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Casting Call – New Series Wants to Tell Your Story

May 6th, 2016 · No Comments


October Films wants you to direct the greatest story never told – yours!

We are making an unprecedented series that will capture the offbeat, emotionally charged and extraordinary situations unique to your life. You will self-document your own story – whether you are a young cadet in Wyoming, a homeless teen in New York City, a beauty queen in Florida or an aspiring musician in Detroit. Bold perspectives and diverse backgrounds are welcome – this is an opportunity to show the world what makes you a one-off.
If you appear to be under the age of 26 and are a legal resident in one of the 50 states of America and want to know more; email the casting team your name, age, number, location, photo and title of your story to STORY@OCTOBERFILMS.TV

This is a call for potential voluntary participation in a documentary-style television show. No employment is being offered.

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The Voice: Season 10, Top Ten, 5/2/16

May 3rd, 2016 · No Comments

by Lyn Jensen

Before the top ten contestants sang on The Voice last night, special guests Michelle Obama and Jill Biden appeared to say that this is Military Appreciation Month and there were members of the armed services in the Voice audience this evening. Then not a word was said about appreciating the military for the rest of the show. Hey, NBC, how about truly supporting the military by expressing the hope they all come home safely and soon?

Maybe performing for the First Lady, Second Lady, and military guests did motivate the singers, because just about everyone put on a performance, instead of just singing. With perhaps two exceptions, everyone had an outstanding night:

1.  Daniel Passino (Team Pharrell), the opera-trained singer, puts some edginess into his performance, singing “I Don’t Want to Miss a Thing.” It’s a nice song but both Christina and Pharrell point out pitch issues. Given that Passino narrowly escaped the cut line last week, this performance probably isn’t going to be enough. To stay, he likely needed needed somebody else to bomb–and nobody else did.

2.  Shaylah Fearing (Team Adam) remains young and inexperienced, and her youth isn’t being turned to her advantage the way Season 4 winner Danielle Bradbery’s was. Adam says she’s only one performance away from the top three–but her performance of “My Kind of Love” sounds overlong.  (Her iTunes sales today aren’t impressive, either.) Blake says she bought herself more time–note, he said, “more time,” not “stay ’til the finale.” Adam says, “Vote this girl through because I want her to do Mary J. Blige’s “No More Drama” next week.” The problem with that plan is, even if Fearing is in the top nine, many viewers may still be remembering what La Porsha Renae did with that song on American Idol mere weeks ago.

3.  Nick Hagelin (Team Christina) does an impressive job of copying Michael Jackson’s soulful vibratto and falsetto range on “I Can’t Help It.” Christina assures him, “America is your A&R right now,” concerning his future in music. However, his future on The Voice may be another matter. He’s barely ahead of Shaylah Fearing on the iTunes chart, and she’s barely cracking top 75.

4.  Hannah Huston (Team Pharrell) sings an Adele song, “Rolling in the Deep,” and Pharrell thinks she has a lot in common with Adele. The problem is, she’s singing Adele’s pure pop with a mid-America twang. She’s in the top half of the field on iTunes but she’ll probably have to forge her own style if she’s going to stay ahead of her competition.

5.  Laith Al-Saadi (Team Adam) is bringing classic blues back to the mainstream American pop scene. All his music on iTunes is selling well, after Pharrell urged viewers to seek out all of his back iTunes catalog last week. He blues-shouts and shreds his way through great blues guitarist-vocalist B. B. King’s “The Thrill is Gone.” Blake cautions him about not focusing on his vocals but Adam retorts that he’s showing how he’s multi-talented.

6.  Paxton Ingram (Team Blake) performs–not just sings–Celine Dion’s “It’s all Coming Back to Me.” Blake points out in rehearsal how he’s a little sharp–but after the performance, he raves, “You were in the zone–an artist developing before our very eyes!”

7.  Mary Sarah (Team Blake) may be the best female country vocalist of the season after all. She may give her best performance yet, her voice going up, and up, and up, at the climax of “Stand By Your Man.” (It’s like reaching for the top note of “The Star-spangled Banner.”) Adam thinks she’s in the zone “of what you are.”

8. Bryan Bautista (Team Christina) sings a Spanish song for his mother. It’s “Promise” by Romeo Santos and Usher. We can add him to tonight’s performers who are in the zone. Adam’s talking about how he’s going to make the finale–but everybody can’t make the finale, Adam. Christina urges the Latino community to show him some love. However, Latin music may be too niche for the mainstream voting base.

9.  Alison Porter (Team Christina) shows a more intimate, vulnerable side with “Let Him Fly.” I thought this week Mary Sarah beat her so far as country singing went, but she’s still ahead of all the other contestants on iTunes.

10.  Adam Wakefield (Team Blake) had one of his weaker performances last week, so he needs to be in the zone this week. Blake says, “You let up on the gas … put the pedal to the metal.” His choice of Ray Charles’ “I Got a Woman” fits his hard country style, but it’s a bit out of the standard country mold–it’s a much-needed mash-up of bluesy, soulful, and twangy. Wakefield showing us he can play piano well enough for a Charles song is a good idea, too. I’m not sure what Pharrell met by “You are the next one!” but I think he meant the next breakout. (He may have even met “next” finalist.)

According to an Internet source, the season runs another three weeks–top nine, semi-finals, finals. I’m guessing that means the top eight go to the semis, then only four (or five) make it to the final.

I voted for Laith, Adam, Nick, and Daniel, but unless something shocking happens (on the level of Emily Keener being the first finalist to go) Daniel’s going home.

