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Elton John Announces Massive Career-Spanning Box Set ‘Elton: Jewel Box’



On November 13th, Elton John will release a career-spanning eight-CD box set titled Elton: Jewel Box. John personally selected the tracks for the collection, which includes rarities, demos, B-sides and fan favorites from throughout his long career. To preview the set, John has dropped the previously unreleased 1969 rarity “Sing Me No Sad Songs.”

“To delve back through every period of my career in such detail for Jewel Box has been an absolute pleasure,” John said in a statement. “Hearing these long lost tracks again, I find it hard to comprehend just how prolific [lyricist] Bernie [Taupin] and I were during the early days. The songs just poured out of us, and the band were just unbelievable in the studio.”

“I always want to push forward with everything I do and look to the future, but having time during lockdown to take stock and pull these moments from my memory from each era has been a joy,” he continued. “As a devout record collector myself, this project has really excited me, and I couldn’t be happier with the level of craft involved in such a carefully curated, lovingly constructed box set. I’m sure my fans will enjoy it as much as I have.”

Elton: Jewel Box is divided into four sections: Deep Cuts, Rarities, B-Sides 1976-2005 and This Is Me… The latter one spotlights songs mentioned by name in his 2019 memoir, Me. It wraps up with his Academy Award winning song, “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again,” from his biopic Rocketman, starring Taron Egerton.

The rarities sections will be especially interesting to hardcore fans. It begins with material recorded in 1965 with his band Bluesology and moves into his earliest solo songs co-written with lyricist Bernie Taupin, including “Regimental Sgt. Zippo” and “Bonnie’s Gone Away.” By the end of disc three, piano demos of familiar songs such as “Burn Down the Mission” and “Madman Across the Water” appear.

The collection will be released in numerous formats, including an eight-CD box set that comes with a hardcover book full of photos and commentary by John, a four-LP set, a three-LP set and a two-LP version. It will also be available as a digital download and through streaming services.

John was forced to suspend his Farewell Yellow Brick Road tour in March due to the pandemic. As of now, he plans on resuming it January 15th, 2021 at Mt. Smart Stadium in Auckland, New Zealand.

Elton: Jewel Box Tracklist

CD1 Deep Cuts
1. ” Monkey Suit”
2. “Where To Now St Peter?”
3. “Mellow”
4. “The Ballad Of Danny Bailey (1909-34)”
5. “Chameleon”
6. “Gone To Shiloh”
7. “We All Fall in Love Sometimes”
8. “Too Low for Zero”
9. “The Power With Little Richard”
10. “All That I’m Allowed”
11. “The Bridge”
12. “The New Fever Waltz”
13. “Stone’s Throw From Hurtin’”
14. “The North”
15. “Hoop of Fire”
16. “Boogie Pilgrim”

CD2 Deep Cuts
1. “Ticking”
2. “Crystal”
3. “All Quiet on the Western Front”
4. “Tell Me When the Whistle Blows”
5, “Freaks in Love”
6. “Never Too Old (to Hold Somebody)”
7. “The Emperor’s New Clothes”
8. “House”
9. “(Gotta Get a) Meal Ticket”
10. “Understanding Women”
11. “Shoot Down the Moon”
12. “Have Mercy on the Criminal”
13. “Blues for Baby and Me”
14. “My Quicksand”
15. “Street Kids”

