17 items from 2015
Today is a bittersweet day. It would have been funnyman Robin Williams' 64th birthday, and to honor that day we're taking a look back at his life in photos. The iconic comedian made a name for himself on TV when he got his start on Mork & Mindy and continued to make his fans laugh out loud for the duration of his career, starring in movies such as Jumanji and Mrs. Doubtfire. Although he was best known for his comedic skills, who could forget some of his more dramatic roles, including Dead Poets Society and Good Will Hunting? Williams knew how to have fun on and off the screen, especially when it came to his children Zelda Williams, Zak Williams and Cody Alan Williams. Even though he has passed »
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You’ve probably seen The Fast and the Furious, right? It’s about an undercover cop who bonds with a criminal and ends up letting him escape at the end, which is also the precise shell plot of the Keanu Reeves-starring actioner Point Break, which hit cinemas a whole decade before.
What about The Hunger Games? The movie with the kids being forced to kill one another, yeah? You may or may not be aware that it’s eerily similar to the Japanese movie Battle Royale, in which, you guessed it, a group of kids are forced to slaughter one another (albeit with far more gore).
It’s a common complaint among film buffs that originality is dead in Hollywood: everything’s either a sequel, remake, reboot, or adaptation, and finding original scripts is an increasingly challenging task. Some screenwriters are a little more sneaky, »
- Jack Pooley
“Goosebumps” could be the next “Jumanji,” if the first trailer for the live-action adventure movie starring Jack Black is any indication. Black stars as R.L. Stine, the author behind the series of popular young adult horror novels that are the basis for the movie. Much like the board game came to life in 1995 when Robin Williams and company rolled the dice in “Jumanji,” the monsters in Stine’s books escape when the original manuscripts are opened. The first creature to escape from the pages is the eponymous monster from Stine’s “The Abominable Snowman of Pasadena.” But Stine’s got bigger problems. »
- Greg Gilman
There’s a scene in Ratatouille (2007) in which Anton Ego, the sneering food critic voiced by Peter O’Toole, is catapulted back to his youth after a bite of Remy the rat’s cooking. For a child of the '80s, hearing a James Horner score is a bit like that, and therefore impossible to be objective about. Casper (1995), Jumanji (1995), The Mask of Zorro (1998) — Horner’s imprimatur was on every other family film at the local cineplex during the '90s. When I was 8 I taped The Rocketeer off TV and watched it with a maniac's devotion for years. For
- Harry Windsor
The list – and the music - goes on. And on. And on.
Oscar-winning film composer James Horner, who was killed in a plane crash on Monday, was a face you may not recognize, but his music, expertly woven through some of your favourite films, was instantly recognizable and memorable.
A composer with over 150 credits to his name, brought us everything from the music for Titanic’s Oscar-winning tune “My Heart Will Go On” to childhood favourites like An American Tail’s “Somewhere Out There.” It’s hard to narrow down a such a storied career into a top 5 or top 10 list of film scores because his music touched so many movies and genres.
A long-time collaborator with Ron Howard, the »
- Rachel West
It was with great sadness that we learned yesterday of the death of composer James Horner at just 61 years old. Horner died in a plane crash, piloting a small aircraft that went down a day ago in California. The composer is a multiple Oscar winner, taking home Academy Awards for Best Original Score and Best Original Song for Titanic, marking just one of his many collaborations with filmmaker James Cameron. All told, Horner was nominated by the Academy ten times, with various other nominations and wins to his credit. He was a well respected musician and giant in the industry, so he will certainly be missed in a big way. Horner was cited by the Academy for his work on not just Titanic, but also Aliens, An American Tail, Apollo 13, Avatar, A Beautiful Mind, Braveheart, Field of Dreams, as well as House of Sand and Fog. All of the »
- Joey Magidson
James Horner, the film composer known for his work on "Titanic," "Braveheart" and "Field of Dreams," died on Monday in a plane crash near Santa Barbara. He was 61 years old. Horner was piloting the small aircraft when it crashed into a remote area about 60 miles north of Santa Barbara. An earlier report noted that the plane, which was registered to the composer, had gone down, but the pilot had not been identified. For his work on the 1997 Best Picture winner "Titanic," directed by James Cameron, Horner won the Oscar for original dramatic score, and he took another Academy Award for original song for "My Heart Will Go On," performed by Celine Dion. His score for "Titanic" sold a whopping 27 million copies worldwide. His relationship with Cameron also got him Oscar nomination for "Aliens" and "Avatar." The pair were also working on the "Avatar" sequels." Horner's 158-film resume also includes "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan »
Fans, colleagues and friends have paid tribute to James Horner, who died in a plane crash on Monday (June 22) at the age of 61.
Digital Spy has collected just some of the messages coming in from the world of film, music and entertainment honouring the prolific movie musician.
Brilliant Composer James Horner, friend & collaborator on 7 movies has tragically died in a plane crash. My heart aches for his loved ones.
— Ron Howard (@RealRonHoward) June 23, 2015
My sincere condolences to the family, loved ones and friends of James Horner. #abeautifulmind
— Russell Crowe (@russellcrowe) June 23, 2015
There is nothing that shaped my movie-going experience more than the musical genius of James Horner. He will live on through the ages.
— Rob Lowe (@RobLowe) June 23, 2015
It is with heavy hearts that we here at Flickering Myth are reporting that Academy Award-winning composer James Horner has died at the age of 61.
In addition to working on films, James Horner also enjoyed piloting, but unfortunately his small aircraft suffered a plane crash 60 miles north of Santa Barbera on Monday morning. The confirmation of his passing comes from a Facebook post by his assistant, Sylvia Patrycja.