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Beyond Reality – Dancing with the Stars – Season 22 Episode 7 Chat

May 3rd, 2016 · No Comments

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Beyond Reality – Amazing Race – Season 28 – Episode 10 Chat – 4/29/16

April 30th, 2016 · No Comments

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Beyond Reality – Survivor 32 Kaoh Rong Episode 11 Chat – 4/27/16

April 28th, 2016 · No Comments

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The Voice: Season 10, Top 11, 4/25/16

April 26th, 2016 · No Comments

by Lyn Jensen

Featured singers:  Shalyah Fearing, Paxton Ingram, Daniel Passino, Laith Al-Saadi, Alisan Porter, Hannah Huston, Mary Sarah, Adam Wakefield, Owen Danoff, Nick Hagelin, Bryan Bautista.

Eliminating Voice finalists is moving slowly this season. Emily Keener was voted off last week, and only one more person is being voted off this week. Peeking at the iTunes chart tells us it may be Daniel Passino, or else Nick Hagelin. Too bad, because they bring something to the season that the other contestants don’t. Some separation is showing in the field but who’ll be able to sustain a fan base may be unpredictable:

1.  Team Adam:  Shalyah Fearing sings something age-appropriate, Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb” but her voice sounds tiny, not very inspirational. Pharrell talks about how he could “feel the gospel in you” but I can’t hear much of anything at all.

2.  Team Pharrell:  Daniel Passino, the opera-trained singer, brings a smooth strings-heavy arrangement to Cyndi Lauper’s “Time After Time.” The song doesn’t show his range but it does show his ability to work the room. Pharrell advises him about working the audience like Michael and Justin. I think he means Jackson and–Timberlake, not Bieber.

3.  Team Blake:  Paxton Ingram did stay above the cut line last week, so he does get to do an inspirational religious song, “Break Every Chain,” this week, just as Pharrell advised. Ingram may have a future in Christian music, but that’s not the same as future Voice champ.

4.  Team Adam:  Owen Danoff beautifully sings “Fire and Rain,” for a friend who was in the Marines and didn’t make it back. It may be enough to keep him out of the bottom two. Adam says, “You represent something different from what a lot of other people [on the show] represent.”

5.  Team Blake:  Mary Sarah doesn’t have a voice that blows doors off, and it tends to break. Blake’s concerned about her sales on iTunes so he assigns her “Johnny and June,” a tribute to Cash and Carter’s love affair. She doesn’t do anything with it that would make me want to go download it on iTunes, but I see she’s near the top of Voice iTunes contestants this morning.

6.  Team Christina:  Alisan Porter is showing how her voice lacks a bottom end–again.  She doesn’t demonstrate any new range on “Stay With Me, Baby,” a song that La Porsha Renae sang much better on American Idol a few weeks ago. Adam’s sure she’s “gonna win this thing” but I can’t help but think Blake’s ironic comment, “Not much growth,” indicates something. She truly isn’t showing much growth.

7.  Team Christina:  Bryan Bautista puts his falsetto to proper use, for once, on Bruno Mars’ “Just the Way You Are.” Christina advises him to sing like Marvin Gaye, like Donnie Hathaway, and the result is his best performance in weeks. Pharrell and Adam praise his power and range.

8.  Team Blake:  Adam Wakefield doesn’t give one of his better performances on “Lights (Go Down in the City)” but he’s got enough of a fan base that he’ll be here next week. (He’s on Team Blake, he’s a country singer, and he’s in the top half of the Voice chart on iTunes.) Pharrell talks about how Wakefield’s got a classic Southern rock voice and he’s soulful, while Blake comments how he can give a little bit more. Your studly Adam needs something with more twang than soul, Blake.

9.  Team Pharrell:  Hannah Huston chooses a stripped-down style for a Bonnie Riatt song, “I Can’t Make You Love Me.” Her problem is going to be a lack of identity–she’s not much of a pop or country singer. Without one, she’s not likely to make the top half of the field.

10.  Team Adam: Laith Al-Saadi can blow the doors off the place, and that’s what he does when he lays siege to Ed Sheeran’s “Make it Rain.” He emerges as this season’s most powerful singer, and we may have a new front-runner. Pharrell advises everyone to get Laith’s other iTunes songs–not just his Voice performances–and Adam keeps his critique simple, with “you were amazing.” Laith is charting higher than Alisan Porter this morning.

I voted for Laith, Daniel, Owen, and Nick. I figured the other contestants didn’t need my vote.

What’s unclear is what’s going to happen when the top ten return next week. Either the season’s being extended (doubtful) or there’s going to be several people voted off all at once very soon.






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Beyond Reality – Dancing with the Stars – Season 22 Episode 6 Chat

April 26th, 2016 · No Comments

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Casting Call – Teen Models Nationwide

April 24th, 2016 · No Comments


Have you always wanted to be a super model? Do you dream of walking the runway at fashion week? How about having a full-page spread in your favorite magazine? Being the face of a clothing line? Or being the next GiGi? NOW, here is your chance!

The producers of the Emmy Award Winning show “Undercover Boss” and a major cable network are looking for the next teen supermodel ages 12-16. We’re looking for teen girls with the look, talent, skill and drive to make it… AND we want girls with a rockstar mom helping “momage” them to reach their goals. We need moms with big personalities who are ready to prove their daughter has what it takes! Moms are just as important as the girls! [Read more →]

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Amazing Race – Season 28 – Episode 9 Chat – 4/22/16

April 23rd, 2016 · No Comments

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Beyond Reality – Survivor 32 Kaoh Rong Episode 10 Chat – 4/20/16

April 21st, 2016 · No Comments

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