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Movie Score Review – The Bfg

26 July 2016 8:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tony Black reviews The Bfg score…

Make the most of John Williams scoring Steven Spielberg movies as chances are we won’t get all that many more, given the great man’s advanced age. The Bfg, remarkably for a composer well into his 80’s, could well end up among some of his best work once we look back at the sum of his career, and while its difficult at this juncture to truly catalogue and rank everything Williams has done, it would be hard to cast The Bfg off as among his lesser work (and let’s face it, Williams’ lesser work is most composers best). Regardless of whether Spielberg has succeeded or failed to recapture the child friendly filmmaking on which he mostly made his name, his film has a score which punches above its weight, largely thanks to a central spine of woodwind which courses across this just »

- Tony Black

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Ranking San Diego Comic-Con 2016 Trailers, From Worst to Best

25 July 2016 11:18 AM, PDT | Rollingstone.com | See recent Rolling Stone news »

This year's San Diego Comic-Con brought a treasure trove of trailers for some of the upcoming year's most buzzworthy movies, from superhero movies and franchise tentpole blockbusters to, curiously enough, Oliver Stone's upcoming Edward Snowden biopic. (Watching the filmmaker warn the attendees of his Hall H panel that Pokémon Go watches them as they slumber was a rare, unexpected treat.)

We've got a nice long wait for most of these — enjoy that Justice League clip, people, because we've still got another 16 months before it swoops into theaters — but for now, »

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Second Opinion – The Bfg (2016)

25 July 2016 8:45 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Bfg, 2016.

Directed by Steven Spielberg.

Starring Ruby Barnhill, Mark Rylance, Bill Hader, Jemaine Clement, Penelope Wilton, Rebecca Hall and Rafe Spall.

Synopsis:

A girl named Sophie encounters the Big Friendly Giant who, despite his intimidating appearance, turns out to be a kindhearted soul who is considered an outcast by the other giants because, unlike them, he refuses to eat children.

Several of Roald Dahl’s classic children’s stories have been made into films over the years, most of which the author despised because they deviated from his books in significant ways. Ironically, one of the few adaptations he approved of was the 1989 British animated version of the The Bfg, which was very faithful to the source material. Spielberg has reportedly been trying to adapt the book for over 20 years, and now, with the help of his E.T. screenwriter (the late Melissa Mathison) and his new favourite actor Mark Rylance, »

- Amie Cranswick

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Listen To Michael Giacchino’s Star Trek Beyond Soundtrack Plus Comic-Con Photos

21 July 2016 1:24 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

Check out images and video from the premiere of Star Trek Beyond at San Diego Comic-Con.

The premiere featured the first ever outdoor IMAX screening as well as Academy Award®-Winning Composer Michael Giacchino’s thrilling film score performed live-to picture by the San Diego Symphony Orchestra.

(L-r) Actors Chris Pine, John Cho, Karl Urban, Simon Pegg, Zachary Qunito, Justin Lin, Zoe Saldana, Sofia Boutella and J.J. Abrams pose together at the world premiere of the Paramount Pictures title “Star Trek Beyond” at Embarcadero Marina Park South on July 20, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Frazer Harrison/Getty Images)

(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

(Photo: Alex J. Berliner/ABImages)

Actor Idris Elba attends the world premiere of the Paramount Pictures title .Star Trek Beyond. at Embarcadero Marina Park South on July 20, 2016 in San Diego, California. (Photo by Jonathan Leibson/Getty Images)

Composer Michael Giacchino speaks »

- Michelle McCue

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Watch What Happens When a Kid Plays the Star Wars Theme on John Williams' Lawn

20 July 2016 2:41 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

When many people merely think about the beloved Star Wars franchise, the iconic theme from John Williams automatically starts playing in their heads. Imagine John Williams' surprise last week, when he heard his own music being played outside his own home, by two musically-inclined fans. A new video surfaced this week that has already gone viral, which shows how the composer reacted to these musicians.

