Lights, Cameras… Cassidy

Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder discusses action of the newest Superman movie shot inside the historic Cassidy Inn pub on Vancouver Island, BC. Allison Crowe, in a role very familiar to the Canadian musician, appears in this scene with Henry Cavill (Clark Kent / Superman), Ian Tracey (Ludlow), Carmen Lavigne (Chrissy), Howard Siegel (Weaver) and other members of the cast – actors whom it was a delight to meet and an honour to work alongside. Same goes for the privilege of working with the film’s amazing crew and production team – a stellar family of professionals united in creativity.

The Blu-Ray edition of “Man of Steel” released in late 2013, includes a feature called “Journey of Discovery”. Zack Snyder and many of the people involved walk us through the making of MoS from pretty much every angle. It’s extraordinary, and, rather than taking away from the movie magic – the explanations of how the science fiction epic comes together leave you more enthralled. It’s super – and fun:

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“Something to Crowe About” Sings Telegram

Allison Crowe - detail of photograph by Geraldine Brophy in The Western Star / The Telegram

Allison Crowe – photograph by Cory Hurley in The Western Star / The Telegram

Something to Crowe about” sings The Telegram - sharing word of the discerning culture blog, Muruch , naming two of Allison Crowe’s albums among the best of 2013 and one of her new original songs its top pick for the year.

The newspaper notes:

“The West Virginia-based Muruch placed Crowe’s album “Heavy Graces” at No. 10 and “Newfoundland Vinyl” at No. 2, second only to “Pure Heroine” by Lorde. The blog also selected Crowe’s “Words” from the “Heavy Graces” record as the top song of the year for its annual list of the 50 best songs of the year, which also found room for three cuts from “Newfoundland Vinyl”: “Black Velvet Band” (No. 12), “Men Who Die for a Living” (No. 18) and “Skipper Billy’s Wake” (No. 28).”

The Telegram is Newfoundland and Labrador’s major daily newspaper. Pioneering website Muruch has been sharing favourite albums, live performances, films and literature online since 1999. The full article can be enjoyed @ http://www.thetelegram.com/Living/Entertainment/2014-01-02/article-3561458/Something-to-Crowe-about/1

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Song of the Year, Top Albums Nods for Allison Crowe

“The difficult I’ll do right now, the impossible’ll take a little while”. That’s pretty much always been the way of musician Allison Crowe.

This year proves ”weirdly typical” as ever for the amazing bi-coastal Canadian artist – to quote a phrase from one of 2013’s fine reviews.

In it, Crowe’s released three peerless albums (“Newfoundland Vinyl”, “Heavy Graces”, and the compilation “Songbook”), musically directed a hit theatre show (TNL’s “Newfoundland Vinyl”), saw one song recording used brilliantly in a trailer for a major independent motion picture (“Hallelujah” w. “The Pardon”), and appeared, pretty much as herself, in one of the year’s biggest Hollywood blockbusters (“Man of Steel”).

Now ‘Top Song of the Year’ nod for Allison Crowe’s “Words” comes from the annual list of Muruch, the passionate and uncompromising culture blog that’s been sharing favourite albums, live performances, films and literature online since 1999.

Words”, from the album “Heavy Graces”, features, for the first time, Allison playing her Great-Grandfather’s fiddle (along with her singing, playing guitar, arranging, engineering, producing and all those things she regularly does!). A trio of songs from her “Newfoundland Vinyl” album, also released this year, are found in the Top 50: “Black Velvet Band” (12); “Men Who Die for a Living” (18); and “Skipper Billy’s Wake” (28).

Artists joining Allison Crowe in the top ten picks are: Alice Boman; Trent Dabbs; Lorde; Vienna Teng; Foxygen; Imagine Dragons; MS MR; & Janelle Monae (feat. Erykah Badu). Enjoy videos and music – of “Words” and all of Muruch’s ‘Top 50 Songs’ @ http://www.muruch.com/2013/12/muruch-2013-top-songs.html


The West Virginia-based blog follows the song list with its Top 25 Albums – and Allison Crowe’s two new albums this year both land in the top ten. Remarking: “The top three are really interchangeable, they are far too brilliant and too different from each other to truly rank”, Muruch slots Crowe’s “Newfoundland Vinyl” second, book-ended by Lorde’s “Pure Heroine” (#1) and Foxygen’s “We Are the 21st Century Ambassadors of Peace & Magic” (#3).

