Daily Archives: January 11, 2018

Women's March Chicago Announces Initial Speaker List and Performers for 2018 March to the Polls

CHICAGO, Jan. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Women’s March Chicago announced an initial list of speakers for the 2018 March to the Polls to include women and their allies dedicated to the shared goal of empowering voters to support women’s rights and social justice. The list of speakers…

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John Fogerty on 'Proud Mary' Film: It 'Has Nothing to Do With Me or My Song'

John Fogerty has taken issue with the forthcoming film Proud Mary, which shares the same name as his 1969 hit with Creedence Clearwater Revival. The musician said that he was not consulted about “using my song this way” and that the film has “nothing to do with me, or my song.”

Directed by Babak Najafi, the upcoming thriller stars Taraji P. Henson as an assassin. It premieres in theaters on Friday. In a statement, Fogerty said that other than the name of the song and name of its title character, the film has nothing in common with the song’s sentiments.

“There is a movie in current release called Proud Mary. I don’t know much about it other than this. The main character is a black woman who is also an assassin. And apparently, her name is Mary,” Fogerty said in a statement, adding that when he wrote the song five decades ago he was excited about writing his “very first good song.”

“My songs are special to me. Precious. So it irks me when people seek to capitalize on the popularity of my music and the good will it has earned with the public for their own financial gain. Over the years, I have often found myself directly opposed to these uses,” he continued. “This movie has nothing to do with me, or my song. They simply picked the title and wrote a completely fictitious story around it.”

According to Fogerty, no one from the film consulted him. He also cited the film’s poster, which changed his lyrics to be far from their original context. “No one ever asked me about using my song this way, or even about the meaning of ‘Proud Mary,'” he added. “The movie poster has my lyrics changed to read… ‘killing for the Man every night and day.”

A rep for Fogerty confirmed to Rolling Stone that the musician is not pursuing legal action.

Fogerty went on to clarify “Proud Mary”‘s meaning. “I wrote the song about a mythical riverboat, cruising on a mythical river, in a mythical time. Perhaps, the setting was ‘back in time’ on the Mississippi River. It was obviously a metaphor about leaving painful, stressful things behind for a more tranquil and meaningful life,” he concluded. “Far from a story about killing people for money.”

John Fogerty’s full statement:

There is a movie in current release called “Proud Mary.” I don’t know much about it other than this. The main character is a black woman who is also an assassin. And apparently, her name is Mary.

I wrote the song “Proud Mary” fifty years ago, and I was very excited to have written such a good song. In fact, it was my very first good song.

My songs are special to me. Precious.

So it irks me when people seek to capitalize on the popularity of my music and the good will it has earned with the public for their own financial gain. Over the years, I have often found myself directly opposed to these uses.

This movie has nothing to do with me, or my song. They simply picked the title and wrote a completely fictitious story around it.

Back in the day, I had decided that I needed to become more professional, more organized about my songwriting efforts.

I bought a little notebook and after few days, I wrote down the words Proud Mary. It was the very first entry in this book. At first, I didn’t even know what those words meant.

No one ever asked me about using my song this way, or even about themeaning of Proud Mary. The movie poster has my lyrics changed to read….“killing for the Man every night and day” 

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Living in Digital Times Honors Emerging Tech Gadgets and the Next Generation of Tech Geniuses with Last Gadget Standing & Young Innovators to Watch Awards

Living In Digital Times logo (PRNewsFoto/Living In Digital Times)LAS VEGAS, Jan. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Live from the Las Vegas Convention Center at CES 2018, Last Gadget Standing, produced by Living in Digital Times, once again drew a jam-packed room as the crowd delivered boisterous applauses for their favorite gizmos that will revolutionize and…

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Allegiant Reports December 2017 Traffic

?p=captionLAS VEGAS, Jan. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Allegiant Travel Company (NASDAQ: ALGT) today reported preliminary passenger traffic results for December, fourth quarter and full year 2017. 

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The Dream VR Video Collection Launches on Pico Interactive VR Headsets

Pico InteractiveSAN FRANCISCO, Jan. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Pico Interactive, maker of high-end ultra portable VR headsets, has teamed up with The Dream VR, a pioneering 360 video/virtual reality (VR) technology and multi-device distribution platform, to bring The Dream VR’s premium original co…

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MARUGAME UDON Expands Upscale Cafeteria Concept with Grand Opening of San Francisco Location

IRVINE, Calif., Jan. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — With the demand for fresher ideas and ingredients on the rise, MARUGAME UDON presents traditional Japanese Sanuki UDON noodles prepared your way. The upscale cafeteria style, made-to-order UDON noodles restaurant concept will expand to a…

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Republic of Moldova Joining the Blockchain Race for Innovation, Transparency and Investment

DTMACHISINAU, Moldova, Jan. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — The creation of DTMA “Digital & Distributed Technology Moldova Association” founded by local and supported by international advisory with further workshops and presentation bringing several international representatives to Moldova to pre…

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EPA Honors LG With 'Champion' Award For Sustainable Materials Management

Barnes Johnson, Director of the EPA Office of Resource Conservation and Recovery (left) awards John Taylor, Senior Vice President of Public Affairs, LG Electronics USA, the EPA Champion Award on “CES® 2018 Sustainability Day.” The company received the Product Champion Award for LG OLED TVs, which are designed to reduce environmental impact and to be easier to disassemble and recycle.LAS VEGAS, Jan. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Underscoring its leadership in environmental sustainability, LG Electronics USA was recognized by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) with the Champion Award, special recognition for demonstrating significant environmental, social and…

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Issuance of patent and initiation of a study to evaluate PMZ-1620 in dogs with degenerative myelopathy, a disease similar to human amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS)

NAPERVILLE, Ill., Jan. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Pharmazz, Inc. is pleased to announce that Indian Patent No. 290038 on a pharmaceutical composition comprising IRL-1620 (PMZ-1620) was granted on November 28, 2017. PMZ-1620, a selective endothelin-B receptor agonist, is presently undergoing…

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HomeAid Announces National Partnership with Metrostudy

 (PRNewsfoto/HomeAid America)NEWPORT BEACH, Calif., Jan. 11, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — HomeAid America, a building industry charity and one of the nation’s largest builders of housing for the homeless, announced today a national partnership with Metrostudy, a Hanley Wood Company and leading provider of data and analysis to…

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