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I bet you know that the man behind this year’s scores for The Thing and Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, reached a higher level of public acclaim in 1996 when he wrote the score for Wes Craven’s smash hit shocker Scream. But have you heard composer Marco Beltrami has signed on to create the [...]
- Nick Martin
We’re still about a year out from World War Z, so it might be a smidge early to get news of this sort — but, nevertheless, FilmMusicReporter (via FirstShowing) tells us that Marc Forster‘s film has found its composer. The man hired for the job is none other than Oscar nominee Marco Beltrami, a fellow best known for work on The Hurt Locker, 3:10 to Yuma, and that prequel to The Thing you’ve already forgotten about.
The same story also reports that he’s signed for A Good Day to Die Hard — no surprise, given his duties on Live Free — and Alex Proyas‘ Paradise Lost; the latter hit a production snag earlier this month, but I’m now thinking that it’s been smoothed out. (I’m guessing that’s the case, at least. I don’t know why a project with recent budget problems would pick someone »
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Some interesting scoring news to wrap up this year, for a highly anticipated film that will arrive at the end of next year. Film Music Reporter (via Styd) is reporting that composer Marco Beltrami has signed on to do the score for Marc Forster's adaptation of Max Brooks' World War Z, about the zombie apocalypse. The film stars Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos, James Badge Dale and Bryan Cranston and finished shooting this year, but isn't slated for release until December next year. Beltrami most recently worked on Scream 4, The Thing remake and The Woman in Black, and also has a few other projects in the works besides this one. Oscar nominated composer Marco Beltrami is somewhat of a franchise guy, working on the Scream series and other genre flicks, including Live Free or Die Hard and now the upcoming A Good Day to Die Hard. Yea, remember this unnecessary sequel? »
- Alex Billington
We've seen Marco Beltrami's name thrown around alot this year. He scored such features as The Thing prequel and Don't Be Afraid Of The Dark. Well now the maestro is back and ready to bring his talent to the upcoming zombie flick World War Z. Marco has been hired to score the upcoming Marc Foster directed adaption of Max Brooks' zombie apocolypse novel World War Z.The film is set for release December 21 2012. Along with World War Z,Marco has als… »
Bullet to the Head is an adaption of the Dynamite Entertainment comic written by Matz with art from Colin Wilson, which follows a hitman and detective who team up to investigate a common foe. Based on a graphic novel, Bullet to the Head tells the story of a New Orleans hitman (Stallone) and a New York City cop who form an alliance to bring down the killers of their respective partners. Bullet to the Head is directed by Walter Hill and stars Sylvester Stallone (The Expendables), Jason Mamoa (Conan the Barbarian), Sarah Shahi (Fairly Legal), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (The Thing), and Christian Slater. It is scheduled to hit theaters April 13th, 2012. »
- Pietro Filipponi
Of the 265 films eligible  for Oscars at the 84th Annual Academy Awards in February, 97 of them have been deemed worthy to be nominated for Best Original Score. Thomas Newman (The Adjustment Bureau, The Debt, The Help, The Iron Lady) and Michael Giacchino (Cars 2, Mission: Impossible - Ghost Protocol, Monte Carlo, Super 8) lead all eligible composers with four films this year while Alexandre Desplat (Extremely Loud & Incredibly Close, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2, The Ides of March), Tyler Bates (Conan the Barbarian, The Darkest Hour, The Way), Mark Isham (The Conspirator, Dolphin Tale, Warrior) and Henry Jackman (Puss in Boots, Winnie the Pooh, X-Men First Class) all have three. Other familiar names are on the list too such as John Williams (The Adventures of Tintin, War Horse), James Newton Howard (Green Lantern, Water for Elephants) and Danny Elfman (Real Steel, Restless) who along with Alberto Iglesias (The Skin I Live In, »
- Germain Lussier
The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences has announced that ninety-seven scores from eligible feature-length motion pictures are in contention for nominations in the Original Score category for the 84th Academy Awards®.
