Axel Schylström on Melodifestivalen Debut, Song-Writing in Swedish, and Changing the Conversation (Interview)


Axel Schylström was first introduced to the public on Swedish Idol 2015, where he placed fourth. Despite wanting to compete in Melodifestivalen right away, the deadline for Melodifestivalen 2016 didn't work out with his stint on Idol so he had to wait till Melodifestivalen 2017. His song "När ingen ser" is one that he wrote on himself, and also features production from Beshad Ashnai who is best known to viewers for doing the foundation track of Ace Wilder's "Don't Worry". This all bodes well for those hoping for more of the up-tempo, dance-oriented songs in the contest. We spoke to Axel at Warner Music Sweden as he was still preparing for the week of his semi-final, about his song, performance, and more.

"It's very up-tempo. It's kind of a party song, I think it's very dancey. The lyrics are about always being yourself and daring to do all this crazy shit you're doing when nobody is watching. Like when you're home alone in your apartment and you put on a good song, you dance, it's about daring to be weird."

Axel is also known for having been in an accident that left him with burn-scars, an experience which he has used to help others by going around Sweden doing motivational speaking appearances. But he admits that the Swedish media often fixates on this one facet of himself as opposed to asking more of the questions they should be asking about his blossoming music career. "I have absolutely no problems speaking about it. Sometimes I like talking about it. But sometimes it gets in the way of my musical thing because journalists always tend to talk about this because it's the first thing they see when they look at me."

Axel describes his music as "Swedish Pop" not only for his being Swedish but due to the active role he takes in composing the music he aims to release, the lyrics of which have all been in Swedish thus far. "I like to write my lyrics in Swedish because it's my main language. I always want my music to say something in the lyrics. When I'm writing music, it's the Swedish lyrics that come to me. I find it hard writing in English because I can't tell as much with the lyrics. That's why I'm doing the pop in Swedish, because I think the lyrics are very important and I can't do them [well] in English."

The staging for the song is set to be lively and energetic to match the song's tone. Axel was involved in the creative process of developing the song's presentation to the best of his ability. "I did have a lot to say about that but I'm not very good at stage numbers. I don't know anything about lights, dancers, I don't know anything about that. So I just presented my thoughts about it and then a choreographer just took that and he made a perfect number, in my opinion, regarding what I said to him. He kept all the things I had in mind and he made it in his way, very professional. His name is Thomas Benstem. I am dancing in it. Not all the time but I have my steps, I have my moments."

Watch our full interview with Axel Schylström here:

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HBO confirms May 20 debut for The Wizard of Lies, starring Robert DeNiro and Michelle Pfeiffer



            HBO has confirmed that the HBO Films presentation THE WIZARD OF LIES will debut SATURDAY, MAY 20 at 8:00 p.m. (ET/PT).
            Starring Robert De Niro, who also serves as an executive producer, and Michelle Pfeiffer as Bernie and Ruth Madoff, the film examines Bernie Madoff’s Ponzi scheme – his deception, lies and cover-up, all as the financier’s wife and sons are catapulted into a harsh and unrelenting spotlight. Alessandro Nivola, Nathan Darrow, Kristen Connolly, Lily Rabe and Hank Azaria also star.
            THE WIZARD OF LIES is directed by Barry Levinson, who also serves as executive producer along with Jane Rosenthal, Robert De Niro, Berry Welsh and Tom Fontana; Jason Sosnoff co-executive produces. Produced by Joseph E. Iberti. The film was written by Sam Levinson and John Burnham Schwartz and Samuel Baum, based on the book “The Wizard of Lies: Bernie Madoff and the Death of Trust,” written by Diana B. Henriques. “Truth and Consequences,” by Laurie Sandell, is additional source material.

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FREMANTLEMEDIA NORTH AMERICA REACHES EXCLUSIVE, MULTI-YEAR FIRST LOOK DEAL WITH BEST-SELLING AUTHOR NEIL GAIMA


FREMANTLEMEDIA NORTH AMERICA REACHES EXCLUSIVE, MULTI-YEAR FIRST LOOK DEAL
WITH BEST-SELLING AUTHOR NEIL GAIMAN

Having recently wrapped production of the first season of the adaptation of Gaiman’s fantasy novel ‘American Gods’, FMNA and Gaiman expand their partnership to future television projects


BURBANK, CA, February 28, 2017  ̶  FremantleMedia North America (FMNA), continuing the expansion of its scripted television business, has entered into an exclusive, multi-year first look agreement with award-winning author Neil Gaiman.  FMNA and Gaiman first began their relationship when the two joined forces to adapt Gaiman’s American Gods. This new far-reaching agreement will provide opportunities for FMNA and Gaiman to adapt any of his uniquely wide ranging works – from novels to short stories, etc. – for television.  The deal also allows for adaptation of projects involving third party source material and intellectual properties. The partnership spans Gaiman’s involvement in all creative capacities, including as a writer and as a producer. 

FMNA and Gaiman are already working together to identify a full slate of projects.  It’s expected that upcoming ventures will encompass both original content, as well as existing Gaiman properties, many of them bringing in acclaimed creators from additional fields, with Cat Mihos continuing to serve as the director of development for Gaiman’s The Blank Corporation. 

Craig Cegielski, co-CEO, FremantleMedia North America, said “Neil Gaiman is one of the most distinctive writers of our time and we’ve been incredibly fortunate to be entrusted with his vision while adapting American Gods. Our experience together has proven more than collaborative – it’s a shared ambition to create, develop and produce singular, bespoke content. We couldn’t be happier to diversify and expand our relationship to future projects.”

Commented Neil Gaiman, "Working with my friends at FremantleMedia on shepherding American Gods to the screen has been exciting and delightful way to spend the last three years. I've learned to trust them, and to harness their talents and enthusiasm, as they've learned to harness mine. They don't mind that I love creating a ridiculously wide variety of things, and I am glad that even the strangest projects of mine will have a home with them. American Gods is TV nobody has seen before and I can't wait to announce the specifics behind what we have coming up next."

Gaiman and FMNA recently wrapped production on the first season of their adaptation of Gaiman’s award-winning novel, American Gods. The series that brought the two together is set to premiere on STARZ on Sunday, April 30th in the U.S., and Amazon Prime Video internationally on Monday, May 1st.


ABOUT FREMANTLEMEDIA NORTH AMERICA
FremantleMedia North America (FMNA) is a premier content studio. FMNA and its portfolio of companies, including Random House Studio, Original Productions and 495 Productions, create entertaining and innovative scripted and alternative programs for network, cable, syndicated and digital partners. Its diverse, critically-acclaimed and award-winning slate includes America’s Got Talent (NBC), Family Feud (SYN), Let’s Make A Deal (CBS), The Price Is Right (CBS), The Great Christmas Light Fight (ABC), Deadliest Catch (Discovery), Jay Leno’s Garage(CNBC) Married to Medicine (Bravo), Martha and Snoop’s Potluck Dinner Party(VH1), Blue Collar Millionaires (CNBC), Storage Wars (A&E), Celebrity Family Feud (ABC), To Tell The Truth (ABC), Match Game (ABC) and American Gods (STARZ), among others. FMNA also operates BUZZR, a retro game show channel that launched in 2015, and is available in the top 10 U.S. markets, and 65 percent of the country.  

FMNA is the U.S. arm of global media giant FremantleMedia, which includes a distribution arm, FremantleMedia International, a digital and branded entertainment division and a kids & family entertainment business.  As one of the world’s largest and most successful creators, producers and distributors of TV  brands in the world, FremantleMedia’s comprehensive global network has operations in 31 countries, creating over 10,000 hours of programming a year, rolling out more than 45 formats and managing over 350 individual titles. The company also distributes more than 20,000 hours of content in over 200 territories. For more information follow us @FMNATV and visit our Facebook page.


