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"Force Awakens" Using Classic Score Elements

22 May 2015 2:40 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

While the trailers for "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" have so far used bits of John Williams' iconic score from the original trilogy, many have wondered how much of the master composer's previous works will make it into his new score for the J.J. Abrams-directed new film. Speaking with Vanity Fair, confirmed that a few scenes will feature 'thematic pieces' from the earlier films:

"There are some scenes where we do make reference to earlier thematic pieces. We haven't done it yet, but we're planning to do it. It's something that I think will seem very natural and right in the moments for which we've chosen to do these kinds of quotes.

There aren't many of them, but there are a few that I think are important and will seem very much a part of the fabric of the piece in a positive and constructive way."

Having composed »

- Garth Franklin

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News Bits: Santa, Mermaids, Stoner, Valerian

19 May 2015 6:03 AM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Bad Santa 2

"Entourage" film writer/director Doug Ellin says that after years of development, a sequel to the ultra dark comedy "Bad Santa" is apparently targeting a September or October start of shooting.

Work is currently underway on the script and they're reportedly aiming for a tone akin to the hard 'R' of the first film. Billy Bob Thornton is already thought to be onboard. [Source: Collider]

Mermaids in Paradise

Good Universe has begun development of a comedy feature based on Lydia Millet's satirical novel "Mermaids in Paradise". Ed Helms, Mike Falbo, Danica Radovanov and Jonathan Krisel will produce.

"Portlandia" duo Krisel and Graham Wagner will direct and pen the script respectively for the feature about a couple who discover the existence of mermaids while celebrating their marriage in a tropical paradise. [Source: Variety]

Stoner

Blumhouse Prods., Film4 and Cohen Media Group are teaming for an adaptation of John Williams' novel "Stoner". Jason Blum, »

- Garth Franklin

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'Tomorrowland': Critics Hot and Cold on Disney's Dystopian Drama with George Clooney

18 May 2015 8:20 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

Disney's far-out, meta-adventure "Tomorrowland" finally opens May 22 stateside. Early reviews run the gamut from high praise to deflated disappointment, but that shouldn't stop this sci-fi spectacle starring George Clooney and Britt Robertson and directed by Brad Bird from becoming one of the Big Summer Movies. If nothing else, Robertson and Clooney are said to have strong chemistry as a curious teen science geek and a former boy-genius inventor, respectively, in this heretofore hush-hush picture that packs a lot of dazzling production design.  Here's what critics are saying so far. Check out the trailer below. Read More: The Eerie Connection Between "The Force Awakens" and "Tomorrowland" Indiewire: Above all else, Bird has crafted a gorgeous world rife with creativity and inventive images. A Spielbergian sense of candid awe and wonder permeates each scene with a nostalgic edge. (Michael Giacchino channels John Williams for his rousing score, »

- Ryan Lattanzio

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Jurassic World Soundtrack Release Date & Tracklist Unveiled

17 May 2015 9:35 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

John Williams' original soundtrack/score for 1993's Jurassic Park is a tough act to follow, but if there's anyone up to the task, it's Michael Giacchino. The Academy Award-winning, Emmy-winning, and Grammy-winning composer is already somewhat familiar with the Jurassic Park franchise, having scored the video game soundtracks for The Lost World: Jurassic Park and Warpath: Jurassic Park back in his early career.  A few of his more recent high-profile film projects include the scores for Mission: Impossible 3Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Tomorrowland, Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes, Up, and The Incredibles. His Jurassic World soundtrack is one of the more anticipated film scores of the year and fans can expect to find it in stores everywhere June 9. Check out the full track list, featuring a few of Giacchino's trademark puns, below:  1. Bury the Hatchling 2. The Family That Strays Together 3. Welcome to Jurassic World 4. Does »

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Oscar-Nominated Film Series: Stone (Thrillingly) Assassinates Truth While Investigating Kennedy Assassination

14 May 2015 6:22 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'JFK' movie with Kevin Costner as Jim Garrison 'JFK' assassination movie: Gripping political drama gives added meaning to 'Rewriting History' If it's an Oliver Stone film, it must be bombastic, sentimental, clunky, and controversial. With the exception of "clunky," JFK is all of the above. It is also riveting, earnest, dishonest, moving, irritating, paranoid, and, more frequently than one might expect, outright brilliant. In sum, Oliver Stone's 1991 political thriller about a determined district attorney's investigation of the assassination of U.S. president John F. Kennedy is a slick piece of propaganda that mostly works both dramatically and cinematically. If only some of the facts hadn't gotten trampled on the way to film illustriousness. With the exception of John Williams' overemphatic score – Oliver Stone films need anything but overemphasis – JFK's technical and artistic details are put in place to extraordinary effect. Joe Hutshing and Pietro Scalia's editing »

- Andre Soares

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AFI to Fete Angela Lansbury, Lawrence Kasdan With Honorary Degrees

14 May 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

The American Film Institute will confer honorary degrees on actress Angela Lansbury and writer-director-producer Lawrence Kasdan on June 10.

