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Anyone who knows me knows that if a movie stars a professional wrestler, I’m immediately happy as a film fan. Yeah, I’m probably easily impressed, but still, whenever I see my favorite WWE (or otherwise) superstars make the leap to the world of feature films, it makes my inner child giddy. As a kid, it was the reason I first rented They Live, it was the reason I begged my mom mercilessly to see No Holds Barred in theaters, and when I learned in late 1986 that Jesse “The Body” Ventura was going to be co-starring in Predator, the next summer could not get here fast enough.
Even as an adult, I’m always a big fan of seeing wrestlers transition to movies, and that has a lot to do with my soft spot for Gregory Dark’s See No Evil. It features Glenn Jacobs (also known as “Kane »
- Heather Wixson
With shorter deadlines and reduced music budgets now the norm, especially in TV, composers need more help than ever. A new L.A. firm offers assistance by crafting sounds to order.
Umlaut Audio creates “custom software instruments and custom sounds for composers,” explains co-founder and CEO Marc Juenger. Especially in TV, he notes, “they have three or four days to write as much as 30 minutes of music,” and so much of it sounds alike because many are drawing from the same widely available sample libraries.
Juenger hopes to tap into the market by providing busy composers with custom-designed pads, drones, soundscapes, rhythmic loops, beat-driven sound design, sound effects and more.
“We create unique sounds for their specific project,” adds Marc’s wife Anne Juenger, co-founder and COO of the company. Clients can also choose whether the sounds created can be exclusive to them on a permanent basis; for a specific »
- Jon Burlingame
Marvel Studios has begun principal photography in Atlanta, Georgia, on Marvel's Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2, which is slated to hit U.S. theaters on May 5, 2017. The production will shoot at Atlanta's Pinewood Studios. Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn (Guardians of the Galaxy, Slither). The studio has also released the first official photo, which you can see below, and confirmed new cast members as well.
The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt (Jurassic World, Guardians of the Galaxy) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana (Guardians of the Galaxy, Star Trek Into Darkness) as Gamora; Dave Bautista (Spectre, Guardians of the Galaxy) as Drax; Vin Diesel (Guardians of the Galaxy, Furious 7) as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper (Joy, American Sniper) as the voice of Rocket; Michael Rooker (Guardians of the Galaxy, Jumper) as Yondu; Karen Gillan (Guardians of the Galaxy, »
Marvel Studios has begun principal photography at Pinewood Studios in Atlanta, Georgia, on Marvel’s Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2, which is slated to hit U.S. theaters on May 5, 2017. The production will shoot at Atlanta’s Pinewood Studios.
Guardians Of The Galaxy Vol. 2 is written and directed by James Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Slither”). The film marks the return of the original Guardians, including Chris Pratt (“Jurassic World,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Peter Quill/Star-Lord; Zoe Saldana (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Star Trek Into Darkness”) as Gamora; Dave Bautista (“Spectre,” “Guardians of the Galaxy”) as Drax; Vin Diesel (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Furious 7”) as the voice of Groot; Bradley Cooper (“Joy,” “American Sniper”) as the voice of Rocket; Michael Rooker (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “Jumper”) as Yondu; Karen Gillan (“Guardians of the Galaxy,” “The Big Short”) as Nebula; and Sean Gunn (“Guardians of the Galaxy, »
- Michelle McCue
Yesterday saw the commencement of “pre-shooting” for the third “Phase Three” movie in the ever-growing Marvel Cinematic Universe, Guardians of the Galaxy: Volume 2. However, before principal photography gets underway, writer/director James Gunn once again took to Facebook to answer fan questions which revealed the exclusion of Infinity Stones, among other things. Also discussed during the 41-minute Q&A was the composer of the 2017 sequel, as well as the characters we shouldn’t expect to appear, and potentially new cast member Pom Klementieff, who is all but confirmed to join our space misfits as Mantis. “Tyler Bates is back to do the score for Guardians of the Galaxy: Vol 2,” James Gunn said of the composer who scored the original movie. “He’s already written a lot of music for the [sequel] because we play the score on set. And he has done one piece in particular which I think »
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Posted by James Gunn on Thursday, January 28, 2016
On Friday then, he confirmed that the roles of Star Lord's father and the main villain of the new movie had been cast, »
Over the weekend he confirmed on Twitter that he has cast both the actor playing Star-Lord's Dad, and the one playing the main villian in the upcoming "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" at Marvel Studios.
He would not reveal the identity of either actor, not uncommon as Marvel's "Iron Fist" series on Netflix has reportedly also cast its title character but the studio will not reveal their name at this point.
Gunn would also not reveal either character's name, beyond only saying he's not the same character in the comics which he revealed some time ago.
Gunn says it took almost exactly a year to write and finalize the "Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2" script and claims Marvel hasn't given him a single budgetary restriction.
He also confirmed that he has »
- Garth Franklin
Director James Gunn is a master at manipulating social media for his own agenda, giving fans just enough information to keep them satiated while not revealing anything that is too spoilery. He has once again taken to his personal Twitter page to give an update on the movie. And the most revealing piece of intel is the fact that he has, in fact, cast Star-Lord's Dad in Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2. And he has cast the main villain.
