TI Exclusive: ‘McFarland, USA’ World Premiere At The El Capitan Theatre

The world premiere of Disney’s ‘McFarland, USA,’ which is based on the true story of novice runners from McFarland, California, who despite tremendous odds, build a championship cross-country team under the direction os Coach Jim White (Kevin Costner), a newcomer to their predominately Latino high school. Coach White and the McFarland students have a lot to learn about each other but when hite starts to realize the boys’ exceptional sunning ability, things behind to change. Soon something beyond their physical gifts becomes apparent- the power of family relationships, their unwavering commitment to one another and their incredible work ethic. With grit and determination, the unlikely band of runners eventually overcomes the odds to forge not only a championship cross-country team but an enduring clegacy as well. Along the way, Coach White realizes that his family found a place to call home and both he and his team achieve their own kind of American drew.

Niki Caro directs Disney’s ‘McFarland, USA’ with screenplay by Christopher Cleveland, Bettina Gilois and Grant Thomas, and story by Cleveland and Gilois. GOrdan Gray and Mark Ciardi are producing, with Mario Iscovich and Mary Martin serving as executive producers.

‘McFarland, USA’ is rated PG and releases on Feburary 20m 2015. For more information, please visit their website right HERE.

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TI Exclusive: War Games on Writing & Touring!

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War Games, the Rock Band straight out of Massachusetts, have an exciting year ahead of them!  The five piece has just released their first single, “Foundations” off their upcoming full-length album.  The band has put so much effort into the album and TI got the chance to question War Games about everything from their writing process to their upcoming tour dates!

Check out the interview transcript below and find War Games on social media sights by following these links:

 

What is the most difficult part of writing music?

 

 

My experience in writing music over the past 10 years, is that sometimes writing a great song can come to you like second nature and other times it can be extremely hard, lengthy work! I’ve always done my best to write whatever comes most naturally to me, to write honest songs from inspiration. Sometimes when feeling inspired, lyrics and melodies seem to pour from my brain to paper effortlessly. However, other times I’ve spent years on something, put it down and picked it up again when I felt the time may be right. With that said, I’d have to say the hardest part of writing music is critiquing and editing work you’re so invested in and inspired by. Sometimes having to throw something away that you’ve strived to make perfect for so long can be heart breaking.

 

What makes the writing process easier? What makes it harder?

 

Writing music is easiest when the music feels honest. When those first initial chords hit you and you’re able to paint a picture of the rest of the song, everything just sort of comes together. That’s not to say that the songs that take the longest are always bad either. Sometimes you sit there and for the life of you can’t figure out where to go next. That’s where writing can get difficult, when you feel like you’ve fallen into a slump. And for every song you create, there’s a million progressions that get tossed in the trash or placed on the back burner. But I’ve found that if you stick with you’ll be able to pull your head back into the right place and finish what you started. – Guitarist Ian Provost

 

What is it about “Foundations” that makes it a perfect single for the full-length album?

 

I feel like what makes Foundations the perfect single for our full length is that its a perfect microcosm for the album. It’s dark, but triumphant. It’s heavy and aggressive, but still has these really soft, intimate moments to balance it out. And even though the music is a bit on the dark side the vocals are always positive, always about bettering yourself and moving forward. Foundations has all of that. – Guitarist Ian Provost

 

You’ve toured all over the U.S./UK, where is you’re favorite place to visit/play? Is there something that distinguishing each place while playing?

 

Personally my favorite place to visit is Denver Colorado, I love the people, the scenery and some of the laws are pretty awesome as well! As far as a favorite place to play I’d say anywhere in the UK. We’ve had was soo much fun playing shows abroad. It’s honestly a blast playing anywhere, meeting people, learning their stories and making new friendships. The travel aspect of the band is an absolutely great experience – Bassist Andy Calheta

 

Where did the name “War Games” come from?

 

The name War Games never really had that “Eureka!” moment actually. We had been playing under the name “Another Option” for a long time and we had always discussed the idea of a name change. When the opportunity to actually change our name presented itself, we all got together and just started throwing names out and writing them on a blackboard. War Games survived the whittling down process, but it still never struck us as THE name. We’d talk about it, go to another name and then we’d come back to War Games. So I guess it got to a point where we all said “alright this is our name now, let’s roll with it.”

 

What are you most excited for in the upcoming year?

 

First and foremost I am excited for the release of “Holding Patterns” on March 6th. Immediately following that we leave for a 3 week tour of the UK which is going to be amazing! Also I’m very excited for our show with balance and composure Sunday at the met in Pawtucket RI. 2015 is starting off amazing and I’m also real excited to see what this year has in store for War Games. – Bassist Andy Calheta

USA Album Of The Vamps’ ‘Meet The Vamps’ Is Out TODAY!

the vampsToday, November 4th, The Vamps deluxe album, Meet The Vamps, finally has been released within the USA! If you haven’t heard the news yet, chances are you’re squealing in excitement right this second.

After you calm down a bit, go ahead and take the time to support The Vamps and purchase your digital copy of Meet The Vamps on iTunes by going HERE!

Miley Gets 4th Of July Festive With Her Selfies! – Pics Here!

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It was a true party in the USA yesterday as Miley Cyrus took to Twitter and Instagram to celebrate her USA pride with a selection of patriotic selfies! Check out Miley in red, white, and blue looking beautiful below! Which is your favorite 4th of July photo?

USA: Win Something Great From The Vamps!

thevampsHow would you like to win something nice from The Vamps, USA? How about a follow? Perhaps a shout-out or personal phone call? How about a meet and greet? You can win one of these from them just by going by following this link here: The Vamps: Spread the Word!

Have fun entering!

Bella Thorne Sends Memorial Day Thoughts To Those In Uniform

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In honor of Memorial Day, Bella Thorne took to Twitter today to share some kind words and appreciation to the US’s men and women in uniform.

Bella says, “To all our service men and women that paid the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom and to their families…Happy Memorial Day.”

We here at ‘TeenInfoNet’ would like to send our honor and respect to those who fight to keep us free as well. Enjoy your Memorial Day weekend and thank a veteran today!

TI Exclusive: Nick Symmonds At The NOH8 5th Anniversary Celebration

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One of our field reporters Crystal Ng, was invited to the NOH8 5th Anniversary Celebration this past weekend at the Avalon Hollywood, presented by Wen Hair & Body Care by Chaz Dean. She was able to get quite a few interviews with some of the celebrities that attended and looked fierce doing it!

Check out the interview with Nick Symmonds — who is an Oregon Duck alum and Olympic athlete for the US National Team.

Video Credit: Crystal Ng

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