Crowe’s tribute to songs of her Atlantic home region contains traditional tunes, such as “Black Velvet Band” as well as interpretations of such modern classics as “The Mobile Goat Song”, (a Tom Cahill-penned hit for Joan Morrissey), Gary O’Driscoll’s elegiac “Men Who Die for a Living” and Ron Hynes’ anthemic “Sonny’s Dream”. This set, released on vinyl, “plays like a lovely, vintage collection of traditional Irish and Canadian folk ballads, lively sea chanteys and drinking songs, parlour songs and country tunes with surprising retro, girl-pop harmonies woven throughout…full of dazzling melody and such a unique charm…Allison’s voice is so strong and spectacular,” says Muruch. “It has the timeless beauty of a classic folk album.”

Heavy Graces” combines Allison Crowe’s newest original song recordings with singular covers of Leonard Cohen (“Famous Blue Raincoat”) and Pearl Jam (“Better Man”) – and this album occupies the tenth spot on the albums of the year list, as described by Muruch: “what a lush piece of work…a touch of Celtic folk in the instrumentation, haunting backing vocals and a slow building, seething tension until Allison unleashes her wail”. The complete list of top album picks – which also includes this year’s releases from Elton John, Molly Drake, Hem, Steve Martin & Edie Brickell, Janelle Monae and more – is available @ http://www.muruch.com/2013/12/muruch-2013-top-albums.html

Here’s to a very happy, healthy, New Year – one and all!
Musician Allison Crowe sails through year with top albums, movies and more

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Superfun Year

To quote a phrase, it’s been a “weirdly typical” year for musician Allison Crowe – who’s released three peerless albums in 2013 (“Newfoundland Vinyl”, “Heavy Graces”, and the compilation “Songbook”), musically directed a hit theatre show (TNL’s “Newfoundland Vinyl”), saw one song recording used brilliantly in a trailer for a major independent motion picture (“Hallelujah” w. “The Pardon”), and appeared, pretty much as herself, in one of the year’s biggest Hollywood blockbusters (“Man of Steel’).

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Allison’s recording of “Hallelujah” is soundtrack to trailer for “The Pardon” – starring Jaime King and John Hawkes

Of the latter experience, super-fun was also had by Allison when she was invited by “Man of Steel” director Zack Snyder and producer Deborah Snyder to New York City in June for the premiere of the epic science-fiction adventure movie. Newly-posted video from the Lincoln Centre red carpet chaos captures arrival on the scene of: Rebecca Buller (Jenny Olsen), Cooper Timberline (very young Clark Kent), Allison (about one minute in), Daniel Dae Kim (Hawaii Five-O), Zack and Deborah Snyder, Superman himself, Henry Cavill, with his family, Bill Nye “The Science Guy” and more: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tjQ7BdacR3Y

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Arrivals for the red-carpet premiere of “Man of Steel” in NYC

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Curtain Rises on “The Pardon”

Makers of “The Pardon” movie are rolling with news of a series of screenings slated this month for Louisiana, the location of the film’s historic action.

The World Premiere happens March 13, 2013 in the Theatres at Canal Place in New Orleans. This night will be a benefit for The Eden House – a charity devoted to helping women who’ve been victims of human trafficking. After this special showing, the film opens on screens in New Orleans, Baton Rouge, Lake Charles, Lafayette, and Shreveport, LA on March 22, 2013. (Additional release dates tba)

The Pardon” stars Jaime King (Sin City, Pearl Harbor and Hart of Dixie), as Toni Jo Henry, at the centre of a sensational murder trial; Academy Award nominee John Hawkes (Winter’s Bone, The Sessions, and Lincoln) as Henry’s partner-in-crime; Jason Lewis (Sex and the City and Mr. Brooks) as her husband; M.C. Gainey (Lost and Con Air) as the jailer; and T. J. Thyne (Bones) as the priest, Father Richard.

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Allison Crowe’s “Tidings” recording of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” is heard in the film’s dynamic trailer @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oe9yC13crc0

Curtains rising as well on a facebook page for the movie @ http://www.facebook.com/thepardonmovie

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Profound Pole-arity

After originally placing Allison Crowe’s “Tidings” version of “Hallelujah” in his movie, “Watchmen“, in 2009 Hollywood director Zack Snyder decided Allison’s take is “too beautiful”, “too sexy” and “too romantic” to be paired with what’s meant to be a ridiculous scene of love-making aboard an airborne Owl-Ship. We’ll never know, of course, but, had Snyder carried out his original vision, Leonard Cohen may never have wished, however temporarily, for a moratorium on use of his song. Demand for feathers and latex, though, may have become such a strain on the natural world – that, in the end, the right course was likely followed.

