music artist Leslie Cours Mather will join host Jon Patch this Saturday, July 23, live on his Talkin’ Pets radio show.
The songstress is now promoting her newest single, the patriotic rallying cry for unity that is “We Are America.” Leslie explains, “With the increasing violence, terrorism, political unrest and division in our country, it seems more important than ever to remember who we are,” Leslie notes. “This is a great country, and I hope people will remember our amazing foundation and the sacrifice it took to become a nation in the first place.”
While her first three singles were targeted specifically at the Country market, “We Are America” was released to radio stations of virtually every genre.
The past 18 months have taken singer/songwriter Leslie Cours Mather on an amazing ride, and it’s one she says she will never forget. “My first single was ‘Countrified’ - which went to the Top 40 on the MusicRow CountryBreakout™ Chart. For a debut single and a newbie who hasn’t had experience with the formal music industry, I was very excited about that. Then, we had ‘Hell Hath No Fury,’ which I started performing on a radio tour.”
The high-octane “That Was The Whiskey” followed, and all three tracks made their mark. Add to that a much-buzzed-about performance at the CMA Music Festival, three videos, plus a Christmas single, and Leslie has established herself as a newcomer of extraordinary talent.
LESLIE COURS MATHER's
"We Are America" A Patriotic Rallying
Cry For Unity; New Single At Radio Now
Mathers wrote the compelling song immediately after 9/11. "I was heartbroken," she recalls. "But all over Los Angeles, you'd see countless American flags flying from cars. Our country was unified - briefly." Leslie, a self-professed Army "brat," admits to feeling a certain level of disappointment when LA Lakers' flags replaced the stars and stripes just a few short months later. "I think that if people are indifferent we have a problem," Mather states. "It seems more important than ever that we remember that we are a people united by this country we call home ... united we stand; divided we fall. That's what 'We Are America' is all about - and why we're releasing it now."
The single is already generating an outpouring of accolades from radio personalities, programmers and music reviewers:
"Her emotional, high-powered delivery leaves no doubt about how close this song is to her heart ... (with) a bold arrangement and a powerful celebratory chorus ... she puts out the call for everyone to band together as Americans ...This is the right time for this song, period, and it's delivered by a singer who's got the goods." - MUSIC NEWS AUSTIN(Rick Moore)
"Perfect song for the times . . . Country listeners will get it." - WKKW Radio (Big John)
"Thank you Leslie for standing up for God, Family, Country and Our Troops! We Love the song and we will always have your back! Stand tall!! You are the real deal!" - COUNTRY THEN AND NOW RADIO (Tommy & Angela Mouser)
"Leslie is inspiring our country with this beautiful patriotic rendition, one note at a time!- ROKU CHANNEL Nashville Country Stars TV (Laura Dodd)
"It's an exceptional song that speaks the words that we all need to hear. Despite all the issues we're dealing with these days, the USA is still the greatest nation on the planet. Thank you for the reminder Leslie." - WMCI Radio (Bub McCullough)
"This is a song that needs to be added, and played, not just on the 4th of July, but year round. Thanks Leslie." - COUNTRY GOLD NETWORK (Mike Carlin)
"Leslie is back with a song to pull us together in these times of division and indecision. 'We Are America' should tug at the hearts of all Americans. With attacks from outside and inside, "We Are America" IS the song we need to hear." - KDKD RADIO (Dave Young)
"We Are America" shows Mather in a new light. Her previous three MusicRow
CountryBreakout™ Chart singles ("That Was The Whiskey," "Hell Hath No Fury," "Countrified") were targeted at Country audiences and more focused on the singer's sense of fun and showcasing her amazing vocal versatility. Appealing to a broader scope of listeners, the new release takes an unapologetic patriotic stand. "I always try to bring a message of hope and goodness into my music," Leslie says. "I think anyone from a military family has a heightened sense of patriotism; I certainly do - and my hope is to see people fall in love with America again."