“A great tragedy has struck my family today, and I will not be around for a while. I would like some privacy and time to heal. We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart, and unbelievable talent. He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support and love and see you down the road. Love Sylvia.”
- Robert Kojder
The two-time Oscar winner's assistant Sylvia Patrycja confirmed his death on Facebook, while frequent collaborator Ron Howard paid tribute to Horner on Twitter.
"We have lost an amazing person with a huge heart and unbelievable talent," Patrycja said. "He died doing what he loved. Thank you for all your support."
Director Howard wrote: "Brilliant Composer James Horner, friend & collaborator on 7 movies has tragically died in a plane crash. My heart aches for his loved ones."
The Santa Barbara County Fire Department received an emergency call at 9.30am local time on Monday (June 22), reporting a plane crash in the Los Padres national forest.
Earlier, Horner's attorney Jay Cooper said: "It was his plane and if he wasn't in it, he would've called."
Brilliant Composer James Horner, friend & collaborator on 7 movies has tragically died in a plane crash. »
A plane belonging to famed film composer James Horner has crashed in Santa Barbara today, with the pilot killed on impact.
Multiple news outlets are now confirming that the 61-year-old composer was indeed the pilot. The crash started a one-acre brushfire and the cause is being investigated.
Horner is responsible for countless memorable scores such as "Aliens," "Titanic," "Avatar," "Apollo 13," "Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan," "Sneakers," "Braveheart," "Commando," "Cocoon," Field of Dreams," "A Beautiful Mind," "The Mask of Zorro," "Willow," "The Name of the Rose," "An American Tail," "Glory," "Patriot Games," "48 Hrs," "The Rocketeer," "The Amazing Spider-Man," "Deep Impact," "Legends of the Fall," "Troy," "Courage Under Fire," "Ransom," and "Jumanji".
Source: Variety »
- Garth Franklin
14 years ago, Universal Pictures was banking on the re-invention of one of its top movie franchises becoming its biggest hit of the summer. The studio handed one of its greatest money-making franchises to a visionary director and tasked him with breathing new life into a sagging franchise. This director would need to create a movie that winked at its past, while also expanding its world beyond its memorable but somewhat limiting premise. Sound familiar?
Long before Jurassic World there was Jurassic Park III, a 2001 movie that has largely been swept under the rug by fans of the blockbuster film series. Pinpointing exactly why Jurassic Park III is so often ignored is difficult. When Jurassic Park III is referenced in the public discourse, it's often unfavourably compared to the original Jurassic Park or disregarded as being as bad or worse than The Lost World. Make no mistake - Jurassic Park III is much, »
Directed by Joe Johnston
Continuing our look at the original Jurassic Park trilogy, we now come to the third film in a franchise that didn’t lend itself to franchising very well in the first place. Simply titled Jurassic Park III (with 3 claw marks!), the film represents the last gasping attempt to milk the groundbreaking 1993 techno thriller of its fandom after the darker and scattershot turn the franchise took with The Lost World: Jurassic Park in 1997. Released in 2001, another 4 years between sequels, but now long after dinosaurs had captured the movie-going zeitgeist. We’d been through an alien invasion and a disaster movie fad since then and had moved on. We’d cloned a sheep and science was continuing to demystify genetic engineering. If the franchise was going to remain relevant it would have to present us with a new idea, »
- Charlie Sanford
All week our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. When I picked this year, it was under the mistaken assumption that we were writing on the best film of a year, and not the best film year in general. But having realized the mistake, I stand by my choice. 1995 is still the best! Straight up: 1995 wins, because Todd Haynes’s “[Safe]" is still my favorite film to have come out since, Idk, I’ve been alive. It’s deeply self-conscious about genre, while still managing to not really resemble anything I’ve ever seen. It’s the perfect film about L.A.; about how space is mobilized in cinema; about the environment; about Gothic horror; about white femininity; about film bodies; about falling in love in the movies. It’s Todd Motherf*#@$^ Haynes’s best film. »
- Jane Hu
When Jumanji was released in 1995, the movie about a man trapped inside a magical board game obviously had to have a board game tie-in. Produced by Milton Bradley, that necessary piece of merchandising didn't exactly resemble the game in the movie, but then it also wasn't magic, either. You can now find used and mint copies of the short-lived tie-in item on eBay and Amazon and elsewhere starting around $20 -- less if pieces are missing and much more, north of $100, if the box is still sealed. But wouldn't you rather have the real thing? For the biggest fans of the movie, which is based on Chris Van Allsburg's classic children's book, there are also prop games that were featured on screen, which are now highly sought-after collector's items...
- Christopher Campbell
George Clooney will present the Art Directors Guild’s Lifetime Achievement Award to his old pal and longtime collaborator, production designer Jim Bissell. The awards show and presentation will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on January 31.
Bissell’s other credits include E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial, The Rocketeer, Jumanji, 300, and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol (2011). He won an Emmy for Palmerstown, U.S.A., and and received an Oscar nomination for Good Night, And Good Luck.
- The Deadline Team
The website, thedentedhelmet.com, posted original concept art that Joe Johnston created for Boba Fett when he worked as a concept artist on George Lucas' Star Wars films. And yes, that is the same Joe Johnston that directed Honey, I Shrunk the Kids (1989), Jumanji (1995) and even Marvel's Captain America: The First Avenger (2011). When you look at these alternate white-armor designs you may not even recognize him as the character that hunted down Han Solo (Harrison Ford) in Star Wars Episode V: The Empire Strikes After the destruction of the Death Star, Imperial forces continue to pursue the Rebels. After the Rebellion's defeat on the ice planet Hoth, Luke journeys to the planet Dagobah to train with Jedi Master Yoda, who has lived in hiding since the fall of the Republic. In an attempt to convert Luke to the dark side, Darth »
17 items from 2015
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