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When the cameras turn off, how do the judges of The Voice, old and new, really interact with one another? How do they interact with this year’s talent? Entertainment Weekly was on the scene at a Universal Studio’s sound stage as the hit music competition show filmed its season seven blind auditions, reporting on the new judges, new talent, and new season. Here’s what was heard and seen on the set of The Voice.
Around noon, a diverse crowd—young and old, male and female, hailing from all sorts of backgrounds—walked into the aforementioned »
- C. Molly Smith
As Star Wars: Episode VII solidifies its roster, the original characters will invade the baseball field Wednesday, when the St. Louis Cardinals host the Pittsburgh Pirates. Espn will transport fans to a galaxy far, far away as Wednesday Night Baseball, presented by T-Mobile, shows the force can be with you even in the bleachers. List Hollywood's 100 Favorite Films The special Star Wars Night airing live from Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri, will feature movie-magic elements throughout the telecast, including music from the famous scores by composer John Williams, footage from the films and a baseball-
- Debbie Emery
Star Wars Episode VII, directed by J.J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) and scripted by Abrams along with Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi), is scheduled for theatrical release next year through Walt Disney Pictures and Lucasfilm. Star Wars Episode VII stars original trilogy cast members Harrison Ford, Carrie Fisher, Mark Hamill, Anthony Daniels, Peter Mayhew, and Kenny Baker and are joined by newcomers John Boyega, Daisy Ridley, Adam Driver, Oscar Isaac, Andy Serkis, Domhnall Gleeson, and Max von Sydow. Award winning composer John Williams is set to return to create the film's score as well. Bad Robot, J.J. Abrams' production company, confirmed via Twitter today that IMAX cameras will be used for the highly »
- Pietro Filipponi
Melissa McCarthy’s over-the-top comedy Tammy (C+ Cinema Score) bursts into theaters this long Fourth of July weekend to challenge Michael Bay’s over-the-top Transformers: Age of Extinction for the No. 1 spot. Will Americans choose an original comedy or the latest summer blockbuster to escape the heat and barbeques? It could be close.
Also opening wide is the E.T.-like Earth to Echo (A- Cinema Score) and the horror pic Deliver Us From Evil (B- Cinema Score). It’s the rare summer weekend without any sequels or franchises, and it won’t hold a candle to the same weekend »
- Lindsey Bahr
Finally, the version of the Jurassic Park theme music sung by goats that you've been waiting for for decades. I'm honestly not sure if I should be saying "You're welcome" for sharing this Jurassic Park-goat mashup or apologizing for bringing it to your attention with an earful of the melodic tones of John Williams score mixed with screaming goat noises. And I need to admit, there's this other part of me that wants to urge you to play it over and over again because it seems to get even more intense the more times you listen to it. Whether or not it's the good kind of intense is probably up for debate. Art is, after all, subjective. Via MTV, the video comes to us courtesy of the Marca Blanca YouTube Channel, which also shared this altered clip of a scene from Jurassic Park, wherein the dinosaurs have been replaced »
The great Hans is launching a concert series. A press release has officially announced that "Grammy, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning" composer Hans Zimmer will kick off a concert series called Hans Zimmer Revealed in London this October, for two nights at the Eventim Hammersmith Apollo. Its a new trend to see more and more composers play concert series, with the likes of Clint Mansell, John Williams and Michael Giacchino performing sold out shows already. Next up is the one-and-only German composer Hans Zimmer, coming off of Winter's Tale and Amazing Spider-Man 2, not to mention Interstellar up next. The concert event will be presented by Harvey Goldsmith at the Eventim Hammersmith Apollo on October 10th and 11th. In the show, Zimmer "will be accompanied by a band of brilliant players mixing traditional orchestral instruments with rock and electronica, and will be joined by a few surprise special guests. Hans Zimmer »
- Alex Billington
Composers Gustavo Dudamel, Gustavo Santaolalla and John Williams will gather at the Academy for “Behind the Score: The Art of the Film Composer,” on Monday, July 21, at 7:30 p.m. at the Bing Theater in Los Angeles.
In a conversation hosted by Tavis Smiley, the illustrious trio will discuss significant musical moments in film that have inspired their work as they examine the art and process of creating a film score as well as the director-composer collaboration.
