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Author: Dave Roper
With Actors, Directors, Actresses and Screenwriters under our collective belt and Cinematographers still to come, we presently turn our eye towards Composers, whose music lends so much to the films they work on.
As with the other lists, credit is given for not merely one or two sterling scores, but rather a consistently excellent body of work with specific stand-out films. To be blunt, this is a trickier prospect than it at first appears. Just because a film is terrific or well-loved doesn’t necessarily mean that the score is itself a standout. We begin with perhaps the most obvious and celebrated film composer of them all…..
Goodness me. The Poseidon Adventure, The Towering Inferno, Earthquake, Jaws, Raiders of the Lost Ark, The Long Goodbye, Catch Me If You Can, Star Wars, Close Encounters, Star Wars, Superman, Et, Born on the Fourth of July, »
- Dave Roper
The Rizen, 2017.
Directed by Matt Mitchell.
In the 1950s, a woman awakens in an underground tunnel with no memory of how she got there. She discovers that the military has been conducting occult experiments in an effort to gain an early upper hand in the Arms Race, an effort that has gone horribly awry, and must fend of bandaged, zombie-like monsters while helping others get to safety.
The Rizen, the new sci-fi/horror hybrid from writer-director Matt Mitchell (Gangsters, Guns & Zombies) plays out like a strange mash-up of Resident Evil, The Wizard of Oz, Event Horizon, and Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow. It inherits its amnesiac heroine rampaging through an underground laboratory from Evil, its merry band of evil fighting adventurers from Wizard, its portal-to-hell plot from Horizon, »
- Mike McClelland
The bloodshed has begun at NBC.
Short-order drama Emerald City has been canceled after one underwhelming season.
The series, a modern version of The Wizard of Oz based on L. Frank Baum's Oz book series, had a nearly two-year journey from script to screen. The drama now has the distinction of being canceled not once, but twice, as the Vincent D'Onofrio starrer was picked up straight to series and scrapped before being revived with another writer months later.
The drama disappeared just as quietly as it opened, despite the impressive names attached, including acclaimed director Tarsem Singh and D'Onofrio as the Wizard. The »
- Lesley Goldberg,Kate Stanhope
For years, Stephen King’s “The Dark Tower” series was seen as unadaptable. Inspired by the 1855 Robert Browning poem “Childe Roland to the Dark Tower Came,” the story came to King in piecemeal — he started it with a single line, and fleshed out the plot as he moved through it. The resulting eight-book sci-fi/fantasy/horror saga is a mind-warping, inter-dimensional story that fuses the classic elements of a western showdown with existential turmoil and a meta-narrative that ultimately involved King himself as a character.
At the same time, the books play off familiar cinematic touchstones ranging from Clint Eastwood oaters to “The Wizard of Oz” and “Star Wars,” so a careful adaptation of its multifaceted approach could end up hitting several genre buttons at once. After a few failed attempts to »
- Eric Kohn
In the show’s spring premiere, Lucifer returns with the shock announcement that he has suddenly married a stripper — Candy Morningstar. Candy is played by Lindsey Gort, who you might recognize — but where from? Lindsey was born 24th of April, 1984, in Scottsdale, Arizona and loved performance from a young age, spending her early years reciting the lyrics to Over the Rainbow from The Wizard of Oz. She quickly developed a love of acting and decided to get involved in the local theater scene. Lindsey’s career almost got off to a flying start after a successful first audition for Simon Cowell...read more »
- Kirsteen Duckers
Ready to question everything you thought you knew about your childhood? Perfect. Then buckle up and watch this insanely weird and totally inexplicable trailer for Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory. No, this is not some bizarre fan film or the result of some Kickstarter campaign. This is a real movie that Warner Bros. Animation is releasing this year.
The trailer for Tom and Jerry: Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory, which is surprisingly the actual title of the movie, made its way onto YouTube recently. Warner Bros. didn't even seem to want to put it on their own channel, which will make sense once you've watched the trailer. Were this a less insane, pointless mashup, many folks might be excited about the prospect of a brand new animated Tom and Jerry movie. For that matter, it wouldn't even be that uncalled for to have an animated »
Robert Keeling Apr 25, 2017
Saluting the movie characters who make an impression, the minute they appear on the screen...
One thing that unites all of cinema’s most iconic characters is that they were able to make a memorable first impression. Whether it’s bursting onto the scene in a flurry of noise or slowly skulking their way into shot, there’s a fine art to ensuring a character makes an instant impact on screen. An iconic entrance is not just about a momentary impact however, it can also emphasise a character’s importance and help to cement their influence over the rest of the movie.
