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On September 19th, 20th Century Fox will unveil the highly anticipated The Maze Runner and according to early numbers, director Wes Ball’s movie is on track for a $30 million opening when it bows next weekend.
Based upon the best-selling novel by James Dashner, when Thomas wakes up trapped in a massive maze with a group of other boys, he has no memory of the outside world other than strange dreams about a mysterious organization known as W.C.K.D. Only by piecing together fragments of his past with clues he discovers in the maze can Thomas hope to uncover his true purpose and a way to escape.
One of the most popular soundtracks Sony Music has released this year, the original movie score is from American film composer and conductor John Paesano.
Originally from Detroit, Michigan, Paesano initially studied classical music with composition professor Sally Dow Miller of Conservatoire de Paris. »
- Michelle McCue
Having stopped the Red Death and ushered in a new age of human-dragon relations, Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless have left Berk in the hope of spreading their message of inter-species solidarity to the rest of the viking world. It’s a belief they share with the former’s estranged mother, Valka (Cate Blanchett), who he encounters while trying to track down Drago Blundvist (Djimon Hounsou), a figure from his father Stoick’s (Gerard Butler) past who is in the process of building a dragon army. While he and his mother reconnect, Berk’s other dragon riders, Astrid (America Fererra), Snotlout (Jonah Hill), Fishlegs (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), Ruffnut (Kristen Wiig) and Tuffnut (T. J. Miller) use dragon hunter Eret (Kit Harrington) to help find Drago.
- Steven Neish
In a market where the turnaround for sequels is so quick, it feels like it's been a long time since Hiccup and Toothless first arrived on the big screen. How To Train Your Dragon was the film that really made people sit up and pay attention to DreamWorks Animation again after a string of Shrek sequels and tacky celebrity-led reference-paloozas.
By our reckoning, that makes How To Train Your Dragon 2 the most anticipated animated feature of the year by some distance. Young fans will have had the animated series Dragons: Riders Of Berk to tide them over, but assuming that many of us who loved the first film might not have got around to the series, we've been eager to see where the story goes next. »
The mere mention of dragons has moviegoers foaming at the mouth like Pavlov’s dog. That’s part of the reason why How to Train Your Dragon was such a hit in 2010. Sure, Vikings are a large draw too, but nothing compared to dragons. Want proof? Look at how Game of Thrones milks them every season. Often times, sequels or spinoffs fail to capture the magic of the first film, especially for animated films. Since there’s already a built-in audience with the kids (and in this case dragon-lovers too), there’s not always that effort to impress in subsequent films. They usually recycle a lot of what worked – including the structure of the story – beat a recurring joke to death (*cough* Ice Age *cough) and fail to deliver something fresh to the equation. Thankfully, none of that can be said about the next installment of the How to Train Your Dragon trilogy. »
- Ernie Estrella
Tim here. This weekend sees the release of How to Train Your Dragon 2, the first of just two major animated features coming out this summer (and having to imply that Planes 2: The Plane Fight Fire Now is a “major” film tastes like ash in my mouth). More importantly, it’s the sequel to a four-year-old film that’s broadly regarded as the best movie DreamWorks Animation has ever made. And there have been many appreciations advanced through the years as to why How to Train Your Dragon is so good – a comic tone that never trumps the basic sincerity of the story, John Powell’s gorgeous, Celtic-tinged score, the first actual decent animation of normal humans in the studio’s history – I can tell you pretty easily why it’s my own personal favorite: it’s the best movie about cats ever made.
- Tim Brayton
If you’ve seen DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon, you know that not only is it an incredible film, but the entire feature is elevated by a truly magnificent score from composer John Powell. He imbues the compassionate story with a genuine sense of wonder and emotion, and Powell resumes his composing duties on the upcoming sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2 to fantastic results. I recently got the opportunity to speak with Powell for an extended conversation in anticipation of the release of How to Train Your Dragon 2 on June 13th and the soundtrack, which is available now, and we covered a wide range of topics. During the interview, Powell discussed his approach to scoring the follow-up without repeating himself, working with Sigur Rós frontman Jónsi to craft original songs for the movie, whether the knowledge of another sequel (or sequels) impacted his work, »
- Adam Chitwood
How to Train Your Dragon 2 is seriously one of the best movies this year. As much as I loved the first film, this sequel is so much better in every way. DreamWorks Animation has released a new featurette for the animated flick, and it focuses on the music that was created for the feature. The score was composed by John Powell (Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon) along with the help of Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi. What they created for this film is beautiful. The music really nails the emotion of the characters. When the score is done right it makes the movie that much better. How to Train Your Dragon 2 hits theaters on June 13th, and it's a must watch! Thanks to Time!
