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Universal Launches Music Restoration Program, New Soundtrack Imprint (Exclusive)

Universal has embarked on a long-range plan to preserve and restore its unreleased movie music and, starting next week, release some of these scores as limited-edition soundtrack albums.

The imprint will be called Universal Pictures Film Music Heritage Collection, and its first release, to be formally announced Tuesday, will be Michel Colombier’s music from the 1970 science-fiction film “Colossus: The Forbin Project.”

Following in August will be Henry Mancini’s score for the 1979 Peter Sellers remake of “The Prisoner of Zenda.” Both will be on the La-La Land label, which specializes in movie and TV soundtracks.

“We’re a century-old media company,” Mike Knobloch, Universal Pictures president of global film music and publishing, told Variety. “As much as we’re always looking forward, sometimes we have to look back, and recognize and value our history. Our catalog dates back to the beginning of cinema and the advent of sound. This
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Brian Michael Bendis Will Write a Year-Long Batman Story in New Batman Giant Comic Book

After years of writing great comic book stories for Marvel Comics, Brian Micheal Bendis headed over to DC Comics to try something new and play with their characters. Well, it has been announced that he'll write a new 12-part Batman story arc in Batman Giant. This is the first time he will be writing a story for the Dark Knight and I'm looking forward to seeing what he does with the character.

This comic is a part of DC's new line of 100-page Giant comics for Walmart. Bendis has had his fair share of working with dark, gritty, and grounded heroes in the past such as Daredevil and Jessica Jones, so Batman should be a fun character for him to play with.

What's interesting is that Bendis is currently writing Superman for DC and while he's taking on Batman for DC's Walmart-exclusive titles, DC's Batman writer Tom King will write a 12-issue Superman story arc.
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The Return of the DC 100-page Giant!

If you’re of a certain generation, you remember the big summertime issues that your parents picked up for you on the way to whatever you were doing that required a long car ride to get there– comics that gave you new stories combined with older fare that brought you into a richer shared universe.

This summer, Walmart shoppers will get a chance to do that again as DC Entertainment announced today that a series of “giant” monthly comics will be sold exclusively in more than 3,000 participating Walmart stores around the country.

Available for $4.99, each 100-page anthology features all-new stories written exclusively for these books by some of DC’s top creative talents, including Tom King, Dan Jurgens, Brian Michael Bendis, Andy Kubert (New Challengers) and others. Each title will also include additional story arcs drawn from fan-favorite DC eras such as the New 52, Rebirth and the New Age of DC Heroes.
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‘Superman’ and ‘Alien’ Title Designer Richard Alan Greenberg Dies at 71

‘Superman’ and ‘Alien’ Title Designer Richard Alan Greenberg Dies at 71
You may not have known the name Richard Alan Greenberg, but you almost certainly know his work. Greenberg was an Oscar-nominated effects artist who created memorable title sequences for films, including Alien and Superman. Greenberg died this week at the age of 71. In 1977, Richard Alan Greenberg and his brother Robert founded R/Greenberg Associates, designing film titles […]

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Richard Alan Greenberg Dies: Title Designer On ‘Alien’, ‘Superman’, ‘Matrix’ & Many More Was 71

Richard Alan Greenberg, an Oscar-nominated title designer and motion-graphics pioneer, died June 16 in New York City. He was 71. Greenberg scored his Oscar nom for Best Visual Effects on the 1987 Anrold Schwarzenegger thriller Predator. Among his many other notable opening-sequence credits are Superman, Alien, Dirty Dancing, Zelig, The Untouchables, The World According to Garp, Altered States, Independence Day, Seven, The Matrix and the Lethal Weapon series. After…
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Richard Greenberg, Title Designer of ‘Superman’ and ‘The Matrix,’ Dies at 71

Richard Greenberg, Title Designer of ‘Superman’ and ‘The Matrix,’ Dies at 71
Oscar-nominated title designer Richard Greenberg, who lent his artistry to classic films and franchises like “Superman,” “Alien,” and “The Matrix” died of appendicitis on June 16 his New York home. He was 71.

