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How Hans Zimmer changed modern film scores

10 October 2017 6:41 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Mark Allison Oct 11, 2017

Big film scores have changed over the past decade - and Hans Zimmer may be the reason why...

For every movie-going generation, there is a film score composer who ascends above all others and comes to encapsulate the sound of their era. In the 1940s and 1950s, the brooding and mysterious tones of Bernard Hermann would define a generation of suspense cinema. Decades later, it was John Williams who ushered in the blockbuster era with a series of bold and iconic melodies, from Jaws through to Superman, Star Wars, Indiana Jones, and Jurassic Park. Today’s cinema has its own musical zeitgeist. When future archaeologists uncover the buried ruins of our civilisation, they may well refer to it as the 'Hans Zimmer period'.

Hans Zimmer is a movie composer of singular acclaim. He is one of the only such artists with the clout to fill concert arenas across the world, »

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Warrior Starring Tom Hardy and Joel Edgerton Available on 4K Ultra HD October 24th

6 October 2017 2:03 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Warrior Will be available for the First Time on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack on October 24 from Lionsgate.

Directed by Gavin O’Connor (The Accountant, Miracle) (Story by Gavin O’Connor & Cliff Dorfman, Screenplay by Gavin O’Connor & Anthony Tambakis & Cliff Dorfman), relive the epic Oscar®-nominated* fight that pins brothers against each other when Warrior arrives on 4K Ultra HD Combo Pack (plus Blu-ray™ and Digital HD) for the first time on October 24 from Lionsgate (*Best Actor in a Supporting Role). See Oscar®-nominee Tom Hardy (Best Actor in a Supporting Role, The Revenant, 2015) square off against Golden Globe®-nominee Joel Edgerton (Best Actor – Motion Picture – Drama, Loving, 2016) as brothers Tommy and Brendan in this edge-of-your-seat action drama. Experience every hard-hitting punch in Dolby Vision™ high-dynamic range (Hdr) and enjoy the thrills of the ring in four times the resolution of Full HD. Also starring Nick Nolte, who »

- Tom Stockman

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The Essential Jared Leto Films

4 October 2017 7:35 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Tom Jolliffe looks at the essential Jared Leto films…

Concluding our build up to Blade Runner 2049 with a series of essentials on the principal cast, we finish with Jared Leto. A musician/actor who seems to have been around for a while now, ageless and when perusing his CV you will find that he’s not done quite as many films as you’d think. Needless to say though, he doesn’t merely flit in every now and again between music just on a whim. Leto takes the acting craft incredibly seriously and has been known in a number of roles to be intensely method in his approach.

So, as I itch with bated breath to see Blade Runner 2049, here is (in no particular order) the essential Jared Leto.

Requiem for a Dream

Leto doesn’t often headline. He’s the antagonist, the support man and a chameleon-esque character actor. »

- Tom Jolliffe

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First Trailer For John Travolta As Legendary Crime Boss ‘Gotti’ [Watch]

26 September 2017 7:29 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

John Travolta’s comeback in the 1990s is one of the more famous in American stardom. In the 1970s, Travolta became one of the biggest draws around thanks to “Grease” and “Saturday Night Fever,” but spent much of the 1980s in a series of disappointments, culminating in the “Look Who’s Talking” franchise.But then, Quentin Tarantino came knocking with “Pulp Fiction,” and Travolta became an even bigger star than before, with a run of terrific movies including “Get Shorty,” “Face/Off,” “The Thin Red Line” and “Primary Colors.”

If that was a peak, recent years have been something of a trough: Travolta’s recent films have mostly, like similar actors of his vintage, been cheap VOD jobs with titles you’ve not heard of like “The Forger,” “Life On The Line,” “Criminal Activities” and “I Am Wrath” (with Ti West’s underrated, underseen “In A Valley Of Violence” a »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Charlotte Riley, Ben Chaplin and David Suchet lead cast of BBC’s Press

14 September 2017 11:30 PM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The BBC has announced the cast for its upcoming BBC One drama Press from director Tom Vaughan (Victoria), which is revolves around competing London newspapers and explores the turbulent media landscape of the 24-hour news cycle and the digital age.

Charlotte Riley (Peaky Blinders) is set to play the news editor of fictional broadsheet The Herald, which is in competition with The Post, headed up by editor Ben Chaplin (The Thin Red Line) and Worldwide News CEO played by David Suchet (Poirot). Also featuring in the cast are Priyanga Burford (London Spy), Paapa Essiedu (A Midsummer Night’s Dream), Shane Zaza (Happy Valley), Ellie Kendrick (Game of Thrones), Al Weaver (Grantchester) and Brendan Cowell (Game of Thrones).

