Welcome to the Volume 21 edition of the McCartney Newsletter
We know we haven’t been communicating with you in a while, we have been just so darn busy and we apologize for that. Now that we have a 5-minute “breather”, we’ve summed it all up for you.
Here’s what happened:
So back in the 1970’s when I lived on the Wirral, a peninsula just south of Liverpool, I used to ride on a school bus to West Kirby, and past my little mate Julian Lennon’s house on Column Road in Calday day in and day out.
Julian and I are three and a quarter years apart in age, with me being the elder statesman. When we were kids, and he and his lovely Mum Cynthia moved back to Wirral, Angie and Cyn would often visit over a pot of tea and I, inevitably, at 11 or 12, would “get stuck” with this hyperactive, brilliant kid John Charles Julian Lennon.
Well, when you’re 12 and in love with The Partridge Family’s 22 year old Keith (aka David Cassidy), the LAST thing on your agenda is playing back garden cricket or worse, bike riding with a 8 and three-quarter year old BOY.
But last month, at The Sunset Marquis in Hollywood, and the launch of this true artist’s photography exhibition and musical metamorphosis called “Everything Changes”, I couldn’t have been more eager to hug my old friend’s neck and congratulate him on his steadfastness, God-given talent, love for humanity and the universe, optimism, simplicity, honesty, and even in spite of his album’s title, proving, with one irreverent comment, one almighty, rib-cracking hug and one shy smile that everything DOESN’T have to change. In fact, between some people, things will always stay the same. Congratulations Julian on a truly moving record - one, that like fine wine, only grows better through time, and a collection of images that bring a calm and stillness to an ever moving world from clouds to rock n’ roll.
If you haven’t availed yourself of this wonderful music yet, do yourself a favour and click here.
We all know that these days you have push harder to get your message heard above the chatter of Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, Vine and Pinterest.
Cloud computing is Internet-based computing, whereby shared resources, software, and information are provided to computers and other devices on demand, like the electricity grid.
What is Cloud PR? Cloud PR is a new service from McCartney Multimedia that integrates traditional PR outreach though our trusted partners, with our in-house internet broadcast systems. By utilizing traditional online PR relationships and distribution engines as well as mobile media platforms, McCartney Cloud PR is designed to give our clients the maximum PR reach for their releases and communications.
Our experienced PR network can do it all. From multi-lingual message branding and delivery to strategic PR campaigns, trust your next PR campaign to us and our partners, to get the best results and reports. Tell us more about your project...
New client YouPix.org are 2 guys with a mission.
Quote from their web site: “In Hollywood a script has a "One in a Million" chance at being produced. That sucks! At YouPix.org your script has a "One in a Thousand" chance. That does NOT suck!”
YouPix.org hired McCartney to get the word out in the creative film community.
Here’s the skinny:
YouPix.org Where Scripts get a Shot!
Writers don’t write scripts to sit on a shelf along with their dusty plastic trophies. Writers write scripts to see their Movies on the silver screen. YouPix.org aims to facilitate the writer’s dream of seeing your Movie made in two ways:
1) We offer an exclusive script database that is searchable only by active Development Executives. ~Your first script submission is free, BTW
2) We host the best indie screenplay competition out there: Our Winners actually MAKE A MOVIE. (Up to $500k budget, and the competition is limited to only 1000 scripts!)
Recently Launched & In Development
Established in 1996, Eyeshadow Clothing is a Los Angeles based junior and junior plus apparel company sold to your favorite retailers throughout the country.
We are proudly designed in the USA and inspired by fashion and youth culture from all over the world.
We love our Eyeshadow Girls!
Arizona's premiere Talent and Venue Booking Agency recently got a makeover by McCartney. Not only was the web site re-designed, but firstly, our graphics department updated their branding and logo to achieve a sleeker, more "app-centric" look and feel... typically during this branding process, we present various options, and thru conversation with the client, including legacy perception and new directions, we hone in on a look which captures the essence of the original, thus keeping the integrity of the brand.
