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New Gerry Anderson-inspired sci-fi film launches crowdfund campaign

Nov 23, 2017

Inspired by Gerry Anderson, Derek Meddings and Irwin Allen comes Ultraquest. And here's how you can help get it going...

Now this looks really interesting. Matthew Teevan is a filmmaker who’s worked primarily in animation for the bulk of his career, working on films such as The Prince Of Egypt, The Book Of Life, Gnomeo & Juliet and more. But he’s now turning his attention to a project of his own, one inspired by the likes of Gerry Anderson and Derek Meddings.

He’s crowdfunding Ultraquest, a 30 minute mix of live action and visual effects. It’s an ambitious project he’s put together, and some of the pre-production artwork gives an idea of the detail he’s gone to. But he needs your help and support.

Teevan is trying to raise the £25,000 he needs to realise the film, and he’s around 10% of the way there, with a fortnight to go.
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Stephen Schwartz Will Join Jason Robert Brown for Two Shows at SubCulture!

He wrote Wicked, he wrote Pippin, he wrote Godspell, he wrote Children of Eden, he wrote The Baker's Wife, he wrote Pocahontasand Enchanted and The Hunchback of Notre Dame and The Prince of Egypt, he wrote Rags and The Magic Show and Working, and now he's joining Jason Robert Brown for a night of piano mashing, tandem balladeering and Jewish Christmas cheer. Oscar, Grammy and Tony Award winner Stephen Schwartz is coming to SubCulture.
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Mariah Carey Reflects on How Dreams of a ‘Show Business Life’ Were Realized

Mariah Carey Reflects on How Dreams of a ‘Show Business Life’ Were Realized
After five Grammy award wins, enough No.1 hit singles to create a whole album (the aptly titled “#1s” released in 1998, followed by the updated “#1 to Infinity” in 2015) and a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, singer-songwriter-producer-actress Mariah Carey is about to get her feet wet.

On Nov. 1, she will stick them and her hands in cement at the Chinese Theatre forecourt, joining an exalted group of notables with her latest star turn.

Even with a long list of accolades behind her and a number of upcoming projects ahead of her, being immortalized alongside legends such as Marilyn Monroe, one of her own idols, is not an event Carey takes lightly. “I have this picture of Marilyn Monroe and Jane Russell when they were doing their imprint ceremony. It’s an iconic photograph, and I have it hanging in my living room,” Carey says. “It’s something that feels humbling, and I feel honored by it.
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La Pfeiffer and the Original Song Oscar Race

by Nathaniel R

Here's some rather surprising news: Michelle Pfeiffer sings the closing credits song of Murder on the Orient Express. The song is called "Never Forget" which we never in danger of doing for anything Pfeiffer. Though opinions vary about how well the goddess sings, we personally love it when she croons. Case in point: Grease 2 (1982), The Fabulous Baker Boys (1989), The Prince of Egypt (1998), and Hairspray (2007). Listen it's not her fault that her character in Up Close and Personal (1996) was supposed to be a bad singer or that "Miss Baltimore Crabs" is Hairspray's worst song!

"Never Forget" is written by two-time Oscar nominee Patrick Doyle, a regular on Kenneth Branagh films, who also composes the score. La Pfeiffer is, of course, not the sort who would deign to sing in front of the whole world on Oscar night so they will reassign the vocals if the song is nominated.
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Photo Flash: Stephen Schwartz, Jason Gotay, Diluckshan Jeyaratnam and More Celebrate The Prince Of Egypt Opening in Silicon Valley

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its mission of developing new works in the Bay Area with the World Premiere of The Prince of Egypt, a soaring celebration of the human spirit and one of the greatest stories ever told the saga of Moses, his Pharaoh brother Ramses, and the indomitable people who changed them both forever. The production runs now through November 5, 2017 at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts. BroadwayWorld has photos from the opening festivities below
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Trailer For Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie Will Make Fans of the Series Happy

Nickelodeon has released the first trailer for their new animated film Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie. If any of you were ever fans of the animated series that ended in 2004, I'm sure you'll be happy with what this trailer has to offer.