ABOUT NEIL GAIMAN
Neil Gaiman is the award-winning author of books, graphic novels, short stories, and films for all ages, including the Oscar nominated Coraline, and Norse Mythology, currently the #1 work of fiction on both The New York Times and London Times Best Seller Lists. Some of his most notable titles include the groundbreakingSandman comics series, The Graveyard Book (the only book ever to win both the Newbery and Carnegie medals), and The Ocean at the End of the Lane, the UK’s National Book Award 2013 Book of the Year. The film adaptation of his short storyHow to Talk to Girls at Parties  will be in released in 2017. Born in the UK, he now lives in the United States.

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Once Upon A Time S06E11 Synopsis: Tougher Than the Rest (3/5)

EMMA TAKES HER DESTINY INTO HER OWN HANDS
WHILE REGINA EXPLORES WHAT ROBIN’S LIFE IS LIKE WITHOUT HER,
ON THE MIDSEASON PREMIERE OF ABC’S ‘ONCE UPON A TIME’

Sean Maguire as Robin of Locksley and Eion Bailey as Pinocchio/August

“Tougher Than the Rest” — With Snow still asleep in Storybrooke, David and Hook race to stop Gideon before he can confront Emma. Gideon makes a startling confession to Belle and Gold about his whereabouts while he was missing. Meanwhile, Regina struggles with the realization that everyone, perhaps even Robin, is better off in the alternate world where the Evil Queen was defeated. And when Emma inspires a familiar face to help her and Regina return home, she discovers the power to change her fate, on “Once Upon a Time,” SUNDAY, MARCH 5 (8:00–9:00 p.m. EST), on the ABC Television Network. 

“Once Upon a Time” stars Ginnifer Goodwin as Snow White/Mary Margaret, Jennifer Morrison as Emma Swan, Lana Parrilla as the Evil Queen/Regina, Josh Dallas as Prince Charming/David, Emilie de Ravin as Belle, Colin O’Donoghue as Hook, Jared S. Gilmore as Henry Mills, Rebecca Mader as the Wicked Witch/Zelena and Robert Carlyle as Rumplestiltskin/Mr. Gold.

Guest starring are Sean Maguire as Robin of Locksley, Eion Bailey as Pinocchio/August, Giles Matthey as Gideon, Wil Traval as the Sheriff of Nottingham, Mckenna Grace as Young Emma, Rustin Gresiuk as Young Pinocchio, Nancy Sivak as Helen and Gaalen Engen as Bar Patron.
“Tougher Than the Rest” was written by Edward Kitsis & Adam Horowitz and directed by Billy Gierhart.

“Once Upon a Time” is broadcast in 720 Progressive (720P), ABC’s selected HDTV format with a 5.1 channel surround sound. A TV parental guideline will be assigned closer to the airdate.


For more information on “Once Upon a Time,” visit abc.com/Once.
Facebook: www.facebook.com/OnceABC
Twitter: @OnceABC and @ABC_Publicity
Hashtag: #OnceUponATime

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Anderz Wrethov and Gabriel Alares on Melodifestivalen, Song-Writing, and the Music Industry (Interview)


Composers Anderz Wrethov and Gabriel Alares are no strangers to Melodifestivalen and the Eurovision scene. Wrethov has written on eleven entries in Melodifestivalen, including his two for this year (Jasmine Kara's "Gravity" and Alice Svensson's "Running with Lions"), as well as the third-place finisher in Eurovision 2009, "Always" by Arash. Alares has composed Eurovision entries for Russian, Moldovan, and Norwegian contestants and has written both the 2016 and 2017 Melodifestivalen entries for Krista Siegfrids.

Though many of their songs have ended up in these song contests, not all of their songs are written with that being the end-game. Still, they express a great appreciation for what these shows offer to the people that tune in. "It's a great opportunity to have your song out and have that kind of impact to so many people, to watch and judge if it's good or not," says Wrethov. "Also you can make a lot of different types of music which I think is a very cool thing to do as a songwriter. You don't have to just do one type of sound or one type of artist because here it's so diverse with so many types of artists and genres as well. I like that, I think that's really cool and fun. From Hasse Andersson to Samir & Viktor, for me it's fun."

"I agree," says Alares. "I think it's wonderful that we have Melodifestivalen. The whole thing itself is the whole country's party, so to speak. Everyone is welcome."

"Melodifestivalen in Sweden is like our Super Bowl in music. I think Sweden is on top of the national finals because we have a long tradition with Melodifestivalen of course and also the development of the music. First you had this schlager music in the 1980's and there was only one type of artist that wanted to be in Mello. Then it changed so much that it's been a music festival. A lot of different types of music and styles, to make that so wide and great in so many ways, it's amazing."

The first entry Anderz Wrethov has for 2017 is Jasmine Kara's "Gravity," a song they wrote together. "Last year I was thinking of Jasmine Kara. I didn't know her but I've seen for quite a long time, on television, she's been around. I really loved her voice and thought she was a great artist. We met this summer at a session. First we wrote one song that felt really great. It was more like an uplifting, powerful, light pop song. We saw each other again and we wrote this song, "Gravity". Everything came very fast, it was a couple of hours with a piano and singing. She's really passionate and really emotional with her type of songwriting and the way she is as a person. So she's really inspiring for me as a producer and songwriter as well."

Alares has nothing but praise to offer about Krista Siegfrids, whom he not only wrote on songs for but also sings as one of the backing vocalists during her performance. "She's such a dream to work with, she's lovely. We did the song last year. It took off with her wanting a follow-up to that song. There were talks about making an EP or some compilation of songs in Swedish. We just did that very quick. I think we did it last summer. We just made it very quick, we were all very overworked at the time. It was the first one we really tried out just to feel if it was the right sound because obviously it's very different to the one we wrote for her last year. It's a bit more modern and it builds up to the chorus but then it's not really like a banger of a chorus that I probably maybe usually do, it's more laid-back production-wise. We just fooled around with stuff. She just came to love that song so much, she fell in love with it instantly. She was around in Stockholm writing with other people just to find a bunch of songs. Obviously you can always hit [the] jackpot with someone else. She got good feedback from people back home in Finland. Apparently SVT loved the song when they sent it in. It got chosen."

Wrethov also has an entry in week four, Alice's "Running with Lions", which opens with the sound of actual lions roaring. "It's a little like the same as Jasmine. I was thinking of Alice already last year because she's been in my mind and I really love her vocals. Great singer, like Jasmine, fantastic. That song started up with good friends of mine, we were writing a song, I had this idea that we were gonna write a song for Alice. So we had a verse and an idea of a chorus, then Alice came down to Malmö and she liked it very much and was really excited about it. So we finished up the song, recorded vocals, also very fast like Jasmine's song. So actually it's the demo vocals that we saved for it. It was so good, same as Jasmine. The first takes we did was there, it was perfect. It's a powerful song, "Running with Lions", with some orchestral things in there."