The Doctorate of Fine Arts degrees will be presented at AFI’s commencement ceremonies at the Tcl Chinese Theatre.

Previous recipients include Robert Altman, Maya Angelou, Kathryn Bigelow, Mel Brooks, Anne V. Coates, Clint Eastwood, Roger Ebert, Nora Ephron, James Earl Jones, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Kathleen Kennedy, John Lasseter, Spike Lee, David Lynch, Helen Mirren, Robert Towne, Cicely Tyson, Haskell Wexler and John Williams.

Lansbury began her career at the age of 17, earning her first Academy Award nomination for 1944’s “Gaslight” and her second a year later for “The Picture of Dorian Gray.” She earned a third nomination in 1962 for “The Manchurian Candidate.”

Lansbury has appeared in more than 60 features, including “State of the Union,” “The Court Jester,” “Bedknobs and Broomsticks,” “Death on the Nile” and “Nanny McPhee.” She may be best known »

- Dave McNary

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George Lucas: 25 Things You Didn't Know About the 'Star Wars' Guru

14 May 2015 5:30 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

George Lucas didn't just create the "Star Wars" universe. The filmmaker, who turns 71 on May 14, pretty much created the cinematic universe we live in now, the ones whose cornerstones include the Thx sound system at your multiplex, the Pixar movies that have dominated animation for the past 20 years, and the Industrial Light & Magic special-effects house, whose aesthetic has ruled the Hollywood blockbuster for nearly four decades. He's the pioneer of the effects-driven action spectacle and the conversion from celluloid to digital, the two trends that, for better and worse, have defined Hollywood's output for nearly 20 years.

As ubiquitous as Lucas and his creations loom in our cinematic dreamscapes, there's still a lot that most people don't know about him, from how he got his start to the famous folks who mentored him or were mentored by him, from the size of his fortune to what he plans to do now »

- Gary Susman

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Star Wars' Geekiest Sounds Merge Together In A Very Cool Supercut

12 May 2015 10:44 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

For all of the iconic elements that have made the Star Wars films such a cornucopia of cultural quintessence, it.s easy to lose sight of how those pieces fit together as a whole. In fact, the film.s indelible visuals often overshadow the critical element of sound. However, thanks to a fan-made supercut showcasing the work of sound effects legend Ben Burtt on the Original Trilogy of films, the spotlight on the amazing audio effects of those films can be fully appreciated. Thrown together by a filmmaker fan, Rishi Kaneria, this packed, pulse-pounding supercut gives you a quick, potent shot of some of the most famous Foley work in film history. Besides the unmistakable John Williams score, the critical role of the work done by sound designer Ben Burtt is never more apparent than in this creatively condensed montage of magnificence. The often-evoked "used future" idea in describing the »

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Shark review: if Jaws gave you nightmares, wait until you meet the tasselled wobbegong …

7 May 2015 11:00 PM, PDT | The Guardian - TV News | See recent The Guardian - TV News news »

Never mind the great whites – it’s lesser known species like the sneaky frilled shark and sad, blind Greenland shark that are the stars of this fascinating series

I did try, given what’s going on, to do something clever with Shark (BBC1), comparing the different species with the party leaders. Trouble is, the sharks are just too damn impressive. If Dave was something in the water he’d be a jellyfish. Ed a manatee maybe – likable, but more threatened than a threat, lacking bite. Nick is plankton, of course. Nicola? Sturgeon (not unlike but more impressive than a salmond). And smoked, yellow, unpalatable, should stay in the 1950s where it belongs – you’re a kipper, Nigel. Trouble is, I really like kippers. Whitebait then? I like them too. I’m sure you can think of better ones.

