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When it comes to the musical score of a film, there’s nothing more important than the main theme. It’s the audible hook that will subtly grab the attention of the audience, making sure that they’ll be humming it inside their head for weeks to come. Themes like Star Wars or Superman all have a primal connection to the mind of the viewer, creating an understated link between the film and its audience.
We’ve all heard great themes over the years, whether it was coming out of The Lord of the Rings with Howard Shore’s signature theme in your head or feeling as superheroic as ever when you heard Alan Silvestri’s landmark theme for Captain America: The First Avenger. A great movie theme will stay with you long after you’ve seen the film, bought the DVD and watched it again.
- Matthew Fisher
In a move to expand its local language production presence in China, Columbia Pictures has secured key partnerships with local high-profile filmmakers and entered in to split-rights agreements with Chinese production companies. Included among these, Columbia Pictures announces that principal photography has commenced on the Chinese martial arts action feature "The Monk," directed by Kaige Chen ("Farewell My Concubine"). The film, which is currently shooting on location in Xianghe, in China's Hebei Province, is a Cao Huayi presentation produced by Hong Chen, who produced Kaige Chen's previous two features. "The Monk" will be distributed domestically in China by New Classics Media, and throughout the rest of the world, including Hong Kong and Taiwan, by Sony Pictures Releasing International (Spri).
The film is scheduled for Summer 2015 release.
"The Monk" marks Columbia Pictures' second recent production in Mainland China, following the Chinese co-production "Gone With The Bullets" from internationally acclaimed director Jiang Wen, »
The French love Dany Boon, though the condition hasn’t exactly been contagious. While the comic’s most successful venture, “Welcome to the Sticks,” spawned imitators in nearly every European market, the Gallic multi-talent hasn’t been the ingredient to catch on. His latest, “Superchondriac,” should pass quietly enough, except in France, where B.O. will prove nothing if not healthy. Boon plays a hyper-sensitive germophobe who disrupts everyone around him with his imaginary ailments — a low-concept setup that scarcely gives this laffer anywhere to go, relying on the actor’s charm and a series of goofy contrivances to limp its way home.
Romain Faubert (Boon) has the worst possible job for someone obsessed with everything that could possibly go wrong with his body: He takes photographs for an online medical dictionary, then spends his free time fretting about diseases most people don’t even know exist. We meet Romain en route to the hospital, »
- Peter Debruge
It may be tempting to group Mark Mothersbaugh with other movie composers who began in the rock/pop world — names like Danny Elfman, Klaus Badelt, Clint Mansell, Randy Newman, Lisa Gerrard, Trevor Rabin.
But consider that Mothersbaugh co-founded one of the 1970s most subversive, post-modern groups, Devo; composes for every conceivable kind of project from “Pee-wee’s Playhouse” to “The Royal Tenenbaums” to the infamous Joe Boxer Christmas ad; works as an artist in a seemingly unlimited number of media from wooden organ pipes to postcards; makes rugs and designs glass frames; collects bird calls, as well as a world-class assemblage of exotic musical instruments.
There aren’t too many in Mothersbaugh’s category. Probably none.
A conversation with him skips and dances over so many areas and topics that a picture forms of someone with encyclopedic range.
And yet everything about Mothersbaugh points to the same fun-loving spirit heard »
- Robert Koehler
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