Alares reveals that he also had an interest in writing for Alice. "It's a funny thing with Alice, I thought we had written a song for her this year. I also had her in mind very much because I [remembered] her vocals and I heard she was maybe going to enter the contest. I had so [many] songs to finish at that time but then I just bumped into her on the label. We had never met but I knew who she was and she knew who I was so we just started to chat by the coffee machine. I just got very blown away by her attitude. She's a winner. I was very inspired by how she talked about this. She was like, 'I want a song that I can win the whole thing [with]." I like that attitude so I was very inspired. I called a friend, Jimmy Jansson, and I said, 'We have to try to write a song for Alice because I think she is a really cool girl and she sings very well.' So we did and we got great feedback and I thought, 'Yeah, this is gonna be a banger!' and then, 'Oh no, we chose Wrethov's song.'"

Being that Alares has written for Russian artists competing in Eurovision and Wrethov has written for artists spanning numerous countries as well, we felt it important to ask about their thoughts on the common practice of viewers projecting feelings related to political leaders and policies onto artists. "It's a big question, obviously," begins Alares. "In these competitions that we've been writing for, it's a bit of a shame because I know from having been in the inner circle I have seen that [it] has effected the artist. They're just there because they're amazing performers. They love to sing. They're born in Russia but they're still people that want to express something and tell the world something, just as an artist from Norway or Spain. They had no intention of singing [or] doing propaganda for any political statements. That's my take. Sometimes it gets a little bit mixed up. The poor girls that sang for Russia in Copenhagen, they were booed out. That's very strange and we also got boos in the arena, or maybe it was the semi-final, I don't remember, really. It's just an amazing artist that happens to be from a certain country."

"This competition is about the song and the love, to have a party around the globe or Europe," adds Wrethov. "It shouldn't have anything to do with that type of things. We are musicians, artists, and writers."

"All artists share the same dream, to express and to touch people's hearts," says Alares.

Watch our full interview with Anderz Wrethov and Gabriel Alares here:

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Robin Bengtsson, Krista Siegfrids, Jasmine Kara, FO&O Post-Melodifestivalen-Semi-final Interviews


Another semi-final has wrapped and with it, a new wave of results. Robin Bengtsson ("I Can't Go On") and Owe Thörnqvist (Boogieman Blues) qualified direct to the finals, while FO&O ("Gotta Thing About You") and Anton Hagman ("Kiss You Goodbye") qualified to Andra Chansen. Finally, Bella & Filippa ("Crucified), Jasmine Kara ("Gravity"), and Krista Siegfrids ("Snurra min jord") finished 5th, 6th, and 7th, respectively.

This marks the second direct qualification for Robin Bengtsson, who qualified direct last year with "Constellation Prize" which quickly became a dark-horse entry before finishing a respectable fifth place in the finals. "I was confident but when you're standing up there and they're gonna announce the results, your heart starts to pound and you get really nervous." Bengtsson's performance is not only memorable for the strong attitude, choreography, and treadmills. There is also a crotch-shot serving as a tongue-in-cheek joke about the song's more salacious qualities. "I think we all agreed on that choice and we're proud of it."

Krista Siegfrieds was emotional following her second non-qualification. "I'm so sorry because I thought our song was really good and I still think it is awesome. Yeah, a few tears. I'm proud of our show, we nailed it, we were so fierce. It was so tough. Everybody had great songs, it was amazing."

Jasmine Kara's non-qualification was one of the biggest shocks of the night but she remains grateful for the opportunity to perform her song for such a large audience. "It felt really good. I actually cried happy tears after. It was a good cry. It was so worth all the shit to come here. When you feel that your message goes through, that's all that matters."

Another surprise of the night was the FO&O qualifying only to Andra Chansen when they had long been expected to be direct qualifiers. "We feel like we rocked it. Everything went great, the pyro was working, the death elevator was working. We're gonna try to fix some little details. Something is missing."

Watch our interviews with Robin Bengtsson, Krista Siegfrids, Jasmine Kara, and the FO&O here:

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FO&O, Robin Bengtsson, Krista Siegfrids, Anton Hagman, Jasmine Kara Post-Melodifestivalen Dress-Rehearsal Interviews


Following the first public dress rehearsal, we caught up with some this week's Melodifestivalen competitors to track their progress of putting on their entries, the audience response, and more!

FO&O's "Gotta Thing About You" makes use of a platform on which the boys climb on before it rises up and shoots out a large display of sparks. "We have to be fast because the pyrotechnics, we have to be up in the air at a safe distance so they don't burn people. So we're a bit in a hurry to fix all the safety stuff, we have three new microphones that we pick up," says Felix. "We literally got like five seconds to make everything happen," adds Omar.

Robin Bengtsson was pleased to have another rehearsal to ensure things will run smooth with his highly technical performance on the night of the show. "It felt like everything was in place. I haven't watched it so I don't know about the dancers but I think I did my part."

Krista Siegfrieds was feeling confident following her public dress rehearsal and spoke highly about the effects of her performance and how she wants them to work precisely to enhance her show. "They said before the rehearsal they had some issues with my technical effects. The song needs these effects because it's really cool and I feel like it lifts the show."

Anton Hagman's pre-show video displayed his love of the Star Wars franchise, even having gotten two tattoos related to it, one on his inner wrist and the other on his chest. "I just fell in love with Star Wars the first time I saw it. It's me and my dad's thing to watch Star Wars together."

Jasmine Kara suffered a technical glitch during her performance when the music for her song cut off in the middle of her show. She was however, permitted to do it again from the beginning to ensure a full run-through. "I was like 'Yes! I get to do it again!' It was really fun. Even if it happens tomorrow, I would still be happy. Honestly, every little second I can be on this stage and see this many people and reach out with my music, I'm so happy."

Watch all our post-dress-rehearsal interviews with the FO&O, Robin Bengtsson, Krista Siegfrids, Anton Hagman, and Jasmine Kara here:

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Bella & Filippa on Melodifestivalen Debut, Song-writing, and Style (Interview)


Country-pop duo Bella & Filippa are part of a new wave of talent entering the Swed-pop scene after first garnering a following from some form of Internet platform. They will be competing with a song they co-wrote on called "Crucified" topped off with a simple performance in which they will sing their song while playing guitars.

"Our song 'Crucified' is about the feeling that you can't really put down in words. You get so madly in love, you can't stop looking at the person," says Bella. "It's feelings we both experienced," adds Filippa.

They're not only artistic collaborators, but are close friends turned step-sisters embarking on this journey together. "We met in a playground and then we became best friends. We went to the same kindergarten, hung out every day for a couple of years. Our families got pretty close so we had summer vacations together, dinners, and then both our parents got divorced. Then in 2011, [Bella's mother and Filippa's father] fell in love, got married. From best friends to sisters, it's pretty amazing. We live together now and we have five younger siblings."

They write songs together and worked with Filippa's father and some other writers to create "Crucified". They recorded covers together for fun and once they gained a larger following, they were able to transition into being signed to Warner Music Sweden.

They also like to coordinate their style with each other in order to enhance the effect and impression they give as artists. "We have our style, a little boho chic, and we try to match. It's fun to dress up, we both love it a lot. It's our style, no one told us to wear this, we want to wear it. We think that it fits our music."

Watch our full interview with Bella & Filippa here:

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Emerald City S01E10 Synopsis: NO PLACE LIKE HOME (3/3)

THE BATTLE ARRIVES IN EMERALD CITY AS SLEEPING GIANTS RISE - STEFANIE MARTINI GUEST STARS -

Tip (Jordan Laughran) and West (Ana Ularu) arrive in Emerald City seeking vengeance.

With a renewed confidence, Dorothy (Adria Arjona) faces off against the Wizard (Vincent D'Onofrio) and fights to save Oz from his oppressive reign.

Meanwhile, Glinda (Joely Richardson) brings her power to the battlefield as the threat of the Beast Forever looms.

Oliver Jackson-Cohen, Gerran Howell and Mido Hamada also star.

