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Film Review: John Cena in ‘Ferdinand’

Film Review: John Cena in ‘Ferdinand’
Children’s picture-book classic “The Story of Ferdinand” may not be quite the literary phenomenon it was 79 years ago, when Walt Disney adapted Munro Leaf’s pacifist parable into an Oscar-winning animated short, but that doesn’t make the character — a Spanish bull who simply refuses to fight in the ring — any less relevant or endearing today. In fact, while the news cycle may have momentarily shifted away from the serious issue of bullying, what better way to address it with kids than via the story of an actual bull who’s picked on by his peers?

Of course, there’s a world of difference between a seven-minute short and a 108-minute feature, and Fox’s “Ferdinand” — which has been vibrantly brought to life by director Carlos Sandanha (“Rio”) and the team at Blue Sky, the company behind “Ice Age,” “Robots” and the recent Peanuts feature — strains at times, but in what’s been an underwhelming year for
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DreamWorks Animation in Concert with The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra December 29th and 30th

Universal Brand Development and CineConcerts, along with The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra, announce DreamWorks Animation in Concert engagements at Powell Hall on December 29, 2017 at 7:00pm and December 30, 2017 at 7:00pm. The concert features favorite moments from DreamWorks’ most beloved films including Shrek, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon and many more with music performed by The St. Louis Symphony Orchestra.

Enjoy a celebration of more than 20 years of inspired animation and iconic music scores by Hans Zimmer, Harry Gregson-Williams, John Powell, Alexandre Desplat, Alan Silvestri, Danny Elfman and many others. The audience will relive their favorite moments from DreamWorks most celebrated films including,Shrek, Madagascar, Kung Fu Panda, How to Train Your Dragon, and more, as they are projected in HD onto the big screen, while the music is played live by a symphony orchestra.

Tickets can be purchased Here or by calling the Slso box office
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Former ‘Simpsons’ Composer Alf Clausen to Be Feted by Recording Musicians Association Fundraiser

Former ‘Simpsons’ Composer Alf Clausen to Be Feted by Recording Musicians Association Fundraiser
Erstwhile Simpsons composer Alf Clausen and California State Assembly Majority Leader Ian Calderon are the guests of honor at the 24th Annual Rmala Night fundraiser for the Recording Musicians Association Los Angeles Chapter. The event takes place Sunday, Sept. 24, at the Bel-Air Bay Club in Pacific Palisades.

Alf is a legend, and has been a huge part of the fabric of our community,” Rma national president Marc Sazer said of the selection of Clausen as an honoree. “I can’t think of anyone else that has scored a television show for 27 seasons with original music and a live orchestra.” Clausen was unceremoniously “fired” from Fox’s “The Simpsons” on Aug. 30, it was reported in Variety.

“He was a great choice for a number of reasons, one of which was the instant fame he achieved by being fired,” joked Sazer, a violinist. “We’re proud to have him in our midst, under
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Film Class: How To Edit Action

Tom Jolliffe begins a series of film classes. This week, featuring a guide on how to edit action scenes…

In a new recurrent series, Film Class, I will take you through a guide on various topics relating to all manner of differing film aspects. From everything in front, or behind the camera, during shoot or in post. I don’t claim to be a scholar of any kind (just a piffling graduate), but the series will merely be a guide through the films which have done things right. In the case of this opening gambit, I will focus on how to edit action sequences.

Firstly though, how do you do it wrong? If you’re a film buff like myself and find yourself drawn inexorably to all manner of internet videos, often comical, on the subject, you may have come across an infamously biting dissection of one singular moment in Taken 3.
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How ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Mined the Blues and F-Bombs for a Banging Soundtrack

How ‘The Hitman’s Bodyguard’ Mined the Blues and F-Bombs for a Banging Soundtrack
The bluesy soundtrack to “The Hitman’s Bodyguard” is one of the winning elements of the Lionsgate release, which has been No. 1 at the box office since Aug. 18, and is teed-up for its third weekend at the top. “‘Hitman’ will take full advantage of a very slow marketplace over Labor Day weekend and is likely to go three for three,” says comScore senior analyst Paul Dergarabedian. The buddy action comedy, which stars Samuel L. Jackson and Ryan Reynolds, features a score by Icelandic composer Atli Övarsson that taps into the soulful songs selected for the soundtrack by director Patrick Hughes.

