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Behind the Scenes Look at The Music of Cuphead

  • Cinelinx
If indie games are an interest of yours, it's likely that you've heard of Cuphead. It's a game with animation that harkens back to the styling of 1930s cartoons, and its animation style alone was enough to spark the interests of many gamers back in 2014 when it was announced. With its release coming in just under two weeks, Studio Mdhr, the team behind the game's creation, has released a musical piece called Floral Fury. What goes into making the music that will accompany Cuphead's stunning hand drawn art style? We've got some behind the scenes footage of the music in action, so come on in and check it out!

On Friday, Studio Mdhr, the team behind the highly-anticipated game “Cuphead” released “Floral Fury,” the first track from the game’s soundtrack composed by Kris Maddigan. Check out the behind the scenes look at the creation of the track as part
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Francis Ford Coppola: Why He Spent $500K to Restore His Most Troubled Film, ‘The Cotton Club’

Francis Ford Coppola: Why He Spent $500K to Restore His Most Troubled Film, ‘The Cotton Club’
Francis Ford Coppola never meant to make “The Cotton Club” — yet he was dragged back, like Al Pacino in “The Godfather 3,” into making another big-budget movie. Now, 33 years later, he’s spent another $500,000 (of his own money) to restore the film and create “The Cotton Club Encore,” a longer cut that premieres today at the Telluride Film Festival.

Producer Robert Evans had hoped to direct “The Cotton Club,” a valentine to the legendary Harlem nightclub where Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Lena Horne, and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson made their names. He raised $8 million in foreign pre-sales at Cannes, but he couldn’t solve the script. According to the gory details in his autobiography “The Kid Stays in the Picture,” the whole production was a chaotic, coked-up nightmare. He turned to Coppola for help, paying him to write several drafts and finally direct, which became a battle in its own right.

At the end,
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Francis Ford Coppola: Why He Spent $500K to Restore His Most Troubled Film, ‘The Cotton Club’

  • Indiewire
Francis Ford Coppola: Why He Spent $500K to Restore His Most Troubled Film, ‘The Cotton Club’
Francis Ford Coppola never meant to make “The Cotton Club” — yet he was dragged back, like Al Pacino in “The Godfather 3,” into making another big-budget movie. Now, 33 years later, he’s spent another $500,000 (of his own money) to restore the film and create “The Cotton Club Encore,” a longer cut that premieres today at the Telluride Film Festival.

Producer Robert Evans had hoped to direct “The Cotton Club,” a valentine to the legendary Harlem nightclub where Duke Ellington, Cab Calloway, Lena Horne, and Bill “Bojangles” Robinson made their names. He raised $8 million in foreign pre-sales at Cannes, but he couldn’t solve the script. According to the gory details in his autobiography “The Kid Stays in the Picture,” the whole production was a chaotic, coked-up nightmare. He turned to Coppola for help, paying him to write several drafts and finally direct, which became a battle in its own right.

At the end,
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Watch: Why Prince's 'Purple Rain' is the Greatest Movie of the 1980s

Watch: Why Prince's 'Purple Rain' is the Greatest Movie of the 1980s
With his 1984 film debut, the multi-talented Minnesotan known as Prince proved that all you really need to carry a movie are some killer dance moves and a dyn-o-mite set list guaranteed to rock the house for 111 minutes. "Purple Rain" is directed by Albert Magnolia in the most prosaic fashion possible, but at least he stays out of the way of the musical performers, in particular the kinetically funny Morris Day who gives the film a funk-ified hot foot with his Cab Calloway Meets James Brown version of Jungle Love. The movie was enormously popular but even that success was overshadowed by its soundtrack which spent 24 consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard album chart. 
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Purple Rain

With his 1984 film debut, the multi-talented Minnesotan proved that all you really need to carry a movie are some killer dance moves and a dyn-o-mite set list guaranteed to rock the house for 111 minutes. Purple Rain is directed by Albert Magnolia in the most prosaic fashion possible but at least he stays out of the way of the musical performers, in particular the kinetically funny Morris Day who gives the film a funk-ified hot foot with his Cab Calloway Meets James Brown version of Jungle Love. The movie was enormously popular but even that success was overshadowed by its soundtrack which spent 24 consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard album chart.
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Inside Danny Elfman's Twisted Cult Film 'Forbidden Zone'

