Dusty Springfield Drama Set to Premiere at the L.A. Shorts Film Festival

Soul of Blue Eye Set in 1970, “The Soul of Blue Eye” tells the story of Dusty Springfield’s decision to record her Platinum selling hit Son of a Preacher Man for Atlantic Records, and the struggles she had as a white gay woman singing black soul music during the tumultuous 1960’s.

Besides having a hit show, “It Must Be Dusty” in England, Dusty was influential in the discovery of Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, and produced dozens of Billboard top 100 hits in her career.

Written and Directed by Jesse Brunt, the film has put a lot of effort into the authenticity of the scenes as well as the tense interaction between Dusty and one particular interviewer who breaks an agreement, and demands to know about her sexual preferences.  “I wanted to tell part of the story about this amazing artist,” says Brunt, who also shot and edited much of the project.  “she created music that has sustained the test of time and she broke new ground for an entire genre which came to be known as Blue Eyed Soul.”

Producer Bob Bekian noted that the tag line, “You know my music, but you don’t know me” really gave insight into the story.  “She was an amazingly talented musical artist who had a genuine desire to help others –which is a refreshing story in today’s world of ‘everyone-out-for-themselves.'”

Producers Bekian and Brunt have a feature length script that they are looking to produce with Nicole Kidman as their first choice to play Dusty Springfield, and have made this short to give people a glimpse into the full story they hope to make.

LASHORTSFEST_Highres_Logo_jpg “The Soul of Blue Eye” stars Paige Segal as Dusty Springfield, and will be shown at the Laemmle NOHO 7 Theater in North Hollywood on Saturday, July 26th 2014 at 3:15pm.   For more information, email bob@loyalstudios.tv.

For more information about the festival, visit LA Shorts Fest

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“Soul of Blue Eye”

Soul of Blue Eye

Soul of Blue Eye

Set in 1970’s Los Angeles, the film “Soul of Blue Eye” explores Dusty Springfield’s life at the pivotal moment where the term ‘Blue Eyed Soul’ become known through her album “Dusty in Memphis.”  Its focus is on the struggle she faced daily that came to a head at one interview with Atlantic Records.

Her road was not an easy one.  Dusty fought a constant battle between her love for her girlfriend, and keeping up appearances in the public eye.  Her relationship suffered under the suffocating stress of living in a society plagued with rampant homophobia.   Coming out in that time period would likely promise a lifetime of social bullying for both her and her lover.

“I find Dusty Springfield’s story compelling and underrated,” says Jesse Brunt, Director.  “Her achievements are rarely recognized, and her contributions to music almost never spoken of.  I made this film to help fix that.  Her life has much to contribute to a contemporary audience.”

“Son of a Preacher Man” is one of the most recognizable songs in soul music today.  It’s played on thousands of shop radios, kept alive in classic rock/soul stations, and the smooth, smoky-edge timber of Dusty’s voice influences artists of all ages today.  The song, originally offered to Aretha Franklin, cemented Dusty Springfield’s career into the heart of American music history despite her blond-haired, blue-eyed British origins.  She once commented that if people only knew her by her music, they would think she was a black woman.

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On the set of “Soul of blue Eye”

Producer, Bob Bekian, saw the potential of this movie, and was happy to offer up his studio, equipment, and knowledge to the project.  “What interested me most about the Dusty Springfield story was the relationship she had with Jimi Hendrix and Led Zeppelin, who are two of my favorite artists.  She recognized their incredible talent and helped launch both of their careers in the late 60’s.”

The music industry owes much to her efforts and powerful charisma, not just because of her voice, but of what she accomplished behind the scenes.  Were it not for her influence, the world may have never known the legendary rock sounds of Led Zeppelin, or marked the 60’s with the guitar riffs of Jimi Hendrix.   She is responsible for convincing the agents at her label to listen to Led Zepplin’s music, and ultimately sign them.  The death of Jimi Hendrix, hit her hard.  She lost an amazing colleague, and a long-time friend.

“Soul of Blue Eye” stars Paige Segal (“The Day the Music Died”), who gives a spark of life, attitude, and vulnerability to the persona of one of the worlds most famous soul singers.

Miley respond’s to prom invite — will she make it?

High school student Matt Peterson made a video (which has since gone viral) asking his favorite pop star, Miley Cyrus, to be his date to prom.

“I have been a fan of yours from the beginning. You’ve changed my life, and I want to repay you by giving you the best night of your life. In order to do that, allow me to take you to my Prom on May 3, 2014,” he wrote alongside the YouTube clip asking Miley to be his date. “I promise you, we will have a great time.”

On Saturday, the 21-year-old singer responded to Matt’s invite.

“Dear Matt Peterson, I don’t think I’ll be able to make it to prom BUT why don’t you come to my AZ show & hang w me?” Miley Tweeted, adding an emoji kiss. “Don’t forget a corsage.”

Check out Matt’s invitation:

“Blue Ivy diet” slims Beyonce by 65 pounds

beyonceblueivyThere’s no doubt that Beyoncé’s latest album is her most revealing body of work yet. Literally.

The singer defended her decision to show off her body and feature several explicit songs in part four of her self-titled documentary called Liberation.

“The day I got engaged was my husband’s birthday and I took him to Crazy Horse and I remember thinking, ‘Damn, these girls are fly.’ And I just thought it was the ultimate sexy show. I wish I was up there, I wish I could perform that for my man…so that’s what I did for my video,” Bey said about her track “Partition.”

The burlesque-themed video shows Jay Z’s other half dancing in a series of provocative ensembles, including a thong at one point.

“I was very aware of the fact that I was showing my body. I was 195 pounds when I gave birth, I lost 65 pounds, I worked crazily to get my body back. I wanted to show my body,” she said.

