Composer James Horner tragically died last month, leaving behind a legacy of incredible work ranging from "Aliens" and "Titanic" to "Braveheart" and "A Beautiful Mind". At the time it was thought that Antoine Fuqua's boxing drama "Southpaw" opening this week, along with the Chilean miner drama "The 33" opening in November, were his last remaining works.
Today though, Fuqua has revealed to NPR (via Movies.com) that there's one last Horner score still to come which we'll see next year - the score for Fuqua's upcoming western remake "The Magnificent Seven". It's surprising news considering the film is still well in the midst of shooting, but it turns out Horner didn't need to see the footage to craft the music:
"James was an incredible human being. He was a filmmaker through and through. He was one of the most gentle people I've ever met. Even the way he spoke was very soft and thoughtful. »
- Garth Franklin
Seeing a movie is usually a pretty safe bet for a first date. But what about the people in the movie that are going on dates themselves? They’re either having the best date of their lives or the worst, so your own date will almost definitely lie somewhere in the middle.
We’ve compiled some of the best and worst movie dates in honour of the release of Trainwreck! Judd Apatow’s latest stars Amy Schumer as a woman afraid of commitment until Bill Hader proves he might just be the one. Trainwreck also stars LeBron James, Tilda Swinton, and Brie Larson.
Catch Trainwreck in Cineplex theatres on July 17th, and see if your favourite movie date made it onto our list!
Good: Before Sunrise (1995)
- Sasha James and Amanda Wood
Last month, the film world lost a legend when composer James Horner passed away at the age of 61. The man was incredibly prolific in his career, with the likes of Star Trek II: Wrath of Kahn, An American Tail, Aliens, Avatar, and Titanic under his belt, and has been a stable part of your movie going experience, even if you never realised it. While we knew we would be hearing from him for a little while longer, with him contributing to this Friday’s Southpaw and the upcoming Chilean miner drama The 33, Southpaw director Antoine Fuqua shared with us that the man had left us all with a very special gift. Speaking to NPR, he praised Horner for his thoughtful and gentle nature, and the fact he worked on the low budget boxing drama entirely for free. Then he dropped the bomb: Horner took it upon himself to write »
- email@example.com (Tom White)
It’s fair to say that Universal Pictures are having an even bigger year at the box-office than even they could have anticipated, with the studio setting a new record this weekend for the quickest amount of time a studio has reached $5 billion at the worldwide box-office.
20th Century Fox were the original record holders having reached the milestone in late November last year, whereas Universal has managed the feat in just seven months. As of this weekend, Universal has a total gross of $1.7 billion domestic with another $3.29 billion earned in international markets.
And if the cumulative gross wasn’t enough, two of the studio’s biggest hits this year have crossed significant marks: juggernaut Jurassic World has now passed the $600 million domestic total, in the fastest time of just 36 days. It now stands as the fourth highest grossing film of all time in the Us, behind James Cameron’s »
- Scott J. Davis
Hundreds of movies are released every year, and for every movie that’s released, there’s a movie poster to go along with it.
While these movie posters typically do a great job of advertising the film for a few weeks prior to release, very few of them end up being remembered for more than a few seconds, let alone months or years.
But, there are some movie posters that stand the test of time, and over the years, have become iconic works of art in their own right. We’re talking about films like Jaws, Titanic, and the many others featured below which you can purchase at any time at great sites like fastprint.
#1 – Trainspotting
It’s become one of the most iconic films of all time over the years, and »
20th Century Fox
Written and directed by Alejandro González Iñárritu, shot by Emmanuel Lubezki (a pairing that dominated this year’s Oscars for their work on Birdman) and starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Tom Hardy, there’s not really much of a question whether The Revenant is going to be any good. Heck, it’s pretty damn certain this’ll be great – the latest trailer (viewable below) has just dropped and it looks incredible; there’s little in the way of plot, but the teaser sets both the tone and scope of this western thriller brilliantly.
No, the big question about the movie is whether it’ll be the film to finally get DiCaprio his Oscar.
It’s become a running joke in recent years that one of the greatest living actors (seriously) has been consistently snubbed at the Academy Awards – he’s only been nominated four times for acting (and »
- Alex Leadbeater
Elsa Raven is on-screen in “Back to the Future” for no more than 60 seconds, and her character doesn’t even have a proper name (she’s credited as “clocktower lady”). But she had an essential role in the film. If she hadn’t handed Marty that flyer, he and Doc would have never known where and when they could get a bolt of lightning to send Marty back to 1985. Raven, now 85, continues to be amazed by the staying-power that the sci-fi comedy has and by the part she’s continued to have in the “Back to the Future” family, 30 years after the movie’s release. She has joined the cast at several autograph signings at conventions over the years and has introduced screenings of the film in Los Angeles. After filming “Back to the Future,” the character actress appeared in such shows as “Seinfeld,” “3rd Rock from the Sun” and “The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. »
- Emily Rome
In what promises to be a contentious contest, SAG-aftra’s national board election has drawn an array of high-profile candidates including Amy Aquino, Ed Asner, Ellen Crawford, Frances Fisher, Diane Ladd and Lisa Vidal.
