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Grammy nominated producer and composer Tom Holkenborg aka Junkie Xl is launching a new YouTube tutorial series “Studio Time with Junkie Xl.” The series will give aspiring composers, producers, and musicians a rare glimpse into the inner workings of a Hollywood composer.
The tutorial topics will range from technical advice, such as string and drum arrangements, to programming tips and advice on how to channel your musical influences. “Studio Time with Junkie Xl” launches today (Tuesday, May 26) at youtube.com/junkiexlofficial.
In addition to music, teaching has always been one of Holkenborg’s passions. He was an associate professor at Artez, the Dutch music conservatorium where he developed and taught a four year music program based on all of the elements of his career. His latest teaching endeavor is an online video series that will allow him to reach a broad audience directly from his home studio and share his knowledge of composing. »
- Michelle McCue
Memorial Day Weekend 4 day estimates are in and though it was a week weekend overall - Tomorrowland was soft which is quite scary since its budget was decidedly not -- but the three top holdovers are all bonafide hits with moviegoers.
Tomorrowland reached for a giant pot of gold, came up short.
Top Five Wide
May 22-25 Weekend
01 Tomorrowland New $41.7
02 Pitch Perfect 2 $38.5 (cum. $126) Review
03 Mad Max: Fury Road $32.1 (cum. $95.5) Review & Podcast
04 Avengers: Age of Ultron $27.8 (cum. $410.9) Review & Marathon & Podcast
05 Poltergeist NEWbutOLD $26.5
If you adjust for inflation Avengers: Age of Ultron might end its run as only the seventh highest grossing superhero flick of all time behind (in this order) The Avengers (2012), The Dark Knight (2008), Spider-Man (2002), Batman (1989), Spider-Man 2 (2004), and Superman (1978), though the latter is within reach if it can hold its theaters. Which is not to say that it isn't a massive hit; the sequel shouldn't have any problem »
- NATHANIEL R
It was recently announced that Paramount Pictures, as well as Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg and Lorenzo di Bonaventura selected Akiva Goldsman to head a "writers room" in charge of developing "Transformers" sequels and spin-offs. Deadline is now reporting on who is part of this "writers room" and they are some of the biggest names in sci-fi. The list includes Robert Kirkman ("Walking Dead" creator), Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (Iron Man), Zak Penn (Pacific Rim 2), and Jeff Pinkner (Amazing Spider-Man 2, "Lost"). More writers are expected to be added. The "Transformers" franchise is a top priority for Paramount. The last two installments broke the $1 billion mark at box office. »
Paramount and the powers behind the Transformers films have finalized the writers' room for the franchise's forthcoming slew of sequels and spinoffs, Deadline reports. Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura selected Akiva Goldsman roughly two months ago to ramp up more robots-in-disguise-fighting-robots-in-disguise movie ideas and to attract personnel. Here's the projected team thus far (and movies that they definitely aren't making): Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman (robots vs. zombies, please); Iron Man writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway (robots vs. robots, maybe); Pacific Rim 2's Zak Penn (robots vs. kaiju, please); and Amazing Spider-Man 2's Jeff Pinkner (robots vs. spiders, please). More scribes will reportedly be added, so get ready to spend all of your future paychecks on endless movies about robots and things they may or may not want to blow up. »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
As if movies weren't being treated like TV episodes enough, Paramount Picture recently set into motion a plan to put together a “writer’s room” for its Transformers series. The braintrust of Michael Bay, Steven Spielberg, and Lorenzo di Bonaventura set screenwriter/producer Akiva Goldsman to oversee a group of writers that would develop ideas and scripts for Transformers sequels and spinoffs, and now that writers room has been set. Per Deadline, The Walking Dead creator Robert Kirkman, Punisher: War Zone scribes Art Marcum & Matt Holloway, The Incredible Hulk screenwriter Zak Penn, and Lost alum Jeff Pinkner will fill out the roster of Goldsman’s Transformers team. Somewhat tellingly, both Kirkman and Pinkner have deep ties to the television world (Kirkman now has two Walking Dead shows at AMC), though Pinkner made the leap to feature films with last year’s Amazing Spider-Man 2. Penn also has strong ties to genre material, »
- Adam Chitwood
Sources tell Variety that “The Walking Dead” creator Robert Kirkman, “Iron Man 3″ writers Art Marcum and Matt Holloway, “Pacific Rim 2″ scribe Zak Penn and “Amazing Spider-Man 2″ writer Jeff Pinkner will join the writing team for the expanded universe.
Paramount had no comment.
Michael Bay, who directed the last four pics, will produce along with Steven Spielberg, who had also been an exec producer on the franchise. Goldman was previously tasked with setting up the writing room with the goal of developing and writing scripts that would lead to future sequels and standalone films based on the popular franchise.
It’s little surprise Paramount decided to go this route with its lucrative “Transformers” series, with other studios banking on major franchises like the Marvel and DC films, »
- Justin Kroll
Besson will adapt the French comic book series "Valérian And The City Of A Thousand Planets", based on the 1967 comic book series, starring Dane DeHaan ("Amazing Spider-Man 2") as 'Valerian', a space/time travelling agent from a futuristic Earth.