Inside Danny Elfman's Twisted Cult Film 'Forbidden Zone'
Long before he wrote the wild, dramatic score for Batman and the twisted song cycle that runs through the beloved Nightmare Before Christmas, Danny Elfman's original claim to cinematic fame was far quirkier than anything he'd ever dream up for Tim Burton: He portrayed Satan, dressed in a long-tail white tux, conducting an orchestra of goblins in a run-through of every "hidey-hidey-hidey-ho" in Cab Calloway's "Minnie the Moocher." The episode, in the campy 1980 cult hit Forbidden Zone, found the redheaded composer wiggling, shimmying and writhing as he
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W.C. Fields Comedy Essentials Collection

He's back and he's funnier than ever. The mischievous, cagey entertainer William Claude Dukenfield starred in some of the best comedies ever. This five-disc DVD set contains eighteen of his best, all the way from Million Dollar Legs in 1932 to Never Give a Sucker an Even Break in 1941. And we get to see all sides of W.C's talent -- he was a top-rank juggler, of just about anything. W.C. Fields Comedy Essentials Collection DVD Universal Studios Home Entertainment 1932-1941 / B&W / 1:37 Academy 1316 minutes (21 hours, 46 min) Street Date October 13, 2015 / 99.98 Starring Larson E. Whipsnade, T. Frothinghill Bellows, Egbert Sousé, Eustace P. McGargle, Harold Bissonette, Professor Quail, Augustus Winterbottom, Mr. Stubbins, Sam Bisbee, Ambrose Wolfinger, Cuthbert J. Twillie, Humpty-Dumpty. Written by Charles Bogle, Mahatma Kane Jeeves, Otis Criblecoblis

Reviewed by Glenn Erickson

In the late 1960s there were these things called Head Shops, see, where various hippie consumer goods were sold.
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Considering Lena Horne's Only Dramatic Role - 'Death Of A Gunfighter'

It would be fair to state that Lena Horne, who passed away in 2010 at the age of 92, and being the legend that she was, would herself say that her film career was something of a major disappointment. She appeared in only about 18 films in almost 60 years, from her first, the 1935 short film "Cab Calloway’s Jitterbug Party," where she appeared unbilled as a dancer, to her last in 1994, where she appeared as herself to introduce some MGM film musical sequences in "That’s Entertainment III." But she was mainly relegated to appearing in brief musical numbers in movies, most of them for MGM where she was under contract, in which she usually just...
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Friday’s best TV

  • The Guardian - TV News
Rick Stein visits Greece in From Venice to Istanbul, big bands pay tribute to swing masters in Friday Night at the Proms: The Story of Swing, and Kirsty Wark highlights the best of Edinburgh Nights. Plus: the machines have the last laugh in Bad Robots, and there’s magical realism in the Deep South in Benh Zeitlin’s Beasts of the Southern Wild

A night of sax education at the Royal Albert Hall, exploring the roots of the swing era with two big bands led by old hands Guy Barker and Winston Rollins. The legacies of masters such as Glenn Miller, Count Basie and Benny Goodman are celebrated with the help of guest singers Clare Teal, Elaine Delmar and Jamie Davis. There’s also a rousing Cab Calloway turn by Clarke Peters, who was burning up West End stages long before he played The Wire’s fastidious Freamon. Graeme Virtue

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Watch: Revisiting Prince's Hit Film 'Purple Rain'

Watch: Revisiting Prince's Hit Film 'Purple Rain'
Acting does not appear to be a part of Prince’s formidable arsenal but for his 1984 film debut, the multi-talented Minnesotan proved that all you really need to carry a movie are some killer dance moves and a dynamite set list guaranteed to rock the house for 111 minutes. "Purple Rain" is directed by Albert Magnolia in the most prosaic fashion possible but at least he stays out of the way of the musical performers, in particular the kinetically funny Morris Day who gives the film a funk-ified hot foot with his Cab Calloway Meets James Brown version of "Jungle Love." The movie was enormously popular but even that success was overshadowed by its soundtrack which spent 24 consecutive weeks at the top of the Billboard album chart.
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"Citizen Kane of Underground Movies" Hits Blu-ray Sep. 29

Richard Elfman's (brother to composer Danny Elfman's) Forbidden Zone, is widely considered the most classic of cult classics. The Citizen Kane of underground movies if you will. It's a film where sexy Frenchy falls into an insane underworld ruled by a horny little king and his jealous queen. Where Chicken-boy comes to the rescue, only to have his head cut off by the soul-singing Devil himself--played by Danny Elfman and the Mystic Knights of the Oingo Boingo. I mean, come on!

Frog butlers, topless princesses and rioting school kids sing and dance in unforgettable musical numbers by Danny Elfman, Cab Calloway, Josephine Baker and other greats.

