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    Again will share this excellent cinema video ...

    [QUOTE=giovonni;841970223]Via Vintage Los Angeles ...

    Elton John's New 'Tiny Dancer' Video
    Brings Us Through The Streets Of L.A.


    May 24, 2017 12:26 pm

    What's L.A. like to out-of-towners? I imagine the perception is shaped by reality shows, which largely hold court on Melrose Avenue and inside the caverns of polished and weirdly empty restaurants.

    There was a time, though, when L.A. was popularized as a kind of urban frontier town where people were short on social graces, but high on dialogue and personality. Think: Repo Man or A Woman Under the Influence. This version of Los Angeles—the rough and tumble one—is brought to the forefront in a new music video for "Tiny Dancer," the Elton John classic that shamelessly tugs at our heartstrings with its sweeping chorus.

    The video was shot by filmmaker Max Weiland, and is presented through "Elton John - The Cut," a YouTube venture in which filmmakers re-imagine (visually) some of the Rocket Man's most popular tracks.

    The first impression we get from "Tiny Dancer" is how gorgeously shot it is—seriously, with the right lighting, an L.A. liquor store can be a thing of beauty. The second impression is that the video avoids all the predictable landmarks, passing over Angels Flight and the Griffith Observatory (we're looking at you, La La Land). Instead, we get a more ground-level view of Los Angeles as we drift from the coast, to Hollywood Boulevard, to Boyle Heights. Circus Liquor's iconic sign in North Hollywood makes an appearance. And a keen eye will spot the Family Arcade by Los Angeles Community College, and the Jim's Burgers in Boyle Heights. It's perhaps the cameo of Mariachi Plaza, however, that serves as the most climactic shot in the video.

    As expected, the whole affair is quite maudlin. There's a current of slice-of-life running through the video, showing a collage of random people going about their lives. The characters range from the almost-a-trope (like a Marilyn Monroe impersonator, a street preacher, a valet attendant who goes on a joy ride) to the inexplicable (like a guy with a pet snake in his RV, and a young girl who drives out to the hills L.A. River with an urn in tow). Some might find it melodramatic, but the resulting atmosphere is a perfect avatar for the song.

    As for what "tiny dancer" actually refers to, songwriter Bernie Taupin (who wrote the lyrics while John did the music) said it was about, uh, women. “We came to California in the fall of 1970 and it seemed like sunshine just radiated from the populace,” Taupin told American Songwriter. “I guess I was trying to capture the spirit of that time, encapsulated by the women we met, especially at the clothes stores and restaurants and bars all up and down the Sunset Strip. They were these free spirits, sexy, all hip-huggers and lacy blouses, very ethereal the way they moved.”

    [Update: 5:30 p.m.]

    As one commenter has noted, it's none other than Marilyn Manson who plays Mr. Snake Guy. We're still trying to substantiate a claim that Jerry Hall is in here too (we think she shows up at 04:28).
    Published on May 22, 2017

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    Here's another favorite video/vlogger named Josh Evans from Georgia originally, but now he is based in Los Angeles ... Over the last ten years he has grown his subscription following to 1.4 million followers ... He is also a singer/entertainer and makes a decent living basically just vlogging his weekly life on youtube ... Below is a special vlog video he made recently with his childhood best friend from Georgia - as they flew up to Alaska for a brief catch-up together ... Usually his views are in the hundreds of thousands, though surprisingly this video only got 83,673 views this week ... Still not bad ... If i was young (and healthy) this is what i would be doing now video vlogging my adventures in life ...
    Enjoy !


    BREAKING THE LAW IN ALASKA + A Message to My Viewers

    JoshuaDTV



    Published on May 20, 2017

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    That one made me laugh. Still grinning like an idiot as I type this. Thanks, Gio.
    "To learn who rules over you simply find out who you are not allowed to criticize" -- Voltaire

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    Ketura, Israel

    This tree was extinct for a thousand years before
    sprouting again from a 2,000-year-old seed ...




    Judean Date Palm Methuselah

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    The new San Francisco skyline ...

    Standing up to the inevitable ...




    Waiting for `The Big One'

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    Note you might have to view it several times to
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    I've just passed through San Francisco. We're heading to Sonora. But no Yosemite, way too many people this weekend. Our son is going to take us to see the beauty of the Sierras. So hopefully no earthquakes.

    I don't have the earthquake prediction app, but I can always check in with Ben.

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    Now this is what i call contact ...
    And nothing seems to ever change ...
    Cause it's all entertainment folks !


    From May 26, 2003

    LIFE in the WWE


    Published on May 26, 2017


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    5 Truly Insane Cases of Human Disappearances, Involving UFO's & Extraterrestrial Life

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    "With the size of the observable universe, many find it hard to believe that some form of life doesn't exist out there. Now if that life form has ever visited earth is another question, but when someone passes away after an encounter with a UFO or a researcher involved in Aliens goes missing, then we are left with some serious questions as to what has happened to them....

    Here are five truly insane cases of human disappearances involving ufos & Extraterrestrial Life" ....

    Published on May 27, 2017


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    Gregg Allman, Southern Rock Pioneer, Dead at 69


    Trouble No More

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    Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d0-3UQPi1xc


    The Allman Brothers Band 40: 40th Anniversary Show Live At The Beacon Theatre
    March 26, 2009, marked the exact 40th anniversary of the first time Duane, Gregg, Jaimoe, Butch, Berry and Dickey played together, and so this performance belonged to the Allman Brothers Band, and no one else.

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    "Let's Make A Deal" ...

    125 Days: Donald Trump Makes One Last Try
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    | Season 28 | THE SIMPSONS

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    Valerian

    Final Trailer - In Cinemas August 2

    ▶ Starring: Cara Delevingne, Dane DeHaan, Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke, Rihanna, Mathieu Kassovits
    ▶ Directed by Luc Besson


    The Empire of a Thousand Planets (Valerian)



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