Movie Villain Medley Parodies Lady Gaga Songs

Youtuber  made a bunch of parodies of famous Lady Gaga songs, all with the theme of movie villains. He covers The Joker from The Dark Knight with Poker Face, Darth Vader from Star Wars with Bad Romance, Hans Landa from Inglourious Basterds with Paparazzi, and Fox from Wanted with Just Dance. Rhyming ‘paparazzi’ with ‘Nazi’ is just genius. 

 

Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2011/09/10/movie-villain-medley-parodies-lady-gaga-songs/

Foo Fighters Piano Cover – Everlong

This cover video by Pianist  from 2011 went almost entirely unnoticed until suddenly going viral yesterday, most likely because the Foo Fighters themselves featured the cover on their Facebook page. The fantastic piano cover of the Foo Fighters’ famous hit Everlong now has 400,000 views and is still rapidly climbing.

 

Read more: http://www.viralviralvideos.com/2012/02/25/foo-fighters-piano-cover-everlong/

Want to Hear a Song? Tweet at This Piano

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Pianos that play themselves were the coolest thing since sliced bread at the turn of the 20th century. Perforated metallic rolls dictated which hammers would strike and when. Purchase the encoded roll with your favorite ragtime ditty and let ‘er rip — great for your formal parlor.

Those programmable canisters were the precursor to modern music sequencing. In the digital world, we use MIDI files — codes that tell virtual oboes and cellos when to chime in during a composition. Folks at the creative agency Digital Kitchen made the connection between old school player pianos and digital music composition. They even put a social spin on it.

Meet Stanley, an interactive player piano. Tweet a request to @StanleyPiano and the song will queue up for performance. Online, you can watch Stanley play the songs at his (its?) live debut at the Capitol Hill Block Party, a music festival that kicks off Friday, July 20 in Seattle, Wash. The account will tweet at you when your song is up next.

Right now, Stanley’s repertoire is limited to the indie artists performing at the festival, but it “grows with every tweet,” says David Mikula, creative director of the project. “Stanley plays MIDI files. To build his repertoire, we had to transcribe piano renditions of these songs by ear and hand using an 88-key MIDI controller and Logic Pro. Song requests from Twitter are rolling in constantly. People want to hear Stanley play songs from every genre and musical era. Luckily, there are huge MIDI databases of popular music online, which we combed through to also include in his song catalog. We also couldn’t resist including some of our own personal favorites.”

So while building the catalog is a manual musical endeavor, Mikula aims to make the Twitter request process more streamlined. “A custom moderation tool named S.T.A.N.F.O.R.D. allows a team to curate the experience. Any part of the process that isn’t automated is meant to be personalized. All direct communication is handled by our team — whether that be an @reply when Stanley doesn’t know how to play a track, or when Stanley has to call out a drunken Block Party attendee in the blue shirt for spilling beer on his stage.”

There’s no limit to the queue, according to Mikula. “Stanley is a crowd pleaser. He’ll make his way through as many songs as possible before the weekend is over.”

Stanley is a player piano by birth, but he can no longer read piano rolls. “The fact that he already had all the mechanics to play notes himself made it much easier for us to modify this existing system and drop in his new electronic components.” After his debut at the Block Party, Stanley will be waiting at the Digital Kitchen office in Seattle for his next big gig.

Well, what are you waiting for? Tweet your favorite NKOTB jam at Stanley and tune in this weekend to hear the results.

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Read more: http://mashable.com/2012/07/18/stanley-player-piano/

The Oscar Nominations Have Been Announced

The Oscar nominations have been announced, and yet again Leonardo DiCaprio is leftdisappointed after he was surprisingly snubbed for his role in the Revenant.

Just kidding, he made the shortlist. You can breathe again. In fact the Revenant could be in for a glorious evening after it picked up the most nominations with 12, Mad Max: Fury Road (my personal film of the year) picked up seven nominations.

Let’s take a closer look eh.

The breakdown by film is as follows:

The Revenant – 12
Mad Max: Fury Road – 10
The Martian – 7
Carol – 6
Spotlight – 6
Bridge of Spies – 6
The Big Short – 5
Star Wars: The Force Awakens – 5
Room – 4
The Danish Girl – 4
Brooklyn – 3
The Hateful Eight – 3
Sicario – 3

Best picture

The Big Short

Bridge of Spies

Brooklyn

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Room

Spotlight

Best actor in a leading role

Bryan Cranston Trumbo

Matt Damon The Martian

Leonardo DiCaprio The Revenant

Michael Fassbender Steve Jobs

Eddie Redmayne The Danish Girl

We took the liberty of anticipatinghow Leo’s night might pan out

Best actress in a leading role.

Cate Blanchett Carol

Brie Larson Room

Jennifer Lawrence Joy

Charlotte Rampling 45 Years

Saoirse Ronan Brooklyn

Also:

Best Director

Adam McKay The Big Short

George Miller Mad Max: Fury Road

Alejandro Gonzlez Irritu The Revenant

Lenny Abrahamson Room

Tom McCarthy Spotlight

Best foreign language film

Embrace of the Serpent

Mustang

Son of Saul

Theeb

A War

Best original score

Bridge of Spies

Carol

The Hateful Eight

Sicario

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best original screenplay

Bridge of Spies

Ex Machina

Inside Out

Spotlight

Straight Outta Compton

Best adapted screenplay

The Big Short

Brooklyn

Carol

The Martian

Room

Best production design

Bridge of Spies

The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Best film editing

The Big Short

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Spotlight

Best visual effects

Ex Machina

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best actress in a supporting role.

Jennifer Jason Leigh The Hateful Eight

Rooney Mara Carol

Rachel McAdams Spotlight

Alicia Vikander The Danish Girl

Kate Winslet Steve Jobs

Best actor in a supporting role

Christian Bale The Big Short

Tom Hardy The Revenant

Mark Ruffalo Spotlight

Mark Rylance Bridge of Spies

Sylvester Stallone Creed

Best animated feature film

Anomalisa

Inside Out

Shaun the Sheep

Boy and the Wild

When Marnie Was There

Best animated short film

Bear Story

Prologue

Sanjays Superteam

We Cant Live Without Cosmos

World of Tomorrow

Best live action short film

Ava Maria

Day One

Everything Will Be Okay

Shok

Stutterer

Best makeup and hairstyling

Mad Max: Fury Road

The 100-Year-Old Man Who Climbed Out of the Window and Diasappeared

The Revenant

Best documentary short subject

Body Team 12

Chau Beyond the Lines

Claude Lanzmann

A Girl in the River

Last Day of Freedom

Best sound mixing

Bridge of Spies

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best sound editing

Mad Max : Fury Road

The Martian

The Revenant

Sicario

Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Best costume design

Carol

Cinderella

The Danish Girl

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

Best documentary feature

Amy

Cartel Land

The Look of Silence

What Happened, Miss Simone?

Winter on Fire: Ukraines Fight for Freedom

Best original song

Earned It 50 Shades of Grey

Til it Happens to You The Hunting Ground

Writings on the Wall Spectre

Manta Ray Racing Extinction

Simple Song 3 Youth

Best cinematography

Carol

Hateful Eight

Mad Max: Fury Road

The Revenant

Sicario

People have already noticed one thing about the nominations….

There we have it. What do you think? Will it be Leo’s year?

Read more: http://www.hellou.co.uk/2016/01/the-oscar-nominations-have-been-announced-76686/