Anyway, these sharks are much more interesting than all of them, and »

- Sam Wollaston

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Junkie Xl on creating the insane soundscape for 'Mad Max: Fury Road'

6 May 2015 4:00 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The moment I was sent the download link for the "Fury Road" soundtrack, I loaded the entire score onto my iPod specifically so I could play it in my car. Big mistake. The first time through, I didn't even realize how fast I was going, but around the time we got to track four, "Blood Bag," I glanced at the speedometer and was startled to see I had crept up past 90 Mph. I pumped the brakes, and since then, I've had to fight my own natural inclination to speed up as I have been assaulted by the intense cacophony that is Junkie Xl's "Mad Max: Fury Road" score. I had about five days to live with the score before my phone rang one morning last week, and I jumped right into what turned out to be a great conversation with Tom Holkenborg, the Dutch composer who is building a »

- Drew McWeeny

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A New Indiana Jones Movie Is Happening, Though It May Be Awhile

5 May 2015 8:54 AM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

The last time we saw famed archaeologist and beloved cinematic icon Indiana Jones (Harrison Ford), he was tying the knot with his soul mate, Marion Ravenwood (Karen Allen), at the tail end of Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull. Fans wondered if they.d ever see their hero in action again. Today, we know that answer. During an interview with Vanity Fair that primarily focused on Star Wars, Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy opened up about the future of the Indiana Jones franchise, which Disney purchased from Paramount (sort of) in 2012. And in talking about their plans for Indy, Kennedy confessed: [Another Indy movie] will one day be made inside this company. When it will happen, I.m not quite sure. We haven.t started working on a script yet, but we are talking about it." Grab your whip and fedora, and fire up the John Williams soundtrack. »

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'Star Wars 7' Photos Feature Lupita Nyongo and More New Characters

4 May 2015 8:33 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Today is officially known as Star Wars Day. And while we're sure to see some big Star Wars: The Force Awakens surprises ahead on this particular May 4, Vanity Fair kicked things off right by premiering 6 new photos from their exclusive magazine shoot. While yesterday brought us the cover of the magazine, which featured Harrison Ford, John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Chewbacca and Bb-8, we know get a look at Adam Driver revealed in character as Kylo Ren standing against a snowy backdrop of an unidentified ice planet as he is flanked by two new Snowtroopers. We also get to see Lupita Nyong'o in her motion capture suit, which confirms that she will be playing a CGI character. Her name is Maz Kanata and she is a space pirate.

Most amazingly, we get an entire six page spread of new Aliens and other assorted practical creatures who will be making up »

- MovieWeb

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Adam Driver as Kylo Ren Revealed in 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens'

4 May 2015 8:31 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

As long suspected, Adam Driver has officially been confirmed as Sith villain Kylo Ren in a new series of photos from Star Wars: The Force Awakens. The character was finally unmasked for a new Vanity Fair photo shoot. While not much is known about this character just yet, expect to hate this particular Sith Lord a little more than previous villains. He is rumored to pull off one act so heinous, he'll never be redeemed.

Kylo Ren wasn't the only character revealed in the pages of Vanity Fair magazine. It has finally been announced that Lupita Nyong'o is playing a space pirate by the name of Maz Kanata. No further background was given for her character, but it is believed that she will help Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Finn (John Boyega) on their quest to return a very powerful lightsaber to one of the few remaining Jedi Masters in the galaxy. »

- MovieWeb

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Trailer Trashin’: Scanning the Second Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens Teaser Trailer

4 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

It’s here, dear readers. Our long wait is over, because Avengers: Age of Ultron has finally opened stateside. But even more exciting than that, I’m going on vacation! I’ll be out of town for the next couple weeks, and in order to not deprive you of Trailer Trashin’, I’ve written four columns that will make their way to you over the next week or so, covering four of the biggest trailers that dropped in the later part of April. The next of these is the second teaser trailer for Star Wars Episode VII: The Force Awakens.

Premise: The Force Awakens is set approximately thirty years after the events of Return of the Jedi (1983), and features three new leads alongside characters returning from previous Star Wars films.

My take: The trailer opens with a slow pan across the surface of a desert planet – which is called Jakku, »

- Timothy Monforton

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens: Stunning Photos Offer New Character Reveals

4 May 2015 8:00 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

May the 4th be with you -- here are some new goodies to celebrate. Photographer Annie Leibovitz is known for her portraits of celebrities, and nothing is more famous these days than Star Wars. In these gorgeous photos for Vanity Fair's Star Wars: The Force Awakens issue, there are also a few revelations about what we might be seeing in the upcoming film. As we are also reporting, we are getting our first look (and a confirmation) of Adam Driver as the evil Kylo Ren (who will also be wielding that three-pronged light saber). Further, Lupita Nyong'o's CGI character Maz Kanata seems to (as far as the rogue's gallery seems to suggest) playing some kind of a pirate. Also, check out the dashing Poe Dameron (Oscar Issac), as well as some great photos of Jj Abrams directing on the set, as well as a portrait of the Star Wars brain trust (Abrams, »

