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'Captain Marvel,' 'Shazam!' Composers Uniting for Comic-Con Panel

'Captain Marvel,' 'Shazam!' Composers Uniting for Comic-Con Panel
Behind every great superhero is a heroic composer. At this year's San Diego Comic-Con, a number of those composers are assembling for the Annual Musical Anatomy of a Superhero panel.

Spider-Man: Far From Home composer Michael Giacchino will moderate the panel, which includes Pinar Toprak (Captain Marvel, Syfy's Krypton), Benjamin Wallfisch (Shazam!, Hellboy), Sherri Chung (The CW's Batwoman and Supergirl), Blake Neely (Batwoman and The CW's The Flash) and Christopher Lennertz (Amazon's The Boys, ABC's Agent Carter).

The annual panel is known for offering up unreleased music as well as clips from the projects, and for composers sharing stories ...
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‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Composer Michael Giacchino Leading 7th Annual ‘Musical Anatomy Of A Superhero’ Comic-Con Panel

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‘Spider-Man: Far From Home’ Composer Michael Giacchino Leading 7th Annual ‘Musical Anatomy Of A Superhero’ Comic-Con Panel
Exclusive: The Musical Anatomy of a Superhero panel is making its way down to San Diego Comic-Con for the seventh year in a row, and the film composer symposium is not only upgrading from the Hilton Indigo Ballroom to Ballroom 20, but Up Oscar winner and composer of The Incredibles and the latest Spider-Man franchise Michael Giacchino will be this year’s guest moderator.

The composer panel will take place on Thursday, July 18 at 11:30 a.m., and this year’s dais of film score-smiths includes Pinar Toprak (Captain Marvel, Krypton), Benjamin Wallfisch (Shazam, Hellboy), Sherri Chung (CW/Wbtv’s upcoming Batwoman, Super Girl), Blake Neely (Batwoman, The Flash) and Christopher Lennertz (Amazon’s upcoming series The Boys, Agent Carter).

As is tradition with Musical Anatomy of a Superhero, fans will get to see unseen footage of upcoming projects like Batwoman and The Boys. The event is produced by Costa Communications and sponsored by Ascap.
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Exclusive Interview – Sherri Chung, composer for Nancy Drew and The Hidden Staircase

Tai Freligh interviews Sherri Chung, composer for Nancy Drew and The Hidden Staircase…

Sherri Chung is an accomplished composer for film and television. She is most celebrated for crafting the musical world of CW’s fan-favorite series Riverdale, adapted from the beloved Archie Comics by creator Roberto Aguirre-Sacasa and producer Greg Berlanti. She is also known for her work on the score for NBC’s Blindspot. She has two highly-anticipated projects this year with Warner Bros’ Nancy Drew and the Hidden Staircase, produced by Ellen DeGeneres; and CBSThe Red Line, produced by Ava DuVernay.

A long time collaborator with composer Blake Neely, they have worked together on a number of scores, including those for CW’s Arrow, The Flash, Supergirl and DC’s Legends of Tomorrow. A documentary short she scored, The Other Side of Home was shortlisted for the 2017 Oscars for Best Short Documentary.

Flickering Myth’s Tai
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"All we heard was 'swamp goth'": How Riverdale's composers set the mood for season three

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Ever since Archie first picked up his guitar, Riverdale’s musical performances have been a hot topic of discussion on Dial M For Maple, but it’s time to settle the “score”: Composers Sherri Chung and Blake Neely are the show’s symphonic secret weapons. Last week, hosts Marah and Cameron were lucky enough to sit down…
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The Flash Season 5 Episode 1 Review: Nora

The Flash Season 5 premiere is an excellent return to form for the series, introducing new characters and setting up new mysteries.

This The Flash review contains spoilers.

The Flash Season 5 Episode 1

I made no secret about my general disdain for the previous season of The Flash. Then again, I was in the minority who absolutely loved season three, so make of that what you will. But seriously, I was so disappointed in last season that not even the finale, where the show has often managed to do its best work, was able to change my opinion of things.