Now Forbidden Zone is hitting shelves on [Continued ...]
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Sex Kitten Turned Two-Time Oscar Nominee on TCM Tonight

Ann-Margret movies: From sex kitten to two-time Oscar nominee. Ann-Margret: 'Carnal Knowledge' and 'Tommy' proved that 'sex symbol' was a remarkable actress Ann-Margret, the '60s star who went from sex kitten to respected actress and two-time Oscar nominee, is Turner Classic Movies' star today, Aug. 13, '15. As part of its “Summer Under the Stars” series, TCM is showing this evening the movies that earned Ann-Margret her Academy Award nods: Mike Nichols' Carnal Knowledge (1971) and Ken Russell's Tommy (1975). Written by Jules Feiffer, and starring Jack Nicholson and Art Garfunkel, the downbeat – some have found it misogynistic; others have praised it for presenting American men as chauvinistic pigs – Carnal Knowledge is one of the precursors of “adult Hollywood moviemaking,” a rare species that, propelled by the success of disparate arthouse fare such as Vilgot Sjöman's I Am Curious (Yellow) and Costa-Gavras' Z, briefly flourished from
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Danny Elfman on Film Scores, 'Simpsons' and Working With Tim Burton

The way film composer and former Oingo Boingo frontman Danny Elfman tells it, his whole career boils down to two words: "Fuck it." He muttered that philosophical phrase when he offered an opportunity to write his first movie score – for director Tim Burton's feature debut, Pee-wee's Big Adventure – and the musician said it again when given the chance to perform his now-impressive catalog of symphonic cinematic creations in his "Music From the Films of Tim Burton" concert series.

The shows, which opened in London in 2013 and will kick off
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No Sour Notes: Top Ten Fictional Bands in the Movies

The thought of snapping your fingers to the tunes of your favorite fictional bands in film seems rather unreal. After all these movie music-makers seem like the “reel” deal in terms of their celluloid artistry and sense of colorful on-screen showmanship.

However, some of the fictional bands or musical acts we know very well and consider so fondly actually morph into real-life acts. Also, there are real-life bands that share a “fictionalized existence” on screen as well (for instance one can try and divide the musical phenomenon of The Beatles as treasured pop cultural entities from the mop top maniacs they portrayed on the big screen in A Hard’s Day Night or Help. Some may argue they were the one in the same in front of and away from the rolling cameras).

Whatever your definition of what constitutes a favorable fictional band in film at the present moment just
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7 Unbelievably Cool Musicians Who Appeared on 'Sesame Street' (Video)

  • Moviefone
Sesame Street might not be as shmancy as, say, the Meatpacking District circa "Sex and the City," but it has its fair share of hip visitors.

The latest "Sesame Street" music video features the wondrous Janelle Monáe, and it's just what you need on a Friday afternoon. Bert's bumming, Cookie Monster is burning his snacks, Big Bird can't dunk a basketball, and the Two-Headed Monster can't seem to find the beat. It's easy to be discouraged, but just as they're all about to toss in the towel, Monáe appears in a stylin' tuxedo to teach them about "The Power of Yet." It's catchy, groovy, and completely adorable - and the perfect song to go with the 45th anniversary of the long-running show!

Monáe isn't the first musician to visit Sesame Street, and she surely won't be the last. Check out some of the other stand-out appearances from years past,
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“Alive Inside: A Story of Music and Memory”

The film opened on Friday, July 18, 2014 at the Landmark Sunshine Theater in New York City, and on 80 screens throughout the United States.

Producer, Regina Scully, refers to “Alive Inside” as “the little film that could.”

The film demonstrates how music connects, heals, and restores lives.

Alive Inside” starts out with the founder of Music and Memory, and Social Worker, Dan Cohen, interviewing a 90 year old woman sitting in a wheelchair explaining how she can’t remember anything anymore.

Dementia is a loss of brain function that affects memory, thinking, language, judgment, and behavior. People with dementia may have problems with short-term memory, keeping track of a purse or wallet, paying bills, planning and preparing meals, remembering appointments or wandering out of their neighborhood.

As people age, it is not uncommon for them to loose their independence, loose their dignity, and may even be dealing with loss of loved ones as well.

Over the course of three years, Dan visited many Nursing Homes in the NYC area including, Cobble Hill, Patterson Extended Care Nassau University, Li State Veterans Home, and North Shore University Hospital-lij, and placed headphones connected to nano-sized iPods downloaded with songs from their past, on those diagnosed with diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Dementia, Multiple Sclerosis and Schizophrenia. As we all know music takes you back in time. When you listen to a song from a certain time in your life, you reflect back on where you were, who you were associating with, and the memories that you shared. When the elders listened to songs that they were familiar with, songs that they had grown up with, and maybe even their favorite song of all time, the results were outstanding.