Dudamel, now entering his sixth season as music director of the Los Angeles Philharmonic, made his first foray into composing for motion pictures with “The Liberator (Libertador),” a biopic about Simón Bolívar that screened at the Los Angeles Film Festival earlier this month. The score for this film, as well as a CD on Deutsche Grammophon, was recorded with the Simón Bolívar Symphony Orchestra of Venezuela, of which Dudamel is music director. Dudamel »
- Michelle McCue
If you're a music buff, especially one in Los Angeles, the names John Williams, Gustavo Santaolalla and Gustavo Dudamel are practically sacred. Next month, on July 21, the three will sit down with PBS host Tavis Smiley to discuss their inspiration as composers, the art and craft of creating a film score and the collaborative relationship between directors and composers. John Williams, of course, is the legendary composer of films such as "Star Wars," "Jaws," "E.T. The Extra-Terrestrial" and, well, just about everything else Steven Spielberg has ever made. He has five Oscars to his name, and 49 nominations--the most of any living individual. Santaolalla snagged consecutive Oscars in 2005 and 2006 for "Brokeback Mountain" and "Babel." He has scored many of Alejandro González Iñárritu's films. Most recently, he composed the music for the video game "The Last of Us." Gustavo Dudamel »
- Jacob Combs
Deane and Brian return from a two month break to chat with acclaimed Hollywood composer and orchestrator Conrad Pope about his life in music, his long-standing working relationship with John Williams, and his experience on this summer’s monster hit, Godzilla. Conrad also offers his thoughts on the Los Angeles musicians union saga, his first ever film score job, The Rocketeer, and how Midi can positively or negatively affect a film score. Deane and Brian also squeeze in a discussion on the very prickly subject of the value of your reputation as a private person versus your reputation as a professional entity.
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- SCO Editorial Staff
Film scores aren't just for playing in the background any more. Ivan looks at how they're taking centre stage...
Film soundtracks have always been a strange medium. The music relies on movies for their full meaning. They're so integral to a film and its mood that to listen to them away from the big screen can seem strange to many. Others, meanwhile, take the chance outside of the cinema to pore over them in detail, or use them for background music while running or working (How to Train Your Dragon's on now, if you're wondering). It's only in recent years that another way of listening to them has become popular again: with your eyes.
Do a quick Google for "film with live score" and you'll discover a whole heap of events currently happening around the UK in which orchestras accompany a screening. Why the sudden trend? Is it »
We don’t go to the cinema much, because we hate people. We also don’t go because there’s always the risk of accidentally going to see the wrong film. It's not helped by the fact that there's no way of telling until it’s too late, because there are no bloody opening credits on lots of modern films. And by the time you do realise, you’ve eaten all your popcorn and you can’t be bothered to move.
The movies on this list won’t give you that problem. These opening credits are perfect scene setters for the movies that follow, so you won’t have to worry about awkward popcorn wasting moments. It's not a top 50, rather a selection of 50 interesting credits sequences, »
Directed by Steven Spielberg
Steven Spielberg is known the world over for creating genuine movie magic. From his blockbuster splash Jaws in 1975 up until his 2012 biopic Lincoln, Spielberg is certainly a gifted filmmaker. Very few auteurs are still work today but Spielberg keeps banging out films that dazzle the senses and leave an everlasting impression on the viewer. However, some of Spielberg’s films haven’t achieved the recognition and respect they deserve. There are certain films that this movie master made that didn’t quite achieve a high status. One such film is 1991’s Hook, a fantasy adventure which didn’t really score well with critics but filled children of the 90s with joy, innocence, and wonder.
The film follows middle-aged lawyer Peter Banning (Robin Williams), a bitter individual who has forgotten who he is. »
- Randall Unger
Harrison Ford was spotted leaving a London hospital on Saturday after his successful surgery to repair his broken leg on Thursday.
Ford, 71, is reprising his role as Han Solo in the next installment of Star Wars: Episode VII and was rushed to the hospital after his leg was crushed by a door on the Millennium Falcon, the character's iconic spaceship.
Photos surfaced on Monday of the Oscar winner being wheeled out of the hospital in a wheelchair.
"His surgery was successful and he will begin rehab shortly," Ford's rep told Et in a statement on June 19. "He's doing well and looks forward to returning to work."