“I wanted to show that you can have a child and you can work hard and you can get your body back. I know finding my sensuality, getting back into my body, being proud of growing up, it was important to me that I expressed that in my music because there are so many women that feel the same thing after they give birth.”

The “Grown Woman” singer also added that she wants to inspire new mothers everywhere to not be ashamed of their sexuality.

“You can have your child and still have fun and still be sexy and still have dreams and still have yourself,” she shared. “I don’t at all have any shame in being sexual and I’m not embarrassed about it…I don’t feel like I have to protect that side of me because I do believe that sexuality is a power that we all have.”

And there you have it, from the Queen herself!

Britney Spears Gets Sultry in Sin City

britneyIt’s almost show time for Britney Spears!

The pop princess shared a behind-the-scenes look on Twitter as she rehearsed the day before launching her highly anticipated Las Vegas residency at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino.

The 32-year-old singing sensation rehearses her show solo on stage for the upcoming Britney: Piece of Me, striking a sexy pose with a dark purple spotlight. The mother of two flaunts her enviable abs and ultra-fit body in a formfitting two-piece ensemble and a slick Fedora.

“Can’t believe the 1st show is almost here!!! #PieceOfMe,” she added with the sultry pic.

Spears, who has been drumming up excitement on her Twitter account by adding snapshots of her dancers posing as numbers counting down the days, shared a solo shot of herself as “1.”

“I’ve got chills. Last dress rehearsal for friends and family before opening night tmw. #1DayTillShowtime,” the Grammy winner captioned the smiling pic.

Spears’ first show will be packed with family and friends, as well as A-list stars, including Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Adam Lambert, tennis great Serena Williams, hitmaker Sia and Brit’s former touring partner Pauly D.

Have a fabulous first show, Brit!

Beyoncé shows off sexy curves, dances seductively, twerks in new music video ‘Yoncé’

beyonce25f-5-webBeyoncé is showing exactly how sexy should be done.

The 32-year-old singer released another music video off her highly successful surprise album “Beyoncé.”

If Beyoncé weren’t enough to heat up the screen, she’s joined by Victoria’s Secret models Chanel Iman, Joan Smalls and Jourdan Dunn, who all add to the video’s sexiness. Wearing fish nets, leather and lace, the ladies give glimpses of booty cheeks, underboob and even some licking — this is sure to be a holiday treat.

Oh and then there’s also the lyrics, which include: “See me up in the club with 50 of them girls / Posted in the back, got my things and my grill / Brooklyn brim with my eyes sitting low / Every boy in here with me got that smoke / Every girl in here got to look me up and down.”

Fans also couldn’t ignore her surprise album, which was released Friday, Dec. 13 with no notice. By Monday the album had sold more than 617,000 units on iTunes.

“It was a brilliant and innovative marketing idea,” John Sykes, Clear Channel President of Entertainment Enterprises, said in a statement. “We found out when everyone else did, minutes before it was released.”

The same day the album dropped Beyoncé also premiered the music video “Drunk in Love” featuring her husband Jay Z and it left heads spinning.

“I didn’t want to release my music the way I’ve done it,” Beyoncé said in a statement. “I am bored with that. I feel like I am able to speak directly to my fans.”

Blue Ivy’s mom must have been feeling the love because she had another surprise for fans when she dropped by a Walmart in Tewksbury, Mass., Us Weekly reported. She not only addressed the crowd via the store’s intercom, but she also gifted everyone with a $50 Walmart gift card, which totaled $37,500 for 720 shoppers.

Garth Brooks Opens Up About Marriage to Trisha Yearwood: “I Never Knew It Could Be Like This”

rs_634x1024-130726163555-634.GBrooks.ms.072613Garth Brooks is a man in love and he doesn’t care who knows it!

When the country superstar sat down with Ellen DeGeneres on the Friday, Nov. 29, episode of The Ellen DeGeneres Show, where he couldn’t help but gush about Trisha Yearwood, his wife of almost eight years.

“I’ve got to tell you, I never knew it could be like this,” Brooks said of their marriage. “I never knew that everyday you could wake up and feel like this. And I have God and I have Ms. Yearwood to thank for this.”

Brooks also opened up how he and Yearwood got together as they were both married to other people when they first met. While Brooks split from his college sweetheart, songwriter Sandy Mahl, in 2000, Yearwood had been married twice before (to Chris Latham andRobert Reynolds).

The duo first met in 1987 when Brooks’ friend songwriterKent Blazy introduced them and the star admitted he felt an immediate connection to Yearwood, despite the fact that he was newly married.

“When she left, he goes, ‘What did you think?’ I said, ‘Well, it’s strange, because I felt that feeling like when you just meet your wife, but I’ve been married for 13 months,” he explained.

Soon after his divorce from Mahl, who he has three children with, Brooks began dating Yearwood, his longtime collaborator.

“This was somebody I always enjoyed being around. And we had a lot more in common than I ever dreamed we did. And so we started seeing each other after the divorce,” Brooks revealed to Ellen. “We’d known each other music-wise, but we got to see each other as people. And I’ve got to tell you, if you like her and don’t know her, you’ll love her. If you love her and don’t know her, you’ll worship her. She’s the real deal.”

Dusty Springfield Drama Set to Premiere at the L.A. Shorts Film Festival

Set in 1970, “The Soul of Blue Eye” tells the story of Dusty Springfield’s decision to record her Platinum selling hit Son of a Preacher Man for Atlantic Records, and the struggles she had as a white gay woman singing black soul music during the tumultuous 1960’s. Besides having a hit show, “It Must Be Dusty” in […]

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