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This Friday, a brand new creature feature called Stung arrives in theaters and on VOD. The film co-stars the iconic Lance Henriksen as Mayor Caruthers, one of the unfortunate party-goers at a shindig that gets attacked by mutated killer wasps who leave shredded corpses in their wake. Daily Dead recently chatted with Henriksen about the new horror comedy from director Benni Diaz as well as his involvement in several other upcoming projects, including Harbinger Down, and whether or not he’d be up for more Millennium if all goes well with the upcoming revival of Chris Carter’s other popular series, The X-Files.
This movie is a ton of fun—I grew up on a lot of creature features, mostly due to Elvira and her show, and I thought Stung was a great blend of old-school creature campiness with this sort of new-school twist to it.
Lance Henriksen: You know, »
- Heather Wixson
We all know that with just a little bit of imagination, and a whole lot of Lego blocks, you can build just about anything. In the case of Missing Brick, they created something really special, combing their extensive Lego collection with their love of James Cameron’s sci-fi/action classic Aliens to recreate the Xenomorph hive on planet Lv-426. From minute details, like the bodies stuck to the walls or the alien eggs on the ground (and don’t get me started on how spot on Ripley, Bishop, and Vasquez look), to the strangely cute custom Xenomorph mini figs, this is a truly extraordinary build, and all those involved should take a bow. »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
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The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced this week that the Los Angeles City Council, in a unanimous vote, approved plans for the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures. Construction will begin this summer, and ceremonial groundbreaking festivities will occur this fall.
“I am thrilled that Los Angeles is gaining another architectural and cultural icon,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti. “My office of economic development has worked directly with the museum’s development team to ensure that the Academy Museum of Motion Pictures will create jobs, support tourism, and pay homage to the industry that helped define our identity as the creative capital of the world.”
“We are grateful to our incredible community of supporters who have helped make this museum a reality,” said Dawn Hudson, the Academy’s CEO. “Building this museum has been an Academy »
- Michelle McCue
Sci-fi more than any other genre, dates badly. What makes The Terminator an endlessly re-watchable classic is that, conversely, it feels more relevant with each passing year and with every new-fangled gadget that comes along promising to do all of your thinking for you. It's not just a slick, exciting action-thriller, it's also a shrewd cautionary tale for our tech-obsessed times and three decades on, the story continues to unspool with a fourth sequel Terminator Genisys opening in July.
Skynet, a self-governing computer network, is bent on destroying humankind in 2029, but director James Cameron co-penned the script with his future-wife Gale Anne Hurd in the early '80s, well before the rise of the internet. That was the first genius stroke, and then there was the casting of one Arnold Schwarzenegger.
He was a bodybuilder who had just made a significant dent at the box office in 1982's Conan the Barbarian »
Strangely dropping a press release on a historic day where the nation's attention is elsewhere, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed their annual list of new member invitees this morning. For those who criticize the makeup of the Academy there was some good news and the stark realization the organization still has a long way to go. The Academy has spent the last eight to 10 years attempting to diversify its membership and this year's class mostly reflects that. There are significantly more invitees of Asian and African-American descent, but the male to female disparity is still depressing. Out of the 25 potential new members of the Actor's Branch only seven are women. And, no, there isn't really an acceptable way for the Academy to spin that sad fact. Additionally, It's important to realize the 322 people noted in the release have only been invited to join Hollywood's most exclusive club. »
- Gregory Ellwood
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences continues to push for diversity, sending membership invitations to 322 individuals, including a healthy number of people who can help change the org’s demos.
Among the invitees are David Oyelowo, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Felicity Jones, Emma Stone, Rosamund Pike, Bong Joon-ho, Justin Lin and Francois Ozon. The Academy has been reaching out to women, foreign-born artists and people of various races, ethnic backgrounds and ages.
Accusations of Academy bigotry surfaced yet again in January when the list of Oscar nominees included Caucasians in all 20 acting categories, and few women or racial minorities among the other categories. Director Ava DuVernay and actor David Oyelowo of “Selma” had seemed like strong contenders, giving many people hopes of breakthroughs. After initial anger at the Acad, activists began to shift their protests to industry hiring practices. For example, 323 films were eligible for 2014 awards — which means AMPAS should theoretically »
- Tim Gray
Anghus Houvouras with five film franchises on the fence…
In part one, we examined the worst film franchises passing through Hollywood like kidney stones wrapped in barbed wire. As we continue to look at examine the current state of film franchises that Hollywood has to offer, it felt like there were some that were neither movie masterpieces or unmitigated cinematic disasters. Some franchises are straddling the fence between ‘awesome’ and ‘awful’. Let’s take a look at the five movie franchises that delivered some highs and lows… whose ultimate film fate has yet to be determined.
