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Brad Fiedel interview: composing Terminator 2's iconic score

Ryan Lambie Dec 6, 2017

Composer Brad Fiedel talks to us about his stunning music for The Terminator and its sequel, T2...

Across a varied and illustrious career, New York-born musician Brad Fiedel has conjured up some unforgettable sounds. He was the keyboard player for soft rock outfit Hall & Oates in the 70s; as a composer, Fiedel's career spanned 20 years and an eclectic mix of film and TV: cult horror classic Fright Night, hit drama The Accused, 90s sci-fi action thriller Johnny Mnemonic to name a few.

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But for most movie geeks, Fiedel will be most closely associated with his unforgettable music for James Cameron's Terminator and Terminator 2. By turns percussive and melancholy, his electronic score encapsulated the themes of Cameron's nightmarish chase movies as eloquently as the images: the off-kilter,
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‘Money Monster’ Exclusive Featurette: George Clooney, Jack O’Connell Praise Director Jodie Foster

‘Money Monster’ Exclusive Featurette: George Clooney, Jack O’Connell Praise Director Jodie Foster
The thriller “Money Monster” follows financial TV personality Lee Gates (George Clooney) who advises his audience on commerce and Wall Street with the help of longtime director Patty Fenn (Julia Roberts). One day on air, laborer Kyle Budwell (Jack O’Connell) takes him hostage and straps explosives to his chest demanding answers about an investment gone wrong. Soon, the entire team scrambles to discover what happened with the company in question and they find a pattern of corruption that goes all the way to the top. In honor of its digital release, watch an exclusive behind-the-scenes featurette from the film below, with George Clooney, Jack O’Connell, and screenwriter Jamie Linden praising the work of director Jodie Foster.

Read More: Review: Jodie Foster’s ‘Money Monster’ Wants to Be ‘Network’ for the Occupy Wall Street Age

Jodie Foster has previously directed three feature films: “Little Man Tate,” about a mother
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Happy 90th Birthday to Roger Corman – Here Are His Ten Best Films

Article by Jim Batts, Dana Jung, and Tom Stockman

Happy 9oth Birthday to a legend! Roger Corman has directed more than 50 low-budget drive-in classics, produced and/or distributed 450 more, and helped the careers of hundreds of young people breaking into the industry. A partial list: Martin Scorsese, Francis Ford Coppola, Irvin Kershner, Monte Hellman, Peter Bogdanovich, Gail Ann Hurd, James Cameron, Jonathan Kaplan, Joe Dante, Robert Towne. Considering Corman’s own films, Jonathan Demme has stated. “Roger is arguably the greatest independent filmmaker the American film industry has seen and probably ever will see.” And he’s still going strong, currently producing the upcoming actioner Death Race 2050. We Are Movie Geeks has taken a look at Corman’s career and here are what we think are the ten best films that he has directed:

Honorable Mention. The Premature Burial

The Premature Burial (1962) is the ‘odd man out’ among the
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Top 100 Christmas TV episodes of all time: 20 - 1

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It's the final entry in Wesley's top 100 Christmas TV episodes of all time list, numbers 20 to 1. Merry Christmas to all!

Read entries 100 - 81 here, entries 80 - 61 here, entries 60 - 41 here, and entries 40 - 21 here.

Since the medium’s infancy, viewers have enjoyed sharing holidays with their favourite television characters. We grow invested in our friends on screen over the years; spending Christmas with them is a rite of passage, a chance for us to share tradition from our world with the fictional ones we see on screen. Some shows embrace the season wholeheartedly, characters in good spirits and enjoying the trappings of the season; others skew a little darker, bringing the more oppressive, burdensome side of the holidays to life. Either way, Christmas episodes tend to demonstrate the strengths of our favourite series, and it’s long been a festive ritual of mine to wheel out old
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Truck Turner | Blu-ray Review

Kino Lorber resurrects the obscure and fascinating 1974 Blaxploitation gem Truck Turner this month for the first time on Blu-ray. One of Isaac Hayes’ most notable acting performances, it’s a head above the general trend of similar genre titles of the period, even though the film features a familiar narrative already well re-tread by the time of its release. Hayes fashions his own soundtrack for this retro classic, an oddity begging to be rediscovered.

