The preternaturally gifted director and choreographer Bob Fosse turned the camera on his own life for this madly imaginative, self-excoriating musical masterpiece. Roy Scheider gives the performance of his career as Joe Gideon, whose exhausting work schedule—mounting a Broadway production by day and editing his latest movie by night—and routine of amphetamines, booze, and sex are putting his health at serious risk.
Fosse burrows into Gideon’s (and his own) mind, rendering his interior world as phantasmagoric spectacle. Assembled with visionary editing that makes dance come alive on-screen as never before, and overflowing with sublime footwork by the likes of Ann Reinking, Leland Palmer, and Ben Vereen, All That Jazz pushes the musical genre to personal depths and virtuosic aesthetic heights.
New 4K digital restoration, with 3.0 surround DTS-HD Master Audio soundtrack on the Blu-ray
Audio commentary featuring editor Alan Heim
Selected-scene audio commentary by actor Roy Scheider
New interviews with Heim and Fosse biographer Sam Wasson
New conversation between actors Ann Reinking and Erzsebet Foldi
Episode of the talk show Tomorrow from 1980, featuring director Bob Fosse and choreographer Agnes de Mille
Interviews with Fosse from 1981 and 1986
Portrait of a Choreographer, a 2007 documentary on Fosse
The Soundtrack: Perverting the Standards, a 2007 documentary about the film’s music
Interview with George Benson from 2007, about his song “On Broadway,” which opens the film
PLUS: A booklet featuring an essay by critic Hilton Als
Click the movie titles for links to the Barnes and Noble sale prices. Once the sale is over, you might come close to the bargain deals at Amazon. Both gifts are perfect for the sophisticated film fan on your holiday shopping list.
A few weeks ago Mark Evanier wrote in his blog about the Blackwing Palamino Pencil, which was the weapon of choice for people like Chuck Jones, Stephen Sondheirm and John Steinbeck.
Blackwing pencils were originally introduced by the Eberhard Faber Pencil Company in the 1930s. Their cult following included several insanely talented artists and writers.
Despite this following, they fell victim to cost cutting measures in the 1990s and were discontinued. But, that didn’t stop devotees from paying as much as $40 per pencil to seize unused stock. In 2010, a new company drew from nearly a century of experience in the pencil business to access the best materials in the world and bring Blackwing back for a new generation of writers, musicians, and others seeking a more natural existence.
Today, a portion of every Blackwing sale benefits music and arts education at the K-12 level.
As an artist who is in the midst of transitioning back from digital art to real physical art after dealing with hand paralysis for a few years, I decided to order some and try them out.
I was very impressed by the quality of this pencil, and how easy it is on my hands. You can see work I created with their basic soft-graphite pencil HERE and HERE, so I’m recommending a cool starter set that you can order directly from the new Blackwing company. These pencils are not cheap. The ones I got ran around two bucks a pop, but they are worth every penny. The Blackwing Starting Point Set is the perfect way to introduce the artist or maker in your life to the world of Blackwing.
EACH SET INCLUDES:
4 Blackwing pencils with a range of Soft, Balanced, Firm and Extra-firm graphite
2 Point Guards that keep your pencil from breaking on the go
1 Black Long Point Sharpener that uses a two-step process to first sharpen the wood before precision sharpening the graphite
2 packs of our Replacement Erasers to ensure your pencil is always functional
You can order this set for just under $35, direct from Blackwing, and you can browse their store for other pencils, accesories and limited edition sets. Their pencils can also be found at Amazon and Dick Blick.
If the person on your holiday shopping list becomes a fan, you can give them new Blackwing Palamino pencils every year! Recommended for artists, writers and musicians.
This week I’m back to using the Blackwing Palamino pencil. You’ll be reading more about that particular drawing implement later today in The 2019 PopCult Gift Guide. I am falling in love with this soft, smooth line.