The eligible scores along with the composer are listed below in alphabetical order by film title:
“Answers to Nothing,” Craig Richey, composer
“@urFRENZ,” Lisbeth Scott, composer
“Atlas Shrugged Part 1,” Elia Cmiral, composer
“Cedar Rapids, »
- Michelle McCue
I was actually beginning to believe Cliff Martinez's score for Drive may actually have a shot with all the love it has received in the precursor awards, but last night the Academy announced the list of 97 scores eligible for Best Original Score at the 2012 Oscars and, oops, what do you know, both Drive and Attack the Block didn't make the cut. The only other score I had on my current list of predictions for the category to not make the cut was Howard Shore's music for David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method. Why? Well, I would assume somewhere inside there the rules for requirement weren't met. As per the Academy, "To be eligible, the original score must be a substantial body of music that serves as original dramatic underscoring, and must be written specifically for the motion picture by the submitting composer. Scores diluted by the use of »
- Brad Brevet
Actress Eva Green is currently in talks to play the female lead in a prequel to Zack Snyder’s groundbreaking visual action hit 300. The title of the film, based on Frank Miller’s graphic novel ‘Xexes‘ is, 300: Battle Of Artemisia and will be helmed by Smart People’s Noam Murro.
Green, who made her name starring in the likes of Bond reboot Casino Royale and Ridley Scott’s historical epic Kingdom Of Heaven, will appear as the gold-plated unforgiving princess Artimesia, who persuades the Persian King-turned god-like figure to begin his seemingly unstoppable war.
Source: The Hollywood Reporter »
- Craig Hunter
The upcoming comic adaption from director Walter Hill also stars Jason Mamoa (Conan the Barbarian), Sarah Shahi (Fairly Legal), Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (The Thing), and Christian Slater. It is scheduled to hit theaters April 13, 2012. Bullet to the Head is an adaption of the Dynamite Entertainment comic written by Matz with art from Colin Wilson, which follows a New Orleans hitman (Stallone) who must reluctantly team up with a New York City detective after a botched contract in order to investigate a common foe. Their shared mission takes them to the lowest of slums to the highest of offices in a story of corruption, fear, and violence. Click on image to enlarge »
- Eric Whitman
Showtime’s upcoming slate carries a slew of ambitious new series that run the gamut from comedy and comic books to the more tried-and-true genre of the crime drama. Now, John Wells, producer of the dysfunctional family drama Shameless, is looking to bring another overseas success to the network by adapting the award-winning Australian film Animal Kingdom.
Released in 2010, the film focuses on a family of career criminals, based on the notorious real-life Pettingill family. In Animal Kingdom, Jacki Weaver headed a fictionalized version of the family with Joel Edgerton (Warrior, The Thing), Sullivan Stapleton (Strike Back) and Ben Mendelsohn (Knowing, Killer Elite), while Guy Pearce (upcoming: Ms One: Maximum Security) played the detective determined to bring them down.
The film was the directorial debut of David Michod (Hesher), and was ...
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- Kevin Yeoman
Timur Bekmambetov directs Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Killer written by Seth Grahame-Smith and stars Benjamin Walker Paradise Lost), Rufus Sewell (Dark City), Mary Elizabeth Winstead (The Thing) and Dominic Cooper (The Devil's Double). This week has brought us two great posters from 20th Century Fox. Earlier this week we got to see the first Prometheus poster and today we have two posters for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter an adaptation of Seth Grahame-Smith's novel by the same name. The posters recall old fashion horror with a dark feel and design. One poster shows the 16th President in a dimly-lit office while holding an ax and in the other poster Honest Abe is underneath a full moon-lit sky. »
The Thing a prequel to John Carpenters original masterpiece and is directed by Matthijs van Heijningen and stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Joel Edgerton, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Ulrich Thomsen and Kim Bubbs. To be honest The Thing 2011 was not very good (read the review). Why? Way too much CGI, and to make it worse bad CGI. I knew the film was in trouble from one of the scenes at the beginning of the film. A snow truck goes head first into a deep ravine, we were immediately assaulted with a pair of fully CGI'ed pair of glasses on the windshield of the truck. A video showing the practical effects for the film was released from Amaigamated Dynamics the company that actually produced the effects. »
IFC Midnight - a distributor that is definitely in tune with what genre fans would call "films of interest" - has acquired U.S. rights to director Padraig Reynolds' kidnapping thriller Rites Of Spring, which stars genre faves Aj Bowen (The Signal, House of the Devil, A Horrible Way to Die, Hatchet 2) and Anessa Ramsey (YellowBrickRoad, The Signal). It also features creature design by Aaron Sims (A Nightmare on Elm Street: The Dream Child, Wrong Turn, The Mist, I Am Legend, Clash of the Titans, The Thing). Color me intrigued (whatever shade that is). No release date has been announced yet. Judging from the trailer, which you can check out after the break, it looks like a killer scarecrow flick, but I could be way off-base. »
Kathryn Bigelow’s Kill Bin Laden (that title is expected to change) is shaping up to be an epic action-drama that will chronicle the covert operation to take down America’s most infamous terrorist. The project may now have its lead with actor Chris Pratt in negotiations to head the team that eventually got their man. Pratt, who was superb in his small but significant role in Moneyball, made his name in television shows Everwood and The O.C., but is now more known for his comedic work in Parks And Recreation.
