Thursday, April 26, 2018

RIP Charles Neville

Neville Brothers saxophonist Charles Neville died Thursday April 26, 2018 of pancreatic cancer in Huntington, Massachusetts, where he had lived for many years. He was 79. Charles Neville was the second oldest of the four brothers who, for three decades, formed the core of the Neville Brothers, one of the most important and influential bands to emerge from New Orleans. For many years, the Neville Brothers were the closing act on the final Sunday of the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival. Born on December 28, 1938 in New Orleans, Charles grew up on Valence Street and in the Calliope housing development. In the 1950s, he toured with bands that backed such rhythm & blues stars as Johnny Ace, Jimmy Reed and B.B. King. He enlisted in the Navy in 1956 and was stationed in Memphis. He also led his own jazz combos, which performed at Snug Harbor whenever he was in town. After the Neville Brothers called it quits in 2012, he continued to tour as a member of Aaron Neville’s solo band. He was onstage when Aaron made his French Quarter Festival debut in 2017. Charles performed with Dr. John's band during last year's Jazz Fest. Charles as part of the Neville Brothers wrote and performed the song “Let That Hammer Fall” in 1993’s Euro-western “Posse” starring Mario Van Peebles.

Sergio Leone at the BFI Southbank

From Monday  2  April – Monday  30  April, BFI  Southbank will  celebrate  one  of  the  undisputed  masters  of  cinema, Sergio  Leone.  While  they  may  not  have  been  the  first  spaghetti  westerns,  Leone's  Dollars  trilogy  of A  Fistful  of Dollars (1964), For  a  Few Dollars  More (1965)  and The  Good,  the  Bad  and  the  Ugly (1966)  are  certainly  the  best
known – they  paved  the  way  for  Clint  Eastwood  to  break  Europe  and  for  Leone  to  have  an  enduring  influence  on cinema.  As  part of  the  season, A  Fistful  of  Dollars will  screen  on  extended  run from Friday 13 April,  when  it  is  re-released in selected cinemas by Park Circus.

Schedule of events for Thursday April 26, 2018:

 A piece of land with a vital water source becomes the focus for this epic piece covering all the best aspects of the Wild West. This time Leone watched many key American westerns in order to construct his own masterpiece. His methods more than paid off as both a homage to what came before and as a thoroughly entertaining addition to the genre.

THU 26, APR, 17:50 “Once Upon a Time in the West”

The first part of Leone’s Dollars trilogy firmly sets out the winning blueprint for the other two: not least in establishing both the role of Clint Eastwood’s nameless anti-hero and the collaboration with Ennio Morricone, which resulted in some of the most memorable musical themes in movie history. Made on a small budget and based on Kurosawa’s Yojimbo, the film focuses on a small town caught up in a fight for control between two warring families. When a stranger arrives he manipulates the feud to his own advantage – resulting in a high body count and some great cinema. – Justin Johnson, Lead Programmer 

THU 26, APR, 21:00 “A Fistful of Dollars”
THU 26, APR, 28:15 “A Fistful of Dollars”

For further information contact the BFI at this link: 

Hoyo de Manzanares will rescue its cinema sets with virtual reality

The first step of the project will be to rebuild 'Golden City' in which great classics of  the 'Spaghetti western' were shot

SER Madrid Norte

Coinciding with the presentation of a new edition of the 'De Tapas por Hoyo' initiative, the important tourism project that intends to reconstruct the old film set 'Golden City' through virtual reality has been announced. Hoyo de Manzanares was the scene in the 1960s of some of the most 'important Spaghetti westerns' that were filmed in Spain such as 'For a Fistful of Dollars' with Clint Eastwood.

For these shootings, sets were built creating a true town that was called 'Golden City' and that over the years has been lost. In the month of September an important project will be launched, now in full development, that will let us to see through virtual reality in our mobile phone how these sets looked. This has been explained in Hoy por Hoy Madrid Norte, the Councilor for Tourism of the City Council, Mónica Díaz.