Producer Kathleen Kennedy sent out a message to members of the Producers Guild of America, to promote the upcoming television special, "Movies Rock". Here is the letter in its entirety, and be sure to watch the special tomorrow night on CBS!
Dear PGA Member:
On behalf of the PGA, we're very proud to have worked with the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) and the Condé Nast Media Group to produce the first MOVIES ROCK television special—celebrating the power of music in the movies. The event will air on CBS tomorrow night, December 7, from 9 - 11 p.m., and we encourage you to tune in to the broadcast.
We had the privilege of helping MOVIES ROCK Executive Producer Richard Beckman and his team assemble a once-in-a-lifetime group of music and film artists to bring this show to life, and we're profoundly grateful to that extraordinary group for lending their time and talent to this remarkable event. Beginning with Beyoncé's stunning rendition of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow," through John Williams conducting a full orchestra playing a medley of instant-classic movie scores, to Tony Bennett's inspired "White Christmas" finale, each of the evening's performances gave new life to what one press report called "the iconic movie musical moments of all time."
In addition to Beyoncé, John and Tony, the event featured such artists as Marc Anthony, Mary J. Blige, Chris Brown, Busta Rhymes, Eve, Fergie, Jennifer Hudson, Sir Elton John, Queen Latifah, John Legend, LL Cool J, Nicole Scherzinger, Carrie Underwood, Usher, and will.i.am, each contributing a unique interpretation of classic and contemporary moments of music in the movies. MOVIES ROCK enlisted the talents of such stars as Jennifer Lopez, Harrison Ford, Josh Duhamel, Jenna Fischer, Cuba Gooding, Jr., Kate Hudson, Shirley MacLaine, Rita Moreno, John C. Reilly, Emmy Rossum, Molly Sims, Quentin Tarantino, Charlize Theron and Billy Bob Thornton who provided narration and reflections on the impact that music has had on their lives and their work. Furthermore, none other than Martin Scorsese contributed a brilliant presentation on the significance of sound in motion pictures and the importance of film preservation to our industry's collective legacy.
Press reports of the event, which taped on Sunday night, have been extraordinarily positive. Numerous outlets applauded the "amazing original covers of great movie music," while another characteristically noted that "neither the casting nor the songs ever fell short of standing-ovation quality."
We strongly believe that viewers will gain new insight into the craft of filmmaking by watching the show. Funds raised through it will enable the Entertainment Industry Foundation to expand arts and music education programs for Los Angeles children who have limited access to them, and also will support our Guild's own Debra Hill Fellowship, assisting promising young producing talent. We are enormously grateful to Condé Nast for its generous contribution and, in particular, to Richard Beckman for his vision and leadership, and to Producer Don Mischer for executing a flawless show.
We hope that you'll tune in on Friday, and that it will inspire in you the same passion for movies and music that guided our work on it.
MOVIES ROCK Executive Producer
MOVIES ROCK Executive Producer