For this exercise in pencil discipline, I used one of my own images from the 2010 Stark Charleston animated short that I made for the 100th episode of Radio Free Charleston. Based on a photo I took while driving across the South Side Bridge into Charleston. I brought up the photo on the computer screen and sketched out the outlines, then finished it on the kitchen table, in a traditional artist’s hunched-over position. I’m really enjoying having the use of my hands again.
If you wish, you can click this image to see it bigger.
Meanwhile, over in radio-land, Monday on The AIR, our Monday Marathon presents eight hours of Sydney’s Big Electric Cat starting at 7 AM. At 3 PM we are expecting to bring you am encore episode of Prognosis from a couple of months ago. Tomorrow The AIR will proudly welcome a new program from an old friend to the lineup. We’ll tell you about that Tuesday morning.
You can listen to The AIR at the website, or on this embedded radio player…
Also, some time after noon today you can expect the next entry in The 2019 PopCult Gift Guide. The plan is to recommend at least three gifts for you later Monday, with multiple entries each day.
We have our first combo post in The 2019 PopCult Gift Guide, as we re-recommend Rick Wakeman’s Gastank DVD set, which was originally a pick in The 2017 Gift Guide. Now we can embed a sample above, the very first episode, in fact, and give you a better idea of what the show is about.It’s still available from Amazon, and it’s still a delight to watch.
Gastank was a television show that aired between 1982–1983 on Channel 4 in the UK. Hosted by Rick Wakeman and Tony Ashton the show featured a mix of interviews with 1970s musicians and impromptu performances where the guest artist would join Rick and his house band in playing re-arranged versions of their classic songs, or entirely new pieces created for the show.
The format is very informal with the setting likened to a bar where Wakeman would interview the guest over a drink or five, followed by their performance in front of a small studio audience sitting in groups at tables. Wakeman would frequently refer to the show as a bit of a drunken clubhouse with music. During its run, the show featured guests as diverse as:- Rick Parfitt, Ian Paice, Steve Hackett, Maggie Bell, Roy Wood, Andy Fairweather Low, John Entwistle, Godley and Creme, Suzy Quatro, Donovan, The Strawbs, Eric Burdon, Chris Farlowe, Frankie Millar, Phil Lynott, Alvin Lee, and many others.
Released first time on DVD in 2017, all of the episodes of Gastank are available for the first time in the United States ever, and also for the first time since they were initially aired in the UK. Rick Wakeman explains in the liner notes, “For many years, many of you have been asking us to release this material from the show I presented with Tony Ashton back in the early 80’s. Gastank was an opportunity for iconic musicians from different bands to get the opportunity to perform live together. I hope it brings back memories and for those not around when the programmes went out, enjoy some unique performances.”
The show is a blast, with musicians having fun, talking shop and playing the music they love. The easiest way to order it is through Amazon, where the price tends to fluctuate, but is always a bargain for two DVD’s packed full of every episode of the show.
This week we’re going back to February, 2014, for an episode of The RFC MINI SHOW featuring music that was recorded the previous November. This MINI SHOW brought you two songs from our old friends, Frenchy and The Punk.
This will be the last RFC Flashback for a couple of weeks, as we take time off for the 2019 PopCult Gift Guide, but we wanted to make it to this episode so we could remind everyone that Frenchy and The Punk have plenty of new music since the last time they graced the Radio Free Charleston video show with their presence, and it would make for a terrific gift or three for the lover of great, original, independent music on your holiday shopping list. Visit their online store, and buy up everything in sight. People will love you for it.
In this episode, we go back to a November 2013 session at The Empty Glass to revisit two songs that Frenchy and The Punk performed previously on Radio Free Charleston, only with new performances, “Birthday Fanfare” and “Yes, I’m French.”
We find ourselves at the end of the week, and we have a few cool things to tell you about.
First, however, I need to explain what’s going on with the 2019 PopCult Gift Guide. Some technical issues on my end have slowed down progress on the Gift Guide, and we haven’t been quite as prolific as planned. Later today we expect to publish a couple of new posts, but over this weekend we’ll probably cut down to one gift guide post per day, before kicking into high gear next Monday.