The film picks up where the original series left off and the story follows the kids "on the field trip of a lifetime, where Arnold and his friends embark on a quest to achieve his dream of finding his missing parents."

Hey Arnold!: The Jungle Movie will premiere on Friday, November 24th, from 7:00-9:00pm.

The movie was co-written and executive produced by creator Craig Bartlett. The movie features original voice cast members Francesca Marie Smith (The Prince of Egypt) as Helga and Anndi McAfee (Tom and Jerry: The Movie) as Phoebe, alongside dynamic new voice talent Mason Vale Cotton (Mad Men) as Arnold and Benjamin “Lil’ P-Nut” Flores,
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The Prince Of Egypt Musical Adaptation Begins Tonight at TheatreWorks

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its mission of developing new works in the Bay Area with the World Premiere of The Prince of Egypt, a soaring celebration of the human spirit and one of the greatest stories ever told the saga of Moses, his Pharaoh brother Ramses, and the indomitable people who changed them both forever. Get ready for tonight's first performance with a sneak peek at Diluckshan Jeyaratnam as 'Moses' below
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Jason Gotay to Play Title Role in Aladdin And His Winter Wish at Laguna Playhouse; Cast Announced!

Laguna Playhouse Artistic Director Ann E. Wareham, Executive Director Ellen Richard and Lythgoe Family Panto Lfp have announced that Kira Kosarin three-time Kid's Choice Award-nominee of Nickelodeon's hit show 'The Thundermans', Jason Gotay World Premiere of Stephen Schwartz's The Prince Of Egypt, title role of Broadway's Spider-Man Turn Off the Dark, Barry Pearl 'Grease' and Josh Adamson Big Fish, Taboo are set to star in Lythgoe Family Panto's Aladdin And His Winter Wish.
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Jason Gotay to Star as Ramses in Prince Of Egypt Musical; Full Casting Announced!

TheatreWorks Silicon Valley continues its mission of developing new works in the Bay Area with the World Premiere of The Prince of Egypt, a soaring celebration of the human spirit and one of the greatest stories ever told the saga of Moses, his Pharaoh brother Ramses, and the indomitable people who changed them both forever.
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31 underrated movies well worth a look

Simon Brew Aug 18, 2017

Looking for a film to watch, that you might not have considered before? Try some of these...

Sometimes, we figure, you come to a site like this just to find out about a film you didn’t know about. That you want recommendations of movies that you might not otherwise have uncovered. This list, then, has no theme, save that the films on it are really good, and didn’t get much of an audience first time around. That, or they seem to have been forgotten. It’s a real mix, but hopefully, there’s something on here that appeals..

The Brady Bunch Movie

The Brady Bunch films never really seemed to do much business in the UK, and that’s a real pity. No foreknowledge of the series is required, and the first movie takes the Brady film and transplants them into 1990s America, with no
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“Vr is Not Another Kind of Filmmaking”: Baobab Studios’ Eric Darnell on Animated Vr

If you’d mentioned Eric Darnell’s name a few years ago, most people would have thought of the Madagascar films or the Penguins of Madagascar spin-off, all of which he co-directed while at DreamWorks Animation, where he also directed Antz and contributed to films like The Prince of Egypt and Shrek. But think of him today and you’re just as likely to conjure up images of bumbling aliens, a fluffy and resourceful bunny or a multicolored crow, and all in virtual reality. That’s because Darnell is the co-founder and chief creative officer at Baobab Studios, which in just two years has established itself as one of the United […]
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John Powell interview: scoring Bourne, Hans Zimmer, Face/Off and more

Sean Wilson Jul 6, 2017

Composer John Powell chats to us about scoring Jason Bourne, working with John Woo, his upcoming work and more.

Few contemporary film composers have made an impact quite like John Powell. From animation to drama to his immediately influential, propulsive Bourne soundtracks, Powell's energetic, emotional and heartfelt blend of symphony orchestra, electronics and percussion make him a singular voice.

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Ahead of his BAFTA Screen Talks event at the Royal Albert Hall on 10th July, we were delighted to catch up with John to discuss his remarkable career and the secret to a truly great film score.