There are any number of contributory factors that can be blended together in order to make an entrance truly memorable. These include the accompanying music, the choice of camera shot, the »
You Axed for it, as Forry would say: the grade Z horror movie that launched a thousand bad puns is also an unbeatable party favorite. Idiotic island natives clash with condescending Anglo scientists, when a death curse initiates the hell- spawning of a horrifying, vengeance-seeking pagan demon-monster. Sounds great — but what we get is Tabonga, a walking rubber tree stump with knotholes for eyes and a permanent scowl on its teakwood face. The excellent, flawless scan allows us to appreciate the mighty Tabonga for what it is — absurd, lovable, awful.
1957 / B&W / 1:78 widescreen / 71 min. / Street Date April 25, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99
Cinematography: Brydon Baker
Film Editor: Jack Milner
Original Music: Darrell Calker
Produced by Jack Milner
Directed by Dan Milner
“You say Tomayto, »
- Glenn Erickson
What better way is there to start your week than going to see the wizard? In today’s casting roundup, a regional production of the classic, “The Wizard of Oz,” will hold a nonunion casting call. We also have background in the upcoming “A Star is Born” remake, an Off-Broadway comedy, and more! “The Wizard Of Oz”Candlelight Pavilion will hold an open casting call in Claremont, California on April 17 and 18 for its upcoming production of “The Wizard of Oz.” Seeking talent for lead, supporting, and ensemble roles—including the slipper-wearing Dorothy—the production will run June 9–July 29, also in Claremont. There will be a pay/performance rate as well as a rehearsal stipend. Local Automotive Commerciala male actor aged 20–25 and a female actor aged 25–35 are needed for a local automotive commercial, which will shoot at to-be-determined dates in Caldwell, New Jersey. Pay will be $300/day, with travel expenses not included. »
Simon Brew Apr 3, 2017
Why the writers credited on a movie are rarely the only ones who put the screenplay together....
The Wizard Of Oz, since its initial release in 1939, has richly deserved its long-cemented status as an all-time classic. A regular resident in the IMDb top 250 films of all time, and a part of many people’s DVD collection, it’s a film that I’d wager more and more people fall in love with each year. Long may that continue.
Lots of brilliant people were involved in bringing The Wizard Of Oz to the big screen. Some terrific writers, too, who came up with a quotable and cherished script. The film’s screenplay is credited to Noel Langley, »
I grew up on Broadway musicals. Once upon a time when going to see a show on Broadway didn’t cost you your mortgage plus the life of your first-born, my mom and dad were avid theatergoers. They saw the original production of South Pacific with Mary Martin and Ezio Pinza, the original production of Camelot with Richard Burton and Julie Andrews and Robert Goulet, and the original production of The King and I with Gertrude Lawrence and a then little-known Yul Brynner.
When they were still dating they went into town to see Oklahoma! Over the years they saw Carousel, and Brigadoon, and Rex Harrison and Julie Andrews in My Fair Lady, and Zero Mostel in Fiddler on the Roof, and Carol Channing in Hello, Dolly!, and the original West Side Story with Carol Lawrence and Larry Kert. My father fell asleep at Cats and my mother said she »
- Mindy Newell
Ryan Lambie Mar 22, 2017
Fearsome monsters, grasping hands, and a suggestive tree. Here are 10 fantasy movie moments that scarred us as kids...
Sooner or later, you're going to see a scary movie. Whether you sneak down and watch a horror film on late night television, watch a Nightmare On Elm Street sequel round a friend's house or watch clips of slasher movies on YouTube, horror movies are always out there, waiting in the wings for the young and curious.
But long before most of us graduate to the stage of our lives where we start seeking out 18-rated movies of gore and terror, we reliably encounter scary moments in what might initially seem to be harmless family adventure films.
The 1980s was an »
You could be off to see the Wizard in this week’s roundup of casting notices! A national touring production of “The Wizard of Oz” is casting nonunion actors for principal and ensemble roles, plus we have opportunities in four feature films shooting around the country! “The Wizard Of Oz”Casting is underway for several principal roles as well as the ensemble for a nonunion production of “The Wizard of Oz.” The musical will hold an open casting call April 10–11 and auditions by appointment on April 12, all in New York City. Rehearsals will begin Oct. 2 in Lancaster, Pennsylvania, with a run slated for Oct. 27, 2017–Aug. 4, 2018. Actors will be provided with professional weekly salary, housing, and meals on performance days, under a Dutch Apple Theatre contract. “Leda”Feature film “Leda” is casting two young actresses, both ages 7–10, for a lead and supporting role. The piece will shoot this fall for approximately »
Chicago – When stage theater can cause outbreaks of elation, celebration and joy, then it must be due to Kokandy Productions’ revival of “The Wiz.” The urban reinterpretation of “The Wizard of Oz” story – told through tuneful euphoria and jubilant dance – is ecstatically produced, in every morsel of its stagecraft.
The show is at the Theater Wit in Chicago on Thursdays through Sundays until April 16th, 2017. Click here for more details, including ticket information.
