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We tend to take sound for granted when it comes to the movies; unless it’s done badly, you rarely notice it or appreciate all the effort that has gone into making sure everything matches up. But whereas that might be the case for the sound effects and sound mixing department, it can’t really be said for soundtracks, which – if done correctly – are usually one of the major aspects that stick in your memory long after a flick is over. Walking out of a movie theatre – and given the soundtrack was awesome – you almost always end up leaving humming the title theme.
Soundtracks are an essential part of the cinematic experience, of course: try and imagine classic films like Star Wars, Indiana Jones, or The Good, the Bad and the Ugly without their iconic musical cues – it’s probably not inaccurate to say that none of »
For many years, Warner Bros. has tried multiple times to develop a remake to the cult classic 1976 science-fiction film, Logan's Run. The film was based on 1967 book of the same name, written by William F. Nolan and George Clayton Johnson. In the mid-90's, Joel Silver was brought in to write and direct a remake, but that didn't happen. Then in 2004, Bryan Signer was brought in to work on it, but that didn't happen. In 2007, WB hired Joseph Kosinski ("Oblivion") to work on a low-budget version, but that stalled out and Kosinki moved onto Tron: Legacy. In 2010, Carl Erik Rinsch was hired to direct, but left the project to work on 47 Ronin. In 2011, Drive director, Nicolas Winding Refn, was hired. Of course that too never materialized, but did come close as they at least had Ryan Gosling and Rose Byrne lined up to star in »
After the somewhat disappointing Tron Legacy it seems that a third outing is still in the works. Whilst doing some promotion for Tron Legacy director Joseph Kosinski has revealed that a follow-up is still on the cards.
Tron Legacy was a sequel to the 1982 classic Tron. The story followed Sam Flynn (Garrett Hedlund), son of Jeff Bridges’ Kevin Flynn the designer of the Tron world. Sam was desperately searching for his father who has not been seen since the events of Tron. He also found himself transported to the virtual environment where he met Olivia Wilde’s Quorra. The film ended with the pair escaping the Tron universe.
The third film would follow on from this with Quorra adjusting to life in the ‘real’ world. Cillian Murphy’s brief appearance in Tron Legacy would be upgraded to the villain of the piece in a bid to continue the rivalry of the Flynn’s and Dillingers. »
- Kat Smith
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From Katniss to Catwoman (all three of them), we’ve seen our favorite Hollywood actresses suit up in skin-tight costumes affectionately known as “catsuits.” Yes, they are all incredibly sexy, but are any of these catsuits legitimately super suits? As in, how useful are any of these tight outfits when these characters are in a tight spot?
We might have fun ogling Chris Evans‘ butt when he’s suited up as Captain America or melting over Chris Hemsworth‘s crazy arms when he’s geared up as Thor, but when it comes to fight scenes, both guys are always dressed to defeat their foes. But what about Scarlett Johansson? Is Black Widow’s hip-hugging outfit in Captain America: The Winter Soldier there to help her kick the bad guys’ butts, or is it only designed so guys in audience can stare at her butt? Is there a »
- Meghan O'Keefe
Trevor Hogg chats with Michael Wilkinson about weaving a new adaptation of an epic Biblical story…
“There was an opening in my schedule,” recalls Michael Wilkinson who had completed the costume designs for Man of Steel (2013) when an opportunity arose to work on Noah (2014) helmed by Darren Aronofsky (Black Swan). “My agents introduced me to Darren who was looking for someone to help design this epic movie. I had a series of Skype interviews, was awarded the job and headed over to New York to work with him.” The native of Australia remarks, “I always like to have images in front of me when I’m meeting a director. Other costume designers do things differently. For me, it’s all about beginning to see if there’s a dialogue that flows between the two parties. Even if I show images that are wildly different from what the director was thinking »
- Trevor Hogg
“I take each project as they come,” explains Michael Wilkinson who received an Oscar nomination for costume designing American Hustle (2013). “I would never say as a rule that I don’t do this type of film. For me I read the script. If there’s something about it I find challenging that I’ve never done before or if there’s a director I greatly admire attached or actors I’ve always wanted to work with those are the different types of criteria that I use when choosing my next job.” Wilkinson has been involved with projects as varied as Babel (2006), 300 (2006), Tron: Legacy (2010), Noah (2014), and currently Batman vs. Superman (2016). “I don’t what it is about me. Maybe it’s because I have a short attention span. I like to mix things up. I like to show the world that I’m not just a superhero or sword and sandals »
- Trevor Hogg
Gargoyles has been popping up around me a lot lately. There's a great set of fan art that I've shared, the whole series is on YouTube for your viewing pleasure now (and I've watched it), and then I recently had the opportunity to interview Gargoyles creator Greg Weisman. Being showered with all of this Gargoyles awesomeness makes me want Disney to finally make a live-action film, and I honestly don't understand why they haven't yet. When I asked Wiseman if there have been any talks with the studio regarding the movie, he said,
"Over the years, there has. But nothing current. Disney doesn’t seem interested in developing a movie based on the series at this time. I obviously hope that changes."
