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Scott Von Ryper Channels The ‘Feeling Of Escaping Something’ Into New Song ‘Pulse’



Scott Von Ryper Channels The ‘Feeling Of Escaping Something’ Into New Song ‘Pulse’

With miles passing under his feet, Scott von Ryper – guitarist for the legendary The Jesus And Mary Chain – goes ‘in search of something – a real home’ in the haunting ‘Pulse.’

Scott von Ryper hits another mile marker on the road of his storied career on Oct. 15, when The Black Ryder co-founder and guitarist for The Jesus And Mary Chain releases his solo debut, Dream State Treasure. Ahead of its release, Scott has given a fuzz-drenched preview, a blistering sonic sunrise title “Pulse.” Acoustic guitars kick off the song — premiering here on HollywoodLife — before Scott comes in with a distorted guitar tone. “One day / I’m sure / going to leave these velvet shores,” he sings, like that inner voice that greets you at the crossroads in your hometown, that same voice telling you to take that on-ramp to get on that highway that’ll take you away from all of this.

“I think it’s partly about the idea of leaving a place, in this case, Los Angeles where I’ve lived for 11 years,” Scott tells HollywoodLife, as he now resides in Australia. “That’s probably why it always feels like a driving song to me. I always have this picture of driving fast out of the city when I listen to it; the feeling of escaping something.

“I’ve always loved the combination of acoustic guitar layered with really distorted guitars, especially with open tunings,” he shares. “‘Pulse’ is in many ways a sonic outlier on the album, given its use of more modern sounds like the drum machine and synth and the pace of it,  but lyrically I felt like it fit the record, and I’ve always loved the idea of having a few surprises on an album.” While the rest of Dream State Treasure doesn’t match “Pulse’s pace, the album is a stunning piece of moody, atmospheric music that conveys not just a vibe but an attitude. Dream State Treasure is the album for anyone who’s ever felt complete only when they’re wearing sunglasses and behind the wheel of a car going anywhere but here.

In an EXCLUSIVE interview for HollywoodLife, Scott tells about the making of “Pulse” while sharing some insight into his songwriting process and the “great personal change” he experienced during the pandemic lockdown.

HollywoodLife: What was the inspiration behind “Pulse”? What do you want your fans to take away from this single? What does it mean to you personally?

Scott von Ryper: I think it’s partly about the idea of leaving a place, in this case, Los Angeles, where I’ve lived for 11 years. That’s probably why it always feels like a driving song to me. I always have this picture of driving fast out of the city when I listen to it; the feeling of escaping something.

At the same time, it’s about leaving a life behind; always being on the run, in search of something; a real home. Part of the song is my future self looking back at this running, and inability to really connect, and never having that feeling of fitting in anywhere.

Can you share a bit about your songwriting process? And what do you think makes a good song?

The process can be different from song to song. It could start with some chords on guitar or piano and a simple melody idea. Alternative guitar tunings can help me break free from traditional ideas too, which is what happened with “Pulse.” A few words or sounds of words will usually enter my head on a stream of consciousness basis, and then those words help me remember the melody idea. Sometimes some of those words will give me an idea of what the song should be about.

I almost always start recording the song right from its infancy, as I have a decent home studio set up. I don’t wait to flesh it out or finish it. I capture it immediately and then continue to work on it once it’s recorded. The production of a song usually starts before the song itself is even finished being written, so in many ways, the studio itself is part of the songwriting process and inspiration for me.

What makes a good song? For me, it’s the ability to connect to it through emotion. Emotion isn’t just created from the lyrics. It can be created from the chord progression, melody, sound choice, and production. Does it make you feel something? There is probably no one or correct answer to that question.

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How has Australia influenced the music you make?

I was asked this for the first time recently, and it really made me stop and dig deep on that thought as it’s something I’d never really considered too much.  I think the fact that I grew up in pre-internet times in a country quite geographically isolated from the world definitely shaped my music consumption. I don’t know if a kid growing up now would have the same experience, though.  The internet broke down most of those barriers.

Australia is very supportive of its own artists, requiring stations to play a certain percentage of local music, so I heard a lot of Australian music growing up and looked up to some of those bands in my formative years. Bands like The Church ad The Triffids were very influential to me in my teenage years, among many others. I still think of myself as an Australian artist despite not living there for some time now.

How have you been spending your pandemic time?

Well, for the first 6 to 12 months, I must say that I was pretty productive. I mixed a record for a friend and then finished my own record. I also used the time to make a bunch of personal changes and focus on some self-care, which had been sadly overlooked for a long time. I now have a healthy eating and sleep schedule and a new daily reading and meditation habit, for example. It has really been a time of great personal change for many people I’ve spoken to about this.