Greenberg received multiple award nominations for his creative work throughout his career, including a visual effects Oscar-nomination in 1988 for “Predator” and a visual effects BAFTA nomination for 1983’s “Zelig.” As a title designer, he contributed his talent to an array of films from the 1980s to 2010, including “Superman,” “Alien,” “The World According to Garp,” “Altered States,” “Dirty Dancing,” “The Untouchables,” the “Lethal Weapon” series, “Dracula,” “Independence Day,” “Seven,” and “The Matrix.”

Half of a sibling duo, Greenberg began designing titles with his brother Robert, with whom he founded R/Greenberg Associates, according to a report from Art of the Title. Greenberg handled the artistic side of their startup business, while his brother managed the business. It wasn’t until the
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Richard Alan Greenberg, Creator of ‘Superman’ and ‘The Matrix’ Opening Credits, Dies at 71

Richard Alan Greenberg, Creator of ‘Superman’ and ‘The Matrix’ Opening Credits, Dies at 71
Richard Alan Greenberg, the title designer who created the intros for classic films like “Superman,” “Alien” and “The Matrix,” died at his home in New York City on Saturday. He was 71.

The Oscar nominee has left an indelible mark on the sci-fi world, creating iconic openings for some of the most famous films in the genre and pushing further ground on the art of making opening credits. His first big work though his studio, R/Greenberg Associates, was the opening credits on “Superman” in 1978. using loud “whoosh” sounds with John Williams’ iconic theme to present the movie title, Superman’s famous insignia, and the names of stars like Marlon Brando, Gene Hackman and Christopher Reeves in bright blue letters that flashed by the screen.

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Just a year later, Greenberg took the complete opposite approach with the opening to Ridley Scott’s “Alien.
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Richard Alan Greenberg, Main Title Designer on 'Superman' and 'Alien' and Oscar Nominee for 'Predator,' Dies at 71

Richard Alan Greenberg, the Oscar-nominated effects artist who took main titles for movies to another level with his designs for such films as SupermanAlien and The World According to Garp, has died. He was 71.

Greenberg died Saturday in New York City after a bout with appendicitis, his family announced.

Greenberg's Oscar nomination was for best visual effects for John McTiernan's Predator (1987). He also collaborated with the director on another Arnold Schwarzenegger starrer, Last Action Hero (1993).

In 1977, the Chicago native and his brother ...
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Richard Alan Greenberg, Main Title Designer on 'Superman' and 'Alien' and Oscar Nominee for 'Predator,' Dies at 71

Richard Alan Greenberg, Main Title Designer on 'Superman' and 'Alien' and Oscar Nominee for 'Predator,' Dies at 71
Richard Alan Greenberg, the Oscar-nominated effects artist who took main titles for movies to another level with his designs for such films as SupermanAlien and The World According to Garp, has died. He was 71.

Greenberg died Saturday in New York City after a bout with appendicitis, his family announced.

Greenberg's Oscar nomination was for best visual effects (shared with Stan Winston, Joel Hynek and his brother, Robert Greenberg) for John McTiernan's Predator (1987). He also collaborated with the director on another Arnold Schwarzenegger starrer, Last Action Hero (1993).

In 1977, the Chicago native and his brother ...
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Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2018 (Photos)

Hollywood’s Notable Deaths of 2018 (Photos)
Halfway through the year, we’ve already lost a number of stars across Hollywood. Here’s a list of some of the notable celebrities and industry professionals in film, TV, music and sports who have passed away so far in 2018.

Jon Paul Steuer

Jon Paul Steuer, a former child actor who starred in “Star Trek: The Next Generation,” and most recently under the stage name Jonny Jewels for the rock band P.R.O.B.L.E.M.S., died on January 1. He was 33.

Mark Tenser

Mark Tenser, president and CEO of B-Movie studio Crown International Pictures, died on January 1. At his request, his age was not disclosed.

