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A Musical Benefit Honoring Grammy-Winning Violinist Joshua Bell and Veteran Teacher Vincent Womack

November 28, 2017 was a note-worthy evening as Education Through Music-Los Angeles (Etm-la) hosted its 12th Anniversary Benefit Gala.

Vincent Womack and Joshua Bell with Host Malcolm McDowell

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Supporters from the music, film and education communities gathered to honor Grammy-Winning Violinist Joshua Bell, and Veteran Music Teacher (Foshay Learning Center, Los Angeles Unified School District) Vincent Womack at the Skirball Cultural Center.

The event was hosted by Malcolm McDowell (Mozart in the Jungle), and featured special performances and presentations by Joshua Bell (Grammy winning violinist), Billy Childs (Grammy winning pianist/composer), Judith Hill (The Voice, Prince, Michael Jackson), Joanne Pearce Martin (pianist, Los Angeles Philharmonic,) Dr. Lemmon McMillan, guest Chris Botti (Grammy winning trumpeter), Foshay Learning Center Students and Education Through Music-La Students. Executive Director of Etm-la Victoria Lanier welcomed co-chair hosts Lola Debney and Alecia Spendlove. Honorary chairs of the gala include music education champions and
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‘Fate of the Furious’ Sound Crew Had to Go Bigger, Louder

‘Fate of the Furious’ Sound Crew Had to Go Bigger, Louder
It’s hard to imagine that a single sonic failing could derail a film, but that’s exactly what the sound team was grappling with on Universal’s “Fate of the Furious.”

It was the moment in which Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) stomps on a red button on the floorboard of his souped-up 1971 Plymouth Gtx, and the car goes into misfire mode, giving him a ruse to slip from the clutches of criminal mastermind Cipher (Charlize Theron). The audience needed to be convinced that the misfiring engine sound could fool Cipher, and make sure people would buy it.

“The whole film almost unraveled at that point,” says supervising sound editor Peter Brown. “Basically, we gave [re-recording mixer Frank A. Montaño] every sound effect of a stalling car that’s ever been recorded and he did something with it — a lot of different times.”

Although pivotal, the car misfire is just one tiny element in the movie’s massive aural landscape, comprising complex
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Danny Elfman using part of John Williams’ Superman score for Justice League

It’s fair to say Danny Elfman is one of the best and recognizable composers out there, creating some very memorable themes for films he’s worked on. Two of his most famous pieces is his seminal theme for Tim Burton’s Batman as well as Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man theme. When he joined Justice League in the wake of Joss Whedon’s hiring, the move was met with enthusiasm by many fans.

One of the big questions about Elfman’s work on Justice League would be whether or not he’d use the existing music and themes from Han Zimmer and Junkie Xl, heard in Man of Steel and Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. In an interview with Billboard, Elfman revealed he is using some their work, but also said he’s used John Williams’ classic and epic theme for Superman in a scene in the film, as
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Wamg Giveaway – Win The Mummy Blu-ray – Stars Tom Cruise

When an ancient evil rises up to seek revenge on our world, relive the epic saga in The Mummy, unleashed onto Digital on August 22, 2017, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on September 12, 2017 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Packed with over an hour of special bonus content, experience never-before-scene footage and hidden secrets The Mummy has within with stars Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Russell Crowe, and Jake Johnson.

Now you can own The Mummy on Blu-ray. We Are Movie Geeks has four copies to give away. All you have to do is leave a comment answering this question: What is your favorite movie about Mummys? (mine is Blood From The Mummy’S Tomb!). It’s so easy! Good Luck!

Official Rules:

1. You Must Be A Us Resident. Prize Will Only Be Shipped To Us Addresses. No P.O. Boxes. No Duplicate Addresses.

2. Winners Will Be Chosen From All Qualifying Entries.
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The Mummy Starring Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella Unleashes on Digital August 22nd and Blu-ray & DVD September 12th

When an ancient evil rises up to seek revenge on our world, relive the epic saga in The Mummy, unleashing onto Digital on August 22, 2017, and on 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray, DVD and On Demand on September 12, 2017 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Packed with over an hour of special bonus content, experience never-before-scene footage and hidden secrets The Mummy has within with stars Tom Cruise, Sofia Boutella, Annabelle Wallis, Russell Crowe, and Jake Johnson.

