4 items from 2015
There was a brief stir in January when composer Harry Gregson-Williams publicly expressed, via Facebook, his surprise at hearing music he didn’t recognize at the premiere of Michael Mann’s thriller “Blackhat” — and at not hearing a lot of score he did write.
The composer says his Facebook post has been blown out of proportion, but admits it was disappointing to see music he toiled over dropped (or replaced) in the final cut. But, he stresses, that’s just part of the game.
“You win some, you lose some,” he says, relaying his early mentor Hans Zimmer’s comment that you haven’t made it as a film composer until you’ve had a score rejected.
Gregson-Williams is simply the latest in a long line of composers who’ve watched scores tossed out and replaced whole-cloth, partially substituted by pre-existing tracks, or mangled beyond recognition. Mann is notorious for »
- Tim Greiving
Something wicked this way comes, all the way to SXSW: the UK horror film Nina Forever will have its premiere there later this month. And as we get pretty close to that date, a new teaser trailer has been released, together with the Very eye-catching publicity picture above. Here is the synopsis from producing company Jeva Films: Holly loves Rob and tries to help him through his grief - even if it means contending with his dead girlfriend Nina, who comes back, bloody and broken, every time they make love. Blimey, talk about coitus interruptus... Written and directed by Ben and Chris Blaine (who are brothers), Nina Forever is labeled a horror comedy and a fairy-tale, but the teaser below actually shows what looks to...
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Any time somebody brings circuses into the equation things turn sinister. Tempered by the needs of a mainstream audience and being firmly pre-watershed, this circus is not quite the denizen of freaks you would expect. There is a hint of lecherous behaviour, fist fights and family feuds while snake charmers and vague psychics ply their trade amongst the shadows of a big top. Such landmark films as Todd Browning’s Freaks or the Ray Bradbury adaptation of Something Wicked This Way Comes, are neither touchstone nor homage in this watered down introduction to a character which deserves more.
Cameron Monaghan plays Jerome in a role creators should have best left alone. ‘The Joker’ represents a precious commodity which many feel has no place in this Gotham universe, neither now or at any point further down the line. For more than a few »
- Gary Collinson
Seth Grahame-Smith is a very busy man. Not only has he recently completed the Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter novel sequel 'The Last American Vampire', he has a ton of screenplays on his plate that include Beetlejuice 2, Pride and Prejudice and Zombies and Stephen King's It. He is also adapting Ray Bradbury's novel Something Wicked This Way Comes, which was turned into a cult classic back in 1983. His version, though, is going to be slightly different.
Seth Grahame-Smith is setting his Something Wicked This Way Comes in the 80s, whereas the original was set in the 30s. In a recent interview with Entertainment Weekly, he teased that the movie will feel like one of Steven Spielberg's earlier efforts, comparing it to E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial and The Goonies.
"I can't help but think of this in sort of Amblin terms. Boys riding bikes, out on their own, exploring and »
4 items from 2015
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