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Italian electronic composer Giorgio Moroder's music was all over the place in the 70s and 80s, from his disco hits like I Feel Love (which he produced for Donna Summer) to his score for Brian De Palma's Scarface.
In a recent interview, Moroder's revealed that he's working on a new Tron game - one as yet unannounced by Disney. The music, he says, could also have the involvement of singer-songwriter-producer Skrillex.
"I'm going to meet Skrillex next week when I'm back," Moroder told Clash Music. "I'm doing music for a game for Disney's Tron. We have about five themes, electronic stuff and let's see if he's interested in remixing or re-working one of the songs."
The last Tron games - Tron: Evolution and Tron: Evolution - Battle »
Going to the cinema and watching films is a great way to engross yourself in a by-gone era you were never fortunate enough to witness first hand. The director’s portrayal of different time periods through the storylines, characters and artistic impression is one of the reason by the movie industry is thriving. With releases depicting the Roman, Cowboy and Prohibition eras, the casino industry has been an ever changing frontier on the silver screen.
To give you a better idea, here are a few films showcasing some of the most iconic casino periods:
The Roman – Spartacus (1960)
It wasn’t just money that the Romans gambled with, they often placed wagers risking slaves and gladiators lives – and sometimes even their own! The 1960 film Spartacus is set in the 1st Century BC, with the Roman Republic being rife with corruption and crooked behaviour. The Roman Senator Marcus Licinius Crassus forces Spartacus into battle, »
- David Agnew
A Japanese crime novelist and a small town sheriff collide in the new trailer for Dave Boyle's "Man From Reno." A murder mystery told through a neo-noir lens, the film centers on author Aki Akahori, who begins a romantic affair with a mysterious Japanese traveller from Reno who is staying in the same San Francisco hotel. Her new lover is charismatic and charming but abruptly disappears from the hotel, leaving behind his suitcase and a trail of questions that lead directly to a sheriff with a similar ambiguous mystery. Starring Ayako Fujitani ("Tokyo!") Pepe Serna ("Scarface") and Kazuki Kitamura ("The Raid 2"), "Man From Reno" won the Best Narrative Feature prize at the 2014 Los Angeles Film Festival and is currently a John Cassavetes Award nominee at the 2015 Film Independent Spirit Awards. The Film hits New York and Los Angeles theaters on March 27 before expanding to additional markets on April 10. Watch. »
- Zack Sharf
Boyhood and The Grand Budapest Hotel took the respective top prizes for drama and comedy tonight at the 65th American Cinema Editors Awards. Oscar snubee The Lego Movie continued to rack up awards-season wins, scoring the trophy for Best Edited Animated Feature Film, while Citizenfour added the Ace Eddie to its winning streak for documentary feature.
The ceremony, hosted by 24 actress Mary Lynn Rajskub at the Beverly Hilton, saw Grand Budapest check in with the upset win over Birdman, which was edited to look like it was shot in a single take and came into the Ace Eddies with strong momentum, having won top honors at both the PGAs and the SAG Awards last weekend. The category had the usual five nominees, but this year’s dramatic feature field was notable for a tie that resulted in six nominees — only the second time the American Cinema Editors has had to »
- Ross A. Lincoln and Erik Pedersen
If there’s one thing that Hollywood executives love, it’s cocaine. Mountains and mountains of cocaine. You know that big pile of cocaine that Al Pacino has on his desk at the end of Scarface? That’s like the breakfast of a Hollywood executive. All of that Columbian marching powder doesn’t come cheap, though, which comes to the second thing that Hollywood executives love: sequels.
The reason sequels, remakes and reboots are such a big thing in tinseltown is because they’re the safe bets. Even a faltering franchise will bring in the megabucks, meaning that studios can stay open, keep making original films that probably won’t do as well, and the execs can keep powdering their noses.
It seems like those same execs will consider anything for a reboot, reimagining, or return to the silver screen. Every so often cooler heads prevail – or else, the rights »
- Tom Baker
Here are a bunch of little bites to satisfy your hunger for movie culture: The nonfamous guys in this photo got a huge surprise when they ran up the steps of Philadelphia's Museum of Art, mimicking the iconic scene in Rocky: the man himself, Sylvester Stallone, was standing there with his family, in town actually making another Rocky sequel (Creed). He graciously provided the following group selfie (via Live for Films): What if Al Pacino had played Han Solo? Maybe it'd have looked something like this mash-up of Scarface and Star Wars (via Geek Tyrant): Still looking for the perfect outfit to wear to the movies to see The Imitation Game? Here you go, die-hard Benedict Cumberbatch fans...
- Christopher Campbell
Director Barry Levinson offers his thoughts on what’s behind the growing outcry for more diversity in Hollywood films.
Are we a racist country? Yes. But we are getting better. For certain. And while that battle for absolute equality is being played out, an odd controversy about the racial injustice in the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences has emerged. The Oscar nominations of 2015 are being questioned as racially prejudicial. There are those who say a black woman, who directed “Selma,” was overlooked because of racial bias, and the actor who played Martin Luther King Jr. was also overlooked because he was black. The film was nominated by the Academy, but these individuals were not. I would tend to agree with these accusations if I thought the Academy had a great record of selecting the best nominees each year, but they don’t. It is impossible to pass through a single awards season without hearing, »
- Barry Levinson
Whether it was poor marketing or just not enough attention from the media, there are a lot of great films out there that went unnoticed during their box office runs. However, after only a few years these deserving films eventually find their audiences and earn the title of “cult classic,” thus achieving the appreciation that they deserve. Movie goers are familiar with this term, as well as several of the films that fall in this category, but there are in fact several great films that have not necessarily found their cult followings as of yet.
It typically takes a few years for a cult following to develop for certain films. Brian De Palma’s Scarface is considered a box office bomb and was panned by most critics around the time of its release, but a few decades have gone by and it’s now considered one of the best crime dramas of all time. »
- David Brown
Winning the prize for the best entry in the Borscht Film Festival’s Scarface Redux contest was Florida International University student Martell Harding, whose “Shootout” is 11 intense seconds of action-figure mayhem. Borscht’s crowdsourced remake of Brian DePalma’s modern neo-classic, Scarface Redux consists of, in the vein of Star Wars Uncut, homemade clips reinterpreting the film in a variety of styles and genres. And while Borscht 9 is over, the project is continuing, with some clips yet to be covered. Meanwhile, though, the competition aspect of the project is over, with Harding’s the winning clip. The filmmaker, who is studying Communication […] »
- Scott Macaulay
9 items from 2015
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