On July 11, 13-year-old trupmeter Bryce Hayashi and accomplished musician Michael Miller, a.k.a. "Mickle," joined forces to perform the iconic Star Wars theme on the sidewalk outside of John Williams' home. The YouTube video has already gone viral, with over 1.1 million views. With Bryce Hayashi playing the high notes and Michael Miller playing the low notes on a flugelhorn, the master himself, comes out of his home at the 50-second mark to wave hello, and then comes out to meet these musicians at the 1:24 mark. »

- MovieWeb

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What Happens When Two Kids Play the ‘Star Wars’ Theme in Front of John Williams’ House?

20 July 2016 7:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

Mondays aren’t fun for anybody. Most people have to go back to work after enjoying the weekend, but if you’re somehow lucky enough to be home on a Monday, the last thing you probably want is a couple of kids taking position in your yard and playing a trumpet and flugelhorn. But if the song […]

The post What Happens When Two Kids Play the ‘Star Wars’ Theme in Front of John Williams’ House? appeared first on /Film. »

- Ethan Anderton

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Newswire: Two young fans serenaded John Williams outside of his house

19 July 2016 1:14 PM, PDT | avclub.com | See recent The AV Club news »

John Williams is the composer behind some of the most iconic music in movie history, so it’s hardly surprising that his fans would want to honor him and the impact his work has had on their lives. However, the way a pair of young musicians named Bryce Hayashi and Michael “Mickle” Miller decided to show their love of Williams’ music is a little surprising. Recently, Hayashi grabbed his trumpet and Miller grabbed his flugelhorn, and the two of them stood right outside of John Williams’ house and played Star Wars music while someone stood off to the side and filmed it.

The whole thing seems like a nerdier take on the “In Your Eyes” scene from Say Anything, but with two teenagers playing Star Wars music for an old man instead of John Cusack declaring his love for Ione Skye. There’s a slight twist, though: It turns out »

- Sam Barsanti

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Cool Videos: John Williams greets fans who play Star Wars outside his home

19 July 2016 12:11 PM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

Thanks to the power of film and some great franchises like Star Wars, Indiana Jones and Harry Potter, people will continue to be touched by the music of John Williams for years to come. That's no more evident than in this video which features 13-year-old trumpeter, Bryce Hayashi, and Michael Miller ("Mickle") as they play the classic Star Wars theme outside of Williams' house. It's a little... Read More »

- Sean Wist

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Watch Two Fans Play The Star Wars Theme Outside John Williams' House

19 July 2016 12:54 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

You find the house of legendary composer John Williams, what is it the first thing you do? Well, if you’re trumpeter Bryce Hayashi and flagella player Mickle Miller, you play the main theme from Star Wars while standing in his front garden. Which is exactly what they did, but I don’t think they were ready for the man himself to pop out and say below. Check out the video below. »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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Two Kids Play the Star Wars Theme Outside John Williams' House, and He Comes out to Greet Them

18 July 2016 12:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

You'd think John Williams would be tired of hearing his Star Wars theme by now. And even more so when it's two kids who've parked themselves in his front yard to play it. But you'd be delightfully wrong! Bryce Hayashi and Mickle Miller did exactly that, playing the composer's iconic tune on the sidewalk outside his home on July 11. Turns out the anthem acts like the Horn of Gondor for Williams, summoning him outside. Rather than turn on his sprinklers or release the hounds, though, Williams comes out to greet the kids, complimenting Bryce (the trumpet player) on his ability »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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Two Kids Play the Star Wars Theme Outside John Williams' House, and He Comes out to Greet Them

18 July 2016 12:30 PM, PDT | PEOPLE.com | See recent PEOPLE.com news »

You'd think John Williams would be tired of hearing his Star Wars theme by now. And even more so when it's two kids who've parked themselves in his front yard to play it. But you'd be delightfully wrong! Bryce Hayashi and Mickle Miller did exactly that, playing the composer's iconic tune on the sidewalk outside his home on July 11. Turns out the anthem acts like the Horn of Gondor for Williams, summoning him outside. Rather than turn on his sprinklers or release the hounds, though, Williams comes out to greet the kids, complimenting Bryce (the trumpet player) on his ability »

- Alex Heigl, @alex_heigl

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Star Wars: The Force Awakens Is Coming to Starz This September

15 July 2016 11:13 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Starz subscribers rejoice! Epic lightsaber battles and X-wing dogfights will be available exclusively to Starz subscribers with the television premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with a special presentation on Saturday, September 10. The seventh installment in the Star Wars franchise will premiere on all six Starz channels at 9 Pm Et/Pt and again at 11:20 Pm Et/Pt and be available for download via the Starz App as of September 10. Here's what Chris Albrecht, President and CEO of Starz, had to say in a statement.