Do I even need to waste word count on the greatness of the original? A masterpiece. Steven Spielberg’s best big budget movie and still the gold standard for special effects, which seems odd given that it’s 20+ years old. The Lost World: Jurassic Park is the definition of an uninspired, cliché ridden copy/paste sequel. »
- Anghus Houvouras
Two-time Oscar winner James Horner, whose emotive scores for modern classics including Titanic and Braveheart cemented him as one of Hollywood’s most adored composers, died in a California plane crash Monday, his agency, Gorfaine/Schwartz, has confirmed. The Los Angeles native was 61.
A beloved figure in the entertainment industry, Horner was perhaps best known for his work on the 1997 film Titanic, which won the Oscar for Best Picture. The James Cameron-directed romance led to two Oscar wins for Horner – one for original dramatic score, and the other for original song (shared with lyricist Will Jennings and performer Celine Dion) for “My Heart Will Go On.” His score sold 27 million copies worldwide, becoming a financial phenomenon in the composing world.
Horner is believed to have been flying a single-engine S312 Tucano turboprop plane when the vehicle crashed in a remote area approximately 60 miles from Santa Barbara, killing the pilot. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Rushes collects news, articles, images, videos and more for a weekly roundup of essential items from the world of film.Above, the trailer for Denis Villeneuve's thriller Sicario, which premiered in competition in Cannes.Cinema Scope #63 is about to hit newstands, but a lot of it can be read online: Mark Peranson on Cannes and Miguel Gomes, Adam Cook talks with Corneliu Porumboiu, Jordan Cronk on The Assassin, Chuck Stephens on Gregory Markopoulous, Christoph Huber on Mad Max: Fury Road, and more.Author William Gibson recounts his encounters with Chris Marker's La Jetée.James Horner, the composer of scores for such Hollywood films as 48 Hrs, Aliens, and Titanic, has died at the age of 61.Federic Babina has made a series of "Archidirector" illustrations, imagining houses designed in the style of filmmakers like David Lynch and Stanley Kubrick.Sight & Sound has exclusive images from the production of Ben Rivers' new movie, »
On Horner's work on Titanic, he wrote: "I asked if he could write some melodies. I believe that a great score really consists of something you can whistle. If that melody gets embedded in your mind, it takes the score to a different level.
"I drove over to his house and he sat at the piano and said, 'I see this as the main theme for the ship'. He played it once through and I was crying. Then he played Rose's theme and I was crying again. They were so bittersweet and emotionally resonant.
"He hadn't orchestrated a thing, and I knew it was going »
Film composer James Horner died at the age of 61 on Monday (June 22) after the small airplane he was piloting crashed near Santa Barbara, Calif. Initial reports did not identify Horner as the plane's sole occupant, only that a plane registered to him was found crash-landed in Ventucopa, Calif., at 9:30am Pst, and that the pilot was dead. Agents Michael Gorfaine and Sam Schwartz and attorney Jay Cooper today (June 23) confirmed Horner was the pilot. Horner was a film composer long associated with some of cinema's most influential names, from James Cameron to Ron Howard to Roger Corman. His first score was for 1979's "The Lady in Red" but had his biggest break with 1982's "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan." "Aliens" (1986) yielded his first of many Academy Award nominations for Best Original Score (and also Best Original Dramatic Score, from the '90s). The two Oscars he won »
- Katie Hasty
As previously reported, a plane registered to composer James Horner crashed yesterday, killing its sole passenger, the pilot. The question through today has remained: was the Oscar-winning musician the pilot? Horner's attorney Jay Cooper and the Gorfaine/Schwartz Agency have released identical statements regarding the matter, that they are still "awaiting confirmation" if the 61-year-old had, indeed, died. “Although we are all awaiting official confirmation that our dear friend and client James Horner was in fact the pilot, we are shocked and deeply saddened to learn that his single-engine aircraft was involved in a fatal crash yesterday morning in northern Ventura County. Our thoughts and prayers remain with James’ family at this difficult time. We can offer no further comment for the time being, except to ask that the family’s privacy be respected in the days ahead.” The single-engine plane went down around 9:30am Pst on Monday morning, »
- Katie Hasty
James Horner, Academy Award nominee for Best Music (Original Score) for the film Avatar, arrives at the 82nd Annual Academy Awards at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, CA, on Sunday, March 7, 2010. ©A.M.P.A.S.
On Monday, composer James Horner died in a plane crash outside Santa Barbara, California. He was 61.
“No matter how [‘Titanic’] turned out, and no one knew at that point — it could have been a dog — I knew it would be a great score.”