Which is why I am so very pleased to report that “Nora” is not only an excellent episode, it’s the best The Flash season premiere in the show’s history. No season has ever laid out its mission statement as clearly and succinctly as “Nora” did, let alone felt so downright
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Beth Krakower, Publicist To Award-Winning Film & TV Composers, Dead At 46

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Beth Krakower who repped such composers as The Walking Dead‘s Bear McCreary, House of CardsJeff Beal and Drive‘s Cliff Martinez, died Wednesday morning at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 46.

Krakower was known by those in the industry for her warmth, eloquence and brilliance. Her other clients included the original Mission: Impossible theme composer Lalo Schifrin (who was just announced yesterday as the recipient of an honorary Oscar) as well as Blake Neely, Kurt Farquhar, Ryan Shore, Michael Abels, David Schwartz, among others.

In a statement, Beal, who won Emmys for his TV music with Krakower as publicist, said “being in her orbit of joy, dedicated work, and brilliance.” He spoke of “working so hard for so many of us collectively.” Neely said that Krakower was “a wonderful human [who] lived life the right way: optimism, kindness, laughter and love.
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Beth Krakower, Veteran Film-Music Publicist, Dies at 46

  • Variety
Veteran publicist Beth Krakower, a respected and tireless promoter for media-music composers and soundtracks, died Wednesday morning at St. John’s Hospital in Santa Monica after a long battle with breast cancer. She was 46.

Krakower was beloved in the film-music community as a smart, kind and eloquent spokesperson for composers and their projects. Among her clients were “Mission: Impossible” composer Lalo Schifrin (who was just announced yesterday as the recipient of an honorary Oscar) as well as composers Bear McCreary, Blake Neely, Jeff Beal, Cliff Martinez, Kurt Farquhar and Ryan Shore, among others.

Beal, who won Emmys for his TV music with Krakower as publicist, wrote earlier today about “being in her orbit of joy, dedicated work, and brilliance.” He spoke of “working so hard for so many of us collectively.” Neely called her “a wonderful human [who] lived life the right way: optimism, kindness, laughter and love.” Shore referred to her as “passionate,
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Review: Freedom Fighters: The Ray

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The CW Seed has been the ancillary stomping grounds for animated versions of DC Comics’ Arrowverse characters, a chance to extend the brand with lesser-known heroes. For their third outing (after Vixen and Constantine), they smartly offered up Freedom Fighters: The Ray for two six-episode seasons, which have been edited together into a feature, on disc today from Warner Home Entertainment.

Although the two seasons arrived in December and July, they act as a prequel story to last fall’s “Crisis on Earth-x” crossover extravaganza. Here, we have the birth of the Freedom Fighters with appearances by not only the Ray but also Black Condor (Jason Mitchell), Phantom Lady (Dilshad Vadsaria), Dollman (Matthew Mercer) and Red Tornado (Iddo Goldberg). According to some behind the scenes shenanigans, the animated story was written first and when the four-parter was written for live-action, things weren’t lining up right, so the keen viewer
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Ascap, Bmi Schedule Workshops for Composers

  • Variety
Two major performance-rights organizations announced this week the launch of workshops designed to aid up-and-coming film and TV composers: Ascap, for film scoring; and Bmi, for conducting.

Both are multi-week events for which hundreds apply annually, and the two will culminate in live recording sessions at Los Angeles area studios later this month.

Ascap began its 30th annual Film Scoring Workshop today, with Emmy-winning composer Richard Bellis as mentor and Ascap film and TV executives Michael Todd and Jennifer Harmon producing.

It’s a comprehensive, four-week program that has proven a launching pad for many composers in the past, including Jim Dooley (“Pushing Daisies”), Rob Duncan (“Castle”), Matthew Margeson (the “Kingsman” movies), Cliff Martinez (“Drive”), Mateo Messina (“Juno”) and Austin Wintory (“Journey”).