"No greater fandom has ever existed than the Star Wars fans, and we are thrilled to be the exclusive home of The Force Awakens. We are offering a variety of ways for fans and subscribers to watch - on the Starz networks, on demand, by streaming or download on the Starz App or through an Amazon Prime Starz subscription. We want to make the »

- MovieWeb

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Starz Will Debut 'Star Wars: The Force Awakens' in September

15 July 2016 9:44 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Starz subscribers rejoice! Epic lightsaber battles and X-wing dogfights will be available exclusively to Starz subscribers with the television premiere of Star Wars: The Force Awakens with a special presentation on Saturday, September 10. The seventh installment in the Star Wars franchise will premiere on all six Starz channels at 9 Pm Et/Pt and again at 11:20 Pm Et/Pt and be available for download via the Starz App as of September 10.

Chris Albrecht, President and CEO of Starz said:

“No greater fandom has ever existed than the Star Wars fans, and we are thrilled to be the exclusive home of The Force Awakens. We are offering a variety of ways for fans and subscribers to watch – on the Starz networks, on demand, by streaming or download on the Starz App or through an Amazon Prime Starz subscription. We want to make the movie as accessible as the fans’ appetites for »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Kobe Bryant on His Retirement: ‘The Biggest Challenge Is Finding What Comes Next’

14 July 2016 6:06 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Three months after his retirement, Kobe Bryant is trying to make his way as a Hollywood producer.

“I’m passionate about storytelling,” Bryant said Thursday afternoon at the Variety-Sports Illustrated Entertainment Summit in Los Angeles. “How do we tell stories that jump from the page? That gets me going.”

Bryant, in a half-hour discussion with Sports Illustrated senior writer Lee Jenkins, said his focus is on his Kobe Inc. studio operation. He cut Jenkins off in the middle of his question about becoming a basketball coach, evoking laughs from the several hundred attendees.

“Nope, I will not coach basketball,” Bryant said. “I’ll show my kids some tips but that’s about it. I love teaching and I just think my personality is that if I’m going to do something, I’m going to do it 100%. So I can coach a team of 12 players or I can make stories that reach a larger audience. »

- Dave McNary and Lamarco McClendon

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Hollywood Bowl Outdoor Concert Screening Breathes Fresh Magic Into Original ‘Harry Potter’

8 July 2016 8:52 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

It’s hard to believe that it’s been 15 years since the first Harry Potter movie, since author J.K. Rowling’s literary creation crystallized into the form audiences followed over the course of the next decade on-screen. “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone” director Chris Columbus deserves credit for making that experience so iconic, of course, as do actor Daniel Radcliffe and the rest of the cast, though a unique summer-night cine-concert at the Hollywood Bowl reminds just how important John Williams’ contributions were in bringing the character to life.

While an opportunity to see “Sorcerer’s Stone” with live accompaniment from the Los Angeles Philharmonic Orchestra ostensibly explains why some 18,000 fans crowded the Bowl on Wednesday night — many of them dressed in cloaks, scarves and other Hogwarts-themed accoutrements — the unique energy (some might say “magic”) felt among the crowd no doubt owed to the rare chance to revisit »

- Peter Debruge

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Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens Review: To Endor, and Beyond!

5 July 2016 7:26 AM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Tt Games continues their tradition of entertaining if sometimes monotonous Lego-based video games with Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens. Rather than follow their tried-and-true formula to a fault, Tt Games dabbles in some new gameplay elements that we're guaranteed to see more of in the future.