So bear with us. We already have several great gift suggestions posted for you, and we’ll be bringing you dozens more before we wrap things up on Thanksgiving.
Now, if you want to do some early holiday shopping, then check out the first of three cool weekend events happening in the area that I’m telling you about today.
The 2019 Mountain State Pop Expo
This one almost snuck up on me. Every year Dave Humphreys and his crew organize a celebration of pop culture featuring cosplay, comics, toys, collectibles and panels! All proceeds from this event go directly to the Children’s Home Society of West Virginia.
IWA East Coast Presents “American Psychos”
Friday night at the Kings Way Outreach Center in Nitro, just a day before their panel at the Mountain State Pop Expo, IWA East Coast runs another great wrestling show.
UFC Hall of Famer “The American Psycho” Stephan Bonnar will be in action. “The Reaper” Matt Conard defends the IWA: East Coast title against Jason “The Gift” Kincaid. IWA:East Coast tag champs Smokey C and “The Dark Child” Chance Prophet defend their titles against The Gym Nasty Boys. Chance Rizer faces Kobain, all this and more!
Check out the graphic below. It’s going to be a hot show.
All Star Wrestling’s Welcome to Badstreet USA
Saturday evening, you can head down the road to Madison for another night of great independent wrestling.
The Law Office Of Steve New State Farm Agent Scotty Brown and New Haven Church presents WELCOME TO BADSTREET USA, Live at the Madison Civic Center Madison WV.FEATURING WWE Alumni stars Carlito, James Ellsworth and The Man they call Gilberg!
Can you imagine the awesomeness? How can one arena hold both Gillberg and Ellsworth?
Also SRO, The Ugly Ducks, Huffmanly, Vance Desmond, Jack Manic, Dustin Alexzander Casey King and many more! Check out the graphic for more details.
And with that, your PopCulteer wraps up this week’s column and prepares to bring you more entries in The 2019 PopCult Gift Guide, along with all our other regular features.
JoJo Siwa is a pop culture phenomenon. Chances are that, unless you have a pre-teen girl in your household, you may not have heard of her before, but the fact is she is HUGE these days with the kids. She has a loyal following who call themselves “Siwanators”
A Vlogger and singer with millions of fans, the 16-year old superstar first rose to prominence as a cast member on the Lifetime series, Dance Moms, before leaving that show and finding greater fame on YouTube, and now in a world-wide pact with Nickelodeon. In fact, she’s all over the Nickelodeon Gift Guide, but we’re going to spread to world to our PopCult readers, who may not keep up the kids.
JoJo is currently on her first headline tour – D.R.E.A.M. The Tour is sponsored by Party City – and will travel to more than 70 cities across the US & Canada. 2019 is JoJo’s Sweet Sixteen birthday year, and retailers nationwide will feature special-edition products for both her birthday and on the DREAM tour!
If you have a pre-teen girl on your holiday shopping list, there’s a good chance that you can’t go wrong with JoJo Siwa gifts. There’s plenty of them out there, so we’ll mention some of the best ideas for this holiday season, complete with suggested retail price links to where you can buy them online, where available.
JoJo Siwa is the newest member of the collecitble Hairdorables squad! Dressed in an outfit from her D.R.E.A.M. tour, each Special Edition JoJo Loves Hairdorables includes 10 surprises and captures JoJo’s bright personality and inspiring message to live “the sweet life.” The JoJo Hairdorables Dolls even feature JoJo’s signature bow and side-pony. Collect the JoJo Hairdorable Doll in each of her two styles. Ages 3+, SRP $12.99. Available at Walmart, Walmart.com, Target, Amazon, and Meijer.