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‘And Just Like That’ Explains Samantha’s Absence & What Happened Between Her & Carrie



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The next chapter of ‘Sex and the City’ is one without Samantha. The ‘And Just Like That…’ premiere revealed what happened to Samantha and why she had a falling out with Carrie.

Ahead of And Just Like That…’s premiere, fans have been wondering: what’s going to happen to Samantha? Kim Cattrall decided not to reprise her iconic role in the new series, despite having been a core part of Sex and the City. And Just Like That… doesn’t kill Samantha off and doesn’t ignore her character whatsoever.

Where Is Samantha?

The series begins with Carrie, Charlotte, and Miranda now in their 50s. While the trio is waiting for a table, they come across Bitsy von Muffling, who asks where Samantha is. “Oh, she’s no longer with us,” Charlotte replies, which makes Bitsy think Samantha is dead. Miranda quickly chimes in to note that Samantha is very much still alive. “She’s in London,” Carrie reveals. Samantha moved to the UK for work.

Sarah Jessica Parker and Kim Cattrall in ‘Sex and the City 2.’ (Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection)

Later, Miranda and Carrie have a talk about Samantha. “You know, it Is kind of like she’s dead… Samantha,” Miranda says. “We never even talk about her.”

Carrie replies, “Well, what is there to say? I told her that because of, you know, what the book business is now, it just didn’t make sense for me to keep her on as a publicist. She said ‘fine’ and then fired me as a friend.”

Miranda doesn’t think Samantha “fired” Carrie as a friend. Carrie reveals that Samantha stopped returning her calls. “You know Samantha. Her pride got damaged,” Miranda tells Carrie. Carrie explains that she’s left voicemails asking Samantha to call her back so they can “fix” this. “Look, I understand that she was upset, but I thought I was more to her than an ATM,” Carrie adds.

Miranda says, “You are. She was embarrassed.” Carrie wonders if Miranda or Charlotte has spoken to Samantha at all. Miranda admits that they’ve texted and called but never heard back. Miranda thinks maybe if Carrie reached again that maybe they could all work things out. Carrie doesn’t have much hope for that since she’s texted Samantha multiple times and gotten no response. “I always thought the four of us would be friends forever,” Carrie admits.

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Kristin Davis, Sarah Jessica Parker, Cynthia Nixon, and Kim Cattrall in ‘Sex and the City.’ (Warner Bros/Courtesy Everett Collection)

Samantha Is There For Carrie After Big’s Death

The first episode ends with Big’s tragic death after a heart attack. The second episode features Carrie planning Big’s funeral. When she shows up before the service, Carrie finds beautiful white flowers draped over Big’s casket. However, she explicitly stated that she didn’t want any flowers. The funeral directors hand her a card that came with the flowers. “Love, Samantha,” the card read. Carrie decides to keep the flowers from Samantha.

Carrie tells Miranda and Charlotte that Samantha is the one who sent the flowers. There’s a look of hope on Miranda and Charlotte’s faces. Maybe they can all reconcile after all. Later, Carrie texts Samantha to thank her for sending the flowers. Samantha doesn’t immediately respond to Carrie. Carrie knows Samantha’s gesture is proof that Samantha still cares about her. All hope is not lost. New episodes of And Just Like That… will debut Thursdays on HBO Max.

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‘And Just Like That’ Premiere: Carrie Bradshaw Suffers A Devastating Loss



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The first moments of the ‘And Just Like That…’ premiere featured Carrie making a shocking discovery that changes her life forever. SPOILERS AHEAD!

Life can change in an instant. Carrie Bradshaw knows that first-hand. The Sex and the City revival, And Just Like That…, debuted on December 9 with two new episodes. The first episode ends with a devastating twist: Big dies.

Carrie goes to Lily’s concert recital, while Big stayed behind. Carrie and Big had initially planned to go to the Hamptons together, but Carrie decides to support Charlotte and Lily. Big tells Carrie that he’s going to stay home and take a Peloton class.

Chris Noth and Sarah Jessica Parker as Big and Carrie. (HBO Max)

Big Dies 

Big is in the midst of a Peloton power ride as Lily wows at her recital. He texts Carrie that they should go to the Hamptons that night when she gets back. As he heads to take a shower after his workout, he feels a pain in his chest. He drops his phone and collapses as the water runs. Big’s phone is just out of reach.

After getting Big’s text, Carrie doesn’t go out with her friends for a drink. She comes back to her apartment and finds it eerily quiet. She calls out for John.

When Carrie walks into their bathroom, she finds Big on the floor. It was almost as if he wanted to get one more look at her before he died. Carrie screams John’s name and runs to his side. She cradles Big in her arms and cried as he passes, her beloved Manolo Blahnik’s getting ruined in the shower. “And just like that, Big died,” Carrie says in the voiceover.