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Grimm S06E09 Synopsis: TREE PEOPLE (3/03)

NATURE TURNS ON ENVIRONMENTAL VIOLATORS -

Nick (David Giuntoli), Hank (Russell Hornsby) and Wu (Reggie Lee) are called to the scene of the crime where a man claims his friend was consumed by a tree-like figure.

Meanwhile, after the gang learns of Eve's (Bitsie Tulloch) disturbing mirror encounter, everyone takes extra precautions.

Elsewhere, Capt. Renard (Sasha Roiz) searches for answers to what Diana (guest star Hannah R. Loyd) was drawing.

Silas Weir Mitchell, Bree Turner and Claire Coffee also star.

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The FO&O, Jasmine Kara, and Anton Hagman on Their First Melodifestivalen Rehearsals (Interview)


Another week, another new batch of artists and their competitive entries in Melodifestivalen! The first rehearsals in the arena have wrapped up and we had the opportunity to speak with a few of the artists at the first official press conference of the week.

Newcomer Anton Hagman is set to make a big transition from his YouTube audience to the big televised stage, with his song "Kiss You Goodbye". "I have been doing music since I was twelve years old. I posted my first YouTube cover, I sang 'With You' by Chris Brown, and now I'm here. We were recording ["Kiss You Goodbye"], it wasn't meant for Melodifestivalen at all, but then I felt like it could fit into this competition. It was the perfect timing to send it into the auditions so we did and it went well! [The staging] feels like me. If I would've gone up there and danced [with] big explosions and stuff like that, that's not me." Hagman adds that he's hoping to get the "best experience of [his] life" by participating and to have lots of fun.

Jasmine Kara debuted her fiery red stage outfit at her first press rehearsal which matches the overall theme of her staging, which boasts a predominantly red aesthetic and makes a strong use of wind machines. "It's fun but I gotta watch out because [they] give me tears." Kara says she plans to work on a lot in the coming rehearsals between now and Saturday, and shares that the strong use of red in her performance connects back to the song's message of love. The performance also has an incredible camera effect during the song's middle-8, which spins the entire background behind Jasmine. Fans wrote in to ask about Jasmine releasing two EPs at the same time. "I sometimes maybe drop too much. But I also feel like it's very important to just, even if you don't feel like 'This is the best I've ever done', sometimes it's good to share it because it's a process and you want to have your fans in the whole process with you."

Boy-band FO&O have been highly sought after by Melodifestivalen executives for some times now due to their strong turnout rate of viral marketing content and avid fan-following now only in Sweden but numerous other countries spanning the globe. Still, Melodifestivalen's large viewership was a strong incentive for the group to finally decide to participate. "There's millions of viewers on this show so we just want to take the opportunity to spread our new music [to] the people that don't know us yet, and this is a good show for it," says Omar Rudberg. FO&O were previously known as "The Fooo Conspiracy" and consisted of four members. But after member Olly Molander left, the group announced a name-change that was only made public recently. "It all happened so fast," says Felix Sandman. "Olly left the band and then we continued working and then we just realised we have to change the name because we don't want to have the third 'O' cause we're only F-O-O now. So we decided to change [it] and we added an '&' cause of [the] Foo Fighters. They don't like that, there's a lot of fan bases trying to sue so 'FO&O' was the name we [came] up with."

FO&O have also established a strong use of choreography since their group was first conceived. Oscar Enestad shares how this dance component will still be present in their Melodifestivalen performance. "It will be an intense choreography but it won't be [so] much because we [have] to sing as well. So we have combined the singing and the dancing really [well], we think. It's like fifty-fifty. But it's gonna be a really nice and explosive performance. No flips, though." The group also promises new music is set to be released following their run in the contest. "We have an album," adds Enestad. "Maybe in the middle of this year," says Rudberg. "It's almost done and we've written fifty percent of the songs," continues Enestad. The group also promises to release a music video for their Melodifestivalen entry, "Gotta Thing About You", that's already been shot. The release date will be determined based on their results in Saturday's semi-final.

Watch our press conference interviews with the FO&O, Jasmine Kara, and Anton Hagman here:

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Big Little Lies episode synopsis S01E03-06



BIG LITTLE LIES
MARCH EPISODES

                Episode #3: “Living the Dream”
                Debut: SUNDAY, MARCH 5 (9:00-10:00 p.m. EP/PT)
                Hoping to get under Renata’s (Laura Dern) skin, Madeline (Reese Witherspoon)organizes a trip to compete with Amabella’s (Ivy George) birthday party. After another argument, Celeste (Nicole Kidman) succumbs to Perry’s (Alexander Skarsgård) charms before their first session with Dr. Amanda Reisman (Robin Weigert), a therapist. Madeline gets called for a meeting with Abigail’s (Kathryn Newton) guidance counselor. Principal Nippal (P.J. Byrne) announces the theme for the Fall Gala Fundraiser. Later, Jane(Shailene Woodley) seeks Madeline’s help with Ziggy’s (Iain Armitage) family tree project, and opens up about her past.
                Written by David E. Kelley; directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.

                Episode #4: “Push Comes to Shove”
                Debut: SUNDAY, MARCH 12 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
                Nathan (James Tupper) invites Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) and Ed (Adam Scott) to a couples’ dinner to discuss a “parenting paradigm” for Abigail (Kathryn Newton). Celeste (Nicole Kidman) prepares for a city-council meeting about Madeline’s play, and bristles at Perry’s (Alexander Skarsgård) concerns about her returning to work. Jane (Shailene Woodley) meets with Ms. Barnes (Virginia Kull), Ziggy’s (Iain Armitage) teacher, who suggests her son be medically evaluated in light of further evidence of classroom bullying. While Madeline is confronted by a skeleton from her past, her internet sleuthing reveals a key player from Jane’s past instead.
                Written by David E. Kelley; directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.

                Episode #5: “Once Bitten”
                Debut: SUNDAY, MARCH 19 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
                Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) receives encouraging news about the play from her director, Joseph Bachman (Santiago Cabrera), but is left concerned by his newly icy demeanor. Principal Nippal (P.J. Byrne) and Ms. Barnes (Virginia Kull) share their conclusions about Ziggy (Iain Armitage) and Amabella (Ivy George) with Jane (Shailene Woodley). Celeste (Nicole Kidman) has a solo session with Dr. Reisman (Robin Weigert), who tries to get to the bottom of her relationship with Perry (Alexander Skarsgård).
                Written by David E. Kelley; directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.

                Episode #6: “Burning Love”
                Debut: SUNDAY, MARCH 26 (9:00-10:00 p.m.)
                Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) worries about the can of worms she’s opened for Jane (Shailene Woodley). Jane confronts Renata (Laura Dern). Bonnie (Zoë Kravitz) tells Nathan (James Tupper) about a secret project Abigail (Kathryn Newton) has been working on. Meanwhile, Ed (Adam Scott) and Madeline have a frank conversation about the lack of passion in their marriage.
                Written by David E. Kelley; directed by Jean-Marc Vallée.

                The show is also available on HBO NOW, HBO GO, HBO On Demand and affiliate portals.

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Robin Bengtsson on Melodifestivalen Return, Treadmills, and Attitude (Interview)


Robin Bengtsson broke out as the dark horse of Melodifestivalen 2016 with his entry "Constellation Prize" and finished a respectable fifth overall. His participation in the contest helped to jump-start his career, as his earlier releases were not marketed to optimise their traction despite being quality content. He entered Melodifestivalen 2016 still having a day-job but his success allowed him to finally do music full-time. This time around he is entering with an uptempo soul-pop song more representative of his style, "I Can't Go On", which was co-written by the 2013 Melodifestivalen winner Robin Stjernberg.

