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Kickstarter campaign under way for documentary on beloved Dayton band

Published: Friday, April 21, 2017 @ 6:00 AM

Former Daytonian Eric Mahoney is in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign for his documentary on the career of Brainiac, pictured here circa 1996. (Left to right): Tim Taylor, Tyler Trent, John Schmersal and Juan Monasterio.
Michelle Fong
Former Daytonian Eric Mahoney is in the midst of a Kickstarter campaign for his documentary on the career of Brainiac, pictured here circa 1996. (Left to right): Tim Taylor, Tyler Trent, John Schmersal and Juan Monasterio.(Michelle Fong)

As a producer and director, former Daytonian Eric Mahoney has worked on narrative films and documentaries. For his latest project, the Brooklyn-based filmmaker is revisiting the short but powerful career of Brainiac.

The beloved Dayton band was on the verge of signing a major label deal when frontman Tim Taylor died in a car accident in May 1997.

To help cover some of the expenses, Mahoney has mounted a Kickstarter campaign for the documentary. At press time, he was halfway to his goal of $40,000. The deadline to contribute is 11:45 p.m. Thursday, May 4.

Mahoney recently discussed the movie.

INNOVATION CITY

“I’ve always had a fascination with Dayton. I’ve always been really proud to be from a town known for such a copious amount of invention, like the cash register and flight, and it’s the same for Dayton’s artistic and musical output. That has always been a source of pride and fascination for me. Frankly, I don’t know of any other towns that size where this amount of creative genius has sprung from it. That has always resonated with me.”

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Tim Taylor, lead singer for Brainiac, pictured in 1995 at Lollapalooza. Taylor was killed in a car accident in 1997. (ARCHIVE IMAGE)(Contributing Writer)

SWEAT EQUITY

“I’ve shopped the film to distribution companies and they all gave me the same feedback. They thought it was a great project and it had great people attached to it but it’s a little niche. Because I’m not a famous director, they aren’t able to write me a huge check to do it at this point. If I can deliver on the interviews, they said they would take a very serious look at the project. I have to do some of the heavy lifting up front but it’s something they’ll definitely look at. I decided to keep plugging along and the further I got into it the more emotionally attached I got to the story.”

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CROWD FUNDING

“Right now, from a financial standpoint this had been a one-man operation. That’s why I decided to launch the Kickstarter to try to finance all of these interviews. I’ll be moving at that speed until we get fully funded and I can bring some more hands on deck so we can really get rolling on this thing.”

Tim Taylor, lead singer for Brainiac, pictured in 1995 at Lollapalooza. Taylor was killed in a car accident in 1997. (ARCHIVE IMAGE)(Contributing Writer)

PASSION PROJECT

“This is a dream project. I feel really fortunate they’re trusting me with their story. I feel a great sense of responsibility to handle this in an artful and appropriate way. I want to get it right and have all the central people be proud of the documentary. I feel that weight a little but I couldn’t be working on anything I feel more passionately about.”

Info: www.kickstarter.com/projects/1955677038/brainiac-documentary.

Lil Wayne's 'doing fine' after seizure reports, daughter says

Published: Tuesday, September 05, 2017 @ 10:16 AM

Lil Wayne performs on Camp Stage during day one of Tyler, the Creator's 5th Annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival at Exposition Park on November 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
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Lil Wayne performs on Camp Stage during day one of Tyler, the Creator's 5th Annual Camp Flog Gnaw Carnival at Exposition Park on November 12, 2016 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)(Kevin Winter/Getty Images)

Lil Wayne is “doing fine,” said his daughter, Reginae Carter, who is assuring fans after reports surfaced that her dad was hospitalized over the weekend due to seizures.

He was taken to a hospital Sunday after suffering seizures in Chicago, TMZ reported. The rapper also known as Dwayne Michael Carter Jr. has been hospitalized before for the same reason in years past.

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Here are Carter’s recent posts giving updates on her dad’s condition:

Carter is the daughter of Lil Wayne and his ex, Toya Wright. They teamed up for their daughter’s 16th birthday bash and the star-studded extravaganza was featured on MTV’s “Super Sweet 16” in February 2015.

“Her dad was like, ‘Give her whatever she wants,’” Wright said of her ex-husband during an interview at her boutique, Garb, in Smyrna, Georgia. “I’m big on budgets. We ended up pulling it off.”

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“The most exciting part was getting my cars: I got a Ferrari and a BMW X4,” Carter told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution at the time. “That’s what I asked for but I didn’t know they were going to get it for me so that was surprising. I can’t really drive the Ferrari. I drive the Beemer a lot. That’s my every day car.”

The best gifts from her parents, though, are priceless.

“The best thing I inherited from my mother was the way she raised me to be humble and grounded,” she said. “With my father I’ll say his work ethic. I’ll go from singing to acting – I just like to do a lot of things. That’s what my father likes to do. It’s never enough.”

What to expect when this ‘Best Of Tour’ rolls into town

Published: Thursday, August 31, 2017 @ 12:00 AM

Il Divo: Singing strangers become platinum sellers

BY DON THRASHER

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

It’s been 14 years since Simon Cowell brought four singing strangers together to form Il Divo. His instincts were spot on. The platinum-selling vocal group, bringing its Best Of Tour to Fraze Pavilion in Kettering on Tuesday, Sept. 5, has sold more than 30-million albums and filled venues around the world.

Urs Buhler recently answered some questions about Il Divo, which also features vocalists Sebastien Izambard, Carlos Marin and David Miller.

Q: What can fans expect from Best Of Tour?

