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Composers for Marvel’s TV Universe Strike a Different Chord

5 hours ago | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

Traditionally, when comic-book super-heroes are adapted for the screen, they are accompanied by big orchestras playing heroic themes. Think John Williams’ “Superman” theme or Danny Elfman’s “Spider-Man” music.

For its TV series, however, Marvel has thrown out the old rulebook. Like the Marvel Universe itself, not every hero is alike; some of them don’t even wear colorful costumes. No fewer than 13 series based on Marvel Comics are either on the air now or will be by this time next year, and their scores are as diverse as the characters themselves.

“I love what Marvel has done,” says Dawn Soler, senior vice-president for music for ABC Studios, which oversees most of the Marvel series. “They are not locking into a ‘Marvel sound.’ Super-heroes are becoming a different thing than they were way back when. They are worlds apart. Every score is different.”

The approaches vary widely, from the psychedelic colors of “Legion” to the noirish »

- Jon Burlingame

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The Hitman’s Bodyguard movie review: protection racket

18 August 2017 12:52 AM, PDT | | See recent FlickFilosopher news »

MaryAnn’s quick take… Reluctant-buddy action comedy feels like unfunny, warmed-over ’90s leftovers. Ryan Reynolds and Samuel L. Jackson look like they’d rather be elsewhere. I’m “biast” (pro): love a good action comedy

I’m “biast” (con): nothing

(what is this about? see my critic’s minifesto)

The Hitman’s Bodyguard? What does a hitman need with a bodyguard? This seems to be one of those cinematic quandaries that gets posed because someone thinks it’s enigmatic and clever — like the classic “What does God need with a starship?” — but which is actually destined to become a cinematic punchline. And not in a good way.

The film’s working title: We Got Sweet Amsterdam Tax Credits.

It turns out that The Hitman’s Bodyguard doesn’t actually have a good answer to the question its title prompts. The movie posits that, because of shenanigans at Interpol, »

- MaryAnn Johanson

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The unmade Planet Of The Apes movies of the 1990s

15 August 2017 12:59 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mark Harrison Aug 17, 2017

Anyone for monkey baseball? We examine the weird and wonderful unmade scripts of the Planet Of The Apes series

In 2006, screenwriters Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver were inspired by footage of domesticated chimpanzees who were unable to adjust to our lifestyles to write a sci-fi horror spec script that they called Genesis. Apparently, it was a while before the two of them realised that they were writing a Planet Of The Apes movie.

Their resultant pitch to 20th Century Fox led to 2011's Rise Of The Planet Of The Apes, the excellent, emotional prequel/reboot of the franchise that led to 2014's Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes and recent trilogy topper, War For The Planet Of The Apes. Together, the three films take Caesar from domestication to domination and have been huge critical and financial hits for the studio.

The development hell that plagued Fox's »

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The Top 12 Composers of the 21st Century, From Hans Zimmer to Nick Cave

7 August 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In an age where special effects reign supreme, there’s one aspect of the filmmaking process that hasn’t gone through a radical transformation — music. Some of the best movies in any given year would be sorely lacking without their memorable scores, and this has remained true well into the first two decades of the 21st century.

Read More‘Logan’ Composer Marco Beltrami on R-Rated Wolverine Minimalist Score

Film composers play an integral part in the filmmaking process, and there are a handful whose bodies of work stand out in recent years. Of course, this list of 12 major composers only begins to scratch the surface of the talent out there. There are plenty of other worthy contributors to the medium who didn’t make the cut — Danny Elfman and John Williams, we’re looking at you — but rest assured that this top dozen represent the cream of the crop.

Hans Zimmer »

- Gabrielle Kiss

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The 15 greatest John Williams scores you've forgotten about

1 August 2017 6:12 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Sean Wilson Aug 4, 2017

Yes, Star Wars. But what about all the great John Williams scores from less famous movies? Here are 15 of them...

Cinema's most esteemed and popular film composer, John Williams, turned 85 this year (you might have seen the recent spectacular BBC Proms concert in his honour). Careers don't come more astonishing than that of Williams, nominated for 50 Academy Awards which puts him second only to Walt Disney for the most ever.

