Category Archives: Justin Bieber

How to make a musical proposal (with some help from Bruno Mars and Chris Brown)

It’s almost June and love is in the air. Thinking of how to make a great wedding proposal? Here are two different approaches–one very public and another more private and personal. In each case, they allowed people to make life like a musical.

The first one was a family and friends effort. Of course, it helps if your friends are already of a theatrical bent. Isaac Lamb, who has already been featured on NBC’s “Today” show had 60 people dancing on a small street near his parent’s home in Oregon.

Lamb’s intended, Amy Frankel was asked to sit on the back of an SUV (Honda CRV) while Lamb’s brother tells her “This song tends to exemplify you and Isaac’s relationship to me.”

The song? Bruno Mars’ “Marry You.”

The Portland-born Lamb attended Loyola Marymount in Los Angeles and graduated with a degree in film production in 2002. He returned to Portland in 2006 after finishing a national Broadway tour of “Defending the Caveman.”

Lamb is currently a member of the Third Rail Repertory Theatre.  His intended, Amy Frankel had been living in New York City for ten years before moving to Portland in 2005. She attended the Tisch School of the Arts at NYU and worded as a choreographer. She also went on a Broadway national tour, but of the more traditional and frothy “42nd Street.”

Frankel is also a member of the Third Rail. Lamb and Frankel were both in the 2009 production of “The Lying Kind” which is about an unfortunate Christmas Eve in London where dogs are misplaced and bad news.

This marriage proposal video is anything but tragic. It has a cozy, small town feel and reminds me of that last Muppet movie.

Lamb proposed to Frankel on 23 May 2012.  Of course, she said yes.

Orville Edwards took a different approach when he proposed to his lovely Marley. He began the old-fashioned way: Asking both his parents and her parents for permission. Then he asked Jade Jager of Jade’s Hip Hop Academy to help him. JHHA happens to have a performance company of adults and with the kids in her classes, she had a lot of performers to draw on.

Edwards got a place to stage the event: The GAP who were willing to even dress a few of Jade’s dancers in their clothes.

Edwards’ web designer Matthew Pompey with Meticulous Design Studios was on board and did the videography. And then Edwards approached Canon. Who said corporations don’t have a heart?!

Edwards is part of Major Move which is a non-profit company based in Mississauga that works with youth and sports.

Edwards’ proposal was on 26 May 2012 and with about 100 dancers, a The GAP and Canon involved, word must have spread because a healthy crowd had gathered by 3 p.m. when he was maneuvering Marley to the store at Square One. Edwards’ chose Chris Brown to convey his message, using “Next 2 You” which features Justin Bieber as well as “Yeah 3x.”

Both men prove that if you want it enough, life can be a musical. Hope both couples make happy music in the future.  Don’t you wonder if they’ll stage anything for their weddings?

 

Justin Bieber’s ‘Santa Claus is Coming to Town’

Yes, here’s an old classic sung by Justin Bieber using Animagic (really Rankin/Bass stop-motion techniques).

Music video by Justin Bieber performing Santa Claus Is Coming To Town. (C) 2011 The Island Def Jam Music Group.

Here Bieber become part of the classic Rankin-Bass TV special “Santa Claus Is Comin’ to Town.”

Here’s a clip from the ending of the feature.

This isn’t the first time animation has been used for this song:

The actual song was written by John Frederick Coots and Haven Gillespie in 1934, debuting in November on Eddie Cantor’s radio show. The TV special was produced in 1970 with Fred Astaire narrating. It tells the original story of Santa Claus.

Rankin/Bass used stop-motion. Their characters were dolls with spheroid body parts. The company which began as Videocraft International, Ltd., and was also known as Rankin/Bass Animated Entertainment and Rankin/Bass Productions, Inc., was founded in 1960 but eventually was merged into Warner Bros.

The founder Arthur Rankin, Jr. is still alive (born July 19, 1924) and lives in New York.  The co-founder Jules Bass (born September 16, 1935 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania) lives in New York and Paris and now writes children’s books.

Feature films

 Animated TV specials

DWTS 13: Justin Bieber & Boys II Men performance

Chelsie Hightower and Mark Ballas dancing.

Super Bowl ads: Glee versus Justin Bieber

Justin may look cool dressed up as a Tron:Legacy citizen, but he’s not dancing. There’s a little bit of dancing in the extended version of the commercial. The “Glee” add for Chevy is splashier.