- Allison Keene

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Oscar Nominated Film Series: Munich - Director Spielberg's Most Satisfying Effort in Decades

3 May 2015 7:46 PM, PDT | Alt Film Guide | See recent Alt Film Guide news »

'Munich' movie cover 'Munich' movie review: Steven Spielberg tackles political time-space continuum in wildly uneven but ultimately satisfying thriller Alternately intriguing and irritating, thought-provoking and banal, subtle and patronizing, the biggest surprise about Steven Spielberg's Munich is that it – however grudgingly – works. The film, which Spielberg himself has referred to as a "prayer for peace," follows five men contracted by the Israeli government to avenge the massacre of that country's athletes at the 1972 Olympic Games in Munich. Sizable chunks of this political thriller with a Message (capital "M") are simplistically written, clumsily acted, and handled with the director's notoriously heavy touch, but the old adage – blood begets blood – even if somewhat muddled, is too timely not to make an impact. Complex 'Munich' movie plot Based on George Jonas' 1984 book Vengeance: The True Story of an Israeli Counter-Terrorist Team, whose veracity has been questioned in some quarters, Munich begins as »

- Andre Soares

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Jurassic World Has Steven Spielberg's Blessing

3 May 2015 6:46 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

Cards being laid on the table here; I'm a massive Jurassic Park fan. No movie has ever filled me the sense of wonder or magic in the way that did when I was 12 years old. To me, it was perfect and even to this day as soon as that John Williams music starts up I can feel myself getting chills because of my attachment to it. Now, in anticipation of the impending Jurassic World, we have a little video featurette where the bearded one weighs in on the sequel himself. Between his belief in it, and Chris Pratt's unbridled enthusiasm and passion for it, I'm optimistic that Colin Trevorrow will deliver a sequel worthy of the world that Spielberg created all those years ago.  Have a look...won't be long before we get to experience the movie and bring you guys a review. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Dave Higgins)

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Star Wars Lords of the Sith by Paul S. Kemp | Review

24 April 2015 8:59 AM, PDT | Boomtron | See recent Boomtron news »

I was a fan of the Star Wars expanded universe. I got as excited for getting new Star Wars galleys as I did getting a new China Mieville, George R.R. Martin, or Steven Erikson Arc, and Timothy Zahn’s core 5 books in the EU, the Thrawn Trilogy and following duology, are among my favorite chapters of Star Wars history Period from any medium. Even the most enthusiastic fan of Star Wars and the work Del Rey has done with the license, however, will admit there have been lows to go along with highs, many of them seem universally agreed upon, and many others are personal gems or dislikes that make the conversation that much more interesting.  I think it helpful to know where people stand or stood on former works, so with that in mind, along with the Zahn contributions, I really enjoyed what Karen Traviss accomplished with  Stormtroopers, I »

- Jay Tomio

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10 unsung heroes behind Star Wars: A New Hope

22 April 2015 11:08 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

The Star Wars franchise is going strong 38 years later. But what about the artists and filmmakers who helped make the 1977 original a hit?

In theatres all over the world in 1977, audiences thrilled at the sights and sounds of Star Wars. Harking back to a bygone age of Flash Gordon and Buck Rogers, it also pointed forward to the coming age of ubiquitous computers and special effects-led blockbusters.

But while the triumphant fanfare of John Williams' score gave Star Wars a confident swagger, its success was far from preordained. George Lucas reworked his script time and again; studios turned his concept down; even the production was rushed and torturous.

By now, the contribution George Lucas, John Williams and Star Wars' cast made to cinema is well documented. But what about some of the other artists, technicians and fellow filmmakers who helped to make the movie such a success? Here's »

- ryanlambie

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23 specially-shot movie teaser trailers

21 April 2015 4:34 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

From Psycho to Jurassic Park, here are 23 teaser trailers that don't show a frame of footage from the movies they're advertising...

These days, we're used to the marketing hype for a major film building up about two years ahead of release. Visitors to Comic-Con got a preview of Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice, for example, more than two years ahead of its due date. Our collective hunger for a first look at major forthcoming films is such that, it seems, studios are keen to show off their work-in-progress earlier and earlier.

But there are ways of teasing a forthcoming movie without showing a frame of the finished product, which is where the following list comes in. They're all examples of promos that manage to get across the flavour of a future film without going into story details. Some of them were made before a foot of celluloid was exposed, »

- simonbrew

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