January 6, 2016 |
Welcome to the high school a cappella thunderdome. Cherry Hill East High School's a cappella group, Stay Tuned, will be featured on Pitch Slapped , Lifetime's new reality show about the cutthroat world of singing sans instruments. Pitch Slapped premieres at 10 p.m. Tuesday. The show is set up as a classic underdog story, with Stay Tuned taking on the juggernaut Highland Voices team of Northern Highlands Regional High School in Allendale, N.J. In preparation for the Summer Invitational, each team is coached by an expert from the a cappella world.
October 28, 2015 |
Leah Remini on Scientology Leah Remini , who publicly broke with the Church of Scientology in 2013, says leaving the religion was tough because it was an all-consuming belief system. "The decision to leave is your giving up everything you've worked for your whole life," Remini, 45, says in a 20/20 interview set to air Friday on ABC. "I feel that people need to understand this has been my whole life. " The King of Queens star has written a tell-all book, Troublemaker: Surviving Hollywood and Scientology . Church rep Karin Pouw told People, "It comes as no surprise that someone as self-absorbed as Leah Remini with an insatiable craving for attention would exploit her former faith as a publicity stunt.
May 15, 2015 |
SEQUELS have a bad habit of taking what made their predecessors popular and augmenting those aspects to the point where they just aren't fun anymore - as in thin supporting characters becoming major players, or two-bit gags becoming full-fledged plots. But "Pitch Perfect 2" avoids becoming a bigger, dumber version of the 2012 sleeper hit. Structurally, the movies are entirely similar, but writer Kay Cannon ("30 Rock") refocuses the story so that the crowd-pleasing parts are intact, without drowning out any semblance of a coherent movie.
February 27, 2015 |
Before the singers embarked on the tour, music director Deke Sharon told them: "This isn't the competition, and these guys are not your competitors. " It was a good reminder for the members of some of the country's top a cappella groups - Voiceplay, Street Corner Symphony, and the Exchange - as they began the Sing-Off Live Tour, which comes Sunday to the Keswick Theatre in Glenside. The three groups had, indeed, competed against one another - on the NBC show The Sing-Off , in which a cappella groups vie to be dubbed the best in the country.
August 28, 2014 |
THE MEN of Penn Masala were sworn to secrecy about their cameo in "Pitch Perfect 2," the sequel to the sleeper hit "Pitch Perfect," which made a reported $113 million at the worldwide box office and netted a Billboard Top 10 hit with "Cups (When I'm Gone)," sung by star Anna Kendrick . "Pitch Perfect 2" is directed by fellow Penn grad Elizabeth Banks (class of '96), who produced and starred in the original. Members of Penn Masala, billed as the world's premier South Asian a cappella group, were "beyond excited" about the cameo in the movie about the all-ladies a capella group at fictional Barden University, as first reported by the Daily Pennsylvanian . While president Dilip Rajan , a senior at Wharton, and business manager Pranay Sharma , a sophomore at Wharton, kept mum on what they sang and why they were chosen as the only collegiate a cappella group in the film, they noted their unique blend of Hindi, Bollywood and western music that spurs from their members' backgrounds, some of whom were born abroad and others in the States.
August 24, 2013 |
When the 10-man band Straight No Chaser started their 11-date run at Harrah's in Atlantic City on Wednesday night, it wasn't the a cappella pop sensation's first extended stay in the area. The multi-crooner act, which started in 1996 at Indiana University, has taken part in several residencies in A.C. "Our roots have been planted in Atlantic City since we did 40 shows at Harrah's Casino three summers ago," says Straight man Walter Chase. He reminds us the vocal ensemble did 50 more shows at Harrah's the next year.
September 28, 2012 |
JUST HOW MANY "a cappella" puns can you fit into a movie that runs just under two hours? A-ca lot. "Pitch Perfect" does for a cappella (making music with mouths, as we're constantly reminded) what "Bring It On" did for cheerleading. An eyeliner-imbued alterna-chick (this time, it's Beca, played "Up in the Air's" Anna Kendrick) is thrust into a world she deems lame and gradually learns to love it, while the girls she surrounds herself with teach her life lessons that allow her to grow as a person.
September 28, 2012 |
ANNA KENDRICK has been a very busy woman. This year she's been pregnant in "What to Expect When You're Expecting," she was the voice of Nora in "Family Guy" and the voice of Courtney in "ParaNorman. " She played Jake Gyllenhaal's wife in "End of Watch," and in "Pitch Perfect," she's a college freshman who wants to be a mash-up music producer but begrudgingly joins an a cappella singing group. Oh, she also has four films in the can awaiting release. "I filmed seven movies in 2011 and I think that was a mistake," she said by phone from New York this week.
September 12, 2012 |
Using the human voice as competitive equipment has reached dangerous levels of overexposure. Sure, magnificent vocalists have come from television's retinue of singing battle shows: Kelly Clarkson, Adam Lambert, Susan Boyle, Fantasia Barrino. Philadelphia's Ali Wadsworth, a current competitor on The Voice , is another. But there are too many televised bouts of vocal brio to contend with, too many losing singers to balm or ignore after defeat. No show is more bloodthirsty than the Gladiator -like bombast of The Sing-Off . Singing a cappella is like boxing without gloves.