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Breakaway Daily Interview: Author Rich Marcello Gives Insight into His New Novel “The Big Wide Calm”

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[Read Breakaway Daily’s review of The Big Wide Calm.] If Rich Marcello could choose only one creative mentor, he’d give the role to Jonathan Richmond and the Modern Lovers. This is not only because he currently resides in New England, where Jonathan started, but because of his life as a contemporary fiction author, poet and songwriter, whose literary inspiration often stems from songs he’s written. Rich grew up in New Jersey surrounded by song and word. For a while it seemed right to travel the musician’s path, especially during his stint inhis college folk group, at The University of Notre Dame, where he wrote and recorded his first original songs. But, as is true for many musicians, graduation led him down a different road, one on which he found his love for high technology. There, he enjoyed a successful career as a technology executive, managing several multi-billion dollar businesses for Fortune 500 companies. During his time in technology he never stopped creating art, and eventually his love for song and the written word grew to the point where he walked away from his first career to pursue poetry, song, and fiction with the same enthusiasm and discipline he demonstrated in business.…

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Copperhead Red Carpet Movie Premiere Coverage: Director Ron Maxwell & Cast Interviews in New Brunswick

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Ron Maxwell, director of Gettysburg and Gods And Generals, returns to the Civil War for his latest film, Copperhead. Inspired by the Harold Frederic book, The Copperhead, the film stars Billy Campbell, Peter Fonda, Angus MacFayden, Francois Arnaud, and Augustus Prew. Ron Maxwell’s Civil War Film “Copperhead” Is A Must See! Copperhead is an extraordinary story of family and community torn apart during the Civil War. Inspired by the Harold Frederic book, The Copperhead, the film stars Billy Campbell, Angus Macfadyen, Peter Fonda, Augustus Prew, Lucy Boynton, and Francois Arnaud. Copperhead is an important historical film with unforgettable performances that focuses on the relationships that can get ripped apart by war. Copperhead is a film dear to my heart as it was shot on location at the Kings Landing Historical Settlement (a world-renowned Living History Museum) near Fredericton, New Brunswick in Canada last June. Being from The Maritimes it is wonderful that film makers have taken notice of the raw beauty that surrounds us here in the East Coast. I was blessed to be able to attend the very special Maritime screening and Canadian premiere of the film in Fredericton in June, where I got to chat with Director Ron Maxwell, some of the cast, and watch the…

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Breakaway Daily Exclusive Interview with Canadian Powerhouse Elise Estrada!

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Elise Estrada is an award winning Canadian singer/songwriter/performer who has reached an audience in excess of 635 million people worldwide! She has toured with the likes of The Backstreet Boys, Rihanna, Nelly, 50 Cent and Lady Gaga. Elise brings out a new set of claws on her sophomore album Here Kitty Kittee that is an upbeat, energetic, dance album. Her first single You’re So Hollywood nabbed the coveted “most added” song at Canadian Top 40 radio across the country. Elise’s first co-write Lipstick is a captivating, power ballad that takes audiences on the journey of mending a broken heart. With all this success, Elise is a down to earth gal that always takes time for her fans. She was an absolute sweetheart during my interview where we chatted about her album, makeup, songwriting, her trip to London, her film debut and more!

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Breakaway Daily Exclusive Interview with Blake McGrath

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I had the opportunity to catch Blake McGrath while he was in my neck of the woods on his way to the first stop of the So You Think You Can Dance Canada auditions. On the show Blake serves as a judge, choreographer, and mentor. Blake was nice enough to take some time away from his busy busy schedule to talk to me about his debut album Time to Move where he co-wrote almost every song and enjoyed the creative process of putting it together. The Night, a song that tells the listener to be free of his/her inhibitions was the albums first single, and has since been followed by equally catchy club pounding dance anthems, as well as sweet ballads. Known as one of the worlds best dancers, the multi talented Blake McGrath has shared the stage with legendary artists including Madonna, Janet Jackson, Britney Spears, Jennifer Lopez, Beyonce, Mariah Carey and more! From center stage to the silver screen, his cinematic credits range from the Academy Award-winning film Chicago to the Pulitzer and Tony Award winning adaptation of the musical Rent. Blake’s star appeal has cast him in the commercial spotlight where he has appeared in ads for…

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Music Inspires Graffiti: Kim-Lan Interview with Breakaway Daily

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Kim-Lan is an outstanding artist from France who has done some awesome work including Jared Leto (30 Seconds to Mars), Tom & Bill Kaulitz (Tokio Hotel), Tupac, Avril Lavigne, Obama, and original artwork. She has also been featured on Tom Kaulitz’s very own blog as well as written about in international magazines. She also has recently gotten into fashion design and posters using her designs. I had the opportunity to interview her and ask her some of your questions! Here is what she had to say. BREAKAWAY DAILY: When did you start graffiti? KIM-LAN: Drawing has always been my passion but I only started to make graffitis since 4 years. I’ve always been fascinated by urban art and hip hop culture. In High School I had some friends older than me who went with me in order to make graffitis, I remember that I made a big character a half woman tiger. All my friends were proud of me and till that day we make sometimes some graffitis. BREAKAWAY DAILY: What inspires you? KIM-LAM: I’m inspired by portraits. I can’t explain why, I always loved that, faces with thin lines in particular. BREAKAWAY DAILY: Did you study any kind of…

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