Produced by Denny Diante (Elton John, Barbra Streisand, B.B. King) and recorded at Blackbird Studios in Nashville, the single features Country/Rock band Calabama on the powerful repeated chorus. Leslie recalls, "The atmosphere was a creative person's paradise, and when we started adding the talents of Brent Mason, Bobby Terry and Buddy Hyatt, it just kept getting better and better. Every layer we added - musicians, lead vocals, background vocals, the mix, the master - the song just got more and more powerful."
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ABOUT LESLIE COURS MATHER
Vanderbilt University in Music City and during her time in Tennessee, she enrolled in acting school and worked for Bob Farnsworth at Hummingbird Productions. From there, Leslie moved to L.A., to hone her craft while starting a family. A chance business meeting introduced her to legendary producer / record executive Denny Diante who put her back in Nashville with a "Wrecking Crew" of studio players at Blackbird Studios. The result is the disc, COUNTRIFIED, due for release later this year. With influences ranging from Linda Ronstadt to Martina McBride and Trisha Yearwood, Mather presents a powerful vocal style that is uniquely her own.
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Review written by Jon Patch with 2 out of 4 paws
Popstar: Never Stop Never Stopping
Universal Pictures, Apatow Productions, Perfect World Pictures and The Lonely Island present an R rated, 86 minute, Music, Comedy, directed by Akiva Schaffer and Jorma Taccone, written by Schaffer and Andy Samberg with a theater release date of June 3, 2016.
Review written by Jon Patch with 2.5 paws out of 4
A24, Broad Green Pictures and Film Science present an R rated, 94 minute, Crime, Horror, Thriller, directed and written by Jeremy Saulnier with a theater release date of April 29, 2016.
Saturday, March 5, the 65th day of 2016.
There are 301 days left in the year.CREW
Jon Patch - Host
Dr. Katy Myer - DVM/Cohost
Daisey Charlotte - Producer
Ben -Network Producer
Bob Page - Executive Producer
Special guests: Ann Devito author of "Dog Love" will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 3/5/16 at 5PM EST to discuss and give away her book
Jacquii LLC founder and creator of Woofmints will join Jon and Talkin' Pets 3/5/16 at 635 PM EST to discuss and give away her products
50 Shelters in 50 States received grants
Miranda Lambert’s MuttNation Foundation had a great fundraising year in 2015 and with your help is able to continue their Mutts Across America: 50 States/50 Shelters initiative. A total of $175,000 was distributed to shelters in each of the 50 states in January this year, with the minimum donation to an individual shelter being $3000. Miranda Lambert said, “When an animal finds a forever home, it’s not just life-changing for the animal, but for the family that gets to receive the unconditional love that animals give. It means so much to me to be a part of that process.”
The MuttNation Foundation board worked diligently to find the most deserving shelters in each of the 50 states. The surprised recipients acknowledged the donations across MuttNation’s social platforms. The Save Your Ass Long Ear Rescue, responded to the donation, “To say I was shocked to receive your amazingly generous and kind donation would be an understatement!” The Bella Vista Animal Shelter told MuttNation Foundation, “As the recipient for the state of Arkansas we are deeply humbled and enormously grateful for your support! Our ‘cold noses and warm hearts’ give the MuttNation Foundation their sincere thanks.” And Animal Rescue Rhode Island thanked MNF for recognizing their, “exemplary work in the fight to end animals’ suffering and accelerate shelter pet adoptions.”
A lot of different criteria play a role in the decision to support these selected shelters, such as high adoption per intake rate, volunteerism, fiscal responsibility, advocating spay and neuter programs and a solid presence in their community.
MNF co-founder Bev Lambert added, “We feel so privileged to be able to continue supporting these shelters that truly stand out. We salute all of the individuals who follow their passion to help animals and defend those who cannot defend themselves.”
MNF continues to support their partners in animal rescue at The American Humane Association and Northshore Animal League as well as Miranda's home town shelter, Pet Fur People in East Texas. A complete list of the shelters that received donations is available at MuttNationFoundation. MNF does not solicit grant applications.
MuttNation Foundation is a 501(c)3 organization and all contributions are 100% tax deductible; it has raised over $2.3 M the past seven years. To donate please visit: MuttNationFoundation. Miranda and her mother, Bev, make every effort to ensure that your hard-earned dollars are going to spay and neuter efforts, medical treatments, adoptions, preventions, transportation, legislative changes, and education. By contributing, you are making a difference to end animal cruelty, neglect, and homelessness.