“The newspaper business is part of Britain’s identity and Mike’s gripping stories of crusading journalists in this ever-changing industry, brought to life by this brilliantly talented cast make for a fresh, »

- Gary Collinson

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International Newswire: Discovery’s David Zaslav Named as Mipcom Personality of the Year

14 September 2017 12:08 PM, PDT | Variety - TV News | See recent Variety - TV News news »

In today’s International Newswire, TV conference Mipcom honors Discovery chief David Zaslav; London Film Festival unveils its Industry Program; Amazon adds PBS shows and classical music to its U.K. channels service; and PBS and the BBC unveil the cast of “Press,” Mike Bartlett’s series about two rival newspapers.

Following in the footsteps of Leslie Moonves, Jeffrey Katzenberg and, last year, Shonda Rhimes, Discovery Communications’ president-ceo David Zaslav will be honored at October’s Mipcom trade fair and conference, where he will also deliver a Media Mastermind keynote address on Oct. 18.

Zaslav will join other speakers such as HBO chairman-ceo Richard Plepler, who will receive the Variety Vanguard Award, chef-tv host Gordon Ramsay, and National Geographic’s Courteney Monroe, Domingo Corral at Spain’s Movistar+, and Facebook’s Ricky Van Even.

Few will be able to talk across such a broad agenda as Zaslav, however. If one of his achievements at Discovery, where »

- Leo Barraclough and John Hopewell

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International Newswire: Discovery’s David Zaslav Named as Mipcom Personality of the Year

14 September 2017 12:08 PM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

In today’s International Newswire, TV conference Mipcom honors Discovery chief David Zaslav; London Film Festival unveils its Industry Program; Amazon adds PBS shows and classical music to its U.K. channels service; and PBS and the BBC unveil the cast of “Press,” Mike Bartlett’s series about two rival newspapers.

Following in the footsteps of Leslie Moonves, Jeffrey Katzenberg and, last year, Shonda Rhimes, Discovery Communications’ president-ceo David Zaslav will be honored at October’s Mipcom trade fair and conference, where he will also deliver a Media Mastermind keynote address on Oct. 18.

Zaslav will join other speakers such as HBO chairman-ceo Richard Plepler, who will receive the Variety Vanguard Award, chef-tv host Gordon Ramsay, and National Geographic’s Courteney Monroe, Domingo Corral at Spain’s Movistar+, and Facebook’s Ricky Van Even.

Few will be able to talk across such a broad agenda as Zaslav, however. If one of his achievements at Discovery, where »

- Leo Barraclough and John Hopewell

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‘Zama’ Review: A Sumptuous, Feverish Conquistador Tale | Venice 2017

3 September 2017 7:09 AM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Maybe it’s the driven mad ending to Apocalypse Now (and to director Francis Ford Coppola), but there’s something fitting about an acclaimed director emerging from a long absence to make a film that features the backdrop of a colonial jungle. The irony of these films is that the elements are unforgiving to those attempting to conquer—unable to live as they desire—yet they refuse to allow the conquered to live without them. Terence Malick did just that in the Solomon Islands with The Thin Red Line after a 20-year absence and now Argentina’s Lucrecia Martel—… »

- Brian Formo

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George Clooney cuts Josh Brolin from his next film

14 August 2017 9:45 PM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Simon Brew Aug 15, 2017

Josh Brolin's role in George Clooney's upcoming Suburbicon has been left on the cutting room floor...

For his next film as director, George Clooney has been working on a 1950s-set crime drama by the name of Suburbicon. It’s got a script that’s written by the Coen brothers, and a cast that includes Matt Damon, Julianne Moore, Oscar Isaac and, well, not Josh Brolin.

Brolin was part of the original ensemble for the movie, but Clooney has now revealed that he’s had to cut the actor’s scenes out of the film altogether.

Chatting to EW, Clooney explained that after an initial test screening, Brolin’s comedic scenes “let the air out of the balloon, in terms of the tension in the film".

“I had to write him this awful note where I just said ‘you’re not going to believe it. but »

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"Twin Peaks," Episode 13 Recap: What Is This, Kindergarten?

