13 items from 2011
Some time in the late 1990s, the music video director Mark Romanek approached his friend Trent Reznor to compose the score for his feature debut One Hour Photo, a thriller in which lab technician Robin Williams becomes obsessed with a suburban family. It was not the happiest time for Reznor, who was straining to complete the third Nine Inch Nails album and, he says, was about to "slip off a cliff of addiction". While things were still at the demo stage, he received an apologetic call from Romanek saying the studio was pressuring him to use a "real composer".
The physical evidence of how much has changed since those days is 34cm tall, gold-plated and stands on the mantelpiece of Reznor's house in Beverly Hills. »
- Dorian Lynskey
Geek Girl Navigating the World – The Trans-Siberian Orchestra Experience
I was recently surprised with tickets to see Trans-Siberian Orchestra kick off this year’s tour by a couple of friends of mine. I’m not sure if they actually knew whether I liked the band or whether they just hoped I’d be cool with going to a concert when I went to go see them. Fortunately, it all worked out to everyone’s advantage, I think.
My first encounter with any of Trans-Siberian Orchestra’s music was when I was in college. I was riding home to visit my parents with a friend of the family and he had a CD with a whole mix of Christmas music on it. Since we were actually headed home for Christmas, I didn’t mind listening to them. One of the songs on the CD was “Revenge of the Sugar Plum Fairy. »
Exploding heads are great, obviously. And there are some action and horror films that simply wouldn’t be the same without copious bloodletting, broken limbs and flying eyeballs. So while we’ve nothing against cinematic excess, it’s also the case that truly horrific violence can be implied rather than explicitly shown.
To this end, here’s a list of a few particularly noteworthy moments of implied nastiness in cinema. Needless to say, there are dozens upon dozens that we’ve failed to remember, so feel free to chip in with your own favourite moments of off-screen menace in the comments section.
“Just you wait, the nasty man in black will come,” is the first line uttered in Fritz Lang’s unforgettably disturbing 1931 thriller, »
Depending on who you believe, time’s are either hard, or looking-up for the British gaming industry – while not too many of the biggest award winners at our own British Academy Video Games Awards actually came from our own fair Isles, aside from F1 2010, Need For Speed: Hot Pursuit, Kinect Sports and Peter Molyneux. But really none of those awards really meant that much in the upper echelons of the gaming industry – the big shakers last year, and indeed this year are the sprawling Fps releases, fighting among themselves for the biggest sales purse come the end of the year.
And in amongst them, there will be will little British influence at all.
For the third largest games industry in the world to have such a small representation of the biggest selling games developed or published within its shores is a travesty, that is only compounded by the fact that »
- Simon Gallagher
By Zachary Swickey
Modest Mouse frontman Isaac Brock has been busy in the studio working on his group’s latest album – with Outkast’s Big Boi producing some tracks – but the enigmatic singer has just tacked another project on to his to-do list: scoring a film.
Brock has signed on to provide the audio accompaniment to a western comedy film (don’t see those very often) called Queens of Country. The movie is to be directed by Ryan Page and Christopher Pomerenke – the same fellas who brought us Blood Into Wine, a wine documentary starring Tool’s Maynard James Keenan. Rather appropriate since the singer is set to appear in the film as the antagonist – a bigger role than the cameos he’s used to.
- MTV News
The Los Angeles auditions—a city that “never fails to deliver,” Cat Deeley says.
The rules are that dancers can be sent home, get a ticket for the next round in Vegas, »
- Gwen Orel
Compared to seasons past, I have to admit the Season 12 Dancing with the Stars cast is pretty coordinated. However, there Is a black sheep in the competition who’s just not pulling her weight and her name is Kendra Wilkinson. The reality starlet is consistently in the bottom of the score board and she’s starting to remind me an awful lot of Season 10′s Kate Gosselin and Season 11′s Bristol Palin. The only problem is she’s not nearly as entertaining as those two ladies — and that was the reason we kept them around!