CD3: Rarities Part One 1865-1968
1. “Come Back Baby” Bluesology
2. “Mr. Frantic” Bluesology
3. “Scarecrow” (Piano/Tambourine Demo)
4. “A Dandelion Dies in the Wind’ (Piano Demo)
5. “Velvet Fountain” (Piano Demo)
6. “A Little Love Goes a Long Way” (Piano Demo)
7. “If You Could See Me Now” (Piano Demo)
8. “Mr. Lightning Strikerman” (Piano Demo)
9. “Countryside Love Affair” (Piano Demo)
10. “I Could Never Fall in Love With Anybody Else” (Piano Demo)
11. “I Get a Little Bit Lonely” (Piano Demo)
12. “The Witch’s House” (Piano Demo)
13. “Get Out of This Town” (Piano/Tambourine Demo)
14. “Year of the Teddy Bear” (Piano Demo)
15. “Where It’s At” (Piano/Percussion Demo)
16. “Who’s Gonna Love You” (Piano/Percussion Demo)
17. “Nina” (Band Version)
18. “Angel Tree” (Piano/Guitar/Tambourine Demo)
19. “Here’s to the Next Time” (Piano/Tambourine Demo)
20. “Thank You for All Your Loving” (Band Version)
21. “Watching the Planes Go By” (Band Version)
22. “When the First Tear Shows” (Arranged Band Version)
23. “Tartan Coloured Lady” (Arranged Band Version)

CD4. Rarities Part Two 1968
1. “Hourglass” (Band Version)
2. “71-75 New Oxford Street” (Band Demo)
3. “Turn to Me: (Arranged Band Version)
4. “Reminds Me of You” (Piano Demo)
5. “I Can’t Go on Living Without You” (Arranged Band Version)
6, “And the Clock Goes Round” (Piano Demo)
7. “When I Was Tealby Abbey” (Piano Demo)
8. “I’ll Stop Living When You Stop Loving Me” (Piano Demo)
9. “Trying to Hold On to a Love That’s Dying” (Piano Demo)
10. “Sitting Doing Nothing” (Band Version)
11. “Regimental Sgt. Zippo” (Band Version)
12. “Cry Willow Cry” (Band Demo)
13. “There Is Still a Little Love” (Band Demo)
14. “If I Asked You” (Band Demo)
15. “Skyline Pigeon” (Piano Demo)
16. “Two of a Kind” (Arranged Band Version)
17. “The Girl on Angel Pavement” (Arranged Band Version)
18. “Smokestack Children” (Arranged Band Version)
19. “Baby I Miss You” (Band Demo)
20. “All Across the Havens” (Piano/Guitar Demo)
21. “Bonnie’s Gone Away” (Piano/Guitar Demo)
22. “Just an Ordinary Man” (Piano Demo)
23. “There’s Still Time for Me” (Piano/Guitar/Tambourine Demo)

CD5: Rarities Part Three 1968-1971
1. “The Tide Will Turn for Rebecca” (Piano Demo)
2. “Dick Barton Theme (Devil’s Gallop)” (Bread And Beer Band)
3. “Breakdown Blues” (Bread And Beer Band)
4. “Taking the Sun From My Eyes” (Arranged Band Version)
5. “It’s Me That You Need” (Band Demo)
6. “Sing Me No Sad Songs” (Band Demo)
7. “The Flowers Will Never Die” (Piano Demo)
8. “In the Morning” (Band Demo)
9. “Open Your Eyes to the Sun” (Piano/Tambourine Demo)
10. “One Time, Sometime or Never” (Band Demo)
11. “Slow Fade to Blue” (Piano/Guitar Demo)
12. “Rolling Western Union” (Piano Demo)
13. “My Father’s Gun” (Piano Demo)
14. “Amoreena” (Piano Demo)
15. “Burn Down the Mission” (Piano Demo)
16. “Razor Face” (Piano Demo)
17. “Madman Across the Water” (Piano Demo)
18. “Holiday Inn” (Piano Demo)
19. “All the Nasties” (Piano Demo)

CD6: B Sides Part One 1976-1984
1. “Snow Queen”
2. “Conquer the Sun”
3. “Cartier”
4. “White Man Danger”
5. “Tactics”
6. “Steal Away Child”
7. “Love so Cold”
8. “Les Aveux”
9. “Donner Pour Donner”
10. “J’veux D’la Tendresse”
11. “Fools in Fashion”
12. “Can’t Get Over Getting Over Losing You”
13. “Tortured”
14. “Hey Papa Legba”
15. “Take Me Down to the Ocean”
16. “Where Have All the Good Times Gone?” (Alternate Mix)
17. “The Retreat”
18. “Choc Ice Goes Mental”
19. “A Simple Man”