Frank Buxton

Frank Buxton, a writer and director best known for his work on “The Odd Couple” and “Happy Days,” died on January 2. He was 87.

Donnelly Rhodes

Donnelly Rhodes, a Canadian actor who played chief medical officer Dr. Sherman Cottle on the “Battlestar Galactica” reboot,
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25 Hilarious Hulk Vs Superman Memes That Show Who’s Stronger

When it comes to comic book characters, you can't get much stronger than the Incredible Hulk and Superman. Both DC and Marvel have their heavy-hitters, which has led more than a few comic book nerds to question who would win in a fight.

Fortunately, the two companies acquiesced to the demand over the years and various crossovers have seen Marvel's Jade Giant go up against the Last Son of Krypton. Those battles were fun and exciting, but we don't care about them when it comes to this article. This list is all about the memes and there are plenty for each character to go around. Thanks to movies, cartoons, comics, video games, and more, the Internet has had a great deal of imagery to work with and there are a plethora of fun and intelligent memes covering both characters.

For this list, we wanted to look at the memes dealing with each character individually,
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Henry Cavill Says He'll Be Back as Superman Soon

Henry Cavill Says He'll Be Back as Superman Soon
While Justice League didn't end up as good as everybody wanted, it did get fans excited to see the return of all of the characters in their standalone films, especially Superman, who was reborn in the doomed movie. The possibility of Henry Cavill returning to play the Man of Steel seems to be in limbo at the moment with all of the behind-the-scenes changes happening at Warner Bros. and DC Films. However, Cavill has stated in the past that there have been talks and he is willing to come back. In a new social media post, the actor teases DC fans by saying that he'll "totally probably" be back as Superman.

Henry Cavill posted a new video of himself on Instagram in the gym doing some pretty intense thrusts that he calls a "Super Booty Burner with Paws." The point of the post is to get fans to go out
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Pinar Toprak to score Captain Marvel, becomes the McU’s first female composer

Next year will see Marvel unleashes its first female-fronted superhero movie Captain Marvel, which also happens to have the studio’s first female director, and now we have word that it will also mark the first Marvel movie to be scored by a female composer.

Pinar Toprak, whose credits include the Superman prequel series Krypton, hugely-popular video game Fortnite, and additional music on Justice League, has revealed via Instagram that she will be producing the score for the Brie Larson-headlined superhero blockbuster.

“I’m so thrilled to finally announce that I will be scoring the upcoming Captain Marvel!,” writes Toprak. “It’s an incredible honor to be a part of the Marvel Universe. So many thoughts racing through my head. And the main one is gratitude. I have so many people to thank for helping me on this journey but first and foremost, my incredible agents Laura Engel and
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‘Captain Marvel': Pinar Toprak Becomes First Woman to Score a Major Superhero Movie

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‘Captain Marvel': Pinar Toprak Becomes First Woman to Score a Major Superhero Movie
Pinar Toprak will become the first woman to score a major superhero blockbuster with the upcoming “Captain Marvel,” the composer announced on Thursday.

“It’s an incredible honor to be a part of the Marvel Universe,” Toprak wrote on Instagram. “So many thoughts racing through my head. And the main one is gratitude.”

Toprak’s experience as a composer for the screen includes providing the score for Syfy’s Superman prequel series “Krypton” and an additional music credit on DC’s “Justice League.” Her other credits include the USA drama “Falling Water” and the upcoming Netflix spy thriller “The Angel.”

Set in the 1990s, “Captain Marvel” stars Brie Larson as Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the Marvel Cinematic Universe’s most powerful heroes when Earth is caught in the middle of a galactic war between two alien races.
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Celebrating Man of Steel’s 5th Anniversary: Why it is a great modern day Superman origin

Ricky Church praises Man of Steel on its fifth anniversary…

Five years ago today the Superman film franchise was revitalized with a reboot from director Zack Snyder and writer/producer David Goyer in the form of Man of Steel. It’s crazy to think of that as the beginning of the Dceu and seems a lifetime ago given all the controversies surrounding the films since, but this is a mark that should be celebrated. I believe Man of Steel to be the modern origin and story Superman needed for today’s world and is perhaps the best film in the Dceu thus far.