- Joey Paur
Dragons, dragons and more dragons!
Thanks to Hiccup’s efforts in the first film, in How To Train Your Dragon 2, the residents of Berk, who once viewed dragons as a scourge to be eliminated, now live alongside (and ride!) them in friendship. This time around, they face a different kind of dragon problem, albeit a good one: There’s so many of them! With everyone owning his or her own personal dragon and dragons permeating their way of life, the isle of Berk is a vastly different place.
But when grown-up responsibilities loom on the horizon, Hiccup and his faithful dragon Toothless take to the skies in search of answers. It’s much more than he bargained for, though, when Hiccup discovers that a mysterious dragon rider is really his »
- Michelle McCue
This weekend, in addition to the raucous comedy of 22 Jump Street, families will have some entertainment with another sequel, How to Train Your Dragon 2. Early buzz on the film has been pretty great, and the last featurette for the animated film showed off some of the new dragons encountered by Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless. Now a new featurette focuses solely on the score, composed by John Powell (Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon) with the help of Sigur Ros frontman Jonsi. Powell comments on his task, "I believe it’s my job to be slightly behind your emotion as a viewer, never in front of it.” Watch! Here's the new featurette on the score for How to Train Your Dragon 2 from Time: The second chapter of the epic How To Train Your Dragon trilogy brings back Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) and Toothless five years later. While »
- Ethan Anderton
The armored, animated characters in How to Train Your Dragon 2 have certainly grown up since the first film amassed a whopping $495 million at the worldwide box office. However, has the franchise, written and directed by Dean DeBlois, grown up with these characters? The answer is yes and no. The follow-up has both the solemnity and big story turns that made The Empire Strikes Back a superior sequel, as well as the cartoonish, kid-oriented set pieces that made Return of the Jedi more of a family-friendly adventure. Trying to aim at the adults moved by the poignancy of its predecessor and the kids, who were wowed by the physical comedy and animation, How to Train Your Dragon 2 sometimes clashes in its need to serve both audiences. Regardless, the fantasy soars more than it sinks.
To the triumphant tenor of John Powell’s score (he earned an Oscar nomination for »
- Jordan Adler
Stepping in to replace another composer on a film is never an easy task, but for Christophe Beck, coming in at the tail end of “Edge of Tomorrow” had one great advantage: the movie was largely completed. When “Tomorrow,” which opens today, started shooting, there was no finished script: director Doug Liman and star Tom Cruise continued to craft the film as shooting went along. Liman replaced original composer Ramin Djawadi with Beck, who was best known for scoring films like the three “Hangover” movies, “Muppets Most Wanted,” “Pitch Perfect” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love.” He jokes that getting thrown into the summer blockbuster made him feel a little bit like Cruise’s character, who is thrust into the front lines of a war with no combat experience. “You sort of get dropped in to the situation kind of running, kind of like the Tom Cruise character,” he says. (Typically, even »
If you believe the creators, the animated How to Train Your Dragon was supposed to inspire a trilogy. Except when it wasn.t. With the impending sequel How to Train Your Dragon 2 heading toward theaters, the team behind the DreamWorks Animation effort is making the press rounds. Composer John Powell worked on the first movie back in 2010, and is on board for the next two movies. He might even be on board beyond that. During an interview with Collider, Powell said that DreamWorks Animation head honcho Jeffrey Katzenberg started the ball rolling on a conversation for a possible fourth movie. even before part two reaches theaters. Now that.s confidence! Powell tells the site: I think it was mentioned to [writer-director Dean DeBlois] by Jeffrey that maybe they would do 4. And that was definitely, I think, a real kind of eye-opener for Dean and for me because it.s like, . »
How To Train Your Dragon 2 looks to expand on the scope and heart of the original movie in every way without straying from what made the first movie one of the best animated films of the decade. Fast-forwarding to the teenage years of the main characters, the sequel's trailer promises some epic flying and battle sequences and what looks like cutting edge animation. I was also excited to see that alongside the returning composer, John Powell, musician Jonsi was contributing a new song »
- Alex Maidy
How to Train Your Dragon 2 is all set to debut in theaters on June 17, and as we all know, it’s the second chapter of a trilogy, the Back to the Future 2 of the dragon-riding Scottish Viking saga. It’s the middle, tying the beginning to the end. But what ending is it working toward? Writer/Director Dean DeBlois gave a pretty big hint at the recent Hero Complex Festival in L.A. And by a pretty big hint, I mean he told us how he wants the whole thing to end. Warning: Major possible Spoilers for How to Train Your Dragon 3 ahead, obviously, although I don’t think it spoils anything for HTTYD2.