"I actually decided to go back when I heard the song I'm going to sing, which I love. It was originally written for me by Robin, K-One, and David. But then Robin thought maybe this is too high for him because he was singing in his key which is like four above mine. So when I got the demo I thought, 'I am not gonna sing this.' Then we changed the key and it felt great."

"I Can't Go On" has also been under scrutiny by the Swedish press for its use of F-bombs. Bengtsson finds the negative attention strange. "I don't think that it's such a big deal, actually. The funny thing is that Swedish artists who sing in Swedish, they curse all the time in Swedish and people don't mind. So I don't see what the big deal is, to be honest, when you do it in English."

In contrast to his 2016 entry, Bengtsson has brought a considerably more elaborate, flashy, and impressive stage presentation for his song. There's back-up dancers, choreography that he participates in, with all of them doing it on treadmills that stop and start to match the song, and the entire number begins backstage and follows Robin and his dancers to the stage in time for the first chorus.

"First of all, we had the idea of starting the whole thing backstage, which I got from a Jason Derulo music video with my manager and we thought that'd look cool, taking a different path to the stage. Then I think it was Zain, the choreographer, who [came] up with the idea with the treadmills. Then the real work started. 'We're gonna build this. How much are they gonna cost?' I think we were like, ten people involved in this, just making it happen. They're programmed to the music. We spent like a full day just programming and trying all the different kinds of moves on them. Then we had two more days to practice on them before they shipped them away here. So we haven't actually done that much rehearsing on them. A total of ten hours, maybe."

Viewers that were only introduced to Bengtsson through last year's contest may be unaware of the true personality he holds unless they took the time out to research more of his back catalogue in which he displayed more of that attitude. "This feels more like the stuff that I did before. This feels actually more like me but I'm guessing for the audience and the viewers, it's gonna be a whole new me because the only me that they know is last year's Melodifestivalen. This is gonna be more fun. It's great to be able to do a performance like this because you don't always have a huge arena and big stage like this."

Bengtsson has been working on writing new material for an upcoming EP he plans to release after the contest. When asked if he is trying to win the whole thing, he toes the line between being truly competitive and focusing on simply optimising his time on the big stage again. "I would love to win but it's not my main focus. My main focus is to get to the finals and get a radio hit and streams on Spotify. But I would love to win, it would be cool to go to Eurovision."

Watch our full interview with Robin Bengtsson here:

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Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. S4E15 "Self Control" Recap


Fitz and Simmons must work to act normally as various LMDs have infiltrated S.H.I.E.L.D. The LMDs are acting under the orders of Ivanov, who wants to kill all Inhumans. But Simmons soon discovers that Fitz is the fourth new LMD instead of Daisy, and eventually overpowers him when he tries to map her brain for her own LMD. Daisy prepares to bring the Inhumans in for protection but discovers a supply of LMDs all matching her appearance that will be used to kill the Inhumans when they arrive. The Mack LMD nearly discovers her but she knocks him out first. Daisy observes from the security feed that Mack, Coulson, Mace, and the badly injured Fitz are all LMDs. Daisy and Simmons meet one another and are able to prove to one another that they're both real.

Radcliffe has been spending time in the Framework and having LMD-Aida act on his orders. Aida slits Radcliffe's wrists, believing he will some day regret making the Framework and turning it off, and uploads his mind to live on in the Framework. She has also kept Ivanov's decapitated head alive after he was crippled during a confrontation with Daisy. Aida is designing a new android body she will control that Ivanov's head transmits to.

Daisy and Simmons are determined to find their friends. Daisy fights off the LMDs and tries to get to Zephyr One, S.H.I.E.L.D.'s plane, with Simmons. When they reach the entrance they encounter the Melinda May LMD that the Coulson LMD had awakened after she was put into storage by the agents. She had bene tasked with detonating explosives if the real agents tried to escape but instead she lets them go and destroys herself along with the other LMDs.

Daisy and Simmons hack into the Framework from the Zephyr and discover a different world created by Radcliffe in which he had changed one regret for each living person that had been uploaded into it.  Daisy wakes and finds that she is in a relationship with Ward who is alive. Coulson is an anti-Inhuman school teacher, Mack's child is alive, Fitz is incredibly wealthy, Simmons had died and thus she wakes up in her own grave, and May works for Hydra who had overtaken S.H.I.E.L.D.

Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. airs on Tuesdays on ABC at 9/8c.

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Krista Siegfrids on Return to Melodifestivalen, Choreography, and Aspirations to Host The Contest


Krista Siegfrids is no stranger to the world of Eurovision and its various national selections. After being a fan-favourite during Eurovision 2013 when she represented with her highly pro-LGBT+ entry for Finland, "Marry Me". Following this, Krista has kept active on the Eurovision circuit, having hosted the Finnish national selection, Uuden Musiikin Kilpailu (UMK), and competed in Melodifestivalen in 2016 with her Swedish-language entry "Faller" which narrowly missed out on qualifying from the semi-finals. This year, she returns to Melodifestivalen, more determined than ever to not only prosper in the contest but break out in the Swedish market.

Siegfrids assures us she's out for revenge her second time through the competition. "This year I'm back with a better song, with a better show, and I was really close last year to [making] it to Andra Chansen so I think that actually, there's a chance for me. I know it's a bit hard because I'm a Finnish person in Sweden. It's quite difficult but still I think that it's a good song so I think that people could actually like it. I love Melodifestivalen, I love Eurovision, I wanna be in this bubble forever. I love this."

Siegfrids aims to break out more in Sweden, and this is why she chooses to compete in the contest by singing in Swedish. To further make her entry more competitive, she has taken a more personal approach with writing the song. "I think the song is better and it's more me. It's very personal. I wrote the song for my boyfriend, once again. I always do happy songs. This is quite a melancholy song. It's about the every day struggle. You're in a relationship with somebody, you love him, and you're just trying to get your shit together. Both of you [are] focusing on your careers, you're far away from each other, but you still want to be together because you love each other, so it's about that. But then it's baked into a clubby vibe so it's a cool song, it's very modern, it's fresh, the beat is nice, you're gonna love it, you're gonna dance! Litho Nericcio did the choreography. He worked with Ace Wilder. Litho heard my song and he loved it. He believes in me and that's nice. I just told Litho, 'You can choose the dancers because you know them and you've got the eye for it.' He chose two girls and two boys. The choreography is like Michael Jackson meets Beyonce."

Siegfrids remains open to the possibility of competing again in Eurovision as the Finnish representative. The Finnish entry for Eurovision 2017 has already selected, and Siegfrids is even more eager at the prospect of someday hosting Melodifestivalen. "I would love it! Can you please just send tweets and messages to Christer Björkman and just say that Krista, she would be an amazing host, I would totally love that! That would be so cool!"

Watch our full interview with Krista Siegfrids here:

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Alice Svensson on Musical Comeback, "Running with Lions", and Developing Her Artistry (Melodifestivalen Interview)


Alice Svensson first became known to Swedish audiences in 2008 when competing on Idol (the Swedish subset of the global Idol franchise) in which she finished as runner-up. Just a teenager at the time, Svensson worked steadily for a couple years releasing before all but disappearing entirely from the public scene. Now she is set to make her comeback in Melodifestivalen, though not without a bit of rockiness as she has been placed second in her semi-final running order in which other big names such as Loreen and Jon Henrik Fjällgren will be competing.