An ancient evil is unleashed after centuries of captivity and her lust for revenge threatens to destroy the world in The Mummy, a spectacular saga coming to Digital onAugust 22, 2017 and 4K Ultra HD, Blu-ray™, DVD and On Demand on September 12, 2017 from Universal Pictures Home Entertainment. Tom Cruise (Mission: Impossible franchise, Top Gun) battles the ultimate evil in a breathtaking version of the legendary and mystical monster that has captivated and terrified humankind for centuries. With more than
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Ascap Film Scoring Workshop Announces Composers-In-Residence

Ascap Film Scoring Workshop Announces Composers-In-Residence
The 29th edition of the Ascap Film Scoring Workshop has announced the 12 composer participants selected for the comprehensive 4-week program led by Emmy winner Richard Bellis.

Produced by Ascap Film and TV membership executives Michael Todd and Jennifer Harmon, the dozen to take part in the program were selected from more than 300 applicants and represent such countries as France, Austria, Spain, and Japan.


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The workshop culminates in a recording of an original score at the Newman Scoring Stage at Fox Studios. Previous graduates of the program, which has also featured Henry Mancini, Randy Newman, Hans Zimmer, and Brian Tyler, include Jim Dooley (TNT’s “Last Ship,” ABC’s “Pushing Daisies”), Rob Duncan (NBC’s “Timeless,” ABC’s “Castle”), and Mateo Messina (“Juno,” Hulu’s “Casual”); among many others.

Ascap, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers, represents 600,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers, and
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Review: Power Rangers 4K Ultra, Blu-ray and Digital HD DVD Releases

Photo Courtesy of Lionsgate.

For any of us who grew up with the Power Rangers (which is likely a majority seeing the number of years they have spanned) have either already seen the movie, or are looking to check it out upon its release on DVD. Below I will give an overview of the movie itself followed by a review of the special features included on the different DVD releases:

The Movie:

The film opens with a large exposition introducing the audience to the teenagers with attitude. Each individual fits some type of the cliche high school student, and while some have been put off by this, it actually is a strong reflection of the 1990's Mighty Morphin Power Rangers, which gave a nostalgic feel to a modern take. I did feel that there was a bit too much focus on the "attitude" of each individual. Yes, the original series
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Justice League: Composer Danny Elfman Comes Aboard

According to the Hollywood Reporter, famed composer Danny Elfman will provide the score for DC’s upcoming Justice League for the additional scenes being shot. He will replace Antonius Tom Holkenberg who had been working with Zack Snyder. Holkenborg, who is perhaps better known as JunkieXL, and provided the music for last year’s Batman v Superman and Deadpool, is said to be headed over to work on the score for Tomb Raider. Speaking with the outlet, Holkenborg shared some advice he received from Hans Zimmer.

"As my mentor Hans Zimmer told me — you haven't made it in Hollywood as a composer until you get replaced on a project. So I guess finally graduated this week. It pains me to leave the project, but a big thanks to Zack for asking me to part of his vision, and I wish Danny, Joss and Warner Bros all the best with Justice League.
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Danny Elfman to score Justice League for Joss Whedon

In a rather surprising move, iconic composer Danny Elfman has now joined Justice League to compose the film’s score, per The Hollywood Reporter. He’s joined the film just as Joss Whedon takes the director’s chair for some reshoots and additional scenes in London.

Elfman is no stranger to composing superhero themes. He worked on Tim Burton’s Batman, creating one of the most iconic movie themes ever, as well as the sequel Batman Returns. He also composed the scores for Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man and Spider-Man 2, once again creating memorable themes. Elfman also has experience working with Whedon, coming in late on Avengers: Age of Ultron‘s production to add to Brian Tyler’s score.

Before departing the film due to a family tragedy, Zack Snyder was working with Junkie Xl on the film’s score. He had composed the score for Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice with Hans Zimmer,
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Will Tom Cruise and “The Mummy” actually launch a new cinematic universe?

Last week, the Dark Universe unveiled itself. This cinematic universe the powers that be over at Universal are hoping to launch began with a reboot of The Mummy. Partly a Tom Cruise vehicle and partly a modern monster movie, this summer blockbuster had a lot riding on it. By all accounts, the plan is to have a series of these things, leading up to potentially an Avengers style team up. Well, the beginning could have gone better for the Dark Universe, but there’s still hope. We’ll talk about that in a bit, but also, let us briefly discuss The Mummy itself, which is a definite outlier on Cruise’s resume. Read on for more on the film and the universe it’s set to launch. This cinematic universe began on Friday with The Mummy. That film centers on the chaos that ensues when an ancient princess named Ahmanet
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Crypt of Curiosities: The Mummies of Hammer Horror

Here’s a spicy hot take—I’m as far as one could get from excited for Universal’s new film The Mummy. This isn’t exactly the movie’s fault, per se, as much as it is the world the movie inhabits, a sort of bizarro realm where a Brian Tyler-scored Tom Cruise action spectacle that’s meant to lay the groundwork for a Marvel-style cinematic universe, complete with Dr. Jekyll in the role of Nick Fury, is the most commercially viable way to make a movie about an ancient mummy’s curse. Now, I can see why the film’s being made, and you can’t exactly fault a studio for wanting to chase the money train that is the McU, but personally, I couldn’t care less about the picture being released. Because when I think of mummies, I don’t think of Tom Cruise, or Brendan Fraser,
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Poll: Which ‘Dark Universe’ Movie Are You Most Excited For?