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However it's all too tempting to boil Williams' career down to the more obvious highlights: Star Wars, the Indy trilogy, Superman, E.T., Jurassic Park and the like. In truth, he's a far more versatile composer than many like to give him credit for, and he's much more than just a big themes guy. »

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Siempre Viva! 13 Diabolical Facts to Eulogize the 25th Anniversary of Death Becomes Her

31 July 2017 8:20 AM, PDT | Cineplex | See recent Cineplex news »

Siempre Viva! 13 Diabolical Facts to Eulogize the 25th Anniversary of Death Becomes HerSiempre Viva! 13 Diabolical Facts to Eulogize the 25th Anniversary of Death Becomes HerKurt Anthony7/31/2017 10:20:00 AMWe would like to talk about….Madeline Ashton.

Actually, we’d like to talk about Death Becomes Her! The iconic dark comedy celebrates its 25th anniversary today and we could drop dead from excitement!

Death Becomes Her made its theatrical debut on July 31, 1992, turning heads as it reached the number one spot at the box office upon its release. Along with the Academy Award for Best Visual Effects, the film has since gone on to earn over $149M worldwide, thus achieving its immortal status as a cult classic.

Under the killer direction of Robert Zemeckis (Forrest Gump, Who Framed Roger Rabbit), Death Becomes Her features a frighteningly talented cast (Goldie Hawn, Meryl Streep, Bruce Willis, Isabella Rossellini), otherworldly special effects, and satire »

- Kurt Anthony

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How Universal's Dark Universe Can Be Saved

4 July 2017 8:51 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Sad news hit Universal Pictures this summer when their adventure thriller The Mummy flopped at the box office. It was supposed to ignite a sprawling monster franchise known as Dark Universe. But this first outing starring Tom Cruise was not the summer blockbuster hit the studio was hoping for. They have Bride of Frankenstein next on the docket. But many fans believe that this series, based on classic horror movies of yesteryear, is doomed. Well, guess what? It doesn't have to be that way. Universe can turn this sinking ship around, and we're confident that Dark Universe can live and thrive in today's modern cinematic landscape. But how you might ask? Let me explain.

With big movie franchises like Despicable Me, Jurassic World, Fast and Furious, The Bourne series, as well as the Fifty Shades of Grey films, one would think that Universal Pictures would be happy. This isn't to »

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Leaked Justice League Footage Details Tease Superman's Return?

25 June 2017 9:32 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The early Justice League footage and trailer have not shown Superman for obvious reasons. We're all supposed to believe that he died at the end Batman v Superman and we do, but we also know that Dceu hasn't milked that cow enough yet. Plus he can be seen in the Justice League promo art that leaked less than a month ago. Now word on the street is that the next trailer for Justice League will for sure feature the return of the one and only Superman.

The rumor comes to us from Dceu Leaks, a popular subreddit. The reddit user Dcvmarvel claims that his sources on Twitter (very reliable, the best sources, not sad) are telling him that Superman will be in the next Justice League trailer and gave him an idea of what the upcoming trailer will look like. Though knowledge of the trailer may be available now, it »

- MovieWeb

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9 Reasons Batman: Mask Of The Phantasm Is The Best DC Film Of All-Time

22 June 2017 5:05 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

While most of the Internet will have you know that Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight or Tim Burton’s Batman is the greatest DC film of all-time, I’m here to tell you that they’re wrong. Yes, come at me, Internet bros, because the title of the best belongs to the 1993 masterpiece known as Batman: Mask of the Phantasm.

Helmed by the same incredible team that brought us Batman: The Animated Series, this feature film has become a cult classic over the years. In fact, no other DC movie has come close to matching this 76-minute extravaganza’s down-to-the-nail depiction of both Bruce Wayne and Batman.

I could list at least a thousand reasons to celebrate this film, but since I know that you’re probably going to head off and watch it now that I’ve mentioned it, I’ve chosen the 9 big ones to keep this relatively short. As always, healthy debate is welcome. So, if you agree or disagree with this topic (or even the reasons), sound off in the comments section down below.

Without further ado, let’s examine why Batman: Mask of the Phantasm is the bee’s knees. Cue Danny Elfman’s legendary theme. »

- Sergio Pereira

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L.A. Film Festival Prizes Go to ‘Becks,’ ‘Liyana,’ ‘The Night Guard’

22 June 2017 3:30 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The L.A Film Festival has announced its prizes, with the U.S. fiction award gong to Elizabeth Rohrbaugh and Daniel Powell for “Becks,” while Diego Ros was awarded the World Fiction Award for “The Night Guard (El Vigilante),” and the Documentary Award went to Amanda Kopp and Aaron Kopp for “Liyana.”