"At first I was a little bit disappointed too, but now when I've been thinking about it, it [doesn't] bother me anymore. What's more important is which song is before me and which song is straight after my performance. I think I'm in a pretty good position anyway because Jon Henrik's [song] is a little bit more calm and also Les Gordons, the performance after mine, is also a little bit more calm. I think it will be a great spot for the song."

Svensson begins our conversation by taking us through what she has been up to during her hiatus from releasing music, and why she took the time off at all. "First, I was working really, really, really hard after the Idol thing. I was working for almost three years in Sweden. I did a lot of work and then I was like, 'I'm still just eighteen, nineteen. Is this really what I'm supposed to do for the rest of my life? What if I'm really, really good at something else?' Like every other teenager in the whole wide world, I was questioning myself. So I went to my record label and I said, 'I want to do something else. I want to try learning how to write, I want to try finding another direction with music, maybe being a better vocalist or something like that, I just need something else.' They were like, 'Okay, you've got time. You're so young, it's okay. You don't have to hurry, you don't have to do things you don't want to do or things you don't feel comfortable with.' I didn't run away... but kind of. So I just had a break and went to America for a couple of months at first.

First, I just visited LA. LA wasn't my thing. It was really, really nice and that's where I began to start learning how to write and produce and all of that. I was so bad. I was really, really, really bad at that at first. So I went back home and tried some other things. When I felt a little bit more safe and grown up, I went to Florida. I loved Florida, it's so nice. It's still like my second home. So I went to Florida for a couple of months, back and forth. When I came back, my A&R Robert, who's amazing here at Warner said, 'Okay Alice, I think you're ready now. How do you feel about going to Anderz Wrethov and writing some music together?' I love Anderz Wrethov."

Her collaboration with Anderz Wrethov led to the creation of her Melodifestivalen entry, "Running with Lions", which has sent fans reeling from all the speculation as to what such a dramatic song title suggests about how the song will sound in full. "This is very dramatic. It's more like, all the things that I've been learning for the last years during my trips and during all these sessions with amazing people that I've been given the chance to work with, I've just been taking it all and put it with Anderz into this song. I'm really proud of it, it's really good. We also wrote the song with two other guys. They are more kind of house and country people, so this is their first time in Mello too. It's really, really, really exciting. We are three people on this song that have never done Mello before."

Svensson says that the song is still a pop song, and that her musical style has not left pop from the time she began releasing music. However, her style has evolved in some ways as she has matured. "The older you get, the pop that you're performing with and the songs that you're writing needs to have something brighter for every year that you grow older. It needs to be deeper, smarter, and a little bit more grown-up. It's still pop but it's got influences from organic music, the dramatic things, I really like the more old-school pop. Not that mousey, but pop with influences from soul or R&B. I'm excited because I don't think there has been any other song like this in Mello this year."

Another alumni from Idol 2008 is Robin Bengtsson (who finished third behind Alice), will also be competing in this year's Melodifestivalen after having great success doing so in 2016. Additionally, the winner of that season, Kevin Borg, has been announced as a competitor in Malta's national selection for the Eurovision Song Contest. "It's so weird! I'm actually a little bit sad that me and Robin [aren't] in the same [semi-final] because it would have been so much fun. But at the same time, I'm really happy that I'm not competing against him in the first [semi-final] because he's really good. When I confirmed my performance in Mello, I was pretty sure that Robin was going to come back too because he did really well last year but it was a shock for me that I might still have a change [to beat] Kevin. I would love that! I've been waiting for so long to have this revenge on him. Because I was so young, so I'm more like, 'Okay. Let me show you what I got now.'"

To hear even more about Alice Svensson's return to music, her plans for her staging, and her philosophy on existing in a Swedish space as a multicultural, adopted individual from Vietnam, watch our full interview with her here:

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Benjamin Ingrosso on Qualifying to the Melodifestivalen Finals (Interview)


Following a lively, energetic performance closing the semi-final, Benjamin Ingrosso was left till the very last moment to be announced as one of two qualifiers to the Melodifestivalen finals (the other being Mariette with "A Million Years"). With his soul-pop entry "Good Lovin'" which he composed himself, Ingrosso has not only achieved a milestone for himself as a solo artist but gained TEN Music Group their first success in the contest as this is the first year they have entered any of their artists in the contest.

"I'm very pleased with my performance," says Ingrosso. "I had so much fun and I enjoyed it, my dancers were amazing, I lived my dream." Ingrosso also received a loud response from the Malmö audience in attendance for the live show. "I could actually hear it, that was the best thing of the whole night, the audience." Many of the qualifying contestants make revisions to make their entries more competitive in the later rounds, but Ingrosso and his team have yet to decide what changes if any will be implemented. "Of course I will look at the show after, like on Monday, and I will probably think that I should change a few things. Maybe not the choreography, maybe just in my own dance or something."

Qualifying direct to the finals means that the song will not be released for a few more weeks. In Melodifestivalen, the only songs released after each semi-final are the non-qualifiers and the Andra Chansen qualifiers. The direct qualifying songs are all released after semi-final 4 airs. This begs the question of a release date for Ingrosso's music video, which has already been filmed and finished editing. "I think that the music video will be released the same day as the song releases." New fans of Ingrosso have already begun clamouring for him to release a full studio album, though Ingrosso remains coy at the prospect of doing so. "I actually put down an album list yesterday. Ten-eleven songs." Still, he remains flattered by the attention and it spanning an audience outside of Sweden. "You may not have voted for me though because you can't, but I'm so thankful that you like my number, if you did, and I hope to see you some time!"

Watch our interview with Benjamin Ingrosso here:

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"The Family" on Loreen and Lisa Ajax Melodifestivalen Entries


Swedish composing trio "The Family", comprised of Joy Deb, Linnea Deb, and Anton (Malmberg) Hård af Segerstad, have quickly risen in the ranks to become one of the most prestigious teams in the Swedish scene. Their compositions have garnered increasing amounts of attention over the years, and whomever they are announced to be attached to for Melodifestivalen draw an extra layer of attention simply by having their names attached to the song. In this year's Melodifestivalen, they have two competing entries, Lisa Ajax's "I Don't Give A" in semi-final 2 and Loreen's "Statements" in semi-final 4.

"I Don't Give A" has fed the thirsty Swedish tabloid reporters with faux-outrage pieces about its use of F-bombs. "The funny thing about that is that Swedish radio/television never censor anything," says Segerstad. "We hear all the bad words from all the American artists and all the international artists. But of course, you have to pick up on something from this week and that's one thing. It's like three moms from last week that were like, 'Oh! They said Melofuckingdifestivalen', and they blew it up and made a big fuss about it. It's very overblown." They also reveal that the song was already in the Melodifestivalen machine before the lead to the 2017 contest. "Last year it was close to getting in the show, with someone else," says Joy Deb.

There is great mystique surrounding Loreen's entry to the contest, having not only won both Melodifestivalen and Eurovision during her last go in 2012 with "Euphoria", but there has also been significant demand and upset from her devoted fanbase due to the lack of a new album since her 2012 album "Heal". Joy Deb promises that it will be "really different from Euphoria". Segerstad adds, "I think people are gonna love it or hate it. It's a different style. It's not a weird song, it's still a pop song. We still have a great chorus and great verses, it's structured."

"It's a little darker, maybe, heavier," adds Joy Deb. The tempo is said to be hovering around mid-tempo at approximately 105 BPM.

