5 items from 2015
The Dead or Alive franchise has always held a special place in my heart. Back when the original Xbox was initially released, Dead or Alive 3 was one of the first games that I bought. It’s a good thing that the console couldn’t keep track of how much hours I logged on it, because if I saw that number now, I would probably be embarrassed. And no, I didn’t waste my hours playing the game because of the scantily clad fighters, you jerks.
After a successful launch of the original Dead or Alive 5 back in 2012, Team Ninja has finally brought the franchise to current-gen consoles. Dead or Alive 5: Last Round stands to be the most complete edition of the series yet, as it features the biggest roster in an entry so far, as well as a sizable amount of bonus outfits.
As always with the franchise, the »
- Eric Hall
The World Soundtrack Awards will celebrate its 15th anniversary by feteing one of the most brilliant film composers of his generation, also known for his scores of Back To The Future and Forrest Gump.
The Brussels Philharmonic will perform the compelling scores by Alan Silvestri, conducted by Dirk Brossé and accompanied by film fragments on the big screen. The traditional film music concert will be held during the second part of the World Soundtrack Awards. The WSAwards will once again be the festive closing event of the 42nd Film Fest Gent.
With his percussion driven scores and arrangements one can only compare with roller coasters, Alan Silvestri has emerged as one of the major Hollywood composers that broke through in the eighties. Although Silvestri has succeeded in writing successful scores »
- Michelle McCue
Film composer Alan Silvestri — best known for his work with director Robert Zemeckis on such films as “Who Framed Roger Rabbit” and “Forrest Gump” and the “Back to the Future” trilogy — will be the central honoree at the 15th Annual World Soundtrack Awards, which will close the 42nd edition of Film Fest Gent on Oct. 24 in Belgium.
As is custom, the work of Silvestri — following in the footsteps of previous Wsa honorees Angelo Badalamenti, John Barry and Cliff Martinez — will be performed by the Brussels Philharmonic, conducted by Dirk Brossé.
Silvestri first teamed with Zemeckis on their breakthrough feature, “Romancing the Stone” (1984) and subsequently collaborated on 10 additional releases, including “Death Becomes Her” (1992), “Cast Away” (2000) and “The Polar Express” (2004).
The prolific and rangy composer’s credits also include the rom-coms “Father of the Bride” (1991), “What Women Want” (2000) and “Maid in Manhattan” (2002); action blockbusters “Predator” (1987) and “The Avengers” (2012); neo-westerns “Young Guns 2” (1990) and »
- Steve Chagollan
Atlanta-based Giant Studios has sold the proprietary performance-capture technology used in Avatar, the Lord Of The Rings trilogy and The Polar Express to James Cameron and Jon Landau’s Santa Monica-based Lightstorm Entertainment and will shutter soon after 15 years in operation.
Giant’s research and development team will continue to develop the technology under Lightstorm’s purview as Cameron dives into production on Avatar 2, 3, and 4, the company announced.
“The company and its shareholders are pleased that Jon Landau and James Cameron have acquired the technology and will be dedicating their resources and talents towards its continued development,” Giant’s CEO and executive producer Candice Alger said in a statement posted to Giant’s website. “I am confident that James Cameron will take the technology far beyond our wildest imaginations.
“He has already had a tremendous impact in the field of virtual production, and his use of the technology on »
- Jen Yamato
Brooklyn mobster and prolific hit man Jimmy Conlon (Neeson), once known as The Gravedigger, has seen better days. Longtime best friend of mob boss Shawn Maguire (Harris), Jimmy, now 55, is haunted by the sins of his past—as well as a dogged police detective (D’Onofrio) who’s been one step behind Jimmy for 30 years. Lately, it seems Jimmy’s only solace can be found at the bottom of a whiskey glass.
But when Jimmy’s estranged son, »
- Michelle McCue
5 items from 2015
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