In the second episode, Carrie grieves the loss of Big. She immediately calls Miranda, who rushes to be by Carrie’s side. Miranda arrives just as Big’s body is being removed. “What do I do now?” a broken Carrie asks. Miranda holds Carrie that night in bed. When Carrie closed her eyes, she remembers the first time she saw Big all those years ago.

Charlotte helps Carrie plan Big’s funeral. Charlotte breaks down in tears at the funeral home and admits that she feels guilty for making Carrie go to the concert. Carrie tells Charlotte that Big died of a heart attack, and this is not her fault at all.

Samantha Sends Her Love

Carrie arrives at Big’s funeral before everyone else. She notices flowers on the casket, something she explicitly said she didn’t want. The funeral directors say they wanted Carrie to make a game-time decision and hand Carrie the card that accompanied the flowers. “Love, Samantha,” the card read. Samantha had a falling out with the girls and now lives in London, but she still sends her love to Carrie when she needs it the most. Carrie decides to keep the flowers.

Miranda says a few words at Big’s funeral, along with Big’s older brother. Big’s brother says that Big had just told him that he’d “never been happier in his life.” Todd Rundgren’s “Hello It’s Me” plays during the service.

Later, Carrie texts Samantha to thank her for the flowers. She then receives Big’s ashes at her apartment, and she calls Miranda and Stanford to help her deal. Miranda, Stanford, and Charlotte have been taking turns staying with Carrie. When Charlotte shows up to bring magazines to Carrie, she realizes that Carrie didn’t call her right away. A hurt Charlotte walks away, and Carrie begs Charlotte not to make this about her.

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Kristin Davis as Charlotte. (HBO Max)

Charlotte confesses that she still feels so guilty about the concert. Charlotte tells Carrie that there’s “no reason” she would call Stanford over her unless she was mad. Carrie admits that she didn’t call because Charlotte gets so emotional. Charlotte says that Carrie seems so mad, and Carrie doesn’t deny it. She’s mad at herself. “I should have gone to the Hamptons with Big on Wednesday night like I wanted to!” Carrie screams.

Charlotte tells Carrie that she can’t blame herself for what happened to Big. That night, Carrie struggles to fall asleep. She asks Miranda for a sleeping pill, but she can’t take one for another 5 hours. Carrie stays awake for the next 5 hours as her world finds its new axis. Big is gone and he’s never coming back. Carrie’s life was on one route, and now that route is unpaved. The future looks a lot lonelier. New episodes of And Just Like That will premiere Thursdays on HBO Max.

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‘Harry Potter’ Reunion 1st Look: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson & Rupert Grint Return To Hogwarts



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Accio, nostalgia: Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint are back at Hogwarts in the first look photo for HBO Max’s ‘Harry Potter’ reunion special.

Calling all Hogwarts alums: HBO Max released the first look photo for Harry Potter: Return to Hogwarts ahead of the reunion special’s Jan. 1, 2022 premiere. Daniel Radcliffe, Emma Watson, and Rupert Grint return to the Gryffindor common room in the spellbinding teaser shared on Instagram on Wednesday, Dec. 8.

“Like they never left,” HBO Max captioned the post.

The streamer announced in November that a retrospective special would be on the way to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the franchise’s first film, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, which premiered in cinemas in November 2001. The special will feature new in-depth interviews and cast conversations about the making-of the beloved franchise.

Emma Watson, Daniel Radcliffe, and Rupert Grint at the premiere of ‘Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone’ in November 2001 (Mediapunch/Shutterstock)

Filmmaker Chris Columbus and other notable alums, including Helena Bonham Carter, Robbie Coltrane, Ralph Fiennes, Jason Isaacs, Gary Oldman, Tom Felton, James Phelps, Oliver Phelps, Mark Williams, Bonnie Wright, Alfred Enoch, Matthew Lewis, and Evanna Lynch, will also appear in the special.

Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling, who recently came under fire for anti-trans comments, is not scheduled to appear in the anniversary special, but will reportedly be featured in some capacity via archival footage. The first look photo comes a few days after HBO released the first trailer on Dec. 5.

After HBO Max announced the special, Emma shared throwback photos featuring Daniel, Rupert, and more cast and crew on Instagram and reflected on her unwavering love for her character, Hermione Granger. “Harry Potter was my home, my family, my world and Hermione (still is) my favorite fictional character of all time,” she wrote.

“I think a journalist once said it was irritating how many times during an interview I mentioned how lucky I was and started counting… BUT I DAMN WELL KNEW!!! And still know,” Emma continued. “I am proud not just of what we as a group contributed as actors to the franchise but also as the children that became young adults that walked that path.”

The actress concluded, “Thank you to the fans that have continued to show their support well after the last chapter closed. The magic of the world wouldn’t exist without you. Thank you for fighting to make it such an inclusive and loving place.”

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