One of the perceived difficulties of bringing Superman to film is how ‘unrelatable’ he is as a character and hero. It’s often that we hear Superman is too good; he’s too strong; no one can relate to anyone with that much power. When you break it down,
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Rocksteady wasn’t ready yet to show off its new game at E3

As the gaming expo E3 closes today, many fans have noticed the absence of developer Rocksteady Studios at this year’s event. Over the past weekend rumours began that said Rocksteady would show off their next game, believed to be centered around DC’s iconic Man of Steel, Superman, but their absence proves the rumours false.

Rocksteady co-founder Sefton Hill released a statement via his Twitter page about the news, saying: “We know some of you were disappointed that we were not at E3 this year. The whole team has been reading your comments, and all of us here at Rocksteady really appreciate your passion for our next project. Knowing how much it means to you keeps us inspired and energised to deliver a game that you will be proud of. We’ll share it with you as soon as it’s ready.”

Rocksteady previously made the Batman: Arkham series,
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Celebrate 80 Years of Superman with This Cool Animated Short

It's the 80th anniversary of Superman, and to celebrate the occasion, DC has released a great animated short that follows Superman through the years. It takes us from his first appearance on the cover of Action Comics #1 to the new Man Of Steel, Henry Cavill. Then there's a lot of cool stuff in between. It hits all of the main Superman events and even pays tribute to Christopher Reeve and Smallville. Of course, the whole thing is cut to John Williams' classic Superman score.
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Book News: "Watching Skies: Star Wars, Spielberg And Us" By Mark O'Connell

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A Loving ode to a VHS galaxy not that far, far away.

"A fantastic personal account of one of the greatest chapters in movie history. An unmitigated delight."

Mark Gatiss

As Ready Player One and Stranger Things proves the retro might of VHS era cinema, Watching Skies: Star Wars, Spielberg and Us is a universal and affectionate tale about the pop cultural remembrances stuck in all our R2 unit's memories.

Like many a British kid in an '80s world of VCRs, Reagan and Atari, Mark O'Connell wanted to be one of the mop-haired kids on the Star Wars toy commercials. Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind, E.T. The Extra Terrestrial, Raiders of the Lost Ark, Superman and of course Star Wars weren't just changing cinema - they were making lasting highways into our childhoods,
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Leaked Poster May Have Revealed Rocksteady’s Superman Game

It was the question on everyone’s lips back in 2015: what comes after Batman: Arkham Knight?

Rocksteady’s acclaimed video game was the third and final chapter in its beloved Batman series, but with E3 2018 now quickly approaching, there’s a great deal of speculation surrounding the studio’s next title.

A full-blown Justice League project was name-dropped as a possible contender early on, but the hottest rumor at the moment – and one that refuses to die down – is that Rocksteady’s latest game involves the Man of Steel. Apparently, the full reveal will take place during Microsoft’s E3 2018 press conference, but ahead of that, a poster has made its way online and while we can’t verify if it’s authentic just yet, it seems to be for the project in question.

As you can see down below, it shows off something called Superman: World’s Finest,
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Shazam! Director Says He Hopes It’s A Classic Superhero Movie

Whatever your personal feelings on the likes of Man of Steel and Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice, the dark, gritty tone that the DC Extended Universe initially cultivated didn’t work out as well as they hoped and since Wonder Woman, the franchise has attempted to go in a lighter direction. Just as you would think, this will continue with next year’s Shazam!, as director David F. Sandberg hopes it’ll come across as a “classic” superhero movie.

Speaking on the Film Riot Podcast recently, he talked a lot about his upcoming DC pic starring Zachary Levi as the titular hero, who’s really teenager Billy Batson. One of the most illuminating comments was about how he hopes Shazam! comes across and the tone he wants it to exude.

“On this one, it was just like ‘Yeah, I want this to be a classic superhero movie. It takes place in the winter,
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