This year’s 12 composers — chosen from nearly 400 applicants — include Shaun Crawford of Cape Town, South Africa; Damien Lane of Cambewarra, Australia; Kyle Laporte of Playa Del Rey, Calif.
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Comic-Con 2018 Preview Night and Thursday Schedule Announced

With a little over a week left until Sdcc kicks off, Comic-Con International has unveiled the first part of their full Comic-Con 2018 schedule, featuring the events for Preview Night and the full Thursday schedule. We have gone through the entire schedule and pulled out the prevalent movie, TV, home video and streaming events below. It all kicks off with Preview Night on Wednesday, July 18, where fans can get an early look at the world premiere of Manifest along with New Line's spooky Scarediego event. Take a look at the preview night and Thursday schedule for Comic-Con below.

Wednesday, July 18 - Preview Night

Manifest World Premiere and Special Sneak Peek Screenings: Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue their annual Preview Night tradition with the exclusive world premiere screening of new series Manifest as well as sneak peeks at fan favorites The 100 and Gotham. Plus, brand-new episodes of Freedom Fighters: The Ray.
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Comic-Con 2018 Program for July 19 Features ‘The Predator’, ‘Dragon Ball Super’, ‘Breaking Bad’ & More!

As San Diego Comic-Con 2018 quickly approaches, we’re starting to learn more about the schedule for this year’s nerd mecca. Now that we’re only a few weeks away, the official blog for San Diego Comic-Con 2018 has begun to reveal the daily schedule for the show, including panels for ‘The Predator‘, ‘Doctor Who’, ‘Dragon Ball Super‘ ‘Better Call Saul’, ‘Breaking Bad’, Marvel’s ‘Iron Fist’, ‘Brooklyn Nine-Nine’. Here are some of the highlights for day 1 of San Diego Comic-Con 2018:

Comic-Con 2018 Schedule–Thursday, July 19

6th Annual Musical Anatomy of a Superhero

Thursday July 19, 2018 10:00am – 10:50am; Indigo Ballroom, Hilton San Diego Bayfront

“From the ominous horns of Jaws or A Quiet Place signaling fear, to the heroic Star Wars theme, music has always been an important supporting character in movies. In the world of superheroes, music sets an emotional tone more than virtually any other genre. This panel
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Comic-Con Best Of Film Schedule: ‘Wonder Woman 1984’, ‘Aquaman’, ‘Glass’ & More To Fill Void In Marvel-Less Year – Update

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Comic-Con Best Of Film Schedule: ‘Wonder Woman 1984’, ‘Aquaman’, ‘Glass’ & More To Fill Void In Marvel-Less Year – Update
Updated: With Wednesday, Thursday and Friday events. Captain Marvel, The Guardians of the Galaxy and whoever is alive from The Avengers won’t be showing up in San Diego, but there will be plenty of other big screen rivals to keep the temperature at a scorching level in Hall H.

At this point in time, many film screenings are oddly missing from the lineup, except for kiddie pic Teen Titans Go! To the Movies! on Friday. Perhaps there will be more as they’re often announced at the last minute or suddenly during the confab (Read Lionsgate’s Blair Witch). Comic-Con has traditionally been a successful launch pad for such fan faves as Sausage Party, Star Trek Beyond, The Visit, Annabelle: Creation and Don’t Breathe. Don’t worry, on the TV side there’s the AMC premiere of Better Call Saul season 4.

Also,
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Comic-Con 2018 Panel and Event Schedule For Wed. and Thurs. July 18th and 19th

Comic-Con International has released the full schedule for Wednesday, July 18th and Thursday, July 19th. If you're going to the epic geek event this year, now you can start planning out your days. As always there's going to be plenty of cool stuff to see and do! Some of the big things include panels for The Predator, 2001: A Space Odyssey 50th anniversary, Better Call Saul, the Breaking Bad 10 year anniversary, and Mr. Mercedes Season 2.

You can check out the full schedule here and below I've provided the panels and events that we’ll be looking forward to checking out.

Schedule For Wednesday, July 18th:

Manifest World Premiere and Special Sneak Peek Screenings

Comic-Con and Warner Bros. Television proudly continue their annual Preview Night tradition with the exclusive world premiere screening of new series Manifest as well as sneak peeks at fan favorites The 100 and Gotham. Plus, brand-new episodes of Freedom Fighters: The Ray.
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Arrow Playlist: The Ultimate Soundtrack to the CW Series

The Green Arrow may not have raised his voice in song during the Arrowverse’s musical episode, but that doesn’t mean the show doesn’t have some playlist-worthy tunes. Get ready for an Arrow–themed TVLine Mixtape.