Truck Turner (Hayes) is a football star turned bounty hunter, in the midst of hunting down a vicious, sadistic pimp named Gator (Paul Harris) with the help of his sidekick, Jerry (Alan Weeks). But Gator proves a hard target to pin down, leading up to a dramatic showdown where Truck is forced to kill the pimp in self-defense. His death causes a ripple in the criminal community of Los Angeles and forces the aggressively violent Madame
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Cinema's Hidden Pearls -- Part I

Cinema’s Hidden Pearls – Part I

By Alex Simon

One of nature’s rarest items, a pearl is produced within the soft tissue (specifically the mantle) of a living shelled mollusk. Just like the shell of a clam, a pearl is composed of calcium carbonate in minute crystalline form, which has been deposited in concentric layers. Truly flawless pearls are infrequently produced in nature, and as a result, the pearl has become a metaphor for something rare, fine, admirable and valuable. Hidden pearls exist in the world of movies, as well: films that, in spite of being brilliantly crafted and executed, never got the audience they deserved beyond a cult following.

Here are a few of our favorite hidden pearls in the world of film:

1. Night Moves (1975)

Director Arthur Penn hit three home runs in a row with the trifecta of Bonnie & Clyde, Alice’s Restaurant and Little Big Man,
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Blue Sky | Blu-ray Review

The 1994 film Blue Sky is something of an anomaly from the mid-90s. Filmed in 1991, it would be the last film feature of British auteur Tony Richardson’s career, who had been working in television for several years prior, ever since his coolly received 1984 adaptation of John Irvine’s The Hotel New Hampshire. Then, due to the bankruptcy of Orion Pictures, the film’s distributor, the final product was shelved for three years, at long last released in the autumn of 1994, going on to snag actress Jessica Lange her second Academy Award. Now, twenty years later, it’s a prestige that would seem near impossible to attain for a feature treated to the same fate in today’s market. This distinction potentially sets the film up for failure, which perhaps explains the lack of continued enthusiasm surrounding it.

Nuclear engineer Hank Marshall (Tommy Lee Jones) is forced to uproot his
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21 mainly forgotten Us number 1 movies from the 1990s

The 1990s: a time when Sleepwalkers, Burt Reynolds, No Escape, Chevy Chase and F/X/2 could top the Us box office...

By the 1990s, studios were waking up to movie marketing, and the era of the blockbuster. Tim Burton's Batman, released in summer 1989, had introduced the idea of a big opening weekend, and modern movies now target their promotional work to get just that. As such, it's harder and harder for smaller films to snare the top slot at the Us box office, even for one weekend.

In the 1990s, particularly the first half of the 1990s, that wasn't so much the case though. In fact, many films that have long since fallen from the public conscious topped the chart. And in this piece, I've tried to capture some of them.

Inevitably, you're going to have heard of some of them, and what a UK dweller sees as a
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Blaxploitation Masterpiece ‘Truck Turner,’ Starring Isaac Hayes, Coming to Blu-ray in July

2015 is increasingly looking like a really great year for Blu-ray DVD releases. First there was the news I reported a few weeks ago (Here) that the classic film "Coffy," with Pam Grier, was coming out, for the first time on Blu-ray DVD. And now comes news that another classic will be coming out this summer on Blu-ray as well. Anyone who has followed this site knows that I deeply love me some Blaxploitation films. I was raised on Blaxploitation movies. They are the films that made me - for better and (mainly) for worse. These were the films that made me want to make movies. So when Kino Studio Classics announced today that they would be releasing Jonathan Kaplan’s ...
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Ed Summer’s Comics and Movies

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by Mike Gold and Martha Thomases

Ed Summer, the man who opened one of America’s first comic book stores and went on to a varied and significant media career, died Thursday from cancer.

A graduate of the New York University School of the Arts (his classmates included Oliver Stone, Jonathan Kaplan and Alan Arkush), Summer opened the Supersnipe Comic Book Emporium on Manhattan’s upper east side in 1971. The store was named after the Street and Smith comic book character who owned more comic books than anybody else in the world. In the late 1970s he opened a comic art gallery, also one of the first, near his store. His friend George Lucas was an investor.