Walt Disney Pictures and LucasFilm have enlisted Rian Johnson (Looper, Brick) to both write and direct the two followup installments of J.J. Abrams' Star Wars: Episode VII. Deadline reports that Johnson "will take over the core film franchise..from Jj Abrams, who has gotten the space franchise off the ground and is right now helming Episode VII. Johnson confirmed the news via Twitter by way of a video quote from Philip Kaufman's space adventure film The Right Stuff. Star Wars: Episode VII, directed by J. J. Abrams (Super 8, Mission: Impossible III, Star Trek) and scripted by Abrams along with Lawrence Kasdan (Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Empire Strikes Back, Return of the Jedi), is scheduled for theatrical release on December 18th, 2015. John Williams is set to return for the film score »
- Pietro Filipponi
Every movie has to have its signature song and that certainly goes for the action-oriented males in film that are fortunate to have these finger-snapping tunes represent them on the big screen. The movie theme song indulges the audience and delivers a whole new kind of intrigue and feeling that we invest in the roguish ruffians on the big screen that some men would like to emulate and the ladies would love to cozy up to intimately.
There are music selections that do bring to mind the euphoria of the male action-packed characters we regard highly despite their moral compass. Maybe one can get excitable when hearing Black Sabbath’s “Iron Man” tune for the Marvel Comics superhero of the same name? Perhaps any of the musical themes for the countless James Bond films tickle your fancy? (there are two included in this article incidentally). Your preference might be in »
- Frank Ochieng
Above: Transformers: The Premake. A new video essay by Kevin B. Lee on the production of Michael Bay’s new Transformers film, fan viral marketing, the Chinese film market, and Hollywood as occupation. In the latest episode of the podcast The Cinephiliacs, Peter Labuza talks to Michael Koresky of Reverse Shot.
Above: a stunning trailer for the new Steven Soderbergh-directed miniseries, The Knick, starring Clive Owen. Also from Soderbergh, published on his website, a transcribed conversation with the late Gordon Willis:
"Q: How were you different when you came out of it as a cinematographer? Did you find yourself having to think in much larger strata about what you were doing?
A: Right. Well, the answer to that is, yes. I'm a minimalist in the way I think. So when I look at something, I usually start eliminating things as opposed to adding things. And not that »
- Adam Cook
When discussing instantly recognizable and immediately hummable themes from comic book films over the years, chances are high that Danny Elfman’s original theme for Tim Burton’s two Batman films and John Williams’ soaring theme for Superman will often top the list. Although Warner Bros. has long since ditched the two iconic themes as new interpretations of the characters have surfaced, they still remain iconic enough to forever be linked to the characters in the hearts and minds of many people.
But where does that leave Marvel’s stable of live-action films? With numerous films having been released based on their properties over the years, various composers have all taken stabs at giving the films uniquely memorable themes, with some delivering woefully forgettable attempts and others doing the films and characters the right amount of justice.
As we wait to see if Tyler Bates can deliver something »
- Geoff Cox
Star Wars Episode VII's Harrison Ford (returning to reprise his role as Han Solo) was rushed to hospital last Thursday after an ankle injury on the set of the Millennium Falcon. Now, THR have learned that the actor will be out for up to eight weeks due to the injury! The site's source is close to production and revealed that despite the hiatus in filming, the studio still aim to stick with it's December 18th 2015 release date. The original news revealed that filming will continue as normal while Ford recovered, but it is unlikely the studio were expecting such a large gap between production. What do you think? Sign off your thoughts on the matter below! Star Wars: Episode VII is being directed by J.J. Abrams from a screenplay by Lawrence Kasdan and Abrams. Kathleen Kennedy, Abrams, and Bryan Burk are producing, and John Williams returns as the composer. John Boyega, »
The 71-year-old actor injured his ankle on Thursday, and was taken to a nearby hospital. No other details of the circumstances surrounding the injury have been revealed at this time, although there is predictably lots of wild speculation on the Internet. Maybe Greedo shot first after all? A source reportedly tells The Hollywood Reporter that the star was injured by the door of the Millennium Falcon, the spaceship piloted by his character, Han Solo. Ouch.
A statement from Disney to Et confirmed the news: "Harrison Ford sustained an ankle injury during filming today on the set of Star Wars: Episode VII. He was taken to a local hospital and is receiving care. Shooting will continue as planned while he recuperates."
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Mondo revealed today that its vinyl presentation of John Williams' Jurassic Park score goes on sale tomorrow morning. Two editions will be up for grabs. One featuring artwork by Jc Richard, the other by Dan McCarthy (the skeleton art you see on the right). Specs for the Jc Richardard edition: 2Xlp pressed on 180 Gram Black vinyl with randomly-inserted "Dilophosaurus" vinyl. $35 Specs for McCarthy edition: 2Xlp pressed on 180 Gram Translucent Amber Vinyl. $35
The post Mondo Vinyl: Jurassic Park Goes on Sale Tomorrow appeared first on Shock Till You Drop. »
- Ryan Turek
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