10 August 2017 9:13 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Twin Peaks Recap is a weekly column by Keith Uhlich covering David Lynch and Mark Frost's limited, 18-episode continuation of the Twin Peaks television series.Much of David Lynch's work is about regression, or regressiveness, about people who are most comfortable when indulging (really, hiding behind) their baser instincts. An acid-jazz saxophonist with murder on his mind might take refuge in the body and soul of a teenage delinquent (Lost Highway), or a midwestern girl who has played and lost the Hollywood game might concoct a candy-colored dream-life in which she finally attains Tinseltown stardom (Mulholland Dr.). But these escapes always prove to be traps, and cyclical ones at that. What goes around comes around. What has happened before will happen again. Even Blue Velvet's Dorothy Vallens (Isabella Rossellini), finally liberated from her abusive sexual relationship with Frank Booth (Dennis Hopper), "still can see blue velvet through my tears. »

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The Top 12 Composers of the 21st Century, From Hans Zimmer to Nick Cave

7 August 2017 9:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

In an age where special effects reign supreme, there’s one aspect of the filmmaking process that hasn’t gone through a radical transformation — music. Some of the best movies in any given year would be sorely lacking without their memorable scores, and this has remained true well into the first two decades of the 21st century.

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Film composers play an integral part in the filmmaking process, and there are a handful whose bodies of work stand out in recent years. Of course, this list of 12 major composers only begins to scratch the surface of the talent out there. There are plenty of other worthy contributors to the medium who didn’t make the cut — Danny Elfman and John Williams, we’re looking at you — but rest assured that this top dozen represent the cream of the crop.

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- Gabrielle Kiss

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‘Dunkirk’ Review

22 July 2017 1:12 PM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

Stars: Fionn Whitehead, Tom Hardy, Mark Rylance, Tom Glynn-Carney, Cillian MurphyKenneth Branagh, Harry StylesAneurin Barnard | Written and Directed by Christopher Nolan

On paper, Christopher Nolan’s follow-up to Interstellar couldn’t be more different to the puzzle boxes which have defined his movies to date. Here’s a real historic event portrayed in well under two hours, with no room for sci-fi elements or high concept hooks. That it feels, in the end, very much like you’ve watched a Christopher Nolan film is surprising, for reasons both pleasing and not-so-pleasing.

We’re thrown into the nightmare of 1940, when more than 300,000 British Expeditionary Force troops were trapped on the titular beach, with the German hordes moving in. (In one of the film’s many authentic touches, we get to see the German propaganda leaflets promising the Allies’ imminent destruction.)

Three stories – and here’s where the narrative is Nolanised. »

- Rupert Harvey

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Dunkirk: how a lack of conflict creates a terrifying film

18 July 2017 4:58 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

Ryan Lambie Jul 21, 2017

Pared back to its essentials, Christopher Nolan's Dunkirk is all the more effective for its lack of on-screen villains, Ryan writes...

Nb: The following contains spoilers for Dunkirk.

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"You. You are surrounded," read the leaflets fluttering down on a handful of troops in Dunkirk's spectacular opening shot. As a way of setting a scene without resorting to a metric tonne of expository dialogue, it's bold and eerie in its minimalism. What immediately jumps out in writer-director Christopher Nolan's latest film, in fact, is how stripped down it is.

Some filmmakers might have taken a more grandiose approach to such a momentous historical event - the mass evacuation of occupied France in 1940, which saw as many as 400,000 Allied troops trapped  by the German army on the beaches of Dunkirk. And yet, while Dunkirk is far from short on spectacle, »

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Locarno 2017. Lineup

12 July 2017 7:24 AM, PDT | MUBI | See recent MUBI news »

Ben & Joshua Safdie's Good TimeThe lineup for the 2017 festival has been revealed, including new films by Wang Bing, Radu Jude, Raúl Ruiz and others, alongside retrospectives and tributes dedicated to Jean-Marie Straub, Jacques Tourneur and much more.Piazza GRANDEAmori che non sonno stare al mondo (Francesca Comencini, Italy)Atomic Blonde (David Leitch, USA)Chien (Samuel Benchetrit, France/Belgium)Demain et tous les autres jours (Noémie Lvovsky, France)Drei Zinnen (Jan Zabeil, Germany/Italy)Good Time (Ben & Joshua Safdie, USA)Gotthard - One Life, One Soul (Kevin Merz, Switzerland)I Walked with a Zombie (Jacques Tourneur, USA)Iceman (Felix Randau, Germany/Italy/Austria)Laissez bronzer les cadavres (Hélène Cattet & Bruno Forzani, Belgium/France)Lola Pater (Nadir Moknèche, France/Belgium)Sicilia! (Jean-Marie Straub & Danièle Huillet, Italy/France/Germany)Sparring (Samuel Jouy, France)The Big Sick (Michael Showalter, USA)The Song of Scorpions (Anup Singh, Switzerland/France/Singapore)What Happed to Monday (Tommy Wirkola, »