The final logo developed represents a clean, sleek, efficient brand with its' future in all things modern, music, marketing and mobile.
This, in turn, led us to developing a clean and efficient style of web presentation complete with a hook-up to the company's existing Google Calendars for talent-bookers and fans alike to easily and quickly locate shows, information and tickets.
Similar to the Ronald McDonald Houses, Fisher House Foundation is best known for the network of comfort homes built on the grounds of major military and VA medical centers. The Fisher Houses are 5,000 to 16,800 square-foot homes, donated to the military and Department of Veterans Affairs, where families can stay while a loved one is receiving treatment. Additionally, the Foundation ensures that families of service men and women wounded in Iraq or Afghanistan are not burdened with unnecessary expense during a time of crisis.
Located in close proximity to the medical center or hospital it serves, each Fisher House consists of between 8 and 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, spacious dining room and an inviting living room with a library and toys for children. Fisher House Foundation ensures that there is no fee to stay in a Fisher House. Since inception, the program has saved military and veteran families an estimated $192 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.
James' Beach, Venice CA Recently our dear friend and colleague Keith Fisher said his goodbyes before moving to permanentely to France. He had the good sense to hold his farewell party at the famous James' Beach
TELL ME ABOUT JAMES’ BEACH
James’ Beach opened in September of 1996, a block from world famous Venice Beach and the Pacific Ocean, taking over the location of the West Beach Café. James’ Beach immediately gained a reputation for great food, drinks and wine plus marvelous people watching. Los Angeles Times food critic, Irene Virbila reviewed that the straightforward cuisine, friendly service and beach ambience made James’ Beach “as comfortable as a favorite sweater.” That welcoming vibe, value and quality has made James’ Beach a favorite Venice neighborhood restaurant. Visitors come to Venice to be part of the artistic, eclectic scene and there is no better place to have a drink and people watch than at James’ Beach. This may be one of the reasons that James’ Beach recently was awarded Open Table’s award for Most Vibrant Bar Scene. James’ Beach has been featured in feature films, television shows, and viral online videos like I Love You, Man, Californication, Curb Your Enthusiasm and The Women of L.A. as a Venice institution.
McCartney goes Comedy
Featuring Tommy Gimler and friends...
Ever since our first meeting with John Cleese and our dear friend Roseanne Barr, we seemed to be diving deeper and deeper into the world of comedy. From Penn & Teller to Sinbad, Fred and Mary Willard, and Martin stalking Jeffrey Ross at various parties, we're slowly but surely introducing our digital services to the funny genre. Martin is currently producing Tommy's EP which will come out shortly. Stay tuned for announcements... and if you truly hate cats (Bill Kelly we know you're reading this) be warned, and click here.... video directed by Pat Healy ....PARENTAL DISCRETION STRONGLY ADVISED
Martin has recently worked for various German companies performing, producing and editing voice-overs for a wide variety of projects. Martin used Voice123 after a recommendation from director and producer friend Peter Trunk.
The $300.00 a year membership fee is well worth the price, and Martin got the money back within the first week. So, if you're an aspiring voice-over talent and would like to showcase your talents, then we highly recommend this service. There is a "free" version but it doesn't really provide any leads or jobs for you. For more information for serious Pros, please check out the voice123 web site.
McCartney NetWork News - (because it's all about YOU)
Our client Rikki Klieman, Esq. has always been busy on the airwaves. As a legal eagle Rikki has made regular appearances on shows such as: GMA, Hardball with Chris Matthews, ABC etc., giving her legal opinion on current cases.
But now Rikki has just joined the regular contributor team of CBS This Morning with Charlie Rose, Gayle King, Norah O'Donnell and John Miller. Congrats Rikki!
Our iFanz member, Jazz Singer, Gloria Lynne recently dusted off a script she had been hanging on to for a long time, and it was eagerly received by her Agents, Universal .... who are considering filming a pilot episode. It will be called Bus Babies, based on her original idea for a Broadway Musical. This elegant lady is 81 years old, gigging regularly, and still delighting audiences of all ages. Check her out on iTunes.