That blazing union of spirituality and physicality which distinguishes Allison Crowe’s performances of “Hallelujah” – and, really, her entire repertoire – and which made her recording deemed not a match for “Watchmen“, is also what makes it so ideal for “The Pardon” movie trailer- http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oe9yC13crc0 – and its story and stars Jaime King and John Hawkes.

And, I’d suggest, such passion is what also makes Allison’s “Hallelujah” the chosen soundtrack for this aerial fitness display by Nicci Arriola at the Annual Winter Recital in Midvale, Utah – for this season dubbed the North Pole. Even if you, as am I, be not familiar with the form of dance and fitness witnessed here, by the second half of the song the language of the movement to the music is fluidly evident.

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Lights, Camera, Christmas

There are some bright lights shining for Allison Crowe – and, not just on the Christmas tree. Don Bradshaw of NTV, Canada’s Superstation, caught up with the amazing musician as she enjoyed a little piano-time outside Santa’s workshop, in the North Pole (aka the Corner Brook Arts and Culture Centre).

Now Allison’s concert year has wrapped, come join her, along with friends and neighbours, for World Premiere television screenings of Peter Buckle’s charming documentary film, “A Corner Brook Tidings” (for broadcast times/dates – click here). Fun for all ages, share in the warmth and meaning of Christmas, and all things we celebrate, in our hearts, in this season, and year-round.

To enjoy Allison’s chat with Don Bradshaw of NTVclick herehttp://ntv.ca/corner-brook-artist-sings-for-hollywood

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“The Pardon” website rolling

Makers of “The Pardon“, a dramatic movie starring Jaime King and John Hawkes, earlier this month revealed their selection of Allison Crowe’s “Hallelujah” recording as soundtrack for the film’s trailer.

Now, the movie’s website – http://www.thepardonmovie.com – is growing richer with regular additions of: images – from the film’s narrative, as well as historical clippings; a blog; news items; – and music is coming. You can read about the talented cast and crew – and meet the husband-and-wife director-writer team, Tom Anton and Sandi Russell (who previously paired up to create 2005’s “At Last” – a romance set in pre-Katrina Louisiana). The News section is enjoying a bumper week, as John Hawkes, already an Oscar nominee (for “Winter’s Bone“), is garnering recognition via Best Actor nominations from the Golden Globes, the Screen Actors Guild (SAG) and IFC Independent Spirit Awards – all for his role in “The Sessions“.

To catch Allison’s “Tidings” take on Leonard Cohen’s much-loved song, you can watch “The Pardon” trailer via the official movie site, and, as well, it’s on YouTube, and packing a wallop, @ http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oe9yC13crc0

Jaime King (as Toni Jo Henry) and John Hawkes (‘Arkie’ Burks) in a scene from “The Pardon

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“The Pardon” movie trailer

Allison Crowe’s “Tidings” recording of Leonard Cohen’s “Hallelujah” is soundtrack to a movie trailer – just released for “The Pardon” – a motion picture to be released in 2013:

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Alternating currents of the flesh and the spirit witnessed in the trailer are channeled by Hollywood veteran Blair Daily – whose editing and post-production supervision credits include work on several Barry Levinson films eg. “Good Morning Vietnam”, “Rain Man”, “Bugsy”, “Avalon”, “Wag the Dog” and “Man of the Year”. Daily also worked on “Quiz Show” with Robert Redford and “Adventures in Baby Sitting” with Chris Columbus.

The Pardon” is directed by Tom Anton, produced by Tom Anton, Sandi Russell, Jacqueline George and Blair Daily. The film stars Jaime King (“Sin City”, “Hart of Dixie”), Academy Award nominee John Hawkes (“Winter’s Bone”, “Lincoln”), Jason Lewis, M.C. Gainey, T.J. Thyne, Tim Guinee, Leigh Whannell and John Valdetero.

Toni Jo Henry (Jaime King), partnered with Finnon ‘Arkie’ Burks (John Hawkes) in an ill-conceived plan to rob a bank, is arrested and accused of brutally murdering Joseph P. Calloway (John Valdetero), a traveling salesman, on Valentine’s Day 1940. In a system stacked against her, Toni Jo fights for her life with the help of two inexperienced tax attorneys and visits from Father Wayne Richard (T.J. Thyne). The sensational details of the crime and her remarkable beauty combine to deliver Toni Jo into unparalleled notoriety. A powerful story of love and despair, hope and redemption, “The Pardon” is based on an actual murder case tried in the State of Louisiana.

Creators of “The Pardon” have just launched the movie website @ http://www.thepardonmovie.com – there’s plenty more, indeed, coming soon!

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