JoJo Siwa Singing Dolls – D.R.E.A.M
It’s JoJo with the bow-bow! Sporting her signature oversized bow, this 10” JoJo doll sings her hit song, “Boomerang!” This beautiful JoJo doll features poseable arms and le gs and looks just like the JoJo we all know and love! She also comes with a pink microphone, and a hairbrush to help young fans brush and style her flowing blonde locks! The Singing JoJo Doll will inspire young girls to be themselves through empowering and uplifting positive play! Ages 6+, SRP $19.99. Available at Walmart, Walmart.com, Target, Amazon, Kohls, and Meijer.
JoJo’s D.R.E.A.M. Car
Jojo is on the road and living the dream in her new fully customized convertible, featuring colorful stripes, stars, unicorns, and even a portrait of JoJo! Girls can place their JoJo singing doll into the Teal Blue driver’s seat and cruise around singing JoJo’s top hits! Jojo’s D.R.E.A.M. Car even features 4 different colored wheel rims, just like JoJo’s real car! Push the D.R.E.A.M. Car along and help JoJo spread her message inspiring young fans to be themselves through empowering and uplifting positive play! Ages 3+, SRP $17.99, Available at Amazon.
We go back to our back-up formula this week for Radio Free Charleston International, which you can hear at 3 PM Thursday timeslot on The AIR. You can listen at the website, or on this embedded radio player…
As is our new Thursday norm, we now have a replay of this week’s Radio Free Charleston at 2 PM, followed by a brand-new episode of Radio Free Charleston International at 3 PM. For you old-timers who remember the original broadcast incarnation of , this combination comes close to recreating the original experience, with your PopCulteer unleashed to play whatever he felt like playing, mixed with a generous helping of great local music.
You can read about this week’s episode of RFC HERE.
Radio Free Charleston International is the two-hour weekly show where Rudy Panucci (that’s me, by the way) gets to play whatever he wants. It’s our way of revisiting the golden age of free-format radio, which is sort of what inspired us to go into this medium in the first place.
Once again in this week’s new episode of Radio Free Charleston International, I’m going with a mimxtape presentation, so to find out what I’m playing, you’ll have to follow along with the playlist below. This week we’re using this format because a combination of technical issues and really loud stuff happening in the neighborhood have made it difficult to record the host segments, and I’m still working on the show just hours before it debuts. Today’s show is loaded with great music from the team of Andy Partridge and Robyn Hitchcock, Eddie Jobson, Rick Wakeman, The Dukes of The Stratosphear and Mike McGear.
If you want to buy the opening track, which is a new collaboration between XTC’s former frontman, Andy Partridge, and Robyn Hitchcock, go to Burning Shed Records, who will ship it to you direct from Planet England. We’ll be mentioning them again in the Gift Guide very soon.
Check out the playlist:
RFC International 074
Andy Partridge & Robyn Hitchcock “Planet England”
Mike McGear “Have You Got Problems”
Rick Wakeman “White Rock”
Eddie Jobson “Resident”
The Clash “Justice Tonight/Kick It Over”
The Pixies “Daniel Boone”
Hawkwind “All Aboard The Skylark”
Marilyn Manson “God’s Gonna Cut You Down”
ELO “One More Time”
Animal ДжаZ “Так надо”
Ray Wilson “Bless Me”
Dukes of the Stratosphear “Human Beans”
Steve Hackett’s Genesis Revisted “Musical Box”
Jethro Tull “Budapest”
Dosed “Jam Song”
Jan Akkerman “Good Body Every Evening”
The Brokedown Dukes “Hellbound”
Reverent Jukie “Creole Love Call”
Charlie P “Secret Survivor”
You can tune in to RFC International every Thursday at 3 PM on The AIR. If you miss it, you have plenty of chances to catch a replay: Fridays at 1 PM and 10 PM, Saturdays at 1 PM, Sundays at 1 AM and 2 PM, Mondays at 9 PM, and Tuesdays at 11 PM, exclusively on The AIR.
The 2019 PopCult Gift Guide will resume this afternoon.
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