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Posts Tagged ‘Quincy Jones’

A Gaggle of Oscar-Winning Producers

There are all sorts of fascinating group-snippets in the video below, shot by The Hollywood Reporter during a recent gathering of dozens of Academy Award-winning and nominated producers at the home of Robert Evans.

All these years later, Frank Marshall alongside Quincy Jones still can’t get over the fact that the Academy honored The Color Purple with 11 nominations but skipped director Steven Spielberg. Mel Gibson and Alan Ladd Jr. try to remember how they first met. And Jason Reitman (Up in the Air), with father Ivan next to him, details some unusual dynamics:

“I remember the first time I gave a screenplay to my dad – he was basically the first person to read it – he said, ‘Jason, this is a plotless screenplay.’ You can’t be so afraid of plot.’… It’s a very tricky line when your father is your producer and he has to find that moment of when is he being your father and when is he being a producer.”

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The Verdict on Neil Young’s GRAMMY Speech: Pure Gold

ShutterstockNeilYoungRolling Stone has the full transcript of the Hall of Famer’s Tuesday night acceptance speech. Young was presented with the President’s Merit Award by the Producers & Engineers Wing.

Article author Gavin Edwards writes that the 15-minute speech was “parts musical manifesto, stand-up comedy and personal history.” And that the transcript is an essential read for anyone seeking further insight into the performer’s recording-studio approach. A brief taste:

“Digital. Digital is not bad. But Xerox is not good. I always like to say Picasso was really happy to see original Picassos everywhere, but when he went into some places and saw Xeroxes of Picassos, it didn’t make him as happy, because he thought people thought that we was making those things.”

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Quincy Jones Readies ‘Asian Grammys’

Just in time for the Martin Luther King Jr. holiday weekend, Matthew Garrahan, west coast correspondent for the Financial Times, has put together a rousing profile of a man who is the very embodiment of the dream King once famously spoke of.

Garrahan chatted for three hours with Quincy Jones at the mogul’s expansive Bel Air home, which he makes good use of to frame the article. In the piece, he touches on Jones’ humble Chicago beginnings, brief dalliance with heroin, stories of working with Frank Sinatra and Michael Jackson, and much more. There are also details about Jones’ increasing ties to China and the rest of Asia, cemented by his role as artistic adviser to the 2008 Beijing Summer Olympics:

The main Asian push begins in March: in addition to being its [new] chairman, Jones is now executive producer of the [Singapore based] Asia Academy of Music Arts & Sciences’ inaugural awards show, envisaged as a kind of Asian Grammys.

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Oprah Addresses Honorary Oscar Doubters

AP Hollywood correspondent Sandy Cohen has scored a solid Oprah Winfrey interview after bypassing the usual PR channels:

Winfrey tells Cohen she was as surprised as anyone that she was selected to receive the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award. Not because she doesn’t think she is worthy, but rather because she recognizes that her body of big screen acting work is slim:

“”I understand people thinking, `Where’s her list of credentials for films?’” Winfrey said, “but I don’t think there’s room for criticism in the do-good department…”

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Jeff Bridges Premieres New Songs at Private LA Concert

Actor-turned-musician Jeff Bridges has an album coming out in August, and he was good enough to share a few tracks Tuesday night at the Troubadour. FishbowlLA managed to score an invite to the private concert, and arrived just in time to hear Quincy Jones introduce Bridges as “my baby brother.”

Bridges proved as charming and affable on stage as he is on screen, and his country-folk ditties were a hit with the crowd. The Bridges family was in attendance, and the highlight of the night had Jeff singing “The Man in Me” to his wife Sue. Pierce Brosnan and album producer T Bone Burnett were spotted in the crowd, and standing just behind us were actors Ryan Reynolds and Olivia Wilde, looking cozy.

After the show we chatted with Rachel Reynolds of KCRW and rock critic Laura Ferreiro, both of whom confessed to being uncharacteristically starstruck. “I think he’s the world’s most likeable guy,” said Reynolds. Agreed.

LAFF Panelist Recalls Dog Day Turnaround

Last night at the Los Angeles Film Festival, LA Times film critic Kenneth Turan hosted a panel discussion about the late director Sidney Lumet. Joining him at the front of LA Live’s Regal Cinemas Theater 12 were actor Andy Garcia, composer Quincy Jones, and writer-producer Frank Pierson, who won the Best Original Screenplay Academy Award in 1975 for the Lumet drama Dog Day Afternoon.

That movie was originally intended to be more comedic. In fact, in the Columbia Pictures executive suite, it was dismissively nicknamed The Boys in the Bank. But everything changed one day when Pierson and Lumet were confronted by the sight of star Al Pacino, trying to make his point very dramatically by walking around on all fours and barking like a dog. “True story,” Pierson reminded.

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Vibe Founder Quincy Jones Wants To Revive Mag

quincyj.jpgYesterday came the sad news that hip hop music magazine Vibe was closing down — just shy of its sixteenth birthday. But today EbonyJet.com has an exclusive interview with Vibe founder Quincy Jones, who revealed that he wants to resuscitate the mag as a Web publication.

“I’m trying to buy my magazine back now,” Jones told the site. “They just messed my magazine all up, but I’m gonna get it back. You better believe it, I’m'a take it online because print and all that stuff is over.”

It’s been a tough week for Jones, who founded Vibe in 1993. In addition to the death of the magazine he founded, he also had to say goodbye to his close friend Michael Jackson. Jones was instrumental in launching the King of Pop’s solo career and he has told a few news organizations that he is not planning on attending the funeral later this week.

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Vibe Has Folded

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From Jeff Bercovici at AOL’s Daily Finance:

Vibe magazine, the urban-music magazine founded in 1993 by Quincy Jones, is the latest victim of the media recession. Multiple sources both within and outside the magazine confirmed that it is shutting down.

via FBNY

Buzz Aldrin, An American Icon… Of Hip Hop

Buzz Aldrin is an astronaut, a hero, and a hip hop legend. He hits the studio with Snoop Dogg and Talib Kweli to record his latest track, Rocket Experience. Quincy Jones and Soulja Boy also weigh in on Buzz’s lyrical genius and impact on the music world.”