The union, which reps about 160,000 performers disclosed its official candidates list Thursday night. Ballots go out July 21 to dues-current members and will be counted on Aug. 20.
Patricia Richardson is challenging Ken Howard for the presidency of SAG-aftra as the head of the progressive-leaning Membership First slate. Howard is heading the moderate Unite for Strength and United Screen Actors Nationwide slates, which controlled SAG starting 2009 and have dominated SAG-aftra politics since the 2012 merger.
Howard touted his accomplishments in his statement: “With your support, I will continue fighting relentlessly to protect us– it is my passion and mission. Since I’ve been president,members have approved contracts that putover $800 million of increased wages in performers’ pockets, organized new »
- Dave McNary
If imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, then a 1989 Italian film called Shocking Dark pays James Cameron the ultimate compliment: it openly steals from not one but two of his 80s hits.
Now, it’s no secret that B-movie filmmakers have long taken ‘inspiration’ from hit genre movies - Star Wars, Alien, Jaws and Mad Max are some of the most imitated films of the 70s and 80s, spawning such cult B-movies as StarCrash, 1990: Bronx Warriors and Contamination.
Shocking Dark, on the other hand, occupies its own special place in movie history. We’re not just talking about an attempt to evoke the general atmosphere of a successful film here - we’re talking about the wholesale recreation of entire sequences. As an example, consider the following »
Stars Kate Winslet (Jeanine), Miles Teller (Peter), Zoë Kravitz (Christina), Theo James (Four) and producer Lucy Fisher discuss how the relationship between Tris (Shailene Woodley) and Four has evolved in our exclusive preview from The Divergent Series: Insurgent, debuting on Digital HD July 21 before its release on Blu-ray and DVD August 4. Both Theo James and Miles Teller discuss how much more at ease the cast was with each other in the sequel, since there is a level of familiarity, while Kate Winslet discusses how much Shailene Woodley has grown as a person since the last film, and how it shows on screen. This exclusive video also offers plenty of behind-the-scenes footage from this beloved sequel.
Shailene Woodley (The Fault in Our Stars, The Descendants) and Theo James (Underworld Awakening) pack a powerful one-two punch in the blockbuster action-adventure, The Divergent Series: Insurgent, arriving on Digital HD July 21 and on »
When Edgar Wright parted ways with Marvel Studios, eight years into production on Ant-Man, whoever took the job was fated to end up melting under the magnifying glass of scrutiny, with a sun of an angry internet shining down on them. Or something.
The man who took the job was Peyton Reed of Yes Man, Bring It On and Down With Love vintage. Looking at the early reviews, it seems fair to say that he knocked it out of the park, presenting a fun film that blends original action, lots of laughs, and links to the wider Marvel cinematic universe.
We sat down with Mr Reed in a posh hotel room to talk about Ant-Man, »
By Alex Simon
Precious jewels have provided fodder for drama practically since drama was invented, with precious stones and trinkets used as plot devices in plays written as far back as 100 B.C. As man-made substitutes such as rhinestones, moissanite, and cubic zirconium started making the market for seemingly-precious stones more, well, precious, so did the real thing become more dramatic to seek out on film. Here are a few of the most sought after, revered and iconic pieces of jewelry dramatized for our viewing pleasure.
Heart of the Ocean—Titanic
James Cameron’s box office champ offered up one eye-popping set piece after the other, not the least of which was Kate Winslet’s greatest asset. Get your mind out of the gutter! We’re talking about the legendary Heart of the Ocean necklace worn by her character, Rose. Lore has it that the diamond was originally owned by »
- The Hollywood Interview.com
Welcome to today's edition of Nerd Alert, where we have all the off-beat, nerdy news for you in one convenient spot. What do we have in store for you on this wondrous Wednesday? Game of Thrones gets its own version of the Risk board game, Iron Man gets an Honest Trailer and the emotions of Inside Out get mashed up with the mind-bending Inception. For those handy Diy types, we also show you how to build your own Terminator robotic arm. And Adidas has finally revealed their line of Marvel's The Avengers basketball sneakers. So, sit back, relax, and check out all that today's Nerd Alert has to offer.