Poll: Which ‘Dark Universe’ Movie Are You Most Excited For?
With “The Mummy,” starring Tom Cruise and Sofia Boutella, releasing this weekend, Universal is officially kicking off its “Dark Universe.”

Though reviews for “The Mummy” have been unfavorable and box office tracking is far from through the roof, the studio hasn’t said it will slow down on its planned monster universe. The films will mine from Universal’s vault of monsters — Dracula, Frankenstein, Invisible Man, etc. — and reboot them for movies in the next few years.


Universal’s ‘Bride of Frankenstein’ to Open February 2019 as Part of Studio’s ‘Dark Universe

Aside from “The Mummy,” “Bride of Frankenstein” is the only planned movie to be dated thus far, to be released on Feb. 14, 2019. “The Invisible Man” and “Frankenstein” have already nabbed stars in Johnny Depp and Javier Bardem, respectively. Angelina Jolie has been linked to the lead role in “Bride of Frankenstein,” but has yet to officially sign on.
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‘The Mummy’ Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying

‘The Mummy’ Reviews: What the Critics Are Saying
Despite its strong opening overseas, not even Tom Cruise can save the “The Mummy” reboot from unfavorable reviews, which are currently averaging a 26 percent on Rotten Tomatoes.

In the first installment of Universal’s “Dark Universe” film series, Cruise plays soldier Nick Morton, who scours ancient sites for timeless artifacts to sell them to the highest bidder. After coming under attack in the Middle East by a betrayed Egyptian princess, Cruise has to stop the previously entombed monster as she rampages throughout London. Cruise stars alongside Sofia Boutella, Jake Johnson, Russell Crowe, and Courtney B. Vance in the modern-day “Mummy” installment set to release in the U.S. this Friday.

The busy film received overwhelmingly negative reception, with most calling out the movie’s seemingly unrelated interconnected plot of Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde tied in with an entirely different monster story. Other reviews call out the main story itself,
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Box Office: ‘Wonder Woman’ to Slay Tom Cruise’s ‘The Mummy’

Box Office: ‘Wonder Woman’ to Slay Tom Cruise’s ‘The Mummy’
Not even Tom Cruise can save “The Mummy” from box office necrosis.

What was intended to launch an entire “Dark Universe” for Universal could be left stumbling if the film scores in the anticipated domestic range of $35 million to $40 million in its opening weekend. Overseas grosses should fare better — the movie is launching in 63 international markets this weekend and already saw a record opening in Korea on Monday — but with a reported $125 million production budget, this might be the mark of yet another franchise that should be laid to rest.

That means Warner Bros. and DC Comics’ “Wonder Woman” has every intention of reclaiming the top spot in North America, which it won last weekend with a glass ceiling-shattering $103 million opening. Even if Patty Jenkins’ blockbuster sees a steep 60% drop during week two, it would still be surprising if it fails to defend itself again “The Mummy.”


Film Review:
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‘The Mummy’ Composer Brian Tyler Gets Deep About Film’s Score: Hear an Exclusive Clip

‘The Mummy’ Composer Brian Tyler Gets Deep About Film’s Score: Hear an Exclusive Clip
Brian Tyler wrote half an hour’s worth of music for “The Mummy” before director Alex Kurtzman even started shooting. The “Fate of the Furious” composer was on the film for a year and a half, ultimately recording well over two hours of music (for a film that only runs 107 minutes) with an 84-piece orchestra and 32-voice choir at London’s Abbey Road.

“There was more music than they could actually put in the theatrical version,” Tyler told Variety from Paris, where he attended the premiere of the Tom Cruise film. “I scored extra themes, backstory, mythology, all sorts of things.” And in an era when so many directors demand scores that avoid memorable melody, Tyler created a score with at least half a dozen identifable themes that intertwine and develop in the classic sense of scores past. Here is an excerpt from Tyler’s exotic-sounding main theme, complete with
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Film Review: Tom Cruise in ‘The Mummy’

Film Review: Tom Cruise in ‘The Mummy’
No one over the age of 10 ever confused them with good movies, but the “Mummy” franchise that kicked off in 1999 had a joyously sinister and farfetched eye-candy pizzazz. Basically, these were movies that pelted you with CGI — scuttling scarabs, swarms of skeletons in moldy rags — and mixed the cheesy/awesome visual onslaught with a handful of actors (Brendan Fraser, Dwayne Johnson) who seemed just as lightweight at the FX. So “The Mummy,” starring Tom Cruise, raises a key aesthetic question: How, exactly, do you reboot empty-calorie creature-feature superficiality?