How can they not be interested?! That just seems silly to me. Over the last few years Disney has snatched up some major studios, including Marvel and Lucasfilm. »
- Joey Paur
With Gareth Evans’ utterly spectacular sequel The Raid 2 gearing up for an expanded theatrical release this weekend, we thought this would be a perfect opportunity to catch up with the film’s composer Joseph Trapanese, whose sonic contributions to the film were just as integral as anything that was happening visually on the screen throughout Evans’ epic actioner.
And while Trapanese may not be a name that necessarily jumps out at you, the highly talented composer has racked up quite the resume in just eight short years, working on films like Tron: Legacy, Oblivion, Fast Five, The Bourne Legacy as well as The Raid: Redemption, where he collaborated with Linkin Park’s Mike Shinoda. During our interview, Trapanese discussed his approach to the score for The Raid 2, his approach to creating timeless but modern film music, his thoughts on working on studio albums versus creating music for film and more. »
- Heather Wixson
Disney recently picked up a movie pitch that is based around the world of magic, and they hired a real illusionist named Derek DelGaudio to produce the film. The movie doesn't have a title yet, and all we know at this point is that it tackles "the history of magic’s last 100 years as seen through the eyes of one magician." The script for the film will be written by Keith Bunin.
DelGaudio is an award-winning magician who is known for his sleight of hand and card tricks. He's also an artist-in-residence at Walt Disney Imagineering so he already has a connection with the studio. He's the one that helped bring this project to life.
I'm a huge fan of magic, »
- Joey Paur
Feature Simon Brew 31 Mar 2014 - 05:42
Blockbuster season is almost upon us, but what will next summer's big hitters be? Here's a roundup
Once upon a time, summer blockbuster season 2015 was set to be packed with the biggest collision of big franchises we'd ever seen together. However, one by one, lots of these films moved away to other dates. As such, you won't be seeing Star Wars: Episode VII, Pirates Of The Caribbean 5, Independence Day 2, Batman Vs Superman or Finding Dory in a cinema next summer.
But even with those films gone, there's still no shortage of huge movies battling for your cash in a year's time. And as is traditional for us at the start of summer blockbuster season, we've taken a look at what's coming up in 12 months' time.
With Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales still to be green-lit, and a sequel to Tron: Legacy still in early development stages, Disney certainly has a keen interest in launching new franchises. And though The Sorcerer’s Apprentice disappointed at the box office, the studio evidently isn’t giving up on magicians just yet. Today we have news that the House of Mouse has tapped Patrick Massett and John Zinman, the writers behind Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, to pen an adaptation of T.A. Barron’s high fantasy series The Lost Years of Merlin, tentatively known as Young Merlin.
The film will follow Merlin, destined to one day become a powerful ally and friend to King Arthur, as a teenager exploring the magical isle of Fincayra. In his early years, the young magician forms friendships with local girl Rhia and aspiring jester Bumbelwy, all the while grappling »
- Isaac Feldberg
Acclaimed composer Luc St-Pierre, whose impressive body of work spans a wide range of styles and genres (and includes the Academy Award-nominated documentary Prisoner of Paradise), took a more experimental path for his score to Thief: Directors Cut, the revival of the historical action-stealth game franchise from Eidos Montreal and Square Enix which hit stores late last month. Sumthing Else Music Works recently released St-Pierre's haunting, experimental music for Thief, and I was immediately blown away by the haunting, often frightening strains of this rich symphonic/electronic hybrid. Working with the Filmharmonic Orchestra Prague (whose mile-long credits include Nathan Barr's score for Hostel, and one of my all-time favorite metal albums, The Great Mass by Septicflesh), along with several session artists playing exotic world instruments and his own synth and electro-acoustic manipulations, St-Pierre has woven a moody dark ambient tapestry that not only compliments the adventures and multi-layered mysteries »
- Gregory Burkart
Casting on Warner Bros. live-action Peter Pan origin tale Pan is picking up the pace. A couple of days ago it was announced that Rooney Mara (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) had joined the film in the role of Tiger Lily, and now The Wrap has revealed that Four Lions star Adeel Akhtar will play Smee, the right hand man of Hook, played by Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy).