ABOUT MIRANDA LAMBERT: Grammy Award winning singer-songwriter Miranda Lambert is the reigning six-time CMA and six-time ACM Female Vocalist of the Year (the first time any female has won 6 consecutive years). The first single off of Lambert’s fifth studio album, Platinum, “Automatic,” was Lambert’s highest charting first week single to date and won CMA and ACM “Song of the Year”. Her duet with Carrie Underwood, the album’s second single, “Somethin’ Bad,” has been certified as an RIAA Platinum Digital Single. Platinum, made history when it debuted atop Billboard's Top Country Albums Chart, making Lambert the first country artist in the history of the chart to have each of her five albums debut at number 1. Platinum also debuted at the top of the all genre Billboard 200 as the number 1 album in the Nation and has recently been certified PLATINUM by the RIAA. With 11 career CMA Awards, Miranda has the most CMA wins for any female in CMA history. Her 23 ACM Awards makes her most awarded female in ACM history.
In addition to her award winning music, she dedicates much of her time to her MuttNation Foundation, an organization that supports shelters and helps pets find a forever home. Visit www.MirandaLambert.com for more information.
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Celebrity-Driven Headlines & Global News Premieres Country Newcomer Callie Twisselman's"Hung Me On The Line" Music Video
Nashville, TN (October 26, 2015) - Celebrity-driven Headlines & Global News premieres Country newcomer Callie Twisselman's new music video, "Hung Me On The Line,"today, as the young star begins a two week stint as guest host on the popular television show Country Fix through November 8.
The video concept centers on a classic Western theme with modern-day twists. Filmed primarily on the Twisselman family ranch in Cholame, California, additional locations include the Varian Ranch and Parkfield Café (Parkfield, CA), "Hung Me On The Line" features a saloon, horses, grasslands and loose women. A gunshot echoes at the close of the clip, which fades out with shots of Twisselman, playing the cowgirl, riding away. "Hung Me On The Line" is Callie's current single, following her recent Top 30 MusicRow CountryBreakout™ Chart hit, "Breathe."
Producer/Director Sam Schneider (Super Bowl, Thirty Seconds To Mars, Memphis May Fire) assumed acting duties as well. His appearances in the movies "Soldiers Horse," "David and Goliath" and the upcoming "Aquarius" served him well and his experience made for a powerful love interest-pairing with Twisselman, whose previous acting roles includes the movie, "Almost Salinas."
Acting, singing and songwriting aren't Twisselman's only talents: the young entertainer recently launched her own clothing line, Sassy Girl, and is wearing one of the label's signature white dresses in the video's opening scenes. "We're new, and so we're always adding new pieces," explains Callie. "Fall means wonderful neutral and earth tones - and I love fringe, so it's a real mix of stylish colors with a dash of fun." Sassy Girl features dresses, casual tank tops, blouses, vests and sweaters as well.
The busy blonde will enter 100 MILLION households this week via Country Fix; fans can catch Callie on DISH Network, Blue Highways TV, Heartland TV, Angel Two, The Family Channel and AMG. "There is so much going on right now," Twisselman admits. "To have my video debut on Headlines & Global News the same day that the Country Fix shows begin airing is just incredible. Folks are liking my music. I am thrilled, excited, over-the-moon happy."
ABOUT CALLIE TWISSELMAN
Raised on her close-knit family's seventh-generation grain and cattle ranch in California, this petite blonde grew up riding horses, roping and competing in rodeos. Callie's Mom sang in a Country band, and this star-in-the-making names Dolly Parton, George Strait, Johnny Cash and Shania Twain as musical influences. Callie caught her own case of "stage fever" at the age of 10, and she's been performing ever since. A talented singer/songwriter, she has entertained music lovers at Fairs and Festivals throughout California and Nevada, and graced the stage at Nashville's famed Bluebird Café. She's opened for top-tier acts Florida Georgia Line, Lee Brice and Frankie Ballard, and with the Top 30 (MusicRow CountryBreakout™ Chart) success of her debut single, "Breathe," and now"Hung Me On The Line," Callieis spreading her wings and expanding her own touring base. She just launched a new clothing line, Sassy Girl, and supports the Oral Cancer Foundation charity. Twisselman enjoys shopping, songwriting and baking.