An essential for Arroverse fans, this compilation features some of the best tunes from the DC show that started it all. This playlist contains songs from all six seasons (so, um, spoiler alert!) and also includes artists and album names just in case you want to store them in your quiver personal playlist.

Some of tracks made us laugh. Others brought tears to our eyes.
See full article at TVLine.com »

A Musical Benefit Honoring Grammy-Winning Violinist Joshua Bell and Veteran Teacher Vincent Womack

November 28, 2017 was a note-worthy evening as Education Through Music-Los Angeles (Etm-la) hosted its 12th Anniversary Benefit Gala.

Vincent Womack and Joshua Bell with Host Malcolm McDowell

Credit/Copyright: Danny Moloshok

Supporters from the music, film and education communities gathered to honor Grammy-Winning Violinist Joshua Bell, and Veteran Music Teacher (Foshay Learning Center, Los Angeles Unified School District) Vincent Womack at the Skirball Cultural Center.

The event was hosted by Malcolm McDowell (Mozart in the Jungle), and featured special performances and presentations by Joshua Bell (Grammy winning violinist), Billy Childs (Grammy winning pianist/composer), Judith Hill (The Voice, Prince, Michael Jackson), Joanne Pearce Martin (pianist, Los Angeles Philharmonic,) Dr. Lemmon McMillan, guest Chris Botti (Grammy winning trumpeter), Foshay Learning Center Students and Education Through Music-La Students. Executive Director of Etm-la Victoria Lanier welcomed co-chair hosts Lola Debney and Alecia Spendlove. Honorary chairs of the gala include music education champions and
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The Flash season 4 episode 7 review: Therefore I Am

Mike Cecchini Nov 22, 2017

The Flash slows down for the best episode of the season, as the first secrets of DeVoe and the Thinker are revealed. Spoilers...

This review contains spoilers.

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4.7 Therefore I Am

You know how for most of the first batch of episodes this season I was asking for a little balance? Therefore I Am is what I meant. Now, with the complete understanding that this is, perhaps, an overcorrection from the overcorrection in terms of the sheer lack of humour in this episode, I still feel like Therefore I Am was more like what I've come to expect from this show in general, and in its better moments, like this show at its best.

Now, it isn't a perfect episode. It's a little slow,
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Legends Of Tomorrow season 3: Victor Garber interview

Rob Leane Nov 29, 2017

Back in August before season 3 arrived on air, we chatted to Victor Garber about all things Legends Of Tomorrow...

Victor Garber has been playing the science wiz Martin Stein since The Flash season 1. Legends Of Tomorrow season three will see the bespectacled brainbox continuing to come to grips with the sudden existence of his daughter, working with the Waverider crew to fix season 2’s damage to the timeline, and periodically merging with Franz Drameh’s Jax to become the fusion-powered superhero Firestorm.

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Season 3 of Legends will also see Garber reuniting with his Titanic co-star Billy Zane, twenty years after James Cameron’s boat-based blockbuster. We didn’t quite have time to mention that, though, in the brisk ten-minute
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The Keepers: a highly recommended Netflix true crime series

Catherine Pearson Jul 11, 2017

The Keepers is a moving and devastating documentary series that does valuable work for victims of abuse...

Recent years have seen the overwhelming success of true crime documentary series, from HBO’s The Jinx to Netflix’s own Shadow Of Truth. The viewing public want to get their teeth into a real story and rally behind a cause that they have witnessed on screen. Arguably, no other genre makes as much impact as the documentary on real world events: just look at the daily news stories that continue to report on the cases of Steven Avery and Brendan Dassey and the developments that have followed Netflix’s hugely popular documentary series Making A Murderer. Horrendous miscarriages of justice are being played out before our Netflix-bingeing eyes and viewers are trying to help through online forums, Q&As with the documentary makers, and even bringing new information to the authorities.
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