Iron Man Honest Trailer
As Marvel Phase Two comes to a close next week with Ant-Man, Screen Junkies goes back to where the McU first started with an honest trailer for 2008's Iron Man. The three minute video skewers Marvel's tried-and-true formula, »
While this past holiday weekend didn't yield a rare four Summer weekends at number one for "Jurassic World, " that minor glitch shouldn't take away from its amazing success and how it got there. "Jurassic World"'s achievement is huge, not only due to its huge opening but also ongoing sustained interest. In 24 days of release, its domestic gross is $560 million, which in unadjusted numbers is by far the best ever (second best "The Avengers" amassed $524 million by the same point in 2011). Actually, even in adjusted numbers it seems to be ahead of James Cameron's two blockbusters "Titanic" and "Avatar," though those films were Christmas openers and long-playing Oscar contenders leading both to an ultimate response higher than "Jurassic World" will ever achieve. It is also better than "Star Wars" and "E.T.: The Extraterrestrial," the all-time summer champions (both films led most weekends throughout their »
- Tom Brueggemann
Two weeks ago, composer James Horner died after his private plane crashed in Southern California. He was 61, two decades younger than John Wiliams but with a resume not unlike the Maestro’s. A composer whose understated presence made his career more legend than legendary, Horner possessed an under-the-radar kind of genius that, short of two Oscar wins, seemed obvious only in hindsight. Braveheart, Glory, Titanic, Field of Dreams, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, and The New World are all stunning examples of strong thematic composition, yet even Horner’s smaller ventures — in scores for Wolfen, Cocoon, or Battle Beyond the Stars — raised genre fare above B-movie status.
Horner could make the most out of the smallest things; he often had to, especially if that overnight deadline for Aliens is to be believed. He had deftness with nuance and complexity while always inviting the audience into those ideas, and »
- David Klein
"Somebody help me..." Second part? But we haven't even seen the first! Indeed, true. Eventually one day it will get a Us release. John Woo has been in China directing a massive two-part epic called The Crossing, billed as the "Chinese Titanic" - you will see why with this trailer. There are some shots right out of James Cameron's Titanic in this. The film is set during the Chinese Civil War in the 1940s, following three couples from different backgrounds whose are affected by the sinking of the steamer Taiping, which was traveling to Taiwan and led to the deaths of over 1,500 people. Zhang Ziyi, Takeshi Kaneshiro, Song Hye-kyo, and Huang Xiaoming star. It looks like Woo went all out, hopefully for the best. I'm curious to check this out. Here's the new official trailer for John Woo's The Crossing, found on Deadline's YouTube: The Crossing is a »
- Alex Billington
In the run-up to Back to the Future's 30th anniversary on July 3, Digital Spy presents a week of special features celebrating the time-travel classic.
Great Scott! Has it really been 30 years? Back to the Future celebrates a landmark anniversary this week, so to mark the occasion we take a look back at the film to find out what the cast were doing then and where they are now.
Michael J Fox
A huge teen idol thanks to his role in sitcom Family Ties, Fox initially wasn't able to play Marty McFly due to a scheduling conflict with his TV show. The part of Marty went to Eric Stoltz, he was fired five weeks into filming, then Fox jumped on board as a last-minute replacement. The schedule was gruelling (10am-6pm on Family Ties, »
Directed by James Cameron
In 1984, James Cameron released his sci-fi thriller The Terminator: the story of a killer cyborg sent from the future, and programmed to kill the mother of a future rebel chief. Arnold Schwarzenegger is the automated hit man roaming around present-day Los Angeles to eliminate Sarah Connor (Linda Hamilton). Her only hope is the guerrilla fighter Kyle Reese (Michael Biehn) who has followed the killer machine back through time in order to protect her. Terminator has long staked its claim as a classic for the ages (The Library of Congress even added it to its National Film Registry in 2008) and three decades later, Termiantor is still the best film James Cameron has directed, a resourceful low-budget thriller that recalls the canny exploitation work of George Miller and John Carpenter. While the film made a considerable profit for Orion Pictures, »
People can’t seem to get enough of Jurassic World as the Universal phenomenon stayed at number one for the third straight week at the North American box office. The movie held off a strong second weekend session for Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out and a solid opening for Ted 2, which landed in third place.
Jurassic World became only the fifth film ever to cross the half billion-dollar mark in North America alone this weekend thanks to a $54.5 million haul from 4,198 screens. Off 49%, the film has earned $500.3 million to date and is still on target to finish past $625 million if not more. That would push the dino sequel past The Avengers on the all-time domestic list and land it right behind Titanic and Avatar.
Foreign numbers currently stand at $737 million and will undoubtedly get a huge boost when the movie hits Japan in early August. When all is said and done, »
Audiences still showed up for dinosaurs in droves, delivering a third-week win for Jurassic World. With an estimated $54 million, the film is now the fastest film to earn $500 million domestically and likely to do much better as time goes on. However, though it now sits as the fifth highest earning domestic release of all time, it still has to rely on longevity if it seeks to best the one-two punch of James Cameron and his Avatar and Titanic. Audiences have been very kind to Pixar as well, as Inside Out held onto second place with an estimated $52.1 million and is close to earning $200 million domestically, a task it should handily accomplish by next weekend. However, despite the success of the original film, the world may not have been waiting for Ted 2, which ended up in third place with an estimated $33 million.
While Ted 2 may be suffering financial woes with its rough start, »
- Seth Paul
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