The new “Mummy,” you may be surprised to hear, doesn’t have a whole lot of show-stopping visual flimflam up its sleeve. Instead, it’s built around a chancy big trick. I’ll herald this with a major spoiler alert (if you don’t want to know what happens in “The Mummy,” please stop reading), though it’s really the essential premise of the movie.
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Alan Silvestri Receives Icon Honor at Bmi Film, TV and Visual Awards

Alan Silvestri Receives Icon Honor at Bmi Film, TV and Visual Awards
Veteran film composer Alan Silvestri received the Icon Award before a cheering crowd of composers and songwriters at the annual Film, TV and Visual-Media Awards of Broadcast Music Inc. (Bmi) Wednesday night at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.

Silvestri, the Oscar-nominated composer of “Forrest Gump,” Grammy winner for “Cast Away” and an Emmy winner for “Cosmos,” ascended the stage to the strains of “Back to the Future,” his most famous movie theme. His nearly 100 other films include “Who Framed Roger Rabbit,” “Night at the Museum,” “The Croods” ” and “Marvel’s The Avengers.”

“I did my first film in 1972, so it’s been 45 years,” Silvestri told Variety prior to the awards ceremony. “I never thought I would do this,” he said, referring to a career scoring movies. “I’m really looking at tonight as a chance to publicly thank a small group of people who have been so instrumental in my being here.
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Score trailer: a brand new film about film composers

Simon Brew Apr 27, 2017

Here's the trailer for the brilliant-looking Score: A Film Music Documentary...

Ah, movie nerds? Assemble right here, because this looks terrific. Score is an upcoming documentary feature that goes behind the scenes of recording the scores for motion pictures. As well as behind the scenes footage, it also includes interviews with filmmakers and composers.

It features interviews with over 50 people, including John Williams, Danny Elfman, James Cameron, Hans Zimmer, David Arnold, Brian Tyler, Bear McCreary, Howard Shore, Patrick Doyle, the late Garry Marshall, and many, many more. There’s also archive footage of the late, great James Horner in there too.

The film is being released in the Us first, on June 16th, and we’re promised a digital release later in the year. If the people behind the movie are looking to screen the film in the UK, we’d be delighted to host a screening for them,
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Celebrate Composers in Trailer for 'Score: A Film Music Documentary'

"Music is the one thing that we all understand, that we don't understand." Gravitas Ventures has revealed a trailer for a documentary about the work of composers, titled Score: A Film Music Documentary. This played at film festivals all last year and is opening in theaters this June, which is great news because I've been waiting to see this. The doc profiles the work of composers and also examines how important music is to movies. Featuring interviews with composers including Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Trent Reznor, Rachel Portman, Junkie Xl (aka Tom Holkenborg), Brian Tyler, Thomas Newman, Bear McCreary, Moby, Garry Marshall, Jerry Goldsmith, and lots more. Hoping this goes deep into the art beyond just some chats. Here's the official trailer for Matt Schrader's Score: A Film Music Documentary, from YouTube: This celebratory documentary takes viewers inside the studios and recording sessions of Hollywood's most influential composers to
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Vin Diesel’s xXx: Return of Xander Cage comes home May 2

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Hollywood, Calif. – Hailed as “a crazy, stunt-filled action spectacular” (Scott Mendelson, Forbes) and “a shot of pure adrenaline” (Joey Nolfi, Entertainment Weekly), xXx: Return Of Xander Cage x-plodes on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack, Blu-ray Combo Pack, DVD and On Demand May 16, 2017 from Paramount Home Media Distribution. X-cited fans can be the first to get it two weeks early on Digital HD May 2.

When a group of lethal mercenaries steal a hi-tech weapon that poses a global threat, the world needs superspy Xander Cage (Vin Diesel). Recruited back into action, Xander leads a team of death-defying adrenaline junkies on a mission to kick some ass, save the day, and look dope while doing it. Packed with some of the most mind-blowing stunts ever caught on film, xXx: Return Of Xander Cage features a powerhouse international cast including Donnie Yen (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story), Deepika Padukone, Kris Wu,
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