The Osmonds versus the Osbournes

You can compare these two Ozzy Osbourne spots.

Super Bowl 2011 for Best Buy with Justin Bieber

Donny and Marie Osmond and Ozzy Osbourne in the 2006 Pepsi Twist commercial.


Donny Osmond does his Ozzy Osbourne impression.

Justin Bieber and Ozzy Osbourne Super Bowl ad

There’s no dancing here (except in the extended version), but a reference to “Tron: Legacy” and old rock and new talent.

Justin Bieber performs at VMA 2010 (VIDEO)

The teen sensation Justin Bieber performed a medley of his hits (“U Smile,” “Baby” and “Somebody to Love”) and, of course, besides there being screaming fans, he danced with his group of b-boys and played the drums.

What more can you ask from a YouTube sensation?

The Canadian singer Bieber, Jerry Duplessis, Arden Altino, and Dan August Rigo wrote”U Smile” and the song was released on his debut album this year in March.

“Baby” was written by Bieber,  Christopher “Tricky” Stewart, Terius “The-Dream” Nash, Christopher Bridges, Christina Milian.

“Somebody to Love” was released this year in April and was written by Bieber, Heather Bright, and The Stereotypes. That video features Poreotics and Beat Freaks as well as Bieber’s mentor, Usher.

Justin Bieber and Shaq bowling (VIDEO)

Shaq not only sang and danced with YouTube sensation Justin Bieber, he went bowling. See the clip below.

Shaq originally challenged Bieber in Arizona, using his FB (facial recognition) to get into the stadium. Shaq did used to rock. Shaq got a bit of a shock. He was almost literally invisible to the Justin Bieber fans.

Shaq challenged Bieber to dancing, singing, bowling and a few other challenges like basketball. There’s some singing and dancing at the bowling alley. You have to watch the full episode to see that.

For those who don’t know, “Shaq Vs.” is an ABC reality show in its first season. The show which premiered on 18 August 2009 takes basketball star Shaquille O’Neal and had him challenge “top athletes in their own sports.” This season, season two, has non-sporting matches.

In the show, UFC play-by-play announcer Mike Goldberg gives us a description of the action and serves as one of the co-hosts.  Charissa Thompson is the co-host and sideline Thompson. Shaq negotiates a handicap and, of course, does some trash talking. Actually, Shaq’s commentary is really funny.

The Justin Bieber challenge aired last night, 31 August 2010 and included Shaq challenging Jimmy Kimmel in Hollywood. Shaq revealed that this wasn’t really a challenge, but a chance to become the number one dad of the world. Shaq commented, “You just given me the advantage to give them extra chores and extra homework.” This challenge was more of a win-win.

You can view the complete episode at ABC.

Shaq Vs. Justin Bieber (VIDEO)

Yes, it’s true. The bigger-than-life Shaq has taken on teen YouTube sensation Justin Bieber to a dance off and a sing-off. We already know how Shaq sounds when he’s singing. Check out how he dances.

Shaq originally challenged Bieber in Arizona, using his FB (facial recognition) to get into the stadium. Shaq did used to rock. Shaq got a bit of a shock. He was almost literally invisible to the Justin Bieber fans.

Shaq challenged Bieber to dancing, singing, bowling and a few other challenges like basketball. There’s some singing and dancing at the bowling alley. You have to watch the full episode to see that.

For those who don’t know, “Shaq Vs.” is an ABC reality show in its first season. The show which premiered on 18 August 2009 takes basketball star Shaquille O’Neal and had him challenge “top athletes in their own sports.” This season, season two, has non-sporting matches.

In the show, UFC play-by-play announcer Mike Goldberg gives us a description of the action and serves as one of the co-hosts.  Charissa Thompson is the co-host and sideline Thompson. Shaq negotiates a handicap and, of course, does some trash talking. Actually, Shaq’s commentary is really funny.

The Justin Bieber challenge aired last night, 31 August 2010 and included Shaq challenging Jimmy Kimmel in Hollywood. Shaq revealed that this wasn’t really a challenge, but a chance to become the number one dad of the world. Shaq commented, “You just given me the advantage to give them extra chores and extra homework.” This challenge was more of a win-win.

You can view the complete episode at ABC.

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