Moving on to motion pictures, Ed wrote or co-wrote Conan the Barbarian (and also was associate producer), Mickey Mouse and Donald Duck cartoons for Disney, and Shinsha (a anime take on Little Nemo
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‘Witches of East End’ Canceled by Lifetime After Two Seasons

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‘Witches of East End’ Canceled by Lifetime After Two Seasons
Lifetime has put an end to “Witches of East End.” The hour-long supernatural drama was canceled on Tuesday, a spokesman for the network told TheWrap. See photos: Lifetime's ‘Saved by The Bell’ Movie Cast: Who Are These People, Anyway? The series, which starred Jenna Dewan, Julia Ormond, Rachel Boston and Mädchen Amick as a family of witches, was based on Melissa de la Cruz's novel of the same name. Co-stars included Eric Winter, Christian Cooke and Daniel Ditomasso. “Witches of East End” was produced by Fox 21 and executive-produced by Maggie Friedman, Jonathan Kaplan, Erwin Stoff and Josh Reims.
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Six of the Best Movie Riots

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The release of Pride in cinemas this Friday sees the struggles of the gay community in London meld with the struggles of the mining community in Wales under Thatcher’s rule.

To celebrate the film reaching cinemas, we take a look at some of the most effective riots on screen, from the oppressed to the angry to the downright silly.

Warning: Contains plot spoilers and violent content.

Over the Edge 1979, Dir. Jonathan Kaplan

With a concluding riot dangerously reminiscent of what London experienced in 2011, this tale of unruly youth shows the consequences of kids when they’re pushed too far.

Featuring Matt Dillon’s first on screen appearance as the disgruntled Richie, the film follows the teens of a neglectful American town as they amuse themselves with petty crime, drugs and necking.

When one of their own is killed by a cop after a misunderstanding, the teenagers lock their parents
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James Marsters and Bianca Lawson Join Witches of East End for Season 2

Season 2 of Lifetime's "Witches of East End" begins Sunday, July 6th, and if you're a regular watcher of genre TV, you should easily recognize the two new cast members who were recently announced...

First up, James Marsters (pictured; aka Spike on "Buffy the Vampire Slayer") will play Tarkoff, a family friend of Julia Ormond's Joanna who has recently come back into her life. Next, Bianca Lawson (most recently seen as Ms. Morell on "Teen Wolf") will play Eva, a mysterious new character spending some time with Daniel Ditomasso's Killian.

Starring Julia Ormond, Madchen Amick, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, and Rachel Boston as a family of witches, Season 2 of "Witches of East End" will contain 13 episodes.

"Witches of East End," based on Melissa de la Cruz's popular novel of the same name, comes to Lifetime from Fox 21 and is executive produced by Maggie Friedman, Jonathan Kaplan, Erwin Stoff, and Josh Reims.
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Based on a True Story: A Study of Authenticity in Cinema, ahead of the release of Fruitvale Station

This week sees the release the incredible Fruitvale station. The debut feature by director Ryan Coogler shows the last 24 hours of Oscar Grant’s life, before he was shot and killed by a member of the Oakland police force. The film begins with the real footage of Grant and his friends at Fruitvale Station right up until the point where Grant was shot, but the rest of the film is a dramatised version of true events. The film is said to be almost entirely accurate, give or take on or two scenes which Coogler claims were only fictitious as nobody could account for what Coogler was doing at that time. Coogler obviously decided to stay as close to the truth as was possible, perhaps because Grant’s family were involved and he had access to certain information, but how much does sticking to the truth actually matter?

Perhaps the best
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The Student Teachers

Here's another installment featuring Joe Dante's reviews from his stint as a critic for Film Bulletin circa 1969-1974. Our thanks to Video Watchdog and Tim Lucas for his editorial embellishments! Exploitable potpourri of sex, comedy, action with high school setting has enough funny stuff to draw and amuse youth trade in ballyhoo markets and drive‑ins. Rating: R.

Although The Student Teachers follows the New World "student nurse" formula almost slavishly (pretty girls, lotsa nudity, low‑comedy plotting, violent black subplot dragged in by the heels), it stacks up as a nifty little programmer by virtue of fast pacing and an engagingly breezy comic style. Where aggressively promoted, it holds strong lures for the general youth trade and should prove an especially appealing drive‑in item.