Here’s what DeBlois said.
“When I was approached about a sequel, I said will you consider it to be the middle act of a three act trilogy? Therefore we’re not just inventing a »
- Mily Dunbar
Collider recently caught up with How to Train Your Dragon 2 composure John Powell, who has been with the franchise since the very beginning. He reveals that DreamWorks Animation's executive producer Jeffrey Katzenberg is considering a fourth film, which will extend what was originally planned as a trilogy.
How to Train Your Dragon 2 is testing extremely well, and critics who have already screened it are raving that it's the movie of the summer. High praise indeed, but the team behind the movie feel it is going to be a big hit as well. In fact, director Dean DeBlois has already been confronted with the possibility of working on a fourth film.
This is what John Powell had to say about the prospect.
""I saw Dean in Cannes, we had a premiere of the film there, and he was very merry and a bit drunk and he sort of »
Following the success of 2010's "How to Train Your Dragon," DreamWorks Animation's Jeffrey Katzenberg announced plans for a potential two further films in the series - effectively making it a trilogy.
Now, upon the eve of the release of the much buzzed about second film next week, the studio may be considering going further and planning "How to Train Your Dragon 4".
"I saw Dean in Cannes, we had a premiere of the film there, and he was very merry and a bit drunk and he sort of knew about [How to Train Your Dragon] 3 and I think it was mentioned to him by Jeffrey that maybe they would do 4.
And that was definitely, I think, a real kind of eye-opener for Dean and for me because it's like, »
- Garth Franklin
Dreamworks Animation is reportedly mulling over the possibility of making two more films in the How To Train Your Dragon series, according to comments made by composer John Powell. The series had initially been conceived as a trilogy, but the wild popularity of the first film, plus a batch of positive early reviews for its follow-up has apparently got the studio looking further down the track… "I saw Dean [DeBlois, the film's director] in Cannes," says Powell. "We had a premiere of the film there, and he was very merry and a bit...
- George Wales
One of the most successful aspects of DreamWorks Animation’s 2010 animated adventure How to Train Your Dragon was the film’s ability to create a whole world in which dragons and people coexisted (though at the time, only grudgingly). The vast world of Berk has even extended beyond film and into television with two seasons of DreamWorks Dragons on Cartoon Network and more to come on Netflix that will expand upon the five years between the original film and its sequel, How to train Your Dragon 2.
- Molly Freeman
When DreamWorks Animation’s How to Train Your Dragon was released in 2010, it took many by surprise—including the studio itself. Directors Dean DeBlois and Chris Sanders' deeply compassionate and gorgeous film remains one of the best animated features in recent memory, and following its overwhelmingly positive response, DreamWorks began working on a sequel. The follow-up, How to Train Your Dragon 2, opens in theaters on June 13th, and while DreamWorks Animation head Jeffrey Katzenberg announced years ago that there would be a trilogy of Dragon films, it appears the studio is now unsurprisingly considering extending the franchise to How to Train Your Dragon 4. I recently spoke with How to Train Your Dragon and How to Train Your Dragon 2 composer John Powell in anticipation of the release of the sequel, and during the course of the interview, Powell mentioned that Katzenberg recently brought up the possibility of making a fourth Httyd film, »
- Adam Chitwood
From DreamWorks Animation, the studio that brought you “Shrek,” “Kung Fu Panda” and “The Croods,” comes the highly anticipated sequel to the Academy Award®-nominated How To Train Your Dragon, based on the children’s book series by Cressida Cowell.
How To Train Your Dragon 2 opens on June 13th, but you can take the whole family to see it on Tuesday, June 10th.
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Check out the first five minutes of the film.
In the thrilling second chapter of the epic trilogy, five years have passed since the heroic young Viking Hiccup (Jay Baruchel) befriended an injured dragon and forever changed the way the residents of Berk interact with the fire-breathers. »
- Movie Geeks
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