"It's not political, but it's close to [it]," says Segerstad of the song's meaning. "I think it's involving a song where everybody has a place and the word 'Statements' has real meaning to it. We discussed writing it more political than we did but we also knew that it's really hard because you're on [the] borderline of going too far and then it gets in people's eyes like you're pointing fingers. We didn't want to do it so I think we made it kind of generic but with a strong message."

Watch our full interview with "The Family" here:

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Emerald City S01E08 Recap: Lions In Winter

Eamonn wants to accompany the Wizard when he meets the witches, but the Wizard wants him to stay behind and watch his city. With the guns from Av, the witches are no match.

West thinks that Tipp has been hiding things from her. She has Ozma's dagger. When the Wizard slew the beast, he killed Ozma and her parents. Or West thinks that maybe they hid Ozma. She would have been about Tipp's age. Tipp was a boy, and that's all she wants to be. West points out that she was hidden for a reason. Tipp wonders what type of a person her parents were. West tells her that they were both born for greater things, they were born to fly. She grabs Tipp, and takes to the skies.

Dorothy paces the room with a pregnant woman. She knows that they have to check on the woman sometime. She's imprisoned for breaking her vows of celibacy, she'll get a trial, but Dorothy wont. She'll be charged with kidnapping Glinda's husband

Glinda sits with Lucas/Ronan. She missed him so much. Shes the one that put the spell on Ronan, to protect him, but maybe she made the spell too good. She asks him how long he was with Dorothy. He tells her that she isn't a bad person. Glinda wonders what he did with Dorothy, and he tells her that he only did what was necessary. She wants him to put his affairs into order, and shows him just what he's been missing.

Lucas/Ronan pays Dorothy a visit. He doesn't want her to call him Lucas anymore. Dorothy tells him that it doesn't matter what she calls him. He seems confused, and wants her to convince Glinda that she isn't a threat, but she can't do that. She's a definite threat to their marriage.

Lucas/Ronan has sex with Glinda, but she 's far more into it than he is.

Glinda walks with Sylvie, telling her that they're going to test her, and help her reach her full potential. She asks after Dorothy and Lucas. Glinda ignores her question. She introduces Sylvie to the others as Leith, apparently they should remember her.

Glinda tells another of the initiates to get rid of Dorothy. The girl goes to do her mistress's bidding, and finds Dorothy trying to help the pregnant woman give birth. The baby is breach, and Dorothy tells her to get Glinda to help with the baby. The girl runs off.

Jack awakens to a pair of servants. They offer him breakfast, a bath, or some oil for his odd places.

West takes Tipp to a secret sacred with spot. They don't keep witches, just pieces of them that hold magic. She gives Tipp the option to ingest one of the most powerful witches, to gain power. It's never been done, but its a way to gain power. Tipp takes the opportunity. She drinks down the contents, and gets the memory of the witch it once was. She experiences her death at the hands of a soldier in lion armor, and West screams out when she can't rouse Tipp.

The butler tries to occupy Jack, but he wants to see the Queen. The Butler refuses, but Jack presses. Lady Av is less than pleased to see him as well. She makes it clear she's busy.

Sylvie sits as the other girls eat. Lucas tells her to eat, and she reluctantly goes to do that. But as she goes to eat, her bowl keeps moving away from her. The other girls think that its funny, but Sylvie doesn't think its funny.

Glinda comes to check on Dorothy and the mother. There are no doctors. Dorothy has some medical training, but not much. Glinda gets the girl to help them deliver the baby. Glinda takes the woman's pain. Lucas comes in to assist, and is quick to be by Dorothy's side. Dorothy reaches in and turns the baby, and the baby is born. Dorothy and Lucas share a look over the baby, that doesn't go unnoticed by Glinda. Dorothy hands the baby to the new mother, and Glinda shouts Lucas from the room.

West has Tipp's body in a pool. She's become another of West's regrets. She was to be protected, and now she will be by the waters and powers of the witches. She releases Tipp to fall beneath the water.

Glinda pulls the petals from a rose, as Lucas approaches. He tells her that winter hasn't taken her roses, and she wonders if its a metaphor. She won't look at him. She doesn't see a point in it anymore. She asks him what he felt before, he felt loneliness. Her spell didn't make him a different person, just his memory. He does love her, but he knows they can't live the way they are. They won't. War is upon them. His life will depend on which side he chooses.

The Wizard splits his forces. Some will head to Av for the weapons, while the others get into position.

Jane works in her shop when Jack pays her a visit. He's now living the good life with the queen. Jane asks about Tipp. Tipp was a friend, and only a friend, and a complicated one at that. Lady Av isn't complicated. Jane is packing up shop, she's leaving because she refused to make weapons. Jack won't let Lady Av fire her, but Jane knows otherwise. He thought he had lost his heart when she found him, but it seems like he's found it.

Glinda and Dorothy walk her white halls. Dorothy doesn't want to be toyed with, but Glinda isn't planning on killing her. She finds it odd, since she thought Dorothy was coming to kill her, but since she's been there she's shown her another side. She knows that Dorothy also saved her husband. She takes Dorothy to a room with broken girls, girls that were pushed past their limits. She's willing to sacrifice every girl she has in the upcoming war if she has to. She wants Dorothy to find a way to fix these girls, to save them. She leaves Dorothy with the huge task and no guidance.

It's dinnertime, and poor Sylvie isn't enjoying it again. Again she tries to eat, and her bowl keeps scooting away. This time, instead of turning her bowl into stone, she uses her powers and steals all of the girls' bowls. This time, the girls all applaud.

Glinda trims her roses. West arrives. She wants to offer Glinda herself, she forgives her for hiding their mother. West is ready to redeem herself and serve her, and her mother. She's finally clear headed, and clean. Glinda tells West that their mother thought West would be her successor, over everyone else. All the light has left West, and Glinda refuses to give her what she wants.

Lady Av has had a long day, and she's ready to hit the sheets. Jack is still upset about Jane, but Lady Av doesn't want to talk about it. Jane had a purpose, and she no longer does. Plus Lady Av doesn't like to be told no. Jack tries to get her to understand that people aren't just there for her pleasure. She pushes people away before they can leave. She tells Jack he's no longer bound to her, and she waits for him to leave her too.

Dorothy looks over the girls, tries to offer comfort where she can. Lucas brings in another girl, who pushed herself too hard. She asks him if he plans to bring Sylvie to her like this broken. Lucas isn't sure there is another way to combat the Wizard. Dorothy has had enough. Her gauntlets come out, and she heads after Glinda. She finds Glinda alone in bed, and wraps her up in her sheets, hanging the witch in a cocoon. Lucas comes and stops her, as she strangles Glinda with her power, telling her that she'll have to kill him first. Dorothy lets her go, and leaves. Glinda is livid that Lucas doesn't hunt her down. She wants Dorothy's head.

Dorothy tries to navigate Glinda's white halls as she searches for Sylvie. She finds the room Sylvie is sleeping in, but Sylvie doesn't want to go with her. She stands behind her “sisters.” Dorothy leaves without her.

Glinda tells Lucas that the man that she loved would have killed Dorothy to protect her. She wants that man back. He tells her to make him that man again then. There is only one spell he can't break, and that's the spell that Dorothy has over him, and his heart. He begs her to use the magic she has to break the spell. Glinda pulls out his dagger, and he asks for death. She wants to free his heart, and to do that Dorothy must die. Dorothy rides away from Glinda's fortress.

Lady Av sits in her throne room. Jack watches everything as the Wizard arrives. He wants his weapons. The soldiers of Av draw their weapons.

Eamonn sits watching the fire. His wife asks if war is coming, and it is. He opens a chest, which holds inside his lion armor.