Everything you expect to find in a Lego Star Wars video game from Tt Games is present and accounted for. There are over 200 characters to unlock, more than a hangar's worth of vehicles, gold and yellow bricks, split-screen cooperative play, and many hidden areas or locked things requiring a second play-through in Free Play to access.

Beating Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens unlocked just over 22 percent of the game and that included exploring all the nooks and crannies of each level and ensuring enough studs were collected to achieve True Jedi. Beating the main story line with the help of Bb-8 as »

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Drive-In Dust Offs: The Fury (1978)

2 July 2016 9:59 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

1978 cast a long shadow in the world of horror. From Dawn of the Dead to Halloween, the landscape was abundant with everything from the socially relevant to the singularly terrifying, from superior remakes (Invasion of the Body Snatchers) to quirky haunted houses (The Evil). And then there’s the red headed stepchild that no one talks about: Brian DePalma’s The Fury. Frenetic, action packed, and gruesome, The Fury never gets the love from even most DePalma fanatics. What a shame – it’s never less than entertaining, and at its best showcases the director’s mesmerizing visual touch.

Released in March by Twentieth Century Fox, The Fury made $24 million against its $5.5 million budget. That’s good green, folks, and DePalma received favorable reviews,  still basking in a critical glow left over from his previous effort, Carrie (’76). So why is it so easily dismissed, ranked along the lines of efforts like Wise Guys, »

- Scott Drebit

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Video Game Review – Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens

1 July 2016 4:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Kris Wall reviews Lego Star Wars: The Force Awakens

Travellers Tales have got the Lego games down to a fine art now, year after year they deliver hugely fun and addictive adventures through some of our favourite universes, from Batman to Indiana Jones, from Harry Potter to The Avengers and just about everything in-between with last years Lego Dimensions filling in all the gaps imaginable. Though with so many coming out in rapid succession, the Lego video game series also starting coming with a nagging sense of repetition, something which I felt creeping in last years great Lego Jurassic World ,and which consequently made me sit out both Lego Avengers and Lego Dimensions for a break.

As fun as the Lego games are it’s difficult to shake the feeling that you’re not just collecting all the bricks all over again in a different universe, so a bit of »

- Kris Wall

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John Williams’ 12 Most Underappreciated Musical Cues

30 June 2016 9:47 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Close your eyes and you can hear the music of John Williams without trying too hard. You know the greatest hits and can probably hum through most of them from start to finish, even if the extent of your musical career is plunking out “Heart and Soul” on your grandparent’s piano.

The legacy of Williams’ music extends beyond the cinema. The “NBC Nightly News” theme? That was him. That fanfare you’ll be hearing once the Olympics arrive? Him, too. A fan of that “Sunday Night Football” march that leads up to kickoff? Guess who.

And even though the world now recognizes Williams for his trademark triumphant horns and sweeping orchestral strings, this was a composer who, a year before “Jaws,” was penning acoustic love themes so ’70s they would make Burt Bacharach blush. So as much as we remember the soundtracks to dizzying flights across space and wide shots of dinosaurs in paradise, »

- Steve Greene and Zack Sharf

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How the ‘Swiss Army Man’ Directors Went From Working With Lil Jon to Daniel Radcliffe

30 June 2016 7:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Every so often, a film is so innovative that it sends audiences running. Such was the case when “Swiss Army Man” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival, where the tale of a despondent island castaway (Paul Dano) and the talking, farting corpse he discovers and befriends (Daniel Radcliffe) inspired a seriously divisive responsive. No one is walking out now: “Swiss Army Man” led the specialty box office last weekend, (beating out the highly anticipated “Neon Demon”), and opens nationally July 1. It’s quickly becoming the breakout story of the summer. But while its directors are technically first-timers in the feature-length realm, they’re hardly newcomers.

The film’s success is largely due to its odd premise, dark humor, and — above all — a unique aesthetic that’s both tonally offbeat and profound. That aesthetic was honed by directors Dan Kwan and Daniel Scheinert, who go simply by “Daniels,” during their rise »

- Jude Dry

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