“I was doing a lot of thinking about James when I heard the news and I checked online. The beginning and end of his filmography are films that he did, or would have done, with me. It’s a curious bookend. We both started out on the same film in 1980, and his last listed films are the Avatar sequels, »
- Michelle McCue
Director James Cameron and the late composer James Horner worked together three times: on Aliens, Titanic, and most recently Avatar. In a THR as-told-to, Cameron says they "got off to a bad start." Horner had overbooked himself and completed the score for Aliens in a day and a half, leaving Cameron and his team to edit it. Still, Cameron wanted to work with Horner for Titanic and he "totally committed" this time around. It paid off, with Horner winning two Oscars for Best Original Score and Best Original Song. Before it went on to become the tune of the late '90s, Cameron remembers crying the first time he listened to Rose's theme.Cameron's last memory of Horner was also Titanic-related. Earlier in April, the orchestra at Royal Albert Hall played the entire score live to the movie. "It was emotional and I'm glad that was my last personal memory of James, »
- E. Alex Jung
Yesterday saw the passing of composer James Horner, and while everyone has had a lot of kind words to say about the man and his work, sometimes words can be fleeting for such a tragedy. I know there's a lot of you out there playing your favorite James Horner scores today, and whether it be Star Trek II: The Wrath Of Khan, The Land Before Time, Braveheart, Aliens, Glory, Titanic, Avatar, or another,... Read More »
- Sean Wist
When I was in middle school, I had a copy of "Aliens" on VHS -- not an official VHS, mind you, but a shabby taped copy of an edited TV airing with all the cursing taken out. Didn't matter. I knew it was a masterpiece. In addition to Sigourney Weaver's legendary, Oscar-nominated performance and James Cameron's brilliant direction, one major element kept me coming back again and again: James Horner's thrilling, indelible score. As we previously reported, Horner is feared to have died in the crash of his single-engine plane near Santa Barbara, California on Monday, and it's first and foremost a huge loss for his loved ones, most importantly his wife Sarah and two daughters. It's also a loss, no doubt, for filmgoers. In addition to his "Aliens" score -- which brought him the first of a total of ten Oscar nominations -- Horner composed the »
- Chris Eggertsen
Family, friends and colleagues are mourning the death of Oscar-winning film composer James Horner who died yesterday when his single engine airplane crashed 60 miles north of Santa Barbara, California. Horner was piloting the plane and there were no passengers. It is not immediately known what caused the tragic accident. Horner won the Oscar for his score for the 1997 James Cameron blockbuster "Titanic". He was also nominated for Cameron's "Aliens" and "Avatar" as well as "Braveheart", "A Beautiful Mind", "An American Tail", "Field of Dreams", "Apollo 13" and "House of Sand and Fog". The 61 year-old composer's other scores include "Glory", "Patriot Games", two "Star Trek" feature films and the 1990 Disney film "The Rocketeer". He was working on the score for Cameron's sequels to "Avatar" at the time of his death. For more click here. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Cinema Retro)
Oscar-winning film music composer best known for Titanic
James Horner, who has died aged 61 in a plane crash in California, was one of the most successful and admired composers of film soundtracks in Hollywood. He wrote music for more than 100 films, and his extensive list of awards included two Academy Awards and two Golden Globes, as well as 10 Oscar nominations, seven nominations for Golden Globes and three for Bafta awards.
Horner’s music was an integral part of some of the most successful films of recent decades. His score for James Cameron’s Titanic (1997) won an Oscar for best original dramatic score, and he also won best original song for My Heart Will Go On, the love theme from Titanic, which was co-written with Will Jennings and sung by Celine Dion. It became a huge hit in its own right, selling 15m copies. The recording of Horner’s Titanic score also sold 27m copies. »
- Adam Sweeting
I sensed early on with "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan" that James Horner was going to become the finest film composer of his generation. He boldly seized the Jerry Goldsmith mantle head on and made it his own. Now, after his tragic plane crash near Santa Barbara Monday morning, I can proclaim it online: His scores were epic, intimate and emotionally and spiritually transcendent. And he was prolific, scoring more than 100 movies since the late '70s, highlighted by "Titanic" (for which he received two Oscars for score and the blockbuster hit song with Celine Dion, "My Heart Will Go On," co-written by Will Jennings), "Avatar," Braveheart," "Apollo 13," "Aliens, "A Beautiful Mind," "Field of Dreams," "Glory," "Brainstorm" and "Cocoon." But there were also such gems as "Something Wicked This Way Comes," "The Dresser," »
- Bill Desowitz
Composer James Horner, who won Oscars for his score and theme tune ("My Heart Will Go On") for 1997 Best Picture champ "Titanic," died in a plane crash on Monday. His assistant, Sylvia Patrycja, confirmed his death on Facebook, writing, "We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent. He died doing what he loved." Horner, a long-time collaborator with "Titanic" helmer James Cameron, also contended for his scores to the director's "Aliens" (1986) and "Avatar" (2009). Among his 10 Oscar nominations in total were bids for his music for two other Best Picture winners: "Braveheart" (1995) and "A Beautiful Mind" (2001). He also contended for two other Best Picture nominees -- "Field of Dreams" (1989) and "Apollo 13" (1995) -- as well as the song ""Somewhere Out There" from "An American Tail" (1986) and the score..."' »
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