West paces, talking to herself. Shes reliving her past sins. The screams of her fallen sisters haunt her, as she had them drink away their fears. With her magic she opens both of her wrists, and falls down bleeding on the symbol in the middle of the floor. Tipp finds her there.

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Grimm S06E07 Recap: Blind Love

Love has gone wacky with everyone. Monroe is declaring his love for Eve. Rosalee tries to persuade Nick not to say what she thinks he's about to. Adalind stops Monroe in the hallway to announce her passion. Eve tells Nick he's the only one for her.

36 hours earlier.

Eve is awoken by Diana. She asks if her tummy hurts. Diana's tummy hurts when she's sad, and since Nick is no longer her boyfriend she has reason to be sad. Diana misses Kelly, her other mommy, and asks if Eve knows where she is. She does, but its probably better that she doesn't tell her her part in Kelly's murder. Adalind comes to get Diana, to pack up for her dad's.

Monroe guesses Rosalee's morning coffee by smell. She has a great surprise for him, a weekend getaway with their friends.

As Adalind and Nick help Diana pack up, Adalind grabs a moment alone with Diana. She asks the girl to keep a secret for her. To not tell her dad or anyone about the symbols that Eve drew in the tunnels. Diana thinks its an odd request, but she agrees.

Eve enjoys her shower, but afterwards things get a little weird. In the mirror a portal opens up, and a noseless figure with glowing eyes pays her a visit. She calls for Nick, and he comes running. The thing disappear. Eve asks if he saw it, and he did. She asks if that has happened before, and no, its not a normal feature of the bathroom. Nick decides to keep their little experience mum, until they can figure out what the heck it was.

Diana arrives at Renard's. She's famished, and asks if she can make breakfast. Renard oks it, while trying to make small talk with Adalind.

Monroe opens the door for his beloved wife, thankful for the birthday weekend that she had planned. They see Nick, Adalind and Eve while checking in. Hank and Wu arrive shortly after. As Nick and Adalind head to the elevator, an operator comes over to assist them. He gets all weird and stoic when Nick asks how long he's worked there. He answers and gets really quiet. After the elevator ride he calls his mom. Seems like someone has some beef with our favorite Grimm.

Renard takes an interest in his daughter's drawings. They're the symbols from the tunnels. He tries to press her, but she remains mum about it, just as Adalind asked her. A knock at the door takes Renard's attention. It's a delivery man. While Renard deals with him, someone comes in and snatches Diana. Renard freaks out when he notices his daughter is missing. He searches the house from top to bottom with no Diana in sight. He notices a leaf on the ground. He's about to make a call, but has a second thought, and closes his phone, grabs a cookie, and walks out the door.

Creepy Elevator, Randy, guy keeps an eye on Nick and his friends. He gets a call from his dad in prison. His dad was taken down by Nick, and now the son is ready to make him pay. He plans to triple the dose of some nasty wesen stuff that will make the group tear eachother apart. Randyr goes into their rooms and collect hair for his brew.

Nick and Monroe recount when they met eachother. Monroe did a little marking, and tried to scare Nick before getting a drink together. As they head to their table, Randy prepares some drinks, with hair and wesen spit. The group wonders over menus, while Randy rushes to get the drinks to the table. One of his coworkers bumps into him in the kitchen, and her hair gets mixed into one of the glasses. Randy sees it, but there's no time to change courses now. Monroe and Rosalee recount their meeting, falling in love, and first kiss, as Randy finally arrives with the drinks. He passes them out to everyone, except a pregnant Rosalee. Hank is more than happy to take hers.

After dinner, in bed Nick reveals that Randy looks familiar, but he doesn't think too hard on it. He has other things on his mind with Adalind close at hand.

Renard sits on the couch without a worry in the world, looking over his daughter's drawings. He receives a picture of his sleeping daughter, and receives a call from Lt. Grossante. He's a little upset over that whole broken promise thing. He threatens to kill Diana if Renard doesn't go through with their bargain and make him Captain. Renard is a little too nonplussed with the man threatening his daughter. Sure she's super powerful and can take care of herself, but as her father he should show a little bit of worry for his progeny.

The next morning Adalind wakes up in Nick's arms, but everything is different. They're quick to get away from each other. Rosalee wakes up by Monroe's side happy as can be, but Monroe isn't super happy to see her, and he quickly gets out of bed. Hank sees himself in the mirror, and likes what he sees.

Diana wakes up, and she doesn't know where she is. She wants to go home. Grossante wargs on her, and threatens her. She asked nicely, but Grossante doesn't care. Diana has had enough of his crap, and tosses him around like a rag doll.

Nick and Monroe get their breakfast on. It's a little awkward. Wu sees the server who bumped Randy, and he's in love. Randy watches Monroe as he drinks his coffee. Monroe spots Eve and he goes in pursuit of her.

Nick heads back to his room with two cups of coffee. Rosalee asks him if he's seen Monroe. He tells her that he's getting coffee, and she heads off to find Monroe. Nick goes after her.

Hank tells himself how fine he is in the mirror.

Wu asks the server if she believes in love at first sight. She supposes its possible. Wu works to woo her, but she's busy. He's ready to prove his love.

Monroe is waxing plenty of poetry as well. The morning is more beautiful by Eve's presence. He spouts his love for her, for losing Nick, for losing herself. He grabs her hand, and tries to make her feel his heart. She knows something is wrong, and heads off to find Rosalee.

Rosalee can't seem to find Monroe, and Nick tells Rosalee just how special she is. He tells her that they're meant to be, and Rosalee tries to stop him, but he doesn't stop. He tells her that he loves her. Rosalee doesn't know what's going on, but she wants it to stop. Rosalee tells Nick to stay put, as he drops down on one knee. Rosalee makes her getaway, as Eve finds Nick. She's glad she found him before its too late. She pulls him in for a kiss.

Monroe is looking for Eve when he finds Adalind. Adalind found what she's been looking for, and its him. She pulls Monroe in for a kiss, when Rosalee find him. He tells her that its not what she thinks it is. He loves Eve, she's his everything. Adalind is pissed to hear his declaration of love for Eve. Nick and Eve arrive to make everything worse, and they all start bickering.

Hank sings Lets Get It On to himself.

The four continue to fight. Eve takes shots at Adalind for having the baby that should have been hers. Hank heads out to see what the commotion is all about, and stops the fighting for a moment, until he sees himself. Rosalee figures out just what happened, and runs off to fix the problem herself, as poor Kelly cries in his carrier.

Grossante calls to Renard for help, but he doesn't sound like he plans to be very helpful while Diana plays a twisted game of hide and seek.

Rosalee heads downstairs while the fighting continues upstairs.

Wu continues to try to woo the server, but she's resistant to him. He threatens to kill himself in she leaves, but she can't deal with him anymore. She tries to getaway, but Wu follows. Threatening to throw himself off the wall.

Rosalee finds Randy. She knows what he did with the champagne, and she wants him to put an end to things. He refuses, warging. She knows that it can be ended if he dies. She wargs, and prepares to end things herself.

Eve slaps Adalind. Nick does a great Steetcar Stella impression. Monroe grabs Eve for a kiss, and Adalind loses her mind.

Randy grabs server Holly. It stops Rosalee for a moment, but Wu seeing his Holly in danger, wargs himself, and pushes him off the wall. Randy goes tumbling down. Rosalee goes to check on everyone. The spell is broken, and all is well.

Renard picks his daughter up from her playdate. She wants to stay longer, but Renard thinks his daughter has played long enough. She asks if she can have another one soon.


Monroe finally gets to blow out his candles among friends.

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