A: “You’re going to get 90 minutes of pure Il Divo this time. We tried to pick the public favorites we’ve done in our career. We’ll be playing stuff that goes through all the albums we’ve released over the last 14 years. It’s a lot of our four voices, a lot of beautiful music, a lot of romance and a lot of Il Divo.”

Q: How is it different than the previous tour?

A: “Last year we did ‘Amor & Pasión,’ which was based around our album of all Latin standards. That was a big spectacle with dancers and solo numbers and instruments and all that kind of stuff on stage. What we’ve noticed is a lot of fans have been asking for something that really goes back to the essence of Il Divo, which is just the four of us and our voices and the best of our repertoire and that’s exactly what we’re intending to give everybody on this tour.”

Q: What’s the status of the next album?

A: “We’re working on that now. We’ve just about finished the song list. I don’t want to give too much away since we’re going to be touring for the next couple of months. Then we’re probably going to go in the studio in November or December. We’re not following up on the concept of Latin music. Again, we wanted to take Il Divo a bit back to its basics, which is the voices and great, great music. Right now we’re just trying to find the greatest repertoire we could find.”

Q: What keeps you four working together?

A: “It’s still a lot of fun to stand on stage together. Each one of us loves nothing more than singing and Il Divo gives us a great platform for that. Even though it has obviously been difficult and very intense at times, we’ve achieved massive success with the band. As long as we’re successful, we’d be fools to throw that away. We’re having a ball and that’s why we keep going.”

WANT TO GO?

Who: Il Divo

Where: Fraze Pavilion, 695 Lincoln Park Blvd., Kettering

When: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 5

Cost: $40-$70 in advance, $45-$75 at the door

More info: 937-296-3300 or www.fraze.com

Artist info: www.ildivo.com

2017 MTV Video Music Awards: Complete list of winners

Published: Sunday, August 27, 2017 @ 11:37 PM

2017 MTV VMA's Viral Moments

The MTV Video Music Awards were held Sunday night in California.

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Here’s a complete list of the night’s winners:

Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award: P!nk

Video of the Year: “HUMBLE.” Kendrick Lamar

Artist of the Year: Ed Sheeran

Best New Artist: Khalid

Song of Summer: “XO Tour Llif3,” Lil Uzi Vert

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Best Collaboration: “I Don’t Wanna Live Forever (Fifty Shades Darker),” Zayn and Taylor Swift

Best Pop Video: “Down,” Fifth Harmony feat. Gucci Mane

Best Hip Hop Video: "HUMBLE." Kendrick Lamar

Best Dance Video: “Stay,” Zedd and Alessia Cara

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Best Rock Video: "Heavydirtysoul," Twenty One Pilots

Best Fight Against the System: “Black SpiderMan,” Logic Feat. Damian Lemar Hudson; “Immigrants (We Get the Job Done),” The Hamilton Mixtape; “Light,” Big Sean; “Scars To Your Beautiful,” Alessia Cara; “Stand Up/Stand N Rock #NoDAPL,” Taboo feat. Shailene Woodley; “Surefire,” John Legend

Best Cinematography: “HUMBLE.” Kendrick Lamar

Best Direction: “HUMBLE.” Kendrick Lamar

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Best Art Direction: “HUMBLE.” Kendrick Lamar (Production Designer: Spencer Graves)

Best Visual Effects: “HUMBLE.” Kendrick Lamar (Company: Timber/Lead: Jonah Hall)

Best Choreography: “Fade,” Kanye West (Choreographers: Jae Blaze, Guapo, Matthew Pasterisa, Teyana Taylor & Derek Watkins)

Best Editing: “Wyclef Jean,” Young Thug (Editors: Ryan Staake, Eric Degliomini)

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'We don't change': Pink shares uplifting message to daughter in VMA acceptance speech

Published: Monday, August 28, 2017 @ 12:16 AM

Willow Hart (L) and Pink attend the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California.  (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)
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Willow Hart (L) and Pink attend the 2017 MTV Video Music Awards at The Forum on August 27, 2017 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)(Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

Singer Pink shared an emotional story about her daughter, Willow, and the meaning of beauty as she accepted the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at Sunday night’s MTV Video Music Awards.

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Ahead of her acceptance speech, Pink blew the audience away with a mash-up performance of her hit songs. The high-energy routine brought down the house, earning her a standing ovation.

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Afterward, actress and talk show host Ellen DeGeneres presented Pink with the award. She said that Pink asked her to present her with the award because Cher was unavailable.

>> Photos: Stars arrive for the 2017 MTV VMAs“It makes sense that Cher would give the award, because Cher got the Vanguard award last year, and I have not received the Vanguard award. I have received the Presidential Medal of Freedom from Barack Obama,” DeGeneres joked.

She praised Pink, a friend, as “the most incredible performer,” and said she was honored to have been asked to present the singer with the award.

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“Then I realized it was the season finale of ‘Game of Thrones’ so I hope we are recording it,” DeGeneres said before listing Pink’s achievements, both in and out of the recording studio.

DeGeneres welcomed Pink onstage, where the singer promptly broke her Moon Person.

Pink started her speech by sharing a moment from her daughter Willow’s life. Her daughter recently told her that she felt like “the ugliest girl at school” because “she looked like a boy with long hair,” she said.

The singer told the audience that she explained to Willow that she has also been told she looks like a boy, but that hasn’t stopped her from selling out arenas and having amazing success.

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“So, baby girl, we don’t change. We take the gravel in the shell and we make a pearl, and we help other people change so they can see all kinds of beauty,” Pink said before thanking fellow artists. “Keep shining for the rest of us to see. And, you, my darling little girl, are beautiful.”

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The Cox Media Group National Content Desk contributed to this report.