Play Rating: 5.0/5.0
The cast delivers the familiar story by ramping up the comic elements, and giving the characters more high-level personalities. The four main travelers – Dorothy, Scarecrow, Tin Man and Lion – have great chemistry, and singing voices to match that chemistry. The chorus/dancers also take on other roles throughout the high energy musical, and entertains at various times with tight and impressive choreography stylings. From the costuming to the orchestration to the use-of-stage, “The Wiz” is »
- email@example.com (Adam Fendelman)
Exclusive: Russian sales company inks Asia deals with Runaway-Luminosity Distribution
Russian animation sales outfit Wizart has inked deals on recently completed 3D family feature Fantastic Journey To Oz with Runaway-Luminosity Distribution for India, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Bhutan, Afghanistan and the Maldives.
Melnitsa Studio’s spin on The Wizard Of Oz classic tells the story of the cunning Urfin whose plot to rule Magic Land is undone by Dorothy and her friends.
“Runaway-Luminosity Distribution is proud to be associated with the animated retelling of the classic story of Wizard of Oz. The animation quality of the film and storytelling is world class and we are very happy to bring this timeless story to a new generation of young audiences,” said Sailesh Dave, managing partner of Runaway-Luminosity Distribution.
Russian animation has been making headway in Asian markets. In 2015, the »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
THR is reporting that New Line Cinema has acquired an untitled horror pitch from writer Mike Van Waes, which is set in the universe created by L. Frank Baum in The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and his subsequent novels.
This marks the latest success for Van Waes, who has sold several pitches and scripts over the past year and a half, including the Black List script Hammerspace to Warner Bros., and the book proposal Peeves to Harper Collins, which has also been optioned by Fox Animation.
Baum’s Oz novels have been adapted on numerous occasions, most famously with the 1939 classic The Wizard of Oz starring Judy Garland. Other adaptations include the 1975 musical The Wiz, 2013’s Oz the Great and Powerful and the NBC TV series Emerald City. A movie adaptation of the hit musical Wicked is also in development for release in 2019. »
- Gary Collinson
As a musical it’s excellent — fine tunes and lyrics, great singing and dancing by the ever-youthful Fred Astaire, the glorious songbird Petula Clark, and the impishly weird Tommy Steele cast appropriately as a grimacing Leprechaun. The update of what was a politically acute Broadway hit in 1947 is awkward but the show is a melodious pleasure — great color, fine voices and peppy direction by Francis Ford Coppola on his first big studio feature.
1968 / Color / 2:35 widescreen / 145 141 min. / Street Date March 7, 2017 / available through the WBshop / 21.99
Cinematography: Philip Lathrop
Film Editor: Melvin Shapiro
Original Music: Ray Heindorf
Produced by Joseph Landon
Directed by Francis Ford Coppola
Finian’s Rainbow is a unique musical with a strange history. »
- Glenn Erickson
An original horror film set in the world of “The Wizard of Oz” is in the works. According to The Hollywood Reporter, New Line Cinema has picked up the pitch from writer Mike Van Waes. While the film will have ties to L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel “The Wonderful Wizard of Oz,” it will not be a new adaptation of the classic story. It will be an original horror tale that is set within the magical Land of Oz.
Van Waes’ is a relatively newcomer to the Hollywood writing scene. His credits include “Hammerspace,” which is in development at Warner Bros. His book proposal “Peeves” was bought by Harper Collins and picked up by Fox Animation through Temple Hill.
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- Yoselin Acevedo
New Line Cinema has picked up a pitch from writer Mike Van Waes for a new horror movie that is set in the magical world of the classic film The Wizard of Oz. The project will have ties to both the original 1900 L. Frank Baum novel The Wonderful Wizard of Oz and the 1939 movie The Wizard of Oz. No specific story details were revealed, and it remains to be seen what characters from The Wizard of Oz will appear in this story, if any.
The Hollywood Reporter broke the news of this project, which comes in the midst of the studio's recent success with horror movies. New Line recently released the hit horror movies The Conjuring 2, which earned $320 million at the worldwide box office, and Lights Out, which earned $149 million at the worldwide box office, from just a $5 million budget. New Line will also release the highly-anticipated horror sequel »
March is here, and the weather is finally getting warmer! It's not quite balmy enough yet to send the kids outside to play first thing on a Saturday morning though, so if you're looking for something to fill those early weekend hours, check out the great lineup of family movies in our Family Favourites!
Every Saturday morning at 11am in select Cineplex theatres you can watch a family-friendly feature for only $2.99 per ticket, with a portion of the proceeds going towards We.org. Enjoy a classic on the big screen one more time, catch up on a newer release you might have missed in theatres, and discover a new family favourite together!
March 4 – Nine Lives
- Jenny Bullough and Adriana Floridia
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