If a deal is reached Pratt will take over from The Thing’s Joel Edgerton who dropped out due to scheduling conflicts. Jason Clarke is already attached to the cast and rumours that Guy Pearce, Idris Elba and Tom Hardy may also join up are as yet unconfirmed.
Source: Twitchfilm »
- Craig Hunter
Taking over creature duties on next year's Silent Hill: Revelation 3D is Paul Jones, special makeup FX artist on The Thing, Resident Evil: Afterlife, the upcoming Resident Evil: Retribution and many, many other films. Shock spoke to Jones recently and got the exclusive lowdown on what we can expect creature FX-wise in Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, directed by Michael J. Bassett. It turns out, the next chapter in the series - based on the video game series - will balance the old with the new, giving fans some of their favorite characters.
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- firstname.lastname@example.org (Ryan Turek)
Warner Bros. has released two still photos from their The Great Gatsby remake. The film, directed by Baz Luhrmann (Australia!, Moulin Rouge), stars Leonardo DiCaprio (Django Unchained!) as the enigmatic Jay Gatsby, Carey Mulligan (Drive) as Daisy Buchanan, Joel Edgerton (The Thing, Warrior) as Tom Buchanan, and Toby Maguire (Brothers, Spiderman) as Nick Carraway. Principal photography is underway on this 3D remake and as you can see, the costumes are gorgeous, lush, and period specific.
The Great Gatsby was first published in 1925 during the Jazz Age in the United States. The book is about a group of people who party the summer away as the world recovers from the first World War. As with all of Luhrmann’s films, the costumes are gorgeous and intricately detailed. The first photo pictures DiCaprio’s Gatsby and Mulligan’s Daisy seemingly in an embrace. The second picture shows the main ...
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- Sulai Sivadel
Starring Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Joel Edgerton, Ulrich Thomsen, Eric Christian Olsen and Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, The Thing was released theatrically on October 14 and stumbled out the gate with only an $8.5 million opening weekend. By the end of its theatrical run, The Thing grossed $16.9 million in ticket sales.
The Blu-ray edition of The Thing will be packaged with the DVD edition and be presented in 1080p video and 5.1 DTS-hd Master Audio. Bonus features will include:
Click here to pre-order The Thing on Blu-ray for a discoutned price at Amazon.com.
 Australian filmmaking collective Blue-Tongue Films has been around for years, but it wasn't until last year's acclaimed Animal Kingdom that the group really captured worldwide attention. Directed by member David Michôd, the crime drama turned out to be a career booster for just about everyone involved. But probably no one benefitted more than star Joel Edgerton, who in the past year has become a bona-fide movie star with key roles in such high-profile projects as Warrior, The Thing, and The Great Gatsby. Now Edgerton's returning to his roots in another Blue-Tongue feature, this time with collective founding member (and Animal Kingdom co-star) Kieran Darcy-Smith at the helm. Titled Wish You Were Here, the dramatic thriller is slated to open Sundance 2012 , two years after Animal Kingdom made waves at the same festival. Antony Starr, Felicity Price, and rising Aussie actress Teresa Palmer also star. Watch the trailer after the jump. [via Twitch ] Written by Darcy-Smith and Price, »
- Angie Han
With The Thing now in UK cinemas, what better time to bring you this cast and crew interview featurette for the film which is helmed by director Matthijs van Heijningen and stars Mary Elizabeth Winstead, Eric Christian Olsen, Joel Edgerton, Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje and Ulrich Thomsen as members of the Norwegian team who were the first to face the alien enemy in the Antarctic. And if you haven’t read Maahin’s review of the film yet, you can check that out here.
Antarctica: an extraordinary continent of awesome beauty. It is also home to an isolated outpost where a discovery full of scientific possibility becomes a mission of survival when an alien is unearthed by a crew of international scientists. The shape-shifting creature, accidentally unleashed at this marooned colony, has the ability to turn itself into a perfect replica of any living being. It can look just like you or me, »
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