Growing up in Melbourne, Hughes sang and played harmonica in a band, and ‘Hitman’ cuts like Willie Dixon’s “Sittin’ and Cryin’ the Blues,” Leadbelly’s “Black Betty” and Chuck Berry’s “Little Queenie” are nods to those formative years. “There’s an Australian band called Spiderbait and I always loved their cover of ‘Black Betty,’” says
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The Week in Star Wars – Darth Vader in Han Solo, leaked The Last Jedi images and more

The Week in Star Wars returns after a short hiatus with some big updates from Han Solo and The Last Jedi, as well as some comic book and Episode IX news too…

Let’s kick things off with Han Solo, and a new report from Jedi News has revealed that Spencer Wilding has landed himself a role in the upcoming spin-off. The actor was supposed to appear at Fandom Fest in Kentucky but the convention updated their website, explaining, “Spencer Wilding will be unable to attend as he will be filming the newest film in the Star Wars Universe. Spencer will be coming back next year.” Wilding might not be a name you instantly recognised, but he was the man in the Darth Vader suit in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, a scoop we revealed exclusively last year. Could this mean we’ll see the Sith Lord in Han Solo?
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Movie News: Mark Wahlberg Touted to Star in 'Triple Frontier'; Watch James Franco in First 'The Vault' Trailer

Triple Frontier: Mark Wahlberg (Transformers: The Last Knight, above) is in talks to star in Triple Frontier. If things work out, he would replace Ben Affleck, who dropped out last week. Charlie Hunnam (The Lost City of Z), Garrett Hedlund (Mudbound), Adria Arjona and Pedro Pascal (Game of Thrones) are already confirmed to star. The thriller is set in a notorious crime zone in South America where Argentina, Brazil and Paraguay meet; J.C. Chandor (A Most Violent Year) will direct. [Deadline]   Han Solo: Academy Award nominee John Powell (How to Train Your Dragon, above) will compose the musical score for the Han Solo spin-off movie. Powell's musical credits include the first two Kung Fu Panda animated adventures, as well as the four Bourne action thrillers starring...

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Ron Howard confirms Warwick Davis for Han Solo Star Wars Anthology movie

Yesterday it was reported that Rogue One: A Star Wars Story’s Darth Vader, actor Spencer Wilding, is set to appear in next year’s Han Solo Anthology movie (whether he’s playing the Dark Lord of the Sith or not remains a question), and now Ron Howard has revealed that another Star Wars alumnus is also set to appear in the spinoff.

Glad you are asking for one! I directed @WarwickADavis for the 1st time in 30 years today. It made me happy https://t.co/yW8E19MPCn

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) July 26, 2017

Howard posted the above in response to a question about the possibility of a sequel to Willow, which he directed for Lucasfilm back in 1988, with Davis in the lead role.

Davis’ casting shouldn’t really come as much of a surprise; since making his debut in Return of the Jedi, he has went on to appear
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Han Solo News – Warwick Davis and Spencer Wilding join the cast, John Powell to compose the score.

Author: Zehra Phelan

Han Solo news is coming at us thick and fast at the moment, first up is the news that the great Warwick Davis is teaming up yet again with Ron Howard as Howard has indirectly hinted Davis has joined the cast of Han Solo.

Related: Han Solo News

In a tweet, replying to one of his many followers in which he was asked when are we getting a Willow Sequel, Howard replied “Glad you are asking for one, I directed @WarwickADavis for the first time in 30 years today. It made me happy”

Glad you are asking for one! I directed @WarwickADavis for the 1st time in 30 years today. It made me happy https://t.co/yW8E19MPCn

Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) July 26, 2017

Davis is a regular in the Star Wars franchise, first appearing in 1983’s Return of the Jedi as Ewok Wicket, he has since gone on
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John Powell to compose the score for Han Solo Star Wars spinoff

The official Star Wars site has announced that British composer John Powell (Bourne, Shrek) is heading to the galaxy far, far away to compose the score for next year’s untitled Han Solo Anthology movie.

Powell is just the third person to have the honour of scoring a Star Wars movie after John Williams and Michael Giacchino (Rogue One: A Star Wars Story). The official announcement states that Han Solo “will be scored in the style of the original Star Wars movies but retain Powell’s distinctive voice.”

Powell’s other upcoming credits include the animated movies Ferdinand, Pigeon Impossible and How to Train Your Dragon 3.