CD7: B-Sides Part Two 1984-2005
1. “Lonely Boy”
2. “Highlander”
3. “Billy and the Kids”
4. “Lord of the Flies”
5. “Rope Around a Fool”
6. “Medicine Man”
7. “I Know Why I’m in Love”
8. “Big Man in a Little Suit”
9. “God Never Came Here”
10. “The North Star”
11. “Did Anybody Sleep With Joan of Arc”
12. “So Sad the Renegade”
13. “A Little Peace”
14. “Keep it a Mystery”
15. “How’s Tomorrow”
16. “Peter’s Song”
17. “Things Only Get Better With Love”

CD8: And This Is Me…
1. “Empty Sky”
2. “Lady Samantha”
3. “Border Song”
4. “My Father’s Gun”
5. “All the Nasties”
6. “I Think I’m Going to Kill Myself”
7. “Philadelphia Freedom”
8. “Song for Guy”
9. “Sartorial Eloquence”
10. “Elton’s Song”
11. “Cold as Christmas (In the Middle of the Year)”
12. “I Fall Apart”
13. “Amazes Me”
14. “The Last Song”
15. “American Triangle”
16. “(I’m Gonna) Love Me Again”


Sharon Osbourne Is Stuck In Quarantine After Her 3-Year-Old Granddaughter Tests Positive For COVID-19




Hang in there, Sharon Osbourne!

On Monday’s season 11 premiere of The Talk, the 67-year-old host appeared remotely and explained that although she had intentions of appearing live in-studio for their broadcast, she’s been stuck in quarantine after learning that her 3-year-old granddaughter Minnie tested positive for the novel coronavirus. Oh no!

Related: TWO Stars Skip Emmys Pre-Show After Testing Positive For COVID-19 At The Last Minute

Addressing co-hosts Carrie Ann Inaba, Sheryl Underwood, and Eve — who’s also virtually fulfilling her hosting duties across the pond in England — Osbourne revealed:

“I was meant to be in the studio, I was so looking forward to it. And then, unfortunately, one of my granddaughters [Minnie] has come down with Covid.”

As of right now, Minnie — the youngest child of Jack Osbourne, Sharon’s 34-year-old son with husband Ozzy Osbourne — is the only person to test positive within the family thus far. The daytime TV host said that everyone else including herself, Jack, his ex-wife Lisa Stelly, and their two other daughters, Pearl, 8, and Andy, 5, have all tested negative.

“She’s okay; she’s doing good. I don’t have it. Her daddy doesn’t have it. Her mommy doesn’t have it. Her sisters don’t.”

Sharing more about Minnie’s diagnosis, she continued:

“She got it from somebody who works for my son. And it just goes to show you, she’s 3 years of age, that children can get Covid.”

Ugh, that’s awful!

Unfortunately, stars like Pink, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, and Neil Patrick Harris also faced the harsh reality that kids can in fact get COVID-19 because their respective children battled the virus this year, too. Sometimes, you can take every precaution in the book like wearing face coverings and social distancing, but things just happen. Health officials are still learning more about how the virus behaves in age groups that were once thought to be exempt from catching it every day — so it’s important to stay informed with updates.

We’re just so glad to hear all of the aforementioned celebs and their little ones have since recovered, and we’re sending lots of love to Minnie throughout this challenging time.

Related: Neil Patrick Harris Reveals His Entire Family Had Coronavirus Earlier This Year

As for Sharon, she’s taking the necessary precautions to protect herself and others until it’s safe to return to work:

“Oh my Lord, I want to see you guys so bad. I’ve got one more week left of quarantining and then I’m out. And as I say, I don’t have it. I keep testing negative, but, you know, you have to be safe.”

Agreed, safety first! And before you know it, she’ll be back to her family at The Talk soon enough. WATCH the on-air announcement for yourself (below):

[Image via Sharon Osbourne/Instagram & The Talk/YouTube]

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A New Generation of Basque Filmmakers Hits San Sebastian




An emerging generation of new Basque filmmakers is making its mark in the San Sebastian Festival, building on the foundations of now consolidated creative and industrial infrastructures.