Also starring is model/actress Cara Delevigne ("Suicide Squad") as love interest 'Laureline'.
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- Michael Stevens
Hot off her hit historical drama Selma, which recounts Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic march, Marvel is reportedly courting director Ava DuVernay for an upcoming Phase 3 movie. Though, it isn't know if that movie is Black Panther, scheduled for release in July 2018, or Captain Marvel, which will hit in November of that same year. Insiders claim that Black Panther is the most likely possibility. Though, it is known that Marvel wants a female director to take the helm on Captain Marvel, a movie many believe will be directed by Angelina Jolie.
It is stated that Marvel has had a series of talks with Ava DuVernay, but they are looking at a number of other directors as well. Though, there is a mutual interest between both parties. The news of Ava DuVernay's possible hiring surfaced just as the American Civil Liberties Union asked state and federal agencies to investigate »
In fact the trade suggests that 'Panther,' which is due first in July 2018, is the likeliest possibility and discussions with DuVernay have taken place with apparent mutual interest from both parties to work together.
Though Patty Jenkins was briefly hired to direct the "Thor" sequel (and then left), to date neither a woman or an African-American of any gender has directed a Marvel movie. The news comes at a time when the Aclu has asked state and federal agencies to seriously investigate Hollywood's tendency for gender discrimination in some of its hiring practices.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
According to The Wrap, Marvel are eyeing Ava DuVernay to direct one of their upcoming diverse superhero movies. Those are obviously Black Panther and Captain Marvel, and insiders indicate that it's the former which is currently the most likely possibility. That's set to be released in 2018, a little sooner than Carol Danvers' big screen debut, possibly explaining why Kevin Feige is looking to land the Selma director. She also has a credit for "promotional services" on Spider-Man 2. They add that there is mutual interest on both sides, but Marvel is still considering other filmmakers. A woman has yet to direct a superhero movie, and the fact that DuVernay is both non-white and non-male would earn some serious PR points for them. That aside though, DuVernay is a great director who received almost unanimous critical acclaim for her work on Selma. Thoughts? »
Sound on Sight undertook a massive project, compiling ranked lists of the most influential, unforgettable, and exciting action scenes in all of cinema. There were hundreds of nominees spread across ten different categories and a multi-week voting process from 11 of our writers. The results: 100 essential set pieces, sequences, and scenes from blockbusters to cult classics to arthouse obscurities.
If you’re an action hero, pulling off daring rescues and badass escapes is just another day at the office. The rescue has been the prototypical action scene since humans have been able to put pen to paper. From Tarzan swinging in on a vine to Iron Man flying in on his jets, a hero isn’t a hero unless he can swoop in and save the damsel or the day. The only thing more exciting is if the clock is ticking on his escape. Whether it’s from a burning building, »
- Shane Ramirez
Nariko, Heavenly Sword’s flame-haired, cult-worshipped heroine, finally gets to slice and dice her way into British homes on June 15th, courtesy of TriCoast UK in association with Movie Partnership and Fusion Media. This is TriCoast’s first UK release and the kick-off release for the tri-distributor partnership, which sees Fusion Media handling the DVD release and The Movie Partnership piloting the digital platforms.
Based on a hugely popular Playstation 3, which has sold well over a million copies worldwide, the movie features the voices of Australian star Anna Torv (Fringe) as Nariko, Alfred Molina (Spiderman 2) as King Bohan and Thomas Jane (Hung, The Mist) as Loki.
A dramatic tale of revenge, Heavenly Sword follows the story of Nariko (Torv), a trained warrior who possesses a sought after blade with incredible powers. As the sword’s guardian, she must face a power-hungry ruler King Bohan (Molina) and his unyielding army, »
- Phil Wheat
Disney and Marvel’s comicbook adventure has made $312.9 million domestically since debuting Stateside 10 days ago. That massive figure makes it the second-fastest film to clear $300 million domestically, and its sophomore weekend is the second-biggest in movie history, surpassing “Avatar’s” $75.6 million haul.
The film “Avengers: Age of Ultron” trails on both counts? Its predecessor, 2012’s “Marvel’s The Avengers,” which had earned $373 million at a similar point in its run after scoring a $103 million second weekend.
“It’s a dominant force,” said Paul Dergarabedian, senior media analyst at Rentrak. “These second weekend numbers would be a great opening weekend debut for a lot of films.”
Internationally, “Avengers: Age of Ultron” picked up $68 million, pushing the film to $875.3 million globally. Given that major markets such as China »
- Brent Lang
Hot Pursuit has opened to critical panning and unfavorable audience reactions today. The $35 million Action-Comedy’s 6% rottentomatoes score, lack of persistent marketing and generally-unfunny jokes in its major trailer all point at a financial loss for Warner Bros. But there lies the hope for women filmmakers in this article: this movie was still released amidst all the panning, the negativity generally-aimed at female filmmakers, and the recent backlash from the leaked emails between Marvel CEOs concerning the perceived lack of appeal for female superhero films.