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Popular Country Newcomer Alexandra Demetree's Acoustic Music Video,"Outta My Head," Premieres Today On THE BOOT
"Delivering a passionate and aching vocal somewhere between LeAnn Rimes and Kelly Clarkson, Demetree fits right in with today's country radio." - Music News Miami
"She is an angelic songbird who has mastered her craft ... finding a gem like this is a rarity in any genre." - One Stop Country
Nashville, TN (October 22, 2015) -- Popular Country newcomer Alexandra Demetree's new acoustic music video, "Outta My Head,"premieres today on THE BOOT. Filmed at a vast, aged warehouse in Nashville's historic Germantown district, the video is stunning in its stark simplicity. Demetree's emotionally-charged vocal and the song's high-impact lyrics take center stage, while abundant natural daylight, a sense of space and timelessness play supporting roles. Producer/director Brian Harstine's (Dolly Parton, Ke$ha) minimalistic approach kept the camera focused on Demetree, three supporting musicians (Josh O'Keefe, Jason Roller and Jaran Sorenson), and a few quirky "abandoned" props
Alexandra Demetree "Outta My Head" video
"It was a very straightforward concept," explains Alexandra. "The entire focus was on showcasing the emotion and musical validity of the song in an organic way." For Demetree, returning to the basics was an exciting challenge. "To go back to square one and make an acoustic version of this dynamic, mid-tempo power ballad was just a fantastic experience." The single, produced by Bobby Huff (Reba, 3 Doors Down, Journey, Heart) and written by Mark and Cherie Oakley, is rising on the MusicRow CountryBreakout™ Chart, currentlysitting at # 60. "Outta My Head" delves into the reminders left behind when a relationship ends: the photos, the empty space beside the bed and more. It's a tale that most listeners can relate to, and it follows the petite brunette's three previous successful Country radio releases, including the popular single/video duet of her own composition, "Lay It On Me," with The Bachelorette's Wes Hayden.
Demetree wraps a four-day radio promotion tour of Oklahoma today; the tour will resume in a few weeks. She continues to work on her upcoming EP. Fans can learn more about Alexandra from recent features at The Daily Country, Music News San Francisco, Digital Rodeo and One Stop Country.
ABOUT ALEXANDRA DEMETREE
Alexandra's first performance, at the tender age of two, was singing Christmas carols for her Grandma's bridge group. Throughout her childhood, she sang in her church choir - in Latin. Music quickly became Demetree's passion and her life goal - to the extent that this true "Southerner," traveled all the way to Illinois to secure a degree from Northwestern University's prestigious musical theater program. With musical influences ranging from Motown, Celine Dion, LeAnn Rimes, David Nail, Garth Brooks, Adele and The Eli Young Band, it's no surprise that this native Floridian is an inspiring and energetic performer. Demetree has entertained crowds at Festivals, Fairs and venues ranging from New York's world-famous Carnegie Hall to stages in Cape Town, South Africa. She's performed for First Lady Barbara Bush, at Walt Disney World and at the Toyota Gator Bowl. She's opened for Andy Griggs and toured with singer/actor Wes Hayden. Alexandra has released three successful Country radio singles to date, including the popular single/video duet of her self-composed, "Lay It On Me," with The Bachelorette's Hayden. The singer/songwriter is most comfortable wearing jeans and cowboy boots. In her spare time, she enjoys creating Lebanese dishes, reading and traveling. Demetree supports The Children's Hospital at Oklahoma University Medical Center and resides in Oklahoma City with her family.
Keep up with Alexandra online at http://www.alexandrademetree.com.
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Universal Pictures, Circle of Confusion, Cube Vision and Legendary Pictures present an R rated, 147 minute, Music, Biography, Drama, directed by F. Gary Gray, written by Jonathan Herman and Andrea Berloff with a theater release date of August 14, 2015.