Director Jennifer Cochis and Film Independent President Josh Welsh announced the winners Thursday at an awards reception. In addition, Cinematographers Christian Sorensen Hansen and Pete Ohs received the U.S. Fiction Cinematography Award for their work on “Everything Beautiful is Far Away.”


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Two L.A. Muse Awards were presented, one to a documentary film and one to a fiction film. The L.A. Muse Documentary Award was awarded to Mark Hayes for “Skid Row Marathon” and Savannah Bloch received the L.A. Muse Fiction Award for “And Then There Was Eve.”

The Nightfall Award went to Amanda Evans for “Serpent,” with the Award for Short Fiction going to “A Funeral for Lightning,” directed by Emily Kai Bock. Bradford Young’s film “Black America Again” received the Award for Short Documentary.

Several films also received audience awards, including “Skid Row Marathon” for documentary; “The Keeping Hours” for fiction; “Swim,” for short film; and “High & Mighty” for web series.

The previously announced winners of the Danny Elfman Project’s Rabbit and Rogue Competition saw their films screened at the festival; Elfman licensed his album “Rabbit and Rouge” for free online as a soundtrack to short filmmakers, with a screening at the festival as a prize for winners.

For the full list of special mentions and winners, visit Film Independent’s website.

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- Erin Nyren

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Justice League Trailer Recut with Danny Elfman’s Batman Theme

21 June 2017 2:51 PM, PDT | | See recent Screen Rant news »

The Justice League trailer is recut to include new composer Danny Elfman's classic Batman theme, and the result is a far different tone. »

- Cooper Hood

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Justice League Poster Brings in Superman, New Trailer Drops at Comic-Con

19 June 2017 5:44 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Well, look who we have here. After a handful of posters and a whole lot of marketing material that has largely ignored the Man of Steel, Superman has officially arrived on a brand new poster for Justice League. Not only that, but a new trailer for the Justice League movie is also going to be arriving next month during San Diego Comic-Con.

The folks over at DC Extended Universe have unveiled what looks to be an official poster for Justice League which, unlike previous posters, actually features Superman. Unfortunately, he isn't rocking the black costume, which has been teased by Henry Cavill in the past, but this doesn't necessarily rule it out, either. The caption for the photo also claims that the second official trailer for the Justice League movie is going to debut at San Diego Comic-Con during Warner Bros. Hall H presentation on Saturday, July 22. Here's what they had to say about it. »

- MovieWeb

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Batman Returns 25th Anniversary Secrets Revealed by Tim Burton and Cast

19 June 2017 10:26 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

It's been 25 years since Tim Burton's Batman Returns hit theaters. Now, the director and the cast have revealed untold secrets about its production. The Hollywood Reporter recently sat down with Burton, Michael Keaton, Michelle Pfeiffer, Danny DeVito, and Christopher Walken to discuss the making of this sequel to the original 1989 classic, which was released on June 19th, 1992. Tim Burton was set on making weirder, darker, less kid-friendly characters, while Keaton cut out the majority of his Batman lines to let the suit do the talking. And then there is Danny DeVito, who improvised the Penguin's off-putting thick, black saliva with a strange concoction.

The sequel was supposed to usher in the merchandising aspect of Batman. More action figures, McDonalds tie-in, and generally much more merchandise, but Burton and his crew's twisted take on the return of The Dark Knight turned off many who were looking forward to cashing in »

- MovieWeb

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Justice League set photos lead to speculation that the Hall of Justice will feature

16 June 2017 5:00 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

With Joss Whedon currently overseeing reshoots on Warner Bros.Justice League movie, DC World has got its hands on a batch of set photos, the first of which has led to speculation that the DC blockbuster may be set to introduce the team’s headquarters, the Hall of Justice.

More #Justiceleague set pics from ahead of new filming by Roger Skillin what's in the hangar, The Watchtower?? Imagine……

— DC WORLD (@_DCWorld) June 15, 2017

As you can see, the image on the top right certainly does resemble the Hall of Justice, as seen below from the animated Super Friends series…

Given that the movie appears to explore the origin of the Justice League as Batman looks to assemble the superhero team to save the world from Steppenwolf and his parademons, it would seem unlikely that establishing a headquarters ranks too highly on their list of priorities. Still, »

- Gary Collinson

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Blu-ray Review: Psycho (1998)

16 June 2017 11:24 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

While I’m never going to consider it a “good” movie, I’m strangely glad that director Gus Van Sant’s shot-for-shot 1998 remake of Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho exists. It only serves to make the original movie that much better (as though such a thing was possible) by demonstrating all the things Hitchcock does so perfectly that the remake gets perfectly wrong. Think of it as a $20 million experimental film; now that is has been tried and failed, we know that the experiment doesn’t need repeating. That alone has to be worth something.