Their faces lit up, they started dancing and singing along, and even became emotional. It was as if a new person was awakened. The music had meaning, and connected them to memories from the past and who they are as human beings. They were able to leave the daily routine and their illnesses behind and go into a world that they were familiar with on their own terms. By getting to know the person first, and helping people find that song, the nursing home population was able to sing and live again.

“Music and Memory” has grown from 56 nursing homes to 650 locations and has a core belief that as the population ages, they will need to do so healthily.

“It takes me back to my school days.”

“I like Cab Calloway.”

“It reminds me of riding a bike, which is how I used to earn my living.”

“Music and Memory” is a non-profit, and the nano and headphones cost approximately $50.00 each. Old iPods or financial donations are appreciated.

http://www.aliveinside.us/#land
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Betty Boop: The Essential Collection, Vol. 4

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: Sept. 30, 2014

Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Olive Films

Betty Boop, one of the first and most famous sex symbols on the animated screen, returns newly re-mastered in HD from 4K scans of the original negatives and fine grains in Betty Boop: The Essential Collection, Vol. 4, Olive Films’ fourth high-definition anthology of her shorts.

A symbol of the Depression Era and a reminder of the more carefree days of the Roaring Twenties, Betty Boop’s popularity was drawn largely from adult audiences and the cartoons, while seemingly surreal, contained many sexual and psychological elements. (Or does Betty’s catchphrase “Boop-Oop-a-Doop” not have a deeper meaning than you may have imagined?)

Vol. 4 includes 13 classic animated short films, reportedly available for the first time on DVD and Blu-ray. All were produced by Max Fleischer and directed by his brother Dave Fleischer. They feature the voices of Mae Questel, Bonnie Poe
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Blu-ray, DVD Release: Betty Boop: The Essential Collection, Vol. 3

Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: April 29, 2014

Price: DVD $24.95, Blu-ray $29.95

Studio: Olive Films

Betty Boop, one of the first and most famous sex symbols on the animated screen, returns newly re-mastered in HD from 4K scans of the original negatives and fine grains in Betty Boop: The Essential Collection, Vol. 3, Olive Films’ second high-definition anthology of her shorts.

A symbol of the Depression Era and a reminder of the more carefree days of the Roaring Twenties, Betty Boop’s popularity was drawn largely from adult audiences and the cartoons, while seemingly surreal, contained many sexual and psychological elements. (Or does Betty’s catchphrase “Boop-Oop-a-Doop” not have a deeper meaning than you may have imagined?)

Vol. 2 includes 12 classic animated short films, reportedly available for the first time on DVD and Blu-ray. All were produced by Max Fleischer and directed by his brother Dave Fleischer. They feature the voices of Mae Questel, Bonnie Poe
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Make way for Prince Ali: The cast of Disney's 'Aladdin' previews magic carpet ride of a Broadway musical

Make way for Prince Ali: The cast of Disney's 'Aladdin' previews magic carpet ride of a Broadway musical
With the colorful world of Agrabah, an Academy Award-winning score by Howard Ashman and Alan Menken, and some of the most memorable lyrics of Disney’s golden age, it seems like Aladdin — the 1992 animated classic about a street rat and his magic lamp — was always destined for stage treatment. And next week, the flying carpet will soar at the New Amsterdam Theatre, when Aladdin begins previews ahead of its March 20 opening.

At a recent “meet the press” event, EW chatted with the show’s director/choreographer Casey Nicholaw, co-lyricist/book writer Chad Beguelin, and principal cast — including Adam Jacobs (Aladdin
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Maureen O’Hara, Richard Dreyfuss, Mel Brooks and Margaret O’Brien Join Lineup for 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival

Turner Classic Movies (TCM) has added an exciting roster of screen legends and beloved titles to the 2014 TCM Classic Film Festival, including appearances by Maureen O’Hara, Mel Brooks and Margaret O’Brien, plus a two-film tribute to Academy Award®-winner Richard Dreyfuss. Marking its fifth year, the TCM Classic Film Festival will take place April 10-13, 2014, in Hollywood. The gathering will coincide with TCM’s 20th anniversary as a leading authority in classic film.

O’Hara will present the world premiere restoration of John Ford’s Oscar®-winning Best Picture How Green Was My Valley (1941), while Brooks will appear at a screening of his western comedy Blazing Saddles (1974). O’Brien will be on-hand for Vincente Minnelli’s perennial musical favorite Meet Me in St. Louis (1944), starring Judy Garland. The tribute to Dreyfuss will consist of a double feature of two of his most popular roles: his Oscar®-winning performance
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