Recipe of The Month
Ruth's Eggplant Parmesan
The trick to Eggplant Parmesan is to drain the eggplant slices of excess moisture first, before cooking. We found this recipe recently in the New York Times and adapted it to our taste (olive oil only no canola oil, and no hard boiled egg slices as the original recipe called for).
2 lbs (about 2 large) eggplants
1 28-oz can whole peeled tomatoes
1 clove garlic, peeled and minced
Freshly ground black pepper
1/2 cup all-purpose flour
1/2 cup fine dry breadcrumbs
4 large eggs, beaten
1 1/2 lbs of fresh mozzarella cheese, sliced into 1/4 inch rounds
1 cup grated high quality Parmesan cheese
1 packed cup fresh basil leaves
1 Cut eggplants lengthwise into 1/4 inch slices. Arrange one layer in the bottom of a large colander and sprinkle evenly with salt. Repeat with remaining eggplant, salting, until all eggplant is in the colander. Weigh down the slices with a couple of plates and let drain for 2 hours. The purpose of this step is to have the eggplant release some of its moisture before cooking. 2 While the eggplant is draining, prepare tomato sauce. Combine tomatoes, garlic and 1/3 cup olive oil in a food processor. Season with salt and pepper to taste and set aside. 3 When eggplant has drained, press down on it to remove excess water, wipe off the excess salt, and lay the slices out on paper towels to remove all the moisture. In a wide, shallow bowl, combine flour and breadcrumbs. Mix well. Pour beaten eggs into another wide shallow bowl. Place a large, deep skillet over medium heat, and pour in a half inch of olive oil. When oil is shimmering, dredge the eggplant slices first in the flour mixture, then in the beaten egg. Working in batches, slide coated eggplant into hot oil and fry until golden brown on both sides, turning once. Drain on paper towels.
4 Preheat the oven to 350°F. In the bottom of a 10x15 inch glass baking dish, spread 1 cup of tomato sauce. Top with one third of the eggplant slices. Top eggplant with half of the mozzarella slices. Sprinkle with one third of the Parmesan and half of the basil leaves.
5 Make a second layer of eggplant slices, topped by 1 cup of sauce, remaining mozzarella, half the remaining Parmesan, and all of the remaining basil. Add remaining eggplant, and top with the remaining tomato sauce and Parmesan.
6 Bake until cheese has melted and the top is slightly brown, about 30 minutes. Allow to rest at room temperature for about 10 minutes before serving.
Yield: Serves 8.
Angie's One Liners
A bicycle can't stand on its own because it is two tired.
A man needs a mistress just to break the monogamy.
Knowledge is power, and power corrupts. So study hard, and be evil.
Out of estrogen. Next mood swing in 2 minutes.
PS ~ For all of you slackers who have not yet bought my book, here are the links to Amazon UK and US. And for those that HAVE, I thank you from the heart of my bottom and ask that you give me a splendid review!
Featured Artist - Take Me To The Pilot Take Me To The Pilot - Melody
Here's our producer friend Dale Penner's latest development project, Take Me To The Pilot.
From one kid’s basement to stages across Canada emerging Canadian pop band Take Me To The Pilot are currently on a US tour playing high schools, colleges and military bases wrapping up at the end of May with a week at Los Angeles area high schools and capping it all off at the historic Roxy on Sunset in West Hollywood on May 26th.
Since their debut in late 2010, TMTTP have toured over 20,000 kms in Canada playing over 200 shows on their own and with the likes of Fefe Dobson, These Kids Wear Crowns and The News Cities (to name a few). They’ve released two EP’s, have had video play on Much Music, YTV, Metro 14 and Musique Plus with over 50,000 views on YouTube and received praise with results at radio with three previous singles.
The Take Me To The Pilot team includes Manager/Producer Dale Penner, Entertainment Attorney David Ehrlich and The Agency Group's Ralph James and Zaed Maqbool.
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