To be fair, I don’t think Kendra is anywhere near as clunky of a dancer as Kate, or even Bristol. However, the personality we’ve loved so much on her reality »
- Kirstin Benson
There were many fantastic scores released in 2010, many of which weren't considered during awards season. But the fact that Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross won the BAFTA, Golden Globe and the Academy Award for Best Original Score is quite an achievement.
Best original score is a suitable label for this contribution by Reznor and Ross, who have shied away from the conventional approach and worked within a system that they're both familiar with, having collaborated with each other a number of times in the past on other, non-movie-related projects.
For me, The Social Network had the most original and cohesive score of last year and the one that exceeded my expectations. I feel that Nigel Godrich attempted something for Scott Pilgrim Vs The World that had moments of interest, »
The 83rd Annual Academy Awards are coming at you live on ABC for 3+ hours Sunday (Feb. 27) and Zap2it is here with you for every sparkly minute of the festivities.
The fun starts at 8:30 p.m. Et/5:30 p.m. Pt. All times Eastern.
8:08 p.m. - T-minus 22 minutes 'til Oscar time. Who has been your favorite red carpet lady? We think Natalie Portman, Jennifer Hudson, Mandy Moore and Hailee Steinfeld look gorgeous. We are more divided at the Zap2it offices on Cate Blanchett's purple gown.
Ten years ago, around the time that Fight Club was becoming one of those generational movie touchstones (this was not your father’s clockwork nihilism, or even your older brother’s), David Fincher’s ascent seemed more or less complete. An audacious and protean talent, with the requisite music-video background (“Express Yourself,” “Janie’s Got a Gun”) and a decade’s worth of feature film work behind him, he was steeped in the visual language of grunge — a kind of slickly orchestrated kitchen-sink MTV entropy. All of his movies, good or mediocre, were conceived as sensually overcharged experiences. From the start, »
- Owen Gleiberman
The Social Network is currently available on both Blu-ray and DVD. One of the special features involves the process actor Armie Hammer went through to portray both Cameron and Tyler Winklevoss, along with actor Josh Pence as the stand-in. A brand new, extended featurette about that process has just been released, and you can take a look at the video below.
Click to watch Winklevoss Twins Featurette!
The Social Network, which is nominated for eight Oscars, including Best Picture, is available on Blu-ray and DVD. Take a look at the special features below.
David Fincher's The Social Network is the stunning tale of a new breed of cultural insurgent: a punk genius who sparked a revolution and changed the face of human interaction for a generation, and perhaps forever. Shot through with emotional brutality and unexpected humor, this superbly crafted film chronicles the formation of Facebook and the battles »
The Social Network (Blu-Ray)Sony Pictures Home ENTERTAINMENT2010/Rated PG-13/Running Time 120 MinsList Price $34.95 -- Available January 11, 2011With The Social Network director David Fincher and writer Aaron Sorkin have fashioned an entertaining examination of youths thrust into great power with their somewhat fictionalized account of the rise of Facebook. Despite the fact that the film has been praised across the board by critics since its release last fall, calling the film a master-piece is more than a bit of a stretch in my opinion because that would mean the picture is perfect and it isn't even almost that. The Social Network is as flawed as its subjects and though it provides many answers, it only scratches the surface of the behind-the-scenes events surrounding the creation of a pop culture phenomenon. It's also just as ambitious as its main character Mark Zuckerberg and like the Facebook CEO, remains a cypher. Yet »
This Week in DVD & Blu-ray is a column that compiles all the latest info regarding new DVD and Blu-ray releases, sales, and exclusive deals from stores including Target, Best Buy and Fry’s. The Social Network Each year, there are always a select number of standout films that astound through their remarkable craftsmanship. More rare, meanwhile, are the films that achieve this while also providing prescient insight into our evolving culture. The Social Network is the latter. While film may not have seemed like the medium best suited to communicate how the internet has altered the world, the dynamite pairing of director David Fincher and writer Aaron Sorkin transforms the topic into a fiercely entertaining, cinematically rich experience. Never before has the use of computers in film been so thrilling without needing to abandon total authenticity. And for all its rhythmically-charged dialogue sparring sessions set to Trent Reznor's electric score, »
- Adam Quigley
13 items from 2011
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