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How ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘The Great Escape’ Influenced ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’

11 July 2017 7:30 AM, PDT | Slash Film | See recent Slash Film news »

The Bridge on the River KwaiThe Outlaw Josey Wales, Ben-Hur, and Apocalypse Now – these are a few of the classic films that inspired War for the Planet of the Apes. The battle of wills from David Lean’s classic and The Thin Red Line‘s “darker, more nuanced reflection of human nature” were key influences for filmmaker Matt Reeves. Before Reeves’ sequel, […]

The post How ‘The Empire Strikes Back’ and ‘The Great Escape’ Influenced ‘War for the Planet of the Apes’ appeared first on /Film. »

- Jack Giroux

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Adrien Brody to Receive Lifetime Achievement Award at Locarno Film Festival

4 July 2017 3:08 AM, PDT | Variety - Film News | See recent Variety - Film News news »

Rome – Oscar-winning actor Adrien Brody will be feted by the Locarno Film Festival with its Leopard Club Award for lifetime achievement.

Brody is expected to make the trek to the prominent Swiss fest dedicated to indie and cutting-edge fare, where his tribute will include an Aug. 4 screening of Roman Polanski’s “The Pianist,” for which Brody won the Academy Award for best actor in 2003, in the lakeside town’s 8,000-seat Piazza Grande. There will also be a public conversation with the actor.

“Brody gained a lasting place in the collective imagination of the movie-going public when he played composer Wladyslaw Szpilman in ‘The Pianist’ (2002), and has since demonstrated his status as one of the most versatile of actors, appreciated by filmmakers in Hollywood and beyond,” the festival said in a statement. Brody won the Oscar when he was 29 years old.

He made his acting debut as a teenager in Francis Ford Coppola’s “New York Stories” (1989) and »

- Nick Vivarelli

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Song to Song: should Terrence Malick take a break?

3 July 2017 1:59 AM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Films such as Badlands and The Thin Red Line made him a legend. Now his films barely scrape a release. What went wrong for the reclusive auteur?

Related: Is Terrence Malick ahead of his time or out of date?

A new movie by Terrence Malick used to be a seismic event; now it’s more of a “meh”. Malick’s return after a 20-year absence with 1998’s The Thin Red Line, was regarded as the second coming of a mystical movie messiah, so revered had the reclusive Texan become in the decades since Badlands and Days of Heaven. But for an outsider auteur, Malick has sure been churning them out lately. Since 2011’s acclaimed The Tree of Life, he has made three features and two versions of a documentary – practically a film a year.

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- Steve Rose

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John Powell interview: scoring Bourne, Hans Zimmer, Face/Off and more

25 June 2017 9:54 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

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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29 Best World War II Movies This Memorial Day (Photos)

29 May 2017 8:42 AM, PDT | The Wrap | See recent The Wrap news »

Looking to look back on some history this Memorial Day? Critics and audiences alike didn’t think “Pearl Harbor” did WWII justice, but here are 29 other films that scored a 7/10 rating or higher on IMDb. “Pearl Harbor” (2001). The Michael Bay-directed film starred Ben Affleck, Josh Hartnett and Kate Beckinsale and follows the story of two best friends as they go off to war. “Saving Private Ryan” (1998). Starring Tom Hanks, Matt Damon, Tom Sizemore and Edward Burns, the film follows a group of U.S. soldiers that go behind enemy lines to retrieve a paratrooper. “The Thin Red Line” (1998). Terrence Malick‘s adaptation of. »

- Beatrice Verhoeven

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Paul Schrader Writes an Anatomical Review of Terrence Malick’s ‘Song to Song,’ and It Doesn’t Involve Thumbs

27 May 2017 9:33 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Whether talking about his own work or that of other filmmakers, Paul Schrader has never been one to mince words. Last night, the critic-turned-filmmaker reminded everyone who follows him on Facebook of his critical bent by sharing a very brief, very negative review of Terrence Malick’s latest: “If you could photograph the unwanted urine which dribbles from an old man’s penis you would have a film titled Song to Song.”

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The film — which stars Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, Michael Fassbender and Natalie Portman — takes place in and around the Austin music scene. Reviews were mixed, which is typical of recent Malick fare; IndieWire’s Eric Kohn wrote that “there’s plenty of intrigue to the dissonance of a hard-rock lifestyle and Malick’s gentle touch, but much of the movie’s potential »

- Michael Nordine

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