Only time will tell if the Basque Country can follow in the footsteps of Catalonia, another richer region of Spain, and launch a modern day new wave. Expectations however, remain high.

The new generation is widely represented at this year’s San Sebastian.

A prominent member of the group is David Pérez Sañudo, whose highly anticipated feature debut, mother-daughter social drama “Ane,” plays at the festival’s New Directors sidebar. Handled by Latido Films, “Ane” was developed at the Madrid Film School ECAM Incubator, then won three prizes at Málaga’s WIP in April.

Imanol Rayo, winner of the Zinemira Award with “Bi anai” in 2011, presents in New Directors his rural tale “Hil Kanpaiak” (“Death Knell”), produced by Bilbao-based Abra Prod.

Six of the 11 features at Zinemira, San Sebastian’s Basque showcase, are first or second works.

They boast a wide range of themes. For example, “Nora,” the Zinemira opener and sophomore film by Lara Izagirre (“An Autumn Without Berlin”), is a drama-comedy about a 30-year-old woman who lives with her grandfather in a small village in the north of the Basque Country.

When Nora’s grandfather dies, she inherits his old van and decides to take a road trip along the Basque coast to deliver the man’s remains in the south of France, where her grandmother is buried.

In “Hijos de Dios” (God’s Children”), Ekain Irigoyen tells the story of friendship focusing on two homeless veterans, sleeping under one of the cornices at Madrid’s tourist-packed Plaza de la Ópera. They star to journey down the busy streets of the capital, the film becoming a hymn to life, death and dignity.

Aitziber Olaskoaga’s “Jo ta ke” (“Non Stop”), which participated in San Sebastian’s Ikusmira Berriak development program in 2019, narrates how a film crew embarks on a trip from the Basque Country to La Mancha, which has Spain’s only high-security prison as the film explores concepts of national identity.

Amaia Merino and Miguel Ángel Llamas’ “Non Dago Mikel?” (“Where Is Mikel?”) recounts the disappearance in 1985 of Mikel Zabalza, a young man from Navarre arrested by the Guardia Civil, who confused him with an ETA activist. 35 years after his death his family still demands the truth.

The pix-in-post WIP Europa sidebar hosts documentary “918 Gau” (“918 Nights”), the feature debut of Arantza Santesteban, which narrates her arrest and subsequent 918 nights in prison charged with terrorism. An 2018 Ikusmira Berriak project, it is produced by Marian Fernández Pascal at Txintxua Films.

Beyond social issues, the features address further universal themes such as family, violence and dignity, but often have very specific settings in the region. That entails building stories with maximum detail, truthful and faithful to the people that inhabit the region, how they walk, understand life, and interact with others.

“Thematically, Basque Cinema has started to become more universal, which will give it a greater presence on the international festival circuit,” says Jara Ayucar, Basque Audiovisual co-ordinator.

A young or youngish generation of filmmakers have had access to fils across the globe, making for genre-blending movies, where different style coalesce, even in single sequences.

Pérez Sañudo’s “Ane,” made with highly dynamic sequence shots, sets a mother-daughter relationship in the context of the protests against the construction of the high-speed train in the Basque Country.

“Multiple new directors are emerging with projects, and that’s no coincidence,” San Sebastian Festival director José Luis Rebordinos says.

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“It’s true that unconsciously there is a previous generation that influences us in a remarkable way. We admire films like Jon Garaño and Jose Mari Goenaga’s ‘Loreak,’ Koldo Almandoz’s ‘Oreina’ or Roberto Castón’s ‘Ander,’ and I would like to think that despite differences, there may be an opportunity for dialogue between ‘Ane’ and those films,” he adds.

“We have drunk from the work of short filmmakers whom we greatly admire: Asier Altuna, Koldo Almandoz, Borja Cobeaga, the Moriarti Factory… Current Basque Cinema owes a lot to the short film development and the Kimuak program,” he adds.

