The stars came out during NYLON/NVE The Experience Agency’s After-Con party on Thursday, July 21. at San Diego’s OMNIA Nightclub. Attendees included Teen Wolf’s Holland Roden, “I am Legend’s” Alexander DiPersia, and Kristian Nairn (“Game of Thrones” Hodor).
Musician Andre 3000 was spotted enjoying the festivities with long-time girlfriend Dominique Maldanado. Actor Tyler Posey arrived with younger brother Jesse Posey. The “Man in the High Castle” stars met up with their newest co-star Bellla Heathcote, who recently announced that she will be joining the cast as a series regular on Amazon’s hit drama.
Shortly thereafter, Miguel Gomez arrived with fellow co-star Kevin Durand. “The Strain” stars were spotted celebrating the release of their spoof rap video “Vamps Boom.” Other notable attendees included: Casper Van Dien, Cody Christian, Ian Bohen, JR Bourne, Mecad Brooks, Nina Sky, Shane West, Tara Reid and Zelda Williams.
Ending the party with a bang, DMX hit the stage for a surprise performance, which included hits such as “Up in Here” and “Ruff Ryders’ Anthem,” as revelers sang along to every single lyric.
Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy and Star Wars veteran Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker) announced a new campaign sponsored by CrowdRise in support of Star Wars: Force for Change, an initiative that inspires people to make a positive impact on the world. Starting April 5, Star Wars: Force for Change will match the donations of Star Wars fans to four select charities up to $1,000,000! Read more
The cast of 10 Cloverfield Lane attended the new York City Premiere for the film last night. Director Dan Trachtenberg, producer J.J. Abrams and comedian Amy Schumer also joined in on the fun at the event. Read more
Yesterday’s Desert Smash Celebrity Tennis Event played host to many celebrities and tennis stars. The event was put on to celebrate the Digital HD release of Daddy’s Home, and a VIP Daddy Lounge was set up at the event for the stars. Check out some pics from the event below, boasting such stars as Victoria Azarenka, Ja Rule, Bob and Mike Bryan and Cody Simpson. Everyone had a blast! Read more
Known worldwide as Postmodern Jukebox’s striking front-woman and for her solo YouTube music videos, Sara Niemietz has starred on Broadway (Carol Burnett’s Hollywood Arms), appeared in television and film (Akeelah and the Bee, Glee), released four albums, sang in Times Square before 50,000 people, and spent countless hours honing her craft singing and playing the guitar, bass and piano.
Recently featured on TIME Magazine and Mashable, Sara released her Postmodern Jukebox cover of Justin Bieber’s “Love Yourself” for an upcoming feature with FELIX. After recently completing a headlining sold-out U.S. tour with the band, Sara is set to hit the road again on a 75-city international tour with Postmodern Jukebox.
In this one-on-one phone conversation (direct from Dubai), Sara provides some insights into her career and how she approaches singing and songwriting.
When did you first decide you wanted to write and perform songs?
Sara Niemietz: When I was four years old, I went with my Mom and Dad to a BJ Thomas concert. They wanted to familiarize me with the songs so I wouldn’t be bored at the concert, so they played them on my way to day-care and driving around Illinois. By the time we got to the concert, I knew all the songs and began singing along with them. At the concert, BJ saw me from the stage, singing along and invited me to join him — on stage. And I was hooked. I started writing songs in my early teens when I learned to play guitar. I sang and wrote a lot in high school. I released my first songs shortly after that.
How and when did you and Snuffy Walden start working together?
Sara: I first met Snuffy when I was nine. I was doing acting gigs in L.A. and he was doing the music for the show Providence. I had a guest star role on that show (as singer/actress), so I had to go to his studio to record the vocals for the show. Later, I was watching Friday Night Lights, for which he did the music, and I recognized the name. So I sent him an email with a video and we reconnected and started working together. He’s been my music mentor ever since.
Can you go into how your life experience formed the basis for some of your songs? Perhaps provide some more memorable examples?
Sara: Much of my music is influenced by what I’ve seen. When I was 10, I lived in New York for a while doing a Broadway show. I was struck by the hustle and bustle of the city, which influenced me to write the song, “Rooftops,” which is kind of an escape from the hustle and bustle of city life. I got another song off my new EP that I just did a video for called “Taxi Outside,” and much of the imagery for that is the glitz and the glam of Hollywood, and seeing what lies beneath the gilded surfaces.