The makers of last year's Night Call Nurses have simply lifted the gags and situations from that film and transplanted them to a high school setting,
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Lifetime Casts a Spell with an Extended Promo for Witches of East End Season 2

"Witches of East End" is set to return to Lifetime for a second season beginning July 6th, and to help kick off the long Memorial Day weekend, here's an extended promo. Witches have never been hotter - will you be tuning in?

Starring Julia Ormond, Madchen Amick, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, and Rachel Boston as a family of witches, the series has proven to be Lifetime's youngest-skewing original to date. Season 2 of "Witches of East End" will contain 13 episodes.

"Witches of East End," based on Melissa de la Cruz's popular novel of the same name, comes to Lifetime from Fox 21 and is executive produced by Maggie Friedman, Jonathan Kaplan, Erwin Stoff, and Josh Reims.

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See the First Teasers for Lifetime's Witches of East End Season 2

Toward the end of last year we learned that Lifetime had renewed its "Witches of East End" for a second season, and with the show's summer premiere approaching, we have a look at two new teaser videos for you.

"With its great storytelling and amazing cast, 'Witches of East End' is leading a full-blown witch renaissance," said Lifetime Executive VP/Gm Rob Sharenow when announcing the renewal. "The show's perfect mix of premium execution with content that is in the zeitgeist is drawing new viewers to Lifetime, and we're very excited to be bringing it back for a second season."

Season 2 of "Witches of East End" will contain 13 episodes.

Starring Julia Ormond, Madchen Amick, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, and Rachel Boston as a family of witches, the series has proven to be Lifetime's youngest-skewing original to date. "Witches of East End," based on Melissa de la Cruz's popular novel of the same name,
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"Heart Like A Wheel" on DVD

From Anchor Bay Entertainment, the 30th anniversay edition of director Jonathan Kaplan's Oscar nominated 1983 feature "Heart Like a Wheel" starring Bonnie Bedelia as real-life racing champion 'Shirley "Cha Cha" Muldowney', is now available on DVD:

"...overcoming sexist hurdles, Shirley works hard to qualify for the major auto race competitions of America. Firmly in her cheering section is her dad Hoyt Axton, and--at least at first--her husband 'Jack'.

"When Jack, jealous of Shirley's success, leaves her, she casts her lot with troublesome banned racer 'Connie Kalitta' (Beau Bridges).

"The film comes to a head at the 1966 'National Hot Rod Association World Championship', which Shirley eventually wins three times..."

Click the images to enlarge...
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Lifetime Renews Witches of East End for a Second Season

With so many great horror TV shows on the air right now, we've had to cut back on what we cover in depth, and one of the victims of our time constraints is Lifetime's "Witches of East End." But if you're watching and enjoying it, you'll be happy to hear this latest news...

The cable network has picked up the supernatural drama for a second season, following its solid ratings and steady growth. The renewal is for 13 episodes slated to premiere in 2014. The current season runs through December 15th.

"With its great storytelling and amazing cast, 'Witches of East End' is leading a full-blown witch renaissance," said Lifetime Executive VP/Gm Rob Sharenow. "The show's perfect mix of premium execution with content that is in the zeitgeist is drawing new viewers to Lifetime, and we're very excited to be bringing it back for a second season."

Are you
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Lifetime Renews ‘Witches of East End’ for Second Season

Lifetime Renews ‘Witches of East End’ for Second Season
Something’s a brewing at Lifetime.

The cabbler has renewed its fantasy drama “Witches of East End” for a second season with a 13-episode order for 2014, it announced today.

The series, which focuses on a family of witches made up of characters played by Julia Ormond, Mädchen Amick, Jenna Dewan Tatum and Rachel Boston, is adapted from Melissa de la Cruz’s popular young adult novels. Produced by Fox 21, it is executive produced by Maggie Friedman, Jonathan Kaplan, Erwin Stoff and Josh Reims. Kaplan is also the series’ producing director.

“With its great story telling and amazing cast, ‘Witches of East End’ is leading a full-blown witch renaissance,” Rob Sharenow, executive vice president and general manager of Lifetime, said in a statement. “The show’s perfect mix of premium execution with content that is in the zeitgeist is drawing new viewers to Lifetime and we’re very excited to
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