Beyond the San Sebastian lineup, the new generation takes in filmmakers such as Estíbaliz Urresola, whose feature debut “20,000 Species of Bees,” produced by Gariza Films and Sirimiri Films, was selected at Madrid-based ECAM Incubator. The Basque-language project turns on a six-year-old girl who sometimes struggles as the world tries to catch up with the fact that she was born with a penis.

Also, dystopian allegory “The Platform,” the first feature by Galder Gaztelu-Urrutia, at one-point Netflix’s most watched movie in the U.S. during the pandemic, has made the Basque filmmaker a new international talent to track.

Several Basque filmmakers are launching their own production companies to carry out projects in a market where consolidated players such as Irusoin and Moriarti already operate.

“I co-produce because it’s difficult to get someone to back you and develop with you a feature film project,” says Pérez Sañudo, who co-founded Amania Films and relied on Katixa de Silva and Elena Maeso to finance “Ane.”

Factors explaining the emergence of a new film generation and the build in Basque cinema at large cut several ways.

There is a breeding ground for new talents, nurtured by the San Sebastian Festival, its Ikusmira Berriak development residency, the Noka mentoring program, Basque broadcaster ETB and producers associations.

“I think we all are working together, and this is helping the emergence of a new generation,” Rebordinos says.

Another key element is a stable financing environment: After the 2008 crisis, the Basque government has maintained its direct subsidy support for Basque films. Moreover, since 2015, the three Basque territories offer tax breaks that can reach up to 40% in Gipuzkoa when it comes to films shot in the Basque language.

“There are more economic possibilities than in other places. In that sense, we are fortunate. I have the feeling that it is a virtuous circle. As there are more possibilities, more creators emerge. The creators make visible and give value to the industry,” Pérez Sañudo says.

Further obvious changes come on the industrial side. One is the increasingly international ambition of Basque film production.

A growing trend towards co-production, either with Spanish or international production companies, allows Basque producers to up the ante in terms of film budgets.

“Akelarre,” a Spain-France-Argentine co-production, directed by Argentine’s Pablo Agüero, one of the highlights of the Official Selection, is vying for the San Sebastian Golden Shell.

Produced by two top Basque companies, Iker Ganuza’s Lamia Producciones and Koldo Zuazua’s Kowalski Films, “Akelarre” is a revisionist thriller set against the background of the 1609-14 Inquisition trials of suspected witches north and south of the France-Spain border.

As a project, “Akelarre” was selected for San Sebastian’s Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum, where it earned the Arte Prize.

From the beginning, it was designed as a technical-artistic co-production with France. Later, thanks to its participation at Ventana Sur, Argentine co-producer Campo Cine joined the project.

Via tax vehicle Sorgin Films AIE, “Akelarre” benefited from Bizkaia tax advantages.

“International co-production opened doors to distribution in the project partners’ countries and the film has already been sold near worldwide,” says Iker Ganuza.

“Akelarre” is a clear example of a film with a local theme, but of universal interest, which has crossed borders in both production and distribution, he says, concluding that, “Undoubtedly the film takes advantage of the international outreach and prestige that Basque Cinema has achieved in recent years.”

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Zendaya Just Rocked the Most Glamorous Bandeau Ever at the 2020 Emmys




Zendaya has done it again!

The actress changed out of her plunging Christopher John Rodgers dress just in time to accept her first-ever Emmy—Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series for her role as Rue on Euphoria—and this time, she opted for custom Giorgio Armani Privé.

While delivering an acceptance speech from home as part of the remote 2020 Emmys, Zendaya could be seen donning a black velvet bandeau top fully embroidered in pearls and crystals, along with a privé black matte weave skirt with powder-pink polka dots. 

Her stylist, Law Roach, made sure to show off the ensemble in its full glory on Instagram, captioning a video of Zendaya striking a pose with, “She’s a WINNER baby.”

And she’s a historic winner at that! By taking home the lead drama actress trophy, Zendaya is now the youngest-ever Emmy winner in the category and the first Black actor to win the award since How To Get Away With Murder‘s Viola Davis in 2015.

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