So 10 years after I saw The Bourne Ultimatum on the big screen and being electrified by your score I'm sat here talking to you, which is a real privilege. I wondered was there a particular film score that inspired you to become a film composer?
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The troubled production of DreamWorks’ first film

Simon Brew Jun 14, 2017

DreamWorks launched in a blaze of publicity – but its first film, The Peacemaker, was beset by problems…

Not since United Artists had launched in the 1930s had Hollywood seen anything quite like it. Steven Spielberg, David Geffen and Jeffrey Katzenberg – a trio with a lot of money and a big contacts book between them – came together to launch the first new studio in a generation. It was called DreamWorks Skg, and it was not short on ambition.

Katzenberg would be heading up its animation arm, and soon got to work, with the likes of Antz and The Prince Of Egypt getting things going. But on the live action side, the assumption that Spielberg would exclusively make his films for the studio quickly proved false. Post-the formation of DreamWorks, his first movie as director would instead be The Lost World: Jurassic Park for Universal. Only then would he
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The Prince Of Egypt Premiere Puts Out Self-Submissions Call for 'Diverse Cast'

As BroadwayWorld previously reported,in July, Bay Street Theater and DreamWorks Theatricals canceled plans for a premiere concert reading of the new stage adaptation of The Prince of Egypt, book by Philip Lazebnik writer of Mulan, Pocahontas and music and lyrics by Stephen Schwartz composer of Wicked, Pippin, Godspell after controversy arose about the reading's predominantly white company. Now the show will have itsworld premiere collaboration between TheatreWorks Silicon Valley and Denmark's Fredericia Teater, directed by Scott Schwartz.
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Stephen Schwartz: ‘Wicked’ Movie to Feature ‘At Least Two’ New Songs

Stephen Schwartz: ‘Wicked’ Movie to Feature ‘At Least Two’ New Songs
Stephen Schwartz, who will receive the founders award at Tuesday night’s Ascap Screen Music Awards in Los Angeles, says the forthcoming movie of his Broadway mega-hit “Wicked” will feature “at least two” new songs.

“Director Stephen Daldry is waiting on us for a draft of the screenplay,” Schwartz tells Variety, referring to himself and original book writer Winnie Holzman. “We’re just having so much fun, revisiting that material we love so much, and thinking about everything you can do on screen to retell the story.”

Schwartz says he hasn’t written any new music yet, “but there are new songs planned.” And, he says, fans expecting a carbon copy of the Broadway show should steel themselves for a new experience. “There are things that work on stage but won’t work on film,” the songwriter notes. “In order to do something that will work on its own merits,
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Run The Series: Shrek’s lazy example defined a studio and changed animation

With Run The Series, The A.V. Club examines film franchises, studying how they change and evolve with each new installment.

Shrek was not the first film to be released by Dreamworks Animation, but it was the one that set the tone for the studio, establishing a blueprint that would be copied, in one form or another, for most of its subsequent features. It was both its Snow White and, given its bizarro-world Disney worldview, an anti-Snow White.

Previous titles had included a pair of overt Mouse House rip-offs (The Prince Of Egypt and The Road To El Dorado, both cel-animated adventures with original music), a stab at claymation (Chicken Run), and Antz, a dialogue-heavy title that skewed a bit more adult and played like a trial run for its overall capabilities, given how relatively primitive the visuals were. All of those have their defenders, but none broke out ...
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Trolls Review

As far as animated films go, 2016 has offered a wild assortment of big-screen releases, ranging from exceptional (Zootopia, Kubo and the Two Strings) to downright awful (Ratchet & Clank). Trolls – the latest effort from Dreamworks Animation – sadly fits somewhere into the latter category, a studio product that feels like it was built in a focus group rather than a creative team with an imaginative story worth telling. Perhaps its basis on the popular line of Troll dolls should be a red flag.

The film follows Princess Poppy (voiced by Anna Kendrick) and reluctant ally Branch (voiced by Justin Timberlake) as they set off on a mission to rescue a group of kidnapped Trolls from the monstrous Bergens, ogre-like creatures who eat their kind on a holiday called “Trollstice” in order to achieve happiness. By now, everyone has heard Timberlake’s hit single “Can’t Stop the Feeling,” and for those viewers
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