See Also: Rogue One’s Darth Vader actor has a role in the Han Solo Star Wars spinoff

Han Solo stars Alden Ehrenreich (Hail, Caesar!) as the famous smuggler, Donald Glover (Atlanta) as Lando Calrissian, Woody Harrelson (War for the Planet of the Apes
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Star Wars: Han Solo Movie Locks Down Composer

Over the past couple months, the standalone Han Solo Star Wars spinoff has gone through a lot of drama. Directors Phil Lord and Chris Miller were ejected from the director’s chair, and in their place, Lucasfilm placed the season veteran Ron Howard. The film still looks to make its May 2018 release date, but there’s no doubt that Howard has his work cut out for him.

Though while they’ve hit a massive speed bump, the production trudges forward, and according to The Star Wars Show, the Han Solo film has locked down their composer. Putting together the dulcet tones for the film is John Powell. He may be no Michael Giacchino or John Williams as far as recognition, but he’s done plenty of quality music.

Related: A Closer Look At What Happened With The Han Solo Movie

If you don’t recognize the name, Powell’s long
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John Powell Will Compose The ‘Han Solo’ Movie Score

John Powell Will Compose The ‘Han Solo’ Movie Score
John Williams will always be the king of Star Wars music, but as Lucasfilm continues to expand the franchise, they’ll need some help providing scores for their spin-off movies. Lost and Up composer Michael Giacchino already filled in on last year’s Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, and now we know that John Powell will be the […]

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Composer John Powell to Score The Untitled Han Solo Movie

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An Academy Award-winning composer, John Powell, will be taking up the baton to score the upcoming Han Solo film!  More below!

For just the 2nd time in the long history of Star Wars, someone other than John Williams will be scoring a Star Wars film.  Last year, audiences heard Michael Giacchino's work as they watched the rebels steal the plans to the Death Star in Rogue One: A Star Wars Story.  In 2018, they will hear the composing styles of Academy Award-winning composer, John Powell, in the (still) Untitled Han Solo movie.

If you're unfamiliar with the name, it's likely that you've still heard his work in such movies as Shrek, Kung Fu Panda 1 & 2, Matt Damon's Bourne Series, and How to Train Your Dragon 1 & 2, for which he won the Oscar for the prequel.

It's said that the Untitled Han Solo movie will be scored much in the same
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Untitled Han Solo Movie Sets John Powell as Composer

The Star Wars feature film universe is getting only its third-ever new composer for the upcoming Untitled Han Solo Movie. Indeed, while John Williams is synonymous with Star Wars, Lucasfilm’s ramping up of the franchise with the spinoff Rogue One brought in a new voice to the series, Michael Giacchino. And now, while Williams is scoring Star Wars: The Last Jedi, it looks like the spinoffs will continue to have different composers as Oscar nominee John Powell has been announced as the composer behind the Untitled Han Solo Movie. Powell is a veteran composer whose work ranges from …
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‘Han Solo’ Spinoff Finds A Composer

With the still untitled Han Solo spinoff movie now back on track with Ron Howard behind the camera, it seems that the rest of the creative puzzle is being put into place. A composer has been found for the film, and it’s someone new to the “Star Wars” universe.

“The Star Wars Show” reveals that John Powell will tune up the adventures of young Han Solo.

Continue reading ‘Han Solo’ Spinoff Finds A Composer at The Playlist.
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'Star Wars': Han Solo Movie Enlists Composer John Powell

'Star Wars': Han Solo Movie Enlists Composer John Powell
The Star Wars Han Solo spinoff has found someone to pull the strings.

Composer John Powell will score the film, Lucasfilm revealed Wednesday.

Powell is largely known for his work on animated movies, including Shrek and Kung Fu Panda. He was nominated for an Oscar for 2010's How to Train Your Dragon. His recent credits include that film's sequels, as well as Jason Bourne and the upcoming Fox animated feature Ferdinand.

Powell will be just the third composer to score a Star Wars live-action film, after series legend John Williams and Rogue One: A Star Wars Story's Michael Giacchino.

The untitled Han Solo...
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Society of Composers & Lyricists hosts panel discussion with composers of ‘Goliath,’ ‘The Man in the High Castle,’ and ‘Patriot’

Society of Composers & Lyricists hosts panel discussion with composers of ‘Goliath,’ ‘The Man in the High Castle,’ and ‘Patriot’
The Society of Composers & Lyricists hosted a panel discussion Wednesday night with composers Dominic Lewis (“The Man in the High Castle”), Alex Wurman (“Patriot”), and Jason Derlatka and Jon Ehrlich (“Goliath”). Gold Derby moderated the event at the Landmark Regent Theater in Westwood that was organized by Amazon and Impact 24 PR. Lewis worked under legendary composers John Powell, Hans […]
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