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Memento Mori: Remembering those we lost in 2011

24 December 2011 2:35 PM, PST | SoundOnSight | See recent SoundOnSight news »

In October of 2010, Sound on Sight asked me to do my first commemorative piece on the passing of filmmaker Arthur Penn. I suspect I was asked because I was the only one writing for the site old enough to have seen Penn’s films in theaters. Whatever the reason, it was an unexpectedly rewarding if expectedly bittersweet experience which led to a series of equally rewarding but bittersweet experiences writing on the passing of other filmdom notables.

I say rewarding because it gave me a nostalgic-flavored chance to revisit certain work and the people behind it; a revisiting which often brought back the nearly-forgotten youthful excitement that went with an eye-opening, a discovery, the thrill of the new. Writing them has also been bittersweet because each of these pieces is a formal acknowledgment that something precious is gone. A talent may be perhaps preserved forever on celluloid, but the filmography »

- Bill Mesce

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Film Junk Podcast Episode #338: 50/50

3 October 2011 6:47 PM, PDT | FilmJunk | See recent FilmJunk news »

0:00 - Intro / Jay Hates Traveling 10:30 - Headlines: Kurt Russell Replaces Kevin Costner in Django Unchained, Kevin Tancharoen to Direct Mortal Kombat Reboot, Sony to Stop Covering the Cost of 3D Movies 28:50 - Review: 50/50 52:40 - Other Stuff We Watched: Terra Nova, Real Steel, Waking Sleeping Beauty, A Dangerous Method, Moneyball, Robin and Marian, Dragonslayer, Buck, 102 Minutes That Changed America, Vamp, Visiting Hours, Maniac, Bad Dreams, Community 1:32:00 - Junk Mail: Biggie and Tupac Mishap, Movies You Watch With Others, Movies You Watch By Yourself, Favourite Action Directors, The Joker is Racist, Slow vs. Fast Moving Zombies, Beauty Day Question + PS3 and Blu-ray Recommendations 1:58:50 - This Week's DVD Releases 2:03:40 - Outro » Download the MP3 (57 Mb) » View the show notes » Vote for us on Podcast Alley! » Rate us on iTunes! Subscribe to the podcast feed: Donate via Paypal: Recurring Donation $2/Month:

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- Sean

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How Batman Almost Never Left the Bat Cave

19 September 2011 7:30 AM, PDT | Legions of Gotham | See recent Legions of Gotham news »

How Batman Almost Never Left the Bat Cave

Producer Reveals How Rejections and Perseverance Paved The Way to The Batman Movie Franchise

He has generated $2.6 billion in worldwide box office grosses, countless millions in toy and merchandise sales and survived not one, but two battles with a homicidal maniac. What’s more, he’s not done yet.

Batman is one of the world’s most dependable film properties, with even the worst entry in the franchise’s history still charting $238 million in receipts. As the trailer for the next installment of the franchise, The Dark Knight Rises, debuts online and with the release of the blockbuster Harry Potter film conclusion, millions have already started the countdown until next July when the new film opens.

But if it weren’t for the perseverance of one man who toiled nearly 10 years to make the franchise’s first entry in 1989, it would not have happened at all. »

- THE LEGION fan network

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Music in the movies: The scores of John Barry 1980-2001

5 September 2011 4:42 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We take John Barry’s non-Bond retrospective into the 80s, with some of his epic scores of love, lust and loss…

John Barry’s love affair with cinema is well documented. One could not imagine such a torrent of melodic invention pouring forth with such vibrant intensity if he was not enraptured by the cinematic experience: the darkened periphery of the auditoria; the hushed reverence of another world; the minutiae of human emotion playing out on the big screen. Everything he did, from The Beat to Enigma, represented a direct and synchronous passion for lyrical expression alongside the visual language of film.

The young Prendergast got his love of film from his father, Jack Xavier, who was a cinema projectionist in the silent movie era and would subsequently own a chain of cinemas in the North East. One of Barry’s earliest memories was being carried on his dad’s »

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Music in the movies: more scores of John Barry 1968-1979

15 August 2011 4:16 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Our round-up of John Barry’s non-Bond movie scores continues with a look at some romantic compositions from the disco decade…

As we embark on the fourth part of our appreciation of John Barry’s career beyond Bond, we move into a decade renowned for its glitter balls, bell-bottoms and jiggle television. However, this phase of Barry’s career is representative of a burgeoning interest in more emotionally charged, fractured and complex ideas, viewed through the filter of a maturing, mellowing artist.

Even the most vibrant, exotic scores could not disguise the introspection and sensitivity of the man himself. He continued to chase universal themes – and he was still capable of conjuring up worlds of intrigue and drama – but the projects he gravitated towards more in the wake of Midnight Cowboy were those that allowed him to explore more intimate musical textures.

Barry still accepted a range of eclectic assignments, »

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5-Oscar Winner John Barry Dies At 77

31 January 2011 6:40 AM, PST | Huffington Post | See recent Huffington Post news »

London — Five-time Oscar-winning composer John Barry, who wrote music for a dozen James Bond films, including "You Only Live Twice" and "Goldfinger" but couldn't persuade a jury that he composed the suave spy's theme music, has died. He was 77.

Barry died in New York, where he had lived for some time, on Sunday, his family said. The family did not release the cause of death.

Though his work on the Bond films is among his most famous, the English-born composer wrote a long list of scores, including for "Midnight Cowboy," "Dances with Wolves" and "Body Heat." He was proud of writing both for big action blockbusters and smaller films.

He won two Oscars for "Born Free" in 1966, for best score and best song. He also earned statuettes for the scores to "The Lion in Winter" (1968), "Out of Africa" (1985) and "Dances with Wolves" (1990).

His association with Agent 007 began with "Dr. No »

- AP

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Composer John Barry Dead at 77

31 January 2011 6:13 AM, PST | | See recent news »

His scores for eleven James Bond films were a huge part of the 007 series’ distinctive style. Film music aficionados around the world are expressing deep sadness over the passing of legendary composer John Barry who died from heart failure yesterday in New York. His scores were introspective, bombastic, and passionate, and forever changed the landscape of film music. The winner of five Academy Awards (two for Born Free, The Lion In Winter, Out Of Africa, and Dances With Wolves), his many credits include Robin And Marian, King Kong (1976), Star Crash, Zulu, and The Black Hole. Though his artistry will be sorely missed, his legacy will continue to shine.

From the BBC:

Composer John Barry, famous for his work on Born Free, Out of Africa and the James Bond films, has died in New York of a heart attack aged 77.

Born John Barry Prendergast in 1933, the York-born musician first found fame »

- Tom Stockman

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