The film is to be directed by Joe Wright (Atonement) and will tell "the untold story of how a young orphan boy from London is spirited away to the magical Neverland where he finds grand adventures that shape him into the hero known to generations as Peter Pan." Hugh Jackman (The Wolverine) is set to appear as Blackbeard, the primary antagonist of the film before Hook turns on Peter and takes his rightful place as the moustache-twirling villain.
- Gary Collinson
Maybe you've trained your brain to forget it, but the word is out that Walt Disney Records will be releasing Edm remixes of many Disney anthems. Deep breath. Wow. On the tracklist: Matt Zo's remix of "The Circle of Life"; Avicii's take on "Derezzed" from "Tron: Legacy"; Alfred Montejano's Hyper Remix of "You've Got a Friend in Me"; The Sky Kidx riff on the theme to "The Muppet Show." Is your childhood nice and suffocated yet? Let's listen to some unlikely preexisting Disney remixes to prepare ourselves for this aural Armageddon. »
- Louis Virtel
Avicii and Kaskade are among the DJs who have reworked some of Disney's classic songs for a remix album.
The LP, called Dconstructed, includes 14 Edm mixes of tracks such as 'Circle Of Life' from The Lion King by Mat Zo, Frozen's 'Let It Go' by Armin van Buuren, and 'Derezzed' from Tron: Legacy by Avicii.
"I feel incredibly honoured to have remixed an Oscar-winning song - though I didn't know that yet when I started," Van Buuren said on his version of 'Let It Go'.
Avicii added: "My first remix of Daft Punk's Tron: Legacy was so long ago, but it was a significant moment of recognition in my career. It's great to be a part of it again, to refresh the track, and to let everyone hear Negin's voice."
Other tracks on the collection include a house version of 'Baby Mine' from Dumbo by Kaskade »
The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo star Rooney Mara has signed on to play Tiger Lily in Warner Bros.' upcoming live-action Peter Pan origin tale Pan, which is being directed by Joe Wright (Atonement, Anna Karenina).
The lead role of Peter Pan is to be filled by an unknown actor, with Warner Bros. holding open casting calls for boys aged 10 - 12. Meanwhile, Hugh Jackman (Prisoners, X-Men: Days of Future Past) is set to play the villain Blackbeard, with Garrett Hedlund (Tron: Legacy, Inside Llewyn Davis) also starring as Hook.
Pan is set for release on July 17th 2015, where it will face stiff competition from Marvel's first Phase Three offering Ant-Man.
- Gary Collinson
Actress Olivia Wilde has signed on as one of the main roles in the music-focused drama series that Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese have been working on for HBO in recent years. Although the as-yet-untitled show has not gotten the green light from the network, according to Deadline, the producers are gearing up to work on its hour-long pilot, written by Terence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street, The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire) and Breaking Bad producer George Mastras, this summer with Scorsese in the director's chair. Wilde, who was recently in Her, »
Perfect Disney pairings: Aladdin and Jasmine, Simba and Nala. How about Armin van Buuren and Frozen's Elsa? Or maybe Kaskade and Dumbo? Photos: Top 10 Movie Songs of All Time Walt Disney Records announced Tuesday that an upcoming album will give a new spin to 14 of their films' most memorable songs. Dconstructed, currently set for an April 22 release, boasts music from or inspired by The Lion King, The Incredibles, The Muppets and Sleeping Beauty, as well as Mickey Mouse cartoons. Also getting a refresher are two of Daft Punk's Tron: Legacy tracks and the Sebastian Ingrosso/Axwell collaboration for
- Ashley Lee
This Sunday, Once Upon a Time airs its midseason premiere. I got a chance to preview it and … it is truly terrific. Even for people who would never consider themselves “Oncers.” This episode takes a quality leap forward in almost every way.
It’s the best episode since Season 1′s “Hat Trick,” my favorite, and in fact for entirely different reasons it is equally as good. It moves along at quite a clip, with more twists and turns than I’ve ever seen on the show. It’s entertaining, well-written, engaging, jam-packed, and fun. Almost everyone brought their “A” game (I’m looking at you, Snow’s wig maker and costume designer).
This is the one to check out for anyone who’s considered watching Once but never got around to it, and in fact I recommend it to those of you who’ve watched an episode here and there but never really got it. »
- Erin Willard
Then there was Gravity, which was a sort of iPhone moment for cinema. It set a new bar for visual fidelity and graphics, putting virtually every VFX-orientated movie before it to shame.
This was in part thanks to the efforts of London-based visual effects studio Framestore. Still glowing from the movie's awards successes, Digital Spy was lucky enough to catch up with a few of the team behind Gravity and chat to them about the technology used in the movie.
What became immediately clear was that working on Gravity was unlike any visual effects task they had done before.
The majority of Framestore's creations for the movie were made specifically for it, resulting in experimentation with entirely new techniques in order to »
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