Coming off the enormous box office success and a bunch of Oscar nominations for Good Will Hunting, indie director Gus Van Sant suddenly found himself with a great deal of studio clout. Ever the outsider artist, Van Sant decided to cash in all of that goodwill by finally realizing a long-held desire to do a shot-for-shot remake of Psycho—which, »

- Patrick Bromley

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Junkie Xl tweets about being replaced by Danny Elfman in Justice League

16 June 2017 11:06 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

So news broke awhile ago that Danny Elfman - former Batman composer - will be replacing Junkie Xl on Justice League (who took full on scoring duties after working with Hans Zimmer on Batman V Superman). Which makes a certain amount of sense, especially since Elfman and Whedon (who is taking over for Snyder on the film after a horrific tragedy) worked together previously on Avengers: Age Of Ultron. But that... Read More »

- Damion Damaske

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Hall of Justice Revealed in Justice League Reshoot Photos?

16 June 2017 10:59 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

The Justice League reshoots are underway and that means a few things. For one, as always with such undertakings, speculation is running rampant. Is the movie in trouble? How much of it is being reshot? Things like that. But reshoots are very common for movies of this scale these days, though, Justice League does have something of an interesting situation going on. Zack Snyder had to step away from the movie in order to tend to a personal tragedy, with Joss Whedon (The Avengers) stepping in to handle the reshoots and editing. No, he is not shooting the whole movie over again, but he may be adding some very cool stuff into it.

The folks over at DC World have gotten their hands on some set pics from the Justice League reshoots in the U.K. They may not look like much at a first glance, but DC fans with »

- MovieWeb

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Listen to a track from Spider-Man: Homecoming score by Michael Giacchino

16 June 2017 8:47 AM, PDT | | See recent JoBlo news »

Forget the fancy spandex, super strength or unflinching heroic spirit. The only thing Spider-Man needs to be true hero is a grand, inspiring superhero score he can swing in to save the day to. If he was going to swing onto the scene to silence, what’s even the point? Michael Giacchino will be scoring the wall-crawler for Spider-man: Homecoming (taking the reins from Danny Elfman and James Horner, who... Read More »

- Matt Rooney

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Cinetic International sells 'Score: A Film Music Documentary'

15 June 2017 10:51 AM, PDT | ScreenDaily | See recent ScreenDaily news »

Exclusive: Cinetic International licences the documentary in five territories and is closing offers in four.

Cinetic International has announced it has licenced Score: A Film Music Documentary in Germany (Nfp), Italy (Feltrinelli), Japan (Unplugged), Scandinavia (NonStop), South Korea (Movement) and is closing offers in Israel, the Netherlands, Spain, and the UK. 

Score: A Film Music Documentary, directed by Matt Schrader, gives viewers a look inside the musical challenges and creative secrecy of the world’s most widely known music genre: the film score.

The film features composers Hans Zimmer, Danny Elfman, Trent Reznor, Randy Newman, and Quincy Jones, among many others.

The film had its international premiere at Cph:dox and will continue its roll out internationally in the coming months.

The film will be released theatrically in the Us on June 16 via Gravitas Ventures.

Robert Kraft, Trevor Thompson, Kenny Holmes and Nate Gold produced, while Schrader and Jonathan Willbanks served as executive producers. »

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Danny Elfman Replaces Junkie Xl As Justice League Composer

15 June 2017 10:36 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

After first hearing that Joss Whedon will serve as a closer of sorts, replacing Zack Snyder for reshoots and the remainder of post-production, those looking forward to Justice League must brace themselves because another major change in personnel has gone down. Don’t worry, though, because, like the one we just mentioned, it’ll likely instill you with confidence.

As it turns out, Junkie Xl (Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice) is out as composer and Danny Elfman is in. Yes, this has come out of nowhere, but when you consider that Elfman was responsible for the music heard in Batman and Batman Returns – both of which remain two of the best superhero soundtracks to this day, at least in my opinion – the news should bring a smile to your face, right? But, if you need a little more assurance, know that his resume also includes heavy hitters in the genre such as Spider-Man, »

- Eric Joseph

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