That said, he does not reveal the identity of either actor. Which all of a sudden seems to be the new norm when it comes to Marvel casting over the past week. It was earlier revealed that Danny Rand has been cast in the upcoming Netflix series Iron Fist. But the studio has not revealed the identity of that actor either. When will the new faces behind Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2 be revealed? »
Marilyn Manson will add a new role to his eclectic acting résumé when The Pale Emperor rocker guest stars as a barber/surgeon on the upcoming third season of the supernatural drama Salem. Manson will play Thomas Dinley, "the go-to man in Salem, from a shave and a haircut to being leeched, bled, sliced open or sewn up," the show said in a statement. Salem's third season went into production Thursday in Shreveport, Louisiana, Forbes reports.
Although Manson will be making his Salem debut, the shock rocker is no »
Marilyn Manson is visiting “Salem” for a gory guest role, “Homeland’s” executive producer is tackling Seal Team Six for History, and Kevin Hart’s “Real Husbands of Hollywood” has been renewed by Bet in today’s TV news roundup…
Marilyn Manson will visit Wgn America’s “Salem” for a special guest star role in Season 3. Manson will play Thomas Dinley, a barber and surgeon who is the go-to man in Salem, from a shave and a haircut to being leeched, bled, sliced open or sewn up. The musician previously collaborated with “Salem’s” composer Tyler Bates on the show’s opening title sequence.
Toronto Blue Jays player Josh Donaldson has been cast in a guest star role on History Channel’s “Vikings.” The baseball star will play Hoskuld, a Viking warrior of great skill, in an episode that will air later this year as part of Season 4, which premieres Thursday, »
- Laura Prudom
You have to give Marilyn Manson credit for one thing: he knows his brand. And much like Lady "Mother Monster" Gaga did with her Golden Globe-winning role on last season's American Horror Story, the former Sons of Anarchy cast member is extending that brand to the small screen with a "special guest starring role" on Season 3 of Wgn America's witch-themed drama series Salem. Here's the description of his character: Manson will portray “Thomas Dinley,” a barber and surgeon who is the go-to man in Salem, from a shave and a haircut to being leeched, bled, sliced open or sewn up. Well, that one checks all the boxes, doesn't it? Alongside Tyler Bates, Manson also co-composed Salem's opening theme, which boasts the very Mm title "Cupid Carries a Gun." Production on "Salem" Season 3 begins today in Shreveport, Louisiana. »
- Chris Eggertsen
Marilyn Manson is no stranger to Wgn America’s supernatural drama series Salem. After previously collaborating with composer Tyler Bates on the show’s opening title sequence, the singer is now set for a guest role in the upcoming third season, which begins production today in Shreveport, La. Manson will play Thomas Dinley, a barber and surgeon who is the go-to man in Salem, from a shave and a haircut to being leeched, bled, sliced open or sewn up. Salem, produced by Fox… »
Marilyn Manson is coming to season three of Salem, and no, he will not be playing a witch. You're so close-minded. You know how sometimes your barber is also your surgeon? Well, according to The Wrap, "Manson will portray Thomas Dinley, a barber and surgeon who is the go-to man in Salem, from a shave and a haircut to being leeched, bled, sliced open or sewn up." Manson's pretty familiar with the show, since he collaborated with Salem composer Tyler Bates on the show’s opening-title sequence. He'll probably be great as a bargeon (barber/surgeon hybrid), but let's be honest, nothing tops Manson in Jawbreaker. »
- Emma Barrie
The musician will guest-star as Thomas Dinley, the town’s barber/surgeon to whom residents go for anything “from a shave and a haircut to being leeched, bled, sliced open or sewn up,” per the official character description.
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Season 3 of the witch-trial-inspired series, »
Marilyn Manson will join the third season of Wgn America’s “Salem” in a guest starring role, TheWrap has learned. Manson will portray Thomas Dinley, a barber and surgeon who is the go-to man in Salem, from a shave and a haircut to being leeched, bled, sliced open or sewn up. The four-time Grammy nominee is no stranger to the cable network’s first scripted original, having previously collaborated with “Salem’s” composer Tyler Bates on the show’s opening title sequence with the track, “Cupid Carries a Gun.” Also Read: 'Salem' Renewed by Wgn America for Season »
- Joe Otterson
“Newtown,” which debuts this weekend at Sundance, has what may be the most ambitious score of any movie in the festival: 17 different composers contributed music, all because they were moved by the subject matter.
“Newtown” deals with the aftermath of the December 2012 Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, where 20 first-graders and six staffers were killed in the second-deadliest mass shooting by a gunman in U.S. history.
Composer Fil Eisler (“Revenge,” “Empire”), Czech-born but now an American citizen with a 4-year-old daughter, remembers a conversation with producer Maria Cuomo Cole in which he expressed his outrage at yet another massacre. (“I’m scared of her growing up in this country,” he said.) Then Cole told him she was working on a film about Sandy Hook.
“The floor just fell out from under me,” Eisler recalls. “I didn’t ever want to see that film, much less score it.” But the more he thought about it, »
- Jon Burlingame
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