The leaked emails remind us of the general sexist attitude towards female filmmakers, specifically directors. The major studios, including Warner Bros, nowadays produce and distribute just a few dozen films a year with an average budget of over $100 million. All those superhero and mega-expensive films we’ve come to love, hate, and blog about are the proof. By now, we’ve all noticed that a »
- Christopher Ortiz
“Avengers: Age of Ultron” will dwarf the competition for the second weekend in a row even after falling sharply from its $191.3 million debut.
The super-team follow-up fell short of its predecessor’s opening numbers, and it will also struggle to keep pace with its second weekend numbers. The first “Avengers” movie did a torrid $103 million in its sophomore weekend after debuting to a record-torching $207.4 million. Mid-week sales have been cooler for “Avengers: Age of Ultron.” The first film pulled in $18.9 million on the first Monday after opening, while the sequel generated $13.2 million on the same day. Look for “Avengers: Age of Ultron” to capture first place with $85 million.
“The fall off is more than expected,” said Phil Contrino, chief analyst and vice president at BoxOffice.com. “The first one was such a big deal to see the superheroes come together for the the first time. With the sequel there wasn »
- Brent Lang
The superhero boom arguably started with Spider-Man 2, and really exploded in 2008 with Iron Man and The Dark Knight. It will take another two years to get the first major female superhero movie into theaters when Wonder Woman opens in 2017 and it will take Marvel another year with Captain Marvel in 2018. This is after fans were practically begging for a Black Widow spinoff following 2012’s The Avengers and yet we're still at the "discussions" point. Last night’s Saturday Night Live perfectly skewered our lack of female-led superhero movies, and the lack of good, female-led films in general by creating a trailer for Black Widow: Age of Me starring host Scarlett Johansson. While it does get a little goofy, it also nails how studios are willing to churn out formulaic rom-coms but can’t seem to crack any other kind of movie starring a woman. [caption id="attachment_450969" align="aligncenter" width="600"] Image via Marvel Studios[/caption] »
- Matt Goldberg
Avengers: Age of Ultron ruled the box office this weekend with a huge $187.7 million, which is the second-biggest debut ever. Unfortunately, the top opening ever belongs to its predecessor, Marvel's The Avengers ($207.4 million).
The Avengers sequel also continues to do strong business overseas, where it's earned $439 million before even debuting in China or Japan.
Domestically, Ultron's $187.7 million debut accounted for 85 percent of the Top 12 box office this weekend, which is a new record ahead of Spider-Man 3's 83 percent. The movie earned a bit more than the first Avengers on Friday, but its $57.2 million Saturday was 18 percent lower. It was also a bit below Iron Man 3's $62.3 million.
There was a perception heading in to the weekend that the original movie's record was going to easily be topped. In hindsight, though, that was a very unfair assumption. In the years since the first movie's opening, no other title has opened anywhere close to $200 million. »
- Ray Subers <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Even the thought of this column feels like a slaughter waiting to happen. I feel like Sonny Corleone in The Godfather as he exits the car at the toll booth…
I get it. People love movies like Avengers: Age of Ultron. Any negative sentiments are generally greeted with a thousand blasts from every corner of the internet. You’re branded as a hater or a troll. You’re a joyless cynic who couldn’t manage to find an ounce of fun in a pool full of whiskey.
The goal here is to try, in great detail, to explain why Age of Ultron was ultimately disappointing. In fact, one of the most disappointing movies I’ve seen so far this year.
1. It’s a Copy/Paste of the original
Avengers: Age of Ultron suffers the same fate as so many other sequels. »
- Anghus Houvouras
As superhero movie sequels go, Avengers: Age of Ultron sits nicely alongside the likes of Spider-Man 2 and The Dark Knight. Any fears you may have had about this movie failing to top its predecessor will be quickly forgotten when you see the Hulkbuster go to war with the Hulk or Captain America chastising Iron Man for his use of bad language. Oh, and you'll be relieved to know that the sequel doesn't repeat past mistakes; Ultron's army aren't the Chitauri, and the final battle is moved to a different and more interesting locale than New York City. Yes, it's true that the magic of seeing the heroes assembled is no longer there, but Avengers: Age of Ultron more than makes up for that with countless other fan pleasing moments and scenes. There's a lot of humour in the sequel too, and while that's bothered some fans, this is far »
All week long our writers will debate: Which was the greatest film year of the past half century. Click here for a complete list of our essays. How to decide in the grand scheme of things which film year stands above all others? History gives us no clear methodology to unravel this thorny but extremely important question. Is it the year with the highest average score of movies? So a year that averages out to a B + might be the winner over a field strewn with B’s, despite a few A +’s. Or do a few masterpieces lift up a year so far that whatever else happened beyond those three or four films is of no consequence? Both measures are worthy, and the winner by either of those would certainly be a year not to be sneezed at. But I contend the only true measure of a year’s »
- Richard Rushfield
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