Your Dad played in a Rock band in Chicago and your Mom played in church choirs. How did that influence your musical style?
Sara: I grew up listening to a lot of different music. My parents loved classic rock – Stones, Zeppelin, Beatles, Joni Mitchell, James Taylor, Dylan, Randy Newman, Carol King and Steely Dan. There was lots of jazz too, so I got to know the great American songbook.
You said that music is the purest form of expression with no barriers. How does that apply to your work personally?
Sara: What you might not be able to say in conversation or in generally expressing yourself, you can with music. It’s art and saying anything you want to talk about is fine. With music the notes help express what you want to say.
You also said that music is a blank slate and a magic wand. So how do you wield that magic wand to create your music from a blank state?
Sara: I try to do it as honestly as I can. I love what music does. There’s so much civility in music. You can do anything, so you want to make sure you use that freedom the right way. I like to be deliberate and honest, and to tell my story. I try not to chase the coolest fad or be “in the club.” So I sing about what I see, which might resonate with someone.
What artists would you most like to collaborate with?
Sara: Oh, man. I’d love to collaborate with Andrew Bird, who is an awesome violinist and songwriter. Also Tom Waits would be a dream to collaborate with. And Steely Dan is my favorite band, so I would carry their microphone.
You’ll be doing a 75-city international tour with Postmodern Jukebox. What can fans expect in terms of new and old songs.
Sara: I spent a lot of time in the studio before I left. So there are lots of new songs and videos. I’m in Dubai right now. We went to the top of the Burj Khalifa and then on an off-road desert Safari.
So, you’re performing in Dubai?
Sara: We’ll be opening for Toto at the Jazz festival. We shot a new video for the next single off my new EP. And I’m still writing while on the road. I use my backpack guitar and I’m always writing demos and sending stuff back to L.A. I’m going to work on a new project when I get back. We’ll be posting short videos from the road.
Just whentyou thought it was safe to go back outside again, Imagine Dragons will kick off an exclusive live event for Citi / AAdvantage cardmembers on September 28 at the iconic Hollywood Palladium on the Sunset Strip in Los Angeles. Read more
Check out images of Tom Cruise, Simon Pegg, AnaSophia Robb and others from the Mission:Impossible – Rogue Nation New York Premiere, which took place yesterday (July 27, 2015) in Times Square, New York City. Read more
Jake Gyllenhaal and Eminem made a surprise appearance at an advance screening of Southpaw in Eminem’s hometown of Detroit. Fans were delighted at their arrival. You can check out some awesome pics from the appearance above and below. Read more
I recently had the opportunity to attend the red carpet press preview of Stage 48: Script to Screen, which celebrated the launch of Warner Brothers new 25,000 sq. ft. expansion, ahead of its official opening on July 16th. Based on the studio lot, which is home to more than 90 years of much-loved entertainment, drama and action, Stage 48 offered press, guests and celebrities a new behind-the-scenes look at the world of film and TV production.
Celebs, press and guests mingled as they explored the Central Perk Café, the orange couch in the original Central Perk set from “Friends,” and green screen experiences on the Batpod from The Dark Knight, an ExoSuit from Edge of Tomorrow, an authentic space capsule from the Oscar®-winning epic Gravity and flying broomsticks from Harry Potter.
Talent attending the event included Zack Snyder (Director, Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice), Jon Cryer (Two and a Half Men), James Michael Tyler (Friends), Mehcad Brooks (Supergirl), Reno Wilson (Mike & Molly), Cast of CBS new series Rush Hour, Cast of The Young and the Restless, Henry Byalikov (Dancing with the Stars), Sharna Burgess (Dancing with the Stars), and many more.
Matt Smith (our beloved Doctor Who) attended the San Diego Comic-con with fellow cast mates from the production Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. Of course the story is based on the novel by Jane Austen — only it has been enhanced by what else? Well of course it’s zombies – what else? Check out what they have to say about the movie and their experience filming it as they stroll down the red carpet at Comic-con. Read more
New shows Blindspot and Heroes Reborn made their appearances at the San Diego Comic-con. Fan hopefuls also enjoyed some pretty cool previews and panels with the cast well. Both are set to begin this September on NBC. Read more
The 12 Monkeys cast made an appearance at the San Diego Comic-con. Season one left fans hanging to find out more. Season two won’t get here fast enough (2016) — but at least we have a few pics to keep us occupied until then. Read more